ABC's Skewed Ear
One item today:
ABC finds a conservative America, but Peter Jennings impugns those who believe in requiring immigrants to conduct business in English.
For the next two weeks ABC's World News Tonight will air a series titled "Listening to America." ABC sent ten reporters across the country to learn what people are thinking. On Monday (May 13) they ran a preview/overview piece narrated by Peter Jennings. Remember that last week on Larry King Live Jennings denied ABC has a liberal bias.
night Peter Jennings reported: "We found bigotry and resentment. And
we listened to some Americans who felt threatened by other people because
they were different."
Otherwise, however, it appears ABC has discovered a conservative country.
Here are three quotes from Jennings:
-- "We were struck by the enormous emphasis people placed on family life. Everywhere we went we heard time and again about the value of the family. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, our John Donvan found it to be a yardstick for success."
-- "You will hear, in the next two weeks, how concerned people are with what they call the moral decline in the nation. In parts of the South, Erin Hayes found profound concern about how difficult it can be today for our kids."
Those last three assertions are quite startling discoveries. I think Dan Quayle said the same things four years ago.
-- Brent Baker