July 28, 2014

WSJ Journalists Delete Tweets About Gaza Hospital Hit by Errant Hamas Rocket

As yours truly noted a week ago, journalists who have ventured into Gaza operate under coverage restrictions imposed by Hamas, the terrorist group which controls it. Based on the tenor of their coverage, the New York Times and other organizations are complying with Hamas’s constraints, usually without telling their readers, listeners, and viewers. This of course begs the question of why those reporters and photographers stay there — unless they’d like to leave and are being prevented from doing so.

A little onsite reality leaked out of Gaza today, in the form of two tweets from Wall Street Journal reporters based there, before they were quickly withdrawn. Twitter user Yair_Rosenberg caught them before they disappeared. They provide evidence that a rocket strike at a Gaza hospital which killed many Palestinians was the result of an errant Hamas rocket, not an Israeli strike:

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AP’s Matt Lee ‘Jokes’ in a Tweet That U.S. Strategy Is to ‘P*ss Off Everyone’ in Mideast (See Update)

Of all the Associated Press reporters out there, Matt Lee, whose beat is the State Department, appears to have the least patience with the pablum (and worse) he is expected to swallow from the Obama administration.

In September of last year, as the situation in Syria escalated, Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry proposed a non-mandatory request for a Congressional vote on U.S. military involvement in Syria. After hearing State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki defend that proposal as “courageous,” Lee, after getting a non-response to a question as why it was courageous, famously asked: “Was there some kind of, like, group spine-removal op procedure at the White House over the weekend?” Though he may not have exercised the best judgment this morning in posting the tweet which follows the jump, at least we can say that Lee hasn’t taken up permanent residence in the wire service’s otherwise very crowded water-carrier wing:

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AP Plays Defense For Obama Admin ‘Fuming’ Over Israeli Anger at Kerry

The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, wants Americans to know that the Obama adminisration is really, really upset — but not at Hamas for committing terrorist acts, using women and children as human shields, and digging tunnels for the purpose of mass-murdering civilians on Rosh Hashanah.

No-no-no. Team Obama is “fuming” (i.e., their poor little feeeeewings are hurt) because Israeli officials and the Israeli media — even its liberal wing — are furiously criticizing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for apparently doing all he can to sell out the Jewish state’s positions in attempting to negotiate a ceasefire with Hamas.

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At CNN, Poll Results on Impeachment Released Friday Morning, But Romney Whipping Obama Held Until Sunday

CNN/Opinion Research conducted a poll of “1,012 adult Americans conducted by telephone” from July 18-20. The poll contained over 40 questions. But instead of publishing all of the poll’s results in one document, the network is parsing them out.

Several questions relating to support for impeaching President Barack Obama and suing him in court over his unilateral executive actions were released Friday morning at 6 a.m. Related coverage by Paul Steinhauser, which includes a video, was headlined “Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit.” But another set of questions, including one showing that Mitt Romney would beat Obama by nine points today in a head-to-head race, did not go public until Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., conveniently a time of much less immediate public attention — and Steinhauser’s related article did not include a video.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘AP Reporter: Get Used to the ‘New Normal’’) Went Up Yesterday

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog at noon tomorrow (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072814)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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Positivity: Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

ul 27, 2014 / 11:07 am

Pope Francis on Sunday stressed the priceless value of encountering Jesus, noting that Jesus’ parables speak of those who are willing to trade everything for the Kingdom of God.

“He who knows Jesus, who encounters him personally, remains fascinated and attracted by so much kindness, so much truth, so much beauty, and everything in great humility and simplicity,” the Pope said July 27.

“Look for Jesus, meet Jesus: this is the great treasure!” the Pope exhorted.

Speaking before the noontime Angelus prayers, he addressed thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square from his window in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

The Pope reflected on the two parables in the Sunday Mass reading from the Gospel of Matthew: the parable of the treasure discovered buried in a field and the parable of the pearl of great price.

He said these parables show that the discovery of the Kingdom of God can come “suddenly,” as when the farmer discovers unexpected treasure in a field and sells everything to buy it. The Kingdom of God can also come “after a long search,” like the case of the merchant who sought a precious pearl.

Pope Francis stressed the primary fact of both parables: the farmer and the merchant “give up everything else” to buy what they have found.

“They do not need to reason, to think, to reflect: they realize immediately the incomparable value of what they have found, and are willing to lose everything to have it.”

“So it is with the Kingdom of God,” the Pope explained. “He who finds it has no doubts. He feels that this is what he was searching for, what he was looking for, and what responds to his most authentic aspirations.” …

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July 27, 2014

NYT Headlines Decline in Median Net Worth Since 2003, Downplays Much Steeper Drop Since ’07

Which is the more important statistic: A 36 percent decline in U.S. median household net worth since 2003, or a 43 percent decline in that same statistic since 2007?

The average person would certainly be more concerned about the latter, which represents an annual drop of about 7 percent compared to the less than 4 percent per year seen in the past decade. But apparently if you’re a reporter or editor at the New York Times, the former statistic is of far more interest, while the latter doesn’t merit a specific numerical mention.

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Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Nation’s Last Explicit’ Gun Ban; Press Mostly Ignores

On Saturday, District of Columbia Circuit Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. finally ruled that the city of Washington’s ban on residents carrying firearms outside their homes is unconstitutional.

Emily Miller at Fox News calls it a decision which “leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.” But a Google News search on “Washington DC gun case” (not in quotes, sorted by date), returned only 16 items, only one of which — a terse five-paragraph Reuters dispatch carried at the New York Times and appearing in Sunday’s paper on Page A16 — is from a U.S. establishment press outlet.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072714)

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Positivity: John Paul I’s beatification cause may advance, cardinal says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Belluno, Italy:

Jul 24, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced the milestone during his homily at Mass in the Belluno cathedral July 20.

The beatification process of John Paul I had been slowed because the “positio” had not been completed. The positio is the document that the postulator prepares, presenting the “pros” and “cons” of a person’s possible beatification.

After the positio is submitted, theologian consultants to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and the Promoter of Faith, will vote on whether to approve the document for further consideration.

If they approve, the members of the congregation then will give their response. If they too approve, the cause for beatification will be referred to Pope Francis for approval.

John Paul I was born in the Diocese of Belluno and Feltre in 1912, as Albino Luciani. He was ordained a priest of the diocese in 1935, at the age of 22, and was appointed Bishop of Vittorio Veneto in 1958. He then served as Patriarch of Venice from 1969 until his election as Bishop of Rome in 1978.

He served as Pope for 33 days before his death, presumably of a heart attack.

Shortly after his death, requests to begin his beatification process came from many parts of the world. These requests were formalized in 1990, with a document signed by 226 Brazilian bishops. …

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July 26, 2014

Megyn Kelly Chronicles IRS Lies and Flip-Flops the Press Refuses to Cover, Let Alone Feature

On Thursday, with PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams as her guest, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly recited a list of assertions (under oath, she reminded us) made by Internal Revenue Service officials which have later been shown to be lies or cause for agency flip-flops after “new” facts have been revealed.

It’s a significant list. By implication, it’s an indictment of the vast majority of the establishment press, which has refused to give the IRS scandal the attention it deserves. Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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Wasseman Schultz Says Nev. Governor Didn’t Implement an Obamacare Exchange; But He Did

It seems that Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz has herself programmed to automatically criticize any Republican governor in the U.S. for refusing to implement a state Obamacare exchange.

Wasserman Schultz made that contention on Tuesday about Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. She did so on Nevada’s “Ralston Reports,” a TV program hosted by Jon Ralston, whose bio indicates that he is “a contributing editor at Politico Magazine” and that he has appeared “on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS.” There’s only one problem: Nevada tried to set up an Obamacare exchange, but decided to “scrap its crippled Obamacare exchange and join the federal HealthCare.gov for at least a year.” Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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NewsBusted (072514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:30 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Illegal Aliens
– Rahm Emmanuel
– iPhone and Chinese Robots
– Electrified Bra
– Hookah Smoking
– Hospital Drone
– Gay Americans
– California Drought

Best Lines:

  • “An electrified bra that sends a shock to attackers will soon be on the market. Liberals now immediately demand that the bra be made available under Hobby Lobby’s health plan.”
  • “A new poll finds that at least 3% of Americans identify as gay. That’s only 3% of Americans, but 95% of characters on network TV shows.”
  • “As the California drought continues, residents have grown so untrusting they’re now using Facebook to rat out their neighbors who water their lawns in Farmville.”
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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