* Has a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives ever before used television to urge the assassination of a head of state of another nation?
That was a remarkable moment on WJZ-Channel 13 Sunday when Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, the conservative Maryland Republican, said of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that "someone should go in and bump him off real fast."
Bentley was in Channel 13's studios, being interviewed live on the 11 p.m. newscast by weekend anchor Richard Sher following her return from Kuwait, where she was part of a delegation of political and business leaders.
Even Sher seemed surprised by the bluntness of Bentley's lethal talk about the defeated Iraqi leader. He followed up with a question about whether the U.S. military stopped too soon in its land war in Iraq.
Said Bentley, "I think we stopped too soon. I wish we had gone all the way to Baghdad."
* Is this a sign of retrenchment for the women's movement or actually something refreshing in the role-model war between the sexes?
On the Lifetime cable network, styled as the channel for women, the new host of the daily talk show "Attitudes" is going to be a man.
The network announced yesterday that Jerry Penacoli, a newscaster for Philadelphia's KYW-TV, joins Linda Dano as permanent co-host next Monday. He recently did a week as guest co-host. (The show is seen weekdays at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Previous co-host Dee Kelly left the show in November.)
Donna Harris, Lifetime vice president for original programming, said of the surprising gender choice, "We didn't want to set arbitrary boundaries. We simply wanted the best possible interviewer and most charismatic host who would work well with Linda Dano."
* Can there really be much of a TV audience for football in the
spring, especially as the NCAA basketball tourney is under way?
Regardless, the new World League of American Football begins this weekend a 10-week season of play among 10 teams, and games can be seen on both ABC and cable's USA Network.
The debut game is at 8 p.m. Saturday on USA, with Montreal against Birmingham. Of local interest, one-time University of Maryland quarterback Boomer Esiason is part of the USA broadcast team. Another WLAF game is scheduled on USA at 8 p.m. Monday
Sunday's 1 p.m. game on ABC (Channel 13) is between the New York-New Jersey Knights and the Barcelona Dragons. And yes, that's Barcelona as in Spain.