CyberAlert -- 05/31/2000 -- Vulgarity Unveiled
Vulgarity Unveiled; Disbarment Too Tough; Innocent Elian Move; Limbaugh = Rocker
3) The networks displayed no skepticism about why Elian was moved to Washington, DC, where he is more accessible to Cuban operatives. ABC, CBS and NBC cited convenience for his father's lawyer and his father's "boredom" at Wye River.
4) "If Al Michaels gets Rush Limbaugh, maybe, someday, Jon Miller could be lucky enough to team up with John Rocker," a Washington Post columnist remarked about the Monday Night Football analyst slot. A colleague suggested Limbaugh is a racist worth boycotting.
The vulgarity of comedian Robin Williams at last Wednesday's big Democratic fundraiser featuring Bill Clinton and Al Gore, quoted at length in the May 26 CyberAlert, was noticed on Friday in New York Daily News and Washington Post gossip columns, as well as during the roundtable segment on FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume, and two days later by Fox News Sunday.
Robin" announced the headline over a May 26 Daily News item in the
Rush & Molloy column:
-- Lloyd Grove picked up
on complaints in his Washington Post "Reliable Source" column:
-- Of the broadcast network Sunday interview shows, only Fox News Sunday raised the language used by Williams. In the roundtable segment, host Tony Snow brought it up: "Let me raise one other issue. A lot of what goes on in fundraising behind the scenes people don't see. Well, one of the things a lot people haven't seen is some of the entertainment from this week's fundraiser. We'll take a really short snippet of Robin Williams and his shtick in front of the group. Let's take a really quick look."
Viewers then saw about 15 seconds of clips from Williams, with all the key words bleeped out. Panelist Fred Barnes followed up: "I don't think that enhances the Democratic Party's image unless it wants to be known as the permissive party."
For an unedited and
unbleeped text excerpt of what Williams said Wednesday, see the May 26
+++ Get a flavor of Williams for yourself. Late Wednesday morning MRC Webmaster Andy Szul will post, on the MRC home page, a RealPlayer clip of the sanitized Williams as briefly shown on Fox News Sunday.
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, no surprise, thinks disbarment would be overkill for Bill Clinton's harmless offense. In a discussion, on the McLaughlin Group aired over the Memorial Day weekend, about the Arkansas Supreme Court committee's recommendation that Clinton be disbarred, host John McLaughlin asked panelists to assess if the "punishment fits the crime" on a "scale of zero to ten, zero meaning disbarment does not fit Clinton at all, too tough, ten meaning it fits perfectly, how fitting is disbarment for Clinton's offense?"
After economist Lawrence Kudlow maintained it earned a "ten," Clift argued: "It's a 1.5 and this was a so-called lie that didn't harm anybody, that was irrelevant to a case that was eventually thrown out and does not go to his responsibility as a lawyer."
The networks displayed an utter lack of skepticism late last week about the motives behind Elian's move from the Wye River Plantation to a house in the District of Columbia near the Cuban Interest Section.
At Wye River Elian was outside the 25 mile travel zone to which Cuban operatives are limited without obtaining special permission from the State Department, but in Washington's Cleveland Park neighborhood Cuban officials can drop by anytime. But the thought of anything nefarious escaped ABC, CBS and NBC on Friday morning.
-- ABC's Good Morning America, as observed by MRC analyst Jessica Anderson. News reader Antonio Mora passed along: "In Washington, Elian and his family are settling into their new home. They moved there from a Maryland estate late yesterday. The lawyer for Elian's father says the move will make it easier for him to consult with the family."
-- CBS's The Early Show. News reader Julie Chen relayed: "Elian and his family have moved to a new home in Washington DC. The family arrived at their new house Thursday. It's located not far from Vice President Al Gore's residence. The family moved from their quarters in Maryland so that Elian's father can be closer to his lawyers."
-- NBC's Today, as noted by MRC analyst Paul Smith. NBC News reporter Campbell Brown in a full story on the move: "Those close to the family say the reason for the move, boredom. Their new home is within walking distance of movies, shops, and restaurants and just a few blocks from the home of Greg Craig, Elian's father's attorney."
Who is more of a threat to Elian's freedom: Greg Craig or Cuban "diplomats"? Close call.
The potential naming of Rush Limbaugh as a studio analyst for ABC's Monday Night Football is not sitting well with the sports writers at the liberal Washington Post, who have resorted to some mean-spirited name-association and name-calling to discredit him, the MRC's Tim Graham observed. A white columnist compared him with John Rocker and a black columnist ominously warned: "His views on people like me are well documented and I would find it insulting and hypocritical to watch him do the broadcast."
In a Wednesday, May 24
piece, columnist Thomas Boswell, who is widely syndicated, lamented the
Limbaugh tryout by comparing Limbaugh to racially-tinged, trash-talking
pitcher John Rocker:
Then in Friday's weekly washingtonpost.com chat session with sports writers Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, a question arose from Bowie, Maryland: "What do you guys think of Rush Limbaugh being in the MNF booth? Could he pull this off? Or would he be a distraction from the game?"
Kornheiser, who also hosts a daily ESPN Radio talk show, replied: "I think Rush is a terrific broadcaster and I suspect he could be terrific on Monday Night Football. He certainly knows sports. I don't share his politics even slightly and there may be many people in the country who would be offended by his presence in the booth. I am told, for example, by both Wilbon and David DuPree of USA Today, who are both black, that Limbaugh is anathema to blacks and that black people would not watch him. I suspect you'd want to talk to Wilbon about that and hear his views...but he's in traffic. I don't have the same visceral reaction to Limbaugh, but I respect my friends who do."
Wilbon, who is black, a fact which you need to know to understand his attack on Limbaugh, then logged on. He called Limbaugh a racist and suggested a boycott would be appropriate if Limbaugh were picked: "I have attended or watched all but about 5 or 6 MNF games in 30 years. If Rush Limbaugh is put in that booth, I will NOT listen to the broadcast. His views on people like me are well documented and I would find it insulting and hypocritical to watch him do the broadcast. And I'm sure, absolutely certain, there are tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands who feel the same way I do."
Wilbon did not list any
examples of Rush's racist remarks, Tim Graham noted. Tim also passed along
the link for the full transcript of the chat session:
Until I catch-up from the holiday weekend, I thought I'd offer the benefit of an e-mailed version of the entire text of the latest edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media.
Thanks to the MRC's
Kristina Sewell and Andy Szul, you can also read the May 29 edition
online. Go to:
All but one of these quotes has already appeared in previous CyberAlerts, but NQ does present a nice package of all the worst bias of two weeks compacted into two newsletter pages.
Here's the May 29 NQ, in full:
Lazio: Already Being Scolded
"Have we seen the tenor of what this
campaign is going to be, because he [Rick Lazio] came out with all barrels
firing yesterday when he accused her, he said she's no more a New
Democrat than she is a New Yorker. Is this what this campaign's going to
"The Daily News today has a quotation
from one of yours, here it is, a fundraising letter of yours: 'We cannot
allow Hillary Clinton and her friends to destroy everything we worked so
hard for.' Is this going to be a nasty campaign against Hillary
"Mr. Lazio presents himself as a
moderate, and he has that reputation chiefly because he's pro-choice,
but he voted with the Gingrich Congress to shut down the government. He
voted, I believe, to abolish the Department of Education. So she could tie
him to the Republicans in Washington in a way that she couldn't tie Rudy
If They Can Fake It, We'll Sell It
Tom Brokaw: "NBC News 'In Depth'
tonight. Together again, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the picture of harmony
last night as the First Lady was officially nominated to run for the U.S.
Senate from New York..."
More Reporters, More Bias
"Handgun Control. There are 200
million guns in this country and common sense leads you down to the path
irrevocably of deciding that more guns, more violence."
Million Mom Media March
"I've got here a pile of all the gun
legislation that's been proposed in the past year since we were here
before. None of it has passed. By my count, we have more states rejecting
new gun control legislation than have passed it. We have 15 states that
have passed prohibitions on cities suing gun manufacturers. That hardly
seems like progress."
"Why are you only focusing on
licensing and registration? Why aren't you going for more than that? Why
aren't you going, for example, for a total ban?"
"Following the tragedy in your
country, you were able to get a total ban on all handguns. How'd you do
"The Million Mom Marcher's platform
is admittedly moderate. Do you think it's too moderate, that it
doesn't go far enough? They will be the first to say we don't want to
come into your home and remove your guns, we want sensible gun laws."
"Who are we? We are the mothers of
America. We are the people who ate protein during our
pregnancies....Don't dare tell us that we don't have the right to keep
those children safe. We are the people who put latches on the kitchen
cabinets, baby gates on the stairs, car seats in the back of a
minivan....Don't dare tell us that we don't have the right to keep our
children safe. But that is exactly what we've been told every time
common sense gun legislation has been defeated by the Congress of the
"Yesterday's turnout was impressive
by any standard and we may look back on this one as one of those
demonstrations that led to real change. The crowd was estimated between
half and three quarters of a million people, far beyond anyone's
Nice Spin of the Wheelchair
Dan Rather: "On the face of it, it
might not seem very fair, a mismatch to say the least: a man who made a
name for himself pretending to punch out opponents taking on the
Less Sex, More Liberal Uplift
Matt Lauer to historian Doris Kearns
Goodwin: "You talk about the loss of opportunity which frustrates
Bill Clinton and also must frustrate the American people. So will the
lesson that will be learned out of all this, Doris, be that maybe we go
back to a time where we give less scrutiny to a President's personal
life, back to the Kennedy and Eisenhower and Roosevelt years?"
CBS's Anecdotal Advocacy
CBS reporter John Roberts: "Rita
Butler is just the sort of person a new study shows gets hit most often by
the high cost of prescription drugs: older women above the poverty level
who pay more for drugs than any other group."
Blessed with Ridiculous Enemies
"There is luck, there is good luck,
and there is the luck of the Clintons. And we know they are lucky because
no first couple in history has been as blessed by their enemies as the
Clintons have. President Clinton went through an agonizing period of
scandal and impeachment in which the public was forced to choose between
him, Ken Starr, Newt Gingrich, and the House prosecutors. No wonder
Clinton's popularity soared."
Jamie's 11-Minute Valentine
"Ask almost anyone in Washington
who'd they call if they needed a lawyer who was smart, politically
connected and discreet and you'd get one name: Greg Craig....Craig is
also known for his passion. Friends describe him as an idealist who wears
his heart on his sleeve....Craig's professionalism has also earned him
the respect of his fiercest opponents....And in the Elian case Craig is
credited with an amazing political balancing act: Working the Justice
Department, working the legal system, even working Fidel Castro. Craig has
also showed remarkable media savvy when within hours of these photos
appearing [raid pictures including gun pointed at Elian] he released these
photos [snapshots of Elian and father]. All of which, in this town, earns
you the reputation of Washington Super Lawyer. If you need the impossible,
call Greg Craig."
If PBS Doesn't Do It, Who Will?
Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity:
"If you're someone like me, who lives out in a rural area - if
someone breaks into my house and wants to murder or rape me or steal all
of my property, it'll take half an hour for a policeman to get to
me....Thousands of lives are saved by people being able to protect
"I know and accept your insecurities.
And I expect insecure people and especially conservatives to lie and play
games....I suggest you get into therapy, otherwise you're going to
continue to be miserable and in denial the rest of your life."
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