POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES -11/14
60 Minutes ran a devastating report on how lawmakers and their aides “have regular access to powerful political intelligence, and many have made well-timed stock market trades in the very industries they regulate. For now, the practice is perfectly legal, but some say it’s time for the law to change.”
Every presidential election season since 1984, Newsweek magazine “detached a small group of reporters from their daily jobs for a year to travel with the presidential candidates and document their every internal triumph and despair — all under the condition that none of it was to be printed until after the election,” the New York Times reports.
“Then two days after Election Day, the sum of their reporters’ work would appear in the magazine. But the ambitious undertaking, known inside the magazine simply as ‘the project,’ is no more. Newsweek, bleeding red ink and searching for a fresh identity under new ownership, has decided the project would not go forward this election season.”
A reviewer for the official National Park Service bookstore at Ford’s Theatre has recommended that Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling new book about the Lincoln assassination, Killing Lincoln, not be sold at the historic site “because of the lack of documentation and the factual errors within the publication,” according to Salon.
Washington Post: “The sales of Killing Lincoln attest to the fact that TV celebrity and strong storytelling trump accuracy. Since its publication the book has been riding at the top of the bestseller list, and soon after its release O’Reilly signed a contract to write two more books, one of which will be another presidential history.”
Michele Bachmann accused CBS News of “media bias” after her campaign was included on an email chain that suggested she would get fewer questions than other candidates in last night’s GOP debate, CNN reports.
“In the email chain, a CBS employee notified CBS News political director John Dickerson that Bachmann’s spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, had volunteered the candidate for an interview on Dickerson’s post-debate webcast. The employee copied Stewart on the email and told Dickerson that she had been cc’d.”
Dickerson replied, apparently unaware that Stewart was on the email chain: “Okay let’s keep it loose though since she’s not going to get many questions and she’s nearly off the charts in the hopes that we can get someone else.”
Michael Shear looks at some of the reasons why the Republican presidential primary debates have mattered so much this cycle.
“Maybe it’s because Democrats don’t have anything else to do in the evening. Without Democratic debates to fill their time, curious liberals are tuning in to get their fill of televised political combat… the Republican candidates are not the typical collection of middle-aged, somewhat boring governor or senators. Instead, many of them are genuine media personalities who know how to use the television camera to their advantage… The proliferation of political commentary on blogs, news Web sites and even Twitter has made it possible to experience the political campaigns entirely through the eyes of other people. But that may make people even more eager to find out for themselves.”
Miss the last Republican debate? The Daily Beast has video clips of the top seven moments.
However, even if you tried to watch, Politico notes you may have been confused when the televised portion on CBS ended after an hour when viewers were expected to go to the Internet to see the final 30 minutes.
Herman Cain said that God convinced him to run for president, National Journal reports.
Said Cain: “I prayed and prayed and prayed. I’m a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I’d ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You’ve got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?'”
Since God apparently also had conversations with several other GOP candidates, urging them to run, I’ve concluded that there IS a God, AND he/she has a great sense of humor!