During the Today show’s extensive coverage on Thursday of Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, the NBC morning program used the controversy to resurrect the unsubstantiated 1991 smear campaign against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Astonishingly, the numerous sexual harassment claims against former President Bill Clinton were never mentioned.
With each passing day, the Russia story seems to balloon and grow a whole new facet for the media to talk about. During NBC’s Sunday Today, fill-in host Hallie Jackson noted how it was wearing down the President. “President Trump is calling this Russia story 'fake news,' you've got Republicans like Lindsey Graham now saying they're not going to ease up on this investigation. New revelations about Mike Flynn,” she stated before asking Chuck Todd, “Let me put it this way, its opening day in baseball, so what inning are we in with this Russia story, Chuck? What do you think?”
Los Angeles Times legal reporter David Savage and his newspaper are playing coy with Bill Clinton’s sexual offenses again. Savage struck a mystified tone when Donald Trump’s lawyers tried the Clinton vs Paula Jones defense to dismiss a lawsuit filed on January 17 where former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos claimed Trump kissed and touched her inappropriately.
Savage dismissed the tactic, since, as we all know, Clinton lost that battle, and later had to settle with Jones for $850,000. But guess what? Savage and the Times didn’t include that. They cutely played with the voters who were wee tots in the Clinton years by saying Clinton’s “Kiss it” sexual harassment was “alleged.” He also wrote Bill Clinton was impeached by the House Republicans for “allegedly lying under oath.”
On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson opened his Fox News show by reviewing the "evidence," after months of allegations and bitter left-leaning cable news hysteria, that Russia conspired, perhaps with now-President Donald Trump's help, to engineer the Republican's November presidential win — by, in short, asserting that "there's no reason to believe that Russia changed the course of American political history." Then, after savagely indicting NBC News for its obvious attempt to tip the scales in Hillary Clinton's favor by releasing the Access Hollywood Trump tape to the Washington Post two days before the second presidential debate, Carlson asked a far more important question: "What do you think played a bigger role in the 2016 race: The Access Hollywood tape or the Russian government." Answer: "That's an obvious one."
An irony-ignorant skit on the March 11 edition of Saturday Night Live featured a parody commercial portraying Ivanka Trump promoting a perfume called "Complicit." Washington Post writer Aaron Blake covered the episode in an alleged "Analysis" blog post, yet managed to ignore the February success of Ivanka's product line despite a declared leftist boycott and Nordstrom dropping her brand.
After winning a record 10 Emmy Awards for American Crime Story's first-season storyline based on the book The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the producers are planning to base an upcoming season of the series on another book written by the major Democratic donor and legal analyst for the Cable News Network: A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
The book centers on intern Monica Lewinsky's affair with Democratic President Bill Clinton while she was a White House intern from 1995 on. Clinton was ultimately impeached on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice.
With Election Day just two days away, both ABC and NBC seemingly continued to try to slow Hillary Clinton’s descent in the polls, Sunday, by downplaying all the talk surrounding multiple FBI investigations into her activities. On ABC's This Week, Clinton lackey George Stephanopoulos tried to shutdown such talk from Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus by flippantly declaring, “You're just throwing out a lot of words there.”
How does a reporter write about the history of sexual harassment in D.C. without mentioning Bill Clinton? The New York Times managed it, in a sharply partisan view of sexual harassment in Washington on Thursday by political reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “As Politics Meets Power, Harassment Flourishes.” There was nothing of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, or of more recent vintage, Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s domestic controversies. But conservative Justice Clarence Thomas was featured prominently, and two Republican senators received unflattering mentions as well:
The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss his recent study, in which he discovered that an overwhelming 91 percent of network evening news coverage of Donald Trump was hostile to the candidate. “Tell us about how you came to that conclusion,” inquired host Brian Stelter, “What does that 91 percent number represent?”
Thursday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, anchor George Stephanopoulos and commentator Cokie Roberts repeatedly cast doubt on the idea that Donald Trump’s sexual assault accusations could be false. After being grilled by Stephanopoulos, Trump dismissed the accusations as made up stories but that wasn’t adequate for ABC’s Cokie Roberts who reacted skeptically.
Wednesday, ABC had a field day talking about the fiery exchange between Newt Gingrich and Megyn Kelly on FNC’s The Kelly File Tuesday night. Anchors David Muir and Robin Roberts joined analysts Matthew Dowd and Jon Karl to trash Gingrich for badgering Kelly about the Clintons’ scandals. Muir asked what the Trump team “has to gain by taking on Megyn Kelly,” before the panel argued this would only hurt Trump more with women voters. Dowd then claimed Gingrich appeared to have lost his mind, while Karl added that bringing up Bill Clinton’s sex scandals was a distraction for the Trump campaign.
Since a number of women have gone public with charges that Donald Trump groped or forceably kissed them in past encounters, there has been a pattern of the broadcast networks being more likely to use the words "sexual assault" in referring to Trump's behavior, while using more toned down or vague wording to describe accusations against former President Bill Clinton of behavior that is at least as severe. This double standard has especially recurred several times over the past week on ABC's World News Tonight.