- The Washington Times - Monday, June 18, 2007

First dad

It may have been a rainy day down in Crawford, but a warm time was had by the first family yesterday as Father’s Day unfolded.

So what did the big guy get?

President Bushreceived several ties that wife Laura purchased during their recent trip to Europe, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel revealed yesterday. Twin daughters Barbara and Jenna gave him a compact disc they had made for him.

BBC unmasked

The British Broadcasting Corp. has “failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff,” a report commissioned by the BBC itself has concluded. Coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased — particularly Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement. The report warned “that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule.”

It concluded that BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs.

“There is a tendency to ‘group think’ with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone.”

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives said they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

“During the seminar, a senior BBC reporter also criticized the corporation for being anti-American,” the London Daily Telegraph reported yesterday.

Commit Harry-kiri

“Democrats claim to ‘support the troops,’ but they never seem to tire of bashing them and their leaders in the field. Take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Last week, he attacked outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace as ‘incompetent’ and had similar disparaging remarks about Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Coalition forces in Iraq,” said a New York Post editorial yesterday.

“What gall.

“In nearly six months’ time, Reid and his House partner-in-crime, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have managed to plunge Congress’ approval ratings below even the near-historic low levels that President Bush is registering. Yes, Reid is a duly elected leader of Congress. Yes, he has every right to weigh in on the effectiveness of America’s military leaders.

“But in doing so, he is also undermining officers in the field — and, by extension, the troops that serve them. In the process, he does his country a disservice. That’s especially true in his criticism of Gen. Petraeus.

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