ABC Talks to PI Who Warned Willey; "Stalinist" Trial; Rivera Endorses McCain
>>> Clinton's hand on her thigh. In analyzing what pages are most popular on the MRC site Webmaster Sean Henry discovered that one we long forgot about is still generating interest: stills of a February, 1998 ABC News story about how Bruce Lindsey hushed up news that Bill Clinton was a bit too friendly with flight attendants on his 1992 campaign plane. So, Sean has gone back and added a RealPlayer video clip of ABC's story, complete with the incriminating video of Clinton with the flight attendants. Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/other/camp92.html
Sunday's New York Times front page story on how Ken Starr "has concluded that he has the constitutional authority to seek a grand jury indictment of President Clinton before he leaves the White House in January 2001," generated questions on the Sunday morning shows and led the evening shows.
But though the
Times cited only what "associates" of Starr had supposedly been
saying and despite the fact Starr deferred any comment when asked about
the story outside his home Sunday morning, the CBS Evening News blamed
Starr for the timing of the story. Reporter Sharyl Attkisson asserted:
The Times only
reported: "While the President's legal team has fought in the Senate
chamber for the President's political survival, Starr and his prosecutors
have actively considered whether to ask a federal grand jury here to
indict Clinton before his term expires, said Starr's associates, who spoke
on the condition of anonymity.
If timing is at issue it's the New York Times which should be questioned.
"Remarkable," gushed Dan Rather of the latest GNP number on Friday night. Peter Jennings agreed, marveling at the "remarkable" rate. Tom Brokaw was equally as impressed, but managed to find a different term: "sensational."
On the impeachment front, CBS offered viewers only the White House view of how Republicans want to "prolong the impeachment trial now simply to inflict maximum humiliation," while NBC's Gwen Ifill highlighted how "even some Republicans" now "agree" it's time for the trial to end.
-- First, here's how the three broadcast networks opened the Friday, January 29 shows:
Peter Jennings, ABC's World News Tonight: "Good evening. The biggest news today is also a big surprise to all but the insider government number crunchers. The Gross Domestic Product, which measures all the goods and services being produced in the national economy, was up a remarkable 5.6 percent in the last quarter of last year..."
Dan Rather, CBS Evening News: "Good evening. It's just plain amazing. With 40 percent of the world in recession, if not depression, figures out today show the U.S. economy is coming off its strongest quarter in two years, growing at a remarkable rate of 5.6 percent in the final three months of 1998..."
Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News: "Good evening. Think about it. There probably have never been better times than these when so many people are doing so well in an economy that just gets stronger and stronger. The latest measure are the numbers that are in for the end of 1998 and they're sensational..."
CBS delivered only
the Clinton spin without an utterance from a Republican. Anchor Dan Rather
announced: "The President's spokesman flatly accused congressional
Republicans of trying to prolong the impeachment trial now simply to
inflict maximum humiliation and damage on the President. CBS News chief
Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer shows you the picture that prompted
this kind of talk."
Rather got to Reno's decision on Harold Ickes, but instead of stressing
how much evidence Reno had to ignore in making her decision, he
highlighted how she declined to name "yet another" independent
Kathleen Willey was intimidated by a private investigator hired by Nathan
Landow's lawyer. Friday night ABC's Jackie Judd advanced the Willey
story with an exclusive report on World News Tonight. Judd began:
Al Hunt charged that the modern Republican Party, with its "southern
right-wing" dominated by "intolerant" and
"bigoted" leaders "scares a lot of people." Appearing
on Saturday's Capital Gang on CNN, the Executive Washington Editor of
the Wall Street Journal claimed in answer to a question about how the
trial would hurt the GOP:
Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson didn't react positively to the news that Ken Starr's wife said she'd have left Bill Clinton and that she is confident her husband has been faithful. MRC news analyst Jessica Anderson caught this exchange from the Friday morning, January 29 show.
Sawyer: "On a very different and lighter note, Alice Starr, Ken
Starr's wife, has given an interview in Ladies Home Journal, and
she says about Mrs. Clinton, 'I'd rather not be married to someone who
doesn't love me enough to remain faithful,' and talks about the fact that
she and Ken Starr, Judge Starr have been faithful to each other, and goes
on to say that she met him because, and married him because he was the
friendliest, nicest person [she'd] ever met. So that from Alice Starr,
who's by all accounts, a very nice woman."
The Republicans are directing a Stalinist show trial?
Clearly following the liberal line of thinking, on Thursday night's Hockenberry on MSNBC John Hockenberry proposed to Republican Senator Charles Grassley: "You said it's not about getting the President but when historians look at the numbers in those votes today, is that what they are going to say -- it wasn't about getting the President or are they gonna say it was?"
Moving on to law professor Jonathan Turley, Hockenberry forwarded the official liberal line on the meaning of the 44 votes in favor of dismissal: "Jonathan, I want to start with you. Now you've said eloquently and repeatedly on this program and others throughout this process that this is a constitutional process and that it needs to move forward and that a trial is absolutely appropriate and that everything is working according to plan. It seems to me after today that any pretense of that this is a constitutional process is gone. Yes, we're gonna have witnesses but it's not a real trial and the votes were partisan so it's not a real constitutional process anymore."
that the trial is in a quagmire because the managers were not allowed to
direct the case, but that following a constitutional process does not
always prevent "uniquely stupid" things from happening.
In response to questions in a CNBC chat session last Wednesday night Geraldo Rivera once again disparaged Ken Starr as a "persecutor" and traced all of Clinton's troubles to a "cabal" of conservatives, yet denied he reflects the "same narrow- mindedness of those who relentlessly pursue our President."
Here are some of the questions and answers that intrigued MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens, listed as posed, with the errors left intact. To read the entire transcript of the January 27 session, go to: http://www.cnbc.com/moreinfo/990127_grchat.html
-- Q: "Do you
contest the fact that Nixon NEVER lied under oath like your hero Clinton?
This will ALWAYS BE A FOOTNOTE IN THE HISTORY BOOKS -IMPEACHED!!!! Doesn't
that make you proud to be one of the Spinmeisters?"
-- Q: "When
this mess is finally finished, what will you focus your attention on? I
really do enjoy your show! How do you stomach Bob Barr and Jerry Farwell
and that idiot from the Wall Street Journal?"
How could anyone consider Geraldo to be "narrow-minded"?
-- Q: "How
can we justify the imprisonment of other people in this country for
perjury if Mr. Clinton is allowed to get away with it?
-- Q: "Do you
believe, Geraldo, in the 'vast right wing conspiracy theory? Or, at least,
a medium sized-wrong one?"
-- Q: "Geraldo,
its all over. Now will you support Gore in 2000?"
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