June 25, 2012

AP Headline Mischaracterizes Modest Rise in May New Home Sales; Crutsinger Injects Unsupported ‘Modest Recovery’ Opinion

At the Associated Press today, trying to build an impression of momentum where there isn’t very much, Martin Crutsinger, concerning today’s Census Bureau release of May new-home sales data, wrote that, “Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuing in the U.S. housing market, despite weaker job growth.”

We’ve been through this before. The rest of Crutsinger’s report quoted no expert to support his
“modest recovery” claim as it relates to sales volume. Thus, it is his opinion. Readers don’t care what your opinion is, Marty. As I suggested in connection with another AP report earlier this month — “Stick to the facts, sir, and resist the urge to inject your thinly disguised perspective (I would say “shut up,” but I’m trying to be nice).” Speaking of facts, the AP’s headline is deceptive. Since it hasn’t changed in about 12 hours, I assume that the wire service either doesn’t understand why it’s wrong, or doesn’t care.

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BLUMER: USAT’s Jackie Kucinich treats her readers as stupid

Ohio’s improvement is in spite of and not because of Obama.

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Note: This post went up here at Watchdog.org earlier today.

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Jackie Kucinich seems to think that her readers are dumber than a box of rocks.

In her coverage last weekend of Mitt Romney’s campaign, the USA Today reporter asserted that the Republican presidential candidate’s contention that President Obama’s economic policies have seriously harmed the country and obviously held back its recovery won’t be seen as valid by many voters because so many states he is visiting have seen their economies improve.

Specifically, she wrote from Newark, Ohio that “(Romney’s) message comes at an inopportune time in a state where the latest employment numbers show the jobless rate dropping from April’s 7.4% to 7.3% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.”

By Kucinich’s “logic,” since Ohio’s unemployment rate is below the national average and continues to go down as the state reportedly continues to add jobs, Mitt Romney should pack his bags and go elsewhere, because in the Buckeye State, Obama’s policies must be working pretty well.

Give me a break, Jackie. Ohio’s unemployment rate is almost a point below the rest of the nation because since January of last year its state government has been doing the exact opposite of what the federal government has done since Obama took office.

Instead of running annual trillion-dollar deficits, Ohio under Governor John Kasich stared down a projected two-year, $8 billion budget deficit with targeted cost-cutting, overall spending control, no tax increases, and no talk of “a balanced approach” — which in Washington really means, “Let’s raise taxes and make promises to cut spending which we’ll never keep.” After seeing the Buckeye State’s credit rating downgraded in January 2011 as former Democratic governor Ted Strickland was leaving office, Standard & Poor’s upgraded it from “negative” to “stable” in July. A month later, S&P downgraded the debt of the U.S. government.

Though it obviously beats the national rate of 8.2 percent, since when is Ohio’s 7.3 percent unemployment rate acceptable? Kasich and his administration certainly don’t believe it is. He and other Midwestern governors like Mitch Daniels in Indiana, Rick Snyder in Michigan, and Scott Walker in Wisconsin are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances because, like the rest of the nation, they have been dealt really bad hands by the Obama administration.

Ohioans are anything but satisfied with a 7.3% unemployment rate, but they also know it would be much worse if it weren’t for what Team Kasich has done. Other states dealt essentially the same cards aren’t doing so well. As I noted earlier in a previous post, the worst underperformers — California, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and New York) have governors who are Democrats or who might as well be Democrats. Imagine that, Jackie Kucinich.

Romney and the GOP’s congressional candidates are promising to apply approaches similar to those seen in Ohio and other legitimately improving midwestern states to Washington. Romney should have a good chance to win the state because its residents have seen what is working first-hand — and it’s certainly not the result of anything the Obama administration has done. The idea that we might instead get four more years of the alternative — “stimulus” which stimulates nothing, regulatory overreach, and ruinous deficits without end — is almost too much to bear.

More Creative ‘Editing’ From NBC

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:39 am

This hardly seems like “mere” incompetence — and no, I have no idea what the motivation might be:

Sandusky lawyers may use NBC tape error

In response to a subpoena, NBC News turned over three versions of Bob Costas’ NBC News interview with Sandusky, which aired last November on different NBC shows.

One of those versions, which was broadcast on the ‘Today’ show, contained an erroneous repetition of a key question and answer – about whether Sandusky was sexually attracted to young boys, Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general said on Sunday.

The repetition, Sandusky’s lawyers contend, made it appear to jurors that he was stonewalling.

If there’s a way this can happen other than deliberate action by someone at NBC, I want to know what it is.

Computer Impairment Announcement (UPDATE: Never Mind)

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:17 am

I’ll be without a computer and probably without access to one for most of the day and perhaps longer (Murphy’s Law being what it is, of all days, possibly ObamaCare ruling day).

UPDATE: Impairment has been deferred to Thursday evening.

War on Who?

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:32 am

From CNS News, for the “Can’t Make This Up” file:

25% Fewer Men Than Women Graduate College; Obama: It’s ‘A Great Accomplishment … For America’

In an op-ed published Saturday in Newsweek, President Barack Obama marked the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX–which bars gender discrimination in education—and noted that more women in the United States are now graduating from college than men, which he characterized as “a great accomplishment” for the nation.

“In fact, more women as a whole now graduate from college than men,”Obama wrote. “This is a great accomplishment—not just for one sport or one college or even just for women but for America. And this is what Title IX is all about.”

According to the Census Bureau, 685,000 men and 916,000 women graduated from college in 2009 (the latest year for which statistics have been published). That means 25 percent fewer men received college degrees than women.

… In every year since 1985, according to the Census Bureau, women have outnumbered men in graduating from college, with women dramatically expanding their advantage over men in receiving college diplomas to the 25 percent advantage they achieved in 2009.

In his Newsweek op-ed, President Obama said Title IX helped America ensure what he called “equal education.”

Can’t wait to hear what he has to say when female college grads outnumber men 2 to 1.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062512)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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

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Positivity: Archbishop Gomez rejects ‘capitulation’ to HHS mandate

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Los Angeles:

Jun 21, 2012 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the nationwide Fortnight for Freedom event beginning today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said that any compromise that means Catholic institutions provide birth control insurance to employees is “capitulation” and “the temptation to serve the government instead of God.”

The Catholic Church “doesn’t serve the poor to please the government,” he said.

Rather, Catholics serve the poor “because we are compelled by the love of Christ.” This love also compels Catholics to testify to the sacredness of life, marriage and family and to testify that “preventing children from being born is immoral.”

The archbishop’s comments come in his June 21 essay “Fortnight for Freedom: Why Now?” published on the website of First Things magazine. The Fortnight for Freedom is a period of prayer, education and religious freedom advocacy organized by the U.S. bishops from June 21-July 4.

Religious freedom was brought to the fore this year on Jan. 20 when the federal Department of Health and Human Services finalized a mandate requiring employers, including many Catholic institutions, to provide insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs.

Outcry over the mandate prompted the Obama administration to propose an accommodation on Feb. 10, which Catholic leaders said failed to address their inability to provide the objectionable coverage in good conscience.

Archbishop Gomez acknowledged in his essay that Americans enjoy great religious freedoms compared to other countries around the world.

However, he said that religious freedom in the U.S. is still in jeopardy due to an “eroding” American consensus on religious liberty, conscience protection and the role of religion in public life.

He blamed religious indifferentism and also “constant agitation from de-Christianizing and secularizing elements in American society.”

Archbishop Gomez said that while secularization has happened for some time, the government has taken on a new role. Instead of observing its duty to protect religious liberty, the government has “taken sides against the liberty of the nation’s largest religious community.”…

Go here for the rest of the story.