CyberAlert -- 11/02/1999 -- Clinton's Buddy Bryant Gumbel; CBS Pushed Bush Drug Question
Clinton's Buddy Bryant Gumbel; CBS Pushed Bush Drug Question
Correction: The November 1 CyberAlert inaccurately carried a volume number of three. This year is volume four for CyberAlerts.
A new network venue in the morning, but the same old liberal Bryant Gumbel tossing in his personal views. It didn't take long for Gumbel to abandon professionalism and expose his opinions to viewers of The Early Show on CBS. On Monday's debut show he castigated the conservative views of actor Mel Gibson, complaining: "He's said some pretty outrageous things over the years and nobody seems to ever call him on it." This morning he regretted the failure of gun control. And on Monday he tossed softballs to Bill Clinton, following up only to press the President about George W. Bush and cocaine, and ending by inviting Clinton to play golf with him.
Tuesday morning, co-host Jane Clayson handled a live interview with George W. Bush and followed up on Gumbel's concern by asking Bush about cocaine charges that are "dogging" him.
-- In the 8:30
half hour of the November 1 show CBS played a taped interview by Mark
McEwen with Mel Gibson on the set in South Carolina of his upcoming movie,
The Patriot. MRC analyst Brian Boyd noticed that McEwen told Gibson:
"You live in Hollywood, work in Hollywood -- liberal town. Some of
your views aren't as liberal as that town. You're anti-abortion,
pro-capital punishment, do you ever feel like you're howling in a
After the tape
ended Gumbel told McEwen: "I was glad to see you ask him about it,
because he's said some pretty outrageous things over the years and nobody
seems to ever call him on it. They kind of think oh that's cute, he's a
movie star. But some of the stuff he's said is..."
Director Liz Swasey used Nexis to discover what homeless quote so upset
Gumbel. A "people in the news" type column in the Arizona
Republic back on August 27, 1998 relayed:
Lesson here: Gumbel doesn't like any jokes that make fun of his liberal causes.
-- Responding to
Gumbel's Tuesday question about congressional failure to pass
"something" in the wake of "the juvenile bloodshed we've
seen over the past year," CBS reporter Diana Olick answered from
Capitol Hill: "Well, believe it or not, they actually rank gun
control pretty low on the scale. Americans really are much more interested
in education, health care and Social Security."
-- Other than one reference to how polls show Clinton would be a liability on the campaign trail to Al Gore, in Gumbel's interview with Bill Clinton taped Sunday and shown Monday, Gumbel tossed a series of softballs and failed to follow-up when Clinton claimed credit for just about everything good in the world.
The Gumbel interview occurred just days after it was revealed that John Huang testified about how James Riady had told Clinton about raising money for him and that then-White House aide Harold Ickes had asked Huang to raise money for a Democratic congressional candidate, something that's illegal for a federal official. (See the October 29 CyberAlert for details.) And no reporter has yet asked Clinton about the late September testimony from four FBI agents that their probe of 1996 Clinton and Democratic fundraising was thwarted. Gumbel raised neither issue with Clinton.
Gumbel opened with a couple questions about the plane crash and Oslo summit, including: "Is it easier for you to feel a degree of optimism because it's Barak involved right now instead of Netanyahu?"
Here are the other
questions/set up lines Gumbel offered:
No follow up to that, such as suggesting maybe some will remember him for scandals, Lewinsky or impeachment. Instead, CBS went to an ad break.
CBS resumed the
tape replay in the 7:30am half hour:
maintains that Bill Clinton used cocaine, see the August 20 CyberAlert for
her recollections as made on FNC's Hannity & Colmes, but Gumbel didn't
broach that. Instead he asked about George W. Bush:
> Gumbel ended
by sharing a laugh with Clinton: "Final note. If my research is
correct you sign papers next week, final papers, on the house in
Chappaqua. Do you happen to know what's the closest golf course to your
house in Chappaqua?"
+++ Watch this last exchange about cocaine and Gumbel and Clinton sharing a laugh about cocaine. Tuesday morning the MRC's Eric Pairel will post a RealPlayer clip. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
This morning, Tuesday, Jane Clayson bizarrely asked Bush, as if it's his fault: "Hasn't your ability to raise so much money shut out other candidates in the raise, other candidates with good ideas before they ever have a chance to have people hear what they have to say?"
Clayson later raised the drug issue, fulfilling her premise that it's "dogged" him during the campaign: "How do you make this question go away Governor or at least answer the question and resolve this once and for all?"
Create a media that apply the same standard to both sides.
originality, Clayson next posed to Bush the same question in reverse that
Gumbel had put to Clinton: "Some people call you, Governor, the GOP's
version of Bill Clinton. Is that flattering to you or offensive to
To Gumbel's question Clinton endorsed the analogy: "It's certainly not offensive. I think he's got -- he's a very accomplished political leader and he's got good instincts for where the political center is."
Share your views
about Clinton. MRC Communications Director Liz Swasey reports The Early
Show Bulletin Board is running about three-to-one against Gumbel. Just
click on the Bulletin Board on The Early Show Web page:
Monday night none of the broadcast network evening shows found any political news worth reporting other than a brief note about George W. Bush's accident while jogging. Both FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume and CNN's Inside Politics ran stories on the controversy over the revelation in Time magazine that Al Gore has been paying feminist Naomi Wolf $15,000 a month to offer him advice.
ABC, CBS and NBC all featured profiles of the late Walter Payton and all led with multiple stories on the EgyptAir plane crash. NBC Nightly News devoted over half its newscast to the topic, including an exploration of the possibility of terrorism or the involvement of Bin Laden. NBC added a full story on the launch by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines of a "mega-ship," the largest cruise ship ever built.
ABC's World News Tonight ran a piece on a proposition on the ballot in San Francisco which would bar banks from charging non-customers for using their ATM machines and in introducing a two-part "A Closer Look" segment Peter Jennings asked: "Has high school outlived its value?"
CBS Evening News
anchor Dan Rather delivered a one-sided and imbalanced panic piece about
impending doom in the next century from global warming. Focusing on the
small fishing community on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay which is
growing smaller through soil erosion and rising water, Rather warned:
Rather proceeded to pass along the usual forecasts of more intense hurricanes, more floods and more heat waves, concluding: "If global warming seems unlikely and remote to you, it doesn't to Jennings Evans. He wonders if his will be the last of ten generations to live out their lives on Smith Island."
As usual, Rather didn't bother with less ominous views from scientists who don't believe the liberal global warming theory.
The Cato Institute's Patrick Michaels, for
instance, has just finished a new book titled, Sound and Fury: The Science
and Politics of Global Warming. Here's how it is described on the cato.org
That's an angle you'll never see on the CBS Evening News.
Fearful of reality. Last week the New York Times was willing to run a full quote describing what happens in a partial-birth abortion, but not the Washington Post, and the week before while ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC refused to describe what happens in what they dubbed a "late-term abortion," FNC offered a rare, full description.
-- In their October 28 Washington Bulletin e-mail report for National Review (http://www.nationalreview.com), John J. Miller and Ramesh Ponnuru observed a contrast in two October 27 newspaper stories:
Here's how Jo Thomas of the New York Times transcribed the same statement: Johnson expected "that the Supreme Court will rule, perhaps next year, on whether Roe v. Wade covers pulling most of a living baby feet-first outside of the womb, puncturing her skull, and removing her brain."
Somehow the Post managed to chop off that nasty bit about skulls and brains. Are the sensibilities of its readers too delicate to handle this description, which, frankly, could have been much more graphic than it was? Or does the Post resort to partial truth when it comes to partial birth?
END Reprint of NR item
-- While the
broadcast networks and CNN danced around what occurs in a partial-birth
abortion, even distancing themselves from the term, FNC uniquely offered
an accurate description. On the October 21 CBS Evening News anchor Dan
That same night,
MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth noticed, FNC viewers heard this from Fox Report
anchor Shepard Smith:
Not the kind of disturbing details the other networks want to stress. -- Brent Baker
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