CyberAlert -- 07/13/1998 -- Un-American Limbaugh & Prejudiced Talk Radio
Ted "Let Me Whip Myself" Turner; Un-American Limbaugh & Prejudiced Talk Radio
1) Ted Turner claimed the NewsStand fiasco made him consider suicide and he offered a S&M punishment: whipping. April Oliver revealed her drive to expose secret operations; Jack Smith once held a high slot at CBS; and why couldn't Arnett find poison gas in Iraq?
3) "Limbaugh is emblematic of what's wrong" with talk radio declared Dennis Miller before interviewing actress Sarah Jessica Parker who claimed Limbaugh's "missing the whole point of being an American." But she enjoys NPR because it's "really balanced."
CNN Tailwind: updates and developments: Ted Turner claimed the NewsStand story caused him to consider suicide and he offered to whip himself; the Chairman of Time-Warner praised how CNN's top duo handled the retraction; NewsStand producer April Oliver appeared on FNC while her op-ed revealed a political agenda; fellow fired NewsStand producer Jack Smith ran the CBS News Washington bureau during the Reagan years; and Peter Arnett can't find poison in Iraq but he can 28 years later in a U.S. plane.
-- In a Friday
night dispatch from the Television Critics Association meeting in
Pasadena, California Associated Press reporter Lynn Elber relayed Ted
-- "I think Chief Executive Tom Johnson has handled himself beautifully," the New York Post quoted Time-Warner Chairman Gerald Levin as declaring on Friday. He issued his assessment at a gathering of business leaders in Sun Valley, Idaho. "I'm really proud of him," the Post reported he said of Johnson. What about CNN/USA President Rick Kaplan? "The same with Rick."
-- April Oliver can never go back again. No
matter what happens CNN is sure to never re-hire Oliver now that she has
committed the worst sin possible for a member of Ted Turner's team:
appearing on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel. Specifically, she
defended her story and lashed out at CNN as the the guest on FNC's Fox
NewsWatch on Saturday evening.
-- CNN's Jack
Smith directed CBS News coverage of Reagan. The July 10 CyberAlert quoted
Jack Smith, the dismissed Senior Producer of NewsStand, as charging that
CNN retracted his story because of a "too bloody cozy"
relationship with the military. I had not realized, until reading a July
10 Washington Post "Reliable Source" item on how ABC News
correspondent Jack Smith has been confused with CNN's Jack Smith, that
CNN's Jack Smith is the same Jack Smith who "was the CBS News
Washington Bureau Chief from 1981 to '87."
-- Finally, the best quip of the weekend, from syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Inside Washington in a discussion about CNN's Peter Arnett: "This is the guy who spends ten years in Iraq, or almost a decade in Iraq since the war in 1990, and never discovered poison gas. But he discovers it in the U.S. military. It's pretty interesting by itself."
Developments were disclosed in two Clinton fundraising scandals on Friday and on Saturday in the effort to see who violated Linda Tripp's privacy. Actually, the actions occurred on Monday, Thursday and Friday, but since the networks ignored them, I didn't learn about them until the Friday and Saturday newspapers. Here's a rundown of the items, as reported in the Washington Post:
-- "Probe of
DNC Donor Travel Ordered: FEC Must Pursue Claim of Sale of Trade Mission
Seats, Judge Says" read the July 10 headline over a story about a
judge taking action on a complaint from Judicial Watch. Reporter Bill
"Rekindle the controversy"? Have you heard anything about this since last Monday?
Friend Charged With Violating Law In 1993 FundRaising" announced
another July 10 Post headline. Reporter George Lardner Jr. began:
Orders Defense Official's Computer Seized in Tripp Probe" announced a
July 11 Post headline. Bill Miller opened the story about the latest in
how Tripp's 1969 arrest became public knowledge:
The Washington Times played the news at the top of the front page under the headline: "Tripp Leaker's Computer Seized." Reporters Jerry Seper and Bill Sammon added that Lamberth also ordered "Bernath to answer questions about 'whether the White House played any role in the release of this information.'"
Coverage: Zilch about any of it Thursday or Friday evening or Friday morning. CNN didn't even mention the Howard Glicken matter on Friday's Inside Politics which featured a lengthy piece by Candy Crowley on Al Gore's presidential campaign preparations.
On Friday, ABC led with the GM strike, CBS and CNN went first with the court martial decision in the Italian gondola incident, FNC with OJ Simpson's decision to appeal the civil verdict and NBC was topped by a story on a study about child poverty. (More on the NBC story in the next CyberAlert.) Only FNC touched a Clinton scandal: David Shuster looked at the debate within the Justice Department about whether to appeal the latest Secret Service ruling. All ran stories on violence in Northern Ireland and the Medal of Honor being given to a forgotten Vietnam War hero, but all also had plenty of time for some less than pressing stories.
ABC's World News
Tonight: diving for champagne in the wreck of ship sunk off Sweden in
1916. Plus, the 200th anniversary of the Marine Band.
Saturday night the three broadcast networks led with the burial of the body of the now identified unknown soldier from the Vietnam War. ABC found room for a full story on a bull run in Nevada. NBC caught up with ABC and did a piece on the Marine Band. It was such a slow news day for CNN that its 8pm ET The World Today re-ran the piece on the study measuring turtle hearing, the same story they played 24 hours earlier.
On Friday's Dennis Miller Live on HBO the host, a stand-up comedian and sometime actor, as well as the more famous actress Sarah Jessica Parker, lashed out at the evils of talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh.
In the opening
monologue of the July 10 show run live in the east at 11:30pm, Miller,
best-known as the former fake news reader on Saturday Night Live,
delivered these bits of liberal analysis disguised as biting jokes:
Next, he sat down
with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, now starring in HBO's comedy series
Sex and the City. She's married to actor Matthew Broderick, the Matthew
in the quote below. After telling Miller that her parents would only allow
her to watch PBS as a child, so she supplemented it with radio, she
recounted how she still listens to talk shows:
I believe she lives in New York City, so you New Yorkers can guess which hosts they consider "fascist."
Apparently serious, she insisted: "NPR is really balanced -- comprehensive news coverage."
Asked why she tunes in to that awful commercial talk radio, she replied: "I don't know whether it's like watching a car wreck. I can't explain it and sometimes I think it's important to hear because I know what my politics are and I think it's important to expose yourself. Sometimes you actually do learn something, very often not. And plus which you know it's just bizarre, it's freaking bizarre what people call up and say and they have no information. They're completely ill-informed, they're ignorant, they have no vocabulary. They're just like 'I'm right.'"
She listens though, explaining, "The people whose opinion I'm interested in hearing who are, who read and expose themselves to the world and not just like some problem that you know Rush says is important, they don't call because they don't have time because they're either reading, they're working, they're cooking, they're doing something else that's like far more important than sitting there waiting."
Reading the New
York Times and watching PBS, no doubt.
Limbaugh specifically, they delivered this tag team attack denouncing him:
A mindset formed by PBS and reinforced by the "really balanced" NPR. Our tax dollars at work. -- Brent Baker
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