June 12, 2012

AP’s Crutsinger Omits Key Facts in Report on May Deficit, Engages in Usual Historical Spin

To illustrate how factually negligent this afternoon’s report by Martin Crutsinger at the Associated Press on the federal government’s financial results embodied in its Monthly Treasury Statement was, let’s take a look at how Pedro Nicolaci da Costa at Reuters communicated more in a four-sentence brief than the AP reporter did in 18 painful paragraphs.

Here is da Costa’s item, in full:

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AP: Biggest Tax Hike Ever Coming on Jan. 1 Is Only Biggest ‘In Dollars’

Here is yet another “fact check” whose sole purpose is to try to invent reasons that an objectively true statement made by a conservative or Republican really isn’t.

Monday, the Associated Press’s Stephen Ohlemacher tried to claim that “Taxmageddon,” the $423 billion tax increase which will take effect on January 1 if Congress and President Obama don’t act to prevent it, won’t really be the largest tax increase in history (bolds are mine):

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:00 am

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

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Positivity: Swiss guard’s faith deepened as he served

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:45 am

From Hartford, Connecticut:

Jun 10, 2012 / 01:12 pm

Few people have the opportunity to attend a Mass celebrated by the Pope. Far fewer have the privilege to do so in his private chapel at the Vatican.

Mario Enzler is one of those people. He spoke in Hartford on April 29 about how his faith grew during the nearly four years he protected Pope John Paul II as a member of the famed Swiss Guard.

An only child, he is the son of an Italian mother and Swiss father. He served in the Swiss Army before applying to join the Swiss Guard because, as he joked, he thought the uniforms looked sharp and would help him meet girls.

His talk was entitled “I Served a Saint,” and he spoke of how John Paul II “helped me to grow as a man in my faith” and in his appreciation of the priesthood. “The love of Christ was the dominant force in the life of our Holy Father.”

In a talk that mixed humor with a serious message, he explained that “the popes have an army and that army is from Switzerland. The Swiss didn’t do just banking and chocolates. They were mercenaries” and highly valued for their military skills.

Members of the guard may serve a maximum of 10 years. They can marry after two years of service, but only if there is an available apartment for the couple within Vatican City.

The typical work week is 100 hours and many days involve split shifts, he said.

“When you are a Swiss Guard, you never go home. You become a citizen of Vatican City” and live there full time, Mr. Enzler added. The pay is modest at best.

“To be a Swiss Guard, it’s a mission. You get a call, you leave your family,” he said. “Spending time in the Apostolic Palace in the presence of the Lord forms the soul of a Swiss Guard.” …

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