Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Media Bias - The Joe Wilson Story

 Investors' Business Daily ran an editorial today asking where's the coverage of Joe Wilson now?

When ex-diplomat Joseph Wilson said President Bush lied, it set off a media stampede. When he turned out to be wrong, the hoofbeats fell silent.
The chart accompanying the story compares coverage of Wilson's initial charges that Bush lied to the coverage of their subsequent debunking by reports from the Senate Intelligence Committee and the British government. The result? The initial story generated 302 stories on the three major networks plus the NY and LA Times and the Washington Post. The revelation that Wilson, in fact, lied, generated 9 stories.

Liberal Media?  What liberal media?

Remember, whatever it takes.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

TrouserGate - Did the Dems Leak the Story?

As pointed out in several palces (The Corner at NRO, Instapundit, etc.), the reporter who broke the Sandy Berger story, the AP's John Solomon, was a favorite conduit for former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis.  Davis, as he details in his memoir "Truth to Tell" and as recounted in this this Washington Post story from 1999, would leak stories that were potentially damaging to Clinton to select outlets in order to put the best possible spin on them:

Davis coins the marvelously bureaucratic phrase "deep-background private placement" to describe negative stories about the White House that he leaked to put the least damaging version in play. Davis's favorite outlet was the Associated Press, not only because it is "notoriously fact-oriented and fair" but because once a story was on the wire, such newspapers as The Washington Post and New York Times "would not be inclined to give it front-page play."

And who at AP did Davis like?
Thus, Davis called the reporter he deemed most fair, the AP's John Solomon, with documents suggesting that Clinton had made fund-raising calls from the White House residence. The leak occurred on July 3, 1997, so the story would get lost on the Fourth of July holiday.

The leak of the Sandy Berger story seems to follow the exact same pattern:

  • The leak was to the AP's John Solomon.
  • It was made immediately prior to both the release of the 9/11 Commission Report and the start of the Democratic Convention, thereby minimizing media attention.
  • It did indeed fail to make the fron page of either the Washington Post (page 2) or the New York Times (page A18).
How is Davis connected to Berger?  Davis' supervisor in the White House Counsel office was Lanny Breuster who is representing Berger in the investigation.

Very suspicious.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

America's Record

O'Reilly sums it up nicely (via The Corner at NRO):
Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight.

Hating America. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo." According to a new poll, 40 percent of Canadian teenagers think America is an evil country. Among French-Canadian teens, the number jumps to 64 percent. Those numbers can be laid right on the doorstep of the Canadian media and government

As you may know, the FOX News Channel is not allowed in Canada, but CNN is. Fair and balanced? You decide.

The USA takes a relentless pounding from many Canadian news organizations and from the liberal government. So, what can we expect from the kids? They're not getting a full picture. And neither is most of the world.

Increasingly, the bully America is being portrayed as the devil. And the far left in this country is gleefully piling on. Guys like Michael Moore [are] running around the world telling everybody what a bad place America is. Moore and his enablers should be very proud of themselves

For the benefit of the Canadian kids, let's take a look at the record:

.The foreign and defense policies of Ronald Reagan (search) resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the freeing of approximately 122 million people in Eastern Europe.

. The state of Israel would cease to exist if not for American protection, and about 5.5 million Jews would be in grave danger.

. Nearly 23 million Taiwanese would be denied freedom if not for American protection. More than 48 million South Koreans would be living under a dictatorship if not for American protection. USA action led to the removal of the Serbian dictator Milosevic (search), who was responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of people in the Balkans.

. The USA and Britain removed the Iraqi dictator Hussein, who was responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. And we have also removed the terrorist Taliban government in Afghanistan.

. America is sending $15 billion to Africa to help victims of AIDS. We were unable to find out how much France contributes, if anything. To be fair, Canada sends $270 million, which is substantial.

. American action in Central America, Grenada, and Haiti has kept millions of people out of totalitarian regimes. Of course, all of this has cost every American taxpayer big. And thousands of American servicepeople have lost their lives protecting people overseas.

It is insulting and dishonest for Americans and Canadians and Europeans to condemn this country because they don't like certain policies. Dissent is good. Slander is unacceptable.

The truth is that the USA has freed more human beings in 230 years than the rest of the world combined. France has freed almost no one. Ditto Canada.

So, pardon me as I object to the Michael Moores of the world - and that man is too cowardly to come in here, all right? Pardon me as I object to the anti-American foreign press and bums like Chirac in France and Chretien in Canada.

America has a provable history of freeing oppressed people all over the world in fighting evil dictators. Canada should be ashamed that so many of its young people are flat out ignorant. And Americans should wise up and realize we are living in a changing world. Old friends are not necessarily true friends.

Monday, July 12, 2004

America at War - The 9/10 Democrats

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Willaim Kristol reminds the Left that we were at war in the good ol' Clinton days:
LAST THURSDAY, CNN's Larry King asked John Kerry whether he would want former President Bill Clinton to campaign on his behalf. Kerry said yes. "What American would not trade the economy we had in the 1990s, the fact that we were not at war and young Americans were not deployed?"

Kerry's answer is revealing. We were, in fact, at war. The Clinton administration, with the exception of a few cruise missiles, had simply chosen not to fight back. Osama bin Laden, a sworn enemy of the United States, had launched attacks on our embassies and on a warship of the U.S. Navy. Saddam Hussein had defied U.N. weapons inspections, repeatedly threatened America, and attempted to assassinate former President Bush.
Kristol echoes Charles Krauthammer and Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell in recognizing the divide that exists in America today between those who want to confront the war we face and those who want to bury their heads and hope it goes away.

Friday, July 09, 2004

America at War - Blixful Amnesia

Charles Krauthammer in Time magazine, keying off a speech by Hans Blix, laments that the impact of 9/11 has begun to fade for some:
"We have come a long way in three years. The idea that Sept. 11 was a historic turning point, a wake-up call to a war declared by our enemies but ignored by us, has begun to fade."
Krathammer's points echo an earlier editorial by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell about the divide created by the terrorist attacks. Some, like Krauthammer, recognize the immensity of the danger we face:
"There is no gradualness and there are no countermeasures to a dozen nuclear warheads detonating simultaneously in U.S. cities. Think of what just two envelopes of anthrax did to paralyze the capital of the world's greatest superpower. A serious, coordinated attack on the United States using weapons of mass destruction could so shatter America as a functioning, advanced society that it would take generations to rebuild.

What is so dismaying is that such an obvious truth needs repeating. The passage of time, the propaganda of the anti-American left and the setbacks in Iraq have changed nothing of that truth. This is the first time in history that the knowledge of how to make society-destroying weapons has been democratized. Today small radical groups allied with small radical states can do the kind of damage to the world that in the past only a great, strategically located and industrialized power such as Germany or Japan could do."
The Left would like you to forget 9/11, to think of it as a tragic but isolated event with no long term significance. The Clinton administration has been described, with some accuity I think, as a "holiday from history"; the Cold War was over and a New World Order was in place that would proviude peace and prosperity and allow us to focus on our stock portfolios and golf games rather than world events. Unfortunately, that holiday was an illusion, history contnues regardless of our best wishes. We have entered into an unprecedented era, one in which small bands of fanatics, clandestinely aided by rogue states, can cause death and destruction on an unmatched scale.

We all had our eyes closed before 9/11; we must not repeat that mistake again.