Thursday, July 16, 1998 - Vol. Two, No. 29 - Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
First Lady's Publicity Demands Eagerly Met In 16-Minute Shriver Soft-Toss Segment at Edison's Lab
Hillary Visits the Servants at NBC's Today
Maria Shriver drew attention to her Tuesday morning Today interview of Hillary
Clinton with a faux pas: she asked if they needed a cot in the Oval Office as the
workaholic Thomas Edison had in his lab. But once again, the Today show awarded
the First Lady whatever publicity she wanted with a 16-minute interview on Hillary's
crusade to save national landmarks.
Shriver also asked: "I know the way
you prepare when you go out to tackle something. So no doubt you probably read everything
ever written about Thomas Edison, and since we're here in his library, what's the most
interesting thing you came across in all your reading?" Here are some other Today
April 2, 1992: Katie Couric talked about charges she'd be the
"power behind the throne": "Do you think that those kinds of reactions, Ms.
Clinton, are the product of just good old-fashioned sexism?"
July 20, 1992: Bryant Gumbel quizzed Hillary and Tipper Gore:
"You two have surely seen the widespread speculation that one campaign isn't big
enough for two women as strong-willed, independent-minded, outspoken as each of you are.
You're laughing. How does that speculation strike you?"
August 24, 1992: Katie Couric taped a talk with Mrs. Clinton and Mrs.
Gore right after the GOP convention: "If you listen to Pat Buchanan, he talked about
you, Mrs. Clinton. He talked about you in his speech before the Republican convention. I'd
like to give you an opportunity to respond to those charges." And: "Do you think
the American people are not ready for someone as accomplished and career-oriented as
May 10, 1995: Couric discussed mammograms with Hillary:
"Republicans have said that as much as 400 million dollars must be cut from Medicare
and Medicaid in order to balance the budget. Do you think that might imperil the kind of
coverage older women may not know about, but actually have when it comes to
January 16, 1996: In between calling the book It Takes A Village
"terrific" and "really terrific," Shriver submitted unctuous questions
(see box), including: "You think government should do a lot more than it's doing in
terms of making children a priority, doing things for kids. We're clearly living in an age
when people are anti-government. How do you get across the message that we all need to see
everybody's kids as our own, we need to have more programs, the government needs to be
October 23, 1997: Couric read from Hillary's script on day care by
inquiring: "It is clear that day care in this country is inaccessible to many,
cost-prohibitive for others, substandard in many situations. What can the government
actually do to alleviate some of these problems?"
January 27, 1998: In an anguished interview aimed at Monicagate damage
control, Today offered Hillary the platform for her "vast right-wing
conspiracy" charge. Matt Lauer asked: "If what the President has told the nation
is the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then you'd have to agree that this is the
worst and most damaging smear of the twentieth century." NBC's morning crew hasn't
been devoted to the truth, but to offering its time in elongated blocks for the First
Lady's liberal spin. -- Tim Graham
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher; Brent Baker, Tim Graham, Editors;
Eric Darbe, Geoffrey
Dickens, Clay Waters, Jessica Anderson, Mark
Drake, Media Analysts; Kristina Sewell, Research
Associate. For the latest liberal media bias, read the
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