Two "Juanitas"; Morton: Monica a Victim of VRWC; Starr & Tripp Pummeled
1) Since 70 million watched
ABC's Lewinsky interview, Brit Hume argued: "That...ought to
silence the people who say nobody cared."
2) Linda Tripp informed Sam
Donaldson that the "Juanita" she and Monica discussed was not
3) Even liberal Juan Williams
labeled as "ridiculous" Lewinsky's attacks on Ken Starr, but
CNN's Wolf Blitzer found them credible.
4) Andrew Morton insisted that
Lewinsky was a pawn of the VRWC: "I think that the whole conspiracy
to entrap the President needs greater investigation, as to how Linda
Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg and others worked together to draw Monica into
5) Today dedicated a whole
segment to how "Lewinsky levels some serious charges against Ken
Starr and his prosecutors."
6) White House wire service
reporters avoided tough questions as one hoped Clinton could "bring
closure" to it all while another challenged Clinton, but from the
left on missile defense.
7) Diane Dimond ventured Tripp
was a "good friend" to Lewinsky on the dress, but Jonathan Alter
countered: "Her idea that somehow she was looking out for Monica's
interests is just a lie."
8) Rivera on Lewinsky: "I
thought she was vivacious, I thought she was sharp." On Letterman, a
comedian joked about Rivera's love for Clinton.
9) Letterman's "Top Ten
Things Monica Lewinsky Can Do To Mend Her Reputation."
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Clarification: CNN's The
World Today had carried three stories on Juanita Broaddrick through March
2, not two as reported in the March 3 CyberAlert. In addition to a full
report February 20 prompted by front page Washington Post story and a
February 26 piece by Bruce Morton on feminist reaction and charges of
hypocrisy by conservatives, on Sunday night, February 28, Gene Randall
summarized comments from that morning's interview shows. He began:
"There is a call among some Republican leaders for President Clinton
to make some kind of public statement on Juanita Broaddrick's
allegations." Amongst the soundbites Randall played was this from
Senator Mitch McConnell on Fox News Sunday: "If Ronald Reagan had
been accused of this I don't think the press would have let him get away
with saying see my lawyer." Randall added: "Democrats are
expressing some concerns over the Broaddrick allegations as well, but with
the impeachment trial two weeks into the history books they insist it is
time to move beyond scandal."
Otherwise, the coverage summary in the
March 3 CyberAlert stands as accurate through the end of last week with
this added caveat: Sports bumped all three broadcast network evening shows
from the Washington market on Sunday, February 28, but I was in the West
myself that night and did not see any mention of Broaddrick on the NBC
Nightly News or first half of the CBS Evening News. The bottom line: One
story so far on the CBS Evening News and zilch on the ABC and NBC evening
shows through Saturday night, but ABC did raise her name in a March 7
story. See item #2 below for details. For the March 3 coverage summary, go
Quote of the weekend. From FNC Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume in a
Fox News Sunday discussion of the 20/20 interview with Lewinsky:
"What we did find out I think was that
people, despite what they may tell pollsters on occasion, given an
opportunity to watch two full hours of this will watch like crazy. Upwards
of 70 million people tuned in at some point and the average was audience
was just under 50 million people. That absolutely for all time ought to
silence the people who say nobody cared."
Clinton has done it with more than one "Juanita." Linda Tripp
appeared on Sunday's This Week and ABC's Sam Donaldson played an
excerpt from the Tripp-Lewinsky tapes in which the two discussed how
Clinton may have to answer questions about "Juanita," an
intriguing exchange cited in the March 8 Weekly Standard.
Tripp if she was referring to Juanita Broaddrick. Tripp replied: "No,
this was not Juanita Broaddrick....This was a woman whose relationship
with the President would have again gone to the pattern of
Later on ABC's
World News Tonight Tim O'Brien summarized Tripp's points made on This
Week, saying she called Lewinsky's account on 20/20 "surreal, a
fantasy." As for Lewinsky's claim that Starr's agents abused her
at the hotel, O'Brien played this retort from Tripp: "They treated
her with the utmost professionalism." After noting how Tripp said she
did not "document" (tape) conversations that would have proved
Vernon Jordan was working on a job for Lewinsky to silence her and that
Hillary was not truthful about her role in the travel office firings,
"In Tripp's taped conversations with
Lewinsky, there is a reference to another potential witness against the
President named Juanita. Tripp said it is not Juanita Broaddrick who
recently accused the President of having raped her 20 years ago....So who
is the new Juanita? Perhaps one more tantalizing breath in a scandal many
had hoped would breathe its last."
first evening show mention of Broaddrick's name since the story broke on
February 19 (not counting the Sunday, February 28 show which did not air
in Washington, DC.)
Agreeing with Linda Tripp, on Fox News Sunday the usually liberal Juan
Williams came to Ken Starr's defense and maintained he did not treat
Lewinsky improperly, but CNN's Wolf Blitzer kept pounding away Sunday,
treating Lewinsky's tale as credible.
on the March 7 Fox show: "How tremendously self serving, her attacks
on Ken Starr. I find this sort of breathtaking. I think most prosecutors
in the country have defended Ken Starr in the idea that of course we try
to isolate people and of course Ken Starr was under the impression that
many of Monica's lawyers were involved in an effort to cover up, to
literally commit a crime, but nonetheless the assault continues and
somehow she makes Ken Starr into a bad guy for trying to go out and find
out whether or not the President is involved in a cover up. I find that
Not so ridiculous
to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Check out the questions he posed on Late Edition
to Richard Thornburgh and Lanny Davis. Blitzer framed the segment around
"Lewinsky's book and interviews this week
have created new headaches for Ken Starr. Here now to talk about that
unfolding story is former Bush Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, who joins
us from Philadelphia. And here in Washington, former Clinton White House
Special Counsel, Lanny Davis. Gentlemen, as always, glad to have you with
"Let me read, Dick Thornburgh, a few
sentences from Monica Lewinsky's book, about that first day January 98,
when she was confronted by Ken Starr's FBI agents, and prosecutors.
'Throughout the afternoon, in moments of lucidity, Monica asked again
and again to be allowed to contact her lawyer. On one occasion, it was
explained to her that as Frank Carter was a civil, rather than a criminal
attorney, he would be of little use to her in this instance. They were
being disingenuous. Carter had headed Washington's public defender service
for six years. She then said she would like to call him and ask him to
recommend a criminal attorney. But they told her that she couldn't do that
either, because is would make Carter suspicious.'
"Is that proper behavior for prosecutors and
FBI agents to deny in this particular case, a suspect a right to talk to
Blitzer's five subsequent questions assumed Starr has done wrong:
-- "Dick Thornburgh, there is an
investigation that Attorney General Reno wants to conduct, although it's
unclear whether she is going to get that right to conduct it, onto some of
these tactics that were used, not specifically directly by Ken Starr
personally, but by his agents and prosecutors."
-- "The point, though, that Ken Starr's
prosecutors make, Lanny Davis, is this: that if Monica Lewinsky would have
called her attorney Francis Carter, he was close to Vernon Jordan, this
whole sting operation that they were involved in -- they wanted to wire
her and get her to talk to Vernon Jordan, Betty Currie, maybe even the
President -- could have unraveled."
-- "Dick Thornburgh, another source of
controversy, involving the independent counsel, Ken Starr, was the
contacts that his office may have had with Paula Jones' lawyers setting
the stage for bringing Monica Lewinsky into his investigation. And in her
book, Monica Lewinsky says that some of those contacts resulted in Ken
Starr's getting her affidavit which her lawyer Francis Carter had filed
with the court denying a sexual relationship with the President, and that
that was improper to have received that affidavit from the Paula Jones
-- "Now in fairness to Ken Starr, some of
the sources close to him say that they got that affidavit from Linda Tripp
who was a cooperating witness not from the Paula Jones lawyers. But how
serious is this part of the investigation of the investigator?"
-- "Dick Thornburgh, you know, tomorrow the
Susan McDougal case opens up once again, and some of her lawyers are
suggesting they may want to call Monica Lewinsky in as a witness to talk
about her experiences with alleged prosecutorial abuse by Ken Starr's
people. What a spectacle that would be, huh?"
Monica Lewinsky, victim of the VRWC. Andrew Morton, author of Monica's
Story, not only personally embraces her disgust with Ken Starr and hatred
of Linda Tripp, as detailed in the March 5 CyberAlert item on his Thursday
Today appearance, but he really thinks she was the victim of the vast
On Sunday's Meet
the Press, Tim Russert asked Morton: "She also told Channel 4 in
Great Britain that she believes she was a pawn of a right-wing conspiracy,
when in fact she got her job through the offices of a Democratic
fundraiser. Does she really believe there was a right-wing conspiracy and
she was a pawn?"
Morton assured Russert: "Yes, indeed, and I
think that the whole conspiracy to entrap the President needs greater
investigation, as to how Linda Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg and others worked
together to draw Monica into their web, and then subsequently to entrap
the President. I mean, this is what bemuses most people abroad. How can
what is, after all, an office romance, become an Article of Impeachment?
And it seems to me that the whole movement toward entrapping the President
was part of this conspiracy.
"And we talk about the job search. The
turning moment for Monica to go find herself a job was on October the 6th,
when Linda Tripp, who was part of this conspiracy, told her that there was
a black mark against her in Washington, she would never get a job, and
she'd heard that from a friend of hers in the National Security Council.
The friend, when she gave her deposition to the FBI, said that was a total
lie, but that moment was the turning moment for Monica. Linda Tripp was
part of that conspiracy. And the whole of October, November, December of
1997, was Tripp and her cohorts trying to bring Monica into the Paula
Russert: "What one word would Monica
Lewinsky use to describe Linda Tripp?"
Morton: "The devil incarnate."
I guess the
"devil" enlisted the gullible intern to offer to perform
fellatio on Clinton.
Andrew Morton made a second appearance on Today on Friday morning, but
before Katie Couric got to him she devoted a segment to Starr's alleged
At the top of the
March 5 show she announced: "Then Jane, we're going to be looking
once again at Monica Lewinsky's book. It is flying off the bookshelves.
Its author Andrew Morton will be back to talk about that, and we also ask
one of the central questions of the book: did Ken Starr go too far in
questioning Lewinsky as the former White House intern is alleging?"
7am half hour segment with attorneys Joe DiGenova and Larry Pozner, Couric
"And now to Monica Lewinsky and her new book
out this week. Lewinsky levels some serious charges against Ken Starr and
his prosecutors, alleging they bullied and mistreated her when they first
detained her last January at the Ritz Carlton hotel. In a section called
'Terror in Room 1012,' Lewinsky says she was not allowed to contact
her lawyer or her mother, threatened with twenty seven years in jail and
intimidated by an investigator flashing handcuffs under his jacket. A
federal judge has already ruled that no laws were broken but the Justice
Department is now looking into the matter."
So why publicize
Lewinsky's charges? Aren't they little more than uncorroborated, and
actually contradicted, allegations by a Starr hater?
But Couric plowed
ahead and as MRC analyst Mark Drake observed, she repeatedly challenged
the pro-Starr DiGenova but not the anti-Starr Pozner who only had to
comment on DiGenova's defense of Starr. Couric's questions:
-- "Okay. Joe, let me start with you. If
what Monica Lewinsky says is true, were these investigators and
prosecutors from Ken Starr's office out of line?"
-- "Joe, why shouldn't the Justice
Department have to play by the same rules as most other people? There's
a big article in the Wall Street Journal about that." (Couric
quoted it about how Justice Dept. personnel can disregard state bar rules
on talking to suspects who have lawyers.)
-- "Why wouldn't these prosecutors, Joe,
allow Monica Lewinsky to call her attorney or her mother and then finally
when she did they hovered over her about to hang up the phone if she said
anything they didn't like?"
-- "Joe, furthermore, how could prosecutors
discuss immunity with Monica Lewinsky if her attorney isn't
-- DiGenova insisted it's not illegal,
prompting Couric to shout: "Is it unethical. Is it unethical?"
and "Joe. Joe. Joe. Is it unethical?"
White House correspondents punted again. Friday afternoon Bill Clinton
held a joint press conference with the Italian Prime Minister, but as they
did the last two times Clinton took questions, the same three wire service
reporters avoided posing any tough questions or uttering the name Juanita
Broaddrick. In fact, Helen Thomas hit him from the left on a missile
defense and Larry McQuillan portrayed Clinton as a victim of Lewinsky and
yearned for him to "bring closure" to the whole scandal.
Here are the three
questions posed on March 5 as Clinton avoided any of the big name network
-- Terence Hunt of AP asked what he had to say to
Italians who say justice has not been done in the gondola accident.
-- Helen Thomas,
UPI: "Do you expect a breakthrough on Kosovo and especially in view
of the policy seems to be attacking or threatening Serbia and then
retreating, it's constant. And my other question is how can you justify
chipping away at the ABM treaty which helped keep the peace during the
Cold War and pour billions and billions into a Star Wars defense against
the possibility that starving North Korea may fire a missile at us?"
(Houston to Thomas: North Koreans are starving
BECAUSE the government is pouring all its money into building missiles.)
-- Larry McQuillan,
Reuters: "Mr. President, more than 70 million Americans watched
Monica Lewinsky's recent television interview and a number of people are
buying a book that she's put out. I'm just wondering, do you have any
thoughts on it that you can share with us that perhaps might bring closure
to this and do you have any problem with the idea that she's actually
making money off that relationship?"
demanding an answer about Broaddrick or about how some of what Lewinsky
recalls about mutual satisfaction contradicts Clinton's claims about
one-way sex, let's ask Clinton to "bring closure."
This is the third
joint press conference in a row in which the wire team has embarrassed
itself. As reported in the February 22 CyberAlert about the February 19
event with the French premier:
Three U.S. reporters were called upon.
First, Terence Hunt of AP asked about extending the Kosovo deadline,
though Kosovo is all the French reporters asked about. Second, Helen
Thomas of UPI wondered: "What lessons have you learned from your 13
month ordeal? Do you think the office of the presidency has been harmed?
And what advice do you give future
Presidents?" Third, Larry McQuillan of Reuters inquired: "I
wonder if you could share with us some your thoughts about the pros and
cons of Hillary running for the Senate seat in New York?"
From the February
25 CyberAlert on the February 24 joint press conference:
UPI's Helen Thomas obliquely raised the
Broaddrick matter to Clinton at a joint press conference at 2:30pm ET
Wednesday with the President of Ghana, but only FNC bothered to mention
Clinton's refusal to respond. Thomas inquired: "What is your reaction
to recent allegations by an Arkansas woman, apparently something she
claims happened many years ago?" Thomas then asked about the
Independent Counsel law before Clinton replied: "My counsel has made
a statement about the first issue and I have nothing to add to it."
March 5, ABC's World News Tonight avoided Lewinsky. On the CBS Evening
News Scott Pelley showed this extended clip of Clinton: "What I hope
is that she will be permitted to go on with her life and I hope that all
the people who have been hurt by this, including totally innocent people
who have massive legal bills, will get the help they need and I'm
determined to do what I can to help them. This was a pretty tough thing
for everybody involved and I wish her well, I hope it works out alright
Pelley added: "Mr. Clinton also indicated
that he does not mind that she is making millions of dollars from the
How generous. He
"does not mind" that the woman he planned to impugn as a
"stalker" will make some money off of servicing him.
On the NBC Nightly
News David Bloom insisted "President Clinton offered an apology, of
sorts, when asked about Monica Lewinsky."
Clinton: "What I hope is that she will be
permitted to go on with her life and I hope it will be a good life. And I
don't wish anyone ill who was caught up in this and she paid quite a
high price for a long time and I feel badly for that. So I just hope it
works out alright." [this was a compiled soundbite with three
separate comments rolled together]
Bloom failed to point out where in that he saw an
apology, but did conclude by pointing out a contradiction by Clinton:
"And President Clinton said he's determined to pay what he called
the massive legal bill of those caught up in Starr's investigation,
without acknowledging that by denying the affair for eight months he added
greatly to the legal bills of those closest to him."
When Geraldo's Away... On Friday nights Diane Dimond gets to go solo on
CNBC's Upfront Tonight since Geraldo Rivera only works a four-day week.
This past Friday that allowed her to actually say something positive about
Linda Tripp, though Jonathan Alter soon disparaged her in true Geraldo
spokesman Phil Coughter, Dimond asserted:
"I may be getting lots of mail after I say
this, but I may be one of the few people in America, I have some sympathy
for Linda Tripp. I have had friends that have called me repeatedly and you
just wish they'd go away but you try to help them and their lives are a
mess. Monica and the dress. Do you suppose that Monica will ever realize
what a good friend Linda Tripp was to tell her to save that dress?"
Coughter said he
doubted it. That appreciative spirit toward Tripp was short-lived. Later
in the show while issuing his assessments on the winners and losers of the
week, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter declared of Tripp:
"Total loser. She will go down as some kind
of tabloid era Judas. And yea, sure she warned her about the blue dress
and that was helpful, but her idea that somehow she was looking out for
Monica's interests is just a lie. It's clear throughout the history of
this thing that she was out to do Monica harm and for her own
Geraldo Rivera and Bill Clinton are the real sexual soul mates and
Rivera's love for Clinton is known widely enough to support a
comedian's joke about it on the Late Show.
Upfront Tonight, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed, Rivera revealed how
after watching her ABC interview he understood what Clinton found so
attractive about Lewinsky:
"I actually saw in watching the interview
what I think Bill Clinton found so attractive. I thought she was
vivacious, I thought she was sharp. She did have tremendous charisma,
energy, despite the fact that she wasn't a beauty in the classic sense.
She's very attractive. That's the good side."
She believed everything Clinton told her yet Rivera calls her
"sharp." Oh, I forgot, that's because Rivera is the one other
person who actually believes Clinton's words.
up to Clinton, documented many times in past CyberAlerts, is so well known
that a comedian on the Late Show felt comfortable the audience would
understand such a joke. From the March 4 Late Show with David Letterman:
Letterman: "Did you see the Monica Lewinsky
thing last night? See any of that?"
George Miller: "Yea I did watch that. I
thought it was interesting that she said that, well she said she's no
longer in love with Bill Clinton but that's okay because Geraldo still
is. Have you noticed that guy? Can you say kiss ass on this show, is that
okay? Well he claims that Clinton watches his show a lot."
Letterman: "Geraldo's all the time
screaming about President Clinton. He wanted to give him a hug at one
Miller: "That's right, 'I love you, I
want to hug you Mr. President.' Well, anyway he said that sometimes
Clinton watches his show so I did some investigation -- I'm the
Investigative Comic tonight, that's my gimmick -- and I found out that
sometimes when Clinton was with Monica they watched. Well actually, she
was just able to listen. But still, that's what I heard, that's what I
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From the March 4 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Things
Monica Lewinsky Can Do To Mend Her Reputation." Copyright 1999 by
Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Appear on "E.R." as woman who
keeps getting stuff caught in her throat.
9. Hire PR firm that improved Charles Manson's reputation.
8. Rejoin her old band The Go-Gos.
7. Become the U.S. Ambassador to Grabasslavia.
6. Help "straighten out" that Teletubby.
5. Change name to Sara Lee Lewinsky (because nobody doesn't like Sara
4. Break up N'Sync the way Yoko broke up the Beatles.
3. Perform Heimlich Maneuver on choking Hillary Clinton: Aim wad of
dislodged food at Linda Tripp's face.
2. Lure terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden into trap by flashing her
1. Stop the damn smirking.
A Viewing Alert: Kevin Hickey, the son of Juanita
Broaddrick, is the scheduled guest for Monday's (March 8) Larry King
Live on CNN at 9pm ET/PT. -- Brent Baker
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