Clinton Tears; Talk Radio
Lies & Filegate Ignored
Three items today:
1) President Clinton
got the spin he wanted from ABC out of his visit to the families of the
TWA 800 victims. ABC's Jim Wooten concluded his story: "When he left
them in the hotel and entered his car he buried his head on Mrs. Clinton's
2) A media critic
says talk show hosts don't tell the truth, so they shouldn't be considered
part of the news media.
3) Another major
development arose in Filegate on Thursday as Bill Clinger offered evidence
contradicting the First Lady, but you'd never know it if you watched CBS
Back on April 10, Bob Faw did a story for NBC's Today in which he showed
President Clinton laughing, but then switching to wiping phantom tears
from his eyes the second he saw a camera as he left a memorial service for
Ron Brown. Rush Limbaugh regularly runs the video on his TV show. At the
time, no other major media outlet picked up on the Clinton act and
the panel on CNN's Reliable Sources condemned Faw for daring to suggest
the tears may not have been genuine. Martin Schram called it
"worse" than camera in your face journalism, "this is in
your head journalism." Ellen Hume claimed Faw went
"overboard" because "he has no idea what was genuine and
what wasn't." Bernard Kalb declared it "clearly
check out how ABC's World News Tonight covered Clinton's July 25 trip to
the Ramada at JFK Airport. After reviewing Clinton's new airport security
proposals, reporter Jim Wooten decided what was genuine, employing
psychological analysis that put Clinton in a positive light.
"Mr. Clinton was braced for an angry reception from some of the
grieving families he saw at this airport hotel today, but there was none.
After a visit of nearly three hours, some of the families were clearly
Man: "It was a good feeling. It shows that the President cares about
2nd man: "It was just very reassuring as a human being."
Wooten: "Mr. Clinton is clearly more and more comfortable now in the
role these times have forced on our Presidents -- first mourner and
chaplain-in-chief. But his moments with the families must have struck him
as especially poignant today, for when he left them in the hotel and
entered his car he buried his head on Mrs. Clinton's shoulder. Jim Wooten,
ABC News, New York."
Reliable Source's round of condemnation.
The July 29 edition of Notable Quotables will go into the mail on July 26.
Here's one quote from the issue caught by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens
from the June 23 Reliable Sources on CNN. The show looked at talk radio
with guests Neal Boortz of Atlanta's WSB and Judy Jarvis of Hartford's
WPOP. Scripps-Howard columnist Martin Schram, who once was a Washington
Post reporter, declared:
"Let me talk about something that has always
troubled me every time I listen to talk radio as I travel. Democratic or
Republican talker, it doesn't seem to matter, there just doesn't seem to
be a standard of truth. I mean, it's like you're not really news media.
You're media, but not news."
from the man who condemned Bob Faw for breaking from the media pack in
order to get at the truth.
On Thursday (July 25) Congressman Bill Clinger, chairman of the House
committee looking at the FBI files, took to the House floor to quote from
notes of an agent who interviewed then White House counsel Bernard
Nussbaum in 1993. The agent's notes, Clinger asserted, showed that
Nussbaum said Hillary Clinton asked that Craig Livingstone be hired.
On Inside Politics, CNN's Bernard Shaw asked
White House lawyer Mark Fabiani about the charge which contradicts Hillary
Clinton's statements. Of the broadcast networks only ABC's World News
Tonight mentioned the development. Jackie Judd reported that
"According to Clinger, Nussbaum told the agent that First Lady
Hillary Clinton was instrumental in bringing Craig Livingstone into the
White House." Following a clip of Clinger on the floor and a
soundbite of denial from Mrs. Clinton, Judd noted that House Democrats
accused Clinger of "smearing the First Lady" on the floor where
speech is protected from lawsuits.
Then Judd concluded her piece: "The
controversy over the FBI files, to the frustration of Republicans, had
stalled out. They believe with this new piece of information it may be
CBS or NBC have anything to do with it. --
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