Three items today:
Gumbel wonders if OJ Simpson "will ever get a fair shake in this
country?" It's one of several liberal questions on race he poses to
newly moderate President Clinton attends a fundraiser packed with
aging 1960s lefties and Hollywood celebrities with animus toward
a major newspaper says it was an error to report that Bill Clinton and
Dick Morris have been unfaithful to their wives.
Wednesday's Today (October 2) carried the third part of Bryant
Gumbel's interview with Johnnie Cochran. And as he did on Monday, Gumbel
again used the segment as an opportunity to promote his liberal views on
much media attention the first OJ trial attracted, Bryant Gumbel asked:
"Do you think if those two victims had been, say, Marguerite, his
first wife, and Al Cowlings, his best friend, that there would have been
the same amount?"
responded: "Absolutely not. And I think any person who wants to be
honest about it would say the same thing."
To which Gumbel shot back: "Why? Because America doesn't care about
reply, Gumbel inquired: "Most white Americans still charge that OJ's
jurors didn't do their job. You talk about a rush to judgment. They would
claim the same. They would claim the verdict was race based. Do you think
their judgment of those jurors is race based?"
asking if the complicated case merited more consideration that jury gave
it in a few hour of deliberation, Gumbel wondered: "Do you think OJ
will ever get a fair shake in this country. Will people ever let him live
out his life and accept the fact that he was acquitted?"
Fair shake? He's
a millionaire football player who successfully led a second career as a
sports commentator, actor and commercial spokesman. He then murders two
people but is found not guilty. How unfair.
At Boston's Fleet Center Saturday night the Democrats and Senator John
Kerry held a $2 million fundraiser starring several celebrities.
Democratic convention, NBC's Tom Brokaw insisted that since 1992 Clinton
and Gore "have slid across the political spectrum to really right of
center." Keeping that assurance in mind, here's a bit of Boston Globe
reporter Michael Grunwald's September 29 story on the event: "Peter,
Paul and Mary played 'Blowin in the Wind,' even though President Clinton
has been accused of doing just that. In fact, the legendary folk trio even
played 'Puff the Magic Dragon' -- and the President clapped along, war on
drugs notwithstanding....It was a long, strange trip at the Fleet Center
last night, as a parade of lefty rockers and folkies brought back a slice
of 1960s culture for a 1990s audience."
activists were in attendance to praise the President. The Washington Post
reported on September 30: "Mary Travers said peace, justice and
equality are still what the fight is all about, while [Don] Henley praised
the President for protecting the environment and exhorted the audience to
elect a Democratic Congress 'so that there will be trees to hug,'"
also attended as the Boston Herald's Ed Hayward reported that
comedienne/actress Whoopi Goldberg announced: "I'm glad to see some
good-looking people in office. The other party seems to have taken some
Isn't that the
kind of language the media deem "nasty" when uttered by a
The Internet Guild's Steve Allen caught this gem while doing a Nexis
search. Under the "corrections and clarifications" heading the
September 5 Chicago Tribune corrected syndicated columnist Linda Bowles:
Wednesday Commentary page column, Linda Bowles stated that President
Clinton and his former campaign adviser Dick Morris both were 'guilty of
callous unfaithfulness to their wives and children.' Neither man has
admitted to being or been proven to have been unfaithful. The Tribune
regrets the error."
So, this is an
"error" but reporting "slashes" in Medicare or school
lunches is just solid reporting.
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