Three items today:
1. To Hugh
Downs on 20/20 Friday night, it's Hillary the world's most persecuted
First Lady. And Barbara Walters comes at Bill Clinton from the left,
charging the welfare bill was "too extreme."
can't always trust what you read. A local example of conflicting
headlines based on the same facts.
3. The text
of the September 23 edition of Notable Quotables. Most of the quotes
have not been in any CyberAlert messages. Among the quotes, the New York
Times says the Republican Party has been "a vehicle of white
supremacy in the South, beginning with the Goldwater campaign..."
Plus, Time and Newsweek slobber over Al Gore.
1) On Friday
night (September 20) ABC's 20/20
ran Barbara Walters' interview with the Clintons. Introducing the second
segment, co-host Hugh Downs announced:
perhaps, the most criticized, the most scrutinized, First Lady in history.
Everyone has an opinion about Hillary Clinton, and Mrs. Clinton has heard
them all. How has her marriage changed in these four years? What are her
concerns now, both personal and political? Barbara continues now with the
President and the First Lady, the world's most powerful couple."
segment, Bill Clinton said he might have Hillary work on welfare reform
during his second term, a suggestion that he may scale back welfare reform
to please liberals. But instead of pursuing the possibility that his
signature was nothing more than election-year positioning, in the next
segment Walters asked him:
own aides, many of them, and advisers feel that the bill is too extreme.
Two of your advisers recently quit. Under the new bill a 60 year old
federal guarantee of aid to needy families will end. It's been estimated
as many as a million children will go hungry. What are you going to do
In the Virginia Senate race,
incumbent Republican John Warner faces Democratic challenger Mark Warner.
Having both candidates share a last name isn't the only confusing part
about following the race. Just look at these two headlines from September
19 on a Mason-Dixon poll showing the Republican Warner leading 54 to 34
From the suburban
Viginia Journal newspapers -
Warners Grow Closer: Dem's Ads Evidently Paying Off
Washington Times -
Senator Holds 20-Point Lead: Mark Warner Ad Blitz Changes Litle
The September 23, 1996 Notable Quotables,
the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes
humorous, quotes in the liberal media. (To subscribe by snail mail, send a
check for $19 to the MRC at 113 South West St., Alexandria, Va. 22314.)
Here's the text
of the NQ that mailed on Friday, September 20:
Clinton's Crooked Crony
- "Have you
any doubt that Kenneth Starr and his deputies are pursuing an agenda
that is purely political?"
McDaniel, you said that your client is being used as a political pawn.
Have you any legal recourse but to sit there and watch this
that you think this is all just a Republican witch hunt, do you expect
the pressure to ease somewhat after the election?"
- Some of Bryant
Gumbel's questions to former Clinton business partner and convicted felon
Susan McDougal and her attorney, September 17 Today.
Talk to Conservatives; Mistake Not to Talk to Liberals
"Dole decided only this morning to speak to the Christian Coalition
despite worries inside his campaign that a bow to the religious right
might send the wrong message to moderate, swing voters....Clinton's
campaign spokesman said in a statement: `Watching Bob Dole arm in arm with
Pat Robertson speaks volumes to the extreme agenda being pursued by the
Dole-Kemp-Gingrich team.' Bob Dole tried, perhaps even succeeded today, in
reinvigorating his Republican base. But a top Clinton campaign official
was all smiles, saying, `if you see Dole, tell him thanks for me.'"
- NBC's David Bloom, September 14 Nightly News.
this was a Clinton crowd [at the NAACP convention]. That comes as no
surprise to Bob Dole. Dole had been invited to speak at the convention
yesterday, but declined. He claimed he was already committed to
campaigning and the All-Star baseball game. To those at this convention
that was quite a stretch and an insult to African-American voters....By
not showing up here, Bob Dole may reinforce those racial divides along
party lines and fuel the anxiety among some Republicans that in this
presidential campaign, Bob Dole may not be up to the challenge."
- NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, July 10 Nightly News.
Hillary Fan Club Application
"Is Hillary Clinton's predicament worse because she is a woman?
Probably so. From Primary Colors to Rush Limbaugh to Saturday Night Live,
the hostile stereotype of Hillary is the domineering ice-woman, the one
person who scares the Most Powerful Man in the World. Bill Clinton has
suffered when judged on the age-old standard of masculinity: military
service. But female observers, from Camille Paglia to Maureen Dowd, have
judged Hillary with a catty ferocity they would not apply to men. A man
with a prim exterior can get into trouble, too, as Jimmy Carter could
testify, but he mainly risks being seen as a weakling. Such a woman is an
- New U.S. News & World Report Editor James Fallows in an essay
titled "She's Lois Lane" in the September/October Mirabella
Ad Says Dole
Opposes Time Off While Your Kid Dies: I Loved It!
"That family leave ad was right on the mark. You know, it absolutely
escapes me how somebody can be for family values and yet be willing to
deny a father the opportunity to spend time with a critically ill child or
a mother time with a newborn without fear of losing their job."
- Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt on the
Clinton campaign's negative ads, CNN's Capital Gang, September 14.
Competitive Puff Pieces About Gore
"George Bush fumed about jokes that he had put his manhood in a blind
trust to serve as Ronald Reagan's Vice President. The young Dan Quayle
never convinced the country he had the gravitas to be Veep, let alone top
man. But the cerebral, private, intensely competitive Al Gore has managed
the contortionist's feat of projecting an almost perfect loyalty to his
boss's re-election without diminishing himself...Gore and Clinton, both
brainy, moderate Southerners with an abiding interest in the plumbing of
government, speak an easy shorthand and razz each other like competitive
- Time Washington reporter J.F.O. McAllister, September 2.
Gore relishes politics almost as much as his boss does, tonight he is next
door in the Old Executive Office Building, doing what he really loves:
thinking about complexity theory, open systems, Goethe and the absence of
scientific metaphors in modern society. He's writing a speech, and the
elegant Ceremonial Office is strewn with pizza cartons and Diet Coke
cans...Clinton may lead the country into the millennium, but it is Gore
who truly embodies the new century's possibilities and anxieties."
- Newsweek reporter Bill Turque, September 2.
As Opposed to
Those Pro-Civil Rights Southern Democrats
"But most important is the Republican Party's recent record as the
vehicle of white supremacy in the South, beginning with the Goldwater
campaign and reaching its apex in Richard M. Nixon's `Southern Strategy'
in 1968 and 1972. Republicans appealed to Nixon Democrats (later Reagan
Democrats) in the northern suburbs, many of them ethnic voters who had
left the cities to escape from blacks, with promises to crack down on
welfare cheats and to impose law and order, and they fought against
- New York Times Washington Bureau Chief R.W. Apple on why the
Dole-Kemp ticket isn't attracting black support, September 19.
Life Great, Dole Makes It Worse
"For most people in this country, life is awfully good. So Clinton
doesn't need to raise any issues. He just needs to point to his record and
promise more of the same. The people who don't have a great life right now
- the 39 million people below the poverty level, the 40 million people
with no health insurance, the 6.2 million people earning at or below the
minimum wage - are the people who really do have the issues. But Dole
isn't about to reach out to them, and they aren't about to vote for Dole
or the Republicans. That would make their plight worse, if that's
- Former NBC News President Michael Gartner in his USA Today column,
So What If the
Tax Burden's At A Historic High?
"But if the economy's booming, as you say it is, why do we need tax
cuts at all?"
- Time Washington reporter Michael Duffy to Alan Murray on PBS's
Washington Week in Review, September 6.
Encouraged Newt's Extremism
"The media's preoccupation with conflict in general deeply affects
the behavior of politicians, especially in Congress. An ambitious
politician knows that the sure way to command press attention is with
sensationalism and extremist polemics. Newt Gingrich built his power with
- Former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith narrating his PBS
special People and the Power Game, September 3.
"TV viewers saw a well-orchestrated image of a moderated Republican
Party, portraying itself as pro-woman, pro-minorities, and pro-tolerance.
This is in sharp contrast to the delegates on the floor, sixty percent of
whom self-identified as conservative Christians."
- NBC Radio News/Westwood One reporter Bonnie Erbe hosting To the
Contrary on PBS, August 16.
- L. Brent
Bozell, Publisher; Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, James Forbes, Steve Kaminski, Clay
Waters; Media Analysts
- Peter Reichel, Circulation Manager; Brad Podliska, Matt Turosz; Interns