May 19, 2013

Politico’s Gerstein Assumes GOP and Other Efforts to Get at the Truth Are About ‘Claim(ing) a Trophy Firing’

When a reporter makes an assertion about someone else’s beliefs or motivations, he or she is supposed to offer something up as evidence, say a direct quote, something the subject has written, or even something someone else close to him or her has said.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein offered nothing of the sort in his coverage of Eric Holder’s “you can’t touch me” attitude, though he provides plenty of evidence to support my characterization of Holder’s outlook. Gerstein, without a shred of support, wrote the following in describing what he believes Republicans and conservatives are trying to accomplish in pursuing the myriad scandals in the Obama administration which have burst forth during the past two weeks, along with others, including but not limited to Operation Fast and Furious, which occurred during the Obama administration’s first term (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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AP’s Espo Runs Defiant Interference for Adminstration: ‘Obama Agenda Marches on Despite Controversies’

It has only been a week since the Associated Press learned that its reporters’ privacy and the confidentiality of their relationships with sources were violated on a massive and unprecedented scale by Eric Holder’s Justice Department in April and May of last year. DOJ has admitted that it secretly obtained the call records for 20 personal and business lines used by over 100 AP reporters and editors. Despite its insistence that they were looking for the person who leaked information about a foiled terrorist plot, there is reason to believe the DOJ’s fishing expedition was a childish response to the wire service’s refusal to let the government crow about the foiled operation before anyone reported on it.

In the wake of all of this, the AP, appears determined to soldier on as the wire service more appropriately described as the Administration’s Press. That’s about the only way one can view the Saturday afternoon dispatch from the AP’s David Espo and its accompanying headline:

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051913)

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

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

Positivity: Pope’s mission app launch spreads Gospel

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

May 17, 2013 / 11:30 am

With the touch of an iPad, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to unlock a new smartphone application and expanded the Church’s footprint in the digital world.

“I was quite anxious that we were going to get the signal and it was all going to work. Because this isn’t made up, these folks are actually waiting for the Holy Father to hit this button before it works,” said Father Andrew Small in a May 17 CNA interview.

The launch of the MISSIO App took place May 17 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall during a meeting of the Pope and the 120 national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

The mission society’s application for mobile devices and smartphones collects news from Rome, stories and photos from the missions and other material and makes it available to the world.

The actual unlocking of the app was simple.

Fr. Small, the U.S. national director, presented his iPad to the Pope, who asked, “I push here?”

“As soon as the Holy Father hit the button, a little notice came across the top – what they call a ‘push notice’ – and it said, ‘Pope Francis has unlocked the MISSIO App.’

“And he sort of looked a little bit surprised,” Fr. Small recalled.

The button was labeled “Evangelizantur,” which means, “that they be evangelized” in Latin.

Since the app is available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French,
Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic, Fr. Small explained that the developers settled on the Latin phrase for the launch.

The purpose of the application is to help the Pope and the Church extend the reach of its message, with a particular emphasis on young people. …

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