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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1998 23:05:22 UTC XXXXX




HYDE WARNS DEMS: HANDS OFF STARR DURING HEARING


Monday night, House Judiciary Chair Henry Hyde warned Democrats that the
impeachment inquiry was not an appropriate forum to investigate the
investigator. The Independent Counsel's ethics and actions are off the
table during Thursday's Starr hearing.

Ranking Democrat Rep. John Conyers demanded that four senior deputies in the
Office of the Independent Counsel appear along with Starr.

Hyde blocked the request.

Starr's office is said to be putting together an opening statement, floor
show that will run two hours.

Starr's presentation will be followed by hours of questioning by Judiciary
Committee members.

One senior Judiciary Committee staffer suspects that the White House has
become directly involved in the plan to challenge Starr.

"[Lead Democrat investigator Abbe] Lowell is taking direct cues from
Gephardt, and he's taking his straight from White House operatives," the
well-placed insider, who spoke on condition, said late Monday. "Conyers is
just taking marching orders. He'd be lost without them."

The major TV networks will decide on Tuesday if they will air Starr's
opening presentation, the Q & A, the fighting, the drama walkouts all live
-- or to just do a mop-up on the evening newses.

X X X X X


FIRE SALE: LEWINSKY GETS $600,000 BOOK DEAL

After months of hype, it turns out that Monica Lewinsky only pulled a
$600,000 advance [plus bonuses for making it on the list] for her tell-all book.

Ironically, the former White House intern landed the same dollar amount
Lewinsky player Michael Isikoff received for his upcoming RANDOM HOUSE effort.

The book will be author Andrew Morton's view of what happened to Lewinsky
when she went to Washington. Lewinsky will tell him the details.

One publisher had been close to a seven-figure package, the DRUDGE REPORT
has learned, but the publisher reportedly called the former intern a "fat
s*ut" behind her back. Word is said to have traveled back to the Lewinsky
camp -- freezing that deal.


X X X X X


BARBARA WALTERS: LEWINSKY DESERVES CREDIT FOR 'INTEGRITY'


To ABC's Barbara Walters, Monica Lewinsky "is a young woman who made a
mistake."

Walters is quoted in a red-hot Gail Shister column in Tuesday's PHILADELPHIA
INQUIRER: "She was 21. Fine. The President also made a mistake. In the
meantime, she hasn't sold her story to American TV, which would have made
her a huge amount of money. I think she deserves credit for that kind of
integrity."

Walters continues: "She will get no money from ABC NEWS for the interview.
No movie on DISNEY. No movie on Lifetime. No 'Barbara Walters Special.' No
money under the table. By the way, a lot of people were pressuring her to
make the FOX deal. She has no money. She hasn't been able to work for
almost a year. She has lived quietly, and with dignity. She's hasn't gone
to parties. She's not shopping all over the city."

So why did Lewinsky pick Barbara Walters over the others if it wasn't for
the cash?

It was the other "C" word: Credibility.

"She told me, 'The most important thing is my credibility,'" Walters
declares. "I've got to live with this the rest of my life. If I take
another deal, everybody will say I am what they're saying I am."

[Ignore overseas sales.]


X X X X X


C-SPAN TO PLAY ALL OF THE TAPES


The tapes that ripped Washington, tapes of Lewinsky admitting to pal Linda
Tripp that she was having a sex affair with the President of the United
States, will be delivered to the House Radio and Television Gallery at 9:30
a.m. EST Tuesday morning.

Moments later -- they'll hit the dish.

C-SPAN is the only network that is planning to play the tapes from start to
finish -- all 22 hours.

The commercial-free public affairs network will use pictures of the two
women as a visual backdrop.

The tapes are not high quality; they also include many blank spaces left by
the House Judiciary Committee, which edited the chats for blistering rough
language and privacy.

X X X X X

WIRE TO BEGIN LOOK BACK AT 'HURRIED CENTURY'

On Monday, the ASSOCIATED PRESS wire sent out an alert to editors that its
planning an extensive series of stories, to run throughout the year,
examining the past 100 years, their historical tumult and scientific
strides, their heroes and villains, their impact on all of us today.

The series will kick off Sunday, Dec. 27, with a story about this 'hurried
century' in which everything has speeded up: from communications to travel
to the pace of everyday life.

Future stories will focus on such topics as technology [a sub-series, with
pieces on taming the atom; the computer revolution; radio, television and
movies; air and space flight]; medical breakthroughs; the rise and fall of
empires. Light stories, about who and what made people laugh, what was
predicted and how things really turned out.

X X X X X

ROTH OUT

For a time on Monday, Hollywood executives were falling faster than Leonid
fireballs.

The day began with UNIVERSAL chief Frank Biondi Jr. going to meet Joe Black
after corporate parent SEAGRAM chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. took
control of the company's entertainment business.

They hadn't even finished shrimps and Biondi stories over at The Ivy -- when
another one fell:

Peter Roth, president of FOX TV since September 1996, made his resignation
official.

"Peter Roth has brought more passion, more enthusiasm, more dedication and
more knowledge about television programming to his role than anyone could
imagine," said Peter Chernin, President and Chief Operating Officer, NEWS
CORP., told the press releases. "I would personally like to thank Peter,
and join everyone within FOX in wishing him continued success in every
future endeavor."

NEWS CORP is expected to appoint Doug Herzog, the president of the cable
channel COMEDY CENTRAL shortly.

But you knew that. The DRUDGE REPORT website ran the "Roth Out; Herzog in"
headline last Thursday night.

A headline met with cat-calls from the elite Hollywood media press.

DAILY VARIETY's Josef Adalian even called to ask if there still was going to
be a 'DRUDGE' FOX NEWS show after the "bad reporting on Roth."

Sticktothepressreleases,Adalian.

X X X X X

STAR WARS TRAILER SNEAKED

LOS ANGELES -- STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTON MENACE is set to be teased
in selected theaters on Tuesday night. The Episode I trailer will be played
twice -- once before the scheduled movie and once after.

For theater listings: http://www.starwars.com/episode-i/news/trailer

The trailer is scheduled to be released in wide circulation on Friday,
November 20th and Hollywood could experience increased business from
moviegoers just to catch the preview.

But contrary to a local radio report Monday night, bodies with sleeping bags
have not begun to stakeout MANN's VILLAGE in Westwood. "No one is sleeping
overnight to catch the preview," laughed a theater manager.

The official EPISODE I poster:

http://www.starwars.com/episode-i/news/1998/46/img/one-sheet_sm.jpg

And come on Lucas, was Darth Vader really born to a virgin?

Pass the holy popcorn.

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Filed by Matt Drudge
Reports are moved when circumstances warrant
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(c)DRUDGE REPORT 1998
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