ABC News on Hamas: "A Political and Social Welfare Organization" --8/22/2003
Today Gives Platform to Albright to Denounce Bush Policy
3. Olbermann Highlights Dead Woman's "Whistle Ass" Blast at Bush
4. Schwarzenegger Too Conservative for Some Fellow Celebrities
ABC News reporter Mike Lee on Thursday night described Hamas, which claimed responsibility for the bus bombing in Jerusalem which killed 20 earlier this week, including six children, as "a political and social welfare organization with a military wing that has launched terror attacks against Israel."
Isn't that like describing al-Qaeda as "an international political and social welfare organization with a military wing that once launched a terror attack against the U.S."?
Reporting on Israel's retaliatory attack using missiles fired from a helicopter to kill a Hamas leader, on the August 21 World News Tonight Lee asserted from Israel:
Just a "moderate" terrorist.
For a picture of Lee: abcnews.go.com
-- From the December 5, 2001 CyberAlert: Hamas is a "terrorist" group to everyone but Peter Jennings. In reporting on President Bush's decision Tuesday to freeze the assets of a Texas group, charging that it funnels money to Hamas, CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC directly or indirectly described Hamas as a terrorist operation. But not ABC's Peter Jennings.
Here's how State's report described Hamas: "Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used both political and violent means, including terrorism, to pursue the goal of establishing an Islamic Palestinian state in place of Israel. Loosely structured, with some elements working clandestinely and others working openly through mosques and social service institutions to recruit members, raise money, organize activities, and distribute propaganda. HAMAS's strength is concentrated in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Also has engaged in peaceful political activity, such as running candidates in West Bank Chamber of Commerce elections."
Amongst the goals in the Hamas, aka Islamic Resistance Movement, charter:
-- "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
-- "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
That's online at: www.mideastweb.org
But in between murdering innocent civilians, they have a great Meals on Oxen program.
NBC's Today on Thursday morning provided a platform for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to promote a new article she wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine denouncing Bush administration policy and claiming Al Gore would have done a better job of battling terrorism.
Instead of challenging her, Matt Lauer, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens observed, asked her to react to an op-ed which blamed the Bush administration for creating terrorism in Iraq and read to her quotes out of her own article, describing one as "tough stuff."
Lauer cued her up: "You know that this is gonna get a lot of attention Secretary Albright. You write in that same article, quote, 'I remain convinced that had Al Gore been elected President and had the attacks of September 11th still happened the United States and NATO would have gone to war in Afghanistan together then deployed forces all around that country and stayed to rebuild it. Democrats, after all, confess support for nation building, and also believe in finishing the jobs we start,' end quote."
Lauer set up the August 21 segment: "On 'Close Up' this morning, the U.S. mission in Iraq. In the wake of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad this week that killed at least 23 people there is new scrutiny of U.S. policy there. Madeleine Albright served as Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. Secretary Albright, good morning to you."
-- "Let's start by talking about the United Nations. There was a time when if you put up the blue and white flag of the United Nations it was a symbol of peace, it was a shield from violence. And this week we saw it as a target of violence. How does it change the playing field for the UN in Iraq?"
-- "However if U.S. forces now have to have a more active presence and a more active participation in protecting the UN forces there won't it be seen by some Iraqis as the U.S. and UN working together?"
-- "Which brings me to the, the next question because the Bush administration is preparing a resolution for the Security Council that would call for more help from other countries in terms of military support while trying to retain control and power. How do you feel about that?"
-- "Let me read you something from the New York Times in an op-ed yesterday. Jessica Stern wrote the following, quote, 'Yesterday's bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was the latest evidence that America has taken a country that was not a terrorist threat and turned it into one.' What's your reaction to that?"
-- "Well let me read you what you say in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. Quote, 'It was after all a war of choice not necessity and it was initiated by Washington in a show of dominance.'"
-- "You know that this is gonna get a lot of attention Secretary Albright. You write in that same article, quote, 'I remain convinced that had Al Gore been elected President and had the attacks of September 11th still happened the United States and NATO would have gone to war in Afghanistan together then deployed forces all around that country and stayed to rebuild it. Democrats, after all, confess support for nation building, and also believe in finishing the jobs we start,' end quote. That's, I mean that's tough stuff. You're, are you accusing the Bush administration of failing in Afghanistan?"
As opposed to Albright and Clinton who did so much to fight terrorism.
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Thursday night found it newsworthy to highlight a story dug out of a newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin about a woman who passed away who wanted her obituary to include how she thought President Bush was a "liar" and a "whistle ass." The obit stated: "Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."
MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth caught this gratuitous item from Olbermann on the August 21 Countdown:
To believe that it's not unpatriotic to criticize the President does not mean you must highlight every tacky attack on him by cranks.
The August 21 Capital Times carried the story, about the obituary, which Olbermann picked up, "Obituary backs 'removal of Bush'; Woman 'thought he was a liar.'" See: www.madison.com
Some celebrities sure aren't enamored by the candidacy of their fellow actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as they either see him as too conservative or are more interested in keeping California Governor Gray Davis in office.
Carrie Fisher, "Princess Leia" in the Star Wars movies, suggested on Wednesday's Inside Edition that because of the recall race she'd "rather live in England." Actress Cybill Shepherd, who at age 16 made out with a twenty-something Davis whom she now recalls was "a great kisser," blasted Schwarzenegger for caring only about the rich, "he doesn't care about the poor." She also declared she was "pretty damn sure" he won't protect California's coastline.
Alec Baldwin came aboard Wednesday's News with Brian Williams on CNBC and defended Davis. Baldwin favorably quoted from a "wonderful" New York Times column by Paul Krugman about how "this is about manipulation of the market by energy companies. What did, what did Gray Davis have to do with that? What did Gray Davis have to do with Enron and other energy providers manipulating the energy market in California?"
Baldwin saw a pattern of Republicans trying to steal elections: "There is a pattern of this kind of electoral nullification for people who are opponents of elected officials, typically Democratic officials now. I believe that this is, though not part of some orchestrated conspiracy, it's the same thing you see in the Clinton impeachment and in the Florida election in 2000..."
The August 20 Inside Edition played a couple of clips of celebrities, at a fashion show fundraiser for the St. Judes Children's Hospital, commenting on the Schwarzenegger campaign.
As mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher stood side-by-side, they commented:
That was it. No explanation as what exactly would drive Fisher to flee to England.
The Inside Edition reporter relayed how Cybill Shepherd, who played Martha Stewart in the NBC movie a few months ago, characterized Gray Davis as a "a great kisser" back when the two got together in Hawaii when she was 16 and he had just finished law school. Shepherd leveled this blast at Schwarzenegger: "Schwarzenegger, he only cares about the rich. He doesn't care about the poor. [Edit jump] He's not going to protect the last undeveloped piece of coastline north of Santa Barbara, I'm pretty damn sure."
For more about those actresses, check their Internet Movie Database pages. For Debbie Reynolds, with a very old photo: www.imdb.com
For a more current photo of her in a poster for the movie Mother in which she co-starred: www.imdb.com
For Carrie Fisher: www.imdb.com
For Cybill Shepherd: www.imdb.com
Wednesday night on CNBC's The News with Brian Williams, MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth observed, fill-in anchor Forrest Sawyer interviewed Alec Baldwin, a big liberal donor and Clinton supporter, about the California recall race.
Sawyer introduced the August 20 session:
Baldwin explained why he's opposed to the recall: "Well, I believe that there's two, there's two things that come to mind: One is yes, there is a pattern of this kind of electoral nullification for people who are opponents of elected officials, typically Democratic officials now. I believe that this is, though not part of some orchestrated conspiracy, it's the same thing you see in the Clinton impeachment and in the Florida election in 2000 and 2002, where the reforms that were promised after the 2000 election were not put in place by the, the state of Florida, the Texas redistricting as well and now this recall."
And how is Baldwin qualified to pontificate about politics?
For a picture and bio of Baldwin: www.imdb.com
-- Brent Baker