Sexual harassment and assault allegations have been dominating the news since Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator. As politicians like Roy Moore and Sen. Al Franken field reports of their sexual misconduct, people on both sides of the aisle have wondered if it’s time to revisit allegations that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick and other women.
Newsbusters recently dug up former news anchor Dan Rather’s comments on Broaddrick’s story back in 1999, and they have not aged well.
Rather said of the allegation “even if it does it turns out to be true, it happened a long time ago … maybe the American public has heard all they want to hear about this and are saying you know, ‘Next. Let’s move on to the next thing.’”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: All right. So I — I want to — I want to state the case, that it’s okay if you say I don’t believe these accusers. And I’m going to vote for Roy Moore. I really don’t believe them. You could say, I — I — I kind of believe them, but it was 30 years ago. So it doesn’t really matter. And vote for Roy Moore.
But the only way you can really be consistent is if you said that during the Clinton years. Because, remember, those were old too. Those were 20 years old. Does it matter? Why didn’t they come out then? If it was so bad, why didn’t they come out then? Well, because he was the attorney general and then the he was governor. He had a lot of power. It’s almost the same story. He was the attorney general and then he became a senator and a judge. So who is going to believe you over him? So were you consistent?
Now, the media. The media is saying, this is really important, we have to know what happened 30 years ago. Was that where they stood at the time? Listen to Dan Rather at the time on Don Imus.
VOICE: This Juanita Broaddrick thing — this interview that the people there at NBC News have been sitting on for some reason, who knows.
VOICE: Well, the reason is pretty obvious. They don’t call me and tell me why they don’t or do run these things. But it’s pretty obvious they’re nervous about, number one, whether this information is accurate, whether it’s true or not. And then number two, even if it does turn out to be true, it happened a long time ago. And number three, they got to be figuring maybe just maybe the American public has heard all they want to hear about this.
GLENN: What? What?
VOICE: And they saying, let’s move on to the next thing.
VOICE: Written either in TIME or Newsweek, that even the woman herself, Juanita Broaddrick, said she hoped that this thing went away this week. Even if she was sick about hearing about it, and it’s her story.
VOICE: Well, let’s hope she gets her way about that.
VOICE: But somebody from NBC News told me that she wasn’t clear about exactly when it happened, but then her son called me, and he’s an attorney someplace. And I guess in Arkansas. And he wanted me to know why he called me, God knows. But wanted me to know, that was not the case. She knew exactly when it was. So there was some other reason he thought they were sitting on it.
VOICE: Well, you know, I know Newsweek magazine has accused me and others of sucking up to you. So here we go. The reason he called you is you’re the fastest way in the country to get the news out on something like that. But I just don’t know whether this is going anywhere.
You know, I’d have to bet to the moment, it probably isn’t. Washington Post gave it a pretty good ride on Saturday. There wasn’t much pickup from it. So unless there’s some new and sensational information developed out of it. My guess is, it probably dribbles away. But as you know better than most, I’ve been so wrong about this story from the very beginning.
GLENN: Yeah. And others. Okay.
So that’s Dan Rather back then. The story really doesn’t have any legs because it was a long time ago. We all just hope they go away. Where are they now? That was an actual rape accusation. Where are you today?