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Joe Klein and the Weird Catholic Anti-Clinton Agenda

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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THE UNFORGIVEN Klein Sunday, during a panel discussion at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y over whether or not the the media actively discriminates against Hillary Clinton because she's a woman, because she's a Clinton, because she's simply unlikeable, or some combination of all three, bloviating Time pundit Joe Klein implied that the media is tougher on Hillary—but not for any of the aforementioned reasons. "I do believe there's something weird a few of our colleagues have against Clinton," he said. "They tend to be Roman Catholics, actually. People like Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd."

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Less than an hour after his quote went online and Klein has already recanted. "I said something stupid last night.... I do believe that the media have been tougher on Hillary Clinton than on her opponents this year. I don't believe it has anything to do with Roman Catholicism and shouldn't have implied that it did. Stupid. I'm sorry," he writes.

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