Carlson's Class Warfare; Celebrities Pitch in for Bill
The June MediaNomics (What
the news media tell Americans about free enterprise) can now be read
on the MRC's Web site. The Web site is back up after being down for a
few days and MRC Web manager Joe Alfonsi has placed all the
MediaNomics articles at:
- Headlines on
Clinton's tax cut don't agree. A broad cut that matches GOP vs.
opposing GOP by cutting wealthy out of the deal.
- After a
typical Margaret Carlson class warfare diatribe, CNN's Frank Sesno
suggests a new job possibility.
celebrities fly in to help Clinton raise millions. Whoopi Goldberg
puts on a play and Clinton hugs Chevy Chase.
1) Clinton's tax cut proposal
generated some conflicting headlines Tuesday morning.
USA Today -- "Clinton Offers Gains Tax Cut: Broader Plan Brings
Him Closer to GOP"
Philadelphia Inquirer -- "Clinton Proposes Shifting Tax Cuts from
the Wealthy: He Said His Plan Would Aid More Middle and Lower-Income
Families than the House and Senate Versions"
2) CNN's Washington Bureau
Chief realized how well Time magazine's former Washington Bureau Chief
holds to the Democratic Party talking points. MRC analyst Clay Waters
caught this June 29 exchange on CNN's Late Edition about the
Republican tax cut bill:
Margaret Carlson, Time:
"The working class are going to be eating bologna as a result of
this tax bill because 40 percent of the children aren't going to get
anything from the childcare, the child tax credit because, as
Republicans said last week, 'We're not giving out welfare here.' Well,
these are the people who catch the early bus, probably two buses to
get to their jobs, may even work two jobs or making less than $30,000
a year and are paying huge amounts in payroll taxes and they're going
to get no relief from this, while people earning $110,000 a year are
Frank Sesno: "Margaret, you sound like you're writing speeches
for Dick Gephardt."
Indeed, Carlson did once
write speeches for a liberal Democrat. During the Carter years she
wrote them as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission. It's been more than 15 years since she
jumped to journalism. Hard to tell.
3) Some Hollywood celebrities
pitched in to help Bill Clinton raise some big bucks in Boston and New
York City on Monday:
Clinton started the day with
a $1 million noontime event in Boston. The July 1 Boston Globe
reported: "As luncheon guests dined on chicken roulades with
summer vegetables, baby greens, and fruit tarts, Clinton met privately
with about 100 of the party's biggest givers at an event hosted by
comedian and actor Chevy Chase." The Washington Post relayed that
Chase "got a long, warm hug from Clinton."
Clinton then flew to New York
City where, the AP's Ron Fournier learned, "Democrats had three
events from which to choose." The first event limousine liberals
could drop in on was a reception with Al Gore. The other two involved
-- "A special production
of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Whoopi
Goldberg. Tickets ranged from $125 to $25,000," the AP reported.
The New York Times elaborated that the play's company manager said
that Goldberg "was instrumental in making sure last night's event
happened...'It's something she wanted to do,' she said. 'Whoopi is
friendly with the President. And he had promised her he'd see the
-- AP described the second
event: "A Late-night Plaza Hotel dinner with Clinton, Goldberg
and a range of entertainers, including musician Wynton Marsalis, actor
Andy Garcia, actress Lauren Bacall, actress Glen Close and model
Christie Brinkley. The filet of salmon teriyaki and salad mache with
roasted shiitake mushrooms cost $5,000 a pop." Bacall, the New
York Times noted, "served as master of ceremonies." The
Washington Post added actress Andie McDowell to the list of attendees.
Speaking the Hollywood
celebrities who jump at an opportunity to help the Democrats raise
money, actor Tommy Lee Jones denied any such interest when profiled in
the June 8 Parade magazine. Insisted Jones:
"I like the way independent sounds, but my voting record is
pretty much Democratic. If there's a Sheriff that everybody likes in
San Saba County [Texas], and he needs some help, I'll pitch in. But
basically I'm reluctant to talk about politics. I don't want to use
the occasion of my so-called celebrity to get overly political. It
makes me uncomfortable."
Really? Let's go back to the
May 7 CyberAlert, which reported the effusive praise Jones heaped on
the Clintons and Gores when he served as master of ceremonies for a
May 1 Democratic fundraiser:
"I know that every one of you is just as proud as I am to be here
tonight to show your support for and appreciation for this great
"This very forward-looking administration is truly working today
to create a better society for tomorrow. On the environment, Bill
Clinton and Al Gore have made our air and water cleaner. They're
protecting our public lands. That's something that Americans, that our
grandchildren, will be thanking this administration for, for
generations to come. Also, Bill Clinton and Al Gore are making quality
education a priority for everyone, not just those who can pay for
"Crime rates are coming down in America because of the policies
of this administration. We've got more cops on the beat and more
children playing on the streets of their own neighborhoods again.
Children who now have a chance to lead a better life. You just can't
argue with progress like that. And this administration, more than the
Republicans, will go down in history as the administration that ended
deficit spending and balanced the federal budget, so that we can start
putting the money where it's needed: Into jobs, education, health
care, and the environment. On so many important issues, Bill Clinton
and Al Gore have a real vision of where they want to lead this
country. They're proving everyday that Democrats can get the job
He doesn't sound very
uncomfortable to me.
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