Tax Cut "Bad for the Economy"; Hillary's "Modern Fairy Tale"; Gore Has Lost Gumbel & Rivera; Gore to Hijack Air Force Two?
1) CBS's Scott Pelley pressed George Bush on 60 Minutes II about naming his brother Jeb the Attorney General. "He didn't go to law school," Bush observed. Pelley imagined Alan Greenspan would say "an across the board tax cut is probably bad for the economy" and demanded of Bush, so "will you listen?"
2) CBS relayed Gore's claim that Democrats and Republicans were treated differently with absentee ballots, but FNC's Jim Angle pointed that "the local elections supervisor has given a sworn statement to the court that no Democratic ballot requests were thrown out and there is no such allegation in court."
3) NBC Nightly News on Hillary Clinton: "It's a modern fairy tale. From First Lady entertaining 20,000 guests at 26 Christmas parties to just another freshman Senator today arriving for orientation in an SUV, no limo....From foie gras to Senate bean soup."
4) FNC's Brit Hume highlighted how Slate's Jacob Weisberg undermined the Miami Herald calculation that Gore would have won a flawless vote by 23,000. More like by barely 400 when you eliminate the double votes.
5) George Stephanopoulos and Jonathan Alter offered foreboding predictions about a strategy to de-legitimize George Bush: Liberal groups will count Florida ballots themselves and declare Gore the true winner.
You don't have to be a lawyer to be Attorney General, but it would help. In a very odd series of questions, on 60 Minutes II Wednesday night CBS's Scott Pelley pressed George W. Bush about whether, like John Kennedy, he'd make his brother the Attorney General. Bush declined the opportunity, informing Pelley that Jeb "didn't go to law school." Pelley remained undeterred.
Bush may not be ready yet to accept the title of "President-elect," but Pelley gave him a preview of how the networks approach Republican Presidents from the left on issues like taxes. Pelley imagined a situation in which Alan Greenspan would say "an across the board tax cut is probably bad for the economy." To which Pelley demanded: "Will you listen?"
Earlier, Pelley pointed out Dick Cheney's public activities and demanded "Who's in charge?" He raised the complaint that it was "irresponsible" for Cheney to mention the possibility of a recession, pointed out that the Republican congressional leadership are "not your kind of Republicans and you're not their kind of Republican." Pelley also brought up how Bush would be the first President in 100 years to lose the popular vote, so "does that make a Bush presidency somehow less legitimate?"
Pelley began his December 5 interview by asking if Bush considered Gore to be a sore loser, what would he say to Al Gore, can he imagine any scenario in which he loses and how did the election night concession retraction call unfold and was he "snippy" during it.
Then Pelley arrived at his more politically charged
topics: "In recent days and weeks we have seen your running mate Mr.
Cheney holding news conferences, opening the transition office, moving
things forward. We have not seen a great deal of you. Who's in
Pelley followed up with criticism of Cheney: "Some people believe with the markets in the condition they're in, for Dick Cheney to go out and say we're on the front edge of a recession was irresponsible."
After getting Bush to agree that Colin Powell is in
line for a cabinet position, Pelley lunched his strange series of
questions about Jeb Bush: "Are you giving any thought to making your
brother Attorney General? John Kennedy did it for Bobby Kennedy."
Pelley moved on to pointing out that by winning by a mere 537 votes he hardly has a sweeping mandate, so how will he pull the House and Senate together?
Next, Pelley took on Republican leaders as too conservative: "You know the leadership in the Congress, the Republican leadership in the Congress: Senator Lott, Congressman Armey, Congressman DeLay -- they're not your kind of Republicans and you're not their kind of Republican."
Pelley reminded Bush that Clinton embraced Federal
Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Bush replied that he is looking
forward to working with Greenspan, prompting Pelley to turn on his liberal
imagination: "If in that first meeting with Mr. Greenspan, the
Chairman of the Fed, he says to you, 'Mr. President, I think an across
the board tax cut is probably bad for the economy.' Will you
(Wednesday morning on NBC's Today, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed, Katie Couric forwarded the same anti-tax cut theme. She told economist Alan Sinai: "Now you say though there are some things that can be done if the Fed acts appropriately and the government takes some steps. For example across the board tax cut possibly as Dick Cheney has recommended, that the economy can bounce back even though some economists say across the board tax cuts are not the answer, increased government spending is.")
Gore's fanciful imagination? During his appearance Tuesday before reporters on the White House driveway, Al Gore embraced the Seminole and Martin County lawsuits aimed at throwing out all the absentee ballots. The CBS Evening News relayed, without contradiction, Gore's claim that Democrats and Republicans were treated differently. But as Jim Angle pointed out on FNC: "The local elections supervisor has given a sworn statement to the court that no Democratic ballot requests were thrown out and there is no such allegation in court."
ABC's World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News only showed Gore predicting the two absentee ballot cases would eventually end up in the Florida Supreme Court.
On the December 5 CBS Evening News, John Roberts reported: "With options to count disputed ballots running out, Gore today turned about face and for the first time publicly embraced two other court cases that seek to throw out thousands of Republican absentee votes in Seminole and Martin counties."
Roberts pointed out how Gore had stayed away from
the cases because they run contrary to counting every vote, but "Gore
today found a way to make them fit his philosophy by claiming that
Democratic voters were treated unfairly."
Jim Angle on FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume
played clips of Gore making the same claim, but Angle checked them against
reality. FNC showed Gore claiming: "I'm not a party to that case or
the Martin County case" and "there were more than enough votes
to make the difference that were apparently thrown into the, the
applications for ballots were thrown into the trash can by the supervisor
of elections there."
Later on the CBS Evening News, Jim Axelrod provided
a full story on the Seminole case but failed to raise Angle's angle.
Picking up on how Democratic lawyer Harry Jacobs is suing, Axelrod
asserted: "He says the Republican supervisor there let Republicans
tamper with absentee ballot applications. Dirty politics says his lawyer,
and illegal." After letting a Bush lawyer call it a minor violation,
Axelrod concluded by hitting both sides:
Axelrod failed to pick up on a connection
between those bringing the absentee ballot lawsuit and the Democratic
National Committee, FNC's Brit Hume highlighted Tuesday night:
To read the Orlando Sentinel article, go to:
Andrea Mitchell's fairy tale about Hillary Clinton's arrival in the Senate. On Tuesday's NBC Nightly News Mitchell effused her awe over Hillary Clinton's "modern fairy tale" transformation into a Senator as she reported on her first day of Senate orientation.
Mitchell began her piece by gushing: "It's a
modern fairy tale. From First Lady entertaining 20,000 guests at 26
Christmas parties to just another freshman Senator today arriving for
orientation in an SUV, no limo. From America's finest antiques to
unpacking boxes in a basement office. From foie gras to Senate bean soup.
The Senator-elect goes to the Capitol."
If all were perfect not a 23,000 vote Gore win but a Gore win, maybe, by 409 votes. FNC's Brit Hume Tuesday night pointed out how a liberal reporter contradicted the claim of a one professor, whose analysis the Miami Herald plastered on its front page, that in a flawless election Gore would have won Florida by 23,000. ABC's World News Tonight ran a full story Sunday night on the theory, the December 4 CyberAlert detailed.
Hume recalled on his December 5 show: "The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that by projecting the voting percentages which Bush and Gore got in each of Florida's counties against the number of votes not counted statewide because counting machines threw them out shows that Gore could have won the state by at least 23,000 votes."
Hume then alerted viewers: "But Jacob Weisberg of the liberal online publication Slate notes that The Herald included ballots in that tally that were thrown out because they were marked twice or more for President. He points out that such ballots are never counted, recount or no recount, anywhere. He then did his own calculations of what would have happened if the same kind of manual recount that was done in Broward County, where a very liberal standard was used in determining voter intent, were done statewide, and determined Gore would still have come out 709 votes short."
Since posting that analysis Monday night on Slate, Weisberg was forced to update it as readers found some errors in his calculation. Weisberg's revised guestimate posted Tuesday afternoon: "If all of Florida's counties had done a hand recount using the chad-counting rules employed by Broward County, Al Gore would not lose Florida by 709 votes, as I predicted yesterday. Gore would win Florida by 409 votes!"
Of course, that means he still would lose using Palm Beach County standards for not counting dimples.
And either way the professor's analysis legitimized by the Miami Herald was way off base.
To read Weisberg's original piece, go to:
For his revised analysis:
Speaking of Hume, over a graphic of the ABC logo
with this text below, "More Americans can't turn to ABC News for
this story," Hume picked up and expanded on an item in Tuesday's
Two liberals getting paid as reporters, George Stephanopoulos and Jonathan Alter, have offered foreboding predictions about a soon to be implemented strategy to de-legitimize George Bush after inauguration: Liberal groups will take advantage of Florida's sunshine laws to count ballots themselves and declare Gore the true winner.
-- George Stephanopoulos. On ABC's Good Morning
America on December 5 Charles Gibson asked: "Let me ask you sort of a
very hypothetical question. Let's say that the Vice President loses in the
Florida Supreme Court, it's over, George Bush is sworn in as President.
Someday, somebody's going to look at those 14,000 votes."
-- Newsweek's Jonathan Alter on CNBC's Rivera
Live the night before. MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens observed how Alter
alerted Rivera: "The other thing to keep in mind Geraldo is with
these 14,000 ballots or the 10,000 anyway in Miami-Dade. Eventually we
will know. The Sunshine state has one of the most permissive sunshine
laws, public access laws of any state in the union. So some kind of
liberal legal gadfly, maybe you Geraldo, will eventually apply-"
The end must be near for Al Gore. Two of the media's biggest liberals, Geraldo Rivera and Bryant Gumbel, have lost faith that he can win.
Bryant Gumbel opened a December 5 Early Show interview with the Hotline's Craig Crawford: "Gore didn't just lose in Leon County, he got trounced. Fair to say the decision was much worse than Gore or his advisors expected?"
Gumbel also betrayed his lack of faith in Gore's cause in another question picked up by MRC analyst Brian Boyd: "What about the Supreme Court, I mean, realistically having had their wrists slapped in Washington is it realistic to think the seven justices on Florida's Supreme Court will be anxious to help Al Gore a second time?"
Gumbel's last inquiry for Crawford assumed Gore will concede: "Final note, your best guess, when's Al Gore concede?"
Monday night on his CNBC show Geraldo Rivera
insisted Gore really did get more votes than Bush in Florida, but he's
resigned himself to reality as he rued:
joking about refusing to leave the VP residence or hijacking Air Force
Two? Claire Shipman wrapped up a piece on Tuesday's NBC Nightly News by
Can we be sure he's really joking? -- Brent Baker 
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