The story that almost was, or The Temptation of NeoWayland

I could have helped take down Hillary Clinton. All I had to do was not ask if the story was true.

Since the opinion piece I was working on is not flying, it is time to dig through my filler file.

And I have a juicy one.

Soon after I had decided to start doing the occasional guest article, Peter Paul left a message offering articles. Now the name sounded familiar, but I couldn't remember the details. I had a name and an IP trace. It took me a couple of minutes to find out about him, and about ten minutes to find where I had read about him before (here and here, later article here).

That was the easy part.

So here it was, the chance to go after a woman who I believe cheated her way into the U.S. Senate so she could use it as a springboard into the Presidency.

The Clintons no longer controlled the Executive Branch, and I figured I was low enough on the political food chain that I could get some licks in before the infamous Clinton smear machine kicked into action.

And yes, there is a Clinton smear machine. I have contacts in Arkansas.

But there was the small matter of Mr. Paul's fugitive status. I didn't want attention from the U.S. Attorney's office unless I had a very good reason. So I started doing some digging into both the party and Mr. Peter F. Paul.

I couldn't help but wonder, why me? I'm not exactly fond of either Hillary or Bill Clinton, but I am not the attack dog either. Why not go to Michelle Malkin? Michael Savage? David Horowitz? Even Hugh Hewitt?

It took about three weeks to find the basic information. And about two months to confirm it. Not bad for a guy in Arizona with only a few direct mid level contacts in the film industry. Fortunately the Hollywood system worked. There is always a friend of a friend of a friend. The town lives on gossip and reputation.

Mr. Paul's reputation was failing before the party. The party was as much about saving him as it was about raising money for the Clintons.

Here was the story. But I couldn't be sure of it's accuracy. The source was tainted, even if the article contained only truth. It could be the gold ring, or it could be a smear that would haunt me.

If I thought I could trust Mr. Paul to tell the truth, I think I would have run it. But I couldn't find anyone who believed that Mr. Paul would only tell truth.

The only thing I got out of it was the filler piece you just read.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Sun - July 23, 2006 at 05:47 PM  Tag

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