CyberAlert -- 05/17/1999 -- Nets Skip How Missile Made with Stolen Info; CNN: Hillary Has "Suffered"
Nets Skip How Missile Made with Stolen Info; CNN: Hillary Has "Suffered"
2) "China is close to deploying a nuclear missile with a warhead whose design draws on stolen American secrets," the New York Times disclosed Friday. Today gave it 12 seconds, GMA just ten and all three broadcast networks ignored it Friday night.
3) CNN's Christine Amanpour to Hillary Clinton: "A lot of the women that I meet...admire your dignity. A lot of the people you meet are people who suffered...and who believe that they identify with you, because they have seen you suffer..."
>>> "Networks AWOL For 'Cold War II': Impressive Week of China Story Developments, Including New Chinese Missile, Draws More TV Yawns," the latest Media Reality Check fax report by the MRC's Tim Graham is now online. It runs through all the China stories the networks skipped over last week. Go to the MRC home page or to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/reality/1999/fax19990514.html <<<
>>> Videos of a Bias Contrast:
Iran-Contra a Scandal, But Not Chinagate. Watch via RealPlayer how Dan
Rather attacked George Bush in 1988 over Iran-Contra but turned
deferential this year with Bill Clinton, avoiding Chinese espionage and
donations. Two contrasting videos are now up on the MRC Web site:
A Friday night AP story relayed the leaked findings of the upcoming Cox Report. Though the story went out too late for the broadcast network evening shows in the east, it led CNN's 10pm ET The World Today, though the anchor stressed White House spin about how its findings are "inflated," and played on the front page of Saturday's Washington Times.
CBS skipped it Saturday night while ABC's World News Tonight gave it 30 seconds. (NBA basketball bumped NBC Nightly News on both Saturday and Sunday in the ET and CT zones).
Sunday morning it topped ABC's This Week as the show made Cox its lead guest. He condemned the administration for leaking parts of the report he delivered to them in early January, as well he should given how little attention his findings would get if confined to what a Friday night AP dispatch would generate.
-- CNN's The
World Today, May 14. John King began his lead piece:
After King's story, anchor Jim Moret relayed the White House spin dismissing the report: "Reacting to what is contained in the Cox committee report, one U.S. official describes the document to CNN as, 'A bit inflated when it comes to a damage assessment of the potential harm to U.S. security.'"
-- ABC's This
Week, May 16, opened with a piece from Linda Douglass, who warned:
Sam Donaldson and
George Will then interviewed Congressman Chris Cox, who predicted his
report would finally be approved by the administration "soon" so
it can be released. Asked about leaks, such as Friday's AP story and
earlier pieces in the New York Times, Cox blamed the administration:
-- ABC's World
News Tonight, May 16. Instead of picking up that shot at the Clinton team,
Sunday night ABC focused on anger toward China. Leading into three
soundbites anchor Carole Simpson asserted:
"China is close to deploying a nuclear missile with a warhead whose design draws on stolen American secrets, United States intelligence officials say," the New York Times revealed in a front page story on Friday. The Times added: "Officials say that also means China may soon be using secrets stolen from the United States on weapons capable of a significant range that could include Europe, Asia and possibly the western United States."
Network reaction to the news of the ominous impact of the espionage? A 12-second item on Today, ten seconds on Good Morning America, zilch on This Morning and not a word on the three broadcast network evening shows which were too busy looking at record snowfall on a mountain and waiting lines for Star Wars movie tickets.
May 14 Today viewers heard this 12-second item from news reader Ann Curry in the 7am update after a story about the embassy bombing, as transcribed by MRC analyst Mark Drake: "And the problems in the U.S.-Chinese relationship come against continuing allegations of nuclear espionage. The New York Times is reporting this morning that China is installing a nuclear missile with a warhead that is based on stolen American secrets."
That was all Today delivered though the show spent most of its time with Matt Lauer at the Great Wall of China as part of its "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" gimmick. But Today didn't take advantage of the coincidence.
America, which broadcast from Pensacola, Florida, offered just a
ten-second item, but MRC analyst Jessica Anderson pointed out the show
allocated several minutes to showing Diane Sawyer flying in the back seat
of Blue Angels naval jet. At one point she passed out and said she
imagined she was interviewing Gandhi.
zilch, but the shows found time for many other less than pressing
Here's an excerpt of the New York Times exclusive by James Risen and Jeff Gerth:
China is close to deploying a nuclear missile with a warhead whose design draws on stolen American secrets, United States intelligence officials say.
A long-range Chinese missile, known as the Dong Feng-31, is being equipped with a small nuclear warhead whose design uses secret American technology, according to American intelligence assessments.
The technology is believed to have been stolen from a Government weapons laboratory, although there is some debate over precisely what technical information officials believe is being used.
According to the assessments, the missile is expected to be deployed within three or four years, giving China what officials believe would be its first warhead designed using secret American technology.
Since suspicions of Chinese nuclear espionage became public, the Clinton Administration has said that there is no evidence that Beijing has actually deployed nuclear weapons that rely on stolen American secrets....
Officials have said, for example, that China stole design information about America's most advanced warhead, the W-88, between 1984 to 1988. Yet they stress that while China has developed a test version with a similar design, it has not actually produced such a weapon.
American officials believe that the technology suspected of having been stolen for use in the DF-31's warhead will help China achieve its goal of building a modern nuclear arsenal that relies on mobility to evade attacks. The DF-31 will be a truck-based mobile missile that can be moved, thus making it more difficult to detect and destroy....
China's nuclear arsenal is still much smaller and less technically advanced than that of the United States. Yet the DF-31 and its new warhead represent a step forward in China's efforts to present a more formidable nuclear presence.
Officials say that also means China may soon be using secrets stolen from the United States on weapons capable of a significant range that could include Europe, Asia and possibly the western United States.
American intelligence assessments say the DF-31 will have a range of approximately 5,000 miles. It is expected to be ready for deployment as early as 2002 or 2003....
To read the whole
story, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/asia/051499china-nuke.html
++++ Monday morning update: ABC's Good Morning America has yet to conduct an interview segment about Chinese espionage and has not interviewed either James Risen or Jeff Gerth about any of their espionage scoops this year, but Monday morning the show interviewed Times reporter Richard Berke about his Friday story on disarray in the Gore campaign. ++++
CNN's Clinton flak comes through. Last Friday in Macedonia Hillary Clinton sat for her first interview since her infamous January, 1998 Today appearance in which she made up the "vast right-wing conspiracy." CNN's Christine Amanpour landed the interview during the First Lady's tour of refugee camps and spent most of the 30-minute interview talking about Balkan policy and oppression of women around the world.
But the wife of the State Department spokesman, Jamie Rubin, wasn't above pitching up some pro-Hillary softballs in the interview which CNN played during Friday night's The World Today and again at 9:30am ET on Saturday. Here are Amanpour's last two questions:
-- "You seem so committed, and you seem to get so much professional and personal satisfaction from what you do abroad, and you have the freedom to do it as First Lady. Why would you give that up to become a Senator from New York?"
-- "A lot of
the people I talk to, a lot of the women that I meet from traveling
overseas, are very impressed by you and admire your dignity. A lot of the
people you meet are people who suffered, people you saw today, and who
believe that they identify with you, because they have seen you suffer.
And in a speech in Africa last year, you spoke about living for hope and
reconciliation, living for forgiveness and reconstruction, and living for
a new life -- have you been able to apply that to your own circumstances?
Have you been able to forgive your husband?"
Bill and Hillary are quite the models for the benefits of "religious faith."
Bill Clinton didn't hesitate to thank a celebrity who used an awards ceremony to bash Republicans who favored impeachment, the star revealed in boasting on Friday's Dennis Miller Live about a letter she received shortly afterward. (Be warned this item includes two words not heard on broadcast television. This is about an HBO show.)
On Dennis Miller Live, shown at 11:30pm ET Friday's on HBO, actress Camryn Manheim, who plays lawyer "Ellenor Frutt" on ABC's The Practice, came on to promote her new book, Wake Up, I'm Fat!
On the May 14 show
she related to Miller how Clinton thanked her for her remarks when she won
a Golden Globe award:
Indeed, you can
see an image Clinton's January 27 letter on her page. Direct address: http://www.camryn.com/clinton-cm2.gif
Last Wednesday the networks praised the performance of resigning Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and positively reviewed the record of his replacement, Larry Summers. The next morning so did Good Morning America, but CNN's The World Today actually pointed out how conservatives are troubled by Summers' attitude that those who favor tax cuts are "selfish."
As detailed in the May 13 CyberAlert, on ABC's World News Tonight on May 12 Betsy Stark oozed that Summers "is widely respected as a brilliant academic thinker who has learned a lot about policy making from Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan." Over on CBS Anthony Mason relayed: "....Larry Summers is said by many to be even smarter than Rubin, a former Harvard professor and chief economist at the World Bank, he spent four years at Rubin's side. The administration's trouble-shooter as the global financial crisis spread, Summers met privately with Greenspan and Rubin every week forming a troika that Time called 'The Committee to Save the World.'"
Now for some additional info. The next morning, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noticed, on Good Morning America ABC's Ann Compton asserted: "Possibly the biggest vote of confidence Summers could have gotten came from that grinning Alan Greenspan in the White House Rose Garden, Chairman of the independent Federal Reserve Board. He praised not only Summers's judgment, but what he called was his extraordinary talent."
MRC analyst Paul
Smith noted how CNN delivered a contrary spin on May 12. On The World
Today John King pointed out: "Summers is more liberal, more
professorial and more prickly than the easygoing Rubin. Republicans
don't like that Summers once called a capital gains tax cut
Discussing how Senate Republicans flip-flopped on gun control, Newsweek
Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas blamed "wing nuts" for
putting Republicans on the wrong side initially -- that would be the anti
more rules side. On this past weekend's edition of Inside Washington
Memo to Thomas: Your liberal Republican ideal Senator, John Chafee of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, is not dead or gone yet. He's still a Senator.
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