February 14, 2017

O’Reilly Rips Press Coverage of ICE Raids: ‘A Low Point in American Journalism’

In his opening monologue and first guest conversation Monday evening, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly sharply criticized the national and local press coverage of the past week’s immigration raids.

In his Talking Points Memo opener, O’Reilly observed the press’s utter failure to headline the fact that the raids targeted criminal illegal aliens, describing that failure not as press bias, but as “blatant dishonesty.” The host’s first guest then accused the press of deliberately drumming up uncalled-for “mass hysteria,” and described the operation as “the same kind of operation they did conduct under President Obama.”

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Press Is Furious That Trump Got No Questions About Flynn at Tuesday Presser

One of the more amusing yet pathetic spectacles of the Trump administration’s early weeks — the ongoing establishment press fury at the richly deserved lack of respect it is getting from the President and his press secretary — neared meltdown yesterday. This occurred because Donald Trump wasn’t asked a question everyone knew he wouldn’t answer if asked about Michael Flynn at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Monday, Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters covered the joint temper tantrum/pity party at MSNBC in which Brian Williams — that’s right, “Mr. Made-Up Stories” himself — and Katy Tur engaged. CNN, CNN.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press and others joined the roster of not so fine whiners.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021417)

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: Two Cops Help Frantic Couple Deliver Baby in Location That HAS to be a First

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From San Diego, California:

Posted February 3, 2017

Despite her due date being three weeks away, the woman – named Vanessa Prado – began to have contractions around 4 a.m.

“I said, ‘He’s coming out. I think we need to go to the hospital,’” Prado told KGTV.

As the Mira Mesa couple rushed to the hospital, her contractions had intensified so much that she realized they wouldn’t make it.

“Am I going to pull over at McDonald’s or the post office?’” Prado recalls her boyfriend asking her.

They chose the post office. San Diego Police officers Matt Enderlin and Eric Hustad were on the scene within two minutes of the emergency call.

The officers comforted Prado as she gave birth in the passenger seat of the car. Officer Matt Enderlin even caught the newborn after he was born, he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

NY Post Writer Omits Wilson’s Role in Spread of Spanish Flu, Repeats Tired Reagan/AIDS Myths

The New York Post, though usually perceived as a right-leaning newspaper, has room for columnists from the “other side” — including selective and truth-challenged ones like Jennifer Wright.

Wright’s February 11 column covers “some of the most gruesome plagues” in human history, in the process promoting a new book that is quite a departure from her previous ventures “covering sex and dating.” Much of her work may be fine, but two of her topics, the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak and AIDS, are clearly marred by her political blinders.

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