The press has caught Mad Lie disease, marked by a loss of appetite for the truth and projectile regurgitation of anything fed to it. No one was surprised when the New York Post and the Washington Times reported wild allegations from a slapped-together and unsubstantiated book about the Clintons. But when a formerly immune host such as ABC's David Brinkley succumbed to the infection and gave airtime to the screed's author, retired FBI agent Gary Aldrich, the sickness had reached epidemic proportions.

Although by showtime the only words in the book anyone could be sure were true were a, and and...

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