Bush "Too Militaristic"; South Korean Support Skipped; Moore: Bush Should Resign; Banfield Boasts She's Not American; CNN: Lost Time
1) The networks put the burden on Bush and not North Korea for the lack of peace on the peninsula. NBC's Campbell Brown concluded from Seoul that "many" fear "that Bush has damaged progress and renewed old animosity." ABC's Terry Moran stressed that "former Clinton administration officials...say Mr. Bush's approach is far too militaristic." Only CBS's John Roberts acknowledged: "Bush is getting full support from opposition lawmakers who argue the North needs to be seen for what it is."
2) Without noting any support for it amongst South Koreans, David Gregory asserted on Today that Bush's inclusion of North Korea in his "axis of evil" had earned "an angry reaction in Seoul where they were seen as a blow to President Kim Dae Jung's years-long efforts to reconcile with the North."
3) Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore thinks that President Bush should resign because of his connections to Enron, telling CNN's Aaron Brown that the "phony" company "bought" the administration. Amongst the "good information" in Moore's new book: That American Eagle pilots start at $15,000 and use food stamps.
4) The secret weapon MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield uses when in Pakistan or Iran: She's "very quick to point out" that she's not a U.S. citizen but is Canadian. With that known, "I tend to get a warmer reception," she boasted to David Letterman. Plus, she gushed about Yasser Arafat's his stamina, marveling at how he supposedly works until 3am as he "sleeps about two or three hours a night." And Arafat is "frankly" trying to control terrorism in the face of the "hardest line hawk," Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
>>> Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, is scheduled to appear for an hour or so this morning at 11am EST in a C-SPAN broadcast of a Close-Up Foundation discussion with high school students. It should be re-run at some point later in the day. <<<
It's like the U.S. versus the Soviet Union all over again, with Western reporters most concerned about hurting the feelings of communists as they emphasize protests by leftist students. North Korea is controlled by a belligerent regime which starves its people, who are blocked from leaving, while building weapons and it has failed to follow through on agreements to open up to South Korea, but to U.S. network reporters it is President Bush who is threatening peace on the peninsula.
"Axis of evil. The President in South Korea where his harsh words for the north are causing concern," warned NBC's Tom Brokaw before Campbell Brown concluded from Seoul that "the fear among many here" is "that Bush has damaged progress and renewed old animosity." As if the North Korean regime was friendly until a month ago.
Tuesday night ABC anchor Peter Jennings acknowledged that "Mr. Bush believes the North is not only repressive but dangerous," but cautioned: "The President's belief is causing some anxiety in the South." Terry Moran admonished: "Former Clinton administration officials who negotiated a successful deal to stop North Korea's development of nuclear material, say Mr. Bush's approach is far too militaristic."
From Seoul, CBS's John Roberts stressed: "In fact, say leaders here, President Bush has unnecessarily heightened tensions on the peninsula," but unlike ABC or NBC, CBS's Roberts at least conceded: "Bush is getting full support from opposition lawmakers who argue the North needs to be seen for what it is."
In a piece for CNN's Inside Politics, John King observed the same thing: "Some Korean war veterans, strongly anti-communist in their views, took to the streets here in advance of Mr. Bush's visit to praise the American President and his tough talk about the communist north."
Viewers of FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume on Tuesday night learned from Jim Angle in Seoul that South Korea leader Kim Dae Jung's "sunshine" policy is a one-way street since, for instance, while the south has built a railroad to the border the north hasn't even started construction. Guest Doug Paal of the Asia-Pacific Policy Center told Hume that Kim's popularity in South Korea has plummeted to just 20 percent.
Tom Brokaw, in Utah, teased the February 19 NBC Nightly News: "Axis of evil. The President in South Korea where his harsh words for the north are causing concern."
From Seoul, Campbell Brown found
"tensions here high, with anti-American protests today over the
President's view of North Korea as part of an 'axis of evil' that
cozies up to terrorists and threatens the world with weapons of mass
destruction. That view at direct odds with South Korea's President Kim
Dae Jung. Kim won the Nobel Peace Prize for his so-called 'sunshine
policy' of engaging the communist north and trying to reunite the
countries, but the fear among many here, that Bush has damaged progress
and renewed old animosity."
Without any balancing perspective, Brown moved on to how at the DMZ Bush planned to assure Koreans he shares Kim's ultimate goal of no more separation between the nations. Brown then concluded with the spin of those who believe in negotiation above all else: "The President has said he is open to talks with the North even though many in the region now believe his rhetoric has made that all but impossible. To ease some of the tension, advisers say that here at least the President won't publicly mention an axis of evil."
Over on ABC, Peter Jennings opened World News
as taken down by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth:
Dan Rather introduced the February 19 CBS
Evening News story:
Today show viewers on Tuesday morning heard a similar storyline from David Gregory, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens observed. On the February 19 Today, without noting any support for it amongst South Koreans, Gregory asserted that Bush's inclusion of North Korea in his "axis of evil" has earned "an angry reaction in Seoul where they were seen as a blow to President Kim Dae Jung's years long efforts to reconcile with the North."
Gregory began: "There was more than a
welcome mat waiting for the President when he arrived at a secure U.S.
military base in South Korea today. Days of anti-American protest over
Bush's hard-line toward the North threaten to overshadow this carefully
scripted visit, the President's first since taking office. The trouble,
Bush's blunt declaration that Communist North Korea is part of an 'axis of
evil' whose nuclear weapons program threatens America. The remarks have
received an angry reaction in Seoul where they were seen as a blow to
President Kim Dae Jung's years long efforts to reconcile with the North.
But Bush in a speech earlier in the day to the Japanese parliament
remained defiant, saying the North Koreans, with their heavy firepower on
the border with the South. are a threat that must be confronted."
Left-wing activist/filmmaker Michael Moore thinks that President Bush should resign because of his connections to Enron, telling CNN's Aaron Brown that the "phony" company "bought" the administration. "I don't think we're going to go through another impeachment," Moore reassured, "but I just hope he has the good graces to say, 'you know what, this wasn't right and I'm sorry and I'm going to leave now.'"
Moore has just started a tour to promote his new book, Stupid White Men. On Tuesday night he appeared on both FNC's O'Reilly Factor, where his views were challenged, and on CNN's NewsNight with Aaron Brown, where they were not.
Playing word association with Brown on the February 19 show, when prompted with President Bush's name, Moore blurted out: "Waiting for him to resign."
Moore elaborated: "Enron bought this administration, you know, Ken Lay and what he had to do there in terms of picking the regulatory people that were supposed to oversee Enron, the Arthur Anderson attorney who became head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Enron VP that's Secretary of the Army, the Enron lawyer that's the White House counsel."
Moore wasn't finished: "This was a bought administration, and bought by, essentially now what we understand, a phony company with phony stock prices and frankly, when this all comes out, I think that, I don't think we're going to go through another impeachment, but I just hope he has the good graces to say, 'you know what, this wasn't right and I'm sorry and I'm going to leave now.'"
Asked what his book is about, Moore explained: "It's about lots of things, like, you know, I was sitting next to a guy at an airport, he's an American Eagle pilot, and he says to me 'you know how much our first-year pilots make?' And I said no. He says, 'like $15, $16,000.' I said 'you gotta be kidding me.' And I'm thinking 'oh my God.' And he says, 'yeah, one of our guys just applied for food stamps.' I'm on a plane with a guy who's flying me up in the air and he's making less than a kid at Taco Bell? I mean I just think, what is going on here? So the book is full of a lot of good information like that."
I always thought that liberals were upset that minimum wage jobs at places like Taco Bell left you well below the poverty line and, therefore, short of $16,000 a year based on a 40-hour week.
Moore's book provides a lot of "good information" which is obviously preposterous if this is his best anecdote. Commercial pilots are professionals who require a lot of training time and college courses before they can ever get hired and so are able to command relatively high starting salaries. And American Eagle is a unionized company, so to think that its pilots are paid anywhere near that low a salary is absurd.
Change "Men" to "Man" in the title of his book, Stupid White Men, and he's got the perfect title for his autobiography.
Moore has long held an irrational hatred of
the U.S. and President Bush. In message posted on his Web site back on
September 14, Moore screeched: "Am I angry? You bet I am. I am an
American citizen, and my leaders have taken my money to fund mass murder.
And now my friends have paid the price with their lives.
The secret weapon MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield uses when in Pakistan or Iran: She's "very quick to point out" that she's not a U.S. citizen but is Canadian. With that known, "I tend to get a warmer reception," she proudly informed David Letterman on Tuesday night.
On the February 19 Late Show, Banfield, host of MSNBC's 9pm EST hour in which she broadcasts from places like Pakistan and Iran, recalled her recent experience interviewing Yasser Arafat, relating an all-too-fond series of recollections which I have not had time yet to transcribe. [See Web Update below]
After a commercial break, Letterman only had
time for a short second segment with her. So he crammed all his questions
into one up front:
If being Canadian is such a great advantage, why doesn't she stay there and work for a Canadian network?
[Web Update: In the first segment of her Letterman appearance, MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield recounted her recent experience interviewing Yasser Arafat. She gushed about his stamina, marveling at how he supposedly works until 3am as he "sleeps about two or three hours a night." Asked whether Arafat is controlling terrorism, Banfield portrayed him as some sort of victim of terrorist actions he has nothing to do with inspiring for decades, proclaiming: "He answered me frankly. He said, 'I'm doing the best I can.'" After all, Banfield rationalized, "he's facing down Ariel Sharon right now, who's the hardest line hawk that they've had in a long time."
MRC analyst Brian Boyd took down the two additional exchanges from the February 19 Late Show:
-- Arafat the 22 Hours-a-Day 72-Year-Old
-- Arafat "frankly" trying to
control terrorism in the face of the "hardest line hawk,"
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
CNN's Headline News offered advice on how to subvert U.S. law in order to travel to Cuba, the Miami Herald's TV critic reported on Tuesday in a story highlighted by FNC's Brit Hume that night.
The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin failed to give a date for what he caught, as he recounted what he characterized as CNN's "bold bid for the all-important Felons Aged 21-55 ratings demographic." Garvin disclosed: "Early-morning anchor Robin Meade and Atlanta travel consultant Chris McGinnis, who regularly contributes travel pieces to the network, offered the advice."
An excerpt from Garvin's February 19 piece:
Explaining how to celebrate "a romantic getaway to Cuba," McGinnis noted: "There are ways you could go legally, some ways you can go illegally Now, of course, we need to tell you that you probably should try to go legally first."
But that, he admitted, isn't easy, since the U.S. government generally approves trips only for government officials, journalists, athletes competing in a specific event or those with close family members living in Cuba.
"If you want to kind of go around the legal way to go, you have to travel to a third country," McGinnis told the ever-smiling Meade. "So you have to go to either Nassau in the Bahamas, a few cities in Mexico, Toronto in Canada, or via Montego Bay." A slide prepared by CNN's art department popped onto the screen to diagram the routes helpfully.
McGinnis followed that with information on hotels and currency exchange rates, and then warned viewers not to pay for anything with credit cards lest the fed snoops find out. "What you're doing down there is trading with, supposedly, the enemy, and it's illegal," he said....
Plenty of news organizations have done stories on U.S. tourists illegally visiting Cuba; that's a legitimate story. (And, certainly, from those stories, a reader or viewer could figure out how to do it.) But helping them to break American law crosses a line into something that's not journalism. I've been watching television for more than 40 years, but this was the first time I've ever seen a network provide a detailed blueprint on how to violate the law....
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To read the entire column: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/2697043.htm 
Speaking of wacky stuff from CNN which favors a liberal political agenda, a MRC Web-visitor, whom I forgot to ask permission to credit by name, alerted us to a CNN.com story from last week which carried the dramatic headline: "Global warming could slow Earth spin, lengthen days." Citing "a new scientific report" from "Belgian researchers," CNN's Richard Stenger trumpeted how "the carbon gas spike could add 11 extra microseconds every ten years."
Eleven-millionths of a second over ten years! How will we survive?!?! How will we ever notice?
An excerpt from the CNN article posted on February 13:
By steadily releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, humans could inadvertently slow down the rotation of the Earth, according to a new scientific report.
A team of Belgian researchers came to that conclusion after using climate models to simulate a 1 percent increase in the primary greenhouse gas each year, a rise they said coincides with current trends.
While slight, the shift in the planet's spin could be measured over the course of decades, providing an ideal method to check the effects of civilization-induced warming of the world, the scientists said....
In the short term, natural variations in such weather systems would muddle the task of determining how much the gas influx slows the planet.
But over decades or longer, the human effect could become quite pronounced, at least in relation to precise measurements of celestial mechanics.
The carbon gas spike could add 11 extra microseconds every ten years, unless changes in wind speed and atmospheric pressure somehow cancel each other out, the Belgian Royal Observatory scientists calculated. A microsecond is 1 millionth of a second....
END of Excerpt
For the entirety of the CNN.com article:
In the spirit of the Olympics, from the February 18 Late Show with David Letterman (http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/ ), the "Top Ten Ways to Make Curling More Exciting." Copyright 2002 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. How about calling it anything but "curling"?
All you have to know to dislike curling is that Peter Jennings, a native of Canada like Ashleigh Banfield, is a fan of it, as he noted before a Tuesday night story about the "sport." -- Brent Baker 
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