That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
When Rudy Giuliani visited his campaign office in Glendale on Tuesday, the media couldn’t resist asking him about the writer’s strike. Asked which side he supported, Giuliani said, “I don’t know that answer. I’d have to look at that issue.” As the New York Sun’s Josh Gerstein reports, he started “to sound not only neutral, but perhaps entirely unaware of the paralyzing walkout.” (He can be forgiven for that one, as big as the story is here).
Later, however, he offered his help. “You know. It’s very unlikely, but if they needed my help, I’d be more than happy to help, as a fair-minded mediator. I can think of two big strikes in New York that I helped to settle, but I’m sure they have a lot of people that are willing to do that.”
Tape Twist: According to the New York Daily News, ex-HarperCollins publisher Judith Regan has audio tapes of phone calls and meetings with News Corp. employees. Regan alleges in her $100 million lawsuit that she was pressured to lie to federal investigators about Bernie Kerik in an effort to protect the reputation of Giuliani.
Is this any more than a sideshow to the campaigns? According to the New York Times, it raises questions about Fox News’ coverage of the campaign. “The Fox News Channel’s coverage of the presidential race has been a topic of some discussion within rival campaigns because the channel is directed by Mr. Giuliani’s friend of 20 years, Roger Ailes. But the network has strongly defended the balance of its coverage under Mr. Ailes, who served as media consultant to Mr. Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign in 1989. Mr. Giuliani, as mayor, later officiated at Mr. Ailes’s wedding.”
Giuliani dismissed the story at a campaign stop today, per the AP. “I don’t respond the the story at all. I don’t know anything about it. And, it sounds to me like a kind of gossip column story more than a real story.”
The Brothers Emanuel: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) introduced his brother, Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel, in D.C. on Monday as the latter received one of the Lab School of Washington’s :outstanding achiever” awards, reports the Examiner’s Yeas and Nays.
“So tonight, I am confident in predicting Ari will be rendered speechless for two reasons: first because he is truly moved by this honor and second, because all his Hollywood writers are on strike.”
“Let me tell you about the Ari Emanuel I know,” Rahm said. “When others see fierceness, I see loyalty. When others see intensity, I see passion”
“X-Files” Files: As rivals turn up the heat on the Clinton Library to make available files on the First Lady’s tenure, Time finds a curious assortment of Freedom of Information Act requests for information pertaining to UFOs. Among them: “e-mails to and from John Podesta, containing the words either, X-Files or Area 51. John Podesta was a renowned fan of the “X-Files” television show.” Podesta says through a spokesperson, “The truth is out there.”