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NY Post Cover of Monica Lewinsky’s Is Just Unprofessional

NY Post is rarely the paragon of journalistic elegance and integrity, but their latest cover regarding Monica Lewinsky’s personal reflections is just unprofessional, if not bizarre.

It’s bizarre because Lewinsky’s account can’t just be summed up as “[her] life sucks!” It’s unprofessional because this is one of the worst examples of taking quotes totally out of context.

However you feel about Monica Lewinsky and what she has come to state in her recent writing (and her account is obviously one that would arouse very emotional reactions whether you’re a liberal or a conservative), if you’ve read anything about what Lewinsky wrote, you know that her intended message isn’t merely, “My life sucks!”

Below are some of the things Lewinsky has written (from Vanity Fair):

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

“I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”

“[My current goal] is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

How the NY Post decided to go with “My life sucks!” from any of this other rich material is frankly quite baffling.

(Photo Credit: Huffington Post)

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