December 18, 2012

Press Gives Bloomberg a Pass for ‘Only Happens in America’ Remark on ‘Meet the Press’

In his Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press” (HT The Blaze), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered host David Gregory’s first question relating to the Sandy Hook massacre by saying that “It’s so unbelievable, and it only happens in America.” That statement is so obviously false that I would have expected even a Bloomberg- and gun control-sympathetic press to point out who wrong that statement is. Nope: A search on Bloomberg’s name at the Associated Press at 1:45 p.m. returned four relevant articles containing Bloomberg’s name; none reports that statement, let alone its erroneous nature.

Further, a Google News search on [Bloomberg "only happens in America"] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets; sorted by date, with duplicates) returned 42 items, most of which were versions of a short, unbylined AP Sunday report containing the incorrect Bloomberg assertion. The AP clearly made it disappear in subsequent national site dispatches without identifying the statement’s falsehood. To its credit, AP did issue a correction to an earlier “worst in U.S. history” statement in a different report:


NewsBusted (121812)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 12:03 pm

Here we go:

–Ambassador Susan Rice
–Steven Crowder Punched
–Mayan Calendar
–President Obama
–Syrian Rebels
–Hugo Chavez
–Congressman Hank Johnson
–Barabara Walters
–Hillary Clinton
–Django Unchained

Best Line: “During protests in Michigan last week, a pro-union protester punched Fox News contributor Steven Crowder in the mouth. But as the liberal media reported it, conservative Steven Crowder hit a union worker in the fist with his face.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121812)

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

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


Positivity: Veteran reconnects with Vietnamese priest he thought was dead

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver, Colorado:

Dec 13, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA).- In 1968 Joe Mahoney was serving with the Marines in South Vietnam, where he met Father Paul Nguyen Thanh Hoan, whom he always thought was killed when the North overran the region in 1975.

Many priests were imprisoned and killed when the South was overtaken, and so Mahoney was “quite confident he was dead” and never looked up Fr. Paul.

But earlier this year, he finally discovered that God had preserved Fr. Nguyen, made him Bishop Nguyen, and helped him found a religious community.

“He’s an amazing guy spiritually, very prayerful. I think he just has so much trust in God that nothing surprises him at all,” Mahoney said of Bishop Paul Hoan in a Dec. 11 interview with CNA.