Published January 25, 2017
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
We told you about Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick getting out of jail Friday. Thursday, when the Associated Press reported that he had been imprisoned for violating terms of his bond in his perjury case, the AP failed to mention his party affiliation. Kilpatrick is a Democrat.
But back on July 29, when Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was indicted, the AP made his party affiliation clear. The headline read, "Ted Stevens indicted, longest-serving GOP senator." The article included the word "Republican" seven times and "GOP" four times.
Media watchdog Web site NewsBusters.org reports that both "ABC World News" and "NBC Nightly News" also failed to report Kilpatrick's party affiliation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been criticized by Republicans for promoting her new book instead of allowing a vote on expanding domestic oil production. But her ongoing book tour has done little to help sales.
Nielsen BookScan reports that in its first week, the book "Know Your Power" sold just 2,737 copies. Online bookstore Amazon.com Friday afternoon had Pelosi's book at number 1,875 in its sales rankings. And after 89 customer reviews, the book rates at one and a half stars out of five.
Responding to pressure from consumers and staff a Tennessee branch of Tyson Foods and its labor union have overturned a contract that replaced Labor Day with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reports the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union announced an agreement that instead increases the number of paid holidays to include both Labor Day and the Muslim festival. Employees will have nine paid holidays this year instead of eight.
The union originally agreed to make the Muslim festival a holiday at the expense of Labor Day. Last year between 250 and 400 Somali employees did not show up for work on Eid al-Fitr.
The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer keep driver's license photos on its database for members of a small religious group. That's because the group believes digital storage is a "mark of the beast."
The group known as Call to Design Ministry is not affiliated with a particular church. Members say digital storage is a way of numbering people and liken it to a warning in the Bible's book of Revelation about a "mark of the beast," which is an indication of the anti-Christ.
So to accommodate members of the sect, the DMV will keep hard copies of each photo on file. Any digital photos will be deleted immediately after the hard copy is made.
— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.