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Robert Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (born December 14, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American conservative magazine editor, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator. He writes under the byline R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. but is known socially as Bob Tyrrell. Mr. Tyrrell is a 1961 graduate of Fenwick H.S. in Oak Park, Illinois, where he was a on the swim team. He then went to Indiana University where he was a swim team manager for the notable coach James "Doc" Counsilman. While at Indiana University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, living in a chapter house where Steve Tesich resided and in years when Bob was not at IU, such figures as Mark Spitz, and Evan Bayh. He did not live in the chapter house for his entire stay at IU but rather lived off campus with swimmers John Wagner and Terry Townsend.

In 2000, government investigations of The American Spectator caused Tyrrell to sell the magazine to venture capitalist George Gilder. In 2003, Gilder, having a series of financial and legal setbacks, resold the magazine to Tyrrell and the American Alternative Foundation, the organization under which the magazine was originally incorporated, for a dollar.[citation needed]

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The Arkansas Project

Tyrrell was one of those behind the Arkansas Project, financed by Richard Mellon Scaife, to improve the Spectator's investigative journalism. He has explained the Project's purposes and accomplishments in his 2007 book, "The Clinton Crack-Up".[1][2] Other books by Tyrrell include Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House (2003).

Vanity Fair Plagiarism Scandal

During the 2008 Presidential Election, Todd Purdum wrote an article for Vanity Fair that drew criticism from former president Bill Clinton. Tyrrell released a statement noting instances of similar phrasing and ordering to arguments in his own book, hinting at possible plagiarism. Todd Purdum never responded to the claim.[3]

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References

  1. ^ The American Spectator
  2. ^ Arkansas Project Led to Turmoil and Rifts Washington Post May 2, 1999
  3. ^ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2008/06/04/tyrrell-todd-purdums-plagiarizing-my-latest-clinton-book

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