ABC and NBC both aired Ryan reports this morning, bing-bang-boom. Please remember that the first network listed absolutely refused to do the Juanita Broaddrick story at any time in 1999, and waited three months like everyone else to cover Paula Jones in 1994. NBC dilly-dallied for many weeks in 1999 as Lisa Myers confirmed all the niggling details about where the alleged assault took place, whether it matched Clinton’s travel schedule on that day, and so on. Good, probing journalism, but politically delayed until after the Senate vote dismissing the threat to Clinton’s presidency. NBC waited for three months for Jones.
On Ryan, they had nothing but bitter allegations from a bitter divorce that neither party wanted made public. Airing these unproven stories shows that these networks prefer to destroy Republican chances first, and verify sexual allegations later. Do you think these networks would have ever done this to Carol Moseley Braun?