And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
Attacking the Attack
This is what the Associated Press said today about the deaths of Uday (search) and Qusay (search) Hussein, "pursuing with intent to kill violates a long-standing policy banning political assassination." The AP's George Gedda says the ban, instituted in 1976 under President Ford (search), makes no distinction between wartime and peacetime. Gedda adds, "it was the misfortune of ... Uday and Qusay that the Bush administration has not bothered to enforce the prohibition." And this is what Reuters said about Pfc. Jessica Lynch's (search) homecoming in West Virginia, "Jessica Lynch, the wounded Army private whose ordeal in Iraq was hyped into a story of U.S. heroism under fire returned home on Tuesday to the embrace of loved ones and the cheers of flag-waving well-wishers."
Core of Conservatism?
The University of California at Berkeley is now proudly announcing the results of a study of political conservatism. Berkeley says four researchers…who scoured 50 years of political literature from around the world…have concluded that, "at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality." The researchers say political conservatives, "condone inequality" and often exhibit fear, dogmatism and aggression. Berkeley has offered three examples of such conservatives: Benito Mussolini (search)... Adolf Hitler (search)...Mussolini, Hitler and Reagan…and former president Ronald Reagan (search).
Democratic Commercial Declined
WMSN-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, has refused to air the Democratic Party's commercial attacking President Bush on Iraq. It's the ad that uses the President's now famous State of the Union address quote, but leaves out the part where Mr. Bush attributes the information on Iraq (search) and nuclear weapons to the British government. Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe (search) is blaming the station's decision on FOX News, which he accuses of a, "blatant, partisan attempt to aid the Bush White House." While WMSN is a FOX affiliate, it is owned independently by Sinclair Broadcasting, has no relationship with FOX News and does not even subscribe or contribute to FOX's affiliate news service. FOX has nothing to do with the station's advertising decisions.
Trapeze artists, jugglers and other circus performers with the world-famous Moscow State Circus, now touring Europe, have been told to wear hard-hats during performances as a result of new safety regulations by the European Union (search). The general manager of the Moscow State Circus calls the demand, "just another loony law from Brussels," telling London's Daily Telegraph the Russians, "are the only country stupid enough to pay attention."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report