October 4, 2015

They Do Have Editors, Right? NY Times Issues Six Corrections to Melania Trump Story

One of the more tiresome criticisms the establishment press still levels at New Media from time to time is that they, unlike those awful bloggers, make sure their facts are right before they go to print or post a story online.

A story published at the New York Times on Wednesday about Donald Trump’s wife Melania shows what obvious rubbish that claim often is. The Old Gray Lady had to issue six corrections over two days to (one would hope) finally get it right. One of the errors was so pathetically obvious that it’s hard to imagine that Guy Trebay’s story was subjected at all to the scrutiny of an editor.

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Press Yawns As U.S. PR Firm Flaks for Venezuela’s Oppressive Government

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro presides over a country which is falling apart thanks to the socialist policies of his government and that of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. The Economist describes the period since Chavez took over in 1998 as that of “authoritarian misrule” characterized by “by shortages of everything from poultry to pharmaceuticals, by inflation approaching 200% and by rampant corruption and crime.”

It also cites the country’s “dwindling cash reserves.” Given the situation, the fact that a U.S.-based PR firm has recently and eagerly taken on the task of trying to make Maduro look good should be seen as appalling. But that hasn’t been the case. The apparent silence of some of this PR firm’s leftist clients arguably demonstrates their tacit support for obvious oppression as long as the one engaging in it is a socialist. What little press coverage there has been of this firm’s association with Maduro has been neutral to laudatory.

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Positivity: God’s dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am

Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world.

“This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self,” the Pope said in his opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops.

He explained that this plan is the same one presented in the day’s Gospel for Mark, when Jesus says “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’”

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.”

Pope Francis’ comments were made during his Oct. 4 Mass marking the official opening of this year’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Set to last from Oct. 4-25, this year’s synod follows the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world,” and follows last year’s extraordinary synod on the family, which focused on pastoral challenges regarding family life. …

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100415)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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