May 30, 2015

Bloomberg News Still Thinks the U.S. Is in a Six-Year Economic Expansion

This shouldn’t be a trick question, but to the nation’s establishment press business reporters it apparently is: What is the current length of the U.S. economy’s expansion?

The answer, after yesterday’s reported 0.7 percent annualized contraction in U.S. Gross Domestic Product, is obviously zero. But that’s not what Bloomberg News and reporter Sho Chandra, who has used her full first name of Shobhana in previous reports, would say. Despite three separate quarterly contractions since the recession officially ended in the second quarter of 2009, they, like the Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger two months ago, want us to believe a fairy tale, namely that we’re still closing in on six straight years of expansion.


May 28, 2015

New Yorker June 1 Cover Presents Whites-Only GOP Presidential Candidates

Old stereotypes die hard — especially the ones which have long been false.

The June 1 cover of The New Yorker Magazine depicts the Republican Party’s current crop of declared and undeclared 2016 presidential candidates as an all-white-boys affair, showing seven of them in different locker-room postures, with Hillary Clinton peeping in through a window. How is this possible, you ask? Where are Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina? Obviously, presenting a segregated, chauvinistic image of the GOP is more important than dealing with reality (HT Patterico):


Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted (Part 2 of 2): Press Retraction Efforts Largely Unacceptable

As noted in Part 1, one of the authors of a late-2014 study which made the nonsensical claim that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage,” causing “a cascade of opinion change,” issued a retraction last week, because the data supporting it was faked. Since it was published in Science Magazine — and because it conveniently fit a leftism-advancing agenda — numerous press outlets ran stories on the study’s results.

Now they’re all having to run retractions and corrections. Besides the obvious problem that the lies have gotten a long head start, let’s look at how the seven original publishers identified by Retraction Watch, as well as the Associated Press, have handled the matter. All too often the answer has been: “Not very well.”


Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted (Part 1 of 2)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Scams — Tom @ 2:08 pm

“Science” has a problem — or more accurately stated, those who produce and publish “scienitific” studies — have a problem. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, one of the leading weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals, caused quite a stir last week when he said that “much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” That may be an underestimate.

One of the more recent such examples involves a paper published late last year in Science Magazine, which calls itself “The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary.”


May 27, 2015

LA Unions Lobby for Exemption From $15/Hr. Minimum Wage Law They Pushed

This has to be the month’s top entry in the “Just when you think you’ve seen it all” category — and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation’s press handles it.

As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that “the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption.” Now that it’s almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want to be exempt from the law. Seriously. And it’s not that the unions were caught off guard, because the person who is most visibly arguing for the exemption “helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition”! Apparently caught completely flat-footed, three Los Angeles Times reporters, in a rare break from the paper’s non-stop leftist bias, filed a fair and balanced report on the truly offensive situation.


AP: Bill Clinton’s Shell Company Only Evidence of ‘Complexity’

The Associated Press and Stephen Braun did all they could to cover for the Clintons yesterday.

First, the wire service attached the most boring headline imaginable to Braun’s story about Bill Clinton’s shell company shenanigans: “Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.” The message to subscribers, particularly the broadcast networks: “This is boring and time-consuming. Don’t waste your time reading this, let alone using it.” As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted early this afternoon, “All three networks on Wednesday ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation.” So if there was a strategy, it worked. Braun’s story was seemingly designed to induce a MEGO (my eyes glaze over) reaction:


AP: ‘Islamic State Membership Has Its Privileges’

Associated Press reporter Sarah El Deeb and Abu Bilal al-Homsi, the person she now describes as a “Syrian fighter,” have had a long acquaintance.

Sarah’s and Abu’s long-term relationship culminated in a Tuesday afternoon story which AP condensed into 140 characters on Twitter as follows: “Marriage, honeymoons and welfare: @AP exclusive shows Islamic State membership has its privileges.” A great deal of justified outrage has followed the release of El Deeb’s dispatch for “romancing the Stone Age” by glorifying the advantages accruing to an Islamic State jihadist. More attention needs to be paid to her history with al-Homsi, and her “reporting” in general.


May 26, 2015

AP Pair Seem Almost Offended That Some CEOs Are Paid As Well As Elite Entertainers

Seldom does one see such an obvious betrayal of reporters’ biased mindsets as the one found in the opening paragraph of an Associated Press report earlier today on CEO pay at major U.S. publicly-held companies.

It would appear, according to the AP’s Steve Rothwell and Ryan Nakashima, that entertainers, whose incomes are derived from leveraging special physical and artistic talents, deserve all the money they can get their hands on. But CEOs at major companies — well, not so much:


As ISIS Slaughters Continue, Pelosi Cites Social Media ‘Advances’

I think it’s a safe assumption that I need to inform the vast majority of readers here that former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Murphy has a new weekend show on MSNBC.

On that show on Sunday, Murphy interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the “Who was more out of touch?” contest between the two, it was a draw. Murphy asserted that the war against ISIS had “mixed results” during the past week, virtually equating the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the latter of which he did not mention, with the special forces operation which killed ISIS’s “money man” in Syria. Pelosi somehow took comfort in how “we” are making “advances” against ISIS — in social media. Meanwhile, on the ground, as these two members of the self-described party of compassion were making fools of themselves, ISIS slaughtered enemy soldiers, women and children by the hundreds.


May 25, 2015

Krauthammer to Megyn Kelly: President Is ‘Not Serious,’ While ISIS Is ‘Al Qaeda on Steroids’

In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration’s and the Pentagon’s “strategy” has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The early portion of the interview included a repeat of Krauthammer’s characterization of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as imitating Iraq’s “Baghdad Bob” as U.S. troops closed in on Iraq’s capital in 2003, consistent with Wednesday evening’s “Special Report” (covered Thursday morning by Curtis Houck at NewsBusters). With Kelly, Krauthammer added important details, beginning at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, regarding the inadequacy of the American military effort, charging that President Obama is only “pretending to be doing something,” and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn’t turn around.


AP’s Superville Fails to Report Obama’s Claim That ‘Our War in Afghanistan’ Is Over

Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end.” He immediately added: ”Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

At the White House’s twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service’s beloved president (bolds are mine):


May 23, 2015

NYT’s Horowitz: Hillary Should Stop ‘Playing the Freak’ in ‘Carnival Atmosphere’ and Keep Avoiding the Press

Jason Horowitz at the New York Times thinks that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t bother dealing with the press.

In describing Hillary Clinton’s campaigning effort in Iowa, Horowitz wondered how, in “a carnival atmosphere,” Hillary Clinton “gains politically from playing the freak” by deigning to take questions from the press, thus clearly suggesting that she would be better off if she didn’t bother, and that he has her back if she continues on that route. But at the end of his report, Horowitz allowed Fox News’s senior correspondent Ed Henry to essentially confirm something I suspected when it occurred, namely that Mrs. Clinton’s condescending remarks to Henry about taking questions from the press caused her campaign to decide, likely contrary to her plans, to take some questions.


May 22, 2015

Hostess’s Revival: What Can Happen When You’re Allowed to Start Fresh

Given how much wailing and gnashing of teeth there was in the press when the old Hostess liquidated in 2012, a mid-April story at Forbes on the company’s revival has gotten surprisingly little attention. Well, maybe it’s not that much of a surprise, for reasons which will be indentified here.

Readers may recall that the final straw in that drama occurred late that year when the the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers union called a strike after rejecting management clearly communicated final offer. The company, already in bankruptcy, was through negotiating, and chose to liquidate. The press moaned about how all of this meant the end of an era. Steven Bertoni’s Forbes writeup shows how wrong they were, and what a business can accomplish when it’s not saddled with legacy costs and constraints.


May 21, 2015

State Gets Paper Copies of Hillary’s Emails; Is She Hiding Info Available Digitially?

In a complete non-surprise given her career track record, Hillary Clinton’s definition of “cooperation” with requests to turn over whatever emails she unilaterally deigned could be seen meant giving them to the State Despartment on paper.

That’s lots and lots of paper, 55,000 pages in all, some of them double-sided, all seemingly part of a conscious strategy to deliberately slow down the process at taxpayers’ expense. It’s quite easy to believe that if a Republican or conservative politician engaged in these tactics instead of turning over digital files, the press would be giving this a lot more exposure. Beyond that, a person with IT experience has informed me that Mrs. Clinton may have chosen to turn in paper copies of those emails because digital copies might have exposed damning information.


Houston Chronicle Reporter Writes That Ted Cruz Believes Opponents Will Force People Into Same-Sex Unions

This afternoon, Dylan Baddour at the Houston Chronicle comically interpreted a remark made by 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as meaning that Texas’s junior senator is worried that same-sex “marriage” proponents are “trying to force all Americans into same-sex unions.”

The only open question is whether Baddour is so dense that he really believes what he wrote, or if he was trying to spread an obvious lie about a GOP candidate’s statement so that some people would actually believe his nonsense, thereby partially poisoning the electoral well.

Here is the part of what Baddour originally which was later changed, as captured by Caleb Howe at Truth Revolt:

Cruz apparently believes that efforts to let same-sex couples marry in the United States would force him to wed a man.

Here is how it currently looks at the comical Chronicle:

Cruz recently made comments on a conservative radio show that suggest “mandatory gay marriage” may be on the way.

But to be clear, there is still serious fever-swamp paranoia in Baddour’s write just a couple of paragraphs later in the revised story:

In an interview with conservative talk radio host Eric Metaxas on Friday, Cruz apparently alleged his political opponents were trying to force all Americans into same-sex unions.

For heaven’s sake, no one believes that. “Mandatory gay marriage” is about force, but “only” about forcing states to allow same-sex marriages to occur and forcing the states to recognize them.

The Chronicle can’t possibly allow that sentence to stand.

Baddour’s blather is reminiscent of Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s crude, ignorant attempt to smear Wisconsin Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker in late February at Jezebel. Vargas-Cooper originally claimed that Walker wanted colleges to stop reporting sexual assaults. Three months later, her post still carries that dishonest headline (“Scott Walker Wants Colleges to Stop Reporting Sexual Assaults”), which will conveniently give any readers who stumble upon her post and don’t read on the impression that the headline’s claim is still true.

It isn’t. Vargas-Cooper ultimately, but only after a great deal of online drama-queen agony, apologized on Twitter. That’s nice, but the Jezebel “correction” at the original post only apologizes for not providing “full context” and for presenting “an unfair and misleading picture.”

That’s utterly inadequate. In reality, Vargas-Cooper’s story is utter horse manure. Scott Walker doesn’t “want colleges to stop reporting sexual assaults.” Instead, he was asked by the University of Wisconsin system to delete redundant reporting requirements.

That’s it. There was no story.

We’re supposed to believe that the Houston Chronicle is not like Jezebel. It’s supposedly a reputable news organization which cares about the ultimate accuracy of what it publishes.

If that’s really the case, it’s not showing in the current instance.

What’s more, the Jezebel incident was clearly journalistic negligence. The proper characterization of the origins of the Chronicle’s lie about Ted Cruz, as noted in this post’s introduction, remains an open question.

Given the only two possibilities — breathtaking ignorance or maliciously lying — I don’t see how the Chronicle can defend continuing Dylan Baddour’s employment — and it obviously still owes its readers and the general public a correction, and an apology.