Thursday, March 4, 1999 Published at 12:12 GMT
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Washington Post implied that Monica's media fanfare was a way of exacting revenge.
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.
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.