news of the day: Bozo. A man in a crowd yelled at Dole that he
should get bozo out of the White House. Dole shot back:
"Bozo's on his way out."
Bernard Shaw opened Inside Politics: "Was he borrowing the
words of an over-enthusiastic supporter, or did Bob Dole lower the
level of civility a notch in his contest with Bill Clinton?"
News Tonight, ABC's John Cochran began his piece: "Under
pressure from critics in his own party to get personal with the
President, today Dole said he's ready to do just that. In a series
of interviews Dole admitted he was too soft on the President in
their first debate, especially on White House access to FBI files
on well-known Republicans...."
that Dole failed to demand that Clinton promise not the pardon
those involved in Whitewater, Cochran ran a clip of Dole
explaining: "It would seem to me, particularly in the first
debate, when there's this myth out there about the mean Bob Dole,
if I'd done anything that even appeared to be stepping over the
line, that would have been the story."
continued: "That was exactly what happened today when a
supporter asked Dole to please get the bozo out of the White
House. Dole said bozo's on his way out."
course, Cochran made it the story. He didn't have to. The CBS
Evening News didn't mention the exchange.
2) Cochran didn't use Dole's admission that he went too easy on
Clinton on the FBI files as an opportunity to report how an aide
to Craig Livingstone had contradicted his story. But he's not the
only reporter with an aversion to Clinton scandals. On Monday's
This Morning (October 7) Mark McEwen discussed the debate with Bob
Beckel and Fred Barnes. McEwen told Barnes: "Senator Dole
said he wasn't going to mention Whitewater, then Whitewater did
rear its ugly head last night."
asked Gingrich seven questions about the debate and why he's so
unpopular, then fired six questions about Gingrich and the ethics
committee. Here are the last six question posed by Lauer in his
October 8 interview with Gingrich:
3) NBC's Today has also failed to report anything on the
deposition from Craig Livingstone's aide (see October 6 CyberAlert
for details). But, on Tuesday morning Today's Matt Lauer
repeatedly pressed Newt Gingrich about his ethics case.
wouldn't it seem somewhat obvious that there must be something
that's disturbing or distressing them completely. Why would
Republicans, on the subcommittee, vote to expand the investigation
if they haven't found something that disturbs even them?"
you completely sure, Mr. Speaker, that you have been completely
forthright and truthful in providing information to this
can you think of a logical reason why they would do that?"
you envision any circumstances, Mr. Speaker, under which you might
be forced to resign based on this investigation?"
if the ethics committee comes back and says Newt Gingrich was not
truthful with us in supplying information?"