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Fed Chief clueless on economic slump

How many times are we going to hear government spending is the solution to our economic troubles, find out the people saying this don’t know what they are doing, and that the next solution must be more government spending?

Economic trouble puzzles Fed chief, too
June 22, 2011 by PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy’s continuing struggles aren’t just confounding ordinary Americans. They’ve also stumped the head of the Federal Reserve.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told reporters Wednesday that the central bank had been caught off guard by recent signs of deterioration in the economy. And he said the troubles could continue into next year.

“We don’t have a precise read on why this slower pace of growth is persisting,” Bernanke said. He said the weak housing market and problems in the banking system might be “more persistent than we thought.”

It was the Fed chief’s most explicit warning yet that the economy will face serious challenges next year. For several months, he had said the factors working against economic growth appeared to be “transitory.”

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Lying is hardly ‘Unprecedented in Journalism’

NY Times Magazine Editor on Vargas Tale: Come On, Lying’s Hardly ‘Unprecedented in Journalism’
June 28, 2011 by Tim Graham

Over the weekend, NPR’s On The Media found that the New York Times was so fascinated by self-proclaimed illegal alien activist Jose Antonio Vargas and found his story so compelling, the credibility of the author was not an issue. New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Hugo Lindgren (that “great magazine head”) said all the lying about his citizenship is not an issue for journalists:

That’s something that’s come up today. You know, people say, you know, you lie about one thing and people can’t stop lying if they do that. And I think some of that misses the point. This is not unprecedented in journalism. This is not the first person who’s ever told a lie who then goes on to write about it.

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Has anyone at Time Magazine ever read the U.S. Constitution? Ever?

Thirteen Clear Factual Errors in Richard Stengel’s Essay on the Constitution (And I Am Looking for Your Help)
June 28, 2011 by Aaron Worthing

Late last week, I fisked Richard Stengel’s Time Magazine cover story “One Document, Under Seige” (update: click here for the one page version) but it deserves more discussion. I consider it nothing less than a journalistic scandal that this piece was (1) a cover story, (2) written by their Managing Editor, (3) who serves in an organization dedicated to teaching other journalists about the Constitution, and yet it is rife with factual errors, including many that are obvious simply by reading the Constitution.

My mistake in the last post on the subject was trying to catalogue everything wrong with it, leading me to take issue with his philosophy, too and thus what got lost for some was the simple fact that Stengel was clearly factually wrong on many points, often when the facts could be determined by doing nothing more than reading the Constitution.

So this time, we are going to focus solely on the factual errors. There are thirteen of them and like the lawyer that I am, I will start off with his most egregious error and end with the least egregious. Here are the thirteen errors, in short:

The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.
The Constitution is not law.
The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African Americans.
The original Constitution declared that black people were to be counted as three-fifths of a person.
That the original, unamended Constitution prohibited women from voting.
Inter arma enim silent leges translates as “in time of war, the Constitution is silent.”
The War Powers Act allows the president to unilaterally wage war for sixty days.
We have only declared war five times.
Alexander Hamilton wanted a king for America.
Social Security is a debt within the meaning of Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Naturalization depends on your birth.
The Obamacare mandate is a tax.
When I am done with this post, I am going to make a bleg where I ask you to try to help get out the word about this egregiously incorrect cover story. So stay tuned to the end (or jump ahead if you feel like it).

But first here, point-by-point, is proof that each one of those statements are errors.

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Does a religiously neutral approach equal bigotry?

Are we going too far in trying not to offend the hand full of non-religious people in the world?

NBC Cuts ‘Under God’ From Pledge of Allegiance
June 19, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

NBC on Sunday decided to cut the words “under God” from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

In fact, this happened twice during the show’s introduction (video follows courtesy Mark Finkelstein with partial transcript):

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Um, yeah, we know Chris, but thanks for the admission

Chris Matthews: ‘There’s a Difference Between the Press and the Democratic Party and the Press and the Republican Party’
June 19, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

“There’s a difference between the press and the Democratic Party and the press and the Republican Party.”

So said Chris Matthews on the syndicated program bearing his name this weekend in the midst of a discussion about how the news media treat presidential candidates (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

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Has Jon Stewart revealed true racist colors?

Juan Williams: Hannity Would Have Been Fired For Doing Amos and Andy Voice Like Stewart
June 21, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

As NewsBusters previously reported, Jon Stewart earlier this month did a segment on “The Daily Show” wherein he impersonated Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain using an Amos and Andy voice.

On Tuesday’s “Imus in the Morning,” Fox News’s Juan Williams said that if Sean Hannity had done that, “He’d be out there barking with the dogs after they threw him out” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Readers are reminded that when Wallace brought this up on “Fox News Sunday,” Stewart responded, “Why don’t you show — do you want to show me doing the voices for all the other people that we do? You want to see my New York voice? My Chinese guy voice?”

Actually, the “Chinese guy voice” brings up another double standard, as conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh got into a lot of trouble earlier this year when he did a satirical impersonation of visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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Chris Matthews doesn’t like journalistic integrity?

Chris Matthews: ‘I Hate That So-called Evenhanded So-called Objective Journalism’
June 22, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

Chris Matthews on Wednesday made it clear that like Al Gore, he believes the media should only be telling one side of the story when it comes to manmade global warming.

Such came out in the middle of a discussion about Gore’s new article in Rolling Stone magazine when the “Hardball” host told his guests, “I hate that so-called evenhanded so-called objective journalism” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Another gaffe for the book of Obama-isms

Big Three Networks Ignore Obama’s Medal of Honor Screw-Up
June 24, 2011 by Geoffrey Dickens

Barack Obama’s confusing one living American war hero with a fallen one he honored in 2009, has been completely ignored by the Big Three Networks shows, including the same NBC Nightly News that threw a fit over Sarah Palin’s recent recounting of an event over 200 years ago, Paul Revere’s ride.

On Thursday, at Fort Drum, New York, as reported by the Military Times, Obama told the 10th Mountain Division he had the privilege of meeting “a comrade of yours, Jared Monti” adding it was “the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Turns out Monti did receive it posthumously, as Obama presented the award to his parents at a White House ceremony in 2009. After CBN inquired about the gaffe, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified that the President had confused Monti with “Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan.”

This insensitive blunder by the President was not covered the Big Three Network evening news shows on Wednesday and received zero stories on Thursday’s morning shows.

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Muslim extremists planned Ft. Hood-style assault in Seattle

Feds: Converts to Islam Planned Ft. Hood-Style Assault in Seattle
June 23, 2011 by RICHARD ESPOSITO and JASON RYAN

Two men who converted to Islam have been arrested and charged by federal authorities with plotting a Ft. Hood-style assault on a Seattle military installation in which they could kill military personnel and then either escape or die as “martyrs.”

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, born Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, born Frederick Domingue Jr., are accused of planning to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle with grenades and machine guns on July 5. Abdul-Latif, 33, and Mujahidh, 32, allegedly purchased machine guns from undercover agents to use in the assault. Their alleged objective was to deter further American military action in Islamic countries.

The defendants allegedly planned to attack Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling Army and Air Force installation south of Seattle that houses almost 20,000 military personnel and family members, but then changed targets. The Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way in Seattle is where enlistees report.

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Mrs. Obama thanks news media for their help

Michelle Obama Tells CNN ‘Fortunately We Have Help From The Media’
June 25, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

In today’s “Truer Words Might Never Have Been Spoken” segment, Michelle Obama told CNN’s Robyn Curnow Friday, “Fortunately we have help from the media.”

Such came during an interview with the First Lady in Botswana aired on the 6PM installment of “The Situation Room” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Well, we — fortunately we have help from the media. And I — I have to say this, that I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that we’ve gotten, and people have respected their privacy. And in that way, I think, you know, no matter what people may feel about my husband’s policies or what have you, they care about children. And that’s been good — good to see.

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