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Ruling a 'Big...Stinging' Defeat, Prove 'Embarrassing' for Bush --6/13/2008


1. Ruling a 'Big...Stinging' Defeat, Prove 'Embarrassing' for Bush
The broadcast network evening newscasts gave as much emphasis Thursday night to the biting dissent as the majority opinion in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on behalf of the Guantanamo detainees, but told the story through the prism of the Bush administration getting rebuked by the decision characterized as "historic" and "landmark" -- with ABC's Martha Raddatz ominously warning "it could be very embarrassing for the administration." CBS avoided any label for the majority while tagging the dissenters as "conservative" and only NBC noted how some of those already released have committed atrocities. "The Supreme Court, for the third time, has slammed the Bush administration for its handling of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay," CBS anchor Katie Couric announced. Wyatt Andrews asserted "the ruling essentially tells the Bush administration no more halfway justice at Guantanamo" as he segued to a soundbite from a representative of a left-wing group by relaying how "lawyers for the detainees called it a victory for America's reputation around the world."

2. Cafferty Scolds House Democrats for Not Pushing to Impeach Bush
Six months after he chastised Congress for not following George McGovern's advice to impeach President Bush, CNN's Jack Cafferty on Thursday scolded House Democrats for disposing of the latest impeachment effort by the far-left Dennis Kucinich (earlier NB post on Cafferty's blog entry). Fretting that "the House of Representatives voted to send an impeachment resolution against President Bush to a committee where it will die," Cafferty used his "Cafferty File" segment during the 4 PM EST hour of The Situation Room to lecture: "Congress continues to refuse to exercise its constitutional responsibility, which is oversight of the executive branch of our government. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago said impeachment is off the table. This is a joke. We have a President who has abused the power of his office over and over and over again. It's what got the Democrats elected to the majority in Congress in 2006. The Democrats, no doubt, are worried what it will look like to many voters if they spend their time on impeachment. To hell with what's right or wrong."

3. Bob Novak: Media's Obama Love Exceeds Their 1960 Love for JFK
Longtime reporter and columnist Robert Novak appeared on FNC's O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday and agreed with host Bill O'Reilly that media bias may not help Barack Obama that much. But that doesn't mean it isn't biased. Novak declared: "I've been covering presidential campaigns since 1960. I have always said I have never seen the media as much entranced by a candidate than when they were in my very first campaign, in 1960, when they were for JFK. But I'm telling you right now, the enchantment with Obama beats the JFK syndrome." Novak reaffirmed: "It is just such a feel-good atmosphere of my colleagues, my senior colleagues, people I've known for years. And I get it from some of the young people, too. They just feel this is such a wonderful thing, in the first place to have an African-American candidate, nominee, but also one that makes them feel so wonderful."

4. ABC's GMA Touts Sci-Fi Future of Death, Doom and Fire
To promote a new climate change special airing this fall, Thursday's Good Morning America hyped terrifying future predictions of "more floods, more droughts, more wildfires" and, bizarrely, invited viewers to somehow morph into prophets and "report back" about what life is like in the year 2100. Featuring a slate of global warming alarmists, reporter Bob Woodruff previewed "Earth 2100" and touted the show as "a countdown through the next century" that "shows what scientists say might very well happen if we do not change our current path." An online version of this story hyperventilated, "Are we living in the last century of our civilization?" However, the oddest concept of this upcoming special includes a interactive online game that Woodruff claimed "puts participants in the future and asks them to report back about what it is like to live in this future world." At one point, Woodruff played a few examples of these "reports." In one, a teenager laments: "It's June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99." Another video features a second teenager who admits he's "scared [profanity bleeped] right now."

5. You Read It Here First: FNC Picks Up Williams, Brokaw/Letterman
You read it here first -- or second. On Tuesday night, FNC's Brit Hume and Bill O'Reilly picked up statements reported Monday night on the MRC's NewsBusters blog and Tuesday morning in CyberAlert. O'Reilly set up his O'Reilly Factor "Top Story" segment by running two clips, starting with David Letterman trashing President Bush on Monday night: "Even I am perceiving now that things are horrible in ways they shouldn't be horrible. Now, we're not going to impeach the guy. Could we get our money back?" Then O'Reilly played this from NBC anchor Brian Williams' commencement address on Sunday at Ohio State, a quote the DrudgeReport had highlighted in linking to the NewsBusters posting on it: "I come here today with a request for the Class of '08: We need you to fix the country." Earlier in the evening Tuesday, June 10, Brit Hume read this item during his "Grapevine" segment: "Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw chided Late Show host David Letterman, Monday, for his claims that the nation is in a horrible state because of President Bush...."


Ruling a 'Big...Stinging' Defeat, Prove
'Embarrassing' for Bush

The broadcast network evening newscasts gave as much emphasis Thursday night to the biting dissent as the majority opinion in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on behalf of the Guantanamo detainees, but told the story through the prism of the Bush administration getting rebuked by the decision characterized as "historic" and "landmark" -- with ABC's Martha Raddatz ominously warning "it could be very embarrassing for the administration." CBS avoided any label for the majority while tagging the dissenters as "conservative" and only NBC noted how some of those already released have committed atrocities.

"The Supreme Court, for the third time, has slammed the Bush administration for its handling of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay," CBS anchor Katie Couric announced. Wyatt Andrews asserted "the ruling essentially tells the Bush administration no more halfway justice at Guantanamo" as he segued to a soundbite from a representative of a left-wing group by relaying how "lawyers for the detainees called it a victory for America's reputation around the world." Andrews, who applied no liberal labels, said the "ruling was bitterly rebuked by the court's conservatives."

From Kabul, NBC's Brian Williams teased "a big defeat for the Bush administration," though he later uniquely portrayed the "landmark ruling" as "victory" for the detainees, before Pete Williams tagged both sides, citing "the court's five more liberal members" and "the four conservative dissenters." ABC anchor Charles Gibson reported that the court "today handed the Bush administration a stinging defeat." Jan Crawford Greenburg applied the most accurate labeling, referring to how "moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision with the four liberal justices" while "conservative Justice Antonin Scalia read a sharp, almost personal dissent."

Asked by Gibson how the Bush administration will proceed, Raddatz raised the possibility secrets will be revealed that "could be very embarrassing" for the administration: "It really removes the vail of secrecy. And it could be very embarrassing for the administration. We don't know what these people did. We don't know what they're charged with. We don't know how serious the charges are against many of them."

[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Thursday night on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

Transcripts of the Thursday, June 12 CBS, NBC and ABC evening newscast stories on the 5-4 SCOTUS ruling:

# CBS Evening News:

KATIE COURIC: Now to Washington where the Supreme Court, for the third time, has slammed the Bush administration for its handling of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Wyatt Andrews reports federal courts could see a flood of detainee cases as a result of the latest high court decision.

WYATT ANDREWS: The ruling essentially tells the Bush administration no more halfway justice at Guantanamo, that the detainees there, according to Justice Anthony Kennedy, "have the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus." That simple statement gives the 270 detainees the right to challenge their detentions, not at a military tribunal, but in front of a U.S. judge.
GITANJALI GUTIERREZ, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: This is an excellent day for the rule of law.
ANDREWS: Lawyers for the detainees called it a victory for America's reputation around the world.
GUTIERREZ: And it's the beginning of restoring what this country has been known for throughout the world as upholding: values of fairness-
ANDREWS: But the 5 to 4 ruling was bitterly rebuked by the court's conservatives, with Justice Antonin Scalia saying that for the first time "the court confers a constitutional right on alien enemies detained abroad in the course of an ongoing war." Scalia pointedly said the ruling "will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed."
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: It is a dangerous decision.
ANDREWS: Dangerous, says Senator Lindsey Graham, because in the middle of a war, military officers could be dragged into federal court.
GRAHAM: Never in the history of warfare have we allowed enemy prisoners to go to a federal court and sue our own troops to be released.
ANDREWS: So what happens now? At least 200 detainees will likely apply for release here in U.S. District Court in Washington, but it won't happen quickly, and no immediate releases are expected.
One big wild card here is what happens to the 80 trials that the military still wants to hold down in Guantanamo? The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: that probably will not be impacted, but others, Katie, will almost certainly be reviewed.


# NBC Nightly News:

BRIAN WILLIAMS, IN KABUL, WITH "HISTORIC RULING" ON SCREEN: Now to a big decision out of Washington today at the U.S. Supreme Court that has a direct connection to the Bush administration's fight against terrorism going on right here. The vast majority of people locked up by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay without trials have been picked up here in Afghanistan or across the border in Pakistan. Today, a landmark ruling from the court that's a victory for them. Our justice correspondent, Pete Williams, is standing by at the Supreme Court tonight with that. Pete, good evening.

PETE WILLIAMS: Brian, this ruling means that 270 or so detainees now get the constitutional right to have their lawyers come before federal judges here in Washington and argue this: You've got the wrong guy. For the first time in history, the Supreme Court ruled that constitutional rights apply even outside the U.S. to foreign citizens held by the American military. Writing for the court's five more liberal members, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, the "Constitution designed to remain in force in extraordinary times," including the "right to be free from arbitrary and unlawful restraint," something many of the detainees have been without for as long as six years. And because the ruling is based on the Constitution, Congress cannot take detainee rights away simply by passing a law as it did two years ago.
MICHAEL RATNER, LAWYER FOR DETAINEES: Incredible ruling, can't be overridden by Congress, can't be overridden by the President. So we're really excited that our clients can finally get a day in court.
PETE WILLIAMS: Their lawyers can now put on evidence of why many detainees insist they're wrongly held, turned in, for example, by greedy bounty hunters. But writing for the four conservative dissenters. Justice Antonin Scalia said the rulings "almost certainly will cause more Americans to be killed." Federal judges, he said, are not qualified to decide who should be held as an enemy combatant and who should be released. Even some detainees set free by the military, he said, have succeeded in carrying out atrocities against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traveling overseas, President Bush said today's decision ignores national security concerns.
PRESIDENT BUSH: We'll abide by the court's decision. That doesn't mean I have to agree with it.
PETE WILLIAMS: By itself, this decision doesn't free anyone. The detainee lawyers will start their work here in the federal courts in the next few weeks. As for the high-value detainees, Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and the others, this decision could eventually delay their military trials scheduled to start in the fall. Brian?
BRIAN WILLIAMS: All right, Pete Williams at the court for us tonight in Washington.


# ABC's World News:

CHARLES GIBSON: Next, we turn to the Supreme Court, which today handed the Bush administration a stinging defeat. The justices ruled 5 to 4 that foreign terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay prison do have a constitutional right to challenge their detention in court. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the President and the Congress can't switch the Constitution on and off at will. Jan Crawford Greenburg is our legal correspondent, covers the court, is at the court tonight. Jan?

JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG: Charlie, this is one of the most significant wartime rulings in the nation's history and it literally undercuts the entire system the Bush administration and Congress created to imprison and eventually bring to trial these terror suspects. It was a cornerstone in the Bush administration's war on terror, sending hundreds of terror suspects to a U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba under U.S. military control, but outside U.S. courts. Today's ruling throws open the courthouse doors, giving terror suspects a basic constitutional right to challenge their detention in federal courts. They can ask to see classified evidence, call witnesses, and ask a federal judge to set them free. President Bush's reaction was terse.
PRESIDENT BUSH: We'll abide by the court's decision. That doesn't mean I have to agree with it. That's a deeply divided court. And I strongly agree with those who dissented.
GREENBURG: Moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision with the four liberal justices. He emphasized that some detainees have been held more than six years without hearings and said that today's war on terror could last forever. Kennedy said: "The laws and Constitution are designed to survive and remain in force, in extraordinary times. Liberty and security can be reconciled." He said access to U.S. courts would not endanger national security. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia read a sharp, almost personal dissent. He warned of "disastrous consequences" if federal judges, rather than military officials, have the power to release terror suspects: "It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed," he said. "The nation will live to regret what the court has done today." Lawyers for detainees disagree, saying the ruling merely gives them basic rights they should have had a long time ago.
VINCENT WARREN, DETAINEE ATTORNEY: What this decision means is that it's not a get out of jail free card, but simply an opportunity for these men to go before courts and judges to determine whether they are being held illegally or not.
GREENBURG: There are 270 men still in prison at Guantanamo Bay, including the alleged mastermind of September 11th, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Enormous practical questions remain: What impact will today's ruling have on upcoming trials? When will other suspects make their cases in federal court? And will they be permitted to see classified evidence and bring witnesses?
Now lawyers for some of the detainees, this afternoon, already have started filing papers in federal court, arguing they should not be held at Guantanamo. But that process could take months and months, leaving it to the next President and the next administration to resolve. Charlie?

GIBSON: Jan Crawford Greenburg, reporting from the Supreme Court tonight. And reaction to the decision has been swift and passionate. Supporters of the ruling hailing it as an important step in upholding constitutional rights. Opponents denouncing it, as a threat to national security, and perhaps to American lives. Our White House correspondent, Martha Raddatz, is here. Martha, it was a 5 to 4 decision, but sweeping in its scope. Did how sweeping it was catch the administration by surprise?
MARTHA RADDATZ: It certainly did, Charlie. This is a real mess for the Bush administration. They expected, they say, a reversal, but certainly not the scope of this. And they are trying to figure out what happens next. But I can almost guarantee there will not be a completed trial by the end of the Bush administration.
GIBSON: And, Martha, one of the reasons that the Bush administration has been so reluctant -- and the Congress, reluctant about this is because they don't want these trials going on in court and they have to present evidence that they say they don't want to present because it compromises national security. So how do they go forward in this case?
RADDATZ: It really removes the vail of secrecy. And it could be very embarrassing for the administration. We don't know what these people did. We don't know what they're charged with. We don't know how serious the charges are against many of them. As Jan mentioned, there are about 270 detainees. We know only about a fraction of those men. And what they did, we'll soon be finding out.

Cafferty Scolds House Democrats for Not
Pushing to Impeach Bush

Six months after he chastised Congress for not following George McGovern's advice to impeach President Bush, CNN's Jack Cafferty on Thursday scolded House Democrats for disposing of the latest impeachment effort by the far-left Dennis Kucinich (earlier NB post on Cafferty's blog entry). Fretting that "the House of Representatives voted to send an impeachment resolution against President Bush to a committee where it will die," Cafferty used his "Cafferty File" segment during the 4 PM EST hour of The Situation Room to lecture:
"Congress continues to refuse to exercise its constitutional responsibility, which is oversight of the executive branch of our government. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago said impeachment is off the table. This is a joke. We have a President who has abused the power of his office over and over and over again. It's what got the Democrats elected to the majority in Congress in 2006. The Democrats, no doubt, are worried what it will look like to many voters if they spend their time on impeachment. To hell with what's right or wrong."

[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Friday on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

The January 8 CyberAlert item, "Cafferty Channels McGovern: 'Why Won't Congress Impeach Bush?'" recounted:

CNN's Jack Cafferty on Monday advanced former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, posing as his "Cafferty File" question in the 6pm EST hour of The Situation Room: "Why won't Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?" Highlighting McGovern's bombastic op-ed in the "Outlook" section of Sunday's Washington Post, "Why I Believe Bush Must Go: Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse," Cafferty quoted McGovern's contention Bush and Cheney "have repeatedly violated the Constitution," "have lied to the American people time after time" and have carried out a "murderous, illegal, nonsensical war." So "illegal" that the House and Senate, controlled by Democrats, continue funding it.

For the full rundown: www.mediaresearch.org

Cafferty's June 12 segment:

The House of Representatives voted to send an impeachment resolution against President Bush to a committee where it will die. Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment this week, most of the resolution focusing on the Iraq war. But they also charge President Bush with illegally detaining both U.S. citizens and foreign captives, a charge upheld by the Supreme Court as you saw earlier, condoning torture, mishandling the response to Hurricane Katrina, and on and on and on.

But Congress doesn't want to hear it. They voted largely along party lines, 255-166, to send the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee, which is exactly what happened to Kucinich's impeachment articles against Vice President Cheney last year.

Congress sent that resolution to the same committee last November. It is still there. Nothing has been done. Nothing will be done. Congress continues to refuse to exercise its constitutional responsibility, which is oversight of the executive branch of our government. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago said impeachment is off the table. This is a joke. We have a President who has abused the power of his office over and over and over again. It's what got the Democrats elected to the majority in Congress in 2006. Now it's election time again, and every member of the House is up for re-election in November.

The Democrats, no doubt, are worried what it will look like to many voters if they spend their time on impeachment. To hell with what's right or wrong. What will it look like? This is why Republicans voted yesterday to bring Kucinich's resolution up for debate immediately, trying to make the Democrats look silly for focusing on this instead of gas prices, the economy, et cetera. It boggles my mind. Anyway, here's the question: "What does it mean when Congress refuses to even consider 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush?"

Bob Novak: Media's Obama Love Exceeds
Their 1960 Love for JFK

Longtime reporter and columnist Robert Novak appeared on FNC's O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday and agreed with host Bill O'Reilly that media bias may not help Barack Obama that much. But that doesn't mean it isn't biased. Novak declared: "I've been covering presidential campaigns since 1960. I have always said I have never seen the media as much entranced by a candidate than when they were in my very first campaign, in 1960, when they were for JFK. But I'm telling you right now, the enchantment with Obama beats the JFK syndrome."

O'Reilly was amazed and mentioned how Novak recounted his early days in his memoir Prince of Darkness. But a bigger infatuation than with JFK?

Novak reaffirmed: "I believe it is. It is just such a feel-good atmosphere of my colleagues, my senior colleagues, people I've known for years. And I get it from some of the young people, too. They just feel this is such a wonderful thing, in the first place to have an African-American candidate, nominee, but also one that makes them feel so wonderful."

[This item, by the MRC's Tim Graham, was posted Wednesday on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

O'Reilly conceded that Obama was tremendously charismatic and could have his own TV show, but the he also makes them feel wonderful because they hate Bush and hate conservatives.

Novak replied with some amusement: "And then the other interesting thing about the media is that they have dropped, Bill, they have dropped John McCain like an old girlfriend. I mean, I remember how much -- some of the very same people who really felt that he was something new, something different in the year 2000 when he ran against Bush. They have no use for him now. They say well, he is not the same guy. He is the same guy! He is exactly the same. Same person but it's a different circumstance. He is not running against Bush. He is running against Obama."

O'Reilly suggested Hollywood and the entertainment industry seemed unanimous in their desire to influence the race for Obama:

O'REILLY: You say then that the media's tilt and we put it at about 80 percent here, toward Obama, not going to help him that much because people really aren't reading The New York Times or the L.A. Times any more. They are not watching the network news any more. But they certainly are going to pick it up as we did in our first segment from people like David Letterman, from MTV, from all of this pop culture stuff which is almost 100 percent on Obama's bandwagon.
NOVAK: The thing that may really benefit Obama, Bill, on this is that if the American people just get a sort of impression that there is something really not very legitimate about McCain and that this is just an opportunity for America to look wonderful in the face of the world. I don't think you can sell Obama on the issues. He doesn't really deal with issues. It's 'this is our time. This is hope. This is change.' But if you can sell the American people in a time when they are mad at gasoline prices and other things, make them feel that this is something good, that makes us feel good in the world, that's something that McCain will have a hard time combating.

ABC's GMA Touts Sci-Fi Future of Death,
Doom and Fire

To promote a new climate change special airing this fall, Thursday's Good Morning America hyped terrifying future predictions of "more floods, more droughts, more wildfires" and, bizarrely, invited viewers to somehow morph into prophets and "report back" about what life is like in the year 2100. Featuring a slate of global warming alarmists, reporter Bob Woodruff previewed "Earth 2100" and touted the show as "a countdown through the next century" that "shows what scientists say might very well happen if we do not change our current path." An online version of this story hyperventilated, "Are we living in the last century of our civilization?" See: abcnews.go.com

However, the oddest concept of this upcoming special includes a interactive online game that Woodruff claimed "puts participants in the future and asks them to report back about what it is like to live in this future world." Certainly Dan Rather and the ethical machinations of other journalists have lowered the bar of journalism in recent years, but how does one "report" on life in the year 2100? Is ABC providing a time machine? Doesn't "report," in this instance, just mean "making stuff up?"

[This item, by the MRC's Scott Whitlock, was posted Thursday afternoon on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

At one point, Woodruff played a few examples of these "reports." In one, a teenager laments: "It's June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99." Another video features a second teenager who admits he's "scared [profanity bleeped] right now."

The scientist/talking heads featured in the piece weren't much more calm then the civilians. Featuring a cavalcade of alarmists that included James Hansen, Al Gore's science advisor and Heidi Cullen, the climate change expert for the Weather Channel, to name a few, the GMA segment preceded to terrify viewers with a apocalyptic future of death and destruction. (It should also be pointed out that ABC failed to identify any of these people and their names/associations were only discerned after matching up quotes from an article on GMA's Web site.)

Professor John Holdren of Harvard University darkly announced that the future would bring "more floods, more droughts, more wildfires." The segment featured movie-style footage of flames, rioting and general destruction. Added to this were unidentified "reporters" who scarily proclaimed such things as "Flames cover hundreds of square miles." Of course, these predictions were provided with no context and generally just seemed designed to induce panic.

At the end of this montage, even GMA news anchor Chris Cuomo seemed frightened. He asked Woodruff: "I think we're familiar with some of these issues, but, boy, 2015? That's seven years from now. Could it really be that bad?" (The special will look not just at the year 2100, but also the years and decades leading up to it.) Woodruff cited unnamed scientists who believe "if you connect the dots, you can actually see that we're approaching maybe even a perfect storm." Admitting the goal of this special, the journalist opined, "So, the idea now is to look at it, wake up about it and then try to do something to fix it."

The segment wrapped up with a discussion of the hypothetical future visions that the "Earth 2100" special will include. Before playing the aforementioned speculative examples, Woodruff called them "some remarkable interviews." He later referred to the guesses as "ideas." But, again, isn't this just making stuff up? Will the special include viewers who believe that, 100 years hence, the world will be run by super intelligent apes who lord over mute humans? (Perhaps that scenario is too familiar.)

If viewers are to use their imaginations and create scenarios, how about one where journalists don't use fear mongering to try and cripple the economy with leftist environmental policies?

MRC readers can go here to submit their own frightening scenarios: earth2100.tv

A transcript of the June 12 segment, which aired at 8:34am:

CHRIS CUOMO: Now, we will have a dramatic preview for you of an unprecedented ABC News event called "Earth 2100." We're asking you to help create a story that is yet to unfold: What our world will look like in 100 years if we don't save our troubled planet. Your reports will actually help form the backbone of a two-hour special airing this fall. ABC's Bob Woodruff will be the host. He joins us now. Pleasure, Bob.
BOB WOODRUFF: You too, Chris. You know, this show is a countdown through the next century and shows what scientists say might very well happen if we do not change our current path. As part of the show, today, we are launching an interactive web game which puts participants in the future and asks them to report back about what it is like to live in this future world. The first stop is the year 2015.
[NOTE: ABC provides no graphics or identification for any of the following individuals/activists featured. Identifications taken discerned from web article.]
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #1: The public is sleepwalking into the future. You know, sort of going through the motions of daily life and really not paying attention.
JAMES HANSEN (NASA/AL GORE SCIENCE ADVISOR): We can see what the prospects are and we can see that we could solve the problem but we're not doing it.
[Graphic: Welcome to 2015]
PETER GLEICK (SCIENTIST/PACIFIC INSTITUTE): In 2015, we've still failed to address the climate problem.
JOHN HOLDREN (PROFESSOR/HARVARD UNIVERSITY): We're going to see more floods, more droughts, more wildfires.
UNIDENTIFIED "REPORTER:" Flames cover hundreds of square miles.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE: We expect more intense hurricanes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #5: Well, how warm is it going to get? How much will sea level rise? We don't know really know where the end is.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE #2: Temperatures have hit dangerous levels.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE #3: Agriculture production is dropping because temperatures are rising.
HEIDI CULLEN (WEATHER CHANNEL/CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERT): There's about one billion people who are malnourished. That number just continually grows.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE #4: Prices of energy have gone through the roof.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE #5: Political conflict has grown.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #5: We've got more people, less and less resources. That's a recipe for disaster.
JAMES WOOLSEY (FORMER CIA DIRECTOR): We have got millions of neighbors to the south heading north because they don't have food and they don't have water. UNIDENTIFIED "REPORTER:" Over a million illegals were apprehended at the border.
CULLEN: You got people moving into politically unstable territory and what would have been once an isolated event now becomes a global problem.
UNIDENTIFIED VOICE #6: If we continue on the business-as-usual trajectory, there will be a tipping point that we cannot overt. We will indeed drive the car over the cliff.
CUOMO: I think we're familiar with some of these issues, but, boy, 2015? That's seven years from now. Could it really be that bad?
WOODRUFF: It's very soon, you know. But all you have to do is look at the world today right today. You know, you've got gas prices going up. You got food prices going up. You've got extreme weather. The scientists have studied this for decades. They say if you connect the dots, you can actually see that we're approaching maybe even a perfect storm. Or you have got shrinking resources, population growth. Climate change. So, the idea now is to look at it, wake up about it and then try to do something to fix it.
CUOMO: And I love the way you're looking at it. Yes, you have your scientists and you have your reporters' mind and others, but you're getting people involved in a kind of a game. How does that work?
WOODRUFF: The game, if you check into Earth2100.tv. --That's our website that we've got. And what we're looking for is we want people not only just around the country, but also around the world, regular people to give us their ideas of what you can see around the world. The scientists have studied this for so long. This will also be, the scientist analysis will also be on Earth 2100.tv.
CUOMO: What do you do with their reports?
WOODRUFF: Well, the reports, we want people to come in from, you know, around the world. All of these ones that send these ideas will be posted on Earth2100.tv. We also have scientists, of course. But the best of these regular reports that come from people that are watching, we're going to put those on, all of this on our two-hour production that's going to happen in the fall. And we just want more of these people to watch. And we've gotten already some remarkable interviews from these people. And just take a quick look.
UNIDENTIFIED TEENAGER: It's June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99.
SECOND UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gas reached over $9 a gallon.
THIRD UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm scared [bleeped] right now, but I have to get this out.
WOODRUFF: So the producers actually work with those people that send in their ideas into the website. And then we're just hoping that the goal is ultimately get these ideas very soon.
CUOMO: Lovely. Bob Woodruff. Thank you very much. You can find out much more about how you can be part of this exciting and important show. You can go to Earth2100.tv. Earth2100.tv or you can go to ABCNews.com.

You Read It Here First: FNC Picks Up
Williams, Brokaw/Letterman

You read it here first -- or second. On Tuesday night, FNC's Brit Hume and Bill O'Reilly picked up statements reported Monday night on the MRC's NewsBusters blog and Tuesday morning in CyberAlert. O'Reilly set up his O'Reilly Factor "Top Story" segment by running two clips, starting with David Letterman trashing President Bush on Monday night: "Even I am perceiving now that things are horrible in ways they shouldn't be horrible. Now, we're not going to impeach the guy. Could we get our money back?" Then O'Reilly played this from NBC anchor Brian Williams' commencement address on Sunday at Ohio State, a quote the DrudgeReport had highlighted in linking to the NewsBusters posting on it: "I come here today with a request for the Class of '08: We need you to fix the country."

Earlier in the evening Tuesday, June 10, Brit Hume read this item during his "Grapevine" segment:

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw chided Late Show host David Letterman, Monday, for his claims that the nation is in a horrible state because of President Bush. Letterman said, quote: "Everything has gone so lousy in the last eight years." But Brokaw snapped back, quote: "Let me remind you that 40 years ago...Dr. King was killed, Bobby Kennedy was killed, we had the Chicago riots, 16,000 people were killed in Vietnam...the Kerner Commission said we are two societies '€" one white, one black." Brokaw said the 1968 election was quote "as contentious an election as we've ever had."

Letterman then went on about global warming, saying reducing carbon emissions by 2020 would be quote, "too late...it's already a hundred degrees now!" Brokaw suggested that Letterman is among those who drive big carbon-emitting vehicles and fly in airplanes that have only two passengers.

The June 10 CyberAlert article, "Brokaw Scolds Letterman on 'Horrible' U.S.; Environmental Hypocrisy," recounted:

Tom Brokaw came aboard Monday's Late Show to promote his book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today, but soon chided David Letterman with some historical context after Letterman forwarded standard liberal claims about how the America of 2008 is in a "horrible" state thanks to the awful President George W. Bush, and when Letterman fretted about government inaction on global warming, Brokaw embarrassed the late night host by pointing out how he's a big carbon-producer since he drives a big vehicle and flies executive jets.

On the terrible state of the nation, Letterman contended "everything...has gone so lousy in the last eight years" so "things are horrible in ways they shouldn't be horrible." Brokaw pointed to his book about 1968, and delivered a friendly lecture:

"Let me remind you that forty years ago this year, Doctor King was killed, Bobby Kennedy was killed, we had the Chicago riots, 16,000 people were killed in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson decided not to run for re-election, the Kerner Commission said we are two societies -- one white, one black, separate and unequal -- we had urban riots and in the fall we had as cantankerous and as contentious and in many way as mentally violent an election as we've ever had..."

Similarly assuming the present is the worst ever, Letterman complained: "People are all talking about, 'okay we're going to change the emissions by 2035, by 2020.' That's too late. I mean, it's a hundred degrees now!" Letterman pleaded: "It's got to come from the government. They have to lead us." Brokaw agreed, but then made the host uncomfortable:

BROKAW: The government has to lead and those of us who drive -- uhh uhh -- big carbon-emitting vehicles or fly in airplanes that have only two passengers on them-

LETTERMAN: Alright, alright, that's fine Tom.

For the complete rundown, with video: www.mrc.org

The NewsBusters version, also with video: newsbusters.org

Another June 10 CyberAlert posting, "Williams Tells Grads U.S. Broken: 'Need You to Fix the Country,'" related:

Delivering the commencement address Sunday at Ohio State University in Columbus, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams implied America is broken as he told the graduates: "We need you to fix the country." That clip, squeezed in between Al Gore at Carnegie Mellon and Martin Sheen at Notre Dame, aired as part of an annual compilation of commencement advice run at the end of Monday's NBC Nightly News. In full video of his remarks posted on MSNBC.com, Williams apologized for his contemporaries: "On behalf of my generation, I'm sorry, the Internet is so cool we got sidetracked." He urged the graduates to "pick one area" and do something about it, recommending they "start with climate" since "something tells me this may be a challenge in the years ahead" to "find a way to get around without fuel in our tanks that comes from an enemy of this country."

Echoing a theme of those calling for "change," Williams pleaded: "We won't seen an election like this for decades again in this country. We are at a crossroads. They don't get more important and it's so important that you all get involved."

Williams scolded bloggers for writing about themselves, exhorting bloggers to talk "about all of us" since "we need to start thinking of us as the collective, the United States that we used to know."

The previous CyberAlert item in full: www.mrc.org

The NewsBusters version from Monday night, to which Drudge linked: newsbusters.org

-- Brent Baker