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Pistol Turned to ‘Submachine Gun’ By Clueless Media

April 15, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Associated Press, Chicago, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Illinois, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we get proof of how mindless and clueless the media is, how they don’t fact check, but just mindlessly pass on each other’s bad work ad infinitum. This time it happened with a story about a criminal who used a .22 caliber pistol in a crime but one clueless reporter turned it into a “submachine gun” and hundreds of his mindless colleagues followed suit passing the lie on and on and on.

Clueless reporter Darryl Holliday of DNAinfo Chicago, a website that caters to local news, reported on an incident that was perpetrated by a man from West Garfield Park who began wielding a .22 caliber pistol in a grocery store because he didn’t want to pay the 22 cents tax on a bottle of pop he was trying to buy.

Holliday “reported” that the crook “pulled an Intratec submachine gun out of a Gucci satchel,” and in the next paragraph again claimed the piece was a “submachine gun” saying, “Officers arrived on the scene shortly after to find Shelton’s Gucci bag open on the counter as well as 15 bullets in the blue steel .22-caliber submachine gun–eight live rounds in one magazine, five in another and one in the chamber, according to court documents.”

Of course, it is clear that reporter Holliday doesn’t have any idea what he’s rambling on about. The .22 caliber Intratec pistol is not a “submachine gun. It is a semi-automatic pistol like every other semi-auto pistol.
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Associated Press now Retweeting Activists’ Hashtags

July 17, 2013 | Filed Under Abortion, Associated Press, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

With its recent Tweet about Texas Democrat Wendy Davis, the Associated Press seems to have given up all pretense of the journalist’s “nonpartisan” creed by tweeting the hashtag of left-wing activists along with the news.

Democrat State Senator Davis made a name for herself at the end of June by holding a new Texas abortion bill hostage by launching a filibuster that thrilled the hearts of pro-abortion activists in Texas and across the country. Her supporters began to use the Twitter hashtag #StandWithWendy to support her on that social media outlet.

A hashtag is a short code meant to help Twitter users search for Tweets with a specific message. It can be used for humor, advertising or political activism. Activists of all sorts use hashtags to spur like-minded Twitterers to action. But it is an activist’s tool, to be sure.

Yet now the AP is using that activist’s tool appearing to throw its support behind the left-wingers supporting Davis.

Here is how the AP Tweeted about its latest story out of Texas:
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Public Trust in Newspapers Falls to New Lows

June 19, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Associated Press, Business, Cable, Capitalism, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox Business Network, Fox News, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, Newspapers, NPR, PBS, Progressives, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans’ confidence in the news industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007.

The Gallup polling firm finds that trust in newspapers has fallen to 23 percent. This is down from 25 percent in 2012 and 28 percent in 2011.

The previous low was recorded in 2007 when trust in newspapers reached 22 percent.

Trust in newspapers has undergone steady erosion since its 1979 high of 51 percent, Gallup reports.

Television news fares no better in the estimation of those polled by Gallup. Trust in TV news tied that of newspapers with 23 percent saying they trust TV news sources. This is down from a 1993 high of 46 percent–when Gallup first began asking about it.
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Report: Obama Won’t Fire Holder

June 8, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Eric Holder, Ethics, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Calls have been coming from all across the political spectrum for President Obama to fire U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. But some reports now are presuming that Obama simply won’t do it and that AG Holder will weather yet another firestorm of controversy.

On June 5, The Hill noted that “dark skies” are getting brighter for Holder and that Holder will “survive the latest storm threatening his tenure.”

For evidence, the Washington-based paper pointed out the fact that Eric Holder was right there this week when President Obama put forth three new nominations for federal judgeships, a sort of thumb to the eye of Holders detractors. The White House also reiterated its support of the embattled Holder showing that there doesn’t seem to be any urgency to dump the AG.

The Hill’s analysis seems to echo what Politico wrote some weeks ago when they proclaimed Eric Holder to be untouchable.
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Poll: Americans Upset Over Dept. of Justice Snooping on Reporters

June 8, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Liberty, Lobbyists, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Recent polling of likely voters by the Rasmussen polling firm finds that trust in government is at a low ebb with nearly half of voters feeling that the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records and the IRS targeting of conservatives are serious scandals. Yet the media is still not widely trusted.

“The United States was founded on a belief that governments are created to protect certain unalienable rights,” Rasmussen reports. “Today, however, more voters than ever view the federal government as a threat to those rights.”

According to Rasmussen, 42 percent of respondents felt that the DOJ was trying to bully the press with its snooping on personal and business phone calls while only 38 percent felt the DOJ was simply trying to stop security leaks.

Meanwhile, 68 percent still feel that freedom of the press is “very important.”
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52 Media Orgs Sign Letter of Complaint to Eric Holder

May 17, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The journalist group Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has penned a letter of complaint to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after revelations that the Dept. of Justice obtained the phone records of some 100 reporters from the Associated Press.

The letter informs Holder that the group was “stunned” to learn of the DOJ’s actions against the Associated Press and notes that none of them could “remember an instance where such an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials was deployed by the Department.”

“The scope of this action calls into question the very integrity of Department of Justice policies toward the press and its ability to balance, on its own, its police powers against the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public’s interest in reporting on all manner of government conduct, including matters touching on national security which lie at the heart of this case,” the letter states.

The letter continues to outline the legal implications, processes, and the law governing the DOJ’s requests for such records and ends by demanding that the Dept. of Justice “immediately return the telephone toll records obtained and destroy all copies” it holds.

The letter ends with a few final demands.
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Obama Has ‘No Knowledge’ of ANY of These Scandals? What DOES He Know?

May 14, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, CBS, CNN, Congress, Conservatives, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox News, GOP, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, President, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Obama and his flapping-mouthed flacks keep saying with each new scandal that President Obama had “no knowledge” of any of these scandals. They claim that others are responsible and he is innocent.

He didn’t know about Benghazi, he didn’t know about the IRS’ attacks on Tea Party groups, he didn’t know of the DOJ’s violation of freedom of the press, he didn’t know… well, apparently he didn’t know of anything.

So… then… what DOES he know? About ANYTHING?


Gov’t Obtains Phone Records of 100 Associated Press Reporters

May 14, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Liberals, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the newest overreach perpetrated by the Obama administration, the Associated Press has discovered that some 100 of its Washington-based reporters have had their phone records–both personal and business–secretly obtained by Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

The AP reports that the phone records were subpoenaed as a result of a DOJ investigation into who inside the government leaked information of a CIA operation that ended up in an AP story from May 7, 2012. But the AP says the requests for phone records went far, far beyond the scope of that investigation.

The records of upwards to 100 reporters covered a two-month period in 2012 and consisted of the main AP office number as well as the shared AP lines in its Washington offices. The government also obtained records for the personal phone lines of several reporters as well as their AP assigned phones.

In a letter of protest, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said that the probe could not be justified.
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AP Claims Official House Benghazi Hearings Just ‘GOP Hearing’

May 9, 2013 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Islamofascism, Jihad, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press on Wednesday mischaracterized the Benghazi hearings as merely a Republican event even though it is an official House investigation.

In the headline of its report, the Associated Press downplayed the official hearings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee–that has both Democrats and Republicans on it–into the failures surrounding the 2012 attacks on our embassy personnel in Benghazi, Libya. The AP characterized the official hearings as “GOP hearings” making the proceedings seem like a mere political witch-hunt.

The piece written by Donna Cassata was headlined, “GOP Benghazi hearing stokes political controversy.”

The hearing on Benghazi is not a “GOP hearing,” but is instead an official hearing of the House with representatives of both parties sitting at the head of the proceedings.

The bias in the piece doesn’t begin and end in the headline, either. Cassata does not report the hearings straight but goes on to put her opinion into the description of the day’s events.

Her fourth paragraph is a perfect example of that bias (my bold).
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AP Edits ‘Muslim’ Out of Obama’s ‘Muslim Socialist’ WHCD Joke

April 30, 2013 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In some of its reports on Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the Associated Press chose to edit one of President Obama’s own gags. The AP strangely edited out the word “Muslim” in one of Obama’s self-referential jokes.

Early in his comments on April 26, President Obama made reference to his young life with a joke and a visual image projected on the video screen.

The President joked that everyone loves Michelle and mentioned that she has even appeared on magazine covers. The President said he also appeared on a magazine cover and showed a humorous mock magazine cover on the video screens. The faux cover showed the President golfing on the cover of “Senior Leisure.”

President Obama then said, “These days I look in the mirror and have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim Socialist that I used to be. Time passes, you get a little gray.”

This joke must have been too insensitive for the AP in some of its reports, however.
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Conan O’Brien Slams Republicans, Democrats, the Press at WHCD

April 28, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Al-Jazeera, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, CBS, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox News, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, News, NPR, Politico, President, Progressives, Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Typical of when a Democrat is president, during a keynote monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the President is spared from too many mean spirited barbs. In keeping with that tradition, TBS’ Conan O’Brien poked a lot of fun at Republicans and conservatives with a bit sharper stick than he used to poke Democrats.

This year’s WHCD started with a slew of media outlets discussing the now annual slam on the event as delivered by long-time Washington reporter Tom Brokaw. The semi-retired NBC anchor has lamented for some time that the whole party atmosphere, replete with musicians and Hollywood celebrities–fittingly, this year the Duck Dynasty folks attended–makes a mockery of the seriousness of the media’s work.

After the President delivered his spiel on Saturday night, late night comedian Conan O’Brien took the stage to deliver the keynote address.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans showed up early as the comedian’s targets and naturally, even though he hasn’t been in office for over four years, now, an obligatory slam of George W. Bush as “stupid” had to be delivered.

Near the top of his address Conan mentioned the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library joking that the library had “Millions of books, articles and documents and if you go you can be the first to read them.”
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WHCD Lauded and Bashed

April 28, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Associated Press, Barack Obama, C-SPAN, CBS, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox News, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, Newspapers, NPR, PBS, Politico, President, Progressives, Reuters, The Atlantic, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) has been a mainstay Washington to-do for years. Lately, however, it has come under fire for turning Hollywood–literally. In the wake of the event, some outlets continued the bashing but most lavished attention on the dinner or at least lauded it as harmless fun.

One of the quickest to slam the event was Sarah Palin, who did not attend. From her Twitter account, Palin indulged some rather salty language in criticism.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper was so fascinated by the whole thing, the paper set Jim Newell to live blog the night.

Newell opened his coverage with a nice slap at the pretentiousness of it all.
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Chicago Tribune, Six Other Papers Drop Associated Press

December 27, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In perhaps an unsurprising move, the Chicago Tribune has announced that starting in January, the Chicago-based paper and several other Tribune-owned papers will be dropping the Associated Press as its chief wire service.

Along with Chicago, six other Tribune-owned papers will also be dropping the AP. Those papers are the Baltimore Sun; the Orlando Sentinel; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; the Hartford Courant; the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.

Reports from Tribune insiders were confirmed Sunday by Paul Colford, director of media relations for AP. “We’re disappointed by this development but recognize this is a time of transition for these seven Tribune newspapers,” Colford said. “We hope they’ll return to AP as their circumstances change. AP continues to diversify its business to enhance the value of our newsgathering for our 1,400 member newspapers and other news organizations worldwide. The Los Angeles Times has indicated that it plans to stay with AP. The Times has been a great partner in innovation and developing new AP services for many years.”

This news shouldn’t really be a big surprise as the Trib had already started to scale back use of the AP. As far back as 2008 the Trib began using Reuters’ American wire content.
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Assoc. Press Fearmongering About ‘Printable Guns’

December 23, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Associated Press, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, the Associated Press is again fearmongering over the idea of a “printable” gun. That would be a gun manufactured using a 3-D printer that prints in plastics instead of ink. Of course, this story is consistently misreported as no gun can be made in such a fashion, but the Old Media keeps regurgitating this claim anyway in order to push an anti-gun agenda.

In a December 21 report, the AP says that anti-gun groups are “worried” over new technology that utilizes downloadable plans, software and commercially available machines that can print fully realized items — in this case a fireable gun — in 3-D. This technology, AP claims, can “print” a firearm that will get around any gun regulations.

As the AP’s handwringing report begins, “Downloading a gun’s design plans to your computer, building it on a three-dimensional printer and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked.”

“Sound far-fetched? It’s not. And that is disquieting for gun control advocates,” the story continues.

Well, it might sound “far-fetched” because it is far-fetched. The truth is there is currently no such technology that can “print” a gun.
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AP’s False Claim That ‘Some’ Democrats Open to Entitlement Cuts

December 4, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a November 28 article, the Associated Press tried to give cover to Democrats by insisting that they are somehow divided over cuts in entitlements to help solve the “fiscal cliff” problem. But the truth is, Democrats are united against these cuts, not divided.

In its piece headlined, “It’s Not Just Taxes: Benefit Cuts Divide Democrats,” the AP attempted to demonstrate a “division” that doesn’t exist by citing two Democrats that meekly offered to consider cuts to entitlements.

It’s not just about taxes. There’s another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether to consider cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

This is flat out absurd. There are no deep divisions among Democrats over cuts to these programs. In fact, just the opposite.

This tall tale goes on to present the weak claims of “considering” cuts to these programs uttered by Senator Max Baucus (D, Montana) and Kent Conrad (D, N.D.). But one, Conrad, is retiring and the other has no support from his fellows — especially Democrat leadership — for the idea.
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Stupidity: Govt. Says Unemployment Compensation CREATES Jobs!

December 1, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Government, Journalism, Media, Nanny State, Progressives, Regulation, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is why no one in government lives in the real world. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said this week that extending unemployment creates jobs Good lord, if these idiots truly believe this garbage, we need to nuke Washington D.C.!

The AP is reporting that the CBO is saying that extending unemployment for another year will “add 300,000 jobs to the economy.”

Naturally, the left-wing idiots we call Democrats think this is all great.
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AP Quits Use of Islamophobia/Homophobia in Reporting

December 1, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Gay Marriage, Gays, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Media, PCism, Race, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

We often take after the fine folks at the Associated Press for biased “reporting.” But as we criticize when warranted so should we praise when warranted and the AP has done something praiseworthy by telling its correspondents to stop using “Islamophobia” and “homophobia” in their reporting.

On November 26, Politico reported that the AP made some changes to its online style guide, that set of grammatical and language usage rules it requires writers to abide by when writing the news. Out, AP decided, was the phrase “ethnic cleansing” as well as the words “Islamophobia” and “homophobia,” all because they are emotionally tinged words that really have no precise meaning — all are essentially euphemisms, not logical, properly descriptive words.

Said AP,
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Assoc. Press Paints Murders in Benghazi as Merely a ‘PR Disaster’

November 30, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Koran, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an outrageous attempt to defuse for President Obama the murderous disaster that is his security failures in Benghazi on September 11, the Associated Press deemed the whole debacle merely a “PR disaster” and speculated it could all just be forgotten if Susan Rice were to be successfully nominated as our next Secretary of State.

The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

With such dismissive rhetoric, the AP seems to discount the death of Chris Stevens, our U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and several of his security staff all of whom were murdered by radical Islamists. Still, even the logic here makes no sense.

Is the AP saying that the ambassador’s brutal murder can just be forgotten if Susan Rice becomes Sec. of State? How does that even make sense? This claim makes as much sense as saying that Watergate should have been forgotten because Richard Nixon was successfully re-elected after perpetrating the break-in.

The AP next goes on to swallow whole the shaky explanation of why Susan Rice lied about what happened at Benghazi.
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AP Touts ‘Non-Partisan’ Study Saying Obamacare Great for States

November 29, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Medicaid, Medicare, Nanny State, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press has done it again, pushing on readers a “study” by purported “nonpartisan” organizations that aren’t nonpartisan at all. This one claiming that Obamacare is a “good deal for states.”

The AP notes that this “report” by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute says that Obamacare is good for the states because it picks up the largest amount of healthcare costs through its Medicaid expansion.

Expanding Medicaid to cover about 20 million more low-income people will cost over $1 trillion nationally from 2013 to 2022, said the joint report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute. But the analysis found that states will pay just $76 billion of that, a combined share of roughly 7 percent. The feds will pay the other $952 billion.

But what of these two groups? Are they really “nonpartisan”?
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Assoc. Press Delegitimizing Israel’s Capital City

November 17, 2012 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Semitism, Associated Press, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Jihad, Journalism, Judaism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we see the Old Media using subtle rhetoric in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Israel, this time it’s the Associated Press playing the trick.

In a November 16 story about Palestinian rockets being launched into Israel’s civilian population, the AP decided to try and cajole readers into feeling that Israel’s capital isn’t really Israel’s legitimate capital.

This is how the AP described Jerusalem: (my bold)

An attack on Israel’s self-declared capital marks a major escalation by Gaza militants, both for its symbolism and its distance from the Palestinian territory. Located roughly 75 kilometers (50 miles) away from the Gaza border, Jerusalem had been thought to be beyond the range of Gaza rocket squads.

What is this “self-declared” business, AP? Are you trying to say that Jerusalem isn’t really or legitimately Israel’s capital? Of course you are.
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Assoc. Press: Stop Whining About Soc. Sec., America. It Isn’t as Expensive as Europe’s!

August 15, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Financial Reform, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Politicians, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Social Security is as close to insolvency as you can get and not be completely belly up. Government watchdogs warn that Social Security will see a $7 trillion shortfall by 2086. But the Associated Press says, don’t worry about all that, America. Why, the Social Security system isn’t as bad as Europe’s public pension mess, so everything’s just fine. Move along. Nothing to see here.

In the article, AP sets about comparing Europe’s public pension systems to Social Security. In so doing AP is apparently trying to quell fears that Social Security is in crisis. Why, Europe’s is in worse shape, so Social Security is “downright frugal,” The AP says.

Not only is the AP apparently trying to make Americans forget all about the mess that our entitlements are in, but the venerable wire service goes on to note that Europe’s benefits are far more generous than our miserly Social Security.

AP points out that those lucky Europeans can retire earlier than Americans and also informs readers that this Nirvana was created by high taxes. See, Europe is better.
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AP Misleads: Perry Did NOT Call for Romney to Release Tax Returns

July 19, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Elections, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press does it again, falsely reporting something that might tend to make Mitt Romney look bad. This time, with a headline that screams, “Perry calls on Mitt Romney to release tax returns,” the AP garbles the story of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s comments about Romney’s tax returns. Contrary to the AP, Perry made no such call on Romney, however.

We should be suspicious of the initial AP report right off because it doesn’t contain a single, actual quote from Gov. Perry. Here is how the AP report begins:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling on fellow Republican and former rival Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

Perry said anyone running for office should make public as much personal information as possible to help voters decide.

The report goes on with a bit of padding but also notes that “Romney has come under increasing pressure” for not releasing more tax return information, a demand that itself is nonsense.
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Assoc. Press Now Pushing Anti-Scott Walker Story About… Beer?

June 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Associated Press, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, Scott Walker, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press seems to be still on the lookout for stories about how Wisconsinites (especially “unions”) hate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — yes, even after he beat a recall attempt getting even more votes than he did during his first run for the Guv’s manse. This time AP is pushing the tale that Carrie Nation’s alcohol prohibition “union” is mad at Walker for wanting to serve beer at his unity picnic. Yeah, the same 140-year-old group chiefly responsible for passing the ill-fated Prohibition Act on the country in the 1920s.

So now, the AP has its headlined, “Walker Angers Temperance Union by Serving Beer,” and is seriously trying to get the nation all ginned up over the fact that the beer hating Women’s Christian Temperance Union is upset at the Governor.

What is the Women’s Christian Temperance Union? The WCTU started way back in 1873 ultimately becoming a major political force when its most well-known advocate, Carrie Nation, helped lead the way for the 18th Amendment, the one that banned alcohol in the United States. Of course, Ms. Nation died 8 years before the Amendment succeeded in becoming law, but that doesn’t stop her from being one of the main reasons for giving rise to the exciting career of our most honored Chicago citizen, Al Capone. Thanks, Carrie.

So, who cares much about what the WCTU is doing now some 90 years after their main premise was proven an abject failure? The AP apparently.
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AP Asks Cheney’s Doctors if They Stopped Beating Their Wives Yet

March 26, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Conservatives, Dick Cheney, GOP, Health, Journalism, Media Bias, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Like Jerry Seinfeld, the Associated Press did a masterful job of making a story out of nothing this weekend after news broke that former Vice President Dick Cheney was the recipient of a heart transplant.

In fact, APs first paragraph is one of those masterful bits of psychological manipulation along the lines of the old rhetorical trick that goes: “when did you stop beating your wife?”

With its first paragraph the AP cast doubt on the propriety of Cheney getting a heart transplant, raised the specter of Cheney getting “special treatment” (even while denying he did) and played the age card to boot pointing out that many “thousands of younger people” are still waiting while Cheney is now walking around with a new heart.

The nerve of that guy.
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Media Forgets to Mention S. C. Immigration Law-Blocking Judge is Obama Appointee

December 23, 2011 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Immigration/Immigrants, Journalism, Judges, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Regulation, South Carolina, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the Old Media’s favorite ways of attempting to hide the ideological track of a story is to somehow forget to mention to which party someone in the news hails or owes fealty to. In this case it is what they don’t report that misleads. This week we find a classic what-they-don’t-say story concerning the judge that blocked sections of South Carolina’s new immigration law.

For those unaware, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel temporarily blocked segments of South Carolina’s new immigration laws because he claimed that some of its provisions impinged on federal prerogatives, things over which the state has no jurisdiction.

The South Carolina law was opposed in court by Obama’s left-wing, activist Department of Justice headed by Eric “Fast And Furious” Holder and a gaggle of civil rights groups and Judge Gergel agreed with these attackers issuing an injunction to stop implementation of the provisions in question.

The Old Media reported a lot of details in the story, of course. We learned all about who opposed the provisions, who scoffed at the injunction, in what District Judge Gergel hailed, and in some of the reports we even get to hear what Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley had to say about it all. But one thing few of these news outlets seemed to report might help readers understand the decision better.

Judge Richard Mark Gergel is an Obama appointee.
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AP Editorializing in the ‘News’ Again

September 7, 2011 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a recent article on the dissatisfaction of Big Labor once again we see making its way into what is otherwise supposed to be a normal, everyday “news” story, the Associated Press indulging its penchant for using biased labels and left-wing “definitions” in order to push a left-wing agenda on its readers. Even while presenting straight “news” the AP can’t resist swinging all terms and discussions to the liberal side of the fence, a tactic that it employs to push every story to the left.

In an article headlined, “Labor Unions Adjust to New Reality Under Obama,” AP writer Sam Hannanel reports the dissatisfaction that Big Labor leaders are increasingly expressing about their Obammessiah. Even though he’s been the most union-friendly president in American history their grumbling is rising as they see Obama “failing” them.

The complaint is that Obama hasn’t done enough for unions — an astounding claim for what he has done for them in comparison to what past presidents have done.
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Why Can’t Old Media Learn That Obama Has Contempt for Them?

June 29, 2011 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Since the early days of Barack Obama’s run for the presidency, you know, right after he became Senator Obama in 2006, he’s been slighting the media in ways small and large. And since 2006 the media has been complaining about his sleights. Even this week the Old Media has been found whining about getting the back of Obama’s hand. And yet, that same media, treated like an abused wife, comes back for more with love in their eyes.

Obama has ignored reporters, he’s refused to engage in friendly patter, he’s remained aloof and distant, he’s banned some, had folks in his administration ban others, he’s blocked them, he’s excluded them in favor of his own “reporters,” he’s smart-mouthed them and given them short shrift, and he’s done his level best to so control the message that the press corps ends up having less access than they have had with other presidents.

And yet, the media is so pliant and subservient to The One and family that even wife Michelle recently thanked the in-the-tank media for its constant “helping” of the Obamas.
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Old Media Gets Rolled on Hoax Story

April 14, 2011 | Filed Under Associated Press, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Associated Press was very excited to learn that General Electric was going to return its $3.2 billion tax refund to the U.S. Treasury because the company was so embarrassed that it got such a giant refund this year. Why, it was so selfless of GE to be that public minded, AP thought. Only one problem. The story was a hoax and AP fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

Early on Thursday a press release came from GE… or at least AP assumed it came from GE… that announced that the corporate giant was giving back its $3.2 billion tax refund. Saying that the company was “facing criticism over the amount of taxes it pays,” AP assumed that GE wanted to reverse the bad reputation it had earned for having skipped out on paying taxes for 2010.
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Republicans Block DREAM Act, Another Old Media Lie

December 20, 2010 | Filed Under Associated Press, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, GOP, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Old Media is up to its old tricks again, this time making the GOP the fall guy for the failure of the latest immigration bill. Nearly every news outlet is reporting that the Republicans have blocked the DREAM Act, many of these reports even say so right in the headline. The truth, however, is not that the GOP blocked it, but that the Democrats didn’t get all its own members to vote for it.

In fact, if the Democrats could have gotten five more of their own members to vote “yea” the bill would have passed cloture. As it happened they had five members vote no and one didn’t vote at all. If the Democrats could have marshaled all its strength it would have won the day. This is rightfully a Democrat failure, not a GOP blocking, as it should be remembered that the Democrats still have the majority in Congress, enough that if they’d have stayed together on this they could have won.
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Name That Party: Another Criminal Democrat Goes Unidentified by Old Media

November 13, 2010 | Filed Under Associated Press, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Every now and again I like to play “name that party.” This is the fun parlor game where you read a story about a politician that has either been indicted, arrested, or imprisoned and try to guess by the story from which party he hails. If you read the story and no political party affiliation is mentioned, 99 out of 100 times you can be sure that the troubled pol is a Democrat. However, if it is a Republican that is going to jail or to court his party usually makes the first paragraph if not the headline itself.

Well, today we have yet another edition of “name that party” going on in the Old Line State where Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife Leslie have been arrested and charged with tampering with a witness in connection with a criminal offense and destruction of evidence in a federal investigation. Johnson is a Democrat, not that the news helps you learn that little factoid.

As this is breaking news, the story has popped up on the AP, the Washington Post, Reuters, and several other sources. The stories are filled with all sorts of details about the case, what the charges are, the particulars of the crime, the names and offices of those accused, their ages, where they live… all these things fill the various stories that announce the arrest. But one tiny little detail seems to have escaped many of the news stories: the fact that Johnson is a Democrat. It seems like they just plum forgot to mention his political party.

You are shocked, I am sure.
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