CyberAlert -- 04/16/2002 -- Peter's Palestinian Proclivity
Peter's Palestinian Proclivity; Palestinian Teens "Trapped" in U.S. Understand "Despair" of Suicide Bombers; "No Greater Honor" Than to Kill Jews; Alec Baldwin Denied Saying He'd Leave U.S., But
1) Peter Jennings portrayed a Palestinian terrorist as a man who was forced into it since he "was in favor of the peace process until, as he told an Israeli newspaper, the Israelis didn't withdraw from the territories and went on building Jewish settlements."
2) ABC's World News Tonight featured a story on the plight of two Palestinian teenage girls "trapped" in California. Judy Muller let the girls spout off about their grievances, such as how Israel wants them to live like "dogs." Seconds before one proclaimed how "we want to live in peace like other children in the world," Muller sympathetically relayed how on suicide bombings the same girl "understands the despair behind such actions."
3) On Monday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell cut through Yasser Arafat's condemnation of suicide bombers to point out how Arafat's wife proclaimed that if she had a son that there would be 'no greater honor' than to have him murder Jews.
4) Two celebrities over the weekend denied ever uttering two provocatively un-patriotic sounding comments. Actor Alec Baldwin maintained that he never said he'd leave the country if George W. Bush became President and actor Danny Glover insisted that he had not charged that the U.S. "is a purveyor of violence" around the world. The record for both shows otherwise.
5) Letterman's "Top Ten Fun Things To Do In a Jet." Plus, the Late Show Web page has posted the winning picks in its "Top Ten Contest" for the "Top Ten Reasons Bryant Gumbel is Leaving The Early Show."
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ABC's Peter Jennings demonstrated once again on Tuesday night how he sees the Middle East through the eyes of a Palestinian. Compare how he described terrorist coordinator Marwan Barghouti, captured by the Israeli Defense Force, with how CBS's Dan Rather and NBC's Tom Brokaw set up their pieces on events of the day in Israel.
Jennings endorsed Palestinian spin about an "occupation" as he announced on the April 15 World News Tonight: "Today in Ramallah the Israelis arrested a Palestinian who's been central to the Palestinian uprising against the occupation. His name is Marwan Barghouti. He was in favor of the peace process until, as he told an Israeli newspaper, the Israelis didn't withdraw from the territories and went on building Jewish settlements."
Yes, a peace-loving man until he was forced to start planning terrorist attacks on civilians.
Dan Rather set up a CBS Evening News story: "In the Middle East today, Israeli forces arrested one of Yasser Arafat's top lieutenants and plan to try him as a terrorist. That provoked new anger from the Palestinians, even though as CBS's David Hawkins reports, Israel's Prime Minister said his tanks and troops will soon pull back from most, not all but most, Palestinian towns."
Over on the NBC Nightly News, Tom Brokaw noted: "The Israelis have captured a man they say is a key aide to Arafat and a major figure in the suicide attacks against Israeli targets. His name is Marwan Barghouti."
Palestinians "trapped" in the United States? ABC's World News Tonight on Monday featured a story on the plight of two Palestinian teenage girls "trapped" in California because they are now unable to return to their West Bank homes. Instead of looking at how much better off they are living in San Francisco, ABC News reporter Judy Muller, who has praised the far-left Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting for how it "stands alone in countering the myriad media critics on the far right," devoted the piece to letting the two girls spout off about their grievances, such as how Israel wants them to live like "dogs."
The two young women were in the U.S. to attend the Academy Awards were a film in which they were involved was up for an Oscar. It didn't win.
Muller sympathetically relayed how though one of them "insists she would never be a suicide bomber, she understands the despair behind such actions." But Muller didn't see any contradiction in then reporting that the "girls are using their time here to meet with American teenagers. Their message is simple." And the message of those who "understand" suicide murderers? One explained: "We want to live in peace like other children in the world."
Anchor Peter Jennings introduced the April 15 story: "Mr. Powell said today that he has been focusing in part on securing humanitarian relief for the people in need after the Israeli invasion. So many Palestinians have been trapped in their territories. We also noticed today that there were two young Palestinian women who ended up trapped here when they had gone to Hollywood."
Judy Muller began the subsequent story, as
transcribed by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth, over a wide shot of the audience
at the Academy Awards:
Except when we're murdering civilians on behalf of a Palestinian state, which never existed, by blowing ourselves up.
Nonetheless, Muller concluded by letting us in on what we missed: "It was the message she was prepared to deliver if the film had won an Oscar. Now she delivers it to anyone who will listen. Judy Muller, ABC News, San Francisco."
On Monday night, of the broadcast networks, only NBC cut through Palestinian victimology and Yasser Arafat's condemnation of suicide bombers to point out how Arafat's wife proclaimed that if she had a son that there would be 'no greater honor' than to have him murder Jews.
Andrea Mitchell noted on the April 15 NBC Nightly News: "Saturday Arafat condemned all terrorist acts against civilians. But now there's this: His wife Suha, who lives in Paris with her young daughter, tells a London-based Saudi-owned newspaper that if she had a son there would, quote, 'be no greater honor' than to sacrifice him for the Palestinian cause."
What a sexist.
Two celebrities over the weekend denied ever uttering two provocatively un-patriotic sounding comments attributed to them. Actor Alec Baldwin told CNN's Judy Woodruff that he never said he'd leave the country if George W. Bush became President, insisting that "I have never seen one person produce one audio clip or one video clip or one piece of evidence that I ever made that statement," and actor Danny Glover assured FNC's Rita Cosby that he had not charged that the U.S. "is a purveyor of violence" in its war on terrorism.
-- Alec Baldwin. Woodruff interviewed Baldwin in Orlando, Florida over the weekend where Baldwin spoke at the Florida Democratic Party's convention. He declared: "I am a hope-to-die, carry-me-out-in-a-box Democrat." Inside Politics on Monday featured excerpts from Woodruff's interview, including:
Woodruff: "You have not only been
critical at points. You said some pretty tough things about George W.
Bush. And the Republicans have made note of this. At one point, you were
quoted as saying that you'd leave the country if George Bush were
Well, not so fast. While it is true that the
story about him leaving the U.S. if Bush won came second hand from his
wife in a story published in a German magazine, after it caused commotion
in September of 2000 FNC's Brit Hume played this non-denial denial
soundbite from Baldwin: "I think my exact comment was that if Bush
won it would be a good time to leave the United States. I'm not
necessarily going to leave the United States."
How soon until that overseas vacation will begin?
Hume added in his September 18, 2000 story: "Baldwin, you'll recall, suggested on late night TV during the Clinton impeachment that Henry Hyde and his family should be killed."
Indeed, on the December 11, 1998 Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Baldwin thought it was funny to stand and shout: "Stone Henry Hyde to death!" To read the full quote or to watch the outburst via RealPlayer, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo_classics.html
As reported in the September 19, 2000
CyberAlert, a September 17 AP dispatch from Munich announced: "Baldwins
Will Leave if Bush Wins." The story read, in full:
-- Danny Glover. On FNC's FoxWire at 10pm EDT on Sunday night, during an interview pegged to the actor's fundraising for AIDS research, Rita Cosby raised a controversial past comment with Glover, an exchange taken down by MRC analyst Patrick Gregory.
Cosby: "Now you've also been critical
of some other U.S. policies, particularly our war against terror. You've
said quote that 'the U.S. is a purveyor of violence.' What did you
mean by that?"
In fact, at least according to a November 16,
2001 Trentonian story, Glover argued that Osama bin Laden should not be
The paper quoted Glover as declaring: "One of the main purveyors of violence in this world has been this country, whether it's been against Nicaragua, Vietnam or wherever."
For more from the Trentonian story, refer back to the November 19, 2001 CyberAlert: http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2001/cyb20011119.asp#5
From the April 12 Late Show with David Letterman, as read by airmen at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, the "Top Ten Fun Things To Do In a Jet." Late Show Web page: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/
10. Going wicked fast and zooming around like crazy
9. Taxiing up to Wendy's drive-thru window
8. Annoying your fellow pilots by leaving your turn signal on
7. Wanna impress people? Show up to your high school reunion in a C-141
6. We're not supposed to, but sometimes we go to the moon
5. Land on an interstate, pull into service area and yell, "Fill 'er
4. Even though there is no such thing, telling the new guy to take us
3. Playing Boggle -- Boggle's fun no matter where you are!
2. Flying over the I.R.S. and dropping off my "taxes"
1. Breakfast: Phoenix. Lunch: Brazil. Dinner: Paris.
> The Late Show Web page on Monday posted the winning picks submitted in its "Top Ten Contest" for the "Top Ten Reasons Bryant Gumbel is Leaving The Early Show." To see the winners: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/contest/
In a future CyberAlert (I didn't want to overload on top tens today), I'll send the winning list as well as some of the submissions sent to me by CyberAlert readers.
> Scheduled to appear tonight, Tuesday, on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Chris Matthews of CNBC/MSNBC/NBC. -- Brent Baker