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David Brock: A Career Timeline

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1985: David Brock graduates from the University of California-Berkeley, with a major in diplomatic history. Years later, he tells a reporter that "the whole PC movement" there had begun to make him "somewhat disillusioned with liberals."

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David Brock
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1986: Brock comes to Washington to write for Insight, a conservative weekly magazine published by the Washington Times' parent company

October 1991: Professor Anita Hill testifies at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas. Brock later recalls watching the hearings from his office at the Washington Times, where he was an editor; and that at first, he "believed that what (Hill) was saying was quite possibly true." About a month later, Brock gets an assignment to write about Hill for the American Spectator, a conservative journal based in Arlington, Va.

March 1992: The Spectator publishes Brock's sharply critical piece on Hill, whom he describes as "a bit nutty and a bit slutty."

April 1993: Brock's book, The Real Anita Hill: The Untold Story, is published. In an interview on C-SPAN, Brock says the book's key message is that, "when you look at the evidence, …the battle of credibility is settled hands down in favor of Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill's testimony is really shot through with false, incorrect and misleading statements."

December 1993: In the January 1994 Spectator, Brock, now on the magazine's staff, writes about what would come to be called "Troopergate": allegations by Arkansas state troops that they helped procure women for Clinton when he was Arkansas governor.

October 1996: Brock's much-awaited biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, is an unexpectedly sympathetic portrait that startles and angers many of his conservative supporters.

July 1997: In an Esquire magazine article titled "I Was A Right-Wing Hit Man," Brock writes that because of the way conservatives dispossessed him over the Hillary Clinton biography, "I…want out. David Brock the Road Warrior of the Right is dead."

November 1997: Brock is fired from the staff of the Spectator.

April 1998: In an open letter to President Clinton published in Esquire, Brock apologizes for his "Troopergate" expose, which he says was written not "in the interest of good government or serious journalism," but as part of an anti-Clinton crusade.

June 2001: The August issue of Talk magazine publishes an adaptation from Brock's forthcoming book, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative. In it, Brock says he "lost his soul" by knowingly writing things about Hill that he knew were not true, and became "a witting cog in the Republican sleaze machine."