October 26, 2017

SF Chronicle Columnist Mark Morford: EPA’s Pruitt Deserves Death Threats

At SFgate.com on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mark Morford has hit a new low. Early that evening Pacific Time, Morford justified the extraordinary number of death threats Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has received and the resulting high cost of his security as deserved, given that Pruitt’s conduct and policies as agency head represent “death threats to the world and all who live on her.”

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NBC Radio Brief Notes Modest Jobless Claims Increase, Ignores Far More Important Stories

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 5:56 pm

Establishment press bias is everywhere, even in the top- and bottom-of hour new briefs heard on radio stations across the land. During one such brief at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, NBC’s Lisa Carter presented three items as the day’s most important current news: President Trump’s declaration that the nation’s opioid abuse crisis is a public health emergency; the House passing a budget, removing one obstacle to passing President Donald Trump’s tax-reform plan; and — I can’t believe I’m typing this — an increase in unemployment claims of 10,000 from last week’s lowest level in 43 years, presented to induce low-information news consumers into believing that this rise is potentially problematic for the economy.

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Learned While Preparing a Separate Post: Specific AP Time Stamps End After Two Hours

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 5:51 pm

In yet another move towards less transparency and accountability, a trend which I detailed in a Sunday NewsBusters post, the Associated Press now labels all stories more two hours old “Today,” and no longer provides specific time stamps for such stories.

This runs counter to most news organizations’ practices. Many still (and all should) provide permanent, specific time stamps. Those which don’t, including many search engines, at least indicate how many hours old a story is within a 1-23 hour range before labeling them “1 day old, 2 days old” etc.

This move makes it even more difficult to track revisions to AP stories, which is important given that older items on a given story are usually flushed down the memory hole.

This is no accident. This is yet another conscious decision to make it more difficult to trace the evolution of AP content.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102617)

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: The tradition of sacred choral music needs to be ‘revived’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 25, 2017 / 12:08 am

For one member of “the Pope’s Choir,” the Catholic Church, while appreciating sacred music, has in some respects lost the art of singing it in her parishes, prompting the need for a revival of traditional style across the world.

“Coming from the UK, I’m used to a choral tradition, it’s a great Anglican tradition,” Mark Spyropoulos told CNA, noting that much of the sacred music they sing is written for great Catholic choirs, but “generally, across Europe at least, we’ve lost touch with that.”

“The cathedrals are mostly silent,” he said, and while the Vatican is an exception, “from a personal stance, as a choral singer, I would like to see that tradition revived” in Catholic choirs “because it’s absolutely wonderful.”

Originally from London, Spyropoulos has been a member of the Sistine Chapel Choir for two and a half years, and is the first person from Britain to join the choir, which just returned from a tour in the United States, the first in 30 years, which included stops in Washington D.C., New York and Detroit.

“I would like to see our touring also promote something of a revival of great Catholic choirs,” he said.

He was present for the Oct. 24 presentation of the choir’s annual CD, which this year is titled “Veni Domine: Advent and Christmas at the Sistine Chapel.”

When it comes to sacred music, Spyropoulos said he believes it has “a huge place” in the Church, and has much to offer, even outside of an ecclesial context.

Sacred music, he said, “puts young singers in touch with their history, their culture, and it’s an inspirational thing to do, not just to be part of it, but to hear it.”

Whenever the choir sings, “our intention is that it should inspire people, that people would listen to it and be transported away from the mundane and the banal, and that their minds would be directed to something that is spiritual, beautiful and transcendent,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.