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Newsweek has a writeup about Harding and her new book. Here's an excerpt:

Understandably, the blogosphere is suspicious of Harding's true motives. "Translation: I'm broke and quickly fading into obscurity," offered one blogger on the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site. "This story makes me want to go to Disneyland," added another. Other critics recall Harding's many desperate moves to make a buck, including boxing with Paula Jones (of Bill Clinton fame) on a Fox TV reality show.

"If you publish a book like that, you probably need to do it for financial reasons," said former gold medalist Brian Boitano, who was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame last month. "If people are going to read it, they have to read it for the entertainment value, and not go by every word as the gospel truth. She struggles with being taken seriously."

Harding knows as well as anyone that there's no such thing as bad publicity, and she's prepared to spend the next several weeks fending off skeptical questions from people "entitled to their own opinion" as she promotes her new book. In an interview with NEWSWEEK, Harding struggled the most with this conflicting set of circumstances: if she knew nothing about the assault on Kerrigan until after it happened, why was her ex-husband so desperate to keep her quiet that he'd rape and threaten to kill her?

"You'll have to read the book," Harding said, explaining that it was a long time ago and that she has trouble remembering what she knew back then. "It was things I'd heard from other people."

Here's a recent interview on Dan Patrick's ESPN show.

Also, I don't think I mentioned before that Harding is apparently working on "The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest," a crime show. The article says it's on Court TV, but I think that channel changed to another name TruTV, so I'm not sure who the fact checker is. But what is her qualification for being on that show, other than the fact that she may or may not have helped plan an attack on a fellow skater and definitely obstructed justice? I guess notoriety has its perks. After looking at the list of other commentators (Danny Bonaduce, Amy Fisher, etc.), I get the picture.