Fourth Estate Scrambles to Carry Water for Dems

By Bozell, L. Brent,, III | Insight on the News, October 16, 2000 | Go to article overview

Fourth Estate Scrambles to Carry Water for Dems


Bozell, L. Brent,, III, Insight on the News


From coast to coast, folks are counting the days until the Clinton presidency ends. But would the end of the Clinton presidency really mean the end of Clintonism?

Clearly, Clintonism will bloom and grow again if Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore reign in Washington after the elections. And the most relentless defenders of Clintonism -- the entrenched, unelected, 89-percent pro-Clinton press corps -- are trying to see to that.

Election Day is drawing near, and the press seems passionately dedicated to carrying Gore's bags into the White House. One bona fide story after another casting the Democrats in a negative light is being buried.

The woman who sharply questioned Gore about Juanita Broaddrick in a town-hall meeting has now been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, just like Broaddrick. Just like the Travelgate staffers. Just like a dozen conservative organizations. Yet no liberal group has been audited. It's about as coincidental as those Whitewater billing papers mysteriously appearing in Hillary's bedroom. Now imagine what the media's reaction would be if this were a Republican administration; maybe the Nixon administration. You know what the press would do with this. But this is the Clinton-Gore era. Total network news coverage? Zilch.

The Gore campaign was in Michigan and refused access to a reporter -- first to the media van, then even to a car behind the van -- because he's wheelchair-bound. What would ABC, CBS and NBC have done with this story (especially since it deals with one of their own) had it been the Bush campaign banishing cripples? God only knows. How much coverage did they give the Gore camp? Except for the Fox News Channel -- nada.

Four years ago, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole was raked over the coals endlessly by the press for skipping the annual NAACP convention. So what risk is Gore taking when he turns down the invitation to address the American Legion convention, a tradition of presidential candidates of both parties dating back to the 1920s? None at all: ABC, CBS and NBC declined to cover the story, too.

Here's another one. Black Secret Service agents have charged that Gore made no effort to address racial complaints about his security detail, and Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., threw fuel on that most politically incorrect scandal by adding that "Gore's Negro tolerance level has never been too high. …

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