July 20, 2015

AP and the Hill Look at the Same Business Survey, Draw Up Sharply Different Reports

The National Association of Business Economics released its quarterly survey of its members’ take on the state of the current and future economy today.

Given that the survey only had 112 responses, it’s probably not a good idea to generalize too much about its results. That didn’t stop The Hill from headlining Vicki Needham’s writeup by far too optimistically declaring that “Business leaders expect strong finish to 2015.” In an upset, possibly indicating that today’s scheduled koolaid delivery intended for the Associated Press got misdirected to and doubled up at the Hill’s offices, the wire service’s Christopher Rugaber — looking at the same survey — wrote that “U.S. businesses’ outlook on sales in the coming months has darkened.”

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AP, Reuters Fail to Connect Latest A&P Bankruptcy to Its Unions

The company officially known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in five years. This time around, the storied “A&P” name may completely disappear.

Coverage at USA Today by Nathan Bomey notes that “About 93% (of its workers) are represented by one of 12 different unions, and many of them have bumping rights that the company has described as a big barrier to reducing costs.” Coverage at two of the three major business wire services, the Associated Press and Reuters, failed to mention the word “union” at all.

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ABC’s Raddatz Quickly Changes the Subject After Kristol Mentions Left’s Weekend ‘Netroots’ Meltdown

In Phoenix this weekend, "Black Lives Matter" disruptors crashed the "Netroots" convention, an event the Associated Press described as a gathering of "some of the party's most influential liberal activists."

On ABC's "This Week" yesterday, Bill Kristol had the temerity to mention some of the details of the chaos. Show host Martha Raddatz changed the subject faster than you can say "deeply divided Democrats."

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072015)

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: The Vatican’s helicopter — Transporting popes, saving kid’s lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 18, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

One of Europe’s best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helicopter to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

The agreement was announced July 17th by the hospital and the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, and is part of a bigger initiative to use the helicopter within a regional network for emergency management.

“We are grateful to the Holy See, the Secretary of State and the Governatorate in particular, in the person of the SCV’s Secretary General, Bishop Fernando Vergez Alzaga, for this opportunity, which is given to the Bambino Gesù hospital, and especially to the many young patients from all over Italy, who unfortunately need urgently to reach our hospital,” Bambino Gesu President Mariella Enoc said Friday, according to Vatican Radio.

“It is an important gesture of charity that responds to a basic health need: the physical proximity between the Vatican City State and our seat on the Janiculum Hill, in fact, will significantly shorten transport times, contributing in many cases to saving the lives of children,” she added.

The helicopter, also known as the Vatican City Heliport, is kept on a small, rectangular landing pad in the Vatican Gardens and is sometimes used to transport the Pope and other heads of state on short trips away from the Vatican, and to Castle Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. It was first used in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.

Bambino Gesu (which translates to the child Jesus) is the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Europe. It has a child-centered, welcoming approach and operates on the moral and ethical principles of the Catholic faith. …

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