Reporter Denounced for Investigating Clinton Team; Latest NQ
1.Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles
Times denounced ABC's Brian Ross for his investigative story on Alexis
2.The January 12 edition of
Notable Quotables: Tax twinkies; downside of losing the Berlin Wall; Bill
& Hillary Care More
Best of NQ in Human
Events. The January 23 edition of Human Events features a
two-page spread of quotes from the MRC's "Best Notable Quotables of
1997: The Tenth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting."
Stop us before we investigate Clinton! That seems to
be the concern of Jack Nelson, the long-time Washington Bureau Chief for
the Los Angeles Times who now serves as a senior correspondent in the DC
bureau. The January 16 CyberAlert detailed how the January 15 World News
Tonight aired an investigative story from Brian Ross on charges that
current Labor Secretary Alexis Herman sold her influence while she held a
previous White House position.
Good work by a hard working
colleague? Not to Nelson who was not upset by being scooped but by how
Ross was too aggressive. MRC news analyst Eric Darbe caught these comments
from Nelson's appearance on last Friday morning's C-SPAN Washington
Journal. Host Brian Lamb asked him about a January 16 New York Times story
on the honesty of the man who raised the questions about Herman, prompting
this reply from Nelson:
"Well if you look at
it, and I think the New York Times is the only one that's done a
separate story on this particular fellow whose brought the charges against
the labor secretary. Brian Ross, the ABC person in there, according to
this New York Times story, both went to this fellow and interviewed
him and then took him to the Justice Department to lodge his complaint in
order to get an independent counsel. Then went on the air, with an
exclusive story and I thought, I saw his account on ABC, I thought in a
very prosecutorial manner reported this thing. I think that raises certain
questions, if a reporter actually brings about an investigation himself,
goes to the Justice Department, takes the complaint and then goes on the
air and has an exclusive story. I think it raises a question of whether
he's personally involved in it, and whether he should have done
Did Nelson express similar
concerns during Watergate that Woodward and Bernstein were pressuring
The January 12 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly
compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the
liberal media. We're about to produce another issue and I realized I had
yet to send this one though it includes some good material. Amongst the
quotes which will be fresh to CyberAlert readers, those under these
-- "Tax Their
Parents' Twinkies," a quote picked up by MRC analyst Eric Darbe in
which U.S. News recommends a special tax on junk food in order to
encourage healthier eating habits.
-- "Ich Bin Ein Doofus,"
a headline suggested by MRC analyst Clay Waters for quote from R.W. Apple
of the New York Times, appearing in of all places Gourmet magazine,
extolling the virtues of Berlin before the Wall fell.
Plus, MRC analyst Steve
Kaminski took down Newsweek's Evan Thomas denouncing the very idea of
discussing a tax cut and MRC analyst Gene Eliasen caught Peter Jennings
tossing in his personal opinion about the money wasted building the B-2
The NQ issue follows below.
-- Brent Baker
January 12, 1998 (Vol.
Eleven; No. 1)
Care: Bill and Hillary Really Care
"The dilemma of every working parent is front and center tonight at
the White House, President Clinton unveiling a multi-billion dollar plan
to provide more and better care for America's children."
Reporter David Bloom:
"...It was a carefully choreographed moment: the President and First
Lady walking hand in hand with children. The White House convinced that in
this election year Republicans will have a hard time opposing a plan that
helps working families better afford child care." - Jan. 7 NBC
"The President was
raised by a single mother who left him with his grandparents when she went
off to school. Today, Mr. Clinton proposed what may be the largest
increase in child care funding in the nation's history." - Scott
Pelley opening the January 7 CBS Evening News story (though Clinton
survived unregulated care by a relative.)
Reporter Bill Plante:
"This Administration is making this proposal in an election year and
that, of course, is no coincidence because they see it as an extension of
the other family-friendly things they've done. Republicans, though,
would probably like to take some credit, too, Cynthia."
News reader Cynthia Bowers:
"I wonder why? Because it's an election year, right?"
that's exactly [it]."
Bowers: "Who would be
against this? This seems like a winner."
Plante: "That's just
it: almost no one. It just depends on how the legislation is written and
what that means to you, I think, is that there is a very good chance that
in 1998 there will be additional federal support for child care." -
December 15 CBS This Morning.
"So some may argue
that the government is getting too involved in bringing up baby. But with
a higher percentage of new mothers working than ever before, and welfare
mothers headed to the work force, a helping hand to rock the cradle may be
a necessity." - CNN's Kathleen Koch concluding a World Today
story, December 14.
Won't Pay, the Government Will
Clinton, another proposal for Congress to consider when it gets back to
work. This one to help more working parents find and pay for child care.
The total cost to the government if Congress agrees: $21 billion
dollars." - Peter Jennings, January 7 World News Tonight.
Their Parents' Twinkies
"The cure for obesity
is no mystery either: better diet, more exercise. The trouble is that no
one knows how to get more Americans to follow that regimen. Obesity grows
for men and women of all ages and all racial groups despite everything our
culture has thrown at it: bran muffins, spinning classes, diet books, diet
drugs, liposuction, weight-loss clinics, and Oprah Winfrey. Educators and
doctors don't seem to have the answer, either....
"So what's the
solution? Tax Twinkies, says Kelly Brownell, Director of Yale
University's Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. Hit junk-food
junkies where it hurts: in their wallets. Slapping high-fat, low-nutrition
foods with a substantial government 'sin tax' is the one step society
hasn't tried, and while the obstacles to its enactment are enormous,
there's good reason to think it might work. Study after study of price
increases on tobacco and alcohol suggests a correlation between cost and
consumption. When the tax is high enough to sharply increase the price,
fewer of these products are consumed. Brownell argues that a tax on junk
food would have a similar effect." - U.S. News & World Report
reporter Shaheena Ahmad in December 29, 1997/January 5, 1998 "Outlook
98" article on "how to slim down the world's fattest
Bin Ein Doofus
"People on both sides
are only now fully realizing that the disappearance of the wall and the
withdrawal of Allied troops means less security - both physical and
economic - as well as more freedom. There, as elsewhere, that is the
political trade-off. During the bad old days, families were fractured and
East Berliners had few civil liberties. But the Ossies [Eastern Berliners]
had guaranteed employment, health care, and housing; an astonishingly low
crime rate; and subsidized entertainment. West Berliners earned more than
other West Germans because the government gave them tax breaks to ensure
that talented and able-bodied people didn't move to Munich or Hamburg.
"With all that swept
away, Berliners find themselves pitched into the rough-and-tumble
competition of today's Germany - a prosperous, well-organized,
well-governed country, but one afflicted with all the stresses and
uncertainties of modern life. These tensions are heightened by mounting
inflation and record postwar unemployment." - R.W. Apple, New York
Times Chief Correspondent and former Washington Bureau Chief, in a January
Gourmet magazine article about dining in Berlin. (Thanks to Washington
Times editorial writer Ken Smith.)
Tossing In His Opinion
"But if America wanted
to go back to the Moon, it would take three years to get ready again. It
might cost $10 billion to send men to Mars, which by the way is what it
cost to produce just four of the nine B-2 bombers that Congress wants and
the Pentagon says it does not need." - Peter Jennings after the
December 12 World News Tonight Person of the Week segment on the 25th
anniversary of Apollo 17.
"Rehnquist Asks Limit
on Federal Purview: Seeks to Reduce Judges' Caseload." -
Washington Times , January 1
"Rehnquist Laments a
Lack of Senate Action on Judges." - Boston Globe, same day
It, Don't Return It
"I sure hope they
don't get in to the Great Tax Giveaway Game here. There are two sides to
Newt: one is reasonably responsible, wanting a balanced budget and to do
something about entitlements, actually, and the other is the Free Lunch
Newt, who is talking about big tax cuts. We'll see which one
emerges." - Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas,
December 27 Inside Washington.
"In his new office, a
sunless rectangle inside the atrium at the CNN Center, the furniture had
yet to arrive, but some of [Rick] Kaplan's personal effects were already
in place: a seat from the old Comiskey Park in Chicago; Norman
Rockwell's famous painting of that stalwart citizen rising to speak at a
New England town meeting; and what Kaplan called 'my favorite picture in
life.' It was a 1986 Vladimir Sichov photograph of a homeless man, who
holds a sign declaring 'I'm hungry. Please help'; copies of David
Stockman's The Triumph of Politics are visible in a bookstore window
behind him. 'That's trickle-down economics,' Kaplan said." -
From David Margolick's January Vanity Fair profile of new CNN President,
and former ABC News Executive Producer, Rick Kaplan.
a Revolutionary Excess
"Let me ask you first
about the hostage crisis, which is emblazoned in every American's mind.
As you know, in all revolutions - the communist revolution in Russia,
the French Revolution, perhaps even the American revolution - the early
years contain many excesses. Would you say that taking the American
hostages at the beginning of the Iranian Islamic revolution falls into the
category of early revolutionary excesses?" - CNN's Christiane
Amanpour to Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, January 7 World View.
-- Brent Baker
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