I have believed for some time that the Clinton's are corrupt. Your report leaves
little doubt. It is ever amazing to me that the American people will tolerate this
type of behavior from its elected officials. Those who refuse to believe the
reality of the corruption and criminal behavior of the Clinton's and others are
largely responsible for the decay of our civilization. Keep on exposing the truth
and perhaps someday enough of us will wake up to put our country back on track.
Your autopsy of Whitewater was a primer for
Americans who want to understand matters of concern.
It should also serve as a prod to Kenneth Starr.
Your act of intestinal fortitude as well as
journalistic excellence should bode well for the
future of Frontline and PBS; what the misdirected
media and jaded public now does with the Clintons
is our problem.
With all the issues to be dealt with and work
to be done, it is a shame that some people
are still trying to derail the President with
an inconsequential error in choice of friends
made over twenty years ago.
We have very serious issues at hand with
global overpopulation, unprecedented
out-of-control consumption of fossil fuels
and so forth.
The President and Vice President were elected
on the issues and so far they have done a
good job. Let's get out of their way so they
can do what they were elected to do.
Fox Island, WA
I enjoyed the show "Once upon a time in Arkansas," however, I fail to see what is so
complex about the Whitewater scandal that causes "the eyes of the public [to] glaze
over" as stated by so many of the media.
Perhaps it's their eyes that glaze over!
By the way, what planet is Joanne Ostrow from? She seems to excuse any Clinton
illegalities by stating "Bill & Hillary did not get rich (Show us the money!)."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the prisons are filled with people who got caught in
the ATTEMPT of a crime. Even if you rob a bank and return the money you're still
prosecuted for a robbery!
In addition, I'd certainly like to invest $1000 of someone else's money and be given
$100,000 in a year without any experience in the stock market. Let's have a
It seems to me, the question that should be asked is: If they're fighting this hard
to cover-up a "second rate land deal that we lost money on" imagine what other
skeletons are buried in the Clinton closet!
Scary thought, isn't it. How did anyone so ethically challenged become president?
If justice is to be served, Hillary should be indicted and Bill impeached, at a
I was transfixed by Frontline last evening. For the first time, someone has taken
the initiative to explain Whitewater to the average person. I came away from it
with new understanding. The only thing that does still puzzle me is why is Hillary
free??? She very obviously is guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice. And why
hasn't Bill Clinton been impeached??? He, at the very least, is guilty of perjury.
I hope I'm wrong, but it seems as if the Clintons can truly get away with anything.
Very sad. As for Susan McDougal, PLEASE. This garbage about "I refuse to help
the prosecutors case." All the prosecutor is asking her to do is to answer
questions. By not doing so, she is not only disobeying a civil authority, she is
also trying to shift responsibility. If she won't cooperate, she is right where
she belongs. (oh, and my money says that a book by her is certainly in the
future.) Thank you Frontline for a wonderful report. I plan on sharing it with
I was more than disappointed with your coverage; I was shocked at
the conspiratorial tone of the story, to which the voice of the narrator
contributed. The people were treated as nearly one dimensional characters,
and the picture of what they did or didn't do was much to thin to give the
viewer much understanding or perspective. For example, you mention that
Hubbell was convicted of fraud. What kind? Isn't that important? I thought
it was for cheating his firm in his billing for his services. Not exactly a
crime of national import. You also failed to note McDougal's considerable
lack of credibility when interviewing him. And this viewer was left
learning little about the Clinton's finances.
It is difficult to understand why you didn't interview on camera
the Arkansas newspaperman (his name escapes me) who knows more about
Whitewater than probably anyone. He wrote the book "How the Media Invented
Whitewater," which exposes the New York Times dishonest reporting of
Whitewater right from the start and the incredible way most of the rest of
the media fell in line. I have always admired Frontline. But in my judgment
your Arkansas story borders on exploitative journalism.
I would much appreciate a reply to my criticism.
Basil J. F. Mott
The Whitewater program was my first encounter with Frontline. What perfect
programming! I have long enjoyed KQED in San Francisco, but only now realize that
a membership pledge is my duty. Frontline is nothing less than stellar journalism
and an incredible gift to viewers. How satisfying to know that in spite of an
increasingly chilly climate within the major networks' tabloid news coverage,
public television maintains a warm air of professionalism and integrity. The
subtle form and concise content of Frontline proves that the truth is dramatic
enough without sensationalism. Thank you again and, of course, keep it up folks!
James D. Bonar
San Francisco, CA.
I thought your program was excellent. I am a conservative who loves NPR, PBS etc. I
enjoy most of the news and special interest stories. On the whole I think that
your coverage is tilted to the left. Which I do not mind. This story blatantly
showed the type of questionable characters and dealings our President and his wife
have engaged in. To be frank, it never seems to amaze me how stupid and easily
manipulated the general public is. Clinton is a sleaze ball and this is just one
more story to confirm it.
Good Job Frontline!
Not so for your show on Whitewater. It seems the producer had a
political axe to grind. The allegations against the President and
First Lady have been fully explored by Congressional committees and
the Special Prosecutor. Your program added little to what has
already been revealed. I was curious why the producer felt compelled
to show video tapes of Jennifer Flowers and Bill Clinton as a young,
gangly looking man with a beard. The effect of this was to impugn
his credibility, character and stature as a mature adult and as our
President. This, taken together with allegations by McDougal (a man
with a and self proclaimed motive of revenge), and damn little other
evidence, is supposed to add up to something.
I seems clear that the Clintons were tangentially involved in a
failed land deal and fraudulent loan scheme concocted by Mr. McDougal
over 25 years ago. Hillary clearly did some legal work for the
McDougals. Beyond this, I see little else to the story.
Your program painted Bill Clinton as a bad guy because he never gave
McDougal a job after his acquittal. In think it would have been
extremely questionable had Clinton given him a job.
Your program also tried to imply that the First Lady deliberately hid
documents, and that those documents were incriminating. I think the
evidence presented for either point is extremely sketchy.
Mrs. McDougal is clearly an American political prisoner, held in
jail for her refusal to cooperate with the Special Prosecutor, who
clearly is out to get the President and First Lady with the same
sketchy evidence, in what in any other scenario would be considered
ancient history. I applaud her courage.
I didn't vote for the President first time around (I voted for Perot.
) However, I did vote for him last time because I believe that he
has done an excellent job in office, and is probably the best
qualified American for the job, in spite of what I would say has been
an unconstitutional assault on the Presidency and the First lady by
the Congress, and continued, relentless, unwarranted, irrelevant, and
distracting criticism from the Press, your show included.
What a breath of fresh air! This is the rebirth
of investigative reporting! I've been waiting
for someone to fully cover Whitewater on TV for
more than 5 years. Where was 60 Minutes?
Never mind Arkansas, Bill Clinton has friends
in high places on Madison Ave. Somewhere I
even heard a network exec saying Americans
thought Whitewater was boring. Well, your
program was the most intriguing I have seen
in a long time. Is this the great, wide-
ranging American conspiracy?
Thank you for entertaining and informing us
with a great program. I look forward to
watching all of this season's Frontline series.
Mountain View, CA
Five years into Clinton's administration Frontline finally addresses
"You-Know-Who" and "You-Know-Who-Rodham-You-Know-Who's" scandal prior to
and in the early days of their corrupt administration.
May-be five years into Gore's administration you lefties will finally
examine his illegal fund-raising scam!
I have been talking about this for at least 4 years, and I have alienated
my wife and most of her family because it (Clinton's scandals) has (until
only very recently) been ignored by the "Clinton sycophantic media".
Nobody says to me, "Gee, John, I guess all this nonsense you've been
spouting from "Rush" and "The American Spectator" has kind-of turned out
to be true"!
I can't believe my taxes go to funding you!
I must say that it is truly depressing to see how far Frontline has sunk over
the past few years. I guess all that Republican pressure to cut off PBS
funding has really taken its toll on your integrity.
How about a Frontline investigation into the relentless right-wing campaign
to discredit the Clinton administration, and the tacit and active complicity
of the media in an absolutely unprecedented 5-year non-stop inquisition into
a sitting president? How about an expose of who is behind the likes of Ken
Starr and Paula Jones? I don't particularly like Bill Clinton or his
policies, but the double-standard of how he has been handled vs. his
Republican predecessors is outrageous. You should be ashamed for contributing
to this hysteria over minutia.
Frontline used to be the place to look for unique, hard-hitting,
investigative journalism --- rooting out stories ignored by the mainstream
press. Tonight you were just following the herd and beating the same tired
old horse. And what will be your reward for kowtowing to the Republicans?
Probably a Republican president in 2000 and an end to PBS funding. Former
fans of Frontline may not shed many tears.
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