April 10, 2013

NewsBusted (040913)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:22 pm

Here we go:

– President Obama
– Election Reform
– Obamacare
– Spain and Greece Unemployment
– Anderson Cooper
– Kathy Griffin
– Staten Island
– Hurricane Sandy
– George W. Bush
– It’s A Small World
– CDC and V.D.

Best Line (among many): “Reports show that Staten Island has yet to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, and residents are now wishing that George W. Bush was still president. Because then the news cameras would still be there.”

Politico’s Donovan Slack Makes Up Boehner’s Reaction to Obama’s Budget

Any time you see an establishment press reporter fail to use quotation marks in characterizing something said by a subject of his or her report, be on the lookout for misdirection, misinterpretation, and downright distortion, especially if the person is a conservative or Republican. A story at Politico by Donovan Slack early this afternoon about the reactions of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to President Obama’s budget is a case in point. Slack pretended that Boehner said something he simply did not say.

Slack wrote: “House Speaker John Boehner hit President Obama’s budget for failing to cut enough spending while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed it as ‘just another left-wing wish list.’” Slack didn’t quote Boehner. Boehner didn’t come anywhere close to saying what Slack claims he said, as seen in the complete text of the Speaker’s statement (video is at the link) following the jump:

AP’s ‘Big Stories’ About Gosnell Don’t Use ‘Abortion’ Keyword Tag

In online journalism, blogs and related endeavors, a “tag” is a ” keyword or term” which “helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching.” At the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, it appears that “tag” has been redefined as “a keyword or term selectively used to ensure that only certain items will come in in future searches.”

Let’s take a look at the “Big Story” report posted at the AP’s national site on March 19 relating to the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. In that story by Maryclaire Dale, who is still on the story even after proving on March 25 that she has no business being there as an objective observer when she described Gosnell as “an elegant man” who “smiled softly” in court, the wire service applied the following tags:


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041013)

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

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

Noteworthy items, (mostly) without accompanying comment:


Can law enforcement force a wireless provider to help them figure out where your aircard or hotspot are located? They have been doing that for a long time.

We don’t need food – just what’s in the food?

From a week ago at Investor’s Business Daily: “9/11 Trutherism Invades America’s Schools” — in the Common Core curriculum.

Food Stamp enrollment has risen to include 15% of the U.S. population.

Faster, please — “NEWSPAPER REVENUE FELL 2 PCT TO $38.6B IN 2012″

The end of “free” TV? It’s not unlikely.

I don’t remember whether I’ve already linked to it, but I don’t care, because it’s that good, from ESPN’s Rick Reilly on Tiger Woods“An ad doesn’t take care of everything”

I think we in the states underestimate the hatred for Margaret Thatcher on the part of those who were benefiting from the statism she founght so hard to root out. Here’s just one example, from 1984: “Protesting Welsh Farmers Pelt Thatcher With Food.” Can anyone even begin to imagine this happening in the U.S.?

It’s unclear whether New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg with ever return to the U.S. Senate. If he won’t, he should resign so he can be replaced.

Positivity: 7-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman scores touchdown in Nebraska spring game

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

Just watch (HT Hot Air):

The original AP story at Sports Illustrated’s web site:

Posted: Sat April 6, 2013 8:02PM; Updated: Sun April 7, 2013 12:40PM

Jack Hoffman just might go down as the biggest star of the Nebraska spring game.
And he’s only 7 years old.

Hoffman, of Atkinson, Neb., has won the hearts of fans and everyone in the football program for his courageous bout with brain cancer. Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended Jack last year and is the captain of the support network known as “Team Jack.”

Wearing a miniature Burkhead uniform complete with a No. 22 jersey, Jack ran onto the field late in Saturday’s scrimmage.

On a fourth-and-1 play, he took a handoff from Taylor Martinez. Jack started running left, but Martinez redirected him. The little guy turned on a dime and followed a wall of blockers down the field.

Players from the Red and White squads left their sidelines and followed him into the end zone to mob him and lift him on their shoulders after his 69-yard touchdown.

The crowd of 60,174 at Memorial Stadium cheered as Jack celebrated – a moment that left his father, Andy, misty-eyed on the sideline.

Asked what he was thinking when he ran onto the field, Jack said, “Scoring a touchdown.”

And when he broke free and scored? “It felt awesome.” And the crowd reaction? “Really awesome.”

Football operations director Jeff Jamrog and fullback C.J. Zimmerer came up with the idea to get Jack involved in the spring game. Jamrog called the Hoffmans on Friday to tell them the Huskers had a special play planned for Jack.

Receivers coach Rich Fisher motioned Jack over on the sideline to show him the play he drew up. Andy said that’s when it hit him that his son really would get his day in the sun at Memorial Stadium.

“It was a lot of emotions right at once,” Andy said. “Very emotional to see that. Husker fans have been so incredible to Jack and our family and especially to this cause.”

Jack was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries. He’s now on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.

Andy said Jack is “doing great” and that an MRI at Children’s Hospital in Boston showed that the tumor has shrunk substantially in the past year.

“We’re very optimistic for Jack,” Andy said. …