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CyberAlert. Tracking Liberal Media Bias Since 1996
| Monday May 14, 2001 (Vol. Six; No. 76) |
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Couricís "Million Mom" Tribute; "Thank God" Democrats Blocking Conservative Judges; Newsweekís Thomas Pleased by Smaller Tax Cut

1) Million Mom March founder Donna Dees-Thomases made a "special contribution to motherhood and...to all of mankind," Katie Couric gushed in a pre-Motherís Day tribute to three women who demonstrated "how mothers can really be used as instruments of social change."

2) Best Question of the Weekend: Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow to Senator John Edwards, who voted against convicting Clinton for lying, on why Democrats would be upset if Solicitor General nominee Ted Olson lied in his hearing. "Why would a different standard apply to Ted Olson than to Bill Clinton?"

3) "Thank God" for how the Democrats "have finally gotten some spine" as they are fighting to block conservatives from becoming federal judges, proclaimed Newsweekís Eleanor Clift.

4) Not cutting the top income tax rate as much as President Bush proposed is "the right outcome," Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas declared.

5) The "George Bush budget," Dan Rather bemoaned on Thursday night, does "not say" how itís possible to cut taxes while also launching new spending on education, defense and a program Rather clearly wants, "drug coverage for seniors."

6) CBSís The Early Show brought John McCain aboard to publicize his appearance in public service ads for Americans for Gun Safety. Bryant Gumbel prodded: "Could you see your position reaching the point where you might support registration, where you might support longer waiting periods?"


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A "special contribution to motherhood and...to all of mankind." Katie Couric delivered a pre-Motherís Day tribute to three mothers who demonstrated "how mothers can really be used as instruments of social change." At least two were liberal crusaders: Gun control advocate Donna Dees-Thomases and Ms. Foundationís Marie Wilson, who "developed the take-your-daughters to work concept." I donít know how to classify the third who created, or shall we say inflicted on us, Barney the Dinosaur.

     To Thomases, who organized the exaggerated "Million Mom March" last year, Couric gushed: "When that day arrived and you saw that sea of faces in that crowd you must have said to yourself I canít believe it."

     MRC analyst Paul Smith, on his last day before moving on to a new job, caught this segment aired during the third hour of Fridayís Today. Couric set up the panel of three guests:
     "With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday we wanted to salute the hard work, integrity and love moms show us every day so this morning we invited three women who have made their own special contribution to motherhood and, as I said earlier, to all of mankind in fact. Donna Dees-Thomases founded the Million Mom March. Sheryl Leach is the creator of Barney the Dinosaur and Marie Wilson developed the take-your-daughters to work concept."

     To all of "mankind?" Donít feminists consider that an exclusionary term?

     Couricís first question to Thomases, in the form of admiration: "We wanted to talk to some mother who had made a true difference in how mothers can really be used as instruments of social change...Donna, you organized the Million Mom March and really was such a grassroots movement of stroller moms right? Tell me how it came about."

     Couric followed up, referring to the Motherís Day march in 2000: "When that day arrived and you saw that sea of faces in that crowd you must have said to yourself I canít believe it."

     After Thomases rued how, "unfortunately, we let a well financed, mean gun lobby dictate gun policy" and recalled how "when I saw the sea of faces I knew there were people who believed what I believed," Couric regretted how more had not been achieved:
     "If that's the case, you know, a lot of people say well the NRA is as powerful as ever. Gun laws really haven't changed all that much. We are still reporting on cases of school violence on a, gee, practically monthly basis it seems or other situations involving violence and guns. What do you think you truly got accomplished?"

     See the end of todayís last item for Thomasesís answer.

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Best Question of the Weekend: Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow to North Carolina Democratic Senator John Edwards, about how Democrats delayed the confirmation vote on Ted Olson for Solicitor General after the Washington Post reported he had more involvement than he had claimed in the American Spectatorís "Arkansas Project." Snow inquired on the May 13 show:
     "Senator Edwards, let me paint a worst case scenario. Suppose Ted Olson wasnít entirely forthcoming with the committee. I know youíre not on the committee, but youíre a member of the Senate, you voted against convicting President Clinton on charges of lying to a court. Why would a different standard apply to Ted Olson than to Bill Clinton?"

     Edwards sidestepped the question and replied that Olsonís answer must be evaluated "against the truth" so "we know what was inaccurate."

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"Thank God" for how the Democrats are fighting to block conservatives from becoming federal judges, proclaimed Newsweekís Eleanor Clift on the McLaughlin Group: "The Democrats, thank God, have finally gotten some spine and theyíre going to fight" against the Republican effort "to pack the courts with their ideological favorites and accomplish on the courts what they canít do legislatively."

     Her appreciation for the liberal Democratic strategy came after Pat Buchanan urged President Bush to fight for conservative nominees:
     "For eight tears the Republicans used the blue slip procedure to torpedo Clinton nominations. Senator Spence Abraham used his prerogative to block a Clinton nominee from Michigan for four years. Thatís why there are a hundred vacancies on the federal bench. Now the Republicans say Ďoh letís do away with this and letís just let everybody come throughí -- because the Republicans to want to do, they want to pack the courts with their ideological favorites and accomplish on the courts what they canít do legislatively -- the culture war that Pat is talking about. And the Democrats, thank God, have finally gotten some spine and theyíre going to fight this."

     Anyone publicly thanking God for helping them do anything conservative would be condemned by Clift for mixing politics and religion.

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Not cutting the top income tax rate as much as President Bush proposed is "the right outcome," Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas declared on Inside Washington over the weekend. Commenting on the Senate Finance Committee deal, between Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Max Baucus, to lower the top rate of 39.6 percent only to 36 percent instead of 33 percent, Thomas approved:
     "Theyíre going to do the right thing. Theyíre not going to give such a break to rich people. Theyíre not going to lower the top rates by as much as Bush would want and thatís the right outcome."

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The "George Bush budget," Dan Rather bemoaned on Thursday night, does "not say" how itís possible to cut taxes while also launching new spending o education, defense and a program Rather clearly wants, "drug coverage for seniors."

     On the May 10 CBS Evening News, Rather announced: "As expected the U.S. Senate today gave final approval to a George Bush budget that specifies $1.3 trillion in tax cuts over about 11 years. It does not say how it's possible to do that while also spending more for education, defense and other things including drug coverage for seniors."

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The networks will use any excuse to give their favorite Republican, Senator John McCain, a forum. The latest example: Last Wednesday CBSís Early Show brought him aboard to publicize his appearance in public service ads from Americans for Gun Safety set to run in movie theaters before movies begin.

     MRC analyst Brian Boyd took down Bryant Gumbelís gentle questioning which ended in Gumbel prodding the Arizona Senator to move further left: "Could you see your position reaching the point where you might support registration, where you might support longer waiting periods?"

     Gumbel introduced the May 9 segment: "Starting next week Arizona Senator John McCain will appear on movie screens nationwide. He's the star of a new public service announcement urging people to be more responsible with guns."

     Gumbelís questions:
     -- "John McCain's on Capitol Hill. Senator, good morning... How did you get involved in this thing?"

     -- "Why try to reach people through the movies, I mean, why use this vehicle?"

     -- "No offense but you're not exactly Britney Spears to the younger set. (both laugh) You're much more recognizable to adults. Does that necessarily mean that this is aimed more at adults than kids?"

     -- "It is a serious issue and yet the debate over gun control, would you allow, has changed considerably on Capitol Hill?"

     -- "What about your views, Senator, have your views evolved?"

     -- After McCain replied, "I believe we should close the gun show loophole. I don't believe in handgun registration, but I do believe that we can do a lot more. And if we don't, I'm afraid of the consequences," Gumbel nudged: "And if we don't and if PSA's like yours don't have the desired effect could you see your position reaching the point where you might support registration, where you might support longer waiting periods?"

     McCain answered: "I don't think so. But I clearly would be open to any suggestions or ideas. It would have to be proven to me that those are effective, Bryant."

     Coming full circle in todayís CyberAlert, referring back to item #1, Million Mom March founder Donna Dees-Thomases told Katie Couric that her effort had accomplished something: It had convinced McCain to back a bill to close "the gun show loophole." -- Brent Baker


 

 


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