China Would Have Figured It Out; Rivera Accosted a Starr Deputy
1) Broadcast networks are not
pursuing Chinese espionage. Nothing Tuesday night on ABC or NBC and only
Today has aired an interview segment. In it Katie Couric forwarded the
argument China would have figured out the science "on its own"
so it's not a big deal.
2) Tom Brokaw refused to run
an excerpt from NBC's Broaddrick exclusive on NBC Nightly News, but
Tuesday night the show played two minutes from Couric's exclusive with
3) Today provided a platform
Tuesday morning for Lewinsky's parents to denounce everyone, especially
Linda Tripp and Ken Starr. But Katie Couric did call Monica's behavior
4) Geraldo Rivera, who called
Starr "the investigative terrorist," confronted Starr deputy
Hickman Ewing on the streets of Little Rock and demanded that he admit
"I've tortured" Susan McDougal.
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Fallout from the espionage by China led CNN's The World Today on Tuesday
night and generated stories on FNC's Fox Report and CBS Evening News,
but the subject has hardly excited the networks. Neither ABC's World
News Tonight or NBC Nightly News mentioned it Tuesday night after running
stories Monday night.
The totality of
weekday network morning show interview segments stands at one: a Tuesday
Today interview with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson in which Katie
Couric never raised the role of campaign contributions influencing
technology transfer waivers and forwarded the argument that the espionage
wasn't really that big of a deal: "Isn't there a possibility that
China could have done this on its own? After all you've got the U.S., the
British, the French and the Russians all able to make these warheads
So, instead of
informing viewers about the loss of nuclear weapons technology to a
communist nation and whether the administration delayed a security
crackdown, what did ABC and CBS viewers learn about in the morning?
On Monday, MRC
analyst Jessica Anderson documented, the 7am half hour interview topics on
ABC's Good Morning America were an adoption dispute in Kentucky and a
look at Clinton's anti-drug efforts with Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey.
Tuesday morning GMA ran a story on the Chinese espionage in the 7am news,
but the lead interview segments were with a survivor of the attack in
Uganda followed by a talk with several people related to an Illinois case
in which prosecutors and the police are accused of framing a man for
murder. GMA devoted the entire 7:30am half hour to its weight loss series.
Over on CBS's
This Morning, on Monday the show's interview segments in its prime 8am
half hour were about four men falsely convicted of murder but released
thanks to the efforts of some college students, followed by Monica's
Story author Andrew Morton. And in the 8:30 half hour Mark McEwen talked
with Johnnie Cochran about his appearance on the CBS soap Guiding Light.
Tuesday morning, MRC analyst Brian Boyd noted, in the 8am half hour the
show looked at hearing loss and brought aboard three guests to discuss the
impact of "Barbie" on the 40th anniversary of the doll.
Today, just after substitute co-host Tom Brokaw finished an interview
about Joe DiMaggio with Bob Costas and Ted Williams, who literally dozed
off before the segment ended, Katie Couric talked with Secretary
Richardson. She asked why it took so long to fire Wen Ho Lee, if it made
sense to keep him on the job for so long and: "It is a tad curious
though is it not that this man was fired only after the story broke in the
raising the issue of how the Clinton administration granted waivers to
allow technology transfers which aided China in developing better missiles
on which to fire their acquired multiple nuclear warhead weapons, Couric
suggested it really isn't a big deal since they would have figured it
out soon enough anyway:
"The allegation is, Mr. Secretary, is that
China worked with this stolen data to make a major leap in developing
nuclear warheads with much smaller warheads but isn't there a possibility
that China could have done this on its own? After all you've got the U.S.,
the British, the French and the Russians all able to make these warheads
I wouldn't be so
sure of that. By this attitude, we shouldn't have bothered prosecuting
the Rosenberg's or others during the Cold War for giving secrets to the
Soviet Union since the Soviets would have figured it out anyway. Maybe we
should just save North Korea the time and effort and give them
intercontinental missile technology.
To hear and see
Couric's question and Richardson's answer, go the posted version of
this CyberAlert on the MRC home page where it will be posted by this item
on Wednesday morning. It will also be at: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
(This assumes MRC Webmaster Sean Henry makes it
in to the MRC through the Washington area's small snowstorm which has
made it difficult to commute because of the large number of people unable
to grasp how to drive in the snow, ie: those who go about 3 mph, stop on
inclines and then are stuck, accelerate while turning in order to maximize
their spin out and how many others they can hit, slide down hills sideways
and then abandon their cars in the middle of the road.)
As noted above,
Tuesday night neither ABC or NBC mentioned China. Here's how the other
March 9 shows approached the subject:
-- Dan Rather
sternly declared on the CBS Evening News: "There is more information
tonight about stolen U.S. nuclear weapons secrets getting into the hands
of China's building military and how the U.S. government's ultra
slow-mo investigation did little or nothing about it for years."
Sharyl Attkisson never raised the role of campaign contributions in any
delay and began by citing a neighbor who doubts Win Ho Lee's guilt. She
did allow Chris Cox to assert that problems still exist at the nuclear
labs, elaborating about how personnel information about the scientists on
staff is on a Web site, foreign nationals have lab access, and U.S.
scientists freely visit other nations.
-- CNN's The
World Today was the only show to lead with China. David Ensor reported
that the CIA is forming a task force to assess the damage and ran a
soundbite of Al Gore blaming Republican administrations. Introducing a
clip of Senator Richard Shelby, Ensor then raised an explicit criticism of
Clinton policy, a subject not yet broached by the other networks:
"Critics charge that the Clinton administration's desire to
increase exports to China caused it to delay action for too long, leaving
an untrustworthy scientist in his job with top security clearances."
correspondent Jamie McIntyre examined the potential impact of China
acquiring of the sophisticated warhead which allows for eight or more on
one missile. His piece included comments from Frank Gafney, a former
-- FNC's Fox
Report. Brian Wilson began with Gore's claim but noted the Clinton
team's delay in instituting better security measures. Wilson noted that
of those in he administration, only Bill Richardson admits mistakes were
made. Leading into a soundbite from Trent Lott, Wilson observed:
"Suggestions that the Clinton administration does not have
responsibility here are not sitting well with some on the Hill."
Anchor Paula Zahn then discussed the situation with former CIA Director
NBC Nightly News has yet to mention Juanita Broaddrick's name this year,
despite NBC's exclusive interview by Lisa Myers run on Dateline NBC. No
interview excerpt before or after the Dateline story aired on February 24.
But Tuesday night
NBC Nightly News featured an excerpt of a network exclusive Tom Brokaw and
his producers are not too ashamed or embarrassed to promote: Katie
Couric's talk with Bernard and Barbara Lewinsky, Monica's father and
Brokaw played a
two minute and ten second excerpt of what aired Tuesday morning on Today
with Couric asking their reaction to learning what Monica did, Couric
calling her behavior "amoral," and Bernard Lewinsky saying
he's glad Clinton wasn't impeached so the family does not have the
stigma of causing it.
For more on this
interview, see item #3 below.
Today provided a platform Tuesday morning for Bernard Lewinsky, Monica's
father, and Barbara Lewinsky, her step mother, to denounce everyone around
their daughter, especially Linda Tripp. But their lack of interest in
their daughter's life even frustrated interviewer Katie Couric, who
"Weren't you furious at her?" and:
"I mean if it had been my daughter I would have said, 'Hello! What
were you thinking?'....But also it's just so amoral frankly. Did you
have a problem with that? I mean not that she was solely responsible but
here is a married man, President of the United States and she is involved
with him in a way, in this way, and surely I imagine she understood that
this was wrong. Am I right?"
Bernard Lewinsky without any evidence before Barbara Lewinsky said Monica
just didn't think she'd get caught and that she (Barbara) doesn't
want to know anything about Monica's relationship with Bill Clinton.
Asked what she'd say to Clinton if she met him, Barbara giggled about
how she'd tell him he's "a butthead."
Monica would have
been a lot better off in her life if she had Couric for a mother.
Couric soon got to
the evil Tripp and tried to get the two to attack Ken Starr, as
transcribed by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens:
Couric: "Monica's friendship with Linda
Tripp was the catalyst that started this whole ordeal. You have very
strong feelings about Linda Tripp, as does Monica."
Bernard Lewinsky: "As does the rest of the
Barbara Lewinsky: "You can, you know she can
make herself over. She can change her hair and her makeup but she cannot
change her soul. And I think she needs to be strung by her toes
Bernard Lewinsky: "She, she came out on
television as a makeover, I guess, and actually stated that a) she would
do the same thing again and b) that if her daughter was in the situation
she'd wish somebody would do the same thing to her. I don't know how she
could say that. She would like her daughter to have the millions of legal
fees, to be defiled in front of the world, to be insulted, to be brought
into this type of an arena? She would like that for her daughter? I don't
think so. I don't know what planet she comes from but on this planet I
think everybody agrees that what she did was awful, to say the least. She
said it was patriotic for her to do. Every time she pushed the button she
had a patriotic moment? I don't think so."
Couric, without pointing out to the Lewinsky's
that their daughter asked Tripp to commit a crime, moved on: "In one
chapter in Andrew Morton's book, called Terror in Room 1012, she
describes what happened that day at the Ritz Carlton. I know that under
your immunity agreement you cannot talk that openly about Ken Starr, but
from your perspective it was an insane day as well wasn't it?"
Bernard: "Well, my day was insane."
Couric: "But you were trying to get in touch
and help Monica."
Bernard: "We were trying to get ahold of her
and we finally were able to negotiate a way of talking through the people
at that place, but I really don't want to get into more detail. It was a
Barbara: "Monica, we've always said, did
not murder anybody. She didn't, you know, it wasn't a drug thing, and
to be treated like that just is really beyond comprehension."
Today, part two of the interview taped last week. Couric offered this
plug: "Tomorrow we'll talk about Monica Lewinsky's first lawyer,
William Ginsburg, the so-called right-wing conspiracy and how this past
year has affected the Lewinskys' own relationship."
Imagine you are walking down the street when you are confronted by Geraldo
Rivera with a camera-crew tagging along. That nightmare occurred Tuesday
to top Starr deputy W. Hickman Ewing on a street in Little Rock where he
is prosecuting Susan McDougal, a persecution Rivera has traveled this week
to Little Rock to cover.
four-minute interview with Ewing aired Tuesday night on his CNBC shows,
days after he said of Bill Clinton, "I think his judgement has been
impeccable," and a day after he impugned Ken Starr as "the
The on the street
interview is detailed below, but first a couple of Geraldoisms from the
last few days picked up by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens.
-- On the March 4
Rivera Live he offered this insight about Bill Clinton: "I think his
judgment has been impeccable. He's been a brilliant President. He's
just been a dumb guy."
-- Monday night on
CNBC's Rivera Live, live from Little Rock, he asserted that Susan
McDougal "has been hounded for 15 years by investigators and for the
last five by the investigative terrorist, Ken Starr."
The show featured
two jurors from her California trial which found her not guilty, in town
to monitor Starr's abuse of his power. Rivera declared: "But the
steadfastly defiant former business partner of Bill and Hillary Clinton
says she would rather go back to jail than tell lies about the Clintons.
Lies, she says, Ken Starr wants to hear."
-- Hounding Hickman. Before playing a tape of his
curbside accosting of Ewing, on the March 9 Upfront Tonight Rivera called
him "Ken Starr's enforcer" and disparaged him as the man who
does Starr's "dirty work."
Rivera's first "question" to Ewing,
more like a bit of defense lawyer advocacy: "Two points. Number one:
She's already done 18 months for contempt. Isn't it double jeopardy,
isn't it enough? When is enough enough?"
After Ewing's reply, Rivera picked up:
"The second point is: Julie Hiatt Steele cooperated, now she's
indicted. Monica Lewinsky maintains that she was surrounded by Ken
Starr's people and intimidated even to the point where she wouldn't
call her own lawyer. Isn't there a reasonable scintilla to back up
Susan's claim that she won't be treated fairly by you all?"
Ewing noted that Monica chose to testify,
prompting Rivera to fire back: "And now she thinks that Ken Starr is
the next thing to the devil."
To show you how
Ewing kept his good humor in the predicament of being waylaid by Rivera,
check out this next exchange:
Rivera: "Ken Starr has a 25 percent approval
rating now so by a ratio of three-to-one the people..."
Ewing: "It sounds like it's coming
Rivera: "It is. It's sky high as it has
been. But seriously, you have a situation here where the American people
clearly are saying stop, enough is enough."
that America is governed by courts not by polls, leading Rivera to say:
"You seem such a pleasant man. Don't you at some point doubt
yourself. Do you ever look in the mirror and say I'm not doing the right
When Ewing said
he's heard plenty of false things in the news, Rivera replied that he
has an open invitation to come on his show and offer corrections.
That would take
more time than Rivera's shows last on CNBC.
Back to the
interview, as Ewing started to back away Rivera propounded: "One last
question, last question. Isn't it true that Susan McDougal is just the
surrogate defendant, that defendant you really want is the President of
the United States? You can't get him so, almost like a spiteful child
you're to break this [last word unintelligible]?"
squeezed in one more bit of his personal crusade on McDougal's behalf:
"How are you going to feel when she's on that witness stand and she
gives you the answers you don't want to hear, you say 'My God I've
tortured this woman for two years.'"
After the tape
finished, Rivera turned to his in studio guest, McDougal's attorney Mark
Geragos, who said of Ewing's claim that they just want the truth whether
it implicates or exculpates the Clintons: "It's ludicrous."
Check out how
Ewing handled Rivera by watching the second half of this interview which
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