October 13, 2013

NYT Coverage of Obamacare System Fiasco Blames Republicans, Cites Key March Warning It Originally Failed to Report

Three New York Times reporters’ Saturday evening coverage for Sunday’s print editions of HealthCare.gov’s systemic failures is inadvertently funny. Its opening paragraph quotes Henry Chao, described as “the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace,” as “deeply worried about the web site’s debut” way back in March, and hoping that “it’s not a third-world experience.” The Third World, many of whose developers have shown that they can design functional interactive web sites, should feel insulted.

The inadvertent humor comes from the fact that Chao’s statement received quite a bit of coverage at center-right outlets and blogs (e.g., Washington Examiner, Forbes, Hot Air, PJ Tatler, Townhall, American Thinker, Gateway Pundit, and many others) when he originally made it in March, and was widely known in the industry. But, as seen in a date-sorted Times search on Chao’s name, the Old Gray Lady originally consider it fit to print.

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Barely National News: Almost a Year on, Sandy Victims Still Being Jerked Around by Govt.

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:05 pm

In a keister-covering dispatch at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration’s Press, which, based on its headline, is supposed to be a big-picture look at where recovery efforts from last year’s Superstorm Sandy stand (“NORMALCY ELUDES MANY A YEAR AFTER SANDY HIT NJ”), reporter Wayne Parry spent the vast majority of his 900-plus words on problems residents are having with insurance companies.

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to determine that problems originating with the federal government and other government entities are far larger in scope.

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AP Headline Claims Social Security Inflation Increase Will Be ‘Among Lowest in Years,’ When 2010 and 2011 Had No Increase at All

There was no annual adjustment to Social Security benefits for inflation during 2010 or 2011. That’s because the 2009 increase of 5.8 percent (announced in November 2008, and considered the “2009″ increase at this table) was artifically lifted by the $4 per gallon gas prices seen in the summer of 2008, the period used in the annual inflation adjustment calculation. After gas prices came down, overall prices levels were slightly lower during the next two years.

With that background, it’s hard to imagine how a headline writer at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration’s Press, could transform what writer Stephen Ohlemacher accurately described as an “historically small increase” to “among the lowest in years” — unless it’s to create a false impression among those who only read headlines that the government is being unduly stingy in disbursing benefits. Excerpts from Ohlemacher’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Obamacare: Mind-Boggling Incompetence’) Is Up

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101313)

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: Let God untie your knotted hearts, Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 12, 2013 / 01:29 pm

Pope Francis led a Marian prayer vigil Saturday, stressing that the Virgin Mary leads Christians to the mercy of God who can untie “all knotted hearts.”

Each one of us has “knots” in our souls, caused by sin, said Pope Francis.

“These knots take away our peace and serenity,” he said at the Oct. 12 vigil in St. Peter’s Square.

He acknowledged that some might believe they are without hope and say “But Father, mine can’t be untied.”

“That’s a mistake. All knots in the heart, all knots in the conscience, can be untied,” he emphasized.

If we ask Mary, “the woman of faith” for help, he continued, “she will surely say to us, ‘go forward, go to the Lord, he will understand you.’ And she takes us with the hand of a mother to the embrace of the Father, to the Father of mercy.”

As the crowds prayed, the Pope spoke of Mary’s example and reflected on her desire to lead others away from the “knots” of sin to divine healing. Mary is “the mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that he can untangle the knots of our soul by his fatherly mercy.”

In preparation for the Pope’s consecration of the world to Mary on Sunday, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima was brought to St. Peter’s Square from the shrine in Portugal. Pope Francis took a moment to pray before the image, which depicts how Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

The crowds of diverse pilgrims held up various images of Mary, celebrating her universal motherhood. The vigil, which interspersed international music with scripture readings that served as points of meditation and prayer. …

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