February 15, 2014

Press Coverage of UAW’s VW-Chattanooga Loss ‘Somehow’ Overlooks One ‘Outside Influence’: President Obama

The three Associated Press reports I’ve seen on the UAW’s failure to win the right to represent hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the first two were covered in NewsBusters posts here and here; the wire service’s 3:52 p.m. report is here — all mention in one way or another what UAW President Bob King is now calling “unprecedented outside interference” in the runup to the election. (VW, which can only run the factory with the kind of “workers councils” it has at its other worldwide plants in the U.S. if its workers are represented by an outside union, supported the UAW’s efforts.)

But AP reporters Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig, as well as panelists discussing the aftermath on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC program this morning, “somehow” ignored the “outside interference” of the person who holds the most powerful political office on earth. That’s right. President Obama, whose National Labor Relations Board conducted the election, weighed in on Friday morning with statements at a “closed door” meeting which were clearly designed to be leaked. Here is what Richard Cowan and Bernie Woodall at Reuters reported on Friday morning (HT Gateway Pundit):

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Update: AP Revision to VW-Chattanooga Story Laments UAW’s Loss of ‘Potential Watershed Moment’

Following revisions to initial stories at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration’s Press, can be a revealing if sometimes tedious exercise.

A case in point is how reporters Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig, who are both more than likely represented by the News Media Guild in their jobs at the wire service, changed the tone of their second report following the rejection by employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant of representation by the United Auto Workers union. And speaking of changed tones, UAW President Bob King suddenly moved from conciliatory to confrontational in the 3-1/2 hours between the first and second AP reports.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021514)

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: Valentine effort promotes authentic love to college students

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Princeton, New Jersey:

Feb 13, 2014 / 12:08 pm

A nationwide campaign leading up to Valentine’s Day is encouraging college students to seek meaningful relationships and develop a healthy understanding of love and sexuality.

Young men and women today truly “want a love story,” said Caitlin Seery, director of the Love and Fidelity Network.

Surveys consistently show that “college men and women still aspire to get married someday, even if ‘someday’ is still several years in the future,” she told CNA, adding that even in college, researchers have found “that very few students, when given privacy to speak honestly, are satisfied with the hook-up culture.”

Unfortunately, Seery explained, “between the carnage of the campus hook-up culture and the broader cultural breakdown of the family, these young men and women have seen so few examples of successful stories – and so many examples of broken relationships and marriages – that too few students today even believe this kind of a love story is possible.”

“We hope our campaign helps them start to believe that it is.”

Based in Princeton, N.J., the Love and Fidelity Network works on dozens of college campuses across the country to promote the unique roles of marriage and family in society, as well as the integrity of human sexuality.

This is the seventh year that the network is planning a campaign to offer an alternative to the “hookup culture” and sexual revolution mindset among college students. It hopes to instead encourage an understanding of authentic commitment-based love and the dignity of human sexuality.

The initiative involves placing thousands of posters on college campuses throughout the U.S. in the days leading up to Feb. 14. In addition, students are encouraged to spread the campaign’s message through social media efforts, editorials, resources, speakers and other campus events.

“For too many students, Valentine’s Day on campus means being bombarded with messages that promote commitment-free hookups and distort the true meaning of human sexuality,” Seery said in a Feb. 7 press release.

“Sex Week and condom giveaways are common features of mid-February campus programming, and we think students deserve better than that.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

UAW Fails to Organize Tenn. VW Plant; AP Report Calls Loss ‘Devastating,’ Highlights Excuses

Late news out of Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday night was that workers at that area’s Volkswagen plant rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

The opening paragraph at the 11:17 p.m. story filed by Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig at the Associated Press, both of whom are more than likely members of the News Media Guild, calls the result “devastating.” Later paragraphs imply political tampering, and indicate that the union is considering doing what leftist losers routinely do — try to get the result overturned with government help. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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