February 13, 2016

U.S. Press Won’t Admit That Maduro’s Assumption of Full Economic Powers in Venezuela Is a De Facto Coup

Or … The De Facto Coup in Venezuela the U.S. Press Won’t Recognize

On Thursday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court decided to grant Bolivarian socialist “President” Nicolas Maduro what an unbylined Associated Press report described as “broad decree powers” to deal with the economic crisis and humanitarian nightmare he and his predecessor Hugo Chavez created.

Maduro’s government now for all practical purposes has total control of that nation’s economy, which in the current circumstances — runaway inflation and chronic shortage of so many of life’s basic necessities that “savage suffering” has now taken root — is really the only thing that matters.

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February 11, 2016

The Nation’s Walsh ‘Wonders’ If ‘White Working Class’ Isn’t Supporting Hillary Because of Obama (Hint: His Race)

Joan Walsh, who after a long tenure at Salon.com is now National Affairs Correspondent at far-left publication The Nation, is responding as leftists usually do when their favored candidates and causes are in trouble: immaturely, and by smearing recalcitrant people who, in their fevered minds, should be supporting them.

Walsh is a big fan of Hillary Clinton, whose legal and electoral situations seem to get more dire with each passing week. In Walsh-World, Mrs. Clinton is having problems garnering “white working class” Democrats because of racism. But of course, she won’t directly say that. Instead, she issued the following passive-aggressive tweet, followed by the oh-so-predictable “Who, me?” response (HT Breitbart via Instapundit):

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Yellen, Associated Press Continue to Blame ‘The World’ As U.S. Economy Weakens

The Federal Reserve, Fed Chair Janet Yellen, and the ever-cooperative Associated Press have a message for America: “If there’s an economic downturn, even one that turns into a recession, it’s going to be the rest of the world’s fault. The U.S. economy is fine, and it will stay fine if everybody else doesn’t ruin it.”

As the AP’s Martin Crutsinger reported today (“YELLEN: TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE IMPACT OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS”), Yellen told members of the Senate Banking Committee that, in Crutsinger’s words, “that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy,” and that the Fed will wait until its next meeting to see “how much economic weakness and falling markets around the world have hamstrung U.S. growth.” Folks, to “hamstring” growth, you’ve got to have growth, and the best estimates at the moment are telling us that at the end of last year there either wasn’t any, or that it barely existed.

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February 10, 2016

AP Pair Deceptively Covers Supremes’ Stay of EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’ Reg

If you’re a couple of reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, it’s one thing to be personally disappointed and even upset at yesterday’s move by the Supreme Court to grant a stay to states challenging the “Clean Power Plan” regulation issued by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last October.

It’s quite another thing to falsely portray what occurred and the related impacts, which is what AP reporters Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel most certainly did early Wednesday morning. The nature of their dispatch, which emphasized the administration’s defiant reaction, likely contributed to TV networks’ decisions to ignore or downplay what the Court did, choices which Julia Seymour at NewsBusters noted earlier today.

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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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