The press loves rumors – especially when no one denies them.
The latest speculation in the diplomatic world has President Obama appointing former President Bill Clinton as ambassador to Ireland and Anna Wintour, the British-born editor of Vogue magazine, as ambassador to her native land.
The rumor about Miss Wintour – the inspiration for the title character in the novel and film “The Devil Wears Prada” – has been kicking round the British press since late spring.
Embassy Row, which also loves rumors, reported on Miss Wintour, a major Obama fundraiser, in June, while others in the American media, like Fox News, recently picked up the story.
Irish reporters apparently are convinced that Mr. Clinton will be coming to Dublin as ambassador.
“The U.S. Embassy has refused to rule out” the rumors, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “failed to kill [the] speculation” Thursday when asked about the reports in Dublin, where she met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, the Irish Independent said.
“I cannot comment on what President Obama might do in the second term but I think that my husband would be here many times in the future doing the work he has been doing without having to have the title, ‘ambassador,’” she said.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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