March 20, 2014

Boston Papers Reveal Blatant Bias in Covering St. Patrick’s Day Parade Gay-Inclusion Controversy

It wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day in the 21st century U.S. without a parade controversy. As has been the case in Boston for well over 20 years, even after a unanimous Supreme Court decision affirmed the parade sponsors’ position in a 1995 ruling, it concerns the exclusion of what the conservative, social values-oriented group Mass Resistance charitably describes as the “gay pride parade” element.

Apparently, the “gay pride” element thought that the arrival of new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who replaced Tom Menino after Menino’s 21 years at the helm in January, would be their opportunity to intimidate their way into the parade. It didn’t work. Of particular note is how aggressive and hostile reporters at both local newspapers, the ultraliberal Globe and the supposedly center-right Herald, were towards the parade’s organizers and sponsors (links are in original; some bolds are mine):

Organizers stand up to pressure by politicians and media to include hardcore homosexual group

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As we reported last week, the parade organizers had been pressured for over a month, and recently their sponsors were even contacted. As of last week, all of the major sponsors and politicians had announced they were boycotting the parade in solidarity with the homosexual groups according to statements that were released.

The vicious intimidation tactics lasted right up to the morning of the parade.

Many people don’t realize how enormous the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is. This year the parade was nearly two hours long. There were groups marching from as far away as Florida. It typically attracts over ¾ million people, and this year there were at least that many.

It is not only a pro-family Catholic event but also a military celebration. Organized by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, the parade celebrates Evacuation Day, the day the British were driven out of Boston during the Revolutionary War in 1776, which, like St. Patrick’s Day, is also March 17. Thus it includes dozens of US military contingents and veterans groups of all types.

The religious, festive, historical, and military aspects of the parade give it a special old-fashioned atmosphere that attracts families from all over New England.

The organizers simply don’t want to mix in the “gay pride parade” element. One need only look at photos from any “gay pride” parade (here or elsewhere) to see what you can eventually expect to have. But the politicians and the media decided that this year they would not take “no” for an answer.

Relentless and obsessive media attacks

During the weeks leading up to day of the parade, virtually all of the newspaper coverage focused on the exclusions of the homosexual activists. The Boston Globe was particularly relentless.

It went to some absurd extremes. At one point, the Globe surprised us by printing a strong letter by a Catholic school principal supporting the parade organizers. Then a few days later they published an editorial personally attacking the principal’s Catholic religious views, and of course, letters attacking him also.

The morning of the parade, the Globe’s only “parade news” was a full-page article (that began on Page 1) about two homosexual activists putting “rainbow” colors on one of the floats for the parade, in an effort to sneak in the homosexual message.

Also on the morning of the parade – not to be outdone — the Boston Herald’s columnist Margery Eagan, a tireless anti-Catholic, wrote a particularly venomous article naming and celebrating the sponsors who had dropped out of this “toxic parade.” In the article, Eagan admitted that the businesses were contacted “by the Boston Herald” to intimidate them and inform them that their names would be in the newspaper.

Let’s stop there. A newspaper intimidates businesses who could very well be advertisers. Mass Resistance is right. These folks are obsessed.

Continuing:

It gets ugly: Mayor of Boston screams & curses at parade organizer

Newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a longtime pro-homosexual advocate, put enormous effort to force, harass, and coerce the parade organizers to buckle under and let open homosexual activist floats and banners into the parade. But the organizers stood behind the 1995 US Supreme Court ruling that allows them to include or exclude anyone they choose.

The Friday night before the parade it got ugly. Mayor Walsh and parade organizer Philip Wuschke, Jr. were both on stage at the South Boston Citizens Association. According to an eyewitness we spoke to, Walsh approached Wuschke and began berating him. Walsh told him he’d better agree to include the homosexuals. When Wuschke said no, Mayor went up to his face and screamed “You’d better not f— me over on this. Do you hear me? Don’t f— with me.” And the Mayor continued a profanity laden diatribe until someone stepped in and separated them.

Walsh is a former union organizer and local union president and is probably used to getting his way. But Wuschke is also a union member, and had no trouble telling the Mayor what he could do with his threats.

Margery Eagan’s column at the Herald is particularly disappointing, especially her characterization of the parade as “toxic” and “shameful.”

This episode exemplifies what Erick Erickson at RedState has written so many times about the naive people who believe they can coexist with the gay rights uber alles crowd: “You will be made to care” about their aggressive attempt to trample others’ rights when they come after your business, your church, or in this case your parade. The people organizing and running Boston’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade certainly know that.

It’s also pretty obvious that in many parts of the country, the odds that the press will objectively cover such controversies are virtually zero. In many cases, as seen in Boston, they will be open advocates.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

This Is Pretty Awesome

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 3:37 pm

Watch a Wheel of Fortune contestant solve a three-word phrase with only two letters in the first word revealed and otherwise only knowing seven other absent letters (HT The Blaze):

Great reax from Pat Sajak.

I Guess It’s Safe to Say …

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 3:17 pm

… that the folks in the newsroom at the Dayton Daily News weren’t very optimistic about their hometown Dayton Flyers’ chances against Ohio State today:

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Just to be sure, I checked: UD won.

Of course, what I captured could change any minute, but here’s the DDN link. Update: They fixed it.

Ariz. Reporter: Carney’s Briefing Questions ‘Are Provided to Him in Advance’

UPDATE: Catherine Anaya has largely walked back her story:

“Last night during my live reports from the White House I attempted to describe the highlights of the day. I was speaking off the cuff and unscripted and in the process I made two major mistakes: I reported an off the record conversation and what I reported was not accurate. I took a conversation about the preparation for a press briefing and muddied it with my own experience of wanting to provide a question for the press briefing. I incorrectly applied the process to everyone. That was wrong and it was bad reporting. But it was not intentional and I would never purposely report inaccurate information. The White House never asked for my questions in advance and never instructed me what to ask. I chose to provide one of my questions in advance of the press briefing because I wanted to make sure it would have broad appeal. I did not attribute or report factually last night and for that I deeply apologize. I pride myself on truth and objectivity. I sincerely regret any harm I’ve caused and I hope that you will continue to place your trust in the hardworking journalists who make up CBS 5 News.”

I hear an echo (echo).

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If you’ve ever thought that Jay Carney’s press conferences sometimes seem a bit too scripted, it could very well be because they are. Additionally, if you’ve ever thought that President Barack Obama’s handlers constrain his “chattiness” when with reporters, it’s because they apparently do.

In the first of two segments carried at the Weekly Standard, Catherine Anaya, a TV reporter with Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO, says that “the questions that the reporters actually ask” Carney “are provided to him in advance.” Additionally, “sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them.” In a second segment, Anaya reveals that during her interview of President Obama, his handlers employed a hovering aide with a countdown clock and insisted that they be conducted with everyone standing. The YouTubes and transcripts follow the jump.

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Initial Unemployment Claims (032014): 320K SA; Raw Claims 5% Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:26 am

Predictions:

Seasonal Adjustment Factors:

  • Week ended March 15, 2014 — 89.2
  • Week ended March 16, 2013 — 88.2

Raw Claims:

  • Week ended March 8, 2014 — 302,311 (revised, but barely, with no change in the seasonally adjusted 315,000 from last week.
  • Week ended March 16, 2013 — 300,951

For the lower of the two predictions above to come true, raw claims will have to be 287,000 or lower (287K divided by 89.2 is 322K, rounded). That level of raw claims would be 4% to 5% below last week’s and last year’s raw claims, which seems doable. Raw claims above 300K would be cause for some concern.

The report will be here at 8:30.

HERE IT IS (permanent link):

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 320,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 315,000. The 4-week moving average was 327,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 330,500.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 285,316 in the week ending March 15, a decrease of 16,995 from the previous week. There were 300,951 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

This is in line with predictions.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032014)

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.

Positivity: Medical Miracle — H1N1 Victim Returns Home After Being On Her Deathbed

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Riverbank, California:

A Riverbank woman says it’s a medical miracle she’s alive after she nearly died from the H1N1 virus.
CBS13 captured her happy homecoming after a nearly month-long stay in the hospital.

Fernanda Floren was by all means healthy at 51 years old. But more than three weeks ago, she was rushed to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and put on life support the next day.

Fast-forward to this day—a day her family never thought would come. If the Florens never believe in miracles before, they certainly do now.

Doctors told her husband, Dan, that she had H1N1. He didn’t think she would live for more than a few days.

I couldn’t believe I was having those thoughts,” he said .

Doctors put Fernanda in a medically induced coma—one of their last options to keep her alive.

“It was horrible,” he said. “She had tubes coming out of her mouth.”

But fourteen days into the coma, the day after Valentine’s Day, he says his wife of almost 30 years finally woke up.

She says a nurse who watched over her told her later she thought Fernanda wouldn’t make it. …

Go here for the rest of the story.