September 30, 2012

Politico: Romney’s the One With an Adviser-Related Libya Problem

Let’s see. Who has the bigger problem with Libya and the Middle East? Is it the guy who’s in charge with a foreign policy in disarray who has described the first murder of a U.S. ambassador in 33 years a “bump in the road“? Or his presidential campaign challenger Mitt Romney?

If we’re to believe Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei, and Politico, it’s Romney, where “Romney advisers at odds over Libya” was the only thing visible on my computer screen when I went to the web site’s home page at 10 p.m. ET. You have to go almost all the way to the bottom of the home page to see stories about how “at odds” Obama administration advisers have been and still are about the U.S. positions on Libya, terrorism, Israel, and the Middle East during the past several weeks. Several paragraphs from the Romney story, wherein one learns that there really isn’t much in the way of conflict, accompanied by yet another round of “the polls say Romney’s doomed,” follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Steven Rattner: ‘We Need Death Panels’; Will PolitiFact Reverse ‘Lie of the Year’ Tag on Palin?

PalinAtFacebookPost0809For those who want the short answer to the question in this post’s title, the answer is almost definitely “no.” But in a New York Times op-ed piece in mid-September, former Obama “car czar” Steven Rattner effectively said that the so-called “fact-check” site known as PolitiFact should make amends to former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

In December 2009, PolitiFact’s Angie Drobnic Holan outrageously characterized the following statement made by Palin in an August 2009 Facebook post as its “Lie of the Year” (bold is mine):

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Why Media Bias Matters: AP’s Ohlemacher Fibs and Obfuscates on Social Security

The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, has been running a series of “Why It Matters” items in the run-up to the presidential election purporting to educate readers about important issues.

Reporter Stephen Ohlemacher’s contribution to the series concerning Social Security opens with a bald-faced fib, omits the fact that the system’s benefit payments and costs have exceed payroll tax collections for several years, and doubles down on the fib at the end. His opening sentence and other excerpts follow the jump:

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AP’s Coverage of Calif. Dairies’ Peril IDs Price Controls as Culprit, But Not Corn Crop Diversion to Ethanol

At the Associated Press on Saturday, Gosia Wozniacka did something one rarely sees any more in wire service coverage, actually blaming a government policy for an industry’s financial problems — in this case, state-imposed price controls on the California dairy industry.

But price controls in the highly tarnished Golden State, while very relevant, have been around for decades. Ms. Wozniacka ignored the most recent cause of farmers’ difficulties, namely the government-mandated diversion of much of the corn crop towards ethanol production. Several paragraphs from her report (also carried at CNS News) follow the jump:

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NY Times Ignores Muslim Day Parade Call for ‘Blasphemy’ Law, State Senator’s Walkout

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:52 am

Note:  This post has been revised to reflect the Times’s 2012 coverage. The original version erroneously linked to a 2010 article. I sincerely regret the error.

The New York Times’s coverage of year’s annual Muslim Day parade in Manhattan appears to have consisted of a photo at This Week in Pictures and another at the City Room blog.

At the end of the parade, in news not relayed by the Times, at least one speaker called for suppression and criminalization of free speech and another seemed to revel in violence-based rhetoric. One can hardly argue that these presentations weren’t related to the parade, since invited political dignitaries were on hand, including one gentleman, Democrat New York State Senator Tony Avello, who walked out after hearing calls for punishment speech seen to commit “blasphemy” against Muslim prophet Muhammed.

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More Obama Reelect-Presumptive Coverage at the Politico: ‘America’s Next Top Diplomat’ As Susan Rice or Kerry

Does anyone remember anybody in the establishment press speculating over who might hold Cabinet positions during a second Bush 43 term in the fall of 2004 without qualifying it with “if Bush is reelected”? Neither do I.

But at the Politico on Thursday, the closest Josh Rogin got in an item found at the web site’s “The Cable” section speculating on whether John Kerry or Susan Rice is better positioned to be Obama’s nominee to be “America’s next top diplomat” (i.e., Secretary of State) was quoting a Republican Senate aide who merely referred to the possible fireworks “if it’s the beginning of a second Obama term.” That doesn’t even qualify as a qualifier either, because a victorious Obama might attempt to confirm a new nominee to replace Hillary Clinton during a lame-duck session. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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NewsBusted (092812)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:40 am

Here goes, a couple of days late, but still just as funny:

TOPICS:
–Congressional Budget Office
–Obamacare
–President Obama
–Muslim Botherhood
–Obama Flag
–Rupert Everett
–Facebook
–Applebee’s

Best line: “The Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag with the Obama logo. They wanted to create a flag to which Obama would be comfortable pledging his allegiance.”

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (093012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:30 am

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

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Positivity: Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:25 am

From Washington:

Sep 29, 2012 / 05:03 pm

At a recent conference in Illinois, former abortion workers told the stories of the work that they once thought was helping women, and how they were converted to the pro-life position.

“We wanted to better understand the mindset of people who work in the abortion industry,” said conference planner Ann Scheidler, who serves as the vice president of the Pro-Life Action League.

She told CNA that the purpose of the “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” conference was to hear what former abortion workers had to say about why they entered the abortion industry and what led them to leave it.

While abortion doctors and clinic workers are sometimes viewed as heartless by pro-lifers, some are actually “extremely compassionate people” who are misguided and believe that they are “helping women,” she explained.

“It’s very good for us to understand where these people are coming from,” she said.

The Sept. 22 conference was held Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., and featured eight former abortion workers who told their personal stories of conversion.

Scheidler said that each one had a different story, but they shared the experience of realizing, “This isn’t what I thought.”

The decision to leave can be “difficult,” she continued. They often find that “everybody they know is pro-abortion,” so leaving their job means finding an entirely new community and peer group.

“That’s asking a lot,” she said. “That’s hard to do.”

While the lack of resources has made this transition especially difficult in the past, a new ministry by former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson is now helping those who wish to leave the abortion industry but are struggling in their decision to do so.

Johnson spoke about her ministry, And Then There Were None, which has had contact with 30 abortion workers in recent months. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 29, 2012

Obama Campaign: Birth Control Costs $18,000; Press Doesn’t Expose to Deserved Ridicule

If anything as embarrassing as what follows occurred at a Republican presidential contender’s website, including the follow-up ridicule by the opposition, the press would never be able to resist covering it.

A mythical (I hope) ecard created at the Obama-Biden campaign site call purports to be from a daughter to her mother, and asks about the most ridiculous question you can imagine.

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Calif. Creates State-Run ‘Opt-Out’ Private Sector Retirement Savings Scheme; AP Cites As Potential ‘National Model’

From the “I thought Social Security was supposed to have solved this decades ago” Dept.: The State of California has just passed a law mandating opt-out pension plan contributions of 3% of earnings for six million workers in the private sector, or roughly half of its private sector workforce.

The targeted population is the cadre of those working at employers of five or more who do not offer a retirement plan. It has the distinct aroma of a bailout, because of who gets to manage the money. Excerpts from a predictably dreadful Associated Press report by Judy Lin follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092912)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:30 am

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

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