"Outrageous" Hubbell Indictment Just Like McCarthy; Missing Jones Facts
3) Dateline also looked at a woman under house arrest for lying about sex in a civil case, but Josh Mankiewicz bizarrely asserted: "It is painful as well to the President and so far, at least, Bill Clinton isn't being held to a different standard."
>>> Notable Quotables. The November 16 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media, is now up on the MRC home page thanks to Webmaster Sean Henry and research associate Kristina Sewell. Go to: http://www.mrc.org. Topic headings include: "All Hail the 'Pragmatic Centrists'"; "Fusillades Against Faircloth"; "Clinton's Just Like Jefferson"; "J. Edgar Hoover = Joseph Stalin?" and "Rather's Election Night Patter: Enough to Gag a Buzzard."
Haranguing over Hubbell. The Friday indictment of Webster Hubbell for fraud and cover-up in how he and Hillary Clinton handled the Castle Grande project, outraged media figures, especially MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. Earlier last week he bemoaned how Gingrich's ouster missed by days an anniversary of a Stalin purge. On Friday night he charged Ken Starr with being as deluded as Joe McCarthy.
-- Al Hunt on the November 14 Capital Gang, referring to the impact of the showdown with Iraq: "I don't think it's going to have much impact on impeachment at all. I think Ken Starr's made his own position even worse with this outrageous third indictment of Webster Hubbell. How many times?"
-- Time magazine reporter Michael Duffy on a live Inside Washington produced at 7pm ET on Saturday: "It's hard to know who to root for in the Web Hubbell-Ken Starr thing. On the one hand, here's Hubbell, right, he gets a million dollars from all the President's friends in three months to do nothing in 1994. That's odd, it's strange. I wish we all could get that deal. On the other hand, Ken Starr seems to indict the guy seasonally."
-- At the end of Friday night's Big Show on MSNBC at 8pm ET, repeated at
11pm ET as White House in Crisis, Keith Olbermann asserted to Washington
Post columnist E.J. Dionne:
Ha ha. Now, go back to Olbermann and review the phrase, "I was watching, just the other night, the highlights of the Army McCarthy hearings." Talk about bizarre activity. He has too much free time.
The night before, on November 12, Olbermann issued another odd historical analogies. MRC analyst Mark Drake caught this one:
"It was on this date in 1927 that Josef Stalin completed his consolidation of the leadership in Russia by engineering the expulsion from the Communist Party of Leon Trotsky. Darn. With Newt, the Republicans missed that anniversary by just six days."
On the bright
side, we won't have Olbermann to lecture us must longer. That evil
conservative Rupert Murdoch has bought out the last two years of
Olbermann's $600,000 a year MSNBC deal. In December Olbermann will jump
to Fox Sports where he's expected to anchor the 11pm ET highlights show
for the Fox Sports News show on cable. Just how much did Monicagate annoy
Olbermann? In the November 10 New York Post Michael Starr relayed:
The buildup and build down to a showdown with Iraq dominated weekend network news, leading Friday through Sunday night newscasts. But Friday night all but NBC found time for three scandal-front developments: the indictment of Webster Hubbell, the sending by Starr of Kathleen Willey evidence to the House Judiciary committee and a settlement in the Paula Jones case.
All the networks gave the most time to the Jones case with a full story on it. ABC and FNC gave brief mention to the other two developments, CBS and CNN ran a second story combing Hubbell and the Starr evidence while NBC Nightly News skipped the Willey evidence Friday night (and didn't mention it on Saturday or Sunday night) and gave Hubbell 14 seconds.
In addition to the
basic facts of the settlement, there are four relevant points I believe a
complete story would have conveyed:
Only FNC's David Shuster and NBC's Lisa Myers even alluded to points c and d, and only Shuster explicitly noted point a.
Here's how the Friday night, November 13, evening shows handled the scandal developments:
-- ABC's World News Tonight squeezed all three news items into 2:06, leaving time after Iraq for full stories on a convention of those who escaped death row when later found innocent and the 30th anniversary of Sesame Street.
Jackie Judd began
with the Jones settlement: "Paula Jones began her lawsuit saying all
she wanted was an apology from the President. Then she began demanding
money. What she ended up with was an $850,000 settlement and no admission
of any wrongdoing by Mr. Clinton...."
Peter Jennings then asked her about the Willey evidence and Hubbell indictment. On Hubbell, she told viewers: "For the third time Starr has indicted Hubbell, this time for alleged fraud and perjury related to a land deal in Arkansas known as Castle Grande. One count says that Hubbell sought to cover up the true nature of the relationship of one of his law partners with the land deal. That law partner was Hillary Clinton. Hubbell said tonight he is innocent, there's nothing Starr can do to him to make him lie about his friends, Bill and Hillary Clinton."
Next, from the White House, Scott Pelley looked at the Willey case and ran a clip of her from 60 Minutes in which she accused Clinton of groping her. He ended with a quick summary of the Hubbell indictment.
Co-anchor Uma Pemmaraju asked Shuster about Hubbell and Willey.
(Memo to Susan Carpenter-McMillan: Given the public attitude do you really think they are thankful about knowing about Lewinsky?)
Brokaw then took 14 seconds for this item: "Also tonight, the President's friend Web Hubbell has been indicted for a third time on fraud and perjury charges stemming from the original Whitewater investigation. Hubbell, who's already served time in federal prison, says he is innocent."
More on punishment for lying about sex in a federal civil case. The November 13 CyberAlert detailed November 11 stories on NBC's Today and ABC's 20/20 about people being punished for doing what Clinton did. ABC's Sam Donaldson highlighted three cases while Today looked at just one, Barbara Battalino. (Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/1998/cyb19981113.html#3)
Well, MRC analyst
Mark Drake informed me that Today was just following up on a Dateline
story on Battalino run on Friday, November 6. Dateline allowed her to
sympathize with Clinton and anchor Stone Phillips emphasized how unusual
such a prosecution is. Here are some excepts. Host Stone Phillips opened:
Deep into the
piece NBC's Josh Mankiewicz observed: "Well, prosecutors refused to
go on camera to discuss that [why Battalino was prosecuted] but they did
tell us off camera that the evidence of Barbara Battalino's perjury was
so clear that they could not ignore it, which is exactly the argument many
Republicans are now making about President Clinton's testimony in the
Paula Jones' case and before Ken Starr's grand jury. And Barbara
Battalino, a registered Republican, is now making an argument that the
chief executive might find familiar."
Mankiewicz oddly concluded: "It is painful as well to the President and so far, at least, Bill Clinton isn't being held to a different standard. The weeks and months ahead will tell whether he and Barbara Battalino learned the same lesson about the consequences of a lie."
So far I don't see an ankle transmitter on Clinton, as is worn by Battalino to enforce her house arrest.
Phillips then offered these final words: "There is another similarity between the cases involving Barbara Battalino and Bill Clinton. Both the Paula Jones' lawsuit and Ed Arthur's case [suit against Battalino] were thrown out of court. As for federal prosecutions for civil perjury, Dateline has been able to find only eight cases in the six years of the Clinton administration."
As pointed out in the November 13 CyberAlert, the network evening shows have yet to inform their viewers that there are very real examples of people being held to account for lying about sex in a federal civil case.
From the November 13 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten President Clinton Screen Names." Copyright 1998 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
And, from the Late Show Web page, some of "the extra jokes that didn't quite make it into the Top Ten."
Some ideas here for those of you on AOL. --Brent Baker
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