Communists Agree: GOP on "Witch Hunt"; Yearning for Senator Hillary
4) Diane Sawyer yearns for Senator Hillary Clinton, referring to her "political mastery, every bit as dazzling as his" and how "her friends say she has really earned this campaign, this moment...by standing, not by her man, but by herself."
Monday night of the broadcast networks only CBS touched China and Monday morning only ABC mentioned the subject. The shows passed along the China premier's denial of spying at Los Alamos and lashing out at "witch hunts" and "partisan politics" in the U.S., comments that sound remarkably similar to Democratic and media attacks on Republicans from over the weekend.
Monday night no two shows began alike. ABC led with how car accidents are the biggest killer of those age 5 to 16, CBS opened with the snowstorm in the Northeast, CNN's The World Today went first with Kosovo, FNC's Fox Report led with the controversy over the Holyfield/Lewis boxing match and NBC topped Nightly News with the deadlock by the Medicare commission.
Only CNN ran a full story on Gore's presidential announcements in New Hampshire and Iowa. ABC, CBS and FNC gave it a few seconds while NBC ignored it. World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson highlighted how an ABC News/Washington Post poll found 39 percent are enthusiastic about Gore compared to 55 percent who are enthusiastic about George W. Bush while 56 percent say Al Gore is boring.
On China, CBS
Evening News anchor John Roberts delivered this 18-second item:
March 15, Jim Laurie concluded a 7am news update story from Beijing, about
Zhu Rongji's speech denying China stole secrets or needed to and how
China is disappointed by how relations are deteriorating, by noting:
Does the communist Chinese reasoning sound familiar? Maybe they picked it up by satellite from the U.S. media. As reported in the March 15 CyberAlert, on Inside Washington over the weekend Newsweek's Evan Thomas charged: "I'm suspicious of the Republicans here. I think they're trying to make some political hay. It feels like 'who lost China?' and a lot of witch hunts of the past where they see a chance to make some political capital by us not being tough enough. I don't think that's true."
Put more people in prison and the crime rate goes down. Sounds logical, but MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noticed that it baffled a ABC News reporter who called the simultaneous trends of a rising prison population and falling crime rate "a seeming contradiction."
Picking up a study publicized by the liberal Sentencing Project, on Monday's Good Morning America news reader Antonio Mora announced: "Despite a drop in crime rates, a new study says the nation's prison population is still growing rapidly. Only Russia has a higher percentage of its people behind bars."
In the subsequent
story Jim Sciutto outlined the findings and asserted how he found them
Leading into a soundbite from a Sentencing Project staffer, Sciutto declared: "The result is a bill for taxpayers of about $20,000 per year per inmate, roughly the same as a year's tuition at a private university. Some groups critical of the trend towards incarceration say that money would be better spent on prevention, like drug treatment programs."
Sciutto concluded by reflecting the view of the Sentencing Project that so many in prison is a failure not a success: "Still, getting tough on crime is so popular with voters these days that some say mustering the political will to change the trend towards imprisonment will not be easy."
Maybe it's popular because it works.
FNC: From Hillary Clinton enemy to ally? Last week the White House condemned Rita Cosby's FNC's exclusive about how the Clintons fought during their ski weekend and how Hillary did not accompany her husband to Central America because, a source quoted Hillary as saying, "I don't want to be in the same room with him, let alone the same bed."
What a difference a Senate race makes. Monday night Cosby was back with news about how Hillary and her friends realize such stories may benefit her. Cosby opened her Fox Report story by showing Hillary Clinton's warm welcome Monday at a womens equality summit and allowing Eleanor Smeal to praise her.
Cosby then reported: "As she focuses on her own political aspirations, friends close the First Lady tell Fox News she is purposely distancing herself from the President and his scandals." After Hotline Editor Craig Crawford observed that "Hillary Clinton has put more distance between herself and Bill Clinton than Al Gore has and she's married to him," Cosby recalled her disclosure about the fight and noted how Joe Lockhart refused to comment about it or Hillary's political plans.
with this new twist on her disclosure about the Clintons:
To read about Cosby's initial March 10 FNC story, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990311.html#2 
Check out what Cosby looks and sounds like. Since most cable subscribers still can't watch FNC, as a public service the MRC has posted on our Web site a RealPlayer clip of this story so you can see a FNC story and hear the reporter who first broke the story about how the Clintons are not getting along. Go to: http://www.mrc.org 
Promoting Hillary for Senate. Last Friday, March 12, Good Morning America
co-host Diane Sawyer delivered a lengthy puff piece on how wonderful it
would be if Hillary Clinton would run for the Senate in New York since she
deserves the personal victory. Sawyer concluded her tribute in the guise
of a news report:
Jessica Anderson took down much of Sawyer's gleeful advocacy for Hillary
Hillary's Senate campaign won't have to produce a promotional video. They can just borrow Sawyer's.
Time's goofy puffballs to Monica Lewinsky. Catching up on an item from last week, as the MRC's Tim Graham noted in a Media Reality Check fax report last week, the March 15 Time cover story interview with Lewinsky included some truly goofy questions. Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, who conducted the interview, at one point queried in reference to Bill Clinton: "What do you think his sadness is?"
And check out this
exchange between Duffy and Lewinsky:
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