Ken Starr; Welfare Trouble; New NQ
Rather insists upon calling Kenneth Starr the "Republican special
2. Figures in
the fundraising scandal refuse to cooperate and go into hiding. And,
the scandal may have begun in 1992, but the networks didn't let you know.
3. CBS warns
of "trouble ahead" as the first phase of welfare reform is
4. Some quotes
that didn't make it into NQ: Exposed pipes by urinals reminds a
reporter of Reagan; U.S. Senate too conservative for the New York Times.
5. February 24
edition of Notable Quotables. Gumbel's not gone. Communism worse than
Reaganomics. Would Jesus approve of the Pope?
Dan Rather just can't describe Kenneth Starr by his proper title of
"independent counsel." He insists upon adding the word
"Republican," a description that helps further the White House
spin that Starr is a partisan hack out to "get" the Clintons.
Opening Friday's (February 21) CBS Evening News, Rather announced:
"Good evening. The Republican special prosecutor in the Whitewater
case announced a sudden change in plans this afternoon..."
In case viewers
missed it, reporter Phil Jones drove it home in his story, which he
"...Starr, a Republican, has been a lightening rod since he was named
independent counsel in 1994. Democrats have criticized him for his close
associations with hard-line Republican conservatives. He's also kept his
private law practice. He's ignored all this previous criticism but did
admit that this latest flap has been personally humbling."
Several figures in the Democratic fundraising scandal are refusing to
cooperate with the House and Senate investigating committees, but instead
of jumping on what looks like a cover-up, the networks are giving the news
Here's the entire
transcript of what Dan Rather told viewers on Friday night's CBS Evening
"Two former Clinton Administration officials could be hit with
contempt of Congress citations. Republicans on the House committee
investigating Democratic campaign fundraising made the threat today
following word that John Huang and Webster Hubbell have declined to turn
On Friday's NBC
Nightly News reporter Jim Miklaszewski, in a story on Starr, gave a couple
of sentences to noting that Huang and Hubbell may get contempt citations.
ABC, which gave Huang's lack of cooperation one sentence on Thursday, did
nothing on Friday. CNN's The World Today, however, aired a full story from
Brooks Jackson on Huang and others "playing hard to get."
Jackson also found that the lawyers for donors Pauline Kanchanalak and
Charlie Trie refuse to accept a subpoena for them and that Trie cannot be
night ABC, CBS and NBC had failed to mention anything about Kanchanalak or
February 22 The New York Times, which has played follow-up to The
Washington Post, Washington Times and Los Angeles Times on the fundraising
front, carried three big stories on the ever-developing scandal. One page
one headline heralded: "Democrats to Return More Money Received from
'Improper' Sources." Just below that another headline: "How
Donor with Asian Ties Knitted Access and Success." The story detailed
how Johnny Chien Chuen Chung, who has given $391,000 to the DNC, used
photos of himself with the Clintons to further his business interests. The
Times explored how much of Chung's wealth comes from foreign investors in
"Files Hint of Illegal Venezuelan Link to Democrats" declared a
headline. Reporter John Sullivan's lead: "The Manhattan District
Attorney said yesterday that he had given federal prosecutors evidence
that a Venezuelan banking family might have illegally funneled campaign
contributions to the Democratic Party during the 1992 elections."
Coverage of these
-- ABC's World News Tonight: On Friday Peter Jennings read a brief item on
how a DNC audit showed that more than $1 million more should be returned.
Neither CBS or NBC told viewers about that Friday or Saturday. On ABC's
World News Saturday: nothing.
-- CBS Evening News on Saturday: nothing
-- NBC Nightly News on Saturday: not a word
On Saturday new rules went into effect limiting to three months in three
years the time able-bodied people without children can receive food
stamps. Disaster impends, warned CBS Saturday night. On the CBS Evening
News reporter Sharyl Atkisson intoned:
"People who help those on welfare see trouble ahead."
Chapman Todd, DC Central Kitchen: "You see a lot of people who fit
that category but really have no marketable skills."
Atkisson: "Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have
applied for special waivers to delay this first step in welfare reform.
New York is among them, even though its Republican Governor strongly
supports the need for drastic change."
After a soundbite from George Pataki, Atkisson led into a soundbite from
liberal Congressman Charles Rangel: "Critics warn this is just a
small preview of the tremendous headaches ahead as broader welfare reforms
Before we get to the latest issue of Notable Quotables, here are four
pretty good quotes we weren't able to squeeze in:
-- An alert
CyberAlert reader in Florida sent this item to us from an article on jury
duty in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine from February 9. Reporter
Stephen Benz wrote:
"This trial begins in the jury pool waiting room, a room that looks
like the waiting area at an airport gate -- and a rather shabby airport in
some forsaken hinterland at that...The carpet is frayed and dirty. In the
men's room, a hole in the wall between the urinals exposes the pipe works.
The place has the look and feel of a Reagan-era mental institution."
-- Watching the
January 19 This Week, MRC news analyst Gene Eliasen came across this
attack from the welfare reform bill by Sam Donaldson:
"The Republican agenda...leaves a large segment of the country
unrepresented here, and that's a segment of the country that does not
believe in winnowing down habeas corpus, that does not believe in the
things this President has now signed on to. Marian Wright Edelman may be
right. A million children, mas o menos, could be thrown into very
difficult straits by the welfare bill."
-- To CBS
economics reporter Ray Brady, Bob Rubin is a hero. MRC news analyst Steve
Kaminski noticed this exchange on the February 9 Sunday Morning on CBS:
Charles Osgood: "With all of this activity and things so almost
perfect, almost too perfect to believe, is this because of government
policy? Or is Bill Clinton just a really lucky fellow?"
Ray Brady: "Some of it is government policy. I happen to think we
have one of the best Treasury Secretaries we've ever had in Bob Rubin. He
got long term interest rates down, short term rates came down, that's
speeding up the economy, it's keeping it going on an even keel."
-- MRC news
analyst Clay Waters noticed the fear expressed by a New York Times
reporter that the U.S. Senate is just too conservative. In a February 2
news story Richard Berke warned:
"With the retirement of a flock of moderates on both sides, the
institution's center has all but collapsed. Now the Senate is flush with
nine new Republicans, eight of whom are conservatives -- firebrands,
even....In Kansas alone, the replacements for Senator Dole and Nancy
Landon Kassebaum are two hard-driving conservatives, Sam Brownback and Pat
Roberts. Brownback, a member of the rebellious class of 1994 in the House,
moved even further to the right during his Senate campaign last year,
calling for cuts in education, fewer environmental regulations and
restrictions on abortion -- as well as the elimination of no fewer than
four cabinet agencies."
-- Clay also
picked up this line from CNN reporter Mike Chinoy's February 19 World
Today profile of Deng Xiaoping: "One of Deng's great achievements was
to free China from the worst excesses of radical Maoism..."
As opposed to
those just plain swell ordinary excesses of radical Maoism.
-- Brent Baker
(Notable Quotables below.)
The latest edition of Notable
MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes
humorous, quotes in the liberal media. There's a new Gumbel quote under
the "What We're Missing in the Morning" heading and some very
interesting extreme vs. Far-right labeling under "Ah, That's Much
Better." And, don't miss the "theological" question Diane
Sawyer told Oprah that she'd like to ask the Pope. See "Stars on the
To get a
complimentary copy of NQ and an order form, it's just $19 per year for the
hard copy version, send a message to Carey Evans at: firstname.lastname@example.org
24, 1997 (Vol. Ten; No. 4)
on the Rock?
jaw precedes him. He smiles from sea to shining sea. Is this President a
candidate for Mt. Rushmore or what?....In fact, when it comes to
influencing the public, a single medley of expressions from Clinton may be
worth much more, to much of America, than every ugly accusation Paula
Jones can muster."
-- Los Angeles Times television writer Howard Rosenberg reviewing
Clinton's Inaugural address, January 22.
Dictatorship No Better for Poor than Reagan
"And so in
1992, after a year out of public view, Deng emerged from retirement and
launched a campaign for more and faster capitalist-style reform. The
country responded with a boom that gave China the highest economic growth
rate in the world, and turned it into a magnet for international investors
who saw the emergence of a new economic superpower. But the burst of
development brought with it many of the evils the communists had sought to
eradicate: corruption, inflation, a growing gap between rich and
-- CNN reporter Mike Chinoy reviewing dictator Deng Xiaoping's life on
Prime News, February 19.
in North Korea?
"In much of
the world today, including Washington, governments and their diplomats are
astonished still by the news that such a senior official should have
defected from communist North Korea to the South. A diplomat in the
Chinese capital Beijing said it was as if Thomas Jefferson had bolted from
the young United States."
-- Peter Jennings on defector Hwang Jang Yop, February 13 World News
Congressman Jackson, and I love to be able to say that...You've had an
interesting view of the political process. You worked with your dad, you
know the legacy of Dr. King, you are now inside the process. Which, in
your view, is a better place to be able to bring about real change in this
-- ABC Good Morning America Sunday co-host Kevin Newman to Jesse Jackson
Jr. (D-Ill.), January 19.
Morris] attributed [Colin] Powell's vulnerability to his support for
positions on affirmative action, gun control, and abortion. Other pundits
(myself included) believe Powell could change his position on all these
issues and still be overwhelmingly rejected by a Republican Party
ideologically opposed to the nomination of an African American to the
highest office in the land."
-- Former NPR President Frank Mankiewicz reviewing Morris's book Behind
the Oval Office, January 19 Los Angeles Times Book Review.
sick. That's actually perverse. Ralph Reed probably doesn't, other than
that minister from Tuskegee, probably can't count the number of black
people he knows on one hand."
-- Gannett reporter Deborah Mathis on a black minister's suggestion Reed
was a new black leader, February 1 Inside Washington.
We're Missing in the Morning
"I said to
somebody that if O.J. killed his first wife, Marguerite [who is black],
and her friend, then do I think George Will and William F. Buckley would
have written about it? No way. Not on God's green earth. They wouldn't
have even noticed."
-- Bryant Gumbel in a Los Angeles Times Magazine profile, January 12
vs. Macaroni Salad
President Roone Arledge: "If you were a reporter in World War II, and
we all know the atrocities that went on in various countries during that
war, and you heard about this and got yourself a job as a guard at a
prison camp and you were able to tell the world everything that went on
there which they didn't know anything about. You got that job through
deception. You're not a guard. You never intended to be a guard. Is there
anybody here who thinks that's a bad thing for society?"
University Professor Robert Lissit: "Is there anybody here who wants
to equate that with macaroni salad?"
-- Exchange on the February 12 ABC News Viewpoint program on Prime Time
Live's deceptive Food Lion story, which employed hidden cameras to show
supposedly tainted food.
Luther King: Forget That Let's All Get Along Claptrap
issue here is not money, but whether people who oppose nearly everything
King stood for have the right to assert that his corpse is marching in
their parade. [Black conservative Ward] Connerly and his ilk quote King on
a highly selective basis....King, for all his commitment to nonviolence,
was a radical advocate of social change who deliberately disrupted the
status quo in pursuit of racial justice, not a milquetoast advocate of
Hallmark Card-style brotherhood between the races."
-- Time columnist Jack E. White in a February 3 piece on Connerly, leader
of the pro-Proposition 209 forces in California.
Insists Democrats are Republicans
"The rap on
Clinton is that by becoming essentially a moderate Republican on fiscal
issues, he'll be remembered mostly as a President who played a good game
of defense against extremist ideas, with some nice on-court cheerleading
to make everyone feel better."
-- Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, January 27.
capitalism is the secular religion of our time. It is a creed triumphant.
It won the Cold War -- and then the ideological battle in Washington,
turning liberal Democrats into `Eisenhower Republicans' and ordinary
Republicans into small-government zealots."
-- Newsweek's Michael Hirsh, February 10.
That's Much Better
"In a risky
tactic for a candidate with little downstate political identity, Davis
said that he plans to favor moderate candidates over extreme conservatives
and single-issue politicians and that he is willing to endure criticism
from the party's conservative activists to do so."
-- Washington Post> reporters Eric Lipton and Mike Allen on U.S. Rep.
Tom Davis (R-Va.) creating a PAC, February 18 early edition (Italics
"In a risky
tactic for a candidate with little downstate political identity, Davis
said that he plans to favor moderate candidates over far-right
conservatives and single-issue politicians and that he is willing to
endure criticism from the party's conservative activists to do so."
-- Same story in the final edition.
the Transgendered: That's an Order!
Inn: The surgery that changed `Bob' into the sexiest woman at the 1975
class reunion is likened to a makeover of the lodging chain by Bass PLC.
The racy spot is ruined by the final shot, when a male classmate reacts to
the new Bob with a horrified grimace. What's next, narrow rooms for the
-- New York Times advertising writer Stuart Elliott on Super Bowl ads,
Jan. 28 Business Day section.
on the Pope
"I've always thought the theological, the one theological question
I'd like to ask him, and it's a serious question, is what do you think
Jesus would think of the way you dress?"
Oprah Winfrey: "Ohhh! That's a great question!"
-- Exchange on Oprah, February 19.
you're more likely to see the Pope ride through this room on a
-- Dan Rather on the possibility of a CBS News cable channel to
Philadelphia Inquirer TV writer Gail Shister, February 18.
-- Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, James Forbes, Steve Kaminski, Clay
Waters; Media Analysts
-- Kathleen Ruff, Marketing Director; Carey Evans, Circulation Manager;
Brian Schmisek, Intern
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