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New Yorker editor David Remnick says the media have covered the Monica Lewinsky story so poorly that "maybe the whole trade should take a gigantic steam bath."

Speaking in a lecture series at the University of California, Berkeley, on Monday night, Remnick said most of the press "frequently pursued the story with appalling zeal of the wrong kind."

"This is a story, and you must confront it," he said. "I think the New Yorker did very well. We thought this scandal was better suited to novelists than the usual suspects on the op-ed pages, so we let Toni Morrison and others have a crack at it."

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