Indigo Insights

Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Two Different Takes from Media Research

Take One
On the May 6 World News Tonight, Jennings intoned: "The President's visit to the Abraham Lincoln was, among other things, a powerful photo opportunity and two leading Democrats are now criticizing it. California Congressman Henry Waxman is asking government auditors to figure out how much the trip cost the taxpayers and West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd said on the Senate floor today it was an 'affront to the Americans killed or injured in Iraq for the President to exploit the trappings of war for the momentary spectacle of a speech.'"

Wednesday morning on NBC's Today, in one of a series of unchallenging questions to Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham, Katie Couric asked him whether he agreed with Byrd's attack.

Take Two
A fresh round of zingers on Tuesday's Tonight Show from Dennis Miller, the actor/comedian who has honed a shtick around praising President Bush and mocking leftist anti-war protesters. Amongst Miller's cracks on the May 6 Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC: "If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacks George Bush we wouldn't be in this problem."

On anti-Bush protesters and how well the war went: "What's so touching is the way we fight the war right until the moment our business is taken care of and then we turn on a dime and we immediately start taking care of people. It's like a shock and aw shucks campaign.

"But on the home front the war protesters won't ever give it up to Bush, they just hate Bush and they're never going to give it up to him. First it was the war itself and then the war plan, then the war financing, then the UN, then the second UN, then they started whining about the looting and the museum and where are the weapons of mass destruction.

-- On anti-Bush Democrats: "The Democrats continue to snipe at Bush. You know Teddy Kennedy and Tom Daschle pick more nits than a father and son spider monkey
team who know they're being followed by a National Geographic film crew."

-- On whether finding weapons of mass destruction matters: "Liberals should not overplay this weapons of mass destruction card, because you want me to tell you the truth? Most of us are not going to care if they don't find these weapons of mass destruction. It's enough for a lot of us to see those kids smiling on that street again."

Other Recent Millerisms:

-- April 22. When liberal author/professor Michael Eric Dyson complained on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night about how President Bush went to war in a crusade of Christianity over Islam as evidenced by how Bush "bows his head to God and prays to God," actor/comedian Dennis Miller fired back with an anti-Clinton quip: "At least he's not bowing his head to watch..."

-- April 11. On Thursday's Today Show, actor/comedian Dennis Miller touted that "I'm like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess." He also delivered a series of anti-French zingers: "See to me we move the furniture, the French come in later and put the doilies on top of it..."