December 26, 2012

Anonymous Narrative Arrives to Defend Gregory in Meet the Press Magazine Brandishment Episode

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William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has relayed the latest turns of events in the David Gregory Meet the Press magazine brandishing incident (previous posts here, here, and here). The press is finally paying attention: “Now that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is on record that it told NBC News not to use the high capacity magazine in its segment with Wayne LaPierre, the big media is paying attention and taking this seriously.”

Except that some in the press are, with anonymous sources, trying to excuse Gregory’s and NBC’s situation by saying that they somehow got permission to display the magazine. Uh, except that the New York Times says that any permission obtained doesn’t matter. The permission supposedly came from the federal government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF):

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UPDATE: Blogger Creates Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names and Addresses of Pistol Permit Holders

In response to Gannett’s Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?”

It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump:

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Gannett’s Journal-News North of NYC Defends Publishing Gun Permit Holders’ Names and Addresses; Editor Goes Into Web Hiding

Here’s another entry for the “They can dish it out but can’t take it” file.

Jammie Wearing Fool is reporting, with supporting links, that Editor CynDee Royle at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York, which on Saturday, as noted on Monday at NewsBusters, published an interactive map showing the names and address of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, has taken down her Facebook page and made her Twitter account private (the latter may have been the case before the article was published). The paper has also recognized the outrage the published map cause, is offering a truly lame defense, and claims it didn’t get everything it wanted (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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DC Police: NBC Was Denied Permission to Show High Capacity Magazine — But MTP’s Gregory Did So Anyway

It’s pretty close to a tie, but based on time stamps, Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson, at 11:23 a.m., was 22 minutes ahead of local DC TV station WJLA in breaking an important update to the David Gregory magazine clip saga going back to Sunday’s Meet the Press program. (The classless credit hogs at Politico published a related story, didn’t credit Jacobson, and while citing WJLA, failed to link to its report; thus I’m not linking to Politico.)

Previous related posts on Sunday (NewsBusters; BizzyBlog) and Tuesday evening (NB; BB) only relayed the possibility that NBC might have asked DC Metro Police whether they could show a high-capacity magazine on the air. The fresh news via Jacobson is that “NBC requested and was denied permission to use (i.e., show a) high capacity magazine in news segment” — but went ahead and did it anyway (bolds are mine):
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AP on Egypt’s Consitution: ‘A New Chapter in Egypt’s Two-year Transition From Authoritarian Rule’

In a Wednesday morning report, the Associated Press’s Sarah El Deeb certainly did her best to continue the ongoing campaign to convince the West that there’s really nothing about which we should be concerned in Egypt’s newly approved Constitution. She characterized it as “a new chapter in Egypt’s two-year transition from authoritarian rule” and quoted a group whose Facebook page doesn’t exist (despite that page being the first item found in a Google Web search on the group’s name) telling us that the country is in “a new phase of legal disputes over legislation and control of state institutions,” and that “the battle won’t be very clear to regular people.” I’m taking that to mean: “Don’t pay any attention to us while the Muslim Brotherhoood and Islamists consolidate their power.”

The AP reporter also mentioned the opposition’s fears that the constitution “enshrines a prominent role for Islamic law, or Shariah, in governing the country’s affairs and reinforces Islamists’ hold on power.” It’s more than an abstract fear, because Sharia(h) is mentioned several times in the document itself (bolds are mine):

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Heads Didn’t Roll: State Department Officials Who ‘Resigned’ Over Benghazi Still Have Jobs, Per NY Post

On December 18, in covering the aftermath of the official report on the terrorist raid on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the Associated Press reported in the first three paragraphs of its coverage that “Three State Department officials resigned under pressure,” identifying those who had stepped down as “Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees the Maghreb nations of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.”

It wasn’t until the fourth paragraph that readers who got that far — clearly a tiny percentage compared to those who saw the headline (“State Department security chief, 2 deputies, resign after damning Benghazi attack report”) or only heard headline-based reports on broadcast outlets — learned that “Some of the three may have the option of being reassigned to other duties.” In other words, they might not be losing their jobs or even receive cuts in pay. At the New York Post this morning, Josh Margolin is reporting that the three identified by the AP plus one other person aren’t receiving meaningful punishment:

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122612)

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: Find room for God in fast-paced world, pope says on Christmas eve

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City, via Reuters:

Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:12pm EST

Pope Benedict, leading the world’s Roman Catholics into Christmas, on Monday urged people to find room for God in their fast-paced lives filled with the latest technological gadgets.

The 85-year-old pope, marking the eighth Christmas season of his pontificate, celebrated a solemn Christmas Eve mass in St Peter’s Basilica, during which he appealed for a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and an end to the civil war in Syria.

At the mass for some 10,000 people in the basilica and broadcast to millions of others on television, the pope wove his homily around the theme of God’s place in today’s modern world.

Full text follows the jump:
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NBC’s David Gregory Under Investigation by DC PD in ‘Meet the Press’ Magazine Brandishing Incident

Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart, Katie Glueck at the Politico, and William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection all reported today that NBC’s David Gregory is under investigation by the Washington, DC Metro Police in connection with his apparent brandishing of “a 30-round magazine purportedly for an AR-15 or similar ‘assault rifle’” on Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press” program.

Jacobson further noted another potentially serious complication for NBC:

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