"Rocky Record on the Environment"; Bush's "Camouflage for His True Conservative Colors"; Time's Global Warming Hysteria Undermined
1) President George W. Bush has a "sometimes rocky
record on the environment," Tom Brokaw declared as a fact on Tuesday
night before he showed Matt Lauer demanding of Bush: "So you can look
me in the eye and say that you are a President committed to cleaning up
2) Reviewing Bush's first 100 days after 93, NBC's
David Gregory focused on how "critics call" his
"compassionate conservative" message "camouflage for his
true colors as a conservative Republican." Gregory claimed the
Ashcroft pick "sours any spirit of bi-partisanship." Andrea
Mitchell evaluated Bush from the left on health, complaining: "Still
no patients' bill of rights, legislation to make HMOs more
3) CBS used Earth Day to allow unlabeled liberals to bash
Bush's environmental record. Jane Clayson insisted that for "many
environmentalists" Bush's claim to protect the environment
"does not ring true." Randall Pinkston focused on how Bush's
attempt to take economic factors into account is "outraging
4) Geraldo Rivera tried to get Jesse Ventura to denounce
President Bush for "undoing some of the good work done by the
Democrats or the other progressives over the years."
5) A letter writer to Time magazine pointed out how about
99 percent of greenhouse gasses are produced by nature, a fact which
undermined Time's hyperbolic cover story from a few weeks ago which
blamed mankind and demanded President Bush take action to reduce
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Brokaw declared as a fact Tuesday night that President Bush has a
"sometimes rocky record on the environment." His liberal
assessment came as he set up a question and answer clip from Matt
Lauer's interview with Bush set to air Wednesday morning on Today in
which Lauer demanded of Bush: "So you can look me in the eye and say
that you are a President committed to cleaning up the environment."
Brokaw announced on the April 24 NBC Nightly
News: "In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Bush today
talked about his own sometimes rocky record on the environment so
Lauer: "So you can look me in the eye and
say that you are a President committed to cleaning up the
Bush replied: "Of course I am. But I'm
also a President who's going to bring sound science to the process.
There are some extremists in our country that just will never agree with
what I try to do because I also happen to believe that economic growth and
the environment are compatible. I also believe we can find more energy
without destroying the environment and there are some just simply, who
don't agree with that statement."
Bush's first hundred days in office, as seen by NBC News: He revealed
his true conservative side, which contradicts his "compassionate
conservative" campaign theme, and people are dying because his tax
credit plan "would still leave 37 million people" without health
insurance and he's done nothing to enact HMO reform.
NBC Nightly News decided to evaluate
President Bush's first 100 days after just 93 days as the show on Monday
and Tuesday nights became the first broadcast network evening show to
review Bush's record.
On Monday, David Gregory focused on how
"critics call" his "compassionate conservative"
message "camouflage for his true colors as a conservative
Republican." In addition to his tax cut plan, Gregory asserted, Bush
appealed to conservatives by naming John Ashcroft, a move which
"sours any spirit of bi-partisanship" and he broke "a
campaign promise to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power
plants." That's right, Bush destroyed bi-partisanship and broke a
promise no one remembered until he broke it in order to please
The next night, Andrea Mitchell
evaluated Bush from the left on health care. She complained that for
uninsured Americans "Bush promised tax credits so six million people
can buy coverage, but even that would still leave 37 million people with
no coverage at all. And still no patients' bill of rights, legislation
to make HMOs more accountable." Mitchell warned: "Even some
Republicans, like John McCain, are joining Democrats opposing Bush."
Tom Brokaw introduced the April 23
piece: "So how is the President doing on other fronts as he
approaches his 100th day in office? NBC's White House correspondent David
Gregory tonight taking a look at George Bush's true colors."
David Gregory began by assuming Bush
utilized subterfuge during the campaign: "Well Tom, top advisers to
the President, even as they dismiss the legitimacy of 100 days as a marker
of accomplishment, they are, nevertheless, taking great pains to counter
criticism that he has not lived up to his pledge to be a moderate,
compassionate conservative. Bush's strategy was evident as far back as the
night he secured the presidency. Declaring victory after the long recount,
Bush's rhetoric aimed at the political center, even as he prepared to
govern from the right."
Bush, December 13: "Whether you voted
for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests and I will work
to earn your respect, so help me God."
Gregory: "Critics call such sentiment
camouflage for his true colors as a conservative Republican."
Marshall Wittman, Hudson Institute:
"The conservatives are what gave his father so much trouble in 1992.
President Bush learned from that experience. The first rule in the
Republican Party is, 'Do not alienate the conservative base.'"
Gregory maintained: "Bush has appealed
to that base in three key areas. John Ashcroft, the darling of the right,
his nomination for Attorney General immediately sours any spirit of
bi-partisanship. The environment: Bush breaks a campaign promise to
regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and rolls back a
Clinton administration order to reduce the levels of arsenic in drinking
water. Above all, the tax cut, the administration's most important
objective of the first year. Advisers believe if he gets, as it appears he
will, most of the $1.6 trillion cut, the party's success in next year's
mid-term election, and indeed his prospects in 2004, may be assured.
That's why the White House has essentially rammed the tax cut through
Congress without negotiating on the size. Party strategists say no one
should be surprised Bush tapped to the right early on, and point out he's
now circling back to the middle, most recently with an attempt to appear
more environmentally friendly."
David Keene, American Conservative Union:
"He's pragmatic. He responds to threats. He responds to the
environment in which he finds himself and he maneuvers."
Gregory: "The question now: whether
such maneuvering is enough to overcome Democrats and seek political gold
in Bush's true colors."
Paul Begala, former Clinton aide:
"I've never seen Democrats more energized than they are right now.
They believe that in a 100 days, they've been given a 100 issues while
Bush has given 100 favors to 100 special interests."
Gregory concluded: "But Bush's top advisers counter that the first
100 days will show that the President is in effect a good political
juggler. And later this week he'll hit the road to tout some of his top
accomplishments, like the tax-relief package that has made its way through
the House, and his plans for education reform."
The next night, April 24, NBC Nightly News
condemned Bush's lack of support for liberal solutions to supposed
health care problems. Andrea Mitchell looked at the plight of a man whose
wife died after she got the best treatment for her breast cancer, but
which their HMO refused to cover. Mitchell intoned: "That's when
the insurance nightmare begins."
Steve Nelson, husband of Jody Nelson who died:
"My wife is fighting for her life, and these insurance bureaucrats
are giving me a hard time and denying treatment."
Mitchell tied the problem to Bush, as transcribed
by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth: "She gets the treatment she wants, but
the HMO refuses to cover the bill: $76,000. Out of control medical costs,
a problem candidate Bush promised to solve. But almost 100 days later,
gridlock in Washington. No progress on Medicare reform. Prescription
drugs: As in the campaign, Bush still proposes covering only low income
older Americans at first, a non-starter for Democrats. Uninsured
Americans: Bush promised tax credits so six million people can buy
coverage, but even that would still leave 37 million people with no
coverage at all. And still no patients' bill of rights, legislation to
make HMOs more accountable. The White House says that would drive up
insurance costs, but today the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office says
a patients' bill of rights would increase costs less than one percent a
year. Even some Republicans, like John McCain, are joining Democrats
Ted Kennedy: "We shouldn't have an
industry that is completely above the law. That's wrong, and we want to
make sure that there's going to be an accountability."
Mitchell: "But employers are adamantly
Paul Zurawski, Business Roundtable:
"You can't sue your way to quality health care."
Mitchell: "Steve Nelson fought the HMO
bureaucracy for a year. Finally, he won. They paid his bills. But his
victory was too late for his wife. She lost her battle with cancer."
Nelson: "It's a double whammy.
You're fighting for you life, and you're fighting the bureaucracy, and
it's just not fair."
Mitchell concluded: "Tonight,
politicians are no closer to a compromise. Patients may never win, and
Steve, like millions of other Americans, is struggling to cope with his
But if she got the treatment her doctors
wanted, then lack of coverage by her HMO had nothing to do with her death.
the liberal PR gimmick of Earth Day on Sunday night as an opportunity to
relay dissatisfaction with President Bush from left-wing
environmentalists, though CBS was naturally not honest enough to apply the
ideological label. To CBS, only liberals are in a position to pass
judgment on Bush as the network ignored conservative environmental groups.
CBS Evening News anchor Jane Clayson
introduced the April 22 story: "To commemorate the 32nd annual Earth
Day, President Bush today asked Americans to join him in renewing a
commitment to protecting the environment. But Randall Pinkston tells us
for many environmentalists the appeal does not ring true."
Pinkston began: "As
environmentalists marked Earth Day 2001, leaders at the Quebec summit were
grappling with how to spur economic growth in the Western Hemisphere
without damaging its natural beauty. President Bush sent out mixed signals
on his priorities."
President Bush: "Our commitment to
open trade must be matched by a strong commitment to protecting our
environment and improving labor standards."
Pinkston: "But when asked if
environmental provisions must be part of future trade deals-"
Bush: "Oh, I understand there's a lot
of discussion about labor codicils, environmental codicils. What I was
signaling is that we should not allow those codicils to destroy the spirit
of free trade."
Pinkston: "Statements like that are
William Meadows, Wilderness Society:
"The White House is the greatest threat to America's national parks,
forests, monuments and other public lands."
Pinkston provided the usual litany as spun
by liberals: "In his first months in office, the President has, among
other things, put on hold a proposal to reduce arsenic in drinking water,
saying it needs more study; backtracked on his own campaign pledge to
reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants; and pushed for oil
drilling in Alaska's Arctic wilderness. Today the White House dispatched
the top environmental official to defend the administration's
Of course, Bush campaigned on how he
wanted to drill for oil in Alaska, so he's condemned both for promises
he keeps and breaks.
Christine Todd Whitman, Environmental
Protection Agency, on Face the Nation: "We have made a number of
decisions that are very pro-environmental, but unfortunately they get
overlooked when there's something that people can challenge."
Pinkston: "Even though this past week
Mr. Bush tried to polish up his green credentials, supporting an agreement
to restrict dangerous chemicals and cracking down on lead pollutants,
critics aren't convinced."
Senator Joe Lieberman on Face the Nation:
"So I think this is an administration for the most part that's headed
in the wrong direction on the environment."
Pinkston concluded: "And that's what
many voters think. A recent CBS News poll found only 40 percent of the
public approve of the President's handling of the environment."
Nice how CBS News highlights their poll
findings which they like but ignore ones that contradict their desires,
such as the one back on March 1 which found 67 percent support for
Bush's tax cut.
Rivera on Monday night tried to get Minnesota Governor and XFL announcer
Jesse Ventura to denounce President Bush for "undoing some of the
good work done by the Democrats or the other progressives over the
years." But Ventura wouldn't bite, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens
On the April 23 Rivera Live on CNBC,
Rivera pleaded after Ventura offered some kind words for Bush's
performance in office:
"What about the rest of his
performance? Aren't you concerned that some of these moves to erode some
of the legislation designed to protect our environment, this stuff about
arsenic and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, etcetera. Don't you think
that some of that is excessive in terms of undoing some of the good work
done by the Democrats or the other progressives over the years?"
writer to Time magazine pointed out how about 99 percent of greenhouse
gasses are produced by nature, a fact which undermined Time's hyperbolic
cover story from a few weeks ago which blamed mankind and demanded
President Bush take action to reduce industrial output.
The New York Post's "MediaWatch"
column on Tuesday highlighted the letter and Time's confused response. A
reprint of the April 24 "MediaWatch" column item:
Time's Warming Retreat
It took a reader to remind Time magazine of the basic flaw in
"Feeling the Heat," its April 9 environmental manifesto on
global warning -- and to win an important admission from the report's
The piece warned: "Except for nuclear war or a collision with an
asteroid, no force has more potential to damage our planet's web of life
than global warming. It's a 'serious' issue, the White House admits, but
nonetheless George W. Bush has decided to abandon the 1997 Kyoto treaty to
combat climate change..."
The point of that, and several companion pieces, was clear: Earth is in
imminent danger, thanks to pollution and other man-made sources, but the
new President is wearing blinders.
In case anyone missed the point, the magazine this week highlights a
letter that thanks Time for its report and adds: "I hope someone
reads it to George W. Bush."
But several readers disputed the magazine's basic argument. The lead
graphic on April 9, spread out over two pages, charted the "world of
offenders" on CO2 emissions, and another made suggestions on
"How to Ward Off Disaster," yet Tom Peterson of Salt Lake City
noted: "Nature emits about 95 percent of greenhouse gases, while
humans are responsible for only 5 percent. Add a volcanic eruption here
and there, and nature probably accounts for as much as 99 percent....With
the rise of our industrial might, temperatures haven't risen at all."
How did Time counter this assault on its basic premise, that humans are
destroying the environment? Associate Editor Michael Lemonick agreed that
"nature is responsible for most of the greenhouse gases on
However, Lemonick insisted, "even the small percentage that is
man-made...has been enough to start nudging temperatures upward."
Which is not quite what Time argued in the first place, which is that
humans are the prime culprit.
Said Time then: There is "powerful" evidence to support
"the case of human-induced global warming" and it is no longer
theoretical that "the planet is warming up as a result of human
Indeed, in the April 9 article Lemonick
insisted: "Like any other area of science, the case for human-induced
global warming has uncertainties -- and like many pro-business lobbyists,
President Bush has proclaimed those uncertainties a reason to study the
problem further rather than act. But while the evidence is circumstantial,
it is powerful, thanks to the IPCC's painstaking research. The
U.N.-sponsored group was organized in the late 1980s."
For more on the April 9 Time hysteria, refer
back to the MediaNomics article reprinted in the April 6 CyberAlert: Time
magazine abandoned any pretense of balance in devoting 15 pages this week
to denouncing Bush's decision on Kyoto and to advancing dire global
warming forecasts: "Vast ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could
melt, raising sea level more than 30 ft. Florida would be history, and
every city on the U.S. Eastern seaboard would be inundated." Walter
Cronkite was among the signers of a letter to Bush demanding he take
action. Go to: http://archive.mrc.org/news/cyberalert/2001/cyb20010406.asp.
-- Brent Baker
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