1) Viewers of
Tuesday morning's Today learned that Republicans are "doing the same
thing." As transcribed by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens,
asked Tim Russert: "Tim, let's talk about the big news this
morning. It's that the Democratic National Committee will not file its
required final statement of campaign finances by November 5th. Which is
really unheard of. Why are they doing this?"
Russert responded: "Because they are afraid of what's in there
Katie, obviously. This has become an obscene process! It is outrageous the
amount of money that is pouring into both these political parties! I do
think the Democrats have probably taken it to a new level, a lower
Couric then asked: "Well Tim if Republicans are doing the same
thing what are people supposed to think?"
Russert: "Well I think If anything comes of this is that the
American people and the media and other people of good intentions in the
political process will say, Hey we embarrassed ourselves! We elevated or
lowered, excuse me, this political process to levels of cynicism where the
American people said, Oh you all take foreign money.' And they finally,
finally do something to clean up this mess. Because it has become a sewer
On the CBS
Evening News Tuesday night, Rita Braver concluded her story from the trail
with Clinton: "Aides say he will probably deliver a speech on
campaign finance reform later in the week, trying to paint Bob Dole and
Newt Gingrich as the people who stopped tougher laws."
opened the October 29 NBC Nightly News: "If this campaign has an
unofficial motto, it is this: Wake me when it's over.' But, beyond the
tedium of the day to day campaigning, there's another much more alarming
development this year - money. Huge amounts of money pouring into both
parties, raising very serious questions about influence and conflict of
That led into
story from Andrea Mitchell in which she asserted: "Of course
Republicans, including Bob Dole and Jesse Helms, have also tapped into
foreign fundraising. And none of these investigations will produce answers
until months, or years, after election day."
Mitchell failed to distinguish between accepting money from foreign
nationals for campaign spending, which is illegal, and getting money from
Taiwan businessmen for a foundation-run museum, as Helms did, which is
MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams, NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski
offered a nice spin that had the Clinton campaign "admitting"
the Republican are just a bad: "On campaign finance, White House
officials admit that both sides are dirty. The best defense: Republicans
do it too."