And now the most engrossing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Majority Say Things Are Going 'Well'
A new poll out today shows that a majority -- 56 percent -- of Americans say things are going "well" for U.S. troops in Iraq now that the major fighting has ended. That's down from 86 percent, less than two months ago after President Bush announced the end to major military combat. Nevertheless, a majority 56 percent of Americans still say the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, down 17 points from nearly two months ago. In addition, 69 percent say it's worth having U.S. troops in Iraq now that major combat has ended.
On the Road to Peace
As Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (search) continues to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (search), a new poll shows Palestinian confidence in Abbas has dropped to 41 percent from 51 percent two months ago. What's more, the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion poll, quoted by the Jerusalem Post, shows most Palestinians -- 64 percent -- say they support Arafat, not Abbas. And while 65 percent of Palestinians say violence has helped Palestinians achieve national rights in ways negotiations could not, a majority 56 percent say they support the international road map to peace.
The BBC is under fire from the British and Israeli governments for allegedly slanted news coverage. In one recent report, the BBC accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair's communications chief Alastair Campbell (search) of "sexing up" a dossier to make Saddam Hussein appear more threatening, but British government officials now say Campbell could not have "sexed up" the intelligence because the intelligence in question had been added to the dossier days before Campbell ever laid eyes on it. And in a letter to the BBC, quoted by London's Guardian, British government minister and former BBC reporter Ben Bradshaw says he believes the network "has ignored or broken many of its own public guidelines on this story. I know that there are many journalists in the BBC who agree with me."
BBC Standing By Its Stories
Meanwhile, the Israeli government has announced it will no longer invite BBC reporters to briefings or grant them any interviews because "the way the BBC is trying to portray Israel competes with the worst of Nazi propaganda." The BBC, however, is standing by its correspondents' work.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.