- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2002

'Acts of sabotage'
Former Vice President Al Gore, who had his coming-out party just over a week ago at the Florida state Democratic convention, has fired another salvo at the Bush administration, this time in an op-ed piece in the New York Times.
Mr. Gore's subject yesterday just in time for the increasingly forgotten Earth Day was the environment. The 2000 Democratic presidential nominee echoed recent "news stories" that the Bush administration, for what could only be sinister reasons, favors increased oil drilling and use of nuclear energy. Like the elite liberal media, Mr. Gore concluded that the administration must have been corrupted by evil oil companies and other energy producers, having not accepted the unbiased advice of environmental groups aligned with the Democratic Party.
"Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the environmental and energy policies of our government are completely dominated by a group of current and former oil and chemical company executives who are trying to dismantle America's ability to force them to reduce the extremely dangerous levels of pollution in the earth's atmosphere," Mr. Gore said.
"The first step was to withdraw from the agreement reached in Kyoto to begin limiting worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases. Then the administration cancelled an agreement requiring automobile companies to make the leap to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
"Other acts of sabotage are taking place behind the scenes," where "the largest polluters know their only hope for escaping restrictions lies in promoting confusion about global warming," Mr. Gore said.

Lieberman and Gore
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, is sticking to his pledge not to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 if Al Gore his senior running mate in the 2000 election decides to run.
Asked yesterday on "Fox News Sunday" if he would bow out in favor of Mr. Gore, Mr. Lieberman said, "That's correct."
In the Fox interview, Mr. Lieberman was asked what he thought of Mr. Gore's recent speech in Florida, where the former vice president talked only about domestic policy and never mentioned the Mideast crisis.
"He gave a great speech. It was a rip-roaring speech," Mr. Lieberman said, adding: "It was good to have Al Gore's voice back in the national political debate. And it was a kind of catharsis for those Florida Democrats who went through a most unusual pressurized experience in 2000."
Meanwhile, Roger Simon reports in U.S. News & World Report that the idea of Mr. Gore and Mr. Lieberman teaming up as a "We Wuz Robbed" ticket in the Democratic presidential primaries is still being bandied about in some circles.
"Lieberman's own people are divided on whether he should run with Gore again," Martin Dunleavy, political affairs director of the American Federation of Government Employees union, told Mr. Simon. "I have heard a number of party leaders advocate the idea to Gore. I think the members of my union would be extremely thrilled with it. Our attitude is they won the first time."
When U.S. News asked Mr. Lieberman if he is considering such a ticket, "Lieberman smiled and said Dunleavy's remarks were 'unauthorized' and that he, Lieberman, hadn't 'thought that through.'"

Media bias
"Here's a good one: Liberals are now whining about media bias," Sam Dealey writes in the Weekly Standard.
Mr. Dealey, managing editor of the International Economy, a Washington-based quarterly, was referring to an April 12 letter sent to the heads of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt. The Democrats said that from Jan. 1 to March 21, CNN's cameras cut to Bush administration events 157 times and to congressional Democratic events only seven times.
Mr. Daschle and Mr. Gephardt said that anecdotal evidence indicated that coverage by Fox and MSNBC "follows the same pattern."
Mr. Dealey said his own research indicates that the Democratic data are sound, "but its interpretation less so."
For example, only 28 of the 157 events involved coverage of subjects other than the war on terrorism, Mr. Dealey said, and these "domestic" events "were hardly triumphs," such as questions about Bush administration ties to Enron.
"Furthermore, while Daschle has been busy, his efforts have largely been behind the scenes, designed to keep issues from coming to the Senate floor and to confine real debates to private offices where not even the C-SPAN cameras reach," Mr. Dealey said.
"And that's when he's in town. Of the 80 days covered in the [Democratic National Committee] study, the Senate convened on just 37."
The writer added: "And while Democratic leaders were covered at seven events, Republican congressional leaders weren't covered by CNN at all. Perhaps Trent Lott and Dennis Hastert should write a letter complaining, too."

Anti-cloning ads
The National Right to Life Committee announced a new wave of radio ads on Friday that call on citizens in eight states to urge their U.S. senators to vote for legislation that bans cloning of human embryos.
The new ads will run in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Rhode Island and South Dakota. They began in most of the states on Friday and will be running in all eight states by today.
Each ad features a conversation between a man and a woman about the issue of human cloning, starting with a reference to President Bush's April 10 speech urging the Senate to pass a bill sponsored by Sens. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, and Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat. The ads warn of "human embryo farms" and end with information on how to contact senators in support of this bill.
Mr. Brownback's bill would ban the cloning of a human embryo for any purpose whether it be for medical research or to implant in a woman's uterus to produce the first cloned infant. Most of the ads briefly denounce competing bills in the Senate that ban the latter but allow the former. Pro-life groups and others say these type of bills would allow mass cloning of human embryos for use in lethal experiments and as medical commodities.
Some of the ads mention specific senators' endorsements of these type of bills. The ad in South Dakota refers to "an awful bill" recently endorsed by Sen. Tim Johnson, South Dakota Democrat, which bans human cloning to initiate a human pregnancy but remains silent on the issue of cloning human embryos for research purposes.
Others ads, like the one in Rhode Island, state that those in the biotech industry "want to mass produce human embryos by cloning and then sell them for profit."
The Senate is expected to debate the human cloning issue before the Memorial Day recess in May.

Those darn white men
The Media Research Center notes that George Stephanopoulos, the former adviser to President Clinton, received an apparent tryout recently as host of ABC's "This Week."
"But having as the solo host a liberal political operative who could very well end up interviewing former political colleagues and officials he fought to keep out of office isn't what concerned USA Today's Peter Johnson. No, he was most upset that Stephanopoulos is male: 'If Stephanopoulos is tapped, every Sunday public affairs show on network and cable will once again be hosted by white men, reinforcing what many women have complained about for years: Power in this country rests with white men.'
"I trust Johnson will soon be resigning so a woman can have his job since 100 percent of the TV reviewers and reporters at nationally distributed general interest newspapers are white men," Brent Baker writes at the Media Research Center Web site (www.mrc.org).

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