Immunity Immune from Coverage; More Cancer Deaths the Better
1) The networks again
ignored the decision by House Democrats to block immunity and delay
fact-finding by Burton's committee.
2) The Washington Post's
Howard Kurtz conceded that in choosing Hubbell tape quotes "the press
may have been more complicit in the controversy than previously
3) Hollywood liberals pitch in
to oust Helen Chenoweth and other conservatives. Why do they still stand
by Clinton? Could it be they imagine him as Michael Douglass in The
4) Seinfeld's "George
Castanza" asserted that a cancer cure is "not a great
thing" since it will mean "those millions of people that we thin
out" of the "herd every year" won't die.
Just as occurred the night of April 23, after Democrats on the House
Government Reform and Oversight Committee refused to provide the votes for
the required two-thirds majority to grant immunity to four witnesses, the
broadcast networks Wednesday evening skipped the Democratic obstinance.
Back on April 23 and the morning after ABC, CBS and NBC ignored the
maneuver which so infuriated Newt Gingrich, as did CNN.
May 13, the Democrats again refused to vote for immunity for the witnesses
set to testify about campaign fundraising illegalities. ABC, CBS and NBC
did not utter a word about it Wednesday night, but FNC gave it a few
seconds. CNN's Inside Politics did run a story and, as noted in the May
13 CyberAlert, the May 12 edition of CNN's The World Today provided a
preview of the vote.
certainly had enough air time to highlight how the Democrats are working
to cover-up abuses. Though every network led Wednesday night with multiple
pieces on the second nuclear test explosion in India, U.S. condemnation of
it and anger at how the intelligence community missed the operation, as
well as reports on violence in Jakarta, they made room for some less
time-sensitive stories. The CBS Evening News featured stories on a new flu
vaccine and the latest installment of a series on living longer: this time
a look at how olive oil is credited with long life spans in Crete. NBC
Nightly News made room for "Fleecing of America" piece on
investment scams. That aired just after this calm story, as plugged by Tom
Brokaw: "In Depth tonight: the nuclear threat. Could a nuclear war
break out? Where?"
On FNC's 7pm ET
Fox Report co-anchor Patrick Vanhorn noted that a judge will hold a
hearing Thursday to settle the Secret Service testimony dispute. Co-anchor
Catherine Crier then offered this brief summary of what happened in the
"You win some, you lose some. Congressman
Dan Burton managed to hang onto his job as head of the House campaign cash
investigation today, but he lost the battle to give immunity to four
witnesses who can testify about wrongdoing by the Democrats. Republicans
say they'll try again on the immunity vote and Democrats will take
another shot at Burton first thing tomorrow morning."
While on the Burton committee, the May 7 CyberAlert relayed how National
Review learned that "Reporters were encouraged...to review the
committee's excerpts and then to listen to the tapes to get the
context," so none were misled on the Hubbell tapes. On Monday
Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz took up conservative
complaints that the media falsely blamed Burton and aide David Bossie for
misleading them. Kurtz basically found the complaint valid and confirmed
the National Review report.
Here' an excerpt
from his May 11 "Media Notes" column:
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) has been roundly
denounced for releasing selectively edited transcripts of the prison
conversations of presidential pal Webster Hubbell.
But the actual story is more complicated than that, involving a backstage
collaboration between Burton's staff and more than a dozen journalists who
were allowed to read complete transcripts and listen to the unexpurgated
tapes in the days before they were publicly released.
There is no dispute that Burton bungled the
public release of transcripts that were missing key passages deleted by
his staff. "It's clear the transcripts were edited to leave out
material more favorable to the Clintons," said Nightline
correspondent Chris Bury. "We obviously were used in that regard.
Unfortunately, that happens all the time with leaked material."...
But the press may have been more complicit
in the controversy than previously understood. Burton committee staffers
say selected reporters were allowed to review the complete transcripts of
the Hubbell conversations, although some of these, as prepared by the
panel, included paraphrases and summaries. And network correspondents were
given a separate room to listen to the uncensored tapes and to make audio
copies for broadcast use....
David Bossie, who lost his job as Burton's
chief investigator over the incident, said there is "absolutely,
positively no doubt" that reporters were shown the full transcript of
the most controversial conversation....
END Kurtz excerpt
The past two weekends celebrities have offered up their names to showcase
Democratic fundraisers attended by President Clinton. And a Los Angeles
Times article revealed that in order to protect Clinton from any House
impeachment action many Hollywood celebrities are sending their checks to
Democratic House candidates in the hope that the GOP can be ousted from
Hollywood liberals may consider the House as the only savior because, as
Rob Reiner's film The American President suggested, in their view the
media really don't have a liberal bias and so jump on character issues
to tear down a good President.
Last weekend, the
May 10 Boston Globe reported, Clinton attended a Brookline, Massachusetts
fundraiser featuring pop singer James Taylor. The $5,000-a-plate event was
expected to haul in $700,000.
before, the May 3 Los Angeles Times disclosed, Clinton flew to Los Angles
for two fundraisers. One for U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, the
other a "star-studded, $10,000 per couple fundraising dinner in Los
Angeles to fund House campaigns nationwide." The newspaper relayed
who is in Clinton's fan club, previewing the fundraiser to be held the
night the story appeared:
"The event -- whose sponsors include actor
Michael Douglas and DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg -- is expected to raise
$1 million for key House races across the country. Stone and actors Ted
Danson and Mary Steenburgen are also expected to attend. Several other
members of the glitterati -- including Kidman and Cruise -- donated the
$10,000-per-couple ticket price but could not make the party, according to
event sponsors. By contrast, a similar event for House Democrats last
summer attracted the support of lower-echelon celebrities such as Morgan
Fairchild and Nancy Sinatra."
LA Times reporter
Elizabeth Shogren began the May 3 story by highlighting how Hollywood
celebrities are pitching in for House candidates. Here's an excerpt from
her front page piece:
Hollywood producer and director Rob Reiner
cannot remember the guy's name, but he knows he sent him $1,000 for his
campaign to oust Idaho conservative Helen Chenoweth from the House of
Representatives. "She's so extreme, she represents the worst part of
the Republican Party that is becoming more and more vocal and
powerful," Reiner said.
Reiner's interest in a relatively obscure
House contest is not unique. A sizable contingent of President Clinton's
Hollywood fan club is paying attention to such races -- or, at the least,
helping pay the campaign bills. These elections have never held the
glamour of presidential or even Senate campaigns. But what makes
entertainment luminaries -- including Oliver Stone, Tom Cruise and his
wife, Nicole Kidman -- care about a House seat in Boise is a desire to
protect the President and his policies from archrivals in Washington.
The President's recent legal troubles and
attempts by some Republicans to capitalize on them have only intensified
their desire to help, the stars and Democratic fundraisers say....
The ultimate goal is to win the House back
for Democrats -- and thereby remove the obstacles blocking Clinton's
programs and virtually eliminate the chance that Congress will rough the
President up after receiving a report on independent counsel Kenneth W.
Starr's investigation of him. But the celebrities also are willing to
settle for incremental victories, such as narrowing the GOP congressional
majority and defeating individual House members whose attacks on Clinton's
policies and reputation have been the most intense....
Reiner said he believes that if he can help
narrow the GOP House majority, the more likely it is that Congress will
adopt some of Clinton's legislative priorities -- such as campaign finance
reform. "It would be a miracle if the Democrats would take back the
House, but there's an opportunity to gain some seats," Reiner
END LA Times excerpt
Watching a recent
airing on The Movie Channel of Reiner's The American President, I was
reminded of how Hollywood liberals don't consider the news media to be
an ally. Reiner directed and produced the 1995 film starring Michael
Douglas as Democratic President "Andrew Shepard," a widow with a
teenage daughter. Just like Clinton sans Hillary. Hmmm. He falls in love
with environmental lobbyist "Sydney Ellen Wade," played by
Annette Bening. At one point in the Oval Office "Wade" lectures
"Shepard": "Global warming is a calamity, the effects of
which will be second only to nuclear war..."
President carrying on an affair provides an angle for the Republican
candidate for President to attack. The Republican: Senator "Bob
Rumson" from Kansas. Sound familiar? Richard Dreyfuss plays
"Rumson," an odious man bent on twisting the facts to make
character an issue. Planning strategy with his staff, one asserts that
they will not be able to get the media to take up the character issue.
"Rumson" counters: "Reporters like him. Networks and
newspapers like ratings and circulation. For all the bitching we do about
liberal bias in the press when it comes to a good character
debate..." Another aide continues the thought: "...the press is
an unwitting accomplice."
Naturally, by the
end of the movie the wavering "Shepard" comes to his senses and
becomes a forceful liberal. Responding to "Rumson's" attacks
"Shepard" goes to the press room and declares:
"Yes, I am a card carrying member of the
ACLU, but the more important question is why aren't you Bob? Now this is
an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the bill of rights, so it
naturally begs the question why would a Senator, his party's most
powerful spokesman and a candidate for President, choose to reject
upholding the Constitution?"
announces, "White House resolution 455, an energy bill requiring a 20
percent reduction in the emission of fossil fuels over the next ten
years" and a crime bill getting rid of assault weapons and handguns
because they are "a threat to national security."
Somehow, I think
this movie explains Hollywood's never-diminishing support for Clinton.
They still dream that Clinton might just someday step up to the microphone
and be transformed into that ideal crusading liberal portrayed by Michael
Cancer: Making the Earth a More Pleasant Place. If you are just in from
Mars, here's some news for you: the final Seinfeld airs Thursday night
on NBC. So, while the show is in everyone's mind, here's a soundbite
from one of the actors which demonstrates he may have lost his. MRC
entertainment analyst Melissa Caldwell took down his words.
ABC's Politically Incorrect Tuesday night Jason Alexander, who plays
"George Castanza," proclaimed:
"I think that almost every problem that I
can think of in the world today is directly connected to the fact that
there's too many of us here. And I'll tell you, to what extent it goes
for me is when I did hear about the cancer -- potential cancer cure -- I
had two reactions in the span of a minute. The first one was, 'That is
great. My God, we beat cancer. Amazing. We'll end that suffering.' The
second was, 'You mean those millions of people that we thin out in that
herd every year would be, are going to be here creating more and more
people?' This is actually a great thing for people who are suffering,
but not a great thing in the larger sense for the planet."
Sounds like the
kind of insensitive thing Rob Reiner would imagine his stereotypical
conservative, Senator Bob Rumson, saying. -- Brent Baker
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