ABC News has suspended for one month without pay John Green, executive producer of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America," because of an e-mail he wrote. I say "an" e-mail, even though Green wrote at least two that have recently come to light. More about the second e-mail in a moment.
The first e-mail, published on the Drudge Report Web site, was written by Green to a colleague during the first 2004 presidential debate. It said: "Are you watching this? Bush makes me sick. If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time, I'm going to puke."
When that e-mail became public, Green said, "...I regret the embarrassment this story causes ABC. It was an inappropriate thing to say and I'm deeply sorry." Green also apologized to White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace.
The second e-mail was leaked to the New York Post and printed last week. In that one, Green said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright should not be booked on the show because "Albright has Jew shame." Albright was raised Roman Catholic, but has a Jewish heritage. Green added, "She hates us anyway because she says we promised her five minutes (of air time) and only gave her two... I do not like her."
For people who believe the broadcast networks are biased and employ mostly people who favor liberal Democrats and oppose conservative Republicans, ABC's reaction to these e-mails provides additional confirmation. Notice ABC did not suspend Green after his critical remarks about President Bush were published. It acted only after his Madeleine Albright e-mail surfaced. There appears to be a double standard at ABC: one for those who bash conservatives and Christians who are Republicans and another for those who bash Democrats with a Jewish heritage.
Last Thursday, I served as the unpaid master of ceremonies for the Media Research Center's "Dishonors Awards" dinner in Washington. The annual event highlights the most outrageous statements by media heavies about Republicans, the Bush administration, terrorism and other subjects. To see these sound bites presented one after another focuses the mind as nothing else does on the opinionated news that so much broadcast journalism has become.
There was MSNBC's Chris Matthews praising Jane Fonda for saying about the Vietnam War that it was like states west of the Mississippi River attacking states east of the Mississippi River and would we like that? Matthews responded, "How do you step out of being an American to make such an objective judgment?"
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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