December 9, 2008

Blagojevich Arrested: Name That Party Roundup

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:29 am

120908_Blagojevich2.jpgIllinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested today. The Associated Press’s Mike Robinson actually identified Blago’s party in the third paragraph of his 10:27 a.m. report (link is dynamic; cited report is also here for future reference; underlying news HTs to an e-mailer):

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama’s election as president.

According to a federal criminal complaint, Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper’s editorial board who had been critical of him fired.

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

Pass the smelling salts — USA Today’s Judy Keen began her story by identifying Blago as a Dem in the first word of the first sentence. And Reuters’s 10:38 a.m. report (probably dynamic) identifies him as a Dem at the beginning of its second paragraph.

Other news services’ initial reports have been more circumspect about Blago’s party membership:

All in all, the overall performance of the press thus far would have to be given a “C” or “C+,” which compares pretty favorably to the typical D-/F+ performance usually seen when Democratic politicians get into trouble. (Update: Commenters at NewsBusters are finding other examples where Blago’s party ID is not present.)

A more typical example can be found in the arrest and resignation of Cleveland, Ohio councilman Robert J. White III over a bribery charge. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and other area news outlets totally failed to identify White as a Democrat.

The scope of the alleged crimes Illinois Governor Blagojevich stands accused of is, as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stated, “truly staggering.” Go to the links for more.

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Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (120908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 9:56 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • Large Bill does a great job dissecting “The Biggest Boondoggle” claim made by John Arquilla at Forbes. Arquilla believes that aircraft carriers are obsolete and that new spending on them should cease. LB puts up some very good contrary arguments, especially in regards to deterrence. That’s all fine, but I still find Arquilla’s assertion that a traditional carrier fleet will be useless in a China-Taiwan conflict compelling. So what do we bring to that fight so we can win it — or better yet, keep the Chicoms from starting it?
  • Yeah, there is hope — William Jefferson (D-La) lost his re-election bid (HT Best of the Web) to Republican Anh Cao. The linked New York Times article attributed Jefferson’s loss to “white anger,” and waited until the second-last paragraph to tell us that “Mr. Cao, 41 and known as Joseph, fled Vietnam at age 8 after the fall of Saigon.”
  • News-twisting as just mentioned explains why the New York Times has to borrow against its headquarters building to stay solvent. The journey towards becoming Manhattan’s quaint little alternative newspaper continues.
  • Great catch — GM told the public 5 years ago that it had messed up in the past and that it was on the “road to redemption.” Not exactly. A full-fledged attempted “redemption” at taxpayers’ expense is a bad, bad, bad idea that has the potential to cost $125 billion.
  • Speaking of which, they don’t want to utter the word “nationalization” — but that’s what appears to be happening in the Big 3 Bailout.
  • So you tell me — Why did Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others involved in the 9/11 attacks agree to confess on the night Barack Obama won the presidential election?
  • It’s easy to make too much of this …..

    MR. BROKAW: ….. Have you stopped smoking?
    PRES.-ELECT OBAMA: You know, I have, but what I said was that, you know, there are times where I’ve fallen off the wagon. Well…
    BROKAW: Well, wait a minute.
    OBAMA: …what can I tell…
    BROKAW: Then that means you haven’t stopped.
    OBAMA: Well, the–fair enough. What I would say is, is that I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier, and I think that you will not see any violations of these rules in the White House.

    ….. but it’s all too reminiscent of someone else who lied even when he didn’t have to.

Positivity: Puppies save three-year-old boy lost in freezing Virginia woods

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Halifax County, Virginia:

Monday, December 8th 2008, 1:57 PM

A toddler lost in the Virginia woods was back home safe Sunday thanks to two puppies who kept him warm through a harrowing night of freezing temperatures.

Jaylynn Thorpe, 3, wandered away from his baby-sitter at 4 p.m. Friday and was missing for 21 hours as hundreds of friends, family and law enforcement officials searched for him in the thick woods of Halifax County, fearing the worst.

“The only thing we wanted to do was just keep searching until we found him,” Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin told reporters.

Jaylynn’s frantic family knew time was not on its side.

“We didn’t forget the issue that 17 degrees was almost unbearable,” said his father, James Thorpe.

“People all over the State of Virginia was down there looking for that child. For a while there, one time, I didn’t know whether they would find him or not,” said the child’s grandmother and guardian, Katherine Elliot.

Officials said the lost little boy and the two family puppies wandered up to a mile in the dark, even across a highway, but it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that members of the search team found him sitting by a tree, the two puppies nestled against him.

The little boy didn’t say anything, according to rescue team member Jerry Gentry, but instead “just opened his arms up like, ‘I’m ready to go.’”

“When I first saw him, he was like, ‘Momma, I got cold. I slept in the woods last night. The puppies kept me warm.’ He told me that … the dogs slept up against him. And I’m sure the body heat kept him warm,” said his mother, Sarah Ingram.

Billie Jo Roach, another member of the search party that found the boy, said the puppies refused to leave his side.

As the child was placed in an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital for examination, “The puppies were watching where he went.

“Where he went, they went,” Roach said.

As word went out that the child was alive and well, family members cheered and cried for joy.

“Praise the Lord! Welcome home, Jaylynn!” yelled his aunt, Amy Zimmerman.

Close to 300 people from North Carolina and Virginia joined in the search to find Jaylynn.

“I love you! God bless you,” Ingram told the rescue teams. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.