Leno Covered Gore Gaffe That Brokaw Spiked; Will Media Challenge Gore "Profiteering" Charge?
-- Back to today's CyberAlert
Two items this
shows refused to inform viewers of a Gore gaffe -- singing a union song he
claimed to have learned as a child though it was not written until he was
27-years-old -- but the entertainment division provided viewers with more
information than Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams or Katie Couric.
And Jay Leno managed to do it despite the Olympics
cutting his Tonight Show down to barely five minutes at 12:35am ET/PT, 11:35
CT/MT as an intro to late night Olympics coverage.
Here's part of Leno's monologue from Wednesday night
as caught by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens:
"Bob Costas said today because of the tape-delay
NBC is having to put an emphasis on storytelling. You know, kinda like Al
"Well Al Gore is
in trouble again. You know, we love Al, but you know he does tend to
exaggerate. He was in Vegas the other day and he told the Teamsters, he told
the Teamsters, that his mom used to sing him the song when he was a little
kid: 'Look for the Union label.' You know that song? You know that song? He
says a childhood lullaby, his mother would rock him to sleep going, 'Look for
the Union label.' The only trouble is the song was written in 1975, when Al
was 27-years-old! Oh man. You got Bush can't remember his college years, Gore
can't remember his own childhood. What drugs are these guys on? Oh he also
said when he was a kid his favorite singer when he was a little boy, Eminem."
NBC Nightly News and MSNBC's The News with Brian
Williams ignored Gore's union tale Wednesday night despite the fact
Wednesday's USA Today prominently reported it. Not a word either Wednesday
or Thursday morning on Today.
For more details on what Gore said, which outlets did
report it and to see a RealPlayer video clip of CNN showing and then
correcting the remarks, go to:
The text of
a Campaign 2000 Media Reality Check
"Quick Take" written by Rich Noyes, Director of the MRC's Free
Market Project, and distributed this afternoon by fax:
REPORTERS SHOULD DEMAND TO SEE THE PROOF
WILL TV LET GORE GET AWAY WITH PHONY "PROFITEERING" CHARGES?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Vice President Al Gore today repeated his politically-motivated charge that
oil companies are "profiteering" at the expense of U.S. consumers.
The TV networks let Gore get away with that bogus claim back in June, when the
public was outraged by sharp gasoline price increases in Chicago and
Milwaukee. On the defensive, the Clinton-Gore EPA launched a showy
investigation into oil company pricing, only to be embarrassed weeks later
when an internal Energy Department memo showed that the EPA knew its own
environmental regulations were to blame for the price spike. (The Washington
Times, July 14, 2000.)
Back in June, the naive networks treated the Clinton-Gore investigation
seriously. "The White House has now put the oil industry on notice,"
CBS's Bob Orr warned on June 12. "If any evidence of price gouging
surfaces, regulators will come down hard."
Gore says oil industry profits have risen in the past year, but that's
hardly proof of gouging and he fails to add that oil prices were at historic
lows in 1999 - so low, in fact, that Energy Secretary Bill Richardson
implored OPEC to cut back its production to boost prices. (* See note below)
Rich Noyes, Director of MRC's Free Market Project, comments that
"Until the networks either ask Gore to back up his claims, or investigate
the truth for themselves, they're allowing themselves to be used by a
presidential campaign that's made business-bashing one of its main
* "According to former Saudi Arabian oil minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki
Yamani, the United States, through Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, played a
significant role in the OPEC-plus producer agreements to cut production that
led to oil price recovery earlier this year." -- The Oil Daily, September
END Reprint of Media Reality Check Quick Take
The video of the supposedly "racist"
independent expenditure ad CBS News focused on last night is now up on the MRC
Web site in RealPlayer format. Go to:
-- Brent Baker
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