CyberAlert -- 05/08/2000 -- Bush "Voodoo" or "Far Right"?
Bush "Voodoo" or "Far Right"?; "We're Tired" of Gore Probes; Clinton Hit from Left
1) Barbara Walters asked George W. Bush if his tax cut plan is reminiscent of Reagan's which his father denounced as "voodoo," and wondered "which is the real George W," the "man who spoke at the very far-right Bob Jones University" or who met with gays.
2) Friday night ABC caught up with CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC and ran a piece on the Handgun Control attack ad on Bush. ABC also aired a positive profile of a woman who lobbied to allow concealed weapons, but failed to point out that Bush signed the new law.
3) "We're tired" too of investigations into Gore's fundraising and have no "taste" for any more, Boston Globe Washington Bureau Chief David Shribman assured a journalism student upset by too many investigations of the Clinton administration.
6) Dan Rather pushed from the left: "The Clinton White House is being accused of siding with big business on an issue that could have wide implications for consumers." But NBC's Robert Hager decided: "Today's rule means air bags of the future must be made safer for children, small women and the frail elderly."
7) MediaNomics: "ABC News Sends Leonardo DiCaprio to High School" by distributing the left-wing environmental special, in which he starred, to 12,000 middle and high schools. Plus: "CBS's Ray Brady, Always the Bear."
>>> Now online,
actually online for the past week, the May 1 edition of Notable Quotables, the
MRC's bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous,
quotes in the liberal media. Amongst the quote headings: "Principled
Reno, Paranoid Family"; "Heartwarming Gun Photo"; "Rather's
Raid Rants"; "Bryant vs. Cuban-Americans"; "Only the
Brainwashed Prefer U.S"; "Elian's Awaiting Cuban Mansion";
"Can Bush Care Like a Democrat?"; "Cuba: Not a Simple
Tyranny" and "Dictatorship is Safer for Kids." Go to:
Once "far right," always "far right." The interview by Barbara Walters of George W. Bush shown on Friday's 20/20 demonstrated how network stars just won't let go of the myth they built about how Bush went "far right" in the primaries.
During the interview which topped the May 5 edition of ABC's prime time news magazine, Walters suggested his economic plan is as awful of the one proposed by Ronald Reagan which his father denounced as "voodoo," asked him if it were a mistake for his father to promise no new taxes, a question which Bush answered by saying the mistake was not in raising taxes but in making the promise, and wondered "which is the real George W," the "man who spoke at the very far-right Bob Jones University, or the George W. who met with homosexuals?"
Here's the matching excerpt from the interview:
have proposed $86 billion in new spending and $483 billion in tax cuts. In
1980, your father derided Ronald Reagan's plan to cut taxes and increase
spending and balance the budget. Remember what he called it? 'Voodoo
economics.' Could someone say that about your plan?"
Friday night ABC's World News Tonight caught up with CBS, CNN, FNC and NBC, which had all run stories Thursday night, and featured a piece on the Handgun Control Inc. attack ad on Bush featuring a video clip of a top NRA official boasting about working out of Bush's office if he were to win. (For details about the May 4 CBS and NBC stories, see the May 5 CyberAlert.)
Later in Friday's show, ABC featured a positive profile piece on Suzanna Hupp, the Texas woman who crusaded to allow concealed weapons after she was unable to defend herself or others during the 1991 Luby's massacre. But after running a story portraying Bush as out of touch on the gun issue, ABC failed to point out that it was Bush, as Governor of Texas, who signed the concealed weapons law that Hupp thinks makes people safer.
Before getting to Friday's ABC's story, a little catch up on something reported Thursday night by CNN after a piece on the liberal group's ad. World Today anchor Wolf Blitzer uniquely pointed out: "Handgun Control says the new ad will air in seven states over the next week. The Associated Press reports a tracking of the ad buy shows the group is spending less than $100,000 and is limited mostly to Washington." In other words, there really is no ad campaign, just an ad produced to generate news coverage on the networks. And all obliged.
Reynolds gave a fresh
opening to his day-old news: "In Michigan today, the Vice President
stoked the gun control debate, pledging to support the right of cities to sue
gunmakers for gun violence and challenging Governor Bush to take a stand. Mr.
Bush did take a stand in Texas. He barred those kind of lawsuits in his
Actually, as noted by CNN's Candy Crowley on May 4: "As recently as Monday a poll showed when asked who is best able to handle the gun issue, Americans favored George Bush over Al Gore by six percentage points."
ABC wrapped up Friday's show by inaugurating a new feature, "A 21st Century Life." Keying off the upcoming "Million Mom March," Peter Jennings profiled Suzanna Hupp, who got the first words of the story: "I don't have any affinity for guns. It's a tool that can be used to kill a family. It's a tool that can be used to protect a family. But it's merely a tool."
Over video of her
walking with a horse, Jennings observed: "It is difficult to imagine
violence in such a peaceful place. Suzanna Hupp has no trouble doing so."
Hupp: "The guy
had complete control of the situation. He saw my father coming, the guy turned
and shot him in the chest."
Without informing viewers of how changing this situation is one of the Bush decisions Handgun Control and Gore cited in attacking Bush as an extremist on gun laws, Jennings moved ahead: "Suzanna Hupp's mother was also killed. Twenty-three people died before the man killed himself. On that day in Killeen, Mrs. Hupp decided that Texas' gun laws needed changing, and she worked to change them. In Texas today, if you take a 15-hour course about the law and about conflict resolution, and if you have a permit, you can carry a concealed firearm. There are similar laws in 28 other states."
As if it signed itself into law without any action by a Governor now running for President.
"Suzanna Hupp is a state representative now. Next weekend, when something
called the Million Mothers March [sic] for even tougher gun laws descends on
Washington, Suzanna Hupp will also be there to see that another point of view
"Today Representative Hupp carries a gun with her all the time. Can we
see it? No. She says she doesn't want to look like some kind of gun nut. She
and her husband Greg, who is a professor, teach their children that guns are
for adults. They have a child safety lock on every one they own, and owning
one, she says, is still her right."
Probably not a viewpoint we'll hear a lot of as the media hype builds for this Sunday's Million Mom March.
Future journalists are just as uninterested in doing their job as are current ones, at least when it comes to exploring Gore's past fundraising activities. So revealed a telling question and answer exchange on Friday's Washington Week in Review. The May 5 edition of the PBS show originated from an auditorium at Northeastern University in Boston.
The second half of the
show was devoted to questions from the audience. A woman stood up and asked:
"I'm Anna Crowley. I'm studying broadcast journalism. The Clinton
administration may have been one of the most investigated administration's in
our history, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars. If Gore is elected
will his alleged involvement in fundraising scandals play out in lengthy and
Most reporters avoided the subject before enough time had passed when they could employ the "tired of it" excuse.
Speaking of lack of media interest in a Clinton scandal, Friday morning only ABC's Good Morning America mentioned the Thursday testimony of Charles Ruff, the highest ranking official yet to appear before a House committee to discuss missing e-mail. As detailed in the May 5 CyberAlert, on Thursday night ABC, CNN, CBS and NBC all skipped the hearing which led the May 4 Special Report with Brit Hume on FNC.
Nothing appeared on
Friday's Today on NBC or The Early Show on CBS, but ABC's GMA surprisingly
picked up on the hearing. ABC's John Cochran reported during the 7am news
update: "While it's true that much of the country has been roaring about
the new Love Bug virus, this House committee on Capitol Hill was investigating
the disappearance of White House e-mails from years past, e-mails the
committee had subpoenaed. Testifying, two former White House counsels who
defended President Clinton during the impeachment crisis."
Thirteen days after it happened, Tom Brokaw finally got around to telling
viewers, vaguely, about how an NBC video team was prevented from capturing on
tape the April 22 Elian raid. Just before the last ad break on the Friday, May
5 Nightly News, Brokaw announced:
Doesn't Brokaw believe his own guys? Given the nearly two weeks it took him to report it he and NBC aren't acting very upset by how their employees were denied the ability to cover a live news event. Through Friday morning the plight of NBC camera man Tony Zumbado and sound man Gustavo Moller had not yet been mentioned on Today.
In fact, the assault
on Zumbado and Moller has received little media attention. CBS did run a
soundbite from Zumbado, but only about what he saw of the raid, not what
occurred to him. He was interviewed live on MSNBC the day of the raid about
what INS agents did to him and he got a few seconds that night on a special
News with Brian Williams as well as on Dateline NBC the next night. As
detailed by Deroy Murdock in an April 28 piece for National Review Online:
To read Murdock's
piece, go to:
For the second night in a row, the CBS Evening News bemoaned Thursday night how "for the second time this week," the Clinton administration "is being accused of siding with big business" by not going far enough in advocating more regulation. (Wednesday night, as noted in the May 4 CyberAlert, Dan Rather complained about how new FDA rules "still do not call for mandatory labels on gene-altered foods.")
Friday night Dan Rather again stressed how "the U.S. Transportation Department went ahead today with new standards for airbags, allowing them to be less powerful. This reduces the risk to children and small adults. Critics say the new airbags may off less protection to other people and they accuse the Clinton White House of caving in to the automobile industry on consumer safety." But the same night NBC's Robert Hager led with how "Today's rule means air bags of the future must be made safer for children, small women and the frail elderly."
Thursday night, May 4, Rather hit the Clinton team from the left, highlighting an attack by liberals, but he naturally did not accurately label them: "For the second time this week, the Clinton White House is being accused of siding with big business on an issue that could have wide implications for consumers. CBS News Chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports the decision and whether it's a trend."
Roberts explained how
a department of Transportation (DOT) decision to impose a 25 mph instead of a
30 mph air bag crash standard, has "some consumer group's claiming the
administration is caving to industry." After soundbites from a woman at
Consumer's Union and a DOT official, Roberts focused on the liberal view:
The next night, Friday May 5, the NBC Nightly News stressed instead how the new rules would add to safety, but just like CBS had the previous night, misleadingly labeled a liberal proponent of regulation as just an "auto safety advocate."
Tom Brokaw set up the story: "Air bags, which were designed to save lives in cars are going back to the drawing board after a series of fatalities. There are new rules tonight the government says will make the cars of the future safer for you and your family."
Robert Hager explained: "Today's rule means air bags of the future must be made safer for children, small women and the frail elderly. Why, if they've saved about 5,500 lives in the decade they've been used? Because 158 others have been killed by the force of the bags themselves, 92 of those children. While they could be protected by sensors that would slow or stop a bag's deployment in front of a small person. So now air bags of the future will be tested using not only the traditional dummy representing an average-sized male, but also, for the first time, a dummy representing a very small female as well as dummies representing children age six, three and one to make sure the bags don't do more harm than good. And some crash tests will be slowed to 25 miles an hour, instead of the normal 30, so less powerful air bags can pass."
After running a
soundbite from a pleased mother, Hager countered: "But not everyone
agrees slowing down the crash test is wise. Auto safety advocate Joan
The May 5 edition of MediaNomics, from the MRC's Free Market Project (FMP), is now online. The articles written by FMP Director Rich Noyes:
-- ABC News Sends
Leonardo DiCaprio to High School.
-- Risky Business.
-- CBS's Ray Brady,
Always the Bear.
To read these
articles, go to:
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-- Finally, the MRC Web department was a bit shorthanded Friday and Eric Pairel did not get to the posting of the Chevy Chase video in RealPlayer format as promised in Friday's CyberAlert. He should get to it Monday morning. Check the MRC home page to see and hear Chase declare that "sometimes socialism works" to get people out of poverty. On Earth Day he also insisted that free markets and socialism can work together and "I think Cuba might prove that." -- Brent Baker
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