June 9, 2013

How Odd: Media Bistro Says ABC Evening News Had Year-Over-Year Gains, When Declines Were Across the Board

For the week of May 27, the Big Three networks’ evening news broadcasts declined, both compared to the previous week and the same week last year, and garnered an average combined daily audience of just under 20 million.

Somehow, Chris Ariens at Media Bistro apparently wasn’t looking at the same numbers his readers were when he did his post, and wrote the following while linking back to the related post from last year which contradicted what he wrote (bolds are mine; link is in original):


Treasury Omits All IRS and Other Bureaus’ Conference Costs in 2012 Response to Coburn; Politico Calls It ‘Incomplete Disclosure’

Although there are stories at Fox News and the Daily Caller, there appears to be almost no interest on the part of the establishment press in covering the Treasury Department’s failure to report over 99% of its conference costs when Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn asked for an itemized listing a year ago.

The Politico, the repository for stories which cause Democrats and the left discomfort that the rest of the press would prefer to ignore (“Oh, the Politico did something with it, so we don’t have to”), buried the item in a “Morning Tax” report Thursday. Writer Lauren French held off as long as she possibly could presenting how the $50 million in omitted IRS costs dwarfed the measly $500,000 which was reported (paragraph breaks added by me; bolds are mine throughout this post):


A Week Later, National Press Still Virtually Ignoring ‘Well-Intentioned’ Absentee Plot by Fla. Dem Congressman’s Staff Chief

GarciaJoeFlaSquare2012A week ago (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I wrote up a post on the Miami Herald’s coverage of how the chief of staff of Florida Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia had admittted to attempting to orchestrate “a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.”

I also noted that the story, which broke on Friday, May 31, was “getting very little notice,” but that perhaps “the amount and scope of national coverage will increase when the work week starts.” Well, the official work week has ended, and there has been almost no coverage anywhere, despite Congressman Garcia’s stunning reaction to the news reported in a separate June 1 Herald story (bolds are mine):

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060913)

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

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


It just keeps coming (link to book) “Analysts at the National Security Agency can now secretly access real-time user data provided by as many as 50 American companies, ranging from credit rating agencies to internet service providers, two government officials familiar with the arrangements said.” Related: “Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program.”


A dangerous Supreme Court ruling — “DNA, however, is your genotype: the blueprint for your entire physical person. If the government has my fingerprints, it’s like they have my randomly assigned Social Security number. If it has my DNA, it’s like they have the entire operating system.”


At the Weekly Standard (HT Patterico): “Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I Don’t Remember Saying that Everybody in the Country Would Have a Lower Premium.’” But she did, “during a July 1, 2012 appearance on Meet the Press.”


Thanks to ObamaCare, the marginal cost of the 30th hour of work for a $16 per hour employee not covered by en employer-sponsored health plan will be $96.15.


Here are “185 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.” Here’s hoping that Dan from Squirrel Hill keeps compiling.

Positivity: Boy, 2, is the first to have cerebral palsy ‘successfully treated’ using stem cells, taking him from a vegetative state to walking and talking

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Germany, yet another lesson in the wisdom of relying on stem cells which aren’t embryonic (HT to the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; bolds are mine)

PUBLISHED: 08:48 EST, 25 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 EST, 25 May 2013

• The child was left in a vegetative state after going into cardiac arrest
• Doctors said his future was bleak and his chances of survival were minimal
• But German doctors performed stem-cell therapy using frozen blood from his umbilical cord stored at birth and now he can walk, talk and smile again
• Experts said the results dispel ‘long-held doubts’ about stem cell therapy

Doctors claim to have successfully treated a child suffering with cerebral palsy with stem cells for the first time.

Just weeks after being given an intravenous stem cell treatment from umbilical cord blood, the symptoms of a boy who had been left in a vegetative state after a heart attack improved considerably. Within months he could talk and move.

The German doctors who carried out the treatment say the results of the treatment dispel ‘long-held doubts’ surrounding the effectiveness of stem cell therapy.

After going into cardiac arrest in November 2008, the unnamed two-year-old boy, known only as L.B., was left paralysed with severe brain damage and in a vegetative state.

… ‘In their desperate situation, the parents searched the literature for alternative therapies,’ said Dr. Arne Jensen of the Campus Clinic Gynaecology, who carried out the new treatment.
‘They contacted us and asked about the possibilities of using their son’s cord blood, frozen at his birth.’

just two months after treatment with the cord blood containing stem cells, his symptoms improved significantly.

Over the following months, the child learned to speak simple sentences and to move.

‘Our findings, along with those from a Korean study, dispel the long-held doubts about the effectiveness of the new therapy,’ said Dr. Arne Jensen of the Campus Clinic Gynaecology.
Within two months, the boy’s muscle spasticity decreased significantly. He was able to see, sit, smile, and to speak simple words again.

Go here for the rest of the story.