August 24, 2016

In Covering Clinton Foundation/State Dept. Access Scandal, NBC Nightly News Is Far Left of Morning Joe

Early Wednesday morning, Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted how the NBC Nightly News spent Tuesday evening defending Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in the wake of an Associated Press report showing that “At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs.” Wednesday evening, Fondacaro observed that Wednesday’s Nightly News “failed to mention the scandal at all.”

Contrary to usual past form, the broadcast network’s Nightly News treatment seems to be running far to the left of its weak cable sister MSNBC in the name of keeping damning information about Mrs. Clinton’s activities away from low-information voters.

On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, by contrast, every panelist in the video segment presented below was either shocked, disgusted, dismayed, or asking, “What was she thinking?”

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AP Reporter Grills State Dept. Spokesman About $1.3B Paid to Iran (Updated)

Several items Associated Press reporter Matt Lee brought up at yesterday’s daily State Department briefing relating to $1.31 billion in payments which allegedly made their way into the coffers of the government of Iran in January were newsworthy. Yet, based on relevant searches at the AP’s two main sites (main national site; Big Story site), the wire service, as of noon on Wednesday Eastern Time, failed to publish a story reflecting Lee’s assertions and efforts.

Those payments are listed on the website of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, specifically at its “Judgment Fund.” Claudia Rosett at the New York Sun reported on Monday that that amounts involved include 13 “multiple 10-digit payments” of one penny less than $100 million dollars, plus “a 14th payment of just over $10 million.” On Tuesday, the AP’s Lee spent 6-1/2 minutes questioning the State Department’s Mark Toner about these payments. Lee also circled back to the $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January, while making several points which should be widely disseminated news by now.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082416)

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: U.S. Olympic Champion Saves Cousin’s Baby From Abortion — ‘I’ll Adopt Her’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Posted yesterday by Katie Yoder at NewsBusters:

Claressa Shields made history in Rio as the first U.S. boxer to win back-to-back gold medals. But while the major media outlets praised her historic win, they forgot about her most important personal win.

On Monday, the 21-year-old credited God for her success on Good Morning America after ABC anchor Amy Robach referenced her “difficult childhood.”

… when her cousin begged her for abortion money, Shields decided to adopt a baby of her own as a teenager.

… Her cousin had wanted to abort Klaressa, but didn’t have the $500 to pay for it.

When she asked for money, Shields refused, writer Kevin Iole reported.

“I told her I didn’t believe in abortion and so I wasn’t giving her any money to do that,” Shields stressed.

When her cousin later raised $400, she again asked for Shields’ help – to pay for the last $100.  That’s when Shields pointed to another option.

“I really wanted a baby myself and I wanted to have one when I turned 18 right after I won the [2012] Olympics,” she told Iole. Because she couldn’t get pregnant while training for the 2016 Olympics, she told her cousin, “You have the baby, and I’ll adopt her.”

And that she did. Shields took Klaressa home and readjusted her schedule to care for her. …

The full post is here.