July 15, 2016

MSNBC Tweet Calls Nice Terrorist Attack a ‘Deadly Truck Crash’

News of the evening terrorist truck attack in Nice, France first appeared at the Drudge report at 5:06 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time Thursday afternoon. By 5:28, Drudge was linking to an item noting that conducting a terrorist attack with a truck is something “that jihadist propaganda has suggested for several years.”

Friday at 12:15 a.m. Eastern Time, hours after it was known that what had occurred was a terrorist attack, a tweet from the intrepid journalists (that’s sarcasm, folks) at MSNBC.com told readers that the event was a “deadly truck crash.”

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Vatican event draws heavy hitters to discuss faith, sports

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 14, 2016 / 11:31 am

Alongside other global institutions such as the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee, German-based insurance carrier Allianz has partnered with the Vatican for a sports conference aimed at exploring the benefits of faith and sport, and to put these into action.

Announced in a July 14 press release from the Pontifical Council for Culture, the partnership between the Vatican and Allianz, a European financial service company with headquarters in Munich, centers on an Oct. 5-7 conference titled “Sport at the Service of Humanity.”

Set to take place in the Vatican, the conference will draw 150 leaders from the world of sport, faith, business and civil society to establish the principles for “a new movement” in sports.

Leaders, the press release states, will discuss “how sport and faith working together can improve and enhance the lives of those who most need it in many different walks of life.”

According to Vatican Radio’s Chris Altieri, who is handling media for the conference, leaders and organizers share one common conviction: “that sport helps people become their best selves, and that a healthy sporting culture helps build strong communities.”

The conference, then, seeks to give “robust expression to that vision” by bringing together athletes from all levels of sport alongside leaders from different faith, business, political, academic, policy and cultural communities, he told CNA/EWTN News July 14.

The shape the conference is taking, he said, is designed to encourage participants to share best practices which can then be presented to the broader public “in a helpful manner: to help build a sporting culture that is capable of responding to the needs of today’s society.” …

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