NBC’s Tom Brokaw tried to
appear fair by criticizing, on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman,
both Clinton and Republicans for how they handled impeachment. But he
blamed only Republicans for hypocrisy and "zealotry."
On the February 3 show he told
Letterman, "Certainly no one can defend the President’s behavior," but
"I think that there’s a strong feeling that there was real political
zealotry on the part of the people who came after him."
Though Brokaw discounted the
idea of a vast right-wing conspiracy, noting Clinton "got himself in
this hot water," he theorized: "When you heard how the President had
behaved, the question became was that a high crime and misdemeanor and a
crime against the state? And it was on that point that most people
backed away from saying let’s throw him out of office. But the House
continued to prosecute him because they felt strongly about the matter
of perjury under oath and they also felt it was an abuse of power. They
didn’t feel, these same Republicans, that way when Iran-Contra was going
on and Ronald Reagan was in office."
Brokaw could have pointed out
that Democrats were zealous hypocrites to demand criminal penalties for
Reagan aides in Iran-Contra, but now vote to dismiss the case against
Jackie Judd’s World News Tonight exclusive on January 29
uncovered confirmation of Kathleen Willey’s allegations that an attempt
was made to scare her while she was a witness in the Paula Jones
Judd reported: "ABC News has
confirmed that this private investigator, Jared Stern, has become a key
witness in the investigation of whether there was an attempt to scare
Kathleen Willey." Stern was hired by the lawyer of Nathan Landow, a
major Clinton-Gore fundraiser who Willey says pressured her to deny that
Clinton made a sexual advance. "Sources say Stern was asked to pull
[Willey’s] phone records, to find out what medications Willey might be
taking, to conduct a so-called ‘noisy’ investigation to let Willey know
she was being watched." Stern’s lawyer told Judd, "Stern was so
uncomfortable he called Willey and left a message, using an alias,
warning her that someone wanted to do her harm."
Stern denied he was the jogger
Willey claims threatened her, but "said with certainty" Willey is
telling the truth about it. Judd concluded: "Sources say Landow and the
lawyer refuse to answer prosecutors’ questions, making this a very
difficult case to close."
So was this bombshell picked up
by CBS, NBC, CNN, Newsweek, or U.S. News & World Report?
No. Judd’s story has only been mentioned by FNC’s David Shuster and
briefly in a February 15 Time sidebar titled "When Will Starr
Pull the Plug?"
Last March, NBC’s Lisa Myers reported on Juanita Broaddrick’s allegation
that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in 1978 when he was Attorney
General of Arkansas. As the Drudge Report Web site reported, Myers got
an on-camera interview in January with Broaddrick, but NBC News has so
far failed to air it. On February 2, MSNBC host Don Imus asked NBC News
Vice President Tim Russert about it. He promised: "If we honestly had a
buttoned-up bombshell, we would go with it in a flash."
FNC’s Special Report with
Brit Hume aired a story on Broaddrick’s claim, despite, as Matt
Drudge reported, getting threats from the White House warning them not
to go with the story.
Reporter Rita Cosby recited on
February 2 Broaddrick’s once-recanted, now-reiterated story of an
encounter with Clinton at a nursing home conference in Little Rock 21
years ago: "A friend of Broaddrick’s who attended the conference saw her
right after the alleged assault. Norma Kelsey told Fox News that
Broaddrick said she’d been assaulted by Clinton. Quote, ‘She was
hysterical,’ Kelsey said. ‘Her lip was blue and bleeding, and her hose
were severely torn in the crotch area.’ Three others close to Broaddrick
say Broaddrick gave them similar accounts." Two days later Hume and his
guests sported "Free Lisa Myers" buttons to show support for her
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