by David Phinney
Friday July 12th 2024



ABC, bin Laden, Clinton and Monica

by David Phinney

Sept. 7, 2006 — It figures that ABC would be bending current events for reasons beyond my understanding. Ratings? Politics? Ass kissing to the current administration?
Who knows? Perhaps, it’s just typical corporate incompetence.

On January 21, 1998, ABC’s Jackie Judd was the first network reporter to broadcast the allegations about President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the accompanying Paula Jones freak show relating to sexual harassment complaints. Judd saw it all the way through, thanks to her pipeline to Kenneth Starr’s engineered leaks and his seven-year, $70 million investigation of the Clinton’s stupidity.

The end result? Starr found a semen-stained dress and helped spark the impeachment of a president.

What could be more decadent than for an entire Congress to be consumed by such an event? How about a news media that found easy pickings in headlining the steamy details of a president with an unzipped pecker and a willing intern on her knees?

My theory is that the Republican Congress was simply following the headlines.

So, let’s have a docudrama about TV news executives and their decision making during the Monica Lewinsky days while Osama bin Laden was laying plans for attacking US embassies (257 people were killed and over 4,000 wounded) and the USS Cole (17 sailors were killed and 39 were injured).

I worked at ABC and my managers were on the brink of masturbatory delight over how many ways to describe an Oval Office blow job for family viewing. Every morning, they would look at the viewer ratings and chant “Monica, Monica, Monica.”

The constant drumbeat drove a president to impeachment and when the Clinton Administration bombed Afghanistan and Sudan to hit bin Laden, ABC managers mused that it was to distract people from impeachment.

Oh, and my stories on terrorism and bin Laden? One news manager called them “thumb suckers.”

I am sure he is still a consummate ass kisser.

Then again, thumb sucking, cock sucking and ass kissing is just just business. Some just make better news.


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