ABC Blames "Determined Group of Well-Financed Conservatives" --8/8/2003
2. Gergen Mocks Schwarzenegger's Inexperience, But Touts Huffington
3. CNN, MSNBC,
Wash Post & NY Times Disguise MoveOn.org's Ideology
4. ABC Catches Up With NBC, Blames London Heat on "Global Warming"
5. "Top Ten Arnold Schwarzenegger Campaign Promises"
Sounding eerily like Hillary Clinton's claim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy," ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas blamed "a determined group of well-financed conservatives ready to exploit" the "weaknesses" of a recall law and an unpopular Governor for the circus of California's gubernatorial race featuring "former child actor Gary Coleman" and "Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt," though modern conservatives had nothing to do with the century-old law which made it so easy to get on the ballot.
Elizabeth Vargas introduced a story on the Thursday, August 7 World News Tonight: "We're going to take 'A Closer Look' tonight at California's recall election. How did it come to this, to the point where the candidates for Governor include not only Arnold Schwarzenegger, but former child actor Gary Coleman, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, and more that 300 more? A lot of the nation's Governors have become unpopular because of budget crunches gripping many states. What's different about California is a politically-potent combination of a recall law, a Governor whose personality rubs even his supporters the wrong way, and a determined group of well-financed conservatives ready to exploit all those weaknesses."
But the key: A whole lot of conservative and not so conservative California citizens eager to sign recall petitions.
Former presidential adviser and current U.S. News Editor-at-Large David Gergen argued on CNBC Thursday night that Leon Panetta would make a good candidate in California, crediting him with balancing the federal budget, as if the election of a GOP Congress then interested in restraining spending had nothing to do with it. Gergen argued: "He did run the budget office, after all, for Bill Clinton, turned a deficit into a surplus, and that was a, that's exactly what California needs right now."
Gergen also gave credence to a Democratic attack line against Arnold Schwarzenegger: "The comment, 'This is the most difficult decision of my whole life except for one that I made in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax.' Now, that kind of comment gives an opening to Davis to say, 'Look, folks, this is serious business. We've got a $38 billion budget deficit."
But after mocking Schwarzenegger's inexperience he touted a more liberal candidate who has zilch government experience: "There are some good people in this race -- Arianna Huffington is a terrific columnist and a good voice."
MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth caught Gergen's comments on CNBC's The News with Brian Williams, but anchored by Bob Kur.
Gergen contended on the August 7 show: "The other alternative, if they could draft him, would be Leon Panetta. He would be a serious candidate. He did run the Budget Office, after all, for Bill Clinton, turned a deficit into a surplus, and that was a, that's exactly what California needs right now, someone who has that kind of capacity, executive capacity, and he's been a popular congressman from California for a long time..."
Kur asked: "David, you talked about what a rough go this appears to be for Governor Gray Davis. If you were in his corner advising him now, how would you advise him?"
MoveOn.org, the group which Al Gore spoke before on Thursday in railing against President Bush, is a far-left organization founded to fight against President Clinton's impeachment which later supported only liberal Democrats for office in 2000, protested against the war with Iraq and opposed removing Saddam Hussein, but is all for "regime change" in the U.S., and held an online primary which the liberal Howard Dean won. But if you rely on CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post or the New York Times for your news, you'd have no idea about MoveOn.org's ideology since those outlets deliberately disguised it with misleadingly incomplete descriptions of the group.
CNN's Judy Woodruff tagged it simply as an "Internet political group" and the Washington Post generously relayed how it "advertises itself as an 'online grassroots democracy group.'"
FNC, AP and even Reuters, however, on Thursday managed to offer accurate ideological descriptions.
On FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume, Carl Cameron asserted: "Al Gore insists he's not running, but he was ranting to a liberal audience from the left-leaning Internet group MoveOn.org, saying that President Bush has deliberately deceived the American people."
The AP's Richard Pyle wrote: "Gore addressed some 600 members of the liberal activist group MoveOn.org, which earlier this year held an online presidential primary in which Howard Dean, a staunch foe of the war, finished first." See: story.news.yahoo.com
But not even that made it into Washington Post reporter Edward Walsh's August 8 story in which he relayed a very laudatory description: "Gore spoke to an enthusiastic audience of mostly young people who were invited by MoveOn.org, which advertises itself as an 'online grassroots democracy group.'" See: www.washingtonpost.com
On CNN's Inside Politics, however, the group was twice described simply as an "Internet political group." Judy Woodruff set up CNN's August 7 story at the very end of a special Schwarzenegger-inspired 90-minute Inside Politics:
CNN's Maria Hinojosa played a series of Gore soundbites and then observed: "The audience, members of an Internet activist group called MoveOn.org, say they want more Gore."
If you have any doubts about MoveOn.org's liberalness, just check their home page: www.moveon.org
One section highlights their latest crusade:
For their "Regime Change Begins at Home" poster: www.moveon.org
And for a list of the candidates their PAC supported in 2000, all liberal Democrats: www.moveon.org
ABC caught up with NBC on blaming "global warming" for hot weather in Europe as a very certain Hilary Brown in London declared on Thursday's Good Morning America: "Climatologists say that all this is the direct result of global warming."
The August 7 CyberAlert reported: It was inevitable. Whenever someplace in the world gets hot for a few days, sooner or later a network story will blame it on global warming. NBC's Patricia Sabga won the contest on Wednesday night when she warned that "scientists attribute the extreme temperatures to what's been described as a dome of hot air hovering over Europe, a summer weather pattern that may become the norm." Sean Seabrook, identified on screen as a "meteorologist," then asserted: "Scientists appreciate now that global warming is taking place and I think these occurrences of heat waves will become more frequent, so this may be a sign of things to come."
But that same CyberAlert noted that Thursday's Washington Post carried a front page story about lower than usual water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast and I pointed out it has been cooler than average in the Washington, DC area. But as soon as it gets hot again on the East Coast a TV reporter will inevitably blame global warming.
For the August 7 CyberAlert item: www.mediaresearch.org
From the August 7 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Arnold Schwarzenegger Campaign Promises." Late Show Web site: www.cbs.com
10. "To do for politics what I did for acting"
9. "Combine the intelligence of George Bush with the sexual appetite of Clinton"
8. "A heaping tablespoon of Joe Weider's 'Dynamic Body Shaper' in every pot"
7. "Every freeway gets a dedicated car chase lane"
6. "Seek advice from elder political statesmen like Jesse Ventura"
5. "Crack down on schools graduating students who can't bench-press 180 pounds"
4. "Solemnly swear to support the Constitution of Gold's Gym"
3. "Goofiest-named governor since Pataki"
2. "Raise the minimum age for dating Demi Moore"
1. "Speak directly to the voters in clear, honest, broken English"
On #1, it worked for George W. Bush!
-- Brent Baker