March 29, 2014

CNN.com Hasn’t Covered Leland Yee Arrest, Gets Snippy When Challenged

Although its report has its shortcomings, particularly the fact that it didn’t identify him as a Democrat for 24 paragraphs (as noted this morning), the Associated Press has at least treated California State Senator Leland Yee’s arrest on corruption and gun trafficking charges as a national story, with two bylined reporters and seven others assisting.

The same cannot be said of CNN.com. Web searchers, including several center-right bloggers, have noted the absence of any story about Yee there since 2011 (still true as of 6:30 p.m.). A tweet from “CNN.com Writers” snippily snapped back with a howler disproved faster than you can say “covering Democrats’ keisters”:

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RIP …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:24 pm

Noel Sheppard.

You will be already are missed.

In Jeremiah Denton Obit, AP Twice Rips War Hero and Senator As Too ‘Rigid’

Brickbats to Phillip Rawls and his layers of editors at the Associated Press.

Vietnam war hero and former Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton died on Friday. He was an incredibly courageous and inspiring man who after his return from 7-1/2 years as a POW in North Vietnam became deeply troubled at where this nation was (and still is) headed. Unsurprisingly, he became a strong pro-life and family values advocate. Apparently following an unwritten rule at AP which dictates that a writer must take at least one parting shot at a conservative upon his or her death (see: Tony Snow), Rawls took two, twice describing Denton as “rigid” (includes video of a portion of his 1966 “torture” interview; bolds are mine):

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NYT Takes ‘Gun’ Out of AP’s Original ‘Gun, Corruption Charges’ Leland Yee Headline

It’s no secret that the folks who run the New York Times are big fans of gun control. It turns out that they also favor controlling the use of the word “gun” in headlines about Democrats.

Over at National Review’s Campaign Spot yesterday, regarding the news of Democratic California Senator Leland Yee’s arrest, Jim Geraghty noted: “The New York Times greeted that news with a one paragraph summary on page A21 Wednesday with the headline: ‘California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.’” That A21 one-paragrapher is an AP item. According to a long AP report on Yee’s arrest, Yee, a longtime gun control advocate himself, is charged with “six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license.” In addition to burying the story in its back pages, let’s look at what the Times did to the AP’s original headline:

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NewsBusted (032814)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:20 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– 2016 Campaign
– Hillary Clinton
– Weather Drone
– Al Gore
– Pinkberry
– American Physical Society
– White House Pastry Chef
– Actor Chris Pine Drunk Driving
– Obamacare and Latinos

Best Lines (among many more) :

  • “The Navy has come up with a drone that can predict the weather several months in advance. Which is not to be confused with Al Gore — a drone who says he can predict the weather a hundred years in advance.”
  • “The White House pastry chef has resigned due to Michelle Obama’s demonization of butter, cream, and fat. The pastry chef is now hoping for a position in the Chris Christie administration.”
  • “President Obama is telling Latinos he won’t deport their relatives if they sign up for Obamacare. Okay, but when they see what Obamacare is actually like, they’ll probably deport themselves.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032914)

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: San Jose Sharks welcome youth with heart condition to practice

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From San Jose, California (photo montage at link; HT Yahoo Sports via Daryn Kagan):

POSTED: 03/18/2014 12:24:25 PM PDT

A 17-year-old youth hockey player from Martinez with a life-threatening heart condition is getting a taste of life in the NHL on Tuesday.

Sam Tageson practiced with the Sharks this morning, and will skate onto the ice with the team through the trademark shark head Tuesday night before San Jose’s game with the Florida Panthers, then stand on the blue line during the national anthem.

“No way to top today,” he told reporters in his own media scrum after the first event in a day arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Sharks Foundation.

Tageson has been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, having been born with two heart chambers, not four. But against the advice of doctors, he has been playing hockey since age 6.

“It’s supposed to be debilitating,” said Lisa Mills, his mother. “They said he would be the child that would never ride a bicycle, never do any of that. He rides a skateboard. He plays hockey. The doctors all through the years have said give him golf clubs, take the hockey stick away. We tried. It doesn’t work.”

Eventually the doctors changed their approach.

“Now, they’ve given up telling him no,” Mills said. “They say he’ll stop when he knows it’s time.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.