March 17, 2009

One Person Is Definitely Not Mourning the Passage of the Seattle PI

I’m not using the person’s name, because it appears to be from a search engine’s user group, but you can rest assured that what is excerpted below is part of what arrived in my e-mail box word for word.

My limited Internet exposure to the PI’s output over the last decade or so at various times gives me reason to believe that this person is correct in his characterizations.

Here goes, after editing out references to specific events that I can’t verify:

Today in Seattle it was announced that the Hearst Corp.’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer, would stop publishing tomorrow, although a smaller online edition will be tried.

Locally, there was a lot of carefully censored opinion on the closure of the Seattle PI: Peoples said it was a great tragedy, a great loss for our community, even a loss of for Freedom of Speech or Democracy.

One comment, repeated again and again, was that it would create a gap in local reporting. If you did not say these approved things, you comment vanished into the memory hole. (In the seventeen years I have lived in this city, I have never heard ANYONE say either local newspaper was any good at all.)

But the Seattle PI (and its competitor the Seattle Times) is not about local reporting, or indeed news of any kind, and certainly never believed in Freedom of Speech, but rather about censorship. The closure of the PI will only create a censorship gap. If 100,000 people no longer read a local newspaper in this region, that will be 100,000 less people reading censored news. Maybe they will open their eyes and see what the PI has concealed from them.

The Seatte PI (and the Times) are filled with columns by Black nationalists, Asian nationalists, Mexican nationalists, Jewish nationalists, Hindu nationalists Muslim nationalists and drip with hatred for the European-American middle class who buy the newspapers.

Gang rights, Gay rights, Illegal Immigrant rights…. celebrations of gang attacks on European-Americans…. and censorship, censorship, censorship….

….. And so why did so few people buy the Seattle PI?

Because we, as a community, despise the PI, and everything it stands for. We, as a community, have killed this Multicult hate organ and it dies a deserved death. May all its minions rot in Hell. May it begin for them with unemployment.

The Death of each such Multicult organ is a blow for freedom. Boycott them all to death.

Boycott. Bankrupt. Fire. Them. All.

Wow. Even it was even 10% as bad as described, the PI got what it deserved — and the Internet, the economy, and other excuses not related to bias had little to do with it.

Name That Party: NBC Philly ‘Forgets’ Convicted Vincent Fumo and Associate Are Dems

VincentFumoPhillyPol0309Vincent Fumo’s chronicle of corruption is extraordinary, even by the “standards” of Philadelphia, PA.

Thus, it’s a journalistic fail that in a story about the convictions of former 30-year state senator Fumo and longtime associate Ruth Arnao, NBC Philadephia (HT Michelle Malkin) did not identify his or her Democratic Party party affiliation.

Here is a portion of NBC Philly’s early-morning story:

Fumo Guilty on All Counts

Guilty is the verdict on all 137 counts for Vince Fumo in his federal corruption trail. His co-defendant Ruth Arnao is also guilty on all counts against her.

It was standing room only as the verdicts were read, capping off a dramatic five-month trial and a dramatic morning.

Attorneys for both sides argued over whether Fumo was a flight risk. The government asked for Fumo’s bail to be revoked saying he had a “strong incentive to flee.” The judge decided not to revoke Fumo’s bail and instead set a hearing for 2 p.m.

Fumo hugged his younger daughter, who was crying. He hugged his girlfriend, Carolyn Zinni, who was also in tears.

The man who once held arguably the most powerful political position in the state, now faces time in federal prison.

….. Fumo is guilty of defrauding the Senate, a charity and a museum of $3.5 million and with destroying evidence. He left the Senate last year after 30 years.

The trial, which started Oct. 22, featured more than 100 witnesses and 1,300 exhibits, made OPM a household acronym and gave us much more than a glimpse of Fumo’s failed relationships as a friend and a father.

Taxpayers found out how their hard-earned money was being spent, at times, on dinners Fumo had with a former girlfriend. Her testimony revealed a power-hungry man with a sense of entitlement who often picked up the tab with “OPM,” his acronym for “Other People’s Money.”

Fumo’s and Arnao’s party affiliations are also nowhere to be found in a Philadelphia Inquirer story (“Longtime Fumo associate Ruth Arnao guilty on all counts”).

Most of the rest of the press seems to have done a better than average but far from perfect job identifying Fumo’s party than has been seen in many other cases involving Democrats with criminal or ethical problems:

  • UPI.com mentioned Fumo’s Dem affiliation in its second paragraph.
  • An initial four-paragraph report from the Associated Press mentions that Fumo is a Democrat in its final paragraph. A later report carried at a Nashville, Tennessee station’s web site saves it for the final paragraph of five. Another AP item whose timing is undetermined has it in the third of five paragraphs. A fourth AP story carried at KDKA has a third paragraph with an odd post-conviction use of the present tense — “The 65-year-old Philadelphia Democrat is charged with defrauding the senate, a nonprofit and a museum of more than $3.5 million, and destroying e-mail evidence.”
  • Philly’s Fox TV station (“Jurors Blast Fumo After Verdict”) has it in Paragraph 2.
  • PennLive.com’s story (“Fumo guilty charge brings ethics to the forefront”) doesn’t directly identify Fumo as a Democrat. Its 6th paragraph refers to a different Keystone State Democratc scandal, noting that “As news of the Fumo verdict broke, there were new developments in Bonusgate, too. In that scandal, Democratic house staffers are charged with spending working hours doing political work for the Democrats.”
  • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review waits until the seventh paragraph to describe Fumo as “once a powerful Democrat.” Later in the story, the paper did a good “no comment” roundup (“Many lawmakers, particularly Senate Democrats, didn’t want to talk about the verdict”), naming the names and flagging the party of Governor Ed Rendell and Senate Appropriations Chair Jay Costa.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did the best job with the story of all those I reviewed.

Its headline (“Fumo, powerhouse of Pa. Dems, guilty”) is the only one I saw with Fumo’s affiliation, and it appears to have been the only publication to note that “Twice before, the former state senator and Democratic power had beaten criminal charges.”

Though it goes a bit over the top at one point (“there was no escaping yesterday as jury forewoman Karen White delivered guilty verdict after guilty verdict, her words falling for 13 long minutes like dirt into a grave”), it importantly describes key elements of Fumo’s claims and testimony, portraying an incredibly arrogant man who thought himself untouchable and made OPM (Other People’s Money) a lifestyle — something that in this case, considering how long his fellow party members tolerated his behavior, is properly associated with the Democrats.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Positivity: Miracle babies defy death in two continents

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

Good news from two far-apart places:

3/13/2009 9:37:24 PM

n an amazing story of two babies who defied death from two different continents have nothing in common except their fate. Two young children in two different corners of the world have survived two grizzly accidents.

In Peru, a six inch metal rod pierced through the head of a little boy Juan. The Peruvian boy was injured when playing with a metal piece of a toy truck which pierced through the back of the eye, grazing the brain. In the National institute of Children’s health, Neuro Suregeon Luis Guitierrez, speaking on the miracle survival said, “The child was attended in emergency and once he was stabilized he was prepared for surgery. The operation lasted approximately two hours and the metal object was removed.”

Meanwhile, in India doctors on Friday (March 13) removed a 4-foot rod from 3-year-old boy’s stomach. 3 year-old Mehul Kumar was injured when he was playing Holi on the terrace of his grandparents’ house. He is out of danger after a three-hour-long operation. The rod was removed and then efforts were diverted to the repair of the vital organs that has been injured. The rod pierced through his body and then broke, resulting in his fall from the roof.

According to sources, Dr Sandeep Agarwal, who led a team of 5 in the operation to remove the rod from the boy’s body declared, “Mehul Kumar is out of danger.” Mehul was playing with colours on the terrace when he suddenly fell on an iron rod left standing on the under-construction terrace. The rod pierced through his body and then broke, resulting in the boy falling from the roof.

He was rushed to hospital from where they were referred to RIMS hospital, where doctors performed an operation to repair vital organ that were injured. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.