February 21, 2018

Newsweek Retracts Franken Story; When Will AP Fix False Nikolas Cruz-Nationalism Items?

Nina Burleigh really blew it this time.

Wednesday morning, Newsweek retracted their reporter’s Monday story on “How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken.” Newsweek’s move leads to a bigger question: When will the Associated Press correct or retract reports claiming Florida high school massacre perpetrator Nikolas Cruz was connected with white nationalism?


A Partial List of False AP Stories About Nikolas Cruz’s Connection to a White Nationalist Group Still Present on the Web

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 8:27 pm

Related post: “Newsweek Retracts ‘Bots Took Down Franken’ Story; When Will AP Retract Cruz-White Nationalism Stories?”


(Searches were done between 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, February 21)

NOTE 1: I actually visited the web links identified below to ensure that stories had not been revised from how they were listed in Google. 

NOTE 2: These are all stories which treat Cruz’s connection with white nationalism as a undisputed fact.

NOTE 3: The lists below barely scratch the surface of erroneous AP reports which are still online.


Still-present Associated stories opening with claim of Cruz connection with white nationalist group containing no law enforcement reaction (exact quote find at Google Web and/or Google News on “the leader of a white nationalist militia says Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group”):

Additional still-present stories opening with a rephrased Cruz-white nationalist claim containing no law-enforcement reaction (exact quote find on “An orphaned 19-year-old who participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group was charged with murder Thursday”):

CNN’s Cuomo Fooled by ’5 Minutes to Buy an AR-15′ Tweet, Digs Deeper Hole

On Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo retweeted a Monday tweet by Cody Davis, who claimed that “I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes,” even though “I’m 20 and my ID is expired.” The young man’s account of what he supposedly did 20 months ago indicates that he never genuinely began the gun-purchasing process. One might forgive Cuomo for a careless retweet; but once sharp criticism poured in, he showed that he bought into Davis’s false narrative.


RIP, Billy Graham

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 1:16 pm

Billy Graham, 99, has died:

Eventually, he met, prayed with, comforted and joked with 12 U.S. presidents. He found a fine balance that allowed him to become America’s pastor, Democrat or Republican. North or South.

… More than 214 million people in 195 cities and territories heard God’s call in Graham’s voice and witnessed him deliver the Gospel in person or by satellite links. His projects included founding Christianity Today magazine in 1956 and writing more than 30 books.

High among his numerous honors: The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Billy and his beloved wife, Ruth, in 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 1983 and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion in 1982.

Louisville Paper And USA Today: Vandalized ‘Kill NRA’ Billboard Is Only a ‘Callout’

Tuesday at the Louisville Courier Journal, part of Gannett’s USA Today network, two reporters claimed that whoever vandalized a prominent billboard in that city to read “Kill the NRA” had “called out” the gun-rights group. David Harten and Darcy Costello never described the billboard as what it was while it was briefly visible: a violent threat.


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022118)

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: It’s a miracle — Lourdes healing officially declared supernatural

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lourdes, France:

Feb 12, 2018 / 02:00 pm

A miracle was officially recognized at the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France this week, the 70th Lourdes miracle recognized by the Catholic Church.

The miracle was officially declared by Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin of Beauvais, France on Feb. 11, the World Day of the Sick and the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. During Mass at the shrine’s basilica, Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Lourdes announced the miracle.

The miraculous event involved a French nun, Sister Bernadette Moriau, who went on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2008. She had been suffering from spinal complications which had rendered her wheelchair-bound and fully disabled since 1980. She also said she had been taking morphine to control the pain.

When Sister Moriau visited the Lourdes Shrine almost a decade ago, she said she “never asked for a miracle,” according to the Associated Press.

However, after attending a blessing for the sick at the shrine, something began to change.

“I felt a [surge of] well-being throughout my body, a relaxation, warmth…I returned to my room and there, a voice told me to ‘take off your braces,’” recalled the now 79-year old nun.

“Surprise. I could move,” Moriau said, noting that she instantaneously walked away from her wheelchair, braces, and pain medications.

Moriau’s case was brought to the attention of the International Medical Committee of Lourdes, who extensively researched the nun’s recovery. They eventually found that Moriau’s healing could not be scientifically explained.

After a healing is recognized by the Lourdes committee, the paperwork is then sent to the diocese of origin, where the local bishop has the final say. After the bishop’s blessing, a healing can then be officially recognized by the Church as a miracle.

The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is a popular pilgrimage destination for individuals with special devotions to Mary and for those seeking miraculous healings. It is the site where young Bernadette Soubirous witnessed Marian apparitions, beginning on Feb. 11, 1858. The shrine also holds a spring of water which is said to have miraculous healing properties.

While there have been more than 7,000 miraculous recoveries attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes at the French shrine, only 70 cases have been officially recognized by the Catholic Church. …

Go here for the rest of the story.