ZipperGate Plus 10
Posted by Ryan on January 17, 2008
It was ten years ago today that Matt Drudge became the first independent Internet journalist to break a major news story before the MSM online. That story was about a 23 year old intern named Monica Lewinsky having a sordid affair with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Michael Isikoff, Newsweek and the Washington Post had the story but refused to run it until January 21, 1998.
Sucks for them: their protection of that sleaze-bag eventually led to an Internet news revolution and the eventual proliferation of the blogosphere as an integral and serious part of the alternative media.
Not only does every description of that period require tongue and cheek ententres (very frustrating as a teacher!), but we also got the “blue dress,” as well as the existential deliberation of the meaning of “is” as it relates to CYA’s on national TV. It was a national embarrassment that eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment and acquittal. It was also a period when women’s lib was catapulted back to the 1950s through NOW’s utter silence on the issue and She Who Must Not Be Named permanently lost my respect (yes–she actually had a true opportunity to earn that respect on a human level, but blew it).
Even today the jokes proliferate, especially since SWMNBN is running for President!