That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Fred Thompson is now third in some polls behind Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, even though he has yet to get in the race. But the Washington Post reports that the former senator and “Law & Order” star is “seriously considering” a White House bid, and that prospect has been the buzz in D.C. party circles. “He has a commanding television presence that makes every other politician in America jealous,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.). What seems certain is that if he does enter the race, stations and even cablers will drop “Law & Order” reruns because of equal time rules.
War Over “The War”: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is putting pressure on PBS to include Hispanic’s in the pubcaster’s upcoming Ken Burns World War II documentary “The War.” Chairman Joe Baca (D-Calif.) tells the Politico that the 14-hour project, set to air in September, does not feature any Hispanic soldiers but does feature African-Americans and Japanese-Americans. The Caucus has met with PBS officials, and have not ruled out restricting federal funding if the doc isn’t changed. PBS has made no commitment. Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick said they were “dismayed and saddened by any assumption that we intentionally excluded anyone from our series on the Second World War. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
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