Carlson's Class Warfare; Celebrities Pitch in for Bill
The June MediaNomics (What the news media tell Americans about free enterprise) can now be read on the MRC's Web site. The Web site is back up after being down for a few days and MRC Web manager Joe Alfonsi has placed all the MediaNomics articles at: http://www.mrc.org/medianomics/1997/1997medianomics.asp 
1) Clinton's tax cut proposal
generated some conflicting headlines Tuesday morning.
2) CNN's Washington Bureau Chief realized how well Time magazine's former Washington Bureau Chief holds to the Democratic Party talking points. MRC analyst Clay Waters caught this June 29 exchange on CNN's Late Edition about the Republican tax cut bill:
Margaret Carlson, Time:
"The working class are going to be eating bologna as a result of
this tax bill because 40 percent of the children aren't going to get
anything from the childcare, the child tax credit because, as
Republicans said last week, 'We're not giving out welfare here.' Well,
these are the people who catch the early bus, probably two buses to
get to their jobs, may even work two jobs or making less than $30,000
a year and are paying huge amounts in payroll taxes and they're going
to get no relief from this, while people earning $110,000 a year are
Indeed, Carlson did once write speeches for a liberal Democrat. During the Carter years she wrote them as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It's been more than 15 years since she jumped to journalism. Hard to tell.
Clinton started the day with a $1 million noontime event in Boston. The July 1 Boston Globe reported: "As luncheon guests dined on chicken roulades with summer vegetables, baby greens, and fruit tarts, Clinton met privately with about 100 of the party's biggest givers at an event hosted by comedian and actor Chevy Chase." The Washington Post relayed that Chase "got a long, warm hug from Clinton."
Clinton then flew to New York City where, the AP's Ron Fournier learned, "Democrats had three events from which to choose." The first event limousine liberals could drop in on was a reception with Al Gore. The other two involved celebrities:
-- "A special production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Whoopi Goldberg. Tickets ranged from $125 to $25,000," the AP reported. The New York Times elaborated that the play's company manager said that Goldberg "was instrumental in making sure last night's event happened...'It's something she wanted to do,' she said. 'Whoopi is friendly with the President. And he had promised her he'd see the show, apparently.'"
-- AP described the second event: "A Late-night Plaza Hotel dinner with Clinton, Goldberg and a range of entertainers, including musician Wynton Marsalis, actor Andy Garcia, actress Lauren Bacall, actress Glen Close and model Christie Brinkley. The filet of salmon teriyaki and salad mache with roasted shiitake mushrooms cost $5,000 a pop." Bacall, the New York Times noted, "served as master of ceremonies." The Washington Post added actress Andie McDowell to the list of attendees.
Speaking the Hollywood
celebrities who jump at an opportunity to help the Democrats raise
money, actor Tommy Lee Jones denied any such interest when profiled in
the June 8 Parade magazine. Insisted Jones:
Really? Let's go back to the
May 7 CyberAlert, which reported the effusive praise Jones heaped on
the Clintons and Gores when he served as master of ceremonies for a
May 1 Democratic fundraiser:
He doesn't sound very uncomfortable to me.
-- Brent Baker