China "Red Meat" for Partisan GOP; Brokaw Denounced "Conservative Dogmas"
1) ABC focused Thursday night not on the
Clinton administration's actions on Los Alamos but on how Republicans are
exploiting it as a partisan issue. NBC downgraded the gravity of the
situation by stressing how, thanks to the GOP, it "is now more about
2) Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau
Chief Doyle McManus dismissed any connection between campaign donations
from China and Clinton policy actions as "the coincidences of the
3) "Star Wars," nickname or
derogatory term? Depends which hour you watch FNC. Putting the burden on
the U.S., Tom Brokaw warned from Moscow that missile defense "has the
4) Conservatives don't appreciate
diversity, and espouse their "conservative dogmas," because they
never experienced the darkest events of World War II, Tom Brokaw argued in
5) Friday night on ABC: "Loyalties
questioned, careers destroyed. Blackballed in Hollywood. The Red
Scare." A Hollywood director on Elia Kazan: "I'll be watching,
hoping someone shoots him."
The anti-Ken Starr episodes of Law & Order and
Homicide: See them before they're gone. On Monday, after the usual 30 day
exposure, the video clips from the NBC shows will be removed from the
MRC's biased videos page. So, if you missed them before you still have a
few days to watch excerpts from the two NBC dramas which devoted a
cross-over arc to the misdeeds of an out of control independent counsel,
clearly meant to represent Ken Starr. Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/biasvideo.html
and scroll to the bottom of the list of RealPlayer formatted video clips.
night ABC's World News Tonight ran just its fourth full story on Chinese
espionage since the scandal broke in the March 6 New York Times, but
focused not on the Clinton administration's actions but on how Republicans
are exploiting it as a partisan issue. "The charge that Mr. Clinton
is soft on China is red meat for conservatives," asserted Linda
The ABC, CBS, FNC and NBC
evening shows on Thursday all gave a few seconds to President Clinton's
announcement that he had asked former Senator Warren Rudman to review
security procedures at the nuclear laboratories. CNN's The World Today
carried a full story from Andrea Koppel on the China situation.
Wednesday night, March 17,
zilch on CBS, ABC gave a few seconds to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson's
request for more money for security and NBC ran a full story from Andrea
Mitchell on Richardson's congressional testimony, but she argued that
though conservatives "want to punish China," a "a leading
Republican" says that "would be a big mistake." Mitchell
concluded by stressing how "even critics of the administration say
China policy is now more about politics with Republicans taking every shot
they can get."
-- March 18 World News Tonight.
ABC's Linda Douglass began her update of the espionage case by noting how
Richardson has been on Capitol Hill all week denying the administration
was slow to act. After a soundbite from him she spent the remainder of her
story demonstrating how Republicans are making it a partisan issue.
"Some Democrats point out the espionage
started during a Republican administration but that does not stop
Republicans who believe they've finally found an issue that will stick to
Senator James Inhofe: "That President
Clinton had been tried for impeachment for the wrong crime."
Douglass: "The charge that Mr. Clinton is
soft on China is red meat for conservatives."
Senator Tim Hutchinson: "So President
Clinton is left us with a strategic partner as he terms it, a strategic
partner pointing 13 of its 19 long-rang nuclear missiles at us."
"The furor has so alarmed
the Chinese government," Douglass continued, noting that their
Washington embassy held a press conference to deny the charges and decry
how U.S.-China relations are the victim of party politics.
Douglass allowed GOP strategist David Keene to
point out how the public trusts Republicans more than Democrats on foreign
policy, but she concluded by painting Republicans as the ones most
concerned with putting petty personal political interests above all else:
"Republicans insist they are not trying to make the Chinese spying
case into a partisan issue. Nevertheless, they are planning tasks forces,
hearings and investigations that may last well into the campaign
Congressional oversight is
their job and the media certainly aren't going to press too much judging
by their timidity on this story so far.
-- March 17 World News Tonight.
Anchor Charles Gibson read this short item: "In Washington today, a
response to criticism of nuclear secrets leaking to China. Energy
Secretary Bill Richardson said he is asking for $8 million to increase the
security of emails and classified documents at nuclear weapons labs. And
he's going to ask the former director of the CIA, John Deutsch, to conduct
a review of the program that lets scientists from foreign countries work
at the labs."
-- March 17 NBC Nightly News.
Andrea Mitchell provided the show's third full story on the scandal. She
began, as transcribed by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens:
"A major crackdown today at the nation's
three nuclear weapons labs. New tighter security on classified documents
and foreign visitors. New procedures to protect computers from outside
attacks. And mandatory screening of email sent by laboratory
After a clip of Richardson she continued:
"The new Energy Secretary acting three years after similar orders
from a former Energy official were allegedly ignored."
Mitchell then provided a solid
summary of the situation, adding a fresh fact about collect calls:
"The question being asked today by the Senate Intelligence committee
and others, why did this happen? Energy Department documents obtained by
NBC News show officials have had longstanding concerns about lax security.
Lab scientists did not check with superiors before giving information to
Chinese scientists. Chinese visitors actually called China from the labs.
The lab even accepted collect calls from China. And lab scientists
visiting China reported that their luggage including sensitive documents
was missing mysteriously for days. And hotel rooms were bugged. Bottom
line. Were laws broken? The Energy Department has fired one Los Alamos
scientist Wen Ho Lee for suspicious contacts dating back 11 years during
the Reagan administration. But Lee is not charged with spying. The FBI
admits the trail of evidence is cold."
Following a soundbite from Democratic Senator
Robert Torricelli, Mitchell led into a clip from Democrat Norman Dicks by
suggesting the spying may not have been all that harmful: "So how
much damage was done? China now has America's most advanced nuclear
warhead design. But the CIA thinks it may have developed the design on its
own or had help from Russia."
Mitchell concluded by making the case against
conservatives who want to alter Clinton's policy toward China. Leading
into a matching soundbite from George Shultz, Mitchell argued:
"And how safe are U.S. secrets now? The
White House says very secure. Congressional critics disagree, want to
punish China. That, says a leading Republican, would be a big
After Shultz, Mitchell concluded: "But even
critics of the administration say China policy is now more about politics
with Republicans taking every shot they can get."
journalists skeptical and cynical? Supposedly so, but not so far on the
China espionage scandal where the supposedly leery media in Washington are
willing to give Clinton's team the benefit of the doubt about the
suggestion that campaign contributions from China may have impacted policy
As noted in the March 15
CyberAlert, Ted Koppel wrapped up his intro to the March 12 Nightline by
".....Berger was first briefed on this story
in the Spring of 1996 around the same time that Al Gore had his infamous
fundraising luncheon at a Buddhist temple. Later that year was when the
first revelations were made about a Chinese arms dealer visiting the White
House. And then of course came the charges that China had been making
surreptitious contributions to the Clinton-Gore campaign. It all seems to
fit so perfectly, especially when you consider the additional charge that
the administration told an intelligence official at the Department of
Energy not to share what he knew with Congress. There is probably plenty
of incompetence and partisanship to go around, but it is not quite as
clear cut as it may seem."
Another Washington journalist
agreed in the subsequent Nightline piece. MRC analyst Jessica Anderson
caught this from Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau Chief Doyle McManus:
"At this point, no solid connection has been
established between, between these events -- this espionage investigation
and either the campaign finance scandal of 1996 or President Clinton's
visit to China in 1998 or any of the policy events in between. What
Republicans and the opponents of the Clinton Administration's policy are
using is, in effect, the coincidences of the calendar."
I don't recall this reticent
approach during Iran-Contra. Reporters then didn't assume that arms went
one way and money another because of "the coincidences of the
Wars," nice nickname or mocking, derogatory term? Depends which hour
you watch the Fox News Channel. And putting the burden on the U.S. for
ruining arms control, from Moscow NBC's Tom Brokaw warned: "The new
American version of Star Wars -- Congress determined to build a system to
knock out incoming missiles. That has the Russians worried."
The Senate voted 97-3 on
Wednesday to approve building a missile defense system. In a story aired
on FNC's 6pm ET Special Report with Brit Hume, David Shuster recalled:
"Most Democrats have mockingly dismissed what they call Star Wars
since Ronald Reagan proposed it 16 years ago." But an hour later, on
the 7pm ET Fox Report, the network did not run Shuster's piece and held
the story to a brief item read by anchor Paula Zahn. But she offered a
more benign definition of the term "Star Wars," declaring:
"Star Wars is making a comeback on Capitol Hill. The Senate voted 97
to 3 to start a nationwide missile defense system. The idea was nicknamed
Star Wars when President Reagan proposed that system back in the
In fact, the bill the Senate
passed Wednesday and the House on Thursday, would create a ground-based
system, not a satellite-based system as envisioned by Reagan. Thursday
night CNN's The World Today gave Jamie McIntyre time to explain the
planned project and NBC Nightly News ran a full piece from Jim
Miklaszewski, but neither the CBS Evening News nor ABC's World News
Tonight mentioned the vote on either Wednesday or Thursday night.
Miklaszewski's piece followed
Tom Brokaw's opening remarks from Moscow:
"Good evening from Moscow, where once again
nuclear missiles are coming between the United States and Russia. This
time it's an old issue and a new one. The new issue is Y2K, the end of the
century computer problem. The old issue is the new American version of
Star Wars -- Congress determined to build a system to knock out incoming
missiles. That has the Russians worried."
NBC later played excerpts of
Brokaw's interview with the Russian Prime Minister.
conservatives experienced the darkest events of World War II then they'd
be liberals or at least less intolerant, Tom Brokaw seemingly argued at
one point in his much-publicized book, The Greatest Generation. In the
book, Brokaw recounts heroic World War II experiences by those who
returned to America and built the country during the '50s and '60s.
Most of us at the MRC like to
watch, TV that is, but news analyst Mark Drake actually does some reading
of an old-fashioned medium: books. Going through Brokaw's tome he caught
this hit on conservatives at the end a chapter about the experiences of
liberal Republican Mark Hatfield, the former Senator from Oregon.
From page 339:
So in 1996, Mark Hatfield retired and returned to his
beloved Oregon to teach and share in the benefits he had brought to his
state during thirty years in the Senate. He left as he arrived, a man of
strong independent convictions and still a member of the Republican Party,
despite the changes in the DNA of the GOP in recent years.
Commenting on the Republican newcomers, Hatfield told a
reporter, 'There are those who think we should be of one mind. They feel,
perhaps, that diversity in the party is a weakness, not a strength. I'm an
Old Guard Republican. The founders of our party were for small business,
education, cutting the military budget. That was our platform in 1856 and
I think it's still a darned good one.'
Some of the newer Republican Senators, with their strict
conservative dogmas, may never understand a man like Mark Hatfield, but
then they've never shuttled Marines ashore under heavy fire at Iwo Jima or
Okinawa. They've never looked out on the otherworldly landscape of nuclear
devastation and shared their lunch with a starving Japanese child."
END Book excerpt
How arrogant. People who lived
through Hatfield's experiences were, no doubt, profoundly affected and
while many became liberal or moderate in their later years, many also
became quite conservative and are no less tolerant of other views than
liberals are of conservative ones. I'm sure the Christian Coalition
membership includes many World War II veterans and while Bob Dole may not
be a solid conservative, he certainly had first-hand exposure to the
horrors of war and became much more conservative than Hatfield.
lifetime achievement award to be presented to director Elia Kazan at the
Academy Awards on Sunday night has generated quite a bit of moral
indignation from the film industry because Kazan actually answered
honestly when asked to identify those supporting a totalitarian, murderous
regime working to conquer nations around the world.
Friday night the leftist
outrage will get an airing on ABC. Here's the promo for the Match 19 World
News Tonight aired Thursday night:
Peter Jennings: "Loyalties questioned,
careers destroyed. Blackballed in Hollywood. The Red Scare."
Announcer: "The Century on Friday on World
If I have time, I'll send a
CyberAlert on Saturday with some examples of Hollywood's inability to
"move on" as they can't forget what Kazan did 45-plus years ago.
But here's one example, from writer-director Abraham Polonsky on what he
hopes will occur during the Oscar ceremony: "I'll be watching, hoping
someone shoots him. It would no doubt be a thrill in an otherwise dull
Quite an appreciation of
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