June 29, 2007

Bias in Coverage of Immigration-Bill Failure Extends to Protecting Ted ‘Gestapo’ Kennedy

One doesn’t have to look very far to see opinionated assertions in the supposedly objective Old Media coverage of yesterday’s immigration-bill failure in the Senate.

Here’s part of what an unbylined AP report said almost immediately after it was clear that the bill would not get the 60 votes needed for cloture:

The carefully crafted compromise was left for dead after a similar vote three weeks ago but was revived by Bush and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who gave opponents more chances to change it.

To say that there is disagreement over whether the bill was “carefully crafted” is quite an understatement.

A report in the Seattle Times “compiled from The Washington Post, Gannett News Service, The Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers” made this claim about yesterday’s vote:

In a mark of lawmakers’ ambivalence, however, the outcome was substantially different from a test vote Tuesday, when a 64-35 vote revived the bill.

Was it lawmaker “ambivalence,” or constituent persuasiveness? And how do they know?

But the biggest error, as often is the case, was one of omission.

Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts lit into opponents on the Senate floor yesterday with this over-the-top riff (video is at Hot Air; bold is mine):

….. We know what they’re against, we don’t know what they’re for. Time and time again they tell us “We don’t like this provision, we don’t like that provision, we don’t want that part. Well they ought to be able to explain to the American people what they are for.

What are they going to do with the twelve and a half million who are undocumented here? Send them back? Send them back to countries around the world? More than $250 billion dollars, buses that would go from Los Angeles to New York and back again. Try and find them, develop a type of Gestapo here to seek out these people that are in the shadows. That’s their alternative?

Based on this Google News search on “Kennedy Gestapo” (without quotes), only the New York Times (may require free registration) and its sister publication the International Herald Tribune among Old Media outlets reported the Senator’s outburst. The Times reported an abbreviated version of what Kennedy said (without ellipses) at the end of its article, while the IHT, to its credit, gave it context:

The debate just before the vote Thursday was intense, and even personal.

“We know what they’re against. We don’t know what they’re for,” Senator Edward Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said of the bill’s opponents. Perhaps, he suggested, the bill’s opponents envision some kind of “gestapo” to round up illegal immigrants.

“That’s their alternative?” Kennedy shouted. “That’s their alternative?”

I highly doubt that a conservative reference likening liberal opponents to Gestapo would get the scant coverage Kennedy’s hit on immigration-bill opponents received.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (062907)

If you haven’t dug into the details of the staged Elizabeth Edwards ambush of Ann Coulter, rest assured: Ann’s right, while Liz and those attempting to smear Coulter are wrong. This point Coulter makes speaks volumes (bold is mine):

These are bald-faced lies, and the mainstream media knows they are lies. Yet they were repeated ad nauseam on Wednesday by The Associated Press, the AOL pop-up window, CNN, NBC and — stunningly — the host of the lowest-rated cable show himself, who personally told me he knew the truth.

That host is Chris Matthews. The truth he knows is that all the garbage about Coulter in the latest incident is made up. But, chivalry lacking, he lacks the cajones to tell anyone but Coulter. Nice.

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The intimidation campaign of Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin to unlawfully force city employees to live within the city limits despite state law that says she can’t, and despite losing in court so far (previous posts here and here), is better understood in this context:

Residents leaving Dayton in droves

So far this decade, only five large U.S. cities — one of which is post-Katrina New Orleans — have lost bigger shares of their populations than Dayton.

For the decade, Dayton has now lost an estimated 9,462 people or 5.7 percent of its residents. The city, which began the decade as the 126th-largest city, now ranks 143rd in population with 156,771 people as of last July 1.

McLin is forcing those on the city’s payroll plantation to live in the city because ever fewer of those who actually still have their full constitutional freedoms are willing to.

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Lucas County does the seemingly impossible, combining a clear breach of fiduciary duty to taxpayers with a whacked-out idea (HT Thurber’s Thoughts):

June 23, 2007

Lucas County residents will be able to apply for low-interest loans to buy local artwork though a county-funded program, Commissioner Ben Konop, announced yesterday.

….. Lucas County residents who qualify for the program, administered by KeyBank, can receive a loan at 1 percent interest starting at $500, up to a maximum of $2,500 to purchase a piece of local artwork.

….. The county has agreed to invest $250,000 in a one-year certificate of deposit with KeyBank. The interest rate on the investment will be only 1 percent rather than the typical 4 to 4.5 percent, Mr. Konop said.

Maggie Thurber:

So, if the investments should be managed to maximize interest rates, has our treasurer done this? Nope! He’s decided that, instead of maximizing interest rates, he’s going to help people buy art.

She further points out that the program may violate state law, and definitely violates investing principles promulgated by the state auditor.

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Sorry, we can’t wait 20 years for this alleged demographic turnaround to “solve” the illegal immigration problem.

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It’s amazing how libs can explain away appearances at religious events and forums as not being violations of church-state separation. Memo to Barry Lynn: No one outside of Old Media is buying what you’re selling.

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Al Gore, centimillionaire. It’s amazing what you can achieve with a few years of rent-seeking and milking the old-boy network.

Positivity: Woman Claims Street Angels Saved Her Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Wakefield, UK:

June, 1, 2007

A WOMAN who collapsed on a night out says Wakefield’s Street Angels saved her life.

The 21-year-old, who does not want to be named, fears she may have had her drink spiked while in the city centre on Saturday night.

At about 1am she says she suddenly passed out while on Westgate.

She said: “I was panicking, I do not know what happened.

“I was vulnerable, there was no way I could protect or defend myself.

“I felt terrible and was in a real state – it was such a shock.

“Anything could have happened to me. I could have been in an accident or attacked.”

The 21-year-old, from Durkar, was led into the safe care of the Street Angels.

She said: “I was rescued by two angels and will never forget the kindness they showed me.

“They probably saved my life. I cannot praise or thank them highly enough.”

The Street Angels took her to their base, a late-night cafe at the Westmorland Centre near to Wakefield Cathedral, kept her safe and made sure she got home safely

Ben Brown, Street Angels co-ordinator, said: “We are just glad we could help this young woman, but that is what we are here for and we are just doing what we said we would.”

Go here for the rest of the story.