December 31, 2016

Press Wants to Appropriate ‘Fake News’ Label Center-Right Has Used For Over a Decade

On Christmas evening, appearing in print on Sunday, December 26, Jeremy Peters at the New York Times pretended that the term “fake news” has only gained common currency very recently during the social media era. He also effectively contended that the establishment press holds ownership rights over the term, claiming that “conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. (Donald) Trump himself … have appropriated” it.

Peters, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 and arguably knows better, could not be more wrong. Center-right media critics, pundits and personalities have used the term “fake news” to describe establishment press reporting for at least a decade, usually with total justification. It’s the press which is “appropriating” the “fake news” term in the name of marginalizing and silencing non-”mainstream” news sources.


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Positivity: Browns’ first win of the season turns into huge help for homeless in Cleveland

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Cleveland:

Dec 27, 2016 at 8:17p ET
The Cleveland Browns’ first victory of the season will have much more meaning off the field, especially for those in need in the Cleveland area.

In light of the Browns’ 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday, organizers of the “Perfect Season Parade”, which was going to recognize the team had it gone 0-16, said the $10,000 that they collected instead will go to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The Browns said Tuesday that they will match the $10,000 that was raised.

The parade money, which was raised by donations, initially was going to pay for security, bathroom facilities and other expenses, but those plans no longer were needed after the Browns avoided the dubious distinction.

The food bank thanked the Browns for their donation on Facebook. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

December 30, 2016

‘Christmas’ Makes a Comeback in Media ‘Shopping Season’ Mentions

In a column posted at NewsBusters on December 29, R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. relayed personal anecdotal evidence indicating that “This Christmas Season Was Different.” Based on his interactions and observations, Tyrell believes that 2016 marked a change in “the way we talk about what is a major holy day for the majority of the American people.” In his experience, people this year were far more inclined to wish friends, neighbors and even strangers “Merry Christmas” instead of falling back on the safe but unsatisfying “Happy Holidays.”

Tyrell may have his finger on the beginnings of a broader trend. While my small affirmation of what Tyrell cited is limited to commerce and is nowhere near as positive, it’s still pretty compelling. Last year, in the eleventh year of conducting such exercises, I found that the relative mentions of “Christmas shopping season” compared to “holiday shopping season” in Google News searches fell to the lowest level ever. This year, relative “Christmas shopping season” mentions more than doubled from last year, reaching the highest level ever.


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Positivity: Holy Family Feast: Mary Did You Know?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

In honor of the feast of the Holy Family:



Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know … Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak the praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

December 29, 2016

Unproven ‘Fake News’ Media Meme: Russia ‘Hacked the Elections’

The purveyors of what the establishment press likes to describe as “fake news” have nothing on the fake news the establishment press itself generates at the Obama administration’s behest.

For example, the Associated Press, in a very late paragraph in just one of its three reports on the topic today, admitted that “Though the FBI and Homeland Security Department issued a joint report on ‘Russian malicious cyber activity’ – replete with examples of malware code used by the Russians – it still has not released a broader report Obama has promised detailing Russia’s efforts to interfere with U.S. elections.” In other words, there is no — zero, zilch, nada — published evidence, let alone proof, other than the statements of anonymous Obama apparatchiks on a conference call, that Russia successfully “interfere(d) with U.S. elections.” But that hasn’t stopped AP or others from taking it as gospel that Russia “hacked the elections.”


AP, Politifact ‘Fact Check’ Obviously Satirical ‘Fake News’ Item — From 2015

Here’s an update from the “fake news” front: The Associated Press published an unbylined “Fact Check” of what anyone with an ounce of sense could see is a satirical article published almost 15 months ago.

That’s only the start. Politifact also “fact-checked” a December 23, 2016 version it knew was of that same 15 month-old item and gave it a “Pants on Fire” rating. What in the name of Mark Zuckerberg is going on?


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Positivity: A soldier’s surprise: Notre Dame athlete overwhelmed by Army brother’s unexpected visit

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

From South Bend, Indiana:

Published: December 21, 2016

Two months in the making and kept quiet from everyone who may have let the secret slip, Notre Dame junior guard Matt Farrell received an early Christmas present Monday night.

It wasn’t the 13 points he scored or the seven assists he handed out in 37 minutes in No. 25 Notre Dame’s 77-62 victory over Colgate. It was what happened after the final horn at Purcell Pavilion as he stood at the west end of the arena and watched the center-hung scoreboard that kick-started a scene that Farrell and his family will forever remember.

Everyone in the arena was urged to watch a special message on the screen. Farrell figured it would be just a typical holiday greeting from someone of note.

But it wasn’t just anyone. Up popped video of Farrell’s 26-year-old brother, Bo, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who was supposed to be deployed in Afghanistan.

But Bo wasn’t overseas. He was closer. Much closer. Closer than almost everyone in his immediate family ever imagined.

Everything seemed authentic. Bo stood with an American flag behind him on the tan-colored wall. The video even skipped and seemed to be on a delay, everything that would line up with being broadcast from the other side of the world.

Bo offered a few good words of love for his younger brother, told him how proud he was of him and promised to see him soon.

Really soon.


December 28, 2016

AP Report Looks At Grad Students Who, Weeks Later, Still Can’t Deal With Trump’s Victory

In an item published on Tuesday, Matt Sedensky at the Associated Press reported on what he observed in a graduate “Faith and Politics” class at Emory University immediately after and during the weeks following this year’s presidential election.

Class members’ immature reactions to the election’s result and the reporter’s injected commentary are both disturbing, but very useful. That’s because one of the most under-reported stories of the past two years, in terms of general visibility to the casual news consumer, is how so many college campuses have devolved into places where so-called “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings” delivered before supposedly disturbing viewpoints are presented, out-of-nowhere outrage at alleged “microagressions,” and intense hostility to non-conforming opinions have all proliferated.


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Positivity: Miracle on the Old Lincoln Highway

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From Bedford, Pennsylvania:

12/25/16 12:04 AM

Nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains half way between this Bedford County seat and the charming little village of Everett, Pa., Santa Claus came to town right before Christmas Day.

At least to those who had layaways at the local Walmart.

It is a story of poise, generosity and gratitude, one filled with layaways, community service and creating education opportunities; it is void of the stereotypical political resentments attributed to rural Americans since this election began last year.

“It all started with a phone call from someone who was calling for ‘Santa B’ on Dec. 1,” said Ryan Kennedy, the store manager. “The person said they wanted to know what it would cost to pay off the entire store’s layaway items and when the pick-up date was,” he explained.


December 27, 2016

AP: Berlin Truck Attack Terrorist Was ‘Troubled,’ ‘Fell Into Crime’; Facts Say Otherwise

On December 22, roughly eight hours before Anis Amri was killed by Italian police, Bouazza Ben Bouazza at the Associated Press published an item portraying the Berlin truck massacre attacker who killed at least 12 and injured almost 50 others as a “troubled” man who came to Europe “in hopes of a better life,” but “fell into crime instead.”

Later text completely refutes those opening claims, and the AP reporter provided no explanation as to why such obvious contradictions are present.


Dem Consultant: Hillary ‘Gracious’ Since Election, ‘Didn’t Contest’ It

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 pm

Steve McMahon, a Democratic Party member described as a media consultant, apparently either hasn’t followed the news sufficiently since the presidential election, or is determined to rewrite history. My vote is with the latter.

McMahon appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday. Before criticizing President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory rallies as “incendiary, he outrageously claimed that Hillary Clinton has “been very gracious since the election,” and that she “didn’t contest the election results” or “ask for recounts.”