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In This Issue Newsweek Removes Noted Clinton Sycophant from the White House Beat; NewsBites: Sticking to the Issues; Revolving Door: Matalin's Matchmaker; Reporters Club Contract with America with False History of the 1980's; Who lost Socialized Medicine?; Health Risk Hype; Relentless Russert; Janet Cooke Award: ABC Environmental Reporter Loads Cairo Story with White House-Favored Spokesmen Newsweek Removes Noted Clinton Sycophant from the White House Beat Eleanor Clift's Fond Clinton Memories In August, Newsweek announced Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Eleanor Clift would be moved from her White House beat. Bill and Hillary Clinton will be losing one of their biggest supporters... continue reading
In This Issue Criminal Gaps in Crime Bill Coverage; NewsBites: the Case of the Missing 500,000; Revolving Door: Maureen's Minutes; Big Money Hijacks Democracy?; Law and Order Phobia; A Healthy Solution; Reporters Side with Bill Criminal Gaps in Crime Bill Coverage President Clinton's crime bill presented reporters with a large target for their renowned cynicism. Supporters claimed the bill contained funds to hire 100,000 new police and social spending essential for "crime prevention" programs. Crime bill backers maintained that conservative opposition to social spending was a veiled attempt to defeat the bill's assault weapons ban. Opponents argued the social spending... continue reading
In This Issue Reporters Hold Anti-Clinton Ads to Higher Standard of Disclosure, Accuracy; NewsBites: Health Plan or Else; Revolving Door: The Times Agenda; Networks Fail to Investigate Allegations While Dismissing Revelations; Too Tough-On-Crime Lawman; The Numbers Game; So Much for the Truth Squad; Janet Cooke Award: ABC's Tom Foreman Finds the Majority of Ad "Inaccuracy" and "Scare Tactics" on the Right Reporters Hold Anti-Clinton Ads to Higher Standard of Disclosure, Accuracy Harry and Louise Get the Shaft More than $50 million has been spent on ads in the war over socialized medicine. Conservative ads charged the Clinton plan will reduce... continue reading
In This Issue Christian Coalition Regularly Places on the Right, NAACP Almost Never on the Left; NewsBites: Dumping on D'Amato; Revolving Door: Price to Urban League; Reporters Portray Religious Right as Extreme, Take Moderates' Side; CBS Mourns Spies, Traitors; Peggy on Prayer; Dared to Call ABC News Liberal; Janet Cooke Award: Liberal Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pays for Pro-Clinton Health Care Special Christian Coalition Regularly Places on the Right, NAACP Almost Never on the Left Religious Right vs. "Civil Rights" Political action sizzled on both sides of the ideological divide in June. Republican convention victories in Virginia, Texas, and Minnesota... continue reading
In This Issue Network Contrast of Hill and Jones Show Dramatic Differences in Coverage, Tone; NewsBites: Festival of Hate?; Revolving Door: Selling Sarbanes; Media Mourn 17-Count Indictment as Tragedy for the Country; DDT, Eco-Racism Threats?; Blaming the Victim?; Raines Rains on Reagan; Janet Cooke Award: Newsweek Hailed Hill, But Questions Jones' Credibility and Sexual Behavior Network Contrast of Hill and Jones Show Dramatic Differences in Coverage, Tone From I Am Woman to Who's That Girl? Those partisans who declare Bill Clinton receives the harshest media treatment ever should compare network coverage of Paula Jones' sexual harassment suit with Anita Hill's... continue reading
In This Issue Amount, Tone of Scandal Coverage Markedly Different Than During the Reagan Era; NewsBites: Newsweek Loves the Times; Revolving Door: Formative 60's; First Lady Called "Candid" and "Responsive" After She Evades Questions; Vanishing Liberal Bloc?; Stossel's Scare Special; Washington Post's America of Cliches; Janet Cooke Award: NBC's Ann Curry Offers Dire Scenario of Overpopulation Without Citing Sources Amount, Tone of Scandal Coverage Markedly Different Than During the Reagan Era Why Clinton Can't Complain Clinton defenders have reviled the media "overplaying" of Whitewater revelations. At a National Press Club panel on April 19, former Wall Street Journal reporter Ellen... continue reading
In This Issue A World Destroyed by Capitalism in Need of Higher Taxes, More Government; NewsBites: Embarrassing Eleanor; Revolving Door: Baer To the Rescue; No Such Media Concern During Iran-Contra, Wedtech, Sununugate...; America, Full of Hatemongers; Good Money After Bad; Times Says Post Suspended Reporter; Janet Cooke Award: All Four Networks, Newsweek Distort Studies of Hunger in America A World Destroyed by Capitalism in Need of Higher Taxes, More Government Charles Kuralt: On the Road to Serfdom After 37 years with CBS News, Charles Kuralt signed off from Sunday Morning for the last time on April 3. The avuncular Kuralt... continue reading
In This Issue Networks Rarely Cover Church News, Ignore Religious Concerns on Social Issues; NewsBites: Aborting the Mother; Revolving Door: Tara Helps Tony; Media Ignore Sexual Harassment Charges -- When Made Against Clinton; Crying Over Spilt Milk; Waste Watchdogs; Reviewers Ignore Gulf War Record; Janet Cooke Award: ABC's Strait, Compton, Kast, Gregory, and Burns Tout Benefits of Clinton Health Plan Networks Rarely Cover Church News, Ignore Religious Concerns on Social Issues Television's Deaf Ear to Religion How do the networks cover religion? To determine the amount and tone of religion news in 1993, MediaWatch analysts reviewed every evening, morning, and... continue reading
In This Issue ABC Friday Segment Often Used As Vehicle for Unbalanced Praise; NewsBites: What A Great Book; Revolving Door: Bode Moves to PBS; Schieffer Asks 26 Questions About Lying, But No Such Questions for Dems; Media Suffer Memory Lapse; Not My Fault; ABC First to Hire Religion Reporter; Janet Cooke Award: PBS Program on Campaign Finance Laws Boasts Nine Opponents, No Supporters ABC Friday Segment Often Used As Vehicle for Unbalanced Praise "Person of the Week" Celebrates Liberals Two years ago, MediaWatch examined ABC's weekly "Person of the Week" segment. In an analysis of the Friday World News Tonight... continue reading
In This Issue Conscientious Objectors to Trooper Allegations Jumped on Tower, Thomas, Nancy Reagan; NewsBites: Bryant Confesses; Revolving Door: Talbott Promoted at State; Friend of Bill Takes Over at ABC; Fascists, Communists on "Right"; Boxing Helen Thomas; TV Truth Squads Take the Day Off; Janet Cooke Award: Newsweek Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Mostly Liberal Historical Essay Conscientious Objectors to Trooper Allegations Jumped on Tower "Holier-Than-Thou" Hypocrisy The revelations of four Arkansas state troopers who declared that then-Gov. Bill Clinton used them to set up liaisons with women received a nearly identical amount of coverage as Clinton's last "bimbo eruption." The... continue reading