CyberAlert -- 05/24/1999 -- Connecting $ to Spying; Clinton's Great Week; Nightline Absence
Connecting $ to Spying; Clinton's Great Week; Nightline Absence
8) Monday night CBS will show The American President in which Michael Douglas as the President declares: "You cannot address crime prevention without getting rid of assault weapons and handguns. I consider them a threat to national security."
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FNC's Carl Cameron discovered documents which "directly connect China's illegal campaign contributions to President Clinton with specific cases of Beijing's acquisition of U.S. military technology." Usually, only those with the Fox News Channel on their cable system, which means only about half of those with cable, can see Cameron's pacesetting exclusives. This one, however, reached a far greater audience as Cameron appeared at the top of the May 23 Fox News Sunday shown by Fox broadcast affiliates.
"Fox News has obtained documents for the first time that directly
connect China's illegal campaign contributions to President Clinton with
specific cases of Beijing's acquisition of U.S. military technology.
China had an elaborate scheme to obstruct U.S. Justice Department
investigations into both.
some comments from an FBI agent's interview with Luu demonstrating Luu
was performing spy work, Cameron concluded:
China gaining media traction? Well, not really. Every Sunday morning interview show but CNN's Late Edition devoted a segment to the upcoming Cox Report, but such network interest has yet to extend to the broadcast network morning and evening shows.
Not a word about Chinagate Friday morning on ABC, CBS and NBC or on CBS or ABC on Friday or Saturday night. Though Tom Brokaw interviewed Cox for Friday's NBC Nightly News, the set-up story by Andrea Mitchell avoided raising anything about Clinton administration mishandling, cover-up or dissembling related to the espionage. Under the heading of "Where did they get it?" a screen graphic shown by NBC displayed how China obtained the technology during the presidencies of Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, as if all were equally culpable. NBC didn't bother reporting how the Justice Department rejected a FBI request for a wiretap warrant or how the Clinton team stopped performing background checks on lab visitors. (See item #4 for more on Friday's NBC Nightly News.)
Sunday morning Senators Torricelli and Shelby appeared on CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week talked with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Congressman Porter Goss came aboard Fox News Sunday and Meet the Press landed Chris Cox as well as Energy intelligence official Notra Trulock. Clinton's March 19 dissembling at a press conference, about how no "espionage" took place in his years, was raised on all the shows.
On Face the Nation Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli made clear he believed Attorney General Janet Reno should resign, but neither that or any of the discussion about Clinton lying to the country about spying, made it onto Sunday's World News Tonight, the only one of the three broadcast network shows to air in the ET and CT zones. (Basketball bumped NBC and golf pushed aside CBS.) The ABC show provided only a 58-second compilation of three Sunday morning soundbites: Torricelli on Face the Nation calling the espionage serious, Senator Richard Shelby on the same show calling on Reno to resign and Richardson on ABC's This Week downplaying the importance of what was lost.
Below: Bi-partisan calls on CBS for Reno's resignation and NBC's Tim Russert nails down the sequence of reports and briefings to show how Clinton dissembled, and Brit Hume says it flat out: Clinton was "lying."
-- CBS's Face
the Nation: Bi-partisan agreement, Reno should go for her department's
rejection of a FBI request for a search warrant for Wen Ho Lee.
Robert Torricelli didn't defend Reno: "I think the failures of
judgment by the Attorney General of the United States are inexplicable. I
do not know how she could explain the failures to provide this wiretap
despite overwhelming evidence that there was probable cause in that the
national security was being compromised....."
-- Meet the Press.
Tim Russert demonstrated how Clinton officials covered up knowledge of
spying, a theme avoided by NBC Nightly News on Friday night.
Later, Russert ran
through all the times the Clinton team was told about spying and
contrasted it with Clinton's denial:
And Russert raised
political retribution with Trulock: "In August of 1998, you were
It's doubtful NBC Nightly News or Today viewers will ever hear of any of this. Two weeks ago when Russert got Richardson to concede spying took place during Clinton's years neither show picked up on it.
With Clinton's March 19 denial fresh in your mind, as recited in the
transcribed portions of Meet the Press above, try to follow Eleanor
Clift's "spin" about how Clinton was accurate. On the
McLaughlin Group this past weekend she maintained:
A bit later the
Newsweek writer complained about how all the fuss about espionage suggests
a plot by McLaughlin to "distract from what was a terrific week"
for Clinton and Gore on gun control and the election in Israel:
Friday night, a day after FNC aired its interview with Cox, NBC's Tom Brokaw aired his. But while NBC broached the accuracy of Clinton's denial of spying during his tenure, Brokaw and the set-up piece by Andrea Mitchell failed to inform viewers about any of the charges of misdeeds against the Clinton administration -- from preventing Trulock from testifying, to turning down a FBI warrant request to how the campaign accepted huge donations from the head of a company granted technology transfer waivers. Actually, Brokaw did ask Cox about any influence of Chinese donations, but that question and answer never made it onto the air.
opened her overview piece over video of Clinton and Zhu Rongji at the
White House: "Bill Clinton entertains China's leader, the full red
carpet treatment. Only four months earlier the President is warned of a
national security nightmare: China suspected of stealing America's
nuclear secrets for decades."
While Mitchell implied there should be doubt about Clinton's denial, she failed to make the connection to how the administration was informed in November, 1998 about the loss of the valuable legacy codes in Clinton's first term.
She then went on to explain how Cox determined that seven companies also passed along sensitive information: "Singled out for criticism, Loral Corporation and Hughes Electronics, both under investigation for allegedly helping China improve its rockets. Both companies say they broke no laws."
But she failed to point out how the Chairman of Loral was the biggest single donor to the DNC in 1995-96.
She concluded by noting that the "CIA says China accelerated its weapons program by spying but has not yet built weapons based on the stolen designs."
Next, NBC showed
excepts from Brokaw's interview with Cox. Viewers heard these questions:
-- "The Chinese now have access to our most sophisticated nuclear warhead, the W88, the Trident warhead. How long do you think it will be before they can deploy that warhead?"
Taiwanese-American scientist, Wen Ho Lee, has lost his job at Los Alamos
because he's suspected of giving intelligence to the Chinese. His
lawyers are thinking of suing the Department of Energy because they say he
lost his job unfairly. Do you think he's lost his job unfairly?"
President has said that there were no violations of these laboratories
during his administration. Is he lying?"
-- "Is the
Hughes Corporation and Loral going be embarrassed when this report comes
-- "Congressman, do you sleep a little more uneasily at night as a result of all that you know now?"
Brokaw did twice
raise questions about Clinton misdeeds, the Web-posted transcript shows,
but both ended up on the cutting room floor:
To read the
transcript of the entire interview, go to: http://www.msnbc.com/news/272043.asp
Friday night, May 21, every network but CBS noted the guilty pleas entered by Charlie Trie, though briefly. World News Tonight viewers heard this 11-second item read by anchor Peter Jennings: "In Little Rock today the President's friend Charlie Trie pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from illegal fundraising and he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating fundraising in the 1996 elections."
NBC Nightly News
gave the development a mere 18 seconds.
The Chinagate scandal involves national security, possible administration malfeasance and a dishonest answer about it from the President. A natural topic for Nightline's format with its time for lengthy set-up piece followed by Ted Koppel zooming in on a key figure. But it is not.
In the 55 weeknights since the March 6 New York Times revealed the Chinese espionage how many nights has Nightline focused on the subject? Hint: it's the same number of times the three morning shows combined have run an interview segment about the espionage: Once.
That's right, from Monday March 8 through Friday May 21 only the March 12 show looked at the espionage scandal. MRC analyst Jessica Anderson provided the following night-by-night topic list:
March 8: Joe DiMaggio
I'm sure the Cox Report will prod Nightline to give the espionage some attention, finally.
Anti-gun push: A reporter calls for all guns to be banned, CBS came at safety locks from the left, arguing the Senate did not go far enough, and NBC's Matt Lauer tried to get some school violence victims to advocate gun control, but they refused to follow the liberal media line:
-- The Washington Post's Juan Williams on the May 23 Fox News Sunday: "I don't understand why we're piddling around. We should talk about getting rid of guns in this country."
-- Wyatt Andrews
took on gun locks Friday night on the CBS Evening News, contending the
Senate did not go far enough because the law does not mandate their use by
-- Friday morning,
MRC analyst Mark Drake noticed, Today co-host Matt Lauer tried to get two
Springfield, Oregon school shooting survivors to back gun control. Check
out this exchange:
How disappointing for Today.
Monday night at 8:30p ET/PT, 7:30pm CT/MT, CBS will broadcast the 1995 movie The American President. It couldn't be more timely for liberals with its advocacy of gun control.
Read no further if you plan to watch the movie and don't want to know the plot ahead of time.
As reported in the May 14 CyberAlert last year, Rob Reiner directed and produced the film starring Michael Douglas as Democratic President "Andrew Shepard," a widow with a teenage daughter. Just like Clinton sans Hillary. He falls in love with environmental lobbyist "Sydney Ellen Wade," played by Annette Bening. At one point in the Oval Office "Wade" lectures "Shepard": "Global warming is a calamity, the effects of which will be second only to nuclear war..."
The unmarried President carrying on an affair provides an angle for the Republican candidate for President to attack. The Republican: Senator "Bob Rumson" from Kansas. Sound familiar? Richard Dreyfuss plays "Rumson," an odious man bent on twisting the facts to make character an issue.
Naturally, by the end of the movie the wavering "Shepard" comes to his senses and becomes a forceful liberal. Motivated by losing "Wade" who is disappointed by his compromises, "Shepard" goes to the press room and delivers a lecture fulfilling a liberal's dream, denouncing "Rumson's" character attack on "Wade" for once having been at a South Africa protest where a U.S. flag was burned, praising the ACLU, advocating huge cuts in emissions to solve the global warming problem and demanding the end of gun ownership. Here are some excerpts:
-- "Yes, I am a card carrying member of the ACLU, but the more important question is why aren't you Bob? Now this is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the bill of rights, so it naturally begs the question why would a Senator, his party's most powerful spokesman and a candidate for President, choose to reject upholding the Constitution?"
-- He announces,
"White House resolution 455, an energy bill requiring a 20 percent
reduction in the emission of fossil fuels over the next ten years. It is
by far the most aggressive stride ever taken in the fight to reverse the
effects of global warming.
+++ Watch this Hollywood fantasy scene of the kind of President they can only dream of. Go to the MRC home page Monday morning where MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will post a RealPLayer clip from the movie as shown last summer on TBS. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
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