May 25, 2013

Press Fails to Contrast Medea Benjamin’s Civility With Obama With Disruptive Behavior During Bush Years

Code Pink’s Media Benjamin managed to break into another presidential event on Thursday, namely Barack Obama’s speech at the National Defense University. The topic was “U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy,” meaning that the administration’s aversion to the T-word seems to be diminishing as the damaging scandal-related news continues to pour in.

Readers will see that Benjamin was relatively civil towards Obama. In fact, Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons at the Los Angeles Times wrote the following: “Rather than dismiss Benjamin as a heckler, the president engaged her, asking her to let him explain but also pausing to listen as she continued to talk while security closed in around her.” That behavior is in direct contrast to how she behaved last decade during the Bush administration — something never mentioned in any coverage of Thursday’s speech I found. The full exchange with Obama followed by a recounting of what made Benjamin an overnight sensation in Sepetmber 2002, follow the jump.


On Obama’s In-Your-Face Nuland Promotion, Politico’s Epstein Acts As If Only GOP Has Problems With Altered Benghazi Narrative

In Thursday and Friday posts at the “Politico 44: A Living Diary of the Obama Presidency,” Jennifer Epstein relayed the announcement that President Barack Obama has nominated Victoria Nuland as the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

In other words, the President is defiantly giving the person who was integrally involved in altering the Benghazi talking points until they bore no resemblance to what really happened a promotion. In her first item, Epstein acted as if Republicans are the only ones who might have a problem with this. In her second item, she found two usual-suspect GOP senators who said they’d be okay being walked over. Excerpts follow the jump.


DOJ-Holder-Rosen Upate

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:55 am

There’s much more, but here are a few of the main items:

  • At Hot Air (original story here) — “Holder signed off on warrant for James Rosen records”
  • At the New Yorker, via Ryan Lizza, who bears a large share of the responsibility for Barack Obama’s first election in 2008 — “The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen’s private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.”
  • Patterico: “Eric Holder Lied Under Oath” when he told a Congressional committee that “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

A week ago, I argued, based on the actions of the Internal Revenue Service since early 2010, that tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”) is here. I didn’t realize that it’s been here since 2009. If one digs hard enough, we will likely see traces of it going back to January 21, 2009.

Modesto Press Posts ‘Stop the Mormons’ Protest Photo With Item on College Football Prospect Choosing Missionary Work

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 8:16 am

UPDATE: The photo has been changed to a University of Hawaii logo.

For outrageous and tasteless photo placement, it’s hard to top the one accompanying an article in the Modesto Press about top college football prospect Aaron Zwahlen.

Despite the availability of many photos of the player, at least a few of which are likely public domain, the Press chose to use the following photo accompanying a report that Zwahlen is choosing to do two years of missionary work with his church before he begins his collegiate career at the University of Hawaii (HT to a NewsBusters tipster):


Positivity: Hobby Lobby lawyer encouraged by latest hearing

From Denver:

May 24, 2013 / 05:04 pm

The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case’s hearing before a federal appeals court.

“We were encouraged by it; we were able to make our points forcefully, and we felt the judges heard what were were saying,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA May 24.

The arts and crafts retailer is one of well over 100 plaintiffs challenging a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.

On May 23, Duncan argued Hobby Lobby’s case before the full eight-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Such cases are usually heard by only three judges of an appellate court.

“The mere fact we were standing there before the entire 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is encouraging in and of itself… it’s a really extraordinary thing,” he explained.

Duncan said it is a “fair inference” to believe the court granted a hearing with the full panel because “they wanted to bring all the resource of the court to bear, to make sure that everyone understood – including the Supreme Court – that they were giving this very careful consideration.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052513)

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

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