September 13, 2016

WashPost Pushes Hillary Conspiracy Theory: Putin and/or Trump Poisoned Her

Neal Gabler, who for decades has claimed that the press is consistently biased — against the left! — typed up a 1,000-word screed which appeared at Reuters Tuesday afternoon decrying what he described as “sub-news” and how it has been irresponsibly “driving the (Hillary) Clinton health rumors.”

Gabler describes “sub-news” as “a pipeline of effluvium that flows beneath the mainstream news and occasionally leeches into it, causing ‘information pollution.’” A particularly pernicious addition to that pipeline and the related pollution was indeed published on Monday, perhaps after Gabler submitted his column to Reuters. This conspiracy theory claims that “Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned” — by Vladimir Putin and/or Donald Trump. Wow. How “out there” can you get? Oh, wait a minute. That conspiracy theory appeared courtesy of the tinfoil hat crew at the Washington Post, in an item by sportsblogger and sportstweeter Cindy Boren.

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Pathetic AP: Ignores On-Stage Statements of ‘Deplorables,’ at Trump Rally, Obsesses Over ‘Scuffle’

That the press has become quite unnerved over the tight presidential race is apparent in the Associated Press’s coverage of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s Monday campaign rally in Asheville, North Carolina.

John Hinderaker at Powerline alertly noted that reporters for both Breitbart and AP prepared dispatches on the event, enabling a quite telling comparison of the two efforts. The headline at his post says it all about how they compare: “Reality Versus the Associated Press.”

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GQ to the Press in 2016: Ignore Malia Obama’s Antics; GQ in 2005: Still Attacking Bush Daughters

It’s clear that GQ.com isn’t at all interested in consistency, and that it doesn’t care if it gets caught employing a blatant double standard. Catching them at it was just too easy.

In the wake of the latest reported incident involving President Barack Obama’s 18 year-old daughter Malia — she has been photographed while playing the drinking game Pong in Maryland, a state where, as in the rest of the country, the legal drinking age is 21 — GQ writer Jay Willis has demanded that the press “Stop Snitching on Malia Obama, Y’All” (an ironic headline given the primary object of his wrath is the UK Daily Mail, where “y’all” is not exactly a commonly heard contraction). In 2005, GQ.com, in what appears to have been a house editorial, was still going after George W. Bush’s daughters, while referring back to their 2001 citations for underage drinking.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091316)

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: Football Walk-on Michael Hirsch battles rare disease, lives dream at Michigan

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Ann Arbor, Michigan — It’s a long story. Read the whole thing, with a hanky nearby:

11:54 a.m. EDT September 9, 2016

Combating a rare blood vessel disease, walk-on fullback is living his dream on gridiron

On Sunday, Michael Hirsch finally rested.

For nearly 20 years, he has dreamed about playing college football. And in 2011, he got to the cusp of stepping on that field at Harvard.

But just when he got close enough to a real college game, he was sidetracked by a life-threatening condition.

He rallied to graduate and work on Wall Street, but the football dream appeared gone.

To combat Wegener’s disease, Hirsch endured at least 14 rounds of chemotherapy and five or six surgeries.

He had moments when he could barely walk and couldn’t talk, and there were no answers about his future, about how he would live, let alone work or be an elite athlete.

Yet sitting at Ann Arbor’s Real Seafood Company restaurant on Main Street Sunday after playing in his first college football game for Michigan, Hirsch finally exhaled.

U-M’s 24-year-old walk-on fullback, called “Gramps” by his younger teammates, realized he had to appreciate his journey.

“I took a deep breath. It was the first time I had taken a deep breath in maybe a year like that. To just enjoy the moment there.”

Almost 30 hours earlier, he was in the middle of Michigan Stadium, lining up on a third-and-4, running a route and catching Shane Morris’ 15-yard pass for a first down.

Back on the Michigan sideline, Hirsch was swarmed. He felt like 30 or 40 of his teammates were patting him on the back and helmet.

“He came to the sideline and everybody hugged him,” starting fullback Khalid Hill said after the game. “It was almost like he wanted to cry. To see somebody’s passion for the game and passion for the University of Michigan is amazing.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.