CyberAlert -- 10/20/1997 -- Stars Help Al and Hillary; A Decade of Bias
Small COLA Bad; Admiring Hillary's Liberalism; Skipping Video News
-- "White House Alters Defense" announced an October 17 USA
Today headline. Reporter Mimi Hall explained:
In other words, they lied for months. Coverage: As noted in the October 17 CyberAlert, nothing about fundraising aired on the Thursday, October 16 ABC, CBS and NBC evening shows nor CNN's The World Today. Also nothing about fundraising on the October 17 shows, but more on that follows.
-- "A Lobbyist's Lucrative Ties to Gore: Ex-Aide Raised Funds
from Client, Helped Its Federal Business," declared a from page
Washington Post headline on Friday. In the October 17 story Post
reporter Bob Woodward focused on former Gore aide Peter Knight.
Woodward illustrated the process by looking at Molten Metal Technology, a Massachusetts hazardous waste disposal company that Knight's consulting firm represents. In 1995 Knight got the company chief, William Haney, to pledge $50,000 to the Clinton-Gore campaign. Knight then got Gore to visit Molten's headquarters, leading Molten's stock price to double. "Knight exercised a portion of the option he had received from the company, making more than $90,000 before taxes."
Molten's technology was developed thanks to Department of Energy grants awarded by a program overseen by Assistant Energy Secretary Thomas Grumbly, another former Gore staffer. Woodward discovered: "Two days after the March 22 donation, the Department of Energy announced it would expand an existing $1.2 million research contract with Molten to develop technology for hazardous waste disposal by $9 million." Woodward later added: "By 1996, Molten's government research and development contract would reach $33 million, more than the combined total distributed to the 18 other companies in the program." Along the way Haney kept coughing up big checks to the DNC and Clinton-Gore.
Coverage: Zilch Friday morning or evening on any of the broadcast
networks. But isn't this old news? So maybe the networks reported it
when the story outline was laid out in Time magazine. Good thought,
but not true. As reported in the June 6 CyberAlert, five days after
the June 9 Time hit newsstands, the networks (even CNN) ignored that
So, what did concern the networks last Friday, October 17? All three broadcast networks led with the news that some insurance companies are considering charging SUV owners more for liability insurance to cover the greater damage they cause to vehicles they hit. NBC and ABC ran pieces on a woman's egg that was successfully frozen, an event that ABC's Diane Sawyer exclaimed "could release women from the tyranny of the biological clock."
And the CBS Evening News inaugurated a new weekly segment on....well, I'll let Dan Rather explain: "Forecasters continue to emphasize it could be the weather event of the century, so tonight we begin what will be a weekly El Nino Watch. CBS is going to track the weather system closely, this weather system that's warming the Pacific, and show you the impact in your area and around the world."
-- At the end of an article on Al Gore's speech to the Hollywood Radio and Television Society in which he said that because of "Ellen" coming out Americans were "forced to look at sexual orientation in a more open light," the October 18 Washington Post story revealed: "Following his speech, Gore had dinner with a group of entertainment figures that included actor Tom Hanks and director Rob Reiner."
-- In Friday's USA Today celebrity tracker Jeannie Williams reported: "Hillary Rodham Clinton will take the stage Monday at New York's Avery Fisher Hall to help celebrate the Children's Defense Fund's 25th anniversary. Glen Close will introduce the First Lady, who'll read from her book, It Takes a Village, then introduce longtime friend Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the private fund. Other celebs due: Rosie O'Donnell, Phylicia Rashad and Bebe Neuwirth." Rashad plays Bill Cosby's wife on the CBS sit- com and Neuwirth is best known as "Lileth" on Cheers.
-- Brent Baker