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Thursday, March 4, 1999 Published at 12:12 GMT


World: Americas

Monica and Hillary fight for the front page

Monica Lewinsky's first in-depth televison interview was with Barbara Walters

America's leading newspapers leapt to give front-page prominence to Monica Lewinsky's media double whammy on Thursday.


But she was forced to share the front pages with Hillary Clinton as the momentum for the latter's political career grows.

The New York Times billed both the media launch of the former White House intern's story and the First Lady's New York fund-raising events on the front page, but it was Monica's face which gazed out at readers.


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The paper headlined Monica's story, "In Interview and Book, Lewinsky Takes Offensive", luring readers to an extensive analysis on inside pages of what it termed the "double-fronted campaign".

Ms Lewinsky's first in-depth televsion interview, with Barbara Walters on ABC television, was designed to coincide with the release of her biography.

The paper made no bones about the fact that now that Monica could be candid, she was "finally free to seek self-justification and personal profit."

And just in case anyone had missed the interview, the article revealed all. It said the "most striking" feature was her admission that during a lull in the affair (with the President), she briefly dated a Pentagon employee, became pregnant and had an abortion, which plunged her into depression.


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Speculation about Hillary's political ambitions has reached fever pitch
In New York, the First Lady was busy building her own political career. She attended an arts education awareness-raiser in Queens, and a Democratic women's leadership fund-raiser in Manhattan.

The huge audiences attracted by Hillary Clinton provided further evidence of interest in the possibility that she may bid to represent New York in the Senate.

Revenge

The Washington Post implied that Monica's media fanfare was a way of exacting revenge.


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"Biography depicts a Bitter Lewinsky", cried the Post's front-page headline. The paper carried another huge feature on the inside pages, headlined "Lewinsky's scorn has many targets."

Hillary Clinton's New York trip, although billed on the front page under "First Lady Tests Water", was in fact consigned to a Monica link story.

All fizzing

The Boston Globe put Monica's story on the front page before the interview had been broadcast: "Monica market readies shift into high gear" screamed the headline in Wednesday's edition.

The paper was rather scathing about Monica's media extravaganza: "By Friday, the campaign to resuscitate her reputation - and make everyone a pile of cash along the way - will be as intense as the campaign for New Coke," said the article.

The paper questioned whether US consumers would "accept the newly sweetened version of Monica Lewinsky".

The First Lady did not even get a front-page mention.





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