War Incompetence; "Great Women" Judged by ABC: Hill, Fonda & Clinton
4) Barbara Walters' special on "Great Women" focused on liberals, featuring Anita Hill and Jane Fonda. She praised Margaret Sanger without mentioning her racist views and portrayed Hillary Clinton as a victim who "got in trouble for speaking her mind."
5) A New Republic writer observed: "Sony and Time-Warner eagerly market explicit depictions of women being raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually murdered, while the mainstream porn industry would never dream of doing so."
>>> Bryant's Coming Back. On Tuesday CBS News announced that this fall Bryant Gumbel will co-host This Morning from a street-side studio in the GM building Manhattan. CBS plans to return the show to a regular two-hour format. Marking his departure from Today as of January 3, 1997 the MRC produced a special edition of Notable Quotables featuring his most biased comments from his years with NBC. To remind yourself of the kind of analysis we'll soon hear each morning on CBS, read what he said from 1989 to 1996 in "Bye-Bye Bryant: Gumbel's Years of Liberal Advocacy." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/nq/1996/nq19961230.html
None of the network morning or evening shows aired anything Monday or Tuesday about Sunday's New York Times bombshell on how the Clinton administration was informed in late 1998 about Chinese espionage efforts and how they were ongoing well into his term, thus contradicting Clinton's public position that it all happened before he took office. That means the 40-second item read on Sunday's World News Tonight on ABC, detailed in the May 3 CyberAlert, stands as the totality of coverage offered by the broadcast networks.
-- Monday night, May 3, all the networks led with the POW release and the visit to Clinton by the Russian Foreign Minister, but all found time for some less than pressing stories. The May 3 World News Tonight ran two pieces of how technology is leading to "information overload," though apparently not when it comes to delivering news about Chinese espionage. Dan Rather reported from Belgrade and the CBS Evening News delivered a full story about the mystery of who made it first to the peak of Mt. Everest. NBC Nightly News devoted its "In Depth" segment to the tourist boat sinking in Arkansas and later ran a full story on the discovery of the underwater location of the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule.
-- Tuesday's morning and evening shows focused obsessively on the Oklahoma tornadoes. Other than one story on Kosovo, that's all NBC Nightly News covered. With all the networks moving their equipment southeast to Oklahoma the Columbine shooting suddenly fell off the news agenda. For the first time since the April 20 event neither ABC's World News Tonight or NBC Nightly News mentioned it. CBS ran a short item and a full story about how parents don't really know much about their children's lives.
-- The cable networks haven't shown any more interest in the Sunday New York Times disclosure. As noted in the May 3 CyberAlert, CNN's The World Today skipped it Sunday night, though CNN did run two Chinese espionage pieces on Friday night. CNN didn't catch up on the Times story Monday or Tuesday night, MRC analyst Paul Smith informed me. FNC didn't mention the story Monday or Tuesday night on the Fox Report.
A soon-to-retire NATO General dared to criticize the war effort, but only ABC found it newsworthy. The May 4 evening shows on CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC all skipped his candid assessment.
World News Tonight Peter Jennings noted: "Klaus Naumann, a German who
is retiring this week, made some remarkably critical comments about the
way the war is being conducted."
But one did talk about it in public and yet CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC ignored it, so if others were saying the same thing isn't there a good chance we would not learn about it on television news?
Jesse Jackson, a hero to Good Morning America. Monday morning co-host Diane Sawyer delivered a tribute to the liberal political activist after his trip to Yugoslavia gave Slobodan Milosevic a chance for a PR coup when he agreed to free the three U.S. POWs. She failed to include any criticism of him for butting into the U.S. foreign policy set by our elected leaders, instead praising his efforts and worthiness of his left-wing activism back home. She described him as a "maverick without portfolio" who is "pushing for the rights of the poor and working class" by going "straight where the money is, trying to persuade Wall Street and big corporations that to free people from the prison of poverty serves everyone, everyone."
Interspersed with glowing soundbites from Congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr. and John Lewis, as well as illustrative clips from Jackson himself, she provided a totally positive look at his causes. As transcribed by MRC analyst Jessica Anderson, here's what viewers heard in the 8:30am half hour feature called "In Private," an occasional GMA profile of a newsmaker:
"Well, the release of the three U.S. soldiers held prisoner by Serbia
was a happy surprise this weekend, but it shouldn't have come as a
complete shock given the record of the man who was leading the religious
delegation to Belgrade, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has done this
before. In fact, as you'll see in our In Private, he's made a career of
using personality, publicity and a little moral suasion to forge unlikely
alliances. His specialties: the bold gesture, the blizzard of words,
confusing natural enemies by engaging them in public....
Sawyer loves to praise liberals. Her last "In Private" subject: Hillary Clinton on March 12. She referred to her "political mastery, every bit as dazzling as his" and how "her friends say she has really earned this campaign, this moment...by standing, not by her man, but by herself." To read more, go to the March 16 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990316.html#4
A century of liberal women. Last Friday ABC allocated 90 minutes of prime time to a special hosted by Barbara Walters, "A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women." Based upon a list compiled by the Ladies Home Journal, the April 30 special focused on the triumphs of liberal women without mentioning any facts which might detract from their glory. Among the women praised: Jane Fonda, Margaret Sanger, Marian Wright Edelman, Hillary Clinton and Anita Hill. Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noticed, served as the show's most popular experts throughout.
Here's the complete list of names under the heading of "Activists and Politicians," with just one domestic conservative, Phyllis Schlafly: Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frances Perkins, Madeleine Albright, Mary McLeod Bethune, Emma Goldman, Carrie Chapman Catt, Jane Addams, Eva Peron, Alice Paul, Marian Wright Edelman, Rosa Parks, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Jiang Qing, Rigoberta Menchu, Dolores Huerta, Maggie Kuhn, Indira Gandhi, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anita Hill, Mother Teresa, Gloria Steinem, Phyllis Schlafly, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Jane Fonda is on the "artists" list. To see the entire list, go to: http://lhj.com/sfeatures/100women/
Here are some clips from the show as culled from the ABC News transcript and corrected for accuracy by the MRC's Jessica Anderson. Walters praised Margaret Sanger without mentioning her racist views, applauded Jane Fonda for having it all, "the sex kitten, to the activist, and fitness...and now, the wife," and portrayed Hillary Clinton as a victim who "got in trouble for speaking her mind."
Sanger. Barbara Walters: "To make a mark in this world in the early
1900s, women needed to be not only smart, but fearless. Margaret Sanger,
an outspoken activist who, when told to be quiet, staged this not so
subtle protest. [Photo of Sanger with her mouth gagged.] Perhaps the
century's first photo op."
Reality Check: As
Steve Mosher pointed out in a May 5, 1997 Wall Street Journal op-ed:
Those views may have been popular then and weren't discredited until Hitler picked up on them, but can you imagine a network not mentioning this kind of hateful racism if a conservative magazine praised another historic figure of the time? To read Mosher's piece, go to: http://www.prolife.org/ultimate/fact9.html
-- Marian Wright
Edelman. Walters: "What [Rosa Parks] sparked in Marian Wright Edelman
was a passion. 'If you don't like the way the world is,' she once
said, 'you change it.' And in 1963, there was plenty to change. The
segregated South was a battleground when Edelman first arrived in
Mississippi. The young law student had gone to register black voters, a
peaceful goal in a time of violence."
-- Anita Hill. Walters: "...a woman on the list who brought a taboo subject out in the open. Anita Hill -- she brought the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace into our living rooms....In 1991, she went public with accusations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas."
-- Jane Fonda.
Walters: "But one woman on the list does seem to have it all, Jane
Fonda. She has the career, the children and marriage, though she's had
more than one. [To Fonda] Jane Fonda does represent so many of the changes
in this society. It's almost full circle, though, from the Barbarella."
No mention of Fonda's anti-American, pro-communist activities during the Vietnam War, including a trip to North Vietnam to denounce U.S. soldiers.
Clinton. Walters: "And what of today's First Lady? Hillary Rodham
Clinton. From the start, she has been more of a politician than a
+++ Watch Walters' tribute to Hillary Clinton. This clip has been posted on the MRC home page in RealPlayer format, by MRC Webmaster Sean Henry. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
To read the entire transcript of the ABC special, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/onair/abcnewsspecials/transcripts/sp990430_100women_trans1.html
In the wake of the school shooting the left blamed guns and the right blamed the entertainment industry, but in a piece for usually-liberal New Republic a writer argued the movie industry is most guilty and interestingly suggested that the porno-video industry actually acts more responsibly and respectfully than do mainstream studios.
In a May 17 piece
titled "Yes, the media do make us more violent," Senior Writer
Gregg Easterbrook detailed the amount of violence in movies and then made
a common point made by both liberals and conservatives which puts image
ahead of reality:
Later, Easterbrook provocatively suggested how the movie industry could practice "restraint without sacrificing profitability." Easterbrook explained:
In this regard, the big Hollywood studios, including Disney, look craven and exploitative compared to, of all things, the porn-video industry. Repulsive material occurs in underground porn, but, in the products sold by the mainstream triple-X distributors such as Vivid Video (the MGM of the erotica business), violence is never, ever, ever depicted -- because that would be irresponsible. Women and men perform every conceivable explicit act in today's mainstream porn, but what is shown is always consensual and almost sunnily friendly. Scenes of rape or sexual menace never occur, and scenes of sexual murder are an absolute taboo.
It is beyond irony that today Sony and Time-Warner eagerly market explicit depictions of women being raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually murdered, while the mainstream porn industry would never dream of doing so. But, if money is all that matters, the point here is that mainstream porn is violence-free and yet risque and highly profitable. Surely this shows that Hollywood could voluntarily step back from the abyss of glorifying violence and still retain its edge and its income.
To read Easterbrook's entire piece, go to TNR's Web site: http://www.thenewrepublic.com. The direct address for this piece: http://www.thenewrepublic.com/magazines/tnr/current/easterbrook051799.html
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