Thursday, July 17,1997 | Vol. One, No. 2 | Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
ABC and NBC Skip Hearings Wednesday Night; Only ABC Airs a Morning Story -- 90 Minutes In
There Are Hearings? What Hearings?
Huang's strange career at the Commerce Department took center stage yesterday at the
hearings, but not on TV. Of the Big Three networks, two did nothing at night, and two
aired zero in the morning. (NBC skipped both.) One boss found Huang "totally
unqualified" for his post. The Senate also investigated how he received top-secret
intelligence briefings, even though he never had a full background check.
Evening shows, July 16:
Neither ABC's World News Tonight or NBC
Nightly News told viewers a syllable about the hearings. ABC did take the time for
three Versace murder stories, the NAACP convention, an FDA-approved implant for epilepsy,
a bank robber who stuffed dollars in his pants and fled in his underwear when the dye
ignited, and a fly-fishing program for breast cancer victims.
Only the CBS Evening News ran a story.
After two stories on Versace and serial killer suspect Andrew Cunanan and a piece on the
Dow Jones stock index hitting 8000, Bob Schieffer opened his story: "The committee
bored in on how Huang wound up in a sensitive Commerce Department job that gave him access
to highly-classified trade secrets. His old boss conceded Huang didn't get there on
CBS ran a soundbite of Jeffrey Garten declaring
Huang "totally unqualified" for his job. Schieffer also reported "Huang got
plenty of trade secrets in his government post," and that the Senate committee is
investigating a handwritten note then-DNC chairman Don Fowler faxed to Mack McLarty in
1995 which said the party had to raise $4 million in 14 days. The fax "listed a group
of oil company executives and asked McLarty to call some of these people and ask them for
$25,000. Federal law prohibits such fundraising by White House employees," Schieffer
noted, adding McLarty denies getting the memo.
CNN's Prime News (at 8pm ET) carried a
full report from Candy Crowley reviewing all the main points about Huang at Commerce,
including his lack of a full background check when he was hired..
Morning shows, July 17:
ABC's Good Morning America aired a full
story -- in the last half hour. Bob Zelnick noted Huang's boss at Commerce walled him off
from China duties, but the CIA briefers were not informed of this, and Huang retained a
security clearance while he worked as a DNC fundraiser.
CBS This Morning produced nothing for
the sixth weekday morning in a row, but did air a Bill Plante report on President Clinton
protecting children from porn on the Internet and Mexican cooking of soft-shell crabs.
NBC's Today ignored the
hearings again. Claire Shipman filed a report in the 8 am half-hour on Clinton speaking to
the NAACP convention: "Whatever their frustrations, most leaders on the race issue
understand that for now the President may be their best, certainly their most visible
advocate." Today also found time for the Leno-Letterman billboard battle in
New York and cooking with citrus. Juicy scandal revelations were not on the menu. --
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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