MRC on CNN; Clinton & Blair Both to Center?
- MRC Chairman
to appear on CNN on Sunday to debate media coverage of the
- NBC and CBS
contend that Clinton and Blair "took their political parties
from the left to the center." The Weekly Standard proves only
1) L. Brent
Bozell, Chairman of the Media Research Center, will appear Sunday on
CNN's Both Sides with Jesse Jackson. The topic: media coverage of the
CIA-crack conspiracy theory promoted in a San Jose Mercury News series
last summer of which the editor of the paper earlier this month
admitted was misleading and "fell short of my standards."
Bozell will be debating Joe Madison, a Washington, DC radio talk show
host and a leading proponent of the CIA/Contras/drug smuggling/get
every black person addicted to crack cocaine conspiracy.
Both Sides airs at 5:30pm ET
on Sunday, June 1. That's 4:30 CT, 3:30 MT and 2:30 PT. And 6:30pm AT.
2) A common
theme of Thursday coverage of the meeting between Bill Clinton and
Tony Blair: They have much in common, such as how both have moved
their political parties to the center. Blair, yes, but not Clinton.
Reporting from London on
Thursday's (May 29) NBC Nightly News, David Bloom insisted: "Tony
Blair, the new British Prime Minister, and Bill Clinton are two peas
in a pod." Bloom elaborated: "It was clear the new British
Prime Minister and American President are indeed soulmates. Both
Oxford educated, married to high-powered lawyer wives, they took their
political parties from the left to the center, winning elections and
today winning each other's admiration."
Earlier in the day, on This
Morning, CBS News reporter Bill Plante asserted: "Blair has been
often compared to Clinton for changing his party's ideology."
Only one has really moved his
party, the American Enterprise Institute's Irwin Stelzer demonstrated
in a May 19 Weekly Standard piece, "Why Tony Blair Isn't Like
Clinton." Stelzer contended:
"Start with the efforts
of the two leaders to rebuild their parties. Blair has actually done
it. The voting procedures that permitted the trade unions to dominate
policy and select candidates are gone, replaced by a one-member,
one-vote rule. The party's election manifesto -- its platform -- was
approved directly by the membership, rather than by a small group of
left-wing ideologues. This has institutionalized and made permanent --
or at least as permanent as these things can be in politics -- the
party's shift to the center.
"Clinton, meanwhile, has
tacked this way and that. After his first election, he deferred to the
Old Democrat grandees in Congress and to the Left in his party on
everything from tax increases to gays in the military. And in order to
assure his re-election he signed an Old Democrat pact with the trade
unions, promising, among other things, to deny jobs to workers who
choose not to join a unions, in return for a $35 million trade-union
television campaign attacking Republicans. The result is that the
Democratic Party remains in thrall to its unreconstructed wing on
trade policy, environmental policy, abortion and a host of other
Another example of the
networks conveying an image they created over substance. -- Brent
Baker (NQ follows)
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