July 2, 2016

AP Remembers Morsi As Egypt’s ‘Freely Elected’ President, Ignores His Subsequent Tyranny

In its coverage of Egypt’s declaration of a national holiday to mark the ouster of Islamist dictator Mohammed Morsi (also spelled “Mursi”) three years ago, the Associated Press recast history. It completely ignored Morsi’s assumption of de facto dictatorial powers only months after he was “freely elected” in 2012, his government’s brutal repression while he was in power, and his Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to ramrod sharia law and socialism into the country’s constitution and legal framework.

The wire service, by noting that “millions of Egyptians took to the streets on June 30 (2013), to call for Morsi to step down,” also effectively admitted that it attempted to downplay the size of the protest crowds in its original reporting three years ago. Most other news services accurately reported at the time that “millions” had taken to the streets throughout Egypt, while the AP would only acknowledge “hundreds of thousands.” Additionally, as I noted in a July 1, 2013 NewsBusters post, AP appeared to do all it could to minimize the protests’ visibility in the U.S.


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Positivity: Boy’s brain tissue donation leads to epilepsy breakthrough

From Seattle:

A radical brain surgery that happened more than a decade ago just helped researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute make a groundbreaking discovery. They pinpointed a gene mutation that can cause epilepsy. It wouldn’t have happened without kids like Alden Bernate, who donated part of his brain to science.

At 12 years old, Alden is silly and social. “He is one of these amazing kiddos that loves life,” his mother, Gabriela Bernate, said. But she also described Alden’s difficult infancy. When Alden was 3 months old, he started having seizures. Even with treatment, he could have as many as 50 a day, requiring hospitalization. When he was 19-months old, his family made a decision.

“We knew to save his life, we would need to do this radical brain surgery,” Gabriela said.

Surgeons at Seattle Children’s performed a hemispherectomy, where one hemisphere of the brain is disconnected. They also removed a damaged section of brain, and that tissue was donated to research. The donation, along with others like it, helped researchers identify a genetic mutation that can cause epilepsy.

“I remember thinking that probably it would not happen in my lifetime,” Gabriela said. “And here we are, 11 years later, and they have a cause. So that’s amazing.”

Pinpointing a cause could mean other children don’t need such an invasive, frightening surgery like a hemispherectomy.

“So if we can potentially develop a treatment that actually targets the underlying cause, instead of just relieving the symptoms of epilepsy, we hope this will actually improve their quality of life.,” said Dr. Ghayda Mirzaa of Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

A new treatment won’t benefit Alden. But his surgery saved his life – and perhaps many more.

“I’m so glad I’m not having seizures anymore, and I can help many children,” Alden said with a big smile. …

Go here for the rest of the story.