June 3rd, 2008
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Bill Clinton lashes out at Vanity Fair reporter

Bill Clinton is not happy with the way a new magazine article portrays him.

Bill Clinton is not happy with the way a new magazine article portrays him.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign Monday apologized for "inappropriate" language used by her husband in response to a Vanity Fair article that quoted anonymous sources questioning the former president's behavior since leaving the White House. (Listen to Clinton's comments Monday.)

The article, by the magazine's national editor Todd Purdum, suggested that Bill Clinton's personality had changed since his 2004 heart bypass surgery and said that there were reports of Clinton "seeing a lot of women on the road."

Purdum quoted four former Clinton aides saying that another of his former assistants had conducted "what one of these aides called an intervention" about the reports of philandering.

A writer for the Huffington Post, Mayhill Fowler, asked Clinton on Monday what he thought "about that hatchet job somebody did on you in Vanity Fair," according to a recording of the exchange posted on the Huffington Post's Web site.

"(He's) sleazy," Clinton responded. "He's a really dishonest reporter." (Earlier: Journalist defends article slamming Bill Clinton)

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  1. Hillary Speaks 4 me

    ODE TO OBAMA

    WHY’D HE TAKE HIS NAME OFF THE BALLOT

    WHY’D HE START WEARING THE FLAG PIN AGAIN

    WHY’D HE THROW HIS TYPICAL WHITE GRANDMOTHER UNDER THE BUS

    WHY’D HE RESIGN FROM THE “UNITED” TRINITY CHURCH.. NOW AFTER 20 YEARS..

    WHY’D HE SAY THAT SMALL TOWN AMERICA CLINGS TO THEIR FAITH AND GUNS DURING TOUGH TIMES

    WHY’D HE APPOINT REV WRIGHT AS A SPIRITUAL ADVISOR TO HIS CAMPAIGN.. WHEN HE KNEW FULL WELL ABOUT HIS BELIEFS

    WHY’D HE ABANDONED HIS DUTIES ON THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT OF AFGHANISTAN

    WHY- BECAUSE HE IS A PHONEY BALONEY POLITICIAN, WITH A SLIVER TONGUE. IF HE WASN’T BLACK HE WOULD ALREADY BE BACK HOME IN CHICAGO.

    June 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I think the reporter should not have written this story without at least one source.

    But let's face it. Bill Clinton has "issues".

    June 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Damion K. Miles

    Awww, leave Bill alone. His ticker isn't what it used to be anymore. His wife just lost her bid to become President, they're blowing the whistle on his affairs, and he's getting older. He's going to have some outbursts from time to time. At least now, he'll be at their mansion.

    June 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. OH GOD!

    there he is wikd bill at it again!

    June 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Amber

    Good for Bill!!! I'm glad he did it. That writer is a slimball if he wrote something with "anonymous" sources. I don't like Roland Martin, but he said it right yesterday when asked about this issue.

    Vanity Fair is slimy journalism. POliticians should not be featured....leave those sorts of magazines for Celebrities.

    June 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Carol Pennington

    Slick Willy probably realizes he is getting old after his heart surgery and he is filling his remaining time with all the events he can. He has always thought of himself as greater than he really is.

    June 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. LOL!!

    oh god, there he is.. wild bill at it again!

    June 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. andrew s. rostolder

    my wife is a psychotherapist and said the same thing. the bubba does not fall far from the tree while gathering spots from a rolling stone...........

    June 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Anthony - Morgantown

    Face it...Clinton has lost his touch and lost the election for his wife.

    June 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. naya

    bill clinton is king of the United states.. let 'em yell!

    June 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Simone

    Bill is angry because his wife isn't winning.

    June 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Alan Boyer

    his denials sound familiar...remember..."I didn't have sex with that women." "And the vast right-wing conspiracy."

    June 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. martin

    don't get mad and attack back,bill.it makes you appear guilty,just like before."i did not have sex with that woman."

    June 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. mj - Florida

    What has happened to Bill Clinton. I think the Vanity Fair article was not based on sound journalism; it was a lot of rumor and innuendo. That said, to lose your cool, again, to a reporter, to blame Obama for the media’s coverage . . .that is preposterous. If Obama could control the media, I’m thinking the Rev. Wright story wouldn’t have been a story and the bitter comment would have barely aired. The MSM has been hard on both sides, why, ratings. All of this is great for them, not just the Clinton fodder.

    June 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Angus McDugan

    Well if anyone is an expert on sleazy, lying, and scum then that would be Bill. I was questioning Obama after dumping his Reverend and Church, but given the Clintons as an alternate makes Obama look pretty goood. Bill's lashing out supports the report in Vantiy Fair.

    June 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Michael

    In November Dick will be apologizing to his own party. Dick, along with Bush and Rove, have brought shame to the Republican Party and will be the main reason that McCain gets defeated.

    June 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Yknow how I know this article is 100% TRUE? Two words:

    Defamation lawsuit. If this was so agregious, where is his lawsuit? Same as Rogers Clemens. You don't wanna throw a lawsuit out there because when you do, people WILL start digging. And as before when Bill and Hillary Clinton said that it was a quote "right wing conspirarcy against her husband" when the Monica Lewinsky story broke, only later for him to finally admit that he infact DID have sexual relationships with that woman.

    So give me a break to all these people trying to defend Bill Clinton. Yes, he has done charitable work. But doesn't mean you can cheat and/or flirt with other women while your wife is running for President.

    What I find even MORE appauling, is women who support Hillary and know full well that her husband is a skirt chaser! How do you justify that?

    June 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. NIC

    You go Bill!!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. GUY

    Are we supposed to believe that Monica was the one and only time he cheated?! Please. What is the deal with the the Clinton couple thinking that they can say whatever they want (aka lie) and the American people will just blinding listen and believe. It's ridiculous.

    And another things... I really, REALLY don't care about the lives of the Clintons – they're fake, they manipulate and they are addicted to fame and power. The details don't matter anymore. Enough. I just want them to GO AWAY!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Kate

    I get that Mr. Clinton is upset with the author of the VF article, what I cannot understand is his out of line attack on Obama and the entire media system. I think the media has been fair. and Obama has shown nothing but respect in his public remarks of the Clintons.

    I notice people are wondering whether the Huffinton post reported identified herself, that is irrelevant, Clinton should not be talking this way about his party's candidate in public. and remember the bitter comments by Obama, I don't recall reporters being outraged about the secret typing of Obama's comments. Clintons should be treated the same, if they choose to have outbrusts in public, it is fair game.

    kate

    June 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. Beverly Wilkins

    What a surprise.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. carmen collins-foran

    nasty old goat!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Greg, NY

    It's kinda funny and ironic actually.

    The guy writes an article about Clinton being angry, and then Clinton gets all angry trying to disprove the article which ends up proving it!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. a turnip could beat mccain

    i've lost a tremendous amount of respect for clinton throughout the primary process. this article, whether true or false, doesn't damage his image as much as he has damaged it himself.

    it's funny how Carter's legacy improved after his presidency, while clinton's legacy is diminishing.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Sillary

    This is the one and only reason Obama can not take Hillary as the VP. He's such a moron.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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