O'Leary Leaked Secrets?; Lou Dobbs Quits CNN; Media Will Protect Hillary
1) All but FNC skipped
Chinagate developments Tuesday night. NBC's Robert Hager highlighted how
"two environmental groups warned that global warming is heating the
ocean, choking off marine life..."
2) Only FNC's Carl Cameron
picked up on the charge that former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary
personally leaked secret nuclear weapons data to a magazine in 1995 and
that Clinton plans to ease export controls on super-computers.
3) Lou Dobbs resigned Tuesday
from CNN. A couple of weeks ago he battled with CNN chief and Clinton
friend Rick Kaplan about carrying live on Moneyline a pedestrian Clinton
4) "No one in the elite
media," Peggy Noonan predicted in the Wall Street Journal, "will
go after" Hillary Clinton. "They don't like her, but they
associate themselves with her politics."
5) Letterman's "Top Ten
Signs Hillary Clinton Doesn't Understand New York City."
The Russian agreement on a Kosovo peace deal led all the networks Tuesday
night but only FNC relayed the latest on Chinagate: The revelations that
former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary was suspected of personally
leaking classified nuclear weapons design information and that the Clinton
administration plans to loosen export rules in order to allow more than
100 countries to buy super-computers. More on this in item #2 today.
CNN's Inside Politics skipped these developments so I assume they did
not appear on The World Today either, though I did not see the whole show.
covering the developments FNC caught, ABC's World News Tonight featured
stories on how Amnesty International is complaining about an electric
shock belt used by prisons, theater owners promising to enforce the age
rules on admission to R-rated movies, the heat wave and how one in four
elderly are supposedly mentally ill.
The June 8 CBS
Evening News also highlighted the theater owners and the drought. CBS
added a piece on gun control which Diana Olick began: "As temperature
soared in Washington, the Republican leadership tried to cool debate
within its ranks on gun control." CBS viewers also enjoyed a full
story on efforts to have auto makers put internal release mechanisms
inside all car trunks and an elderly Detroit man who spent his life as a
blue collar worker but managed to give away $1 million, mainly for college
NBC Nightly News
jumped on the global warming crusade, demonstrating all liberal groups
need to do to get their claims covered is hold a press conference. Monday
night the CBS Evening News blamed the eastern heat wave on global warming,
citing the left-wing Environmental Defense Fund as its authority. (See the
June 8 CyberAlert.) Tuesday night, June 8, NBC's Robert Hager just
credited unnamed "environmental groups" with this wisdom. In an
"In Depth" story on the hot weather and how drought conditions
in the mid-Atlantic are hurting crops, Hager asserted:
"All this as just today two environmental
groups warned that global warming is heating the ocean, choking off marine
life, endangering the future of salmon in the Pacific, melting polar ice,
cutting down feeding grounds for polar bears, leaching coral and
interfering with the food chain."
Quite a list. What
isn't it destroying?
NBC ended with a
piece by Lisa Myers on a study showing mothers with school age kids spend
17 days a year behind the wheel. At one point in the story NBC showed,
with a camera looking from in front of the vehicle through the windshield,
Myers driving a car. Prominently on display on the windshield: a Virginia
inspection sticker. It showed an expiration date of 1/99.
Also on last night
on PBS in many cities, including Washington, DC, another hour of liberal
preaching from Bill Moyers. An ad for the show, in Tuesday's Washington
Post, announced: "Big corporations spend millions of media dollars to
influence legislation and drown out the voices of those who disagree with
them. Is this their First Amendment right, or is it wrong? Mutual of
America is proud to sponsor Bill Moyers' special report, Free Speech for
If Mutual of
America thinks the most pressing media problem is a lack of access to the
media by liberals, I'll buy my insurance from another company.
The Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron revealed on Tuesday's Special
Report with Brit Hume, aired at 6pm ET/9pm PT, that former Energy
Secretary Hazel O'Leary may have personally leaked secret nuclear
weapons info to U.S. News back in 1995. He also uniquely (compare to news
agendas outlined in #1 above) picked up on how the Clinton administration
plans to loosen export rules for super-computers.
An hour later on
the Fox Report the network's Bill O'Reilly previewed how on his show
that night at 8pm ET he would discuss with Congressman Curt Weldon the
U.S. News leak as well as how O'Leary "gutted" security.
O'Reilly cited her decision to make badges for all security levels look
alike and how she allowed the security contractor at Rocky Flats, Kaiser
Hill LLC, to cut the number of guards by 40 percent while still getting
the same payments from Energy. When O'Leary left Energy, O'Reilly
revealed, she went to work for that same security company -- Kaiser Hill
At the top of his
show O'Reilly relayed what all CyberAlert readers know: "You may
have noticed that the Chinese espionage story is not being covered all
that much by TV news."
FNC is the
exception with Carl Cameron its lead reporter. On the June 8 Special
Report with Brit Hume he opened his story by showing Attorney General
Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh leaving a closed congressional
hearing on how they handled Chinagate. Leading into a soundbite from
Senator Orrin Hatch, Cameron observed that Republicans are worried that
"law enforcement is trying to cover up a botched investigation."
Cameron then allowed Senator Patrick Leahy to remind viewers that Reagan
and Bush share the blame with Clinton so the situation should not be
turned "into some kind of a partisan football."
Cameron then got
to the fresh information:
"But now come allegations that former
Clinton administration Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary leaked classified
nuclear weapons information personally in 1995 to U.S. News & World
Report. After the magazine published this [on screen: picture of diagram
run in the magazine] classified design information on the W-87 warhead, an
investigation began to find the leak. Sources say DOE brass abruptly
canceled the probe to prevent O'Leary embarrassment. Lawmakers now want
that suspected cover up investigated."
Congressman Curt Weldon on the House floor:
"Who did the investigation and who did they find out leaked this
particular diagram to U.S. News & World Report in 1995. It wasn't
the Reagan administration Mr. Speaker and it wasn't the Bush
administration. It was this administration."
Cameron: "The Clinton administration was
also singled out for harsh bipartisan criticism in the congressional Cox
Report for selling so-called dual-use technology, like super-computers to
China, despite evidence that China used them illegally for weapons
development. Now just two weeks after that report, new indications that
the White House and the Commerce Department want to export more super
computers to an additional 100 countries. Some lawmakers think that
despite the Cox Report criticism, priorities at the White House remain
Senator Trent Lott: "There is something that
trumps trade and commerce and that is our own national security."
Cameron ended by
reporting that late in the afternoon Lott called committee chairs to his
office to talk China scandal strategy. National Security Adviser Sandy
Berger, Cameron noted, has been called to testify by the Senate
Intelligence Committee and if he refuses he could be subpoenaed or
Republican leaders may demand his resignation.
+++ See the leaked
diagram in a hunk of the Cameron story which MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will
post Wednesday morning in RealPlayer format. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
reminded me of an April 9 front page investigation in Investor's
Business Daily titled, "The Folly of 'Denuclearization': Los
Alamos Leaks Point To Test Ban Treaty Flaws." IBD's Paul Sperry
revealed: "As part of the Clinton administration's so-called
denuclearization goal, lab directors were actually prodded by former
Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary and her senior staffers -- many of whom
were anti-nuclear activists -- to open their doors to visitors from other
nuclear states and share otherwise classified information."
To read an
extensive excerpt, go to the April 13 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990413.html#4
referred to Clinton plans to loosen export restrictions for computers. The
Los Angeles Times ran the story on Tuesday. Under the headline of
"Easing Expected for Computer Export Rules," reporter Peter
Gosselin opened his June 8 piece:
The Clinton administration is preparing to
loosen government controls on the sale of powerful computers to more than
100 countries only two weeks after a congressional committee charged it
with carelessly permitting sales to China.
The Commerce Department has proposed easing
restrictions on sales to most countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and
Central and Eastern Europe, administration sources said Monday. In
addition, virtually all restrictions are likely to be lifted on sales to
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which recently became members of
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In a move that seems certain to anger U.S.
computer makers, however, the administration will not ease restrictions on
China and almost 50 other countries....
Administration officials, who spoke only on
condition of anonymity, said that the White House has yet to settle on how
much to loosen controls on sales to Asia and other regions but that it
generally agrees with industry claims that current restrictions have been
overtaken by technological advances.
The government regulates the overseas sale
of computers based on their speed, which it measures according to how many
millions of theoretical operations they can perform in a second. To sell
to the countries for which the administration is preparing to ease
restrictions, computer makers must obtain government licenses for any
machine that can perform more than 10,000 such operations per second. The
industry wants the limit tripled to 30,000.
The administration's plans to ease some
export controls are almost certain to be viewed as a slap at the Cox
committee's findings that China has obtained U.S.-made computers powerful
enough to be useful for weapons design and other military purposes.
Although Cox has said in the wake of the
panel's report that he still favors computer sales to emerging nations,
including China, the report found that China acquired some of its advanced
computers through third-party nations that resold American machines,
something likely to become more frequent if restrictions are eased and
sales to these nations grow.
And finally on
this topic, as one who makes an occasional spelling error, I cannot pass
up pointing out some doozies on the foxnews.com Web page. Tuesday night if
you clicked on the The O'Reilly Factor plug, you read: "Chinagate
Continues. We'll hear from Kurt Weldon, R-Penn., who was on the Chinagate
committee with Chris Cox and Norm Dix." That would be
"Curt" and "Dicks."
Lou Dobbs gone from CNN. Forced out by CNN President Rick Kaplan, or just
frustrated by him? In a surprise announcement at the end of Tuesday's
The World Today, anchor Jim Moret informed viewers:
"And finally tonight, farewell to a
colleague. Lou Dobbs, President of CNNfn and anchor of Moneyline, is
resigning to launch a new Internet venture. Dobbs said he is 'grateful
to Ted Turner and CNN News Group Chairman Tom Johnson for the opportunity
to have helped build CNN and cnn.com into a first-class television news
and interactive institution.' Lou Dobbs had been with CNN since its
inception 19 years ago. He will start up space.com, a Web site for news,
entertainment and educational content about space."
No mention of
Kaplan and an on-air dispute the two had a couple of weeks ago about
whether to carry live a Clinton speech may explain why. As Clay Waters of
Bridge News first informed me, the May 25 Page Six column in the New York
Dobbs' on-air blast at CNN chief
The rivalry between CNN President Rick Kaplan and CNN.fn boss and
Moneyline host Lou Dobbs reached critical mass last week, when Dobbs
challenged Kaplan's news savvy on the air during his top-rated business
show. The brouhaha erupted last Thursday, when a Dobbs producer was
ordered by Kaplan to cut away from Moneyline for live coverage of
President Clinton's address at Columbine HS in Littleton, Co. Dobbs, who
didn't consider the staged event breaking news, "was absolutely
livid," says an insider. So livid, in fact, he ordered his producer
to cut back to Moneyline. Kaplan -- a Clinton golf buddy -- immediately
countered with an order to go back to Colorado. The tug-of-war ended with
a visibly peeved Dobbs telling his audience they were returning to
Columbine because "CNN President Rick Kaplan wants us to."
Dobbs' comments were edited out of CNN's transcript of the show. "It
was a real blowout," a source told PAGE SIX.
"There was mayhem in the studio with all the back and forth."
The struggle continued Friday, when the still-steamed Kaplan fired off a
memo stating that, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. -- the Moneyline time
slot -- Atlanta headquarters will have "the final call."
"Kaplan made it clear that he's still calling the shots," said
our source. Dobbs, who is not a fan of the Clinton administration, is
often at odds with Kaplan's fawning, kid-gloved treatment of the White
Indeed, Dobbs has
been more interested in pursuing Chinese espionage than the other networks
and CNN shows. When the story first broke in March he broadcast his show
live from Los Alamos and several times since has run multiple stories on
nights when The World Today ran just one story or none at all.
The day after the
Page Six item, the May 26 New York Post followed up, reporting Dobbs had
gotten the upper hand as Kaplan withdrew his memo and said break-ins
during Moneyline must first be run past Dobbs. Paul Tharp disclosed:
If money talks, Lou Dobbs seems to have the
upper hand in a bitter feud with a rival executive who's supposed to be
the CNN anchor's boss.
Emboldened by the signing of his new
multimillion-dollar contract, Dobbs has staged a very public showdown with
CNN President Rick Kaplan, and apparently has gained the edge....
Kaplan's power already has been weakened by
his role in the Tailwind debacle. The network reported that U.S. troops
used nerve gas on each other in Vietnam, a story that later was retracted.
Four news people ended up being fired.
Kaplan, who was in charge of the project,
was spared but some think his position has become more tenuous.
Signs of that surfaced yesterday when
Kaplan backed down to Dobbs, who is a longtime favorite of CNN founder Ted
Kaplan's office sent out a memo on the
Clinton speech fiasco saying anyone who disobeyed Atlanta headquarters
would be fired. But hours later, the memo was withdrawn and rewritten,
saying that if Atlanta breaks in on Moneyline in the future it should
first check with Dobbs.
Dobbs' show is the second highest rated on
CNN, with ratings up 17 percent since the show was expanded last year to
Dobbs has also moved up a notch in the
corporate pecking order by parent Time Warner's Chairman Gerald Levin.
Dobbs was one of five senior executives in the company to be named to a
new team with orders to draw up Time Warner's master plan for growth on
the Internet. Kaplan was not.
So much for
corporate crystal ball reading. Dobbs goes and the Clinton buddy remains
in charge of CNN.
"While they are not quite in the tank for Mrs. Clinton," Peggy
Noonan predicted that the media "will practice a rampant, subtle,
unspoken self-censorship" in covering her Senate campaign.
In a June 8 op-ed
for the Wall Street Journal noted Tuesday by the Drudge Report, former
Reagan speechwriter Noonan previewed how she expects various groups to
behave during a Hillary for Senate campaign in New York. The MRC's Tim
Graham passed along to me the text for her two graphs on the media:
No one in the elite media, the networks and
big stations, the national magazines or big newspapers will go after her.
They don't like her, but they associate themselves with her politics, and
they will not press her on previous statements on the financial scandals,
the hidden billing records, the private eyes, the Republican FBI files
illegally gotten by the former barroom bouncer she hired. They will
congratulate themselves on avoiding sleaze and innuendo. In return they'll
get exclusive interviews.
Intrepid reporters who break from the pack
will be reduced to yelling 'What about Juanita Broaddrick?' as Mrs.
Clinton hurries by the rope line. They'll be called hecklers and
harassers; NBC, CBS, and ABC will do pieces on 'Hillary Faces the
Gauntlet,' taking a wry look at the famously irreverent New York press.
Cut to the guy yelling 'How did you make that hundred grand?' and then a
close-up of Hillary being interviewed by a sympathetic anchor. She'll say
she understands how passionate people get about politics, but that our
political process has gotten uglier, which is sad. She will be noble. She
may bite her lip.
So far, Noonan's
on target. Remember Dan Rather's May 26 lovefest with her on 60 Minutes
II? It's detailed in the May 27 CyberAlert. To read lengthy excerpts, go
To watch a clip of
the interview, go to the MRC's page of biased videos: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
From the June 7 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Signs
Hillary Clinton Doesn't Understand New York City." Copyright 1999 by
Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Actually ate a street vendor hot dog.
9. Sees Statue of Liberty and asks, "Oh, is that new?"
8. Believes the Mets can take it all the way this year.
7. Gave speech to Hasidic Jews in which she promised to "fight for
the rights of you Amish folk."
6. Had an exploratory committee look into what an extended middle finger
5. Looks at Twin Towers, rubs eyes and yells, "Dang! Mama's seeing
4. Keeps asking when she'll get to meet Batman.
3. Featured guest at her fundraisers: Reggie Miller.
2. Thinks the "subway" is just some place Bill takes her for
their anniversary dinner.
1. Paid $25,000 for a sidewalk Rolex.
That's probably more critical than most of what
we'll see from the major media. --
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