Peter Carlson repeated several falsehoods when he reviewed a Vanity Fair story about former president Bill Clinton [Style, May 18].

For example, the story about the president's visit to a Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant with Bill McBride is false; McBride wasn't even there. The idea that Clinton "worked tirelessly behind the scenes helping to line up money and support for Wesley Clark" is false. The statement that Don Hewitt "fired" him from "60 Minutes" is false; Hewitt asked him to sign up for another season, and Clinton said no. The suggestion that he abandoned his effort to fight AIDS and has "moved on to other things" is false. Under former president Clinton's leadership, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative has expanded in recent months to more than two dozen people working on three continents to bring medicine to people with AIDS.

We've just signed an agreement to help China develop a nationwide care and treatment program.

Carlson also reported that Vanity Fair says former president Clinton suffers from "spotlight starvation." If that is the case, how is it that I turn down 99 percent of all media invitations?

-- Jim Kennedy

New York

The writer is communications director for the former president.