After Anti-War Ad, CBS Cuts Ties with General

That, and other news, in this weekend’s Political Panorama.

General John Batiste appeared in new ad spots for VoteVets.org this week critical of President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq — “Mr. President, you have placed our nation in peril” — and now CBS has cut an on-air consulting agreement with him.  “Gen. Batiste inadvertently violated our standards by appearing in the
advertisement,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sandy Genelius. “Therefore,
we and the general mutually agreed to end his consultants’ arrangement
with CBS News.” Batiste has said that the parting was amicable, but others question the move. Blogger Atrios notes, “[L]ots of former generals and similar are on the cable networks
cheering on the war, so anyone who criticizes former generals speaking
up is essentially saying they can only express their opinions in one
direction.”

Paris in the Spring:
Barack Obama avoids a meetup with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton — actually an artists’ rendition of them.

Quotable:
“The government going after Michael Moore is like Paris Hilton going to
the clink: It’s a brand extension. It can only help his career. It validates his
shtick that he’s the little guy being silenced by a large and sinister
voice.”
—crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall, on the  Treasury Department’s probe of the filmmaker.

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