Taking the web site even further down the path of useless, pretentious collection of hackery than it already is — and that’s quite far — Vox.com has tweeted (HT Twitchy) that “Our obsession with the Ottawa shooter’s religion reveals more about us than about him.” It must be a shock to their system to learn that a lot of “us” would rather not be cut down by a member of the alleged “Religion of Peace.”
The site’s underlying writeup by Amanda Taub, its “Senior Sadness Correspondent” (not kidding) accuses “us” of jumping to conclusions, when there was plenty of evidence from the get-go that the attack was jihadist in nature:
Here’s the first sentence from an Associated Press dispatch relating to a breaking news story out of Israel: “OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have shot a man whose car slammed into a crowded train stop in east Jerusalem, in what they suspect was an intentional attack.” (“OCCUPIED JERUSALEM”" Really? — Ed.) The story goes on to note that nine people were wounded.
From all of this, the wire service ran with the following initial headline: “Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem.” That’s right. Nothing about the man being the driver of a car which plowed into a crowd. Well guys, if you play with fire, you’re sometimes going to get burned. In this case, more like scorched, as one of the nine wounded, a three-month-old baby, died. The initial headline, though ultimately changed, more than likely stayed with the story for a brief time at some outlets as additional developments unfolded. Excerpts from the latest report, as carried at Yahoo, follow the jump.
Sandwiched in between two domestic terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Canada during the past three days, USA Today ran a Tuesday op-ed which appeared in Wednesday’s print edition by Mary Zeiss Stange called “Beware the Christian Extremists.”
With all due respect, ma’am, we’ve got bigger worries. But in Ms. Stange’s world, Christian “religious extremism taken to potentially lethal ends” is really the “primary threat to homeland security.” She castigates the news media, which in her view “have been remarkably slow when it comes to zeroing in on the pervasive reality of hate-based Christian extremism,” because “It is easier, after all, to blame the un-American other.”
In relaying the results of their polling partnership’s latest survey, Associated Press polling director Jennifer Agiesta and reporter Emily Swanson held their most important finding until their report’s seventh paragraph.
Despite their effort to downplay it, Matt Drudge, whose nose for genuine news is legendary, spotted it. Accordingly, his current headline screams: “POLL SHOCK: WOMEN WANT REPUBLICANS!”
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.”
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):
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s told Marth Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that ISIS fighters got to within 16 miles of Baghdad’s airport in Iraq earlier this week. Framing that distance in a way those in the nation’s out of touch Beltway political class will understand, that’s the driving distance from the U.S. Capitol Building to Tysons Corner Mall in Northern Virginia. The U.S. had to call in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun.
ABC’s Benjamin Bell, in preparing his 12:50 p.m. report on the Dempsey interview, saved that startling piece of information for his fourth paragraph and kept it out of his headline. It’s almost as if he was hoping that no one will want to watch the report’s accompanying video, which is nowhere near as blasé about that news.
It’s disconcerting, and occasionally infuriating, to watch facts originally reported in some national stories disappear or get sanitized in later versions.
What the Associated Press has been doing to its more recent reports on the September 25 beheading of Colleen Hufford in Moore, Oklahoma has moved firmly into the infuriating stage. Several examples after the jump will demonstrate this.
On Tuesday afternoon, a graphic at CNN described Former Obama administration Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as a “former aide.”
Tuesday evening Eastern Time, the network, in video seen after the jump also let long-time Obama loyalist Bill Burton, smear Panetta as
“sad,” “dishonorable,” and “small and petty.” Burton also came within inches of accusing Panetta of betraying his country because we are now “at a time of a lot of instabilities around the world.” It appears not to have dawned on Burton that President Obama’s policies have at a minimum created the power vacuums which have caused those “instabilities” to arise.
On her Thursday Fox News show, Megyn Kelly interviewed the State Department’s Jen Psaki.
Psaki’s thankless and impossible task was to defend the administration against former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s assessment that U.S. troops completely left Iraq too early. Video and the damning portions of the transcript follow the jump:
It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
The column covers some ground which may be familiar to longtime readers here, namely the Wall Street Journal’s decades-long dedication to the horribly dangerous idea that “There shall be open borders.” But it deserves to be refreshed, given that almost everyone in Wasington seems ready to sell out on illegal-immigrant amnesty at the first perceived safe opportunity.
Bill O’Reilly’s opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.
As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, the rest of the press has been mostly working furiously to downplay the intelligence community’s outrage at being thrown under the bus. O’Reilly’s no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks:
ABC’s Jonathan Karl is on a tear — and his editorial bosses at ABC seem determined to ignore him.
As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted earlier today, Karl on Friday “grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest … about claims that al Qaeda had been ‘decimated,’” mainly because it hasn’t been. Instead, it seems like there are at least ten times as many versions. The network televised none of the exchange. Tonight, NB’s Curtis Houck wrote that ABC was among the networks which ignored how “several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments” about how they had supposedly underestimated the ISIS/ISIL threat. It turns out that ABC was silent even though Karl wrote a scathing column this afternoon which named specific names (bolds are mine):
According to a poll which is described as the state’s “gold standard,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley, her Democratic Party opponent, in the Iowa U.S. Senate race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin.
The Des Moines Register’s “Iowa poll” has Ernst up by a six-point margin, 44% – 38%. That Ernst’s lead isn’t larger is apparently attributable to a statement she made to the Register’s editorial board which has been treated as a misstep, but really wasn’t. The truth is that the statement Ernst made — that she had “reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” — really wasn’t strong enough.