“Staying silent, condoning harassment: the real war on women.”
And so reads the new campaign motto for Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor. He is questioning why his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, has not spoken up about harassment charges that are piling up against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
“Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called on Bob Filner to resign. And the Democrat National Committee is set to vote on a resolution calling for the same. It’s time for Terry McAuliffe to break his silence,” points out a spokesman for Mr. Cuccinelli.
“We cannot reassure voters that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for a champion for women unless Democrats walk our talk on equality and take firm action in accordance with our values and stand up for women by condemning his behavior and calling on him to immediately resign,” reads the Democrats’ resolution on Mr. Filner.
DRAMA WITH THE NEWS
The brand new network was on the air only for a matter of hours before drama intersected with news coverage. Al-Jazeera America, which went live at 3 p.m. Tuesday, announced it had filed a lawsuit against AT&T just six hours later.
The reason? The telecom giant dropped the network from U-Verse, its pay TV cable service that reaches some 5 million customers — a discussion that AT&T indicated had been underway for several weeks. Al-Jazeera America swiftly struck back, however.
“Al-Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T. Unfortunately AT&T’s decision to unilaterally delete Al-Jazeera America presented us with circumstances that were untenable — an affiliate that has willfully and knowingly breached its contractual obligations. Accordingly, we had no choice but to take this action and to enforce Al-Jazeera America’s rights under its agreement with AT&T — and to compel AT&T to do the right thing,” the network said in a statement.
“Al-Jazeera America’s strong hope is to resolve this matter quickly so that AT&T’s customers will have access to our unbiased, fact-based and in-depth coverage of the news that is important to Americans,” concluded the network, which is funded by the Qatar government.
Details are still scanty on the dispute, which appears to have been brewing from the days of Current TV, the progressive news network founded by Al Gore in 2005. Al-Jazeera America bought the channel from Mr. Gore in January for $500 million and has since built a news organization that promises credible news and in-depth reporting.
As once was said in TV news, there’s more to come. Or not.
“Despite assurances, Al-Jazeera America is still feeling like another liberal network,” sighs Mediaite.com columnist Joe Concha, in review of the network’s first day on the crowded airwaves.
POLL DU JOUR
• 55 percent of women and 56 percent of men are satisfied with their boss or immediate supervisor.
• 53 percent of women and 49 percent of men are satisfied with the amount of work that is required of them.