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September 8, 2004
Now It's Completely Unsourced

Kitty Kelley's only source for her blockbuster allegation of drug use by George W. Bush at Camp David during his father's administration strenuously denied telling Kelley any such thing, according to Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post. Not only does Sharon Bush, W's ex-sister-in-law, deny alleging the drug use but also categorically states that the accusation is false:

Sharon Bush, who is divorced from the president's brother Neil, said in a statement: "I categorically deny that I ever told Kitty Kelley that George W. Bush used cocaine at Camp David or that I ever saw him use cocaine at Camp David. When Kitty Kelley raised drug use at Camp David, I responded by saying something along the lines of, 'Who would say such a thing?'

"Although there have been tensions between me and various members of the Bush family, I cannot allow this falsehood to go unchallenged."

Further, Sharon Bush insists that she understood her interview with Kelley to be off the record, and regrets ever speaking with her -- not an unusual reaction to a Kitty Kelley encounter. It's not like Sharon has an unusual love for the Bushes, either, having long been outspoken in her bitterness for her former in-laws, especially the elder George Bush and her former mother-in-law, Barbara.

Once again, it appears that Kelley simply made up some explosive gossip about the rich and powerful in order to turn a quick buck, like she's done so often in the past. Her only named source just called Kelley a liar and a libeler, and that leaves Kelley with her usual level of named sourcing: none. Having read two of her volumes of sludge -- biographies of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan, neither of whom I hold any particular fondness -- I can say that those who waste their time and credibility holding her charges up as a weapon will rue the loss of both in the coming days and weeks.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 8, 2004 11:38 PM

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