April 13, 2017

No Diversity Here: Officially Recognized ‘Fact-Checkers’ All Lean Left

Posts over the next several days will show that certain left-leaning websites and existing left-leaning news organizations have figured out that they can employ the technique of “fact-checking,” perhaps once nobly intended, as a handy device to advance a left-supporting, right-bashing agenda. Further, these “fact checkers” have taken advantage of their platforms to select and evaluate politicians’ and pundits’ claims in a decidedly unfair and unbalanced manner. Finally, thanks to the willing cooperation of the world’s dominant search engine and the leader in social media, “fact checkers” are transitioning into roles which could ultimately position them as de facto news censors.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:55 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 exec named consulter for Vatican communications office

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 12, 2017 / 04:22 am

On Wednesday the Vatican announced that EWTN’s Chairman of the Board Michael Warsaw has been named by Pope Francis a consultor of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

The announcement of Warsaw’s appointment was made in an April 12 communique from the Vatican, along with the names of 13 other new consultors.

Warsaw was promoted to Chairman of the Board for EWTN in 2013. He has worked for EWTN since 1991, and had been named president in 2000, and CEO in 2009. He also serves as publisher of the National Catholic Register since the paper’s acquisition by EWTN in 2011.

He has worked for more than 35 years in media, and has overseen EWTN’s television, radio, and internet programming and production, as well as hosting the program “Bookmark.” He had been appointed COO in 2009.

EWTN was founded in 1981 by Mother Angelica, of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. The network today transmits programming to more than 264 million homes in 144 countries. What began with approximately 20 employees has now grown to nearly 400.

The religious network broadcasts terrestrial and shortwave radio around the world, operates a religious goods catalog and publishes the National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency, among other publishing ventures. …

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