CyberAlert -- 10/20/1999 -- Gore's Treaty Flip-Flop
Gore's Treaty Flip-Flop; Fishing With Wen Ho Lee; Spend or Hike Taxes
2) NBC found a man happy to pay more in Social Security taxes, only NBC's Pete Williams implicated the Clinton team in a diversion to a Chinese missile plant and CBS's Bob Schieffer used the language and spin of campaign finance "reform" advocates.
>>> A new
MagazineWatch is now up on the MRC home page. The October 19 edition,
compiled by the MRC's Geoffrey Dickens, looks at these topics in the
October 25-dated issues of the three news magazines:
Tuesday night, October 19, FNC uniquely picked up on hits on presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore. During FNC's 6pm ET/9pm PT Special Report with Brit Hume reporter Carl Cameron relayed the latest incarnation of the drug charge against Bush and later picked up on how back in the 1988 campaign Al Gore actually raised questions about whether the U.S. should ratify the test ban treaty he has been railing against Senate Republicans for failing to approve.
-- Bush and drugs.
Cameron explained that the publication of a new book has revived talk
about an August item on Salon.com about the then-upcoming book:
Asked by Hume who Hatfield is, Cameron reported that he's written two books: a biography of actor Patrick Stewart, the captain on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and on the X-Files TV series. As for Salon, Cameron alerted viewers that it's "very pro-Clinton, very anti-Republican. Its publisher David Talbott last year, when they said Henry Hyde had had an affair, said well these are ugly times and they call for ugly measures."
Cameron provided a similar report for the 7pm ET Fox Report.
-- Gore Flip-Flop.
Turning to the Democratic side, Cameron revealed:
To see Gore's soundbite from his first presidential run, go to the MRC's home page where Webmaster Sean Henry has posted a RealPlayer clip of Cameron's story. Go to: http://www.mrc.org
In a 1987 debate on arms control in Des Moines, Iowa, Gore explained that he would not seek a treaty with the Soviet Union until finding out 1) whether it we can "firmly verify" compliance and 2) whether "we need continued tests to assure the reliability of our own nuclear devices." He added that "if we do not have any confidence in the reliability of our deterrent weapons, then we have thrown away deterrence without having anything to substitute for it. Simply good will, good faith, or are we going to take a realistic approach to this?" Jesse Helms was making similar arguments last week.
Gore continued to position himself as a Sam Nunn-style Southern defensehawk during Senate debates in 1988 and 1992. He argued against even a one-kiloton limit on nuclear tests back then. Now, however, he has only scorn for test-ban opponents: "A small, willful group of Republicans listened to a tiny minority of right-wing extremists and took an action that is contrary to what the American people feel." We can only conclude that one of Gore's close relatives must have died in a nuclear test during the last seven years.
The Rand Corporation study raising a link between a vaccine given soldiers and the so-called "Gulf War Syndrome," topped the ABC, CBS and FNC evening shows Tuesday night. CNN and NBC led with the big COLA hike for Social Security recipients and the new inflation numbers.
CBS gave only a few seconds to the indictments against McDonnell Douglas over the transfer of machine tools to a plant making missiles. ABC and NBC offered full stories, but only NBC's Pete Williams implicated the Clinton administration. Of the broadcast networks, only CBS provided a full story on so-called campaign finance reform, with anchor Bob Schieffer employing the language and spin of the anti-free speech side.
-- Social Security
benefit and tax hikes are good news. NBC's Mike Jensen first focused on
the "good news" for Social Security recipients as they will get
an average hike of $19 a month via a 2.4 percent COLA adjustment. In his
NBC Nightly News story he also noted that the rise of the income subject
to the FICA tax will mean those making over $72,600 will have to pay $223
more a year. But Jensen focused on a man who is pleased to pay more taxes:
On ABC's World News Tonight Bob Woodruff did note that then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in 1993 said his department approved the sale for commercial use only, but skirted around holding the administration culpable, saying only: "Some arms control experts believe the U.S. approved the sale only because it was interested in doing business with China, no matter what the cost."
Over on the NBC Nightly News, reporter Pete Williams concluded with a direct hit at the Clinton political team: "One senior Justice Department official says today's charges are also something of an indictment of the administration for approving a questionable deal in the first place."
NBC's Andrea Mitchell went fishing with Wen Ho Lee, at least via telephoto lense. On Tuesday's Nightly News Mitchell showed how nine FBI cars tailed the accused spy when he went fishing as the FBI is "fishing for evidence of espionage."
Following the scenic video, she asserted there's no case for espionage by Lee and she got Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to concede his department did not conduct a "model investigation." Mitchell added: "In fact, the President's own intelligence advisory board, in a scathing report, says the Energy Department, before Richardson took over, botched the case, said the weapons labs had the worst record on secrecy ever encountered."
But as noted in the June 16 CyberAlert, when the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board issued a 57-page report critical of how the Clinton administration handled nuclear lab security after learning of Chinese espionage, NBC Nightly News skipped the story.
A week later when Warren Rudman, the public face of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, appeared before an unprecedented combined hearing of four Senate committees, NBC ran a story, but as noted in the June 23 CyberAlert, Andrea Mitchell "skipped over the report's condemnation of Clinton administration delays in taking any action."
NBC remains more interested in clearing Wen Ho Lee's name, which my be a valid concern, than in implicating members of the Clinton administration or further probing what happened to the data divulged.
October 14, on CNN's The World Today, Pierre Thomas disclosed:
Noting that there's no evidence Lee passed any information to the Chinese, Thomas concluded: "That failure to connect Lee to the W-88 espionage left many thinking the investigation was dead. But sources tell CNN the investigation is very much alive. And with the revelation of the missing tapes, the stakes are even higher than previously known."
Number 8 in the MRC's Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles, a quote countdown to
Bryant Gumbel's return to morning TV on November 1 as co-host of CBS's
The Early Show, is now up on the MRC home page in RealPlayer format. In
this latest highlight from Gumbel's career as a liberal advocate, he
impugned Ken Starr the day after the Lewinsky story broke, demanding of
CBS reporter Scott Pelley on the January 21, 1998 edition of his
short-lived CBS show Public Eye:
To watch this quote and to see Number 7, which will be posted Wednesday morning, go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/gumbel/gumbelvideos.html
Spending cuts not even on the table. Ending an October 19 World News
Tonight piece about how both parties have made the Social Security surplus
something they promise not to touch, ABC's John Martin observed:
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