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Bill Whatcott
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada


VILLAGE GLOBALS

Where's the Voice's FUCKING COJONES!?!? Instead of just WABBLE WOUSING, why didn't you clowns get off your collective asses and host the guy's site?! How come, since this was such a FREE SPEECH ISSUE, you didn't take a stand?!

The take I get is that you feel empowered to spam everybody by planting a piece that'll play real well on campus and in Soho, but won't take any meaningful action yourselves.

Tom Denman

Portsmouth, Rhode Island


NEUTRAL NO MORE

If you can put me in touch with Mike Z., I'll gladly host his site in this country—which hopefully is outside of FBI jurisdiction.

Fungai Smith
Switzerland

 


HOBSON'S CHOICE

Cynthia Cotts, in last week's Press Clips ["Sheehy's Choice"], charged that I "allegedly violated a confidentiality agreement [I] made with Hillary Clinton."

What confidentiality agreement? Who alleged this? Cotts simply quoted a spokesperson as calling it a "garbled version of a private conversation."

Hillary Clinton, in an on-the-record interview in 1992 with her press secretary present, which was recounted in Hillary's Choice, asked me: "Why does the press shy away from investigating rumors about George Bush's extramarital life? I had tea with Anne Cox Chambers," the chair of Cox Communications, "and [she said]' . . . everybody knows about George Bush.' And then she launches into this long description of, you know, Bush and his carrying on, all of which is apparently well known in Washington.' Hillary continued, 'I'm convinced part of it is that the establishment—regardless of party—stick together. They're going to circle the wagons on Jennifer" (a rumored Bush paramour) "and all these other people."

Immediately after that interview, I called Chambers to ask if she would verify a conversation with Hillary about "Bush's Jennifer." Her account matched Hillary's almost word-for-word. It was now neither garbled nor private— both parties to the conversation had given me verbatim accounts on the record.

Cotts also alleges that Hillary's Choice contains almost no new interviews with Hillary Clinton. False. I traveled extensively with Hillary in '92 and have had conversations with her at least once or twice every year since then, some of which are quoted and footnoted in my book. I talked with her as recently as New Year's Eve 1998 and last August.

I have not, like some journalists, attempted to initiate myself into Hillary's inner circle by violating my role as a journalist. The price was spelled out in my February 1999 profile of Hillary in Vanity Fair: "The sure way to be in Hillary's inner circle, says a former White House spokesperson, "is to show a balls-out, go-to-the mat mentality about taking on their enemies. Anybody who has a hang-up about fairness is cast out as part of the enemy camp."

Gail Sheehy
Manhattan

Cynthia Cotts replies: With regard to Sheehy's 1992 interview with Hillary Clinton: In 1992, I reviewed Sheehy's transcripts, and saw that Hillary went off the record before she discussed the Jennifer rumors with Sheehy. In a statement Sheehy faxed to me last week, she admitted as much, writing, "I never agreed to keeping that outburst off the record." The fax also recounts Sheehy's attempt to get Hillary to discuss the rumors on the record, which Hillary resisted, giving her "the glittery lizard eye blink." Sheehy may never have agreed to abide by her source's requests, but she broke Hillary's trust by publishing off the record comments, first in Vanity Fair and again in her new book.


ANTI-UNION LABEL

Re Jason Vest's article "Hillary's Anti-Union, Slumlord Pals" [December 21]: Hillary Clinton's anti-union pals are nothing new. Remember, she sat on Wal-Mart's board, and they're still not unionized. New York won't be the same if Hillary gets elected to the Senate. Maybe that's good? At least, it'll give Arkansas a break. We don't want her back!

Karen Long

Little Rock


E-TOYS ARE US

Thank you for Claire Barliant's fine article on the eToys/etoy dispute ["eToy Story," December 7].

The crass assumption by eToys that their trademark predisposes them to control certain domain names is a dangerous one. Sadly, it is also an assumption that seems to be gaining legal stature.

Mike Edwards
Jersey City, New Jersey

Thanks to Claire Barliant for her excellent piece on the eToys/etoy suit, which shows that e-commerce will not sit idly by as anticorporate art encroaches on its territory. The Internet, however, has a tradition of quick reaction to censorship. The first anti-eToys Web sites are already up.

Richard Zach
San Francisco, California


SING NOEL

Peter Noel is a gem. Who better combinescutting-edge reporting and pithy writing with incisive political analysis?

Hope you don't lose him to the mainstream press.

Paul Bass
New Haven, Connecticut

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