Thursday, July 30, 1998 - Vol. Two, No. 31 - Media Inquiries: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004
Throughout July, the Networks Have Ignored New Developments in the Fundraising Scandal
Clinton Capers Left to Die in the Papers
As the month of July draws to a close, Rep. Dan Burton's House Government Reform and
Oversight Committee is considering a contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General
Janet Reno. She has failed to respond to a subpoena for memos urging her to appoint an
independent counsel in the fundraising scandal. While the Monica Lewinsky story turns
white-hot, the networks have continued to downplay or ignore new print scoops on the
July 2: The
Washington Post reported that then-DNC Chairman Don Fowler helped Johnny Chung set up
a Treasury Department meeting for China Petrochemical Corporation. The New York Times
reported the State Department blocked Shen Rongjun, the son of a Chinese general working
for Hughes Space and Communications, from working on a $650 million satellite sale to a
Chinese-controlled company. TV coverage? Zero. Clinton was touring China, but the networks
didn't find a news hook.
July 9: Associated Press relayed that former Reagan export-control
chief Stephen Bryen told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China has obtained
"weapons-capable technology" that was forbidden to the Soviet Union, while
Clinton aides told another Senate committee the current system was working fine. Network
July 10: The Washington Post noted a federal judge ordered
the Federal Election Commission to review Judicial Watch's allegations that the Clinton
Commerce Department and the DNC offered U.S. businesses spots on trade missions in
exchange for donations. The Post also reported that Gore fundraiser Howard
Glicken pleaded guilty to charges of illegally soliciting and laundering $20,000 in
foreign money in 1993 for Democratic Senate campaigns. Network coverage? Zero.
July 13: The Justice Department announced the indictment of Thai
businesswoman Pauline Kanchanalak for laundering foreign money to the DNC. ABC and CBS
each gave it 18 seconds, while NBC ignored it. None of the morning shows reported it.
July 16: The New York Times disclosed Sen. Fred Thompson read
from FBI Director Louis Freeh's previously unread memo to Reno calling for an independent
counsel, noting Freeh found the FBI probe led to the highest levels of the White House.
Network coverage? Zero.
July 19: The Los Angeles Times reported that "the
government failed to require Pentagon export-security monitors at seven of the 12
[satellite] launches that occurred during President Clinton's watch....And in five of the
launches, the monitors now required by government regulations missed prelaunch planning
meetings between U.S. and Chinese teams, though some experts consider these meetings even
more critical to protecting secrets than the launches themselves." Network coverage?
Not a word.
July 23: The New York Times revealed Charles
departing chief of the campaign finance probe, concluded in a memo to Reno that she has no
alternative but to seek an independent counsel. TV coverage? While NBC's Today
carried two briefs, ABC's and CBS's morning shows aired nothing. That night, CBS and CNN
filed full stories, but ABC and NBC did nothing. With this record of network avoidance,
it's no wonder the Democrats claim the Clinton scandals are all about sex. --
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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