This Morning on GMA Diane Sawyer Proved Charge of Pro-Gore Omissions by Noting What Networks Aren't Reporting
-- Back to today's CyberAlert
Below is the text of a
MRC Campaign 2000 "Quick Take" distributed by fax this afternoon on
how instead of reporting a couple of unfavorable stories about Al Gore and
Hillary Clinton, after having jumped on the anti-Bush "RATS" ad
story earlier this week, ABC's Diane Sawyer just mentioned the complaint
that the media are not covering them.
(But first a correction for this morning's CyberAlert
which quoted Peter Jennings as reporting Thursday night: "The Macedonians
say that during last year's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia all those
NATO jets shrieking overhead dramatized their honeybees." Actually,
Jennings said the bees were "traumatized.")
Now to today's MRC Campaign 2000 Quick Take fax
written by the MRC's Tim Graham and based on an exchange caught by MRC
analyst Jessica Anderson:
STEPHANOPOULOS EXCUSE: AL GORE'S JUST "IN THE ZONE" SAWYER
PROVES CHARGE OF PRO-GORE OMISSIONS BY NOTING WHAT NETWORKS AREN'T REPORTING
Today's Good Morning America:
Diane Sawyer: "Part
of the Bush campaign's contention is that the media is disgraceful on all of
this. Climbing on the Gore bandwagon, not calling the Gore campaign on any of
its fundraising issues, including now reports that the Lincoln Bedroom and
Camp David were sold by the Clinton administration to fund-raise."
replied: "You know, and political scientists have written about this.
They talk about the bandwagon effect, that once a candidate gets in the zone,
all of the coverage is good, almost no matter what happens, and when you're
out of the zone, even when you do things right, it goes against you."
REALITY CHECK: Sawyer made the first broadcast network
morning or evening show mention of the allegation that Hillary Clinton's
been rewarding donors to her Senate campaign with White House favors.
No ABC, CBS, or NBC show has followed newspaper reports
on the Justice Department probe of Gore's fundraising calls to Texas trial
lawyers -- and whether there was a financial quid pro quo over the veto
of a GOP tort-reform bill in 1996. Today's newspapers carried Bush's
criticism of Gore over these reports, but the networks are still ignoring the
MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham declared:
"This week's network coverage suggests that newspaper stories on
fundraising corruption are just too sophisticated for the RATS pack."
END Reprint of MRC Campaign 2000 Quick Take
-- Brent Baker
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