CyberAlert -- 03/09/1999 -- "Wacko Right-Winger is Redundant"; Media Driving Broaddrick Story?
"Wacko Right-Winger is Redundant"; Media Driving Broaddrick Story?
1) Interviewing Juanita Broaddrick's son on Monday night CNN's Larry King made sure it was not "the wacko element, the far-right" which pressured her to come forward. In USA Today he charged: "The term wacko right-winger is redundant."
2) CBS jolted Joe DiMaggio, not mentioning his passing until the end of the CBS Evening News. All the others led with it and all aired full reports on the firing of the scientist suspected of passing top secret missile information to China.
Correction #1: A March 8 CyberAlert item about CNBC's Diane Dimond defending Linda Tripp just before Jonathan Alter trashed her, noted: "That appreciative spirit toward Lewinsky was short-lived." That should have read: "That appreciative spirit toward Tripp..."
Correction #2, a non-substantive one, to a clarification: The March 8 CyberAlert clarification on the lack of network evening show coverage of Juanita Broaddrick offered the caveat that all of the broadcast network shows were bumped by sports in Washington on Sunday, February 28. While the NBA bumped NBC in the eastern and central time zones and golf killed ABC in at least Washington, the CBS Evening News did air in the east and Washington, DC, but had nothing on Broaddrick despite the fact that every Sunday interview show but CBS's Face the Nation took up her allegations that morning.
Larry King, on wacko patrol. Interviewing Juanita Broaddrick's son on Monday night CNN's Larry King made sure it was not "the wacko element, the far-right" which pressured her to come forward. After all, in USA Today he charged: "The term wacko right-winger is redundant."
At one point guest
Kevin Hickey, Broaddrick's son, observed what the MRC has documented:
the media's lack of interest compared to how they jumped on Anita
explained on the March 8 Larry King Live how his mother decided to go
public to correct inaccuracies in what others said happened to her,
stories circulated as Starr probed her denials and the media asked
questions, King jumped in:
"Larry King's People" column for USA Today the CNN host
offered this less than tolerant assessment:
Of course, it's not that conservatives don't like being called compassionate it's that the term "compassionate conservative" implies all other conservatives lack compassion. On the smoking point, King may not like it but it's true.
It's the term "intelligent Larry King column" which is contradictory.
Before moving on, CNN should get some credit for Monday's topic choice since ABC has never pursued the story, CBS ran just one story and NBC has yet to mention Broaddrick on its own NBC Nightly News.
The passing of Joe DiMaggio was considered the biggest story of the day by ABC, CNN, FNC, MSNBC and NBC Monday night as all led with it, but not CBS which made its look back at his life the last story on the CBS Evening News. CBS began with the firing of a Los Alamos scientist suspected of giving top secret missile data to China, a subject also earning full stories on ABC, FNC and NBC though only NBC relayed how "the administration says the leak occurred in the Reagan years."
Of the broadcast
networks, only CBS mentioned Susan McDougal. CBS Evening News anchor Dan
Rather read this 16-second item which highlighted McDougal's attack on
-- DiMaggio. Recognizing the historic significance for several generations, CNN aired a one-hour special at 8pm ET. MSNBC put together a special Time&Again run at 7 and 11pm ET and FNC aired a special at 11pm ET. On the evening shows, ABC's World News Tonight devoted 7 minutes to DiMaggio, NBC Nightly News gave him 5 solid minutes. CBS's end of show piece consumed just 2:45.
-- Chinese Espionage. Saturday's New York Times broke the story that the investigation by the special House committee headed by Chris Cox had discovered that the Chinese government had obtained MIRV (Multiple, Independently Targeted, Re-entry Vehicles) technology in the mid-80s from the U.S. but that the Clinton administration had done little about the spying when discovered in 1995. CBS ran a piece Friday night and the Times story topped ABC's World News Tonight on Saturday.
March 8, ABC's Martha Raddatz reported how a Los Alamos weapons
laboratory scientist, Wen Ho Lee, believed to have passed information to
China, was fired on Monday by the Energy Department. China, she explained,
obtained information on "W-88," America's most sophisticated
warhead which allows for 12 warheads on one missile. After running a
soundbite from Secretary Bill Richardson insisting all leads are being
pursued vigorously, Raddatz concluded with another perspective:
The CBS Evening News led with China as Sharyl Attkisson reported how the Chinese-American scientist was fired, adding that the theft dated back to the mid-'80s but was not discovered until 1995 and President Clinton was not told about it until 1997. Yet, it took until Monday to relieve the scientist. David Martin then looked at the importance of the W-88 which sits atop Trident submarine missiles. Martin reported that China tested a missile recently that's very similar to the W-88, "an important first step toward deploying inter-continental ballistic missiles with multiple warheads" which could reach the United States.
On FNC's Fox Report Brian Wilson talked with Chris Cox who complained about how the Clinton administration wants to redact much of his report prior to any public release. If Clinton's team does not agree to declassify most of the report as the Republicans want, Wilson uniquely reported that the House may go into closed session to consider releasing the report over administration objections.
Mitchell, on the Nightly News, noted that the scientist was Taiwanese
born. Mitchell relayed the Clinton spin laying off the problem to another
President before she uniquely reported how lie detector tests will now be
administered to many:
Mario Cuomo would have made a "terrific" Supreme Court Justice
ABC's Sam Donaldson asserted Sunday. In a March 7 This Week discussion
about the new book from George Stephanopoulos the panelists talked about
how close Mario Cuomo had come to being nominated for a Supreme Court
Speaking of potential liberal-crusading Supreme Court Justices, last week Time magazine's Alain Sanders praised a real one who had just passed away: Justice Harry Blackmun, who had moved from right to left, earning praise from Sanders for growing in office. During a March 4 online chat session hosted by Yahoo!, Sanders asserted he moved left because he "grew as he went along" and decided to "champion the disadvantaged." Sanders also bemoaned how as the Court has supposedly "moved strongly to the right," it "has lost much of its compassionate tone."
Here are some excerpts from the chat session:
"Blackmun was supposed to be a conservative, and he became one of the
most liberal. Why?"
Except if you have the disadvantage of being in the womb.
"Let me follow-up on that last question... Blackmun apparently said
that he didn't change, but that the Supreme Court did. Was that the
"How has the Supreme Court changed since Blackmun was
Conservative = cold; liberal = caring.
To read the entire transcript of the online session, go to: http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/community/transcripts/1999/030499blackmun.html
To learn how the
networks covered Blackmun's passing, jump back to the March 5 CyberAlert
which quoted how ABC's Terry Moran approvingly noted how Blackmun
shifted "from conservative to liberal positions fueled by a frank
sympathy for the poor and disenfranchised." Go to:
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift must live in a parallel universe. Establishment journalists denounced the Wall Street Journal for running the Dorothy Rabinowitz piece on Juanita Broaddrick, NBC News President Andy Lack prevented the Dateline interview from airing for weeks and her name has yet to be uttered on the NBC Nightly News while ABC's World News Tonight and Good Morning America have made a passing reference or two but no story. Her own Newsweek magazine confined its coverage to a one page hit piece from Jonathan Alter on how the charge makes Republicans look as bad as Clinton. And reporters don't even ask about it at press conferences. Yet, Clift sees the media as the ones fueling the story.
Geoffrey Dickens caught this bit of reasoning on the February 26
Republican leaders sure aren't pushing it, but neither are Clift's media colleagues.
"It is no longer acceptable to say that the abuse and mistreatment of women is cultural. It should be called what it is -- criminal."
Hillary Clinton's March 4 address to the United Nations about the abuse of women's rights around the world generated some brief network mentions and some lengthy newspaper stories, but did you see or hear the above statement from Hillary Clinton quoted by anyone? The March 5 New York Times story by Elisabeth Bumiller included the quote, but failed to use it as an opportunity to raise the Broaddrick case.
Tim Graham, the MRC's Director of Media Analysis, checked wire stories on the Internet and learned that UPI and two separate stories by different AP reporters failed to cite the above quote, though a Reuters dispatch by Anthony Goodman did mention it.
Why spoil a good bashing of men around the world by mentioning how a problem man may live in your own home. -- Brent Baker
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