April 27, 2015

Columnist Slurs the South, Sees ‘White Micro-aggression’ in Scribe’s Question

At Instapundit, Elizabeth Price Foley caught a real doozy of a column in the Cincinnati area’s only daily newspaper — if you insist on calling something which looks like it was cobbled together overnight at Fedex-Kinko’s a “newspaper.”

If there was a daily prize for the largest quantity of subtle but arrogant condescension in an opinion column, Cincinnati native, Ohio State graduate, and current North Charleston, South Carolina middle school teacher Meg Stentz would be yesterday’s hands-down winner. Proving that she’s keeping up with the latest trends in political correctness, she even dragged one of the left’s favorite new words into her Sunday writeup.

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Not News: Baltimore Mayor Says ‘Protesters’ Who Wish to Can Have ‘Space’ to ‘Destroy’

At a Sunday press conference, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters that she and the law enforcement in the city she runs have a de facto responsibility, in the name of “balance,” to give “space” to “destroy” to “protesters” who have such a desire.

This obviously newsworthy pull quote condoning property destruction is not present in coverage at the Associated Press’s main national site, in several stories where her comment could have been mentioned at the wire service’s “Big Story” site, or in two additional stories at the New York Times containing Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s byline. Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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April 26, 2015

AP’s Bauer Covers Whining About Walker’s Security Costs, But Not ‘John Doe’ Thuggery

The Associated Press is one of many national establishment press outlets which has from all appearances utterly ignored National Review’s chronicling of police-state tactics used by law enforcement in a “John Doe” investigation targeting Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s fishing expedition, which began in 2012, has attempted but thus far failed to find evidence of illegal “coordination” between conservative political advocacy groups and Walker during his recall election campaign.

A search on Chisholm’s last name at the AP’s main national site at 9 PM ET this evening returned nothing relevant; ditto at its “Big Story” site. But the wire service’s Scott Bauer found the time on Friday to relay opponents’ petty, hypocritical complaint that the state is spending too much money protecting Walker, his family and his lieutenant governor from potentially violent fever-swamp leftists who Democrats could arguably be accused of encouraging (bolds are mine throughout this post; numbered tags are mine):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042615)

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Positivity: Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage — Sacrament is much more than ‘adult friendship’

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From Washington:

Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm

A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday.

“We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA.

The Archbishop cautioned that society’s view of seeing marriage only as “an adult friendship” looses sight of the “sacrificial love” and “one flesh union that Jesus Himself spoke of” that form the basis for marriage as an institution.

“We have not cultivated the basis for sacrificial love but have, in a sense, fallen victims of a culture that tends to talk about adult choices and options,” he explained.

“I think we’re returning now very much to our roots, saying that at the basis of a good, healthy civilization and society is a family, and at the basis of that family is a sacrificial love”

The Archbishop gave an address at the rally before the third annual March for Marriage, joining other Christian and political leaders including Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego and Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson, and Rev. Senator Ruben Diaz of New York City in offering a public defense of marriage. Speeches were given in both Spanish and English and translated so all participants could understand each of the speakers’ testimonies.

The march was held in commemoration of two 2013 Supreme Court cases concerning the federal definition of marriage and states’ ability to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. …

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April 25, 2015

AP’s Julie Pace Covers Up Hillary’s Desire to Force Changes in ‘Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs’

You can usually set your watch to it.

First, you learn about a “progressive” or liberal darling who makes a controversial, over-the-top statement which would get him or her in serious trouble with the general public if widely known. About 24 hours later, you visit establishment press coverage of the event, especially at the Associated Press, and find not a hint that anything controversial occurred. Such is the case with Hillary Clinton’s comments yesterday at the annual Women in the World summit in Washington. Video, a transcript, and a portion of Julie Pace’s AP whitewash follow the jump.

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LA Times Reporter and ‘Ferguson’ Actors Won’t Concede That ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ Is a Myth

At a March 4 press conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder grudgingly bowed to the truth relating to the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of last year: “Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer (Darren) Wilson.”

In doing so, Holder effectively acknowledged the falsity of the claim, repeated hundreds of times in broadcast, online, and print media reports, that Brown cried “hands up, don’t shoot!” before he was killed. The Attorney General also (cough, cough) wondered “how the department’s findings can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely reported accounts of what transpired” and “how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily.” A current dispute between actors and a director in Los Angeles involved in producing a play about Brown’s death, disingenuously covered by Matt Pearce at the Los Angeles Times (HT to longtime NewsBusters commenter Gary Hall), indicates that many people will not accept the truth Holder was forced to acknowledge, even when they directly confront it.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042515)

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Positivity: Cardinal George Laid to Rest

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From Chicago:

Apr 25, 2015 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was laid to rest Thursday, religious and lay members of the archdiocese revered him as a caring shepherd who wouldn’t let cancer get in the way of his ministry.

Sister Mary Paul of the Daughters of Divine Love, an international women’s religious order with a congregation in the Archdiocese of Chicago, recounted how Cardinal George’s predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, had invited the order to Chicago. When he died in 1996, they didn’t know what would happen next.

“When Cardinal George came in, he continued to be a father to us. He knows us personally and he calls us by name,” she told CNA the night before the funeral.

Cardinal George passed away April 17 at age 78 after a years-long bout with cancer. He was Archbishop of Chicago from 1997 until his retirement in 2014.

That the late cardinal was a warm, fatherly figure to those who knew him was a common sentiment from many who attended prayer vigils for his repose, the Funeral Mass, and the subsequent funeral procession ending in his burial at All Saints Cemetery.

They described him as a man close to the people, evoking the image used by Pope Francis of good priests as “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”

“I love the fact that he was a Chicagoan at heart, and he came back to serve this great diocese,” said Michael Czyzewicz, commander of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Boylan Assembly in Woodstock, Ill.

After the evening prayer vigil for men and women religious the night before the funeral, Sister Mary Paul spoke with gratitude for all that Cardinal George had done for her order.

When asked what stood out most about his example, Sister Mary Paul answered, “His humility.” …

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April 24, 2015

AP’s Crutsinger Ignores Recession Red Flag, But Predicted Recession 30 Years Ago Based Only on a Survey

Today’s Census Bureau report on durable goods orders was like a poorly made cake with delicious frosting: tasty at first, but awful when fully experienced.

The frosting in today’s report was that overall orders increased in March by a seasonally adjusted 4.0 percent. The trouble is that an important, widely recognized element of that report — what the Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger vaguely described as “a key category that serves as a proxy for future business investment” — came in with yet another minus sign. That category’s 0.5 percent decline, though noted, had far more significance than Crutsinger gave it.

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Rush Limbaugh Wonders How CNN and MSNBC Can Still Be on the Air; Here’s How

Rush Limbaugh posted an interesting pair of questions at his web site yesterday: “How can CNN still be on the air with no audience? How can MSNBC have been on the air with no audience? In the old days, they’re gone, kaput. Something else is tried. But they stay. And they double down on what they’re doing that’s losing audience.”

A large part of the answer, as I noted on March 30, is that those two networks apparently have suffered very little financially as they have lost audience. That’s because, as is apparently the case with most of the major cable channels, their primary source of revenue comes from “subscriptions,” also referred to as “carriage fees” or “license fee revenues.” In plain English, cable channels get paid a great deal of money even if nobody watches them, and don’t benefit as much as would be expected when their audience grows.

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Positivity: Marriage march in DC expects diverse, wide-ranging support

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From Washington:

Apr 23, 2015 / 03:53 am

People from a variety of faiths and backgrounds will unite in Washington, D.C., April 25 to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the third annual March for Marriage.

“It’s going to be a diverse group, and it’s going to highlight how people of different faiths and backgrounds all come together to support the truth, and marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told CNA.

The third annual March for Marriage will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and precedes April 28 oral arguments at the Supreme Court on a critical marriage case that could determine the civil definition of marriage nationwide.

The march normally takes place in June, but Brown told CNA that this year it was rescheduled to April to coincide with the oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges.

That case involves four marriage decisions by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in November. At that time, the court upheld traditional marriage laws in the four states in its jurisdiction – Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. It was the first major victory for defense of marriage advocates at the federal circuit court level.

The case is now before the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on whether same-sex have the legal “right to marry” nationwide under the 14th Amendment.

An avalanche of amicus briefs have been filed for both sides of the case – hundreds of businesses, states, members of Congress, mayors, and religious leaders, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, have all weighed in on marriage before the Court. …

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April 23, 2015

At AP, Report on New-Home Sales ‘Collapse’ Argues For a ‘Bounce Back’

The Census Bureau reported today that sales new homes in the U.S. (seasonally adjusted at an annual rate) plunged sharply in March to 481,000 after hitting a seven-year record level of 543,000 in February.

As has been the case so often, AP reporter Josh Boak didn’t look past the seasonally adjusted numbers, and as a result gave the “expert” he quoted a free pass to supply sunnyside-up commentary in his mid-day Wednesday dispatch. He also shakily claimed that “winter storms” were a “likely” major impediment to March sales (bolds are mine):

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