CyberAlert -- 09/10/2001 -- Bush "Taking from Granny"
Bush "Taking from Granny"; Stephanopoulos Pushed Daschle to Repeal Tax Cuts; More Money = Better Schools; Condit Linked to Bush
1) "Bush being lukewarm on a capital gains tax cut shows that a man can grow in the presidency," Time magazine's Margaret Carlson congratulated on CNN's Capital Gang, adding: "He's already taking from granny...to give a tax cut to the wealthy."
2) ABC's George Stephanopoulos doesn't think a capital gains tax cut would raise revenue as he declared that to restore the surplus "you either have to raise taxes or cut spending." He urged Tom Daschle to repeal the tax cuts, pushing Daschle: "If it's the right thing to do, if you believe it's the right thing to do, why not make the case, take it to the country and put pressure on the President?" NBC's Tom Brokaw reminded viewers that "Democrats have been warning the Bush tax cut was too big and too early."
3) Time's Jack White expressed his pleasure at conservative retirements: "Strom Thurmond is leaving, Jesse Helms is leaving, Phil Gramm. I hope this trend continues." Newsweek Evan Thomas claimed Janet Reno can be seen as having "integrity."
4) As if spending equals quality, on Saturday night the CBS Evening News bemoaned how "in many communities taxpayers are unwilling to pay more for better schools." In CBS's example, classroom instruction was untouched as Lee Cowan devoted his piece to students and parents whining about having to pay to play athletics. Acting as an advocate, Cowan asked: "Is what happened to this school a wake-up call for the rest of the country?"
5) An acknowledgment in the Washington Post of how the public is ignorant of Gary Condit's party affiliation, a reason why offered on Fox News Sunday and a network reporter referred to Condit as having a "very conservative voting record and, in fact, has voted with the Bush White House on many key issues, such as the tax cut."
Clarification: Due to an inexplicable inaccuracy on the Web page of
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), the September 5 and September 6
CyberAlerts passed along a slightly inaccurate ADA rating number for
Congressman Harold Ford Jr., a Tennessee Democrat. But, the basic thrust
of the items, that CNN's Wolf Blitzer was way off the mark in labeling
Ford as a "conservative Democrat," is unaffected. Ford's
career rating from the American Conservative Union is indeed a piddling 13
"Bush being lukewarm on a capital gains tax cut shows that a man can grow in the presidency," Time magazine's Margaret Carlson declared on CNN's Capital Gang, adding this spin from the liberal class warfare spin book: "He's already taking from granny...to give a tax cut to the wealthy."
Her comment in full from the September 8
In the world of ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos, a capital gains tax cut won't raise revenue to the government since, he declared as fact, that to restore the surplus "you either have to raise taxes or cut spending." Stephanopoulos pushed Daschle to press for repealing the upcoming tax cuts since, he quoted Daschle, the reality of how tax cuts were bad policy is "crashing down on all of us." When Daschle demurred, Stephanopoulos tried to rally Daschle to the cause: "But if it's the right thing to do, if you believe it's the right thing to do, why not make the case, take it to the country and put pressure on the President?"
During the September 9 interview conducted by
Stephanopoulos, who co-hosted ABC's This Week, Stephanopoulos handled
the interview solo with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Stephanopoulos
lectured Daschle about how to restore the surplus as he reminded him of a
comment from a few months ago:
On Friday's NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw gave credence to the Democratic spin, as he set up a story about Bush's comments on the economy: "Here in Washington, today's run of discouraging economic news only added to Republican anxiety as Democrats have been warning the Bush tax cut was too big and too early."
Time's Jack White expressed his pleasure on Inside Washington over how Senator Phil Gramm was following Senators Helms and Thurmond in announcing their retirements: "I hope this trend continues." On the same show, Newsweek's Evan Thomas claimed Janet Reno can be seen to have "integrity."
The quotes in full from Inside Washington over the weekend:
-- Time national correspondent Jack White on the news that Republican Senator Phil Gramm of Texas will not run for re-election: "Strom Thurmond is leaving, Jesse Helms is leaving, Phil Gramm. I hope this trend continues. This is going in the right direction."
-- Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas on Janet Reno, the former Attorney General who is now a Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida: "She's such a crazy old lady that there is a quality about her that can be seen as integrity."
Spending on public education continues to soar overall nationwide as Congress and the President debate not whether to increase federal spending on schools, but by how much to hike it in the face of disappointing student performance. But on Saturday night the CBS Evening News picked out the situation in one town as symbolic of how "in many communities taxpayers are unwilling to pay more for better schools." As if spending equals quality.
And in the example picked by CBS the spending cuts had nothing to do with classroom instruction, just athletics. But that didn't stop CBS from devoting a whole story to whining from parents and students about how they must pay to play.
Anchor Russ Mitchell set up the September 8 piece by offering a mini-lecture: "Every poll shows that education is an important issue to American voters, but in many communities, taxpayers are unwilling to pay more for better schools. As educators are forced to make budget cuts, Lee Cowan reports on one school's policy that has athletes crying foul."
Reporter Lee Cowan began over scenes of high
school football in Ashburnham, Massachusetts: "In this quiet New
England town, you can hear fall coming a mile away: high school football.
It's a rich tradition, but this season, students may have to be rich to
Cowan, turning into an advocate, to a mother:
"Is what happened to this school a wake-up call for the rest of the
Also on the sidelines at CBS, any pretense of balance in this NEA-pleasing one-sided story.
An acknowledgment of how the public is ignorant of Gary Condit's party affiliation, a reason why and a network reporter referred to Condit as having a "very conservative voting record and, in fact, has voted with the Bush White House on many key issues, such as the tax cut."
-- In a September 7 Washington Post story on speculation that Condit will not run for re-election, reporter Juliet Eilperin, MRC Communications Director Liz Swasey observed, wrote: "House Democrats said that while voters are increasingly aware of the scandal surrounding Condit -- several recent participants mentioned it during a recent focus group on the economy conducted by House Democrats -- they were largely ignorant of the Congressman's party affiliation and did not blame Democrats as a whole for his conduct."
-- Why might they be so ignorant? During the roundtable segment on the September 9 Fox News Sunday Michael Barone of U.S. News picked up on an MRC study of how the networks hardly ever identify Condit's party: "The Democrats would hope that he would go away. The mainstream, old line networks almost never identify him as a Democrat. They want this albatross off their neck."
That "they" referred to the Democrats, not the media, I believe, but it could apply to both.
-- On MSNBC on Friday at just past 3pm EDT, Andrea Mitchell reported on how Condit will not run for re-election. She noted he is a Democrat, but quickly tried to tie him to the GOP : "One of the big factors here is that the people in his district will be very different after this coming election. When he goes to face the voters again it will be a new district and the new district will have more minority voters, more Democrats and fewer Republicans and the Republicans have been remarkably supportive of him because he has had a very conservative voting record and, in fact, has voted with the Bush White House on many key issues, such as the tax cut."
As reported in previous CyberAlerts, from 1989 through 2000 Condit has a career 52 percent average rating from the Americans with Democratic Action and a 48 percent career rating from the American Conservative Union. So he's hardly a flaming liberal, but he's significantly more liberal than several House Democrats from the South and West and many Republicans. "Moderate Democrat" would be a more accurate description.
-- Brent Baker