Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
When General Motors emerges from bankruptcy proceedings, a former chief executive officer at AT&T will take over. But Edward Whitaker tells Bloomberg News: "I don't know anything about cars... I think I can learn about cars. I'm not that old, and I think the business principles are the same."
The 67-year-old Whitaker says the administration contacted him weeks ago about coming out of retirement and running a company that has lost almost $88 billion since 2004. And while the Treasury Department says he is well-qualified, not everyone is buying it. Telecom industry analyst Victor Schnee calls his appointment, "bizarre... the guy accomplished a number of things in telecom and we all thought the book was closed. What happened was that wireless came along and created one of the most amazing growth markets in the world, and therefore bailed out sinking ships like Verizon and AT&T."
Fair & Balanced?
The executive vice president of the liberal San Francisco Chronicle newspaper says the press is not covering President Obama objectively. In a piece titled, "Love or Lust, Obama and the Fawning Press Need to Get a Room," Phil Bronstein writes: "This guy is good. Really good. And frankly, so far, we're not... the Obama-press dance is a more consensual seduction where, in the old-fashioned sense, we're the girl… We're even enthusiastically jumping into the pond without even being pushed. Is there an actual limit to the number of instances you can be the cover of Newsweek?"
Meanwhile Newsweek editor Evan Thomas has provided yet another example of the mainstream media's presidential crush. He said on MSNBC on Friday, June 5: "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above, above the world. He's sort of God."
And Iranian reformists who oppose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are circulating a video that shows him claiming a supernatural experience — during a speech to the United Nations in 2005. Ahmadinejad tells one of the country's top clerics: "A member of the (Iranian) delegation told me, 'I saw a light that surrounded you.' I sensed it myself too... I felt the atmosphere changed. All leaders in the audience didn't blink for 27, 28 minutes. I'm not exaggerating when I'm saying they didn't blink. Everybody had been astonished... they had opened their eyes and ears to see what is the message from the Islamic Republic."
The clip was released after Ahmadinejad denied making the comments. Iran's presidential election is Friday.
— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.
Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's (FNC) chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier(weeknights at 6-7PM/ET), the highest-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top five shows in cable news. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau.