John McCormack is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.
One gets the sense that some in the media are doing their best to help Michele Bachmann win the Republican nomination by attacking her over ridiculous kerfuffles. The latest example involves her claim that the Founding Fathers "worked tirelessly" to end slavery. On Good Morning America, host George Stephanopoulos told Bachmann that her claim is "just not true":
The day-after stories about the not-guilty verdict for Florida mother Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in a case that has dominated the tabloids and cable news networks, include a clue to what the jurors were thinking.
The news director of WEKU, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Public Radio News Directors Inc. Charles Compton, who has served as news director at WEKU since 2005, will fill the unexpired term of mid-sized newsroom representative Naomi Starobin, who became the Board’s large market representative
John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.
The unsettling thing about Michele Bachmann's failed discussion of the founders and slavery is not that the Tea Party "Patriot" knew so little about the birth of the American experiment that she made John Quincy Adams — the son of a somewhat disappointing founder (John) and the cousin of one of the true revolutionaries (Sam) — into something he was not.
"About 200 people drowned in the Red Sea [Tuesday]," the BBC writes, "when a boat carrying migrants to Saudi Arabia sank off Sudan's coast after catching fire, Sudanese media says. Only three people have been rescued, according to the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC), a state-linked news agency. A governing party official told the BBC he believed the passengers were Somalis likely to be fleeing the drought."