A Second Look at the Kitty Kelley Case

A Second Look at the Kitty Kelley Case

Kitty Kelley doesn’t need defenders. The controversy surrounding her Nancy Reagan: An Unauthorized Biography has made her rich (or at least famous) for life. But as the controversy fades from the headlines, we need to take a second look at the hypocrisy it conceals. By treating Kelley’s journalistic ethics as if they were unique to her, we have made her a scapegoat and diverted attention from a serious question: how did we get to a point where a book so long on innuendo and so short on verifiable fact could command this much attention?

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