Bill Clinton: "First 'Woman President'"; Chilly Clinton Bed; Biting Bittman
1) Bill Clinton is America's
"first 'woman President,'" asserted the Washington Post's
Sally Quinn: "He does have a lot of feminine qualities about him: the
softness, the sensitivity...."
2) FNC exclusive: Rita Cosby
reported the Clintons left their ski weekend early because they had a
fight and Hillary Clinton refused to accompany her husband on his current
Central American trip because she doesn't want to be in the same room or
bed as him.
3) ABC, NBC and the morning
shows skip China, but not CBS and CNN. Wolf Blitzer pointed out how
Clinton is now being attacked the same way he attacked Bush in 1992.
"What goes around comes around."
4) Bernard Lewinsky believes
there is a "right-wing conspiracy" since "the events to me
are just too, too perfectly orchestrated."
5) Good Morning America
devoted its interview with Starr's former top deputy to grilling him
only about Starr's misdeeds and abuses.
6) "Who has had the
greatest impact on society?" Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Janet
Reno, Madonna or Hillary Clinton?
Bill Clinton, our first "woman President." So contended Sally
Quinn of the Washington Post on CNN's Larry King Live Wednesday night.
King agreed her portrait "makes sense." Quinn, the wife of
former Post Editor Ben Bradlee, is not a nobody. She is considered by the
media establishment to be an expert on the Washington political and media
culture, invited on many shows and panels to offer her "inside"
White House spinner Greg Craig King talked with CNN's Jeff Greenfield,
Quinn and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Near the end of the show
the panel ruminated on why Clinton remains so popular. On why women like
him so much, Quinn offered:
"We were talking about -- speaking for all
women, if I may, Toni Morrison wrote in the New Yorker that Clinton was
our first 'black President,' and I think, in a way, Clinton may be our
first 'woman President.' And I think that may be one of the reasons
why women identify, because he does have a lot of feminine qualities about
him: the softness, the sensitivity, the vulnerability, that kind of
King: "Well, Bob, what does that add to this
Woodward: "Well, you know, what I, one of
King talks over him: "Kind of makes
Woodward: "I mean, it's, it's a possibility.
He, he has communication skills that make Ronald Reagan look like an
amateur, when you really look at it...."
softness, the sensitivity." Probably not a view shared by Juanita
See and hear
Quinn. This March 10 exchange from CNN will be posted Thursday morning, by
the MRC's Sean Henry and Kristina Sewell, on the MRC home page. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
"A Clinton family friend tells Fox News that the First Couple barely
speak in private," FNC's Rita Cosby reported Wednesday night.
FNC's Fox Report and Special Report with Brit Hume led Wednesday night
with Cosby's exclusive about how the Clintons left their ski weekend
early a week and a half ago because they had a fight. Cosby quoted a
source who knows the Clintons as relaying how Hillary Clinton refused to
accompany her husband on his current Central American trip because "I
don't want to be in the same room with him, let alone the same
Paula Zahn opened
the 7pm ET Fox Report: "Remember when the Clintons came home early
from their ski trip last week? The White House said it was because Mrs.
Clinton got hurt, but insiders are telling a very different story."
"Sources tell Fox News the reason it abruptly ended was because the
First Couple had a shouting match which left Hillary Clinton storming out
of the room, saying she wanted her bags."
Democratic hack Peter Fenn suggest strains are expected in a marriage
after what they have been through, Cosby continued: "A Clinton family
friend tells Fox News that the First Couple barely speak in private, that
quote: 'They have nothing to talk about anymore. The only thing they
have in common is Chelsea.'"
Cosby noted that
the First Lady's press aide, Marsha Berry, refused comment and
maintained Hillary left early because she aggravated an old back injury.
But, Cosby pointed out, that did not stop her from two days later going on
a trip to New York City. Getting to Bill Clinton's current location,
"She was scheduled to be with the President
on his current trip to Central America. But sources close to the First
Family say Mrs. Clinton felt she could not get separate hotel rooms on the
foreign trip without it being obvious and she therefore canceled. The
source says Hillary said, quote 'I don't want to be in the same room
with him, let alone the same bed.'"
A feeling shared
by many women, if not Sally Quinn.
CBS is the only broadcast network concerned about Chinese espionage.
Wednesday night neither ABC's World News Tonight or the NBC Nighty News,
which both led with the House hearing into airline passenger rights,
uttered word about China. CBS delivered two brief update stories while
CNN's The World Today ran three full stories, including one which
actually featured a soundbite from Lamar Alexander noting how the
espionage was discovered at the same time as Al Gore's trip to the
In the morning,
nothing on any of the three broadcast shows on Wednesday. So, through
Wednesday the Tuesday Today interview with Sandy Berger remains the only
morning show interview segment. (I believe GMA conducted an interview
Thursday morning, its first. More in the next CyberAlert.)
-- CBS Evening
News. In a short story Sharyl Attkisson reported: "CBS News has
learned there is yet another top secret ongoing investigation about
Chinese nuclear espionage. This case involves the theft of information
about America's neutron weapons program from the Laurence Livermore
weapons lab in California..."
announced: "This building spy and espionage controversy is dogging
President Clinton who's in Guatemala tonight for what's called a
Central America summit." It's hardly "dogging" him on ABC
or NBC. From Guatemala City, Bill Plante noted that a senior
administration official said many other nations got secrets in addition to
China. Here's the rest of Plante's brief report, in full:
"Republicans charge that the administration
was slow to fix the problem, which allowed China to build miniature
nuclear warheads. Several Republican presidential candidates have called
for the resignation of the National Security Adviser, but National
Security Adviser Berger's response is that it was this administration
that fixed the problem, the implication being that the leaks were from
previous Republican administrations. The White House sees this the way it
sees most criticism -- as a political attack, the Republicans looking for
a wedge issue. And with China's Vice Premier due to visit the U.S. next
month the issue of who let the nation's nuclear secrets get away is only
likely to intensify."
But will ABC and
-- CNN's The
World Today. David Ensor showed how at a House hearing on the State
Department's budget Secretary Madeleine Albright was asked about the
espionage, explained how there is wrangling between Republicans and
Democrats over how much of the Cox report to make public and reported that
two other nuclear laboratory scientists have already been fired or
imprisoned for passing along secrets.
Alan Dodds Frank
then provided a profile of Wen Ho Lee before Wolf Blitzer checked in with
a piece about how Republican presidential candidates "smell
blood" in Al Gore's position as point man for advocating
"constructive engagement" with China. Blitzer played this
soundbite from Lamar Alexander: "It is ironic that Mr. Berger learned
of this espionage in exactly the same month that Mr. Gore was attending
his now famous fundraiser with Buddhist nuns in Southern California."
The White House
denies the connection, Blitzer relayed, but he observed that "What
goes around comes around. During the '92 election campaign then
candidate Bill Clinton similarly lashed out at President George
Clinton in 1992: "The administration
continues to coddle China despite its continuing crackdown on democratic
Blitzer concluded: "But Gore and other
administration officials insist it would be reckless for the United States
to walk away from the biggest country in the world giving the economic,
political and military stakes involved. That of course was the same
argument President Bush made."
(Tuesday night, a
CyberAlert reader informed me, CNN's Moneyline NewsHour with Lou Dobbs
devoted half the show to the Chinese espionage with Dobbs anchoring live
from Los Alamos, New Mexico. More details in the next CyberAlert about
those stories with some unique information and angles which did not run on
CNN's main evening newscast, The World Today.)
A "right-wing conspiracy" explains how his daughter got caught,
Monica Lewinsky's father insisted in a taped interview run on
Wednesday's Today. MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens took down this exchange
from the March 10 Today:
"Do you believe in this notion of a right wing conspiracy that Mrs.
Clinton talked about?"
Bernard Lewinsky: "Well I, you know, can I
prove it? No. Do I believe it? Yes."
Lewinsky: "The events to me are just too,
too perfectly orchestrated to have come by serendipity alone."
Why have facts
when feelings and victimology rule.
What do Bernard
and Barbara (Monica's step mother) look like? If you're interested, go
the posted version of this CyberAlert on the MRC Web site where a video
image of them from Today will be posted Thursday morning next to this
Top Starr deputy grilled, from the pro-Clinton spin book. Over the past
year many false allegations have been leveled against the Starr team. They
fell apart when grand jury testimony was released which showed the Clinton
team's spin was baseless. Starr was accused, for instance, of violating
attorney-client privilege by asking a Secret Service agent about what he
overheard in the car between Clinton and lawyer Bob Bennet on the way back
from the Jones deposition. Not true. And, Sidney Blumenthal falsely
claimed Starr was on a witch hunt, demanding to know who he talked to in
the media about Starr. Again, false.
So, with Starr's
top deputy, Robert Bittman, now available for media interviews since he
has left for a private sector job, what did Good Morning America do? Take
advantage of a long-awaited chance to get Starr's point of view on
events of the past 14 months from an insider who is finally free to talk?
No, the show devoted an entire five minute interview segment to grilling
Bittman about the latest charges against Starr's office, as if they are
credible and accurate.
Here are all the
questions Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson demanded Bittman
answer on the March 10 show, as transcribed by MRC analyst Mark Drake.
-- "As you
know, Ms. Lewinsky charges in her book that your lawyers in the Ritz
Carlton confrontation, January 16th, 1998 essentially prevented her from
calling her lawyer, deprived her of her rights. Your response?"
because technically she was not in custody and she was technically free to
leave, but Mr. Bittman, in practical reality, you surround a 24 year old
girl with up to nine FBI agents and prosecutors, I mean she's gonna be so
scared, that she'll do anything they say, won't she?"
Bittman explained that's not a
"technicality" since she actually did leave several times and
tried to call Betty Currie to warn Clinton.
-- "And that
same judge also criticized your office for discussing immunity with her
without her lawyers present, which was in violation of Department of
Bittman replied that Starr can't win since they
offered her a free pass if she'd testify.
her immunity if she would do certain things."
the more serious charge: that your office was tipped off to Lewinsky by a
lawyer tied to the Paula Jones case, which would, of course, put your
office in league with a party to a private suit."
Bittman denied any contact with Jones lawyers.
your first contact, your first knowledge of Monica Lewinsky came from a
Philadelphia lawyer named Jerome Marcus, didn't it, who was working with
the Paula Jones' lawyers?"
Bittman explained that they told him they don't
deal with innuendo and asked that anyone with relevant information make
direct contact. Tripp later called.
-- "There is
a possible investigation coming from the Department of Justice. You said
earlier in the week that Janet Reno has it in for Kenneth Starr. A bit
ironic, isn't it, Mr. Bittman since basically, what the country has come
to believe is that Kenneth Starr has it in for Bill Clinton?"
Bittman suggested that the closer Starr gets to
the President the more Justice officials want to probe Starr.
-- "You say
as you get closer to the President, but really, things are moving further
away from the President now that the impeachment is over, isn't it?"
Think of the five women you believe have had the "greatest impact on
society." Are Janet Reno and Madonna among your suggested names? If
not, then you don't work for the Hearst-operated and partially
Disney-owned History Channel. A visitor to the MRC home page alerted us to
this Wednesday "Today's Poll" question on the channel's home
"Who has had the greatest impact on society?"
The names offered:
-- Oprah Winfrey
-- Gloria Steinem
-- Janet Reno
-- Hillary Clinton
As of late
Wednesday, Oprah was leading followed by Madonna.
I'd assume the
History Channel did not mean to suggest these are the five with the
greatest impact in history and were just putting forward some current
names for ranking, but even so it's quite a skewed list, skewed to the
left. No Margaret Thatcher and no one from the world of science or
medicine or literature.
An example of
celebrity over substance. -- Brent Baker
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