And now the most compelling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
A new study shows that positive evaluations of President Bush on the network evening news have dropped from 56 percent during the Iraq war to 32 percent after the end to major operations was announced. The study, conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, shows that CBS was the toughest on President Bush after major operations ended, with 77 percent negative evaluations, followed by ABC, with 67 percent negative evaluations. This as the Media Research Center is accusing ABC of burying its own poll, which, as we told you earlier this week, shows President Bush's job approval rating on Iraq rose 10 percentage points after Saddam's capture. ABC, the Center says, only referenced the poll for a few seconds with a small graphic Monday morning.
In another sign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's struggling campaign, Al Sharpton -- deemed a "long-shot" candidate -- is now beating Kerry in a new national poll. According to the poll, conducted by RasmussenReports.com, 7 percent of Democrats would vote for Sharpton, compared with 6 percent who would vote for Kerry. The poll is the second national poll to put Howard Dean in the lead. Dean is followed in the new poll by Joe Lieberman.
One day after the House passed the $820 billion omnibus spending bill for next year, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, from San Francisco, issued a press release enumerating all of the benefits to her city that she "secured" in the bill. She said, "This funding will benefit San Francisco and the entire Bay Area by supporting successful programs and initiating promising projects." The press release did not mention that Pelosi voted against the bill.
A Big Bomb, Plane And Simple
The New York Times today issued the following correction, "An article on Friday ... misstated the weight of the bombs that United States forces have dropped recently on sites believed to harbor urban guerrillas. They are 500 pounds each, not 500 tons." A 500-ton bomb, by the way, would weigh significantly more than a Boeing 747 that is packed to capacity and fully fueled.
— 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.