CyberAlert -- October 8, 1996 -- Harsh & Negative Dole
Published: 10/8/1996 12:00 AM ET
Three items today:
In post-debate banter, Bob Dole largely avoided condemnations for being too negative or too harsh, but there were some exceptions:
-- On Monday's Today (October 7) NBC's Lisa Myers raised the "harsh" theme. Here's the quote caught by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens:
-- During a special midnight (ET) Inside Politics after the debate CNN brought on Jack Kemp and Al Gore. CNN's Bernard Shaw did not ask Kemp negative questions about Bill Clinton's performance, but Judy Woodruff did pose two such questions to Al Gore about Bob Dole. As transcribed by MRC analyst Clay Waters, here are two of her inquiries:
-- Minutes after the debated ended, reporter Phil Jones made it clear he was not satisfied with Dole's performance. MRC analyst Steve Kaminski took down his reaction:
2) In Sunday's CyberAlert I reported how on Saturday's CNN Capital Gang Al Hunt, Executive Washington Editor of the Wall Street Journal, had disparaged three conservatives. He said Jesse Helms represented "hate," Pat Robertson was a "hatemonger" and Woody Jenkins was an "extremist."
MRC analyst Clay Waters reminded me of what Hunt uttered the week before, on the September 28 Capital Gang:
3) Sunday's CyberAlert also reported how The Washington Times and Washington Post led page one with the news that an aide to Craig Livingstone contradicted his story on the FBI files. On Sunday, The New York Times finally got around to reporting the revelation, but on the bottom of page A30 under this vague headline: "New Testimony Given on Republicans' Files."
But at least The New York Times reported the news. I'm still waiting to see the first broadcast network story.