Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
A U.S. Army spokesman tells FOX News that the man featured in the New York Times as the hooded subject of a now infamous picture from Abu Ghraib prison is not the person in that photo. The Times profile of Ali Shalal Qaissi — which ran on Saturday — highlighted the alleged abuse that he suffered while imprisoned in Iraq.
The Times cited advocacy groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as sources verifying that Qaissi is the man in the photograph with no verification from the US military. The Army has since contacted The Times to notify them of the mistake. The paper's foreign editor Susan Chira says the Times will now investigate.
IRS Troubles for Watchdog Group?
The Hill newspaper reports that an advocacy group that claims to be a non-partisan ethics watchdog could be in serious trouble with the IRS. The status of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, as a tax-exempt group bars the group from partisan political activity. But The Hill found that since its creation three years ago, CREW has filed at least 20 complaints against Republican lawmakers and only one against a Democrat.
Melanie Sloan, who runs CREW, disputes any claims that the group is biased and blames the high number of complaints against Republicans on the current balance of power in Congress, saying, "You're stupid to pay off a Democrat. They can't do a whole lot for you." She, by the way, is a regular guest on the left-wing radio network Air America.
A 7-year-old girl shocked audiences at a black history event last month with her poem, "White Nationalism Put U in Bondage." Autum Ashante of Peekskill, New York, performed at local schools reading lines like: "Black lands taken from your hands by vampires with no remorse ... They took the black women with the black man weak ... and nothing has changed take a look in our streets."
Ashante told the Westchester Journal News she was inspired to write the poem after seeing a documentary that links Darwinism to fascism, and referred to white people as devils saying, "All they do is just steal, rob and murder... that's the only thing they were raised to do." School officials say Ashante has been "unofficially" banned from performing in the district school again.
Conservative Beat Successful
The New York Times has provided readers with new insights and perspectives since launching its conservative beat two years ago, according to the Times' public editor Byron Calame.
Calame says coverage of the conservative movement has spawned a greater awareness across the newsroom and among readers, quoting the paper's national editor, Suzanne Daley, as saying it's created a kind of awakening that's contagious among the staff. So why not create a liberal beat as well? Calame says that decision, "reflected the reality that The Times's coverage of liberals had no gaps similar to those in its reporting on the conservative movement."
— FOX News' Dominique Pastre contributed to this report.
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