Jennings Reality Check
Three items today:
Peter Jennings appeared on CNN's Larry King Live Tuesday night and denied
that he or ABC are biased. After showing a clip of Newt Gingrich claiming
the media favor Clinton, this exchange (transcribed by MRC analyst
Geoffrey Dickens) ensued:
I'm not quite sure what the last line means, but inspired by a suggestion from Wes Minter of KCMO in Kansas City, I've gone back through NQ to see if Jennings or his show have done anything that could possibly justify Gingrich's ire. Judge for yourself.
-- A Jennings radio commentary from November 14, 1994: "Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It's clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It's the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two- year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week... Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old."
-- ABC reporter Jack Smith previewing what the Republicans will bring, on January 1, 1995: "Check out the new year. You'll probably get a tax cut -- one economists don't think we can afford. As the new Republican majority flexes its muscle....watch for welfare reform, with the poor, who need help most, getting less. Your local symphony orchestra and educational TV -- both may become history if the GOP eliminates funding for the arts. And, orphanages."
questions from Jennings' interview with Clinton, aired on the January 5,
1995 World News Tonight:
-- A promo narrated by Jennings that aired during the July 9, 1995 This Week with David Brinkley: "Next week on ABC's World News Tonight, a series of reports about our environment which will tell you precisely what the new Congress has in mind: the most frontal assault on the environment in 25 years. Is this what the country wants?"
-- And from the December 22, 1995 World News Tonight, reporter Jack Smith: "Monuments and national parks are shut. So are museums. A long-awaited rare exhibit of the Dutch painter Vermeer at the National Gallery, eight years in the making, is closed. And the shutdown now has a human face. Joe Skattleberry and his wife Lisa both work for the government. Both have been furloughed. They can't afford a Christmas tree."
"Raise Gas Taxes Now!" blares the headline over a May 13 Time
magazine piece by Matthew Miller. The subhead: "The U.S. pays a huge
price for still-too-cheap gasoline. Higher fuel taxes can clean the air
and lower the deficit." Matthews asserted: "At roughly a billion
dollars a penny in annual revenue, a 50 cent gas tax would slice a quarter
off our budget deficit by 2000, while still leaving prices 20% below their
1981 high and less than half what motorists abroad pay." He
An item caught by MRC analyst lay Waters. From page 85 of the May 13 Time
magazine: "Profit, a hot new show, joins Fox's Monday-night
-- Brent Baker