December 30, 2017

NBC’s Year-End Fake News Tweets Target Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

NBC News has given yet another fake news story to cap off a year of media sloppiness unlike any other. On Friday, the network breathlessly tweeted out a copy of a search warrant “made public today,” directed at “an e-mail address associated with Trump surrogate and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.” That the warrant itself was dated March 7 apparently didn’t curb NBC’s enthusiasm.

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AP Engages in Classic Coverup Tactics in Story on Classified Emails Found on Weiner’s Laptop

In an unbylined 11:31 a.m. Eastern Time dispatch Saturday, the Associated Press demonstrated why anyone trying to get to the truth about the status of the Hillary Clinton’s private server-scandal — which is clearly not over, and clearly has not been “litigated a million times,” as CNN’s desperate Don Lemon claimed on Thursday in shouting down a conservative panelist — needs to go somewhere else to find it.

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NY Times Column on How to Use Tax Cut Plays Into Trump’s, GOP’s Hands

New York Times “Your Money” scribe Ron Lieber seemed blissfully unaware that the suggestions he made and the language he used in his Friday column on how individuals and families might use their savings from the just-signed tax bill mirrors what President Donald Trump, Republicans, and conservatives have been saying for years.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (123017)

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: MLK’s Niece Was Almost Aborted Until Martin Luther King Sr. Intervened

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rome (HT Life News), emphasizing how Ms. King was almost aborted until Martin Luther King Sr. intervened:

Dec 14, 2017, 12:03 am

… When it comes to her own advocacy, life issues have always hit home for King, whose parents in 1950 became pregnant with her before they were married.

At the time, The Negro Project launched by Margaret Sanger in 1939 was continuing to gain steam. Among other things, the project worked to promote contraception and abortion in the black community.

King said her parents had considered getting an abortion until her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr., “prophetically” intervened. Though they didn’t have ultrasound machines at the time, King said her grandfather had strongly rejected the claim that the fetus was “just a lump of flesh.” He said that the baby was a granddaughter whom he had seen in a dream three years prior.

After hearing Martin Luther King Sr. describe how his granddaughter would look, Alveda King’s parents decided against the abortion and she was born in 1951.

Despite hearing this story many times in her youth, King took a different path after her father and uncle died. She had been married, divorced, and no longer had the support system she once did, so when the pro-choice women’s movement began to grow, “I joined it because I’m a freedom fighter.”

However, she said, following the birth of her first child, she was coerced into having two abortions. When she became pregnant again, and was planning to have another abortion, her grandfather gave her the same message he had given her mother: “That’s not a lump of flesh, that’s my great-grandchild.”

She decided to keep the baby. Seeing her baby’s heartbeat on the sonogram confirmed that decision.

“I heard with new ears,” she said, explaining that her uncle’s words, “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere,” began to take on a new meaning in her mind.

“He also said the Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate comfort and safety,” she said, and recounted how, after being “born again” in 1983, she immediately began advocating for life.

In addition to her famous family ties, King had a career in law, was a college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. In law classes she taught, King said she would bring up the abortion issue and make the argument that “a woman has the right to choose what she does with her body, but the baby’s not her body. Where’s the lawyer for the baby?”

“It began to rock everything,” she said, explaining that she began to face resistance from Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, which had been re-named as “Planned Parenthood.” The organization objected to her pro-life views, arguing that her uncle had received the group’s “Maggie Award” in 1966.

However, King said that Martin Luther King Jr. had never supported the organization’s agenda. He declined to attend the award ceremony, she noted. …

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