The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: March 10 to 16
The big three networks seem to have found religion. Bush-bashing religion, but faith nonetheless. ABC’s "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" highlighted Mayan "spiritual leaders" who protested a visit by President Bush to Guatemala.
The two shows focused on the "evil spirits" that the President supposedly brought and worried that the Commander in Chief has "angered the gods." NBC’s "Today" noted the protesters plans to "purify" the site and featured a demonstrator who chanted "Gringo go home."
This week, NewsBusters told you what the rest of the media won’t: While the Bush White House played a roll in the dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys, Bill Clinton fired all 93 attorneys at the beginning of his first term.
On "Good Morning America," host George Stephanopoulos, who was a Clinton spokesman in 1993 and defended the then-President’s firing, hypocritically grilled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for firing 85 fewer attorneys.
By way of comparison, CNN described the 1993 firings as a "clean sweep." Times certainly do change.
On the celebrity front, Bill Maher asserted that Republicans "love Ronald Reagan in a way that’s just gay" and claimed that the troops have a "dysfunctional, abusive relationship" with President Bush.
Finally, Rosie O’Donnell greeted terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s confession of plotting 9/11 by fretting over whether he was tortured.