Richardson Ignored; Russert Condemned Clinton But NBC News Disagrees
1) ABC, CBS and NBC all noted
how the NRA was not invited to the White House summit and that
"Hollywood's prime movers who've shown up at Clinton
fundraisers" didn't accept their invitations.
2) No broadcast network, not
even NBC, picked up Monday morning or night on Richardson's concession
on Meet the Press that Clinton's denial of espionage during his term was
false. But even the liberal Boston Globe put it above the fold.
3) FNC's Carl Cameron
previewed Johnny Chung's testimony, relaying he will "testify that
the Chinese claimed they had funneled money to Clinton through...former
White House aide Mark Middleton."
4) NBC's Tim Russert
appeared on Imus in the Morning and condemned the Clinton team: "You
don't spin your way out of national security breaches." He labeled
Chinese fundraising "a damn problem." But Today and Nightly News
refuse to report any of it.
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Daily article excerpted in the May 10 CyberAlert is now accessible through
the MRC home page. To read the May 10 story, "TV's Blackout on China
Spying: Big Three Networks Bypass Blockbuster Scandal," go to: http://www.mrc.org
or directly to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/ibd19990510.html
The broadcast network White House reporters on Monday night all noted how
the NRA was not invited to Clinton's summit and the real players in
Hollywood, who support the President financially, were no shows. Some
excerpts from their May 10 stories:
-- ABC's World
News Tonight. Sam Donaldson: "....Although the President has
advocated new gun control measures and complained that organizations like
the National Rifle Association are scaring their members about them, the
NRA says it wasn't invited....Also among the missing, Hollywood's
prime movers who've shown up at Clinton fundraisers and as overnight
White House guests, but declined to attend today's conference saying
they feared being sandbagged, which caused conservative GOP presidential
candidate Gary Bauer, who wasn't invited today, to complain Mr. Clinton
is in no position to preach to Hollywood."
-- CBS Evening
News. Eric Engberg: "....Violent movies have often been cited as a
possible cause in school shootings. Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin made the
shoot-em-up The Getaway. They also hosted a fundraiser for the President
who has so ardently embraced the stars and the moguls that Hollywood is
now the most reliable source of big dollars for Democratic
Engberg went on to claim that the NRA is
"one of the most feared lobbies," before concluding by noting
that this weekend Clinton will attend a fundraiser hosted by David Geffen
and Steven Spielberg.
-- NBC Nightly
News. Claire Shipman gave the Hollywood view the most time: "....One
glaring absence at today's meeting: the real power brokers in Hollywood
and some of the President's closest friends, the top film and TV
producers. Sources say they're wary about being blamed by Washington for
the tragedy at Columbine High. [over video of Natural Born Killers.] They
argue movies and videos like these, which have received intense criticism
since the shooting, are only a small part of the industry. And there are
other answers says Hollywood's chief lobbyist who was at the
Jack Valenti: "A parent can shut off the
television set and before the end of the year the V-chip will be in."
Shipman: "And also not at the table today
and not invited, the NRA..."
"Richardson: China Did Steal Secrets" announced the front page
headline in Monday's Washington Times. "'Damaging' leaks
occurred on Clinton watch" read the subhead for the story about how
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson admitted to Tim Russert on Sunday's
Meet the Press that Clinton's March 19 denial was not accurate.
But it wasn't
only the conservative Washington Times which found Richardson's
concessions front page-worthy. An above the fold headline in Monday's
Boston Globe, over a Reuters story, declared: "For First Time, U.S.
Says Nuclear Secrets Were Lost."
Yet no broadcast
network, not even NBC, found this worth reporting on Monday morning or
evening and neither did CNN Monday night. Only Sunday night viewers of FNC
heard anything about it. (As detailed in the May 10 CyberAlert, the ABC,
CBS and CNN evening shows all ignored the interview Sunday night. NBA
basketball bumped NBC Nightly News in most of the country.)
-- Monday morning,
May 10. Not a syllable about Chinese espionage aired on NBC's Today,
which spent much of the show with its "Where in the World is Matt
Lauer" gimmick, nor on CBS's This Morning. ABC's Good Morning
America refused to tell viewers about Richardson, but the MRC's Jessica
Anderson noticed that in a story about Chinese protests over the embassy
bombing Ann Compton made this vague reference: "As you heard
Ambassador Sasser say, the demonstrations don't seem quite as vicious
today, but a U.S. official who was headed to Beijing has put off his trip.
I'm told that all Americans are told to be careful and not go to Beijing
at this moment. There are so many issues on the table, including spying by
China and Chinese campaign contributions. No one here is suggesting this
is comparable to Tiananmen Square, but remember that incident froze
U.S.-Chinese relations for a decade, and the United States is worried
-- Monday night,
May 10. The broadcast networks and CNN ran nothing about Richardson on
Monday night. Not even CNN's Inside Politics picked up on his admission.
ABC and NBC made vague references to the scandal. On World News Tonight,
for instance, from Beijing ABC's Mark Litke observed how "the
demonstrations have also been a way for China to express its bitterness
over other recent slights by the West -- not being admitted to the World
Trade Organization and accusations of nuclear espionage." NBC's
Andrea Mitchell made a similar reference.
covering Chinese espionage or previewing Johnny Chung's Tuesday
appearance before the House Government Reform Committee, ABC allocated
nearly six minutes to how retirees are becoming more active, CBS picked up
on a liberal group's complaint about fuel leaks in Chrysler minivans and
how more regulation is needed to protect consumers from aggressive credit
card pitches which cause people to later go bankrupt and NBC featured an
In Depth segment on how the Louisiana bus crash demonstrates the need for
more regulation of buses.
News with Brian Williams on MSNBC skipped Chinese espionage but had time
to show highlights of Monica Lewinsky's appearance on Saturday Night
If one missed the
original Meet the Press the only network morning or evening show on which
they could have seen the exchange was on FNC's new Fox Weekend Report.
In a story for the Sunday at 6pm ET show Brian Wilson played a clip of
Clinton's March 19 press conference appearance in which he denied any
espionage took place during his term. Wilson then led into the key
exchange from Meet the Press:
"But now for the first time the Secretary of
Energy is admitting the President's statement last March simply was not
Richardson on Meet the Press: "The Chinese
have obtained damaging information...."
Russert: "During the Clinton
Richardson: "We are addressing the
Russert: "During the Clinton
Richardson: "During past administrations and
Russert: "Finally, someone has acknowledged
To read the entire
exchange, go to the May 10 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990510.html#3
On Monday's The
World Today CNN anchor Jim Moret did note the upcoming Chung testimony
before Pierre Thomas reported how "CNN has learned government
officials had numerous warnings about serious flaws in security at U.S.
nuclear laboratories dating back to the 1980s. And despite launching an
administrative review into allegations of possible Chinese espionage in
1995, major changes in lab security were not implemented for four
Monday night only FNC treated Johnny Chung's Tuesday appearance as a
serious matter worth a story. Carl Cameron exclusively reported that Chung
will testify to the involvement in funneling money from China by a former
top Clinton aide and a Boeing executive.
On Monday's Fox
Report Cameron opened: "Johnny Chung tell his story publicly Tuesday
for the first time since he admitted funneling money from the Chinese
military to help President Clinton get re-elected."
how he'll appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the House Government
Reform Committee in the midst of questions about spying at Los Alamos.
Cameron uniquely relayed:
"Chung will testify that China's military
intelligence chief gave him $300,000 to help the President. China's
satellite developers, also accused of surreptitiously acquiring U.S. know
how, arranged the rendevous, according to Chung. Bank records obtained by
Fox News show large corresponding transactions to Chung's account within
days of the arrangement. Chung will testify that the Chinese claimed they
had funneled money to Clinton through at least two other channels: Former
White House aide Mark Middleton, [referring to video] facing the President
at this fundraiser, who had a firm in Singapore and denies the charges,
and a Boeing Aircraft Corporation representative, Richard Yang, who
operated in Hong Kong. The Justice Department has opened investigations
into both allegations."
by noting that another man, Peter Lee, has been the FBI's prime spying
suspect for 15 years. (See the May 7 CyberAlert for Cameron's May 6
story on Peter Lee.)
+++ To watch
Cameron's May 10 piece go to the MRC home page where by noon ET MRC
Webmaster Sean Henry will post it in RealPlayer format. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
Chung is scheduled
to appear in the House Government Reform Committee's Rayburn building
hearing room today (Tuesday) at 12 noon ET and Wednesday at 10am ET. To
read the committee's press release announcing Chung's delayed
appearance, he had been scheduled for April 27-28, go to: http://www.house.gov/reform/press/99_05_06.htm
To read the
Interim Report of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
Campaign Finance Investigation and Related Matters released in November
1997, go to: http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/index.htm
To see a photo of
Chung arm-in-arm with Hillary and Bill in an earlier FNC story, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990408.html#1
To view the only
network story on the April 4 LA Times story, watch the April 8 piece in
which Cameron outlined how money flowed on a "circuitous" route
from Chinese intelligence to a front company to Lippo to John Huang to the
DNC. Plus, in 1993 Al Gore met with the "head of Beijing's alleged
espionage front." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990409.html#2
These last two
items are viewable in RealPlayer format on the MRC's video page: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
Is Tim Russert really the Vice President of NBC News or does he just
pretend to be? On Monday's Imus in the Morning Russert stressed how
troubling he found Energy Secretary Bill Richardson's concession to him
on Meet the Press that spying did occur during Clinton's years, thus
directly contradicting Clinton's claims.
the Clinton administration reaction: "You don't spin your way out
of national security breaches. It happened on their watch and they're
trying to spin their way out of it." Asked about the impact of
Chinese fundraising, Russert declared: "Well, you know it's a damn
Yet not a syllable
about Russert's Meet the Press interview, a big scoop for the network,
aired on Monday's Today or Nightly News.
Ben Anderson of
the MRC's Conservative News Service tipped us off to Russert's
parallel universe appearance and MRC analyst Mark Drake found the tape and
took down Russert's words from the May 10 radio show carried by MSNBC.
"Here's my question: Why, why is Bill Richardson reluctant to just
tell us what's goin' on?"
Tim Russert: "Because if he does, then he
has put the President of United States in a position where he is lying
about national security. There's no other way to say it. In March, the
President was asked by David Bloom very specifically did, in fact, the
Chinese gain any nuclear secrets on our watch? The President said no, no.
No one ever told me about any espionage at our labs and he threw in labs
thinking that that way he could have an out if other espionage was
revealed, which he already knew about.
"Well, now it turns out in November of '88
[yes, Russert said '88] he, and Richardson, and Secretary Cohen and
Secretary Albright were given a report by the counter intelligence forces
in the United States saying very specifically that over 300 times
outsiders had penetrated computers at our nuclear labs and had taken
nuclear secrets. Straight forward and everyone knew it to be the case.
Now, when did this happen? November of '88 [again, he said '88].
Nothing was done about it until April of '99. What was happening in
November and December of last year? You got it: impeachment, Monica
Lewinsky, and people were playing distractions.
"You know, Don, there are so many issues
down here. I understand politics. I respect politics. And I appreciate the
art of spin when people are trying to get the advantage on Social
Security, trying to get the advantage on Medicare, trying to get the
advantage on tax cut issues but if you get a report and it slams on your
desk, and it says our national security is being violated and you're the
Commander-in-Chief, everything else stops. You pound your fist and say
'Get in here. I want to know who, what, when, where, why. Let's stop
it. Get to the bottom of it. Find out who's responsible and get rid of
'em.' And that didn't happen.
"Bob Kerrey is a Democrat, said as much
yesterday. [Richard] Shelby, the Republican said as much yesterday. And
finally, Secretary of Energy Richardson had to acknowledge that this is
not just a political spin job: [sarcastically] 'Oh, it all happened in
the eighties. It happened in other administrations. We're taking steps
to correct it.' You don't spin your way out of national security
breaches. It happened on their watch and they're trying to spin their
way out of it. You confront 'em. Accept responsibility. Accept
accountability. Correct 'em. And punish those responsible. Period."
Imus: "Maybe it's difficult to be outraged
if the people you're havin' coffee with [are the ones] who are
financing your campaign."
Russert: "Well, you know it's a damn
problem, it's a big problem. The LA Times had a story Friday and
I just wonder what's going on. I understand people are putting additions
on, and getting ready for summer vacation but here is Johnny Chung, one of
the principle fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee testifying
under oath that the head of military intelligence for the Republic of, the
People's Republic of China said quote 'We like your President. I will
give you $300,000 U.S. dollars. You can give it to the President and the
Democratic Party. We hope he will reelected.' This is what went on. And
we're all supposed to say 'Ah, well, this, that, you know.' And then
Johnny Chung said well, he didn't give all the money to the Democratic
Party. He used some for mortgages. And they asked him why and he said,
quote 'I am Forrest Gump.' [laughs] That he just appeared in certain
places, and certain scenes of this unfolding drama. But you know, I
understand when people want to take advantage of different issues but this
is the core of who we are. This is our national security."
The May 7
CyberAlert highlighted that morning's Los Angles Times story and while I
can't say Russert read about it here I know where he didn't hear
anything about it: NBC News! The original Los Angeles Times story appeared
on April 4, but all the networks but FNC ignored it. None picked up on the
LA Times follow-up piece from last Friday.
Three pieces of
evidence have proven Clinton lied on March 19, but Nightly News and Today
have ignored all three:
a) The April 28 New York Times disclosed how Wen
Ho Lee supposedly put, in 1994-95, all the legacy codes for U.S. nuclear
testing onto an open computer. Nightly News: No coverage. Today: 15
seconds, but nothing about how the revelation contradicted Clinton.
b) The May 2 New York Times revealed how top
administration officials were given a report in November 1998 (what
Russert is referring to above) that informed them of ongoing Chinese
espionage. Zilch on Today and Nightly News.
c) Russert's big scoop with Richardson on the
May 9 Meet the Press.
If Russert truly believes this is an important as
he says and Today and Nightly News don't cover in full Johnny Chung's
Tuesday and Wednesday testimony, then he should be ashamed and embarrassed
by NBC's judgment and ought to resign in protest. --
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