Longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal has left his post as Washington bureau chief for the online magazine Salon, a month after he suggested in print that President Bush wouldn't mind if Little Rock, Arkansas was vaporized in a nuclear attack...
..."We're still very fond of Sidney and very appreciative of his talents and deeply want him to continue to have a relationship with Salon," [Salon publisher David] Talbot said.
But he did note that "people at Salon" initiated the departure discussions a month ago.
That would be around the time Blumenthal offered a behind-the-scenes account of President Bush's arrival at the opening of President Clinton's presidential library in Little Rock:
"Bush appeared distracted, and glanced repeatedly at his watch," the former Hillary-aide reported. "When he stopped to gaze at the river, where secret service agents were stationed in boats, the guide said: 'Usually, you might see some bass fishermen out there.'
"Bush replied [according to Blumenthal's unnamed sources]: 'A submarine could take this place out.'"
The supposed comments prompted the Saloner to wonder feverishly:
"Was the president warning of an al-Qaida submarine? . . . Or was this a wishful paranoid fantasy of ubiquitous terrorism destroying Clinton's legacy with one blow?"
Previous Blumenthal coverage starts here.
UPDATE: In related news, Salon's stock rose .01 cents to close at 3.23 cents in light trading.
Politics · Fri, 01/07/2005 - 14:29 · Importance: 1