CBS Attaches "When Did He Know It?" Verbiage to Bush; CNN Compares Bush to Foolish Cartoon Figure; NBC's Pro-Ho Chi Minh Reporter; Jennings Highlighted Liberal Professors; NY Times Reporter Blasts SUV Owners
1) CBS's Bob Schieffer attached the scandal-implying "what did he know and when did he know it" language to President Bush in examining the congressional report about pre-9/11 intelligence failures, a politicization avoided by ABC and NBC. Dan Rather tied Bush to a cover up: "Congressional investigators revealed there were more warning signs than the Bush administration and the government in general has acknowledged."
2) Saddam Hussein sure fooled President Bush by inviting in arms inspectors, CNN's Aaron Brown suggested Tuesday night as he analogized Bush to the cartoon character "Wile E. Coyote" realizing he's standing only on air while the Road Runner, Hussein, managed to stop at the edge of the cliff.
3) NBC's anti-war, pro-communist correspondent. During an interview on Wednesday's Today about a book featuring the reminiscing of female journalists who covered the Vietnam war, Laura Palmer, who covered it for NBC News, recalled that before going to Vietnam "I went to every anti-war march in Washington. I chanted, 'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, NLF is gonna win!'"
4) Update. The history professors demanding that Congress declare war on Iraq before any military action occurs, who were highlighted on Tuesday night by ABC's Peter Jennings, definitely come from the left. The petition authors concluded a Los Angeles Times op-ed by ruing "the baleful legacy of the Cold War with its imperial presidency, suppression of dissent and a for-or-against-us mentality."
5) New York Times reporter Keith Bradsher on the owners of SUVs: "They tend to be people who are insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbors or communities."
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CBS used the release of a report released Wednesday by a joint House-Senate intelligence committee about pre-9/11 clues to the terrorist attacks to raise the "what did the President know and when did he know it?" question, a spin not forwarded by the other networks in their stories on a hearing about the report. Specifically, Bob Schieffer concluded his September 18 CBS Evening News story by asserting that "the White House has refused to declassify all information about what the President knew and when he knew it."
Dan Rather opened the broadcast by linking President Bush's name to the intelligence failures: "Congressional investigators revealed there were more warning signs than the Bush administration and the government in general has acknowledged."
The report found that warning signs not only appeared during the Bush years but had begun in 1995 with developments in 1996 and 1998, so neither ABC or NBC politicized the issue to Bush as both stuck to what the report said about the bureaucratic agencies.
Peter Jennings, for instance, opened World News Tonight: "Good evening everyone. We begin tonight with a failure of government intelligence that will likely haunt the U.S. intelligence community for many years. Today a special congressional committee released a report which describes, for the first time, just how many warnings the U.S. had before the September attacks that Osama bin Laden had plans for the United States."
Linda Douglass noted how the U.S. knew for six years that bin Laden wanted to attack with airplanes, including a 1998 discovery that the World Trade Center had been targeted and that a July of 2001 intelligence report warned al Qaeda was planning a significant attack. Douglass concluded: "Now the congressional investigators say that the intelligence agencies were simply overwhelmed with information and that it did not know if the sources of that information were credible. But many in Congress now say that there are still more questions than answers and Peter, they want a blue ribbon commission to dig deeper."
Over on the NBC Nightly News, Tom Brokaw announced: "Now to the missed signals prior to September 11th. At a congressional hearing today, previously classified terrorist threats collected by intelligence and law enforcement officials were made public for the first time. And family members of those killed testified angrily that they hold the intelligence community responsible."
Jim Miklaszewski related the "devastating indictment" by the families of the intelligence agencies as he noted: "U.S. intelligence received a starting number of warnings that terrorists might use airliners to launch suicide attacks against U.S. targets," beginning with a 1995 plot in the Philippines to fly a plane into the CIA, followed by signs in 1996 of a plan to hit the White House with a plane. In 1998, Miklaszewski pointed out, CIA Director George Tenet declared war on al Qaeda but didn't back it up with personnel so that in September of 2001 only one analyst was looking at al Qaeda. Miklaszewski concluded:
CBS, however, decided to politicize the matter by repeatedly mentioning the current administration while never once citing the previous one by name.
Rather opened the CBS Evening News: "Good evening. The debate will go on for years. Could anyone have prevented the September 11th attack on America? Today Congress opened its first public hearings on the massive failure of the FBI and other U.S. intelligence operations to anticipate and possibly warn the American public about the terrorist attacks, specifically the 9/11 mass murders. Congressional investigators revealed there were more warning signs than the Bush administration and the government in general has acknowledged. And, in emotional testimony, families of the victims said no one in the government did nearly enough to alert the public about known dangers. CBS's Bob Schieffer was at the hearing."
Schieffer began his piece, as taken down by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth: "Speaking for those who lost loved ones on 9/11, Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband died at Ground Zero, told the committee she questions whether the government took the precautions it should have before the attack."
After a brief clip of her, Schieffer focused on how she mocked a Bush official, a shot neither ABC or NBC found so newsworthy: "Urging the committee to find out exactly who knew what, she recalled what White House officials were saying just months ago."
The media, which want to know how all the pre 9/11 clues did not lead to preventative action, are now demanding the Bush team provide absolute proof of Saddam Hussein's threat before it takes any action against him.
Saddam Hussein sure fooled President Bush by inviting in arms inspectors, CNN's Aaron Brown suggested Tuesday night as he analogized Bush to the cartoon character "Wile E. Coyote" realizing he's standing only on air while the Road Runner, Hussein, managed to stop at the edge of the cliff.
Brown, MRC analyst Ken Shepherd noticed, offered the analogy in introducing a September 17 NewsNight story by Richard Roth on Iraq's offer to allow weapons inspections:
NBC's anti-war, pro-communist correspondent. During an interview on Wednesday's Today about a book featuring the reminiscing of female journalists who covered the Vietnam war, Laura Palmer, who covered it for NBC News, recalled that before going to Vietnam "I went to every anti-war march in Washington. I chanted, 'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, NLF is gonna win!' And two months later there I was."
Palmer explained: "No I never intended to go to Vietnam. I was hitchhiking illegally on the interstate and I was picked up by a doctor and we fell in love. And two months after graduating from college we went to Vietnam. I had been very much involved with the anti-war movement. I never expected to go to Vietnam. I protested the war. I went to every anti-war march in Washington. I chanted, 'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh,
NLF is gonna win!' And two months later there I was. I went to Vietnam with the answers and when I left I was proud simply to be able to understand the questions."
Today has posted an excerpt from the book:
Update. The history professors demanding that Congress declare war on Iraq before any military action occurs, who were highlighted on Tuesday night by ABC's Peter Jennings, definitely come from the left, an op-ed by the petition's authors revealed.
As noted in the September 18 CyberAlert, on the September 17 World News Tonight Jennings showcased a complaint from some history professors. Jennings announced:
In the September 18 CyberAlert I noted that I couldn't find any other story about the petitions. I've since learned that Tuesday's Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by the authors of the petition, two UCLA history professors. Its conclusion provides a strong hint as to the political agenda behind it:
"War Issue Imperils Constitution" read the September 17 Los Angeles Times headline over the piece by Joyce Appleby and Ellen Carol Dubois. The paper described the petition effort: "Joyce Appleby and Ellen Carol DuBois, history professors at UCLA, have circulated the American Historians' Petition, now with more than 1,200 signatures, urging Congress to assume its constitutional r"
To the read the op-ed: CLICK HERE
Attention SUV drivers, check out how a New York Times reporter characterized you, that is if you aren't too "insecure and vain" to handle it. In his new book, High and Mighty: SUVs, the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way," Keith Bradsher charged:
A book review by Tom Walsh, on the Detroit Free Press's auto.com Web site, recounted the vitriol featured in the book released this week which was written by Bradsher, now the New York Times reporter in Hong Kong, who until last year had been the paper's Detroit correspondent.
Though Bradsher repeatedly denounces SUVs "menacing," Walsh pointed out that "Bradsher faces a daunting task to convince the public that SUVs are a huge menace to society, when in fact, the overall rate of U.S. highway deaths has dropped by 50 percent since the mid-1980s, even as sales of SUVs jumped by 600 percent."
Rush Limbaugh listeners on Tuesday may have heard Limbaugh talking about the book and Walsh's review of it. In his "Best of the Web" column for Opinion Journal.com on Wednesday (www.opinionjournal.com/best ), James Taranto provided a link to Walsh's review. An excerpt from the September 17 posting by the Detroit Free Press columnist:
Detroit's top auto executives, plus legions of Explorer, Grand Cherokee, Durango, Navigator and Tahoe owners, will be squirming -- and probably fuming -- over publication today of a provocative book, "High and Mighty: SUVs, the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way."
This book assaults sport-utility vehicles with a gusto recalling Ralph Nader's 1965 broadside against the Corvair in "Unsafe at Any Speed."
Written by New York Times correspondent Keith Bradsher, "High and Mighty" (Public Affairs, $28) bashes auto companies, auto buyers, the government and even Sierra Club tree huggers for the sport-utility vehicle craze that Bradsher claims is killing thousands of people and wrecking the environment.
Do you drive an SUV?
If so, don't read the next quote with food in your mouth. Here's what Bradsher writes about SUV buyers:
"They tend to be people who are insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbors or communities."
Bradsher's favorite word to describe SUVs is "menacing," which he uses nine times in one five-page passage discussing the kill-or-be-killed psychology of SUV drivers....
Bradsher was Detroit bureau chief for the Times from 1996 to 2001; he now runs the paper's Hong Kong bureau....
"We're only at the beginning of the SUV problem," Bradsher told me from Hong Kong in a phone interview Monday, predicting that deaths and injuries will multiply as older-model used SUVs are purchased and driven by teenagers.
In the book's introduction, Bradsher spells out his premise, branding SUVs as gas guzzlers that "roll over too easily, killing and injuring occupants at an alarming rate, and are dangerous to other road users, inflicting catastrophic damage to cars that they hit and posing a lethal threat to pedestrians."...
Bradsher's book is a full-tilt polemic, in the vein of Nader's "Unsafe at Any Speed," to which it will inevitably be compared. It takes a provocative point of view and argues it passionately.
Is it persuasive? Sometimes. There's little question that SUVs are more prone to roll over than most cars and vans. And the safety implications of design incompatibility -- big vehicles with high bumpers smashing into low-riding cars -- should be debated and studied.
That said, Bradsher faces a daunting task to convince the public that SUVs are a huge menace to society, when in fact, the overall rate of U.S. highway deaths has dropped by 50 percent since the mid-1980s, even as sales of SUVs jumped by 600 percent.
And Bradsher, in his zeal to demonize the SUV, may turn off even his most supportive audiences by insulting them....
And he even jabs environmentalists, the most likely support group for "High and Mighty," charging that they've been slow to criticize SUVs. "Mechanical engineering has appealed less to environmentalists than paddling around among endangered whales and coral reefs, or planting trees in deforested regions of the Himalayas," he writes....
END of Excerpt
For Walsh's review in full:
To see the book's cover, and/or so you SUV owners can buy a copy to learn how awful you are: CLICK HERE
I am an SUV owner, but since I'm not married and have no children, I guess I'm not quite as dreadful a person as are all you married parents who drive SUVs.
On the up side, being so "self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in" your "neighbors or communities," leaves you more time to read CyberAlerts. -- Brent Baker