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Grapevine: Public editor takes Times to task

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Breaking News

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan is taking her paper to task for downplaying the congressional hearings on the Libya scandal, saying the story deserved to be on the front page.

The Times covered the hearings on page three, in the international section. Sullivan says she was told by managers there were six better stories deserving A-1 treatment: One on Affirmative Action in universities; another about Lance Armstrong's doping allegations; two on the presidential election; a story about taped phone calls at JPMorgan Chase and an item on a woman who died of meningitis.

Sullivan concluded: "I can't think of many journalistic subjects that are more important right now or more deserving of aggressive reporting."

Are E.U. Kidding?

Some Europeans are proud that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union. But the move has others howling.

British conservative lawmaker Daniel Hannan tweeted -- quote -- "First Al Gore, then Obama, now this. Parody is redundant."

Dutch populist lawmaker Geert Wilders scoffed: "Nobel Prize for the E-U. At a time (when) Brussels and all of Europe is collapsing in misery. What next?"

Some Europeans wondered whether all of the E.U.'s 500 million residents could claim a share of the glory and the million dollar prize.

A Little Less Conversation

Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott was hoping to lead voters to updates about meningitis by giving out a phone number for an information line. He flubbed the last digit and callers were directed to a woman's voice purring on a phone sex hotline.

Scott was informed about a half hour later and the correct number was provided.

His spokeswoman notes the actual number had been publicly available online and elsewhere for several days.