August 22, 1998
At the end of this Catt's Claws is a "news" feature that is typical of today's journalism. It lacks even a modicum of journalist basics.
Any kid in high school would flunk with this as a term paper.
1. No one signed the article. We don't know who wrote the damned thing i.e., who paid for it and benefits from such inaccurate yellow journalism - let's make up another term: bile journalism.
2. The article's lead states the presumption that a scandal has tied up the US. Seems to me the nation is chugging along quite good and Clinton is being a president and doing things. It's the Congress that isn't doing anything.
3. It claims that the scandal has caused Clinton to adopt a hands-off on recent problems in other nations. We always thought that countries weren't supposed to meddle in the private affairs of other nations except for self-preservation. Isn't that what the Taliban is claiming in Afghanistan as they continue to destroy the human rights of women?
4. The article's claim that Clinton has been under siege is a statement that needs attribution of some sort. No writer's name, no source name. Just a flat statement of opinion - by an unnamed writer with an unnamed agenda.
5. Finally, there is a statement by someone with
a name in the sixth paragraph (a long way from the required who, what,
where, when, how that is supposed to start a news article). That source
is Andrew Krepinevich, director Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis.
Who or what is the organization? Is it funded by the Rutherford Corporation
or some other right-wing organization? Or is it legitimate? Krepinevich's
organization is not famous.
6. In paragraph 12, we get the kicker statement,
a gross statement that has been repeated and repeated in the media for
the past seven months to the point of nausea until I swear these joker-newsmen
actually think that this is the way to report: They intone with all the
judgment of patriarchs of the Old Testament:
7. Way - WAY - down in the article, the anonymous writer intones: "NATO threats of military intervention in Kosovo, wielded in June by the United States and its allies, have given way to inaction despite continued Yugoslav attacks." Did I read right? Why didn't the writer read his own stuff lead? NATO intervention? Is it not NATO that changed course, not Clinton?
8. The article began by blaming the Clinton scandal
for any *perceived* change in policy and then notes almost at the end of
the article: "(events in the Gulf) convinced US military leaders that
a new approach was needed to avoid knee jerk reactions to every provocation
This unnamed writer is an authority on foreign policy? Is privy to military secrets? Surely if he is, he should boast of all his titles and awards and accomplishments, including the name he was given for being born alive!
This type of reporting is not only poorly done, it is DANGEROUS.
Ladies and gentlemen, despite your political views,
your religion, your personal bigotry inclinations, please analyze the propaganda
you are being fed in the name of a free press - bile journalism. It cuts
I am quoting the entire article I analyze above so that no one can accuse me of misleading anyone - QUOTE:
Then on Wed, 19 Aug 1998, The New York Times, in a trademark, bile journalism style article by Don Van Natta Jr. and James Bennet asks "Did President Send Lewinsky a Signal With His Necktie?"
The two men admit they received information from Kenneth Starr's investigation but the prosecutors claim it came from Lewinsky DURING A DEBRIEFING - not from the Grand Jury.
Does this mean the information is NOT going to go to the Grand Jury, or is it that leaking before is ok but not afterwards?
Starr's people said that Lewinsky gave Clinton six ties so that he could use them to connote a signal of affection when he wore them. When Clinton DID wear a certain tie that may or may not have been a gift from Lewinsky (one that wasn't the usual red/white/blue), Starr got the idea that Clinton was trying to obstruct justice by using the tie as a signal.
Reporters are now changing course in their "attributions" in face of overwhelming criticism that journalists are acting as active parties to illegal leaking from the grand jury.
Instead of the usual "sources", they are now claiming that the information leaked by Starr's people isn't Grand Jury information. Has everyone gone mad? A FEATURED New York Times article on ties that a not-too-tightly-wrapped woman claims means something special? What are we coming to? Especially from a newspaper that claims to be the nation's newspaper of record.
I've forgotten who wrote it but it's a great line: "Is a semen-stained dress the equivalent of a 1990 prom corsage to be pressed between the pages of one's teenage diary?" And what kind of a mother would KEEP such a dress for her daughter? K-kinky with a KAPITAL K.
The article also claims the Lewinsky-Clinton affair lasted 18 months beginning in November 1995 and ending May 1997.
Let's see - the Whitewater fiasco in which the Clinton's lost money occurred about 20 years ago... The special persecutor - Mr. Church lady (as created by Garvey on SNL) armed with unlimited subpoena power and the unlimited taxpayer's check book hounding a menopausal man for having an illegal affair with a younger woman... (When did Clinton blow out his knee... remember how many articles were written about how men feel when that happens... the end of their youth and the beginning of old age ... menopause?)
Ain't democracy fun?
But what happened to a free press supposed to safeguard our democracy.
Why do the editors and publishers claim that the Lewinsky mess is more important than any of the following?
Investigations in detail the amount money Kenneth Starr has received from the tobacco interests ALL THE TIME he has been chasing Bill Clinton, the most active opponent of tobacco profits? Coincidence?
In your dreams.
How about writing about how the radical religious right is attempting to take away the freedoms of women and racial minorities? Claiming that gender and racial bias is ordained by god.
How about writing about how Newt Gingrich is illegally using certain monies illegally to pay the fine levied against him by the House of Representatives.
And yes - how about revealing the truth about Trent Lott who is the Senator from the largest gambling state in the United States outside Nevada. HUH?
Yeah, how many of you know that Mississippi has
Dozens and DOZENS of full scale gambling casinos that stretch south along
the Mississippi from Memphis to the Louisiana border and then east along
the Gulf coast that brings in MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROFIT EVERY DAY.
Or maybe someone ought to report on how many facelifts
Orin Hatch has had instead of just centering on Paula Jones' new nose or
certain alleged changes in Hillary.
Remember Hatch in the Thomas hearings accusing Anita Hill of reading a dirty book and using its information but never, ever accusing Thomas of doing the same thing although Thomas was known afficiano of porno?
Or how about a table that shows the number of wives each of the U.S. Senators and Congressmen have had (and when)... plus those accused of adultery or who dumped their older wives for trophy wives.
Or the man who wants to sit in judgment on Clinton who denied previous marriages and still sputtered after locals turned up a FOURTH wife..
But most of all, the free press should be looking into the Special Prosecutors office because THE REPORTERS AND NEWS ANCHORS above all KNOW that Starr and his people have broken the laws of this nation by revealing secret Grand Jury information. In effect, the news media has been partners in the persecution of a man's PERSONAL life - a personal life that calls for pity not destruction.
What is happening, is the news moguls have to cover their own asses.
They've screwed up big time and they, like Starr, are hiding behind legal technicalities.
Ladies and gentlemen, no matter your beliefs, you had best watch out for the future. The slippery slope is a precipice ahead of us and the rest of the world is laughing at us.
I am not proud of Bill Clinton's sex life - but I am proud of him as a president. France had OFFICIAL royal mistress for its kings...
Mitterand's mistress and his wife both attended his funeral without the press having vapors, Prince Charles has a mistress who attends royal affairs with him...
And now with Viagra, the actions of those old goats in Washington are beyond imagination.
What are we? A nation of Sunday School children?
As for me, I'm an adult. I hate what Bill Clinton
has done in his personal life but again, it's NOT MY BUSINESS. I voted
for him for president and he's been a pretty good one with a Congress controlled
by bigots and haters. I didn't vote for him for saint.
The rest of us ought to butt out. It's YOUR marriage and family, not ours."
A new female HIV preventative finally puts women in control - See the column by J. B. Dixson that explains it: http://detnews.com/1997/accent/9703/23/03220009.htm
Back in the 1600s (Born 1647),
Maria Sibylla Merian, German entomologist and botanical illustrator of
extraordinary accomplishments traveled to Surinam (South America) to study
insects in their natural settings instead of using dead samples collected
Has anyone heard anything about Flos Pavonis????
With Internet, for the first time in history,
women can exchange VITAL information about their lives without having to
have it censored by some guyz. Let's USE it.
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