And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine.
Members of a conservative student group at the University of California at Berkeley say they have received death threats after they criticized a militant campus student group. The conservative students reported in their monthly magazine, California Patriot, that the Hispanic Group called for a revolt against white people in a flier in which they referred to whites as "gringos." What happened then, the conservative students say, is that someone broke into their offices and stole all 3,000 copies of the magazine, some of their members were harassed by members of the Hispanic Group, and there were a few death threats. University Chancellor Robert Berdahl called the incidents "unconscionable."
And there's more from Aaron Sorkin, creator and writer of the NBC series The West Wing, who last week apologized to NBC and to Tom Brokaw for saying that Brokaw's White House tour and interview with President Bush was a "valentine," and that the White House has padded Bush's schedule to make him appear more engaged than he is. At the time, NBC entertainment chief Jeff Zucker said the president's schedule had not been padded and that Sorkin had apologized for getting it wrong. Now, though, Sorkin is saying he 's "a little dismayed that [Zucker] took exception to what I said about Brokaw and said I was wrong. I don't see what it was I got wrong."
More information has emerged about the so-called "shadow government" contingency plan, which Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle claimed over the weekend was a "secret government" no one in Congress knew about. It now turns out that senior members of Congress were either briefed about it by the Bush administration or offered briefings. The term "shadow government" refers to the approximately 200 executive branch employees who have been at work in a secret secure location to help keep the government functioning in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is next in the line of presidential succession after the vice president, says he was fully briefed on the plan after the 9/11 attacks. And Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, president pro tem of the Senate and thus next in succession after Hastert, confirms that he was offered a briefing on the plan, but turned it down saying he already knew all about it.