McCain’s "Monumental" Triumph; ABC Mocked Bush’s "Energy Crisis" Then Used Same Term; Bill Maher: Bush "a Lying Sack of..."
1) In the stupidest question of the Sunday talk interview
shows, on Fox News Sunday the Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly equated
the overseas abortion counseling "gag rule" with the free speech
impediments imposed by McCain-Feingold. In a Freudian slip NBC’s Tim
Russert asked John McCain about his "fellow Democrat."
2) Margaret Carlson offered John McCain
"congratulations" and Al Hunt trumpeted how "McCain and
Feingold deserve enormous credit" for "a rare, monumental
legislative achievement." Hunt also characterized the National Right
to Life Committee as the "biggest hypocrites around."
3) NPR’s Nina Totenberg conceded that a friend turned to
her for advice as to which liberal environmental group she should donate
$1,000 to fight Bush’s policies.
4) ABC mocked Bush’s use of the term "energy
crisis" only to use it the next night to plug a story. On Thursday
night Terry Moran scolded Bush for referring to an "energy
crisis" since "there are no gas lines and the price of crude oil
is actually declining." The very next night, Charles Gibson promised:
"When we come back, America’s energy crisis. Gas prices are
5) ABC’s Bill Maher denigrated President Bush, whom he
has dubbed "Drinking McDumb Ass" as a "lying bag of manure
after what he did today with the Kyoto protocol." Maher hurled
another insult: "I mean, he never ceases to disappoint me in what a
lying sack of shit he is."
6) Actress Janine Turner, star of Lifetime’s Strong
Medicine, proclaimed: "I’m a Texan and a Republican." She
hopes to "be of service" to President Bush.
7) Letterman’s "Top Ten Other Ways Mayor Giuliani
is Cleaning Up New York."
>>> April Fools warning: The April 1
edition of Notable Quotables sent to CyberAlert subscribers on Sunday was
indeed an "April Fools Edition" as it was so labeled. We made up
the quotes and hope they gave you a good chuckle. Those writing the all
too believable quotes in addition to myself: Brent Bozell, Rich Noyes,
Geoffrey Dickens, Jessica Anderson, Liz Swasey, Brian Boyd, Brad Wilmouth,
Ken Shepherd and Tim Graham. <<<
question of the Sunday talk interview shows as a Washington Post reporter
equated the overseas abortion counseling "gag rule" with the
free speech impediments imposed by McCain-Feingold and in a Freudian slip
NBC’s Tim Russert asked John McCain about his "fellow
-- On Fox News Sunday, Washington Post
reporter Ceci Connolly adopted liberal spin in referring to the "gag
rule" as she tried to get Senator Mitch McConnell to concede an
inconsistency in his reasoning: "Senator, may I ask you a consistency
question? You’ve been speaking a lot about the First Amendment,
something everyone on this panel’s going to agree with you on and that
this is a free speech issue. But your party and President Bush have also
returned to the gag rule with respect to abortion counseling overseas. Is
that not a similar free speech issue?"
McConnell tried to set her straight: "I
don’t think so. I think it’s apples and oranges. That’s a question
of whether you want to use tax dollars, American tax dollars, to provide
abortion counseling overseas. I don’t see a First Amendment issue in
-- Tim Russert to Senator John McCain on Meet
the Press as he read from a Washington Post story [ellipses as shown on
screen]: "There’s a lot of concern amongst Democrats in the House
now that the bill is coming their way. They had supported the bill in the
past because they always knew it wouldn’t become law. Let me show you a
comment from Martin Frost, Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House:
‘What we are doing is destroying the party system in America....The
political parties will be neutered, and third-party groups would run the
show.’ What do you say to your fellow, uh, well not fellow Democrat, a
Democrat, Martin Frost?"
Later in the segment Russert relayed a Zogby/Reuters
poll finding which showed he’s not alone in confusing McCain with a
Democrat. The survey question: "In the event of a dispute between
Bush and McCain, who would you say is more likely to represent your
views?" Amongst Democrats, 69 percent said McCain, just 17 percent
named Bush. But with Republicans, while 72 percent answered Bush, only 21
percent named McCain.
That result prompted Russert to wonder:
"Senator, are you in the wrong party?"
Capital Gang’s liberals, Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt, cheered
McCain’s impending success in campaign finance "reform."
Carlson offered McCain "congratulations" for winning against the
odds and Hunt trumpeted how "McCain and Feingold deserve enormous
credit" for "a rare, monumental legislative achievement."
Hunt also characterized the National Right to Life Committee as the
"biggest hypocrites around."
On the March 31 edition of the CNN show, Time
columnist and reporter Margaret Carlson told Democratic Senator John
Edwards, the guest panelist: "Congratulations to Tom Daschle and to
John McCain, said not to be a legislator, a maverick that couldn’t get
along with his colleagues. He took the most difficult change, that might
be political suicide for some of your colleagues, and got it
Wall Street Journal Executive Washington
Editor Al Hunt chimed in with his admiration: "I think that McCain
and Feingold deserve enormous credit. This is a rare, monumental
legislative achievement. I think there are other people, including our
guest who I think was very involved in this, the lobbyists like Fred
Wertheimer who’s been at this for 15 years, but there was one person who
was absolutely critical to success, it was Thad Cochran. When they got a
conservative Republican from Mississippi that assured. And the biggest
hypocrites around are the National Right to Life, who just assailed John
McCain last year, with a pro-life voting record, for campaign finance
reform. They brought up a mischievous amendment. Bob Smith, Rick Santorum
voted for it. That would take Right to Life out of every campaign and it
aint going to be done because they care more about money.
Not sure I follow his attack on the National
Right to Life Committee, but that’s what he said.
someone is enraged by a conservative policy decision, to whom do they turn
for advice on which left wing group they should help financially to fight
back? National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg, as she recounted on Inside
Washington over the weekend.
During a discussion about the political
wiseness of President Bush’s decisions on Kyoto and arsenic in water,
Totenberg volunteered: "I had somebody call me up this week, a
business person, I never had any idea she has any interest in the
environment whatsoever and she said ‘who do I give a thousand bucks to,
what environmental organization do I give a thousand bucks to?’ I mean,
it’s sort of, it’s striking, the enviro groups ought to be raking it
in hand over fist at the moment."
Thanks to distorted reporting on Kyoto and the
arsenic standard I’m sure they already are.
mocked Bush’s use of the term "energy crisis" only to employ
it the next night to plug a story. On Thursday’s World News Tonight
White House reporter Terry Moran scolded President Bush for using the term
"energy crisis," arguing that since "there are no gas lines
and the price of crude oil is actually declining," he only engaged
the term "in order to sell his energy agenda." The very next
night, fill-in anchor Charles Gibson plugged an upcoming story: "When
we come back, America’s energy crisis. Gas prices are soaring and
they’ll get even worse this summer."
The MRC’s Rich Noyes alerted me to ABC’s
inconsistency. As reported in the March 30 CyberAlert, this exchange about
Bush’s press conference earlier in the day took place on the March 29
World News Tonight:
Anchor Elizabeth Vargas: "Terry, some
were surprised to hear President Bush say he thinks we’re in the midst
of an energy crisis."
Moran: "He did Elizabeth. Just as President
Bush used what he called the sputtering economy, what some people called
talking down the economy as a way to sell his tax cut, he is now saying
that the country is in an energy crisis even though there are no gas lines
and the price of crude oil is actually declining, in order to sell his
energy agenda, most particularly the controversial proposal to drill in
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is something that critics say
Exactly 24 hours later, the March 30 World
News Tonight featured this plug from anchor Charles Gibson: "When we
come back, America’s energy crisis. Gas prices are soaring and they’ll
get even worse this summer."
The real "crisis" is a crisis of
consistency at ABC News.
Maher, host of ABC’s very politically correct Politically Incorrect,
once again went over the line on this post-Nightline show in hurling
derogatory insults. He denounced President Bush as a "lying bag of
manure after what he did today with the Kyoto protocol," before
adding: "I mean, he never ceases to disappoint me in what a lying
sack of [bleep] he is." Though bleeped by ABC, any viewer could
easily tell the bleeped word was "shit."
Prompted by an e-mailed tip, MRC analyst
Jessica Anderson found how Maher opened the Thursday night, March 29,
Maher: "Well, listen, I certainly had
planned to talk about the Internet, and I want to do that, however, a
brief apology. Last week I called George Bush a bad name. I compared him
to a bag of manure -- I did. I said the only difference between George
Bush and a bag of manure is the bag."
Bill Engvall, comedian: "I’m still trying
to figure out what the bad name was."
Maher: "I’m sorry, I should have said that
he’s a lying bag of manure after what he did today with the Kyoto
protocol and global warming. This guy, okay, we don’t have to talk about
it, but I just had to get it off my chest. I mean, he never ceases to
disappoint me in what a lying sack of [bleep] shit he is."
Steven Weber, star of the NBC sit-com The Weber
Show: "But during the election, what was your -- my favorite name for
him was one that you coined, which was Drinky McDumb Ass."
Maher:: "Thank you very much."
Weber: "It was fantastic."
Maher: "Drinking McDumb Ass, yes,
Engvall: "Feel better now?"
Maher: "I do. I got that off my chest --
while I can still breathe."
Sounds like he’s a "Bush hater."
Will we soon be hearing journalists dismiss such attacks on Bush as coming
from "Bush haters" as they tried to undermine the credibility of
Clinton’s opponents by tagging them as "Clinton haters"?
Maher’s disdain for Bush hasn’t been
contained to his ABC forum. MRC accountant Cheryl Michener, who serves as
our celebrity magazine analyst, noticed that a March 19 People magazine
"Chatter" column asked Maher and several others to name the
"luxury item" they’d take with them if they were one of the
contestants on CBS’s Survivor. Maher’s reply: "A calendar, so
I’d know when the Bush administration is over and it’s safe to come
Thursday’s Politically Incorrect wasn’t
the first time Maher had abused his position and gone over the line. Back
on November 30 he told this "joke" about murdering someone he
"Now earlier today, a rental truck carried a
half a million ballots from Palm Beach to the Florida Supreme Court there
in Tallahassee. CNN had live helicopter coverage from the truck making its
way up the Florida highway, and for a few brief moments, America held the
hope that O.J. Simpson had murdered Katherine Harris."
To watch a video clip of Maher telling it, go
A few months later Maher boasted that he was
"proud" of that "joke" since it "hurt"
Katherine Harris. The February 8 CyberAlert reported:
During a January 11 Prime Time Thursday interview, Florida Secretary of
State Katherine Harris told ABC’s Diane Sawyer: "Perhaps the most
difficult moment was when one person said they were disappointed the Ryder
truck, that everyone was watching on TV, that O.J. Simpson hadn’t
murdered me, or something like that." Sawyer then played a partial
clip of Maher’s joke: "And for a few brief moments, America held
the hope that O.J. Simpson had murdered Katherine Harris." Harris
commented: "That was not pleasant."
Now to CNN last Friday night [February 2]. Wolf Blitzer asked Maher [on
Wolf Blitzer Reports]: "Is it ever, do you ever go too far in your
jokes on Politically Incorrect and you say to yourself: 'Well, maybe I
pushed the envelop a little bit too much?'"
Maher replied: "Yes. But, you know, that's what being on the edge
means. Unless you fall off a little once in a while, how do you know where
the edge is? I don't know if you're referring to, I saw Katherine Harris
on some, I think it was an ABC show a couple of weeks ago, complaining
that what hurt her most about the whole ordeal that she went through,
never mind that most of it was self-inflicted, was a joke that we did
here. And I must say I was proud."
Blitzer: "What was that joke?"
Maher: "Well, it was something to do with when that Ryder truck,
remember, was going up the highway to Tallahassee, and it was like the
slow speed chase that we watched a few years ago with you-know-who."
Blitzer: "With O.J."
Maher: "Yeah. And it was something along the lines of hoping O.J. was
gonna kill her."
Blitzer: "Oh, well, that sounds pretty rough."
Maher: "Well, Wolf, if you'd like me to come over there and hold your
hand, I can. You'll get over it."
END CyberAlert Excerpt
Maher tapes his ABC show at CBS Television City in Hollywood, but not all
in the Hollywood community are "Bush haters." An item in the
"Who’s Who" column by Lorrie Lynch in this past weekend’s
(March 30-April 1) edition of Gannett’s USA Weekend newspaper supplement
highlighted how one current cable TV series star is a proud Republican,
though there was no hint of whether she’s conservative.
Answering a question about whatever happened
to Janine Turner, star of CBS’s no longer airing Northern Exposure
series, Lynch explained that the 37-year-old actress is now starring as a
doctor in Lifetime’s Strong Medicine and lives with her three-year-old
daughter on a ranch in Texas. Lynch then outlined her political
"She flew to Washington for inauguration
activities and tells us she went to all the balls: ‘I loved it. I’m a
Texan and a Republican. I met with President Bush, when he was Governor,
about children’s issues. I’m hoping I can be of service.’"
Northern Exposure, the series about odd
characters in an Alaskan town in which Turner played the part of a pilot,
is re-run on A&E weekdays at 8am and 2pm EDT. Her new series, Strong
Medicine, airs at 8pm Sunday EDT/PDT and 12am midnight Saturday
night/Sunday morning EDT/PDT. To see if you recognize Janine Turner in a
photo, go to:
She’s the one on the right.
I don’t recall ever seeing Turner on
Politically Incorrect. Now I know why.
March 30 Late Show with David Letterman, inspired by New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to get rid of porno video stores, the "Top
Ten Other Ways Mayor Giuliani is Cleaning Up New York." Copyright
2001 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. Fake Rolex salesmen must offer fake warranty information
9. New rule for cabbies: driving naps should not exceed 15 minutes
8. Only 7 Starbucks per block
7. Hire Martha Stewart to "spruce up" local crack dens
6. Getting rats out of subway and putting them back in the restaurants
where they belong
5. Change meaning of middle finger gesture to "lookin' good,
4. Shine Bat Signal into night sky; when Batman shows up, hand the
sum'bitch a mop
3. All drive-by gunmen must carpool
2. If Yankees win the World Series again they can clean up the damn ticker
1. Forming task force to get Clinton to move his ass to New Jersey
New Jersey already has enough problems.