December 21, 2012

Time’s Person of the Year a Fitting End to a Disgraceful Year in the Establishment Press

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:30 am

This post went up at FrontPage Magazine earlier this morning.


There was a time, so to speak, and it wasn’t that long ago, when there was much anticipation and a great deal of debate over who might be named and who should be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. This year, the relative disinterest is stunning. And why not? The publication’s selection of Barack Obama, though arguably correct, set a new and embarrassing low in utterly vacuous justification.

A half-century ago, Time was a highly respected weekly newsmagazine which, though it clearly tilted to the left, was known for its strong journalism and institutional integrity. Those days are long gone.

The magazine reports circulation of roughly 3.4 million, basically flat since 2007 but about 18 percent below where it spent the 15 previous years. Meanwhile, the U.S. population has grown by over 20 percent. The level-off of the past five years isn’t due to anything Time has done, but is instead a by-product of the self-immolation seen at Newsweek, its principal competitor. Things are so bad at Newsweek that its owners recently decided to terminate the print edition when 2012 ends.

Time claims “readership” of 20 million. Sure. We’re really supposed to believe each copy of the magazine is read by an average of six people. I certainly don’t. The better indication of the weekly yawns the magazine induces in the public is its newsstand sales, which during the second half of 2010 amounted to a paltry 79,000. Each issue is typically so thin you wonder why anyone bothers to publish it, let alone read it.

NewsBusted (122112)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:20 am

Here we go:

–Federal Reserve Interest Rates
–President Obama
–Bob Woodward
–Eric Holder
–Charlie Crist
–Comedian Evan Sayet
–Santa Claus
–Orange County, California
–Breast Implants

Best Line: “Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who was a Republican and then an independent, has just announced he is now a Democrat. And as soon as the next Super Bowl is over, Crist will tell us his favorite NFL football team.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122112)

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

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


Positivity: Frisco elementary teacher credits colleagues with saving her life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Frisco, Texas:

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

A Frisco ISD teacher is giving three fellow teachers and an assistant principal credit for saving her life.

Laverne Forwark’s heart stopped on August 24, just before “Meet the Teachers Night” at Curtsinger Elementary school.

Forwark, an art teacher, was working on a bulletin board in a school hallway when she collapsed. She suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

“When I came through the doors, I saw Laverne laying on the floor,” said Curtsinger Assistant Principal Ashelyn Fain.

The staff went into action. One teacher called 911. Another ran to get the automated external defibrillator, or AED. Fain administered CPR and activated the defibrillator.

“Had we not had that training, had we not had that defibrillator to walk us through those steps, there’s no doubt in my mind we would have had a different outcome,” Fain said.

Forwark’s doctor at Baylor Heart Hospital said only one out of every four people who have sudden cardiac arrest survive.

“We say time is brain,” Dr. Brian DeVille said. “Within just a few minutes, irreversible brain damage can occur if the patient is not resuscitated quickly.”

The 16-year art teacher had no history of heart problems. She doesn’t remember much about the day in August her colleagues saved her life.

“I owe my life to the Curtsinger staff and the Frisco ISD school district for implementing AED’s at all the campuses,” she said.

Her husband, Randy Forwark, is also thankful.

“Thank God for them,” Mr. Forwark said. “She would not be here today, if not for them.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.