January 12, 2015

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Three Major December Media Misfires’) Is Up

It’s here.

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


The three major misfires identified in the column relating to Joshua Williams, Lena Dunham, and the fake Kwanzaa parade in Los Angeles barely scratch the surface of media malfeasance in December.

The following additional items, all of which appeared or took place in last year’s final month, many of them in its final ten days after many outfits had issued their year-end good/bad lists, were arguably more blatant and deserving than all but two of the items the Columbia Journalism Review designated as “cringeworthy” blunders” of 2014 (as noted in the column, CJR was accurate in selecting the Rolling Stone-UVA gang rape fabrications and New York Magazine falling for the story of a kid who claimed to have made $72 million trading stocks):

  • Politico Magazine arguing the “everything is awesome” for President Obama (article; related NewsBusters post by Tim Graham). I didn’t know ISIS had stopped beheading people. Oh, that’s because they haven’t.
  • Vox.com completely making up and then having to retract its claim that December 21, 2014 would be the longest night ever. This is just one of 46 “f-ups” Kevin Draper at Deadspin identified on December 30. That 46 excludes unhinged opinion pieces like Max Fisher saying that asking Muslims to disavow terrorist acts is “bigoted and Islamophobic,” or Zach Beauchamp arguing that animals should have some citizenship rights. If we were to add those, the real total might be more like 460.
  • CNN including Brittany Maynard on its list of extraordinary persons of 2014. Maynard’s “extraordinary” accomplishment was participating in an assisted suicide — her own. This horrible lack of judgment at least partially explains the network’s awful year in the ratings.
  • The press’s repeated and deliberate promotion of the The “Hands-up! Don’t Shoot!” Myth about Michael Brown before his death in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Ignoring the dishonesty of Howard Zucker, the Andrew Cuomo administration official who supported a fracking ban in New York to protect his family and his children, when he has neither.
  • Ignoring New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to get other politicians to condemn the NYPD while pretending to want reconciliation, and possibly even enlisting the New York Times, which issued a disgraceful editorial smearing Gotham’s police force last week, in that effort.
  • Fox News’s Shepard Smith and unhinged Washingtonian Eleanor Clift separately telling audiences that they hope that a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations doesn’t ruin what they apparently think is currently an island paradise.
  • The press pretending that a December congressional report on the IRS scandal had nothing new. Horse manure. As the Daily Signal reported, “The nation’s tax chief decided not to tell Congress that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, an action that would have brought to light the misconduct before the 2012 election …
  • And last but certainly not least, the “26 Ways the Media Botched Their Reporting on the Latest Benghazi Report,” documented by Sharyl Attkisson at the Daily Signal.

Even this list leaves about a half-dozen genuine botches on the cutting room floor.

Obama Pulls Weiss’s Treasury Nomination, and Names Him a ‘Counselor’

Well, they’re nothing if not consistent.

When the Obama administration lost a court ruling against its ban on Gulf of Mexico drilling after the BP oil spill, it simply issued another ban. When it lost at the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, it just issued a new rule that was effectively the same as the one the Court nullified. Now, when it becomes clear that the administration won’t get the nominee it wants, the strategy is to hire him or her anyway as a “counselor.” Ben White at the Politico didn’t address substantive objections to this latest tactic until the final four paragraphs of his 22-paragraph report (bolds are mine):


Confirming that Valerie Jarrett Is De Facto President

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:49 pm

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, via PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson:

… when asked what President Obama was doing on Sunday, Earnest said he wasn’t prepared to answer that question. Yet at another point in the briefing the spokesman confirmed “the president watched on television” the march.

“I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” Earnest said. “That said, there is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand foursquare behind our allies in France as they face down this threat and that was evident throughout last week when you saw that the president’s top counterterrorism adviser here at the White House was in touch with her French counterpart minutes after this — the reports of this terror attack first emerged.”

“…Had the circumstances been a little bit different, I think the president himself would have liked to have had the opportunity to be there.”

“We at the White House should have made a different decision,” he said later in the briefing. “This was not a decision made by the president.”

And he won’t say who did make the decision.

Geez, if Barack Obama as President of the United States doesn’t make important decisions like who is going to attend important functions with worldwide visibility, who does?

Here’s who:


NY Times Further Massages Woman’s Eyewitness Account at Paris Massacre

On Saturday, in a post titled “Political Correctness Kills in Paris, Terrifies Media,” Jeffrey Lord at NewsBusters cited how the New York Times, in covering the Charlie Hebdo massacre, deliberately changed a story subject’s quote from what it originally reported.

This post will show how the message massagers at the Times subsequently went another step further, attempting to convince readers that the subject’s statement quoted elsewhere isn’t what she said.


CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘I Was Ashamed’ by U.S. Leaders’ Absence at Paris March

Reacting this morning to the non-presence of any U.S. official above this country’s ambassador at yesterday 1.5 million-plus-person solidarity march in Paris, CNN’s Jake Tapper pulled no punches.

In a commentary posted at the network’s web site, Tapper wrote that “as an American … I was ashamed.” He questioned how U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “had time to do the Sunday shows via satellite but not to show the world that he stood with the people of France.” He also quipped that “episodes of The Good Wife’ on CBS” have had more Obama administration representation. Excerpts follow the jump.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011215)

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: ‘He sacrificed his own life’ – Dad dies saving three children

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Whanau, New Zealand:

5:00 AM Sunday Jan 4, 2015

Whanau grieves for ‘real top Kiwi’ and good father who loved the water

A man who “sacrificed his own life” to save his two daughters and a 7-year-old niece from drowning is being hailed a hero by his whanau.

Kris Wichman, 36, was playing with young family members at the Patea River mouth in South Taranaki about 4pm on Friday when a ball was kicked across the river.

Wichman, an experienced surfer and fisherman, had swum out to retrieve it, but didn’t know his daughters Izzy, 11, and Ava, 10, along with niece, Kiri-Tepaninga Himiona, 7, had followed him.

The youngsters got into difficulties in the strong river current.

Wichman grabbed his niece, and managed to usher his daughters back to the safety of the shore.

As a nephew, Chanze, tried to help, the current swept Wichman and Kiri-Tepaninga out to sea. The strong currents sent them almost 2km south towards the Whenuakura River.

Kiri-Tepaninga managed to swim ashore, but an exhausted Wichman got into difficulty in the surf.

Volunteer firefighters found him a short time later on the shore.

“He’s effectively saved her life and sacrificed his own life,” said Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre, who co-ordinated the rescue.

Wichman was unresponsive and firefighters began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation but were unable to revive him.

Last night younger brother James Wichman, 32, was devastated.

“In our eyes, he died a hero. That is how we will remember him,” he said. “He was very experienced in the water. He loved it, he surfed it, he dived, played water polo … he lived in it. I’m just so sorry that it was the water that took him.”

Wichman’s tangi will be held at Patea Pariroa Pa before he is buried on Tuesday. …

Go here for the rest of the story.