August 19, 2014

NYT Blames Hamas, Israel Equally For End of Cease-Fire; Story Ignores Hamas Plot to Overthrow Abbas

Over at Hot Air tonight, Mary Katharine Ham pointed to a headline at the New York Times, present at its web home page as well as at the story itself, which equally blames Hamas and Israel for the end of their cease-fire: “Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Response Break Cease-Fire.” Someone needs to tell Isabel Kershner and Jodi Rudoren that it’s the “rockets from Gaza” which broke the cease-fire.

There’s a bigger problem with the story, and with establishment press coverage of the conflict in general during the past 36 hours, namely that virtually everyone is ignoring a Monday blockbuster report at the Jerusalem Post presenting compelling evidence that Hamas intended to overthrow the Palestinian government and its President, Mahmoud Abbas, in conjunction with its attacks on Israel (Shin Bet is Israel’s internal security service; bolds are mine):

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Bob Beckel: Fellow Dems Defending Perry Are ‘Wusses’

Liberals and even far-leftists who would normally be inclined to cheer political attacks on Republicans and conservatives have been distancing themselves from last Friday’s indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Former Clinton special counsel Lanny Davis, lawyer Alan Dershowitz (this “what happens in totalitarian societies”), and former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod are just a few of them.

“The Five” co-host Bob Beckel is definitely not in that crowd. In Monday’s segment on the topic, Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign manager called his fellow liberals “wusses” and Rick Perry “a jerk.” Wait until you see his reason why Rosemary Lehmberg, who was sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving drunk with a blood alcohol reading three times the legal limit, should remain in her job. Excerpts from the relevant Monday segment follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Prominent Progressive’s Email Suggests Defacing Cover of Paul Ryan’s New Book

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:58 pm

Imagine that a prominent Republican activist proposed a campaign of malicious destruction against Hillary Clinton’s latest book. Does anyone doubt that the press would be all over it as proof that conservatives and Republicans are disrespectful and mean-spirited?

Well, Erica Payne is a prominent, aggressively self-promoting progressive. The advanced nature of her activist bona fides might cause you to assume that she would think before stooping to openly suggesting destruction of property. Nope. Via Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard (link is in original; bolds are mine):

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Ohio’s Dems: Maybe They’re Just Trying to Lose

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:10 pm

The latest exposed escapades involving Ohio’s statewide Democratic Party, uh, ticket:

Democratic Candidate For Ohio AG Repeatedly Ticketed

Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper has paid nearly $10,000 in parking fines over the past 14 years after being ticketed more than 180 times, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Hamilton County court records show Pepper, who faces Republican incumbent Mike DeWine this fall, was ticketed mostly for parking at meters that had expired or in no-parking or truck loading zones. He also was ticketed about a dozen times for displaying expired plates.

The AP review shows Pepper was cited an average of 13 times a year, most recently in July. The bulk of the tickets came from 2007 to 2009, while he was county commissioner. Fines ranged from $14 to $100, some doubled because they were paid late.

“Amid a hectic schedule, mostly years back, David got too many tickets, and he paid them,” Koltak said. “He’s happy to debate old parking tickets versus Mike DeWine’s current practices as attorney general.”

I dunno, maybe Pepper should argue that he was helpnig the county balance its books.

Congrats to Associated Press reporter Julie Carr Smyth for digging up and exposing this.

Maybe the Democrats can turn around their statewide campaigns by promising not to drive while in office … except who would believe them?

At Least Seven AP Reporters Violated Their Own Stylebook in Describing 18 Year-Old Michael Brown As a ‘Teen’

Kudos to Ed Driscoll at PJ Media, Eddie Scarry at Mediaite, and likely others in pointing out that the Associated Press has frequently violated its own stylebook in describing Michael Brown, the 18 year-old who was fatally shot in a scuffle with police in Ferguson, Missouri, as a “teen” or “teenager.”

The AP’s latest stylebook, in sync with the one I have from over a decade ago, states that reports should (italics is theirs) “use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.” The violations have been pervasive, and have likely occurred since Brown died on August 9. Let’s start with the specifics at Mediaite (most bolds are mine; links are in original):

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081914)

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: Pope to Koreans — Trust in the reconciling power of the Cross

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seoul:

Aug 17, 2014 / 06:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the concluding Mass of his historical trip, Pope Francis urged the faithful to embrace Christ’s message of forgiveness and reconciliation, stressing earlier in his visit that there is only “one Korea.”

“This…is the message which I leave you,” the Pope told the congregation gathered at the Aug. 18 Mass held at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. “Trust in the power of Christ’s cross! Welcome its reconciling grace into your own hearts and share that grace with others!”

“I ask you to bear convincing witness to Christ’s message of forgiveness in your homes, in your communities and at every level of national life.”

The Pope’s Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea. During his time, the Pope traveled from the capital city of Seoul to Daejon, where he celebrated the Sixth Asian Youth Day with thousands of young people.

He also visited the rehabilitation center for disabled persons in Kkottongnae, as well as a shrine in Haemi for a closing Mass with Asian youth.

Speaking off-the-cuff to young people earlier in the week, the Pope addressed the division between North and South Korea, emphasizing that the two are “one family,” and calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness. He then paused and invited those gathered spend a moment praying in silence for unity between the two countries. …

Go here for the rest of the story.