March 15, 2014

50 Years Later, We Know That the NYT Distorted the Kitty Genovese Story in the Name of an Agenda

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:38 am

On Friday, March 13, 1964, in Kew Gardens, Queens, Winston Moseley murdered Kitty Genovese, a twenty-eight-year-old bar manager, in Queens. In a March 10, 2014 column (HT Instapundit) in the New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann reviewed two recently published books on the murder and its aftermath, one by Catherine Pelonero and the other by Kevin Cook.

Lemann writes that the murder “became an American obsession … (due) to the influence of one man, A. M. Rosenthal, of the New York Times.” It’s worth reading the whole article to see how one newspaper five decades ago was able to shape a national narrative with no resistance. Excerpts pointing to how the Times manipulated the circumstances to cast aspersions on ordinary citizens follow the jump:


NewsBusted (031414)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:56 am

Here we go:

– Obama Disapproval
– Young African-Americans
– Oregon Obamacare Exchange
– Cuban Dissidents
– Tokyo vs. Detroit
– Keystone XL Pipeline
– California Governor Jerry Brown

Best Lines (among many):

  • “Just 11 percent of young African-Americans say that life is better for them under Obama. You know what that means? Young African-Americans are racist!”
  • “California Governor Jerry Brown has come out against pot legalization. Hey Governor, if it wasn’t for people smoking pot, you would never have been elected.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031514)

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.

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.


March 5 — Laura Ingraham is right: Jeff Sessions should start exploring the feasibility of a presidential run.


March 4Of course I’m pleased that the homeschooling Romeike family will not be deported to Germany, where the parents would almost certainly have lost custody of their children.

I’m not pleased that this appears to have been a discretionary decision in response to public outrage by Homeland Security with no justification articulated.

So the Romeikes can stay. But what about families in similar situations whose supporters’ megaphones aren’t as loud?


March 5“IDF Intercepts Significant Iranian Arms Shipment Bound for Gaza.” Why is the Obama administration bargaining with this regime?

Positivity: In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm

In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope’s sanctity and commitment to the truth.

“In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 7.

Published as part of the book “Beside JPII: Friends and Collaborators Speak,” released by Italian press agency “Italian Edizioni Ares,” Benedict’s written interview was originally requested by Redzioch in Nov. of 2013, which he agreed to and completed in Jan. of this year.

During the interview, retired pontiff Benedict XVI recalled that he originally met John Paul II in the conclave where John Paul I was elected Pope, explaining how they had both read each others’ work previously and had been wanting to meet each other.

Observing how the then Cardinal Wojtyla had quoted his piece “Introduction to Christianity” during the spiritual exercises he preached for Pope Paul VI in 1979, Benedict noted that “it is as if, interiorly, we both were expecting to meet each other.”

“Above all, I immediately and greatly perceived the human fascination that he exuded, and from the way he prayed I noted how deeply united to God he was.”

Speaking of his appointment by John Paul II as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Benedict recalled how the Blessed allowed him to continue publishing theological works for his home diocese, and that he was “always very gracious and accommodating with me.”

Referring to certain doctrinal challenges which the two faced during their years of working together, Benedict XVI noted that the first major topic that came up was Liberation Theology.

“Both in Europe and in North America, it was common opinion that it was a support to the poor and, therefore, that it was a cause that surely needed to be approved,” he explained.

However, “it was an error,” stated the retired pontiff, adding that “Poverty and the poor were, without a doubt, set at the center of the Liberation Theology, yet in a very specific perspective…It was said that it was not a question of help or of reforms, but rather of the great upheaval from which a new world would spring.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.