January 17, 2016

As AP Blames World for Stocks’ Dive, CNBC Columnist Warns: ‘Worse Than 2008′

The Associated Press’s coverage of Friday’s deep U.S. stock market dive in two Friday afternoon reports engaged in the reality avoidance longtime readers here have come to expect.

An item by Stan Choe (“Get used to it: Big drops for stocks are back again”) spent most of its verbiage on “volatility,” and only cited “China’s sharp economic slowdown … Tensions in the Middle East … the plunge in prices of oil and other commodities” as reasons why the “volatility” will continue. (AP seems to believe that “volatility” is a synonymn for “decline”; it isn’t.) Separately, Alex Veiga’s more detailed coverage, after an analyst’s insistence that “Oil is the root cause of today,” didn’t get to Friday’s awful economic data until his ninth paragraph, and then only vaguely descrbed “some discouraging economic news.” Meanwhile, a CNBC columnist, using a word amazingly not found in either AP writeup, warned that “A recession worse than 2008 is coming.”

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Press Ignores Sanders Campaign’s Embarrassing Attack on Wikipedia

The press’s determination to protect liberal politicians against their own mistakes by minimizing their significance or failing to report them at all extends far to the left — as far left as Vermont Senator, self-described socialist and Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Excerpts from Ars Technica’s report on Team Sanders’ attempt to prevent Wikipedia from using the campaign’s logo with a copyright takedown notice follow the jump. As of early Sunday morning, that entry is one of only three listings found in a Google News search on “Sanders Wikipedia logo” (not in quotes) citing the Sanders-Wikipedia fiasco (a listing from the New York Times has no content relating to the controversy). Imagine the field day the press would be having if the campaign of a Republican or conservative presidential candidate did something similar (links are in original; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011716)

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011717)

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Positivity: Cardinal Wuerl explains why Church workers must be consistent with the Gospel

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Jan 14, 2016 / 06:08 am

Church workers have to lead people toward Catholic teaching in their public lives, not away from it, the Archbishop of Washington has said. His comments follow the firing of a part-time church cantor after his D.C.-area parish learned he was in a same-sex marriage.

“When a person involved in ministerial activity offers a counter-witness to Catholic teaching by words or public conduct, however earnest they may be, experience shows that it can lead people away from the truth and otherwise have an adverse effect on our mission,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a Dec. 31 blog post. “The Church not only must be free to then take corrective steps, it has an obligation in charity and truth to do so.”

He added: “no one can claim a right simultaneously to work for the Church and to work against her belief.”

“The Catholic faithful, and the other people that our ministries serve, have a right to the Gospel and to receive authentic Church teaching,” the cardinal continued. People are denied that right “either through explicit dissent, mis-catechesis or personal conduct that tends to draw people away from the communion of the Church.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.