CBS: Clinton Broadcasting Service; Jefferson "Clintonized"; Predictions Scorecard
1) Monday night CBS featured soundbites from Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, but none from a Republican. ABC stressed a "voter backlash" against the GOP ads and how Republicans have been "too hard" on Clinton.
3) CEPAS: CyberAlert Election Prognosticator Accuracy Scorecard: Race by race predictions from Capital Gang, McLaughlin Group and Fox News Sunday. Margaret Carlson predicting Faircloth's loss: "It's a great moment because you want the Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth people out of there."
>>> November 2 Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media, is now up on the MRC home page thanks to MRC Webmaster Sean Henry and research associate Kristina Sewell. Topic headings include "Tripp the Terrorist"; "Ken Starr is Jezebel?"; "Kneepad Nina Blows GOP Away"; "Conservatives Incite Murder"; "NBC Touts President Peacemaker"; and "A Limbaugh Parody Far Beyond Larry King's Grasp." <<<
Correction. An October 29 CyberAlert item on Keith Olbermann referring to Senator Lauch Faircloth as "one of the junior Grand Wizards of the vast right-wing conspiracy," misidentified his state. It's North Carolina not South Carolina.
Election eve concerns and hopes as seen by Democrats are what broadcast network viewers saw Monday night. (Every network but CNN, which led with the impending election, went first Monday night with the storm-caused disasters in Central America.)
The CBS Evening featured soundbites from Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who excoriated the "extremist" Republican agenda, but found no time for a syllable from a Republican. ABC's World News Tonight stressed a "voter backlash" against the GOP ads and how a new poll found most think Republicans have been "too hard" on Clinton. NBC focused on the plight of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold: "Wisconsin has become a national test case for campaign finance reform." (NBC Nightly News also featured a full report on the Thomas Jefferson news, arguing that it might help Clinton's cause. Details in item #2.)
FNC highlighted some Democratic nastiness, the charge that Republicans plan to intimidate black voters, and also showed how Democrats are running ads equating Republicans with racism. CNN's The World Today checked in on four Senate contests and provided an inside look at the Christian Coalition's efforts to inform voters.
Here are some highlights from the Monday, November 2, evening shows:
-- ABC's World News Tonight displayed some of the problems caused by the walk-out by the unionized technicians. The show opened with the World News Tonight logo in the middle of the screen over Peter Jennings' face and Jennings' microphone was not always on during the show, so he had an echo. But that's nothing compared to the constant problems on Monday's GMA observed by MRC analyst Jessica Anderson, including the inability to run the on-screen graphics system.
checked out the last day of campaigning and how both sides are trying to
turn out the vote. Cochran asserted:
Cokie Roberts then told Jennings: "As we look, we at ABC look, at the House races right now, we are seeing a tiny Republican pick-up of maybe two seats."
Next, from the White House Scott Pelley focused on how the scandals kept Clinton from public rallies as he only attended fundraisers this campaign season. He spent Monday, Pelley explained, trying to get the black vote out. Pelley illustrated with a clip of Clinton on BET: "Do they want more of the last eight months of partisanship or would they like more progress? Do they want us to have more Washington politics as usual or would they like the people of America to be the center of our focus?"
Hillary is more in demand this year, Pelley reported, before playing a clip from her appearance Monday for Chuck Schumer in New York: "So when he fights he's not fighting for some extremist Republican agenda. He's fighting for a New York agenda that will improve the quality of life of people."
Incredibly, after three straight Democratic soundbites and not one syllable allowed from a Republican, Rather nonetheless promised: "CBS News's clear, understandable, in-depth coverage of the election results will start when the polls begin closing..."
In depth on one side.
Later in the hour, Jonathan Karl checked in on North Carolina's Faircloth/Edwards Senate race and David Ensor looked at Kentucky's fight between Bunning and Baesler.
Next, Carl Cameron examined all the factors involved in Tuesday's election and Eric Shawn highlighted the D'Amato/Schumer race: "It's the race that gives mud wrestling a good name." Co-anchor Jane Skinner mentioned the Jefferson/Hemings findings before Heather Nauert and Ellen Ratner delivered their predictions.
Second, Gwen Ifill
focused on the media's campaign finance reform hero, Senator Russ
Feingold of Wisconsin whom, she asserted, may lose because he won't
accept any soft money. Ifill propounded: "Wisconsin has become a
national test case for campaign finance reform. If Feingold doesn't win
tomorrow the Democrats will lose a Senate seat and any chance of ending
the political money chase, a money chase that once would have seemed
unseemly in Wisconsin, the land of clean campaigns."
Thomas Jefferson was one wild and crazy guy and that should help Clinton by making people realize Clinton's just like a Founding Father. All three Monday morning shows featured stories and interview segments, which linked the revelation to extricating Clinton, on the study in the journal Nature showing that DNA tracking proves it very likely that Jefferson fathered a son with his slave, Sally Hemings. On a CBS's This Morning historian Joseph Ellis maintained: "I think he's going to help Bill Clinton in his impeachment hearings." He told Today's viewers: "There might be some conservative Republicans that call for us to tear down the Jefferson Memorial and say that Jefferson's been Clintonized." But Today's Matt Lauer pointed out that Ellis signed a petition to end the impeachment process.
Monday night NBC's Bob Faw argued that if Jefferson can be on Mount Rushmore "despite being sexually active with a subordinate, it might put Mr. Clinton's conduct with a certain intern in a different light." On CNBC's Upfront Tonight Geraldo Rivera promised: "We'll expose Thomas Jefferson's Sallygate."
November 2 NBC Nightly News story and then on to the morning shows. Bob
Faw explained how the test results showed that Jefferson is the father of
Hemings' youngest son, Eston. Faw then ruminated about how the
disclosure might help Clinton:
After the same story ran on CNBC's Upfront Tonight, Geraldo Rivera added: "Amen."
"Let's fast forward to 1998 and what's going on in Washington right
now. Obviously Thomas Jefferson is the favorite Founding Father of our
current President for namesake. How does it impact the way we view the
past transgressions of Bill Clinton?
The first bi-annual CyberAlert Election Prognosticator Accuracy Scorecard. With the assistance of MRC analysts Geoffrey Dickens and Paul Smith, below I've put together a list of predictions issued this past weekend on the three shows with panelists who were willing to risk humiliation: the October 31 Capital Gang on CNN, November 1 Fox News Sunday and the McLaughlin Group of the past two weekends, though the numbers and predictions below are based on how the McLaughlin panelists revised their predictions for their October 31 broadcast.
So, print this out and Tuesday night as you watch the election returns you can grade each political prognosticator. (Not all panelists are listed for each race since the three shows did not all look at the same races.)
Capital Gang panelists: columnist Bob Novak, Time reporter and columnist Margaret Carlson, National Review Washington Bureau Chief Kate O'Beirne, Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt and columnist Mark Shields.
McLaughlin Group panelists: Host John McLaughlin, Newsweek reporter and columnist Eleanor Clift, Reader's Digest editor Michael Barone, columnist Pat Buchanan, and former Gingrich Press Secretary and current George columnist Tony Blankley.
Fox News Sunday panelists who made predictions: Washington Post-affiliated writer and FNC analyst Juan Williams and Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes.
First, the overall Republican gains predicted on Capital Gang and McLaughlin Group:
Second, some predictions in the tight Senate races. (I know the X's below won't necessarily line-up in your e-mail, but this should provide a graphically easy to scan look at who predicted who, even if the columns are not even. Actually, if you put it into 12 point "Courier New" it should look perfect.) Democrats in the first column, Republicans in the second.
Third, two gubernatorial contests:
Do you see a pattern here amongst all the shows? Those in the news media predict fewer Republican wins than do the conservative commentators. -- Brent Baker 
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