the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications
Four items today:
1. On Tuesday
Bob Dole responded positively to a supporter in a crowd who
yelled "Get the bozo out of the White House." The ABC and
NBC evening shows focused on the remark as CNN's Bernard Shaw
wondered "Did Bob Dole lower the level of civility a
scandals may not interest reporters, but Newt Gingrich had to
answer six questions in a row about his ethics situation. On NBC's
Today Matt Lauer asked whether he's "been completely forthright
and truthful in providing information" to the House ethics
committee and if he'll be forced to resign.
4. Katie Couric asked
Elizabeth Dole whether Bob Dole is paying the price for a
Republican Congress which was "simply too harsh or too
news of the day: Bozo. A man in a crowd yelled at Dole that he
should get bozo out of the White House. Dole shot back:
"Bozo's on his way out."
Bernard Shaw opened Inside Politics: "Was he borrowing the
words of an over-enthusiastic supporter, or did Bob Dole lower the
level of civility a notch in his contest with Bill Clinton?"
News Tonight, ABC's John Cochran began his piece: "Under
pressure from critics in his own party to get personal with the
President, today Dole said he's ready to do just that. In a series
of interviews Dole admitted he was too soft on the President in
their first debate, especially on White House access to FBI files
on well-known Republicans...."
that Dole failed to demand that Clinton promise not the pardon
those involved in Whitewater, Cochran ran a clip of Dole
explaining: "It would seem to me, particularly in the first
debate, when there's this myth out there about the mean Bob Dole,
if I'd done anything that even appeared to be stepping over the
line, that would have been the story."
continued: "That was exactly what happened today when a
supporter asked Dole to please get the bozo out of the White
House. Dole said bozo's on his way out."
course, Cochran made it the story. He didn't have to. The CBS
Evening News didn't mention the exchange.
3) NBC's Today has also failed to report anything on the
deposition from Craig Livingstone's aide (see October 6 CyberAlert
for details). But, on Tuesday morning Today's Matt Lauer
repeatedly pressed Newt Gingrich about his ethics case.
asked Gingrich seven questions about the debate and why he's so
unpopular, then fired six questions about Gingrich and the ethics
committee. Here are the last six question posed by Lauer in his
October 8 interview with Gingrich:
you completely sure, Mr. Speaker, that you have been completely
forthright and truthful in providing information to this
wouldn't it seem somewhat obvious that there must be something
that's disturbing or distressing them completely. Why would
Republicans, on the subcommittee, vote to expand the investigation
if they haven't found something that disturbs even them?"
can you think of a logical reason why they would do that?"
you envision any circumstances, Mr. Speaker, under which you might
be forced to resign based on this investigation?"
if the ethics committee comes back and says Newt Gingrich was not
truthful with us in supplying information?"