After NBC’s Democratic co-moderator Andrea Mitchell lectured Bernie Sanders in Sunday’s debate about whether or not he regretted bringing up Bill Clinton’s sex scandals, the post-debate analysis on CNN saw panelists Dana Bash and Paul Begala (a former Clinton aide) less than pleased with the issue and did their best to downplay its significance in the 2016 race.
Near the end of Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate on NBC, co-moderator, Clinton correspondent, and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell served up the lone question on Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in a misleading and vague fashion that allowed Senator Bernie Sanders to dodge the substance of the matter and instead falsely bash the media for even bringing it up. “You called Bill Clinton's past transgressions, quote, 'totally, totally, totally disgraceful, and unacceptable.' Senator, do you regret saying that?”
As supposedly right-leaning CNN political commentator Ana Navarro appeared on Wednesday's New Day to discuss Hillary Clinton's interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, she defended the Democratic presidential candidate for refusing to respond to Donald Trump raising her husband Bill Clinton's sexual assault history. Navarro, a Jeb Bush supporter and frequent Trump critic, declared that Hillary Clinton is "doing exactly the right thing," and that she should "take the high road."
And, although co-anchor Camerota twice made it clear that the allegations against Bill Clinton include "sexual assault," Navarro would only refer to the former President's behavior as "indiscretions" as she asserted that it is "cringe-inducing" for Trump to accuse Hillary of being an "enabler."
Appearing as a guest on Monday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, veteran political analyst Jeff Greenfield -- whose career has spanned ABC, CNN, CBS and PBS -- declared that Hillary Clinton could be vulnerable over sexual assault accusations against her husband as he asserted that "the lurking danger for Hillary Clinton is, first, was she enabling the behavior and, more important, assaulting the reputation of the accusers?"
Greenfield ended up slamming feminists and liberals who defended President Bill Clinton's "predatory behavior" in the 1990s, asserting that they "have a lot to answer for."
CNN host Jake Tapper set himself apart from the rest of CNN and the wider liberal media by devoting two segments to Juanita Broaddrick and other accusers of Bill Clinton. In a panel segment with Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and former Clinton staffer Donna Brazile, Tapper even asked about how feminism struggles against the Broaddrick allegations of a rape in 1978.
Brazile took that question and twisted it into an Orwellian pretzel, as Clintonistas do. Raising Bill Clinton's past is the "real misogyny," she insisted.
The New York Times, an outlet that has respectfully pondered the idea of a flourishing “rape culture” in the United States, and which irresponsibly furthered false accusations against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape by a stripper in 2006, suddenly doesn’t think sexual harassment is worth talking about. Or at least not when the accused is Democratic “big dog” Bill Clinton, and the topic might risk his wife becoming president in 2016. After Donald Trump re-injected Clinton’s sordid sexual past into the news stream, the paper responded with an editorial accusing Trump of trying to “tar” Hillary Clinton in “sexist fashion” to her husband’s dark sexual past – even though Hillary herself tore down the reputations of her husband’s accusers in order to save the couples’ political skin.
Conservative journalists simply won’t play by the liberal media’s bizarre rules about being vague on Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct – especially when asking him a question. On Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Daily Caller’s Kerry Picket asked the former president directly several times how he felt about “Juanita Broaddrick’s reemergence.” He refused to utter a word.
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked in a much vaguer way if his “past” would hurt Mrs. Clinton. David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon reported while MSNBC aired Picket’s questions live in mid-afternoon, MSNBC played by Clinton rules and sliced Picket out in re-airings:
Since last night, Matt Drudge has teased his link to CNN's coverage of Hillary Clinton "heckler" Katherine Prudhomme O'Brien with the following headline: "Clinton heckled in NH by rape survivor."
The headline at CNN's story by Dan Merica is quite different: "NH GOP lawmaker heckles Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sex scandals." The headline difference is not unusual. What is unusual is that Merica's article as currently posted never refers to O'Brien as a "rape survivor" (which, by the way, she has said since at least 2000). Since Drudge usually refers in some way to a story's content when he writes his headlines, this opens up the possibility that earlier versions of Merica's story did mention O'Brien's rape survivor status, and that CNN censored it. What we do know is that CNN and Merica made sure that readers of their story wouldn't know that Juanita Broaddrick credibly accused Bill Clinton of raping her, and that they treated Clinton's one-man war on women sexual history as entirely "alleged" (bolds are mine):
A week after he cut the mic of conservative guest Kurt Schlichter for bringing up Bill Clinton’s history of sexual misconduct, CNN host Don Lemon found himself trying to shut down another guest during Monday’s CNN Tonight when conservative radio host and CNN GOP debate co-moderator Hugh Hewitt argued that Donald Trump should use his Twitter account to educate millennials on the former President’s past.
On Friday's New Day, when co-host Alisyn Camerota brought up Hillary Clinton being asked a question about her husband's history of forcible rape and other sexual assaults, CNN's John King whitewashed the accusations against former President Bill Clinton as he only vaguely recounted the behavior, and even ended up lamenting that the question must have been a "sad trip" and "not a pleasant trip down memory lane" for Hillary Clinton.
King downplayed the forcible rape accusation by Juanita Broaddrick merely as "conduct he (Bill Clinton) said never happened," after referring to Paula Jones's charge that included indecent exposure merely as "pressuring her."
Why are the liberal media and other liberal elites turning on the black Bill Cosby - while supporting the white Bill Clinton?
A former White House aide that accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her back in 1993 says she's infuriated by the media firestorm caused by anonymous harassment allegations leveled at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Speaking with radio's Steve Malzberg Friday, Kathleen Willey said, "Why are we even entertaining, you know, any of this from a person with no name and no face and a spokesperson who isn’t really clear on anything either" (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):