Netanyahu Blamed; Bye-Bye Bryant; Bryant Gumbel Countdown Calendar: 6 Days to Go
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1. Time disqualified Benjamin Netanyahu from Man of the Year consideration for failing to move left fast enough.
2. An Associated Press story reported that Clinton's effort to balance the budget was blocked by the Republicans.
3. A journalist group gives an award for 'excellence' to Time's Jack E. White, a winner in the MRC's Worst Reporting of 1996.
4. From the Letterman show: Top Ten Things Overheard at the White House on Christmas Day.
5. Bye-Bye Bryant: An entire edition of Notable Quotables dedicated to the bountiful babylon of biased bombast.
the top of the Time magazine Man of the Year special that CNN ran Monday
night (December 23) at 10pm ET the Time editors who picked the AIDS
researcher explained why some others were not chosen. As transcribed by
MRC analyst Steve Kaminski, our news division Officer in Charge this past
week, here's what Time Deputy Managing Editor James Kelly asserted:
This very week Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to follow the peace treaty and turn over another town, Hebron, to the Palestinians. Meanwhile, as Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe's conservative columnist pointed out December 26, the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to violate the Oslo Accords. On December 11 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fired into a car and killed a Jewish mother and her 12-year-old son. Yasir Arafat refuses to let Israel prosecute the gunmen despite, as Jacoby noted, "the explicit mandate of the Oslo Accords which...obligates the Palestinian Authority to arrest and extradite criminal suspects. (Israel has made 27 extradition requests since the accords were signed. The Palestinian Authority has denied them all.)"
The accords also demanded that the PLO eliminate from its charter the plank calling for the extermination of Israel. The PLO has yet to comply. Sounds like it's Arafat who needs to "grow in the job and become a peacemaker."
Under the headline "Clinton Budget to Offer Tax Relief: Proposal
Would Avoid Trims in Social Security Increases," the December 25
Boston Globe ran a piece from Martin Crutsinger of the Associated Press.
In the eighth paragraph the AP Washington bureau staffer wrote:
Gee, now that's why Clinton refused to sign the budget resolutions. He wanted to balance the budget and those nasty Republicans wouldn't let him.
In the December 23 Time magazine President Bruce Hallett reported in his
To Our Readers box: "Last month the New York Association of Black
Journalists honored us with four awards." Among the winners:
"National correspondent Jack E. White for the second consecutive year
received two prizes: one for 'overall excellence in writing and
reporting,' the other for his column, Dividing Line."
Well, let's go
the Best Notable Quotables of 1996: The Ninth Annual Awards for the Year's
Worst Reporting and see for what quote White won the Timothy McVeigh Award
(for blaming conservatives for violence).
White should know a lot about "nonsense."
From the December 26 Late Show with David Letterman, the "Top Ten
Things Overheard at the White House on Christmas Day."
10. "Hey, Gore -- more gravy at table 3!"
9. "Come to the window, Bill. The carolers are singing the McDonald's jingle"
8. "Doesn't Stephanopoulos make a cute little elf?"
7. "Call 911! The President's got a gingerbread house lodged in his throat"
6. "It's my two favorite reindeer, Prancer and Lap Dancer"
5. "Keep Ted Kennedy away from the ornaments -- after a couple of martinis, he thinks they're candy"
4. "What a thoughtful gift -- you had all my subpoenas framed!"
3. "Daddy, I know it's you behind that beard -- you're too fat to be Santa"
2. "I can tell the President didn't get what he wanted because Hillary's still here"
1. "Bring on the Yuletide hookers!"
Numbers 6 and 2
are my favorites. Unless, to paraphrase Dan Rather, news breaks out and
I'm forced to break in, this will be the last CyberAlert of 1996, so I
wish you all a Happy New Year.
-- Brent Baker
5) By my count Bryant Gumbel has co-hosted Today just seven mornings in December, but I assume he'll be back most of the December 30-January 3 week, his last. USA Today "Inside TV" columnist Peter Johnson reported December 23 that CBS and ABC and are fighting to land Gumbel: "ABC News is considered the front-runner, but ABC News chief Roone Arledge says not to count out NBC, which he predicts will make 'a major move to keep him.' Gumbel 'is terrific. Anybody would love to have him.'" Anybody, that is, interested in promoting liberals and denigrating conservatives.
Below is the December 30 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media. This week: A special good-bye salute to Bryant Gumbel, our bountiful Babylon of biased bombast.
December 30, 1996 (Vol. Nine; No. 27)
BYE-BYE BRYANT: Gumbel's Years of Liberal Advocacy
Editor's Note: January 3 will be Bryant Gumbel's last day after 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today. Here are highlights from 1989 through 1996.
looked at the past eight years and seen this administration retreat from
civil rights, retreat from affirmative action, make South Africa no
priority, continue to see a greater disparity economically between blacks
and whites, foster a spirit of racism that hasn't been seen in 20-plus
a result of the policies and priorities of the Reagan administration, more
people are becoming poor and staying poor in this country than at any time
since World War II."
is not going to tell you whether you're a racist or a liberal."
certain the President won't mention the T word, and yet taxes are very
much at the heart of what all our potential solutions are. How long can
both sides pretend that a hike's not needed?"
missteps, poor efforts, and setbacks brought on by the Reagan years have
made this a more sober Earth Day. The task seems larger now."
line is more tax money is going to be needed....It's a Wednesday morning,
a day when the budget picture, frankly, seems gloomier than ever. It now
seems the time has come to pay the fiddler for our costly dance of the
NBC News program Expos, looks at incidence of sexual harassment in
[federal low-income] housing....Well, I guess that's where the problem
began. Actually, it was when the budget was taken out of the affordable
housing market during the Reagan years and thus, the problem came
Thompson: "...So you can't depend on government police to do this for
you. We did find this flammable sleepwear everywhere we went."
looking for some good to come out of this. Maybe it might help in putting
race relations on the front burner after they've been subjugated so long
as a result of the Reagan years."
yet, but for at least trying to address the deficit in a more serious
fashion than anyone in 12 years, what kind of early marks do you give Bill
greedy excesses of the Reagan years, the mean income of the average
physician nearly doubled, from $88,000 to $170,000. Was that
"If I'm a
young black man in South Central L.A., where poverty is rampant and
unemployment is skyrocketing, I see that Washington's promises of a year
ago have gone unfulfilled, I see that perhaps for a second time, the
court's inability to mete out justice in a blind fashion, why shouldn't I
vent my anger?"
written that being black in America is like being a witness at your own
lynching. Why didn't your experience make you more resentful than you are
an awful lot to talk about this week, including the sexual harassment suit
against the President. Of course, in that one, it's a little tough to
figure out who's really being harassed."
aligned to a party which owes many of its victories to the so-called
religious right and other conservative extremists who are historically
insensitive to minority concerns. That doesn't bother you?"
Gingrich and his ilk, your words, 'trickle-down terrorists who base their
agenda on division, exclusion, and fear.' Do you think middle class
Americans are in need of protection from that group?"
has asked for an independent counsel to investigate charges against HUD
Secretary Henry Cisneros. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown is being
investigated. Questions have been raised about Transportation Secretary
Federico Pena. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy resigned under pressure, as
did Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. The Clinton White House seems to be
having a hard time retaining high-profile minorities particularly. Do you
think, Senator, they are being held to a higher standard in Washington
than their white predecessors?"
at a time when Republicans are looking to gut the Clean Water Act and also
the Safe Drinking Water Act. What are our options? Are we now forced to
boil water because bottled water is not an economically feasible option
for a lot of people?"
after his acquittal, we'll see how O.J. Simpson is still being treated as
if he were guilty."
appeared to be empathetic, his policies caused enormous suffering for
those who were least able to afford it."
(For more quotes from 1996, see The Best Notable Quotables of 1996: The Ninth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting. The issue can be viewed from the MRC's home page: www.mediaresearch.org.)
-- L. Brent
Bozell III, Publisher
-- Brent Baker