1. ABC's Moran Gushes Over 'Thoughtful' Bush Is a Racist Rapper Terry Moran spent almost the entirety of Monday's Nightline gushing over Bush-bashing rapper Kanye West and when West reaffirmed his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about black people" slam, Moran praised him as a "complex and thoughtful pop star." After West asserted that "I have a hard time believing that George Bush cares about anyone," Moran extolled how the original 2005 remark turned West "into a cultural force to be reckoned with" who "is looking for new worlds to conquer." Moran opened the program by asking: "What went through... continue reading
1. CBS's Pelley: Ahmadinejad 'Friendly,' 'Incorruptible,' 'Modest' Scott Pelley conducted a very tough interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which aired on Sunday's 60 Minutes, but on Monday's Early Show Pelley was very generous in his personal assessment of the man. Host Harry Smith and Pelley agreed that Ahmadinejad is "crazy like a fox" while Pelley also hailed Ahmadinejad as "incorruptible" and "modest." Pelley contended the dictator, who denies the Holocaust, wants Israel destroyed and is causing the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, is a lot smarter than Westerners believe and is even a "friendly" guy: "He's described in... continue reading
1. Only Wallace Notes Clinton's Rejection of Vote Condemning MoveOn Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton appeared on all five Sunday morning interview shows, but not all raised two controversies of interest to conservatives and, even when they did, not all took a tough approach to her lack of condemnation of's "General Betray Us" ad and the donations gathered for her by now-captured fugitive Norman Hsu. ABC's George Stephanopoulos and NBC's Tim Russert brought up both matters -- though Stephanopoulos did so in the gentlest way -- CBS's Bob Schieffer asked about Hsu and not "Betray Us," while Fox's Chris... continue reading
1. ABC Exploits Kids and Crying Mom to Push Higher Health Spending CBS, and especially ABC, on Thursday night portrayed the debate over increasing federal spending on health insurance for children as an effort to help kids only the cold-hearted could oppose, a framing aided by scenes of cute toddlers, a crying mother and little emphasis on how those well above poverty would qualify. ABC anchor Charles Gibson cited "a bill providing health insurance to millions of kids whose parents cannot afford private coverage." Reporter Martha Raddatz found a poor mother to exploit, beginning her story: "Susan Dick depends on... continue reading
1. ABC Touts 'Straight Talk' from Gates on Iraq that Matches Media With "Straight Talk" on screen, ABC's World News led Wednesday night by touting as momentous the news that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in a quote cited in the middle of a newspaper column, said "I don't know" when asked whether invading Iraq was a good idea. "Three little words," a delighted Charles Gibson announced about dissension in the ranks, "three little words that you rarely hear from the Bush administration when it comes to the war in Iraq: 'I don't know.' That's what Secretary of Defense Robert... continue reading
1. Nets See 'Political Censorship' in Cutting Emmy Anti-War Remark Fox cut out three profanities uttered by winners during the Sunday night broadcast of the Emmy Awards, but instead of simply seeing that for what it was -- protection against potential FCC fines for airing such expletives -- ABC and NBC portrayed dropping the end of Sally Field's anti-war comment, which was proceeded by a profanity, as a case of "political censorship." On Tuesday's Good Morning America, Dan Harris ominously insisted without any evidence: "Some say the Fox network, owned by well-known conservative Rupert Murdoch, was engaged in political censorship."... continue reading
1. CBS and ABC Lead by Hailing Hillary's Universal Health Care Plan The CBS and ABC evening newscasts led Monday night -- even before O.J. Simpson -- by trumpeting Hillary Clinton's universal health care plan, a proposal fill-in CBS anchor Harry Smith insisted addresses a vital need: "It's a huge problem. An estimated 47 million are not covered." Of course, CBS didn't bother explaining how a significant number of those can afford insurance or are illegal aliens. ABC's medical doctor, Tim Johnson, who back in 1993 called Bill and Hillary Clinton "almost heroes in my mind for finally facing up... continue reading
1. Nets Thrilled by Warner 5,000 Fewer Troops Call, But Not Bush's Three weeks ago, when Republican Senator John Warner suggested a withdrawal of about 5,000 U.S. forces from Iraq by Christmas, the networks trumpeted the idea as evidence of a major "turning point" in the war. Thursday night, President Bush announced he would, in fact, lower U.S. troop levels by 5,700 by Christmas, but those same networks were dissatisfied, with NBC's Tim Russert grumbling that the President's idea was really "U.S. military involvement in Iraq this year, next year, and well after I leave the presidency." 2. Gibson Implies... continue reading
1. MSNBC Hits Bush's 'Verisimilitude' Speech from the Left Thursday night, after President Bush's address to the nation on Iraq, MSNBC featured a discussion dominated by ridicule of Bush from the left, which bolstered the views of liberal guests talk radio host Rachel Maddow and Democratic Senator Joe Biden while challenging conservative guest and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Chris Matthews showed repeated fascination with the President's reference to 36 nations fighting in Iraq, calling it "ludicrous." When Maddow compared America's toppling of Saddam Hussein's government to attempts by insurgents to topple the current elected government by remarking that "it's... continue reading
1. Brian Williams Derides Petraeus as No Eisenhower Interviewing General David Petraeus for Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams insisted he admit "al Qaeda in Iraq wasn't around" on 9/11, demanded to know "how are we so sure all of these insurgents can be labeled al-Qaeda?" and derided Petraeus' admission that he's not sure if the war has made Americans safer: "I heard a commentator on television say, 'Can you imagine Eisenhower saying the same thing?'" That unnamed commentator: Williams' corporate colleague, Chris Matthews. Williams challenged Petraeus: "Over the last two days of testimony, you mentioned al-Qaeda by our count... continue reading