Inside the Beltway
GONE TO THE DOGS
Criticizing Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, and other Christian conservative women has become popular sport for assorted pundits, comics and journalists. Now it’s become a franchise. In development at ABC: “Good Christian Bitches”, a prime-time drama showcasing churchgoing women behaving badly from producer Darren Star, the man behind “Sex and the City” and “90210.” The concept - based on Kim Gatlin’s 2008 book of the same name - suggests Mr. Star longs to create an evangelical version of, say, Bravo’s “Real Housewives” series.
Shooting begins March 21. The Parents Television Council and the Women's Media Center are among groups outraged by the “extremely offensive and distasteful show title,” said Fox News culture writer Hollie McKay. Meanwhile, Andrew Breitbart of BigHollywood.com has managed to get a copy of the pilot script and promises a review; his site’s readers are already busy with their own, however.
Some wonder whether a version for Muslim women is in the offing, or whether the program is simply geared to “Christian bashing,” “liberal talking points” and other standard Hollywood fare.
“Lassie was a Christian?” one reader asks.
“It’s telling that the White House can’t actually say who is running point on our nation’s budget situation. President Obama says he wants to cut spending but the Democrats on the Hill seem to have a mind of their own drawing their line in the sand over the weekend. This after the president names Vice President Biden to lead the budget effort only to ship him overseas,” observes the Republican National Committee.
BIDEN HIS TIME
Yes, even Vice President Joseph R. Biden - aka “VPOTUS” - must navigate the dreaded shopping trip, like this one during his weeklong trip to Finland, Russia and Moldova with wife Jill and granddaughter Finnegan, as described by Wall Street Journal correspondent Jonathan Weisman, designated “pool” reporter of the day:
“Motorcade rolled from the Hilton to the Esplanade in the center of Helsinki, where VPOTUS, Dr. Jill Biden and Finnegan made a beeline for Marimekko, the famous Finnish design store. Finnegan and Dr. Jill were drawn to black Converse basketball shoes covered in tear-dropped shaped white loops. VPOTUS wandered aimlessly like most men do in such shopping occasions, but he did express some skepticism about said shoes: “I’m not sure if she wants to go on the court in that.’ “
NOW HEAR THIS
“It’s a perception problem. … We are urban and rural, red state and blue state.”
National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller, explaining at the National Press Club on Monday that NPR does not have a liberal bias.
“We handled the situation badly. We made some mistakes. I made some mistakes.”
Mrs. Schiller on terminating the contract of news analyst Juan Williams last year after he expressed his uneasiness when seeing Muslims on airplanes.
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