Counted "Fairly," Gore Won Florida; Hanging with Hillary on the Hill; Saturday Night Live Parodied Dan Rather's Goofiness -- Extra Edition
1) "If this race is counted fairly, Al Gore won more votes in Florida," declared ABC's George Stephanopoulos. On CNN Steve Roberts blasted the GOP effort to stop the selective hand-count to add Gore votes in Democratic areas: "I must say the going into court by Bush took hypocrisy to a new level." FNC's Brit Hume predicted Gore's Florida tally will come out ahead.
2) "It's gonna be a media circus up there 24-7," Newsweek's Howard Fineman boasted about media reaction to Senator Hillary Clinton. "Reporters like me are gonna want to go up and hang with Hill on the Hill" since she's "a possible presidential candidate," a "terrific politician" and "she's gonna be a powerhouse."
3) Saturday Night Live's parody of Dan Rather: "Now in Portland, where the men catch fish and the fish catch herpes....their calls are shakier than Ted Kennedy in a whorehouse with a full bar.... you can bet your mother's Maxi-Pad that we've called the winner."
Sunday morning ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Steve Roberts on CNN took up the Gore campaign's cause. The Democrats have craftily moved to have hand-counts completed in Democratic-leaning counties in order to add to Gore's total while not having such vote-adding hand-counts done in areas Bush won, but instead of condemning the selective vote-adding or advocating that such a policy be followed state-wide, Stephanopoulos justified the maneuver as a way to achieve the proper result and Roberts castigated the GOP for "hypocrisy" in trying to stop it.
On ABC's This Week, George Will pointed out how those "confused" in Palm Beach really have no idea how they voted and he predicted the Gore team will find the votes to have him certified the winner on Friday. On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume made the same point: "The hand re-count will furnish enough ballots for Al Gore to be ahead when it's finished." NPR's Mara Liasson predicted: "And then the Bush campaign will go to the mattresses in Wisconsin and Iowa."
Representatives from both campaigns appeared on all the Sunday interview shows (James Baker and George Mitchell on Fox News Sunday, Baker and Warren Christopher on both Meet the Press and This Week, Baker and Daley on both Face the Nation and Late Edition) and from what I saw the interviewers did a fairly god job at treating each guest equally and pressed each with the strongest points made by the other side. James Carville appeared on Meet the Press with his wife Mary Matalin, but was eerily calm and rationale compared to usual. And it was Old Home Impeachment Week on CNN's Late Edition with Lanny Davis and Richard Thornburgh on together.
-- ABC's This Week. At the top of the roundtable segment, George Will outlined how the Democrats have engineered a selective third re-count to locate more Gore votes. As for confusion by up to 3,400 Buchanan voters in Palm Beach County, Will pointed out how 421,000 county residents "managed to vote without confusion." Will then played a clip of a protesting man, the same man quoted last week in CyberAlert, who complained in the NBC video: "I cast a vote for Gore but at the same time I must have punched the Buchanan column as well." Will asserted: "He has no clue how he voted."
Will's insistence that Bush has already won
Florida was too much for ABC News analyst George Stephanopoulos, who
countered that there's no question Gore won in Florida, it's just a
matter of whether it will be stolen from him:
But how do we know there weren't more Bush votes not counted by the machine count in Republican counties than Gore votes not machine-counted in Democratic areas?
-- CNN's Late Edition. Instead of worrying about
the never-ending road Gore has launched in which both sides will ask for
hand-counts everywhere in order to try top pick up votes, Steve Roberts of
U.S. News blasted the Bush effort to stop the hand counts in just
Democratic precincts. During the panel segment he complained:
How about Democratic hypocrisy in now showing such respect for state's rights and local autonomy?
"Hang with Hill on the Hill." Newsweek Washington reporter Howard Fineman boasted Friday on Today that he and the rest of the Washington press corps are looking forward to hyping Hillary Clinton in the Senate, "it's gonna be a media circus up there 24-7. Reporters like me are gonna want to go up and hang with Hill on the Hill. Everybody is gonna be up there all the time. She is a possible presidential candidate in her own right and she's a terrific politician as she proved on her own in New York state. And she's gonna be a powerhouse."
Sounds like a media-created self-fulfilling promise.
Fineman's gushing for Hillary was even too much for Katie Couric, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed, as she cautioned Fineman to "not get ahead of ourselves" since she will be a junior Senator. But Fineman dismissed Couric's concern and effused about how she's a leading presidential candidate.
On the November 10 Today Couric asked Fineman:
"Apparently Mrs. Clinton and Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican had a
very cordial phone call. He called her to congratulate her on her victory.
But listen to what Trent Lott had to say about Hillary Clinton following
her win, quote, 'I'll tell you one thing. When this Hillary gets to the
Senate, if she does, maybe lightning will strike and she won't, she will
be one of 100 and we won't let her forget it.' Not exactly the welcome
Couric tried to calm his excitement: "But
Howard let's not get ahead of ourselves. I mean many people speculate on
the other side of the coin that Mrs. Clinton is going to be smart and take
her time and not come in like a bull in a china shop that she's going to
have to understand that she is a junior Senator and that she is new to the
Hill and, and all this discussion about her running for President in 2004,
c'mon Howard isn't that a little premature?"
Rather's zany performance election night, with his odd analogies and
too-early predictions of state results, prompted a NBC Saturday Night
Live parody of Rather doing a CBS Sports update:
While on the subject of Dan Rather's goofiness, from the November 10 Late Show with David Letterman, inspired by Rather's election night performance, the "Top Ten Signs Your Anchorman is Exhausted." Copyright 2000 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Says, "Good evening, I'm Peter Jennings." Only he
ain't Peter Jennings
And, from the Late Show Web site, some of the extra entries that didn't make the final cut:
-- Stares at monitor showing red-and-blue-colored states, muttering
Matt Lauer may already be doing that regularly. -- Brent Baker
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