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Grapevine: Fox News not an Al Qaeda favorite?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Old School

President Obama called out one of his Republican predecessors for not embracing technology during a stop in Maryland, Thursday.

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Rutherford B. Hayes reportedly said about the telephone, "It's a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?"

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore

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However, history tells a different story.

Hayes was actually the first president to have a telephone installed in the White House, same for the typewriter.

And the curator of the Rutherford B. Hayes Center says the president didn't actually say what President Obama claims.

The White House tells the Washington Post President Obama was making a broader point and that the quote is widely cited.

Channel Surfing

Fox News Channel is apparently not a favorite with Al Qaeda.

In that intelligence gathered from the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports, U.S. born media adviser Adam Gadahn wrote about ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS and VOA as the best outlets for a bin Laden message.

Quote -- "From a professional point of view, they are all on one level -- except [Fox News] channel, which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks objectivity too."

Ignatius concluded -- quote -- "What an unintended boost for Fox, which can now boast that it is Al Qaeda's least favorite network."

Know Your Audience

Finally, a Republican congressional candidate from Iowa learned a good lesson about knowing his audience.

Last week, Dan Dolan made his campaign pitch to a room full of Democrats by accident, not realizing Republicans were meeting later in the day.

Once Dolan wrapped up, a guy raised his hand and said, "I think you want to talk

to the Republicans."

Dolan said everyone was nice about the mix-up but now he makes sure to check before speaking.