And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
She Just Keeps on Going ...
The German Justice Minister, who lost her parliamentary election, and now apparently her cabinet post as well, after likening President Bush's handling of the Iraq issue to the tactics of Adolf Hitler said something else about the president as well. In the same newspaper interview, Herta Daeubler-Gmelin said that if insider trading laws had been in effect when Mr. Bush was in the oil business back in the 1980s, "then Bush would be in jail today." By the way, she also claims that she never actually said the word Hitler, referring instead to "Adolf Nazi."
No Space for Weapons
Berkeley, Calif., has decided to declare outer space above the city off-limits to space-based weapons. The City Council has passed a resolution that "hereby declares that the space 60 kilometers and above the city of Berkeley is a space-based weapons free zone." It goes on to says that the resolution "is hereby recommended to be adopted by all municipalities in the United States of America and worldwide."
The Invisible Quote?
The New York Times reported on Friday that the document the Bush administration sent Congress outlining its national security strategy contained the following statement, "The president has no intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the United States has opened since the fall of the Soviet Union." But others reading the document could not find that quote. The reason was that it wasn't in the document. It was, as The Times acknowledged the next day, "the writer's summation of interviews with senior administration officials."
Different Parties, Different News Views
The latest Gallup poll shows a striking difference in the way Democrats and Republicans feel about the American news media. Fifty-one percent of Democrats think the news media are about right, but only 20 percent of Republicans feel that way. Only 27 percent of Democrats find the media too liberal. But 72 percent of Republicans feel that way. Eighteen percent of Democrats think the news media are too conservative, while only six percent of Republicans feel that way.