Johnny Chung testified May 11
before the House Government Reform Committee, recounting how the General
who heads Chinese military intelligence gave him $300,000 to donate in
1996 to help President Clinton’s re-election efforts. But the CBS
Evening News didn’t find it newsworthy and ignored his appearance
that night. The next day none of the morning shows aired a word about
ABC’s World News Tonight
and the NBC Nightly News did relay Chung’s story on May 11, but
that meant it took them over five weeks to get around to it since the
Los Angeles Times first disclosed the $300,000 story back on April
In her story on Chung’s
testimony, ABC’s Linda Douglass failed to note that he recounted how the
Chinese General threatened his life if he talked about the money, but
she ended by passing along Chung’s plug for campaign finance reform:
"Chung blamed the flood of illegal contributions in the last
presidential campaign on a political system that is addicted to money.
And he told the House members, ‘I did not create the system, you did.’"
Feminist Honor Roll
100 Years of Great Liberal Women should have been the title of
the April 30 Barbara Walters special on ABC, A Celebration: 100 Years
of Great Women. Based upon a list compiled by Ladies Home Journal,
the 90-minute show focused on the triumphs of liberal women, with Gloria
Steinem and Jane Fonda the most frequently heard talking heads, ignoring
any facts which might detract from their glory.
Two of the most flagrant
examples came during the segments on Fonda and Hillary Clinton. Walters
began, "But one woman on the list does seem to have it all, Jane Fonda.
She has the career, the children and marriage, though she’s had more
than one." After tracing Fonda’s movie career from Barbarella to her
Oscar-winning performance in Klute, Walters continued, "In the ‘90s,
Fonda has stopped acting and now spends much of her time on her favorite
cause, preventing teenage pregnancy." No mention of Fonda’s
anti-American, pro-communist activities during the Vietnam War,
including her infamous trip to North Vietnam to denounce U.S. soldiers.
Then came Hillary the victim,
with an uncritical look at the First Lady. "And what of today’s First
Lady? Hillary Rodham Clinton. From the start, she has been more of a
politician than a political wife....But early on, as we remember, she
got in trouble for speaking her mind." Not to mention some other things.
After glowing comments from Washington Post publisher Katharine
Graham and columnist Ann Landers, Walters reported, "No First Lady has
been more investigated or scrutinized." As if it were for no other
reason than speaking her mind, and all those probes into her role in
Whitewater, Travelgate, or Filegate were simply unfounded.
Libs Love Liddy
Elizabeth Dole knows how to earn media admiration: go left and bash a
conservative group. On ABC’s World News Tonight on May 9 John
Cochran played a clip of Dole declaring: "I don’t think you need an
AK-47 to defend your family. And I do believe in the ban on assault
weapons. I also favor safety locks, yes safety locks on guns to protect
Cochran approvingly noted: "She
gets the occasional boo, but more often she gets applause and in the
wake of the Columbine school tragedy Dole’s aides believe her stand on
gun control will resonate to voters." Cochran then set her up: "Do you
think it’s time to stop being scared of the gun lobby?" She replied: "I
do not think they should dictate to our party."
Cochran explained the strategy:
"Until now Dole has looked soft, uncertain on many issues. And then
there was the gender problem. She is popular with women, but polls show
men have doubts about her. But now, by taking on the gun lobby, she
hopes men will decide maybe she is also tough enough to take on Slobodan
After that stretch Cochran did
wonder if "it really takes so much courage to go toe-to-toe with the gun
lobby" when polls show public disapproval for the NRA, but he never
questioned the validity of her prescription.
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