Lewinsky gets name of special changed
On Tuesday, Monica Lewinsky publicly complained about the title of an upcoming HLN documentary focused on the scandal around the relationship between the former White House intern and President Bill Clinton. By Wednesday morning the network had changed the title.
Beginning Sunday, HLN will air a two-part episode of its true-crime series, “How it Really Happened,” about Clinton and Lewinsky — the affair, the fallout and household names that followed. The network originally titled the special “The Monica Lewinsky Scandal,” and Lewinsky was not having it.
On Tuesday, Lewinsky, who has emerged from her scandalscarred past as an anti-bullying activist, suggested her own correction to the title. She had retweeted a promo for the special, photo-shopping a red line in front of the words “The Monica Lewinsky Scandal” and replacing it with her own suggestions: “The Starr Investigation” or “The Clinton Impeachment.”
“Fixed it for you. You’re welcome,” tweeted Lewinsky.
And the network was clearly paying attention.
On its website, HLN is now promoting the episode with the tweaked title “The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal.”
“Taking into account recent events, and to more accurately represent the storyline, the episode is now titled ‘The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal,’” wrote Alison Rudnick, HLN’s vice president of communications, in a statement.
Lewinsky has yet to respond to the network’s change.
Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting to it in 1998. Independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigation led to Clinton’s impeachment trial. Clinton was later acquitted by Congress.