And now the most riveting two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
John Kerry insists he earned his first Purple Heart from Vietnam after taking enemy fire in December 1968, but the doctor who treated Kerry at the time now says -- "what I saw ... certainly did not look like a round from a rifle." Doctor Louis Letson, quoted by National Review, says what he treated was a piece of metal, the size of a splinter, sticking -- "very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm."
What's more, according to Letson, some of Kerry's crew said that Kerry was likely injured when he fired a mortar round onto some rocks at close range, and the fragments ricocheted. Kerry today denied that. Letson, meanwhile, says that after plucking out the piece of metal, he covered Kerry's wound with a band-aid.
Hands Behind Attacks?
Three days after Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah said on Saudi TV that -- "It is ... 95 percent [certain] that the Zionist hands are behind" last week's terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has now come out to respond to those claims. According to Al-Watan newspaper, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Al-Faisal says -- "It is not hidden from anyone that extremist Zionist elements are engaging in a vulgar campaign against the kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] by espousing and disseminating lies and incitement against the Saudi government." What's more, a press release from the Saudi government says Israel is working with and funding Al-Qaeda.
Fifty-two retired British diplomats sent a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair last week, insisting British and American policy in the Middle East is -- "doomed to failure." American media -- including the AP, the New York Times, and National Public Radio -- were all over the story.
But the London Telegraph reports that those organizations failed to note that several of the diplomats are on the payrolls of pro-Arab organizations. For one, the letter's organizer, former British ambassador to Libya Oliver Miles, is a high-level adviser to MEC International, a business developer that has been under contract with the government of Bahrain, the Arab League, and the National Bank of Egypt.
But, Miles insists, such business ties did not influence the letter at all.
Students Assigned a Speech
A professor at Alfred State College -- part of New York's state university system -- has sent an email to students enrolled in his "Public Speaking" course this summer, suggesting topics and informational resources for a speech they'll be giving at the end of the term.
In the email, Professor Bill Laubert also laid out 16 -- "unacceptable sources" that students may not reference, including "Jerry Springer," "Rikki Lake," "Entertainment Tonight," the National Enquirer, and none other than Fox News Channel.
When a student challenged Laubert on the exclusion of Fox News Channel, Laubert suggested the student -- "drop the course immediately." As of Wednesday night, Laubert had not returned repeated calls seeking comment.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report