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FLASHBACK: The MSM Ignored Clinton’s Accusers of Sexual Harassment and Rape

Posted by FactReal on November 3, 2011

BIASED MEDIA
After four days of media frenzy over Cain’s sexual harassment allegations, we still don’t know the facts or the accusers. We still don’t have the evidence. But that is not important for the mainstream media. For them, Cain is guilty until proven innocent. Why? Because Cain is not a liberal. If he were liberal, they’d protect him as they protected and defended Bill Clinton.
Via NewsBusters: (Photos & emphasis added)
Cain’s accusers are still anonymous. Three women publicly accused Bill Clinton of far more serious instances of sexual harassment in the 1990s, but the networks all but ignored them. The coverage that did exist was often skeptical, insulting and hostile, an astonishing double standard.
PAULA JONES

Paula Jones, who accused Bill Clinton of exposing himself to her in a hotel room when she was a state employee in Arkansas, held a public press conference in February 1994, CBS and NBC ignored those charges, while ABC devoted just 16 seconds to Jones’ press conference.

As a January  29, 1998 Media Reality Check pointed out, “The rest of the media waited three months, until Jones filed suit, and the networks then did just 21 stories in that month.”

…Tom Brokaw dismissed, “It didn’t seem to most people, entirely relevant to what was going on at the  time. These are the kind of charges raised about the President before.”

…in June 1994, anchor Charles Gibson wanted to know: “Why does anyone care what this woman has to  say?”  […] Newsweek editor Evan Thomas…derided Jones as “some sleazy woman with big hair.” (This was on the May 7, 1994 Inside Washington.)

KATHLEEN WILLEY

– In the case of Kathleen Willey, who said  Bill Clinton groped her in the Oval Office while President, the networks gave  minimal coverage to that story when it was broke by Newsweek magazine in late  July 1997.

On July 30, 1997, the CBS Evening News aired a story, but managed not to mention Willey by name…ABC delicately approached the subject…

CBS gave it one minute on the July 30 Evening News, with brief items on the July 31 CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News. Willey eventually became a big  news story when CBS’s 60 Minutes interviewed her in March 1998, during the  Lewinsky scandal.

“Wow! That was something,” Today co-host Matt Lauer  exclaimed on March 16, 1998, reacting to the 60 Minutes story. There was no  introspection as to why it took Today and other outlets so long to cover the charges.

JUANITA BROADDRICK

– In the case of Juanita Broaddrick, who publicly came forward to say Bill Clinton raped her while he was the Arkansas Attorney General and a candidate for Governor, the networks offered weekend coverage in March 1998, when the charge surfaced in a court filing by Paula Jones’ attorneys. NBC interviewed Broaddrick for a Dateline special in January 1999, but the airing was delayed until February 24, 1999, after the end of Clinton’s impeachment trial. […]

During the period of February 19-28, as NBC prepared to finally air its Dateline special, ABC virtually ignored the controversy. World News and Nightline skipped it. Good Morning America allowed two brief mentions. This Week briefly discussed it.

CBS allowed just one story on the February 20th Evening News.

Considering that NBC had the scoop, it’s not surprising  that the network offered more coverage. While Nightly News ignored it…

When one contrasts the sexual harassment scandals of Democrat Bill Clinton, which included on the record accusers, with the hazy allegations against Republican Herman Cain, it becomes clear that the networks have enthusiasm for one and ignored the other.

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