Wife: Governor didn’t want fidelity in vows
Charleston, S.C. — South Carolina’s first lady says her wedding was a “leap of faith” because Gov. Mark Sanford, who famously cheated on her with a woman he described as his soul mate, did not want to include a vow of fidelity in their marriage ceremony.
Jenny Sanford also tells ABC’s Barbara Walters in an interview airing Friday on “20/20” that the final blow to the marriage was the publication of racy e-mails between Sanford and his Argentine mistress.
The show released excerpts of Sanford’s interview with Walters, which coincides with publication Friday of her memoir, “Staying True.”
Not having a vow of faithfulness “bothered me to some extent, but ... we were very young, we were in love,” Jenny Sanford tells Walters. “I questioned it, but I got past it.”
Stewart: O’Reilly the voice of sanity on Fox
New York — Comic Jon Stewart told Bill O’Reilly that the “no spin zone” ringleader had become the voice of sanity on Fox News Channel, although “that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp.”
The host of “The Daily Show” and Fox’s kingpin exchanged some good-natured shots Wednesday during Stewart’s appearance on a network he relishes mocking. Stewart tossed off jokes but also criticized Fox for being a “cyclonic perpetual motion machine” opposing President Barack Obama.
“They have taken reasonable concerns about this president and this economy and turned it into a full-fledged panic attack about the next coming of Chairman Mao,” Stewart said.
O’Reilly said the Obama attacks were primarily coming from Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, who have two of the highest-rated programs on Fox.
Newton asks for Indian tribal recognition
Richmond, Va. — “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton is asking Virginia legislators to grant state recognition to his Indian tribe.
The Virginia-born entertainer appealed Tuesday to the House Rules Committee to officially recognize the Patawomeck, or Potomac, tribe, of which he is a member. Committee members voted unanimously in favor of the recognition, which has been given to eight Virginia tribes.
The recognition allows the group to be known as a tribe but does not grant sovereignty.