Morning Shows Refused to Mention New York Times Story on Gore's Possible Quid-Pro-Quo Fundraising, But They Pounced on NY Times "Rats" Story. Plus: Gore and Lieberman on Letterman and O'Brien.
-- Back to today's CyberAlert
Below is the text of a MRC "Quick
Take" distributed by fax this afternoon and written by Tim Graham, but
first a brief note about campaign-related TV events tonight:
>> ABC's 20/20
begins tonight, Thursday September 14, a two-part examination by Peter
Jennings of George W. Bush and Al Gore. Part two airs Friday night.
>> Al Gore and Joe Lieberman on late night comedy
shows tonight: Gore will appear on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman,
Lieberman on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Now the text of the September 14 Quick Take:
TV STUCK TO HILLARY DEBATE, DOWNEY PACKAGE GORE
CORRUPTION SCOOP GETS ZERO STORIES ON MORNING NEWS
-- 1. The New York Times and other media outlets
reported this morning that the Justice Department has opened a preliminary
investigation into whether Al Gore solicited Texas trial lawyers for
six-figure contributions in 1995 with the understanding that President Clinton
would veto a Republican tort-reform bill in exchange.
To read the NY Times story, "Memo Linking Political
Donation and Veto Spurs Federal Inquiry," go to:
NETWORK COVERAGE? Zero on today's morning shows on
ABC, CBS, and NBC. All the shows covered the Hillary Clinton-Rick Lazio
debate, and ABC and NBC devoted full stories to how Gore friend Tom Downey
mysteriously received Bush debate preparations and turned them over to the
-- 2. Two days ago, The New York Times recycled a
two-week old story on the word "rats" being visible in one-thirtieth
of a second in a Republican ad.
NETWORK COVERAGE? The "rats" complaint drew
full stories on CBS's The Early Show and NBC's Today, while ABC's Good
Morning America asked George Stephanopoulos and liberal advertising critic Bob
Garfield to analyze it. On Tuesday night, the complaint topped evening news
shows on ABC, CNN, and MSNBC, and attracted full news stories on CBS and NBC.
Yesterday, NBC's Today treated as newsworthy the PR gimmick of two Democratic
Senators saying they will ask the FCC to investigate the "rats"
claim. The show also brought aboard Newsweek's Howard Fineman to point out how
the media-generated controversy is blocking Bush from getting his message out.
"The message from the networks is not so
subliminal," declared Tim Graham, MRC Director of Media Analysis.
"Anti-Gore allegations are not worth repeating."
END Reprint of Quick Take
-- Brent Baker
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