Tax Cuts Will Bring Back Deficit; Reagan: "Eight Years of Tough Times"; Most Want Bush's or Larger Tax Cut?; Dan "McCarthy" Burton
1) Tax cuts, not spending hikes, concern the media. On Face the Nation Bob Schieffer warned Dick Cheney about how "you're putting tax cuts in place" but if "the surplus is not there, the tax rate would still be there, which means that you could put the government back into deficit."
3) Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday and Eric Burns on Fox News Watch both pointed out how the CBS Evening News failed to report that a poll by its own network found most supported Bush's tax cut plan. Plus, CBS's John Roberts had insisted that "new polls...show voters leaning slightly in favor of the Democratic plan." But, a Reuters/Zogby poll actually discovered a plurality support either Bush's plan or an even larger tax cut.
4) Upset by Beth Dozoretz having to appear before the House committee probing pardons, Nina Totenberg charged that "not really since the end of the McCarthy era" has a witness been made to take the 5th in public. Al Hunt asserted that Bush was as bad as Clinton: "Armand Hammer was even sleazier than Marc Rich."
5) ABC's Jackie Judd highlighted how "Rich was doing business last summer...with known Russian mobsters." NBC's Lisa Myers added that the CIA and FBI knew about it but "Clinton didn't even ask either agency about" it. CBS's Anthony Mason revealed "Rich helped Communist Party leaders" in the Soviet Union "move billions out of the country through fraudulent commodities deals."
Correction: The opening sentence of the first item in the March 1 CyberAlert used an un-referenced "it." In the place of "it" the phrase "his tax cut plan" should have appeared, as in Bush's, which was clear in the table of contents listing. So, the sentence should have read: "A CBS News poll of those who watched President Bush's Tuesday night address to Congress found 67 percent support his tax cut plan, a more than two-to-one margin over the 31 percent who oppose it, but Wednesday's CBS Evening News didn't mention their own poll."
In his address to Congress last week President Bush outlined proposed spending hikes and tax cuts, but to the Washington media corps only the tax cuts pose any danger. Appearing Sunday morning on CBS's Face the Nation, Vice President Dick Cheney was pressed about halting the tax cuts if the surplus does not materialize. Bob Schieffer warned about how "you're putting tax cuts in place" but if "the surplus is not there, the tax rate would still be there, which means that you could put the government back into deficit."\
Co-host Gloria Borger asked: "Why not phase in tax cuts?" Cheney explained they are being phased in and will not be fully implemented until 2006.
Schieffer then demanded: "Then if it is phased
in, if you got to a point down the line where the surplus was not there,
then would you halt the tax cuts at that point?"
The last sizable tax cut led to "eight years of tough times." That's right, the Reagan '80s were "tough times" according to NPR reporter Nina Totenberg on Inside Washington over the weekend.
After columnist Charles Krauthammer pointed out how
Bush's one percent of GNP tax cut isn't so big compared to Kennedy's
at two percent of GNP and Reagan's at three percent of GNP, Totenberg
interjected: "Well, if Reagan's was small, and you're equating it
with this one, you know Katy bar the door because we got into a terrible
fix over that."
Hmmm. Eight years from the 1983 recovery would bring us to 1990, just before the brief downturn in 41's presidency, which makes no sense.
On Fox News Sunday Brit Hume pointed out how, as documented in CyberAlerts last week, the CBS Evening News failed to report that a poll by its own network found most supported Bush's tax cut plan. The CBS decision was also raised by Eric Burns on FNC's Fox News Watch on Saturday night.
And, an update: Last Thursday, CBS reporter John Roberts insisted that "new polls...show voters leaning slightly in favor of the Democratic plan." But, a Reuters/Zogby poll actually discovered a plurality support either Bush's plan or an even larger tax cut.
Hume alerted a larger audience to the media bias he
had noted on last Thursday's Special Report with Brit Hume, telling
panelists during the roundtable segment on the March 4 Fox News Sunday:
Indeed, the March 2 CyberAlert reported that in a March 1 CBS Evening News story John Roberts asserted: "New polls, however, show voters leaning slightly in favor of the Democratic plan." CyberAlert suggested Roberts may have been picking up on this question in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on February 26: "Which of these would you prefer: a large tax-cut plan that provides an across-the-board tax cut for everyone, or a smaller tax cut plan that provides targeted tax cuts mainly for lower and middle-income people?" Fifty-three percent responded "smaller tax cut" while 43 percent preferred a "large tax cut."
On Friday, the MRC's Rich Noyes alerted me to
another poll to which Roberts may have been referring: A post-Bush speech
Reuters/Zogby survey. In a March 1 story Alan Elsner of Reuters reported
the poll of 601 registered voters found:
For more on CBS's Thursday night coverage, go to
the March 2 CyberAlert:
For details about how the day after Bush's speech
the CBS Evening News skipped their own network's poll and instead
featured Roberts with a woman in an Omaha restaurant who thought Bush's
tax cut "could probably be reduced" as he added that another
woman "fears the President is rolling the dice on eight years of
success just for political gain," go to the March 1 CyberAlert:
For details about the CBS News poll which was
acknowledged on The Early Show, go to:
Trying to make Clinton look okay by comparison. Over the weekend Nina Totenberg charged that "not really since the end of the McCarthy era" has a witness been made to take the 5th in public and Al Hunt asserted that Clinton's pardons may be worth criticizing, but "Armand Hammer was even sleazier than Marc Rich."
-- Picking up on how Democratic fundraiser Beth
Dozoretz appeared before the House Government Reform Committee to invoke
her Fifth Amendment rights, NPR's Nina Totenberg implied committee
Chairman Dan Burton is some form of a McCarthyite. She complained on
-- Desperately trying to show how Clinton really
didn't do anything previous Republican Presidents didn't do, on
Saturday's Capital Gang on CNN Al Hunt, Executive Washington Editor of
the Wall Street Journal, charged:
Kate O'Beirne of National Review pointed out his flawed logic: "Ted Olson did not get a pardon for Armand Hammer. He did not get a pardon for Armand Hammer and Armand Hammer's pardon in the Bush administration went all the way through the Department of Justice, the prosecutor's agreed with it and Armand Hammer had pled guilty and paid a fine, not like Marc Rich who fled the country."
The broadcast network evening shows stayed on the Marc Rich pardon story Friday night, March 2. ABC's Jackie Judd highlighted how a "lawsuit filed by three international companies reveals that Rich was doing business last summer, that's just months before his pardon, with known Russian mobsters." CBS's Anthony Mason revealed that after communists lost power in the Soviet Union, "Rich helped Communist Party leaders move billions out of the country through fraudulent commodities deals." NBC's Lisa Myers picked up on the Russian Mob angle, adding that the CIA and FBI knew about it but "that President Clinton didn't even ask either agency about Rich's activities." She also relayed how "Beth Dozoretz had extraordinary access to the White House. Records show White House guards were told to expect her 76 times over the last two years."
-- ABC's World News Tonight. Jackie Judd
Jonathan Winer, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, explained: "In the aluminum industry, the level of ruthlessness was unmatched. You cannot find another sector in Russia where more people per transaction wound up dead."
Judd elaborated: "Sources tell ABC News, Rich
bought aluminum from the Russians to sell in the U.S. The proceeds from
one transaction, $1.4 million, allegedly was wired to a Rich account,
apparently at a bank in the South Pacific, known for money laundering.
According to the lawsuit, the company Rich was doing business with is
controlled by Mikhail Chernoi a notorious and feared businessman."
-- CBS Evening News. Anthony Mason noted: "In the early '90s, when the collapse of communism unleashed chaos and corruption, according to Paul Klebnikov, author of Godfather of the Kremlin, Marc Rich helped Communist Party leaders move billions out of the country through fraudulent commodities deals."
-- NBC Nightly News. Lisa Myers gave an overview of what ABC's Judd further detailed: "Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News that fugitive billionaire Marc Rich was dealing extensively with organizations controlled by Russian mafia figures over the last decade and that the CIA and FBI had such information at the time Rich was pardoned by Bill Clinton. These officials say that President Clinton didn't even ask either agency about Rich's activities. At a hearing that went late into last night House investigators also say the White House didn't check with intelligence agencies on reports Rich was involved in arms trading."
Myers went on to report: "Secret Service records obtained by NBC News show that a key figure in the pardon fiasco, Democratic fundraiser Beth Dozoretz, had extraordinary access to the White House. Records show White House guards were told to expect her 76 times over the last two years alone and noted her entering the complex 43 times. Who was she visiting? Usually POTUS, the President, or his staff. Where? Often the residence, the private living quarters in the White House."
From the March 2 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Things You're Likely to Hear in a Meeting With Les Moonves." Copyright 2001 by Worldwide Pants, Inc. Moonves, who is the President of CBS, had lunch in mid-February with Fidel Castro, an event which Letterman has been making fun of ever since and which he has implied led to a meeting with an upset Moonves.
10. "I just had a great idea for next season -- 'Survivor
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