|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 1999
|FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Keith Appell/Dan Gabriel
(703) 683-5004, ext. 139
Viewer Verdict Is Coming In...
Gumbel Gets Massive Thumbs Down in CBS On-Line Viewer Feedback
ALEXANDRIA, Va. ---
Viewers are already recoiling from Bryant Gumbelís unsolicited, gratuitous shots at conservatives, softball treatment of Bill Clinton, and promotion of liberal policies Ė and heís only done two shows of CBSís
The Early Show. As this release went to press, the feedback viewer message totals from
The Early Show bulletin board on the CBS web site showed an overwhelming majority viewing Gumbel unfavorably.
269 messages unfavorable toward Gumbel
108 messages favorable toward Gumbel
90 messages were neutral or about a different subject
Viewer complained about Gumbelís attack on actor Mel Gibson for his conservative stances on several issues. Gumbel made his comments to
The Early Showís Mark McEwen after a taped interview of Gibson by McEwen had aired. Viewers also cited Gumbelís soft interview of President Clinton, during which Gumbel reintroduced unsubstantiated rumors about drug use by Texas Gov. George W. Bush, but chose not to ask the same question about his guest. Other viewers complained about Gumbelís promotion of gun control during todayís broadcast.
ďBryant Gumbel cannot control himself. Bryant Gumbel is not a journalist in any sense of the word. Bryant Gumbel has no concept of the basic principles of fairness and balance. He is an advocate for liberalism and CBS is already reaping a viewer backlash,Ē said
Media Research Center Chairman Brent
To schedule an interview with either Media Research Center Chairman Brent Bozell or Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham contact Dan Gabriel at (703)-683-5004, ext. 139.
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