Welfare Reform; Clinton's Temper Ignored
Two topics today:
1) The campaign of fear continues as the networks keep attacking from the left the welfare reform bill. On Nightline, Donna Shalala was pressed with six liberal agenda questions. Thursday night Tom Brokaw charged that it "could be devastating;" on CBS Paula Zahn ominously intoned: "There is already is a great deal of fear and anxiety all over the country over the impact it will have."
The welfare bill passed by the Senate Thursday is a far cry from the
original ideas proposed by conservatives, but the media aren't quizzing
guests about whether it goes far enough to do any good. Instead, the
networks continue to help Bill Clinton's effort to convince voters that
he's no liberal by portraying him as caving in to right wingers. Check out
these questions from Chris Wallace to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala on
Wednesday night's Nightline (July 31). Here's every question he asked, as
transcribed by MRC intern Jessica Anderson:
a couple of Los Angeles County supervisors whined about the bill, and two
networks made it a story. On the August 1 NBC Nightly News Tom Brokaw
declared: "So, who will be effected by all of this? There were more
than 13 million, six hundred thousand people receiving assistance from the
government's main welfare program last year. That included five million
families, two-thirds of those families, of course, made up of children.
When federal assistance for these people runs out under the new rules,
states are going to have to pick up the tab. And there's another kind of
immediate impact in states like California that could be
Over on the CBS Evening News, Paula Zahn announced: "The new, landmark welfare overhaul President Clinton promised to sign won't be law for awhile yet, but there is already is a great deal of fear and anxiety all over the country over the impact it will have. Correspondent Bill Whitaker has our report." Whitaker intoned: "In Los Angeles, America's dream factory, many local politicians are calling the welfare reform bill a nightmare."
The May 2 Washington Times reported that a Senator had put a private hold
on a bill to pay Billy Dale's legal expenses. No network reported the
news. At a Thursday press conference to announce a 4.2 percent GDP rate,
Bill Clinton's temper flared as he lashed out at a reporter wanting to
know why he's not backing the Dale bill. CNN aired a full story by Claire
Shipman on the incident on Inside Politics and The World Today.
Not to worry, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News didn't air a thing about Dale's compensation or Clinton's outburst. -- Brent Baker