a Newsweek report this week that Vice President Cheney called you directly
to say that he didn't want public hearings on why intelligence in this
country missed the signals on September 11th, and he seemed to indicate
that if you did hold public hearings, the administration wouldn't
cooperate. Did you take that as something of a threat? What did you see
that to be?"
morning following the State of the Union address, ABC News remained
disturbed that President Bush had not mentioned Enron by name, MRC analyst
Jessica Anderson observed.
Reporter Claire Shipman speculated: "The
problem with the Enron scandal for Bush and the White House is less that
the White House may have done something wrong or improper, and more that
the scandal simply serves to remind the public of Bush's so-called
negatives before 9/11, that he may be too cozy with business interests,
that some people may think he prefers big corporations to the little
On the January 30 show, co-host Charles Gibson
wondered: "Claire, what struck you? He didn't mention Enron by name,
but it was sure there indirectly." Shipman
replied: "It was there indirectly, Charlie, and it was interesting.
An oblique reference to the protection of pension plans, but that was it.
And that omission was quite deliberate because, look, the problem with the
Enron scandal for Bush and the White House is less that the White House
may have done something wrong or improper, and more that the scandal
simply serves to remind the public of Bush's so-called negatives before
9/11, that he may be too cozy with business interests, that some people
may think he prefers big corporations to the little guy. And indeed, if
you dig behind his lofty poll numbers right now and ask specific questions
about Enron, a sizable chunk of the population thinks the White House
still isn't telling everything that it knows. So while the White House is
trying to cast this as an equal opportunity scandal, I think it's going to
be a much tougher one for the Republicans and George W. Bush knew that
magazine’s Margaret Carlson again denounced Bush’s tax cuts during an
appearance Wednesday afternoon on CNN as she whined about how "he is
not spending this huge popularity he has to do anything that is not in
keeping with the conservative dreams of his party." She also
preposterously maintained that if Bush were to succeed in allowing people
to invest a portion of their Social Security money in the stock market,
"we’ll simply make an Enron for everybody in the country."
Yes, everyone would then invest all their
money in one company which would soon go bankrupt.
On Wednesday’s Inside Politics, Carlson
complained: "It was Bush that used the recession to justify tax cuts
that don't really make very much sense. And, in listening to the speech
last night, you cannot figure out a way for all this spending, including
spending we were unprepared for on the military and to fight the war, and
the deficits that we are now facing. The surplus is gone, deficit
spending. And so, even if the recession is over -- and I think it is a
huge if -- there is still going to be a spending crunch that is not going
to justify the tax cuts that the President wants to stick with."
After praising Bush’s remarks about fighting
terrorism, Carlson turned critical -- from the left, of course: "The
biggest contradiction in the speech was to say that Enron -- in fact,
without mentioning Enron -- as a result of that, we needed to look at
401(k)s and reform them, and then saying, ‘But, at the same time, we
should privatize Social Security,’ in which we’ll simply make an Enron
for everybody in the country."
That comment prompted laughter from Tucker
Carlson, the co-host of Crossfire with whom she appeared.
What more can you do than laugh at such
liberal paranoid wackiness?
conceded that it was "inappropriate" for reporter David
Kestenbaum to have suggested that the Traditional Values Coalition was a
suspect in the anthrax letters sent to Senators Daschle and Leahy.
On the January 22 Morning Edition, Kestenbaum
had reported: "Two of the anthrax letters were sent to Senators Tom
Daschle and Patrick Leahy, both Democrats. One group who had a gripe with
Daschle and Leahy is the Traditional Values Coalition, which, before the
attacks, had issued a press release criticizing the Senators for trying to
remove the phrase 'so help me God' from the oath." Kestenbaum
continued: "The Traditional Values Coalition, however, told me the
FBI had not contacted them and then issued a press release saying NPR was
in the pocket of the Democrats and trying to frame them. But investigators
are thinking along these lines. FBI agents won't discuss the case, but the
people they have spoken with will."
On Tuesday, CNSNews.com’s Jim Burns reported
that NPR’s pull back was read during Tuesday's Morning Edition. NPR
spokesperson Jess Sarmiento relayed the statement to CNSNews.com: "A
story last week about the ongoing anthrax investigation mentioned the
Traditional Values Coalition, whom we called to ask if they had been
contacted by the FBI. They said they had not since there is no evidence
that they were or should be investigated. It was inappropriate to name
them on the air."
CNS.com’s Burns noted, however, that
"Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition
wasn't impressed with NPR's statement. ‘They have not apologized,
neither have they retracted, neither have they said they were sorry. They
have simply tried to further distance themselves from the wrong that they
For the entire CNSNews.com story:
In a column titled, "Those Dastardly
‘Fundamentalists,’" MRC President Brent Bozell took up the NPR
incident as well as a recent case in which a Washington Post reporter
equated "religious conservatives" in the U.S. with the Taliban.
To read the column:
late Newt Gingrich." Appearing Wednesday night on CBS’s Late Show
with David Letterman, NBC’s Tim Russert referred to "the late Newt
Gingrich, the late Speaker Newt Gingrich." Concerned that viewers
might think Gingrich had really passed away, after an ad break Letterman
assured his audience that Gingrich is "not dead, we just confirmed
Russert’s reference to Gingrich came as the
NBC News VP and Washington Bureau Chief began to recount a humorous tale
about how after Russert had prayed as a Catholic to God for a Buffalo
Bills Super Bowl victory, and yet the Bills still lost to the Dallas
Cowboys, Tom Brokaw joked to Russert that God is a Southern Baptist.
Russert started his anecdote: "I have
been to four Super Bowls. The last was at the Georgia Dome. The Bills were
playing against the Dallas Cowboys. I was on Meet the Press -- I brought
the program down there, interviewed the late Newt Gingrich, the late
Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Sam Nunn the former Senator..."
After the commercial break, when Russert had
left the set, Letterman cautioned: "I want to clarify a couple of
things here. We talked this over and he said ‘the late Newt Gingrich,’
Tim Russert referred to him as ‘the late Newt Gingrich,’ meaning
former Speaker of the House -- and he’s not dead, we just confirmed
moments later on the very same January 30 Late Show with David Letterman,
the "Top Ten Surprises in Last Night’s State of the Union
Address." Copyright 2002 by Worldwide Pants, Inc.
10. President’s opener, "big ups to the peeps in my West Coast
9. Due to a mix-up, teleprompter was loaded with Jimmy Carter’s 1979
8. Disoriented Strom Thurmond kept screaming, "Who’s cooking
7. Beach ball that bounced around -- started by Joe Lieberman
6. When clerk introduced "the President of the United States"
Hillary started making her way up the aisle
5. The girl he pulled out of the audience and danced with on stage -- a
young Courtney Cox
4. Whenever Bush said "economy," Supreme Court Justices did a
3. At same time, Al Gore delivered "State of My Condo" speech to
his two kitties
2. Nobody passed out
1. Intern from Clinton’s last State of the Union still under podium