The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: September 29 to October 5
ABC anchor, and former Clinton employee, George Stephanopoulos interviewed his old boss on ABC’s "This Week." Stephanopoulos sycophantically highlighted a story in The Atlantic about the ex-President's philanthropy. Stephanopoulos quoted the author, "'History may remember Bill Clinton as the philanthropist who happened to be President" and then asked if Clinton was "okay" with that description.
Why did President Bush veto a federal health insurance bill "for children?" Well, ABC painted the President as uncaring and not concerned about the poor, rather than mention the program actually covers more than just the destitute. Over on CNN, Jack Cafferty echoed a similar theme. In a segment on "The Situation Room," he offered this loaded question: "President Bush has increased the national debt by trillions of dollars. Why would he veto a bill providing health insurance for children?"
Interviewing a woman who sued the coach of the New York Knicks for sexual harassment, ABC host Robin Roberts asked the woman, Anucha Brown-Sanders, if she hoped to have the same impact as Anita Hill. Apparently in Robert’s mind, it’s just logical to assume that Clarence Thomas is guilty. On the same network, comedian Joy Behar told her "View" audience that the Supreme Court justice should write a book, "If I Harassed Her."
Finally, appearing on NBC’s "Today" program, former anchor Ted Koppel derided Rush Limbaugh as "foolish" in regards to the controversy surrounding him. On the subject of Dan Rather and his lawsuit against CBS, Koppel sympathetically oozed, "I feel great pain for Dan."