That, and other news, in this weekend’s Political Panorama.
YouTube’s cofounders challenged the Pentagon’s ban on their site and 12 others, with the rationale that such destinations take too much bandwith for their system to handle. “They said it might be a bandwith issue, but they created the Internet, so I don’t know what the problem is,” said chief executive Chad Hurley. You Tube is working with the government to try to at least partially lift the ban.
ABC News Staffers Killed: B&C reports that Alaa Uldeen Aziz, 33, a cameraman, and soundman Saif Laith Yousuf, 26, were on their way home from work Thursday at the ABC Baghdad bureau when they were ambushed and murdered after being forced out of their car by unknown assailants. The Committee to Protect Journalists says that 104 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began.
Kevin Wall’s Mission: The Los Angeles Times’ Tina Daunt profiles Kevin Wall, the producer who is organizing the July 7 Live Earth concerts. Wall addresses a few of the controversies that have flared up over the event. For example, Sen. James Inhofe, a global warming denier, has challenged celebrities to reduce their carbon emissions, and Wall says that they are doing just that. Wall also is surprised at how political the event became in Washington, where Republicans blocked efforts to hold a concert on the steps of the Capitol. “I was shocked at how politicized it was in the United States,” Wall said. “Nowhere else in the world is it political like this.”
Fox Tops MSNBC: Fox News’ coverage of the GOP debate on Tuesday drew 38% more viewers than MSNBC’s coverage of its debate on May 3.
Richardson Reaches Out: On the same day he officially announces his presidential bid, with Latino leaders in Los Angeles, Bill Richardson gives an in-depth, hour-long interview on “Viva Voz” on the Spanish language network V-me. In the interview, slated to air Monday, Richardson discusses immigration reform, Iraq, the economy, international relations and his assessment of current domestic policies. The program also explores Richardson’s presidential bid, his personal story and Latino heritage, his four nominations for the Nobel Prize, and his former roles as Energy and U.N. secretaries. Journalist Jorge Gestoso conducts the interview. “As a new network, V-me is proud that national figures such as Governor Richardson see us as a platform to speak directly to Latinos everywhere about important issues for our country,” said Carmen DiRienzo, V-me prexy. V-me is broadcast in many cities on cable and digital broadcast, and nationally on Dish Network and DishLatino. The 24-hour digital broadcast network reaches over 30 million homes. —From John Clarke Jr. in New York.