"Partial-Birth" Avoidance; Another Car Bomber; Reno Warned of FALN
1) "A measure to ban a
type of late-term abortions," Dan Rather remarked in refusing to
accept the term "partial-birth." NBC's Robert Hager promoted
dire global warming fears.
2) The author of a book
fueling George W. Bush drug charges is a convicted felon who once arranged
for a car bombing, the Dallas Morning News disclosed in a story picked up
by Fox News Channel.
3) Janet Reno asserted that
the FALN is "an ongoing threat" exacerbated by the release from
prison of its members, but only FNC bothered to report her assessment.
4) Diane Sawyer:
"Yesterday we asked Elizabeth Dole if she felt the system had let her
down by making it impossible to raise the kind of money she needed to
5) Ten days until Gumbel
returns to morning TV. In #6 of the MRC's Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles, on
the January 7, 1994 Today show Gumbel lavishes praise on Bill Clinton's
6) "I never" turned
"my back on food programs for starving kids. I never vetoed a gun
control bill. All my guns are fakes Senator," a Fox sit-com character
lectured a Senator upset by movie content.
"No Exposure for Gore's Dueling Poseurs: RNC Discovers Gore Arms
Control Flip-Flop, But Media's 'Ad Watch' Hounds Remain Silent."
The latest MRC Media Reality Check fax report by Tim Graham is now up on
the MRC home page thanks to Kristina Sewell and Sean Henry. To read
several quotes from Al Gore back in the 1980s contrasted with his current
posture, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/reality/1999/fax19991021.html
Thursday night ABC's World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News led
with the 19 percent fall in IBM's stock price. "CBS's Anthony
Mason reports on the day big blue bled," quipped Dan Rather who later
refused to accept the term "partial-birth" abortion. ABC's
second story: How the FDA will now allow ads making a connection between
soy and a healthy heart so soy, reporter Bill Redeker trumpeted, is now
"poised to become the food of the next millennium."
NBC Nightly News
began with the Jet Propulsion Lab's forecast of a bad winter followed by
a one sided panic piece from Robert Hager about how "many scientists
believe" extreme weather is driven by "gradual global warming
and that's what exaggerates the weather, makes the hot hotter but also
makes the storms more violent."
Rather/Abortion. Dan Rather danced all round in taking 24 seconds to read
this item: "For the third time in four years the U.S. Senate tonight
approved a measure to ban a type of late-term abortions. President Clinton
says he will veto it, just like the others, if and when it gets to his
desk. Supporters of the ban refer to these abortions as quote
'partial-births.' Opponents say it's all really aimed at reversing a
woman's legal right to choose whether or not to have an abortion."
Of course, when
championing "campaign finance reform" on Wednesday night Rather
didn't hesitate to use that term and did not add anything about how
"opponents say it's all really aimed at shutting down many
group's legal right to convey their views to voters before an
America news reader Morton Dean showed similar reluctance to use the
"partial-birth" term on Thursday morning, MRC analyst Jessica
Anderson noticed: "More emotional debate is expected in the U.S.
Senate today. Under consideration is a bill to ban a late-term abortion
procedure, which opponents call partial birth abortion. The White House
says if it passes, President Clinton will veto it for the third
-- Global warming
panic. Picking up on the forecast of a winter with more bad weather,
NBC's Robert Hager recounted how there have been record floods and
droughts recently and asserted we're in for more.
"Why? Many scientists believe it's because
of the big picture. These scientists say all this comes against the
backdrop of gradual global warming and that's what exaggerates the
weather, makes the hot hotter but also makes the storms more violent. Easy
to understand how global warming makes heat waves or droughts, not as easy
to understand that it also causes more moisture to evaporate into the air
so when it does rain the rain may be heavier, even snowstorms may be
heavier. All affecting our lives. For instance, this winter in the
Ants Leetmaa, Weather Service: "People
should be prepared to pay more for fuel oil, there'll probably be more
airline delays, more storminess as you go through there. Probably looking
at more snow removal costs."
Hager: "Climate change affecting animal and
plant life as well."
Dan Becker, Sierra Club: "You see birds
dying off, you see species shifting. The Edith Speckershot [phonetic]
butterfly in California is no longer able to live in the southern end of
its range and at lower altitudes because of the heat."
Hager: "Fish, like salmon and trout, slowly
declining. Some say that's the weather. Ninety percent loss of one kind
of West Coast waterfowl. The Pew Foundation's Eileen Clawson."
Clawson: "We are going to have to get used
to it and then we're going to have to figure out to deal with it in a
way that makes it better for people."
Hager: "An extreme forecast for extreme
weather, not just for a longer La Nina, but extreme for years to
Plenty of time for
panic, but none for viewers to hear from any one of many scientists who
don't share the liberal political agenda promoting global warming fears.
The author of a book alleging George W. Bush was once arrested on a drug
charge, J.W. Hatfield, is a felon who once paid for a car bombing, the
Dallas Morning News reported Thursday in a story picked up by FNC's
Special Report with Brit Hume and the Fox Report.
As noted in the
October 20 CyberAlert, on October 19 FNC's Carl Cameron briefly noted
the revival of the Bush drug story via the book, Fortunate Son: The Making
of an American President, which was first promoted by Salon.com back in
August. Back then all the networks ran stories, but this time only FNC
even mentioned it as the MRC analysts have seen nothing on any of the ABC,
CBS, CNN, MSNBC or NBC morning or evening news shows.
For a rundown of
the August coverage, read my August 23 Washington Times op-ed, "Bush
Talks, Clinton Walks." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/oped/news/washtimes19990823.html
On the October 21
Special Report with Brit Hume reporter Mike Emmanuel summarized the Dallas
Morning News discovery about how J.H. Hatfield served five years of a 15
year sentence for paying for a car bomb to kill his boss. He was paroled
in 1993. Emmanuel added:
"St. Martin's press, the book's
publisher, located in this New York office building, is suddenly refusing
to take calls from the media. Messages left by Fox News were not returned.
The author, in the midst of a publicity tour, has suddenly disappeared.
Court records uncovered by the newspaper show in July 1988 Hatfield
pleaded guilty to paying $5,000 for a car bombing. The bomb blew up in
February 1987, but the two people in the car weren't injured."
++ To see a
picture of the bombed car and video of this FNC story in RealPlayer
format, go to the MRC's home page where MRC Webmaster Sean Henry will
post it Friday morning. Go to: http://www.mrc.org.
For more details,
here's an excerpt from the October 21 exclusive from Dallas Morning News
reporter Pete Slover:
AUSTIN -- The author of a book alleging
that Gov. George W. Bush covered up a 1972 cocaine arrest is himself a
felon on parole, convicted in Dallas of hiring a hit man for a failed
attempt to kill his employer with a car bomb in 1987, records show.
James Howard Hatfield, 41, was convicted of
solicitation of capital murder, served five years of a 15-year sentence in
a Texas prison and was paroled in 1993, state and Dallas County criminal
Author J.H. Hatfield flatly denied in an
interview that he is the same man. But a parole officer in Arkansas
confirmed Wednesday that Mr. Hatfield the author is Mr. Hatfield the
ex-convict, who is on parole from Texas through April 2003.
In his new book, Fortunate Son: George W.
Bush and the Making of an American President, Mr. Hatfield quotes three
anonymous sources saying that Mr. Bush was arrested for cocaine possession
but that Mr. Bush's father arranged for the charges to be dropped and
The Bushes and Houston courthouse officials
from that era have denounced the account as false. The Bush campaign had
no comment on the revelations about Mr. Hatfield's past, said spokeswoman
The biographical materials released with
Mr. Hatfield's books and his earlier works reveal many similarities
between the author's background and that of the convicted man, as revealed
in his criminal and parole records.
Both Hatfields share the same month and
year of birth, lived in Dallas at the same times, and both now reside in
the same region of Arkansas.
When questioned about those similarities,
Mr. Hatfield declined to give his Social Security number, address or any
other information to distinguish him from the convicted man.
And the author, who would not disclose his
date of birth, also refused to fill in gaps in his employment record
corresponding to years that James Howard Hatfield was in prison.
Told of Mr. Hatfield's background, an
attorney for the book's publisher said Wednesday that the company had no
knowledge of the criminal history.
"If it's true, we're going to be
shocked," said David Kaye, general counsel for St. Martin's Press. He
declined to comment further.
Dallas court records show that in July
1988, Mr. Hatfield pleaded guilty to paying Charles Ray Crawford $5,000 to
bomb the car of a manager at a financial firm for which he had recently
The bomb exploded in the parking lot of the
Cotton Exchange Building in Dallas in February 1987, but the two people in
the car were not injured.
Sentenced to 15 years in prison, Mr.
Hatfield earned extra credit for time served and was released in April
1993. State records show that he was briefly sent to a federal
penitentiary in Oklahoma to serve time for a charge related to the 1987
bombing, but details were not available....
To read the whole
article, go to: http://www.dallasnews.com/specials/bush_campaign/
Hatfield is still on parole for a sentence that does not end until 2003,
and recalling how those in the FALN who were pardoned were involved in car
bombs, there's still time for Clinton to pardon this guy.
"The Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, 16 of whose members were
pardoned by President Clinton in August, poses an 'ongoing threat' to
national security, according to a September report by Attorney General
Janet Reno released yesterday during a combative Senate hearing on the
clemency decision," Washington Post reporters David A. Vise and
Lorraine Adams opened an October 21 story.
But not a word on
any morning or evening show on ABC, CBS or NBC, nor on CNN's The World
Today or Inside Politics. Only FNC found it newsworthy.
In an October 20
piece on Special Report with Brit Hume reporter David Shuster told
"Declaring that the grant of clemency by
President Clinton was bizarre and disturbing, members of the Senate
Judiciary Committee pointed to a report on counterterrorism from Attorney
General Janet Reno. Last month she wrote, 'Puerto Rican terrorist
groups, such as the FALN, represent an ongoing threat. Factors which
increase the present threat include,' said Reno, 'include the
impending release from prison of members of these groups jailed for prior
violence.' Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and pardon attorney Roger
Adams were scolded for allowing the clemency decision to go forward."
"When the eleven Puerto Rican terrorists were freed, documents
revealed that the FBI, police departments and other law enforcement
agencies had all urged President Clinton not to let this happen. But now
it appears the Justice Department was also against it. By mistake, a
letter covered by executive privilege was turned over to the committee
saying the Justice Department recommended a denial of clemency in 1996.
Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah wanted to know about 1999. The witnesses
repeatedly refused to answer."
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "You're
not even willing to say whether or not you sent a recommendation without
even saying what it was. Yes or no!"
Roger Adams, Justice Department attorney: "
I'm -- I have..."
Hatch: "The American people are entitled to
Adams: "No, Senator, I'm sorry. Mr.
Chairman, I'm sorry. I have to respect the president's assertion of
privilege, and I'm not allowed to discuss that."
Hatch: "Why -- why can't this White House
just be open and just tell the truth? I mean, my gosh, this isn't
something that's that tough."
The Fox Report, an
hour later, ran a short item on this topic, MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth
October 21, Shuster followed up by reporting that Holder claimed the Reno
report reference to an increased threat was not referring to those given
clemency but to those finishing their sentences. Shuster, however,
observed that Holder and his staff "couldn't identify the names of
any Puerto Rican prisoners the report was supposed to be referring to.
Some Puerto Rican nationalists have been released for time served, but
that's because they were convicted of non-violent crimes. Republicans
said that Justice Department explanations don't make any sense and
charged that Holder had his opportunity earlier this week in testimony
before the Senate Judiciary Committee."
Elizabeth Dole, victim of "the system," not of her bad
campaigning or views to the left of most GOP primary voters. Male
candidates John Kasich and Dan Quayle were also unable to raise enough
money to stay in the race, but Thursday morning Good Morning America
co-host Diane Sawyer used Dole's departure as a chance to rail against
the fundraising rules. Check out these statements and question posed in
the taped interview shown on the October 21 show as taken down by MRC
analyst Jessica Anderson:
Dole. How do you decide after all that passionate campaigning, all those
chicken dinners, that it's time to hang it up? Well, one way you decide is
when George W. Bush has vacuumed up all the money. So yesterday we asked
Elizabeth Dole if she felt the system had let her down by making it
impossible to raise the kind of money she needed to compete."
-- "Do you blame George W. Bush for
monopolizing the money?"
-- "But is that an abuse of the system, or
is the system so deeply flawed that it allows something that you think
distorts the democratic process?"
-- "It's been a central tenet of democracy
that the best ideas will garner the most support. Are you saying George W.
Bush did not have the best ideas, you did, but he got the most
-- "I'm thinking back to, what was it now,
three, three and a half years ago, when we saw you at the convention,
walking out and talking about, and electrifying everybody. I just wonder,
looking back, if there's one thing you wish you had known then that you
know now from these years and these months on the campaign trail, what
would it be?"
-- "And so Elizabeth Dole's campaign for
President is over, but she was considered a formidable and serious
candidate, which is a benchmark for women running for the presidency. We
thought it might be a good time just to stop and take quick stock of women
in public office. Here are the figures: In Congress, 12 percent are now
women. Among governors and lieutenant governors, 28 percent are women. and
of the top 100 cities, 16 mayors are women. Some ways to go yet."
I just wish ABC
would stop monopolizing all the news money so there would be some left for
an unbiased network.
Number 6 in the MRC's Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles, a quote countdown to
Bryant Gumbel's return to morning TV on November 1 as co-host of CBS's
The Early Show, is now up on the MRC home page in RealPlayer format.
In this latest
highlight from Gumbel's career as a liberal advocate, back in a January
7, 1994 Today interview with Mother Jones magazine editor Jeffrey Klein he
lavished praised for Bill Clinton's policies:
"Do you give Bill Clinton credit for
addressing serious issues that went untouched for 12 years -- deficit
reduction, gun control, world trade, health care. He has certainly taken
on tough issues, and made them not a question of if, but how much."
To watch this
quote and #5 as picked by MRC Communications Director Liz Swasey, which
will be posted Friday morning, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/gumbel/gumbelvideos.html
You can't avoid liberal political advocacy by just avoiding network TV
news. Thursday night Fox's new, racy sit-com, Action, delivered a
liberal lecture. The 9pm ET/PT half hour show, best known for being laced
with vulgarities that are bleeped out, revolves around actor Jay Mohr as
Hollywood film producer "Peter Dragon."
night's episode he appeared before a Senate committee to defend the sex
and violence in his movies. Reacting to grilling by a big, white Senator
with a Southern drawl, "Dragon" shot back:
"I never voted to subsidize the growing of
tobacco while turning my back on food programs for starving kids. I never
vetoed a gun control bill. All my guns are fakes, Senator. I've never
rushed to the defense of Kuwaiti oil fields while ignoring genocide in
Africa because big oil companies that line your fat pockets aren't
concerned with black Africa. Those are all productions of your company,
To see a still shot of actor Jay Mohr, who will
probably be familiar, go to this CyberAlert item on the MRC Web site where
Webmaster Sean Henry will post a picture.
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