September 17, 2016

NY Times: ‘Creeping Dread’ That Hillary Might Lose Grows; No Mention of ‘Deplorables’ Insult

In an extended Friday writeup which appeared on Page A9 in its print edition, Matt Flegenheimer at the New York Times appeared to be preparing the paper’s left-wing audience for what was supposedly unthinkable just a month ago: The possibility that Hillary Clinton might lose the presidential election.

The theme, as would be expected, was how Mrs. Clinton could “actually blow this.” Since liberals never lose because their ideas and positions are unpopular (that’s sarcasm, folks), Flegenheimer absurdly pointed at the campaign’s mishandling of Mrs. Clinton’s pneumonia last week as the primary cause of the potential failure. To do this, he only made a glancing reference to Mrs. Clinton’s email/private-server scandal (without using the “S-word,” of course), and completely ignored her “deplorables” insult directed at “half” of rival Donald Trump’s supporters and the myriad controversies associated with the Clinton Foundation.

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Positivity: Portion of road renamed to honor Mother Angelica

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 4:11 pm

From Irondale, Alabama:

Sep 16, 2016 / 02:38 pm

A portion of Old Leeds Road in Irondale, Alabama, which is home to the EWTN Global Catholic Network, is being officially renamed to honor Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Catholic media network.

In a ceremony on Friday morning, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw, as well as Irondale Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander, officially dedicated a portion of the road, renaming it “Mother Angelica Way.”

The ceremony, which took place across the street from EWTN’s exit onto the road, was attended by local leaders and community members as well as visitors and EWTN employees. “This is a great honor to Mother Angelica,” Warsaw said.

“We want to thank Mayor Alexander, the Irondale City Council, City Clerk James D. Stewart, and Irondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tellis Shoemaker for paying tribute to her in this way. EWTN has been pleased to make Irondale our home for over 35 years – and, with God’s grace, we intend to enjoy another 35 years in our city.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

8 Years Late, McClatchy Finally Reports Investigating Blumenthal-Inspired Obama ‘Birther’ Rumors in Kenya

Friday night, yours truly detailed the latest evidence demonstrating that the Hillary Clinton campaign and a close confidant of Mrs. Clinton herself were involved in early 2008 in spreading the “birther” rumors, i.e., that then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. Despite this news and other longstanding items, the Associated Press and others still insist that there is “no evidence” that Mrs. Clinton was connected with the rumors’ initiation.

Concerning the Clinton confidant, former McClatchy Washington Bureau chief James Asher tweeted early Friday morning that Sidney Blumenthal “spread the Obama birther rumor to me in 2008, asking us to investigate.” What he didn’t say is that Blumenthal’s urgings actually caused McClatchy to investigate the matter, even sending reporter(s) to Kenya, where Blumenthal had “told me (Asher) in person Obama (was) born.”

From all appearances, McClatchy has never previously reported Blumenthal’s clear attempt to steer the news in the interest of smearing a political opponent, their own compliance with that attempt, or what their reporters found. Those details appeared in a very misleading McClatchy report Friday night.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091716)

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.