Below the Fold

Northern Alliance forces stopped a car outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul this week and found it to be filled with explosives, according to the U.S. News and World Report, which notes that this is the hotel where many Western journalists are staying. The magazine says it's believed the explosives were going to be used to blow up the building.

This comes after the London newspaper, the Guardian, reported that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar had offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who shoots a Western journalist.

And Time magazine confirms that Usama bin Laden is under consideration to be named the magazine's person of the year. The Washington Times quotes Time managing editor James Kelly as saying that the title goes to the person who has had the biggest impact on history during the course of a year, for better or worse. If bin Laden were named, he would join such U.S. enemies as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and the Ayatollah Khomeini, who have received the annual designation since Time started it in 1927.

A State of the Black World conference was held in Atlanta the past couple of days. In an attempt to grab some attention from the war on terror and rally the faithful in attendance, the Reverend Al Sharpton told the group, "While the rest of the country waves the flag of Americana, we understand we are not part of that. We don't owe America anything. America owes us."

And a new book by former CBS news correspondent Bernard Goldberg has ruffled media feathers even before it's published. The book is a tell-all account of media bias and slanted coverage. Goldberg quotes CBS News president Andrew Hayward as saying, "Of course there's a liberal bias in the news. All the networks tilt left." Another unnamed CBS executive is said to have said, "Bernie Goldberg is a damn traitor."