Revenge Rejected; Hero Heckler; Racist GOP; Oops: NBC Showed a Broaddrick Sign
2) Wolf Blitzer and Sam Donaldson assured viewers the story that Clinton is plotting revenge is not true. The White House will be busy saving Social Security, Blitzer relayed, "so they say there's not going to be a whole lot of time for vendettas or revenge."
>>> "The News Magazines Look Past a Verdict: Hecklers Present Wisdom, House Managers are 'Two-Year-Olds,' and Al Gore Wins with Democrats." The latest Media Reality Check fax report by Tim Graham is now up on the MRC home page after being distributed by research associate Kristina Sewell and posted by Webmaster Sean Henry. To read it go to: http://www.mrc.org  or directly to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/reality/1999/fax19990212.html  <<<
Jamie Gangel's last question to Linda Tripp on Friday's Today:
Unbelievable. Don't blame Clinton for what he did and lying about it, blame the women we should all be thankful to for letting us know about it all.
That question reflected the tone of the entire interview which Today spread over two segments in the 7 and 7:30am half hours Friday morning, with Gangel spending the entire interview demanding Tripp respond to the charges against her forwarded by the pro-Clinton camp and the negative image of her formed by derisive media characterizations.
The next CyberAlert will have much more on this interview.
The day it became likely that the majority of the U.S. Senate will not hold President Clinton responsible for his actions, ABC's World News Tonight led with stories on one jury making gun manufacturers liable for shootings committed by criminals while another jury decided a cigarette-maker should pay $55 million in a punitive award to a woman who chose to smoke.
All the other networks led with the trial and how another Republican Senator, Olympia Snowe, would vote not guilty while a New York Times story revealed Bill Clinton plans revenge against his House accusers. On an ABC story a bit into the newscast, Sam Donaldson delivered the official reaction to the revenge story: "White House Chief of Staff John Podesta angrily told the staff this morning 'that's nonsense.'" CBS's Scott Pelley learned that Clinton "took special note of the names of the five Democrats who voted against him on the day he was impeached." Every network but NBC allowed time for manager Chris Cannon to condemn the strategy. Though the trial has been in progress barely a month, Dan Rather opened by remarking how "the hour approaches for the U.S. Senate finally to vote."
Here are some highlights from the Thursday, February 11 evening shows:
-- ABC's World
News Tonight. Introducing a piece from Sam Donaldson on the revenge story,
anchor Peter Jennings noted the no vote announced by Olympia Snowe.
Donaldson summarized the New York Times story and allowed Congressman
Chris Cannon to ask: "What happened to repentance, atonement and
contrition? This is gloating and it's wrong."
Bob Schieffer reported the Snowe "no" and how a majority vote on both counts is now in doubt and allowed Cannon to label the revenge idea "the height of arrogance." Noting the White House denial, Schieffer showed that not even liberals buy it, leading into a clip of Senator Charles Schumer urging Clinton to be contrite by noting: "Even the President's friends urged him to ease off."
CBS then went to
other news, but returned to the scandal for the final story of the night.
With the White House behind him, Rather announced: "As the Senate
moves toward final votes on the impeachment charges against President
Clinton, the President and his advisers, behind me over there, are gearing
up for a sort of three Rs of post impeachment plan: Relief, Regrets and
Gwen Ifill explained how chances for 51 votes on either count "grew bleak today" with Snowe's no vote. She gave the revenge story two sentences: "House Republicans, angered tonight by reports that the White House plans to target them politically after this is all over. The White House says it plans no such revenge, but Democrats around the country are already gearing up, ready for a little political payback."
Heckler now a hero and celebrity. A major Washington media leader pointed to him for inspiration and ABC's Politically Incorrect closes its show for its theater audience with him repeating his rude and illegal outburst.
-- On CNN's
special Capital Gang at 10:30pm ET Thursday night, after Bob Novak said
the Senate didn't allow a real trial and could have had live witnesses
in the same amount of time, Wall Street Journal Executive Washington
Editor Al Hunt proclaimed:
-- All this week
ABC's Politically Incorrect has been taped at the Warner Theater in
Washington, DC. A February 11 USA Today article by Cesar Soriano revealed
how host Bill Maher is promoting the heckler's view:
Time magazine national correspondent Jack E. White relishes the idea that all the awful Republicans who forced the country to endure their "bogus, inflated case" will be sent packing when the White House gets its revenge. He also recently proclaimed that the Republican Party is "all too willing to embrace bigotry if it's dressed in a suit and tie."
-- On Wednesday
night's McLaughlin Special Report at 8:30pm ET and PT on MSNBC host John
McLaughlin inquired: "Question: is this why we are seeing a rush to
the tall grass with an acquittal vote by so many senators? Are they afraid
of this Democratic onslaught against them, Jack White?"
-- That reminded
me of this quote from White in the February 1 Time praising Cheryl Mills,
which we ran in the February 8 Notable Quotables:
To read the rest of the Notable Quotables issue, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/nq/1999/nq19990208.html 
An embarrassing moment for Today. Flipping through Thursday's New York Post the MRC's Tim Graham noticed a "Page Six" item about how a man got on the air Tuesday on Today with a big sign demanding NBC air the Lisa Myers interview with Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who now charges Bill Clinton with sexually assaulting her in 1978. To learn more about the item broken by Matt Drudge and a Fox News Channel story about it, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990203.html#4 
During the 8am news update on February 9 Al Roker was, as usual, outside Today's Manhattan street-side studios, mixing his weather report with brief conversations with fans. After talking with a kid wishing her mother a happy birthday, Today put up on-screen the national weather map. Immediately after the map came down Today was back on Roker in the street as he approached a man who said "we drew a picture of you." Roker replied "thank you" and you could see the man's sign read: "Kaulai Hawaii Loves Al Roker!"
But those words were actually on the outside of a folded over sign, viewers soon learn to Roker's horror as the man lifted open the sign from the bottom and you could see for barely two seconds these big words in blue, red and black: "NBC SUPPORTS RAPE." Then in smaller letters: "FREE LISA MYERS." And below that, viewers saw most of: "Air the JUANITA BROADDRICK INTERVIEW." Roker reeled and mumbled "Okey-doke. Thank you very much" as Today quickly jumped back inside to a safer shot.
(Friday morning MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will post, on the MRC home page, a RealPlayer clip of this Today show scene.)
Newt Gingrich may win but no one will know and Ken Starr never will win over the media. As reported in the MRC's latest fax report plugged at the top of this issue, neither Newsweek or U.S. News this week bothered to mention how the IRS cleared Gingrich and the Progress and Freedom Foundation of any wrongdoing in accepting tax-deductible donations to support his "Renewing American Civilization" college course.
Gingrich got one
sentence in the winners side of the "Winners & Losers"
column in the February 15 Time magazine, but Time couldn't resist taking
a shot at Starr:
For more on what the IRS ruled and the lack of coverage by everybody except CNN and Fox News Sunday, go to http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990204.html#4  and http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990205.html#3  and http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990208.html#6 
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