Stars on Clinton;
Hillary Misunderstood; CBS Finds Bias
come out for Clinton's Inaugural. One says that voting for Clinton
will prevent future murders.
portrays Hillary Clinton as oppressed and misunderstood, but she
complains about the "right wing press presence."
Stephanopoulos makes his debut on ABC News.
4. The special
Gingrich counsel James Cole found the charge baseless, but Al Hunt
again claimed that Gingrich "looted money from kids."
5. The chance
of the "Soviet Union taking over the world just seemed as likely
to me as invaders from Mars," Walter Cronkite recalls.
6. CBS News
confirms that media bias exists! But not at CBS....at the Fox News
Clintons claim to be "the bridge to the 21st Century," but
they can't even figure out how to use a computer.
Sunday night CBS broadcast an Inaugural Gala show from the USAir Arena in
Largo, Maryland co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Douglas and Candice
Bergen. On Saturday they held a rehearsal show and a local TV reporter
talked to some of the participants.
Eyewitness News at 11 on Saturday night included a couple of interesting
soundbites. NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits explained why he flew in from
California: "I believe he's a wonderful President, has been and will
continue to be. So I'm honored that they would think to ask -- hey, come
on down and hang with me."
Wonder tied his vote for Clinton with the murder of Bill Cosby's son:
"We hope that because of us voting for this man and voting for change
for tomorrow, that will help these kinds of things to not happen."
The CBS News show Sunday Morning on January 19 featured one of First Lady
Hillary Clinton's two television interviews for the Inauguration. Reporter
Martha Teichner portrayed an oppressed and misunderstood First Lady.
On her role in
health care reform, Teichner asked: "Were you startled at the fact
that is was as controversial an issue as it was and that you became
Following Hillary Clinton's response, Teichner continued: "Health
care was just the beginning. She has been the subject of a non-stop,
ceaseless litany of investigations. Three at the moment being conducted by
Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr. Speculation she may be indicted
Hillary Clinton responded: "I expect this matter to drag out as long
as it is to anyone else's advantage to drag it out and then it will end. I
mean no one likes to be accused of having done anything improper or wrong.
It becomes frustrating when you know that people are saying things that
aren't true, but you just learn to live with it and you just go on day
after day and..."
Teichner jumped in: "But how do you do that though in the climate of
a non-stop four or even eight year bashing?"
A bit later
Teichner continued her sympathetic report: "Her biggest gripe is that
the positive is never what the public sees. That her media image as a
First Lady under fire, edgy and defensive, belies the real Hillary Clinton
who has even been known to laugh."
After a bit of
video, Teichner went on: "One gauge of a First Lady's stamp on the
White House is the art she chooses to display there. 'Sand Dunes at
Sunset, Atlantic City' by Henry Tanner is the first work acquired for the
permanent collection by an African American artist. It now hangs in the
ended by showing the White House sculpture garden, inquiring of Mrs.
Clinton: "Do you ever just go there and sit?"
Not once did
Teichner ask a tough question or even suggest that Hillary Clinton's
actions may have contributed to her problems.
The CBS interview
aired at about 9:30am ET. Less than ten hours later, at 7pm ET C-SPAN
aired its interview with Hillary Clinton. In it she complained about a
"very effective, well organized advocacy press that is, I think, very
up-front in its right wing, conservative inclinations and makes no
apologies." According to a story in Saturday's Washington Times, she
elaborated on how "there's not something comparable to that" on
the liberal side: "You've got a conservative press and/or right wing
press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political
spectrum, so that most of what is left in what you might call the middle
or the establishment or the mainstream tries to be objective and tries to
I guess she'd put
CBS in the "thoughtful" category.
If you want to avoid George Stephanopoulos, or Bill Kristol for that
matter, don't watch ABC News. Former Clinton aide Stephanopoulos made his
premiere as an ABC News analyst on Friday's Good Morning America paired
with Bill Kristol. He Kristol also appeared together on ABC's World News
Saturday, plus Sunday's GMA and This Week as part of the show's
Al Hunt, the Wall Street Journal's Executive Washington Editor, can't
admit when he's wrong. As pointed out in a past CyberAlert, some in the
media have blamed Newt Gingrich for taking money from children because he
took over the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and used it to fund his college
course. But as Bob Novak pointed out, the foundation was inactive and not
helping kids. Gingrich took it over to save the time it would take to form
a new foundation. With that background, here's an exchange from Saturday's
Capital Gang on CNN:
"We have had debates at this table we've had debates around town,
over this shell of the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation, which a lot
of people have said Newt looted of money for needy kids to give political
contributions. Your prosecutor, Mr. Cole, said that it was defunct. This
is a sham, and people who said he was looting money from kids, should be
ashamed of themselves, Al."
Al Hunt: "He looted money from kids. I'll tell you exactly what he
did. This was set up, it didn't matter if it was defunct, the Abraham
Lincoln thing was set up to aid needy kids."
Novak: "There was no money."
Hunt: "Newt never went to the IRS, as he was required to by law, and
said we're going to take this thing that was set up for needy kids and
we're going to use it for partisan political purposes."
Part three of the eight part Discovery Channel series, Cronkite Remembers,
offered a scary insight into the thinking of reporters during the Cold
The January 16 installment explored the Cold War era. Looking at 1948, the
year he returned from a Moscow reporting assignment, Cronkite recalled:
"It was great to be back in America. With the GIs back home
everything was expanding. More house, more babies, more schools. It should
have been the happiest of times, I guess, but despite all the nation's
optimism and new affluence there was that chill in the air that just
couldn't be ignored."
Soviet May Day video Cronkite continued:
"I thought that we Americans overreacted to the Soviets and the news
coverage sometimes seemed to accentuate that misdirected concern. Fear of
the Soviet Union taking over the world just seemed as likely to me as
invaders from Mars. Well, perhaps I was naive, but I'd seen those May Day
parades and Soviet bread lines and miserable conditions hidden behind
them. That war-devastated country didn't seem that threatening to me.
United Press sent me around speaking occasionally to various groups about
life in the Soviet Union. At almost all of the talks I was asked about
Russian technology and the prospects that they would develop an atomic
bomb. With great assurance, I would tell the questioner, 'no way, no way,
they can't even screw in a lightbulb.' I walked out of the hall after one
of those speeches and there were the headlines, 'Soviets Explode Atomic
Bomb.' Another item for my cloudy crystal ball department.
"The nuclear arms race was on in earnest. All the anti-Soviet
paranoia that had been festering since the war really blew up then. A
Soviet bomb was seen as an assault on us. But I saw it as part of their
pursuit of nuclear equality. After all, what should we expect, that our
enemy's just going to sit still there and not try to develop the
So, Americans had
"overreacted" to the Soviet threat, but when they did develop a
nuclear weapon that didn't confirm the need for concern, it "blew
up" anti-Soviet "paranoia." And, what's the big deal
anyway? The Soviets deserved nuclear equality.
Mike Wallace did a piece for the January 19 60 Minutes on the Ted
Turner/Rupert Murdoch feud.
talk to him, so Andrew Neal (sp?), a former editor of one of Murdoch's
London newspapers, served as the Murdoch expert. After showing clips of
some racy Fox entertainment shows and explaining how Murdoch's London
tabloid runs a topless Page 3 Girl everyday, Wallace stated:
"I asked Andrew Neal how Murdoch, a conservative, can publish papers
and create programming that many conservatives find so offensive. The buck
is more important than his moral take on life?"
Neal: "You can't reconcile his private social views with what he
broadcasts and prints. His wife Anna is always pushing him to end the
topless girls in the Page 3 of the Sun tabloid in London and he thinks
about it. I remember him once saying we have to have a moral compass, but
at the end of the day we have to have a bottom line."
Wallace: "Nothing, Neal says, nothing is more important in Murdoch's
life than winning."
A few minutes
later, Wallace took up Murdoch's political views.
Wallace: "In the last election campaign Murdoch contributed more than
a million and a half dollars to political candidates, most of them
Neal: "Rupert is a political ideologue. He has his right wing
Wallace: "Is it a fact that he once said that Oliver North, quote
'deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor'?"
Neal: "He thought Oliver North was one of the greatest heroes in
Wallace: "He's genuinely a conservative?"
Neal: "When you regard Pat Robertson in 1988 as the best Republican
candidate you can see just how conservative he is. Reagan was his hero. He
Wallace: "Which was obvious during the election campaign to readers
of the Post."
[Video of New York Post headline with photo of Clinton: "America
Decides: Is He Worthy?"
Wallace: "And on Murdoch's new cable channel the news also comes with
a conservative spin."
Clip of Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Channel: "Those who are street wise
in America's big cities know that drug pushers and liquor stores make a
ton of money the day the welfare checks arrive. It's a tough thing to say,
but it's true."
Wallace: "Ted Turner disdains all this. He believes Murdoch's
political bias contaminates his news coverage."
Turner: "He looks down his nose at do-good, honest journalism. He
thinks that his media should be used by him to further his own
This from a man
who put Barbara Pyle in charge of CNN and TBS environmental shows. In 1990
she boasted: "I feel that I'm here on this planet to work in
television, to be the little subversive person in television. I've chosen
television as my form of activism. I felt that if I was to infiltrate
anything, I'd do best to infiltrate television."
about the Wallace story:
a) CBS won't concede any bias in 40 plus years of broadcasting, not even
in last year's Eric Engberg bashing of the flat tax which Bernard Goldberg
was ostracized for calling biased, but manages to find it on a
four-month-old cable network.
b) When Murdoch is liberal (Fox TV and sex in London tabloid) it's because
he wants to make money. But when what he does is conservative (supposedly)
Wallace assumes it's because Murdoch is conservative. So if Murdoch's
personal views effect his news operations why can't the same be said off
those overseeing every other media outlet?
In his new book Dick Morris reported that President Clinton cannot type
and thus writes his speeches on a notepad. In her CBS Sunday Morning
interview First Lady Hillary Clinton also revealed that she's not quite up
on modern technology. Discussing what she'll do when daughter Chelsea goes
to college in the fall, she told Martha Teichner:
"We'll just have to figure out as many ways as possible to stay in
touch with her, both through e-mail, which I know nothing about but will
have to learn, or through actual visits with her."
They can't use
computers. Just the kind of people to serve as a bridge to the 21st
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