In This Issue Sex Lies Draw More News Than Policy Lies; NewsBites; Starr an Abuser, But Clinton No Harasser?; Bias of the Century; NBC's Different Look at Guns Sex Lies Draw More News Than Policy Lies W hen he was forced to respond to press conference inquiries about newspaper scoops on Chinese espionage, Bill Clinton denied any knowledge that espionage occurred on his watch. On March 19, Clinton insisted: "Can I tell you there has been no espionage at the labs since I’ve been President? I can tell you that no one has reported to me that they suspect such... continue reading
In This Issue Colorado Tragedy Exploited for Politics; NewsBites; Short Shrift for Clinton's Contempt; MSNBC's Contrarian Take; French Day Care Touted; ABC Focused on Teen's Faith Colorado Tragedy Exploited for Politics W ithin hours of the shooting at Columbine High School the first instinct of some network producers was to exploit the tragedy to attack gun rights advocates instead of holding the perpetrators responsible or focusing the blame on lax parenting and inattentive school officials. While those angles have received attention in the massive coverage, all the networks served as one-sided conduits for the arguments of gun control advocates. Promoting... continue reading
In This Issue Networks Continue to Acoid Major Print Scoops; NewsBites; Dan Rather Searches Clinton's "Feelings"; They Would Indict Clinton; FNC Shows the Flow Networks Continue to Acoid Major Print Scoops What Proof of a DNC-China Connection? I n 1997, Republican Sen. Fred Thompson committed what many in the media believed was a mistake. He began hearings into the Democratic fundraising scandal by suggesting that intelligence reports showed the Clinton-Gore campaign had a China connection. ABC’s Linda Douglass reported, "Senator Thompson is clearly tired of taking a beating from Democrats, who every single day point out the fact that he’s... continue reading
In This Issue Meet the Obedient White House Press; NewsBites; Two Thumbs Down for Oscar's Honors; Blame Reagan First; CNN Catches Gore Gaffes Meet the Obedient White House Press P resident Clinton’s March 19 press conference, his first formal solo press conference in more than ten months, was delayed five weeks after the final impeachment vote so that reporters would be able to "move on" to "the nation’s business." The strategy worked. Nevertheless, on MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams that night, reporter Campbell Brown insisted: "I think it surprised even some of the veteran White House correspondents — the... continue reading
In This Issue Stephanopoulos Book: Ethics Trumps Scoops; NewsBites; No "Moving On" to Chinese Espionage; Brokaw Still Ducking Juanita; Lou Dobbs Goes to Los Alamos Stephanopoulos Book: Ethics Trumps Scoops J ust weeks after the 1996 election, the networks started a bidding war over the newest network star. ABC, CBS, and CNN fought to land departing Clinton spin specialist George Stephanopoulos. When ABC won, it touted an expansive job. The New York Times noted he was "expected to do some reporting as a correspondent," including long pieces for Good Morning America , even documentaries for their cable networks, Arts and... continue reading
In This Issue Anita vs. Juanita: The Awful Double Standard; NewsBites; Fashioning a Future for "Senator Hillary"; Lewinsky Scandal Illegitimate; Russert, Myers Overcome Lack Anita vs. Juanita: The Awful Double Standard S he was an unknown woman with a salacious tale of how a man she had supported turned into a sexual predator. Her tale was old, and she had no eyewitnesses. But she seemed to have nothing to gain and everything to lose by coming forward. After many years of silence, her timing seemed much too late to matter in assessing the man’s suitability for high office. That may... continue reading
In This Issue No Valentines for Tripp "The Betrayer"; NewsBites; Clinton Won, So the GOP Must Go Left?; Networks Nix Newt News; MSNBC's Business As Usual No Valentines for Tripp "The Betrayer" O ver the Valentine’s Day weekend, Linda Tripp made a "series of media appearances she has scheduled in an effort to rehabilitate her image," as The New York Times described it. But the media outlets she selected were not about to allow her to rehabilitate the negative image they worked so hard to create. None of Tripp’s questioners brought up the news stories that might complicate the picture:... continue reading
In This Issue In Love With the White House Lawyers; NewsBites; The Wild Swings in Hubbell's Relevance; Magazine Fan Mail; Today Remembers Hillary's Falsehoods; CNN Sets Itself Apart In Love With the White House Lawyers A fter the Senate impeachment trial was interrupted by the State of the Union address, the media’s determination to damage it intensified. Among the latest findings: Adding ABC, CBS, and NBC together, the House managers drew less total evening soundbite time (2 minutes, 25 seconds) than the Clinton team (3 minutes, 6 seconds). Adding the February 1 editions of the three news magazines together, the... continue reading
In This Issue Where Did the Senate Trial Go?; NewsBites; Hypocrites Exposed by Flint: TV News; Magazines: Scandal Isn't Substance; ABC Begins Trial with GOP Labeling; Nixing Judge Nixon's Case Where Did the Senate Trial Go? I n the days of Vietnam, Watergate, and even Iran-Contra, the networks blacked out their regular programming for live coverage of major political events, suggesting the national interest was more important than the bottom line. Now, in some amalgamation of the profit motive and liberal motives, live coverage of the first Senate impeachment trial in 131 years quickly vanished from the network airwaves. To... continue reading
In This Issue Moral Equivalence on "Men of the Year"; NewsBites; Networks on China: Still Soft on Defense; Hillary's Holiday Halo; Let's Avoid Impeachment; Baldwin Wanted Hyde Stoned? Moral Equivalence on "Men of the Year" The Cold War may be over, but Time is putting moral equivalence back into fashion. Time ’s December 28-January 4 "Men of the Year" package stressed how indistinguishable Bill Clinton and Ken Starr were. What was really fuzzy was the line between news reporting and opinion. Time matched two articles that were mostly reporting (on Ken Starr and Hillary Clinton) with bushels of liberal opinion:... continue reading