Children, Israel, &
Today's e-mail is pretty long,
but I think you'll find a lot of good stuff:
1) Who could oppose
a march for children? Evil conservatives who insist upon inserting
politics and ruining such a wonderful event.
2) More bashing of
Benjamin Netanyahu, including quotes from Rather, Gumbel and a morning
show co-host with an angle fresh from liberal analysis of Oklahoma City.
3) A new survey
shows White House correspondents have voted for every Democratic
presidential candidate since 1976. Not one voted for Reagan in 1984, but
the survey-taker claims they're just a bunch of moderates.
On Saturday the Children's Defense Fund held it's Stand for Children
march. Here are two examples of how the networks covered up its real
-- On the May 30 (Thursday) Good Morning America,
co-host Joan Lunden interviewed the CDF's Marian Wright Edelman. Here's an
excerpt in which Lunden acts like a PR flak:
Joan Lunden: "But it seems like there's more
money being spent for the environment or for the gun lobby, there are a
lot of different groups together, not always in agreement, the federal
government's talking about turning over a lot of the social programs to
the states. What kind of programs. What do you think is the best way to
Marian Wright Edelman: "Well the first thing
is we've got to make a commitment and that's why...
Lunden, simultaneously: "Yea, yea."
Edelman: "...I've never seen 35 hundred
groups come together across race and class to say we will no longer
tolerate the neglect and abandonement of our children or the massive
budget cuts or the dismantlement of safety net. We will not permit it. And
secondly, it hasn't happened. And third, citizens, parents, grandparents
can make sure that our government leaders, our government leaders do
better and invest in, rather than cut our health care and child care and
Lunden: "Gotta get the message out there and
get people to rally around one of our most important problems. Mary, thank
you so much. We'll be right back."
endorsed Edelman's false charge about destroying the safety net, the next
day (May 31) GMA had the gall to claim conservatives were inserting
politics into the march! From the top of the 8am ET hour:
Charlie Gibson: "There is some controversy
about this rally. One of the directors of the Heritage Founadion, a
conservative group in Washington, is calling the march a continuation of
the strategy to expand the welfare state. I don't know if this is,
Elizabeth Vargas, if it's a innocent march for children or if it's a
political, political motives behind it."
Vargas, news anchor: "You would think that
anything having to do with the welfare of kids would be purely apolitical.
But even this has turned into sort of a debate on whether or not the
groups who are organizing this might even stand to gain financially from
government programs that are being promoted through this march. So,
politics even in this."
Gibson: "Can't have anything in Washington
without controversy. Weather, from Spencer this morning."
Of course, GMA never told viewers any more about
Heritage's point. Instead, they proceded to interview a group of marchers,
including one teenage girl who thought it would be a great idea to have
kids elected to the House of Representatives.
Friday night (May 31) NBC's Andrea Mitchell also had contempt for the idea
that the "politics" of the march be considered. From NBC Nightly
News as transcribed by MRC intern Jessica Andersan:
Mitchell: "They are America's future, and
all too often, America's forgotten people. Too young to vote, too small to
be heard, now coming to Washington with a message: America, listen
After clips of a couple of marchers, one of whom
asseted that "Children do mean something and we do need money, like,
to have programs," Mitchell continued: "From Miami, Ava and
Jerra McDonald are heading to the nation's capital, joining thousands of
families from around the country, all coming to talk facts, alarming
facts. Every 32 seconds, a child is born into poverty; everyday, three
children die from abuse or neglect; everyday, six children commit suicide,
13 are murdered; today, 100,000 are homeless."
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard University:
"Children are suffering because in this country we have had public
policy over the last decade and a half which has literally been mean to
Mitchell: "In Washington, D.C., elementary
school teacher Mark Lewis sees the results. An arrest right outside the
yard where second- and third-graders are learning to play baseball."
So Reagan's to blame for urban violence?
Back to Mitchell: "This class, part of a
special program, tutoring in math, reading, geography, for kids who play
in a baseball league.
....The federal government kicks in $50,000 [video of kids playing
baseball], exactly the kind of spending critics think is a waste of tax
Newt Gingrich: "But those solutions we think
have to start with balancing the budget and not crushing these young
people with a generation of having to work to pay off our debt."
Mitchell: "You might wonder why marching for
children would be controversial. But critics think rally organizers are
using the kids to try to prevent cuts in welfare and other big government
programs. That's politics. To a lot of the children coming here this
weekend this rally is about something far more important: survival. Andrea
Mitchell, NBC News, Washington."
If a conservative wins, something must have gone wrong and someone or
something must be blamed. Friday brought more examples of reporters
treating Benjamin Netanyahu just like they portrayed Gingrich: an
extremist, a threat, a radical, and a man whose rhetoric inspired a
Reporter Ron Allen: "The transition seems
already underway. This morning Netanyahu continued talks that could create
the most right-wing Orthodox religious government here ever. During the
count Netanyahu has been silent, leaving aides to offer reassurances that
nothing radical is about to happen."
Bryant Gumbel to James Baker: "It seems
certain that Benjamin Netanyahu will prevail and become Israel's new Prime
Minister. How big a blow to the peace process is his victory and that of
the Likud Party?"
31 CBS This Morning:
Harry Smith to CBS News consultant Fouad Ajami:
"Let's talk about his words for a second. Because it's not that many
months ago that a lot of people were accusing Bibi Netanyahu of fanning
the flames of the Isaeli right, of setting the rhetorical tone for Rabin's
31 Good Morning America:
Charlie Gibson to "The God Squad"
(Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman): "What we were all
talking about yesterday was whether terrorism wins. We had a situation
where the peace process seemed to be going along well in Israel. Then an
assassin kills Prime Minister Rabin. Then there are bus bombings, well
publicized, many many people dead in Israel. And there is so much talk of
fear in the election, and the candidate talking the most about it,
Benjamin Netanyahu, gets elected. The question is, does terrorism
31 CBS Evening News:
Dan Rather opening the show: "Right-wing
hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu is declared Israel's new Prime
Then Rather introducing the story: "...On
the one hand was the incumbent Shimon Peres, offering daring new deals for
peace. On the other, Benjamin Netanyahu, promising, what he called,
national security first."
Rather to reporter Bob Simon in Israel:
"Bob, how, if at all, will life change in Israel now?"
Simon: "Dan, the real revolution on
Wednesday was the enormous power gained by the ultra-religious parties.
That could effect the very nature of life here. They're bound to get
crucial ministries such as education. They'll want to promote legislation
to close roads and theaters and restaurants on the sabbath. They'll want
to maintain their total control over events, such as marriage and divorce,
and conversion. It looks like the secular state of Israel may be joining
the rest of the Middle East, Dan, and moving toward fundamentalism."
Survey says White House reporters voted for Carter, Carter, Mondale,
Dukakis and Clinton.
On Fox Morning News here in D.C. on May 10, U.S.
News & World Report White House reporter Kenneth Walsh claimed:
"I think what you have now in the mainstream media is a bias against
power almost. It's a sense of anti-incumbency that we in the media always
zero in on people who have power and try to hold them up to scrutiny and I
think many times we focus on only the negative and I think that's what the
politicians object to. In a book I've just written about the presidency
and the press I talk about this. And I do criticize the media for being
too cynical in dealing with politics and public life but I don't think
it's so much a liberal bias I think it's more just an engine of
anti-incumbency....I did a survey of the White House press corps. And I
found that the overwhelming number of reporters in that press corps
identify themselves as moderates."
So, for whom did these anti-incumbent moderates
vote? Let's go to Walsh's new book for which he personally polled 28 of
his White House colleagues. On page 263 of "Feeding the Beast: The
White House Versus the Press" Walsh writes:
"In 1992, nine respondents voted for
Clinton, two for George Bush, and one for independent Ross Perot. Three
said they had not voted for anyone, and one reporter wrote in the name of
former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas. In 1988, twelve voted for
Democrat Michael Dukakis, only one for Bush, and three did not vote
for a presidential candidate. In 1984, ten voted for Democrat Walter
Mondale, no one admitted voting for Ronald Reagan, and four said they had
not voted for a presidential candidate. In 1980, eight voted for
Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter, two voted for Ronald Reagan, four voted
for independent candidate John Anderson, and three did not vote. In 1976,
eleven voted for Carter and two for Republican incumbent Gerald
But if they are "anti-incumbent" why'd
they support Carter in 1980?
In the notes section at the back of the book
Walsh provides some details about his poll: "I surveyed the 64
reporters who are regulars at the White House -- the journalists who
consider their principal assignment the coverage of the presidency. I sent
a detailed questionaire to all 64. Their employers included the television
networks ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN; the newspapers The Dallas Morning News,
the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington
Post; the newspaper chains Copley, Cox, Hearst, Knight-Ridder, and Scripps
Howard; and the magazines Business Week, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News
& World Report. I received 19 written responses, and I interviewed an
additional nine White House correspondents in person, bringing the total
number of responses to 28."
3 Notable Quotables mailed Friday.