August 15, 2014

In Covering Perry Indictment, AP Mischaracterizes Tom Delay Case’s Result, Focuses on Cost of Defending Him

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who, in the oddest of coincidences (that’s sarcasm), just so happens to be considered one of the Republican Party’s stronger potential contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination, was indicted in Austin today by a Travis County grand jury. The charges are “abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant” in connection with a veto “threat” he carried out — thus making “promise” a better word to describe his original stated intentions.

“Threatening” a veto and then carrying through on that “threat” is obviously a pretty routine occurrence in governmental jurisdictions through the country, from the President on down. As to initial press coverage, Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert at the Associated Press predictably misstated the results of another politically motivated prosecution of a major GOP elected official, namely former Congressman Tom “The Hammer” Delay, and focused on how expensive it might be to defend Perry by quoting an hourly legal representation rate which may or may not be accurate. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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AP’s Coverage of July Deficit Again Ignores the Impact of the Largest Tax Increase in the Past Two Decades

The federal government reported a $94.6 blllion deficit in July, only marginally better than the $97.6 figure posted in July 2013.

As has become its habit, the Associated Press’s coverage of that result contained omissions, spin and half-truths about government tax collections, spending and the origins of the Obama administration’s first four years of consecutive trillion-dollar deficits. Particularly annoying is the wire service’s insistence on ignoring the large tax increase in two decades as a factor — in the interest, of course, of supporting the Obama administration’s call for more of the same. Veteran Martin Crutsinger was responsible for this month’s rendition. Excerpts follow the jump:

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Nixon’s Resignation, 40 Years On’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081514)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: En route to Korea, Pope prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

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Aug 13, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work.

Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for the Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died Aug. 13 along with four Gazan bomb disposal offficers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli missile.

The missile exploded in Beit Lahiya as they tried to neutralize it. Four additional persons, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were gravely injured by the explosion.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas since July 8 has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, and 67 Israelis.

“These are the consequences of war,” Pope Francis told reporters after learning of the death of Camilli, Afash, and the others.

“Thanks for your service,” the Pope told the journalists on his flight. “Thanks for all that you do.”

Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for those who died in Beit Lahiya; the moment lasted about 30 seconds. …

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