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A Near Impossible Environment for Politicians – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Joe Klein 

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, Spin, The Media

Joe Klein on his outing as the Author of Primary Colors:

As for me, I learned some important things as a result of Primary Colors. The first, and perhaps most significant, lesson came the night of my press conference. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat or concentrate enough to read, my mouth was dry, my hands were shaking … and then I realized something: I had just endured an average day in the life of Bill Clinton. It had been impossible to think clearly with all those lights trained on me and with the barrage of angry questions. Hell, It had been hard to think clearly months earlier, when the New York magazine story appeared. I realized that we, In the press, had created a near-impossible environment for our politicians—we had, among other things, made it very difficult for them to live like normal human beings.

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