CyberAlert -- 06/08/1999 -- Hot Day Means Global Warming; Giggling Over Al; Las Vegas Lost
Hot Day Means Global Warming; Giggling Over Al; Las Vegas Lost
2) CBS's Bob Schieffer and Dan Rather agreed that Chinese spying is serious and the Cox Report is important, but in explaining why it's not a bigger issue with the public neither acknowledged how little time and priority their shows have given it.
The breakdown of the Kosovo talks led the three broadcast networks Monday night with all three running pieces on mental illness prompted by the White House event on the subject. CBS's Dan Rather announced: "The hidden human and financial toll of inadequate mental health insurance coverage was on President Clinton's agenda today." The CBS piece featured soundbites from Bill Clinton, Tipper Gore and CBS's own Mike Wallace who participated in the conference.
The hot weather in the east and the supposed "epidemic of skin cancer" led NBC Nightly News to run In Depth stories on new government rules for SPF ratings for "sunscreens." The term "sunblock" is now improper.
The CBS Evening
News used the hot weather as an excuse to highlight dire predictions about
global warming, giving credibility to a left-wing environmental activist
by failing to properly identify him, passing him off as a
There's so much material out there on the other side which Pinkston deliberately ignored that it's hard to know where to begin, but since many previous CyberAlerts have already detailed the scientific doubts I won't here again. The Science and Environmental Policy Project Web site does offer a convenient page of links to many sites with articles and studies disproving the liberal line that industry is fueling global warming. Check out: http://www.sepp.org/othersites.html
CBS's Bob Schieffer and Dan Rather both agreed that Chinese spying is serious and the Cox Report is important, but in explaining their view of why it's not a bigger issue with the public neither acknowledged how little time and priority their shows have given it.
In a Saturday night interview Bob Schieffer said he takes the Cox Report "seriously," but suggested it is not a topic of public conversation because "nobody has yet figured out exactly what it is that the Chinese did." But that's what the Cox Report tried to outline.
Monday morning Dan Rather told syndicated radio host Don Imus that China is "an extremely important story even if the findings of this most recent committee paper maybe are overstated. Still, this is very important stuff," though he went on to say Russia is a greater threat. His concerns about overstating things are matched by his show's May 27 story trying to discredit the report. (See the May 28 or June 7 CyberAlert for quotes from Eric Engberg's hit piece.)
-- On CNN's
Larry King Weekend on June 5 King asked Schieffer, in an exchange tracked
down by MRC analyst Paul Smith, "Why has not the Chinese story had
greater impact nationally? Why isn't every coffee shop talking about
So it's all part of a game and isn't so serious? Schieffer presides over Face the Nation which has devoted the least time of all the Sunday morning interview shows to the subject of Chinese espionage.
So, let's check out CBS reasoning. It's a big deal that global warming may lead to a few deaths in cities from the heat, but it's not such a big deal that only a "few" Chinese nuclear missiles could hit the U.S., though they'd kill many more.
It would be easier to believe Rather really finds the espionage "an extremely important story" if his CBS Evening News didn't put the Cox Report second the night it was released, after gun control, and hadn't ignored the story since May 27.
Speaking of Dan
Rather, the latest column by MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell details some of
Rather's latest cheerleading for Clinton's team in his radio
commentaries which the MRC's Tim Graham tracked down. "Rather's
Radio Rah-Rahs" begins: "Why is it, I wonder, that Dan Rather is
incapable of keeping his opinions to himself when reporting news? Nobody's
forgotten Rather's warm wishes for Bill Clinton at a CBS affiliates
meeting on May 27,1993: 'If we could be one-hundredth as great as you
and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we'd take it
right now and walk away winners...Thank you very much and tell Mrs.
Clinton we respect her and we're pulling for her.'
To read the rest of the column, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/columns/news/col19990603.html
Claire Shipman: Giggling girlfriend or dispassionate reporter? Catching up with her June 1 profile of Tipper Gore for Today, the answer is giggling girlfriend as she laughed along when Mrs. Gore suggested her husband sleeps in the nude. The giggling session occurred in the middle of a lengthy and glowingly positive profile piece picked up by MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens.
Shipman began, over video of Tipper Gore skiing: "Tipper Gore has never been a predictable political wife. First of all you have the sense that she's well, fun. You just know she'd rather be here or rollerblading or running a marathon than attending a staid Washington function. And in her formal role she's chosen to champion a less than obvious cause, mental illness."
After running through Tipper's admission of depression caused by the serious injury to her son, an admission Shipman did concede some considered political, Shipman asserted that she balances Al's reserve. Shipman recalled how she once took on rock lyrics but today Republicans "grumble" that she's backed off criticizing the entertainment industry because Democrats want Hollywood money.
"Of course the role she has always played for her husband and one
advisors think is critical now: loosening him up. But she refuses to admit
After Tipper and
Shipman giggle a bit the NBC reporter went on: "You get the sense in
fact that the Tipper and Al love story will become a campaign theme. Some
say a potent, if calculated defense against the moral transgressions of
Bill Clinton. But while the story is becoming well worn it's hard to doubt
praised Hillary Clinton, Shipman concluded:
+++ Watch Tipper and Claire giggle away and try to make out what Tipper said about Al's bedtime attire. Tuesday morning the MRC's Sean Henry will post, in RealPlayer format, a clip of this June 1 Today profile. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
Leaving Las Vegas. Actually, leaving out Las Vegas and portraying what isn't Las Vegas as Las Vegas. (This item has nothing to do with the usual CyberAlert tracking of liberal bias, but just a glaring bit of misreporting that I noticed having visited the Las Vegas areas earlier this year.)
Monday night both CNN's Inside Politics and NBC Nightly News featured stories previewing the controversy over how Mob lawyer Oscar Goodman is expected to win today's mayoral election in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Over video of the talking statues inside Caesar's Palace casino and matching exterior shots of the casino resorts she was citing, CNN's Siobhan Darrow announced: "In the city where statues speak, where you can be in New York, Paris and Venice in a matter of minutes, understatement is one sin Las Vegans won't tolerate."
Well, not really. Caesar's Palace, the New York New York casino and the entire "Las Vegas strip" to which Darrow was referring are not in the city of Las Vegas.
NBC Nightly News
anchor Tom Brokaw introduced NBC's story by showing a shot of the Golden
Nuggett, which is in Las Vegas, followed by an aerial shot of the
Excalibur and the Mirage, which are not. In the story, reporter Kelly
O'Donnell walked along "the strip," with the Ballagio sign
behind her, as she misleadingly announced:
At least the conservative Review-Journal editorial page got some rare national media attention, but O'Donnell was factually incorrect. She was not walking in or showing viewers Las Vegas, at least not the city of Las Vegas which is what matters in a story about an election governed by political boundaries. She was in an unincorporated area of Clark County.
As the Clark
County Web page informs anyone bothering to understand that political
offices are governed by municipal and county boundaries, not what the Post
Office or Chamber of Commerce calls an area:
In other words, all the famous casinos shown by CNN and NBC -- from the MGM Grand to Bellagio to Mirage to Caesar's to Mandalay Bay to Bally's -- are not in the city of Las Vegas, so the Mayor of Las Vegas has nothing to do with them.
One wonders whether the reporters are just putting interesting video ahead of basic accuracy or do they not understand the difference between a city boundary and a Post Office place name?
What's next, a story about the New York City mayoral race illustrated by video of Jersey City? -- Brent Baker
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