1) The evidence
mounts that the Clintons and top aides knew, when Webster Hubbell left the
Justice Department in March 1994, that the independent counsel wanted him
to tell what he knew about Whitewater. But TV viewers aren't hearing about
-- In Sunday's
Los Angeles Times reporter David Willman wrote that "it is clear that
Whitewater and its perils were much on the minds of senior White House
aides and the Clintons at the time of Hubbell's resignation from the
Justice Department. When members of the Clintons' inner circle gathered at
the executive mansion on Sunday, March 13, 1994, it was to discuss a wave
of unsettling Whitewater developments....Toward the end of the meeting,
[Mack] McLarty informed those present that Hubbell would resign, probably
the next day. Based on McLarty's recollection, he then told Hillary
Clinton, out of earshot of others, that he would seek to help Hubbell
financially. The First Lady, according to McLarty, nodded her
But the potential
smoking gun came at the end of the story, MRC analyst Clay Waters noticed.
Clintons kept tabs on how Hubbell was doing -- in the months after his
resignation and his December 6, 1994, guilty plea, when he pledged to
cooperate with Starr's ongoing investigation of Whitewater. An 11-page
'task list' prepared December 13, 1994, by a White House lawyer, Jane C.
Sherbourne, mentioned the departed Hubbell. Sherbourne, whose job was to
help manage the White House's handling of Whitewater, listed Hubbell
succinctly, as item No. 11. Wrote Sherbourne below Hubbell's name:
Got Formal Warning on Hubbell" declared an April 7 headline on the
front page of The Washington Times. Jerry Seper's lead:
released during the Senate Whitewater hearings last year show that two
weeks before Webster Hubbell quit as Associate Attorney General, Hillary
Rodham Clinton was notified formally that her former law partner was
involved in a conflict-of-interest investigation and he might have lied in
a sworn statement to federal regulators. The White House...has said
repeatedly that President and Mrs. Clinton were not aware of his legal
evidence that Hillary Clinton knew investigators considered Hubbell a
source of information about the Whitewater scandal:
Hubbell's extensive role in a conflict in the Little Rock law firm's
representation of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan Association -- already
the focus of the Whitewater probe -- and his testimony under oath to the
Resolution Trust Corp. was meticulously described in a March 1, 1994, memo
written by White House Associate Counsel W. Neil Eggleston and forwarded
to Mrs. Clinton by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes."
Coverage? Not a
word on Sunday's Today, GMA, CNN's The World Today or ABC's World News
Tonight/Sunday. (NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News didn't air in
Washington, DC because of sports.) On Monday night: not a syllable on ABC,
CBS or NBC about any aspect of the Clinton scandals.
The April 7
CyberAlert noted the lack of coverage for Friday's New York Times story on
how Jorge Cabrera was hit up for a donation in Cuba. That was reported on
Friday's Inside Politics on CNN, but not The World Today. And on Sunday's
Today Tim Russert mentioned it in a clause of one sentence during a
general discussion of Hubbell that failed to note the LA Times revelation.
4) The April 7
edition of Notable Quotables, the Media Research Center's bi-weekly
compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the
April 7, 1997
(Vol. Ten; No. 7)
Infuriating Conservatives? Hey, He's Not So Bad After All
fairness, what is wrong with Newt Gingrich reaching out to some other
groups, extending himself? I mean, can't you catch more flies with honey?
Isn't there something about that? And perhaps the rigidity of some of the
conservative Republicans and their almost religious adherence to the
Contract with America, didn't that ultimately backfire on them?" --
NBC's Katie Couric to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), April 2 Today.
"One mark of leadership is to tell people what they need to hear and
I think Newt Gingrich was exactly right [to propose delaying tax
"Oh, he'll be glad to hear this. Another endorsement."
"Well, happy to be of service. But Newt Gingrich learned the
lesson...could I make my point? Newt Gingrich learned his lesson in
shutting down the government, to the great unhappiness of the electorate
and it rebounded against the Republican Party." -- Exchange on ABC's
This Week, March 23.
"I have a
lot of sympathy for Newt Gingrich on this one, because he doesn't have the
votes for a radical right agenda, and he is trying, he's saying, the
public told us, be cooperative. That's what he's trying to do, and the
right wing is trashing him just like the left wing is trashing Clinton for
being cooperative." -- New York Daily News reporter Steven Roberts on
CNN's Late Edition, March 9.
If Newt's Morally Better Than Chinese Butchers!
interesting when he sits down with Jiang Zemin, the President of China,
and starts lecturing him about the rule of law though, I think. I'd like
to be a fly on the wall in that session." -- New York Times columnist
and former reporter Thomas Friedman disdaining Gingrich on PBS's
Washington Week in Review, March 21.
We Kill Them Before They're Born, Then Conservatives Can't Hurt Them
wing has lied repeatedly in an effort to move public opinion on this
issue....Lie No. 1: Conservatives care about life. The renowned
quipmeister, Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, once said,
'Conservatives' interest in life begins at conception and ends at birth.'
Truer words were never spoken. If they did care about taking care of
babies and protecting the helpless, they would not be so driven to cut
government programs that help the poor, nor so concerned about paying a
few dollars less of their own money in taxes." -- NBC Radio/Westwood
One reporter and PBS To the Contrary host Bonnie Erbe on pro-choice lies
on partial-birth abortion in her syndicated column, March 29 Washington
Also Conservatives' Fault
has been made only worse by the passage of Proposition 187. It
specifically says that no public funds can be used to provide social
services to anyone who's in this country illegally. That means that even
if social workers for the city or the state wanted to help the boys of
Balboa Park they couldn't. It would be against the law. Proposition 187 is
now being challenged in court, but its message is clear." -- John
Quinones in March 19 Prime Time Live story on pedophiles preying on
Mexican boys in San Diego.
Beanballs at Bunning
says he wants to be in the Senate because that would put him in a better
position to clean up the environment and educate children. He says he sees
no contradiction between this aim and the fact he's voted to eliminate the
Education Department and cut funding for the EPA." -- CNN anchor
Bernard Shaw on Rep. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) running for Senate, March 25
Has What Lithuania Lost
Demise Causes Poverty, Starvation and Loss of Children to Poles Living in
Lithuania." -- Headline over transcript of April 1 World Report
story, on CNN's Web site. "Under Cuba's communist form of government,
a Cuban family's basic necessities, housing, education, health care, and
transportation, are provided by the state for free or at very little
cost." -- CBS This Morning co-host Jane Robelot, March 24.
Aired Stories from Known Wacko
"I must tell
you that in the latter days of his career at ABC News he [Pierre Salinger]
was not allowed on World News Tonight because of the feeling there that
his reporting was almost completely unreliable. He had all kinds of wacked-out
stuff about the Pan Am Flight 103 that they wouldn't let near the air. And
every now and again he'd get on the morning news somehow, by sweet-talking
a producer or someone and there'd always be a tremendous to-do after that
about how in the world that ever happened. And I must tell you that he
simply wasn't regarded in his latter years as somebody you could count
on." -- Former ABC News reporter Brit Hume, March 16 Fox News Sunday.
Moderates Good, House Conservatives Kooky
good Senate investigation which is serious. This is kind of a kooky
investigation. We shouldn't waste eleven million dollars. That's
hard-earned tax money." -- Al Hunt's Outrage of the Week on Rep. Dan
Burton's investigation of Democratic fundraising practices on CNN's
Capital Gang, March 22.
Wished They'd Robbed Capitalist Pig Banks
"I had absolutely become a fantasy figure. I have had more people
come up and especially, shockingly enough, journalists who grew up in the
'60s who felt that they had not fulfilled part of their political
obligations. That they hadn't been active enough on campus. That they kind
of wish they'd done this sort of thing themselves. And they wanted to hear
me say how cool it all was. And they were incredibly disappointed to find
Dennis Murphy: "That 'Right On Patty' was not 'Right On Patty?'"
"Yeah. Just none of this had happened the way they thought it
was." -- March 21 Dateline NBC profile in which the newspaper heiress
noted the disappointment of reporters when told she did not believe in the
leftist aims of the Symbionese Liberation Army when she robbed banks after
her 1974 kidnapping.
started on his watch, though, and that is the Republican Party got in
disarray because they're enthralled to the far right. And yet the polls
show that that's not the way the people feel so they don't know what to
do." -- 20/20 host Hugh Downs on Ronald Reagan, March 31 Politically
"I think it
might be important to point out that this country is a one-party country.
Half of that party is called Republican and half is called Democrat, it
really doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to
the Libertarians and we're gonna wake up to that sometime." -- Downs,
Cronkite: Proving Trilateral Commission Paranoids Correct
"If we are
to avoid that catastrophe [a nuclear World War III], a system of world
order -- preferably a system of world government -- is mandatory. The
proud nations someday will see the light and, for the common good and
their own survival, yield up their precious sovereignty, just as America's
thirteen colonies did two centuries ago. When we finally come to our
senses and establish a world executive and parliament of nations, thanks
to the Nuremburg precedent we will already have in place the fundamentals
for the third branch of government, the judiciary." -- Walter
Cronkite in his book A Reporter's Life.
-- L. Brent
Bozell III, Publisher; Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
-- Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, James Forbes, Steve Kaminski, Clay
Waters; Media Analysts
-- Kathleen Ruff, Marketing Director; Carey Evans, Circulation Manager;
Brian Schmisek, Intern