Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
* Reader Gerard H. reports a “brief moment of sanity on Radio National�?:
Stephen Crittenden, interviewing UK Minister for Northern Ireland John Spellar, asked him what he thought the main issue in the forthcoming UK election would be. Before Spellar could reply, Crittenden helpfully suggested “Iraq?”
Spellar dismissed this: only the chattering classes are concerned about Iraq, he said. Quick as a flash, our unbiased ABC presenter shot back (in his worst ABC smartypants voice): “Chattering classes win elections.”
Spellar replied: “No they don’t.”
* Mark Steyn is back online.
* Regarding the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Robert Fisk asks: “Would the Syrians dream of doing anything so crude and vicious as this?�? Beats me; maybe Fisk should ask the citizens of Hamah. If he can find any. (Via Alan R.M. Jones)
* Ted Lapkin on Mamdouh Habib: “There is an old legal aphorism that advises: ‘If the law is against you, argue the facts; and if the facts are against you, argue the law.’ With the public emergence of material linking Mamdouh Habib with al-Qa’ida since the early 1990s, it is no surprise that his more sophisticated supporters have adopted the latter course.�?
* It’s war at CBS:
Far from resolving the problem of the network’s credibility, the independent report commissioned by CBS appears instead to be leading to a confrontation, with defenders of both the ousted CBS staffers involved in the debacle and top CBS management asserting two different truths from the same document.
Mr. Howard and two other ousted CBS staffers—his top deputy, Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West—haven’t resigned. And sources close to Mr. Howard said that before any resignation comes, the 23-year CBS News veteran is demanding that the network retract Mr. Moonves’ remarks, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name.
* Major art news: “A pair of paintings from the famed series depicting dogs playing poker fetched nearly $600,000 at auction Tuesday.�?