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February 22, 1999
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MRC Challenges NBC To Lift The Broaddrick Blackout
NBC Continues to Censor Story of Alleged Clinton Rape Even After Newspapers Run It
ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- First the
Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy feature on its op-ed page this past Friday. Then the
Washington Post followed with two news stories in its Saturday editions. Now,
Media Research Center Chairman Brent Bozell is challenging NBC News - the news network which was given the exclusive and which promised to air it - to end its blackout of the Juanita Broaddrick story. The allegation is that as Arkansas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, Bill Clinton raped a 35-year old nursing home employee named Juanita Broaddrick in a Little Rock, Ark. hotel room in April 1978.
"This is censorship. NBC is purposely keeping this information from the public and the only rationale for doing so at this point is to protect the president. Two national newspapers have now run this story, CBS and CNN have run stories, but the one news organization that has the victim on tape continues to act as if it is a natural extension of the White House communications operation," Bozell said.
Bozell noted that Broaddrick has corroborating witnesses, which is why other news organizations have run her story.
"We all know rape is one of the most explosive allegations anyone can make against anyone else. NBC's continued blackout of the Broaddrick story smacks of more than just the media's cooperation with the government, it looks a lot like government control of the media," Bozell said. "The public has a right to see Ms. Broaddrick make her claims, on the air, in front of a camera, so they can judge for themselves as to whether their president is guilty of such actions."
To schedule an interview with Mr. Bozell, MRC Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham, or another MRC spokesman, contact Bob Adams at (703)-683-5004, ext. 116.
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