ABC Promotes Liberal Protests; NBC to Ken Starr: "Have You No Shame?"
3) Geraldo Rivera can't move on, griping about funding by "Richard Mellon Scaife, the same Clinton-hating billionaire who bankrolled the project that dug up the dirt that lead the world to Paula Jones in the first place. I mean pity the President, poor guy."
4) Calling himself a "progressive" and "one of the smart ones," Ted Turner said Reagan frightened him and suggested the Ten Commandments are "a little out of date," especially the one against adultery.
Back to the real issues Wednesday night at the networks with each leading with a different story. NBC's Tom Brokaw started with the choice President Clinton presented: "Social Security and Medicare for the future or fewer taxes right now?" CBS went first with the murder trial in Jasper, Texas and ABC led with efforts to prevent further leaking from an oil tanker off the Oregon coast. Later in the show ABC dealt with two pressing socials trends, aka liberal causes: protests over low-wage foreign apparel-making jobs and claims of racism in using Indian names for sports teams.
-- Tom Brokaw
opened the February 17 NBC Nightly News:
-- With the
impeachment scandal over, ABC took advantage of the available news time to
highlight two liberal causes. Students may not have cared what Clinton did
in the Oval Office, but as Peter Jennings announced, they care about
ABC's very next story looked at another liberal concern. Jennings explained: "There is another issue that is causing some controversy at colleges and at high schools. The Justice Department has launched its first investigation into whether mascots with Indian themes violate the civil rights of native Americans."
From Asheville, North Carolina ABC's Bob Woodruff reported on how the federal boys from up north are checking on any racial problems caused by a high school team using "Squaws" as its name.
Hillary for President? Tuesday night after a story on speculation about
Hillary Clinton running for Senate in New York, CBS Evening News anchor
Dan Rather added this odd comment, as transcribed by MRC analyst Brian
Huh? In order to run for President as a Senator she would have to become a Senator thereby precluding a presidential run until 2004. Sounds like the dreams of CBS News writers got ahead of sound reasoning.
Geraldo Rivera has moved on. He's moved on to impugning another woman taking on Bill Clinton and anyone associated with her, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed in watching Rivera's CNBC Tuesday night shows. The woman: Dolly Kyle Browning who is suing Clinton for supposedly preventing her book on their affair from being published.
On the February 16 Upfront Tonight Rivera warned: "Ms. Browning is being represented by Larry Klayman, a man whose organization Judicial Watch has been funded by Richard Mellon Scaife, the same Clinton-hating billionaire who bankrolled the project that dug up the dirt that lead the world to Paula Jones in the first place. I mean pity the President, poor guy."
Later, on Rivera
Live, he complained:
Ted Turner is back in action advocating a one-child policy, attacking the Pope, calling Tom DeLay "dumb," saying Ronald Reagan frightened him and insisting the Ten Commandments are "a little out of date" and specifically suggesting the one against adultery be dropped. Turner identified himself as part of "the progressive movement" and asserted: "People who think like us may be in the minority, but we're the smart ones."
All this came in a February 16 speech in Washington, DC to the 27th annual meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. According to the Drudge Report, cameras were not allowed to record the thoughts of the man who founded CNN, a network normally demanding access to all speeches and meetings.
But a Washington Times reporter managed to learn what the Vice-Chairman of Time Warner spouted. Here are excerpts from a February 17 Washington Times story by Robert Stacy McCain:
...."We have to defeat those congressmen and senators who are standing in the way of progress," Mr. Turner told the crowd at the Capital Hilton in Washington. "We've got to win the next election."
Mr. Turner, founder of CNN and now the vice chairman of Time-Warner Inc., also suggested that world population could be reduced by the adoption of an international "one-child policy."...
The Atlanta-based billionaire and his wife, actress Jane Fonda, are active supporters of the United Nations Population Fund. In 1997, Mr. Turner pledged $1 billion to a new foundation to support U.N. efforts on population and the environment.
Though he fathered "five kids -- boom, boom, boom -- by the time I was 30," Mr. Turner said, he now believes overpopulation is a major problem and suggested people should "promise to have no more than two children."
Mr. Turner recalled a discussion many years ago with Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, whose 1968 book "The Population Bomb" predicted that hundreds of millions of people would starve to death in the 1970s and '80s as a result of global overpopulation.
Mr. Turner said he asked Mr. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne, what the ideal world population would be. "They told me about 2 billion," Mr. Turner said. World population is now 5.9 billion, but the world could reduce its population to that ideal, Mr. Turner suggested. "We could do it in a very humane way," he said, "if everybody adopted a one-child policy for 100 years."....
Mr. Turner said that when he was first establishing his cable television empire, "the Cold War was the big problem," but said Mr. Reagan's anti-communist rhetoric frightened him. "Reagan was calling the Soviet Union an 'evil empire.' The easiest way to get into a fight is to insult the other man," Mr. Turner said.
Mr. Turner said the Ten Commandments are "a little out of date," and suggested, "If you're only going to have 10 rules, I don't know if [prohibiting] adultery should be one of them."
Speaking of himself as a member of "the progressive movement," Mr. Turner urged the NFPRHA audience to "give 'em hell" when seeking more government funds for population control. "People who think like us may be in the minority, but we're the smart ones," he said, and as a result should be able to defeat opponents he called "a whole bunch of dummies."
Mr. Turner, whose net worth is more than $3.2 billion, got laughs with his responses during a question-and-answer session after his speech. Asked about Mr. [Tom] DeLay, Mr. Turner said of the Republican Congressman: "Nobody that dumb could make it through law school."
Asked what he would say to Pope John Paul II, who opposes abortion and artificial contraception, Mr. Turner responded with an ethnic joke -- "Ever seen a Polish mine detector?" -- and then suggested the Pope should "get with it. Welcome to the 20th century."
Hollywood's perception of Ken Starr: a sex-obsessed, out of control prosecutor who inspires his victims to recall Joe McCarthy in demanding "Have you no shame?"
As noted in the February 17 CyberAlert, the NBC dramas Law & Order and Homicide are running crossover episodes this week involving the detectives and prosecutors from New York City investigating a murder of a woman found dead in New York who worked in Baltimore, but who had ties to the White House, thus prompting a clash with the Independent Counsel.
Law & Order aired Wednesday night and it soon became clear that the Independent Counsel, "William Dell," is supposed to match Ken Starr. The detectives in both cities learn that the murdered woman, "Janine McBride," was a lesbian recently transferred from a position in the Old Executive Office Building with the Council of Economic Advisers. They find a witness who may have seen the murderer, but the witness was a lover who is also a married mother with young kids so the prosecutors promise to protect her identity.
While in a room at
the Watergate Hotel New York City prosecutor "Jack McCoy,"
played by Sam Watterston, as well as "Danvers," the Baltimore
prosecutor, are summoned to the office of Independent Counsel William Dell
who demands to know name of the witness, whereupon this exchange occurs:
Sounds like a script written by David Kendall.
McCoy is forced to
appear before Dell's grand jury where Dell actually personally questions
his witnesses. When McCoy refuses to tell him the name of the witness,
saying he promised to keep him or her anonymous, Dell goes into irrelevant
personal matters from McCoy's past.
grow more personal, saying in one question: "This ADA was one of your
lovers, isn't that right?" Dell then recklessly impugns New York
City police detective "Leonard Briscoe," played by Jerry Orbach,
saying he once was called before a police ethics commission, prompting an
outraged McCoy to point out he was cleared. Undeterred, evil Dell starts
talking about how Briscoe's daughter was murdered by a drug dealer. The
scene then builds to its climax:
(Watch this scene: About an hour after this e-mail is sent, the MRC's Sean Henry and Kristina Sewell will post, on the MRC home page, a clip of this scene in RealPlayer format. Go to: http://www.mrc.org)
Part two airs
Friday night at 10pm ET/PT on Homicide: Life on the Street. The promo run
at the end of Law & Order promises the Clinton team may be implicated,
though Dell, as Starr, is still "on a rampage."
From the February 16 Late Show with David Letterman, a top ten list inspired by Linda Tripp: "Top Ten Signs The President Is Trying To Kill You." Copyright 1999 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. He goes on TV to assure the nation that
he's not trying to kill you
And from the Late Show Web page, some of "the extra jokes that didn't quite make it into the Top Ten."
-- You're the guy whose idea it was to make
the McRib available for a limited time only.
Time and space prevent me from running the further analysis of CNN's Tuesday town meeting promised in the last CyberAlert. But I will get to it in the next one. -- Brent Baker
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