Crediting Clinton for Economy; Starr's Perjury; Latest NQ
1) Dan Rather declared:
"President Clinton was singing his own praises, this time with the
facts and figures to back him up."
2) CNN highlighted:
"While Starr argues that [Lewinsky attorney] Carter is using the
attorney-client privilege to conceal what would be perjury, Starr is being
accused of the same thing."
3) March 9 edition of
Notable Quotables: Blame GOP for Democratic illegalities, stinging Starr,
Clift's blackmail threat, and "Please Spank Me."
A Loss to the Conservative Journalistic
Community. Eric Breindel, Senior Vice President of the News Corporation
and host of FNC's Fox News Watch, passed away on Saturday at age 42. The
Sunday New York Post reported only that "he died at New York Hospital
after a sudden illness. He was admitted to the hospital last Sunday."
From 1986 until last year Breindel served as editorial page editor of the
New York Post where he did more than anyone else to expose the New York
media establishment to the MRC's documentation of liberal bias. At the
end of each year he devoted the entire Post editorial column to
highlighting his favorite quotes from the MRC's annual Best of Notable
Quotables issue and he ran the syndicated column by MRC Chairman L. Brent
night ABC's World News Tonight and CNN's The World Today featured full
stories on the passing of James McDougal, recounting his role in
Whitewater and tie to the Clintons. (The NCAA basketball picks on CBS and
the NBA on NBC bumped those network's newscasts.) Saturday night, the
three broadcast networks all ran pieces on Senator Trent Lott's
suggestion that Ken Starr should wrap up his case as soon as possible.
Friday night ABC and CBS led with the good
economic news, but while ABC didn't mention Clinton's name CBS gave
him credit. NBC found a downside -- too few workers. All showed William
Ginsburg's outburst at the media, but only ABC highlighted that he may
have messed up the proffer so that Starr could use it against Lewinsky.
Only CNN mentioned the news that Johnny Chung will say the money he
donated came from Chinese government-run business interests.
Some quick notes on the Friday, March 6
-- ABC's World News Tonight
led with the fall in unemployment to 4.6 percent by having Betsy Stark
look at the picture around country. ABC didn't show any video of or
Next, Jackie Judd showed Lewinsky attorney
William Ginsburg shouting "I want some space goddammit" at
cameramen near his car as it arrived at Dulles Airport. Judd suggested
Ginsburg could be more sensitive because the judge reprimanded him,
insisting he end his media appearances. Judd added:
"What Ginsburg has said to prosecutors
may cause him even bigger problems. A source close to the investigation
believes the information he's offered in exchange for immunity for
Lewinsky could still be used, even Lewinsky does not get immunity. The
proffer, as it is called, contains damning information about the
President. Sources have told ABC News in it Lewinsky claims she did have a
sexual relationship with Mr. Clinton...."
-- CBS Evening News.
Dan Rather excitedly opened the show by announcing how the economy is
"cranking out jobs by the thousands" as unemployment has
plummeted to just 4.6 percent. "With the economy humming, CBS's
White House correspondent Scott Pelley reports, President Clinton was
singing his own praises, this time with the facts and figures to back him
Pelley began: "The recovery began
before Mr. Clinton took office. The fact that it's run so long is
credited to what some call the great odd couple -- Mr. Clinton and Alan
Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Chairman. Simply put, when Mr. Clinton made
deficit reduction his top priority, Greenspan felt confident driving
interest rates down. America did the rest. If the recovery continues to
December, it will be the longest peacetime recovery in history. Mr.
Clinton was happy to talk about that, but when the questions started today
Pelley went on to demonstrate how Clinton
now always "makes for the door double-time" in order to avoid
-- NBC Nightly News
opened with UN inspectors getting access in Iraq, followed by a quick
rundown of the economic figures. After a soundbite of Clinton, anchor
Brian Williams went to Mike Jensen for a story on "the downside of a
booming economy," how there are not enough workers.
-- CNN's The World Today
at 8pm ET. Eileen O'Connor contributed a story on Starr's recall of
Betty Currie to appear again before the grand jury. Anchor Joie Chen
showed the soundbite of Lott from CNN's Evans and Novak show before
going to a story from Charles Bierbauer explaining Clinton's legal
status and how Lewinsky got into the case and how Jordan also found job
for Hubbell. Then Chen briefly summarized the news broken by CNN reporter
Pierre Thomas on Inside Politics, that Johnny Chung will say Chinese
businessmen provided his money.
up with coverage from last week, on Wednesday night CNN featured a lengthy
report on a charge by a lawyer beaten by Starr that he once covered up
perjury. Following a story on how Lewinsky's first attorney, Francis
Carter, is fighting a subpoena from Starr who thinks Carter knows about
perjury by Lewinsky, CNN anchor Martin Savidge provided a link to
"And while Starr argues that Carter is
using the attorney- client privilege to conceal what would be perjury,
Starr is being accused of the same thing. It dates back to 1994, when
Starr was representing General Motors in a civil matter."
Reporter Ed Garsten asserted: "In
1994, Kenneth Starr and his law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, represented
General Motors in a suit brought by victims of a fuel tank fire. Now, a
South Carolina lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in another case
against GM, charges Starr knew one of the key witnesses perjured himself
and helped hide the documents that could prove it. Now, he's asked for a
Justice Department investigation."
J. Kendall Few: "It was his clear
obligation under the law at the time to, first of all, attempt to persuade
General Motors to disclose their fraud and perjury to the court and to the
adverse party, and if they were unsuccessful in doing so, that it was the
obligation of Mr. Starr and the other attorneys involved to disclose that
fraud and perjury to the court or to the adverse party."
Garsten: "Kendall Few is referring to
this memo, written by
former GM engineer, Edward Ivey (sp?), in
1973. It calculated cost of litigation versus cost of safety improvements
to GM vehicles. The document concluded, unless GM could lower the cost of
improvements to $2.20 per vehicle, it would cost less to pay off crash
victims' families. Ivey testified, he'd never passed the document on to
anyone, including GM management."
Few claimed the memo had been circulated
but, Garsten contended, "Kenneth Starr and his law firm asserted they
were privileged and therefore exempt from disclosure. Several legal expert
CNN spoke with agree. The documents would not be privileged, since they
were not communications between GM and its attorneys. Plus, if a witness
perjured himself and one of those documents could help prove it, it's an
attorney's duty to bring those documents to light, not help hide
This is the same matter which inspired the
now infamous Dateline NBC story on exploding pick ups. It is a small
The March 9 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly
compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the
liberal media. Most of the quotes have already appeared in CyberAlerts,
but the bias is really striking when these quotes are put together,
especially the most colorful hits on Ken Starr. Among the fresh quotes:
Tom Brokaw in the very first quote, Brokaw again under "The
'Alleged' Scandal We're 'Allegedly' Covering Fairly," and
the second quote under "PBS: Reaganomics Still Stinks." The NQ
issue follows. -- Brent Baker
March 9, 1998 (Vol. Eleven;
Law-Breaking By Liberals?
Liberal Laws to Be Ignored
"The Republicans were outraged by
the fundraising practices of the President and the Democratic National
Committee - but not so outraged that they felt the need for campaign
finance reform." - NBC anchor Tom Brokaw in a New York Times
column, February 7.
"Republicans kill the bill to clean
up sleazy political fundraising. The business of dirty campaign money
will stay business as usual....Good evening. Legislation to reform shady
big money campaign fundraising is dead in Congress. Republican opponents
in the Senate killed it today. It was the latest in a long-running
attempt to toughen loose laws that shield hidden donors with loose
wallets and deep pockets. As CBS's Bob Schieffer reports, when it came
to the crunch today on campaign finance reform, it was all talk and no
action." - Dan Rather, February 26 CBS Evening News.
"For all those promises of
bipartisan cooperation to clean up the system, for all the
investigations into White House coffees, Buddhist temple fundraisers,
stories about top Republicans chasing campaign money in Hong Kong, and
slick operator Roger Tamraz bragging about buying appointments with the
President, for all of that, Senators took a deep breath and killed
campaign finance reform for another year." - Reporter Bob
Schieffer opening the subsequent CBS Evening News story.
"The Senate has effectively killed
political campaign finance reform for the foreseeable future, which
means that even though a majority of Senators declared themselves in
favor of trying to change the way politicians raise and spend money,
there were not enough votes to end a Republican filibuster. Together the
Senate and the House of Representatives spent more than $9 million
dollars to hold more than 30 days of hearings on how to change the
rules, and even though so many Americans believe that money is more
important to the process than their vote - which is not a pretty
picture - and though many, many politicians believe the system is
flawed, they will not be fixing it, just yet." - ABC's Peter
Jennings, February 26 World News Tonight.
Starr: One Out of Bounds,
Self-Serving, Illegal, Ominous Guy
"Starr justified the subpoenas of
Lenzner and Blumenthal by saying a smear campaign could amount to
obstruction of justice, but even some current and former federal
prosecutors say that Starr is out of bounds and he should get on with
the issues that really matter in the Lewinsky case." - ABC's
Jackie Judd in a Feb. 24 World News Tonight story on reaction to the
subpoenaing of the private investigator and the Clinton aide.
"Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr has increased the pressure even
further on President Clinton today in what some call the nastiest and
most personal clash yet. The Clintons have accused Starr of illegal,
false and self-serving leaks of grand jury testimony in a campaign to
get the Clintons at all costs, as they see it. Tonight, as CBS News
White House correspondent Scott Pelley reports, Starr is boring in
bigger, harder." - Dan Rather, February 24 CBS Evening News.
"We want to take a closer look at the legal tactics Ken Starr is
employing. Joining us for that, CNN justice correspondent Pierre Thomas.
By calling before the grand jury people such as Sidney Blumenthal, is
Ken Starr acting illegally?" - CNN's Bernard Shaw, February 24
"It is now the one invitation in
Washington no one wants, a call to testify before Ken Starr's grand
jury. It left some [video of Lewinsky's mother Marcia Lewis] near
emotional collapse, others [video of Sidney Blumenthal] raging about
police state tactics. And nearly all the witnesses, it is safe to say,
felt the ominous chill that comes with the arrival of a grand jury
subpoena." - CBS reporter Eric Engberg, opening a March 2 Evening
News story on how prosecutors use the grand jury system.
Media to Starr: Please
Pack Your Bags
"Now let's discuss the question:
Should Ken Starr resign? Former federal prosecutor Henry Hudson joins us
on Inside Politics along with Stuart Taylor, a senior writer for the
National Journal and a contributing editor for Newsweek. First to you,
Stuart. Should Starr pack his bags?" - Bernard Shaw on CNN's
Inside Politics, Feb. 26.
"New indications in a CBS News poll
out tonight of how the public perceives Republican special prosecutor
Ken Starr's investigation. Our poll suggests only 27 percent believe
Starr is conducting an impartial probe. And 55 percent think it's time
for Starr to drop his investigation." - Dan Rather, March 2 CBS
Poor Little Girl,
Blackmailed by Starr
"She could be charged with lying on
an affidavit in the Paula Jones case, whether or not she testifies
before the grand jury. She could also be charged with telling Linda
Tripp to lie, according to the tapes. What sort of punishment would she
face if, in fact, Kenneth Starr spends taxpayer's money to put this
girl on trial? ....We'll talk about the leaks in a second, but if
Kenneth Starr is withholding full immunity because Monica's
'truth' [McRee uses fingers to imply truth is in quotes] doesn't
go far enough, is that legal blackmail?" - Two questions from
Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee to Lewinsky lawyer William
Ginsburg, Feb. 25.
Dare Hold a Hearing?
We'll Embarrass You for Clinton
"If in fact the House committee
investigates the President's private life after Ken Starr has
investigated the President's private life, the news media will then
investigate the people who are investigating the private life the same
way they investigated the campaign funding donations of people who
inquired into the campaign funding habits of the Democrats. It's how
the game is played. The White House isn't going to have to do that.
We're gonna do that and it's called doing our job." - Eleanor
Clift on CNBC's Equal Time, February 12.
Scandal We're "Allegedly" Covering Fairly
"In Depth tonight. More on the
alleged White House scandal." - Tom Brokaw, February 12 Nightly
PBS: Reaganomics Still
"The stock market crashed in October
1987, another setback for Reagan. Black Monday raised doubts about the
soundness of Reagan's economic policies. On Reagan's watch tax
revenues would double, but they never kept up with spending. The
national debt nearly tripled. Although most Americans benefited, the gap
between the richest and poorest became a chasm. Donald Trump and the new
billionaires of the 1980s recalled the extravagance of the captains of
industry in the 1880s. There were losers. Cuts in social programs
created a homeless population that grew to exceed that of Atlanta. AIDS
became an epidemic in the 1980s, nearly 50,000 died. Reagan largely
ignored it." - Narrator of PBS American Experience profile of
Ronald Reagan, February 24.
"If there is any President who does
not deserve credit for our current economic prosperity it is Ronald
Reagan. The latter part of the 1980s will go down as one of the most
poorly-managed, economically reckless fiscal periods in American
history." - PBS To the Contrary host Bonnie Erbe, Feb. 28
Washington Times column.
Please Spank Me
"Based on your dreams for the
information age, can you give me your reaction to the type of
information we are hearing in the current situation between the
President and Monica Lewinsky? Is that the way you envision the
information age turning out?"
"But in this particular case do you
think it's gotten to the point where possibly there is a chance that
there is too much information on this particular subject?"
"As our partner I'm sure you watch
our programming, you're probably a news junkie like the rest of us. Do
you think though that we as journalists have gone overboard on this
story?" - NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer pressing Microsoft chief
Bill Gates, February 24.
L. Brent Bozell III,
Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
Eric Darbe, Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, Steve Kaminski,
Clay Waters; Media Analysts
Kristina Sewell, Research Associate
Sherri Pascale, Circulation Manager
Rebecca Hinnershitz, Karen Sanjines, Interns
-- Brent Baker
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