Published January 13, 2015
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Britain's ambassador to Washington has called Barack Obama "uninspiring" and "decidedly liberal."
The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports Sir Nigel Sheinwald wrote Prime Minister Gordon Brown a seven-page letter in July shortly before Obama's visit to London. The letter was leaked to the press reading, "He can talk too dispassionately... about issues which touch people personally, for example his notorious San Francisco comments about small town Pennsylvania 'clinging' to guns and religion."
Sheinwald also expressed concern about Obama's stance on Iran, saying, "We will need to consider with him the articulation between (a) his desire for 'unconditional' dialogue with Iran and (b) our and the United Nations Security Council's requirement of prior suspension of enrichment before the nuclear negotiations proper can begin."
There are now calls for Sheinwald to resign. The British embassy is trying to limit any damage, saying, "We are totally neutral as far as the American elections are concerned."
Fair and Balanced?
There has been a lot talk about media bias during this campaign, and it flared up again when it was revealed vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill is writing a book focusing on black political leaders — including Barack Obama — whose name also appears in the title.
Now that controversy has past, other media bias accusations are being debated. One reporter wore her bias on her sleeve — literally.
The Detroit News reports radio reporter Karen Dinkins for WWJ Radio was fired after wearing a pro-Barack Obama t-shirt while covering the presidential candidate's rally Sunday. Dinkins was a reporter at the station for 13 years.
Station programming director Georgeann Herbert said, "Our credibility with our listeners rests on the independence of our newsroom staff. WWJ does not favor any candidate, party or issue."
The leader of the Vatican's highest court has lashed out at the Democratic Party for its stance on abortion. Former Saint Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is now prefect of the Vatican's Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature.
Burke tells an Italian newspaper the Democratic Party risked "transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues."
He then joined other bishops who have criticized some of the party's leading Catholics. He said vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way."
A western Ohio company is now offering a Sarah Palin-inspired hunting bow. Lakota Industries announced its "Sarah-Cuda" bow this week in honor of Palin's "lifelong passion for the sport of hunting." The pink camouflage bow is relatively light to accommodate female hunters, weighing just under 3.5 pounds and it retails for $590.
The company says it will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the National Association for Down Syndrome. Palin's youngest son suffers from the genetic condition.
The company's Chief Executive Dick Williamson says the bow also pays tribute to women who "bear the responsibility of family and work while strengthening the moral fiber of society."
— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.