June 19, 2004


Clinton rages against Dimbleby in Panorama confrontation over Lewinsky (Chris Hastings and Charles Laurence, 20/06/2004, Sunday Telegraph)

Bill Clinton loses his temper with David Dimbleby during a BBC television interview to be broadcast this week when he is repeatedly quizzed about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The former American president, famed for his amiable disposition, becomes visibly angry and rattled, particularly when Dimbleby asks him whether his publicly declared contrition over the affair is genuine.

His outrage at the line of questioning during the 50-minute interview, to be broadcast on Panorama on Tuesday night, lasts several minutes. It is the first time that the former President has been seen to lose his temper publicly over the issue of his sexual liaisons with Ms Lewinsky.

The President initially responds to Dimbleby's questions by launching a general attack on media intrusion. When the broadcaster persists with the question of whether the politician was truly penitent, Clinton directs his anger towards Dimbleby.

The atmosphere, which was initially warm, then turns decidedly chilly.

It's somehow reminiscent of the great Frontline about how forensic psychiatrists and dedicated cops exposed Ken Bianchi's dual personality hoax, only this time in reverse.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2004 8:15 PM

I don't remember if it was about Monica, but I have seen footage where Clinton walked off the set of at least two interviews when the questions got too tough. He was still President during one of them (and it was with overseas interviewers, I believe).

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 19, 2004 9:53 PM

I believe he was truly sorry he got caught.

Posted by: Bartman at June 20, 2004 8:20 AM

Clinton IS sorry, though probably not in the way he thinks.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at June 20, 2004 10:25 AM

You know what they say. If you can't stand the heat, don't write a 900 page book about yourself.

Posted by: Timothy at June 20, 2004 4:51 PM

Clinton can thank his lucky stars he didn't get grilled by Jeremy Paxman.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at June 20, 2004 5:38 PM