For Immediate Release: Keith Appell (703) 683-5004 - Thursday, November 4, 1999
Vol. 3, No. 41
Gumbel's Soft on Clinton, Wants Toughness on Mel Gibson, Pushes Gun Control and Bush Drug Rumor
The Early Word on The Early Show: Biased
Bryant Gumbel told Tim Russert last weekend that
complaints about his liberal bias reminded him "of someone who once told me that our
Founding Fathers guaranteed everyone the right to be heard. It said nothing about being
taken seriously." But the early word on The Early Show is it's seriously biased to
Gumbel's Monday interview with the President was
very soft: "The two people who have been closest to you for seven years are about to
get out there on the campaign trail while you stay at home and deal with the issues. Is
that terribly frustrating?" And: "Are you going to miss being President?"
Gumbel asked about Clinton's legacy. When Clinton
said he "turned the economy around and prepared America for a new century,"
Gumbel replied: "You'd be satisfied if your legacy was erasing the nation's red
Gumbel also pushed unproven rumors of drug use by
George W. Bush: "Before I leave the subject of Governor Bush, what's your take on the
demarcation line he's drawing on past drug use for his personal life?" When Clinton
said it was "up to the public," Gumbel wasn't satisfied: "Let me rephrase.
In your opinion, do you believe previous cocaine use should disqualify someone from
sitting in this office?"
Gumbel's co-host Jane Clayson interviewed George
W. Bush on Tuesday and asked him: "Let me ask you about a question that's dogged you
for many weeks, this question of your alleged drug use. How do you make this question go
away, Governor, or at least answer the question and resolve this once and for all?"
She also asked: "During the Clinton
administration, Americans have enjoyed an unprecedented economic growth. How could a
George W. Bush administration even top that?...Can it get any better, Governor?"
On Monday, Gumbel praised Mark McEwen for asking
Mel Gibson about his views (against abortion and for capital punishment) standing out in
Hollywood: "I was glad to see you ask him about it, because he's said some pretty
outrageous things over the years and nobody seems to ever call him on it. They kind of
think 'oh, that's cute, he's a movie star.' But some of the stuff he's said is..."
McEwen came to Mel's defense: "Well, he speaks his mind, and if you ask him, he backs
up everything that he's said."
On Tuesday, Gumbel asked CBS reporter Diana
Olick: "Diana, given the amount of juvenile bloodshed we've seen over the past year,
why aren't legislators feeling more pressure to at least get something done during this
session?" Olick answered from Capitol Hill: "Well, believe it or not, they
actually rank gun control pretty low on the scale. Americans really are much more
interested in education, health care and Social Security." Gumbel summed up: "So
it's easier for them to just pass on it?" Olick: "Yup." Gumbel: "It's
On Wednesday, Gumbel interviewed Al Gore.
"You have detailed, Mr. Vice President, more specific policy ideas than all the
others combined," Gumbel claimed, without any mention of proof. "Yet, would you
admit to me that voters haven't gravitated to one central theme?" Gumbel did ask a
question Gore didn't want to hear: "Last December, on the day that Bill Clinton was
impeached, you said he'd be remembered as one of this country's greatest Presidents.
You're now a candidate. Do you still believe that?" Gumbel's the one who thought it
plausible that Clinton would be remembered primarily for erasing the nation's red ink. --
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher; Brent Baker, Tim Graham, Editors;
Jessica Anderson, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey
Dickens, Mark Drake, Paul Smith, Brad
Wilmouth, Media Analysts; Kristina Sewell, Research
Associate. For the latest liberal media bias, read the
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