Magazine article Insight on the News

Kipling's Rumsfeld; Chirac's Vichy Comments; Al-Jazeera Hate TV. (the Insider)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Kipling's Rumsfeld; Chirac's Vichy Comments; Al-Jazeera Hate TV. (the Insider)

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Who says there ain't no justice? The creep who made those exploitive Girls Gone Wild videos that are advertised on cable TV after midnight is facing sex and drag charges filed by parents of underage women.

* Alleged spying by jailed Red Chinese double agent Katrina Leung is believed to have compromised U.S. agents worldwide, as well as secret operations in Red China. She was paid $1.7 million by the FBI over two decades to snoop on Beijing.

* After TV Guide quoted the producer of a CBS docudmma series as comparing the United States during the war in Iraq to Germany during the rise of Hitler, the network fired him. Outraged critics say the idea behind Hitler: The Rise of Evil was to equate President George W. Bush and the late Bavarian watercolorist.

* The 13 appropriations bills for the new fiscal year included 9,362 pork projects that will cost taxpayers $22.5 billion, an increase of 22 percent since 2001.

* Still rolling: House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) says he offers thanks every day for the American heroes who fought back aboard the third hijacked plane to prevent terrorists from crashing it into the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001.

* What do you suppose House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is thankful for beside the leadership post from which she gets headlines for announcing that Democrats "could have brought down that statue" of Saddam Hussein in the heart of Baghdad "for a lot less"? Almost as crazy as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announcing that America's overwhelming victory only proves Saddam Hussein was a "paper tiger" who was no threat to world peace. Ask the survivors of Saddam's torture chambers about that one, Tom.

* At least Chris Matthews of Hardball admits he opposed the war and had a hard time keeping his on-air balance.

* Balance in Middle East reporting is such that, as U.S. forces took Baghdad, the official Jordan Press Association held a rally in Amman at which a screaming mob of 100 "journalists" burned American flags and posters of President Bush. And Jordan calls itself the most moderate of the Middle East states.

* Unedited anti-U.S. Al-Jazeera newscasts began running on April Fool's Day on cable TV in Cleveland, Milwaukee, Omaha, St. Louis and Ithaca, among other U.S. cities, through SCOLA, a nonprofit supplier of foreign-language news.

* While the war in Iraq raged, ratings for the exciting finals of the national NCAA Basketball Championship were down 22 percent from last year as viewers opted for war news.

* A recent Andrew Glass reminiscence of former Illinois Sen. …

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