Networks Pounced on "Daisy" Ad; Chinese Money to Dems "Unproven"?; MRC Cited on Comics Page
-- Back to today's CyberAlert
1) Media Reality Check on network
reaction to the "Daisy" ad: "Networks Talk Ads, But Ignore the
NAACP's: ABC, CBS, NBC Air NARAL Ad for Gore; ABC, CBS Hit Ads Against Gore
on Sharpton, Chinagate."
2) The Associated Press dismissed as "unproven" the
charge in the new "Daisy" ad that China "dumped money into the
1996 campaign" and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, apparently serious, told the
New York Times: "It lacks the subtlety of the original ad."
3) The Media Research Center made today's comics page as
"Mallard Fillmore" has Al Gore citing the MRC. Plus, today's New
York Post "MediaWatch" recounted our analysis of how the networks
jumped on the RAND report while ignoring Gore's secret deal with Russia.
Campaign 2000 Media Reality Check by Tim Graham distributed by fax this
afternoon and titled, "Networks Talk Ads, But Ignore the NAACP's: ABC,
CBS, NBC Air NARAL Ad for Gore; ABC, CBS Hit Ads Against Gore on Sharpton,
This report contrasts how the networks continue to
refuse to tell viewers about the NAACP ad suggesting Bush's opposition to a
hate crimes bill means he's "killed" James Byrd "all over
again," but have pounced on ads by little known groups which dare to
criticize Al Gore. To view The Media Reality Check as an Adobe Acrobat PDF
file as posted by the MRC's Kristina Sewell and Andy Szul, go to:
To view the NAACP ad as played and evaluated by FNC, go
Tim Graham couldn't fit all the bias into the one-page
fax, so item #2 below contains a CyberAlert Bonus of what he had to cut out.
The pull-out quote in the fax featured an exchange on
Friday's The Early Show on CBS between Bryant Gumbel and Al Gore in which
Gumbel falsely identified the ad as being produced by the "GOP," as
if either the Bush campaign or an official Republican committee were behind
Bryant Gumbel: "Speaking of attacks, I don't know
if you've seen it or not, but on behalf of Governor Bush, the GOP has taken
to running the infamous Daisy commercial of Goldwater days and substituting
the language and using you, and suggesting that your dealings with China have
threatened national security. What's your reaction to that?"
Al Gore: "Well, I
have no idea what they're talking about. It's another personal
Now the text of the October 27 Media Reality Check:
Networks Talk Ads, But Ignore the NAACP's
ABC, CBS, NBC Air NARAL Ad for Gore; ABC, CBS Hit Ads Against Gore on Sharpton,
The NAACP ad suggesting George W. Bush "killed" James Byrd
"all over again" over a Texas "hate crimes" bill is still
being ignored by ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN's newscasts. But the same networks
have shown interest in other liberal and conservative ads.
Last night, ABC, CBS, and NBC uncritically aired pieces of an ad from the
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). As NBC's
Claire Shipman explained, "pro-choice organizations are spending big
money for ads like these make the case that a vote for Nader could mean the
end of a woman's right to choose." On Wednesday night's NewsStand on
CNN, anchor Greta Van Susteren showed the NARAL ad in its entirety, free of
ABC's Aaron Brown reported an entire story on ad campaigns, showing brief
clips of NARAL's ad, plus ads made by the NRA and Handgun Control
Incorporated. While he skipped the NAACP ad, he did find time to question an
anti-Gore ad from a group called Americans Against Hate. Immediately after
clips of the gun group ads, Brown intoned: "Harsher still, this ad tying
Gore to controversial black activist Al Sharpton, who the ad says praised
This morning, TV stars had a new anti-Gore ad to question: an ad saying
"Vote Republican" that cheesily reproduces the 1964
"Daisy" ad implying Barry Goldwater would start a nuclear war. On
CBS, Bryant Gumbel asked for Al Gore's reaction to that ad, but not the
On ABC's Good Morning America, anchor Antonio Mora began by noting
"The Bush campaign is crying foul over a series of taped anti-Bush
telephone messages the Michigan Democratic Party is playing to state
residents. One call is from actor Ed Asner. In another, a caller who
identifies herself as Ann Friday of Dallas appears to blame Bush for her
husband's death in a nursing home." ABC played this audio clip:
"He could be alive today if it weren't for the neglect he experienced.
When George W. Bush ran for governor, he promised to improve the quality of
life for nursing home residents. But Governor Bush broke that promise."
Mora asserted: "The Bush campaign claims Bush has actually strengthened
quality regulations for Texas nursing homes and it denies a claim in the
Democrats' phone message that complaints about the nursing homes have
Mora added: "A different example of nastiness is coming from a
mysterious group that has produced a new TV ad that suggests Gore could draw
the U.S. into nuclear war. The ad mimics Lyndon Johnson's infamous
'Daisy' commercial and accused the Democrat of endangering the U.S. by
giving nuclear secrets to China. At the end of the ad, a nuclear explosion is
shown, followed by the words 'Vote Republican.' It's not known who put
the money up for the ad."
Why the rush to this mysterious ad? An Associated Press story this morning
began: "The Gore campaign said a new Republican attack advertisement
modeled after the infamous 'Daisy' commercial...is a 'desperate
tactic' by conservatives to help George W. Bush." While the AP promoted
the "Daisy" ad story today as "top news," they have yet to
report on the NAACP ad.
END Reprint of Media Reality Check
Bonus: Additional analysis of the "Daisy" ad which the MRC's Tim
Graham couldn't fit into the fax report: The Associated Press dismissed as
"unproven" the charge that China "dumped money into the 1996
campaign"; Kathleen Hall Jamieson, apparently serious, told the New York
Times: "It lacks the subtlety of the original ad."
-- AP's report this morning clearly suggested that
allegations of China's acquisition of nuclear secrets and China's pumping of
contributions into the 1996 campaign are "unproven":
"The new ad accuses President Clinton and Vice
President Al Gore of giving away nuclear technology to China in exchange for
campaign contributions. Like the original spot, it shows a little girl
plucking petals from a daisy. 'Red China was given access and sold vital
technology that will give China the ability to threaten our homes with
long-range nuclear warheads,' an announcer says. Both ads end with a countdown
to a nuclear blast. The newest ad repeats allegations by Republicans, though
unproven, that China stole nuclear secrets from the United States and dumped
money into the 1996 elections."
Perhaps the AP should re-read the 700 pages of the Cox
Report, a bipartisan panel who found plenty of Chinese espionage on the
-- The New York Times also reported the
"Daisy" story this morning under the charged headline:
"Infamous Political Commercial Is Turned on Gore." Like the other
outlets, the Times has so far ignored the NAACP "Bush Dragged Him to
Death Again" ad. Reporter Leslie Wayne explored the little-known entity
behind the ad:
nonprofit organization, Aretino Industries, paid for the new commercial, which
will run in several closely contested
states, including Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania.
"Carey Cramer, a
spokesman for the organization, in McAllen, Tex.,
declined to identify any of its members or the source of its money.
'These are people with real life jobs and they don't want to lose their
jobs,' said Mr. Cramer, who said the group was formed to produce political
commercials in this campaign and to bring 'accountability' to politics.
"Mr. Cramer said
the initial advertisement buy was for $60,000, which is considered small by
current political standards. He said that the group has raised $500,000 to buy
But the Wayne story didn't get amusing until University
of Pennsylvania professor and liberal pundit Kathleen Hall Jamieson arrived:
"'It's an ad that is so inflammatory that it gets free news access,'
she said. 'This is a heavy-handed ad. It lacks the subtlety of the original
ad, it is not factually accurate and, if anything, it risks that the press
coverage over it will produce a backlash against the Bush campaign.'"
Yes, you read that correctly. She said "it lacks
the subtlety of the original ad." What subtlety was that?
Tony Schwartz, the retired advertising executive who
made the original "Daisy" advertisement, commented for the Times on
this new version: "This troubles me. They are a bunch of thieves. It's a
perversion of my ad." The Times didn't get any comment from PBS
omnipresence Bill Moyers, another promoter of the original LBJ ad.
breakthrough for the Media Research Center: Today we've made the comics page
in Bruce Tinsley's "Mallard Fillmore" distributed by King
Features. In today's comic, Al Gore on Air Force 2 says: "The Media
Research Center compiled data showing that the media go easy on me when I make
up 'facts' out of my head.
"Some people say
it's because the media are 'liberal.' But I say it's just professional
courtesy because I invented journalism."
To see the Mallard Fillmore
comic, go to where Jewish World Review has posted all the strips from this
Scroll to the bottom
to view the one citing the MRC.
Also, today's Washington
Times and New York Post recounted the MRC's analysis of the saturation
coverage of the RAND report while the same networks didn't find any news
value in Gore's secret deal with Russia.
The New York Post "MediaWatch" column, "A
Little Study, a Lot of Press," began:
"Have the network news shows found an October Surprise
that will sink George W. Bush? Or are they building a suspiciously timed
molehill into a non-existent mountain?
"Judging by the
enthusiastic coverage on the TV news programs, a paper from the RAND
Corporation think tank has pulled the rug out from under Bush's strongest
claims to have reformed public education in Texas...."
To read the rest, go to:
For today's item in Greg Pierce's Washington Times
"Inside Politics" column, go to:
http://www.washtimes.com/national/inpolitics-20001027211730.htm -- Brent Baker
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