Reason for Frontline's
Liberal Line? The October 23
Washington Post TV Week profile of Sherry Jones, Senior
Producer of Frontline on PBS, contained a telling revelation
about her background. Her first job in Washington: press aide to then
Senator Fred Harris, an Oklahoma Democrat, back in 1971. She's worked on
numerous PBS productions with Bill Moyers. Her Frontline shows
include the 1987 anti-Contra diatribe "War on Nicaragua."
Jones also just finished producing a
program for Ted Turner's Better World Society (BWS). A co-production
with the far-left Union of Concerned Scientists, "Mandate from Main
Street: Americans Advise the Next President" aired twice before the
election on cable's Superstation TBS. The purpose of the show?
According a BWS newsletter: recognize "that the next President must
treat deep, far-reaching arms reductions as his highest priority."
The Post's Duke.
Christopher Edley Jr., Issues Director for the Dukakis campaign, helped
formulate the positions of The Washington Post as an editorial
page writer in 1983-84. A Harvard University law professor since, he
worked for Carter's re-election team and as an assistant to HHS
Secretary Patricia Harris.
On the Conservative Side.
Robert Bork Jr., son of the Supreme Court nominee and a former U.S.
News & World Report Associate Editor for economic news, has
landed a new job in politics. He's begun writing speeches for Senator
Gordon Humphrey, a New Hampshire Republican. For the past year Bork's
been a Visiting Fellow with the Heritage Foundation.
Hunt for Capital Gang.
When Bob Novak left McLaughlin Group to start CNN's Capital
Gang he called upon two journalists to hold down the liberal side
of the Saturday evening talkshow: Wall Street Journal
Washington Bureau Chief Al Hunt and Washington Post columnist
Mark Shields, once a speechwriter for Robert Kennedy. Helping him out on
the right: Pat Buchanan, co-host of Crossfire. MediaWatch
commends CNN for creating another opportunity for viewers
to hear both conservative and liberal analysis of political events.
Maybe the other networks should consider following CNN's lead. Initial
ratings show a more than 30 percent jump for the timeslot.
Rosenblatt Responds. The
September MediaWatch Revolving Door item,
"Reagan-Basher for Editor," reported how Roger Rosenblatt, new
U.S. News & World Report Editor, called the Reagan
Administration "a dangerous failure." In a letter to MediaWatch
Rosenblatt argued that a look at "several essays in Time
of the past eight years" would "discover as many instances of
my admiration for the President as examples of my displeasure." He
concluded: "My point is not to complain about your phrase, which is
based on a complete quotation, accurately reported. I merely wanted to
assure your readers that U.S. News is in the hands of someone
who intends to take an even-handed approach on all issues, political and
otherwise." MediaWatch will keep reading.
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