February 18, 2014

Sore Losers at MSNBC and American Prospect Play Race and Culture Cards in UAW VW-Chattanooga Loss

File this under “Pathetic” and “Predictable.” On Alex Wagner’s MSNBC show yesterday, Wagner set up Timothy Noah, an MSNBC.com columnist, with the latest and most desperate excuse for the UAW’s failure to gain the ability to represent VW-Chattanooga workers in a plantwide election last week. She did so by referring to an American Prospect column earlier in the day by Harold Meyerson, who blamed “the politics of race and culture” for the loss.

Noah predictably took the bait, even though “race” was not mentioned once in any coverage I saw in 2-1/2 days after the election until Meyerson went there. Video and a transcript, followed by a couple of jabs at Meyerson by yours truly, follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Barely News: EPA ‘Carbon Capture’ Rules to Increase Wholesale Electicity Costs by Up to 80%

You might think that journalists would consider the prospect of sharply rising electricity costs in a nation blanketed by an extraordinarily cold, snowy winter and buffeted by its accompanying high utility bills hugely newsworthy.

You would be wrong. Searches on the last name of Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary of the Energy Department who testified at a congressional hearing on energy costs and technology last week, return very few results (here and here), none from a major general circulation establishment press outlet. One business-oriented outlet, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, covered Friedmann’s testimony on the impact of the EPA’s new “carbon capture” rules. In doing so, reporter Mark Drajem included some incoherence and misdirection (bolds are mine):

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021814)

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: Pope urges engaged couples to build marriage on ‘rock of love’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Feb 14, 2014 / 08:35 am

During a special encounter with engaged couples, Pope Francis emphasized that to love someone forever is possible if we are humble, and that marriage should be a celebration filled with joy.

“We build a house together, not alone!” the pontiff observed in his Feb. 14 address, “You would not wish to build it on the shifting sands of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God.”

Over 20,000 couples flocked to St. Peter’s Square in order to participate in the Valentine’s Day event, which was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, and which reflected on the theme “The joy of ‘Yes’ forever.”

Following testimonies given by couples, readings and songs dedicated to love in its various forms, Pope Francis spoke to the couples on the fear of living together forever, the matrimonial way of life, and the idea of marriage as a celebration.

The Pope told them that one does not marry only when all problems are solved, but rather to face problems together.

“Today many people are afraid of making definitive decisions that affect them for all their lives,” he noted, “because it seems impossible and this mentality leads many who are preparing for marriage to say, ‘We will stay together for as long as our love lasts.’”

“What do we mean by ‘love’?” posed the Pope, asking if it is a “mere emotion, a psycho-physical state?” and stating that if so, “it cannot provide the foundation for building something solid.”

However, if a relationship is “a growing reality,” then we build it “in the same way that we build a house,” he said, “And we build a house together, not alone!” …

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