May 30, 2012

Psst, Don’t Tell Anyone: Four-term Former Congressman and Obama 2008 Co-Chair Artur Davis Announces That He’s a Republican

You might think that the news of an African-American former Congressman switching his publicly declared party loyalty from Democrat to Republican would a national story.

Well, it isn’t at the Associated Press, as a search returning no results at the wire service’s national site on the full name of former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis (not in quotes) done at 9 p.m. indicates. Additionally, the link to news about Davis’s party switch is currently perched in the “Post Local” section at the Washington Post’s web site. If this makes TV anywhere but Fox News, I’ll be surprised, even though by any rational definition of “news,” this is an objectively big deal. Davis is a former four-term Congressman, was a big Barack Obama supporter in 2008, and was a former member of the Congressional Black Caucus. The last time an African-American congressman or former congressman changed his party from Democrat to Republican was … well, maybe someone else can come up with a previous example, but I can’t. Several paragraphs from the AP’s “local” story in the Post follow the jump:

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AP’s Bauer Obsesses Over Walker Fundraising, Ignores Union Money and Resources

Though he hasn’t been alone in his applying the campaign fundraisng double standard in Wisconsin’s recall election, Scott Bauer at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, has a particularly odious item today about the dollars raised by each side. It’s particularly odious because the word “unions” appears only once — as the target of Walker, who has, as Bauer sees it, “rocketed to stardom after taking on public sector unions.” There is no mention of the millions of union dollars which have poured into Wisconsin from all over the country, which, thankfully, someone else has quantified.

Bauer also continues to bitterly cling to the notion, concerning which yours truly has been nagging him since February of last year, that “most Wisconsin public workers lost their collective bargaining rights” as a result of Walker-supported legislation which passed in the Legislature last year — as if they no longer have any collective bargaining rights at all. This has been and continues to be a flat-out falsehood. The first five paragraphs of Bauer’s bombast follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Way Too Good to Check …

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 3:56 pm

… and the jokes write themselves — via Romenesko:

AP WANTS TO GET PROSTITUTES AWAY FROM ITS DC BUREAU

The Associated Press is trying to get its Washington, DC bureau designated a “prostitution free zone.”

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(purported to be from an internal AP email)

… Colleagues:

I’ve been in touch with the commander of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District about the resurgence of the prostitution problem in front of our bureau. My email included a request that the 1100 block of 13th Street be designated as a “prostitution free zone.” If designated as such, police officers would have an easier time making arrests for loitering.

If the “prostitution free zone” is declared, all employees will have to permanently vacate the building and find another place at which to carry on their, uh, profession.

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UPDATE: Instapundit — “But then who will write the stories?”

Consumer Confidence Contrast: Higher Under Reagan Than Obama, Despite mid-1980s Media Recession Predictions

After the jump is a graphic from Investor’s Business Daily comparing post-recession consumer confidence readings from the Conference Board during the Reagan and Obama administrations. See it there or see it below, because you probably won’t see it at any establishment press web site or in any of their publications.

What’s remarkable about the graphic is how confidence was able to stay at or above 100 (a reading of 90 is considered the “healthy economy” benchmark) in the face of a virtually non-stop media onslaught which alternatively tried to deny the existence of the ongoing prosperity, constantly warned that another recession was just around the corner, or whined about how supposedly unfair the economy was becoming (Keep in mind that the Media Research Center didn’t appear on the scene until 1987) — which is quite different from the establishment media cheerleading which currently occurs seemingly any time there’s the least little sign that things might be getting better.

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Generally Fair AP Report on Consumer Confidence Drop Tries to Make Excuses in Later Paragraphs

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:11 am

In a generally even-handed report on yesterday’s drop in consumer confidence as reported by the Conference Board (from a revised 68.7 to 64.9, vs. expectations of a rise to 69.6, according to Bloomberg), the Associated Press’s Mae Anderson, with assistance from Christopher Rugaber, engaged in a bit of excuse-making in and downplaying in their later paragraphs.

The AP pegged its water-down to a strong upward move in the yesterday’s stock trading, pretending that investors didn’t take the confidence report seriously. That’s odd, because other press reports attributed those gains to “rising optimism about Greece’s prospects to remain in the euro zone, which offset a disappointing reading on U.S. consumer confidence.” In other words, the report was considered, but the news out of Greece was better. The relevant later paragraphs from AP’s report, one relatively early, and the rest appearing much later, are after the jump (bold is mine):

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (053012)

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

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

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Positivity: 75-year-old mom saves son’s life in house fire

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Victoria, Texas:

Originally published May 28, 2012 at 6:12 p.m., updated May 28, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.

Betty Hamilton tapped into superhuman strength Memorial Day afternoon to save her son from a house fire.

Hamilton’s home near Hilltop Drive and Texas Highway 185 caught fire about 1:15 p.m. Monday in the bedroom of her son, Charles Larkins.

Hamilton said she heard her son calling for help and rushed to his side.

“I heard him screaming, and I ran in his room,” the 75-year-old retiree said, her eyes welling with tears. “The whole room was on fire.”

With arthritic hands and an enfeebled leg, Hamilton’s maternal instincts surged. She drug her 59-year-old son to safety – lifting more than double her own weight.

“His face was pretty badly burned, and his hair was burned,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know how I did it. The Lord gave me the strength. … I saved his life.”

Larkins, who lives with his mother, was disabled at the time of the fire and using an oxygen tank after a previous accident that occurred more than a year ago, said his sister, Dorothy Haynes.

He suffered burns to his face and hair and was transported by ambulance to DeTar Hospital, then airflighted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was in stable condition. …

Go here for the rest of the story.