Danger of "Extreme Right-Wing"; Gingrich Skipped; Livingston's Outburst
3) Tuesday night all the networks ignored Gingrich's Monday GOPAC talk. CNN compared the "bit less conservative" Jennifer Dunn to the "fiercely conservative" Steve Largent. FNC focused on how Clinton's retort to Hyde's questions puts Democrats in a quandary.
>>> Contrarian Media. A story Geraldo Rivera should watch. From the abcnews.com Web site, the plug for a story set to run on the Wednesday night 20/20: "Lying Under Oath. In the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, many Americans may feel that it is okay to lie under oath in a civil suit. This is simply not so. Sam Donaldson talks to three women who did just that, and paid a very high price -- time in prison."
Democrats won't cross the NABET picket line to appear on ABC News shows, but it doesn't mean their liberal views are no longer advocated on air. The Democrats still benefit from an on-air staff which reflects their thinking.
On Monday's Good
Morning America, co-host Lisa McRee interviewed Republican Congressmen
Chris Cox and Steve Largent. MRC analyst Jessica Anderson caught this
question in which McRee used a loaded label about "extreme"
conservatives, asking Cox:
She certainly hopes so.
A bit later on the November 9 show Connie Chung, previewing the House hearing later in the day, pressed from the left in interviewing two professors, one who believes Clinton's actions are impeachable and one who does not.
To Northwestern University Law School Professor Stephen Presser, who believes Clinton's offenses, if true, are impeachable: "When President Nixon, when the articles of impeachment were voted on regarding President Nixon, filing a false income tax return was not part of the article, the articles of impeachment which were passed. Aren't you raising the bar a little too high?"
To Presser and anti-impeachment Harvard University Law School Professor Laurence Tribe: "Allow me to just pose one final question to both of you, and that is that the voters have spoken. This last election made it very clear that they don't want to have anything to do with impeachment, so shouldn't the will of the people rule?"
Demanding conservatives and Republicans respond exclusively to the Democratic spin is not limited to GMA. Though Republicans are in the majority in both Houses of Congress, on Tuesday morning, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens observed, Today co-host Katie Couric spent an entire interview segment with Jack Kemp arguing that they must broaden their appeal and be less conservative. Just what Republicans were doing for 40 years while in the minority. Here are all of her November 10 questions.
-- "Seems like the Republican party
has been saying this for a long, long time. 'We want a big tent, we want
to broaden our appeal.' Why can't you do it?"
Though Newt Gingrich did not address GOPAC until 9pm ET Monday night, too late for even the West coast feeds of the evening shows, on Tuesday night none of the networks evening shows mentioned his good-bye speech. On Monday night, MSNBC carried it live for about three minutes at the top of The News with Brian Williams before Williams interviewed Dick Gephardt about how Gingrich was too partisan. FNC stayed with Gingrich for about ten minutes and then went to Hannity & Colmes. Other than C-SPAN, only CNN stuck with Gingrich until 9:45. CNN followed with an expanded Larry King Live until 11pm ET, knocking off a repeat of Newsstand: CNN & Time.
Tuesday night, November 10, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC all led with the big snowstorm in the upper Plains states followed by reports on the buildup to a possible showdown with Iraq. FNC started with an 8 year-old Jacksonville girl found dead under a neighbor's bed.
The broadcast networks avoided Washington politics. The closest they came: ABC ran "A Closer Look" and NBC devoted its "In Depth" segment to the terrorist campaign against abortion providers and how the Justice Department is offering a $500,000 award for Slepian's killer. The CBS Evening News featured an Eye on America on the 75 death row inmates set free, since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, because they were wrongfully convicted. Dan Rather introduced the story by noting: "Many lawmakers are outraged over convicts who sit for years on death row using their seemingly endless legal appeals. On the other hand there are the death row alumni, convicts who escaped executions when their convictions turned out to be false."
About half way
through CNN's The World Today Brooks Jackson looked at the battle for
Majority Leader with Jennifer Dunn and Steve Largent challenging Dick
Armey. Jackson asserted: "On substance, Dunn is a bit less
conservative on some issues. Examples: Armey and Largent voted against
public funding for abortions in the District of Columbia. Dunn voted for.
And on cutting the federal gas tax, forcing states to fund their own
roads, Armey and Largent were for, Dunn was against. Largent is the most
fiercely conservative, one of only 17 who voted to keep the federal
government closed after a three week shutdown in 1996."
Co-anchor Jim Moret took a few seconds to uniquely note that John Huang has received limited immunity from Starr for information on Webster Hubbell.
On FNC's Fox
Report David Shuster checked up on the questions submitted five days ago
by Henry Hyde to Clinton and learned the White House has yet to decide
what to do. Shuster explained the quandary facing Democrats on the
Infighting among House Republicans for the number two slot as Bob Livingston secured the number one position, topped the ABC, CNN, FNC and NBC evening shows Monday night. CBS went first with how Justice Department lawyers questioned Clinton about his involvement in 1996 "issue" ads on his behalf. ABC gave this only a sentence, the rest cited it in larger stories. All but FNC ran profiles of Livingston with all but the one on CBS showcasing a soundbite of his yelling on the floor in a debate about giving in to Clinton in late 1995 debate related to the government shutdown.
On CBS Phil Jones had a top Democrat assess whether Livingston is better than Gingrich and he asserted "they will still be going after Social Security. They will be against major health care reform." Jones decided that the challenge to Armey means "it's going to be a while before Republicans can talk about civility," concluding: "What began as the 1994 Contract with America, has actually turned into a contract on the political lives of most of the revolution's leaders."
All mentioned how the Judiciary Committee heard from scholars on both sides of the debate over whether Clinton's offenses are impeachable, but only FNC emphasized how the consensus was that it's either impeachment or nothing, "a major setback to lawmakers thinking about a compromise with the President." And every network gave brief mention to how the Supreme Court let stand rulings on how Bruce Lindsey and the Secret Service do not have a privilege to avoid testifying.
Here are some highlights from the Monday, November 9, evening shows:
-- ABC's World
News Tonight led with Linda Douglass on how Chris Cox dropped out,
clearing the way for Livingston to become Speaker. Noting he wants to
sharpen Republican message, she cautioned: "But first he must deal
with the 800 pound gorilla, which is being driven by conservatives on the
reviewed the "distinguished history" of the Livingston family,
which included a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Mayor of
New York. Jennings explained that his father abandoned his mother so she
raised him alone. Then he got to the infamous clip:
Scott Pelley reported on how Clinton was questioned for an hour and a half about the $40 million ad campaign paid for with soft money DNC funds. Pelley soon jumped to the House hearings, running a clip from each side.
Next, Phil Jones
noted Livingston's lock on the Speakership, letting a Democrat evaluate
whether he's better than Gingrich.
a Lisa Myers profile of Livingston:
explained how Livingston is not a visionary but a manager, adding:
"The 6 foot, five inch former prosecutor has a black belt in martial
arts, plays the harmonica and has a flair for drama. He had this to say
during the 1995 government shutdown."
From the White David Bloom ran through bad news for Clinton on three fronts: a) impeachment hearings today and Hyde vowed to press on; b) Supreme Court victories for Starr on Lindsey and Secret Service testimony; c) Clinton questioned about breaking spending limits during the 1996 campaign.
From the November 9 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Real Reasons Newt Gingrich Is Leaving." Copyright 1998 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Vernon Jordan got him a job at Revlon.
And from the Late Show web page, some of "the extra jokes that didn't quite make it into the Top Ten."
-- Tired of Ted Kennedy cutting in line at the congressional all-you-can-eat chili bar.
-- Tired of being the only politician interns wouldn't fool around with.
-- This season, wants to be full-time department-store Santa.
-- Once in a lifetime opportunity to play curmudgeonly college janitor on "Felicity."
-- All that blah-blah-blah about laws and stuff gets on your nerves after a while.
The November 8 Parade, the Sunday newspaper supplement, featured an excerpt from The Century, a book by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster which is a companion to a 27-hour series on this century to air on ABC next year. Across the bottom of the pages Parade ran a timeline. Here's the item for 1950: "Fear of communism leads to the Korean War -- and to McCarthyism."
No earlier item in the 1930s or 1940s on how "fear of Nazism leads to World War II." --Brent Baker
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