May 16, 2012

Obama Admin Injects Dear Leader Into White House Bios of 13 of 14 Most Recent Presidents; Press Ignores, or Yawns

DidYouKnowWithObamaPicWideA quick comparable: If George W. Bush had arranged to insert “Did You Know?” promos of his administration’s accomplishments and positions into other presidents’ biographies on the White House’s web site, does anyone think that the press would have ignored it? Not only would they have not ignored it, they and every left-leaning entertainer would (quite justifiably) have ridiculed and criticized him for historical tampering bordering on vandalism.

Well, Dear Leader has done exactly what I described sometime in the past four days to 13 of his past 14 predecessors, sparing only Gerald Ford (I guess that will have to wait until Obama can compare his administration-ending pardons to Ford’s pardon of Dick Nixon). After the jump, readers will find pictures of the conclusion of the bio of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from Google Cache as of May 12 and as of today, followed by a bit of commentary from Andrew Malcolm at Investor’s Business Daily:

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It’s All About Him at AP: ‘Lower Oil Prices Ease Load on Consumers and Obama’

Really, the only surprise is that consumers came before Obama in the headline — because Obama came before the economy in the underlying article.

A late-day dispatch from Jonathan Fahey and Paul Wiseman at the Associated Press even found someone to say that history will be on Obama’s side if gas prices fall to below $3.50 a gallon or so by Labor Day. Excerpts follow (bolds are mine):

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AP Reporter’s Flat-Out False Claim: ‘Home Construction’ (Really Down 25%-32%) ‘Is Near a Three-year High’

AdministrationsPress0412I just about knew it when I heard a top-of-hour radio report this morning. When the announcer intoned that there was a 3% increase in “home construction” in April, I said to myself: “There’s the Associated Press again, up to its old tricks.” That was indeed the case. When I went to the related AP reports, I found that they were, like the economic data coming out during the Obama administration, much worse than expected.

In this morning’s coverage of the still bottom-feeding situation in new home construction, the AP’s Christopher Rugaber indeed wrote that a 3% seasonally adjusted April increase in housing starts from an annualized 699,000 to 717,000 represented an improvement in “the rate of construction.” But he was just warming up. In an afternoon report which can only be characterized both in tone and in detail as an attempt to blow smoke up the public’s posterior, he falsely claimed that “Home construction is near a three-year high.” I would call that assertion “horse manure,” but that would be unfair to equine excrement.

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Wisconsin: Walker Leading in Polls; DNC Said to Be Giving Up

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:39 am

Relevant items:

  • At Hot Air — “Daily Kos poll of Wisconsin: Scott Walker leads by five, Romney within one point of Obama”
  • At Big Government — “MoveOn: DNC Pulling Out of Wisconsin Recall”
  • Also at Hot Air — “Poll puts Walker up nine in recall fight; Update: WI Dems “furious” with DNC over lack of support”

Perhaps even more significant: A search on “Walker Wisconsin” (not in quotes) at the Associated Press’s main national site done at 8:30 this morning returns no relevant stories in the past five days. When the news is “bad” from their perspective, the AP either doesn’t report it at all, or only carries it statewide or regionally.

Although it’s far too early for anyone on the ground to begin letting up, the lack of a national AP story about Wisconsin, an AP fever-swamp obsession since February of last year when Governor Scott Walker’s now-legislated reform proposals first became known, appears to confirm the validity of what might otherwise be seen as purely speculative, namely that Walker is currently on track to survive the recall, and rather handily.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:30 am

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

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Positivity: A Catholic University Stands Up For the Sanctity of Life

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

From Francisan University of Steubenville (HTs to Hot Air and Life News):

Campus Health Insurance Policy

The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.

Spin Cycle: AP Writes More Positively About Retail Sales Data as Day Progresses

On Tuesday morning at 8:30 ET, the Commerce Department reported that seasonally adjusted U.S. retail sales in April rose by 0.1%. In an 11:12 a.m. report via the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, carried at the Detroit News (“U.S. consumers hold back retail sales, even as gas prices fall”), Martin Crutsinger was appropriately not impressed: “Lower gas prices in April weren’t enough to embolden U.S. consumers to spend much more elsewhere. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose only 0.1 percent last month.”

Look how things changed in a late afternoon AP report currently carried at its national site co-authored by Crutsinger and Christopher Rugaber, reworked in time to go into most newspapers’ print editions Wednesday morning:

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