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Monday, February 16, 2004


BREAKING NEWS 

WABC-TV REPORTED TONIGHT THAT GREG MADDUX IS JOINING THE YANKEES

FREE AGENT PITCHER, FUTURE HALL OF FAMER, MADDUX JOINS NEW YORK ALL-STARS

11PM NEWSCAST SAYS MADDUX IS NOW A YANKEE

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NBC’s CHEAP SHOT 

He’ll never report in this town again – Dr. Bob Arnot’s story

The New York Observer’s Joe Hagan wrote an excellent article, “Dr. Bob Arnot’s parting shot,” about the media’s interpretation of what is happening in Iraq and specifically what one network did to a reporter.

According to the story, NBC did not renew Dr. Bob Arnot’s contract last December. Which really means he was fired. The versatile journalist had been reporting extensively from Iraq, detailing the daily lives of Iraqis and how they are trying to rebuild their Saddam-torn country. NBC was not pleased with the positive message that Arnot’s reports were conveying back to America. Instead of complying with an elite media network’s attempt to characterize Operation: Iraqi Freedom as a quagmire, Arnot showed that there are many positive stories emerging from the war.

NBC News president Neil Shapiro was so dissatisfied with Arnot’s upbeat reporting that he refused to have the intrepid reporter’s dispatches air on NBC in the waning months of Arnot’s contract.

Arnot wrote an e-mail to Shapiro, taking issue with the way that NBC was portraying the American led efforts to improve Iraq.

Most tellingly, Arnot asked his boss why positive Iraqi stores were not being accepted at NBC News. He wrote to Shapiro, "As you know, I have regularly pitched most of these stories contained in the note to Nightly, Today and directly to you. Every single story has been rejected."

Hagan wrote “NBC sources said that when the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad, Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw declined to put Dr. Arnot on the air, even though he was the sole NBC reporter on the scene.”

This was an excellently written article and I encourage all of you to read it.

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NETWORK NEWS LEAD STORIES 

What the 3 lefties are talking about Monday night

CBS: Iraq
NBC: Gay Marriage
ABC: Dean's campaign blues

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BOX OFFICE POOL 

Guess how much boffo Mel's movie will make

Luke Duke from Puzzlestud is running a pool asking people to guess how much money Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" will make at the box office. He already has an array of different entries.

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S.F.'s MAYOR CLAIMS BUSH LED HIM TO BACK GAY MARRIAGE STUNT 

This Miami Herald article details how the mayor of San Francisco thought up the publicity stunt to sanction gay marriages in his city. Mayor Gavin Newsom claims he came up with the idea after hearing President Bush promising to support the institution of marriage in his State of the Union speech.

Does Mayor Newsom include John Kerry with Bush, as motivation for this ploy, since the Democratic Senator said in Sunday's Wisconsin debate that he would not rule out endorsing a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage? (Check out the post on the Wisconsin debate, below)

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DEAN CAMPAIGN SHAKEUP - AGAIN 

Howard Dean has announced that national campaign chariman has departed

Steven Grossman is no longer with the Dean campaign. No sign of an Al Gore defection, yet.


USATODAY.com - Dean's national campaign chair is out

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CLINTON PUSHING CLARK FOR V.P. 

Humbled Bubba trying to save face

Frederic Dicker of the New York Post wrote that Bill Clinton is trying to get New York politicians to help him vouch for Wesley Clark as a good choice for the vice presidential nomination. After New York politicians like Charlie Rangel did the Clintons bidding by endorsing Clark's quixotic presidential effort, I am sure they are going to be more circumspect this time. The only way that Clark can get tabbed for the V.P. spot is if Hillary runs for President.

New York Post article - "Bubba pushing hard for Kerry-Clark ticket."


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WISCONSIN DEBATE: TRANSCRIPT - THE SOFTBALL QUESTIONS 

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Where there's a Democratic debate, there's easy questions. Sunday night's debate in Milwaukee was certainly no exception. The panelists were Mike Gousha of WTMJ, Craig Gilbert, the Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Gloria Borger is co-host of CNBC's "Capital Report," and is also a columnist for U.S. News and World Report. And Lester Holt is co-anchor of the MSNBC "Weekend Today" show and he's also an anchor on MSNBC.

Here are the maddeningly easy softballs tossed by the panelists. These weren't even questions, they were launch pads for the democratic candidates to use in order to air their talking points.

GILBERT: Senator Edwards, Democrats are questioning the president about his service in the Guard and they are saying he misled the country about Iraq. Is President Bush's honesty an issue in this campaign?

BORGER: Senator Kerry, I'll give you a chance to talk about the special interest money that you've raised, and why you are the best person to make the case on special interests against George Bush.

HOLT: And my question is to Representative Kucinich. Good evening, sir. Ed Gillespie, chairman of the RNC, says "Democrats are going to run the dirtiest campaign in history." John Kerry's Web site responds that "the Bush White House is going to run a gutter campaign." We've still got nine months to go here, gentlemen. Is anything political or personal off-limits in your view?

LESTER HOLT, MSNBC: And Senator Kerry, if I could just follow up on this same line of questioning, has this campaign, in your view, already gotten too personal against you? Has it crossed any lines, inappropriate lines?

GOUSHA: Senator Kerry, thank you. The next question is for Reverend Sharpton. Reverend, thanks very much for being with us tonight. The president said he is going to meet with members of the 9/11 commission. If you were a member of the commission and not a candidate for office, what is the first question you would ask the president?

BORGER: Well, Congressman Kucinich, what do you say to people here in Wisconsin who want to keep paying lower prices at Wal-Mart and don't want to lose jobs?

GILBERT: Governor Dean, you said in a recent debate about U.S. casualties in Iraq that those soldiers were sent there by the votes, in this case, of Senator Lieberman, Senator Edwards and Senator Kerry. Do you believe that because of the way they voted to authorize force in Iraq that they share some degree of responsibility for the war and its costs and casualties?

BORGER: This is a question I'm going to pose to Governor Dean and then to Senator Edwards. How do you believe that history will ultimately judge the war in Iraq?

check out these dubious questions as well as the even more dubious answers by reading the entire transcript of the debate.

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