May 22, 2016

AP’s Coverage of Supreme Court’s HHS Mandate Move Waits 17 Paragraphs to Identify Plaintiffs

On Tuesday at, 2015 Noel Sheppard Blogger of the Year recipient Mollie Hemingway pointed to several outrageous examples of poor press coverage of the Supreme Court’s unanimous move to send Obamacare’s HHS contraception mandate case back to the lower courts.

Hemingway’s core observation was that usually plaintiff-sympathetic establishment press outlets “suddenly have trouble even naming the Little Sisters of the Poor” until their stories’ very late paragraphs. She even found that Adam Liptak’s story at the New York Times, one of the establishment press’s two primary gatekeepers, failed to mention the Little Sisters at all in a 1,283-word report. One item she did not cite was at the Associated Press, the other primary gatekeeper, where the coverage was in some respects even worse.


Louisville Paper Covers ‘Dozens’ Trying to ‘Counter’ NRA Convention

Friday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal gave the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America priceless free publicity by promoting the group’s “event on gun violence Saturday at Spalding University in Louisville.”

Reporter/promoter Deborah Yetter relayed the group’s hype that “Due to limited space, organizers are asking people to register in advance for free tickets.” As seen after the jump, the space may have been “limited,” but the attendance at Saturday’s event was even more limited:


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052216)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: Man finds hero who saved his life at Hillsborough

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Froo the UK:

Thursday 19 May 2016 7:03 pm

It took 27 years – but Joe Smith was finally able to thank the man who saved his life at the Hillsborough disaster.

He was only eight years old when he was caught in the crush at the stadium where 96 football fans lost their lives in 1989.

People were screaming in pain around him, but Joe managed to escape when a rescuer put him on his shoulders and lifted him to safety.

Joe, now 35, didn’t know his identity for than two decades.

Now he does. That man was John McMahon, and the two reunited today in moving scenes at the memorial in Anfield. …

Go here for the rest of the story.