Apr
01
1999

Hit the Rewind

Bork's video subpoena was a story too good to check

The day after President Bill Clinton's impeachment, George Stephanopoulos, surveying the rubble on ABC's This Week (12/20/98), made a bold confession: "As a Democrat, I will say the Democrats should rue the day when they made one simple act: the day they subpoenaed Robert Bork's videos." Stephanopoulos was soon joined by others. Edward Rothstein, cultural critic at large for the New York Times, observed in the New Republic (1/25/99) that our national politics have long suffered from episodes of "impugning of character and morals, complete with probings about public virtues and private values." Exhibit A: "Records of video rentals, for […]