January 28, 2013

AP’s Bauder Gives CBS’s Kroft an Excuse Platform for Softball Obama-Clinton ‘Interview’

Steve Kroft at CBS News is apparently feeling the heat over his powder-puff interview of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It has fallen to television writer David Bauder at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press (HT Dylan Byers at the Politico) to try and help put out the fire.

You see, according to Kroft (my paraphrase), “This whole interview thing was a surprise, and we were only allowed 30 minutes, and besides, there are so many other opportunities to ask tough questions in other venues. So why should I waste precious fawning time asking tough questions mere journalists ask when I can let the lovely pair go all gooey?” Exceprts from Bauder’s butt-covering effort follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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AP’s Ferguson Apparently Upset That Mickelson ‘Didn’t Apologize For What He Said — Only That He Said It’

Californians will be surprised to learn that the income-tax increase voters approved in November was, according to Doug Ferguson at the Associated Press (HT Steven Greenhut at Reason.com), “the first tax increase in the state since 2004.” I had no idea that residents of the once-Golden state have been so lucky in avoiding any tax increases of any kind for so long. (/sarc)

It would appear that Ferguson, in his coverage of golfer Phil Mickelson’s mea culpa for having the nerve to observe that California’s onerous taxes might lead him to make difficult decisions which might even include retirement, meant to write that California has seen no statewide income tax increase in nearly a decade. But that isn’t what he wrote. Maybe I should cut the AP reporter some slack because he’s on the sports beat, and in context, one could see that he was probably only referring to income taxes. But I won’t, because of the final excerpted sentence seen after the jump (bolds are mine):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012813)

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

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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11:00 a.m. — Updating a post from yesterday, the Cincinnati Enquirer still has no story about how sore loser and former First District Democrat Congressman Steve Driehaus had his suit against the Susan B. Anthony List tossed (HT COAST) by federal judge and Obama appointee Timothy Black.

For its part, COAST has properly congratulated Judge Black for having the integrity to recognize the serious error he made in his original August 2011 ruling. Though it may not have been crystal clear from yesterday’s post, I agree with that sentiment. But the judge still seems to believe that Driehaus had the facts — just not the Constitution — on his side, and seemed to emphasize SBAL’s right to say things that he believes weren’t true.

As my post yesterday showed, what SBAL said about Driehaus betraying his supposed pro-life beliefs during the 2010 was true, and it’s not arguable.

Mini-update: And while I’m at it, I should note that Driehaus’s attempt to go after COAST under Ohio’s misguided and now proven unconstitutional False Claims statute should also be tossed. The Buckeye State’s General Assembly should formally repeal that odious law as quickly as possible.

Positivity: Cardinal Burke heartened by US pro-life marches

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

From Rome:

Jan 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.”

“It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican’s highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23.

“Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives occasion for all citizens in the nation to consider their fundamental duty as citizens to promote the respect for human life and to foster human life in our society.”

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation. San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 26 will be attended by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, nuncio to the United States.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C. occurred Jan. 25 and drew hundreds of thousands of participants.

Pope Benedict himself has shown support for the rallies, tweeting Jan. 25 that “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”

Cardinal Burke noted that the “greater the participation in the marches, the stronger the message is to our government that its citizens, those whom the government serves, desire most of all that the laws of the nation foster the common good by protecting all human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.”

The Wisconsin native, who served as archbishop of St. Louis before being called to Rome, also addressed the devastating effect that legalized abortion has had on the people of America.

The more than 50 million deaths in the wake of Roe v. Wade “is a great scourge in the United States of America and must be repaired at the earliest possible time,” he urged.

“In addition to the destruction of the innocent and defenseless human lives, women who have had abortions suffer greatly for the rest of their lives.”

“A woman, therefore, who has procured an abortion, will have understood that she has committed a grave sin, not only against the innocent human life conceived in her womb, but also against her own very person and identity,” Cardinal Burke reflected. …

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