Streisand: Wellstone Crash "No Accident"
3. Debut of Liberal NBC Producer's "Journeys with George"
4. CyberAlert's "Media Pundit Prognostications" Scorecard
5. Election Night Network Television Expectations
A Hans Blix "Top Ten"
Clarification: The October 31 CyberAlert reported how after Dan Rather noted that the Wellstone memorial service "was made into a partisan Democratic rally," Rather added, as if it deserved equal condemnation, "and the Republican candidate poses for interviews in front of a plane like the one in which the Senator died." An update in the November 1 CyberAlert observed that "it turns out that Coleman did that in order to accommodate NBC's Today on Wednesday morning, Hotline revealed."
My MRC colleague Liz Swasey alerted me to this exchange from near the top of the November 4 Donahue:
Matthews was interviewed by Donahue live at MSNBC's New Jersey studios from which, I'd guess, Matthews will anchor MSNBC's election night coverage -- which would explain why the Maryland resident cast an absentee ballot in advance.
Meanwhile, Streisand's Web site urges her fans to vote, warning: "If the Republicans end up with control of the presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the federal courts, there will not be any check on the power of the right wing. The result would be devastating for reproductive choice, the environment, civil liberties, Social Security and health care, as well as corporate accountability." In short, she contended, "Republicans are about protecting the corporations while Democrats are about protecting people."
An excerpt from the November 4 New York Post "Page Six" item, by Richard Johnson with Paula Froelich and Chris Wilson, which Brit Hume highlighted on his FNC show:
She's quoted bogus Shakespearean passages, misspelled the name of Rep. Dick Gephardt, and issued a position paper identifying Saddam Hussein as the "president of Iran." Now liberal activist Barbra Streisand is privately saying that Sen. Paul Wellstone's plane crash was "no accident."
"I was shocked but, knowing a bit about her, not surprised by her statement," a witness told The Post's Braden Keil. "She said there's more to this than meets the eye."...
Streisand expressed her paranoid conspiracy theory to an audience of interior designers bidding on the chance to decorate a planned addition to her Malibu estate.
The singer, who recently sold her triplex on Central Park West for half of what she originally asked three years ago, gave up looking for another apartment in New York and is sending her furniture out west, where she is building a separate building to house the antique items....
In a letter to the five candidates bidding for the job, she tells the prospects she won't have time to discuss anything until after the election.
"She then says they better be voting Democratic and goes into a long political missive about reproductive choice, the Supreme Court, the environment and the power of the right wing," adds the source.
Babs' Web site -- which hawks everything from soup mugs to golf balls -- consists largely of her political statements, with a big section defending her screw-ups.
Last year, her site urged fans to be more energy-efficient even while she criss-crossed the country on fossil fuel-sucking private jets, roamed the roads in gas-guzzling limos and SUVs, and vacationed on big power boats.
Streisand also urged her fellow Americans to set air conditioners at 78 degrees. One source told Keil that Babs kept the 16 rooms in her unoccupied Central Park West triplex as cold as a meat locker.
And don't forget the time Streisand urged everyone to conserve energy by hanging laundry outside on lines, rather than use electric clothes dryers. But when asked if Streisand herself was using a backyard clothesline, her spokesman said: "She never meant that it necessarily applied to her."
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The item is online in full at: http://www.nypost.com/gossip/pagesix.htm
Streisand's Web site calls on her fans to vote Democratic as she warned of disaster if Republicans win. An excerpt:
There has never been a more important time to get out the vote. If the Republicans end up with control of the presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the federal courts, there will not be any check on the power of the right wing. The result would be devastating for reproductive choice, the environment, civil liberties, Social Security and health care, as well as corporate accountability.
Furthermore, as I've said before, there are three reasons to vote for Democrats: the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court. In fact, it is likely that two Supreme Court appointments will be made in the next two years. Without a Democratic Congress to seriously investigate and carefully consider the president's appointments, we may end up with the most right wing court in our nation's history, a court that may very well dismantle the rights and protections that we depend on... and will impact the country for decades to come. And remember, this was a president who was selected by the Supreme Court rather than the people.
The current administration and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has shown us that there is indeed a very real difference between the Republican and Democratic parties: Republicans are about protecting the corporations while Democrats are about protecting people....
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For the page with that message, which links to lists of the Senate and House candidates she has endorsed: http://www.barbrastreisand.com/news_statements.html#endors
Just over a month ago Streisand headlined a Los Angeles event to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The October 1 CyberAlert recounted: With celebrities from Christian Slater to Julie Louis-Dreyfus looking on, Barbra Streisand headlined a $6 million Democratic fundraiser Sunday night. Streisand sang a parody of The Way We Were: "Next Election Day I Pray/That the Country Will Deliver/A House Without Tom Delay!/We Need a Team Change/A Definite Regime Change/Oh, That Would Be a Dream Change/From the Way We Are." She also charged that Republican control of the House has resulted in: "Poison in the water, salmonella in the food, carbon dioxide in the air and toxic waste in the ground."
For the list of celebrities who attended or donated, the complete lyrics to her modified version of The Way We Were ("As long as Democrats were the majority/I could sleep nights/Not weep nights") and a RealPlayer clip from FNC of her singing it, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2002/cyb20021001.asp#1
Want to get a little even with Streisand? You can submit your suggested entries to this week's Late Show online "Top Ten" contest: "Top Ten Signs Barbra Streisand Has Gone Nuts."
To submit your ideas for entries on the list: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/contest/
Those who come up with one of the ten suggestions picked by the Late Show Web staff will win a Late Show T-shirt -- and the satisfaction of saying something derogatory about Streisand. The winning list will not be on the Late Show on TV, just on the Late Show Web page, but I'll be sure to relay it in CyberAlert next week.
"Journeys with George," the documentary of George W. Bush on his campaign bus and plane made by NBC News producer Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of liberal House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi, will debut at 9:30pm EST/PST Tuesday night on HBO.
The film, which Pelosi made with a video camera while she was assigned to the Bush campaign for 18 months as NBC's only staffer covering him full time, is supposed to be pretty entertaining from what I've heard and the White House and other Bush friends have come around to the view that it helps Bush since it makes him seem to be a regular guy -- at least that's their spin now that the film is about to go public.
Pelosi isn't hiding her left-wing political leanings or the negative view she had of Bush before meeting him. HBO's Web page for the film describes her as a "left coast liberal." On CNN's NewsNight on Monday night, Pelosi conceded: "I was indoctrinated in the Democratic Party, so I came into this with a really sort of not the best impression of George Bush going into it and in the end I found him to be still really a decent guy."
But probably no more respect for his conservative policy positions.
A story in the October 1 Washington Post suggested Pelosi both expressed and repressed her liberal predilections:
The Post story added that the HBO executive who bought the film assumed Bush "was an ogre." The story, which was unbylined because of a byline strike at the time, relayed: "Sheila Nevins, HBO's executive vice president of original programming, is a liberal Democrat but said she found Pelosi's Bush to be charming. 'I had thought he was an ogre,' she said. 'I didn't know he was so quick on the uptake.'"
For the HBO page about the film, with a promo for it in RealPlayer and QuickTime formats: http://www.hbo.com/americaundercover/journeys/
It will debut on Tuesday night, November 5, at 9:30pm EST on HBO East, 9:30pm PST on HBO West and will re-run on Thursday night at 11:30pm EST on HBO2 East, 11:30pm PST on HBO2 West.
For a complete rundown of all show times during November:
CyberAlert's third bi-annual "Media Pundit Prognostications" scorecard, a rundown of predictions for Senate and gubernatorial races as espoused by members of the media, not political operatives, on television shows over the past few days.
The predictions were collected by MRC analysts Geoffrey Dickens, Patrick Gregory and Brad Wilmouth and then I spent a good 90 minutes combining the forecasts into race-by-race lists of who predicted who to win.
Those who made the predictions and on what shows:
-- McLaughlin Group from the past weekend: Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, Michael Barone of U.S. News, Washington Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley and host John McLaughlin.
-- CNN's Capital Gang, November 2: Columnist Robert Novak, columnist Mark Shields, Time reporter/columnist Margaret Carlson, Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt and USA Today reporter Susan Page.
-- NBC's Meet the Press, November 3: Washington Post reporter/columnist David Broder, Los Angeles Times reporter Ron Brownstein and NBC News reporter Lisa Myers.
-- FNC's Beltway Boys, November 2: The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes and Roll Call's Morton Kondracke.
-- Fox News Sunday, November 3: NPR's Juan Williams (only one who made solid predictions)
-- MSNBC's Nachman, November 4: Newsweek reporter and NBC News analyst Jonathan Alter.
-- MSNBC's Donahue, November 4: MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
Below I've collated predictions by candidate so you can most easily see who picked each candidate. Each show did different races and not all on each show made predictions for every race, thus you'll see different sets of names for each race. Below this list is a rundown of overall forecasts for party change in the Senate.
Now, some overall shift predictions:
A caveat, with all the back-and-forth on these shows and the hedging, combined with all my cutting and pasting, it is possible that I've jumbled some predictions, though I think I've done a pretty thorough job. But please, no wagering based on these predictions.
-- See a still shot of the upside down torch on a fake Statue of Liberty. As reported in the November 4 CyberAlert, on Friday's World News Tonight ABC's Peter Jennings showed video of how two Palestinians, whom he described as "artists," had created a mock up of the Statue of Liberty with the torch pointed downward in order to "symbolize," Jennings helpfully explained, "how the U.S. was inverting its own values by supporting Israel."
The MRC's Mez Djouadi has posted a still shot of what ABC showed. To see it, refer to the November 4
-- Tonight, ABC, CBS and NBC plan to air an hour of election coverage during the last hour of prime time in the EST, CST and PST time zones (10pm EST/9pm CST, then 10pm PST), plus ABC will have an hour-long Nightline. Cable news channels CNN, CNBC, FNC and MSNBC plan coverage all night, going until at least 2am EST.
10. You notice little shampoo bottles from the Baghdad Hilton
9. She comes home reeking of Swedish meatballs
8. Parakeet's cage is lined with documents on Iraq's nuclear weapons program
7. Hears about Hans Blix meeting with Condoleezza Rice, she mutters, "bitch."
6. She has "U.N.-approved" tattooed on her ass
5. Always gets her hair done whenever the General Assembly is in session
4. It's a good bet, considering she had affairs with every other Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector.
3. She complains about your unilateral decisions when renting a movie
2. She's on the phone: From the next room you hear the words "...threesome..." and "...Kofi Annan..."
1. Your kids look sort of Blixy -- Brent Baker