Starr Image "Grossly Unfair"; Actor Denounced "Success and Achievement"
1) Lewinsky grand jury
forewoman Freda Alexander went back into hiding on Friday, but not before
telling Washington's WUSA-TV that the attacks on Ken Starr have been
"grossly unfair." The wider media, however, ignored her defense
2) The Genesis of the VRWC?
Matt Drudge's mother once volunteered at the Clinton White House.
3) Lucianne's got a gun!
That doesn't please ABC's Diane Sawyer who suggested Goldberg's
"tongue should have been licensed."
4) The soundbite NBC played to
show how Clinton opposes arming the Kosovars did not match the question to
which he was responding.
5) "Success and
achievement. That is what will bring America down." That's an
actual quote from an actor who refused to applaud Elia Kazan.
6) How to avoid Melissa.
Note: The March 26 CyberAlert recited some bias in CNN's Cold
war series and reported that the episode on Reagan and Gorbachev would be
repeated on Friday and Saturday night "Kosovo war allowing."
Well, it didn't and CNN ran war specials instead of the Cold War on both
Lewinsky grand jury forewoman Freda Alexander went back into hiding on
Friday, but not before Washington's WUSA-TV aired part two on Friday
night of its exclusive interview in which she said the attacks on Ken
Starr have been "grossly unfair." The wider media, however,
ignored her defense of Starr.
As detailed in the
March 26 CyberAlert, she revealed on Thursday, March 25, that she thought
Clinton lied and that she would have voted to indict him for perjury. A
March 26 AP story quoted her on Starr: "I don't think he's the
devil incarnate. I think it's very sad that he's been put in that
role." She also Told the AP that Clinton's crimes were
"intensely personal" and should never have become a federal
coverage, lack thereof: Friday morning ABC's Good Morning America and
NBC's Today ran short items during the 7am news updates on how she would
have voted to indict Clinton, though she thinks his activities never
should have become public, but neither network mentioned her defense of
Starr. Friday night none of the broadcast networks uttered a word about
her, though they all made room for some non-Yugoslavia war news. In
addition to the Kevorkian verdict which generated full stories on all the
networks, ABC's World News Tonight on Friday ran a full report on a new
nuclear waste depository near Carlsbad, New Mexico and a short item on
Nelson Mandela's last address to parliament. The CBS Evening News
provided full reports on how the "North Atlantic Oscillation"
caused a mild winter in the East and the Orioles playing in Cuba. NBC's
Nightly News devoted a lengthy piece to the disappearance of college
students from Cuestra College in San Luis Obispo, California.
-- More of her
only on-camera interview in which she defended Ken Starr. During the 6:30
half hour of Eyewitness News at 6 on Friday night, March 26, WUSA's Mark
Lodato returned with part two of his exclusive interview with Alexander, a
piece you can view on the MRC home page.
Lodato explained how Alexander said the President
was wrong to mislead and has no one to blame but himself for his
indiscretions becoming public, that she felt sorry for Monica Lewinsky and
she thought Betty Currie understood no matter how much it hurt she had to
tell the truth. As for Linda Tripp, Alexander asserted: "I almost
feel like she doesn't have a life. She was living vicariously through a
young woman who she should have been giving positive guidance."
Lodato passed along how Alexander also "felt for" Monica's
mother Marcia Lewis.
Lodato then got to her assessment of Ken Starr:
"The 46-year- old hotel industry executive says the independent
counsel was well within his right to investigate the President."
Alexander: "His approval rating is the
lowest of anyone. I don't think Linda Tripp's rating is as low as Ken
Starr's is and I think it's grossly unfair because he didn't have a
Lodato: "Were you a fan of Bill Clinton's
before this issue ever cropped up and are you still today?"
Alexander: "Yes I am and that's primarily
because all of us make mistakes and poor choices. Everyone has some value
and I think the President has a great deal of value."
Lodato wrapped up
by noting that Starr's office would have preferred if she remained quiet
and that she is now suing over losing her hotel job.
To watch this
story in RealPlayer format, go to the MRC home page where MRC Webmaster
Sean Henry will post about an hour after this e-mail is distributed. Go
Part one of Lodato's reports can be seen on the
MRC's video page: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
-- Alexander now silent. The AP reported in
a piece run in the Washington Post on Saturday that Alexander had her
lawyers tell media outlets that she would no longer talk to reporters. The
AP speculated that Judge Norma Holloway Johnson "might be upset over
Alexander's comments. Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr met privately
with the judge about the matter yesterday, according to a source familiar
with the meeting who would not be identified by name."
declared "I absolutely love Clinton" as she revealed to the
Washington Post that she's a big Clinton fan, treasures a program from a
1997 Democratic gala honoring him and matches the stereotype of a DC juror
as she was upset by the lack of blacks and women on Starr's staff. But,
unlike a Los Angeles jury, she also showed how on this DC-based grand jury
at least one member could put following the law ahead of personal
political views. The Post also revealed that the media found her after an
AP reporter came across her name in an industry newsletter story about her
suing the Madison hotel, claiming she was wrongfully terminated for her
extended grand jury duty. (Conspiracy note: The Madison hotel is on 15th
St. NW, across the street from the Washington Post.)
Here are some
illuminating excepts from the Washington Post's March 26 front page
story by Susan Glasser titled, "Forewoman Would Have Voted to Indict
Clinton: Grand Jury Leader in Lewinsky Probe Breaks Secrecy, Says
....For 18 months, she was the anonymous
leader of Grand Jury 97-2, known to reporters who watched her pass by as
"the businesslady" for her crisp professional dress. Day after
day, Alexander sat in the front of the closed grand jury room as Starr's
prosecutors brought a parade of witnesses to testify about Clinton's
affair with Lewinsky and their efforts to keep it hidden from lawyers for
Alexander, a 46-year-old hotel sales
representative, cried when Lewinsky cried. She watched helplessly when
Lewinsky's mother broke down on the stand, unable even to talk. She
cringed inside when presidential secretary Betty Currie reluctantly
acknowledged that Clinton had been alone with the young former intern. And
Alexander, who is African American, even reprimanded her favorite
prosecutor, chiding him for the lack of women and minorities on Starr's
But it was the president's behavior,
Alexander said, that was most painful for her, though the grand jury was
never asked to confront the ultimate question of whether to indict him.
"This hurt terribly," she said in an interview at her Southwest
Washington apartment, a large-screen television set behind her flashing
images of the president going to war with Serbia even as she talked.
"I absolutely love Clinton."
Although she voted for the President,
Alexander said, she was convinced he lied to the grand jury in his Aug. 17
appearance. "I took offense to it. I consider myself a normal human
being and I think oral sex falls within the definition of sexual
relations." Her fellow grand jurors were similarly angered, she said,
as they watched Clinton's testimony through a remote hookup to the White
House. "When he got to what the definition of 'is' is, everybody
went....'No he didn't! We are not here for English class.'"
But Alexander, who has never met the
President but still keeps the program from the 1997 Democratic National
Committee gala she attended to honor him, also reflected the ambivalence
many Americans felt about Clinton's behavior. "I believe he
lied," she said. "But I also believe he had no other
She was similarly charitable about two of
the other most controversial figures in the investigation: Lewinsky and
Starr himself. "I feel badly for him," she said of the
independent counsel, who appeared before the grand jury only three times
throughout their months-long investigation and never questioned a witness.
"He was given a job to perform."
As for the 25-year-old who confessed
weepingly to the grand jury that she had still loved the President right
up until his Aug. 17 testimony, Alexander expressed motherly affection
toward her. Lewinsky's account of her ordeal when she was first confronted
by prosecutors in the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton brought Alexander to
tears. "I was crying, many of the grand jurors were. Even the court
Alexander, who said she has a son the same
age as Lewinsky, told the grand jurors when Lewinsky was outside composing
herself that she wanted to "leave her with a little bit of
encouragement." And so, when Lewinsky returned, Alexander gave her a
hug. "If anyone in the world needed a hug at that moment," the
forewoman figured, "it was Monica."
Alexander, who was fired from her job at
the Madison Hotel during her grand jury service and has filed a lawsuit
claiming she was wrongfully dismissed as a result of her long tenure at
the courthouse, said her lawyers had advised her she was free to talk
about her "unique" experience.
Legal experts said the comments by
Alexander were extraordinary and appeared to run directly counter to the
strict rules governing grand jury secrecy. The rule broadly prohibits
grand jurors from disclosing "matters occurring before the grand
A Vast Right-Wing
Conspiracy note: I once lived two blocks from Alexander on the same street
Speaking of the VRWC, could Matt Drudge's mother have arranged years
before for Monica Lewinsky to get an internship in the White House so that
years later Newsweek would have a story to delay that her son could reveal
and thereby become rich and famous? Check out this paragraph from a
profile by Howard Kurtz of Drudge featured on the front of Sunday's
Style section in the Washington Post:
"Matthew Drudge is the only child of what he
calls 'liberal hippie parents' -- his father is a social worker and
his mother, a lawyer, once volunteered at the Clinton White House. He says
his conservatism was not a rebellion but built on bedrock principles: He
didn't like paying taxes, didn't like big government and felt strongly
that abortion was wrong."
Lucianne's got a gun! That doesn't please ABC's Diane Sawyer who
suggested "her tongue should have been licensed." MRC news
analyst Jessica Anderson caught this exchange on Friday's Good Morning
America between the hosting Sawyers:
Sawyer: "Lucianne Goldberg, you know Lucianne Goldberg?"
Diane Sawyer: "I do."
Forrest Sawyer: "The public relations person
who started Linda Tripp, is now packing heat. Do not mess with Lucianne.
People who have complained to her personally on the street have gotten her
upset. She has renewed her pistol permit and apparently she has a
designer, snub-nosed .22"
Diane Sawyer: "There are people who think
her tongue should have been licensed, but to have a gun as well..."
The Clinton soundbite NBC News played on Friday, in which Clinton appeared
to be denouncing the idea of arming the Kosovars, didn't really match
the question he was responding to, a possibility CyberAlert was prescient
enough to consider. Here's the item in question, from Friday's
From the White House, David Bloom reported
how Bob Dole said ground troops cannot be ruled out. Bloom then noted:
"Now some in Congress want to supply the Kosovo Liberation Army with
machine guns, grenade launchers, rifles and other arms to better fight the
Senator Mitch McConnell: "This would
give these folks a chance to defend themselves."
Clinton in the Oval Office: "I think
that would be a terrible mistake. We would be far better off if they
didn't have as many arms as they do."
Worldwide gun control. I thought we were
bombing the Serbs BECAUSE the Kosovars can't defend themselves since
they don't have adequate weapons. Now Clinton says they have too many
arms? And if the "they" he is referring to are the Serbs, then
arms control hasn't quite worked.
reader Gregg Howard of Denver let me know that Clinton was not responding
to a question about arming the Kosovars but about the Russians arming the
Serbians. Here's the relevant portion of the transcript of the Oval
Office photo-op as provided by the White House home page: http://www.whitehouse.gov
about Russians threatening to arm Belgrade?"
THE PRESIDENT: "Well, you know, they have
quite a lot of arms on their own. They made a lot of arms in the former
Yugoslavia. I told the American people they had a very impressive air
defense system and they had lots of other arms and weapons. I have no
intention of supporting any lifting of the arms embargo on Serbia. I think
that would be a terrible mistake. We would be far better off if they
didn't have as many arms as they do; then they would be out there making
peace and accommodating these ethnic differences and figuring out ways
they can live together."
Bizarre quote of the month picked up by MRC entertainment analyst Tom
Johnson, from actor Nick Nolte who was among those with their arms crossed
in the Oscar audience refusing to applaud the Lifetime Achievement Award
for Elia Kazan.
the Playboy Interview in the April issue (I tore out all the pictures
before passing it along), Tom came across this gem:
"What's the dark side of the American dream?"
Nolte: "Success and achievement. That is
what will bring America down."
appear he's joking. The next question, which he answered seriously:
"Ever achieve any success of the golf course?"
isn't anything like the rest of America, but maybe Nolte is really just
inadvertently revealing what liberals at their core really think: Success
is bad because it breeds inequality that only high taxes on the successful
Avoid Melissa. Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response
Team (CERT) warned that the Melissa virus could wreak havoc on Monday, but
I won't be spreading it because I'm using WordPerfect. As John
Schwartz reported in Sunday's Washington Post, you have to open a Word
document to activate it: "The new
virus, known as Melissa, is part of a family of digital bugs that prey on
the 'macro' functions -- that is, mini-programs that people use to
automate repetitive tasks -- in newer versions of Microsoft Word.
"The virus is activated when a user opens an
'attachment,' the files that sometimes accompany e-mail. The message
accompanying the attachment generally bears this attention-getting subject
line: 'Important Message From' the sender. The body of the message
reads: 'Here is that document you asked for...don't show anyone else
"Once the attachment has been opened, the
program sends out e-mail to the first 50 people on the user's electronic
address book, attaching random word processing documents that it has
infected, and the cycle begins anew. The virus only affects computers
using Microsoft Word 97 or Word 2000 that also have the e-mail program
Microsoft Outlook installed (whether or not that program is used to send
One more reason to
go with the 20 percent of us who refuse to be Microsoft Word conformists. --
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