Media Matters' Hit Job on Bay Buchanan

In an article on Monday, I wrote about political analyst Bay Buchanan’s assessment of Hillary Clinton in her new book, “The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton.” In the book, Buchanan argues that Hillary bears all the classic symptoms of, “clinical narcissism.”

Following the release of my article about Buchanan’s assertion, liberal “watchdog” organization Media Matters released a statement challenging the argument. In the book, Buchanan bases her narcissism theory on an endnote listed at the end of the work.

It was discovered that the end note was inadvertently omitted from the book. This mistake was the only basis for Media Matters’ hit job on Buchanan’s non-medical diagnosis. The omitted endnote is printed here in its entirety:

The symptoms include: a feeling of superiority and self importance; a sense of entitlement; fantasies of unlimited success, fame, or power; belief that he or she is special or superior in some way and can only be understood by, or should associate with others who are like them; use of others to achieve own ends; lack of empathy; seeks to hurt or destroy the objects of his or her frustration; behaves arrogantly and haughty, “above the law.” American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000; Theodore Millon, Disorders of Personality: DSM-IV and Beyond (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1996);,

Media Matters, which is distinguishable from other hyperliberal attack dog websites only for its relatively infrequent use of obscenities, based solely on this endnote’s omission, began a campaign to encourage all media to boycott Buchanan and the publicity of her book. In an e-mail which HUMAN EVENTS has obtained and apparently was sent to the most or all of the radio and television shows on which Buchanan was scheduled to appear — Media Matters’ Director of Media Relations Karl Frisch wrote, “…any discussion with Buchanan on the contents of her book should include pointed questions about her unsubstantiated conclusions and the lack of proper citation.” Which is a little odd. 

Apparently, Mr. Frisch doesn’t know the difference between “unsubstantiated” and “unauthoritative.” The absence of the endnote citation doesn’t reduce Sen. Clinton’s long public record of narcissistic activity, which is a matter of public record.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSMIV) says those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder have a “pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy.” Sufferers often need constant attention and admiration and “may expect their arrival to be greeted with great fanfare and are astonished if others do not covet their possessions,” according to pages 658 and 659 of the DSMIV manual.

In my previous article, I cited Buchanan’s examples of these instances in Hillary, “from her incoherent speeches as both student and First Lady, to her casual disregard for the law, to her ever-changing opinion on the Iraq war.” I’m no more a psychiatrist than Buchanan is, but I can read:  It’s pretty clear from the DSMIV that Hillary (and probably her husband as well) qualify as textbook narcissists.

When Buchanan wrote that Hillary’s “personality…makes her…a dangerous person to be in the White House,” she based it on the evidence accumulated from the White House Travel Office mess to today’s campaign. Media Matters should — but won’t — end their campaign against Buchanan’s book. It’s not the facts, that matter to Media Matters: it’s the chance, however slim, to help Hillary avoid yet another diagnosis/indictment/censure/whatever.