March 21, 2018

Did the NY Times Cave to Facebook Pressure in Revising a Story?

In a Monday story about Facebook’s Alex Stamos, the New York Times originally described the security chief’s planned departure as mainly about his position that the company should investigate and disclose Russian activity on the social media platform, “often to the consternation of other top executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer.” The paper removed “consternation” and the related reference to Sandberg from subsequent story revisions. One of the story’s reporters has admitted that these changes occurred after Facebook’s PR team “reached out,” creating the impression that the paper buckled to a powerful story subject’s pressure.


Chris Matthews: ‘Confounding’ That Republicans, Dems Equally Believe ‘Deep State’ Exists

Establishment press journalists are getting hot under the collar over the growing use of the term “Deep State.” They imagine that only nutty conservatives and Republicans believe that the Deep State even exists. Thanks to poor show prep, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews found out otherwise in embarrassing fashion on Tuesday evening’s Hardball, while one of his show’s presentation graphics effectively told 74 percent of Americans that they are “Deranged.”


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032118)

Filed under: Lucid Links,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — 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.


Quote of the day, from Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner:

If you’re going to “resist” President Trump’s criticisms of the intelligence community, don’t do it with a variation of, “You’ll be sorry.”


Positivity: 9-year-old Midlands boy saves neighbor’s life after car falls on top of him

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sumter, South Carolina (video at link; HT Weasel Zippers):

Published: Monday, March 12th 2018, 4:55 pm EDT
Updated: Monday, March 12th 2018, 7:04 pm EDT

A 9-year-old Sumter boy is being called a hero after coming to the aid of his neighbor in his most dire time of need.

Allen Clemmons was working on his Mustang convertible in his backyard on Saturday afternoon. As he attempted to remove the transmission, the car slid off the blocks and jack holding it up and fell onto Clemmons.

“I was having a really hard time breathing with it on top of me, even though I was kind of on my side,” Clemmons said.

For the next hour and a half he called out for help, but no one responded. His family was out running errands and most neighbors are out of earshot.

“I asked God to help me, to give me one more holler and send an angel by my way,” Clemmons said. “The last holler before I give up.”

After letting out that last holler, Clemmons was shocked to see 9-year-old Malachi running from a nearby yard.

“I was playing outside and I heard someone yelling,” Malachi said. “He was saying something like he was stuck but I didn’t know what he meant.”

When Malachi got close enough to see what had happened, he immediately grabbed a nearby jack and with the help of Clemmons guiding him, was able to get it back under the car. From there, he began pumping the two-foot pole until the car was raised off of Clemmons.

“My uncle taught me how to use a jack so I knew how,” Malachi said.

After relieving Clemmons of the weight of the car, he ran back to his aunt’s house to get help. Shortly after, a tow truck arrived and with the help of another jack, onlookers were able to pull Clemmons out from underneath the car. He was flown to Palmetto Health in Columbia for his injuries.

“I have six broken ribs and a fractured pelvis,” Clemmons said. “My shoulder is also banged up.”

Despite being injured, Clemmons said he is happy to be alive and thanks Malachi for saving his life. …

Go here for the rest of the story.