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Sunday's Los Angeles Times had an update on Dan Rather's continuing lawsuit against CBS News over what Dan might call the "forged-memos-to-torpedo-Bush's-re-election-in-2004 scandal." Rather scalded CBS with language he used to save exclusively for conservatives: " Their strategy is to string it out, wear me out, suck the will from me, and make it so painful on the pocketbook that I want to give up....But I don't think anybody who knows me would say that there's any give-up in me. " But media writer Matea Gold said CBS had also "made available several executives who spoke acidly about the anchor... continue reading

Sunday's Los Angeles Times had an update on Dan Rather's continuing lawsuit against CBS News over what Dan might call the "forged-memos-to-torpedo-Bush's-re-election-in-2004 scandal." Rather scalded CBS with language he used to save exclusively for conservatives: " Their strategy is to string it out, wear me out, suck the will from me, and make it so painful on the pocketbook that I want to give up....But I don't think anybody who knows me would say that there's any give-up in me. " But media writer Matea Gold said CBS had also "made available several executives who spoke acidly about the anchor... continue reading
During Thursday's World News with Charles Gibson, ABC correspondent Kate Snow held open the possibility that some ObamaCare opponents are correct in their belief that universal health care will include taxpayer funding of abortion, although she characterized the truth as "unclear," during a "Reality Check" during which she brought up the likelihood that taxpayer funding would be used to purchase private health insurance plans that cover abortion. Snow: Will health care reform lead to taxpayer-funded abortions? Unclear. Current law states federal funds cannot be used for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer opened Monday's Today show worrying about the possible loss of a public option in Barack Obama's health care reform as he teased viewers at the start of the show: "Reining it in. As President Obama and his family tour the wild west, signs he may drop a key part of his health plan. Is he bowing to pressure from the Republicans and those shouters at town hall meetings?" Later on in the show Lauer pressed Howard Dean from the left, as the "Today" co-host asked the former Democrat Vermont Governor "Without the public option could you support... continue reading
On Friday's broadcast network evening newscasts, the CBS Evening News uniquely noted that Democrats in Montana had "orchestrated" a friendly environment for President Obama at a Montana town hall event as many Democrats arrived early to secure tickets. After CBS correspondent Chip Reid filed a report in which he relayed that "this crowd was on [Obama's] side," and that "the questions were mostly softballs," Reid brought up "orchestration" as one of the reasons for a friendly crowd: " So why wasn't there more anger in here? For one thing, after accusing Republicans of orchestrating their protests, Democrats did some orchestrating... continue reading
On MSNBC Friday, anchor John Harwood spoke with New York Times Week in Review editor Sam Tanenhaus about the health care debate, wondering: "...you know an awful lot about the patron saint of modern conservatism William F. Buckley. What do you suppose Bill Buckley would think of the nature of the arguments that are being made against the Obama health care plan right now, death panels and all the rest?" Harwood, hosting the 2:00PM ET weekly New York Times Edition broadcast, was asking about Tanenhaus's upcoming book, 'The Death of Conservatism.' Tanenhaus argued: "Well, you know, one of the great... continue reading
All three broadcast networks this week have reported on the charity Remote Area Medical's offer of free medical care at a temporary facility in Los Angeles, citing the arrival of many patients as a sign of how many Americans there are who need "free health care," and even relaying the words of program volunteers who compared the health care challenges of some Americans to problems in Third World countries like Guatemala and India. But only by watching ABC's Good Morning America did one see a soundbite of program founder Stan Brock informing viewers that the free clinic does not even... continue reading
ABC News correspondent Brian Ross tried to connect the health care town hall protesters to hate groups on Friday's GMA. Ross cited the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose left-wing political affiliation he omitted, and used two sound bites from the SPLC's Mark Potok, who hyped that President Obama supposedly " triggered fears among...white people...that they are somehow losing their country. " The ABC News correspondent led his report just after the beginning of the 7 am Eastern hour by underlining how it's apparently been a "very ugly week as the rhetoric about the President and the threats against him have... continue reading
At the top of Thursday's CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric used a free clinic in Inglewood, California to push for health care reform: "Tonight in the battle over health care, they are on the front lines....we're going to show you why many believe reform is desperately needed. These are just some of the tens of thousands of Americans who need health care but have no insurance or not enough of it." In the report that followed, correspondent Bill Whitaker described the organization that set up the free health clinic: "This program is run by Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit... continue reading
On Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Rick Sanchez pressed Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee about how, as a constituent was asking her a question at a health care town hall meeting, Jackson-Lee made a call on her cell phone, demanding to know " What were you thinking, Congresswoman? " The Texas Democrat bizarrely suggested the video of her on the phone was "doctored." SANCHEZ: Here you have people who have come to hear you speak. They are asking you a question, and it appears on the video like you're not giving them their due. How do you explain that? JACKSON-LEE: I'm so glad you... continue reading