CyberAlert -- 04/16/2001 -- Tax Cuts Over Fighting Cancer
Tax Cuts Over Fighting Cancer; Bush "The Toxic Texan"; The Up Side to Rioting: Making People Address the Racial Divide
1) Since Lt. Shane Osborn had to use all his physical strength to save his plane, National Review's Kate O'Beirne professed she was "grateful that there wasn't a female pilot at the controls." But ABC's Cokie Roberts wasn't interested in that and instead celebrated how the navigator was a woman.
4) ABC's World News Tonight led into a piece on how the Bush administration has suspended adding anything to the endangered species list by highlighting a sign near President Bush's ranch which called him "the toxic Texan." Barry Serafin concluded that the rule change "has given critics one more reason to brand the Bush administration as anti-environment."
5) The up side to rioting. It's one of the "uncomfortable truths," declared ABC's Aaron Brown from Cincinnati, that "it took riots to make people here understand how deep are the racial divisions and it took rioting for people to feel the urgency required to close those divides."
7) Don Hewitt of 60 Minutes refused to defend Dan Rather for attending a Democratic fundraiser, denied 60 Minutes is liberal and said he believes in "sense" and "nonsense." But he revealed that his view of "sense" follows the liberal line: "I have always believed that if you get the NRA out of the way..."
On Saturday's Capital Gang, National Review Washington Editor Kate O'Beirne observed: "I must remind some of my friends, who dream of a gender-blind military, what we've now learned is that Lieutenant Osborn had to use every ounce of his considerable strength to save that plane and crew. And I know I found myself grateful that there wasn't a female pilot at the controls who might not have been able to do it."
The next morning, on ABC's This Week, Cokie
Roberts interviewed the plane's pilot, Lt. Shane Osborn, at Whidbey
Island Naval Air Station. He recounted his harrowing experience: "At
that time we called up the navigator and said what's the closest field,
maybe we'll be able to get this on the deck and it happened to be
Lingshui in Haianan Island."
I'm sure the American Cancer Society would appreciate Hunt donating all of his tax cut to them.
While you can always pick out one program that may be cut, the big picture on health research is that Bush's budget hikes spending by the National Institutes of Health by 13.5 percent.
On the April 13 show, Jennings explained over video of a banner hanging off a water tower: "Now some of the national news today. Environmental activists from Greenpeace hung a banner from a water tower near the President's ranch in Texas. It said, 'Bush, the Toxic Texan -- Don't Mess with Earth.'"
Jennings used that as a launching point: "We also learned this week that Mr. Bush wants to severely restrict the ability of environmental groups to get rare plants and animals put on the endangered species list."
Barry Serafin began his relatively brief story
which did not feature any soundbites: "Most of the more than 1,200
species on the endangered list got there because of legal pressure by
outside groups. But the Bush administration says lawsuits are swamping
science, that biologists, not judges, should be setting priorities for
protecting endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service faces 75
lawsuits involving 400 species. Officials say as of now, every cent of the
service's $6.3 million endangered species budget this year will be spent
on dealing with such suits.
Maybe the left-wing environmentalists wouldn't be so successful at branding Bush as "anti-environment" if ABC News refrained from publicizing their gimmicks and thus having viewers see Bush being labeled "toxic" before a story on a very rational policy decision.
Before an interview segment with Kweise Mfume of the NAACP and Keith Fangman, head of the FOP in Cincinnati, ABC's This Week played a taped piece by Aaron Brown from the city rocked by rioting after a police officer shot and killed a black man. Brown rationalized the riots as he promoted the "uncomfortable truth" that they will make the community face racism, an "urgency" that he regretted had passed the last time there was up an uprising in the 1960s.
Brown asserted: "In a week of uncomfortable truths, none has been more uncomfortable than this: It took riots to make people here understand how deep are the racial divisions and it took rioting for people to feel the urgency required to close those divides. Three decades ago this city was also rocked by race riots. For a while then race was an important issue. But the neighborhoods destroyed then were remain scarred today, the urgency passed. And there are many people here, black and white, who worry that history again will repeat itself."
Brown delivered the same theme in his Friday,
April 13 report for World News Tonight: "It has been three decades
since this city has focused so much on race. It was not what happened
Saturday night, the 15th black man killed by police in recent years, that
has caused the attention here and from the Justice Department as well. Not
the shooting, something else."
Brown didn't bother to note that 12 of the 15 were armed and in one incident the suspect had already killed an officer.
Before the April 15 This Week interview segment and Brown polemic, viewers heard the ABC announcer assert over a matching graphic on a pre-commercial bumper: "70 percent of routine traffic stops involve African-Americans, who only make up 17 percent of the driving population."
The on screen graphic featured this credit -- "Source: NAACP."
How gullible is ABC News? The statistic is preposterous. Traffic stops involving blacks may exceed their percentage of drivers, but 70 percent? Maybe in some cities with a high black population, but in much of America, where few blacks live, police officers could not pull over blacks if they wanted to and thus in many states whites must make up nearly 100 percent of all those stopped.
During the April 13 C-SPAN show, host Brian
Lamb showed viewers snapshots of Matthews with his two sons, Michael 18
and Thomas 15, from their recent two-week trip to Asia with their father,
which included stops in Thailand and Vietnam. As viewers looked at one
photo, Matthews explained: "Michael, he's been the big liberal sort
of in the family, although he went a little further than liberal in the
last election. I can't give away how he voted, but you can guess. Thomas
is just as liberal as he is now. I mean they are real, real, I mean,
Those who watched Hardball during Chris Matthews's absence for his trip may recall that Kathleen Matthews filled in for a couple of nights.
Kathleen Matthews is a reporter and anchor for the Allbritton Communications-owned ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, WJLA-TV channel 7.
To see what Kathleen Matthews looks like so you can learn if you recognize her, go to: http://www.wjla.com/wjla.hrb then click on "Kathleen Matthews" in the "ABC 7 News Team" list on the right.
Hewitt's comments came during appearances to
plug his new book about his years running 60 Minutes, Tell Me a Story: 50
Years & 60 Minutes in Television. The April 3 CyberAlert detailed how
in a C-SPAN Booknotes interview Hewitt disclosed he voted for Nixon,
Reagan, Clinton and Gore, conceded he knew at the time that Bill Clinton
was lying on his show in denying an affair with Gennifer Flowers, revealed
James Carville sobbed during the taping: "Oh I love them, I love
those people, I love them so much." And he noted how Dan Rather
"likes" Bill Clinton. Go to:
MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth caught Hewitt's latest appearances and comments.
-- From FNC's The O'Reilly Factor on April 12:
Bill O'Reilly: "Liberal bias, Dan
Rather, Democratic fund-raiser."
-- On CNN's Larry King Live the night before, April 11, he elaborated on how he considers the NRA position to be "nonsense" after he insisted 60 Minutes is not liberal:
Larry King: "Is 60 Minutes a show with a
He's not liberal but the first "nonsense" that pops into his mind is the position of a conservative group. --Brent Baker
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