November 16, 2011

Newspaper Guild Endorses Occupy Movement’s Thursday ‘Day of Mass Action’ at Its Home Page

NewspaperGuildLogoSmallFive weeks ago, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute thoroughly documented (at NewsBusters; at MRC) how “two separate news unions, including the newspaper guild, the recognized union for many print and online journalists, and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are fully behind the radical message of Occupy Wall Street.”

Now that the Occupy encampments are largely being put out of their disease-infested, crime-plagued misery by big-city mayors finally recovering a tiny bit of their sanity, a visit to the home page of The Newspaper Guild, which, as Dan noted, is part of the CWA (Communications Workers of America) and represents workers at the Associated Press and many individual publications, indicates that they are fully behind what the Occupiers hope is the next stage of their disorderly incoherence. The graphic currently at the top of the guild’s home page, which is the same as the one currently found in an entry at OWS’s main site, follows the jump:

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AP ‘GOP Says’ Story on DOE’s Election-Driven Solyndra Layoff Delay Cites No GOP Sources

solyndra_thumb_0You would think that a story headlined “GOP says Energy Dept. tried to delay solar layoffs” would have a quote or two from a Republican Party spokesperson, politician, candidate or even a rank-and-file party member alleging that, well, the Energy Department tried to delay layoffs at now-bankrupt Solyndra. It doesn’t. The “trifling” matter clearly didn’t concern the headline writer at the Associated Press, which one again is showing that it deserves to be called “The Administration’s Press.”

Without attribution, Matthew Daly’s early afternoon story (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) largely relays and only slightly builds on what Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens reported yesterday at the Washington Post. What follows are selected paragraphs from Daly’s report, including two (in bold) which only generically cite GOP criticism:

The Obama administration wanted the failing solar energy company Solyndra to delay announcing employee layoffs last year until after the 2010 midterm elections, according to newly released emails.

An October 2010 email from a Solyndra investment adviser to a colleague said Energy Department officials were pushing “very hard” to delay making the layoffs public until Nov. 3, 2010 – the day after the midterm elections.

“Oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date,” the email states. The email was released Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with dozens of other emails related to the Solyndra investigation.

Last week, the White House said congressional Republicans were using the Solyndra investigation as a partisan “political football.” Spokesman Jay Carney said at the time that GOP lawmakers have “cherry-picked” certain documents trying to create controversy over a decision-making process that the White House insists involved no political influence.

… Solyndra announced dozens of layoffs on Nov. 3, 2010, after the election, but continued to receive federal assistance.

… The Oct. 30, 2010, email was from Steve Mitchell, managing director of Argonaut Private Equity, a major Solyndra investor, to Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Both organizations are controlled by George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire who was a “bundler” for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and a frequent White House visitor in 2009 and 2010. Argonaut invested $400 million in the solar company. Mitchell also served on Solyndra’s board of directors.

Solyndra’s implosion and revelations that administration officials rushed to complete the loan in time for a September 2009 groundbreaking have become an embarrassment for Obama and a rallying cry for GOP critics of his green energy program.

Getting back to the story’s misleading headline (which also could have mentioned Solyndra by name, but avoided doing so): Daly quotes no one from the Republican Party. He quotes no current GOP candidate, officeholder, party official, or even a run-of-them-mill voter. Yet the headline gives readers the impression that GOP criticism is what the story is entirely about.

The Administration’s Press apparently can’t publish a story which puts the Obama administration in a bad light without engaging in some kind of tactic to make it appear as if it’s really about what the opposition has said instead of what the administration has done. In this case, it was a “don’t read this; it’s just the same-old same-old about Republican attacks” headline. Daly also fails the collegial decency test by acting as if it he learned everything in his story on his own.

Somehow, merely calling this “disgraceful” doesn’t suffice.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111611): Obamaville Decampment and Clean-up Edition

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

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

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Obama-endorsed (proof herehere, and hereOccupy Update:

  • New York (warning: large doses of profanity — “Protester talking about throwing Molotov Cocktails at Macy’s.” Readers unable to endure the full four minutes will get the point after the opening 20 seconds of “We’re going to burn your (bleeping) city to the ground.
  • From Manhattan, via the Blaze“Occupy Wall Street protesters cut through a fence on a lot owned by Trinity Church, a major landowner in Manhattan.” They wanted to use a lot owned by the church as a new Occupy site. The church said no. A video at the link shows that Occupiers did not handle it well.
  • From Iowa“Occupy protesters force Cain Iowa cancellation.”
  • From Seattle, At OWS Exposed — “There have been reports of public defecation in numerous communities, but now we actually have a video of an occupier in the act. Disgusting.”
  • Oakland, at the San Jose Mercury News“Oakland says it has spent an estimated $2.4 million in its efforts to contain the Occupy Oakland protests.” Context: Oakland’s annual budget is in the neighborhood of $420 million, and the city was facing a $35 million deficit even after some union “concessions” this summer.
  • Dan Riehl at BigGovernment.com — “Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement took to Twitter to enlist the help of hacker group Anonymous in targeting New York Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman within minutes of his ruling that Occupy Wall Street protesters could not return to camp in Zuccotti Park.”
  • Santa Cruz — “Police said there have been reports of ringworm and scabies at the camp in recent days.”
  • New York City (HT OWS Exposed) — “City claims occupiers stockpiling weapons.”
  • Death toll, via OWS Exposed: 7. Incident count (clearly understated), via John Nolte at BigJournalism.com: 248.

As I noted previously … Andrew Breitbart asks: “How many more rapes, how many more deaths, how many more acts of violence have to occur before President Obama and the Democratic Party withdraw their support and condemn these lawless protests?” My response: It’s too late for that, Andrew. They’ve had weeks to distance themselves from the disgusting criminal mayhem, and haven’t. They own it now, and they always will. No amount of attempted distancing from this point on can change that.

Besides, they haven’t made any attempt to withdraw their support. Now that most of the sites have once again become true freedom zones (i.e., now that the largely illegal Occupiers have been removed), it’s too late by any reasonable yardstick. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democratic Party own it in perpetuity. It’s who they are.

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UPDATE: At the Hill“Dems criticize eviction of Occupy protesters.”

Positivity: Best friends forever, fighting cancer together

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From “60 Minutes Overtime” (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

October 30, 2011 6:53 PM

“I was as big time as it gets,” linebacker Mark Herzlich recalls about his junior year at Boston College. At 6′ 4″ tall, Herzlich was 240 pounds of high-speed muscle and determination. After graduation, the All-American was expected to grab the golden ring of sports and be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.

But Herzlich’s life didn’t go that way. In the spring of 2009, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. It’s rare bone cancer, striking fewer than 400 Americans a year, and it can be deadly: 30% don’t survive.

As Byron Pitts reports this week on “60 Minutes” – “for the next two years, Mark Herzlich would wage two battles: one of his life, the other for a future in football.”

Watch Byron Pitt’s report, “All-American,” by clicking here.

Herzlich didn’t go into these battles alone. In addition to his family, Herzlich had childhood friend Zack Migeot, whose loyalty so impressed us at “60 Minutes Overtime” that we decided to delve into it this week in our piece “Best friends forever, fighting cancer together.”

Mark Herzlich has described his friend Zack as his “secret weapon,” “someone sent from God,” and “a brother” in his battle against cancer. As Byron Pitt’s told Overtime, “There’s an old saying: Sometimes in life you have to go to the mattresses. And when you go to the mattresses, you want people who will fight for you. That’s the kind of friend that Zack is.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.