Sunday, August 2, 1998 Published at 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
US media feasts on 'Zippergate'
Cartoonists are having a field day
As the Clinton-Lewinsky investigation intensifies, the American media is having a feeding frenzy over the allegations of an affair and cover-up.
The New York Daily News has a cover picture of the president playing golf in the Hamptons under the headline "'Swingin." The caption reads: "Bill shoots for fun in the sun".
Inside, its editorial page is dominated by a cartoon depicting a Subpoena-me-Monica toy doll.
"Pull her string and she changes her story," the mock advertisement says, adding that accessories include a DNA stained dress.
"The fate of the republic is hanging on a navy blue cocktail dress that may be stained with presidential bodily fluid," she tuts.
Monica goes shopping
That dress is also the subject of a bizarre headline in the Drudge Report, the investigative news Internet site which has made its name chasing details of the president's alleged affair.
"Lewinsky's dirty dress was bought at the Gap," it says, presumably for the benefit of any wannabe Monicas who want to know where to shop to look like their idol.
In its weekend edition, the online magazine offers a semi-humorous psychological case study of the chief prosecutor.
Psychoanalyst Dr Justin Frank concludes that Mr Starr's desire to root out all the details about the president's private life is a symptom of an "obsessional personality disorder with voyeuristic and paranoid features".
A debate is raging in the editorial pages of many newspapers about what the president should do now.
Some opinion pieces imply that it would not be such a big deal if Mr Clinton was found to be lying.
However, there is a consensus among the papers that if Mr Clinton is going to change his story he should do it now in public before testifying to the grand jury.
Many feel the Clinton presidency is at a turning point and that the country's leader must come forward and tell the truth as soon as possible if he is to retain the public's trust.