Two "Juanitas"; Morton: Monica a Victim of VRWC; Starr & Tripp Pummeled
4) Andrew Morton insisted that Lewinsky was a pawn of the VRWC: "I think that the whole conspiracy to entrap the President needs greater investigation, as to how Linda Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg and others worked together to draw Monica into their web."
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Clarification: CNN's The World Today had carried three stories on Juanita Broaddrick through March 2, not two as reported in the March 3 CyberAlert. In addition to a full report February 20 prompted by front page Washington Post story and a February 26 piece by Bruce Morton on feminist reaction and charges of hypocrisy by conservatives, on Sunday night, February 28, Gene Randall summarized comments from that morning's interview shows. He began: "There is a call among some Republican leaders for President Clinton to make some kind of public statement on Juanita Broaddrick's allegations." Amongst the soundbites Randall played was this from Senator Mitch McConnell on Fox News Sunday: "If Ronald Reagan had been accused of this I don't think the press would have let him get away with saying see my lawyer." Randall added: "Democrats are expressing some concerns over the Broaddrick allegations as well, but with the impeachment trial two weeks into the history books they insist it is time to move beyond scandal."
Otherwise, the coverage summary in the March 3 CyberAlert stands as accurate through the end of last week with this added caveat: Sports bumped all three broadcast network evening shows from the Washington market on Sunday, February 28, but I was in the West myself that night and did not see any mention of Broaddrick on the NBC Nightly News or first half of the CBS Evening News. The bottom line: One story so far on the CBS Evening News and zilch on the ABC and NBC evening shows through Saturday night, but ABC did raise her name in a March 7 story. See item #2 below for details. For the March 3 coverage summary, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990303.html#3
Quote of the weekend. From FNC Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume in a
Fox News Sunday discussion of the 20/20 interview with Lewinsky:
Clinton has done it with more than one "Juanita." Linda Tripp appeared on Sunday's This Week and ABC's Sam Donaldson played an excerpt from the Tripp-Lewinsky tapes in which the two discussed how Clinton may have to answer questions about "Juanita," an intriguing exchange cited in the March 8 Weekly Standard.
Donaldson asked Tripp if she was referring to Juanita Broaddrick. Tripp replied: "No, this was not Juanita Broaddrick....This was a woman whose relationship with the President would have again gone to the pattern of behavior..."
Later on ABC's
World News Tonight Tim O'Brien summarized Tripp's points made on This
Week, saying she called Lewinsky's account on 20/20 "surreal, a
fantasy." As for Lewinsky's claim that Starr's agents abused her
at the hotel, O'Brien played this retort from Tripp: "They treated
her with the utmost professionalism." After noting how Tripp said she
did not "document" (tape) conversations that would have proved
Vernon Jordan was working on a job for Lewinsky to silence her and that
Hillary was not truthful about her role in the travel office firings,
That's ABC's first evening show mention of Broaddrick's name since the story broke on February 19 (not counting the Sunday, February 28 show which did not air in Washington, DC.)
Agreeing with Linda Tripp, on Fox News Sunday the usually liberal Juan Williams came to Ken Starr's defense and maintained he did not treat Lewinsky improperly, but CNN's Wolf Blitzer kept pounding away Sunday, treating Lewinsky's tale as credible.
Williams declared on the March 7 Fox show: "How tremendously self serving, her attacks on Ken Starr. I find this sort of breathtaking. I think most prosecutors in the country have defended Ken Starr in the idea that of course we try to isolate people and of course Ken Starr was under the impression that many of Monica's lawyers were involved in an effort to cover up, to literally commit a crime, but nonetheless the assault continues and somehow she makes Ken Starr into a bad guy for trying to go out and find out whether or not the President is involved in a cover up. I find that ridiculous."
Not so ridiculous
to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Check out the questions he posed on Late Edition
to Richard Thornburgh and Lanny Davis. Blitzer framed the segment around
Blitzer's five subsequent questions assumed Starr has done wrong:
Monica Lewinsky, victim of the VRWC. Andrew Morton, author of Monica's Story, not only personally embraces her disgust with Ken Starr and hatred of Linda Tripp, as detailed in the March 5 CyberAlert item on his Thursday Today appearance, but he really thinks she was the victim of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
On Sunday's Meet
the Press, Tim Russert asked Morton: "She also told Channel 4 in
Great Britain that she believes she was a pawn of a right-wing conspiracy,
when in fact she got her job through the offices of a Democratic
fundraiser. Does she really believe there was a right-wing conspiracy and
she was a pawn?"
I guess the "devil" enlisted the gullible intern to offer to perform fellatio on Clinton.
Andrew Morton made a second appearance on Today on Friday morning, but before Katie Couric got to him she devoted a segment to Starr's alleged misdeeds.
At the top of the March 5 show she announced: "Then Jane, we're going to be looking once again at Monica Lewinsky's book. It is flying off the bookshelves. Its author Andrew Morton will be back to talk about that, and we also ask one of the central questions of the book: did Ken Starr go too far in questioning Lewinsky as the former White House intern is alleging?"
7am half hour segment with attorneys Joe DiGenova and Larry Pozner, Couric
So why publicize Lewinsky's charges? Aren't they little more than uncorroborated, and actually contradicted, allegations by a Starr hater?
But Couric plowed
ahead and as MRC analyst Mark Drake observed, she repeatedly challenged
the pro-Starr DiGenova but not the anti-Starr Pozner who only had to
comment on DiGenova's defense of Starr. Couric's questions:
White House correspondents punted again. Friday afternoon Bill Clinton held a joint press conference with the Italian Prime Minister, but as they did the last two times Clinton took questions, the same three wire service reporters avoided posing any tough questions or uttering the name Juanita Broaddrick. In fact, Helen Thomas hit him from the left on a missile defense and Larry McQuillan portrayed Clinton as a victim of Lewinsky and yearned for him to "bring closure" to the whole scandal.
Here are the three
questions posed on March 5 as Clinton avoided any of the big name network
-- Helen Thomas,
UPI: "Do you expect a breakthrough on Kosovo and especially in view
of the policy seems to be attacking or threatening Serbia and then
retreating, it's constant. And my other question is how can you justify
chipping away at the ABM treaty which helped keep the peace during the
Cold War and pour billions and billions into a Star Wars defense against
the possibility that starving North Korea may fire a missile at us?"
-- Larry McQuillan, Reuters: "Mr. President, more than 70 million Americans watched Monica Lewinsky's recent television interview and a number of people are buying a book that she's put out. I'm just wondering, do you have any thoughts on it that you can share with us that perhaps might bring closure to this and do you have any problem with the idea that she's actually making money off that relationship?"
Instead of demanding an answer about Broaddrick or about how some of what Lewinsky recalls about mutual satisfaction contradicts Clinton's claims about one-way sex, let's ask Clinton to "bring closure."
This is the third joint press conference in a row in which the wire team has embarrassed itself. As reported in the February 22 CyberAlert about the February 19 event with the French premier:
Three U.S. reporters were called upon. First, Terence Hunt of AP asked about extending the Kosovo deadline, though Kosovo is all the French reporters asked about. Second, Helen Thomas of UPI wondered: "What lessons have you learned from your 13 month ordeal? Do you think the office of the presidency has been harmed?
And what advice do you give future Presidents?" Third, Larry McQuillan of Reuters inquired: "I wonder if you could share with us some your thoughts about the pros and cons of Hillary running for the Senate seat in New York?"
From the February 25 CyberAlert on the February 24 joint press conference:
UPI's Helen Thomas obliquely raised the Broaddrick matter to Clinton at a joint press conference at 2:30pm ET Wednesday with the President of Ghana, but only FNC bothered to mention Clinton's refusal to respond. Thomas inquired: "What is your reaction to recent allegations by an Arkansas woman, apparently something she claims happened many years ago?" Thomas then asked about the Independent Counsel law before Clinton replied: "My counsel has made a statement about the first issue and I have nothing to add to it."
March 5, ABC's World News Tonight avoided Lewinsky. On the CBS Evening
News Scott Pelley showed this extended clip of Clinton: "What I hope
is that she will be permitted to go on with her life and I hope that all
the people who have been hurt by this, including totally innocent people
who have massive legal bills, will get the help they need and I'm
determined to do what I can to help them. This was a pretty tough thing
for everybody involved and I wish her well, I hope it works out alright
How generous. He "does not mind" that the woman he planned to impugn as a "stalker" will make some money off of servicing him.
On the NBC Nightly
News David Bloom insisted "President Clinton offered an apology, of
sorts, when asked about Monica Lewinsky."
When Geraldo's Away... On Friday nights Diane Dimond gets to go solo on CNBC's Upfront Tonight since Geraldo Rivera only works a four-day week. This past Friday that allowed her to actually say something positive about Linda Tripp, though Jonathan Alter soon disparaged her in true Geraldo fashion.
spokesman Phil Coughter, Dimond asserted:
Coughter said he
doubted it. That appreciative spirit toward Tripp was short-lived. Later
in the show while issuing his assessments on the winners and losers of the
week, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter declared of Tripp:
Geraldo Rivera and Bill Clinton are the real sexual soul mates and Rivera's love for Clinton is known widely enough to support a comedian's joke about it on the Late Show.
Upfront Tonight, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed, Rivera revealed how
after watching her ABC interview he understood what Clinton found so
attractive about Lewinsky:
"Sharp"? She believed everything Clinton told her yet Rivera calls her "sharp." Oh, I forgot, that's because Rivera is the one other person who actually believes Clinton's words.
up to Clinton, documented many times in past CyberAlerts, is so well known
that a comedian on the Late Show felt comfortable the audience would
understand such a joke. From the March 4 Late Show with David Letterman:
To see and hear this segment of the Late Show in RealPlayer format, go to the MRC home page where Webmaster Sean Henry will post it on the MRC home page Monday morning: http://www.mrc.org. And it will be viewable for the next 30 days at: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
From the March 4 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Things Monica Lewinsky Can Do To Mend Her Reputation." Copyright 1999 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Appear on "E.R." as woman who
keeps getting stuff caught in her throat.
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