"Harsh Light" on Warming Policy; CBS to Daschle: "Are You Ready to Fight?"; Washington Post’s Glowing Profile of "Smiling" Daschle
1) Dan Rather insisted that a new report "may put a
harsh light on Mr. Bush’s global warming policy." John Roberts
warned that scientists "found compelling evidence that the Earth is
getting hotter as a result of human activity." But seconds later,
Roberts contradicted the blanket assertion as he conceded the scientists
"can’t say precisely how much of the warming is man-made and how
much might be part of a natural cycle."
2) Peter Jennings kept up the media drumbeat for
bi-partisanship as he stressed how those on the Senate floor "were
particularly enthusiastic" when Trent Lott shook hands with Tom
Daschle. NBC’s Lisa Myers disclosed that Senator Clinton wants "to
stick it to Bush at every turn."
3) ABC’s Charles Gibson and CBS’s Jane Clayson used
interviews with Tom Daschle to advance their agendas. When he deferred a
decision on price caps to FERC, Gibson urged him to take action: "The
Senate can do it, they can pass price caps." Clayson wanted assurance
he was prepared for the GOP onslaught: "Trent Lott has said that it's
time for his party...to 'wage war.' That doesn't sound like conciliatory
language. Are you ready to fight?"
4) "The Smiling Majority" declared the upbeat
headline over a glowing June 6 Washington Post "Style" section
profile of Tom Daschle. Robert Kaiser insisted Daschle is "a man from
the pre-poisonous age of American politics" and described him as
"a moderately liberal Democrat." But Daschle has a higher
lifetime ADA rating than George McGovern.
5) The Washington Post isn’t so reticent about issuing
"conservative" labels. A story on Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial
candidate applied the "conservative" tag six times,"
including a reference to "the GOP ticket's conservative tang."
on Wednesday night again hyped a report on how industrial pollution is
causing global warming, as they always do with anything which advances the
theory and liberal solutions to it, while not airing stories when contrary
evidence is developed.
"The findings may put a harsh light on
Mr. Bush’s global warming policy," Dan Rather intoned on the June 6
CBS Evening News. John Roberts warned that "a team from the National
Academy of Sciences found compelling evidence that the Earth is getting
hotter as a result of human activity" and noted how
"environmentalists, who met with the Vice President yesterday, today
declared it is time to wage all out war on global warming." But
seconds later, Roberts undermined the environmentalists’ premise that
reducing CO2 emissions would have any impact, as he conceded the
scientists "can’t say precisely how much of the warming is man-made
and how much might be part of a natural cycle."
Rather set up the piece, as transcribed by MRC
analyst Brad Wilmouth: "America’s top climate experts today gave
President Bush their latest read on the threat from global warming. It was
an assessment the President asked for. CBS News has gotten hold of a copy,
and as John Roberts reports now, the findings may put a harsh light on Mr.
Bush’s global warming policy."
Roberts began: "In the most comprehensive
assessment yet of the issue of global warming, a team from the National
Academy of Sciences found compelling evidence that the Earth is getting
hotter as a result of human activity. The report, prepared at the request
of the White House, found that global temperatures have increased one
degree in the past hundred years, and that with current production levels
of Greenhouse gases, the pace of warming is predicted to accelerate
another 2.5 to 10.4 degrees by the end of this century. Environmentalists
who met with the Vice President yesterday, today declared it is time to
wage all out war on global warming."
David Hawkins, Natural Resources Defense Council:
"The debate over the science is over. When we burn coal and oil, we
pollute the air. It causes global warming. We know what the problem is. We
know what the solution is. The time now is for action."
Roberts: "President Bush has been under
attack from our European allies for abandoning the Kyoto protocol to curb
Greenhouse gases and reversing a campaign promise to cut down production
of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent Greenhouse gas."
Bush in March: "And the idea of placing caps
on C02 does not make economic sense for America."
Roberts: "When he travels to Europe next
week, Mr. Bush is expected to offer interim steps to reduce production of
certain pollutants, but there will be no comprehensive strategy in the
After a clip of Condoleezza Rice promising the
administration will take the problem seriously, Roberts concluded:
"The President may find some wiggle room in this report because while
scientists confirm levels of Greenhouse gases are higher now than at any
time in the past 400,000 years, they can’t say precisely how much of the
warming is man-made and how much might be part of a natural cycle."
That’s "wiggle room" on a raging
scientific debate the networks refuse to report accurately. As
demonstrated in a recent MRC Special Report, "Clamoring for Kyoto:
The Networks’ One-Sided Coverage of Global Warming," during
Bush’s first three months in office the networks pretended no scientist
believes global warming is not fueled by pollution.
To read the study, with links to contrary
evidence, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/fmp/2001/globalwarmingexec.html
Over 17,000 scientists have signed a petition
which states: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human
release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing
or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the
Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there
is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon
dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal
environments of the Earth."
For more on the petition, go to: http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p37.htm
For details on who has signed it so far, go
TechCentralStation.com currently features an
illuminating interview with Dr. Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics. She asserted: "The science altogether is
unsettled, but we know for sure that the models that make the predictions
into the future are exaggerating the warmth."
The interview with James K. Glassman begins:
Glassman: "Dr. Baliunas, we’ve heard
that temperatures have increased on Earth over the last century. Now, is
our assumption essentially that they had been stable before that?"
Baliunas: "The temperature of the Earth has
increased over the last 100 years. We have instruments -- thermometers --
at the surface of the Earth that tell us that. The warming began early in
the 20th century, late in the 19th century. But before that, there was a
very long, protracted cooling that began in the 14th century that
continued to the mid 19th century -- a 500-year relative cold spell called
the Little Ice Age. Before that, 800 or 1,000 years ago -- the early part
of the second millennium -- the temperature was even higher than today,
For the rest of the discussion, go to: http://www.techcentralstation.com/BigShotFriday.asp
floor proceeding to turn over the Senate to Democrats on Wednesday morning
generated little interest in the evening as the CBS Evening News skipped
it and ABC’s World News Tonight gave it barely 20 seconds. Peter
Jennings kept up the media drumbeat by bi-partisanship as he stressed how
those present "were particularly enthusiastic" when Trent Lott
shook hands with Tom Daschle.
Only the NBC Nightly News ran a full story.
Most noteworthy, Lisa Myers relayed that one Democrat isn’t very
interested in getting along: "Democratic sources say Hillary Rodham
Clinton argues to stick it to Bush at every turn. Others such as John
Breaux, and sometimes even Ted Kennedy, want to compromise to get things
Peter Jennings explained over matching video
on World News Tonight: "In Washington today, the new Senate convened
with the Democrats in the majority. The Democratic leader Tom Daschle took
over a half-empty chamber. The Senators in attendance were particularly
enthusiastic when the new Majority Leader shook hands with the former
Majority Leader Trent Lott, the Republican."
Senate Majority Leader heard some challenging questions in interviews on
the three morning shows on Wednesday, but ABC’s Charles Gibson and
CBS’s Jane Clayson also used the interviews to advance their agendas for
price caps and for Bush to compromise.
When Daschle deferred a decision on
electricity price caps to FERC, Gibson urged him to take action: "The
Senate can do it, they can pass price caps." Clayson wanted to make
sure Daschle was prepared for the GOP onslaught: "Senator Trent Lott
has said that it's time for his party, the Republican Party to 'wage war.'
That doesn't sound like conciliatory language. Are you ready to
fight?" She followed up by asking Daschle to provide a way to measure
President Bush’s truthfulness, recalling how Daschle said Bush "has
to work in a more bipartisan way. How will you know that he is doing that,
at what point will you see that he's holding to his word?"
> ABC’s Good Morning America on June 6.
Charles Gibson’s questions, as taken down by MRC analyst Jessica
-- "Senator, you've got the same 100
members of the Senate today as you had yesterday, just different
leadership. So is this a small, incremental shift or is it a sea
-- "But already, some of the Republicans
are calling you 'Dr. No,' saying it's going to be your job to be
obstructionist and to stop the President's program, and even some of your
fellow Democrats say that's not so bad. Some of them say, 'Look, stop
signs save lives.' So are you going to be an obstructionist or a
-- "Let's talk some specifics. During the
tax cut debate, you called the President's tax cut 'tax fraud' and you say
we're going to have to find ways to make corrections in the tax cut that
was eventually passed. Well, now you're in control of the Senate. Will you
do it? Will you bring the tax bill back up?"
-- "How about caps on electricity prices?
Governor Davis out in California has put his faith in what he said is the
newly-constituted Senate. Do you want to pass energy price caps?"
Daschle: "Well, I think what we want to do
is to force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to do what their job
is to do...we're going to use all the pressure of the Senate to see that
FERC does its job."
Gibson: "But isn't that, isn't passing it
onto FERC passing the buck, in effect? I mean, the Senate can do it, they
can pass price caps....But you want to see price caps in California?"
-- "When you were running through your
agenda -- talking about a prescription drug benefit for seniors or a
Patient Bill of Rights, hate crimes bill, minimum wages -- that is not the
Republican agenda. In effect, do you want to pass bills and invite the
President to veto them?"
-- "I'm curious as to what kind of
opposition you face. President Bush yesterday very congenial in talking
about getting along with the Democrats. Now Minority Leader Trent Lott, in
a memo over the weekend, declared war, said the Republicans have to
declare war to win back the Senate in 2002. So which Republican Party do
-- "A yes or no answer, do you use the
majority leader platform to run for President in 2004?"
> CBS’s The Early Show. MRC analyst Brian
Boyd transcribed these questions from Jane Clayson:
-- "Let me ask you first up, your
predecessor, Senator Trent Lott, has said that it's time for his party,
the Republican Party to 'wage war.' That doesn't sound like conciliatory
language. Are you ready to fight?"
-- "There are those who say you smile
nice and it sounds good, but you're playing hardball too. Are you
-- "Let me talk for a minute about the
Supreme Court. The two parties are already locked in intense negotiations
about how President Bush's judicial nominations will be handled, so let me
ask you, if for example, the President were to nominate Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia as Chief Justice how would you and your party
-- "No predetermined decision, you voted
for him when he was up for Associate Justice. Has anything changed since
-- "You talk about compromise, Senator
Daschle, without a lengthy explanation name three issues, if you would,
where you will compromise your position to work with the Republicans and
the White House."
-- "You talk about Republicans moving
toward the middle, with this change in power President Bush will certainly
have a more difficult time passing his agenda. You said you want to work
with him, but that he also has to work in a more moderate way, he has to
work in a more bipartisan way. How will you know that he is doing that, at
what point will you see that he's holding to his word?"
-- "But what must he do that he hasn't
done to date?"
-- "Is it really a new attitude or is it
just the same old mantra, we have to work together to get things
-- "You're in a powerful position right
now, Senator, but there are many who suggest you might make a run for the
White House yourself in 2004. Yes or no?"
Smiling Majority" declared the upbeat headline over a glowing June 6
Washington Post "Style" section profile of new Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle. The jump page headline promised: "Tom Daschle,
Changing the Tone in Washington." Despite months of partisan-bashing
of every Bush policy -- recall a Lexus versus a muffler on the tax bill --
veteran Post editor and reporter Robert Kaiser insisted Daschle is "a
man from the pre-poisonous age of American politics."
Kaiser also described Daschle as "a
moderately liberal Democrat." But a quick ratings check determined
that Daschle has a higher liberal rating than his apparently more moderate
predecessor, George McGovern.
An excerpt from the top of the June 6 profile,
which carried the subhead: "Sen. Tom Daschle Is at the Top Of the
Political Game. All Agree His Success Is Due to His Winning Way."
Tom Daschle has new shirts -- nifty ones with wide, spread collars that
come up a little higher on the neck than your standard-issue senatorial
white shirts. They look like fancy English shirts, many striped or checked
in blue, most with French cuffs.
This is Tom Daschle of Aberdeen, South Dakota. What's the story on the
"My family used to complain to me that my shirts were too ragged,
not what you'd expect for the Democratic leader [of the Senate]," the
newly most-influential man on Capitol Hill explains. "So for my
birthday and Christmas last year they bought me some of those shirts and
expected me to wear them." Are they English, or what?
"Nordstrom's, places like that."...
Now Daschle is the leading Democrat in town and, arguably, in the
United States. The shirts, and the fellow in them, are about to get a lot
What will America see? An unusual Washington player. He still spends
two months a year in South Dakota, but Tom Daschle has been playing the
Washington game for nearly three decades. His record suggests that he has
taken to heart the old-fashioned saying that there's no limit to what you
can do in this town if you don't care who gets credit for it.
So even now, as he assumes the Senate majority leadership, Daschle's
name evokes no memorable anecdotes or images, recalls no soaring oratory
or cloakroom confrontations. There's no Daschle doctrine, no legislative
monument that bears his name, no public notoriety at all, really. He's
from another era -- a politician without a compulsion to be seen, quoted,
praised. And yet, if you talk to the people who have worked with him over
those three decades, you hear quite amazing descriptions:
"He's the best I've seen," says Bennett Johnston, the former
Democratic senator from Louisiana. "He works as hard as any senator
I've ever seen," says Bob Bauer, a Democratic lawyer who was
Daschle's legal counselor in the impeachment trial of 1999. "Of all
the many people I've worked for in politics," says Ron Klain, a
principal aide to Bill Clinton and Al Gore after leaving Daschle's staff,
"he is by far the most easygoing." "If you look up
'patience' in the dictionary," says Michael Meehan, Daschle's
political director for four years and now his man at the Democratic
National Committee, "there's a picture of Tom Daschle."
Even Republicans find it difficult to speak harshly of Daschle. "I
served with Tom in the House Agriculture Committee," says Sen. Pat
Roberts (R-Kan.), "and I've served with him in the Senate for a long
time, and I can't find anything to say about him that's unpleasant."
Steve Bell, for most of two decades the senior aide to Sen. Pete
Domenici (R-N.M.), sounds like a critic when first discussing Daschle:
"He's very tough, very partisan, very clever. He is implacably after
the possession of power." Then Bell's tone changes: "In other
words, he's a professional....He's a guy you can deal with." Whom
does he remind Bell of? "He reminds me very much of [former
Republican leader Howard] Baker," Bell replies. Baker is Bell's
personal political hero. He's also -- with Mike Mansfield, the Senate
Democratic leader from 1961 to 1977 -- one of the men Daschle cites as
model majority leaders.
Daschle has no visible enemies. This is unusual, to say the least.
There are senators who detest Trent Lott, the outgoing majority leader --
both Democrats and Republicans. George Mitchell of Maine, Daschle's
predecessor as Democratic leader and another rather soft-spoken senator
from a small state, was the object of fierce Republican hostility. Robert
S. Byrd, Mitchell's predecessor, was a remote, self-important majority
leader who, far from being difficult to dislike, was hard to like.
These attributes make Daschle a throwback, a man from the pre-poisonous
age of American politics. Fierce partisanship has infected Capitol Hill
for a generation; animus and ill will are now routine. But Mansfield and
Baker didn't engage in aggressive partisan hostility -- indeed, his
friends have said for years that partisanship, not least in his own party,
is what drove Baker to leave the Senate when he was still a relatively
young man of 59. So Daschle is sending a signal when he names as his
models those lions of a very different Senate.
The signal is not about ignoring partisan differences. Daschle is a
moderately liberal Democrat, always has been, and isn't shy about
promoting his views on divisive issues. The signal is more about style.
Daschle's is reassurance personified....
To read the rest of the tribute, go to: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26041-2001Jun5.html
"Moderately liberal" as opposed to
just plain liberal? Daschle’s lifetime rating from the American
Conservative Union: 13 percent. His lifetime rating from the liberal
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA): 83 percent, making him more liberal
than fellow South Dakotan George McGovern, the man who personified
liberalism for decades, who earned a 75 percent lifetime rating from the
Check the numbers. For the ADA, go to: http://adaction.org/lifetimesensouthdakota.html
For the ACU, go to: http://www.conservative.org/rating2000/sd.htm
Washington Post isn’t so reticent about issuing "conservative"
labels, and without qualifiers like "moderately conservative."
This past Sunday’s front page story, on how at a convention Virginia
Republicans picked Attorney General Mark Early as their gubernatorial
candidate, applied the "conservative" tag six times (and
that’s outside of quotes) while avoiding any ideological label for
Democratic candidate Mark Warner, whom Post reporter R.H. Melton simply
described as "a venture capitalist who also is 46." Creatively,
Melton cited "the GOP ticket's conservative tang."
Here are the paragraphs from the front page
June 3 Washington Post story in which reporter R.H. Melton applied
conservative labels. So they stand out, I’ve put each CONSERVATIVE in
-- "Earley, a staunch social CONSERVATIVE
who has made outreach to minorities, labor and other Democratic
constituencies a touchstone of his career, will be joined on the election
ticket by two other strong GOP partisans, state Del. Jay Katzen (Fauquier)
and former state Cabinet secretary Jerry W. Kilgore, of Henrico County,
who were unchallenged for the nominations for lieutenant governor and
attorney general, respectively."
-- "In speeches through the convention
weekend, Earley wrapped himself snugly in Bush's mantle while vowing to
continue the CONSERVATIVE agenda of Gov. James S. Gilmore III and his
predecessor, U.S. Sen. George Allen. At the same time, Earley said he is
reaching out once again to black voters and other minorities who helped
him throughout his state Senate career."
-- "Though Hager had waged a tenacious
struggle for the GOP nomination, he was outmaneuvered in the end by a
tightly managed Earley organization directed by longtime strategists for
Gilmore and Allen, as well as a network of Christian CONSERVATIVES who
have supported the Norfolk native for years."
-- "As his supporters waved pencil-size
flashlights in the darkened convention hall, Earley invoked the
Jeffersonian ideals of limited government and personal freedom, adding the
modern mantra of Virginia CONSERVATIVES: bolstering gun ownership rights;
preserving the state's right-to-work law against union organizing; and
pushing for restrictions on abortion, as he did for nearly a decade in the
-- "[Democratic candidate Mark] Warner
campaign manager Steve Jarding, responding to the convention's drumbeat of
criticism against the Democrat and the GOP ticket's CONSERVATIVE tang,
criticized the Republicans for being ‘devoid of a vision for the future,
and well schooled in the slash-and-burn politics of the gutter.’"
-- "Some Democrats and independent
observers have cautioned Warner about the risks inherent in trying to
demonize Earley as just another CONSERVATIVE ideologue, saying that tactic
has largely failed since 1993, when it last worked against lieutenant
governor nominee Michael P. Farris."
But it’s a tactic the Post is willing to