Some in Mr. Klein's social circle were startled by his decision to join the News Corporation's right-leaning news empire.
"What? You're going to work for Rupert Murdoch?" David Gergen, a former adviser for Bill Clinton, recalled asking his friend.
Mr. Klein was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, though he had taken a more conservative tack on education. He rarely took vacations, but when he did he went to the Dominican Republic, where the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a friend, held parties that became a retreat for Democrats, including the Clintons.
I love how David Gergen — who, according to his own Web site, "joined the Nixon White House in 1971, as a staff assistant on the speech writing team, a group of heavyweights that included Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein, and Bill Safire. Two years later, he took over as director. Gergen went on to become the Director of Communications for Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan" — is identified in the Times only as "a former adviser for Bill Clinton." David Gergen, who worked for Nixon, Reagan, and Ford, is portrayed as somehow being annoyed at Joel Klein for going to work for Rupert Murdoch? The article also somehow avoids mentioning that when Michael Bloomberg hired Mr. Klein as schools chancellor, Mr. Bloomberg was a Republican.
As for Oscar de la Renta's famous Dominican Republic hospitality, those who have enjoyed it include Henry Kissinger, another Nixon administration veteran.
Anyway, the whole passage is just off.