PBS Clinton Documentary Has Lewinsky in Spotlight

Two-part series begins airing Monday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2012 5:16 PM CST
PBS Clinton Documentary Has Lewinsky in Spotlight
In this Dec. 16, 1996, White House photo, President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky shake hands at a Christmas party.   (AP Photo/OIC, File)

(Newser) – PBS begins airing a two-part documentary on Bill Clinton's presidency Monday night, with much of the early press focusing on its coverage of the Monica Lewinsky affair. Many advisers speak publicly about it for the first time, notes the Los Angeles Times, including Dick Morris: "When the Lewinsky scandal broke the president paged me and I returned the call," he says in the documentary. "And he said, 'Ever since I got here to the White House I've had to shut my body down, sexually I mean, but I screwed up with this girl. I didn't do what they said I did, but I may have done so much that I can't prove my innocence.'"

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The film does not interview Lewinsky herself, but it's sure to bring her renewed and probably unwanted attention. The LAT says she has kept a low profile since heading to London in 2005. The following year, she graduated from the London School of Economics with a master's in social psychology. The film also deals with other Clinton "girlfriends," notes the Guardian, many going back to his days as an Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful. The first part of the four-hour documentary is available on the PBS website. (Read more Bill Clinton stories.)

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