CyberAlert -- 10/26/1998 -- Impeachment Would Ruin Nobel Peace Prize
Impeachment Would Ruin Nobel Peace Prize; Rivera's Located HQ/VRWC
2) NBC's team used MSNBC, Today and Nightly News to highlight how the peace deal proves Clinton worthy. Tim Russert marveled at how Clinton might get the Nobel Peace Prize while being impeached and asked Netanyahu to agree that it's best if Clinton stays in office.
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Soundbite of the weekend. Jesse Jackson appeared Sunday on Meet the Press,
but he could not out-rhyme Joe diGenova. On ABC's This Week, diGenova,
who as a federal prosecutor handled the Jonathan Pollard case in the
The Israel/PLO agreement led the network evening shows Friday and Sunday night, but of the broadcast networks, on Friday night only CBS refrained from passing along White House spin about how it proves Clinton remains an effective President. ABC just relayed the White House take, but NBC promoted it repeatedly Friday, from Today to Nightly News with MSNBC in between. The usually more spin-resistant Tim Russert led the way, ruminating on Today about how Clinton might not be able to appear before an impeachment hearing next year because he'd be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize that day. On Sunday, Russert asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to affirm: "But you prefer that President Clinton be around next year to help you continue this peace agreement."
-- ABC's World News Tonight on Friday night, October 23. Sam Donaldson told viewers: "Pollard aside, White House officials believe Mr. Clinton comes away from this a big winner, demonstrating that despite his domestic problems he can still accomplish big things on the world stage...."
-- NBC, in
On Friday's Today Tim Russert told news anchor Sara James during the 8am news update: "The White House looks at this with such great irony. As the impeachment hearings grind on could you have a situation where next year the President cannot go to the Judiciary Committee on a particular day because he's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? That's the kind of irony the White House looks at as they look at the success of President Clinton on this day."
At about 5:53pm ET
Friday on MSNBC, minutes after the signing ceremony ended, from the White
House lawn David Bloom picked up an ran with the Clinton spin, gushing to
Minutes later on Friday's Nightly News Claire Shipman concluded her piece from the White House: "Now if this was a test of an embattled President's clout, aides here are ecstatic at its success and they say he took to these talks with an unusual intensity even for him they say, seeming to understand not only his role as peacemaker but as creator of his legacy."
A legacy of success NBC News was most willing Friday to ascribe to Clinton.
Any doubts about that were refuted by two questions Tim Russert posed to Benjamin Netanyahu in a taped interview for the October 25 Meet the Press. Russert inquired: "As you know, President Clinton has had his difficulties back home here. Do you believe that his participation in this summit will portray him as a strong and effective leader?"
Netanyahu acknowledged that Clinton was "very helpful" and provided "a friendly hand," but declined to delve into internal U.S. politics. Not dissuaded, Russert then posed this question in the form of a statement he hoped Netanyahu would ratify, though Netanyahu demurred: "But you prefer that President Clinton be around next year to help you continue this peace agreement."
Geraldo Rivera has done it! He's located the HQ/VRWC. That's the headquarters for the "vast right-wing conspiracy," for those of you who are acronym-challenged. Hint: It's on North 14th Street in Arlington, Virginia. Inspired by Rivera, I've applied my own keen powers of observation and discovered another member of the VRWC, a player that Rivera suspiciously missed: Joan Lunden. But more on that later as CyberAlert digs deep to give you the full story.
7:30pm ET/11:30pm PT Upfront Tonight on CNBC Rivera delivered a report
titled "Starr's War." He began "breathlessly," as
piece began with him standing in front of the office building housing the
American Spectator, aka HQ/VRWC:
Rivera explained how this "nefarious" project was run by David Henderson and attorney Steven Boynton. They hired private detectives who even met with Starr's staff. Leading into noting that Spectator Editor-in-Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell said he could not talk since he'd been subpoenaed in the case, Rivera asserted: "We wanted to know why any journalistic organization would get involved in a venture that was so sleazy, so sordid."
Suggesting that an
insider has talked, Rivera reported that "according to sources at the
magazine at the time," in November 1993, the day after NBC News ran a
story on David Hale's allegations against Clinton, Henderson and Boynton
flew to Pittsburgh to meet Scaife. CNBC showed American Spectator expense
ledgers which confirm plane fare for the trip. Subsequently, Rivera
As Dimond uttered her last sentence, Rivera piped up with "woof, woof," imitating a dog's bark. I'm not kidding.
(In this sea of mendacity, a seemingly minor point that Rivera could not even get correct: Tyrrell is not and was not in 1993 the Publisher of the American Spectator. Ron Burr was at the time in question and left amidst questions about the appropriateness of the magazine's Arkansas Project, but his concerns about what a magazine should spend its money on hardly matches Rivera's notion of a grand conspiracy.)
Tonight delivered the tame stuff. Later Friday night Rivera devoted
three-fourths of his 9pm ET/PT Rivera Live on CNBC to his "Starr's
War." His first two lengthy reports provided his spin on Whitewater
and David Hale. Then he got to Starr, running a lengthier version of the
same diatribe he trimmed for Upfront Tonight. Here's some of the
After running the same soundbite as he did on Upfront Tonight, he
continued to repeat himself but soon added material not on the earlier
Wow. I haven't heard that Pepperdine story before, have you? It's only been on every network three times! I know this puts a damper on the conspiracy, but with all of his inside info on the Spectator Rivera must know that Scaife stopped funding the magazine after it ran a piece defending Starr's conclusion that Vince Foster committed suicide and was not murdered, a theory pursued by others funded by Scaife.
My "further investigation" into the "inter-relationships" involved has uncovered another "nefarious" player: Joan Lunden. She's best known as the former Good Morning America co-host now creating quarterly "Behind Closed Doors" specials for ABC. But what's behind her closed door? The CyberAlert Field Investigative Unit, that's me, decided to find out. What I learned will shock you.
Last Wednesday night I attended the American Spectator's annual "Washington Dinner" at the Four Season hotel in the District. Item: Ted Olson was present and introduced some of the speakers. Item: Ben Stein, now hosting "Win Ben Stein's Money" on Comedy Central, but who once wrote speeches for President Nixon, a President who knew the reclusive Pittsburgh billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, emceed the event -- a position which allowed him to send coded messages in his jokes to Coulter and Olson. Item: Ann Coulter sat two tables away from me. Item: Friday night Coulter appeared on the very same Rivera Live transcribed above, but failed to tell Rivera what I'm about to reveal here for the first time. Item: When I left the hotel at approximately 11pm to retrieve CyberAlert Mobile One, my car, from vale parking, I had not yet observed Olson or Stein exiting. Item: As I waited a stretch limousine pulled up and the rear door opened. At just this moment I saw my car coming out of the garage and proceeded toward it. Just as I passed by the open limo door a blond woman got out. I looked behind as I continued walking and saw that the woman was none other than Joan Lunden.
Was she on her way to meet with Ted Olson, Ben Stein and Ann Coulter? Could they have been devising a scheme to cause Geraldo Rivera to use CNBC time to look like an idiot as he applied McCarthyistic guilt by association standards to concoct a theory that put Starr at the center of a grand conspiracy? If so, it worked.
Back to reality now, to read about Rivera's last bout with conspiracy fantasy, go to the October 7 CyberAlert: http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/1998/cyb19981007.html#2
To see Rivera in front of the Spectator's office building, go to the MRC home page where MRC Webmaster Sean Henry should have a video clip posted by noontime.
To ABC Wisconsin's Democratic Senator, Russ Feingold, is a poster-child for all that is good in politics. But that good may destroy him since his opponent, Republican Representative Mark Neumann, doesn't buy into Feingold's liberal "campaign finance reform." But in complaining about how Feingold is the victim of outside soft money advertising, ABC's Dean Reynolds distorted his story by failing to inform viewers that unions and environmentalists have run ads against Neumann, and the national Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee would launch ads the day after the ABC story appeared, which castigate Neumann as "too extreme."
incumbent Senator Feingold is in a close re-election race, ABC's Dean
Reynolds contended last Thursday, because of anti-Feingold TV ads paid for
by the national GOP which Feingold cannot match because he's refused
outside spending. On the October 22 World News Tonight Reynolds asserted:
A reliable source in a position to know, an industrious CyberAlert reader in Wisconsin who wishes to remain anonymous, sent along to me two newspaper articles which reveal there's more to the story.
-- First, from an October 23 Chicago Tribune piece by reporter Michael Tackett: "....In the final weeks, the race has become nasty and personal. Neumann has called Feingold a 'hypocrite' because some groups, such as the AFL-CIO and the League of Conservation Voters, have gone ahead with independent ad campaigns that target the Republican. Feingold said he asked them to stop but cannot force them, and he has labeled Neumann a politician in the tradition of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin...."
-- Second, an
October 23 Milwaukee Journal headline: "Commercials from national
Democratic group attack Neumann as 'too extreme.'" Reporter Alan J.
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