Gumbel, Rather & MRC
Four quick items today:
1) Bryant Gumbel
blames conservatives for the Medicare financial crisis.
2) To Dan Rather
you're either for "peace" or you're a "right-winger."
3) An ABC reporter
takes a shot at right-wing politicians for exploiting strains in society.
4) MRC announces
"Media Reality Check '96" campaign. Press conference will air on
The expected report finding that Medicare will go broke in 2001, one year
earlier than expected, led to a Today show segment Wednesday morning (June
5). In a discussion with Tim Russert about political posturing on Medicare
by both sides over the past year, Gumbel asked Russert:
"Tim, curious. Would we still be having this
discussion if everyone hadn't attacked the President's health care reform
plan for political expediency about two years ago?"
Here's how Dan Rather introduced a CBS Evening News story Wednesday night
"Arab leaders who've made peace with Israel
held an emergency summit today. They're trying to close ranks and preserve
the peace process now that Israelis have voted out the government that
made peace with the PLO and voted in right-winger Benjamin
Steve Allen of the Internet Guild alerted me to this gem buried in the
last paragraph of Washington Post "Metro" section columnist
Donna Britt's May 31 offering. Britt explored why blacks are still mad at
Janet Cooke, the Post reporter who in 1981 won the Pulitzer Prize for a
story she made up about an 8-year-old heroin addict. Britt later quoted
current ABC News reporter Michel McQueen, a colleague of Cooke's at the
Post in 1981, explaining how Cooke "adroitly manipulated
racial-gender tension." Three paragraphs later McQueen asserted:
"Ultimately, I don't relate to Janet as a
black woman. I see her as a...human being who exploited strains in our
society to her benefit. Whether you're a right-wing politician, or a black
scam artist, you should pay the price for that."
At a press conference Wednesday morning MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III
announced the MRC's "Media Reality Check '96" campaign to fight
back against media bias. This e-mail service is one of many elements.
CSPAN2 will show the 35-minute press conference at 7:20am Eastern Thursday
June 6. It may also air sometime Thursday on CSPAN.
Set your VCRs. Or, I can fax you his statement.
Home | News Division
| Bozell Columns | CyberAlerts
Media Reality Check | Notable Quotables | Contact
the MRC | Subscribe