Accuracy in Media

The former president who committed adultery with a White House intern and lied about it under oath is being rehabilitated by CBS News into a spokesman for good eating. On November 18, the CBS Evening News ran a segment on “Eating With Bill Clinton,” giving the disgraced former president an opportunity to appear on national TV as a good role model. Nothing, of course, was said about his sexual addiction or serial womanizing. But his status as a “former junk food fanatic” who has had a heart by-pass operation was the focus of the story.

Like a school girl with a crush, correspondent Mika Brzezinski went on and on about Clinton’s “personal journey” from eating bad food to eating right. She mentioned that Clinton is appealing to kids on the Nickelodeon TV network, a CBS sister company, to “raise awareness among children about healthier eating.” This is part of a campaign against childhood obesity. In a slip of the tongue, she referred to him as “President Clinton” before quickly saying “former President Clinton.” Going into detail about his eating habits, Brzezinski said Clinton now eats buffalo meat, which has less fat. Anchor Bob Schieffer joked, “Buffalo Bill Clinton.”

If Clinton can persuade kids to eat right, that’s great. But let’s face it: his sexual appetite has been as serious a problem as what he eats. And it’s in the sexual arena that he could really perform a public service. He should step forward and campaign against sexual diseases. That wouldn’t be a laughing matter.

In fact, Clinton might be valuable in warning young people not to engage in oral sex. Clinton, who exploited Monica Lewinski for sexual gratification, could cite a Swedish study finding that some mouth cancers are caused by a virus contracted during oral sex. The study, conducted at the University of Malmo, found that individuals orally infected with human papilloma virus, HPV, are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.

Kerstin Rosenquist, who headed the study, said that mouth cancer has been on the rise among young people and that the prevalence of HPV could be one of the factors.

It is a distinct possibility, of course, that more young people are engaging in oral sex and getting mouth cancer because of the example set by former junk food junkie Bill Clinton. But don’t expect Mika Brzezinski to do a report on that. That might remind people of how much of a rogue he was.




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