June 26, 2018

CNN Stealth-Edits June 12 Report on ‘Iconic’ Photo of 2-Year-Old at Border Six Days Later

CNN’s Brian Stelter and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch got into a Twitter spat Monday evening over the press’s handling of the story behind Getty Images photographer John Moore’s “iconic” photo of a crying 2-year-old little girl at the U.S.-Mexico border. As usual, Loesch wiped the floor with the network’s Reliable Sources host. During the back-and-forth, Stelter responded to Loesch’s criticism of CNN’s original story about the photo by pointing to a sentence stating that “A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection later told CNN that the girl and her mother were not separated.”

But what Stelter really pointed to was an undisclosed stealth edit the network apparently hoped no one would see.

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WashPost Ignores Red Hen Owner’s Reported Subsequent Unhinged Actions

On Saturday, two Washington Postreporters posted a 1,300-word story on the treatment Trump administration Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her party received at the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. As I noted in a Sunday NewsBusters post, the sympathies of reporters Avi Selk and Sarah Murray were clearly with owner Stephanie Wilkinson, who described herself as “not a huge fan of confrontation.”The two reporters continued to update their story online until  late Monday afternoon, but ignored known narrative-refuting items about Wilkinson.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062618)

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: Supreme Court returns case of florist who declined gay wedding to lower court

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington, DC and Washington State:

Jun 25, 2018 / 08:01 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Washington state ruling against local florist Barronelle Stutzman, who in 2013 declined to make flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding.

The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Washington Supreme Court, instructing that the case be reconsidered in the light of Masterpiece Cakeshop decision earlier this month.

In the Masterpiece case, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Christian cake baker Jack Phillips, who had declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The Supreme Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown an impermissible hostility toward religion in their handling of the case.

Stutzman’s attorneys have argued that a similar hostility against religion was on display in the handling of Stuzman’s case by Washington’s attorney general.

“While the attorney general failed to prosecute a business that obscenely berated and discriminated against Christian customers, he has steadfastly—and on his own initiative—pursued unprecedented measures to punish Barronelle not just in her capacity as a business owner but also in her personal capacity,” said Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of Alliance Defending Freedom, the group defending both Phillips and Stutzman.

“In its Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, the Supreme Court condemned that sort of one-sided, discriminatory application of the law against people of faith,” Waggoner said.

“Also, in the legal briefs that the attorney general has filed in Barronelle’s case, he has repeatedly and overtly demeaned her faith. He has compared her religious beliefs about marriage—which the Supreme Court said are ‘decent and honorable’—to racial discrimination,” Waggoner continued.

“This conflicts with the Supreme Court’s recognition in Masterpiece Cakeshop that it was ‘inappropriate’ for the government to draw parallels between those religious beliefs and ‘defenses of slavery’.”

The Washington case centers around 73-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington.

In 2013, Rob Ingersoll, a long-time friend and customer of Stutzman, asked her to arrange flowers for his same-sex wedding ceremony.

Stutzman knew that Ingersoll was gay, and had always been happy to create flower arrangements for birthdays and other special occasions.

However, because she believes marriage to be a sign of the relationship between Christ and his Church, she told Ingersoll that she could not make a flower arrangement for a same-sex wedding.

Ingersoll initially said that he understood and asked her to recommend another florist. Later, however, his partner posted a message on social media about Stutzman declining to take part in the wedding, and it went viral. Soon afterward, she was informed that she was being sued by the Washington State attorney general and the ACLU.

Stutzman, who is Southern Baptist, has said that she views weddings as more than just a job. She spends months or even years getting to know the bride and groom, to understand their vision and what they want to convey.

Because her wedding arrangements are such a deeply personal labor of love, she said that she felt that she could not in good conscience design flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding.

In February 2017, the Washington Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling against Stutzman. She then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case.

While the actual damages being sought by the gay couple are only around $7 – the mileage cost of driving to another florist – Stutzman could be responsible for more than $1 million in legal fees to nearly a dozen ACLU lawyers opposing her in the case. Her home, business, savings, and personal assets are all at risk in the case. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Thanks to Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show …

Filed under: General,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 12:01 am

… for recognizing my Sunday NewsBusters post about the press ignoring the threat made against Chloe Trump, President Donald Trump’s 4-year-old Trump granddaughter:

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