May 8, 2018

Press Falsely Treats Trump’s Rescission Proposal As ‘Cuts’

The press has mostly gone off the rails in covering President Trump’s proposal to rescind $15 billion in unspent funds, insisting on characterizing the move as “cuts.” The competition for the worst coverage is fierce, but Andrew Taylor’s story at the Associated Press, as carried at the Washington Post, probably wins the prize for the most incoherent headline: “Administration proposes cutting $15 billion in unused funds.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050818)

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: Taylor Swift visits 8-year-old fan in Phoenix burn unit

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Phoenix:

May 5, 7:43 PM EDT

Taylor Swift surprised an 8-year-old girl at the Phoenix hospital where she has been recovering from devastating burns.

The Arizona Republic reports the pop star showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center to see Isabella McCune.

The girl’s family made a video on Wednesday of her asking for Swift to visit because she couldn’t leave the hospital for the singer’s concert next week.

Swift stayed for about 20 minutes. She signed autographs and gifted Isabella with a bag of merchandise from her concert tour.

The McCune family says Isabella suffered third-degree burns over 65 percent of her body when a fire erupted at a neighborhood party on St. Patrick’s Day in March.

Go here for the rest of the story.