Bush vs. Broaddrick; Clinton Seduced Nephew's Fiancé; Huang-Tied Nominee
1) "Bush talks, Clinton
walks," an op-ed in the August 23 Washington Times by the MRC's
Brent Baker contrasted network interest in Bush and drugs with how they
2) Chelsea's trouble coping
with her father's behavior reminded Hillary of how at an engagement
party Bill seduced his nephew's fiancé and Bill lied when he said he
asked Chelsea to forgive him. Two revelations ignored in interviews with
3) Investor's Business Daily
uncovered: "President Clinton's appointee to a critical seat on the
board of the Export-Import Bank has close ties to a crooked fundraiser
linked to China."
Bernard McGuirk, identified in the August 23 CyberAlert as the sports news
reader on Imus in the Morning, is actually the show's producer.
Last Friday, just before I headed West, Washington Times Deputy Editorial
Page Editor Ken Smith asked me to submit an op-ed piece contrasting how
the networks ignored the firsthand, eyewitness testimony about a possible
criminal act by Bill Clinton twenty years ago while last week's
questions from reporters to George W. Bush about his drug history
generated stories even though there is no witness against him.
Thanks to the
MRC's Kristina Sewell and Sean Henry this op-ed, which ran Monday, is
now up on the MRC home page. Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/oped/news/washtimes19990823.html
Or, just read it
here as it appeared in the August 23 Washington Times:
Bush talks, Clinton walks
By Brent Baker
No one has claimed to have witnessed George
W. Bush use cocaine or any other illegal drug, but that didn't stop
reporters over the past weeks from repeatedly pressing him for a
definitive answer about his alleged history of drug abuse. That media
interest in a rumor about possible criminal acts committed decades ago
stands in stark contrast to the media's widespread refusal to pursue the
charge by Juanita Broaddrick that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in
The drug questions were fueled in late July
by a week-long profile of Mr. Bush in The Washington Post. Reporters Lois
Romano and George Lardner insisted, "We need to ask the cocaine
question. We think you believe that a politician should not let stories
fester. So why won't you just deny that you've used cocaine?" ABC
invited Ms. Romano to be a guest on the July 27 edition of "Good
Morning America" to dismiss Mr. Bush's answer: "He's basically
declared that his life began at 40 and that we're supposed to not ask
about that other fellow before 40 and I don't know if he can hold to that
No such invitation to appear on a network
news show materialized after Ms. Romano interviewed Mrs. Broaddrick back
in late February for a Post story which ran four days before Mrs.
Broaddrick recounted her charge on the Feb. 24 edition of "Dateline
That long-delayed interview with Lisa Myers
failed to spark network television coverage. Indeed, CBS's "This
Morning" has yet to mention her name and ABC's "Good Morning
America" has never aired a story or full interview segment, though
the show briefly raised her name one day in a larger interview. The
closest "NBC Nightly News" came was an end-of-the-show plug for
that night's "Dateline" segment, but Tom Brokaw only referred to
how the show would feature "controversial allegations" in
"an exclusive interview with the woman known as Jane Doe No. 5,
Juanita Broaddrick." The following weekend the ABC, CNN, Fox and NBC
Sunday morning interview shows all discussed Mrs. Broaddrick but even that
failed to generate any mention on the broadcast-network morning or evening
Three weeks later, at Mr. Clinton's first
solo press conference in ten months, in 21 questions posed only ABC's Sam
Donaldson asked about Mrs. Broaddrick, leading to "World News
Tonight's" first mention of her name, but neither CBS or NBC uttered
a syllable about her in their summaries of the March 19 press conference.
At this point the "CBS Evening News" hadn't mentioned Mrs.
Broaddrick since its only story on a Saturday in February, but instead of
broaching her charge, anchor John Roberts highlighted how Mr. Clinton
"said he and Mrs. Clinton love each other very much."
In contrast to an eyewitness accusing Mr.
Clinton of committing a felony, there is no one accusing Mr. Bush of drug
use, but nonetheless last week reporters kept demanding he answer drug
questions and then treated the very occurrence of the queries as
justification for news stories. On Thursday night, Aug. 19, ABC anchor
Charlie Gibson asserted "the question is dogging his otherwise smooth
campaign." NBC anchor Brian Williams called it "the question
that will not go away." (Mr. Bush's evolving answer during the week,
in which he expanded his drug-free years from seven to 25, gave the
networks a convenient story hook, but Mr. Clinton's evasive press
conference answer about Mrs. Broaddrick -- "There's been a statement
made by my attorney. He speaks for me, and I think he spoke quite
clearly" -- did not motivate them to pursue her charge.)
Viewers of Thursday's "NBC Nightly
News" were treated to three minutes on the subject and ABC's
"World News Tonight" gave it three and a half minutes -- which
is exactly three minutes and three and a half minutes more time than the
two shows devoted in February or early March to Mrs. Broaddrick's charge.
The "CBS Evening News" aired a piece for the second consecutive
night on Thursday on the drug issue, thus giving twice as much attention
to Mr. Bush and drugs as to Mrs. Broaddrick. Thursday morning ABC's
"Good Morning America" brought aboard former Clinton adviser
George Stephanopoulos to analyze the controversy and NBC's
"Today" ran a pre-taped interview with Mr. Bush during which the
interviewer raised the drug question. "Today" returned Friday
with a discussion about media coverage.
Don't count on members of the media to
realize their hypocrisy. Thursday afternoon on MSNBC, the Republican
National Committee's Cliff May tried to point out the media's "double
standard," since "we have right now a credible allegation by
Juanita Broaddrick that while attorney general, Bill Clinton sexually
assaulted her and he won't answer." Host David Gregory cut him off:
"Now hold on. You know what Cliff, I'm not going to let you go there.
We are not talking about this today. We're not going to turn that into
Brent Baker is vice president of the Media
Research Center in Alexandria, Va.
Catching up on an item from a few weeks ago, in Christopher Anderson's
book, Bill and Hillary: The Marriage, there are recitations of more
Clinton lies, even about his daughter, which network interviewers skipped
As detailed in the
August 5 CyberAlert, that week morning show interviewers on NBC's Today
and CBS's This Morning had refused to delve into explosive areas and
challenged Andersen's claim that Hillary had a long term affair with
Vince Foster. The interviewers preferred to spend much of the interviews
talking about the Talk interview. For examples and a clip showing how
NBC's Katie Couric approached Andersen, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990805.html#5
In just the
excerpt available on the MSNBC Web site I came across four noteworthy
-- Shortly after
the Lewinsky scandal broke in January 1998 Dick Morris drafted a speech
for Clinton to deliver, a speech which included two lines to which Morris
expected Clinton would object, but he did not: that he urged Monica to lie
and that he was willing to resign:
"For many, many years I have been
personally flawed and have had sexual relations outside my marriage. This
has caused Hillary great pain and I have tried and tried to curb my
behavior as I saw the pain it caused her. After I became President, I was
determined to mend my ways. For the most part, I did, but sometimes I fell
short and gave in to temptation. I did, in fact, have sexual relations
with a twenty-three-year-old woman named Monica Lewinsky while I've been
President. I regret my behavior more than I can say. I apologize for it. I
take responsibility for it. I wish I were a better man and better able to
cope with the pressures of life and work, and I am going to redouble my
efforts to walk a straight line."
"When the allegations first surfaced I
did, indeed, lie about them and urge Monica to lie."
With this, Morris paused for a split
second, anticipating that Bill would interrupt him with a "But that
isn't true." But the President said nothing. Morris continued
reading the speech.
"I was wrong. I am sorry for it. I am
especially sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and daughter. If the
American people want me to step down as President, I will do so. . ."
Again, Morris expected an interruption,
perhaps a "That goes too far." Still, nothing. Morris continued
-- Phoney family togetherness. The week after
Hillary's infamous Today appearance Bill demanded that Chelsea fly home
immediately so cameras could capture images of all three together, but
Chelsea's parents abandoned her the next morning:
The next Wednesday, she called Chelsea
again -- this time to summon her back to Washington for a show of family
unity. Sure, Chelsea told her mom. But first she planned to attend the big
Thursday night game between the Stanford and University of Arizona
basketball teams. She could catch the first flight out to Washington
Friday morning and be at the White House in time for dinner.
But the President had other plans for his
daughter. At his insistence, Chelsea flew home immediately so she could
join her mom and dad at Camp David on Friday -- time enough for the wire
services to carry photos of the tender family reunion in the
large-circulation weekend papers. No sooner had the all-important photos
run on front pages across the country than Hillary boarded a plane for
Switzerland and Bill headed for the golf course.
-- Chelsea grew so upset at her father's
behavior that she was hospitalized, though the White House lied about it,
and Chelsea's problems reminded Hillary about how at an engagement party
Bill seduced his nephew's fiancé:
Aware that any sign of doubt or weakness on
Chelsea's part might undermine the First Family's business-as-usual
profile, the White House issued a press release claiming Chelsea was
simply suffering from the flu. In the coming months, as Hillary rightly
worried about the impact the scandal was having on her daughter's
health, Chelsea would be rushed to the hospital suffering from
stress-induced stomach pains at least three more times.
Chelsea's trips to the hospital triggered
a flood of painful memories for Hillary. Back in Little Rock, Hillary had
looked the other way for years until Bill's womanizing caught up with
her one spring day. A few months earlier, a young Governor Clinton had
attended an engagement party for the nephew of a wealthy supporter. No
sooner had he arrived than Bill took the shocked host aside and pronounced
the twentyish bride-to-be "hot." That night, Bill seduced the
young woman in front of her fiancé, broke up the engagement, and over the
course of several months led her to believe he intended to divorce Hillary
and marry her.
When Hillary found out, one of her closest
friends said, "something snapped." She began hyperventilating
and was rushed to the emergency room. "Hillary had always put up with
his cheating," said the friend, "but for some reason that
particular affair came as a real slap in the face. It literally took her
breath away, and she landed in the hospital with an anxiety attack. She
told Bill back then, 'This has to stop!' and he promised he would. She
-- In his August speech in which he sort of
conceded he lied about Lewinsky he also claimed that he had asked his
daughter for forgiveness. That was a lie:
Bill was too consumed with his own troubles
to appreciate how, in the words of one of her Stanford confidants, Chelsea
was "destroyed" by her father's stunning admission of
infidelity. Contrary to what he would soon tell the American people, the
President did not ask his daughter's forgiveness. "President
Clinton did not apologize to Chelsea. He did not even talk to Chelsea
about the Monica Lewinsky thing, and Mrs. Clinton was too angry and
humiliated to do it. So Chelsea was more or less left to fend for herself
She wound up getting the news from TV like everyone else."
You can read the
full excerpt posted by MSNBC at: http://www.msnbc.com/news/296254.asp
Catching up with another item from early August which has not been picked
up by other media outlets so far as I and the MRC news analysts have seen,
the August 4 Investor's Business Daily explored the close ties between
Vanessa Weaver, nominated by Clinton for a seat on the board of the
Export-Import Bank, and John Huang. In addition to her own numerous phones
calls to Huang, her father, the paper noted, heads the Stephens Company,
whose offices Huang used to send faxes shortly after receiving classified
briefings. (The Wall Street Journal picked up on the IBD article for an
August 5 editorial.)
excerpt from the illuminating piece by Paul Sperry:
Ex-Im Bank Nod Tied To John Huang
Weaver's Contacts With Fundraiser Questioned
President Clinton's appointee to a critical
seat on the board of the Export-Import Bank has close ties to a crooked
fundraiser linked to China.
China is Ex-Im Bank's second-largest
During the Clinton years, the bank has
given more than $5.5 billion in loans to China to help it buy U.S.
technology and equipment for power plants and other projects. The loans
were OK'd despite proof that China sold nuclear-related equipment to
Pakistan and other countries that worry U.S. security experts.
The White House hopes the Senate will
quickly confirm D. Vanessa Weaver to fill one of three vacant seats on Ex-Im's
five-member board. The lack of quorum is holding up $2.3 billion in loans.
As a Clinton aide, Weaver often was in
touch with Democratic Party fundraiser Jian-Nan "John" Huang
when he worked at the Commerce Department.
In May, Huang agreed to plead guilty to a
fundraising felony charge in exchange for his help in an ongoing Justice
Department probe of 1996 campaign finance fraud. He has yet to enter a
Weaver and Huang exchanged at least 26
phone calls over a 17-month period in 1994 and 1995, records show.
Weaver also reached out to Huang in October
1996 when he hid from U.S. marshals for a week to avoid testifying in a
lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch Inc. The public-interest law firm claims
that Huang was involved in an illegal scheme at Commerce to sell seats on
trade trips for Democratic donations.
"She (Weaver) called my wife in
California," Huang testified after authorities finally caught up with
him. "As a courtesy, I returned her call to her home."
Huang explained that Weaver and he are just
"good friends." Asked about her again in another Judicial Watch
deposition in April, Huang took the Fifth.
Weaver, deputy White House director of
presidential personnel, declined repeated requests for an interview.
The Senate Banking Committee canceled a
Friday hearing on Weaver and other appointees. It hasn't reset a date. The
Senate breaks for a month starting next week.
Chairman Phil Gramm, R-Texas, isn't likely
to quiz Weaver, a former computer consultant, about her ties to Huang.
"I don't expect it to be anything that Sen. Gramm brings up,"
spokeswoman Christi Harlan said.
Ignoring the issue would be a mistake, one
Hill investigator says.
"We're going to reward someone who's
all over John Huang's call-back slips," he said.
The connection doesn't stop there, he says.
As often as three times a week, Huang would
leave his Commerce office carrying a folder or briefcase and walk across
the street to the Willard Hotel. There he'd visit the Washington office of
Stephens Inc., an Arkansas-based brokerage.
Weaver's father, Vernon Weaver, headed the
branch. A fellow Arkansan, he and Clinton go back more than 20 years.
The elder Weaver let Huang use an empty
Stephens office to pick up overnight packages, make phone calls and fax
His secretary, Paula Greene, testified
before the Senate in 1997 that Weaver gave her strict orders to hide the
setup. For instance, she says Weaver told her not to leave detailed phone
messages for Huang when she called to alert him to a package or fax.
Phone records show Vernon Weaver made at
least 27 calls to Huang from July 1994 to November 1995. Over that same
period, Vanessa Weaver made at least 23 calls to Huang -- two on the same
day as her father.
The congressional investigator, who wished
to go unnamed, suspects Vanessa Weaver was a White House
"go-between" for her father and Huang. Her White House office is
just across 15th St. from the Willard Hotel and the Commerce building.
Records show that at least 16 faxes sent in
1994 and 1995 from the Stephens office went to Lippo Group units in
Jakarta, Indonesia; Hong Kong; and Los Angeles. Huang worked for the
foreign conglomerate before joining Commerce. Lippo has partnered with
Stephens on deals for more than a decade.
The government official appeared to still
be conducting business with his old firm -- a possible breach of federal
But there's a more troubling aspect to his
Several months before Huang joined
Commerce, China Resources Holding Co., a front for Chinese military
intelligence, bought a large stake in a Lippo unit called Hongkong Chinese
That made Lippo equal partners with
Beijing's communist regime. "Huang himself may possibly have had a
direct financial relationship with the (Chinese) government," said
the final report of the so-called Thompson committee, headed by Sen. Fred
Thompson, R-Tenn., which probed foreign fundraising in the 1996
The CIA briefed China-born Huang (who got a
security clearance without a full background check) at least 37 times at
Commerce. He got hundreds of classified documents on topics such as
U.S.-China technology transfers.
Several of the faxes sent from the Stephens
office correspond with Huang's CIA briefings.
For instance, the CIA briefed Huang at 9
a.m. on Oct. 5, 1994. Later that day, at 5:49 p.m., a fax was sent from
the Stephens office to a Lippo office in Hong Kong.
Huang enjoyed unusual access to the White
House. He visited at least 94 times and met with Clinton there at least 15
At a Sept. 13, 1995, Oval Office meeting,
Clinton decided to move Huang to the Democratic National Committee.
Phone logs show a pickup in calls from
Vanessa Weaver's White House office to Huang starting on Sept. 15, 1995 --
suggesting that "she may have had some kind of campaign- financing
role," the congressional source said....
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