4 August 1999
Smile-a-while: Pathetic Times two
Synopsis: Just how silly can Bill Sammon get? Pretty sillyand Melinda made two.
Mental health conference puts Tipper in the spotlight
Bill Sammon, The Washington Times, 6/8/99
Gores and Clintons, Relaxed and Intent, Turn to Initiatives on Mental Illness
Melinda Henneberger, The New York Times, 6/8/99
At Forum on Mental Health, Calls for Compassion and Coverage
Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post, 6/8/99
How willing is Sammon to gimmick up stories? His work is at
times just pathetic. Read his account of a one-word slip Gore
made at a mental health forum. (We're not kidding you, folks.
This was a news story.) According to Sammon, Tipper Gore had jokingly
told the VP where to sit at the confab:
SAMMON: [Gore] said that while he would follow his wife's advice,
it was "departing from my destructions." Quickly recognizing
the mini-gaffe, he hastened to add: "My instructions."
Hmmm. Let's see if we have this story straight. A person makes
a one-word mistakethen he corrects his error. Intriguing!
SAMMON (continuing): The flub seemed to epitomize Gore's image
problem. When he sticks too closely to his script, he is accused
of being boring. When he ad libs, he sometimes makes mistakes
that become the object of ridicule, such as his now-legendary
claim to have invented the Internet.
Bingo! Sammon gets his $50 bonus for working in the Internet.
SAMMON (continuing): Yesterday, Mrs. Gore ignored her husband's
mistake and continued to treat him with a slight irreverence that
added levity to the proceedings.
One is tempted to say she ignored the mistake as anyone but
Sammon would do. But if one were to engage in that kind of thinking,
one would be quite mistaken. The New York Times' brilliant self-diagnosed
genius was also at the mental health conference. Apparently she
was getting bored with the policy crap too, because she too recorded
HENNEBERGER: In her role as moderator, Mrs. Gore choreographed
the Clintons and her husband, at one point telling the Vice President,
"You might want to get up and go over now," pointing
him toward a corner where he was to interview two more people
about their experiences with mental illness.
"Yes, ma'am," he told her, laughing. "I'm anxious
to follow instructions carefully, but to depart from my destruct,
or, to depart from my instructions, I want to say I hope you can
see how proud I am of Tipper."
Apparently Henneberger's editors kept her from recording her
"analysis" of what the important slip meant. But isn't
it simply amazing, dear friends, that the New York Times would
print nonsense like this? That a New York times editor would even
consider publishing such absolute drivel? But as we've
told you before, this isn't the Timesnot when it publishes
this dimwit chatter. But it is with writers like this that the
Times now reports the world's most important public discourse.
Contest: Feel free to construct your own clever play
about the Times Two at a mental health conference.
Cover-up: Writing in the Post the same day, Amy Goldsteinthe
cover-up queennever mentioned the revealing Gore error. It really
and truly does make you ask how much else the slick Post is concealing.