Wisconsin Media Double Standard?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Sign Language

Conservatives are alleging a double standard in media coverage of the labor protests. Signs have shown up in Wisconsin likening Republican Governor Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler and showing a target over his face with the slogan "don't retreat -- reload."

The Media Research Center (MRC) analyzed all news stories on CBS, ABC and NBC from last Thursday to Monday. It found eight of the 53 stories on the Wisconsin protests showed one or more of the questionable signs, but none elicited a remark from the network journalists.

However, MRC points out in past months, Tea Party signs were repeatedly denounced by the networks as uncivil.

Tone It Down

Following last month's shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano was one of the many lawmakers crying out for cooler political rhetoric, saying the tone has gotten -- quote -- "violent and personal."

But just this week Capuano himself got fired up when speaking about union rights:


REP. MICHAEL CAPUANO, D-MASS.: It's more than just sending an email that gets you going. Every once in awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.


Capuano now says -- quote -- "I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words."

Muammar's Angels

And finally, in recent months we learned from a leaked WikiLeaks cable, that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi always travels with a voluptuous blonde Ukrainian nurse. But he also brings along an elite force of female bodyguards.

The women are called the Amazonian Guard. They are said to be hand-picked virgins, who are trained in martial arts and firearms. They dress in fatigues, can wear make-up, Western hair styles, high heels and other clothing not deemed acceptable in the Muslim world.