Wednesday, July 16, 1997 | Vol. One, No. 1 | Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
Wednesday Morning CBS and NBC Viewers Don't See a Thing About Hearings; ABC Airs One Brief
Illegal Donations to DNC Buried Last Night
revelations tumbled out of yesterday's hearings -- Democrats admitted there was a Chinese
attempt to influence elections, John Huang's 400 phone calls to Lippo bosses, a donor
buying his way into meetings at the National Security Council, proof of an illegal 1992
contribution Huang made to the DNC -- but the networks buried brief updates late in their
evening shows, and the morning shows again went AWOL.
Evening shows, July 15:
ABC's World News Tonight. About 17
minutes into the show, after stories on the Versace murder, Versace's designs, three
pieces on the Mir space station situation, a Mars update, and the Cosby extortion trial,
Peter Jennings announced: "The Senate committee investigating campaign financing has
heard the clearest testimony yet about a foreign contribution to the Democrats."
Jennings gave it 26 seconds, with no soundbites from any of the three witnesses.
CBS Evening News led with the Versace
murder, followed by reports on the Versace empire, Ken Starr's verdict on Vince Foster,
the Cosby trial, Mir, Mars, heart disease studies and a new treatment for migraines. A bit
more than 15 minutes into the show, Dan Rather reported Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)
supported GOP claims that China tried to buy influence. CBS noted Huang's 400 calls to the
Lippo Group while at the Commerce Department (more than one call per day), but aired no
NBC Nightly News also led with the
Versace murder, then a look at the suspected serial murderer, followed by Cosby, Mir,
Mars, and an "In Depth" piece on Versace's life. Twenty minutes into the show,
Tom Brokaw aired a soundbite from Sen. Lieberman, and then turned to Tim
offered his take: "Today's an indication that at least one Democrat is willing to put
the chips on the table." Brokaw replied: "When do you think we're going to begin
to hear more from Republicans, however, about some of their transgressions?"
CNN's The World Today (at 10pm ET)
featured a thorough Candy Crowley report that summarized the day's hearings and included
soundbites from witnesses.
Morning shows, July 16:
ABC's Good Morning America only aired an
anchor brief at 7:30 am.
CBS This Morning has ignored the
hearings entirely for five weekday mornings in a row. (They did have a long segment on the
tango.) Last hearings mention: Wednesday, July 9.
NBC's Today had no story
this morning. NBC devoted most of the 7:30 half hour to a man fired for recounting NBC's Seinfeld
at work. -- Tim Graham & Brent Baker
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher; Brent Baker, Tim Graham, Editors;
Dickens, Gene Eliasen, James Forbes, Steve
Kaminski, Clay Waters, Media Analysts; Kristina Sewell, Research
Associate. For the latest liberal media bias, read the
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