Monday, October 16, 2006

CBS' 60 Minutes: A Month of "October Surprises"

"There is just no question that I, among others, have a liberal bias. I mean, I'm consistently liberal in my opinions. And I think some of the -- I think Dan is transparently liberal. Now, he may not like to hear me say that. I always agree with him, too. But I think he should be more careful."-Andy Rooney on Larry King Live; one of the best things he's ever said...ever! (Hat tip: Bernard Goldberg's Arrogance).

Are they going to do this all the way up through to November Elections? Unbelievable! It's a repeat all over again, of 2004.

A couple of weeks ago, Bob Woodward got to promote his recent release, State of Denial. I posted then about how 60 Minutes has a history of agenda-driven, anti-Bush stories, often running at least a segment a week that is in some manner, an attack on the Bush Administration.

So this past Sunday, and 23 days away from the Elections, 60 Minutes drops their latest "Bush bomb": David Kuo's new book, Tempting Faith. It is published by Free Press, which is a conglomerate of Simon & Schuster, which is a division of CBS Corporation (which, of course, owns 60 Minutes).
Former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, David Kuo, wrote a book, released today, in which he asserts that administration officials have referred to evangelical leaders as "nuts" and that his office was used to curry favor with "Republican base voters," evangelical Christians, rather than to help the poor.- from NewsBusters

I've never heard the President say
anything bad
about religious leaders,
and I don't name names
in the book because I don't want to be personal--"
-David Kuo
In the aftermath of the Foley scandal, which appears to be politically motivated in order to alienate the "values voters" from the Republican Party (forget about the hypocrisy), Harry R. Jackson writes,
Two years ago, I predicted that the October Surprise for the 2004 election would be a major shift among black voters toward a family-values platform. The Washington Times was bold enough to print this prediction as an Op-Ed piece on October 29, 2004. The shift we spoke of was undoubtedly a part of the Bush and the GOP 2004 victory.

Ever since that election, Democrats and liberals have lost sleep worrying about the power of the evangelical Christian vote. They have taken aim at the faith community with two clear strategies. First, they have mobilized a group of left-leaning, “pseudo-evangelicals” to critique our moral, political movement. At least twenty books have been written to denounce evangelical Christian involvement in American politics.
Michael Medved mentions a host of these books including Christian Soul, by Andrew Sullivan (obviously has the wrong take on LotR), pointing out on his Monday program that the Left has been constantly on the attack about how "the religious right" have taken over the White House and how America is being turned into a theocracy.

So which is it, Democrats? Are Bush and Co. religious fanatics who wish to turn us into a theocracy? Or are Bush and Rove deviously using the "religious right" for selfish, political gain?

Medved derides Leslie Stahl for labeling David Kuo as "a card-carrying member of the religious right". Medved points out that Kuo has worked for Ted Kennedy and Gary Hart, as well as for conservatives such as William Bennett and George W. Bush. He was hardly a member of the hardcore Christian religious right.

One of David Kuo's complaints is that President Bush and lobbyists did not deliver on following through with funding for faith-based initiatives. Of the $8 million, only around 10% has been delivered. But different spending priorities have been created after 9/11; and fighting hard for tax cuts and growing the economy has been meaningful to the nation. Building a strong economy is every bit as important to helping the poor as is charitable money. And as Jim Towey told Leslie Stahl,
"He’s [President Bush] not king. He had to work with Congress. It’s naïve to say, 'Oh, because the president asked for it and didn’t get it, that meant he didn’t really want it.'"
It's great that Kuo has a passion for helping the impoverished; but his disillusionment with the political process has made him nothing more than a tool of it. Can anyone seriously doubt that 60 Minutes' "hard-hitting breaking news" hit-piece is nothing short of politically motivated to stem the tide of Christian voter turnout?

Harry R. Jackson concludes his piece by saying he believes the October surprise this year will be evangelical voters returning to the voting booths.

God....I hope that's true. It's a miracle that George Bush won re-election, considering how hard he was hammered in 2004 by a hostile media.

I wonder what other "October surprises" 60 Minutes has in store for Republicans in the next 3 Sundays, before Elections?

For the 60 Minutes David Kuo segment, you can download it at

As a footnote on 60 Minutes last sunday, I could not help but roll my eyes at Andy Rooney's icing on the liberal cake:
"I don't understand why we think it is OK for us to have nuclear weapons but it isn't all right for some other countries to have any."
And there ya have it, folks. We begin and end this post with the venerable Andy Rooney. God bless the ol' fossil!


Blogger Old Soldier said...

Regarding Andy Rooney, God save the old fossil first, then bless him. With salvation, I'm sure Rooney's outlook would change significantly.

Regarding 60 Minutes and CBS, I guess the line about leopards and spots is applicable. What amazes me most is that people are gullible enough to swallow this tripe without a critical review of the organization's agenda.

Tactically speaking, we conservatives could learn much by reviewing the liberals achievements - taking over education and the news media; two of the most powerful and effective means of getting at/to the people.

It is difficult for me to accept a person as truly being a Christian when his/her belief includes support for homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, anti-death penalty, etc. It is easy to state that a person is a Christian, however, the qualities displayed make the statement, not the other way around. This is not meant as a judgemental statement, merely an observation.

When 'Christians' like Kuo honestly believe that government has a place in taking care of the poor, then he has lost sight of Christ's teachings. Christ told us to render unto Caesar, He did not tell Caesar to care for the poor; He told us to care for the poor.

I guess it's time for me to stop. Great post Wordsmith, very applicable and timely.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 7:10:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Ditto what Old Soldier said: "Very timely". Indeed!

LOL! I can't possibly come up with anything new here; Old Soldier pretty much covered it, and an excellent job he did of it, too! :)

Great post!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I hope that's true. It's a miracle that George Bush won re-election, considering how hard he was hammered in 2004 by a hostile media.....Amen word!..but we can only pray the voters get out there this time as well eh?..excellent overview!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

It's way past time for the government to get out of the charity business, and get back to the actual governing business.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger atheling2 said...

Andy Rooney lost it a long time ago. He's just a bitter old man who likes to ramble. Occasionally, like a stopped clock, he's right. But more than often he's not.

I suspect that people who want the government to care for the poor are just too indifferent and lazy to accept any personal responsibility for it on a personal level. Pay taxes, let the government deal with it. That's the Liberal Way.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Hi Word,

Still Lurking. Still a Christian. Still a left leaning moderate and could try and make sense of how Old Soldier's "Observation" but I won't. Tolerance and truth are still my mantra.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I saw a couple minutes of the Kuo interview.

That's all I could take.

I have to take 60 Minutes in very small doses, no more than four or five minutes at a time.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:00:00 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

You know I watch Amazing Race and many times because of Football games 60 minutes drags into when Amazing Race is supposed to start. I saw like 3 minutes of this crap and my blood pressure soared. And my thought was I need to do a post on how 60 minutes sucks!!!!!!!!!! It is so extremely biased and one hit piece on conservatives after another. And Andy Rooney is insane. I remember the first time I heard one of his inane commentaries I thought I was going to throw the tv.

What I want to see 60 minutes air is the documentaries that A&E did on the brutality of Saddam Hussein and his sons. But I'll expect that to happen when hell freezes over!!

Sorry, as you can see you got me on one of my soapboxes.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

And I do think it is possible that as Bill Kristol said conservative voters are not idiots and we will still get out to vote. So that may very well be the October surprise, Amen to that!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:48:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I listened to David Kuo on the Michael Medved Show today. I'll probably update on this post, as I think Kuo has basically been used as a tool by the Left, and misrepresented for their political gain. He spoke very glowingly of Santorum and in no way wants Republicans to lose the majority in Congress.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 10:34:00 PM  

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