Liberals Promoted at CBS & ABC; Reporter Confronts
- An operative
for Ted Kennedy, Mondale-Ferraro and the DNC is now in charge of
CBS political coverage; ABC picks a McGovernite to run ABCNEWS.com.
- The reporter
who published quotes from Newt's phone call has a confrontation
with police, and he's not happy it got reported.
1) ABC and
CBS have just promoted Democratic operatives to influential positions
overseeing news content -- to coordinate political coverage at CBS and
to run the Web site for ABC News.
-- "CBS News has named
Dotty Lynch as Senior Political Editor, effective immediately,"
The Washington Post's John Carmody reported May 8. Carmody reviewed
her background: "Lynch began her political research career as a
researcher for the NBC News election unit in 1968, went on to become
Vice President of Cambridge Survey Research, which did polling for the
presidential campaigns of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter, among
others, then served as Director of Survey Research for the Democratic
National Committee in 1981-83 and headed her own political polling
firm for two years before joining CBS."
Lynch, who had been political
editor for CBS News, is now in charge of the three-member,
Washington-based political operation. In addition to the political
work listed by Carmody, she also handled polling for Ted Kennedy's
1980 presidential run and coordinated polling for Gary Hart in 1984
before jumping to the Mondale-Ferraro effort.
-- On Thursday ABC News
launched its new Web site: ABCNEWS.com. In charge of the new project:
Jeff Gralnick, Vice President and Executive Producer of special events
for ABC News. Back in 1971 Gralnick toiled as Press Secretary for
liberal Senator George McGovern.
Gralnick soon after joined
ABC News, rising to Executive Producer of World News Tonight by 1979.
He gained the VP title and took over special event coverage, such as
elections and conventions, in 1985, but jumped to NBC News in 1993 to
become Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News. ABC lured him back last
year with the promise to put him in charge of their planned all-news
cable channel, an idea that fizzled.
White Male at the New York Times? Adam Clymer, the New York Times
reporter who wrote the story in January quoting from the tape of Newt
Gingrich's phone call, had a run-in with the police. And he didn't
appreciate the cops telling the Washington Times all about it.
In the May 5 edition,
Washington Times "Inside the Beltway" columnist John
McCaslin reported a May 1 incident:
"Sergeant Dan Nichols, Capitol Police spokesman, says Mr. Clymer
became 'belligerent' Thursday and unleashed profanities at an office
who denied him access to a roped off area off the Senate floor. Mr.
Clymer says he doesn't recall using nasty language. He adds that he
disengaged once the officer told him the area was secured due to a
visit by the Spanish Prime Minister.
"'He was stopped by the
officer, at which point he became belligerent and began using
profanities,' Sgt. Nichols said. 'He was advised by the officer hat
his conduct was inappropriate, at which point he became more
belligerent, at which point the officer's supervisor stepped in and
tried to explain the situation He again used profanity and then left
Clymer was none too pleased
by the publicity. In a "Scrapbook" item, the May 19 Weekly
Standard revealed that Clymer "is known as one of the more sour
members of the media." The Standard relayed his contempt:
"The story was first reported in the Washington Times, and Clymer
believes the paper was fed the information by the police. Revealing
his contempt for both, he told the Hill [newspaper] that 'a real
police force would have talked to me before going to The Washington
Times, of all places.'"
Now maybe he has a better
appreciation of how it feels to have what you thought was a private
conversation highlighted by the media. -- Brent Baker (Notable
Quotables follows below)
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