CyberAlert -- 05/11/1999 -- Richardson Ignored; Russert Condemned Clinton But NBC News Disagrees
Richardson Ignored; Russert Condemned Clinton But NBC News Disagrees
2) No broadcast network, not even NBC, picked up Monday morning or night on Richardson's concession on Meet the Press that Clinton's denial of espionage during his term was false. But even the liberal Boston Globe put it above the fold.
4) NBC's Tim Russert appeared on Imus in the Morning and condemned the Clinton team: "You don't spin your way out of national security breaches." He labeled Chinese fundraising "a damn problem." But Today and Nightly News refuse to report any of it.
>>> The Investor's Business Daily article excerpted in the May 10 CyberAlert is now accessible through the MRC home page. To read the May 10 story, "TV's Blackout on China Spying: Big Three Networks Bypass Blockbuster Scandal," go to: http://www.mrc.org or directly to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/ibd19990510.html <<<
The broadcast network White House reporters on Monday night all noted how the NRA was not invited to Clinton's summit and the real players in Hollywood, who support the President financially, were no shows. Some excerpts from their May 10 stories:
-- ABC's World News Tonight. Sam Donaldson: "....Although the President has advocated new gun control measures and complained that organizations like the National Rifle Association are scaring their members about them, the NRA says it wasn't invited....Also among the missing, Hollywood's prime movers who've shown up at Clinton fundraisers and as overnight White House guests, but declined to attend today's conference saying they feared being sandbagged, which caused conservative GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, who wasn't invited today, to complain Mr. Clinton is in no position to preach to Hollywood."
-- CBS Evening
News. Eric Engberg: "....Violent movies have often been cited as a
possible cause in school shootings. Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin made the
shoot-em-up The Getaway. They also hosted a fundraiser for the President
who has so ardently embraced the stars and the moguls that Hollywood is
now the most reliable source of big dollars for Democratic
-- NBC Nightly
News. Claire Shipman gave the Hollywood view the most time: "....One
glaring absence at today's meeting: the real power brokers in Hollywood
and some of the President's closest friends, the top film and TV
producers. Sources say they're wary about being blamed by Washington for
the tragedy at Columbine High. [over video of Natural Born Killers.] They
argue movies and videos like these, which have received intense criticism
since the shooting, are only a small part of the industry. And there are
other answers says Hollywood's chief lobbyist who was at the
"Richardson: China Did Steal Secrets" announced the front page headline in Monday's Washington Times. "'Damaging' leaks occurred on Clinton watch" read the subhead for the story about how Energy Secretary Bill Richardson admitted to Tim Russert on Sunday's Meet the Press that Clinton's March 19 denial was not accurate.
But it wasn't only the conservative Washington Times which found Richardson's concessions front page-worthy. An above the fold headline in Monday's Boston Globe, over a Reuters story, declared: "For First Time, U.S. Says Nuclear Secrets Were Lost."
Yet no broadcast network, not even NBC, found this worth reporting on Monday morning or evening and neither did CNN Monday night. Only Sunday night viewers of FNC heard anything about it. (As detailed in the May 10 CyberAlert, the ABC, CBS and CNN evening shows all ignored the interview Sunday night. NBA basketball bumped NBC Nightly News in most of the country.)
-- Monday morning, May 10. Not a syllable about Chinese espionage aired on NBC's Today, which spent much of the show with its "Where in the World is Matt Lauer" gimmick, nor on CBS's This Morning. ABC's Good Morning America refused to tell viewers about Richardson, but the MRC's Jessica Anderson noticed that in a story about Chinese protests over the embassy bombing Ann Compton made this vague reference: "As you heard Ambassador Sasser say, the demonstrations don't seem quite as vicious today, but a U.S. official who was headed to Beijing has put off his trip. I'm told that all Americans are told to be careful and not go to Beijing at this moment. There are so many issues on the table, including spying by China and Chinese campaign contributions. No one here is suggesting this is comparable to Tiananmen Square, but remember that incident froze U.S.-Chinese relations for a decade, and the United States is worried about this."
-- Monday night, May 10. The broadcast networks and CNN ran nothing about Richardson on Monday night. Not even CNN's Inside Politics picked up on his admission. ABC and NBC made vague references to the scandal. On World News Tonight, for instance, from Beijing ABC's Mark Litke observed how "the demonstrations have also been a way for China to express its bitterness over other recent slights by the West -- not being admitted to the World Trade Organization and accusations of nuclear espionage." NBC's Andrea Mitchell made a similar reference.
Instead of covering Chinese espionage or previewing Johnny Chung's Tuesday appearance before the House Government Reform Committee, ABC allocated nearly six minutes to how retirees are becoming more active, CBS picked up on a liberal group's complaint about fuel leaks in Chrysler minivans and how more regulation is needed to protect consumers from aggressive credit card pitches which cause people to later go bankrupt and NBC featured an In Depth segment on how the Louisiana bus crash demonstrates the need for more regulation of buses.
Monday night's News with Brian Williams on MSNBC skipped Chinese espionage but had time to show highlights of Monica Lewinsky's appearance on Saturday Night Live.
If one missed the
original Meet the Press the only network morning or evening show on which
they could have seen the exchange was on FNC's new Fox Weekend Report.
In a story for the Sunday at 6pm ET show Brian Wilson played a clip of
Clinton's March 19 press conference appearance in which he denied any
espionage took place during his term. Wilson then led into the key
exchange from Meet the Press:
To read the entire exchange, go to the May 10 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990510.html#3
On Monday's The World Today CNN anchor Jim Moret did note the upcoming Chung testimony before Pierre Thomas reported how "CNN has learned government officials had numerous warnings about serious flaws in security at U.S. nuclear laboratories dating back to the 1980s. And despite launching an administrative review into allegations of possible Chinese espionage in 1995, major changes in lab security were not implemented for four years...."
Monday night only FNC treated Johnny Chung's Tuesday appearance as a serious matter worth a story. Carl Cameron exclusively reported that Chung will testify to the involvement in funneling money from China by a former top Clinton aide and a Boeing executive.
On Monday's Fox Report Cameron opened: "Johnny Chung tell his story publicly Tuesday for the first time since he admitted funneling money from the Chinese military to help President Clinton get re-elected."
how he'll appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the House Government
Reform Committee in the midst of questions about spying at Los Alamos.
Cameron uniquely relayed:
Cameron concluded by noting that another man, Peter Lee, has been the FBI's prime spying suspect for 15 years. (See the May 7 CyberAlert for Cameron's May 6 story on Peter Lee.)
+++ To watch Cameron's May 10 piece go to the MRC home page where by noon ET MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will post it in RealPlayer format. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
Chung is scheduled to appear in the House Government Reform Committee's Rayburn building hearing room today (Tuesday) at 12 noon ET and Wednesday at 10am ET. To read the committee's press release announcing Chung's delayed appearance, he had been scheduled for April 27-28, go to: http://www.house.gov/reform/press/99_05_06.htm
To read the Interim Report of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight Campaign Finance Investigation and Related Matters released in November 1997, go to: http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/index.htm
To see a photo of Chung arm-in-arm with Hillary and Bill in an earlier FNC story, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990408.html#1
To view the only network story on the April 4 LA Times story, watch the April 8 piece in which Cameron outlined how money flowed on a "circuitous" route from Chinese intelligence to a front company to Lippo to John Huang to the DNC. Plus, in 1993 Al Gore met with the "head of Beijing's alleged espionage front." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990409.html#2
These last two items are viewable in RealPlayer format on the MRC's video page: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
Is Tim Russert really the Vice President of NBC News or does he just pretend to be? On Monday's Imus in the Morning Russert stressed how troubling he found Energy Secretary Bill Richardson's concession to him on Meet the Press that spying did occur during Clinton's years, thus directly contradicting Clinton's claims.
Russert condemned the Clinton administration reaction: "You don't spin your way out of national security breaches. It happened on their watch and they're trying to spin their way out of it." Asked about the impact of Chinese fundraising, Russert declared: "Well, you know it's a damn problem."
Yet not a syllable about Russert's Meet the Press interview, a big scoop for the network, aired on Monday's Today or Nightly News.
Ben Anderson of the MRC's Conservative News Service tipped us off to Russert's parallel universe appearance and MRC analyst Mark Drake found the tape and took down Russert's words from the May 10 radio show carried by MSNBC.
"Here's my question: Why, why is Bill Richardson reluctant to just
tell us what's goin' on?"
The May 7 CyberAlert highlighted that morning's Los Angles Times story and while I can't say Russert read about it here I know where he didn't hear anything about it: NBC News! The original Los Angeles Times story appeared on April 4, but all the networks but FNC ignored it. None picked up on the LA Times follow-up piece from last Friday.
Three pieces of
evidence have proven Clinton lied on March 19, but Nightly News and Today
have ignored all three:
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