CyberAlert -- 07/08/1999 -- Avoiding Hillary's Sleaze; Rebuking Rudy & Equating Him to Hitler
Avoiding Hillary's Sleaze; Rebuking Rudy & Equating Him to Hitler
1) A Fox reporter asked Hillary about the billing records and turning $1,000 into $100,000, but only FNC showed how she dodged in replying. NBC's Andrea Mitchell worried: "The adulation is great, but is she prepared for whatever Giuliani can dish out?"
3) GMA's Charlie Gibson portrayed Hillary as a victim about to be set upon by a mean press corps and opponent. He rebuked a columnist who was "really rough" and expressed concern that questions for her "are gonna be brutal."
No scandal or ethics issues worth recalling in Hillary Clinton's past and she'll have to endure the "rough" stuff Rudy Giuliani will "dish out."
All the networks ran full stories Wednesday night on Hillary Clinton's press conference at Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's farm and her first day of official campaigning. But though a Fox News reporter actually asked her about how many "don't believe you when you're dealing with the White House billing records and turning $1,000 into $100,000," only FNC showed the question and how she dodged in replying. ABC and CBS avoided the scandal subject altogether while NBC made passing reference to how she was asked about Whitewater and CNN allocated seven seconds to her wish to "move beyond" such issues.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell stressed how she'll have to endure the unfair and mean-spirited tactics of Republican Rudy Giuliani: "The adulation is great, but is she prepared for whatever Giuliani can dish out?"
On the Fox Report
Eric Shawn uniquely highlighted how she was asked about her ethics and how
she avoided answering:
Morton, on The World Today, offered a brief reference to this exchange:
Here's how the Wednesday, July 7 broadcast network evening shows handled Hillary's Clinton's first press conference on her campaign and first day of acknowledged campaigning in New York:
-- ABC's World News Tonight led with an article in Nature about a breakthrough on Alzheimer's disease and did not get to Hillary until the very end of the show.
Dean Reynolds showed her beside Moynihan, noting: "The First Lady began this courtship of a place she has never called home." Reynolds observed that she "had a well planned answer" for that criticism before playing a soundbite of Hillary conceding: "I think I have some real work to do to get out and listen and learn from the people of New York and demonstrate that what I'm for is maybe as important if not more important than where I'm from."
continued: "Her choice of upstate New York for today's events,
including a stop at the Soccer Hall of Fame, was designed to build a
bridge to this predominantly Republican part of the state. Some spectators
were friendly, but others were not."
Maybe the local media will provide the "scrutiny" since the national media sure aren't.
(ABC also featured a story on how the Air Force is "exhausted" by the Kosovo War with few planes left for training and maintenance skipped for months. John McWethy relayed an ominous plea: "Air Force leaders say their people and planes are so worn out that for the first time in decades they are pleading for a break of up to six months to recover, pleading with the Navy and Marine Corps to temporarily cover for them overseas...")
-- CBS Evening
News. Dan Rather led with the tobacco verdict in Florida and then went to
Hillary. CBS reporter Diana Olick played several clips of Hillary but also
devoted the most time of any Wednesday story to opposition to her, noting:
"Just down the road the First Lady's star power didn't carry the
-- NBC Nightly News. Andrea Mitchell provided the most sympathetic take on Hillary's quest and worried about how Hillary will be hit by Rudy Giuliani's "rough" tactics.
"It's the start of the First Lady's Senate campaign, on the farm
of retiring Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. She promises her first
priority from now on: The people of New York."
Again, maybe the New York press will push such questions since the national press as symbolized by Mitchell is more interested in portraying her as a victim of Giuliani than in raising never honestly addressed ethics issues.
Andrea Mitchell seems to be on a mission to demonize Rudy Giuliani for Hillary Clinton. Tuesday night she described a mild observation by Giuliani as evidence of how "he's already in her face about being a carpet-bagger" and characterized a joke he told as "ridiculing" her. Wednesday morning she highlighted a soundbite from a bitter Giuliani opponent who compared him to Mussolini and Hitler.
-- In a July 6 NBC
Nightly News profile of Mayor Giuliani Andrea Mitchell asserted: "His
friend and enemies agree he's brash, arrogant, aggressive -- the
ultimate New Yorker. A perfect opponent for the First Lady. And today
after she opened her exploratory committee he's already in her face
about being a carpet-bagger."
Apparently Mitchell thinks criticizing your opponent should be off limits -- at least if it hurts Hillary Clinton.
Later, Mitchell added: "Sources say Republican leaders, angered by what they call his independence, are quietly helping a potential challenger for the party's nomination, even though that could divide Republicans and help Mrs. Clinton."
Viewers might have had a better understanding of why not all Republicans are thrilled with Giuliani if Mitchell had bothered to point out that he endorsed a Democrat for Governor, the far-left Mario Cuomo.
Today ran a different version of the same basic profile story of Giuliani
by Mitchell. The July 7 Today version featured former Mayor David Dinkins,
whom Giuliani beat, smearing Giuliani as a fascist and a Nazi.
Oh poor Hillary, they are being so unfair to her complained ABC's Charlie Gibson who was so upset that he refused to pursue points raised in a critical New York Post article.
On Wednesday's Good Morning America, which devoted the entire first half hour to Hillary hype, co-host Charlie Gibson interviewed former Hillary Clinton Press Secretary Lisa Caputo, former Bill Clinton aide/substitute GMA host George Stephanopoulos and former Republican Congresswoman Susan Molinari.
Gibson's opening round of questions, MRC analyst Mark Drake observed, portrayed Hillary as a victim about to be set upon by a mean press corps and opponent. Gibson complained to Caputo about a New York Post column that was "really rough" on Hillary, asked Stephanopoulos to respond to his concern that the questions for her "are gonna be brutal" and then wondered to Molinari if Giuliani's "meat axe" might "backfire on him."
-- Gibson to Lisa Caputo: "Well, already it starts. It's not will she, or won't she anymore. It's can she? And it started. [In] the New York Post today, a column, oh, I won't mention the woman who wrote but it, it's like they're going after her already on day one: she exaggerates her accomplishments, she has a sense of grandeur, she is deluded, she bends the rules for herself, she has a narcissistic personality disorder. This is gonna get really, really rough."
-- Gibson to Stephanopoulos: "But George, you can hear the questions now: How did you feel about the President having sex with another woman in the White House while you're First Lady. How you're gonna be sitting in the Senate one day and you might have to judge a President about lying the public etc. etc. The questions are gonna be brutal."
-- Gibson to
Molinari: "Susan Molinari, the Mayor of New York, her likely
opponent, Rudolph Giuliani, he is not a man who has used the stiletto in
the past. He's been very tough. He's used a meat axe approach to some
extent. Couldn't that backfire on him running against her?"
Next, Gibson did ask his panel to comment on clips of New Yorkers complaining about how she's a carpet-bagger and has ethical problems. From Pindars Corners Dean Reynolds then previewed her day before Tony Perkins asked New York City cab drivers for their thoughts about Hillary.
Hillary may not be from New York, but she is from this country. New York City cab drivers aren't even from this continent.
Gibson may have refused to mention the columnist's name and have been too upset by the content to explore the issues raised in the column, but not CyberAlert. He was referring to a July 7 column in the New York Post by Andrea Peyser which was certainly tougher on Hillary than anything aired by the networks. Here's an excerpt from the column titled "Me-First Lady Deluded by a Sense of Grandeur."
There is a name for someone like Hillary.
A name exists for a person who routinely cuts corners. Who has no problem appropriating the money or labor or talents of others to achieve personal gratification and glorification.
There is a name for someone who exaggerates accomplishments. Who believes her innate superiority entitles her to obfuscate, evade and lie.
There is something you could call one who is fundamentally incapable of carrying out any task to completion. A person who continually leaves those who count on her for guidance frustrated and empty. Angry. Unsatisfied.
The name could be Bill Clinton. These two are a pair.
But there is a deeper disorder afflicting the First Lady, a woman so deluded, she believes she can bend the rules, stomp on friends and squander taxpayer money without penalty.
It is what led her to put her name on a book she didn't write, while refusing to give her ghost writer any credit.
It is what made her not only fire staff, but trash their reputations....
It is what led her to Whitewater.
And it is leading a failed co-President and rejected wife, whose resume contains not a single useful adult accomplishment, to believe she is qualified to serve in the Senate.
The name for Hillary is contained in a chapter of the American Psychiatric Association's Manual of Mental Disorders, which was kindly forwarded by lawyer John Ruti of Mount Kisco.
It's titled: "Narcissistic Personality Disorder."
Here are some excerpts, plus instances
where the name fits Hillary to an N -- for Narcissist:
Health care. Cattle-futures trading.
"They are often preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love. They may ruminate about 'long overdue' admiration and privilege and compare themselves favorably with famous or privileged people."
Eleanor Roosevelt. Princess Di....
To read the whole column, go to: http://www.nypostonline.com/commentary/10301.htm
Hillary Clinton isn't a liberal and a Congressman who voted for federally mandated family leave, the Brady Bill, the assault weapons ban and the striker replacement bill, which told employers who they could employ, all while defending the National Endowment for the Arts from any cuts, is a "conservative." So goes the analysis from CNN's experts.
-- Hillary not
liberal. On CNN's Inside Politics on Wednesday, July 7 Lisa Caputo,
Press Secretary to Hillary Clinton until 1996 and then VP for corporate
communications at CBS until early 1998, appeared with former Gingrich aide
Tony Blankley to assess Hillary's run. Caputo insisted:
So, if you care about children and families you can't be a liberal? Interesting indictment of liberalism.
With all those
liberal views if Giuliani is a "moderate" then how far to the
left must you go for Blitzer to consider you a "liberal
Republican"? As for Lazio, here's how the 1998 Almanac of American
Politics describes the political views of the U.S. Representative from New
York's 2nd CD:
That may be "conservative" by New York and media standards, but not outside the Northeast or newsrooms. I'd shift all of CNN's labels one to the left: Lazio is a moderate, Giuliani a liberal on many issues and a moderate on others and Hillary is far-left on everything.
"Who Makes or Breaks a Scandal? The Cox Report vs. The Iran-Contra Report," a Special Report by the MRC's Tim Graham, is now up on the MRC home page complete with, thanks to MRC Webmaster Sean Henry, a RealPlayer video contrast: In 1987 Dan Rather emphasized how the Iran-Contra Report "says responsibility for the fiasco lies with Ronald Reagan." But in 1999 on the Cox Report, Rather stressed how the Clinton team says "much of the stealing was done during the Reagan and Bush years." -- Brent Baker
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