What Pain "Hurt" Hillary? Gumbel's Reagan Insult; FNC Picked Up Dirkhising
1) Hospital mistakes kill, but
ABC and NBC Monday night didn't agree on how many. On the WTO the
broadcast networks focused on liberal protesters with just ABC citing
protest from the right.
2) NBC's Stone Phillips
portrayed Hillary as a victim, asking Gail Sheehy: "Of all the pain
she has been through, what do you think hurt the most?" Instead of
seeing as damaging the news that she pushed bombing, Phillips approved:
"Hillary the fighter."
3) Bryant Gumbel's ultimate
insult: "We haven't seen that much schmaltz since Ronald Reagan's
'Morning in America.'" Gumbel also read from Father Andrew
Greeley's new book in which he called Republicans "the
self-righteous, the haters and the racists."
4) June Gumbel won't give
Bryant a divorce: "People just accept infidelity from celebrities
like it's okay or fashionable -- I think it's disgusting."
5) FNC picked up on Dirkhising.
Bret Baier: "Some see a double standard when the alleged villains,
not victims, are homosexual, providing a possible answer to the question
of why Jesse Dirkhising's case hasn't made national headlines."
6) Gun deaths in the
U.S. are down 20 percent. ABC gave the discovery a mere 12 seconds.
7) Inspired by Hillary
Clinton's claim she'll run, Letterman's "Top Ten Announcements
Mayor Giuliani Would Like To Make."
>>> Now online: The November 29
Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest
outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media. Edited by Tim
Graham in my absence last week, the latest issue begins with this quote
noticed by the MRC's Jessica Anderson from ABC's Charlie Gibson to
William Safire on the November 18 Good Morning America: "Bush is
using this term 'compassionate conservative' as he campaigns, which is
an interesting juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory terms."
Other quote headings include "Reagan, Thatcher Deep?";
"Congress Wasn't Liberal Enough"; Kerry, The Ultraliberal
'Centrist'"; "Steve Forbes, Hard-Core Slasher";
"Mr. Starr, Admit You're a Zealot" and "Boys Are
To read the issue posted by the MRC's Andy Szul, go
National Academy of Sciences report on how thousands die because of
accidents caused by hospital personnel led Monday's ABC's World News
Tonight and the NBC Nightly News, but the two shows didn't agree on the
range of how many die. (CBS also led with death as Dan Rather announced:
"A CBS News exclusive tonight: The discovery of secret killing fields
used by Mexico's narco-thugs to bury dozens of their murder victims
inside Mexico just across the U.S. border.")
ABC's Peter Jennings
told viewers: "The academy study estimates today that more than
44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 120,000 people, die every year
because people make mistakes." NBC's Robert Bazell offered the same
low-end number but differed on the high-end, relaying: "Experts say
between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die from mistakes every year in
hospitals alone, making hospital errors the eighth leading cause of
deaths, actually ahead of traffic accidents, breast cancer or AIDS."
Both CBS's Dan Rather
and NBC's Tom Brokaw uttered the rhyme "Battle in Seattle"
Monday night, while an ABC graphic stayed with the less lyrical
"Seattle Battle" as all three broadcast evening shows featured
preview stories about the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting. CBS's
Rather and ABC's Jennings stressed the concerns of the liberal
protestors, though ABC's subsequent story did mention how some
conservatives also oppose the WTO. Rather also offered an altruistic
description of the WTO's goals, though he highlighted how it's
"big" and "business-oriented."
benevolently summarized the intent of the protestors:
"Job security, working conditions, civil and
religious rights, the quality of food and the environment, even the basics
of democracy. People concerned about all of those issues have descended on
Seattle this week, one of the country's great trading cities, because
the World Trade Organization is meeting in Seattle to plan for its next
round of negotiations. Thousands of demonstrators have gone to complain
bitterly about the new rules of a global economy...."
In the subsequent story
ABC's Deborah Wang ran through the causes celebrated by protestors, such
as saving the rainforest, protecting labor union members, denouncing child
labor and Third World exploitation. But she added a group ignored by CBS
and NBC: "There are also conservative Republicans who think the WTO
has too much power."
Over on the November 29
CBS Evening News John Roberts focused only on the liberals: "The
President has made it clear that opening new global markets is crucial to
the future economic prosperity of America. But when he arrives at the WTO
summit here in Seattle he'll be met with a storm of protest over the
environmental and social cost of that prosperity."
Dan Rather followed up:
"Just what is the World Trade Organization? It is a big, powerful,
business-oriented international institution, dedicated primarily to
elimination if possible, otherwise reducing, tariffs on international
Clinton is Bill Clinton's "enabler" who demanded dirt be dug
up on women with whom she knows he's had affairs, but NBC's Stone
Phillips wondered: "Of all the pain she has been through, what do you
think hurt the most?"
Monday's Dateline NBC
featured Gail Sheehy's first network appearance to promote her new book,
Hillary's Choice. The liberal author is hardly a Hillary antagonist, but
she reveals some damaging information. At least what should be damaging,
but not to NBC or Phillips.
After Sheehy told him
that after eight months Hillary broke her silence toward Bill only so she
could demand that he bomb the Serbs, a request with which he complied,
Phillips failed to pounce on the disclosure of how a decision, to put U.S.
personnel in harms way and make war, was made. Instead, Phillips
approvingly reacted to Sheehy's story: "Hillary the fighter."
For the November 29
prime time piece, Phillips began by recounting how Sheehy watched in 1992
as Hillary attacked Gennifer Flowers and ordered dirt be found to
discredit Flowers. Phillips outlined Sheehy's theory that Hillary
suffers from an "addiction" to saving Bill Clinton because she
lacked her father's approval during childhood. She was unable to please
her father, but she can please Bill by forgiving him and therefore serves
as his "enabler."
So, in Sheehy's
theory, Hillary's deliberately turned a blind eye to Clinton's
philandering. But, that almost didn't work in 1990 when he fell in love
with a woman who later became known in the Jones case as "Jane Doe
#1." That relationship brought the Clintons close to separating, but
she told Bill that if he broke it off she would give him cover for his
In other words, Hillary
was complicit in an ongoing policy of lying for years in order to make
herself First Lady. Nonetheless, Phillips painted her as a victim, asking
Sheehy: "Of all the pain she has been through, what do you think hurt
Sheehy answered by claiming Hillary really didn't
believe the Lewinsky allegations: "That he let her go out and lie for
him." When she went out on the Today show and, you know, made it
sound as if she totally believed him, she did not know that he was lying
Sheehy went on to insist
that Clinton didn't tell her until August 1998, just before he told the
public. Hillary hit Bill in anger and then didn't speak to him for eight
Phillips then got to
what should have been played as the book's biggest revelation: "Sheehy
says the silence wasn't broken until March of this year when Mrs.
Clinton, traveling in Africa with daughter Chelsea, was disturbed by
reports that ethnic cleansing in Kosovo was escalating. According to
Sheehy, Mrs. Clinton made series of phone calls urging her husband to take
action and bomb."
Sheehy: "She said now we cannot allow this at the
end of a century that has had the Holocaust. Bite the bullet Bill
Phillips approvingly replied: "Hillary the
Sheehy agreed: "Hillary the fighter."
Phillips: "Sheehy says the next day President
Clinton announced he was recommending a bombing campaign."
But that was it on that
topic as Phillips moved ahead to Hillary's first love, David Rupert.
Gumbel delivered the ultimate insult to Al Gore Monday morning: He equated
a Gore ad with a Reagan one. Later in the show, Gumbel happily read aloud
Father Andrew Greeley's denunciation of Republicans as "the
self-righteous, the haters and the racists." Gumbel feigned
disagreement with such a broad attack, but Greeley's thinking actually
matches what Gumbel has expressed in the past.
-- Doug Bailey,
Executive Publisher of the Hotline and a founder of freedomchannel.com,
came aboard in the 7am half hour on November 29 to discuss presidential TV
ads. After Bush and McCain ads, Gumbel played a new Gore spot which
featured scenes of his life -- with pictures of his wife and kids -- over
music. The ad ended with "Happy Thanksgiving" on screen, which
prompted Gumbel to remark:
"We haven't seen that much schmaltz since Ronald
Reagan's 'Morning in America' fluff."
-- In the 8am half hour
liberal Father Andrew Greeley appeared to talk about his new book:
Furthermore! Memories of a Parish Priest.
Gumbel soon got to Greeley's rebuke of Republicans:
"Another potential divisive point, your take on politics. I'm going
to read from this. You write that, your words: 'The Republicans tend to
be the party of the affluent, the self-righteous, the haters and the
racists.' And then add: 'Is it a mortal sin to vote Republican?
Probably, but most who do are probably excused because of invincible
Greeley: "I said that, did I now?"
Gumbel: "Yeah, you did. You want me to show you in
Greeley: "No, I said it. I'm a Chicago Democrat,
Gumbel: "Yeah, but Father, I mean the 'party of
the self-righteous, the haters, the racists?'"
Greeley: "Have you been watching television lately
Bryant? You seen some of those folks? They hate the Chinese, they hate
immigrants, they hate unions. So, I don't know."
Gumbel: "All Republicans, Father?"
Greeley: "The people that represent the party in
Congress do anyway."
Gumbel may have pretended to be uncomfortable with
Greeley's mean-spirited characterization of Republicans, but Greeley's
views aren't that much different than those espoused by Gumbel. Back on
the November 9, 1994 Today, the morning after the GOP won control of the
House, Gumbel demanded of just elected Republican J.C. Watts, who is
"You're aligned with a party which owes
many of its victories to the so-called religious right and other
conservative extremists who are historically insensitive to minority
concerns. That doesn't bother you?"
of Bryant Gumbel, time to catch up on an item from a couple of weeks ago.
Mrs. Gumbel isn't too pleased that Bryant has moved on to another woman
and she has no intention of giving him a divorce.
MRC analyst Mark Drake
caught this November 18 story in the New York Daily News about an item in
People magazine. Reporter Leo Standora wrote:
Bryant Gumbel's extramarital love life is
getting lousy ratings from his estranged wife, who refuses to step aside
and grant the CBS morning host a divorce.
"I'm a very devout Catholic -- I find
it difficult to dissolve a marriage," June Gumbel told People
magazine, speaking out for the first time since she and her husband split
"I am just as married as I was 26
years ago," she insisted.
Friends say Gumbel, 51, seems to be in a
"really serious" relationship with Hillary Quinlan, who quit her
job as a financial researcher and left Chicago this year to be with him.
What's June Gumbel's take on the romance?
"People just accept infidelity from
celebrities like it's okay or fashionable -- I think it's
disgusting," she said. "I don't think you can have happiness
with someone else on the pain you've caused your family."....
Sounds like June Gumbel
shouldn't be as much of a fan of Bill Clinton as is her husband.
CBS, NBC and CNN may not care, but last Tuesday FNC gave some air time to
the murder of Jesse Dirkhising, the 13-year-old boy in Rogers, Arkansas
made into a sex slave by two gay lovers and then murdered by them. As
noted in previous CyberAlerts, the lack of media interest in this case
stands in contrast to the media frenzy over the murder of gay college
student Matthew Shepard, which was quickly labeled a hate crime and blamed
on anti-gay rhetoric from conservatives.
For two examples of this
blame-shifting and a Washington Times article with an overview of the
Dirkhising case, go to:
The Shepard and
Dirkhising crimes may not be equally newsworthy, but the other networks
have not judged Dirkhising's case less newsworthy and offered a few
stories about it. So far they've refused to touch it at all.
Tuesday night November
23 the case finally got some play with FNC's Bret Baier picking up on a
possible media double standard. In his piece for the 7pm ET Fox Report,
transcribed by the MRC's Brad Wilmouth, Baier began by explaining what
happened to Dirkhising: How he was killed on September 26 and how police
found him "lying naked on the floor of the bedroom, covered in
feces." Baier added that "after hours of sexual torture, the boy
suffocated on his own underwear" which one of the men had stuffed in
Baier moved to how the
national media have avoided the gruesome crime:
"Jesse Dirkhising now rests in a small cemetery
outside of town, a simple burial that, like his horrific death, largely
went unnoticed. For Jesse Dirkhising, there were no candlelight vigils
attended by thousands. No protests in the streets. No calls for
legislation. There were no network television specials. In fact, outside
of northwest Arkansas, there has been almost no news coverage of this
"Compare coverage of this case to the death of
Matthew Shepard, a gay man murdered in Wyoming last year. Shepard's
killing was motivated by discrimination against homosexuals. Police say
Dirkhising was killed by sexual predators who are homosexual. Some see a
double standard when the alleged villains, not victims, are homosexual,
providing a possible answer to the question of why Jesse Dirkhising's
case hasn't made national headlines."
Brent Bozell, Chairman of the Media Research Center:
"Is it because they were gay? I suspect so. When you've got an AP
wire dispatch that talks about the story and doesn't even mention that
they were gay. That's like doing an obituary on Walter Payton and not
mentioning that he was a football player. Is it because the gay lobby has
gotten the news media so darn intimidated that they wouldn't report
this? I think that's pretty fair speculation."
Baier concluded by referring to the two men charged:
"[Davis Don] Carpenter and [Joshua] Brown are now facing the death
penalty. Dirkhising's family is trying to face life without their
thirteen-year-old son. And Rogers, Arkansas, is facing the fact that life
will never be the same in this small town."
+++ See one of the men charged in this
crime and a chunk of Baier's story. Tuesday morning the MRC's Andy
Szul and Eric Pairel will post a RealPlayer clip of this FNC story and a
still shot of one of the men, who is unidentified, being escorted by two
police officers. Go to: http://archive.mrc.org
Other past MRC reports
on this case:
-- November 15
CyberAlert item: The Washington Post's ombudsman took on the MRC:
"Those who are inclined to believe the David Dukes, Joseph Farahs and
Tim Grahams of the world," who say the Jesse Dirkhising murder
"has been suppressed so that homosexuals won't be portrayed
negatively." Go to:
-- Brent Bozell column:
"Time.Com Dismisses Dirkhising." Go to:
-- Brent Bozell column:
"No Media Memorial For Jesse Dirkhising." Go to:
the midst of a year filled with media demands for more gun control to
protect the children at America's high schools and adults in the
workplace, the reality is gun deaths are way down in the U.S. How do I
know this? Because I caught a 12 second item from ABC.
On the November 18 World
News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings reported: "The Centers for Disease
Control reports today that between 1993 and 1996 the number of people
killed by guns in the country went to its lowest level since the 1960s,
down more than 20 percent."
I bet if the report had
discovered a 20 percent hike in deaths from guns ABC would have given it a
lot more than a piddling 12 seconds and CBS and NBC wouldn't have
ignored the finding.
by Hillary Clinton's statement last week that she "intends" to
run for the Senate, from the Late Show with David Letterman the "Top
Ten Announcements Mayor Giuliani Would Like To Make." Here they are,
as presented on November 26 by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
10. "On my way over here, I jaywalked
9. "Last night at this time, I was passed out in a jacuzzi full of
8. "I love the nightlife -- I love to boogie!"
7. "When faced with a tough decision, I ask myself, 'What would Mayor
6. "Thanks to me, now there's 70% fewer dead guys riding the
5. "We're painting New York City next week, so everyone will have to
stay in Newark for a few days."
4. "Man, do I loves those adorable Pokemon!"
3. "You're looking at the new lead singer of Van Halen."
2. "Thanks to Epilady, my legs have never been so smooth."
1. "I'm engaged to Jerry Seinfeld."
And from the Late Show
Web page, some of "the extra jokes that didn't quite make it into the
-- "At some point early next year I may or may not make an
announcement about something."
-- "Mention my name during your next mugging, get 10% back!"
-- "Tomorrow only, the Lincoln Tunnel toll is payable in
-- "All next week, guys named Lyle ride the subway free."
-- "From now on, a 1000% tax on people named 'Hillary'."
-- "When Y2K hits, I'll be in the Bahamas, suckers!"
-- "The Staten Island Ferry is now clothing-optional!"
Hillary might make fewer
gaffes if she followed #7. --
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