November 28, 2014

AP Pair: Michael Brown’s Hands Weren’t Up, But ‘For Some, That’s Irrelevant’

To grievance-mongers in the fever swamp, Trayvon Martin will always be a cute little kid who had just bought Skittles and iced tea, and then got shot by a bloodthirsty racist on neighborhood watch. The truth — that Martin bought Skittles and AriZona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, two of the three key ingredients in a mind-altering, dangerous concoction known as “lean,” and that Martin’s autopsy showed “liver damage … consistent with … excessive ‘lean’ usage” — doesn’t matter.

Taking dishonesty to the next level, the mythology surrounding Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, which insists that Brown had his hands up and said “Don’t shoot!” has been completely discredited. But that doesn’t matter, because, y’know, it’s a “metaphor” that can’t be allowed to go away. The Associated Press, via reporters David A. Lieb and Holbrook Mohr, disgracefully — but all too typically — gave the reality-deniers a 980-word story to spread their garbage (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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OUR Walmart Demands Chain Pay $15/Hr., While UFCW-Unionized Kroger Pays Far Less

In a Tuesday column originally appearing at RealClearMarkets.com (found in more readable form at Economics21.org), the Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth tore into the hypocrites at OUR Walmart, the union-backed effort to intimidate the nation’s largest retailer into paying all employees at least $15 per hour.

In the process, Furchtgott-Roth noted a particularly important fact which I have yet to see reported elsewhere in the organized labor-sympathetic establishment press about the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW), one of the primary backers of today’s OUR Walmart Black Friday protests. While UFCW demands $15 per hour for Walmart employees, many of its own members at other grocery chains often earn nowhere near that (bolds are mine):

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LAT Blog Writer: Thanksgiving Is Time to Debate ‘Crazy Right-Wing Uncle’

Sometimes, one has to remember that op-ed writers don’t always get to pick their headlines, though I would hope that they’re allowed to register their objections. So it’s not clear that Los Angeles Times guest blogger Joel Silberman is responsible for the headline at his Monday blog post about how, or even whether, to deal with relatives who disagree with you politically on Thanksgiving.

But Silberman’s resume indicates that he would probably have been comfortable with the headline used: “What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving.” Excerpts and some background on Silberman follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine; links in final two excerpted paragraphs are in original):

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November 26, 2014

Time Contributor Writes Column ‘In Defense of Rioting’

Rush Limbaugh today justifiably criticized Oliver Friedfeld, a Georgetown student who was recently robbed at gunpoint and wrote a column — “I Was Mugged, and I Understand Why” — saying “I can hardly blame them” (the criminals) for doing what they did.

One point Rush made was that there are a lot of people out there who are determined to justify the unjustifiable actions of others — in Friedfeld’s case, even if it harms and could have potentially killed him. Time Magazine contributor Darlena Cunha has just proven his point. Cunha reacted to the crime sprees in Ferguson by writing a column called “In Defense of Rioting” (bolds are mine):
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AP Report on Venezuela Touts How Chronic Shortages ‘Bury Mindless Consumerism’

It’s amazing how any reporter can cover the deepening economic crisis in Venezuela without saying a word about how the country got there.

But Associated Press reporter Hannah Dreier was up to the task. In a bizarre, sickening November 20 report on how its people are having to get “creative” in the face of chronic shortages of basic goods to get by, she acted as if those shortages — and the over five decades of worse problems in Cuba — somehow just happened.

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November 25, 2014

Schumer: Election Results Show That Dems Need to Go Further Left

An Associated Press story late this afternoon has New York Senator Chuck Schumer saying the darnedest things, with only a tiny bit of pushback from reporter Charles Babington.

In the wake of a midterm election rout which saw Republicans win at least eight Senate seats, increase their House majority, and take gubernatorial races in at least three deep blue states (MD, MA, and IL), Schumer now says that Democrats erred in pushing passage of the Affordable Care act, aka Obamacare, at the supposed expense of economic issues. Hey Chuck, that’s because the Keynesian clowns in the Obama administration thought they had the economy totally under control in 2009 thanks to the stimulus plan.

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Boy, We’re Lucky None of Those Irresponsible Bloggers Have Told Us Where Darren Wilson Is

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:36 pm

Oh wait …

That’s because the a**hats at the New York Times did it instead, limiting the location of the home of the police officer who was not indicted by a grand jury in the death of Michael Brown and his new wife down to a side street which is about two blocks long. (Of course I’m not linking.)

Remember this unbelievably irresponsible and dangerous action the next time someone in the establishment press whines about bloggers’ ethics or antics.

AP’s Kurtenbach Stunned That Japan Is in Recession Again Despite ‘Unprecedented Stimulus’

After reading Elaine Kurtenbach’s coverage of how Japan’s latest dive into yet another recession is affecting young people there, I can only say, “The Keynesian koolaid is strong in this one.”

The AP reporter’s headline says that the recession was “unexpected,” and her first sentence calls it “a surprise.” Anyone watching economic events in the country, and I think that’s supposed to include her, should have known it was imminent. Kurtenbach, and apparently every other Keynesian koolaid drinker is shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that the recession occurred despite “unprecedented stimulus,” and believes that young Japanese really, really want yet another tax increase (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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AP Initially Fails to Report That Ferguson Mayor Begged for Guard Help

It looks like the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, is choosing to become an active participant in the covering for the failure by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to carry out his most basic duty as the state’s chief executive in a timely fashion.

The AP’s unbylined three-paragraph report published at 2:12 PM ET this afternoon acts as if the Guard had a meaningful presence in Ferguson last night. It didn’t. It also describes the looters, thugs and miscreants who ran wild last night as “protesters” and “demonstrators.”

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Year 10 Christmas/Holiday Layoff and Shopping Searches: Round 1

Background behind these annual searches is here and here.

Here are the results of this year’s first round of searches:

Here goes (for the past month):

That is the lowest “Christmas” component ever. The lowest-ever result for a full Christmas season (three searches) was 8.5% in 2012. The press seems determined to separate “shopping” from the reason for the season.

Now on to the second set of searches (for the past month):

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that about 30 items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were exluded) — 14,500 (27.5%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 22,400 (42.5%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 15,800 (30.0%)

As has been the case in previous years, the press is far more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (4 times as likely in the most recent set — 27.5% vs. 7%), an obviously negative thing, than it is to use “Christmas” in connection with shopping and commerce, a generally positive or neutral thing.

Additional searches will take place in roughly two and four weeks.

NYT’s Cooper Sanitizes and Spins Report on Hagel’s Sacking for Print Edition

The New York Times continued its annoying, Winston Smith-like habit of rewriting history in virtually real time yesterday.

Helene Cooper’s original Monday afternoon report on Chuck Hagel’s sacking as Secretary of Defense is no longer available at the Times. However, since I anticipated that the paper would conduct a comprehensive cleanup yesterday when I posted on the paper’s original coverage, it is available here at my web host for fair use and discussion purposes. Cooper’s Tuesday Page 1 print edition replacement is starkly different from her original effort. Side-by-side comparisons of certain sections follow the jump.

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November 24, 2014

AP Pair Relays False Claim of ‘Soaring Deportations’ in Obama Speech Backgrounder

Filed under: Immigration,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:44 pm

While it is indeed nice that the Associated Press did a fact check on President Obama’s Thursday night immigration address — an item P.J. Gladnick at NewsBusters covered on Saturday — it would have been even nicer if the wire service better described as the Administration’s Press had fact-checked Julie Pace’s and Josh Lederman’s awful Friday evening backgrounder on the speech.

The AP pair couldn’t even get through their first three paragraphs without distorting beyond repair their presentation of allegedly “soaring deportations.”

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Top Google Engineers Throw Up Their Hands on Renewables, Ignore Nuclear Power

As of 5:30 p.m. ET today, a search on “Koningstein” at the Associated Press’s national web site returned no results.

That’s an indication that the wire service’s globaloney-believing pseudo-science reporters are still trying to figure out how to respond to a November 18 article in the IEEE Spectrum by Ross Koningstein & David Fork, a pair of Google engineers tasked by the company in 2007 to “tackle the world’s climate and energy problems.” The pair, whose active work on the project at Google ended in 2011, have concluded, as succinctly stated in the UK Register (HT Instapundit), that renewable energy sources “will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists.”

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Huh? NYT Says Hagel ‘Wasn’t Fired,’ But Obama ‘Made the Decision to Remove’ Him

As is the case with so many executive changes in both the public and the private sector, there is vagueness in the circumstances surrounding the end of Chuck Hagel’s stint as Obama administration Secretary of Defense.

While it's not unusual for an exec to be asked to resign to avoid being formally fired, which was apparently the case with Hagel, the higher-ups involved are usually smart enough to pay tribute to the departed official and move on without letting contrary information get out. Apparently not this White House, and not the New York Times — unless their joint mission is to subtly discredit Hagel. The contradictions in today's report by Helene Cooper (saved here for future reference and fair use purposes) seem too obvious to be accidental (bolds are mine):

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A Headline Translation

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:59 pm

At the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Hillary Clinton ally sees Jeb Bush and Rob Portman as formidable competition

Translation: “We really want one of those two to get the nomination, because either one will be a pushover.”