CyberAlert -- 08/27/1999 -- Blind to Officer Blinded by FALN; Erbe Boasted of Heroin & LSD Use
Blind to Officer Blinded by FALN; Erbe Boasted of Heroin & LSD Use
2) On CNN Michael Barone raised media hypocrisy in ignoring Juanita Broaddrick while pursuing George W. Bush about drugs, but Howard Kurtz falsely maintained that the media did press Clinton "several times" about Broaddrick's rape charge.
3) PBS's Bonnie Erbe urged the media to leave Bush alone in a column in which she recalled: "Prior to trying heroin I smoked a lot of different types of marijuana and hashish...and took a wide variety of hallucinogens: mescaline, LSD, you name it."
The Police Commissioner in New York City held a press conference Monday featuring officers injured by FALN attacks, including one who was blinded, to denounce President's Clinton's decision to pardon 16 FALN terrorists now serving time. Incredibly, only FNC bothered to tell viewers about the event or use it as a hook to explore Clinton's August 11 decision.
Not only have ABC, CBS and NBC not yet looked at this issue according to MRC analysts Jessica Anderson, Brian Boyd and Geoffrey Dickens, neither have CNN or MSNBC. MRC analyst Paul Smith informed me the pardons have yet to be mentioned on CNN's Inside Politics or The World Today and MRC analyst Mark Drake has not seen them cited on MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams.
The August 18 CyberAlert outlined the basic facts of the case and ran an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal editorial about the rarity of pardons, suggesting this decision was motivated by Hillary's Senate run, and how, despite White House claims, those to be pardoned do have ties to killings and injuries. Here again are two paragraphs from the August 13 Journal:
House Chief of Staff Maria Echaveste is quoted in yesterday's papers as
saying that those offered clemency 'never killed anyone.' This is
preposterous. No one died in the [1983 Hartford] Wells Fargo heist but
innocent people lost their lives in more than 100 attacks carried out by
the same terrorist group on U.S. facilities. Even if these 16 terrorists
didn't murder anyone directly, they were part of a conspiracy that was
to be extended by the funds stolen from the bank in Connecticut....
For more details, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990818.html#4
The August 20 CyberAlert noted how Greg Pierce, in his Inside Politics column for the Washington Times, reported how "FOP President Gilbert G. Gallegos, in a letter to Mr. Clinton yesterday, called the offer a 'slap in the face' to law enforcement officers everywhere." Gallegos also countered Clinton's claim that the convicts did not hurt anyone. To read the letter from Gallegos which the networks skipped, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990820.html#5
August 23, FNC uniquely pursued the story with a piece by Gary Matsumoto
on the Fox Report. MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth transcribed the report, which
In his syndicated
column this week for the Creator's syndicate, MRC Chairman L. Brent
To read the whole column, for which MRC analyst Paul Smith reviewed network coverage to determine there was none, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/columns/news/col19990826.html
+++ Hear from the injured New York City police officers. Friday morning MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will post a RealPlayer clip of the above recited FNC story. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
On CNN on Tuesday Michael Barone raised media hypocrisy in ignoring Juanita Broaddrick while pursuing George W. Bush about drugs, but Howard Kurtz maintained that the media did repeatedly press Clinton about Broaddrick's rape charge.
During an August
24 Late Edition Prime Time discussion about Bush, Barone, formerly with
U.S. News and now at Reader's Digest, pointed out:
Clinton was asked about Broaddrick "several times"? That's news to me.
In fact, he's
been asked about it twice and virtually all of the networks ignored both
questions and answers. As reported in the February 25 CyberAlert about a
February 24 press conference, hours before Broaddrick appeared on
For a complete rundown of the lack of interest in Broaddrick by the networks, see items #1 and #2 in the August 20 CyberAlert: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990820.html
And, my op-ed in the August 23 Washington Times, "Bush talks, Clinton walks." For a reprint, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/1999/cyb19990824.html#1
Bonnie Erbe, host of the women-oriented To the Contrary talk show on PBS and formerly a reporter for Mutual/Westwood One radio, asserted in a column for the Scripps Howard News Service:
"I wish the media and the public would get off this hypocritical trip (pun intended) of hounding him [Bush] into not only admitting, but into spelling out in lurid detail what we all presume he did: snort cocaine."
Such a view from a liberal media figure may seem surprising, especially since she assured readers: "Let me state for the record, by the way, that I never tried cocaine."
That's because it came along too late for her as she boasted about snorting heroin, recalling: "Prior to trying heroin I smoked a lot of different types of marijuana and hashish (yes, inhaling all the time) and took a wide variety of hallucinogens: mescaline, LSD, you name it."
Here's an excerpt from her column which I caught in the August 24 Denver Rocky Mountain News while still out in Aspen earlier this week:
I have a confession to make: More than 25 years ago (actually, about 30 years ago) I used an illegal narcotic.
I'm not running for president, nor any political office for that matter. And the statute of limitations has surely run out on my transgression. So it's safe to come clean.
I won't make you guess about which drug it was. It was heroin. And here come the gory details. I snorted it -- no, I didn't inject it.
I was caught up in the drug culture of the late '60s and early '70s, which I state as a reason, not an excuse. And, oh yes, prior to trying heroin I smoked a lot of different types of marijuana and hashish (yes, inhaling all the time) and took a wide variety of hallucinogens: mescaline, LSD, you name it. Well, I not only survived that stupor, I excelled at high school studies and extracurricular activities during it.
I certainly would not recommend my behavior as an example to others.
Having had this experience, however, I feel sorry for Gov. George W. Bush. I wish the media and the public would get off this hypocritical trip (pun intended) of hounding him into not only admitting, but into spelling out in lurid detail what we all presume he did: snort cocaine.
Let me state for the record, by the way, that I never tried cocaine. It wasn't "in" until after I had already ceased using drugs.
We are, most of us, such hypocrites in this charade. We try to force our politicians to live up to a standard that not even a nun could meet. Then we wonder why the array of people willing to run for office sometimes seems so substandard. In Gov. Bush's case, the man already has said he committed acts in his youth of which he is not now proud. He's being honest (a rare and undervalued commodity in politics these days).
He's consistent; when asked to comment last year on the president's personal problems, Gov. Bush refused. He's also taken on the difficult task of trying to push the media back to a benchmark that allowed public figures just a smattering of privacy....
Enough of the hectoring. Gov. Bush's apparent experimentation with hard drugs could serve as an inspiration to those now using drugs and trying to break free. We should all demand the media leave him alone.
The same day in a nationally syndicated column run in the Denver Post Cal Thomas recommended that Bush come clean since stonewalling "won't work without a lying staff, an enabling wife and a fawning press," all factors from which Clinton has benefitted. In the press category, Erbe is the exception which proves the rule.
Warren Beatty-like thinking from ABC's newest reporter? As noted in several previous CyberAlerts (see August 23), ABC News is transforming George Stephanopoulos into an on-air reporter. During the Iowa straw vote weekend he appeared on several shows as ABC's only analyst of the Republican event. But a recent exchange caught by MRC analyst Jessica Anderson shows that the former Clinton enabler believes Warren Beatty's left-wing mantra about how evil corporate money triumphs doing what's right in politics. His wacky reasoning was even too much for Cokie Roberts to buy.
On the August 22
This Week host Roberts referred to an op-ed the actor wrote: "Warren
Beatty, the actor in California, has a piece in today's New York Times
where he is saying 'Why Not Now?' It's not clear what he means by 'not
now.' I guess campaign finance reform not now?"
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