CyberAlert -- 01/20/1997 -- Stars on Clinton
Stars on Clinton; Hillary Misunderstood; CBS Finds Bias
1. Celebrities come out for Clinton's Inaugural. One says that voting for Clinton will prevent future murders.
2. CBS portrays Hillary Clinton as oppressed and misunderstood, but she complains about the "right wing press presence."
4. The special Gingrich counsel James Cole found the charge baseless, but Al Hunt again claimed that Gingrich "looted money from kids."
5. The chance of the "Soviet Union taking over the world just seemed as likely to me as invaders from Mars," Walter Cronkite recalls.
6. CBS News confirms that media bias exists! But not at CBS....at the Fox News Channel.
7. The Clintons claim to be "the bridge to the 21st Century," but they can't even figure out how to use a computer.
1) Sunday night CBS broadcast an Inaugural Gala show from the USAir Arena in Largo, Maryland co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Douglas and Candice Bergen. On Saturday they held a rehearsal show and a local TV reporter talked to some of the participants.
WUSA-TV's Eyewitness News at 11 on Saturday night included a couple of interesting soundbites. NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits explained why he flew in from California: "I believe he's a wonderful President, has been and will continue to be. So I'm honored that they would think to ask -- hey, come on down and hang with me."
Singer Stevie Wonder tied his vote for Clinton with the murder of Bill Cosby's son: "We hope that because of us voting for this man and voting for change for tomorrow, that will help these kinds of things to not happen."
2) The CBS News show Sunday Morning on January 19 featured one of First Lady Hillary Clinton's two television interviews for the Inauguration. Reporter Martha Teichner portrayed an oppressed and misunderstood First Lady.
On her role in
health care reform, Teichner asked: "Were you startled at the fact
that is was as controversial an issue as it was and that you became
A bit later Teichner continued her sympathetic report: "Her biggest gripe is that the positive is never what the public sees. That her media image as a First Lady under fire, edgy and defensive, belies the real Hillary Clinton who has even been known to laugh."
After a bit of video, Teichner went on: "One gauge of a First Lady's stamp on the White House is the art she chooses to display there. 'Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City' by Henry Tanner is the first work acquired for the permanent collection by an African American artist. It now hangs in the Green Room."
Finally, Teichner ended by showing the White House sculpture garden, inquiring of Mrs. Clinton: "Do you ever just go there and sit?"
Not once did Teichner ask a tough question or even suggest that Hillary Clinton's actions may have contributed to her problems.
The CBS interview aired at about 9:30am ET. Less than ten hours later, at 7pm ET C-SPAN aired its interview with Hillary Clinton. In it she complained about a "very effective, well organized advocacy press that is, I think, very up-front in its right wing, conservative inclinations and makes no apologies." According to a story in Saturday's Washington Times, she elaborated on how "there's not something comparable to that" on the liberal side: "You've got a conservative press and/or right wing press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political spectrum, so that most of what is left in what you might call the middle or the establishment or the mainstream tries to be objective and tries to be thoughtful."
I guess she'd put CBS in the "thoughtful" category.
3) If you want to avoid George Stephanopoulos, or Bill Kristol for that matter, don't watch ABC News. Former Clinton aide Stephanopoulos made his premiere as an ABC News analyst on Friday's Good Morning America paired with Bill Kristol. He Kristol also appeared together on ABC's World News Saturday, plus Sunday's GMA and This Week as part of the show's roundtable.
4) Al Hunt, the Wall Street Journal's Executive Washington Editor, can't admit when he's wrong. As pointed out in a past CyberAlert, some in the media have blamed Newt Gingrich for taking money from children because he took over the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and used it to fund his college course. But as Bob Novak pointed out, the foundation was inactive and not helping kids. Gingrich took it over to save the time it would take to form a new foundation. With that background, here's an exchange from Saturday's Capital Gang on CNN:
"We have had debates at this table we've had debates around town,
over this shell of the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation, which a lot
of people have said Newt looted of money for needy kids to give political
contributions. Your prosecutor, Mr. Cole, said that it was defunct. This
is a sham, and people who said he was looting money from kids, should be
ashamed of themselves, Al."
Part three of the eight part Discovery Channel series, Cronkite Remembers,
offered a scary insight into the thinking of reporters during the Cold
Soviet May Day video Cronkite continued:
So, Americans had "overreacted" to the Soviet threat, but when they did develop a nuclear weapon that didn't confirm the need for concern, it "blew up" anti-Soviet "paranoia." And, what's the big deal anyway? The Soviets deserved nuclear equality.
talk to him, so Andrew Neal (sp?), a former editor of one of Murdoch's
London newspapers, served as the Murdoch expert. After showing clips of
some racy Fox entertainment shows and explaining how Murdoch's London
tabloid runs a topless Page 3 Girl everyday, Wallace stated:
A few minutes
later, Wallace took up Murdoch's political views.
This from a man who put Barbara Pyle in charge of CNN and TBS environmental shows. In 1990 she boasted: "I feel that I'm here on this planet to work in television, to be the little subversive person in television. I've chosen television as my form of activism. I felt that if I was to infiltrate anything, I'd do best to infiltrate television."
about the Wallace story:
In his new book Dick Morris reported that President Clinton cannot type
and thus writes his speeches on a notepad. In her CBS Sunday Morning
interview First Lady Hillary Clinton also revealed that she's not quite up
on modern technology. Discussing what she'll do when daughter Chelsea goes
to college in the fall, she told Martha Teichner:
They can't use computers. Just the kind of people to serve as a bridge to the 21st century.
-- Brent Baker