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  • An interview with Paul Krugman

    05/04/2012 5:47:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    ...Q: But isn’t the way it would actually go is the Republican Party would say that what we need is tax cuts? A: But that won’t work. Remember, they don’t like tax cuts for ordinary people. They like tax cuts for the rich. That will be very ineffectual. And they want to raise taxes on the undeserving poor. Q: Speaking of Keynes, are you surprised that Europe ended up so far on the other side of, so to speak, the Keynes curve? A: No. I know the Germans. They’ve never believed in any of this. They’re at a point that...
  • To help jobs picture, raise the minimum wage

    05/04/2012 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | By Christine Owens
    (CNN) -- A basic premise of work in America is that your paycheck will inch up over time to reflect hard work, experience and rising living costs. But a lot of people aren't making any more this year than they did last year -- in fact, they're making less. As April's jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, in nominal terms, wages are going nowhere fast. When wage growth slows, its saps the whole recovery. How are we going to reboot an economy that relies on consumption when millions of us are falling behind? Here's one way to...
  • Beyonce receives journalism award from New York Assoc. of Black Journalists [Sadly, No Joke]

    05/04/2012 11:03:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    The Celebrity Cafe ^ | 5/4/12 | Gina DiFalco
    Beyonce is already a 16-time Grammy winner, but the new mother has just added another prestigious honor to her resume. New York Association of Black Journalists has named Beyonce one of the year’s top journalists for an article she wrote in the July 2011 issue of Essence magazine called "Eat, Play, Love.” According to KABC, the article was about how her life changed when she took a brief break from music. E! News reports that the first-person written article was just one of the promotional duties Beyonce took on as she promoted her album 4. The “Crazy in Love” singer...
  • The Economy Downshifts

    04/29/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | Editorial
    The slow start for the economy in 2012 — an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first three months of the year — is evidence that the recovery is too weak to push joblessness much lower than its current 8.2 percent, and too fragile to withstand the kinds of budget cuts Congressional Republicans are proposing. A stark divide is developing on the campaign trail. President Obama is centering his agenda on policies to address economic inequality — including more manufacturing jobs and educational opportunities. Mitt Romney is focused on tax cuts for the rich, budget cuts for the poor,...
  • Wasting Our Minds

    04/29/2012 9:19:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | by Paul Krugman
    In Spain, the unemployment rate among workers under 25 is more than 50 percent. In Ireland almost a third of the young are unemployed. Here in America, youth unemployment is “only” 16.5 percent, which is still terrible — but things could be worse. And sure enough, many politicians are doing all they can to guarantee that things will, in fact, get worse. We’ve been hearing a lot about the war on women, which is real enough. But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not...
  • WTVJ Fires Reporter Jeff Burnside for Allegedly Editing Trayvon Martin 911 Tape

    04/25/2012 7:58:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 90 replies ^ | 4/25/12
    You won’t hear it anywhere else but here – insiders have told us WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired last Friday for allegedly editing the Trayvon Martin 911 tape, the same tape NBC aired on ‘Today’ in early April. Allegedly, his firing wasn’t announced internally and so far there is no information whether NBC made a conclusion if the edit was misleading on purpose or if it was an oversight.
  • Gawker’s mole at Fox News gets served with search warrant, under investigation for grand larceny

    04/25/2012 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | April 25,k 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Drudge and Twitchy, just a reminder that your parents were right: what starts in laughter often ends in tears, or in this case, hefty legal bills. Gawker’s Joe Muto decided to become a “mole” at Fox News and leaked raw video clips to his real employer. That might sound like a joke to some, but to others — say, prosecutors — it sounds a lot like corporate espionage and grand larceny. Muto got served this morning with a search warrant on suspicion of the latter charge and watched as his laptop, iPhone, and notebooks got hauled off. Poynter and...
  • A Hard Look at the President

    04/22/2012 7:43:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2012 | By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
    ... Eight years ago, The Times offered comparably scant campaign coverage of the incumbent, George W. Bush, even as it blanketed readers with articles about Senator John Kerry and others competing for the Democratic nomination. Now, though, the general election season is on, and The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama? Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow...
  • AP wins Pulitzer Prize for series on New York City police spying on Muslims

    04/16/2012 2:27:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting Monday for documenting the New York Police Department's widespread spying on Muslims, while The Philadelphia Inquirer was honored in the public service category for its examination of violence in the city's schools. The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., won for local reporting for breaking the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that eventually brought down legendary football coach Joe Paterno. A second Pulitzer for investigative reporting went to The Seattle Times for a series about accidental methadone overdoses among patients with chronic pain. The AP's series of stories showed how New York...
  • 2012 Pulitzer Prizes

    04/16/2012 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 15 replies ^ | 4/16/'12 |
    Click the link to see the winners.
  • Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation

    04/16/2012 9:49:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | By Brian Ellsworth
    President Barack Obama patiently sat through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies. He failed. The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia increasingly isolated as nearly 30 regional heads of state refused to sign a joint declaration in protest against the continued exclusion of communist-led Cuba from the event. The rare show of unity highlights the steady decline of Washington's influence in a region that has become less dependent on U.S. trade and investment thanks...
  • Divorcing Death Cab, Taking up with Cutie (Jurnalism is Fun)

    04/13/2012 1:13:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Forrest Wickman
    In what could only have been a failure in reading comprehension, or the work of an overactive copy editor, Yahoo has just posted an article suggesting that actress Zooey Deschanel left her husband “Death Cab” for “Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.” While there’s no word on whether Deschanel had been cheating on Mr. Cab, the article goes on to note that “Deschanel and Cab were married for a little more than three years.”
  • US jobless claims raise recovery fears

    04/12/2012 7:41:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Financial Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Anjli Raval
    First-time claims for jobless benefits in the US rose last week, which, coupled with last Friday’s downbeat jobs report has reignited fears about the pace of the country’s economic recovery. While some economists have said the numbers are a distortion caused by the early timing of the Easter and Passover holidays this year, rather than a sign that labour market conditions have deteriorated, others have said the data combined with disappointing payroll growth in last week’s jobs report for March is a reminder that fewer job losses do not necessarily mean new hiring. “The spike in energy prices is beginning...

    04/09/2012 3:02:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 9, 2012
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem. He's about to see proof that even he can't deny.In a new video (below) provided to, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates why Holder should stop attacking voter ID laws--by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s primary ballot. Literally. The video shows a young man entering a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, on primary day of this year--April 3, 2012--and giving Holder’s name and address. The poll worker promptly...
  • Raising the Floor on Pay

    04/10/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | April 10, 2012 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    As the nation’s economy slowly recovers and income inequality emerges as a crucial issue in the presidential campaign, lawmakers are facing growing pressure to raise the minimum wage, which was last increased at the federal level to $7.25 an hour in July 2009. State legislators in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and elsewhere are pushing to raise the minimum wage above the federal level in their own states, arguing that $7.25 an hour is too meager for anyone to live on. These moves are giving momentum to an effort to persuade Congress to embrace a higher national minimum wage....
  • University newspaper runs article about the good things that Hitler did under Jewish student's name

    04/08/2012 8:36:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-8-12
    Rutgers University are investigating an article called ‘What About the Good Things that Hitler Did?’ that was published in the school’s satirical newspaper and falsely attributed to a Jewish student. The piece, which included lines such as ‘give Hitler a little thanks’ , was written under Aaron Marcus’s name and his photograph appears beside the article. Marcus, who lost family in the Holocaust, only found out about the piece when a friend at the New Jersey university called to ask him if he had actually written it. 'To say anything praiseworthy of someone like Hitler, and to have people actually...
  • Obama praised – and pummeled – on matters of faith

    04/08/2012 4:32:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 7, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
    ... Few presidents have spoken about their religious faith as often, as deeply or as eloquently as Obama. "We worship an awesome God in the blue states," he declared at the 2004 Democratic convention, and he has sought since then to rebuild ties between the Democratic Party and the world of faith. Yet no president has faced such sustained hostility over issues of faith, including Republican charges that he is waging a "war on religion," widespread suspicion about the sincerity of his Christian faith, and the persistent legend that he is a practicing Muslim.
  • US job market takes a break after hiring binge

    04/07/2012 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | April 6, 2012 | By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market took a breather in March after its best hiring stretch since the Great Recession. Still, few economists expect hiring to fizzle in spring and summer, as it did the past two years. And they blamed seasonal factors for much of Friday's disappointing report from the Labor Department. The report was also closely watched in political circles. If employers retreat on hiring, consumers could lose confidence in the economy and potentially dim President Barack Obama's re-election hopes. Government jobs, which declined by an average of 22,000 a month last year, fell just 1,000 in...
  • Court's Obama order a 'hissy fit'

    04/05/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2012 | by Jeffrey Tobin. CNN Senior Legal Analyst
    (CNN) The Fifth Circuit's homework assignment to the Department of Justice is a disgrace -- an embarrassment to the federal judiciary. Still, it's a useful window on the contemporary merger of law and politics. This is not judging. This is a judicial hissy fit. The Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of the health care law, and the president will, as he must, abide by that judgment whether he agrees with it or not. In the meantime, however, the president, like all Americans, enjoys the right to express himself on what the court should do in that or any other...
  • AP Apes Obama Talking Points In Luncheon Introduction

    04/04/2012 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 4, 2012
    <p>Media Bias: The charade ended long ago in regard to the dominant media's "objectivity." Tuesday's love letter to President Obama from the chairman of the Associated Press just confirms the obvious.</p> <p>The only thing separating AP Chairman and newspaper mogul Dean Singleton's gushing introduction of President Obama to an Associated Press luncheon in a fancy Washington hotel from an Obama 2012 campaign rally was the absence of the line, "and now the next president of the United States."</p>
  • NBC News Admits ‘Error’ In Editing George Zimmerman’s 911 Call, Apologizes

    04/03/2012 4:24:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 3, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    NBC News has completed the internal investigation into the edited tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call, which was aired on Today. The network admitted an “error” and apologized to viewers. The edited call was aired on Today, but was aired repeatedly — including during MSNBC segments about the Trayvon Martin case. NBC’s audio made it seem as though Zimmerman voluntarily offered that Martin looked suspicious because he was black. The unedited audio, The Hollywood Reporter notes, “reveals that Zimmerman didn’t mention Martin’s race until the 911 operator asked him, ‘Is he white, black or Hispanic?’” From The Hollywood Reporter: “During...
  • Technology renders UNC journalism school's spelling test obsolete

    04/03/2012 10:04:18 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 54 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 2, 2012 | Vanessa Voight
    The University’s journalism school has officially recognized the power of a spell check. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s spelling and grammar test, a requirement for all students in the school, will no longer include a spelling portion as administrators attempt to adapt to the changing industry. The school will alter the test in the fall for the first time since the test’s creation in the 1970s
  • Romney wealth in focus on campaign trail

    03/30/2012 5:25:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | March 30, 2012 | By BETH FOUHY
    APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Friday defended his personal wealth amid intensifying criticism from his main GOP rival and President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, unlikely allies working to portray the former businessman as out of touch with most Americans. Romney, who is worth up to $250 million, would be among the nation's richest presidents if elected. His Democratic and Republican opponents have thrust Romney's success to the forefront of the presidential contest as he tightens his grasp on the GOP nomination. "If we become one of those societies that attacks success, one outcome is certain...
  • The First-Ever Lottery Jackpot Richer Than Mitt Romney

    03/30/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo! News ^ | March 30, 2012 | by Amber Porter
    The lottery drawing tonight might make someone very rich and – for the first time ever for a lottery – richer than Mitt Romney. Sure, a few jackpot totals have been greater than Romney’s estimated worth of $250 million, but after various taxes, no cash payout has ever topped his wealth. Tonight’s cash option of an estimated $398.8 million would place some lucky person far above the Romneys on the list of Very Rich Americans. There’s lots of advice being given today on what to do with all that money if you win, but Mitt Romney might have a few...
  • "The Nation's" Top 50 Progressives… and Socialists and Communists

    03/30/2012 3:40:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 30, 2012 | Paul Kengor
    "The Nation's" list of leading American "progressives" is an illuminating insight into the American left and the very essence of "progressive" thought -- whatever that might be. Take a look at it, study it, think about it. This is truly a teachable moment.[SNIP] Instead, TheNation insists that "comrade Paul" was a "progressive." That is particularly remarkable for another reason: a frustrated Gus Hall had warned about progressives trying to portray [Paul] Robeson as one of their own. A vigilant Hall said that communists "cannot allow … liberal, progressive" forces "to turn Robeson into a liberal. The real Robeson was a...
  • Gas prices' jump attests to upbeat economy

    03/22/2012 5:23:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
    The recent jump in gasoline prices stems partly from an encouraging sign: The economy is improving. With a more solid footing, the economy should be able to withstand the recent increase in gas prices better than it did during a similar surge last year, said Kathy Bostjancic, director for macroeconomic analysis at the Conference Board. "It's a head wind for the consumer, but it doesn't derail the recovery. It can be taken in stride, especially if the underlying fundamentals of the economy are improving, which they are," she said. "The dominant factor is really the improvement of the labor market,"...
  • Miami High School Students Walk Out to Protest Sanford Shooting

    03/22/2012 9:30:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 118 replies · 2+ views
    wsvn | 3/22/2012
    Fox tv station in Miami just reported a bunch of students have walked out of class to protest the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 3/20/12

    03/20/2012 2:05:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The White House ^ | March 20, 2012 | Jay Carney
    Q: VP Biden was talking about the bin Laden raid, and he said, you could not find a more audacious plan if you go back in history 500 years. (Laughter.) What did he mean by that? MR. CARNEY: I think he meant that the decision the President made was a very difficult one; that the information that we had, which was obviously of high quality, was not conclusive -- mixed at best; and that in the end, he had to make a very fateful decision. Q: More audacious than D-Day? MR. CARNEY: Well, the historical assessments I'll leave to him...
  • Amid signs of recovery, caution is still key

    03/18/2012 6:34:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 18, 2012 | by Stella Dawson
    (Reuters) - Call it spring fever. For the third year in a row, optimism is spreading that growth in the United States could be poised to accelerate and drive the economy into sunnier pastures. Even a 9 percent surge in gasoline prices on tensions with Iran over its nuclear program has failed to take much shine off consumer confidence. The University of Michigan survey slipped by one point to 74.3 in early March, but views on current conditions edged upward. "For now it's a Goldilocks scenario -- moderate GDP growth, an improving jobs market, only a temporary inflation scare," said...
  • NBC Political Unit's Guide to Super Tuesday

    03/06/2012 3:57:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 6, 2012 | By NBC's Mark Murray, John Bailey, and Domenico Montanaro
    11 states across the country -- Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming -- will hold contests that will award a combined 424 delegates. That’s more than any other one day this Republican primary season. Click here to read the NBC News Super Tuesday Guide, complete with analysis of the candidates’ strategies, ad spending, candidate travel, history of Super Tuesday – when and why they’ve mattered, and a complete state-by-state breakdown of the delegates at stake, rules, procedures, poll opening and closing times, and full results so far.
  • In the wake of reporter deaths in Syria, White House grilled on aggressive journalism at home

    02/23/2012 10:58:58 AM PST · by edpc · 11 replies
    The Cutline - Yahoo News ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    Just as he did following the death of New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid in Syria, White House press secretary Jay Carney began his daily briefing by praising the work of Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times reporter who also was killed there on Wednesday. Carney called their deaths "tragic," and "a reminder of the incredible risks that journalists take ... in order to bring the truth about what is happening in a country like Syria to those of us at home." But, Obama's press secretary seemed unprepared for a hard line of questioning from ABC News senior White House correspondent...
  • Andrew Breitbart's explosive new trailers

    02/14/2012 9:59:27 AM PST · by cap10mike · 56 replies ^ | Michele Kirk
    Andrew Breitbart, the founder of popular conservative blogs Big Government, Big Hollywood, and many others was arguably the boldest speaker at the CPAC convention last week, and it was hard to miss the fact that he is cocked and ready for a fight . In fact, his own words, " F*** you - war." Breitbart released an explosive trailer for the upcoming project he is working on:
  • The Federal Budget as a Family Budget

    02/13/2012 5:00:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 13, 2012 | by Jake Tapper
    TAPPER: The president, when he spoke to students earlier today acknowledged that the numbers and the budget were so big, they were difficult to talk about. And to break them down, it would be along the lines of a family that makes $29,000 a year spending $38,000 a year, so taking on new debt — $9,000 in new debt, with a $153,000 credit card bill that they were not able to pay down. That would be a way for — like the average American to afford – to understand it. Does that seem responsible? CARNEY: I appreciate the analogy... TAPPER:...
  • Malaysia Deports 'blasphemous' Saudi Journalist

    02/12/2012 3:09:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 12, 2012
    MALAYSIA has deported a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from human rights group who said he faced execution. Hamza Kashgari, who was detained in Malaysia after fleeing Saudi Arabia, has now left the country, national police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf said. "He was deported to Saudi Arabia," Ramli told AFP. A government offical said Kashgari was escorted back to his home country by Saudi officials. "He has been deported. He was picked up by Saudi officials at the airport," said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Continetti: Combat Journalism

    02/08/2012 5:18:50 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/6/12 | Matthew Continetti
    We can pinpoint the moment that foretold the arrival of combat journalism. At 11:59 p.m. on September 8, 2004, a pseudonymous blogger on accused 60 Minutes of publicizing forged documents to cast suspicion on President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. **snip**Whether the victim was George Bush, Joseph Lieberman, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Charles and David Koch, the Chamber of Commerce, Fox News Channel, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, or Mitt Romney, the technique was the same. The left blogosphere would manufacture a smear or distortion or line of attack. Larger blogs and liberal...
  • The Photo That Could Win Romney the White House ("hug" a Catholic priest)

    02/06/2012 6:33:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Patch ^ | February 6, 2012 | Jennifer Vigil
    Photo ops, as they are called in political jargon, seal an image and a chunk of voters. Hence, basketball, softball, Little League, football, and soccer teams hosted at the White House by what should be an overwhelmed President BarackObama. Lots of sports fans vote. Kissing babies is a big win for the mothers. Lots of baby holding photo ops for Mitt Romney in Florida—and a huge chunk of voting support from married women—helped “thump” Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary. Sometimes, these photo ops prove embarrassing, and cost elections; i.e., Michael Dukakis driving a tank was supposed to shore up...
  • [Reuters] Bush says economy sound

    02/03/2012 3:23:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 4, 2008 | By Jeremy Pelofsky
    (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Friday that the U.S. economy was on solid footing despite a weak employment report, and gave no hint of what his administration may have in store to bolster growth. His comments came hours after a government report showed U.S. job growth in December was the weakest in more than four years, while the unemployment rate climbed to 5 percent. The White House noted the employment report showed continued job growth, and said the unemployment rate was still low by historic standards.
  • Jobless rate at 3-year low as payrolls surge

    02/03/2012 3:23:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 3, 2012 | By Lucia Mutikani
    (Reuters) - The United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to a near three-year low, giving a boost to President Barack Obama. The jobless rate fell to 8.3 percent - the lowest since February 2009 - from 8.5 percent in December. "More pistons in the economic engine have begun to fire, pointing to accelerating economic growth. One of the happiest persons reading this job report is President Obama," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University Channel Islands.
  • In defense of family planning

    01/22/2012 8:12:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 22, 2012 | Editorial
    The Obama administration's willingness to defend insurance coverage for family planning services against attacks from conservatives and religious groups is good news for women and for the health of the nation. The administration's rule leaves the decision in the hands of patients, where it belongs, while respecting the rights of religions. It holds true to the original and wise idea that access to preventive medicine is a good idea for the nation's physical and financial well-being.
  • Strauss-Kahn wife to run French Huffington Post

    01/19/2012 1:38:19 AM PST · by Cincinna · 7 replies ^ | January 19 2012 | Staff
    Anne Sinclair, former anchor of France’s most popular TV show and the wife of shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been chosen to run the French version of American news website Huffington Post. The French-language edition of news and opinion website The Huffington Post will be run by Anne Sinclair, who is married to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund director and Socialist politician. Strauss-Kahn stood down from his post last year following sex crime allegations. He was also shamed out of running for the Socialist slot in the 2012 French presidential primary election. New York-born Sinclair, an esteemed...
  • Picture emerges of teen suicide pilot (Alexander Felos and the Tampa teen suicide pilot)

    04/05/2005 9:15:39 AM PDT · by alwaysaskingquestions · 20 replies · 1,819+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 8, 2002 | Curtis Krueger, Katherine Gazella, Ed Quico
    Picture Emerges of Teen Suicide Pilot CHARLES BISHOP: To some, he was a smart, humorous student, which makes his suicide flight all the more incomprehensible. By CURTIS KRUEGER, KATHERINE GAZELLA and ED QUIOCO © St. Petersburg Times published January 8, 2002 ----------- Charles Bishop was a teacher's dream. He read Shakespeare in class, pulled together a middle school literary magazine and enjoyed a good game of flag football. Friends and family members who knew him best described Charles as a patriot. The teen who flew an airplane into the Bank of America building, carrying a note sympathizing with Osama bin...
  • Consider The Other Side of the "Longoria Affair"

    01/08/2012 7:03:56 AM PST · by texanyankee · 4 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 7, 2012 | Bob Richter
    "Sixty-three years ago this week something happened in Three Rivers, 80 miles south of here, that put the town on Page 1 of the Jan. 13, 1949, New York Times: “GI of Mexican Origin, Denied Rights in Texas, to Be Buried in Arlington.” And, said Walter Winchell, renowned radio newsman of the day: “The state of Texas, which looms so large on the map, certainly looks small tonight.” The story became a blot on Three Rivers and was a catalyst for the American GI Forum and the spread of civil rights and pride among Mexican Americans here and elsewhere. However,...
  • Boeing's free-market move is going to cost Kansas big-time

    01/05/2012 8:30:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | Paul Whitefield
    So, tired of high taxes? Want to see big federal budget cuts? Congratulations. You're getting your wish. And you just cost 2,160 people in Kansas their jobs. [snip] Welcome to "living within our means," which means you don't necessarily have any means to live with. You can argue that cutting the defense budget has to be done, but those are some nice, well-paying jobs that are being lost. Jobs that the local Wal-Mart probably won't match. I suppose the real lesson, though, is that we can't have our cake and eat it too. You can't shrink government without cutting jobs....
  • More mush: Judging the worst journalism of 2011

    12/27/2011 4:32:43 AM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    WORLD ^ | 12/31/11 | Marvin Olasky
    It's time once again to relish the worst mainstream journalism of the past 12 months. For the 24th year in a row I'm a judge for the Media Research Center awards, and this year the 98 finalists taught me a lot. I thought President Barack Obama's popularity was evaporating, but ABC's Christiane Amanpour called him "full of sunny optimism, very Reaganesque," and Lara Spencer on the same network asked, "Is President Obama a baby whisperer? ... Watch as the First Lady tries to quiet down the fussy little friend. ... She then hands the bawling baby to the big man and, presto, the tot...
  • Newspaper job cuts surged 30% in 2011

    12/23/2011 6:13:59 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Newsosaur ^ | December 19, 2011 | Newsosaur
    The number of jobs eliminated in the newspaper industry rose by nearly 30% in 2011 from the prior year, according to the blog that has been tracking the human toll on the industry for the last five years. Meanwhile, a separate analysis confirms what most of us already suspected: The proportion of cutbacks was higher in newsrooms than it was for the industry as a whole ... First, let’s take a look at the surprising surge of job cuts in 2011, a year that many newspaper people had hoped would be a time of relative stability after five years of...
  • Ron Burgundy Rule (Why just regulate pilots? Make journalists show knowledge of history, economics)

    12/22/2011 4:21:02 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies ^ | 12.22.11
    "Must not say Osama instead of Obama..."
  • (Janet) Robinson exit to cost New York Times over $15 million

    12/21/2011 5:44:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/21/11 | Peter Lauria - Reuters
    Janet Robinson, who will step down as chief executive of the New York Times Co on December 31, will receive an exit package in excess of $15 million, according to people familiar with the situation. In addition to a $4.5 million consulting fee, the Times Co will pay Robinson $10.9 million in pension benefits that she accrued over 28 years of service, they said. According to a regulatory filing, Times Co's policy previously stipulated that Robinson, 61, would not be eligible for full pension benefits until she was 63 and had been with the company for 30 years. But people...
  • Media Matters, Desperate to Deflect From Charges of Antisemitism, Trumps up Attack on Big Journalism

    12/16/2011 1:00:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 12/16/11 | Dana Loesch
    Media Matters for America has had a bad year, with declining traffic and regular knocks from more notable media outlets. This week alone, MMfA was slammed by Politico and the Simon Wiesenthal Center for antisemitism, so they are eager to deflect by trumping up an attack on Big Journalism. From Politico (emphasis added): The Center for American Progress, the party’s key hub of ideas and strategy, and Media Matters, a central messaging organization, have emerged as vocal critics of their party’s staunchly pro-Israel congressional leadership and have been at odds, at times, with Barack Obama’s White House, which has acted...
  • Journalists urged to allow Mormons to define themselves

    12/12/2011 3:27:03 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 164 replies
    Deseret News ^ | December 8, 2011 | Joseph Walker
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — News reporters and editors from around the country were urged to allow members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to define themselves rather than to exclusively look to sources outside the church for definitions of what it means to be a Mormon or to explain LDS doctrine or history. "Define us by who we are and by our central beliefs rather than who we are not or by obscure or irrelevant beliefs," Michael R. Otterson, managing director of public affairs for the LDS Church, said during a Thursday morning session of a conference called,...
  • Oregon Judge Rules Blogger Is Not Journalist

    12/08/2011 12:36:23 PM PST · by paddybus · 17 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2011 | Floyd Brown
    For those of us that spend hours online, writing, blogging and reporting this judges decision is a serious additional threat to our freedom of expression. Citizen journalism, blogging, micro-blogging, it doesn’t matter what you call it. It is a form of journalism that isn’t controllable by the elite establishment. Expect more attacks as we continue to tear down the corrupt infrastructure known as the lame stream media. Here is the a wire service report about the decision: A federal judge in Portland, Ore., has ruled that a Montana blogger was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon...