May 28, 2012

AP Predictably Leaves Harvard’s Violation of Federal Guidelines Out of Coverage of Liz Warren’s Claimed Indian Heritage

At the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Jesse Washington’s Friday evening coverage (“Who’s an American Indian? Warren case stirs query”) of the nuances involved in claiming Native American Indian heritage — or ancestry, or biology, or allegiance, or identity, or identification, or membership (and I’ve probably missed a couple) — occasioned by Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts is the journalistic equivalent of what the occasional Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game was like (with final scores sometimes in the 20s) before the NCAA legislated the shot clock: a continuous exercise in stalling.

Washington’s report is time-stamped at 10:31 P.M., meaning that its last rendition was at least 18 hours after the Boston Globe performed a rare exercise in journalism and found the following, of which there is no hint in the AP story:

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AP Cynically Hits Wis. Gov. Walker For ‘Keeping a Safe Distance’ When, Thanks to the Left, His and Others’ Safety Is at Risk

Leave it to the Associated Press’s Scott Bauer to take shots at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — in seeming orchestration with Democratic Party officials — for limiting his public recall election appearances because of unsafe conditions leftists in the Badger State have created, “public safety” officials have too often condoned, and the establishment press has generally downplayed for well over a year.

Bauer and his “Essential Global News Network” have been among the lead minimizers of the death threats, violence, hatred, and intimidation of Wisconsin businesses by organized labor during that time. A year ago, the AP treated the arrest of a person who emailed death threats to 16 GOP state senators and their families as a local story. AP and others have also mostly ignored the non-stop stalking by Walker’s civility-challenged opponents, who among other things have disrupted school visits (with vandalism), a Special Olympics ceremony, and a police memorial. So it took a special brand of gall for Bauer and bullying Dems, including Walker’s recall opponent, to criticize the governor for having to take conditions on which the press has not shone a light into account in how he campaigns (bolds are mine):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052812)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 pm

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

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Positivity: Memorial Day 2012

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 1:00 am

A Boston Herald editorial, in full:

It has become a “new tradition” here — this planting of flags on Boston Common to remind all of us of the real meaning of Memorial Day.

For several days the hillside near the Sailors and Soldiers Monument is covered with some 33,000 small flags put there by volunteers organized by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. The flags represent the sons and daughters of Massachusetts who have died from the Civil War to the present. This year the memorial includes 159 flags for those Bay State heroes who died in the service of their country since Sept. 11, 2001.

This year also a special commuter rail train was wrapped in red, white and blue and adorned with gold stars, each representing a service member from the state killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of the family members of those honored were present for the train’s inaugural run last week.

Yes, this, the unofficial start of summer, does indeed have a more poignant meaning and one that too often gets lost in the rush to fire up the barbecue, plant the tomatoes and locate the beach toys. And today’s all-volunteer military — even during a time of war — has meant that fewer and fewer families are aware of the enormous sacrifices of those who serve so valiantly and of the families they leave behind.

Most of us remain untouched by the daily worry of having a loved one serving in harm’s way. Most of us don’t have to deal with the hardship of raising children alone because one parent has been called to active duty, some never to return. And most of us will never know the anguish of dealing with a spouse, a son or daughter, a brother or sister wounded in body or mind who has returned to a world ill-prepared to deal with those injuries.

So it behooves all of us — certainly on this day but also on the days to come — to make a special effort to understand those sacrifices, to reach out to all who serve and to all they leave behind to say thanks for your service, thanks for answering the call, and thanks for helping preserve the freedoms and a way of life that is envied around the world. It is a debt we can never repay.