Hsing-Hsing Before Chung Ching; GMA's Clinton Week
1) The CBS Evening News
delivered the first broadcast network China story of the week, a look at
the ailing panda, Hsing-Hsing. The show has yet to report Johnny Chung's
$300,000, but promised: "We'll be sure to keep you up on
2) CBS ominously warned that
global warming means more tornadoes, "more deadly hurricanes like
last year's killer Mitch, even more severe swing between flooding and
drought." And it kills whales.
3) "Good Morning,
Clintons" ABC boasted in announcing GMA will broadcast live Friday
from the White House. On Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos co-hosted the
show. Now it's Hillary's turn.
"The Cox Report, a One-Day Story? Yes: In the Midst of Days of
Network Silence, CNN's Media-Review Show Insisted Espionage is Overcovered,"
the latest Media Reality Check fax report by Tim Graham is now up on the
MRC home page. Also up: a video showing how CBS News once cared about
foreign policy lies. In contrast to last week when CBS was more concerned
about the Cox Report going too far than in what lies the Clinton team
told, back on May 4, 1989 Dan Rather introduced a story about Ollie North
and Ronald Reagan: "Eric Engberg has investigated the use of secrecy,
lying, and deception as instruments of ideology and policy." Engberg
warned: "Deception leads to lies. Lies tear apart the rule of
law..." To read the report and watch the video, which MRC Webmaster
Sean Henry has posted in RealPlayer format, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/reality/1999/fax19990602.html
Wednesday night CBS aired the first China-related story of the week on one
of the broadcast network evening shows. An examination of what FNC's
Carl Cameron revealed last week about how a wiretapped conversation
between Johnny Chung and Robert Luu suggested Bill Clinton was in on the
plan to blame improper money from China on the "princelings,"
the offspring living in the U.S. of Chinese officials? No. CBS provided a
look at the plight of Hsing-Hsing, the Giant Panda near death at
Washington's National Zoo.
The CBS Evening
News has yet to inform its viewers about Johnny Chung's revelation that
the head of Chinese military intelligence gave him $300,000 to donate to
help Clinton's re-election, even skipping Chung's May 11 appearance
before a House committee, but Wednesday night devoted nearly two-minutes
CNN's The World
Today briefly mentioned Hsing-Hsing's condition and how Clinton will ask
for MFN for China before airing a full story tied to the Tiananmen Square
anniversary on how Chinese students have turned against the U.S. FNC's
Special Report with Brit Hume featured an interview with Peter Leitner,
the Pentagon official who claims he was punished for talking to the Cox
Committee, about how the Clinton administration eliminated export
controls. FNC's Fox Report continued its week-long series on China spy
scandal with a piece from Gary Matsumoto on how the trade deficit favors
China as they sell plastic toys but buy state of the art computers.
networks continued the Chinagate blackout on Wednesday without a word
about it in the morning or evening. (ABC's World News Tonight last ran a
full story on May 26 followed by some soundbite clips from the interview
shows on Sunday; the CBS Evening News last addressed China on May 27 to
question the importance of the espionage; NBC Nightly News hasn't
mentioned it since May 25, the day the Cox Report was released. None of
the morning shows have touched it since the morning after the report's
release.) Wednesday night, June 2, all led with the plane crash in Little
Rock. ABC looked at how Charismatic will try to be first horse in 21 years
to win the Triple Crown, CBS highlighted supposed proof of global warming
and NBC provided a story about how Hillary Clinton has decided to run for
Now to what's
really important, Hsing-Hsing. CBS Evening News anchor John Roberts
"Here's what official Washington is
buzzing about: For all of the ups and downs between Washington and Beijing
there was one common bond above any other ailment for decades. That is,
until now. Eric Engberg reports on one of the world's most loved
ambassadors of good will."
Engberg began in mock solemnity: "Because
the patient is one of Washington's most popular icons, news about his
health crisis is treated like that of a stricken national leader. Citizens
and press grimly await the next medical bulletin."
Lisa Stevens, National Zoo: "Hsing-Hsing is
having a really good day today. He ate very well last night."
Engberg then revealed how the patient is a bear:
"Hsing-Hsing, the 28-year-old giant panda at Washington's National
Zoo, whose arrival from China with his mate Ling-Ling in the '70s was a
milestone is the history of the Cold War, is suffering from kidney
failure. Cause: aging. There is no cure. Only a few pandas have ever lived
this long and as a result doctors have no way of knowing how much longer
he will survive."
After a comment
from a veterinarian and another soundbite from Stevens about how they are
trying to keep the panda comfortable, Engberg touched on spying as he
concluded his piece:
"National Zoo official revealed today
they're negotiating with China to get another breeding pair. Despite the
chill in relations between the countries over spies and bombing, a
delegation of Chinese officials will arrive here tomorrow even as doctors
do what they can for Hsing-Hsing, admitting it isn't much."
Roberts immediately followed-up: "And we'll be sure to keep you up
on Hsing-Hsing's condition."
But not on Chinese
espionage or political contributions.
+++ Watch what CBS
finds newsworthy when it comes to China, a story about a dying panda.
Thursday morning it will be posted, in RealPlayer format, on the MRC home
page by the MRC's Sean Henry and Kristina Sewell. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
All of the video clips posted by the MRC remain
viewable for a month at: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/rathervideos.html
Most climate experts don't buy into the global warming theory forwarded
by Al Gore and environmental activists who love to blame mankind for
destroying the planet, but whenever even one scientist pushes the idea a
major media outlet is sure to jump. Wednesday night CBS bit with
enthusiasm, even blaming global warming for the death of some whales, a
link not even suggested by the scientist CBS highlighted.
CBS Evening News
anchor John Roberts announced: "In the long range forecast there may
be a whole new dimension to the debate over global warming. If last winter
seemed more green than white and the weather more extreme year-round,
there's new research tonight in the journal Nature. The upshot: maybe
you ought to get used to it."
After claiming the winter of '99 was the
warmest ever, Roberts played a soundbite from Drew Shindell of Columbia
University: "Greenhouse gasses may be affecting the weather a lot
more than we thought."
Roberts elaborated about how it caused the oceans
to warm and cooled the stratosphere which strengthened wind which blows
warm air from the ocean over continents.
Shindell added: "Over the past few decades
we've seen a global annual average warming of about a degree Fahrenheit,
but during that same period in the northern hemisphere winter, over the
continents, we've seen up to ten degrees warming."
Roberts picked up: "So is it global warming?
Researchers can't say for certain, but by plugging the amount of
greenhouse gasses produced in the last 30 years into computer models, they
have been able to duplicate the changes in climate. If it's true it
could help explain why the weather seems to be getting more severe."
David Rinds, NASA climate researcher: "The
warmer planet just has a lot more energy and with a lot more energy there
probably will be a lot more severe storms."
Roberts concluded: "And that could mean more
storms like the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma last month, more
deadly hurricanes like last year's killer Mitch, even more severe swing
between flooding and drought. Researchers say the effects of global
warming are cumulative. That's why temperatures have increase
dramatically in just the past couple of years and they believe that even
if we were to stop producing greenhouse gasses today it would take decades
for the warming trend to level off."
Next, over video
of a dead whale on a beach, Roberts tied it to global warming:
"Whether it's global warming or not, something is killing the gray
whales in the Pacific Northwest in record numbers. Five gray whales have
turned up dead this week alone. In all, 16 dead for the year so far."
Crandall of the Science and Environmental Policy Project points out on
their Web site, a growing number of scientists are expressing their
disbelief in the disastrous impact attributed to the greenhouse effect
"Since the climate treaty was hatched in Rio
de Janeiro in 1992, scientists have shown their dissent with four
petitions: the 1992 'Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse
Warming,' with more than 100 signatures; the 1992 'Heidelberg
Appeal,' with more than 4,000 signatures; the 1996 'Leipzig
Declaration,' signed by some 130 prominent U.S. climate scientists,
including several who participated in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC); and, this year , the 'Oregon Petition'
which has been signed thus far by 17,000 U.S. scientists."
For more on
scientific doubts about global warming, go to the Science and
Environmental Policy Project's Web site: http://www.sepp.org
For a thorough
rebutting of the CBS story, check out an article by Dr. Patrick Michaels,
"Hot Year Tests Greenhouse Fears," in which among other things
he demonstrates how El Nino, not the greenhouse effect, is responsible for
the severe weather. Go to: http://www.cato.org/dailys/05-22-99.html
It's "Clinton Week" at ABC's Good Morning America. On
Tuesday George Stephanopoulos co-hosted the show with Diane Sawyer. I
don't recall Bill Kristol or George Will ever getting that opportunity.
If they had I'm sure we would have heard about it from all the media
attention such a "crossing of the line" -- from the right, not
the left -- would have generated. (Sawyer handled Tuesday's most
political interview: Steve Forbes. Amongst the duties performed by
Stephanopoulos, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noted: a review of Jesse
Ventura's book that was absent the hostility on guns and taxes displayed
by NBC's Matt Lauer a day later.)
Up next on GMA's
Clinton week schedule: Two live hours at the White House with Bill Clinton
and Senate candidate Hillary Clinton. "In the first such broadcast in
six years," the ABC News.com Web site boasts, "Good Morning
America airs live from the Executive Mansion on Friday with a presidential
interview and a live town meeting on youth violence."
That plug links to
this longer explanation which highlights how ABC will give the Clintons
more air time by forgoing commercials:
GMA Invites You to Visit the White House
ABCNEWS' Good Morning America co-anchors
Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer will broadcast live from the White House
for two hours on Friday, June 4. The program will include an extensive
interview with President Clinton, plus a special town meeting featuring
the President and Mrs. Clinton, as teenagers from around the country
discuss teen violence. The town meeting segment with the President and
Mrs. Clinton will be uninterrupted by commercial breaks.
In the wake of school shootings in Pearl,
Miss., Paducah, Ky., Springfield, Ore., Littleton, Colo., and Conyers,
Ga., the nation has awakened to growing concerns. Some lawmakers argue
that TV, movies, video games and pop music have fostered a culture that
celebrates violence. On May 10, the President convened a summit of
entertainment industry notables, and Congress has begun working on an
anti-violence bill that will tighten restrictions on sales of guns to
minors. And today, the President authorized a $1 million investigation
into Hollywood's marketing of violence to children.
Among the areas included in the discussion
will be gun control and gun access, the glamorization of violence,
parental responsibility and how to spot a troubled teen....
To read this plug
in full online, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/onair/GoodMorningAmerica/gma990604_whpromo.html
Nothing in ABC's plug about featuring any
guests with views contrasting those to be expressed by the Clintons. Put
this down as Michael Eisner's and Disney's first "in kind"
contribution to Hillary Clinton's Senate crusade. --
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