June 7, 2012

AP Uses a Year’s Supply of ‘Liberal’ and ‘Progressive’ References in One Report on Netroots Meeting

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:30 pm

Now we know where all those “liberal” references which should be attached to leftist Democratic politicians but seldom are went. Steve Peoples at the Associated Press used them all up in his Thursday coverage of the “Netroots Nation” gathering in Providence, Rhode Island.

Occurrences and variants on the word “liberal” appear ten times in Peoples coverage, including in the item’s headline. There are even several occurrences of “progressives” and even references to the “left”:

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How’s That Arab Spring Workin’ Out?

Not well: “In ‘new Egypt’, mobs sexually assault women with impunity”

“Can’t handle the truth” statement from the Associated Press’s Sarah El Deeb:

Activists have no idea what finally happened to the woman in the red shirt. But they have been alarmed by the rise in violent attacks on women, which has chipped away at efforts to project the square as a utopia free of discrimination and violence.

“Chipped away”? How about “blown to pieces”?

Initial Unemployment Claims: 377K, Down from Last Week’s Upwardly Revised 389K

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 377,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 389,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 376,000.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 321,884 in the week ending June 2, a decrease of 24,376 from the previous week. There were 366,816 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

Business Insider’s email had a consensus prediction of 379K, which is probably the floor of where this week will end up after next week’s revision.

Last week’s original figure of 383K was revised up by 6K.

The seasonal conversion factor this year was only about 1% different from last year.

Ohio’s claims for the week before Memorial Day went up to 10,430, the first time over 10,000 in about five weeks, and about 2,200 below last year.

The raw claims drop compared to a year ago is nice, but next week’s full week not affected by holidays wiil be a better indicator of where we really are. Today’s number is far higher than it should be at this point in an alleged “recovery.”

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:25 am

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

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Positivity: Pro-life groups rally against Spain’s abortion law

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:20 am

From Madrid:

Jun 5, 2012 / 05:07 pm

Pro-life groups in Spain are urging reform the country’s law on abortion, as 120 associations, clinics and health care professionals issued a manifesto opposing any reform efforts.

Benigno Blanco, president of the local Forum on the Family, told Europa Press these organizations are part of the “the old abortion rights lobby and radical feminism.”

“They don’t want to admit that times are changing and that what Spanish society is demanding is greater justice and support for pregnant women and the unborn,” Blanco said.

He said proposed reforms of the law would be “positive” as long as they are focused on granting greater protection to women and their unborn babies.

Blanco noted that more than 95 percent of abortions in Spain are performed because of the “psychological health” of the mother. Such a loop hole needs to be “profoundly curtailed,” he added, so that the exception will only apply to “very grave health problems irresolvable by other means and is equal to the constitutional value of the life of the unborn.”

For his part, the president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, called the manifesto “truly backwards” as he believes everyone should fight “for the life and the freedom of women and the unborn.”

“I find it to be out-of-date and sectarian that in the 21st century certain institutions exist that want to return to a situation that has been proven to be an absolute failure, both for the unborn child and for the mother,” Hertfelder said.

“Women are being used for ideological purposes that have nothing to do with the defense of life,” he added.

It is “an absolute aberration” to say that abortion is a right “for women or for anybody,” Hertfelder said, and therefore overturning the 2010 abortion law is only a first step towards eliminating other exceptions for abortion such as for reasons of psychological health. …

Go here for the rest of the story.