September 30, 2014

O’Reilly: Obama Resumé on Terror ‘Is About As Weak As You Can Get’

Bill O’Reilly’s opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.

As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, the rest of the press has been mostly working furiously to downplay the intelligence community’s outrage at being thrown under the bus. O’Reilly’s no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks:

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NYT’s ‘Woe Is Us’ Report on Ohio Dems Woefully Short on Fact Checking

On Sunday, Trip Gabriel at the New York Times had the thankless task of concocting a report which would somehow make Ohio Democrats feel positive about winning at least one statewide office in November instead of getting skunked, which appears pretty likely at this point.

That’s because the campaign of the Dems’ gubernatorial candidate, affectionately known as the Wreck That Is Edward FitzGerald, has imploded over the fact that FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, somehow managed to drive without a valid permanent license for ten years. In the course of carrying out her mission — one she should have chosen not to accept — Gabriel made three errors. Two of them involve failing to check out two not-credible claims by Democrats. A third involves a basic fact about Ohio’s electoral offices. Two of the three really require Times corrections. We’ll see if they are forthcoming.

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Fox News Was Most Watched Cable Channel in Third Quarter; MSNBC Slides

During the third quarter, Fox News, which has been routinely walloping its cable-news competition for years, was “the most-watched (network during) primetime across all of cable in more than a decade — even besting USA and ESPN.”

So says the Hollywood Reporter, which also gets the award for the most delicious (or is it really the most truthful?) typo of the day:

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’60 Minutes’ Audience Craters For Obama Interview; Press Keeps His Name Out of Coverage

Steve Kroft’s interview of Barack Obama was the focus of this past Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes” on CBS. It has become noteworthy primarily because of Obama’s statement that U.S. intelligence agencies “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” As several previous NewsBusters posts have shown (examples here, here, here, and here), the press is working mightily to minimize how the intelligence community and the Pentagon are pushing back, hotly disputing the President’s assertion.

Another noteworthy development is that the network’s audience for the Obama interview was down 69 percent in the 18-49 demographic from the show’s previous episode. The vast majority of press reports noting the ratings slide, as compiled by Kristinn Taylor over at Gateway Pundit, are not mentioning that it was essentially Obama’s show.

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Politico Mag Implies George Wallace Was GOP, Blames Country’s Divisions Entirely on Whites’ Resistance to Civil Rights

A number of center-right and New Media outlets have noted Politico Magazine’s disingenuousness in the opening photograph in its “Race and the Modern GOP” article.

At the item’s top is the iconic “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” photo showing onetime segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace “try(ing) to block the entry of two black students” into the University of Alabama. The aforementioned article title appears beneath the words “History Dept.” The magazine is clearly trying to lead anyone not old enough to remember or anyone unfamiliar with U.S. history to believe that Wallace, who ran for president as a Democrat in 1964 and 1976 and as an Independent in 1968 and 1972, was a Republican. The writeup by Doug McAdam and Karen Kloos waits a dozen mostly long paragraphs before finally tagging Wallace as a Democrat.

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Low-Info Libs Endanger Us All

Insights from Roger Simon, on nominally intelligent friends and acquaintances who are choosing to be only selectively informed, and therefore over time have become functionally uninformed:

Now these are likable people who are decent or better to friends and family, but they are monumentally square and unsophisticated. They grew up up in an environment where certain, now highly old-fashioned, liberal views not only were cool, they were the veritable given, donnée as the French would say, of their society, so they are constitutionally unable to reexamine them. Change is difficult for all of us. Few achieve any kind of growth. But we are surrounded by a generation of people whose ideas are stuck in 1968, though most of them were just little kids at the time and too young to participate. Nevertheless, being stuck, they are loathe to see what is going on around them. They are terrified of it, lest they suffer from alienation of friends and family, loss of work, even personality disintegration. So they watch MSNBC and nod when some reactionary nitwit says the decapitation in Oklahoma was nothing more than “workplace violence” when the perpetrator had converted to Islam in prison only months before and posted beheadings to his Facebook page.

These people remind me of Jews — many of them are Jews, sadly — who would be saying that we should be understanding and negotiating with the Germans at the very moment they were being summarily marched into the gas chamber at Auschwitz. Too strong? No, it’s not. The liberals we know and love, most of them anyway, aren’t bad people. They’re just so scared of what’s happening they can’t think.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (093014)

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Positivity: Family will be center of next World Communications Day

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From Vatican City:

Sep 29, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- World Communications Day 2015 will focus on the theme “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love,” the Vatican announced Monday.

According to the Sept. 29 release, the theme is in continuity with 2014′s message, “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter”, as well as with the theme of the forthcoming Synods on the Family.

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family will begin within days, running Oct. 5-19. It serves as a precursor to the General Synod on the Family, as well as the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, both set to take place in 2015.

“The daily news shows us the difficulties facing the family today,” the announcement reads. “Often, cultural changes do not help us appreciate how much the family is a good for society.”

World Communications Day 2015 will take place May 17, and will reflect the task of telling those who “are perhaps wounded and disillusioned that love between a man and a woman is a good thing,” of letting “children know they are a most precious gift,” and of helping the “wounded and disappointed … rediscover the beauty of love”.

“How can we show that the family is the privileged place where we experience the beauty of life, the joy and the gift of love, the consolation of forgiveness offered and received, and the encounter with the other?”

The statement adds that the Church must relearn “how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful.”

“It is an exciting task because it moves people to look at the true reality of the human person, and it opens the doors to the future, that is, to life.”

In a Sept. 12 interview with CNA, Fr. John Wauck, a professor of the Institutional Church Communications faculty at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, spoke about the unique challenge of communicating under the pontificate of Pope Francis, especially in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 29, 2014

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Names Three Admin Officials Who Warned of ISIS Threat

ABC’s Jonathan Karl is on a tear — and his editorial bosses at ABC seem determined to ignore him.

As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted earlier today, Karl on Friday “grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest … about claims that al Qaeda had been ‘decimated,’” mainly because it hasn’t been. Instead, it seems like there are at least ten times as many versions. The network televised none of the exchange. Tonight, NB’s Curtis Houck wrote that ABC was among the networks which ignored how “several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments” about how they had supposedly underestimated the ISIS/ISIL threat. It turns out that ABC was silent even though Karl wrote a scathing column this afternoon which named specific names (bolds are mine):

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Supremes: Ohioans Have to Wait Until October 7 For Early Voting

Early voting in Ohio was supposed to start tomorrow, a full 35 days before Election Day. But today, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 majority, allowed the state to carry out voting law as passed by the legislature instead of what a group of misnamed “civil rights” groups wanted.

The final paragraph of Ann Sanner’s Associated Press coverage of the ruling illustrated how absurd this controversy has become. It related to the lower court ruling the Supremes reversed, and showed that to so many members of the press and public, world history apparently started less than a decade ago.

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AP Blindly Relays Claim That Vote Fraud Arrest Shows System’s ‘Strength’ — Five Years Later

Democratic State Representative Christina Ayala has been arrested and charged with 19 felony charges of voter fraud. Eight of the counts are for fraudulent voting. Other Ayala family members are under investigation, and criminal charges have been recommended but not made against one of them.

The press is letting Connecticut’s Secretary of State claim that the Ayala prosecution proves that the Nutmeg State’s elections system works, even though the charges go back to elections held as far back as five years ago. Why are we supposed to be impressed?

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Des Moines Register Pushes ‘No WMD in Iraq’ Lie in Covering Iowa Senate Race

According to a poll which is described as the state’s “gold standard,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley, her Democratic Party opponent, in the Iowa U.S. Senate race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin.

The Des Moines Register’s “Iowa poll” has Ernst up by a six-point margin, 44% – 38%. That Ernst’s lead isn’t larger is apparently attributable to a statement she made to the Register’s editorial board which has been treated as a misstep, but really wasn’t. The truth is that the statement Ernst made — that she had “reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” — really wasn’t strong enough.

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A ‘Bizarre Coincidence’: A Second Beheading Attempt in Oklahoma

As I noted Sunday evening, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, on her Friday show, characterized the beheading of Colleen Hufford at the hands of Alton Nolen, if true, as “the first American beheading on American soil reportedly in the name of jihad.”

It turns out that someone allegedly tried to beat Nolen out for that distinction, and failed. Take a look at what the Oklahoman’s Nolan Clay described as a “bizarre coincidence” in a Friday report (HT Ed Driscoll; excerpted nearly in full because of the story’s importance and the paper’s subscription wall; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092914)

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Positivity: Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate ‘grandfather’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Sep 28, 2014 / 10:10 am

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”

“I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you!”

Gathered together in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica beneath the sunny September sky, pilgrims heard from a number of people who gave witness of their own experiences, interspersed with musical interludes which included performances by Andrea Bocelli.

One of the motifs of the morning’s events centered on an icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. This image, which stood beside the altar, depicted Mary and Joseph presenting the child Jesus to the elderly prophets, Simeon and Anna. This icon will also be present on the square next Sunday during the opening Mass for the Synod on the Family.

Addressing the crowds, the Pope recalled the series of testimonies which had been given over the course of the morning, taking special note of those from the people of Erbil, Iraq, who had escaped violent persecution. “To all of these together we express a special ‘thank you!’! It is very good that you have come here today: it is a gift for the Church.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.