CyberAlert -- 02/16/1999 -- CBS: GOP Must Move Left; Tripp a Bad Mom; CNN's Liberal Night
CBS: GOP Must Move Left; Tripp a Bad Mom; CNN's Liberal Night
2) Larry King seriously asked Linda Tripp if without the DNA evidence "there never would have been an admission by the President of any relationship?" Tripp revealed that Clinton's DNA evidence "was everywhere" on the dress.
>>> See and hear Carville get booed. Last Friday morning Katie Couric asked James Carville about Ken Starr and whether he is "willing though to bury the hatchet and say we gotta move on, we gotta put his behind us?" Carville responded: "Yea, I'll bury the hatchet right in him. No I'm not burying no hatchets no way..." The night before the audience for CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, an audience drawn from the liberal Northeast, actually booed some of Carville's pro-Clinton harangues. Tuesday morning a RealPlayer clip of some of the booing will be placed on the MRC home page. Go to: http://www.mrc.org <<<
CBS News to the GOP: You must "move toward the middle, away from the far-right social conservatives" who pushed the impeachment process. Though the February 15 CBS Evening News piece by correspondent Sharyl Attkisson on what Republicans must do to overcome supposed public rejection of their party included some soundbites from Republicans, none were allowed to counter the central thesis of her one expert professor about how the Republicans must move left.
In a minute and thirty five seconds Attkisson managed to air five ideological labels about Republicans. In the following complete transcript of the report these labels are in ALL CAPS.
"Today, Republicans at a town hall meeting in Michigan seemed
delighted to talk about something besides impeachment."
Linda Tripp's live interview Monday night by CNN's Larry King generated less hostility from King than I expected, but did deliver one noteworthy exchange in which Tripp offered what Geraldo Rivera would dismiss as a "salacious" detail about the semen-stained dress, though a previously unknown observation about quantity, and King's apparent lack of knowledge of how only the dress evidence led Clinton to concede anything quite naturally baffled Tripp.
Here's the relevant exchange from near the end of the February 15 show:
one of her visits to Lewinsky's Watergate apartment: "...The two
times I had been there were -- both times were for reasons of convenience,
having to stay late in town -- and at that time, she wanted me try on some
jackets that she thought I would fit into. And I did. And at that time,
she pulled out this semen-stained dress and showed it to me. And that was
Well, not to King. How the DNA evidence led to Clinton realizing he had to admit something happened apparently went right over King's head.
Speaking of King
and missing the point, check out this wacky reasoning from the Monday USA
Today column of the man who loves to berate "right-wing wackos."
From the February 15 "Larry King's People" column:
NBC maximized the Today show exclusive interview they had with Linda Tripp, running it again Friday night on MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams and parts of it on Dateline NBC, but NBC didn't thank Tripp by offering a positive portrait of her.
See the February
12 special afternoon CyberAlert for details of the Today interview, which
the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reported Today agreed to carry
But Friday night Tripp didn't even have the limited protection her no edit deal assured, a fact NBC took full advantage of in weaving her Today interview into a 13-minute piece for Dateline. Check out the introduction by Jamie Gangel, the reporter who conducted the interview:
"Linda Tripp, the woman many Americans hold responsible for the
year-long ordeal known as the Lewinsky affair. The woman who got it all
started by secretly taping her girlfriend, Monica Lewinsky as she agonized
over her relationship with the President of the United States. [snippet of
Lewinsky on tape pleading with Tripp not to let her have an affair again
with a married man] The woman who not only launched a national scandal but
launched a thousand jokes. [Two-second bite of John Goodman playing Tripp
on Saturday Night Live] And the woman who launched a wave of scorn."
(To watch this intro, go to the MRC home page where Kristina Sewell and Sean Henry will post a RealPlayer clip of it next to this item in the posted version of this CyberAlert.)
And so it went
with Gangel interspersing interview clips with her reporting of what Tripp
did, including her contacting Lucianne Goldberg, "a New York book
agent, political bit player and an avowed Clinton hater." Gangel did
include soundbites of Tripp talking about Lewinsky's suicide threats and
how she thinks Lewinsky covered up for Clinton. But Gangel also again
failed to acknowledge Tripp's prescience in saving the dress, accusing
her of trying to "manipulate" Lewinsky, and concluded by playing
her final interview question which held Tripp, not Clinton, responsible
for the scandal:
Geraldo Rivera, giddy with excitement and already aboard the Hillary for
Senate campaign. Rivera got some off-camera face time with Bill Clinton in
Mexico Monday morning. Smiling and barely able to contain his glee, on
CNBC's Upfront Tonight on Monday night Rivera recounted part of his
Republicans blocked a popular censure resolution because "as Republicans why would they want to do anything the public wanted them to do?" So argued CBS News analyst and U.S. News writer Gloria Borger on Friday's Washington Week in Review. Check out this exchange from the February 12 edition of the PBS show:
"The Senate didn't get to where it really wanted to get, which was
a censure. All along you've seen the polls, the public has said well
don't remove him from office, but give him some kind of reprimand. Why
can't you folks agree in a bipartisan way to do something, to reprimand
this guy and they just couldn't get there."
Admiring deceit. Clinton, Jordan and Lewinsky all lied and isn't that
great! Instead of condemning them, on this past weekend's Inside
Washington Newsweek's Evan Thomas praised them as "pros" who
are "savvy" and "terrific." Suggesting an explanation
for why the Senate couldn't muster a majority on the obstruction
article, Newsweek's Assistant Managing Editor intoned:
Friday night the three broadcast evening shows each presented a different
opening spin on what the day's events meant. On the NBC Nightly News
Claire Shipman, who called the Clinton statement "the President's
most humble apology, plain and short," also eagerly bought into the
White House spin, concluding with this innocuous take on rumors of
Aren't his pursuit of big breasts what got him in trouble?
Over on the CBS Evening News reporter provided a piece on how Janet Reno is investigating Ken Starr, but Jones concluded by noting: "Those supportive of Starr view the Justice Department investigation of the independent counsel as an attempt to build a case so the Attorney General can fire Starr before he can indict Bill Clinton."
To give you a flavor what viewers learned from the networks Friday night, here's how the Big Three opened their February 12 broadcasts:
-- ABC's World News Tonight. Peter Jennings, the only broadcast network anchor to remain in New York City, began: "Good evening. When the Watergate crisis was over in the 1970s President Gerald Ford said succinctly that the country's long national nightmare was over. The crisis in the Clinton presidency has never been as divisive, nor has it pulverized the nation's emotions in quite the same way. But when the President's impeachment trial was done in the Senate today and he came out and apologized for a crisis he had triggered there was, we think, a national sense of relief that it was over whether one agreed with the Senate decision or not."
-- CBS Evening News. From Washington, DC Dan Rather opened: "Good evening. The verdict is in. President Clinton will stay in office, the push by Republicans to remove him failed today. The vote wasn't even close to the two-thirds majority required, that would be 67 votes, on either one of the two impeachment counts for perjury and obstruction of justice. From Capitol Hill Bob Schieffer reports on a defining day for the President, Congress and the country."
-- NBC Nightly News. Also from Washington, Tom Brokaw led the broadcast: "Good evening. Well, after all of this: more than a year of charges, investigation, rumors, sex lies and videotape, the second impeachment trial of an American President ended today and the vote wasn't even close on perjury or obstruction of justice. Ten Republican Senators voted against the case presented by the House managers on perjury, so that vote was 55 to 45 not guilty. On the charge of obstruction of justice five Republicans crossed over. That vote was a flat tie, well short of the two-thirds needed for conviction."
Tuesday night: CNN's Liberal Night? Tuesday, February 16, CNN plans to air a two-hour special town meeting hosted by Jeff Greenfield in two parts: 8 to 9pm ET and 10 to 11pm ET with Larry King Live sandwiched in between. Conservative views may be hard to hear.
Larry King Live King plugged his Tuesday show:
As for the two-hour town meeting, "A Conversation with America: We the People," promos run Monday night on CNN listed these guests: liberal Hollywood producer Norman Lear, liberal former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite who has condemned the impeachment push, liberal former Congressman and current NAACP chief Kwesi Mfume, and Arianna Huffington. That's 3-to-1. Well, maybe it's more like 4 or 5-to-1. Monday's USA Today also listed Howard Baker and Chuck D of Public Enemy as panelists. Baker may be right of center, but he's no conservative. And I never thought of Chuck D as a public opinion analyst.
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