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June 24, 1998, Brill's Content, Starr Burst: Leaks & Lies, by Robert Parry,

June 24, 1998, Brill's Content, Starr Burst: Leaks & Lies, by Robert Parry,

A veteran Associated Press reporter who covered America's early space shots was outraged when the directors of "The Right Stuff" used a troupe of acrobats in suits to portray the journalists. He felt the image of monkey-like reporters scaling trees and climbing over fences to spy on the wives and children of the astronauts exaggerated what happened. "We may have pissed on their lawn," the AP reporter growled, "but we never broke any windows."

For many years, I agreed that the movie version of obnoxious reporters jabbing microphones in the faces of people caught in the news was a bit over the top. Most reporters, I knew, were hard-working professionals. But with the melt-down over the Monica Lewinsky "scandal," I can no longer argue the point.

Washington journalism has become a scandal in its own right, worse than any movie portrayal. In combination with aggressive conservatives determined to negate the results of the last two presidential elections, the media now is threatening the very democratic system that a free press was meant to safeguard.

Driven by competition and baited to prove it's not "liberal," the Washington press corps has joined a kind of a coup d'etat for the Information Age. New evidence shows just how successful President Clinton's enemies have been in manipulating this "scandal" and turning reporters into collaborators.

In an account published on June 22, an associate editor of U.S. News & World Report reviewed two hours of previously undisclosed tapes made by Linda Tripp of her conversations with Lewinsky. The tapes revealed Tripp trying to lead Lewinsky into damaging admissions and suggesting actions that the press would later interpret as evidence of Clinton obstructing justice. Tripp, for instance, urges Lewinsky to ask Clinton for a job, the very action that rests at the center of ongoing impeachment speculation.

According to the U.S. News account, the two hours of tapes do indicate that Lewinsky was infatuated with Clinton but only support suspicions that Lewinsky engaged in suggestive phone conversations with the president. Complimenting Lewinsky on her sultry voice, Tripp declared, "No wonder the president likes to have phone sex with you." Lewinsky doesn't answer.


The U.S. News story comes on the heels of a 29-page report in the new magazine, Brill's Content, in which editor Steven Brill supplies other details on how the media was used, wittingly or not, as a political weapon. Tracing the first three weeks of the Lewinsky "scandal," sometimes hour by hour, Brill exposes how thoroughly two Clinton-hating operatives -- Lucianne Goldberg and Linda Tripp -- stage-managed the opening acts and how conservative special prosecutor Kenneth Starr then directed the press hysteria that followed.

"What makes the media's performance a true scandal, a true example of an institution being corrupted to its core, is that the competition for scoops so bewitched almost everyone that they let the man in power [Starr] write the story -- once Tripp and Goldberg put it together for him," Brill wrote as a lead-in to the article called "Pressgate." [Brill's Content, Aug. 1998]

Brill concluded that many of the disclosures to Starr's favored reporters -- The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and ABC News' Jackie Judd -- came from a combination of the Goldberg-Tripp duo and Starr's office. Brill used tough language, calling some reporters "lap dogs" and others "stenographers."

"I have personally seen internal memos from inside three news organizations that cite Starr's office as a source," Brill wrote. "For an internal publication circulated to New York Times employees in April, Washington editor Jill Abramson is quoted in a discussion about problems covering the Lewinsky story as saying, '[T]his story was very much driven in the beginning on sensitive information that was coming out of the prosecutor's office'."

What is less clear, however, is whether Starr's office helped on some of the wildly erroneous accounts, such as the Lewinsky's semen-stained dress love trophy and the president caught-in-the-act tale. William Ginsburg, Lewinsky's lawyer, has alleged that Starr leaked some sensitive stories as a tactic to pressure Lewinsky into providing testimony that Starr wanted.

With fresh details, Brill's article explained how conservative book agent Goldberg and her wannabe book author Tripp primed the scandal pump. Both wanted to damage the Clinton administration for political and financial reasons. Goldberg also had experience in dirty tricks having worked for Richard Nixon's 1972 campaign as a spy posing as a journalist inside the McGovern campaign.

It's been known for months that Goldberg urged Tripp to begin taping her young friend, Monica Lewinsky, and that Tripp had been toying with the idea of writing a tell-all White House book. But Brill uncovered new elements of the Goldberg-Tripp manipulation.

According to Brill's article, Goldberg even arranged for her brother's courier service to handle letters and packages that Lewinsky allegedly sent to Clinton. "We told Linda [Tripp] to suggest that Monica use a courier service to send love letters to the president," Goldberg said. "And we told her what courier service to use. Then, we told Spikey [Goldberg's nickname for Newsweek's Isikoff] to call the service."

Further, Tripp and Goldberg told Isikoff that one of the packages contained a lurid sex tape. As corroboration for that claim, the Goldberg family courier service made available the courier who delivered the tape. He helpfully confirmed to Isikoff that one package appeared to contain a tape.

Keeping the Jones Up

Having gotten Newsweek's attention, the Goldberg-Tripp duo then made sure that Paula Jones's legal team knew about Lewinsky. In October 1997, the Jones's lawyers began receiving anonymous phone calls from an unidentified woman -- apparently Tripp. With that information, the Jones's lawyers knew enough to subpoena Lewinsky and Tripp.

With Lewinsky and Tripp subpoenaed -- and with a tape recorder rolling -- Tripp then drew Lewinsky into conversations about what they should say to the Jones lawyers. Tripp apparently hoped to use the conversations to create the legal basis for an obstruction of justice case against Clinton. But, as Brill reported, Lewinsky instead provided exculpatory evidence on this point.

When the Goldberg-Tripp team selected the two most incriminating tapes to play for Newsweek correspondents, the reporters heard no evidence that Clinton tried to make Lewinsky lie about the purported affair. "In fact," Isikoff said, "there is one passage where Linda, knowing the tape is going, says, 'He knows you're going to lie; you've told him, haven't you?' She seems like she's trying to get Monica to say it. But Monica says no."

So Newsweek remained skeptical about this story that was being served up on a silver platter. But Tripp forced the issue by taking her information to Starr's office, too. On Jan. 12-13, Starr's investigators debriefed Tripp and then insisted that she wear a wire for a scripted conversation with Lewinsky at the Ritz-Carlton in the Pentagon City section of Arlington, Va.

On Jan. 14, Goldberg brought Isikoff up to speed about Starr's entrance into the case. Then, on Jan. 16, Tripp lured Lewinsky to another meeting at the Ritz-Carlton. Starr's investigators surrounded the young woman and pressured her to cooperate.

Those efforts went on into the evening, when Tripp excused herself and returned home. There, she briefed Paula Jones's lawyers who were scheduled to depose the president under oath the next day. Armed with that information, Jones's lawyers surprised Clinton with detailed questions about Lewinsky. He denied a sexual relationship.

Meanwhile, Starr's office was urging Newsweek to hold its story to give the prosecutors more time to build their case. Newsweek did, but Internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge received a tip about the spiked story, again most likely from the Goldberg-Tripp duo.

On Jan. 21, the story broke with full force in a front-page Washington Post account by Susan Schmidt, Peter Baker and Toni Locy. That story quoted "sources" as saying that "in some of the conversations -- including one in recent days -- Lewinsky described Clinton and [his friend Vernon] Jordan directing her to testify falsely" in the Jones case.

Brill noted that the perjury claim, which the Post article reported that sources heard on the tapes, was exactly what "had been missing from the tapes that Newsweek heard. This is not a minor point. The charge that Lewinsky had been instructed to lie was not only the linchpin of Starr's expanded jurisdiction, but would be the nub of any impeachment action against the president -- and the premise of all of the front-page stories and hours of talk show dialogue that would follow."

Still, with the Post story setting the city abuzz and the Ginsberg-Tripp team handing out hot tips to friendly reporters, the Washington media scrambled to get in line. The reporters, who had curried favor with Starr's office during the long Whitewater investigation, had choice spots.

One sloppy story followed the next, with news outlets rushing out thinly sourced allegations which were then "matched" or simply repeated by pundits who took the dubious information to the next level by commenting on the greater meaning. The talking heads opined that Clinton likely would resign within days.

But often the stories turned out to be wrong. Goldberg later boasted about planting the infamous story about Lewinsky saving a dress stained with the president's semen. Goldberg said she had heard the bizarre tale from Tripp, though it might not have been on any tape, and Goldberg admitted that she might have embroidered the story. "I might have added the part about it being saved," Goldberg said. The FBI found no semen on Lewinsky's clothes.

Illegal Leaks?

Though Brill's story concentrated on the reckless reporting, most of the press reaction has centered on Starr's admission that he and a senior deputy, Jackie Bennett Jr., routinely briefed selected reporters about the investigation. "I have talked with reporters on background on some occasions," Starr said, "but Jackie has been the primary person involved in that. He has spent much of his time talking to individual reporters."

Brill noted that Starr's statement conflicted with the special prosecutor's own public utterances decrying leaks. On Feb. 5, for instance, Starr told an impromptu news conference that he could not comment "about the status of someone who might be a witness [because] that goes to the heart of the grand jury process."

Early on, Starr also engaged in a testy exchange with Clinton's lawyers over their complaints about leaks from his office. Calling "leaks utterly intolerable," Starr declared that "I have made the prohibition of leaks a principal priority of this office. It is a firing offense, as well as one that leads to criminal prosecution."

But even before publication of Starr's admission, investigator reporter Dan Moldea had disclosed that another Starr deputy, Hickman Ewing, had acknowledged that "despite [Starr's] statements to the contrary, [Starr] is the person who is actually approving which reporters receive what information." [CNN's Burden of Proof, May 27, 1998]

Faced with the leak revelations, Starr did not deny that he had talked to favored reporters on "background" -- that is, on a not-for-attribution basis. But he mounted a spirited defense of the legality of his actions.

On June 16, in a 19-page rebuttal to Brill's article, Starr insisted that he scrupulously abided by a criminal statute, known as Rule 6(e), which prohibits disclosure of testimony given before a grand jury. Starr added further that his office "does not and has not released information provided by witnesses during witness interviews, except as authorized by law." (Italics added.)

The key part of that second sentence is the phrase "except as authorized by law." In effect, the wording acknowledges that Starr had released confidential witness information to the press but that he considers his disclosures "authorized by law."

Starr argued that the leak guidelines have big loopholes that allow wide-ranging briefings of reporters. "We should discuss the causes of delay in our investigation," Starr wrote. "We should correct public misinformation about the legal views, strategy and tactics of this office to the extent we can without interfering with the investigation or violating Rule 6(e) -- lest the public, courts, witnesses and jurors receive misimpressions about the integrity of the office. Our dealings with other public and government agencies are proper topics of discussion with reporters."

Yet, given that the Lewinsky investigation has dominated Washington debate for months, has been filled with "misinformation," and involves the White House as well as other government agencies, Starr's loopholes would seem to give him a virtual carte blanche for leaking.

Other legal experts simply don't agree with Starr's reading of the law. They note that recent court rulings suggest that Rule 6(e) extends to pre-interviews that are done with witnesses who may be called before a grand jury or to other evidence that might affect the grand jury deliberations. Justice Department guidelines also prohibit unofficial release of information that might prejudice a case or infringe on the privacy rights of a prospective defendant.

Former Reagan-Bush lawyer Ronald K. Noble noted that Starr's "denials beg the question of what Mr. Starr considers grand jury material, what he believes is authorized by law and what he and Mr. Bennett actually said to reporters." Noting that Starr promised a leak inquiry last February (whose results have never been divulged), Noble added that the inquiry must now be put in the hands of an independent investigator. [NYT, June 19, 1998]

Zeal or Prejudice?

Whatever the outcome of the leak dispute, Brill's article contributes to a growing body of evidence that Starr's investigation has never been a dispassionate, even-handed pursuit of wrongdoing. From his controversial appointment by a conservative-dominated three-judge panel in August 1994, Starr has approached his job with an apparent determination to pin some crime on Clinton, even if one needed to be contrived.

After nearly four years of that quest, Starr has gone down numerous dead ends, finding no case against Clinton on Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, Vincent Foster's suicide and Mena drug trafficking. Yet, Starr has cleared Clinton of suspicion only on the false rumors about Foster's death. The rest are still in play despite a lack of evidence.

Now, Starr appears determined to build a report urging Clinton's impeachment around an alleged cover-up of a sexual relationship with Lewinsky. Starr is threatening the young woman with a criminal indictment if she will not testify as he wants. The Washington pundits are already arguing that the stories about apparent abuses of power by the prosecutor should not distract from the grander issue of Clinton's guilt.

Copyright (c) 1998

May/June 1999, Columbia Journalism Review, Active Reporter or Passive Conspirator? by Anthony Marro,


May/June 1999, Columbia Journalism Review, Active Reporter or Passive Conspirator? by Anthony Marro,

Anthony Marro is the editor of Newsday. He was a reporter for the Rutland (Vermont) Herald, Newsday, Newsweek, and The New York Times

It wasn't until right at the end, right as Lucianne Goldberg and Linda Tripp were starting the triple play intended to push the story of the president and the intern into the Paula Jones civil suit, the Kenneth Starr criminal probe, and the pages of Newsweek all on the same weekend, that Tripp told Michael Isikoff, the Newsweek reporter working the story, that she was trying to negotiate a book deal as well.

This shouldn't have come as a surprise. Goldberg was a book agent, and Tripp had been planning a White House scandal book as far back as 1996. But it sent Isikoff into high dudgeon, angry that it might compromise her credibility and jeopardize the story he was still trying to write, causing him to think: "You're . . . going to muck up my story, you idiot."

And so he set out to persuade them not to do this, later coming to realize that two important things had been happening.

The first was that he had crossed the line from reporter to participant. "I was trying to influence the actions of the players," he writes. "As a reporter, that's not my job. But I didn't realize something else: I was at this point too involved to avoid influencing the players."

The second was that while the book plan shouldn't have been any surprise, it had been "well off my radar screen." He had been too focused on Clinton and Lewinsky to pay full attention to Goldberg and Tripp. ìI could not have cared less about their motives or their ultimate goal,î he now says. "My interest in them was quite simple and fairly well focused: Was the stuff they were telling me true? Could it be corroborated? Would it make a story for Newsweek?"

If information is accurate it probably doesnít matter where it comes from. Reporters everywhere and forever have been passing along information without sharing the enthusiasms or goals of their sources. But not understanding goals can backfire dangerously. Not warning readers about motives can make stories seriously incomplete. And one of the lessons in Isikoffís book is that sometimes reporters can focus so intensely on the core of the story that they can miss some of the radar warnings blinking off to the side.

What was on his radar right from the start, from back when he was covering the Justice Department for The Washington Post, was the belief that Paula Jones had a story that deserved serious reporting, not something to be discounted just because the anti-Clinton far right was peddling it. Some of his editors were nervous and some were openly scornful of the whole project. In the end he blew up in anger, was suspended for insubordination, resigned in a huff and in May 1994, moved on to Newsweek.

The subtitle is "A Reporter's Story" and it's pretty much that. It's not to any large degree the story of the broader Starr investigation or the impeachment process or the performance of the press in covering the scandal. Isikoff gives more attention to the supposedly distinguishing characteristics of the presidential penis than to a serious examination of Starr's many probes. Henry Hyde doesn't appear in the index at all. Those looking for an assessment of Steven Brill's complaint that reporters were co-opted and corrupted by leaks from Starr's office will merely get eyestrain from trying to read between the lines.

Uncovering Clinton is the story of Isikoff's own attempts to document a pattern of sexual recklessness on the part of the president, and of the "culture of concealment" that he says inevitably flowed from it. This began when he came across Clinton aides in the 1992 presidential campaign who were trying to squash the reports of adulterous liaisons that they called "bimbo eruptions." His reporting there later made him think that Paula Jones might be credible. A tip from a Jones lawyer eventually led him to Kathleen Willey, who in turn pointed him towards Linda Tripp. And it was Tripp, along with Goldberg, who put him onto the story of Monica Lewinsky.

This was not a quick journey. It was six years from the "bimbo eruptions" to oral sex in the White House, and along the way he built up an extensive network of sources among people who were working in many different ways and through many different means towards the common goal of hurting, embarrassing, or actually ousting the president. He worked these stories for so long and became so well-connected with so many of the people involved that there are places in this book where it's not clear whether he was an outsider looking in, and insider looking out, or both at once.

Isikoff says that he was never interested in writing about sex for its own sake, and one tends to believe him. He says he kept at it because the allegations against Clinton suggested a recklessness and arrogance that was dangerous when combined with great power, and that required so many lies and so much deceit to keep hidden that it corrupted his presidency.

The president's private weaknesses had led to public wrongs, he now writes, including "lies to the public and to a court, the smearing of innocents, the deployment of an army of hardball litigators, private investigators, and spin doctors whose primary purpose was to smash the accusers and destroy the presidentís enemies."

This may be a bit overstated. There's little evidence here of enemies destroyed, and no strong evidence of behavior outside the bounds of well-funded civil suits, which even in the routine of things can become very nasty. And Isikoff acknowledges right up front that many of the Clinton enemies were themselves not pleasant people and not playing softball, but were "mean-spirited and mercenary" as well as zealous.

Isikoff tells his story in a smooth narrative style, with apparent candor and self-deprecating humor. (At one point, having accompanied two sources into a strip club in Dallas and placed a $20 bill inside the panties of one of the dancers, he confesses having started the night imagining himself Seymour Hersh and ending it feeling more like Geraldo.) He also manages to build a certain amount of suspense, which is no mean feat given that virtually every adult American outside of cloistered convents already knows not only the ending but also most of the details.

It will make a good movie.

The 46-year-old reporter at the center of A Reporter's Story comes across as aggressive, persistent, admirable in many ways, difficult to manage and very proud of it, admittedly not above overstating evidence while pitching a story to his bosses, cautious at important points and quick on the trigger at others, careful in documenting his stories and yet capable of playing down things that might undercut his basic reporting. After building his case that Paula Jones should be taken seriously, for example, he then takes the fact that she later changed her story in order to strengthen her lawsuit and relegates it to merely a footnote.

Many reporters who read this will applaud his tenacity, his talents, his feisty manner, and his drive. Many editors will applaud all these same things and then indulge themselves in thinking that editors will always be in demand. Non-journalists might come away understanding that reporting stories isn't as easy as it looks, and that in some of the most intense newsroom debates no one is clearly wrong and everyone has a good point.

This last was true of the debate within Newsweek over whether to print Isikoff's initial story about Clinton, Lewinsky, and Starr. Ann McDaniel, the Washington bureau chief, was concerned publication would disrupt an ongoing criminal investigation, something news organizations generally try not to do. Richard Smith, the editor-in-chief, was worried that they still had no real evidence that Vernon Jordan had done the things Tripp claimed, and that Lewinsky---who they hadn't yet interviewed---might be wandering around in some sort of fantasy world. Mark Whitaker, the then managing editor, later said he felt that he had a "fiduciary responsibility" to insure the credibility of the magazine, and he surely did. Even a magazine as strong as Newsweek would have a hard time explaining two "Hitler's Diaries" in one generation. Holding the story probably was the right call.

But Isikoff also was right. The independent counsel had expanded his investigation from land deals in Arkansas to sex and lies in the White House. His agents were trying to wire Lewinsky to run a sting on the president. By any definition this was serious and legitimate news. "Washington will go nuts," he warned his editors. And very quickly, thanks not only to Matt Drudge's Internet alarm system but also to The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and some others, the story was everywhere, and Newsweek was scrambling to put out its own version via the Internet.

Looking back, that initial Isikoff report holds up fairly well, although it may have given too much weight to Tripp's account of Jordan's involvement and raised almost no questions at all about whether the expansion of Starr's investigation was warranted to begin with. Nor was there any hint of Tripp's role as puppeteer, pulling Lewinsky's strings and virtually writing the script for much of what later would be the obstruction of justice charges.

This brings us back to the question Isikoff raises of himself: Had he become too much of an active player and strayed too far over the line?

On November 21, 1997, Tripp had called him and said that Lewinsky had sent another package to the White House, addressed to presidential secretary Betty Currie but intended for Clinton. By this point Tripp and Goldberg had arranged for Isikoff to get receipts of these deliveries from a messenger service Tripp had persuaded Lewinsky to use and that just happened to be owned by a relative of Goldberg. The package, Tripp said, contained a tape "for phone sex."

It was at this point, he writes, that he realized with more clarity than he had in the past that he "was in the middle of a plot to get the president."

"I was only covering it, of course," he now writes. "Or so I told myself. But I was covering it from the inside, while it was unfolding, talking nearly every week with the conspirators as they schemed to make it happen." Some of these were the kinds of conversations reporters have with sources routinely, he says, but in this kind of situation "the lines between aggressive reporter and passive conspirator can get awfully blurry."

It's true that Tripp and Goldberg saw him as their vehicle for exposing the president. But reporters find themselves in these situations all the time, albeit on much smaller stages and for much lower stakes. It's true that he had forced Starr to move quickly by threatening to interview Jordan and Lewinsky before they even knew they were being investigated. But this isn't unusual either. It happens quite often. And it's true that he was chagrined to discover that he had been relying on anti-Clinton lawyers as sources "even while they concealed from me their role in bringing the Lewinsky allegations to the Jones lawyers and later to Ken Starr." But a reporter who hasn't been misled by sources hasn't worked many stories, and the important issue for himself and his editors is whether the journalism he produced was accurate and fair or whether he had become so beholden to his sources that things ended up tilted their way.

In the end, Isikoff's own book doesn't entirely answer Isikoff's own question, but it suggests that if he had done more aggressive reporting on the active "conspirators" as he now calls them, the question of passive conspiracy probably wouldn't be an issue. This leads to the question of just what, to use his own phrase, was and was not on his radar screen.

The story about Clinton and Lewinsky was potentially so explosive that it's hard to fault him for not focusing on other matters that may have seemed peripheral at the time. But he may have jammed his own radar concerning the work of the "elves," which is the term he now uses for the network of conservative lawyers that worked secretly to help keep the Jones case alive and eventually steered Tripp to both the Jones lawyers and to Starr. The network included George Conway, a New York lawyer active in the conservative Federalist Society; Jerome Marcus, a Philadelphia attorney who had done legal work in Ronald Reaganís State Department; Richard Porter, a former aide to Dan Quayle and an associate in the Chicago office of Kenneth Starr's law firm; Ann Coulter, the lawyer and Human Events columnist; and others. It was Coulter who first suggested the term to Isikoff, hinting to him that she had great inside knowledge of the strategies being developed by the Jones legal team, and then adding: "There are many of us busy elves working away in Santa's workshop."

A good deal has been written in recent months about these lawyers and their ties to (a) anti-Clinton conservatives, (b) Starr and his investigators, and (c) the Paula Jones legal team. It's now clear that they were major players in helping set the trap that Clinton walked into. But almost nothing was known about them at the time the scandal erupted.

Isikoff says that he now can report on the "elves" and their work, but that interviews back in 1997 and 1998 were obtained with the promise that he not only wouldn't quote them but "wouldn't even refer to them" in his stories. He now describes their activities with great specificity and great detail. But what's not clear is just how much he knew and just when he knew it, and the degree to which he might have handcuffed himself by his early agreement.

This is a question worth noting because back when Hillary Rodham Clinton was charging that there was a right-wing conspiracy out to destroy the president, Newsweek was suggesting something quite different. While it presented a large chart listing many of the known conservatives involved in anti-Clinton activities, it said in the same issue (February 9, 1998) that White House attempts to pull together these connections "strained to make the coincidental seem conspiratorial, the mundane seem sinister." And it went on to compare her charges to those made by Senator Joseph McCarthy back in the '50s, a rather harsh comparison given that McCarthy is widely regarded as having made charges that were reckless and malicious, as well as false.

But in Uncovering Clinton Isikoff tells about a single day, in November 1997, in which Lucianne Goldberg contacted Porter to urge him to arrange for Linda Tripp to be subpoenaed by the Paula Jones lawyers to testify about Clinton's alleged fondling of Kathleen Willey. Porter then phoned Conway and left on his answering machine the astonishing news that a woman named Lewinsky and "a certain Lothario in the Casa Blancaî had been having oral sex in the pantry. Conway quickly relayed that message back to one of the Paula Jones lawyers with the admonition, surely unnecessary, "Listen, you've really got to focus on this."

In describing this flurry of activity and the events that flowed out of it, Isikoff now says: "The conspiracy, thoroughly right wing, may not have been that vast. But it had done its job."

Public knowledge about this network and the depth of its involvement might not have changed anything at all back in February 1998. Clinton did what he did, and the fact that there was a well-laid trap that had been set by Tripp and Goldberg and the various elves doesn't change the fact that he walked into it. But it might have helped broaden the focus of some of the early reporting, causing the press to concentrate not only on the sex and the lies but also on just what forces had been at work and just how all of this had come into play. This, in turn, might have caused more attention to be focused more quickly than it was and more intensely than it was on the Starr investigation itself.

Any high-powered federal investigation has at least two questions for reporters to try to answer. The first is what has the target actually done and how serious is it? The second is what has the government been doing in building its case? The second often doesn't get as much attention as the first, despite the fact that there's a history of prosecutors running out of control. Even colleagues in the Justice Department considered some of Bobby Kennedy's "Get Hoffa" squad, for example, to be torpedoes who paid scant attention to constitutional rights. Parts of the FBI's "ABSCAM" operation, in which operatives disguised as Arab sheiks paid bribes to congressmen, were widely criticized for having crossed the line from sting operations to entrapments. But in the early days of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal so much of the reporting was focused so heavily on what Clinton allegedly had done that little attention was paid to what the government, in the form of Ken Starr, had been doing.

Eventually the criticisms began to build--that Starr had been hauling women and state troopers before an Arkansas grand jury to ask about Clinton's sex life, that his agents had tried to intimidate Lewinsky into not contacting her lawyer by threatening to send her to jail for twenty-seven years and to indict her mother as well, that he had allowed massive leaks to news organizations in an effort to poison public opinion against Clinton, that he had spent four years and $40 million drilling dry wells and then ended up with a charge that, in the words of Jimmy Breslin, "wouldn't hold up in night court."

There is little serious and sustained reporting about this in Isikoff's book, although he concludes in the epilogue that by grabbing Lewinsky and holding her in the way that they did, Starr's agents had used "the awesome powers of the prosecutor in ways that looked disproportionate and even frightening," causing the investigation to be "flawed from the start." One would have liked more. Having reported the Paula Jones story from the beginning, having become intimately familiar with the Starr operation from its Whitewater days, having covered the Justice Department for a good many years, and having had the access he did to Tripp and Goldberg and many of the conservative lawyers in the confederacy of elves, he was better positioned than most---perhaps uniquely positioned---to tell this whole broader story, to do definitive reporting on whether Starr had been running a normal investigation using just the "traditional and appropriate" techniques that he's claimed, or whether he was an obsessed prosecutor with a staff run amuck.

But it may be that his ties to Starr's investigators are simply too many and too close. It may be that he feels bound by confidentiality pledges made in the past. Or it may be that he considers all of this merely a sideshow, and not essential to the "reporter's story" about Clinton's sexual compulsions and cover-ups he's trying to tell. His book is called Uncovering Clinton, not Uncovering Starr, and his position seems to be the perfectly legitimate one that any journalists interested in the latter can go write their own.


Changing Jacqui Srouji Into Jackie Stubble

And she still gets the journalism wrong, warranting a correction to the article.

Wasn't her maiden name supposed to be Von Stubble?

A photo and caption with an Aug. 31 article on proposed air pollution rules incorrectly suggested that the Mount Storm power plant in West Virginia would be affected by the new rules, which would allow more pollution from some plants. Under a 2003 settlement with environmental regulators, Dominion agreed to install two scrubbers at Mount Storm to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

Power plants such as Mount Storm in West Virginia could produce more emissions under the proposed rules.

Photo credit: By Jackie Stubble---Mineral Daily News-Tribune [Keyser, WV]

This is some truly juicy gossip here! The internet is entering its late, flamboyant Gothic, mature phase. Apparently the good little Catholic girl is a divorcee passing herself off as a widow, but reading between the lines, it sounds as if her husband had to go officially ghost, so maybe it isn't really her fault. But robbing the church crosses a line, or maybe it lines a cross.

It's interesting to hear she had to do a little jail time. I bet a county bullet would do her some good. She always pinged my gaydar.

What kind of small town governmental resolution, secretly secured behind the commissioner's backs, could she benefit by? An unlimited fishing license? A barber license?

She clearly remains a complicated girl who gets around, and even a little Elmer Gantry-ish. Fund her ministry! My God!


AnonymousAnonymous said...

I am a single man. I voted for Judge Damron. But in all the light of the gossip I had to do a little research on the past few blog responses. I found out that he did date Claudia, It ended. Judge then became friends with a woman who married into Claudia's family. She is now his treasurer. Then I found out that the woman is still married. No luck there. So now he is dating Claudia's friend. Still has the other woman as Treausrer. What a triangle. I am only telling this because he is the man. I hope when I am your age I still have it too. You go Judge! Since everyone is so interested! Here's a little advice Judge from a younger generation "Treasuer your Treasurer. She is HOT! You have my families vote!

Friday, July 21, 2006 9:12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be Jackie Stubble who worked with Claudia. Jackie the exconvict who spent time in jail in texas for stealing computer equipment from the catholic newspaper where she worked. the same one who Janet Vanzant had a resolution done for when she became some writer at Martin College. a resolution none of the commissioners knew about until Janet gave it to her friend. the same Jackie who... well ask the people at the herald, the citizen, buffalo valley the mcminnville newspaper... ask them about janets friend. hey ask her dead husband who lives in nashville.
I agree Claudia should stay in Cookeville. glad she got a way out of town. maybe jackie stubble can get her job back at the citzen. that may be what giles county people want.
Friday, July 21, 2006 9:22:00 PM

Anonymous Tom said...

Anonymous Friday at 9-22 PM said
"ask her dead husband who lives in nashville."

Holy Crapola Batman !! We are now advised to communicate with the dead . Where is the seance being held ...and when ??
"Speak to us Nashville Man . We await your advice and guidance"
Giles County needs more believers like this !!
Friday, July 21, 2006 9:53:00 PM

Anonymous aint it the truth said...

To Tom
just ask Janet Vanzant's friend Jackie Stubble if her husband is dead. she'll answer that she's a widow. but HE LIVES AND BREATHES in nashville. no need for a medium to conjur this one up.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:19:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey someone out to warn the people who are trying to fund her ministry. what church is she scamming now.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:42:00 PM

August 31, 2005, Washington Post, page A1, New Rules Could Allow Power Plants to Pollute More, by Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer,

The Bush administration has drafted regulations that would ease pollution controls on older, dirtier power plants and could allow those that modernize to emit more pollution, rather than less.

The language could undercut dozens of pending state and federal lawsuits aimed at forcing coal-fired plants to cut back emissions of harmful pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, said lawyers who worked on the cases.

The draft rules, obtained by The Washington Post from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group, contradict the position taken by federal lawyers who have prosecuted polluting facilities in the past, and parallel the industry's line of defense against those suits. The utilities, and the proposed new rules, take the position that decisions on whether a plant complies with the regulations after modernization should be based on how much pollution it could potentially emit per hour, rather than the current standard of how much it pollutes annually.

Under the new standard, a modernized plant's total emissions could rise if the upgrade allowed it to operate longer hours. In court filings, the EPA estimated in 2002 that an hourly standard would allow eight plants in five states -- including Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia -- to generate legally as much as 100,000 tons a year of pollutants that would be illegal under the existing New Source Review rule. That equals about a third of their total emissions.

EPA spokeswoman Eryn Witcher said the administration believes the existing power plant rule is no longer necessary because of other regulatory initiatives. She said a newer and different regulation designed to cut pollution from eastern power plants, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, would achieve greater pollution reductions than the New Source Review modernization guidelines.

"We are committed to permanent significant emissions reductions from power plants because what matters is environmental results, and we get far better results under the Bush administration's Clean Air Interstate Rule, which cuts emissions by 70 percent," she said. That rule sets a long-term cap that would cut industry-wide emissions over the next decade and allow less-polluting plants to sell credits to dirtier facilities to reach the overall goal.

But John Walke, NRDC's clean-air director, said: "This radical proposal is a 180-degree flip-flop from what the administration has been arguing in court. Instead of protecting public health, now EPA wants to protect the polluters. The proposal would completely sabotage clean-air law enforcement, and it would be open season for power plants to pollute even more than they do now."

The administration's new version of New Source Review marks the latest salvo in a regulatory and legal tug of war over how best to regulate aging plants that are major contributors to air pollution, producing much of the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, especially in the East. Those two pollutants cause more than 20,000 premature deaths a year, studies show.

Power plants account for two-thirds of the country's sulfur dioxide emissions and 22 percent of its nitrogen oxide pollution. Both have been shown to cause respiratory and heart disease.

Under the Clean Air Act, utilities must install new pollution controls when they engage in "major modifications," a requirement whose interpretation has sparked heated debate. Clinton administration officials began prosecuting utility companies in the mid-1990s for failing to comply, but Bush argued that this approach was too punitive. The administration sought to revise the rule so that new pollution controls would be required only when the cost of a plant upgrade amounted to 20 percent of its total value.

A federal court blocked Bush's proposal from taking effect nearly two years ago, prompting the EPA to come up with another approach. Now, the agency wants to use the amount of pollution a plant emits, rather than cost of an upgrade, to determine whether scrubbers are required.

The EPA proposal calls for the government to judge aging power plants by comparing "the maximum hourly emissions achievable at that unit during the last five years to the maximum hourly emissions achievable at that unit after the change" to determine if the company is required to install anti-pollution scrubbers.

New York state Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer, who has taken legal action against six New York plants and 22 out-of-state plants for violating the Clean Air Act, said in an interview that the new rule "would be devastating to all New Source Review prosecutions, and reflects a fundamental, and what we consider an improper, new interpretation of the statute. . . . It would make our enforcement efforts much more difficult, if not impossible."

Eric Schaeffer, who headed the EPA's Office of Regulatory Enforcement before resigning in protest in February 2002, said the new rule undermines the original aim of the law, which was to slowly bring older plants into compliance with stricter air laws.

"Under this proposal, it would never happen," Schaeffer said.

In documents justifying its proposal, the EPA cites a June decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, which sided with utilities in finding that it made more sense to judge them by hourly pollution levels. The agency is appealing that decision, with its lawyers calling the ruling "wrongly decided" and "fundamentally flawed in its analysis" of the Clean Air Act. Yesterday the 4th Circuit rejected that appeal, so the EPA must decide whether to take the case before the Supreme Court.

In another case, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the hourly test in a June ruling, saying the government should evaluate polluters by their annual emissions. And on Monday, a federal trial court in Indianapolis sided with the D.C. Circuit.

Spitzer, who said he would challenge the rules in court if the administration presses ahead, said the bulk of recent legal decisions buttress the argument that regulators should scrutinize plants' annual emissions. "We think the overwhelming weight of the law is on our side," he said.

But utilities lobbyist Scott Segal defended the hourly standard, saying that in light of recent court rulings "there is an emerging consensus that is hostile to the simplistic annual standard as the basis for triggering New Source Review."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Aurora Publishers

Aurora Publishers in Nashville had a publishing history that as graphed by OpenLibrary looked like it was shooting the world a bird when its books first started coming out in 1970.

The pinky and ring fingers representing the years 1968 and 1969 were statistical anomalies, since 30 out of 57 books Aurora published in its first year, 1970, were reprints of books that had been published those two preceding years, all put out by publishing houses in London, with MacMillan giving the lion's share at 22, with the rest spread out among six other English houses: Longmans, Green; G. Allen & Unwin; E. Arnold; Harvill; Frewin; and Sphere. An additional ten books were issued for the first time by Aurora in 1970 by authors with established publishing histories at these Anglo houses, and none of the authors ever had a new edition published by Aurora, let alone a new work.

Taken as a whole, this grouping carries with it a level of literary criticism and theory that could leave Virginia Woolf a mite intimidated, but it is startling when juxtaposed to any of the 17 other offerings put out by Aurora in that first year of its Sturm Verlagswesen,

For example, I could draw attention to Minnie Pearl Cooks, by Minnie Pearl, for the simple reason that it is the sole book which Aurora published that I found Aurora had actually reprinted in a subsequent edition, and as such must represent a profitability that exceeded the $1.98 price tag that hung traditionally from her hat during performances.

Minnie Pearl cooks by Minnie Pearl,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published January 1, 1977 by Aurora Publishers,

OpenLibrary is weak in some informational areas (like accurate titles, and complete author names)  but it is a very convenient way for comparing different editions that a book can go through. I may be wrong in many specifics, but by comparing references with the other big book databanks, like Hathitrust, OCLC, and Amazon, I found an unmistakable pattern emerge that in no way represents publishing as a business---and despite the high tone its instantaneously established backlist intended, it is in no way a high calling either.

Oh how Nashville must have been aflutter that first year with the other nine or so Music City U.S.A. offerings of Aurora!

Works like---I'm hard put to call it a 'book'---Nashville, sights and sounds, by James Arnold, with an introduction by Chet Atkins, a vinyl LP with 40 pages of text and illustrations.

In its single Amazon review, left this past August by James E. Arnold, which is the only review Arnold's ever left at Amazon, we may forgive him for his pride:
I wrote this book, so naturally I love it. It was published on December 7, 1970, by Aurora Publishers, Nashville, TN. The four available copies listed here for sale by third parties do not reflect that I am the author as can be confirmed by looking inside the front cover, which is an album Jacket containing a record with an assortment of country music by the Nashville Pickers, not Chet Atkins. Chet wrote an introduction for the book but is otherwise not involved except he helped promote it for some time. The ISBN at the time of publication was 10:0876951019 and the current ISBN-13:9780876951019. You can look it up to see my authorship confirmed. In the past Amazon has reflected that I am the author but for some reason these listings omit that fact. For over 15 years this was a popular coffee table book in Nashville and around the country. Now it is a collectors' item. Enjoy.
I don't mean to come across as a snob---cause I'm not. There is Aurora's 1970, Requiem for a Nun: On Stage and Off, by Barbara Izard and Clara Hieronymus (not that Clara's name appears at OpenLibrary). It may be a treatise on Faulkner, but then again, maybe it's not. Hieronymus was the arts and theater critic at The Tennessean starting in the 1950s, who died last year at age 100, and as such was a grand, nurturing but critical force for several generations of budding Southern thespians, myself included.

And since theater is what this is all about, we can see Aurora more than just "salting the audience." It was established as a publishing house in the same way Jacque Srouji was established as a journalist---with tons of behind-the-scenes support and absolutely zero credibility in reality. Aurora's publisher, Dominic de Lorenzo, was outed as a CIA agent as far back as 1977. On November 21, 1999, Neil Strauss at the New York Times, in Unearthing the New Nashville's Wax Castoffs, confirmed that high-spirited but rather slippery designation for de Lorenzo, claiming for him the CIA operatives' sine qua non---that of faking his own death in 1980.

There must be a cost beyond the grandiose Tavistock muscle on display here. What might arguably be called Aurora's first book is a work of fiction titled, It's time, my love, it's time, by Vasiliy Aksyonov, translated from the Russian by Olive Stevens. OpenLibrary says it carries a publication date of 1969, but HathiTrust lists it as [Nashville, Aurora Publishers [1969, c1970] which seems to reflect a printed date which was overly ambitious. Aurora may have been a slacker at publishing, but Nashville was then and remains one of the largest, if not the largest, center for book printing  in the world, most of it of the Baptist and Methodist variety.

In what is surely not a coincidence, but rather a Russian connection, seemingly simultaneous with the launch of Aurora of Nashville, Aurora Art Publishers of Leningrad began its own enterprise. It is hard to fathom what the inflated figures found at OpenLibrary really represent, other than Aurora Art did produce some books in the late seventies and early eighties, but it was downhill from there on. They may put out some new edition of a whorey art warhorse every other year, but neither do they fold up, which is what happens in the real world.

The last new work I spotted for sale was 'Pozna jesen na oplencu', written in Croatian, and published in 1993 by Aurora Art, then of Beograd.

The fine art publisher Harry N. Abrams of New York collaborated with Aurora on a couple of publications, like The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow : Russian and Soviet painting, put out under  a joint imprint in 1979. I wonder why such a prestigious firm would share an imprint with an upstart, unless they absolutely  had to---for, let's say---geopolitical reasons. When the book was reissued in '86 it was flying solo as "Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, ©1986."

A later paperback edition presently offered on Amazon puts it this way: Publisher: n/a (1989)

An image search turned up these tiny, and/or oblique images as marketing for the no-name Aurora brand,


While the renowned Harry N. Abrams is still offering its 1979 volume thusly:

Isn't it perfectly clear from a design perspective? You don't have to like girls to like horses.

If not, the volume below, which came in number four on the image search, may represent the dustjacket-free Cyrillic version of the Tretyakov Gallery volume in one of its trinity of incarnations---or maybe not. But I recognize the superimposed 'MW Books' copyright as the same found on several Aurora of Nashville offerings. What exactly is being copyrighted here? The thumbnail? Something so anonymous sure isn't going to develop brand identification. This is the difference between having a track record and a gun to your head.



It's time, my love, it's time [by] Vasiliy Aksyonov. Translated from the Russian by Olive Stevens.
Published 1969 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,


Swift, edited by A. Norman Jeffares,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Milton, edited by Alan Rudrum,
Published 1967 by Macmillan,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Marlowe: Doctor Faustus, a casebook, edited by John Davies Jump,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shelley, edited by R. B. Woodings,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

D.H. Lawrence, edited by Colin Clarke,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shakespeare by Muir, Kenneth,
Published 1961 by Longmans, Green in London,
Published 1963 by E. Arnold in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Dickens by A. E. Dyson,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Sean O'Casey by Ronald Ayling,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 1978 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1978 by University of Washington Press in Seattle,

A history of Africa by W. E. F. Ward,
Published 1960 by G. Allen & Unwin in London,
Published 1966 by Allen & Unwin in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 1971 by G. Allen & Unwin in London,

The wit of the Irish by Sean McCann,
Published 1968 by Frewin in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 1970 by Sphere in London,

Swift: modern judgements. by A. Norman Jeffares,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Cover of: Shakespeare: Hamlet by John Davies Jump
Shakespeare: Hamlet by John Davies Jump,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra by Brown, John Russell,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published August 21, 1991 by Macmillan Education,

Yeats: Last poems: a casebook. by Jon Stallworthy,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

D. H. Lawrence: Sons and lovers by Gāmini Salgādo
Published 1966 by Edward Arnold in London,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Badger's Beech by Elleston Trevor,
Published 1948 by Falcon Press in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 1978 by Charter House Publishers in New York,

Dickens Bleak House by A. E. Dyson,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Natural causes by Nicholas Roland,
Published 1969 by Harvill P in London,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

T. S. Eliot: Four quartets by Bergonzi, Bernard,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shakespeare: King Lear: a casebook by Kermode, Frank,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Marvell by Wilding, Michael,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London .
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The wit of the Jews by Lore Cowan,
Published 1970 by Frewin in London,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

John Osborne: Look back in anger by Taylor, John Russell,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The sky-bike by Charles Frend,
Published 1968 by Frewin,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

William Blake: Songs of innocence and experience, by Margaret Bottrall,
Published 1970 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar: a casebook. by Peter Ure,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Pope: The rape of the lock by John Dixon Hunt,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Racine by Knight, R. C.,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Shakespeare: Henry V by Michael Quinn,
Published 1969 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

T. S. Eliot: The waste land by C. B. Cox,
Published 1968 by Macmillan in London,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Books First Published by Aurora in 1970

10 books which came from the same British feed trough as the those above:

Shakespeare by Palmer, D. J.,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville .
Several other similar books edited by Englishman D. J. Palmer were published by British houses, such as Shakespeare's later comedies, an anthology of modern criticism, published 1971 by Penguin Books in Harmondsworth.

Pasternak by Davie, Donald,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
A prolific author with all of other books published in England, like The heyday of Sir Walter Scott, 1961, Routledge & Paul.
Shakespeare: Macbeth, a casebook. by Wain, John,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Many other books in a similar vein by John Wain--all published in merry old England.
Sean O'Casey by Ronald Ayling,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

Shakespeare, The merchant of Venice; a casebook, by John Wilders,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Walter Scott by D. D. Devlin,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The wit of women by Lore Cowan,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
The lady Lore's other book The Wit of Jews was published first by Frewin in London in 1970, before Aurora republished it 1971.
The history of assassination by Brian McConnell,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Author has four other books published, all by proper English houses
Over 30; an exercise program for adults by George V. Mann,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Later books by George V. Mann were published by Vantage Pr., and Le Jacq Pub.,

8 Multipurpose Uncle Sam Books,

The pen, not the sword by Mary Campbell, A collection of Great Political Cartoons From
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Maybe this was Aurora's inaugural volume, since both Abe Books and Amazon list it as [Publisher: Nashville/London (Aurora Publishers) 1st ed edition (1970) which must represent it in its printed form, adapted when they hadn't yet made up their minds to go trans-Atlantic, bi-coastal, or middlebrow.

The rule of law: an alternative to violence;: A report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, by Milton S. Eisenhower, Chairman, United States Task Force on Law and Law Enforcement)
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

College in crisis, a report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, by William H. Orrick,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The essence of Chinese cuisine by William Thomas Liu,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

A teaspoon of honey by Bert Kruger Smith,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The Vince Lombardi pro football guide '70 by Vince Lombardi,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

What's good for GM .. by Edward Ayres,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Don't get sick in America by Daniel Schorr,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

9 Volumes of Music City U.S.A. Interest

Aurora's Chef d'oeuvre

 Nashville, sights and sounds, by James Arnold, with an introduction by Chet Atkins.
NYPL [Call # (S) ITX (Nashville) 75-1695]
Published 1970 by Aurora in Nashville,

Vinyl LP and 40-page book

August 18, 2014
Amazon review by James E. Arnold - See all my reviews,

This review is from: nashville, sights & sounds LP (Vinyl)
I wrote this book, so naturally I love it. It was published on December 7, 1970, by Aurora Publishers, Nashville, TN. The four available copies listed here for sale by third parties do not reflect that I am the author as can be confirmed by looking inside the front cover, which is an album Jacket containing a record with an assortment of country music by the Nashville Pickers, not Chet Atkins. Chet wrote an introduction for the book but is otherwise not involved except he helped promote it for some time. The ISBN at the time of publication was 10:0876951019 and the current ISBN-13:9780876951019. You can look it up to see my authorship confirmed. In the past Amazon has reflected that I am the author but for some reason these listings omit that fact. For over 15 years this was a popular coffee table book in Nashville and around the country. Now it is a collectors' item. Enjoy.

Minnie Pearl cooks by Minnie Pearl,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published January 1, 1977 by Aurora Publishers,

Minnie Pearl Cooks is the sole volume I've located in the Aurora list that actually required reprinting for a second edition.

Hermitage Hospitality from the Hermitage Library: Ginger Helton and Susan Van Riper (edited by)
Hermitage hospitality from the Hermitage library, Edited by Ginger Helton and Susan Van Riper.
Published 1970 by Aurora in Nashville,
Edition Notes "Collection of recipes compiled from several volumes in the Hermitage library. 268 pages, color photos, glossary, index, red faux leather over boards with gilt titles, color illustrated dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Nineteenth century household hints and recipes from the home of Andrew Jackson in Tennessee,

Requiem for a nun: on stage and off, by Barbara Izard and Clara Hieronymus,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Tennessee tales by Walker, Hugh,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Nashville, sights and sounds by James Arnold,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Inside Music City, U.S.A by Teddy Bart,
Published 1970 by Aurora in Nashville,

Mahalia Jackson cooks soul by Mahalia Jackson,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Stone Wall College by Horace Woodroof,
Published 1970 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,


The twelfth of August; Biography of "Walking Tall" Sheriff Buford Pusser, by W. R. Morris,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville.
Published 1994 by Cherokee Press (TN),

Come to my tomorrowland, by Stuart, Jesse,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 1995 by Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Ky,
The story of a young girl crippled by polio who feels a special need to save the life of an albino deer with a broken hip. So sad, yet even it fled north.

Eagle boy by Bethann Beall (Faris) Van Ness,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

The single heart by Robert Drake,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

Tenase brave by Marion Herndon Dunn,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

In a small town a kid went to shul by Ben Deutschman,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

A search for justice by John Seigenthaler,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn .

Sir Patches and the dragon by Tom Tichenor,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

The meaning of Tarot by David Hoy,
Published 1971 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

1972 five editions

Yesterday's children; a photographic essay, by Patricia Worth Simmons,
Published 1972 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

The first West by Ruby Addison Henry,
Published 1972 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn,

Bread upon the waters; a history of United States grain exports, by Harry Fornari,
Published 1973 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

A pregnancy primer by Robert C. Patterson,
Published 1973 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville ,

Look, Hiroshi! by Nathan Zimelman,
Published 1973 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

1974, six editions

I really like myself by Dorothy Kottler and Eleanor Willis. Illustrated by J. William Myers,
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
I Really Like To Touch My Genitals, by Frank Harris
I wonder where I came from by Dorothy Kottler, and Eleanor Willis,
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Dorothy and Eleanor tag team the youth market in '74, and tell it like it is!

Wayward and searching by Betty A. Amos,
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Tennessee: the dangerous example; Watauga to 1849 by Mary French Caldwell,
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville .
2 other books on Tennessee history by Mary French Caldwell, but both of them were published in 1936!

Long night of waiting, edited by Roger Elwood, (Aurora Science Fiction Series)
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Roger Elwood (January 13, 1943 – February 2, 2007) was an American science fiction writer and editor, perhaps best known for having edited a large number of anthologies and collections for a variety of publishers in the early 1970s, according to Wikipedia (A Norton bibliography

The Moths & Violets of Vito & Me by Steve Mason,
Published 1974 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

A Flavius Josephus scholar lets his hair down Aurora style.


The burning bush and other stories by Robert Drake,
Published 1975 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Art, the altogether aged aardvark by Joan Mahan,
Published 1975 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Adlai: The Springfield Years, by Patricia Harris,
Published 1975 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

1976- 0


Moon of the red strawberry by Ann Irwin,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The wizard's daughter by Alicia Marsland,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Make yours yoga by Miriam Ezell Downey,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

A story of peace and other war stories by Harry Fornari,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Swamp angel by Kerry Shaw
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The moi; A novel of the Vietnam war. by Barry Sadler
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers .

David and Max by Peter Simonds,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

River of wind by Mary Blair Immel,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The moonshiners, a novel by Jess Carr,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Meet the stars of country music by Carolyn Rada Hollaran,
Published 1977 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn.


Chinese cooking for American kitchens by Wenchin Yu Hsiung,
Published 1978 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The good times guide to Nashville by Janell Glasgow,
Published 1978 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

The good times guide to Nashville by Janell Glasgow,
Published 1978 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Everything you want to know about the record industry in Nashville, Tennessee, country music capital of the world by Barry Sadler,
Published 1978 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,

Aunt Matilda's ghost by Mignon F. Ballard,
Published 1978 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville,
Published 2000 by Overmountain Press in [Johnson City, TN],

U.S. new drugs digest, 1980-86 by Eric J. Lien
Published 1987 by Aurora Publishers in Nashville, Tenn., U.S.A,

Grapette, the runaway who rolled away by Svetlana Konnikova, and Anatoli Smishliaev
Published 2007 by Aurora Publishers in [Boca Raton, Fla.],
You bring Russians to the party, you go home with Russians....
And a West Coast Kennedy-era prementory:

Solution: the case for continental government, by Charles Hayes Phillips,
Published 1960 by Aurora Publishers in Los Angeles

Aurora Publishing From Wikipedia,

Aurora Publishing, Inc. is the American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Ohzora Publishing, the leading josei manga publisher in Japan.[1] Headquartered in Torrance, California,[2] it licensed and published Japanese manga for the North American market. Aurora Publishing's first release was Walkin' Butterfly under the shōjo imprint Aurora, which features manga targeting female readers in their teens and younger. Aurora Publishing also released manga under two other imprints: the yaoi imprint Deux Press featured female-oriented manga about homoerotic relations between beautiful men, while the josei imprint Luv Luvfeatured erotic romance manga targeting female readers in their late teens and up.[3][4]

Aurora Publishing distributed some of its manga via Netcomics. As of April 2010, the Aurora office in California had closed.[5]

Former employees of Aurora Publishing founded Manga Factory.[6] _______________________________________________________________________________

Books published by Aurora Publications Found at ISBN Plus,

Memories Not Dreams: An Aviation Adventurers Tales
ISBN: 0473174758, 9780473174750
Author/Editor(s): R. Jules Tapper (1944-)
Publisher: Aurora Publications (Queenstown, N.Z. )
Published/Copyright Year: 2011
LCCN: 2011507634
Number of pages: 202

New York State Ghosts
ISBN: 0966392558, 9780966392555
Author/Editor(s): David J Pitkin
Publisher: Aurora Publications (Chestertown, NY )
Published/Copyright Year: 2006
Language: English
LCCN: 2006904143

Ghosts Of The Northeast
ISBN: 0966392523, 9780966392524
Author/Editor(s): David J Pitkin (1939-)
Publisher: Aurora Publications (Salem, NY )
Published/Copyright Year: 2002
LCCN: 2003268671
Number of pages: 396

Spiritual Numerology: Caring For Number One
ISBN: 0966392515, 9780966392517
Author/Editor(s): David J Pitkin
Publisher: Aurora Publications (Ballston Spa, N.Y. )
Published/Copyright Year: 2000
LCCN: 99096347
Number of pages: 133

Critical Mass: Nuclear Power, The Alternative To Energy Famine
ISBN: 0876951884, 9780876951880
Author/Editor(s): Jacque Srouji (1944-)
Publisher: Aurora Publications (Nashville )
Published/Copyright Year: 1977
Language: English
LCCN: 76055841
Number of pages: 409

John Seigenthaler Publishing History

A search for justice, by John Seigenthaler,
Contributors: James Squires, John Hemphill [and] Frank Ritter,
(James Earl Ray; Clay Shaw; Sirhan Bishara Sirhan)
Book, 416 pages, View all formats and languages »
Publisher: [Nashville: Aurora Publishers, 1971]
Database: WorldCat
View all editions »
New York Public Library System,

The year of the scandal called Watergate, by John Seigenthaler,
Publisher: Nashville: [publisher not identified], ©1974.
Articles originally published in The Tennessean, 1973.
74 pages
Database: WorldCat

McGill's simple truths can improve credibility (Ralph McGill lecture) by John Seigenthaler,
[The Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia 1985] 22 pages

The more things change: a speech, by John Seigenthaler,
Publisher: [Arlington, VA: Freedom Forum, 1992]

Attacks on the press in 1994 : a worldwide survey, Preface by John Seigenthaler, 299 pages,
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Publisher: New York: Committee to Protect Journalists, ©1995.
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Nashville: City of Note (Urban Tapestry Series) by John M. Seigenthaler (Author), Curtis Allen (Author), Heather Cochran (Author) Hardcover – [ Towery Pub July 1, 1997]


James K. Polk, by John Seigenthaler
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Publisher: [Waterville, Me.: Thorndike Press, 2004]
Publisher: [New York: Times Books, 2004]
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Oral history interview with John Seigenthaler, December 24 and 26, 1974 : interview A-0330, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), by John Seigenthaler; William R Finger; Jim Tramel; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.
eBook : Document : Audio book, etc. : Biography : State or province government publication
Sound Recording
Language: English
Publisher: [Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006.
Database: WorldCat

Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal, by Keel Hunt (Author), John L. Seigenthaler (Foreword)
[Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, August 2, 2013]

Coup is the behind-the-scenes story of an abrupt political transition, unprecedented in U.S. history. Based on 163 interviews, Hunt describes how collaborators came together from opposite sides of the political aisle and, in an extraordinary few hours, reached agreement that the corruption and madness of the sitting Governor of Tennessee, Ray Blanton, must be stopped. The sudden transfer of power that caught Blanton unawares was deemed necessary because of what one FBI agent called "the state's most heinous political crime in half a century"--a scheme of selling pardons for cash.

On January 17, 1979, driven by new information that some of the worst criminals in the state's penitentiaries were about to be released (and fears that James Earl Ray might be one of them), a small bipartisan group chose to take charge. Senior Democratic leaders, friends of the sitting governor, together with the Republican governor-elect Lamar Alexander (now U.S. Senator from Tennessee), agreed to oust Blanton from office before another night fell. It was a maneuver unique in American political history.

From the foreword by John L. Seigenthaler:
"The individual stories of those government officials involved in the coup--each account unique, but all of them intersecting--were scattered like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on the table of history until the author conceived this book. Perhaps because it happened so quickly, and without major disagreement, protest, or dissent, this truly historic moment has been buried in the public mind. In unearthing the drama in gripping detail, Keel Hunt assures that the 'dark day' will be remembered as a bright one in which conflicted politicians came together in the public interest."

Jacque Srouji Publishing History,


Critical mass : nuclear power, the alternative to energy famine
by J Srouji;
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Worldcat list the publisher as [Nashville ; London: Aurora Publishers, 1977]
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It's y(our) dollar! "The Nashville experience",
by J Srouji
Language: English
Publication: Times / Tennessee Hospital Association, 1978 Feb; 19(2): 3-4
Database: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Critical mass: nuclear power, the alternative to energy famine
by J Srouji
Language: English
Publisher: United States 1976 12 31
Database: SciTech Connect

OCLC World Cat,

Critical mass: nuclear power, the alternative to energy famine,
Author: J Srouji,
Publisher: United States 1976 12 31
Edition/Format: Book: English
Database: SciTech Connect
Mrs. Srouji, admittedly in the ''anti-nuke'' camp initially, gladly accepted an offer from the Citizens Energy Council in the fall of 1974 to write a magazine article on the dangers of nuclear power; shortly thereafter, the article appeared in Nashville magazine. Most copies, she says, were sold out once they reached the newsstand; ''the anti-nukes were delighted, for their pupil had performed well, and I stood in center stage to receive their applause.'' She soon was the recipient of acclaim from other concerned citizens, as well. Soon, however, the fanaticism of the anti-nukes and their lack of answers for questions tossed in their direction caused Mrs. Srouji to have second thoughts. These second thoughts grew into serious misgivings about the original article; she felt a second article was in order, and the publisher of Nashville magazine agreed. The second article, refuting almost point-by-point all that was contained in the original article appeared on January 1, 1975. A month later, the publisher of Aurora Publishers, Inc., having read both magazine articles, asked Mrs. Srouji to write a book on nuclear power; committed to producing a work as objective as possible, they gave her a free hand and placed no editorial restrictions on the final manuscript. So she went to the sources, dug out the facts, visited the installations, read the documents, asked a newsperson's critical questions, and organized her data. Along the way, she was investigated by the FBI, summoned to testify before a Congressional committee, fired from her job, and otherwise harassed. The book, heavily illustrated and fully documented, is considered by the publishers as ''the definitive authority for the concerned layman who would understand today's urgent need for nuclear power.'' (LMT)

Abe Books Critical Mass,

University of Northern Iowa,
Rod Library
Cedar Falls, IA 50613 United States

Southern Illinois University,
Morris Library
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States

Rockford Public Library,
Rockford, IL 61101 United States

Illinois State University,
Milner Library
Normal, IL 61761 United States

HathiTrust Digital Library
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

SUNY at Buffalo
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library,
Central (downtown Buffalo)

Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
Critical mass : nuclear power, the alternative to energy famine, by Srouji, Jacque, 1944-,
Published 1977
Call Number: HD9502.U52 S7
Located: Central Library
Total copies: 1, Available copies: 1
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New York State Library
Albany, NY 12230 United StatesNew York State Library Copies Material Location
333.7 S774 79-28957 1 BOOK C-STACKS

Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
Location: Library Annex
Call Number: HD9502.U52 S77

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