New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung P O. Box 361
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Dava Kraan, General Manager Boba rf Jokatoa, EditorJames Kilpatrick
0Experiences color news judgment
The Washington press corps, which constantly is in quest of something to laugh about, has been enjoying a fine round of snickers at Sen. Jesse Helms. It seems that Jesse, ho-ho-ho, has come up with the wild idea of gaining control of CBS just so he could fire Dan Rather. Ain’t that a knee-slapper? Ifs the biggest joke since the House Ethics Committee last convened
OK. OK! First the facts. Helms and a small group of fellow conservatives have indeed filed a state with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the law requires, publicly declaring their intention to purchase CBS stock for a specific purpose. Their purpose is to “express their dissatisfaction with the company’s liberal twas in its coverage of political events, personages and views."
The Helms group no sooner had announced its intentions that the intentions than the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC), offered to put up $100,000 in matching money toward such a worthy < a use Said NCPAC Chairman John T. Dolan: “It is time that conservative* made an effort to regain
control of the airwaves from people who are always running down our country and our values.”
This ruckus prompted a formal statement from CBS. .Said Vice President Mary Boies, breathing piety and virtue from every pore, “CBS News reports the news as accurately and fairly as it can, independent of any political point of view.”
Another CBS spokesman, not identified, noted mildly that CBS has nearly 30 million shares of stock outstanding. The stock recently has been quoted at about $75. For Helms and his partisans to take over the company, an investment of well over a billion dollars would be required. Jesse has some rich friends, as his senatorial campaigns have demonstrated, but the filthy rich are not necessarily quixotic. Dan Rather’s hair will be a lot grayer than it’s getting before Jesse can ask for his head.
I .et me cut through the fat. Are the TV networks, and most notably CBS. biased in their coverage of the news0 (X course they are. So are such great newspapers as The
New York Times and The Washington Post. The liberal bias is there. It is palpable. It is empirically measurable on the air in minutes and seconds. It pervades the news columns of the Post and Times in the same way that a stain pervades a fabric.
It could not be otherwise. This is because the Dan Bathers of this world are not saints; they are not ethereal beings of divine grace and wisdom. They are mortals. The editors who put together the CBS Evening News are personable people; they are men and women of professional integrity, but they bring to their tasks all the accumulated observations, experiences and prejudices of their lifetimes. Does anyone seriously believe they take off their opinions when they put on their eyeshades0
Bosh. The judges of our state and federal courts also are persons of integrity, sworn to try cases impartially. On the Supreme Court, William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall are just as dedicated to truth, fairness and justice as William Rehnquist and Sandra O’Connor. Why are they so often on opposite sides in key cases? It is
because they see the law, as TV editors see the news, through the filters of all their lives.
Some of my friends have been needling me. OI’ Jesse, they say, wants to throw Dan out and put me in. Ho*ho*ho. I am not nearly pure enough for NCPAC, but put that to one side. If I were anchoring the evening news, I would choose 20 of the same 22 Items that a Dan Rather or a Tom Brokaw or a Peter Jennings would choose. This is the nature of news. It would be on those marginal two or three stories a night that our judgments would differ. My judgment as a conservative would say, “This story should be included" or “I don’t believe that story makes it," and these would be honest judgments.
They also would be biased judgments — biased as all judgments are biased, by instincts and upbringing, by defeats and victories, and by the shaping influences of every journalist’s life. If Jesse & Co. have in mind a propaganda network, count mc out; I will fight them all the way. But if their goal is to replace the present liberal bias with the kind of conservative bias I’ve been talking about, more power to them.Mailbag
Turmoil continues in Soviet Union
Another Soviet change looms appeared in Tuesday x San Antonio Express News:
For Hr* third time in just over two years, the Soviet Union apparently will undergo a change iii leadership
Soviet President Konstatin Chernenko reportedly is critically ill. lus respiratory problems complicated by heart difficulties.
Two British newspapers reported that the Politburo already has approved a plan to replace Chernenko a , general secretary of the Communist Party with Mikhail Gorbachev
lf Chernenko resigns or dies in office, it would
add another complication to the slightly thawed relations between Washington and Moscow The Reagan administration's dealing with the Kremlin has been made difficult by a series of aged and ailing Soviet presidents.
Ijcomd Brezhnev had a prolonged illness before he died Nov. 19,1982. Brezhnev was succeeded by Yuri Andropov, wIkj died Feb 9, 1984 at 89 Chernenko succeeded Adropov at tile age of 72 and has been ill most of his time in office If, as predicted, Gorbachev follows Chernenko, it would represent one definite change Gorbachev is only 53.
The Politburo remains a mystery to most
Westerners. Gorbachev is believed to be No. 2 in the Soviet hierarchy, but that Is not a known fact.
It is also uncertain just how much power a Communist Party chief and president wields in the supposed collective leadership.
It is fairly certain that yet another change at the top in the Kremlin could affect the arms-control negotalions that will resume in March, the possible new round of trade talks and cooperating in.space
President Reagan has remained steadfast in his policies toward the Soviet Union. There is no reason for him to change, no matter who heads the reviewing stand in Red SquareReader concerned over pipeline
To the Editor:
I wish to voice my concern over plans by the All Americna Pipeline Company to place a 30-inch heated crude pipeline through the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer in south Comal County. Articles in the San Antonio Light and the New Braunfels Herald have indicated that the county and state officials were not aware of the company’s plans until recently. There are strong indications that very Idle has been done thus far to conduct hearings or to fully investigate the environmental impact by state agencies. The line is to run from McCamey to Freeport, Texas.
As an owner or property adjacent to the proposed route of the pipeline.
I am strongly opposed due to the damage that could be caused should leaks develop. The Edwards Aquifer is the primary source of water for more than one million people living in Comal and Bexar Counties. In addition, the terms of the easement being sought by the company contains clauses that could permit the transporting of unspecified substances that could be even more hazardous. Further, there is already an oil pipeline from McCamey to Houston which could be modified to carry tins crude oil.
Having a deep concern for protecting the environment of Texas, I wish to seek your assistance along with other state officials to either oppose the route of the pipeline or, if allowed, insure strict application of restrictions to prevent development of leaks. I understand that a preliminary environmental impact study filed with the Federal Bureau of land Management in California recommended that the pipeline not be constructed through limestone or over aquifers. Mr. Tom Fox, General Manager of the Edwards Underground Water District has expressed his concern and said he is notifying all interested agencies.
I trust that you will support efforts of the EUWD and other agencies to
prevent construction of the line which could be potentially harmful for so many people. I would greatly appreciate any information regarding steps that will be taken to disclose all facts concerning the pipeline and to insure that one of Texas’ most valuable resources is not jeopardized.
Sincerely yours, James D. WestAborted children deserve advocate
I appreciate the Herald’s restraint in printing only a fraction of the available hoopla concerning Super Bowl XIX. The 49ers won — “Big fat hairy deal,” Garfield the cat would say.
I find it much more earthshaking that more than 1.5 million children will never see any Super Bowl, because they were aborted.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 (was) the 12th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s debatable Roe vs. Wade decision, a day of infamy which began a death knell for over a million preborn children each year. CDC (the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta) reports reveal 1.5 million abortions and 3.3 million live births for 1983 (the last year for which statistics were available). That’s almost I out of 3!
While I deplore violence done to abortion clinics, I also deplore the violence done to these helpless, unborn victims. They deserve an advocate for their defense.
I marched for life with thousands Saturday in Austin to voice my concern and desire that Texas legislators do something to stop, or at least limit the killings. The Sharp-Kubiak Abortion Regulation Bill iSB. 129) to be considered this .session migh help.
Do you care? lx?t Sen. Traeger and Rep. Kuempel know.
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Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510
Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510
Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas, 78711
Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515
Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515