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July 18, 1996 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a mystery but opening a new set of questions that roiled the worlds of publishing and journalism, Joe Klein, the Newsweek political writer and CBS commentator, confessed Wednesday that he was the anonymous author of the best-selling novel "Primary Colors" and that he had publicly lied about it. "There were times when I've had to lie to protect a source, and I put this in that category," Klein said at a Manhattan news conference in which he admitted having written the book.
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OPINION
April 30, 2008
Jeremiah Wright: Jonah Goldberg's column on Tuesday identified journalist Joe Klein as a writer for Newsweek. He works for Time magazine.
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NEWS
July 17, 1996 | DAVID STREITFELD, WASHINGTON POST
Handwritten changes to the manuscript of the novel "Primary Colors," the wildly successful satire of the 1992 Clinton campaign by an author known only as "Anonymous," appear to match the handwriting of Newsweek columnist and CBS commentator Joe Klein.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
Police are asking the public's help in identifying two men wanted in connection with a series of strong-arm robberies that began in July in northwest Fullerton. In each of the eight cases--the most recent incident occurred at the end of March--a female driver of Asian descent has been accosted at night as she pulled into the driveway or garage of her home. In each instance, the suspect snatched the victim's purse and ran to a car in which a second suspect was waiting and drove off.
NEWS
July 22, 1996 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say it isn't so, Joe. Say you didn't fib, big time, when you insisted, "For God's sake, definitely I didn't write it." Say you didn't bend the truth--on the CBS evening news, no less; your own network, no less--when you declared, "It's not me. I didn't do it."
OPINION
April 30, 2008
Jeremiah Wright: Jonah Goldberg's column on Tuesday identified journalist Joe Klein as a writer for Newsweek. He works for Time magazine.
SPORTS
December 19, 1987
Joe Klein, vice president of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians, said he has resigned because the club changed his job description. Klein said President Hank Peters, hired in November, wanted him to fill a special assignment scouting position next year.
NEWS
July 21, 1996 | Associated Press
He tried to stay Anonymous, but now he's fodder for his fellow columnists. Joe Klein, who confessed to writing "Primary Colors" after earlier denials, was awarded the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' Sitting Duck Award on Saturday. The award is given each year to the "target most useful to a columnist on a slow news day," said society President Shelia Stroup of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
Police are asking the public's help in identifying two men wanted in connection with a series of strong-arm robberies that began in July in northwest Fullerton. In each of the eight cases--the most recent incident occurred at the end of March--a female driver of Asian descent has been accosted at night as she pulled into the driveway or garage of her home. In each instance, the suspect snatched the victim's purse and ran to a car in which a second suspect was waiting and drove off.
NEWS
August 4, 1996 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
Hello, professor. This is Joe Klein. You're going to say that I wrote this thing. You know, when I read this book I noticed that whoever wrote it probably read my column and borrowed some words and phrases. But what are you, a time expert? I'd like you to tell me when I could have written this. I'm busy covering the presidential campaign. Goodbye. --Transcript of a message left Feb. 15 on the answering machine of Donald Foster. * As it happens, Don Foster is not a time expert.
NEWS
August 4, 1996 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
Hello, professor. This is Joe Klein. You're going to say that I wrote this thing. You know, when I read this book I noticed that whoever wrote it probably read my column and borrowed some words and phrases. But what are you, a time expert? I'd like you to tell me when I could have written this. I'm busy covering the presidential campaign. Goodbye. --Transcript of a message left Feb. 15 on the answering machine of Donald Foster. * As it happens, Don Foster is not a time expert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1996
David Shaw has forsaken his good sense in his Op-Ed piece " 'Primary Colors': Green for Greed" (July 19). He reviles Newsweek's Joe Klein as a reporter who kept his identity a secret, conveniently forgetting that, in this instance, Klein is a novelist, not a reporter. It was OK in the beginning, Shaw writes, because Klein was entitled to fear embarrassment if his novel was no good but wrong when he moved from "simply withholding his identity to blatantly lying about it." What did Shaw expect him to do--whisper his secret to a few journalistic friends?
NEWS
July 22, 1996 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say it isn't so, Joe. Say you didn't fib, big time, when you insisted, "For God's sake, definitely I didn't write it." Say you didn't bend the truth--on the CBS evening news, no less; your own network, no less--when you declared, "It's not me. I didn't do it."
NEWS
July 21, 1996 | Associated Press
He tried to stay Anonymous, but now he's fodder for his fellow columnists. Joe Klein, who confessed to writing "Primary Colors" after earlier denials, was awarded the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' Sitting Duck Award on Saturday. The award is given each year to the "target most useful to a columnist on a slow news day," said society President Shelia Stroup of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1996 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't enough that Mike Nichols had pledged $1.5 million of his own money in a bidding war for the film rights to the best-selling "Primary Colors," a roman a clef based on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The Oscar-winning director also had to "audition"--that is, present his vision of the film to "Anonymous," the phantom author of the book.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1996 | DAVID SHAW, David Shaw writes about the media for The Times
Sir Walter Scott said it best, almost 200 years ago: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!" Joe Klein, the Newsweek political columnist who admitted this week that he was the anonymous author of the best-selling political novel "Primary Colors," may have had legitimate reasons for withholding his identity when the book was published in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1996 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't enough that Mike Nichols had pledged $1.5 million of his own money in a bidding war for the film rights to the best-selling "Primary Colors," a roman a clef based on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The Oscar-winning director also had to "audition"--that is, present his vision of the film to "Anonymous," the phantom author of the book.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1996
David Shaw has forsaken his good sense in his Op-Ed piece " 'Primary Colors': Green for Greed" (July 19). He reviles Newsweek's Joe Klein as a reporter who kept his identity a secret, conveniently forgetting that, in this instance, Klein is a novelist, not a reporter. It was OK in the beginning, Shaw writes, because Klein was entitled to fear embarrassment if his novel was no good but wrong when he moved from "simply withholding his identity to blatantly lying about it." What did Shaw expect him to do--whisper his secret to a few journalistic friends?
NEWS
July 18, 1996 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a mystery but opening a new set of questions that roiled the worlds of publishing and journalism, Joe Klein, the Newsweek political writer and CBS commentator, confessed Wednesday that he was the anonymous author of the best-selling novel "Primary Colors" and that he had publicly lied about it. "There were times when I've had to lie to protect a source, and I put this in that category," Klein said at a Manhattan news conference in which he admitted having written the book.
NEWS
July 17, 1996 | DAVID STREITFELD, WASHINGTON POST
Handwritten changes to the manuscript of the novel "Primary Colors," the wildly successful satire of the 1992 Clinton campaign by an author known only as "Anonymous," appear to match the handwriting of Newsweek columnist and CBS commentator Joe Klein.
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