Reporter Called "Communist"; Redlener's Radicalism; Anti-Anticommunists
1) Live on MSNBC from Little Havana on Wednesday, a Newsweek
reporter relayed how he saw another reporter "being called a socialist
and a communist by one of the protesters."
2) Time praised Bush from the left: "Shows he cares about
real people, just like the Democrats." And denounced his policies from
the left: "Tax credits may be too small to help those in need" and "Tax cut for the rich could squeeze money
for the poor."
3) The MRC's Campaign 2000 Web page features all of our
campaign coverage analysis organized in one place by category, plus video
contrasts and addresses you can use to express your views.
4) Dr. Redlener, who said Elian should be "rescued"
from the Miami family, "is a longtime member of the leftist Physicians
for Social Responsibility," The American Spectator Online revealed. He
was also part of the Clinton/Gore '92 health policy team.
5) "The Elian case...has one virtue," syndicated
columnist Charles Krauthammer observed last week: "It exposes the myth
that the Cold War was anticommunists all vs. the Evil Empire. In fact, it was
a great struggle...between anticommunists and anti-anticommunists."
6) In Hollywood's imagination Big Tobacco doesn't just
kill smokers. On Sunday's Fox drama X-Files the second hand smoke from a
bio-engineered cigarette caused a slow, painful death to anyone around who
inhaled it. Unless they were heavy smokers.
>>> Earth Day, the side the media won't
tell? The MRC's Free Market
Project (FMP) has challenged the news media to present a balanced look at
global warming, the theme of this year's Earth Day set for Saturday, April
22. On Wednesday, FMP Director Rich Noyes produced a Media Reality Check fax
report titled, "Skeptics Frozen Out of Warming Debate: Will Media's
Earth Day Extravaganza Include Any Dissent from the Environmental
Establishment?" To read its examples of distorted media coverage of
global warming, go to:
This morning, MRC
Webmaster Andy Szul posted an in-depth MediaNomics article by Rich,
"Global Warming: An Earth Day Opportunity." MediaNomics notes that
"while experts continue to debate the main causes, extent and
consequences of a warming trend that is generally expected to continue through
the 21st century, news coverage has frequently portrayed the scientific debate
as a settled matter." The report summarizes the scientific views of those
who don't buy the liberal environmental doom and gloom and provides links to
the best refutations of the liberal line the media should question in such
issue areas as "Links Between Human Activity and Global Warming,"
"Surface Temperatures vs. Atmospheric Temperatures" and
"Lowering of Official Warming Forecasts and Predicted Consequences of
Plus, Rich has compiled
a list of online resources about global warming so reporters interested in
balance and accuracy will have no excuse not to inform their audience of views
which don't match the Earth Day hype.
To read this latest
MediaNomics, go to the MRC home page and click on it under "Our Newest
Stuff," or go directly to:
Editor's Note: Wednesday
night I attended game 4 of the Penguins-Capitals NHL playoff series -- and saw
the home team finally win a game. Since I was not able to see all the network
newscasts, I thought I'd take advantage of the opportunity and clear some
things today from my "pending" list of informative items that
usually get bumped for the latest bias from the evening shows, though
today's items #1 and #4 are fresh from the past 24 hours.
over-enthused CyberAlert readers in the crowd in Little Havana? MRC analyst
Geoffrey Dickens observed how a reporter on MSNBC passed along an anecdote
about a bit of anti-media venom. At about 4:20pm ET Wednesday, live from the
celebration outside of Elian's home prompted by the federal court ruling
that Elian cannot leave the U.S. until he has an asylum hearing, Newsweek
Miami Bureau Chief Joe Contreras relayed:
"I must say that
amidst the jubilation and celebration there is still some bitterness and
hostility that some of the demonstrators are directing toward the news media.
I saw one reporter, as he was coming into this area, being called a socialist
and a communist by one of the protesters. But overall, it's great happiness
in Little Havana today."
Great happiness at how reporters aren't getting their
magazine this week expressed doubts about George W. Bush's compassion
strategy, proclaiming "it's hard enough being the
leader of a party" that has refused "to add a few quarters to the
minimum wage." The magazine dismissed his tax cut as being "for the
rich" but praised him for trying to show "he cares about real
people, just like the Democrats."
For the latest edition of the MRC's MagazineWatch, MRC
analyst Geoffrey Dickens summarized Time's April 24 issue criticism of Bush
for not having spent enough in Texas nor now proposing enough spending and
economic regulation in his latest proposals:
Time's James Carney and John F. Dickerson trained their skeptical eyes
from the left on George W. Bush's compassionate conservative strategy.
Picking up on Bush's insistence he really does care about education and
immigrants, they charged:
"If it sounds as if George Bush is protesting too much, that's
because he's got a credibility problem. It's hard enough being the leader
of a party that has made headlines by shutting down the government
and refusing to add a few quarters to the minimum wage. The Texas Governor
also has his own recent past to overcome, including a bruising primary fight
that featured him cozying up to the religious right and running a singularly
uncompassionate campaign against his
opponent, John McCain."
A highlight box on the second page of the two-page spread assessed Bush's
policies from a liberal perspective, assuming spending taxpayer money equals
compassion while tax cuts are discredited because they are "for the
rich." Under the heading of "Smart Politics..."
Time listed two items:
-- "Mr. Compassion: Shows he cares about real people, just like the
-- "Future Focus: Helps him divert attention from spotty record in
But under the accompanying heading "...but Shaky Policy," Time
-- "Not Texas-Sized: Tax credits may be too small to help those in
-- "Supply-Side Memories: Tax cut for the rich could squeeze money for
In the story text Carney and Dickerson also took up the Gore line:
"Bush brags about his record as Governor, promising the same success for
the entire country, but Gore is pointing to a grimmer Texas." Carney and
Dickerson then questioned Bush's record on health
care in Texas and warned that Bush's tax cut, "as written, would most
benefit higher-income Americans."
The article wrapped up with Gore's strategy: "Gore has another
campaign he plans to copy. His strategists like to cite the last time an
incumbent Vice President ran against a Governor who touted his record as a new
kind of moderate from a party with an extreme past. That Vice President came
from behind, ran a cynical, negative campaign and crushed his opponent. It was
1988. The defeated Governor was Michael Dukakis. The victorious Vice
President? George Bush."
So the Gore camp admits they will run a "cynical," and
"negative" campaign. Yet it's George W. Bush who has to prove
he's compassionate candidate?
END MagazineWatch excerpt
Other items in the April 18 MagazineWatch:
1. All three news magazines relayed Fidel Castro's spin on the Elian
Gonzalez case as U.S. News saw "growing sentiment" for closer
relations with Cuba. In a surprising twist, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter
maintained Elian should return but conceded the "Keep Elian Here crowd is
on the right side of history" and the "American left still has a bit
of a soft spot" for Castro.
2. Time magazine tied the IMF's "free-market shock therapy" to
"Dr. Death." In a piece headlined, "Retro Cool? Ralph Nader's
Campaign," Time polished up Nader's resume as Matthew Cooper recounted
Nader's regulatory accomplishments.
3. U.S. News looked into the unpopularity of tax cuts. Newsweek had gay
former Congressman Steve Gunderson assess Bush's meeting with gay leaders
while Howard Fineman wondered if evangelicals "have become more of a
burden than a blessing."
To read these items, go to:
"Campaign 2000" Web Page. The MRC has created a "Campaign
2000" section with easy access to all presidential and New York Senate
campaign-related MRC analysis, from individual articles in CyberAlert to the
Campaign 2000 Media Reality Check fax report.
Thanks to MRC's Director of Communications Liz Swasey,
the archives go back to the beginning of this year, so there's plenty on all
the primary activities. Additional features include "Campaign Videos:
When Liberal Reporters Attack" which provides a side-by-side comparison
of Dan Rather's interviewing style as applied to (a) Rudy Giuliani, and (b)
Hillary Clinton, and every Friday, posting on the "Unreliable
Sources" page of a video of the most biased campaign story of the week.
The Campaign 2000 pages
were created under Liz's direction with help from MRC Marketing Director
Bonnie Goff and Webmasters Andy Szul and Eric Pairel. Though Liz updates it
everyday, the page is still a work in progress so we'd appreciate your
comments on it so we can make it as useful as possible by the time the
campaigns gear-up this summer. Check it out and share your thoughts about
what's there and what you think should be provided. Click
on the "E-mail your comments and questions" link at the bottom of
the column on the left side.
To see the MRC's Campaign 2000 section, click on "Campaign
2000" in the menu on the left side of the MRC's home page, or go
directly to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/campaign2000/
Irwin Redlener: Far-left anti-nuclear activist and Clinton-Gore campaigner.
Tuesday night, as noted in the April 19 CyberAlert, only FNC's Rita Cosby
alerted viewers to how Redlener "worked with Hillary Clinton's health
care task force." On Wednesday, freelance journalist Evan Gahr uncovered
some additional details about Redlener's background, disclosing he "is
a longtime member of the leftist Physicians for Social Responsibility"
and "served as chairman of the National Health Leadership Council for
As a reminder, Redlener, who had not talked to Elian,
earned widespread media attention Tuesday for insisting in a letter, which the
Justice Department released, that the boy be removed from the Miami home
because he is in "imminent danger to his physical and emotional
well-being" in the home which Redlener described as "psychologically
abusive." (See the April 19 CyberAlert)
In an April 19 piece posted on The American
Spectator's Web site, Gahr revealed:
....Marcus Welby to the rescue? Take a close look at Redlener's history.
This longtime Clinton cheerleader, whose left-liberal activism dates to at
least the early 1980s, is hardly the dispassionate scientist Janet Reno &
Co. like to pretend -- and the media apparently believes.
Last week, Redlener helped the INS assemble a panel of doctors that
interviewed Elian's great-uncle Lazaro Gonzalez. CNN.com reports that the INS
this Monday released Redlener's letter to "bolster its position that
Elian be removed from the Miami relatives."
In his April 17 letter, Redlener, who did not examine Elian, modestly
identifies himself as "President and Director of Community Pediatrics,
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore; Professor of Pediatrics, The Albert
Einstein College of Medicine; President, The Children's Health Fund."
His other credentials? Redlener, is a longtime member of the leftist
Physicians for Social Responsibility. Today, the group rails against the
epidemic of "gun violence" (as if the guns go off all by
themselves). In the early 1980s, Physicians for Social Responsibility pushed
for a nuclear freeze and often seemed to consider the United States rather
Sure enough when residents of the upstate, New York city of Rome shrugged
off the placement of cruise missiles at a nearby military base in 1982,
Redlener saw an obvious parallel.
The Rome residents, who had long considered nuclear weapons at the base
necessary for the country's defense, were reminiscent of "the people who
lived in the villages around the concentration camps in World War II."
They "committed themselves to denying the existence of those camps or
what happened inside them but there comes a time
when we must take a look at the big picture and say 'no.'"
More recently, Redlener, served as chairman of the National Health
Leadership Council for Clinton/Gore '92. He lamented that "physicians
find ourselves surrounded in an ocean of paperwork, bureaucracy and intrusion
into how health care is practiced."
Those words seem a bit curious because the good doctor soon emerged as a
leading supporter of the Clinton health care plan, which of course would have
created a mound of paperwork, bureaucracy, and government intrusion into how
health care is practiced. In 1993, Redlener served as a vice chairman of the
White House's health care task force....
Given his political sensibility, who could possibly be surprised that
Redlener can't send little Elian back to the worker's paradise fast enough?
Redlener was not available when TAS Online called for comment.
But he had a busy day. On the morning of April 18, he appeared on both CNN
and NBC to impugn Elian's Miami relatives. He likened their recently-released
videotape of Elian saying he didn't want to go back to Cuba to something
captors force on hostages. "The child needs to be rescued."
But anyone who bothers to examine the good doctor's longtime left-liberal
political activism, might think it's wise to get a second opinion.
To read the entire Gahr story, go to:
For The American Spectator Online: http://www.spectator.org
Will anyone in the mainstream media pick up on Gahr's
discovery of Redlener's lack of impartiality? Don't count on it.
Elian case, however you may feel about it, has one virtue," syndicated
columnist Charles Krauthammer observed in a very illuminating column last
week: "It exposes the myth that the Cold War was anticommunists all vs.
the Evil Empire. In fact, it was a great struggle at home between
anticommunists and anti-anticommunists."
Indeed, Krauthammer hit upon what is the driving force
behind much of the media's negative coverage of the Miami Cubans and
admiring looks at the living conditions in Castro's Cuba detailed in past
CyberAlerts. If you are among those who believe Elian should be returned to
his father, and have been disturbed by the pro Cuban-American line taken in
CyberAlerts, I urge you to read the excerpt below from Krauthammer's
historical analysis of how reaction to the Elian situation follows the Cold
War pattern in which the left has always fought the right's battles against
In his syndicated column, which appeared in the April 14
Washington Post, Krauthammer reminded readers:
For years now we have been hearing Bill Clinton and other Democratic
luminaries (most recently, Bill Bradley) tell us how difficult the world is
today compared with Cold War days, when things were easy. Easy because
communism was evil, and we knew it, and thus our decisions about how to act in
the world were informed by the moral imperative to oppose it.
It is a nice little fable. In reality, anticommunism was not the lodestar
that guided us all -- liberal and conservative -- during the Cold War. Almost
every anticommunist initiative championed by conservatives in the last two
decades of the Cold War -- from the Reagan arms buildup to aiding the
Nicaraguan contras -- met strenuous liberal opposition....
[The Elian Gonzalez case is] instructive. It is a Cold War struggle
occurring 10 years late. And being such an anachronism, it serves as a time
capsule, illuminating perfectly who stood where during the Cold War.
Elian's case is difficult. On the one hand, there is power to the argument
that a 6-year-old boy not be sent back to spend his life in the island prison
from which his mother died trying to escape. On the other hand, there are
obviously other values at stake: family values or, more precisely, paternal
This is what makes the case hard, even for those who despise communism. For
the left, however, the choice is easy. Parental bond trumps political freedom.
No question. (It was only yesterday that it took a village to raise a child.
Now a father will do.) The vehemence with which those on the left, such as
Rep. Maxine Waters and the National Council of Churches, have insisted on
Elian's return -- their contempt for the very notion that there might
be something problematic about returning him to a country whose constitution
states that parents' rights exist "only as long as their influence does
not go against the political objectives of the State" -- shows us how
little anticommunism figures in their moral universe.
And so it was during the Cold War. Was anticommunism their lodestar?
Hardly. There were always other values to be found more important. Opposing
dictatorship, for example. The left vehemently opposed our friendship with the
Philippines (under Marcos) and Chile (under Pinochet), allies in opposing
communism. (The Philippines, for example, supplied us with Subic Bay and Clark
Air Base during the Vietnam War.) Indeed, Bill Clinton went to Africa last
year and apologized for America's support of anticommunist dictators (such as
Mobutu) during the Cold War....
The arms buildup, the deployment of Pershing and cruise missiles to counter
the Soviet SS-20s, the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Reagan Doctrine of
supporting anticommunist guerrillas around the world -- these were all opposed
by the left (and by a large majority of
the Democratic Party) in the name of peace....
Yes, human rights and clean government and peace are all important values.
Which is what made some of these decisions so difficult. But for those on the
right, the fight against communism was paramount, because the evil it
represented was so total. Those on the left, on the other hand, always found
some other value more salient, some other cause more worthy.
They did then, with Vietnam and Nicaragua, with the Pershing missiles and
the nuclear freeze. They do it now, with Elian. They always do.
The Elian case, however you may feel about it, has one virtue: It exposes
the myth that the Cold War was anticommunists all vs. the Evil Empire. In
fact, it was a great struggle at home between anticommunists and
anti-anticommunists. The anticommunists won. Which is why we are so profoundly
at peace today.
To read his entire column, use this link which should
work for a few more days:
that second hand smoke. It will kill you. A Fox drama on Sunday night
delivered a plot line which went well beyond blaming tobacco companies for
making a product dangerous to smokers. On Sunday's X-Files the second hand
smoke from a newly bio-engineered cigarette caused a slow, painful death to
anyone around who inhaled the smoke. And a lot of bugs crawled out of the
mouths of those killed.
The 9pm ET/PT, 8pm CT/MT Fox series is a dark "dramady"
about FBI agents "Fox Mulder," played by David Duchovny, and
"Dana Scully," played by Gillian Anderson, who pursue the FBI's
"X-Files" dealing with unexplained events, usually revolving around
an ongoing storyline about a conspiracy with extraterrestrials.
On the April 16 episode, the FBI is protecting the
research chief of the "Morley Tobacco Company," a doctor who is
scheduled to appear before a federal grand jury the next day to disclose some
evil committed by the company. During the night he's found dead in his
bathroom with much of the flesh on his face eaten away. Company executives are
uncooperative in the investigation, refusing to say what the doctor planned to
tell the grand jury, hiding behind a lawyer's protection of "corporate
secrets" and "employee confidentiality."
Scully determines the company doctor died from
"hypoxia, the inability to transfer oxygen from the lungs to the blood
stream" as his airways were destroyed. Acting on a hunch from Mulder
about tobacco beetles found near the body, Scully goes to an entomologist who
finds that the DNA of the bugs has been altered. She explains: "It is
pretty widely known that tobacco companies have been pouring money into that
kind of research, changing the tobacco plant itself in order to make it
hardier, give it less nicotine, more nicotine, make it naturally menthol
flavored. You name it."
Assistant FBI Director Skinner, asks: "A form of what,
"Which possibly could have created super bugs. I guess the real question
is could they have become dangerous to humans?"
Opening up the chest of a second man who died the same
way, Scully discovers his lungs are full of tobacco beetle larvae which
pupated from eggs. Soon, Mulder is infected and starts coughing up blood.
Doctors try to suction out the eggs, but it's a doomed battle. Scully comes
up with a theory for how the eggs got into his lungs, telling Skinner:
"I'm thinking he inhaled them. Well, the tobacco beetle lives out its
life cycle on or around the tobacco plant. That's where it lays its eggs. If
those genetically altered beatles that we found did that then maybe the eggs
survived the processing into cigarettes."
Skinner: "And been
carried into Mulder's lungs as smoke?"
like spores or pollen somehow small enough to be airborne."
Confronted by an angry Skinner, the tobacco company's
chief executive, "Dr. Voss," comes clean and explains they were
trying to "genetically engineer a safer cigarette," but three of
four test subjects died, which is what the doctor who died was to reveal in
his testimony. The FBI agents learn that Mulder had met the fourth subject,
who was somehow immune, but who had smoked in Mulder's presence.
In the dramatic conclusion, Skinner finds the man in the
tobacco company lab and shoots him when he lights up one of the altered
cigarettes. Mulder is saved when Scully realizes that a heavy dose of nicotine
is the antidote as the fourth test subject only survived because he was a
"four pack a day smoker, far heavier than any of the focus group members
who died. You know nicotine is extremely poisonous. It's actually one of the
oldest known insecticides."
The show ends with Mulder now confessing an attraction
to smoking. Holding up a cigarette box with a color scheme similar to
Marlboro, Mulder tells Scully: "I bought these on the way to work"
An exasperated Scully: "You're not going to start
Mulder: "They say the addiction is stronger than
Mulder tosses the cigarette pack into the trash can, but
as the camera fades he's looking longingly downward at it.
Ah, the irresistible pull of nicotine-spiked cigarettes
produced by greedy tobacco companies. In this case, the entertainment media
followed the lead of the news media in targeting a foil. --
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