October 29, 2014

CBS Fails to Challenge Warren’s Discredited ‘Republicans Cut Ebola Funding’ Claim

Tuesday’s CBS This Morning show was an especially disgraceful display of media bias.

Late yesterday morning, NewsBusters’ Jeffrey Meyer noted how the show’s Nora O’Donnell admitted to throwing “a softball of a question” at Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The question: “What’s going to happen if Republicans take control (of the Senate)?” NB’s Scott Whitlock additionally observed that the program “alternated between confusion as to why Barack Obama may be driving Republicans to a big midterm victory and strident declarations that the GOP would have no mandate.” Still another item needs to be separately cited: Warren’s tired, refuted, but unchallenged assertion that Ebola is the GOP’s fault, specifically (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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October 27, 2014

Press Was All Over GOP Gov. Candidate’s ‘Sweetheart’ Comment in Sept., Ignores Dem’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment

In late September, Charlie Baker, the Republican who is the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts, told female reporter Sharman Sacchetti, who had already asked him a series of questions: “OK, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart.”

That was enough to send the press into a tizzy. Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted how Rachel Maddow at MSNBC turned Baker’s statement into proof that the GOP is engaged in a “war on women,” even though Baker quickly apologized directly to the reporter and indicated that, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, “the comment was a mistake and doesn’t represent his work attitudes.” This would be the same Associated Press which has, based on searches, not had a single national or local story on South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen calling incumbent Republicn Nikki Haley a “whore” — even though Sheheen waited four days to (insincerely, in my view) apologize.

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October 22, 2014

Rolling Stone Goes to the Barricades

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

One-percenters Jann Wenner and Paul Krugman team up to motivate the “Progressive” base for November.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Monday.

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On October 8, Rolling Stone, the pathetically pretentious magazine overseen by one-percenter Jann Wenner, delivered a double-barreled dose of far-left Kool-Aid.

Its mission: Motivate its largely apathetic and mostly Dear Leader-worshipping readers into defending Barack Obama and his party in the midterm elections.

Good luck with that, guys. Rasmussen, in announcing its latest “Right Direction or Wrong Track” poll results, reported that “Roughly two-thirds of voters of all ages agree the country is on the wrong track.” That would seem to indicate that quite a few rockers, rappers, and middle-aged stoners are among those who believe that all is far from well.

One of the magazine’s pathetic pair of propaganda pieces came courtesy of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

The Princeton economist and former Enron adviser may have decided that he couldn’t make his absurd case anywhere else without destroying what little remains of his credibility. If so, “In Defense of Obama” delivers a ringing confirmation of that assessment.

Krugman writes that “Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.” Looking at just three of his justifications will give readers an idea of how unhinged the man has become:

  • Even as the Obama administration has deliberately postponed 2015 enrollment until November 15 for purely political reasons, he writes that “Obamacare means a huge improvement in the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans.” Even the most generous estimates of the newly insured only go to a single 10 million, and there’s ample reason to doubt those estimates.
  • He also claims that Obamacare is “doing more to reduce overall health costs than even its supporters predicted.” Oops: Even beyond the known double-digit premium increases, the Congressional Budget Office now estimates that Obamacare “will increase deficit spending by $131 billion from 2015-24.” This recent news should not, and I believe does not, surprise Krugman. In February 2013, the Government Accountability Office projected that “Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion.” But it’s apparently more important to defend Obama’s long-broken promise — that his “signature achievementwould not add “one dime to our deficits, either now or in the future. Period” — than it is to demonstrate any allegiance to the truth.
  • He claims that “the Obama stimulus plan helped mitigate the worst of the slump.”

Here are the facts concerning that final claim:

  • Obama’s actions during the 2008 campaign and during the presidential transition period contributed greatly to making the “slump” (somehow, Krugman never used the word “recession” at all) as bad as it was.
  • Thanks to Obama’s stimulus plan and other policies, job losses continued until February 2010, a full eight months after the recession officially ended. By contrast, in the early 1980s under Ronald Reagan, despite implementing what Keynesians would claim were all the wrong policies, employment began to recover very quickly after the recession’s end.
  • The unemployment rate, even artificially rigged as it likely is, has never come down to the 5 percent level Obama’s own collection of Keynesians promised in promoting the stimulus.
  • The recovery itself bears far more resemblance to the miserable, Depression-era 1930s than any recovery seen since. That’s because the false “stimulus” of unsustainably high deficits has continued, and is on track to get progressively (pun intended) worse.

Unfortunately, Krugman is right in contending that Obama’s presidency has been consequential. The nation will be living with his negative legacy for generations to come.

As to its success, Obama himself told the nation just days before he was first elected president that he was on the verge of “fundamentally transforming” the nation. In some respects, he has. To the extent he has, that transformation has been decidedly negative.

Rolling Stone’s other contribution to reader disinformation came in the form of “The Obama Hope and Change Index: 6 Years of Progress, By the Numbers.” It is not an index at all, but a list of 55 statistics which are supposed to “prove President Obama has accomplished more than you may realize.”

The list is a tacit admission that the pickings among Obama’s “accomplishments” are really slim. What follows are three of the worst examples.

It celebrates “Troops in Iraq today: 1,600,” as ISIS nears Baghdad. In 2009, I wrote, given that the war was won under Bush 43, Iraq had become Obama’s to lose. He’s very close to doing that.

It gleefully points out that there are now 149 detainees at Gitmo, compared to 242 five years ago. Of course, there’s not a word about how many of those who were released have returned to either the battlefield or terrorism.

Finally, it trumpets, “Immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children now shielded from deportation: 800,000.” Wow. Even some Rolling Stone readers might understand how utterly damning that statistic is.

If Krugman’s crud and that pitiful collection are all a dedicated leftist rag can drum up in support of The One, who early this month declared that the midterms elections really are all about his policies, maybe they really are destined to be intensely miserable on November 5. But that will only be the case if those who oppose his policies turn out in numbers greater than currently projected.

October 20, 2014

Why ‘It Matters’ (102014)

Politico (HT Breitbart):

POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.

In a POLITICO poll testing the hardest-fought states and congressional districts of the year, two-thirds of likely voters said they feel that the United States has lost control of its major challenges. Only 36 percent said the country is “in a good position to meet its economic and national security” hurdles.

If no individual issue has come to define this election — like health care in the 2010 campaign or the Iraq War in 2006 — the accumulation of disparate fears has created a sense of pessimism and frustration across the midterm landscape.

None of this will get any better if the vast majority of the American people sit this election out as usual.

That’s why “It Matters.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Rolling Stone Goes to the Barricades’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:56 am

It’s here.

It will go up here a BizzyBlog on Wednesday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Bill Whittle: Fear of Ebola

Filed under: Health Care,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:40 am

Good News: Ebola probably isn’t going to be a serious problem here, even if there continues to be an incompetent government effort to fight it.

Bad news: We have an incompetent government which is failing to communicate the truths you will see in the following video (transcript here):

October 19, 2014

Arizona’s Dem Candidate For Governor: 14 Year-Old Shouldn’t Need Parental Consent to Abort

To the relief of sex offenders throughout the state, Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, during a Tuesday forum at Redemption Church in Gilbert, said that, in the words of an unbylined Washington Free Beacon story, “he is opposed to mandating parental consent for a girl as young as 14 years old to get an abortion.”

This is a non-story in the establishment press, which made it a mission to take out two GOP U.S. Senate candidates two years ago over abortion-related remarks with far less real-world impact. Based on a search on “DuVal parental consent” (not in quotes) at the Arizona Republic, the paper hasn’t done a story specifically noting DuVal’s outrageous position — even though it did manage to notice that DuVal, like Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat who is running for Governor in Ohio, has been known to drive without a valid driver’s license, though far less often or brazenly.

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Reuters: People Left Obama’s Speech Early; But at AP, It Was a ‘Rowdy Rally’ (See Update)

One would think, based on comparing dispatches from Reuters and the Associated Press, that President Barack Obama must have spoken at two different events in Upper Marlboro, Maryland today.

The two dispatches are so radically different in tone and content that they it doesn’t seem possible that they both could be from the same event. But they are. Jeff Mason at Reuters (saved here for future reference and fair use purposes) observed “early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.” Josh Lederman at AP (saved here) described “a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people” attending “a rally that had the feeling of a gospel service.” A more detailed comparison follows the jump:

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October 17, 2014

As It Cites Countries Successfully Fending Off Ebola With Border Closures, AP Won’t Question U.S. Decision Not To

In an all too typical unskeptical report, Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, allowed President Barack Obama to claim, in Kuhnhenn’s words, that “health and security experts continue to tell him that the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective” than “restricting travel to the U.S. from the three Ebola-stricken West African nations.”

I’m sure that readers would just love to know who these “health and security experts” are, especially given the fact that the AP itself reported Thursday that nations in Africa which have successfully kept the virus at bay have cited “border closings” as a critical element of their strategy.

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October 15, 2014

As CDC, NIH Cry Over Money, Press Ignores Their Waste

For years, government watchdog groups have chronicled numerous instances of waste and abuse — at the very least — at the Centers for Disease Control and its National Institutes for Health.

An establishment press corps doing its job, upon hearing the director of the National Institutes for Health claim that “if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine” for Ebola by now, and especially upon hearing leftist poltiticians then claim that it’s all Republicans’ fault, would look into whether part of the problem might be poor bureacratic stewardship. But they’re not doing their job.

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WaPo’s Kessler Gives ‘GOP Cut CDC Funding’ Four Pinocchios, Effectively ‘Cutting’ AP’s Disinformation to Ribbons

Early this morning, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s designated fact-checker gave the left’s claims that Republicans alone were responsible for alleged “cuts” to Ebola research four Pinocchios (i.e., a “whopper”).

That’s nice, but it hardly undoes the damage news outlets like the Associated Press have inflicted on the truth in the apparent name of ginning up resentment among low-information voters. I’ll get to that, but first, here are the key passages from Kessler’s critique, which essentially gets down to who’s responsible for sequestration (the correct answer is that it was President Obama and the White House; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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October 13, 2014

Positivity: Still doesn’t cut it, bishops say on latest mandate tweak

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington (bolds are mine):

Oct 11, 2014 / 06:44 am

Despite another wave of changes to the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops’ conference says that the regulation still fails to respect religious freedom.

“(T)he mandate continues to substantially burden the religious liberty of stakeholders with religious objections to the mandated coverage,” said Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, general counsel and associate general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Because it does not further a compelling government interest by the means least restrictive of religious exercise, the mandate continues to violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” they stated in Oct. 8 comments to the Department of Health and Human Services.

… In the wake of the Hobby Lobby case, the administration has proposed an “interim final rule” that would alter this accommodation and also extend it to closely-held for-profit companies. Under the original mandate, for-profit businesses were excluded from both the exemption and the accommodation.

Under the proposed changes, non-profit and closely-held for-profit employers would be able to directly notify the Department of Health and Human Services of their religious objection to the provision of contraception or related products and procedures. The government would then facilitate contact with insurers and third party administrators to initiate the coverage.

In their comments, Picarello and Moses explained that the proposed rules do not fundamentally alter the mandate, nor do they adequately address the concerns of “the vast majority of individual and institutional stakeholders with religious or moral objections to contraceptive coverage.”

They also noted that the new rules for the accommodation of non-exempt religious groups still require employers to participate in the facilitation of contraception coverage by providing the government with “all it needs” to provide the objectionable products and procedures.

Go here for the full story.

October 7, 2014

AP’s ‘Fact Check’ of Obama’s ‘Stronger Economy’ Claims Limited to ‘A Few’ Items: Two

The dictionary tells us that “a few” is “a small number of persons or things.” Though there is some ambiguity in the guidance I have reviewed, it’s fair to say that “Generally a few is more than 2.”

Not at the Associated Press, where “a few” can apparently be two, at least when it comes to “fact-checking” President Obama’s grandiose claims in his Thursday speech at Northwestern University. Thanks to Obama’s primary contention that “it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than when I took office,” any economy-related statistic was fair game for the AP’s Christopher Rugaber. But the AP reporter chose only to address two nitty-gritty items, while avoiding any attempt to evaluate Obama’s core assertion.

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October 1, 2014

Positivity: Bishop Conley to Catholics in medicine — Strive to be saints

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Orlando:

Sep 30, 2014 / 04:52 pm

Catholic medical professionals can lead other people to God by dedicating themselves to holiness and following the examples of saintly doctors, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., said.

“Medical professionals are uniquely equipped to bring that love of God – by their compassion, their generosity, and in their very presence – to the souls who most need it,” Bishop Conley told the Catholic Medical Association’s educational conference in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.

The bishop noted Pope Francis’ call to the “peripheries”: the poor, lonely, rejected, elderly, unborn, and “those who do not know the love of God.”

The bishop, who is the association’s episcopal moderator, told conference attendees that they can follow this call.

“Ultimately, your task is to become medical professionals who know that your work and your lives are not your own – medical professionals who have entrusted yourselves entirely to the Providence of God,” he said Sept. 27.

The Catholic Medical Association’s 83rd annual educational conference was dedicated to the theme, “Courage in Medicine: Defending and Proclaiming the Faith in the New Evangelization.” About 600 people attended the conference.

Bishop Conley recounted the lives of holy medical doctors like St. Giuseppe Moscati, a heroic Italian doctor who cared for the material and spiritual welfare of his patients and colleagues; St. Gianna Molla, who sacrificed her life so that her unborn baby could be born; and Servant of God Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of the chromosomal abnormality that causes Down syndrome.

The bishop said these holy men and women are examples for the Catholic Medical Association’s mission to form medical professionals who are “disciples of Jesus Christ” and who know they are “called to be saints.”

“Becoming good and holy medical professionals requires becoming good and holy men and women; it demands that our lives are fundamentally defined in relationship to Jesus Christ, and to his Church,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 26, 2014

As HealthCare.gov Cost Surpasses the $2 Billion Mark, Press Mostly Yawns

It wasn’t that long ago that Obamacare defenders were ridiculing those of us who pointed out that the fully loaded cost of HealthCare.gov would surely top the $1 billion mark.

Well, we were wrong — to be so conservative. The real number is “about” $2.1 billion and counting, according to a Bloomberg report which is mostly being kept out of the non-business press.

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