Carl Bernstein appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to react to Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton's interview with the network.
CNN's Brianna Keilar, who interviewed the former Secretary of State, said she "didn't hear a more open or transparent Hillary."
Bernstein said Clinton has had such a "difficult relationship with the truth" for quite some time that she now has become a "specialist" in fudging facts.
"Why has she become a kind of specialist?" Bernstein rhetorically asked. "It has to do I think with the peculiarity of the Clinton situation. It had partly to do with the history of Bill Clinton and women in which she's had to defend him. It's been very difficult to do with the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN: Let me remind viewers of her upside down numbers on trustworthiness, in fact, what Brianna [Keilar] talked to her about. In the recent CNN poll it asked "is Hillary Clinton honest and trustworthy?" Only 42% said yes. 57% said no. Carl, did you think it was fair in that interview that she blames the GOP for those numbers?
CARL BERNSTEIN, WASHINGTON POST: I think she's half right. I think Hillary Clinton, as I say in A Woman In Charge and aptly I think at this point is the definitive biography and because it reflects the complexity of the woman and her situation. And her situation is that she is having a difficult relationship to the truth -- as the book says in its closing pages -- since the Arkansas years.
But there are reasons for this, quote, difficult relationship to the truth, which have to do, partly, with these attacks. She is at the heart of the cultural warfare in this country over the last 30 years. The demographics today reflect that she is on the right side of this cultural warfare and on the issues she keeps going back to she has an awful lot of support as do the Democrats.
CAMEROTA: But what you're saying is because she has been under attack for a long time, she has started to fudge her answers?
BERNSTEIN: First of all, we have to look at what politicians do generally in terms of fudging. It's endemic in the profession. But she has become a kind of specialist at it. Why has she become a kind of specialist? It has to do I think with the peculiarity of the Clinton situation. It had partly to do with the history of Bill Clinton and women in which she's had to defend him. It's been very difficult to do with the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
She's been in a difficult position. I think if you read the book, if you really understand her life, her great strengths and her weaknesses, you begin to understand the complexity. Look, she's the most famous woman in the world. She's sui generis as it were. We've never had a candidate in our history. All over the world this morning, people are having the discussion we are having at their breakfast tables. It's remarkable, this phenomenon. She we have to look at this election in a little bit different terms and her in a little bit different terms than anybody else, and her situation.