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2) How to get on TV if you're conservative or Republican: criticize another of your own kind. The networks played up conservative criticism of the death penalty and of Senator Gordon Smith condemning his colleagues for opposing the hate crimes bill. NBC: He appealed to fellow "Christians to put down their stones."
4) Two FNC exclusives: Los Alamos officials countermanded a panel's recommendation and loosened security for nuclear information and a White House computer specialist contradicted Gore and contended the "White House was arrogant and incompetent" in ignoring repeated warnings about how e-mail could be lost.
Cartoons online. Chuck Asay, an editorial cartoonist based at the Colorado
Springs Gazette-Telegraph whose work the MRC's MediaWatch newsletter
often printed because he frequently highlighted liberal media bias, has
joined the MRC's CNSNews.com line-up of cartoonists. The editorial
cartoons from Asay and five others can be seen at: http://www.cnsnews.com/cartoon/welcome.asp
It's serious now. ABC and CBS led Tuesday night with high gas prices and who is to blame. After the World News Tonight story by Jackie Judd, ABC anchor Peter Jennings asked Cokie Roberts: "Do senior Democrats actually think that these prices could put seats in peril and even Vice President Gore's candidacy?" Her ominous answer: "Yes."
No wonder the networks are so concerned about it.
There's one sure way for extremist conservatives to suddenly be considered insightful and expert assessors of policies: Bash other conservatives or Republicans who are pursuing policies with which the media disagree. Tuesday's broadcast network newscasts delivered examples of this phenomenon in two issue areas: George W. Bush's support for the death penalty and conservative opposition to the hate crimes bill passed by the Senate. When did you last see R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Pat Robertson and the writer of a National Review cover story all in one network news story about something other than a vast right-wing conspiracy?
ABC's Dean Reynolds insisted on June 20 that "Bush's unwavering confidence that everyone on death row in Texas has been fairly tried" is "generating considerable controversy." He then trumpeted how "in the nation's leading conservative publications there is now a suggestion that opposing the death penalty is consistent with conservative suspicion of big government."
CBS's Bob Schieffer and NBC's Lisa Myers both highlighted Republican Senator Gordon Smith's condemnation of his fellow Republicans for opposing the hate crimes bill. "A conservative Republican," Myers hailed, "appeals to fellow Republicans and Christians to put down their stones."
-- Keeping up ABC's drumbeat on behalf of Texas death row prisoner Gary Graham, Tuesday night ABC's World News Tonight ran yet another piece from Dean Reynolds on how Bush is out of step in not backing off his support for capital punishment.
Reynolds noted that Bush canceled a news conference, and then explained why: "Bush was heckled by death penalty opponents yesterday and exposing him to reporters' questions this morning was certain to keep the death penalty front and center."
In fact, as ABC's story proved, the media didn't need an excuse to continue harping on the story.
Reynolds portrayed Bush
as the one out of tune: "But it is Bush's unwavering confidence
that everyone on death row in Texas has been fairly tried and considered
that is generating considerable controversy. And that is due in many ways
to a very clear shift on the issue among some conservative leaders and
opinion shapers who otherwise support Bush. When Governor George Ryan of
Illinois, a Republican, stopped all executions in his state he was hailed
as courageous. When conservative commentator Pat Robertson called for a
nationwide moratorium it added pressure from a powerful Republican
(Reynolds failed to note why producers picked Cannon for a soundbite: He wrote a recent National Review article presenting the conservative case against capital punishment.)
"And others say conservatives are joining a trend."
Thanks in part, no doubt, to misleading reporting about innocent people being put to death. The Texas system may have some procedural shortcomings on safeguards which some conservatives would like to correct, but the current media crusade is fueled by liberal political activists using Bush's candidacy as a publicity hook for their cause.
-- Bob Schieffer provided the so-called "Real Deal" on the CBS Evening News, this time about the Senate passage of a hate crimes bill.
Following a soundbite
from Trent Lott arguing current state laws are adequate, Schieffer
celebrated a Republican defector:
Schieffer ended his piece by running a soundbite from Ted Kennedy proclaiming the bill would ensure "equal protection of the law."
In opening the NBC
Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw provided a hint of balance in introducing a
much less balanced story:
Lisa Myers began the
subsequent story with pro-bill spin:
Viewers then saw a clip
of Ted Kennedy declaring hate crimes are rooted in bigotry which must be
eliminated. Myers noted how the bill to allow federal prosecution of
crimes motivated by race, gender or sexual orientation passed 57 to 42.
After a soundbite from Trent Lott, Myers went on:
Myers then spent the
rest of the story relaying the other side as she tagged Gordon Smith as
"conservative" after having not labeled Ted Kennedy:
"Others argue that hate crimes are worse because they're meant to
terrorize an entire group. A conservative Republican says the real
stumbling block is that many in his party don't want to appear to
endorse homosexuality. Quoting the Bible, he appeals to fellow Republicans
and Christians to put down their stones."
After that clip Myers concluded by noting how proponents have asked Bill Clinton to put his influence behind the bill as it goes to the House.
Next time you are ill, or if you ever are the victim of a serious disease, head to Oman, Dominica or Costa Rica. They all have better health care systems according to a study ABC publicized Tuesday night which put equal distribution of health services ahead of the quality of those health services.
France finished first and Italy second in the World Health Organization (WHO) survey of health care systems heralded on the June 20 World News Tonight. WHO put the United States in 37th place. John McKenzie began his report by acknowledging that the U.S. spends the most on health care at $4,000 per person and has the best equipment and scientific research, but was still ranked behind Spain at 7, Oman at 8, Ireland at 19, Dominica at 35 and Costa Rica at 36.
Why? WHO Dr. Christopher
Murray said health care must reach all a nation's citizens. McKenzie
explained: "And in the U.S. that includes serving Native Americans
living on reservations, African-Americans in rural parts of the
Mississippi Delta, the poor of the inner-cities."
Bottom line, where do you think the WHO doctors want to have their surgery: in Dominica, Oman, Costa Rica or the U.S.?
Los Alamos lab officials countermanded a panel's recommendation and loosened security for nuclear information and a White House computer specialist contended the "White House was arrogant and incompetent" in ignoring repeated warnings about how e-mail could be lost. His comments, FNC's Rita Cosby noted, "contradict what the Vice President and his staff have said."
Those revelations came in two exclusive stories on the Fox News Channel Tuesday night, June 20. Each ran on both the 6pm ET/9pm PT Special Report with Brit Hume and, in reverse order, on the 7pm ET Fox Report.
Taking them in the sequence presented on Hume's show, Brian Wilson recalled how in 1995 Bill Clinton signed an executive order to reduce secrecy, a move, Wilson noted, some say led to a lax attitude at the Los Alamos lab.
Wilson outlined what FNC
discovered: "1997, in response to the President's directive, then
Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary appointed a panel to recommend ways
the DOE could declassify some of its information, much of it dating back
to the Nevada nuclear tests of the 1940s. But in a final report the panel
surprised many with what became known as the 'high fences passage,' a
suggestion that 'strict and perhaps higher levels of security be
maintained around the more sensitive material.' In forceful language the
panel agreed a suggestion to increase security around what is known as
Sigma 14 and 15 nuclear information 'is valid and in fact should be
treated as an imperative.' Ultimately the panel recommended
'reclassifying this sensitive information to Top Secret.'
Next, Rita Cosby picked
up on information divulged by Judicial Watch and followed-up by talking to
Howard Sparks, who has been a White House employee since 1987. In a live
stand-up she relayed what he told her:
Cosby pointed out how "Sparks's comments contradict what the Vice President and his staff have said. Recently the Vice President's office said it lost e-mails from 1997 and 1998 that were ordered to be turned over in a subpoena. Some of those e-mails discussed Monica Lewinsky and campaign finance issues and some Republicans allege that the Vice President's office intentionally deleted them. Now in recent weeks the Vice President and also his staff have said that they were not aware of any problems with the e-mail system nor were they aware of any back up systems that could have been placed to save them."
One more example of how the Fox News Channel really does deliver a different kind of news product.
Barbara Walters, the singing newswoman. Tuesday on ABC's daytime talk show, The View, Walters reminisced with former Latin Quarter singers and dancers about the New York City nightclub her late father, Lou Walters, ran in the 1940s and 1950s. Then, after a couple of dance routines by retired club performers, accompanied on piano by the club's former music director, Walters sang The Latin Quarter's traditional closing number.
You have to hear it to appreciate it, so MRC Webmaster Andy Szul will post a clip, in RealPlayer format, on Wednesday as soon as I can get the tape to him. The show is not on the MRC's regular taping schedule, but I got a tape in at the CyberAlert overnight newsroom (aka my home) in time to catch the performance from Walters when Washington's ABC affiliate, WJLA-TV, which delays The View until 2:05am the next morning, played the show. Late morning Wednesday ET, go to the MRC home page and the video should be up: http://www.mrc.org
An hour-long show, The View runs on most ABC stations in the late morning and is hosted by former CBS 60 Minutes reporter Meredith Viera and former NBC News reporter Star Jones as well as another woman whose name I now cannot recall. Walters pops in two or three times a week to gab, as she did Tuesday to plug her Friday 20/20 interview with Al and Tipper Gore and to talk about the cookie recipes submitted to the Ladies Home Journal by Laura Bush and Tipper Gore.
Sometimes it's hard to decipher the reasoning of a Hollywood actor, or even what he is talking about. [Those uncomfortable with vulgar or slang terminology for an oral sex act should read no further.]
Those intrigued, stay with me. This quote combines a favorable view of oral sex with a disgust for those who are against gun control. I think. I'm solid on the former, a bit unsure on the latter.
MRC news analyst Paul
Smith came across the following quote, listed without any headline or
topic, in the June 14 edition of the "CyberTalk" column in
"EW Daily" on the Entertainment Weekly magazine's Web site:
Entertainment Weekly's attribution for the insight: "Emilio Estevez, who plays a porn peddler in Showtime's Rated X."
I'd be more comfortable if the Hollywood Left ceased analyzing politics through the same activity that got their hero, Bill Clinton, into a bit of trouble. -- Brent Baker
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