CyberAlert -- 07/12/1999 -- Dreaming of Senator Rodham; Her "Celtic Mist"; Rivera Loves Rather
Dreaming of Senator Rodham; Her "Celtic Mist"; Rivera Loves Rather
1) Fox's Brit Hume suggested Hillary may be "able to skate through this whole campaign...completely unscathed" on scandal questions. CBS illustrated the point Sunday night by positively portraying how "the First Lady tries to empathize with the Empire State."
>>> MRC on FNC: A look at Chinese espionage Monday night, July 12, on the Fox News Channel. MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell will be among the guests on FNC's Crier Report looking at Chinagate and its coverage. The Crier Report airs at 10pm ET, 9pm CT, 8pm MT and 7pm PT and repeats at 3am ET, 2am CT, 1am MT and 12am PT. If your cable system does not carry FNC you can watch online via either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player by clicking under "24 Hour Broadcast" at: http://www.foxnews.com/channel/ <<<
Sunday morning Fox's Brit Hume labeled coverage of Hillary Clinton "tame" and ventured that she may go "unscathed" by scandal questions. A few hours later CBS reporter Diana Olick epitomized the type of "tame" reporting which led to Hume's assessment as Olick fondly recalled Hillary's week: "It was a tour of intimate talks and well choreographed walks."
-- In the
roundtable segment of the July 11 Fox News Sunday Hume observed:
Indeed, the July 8
CyberAlert item on her New York trip reported about Wednesday night
For more on the coverage, go to the July 8 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990708.html#1
-- "Diana Olick takes us aboard the listening tour as the First Lady tries to empathize with the Empire State," promised CBS Evening News anchor Russ Mitchell on Sunday night.
Olick opened her
adoring story by stressing how Hillary spent three days listening and
taking notes in New York. Olick lauded her dedication: "The First
Lady turned politician covered health care, the elderly, small business
and technology, not only spanning the center of the state but many of it
She noted how by
devoting so much time to the state Hilary may not have officially
declared, so she's "doing everything but." Former Senate
candidate Geraldine Ferraro got a soundbite to praise Hillary for getting
to know the state before Olick assured viewers: "And former Senate
candidate Geraldine Ferraro argues the carpet-bagger criticism that's
been following the First Lady, is unjustified."
Olick did not allow anyone of Ferraro's level to express an opinion contrary to what Ferraro asserted as Olick then concluded by conceding many are only drawn by the First Lady's star power.
Bob Schieffer's dream: Hillary as Senator, Republicans all for campaign finance "reform" and Bill Clinton as a Sheriff using a limo to pull over speeders. All from the mind of CBS's Chief Washington Correspondent.
Sunday's Face the Nation with this bit of personal insight from his
If these forecasts so upset Schieffer he'd have called it a nightmare. I think he really does wish for "crazy stuff" like Republicans backing campaign finance reform.
Time discovered "Celtic mist" around Hillary as Schieffer is not the only reporter dreaming, or in this case, hallucinating about Senator Rodham. As reported by Tim Graham in last week's MRC MagazineWatch, the July 12 Time magazine featured a full-page "Viewpoint" piece by Time veteran Lance Morrow headlined, "Don't Cry for Me, Oneonta: Can it be that Bill Clinton is merely a prequel, the horse she rode in on?"
To read the July 7 MagazineWatch, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/magwatch/mag19990707.html
Here are some excerpts from Morrow's hallucinating (in which he did concede that she has nothing to fear from the New York press since "its famous brutality is mostly saloon bragging by tabloid drunks on their tenth beer"):
The election results come to me in dreams. My kitchen table hops and thumps like a flamenco dancer. I ask it, "How do you think Hillary Clinton will do against Giuliani? What about the presidency in 2004?" The table tells me Hillary is a great American story forming. I seem to hear the distant voice of Madonna singing the lead.
Perhaps the table is talking me into something. I am a sucker for the opinions of agitated furniture. Sometimes I believe my television set when the Sunday-morning fortune-tellers are on. But it comes to me that with the Clintons, like it or not -- and I do not, much -- we are in the middle of a primal American saga and the important part is yet to come. Bill Clinton may be merely the prequel, the President of lesser moment -- except, so to speak, as the horse she rode in on....
Hillary Clinton has good instincts and is, I suspect, a lightning-fast learner. My seance informs me:
-- The carpetbagger issue hurts Hillary now but will matter less and less as her media presence saturates the state in the months to come -- Hillary everywhere on local news, wearing that Yankees cap, kissing babies, talking to mothers, posing with pigs at the state fair in September....
-- Rudy Giuliani will play disastrously as a candidate. He has performed well, if autocratically, as mayor of New York City, but rarely has a mayor of New York ever amounted to anything outside the five boroughs. Giuliani has alienated approximately 99.9% of the black vote (and the old pols' sneer "blacks don't vote" may not apply anymore). People upstate may admire the man who cleaned up Sodom and Gomorrah, but he will not wear well, I'd guess. With his combed-over death's-head countenance, his bullying instincts and his bizarre lack of self-awareness (he seems to entertain an idea he might be President), Giuliani makes a perfect heavy. If he gets rough with Hillary, it will backfire so violently that she will pick up 10% of the vote on sympathy.
-- The nasty New York press is said to be ready to eat Hillary alive. Nonsense. The New York press is a scarecrow. Its famous brutality is mostly saloon bragging by tabloid drunks on their 10th beer. Whitewater, Filegate, the commodity trades -- old business, forget it. After all, Ted Kennedy ran off a bridge a long time ago, and a woman drowned, and he's had 30 happy years in the Senate since then.
-- Gender will play heavily in Hillary's favor. A lot of upstate Republican women are confessing to friends that while they would not normally think of voting for the Democrat, the feministic appeal overrides their traditional loyalty. Hillary Clinton recapitulates, in her life, the origin myth of liberated white American woman -- the journey from the Friedanish frustrations of domesticity, from the shadow of the husband to the promised land of independence, power, autonomy as a woman.
Yet Hillary's victory will result mainly from this: she has Celebrity. In the politics of turn-of-the-millennium America, Celebrity trumps all else, even when it may be disreputable....
I think I see a sort of Celtic mist forming around Hillary as a new archetype (somewhere between Eleanor and Evita, transcending both) at a moment when the civilization pivots, at last, decisively -- perhaps for the first time since the advent of Christian patriarchy two millenniums ago -- toward Woman.
It may all be hallucination, of course (in which case I will bolt my kitchen table to the floor). But Hillary Clinton amounts to something more than herself, and anyone who underestimates that something is a fool.
To read the entire piece, go to: http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,27724,00.html
One newspaper, two incredible headlines. How could anyone but liberal editors come up with these story ideas which both ran in the Saturday, July 10 Washington Post:
-- In the A
section, a story about the dangers of adopting a Republican tax cutting
plan was headlined:
The military sees Clinton as its protector? That's scarier than having an unmodernized military force.
Geraldo Rivera would have had to kneel behind him to brown-nose any more to Dan Rather last Thursday night on CNBC''s Rivera Live. For his part Rather rebuked his colleagues for how they covered the Lewinsky scandal as "no journalist worthy of the name should have dealt with it to the extent that most of us did."
As Rush Limbaugh speculated on Friday, Tom Brokaw has no respect for Geraldo, which infuriates the CNBC host, so maybe his fawning tribute to the anchor on a competing network is his way of expressing his frustration and getting even with Brokaw for not letting him ever appear on Nightly News.
reason, as MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens documented, Geraldo could not have
been more sycophantic in opening the July 8 segment:
Rivera wasn't done heaping the praise: "I'll tell you when I fell in love with you. It was, you had just left 60 Minutes or were leaving, had not even left 60 Minutes yet. You had already gotten Cronkite's job on the CBS Evening News. You were therefore guaranteed one of the great plum assignments in all of television news. Probably the premier job at the time certainly. And you still went behind the lines in Afghanistan. You put your butt on the line at great personal risk. You came home with a terrific story only to be pilloried by our colleagues in the media as a grandstander. And I thought the criticism so unfair that I really identified with you and said, 'Here's a guy whose a real reporter and these guys can't take it.'"
managed to get to his favorite topic: bashing Ken Starr and defending
What particular false facts concern Rather? He didn't say but I bet it's not any of the several false stories the White House put out, about what happened in the grand jury, to make Starr look bad.
the mainstream media overblow Ken Starr and underestimate the
On that intriguing note about underestimating Starr the interview ended as the show went to a commercial.
Hillary Clinton: Aboard the Goldwater-Miller team. Tony Snow: Unkempt socialist and anti-war protester. Things do change. In his end of the show "Parting Thoughts" Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow showed the name "Hillary Rodham" on a 1964 sign up sheet at her high school for Citizens for Goldwater-Miller.
Snow warned that
her enemies should resist criticizing her change of heart since many may
have a past they'd wish remain unknown. He then outed himself:
++ To see the old Snow, go to the MRC's home page late Monday morning where the MRC's Kristina Sewell and Sean Henry will post both a still image of the student ID photo as well as a RealPlayer clip of Snow's "Parting Thoughts." Go to: http://www.mrc.org
From the July 9 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Hillary Clinton Internet Screen Names." Copyright 1999 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
From the Late Show Web page, some of "the extra jokes that didn't quite make it into the Top Ten." Letterman's Web address with a complete Top Ten archive: http://marketing.cbs.com/lateshow
Support the MRC, an educational foundation dependent upon contributions
which make CyberAlert possible, by providing a tax-deductible
donation. Use the secure donations page set up for CyberAlert
readers and subscribers:
>>>To subscribe to CyberAlert, send a
blank e-mail to:
>>>You can learn what has been posted each day on the MRC's Web site by subscribing to the "MRC Web Site News" distributed every weekday afternoon. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to: email@example.com. Or, go to: http://www.mrc.org/newsletters.<<<