July 7, 2018

Election Meddling, Anyone? Irony-Unaware NY Times Notes Chinese Tariffs Target Trump’s Midwest Supporters

The New York Times has been obsessed with the idea that Russian “meddling” somehow affected 2016′s presidential election results and prevented a Hillary Clinton presidency. The Times has also served as a conduit for several leaks by opponents of President Donald Trump and others who are sympathetic with (or even part of) Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. So it’s more than a little ironic that Times reporter Raymond Zhong, in a Friday report (for Saturday’s print edition) covering China’s imposition of tariffs on certain U.S. imports, noted with how its tariffs “were chosen to hit President Trump’s supporters” without characterizing them as a clear attempt at election meddling — one with far more potential impact than clumsy attempts at social media manipulation allegedly orchestrated by Russia.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070718)

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: Boston police officers belt out ‘God Bless America’ in ‘Cop Pool Karaoke’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am


The story (HT Weasel Zippers):

July 3, 2018

Boston police officers on Sunday took a page out of late-night host James Corden’s playbook and performed their own type of “Carpool Karaoke” ahead of the Fourth of July.

Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty kicked off the holiday week with a rendition of “God Bless America” in a video the Boston Police Department called “Cop Pool Karaoke.”


McNulty and Tavares are heard bantering back-and-forth about the festivities, and at one point McNulty says “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin is one of his favorite songs, according to Boston.com.

“We should do a duet sometime,” McNulty tells Tavares.

“Everybody always says that, ‘When are you and Stevie going to sing together?’” Tavares replied. “Let’s try it.” …