On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, journalist Nina Burleigh dismissed the Peter Schweizer, the author of the highly-anticipated upcoming book Clinton Cash, as a “right-wing hatchet man.”
Burleigh, for the uninitiated, is the reporter who famously said she would be “happy to give [Bill Clinton] a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.” Burleigh formerly was the White House correspondent for Time Magazine and covered the Clinton White House.
On O’Donnell’s show Burleigh said “it’s not good” that major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post had to “farm out” their work. Burleigh argued the outlets could have done the investigative work on their own because “[the] material is already out there.”
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL, MSNBC: Where does The New York Times and The Washington Post, who is also on this Clinton money story, where do they go from here?
NINA BURLEIGH, NEWSWEEK: We’ve been talking about this a lot. I don’t know how much time you have, but it’s not good that these major newspapers had to farm out their investigative work to this right-wing hatchet man.
O’DONNELL: What they’re saying is this guy gave them their book, ahead of time. Well, Eugene, speak for The Washington Post.
BURLEIGH: They could have done that on their own. I mean, that material is already out there.
O’DONNELL: Gene, tell us how it works with The Washington Post.
EUGENE ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST: How it works is if we’re going to get a book that we think there’s something in it and we get it early, we’re going to look at it and see if there’s anything in it. Meanwhile, we’re going to have our reporters out there on the money trail. So stay tuned.
O’DONNELL: And the author of this Clinton Cash book says he’s now working on the same kind of report about Jeb Bush.
MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY, THE WEEK: Peter Schweizer is definitely a conservative, but he’s done books before like Throw The Bums Out that went after John Boehner and other Republican figures. He has his ideological bias, but he’s not afraid of taking shots at Republicans.