Let's check out some political stories we found this week below the fold.
CNN founder Ted Turner reportedly has produced a video slated for broadcast at the end of the world. According to Mitchell Fink of the New York Daily News, the farewell features a recording of "Nearer My God to Thee" and a picture of a rippling American flag. CNN employees have been ordered to keep the tape under wraps until the world ends.
ABC News president David Westin argued this week that he couldn't say whether terrorists were within their legitimate rights to strike the Pentagon. Quote, "The way I conceive my job, running a news organization, and the way I would like all the journalists at ABC News to perceive it, is that our job is to determine what is, not what ought to be." Several days later he apologized and conceded that his journalistic standards do permit him to concede that mass murder is bad.
Livingston County, Michigan, officials have taken swift and decisive action against anthrax. They have banned powdered donuts from the government's buildings after sugar from one of the tasties appeared on a cafeteria floor prompting a 911 call from a frightened worker. In the interests of restoring public order, the county also may put the kibosh on sugar substitutes and coffee creamers.
And finally, the government of China is cranking out books, films, DVDs and video games glorifying the September 11 massacres. In one video, a commentator declares over footage of workers trying desperately to find life amid the ruins, "This is the America the whole world has wanted to see. Blood debts have been repaid in blood."
An unofficial video is even worse. "Look at the panic in their faces as they wipe off the dust and crawl out of their strong buildings, now just a heap of rubble. We will never fear these people again. They have been shown to be soft-bellied paper tigers."
Beijing television defends the production saying, "There's the need for more information on world terrorism in the market, so we've got to meet it."
Chinese President Jiang Zemin reportedly is enthralled with the pictures, which he watches obsessively.