Bashing Jesse; Emmy Sermon; CNN Defends Itself on Hearings
- Sam Donaldson
and James Warren issue some mean-spirited attacks on Jesse Helms,
calling him a "dictator" and a "bigot."
- The Emmy
Awards show highlighted some liberal TV show themes, including a
Chicago Hope sermon for nationalized health care.
Washington Bureau Chief insisted that no one "can fairly say
that Cable News Network isn't covering these hearings."
1) ABC's Sam
Donaldson and James Warren of the Chicago Tribune took some shots at
Senator Jesse Helms over the weekend.
On Sunday's This Week
"I think Governor Weld has done this country a service in a
sense, even though I think that he's been shot down in the ocean
now, and that is by allowing the country to see Senator Helms in
action. Over the years I've run into him two or three times at
receptions here and he's the most gentlemanly, courtly, friendly,
pleasant individual you would ever hope to meet. But, when you see
him in action, you see beneath that courtliness beats the heart of a
dictator and I think the country is appalled."
George Stephanopoulos then
chimed in: "Or a terrorist. The President is really, I think
made a mistake because he's been negotiating with a terrorist
Later in the day on CNN's
Capital Gang of September 14, Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief
James Warren lashed out at conservative support for Helms:
"It was really a
lovely example of dogmatism interpreted as a grand act of principle
on the right by a rather bigoted, narrow-minded fellow."
"A dictator," a
"terrorist" and "bigoted, narrow minded fellow."
If uttered by a conservative about a liberal Donaldson and Warren
would have declared the comments "mean-spirited" and
Sunday's Emmy Awards show on CBS a segment highlighted a left-wing
diatribe from Chicago Hope that CyberAlert showcased when it first
aired back in February.
Introducing a montage of
television show clips, host Bryant Gumbel explained in reference to
"At its best, it has
proven to be a remarkable force, detailing the challenges of modern
society and exploring issues and ideas in a fashion no other medium
Viewers then saw clips of TV
shows and TV movies dealing with child abuse, abortion and children
who don't eat enough. Plus, the Ellen coming out scene and scene
dealing with gunshot victims from NBC's ER. In a scene from I believe
ABC's The Practice an attorney in a courtroom announces:
"Three million people
a year die from smoking, one person every ten seconds. In the short
time I've been delivering my opening statement they took in another
million dollars or so and fifty people died."
The montage concluded with
the big liberal finale, this scene from Chicago Hope in which the
hospital administrator testified before a Senate committee chaired by
"Health care isn't a
Republican or Democratic issue it's an American problem that needs a
solution. And I am here to tell you that we need to disconnect
profit from care. There should be no profit from the pain and
misfortune of others. No profit from sick children. No profit from
the dying. I will be here to make sure that you do not fail."
To read the full story about
the scene and all that actor Ron Silver said in the February 17 show
as he played a character named Tommy Wilmette, see the February 19
3) You read
it here first. In Monday's Washington Post, media reporter Howard
Kurtz relayed in his "Media Notes" column:
"When former Republican
National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour testified at the Senate
fundraising hearings, CNN went live for most of the 4 1/2-hour
session. Anchor Judy Woodruff assured viewers that when former
Democratic Chairman Don Fowler and other top Democrats appeared before
the panel, 'we will be carrying their testimony as well.'"
Kurtz reported that
"Republicans are crying foul" because "when Fowler
testified Tuesday, CNN broke away after an hour and 40 minutes. When
former Democratic general counsel Joseph Sandler appeared Wednesday,
there was no live coverage. (MSNBC, which also carried Barbour live,
provided zero live coverage of Fowler and Sandler.)"
If this sounds familiar, it
should. All this information was reported in he September 11
But Kurtz did add to the
story by getting a defense from CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank
Sesno. He told Kurtz: "We didn't say we were going to do equal
time," adding: "We're going to take live as the news
warrants. We had Fowler through the bulk of his testimony and where he
made news....I don't think anybody can fairly say that Cable News
Network isn't covering these hearings." (Ellipses as run by
Sadly, compared to the other
networks, Sesno is right. CNN's less than a minute prime time newscast
updates are more than the zilch offered by the other network on many
nights and their one hour and forty minutes of Fowler live was one
hour and forty minutes more than provided by MSNBC.
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