Snowe, Collins & Chafee "In Touch"; Clinton Vindicated?; People's Fawning
1) Northeastern Republicans
who voted not guilty are the only Republicans "still in touch with
the people," Eleanor Clift insisted.
2) Clinton vindicated like
Gingrich? Equating the Senate vote on Clinton with the IRS ruling on
Gingrich, Juan Williams demanded that Brit Hume "apologize to Clinton
since he's been cleared."
3) The Clintons may have
complained, but People delivered a fawning portrait of the Hillary-Chelsea
relationship and revealed that in 6th grade Chelsea alerted mom to how her
stock was doing.
4) The February 8 edition of
Northeastern liberal, I mean moderate, Republicans are the only
Republicans "still in touch with the people." And so are the two
female Republican Senators who voted not guilty, though they fit into both
categories. So asserted Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on the McLaughlin
"The Republican managers pushed a case that
was bogus from the beginning. It should have been a vote of censure in the
House and be done with it. And look at the defectors, the Republican
defectors in the Senate. Northeastern Republicans. That's the aspect of
the party that's still in touch with the people. And two of the three
female Republicans Senators voted to, against removing this
Clinton now vindicated, just like Gingrich. On Fox News Sunday last week
Juan Williams and NPR's Mara Liasson dismissed the relevance of the IRS
ruling on how Newt Gingrich did not violate tax laws, claiming Democratic
attacks were just politics as normal with Liasson actually suggesting
Gingrich got what he deserved as Democrats treated him the same way he
treated Jim Wright. That prompted Brit Hume to scold the two for faulty
reasoning and argue that Democrats owe Gingrich an apology.
A week later Fox
News analyst Juan Williams recalled the argument, suggesting that Hume now
apologize to Bill Clinton. Viewers of the February 14 Fox News Sunday
heard this exchange between Williams, a Washington Post reporter on
perpetual leave, and Fox News Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume:
"Last week you asked me to apologize to Gingrich. Are you guys going
to apologize to Clinton since he's been cleared in this charge?"
Hume: "I'll apologize when I think he's
Williams: "Oh, different standard Mr.
Hume: "Well Juan you've often said you
thought he lied under oath. Do you mean you've now changed your
Williams: "No, but I'm saying Gingrich was
cleared by that committee, Clinton has cleared by the Senate of the United
Hume: "By a Senate which was in a big hurry
to say that they didn't think he was, that they thought he did it, they
just didn't want him removed. That's not the same."
To read more about
the exchange on the February 7 show, go to the February 8 CyberAlert which
is posted on the MRC site: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990208.html#6
Venerating, adoring, glowing, flattering. All those words are
understatements for People magazine's February 15 issue cover story
titled "Hillary & Chelsea: Grace Under Fire." White House
complaints, about how the Clinton parents were supposedly very upset about
the invasion of Chelsea's privacy, became a major media story back on
February 3 and 4. One passage in the article even raises the possibility
that Chelsea was the brains behind the miraculous $100,000 profit on
commodities as People recalled how when Chelsea was in 6th grade she
alerted her mother when a stock she owned was mentioned on TV.
Senate trial bias kept me from examining the actual story at the time, but
a look at it now shows that the Clintons sure weren't hurt by the
additional readership for the article their complaints generated. There is
not a negative word in the article and amongst the friends quoted is Dr.
Nancy Snyderman of ABC's Good Morning America. After the magazine
excerpts, a look at what Snyderman said about her relationship with
representative fawning from the People story by Susan Schindehette
headlined "The Ties That Bind: Separated by a continent, united by a
lifelong bond, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton rely, in these worst of times,
on each other."
....At this past New Year's Renaissance
Weekend, while a pensive President walked alone on the deserted beach in
Hilton Head, S.C., Hillary and Chelsea stayed behind in their borrowed
oceanfront house. Following an unspoken rule of their relationship, mother
and daughter have always refused to let the world see their private pain.
This past year, too, each has faced the world without flinching.
"Chelsea has her mother's strength," says ABC's Dr. Nancy
Snyderman, a longtime friend of Hillary's. "She's been bred for
The closeness between mother and daughter
shows up in the smallest gestures. When Hillary began to shiver at a beach
picnic on Martha's Vineyard with friends in 1997, it was Chelsea who took
off her own jacket to drape over her mother's shoulders. The two also
share a spiritual bond: Chelsea often prays with her mother, having chosen
Hillary's Methodist faith over her Baptist father's. Now, in the wake of
the current crisis, "both Hillary and Chelsea have this inner
glow," says Rev. Don Jones, who was Hillary's childhood pastor from
suburban Chicago. "It's as if they've both reached their higher
In a sense, Chelsea is the living
embodiment of her mother's ideas about child rearing and feminism. As a
young mother often on the road, Hillary frequently left messages at
Chelsea's elementary school in Little Rock ("Just tell Chelsea that
Mommy loves her"). She also encouraged her daughter to write back to
her -- a practice that, as Hillary notes in her latest book, Dear Socks,
Dear Buddy, not only helped keep the family close but also "helped
Chelsea practice her language skills." And as half of the
most-traveled mother-daughter team in the history of the presidency,
Hillary once wrote, "I am beyond grateful for the times we have
circled the globe together. And if those travels have changed minds in
countries where daughters are not as prized as sons -- well, all the
Hillary's determination to shape her
daughter's life manifested itself early on. "Hillary did everything
she could to bring her into the world under the best circumstances,"
says Rose Crane of Little Rock, a longtime friend of Hillary's. While
pregnant, "Hillary once told me that what she wanted more than
anything was a great big [diet] Tab over crushed ice," but she
abstained because she was afraid it might harm the baby. In the early
years after Chelsea was born, following a difficult labor and C-section
delivery, it was obvious that both parents adored her, even if they
expressed it differently. Bill kept a child's desk in plain view for
Chelsea in his office, while Hillary would quietly spread a quilt in the
backyard of the Little Rock governor's mansion so she and her toddler
could just stare up at the clouds. "Bill drove Chelsea to school, and
you would see them holding hands," says Maraniss. "It was a more
public demonstration than Hillary and Chelsea have, but that doesn't mean
it's any deeper."....
Hillary was also determined to encourage
her little girl's independence. Chelsea wasn't allowed to wear shoes with
Velcro closures -- a gift from her grandma Virginia Kelley -- until she
first learned to tie laces, Hillary later wrote, because "I loved the
look of accomplishment on her face when she showed us all what she could
do for herself."
It was a look her mother would see many
times. When Chelsea was in sixth grade, recalls [Carolyn] Staley
[childhood FOB], "I was in the kitchen when the TV news came on.
Chelsea was watching, and I heard this shriek of delight: 'Look, Mom,
it's up!' Hillary had been trying to sock away some money for the family
and had given Chelsea a lesson in how investing works. Chelsea was
watching the stock report."....
But Hillary's true priority has always been
Chelsea, as was evident whenever she wore -- over conservative business
attire -- the gaudy, plastic-beaded necklace that her little girl had
made. At Little Rock's Forest Park Elementary School, "right up
front, Mrs. Clinton made it clear that Chelsea came first," recalls
Sadie Mitchell, Chelsea's first-grade teacher. "She gave me all the
family's private numbers and told me to call them anytime." Mitchell
also recalls that Hillary helped perform science experiments with
Chelsea's classmates, took them on outings to theaters and museums and
read stories to the class with Chelsea curled up in her lap. Hillary's
former press aide Mary Ellen Glynn remembers one harried moment during the
1992 presidential campaign. "Even though she had a million people
sitting around her in this hotel room and her schedule was backed up to
eternity, Hillary called Chelsea, who was home with a sore throat, and
spent 45 minutes saying, `How are you feeling? Are you drinking lots of
juices?' Everything else just stopped."....
Days before Chelsea's departure [for
college], Hillary rushed home after a 20-hour trip to Mother Teresa's
funeral in Calcutta to help her pack, and when Chelsea finally moved out,
on Sept. 18, 1997, "it left an emptiness," says a friend,
"that I don't think even Hillary expected."....
Today, friends have no doubt that Chelsea,
grateful to be 3,000 miles from the Lewinsky earthquake's epicenter, will,
like her mother, survive this latest crisis. "They are both forgiving
people who don't feel alone. They don't feel sorry for themselves,"
says a longtime friend of Hillary's. So far, says a male pal of Chelsea's
at Stanford, "I have never seen her visibly upset. Before Christmas
she looked exhausted. She's under a lot of stress. That's pretty obvious,
and it all adds up after a while." But tabloid reports that she had
suffered a collapse and visited the university health center after the
breakup with her boyfriend were "blown way out of proportion,"
the friend insists.
At present, Hillary and Chelsea are
"still healing, but it's going to take time," says a friend. In
her 1996 book, Hillary included an anecdote that may speak more about her
sorrow and solace in this time of betrayal than anything that she has
otherwise disclosed. It is the story of a then 4-year-old Chelsea, who was
asked in church on Mother's Day what gift she would most like to give her
own mother. "Life insurance," she announced.
Later, after questioning her, Hillary
learned that the little girl believed such a thing could keep her mother
from ever dying. "This tiny child wanted me to live forever,"
she wrote. "Isn't that what being alive is all about -- being loved
like that?" In a world where affection and allegiance are so often
conditional, that simple realization seemed, to Hillary, like something of
can read the entire article since People has an exclusive deal with AOL.
GMA's FOH, Friend of Hillary. The morning after
People released their story quoting Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Good Morning
America brought aboard their medical correspondent and frequent fill-in
host to define her connection to the Clintons. As transcribed by MRC
analyst Jessica Anderson, on February 4 co-host Diane Sawyer asked about
Snyderman: "They did call me about this
article and it's not a secret for a lot of people to know that those who
know this family, well usually..."
Sawyer: "You're from Arkansas."
Snyderman: "...don't talk a lot. You know,
they've been, the people have been very loyal to them, and Hillary has
been a friend of mine for a long time. The questions asked, I thought,
were something I thought I could give some insight to, and frankly I think
it's a very upbeat piece. However, I know it's controversial because it's
the first time Chelsea's been on a magazine cover."
Sawyer: "Did you worry about being quoted in
Snyderman: "No, because I was very conscious
of what I said."
And she's not
worried about sleeping with the Clintons either. As reported in the
February 27, 1997 CyberAlert, a "Dr. Nancy Snyderman" was
amongst the 831 names released on February 26, 1997 of those who spent a
night in a White House bedroom during Clinton's first four years.
The February 8 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly
compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the
Assuming Ken Starr's Guilty
"...You have a guy [Ken Starr]
exposing himself as a nut job, making this announcement through
'associates say,' yet again revealing himself, not just to be as many of
his apologists say, you know, tone deaf to public opinion. This man really
seems a true believer to me."
-- Geraldo Rivera on New York Times story on how Starr has decided he can
indict Clinton, February 1 Rivera Live.
"Why did your office leak this and leak it now?"
"The Times story says it comes from your office."
"Well, the Times story says it comes from associates of Judge
Starr's, and I'm curious that you know for certain that it couldn't have
come from the office. How do you know that? There've been leaks from the
"But I'm struck that you can say this so certainly, that you can
speak with absolute assurance about everybody in that office, that they
wouldn't have leaked this story."
-- Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson to Starr spokesman Charles
Bakaly, February 1.
"Another question, the timing of this story. As you must have read,
members of the Senate on both sides have criticized Judge Starr's office
for, in effect, they say, trying to intervene in the impeachment process.
What do you think about it?"
"I guess one of the questions is, some, some, the White House
certainly has said, that it's a sign that he's out of control. At any
point have you suggested to Judge Starr that it's time to shut the office
down or that he may be pressing too hard?"
-- Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer to Judge Robert Bork, same
Clinton, a Republican?
"All right, then let me ask you this.
Why, under any circumstances would the Republicans want to impeach a
-- MSNBC's John Hockenberry to GOP Sen. Charles Grassley, January 20.
"And Tim, in terms of the content of this address, if you closed your
eyes and listened you might swear it was a Republican who was delivering
-- Today co-host Katie Couric, January 21.
"Why, Lesley, do you think he's so hated? He's a moderate to a
conservative right, basically?"
-- CNN's Larry King to CBS reporter Lesley Stahl, February 2.
Managers Have Too Much Sway?
"Is the population of the Senate now
at 113? Now here's what I mean: Are the House managers getting a
disproportionate voice in how you should proceed?"
-- MSNBC's Brian Williams to Democratic Senator John Kerry during live
coverage in the afternoon, January 25.
Canonize St. William Clinton?
"One thing I can't figure is how did
this guy thrive so much in adversity. I mean, if they indicted him now,
he'd be canonized for God's sake."
-- Geraldo Rivera to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, January 20
Republicans Remind One of Nazis
"As she watches Republicans in
Congress push ahead with impeachment proceedings against President
Clinton, Ellen Mendel of Manhattan says she feels the same despair that
she did as a girl in Nazi Germany when the efforts of a stubborn group of
leaders snowballed, crushing the will of the people. 'It is apparent that
the bulldozing campaign by the Republicans will not end,' said Ms. Mendel,
a psychotherapist. And in a moment of self-analysis, she added: 'Their
efforts are so abusive that I was beginning to feel a sense of
discouragement. I have been feeling very isolated.'"
-- Opening to a January 25 New York Times story by Ginger Thompson on
liberal Manhattanites enraged by the Republican push for removal.
....And/Or Stalinists, So Clinton
Should Sue for False Arrest
"Although Jonathan, if the Senate does
go ahead with this finding of fact idea after the Republicans argued so
strongly against censure, doesn't that make this a show trial? And you
might even go as far to suggest, as Lanny Davis almost does, that the
President could sue for false arrest if he's not allowed to present a
-- MSNBC host John Hockenberry on his show to law professor Jonathan
Turley, January 27.
"But 'uniquely stupid' is not the word I would describe this process.
It's Stalinist. It seems as though it's gone on behind closed doors.
Everything is according to a script. It's just arcane and impenetrable in
the extreme and it has nothing to do with what we would consider normal
fairness and trial procedure to be."
-- Hockenberry to Turley after he asserted that the process can be
constitutional while allowing for stupid actions, January 28.
Clinton, Soaring Internet Stock
"They're just tickled pink down here.
The polls show the President went up in every respect after the [State of
the Union] speech last night. You know, I've talked to one [White House]
staff member who said, 'We worry. He never worries. He just always pulls
it through' and I noticed in the paper there was a cartoon this morning
comparing President Clinton to one of these great Internet stocks, one of
these dot-coms that just go way up despite the fact that there may be no
value there. That's what his critics say about him, and he just says
'yeah, yeah' and it goes up. The public loves it. They loved him last
night and down here they're ecstatic."
-- Sam Donaldson on Good Morning America, January 20.
Clinton on Pope's "Lofty
"If there was any doubt that by virtue
of his position, Clinton occupied as lofty a plane as the Pope on Tuesday
-- or that the Pope, by virtue of being human, had some of the same needs
as Clinton -- it was erased by the sign marking a rest-room near their
meeting room: 'President or Holy Father Only,' it read."
-- Last sentence of a January 27 New York Times story by reporter James
Bennet on Clinton's St. Louis visit with the Pope.
Mills Rebuffed Racist Republicans
"Her [White House lawyer Cheryl Mills]
rhetoric wasn't fancy, but it was on target. The G.O.P. is a party, after
all, that owes its post-Barry Goldwater resurgence to opposition to civil
rights. And while its leaders from time to time proclaim their belief in
racial justice, their pledges have been mostly lip service. They're too
genteel for a sheet-wearing bigot like David Duke but all too willing to
embrace bigotry if it's dressed in a suit and tie. Mills, 33, is just the
sort of hard-nosed advocate to drag such hypocrisy to the surface."
-- Time's Jack E. White, February 1 "Dividing Line" column.
"America's Business" On
"The Republican leadership has
decided, and spoken....They want the calling of witnesses and the
lengthening out of the process. This is where the matter now stands.
Questions such as what to do about Social Security, improving the nation's
schools, and the drug menace among America's youth basically are on hold.
So is what to do about threats to health of the U.S. economy by what is
happening in Asia and Brazil; the threats to U.S. security posed by Iraq,
Iran, and North Korea; and the peril represented by a collapsing Russia
and an emerging China - all important parts of the people's business - all
remain pretty much on hold, while the trial drags on."
-- January 25 "Dan Rather's Notebook" radio commentary posted on
the CBS News Web page.
"Secret Clique" of
"This time last year, Hillary Rodham
Clinton described, in a now-famous appearance on the NBC News program
Today, how a 'vast right-wing conspiracy' was trying to destroy her
husband's presidency. As it turns out, some of the most serious damage to
Bill Clinton's presidency came not from his high-profile political enemies
but from a small secret clique of lawyers in their 30s who share a deep
antipathy toward the President, according to nearly two dozen interviews
and recently filed court documents."
-- Opening of a front page New York Times story on January 24 by Don Van
Natta Jr. and Jill Abramson.
Thank Heaven for Dan Quayle and His
"Yes, in a campaign that promises us
such brilliant but boring candidates as Bill Bradley and Al Gore, the
return of Dan Quayle can only be seen as a plus. And it would appear he's
off to a good start. In a recent fundraising letter, he wrote, 'I have
ordered my staff to never, ever, utter the words "compassionate
conservative." This silly and insulting term...is nothing more than a
code for surrendering our values and principles.' That's a dirty word, all
right, 'compassion.' God forbid the GOP should ever be connected with such
an atrocious idea. The great thing about Quayle is that he never
backpedals on his backward remarks. Or in his words, 'I stand by all the
misstatements that I've made.'"
-- ABC News Los Angeles-based reporter Judy Muller in her weekly column on
the abcnews.com Web page, January 25.
Bipartisanship: Republicans Do What
"Republicans Seem Poised to Call
Witnesses, Risk Bipartisan Spirit."
-- Headline over a January 27 Washington Post "analysis" piece
by Eric Pianin.
GOP Response: Out of Date
"The Republicans are forced back on
the issues they were touting in the '80s: tax cuts, Star Wars, opposition
to abortion. It wasn't really a forward-looking proposal."
-- Newsweek's Howard Fineman on MSNBC after the Republican response,
Not the Best Wording
"This is quite a blow to the White
-- NBC reporter John Palmer opening a January 23 Nightly News story on
White House reaction to the news Monica Lewinsky would be interviewed by
More Linda Tripp Monday night, February 15:
She's the scheduled guest for CNN's Larry Ling Live at 9pm and 12am
ET/6pm and 9pm PT. -- Brent Baker
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