"Rocky Record on the Environment"; Bush's "Camouflage for His True Conservative Colors"; Time's Global Warming Hysteria Undermined
1) President George W. Bush has a "sometimes rocky record on the environment," Tom Brokaw declared as a fact on Tuesday night before he showed Matt Lauer demanding of Bush: "So you can look me in the eye and say that you are a President committed to cleaning up the environment."
2) Reviewing Bush's first 100 days after 93, NBC's David Gregory focused on how "critics call" his "compassionate conservative" message "camouflage for his true colors as a conservative Republican." Gregory claimed the Ashcroft pick "sours any spirit of bi-partisanship." Andrea Mitchell evaluated Bush from the left on health, complaining: "Still no patients' bill of rights, legislation to make HMOs more accountable."
3) CBS used Earth Day to allow unlabeled liberals to bash Bush's environmental record. Jane Clayson insisted that for "many environmentalists" Bush's claim to protect the environment "does not ring true." Randall Pinkston focused on how Bush's attempt to take economic factors into account is "outraging environmentalists."
5) A letter writer to Time magazine pointed out how about 99 percent of greenhouse gasses are produced by nature, a fact which undermined Time's hyperbolic cover story from a few weeks ago which blamed mankind and demanded President Bush take action to reduce industrial output.
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Tom Brokaw declared as a fact Tuesday night that President Bush has a "sometimes rocky record on the environment." His liberal assessment came as he set up a question and answer clip from Matt Lauer's interview with Bush set to air Wednesday morning on Today in which Lauer demanded of Bush: "So you can look me in the eye and say that you are a President committed to cleaning up the environment."
Brokaw announced on the April 24 NBC Nightly
News: "In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Bush today
talked about his own sometimes rocky record on the environment so
President Bush's first hundred days in office, as seen by NBC News: He revealed his true conservative side, which contradicts his "compassionate conservative" campaign theme, and people are dying because his tax credit plan "would still leave 37 million people" without health insurance and he's done nothing to enact HMO reform.
NBC Nightly News decided to evaluate President Bush's first 100 days after just 93 days as the show on Monday and Tuesday nights became the first broadcast network evening show to review Bush's record.
On Monday, David Gregory focused on how "critics call" his "compassionate conservative" message "camouflage for his true colors as a conservative Republican." In addition to his tax cut plan, Gregory asserted, Bush appealed to conservatives by naming John Ashcroft, a move which "sours any spirit of bi-partisanship" and he broke "a campaign promise to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants." That's right, Bush destroyed bi-partisanship and broke a promise no one remembered until he broke it in order to please conservatives.
The next night, Andrea Mitchell evaluated Bush from the left on health care. She complained that for uninsured Americans "Bush promised tax credits so six million people can buy coverage, but even that would still leave 37 million people with no coverage at all. And still no patients' bill of rights, legislation to make HMOs more accountable." Mitchell warned: "Even some Republicans, like John McCain, are joining Democrats opposing Bush."
Tom Brokaw introduced the April 23 piece: "So how is the President doing on other fronts as he approaches his 100th day in office? NBC's White House correspondent David Gregory tonight taking a look at George Bush's true colors."
David Gregory began by assuming Bush
utilized subterfuge during the campaign: "Well Tom, top advisers to
the President, even as they dismiss the legitimacy of 100 days as a marker
of accomplishment, they are, nevertheless, taking great pains to counter
criticism that he has not lived up to his pledge to be a moderate,
compassionate conservative. Bush's strategy was evident as far back as the
night he secured the presidency. Declaring victory after the long recount,
Bush's rhetoric aimed at the political center, even as he prepared to
govern from the right."
The next night, April 24, NBC Nightly News
condemned Bush's lack of support for liberal solutions to supposed
health care problems. Andrea Mitchell looked at the plight of a man whose
wife died after she got the best treatment for her breast cancer, but
which their HMO refused to cover. Mitchell intoned: "That's when
the insurance nightmare begins."
But if she got the treatment her doctors wanted, then lack of coverage by her HMO had nothing to do with her death.
CBS used the liberal PR gimmick of Earth Day on Sunday night as an opportunity to relay dissatisfaction with President Bush from left-wing environmentalists, though CBS was naturally not honest enough to apply the ideological label. To CBS, only liberals are in a position to pass judgment on Bush as the network ignored conservative environmental groups.
CBS Evening News anchor Jane Clayson introduced the April 22 story: "To commemorate the 32nd annual Earth Day, President Bush today asked Americans to join him in renewing a commitment to protecting the environment. But Randall Pinkston tells us for many environmentalists the appeal does not ring true."
Pinkston began: "As
environmentalists marked Earth Day 2001, leaders at the Quebec summit were
grappling with how to spur economic growth in the Western Hemisphere
without damaging its natural beauty. President Bush sent out mixed signals
on his priorities."
Of course, Bush campaigned on how he wanted to drill for oil in Alaska, so he's condemned both for promises he keeps and breaks.
Christine Todd Whitman, Environmental
Protection Agency, on Face the Nation: "We have made a number of
decisions that are very pro-environmental, but unfortunately they get
overlooked when there's something that people can challenge."
Nice how CBS News highlights their poll findings which they like but ignore ones that contradict their desires, such as the one back on March 1 which found 67 percent support for Bush's tax cut.
On the April 23 Rivera Live on CNBC,
Rivera pleaded after Ventura offered some kind words for Bush's
performance in office:
A letter writer to Time magazine pointed out how about 99 percent of greenhouse gasses are produced by nature, a fact which undermined Time's hyperbolic cover story from a few weeks ago which blamed mankind and demanded President Bush take action to reduce industrial output.
The New York Post's "MediaWatch" column on Tuesday highlighted the letter and Time's confused response. A reprint of the April 24 "MediaWatch" column item:
Time's Warming Retreat
It took a reader to remind Time magazine of the basic flaw in "Feeling the Heat," its April 9 environmental manifesto on global warning -- and to win an important admission from the report's author.
The piece warned: "Except for nuclear war or a collision with an asteroid, no force has more potential to damage our planet's web of life than global warming. It's a 'serious' issue, the White House admits, but nonetheless George W. Bush has decided to abandon the 1997 Kyoto treaty to combat climate change..."
The point of that, and several companion pieces, was clear: Earth is in imminent danger, thanks to pollution and other man-made sources, but the new President is wearing blinders.
In case anyone missed the point, the magazine this week highlights a letter that thanks Time for its report and adds: "I hope someone reads it to George W. Bush."
But several readers disputed the magazine's basic argument. The lead graphic on April 9, spread out over two pages, charted the "world of offenders" on CO2 emissions, and another made suggestions on "How to Ward Off Disaster," yet Tom Peterson of Salt Lake City noted: "Nature emits about 95 percent of greenhouse gases, while humans are responsible for only 5 percent. Add a volcanic eruption here and there, and nature probably accounts for as much as 99 percent....With the rise of our industrial might, temperatures haven't risen at all."
How did Time counter this assault on its basic premise, that humans are destroying the environment? Associate Editor Michael Lemonick agreed that "nature is responsible for most of the greenhouse gases on Earth."
However, Lemonick insisted, "even the small percentage that is man-made...has been enough to start nudging temperatures upward." Which is not quite what Time argued in the first place, which is that humans are the prime culprit.
Said Time then: There is "powerful" evidence to support "the case of human-induced global warming" and it is no longer theoretical that "the planet is warming up as a result of human activity."
Indeed, in the April 9 article Lemonick insisted: "Like any other area of science, the case for human-induced global warming has uncertainties -- and like many pro-business lobbyists, President Bush has proclaimed those uncertainties a reason to study the problem further rather than act. But while the evidence is circumstantial, it is powerful, thanks to the IPCC's painstaking research. The U.N.-sponsored group was organized in the late 1980s."
For more on the April 9 Time hysteria, refer back to the MediaNomics article reprinted in the April 6 CyberAlert: Time magazine abandoned any pretense of balance in devoting 15 pages this week to denouncing Bush's decision on Kyoto and to advancing dire global warming forecasts: "Vast ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could melt, raising sea level more than 30 ft. Florida would be history, and every city on the U.S. Eastern seaboard would be inundated." Walter Cronkite was among the signers of a letter to Bush demanding he take action. Go to: http://www.mrc.org/news/cyberalert/2001/cyb20010406.asp.
-- Brent Baker
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