Bill Clinton Rips Purdum -- and Media Coverage of His Wife

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Former President Bill Clinton unloaded today on former New York Times reporter Todd Purdum, who has penned an extremely negative piece about him in this month's Vanity Fair (see our story yesterday). As reported by Mayhill Fowler of the Huffington Post, Bill Clinton called Purdum "sleazy," "dishonest," "slimy" and a "scumbag."

The former president made the comment at a local campaign event in Milbank, S.D., after Fowler asked him if Purdum's claims were weighing on his mind.

"[He's] sleazy," he said referring to Purdum. "He's a really dishonest reporter.... There's just five or six blatant lies in there. But he's a real slimy guy.

When Fowler reminded him that Purdum was married to his former press spokeswoman, DeeDee Myers, Clinton said, "That's all right-- he's still a scumbag. Let me tell ya-- he's one of the guys -- he's one of the guys that brought out all those lies about Whitewater to Kenneth Starr. He's just a dishonest guy-- can't help it....

"You know he didn't use a single name, cite a single source in all those things he said. …