Gumbel Denounces MRC Ad; Insists That on Political Views "I Hold Them in Check"; Debut Show Today to Feature Bill Clinton Interview
Special GumbelAlert Edition:
On Tim Russert's show on CNBC over the
weekend Tim Russert held up the MRC's ad from last Wednesday's New York
Post which offered examples of Bryant Gumbel's liberal advocacy over the
years. Gumbel replied by asking Russert to denounce MRC Chairman L. Brent
Bozell, though he didn't name him, and taking a shot the MRC by saying the
view expressed in the ad should not be "taken seriously." He
also claimed that he holds his personal political views "in
exchange from CNBC's Tim Russert show which aired at 6pm and 10pm ET on
October 30 and 31:
are someone who as you said, is emotional, not afraid to let your views
out if that's the way you feel."
Russert holds up the MRC's ad from the New York
Post, which prompts Gumbel to start laughing as Russert explains:
"You're being greeted this week with, as you can see, ad about 'CBS
News has nothing to brag about. Liberal activist anchor Gumbel back on the
Gumbel: "Oh, I know. Now you know the person
who started this. You give me your opinion of him."
Gumbel: "See what I mean."
Russert: "Now that's my show. I'm asking the
questions. But is it hard holding your own views in check?"
Gumbel: "You know what, in terms of my
political views I hold them in check. I don't think that someone who
watches is inclined to think that I'm one way or the other. With regard to
this thing I'm mindful of someone who once told me that our founding
fathers guaranteed everyone the right to be heard. It said nothing about
being taken seriously."
Russert: "But you sometimes aren't afraid of
saying, hey, this is the way I feel in my gut."
Gumbel: "I'm not afraid of it. I don't think
necessarily. Look, I mean, I don't think any viewer arrives thinking that
you and I fell off a truck, you know, and that you come to this thing
without any of the filters of our experience or our environment or our
upbringing or our ethnicity. We are the products of that. We are the
products of that and we arrive with a certain amount of baggage, just like
everybody else does. Our job is not to be absent the baggage. Our job is
as much as possible to try to not let that baggage bleed over into what we
do professionally and to try to maintain as even a keel professionally as
we can. And I'm not ashamed of that, I'm really not, and I think we all
arrive at it, at that point."
Gumbel may try,
but his personal political baggage was obvious to anyone watching NBC's
Today. For proof, check out the MRC's special Gumbel page which features
RealPlayer video clips of our "Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles," an
"Anthology of On-Air Gumbel Stumbles" with over 40 of his
liberal utterances from 1989 through 1999, and the text of the New York
Post ad. Go to:
Direct address for
the October 27 New York Post ad:
+++ Watch Russert
confront Gumbel with the MRC's ad. Monday morning the MRC will post on our
home page a RealPlayer video clip of this exchange. After 10am ET, go to: http://www.mrc.org
Early risers can
catch Gumbel's debut this morning as co-host of The Early Show on most CBS
affiliates at 7am local time across the four continental U.S. time zones.
On Sunday Gumbel went to the White House to tape an interview with
President Clinton, so expect that to run early in Monday's The Early Show. --
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