Five items today:
Dan Rather opening the CBS Evening News Thursday night (May 30):
"Serious questions about the future of Middle East peace as Lebanese
terrorists attack an Israeli army convey and the Israeli government
appears headed for a major shift to the hard line right."
Saturday's children's march sponsored by Marian Wright Edelman's far-left
Children's Defense Fund has already generated glowing media coverage. On
the Thursday night CBS Evening News (May 30) reporter Wyatt Andrews began
a piece by noting the fear expressed by some teens at a youth center (of
gunfire, too adult little supervision) and how Edelman is solving the
problem: "But the fear they express, and the troubling state of kids
in general is the reason that this woman, Marian Wright Edelman has
convinced some 3,000 organizations and some 100,000 children to converge
on Washington this weekend for a march she calls Stand for Children."
After a soundbite of Edelman, a dismayed Andrews declared: "A massive
rally for children sounds like one of the least controversial ideas in
history, and yet conservative critics believe this march is just a
backdrop masking a liberal agenda." Following a soundbite from the
Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector, Andrews put on Edelman to say that
"It is not fair for government to take from poor children's nutrition
and child care and health care in order to not just balance the budget,
but in order to give a tax cut to the non-needy."
Speaking of this weekend, when you watch 60 Minutes keep in mind who is writing what Molly Ivins mouths. Ivins is the liberal commentator each Sunday opposite either P.J. O'Rourke or Stanley Crouch. Andy Rooney isn't impressed with the writing in the new commentaries, Gail Shister reported in the May 30 Philadelphia Inquirer. Rooney asserted that all three are first-class writers, "but I don't think they know how to write for TV," where "turning a quick, snappy phrase doesn't work." Shister then reported: "Ivins agrees with Rooney and has enlisted the help of her pal, Marilyn Schultz, a broadcast journalism professor at the University of Texas and a former NBC producer." Back in the 1970s Ivins was a New York Times reporter.
The fax newsletter Talk Daily reported that on Wednesday Fisher Broadcasting, owner of Seattle's KVI Radio, fired talk show host Mike Siegel. The host had been suspended a couple of weeks ago, about a month after he allowed a caller to discuss allegations about homosexuality and the Mayor of Seattle, an incident for which he apologized. If you'd like more information on the controversy leading up to the firing, you can contact Talk Daily at 703-522-6020 or e-mail publisher William Adams at: email@example.com
Finally, on the risque but humorous side, in the wake of Clinton's Soldiers and Sailors Act claim here's Boston Herald columnist/WRKO talk show host Howie Carr's "Top 10 List of Bill Clinton's Stirring Military Sayings" (from the May 26 Herald):
10. Don't fire until you see the
whites of her thighs.
In my next e-mail I'll provide the results of a survey which found most White House reporters voted for the Democratic presidential candidate from 1976 to 1992
-- Brent Baker