Lott & Armey Okayed Gays Being "Destroyed"; Lying Fine with MSNBC
1) A quiet weekend,
scandal-wise. ABC and NBC speculated about a Jones deal. NBC's Tim Russert
let Louis Farrakhan spout off about how oral sex isn't as bad as murders
ordered from the Oval Office.
2) Nightline, Time and Gannett
join the blame the right for murder crusade. Deborah Mathis: "The
Christian Right per say and some particular members on Capitol Hill have
helped inflame the air" so that the murderers breathed air that was
filled "with the idea" that "gays are different
and...therefore evil can be destroyed."
3) Ann Coulter's lesson: MSNBC
doesn't mind lying by liberal activists about how Clinton never had sex
with Lewinsky, but if you are conservative and say something tacky and
4) Update: Nickelodeon's legal
expert, who assured the kids that Clinton did not commit perjury, is being
paid by two prominent figures in the illegal foreign fundraising scandal.
5) The Washington Post
revealed why there's so little sympathy for Microsoft.
>>> October 19 MediaWatch now up
on the MRC home page thanks to MRC Webmaster Sean Henry and Research
Associate Kristina Sewell. Articles include a page one story on how ABC
avoided GOP budget arguments; a Review titled "Democrats Greedy, But
GOP Worse," by the MRC's Tim Graham on how Bill Moyers used PBS to
preach for "campaign finance reform"; a back page look at signs
CNN's Cold War series may present liberal historical revisionism; On the
Bright Side about how Nightline and FNC exposed Sidney Blumenthal's
dissembling; and three NewsBites: "Invisible Espy" by MRC
analyst Mark Drake on how the networks have ignored the trial of the
Clinton Agriculture Secretary, "Starr Fishing" by Geoffrey
Dickens on how two networks turned a slim story into proof of a "vast
right-wing conspiracy," and "A Life Sentence" by Jessica
Anderson on how CBS News slanted a story to blame a judge for not letting
a convicted woman get an abortion.
To read the issue, click on MediaWatch on the top
of the MRC home page: http://www.mediaresearch.org
fairly uneventful weekend on the scandal and politics front. Sunday night,
October 18, ABC's World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News led with the
storms and floods in Texas. Both ran pieces previewing the Microsoft suit
set to begin Monday in federal court. (Football bumped the CBS Evening
News in the Eastern and Central time zones.)
On ABC, Tim
O'Brien looked at the chances the judge will reinstate the Jones case as
her lawyers plan to request this week if they don't reach a settlement.
O'Brien explained that in dismissing the Jones case the judge said Jones
was not "adversely affected," but a subsequent Supreme Court
ruling decreed sexual harassment victims do not have to show adverse
result. O'Brien cautioned, however, that another Supreme Court case said
the harassment must be "severe or pervasive."
NBC Nightly News
didn't get any closer to scandal than a story on growing Hispanic voter
participation. NBC also ran a piece on the Pope's 20th anniversary.
NBC's Meet the Press featured this illuminating exchange:
Tim Russert: "Do you believe the President's
moral behavior should bring about his removal from office in any
Louis Farrakhan: "Let me tell you, sir, to
be very frank, if the moral behavior of every President of this United
States was put on the line for morality, every one of them should be
turned out. George Washington, the father of this country, was a slave
master. The people that wrote the Constitution were slave masters. They
had mistresses and babies out of wedlock. Surely, sex was not considered a
high crime and a misdemeanor to these men. John Kennedy did not have high
morals, neither did Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And when you look at Monica
Lewinsky and say, 'Oh, what he did in the Oval Office,' from the Oval
Office, kings and rulers have been ordered to be murdered from the Oval
Office, unjust wars have been sanctioned from the Oval Office. So Monica
Lewinsky is nothing compared to the evil that has come from that office to
the poor of this nation and the poor and the weak of the world."
October 16, ABC's World News Tonight led with the funeral for Matthew
Shepard while CBS and NBC also ran full reports on that but went first
with how the stock market recorded a record gain for the week.
stories all showed snow pouring down in Wyoming and clips of some of the
nutty protestors, a presence Dan Rather alluded to in his introduction:
"But even as he was laid to rest, it was clear the hatred that killed
him lives on." CBS reporter Cynthia Bowers actually ran pro and con
soundbites on the need for a hate crime law with Concerned Women for
America's Janet Parshall giving the con view. Among the protestors was
this enlightened sign shown by NBC: "Aids Cures Fags." NBC also
ran a story by its own Wyoming native, Pete Williams, on how people in his
state are trying to understand why what happened occurred. ABC's Rebecca
Chase reported on the supposed rising crime rate against gays.
ABC and CBS went
scandal-free Friday night. ABC took time to note the Pope's 20th
anniversary in office with a series of three stories, including one by
Peggy Wehmeyer on how the Pope is cracking down on dissent in the U.S.,
where most ignore his teachings, by replacing liberal Cardinals and
NBC Nightly News
offered one scandal story, an examination of the Paula Jones settlement
chances. Lisa Myers reported that family friend Bill McMillan had been
brought in to settle the feuding among her past and present lawyers.
Davis/Cammarata want $800,000, Donovan Campbell wants $1.4 million and the
Rutherford Institute says it's owed $400,000. That's $2.6 million in
total, so Jones won't get much Myers observed. The new Jones proposal: $2
million with one million from Abe Hirschfeld and the rest from Clinton.
more examples over the weekend of members of the media assigning blame to
conservatives for the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Nightline on Friday night anchor Chris Wallace showed the anti-gay
protestors at the funeral but noted that elsewhere there's a "more
thoughtful" debate going on about the meaning of the killing. He ran
down the issues Nightline would explore:
"How much of a threat do gays live under?
Have anti-gay comments by the religious right contributed to attacks? And
what can be done to stop the violence?"
from what I saw the show avoided any more hits on the religious right and
spent most of its time with a gay filmmaker who interviews men who
-- On Inside
Washington, a show which appears on PBS stations around the country and on
the CBS-affiliate in Washington, DC, host Gordon Peterson asked panelist
Deborah Mathis of the Gannett News Service about a column she wrote during
the past week. Mathis explained what she charged:
"What I call the anti-homosexual
crowd, those being many people who identify themselves as Christians, the
Christian Right per say and some particular members on Capitol Hill have
helped inflame the air so that the air that these bad people breathed that
night was filled, filled with the idea that somehow gays are different and
not only are they different in that difference they're bad and not only
are they bad they are evil and therefore evil can be destroyed. The next
step to that to me, it's a three-step process, and that ends in
destruction. I don't say that they were told to do that, they certainly
weren't part of any plan to do that, but again, what air are they
breathing now. It's the air filled with that hate."
Gordon Peterson: "Is that fair, to draw that
line, from you know Trent Lott, you mentioned Trent Lott in the
Mathis: "I mentioned Trent Lott, Jesse Helms
and Dick Armey particularly. The Christian Coalition, the Family Research
Council and the Concerned Women for America."
-- Catching up on
a "blame everyone but the perpetrators" item from last week,
here's a paragraph from an October 19 Time magazine news story by
Assistant Managing Editor Howard Chua-Eoan:
"Wyoming had been the site of many
archconservative victories. The legislature three times crushed bills to
outlaw discrimination against gays and lesbians. That stance may become
problematic. Did the lack of legal restraint foster the assault? It
certainly prevents Henderson and McKinney [the accused] from being charged
with a hate crime, though two women arrested as accomplices say the men
made anti-gay remarks following the episode."
legal restraint"? They are facing the death penalty. If that didn't
deter them what more could have?
As the MRC's Tim
Graham reminded me, back in 1991 Howard Chua-Eoan, then an Associate
Editor, blamed society for Jeffrey Dahmer's murder spree, writing in an
August 19, 1991 essay:
"There is a 'logic' too to Dahmer's crime.
Raised in a culture that condoned racial prejudice and despised
homosexuals, Dahmer appeared to believe he could preserve a place in
mainstream society -- with all its furtive hopes of family, friends, and
future -- by destroying the evidence of his homosexuality. He killed his
'lovers' -- mostly blacks -- dismembered them, and in some cases, may have
devoured their remains. Crime is a logical, if messy, quick fix to the
shortcomings of society. Is that the lesson then? That we get the
criminals our societies deserve? Yes, of course."
Washington columnist Charles Krauthammer labeled the argument by Mathis
"really nonsense." In a comment that also decimates the Time
contention, he observed:
"When the Weathermen put a bomb in Madison,
Wisconsin and killed people in the Vietnam War you couldn't blame it on
McGovern or other people or Bobby Kennedy or others in Congress who were
against the war."
day after day about how Bill Clinton never had sex with Monica Lewinsky
and MSNBC will invite back on again and again despite the hole in your
credibility. But if a conservative says something tacky but arguably
accurate, goodbye. That's the lesson revealed in an October 16 Washington
Post profile of Ann Coulter, author of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors:
The Case Against Bill Clinton."
Deep in the piece,
the Post's Howard Kurtz ran through her resume, recalling how she became a
paid "contributor" for MSNBC in 1996. But it didn't last long:
"Her cutting comments became legendary.
While Pamela Harriman's casket was being carried off an airplane, she
described the late ambassador as having slept her way to the top. 'What
she said was so outrageous she was immediately put on probation, and the
next one was even worse,' an MSNBC official says.
"Coulter was debating a disabled Vietnam vet
when she snapped, 'People like you caused us to lose the war.' (She says
she didn't know the guest, appearing by satellite, was disabled.) That
ended her MSNBC career."
A September 28 Nick News special on Nickelodeon, detailed in the September
29 CyberAlert, featured Reid Weingarten as the legal expert for the kids.
Host Linda Ellerbee described him simply as "a well-respected
Washington lawyer who at different times has both prosecuted and defended
public officials accused of crimes." The CyberAlert noted his
Democratic affiliation but not who he specifically represents.
An October 10
Washington Post story, on how a federal judge has ruled that foreign
citizens are not prohibited from making "soft money" donations,
filled in his client list. Weingarten presently represents two figures in
the foreign money scandal: Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie and Pauline
Nickelodeon Weingarten corrected a girl who said President Clinton has
committed perjury, a fact even accepted by many Democratic House members:
"Well that's not yet been determined.
Clinton's explanation is 'when I testified in my mind I believed I was
telling the truth.' And if that's true, if you believe that or if a jury
one day believes it or if Congress believes it, that he believed that he
was attempting to tell the truth, even if the information turns out to be
incorrect, he's not committed perjury. You need two things. You need a
deliberate lie under oath and what you're lying about has to be directly
connected to what's being investigated."
Nickelodeon, and Ellerbee's Luck Duck Productions which produced the show,
inflicted such an independent analyst on the kids. Talk about a conflict
of interest with Starr in 1994, Weingarten is actively involved in the
note of personal privilege. With the Microsoft case set to begin today in
federal court in Washington, DC, I thought I'd pass along a tidbit I
caught Sunday which illustrates why it is that so many people who owned
computers before Microsoft became so dominate, even if they think
ideologically that the government suit is wrong, aren't too upset by
seeing Microsoft harassed.
October 18 Washington Post story titled "Inside Microsoft: An Edgy,
Driven World," reporter Elizabeth Corcoran delivered a sympathetic,
inside look at life from the point of view of hard working Microsoft
software programmers, specifically the 60-person team working on
FrontPage. This paragraph jumped out at me:
"Programmers don't waste much time
thinking about a program's possible bugs. They're more prone to
envisioning what the program should do, rather than what it actually
How nice. While
they're in dreamland all us users have to "waste much time"
dealing with the reality of all the bugs. -- Brent Baker
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