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On HBO, Bob Costas Delivers a Sycophantic Session with Hillary
MRC ^ | 11:20am EDT, Monday July 21, 2003 | Brent Baker

Posted on 07/21/2003 10:43:26 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Alerting readers to the then-upcoming Bob Costas interview on HBO with Senator Hillary Clinton, I predicted: "I'd bet Costas won't be as reverential as some other star media figures have been toward her."

I was wrong. The NBC Sports anchor was every bit as sycophantic as Barbara Walters, Katie Couric or Charlie Rose, though as host of a sports and celebrity interview show, I guess he cannot be held to the same journalistic standards.

In the pre-taped interview which led the July 18 On the Record with Bob Costas on HBO, Costas wished for her to impart her wisdom: "How, from where you sit, have you maintained your dignity and how can you be so controlled under circumstances that would be trying for the best of us?"

Costas also wondered: "If you became President, what kind of First Gentleman would Bill Clinton be?"

He claimed she's the victim of attacks about "private and painful matters." In response, Clinton maintained she doesn't pay any attention to such attacks, prompting Costas to wonder: "So even if it doesn't knock you down, do you still feel it? A fighter can take a blow and not go down, but he still feels it."

And the best exchange:
Costas: "What are your best and worst qualities as a politician?"

Clinton: "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right..."

Plus, though Bill Clinton attracted less than 50 percent of the vote in 1996, Costas insisted: "Your husband won landslide re- election in 1996."

In between all that, he also reminded her that in high school she was the President of the Fabian Fan Club and asked her to assess Senator Bob Graham's charge that President Bush should be impeached.

I took down most of the questions from Costas in the interview taped in Washington, DC on July 16. The highlights from the 12 minutes or so aired by HBO:

-- "We live in an era where, generally speaking, feelings trump substance in the court of public opinion. Everyone wants their little revelation, their supposed window into someone's emotions. But even as you've been out there discussing these things you don't give people the classic Barbara Walters or Oprah Winfrey moment. How, from where you sit, have you maintained your dignity and how can you be so controlled under circumstances that would be trying for the best of us?"

-- "Your husband won landslide re-election in 1996. He's a capable and charismatic man. He had many accomplishments to his credit, and yet before his second term was over found himself mired in a horrible scandal. And it was flat-out stupid. It was colossally stupid. If people are people objective, regardless of where they sit politically, in a sense this is a tragedy. Does it haunt him, does it haunt you that he squandered at least a portion of his legacy?"

Clinton: "Record of his two terms so overwhelmingly positive....regret politics of personal destruction."

Costas: "He gave them the red meat. Even if they're a group of rapid hounds, he gave them the red meat."

-- "Bob Graham of Florida, who's running for President, says that fudging the facts on Iraq may amount to an impeachable offense. You've been close to both modern impeachment scenarios. As a young lawyer you researched high crimes and misdemeanors that would constitute impeachable offenses for the Watergate committee. And then obviously the situation with your husband. Is Senator Graham over-stating it or might there be something impeachable here?"

-- "If you became President, what kind of First Gentleman would Bill Clinton be?"

-- "I know you have a good sense of humor. I've seen you with Letterman. You have a good sense of humor. But what is it like, leave politics aside, as a human being, what is it like, you're watching TV, you're reading a seemingly unrelated magazine or newspaper story, and you might see a joke or a reference made at your expense, your husband's expense, not about the usual hurly- burly of politics which goes back forever, but about private and painful matters."

Clinton: "Comes with the territory....don't pay much attention."

Costas: "So even if it doesn't knock you down, do you still feel it? A fighter can take a blow and not go down, but he still feels it."

-- "What are your best and worst qualities as a politician?"

Clinton: "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right..."

Costas ended by asking about a Yankees versus Cubs World Series, "what do you do then?"

The Web page for On the Record with Bob Costas: http://www.hbo.com/ontherecord

This edition of On the Record with Hillary Clinton will air twice more this week on HB0: Tonight, Monday, at 7pm EDT on HBO East and 7pm EDT on HBO West; and then Wednesday night at 10pm EDT on HBO East, 10pm EDT on HBO West.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billclinton; costas; graham; hillaryclinton
I'm surprised softball throwing Costas forgot to ask Sen. Clinton to give her chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe.

Some of former president Bill Clinton's friends are sharing (makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside) recipes for a cookbook for his library, the Associated Press says. Among contributors are Muhammad Ali, Christie Brinkley, Barbra Streisand, and Elizabeth Taylor. The $35 cookbook, published by the Clinton Presidential Foundation, includes recipes from Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I wonder what other family recipes the Clintons have contributed:

1 posted on 07/21/2003 10:43:27 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Some of former president Bill Clinton's friends are sharing (makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside) recipes for a cookbook for his library

Ah, the Clinton cookbook. The only cookbook where every recipe says to call up your staff and have them cook it for you. And it benefits the Clinton Lie-brary, the only presidential library with Fiction and Non-Fiction sections.

2 posted on 07/21/2003 10:49:49 AM PDT by dirtboy (Not enough words in FR taglines to adequately describe the dimensions of Hillary's thunderous thighs)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Ronald Reagan appealed to the best and the brightest within us all. Hillary Clinton and her husband appeal to the worst and the darkest within us all. I will answer the call from the former, not the latter.
3 posted on 07/21/2003 10:50:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Solitary Traveler
Does Bob Costas ask ANYONE hard questions? He seems like one of the phoniest people on TV. He's always gushing about something, he was appalling at the Olympics.
5 posted on 07/21/2003 10:56:30 AM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: fight_truth_decay
...NBC Sports anchor was every bit as sycophantic as Barbara Walters, Katie Couric or Charlie Rose...

Not surprised. But let's cut p-o-o-o-o-o-r Bob a little slack. She wouldn't let herself be interviewed any other way. I'm sure it was at least partially staged. You know, list of permissable questions, etc. Bob's smart, he doesn't want to be another Vince afterall.

6 posted on 07/21/2003 10:56:51 AM PDT by fortunecookie (longtime lurker and new poster)
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To: dirtboy
Costas has always been a very far left liberal. I'm not surprised he would fawn all over Hitlery. Maybe that Clinton cookbook could include Bill's recipe for semen pizza.
7 posted on 07/21/2003 10:58:08 AM PDT by speedy
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To: fight_truth_decay
Sycophantic Session with Hillary

Has she EVER had any other kind?

8 posted on 07/21/2003 10:59:30 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: fight_truth_decay
Is that the SAME show where he said that if HILLARY ran against BUSH right now, she would win 75-25 ?? ??

http://democraticbuttons.freeservers.com/2004Clinton.html

Hold your stomach before viewing the above page!!

9 posted on 07/21/2003 11:01:41 AM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"Probably my worst quality is....

That she HAS PEOPLE KILLED!!!

How is old Vince doing these days, hmmm Hill?

10 posted on 07/21/2003 11:03:30 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Clinton: "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right..."

Thrusting Socialism upon Americans, under the guise of Liberalism---yes,that is one interesting admission Senator.

11 posted on 07/21/2003 11:04:04 AM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: fight_truth_decay
'-- "I know you have a good sense of humor. I've seen you with Letterman. "

That interview was the last time that I ever watched Letterman. He had his heart attack the day after he kissed her ass in that interview. Since being back, his ratings have dropped. Dave, you sold out.

12 posted on 07/21/2003 11:08:06 AM PDT by pittsburgh gop guy (now serving eastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.......)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Costas is such an A##hole... During a tribute to the 9/11 victims rendition of (I think) God Bless America... He actually broke into the tribute silence with something about the weather ...

The shallow shrimp with a big mouth...that's always been Costas' trademark.

13 posted on 07/21/2003 11:08:38 AM PDT by Bob Eimiller
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To: Bob Eimiller
It happened during the Winter Olympics coverage..
14 posted on 07/21/2003 11:09:38 AM PDT by Bob Eimiller
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To: fight_truth_decay
Costas also wondered: "If you became President, what kind of First Gentleman would Bill Clinton be?"

What type of mindless gack/blyeeeech of a question is that? I can't stand Bob Costas during Basketball season,but just reading his questions again,they're just ridiculous.I'm sure Bob (who is a shrimp of a human being, btw) gave her handlers a copy of the questions beforehand, just like Letterman does everytime.

15 posted on 07/21/2003 11:11:04 AM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: Bob Eimiller
I remember meeting Costas about 20 years ago when he was trying to sell air time for radio here in the midwest. Weenie then, weenie now.
16 posted on 07/21/2003 11:13:38 AM PDT by Lee Heggy (Jealousy-The theory that some other fellow has just as little taste.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"Clinton: Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right ..."

Translation: When I don't get my way I have temper tantrums and throw things.
17 posted on 07/21/2003 11:14:34 AM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: steplock
Is that the SAME show where he said that if HILLARY ran against BUSH right now, she would win 75-25 ?? ??

Even Bill Maher discredited that poll directly after the interview. He said something along the lines of "every vote came from within the Clinton household.."

18 posted on 07/21/2003 11:14:38 AM PDT by cashion
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To: fight_truth_decay
Costas: "He gave them the red meat. Even if they're a group of rapid hounds, he gave them the red meat."

So it wasn't a family program, I presume?
19 posted on 07/21/2003 11:19:41 AM PDT by jonalvy44
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To: fight_truth_decay
Clinton: "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right..."

"Oh, and the fact that I’m absolutely perfect in every way sometimes grates on people."

20 posted on 07/21/2003 11:20:11 AM PDT by dead
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To: Puppage
He probably prefers hell to Hillary!
21 posted on 07/21/2003 11:32:46 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD is still in control!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Say it ain't so, Bob! (Still wondering why he's wasting a rare talent for baseball broadcasting in a POS venue such as that!)
22 posted on 07/21/2003 11:36:16 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: dead
Clinton: "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right..."

VOTE THE COMMIES OUT !

23 posted on 07/21/2003 11:58:21 AM PDT by DTA
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To: newgeezer
I don't care for his baseball broadcasting--unless the only other choice is McCarver. For my money, Miller and Morgan are best in the business.

Hey Costas, nice plastic surgery.

24 posted on 07/21/2003 12:02:25 PM PDT by Huck
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To: newgeezer
Say it ain't so, Bob! (Still wondering why he's wasting a rare talent for baseball broadcasting in a POS venue such as that!)

I always found Bob Costas as more fluff than substance as a baseball broadcaster. He'll state the obvious and convey it as a subtle nuance of the game. Oh, for the days of Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Joe Garagiola for a quality NBC broadcast team.

25 posted on 07/21/2003 12:03:35 PM PDT by Ghengis
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To: Ghengis
"Oh, for the days of Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Joe Garagiola for a quality NBC broadcast team."

Or even Peewee Reese and Dizzy Dean. "I believe I'll have me another Falstaff, Peewee"

26 posted on 07/21/2003 1:17:26 PM PDT by Artem55
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To: fight_truth_decay
It's important to understand that Costas, like most people, is desperate for the approval of his peers- in this case, his peers are those in the entertainment industry. He's already fighting the stigma of being a sportscaster. Avoiding the cocktail party snub means being a liberal. Being a conservative, among those people, means being an unsophisticated boor- and a ticket to being a pariah. It's not much more complicated than that. Our environment very much shapes our views- even as adults.
27 posted on 07/21/2003 2:37:39 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: jagrmeister
Avoiding the cocktail party snub means being a liberal.

I like that! I'm stealing it(but only to say to my liberal English teacher)
28 posted on 07/21/2003 2:48:09 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: fight_truth_decay
Costas will need to see a dermatologist to return his nose to its normal color.
29 posted on 07/21/2003 4:33:53 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: fight_truth_decay
Hillary could not possibly answer the second question on Whitewater, on Filegate, on Travelgate . . .

Consequently she will never submit to an interview by anyone not reliably liberal. So if you DO get an interview with Hillary, you might as well sew a scarlet "L" on your chest while you're at it.

30 posted on 07/21/2003 7:15:27 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The everyday blessings of God are great--they just don't make "good copy.")
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