CyberAlert -- 01/05/2000 -- Welcome OSHA Into Our Homes
Welcome OSHA Into Our Homes; "Nasty," "Racist" & "Authoritarian" Giuliani
2) CBS ignored the tax avoidance factor behind the NASDAQ sell-off. ABC looked at how the GOP "establishment" is fighting McCain, citing media support as proof he's gone left. Dan Rather praised him for trying to fix an "endangered part of the American Dream."
3) Profiling Rudy Giuliani Tuesday night Dan Rather stressed charges he's a racist and claims he's "nasty" and "mean-spirited" as Rather tagged him "authoritarian." Last May Rather delivered a glowingly positive piece on Hillary: "She is political lightning."
Another one of the judges for the "Best Notable Quotables of 1999:
The Twelfth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting," has
written a column assessing the quotes on which he voted. Dick Williams,
host of The Georgia Gang on the Fox station in Atlanta, has written a
piece which runs in this week's Atlanta Business Chronicle. To read the
column, titled "The liberal press is alive and leaning left of
Massachusetts," go to:
To see the awards issue online, with video clips of many of the TV quotes, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/bestofnq1999.html
To read other columns and editorials about the
quotes, go to a new page MRC Webmaster Andy Szul has set up with links to
Correction: The January 3 CyberAlert quoted a TV Guide story which labeled actress Emma Caulfield an "ultraconservative" for supporting Liddy Dole. The item stated that Caulfield stars on the WB show Buffy the Dragon Slayer. In fact, the show's title is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The government might soon provide "protection" for us in our own homes from ourselves promised ABC News. The January 4 Washington Post story about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) informing a Texas company that they are responsible for enforcing safety rules in the homes of any employees who work at home, drew a positive mention on Good Morning America and full stories Tuesday night on ABC and CBS, but not NBC.
ABC's World News Tonight, in fact, ran two stories. Introducing the second one, anchor Peter Jennings suggested "It is easy to poke fun at the idea of government regulating the lighting of your rec room or the height of your home computer table," as ABC focused on those who consider it an idea whose time has come. On the CBS Evening News Dan Rather stressed not invasion of people's homes by government inspectors, but how the "business lobby" opposes the OSHA rules. Reporter Diana Olick found a tele-commuter who would welcome OSHA into her house.
Tuesday began with this welcoming news from
Good Morning America news reader Antonio Mora who, MRC analyst Jessica
Anderson noticed, stressed how the government will protect us:
Later, on World News Tonight, Barry Serafin explained the OSHA advisory about how employers should make safety checks of employee's homes, noting the news "set off a firestorm of criticism." Serafin allowed a National Association of Manufacturers representative to attack the idea before playing a clip of Labor Secretary Alexis Herman backtracking as she emphasized how OSHA was just responding to a question from one company about how OSHA interprets current rules.
Next, Peter Jennings intoned: "It is easy to poke fun at the idea of government regulating the lighting of your rec room or the height of your home computer table, but as Erin Hayes explains tonight it is more complicated and it is more serious than that."
Hayes began her one-sided piece relaying the views of big government advocates: "The thought of government regulating our home offices may be unnerving, but workplace watchers caution it's time to start setting rules about working from home."
After a soundbite from Professor Tom Juravich
of U-Mass Amherst, Hayes warned that workplace rules don't apply at home,
so if you get a repetitive stress injury or "sprain your ankle
tripping over a computer cord," you are not covered by workers comp.
She noted how the Manchester, NH Newspaper Guild demanded insurance
coverage for home work and the company agreed after getting the right to
CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather skipped the
potential intrusion into people's homes by OSHA and instead portrayed the
controversy as just something which upset a special interest:
Reporter Diana Olick began by showing Terry
Rutherford, one of twenty million people who work at home. Olick explained
how OSHA says the rules have been around since the 1970s, but came to
light because of the advisory request from a Texas company. Olick
elaborated: "One example OSHA gave: If an employee works in his or
her basement, the employer is responsible for the safety of the staircase
The Dow fall and biggest one-day plunge on the NASDAQ led the three broadcast network evening shows Tuesday night, but while ABC and NBC suggested investors trying to delay capital gains tax payments fueled the sell off, CBS ignored the tax factor.
On the campaign front, CBS briefly showed video of moving trucks in front of Hillary's new home in New Castle, New York while NBC Nightly News ran a full piece by Andrea Mitchell on her move north. NBC's David Bloom looked at how George W. Bush is fighting back against John McCain in New Hampshire and ABC's Linda Douglass provided a piece on how the "Republican establishment" is attacking McCain -- citing his support of the liberal media as evidence he's gone wrong.
-- NASDAQ plunge. On the CBS Evening News Anthony Mason blamed interest rate fears and how many investors found it "time to take profits."
While ABC's Bob Jamieson on World News Tonight also noted "fear of higher interest rates," he added that NASDAQ investors "were cashing in on the market's stunning 86 percent rise in 1999, but selling in January means the tax bill on those profits won't come due for more than a year." Appearing on NBC Nightly News, CNBC's Ron Insana cited worries about an interest rate hike, but added: "What else is behind today's sell-off? Many investors who made huge gains on tech stocks last year selling today to defer taxes into next year."
-- Republicans versus "the maverick." Plugging an upcoming story on World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings promised: "When we come back: some stronger words in presidential politics. The establishment versus the maverick."
Reporter Linda Douglass observed that McCain's
challenge to Bush has "jolted the Republican establishment."
After relaying how McCain has campaigned by promising an end to the status
quo, Douglass asserted:
Given that ATA wants major tax reform, including the elimination of the IRS, it's hard to see them as "establishment."
Douglass moved on to concerns about McCain's
media support: "And many of McCain's fellow conservatives are
pointing to the glowing media coverage he is getting, hinting that it
shows he is really a liberal."
An image the media really are eager to paint, just as Jennings did in the plug minutes earlier.
Indeed, in "Dan Rather's Notebook"
for December 27 on the CBS Web page the network's anchor offered effusive
praise for the Bradley-McCain effort to limit free speech. Rather
After noting the Bradley-McCain promise to not use soft money, Rather gushed in conclusion: "McCain and Bradley deserve credit for focusing attention on a crucial and endangered part of the American Dream."
Of course, as Rather showed, the liberals will always have the media, sans spending restrictions, on their side.
What a difference the candidate makes: Dan Rather's May 60 Minutes II profile and interview of Hillary Clinton stayed positive and relayed praise as he tossed softball questions. Tuesday night, however, while Rather acknowledged Rudy Giuliani's success in improving living conditions in New York City, his 60 Minutes II profile piece stressed allegations that Giuliani is a "mean-spirited" and "nasty" egomaniac who is also a racist.
Rather asserted his success came via "the Giuliani way, fighting, gloves off, with strong hostility toward anyone who criticizes, anyone who doesn't see things his way." In what Rather passed off as balance, he relayed this from an opponent: "He is not a racist....He is nasty, but he's nasty to everybody." Rather suggested: "He's an authoritarian."
Here's how Rather opened the 13-minute long
piece aired on January 4:
Not too bad sounding and arguably a balanced
opening with the views of his supporters and detractors -- though I'd note
the same observation about attitude toward enemies could be made about
Hillary Clinton. But compare that opening to how Rather set up his May 26
piece on the same show about Hillary Clinton, a story which consumed 24
minutes, nearly twice the time given to Giuliani:
Not a negative word there. And the Hillary story included no soundbites from critics while the piece on Giuliani was littered with critics on the attack.
Rather's first question to Hillary: "And here's a tough question, one that you're going to be asked repeatedly time and again and you're eventually going to have to answer: For whom do you root, the Mets or the Yankees?"
Now back to Rather's January 4 profile and interview of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Rather explained how he has made New York City the safest big city in the country by making crime fighting a top priority and by doing so in an "unusual way" -- focusing on small crimes such as vandalism which fostered a bad atmosphere and led to bigger crimes. The results, Rather admitted, "were staggering" with crime down 50 percent and murder down 65 percent.
So much for praise. Rather spent most of the rest of the piece maligning Giuliani. Recalling what happened after Time magazine put police commissioner William Bratton on its cover, Rather asserted: "This, to say the least, ticked off the Mayor. To his critics, and even some of his friends, this revealed Giuliani's greatest flaw: What they say is his uncontrollable ego."
Rather turned to Giuliani opponent Ed Koch for
expert analysis of how the Mayor drove Bratton from office. Setting
Giuliani up for another hit, Rather conceded the city is now "widely
hailed as well managed" as "Big Apple pride is back."
Rather then lowered the boom:
Rather cited the 1997 Louima case, where a man was rectally assaulted, and the 1999 case of an unarmed man being shot 41 times. Rather declared: "Black leaders accuse Giuliani of supporting, even encouraging, a ruthless, even racist, police force. Listen to what the Reverend Calvin Butts has to say, and he's considered a moderate."
Considered a "moderate" by whom Rather did not say. Butts claimed the police feel they can do anything they want without fear of punishment.
Rather proceeded to relay the complaints of leftists upset by how Giuliani refused to meet with black leaders after the 1999 shooting. Giuliani pointed out that he did, in fact, have a meeting, prompting Rather to counter that he waited seven weeks. At that point Giuliani said he waited until the meeting could be productive. Rather shot back: "And you don't agree it was divisive?" Butts then got a chance to comment on Giuliani's insistence that an earlier meeting would not have been helpful. Butts charged: "That's an uninformed, insensitive, brutal statement."
Then, over video of protesters which included
a shot of a poster showing Giuliani as Hitler, Rather argued: "It's
true that some of the protests were the work of Giuliani political
opponents, but by sticking so long to his hard line position the Mayor
helped to focus attention on questions such as does he believe too
strongly that the ends justify the means? Have the police become somewhat
out of control on the street? And is the Mayor playing politics with, or
at least too insensitive about, race relations?"
Returning to Koch, CBS viewers heard this from
the former Democratic Mayor: "It is wrong, as some people do, to
describe him as a racist. He is not a racist. It's just absolutely wrong.
He is nasty, but he's nasty to everybody."
Rather asked Giuliani about not tolerating
"dissent" before noting that Hillary Clinton plans to make New
York City's bad schools an issue. CBS played a soundbite of Giuliani on
schools: "The whole system should be blown up and a new one should be
put in its place."
Keying off Giuliani's analogy, Rather evaluated Giuliani: "If New York was an Evil Empire of filth and crime when Giuliani took charge, it is certainly something else today. Prosperous, cleaner, even civil. Ironically, it took someone like Giuliani, with his tough talk and brash style, to tame it."
Wrapping up the story, Rather noted how Giuliani is "trying to tone down his image" with a children's book and an ad which touts his compassion in getting people off welfare.
Compare Rather's approach to Giuliani with how
he treated Hillary Clinton last May. Here are a few excerpts from the May
26, 1999 edition of 60 Minutes II:
Rather didn't pose that last question to Giuliani since he might have answered "your story."
For more quotes showing how Rather gushed over
Hillary, as well as a RealPlayer video excerpt, go to the May 27
As for Giuliani being an anti-black racist, columnist Deroy Murdock pointed out in a July 2, 1999 Washington Times op-ed that thousands of minorities are alive today because of the lower crime rate: "The New York Post estimated what would have happened had crime galloped at its dismal pre-Giuliani pace. Sixty-four more Asians, 308 more whites, 1,842 more Hispanics, and 2,299 more blacks would have been murdered."
It doesn't take much to earn a scolding from CBS News for being
"nasty." Check out this from a January 3 CBS Evening News story
by Bob Schieffer on the battle between Bill Bradley and Al Gore. After
noting how 70 percent of delegates will be picked by the third week of
March, Schieffer announced:
Wow. How "nasty." One can only imagine Schieffer's reaction if the campaign ever does really get nasty.
A little warm weather in winter and media thoughts turn to global warming. Two examples prompted by temperatures in the 60s in the Northeast:
-- Jim Axelrod on the January 3 CBS Evening
News: "This winter that wasn't has a lot of people asking: Just a
mild one, or part of an alarming trend?"
-- Robert Hager opening an "In Depth" story aired on the January 4 NBC Nightly News: "Millennium Island in the Pacific, first to greet the dawn of the new century. Looks like a coral paradise, but with wild weather patterns around the world in forty years, scientists say, global warming may raise the level of the sea and erase this island from the map."
Naturally, neither story, not even NBC's "In Depth " piece, bothered to mention the views of the many scientists who don't buy the liberal global warming scaremongering.
Liberal remembrances of the century. Good Morning America news reader Antonio Mora reminded December 30 viewers of the accomplishments of some people who passed away during ABC's 99-year century. MRC analyst Jessica Anderson caught these slanted assessments from Mora of a two familiar names.
"As the 20th century slips away,"
Mora stated, "we honor the memory of those who left us this
year." Amongst those he listed:
There you have it from ABC News: Harry Blackmun and Raisa Gorbachev, Freedom Fighters of the Century. -- Brent Baker
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