FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2003
PSEUDO-PSYCHIATRISTS AND THE TALK HOSTS WHO BOOK THEM: It isnt like celebrity shrink Susan Forward hasnt misbehaved before. In fact, eager to get her stretched face on TV, Forward betrayed a famous client all the way back in 1994. Reporting in the Los Angeles Times, Shari Roan described the misconduct:
ROAN (6/16/94): Encino social worker Susan Forward may face professional disciplinary action for violating the privacy of her former client Nicole Brown Simpson when Forward revealed comments Simpson made during therapy.Forward said Wednesday that she had erred in discussing those therapy sessions, Roan reported. But here comes the truly wonderful partForward had dragged her sorry ass back on TV to discuss her admitted misconduct! Forward said in a television interview she made an honest mistake, Roan wrote (our emphasis; the show was CNNs Sonya Live). Indeed, Forward acknowledged that she violated a doctor-patient confidentiality privilege in disclosing the nature of her conversations with Nicole Simpson. But why would Forward care about that? Susan Forward had been on TV!
And then last night, it happened again! We tried to warn you in Thursdays HOWLER; Hillary Clintons book was leaking, and a mountain of foofaw was coming, we said. And last night, there was Susan Forward, lead guest on The OReilly Factor. Forward spoke to Brown only twice; she never spoke to Hillary Clinton. But why should that retard diagnosis? Forwarda quackrevealed all:
FORWARD: My hunch is that Hillary Clinton will say whatever she needs to say to serve herself, and I dont believe for a moment what shes saying. I am shocked that she is once again treating the American public as if theyre a bunch of idiots because every time either one of them goes on and lies on national television or national radio, were like somehow supposed to believe it.Go ahead and enjoy a good laugh! Hillary Clinton will say whatever she needs to? Of course, that was just the doctors hunchbut soon, the shrink provided more. I think that Hillary Clinton has become so comfortable with lying and so comfortable with covering up and protecting her and his stature and position that its very easy for her, and thats pretty scary, Forward said, perfectly mouthing Approved Standard Spin-Points. And make no mistakeForward had shot from the gate this evening. How do you see this, Doctor? Bill asked. Here were his guests first remarks:
FORWARD: I see it as just using common sense. It defies any kind of logic or reason to believe that this woman, who has been cheated on, lied to, disgraced, betrayed, degraded, all those things for hundreds and hundreds of times, not only during the marriage, but even before the marriageEven Bill had to jump in there. Well, how do we know that? the spin-buster asked. I dont know that shes been betrayed hundreds and hundreds of times. How do you know? And, of course, she doesnt know. Prepare to emit rueful chuckles:
FORWARD: Well, I know from the reading that Ive done. I know from Chris Hitchens book, Nobody Left to Lie To, which has pretty substantially documented that the sexual recklessness and the sexual abusiveness that Bill Clinton has foisted on women has been a pattern and almost anShe knows because Chris Hitchens said it! Bill cut her off there again.
Forward has always been a clown. But mountains of nonsense are going to follow, offered by the clowning cadre who comprise our celebrity pundit corps. They know their spin-pointsand little else. They like to rub their thighs very hard. They say the same things, again and again. Get ready to gaze at that mountain.
DIPLOMA MILLS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM: Forward spoke with Brown only twice. She never spoke with Clinton at all. But why should that retard the spin? She shoveled the shit fast and hard:
FORWARD: Im sorry. I dont see her as a victim. I see her as a very ambitious, ruthless, hard-driving woman who is very complex and has that side to her, and when it serves her to play victim, because thats when women love her and thats when women rally to her side.Oh. And the doctor kept going:
FORWARD: Heres a woman who can certainly stand on her own two feet and why she chooses to stay with him, we have to look at some kind of power contract between them. And I think that what happens is she brings order to his chaos, and he brings chaos to her order, so they kind of complete each other.Ruthless; ambitious; power contract; Big Liar: Youve heard this shit a thousand times, but tonight the script had the air of authority. But thats a bit of a hustle too. Back in 1994, Newsdays Sidney Schanberg reviewed the media vultures feeding on the Simpson case. Forward ranked high on his list:
SCHANBERG: Forward, a Ph.D. who calls herself doctor, sought out every television camera and newspaper notebook she could find to tell this story. She is the author of a book, Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them. Maybe her sales will go up now.In fact, Forward isnt a psychiatrist, though she likes to make rubes call her doctor. But Schanberg was actually being too kind. Back in 1987, People magazine explained that Ph.D.:
KRISTAN MCMURRAN: [Forwards] doctorate, in fact, was partly a matter of public relations. Before beginning her national radio show in 1982, she obtained a Ph.D. from Kensington University in Glendale, which she describes as a university without walls, and which a spokesman describes as a correspondence school for people who havent the time or the money to go to college. (Kensington offers a Ph.D. in psychology based on work experience, home study, a dissertation of 50 pages or more and a fee of $2,875. Although unaccredited, it is authorized by the state of California to grant degrees.)Wow! You can make Bill OReilly call you doctor too! Of course, none of this would make any difference if Forward went on TV and spoke sensibly. But back in 1994, she ran on TV to betray Nicole Brown. Now she runs to diagnose Hillary. People like Forward keep cranking the crap. And they keep showing up on TV, guests of the fake men who love them.
The Daily update
A GUIDE TO WATCHING THE PUNDITS: When did Bill tell Hill the truth? Here at THE HOWLER, we dont have a clue, andbeing sanewe couldnt care less. But celebrity pundits will spin you all week. Here are three key things to watch for.
Watch them as they feign total ignorance: How could HRC have believed Bill? Pundits will swear that it makes no sense (just as Forward told OReilly). But HRC discussed that point in her 1999 Talk magazine interview. This interview was hugely discussed. She spoke with Lucinda Franks:
FRANKS (quoting Mrs. Clinton): You have to know the real quality of the person, she says thoughtfully. You have to be alert to it, vigilant in helping. I thought this was resolved 10 years ago. I thought he had conquered it, but he didnt go deep enough or work hard enough.In that interview, HRC explained why she believed the denials; she believed her husband had resolved his wandering ten years before. Is that true? We dont have the foggiest. But all week, youll see a string of thigh-rubbing pundits ask what Hannity asked last night. How could she have believed him, Sean said, given the fact that hed strayed before? HRC has answered that. No onerepeat, no onewill recall.
Watch them cite the beloved Kathleen Willey: Theres something else no pundit will mention. No pundit will remember what happened in several other high-profile cases. For example, how did Independent Counsel Robert Ray evaluate the press corps beloved Kathleen Willey? Heres how NPRs Nina Totenberg explained Rays final report:
ROBERT SIEGEL (3/6/02): What other things are in the report?Say what? In Newsday, Ken Fireman went a bit further:
FIREMAN (3/7/02): On the Willey matter, the report concluded there was insufficient evidence to disprove Clintons denial because of Willeys unreliability as a witness. It noted she had given substantially different accounts in two sworn statements and had lied to the FBI about her relationship with a former boyfriend.Ray had decided he had a slick Willey! In fact, Ray even considered prosecuting his star witness for that last lie. (Ray report: Following Willeys acknowledgment of the lie, the Independent Counsel agreed not to prosecute her for false statements in this regard.) The chances are youve never heard this; the press corps kept it very quiet. And of course, theyll do so again this week. Hillary knows all this, of course. By design, most Americans dont.
Watch them as they treat you like rubes: Watch them recite their favorite old saw. It isnt about the sex, theyll say; its really all about the lying. You know how much they hate all lying. Chris voiced a variant last night:
MATTHEWS: Dennis [Prager], is it credible that Hillary Clinton learned on that day, from her husband, and until that day believed him? The only reason this is important is whether she can run for president if people dont believe her.And dont worryChris will struggle to help them disbelieve. But hes strangely indifferent to all other lies. In the past few weeks, for example, President Bush, a well-known man, has emitted some real Grade A groaners:
We live in a time that is deeply corrupted. When else has a group so fraudulent taken control of a democracys discourse? Readers, there are many pundits where Forward comes from. And cable bookers? Theyre the people who love them.