March 11, 2012

Derrick Who? AP on Day 3 Without Story on Obama’s Harvard Hero

ObamaAdmirationForDerrickBell1992This probably won’t surprise anyone, but it should be noted for the record: As of 3:45 p.m. today, almost 72 hours after the related story broke, the Associated Press has not reported on new revelations about the clear influence radical, racist professor Derrick Bell had on now-President Barack Obama 20 years ago — so influential that Obama “routinely assigned works by Bell as required reading” in his University of Chicago law classes. The AP has also not told its subscribing outlets and news consumers about how many of its colleagues in the press withheld information on the relationship between the two during the 2008 presidential election campaign. A search on Bell’s name (not in quotes) at the AP’s main site returns nothing relevant, even though it has been shown that Obama told a Harvard audience that people should “[O]pen your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell.”

However, there has been no shortage of coverage at the AP and elsewhere of what Mitt Romney did with his dog 29 years ago. But of course, the dog story is far more relevant to Mitt Romney’s governing philosophy than Obama’s love of a professor whose core life contention revolves around insurmountable white racism (/sarc). The AP’s cover-up treatment of Bell has been consistent, as seen in the first three paragraphs of its brief write-up after the professor’s death in October 2011 (bold is mine):

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Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Sliding Down the Slippery Slope at Warp Speed’) Is Up

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:22 am

It’s here.

I will go up here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Subheadline:

A medical journal article ruthlessly proposes — and its editor defends — rhetorically dressed-up infanticide.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031112)

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

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Liberty Counsel Announces Partnership with Personhood USA to Protect Life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:00 am

From a Liberty Counsel news release, in full:

March 6, 2012

Washington, DC – Liberty Counsel announced today a new partnership with the pro-life organization, Personhood USA. This partnership will enable both Liberty Counsel and Personhood USA to be more effective in advocating for the passage of personhood legislation and state initiatives for constitutional amendments in states across the country.

Personhood legislation or state constitutional initiatives declare that human life begins at conception and extend the full protection of the law to all human beings from the moment of conception. Personhood USA led the fight for constitutional amendments affirming the personhood of every human being in both Colorado and Mississippi, providing an important grassroots organization that was needed for these efforts. Although there have been setbacks along the way, this movement dedicated to passing personhood has been gaining momentum.

Liberty Counsel has an extensive history of fighting for the cause of life. The first case that Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver argued before the U.S. Supreme Court dealt with an unconstitutional restriction on pro-life sidewalk counselors. Last month Liberty Counsel stopped the Justice Department from its attempt to silence sidewalk counselor Susan Pine, when a federal judge dismissed Attorney General Eric Holder’s lawsuit.

Personhood USA will be increasing its efforts to pass personhood legislation and initiatives. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed suit to block these efforts. In Mississippi, Liberty Counsel successfully represented Personhood USA. Liberty Counsel will aggressively defend Personhood USA as part of this new partnership.

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, commented: “We are pleased to partner with Personhood USA to advance legal protections for every human being. It is undisputed medical science that human life begins at the moment of conception. The right to life is the right of all rights. Without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless. Abortion not only destroys a human life but also demeans women and destroys families. I believe that a culture of life will be restored in America. The days of Roe v. Wade are numbered.”