FNC Displays Clinton Lying; Hitting Selleck; Clinton's Gun Buddy
1) Another day at the
networks, another day avoiding Chinagate. NBC instead focused on abused
2) FNC outlined how a
psychiatrist claims Clinton's testimony video can be used as a manual
for detecting lying.
3) Today's Matt Lauer
demanded actor Tom Selleck defend his ties to the NRA, asking him to
justify an ad featuring him saying it's good for young people to learn
the sport of shooting.
4) "'There's no good
reason for a child to own an AK-47,' Clinton said...just as there's no
good reason for a U.S. President to entertain the head of a communist
entity that sells AK-47s to kids." But, Investor's Business Daily
noted, he did that in 1996.
5) "Darth Vader vs.
Johnny Chung," my Washington Times op-ed about what the networks
found more newsworthy last week than Chinagate.
Correction: The May 19
CyberAlert stated that Michael "Moore made one successful film nearly
20 years ago and now he won't go away." He won't go away, but
Roger & Me was actually released in 1989, ten years ago.
Another day Wednesday morning and evening with no coverage of anything on
the China front. Wednesday night, May 18, The ABC, CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC
evening shows all ran pieces on a National Science Foundation-funded study
about how where people have decided to live has increased the cost of
damages caused by natural disasters, the case of the Florida woman shot by
her mother who was allowed to die (by having her ventilator removed) and
the controversy now over whether the mother can be charged with murder,
and a group formed to encourage Internet service providers to not allow
sites with bomb-making info.
NBC added an In
Depth look at how zoo animals are abused by animal brokers. Only FNC's
Fox Report featured a story on Dan Quayle's speech to the Commonwealth
Club of California, the same venue as heard his Murphy Brown speech,
denouncing "the legal aristocracy" which promotes lawsuits.
ABC's World News
Tonight led with how the California government division which oversees
employees has agreed to a ten percent hike in health insurance premiums.
CBS and NBC went first with devastating video smuggled out of Kosovo.
"Human rights groups say it is the worst massacre of the war, 150
Albanian men, many elderly, bludgeoned and shot" around March 29,
NBC's Andrea Mitchell announced on Nightly News. She added: "The
video smuggled out by the rebel army and today confirmed by U.S. spy
satellite photos, gruesome evidence of atrocities photographed from 200
Clinton's grand jury testimony as a how-to video to learn to detect
lying. Wednesday night FNC uniquely outlined a psychiatrist's claim that
the video of Clinton's August quizzing illustrates several behavior
patterns which reflect what people do when they are lying.
holding a convention in Washington this week, FNC's David Shuster noted
in a May 19 Fox Report piece, before talking to Dr. Alan Hirsch about his
contention that his colleagues should use Clinton's video as a guide to
picking up on lying.
Amongst the signs
Clinton was lying according to Hirsch, Shuster explained, "a
significant increase in the rate per minute that Mr. Clinton crossed his
arms, looked away from prosecutors or touched his nose. Psychiatrists say
higher blood pressure swells some tissues there, causing most people,
without realizing it, to scratch. Hirsch compared the first ten minutes
when the President was sworn in and asked simple things like his name with
a twenty minute segment when prosecutors were trying to nail down the
details of Mr. Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky."
Hirsch: "During the truthful period, for
instance, he touched his nose none and during the lying period he touched
his nose .26 times a minute."
Shuster: "Another example, what
psychiatrists call the liar's lean."
Hirsch: "In his truthful periods he leaned
forward not at all and during the lying period he leaned forward .86 times
a minute." Shuster: "Hirsch also
focused on verbal signals, such as stuttering. Listen as the President
tries to explain a comment his lawyer made about no sex of any kind."
Clinton: "I don't, I think what Mr.
Bennett was concerned about if I, maybe it would be helpful."
Shuster: "According to Hirsch, Mr.
Clinton's stuttering rate increased by 1400 percent, errors in speech
say that's more like stammering.
"Another signal, throat clearing, was also way up," before he
noted how "critics of the study say Hirsch is trying to get himself
attention at President Clinton's expense."
+++ See the portions of Clinton's
testimony which the psychiatrist says illustrate his points. Thursday
morning MRC Webmaster Sea Henry will post a RealPlayer clip of this FNC
story. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
Under what circumstance does a celebrity brought aboard a morning show to
plug a movie not get a puffy, promotional interview? When that actor has
ties to a conservative group. Wednesday morning Tom Selleck appeared on
Today during its 8:30am half hour, a time the show reserves for its
lightest fare, but MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed that co-host Matt
Lauer couldn't resist demanding that Selleck defend his endorsement of
discussion of his latest movie, The Love Letter, and showing a clip of it,
Lauer moved on to a new subject: "Let me talk to you about another
subject. This ad you did for the NRA."
Today viewers saw a small picture of the ad as
Lauer portrayed it as out of touch: "Well the one that says
basically, you know, it says basically shooting teaches young people good
things. Are you concerned, are you surprised at the backlash that the NRA
has received in the wake of the tragedies like the shooting in Littleton,
answered that he's concerned about demonizing one group which defends
the Bill of Rights and how wrong it is to use lawsuits to destroy legal
industry, Lauer demanded: "Do you worry though that the message when
you see an ad like that says, 'shooting teaches young people good things,'
that it just sounds to be out of step with what we're hearing?"
Selleck countered: "To somehow equate it to
Littleton or the tragic events there is really an act of moral
It certainly is
"out of step" with the media line.
The media have compliantly passed along President Clinton's moral
indignation over the Senate's failure last week to pass more gun
regulations, but Investor's Business Daily on Wednesday reminded readers
that Clinton welcomed to the White House a few years ago a communist who
sells AK-47s to kids.
The presence of
this arms dealer, Wang Ju, did generate some coverage when revealed by the
Washington Post on December 20, 1996, but I've not seen anyone else
recall his ties to Clinton in the post-Littleton era. (The February 1997
MediaWatch offered this summary of 1996 coverage: "December 20: The
Washington Post reported on its front page that Wang Jun, a Chinese arms
dealer, was welcomed to a White House fundraising coffee. Coverage: CBS
was the only network to air a full story. NBC ran an anchor brief. ABC did
nothing. Of the morning shows, only NBC's Today mentioned it.)
From the May 19
Investor's Business Daily, the lead editorial:
Wang Jun, Gun Control Czar?
"There's no good reason for a child to
own an AK-47," President Clinton said last week while pushing his
kiddie gun control bill. Just as there's no good reason for a U.S.
president to entertain the head of a communist entity that sells AK-47s to
Don't expect an answer from Clinton. He did
just that on Feb. 6, 1996.
His fund-raising pal, Charlie Trie, had
invited Beijing arms dealer Wang Jun to one of Clinton's famous
fund-raising "coffees" in the White House Map Room.
Wang is the son of China's former vice
president. He also runs Polytechnologies, an arms dealership owned by Poly
Group, which is owned directly by China's People's Liberation Army.
In May 1996, agents of Wang's dealership
and another Chinese arms company, Norinco, were arrested for trying to
smuggle AK- 47s into the U.S. for sale to drug gangs.
Polytechnologies manned a ship owned by
COSCO -- China's shipping company -- carrying 2,000 of the assault rifles.
U.S. Customs agents seized the cargo in the Oakland, Calif., port. The
weapons reportedly were bound for Los Angeles street gangs.
When the press put the events together in
1997, the White House said only that Wang's White House visit was
"clearly inappropriate" -- as if he slipped in by mistake.
But Wang was escorted by one of Clinton's
old Arkansas pals. Among other things, Trie was the top donor to the
Clintons' legal defense fund -- that is, until trustees deemed his cash
too dirty to keep.
But here's what makes the idea that Wang
was just a random guest really hard to swallow. Shortly after the White
House meeting with Clinton, Trie escorted Wang across 14th Street to the
Commerce Department. There, he met with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown --
and John Huang, as we now know from court-ordered depositions.
Why the high-level meeting? We don't know:
The late Brown can't talk; Huang won't talk. And Clinton's Justice
Department has Trie under wraps for minor, unrelated campaign fraud
In 1995, Clinton personally signed off on
Huang's move to the Democratic National Committee from Commerce, where he
had access to top-secret U.S. intelligence on China. Huang, raised at
least $1.5 million in dirty money for the Clinton-Gore re-election effort.
He's also an old Clinton crony. They met on an Arkansas trade mission to
Asia in 1985.
Clinton's never been pressed on his ties to
Wang. Of the 103 so-called coffees, Clinton told the press they were just
"respectful hearings" for citizens.
First off, Wang's not a citizen. Second,
what could the president possibly hear and respect from the chief dealer
for the world's No. 1 arms proliferator? Unless it's the sound of money
dropping into his campaign coffers.
In 1996, Clinton also lobbied on behalf of
COSCO in its unsuccessful efforts (Congress blocked the deal) to lease the
Long Beach Naval Station, which would have in effect given the Chinese
Navy -- and an arms smuggler -- a U.S. beachhead.
But that was then -- and Clinton hopes we
all have short memories.
Last week, he held a White House summit
called "Youth, Violence and Responsibility," which capped
Clinton's multi-city campaign in the wake of the Colorado school shootings
to raise our consciousness about the perils of youth violence and guns.
Oh, now he cares.
To read the latest
from Investor's Business Daily, go to: www.investors.com
Use CHOOSE and SUCCEED as the user name and
password to access the stories. I'm not giving anything away here, those
are the words they tell you to use as their registration system does not
"Darth Vader vs. Johnny Chung," an op-ed piece by me featured in
the May 19 Washington Times which contrasts disclosures on the Chinese
espionage and contributions fronts last week with what topics the
broadcasts networks decided to cover instead. This piece is also posted on
the MRC Web site. Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/oped/news/wt19990519.html
insightful and illuminating op-ed piece creatively titled by the paper's
Darth Vader vs. Johnny Chung
by Brent Baker
What is more important, for Americans to
learn that their President may have lied to them about ongoing espionage
on his watch and that a top General in China's army tried to impact
Clinton's 1996 campaign by giving $300,000 through a man who was
welcomed into the White House over 50 times -- or to get barbecuing tips
and be treated to a discussion about "Star Wars" toys?
If you chose the latter topics then you are
suited to become a television network news producer. In the last week or
so several major revelations have occurred on the Chinese espionage and
contributions fronts, but the networks have been too busy with these other
subjects to bother reporting them -- even when one of their own breaks
NBC's Tim Russert got Energy Secretary
Bill Richardson to concede on the May 9 "Meet the Press" show
that spying took place on President Clinton's watch, contradicting Mr.
Clinton's own assertion. Recalling a May 2 New York Times story about
how a report delivered to the Clinton administration last November
outlined ongoing espionage, Mr. Russert pointed out to Mr. Richardson how
at a March 19 press conference Mr. Clinton insisted: "No one has said
anything to me about any espionage which occurred by the Chinese against
the labs, during my presidency." After much consternation, Mr.
Richardson conceded espionage had taken place "during past
administrations and present administrations." Mr. Russert exclaimed:
"Finally, someone has acknowledged it."
But other than "Meet the Press"
viewers, only Fox News Channel watchers saw the admission.
"Richardson: China Did Steal Secrets" announced the front page
headline in the next day's Washington Times. "'Damaging' leaks
occurred on Clinton watch" read the subhead. Yet no broadcast
network, not even NBC, found Mr. Russert's scoop worth reporting.
The morning after Mr. Richardson's
appearance, as Mr. Russert told radio's Don Imus how Mr. Clinton has
handled the espionage situation recklessly, NBC "Today" viewers
were watching co-host Matt Lauer broadcast live from Mt. Everest,
interrupted only for co-host Katie Couric's interview with daytime talk
show host Jenny Jones about a jury holding her show liable for a murder.
ABC's "Good Morning America" also featured a talk with Jones
as well as, in its relatively more newsy first hour, tips on barbecuing.
Asked by Mr. Imus why Mr. Richardson was so
reluctant to tell what he knows, Mr. Russert asserted: "Because if he
does, then he has put the President of United States in a position where
he is lying about national security." Mr. Russert scolded the Clinton
team: "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, you accept responsibility."
Though he carries the title of NBC News
Vice President, hours after Mr. Russert offered his grave assessment
"NBC Nightly News" skipped the China story. Instead, NBC
featured an "In Depth" segment on how a deadly Louisiana bus
crash demonstrated the need for more regulation of buses. ABC's
"World News Tonight" also ignored Chinagate and allocated nearly
six minutes to how retirees are becoming more active. The "CBS
Evening News" explored whether more regulation is needed to protect
consumers from aggressive credit card pitches.
Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung told a
House committee on May 11 how the head of intelligence for the Chinese
military, Gen. Ji Shengde, gave him $300,000 to funnel to entities aiding
Mr. Clinton's re-election efforts, though he only actually donated
$35,000. Mr. Chung also related how an associate of Ji's passed along a
threat on his life for talking to U.S. authorities. ABC and NBC carried a
story each that night, but not CBS or any of the morning shows the next
day. Instead of covering Chung, the "CBS Evening News" previewed
the expected record summer travel by car and showed viewers a new robotic
toy dog from Japan.
While Washington Times readers woke up to
the headline "Chung tells of China cash connections," the three
morning shows did not utter a syllable about his troubling allegations --
though even the New York Times put its story above the fold along with a
color picture of Chung that network producers could not have missed.
Nonetheless, "Good Morning America" viewers were treated to
features about the Gulf Coast as the show broadcast from Biloxi, Miss.
The ABC program managed to squeeze in an
item about how a Massachusetts chain of furniture stores flew all 1,300 of
its employees to Bermuda for a one-day beach party. "Today"
devoted most of the show to live segments with Matt Lauer on an aircraft
carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. Yet "Today," which ignored Mr.
Chung, found time for Miss Couric to talk with Latin singer Ricky Martin.
"This Morning" allocated an interview segment in its prime 8am
half hour to whether Star Wars movie toys are worth collecting.
Last week ended with an ominous New York
Times story on Friday about how "China is close to deploying a
nuclear missile with a warhead whose design draws on stolen American
secrets." Network reaction: "Today" gave it twelve seconds
even though the show had Lauer live from the Great Wall in China.
"Good Morning America" allocated a piddling ten seconds and
"This Morning" skipped it altogether.
Friday night: Not a word on ABC, CBS or NBC
-- shows which had room for pieces on the baby rescued from the well in
Kansas, record snowfall on a mountain in Washington state and people
waiting in line to buy "Star Wars" movie tickets.
A lesson in current television network
One more reminder,
you can read the MRC's Special Report, "All The News That's Fit to
Skip: Network Apathy Toward Chinese Contributions and Espionage,"
online by going to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/news/sr19990514.html --
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