Loses Conservative District; ABC to the White House?
Four items today:
1) Network stories
reported that Loretta Sanchez beat Bob Dornan in a "heavily
conservative" district that's a "bastion of Republican
conservatism." But it's neither.
2) A new poll about
Campaign '96 determined that the TV networks lost viewers to the Internet
and radio; fewer think the media were fair to Dole than Clinton; voters
are split on whether Congress has investigated Clinton scandals enough,
but most want an investigation of donations to the Democratic Party.
3) Will an ABC News
Executive Producer become the new Communications Director at the White
4) The November 18
edition of Notable Quotables.
The apparent defeat of conservative Congressman Bob Dornan by Democrat
Loretta Sanchez has generated stories on all the networks which portray
the result as a surprise since the district is so conservative. In fact,
November 13 CBS Evening News Bob Schieffer reported:
"Sanchez didn't pull into the lead over
Dornan until officials began to count absentee ballots, but if the lead
holds, as expected, it's a win all the sweeter for Democrats coming as it
does in heavily conservative Orange County at the expense of Congress's
Morning America Thursday, November 14 reporter Carol Lin asserted:
"From the beginning this political novice
bet that Orange County was ready for change. For the last 12 years this
heavily Republican district has been represented by Bob Dornan's
conservative opposition to abortion, communism and gay rights. And his
unrelenting support of the military and bombastic attacks against
Thursday's Today Katie Couric interviewed Loretta Sanchez. Couric asked:
"As you know your district, which includes Orange County, is
considered a bastion of Republican conservatism. How do you think a
Democrat was able to get elected?"
Couric did note that "And truth be told the
Democrats have steadily been making gains through the years in your
district, isn't that right?" But then she wondered about a larger
message: "You like the message that this sends out to the rest of the
country about Orange County. What kind of message do you think it
what is the make-up of California's 46th CD? This "heavily Republican
district" gave just 40 percent to George Bush in 1992. The 1996
Almanac of American Politics offered this description: "Overall, the
district is 50 percent Hispanic and 12 percent Asian. For years this has
been the least Republican part of Orange County, and from 1962 to 1982
redistricters carefully sculpted Democratic districts here." In fact,
Dornan first won his seat in 1984 by beating a Democratic incumbent.
Couric wondered about the message of the Sanchez victory in which she now
stands 929 votes ahead of Dornan, since the election Today has not brought
on Idaho's Helen Chenoweth who won by 6,000 votes despite an onslaught of
labor attacks and extremist labels from the media.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press will release a new
survey Friday. Among the findings of the poll taken November 7-10 of 1,012
"Voters were less likely to get their news from television this year
than they were in 1992 (72% vs. 82%)....The greatest fall off in network
news consumption was among voters under 30 years of age. Radio use, on the
other hand, increased (19% vs. 12% in 1992). Republicans were more likely
than Democrats or independents to report tuning in to radio for campaign
news. Fully 10% of voters said they went on-line for news about the
"Almost three out of four voters (73%) thought the press was fair to
the President. A smaller majority (65%) felt the media was fair to
Dole....far fewer Republicans than Democrats said the media was fair to
the GOP candidate (47% vs. 79%)."
"Much as in 1992, voters split on whether news organizations had too
much influence on the national elections (47% said too much, 46% said
about right, and 4% said too little)."
people, as the networks reported election night, tired of congressional
investigations of Clinton? Pew discovered: "Nearly equal percentages
said Congress has gone too far (30%) and not far enough (31%) in its
ethics investigations, while 35% said it has handled the matter about
right....54% of voters said a special congressional committee should be
set up to investigate charges of improper campaign contributions to the
Chief White House speechwriter Donald Baer, formerly an Assistant Managing
Editor at U.S. News & World Report, is on his way out. Who will
replace him? Possibly the former Executive Producer of several ABC News
shows. From Peter Johnson's Inside TV column in the November 14 USA Today:
Rick Kaplan has known President Clinton since the
'70s. Plays golf with him. Slept in the Lincoln bedroom at the White
House. He also knows the news business: He has produced Nightline, Prime
Time Live and World News Tonight. Put em together and it's no surprise
that George magazine thinks the imposing, bombastic 6-foot-7-inch Kaplan
-- who resembles the late Andre the Giant, the pro wrestler -- may become
White House communications director, replacing Don Baer. The buzz around
ABC is that Kaplan would love the job. Less clear: whether he'll be
offered it. Kaplan had no comment."
The November 18, 1996 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly
compilation of outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal
media. To subscribe for $19 annually by snail mail, send your address to
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email@example.com -- Brent Baker
November 18, 1996 (Vol. Nine; No.
Conservatives' Deaths Greatly
"All the reporting that I've
done suggests that Kate is absolutely right, and I think over 90 percent
of the incumbents are going to be re-elected because it's a good year for
incumbents. But my gut tells me that two dozen of those Gingrich robots,
the freshmen, are going to bite the dust and the Democrats are going to
pick up 25 seats. Mark I'm not sure I believe it, but it's my prediction
and I'm sticking with it." -- Wall Street Journal Executive
Washington Editor Al Hunt, Nov. 2
CNN Capital Gang. Absentee
counting and run-offs mean the final number is unknown, but so far 11 of
69 freshmen who ran lost.
Democrats gained 8 seats.
Al Hunt: "I think the
Gingrich robots are going to pay a price. I mean Helen Chenoweth, the
militia momma, is toast. She's gone. Absolutely."
Mark Shields: "Helen Chenoweth better start working on her concession
Time's Margaret Carlson: "Oh absolutely. Toast. Yeah." --
October 12 Capital Gang. U.S. Representative Helen Chenoweth of Idaho won
"He's a very conservative
Senator in a state that's becoming more moderate. Most people on the
national scene will recall him as the one that fought against abortion
over the past three or four years and always brought all those graphic
photos out to the Senate floor. But in our polling, our exit polling today
we found that the moderate voters, 61 percent of them said that they voted
for Dick Swett. This is a state that is simply becoming more moderate.
When we ran this poll, I think that almost half of the people in New
Hampshire told us that they now consider themselves moderate. This used to
be a very conservative state but it got too moderate, I guess, for Bob
Smith." -- Bob Schieffer on why Senator Bob Smith (R-N.H.) lost, CBS
election night coverage.Final returns showed he won.
Republicans Suffered from False Impressions We Created
"You think the campaign
began here, at the Democrats' made-for-TV convention? No way. It really
began with this year's State of the Union address. The President already
knew he'd have no opponent in New Hampshire and the Republicans had just
stumbled badly by shutting down the government." -- CBS reporter Bill
Plante, November 4 This Morning.
"Newt Gingrich has become
sort of a logo for harsh Republican rhetoric. I don't think there's
anybody who would tell you today that the Republicans maybe did not go a
little too far in the harshness of their rhetoric. They really irritated a
lot of people, poll after poll shows it, local officials will tell you
that, when they shut down the government. They got the blame for that and
I think in some ways it really kind of frightened people." -- CBS
reporter Bob Schieffer, November 3 Sunday Morning.
"The Republican Party
actually helped William Jefferson Clinton in that comeback, especially
when they voted to shut down Congress. The American people said the
Republicans went too far. We did not send you to Washington to shut down
the federal government." -- CNN's Bernard Shaw on election night.
"I think this was set by two
or three people. I think Alan Greenspan, who is the Fed Chairman, helped
engineer an economy that worked and it worked for President Clinton. I
think the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich helped engineer a shutdown of
the Congress twice, that scared the country and that worked against
Senator Dole. It wasn't Senator Dole's fault...." -- ABC's Sam
Donaldson, election night, Nov. 5.
"Often abrasive, Gingrich
never mastered the fine art of compromise. Less than a year after he rode
into Washington in triumph, he was on the defensive. His gambit to shut
down the government over the budget backfired. Seizing the moment,
President Clinton quickly became the voice of centrist reason." --
CBS reporter Troy Roberts on This Morning, November 6.
Don't Tie Down Our Boy
"How concerned is the
President about the potential of his being, sort of, tied down as Gulliver
was by the Lilliputians, by all this scandal investigation, ethics
investigations that are bound to be unleashed?" -- Dan Rather to
Vernon Jordan election night, November 5.
"White House officials are
under no illusions and still expect Republicans to vigorously pursue
investigations on other fronts. But they're also encouraged that D'Amato's
announcement [of no more hearings] may signal an end to any high profile
political witch hunts." -- Jim Miklaszewski, November 7 NBC Nightly
Wealthy Info-Babes Looking Out for Number One
"Affirmative action was a
hotbed issue in this country, still a big race on that subject going on
about that in California. Did you feel at times like we've turned back the
clock on some of these issues?" -- NBC's Maria Shriver to Jesse
Jackson on California's Civil Rights Initiative which won, election night
"But that's sort of living
in an ideal world. I mean, it's nice to say it on paper. If you look
around at corporate offices in America and in CEO's offices, you're gonna
see very few minorities and few women. Are we really ready to backtrack on
civil rights now, or on affirmative action?" -- CBS This Morning's
Jane Robelot arguing with Civil Rights Initiative advocate Ward Connerly
who just said it ensured equal treatment for all, Nov. 6.
Hillary's Extraordinary Aura
"From an early age, Hillary
Rodham Clinton radiated an aura of extraordinary promise. But in the White
House, that sense of promise has been shattered by relentless scrutiny, a
barrage of accusations, the scent of scandal. Friends say the haze created
by political opponents and a scandal-hungry media has obscured who Hillary
Clinton really is. A traditional woman. A woman with a deep-seated desire
to do good. A woman raised on American staples of family, hard work, and
helping others." -- Kathleen Slobogin in the CNN Presents: Democracy
in America special on Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Dole, "They Don't Bake
Cookies," Oct. 13.
May I Kiss Your Birthmark?
"It's likely that your view
of Mikhail Gorbachev depends on your point of view. From the perspective
of the West, the former President of the Soviet Union of course was a
courageous, far-seeing prophet whose reforms set in motion the collapse of
the Soviet dictatorship and the end of the Cold War."
"We always welcome you in
this country, Mikhail Gorbachev. We're especially pleased to have you
tonight on InterNight. And we offer our very best, of course, to Raisa
Gorbachev and we hope that you'll have a long and happy life. Perhaps one
day again we'll see you in political office in Russia. We know that you've
devoted your life to peace and to changing your country and those of us
who have gotten to know you count ourselves among the privileged." --
Tom Brokaw opening and closing his October 29 MSNBC InterNight interview
with former communist dictator Mikhail Gorbachev.
Takes Real Class to Call Someone a
"When I heard the quote it
sounded to me like it was Limbaugh or Liddy or Ollie North. It was like
wacko talk radio. It didn't sound like Brinkley. In other words,
Brinkley's always been irreverent, but always kind of classy." --
CNN's Larry King on David Brinkley's election night comments that Clinton
is a "bore" and his speech delivered "more goddamn
nonsense," November 7 Larry King Live.
"Reelection of President
Bill Clinton is as secure as a double knot tied with wet rawhide and
"In New Hampshire, closest
Senate race in the country, this race between Dick Swett and Bob Smith is
hot and tight as a too small bathing suit on a too long car ride back from
"Now, we may see Michael
Jackson's baby before we know the final outcome of this race for the House
of Representatives tonight..." -- Dan Rather during CBS News election
night coverage, November 5.
-- L. Brent Bozell
-- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
-- Geoffrey Dickens, Eugene Eliasen, Jim Forbes, Steve Kaminski, Clay
Waters, Media Analysts
-- Kathy Ruff, Marketing Director; Peter Reichel, Circulation
Manager; Joe Alfonsi, Intern
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