newsweek cover

On this day in music history: October 27, 1975 - Bruce Springsteen makes history when he appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek Magazine the same week. Riding a huge wave of success brought on by the “Born To Run” album, Springsteen finds the massive amount publicity generated by his record label, and the overwhelming amount of attention he receives in the wake of it unnerving, and attempts to distance himself from it in order to maintain his artistic integrity. Before his performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London (on November 18, 1975), he tears down posters at the venue that bare the legend “Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.”

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At the height of the Rwandan genocide, artist Alfredo Jaar rephotographed “Newsweek” magazine. Under each cover—which featured other topics—he inserted a fact or moment that happened in Rwanda that week. This 17-part work concludes with the cover that finally acknowledged the genocide. 

Now on view in Breaking News, an exhibition that explores how artists have looked at and commented on news images, from the Vietnam War in the 1960s to the so-called “War on Terror” in the 2000s.


Untitled (details), from the series Untitled (Newsweek), 1995, Alfredo Jaar, inkjet print. Courtesy Alfredo Jaar and Galerie Lelong, New York. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

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Ted Bundy and Gary Gilmore

In an Excerpt from The Stranger Beside Me, Ted gossips to Ann Rule about Gary Gilmore.

Although Ted’s extradition arraignment on November 24th 1976, had drawn a flock of reporters, he was not the most famous prisoner in Utah Sate Prison that week. It was fellow convict-Gary Gilmore-a convicted murderer with a death wish, who made the cover of Newsweek on November 29. Compared to Gary Gilmore, Ted was decidedly second-string news.

“The Gilmore situation grows curiouser and curiouser. Have seen him on occasion in the visiting room with Nicole. I’ll never forget the deep love and anguish in her eyes. Gilmore, however, is misguided, unstable, and selfish…The media preys on this Romeo and Juliet saga. Tragic. Irreconcilable.”

Nor did Ted have anything good to say about Gilmore’s legal advisors.

Hillary as a person and her vulnerability

This is a super quick text post I put together with excerpts showing Hillary’s vulnerability and proving that she really feels and isn’t corrupt. The examples speak for themselves so I’ll just present them without commenting like i usually  do. These are mostly about her appearing before the grand jury to testify about whitewater. 


 Hillary’s chief of staff, Maggie Williams, had broken down in tears while testifying the previous week at the hearings chaired by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. Williams was saddled with large legal bills, virtually abandoned by her patrons in the White House. “How could the first lady allow her chief of staff to spend $140,000 on legal fees?” Klein asked. “Why hasn’t she come forward and said, ‘Stop torturing my staff. This isn’t about them. I’ll testify. I’ll make all documents available. I’ll sit here and answer your stupid, salacious questions until Inauguration Day, if need be’?”

Hillary was sobbing when she called Jane Sherburne, the White House attorney in charge of scandal management.

Had Jane read the Klein column?

Yes.

“It’s killing me to let this happen,” Hillary said. She wanted to testify, to make it better, to take care of it. “Every bone in my body tells me that’s what I should do.”

She could not stand by and let Maggie be hurt so, have others dragged in.

“How is Maggie?”

Sherburne said they both knew Maggie was both vulnerable and tough. She was willing to throw herself in front of any train and get beat up.

Hillary’s voice caught and she gasped in short breaths.

Testifying, Sherburne said, would be a mixed blessing. It would be such a sensation. The pure spectacle of the first lady appearing before Congress would overshadow anything she said. Were there words she could say that would resolve the issues and answer all the questions? They would always find more questions.

“I got to do this,” Hillary said, gaining strength, taking deeper, measured breaths. “I’m going to do it.”

The Clintons’ personal lawyer, David Kendall, was against it, they both knew – vehemently opposed in the midst of independent counsel Ken Starr’s grand jury investigation of Whitewater. Public testimony by the first lady before D'Amato’s committee might play into the Republicans’ hands. There would be rounds of questions with all the Republican senators homing in. Potentially very ugly.

“Am I really that powerless?” Mrs. Clinton asked. The portrait of her as heartless and selfish was tearing her apart. It was awful to stand silently by as those she cared about were being hurt, she said.

Sherburne said her testimony would have multiple legal ramifications. What about Starr, his investigation and grand juries? Politically, how would D'Amato and the other Republicans handle her? Her husband’s reelection bid was a little more than a year off. The basic strategy on Whitewater was to calm the waters, avoid confrontation, minimize news coverage.

Sobbing again, Hillary said her parents had always told her not to be guided by the opinions of others. “You have to live with yourself.” Well, now the law and politics had cornered her. It wasn’t a matter of appearances – appearing cold and indifferent to her friends and staff. If she stood by silently she would be that person they accused her of being.

“That is not who I am!” Hillary said, crying, pleading. “I take care of people.”



In January 1996, Hillary looked forward to assuming the role she most liked, planning an 11-city tour for her book “It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” But the discovery of a memo written by David Watkins saying Hillary was responsible for the 1993 travel office firings and the reappearance of Mrs. Clinton’s long-lost Rose Law Firm billing records shifted the focus to her role in the scandals.
On Jan. 8, a Newsweek cover story on Hillary was headlined “Saint Or Sinner?” over a frumpy picture of the first lady. The same day, columnist William Safire of the New York Times wrote that Hillary was a “congenital liar.”

Hillary wanted to discuss her issues – children’s issues – but she agreed to answer questions about the scandals. On Jan. 15, she appeared on “The Diane Rehm Show,” a serious, popular Washington talk-radio program.

She said she and her husband had always acted in “good faith.” Even during the 1992 campaign, her staff had made the Whitewater documents available, she said.

“We actually did that with the New York Times,” she claimed. “We took every document we had – which, again, I have to say, were not many – we laid them all out.”

The New York Times’s Washington bureau chief called George Stephanopoulos, Clinton’s senior adviser, to note that Mrs. Clinton was wrong. The clearest example was the computer run of the Rose Law Firm billing records – the same records that had been found recently in the White House residence. The Clinton campaign had these records in 1992. They hadn’t been turned over. Mrs. Clinton’s current claim of total Whitewater disclosure in 1992 was incorrect. There was going to be a front-page, above-the-fold, first-lady’s-a-liar story.

Stephanopoulos wanted Sherburne to smooth over this problem.

Sherburne called Susan Thomases, Hillary’s close friend, who had helped with the initial 1992 Times Whitewater story. She reported what Hillary had said.

“Oh, my God, we didn’t,” Thomases explained, recounting how they had severely limited the documents they made available in 1992.

Sherburne reviewed the information. They needed to say that the first lady had made a mistake and was now correcting her comment based on new information, but that she had not intended to mislead anyone.

A short statement was finally drafted with the key word “mistakenly” in it. Sherburne had to phone Hillary, who was on the road promoting her book, to clear the statement-retraction with her.

Just before Sherburne placed the call, she learned that Starr had issued a grand jury subpoena for the first lady to testify about the disappearance and sudden reappearance of the billing records.

When she reached Hillary, the first lady was profoundly upset about all these matters stacking up. Watkins’s memo, billing records, the grand jury subpoena and now the coming first-lady-is-a-liar story. Fine, she said, issue the statement but call Rehm to let her know the statement was coming.

Hillary poured out her emotions. Sherburne had never heard her so distressed. She was at wit’s end, under siege, in despair. She dwelled on the ugly, ugly sequence of events. “Saint or Sinner?” “Congenital Liar.”

“I can’t take this anymore,” Hillary said. It was the voice of someone at the end of her rope. “How can I go on?” she asked. “How can I?”


Within the White House, a classic internal debate began over the subpoena. Should they announce it or try to appear in secret? Sherburne and Mark Fabiani, the White House scandal spokesman, were worried that information about the subpoena would leak to the news media. They wanted to announce it from the White House and shape the story.
Kendall presented Hillary with a number of options for going to the courthouse. She could take a limousine into the courthouse basement or even sneak in covertly.

“Nope,” she said. As past master of putting the best face on disaster, she decided it was best not to attempt to sneak into the courthouse like some Mafia suspect or engage in some other subterfuge.

On Jan. 26, 1996, she walked into the courthouse, head held high. She went to the witness room with her attorneys and lingered by the doorway. First the 23 grand jurors walked by into the grand jury room. They were mostly black and about half women.

Then suddenly a group of men led by Starr paraded by into the secret room. Hillary and Sherburne both mentally counted out, one, two. Nine altogether. All white males in suits. Sherburne looked at Hillary, then Hillary looked at Sherburne. Both registered the same reaction – but of course.

“God,” Mrs. Clinton said, noting she and Sherburne had the same reaction, “I’m looking in the mirror.”

Outside, after dark, after four hours of testimony, Hillary walked up to an array of microphones.

“Would you rather have been somewhere else today?” she was asked.

“Oh,” Hillary said, “about a million other places.”

As she came under increasing attack in the following months, Hillary pressed Sherburne and Fabiani.

“Why is Starr getting a free ride?” she asked. “I don’t understand this. Everything we do gets put under a microscope and look at this guy! No one says anything negative about him. How can he get away with this?”

Hillary wanted the White House to call attention to the independent counsel’s potential conflicts of interest and Starr’s part-time status, the types of criticisms that she kept hearing on the news and reading in the newspapers.

Fabiani did not believe they dared declare open war on the independent counsel. The White House’s relationship with the independent counsel’s staff would deteriorate rapidly. Fabiani also felt a public attack is what many would expect, and to a certain extent that would mitigate any potential damage to Starr.

Sherburne decided not to tell Hillary that Fabiani had collected publicly available negative background information on the independent counsel and quietly given it to reporters. She hoped to protect the first lady and the president. But Hillary continued to vent in private about the administration’s failure to attack Starr.

“We’re out there,” Sherburne told her, hoping she would get the message.

It was not until Jan. 27, 1998, that Hillary Clinton publicly gave voice to her anger at Starr. Appearing on the “Today” show, days after allegations that her husband had had an affair with Lewinsky, she said Starr was part of “a vast right-wing conspiracy” out to get her husband.

Matt Lauer, the show’s co-anchor, asked her if she thought her husband “would admit that he again has caused pain in this marriage?”

“No, absolutely not,” she replied sharply. “And he shouldn’t.”

It took the president seven months to admit before a grand jury and then the nation that he did have an “inappropriate intimate relationship” with Lewinsky.

After the vacation on the Vineyard, which she considered the dark days, she attempted to sort out her dilemma with some women friends. She insisted that she did not view Lewinsky as a real threat. It was only sex, not partnership. She had the partnership – the real friendship and love with him.

Her friends thought that Hillary used to be a wallflower. She had blossomed in the White House years. Several close friends believed that Hillary filled so many roles in her husband’s life – the mother he didn’t have any longer, the sister who had never existed, the chief adviser he didn’t have anymore and perhaps had never had. She was the smartest person in the room.

Hillary retreated to her religious and spiritual convictions.

“I’ve got to take this,” she told one friend. “I have to take this punishment. I don’t know why God has chosen this for me. But He has, and it will be revealed to me. God is doing this, and He knows the reason. There is some reason.”


By fall 1998, as the House moved toward impeaching her husband, Hillary was still uncertain about her own course. A close friend told her about a high-profile, public couple. They had been married 40 years, the friend told Hillary. The man had lots of affairs and the woman finally caught him.

“She was devastated,” the friend said, “but she thought hard about it. They had a great relationship, and she decided he is worth fighting for, and it would be unwise to turn him out or to give him to someone else. Her decision was that it was better to fight for him and to fight for the relationship.”

“Man,” Hillary said, “that’s exactly what I’m thinking now.”

A therapist can stop the bleeding, Hillary’s friend said. That was the key to making progress and saving the marriage.

Hillary said she and Bill knew that counseling was the right thing to do. “We are doing the right thing.”



source: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate.“ Copyright © 1999 by Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster