October 19, 2011

Obama’s ‘All the Choices We’ve Made Have Been the Right Ones’ Remark Absent at Gatekeepers AP, NYT

GatekeepingDog1011Concerning President Obama, his obviously most important quote of the past 48 hours is his statement to ABC’s Jake Tapper (transcript here) that concerning the economy, “I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones …”

Clearly, such a remark, if widely known, would be problematic for the President among quite a number of unemployed and underemployed Americans. In the New Media age, of course, it can’t be kept totally under wraps, but at the two organizations which still consider themselves the nation’s news gatekeepers, Obama’s statement apparently hasn’t made the cut. Consider it the latest installment in what might as well be dubbed, “Operation Protect the President.”

At the Associated Press’s main site, a search on “Obama choices” (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant.

A Google News search on [Obama "choices we've made" "associated press"] (input exactly as indicated between brackets) comes up empty.

At the New York Times, a search on [Obama "choices we've made"] (input exactly as indicated between brackets) comes up completely empty. Widening the search to “Obama choices” (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant.

At least the gatekeepers can’t shut out things they don’t want to relay like they used to. A Google News search on the full quote entered with quote marks (“I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones”; sorted by date, with duplicates) returns 12 items. Although one of them is from Tapper’s Political Punch Blog at ABC News where Devin Dwyer teased the interview Tuesday afternoon, the Tapper interview itself is not in the results (a glitch, perhaps?). A Google Web search on the full quote entered with quote marks (past week only, sorted by date, including similar items) returns 412 results.

Nonetheless, the failure by the Associated Press and the New York Times to inform its readers and, in the AP’s case, its subscribing listeners and viewers is quite derelict — and, sadly, quite typical. Also concerning the AP, which should consider renaming itself “The Administration’s Press,” the determination to ensure that the relatively disengaged don’t hear anything unsettling about the president seems pretty obvious.

It really isn’t even necessarly to note that a Republican or conservative president making such a statement would be getting blanket and perhaps mocking coverage from the self-appointed gatekeepers. But I will anyway.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Earth to AP: Housing Starts ≠ ‘Home Building’ — And ‘Home Building’ Didn’t Increase 15% in Sept.

The headline and opening sentence in Derek Kravitz’s Associated Press report this morning on the Census Bureau’s homebulding industry data release gives readers the impression that industry activity increased impressively during September. It increased a tiny bit, but certainly not by the percentage indicated.

The headline ignorantly assumes that a double-digit increase in housing starts is the same as an increase in “home building.” It isn’t. That headline, the first four paragraphs from Kravitz’s report, and some other indicators of housing market progress — and the stunning lack thereof, three full years after the politicians promised that the Troubled Asset Relief Program would right the ship — follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101911)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder is below. Other topics are also fair game.

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Arthur Laffer in the Wall Street Journal (“Cain’s Stimulating ’9-9-9′ Tax Reform … the low marginal rates would jump-start the economy”) — “I believe his plan would indeed be static revenue neutral, and with the boost it would give to economic growth it would bring in even more revenue than expected.” In my view, far more. “Unexpectedly,” of course.

Defeated one-term former congressman Steve Driehaus, who lost to Steve Chabot largely because of his support for Obamacare and its self-evident proabort provisions (since borne out) now has the ACLU involved in his lawsuit against Susan B. Anthony List, which told the truth about what his Obamacare vote meant — except that the ACLU is siding against him.

Bryant Gumbel is calling National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern a plantation overseer.” As of April, the NBA led all world sports in average annual salary: $4.79 million.

The joys of central planning, described in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal editorial (“Your Cash for Their Clunkers”) — “Some 48 different battery technology and electric vehicle projects received federal money as part of the Administration’s August 2009 announcement, including such corporate giants as Johnson Controls and General Motors. Current estimates are that by 2015 there will be more than double the supply of lithium-ion batteries compared to the number of electric vehicles. This government-juiced industry is headed for a shakeout, taking taxpayer dollars with it.” At stake is at least $2.4 billion.

There are serious allegations that unsafe decisions led to IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s death — “As I followed race after race this year it became more than apparent that the safety of the drivers was not the first concern of IndyCar officials. … In order to enter 34 cars in the Las Vegas finale, the rules of Indycar had to be waived. Specifically, the rules state that no field shall exceed 28 cars, except for the Indy 500 … Putting 34 cars on a steeply banked mile and a half oval was absolutely unheard of – and against the rules.” Read the whole thing.

Nothing to see here, move along: “Minus suspected fakes, then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama likely fell short of the number of signatures needed to appear on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot, and it’s possible his opponent, Hillary Clinton, did as well, according to information obtained by The Tribune as part of an investigation into suspected ballot petition fraud.” If this were a GOP candidate’s problem, it would be front-page news.

Positivity: Ron Paul’s Powerful Pro-Life Ad

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:58 am

Fundamentally right (HT Hot Air):

Paul: “Unless we resolve this and understand that life is precious and we must protect life, we can’t protect liberty.”

Herman Cain: ‘Pathway to Prosperity’ (‘They Think You’re Stupid’)

Filed under: Activism,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:01 am

Great video and capsulized history lesson, circa 2007 (link to book):

Key historical points, quoting Cain:

  • “Oh, I didn’t know the Democratic Party started the KKK. They did.”
  • “Oh, I didn’t know that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed because of a larger percentage of Republicans voting for it than Democrats. That’s true.”
  • “And I didn’t know that in 1957, … (the Civil Rights Act) was debated and killed on the floor of the United States Senate by Southern Democrats.”