Marc Morano faxed me a transcript of his interviews during Saturday
night's dinner.(If you want a copy, e-mail him at "firstname.lastname@example.org.")
Morano asked: "A recent Freedom Forum survey of Washington reporters
and bureau chiefs revealed 89 percent voted for Clinton versus 7 percent
for Bush in 1992. Do you think the media have a problem maintaining their
Speaking of the White House Correspondents Assn. Dinner, reporters who
were so upset by Don Imus's anti-Clinton jokes last month didn't react
similarly to Al Franken's arguably over the line knocks at Newt Gingrich.
The New York Post's Deborah Orin reported Monday: "'Over the line,'
Gingrich fumed to Franken, who ridiculed the Speaker with a joke about his
daughter's first menstrual period....Franken's joke played off Gingrich's
controversial remarks that women aren't as suited for military combat
roles because they get infections and 'have biological problems staying in
a ditch for 30 days.' Franken said that the line brought to mind
images of the Speaker, back when his daughter was 13, talking with her
about her first 'infection.'" Sources told the Post that at a VIP
reception after the dinner, Gingrich told Franken: 'I was going to come
out of the audience and punch you in the nose.'"
Monday's USA Today reported that though Bryant Gumbel's contact with NBC does not expire until year-end, "a mating dance has begun -- with CBS." Here's a scary thought: Just when you thought CBS couldn't be any more liberal, USA Today's Peter Johnson relays that "the buzz is that Rather could envision Gumbel someday succeeding him on the CBS Evening News." The story also reports, in reference to Gumbel, that "A top conservative media newsletter cites him regularly for his liberal bent." Hmmm. What could they be talking about?
Finally, Larry King's guest Tuesday night is scheduled to be Peter
-- Brent Baker