Mike Wallace at Brady Campaign fundraiser
Cam Edwards of NRA News picked up an interesting story: news anchor Mike Wallace speaking at a Brady Campaign fundraiser (appropriately held at the French Embassy). He parodied Charlton Heston, whom he described as the "self-righteous enemy of the Jim and Sarah Brady Bunch," and announced he'd made a $250 donation to the Brady Center.
We all know there's a certain media bias at work, but you'd think they'd be less obvious about it....
Edwards sent email on it to CBS's The Public Eye, which I gather is some manner of ombudsman blog, and here's their response.
Remember that Donna Dees-Thomases, founder of the Million Mom March, was a CBS publicist for Dan Rather and David Letterman. This was something that the main stream media tried to cover up.
As Mark Steyn wrote in "Made to Measure for the Media" (May 15, 2000. National Post):
...But "The Million Mom March was conceived last August in a gay resort community by a Hillary Clinton donor who's never organized anything larger than a Democratic senator's office" doesn't have quite the same ring, does it? And why should ABC, NBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times be expected to know any of this? Just because half her surname might have rung a vague bell is no reason to leap to conclusions and assume she's connected with Susan Thomases -- any more than it would be wise to assume from the other half of her name that she's related to Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots, whose Disco Duck was a Number One hit in 1976.
But, speaking of Casts of Idiots, what about CBS? By now, you may be curious about that "part-time job," as NBC coyly referred to it. A couple of waitressing shifts? A little secretarial work for the school district? No, Donna is a part-time publicist for David Letterman's Late Show. Before that, she was a full-time publicist for CBS news anchor Dan Rather. CBS This Morning was one of the first news shows to report the Million Mom March movement last September, when Hattie Kauffman interviewed Donna. "What," asked Hattie, "turns a mild-mannered suburban mom into an anti-gun activist?"
The correct answer is: "A leave of absence from my employer, CBS, which, by remarkable coincidence, is also your employer, Hattie." But that's not what Donna said. Only in the last week has CBS News begun disclosing that she's one of theirs....
Posted by: Nobody Important at October 15, 2005 08:13 AM