CyberAlert -- 02/24/1997 -- "Republican" Ken Starr
"Republican" Ken Starr; Welfare Trouble; New NQ1. Dan Rather insists upon calling Kenneth Starr the "Republican special prosecutor."
2. Figures in the fundraising scandal refuse to cooperate and go into hiding. And, the scandal may have begun in 1992, but the networks didn't let you know.
3. CBS warns of "trouble ahead" as the first phase of welfare reform is implemented.
4. Some quotes that didn't make it into NQ: Exposed pipes by urinals reminds a reporter of Reagan; U.S. Senate too conservative for the New York Times.
5. February 24 edition of Notable Quotables. Gumbel's not gone. Communism worse than Reaganomics. Would Jesus approve of the Pope?
Dan Rather just can't describe Kenneth Starr by his proper title of
"independent counsel." He insists upon adding the word
"Republican," a description that helps further the White House
spin that Starr is a partisan hack out to "get" the Clintons.
Opening Friday's (February 21) CBS Evening News, Rather announced:
In case viewers
missed it, reporter Phil Jones drove it home in his story, which he
2) Several figures in the Democratic fundraising scandal are refusing to cooperate with the House and Senate investigating committees, but instead of jumping on what looks like a cover-up, the networks are giving the news scant attention.
Here's the entire
transcript of what Dan Rather told viewers on Friday night's CBS Evening
On Friday's NBC Nightly News reporter Jim Miklaszewski, in a story on Starr, gave a couple of sentences to noting that Huang and Hubbell may get contempt citations. ABC, which gave Huang's lack of cooperation one sentence on Thursday, did nothing on Friday. CNN's The World Today, however, aired a full story from Brooks Jackson on Huang and others "playing hard to get." Jackson also found that the lawyers for donors Pauline Kanchanalak and Charlie Trie refuse to accept a subpoena for them and that Trie cannot be located.
Through Saturday night ABC, CBS and NBC had failed to mention anything about Kanchanalak or Trie.
On Saturday, February 22 The New York Times, which has played follow-up to The Washington Post, Washington Times and Los Angeles Times on the fundraising front, carried three big stories on the ever-developing scandal. One page one headline heralded: "Democrats to Return More Money Received from 'Improper' Sources." Just below that another headline: "How Donor with Asian Ties Knitted Access and Success." The story detailed how Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, who has given $391,000 to the DNC, used photos of himself with the Clintons to further his business interests. The Times explored how much of Chung's wealth comes from foreign investors in his companies.
Inside, "Files Hint of Illegal Venezuelan Link to Democrats" declared a headline. Reporter John Sullivan's lead: "The Manhattan District Attorney said yesterday that he had given federal prosecutors evidence that a Venezuelan banking family might have illegally funneled campaign contributions to the Democratic Party during the 1992 elections."
Coverage of these
On Saturday new rules went into effect limiting to three months in three
years the time able-bodied people without children can receive food
stamps. Disaster impends, warned CBS Saturday night. On the CBS Evening
News reporter Sharyl Atkisson intoned:
-- An alert
CyberAlert reader in Florida sent this item to us from an article on jury
duty in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine from February 9. Reporter
Stephen Benz wrote:
-- Watching the
January 19 This Week, MRC news analyst Gene Eliasen came across this
attack from the welfare reform bill by Sam Donaldson:
-- To CBS
economics reporter Ray Brady, Bob Rubin is a hero. MRC news analyst Steve
Kaminski noticed this exchange on the February 9 Sunday Morning on CBS:
-- MRC news
analyst Clay Waters noticed the fear expressed by a New York Times
reporter that the U.S. Senate is just too conservative. In a February 2
news story Richard Berke warned:
-- Clay also picked up this line from CNN reporter Mike Chinoy's February 19 World Today profile of Deng Xiaoping: "One of Deng's great achievements was to free China from the worst excesses of radical Maoism..."
As opposed to those just plain swell ordinary excesses of radical Maoism.
-- Brent Baker (Notable Quotables below.)
5) The latest edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media. There's a new Gumbel quote under the "What We're Missing in the Morning" heading and some very interesting extreme vs. Far-right labeling under "Ah, That's Much Better." And, don't miss the "theological" question Diane Sawyer told Oprah that she'd like to ask the Pope. See "Stars on the Pope."
To get a complimentary copy of NQ and an order form, it's just $19 per year for the hard copy version, send a message to Carey Evans at: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 24, 1997 (Vol. Ten; No. 4)
Clinton on the Rock?
jaw precedes him. He smiles from sea to shining sea. Is this President a
candidate for Mt. Rushmore or what?....In fact, when it comes to
influencing the public, a single medley of expressions from Clinton may be
worth much more, to much of America, than every ugly accusation Paula
Jones can muster."
Chinese Dictatorship No Better for Poor than Reagan
"And so in
1992, after a year out of public view, Deng emerged from retirement and
launched a campaign for more and faster capitalist-style reform. The
country responded with a boom that gave China the highest economic growth
rate in the world, and turned it into a magnet for international investors
who saw the emergence of a new economic superpower. But the burst of
development brought with it many of the evils the communists had sought to
eradicate: corruption, inflation, a growing gap between rich and
Jefferson in North Korea?
"In much of
the world today, including Washington, governments and their diplomats are
astonished still by the news that such a senior official should have
defected from communist North Korea to the South. A diplomat in the
Chinese capital Beijing said it was as if Thomas Jefferson had bolted from
the young United States."
Love You, Jesse
Congressman Jackson, and I love to be able to say that...You've had an
interesting view of the political process. You worked with your dad, you
know the legacy of Dr. King, you are now inside the process. Which, in
your view, is a better place to be able to bring about real change in this
Conservatives Are Racists
Morris] attributed [Colin] Powell's vulnerability to his support for
positions on affirmative action, gun control, and abortion. Other pundits
(myself included) believe Powell could change his position on all these
issues and still be overwhelmingly rejected by a Republican Party
ideologically opposed to the nomination of an African American to the
highest office in the land."
sick. That's actually perverse. Ralph Reed probably doesn't, other than
that minister from Tuskegee, probably can't count the number of black
people he knows on one hand."
What We're Missing in the Morning
"I said to
somebody that if O.J. killed his first wife, Marguerite [who is black],
and her friend, then do I think George Will and William F. Buckley would
have written about it? No way. Not on God's green earth. They wouldn't
have even noticed."
Auschwitz vs. Macaroni Salad
ABC News President Roone Arledge: "If you were a reporter in World War II, and we all know the atrocities that went on in various countries during that war, and you heard about this and got yourself a job as a guard at a prison camp and you were able to tell the world everything that went on there which they didn't know anything about. You got that job through deception. You're not a guard. You never intended to be a guard. Is there anybody here who thinks that's a bad thing for society?"
University Professor Robert Lissit: "Is there anybody here who wants
to equate that with macaroni salad?"
Martin Luther King: Forget That Let's All Get Along Claptrap
issue here is not money, but whether people who oppose nearly everything
King stood for have the right to assert that his corpse is marching in
their parade. [Black conservative Ward] Connerly and his ilk quote King on
a highly selective basis....King, for all his commitment to nonviolence,
was a radical advocate of social change who deliberately disrupted the
status quo in pursuit of racial justice, not a milquetoast advocate of
Hallmark Card-style brotherhood between the races."
Newsweek Insists Democrats are Republicans
"The rap on
Clinton is that by becoming essentially a moderate Republican on fiscal
issues, he'll be remembered mostly as a President who played a good game
of defense against extremist ideas, with some nice on-court cheerleading
to make everyone feel better."
capitalism is the secular religion of our time. It is a creed triumphant.
It won the Cold War -- and then the ideological battle in Washington,
turning liberal Democrats into `Eisenhower Republicans' and ordinary
Republicans into small-government zealots."
Ah, That's Much Better
"In a risky
tactic for a candidate with little downstate political identity, Davis
said that he plans to favor moderate candidates over extreme conservatives
and single-issue politicians and that he is willing to endure criticism
from the party's conservative activists to do so."
"In a risky
tactic for a candidate with little downstate political identity, Davis
said that he plans to favor moderate candidates over far-right
conservatives and single-issue politicians and that he is willing to
endure criticism from the party's conservative activists to do so."
Accept the Transgendered: That's an Order!
Inn: The surgery that changed `Bob' into the sexiest woman at the 1975
class reunion is likened to a makeover of the lodging chain by Bass PLC.
The racy spot is ruined by the final shot, when a male classmate reacts to
the new Bob with a horrified grimace. What's next, narrow rooms for the
Stars on the Pope
"I've always thought the theological, the one theological question
I'd like to ask him, and it's a serious question, is what do you think
Jesus would think of the way you dress?"
you're more likely to see the Pope ride through this room on a
-- Brent Baker