Lauer Lambasted Lieberman; Clinton Nobel Lobbying?; The Contender Film Made Pro-Gore?; Biased Fox News
-- Back to today's CyberAlert
1) On Friday's Today Matt Lauer
pressed Joe Lieberman repeatedly on how the Gore-Lieberman attacks on Bush as
a "bumbler" and on his Texas record contradict the promise of a
2) Clintonistas hired a PR firm in Norway to lobby for Bill
Clinton to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Fox News Channel's Rita Cosby
disclosed Thursday night.
3) Actor Gary Oldman has accused Clinton-supporting film
producers of turning The Contender into a pro-Gore "piece of
propaganda." He plays a Republican Senator who grills a female VP nominee
about her sex life. Katie Couric declared: "Gary Oldman's character was
4) USA Today's TV critic complained about "how slanted
Fox's news coverage tends to be."
Matt Lauer grilled Democratic VP contender Joe Lieberman this morning, October
13, about how his attacks on Bush and his Texas record contradict the
Gore-Lieberman promise to run a positive campaign.
After discussing the Middle East situation for a few
minutes, Lauer switched to the campaign. MRC analyst Paul Smith took down how
Lauer pressed Lieberman:
Lauer: "You're in Texas on what is being called a
'failed leadership tour.' Failed leadership tour, is this what Al Gore
promised us in the way of a campaign that was focused on the positive?"
"Well, the important point here is that Al and I have said we are not
going to issue a negative personal attack on either of our opponents. As he
said in the debate the other night, George Bush is a good man but we think his
priorities as reflected in his record here in Texas are bad."
"Not a personal attack. Let me read you a couple of words and phrases
that have come out of the Gore-Lieberman campaign in the last couple of days.
'Bush's bumbling babblings,' 'Bush lite,' 'Bush bloopers.' These are
all part of advertisements, Web sites or documents from the Gore-Lieberman
campaign in the last week."
you know, it's a big campaign. I have not said any of those words and I won't
because they certainly border on the personal. Of course on the other
Lauer pressed again: "But does it makes sense for
you to say you won't say them when you know the campaign is saying them?"
look, look at what the Republicans have been saying about Al Gore. They take
the slightest misstatements and Governor Bush and Al both in the heat of the
campaign missed a fact or two here and make it into a challenge to his
Lauer's last question:
"On health care, health care, during the debate, Vice President Gore said
that Texas ranks 49th in the number of uninsured women and children, which may
be true, but further checking also shows that the number of uninsured people
in the country as a whole has increased during the time President Clinton and
Al Gore have been in office so is this a case of the pot calling the kettle
A refreshingly tough approach, but Lieberman still has
yet to be quizzed by any morning show about the contradiction between his
denouncements of Hollywood's products and his praising, at fundraisers, of
Clintonistas pull a faux pas and lobby for Bill Clinton to get the Nobel Peace
Prize? The Fox News Channel reported so Thursday night.
On the October 12 Special Report with Brit Hume reporter
Rita Cosby disclosed: "Two Norwegian public relations executives and one
member of the Norwegian parliament tell Fox News that they have been contacted
by the White House, or those working on behalf of the White House, to help
campaign for President Clinton to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize for
his work in trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East."
Cosby explained the problem: "Members of the
parliament, along with other leaders around the world, can officially nominate
candidates but it is considered highly unethical in Norway to actively
campaign for a peace prize candidate, especially to contact the five members
on the current peace prize committee."
White House Press Secretary Jake Siewert, Cosby noted,
denied any White House officials were involved in any such lobbying. But what
is the value of a White House denial?
made more anti-Republican and more pro-Gore? Gary Oldman, star of the movie
The Contender, has accused the DreamWorks studio, operated by Clinton donors
Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, of turning the film into a
"piece of propaganda" by forcing the writer to make it conform to
their pro-Gore agenda.
Former MRC analyst Clay Waters alerted me to this item
posted Thursday on Mr.Showbiz.com about the film which debuts today:
Oldman Says Studio Democrats Ruined Contender
Cantankerous actor Gary Oldman is openly badmouthing his new movie,
The Contender, just one day before its release date -- which happens to fall
on Friday the 13th, with a full moon in the sky. Will tomorrow be the film's
Oldman, a British citizen and a real-life conservative, is fuming about
editing cuts made to The Contender, which he alleges were made due to the
studio's Democratic leanings. In the new issue of Premiere magazine, Oldman
and his manager, Douglas Urbanski, accuse DreamWorks honchos Steven Spielberg,
David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg -- all Democrats -- of turning the
political drama upside down to make it mesh with their pro-Al Gore agendas.
"If your names are Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen," Urbanski declares, "you can't have a film with a
Republican character...who is at all sympathetic ... being released on Oct. 13
[less than a month before the presidential election]."
The Contender focuses on a female presidential candidate (Joan Allen) who
comes under fire when her opponent, a Republican congressman (Oldman), reveals
a scandalous skeleton in her closet. Oldman
says when DreamWorks bought the film rights, the company forced
director-writer Rod Lurie to turn The Contender into an unbalanced,
Democrat-friendly tale. Urbanski cuts to the chase by alleging
that the film is a "piece of propaganda" on par with that produced
by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
DreamWorks spokesman Walter Parkes denies the charges. "There's no indication to me whatsoever that Rod [Lurie] ever
felt pressured," he said.
"One only has to look at the coverage of the [Democratic] convention
to see that the owners of this company have sympathies with the Democratic
Party. Did those sympathies enter into the editorial process...or the decision
to buy the movie? Unequivocally, no."
Aside from Oldman's disgust, much of The Contender's pre-release buzz has
been positive, with many industry folks speculating on the film's Oscar
END Mr.Showbiz item
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NBC's Katie Couric this morning seemed to confirm
Oldman's warning as she declared Gary Oldman's character, a Republican
Senator, "was so revolting."
On this morning's Today, MRC analyst Paul Smith
noticed, Couric set up a interview segment with actress Joan Allen:
"She has a starring
role in a new film called The Contender. In it, Allen plays Lane Hanson, an
embattled vice presidential nominee who has a face, who has a faceoff with a
snarly congressional committee chairman played by Gary Oldman."
Today then played a scene of the Oldman character
grilling the Allen character about whether she's ever committed adultery.
After the clip, Couric shrugged in disgust: "Ughhhh, Joan Allen, good
morning how are you? I had such a hard time, in fact I actually hissed. I
don't usually do that at movies. You know, I am not into audience
participation but Gary Oldman's character was so revolting. I mean did you
have a hard time, he was brilliant in the movie I thought."
always amazing how members of the media who cannot see any liberal bias at
their outlet can detect and whine about the slightest supposed conservative
tilt anywhere else. And it comes out in the strangest places. In the latest
case, in the "Critic's Corner" box above the TV listings in
Wednesday's USA Today.
In the October 11 item, TV critic Robert Bianco
described how upcoming debate coverage that night "airs on ABC, CBS, NBC,
PBS, CNN and C-SPAN -- but not on Fox, which is busy with baseball. Then
again, considering how slanted Fox's news coverage tends to be, baseball may
be the best choice for that network."
Actually, Fox broadcast the debate after local
affiliates ran a post-baseball newscast, but Fox's Brit Hume didn't get
any time for his awful slant since he said about 20 words in total in
introducing and concluding the video replay.
-- Brent Baker
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