That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Is Rudy Giuliani helping or hurting himself by taking a more combative position with the media? The Politico, which broke the story last week about his billing practices for his security while mayor of New York, suggests that his “unplugged” tone may not work so well when put before a national audience.
Writes Michael Calderone, “The initial strategy of not answering questions posed by Politico about accounting practices, followed by attacks on the timing and alleged motives behind the report, seemed to only raise more questions and fan more coverage on television networks and, above all, in the New York newspapers. It was a seeming case study of a damage control operation stuck in reverse, engine revving.
It also put on display a side of Giuliani’s style and instincts that has mostly been obscured in the 2008 race, in which the candidate and his advisers have sought to portray him as a strong yet avuncular fellow, with cool judgment in crisis that shined during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”
FCC Chair Investigated: Variety’s William Triplett reports that FCC chairman Kevin Martin is the target of a congressional investigation as to whether he is abusing his authority. The investigation follows a showdown FCC meeting last week in which in which two members accused Martin of suppressing information on the cable TV business. Martin denied the charges.
Sheen for Richardson: Martin Sheen is endorsing Bill Richardson. As I posted here a few weeks back, he hosted a fund-raiser for the New Mexico governor along with Lee Iaccoca.
McCain at MTV/MySpace: Despite being “older than Frankenstein” (his words, John McCain actually earns high marks at the latest MTV/MySpace presidential forum, especially on global warming, health care and Darfur.
So Long Celine: The Clinton campaign drops Celine Dion’s “You and I” — chosen in a contest last spring — from the candidate’s appearances. Now in vogue: Big Head Todd and the Monsters’ “Blue Sky.”