July 9, 2014

NYT, MSNBC Uncritically Relay Reid’s ‘Five White Men’ Rant Against Supremes’ Hobby Lobby Majority

On Tuesday, Harry Reid told the press that “the one thing we’re going to do, during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it.”

Obviously, Reid’s statement assailing the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby decision is incorrect, as black African-American Clarence Thomas was among the five justices who defended the religious freedom of the Green family which owns and runs Hobby Lobby. Ordinarily, in an obvious gaffe involving a Democratic Party politican, coverage would be sparse. But in this case, there are at least two instances where an establishment press outlet actually reported Reid’s statement without pointing out that it was wrong. One occurred at the New York Times.

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As He Gets 10-Year Sentence, Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s Party Affiliation Disappears or Is Downplayed

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison today on fraud, bribery and related charges. In a January 2006 appearance on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, Nagin, who in many several previous news reports had been described as a Republican who became a Democrat once he sought political office, told Smiley that he “never was a Republican” and he has been a “life-long Democrat.”

As would be expected, several media outlets are failing to report Nagin’s declared status as a “life-long Democrat.” A particularly egregious example is at USA Today (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes, and in case USAT makes revisions; HT longtime NB commenter Gary Hall; bolds are mine):

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:30 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:25 am

From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Jul 8, 2014 / 01:08 pm

Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in the 2014 World Cup: his mother considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him.

Silva’s mother, Angela, revealed the story about her 29-year-old son during a recent interview with the Brazilian television network O’Globo.

“I cried on my father’s shoulder and said, ‘Daddy, I don’t want to get an abortion, but I’m also not ready to raise a child’,” Angela recalled.

Her father convinced her not to end the child’s life. “He wouldn’t let me do that, that I commit a sin,” she said.

Thiago and his family had a difficult and complicated life in the slums – known as favelas – of Santa Cruz in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I lived in a well-known favela. The police were always there. Because of the danger, I always thanked God when I got home safely,” he explained.

The captain of the Brazilian team said that when he was 14 years old, he had a serious bout with tuberculosis.

“It was the toughest battle of my life. I spent six months hospitalized,” he recalled. …

Go here for the rest of the story.