Published January 25, 2017
And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Today on Tenet
The Washington Post today reports, in a front-page story, -- "CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged yesterday that he did not brief President Bush ... after he was informed in late August 2001 of the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, who would later be charged as a conspirator in [9/11]."
But, as the Post itself reports at the end of a story on page 12, the CIA later determined that Tenet did brief Mr. Bush in Washington on August 31. What's more, a CIA analyst briefed the president in person nearly six days a week while he was on vacation in Texas for most of the month.
Focus Groups Good for Bush?
A Democratic firm conducting focus groups for the AFL-CIO has found mostly good news for President Bush. A memo detailing the findings says, among undecided union voters, President Bush is viewed as likable and strong -- "with a nice family and good moral values."
In addition, the memo says President Bush has mostly escaped blame for the economic downturn and unemployment. As for Kerry, the memo says he -- "doesn't warm anybody up," and that Democrats still need to -- "fill in a lot of information on [him]." But it's not all good news for the president, with focus groups having -- "creeping doubts" about his trustworthiness.
Offers an Apology
Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd has apologized for saying two weeks ago that West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan member, -- "would have been a great senator at any moment [in American history]," including the Civil War.
Dodd now says -- "Words can sting and hurt. If in any way ... I offended anyone, I apologize." But the National Leadership Network of Conservative African Americans isn't satisfied, saying -- "He's basically trying to run for cover right now. ... He [can't] expect this to go away because he apologized." The group has called for Dodd's resignation.
Remember last week we told you how fabled liberal writer Jimmy Breslin -- in a Newsday column -- quoted the Reverend Louis Sheldon, head of the conservative Traditional Values Coalition, as saying -- "Homosexuals are dangerous" and warning that they abduct children to turn them into homosexuals?
Sheldon insisted he never said any such thing, but Breslin said the quote was from 12 years ago, even though he had no notes. Well, Newsday has now issued an editor's note, saying Breslin -- "drew the quotes from memory [and] the result is that the quotes attributed to Sheldon ... were incorrect."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report