April 7, 2014

Establishment Press Lets CFPB Whistleblower Story Alleging Harassment and Racism Stay Buried at Politico

The primary objection to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), created as part of the mammoth Dodd-Frank legislation passed in 2010, has been its unaccountability. It “is ensconced within the Federal Reserve,” which frees it from congressional and presidential oversight. Even the Fed “is statutorily prohibited from ‘intervening’ in CFPB affairs.”

It should surprise no one that Richard Cordray, the unaccountable agency’s director, seems to believe that he and his kingdom are untouchable. Cordray, a Democrat who not coincidentally has been mentioned as a possible down-the-road candidate to be Ohio’s governor, has, according to a whistleblower, presided over a “‘pervasive’ culture of intimidation and hostility within the bureau.” Further, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s coverage of the whistleblower’s testimony at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Cordray personally told the whistleblower “to have her attorneys ‘back down.’” a Wednesday story at the Politico by M.J. Lee represents nearly the full extent of establishment press coverage I could locate. Excerpts from Lee’s Politico story follow the jump.

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Time’s Friedman Fails to Show That Hank Aaron Would Face Worse Social Media-Driven Racism Today Than in Pre-Net 1970s

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:57 am

Over at what’s left of Time Magazine’s Time.com, Jon Friedman claims that Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron “Would Have Faced Worse Racism Today” than he did in 1973 and 1974 as he edged ever closer to and then broke Babe Ruth’s once thought unapproachable career record of 714 home runs. There is no doubt that Aaron faced significant adversity as he neared that record. In that pre-Internet, pre-social media era, he got his death threats the old fashioned way: via snail mail. The Lords of Baseball are said to have employed extra plainclothes security details behind home plate at Atlanta Braves home and away games in 1973.

If Friedman had written that anonymous death threats can be more easily deliverable these days, he might have had a point. But he didn’t go there, instead writing as if it’s an indisputable fact that “The home-run king is lucky he didn’t have to contend with the ubiquitous bigots and haters on today’s social media.” If that were so obvious, you would think the the Time writer would have come up with better “proof” than the completely irrelevant examples he cited (HT Hot Air Headlines):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040714)

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: Those who follow Christ will face persecution, Pope observes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 4, 2014 / 07:08 am

Pope Francis dedicated his April 4 homily to the theme of persecution, noting that although many of the trials saints have endured still happen today, there is always hope because “Jesus is Lord.”

“All the people whom the Holy Spirit chooses to tell the truth to the People of God suffer persecution,” the Pope expressed to those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse chapel, noting that Jesus “is precisely the model, the icon.”

The pontiff began his reflections by returning to the day’s Gospel, taken from John, in which Jesus alludes to his heavenly origin, for which the people attempt to arrest him.

Emphasizing that “today’s Gospel is clear, no?” Pope Francis pointed out that “Jesus hid, in those last days, because his hour had yet to come – but he knew what end he would make, and how he would make it.”

“Jesus is persecuted from the beginning: when we remember the beginning of his preaching, he returns to his country, goes to the synagogue and preaches,” but that after great praise, people begin to whisper, saying “‘But, we know where he comes from … he is one of us…with that authority comes he to teach us? Where did he study?’”

“It is the same old thing,” he observed, noting that “they … write the Lord off, write off the prophet in order to take away his authority.”

Highlighting how the prophets “are all persecuted or misunderstood,” the Pope went on to describe how history repeats itself in the Church, from the moment of Jesus’ crucifixion until today. …

Go here for the rest of the story.