CyberAlert -- 04/25/2002 -- Bush Matching Clinton in "Scandalous Fundraising"
Bush Matching Clinton in "Scandalous Fundraising"; CNN's Cop-Out on Bias; NBC's Mitchell: Cheney Really "Running the Show"
1) Though President Bush isn't abusing the White House to reward donors, ABC's Terry Moran charged: "After spending a lot of time during the 2000 campaign blasting the Clinton-Gore administration for what he called its 'scandalous fundraising,' President Bush has embraced the practice with relish."
2) CNN's cop-out in the morning on bias. Discussing e-mailed complaints about how they are too pro-Israel or too pro-Palestinian, Jack Cafferty dismissed the concerns: "The news media is only objective if they report something you agree with." Paula Zahn argued that when you "get an equal number of e-mails" on both sides that proves "you're straight down the middle."
3) Why would Mary Matalin want to leave Vice President Cheney's office to replace Karen Hughes on President Bush's staff when "we all know that Dick Cheney is running the show," NBC's Andrea Mitchell asked. Mitchell told Don Imus that Cheney is really "running the war, running the foreign policy, running the domestic policy." Was she serious or joking? Hard to tell.
ABC's Terry Moran charged on Wednesday night that President Bush has "embraced...with relish" the same Clinton-Gore fundraising tactics he blasted as "scandalous" during the campaign. Just what is Bush doing? He's headlining fundraisers coordinated to occur during official trips paid for by taxpayers.
Peter Jennings introduced Moran's April 24 World News Tonight story: "President Bush went to South Dakota today taking the long fundraising route to his ranch in Texas. The Republican Party is trying to defeat if possible South Dakota's junior Democratic Senator Tim Johnson. Mr. Bush has spent more time fundraising at this point in his presidency than President Clinton had. And the taxpayer pays for this travel. ABC's Terry Moran joins us from South Dakota. Terry?"
Moran checked in: "Peter, after spending a lot of time during the 2000 campaign blasting the Clinton-Gore administration for what he called its 'scandalous fundraising,' President Bush has embraced the practice with relish. There was an official reason for this presidential trip and thus for taxpayers picking up most of the tab for the visit...."
When Bush referred to Clinton-Gore fundraising as "scandalous" one assumes his assessment was prompted by things like White House coffees and Lincoln bedroom sleep overs to pay off donors and how President Clinton wrote TV ads which were paid for by soft money donated to the DNC. Popping over to a hotel ballroom for a fundraiser after an official event so your travel is picked up by the government may be an unfair advantage of incumbency, but it's nothing new.
CNN's cop-out in the morning. At the very end of Wednesday's American Morning the three hosts discussed e-mail they have received criticizing them both for being biased in favor of Israel and for being biased in favor of the Palestinians.
Instead of trying to evaluate the complaints against the reality of their show's reporting, the CNN team delivered the usual cop-outs employed by journalists. Jack Cafferty dismissed the complaints: "The news media is only objective if they report something you agree with." Paula Zahn argued that when you "get an equal number of e-mails" on both sides that proves "you're straight down the middle."
MRC analyst Ken Shepherd took down the exchange from just before 10am EDT on April 24 which MRC analyst Jessica Anderson had caught:
Anderson Cooper: "On both sides of this issue, people see this so clearly one way or the other, it's really fascinating."
Or, maybe those complaining on one side are correct and the others are not.
NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell dismissed the idea that Mary Matalin would want to leave Vice President Cheney's office to replace Karen Hughes on President Bush's staff since "we all know that Dick Cheney is running the show." Specifically, Mitchell told Don Imus by phone on Wednesday morning on his radio show simulcast on MSNBC, that Cheney is really "running the war, running the foreign policy, running the domestic policy."
Since she made her comments on the Imus show on which reporters joke around, you'd think that maybe she was kidding with Imus, but it is hard to tell since she didn't laugh at all and she delivered her comments straight.
Imus: "You know Mary's over there in her office, high-fiving everybody and pumping her fist and figuring, I mean, she's already an advisor to Bush, but she primarily works for Dick Cheney, as you know better than I know, but I mean, she's thinking she can't get out of here quick enough."
Imus then moved on to another subject, asking Mitchell about comments made by her husband, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.
To judge for yourself whether Mitchell was serious or joking, in a few hours go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org
This will be the Question of the Day on the MRC home page.
My vote: She was trying to joke around, but she was so deadpan that she came across as being quite serious.
From the April 23 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten Ways Dick Cheney Injured His Foot." Late Show Web site: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/
10. His foot had a heart attack