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April 22, 1999
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Seven Days Until Johnny Chung Testifies Before
Bozell to CBS: "When Will Dan Rather Start Reporting On The Clinton/Chinese Money Scandal?"
ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- Media Research Center Chairman
Brent Bozell chastised CBS today, which, to date, has continued to ignore the news bombshell that the chief of Chinese military intelligence tried to give the Clinton-Gore campaign $300,000 - the most direct link yet between communist Beijing and the Clinton's re-election campaign. The story, which first broke April 4 in
The Los Angeles Times, has not even been mentioned by CBS over the past two weeks.
"How long can Dan Rather go without telling the American people about such startling revelations about their President?" Bozell said. "At some
point, before next Tuesday's appearance of Johnny Chung before the House,
Mr. Rather will have to start meeting his journalistic responsibilities."
L.A. Times reported, in a front-page story, that the Chief of China's military intelligence secretly directed funds from Beijing to illegally help re-elect President Clinton in 1996 as told in testimony by former Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung before a federal grand jury. The story goes on to report the FBI feared that a "hit squad" had been sent from China to kill Chung and placed him and his family under armed guard after Chung was threatened to 'keep quiet' by a Chinese operative in a video-recorded meeting.
In contrast, on the January 25, 1988 broadcast of
CBS Evening News, Dan Rather lashed out at Vice President George Bush about selling arms for hostages to Iran, which by then was an exhausted issue: "You've made us hypocrites in the face of the world! How could you sign on to such a policy?" But, in Mr. Rather's first exclusive, post-impeachment TV interview with Bill Clinton, on
60 Minutes II (March 31), he asked nothing about recent stories of Chinese espionage at U.S. nuclear labs, which carries a much greater threat to U.S. security. He did ask: "Could you describe for me what you believe to be the responsibilities of the husband of a United States Senator?"
To schedule an interview with Mr. Bozell, or MRC Director of Media Analysis
Tim Graham, contact Bill Shapard at (703)-683-5004, ext. 106.
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