July 24, 2015

Sympathetic AP on Hillary Emails: Darn It, They’re Such a Distraction

The press — especially the Associated Press — wants everyone to know that the email controversy “swirling” around her is partisan and distracting. Why anyone would worry about its national security or legal implications is almost completely lost on them. That’s their story, and they’ve been sticking to it for months.

The latest installment from the AP came tonight from Lisa Lerner, Eric Tucker and three other contributing reporters. Even though it’s at the core of the firestorm over her undisclosed use of a private server out of her home, the term “national security” didn’t appear until Paragraph 17 — and even then it was in a quote from a Republican. The big problem, from the AP team’s perspective, is capsulized in their report’s pity-party headline and opening paragraphs (bolds are mine):


As New-Home Sales ‘Unexpectedly’ Dive, AP’s Boak Says They’re Just ‘Not As Hot’

Thanks to year-over-year declines in manufacturing orders, manufacturing shipments, and wholesale sales, along with bloated inventories, apologists for the current condition of the U.S. economy are down to three defenses supposedly demonstrating that all is still really well after yet another rough first quarter (once again excused away as due to supposedly historically awful winter weather).

One of the three is that the housing market, particularly for new homes, is in a genuine recovery. Effective today, we can scratch at least the new-home element of that claim. The Census Bureau told us today that seasonally adjusted new-home sales fell by 7 percent in June, after May’s originally strong figure was also revised down by 5 percent. The raw data showed that the number of new homes sold in June — supposedly peak season for new home purchases — was the same as the number sold in February.


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Underlying story:


… And there’s no mystery about why, as reporter Michael Schmidt explained to Politico: “It (the editing — Ed.) was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them.”

Another ‘Unexpected’ Occurrence: New-Home Sales Fizzle During Peak Season

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:29 am

So much for the housing recovery, for the umpteenth time, from the Census Bureau:

Sales of new single-family houses in June 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 6.8 percent (±12.5%)* below the revised May rate of 517,000, but is 18.1 percent (±18.1%) above the June 2014 estimate of 408,000.

May was 546,000 in last month’s report, but got revised downward by 5 percent.

June’s seasonally adjusted annualized 482,000 is the lowest figure of the year, the lowest figure since November of last year, and is only 4 percent higher than June 2013.

Zero Hedge agrees: “There goes the housing recovery — again.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072415)

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.


12:20 p.m.: At the Federalist
Ideas For Reporters Struggling To Cover Planned Parenthood.”
Mollie Hemingway has dozens of potential angles you can expect the press to almost universally ignore.

11:45 a.m.: From Erick Erickson, in an email

Coca-Cola was listed as a corporate supporter of Planned Parenthood. They were on Planned Parenthood’s website. Various other outlets had attached Coca-Cola to Planned Parenthood.

This morning I received this email to my radio station’s email account. Coke will not contribute to Planned Parenthood and will not match employee contributions to the organ harvesters either.

One down, 38 to go.

Additionally, I am relived to report that “A Ford Motor Co. representative contacted The Daily Signal claiming they had been erroneously listed on Planned Parenthood’s website, and have contacted Planned Parenthood to be removed.”


11:40 a.m.: Latest from the land of New York Times lapdogs“Stealth-Edits Clinton Email Story at Her Command.”

Positivity: Slain Troops in Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chattanooga, Tennessee:

JULY 22, 2015

Marines and sailors risked their lives for one another in Chattanooga last week, trying to distract the gunman who assaulted a naval center, helping people scale a fence for safety and returning fire at the attacker, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Some of the five servicemen who were fatally wounded effectively sacrificed themselves during the assault on Thursday, diverting the gunman from a larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation into the killings.

“This could have been a lot worse,” said the official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. “It could have been a horrible, horrible massacre — so much worse.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.