That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
CBSNews.com has decided to eliminate all reader comments to stories about Barack Obama, apparently in response to racist remarks that were posted on the site, the New York Times’ Caucus blog reports. Mike Sims, director of news and operations for CBSNews.com, was quoted on the Web site as saying that CBS could not selectively delete the ugly remarks because of their “volume and persistence.” Bill Burton, a spokesman for Mr. Obama, said, “It’s too bad that a few discordant voices would be allowed to muzzle the vast majority of folks who are interested and want to participate in the dialogue.”
Manhattan Mashup: Warren Buffett will make a rare appearance at a political event tonight in New York when he attends a fund-raiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, reports the New York Post.
Violence Debate: FCC chairman Kevin Martin stuck to his guns in remarks to the cable industry yesterday, pitching the idea of ala carte offerings as a viable way to please consumers. The crowd naturally was a bit skeptical. And so too is Time Warner COO Jeff Bewkes, who says he worried about the government’s overall efforts to crackdown on TV violence. He tells Broadcasting and Cable, “I am concerned about this issue. Given the constraints of the constitution, I’m not optimistic that whatever legislation passes will be balanced. I hope that it would be balanced and cognizant of the diversity of competition in cable channels, the difference between cable and broadcast television in terms of it being voluntarily invited into the home. We take seriously their concerns, but I don’t think they should legislate.” The Senate Commerce Committee has a violence hearing scheduled for May 17.
Considering Thompson: He didn’t get the best reviews in some circles, but Fred Thompson does get good marks in a Salon profile for having acting chops. Writes Michael Scherer, “Hollywood is built on the premise that it lies very well. But as a political maxim, such assertions have great staying power. Whether it was Reagan in 1980, Bill Clinton in 1992, or George W. Bush in 2000, the candidate who appeared most down-home and authentic on camera, despite other evidence to the contrary, won the election. There’s little doubt that Thompson’s side job as an actor will aid him on the trail.”
Queen Gaffe: The British press was a bit abuzz not only over President Bush’s gaffe (he nearly added 200 years to Queen Elizabeth’s life) but to Mickey Rooney’s kiss of her hand at a garden party at the British Embassy. From the Mirror: “The 86-year-old actor had waited nervously in line with wife Jan at a garden party at the British Embassy. As the Queen approached he gave her a smart salute. When she offered her hand Rooney took it and broke with Royal protocol by planting a kiss on the top of her glove. But the Queen just smiled and chatted to the couple. Rooney said afterwards: ‘This was just such a big thrill for me to meet the Queen. It is something I’ve dreamed of all my life.'” Is it a gaffe? I thought that was what you were supposed to do. The Washington Examiner sent its reporter there and had an amusing exchange with the Queen and Prince Phillip.
Better Messenger?: Slate and Media Curves.com ask who is the better environmental spokesman: Al Gore or Arnold Schwarzenegger?