Friday, July 18, 1997 | Vol. One, No. 3 | Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
ABC and NBC Skip Hearings Again Thursday Night; All Morning Shows Are Missing in Action
No TV Detectives for the Huang Mysteries
investigators focused yesterday on John Huang's practice of leaving his Commerce
Department digs to retrieve faxes and make phone calls across the street at the offices of
Stephens Inc., an Arkansas brokerage firm with ties to the Lippo Group, Huang's former
employer. Paula Greene, a Stephens receptionist, testified she was instructed to speak
directly to Huang and not leave detailed messages when something arrived for him.
Committee lawyers also laid out circumstantial evidence that Huang raised funds from at
least four donors during his Commerce tenure. But ABC and NBC again avoided the hearings
last night, and the morning shows were silent.
Evening shows, July 17:
ABC's World News Tonight ignored the
Senate, but found time for two House hearings, including one on "road rage." A
"traffic psychologist" explained: "Expressing your rage at the other driver
by beeping your horn or flipping them off or putting your headlights up and down, that's a
pathological condition of an adjustment reaction disorder."
NBC Nightly News covered no hearings,
but reporter Claire Shipman presented Clinton as a problem-solver at the NAACP convention.
Tom Brokaw suggested: "Out on the road tonight President Clinton is trying to put
some muscle behind his promise to lead this nation toward some racial healing." After
soundbites from Roger Wilkins and Kweisi Mfume, but no conservatives, Shipman used the
same formulation as yesterday's Today: "Most people of color today in this
country understand that despite his perceived shortcomings, Bill Clinton is still
realistically their best advocate."
Once again, only the CBS Evening News covered
the hearings. After Dan Rather summarized the day's Senate findings, reporter Phil Jones
offered a rare sympathetic look at Congressman Dan Burton, head of the House committee
investigating fundraising violations. Jones noted that days after Burton sent a subpoena
to the Justice Department for information, an FBI agent presented him with a subpoena for
his campaign finance records. Burton told Jones "It may be a retaliatory
move...because I'm pushing pretty hard in my investigation." Jones even provided the
first evening-news mention of probes into late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, whose
business partner Nolanda Hill told ABC's Prime Time Live last month that Brown
met with Vietnamese officials about taking a bribe.
CNN's The World Today (at 10 pm ET) only
aired a 39-second anchor brief.
Morning shows, July 18:
ABC's Good Morning America aired nothing
on the fundraising hearings for the first time this week.
CBS This Morning ignored the hearings
for the seventh weekday morning in a row. Hearings never came up in a long interview with
former Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley, their new commentator. Their full coverage so far: an
anchor brief on the morning the hearings opened, and a full story and two anchor briefs
the next day.
They didn't note the hearings, but
NBC's Today noted the Senate passed a ban on computer games in government
offices. What computer games are the networks playing? None of the morning shows offered a
single interview segment on the hearings this week. -- 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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