Flashback: In 2000, ABC Questioned Ethics of Hillary's 'Very Expensive' Book Advance

'To cover an advance of $8 million, Hillary Clinton would have to sell as many books as the latest "Harry Potter"'

Dead Broke? ABC in 2000 Questioned Ethics of Hillary’s 'Very Expensive' Book Advance (NewsBusters)​

Not even Diane Sawyer could refrain from gently pushing back at former Secretary of State and prospective presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s claim that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House in January 2001. Talking about the huge fees both Clintons now rake in for speaking engagements, Sawyer wondered: “Do you think Americans are going to understand five times the median income in this country for one speech?”

But Sawyer could easily have gone to ABC’s own videotape library to show how preposterous Mrs. Clinton’s claim of poverty was. Back on December 15, 2000 — more than a month before the Clintons left the White House — ABC’s World News Tonight suggested the massive book advance for Hillary Clinton’s post-White House memoir was astonishing and perhaps corrupt for an incoming United States Senator.

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