- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

DNC thins list
Baltimore yesterday was eliminated from contention to be the host city for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) panel that will recommend the site narrowed the field to four potential host cities Boston, Detroit, Miami and New York and announced that delegations will visit each during the summer.
Final selection is expected by November.
"All four are strong contenders and have put together solid proposals for review," said Joe Andrew, former DNC chairman and co-chairman of the site-selection committee.

Hillary wants help
With Congress poised to deliver on President Bush's $20 billion pledge to New York, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that the city could need an additional $20 billion to fully recover from September 11.
The Associated Press reports that the former first lady estimated an additional $10 billion to $20 billion would be needed over the next two decades, much of it to rebuild the city's devastated transit system.
Mrs. Clinton yesterday told reporters that New York has helped its case by being "good stewards" of the federal money already at work in the state.
"We have cleaned up the [World Trade Center] site ahead of schedule and below budget, and I think that is the best selling point we have," the New York Democrat said.

Brock 'breakdown'
David Brock, author of a book that depicts the conservative movement as some sort of monstrous conspiracy, suffered a breakdown last summer and was committed to the psychiatric ward of Sibley Hospital in Northwest Washington, the Drudge Report says, citing unidentified sources.
"The breakdown came just months before Brock finalized production of his best-selling book 'Blinded by the Right' a book that has been widely challenged on points of accuracy," the Drudge Report said.
"'He had delusions. He thought people were trying to kill him,' reveals a source who befriended Mr. Brock last July at the hospital.
"Brock told fellow patients that he did not feel safe even inside of the hospital's secure medical setting.
"'He spent time in "The Quiet Room." There was just a mattress on the floor, and he had some books. He was so tired and stressed.'
"Reached by phone in Washington late Tuesday, Brock strongly denied the hospitalization and breakdown in any way affected his ability to recall events depicted in 'Blinded by the Right.' Brock strongly denied that any portion of the book was written at the hospital while he was under medical treatments, as is claimed by one source."

Creating the news
"'Long-Shot Winner Turns Dark Horse,' declared the New York Times in a Tuesday headline. 'Simon Stumbles as the G.O.P. Nominee for California Governor.' Nowhere in James Sterngold's story will readers learn that this 'dark horse' leads in several recent polls," writes George Neumayr at www.americanprowler.org.
"Why is that rather important fact left out? Because that's not the sort of information the New York Times wants to convey to its liberal readers. It must reassure them that all is well on the liberal West Coast," Mr. Neumayr said.
"Sterngold simply rehashes the story line the herd media in California decided on a few weeks ago. Sterngold uses the same tired line first trotted out in a Los Angeles Times 'news analysis' that the Simon campaign 'appears to have lost the momentum.' How's that for hardheaded, just-the-facts reporting? It 'appears' to Sterngold that Simon's campaign is petering out? 'Appears' is a weasel word that simply means, 'I don't have the facts.' Wouldn't it be a little more honest to say that it 'appears to this liberal reporter' that the Simon campaign has lost momentum?
"The liberal press would rather manipulate the California gubernatorial race than cover it. Mainstream journalists create political news in California, then treat the news created through their biased coverage as objective fact. Their perception becomes political reality, which shapes the candidates' campaigning and largely determines the public's reaction to the campaign. They never acknowledge this central newsmaking role in the campaign, but instead act like innocent bystanders to it.
"The Simon-momentum-on-the-wane story is not a fact, but a wish that the media intend to fulfill through their coverage. Journalists could just as easily run stories titled, 'Political Rookie Leads Incumbent In Several Polls.'"

Gephardt sued
A man who lost a bid to unseat Rep. Richard A. Gephardt in 2000 sued the House minority leader and two associates, claiming they violated his civil rights by ordering break-ins at his campaign offices and provoking a conflict during a parade.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, William Federer charged that unidentified individuals, acting at the direction of Mr. Gephardt or his political adviser, Joyce Aboussie, broke into his campaign headquarters, his home, his real estate office and his brother's law office.
The lawsuit also claims that during a parade on Oct. 7, 2000, Gephardt campaign worker James Larrew approached Mr. Federer with a video camera, provoking a conflict in which Mr. Federer was later cited for assault.
Mr. Larrew and Miss Aboussie were named with Mr. Gephardt as defendants in the lawsuit.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Gephardt dismissed the accusations, the Associated Press reports.
"While we have not seen the lawsuit, this sounds like another of Mr. Federer's countless and frivolous lawsuits that he has filed," Adella Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of the conservative group Judicial Watch, is representing Mr. Federer, a Republican, in the lawsuit.

Nashville protesters
Sign-carrying, horn-honking tax protesters returned yesterday to the state Capitol in Nashville to urge Tennessee lawmakers to reject an income-tax plan.
About 300 people gathered on Legislative Plaza, a week after a similar rally against the proposed plan to implement a 4.5 percent flat income tax, the Associated Press reports.
House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh was expected to call for a vote on the plan, which would also remove the sales tax from food, nonprescription drugs and clothing that costs less than $100.
Tennessee is one of nine states without an income tax. Mr. Naifeh, Republican Gov. Don Sundquist and Senate Speaker Pro Tem Robert Rochelle have been pushing higher taxes for several years.
The state's TennCare universal health care program established in 1994 by Mr. Sundquist's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Ned McWherter has broken Tennessee's budget. One anti-tax activist has called TennCare "a minimodel of HillaryCare," the federal health care plan unsuccessfully advocated by then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1994.

Rubin's TV show
Former State Department spokesman James P. Rubin, who gained global prominence from televised news briefings during the Kosovo war, will return to the American airwaves this summer as host of a foreign-affairs program, Agence France-Presse reports.
Mr. Rubin is to co-host, along with popular British news presenter Daljit Dhaliwal, an hourlong program "Wide Angle" on PBS beginning in July, he and the network said.
The show will consist of a 40-minute documentary on an issue of worldwide significance followed by a 20-minute discussion of that topic led by Mr. Rubin or Miss Dhaliwal, who will alternate in the moderator's chair, according to PBS.
"It will be serious television that everybody says the United States should have but doesn't," Mr. Rubin told AFP from London, where he lives with his wife, CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and their son.
Mr. Rubin remains close to his former boss, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration.


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