Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Harsh on Hill
The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found in a new study that Hillary Clinton has been criticized more than any other presidential candidate in TV election coverage this fall. According to the study, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have had the most positive coverage.
The study is based on 481 election stories that aired on the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, NBC and "Special Report." The findings reveal that on-air evaluations of Clinton were negative nearly 60 percent of the time, while evaluations of Obama were positive 61 percent of the time.
Among Republicans, Huckabee fared the best, while Rudy Giuliani and John McCain were given negative on-air evaluations more than 60 percent of the time.
And which network was the most fair and balanced you ask? Well, FOX News Channel of course. The study revealed that this network's coverage was more balanced than any of the other networks. The study found that on FOX evaluations of candidates were perfectly balanced: A 50-50 split for candidates in both parties. But, on the three broadcast networks, candidate evaluations for both parties were negative almost 60 percent of the time.
You've Got Mail
U.S. House members spent more than $20 million of your tax dollars last year to send their constituents what is the government's equivalent of "junk mail." House members sent 116 million pieces of mail, many of them glossy productions filled with flattering photos, meeting announcements and even tips on car care. Others bragged about the latest projects in their district.
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney — a democrat from Georgia, who lost her re-election bid — even used one newsletter to remind constituents that "convicted felons can vote."
Of the 64 worst offenders — spending more than $100,000 — 42 were Republicans, while 22 were Democrats. In sharp contrast, 59 lawmakers spent nothing on mass mailings. Congressman Ray Lahood of Illinois — one of the 59 — said, "I don't believe in this self-promotion."
The United Nations is joining forces with Marvel Comics — creators of "Spider-Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" — in an effort to revive the U.N.'s troubled image.
The joint effort is supposed to result in a comic book showing the international body working with superheroes to solve bloody conflicts and rid the world of disease.
The comic will be distributed free to 1 million U.S. schoolchildren and will be set in a war-torn fictional country. The U.N. then hopes to translate the comic into other languages and distribute it worldwide.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and staunch critic John Bolton tells FOX News: "I'd like to know who's paying for this comic episode."
As the New England Patriots try to cash in on their chance to have a perfect 16-0 season when they take on the New York Giants Saturday night, many Giants fans are just hoping to cash in — period.
Season ticket holders who'd rather skip out on the game have put their tickets up for sale on Web sites like StubHub and eBay. And some are getting a little carried away. An average ticket to see a Giants game runs around $84 — but tickets to see the potential milestone "perfect season" game are selling for as much as $2,500. Yes, 2,500 bucks for a non-playoff game that will be aired on three different networks — a new NFL milestone in and of itself. You could sit at home and switch between CBS, NBC and the NFL network.
One luxury suite is even up for grabs for $26,000 — prompting Giants defensive end Michael Strahan to say, "I could understand it for the Super Bowl — but this is taking on a life of its own."
— FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.