Budget Cut Realities; Lauer Urged Dole for VP; "Appeasement" of China
3) Today's Matt Lauer recommended that Bush pick Elizabeth Dole as his VP: "How powerful a team do you think they'd be?" Another host suggested that Jerry Falwell could have stopped anti-gay violence.
6) "I love hearing her voice," oozed Tom Brokaw about a columnist who aspired: "Perhaps it will take one more school shooting to move the majority of Americans into a position more powerful than that of the NRA."
>>> New York Post ad on Bryant Gumbel. Pick up a copy of today's (Wednesday, October 27) edition of the New York Post and you'll see a half page ad from the MRC about Bryant Gumbel's return next week to morning TV. In the ad put together by MRC Marketing Director Bonnie Goff, under a picture of Gumbel the ad features this quote from the July 27 Boston Globe: "Before he agreed to return to the smiley-face domain of morning television as host of CBS's upcoming The Early Show, Bryant Gumbel demanded and received assurances from his bosses that he wouldn't get 'called into the principal's office every morning' for speaking his mind." The ad then asks: "What mindset does Bryant Gumbel plan to express?" And the ad provides the answer with examples of his liberal advocacy. Those outside the New York City area, but along the Atlantic coast, can get the New York Post as it's sold at newsstands from Portland, Maine to Richmond, Virginia. <<<
There's been relatively little political news on the networks the last two nights with all the evening shows leading both Monday and Tuesday night with the crash of the business jet carrying golfer Payne Stewart. Monday night the three broadcast evening shows each ran one piece on Pat Buchanan's announcement that he's running for the Reform Party's presidential nomination.
Tuesday night, October 26, neither ABC's World News Tonight or the CBS Evening News aired any political stories as the budget battle has not interested network producers. NBC Nightly News did feature a "Decision 2000" piece by Andrea Mitchell on what NBC considers the new swing voters. Mitchell explained: "The candidates, all middle-aged men chasing next year's most important swing voters: older women....Four years ago it was soccer moms. This year it's older Americans, specifically women, the key undecided voters." Older voters are no longer New Dealers, Mitchell added, as many voted for Reagan and are "healthier, wealthier, more conservative."
All three broadcast evening shows jumped on an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association about obesity. All dubbed it an "epidemic." ABC took "A Closer Look" at, as their graphic put it, the "Fat Epidemic." CBS's Dan Rather tagged it an "obesity epidemic" while NBC's Tom Brokaw warned that the Centers for Disease Control said obesity is "now a problem of epidemic proportions."
As for the cable political shows, CNN devoted over half of Inside Politics to previewing its Wednesday night "town meeting" event featuring Al Gore and Bill Bradley. (CNN did also look at the budget. See item #2 below.)
Report with Brit Hume delivered a unique story from David Shuster about
Webster Hubbell's contrite address to the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants in which, Shuster imparted, Hubbell "seemed to
pour his heart out, saying he regrets stealing from his old firm."
Shuster reported that Hubbell admitted committing wrong acts while at the
Rose law firm, such as paying personal credit card bills with firm checks.
Shuster concluded by noting how, unlike many in the Clinton world, Hubbell
refused to blame others:
That puts Hubbell to the right of NBC's Geraldo Rivera.
In an Inside Politics story on Tuesday about the House GOP's proposed 1.4 percent spending cut CNN's Bob Franken included a soundbite of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs claiming its impact would be "devastating," but failed to point out that even after such a cut Defense would be left with more money than proposed by the Clinton administration.
"The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff led the parade against an
But as National
Review asked in its October 26 "Washington Bulletin" e-mail
report, "one wonders how much more 'devastating' it would have been
had Congress merely accepted President Clinton's defense budget
request." NR pointed out:
While on the budget, and recalling how, as noted in the October 25 CyberAlert, ABC's Sam Donaldson suggested a 1.4 percent cut in medical research grants could mean the loss of "the penny that cures cancer," Tuesday's Investor's Business Daily informed readers that even with the proposed minor cut non-entitlement spending will continue to soar.
As IBD wrote in
its October 26 editorial:
Two oddball questions on Today caught by MRC analysts Geoffrey Dickens and Mark Drake: Matt Lauer recommended that George W. Bush pick Elizabeth Dole as his VP, wondering "how powerful a team" they'd be; and John Seigenthaler suggested that by holding a meeting Jerry Falwell could have prevented any and all of the anti-gay violence.
-- Wrapping up a
Tuesday interview with Pat Buchanan on his jump to the Reform Party, Today
co-host Matt Lauer proposed:
"They'd have money"? I thought the media line was she couldn't raise enough to stay in the race. More like he'd have money so with any running mate choice "they'd have money." And those "some people" are either liberal Republicans and/or Lauer's media colleagues, about the only ones enthralled by Dole.
-- Talking with Jerry Falwell on Sunday morning, October 24, about his Saturday outreach meeting with some gay leaders, Today co-host John Seigenthaler suggested: "Reverend Falwell, if you had a meeting like this years ago, do you think it would have prevented acts of violence against gays and lesbians?"
Like the people who do that kind of thing watch a network news story or read a newspaper report and then decide to not beat someone up.
Clinton's own former CIA chief accused the Clinton administration of "appeasement" toward the People's Republic of China, calling the policy "wrong-headed and dangerous." A Tuesday afternoon AP dispatch, caught by the MRC's new Director of the Free Market Project, Rich Noyes, relayed the comments of James Woolsey. No network picked up on the criticism Tuesday night, but keep your eyes open to see if you see any coverage Wednesday.
In the article distributed at 1:11pm ET on October 26, the AP's Barry Schweid wrote from Washington:
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey today accused the Clinton administration of pursuing a policy of appeasement toward China and likened it to the way Britain and France dealt with Nazi Germany on Czechoslovakia before World War II.
"It is wrong-headed and dangerous," Woolsey said as a House committee prepared to hold a hearing on legislation that would authorize the sale of conventional submarines, a theater missile defense and other military assistance to Taiwan.
The House International Relations Committee separately approved a bill that would increase military links with Taiwan by promoting U.S. training of Taiwan's military officers and opening up lines of communication with the Taiwan military during times of crisis.
Committee Chairman Ben Gilman, R-N.Y., said the bill was in response to "Beijing's outright refusal to renounce the use of force against Taiwan" and its "overwrought saber-rattling."....
Woolsey, central intelligence director for President Clinton in 1993-1994, said the administration policy is a potentially tragic attempt at "strategic ambiguity" like the failed effort by Britain and France to discourage Hitler from seizing Czechoslovakia.
"The executive branch needs to be forced to change its shortsighted policy," Woolsey said in backing the legislation at a seminar at the Nixon Center, a private research group.
Woolsey said Clinton's declaration of a "strategic relationship" with China, his adoption of a one-China approach on the dispute between Beijing and Taipei and repeated U.S. apologies for NATO's mistaken bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in May have encouraged hard-line factions in Beijing.
Appeasement is "a proper word to describe the administration's stand," Woolsey said....
Number 3 in the MRC's "Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles," a quote countdown to Bryant Gumbel's return to morning TV on November 1 as co-host of CBS's The Early Show, is now up on the MRC home page in RealPlayer format.
In this quote, from the March 17, 1998 Public Eye prime time show on CBS, during an interview with the New Yorker's Jane Mayer, who was promoting her hit piece on Linda Tripp, Gumbel disparaged the whistle blower:
"And Kathleen Willey also spoke about Linda Tripp, a Clinton-basher who seems to be at every ugly turn in this controversy. Tripp was outside the Oval Office when Willey emerged from her encounter with the President. Just how is it that Linda Tripp is so often conveniently involved in the President's troubles? For some clues let's bring in The New Yorker's Jane Mayer, who has profiled the controversial Miss Tripp in this week's issue...You write that co-workers often viewed her as an inveterate busybody. Has she always been a snoop and a gossip with a particular interest in other people's romantic lives?"
To watch this quote, numbers 10 to 4, as well as #2 which will be posted on Wednesday, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/gumbel/gumbelvideos.html 
Plus, for over 40 examples of Gumbel praising liberals and bashing conservatives from 1989 to 1999, click on the link to the "Anthology of On-Air Gumbel Stumbles." The direct address: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/gumbel/gumbelanthology.html 
The latest edition of the MRC's MagazineWatch noted that in the November 1 Newsweek, "columnist Anna Quindlen, fresh from the magazine's party in her honor with Tom Brokaw and other media bigwigs, announced: Maybe we really need another school shooting. After lashing out against the NRA and all those who dare believe in the Second Amendment, she presented a fascinating solution to resolve the gun control debate in this country."
Here's what Quindlen penned: "Perhaps it will take one more school shooting to move the majority of Americans into a position more powerful than that of the NRA. Perhaps it will take one more school shooting to move us from people who support gun control to people who vote it. But as we continue to let the widows and the wounded do the work, be warned. That next school may be the one your children attend; the next accident could be close to home."
That's the kind of
thinking which impresses Tom Brokaw. As conveyed in the June 22 CyberAlert,
in a June 17 appearance on the Imus in the Morning radio show, Brokaw
praised Newsweek's decision to have Quindlen replace the late Meg
Greenfield as the back of the magazine columnist alternating with George
covered in the October 26 MagazineWatch, compiled by MRC analyst Paul
Smith, about the November 1 issues:
To read these items, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/magwatch/mag19991026.html 
Catching up on some quotes bumped for space from recent CyberAlerts, CBS News warned Republicans ahead of time they better not reject the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and after they defied Bob Schieffer's decree a CBS colleague on 60 Minutes II used the Virgin Mary to denounce treaty opponents.
On the October 10
Face the Nation, three days before the treaty vote, host Bob Schieffer
warned Senate conservatives:
The next week,
after the treaty was defeated, on 60 Minutes II Jimmy Tingle, the show's
equivalent of Andy Rooney, assumed that the piece of paper would have
somehow prevented any country from testing nuclear weapons. In the October
19 commentary caught by MRC analyst Brian Boyd, Tingle even linked the
treaty defeat and negative reaction to the Brooklyn art museum exhibit:
Relaying without challenge Clinton's effusive claim of love for Hillary.
MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noticed that in an October 26 Good Morning
America story on a birthday fundraiser on New York City's Broadway for
Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign, ABC reporter Terry Moran relayed:
That's an endorsement no one else would want. -- Brent Baker 
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