Only Gore's Take Relevant; McCain As CBS's Expert; Hsia's Light Penalty; Powell Hit by MTV with Anti-U.S. Views; Lay Worse
1) Liberals and conservatives are opposed to President
Bush's plan to combat global warming through tax credits and the trading
of emission allotments, but ABC News only conveyed the liberal arguments,
making special note of Al Gore's concerns.
2) CBS's Bob Schieffer turned to Senator John McCain to
answer the question of what awful things will occur if the campaign
finance reform effort "fails." McCain promised "there'll
be more scandals because there's too much money washing around making
good people do bad things." Schieffer went to Ted Kennedy for
confirmation as he proclaimed the House victory as "a big" step
"in the long march toward campaign reform."
3) Columnist Michelle Malkin discovered that Maria Hsia,
the woman who used Buddhist monks to funnel illegal foreign money to Al
Gore's campaign, received no jail time and a very small fine, despite
multiple felony convictions.
4) During MTV's forum with Secretary of State Colin
Powell aired Thursday night he was hit with several anti-U.S. questions.
One woman wondered: "How do you feel about representing a country
commonly perceived as the Satan of contemporary politics?" A man
asked about the U.S. "killing thousands of Iraqi children by
depriving them of food?" A woman charged that it is
"hypocritical to refuse" Geneva Convention rights to Al Qaeda
prisoners "while expecting U.S. personnel to be covered."
5) Add CBS's Dan Rather to the list of network anchors
who trumpeted an anti-U.S. march in Iran as emblematic of how the Iranian
people are mad at President Bush: "It was the biggest anti-American
demonstration there in years. Ruling mullahs and some others said it was
sparked by anger over President Bush labeling Iran part of an 'axis of
6) PBS's Bill Moyers: "It concerns me more that
Kenneth Lay is meeting secretly with the Vice President than it concerned
me that President Clinton was meeting secretly with Monica Lewinsky."
liberals and conservatives are disturbed by President Bush's plan to
combat global warming, but ABC News only conveyed the liberal arguments.
Liberals oppose the Bush proposal because it lacks mandates as it only
gives incentives to reduce so-called "greenhouse gasses" and
conservatives are against it because it buys into the premise that
industrial emissions are causing global warming.
On Thursday's World News Tonight, ABC's
Terry Moran noted how "many environmentalists attacked this plan
right away. They called it toothless," as he relayed how Al Gore
NBC Nightly News didn't utter a word about
the topic Thursday night and nether did the CBS Evening News, though on
Wednesday night Dan Rather offered a very brief item summarizing the
expected policy proposal. CNN's NewsNight on Thursday held itself to a
short item read by anchor Aaron Brown.
The only glimpse of conservative opposition
came from FNC's Brit Hume who raised, during an interview with Senator
Joe Lieberman on Special Report with Brit Hume, how conservatives are
concerned that Bush's emissions trading system sets up targets which
could be made into mandates.
Peter Jennings announced on the February 14
World News Tonight, as taken down by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth:
Bush has put forward his proposals to reduce global warming. It is the
President's response to an international treaty which sets limits on
Greenhouse gas emissions, which the President refused to sign. ABC's
Terry Moran is at the White House tonight. Terry, quite simply, the
President's proposals are actually suggestions."
From the White
House, Moran confirmed: "That's right, Peter, there is nothing
mandatory in this plan. That's because Mr. Bush made clear he will not
support global warming policies that harm American businesses. He argues
that economic growth is necessary to develop new clean technology. So the
Bush plan requires businesses not to do anything. Instead, it sets up a
completely voluntary system to encourage companies to reduce Greenhouse
gas emissions through tax credits and other incentives, and it doesn't
set a hard limit on the Greenhouse gases. Instead, it sets a goal to
reduce the amount of pollution generated by every dollar of economic
growth. That's a so-called 'economic intensity' measure."
prompted Moran to summarize liberal criticism: "And, Terry, to no
one's surprise, the President has been quite harshly criticized by some,
including former Vice President Gore."
elaborated: "Absolutely. Many environmentalists attacked this plan
right away. They called it toothless. They said a voluntary plan won't
work. Former Vice President Gore echoed those complaints. He also said
that as Governor, Mr. Bush had tried a plan like this; it didn't work.
And he said that this plan would continue American dependence on foreign
The Competitive Enterprise Institute outlined
conservative opposition in a February 14 press release headlined,
"Misguided Global Warming Plan Released: Bush Administration's
Concessions to Alarmism Overshadow Funding for Research." An excerpt:
...."While the President's commitment to sound science is a
welcome change from the Clinton-Gore Administration, the substance of the
proposal is a misguided concession to environmental alarmism," said
Myron Ebell, CEI's director of global warming and international
The introduction of limits on carbon dioxide emissions, even in the
technically "voluntary" form envisioned by the Administration,
starts the nation down a dark path. While the effect on carbon dioxide
levels in the atmosphere will be minuscule and undetectable, the White
House will create the framework for energy rationing, which will lead to
greater pressure to expand the program and make its emissions goals
mandatory. There is clearly no scientific imperative for limiting carbon
dioxide levels at this time. Even a small concession to those who favor
energy suppression will make pursuing the right policies in the future
END of Excerpt
For the entire press release: http://www.cei.org/gencon/003,02395.cfm
Bob Schieffer on Thursday night lamented how there's too much money in
politics. He turned to campaign speech regulation advocate John McCain to
answer the question of what awful things will occur if the campaign
finance "reform" effort "fails." McCain promised
"there'll be more scandals because there's too much money washing
around making good people do bad things." For bi-partisan
confirmation, Schieffer went to Ted Kennedy before he celebrated the
struggle for the liberal bill as he characterized the House victory as
"a big" step "in the long march toward campaign
But there's actually very little spent each
year on campaigning.
In a February 14 CBS Evening News piece on the
fallout from the early Thursday morning win in the House for the
Shays-Meehan bill, Schieffer noted how Senator John McCain was quite
pleased and that Senator Mitch McConnell, an opponent, conceded campaign
finance reform could win in the Senate.
Viewers then saw Schieffer treating the
self-interested McCain as the expert on what will happen if he loses.
Schieffer asked him: "If this fails, what happens?"
"If it fails, there'll be more scandals because there's too much
money washing around making good people do bad things."
substantiated McCain's thesis: "More money for sure. Just check the
new figures. In 1999, as the two parties prepared for a presidential
election year, they raised a combined total of $240 million. But for this
cycle, when there is no presidential race, they've already raised $321
million. Kennedy of Massachusetts says it leaves all politicians
concentrating on the wrong things."
Kennedy: "You find that the two years, anyway, before you're up for
election you're gone constantly on the weekends instead of doing what
you're elected to do and that's being a good United States
concluded: "So, one more step, but a big one, in the long march
toward campaign reform. Next stop the Senate later this month."
As for all that money in politics, Robert J.
Samuelson pointed out in a column run in the February 13 Washington Post:
campaign spending too high? No. In 2000, all campaigns -- including state
and local elections and ballot referendums -- cost about $3.9 billion,
according to the forthcoming book Financing the 2000 Election from the
Brookings Institution. This is less than four one-hundredths of 1 percent
of our national income. It's less than Americans spend annually on flowers
($6.6 billion in 1997)."
The $321 million raised in 2001 for federal
campaigns, which Schieffer found so disturbing, is less than ten percent
of how much is spent buying flowers each year.
the effectiveness of new campaign finance laws. We don't even punish the
violators of current ones. Columnist Michelle Malkin discovered -- in a
development that I and the MRC analysts have not seen reported anywhere
else -- that Maria Hsia, the woman who used Buddhist monks to funnel
illegal foreign money to Al Gore's campaign, received a very light
sentence last week.
The MRC's Rich Noyes alerted me to
Malkin's February 13 column as posted on TownHall.com. An excerpt:
Newsflash: The woman who helped launder Al Gore's Buddhist temple money
has not served a single day in jail. And she probably never will. The
hidden story of how funny money honey Maria Hsia escaped any meaningful
punishment for corrupting our election system shows just how empty all of
this week's sound and fury over campaign finance reform really is.
In the spring of 2000, Hsia was convicted by a federal jury in
Washington, D.C., of five felony counts related to more than $100,000 in
illegal contributions to Democratic candidates. The stash included $65,000
in straw donations, which Hsia had funneled through clueless,
non-English-speaking monks and nuns the day after Vice President Al Gore's
1996 visit to the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Southern California. Hsia, a
Taiwan-born immigration consultant, faced up to 25 years in prison for
causing false statements about the pass-through contributions to be made
in Federal Election Commission reports.
That was two years ago. Where is Hsia now?
Here's the rest of the story that the mainstream media has yet to
report. On Feb. 6, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman finally handed
Hsia her sentence: a puny 90 days of home detention and three years of
probation, along with a fine and assessment of $5,300.
Judge Friedman's slap on the wrist is no surprise. A Clinton appointee,
he was assigned to the Hsia case by Norma Holloway Johnson -- another
Clinton appointee who serves as the chief judge of the U.S. District Court
in Washington, D.C. Johnson bypassed the court's usual computer-randomized
assignment system and somehow miraculously ended up assigning fellow
Clinton judicial appointees to oversee six criminal cases involving
Democratic fund-raisers and Clinton crony Webster Hubbell.
When he first got the Hsia case, Judge Friedman immediately dismissed
all but one felony count against the Clinton-Gore rainmaker. A higher
appeals court overruled him. Then, during trial, he disallowed crucial
grand-jury testimony to be introduced. After the jury reached its guilty
verdict, he dallied before entering a judgment of conviction (which
usually follows a verdict immediately). And according to the BNA Money
& Politics Report, a D.C.-based daily newsletter that first reported
news of Hsia's reduced sentence, Friedman blocked prosecutors from
securing tougher penalties....
END of Excerpt
To read Malkin's entire column, go to:
The TownHall Web site: http://www.townhall.com
MTV's forum with Secretary of State Colin Powell aired Thursday night he
was hit with several questions from an anti-U.S., far-left perspective
posed by young adults around the world. "How do you feel about
representing a country commonly perceived as the Satan of contemporary
politics," wondered a woman in London.
A man in Cairo demanded: "How can you
explain to us, the youth of Egypt, that you are punishing regime but
killing thousands of Iraqi children by depriving them of food and
aid?" In the one and only e-mail MTV chose to read to Powell the
writer wanted to know "what is being done to address the root causes
of terrorism and anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world, such as
poverty, lack of education...?"
Another woman in London challenged Powell:
"Do you not think it's hypocritical to refuse prisoners of war the
same rights that the Al Qaeda fighters don't have while expecting U.S.
personnel to be covered under the Geneva conference?"
A woman in Milan wanted to know how AIDS can
be prevented when the Catholic Church opposes condom use and a woman in
Sao Paolo demanded to know why the "U.S. is more interested in
protecting patents" of makers of AIDS drugs "than the lives of
those who can't afford these drugs?"
The 90-minute MTV program, Be Heard: A Global
Discussion with Colin Powell, was taped Thursday morning before an
audience in Washington, DC with groups of young adults contributing
questions from studios in six other capitals: London, Sao Paolo, Moscow,
Milan, Cairo and New Delhi. MTV aired the show from 8 to 9:30pm EST and
will run it three more times.
Interspersed with the anti-U.S. questions were
some more reasonable ones, though some also had an edge. The event started
with a Muslim woman in the DC studio upset by anti-Muslim discrimination
in the U.S. Other questioners wanted Powell to define terrorism, an Afghan
man in New Delhi wished to know why before September 11 the U.S. didn't
pay attention to Afghanistan?; a Swedish woman in London wondered if the
U.S. would go it alone on Iraq; a Palestinian women in Cairo wanted to
know why her people had no "right to return" to Israeli land;
and an Israeli woman in London talked about the fear of terrorism her
nation must endure every day.
Plus, a man in New Delhi noted that 35,000
have been killed in the battle over Kashmir, yet the U.S. asks India to
show restraint when the U.S. did not when far fewer were killed in the
U.S.; a woman in the same studio wished to know why is U.S. is "hand
and glove with the military dictatorship" of Pakistan and doesn't
that mean the U.S. placing self interest ahead of its values?; a woman in
Brazil feared her country will be left out of the battle against poverty
because it has nothing to do with terrorism; and the show ended with a
woman in DC wanting to know what Powell meant when he once said of
himself: "I ain't that black"?
Now to the hostile anti-American questions
that MTV showcased. All quotes are accurate, even though they sometimes
ain't no good like English -- either because the questioners do not have
English as a first language or because the question went through an
-- A woman from Norway, named something like
"Ada," asked from the London studio: "Hi, hello Mr.
Secretary. I'm wondering, when I talk to my friends about the U.S., we
think about how do you feel about representing a country commonly
perceived as the Satan of contemporary politics."
To be fair to the young lady, it was a bit
unclear whether she thinks the U.S. is Satan or if she's genuinely
soliciting a retort she could use when she hears that line of thinking
from her fellow Europeans.
Either way, Powell delivered his best response
of the night: "Well I reject the characterization. Quite the
contrary. I think the American people, the United States of America,
presents a values system to the rest of the world that is based on
democracy, based on economic freedom, based on the individual rights of
men and women. That's what has fueled this country of ours for the last
225 years. I think that's what makes us such a draw for nations around
the world. People come to the United States, they come to be educated,
they come to become Americans. We are a country of countries and we touch
every country and every country in the world touches us. So far from being
the Great Satan I would say that we are the great protector. We have sent
men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of
the world throughout the last century to put down oppression. We defeated
fascism, we defeated communism, we saved Europe in World War One and World
Powell proceeded to note that the U.S. did not
stay and conquer Japan or German. Instead we built them up and gave them
democratic systems. Powell added: "Did we ask for any land? No, the
only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. That's the
kind of nation we are."
-- A man in Cairo, through an interpreter:
"What are the evidence that the U.S. government hold against bin
Laden and Al Qaeda and that makes bin Laden and Al Qaeda the first
suspects after the September 11th attacks?"
-- Another man in Cairo, through an
interpreter: "Mr. Secretary, it is against the principles in
international community, how can you explain to us, the youth of Egypt,
that you are punishing regime but killing thousands of Iraqi children by
depriving them of food and aid?"
-- An e-mail from Logan in Washington State,
the single e-mail inquiry MTV decided to pose to Powell: "Beyond
military action, what is being done to address the root causes of
terrorism and anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world, such as
poverty, lack of education, lack of economic opportunity, and the absence
Here, Powell gave his worst answer as he
didn't question the premise also espoused by Ted Turner: "I truly
fully believe that the root cause of terrorism does come from situations
where there is poverty, where there is ignorance, where people see no hope
in their lives and we understand that."
-- A Canadian women in London: "Given
that the U.S. supports Saudi Arabia while it condemns the Taliban for the
same actions against human rights, do you not think it's hypocritical to
refuse prisoners of war the same rights that the Al Qaeda fighters don't
have while expecting U.S. personnel to be covered under the Geneva
-- A young lady in Milan, through an
interpreter, referring to AIDS: "Hi to everyone. My name is Daniella.
As a young Catholic woman, I would like to know from the Secretary of
State what he thinks of the Catholic positions on condoms, which is
prohibited, and, therefore, this condemns anyone who might be exposed to
-- A woman in Sao Paolo Brazil, through an
interpreter: "I've actually been HIV positive for nine years. And
for almost six years I've been in daily treatment with the so-called
AIDS drug cocktail. But I'm very proud to be from a country bold enough
to break the patent stranglehold for AIDS medications. And I'd like to
know why is the U.S. more interested in protecting patents than the lives
of those who can't afford these drugs?"
-- A dude, and you'll soon understand why I
used that term, in the Washington, DC studio: "My question is, do you
think the attacks on September 11th are being trivialized by government
propaganda campaigns, like those commercials during the Super Bowl, which
blamed drug users for funding terrorist operations?"
All brought to you by Viacom, part of the
media empire which also owns CBS News.
If you want to watch the 90-minute MTV forum
with Powell yourself, it is scheduled to air three more times, all times
EST as listed on the MTV Web site:
-- Today, Friday February 15 at 11am
Friday February 15 at 6:30pm
February 17 at 2pm
CBS's Dan Rather to the list of network anchors and newspapers which
portrayed an anti-U.S. march in Iran as emblematic of how the Iranian
people are mad at President Bush for labeling heir regime as
As detailed in the February 14 CyberAlert,
NBC's Tom Brokaw trumpeted an anti-U.S. mob in Iran: "The crowds
were reportedly much larger than last year because people are upset at
President Bush calling Iran part of an 'axis of evil.'" ABC's Peter
Jennings claimed Bush had called the people of Iran "evil," not
the regime: "Millions of people do not like being referred to as
evil." But as Michael Ledeen noted, the crowd was "appallingly
small by historical standards." For more: http://archive.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2002/cyb20020214.asp#3
MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth checked the CBS
Evening News for the same night, February 11, and found this from Dan
Rather: "This is the 23rd anniversary of Iran's radical Islamic
revolution, and in Tehran's main square today hundreds of thousands of
Iranians chanted 'death to America.' It was the biggest anti-American
demonstration there in years. Ruling mullahs and some others said it was
sparked by anger over President Bush labeling Iran part of an 'axis of
"Sparked"? As Ledeen explained, the
regime used threats to force people to show up.
concerns me more that Kenneth Lay is meeting secretly with the Vice
President than it concerned me that President Clinton was meeting secretly
with Monica Lewinsky," Bill Moyers declared last week on his PBS
His comment, to which a CyberAlert reader
alerted me, came in the midst of an interview with contrarian feminist
author Katie Roiphe about how pornography has become a big business
supported by large corporations.
We join the conversation in progress to catch
the relevant exchange:
Roiphe: "People were so shocked by in my
first book, namely that we shouldn't constantly portray women as victims
to the male sexual threat, that idea has become very mainstream. And my
point that you can take the obsession with sexual harassment too far has
become accepted by the larger culture. If you look at the Clinton scandal
-- that was to me the logical conclusion of this feminist idea, you know,
co-opted by the Republicans that the personal is political, that anything
that goes on in someone's private life is relevant to, you know, politics,
to the world. I think the entire country showed, reacted against that idea
and said, you know what? We don't want to hear about this.
up: "It concerns me more that Kenneth Lay is meeting secretly with
the Vice President than it concerned me that President Clinton was meeting
secretly with Monica Lewinsky. There's more of public policy at stake in
that it seems to me. The conservatives
would disagree with both of us."
reassured him: "Well I think the country agrees with you in that, you
know, I think the country-"
"Whew. I'm sure glad to hear that."
"The country clearly showed that in the end the contents of the Starr
Report ended up hurting the Republicans, you know, more than the
Democrats, ended up hurting Ken Starr more than it hurt Clinton."
For a transcript
of the entire interview:
Another episode of Now, the weekly PBS
showcase of the liberal whinings of Moyers, airs tonight at 9pm EST/PST,
8pm CST/MST on most PBS stations.
from any quips about how Bill Clinton also had a "Lay" in the
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