July 31, 2015

AP Buries Judge’s IRS Contempt Threat in Final Graphs of Story on Congressional Hearing

On Thursday, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters noted how the Big Three networks and the two leading Spanish-language networks ignored the latest developments in the now 813 day-old IRS targeting scandal. As usual, only Fox News covered a congressional hearing on, in Fox’s words, “the lack of accountability following the IRS targeting of tea party and other groups” as well as a federal judge’s threat “to hold (IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court for failing to produce status reports and Lois Lerner e-mails.”

Not that this excuses the non-coverage, but if these outfits were relying as subscribers on the Associated Press to make sure that the contempt threat made by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan got the visibility it deserved so they would be aware of it and use it, the wire service’s Stephen Ohlemacher let them down — and, I would argue, deliberately so.

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More Deadpan Humor at AP: Concern That We’re ‘Entering … Historically Slow Growth’

These economics reporters at the Associated Press have become experts at deadpan humor.

Earlier today, I noted how the wire service’s Christopher Rugaber told readers, in the wake of a government report showing the lowest wage and benefit increases on record, that “the job market is not yet back to full health.” No kidding, Chris. On top of that, the AP’s Martin Crutsinger reacted to yesterday’s tepid report on gross domestic product, which was accompanied by significant downward revisions to the past three years, by expressing “concerns that the U.S. economy has entered a period of historically slow growth.” Dude, we have been living through historically slow growth for six years, ever since the recession officially ended in the middle of 2009.

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Delusional AP: ‘Job Market Is Not Yet Back to Full Health’

Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press and the “expert” he quoted in his writeup on the government’s awful Employment Cost Index report seemed to be taking their cues from Steven Wright’s deadpan comedy act. The problem, of course, is that they were writing and saying isn’t funny at all.

Rugaber, with his “expert” help, assembled an impressive array of understatements and misstatements in the wake of the smallest reported quarterly increase in U.S. worker pay on record. His worst characterization: “[T]he job market is not yet back to full health.”

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More on Our Fundamentally Transformed Economy

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:20 am

Those who are expecting Americans to start lining up in droves to buy houses with all the money they’re earning from all of the supposedly “robust job growth” and “solid hiring” going on are going to be disappointed with this news:

Compensation costs for civilian workers was little changed at 0.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending June 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries (which make up about 70 percent of compensation costs) was also little changed at 0.2 percent, and benefits (which make up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) was little changed at 0.1 percent.

Our friendly Bureau of Labor Statistics “somehow” forgot to tell us that this was “the weakest US wage growth since records begain in 1982 and half as slow as the weakest of 57 economist estimates.”

Bloomberg News wrote that the news was “dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.” Uh, maybe that’s because the labor market isn’t genuinely “improving.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (073115)

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: Austin officer saves woman choking on biscuit

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Austin, Texas (video at link):

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 9:25 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2015 10:25 PM EDT

An Austin police officer pulls over a woman. Instead of giving her a ticket, he gives her the Heimlich maneuver and saves her life.

Incredible dash cam video shows an APD officer jumping into action after realizing a woman is choking. He is being praised for his fast actions.

A traffic stop turns into a life-saving moment. “Did you get it? Did you get it?” says Senior Officer Dustin Clinkscales, Austin Police Dept.

For the woman’s father, an Austin police detective, he is forever grateful. Especially knowing one of his brothers in blue, did the saving.

“I gave him a hug,” says Detective Damon Dunn, father of driver.

This dash cam video shows exactly what happened last Sunday. APD Senior Police Officer Dustin Clinkscales was headed west on Ben White Blvd. After seeing a woman on the phone, he turns on flashing lights. As the officer approaches, the woman begins to open her door. She has her hands over her throat. That’s when Officer Clinkscales realizes the woman is choking. He gets her out of the car and begins to perform the Heimlich maneuver. After several attempts, the object is dislodged. Then the woman faints.

“Well this will be an example of what officer’s do every day. They step up to the moment, they help save lives. They do the job they need to do whether it is the use of force, or it is saving someone from choking,” says Lt. Robert Hightower, Officer Clinkscales Commander, Austin Police Dept. …

Go here for the rest of the story.