CyberAlert -- 05/21/1996 -- Cranky Cronkite
Four items today:
The CBS News show "Sunday Morning" on May 19 showed an excerpt
of Walter Cronkite's upcoming CBS special. Host Charles Osgood introduced
the segment with this tribute to Cronkite as his hero:
Sunday night, NBC's Dateline, aired a segment of NBC's week-long series
"Lie, Cheat & Steal: Dishonesty in America." Reporter Sara
James featured a professor who claimed he could tell when someone is
lying. At the top of the story James showed clips of three people lying:
Mark Fuhrman, "a notorious liar;" Susan Smith, "a monstrous
liar;" and Oliver North, "lies in the name of country."
Later in the story, James showed clips of Admiral Poindexter at the
Iran/Contra hearings as the professor explained how he could tell
Poindexter was lying. To show how difficult it is sometimes to tell when
someone is lying, James showed a Nixon speech.
It's not only conservatives who don't think the media are unbiased:
Newspaper executives agree. The May 11 "Editor & Publisher"
magazine has a story on a poll of 888 publishers, editors and advertising
directors, "fewer than one in ten participants say the media are
doing an excellent job of reporting on the campaign thus far." The
poll was conducted by American Opinion Research for the annual State of
the Newspaper Industry study issued by the Foundation for American
On Fox News Sunday on May 19, host Tony Snow asked Senator Al D'Amato about rumors that Bryant Gumbel plans to run against him as a Democrat. D'Amato just said it would be a "terrific race." Gumbel has announced that he plans to leave Today at the end of this year. The May 20 New York Post reported only that "Sources close to Gumbel said he laughs at the speculation."
If Gumbel wins the Democratic primary, it will be interesting to see whether he or D'Amato offers up more attacks on the Christian Coalition and Gingrich.
-- Brent Baker