July 1, 2013

Seriously, AP? Nothing Currently Happening in Egypt Is a Front-Page ‘Big Story’?


(HT to Weasel Zippers; the typo in the banner is the protesters’ fault :–>)

At the Associated Press’s Big Story page as of 10:25 a.m. ET (saved here for future reference), conditions relative to stories on Egypt are the same as I observed in the wee hours this morning: “That story (about Sunday’s mass protest involving “millions” per several other news outlets) is no longer even present at all at the AP’s ‘Big Story’ home page.”

You have to click on “View More” at the bottom of the “Latest News” section at the AP’s “Big Story” page before you’ll see a current story. Just to make sure, a browser search within the page on Mohammed Morsi’s last name (as AP spells it) found nothing.


June ISM Manufacturing: 50.9%, Up from 49.0% in May

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 10:09 am

Business Insider’s email had a prediction of 50.5%, or a move back into slight expansion after going into contraction at 49.0 last month.

Here’s the new report, showing a small beat:

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June following one month of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 49th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

… The PMI™ registered 50.9 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from May’s reading of 49 percent, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the fifth time in the first six months of 2013. The New Orders Index increased in June by 3.1 percentage points to 51.9 percent, and the Production Index increased by 4.8 percentage points to 53.4 percent. The Employment Index registered 48.7 percent, a decrease of 1.4 percentage points compared to May’s reading of 50.1 percent. Manufacturing employment contracted for the first time since September 2009, when the index registered 47.8 percent. The Prices Index registered 52.5 percent, increasing 3 percentage points from May, indicating that overall raw materials prices increased from last month. Comments from the panel generally indicate slow growth and improving business conditions.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 are reporting growth in June …

Two of the three components which most directly impact GDP, Production (48.6 to 53.4) and New Orders (from 48.8 to 51.9), went from contraction to expansion, but the Backlog of Orders went into deeper contraction (from 48.0 to 46.5).

The instinctive reaction is that manufacturers kept the lines cranking out the goods (almost a 5-point increase) in hopes that the order flow (a mixed bag) will continue.

Hope they’re right.


UPDATE: The employment component’s move into contraction isn’t good news, but its correlation with reported job growth in manufacturing has generally been pretty weak. So I don’t think it has much predictive value for Friday’s employment report — or at least Team Obama had better hope that’s the case.

I Told You That the AP Is ‘The Administration’s Press,’ But …

… So, apparently, are other U.S. outlets.

As posted at Breitbart:

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama to US media: ‘Behave’
Associated Press
PRETORIA, South Africa

One element of President Barack Obama’s Africa policy is to encourage a free press, although he offered repeated reminders for U.S. reporters traveling with him on the continent to be on their best behavior.

“Americans, behave yourselves,” he needled Saturday as a contingent of U.S. and South African media was pulled from a quick photo op with President Jacob Zuma.

Obama spoke just before their joint news conference and may have been trying to suggest his press corps keep its questions tight.

Challenge: Find an example during Bush 43′s administration where the U.S. press was described as “his press corps” by a reporter at a major U.S. press outlet.

Good luck.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070113)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:30 am

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

Positivity: After crisis pregnancy, young mom finds fulfillment

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:25 am

From Denver, Colorado:

Jun 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm

A 22-year-old single mom who chose life during an unplanned pregnancy says that she has found “purpose and love” in the joys and trials of motherhood.

“Being a mom is definitely the road to sainthood for me; it requires total self-sacrifice, but dying to oneself through motherhood has only brought me closer to Christ,” Raquel Kato told CNA in a recent interview.

Kato’s story spread on the internet last year, after she experienced God’s unconditional love in a powerful and life-changing way.

When her 21st birthday led to an unplanned pregnancy, she felt terrified and alone as a single college student. Keeping her pregnancy a secret, she scheduled an abortion, even though she knew in her heart that it was wrong.

However, a week before her scheduled abortion, Kato attended daily Mass and felt God’s merciful love touching her heart. She cancelled the abortion and gave birth to a baby girl, whom she named AveMarie Rose, in October 2012.

She went on to share her story through online venues including Catholic Exchange, FOCUS blog and One Billion Stories. In the nine months since AveMarie was born, she has received positive, supportive reactions.

“In general, I would have to say I have gotten a great response,” she told CNA, explaining that she has received many comments from people who were “very grateful” for the perspective that she had to share.

Kato described motherhood as “the greatest blessing” in her life.

“I’ve never been so challenged, grown so much, or been so joyful,” she said. “I love making my daughter smile, rocking her to sleep, and watching her reach different milestones.”

“Seeing how much joy she has brought to my parents, friends, and community is so rewarding. My daughter brings a deeper sense of purpose and love to my life and I can’t imagine my life without her.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Several News Outlets Report ‘Millions’ at Egypt Protests; AP Almost Buries Story, Claims ‘Hundreds of Thousands’

The BBC is reporting from Egypt that “Millions of protesters across the country accuse the country’s first Islamist president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since taking power a year ago.” Reuters is also reporting “millions” of participants.

At the Associated Press as of 11:15 p.m., its “Big Story” home page (saved here for future reference) had three stories on Egypt. Two of them were moldy oldies from before Sunday’s protests. The one from Sunday evening was buried at the bottom of the page’s “Latest News” section, and didn’t even have an accompanying thumbnail (Update, July 1, 1:15 a.m.: That story is no longer even present at all at the AP’s “Big Story” home page). The coverage by Hamza Hendawi, Sarah El Deeb and Maggie Michael only recognized “hundreds of thousands” of protesters, but at least seemed to admit that the protesters had gained some leverage by their sheer numbers: