September 20, 2016

Clinton Originated ‘Birther’ Rumors, But AP Pretends It’s Still Trump’s Problem

Investigative reporters at the Associated Press have occasionally come up with meaningful nuggets putting Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s conduct and record in a bad light. Examples include several scoops in the email/private-server scandal and its research finding that “More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money” (or had money given by their corporate entities) to the Clinton Foundation.

The same cannot be said about its beat reporters covering the presidential race, who, with most of the rest of the establishment press, completely deserve the sharp criticism contained in a Monday Investors Business Daily editorial. IBD observed that “the ferocity of the media campaign against (Donald Trump)” while giving Mrs. Clinton serial passes “should give everyone pause.” In a Sunday afternoon story, the AP’s Laurie Kellman offered up a perfect example.

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Not News: Clinton Campaign Allegedly Charging Small One-Time Donors Repeatedly

In early August, a CNN reporter tweeted an email he purportedly received from a donor to Republican Party nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign alleging that there was no way that a donor could cancel a recurring contribution. That got the attention of several establishment press outlets and the left-biased “fact checkers” who thought they smelled smoke, but ultimately found no fire.

Several days ago, the New York Observer followed up on a documented complaint by a Minnesota woman first reported at a local TV station in early June. Claiming communications with “multiple sources,” reporter Liz Corkin asserted that the Clinton campaign is “purposefully and repeatedly overcharging” small-dollar contributors “after they make what’s supposed to be a one-time small donation through her official campaign website.” Establishment press interest this time? None — except to have one of the so-called “fact checkers” dismiss Corkin’s contentions as “unproven.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092016)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:05 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: EWTN family shares favorite memories of Mother Angelica

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:00 am

From Irondale, Alabama:

Sep 19, 2016 / 02:10 pm

The legacy of Mother Angelica, the Poor Clare nun who founded Catholic cable channel EWTN, continues to live on in those who watched her or worked with her.

At the 10th annual EWTN family celebration, the first since Mother’s death on Easter Sunday this past year, both viewers and staff of the network recalled their favorite memories of the formidable nun over the years.

Brother Leo (of Hey Brother Leo! fame) joined the friars with the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in 1992, the order of friars founded by Mother Angelica. Soon after he joined, he began floor directing Mother Angelica for her live show.

The most difficult part about getting Mother ready for her shows was making sure she was in her seat on time, he told CNA.

“She loved to talk with people (in the audience) before her live show. Trying to get her on the set was not easy,” he said.

Brother Leo added that although Mother was not always this way with everyone, she was especially gentle and motherly to him.

“My mother died when I was three and so she was like a mother to me,” he said. “She was there to encourage me…because she probably knew that I needed that type of comfort. She would encourage me when I was floor directing and smile at me. I always enjoyed working with her live shows.”

During a talk at the family event, Fr. Wade Menezes recalled Mother’s propensity for taking chances, especially on people.

It was early in the Jubilee Year of 2000, and Mother Angelica’s sisters needed a priest in residence who would say Mass for the sisters and could help the friars at EWTN. Mother called Fr. Menezes’ superior at the time, asking if he had any priests.

Because of Fr. Menezes’ background in journalism, his superior decided to recommend him for the post.

“Mother I have just the man for you,” his superior told the nun. “But there’s only one problem. He’s not ordained yet.”

“We’ll take him!” Mother responded.

“So I always saw that as Mother being a mother,” Fr. Menezes said. “She was taking on this baby priest and being a mentor to me of sorts – there was something very special about mother willing to take that risk.”

But Mother’s influence extended beyond the staff and clergy working with her at EWTN. Throughout the course of the weekend, many viewers shared their stories of conversion after watching the nun on T.V.

Kate Eberwyn was a lapsed Catholic who was “very negative about Catholicism”, and although her family remained devout, she “thought they were all stupid.”

But as she watched the Twin Towers collapse on T.V. on Sept. 11, she thought the world was ending. Flipping through the T.V. channels, she saw a nun talking to a friar – Mother Angelica and Fr. Benedict Groeschel.

“They said that in a time like this we should pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe who is the patroness of the Americas,” she recalled.

“So, I said to (God), ‘I don’t know much about you, I don’t even think I like you, but I’m going to pray.’”

She went back to confession and to Mass, and has been a devout Catholic ever since, she said. …

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