CyberAlert -- 05/19/1999 -- Cox Clogged by Commerce; Today Showcased Webcam Zoomed in on Goldberg
Cox Clogged by Commerce; Today Showcased Webcam Zoomed in on Goldberg
2) NBC's Gwen Ifill complained that after "a month of public outrage" over the Columbine shooting "the Senate still remains tangled up in finger pointing over gun control." CBS highlighted how "trust is the theme of every Bradley speech."
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Corrections. Missing a word and a letter in the May 18 CyberAlert. "I don't why since Davis has paid no penalty for all his lying" should have read: "I don't know why..." And, "No try to follow this Davis spin of the truth" should have been "Now try..."
The Cox Report has been delayed some more by embarrassed Clinton operatives, Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron revealed Tuesday night. On Special Report with Brit Hume the host of the same name asked Cameron: "What about the fabled Cox report on Chinese influence and the spying scandal? What is the status of that?"
Carl Cameron disclosed: "This is the report that says China both stole nuclear secrets and acquired through legal tech exports all kinds of U.S. secrets. It has been approved for release by the National Security Agency, the CIA and the FBI but the Commerce Department is now blocking its declassification and release. And there is some expectation that part of their objection to its release is their approval of exports of super computers to China. China has some 600 as result of Clinton administration policy and many of those computers have been used for nuclear testing."
The broadcast networks were not, as usual, concerned about China Tuesday night or morning. ABC and CBS led in the evening with the Federal Reserve Board warning that they are worried about inflation while NBC went first with gun control. NBC's Gwen Ifill zeroed in on how after "a month of public outrage" over the Columbine shooting "the Senate still remains tangled up in finger pointing over gun control." All last year the networks insisted the Lewinsky matter was part of Clinton's "personal life" but Tuesday night, in his profile of Bill Bradley, CBS reporter Phil Jones found even Democrats don't trust Al Gore so "trust is the theme of every Bradley speech." (More below)
Other Tuesday night topics: ABC and CBS ran full stories on a study in JAMA about how a drug called "tremacamra" can reduce the risk of getting a cold. The CBS Evening News "Eye on America" segment explored a new technique to correct spina bifida: surgery on the fetus. NBC Nightly News provided an In Depth piece on the bad things that happen later in life to exotic zoo animals bred to show off as babies. NBC also delivered a report on "Benecol," a new margarine that lowers your cholesterol. A look at rising movie ticket prices wrapped up the NBC show as ABC's World News Tonight ended with an item of how the first female matador in Spain has decided to quit since chauvinistic men refused to appear with her.
I thought we were supposed to celebrate "diversity."
-- CBS Evening
News, May 18. Phil Jones caught up with the Bill Bradley campaign in the
Gun control does work, but it doesn't prevent anything bad from happening. Or maybe it's just "symbolic" since it's not "preventive." But then again, it is "common sense" to enact more of these ineffective rules. So goes the liberal reasoning on gun control as nicely expressed Sunday by Washington media veteran Steve Roberts, aka Mr. Cokie.
MRC analyst Paul Smith caught this illuminating exchange on CNN's Late Edition between Roberts, now with U.S. News but once with the New York Times, and The Weekly Standard's Tucker Carlson.
"One of the comments that Attorney General Reno said to you, she used
the word common sense and the fact is that most Americans think gun
control, child safety locks on guns, waiting periods, issues of these kind
that they make sense. Are they preventive? No. Do they guarantee? No. But
if the Republican Party allows its obligations to the NRA to pull them out
of the mainstream and appear to be against common sense provisions as we
were talking last week, I think they are going to pay a price for
We need gun control so we can have a "civilized" debate? Gun control doesn't work but being for it does make liberals feel morally superior to conservatives, especially when Republican leaders are falling over themselves to cave in so they gain media approval.
You've got a continuous camera feed invading Lucianne Goldberg's privacy by zooming in on her apartment windows, hee, hee, giggle, giggle. Isn't that funny. She's getting what she deserves.
That's the attitude Today co-host Katie Couric conveyed Tuesday morning in bringing left-wing crank Michael Moore aboard to promote his Webcam look at Goldberg's New York apartment windows. Instead of remaining consistent and condemning his invasion of her privacy as the network stars did to Goldberg last year for encouraging Linda Tripp to tape her calls with Monica Lewinsky, Katie Couric spent five minutes giving legitimacy to Moore's public relations gimmick for his new show on Bravo, The Awful Truth.
MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens took down much of the May 18 interview, noting when Couric offered approving laughter:
"Michael Moore put the problems of Flint, Michigan on the map with
his documentary called Roger and Me. His latest target is New York book
agent Lucianne Goldberg. Remember her? She's the one who convinced Linda
Tripp to secretly record Monica Lewinsky. Well Moore says that was an
invasion of privacy so he's decided to turn the tables on Goldberg. It all
started with a chance meeting in a makeup room of a TV talk show. [clip
from Moore's television show of him at FNC's studios] And so now Moore
has trained a live 24 hour a day Internet camera on Lucianne Goldberg's
apartment. He calls it the 'I see Lucy cam.' Michael Moore what are
Moore made one successful film nearly 20 years ago and now he won't go away.
prompted Moore to outline his extortion demands: "Now there's a way
for her to stop this invasion of her privacy you say if she will do a
couple of things. What are those?"
Goldberg and Tripp never got such nice interviews on Today. It helps to be a left-wing gimmickmeister with a target the media despise.
Great minds report alike. In his Monday "Media Notes" column, Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz ruminated about why Kathleen Willey's appearances last week on cable talk shows generated little wider media interest. Then, in a paragraph relaying the same information as did a CyberAlert last week, Kurtz noted how only FNC covered Johnny Chung's testimony "for more than 20 minutes" and neither CBS or MSNBC ran stories that night.
Here is the first third of Kurtz's May 17 "Style" section report:
Kathleen Willey was all over cable television last week. No one much cared.
The former White House volunteer, whose tale of presidential groping mesmerized the country on "60 Minutes" last year, charged the Clinton administration with trying to intimidate her. In appearances with CNBC's Chris Matthews, CNN's Larry King and MSNBC's John Hockenberry, Willey expressed outrage at what she described as a White House effort to discredit her.
The lack of journalistic interest might be ascribed to sex-scandal fatigue after President Clinton's long impeachment ordeal. Or it might be said that the media have moved on to graver subjects, from the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade to the continuing fallout from the Littleton shootings.
Or, just perhaps, the news business has a limited attention span, chewing up its subjects and spitting them out once their novelty value has been sufficiently exploited.
Just look at the Monica Lewinsky meteor that streaked across the media horizon. In March, the ex-intern was the much-panted-after interview of the year, delivering Super Bowl-like numbers for Barbara Walters. In April, her marquee value had shrunk to the point that "Today" bumped her on a busy news day. By last weekend, she was trolling for yuks on "Saturday Night Live."
In 1997, Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung was a key figure in the Clinton campaign contributions scandal that dominated the front pages all year. On Tuesday, when he finally testified before a House panel, only Fox News Channel provided more than 20 minutes of live coverage. Chung's testimony about his use of $300,000 from a senior Chinese intelligence official wasn't mentioned on the "CBS Evening News" or MSNBC's "News With Brian Williams."....
Sound familiar? From the May 12 CyberAlert: "ABC, CNN, FNC and NBC covered Johnny Chung's House testimony Tuesday night, but not CBS or MSNBC's News with Brian Williams. ABC highlighted how Chung blamed the campaign finance system. Of the three cable news channels only FNC carried Chung live for more than 20 minutes."
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