Sunday, August 24, 2014

CNN, ABC, NBC try to find balance in covering ISIS; Rand Paul on adopting children from dangerous countries


I overslept Sunday morning, missing the first half of Candy Crowley’s State of the Union, after a big day on the road Saturday in central Virginia.  Then for the 12 noon rebroadcast, CNN pre-empted with coverage of the earthquake near Napa, CA, about 6.0 in magnitude.  But the August 2011 earthquake in Central VA (damaging the Washington Monument) had been 5.8.  I was last in Napa in 1995.
   
So I had to play Crowley’s interviews online at the site, here.  She interviewed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jack Reed (D-RI) and British ambassador Peter Westmacott. 
  
Crowley grilled Graham and Reed on whether there really was a credible threat to the US homeland “within days”.  She said we have cried wolf many times before, and said these things about Saddam Hussein after 9/11.   Graham said there were several hundred American jihadists over there, but other more reputable sources put the count at about 70, but there are over 500 from Britain.
  
  
Fromm ABC, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”  has a transcript with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), link here. NBC Meet the Press also covered it.  One of shows (I think it was ABC) interviewed some jihadists in a basement in London, and one of them really said he wanted to see Sharia law implemented everywhere in the world, including the US.  He really said that with a straight face.
  
Also, today, Rand Paul was shown visiting Guatemala, and quoted as saying American families should be willing and eager to adopt Guatelalan children.  Then, what about Honduras?  El Salvador?   

A later story Sunday has John Kerry announcing that American hostage Peter Theo Curtis was freed in Syria. 
  
Picture: Monroe Institute, VA -- from my visit Saturday 

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