CyberAlert -- 07/14/1998 -- Kanchanalak Chucked by NBC
Kanchanalak Chucked by NBC; New New Yorker Disgusted by Limbaugh; Ukraine Reality
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Total broadcast network time Monday night devoted to the indictment of Pauline Kanchanalak: 36 seconds, not one of them on NBC Nightly News which skipped the development. ABC and CBS each gave her 18 seconds. CNN's The World Today and FNC's Fox Report also held the news to few seconds read by the anchor. "White House coffee" video is available of Kanchanalak sitting next to President Clinton, but none of the networks showed it and only FNC even mentioned her role in the coffees. (ABC did show video of her in the White House driveway.) Dan Rather insisted the money she raised went "mostly" to Democrats. In fact, it all did. On the Secret Service front, CBS anchor Dan Rather emphasized how Ken Starr is aggressively pursuing Clinton's "personal life."
The fallout from the resignation of Japanese Prime Minster Hashimoto topped ABC's World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News. CNN and FNC began with the GM strike and NBC went first with the heat wave in the south. Though Hashimoto did not lead CNN's The World Today, it aired a full report, but FNC's Fox Report and the NBC Nightly News gave the Japanese turmoil just a few seconds.
from the Monday, July 13 evening shows:
Over video of Kanchanalak in the White House driveway, Peter Jennings took 18 seconds to announce: "In Washington today a prominent businesswoman from Thailand has been charged with illegally funneling foreign money to the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations. The Justice Department alleges that Pauline Kanchanalak helped transfer nearly $700,000 in illegal campaign contributions."
Keeping the story brief allowed ABC time for subsequent full stories on "the silent epidemic" of overweight children and World Cup victory celebrating in Paris.
-- CBS Evening
News. "Ken Starr's latest aggressive push. Now he wants the Secret
Service to tell him where the President slept," declared Dan Rather
at the top of the show. Following pieces on Japan and GM, Rather intoned:
Rather then took 18 seconds to tell viewers: "The U.S. Justice Department announced new indictments today in the investigation of dirty political campaign money. Pauline Kanchanalak, a Thai businesswoman and another woman, were formally charged with funneling almost $700,000 in illegal donations from abroad, mostly to the Democratic Party." (CBS did not air any video or even have a graphic, so all viewers saw as he read the item was Rather's head.)
Mostly? Here's how the July 14 Washington Post described the destination of her money: "The indictment chronicles dozens of contributions dating back to 1992, providing the most detailed look at Kanchanalak's exhaustive fundraising activities. They include $328,500 in contributions to the DNC, as well as $295,000 to 11 state Democratic Party organizations. The rest went to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and Democratic candidates including Sens. John Glenn (Ohio) and Edward Kennedy (Mass.) and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt."
Rather went on to stories on how "a sizzling U.S. summer heat wave is drawing blood, sweat and fears today," and an apocalyptic Eye on America from Eric Engberg. Rather warned: "Tonight, the first of CBS's two-part Eye on America investigation into an ominous, mysterious and global natural disaster. Something is killing off the world's frogs and no one knows for sure what it is or whether it's an early warning that other animals and humans may be next."
-- NBC Nightly News ignored Kanchanalak, but had time for full stories on the heat wave in South, the GM strike, an "In Depth" segment on a missing eccentric widow in New York City who is possibly the victim of mother/son scam artists, violence in Northern Ireland and the costs to themselves and their families when the elderly gamble.
Geraldo Rivera is spreading his anti-Starr message to every possible venue in the NBC empire. Monday night, July 13, he popped out to the Tonight Show in Burbank to promote his new 7:30pm ET CNBC news show expected to replace Equal Time in early August. That will give him 90 original minutes in prime time on CNBC with all of it repeated the next day on MSNBC, plus his new role as part of the NBC News team on the broadcast side.
During his Tonight Show appearance Jay Leno asked if sex is a side matter to the real issue of perjury. Rivera shot back: "I disagree. I think it's all about sex. Whitewater: they tried it, came up with nothing. Travelgate: nothing. Filegate: nothing. All they have is this purported semi, neo, almost, quasi sex with a 24-year-old and then the lie about it. What married man is not going to lie about it? It is Hillary's business, it is not the grand jury's business. And for Ken Starr to pretend with this lofty language that you're talking about profound constitutional issues is the height of hypocrisy. He will do anything necessary, by any means necessary to nail the President of the United States."
In the ultimate insult a liberal can throw, the just-named Editor of the New Yorker once compared Rush Limbaugh to Ronald Reagan, insisting that like Reagan Limbaugh "would rather tell his audiences fairy tales than have them face the world."
On Monday Conde Nast Publications named David Remnick the new Editor, replacing Tina Brown. Remnick's been a New Yorker writer since 1992, a jump he made after ten years as a Washington Post reporter. The MRC's Director of Media Analysis, Tim Graham, reminded me that while with the New Yorker in 1994 Remnick penned a screed against Limbaugh that appeared in the February 20 Outlook section of the Washington Post. So here are the most passionate portions as run in the February 28, 1994 edition of the MRC's Notable Quotables:
very little in the press accounts to suggest that he is, above all, a
sophisticated propagandist, an avatar of the politics of meanness and
envy....Limbaugh is defending the successful against the impudent demands
of the poor; by making all that funny, he gives the comfortable a way to
think that greed and a cold-hearted wit comprise a cohesive
ideology....his style is pure demagoguery. Just as Reagan talked of
welfare queens in Cadillacs, Limbaugh seizes on the absurd detail, gives
it an absurdist twist of his own, and sends it out into the world under
the guise of analysis and principle...."
And the new New Yorker Editor would rather issue insults and polemical barbs than discuss Limbaugh's analysis.
Racism in the Ukraine? The July 10 CyberAlert item on Camille Cosby's July 8 USA Today commentary has generated quite a bit of reader feedback. Bill Cosby's wife spoke out after the conviction of Mikail Markhasev for the murder of her son Ennis in Los Angeles. She opened her invective: "I believe America taught our son's killer to hate African-Americans."
This paragraph generated most of the reader reaction: "Presumably, Markhasev did not learn to hate black people in his native country, the Ukraine, where the black population was near zero. Nor was he likely to see America's intolerable, stereotypical movies and television programs about blacks, which were not shown in the Soviet Union before the killer and his family moved to America in the late 1980s."
readers offered first-hand evidence of how much racism exists in the
Ukraine. Cliff May, Director of Communications at the Republican National
Semenov, who identified himself as from the Ukraine, confirmed May's
observations: "Most of the Ukrainians would probably be deemed racist
from the American media standpoint. Most of the black or oriental people
in Ukraine are students. I know about Ukrainian youth bashing
international students (African, Asian, or non-European) just for the fun
Another reader alerted me to the fact that the State Department has issued warnings to those of African or Asian heritage traveling to Ukraine. Indeed, I found this on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site:
The Department of State advises American citizens in Ukraine, particularly those of African and Asian heritage, that they may be subject to racially motivated attacks and harassment. The U.S. Embassy in Kiev has received reports of at least two assaults on African-Americans. While these attacks do not appear to be premeditated or related, the Embassy is aware that several parks in Kiev are used as gathering points for "skinhead" groups, who have targeted individuals of African or Asian heritage in the past. Unification Park was the site of one of the attacks.
Persons of African or Asian heritage, including American citizens, are also subject to frequent stops and searches by local law enforcement (the "Militia"). There are several credible reports that such incidents have led to harassment and physical abuse....
To read the full travel warning announcement, go to: http://travel.state.gov/ukraine_announce.html
Capital Gang on CNN (July 11) Bob Novak made Camille Cosby's diatribe
his Outrage of the Week:
Well said. -- Brent Baker
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