CNN’s liberal bias is rearing its ugly head again. During an interview on “CNN Newsroom” on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, an interview got heated when a discussion about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump hurling a vulgarity at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton evolved into one about her husband former President Bill Clinton‘s sex scandal with internMonica Lewinsky and his sexual activities in the Oval Office. Newsroom host CNN anchor Don Lemon was speaking to guests Terra Grant and Kurt Schlicher when Schlicher said Hillary allowing her husband’s behavior was worst than Trump’s comment. Lemon was showing bias against Trump and definitely for Clinton cut off the interview after a short heated exchange.
During the interview, discussing Trump using a Yiddish sexual vulgarity towards Clinton, Schlicher could not help to bring up the obvious, that Clinton’s standby role “enabling” her husband’s continual sexual scandals particularly with intern Monica Lewinsky, then 22 was worse than what Trump said. Schlicher said, “[I]t’s gonna take a lot more for me to get upset at a woman who enabled a guy who turned the Oval Office into a frat house and his intern into a humidor.”
The controversy surrounds the language Trump used in an attack on Clinton. At a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 the GOP frontrunner went after Clinton for losing to Obama, who was 30 percent behind in the polls and then sped up to compete and win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Trump said, “Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? She was favored to win, and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.”
Trump used the Yiddish slang, vulgarity “schlong” as a verb, although the word means penis in Yiddish. The Clinton campaign and candidate Hillary Clinton have condemned Trump’s remarks. Trump defended himself denying the word “schlonged” is a vulgar term, but that it means, “beaten badly.” The Clinton campaign, in turn, is using the incident to argue that Trump is conducting a war on women, a favorite Democratic attack on Republicans.
CNN is known to show liberal bias in their reporting, however; Trump recently said they have been fairer to him than the conservative Fox News. That theory blew up with Lemon’s direction of the interview. Lemon wanted to focus the interview solely on attacking Trump, asking his guests, “Have you ever heard a presidential candidate say things like this?”
Schlicher continued about Bill Clinton’s much more disgusting behavior while president, reminding the public of the sordid behavior and indignity the Clinton’s brought to the White House their first time around. Schlicher responded by pointing out, “No. But I know of a president who, well, turned his intern into a humidor, so I think we set the standard a little lower than Donald Trump has even approached.”
The interview was mostly a heated exchange between Schlinger and Lemon that included cross-talk and was close to shouting over each other, with Lemon even accusing Schlinger of hating CNN. Schlinger let it be known his comments were not for some love towards Trump. Schlinger argued, “You know, I just don’t care. I so don’t care. I would need Steven Hawking to find the theoretical limit of how little care about Donald Trump’s silly jokes. This hypocritical, pearl-clutching nonsense that Donald Trump is mean and out there. And I can’t stand Donald Trump. I’m the guy who comes on, and this is why I hate the media, Don because you make me defend Donald Trump. This is ridiculous…. I just do not care. I don’t hate Donald Trump. He’s a very nice guy who I don’t think should be president.”
After Schlinger had brought up the former President Bill Clinton’s scandal with Lewinsky for the second time, Lemon remained insistent on focusing on Trump, telling his guest “You’re talking about apples and oranges. Lemon reiterated his question, “So my question to you, without mentioning the Clintons and Bill Clinton… which has already been litigated and relitigated on its, on the own merits. Donald Trump’s statements on the campaign trail, you don’t think it’s fair that the media should be covering it?”
The more Lemon refused to talk about the Clinton scandal, the more Schlinger delved into it. Schlinger rationalized why Bill Clinton’s scandal is relevant, “Well, I don’t think it’s unfair. I just think it’s silly. Look, he’s running against Hillary Clinton. He’s running against a sexual harasser and an abuser’s enabler. So again, I don’t know why we’re not talking about that. You know, it has been litigated. You’re right about that. The Clintons were found guilty!” Schlinger also argued in between his back and forth with Lemon, “She backed him, she supported him. She had his back-”
Lemon became infuriated and insistent about not discussing the scandal, trying to make a separation between Hillary and Bill, when that is impossible, they always sold themselves as a package deal. Lemon argued, “We’re not talking about that because it has nothing to do with what happened. It has nothing to do with what happened. She’s not her husband… Her husband has been impeached over that…. That was over a decade ago.”
Continuing, Lemon become even more livid, saying, “You’re talking about something that happened over a decade ago. The man has been impeached for it. She is not responsible for her husband’s actions. Yet you’re bringing it into a campaign, and it doesn’t seem fair,” Lemon argued. “So if you talk about Hillary Clinton, bring Hillary Clinton’s actions into it. Don’t bring her husband’s actions into it.”
The more Lemon objected, the more Schlichter continued to explain why his point was relevant, “I would like to bring Hillary Clinton’s actions into it. When she was given the choice of standing with a serial sexual abuser and with women who are being violated, she chose to stand with her husband, a serial sexual harasser.” Their argument was a clash between egos that would not compromise, leading to a hostile argument and Lemon showing a clear bias in his reluctance to look at all the facts and opinions of his guest.
Host Lemon seemed fed up seeing he could not win after he screamed over Schlinger seven times to stop. Then Lemon cut off the interview, saying, “This is the lowest of the low, and it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. It is just a cheap shot. … Thank you. We’re done.” Interestingly enough CNN could get enough of discussing the president’s sexual peccadilloes in 1998 when the scandal emerged. The news network spent most of their airtime, as did other news media at the time covering the scandal and every lurid detail. Schlinger was able to get the last word before the commercial break saying truthfully, “No, it’s important to me, it’s important to millions of other Americans, and I submit it’s more important than Donald Trump’s.”
Lemon is wrong, should Hillary Clinton win the election, she would be allowing Bill Clinton back into the White House, and she has implied he could play a prominent role, more than just “first gentlemen” closer to the co-presidency of the first Clinton presidency rather than a male first lady role. With Hillary’s election, the American public will be allowing a third Clinton term; anything from Bill’s presidency is relevant. Candidates are always scrutinized for their past and political records, Hillary Clinton should not have a free pass and deserves the scrutiny every other candidate in the campaign is receiving.
Former President Bill Clinton used the Oval Office for his sexual encounters with Lewinsky and at times, he conducted official presidential business while he had Lewinsky conduct “other” business for him. Clinton and Lewinsky used the Oval Office, adjacent hallway, and private study for their trysts several times from November 1996 until March 1997. Clinton’s behavior was appalling for a president, and lesser behavior has marked the end of a political career and public life.
Clinton has punished accordingly for lying in his deposition for the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, and requesting Lewinsky do the same in her affidavit. Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation discovered from informant Linda Tripp about the perjury in the case. Starr’s began investigating the possible perjury and obstruction of justice, just as the media revealed the affair between the president and intern on Jan. 21, 1998. Clinton originally denied the affair declaring on Jan. 26, 1998, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
Hillary Clinton staunchly defended her husband as she always did during his sex scandal declaring on NBC’s Today Show “this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.” Hillary always defended her husband but disparaged and discredited all of his accusers.
Clinton’s lies came back to haunt him. After months of investigations, news media coverage, and late night fodder, Lewinsky was granted immunity on July 28, 1998, and testified about her sexual affair with Clinton producing physical evidence, a semen-stained blue dress. Clinton had to confess it all in his taped grand jury testimony given on August 17, 1998, admitting to an “improper physical relationship” with Lewinsky both in his testimony and in a televised address to the nation.
In September, Starr released his infamous Starr Report, which included details from Lewinsky’s grand jury testimony that read more like a steamy sex novel than a report investing presidential misconduct. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives began their investigation and initiating impeachment proceedings after Starr recommended that there is “substantial and credible information that President Clinton Committed Acts that May Constitute Grounds for an Impeachment.”
Just days ago marked the 17th anniversary of Clinton’s impeachment by the House on Dec. 19, 1998, for two counts perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton made history, not only was he the first president to give grand jury testimony, but also he was the only second president impeached. Clinton was lucky Democrats controlled the Senate or else he would have been ousted from office, instead the Senate acquitted him in early 1999. Clinton did not get off completely unscathed Arkansas, the Supreme Court both suspended his law license, and he had to pay a $90,000 fine.
Clinton’s successor Republican George W. Bush was already planning how to clean up the Oval Office if he became president physically, and even revealed his plan to during an appearance on “The Late Show” with David Letterman in the fall of 2000. True to his words minutes, after Bush took the presidential oath of office two dozen cleaners wearing masks were working to completely sanitize the Oval Office and surrounding rooms from Clinton’s dalliances. Bush had everything Clinton ever used or touched removed from the Oval Office.
As Bush did to the Oval Office years later, historians are trying to whitewash history and the Clinton presidency ignoring the former president’s sex scandals preferring just to judge him solely by his accomplishments mostly regarding economic policy. Clinton’s foreign policy was spotted especially as he conducted targeted military attacks in terrorist strongholds Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998 to divert attention from his scandal.
Part of the reason terrorism is out of control extends back to the former President Clinton inactions allowing al-Qaeda to grow enough to conduct the worst terrorist attack in history on Sept. 11, 2001, just months after Clinton left office. Like every other aspect of his presidency, Clinton had the ability to be great had he not been so self-absorbed in fighting his scandals and indulging in his pleasures.
Clinton’s scandals in office are inextricably tied to his performance as a president, and that is something that should never be forgotten especially by historians. Historians like CNN now are participating in overlooking former President Clintons’ scandals and Hillary’s role as her husband’s defender-in-chief to help elect Hillary to the White House or benefit from her election. Americans might not agree or even like what Trump’s says, but neither should credible journalists show such bias in their reporting. Previously CNN has punished their journalists for showing bias, will they do the same in this situation, probably not.