February 10, 2016

WashPost Writer: Albright and Steinem Didn’t Hurt Hillary; Offers No Evidence

A truly annoying trend among leftist writers whose work appears exclusively online is their tendency to write a clickbait headline which either has nothing or almost nothing to do with the related post’s content, or directly contradicts it.

On Monday, following the Carolina Panthers’ poor Super Bowl performance, Salon.com writer Nathaniel Friedman’s headline claimed that “Racist vitriol pours down on Cam Newton: Single-minded haters rush to judgment after a rough Super Bowl.” Friedman’s column provided zero evidence of “racist vitriol.” Two days later, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s shellacking in the New Hampshire primary by Bernie Sanders, Janell Ross’s headline at the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog told readers not to “blame Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem” for contributing to Mrs. Clinton’s debacle — again, without any supporting evidence.

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Napolitano: Hillary ‘Is a Felon and Should Be Indicted’

On Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday Fox News program, Judge Andrew Napolitano succinctly summarized the implications of the latest revelations concerning Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was the Obama administration’s Secretary of State.

One can’t help but notice that almost no one else is making Napolitano’s obviously valid points. If a Republican or conservative had done similar things on Mrs. Clinton’s scale, establishment press reporters and pundits would be making them on a daily basis:

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February 9, 2016

LA Times ‘Humor’ Writer Uses Daughter As a Prop to Criticize ‘Frightening’ GOP Candidates

Gary Jacobs is a former television comedy writer and producer who occasionally writes supposedly humorous and satirical columns for the Los Angeles Times.

Previous offerings from Jacobs, whose work is not labeled as humor, include what anyone would recognize as obvious sendups, such as “A sneak peek of President Trump’s first State of the Union address,” and “What a GOP presidential debate with a candidate-approved format might be like.” But on Monday morning, the Times posted and published an item by Jacobs about how Saturday’s GOP debate “frightened” his 6 year-old daughter. Readers unaware of his previous work, and perhaps even some who are, likely believed he was being serious until several paragraphs in.

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Not News: January’s Actual Payroll Job Losses, Seasonally Adjusted to Look OK, Were the Third-Worst on Record

On Friday, in its January Employment Situation Summary, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics served up a stack of lemons disguised as lemonade. President Barack Obama declared in a tweet that “We’ve recovered from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s,” and the press dutifully fell in line.

The BLS reported that the economy added seasonally adjusted 151,000 payroll jobs and that the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. As has been their habit for years, business reporters failed to label either key data point as “seasonally adjusted,” even though they routinely apply that label to most other government data in their dispatches on the economy. The business press almost never looks at the raw (i.e., not seasonally adjusted) figures in any area. If they had looked at last Friday’s raw jobs data, they would have wondered how the BLS could possibly have reported such a large number of additional seasonally adjusted jobs.

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February 8, 2016

Since Gloria Steinem Is Ridiculing Young Women Who Support Sanders …

… Let’s remind everyone that Steinem, who said last week that young women who support Bernie Sanders are only doing so because that’s “where the boys are,” opposed the growing calls for Bill Clinton’s impeachment in a March 22, 1998 New York Times op-ed — because, according to her, Bill Clinton never, ever engaged in sexual harassment, and because what Clarence Thomas allegedly did in the presence of Anita Hill (never proven, with most of Hill’s claims demonstrated to be false) was worse (original found in ProQuest Library database, used for fair use and discussion purposes; go here to see the full column on a single screen):

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February 7, 2016

NY Times: Albright, Steinem Telling Young Women Backing Sanders to ‘Grow Up’

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in a place it doesn’t want to be, and the New York Times really, really wants to help. Yesterday, Madeleine Albright told a New Hampshire audience at a Clinton rally that “there’s a special place in Hell” for women who don’t support Hillary. Her outrageous attempt to shame women into voting for Mrs. Clinton followed Gloria Steinem’s Friday appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show, during which the 81 year-old feminist dismissed young women who support Bernie Sanders as only doing so because “That’s where the boys are.”

The blowback from these statements brought an emergency late Sunday morning Times dispatch. Reporter Alan Rappeport’s ability to conduct damage control was limited, given that Albright and Steinem are on videotape saying what they said. In the process of trying, it appears that Rappeport and the Times may have done additional damage by uniting Albright’s and Steinem’s separate assertions in a common theme.

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Gloria Steinem: Young Women Only Support Bernie Because ‘That’s Where the Boys Are’

The past week has been tough on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The 2016 primaries and caucuses were supposed to be a coronation, not a a contest. They’ve seen that some of Joe Biden’s donors, dissatisfied with the prospect of Mrs. Clinton or Bernie Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket, want the Vice President to seriously consider jumping in. The sight of supporters at the Iowa headquarters of Bernie Sanders shouting “She’s a Liar” as Mrs. Clinton appeared on TV on the night of that state’s caucuses had to be unnerving.

What’s really getting to Team Clinton more than anything else is how poorly she is faring among young people, particularly young women. It’s so bad that “feminist” icon Gloria Steinem hauled out a decades-old tired line so offensive that if a male candidate on the left or right were to use it, his political career would be over the instant the words left his mouth.

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February 6, 2016

Madeleine Albright: ‘Special Place in Hell’ For Women Who Don’t Vote For Hillary

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin referred to Madeleine Albright’s somewhat well-known saying, found on a Starbucks coffee cup, that “There’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” At the time, Albright, who served as Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, huffed: “Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics.” She naturally followed that statement with an intense political attack on Palin and GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Now that Democrat Hillary Clinton is running for president and is in danger of losing the New Hampshire primary by a substantial margin, Albright has decided that her statement has everything to do with politics, and that women who don’t support Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy and vote for her deserve that “special place in Hell.” Full context is in the following report by John McCormack at the Weekly Standard (bolds are mine throughout this post:

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Biden Donors Want VP to Enter 2016 Race; AP, NY Times Ignore

Folks who get their news from a wide variety of sources likely know by now that there is enough concern about the electability of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders that a prominent Democratic Party donor has “emailed dozens of fans of Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, urging them to remain prepared to donate if Biden jumps into the (presidential) race.” Two outlets which have become de facto palace guards for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy have either ignored or downplayed it.

The Reuters story went out shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. The Associated Press has not posted a related story at its national site. Though the New York Times is carrying Reuters story at its web site, the paper did not include the story in Saturday’s print edition, and Biden’s last name isn’t even present on its home page.

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February 5, 2016

Barely News: Sanders’ Supporters Yelled ‘She’s a Liar’ at Hillary on Caucus Night

Five items found at the Politico filed late Monday or early Tuesday reported that supporters of Bernie Sanders at the Iowa caucuses, while watching a live feed of Hillary Clinton’s speech late Monday evening, began chanting “She’s a liar!” The chants grew until they “took over the room,” and didn’t stop until Sanders campaign officials cut off the live feed being shown.

This is barely news in the establishment press, which has obsessed over the Ben Carson-Ted Cruz-CNN controversy, devoting an obviously inordinate amount of time to it and, as Cruz himself has shown, getting it wrong in the process.

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February 4, 2016

AP’s Rugaber Ignores Mark Zandi’s Prediction of Near-Zero Fourth-Quarter Growth on ADP Conference Call (See Additional Comments)

On Wednesday, Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press was tasked with covering ADP’s morning report on January private-sector payrolls. At 8:15 a.m., the payroll and benefits giant estimated that the economy added 205,000 seasonally adjusted private-sector jobs last month.

Rugaber also attended the 8:30 a.m. conference call which followed the report’s release. It’s clear that he was on it because his coverage, time-stamped at 9:18 a.m., contains quotes from economist Mark Zandi dealing with a key topic the sunnyside-up Moody’s economist addresssed in that call. So why did the AP economics writer fail to report Zandi’s acknowledgment that fourth-quarter economic growth, which the government estimated was an annualized 0.7 percent on Friday, could close in on zero in its February or March revision?

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February 3, 2016

Barely News: Big-Rig Orders Are in a Steep, Year-Long Decline

One of the economy’s more important bellwethers has been on a steep year-long decline which shows no signs of abating this year. It’s barely news, and much of the sparse reporting seen has been incomplete and sloppy.

Truckinginfo.com reported today that “January was a tough month for truck manufacturers as Class 8 truck orders were down 35% compared to the previous month, according to a preliminary report from ACT Research.” This follows a 2015 calendar year during which total orders came in 25 percent lower than 2014. A Google News search indicates that only Reuters and the Wall Street Journal found this information important enough to cover. Reuters might as well not have bothered, given the sloppiness of its report as carried at CNBC:

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Snitchbook: Facebook Enforcing Gun-Sale Ban by Relying on ‘Network of Users’

A great deal was made of Facebook’s announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That’s not so.

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February 2, 2016

Politico’s Thrush, Hours Before Iowa’s Caucuses Ended: ‘Both Camps Agree’ Hillary Will Win ‘by 2-3 Points’

In the November 2000 presidential election, the Big 3 TV networks prematurely declared Democrat Al Gore the winner before the polls in those portions of the Sunshine State in the Central Time Zone had even closed. According to one post-election study, the networks’ arguably politically motivated calls cost Republican George W. Bush 10,000 votes, led to the most bitter post-election battle over presidential balloting in at least a century, and almost swung the election to Gore.

The Politico’s Glenn Thrush appears to have engaged in a similar attempt to influence the outcome of Monday’s Iowa caucuses. In an email sent out at 9:40 Eastern Time (8:40 p.m. Central), accompanied by a post at the web site with the same time stamp — hours before dozens if not hundreds of caucus discussions had concluded — Thrush irresponsibly “reported” that “both the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps see her winning by a tight but clear margin of two to three points.”

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January 31, 2016

AP Acts As If Illinois’ Chronic Delinquency in Paying Its Bills Is a New Development

A Saturday report by Associated Press political writer John O’Connor acts as if the the sordid history of fiscal irresponsibility in the State of Illinois is a new development brought on by a stubborn Republican governor in just the past seven months.

What hogwash. The state has had a large backlog of delinquent unpaid bills for a decade, if not longer. Five years ago, a Democratic governor and a Democrat-dominated legislature enacted steep income and property tax increases, promising that the additional taxes raised would enable the state to whittle down the unpaid backlog, solve the state’s horrific unfunded pension liabilities problem, and generally right the fiscal ship. Naturally, they did no such thing. O’Connor also didn’t find any of the tax or bill-delinquency history worth recounting in his 800-word report. Instead, he relayed stories of the kinds of hardships caused by the State’s delinquency which, though genuinely gut-wrenching, could have and should been covered regularly by the national press during the past several years.

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