Three items today:
1. Bob Dole
is losing. What's to blame? The fact that he's failed to nail down his
conservative base? No, ABC says -- surprise, surprise -- that he's moved
"too far to the right."
2. A White
House reporter for the New York Times will soon marry a former Clinton
Press Secretary turned liberal commentator.
Gumbel urges prayer for children because of the welfare reform bill.
- It could be argued that Bob
Dole is losing because he lacks conservative passion, that
conservatives don't trust that he'll follow through on his
conservative promises. But that's not a view ABC took Monday night. On
the September 23 World News Tonight reporter Dean Reynolds explored
why Dole is behind in Michigan's 8th congressional district, the
Lansing area. In 1992 the networks didn't blame conservatives for
Bush's impending loss until October. This year ABC made an early
- Reynolds found people happy
with the economy and cynical about the political process. Reynolds
explained: "The same cynicism that may deflect attacks on
Clinton, seems to work directly against Bob Dole with many voters here
calling his 15 percent tax cut idea a political gimmick."
- Following a soundbite from a
teacher who asserted that you can't cut taxes without increasing the
deficit and who then denounced Newt Gingrich, Reynolds relayed:
"Many of the voters we spoke with blamed Gingrich for last year's
government shut down, for a mean-spirited attitude generally, and for
attempts to trim Medicare specifically."
- Reynolds then aired a
soundbite from Ron Bell, a man on golf course: "I think that
anybody that came out as strong as Mr. Gingrich did when he first came
out regarding Medicare was committing political suicide and I think
the Republican Party took too long before they tried to quiet him
- Reynolds: "And Ron Bell
is a life-long Republican."
- Interviewer, off camera:
"Your party. Did it move too far to the right?"
- Bell: "Yes, far too far
to the right."
- Reynolds: "That may
explain why Dole is having trouble winning over women voters."
- Woman in restaurant: "I
am a Republican and I'm having some troubles with the platform because
- 2nd woman in restaurant:
"I think abortion is not a political issue. It has no business in
- Reynolds: "And where
there is support for Dole, it often sounds lukewarm."
- 3rd woman in restaurant:
"I will support Dole and most probably vote for him, but it would
have been nice if we had a different candidate.
- Reynolds concluded his story:
"Across Michigan's 8th district, from the city streets to the
fields of corn, the Dole campaign is struggling, trailing and has six
weeks to catch up."
- So busy portraying Dole as
"too far to the right," Reynolds failed to consider that
maybe voters don't believe his tax cut promise because Dole has a long
record of raising taxes over conservative objections. Reynolds also
failed to look at how Reagan and Bush managed to win with a pro-life
- Monday's Washington Post
"Reliable Source" column revealed that "Former White
House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, 35, and New York Times White
House reporter Todd Purdum, 36, are engaged after dating seriously for
about a year." Myers is now the liberal co-host of CNBC's Equal
- The Children Defense Fund's
Marian Wright Edelman appeared on Monday's Today show (September 23)
to promote the paperback release of her book titled Guide My Feet.
It's a collection of "prayers and meditations for children."
- Bryant Gumbel asked her:
"In light of the new welfare reform bill, do you think the
children need more prayers than ever before?"
- Yes, that when they grow up
they won't have to watch biased morning show hosts like Bryant Gumbel.