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Reporter Caught Clueless on Non-Cheney News
NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 02/16/2006 11:18:44 AM PST by Kaslin

The press has spent so much time this week obsessing over Dick Cheney's hunting accident that some reporters have been rendered completely oblivious to other important news developments.

After delivering yet another breathless report on Cheneygate Thursday morning, usually reliable ABC Radio News reporter Ann Compton was caught clueless about the takeover of six major U.S. ports by a Dubai company based in the United Arab Emirates - a country said to have ties to terrorism.

Compton's exchange with WABC Radio's John Gambling went like this:

GAMBLNG: What else [besides Cheneygate] is being talked about in the White House?

COMPTON: Absolutely nothing. This has sucked the oxygen out of President Bush's trip yesterday. He went all the way to the Wendy's hamburger headquarters in Ohio to talk about health care. . . . . Is that on the front page of any paper today? I did not do a single spot on it yesterday . . . .

COMPTON: [Cheneygate] really has dominated everything else . . . It is a fascinating story and one that ABC has reported very, very vigorously at the ground level and I think very responsibly.

GAMBLING: Ann, let me ask you a question. Is anybody talking about this story . . . about the Dubai Ports World Corporation running our major ports in the United States? You know anything about that?

COMPTON: Whooops. [Nervous laughter]

GAMBLING: The reason I ask you is exactly what you just finished talking about - sucking the oxygen out of the White House and Washington press corps . . . . This is like letting Saudi Arabia do security in our airports. And I think that Washington reporters need to jump on this thing.

COMPTON: Well, send me a quick email, John. It sounds like something I need to see. [END EXCERPT]


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: New York; US: Texas; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: bushhassers; cheneygate; getcheney; huntingaccident; mediabias; nationalsecurity; quailgate; whatsabushhasser; whitehousepresscorps; zogbyism
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Is anyone in the MSM talking about Al Gore's accusations that he made in Saudi Arabia against his own country?

Noooooooooooooooo of course not

1 posted on 02/16/2006 11:18:45 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Al Franken was on Micheal Medved this week. He was clueless about Al Gore's Saudi speech.


2 posted on 02/16/2006 11:21:03 AM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: Kaslin

So Ann admits her Left-leaning tunnel-vision.


3 posted on 02/16/2006 11:21:28 AM PST by digger48
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To: Kaslin

The Antique Media.....say it over and over. Another freeper started using it. We need to make it stick.


4 posted on 02/16/2006 11:21:36 AM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: Kaslin

Did anyone see the piece on Dateline re: Sadamm tapes? I missed it. was it a chop piece? not even being talked about on any of the alphabet channels.


5 posted on 02/16/2006 11:21:40 AM PST by jw777
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To: Kaslin

ABC News is a mouthpiece for the left...so, I am surpised they haven't pushed this story as well...since Schumer is one of the major players in trying to get this Port thing re-investigated, before it is allowed to happen...


6 posted on 02/16/2006 11:22:35 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Kaslin

You know, Anne Compton is a really nice person...for a White House reporter. But I'm not surprised she didn't know about the Dubai Ports deal. When the wind begins screaming in WH briefing room everything else is ignored. "Cheney Gate," if you can call if that, has them all drooling. Yeah, it's like a group drool.

Ordinarily though, Anne's a good person. Honest.


7 posted on 02/16/2006 11:22:49 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: samadams2000

Buggywhip Media


8 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:26 AM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: samadams2000

Anne Compton sucks, I have to listen to her at the top of each hour during the Rush show. Actually I mute the radio these days for three minutes, I have it timed.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:40 AM PST by angcat
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To: Kaslin

We no longer have a Main Stream Media! They are anything but mainstream.

FR needs to come up with a more accurate name and make it stick.


10 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:42 AM PST by Balata
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To: Kaslin
Well, Ann's right -- the mediots have been following the Cheney story "very, very, vigorously."

Which just goes to show that they're not interested in the news, but only in what they're interested in. F'n bastards.

11 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:49 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Kaslin
"Is anyone in the MSM talking about Al Gore's accusations that he made in Saudi Arabia against his own country? "

You are exactly correct my friend and this indeed is the entire point.

Algore's crime is so heinous, so evil, so obvious, that it took the dedication of the entire MSM to smother out the flames.

It could have been anything, but Cheney's accident was there at the time so it had to do. If it wasn't for that, the MSM would have to create another fake service report on GWB to focus on just to divert attention from Gore.

God forbid that they should do actual WORK.
12 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:59 AM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: RexBeach

"It is a fascinating story and one that ABC has reported very, very vigorously at the ground level and I think very responsibly."

Over sells the importance.


13 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:31 AM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: weegee

"He was clueless about Al Gore's Saudi speech."

Wanna bet he "played stupid" about it?


14 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:35 AM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: Kaslin

It would be very interesting to do a comparison of coverage, i.e., time/words spent, number of lead/front page stories, etc., on the Vince Foster shooting vs. Cheney's. Also, were there ever any editorial demands for the Clintons to make a complete disclosure regarding Foster's death, relocation of his body and ransacking of his office BEFORE it was made public?


15 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:38 AM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Balata

20th century chattering skulls. Too long, though.


16 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:42 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Balata

How about "The Enemy"!


17 posted on 02/16/2006 11:26:22 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: Balata

The delivery channels are still mainstream (ABCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS alphabet networks) even if their message is not.

Does much of America still do their daily purchasing on Main Street?


18 posted on 02/16/2006 11:26:40 AM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: sarasota

LOL! That's a good start.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 11:27:19 AM PST by Balata
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To: digger48

Lane changes are not allowed in tunnels.


20 posted on 02/16/2006 11:27:35 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: weegee

Why am I not surprised by this?


21 posted on 02/16/2006 11:30:02 AM PST by Kaslin ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" President G.W. Bush)
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To: digger48

Amazing isn't it?


22 posted on 02/16/2006 11:31:10 AM PST by Kaslin ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" President G.W. Bush)
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To: RexBeach

Nice and liberal. You can tell by her reports her political leaning.


23 posted on 02/16/2006 11:31:16 AM PST by MarkeyD (Make Love, Not Cartoons. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: cartoonistx

"How about "The Enemy"!"

Don't sugarcoat it.

I think this is an idea whose time has come. ;)


24 posted on 02/16/2006 11:32:15 AM PST by Balata
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To: angcat

I have to do the same exact thing. I wrote to the news director of our local station - that carries Rush - and told him what a total disconnect it was whenever the ABC news came on. He promised that he was looking into changing news feeds...


25 posted on 02/16/2006 11:37:51 AM PST by SelmaLee
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To: Balata
FR needs to come up with a more accurate name and make it stick.

I prefer "Legacy Media"...

26 posted on 02/16/2006 11:38:05 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: MarkeyD

I didn't say she wasn't liberal. By the way, do you know Ms. Compton?


27 posted on 02/16/2006 11:38:30 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: samadams2000

I like legacy media.


28 posted on 02/16/2006 11:40:11 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: SelmaLee

He was just pulling your leg he won't do a thing. Do you how many times I write our local rag and complain. I even put a complaint in to the Weis Supermarket because they have all Bush Bashing Books. Well I take the books and put them all on the bottom shelf. One has been there for two years now it is "Rise of the Vulcan’s" with the cover picture of the Bush admin. Cheney, Rice, Rummy. I hide this book every time I am there. I think I need medication.


29 posted on 02/16/2006 11:41:15 AM PST by angcat
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To: Balata

LSM = lame stream media, or "Legacy Media" as I have seen on these pages.


30 posted on 02/16/2006 11:45:09 AM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascism)
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To: digger48
No difference at all between anncompton and andreamitchell.

Same leftward President hating syndrome.

31 posted on 02/16/2006 11:46:51 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: digger48

Ann Compton is a courtier sychophant for the Dems. She has this ominous but nervous speaking style that portrays all things Repub as a scandal. Good face for radio too.


32 posted on 02/16/2006 11:47:25 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Kaslin

Off topic, but I didn't know that John Gambling was still on the radio. I listened to him on WOR when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's (my parents were big fans). Glad to see he's still at it, and on the ball as before.


33 posted on 02/16/2006 11:50:39 AM PST by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: SFC Chromey
"LSM = lame stream media, or "Legacy Media" as I have seen on these pages." How about: The Cess Media Pool
34 posted on 02/16/2006 11:51:29 AM PST by RightResponse (What if the Left, just got up and .....)
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To: SFC Chromey

how about "last century media" ? my two cents' worth.


35 posted on 02/16/2006 11:51:55 AM PST by printhead
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To: Txsleuth
Chuckie Schumer is pushing this complete NON story for Partisan Political Ends, NOT because he has even fact one on his side.. Funny how NO one is picking up on this is a PRIVATE company with NO security functions that is merely changing hands. Port Security is COMPLETELY unaffected by this change in PRIVATE ownership.

Chuckie wins two ways by pushing this hysteria. ONE it allows the Senate Democrats to say "See we are tough on security". Two, the NEXT step will be to push for the Govt taking over Port Operations so they can force 10 of thousands more people onto the Govt Union rolls.

36 posted on 02/16/2006 11:53:39 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: HonestConservative

I thank the Lord that Al Gore had not been able to steal the election in 2000, or otherwise not only would we have had the terrorist attck on 9/11. We would have already had another attack and the terrorists would prepare for the third. Each one worse then the one prior


37 posted on 02/16/2006 11:55:19 AM PST by Kaslin ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" President G.W. Bush)
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To: Kaslin

Stone Age Press Corpse

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


38 posted on 02/16/2006 12:03:27 PM PST by bray (GW protects Americans while DinocRats protect Al Queda)
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To: jalisco555

I've never heard of John Gambling. Who is he?


39 posted on 02/16/2006 12:08:02 PM PST by Kaslin ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" President G.W. Bush)
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To: digger48
According to what I hear about any of the MSM reporters, its a very pervasive malady----reaching epidemic proportions even!

These idiots couldn't think their way out of a paper bag! My heart breaks that any U.S. citizen might have to rely on these asses for their "news".
40 posted on 02/16/2006 12:09:21 PM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: weegee

He was on Scarborough last night, I couldn't stand to listen, much less watch.


41 posted on 02/16/2006 12:09:47 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Balata

Leftstream Media


42 posted on 02/16/2006 12:11:18 PM PST by sentz
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To: Kaslin

Reporters caught clueless on _________________________.

Fill in the blank.


43 posted on 02/16/2006 12:12:16 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Kaslin

Quailgate!


44 posted on 02/16/2006 12:14:28 PM PST by Doomonyou (FR doesn't suffer fools lightly.)
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To: Kaslin

Ann Compton..another brain dead reporter from ABC

45 posted on 02/16/2006 12:15:41 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("fake but accurate": NY Times)
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To: Spok
Absolutely none. Nor was any hoopla created when Hillary Clinton's van ran a security gate at an airport and injured, nearly killed, the security guard manning the gate. I'd NEVER even heard this story before---and I'm an avowed news junkie!
46 posted on 02/16/2006 12:16:53 PM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: Kaslin
I've never heard of John Gambling.

Third generation of Gambling's on the radio. His father and grandfather were on WOR for years, and I mean years.

47 posted on 02/16/2006 12:17:10 PM PST by mware (The keeper of the I's once again.)
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To: Kaslin

Reporter Caught Clueless = Dog Bites Man.


48 posted on 02/16/2006 12:17:21 PM PST by PsyOp (The commonwealth is theirs who hold the arms.... - Aristotle.)
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To: Kaslin
I've never heard of John Gambling. Who is he?

A New York City radio personality with a very likable, easy-going style. We listened to him every morning when I was growing up in the NYC area on WOR radio back in the 60's and early 70's. His voice was part of my childhood. I'm just amazed that he's still at work doing his thing all these decades later.

49 posted on 02/16/2006 12:17:55 PM PST by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: angcat

Have you ever heard Mark Knoller? He is the White House talking head for CBS radio. He has the most irritating voice -- talks through his nose and acts like it is taking all of his energy just to get the words out. AND he calls President Bush, MR. Bush. Makes me want to rip him out of the radio.


50 posted on 02/16/2006 12:20:34 PM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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