Heston's Hate of Minorities; CIA Report Rift; Latest NQ
1) From the NRA
convention CBS denounced Charlton Heston for "a speech filled with
bitterness for some minorities."
2) Headline contrast: CIA
report of China and missiles delivered or not?
3) CNN dumps Crossfire from
West Coast oriented feed; CNBC picks a repeat of Chris Matthews over an
original Charles Grodin.
4) June 1 edition of Notable
Quotables: Starr "drops another load," Worth trying forced
abortions? And 90 percent of Washington reporters voted again for Clinton
in 1996, so estimated a DC media veteran.
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Of the broadcast networks, only CBS Friday night aired a Clinton
scandal-related item -- a brief story from Scott Pelley about how Plato
Cacheris told Greek TV it's his job to protect his client, not destroy
Clinton, but he can't control the result. Later in the show Dan Rather
marveled at the possibility Charlton Heston might be picked to lead the
NRA. Rather offered this loaded intro to June 5 CBS Evening News story on
the NRA's annual convention in Philadelphia:
"Members of the gun lobby, taking heavy fire
for a spate of shooting sprees by children with guns, are set to meet and
vote in their next President and this time it appears the far and away
favorite is a high caliber name out of Hollywood."
In the story reporter Jim Stewart looked at
Heston, digging up this hit on him:
"...by accepting the NRA's presidency Heston
now steps center stage into the fight over new efforts to pass gun safety
laws, which the NRA opposes, and it comes at a time when the actor's own
politics is under fire. Last December Heston stunned some of his old
friends with a speech filled with bitterness for some minorities."
Heston, joined mid-sentence in what looks like
the National Press Club ballroom, in video dated December 1997 by CBS:
"The fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists who
preach that it's a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a
militant fist with one hand while they seek preference with the
Instead of explaining the context or offering the
reference for what appears to be a series of examples being used to
illustrate a point, Stewart continued: "And neither is Heston a
unanimous choice within the NRA itself. Using the Internet some members
complain that if anything he's not tough enough. They point to a letter
Heston and other actors issued after Robert Kennedy's assassination
calling for tougher gun laws, an absolute no-no for true NRA
Heston's politics are "under
fire" from whom? I never heard of any controversy over those remarks
and since CBS failed to provide the full sentence it's impossible to judge
what he said.
Contrasting headlines from June 5 on whether CIA Director George Tenet
provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with a his agency's report
about transfer of information on missiles to China.
Post: "CIA Director Won't Discuss China Report"
Times: "Congress Gets Tech Transfer Data"
Actually both are
correct, though the Times is more correct. Tenet initially Thursday would
not release the report, citing a request from Attorney General Janet Reno
to withhold it. After a complaint from committee Chairman Richard Shelby
Reno relented later in the day and okayed the release to the committee.
No more CNN Crossfire for the West Coast and Chris Matthews finally makes
it into CNBC's prime time. A couple of cable network scheduling changes
that I though might interest non-ET and CT time zone living readers:
-- So that its new
CNN/Newsstand series can appear at both 10pm ET and PT, CNN is stripping
it across six nights (Sunday through Friday) at 10pm PT, even on nights
when it does not run earlier at 7pm PT, and moving the repeat of Larry
King Live from 10pm to 9pm PT. The midnight showing of Crossfire is being
dropped and replaced by Showbiz Today. The new PT prime time line-up:
8pm: Sports Tonight
9pm: Larry King Live
11pm: Sports Tonight
12am: Showbiz Today
-- Replacing the
just canceled 11pm ET/8pm PT Charles Grodin show on CNBC: a repeat of the
8pm ET/5pm PT Hardball with Chris Matthews. I don't know if NBC will
continue the 12am ET/9pm PT repeat of Hardball on MSNBC that they began
running a few weeks ago in place of a second airing of The News with Brian
Williams first run at 9pm ET/6pm PT on MSNBC.
After some delay, the June 1 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's
bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes
in the liberal media. Quotes fresh to CyberAlert readers include
"Forced Abortions: Worth a Try?" a question from GMA's Lisa
McRee caught by MRC analyst Clay Waters; "A Tough Choice: Dan Burton
or Felon/Female Impersonator?" a quote from the New York Times also
picked out by Clay; "Enthusiastically Gullible," a comment from
Cokie Roberts in awe of the White House spin operation observed MRC
analyst Eric Darbe; "Newsweek's Isikoff: Obsessed?" an attack
issed in George magazine noted by MRC analyst Tom Johnson.
And finally, recall that a Freedom Forum poll
released in 1995 discovered that 89 percent of Washington bureau chiefs
and congressional correspondents voted for Clinton in 1992. The MRC's
Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham came across a Washington media
veteran asserting that 90 percent of Washington journalists cast their
ballots for Clinton in 1996 too. Look for that under "Four Years
Didn't Dissuade Them."
The issue follows
June 1, 1998 (Vol. Eleven; No. 12)
Starr Drops Another Distracting "Load"
"Ken Starr drops another load on
President Clinton....Good evening. Just as President Clinton was enjoying
a day talking up the economy, officially announcing the first U.S. budget
surplus in three decades, Ken Starr hit him again. The Republican
independent counsel and special prosecutor decided late in the day to
announce his decision to press his subpoena for samples of Monica
Lewinsky's handwriting, fingerprints and her voice." -- Dan Rather at
the top of the May 26 CBS Evening News.
Newt's Strange Words: "Chinese
Communist" and "Threat"
"Newt loves to be able to roll those
words on his tongue, Chinese communist, you know, the bear's back in the
woods. You know, he loves bringing up these issues and he loves talking
about, you know, threats to national security. There are even Republicans
saying this could mean that missiles would fall on America. Give me a
break!" -- Former New York Times and U.S. News reporter Steve Roberts
reacting to Gingrich's recommendation that Clinton cancel his trip to
China, May 24 Late Edition on CNN.
The Right's Need for Red Meat
Ted Koppel: "He tried
being a nice guy...Now he's dishing out red meat again..."
Chris Bury: "So his
new attacks on the President, if nothing else, will be heard by the
audience that matters most to him. Those Republicans made restless by
their leaders' silence on Bill Clinton and hungry for some red meat on the
party menu." -- ABC's Nightline, May 13.
Eternally Defending Clinton
"Republicans will get scorched if they
pursue the China money because Republicans lobbied for technological
transfers along with the Clinton administration." -- Newsweek' s
Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, May 23.
"The administration may have made the
wrong decision. I don't know and we may never be absolutely able to decide
that. But I think to equate this with treason or quid pro quo at this
point is going a little far. Because if they bought something, they got it
awful cheap." -- NPR's Nina Totenberg on Inside Washington, May 23.
Helping Arm Our Enemies: Just
Another Partisan Food Fight?
"Chinese Connection Has GOP
Drooling." -- Headline to Time's daily Internet update, May 22.
Geraldo Hates Scandal-Mongers...
"This man has scarcely had a day in
office untainted by accusations of scandal. His very frustrated political
enemies have tried every imaginable attack on the President's so-far
impenetrable armor. There's been Whitewater, Filegate, and Travelgate,
each trumpeted in its time as the scandal that would bring down his
presidency. All now revealed basically as next to nonsense. Miserable
flops costing taxpayers millions." -- Geraldo Rivera, who has joined
NBC News and will cover Clinton's China trip for the Today show, hosting
his CNBC show Rivera Live, May 19.
...Loves Bill Clinton...
"How much of his vital attention is
being consumed by Ken Starr's endless probe, by the Monica Lewinsky saga,
by the fears that his trusted Secret Service agents will be forced to rat
out the maybe gory details of his private life....And finally, and most
importantly, how can our bridge to the 21st century feel about the
slanderous charge amounting almost to treason, that for Johnny Chung's
bribe of 100,000 lousy dollars he sold America's missile secrets to the
Chinese, who now aim their deadly devices at America's children?....I
watch him and I wonder how he does it. I watch him and wonder how much is
too much for any man." -- Rivera, same show.
...But At Least Admits His Biases
Matt Lauer: "As a
journalist, now a member of NBC News, why should I expect that Geraldo
Rivera is going to be objective when covering a story about O.J. Simpson
or Ken Starr in the future?"
Geraldo Rivera: "I
think objectivity is a fantasy. I don't believe reporters are objective.
Everyone comes to a story with their own bundle of personal
Lauer: "But most keep
it secret or keep it private."
Rivera: "But they
secretly influence the take on the story or the angle, even if only
subconciously. What I do is lay out, 'Here I am.' I am -- my heart is
right here on my arm. Read it. The question to ask is whether I
misrepresent anything? Am I factually correct? Is my program balanced and
fair?" -- Exchange on Today, May 7.
Forced Abortion: Worth a Try?
"China has a one-child policy. Is that
a good idea for all countries?" -- Good Morning America co-host Lisa
McRee to Bill McKibben, author of Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental
Argument for Single-Child Families, May 20.
The Federal Government
"Saves" Better Than Average Americans
"The smart thing to do with the money,
says Adam Pozen of the Institute for International Economics? Save it...A
tax cut, Pozen says, is simply not what the economy needs right now. While
the federal government may be getting better at saving money, Americans
are not. Our savings rate recently hit a record low." -- CBS reporter
Anthony Mason concluding a May 26 Evening News story on the
irresponsibility of tax cuts.
A Tough Choice: Dan Burton or
"As he suffers through a disastrous
year in Washington, Representative Dan Burton is facing the ultimate in
the politics of disrespect here at home: Democrats have chosen a convicted
felon and occasional female impersonator to challenge the flamboyant
Republican incumbent....Some local residents despair at the choice between
Mr. Kern, as the idiosyncratic insurgent, or Mr. Burton, as the entrenched
incumbent whose campaign finance investigation in Washington has run into
problems of chronic ineptitude and his own vulgar prejudging of President
Clinton." -- New York Times news story by Francis X. Clines, May 24.
Larry King: "Your
thoughts on how good this White House spins?"
ABC's Cokie Roberts:
"Oh, it's fabulous. It is so good. It just unbelievably good. Look at
how they've managed to turn around this whole question about the
President's behavior to one of Ken Starr's behavior, you know, just taken
the whole focus off of the President and put it onto the prosecutor.
That's remarkable." -- April 28 CNN Larry King Live.
We Must Control the Internet
"And we'll take A Closer Look tonight
at gambling in America. Betting on the Internet. No regulations and as of
now no way to control it." -- Peter Jennings plugging an upcoming
story, May 5.
Guns Don't Kill, Politicians Who
Back the NRA Kill
"Jonesboro, Arkansas; Edinboro,
Pennsylvania; Fayetteville, Tennessee; Springfield, Oregon -- all towns
that live in infamy because a troubled teenager with access to a deadly
gun went on a killing spree. There are no panaceas to stop such violence
but there are too many guns and too many teenagers have too easy access to
them. It is an outrage to deny that as too many politicians in the back
pocket of the National Rifle Association are too wont to do." -- Wall
Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt, May 23 CNN Capital
Starr's Ridiculous Indictment
"And although Starr indicted Clinton
pal Webster Hubbell last week (along with his wife Suzanna, his lawyer,
and his accountant), it was only for alleged tax crimes that are typically
handled as civil matters, which even some of Starr's supporters felt was a
stretch." -- Time Senior Editor Nancy Gibbs, May 11.
"A lot of tax lawyers told me
today...this is kind of a ridiculous, marginal indictment, that normally
this kind of thing, someone who declares most of his income, he didn't
declare all of the $900,000, but he declared almost all of it, would be
dealt with in a civil penalty kind of way. Or they'd find a way to make a
deal with him. The thing was is that he, there is some evidence or there's
a charge that he hid some of his assets and did a little bit of evasion.
And on that little hook, Starr has gone on a criminal route." -- Time
Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy on the PBS show Washington Week in
Review, May 1.
Newsweek's Isikoff: Obsessed?
"He's been kicking around a Clinton
book project for months. It's a dicey proposition in a press culture still
deeply ambivalent about going tabloid. If Clinton falls, Isikoff may win a
But if Monicagate fizzles, Isikoff may find
himself in the dock. Rather than All the President's Men, the Michael
Isikoff story may end up titled How One Man's Obsession with Blow Jobs
Turned Off the Country." -- Former American Spectator writer David
Brock, June George.
Four Years Didn't Dissuade Them
"I know a lot of Washington
journalists, and my guess is that more than 90 percent of them voted for
Clinton in both 1992 and 1996." -- New Republic Editor (and former
Newsweek reporter) Charles Lane, May 25 TRB column.
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-- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
-- Eric Darbe, Geoffrey Dickens, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
-- Kristina Sewell, Research Associate; Michelle Baetz, Circulation
-- David Bozell, Boy Intern
-- Brent Baker
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