October 16, 2016

With Its Own Polls Same as mid-July, WashPost Does a Virtual Hillary Victory Dance

Sunday night, Matt Drudge characterized a lengthy Sunday evening Washington Post report by John Wagner, Abby Phillip and Jose A. DelReal set to appear in Monday’s paper as an assertion that “CLINTON (HAS) ALREADY WON!”

That’s only a slight exaggeration. The theme of the trio’s report is that Clinton has a secure enough lead that the campaign faces two pleasant options: nail down battleground states by larger margins or try to “expand her efforts to states that Democrats haven’t won in a generation.” But based on the paper’s own joint poll with ABC News, the piece’s entire premise is flawed. That poll shows Mrs. Clinton with a four-point, 47 percent to 43 percent October 10-13 lead — hardly a landslide, and the exact reading seen in the Post’s July 11-14 poll.

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Podesta’s Iran Deal Admission Exposes Tragic Results of AP’s 2013 Treachery

A search at the Associated Press’s main national site on “Podesta Iran” (not in quotes) returns no items relating to a Wikileaks-released email exposing how Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign manager John Podesta agreed with a Republican senator in July 2015 that the deal which had been “negotiated” by the Obama administration with Iran would lead to “a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf.” (The word “negotiated” is in quotes because, other than releasing hostages it never should have captured or held, Iran appears not to have given up anything.)

There’s a reason beyond the routine journalistic negligence for which AP is so well-known why it has ignored this (excuse the pun) bombshell. The AP’s own self-congratulatory actions contributed to the situation Podesta tersely acknowledged.

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Three Media Reports on NFL Ratings Slide Avoid Kaepernick, Anthem Antics

As the National Football League’s Week 6 goes into full swing Sunday, it has become clear that its TV ratings plunge is real, serious, and having a bottom-line impact. At the same time, there’s a growing determination in the establishment press to avoid citing the “(Colin) Kaepernick effect” of player protests during the playing of the national anthem as a contributing factor.

It’s one thing to bring the anthem topic up and then try to dismiss it. It’s quite another to pretend it isn’t there, despite polling which, for all of its potential shortcomings, indicates that there has been clear fan outrage over the antics of Kaepernick and other players during the season’s opening weeks. Recent lengthy items in the Washington Post and at two other national outlets don’t even contain Kaepernick’s name or the word “anthem.”

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101616)

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: He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he’s a Catholic priest.

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Stockbridge, Massachusetts:

Oct 15, 2016 / 04:02 pm

Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories.

In a recent Vimeo video produced by Spirit Juice Studios and the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Calloway recalled his radical transformation from atheist, drug-addicted high school dropout to Catholic priest.

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AP’s Colvin Tries to Find Trump Supporters Will Riot If He Loses

In a hysterical, fever-swamp dispatch otherwise shredded nicely by John Hinderaker at Powerline, the Associated Press’s Jill Colvin insinuated that Donald Trump’s concerns that the election is being rigged against him — with his primary complaints justifiably directed at an establishment press which has been undeniably colluding to do that — will cause his supporters to riot if he loses.

To make her case, Colvin found someone in the crowd at Trump’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire rally whose answer clearly indicated that she had asked him if Trump’s supporters will riot. She also portrayed Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke as over the edge in using a word which President Obama himself has used. Finally, she seems to have missed the fact that one current and another former Black Lives Matter activist promised riots if Trump wins months ago.

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