CyberAlert -- 07/26/1996 -- Clinton Tears
Clinton Tears; Talk Radio
Lies & Filegate Ignored
Three items today:
1) President Clinton got the spin he wanted from ABC out of his visit to the families of the TWA 800 victims. ABC's Jim Wooten concluded his story: "When he left them in the hotel and entered his car he buried his head on Mrs. Clinton's shoulder."
Back on April 10, Bob Faw did a story for NBC's Today in which he showed President Clinton laughing, but then switching to wiping phantom tears from his eyes the second he saw a camera as he left a memorial service for Ron Brown. Rush Limbaugh regularly runs the video on his TV show. At the time, no other major media outlet picked up on the Clinton act and the panel on CNN's Reliable Sources condemned Faw for daring to suggest the tears may not have been genuine. Martin Schram called it "worse" than camera in your face journalism, "this is in your head journalism." Ellen Hume claimed Faw went "overboard" because "he has no idea what was genuine and what wasn't." Bernard Kalb declared it "clearly unacceptable."
Now check out how ABC's World News Tonight covered Clinton's July 25 trip to the Ramada at JFK Airport. After reviewing Clinton's new airport security proposals, reporter Jim Wooten decided what was genuine, employing psychological analysis that put Clinton in a positive light.
"Mr. Clinton was braced for an angry reception from some of the
grieving families he saw at this airport hotel today, but there was none.
After a visit of nearly three hours, some of the families were clearly
I await Reliable Source's round of condemnation.
The July 29 edition of Notable Quotables will go into the mail on July 26.
Here's one quote from the issue caught by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens
from the June 23 Reliable Sources on CNN. The show looked at talk radio
with guests Neal Boortz of Atlanta's WSB and Judy Jarvis of Hartford's
WPOP. Scripps-Howard columnist Martin Schram, who once was a Washington
Post reporter, declared:
This from the man who condemned Bob Faw for breaking from the media pack in order to get at the truth.
On Thursday (July 25) Congressman Bill Clinger, chairman of the House
committee looking at the FBI files, took to the House floor to quote from
notes of an agent who interviewed then White House counsel Bernard
Nussbaum in 1993. The agent's notes, Clinger asserted, showed that
Nussbaum said Hillary Clinton asked that Craig Livingstone be hired.
Not if CBS or NBC have anything to do with it. -- Brent Baker