October 11, 2013

AP’s Ed White Revises Earlier Report to Avoid Directly Tagging Convicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as a Dem

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison yesterday. As has been the case for nearly six years as his scandals and prosecution have unfolded (seen here in dozens of NewsBusters posts), press coverage has usually avoided the inconvenient fact that Kilpatrick is a Democrat, and almost completely ignored Barack Obama’s hearty endorsement of him during the early stages of his 2008 presidential campaign. A YouTube video from a May 2007 speech at the Detroit Economic Club shows Obama thanking Kilpatrick for “doing an outstanding job of gathering together the leadership at every level of Detroit, to bring about the kind of renaissance that all of us anticipate for this great city.”

News outlets failing to note Kilpatrick’s Democratic Party affiliation yesterday included the New York Times, CBS in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press in an item carried at USA Today, and Mike Tobin at Fox News. The Associated Press outdid itself in this regard, as will be explained after the jump.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101113)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Teach society to respect life, Archbishop Gomez tells teens

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

From Los Angeles:

Oct 11, 2013 / 04:26 am

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.

“Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way. A way of love. A way of welcoming and hospitality,” he said Oct. 9.

He stressed the need to defend “the sanctity and the dignity of all human life – from conception, through life until natural death.”

“We need to reach out to everyone with the helping hand of Jesus Christ – from the woman expecting a child to the handicapped and the aged. We need to be people of mercy and understanding – welcoming to everyone.”

The archbishop spoke to an audience of more than 5,000 Catholic junior high and high school students at the “Christian Service 4 Life” event at the StubHub Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

The event, which took place during the Church’s Respect Life Month, was co-sponsored by Life SoCal, a pro-life group in southern California. Other speakers included actor Eduardo Verastegui and 2011 Miss Delaware, Maria Cahill. Leaders of community organizations talked to the students about how to help the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and pregnant women and their unborn children.

Archbishop Gomez lamented the loss of respect for life in the culture, evident in the problems of abortion, euthanasia, street violence, domestic violence, the neglect of the old and the sick, and other forms of indifference to suffering.

He encouraged the students to ask what Jesus wants from them and to be “a voice for the people God loves.”

“Our God loves and cares for every one he has created – especially the innocent and defenseless, those who can’t take care of themselves,” he said. “Especially those lives that are weak and fragile, ‘inconvenient’ or a burden to others – the child in the womb, the sick and the handicapped, the elderly.” …

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