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Times of Israel Pulls Piece Titled ‘When Genocide Is Permissble’


Good for them.

You can read an archived copy of it here.

Real Salon Article or a Parody?


The Federalist had a delightful post up the other day challenging readers if they could tell the real Salon headlines from the headlines parodying the online magazine. 

Try the quiz yourself — it’s not easy to tell the difference. I only scored four correct out of the seven headlines.

Here are a few more of Salon’s very real headlines from the past two weeks that could just as easily been fakes:

What I learned from dating someone in an open marriage

I’m a lesbian marrying a man​

Teach teens to tie each other up! Kids interested in BDSM could learn about “kinky” sex from “50 Shades of Grey” — or from a professional educator

​And finally, there’s this one. . .

10 more strange facts about penises

​”More strange facts?” How many more facts do Salon readers want?




MSNBC’s Ed Shultz Doesn’t Want Amnesty via Executive Action


Via SooperMexican:

I really don’t think much of Ed Schultz, but I have to admit that he does seem to sincerely care about the American worker, even if his solutions are usually socialist schemes that hurt America more than it helps. But in a remarkable segment on his show Tuesday evening, he admits that giving out worker permits to millions of illegals will hurt the American worker.

This is remarkable and off the Team Obama talking points that if Congress won’t act, the president should. We’ll see if the president is willing to actually act on his threats. Video of Schultz here.

Nate Silver: Dems Talking About Impeachment More than GOP


Well if Nate writes it, it must be true:

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that Republicans have no plans to impeach President Obama, and that all the impeachment talk was driven by Democrats hoping to stir up their base.

Boehner’s statement isn’t literally true: There have been mentions of impeachment around the edges of the GOP and by some Republican members of Congress. But on the whole, Democrats are spending a lot more time talking about impeachment than Republicans.

Consider, for example, the Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words database, which tracks words spoken in the House and Senate. So far in July, there have been 10 mentions of the term “impeachment” in Congress and four others of the term “impeach.” Eleven of the 14 mentions have been made by Democratic rather than Republican members of Congress, however.

Impeachment chatter has also become common on cable news. On Fox News this month, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, called for Obama’s impeachment, for instance. But for every mention of impeachment on Fox News in July, there have been five on liberal-leaning MSNBC.

This data comes from a Lexis-Nexis search of transcripts on each network. It counts each mention of the words “impeach” or “impeachment.” The terms were used 32 times in a single episode of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Monday. (Ordinarily, I’d adjust for the overall volume of words spoken on each network, but I know from my previous research that MSNBC and Fox News have about the same number of words recorded in Lexis-Nexis.)

The scoreboard so far in July: Fox News has 95 mentions of impeachment, and MSNBC 448. That works out to about 2.7 mentions per hour of original programming on MSNBC, or once every 22 minutes. (This data is as of late Tuesday afternoon.)

It’s not just MSNBC. Team Obama is using impeachment talk for fundraising. From The Atlantic:

21 Emails From the Democratic Party About Impeachment

President Obama’s supporters are using fringe threats as a potent fundraising tool. Here’s what it looks like.

And then there’s this gem caught by BuzzFeed’s Katherine Miller. Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has a slight memory problem:

We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill

We’ll see if this lets up at all during the summer recess, but I doubt Dems will cut the rhetoric. 



Ratings Trouble at Morning Joe?



With 72K viewers Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s Morning Joe came in fourth place in the 25-54 demo, behind Fox News’ Fox & Friends (253K), HLN’s Morning Express (102K) and CNN’s New Day (90K).

In total viewers, Morning Joe came in third place with 307K, trailing Fox & Friends with 931K and New Day with 327K, but ahead of Morning Express with 280K.

It’s a boring show — what does MSNBC expect? 


NYT: Pot Should Be Legal, But Don’t Smoke It?


Here’s a one-line summary of life at the New York Times: Marijuana should be legal, but employees better not toke up because drug-testing of employees will continue. Via Michael Calderone at the HuffPo:

But the editorial board’s new stance doesn’t mean incoming Times employees can partake. As Gawker recently noted, the Times is one of several big media companies that require prospective hires to take a drug test. A Times spokeswoman told HuffPost that the paper’s policy for drug testing hasn’t changed, despite the editorial board’s decision.

“Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,” the spokeswoman said. “We aren’t going to get into details beyond that.”

Sarah Palin Has an Online TV Channel Now


Here she is introducing the channel:

But will people pay $100 a year for it? We shall see . . . 

Dear AP: Please Proof Your Tweets. Thanks!



The AP later clarified its earlier announcement


When Promoted Tweets Go Bad


This paid-for tweet asking me to subscribe to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper showed up in my timeline this morning:

I’m pretty sure, ”a beach day” was not the answer Haaretz was looking for. Unless, of course, those are special Hamas-proof umbrellas. 

So Sad: POTUS Cancels on Jimmy Kimmel


I guess Jimmy Kimmel’s show is the “red line” the president won’t cross as he deals with Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas. Via Mark Knoller:

But, the fundraising will go on as scheduled:



Politico’s Roger Simon vs. Governor Rick Perry


And this is why reporters shouldn’t try to be funny:


Sky News Reporter Rummaged Through Passenger Belongings at MH17 Crash Site


Via Deadline Hollywood:

Sky News issued an apology after one of its reporters sifted on air through luggage from one of the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the jetliner shot down earlier this week over the Ukraine by what U.S. officials said were pro-separatist rebels using sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed, their bodies, luggage and other wreckage scattered across several square miles of countryside. One of the reporters covering the resulting investigation, Colin Brazier, was recorded live picking through some of the belongings in a victim’s small yellow suitcase, showing what appears to be a child’s belongings and talking about the enormity of the tragedy. After a few seconds, Brazier can be heard in the clip saying, “We shouldn’t really even be doing this, I suppose.”

The rest here.

An apology was appropriate, and the reporter was in the wrong, but based on the enormity and scope of the disaster, I’ll give anybody a pass for mistakes made in the heat of the moment. 

Piers Morgan: Obama ‘Dropped the Ball’ on MH17


Hey, maybe CNN should give this guy Morgan a show. I like where he’s going with this:

WaPost Fact Checks Dem Rhetoric on Hobby Lobby: ‘Overheated’


Glenn Kessler of the Post fact-checked a bunch of statements from Dems concerning Hobby Lobby, and concluded:

The Pinocchio Test

The Fact Checker generally does not award Pinocchios for “misspeaking” or for statements of opinion. And we obviously take no position on the Supreme Court opinion. But this collection of rhetoric suggests that Democrats need to be more careful in their language about the ruling. All too often, lawmakers leap to conclusions that are not warranted by the facts at hand. Simply put, the court ruling does not outlaw contraceptives, does not allow bosses to prevent women from seeking birth control and does not take away a person’s religious freedom.

Certainly, a case can be made that perhaps this is a slippery slope (as Ginsburg argues in dissent) or that the cost of some contraceptives may be prohibitively high for some women who need them. But the rhetoric needs to be firmly rooted in these objections — and in many cases the Democratic response has been untethered from those basis facts.

Got that? It’s not Four Pinocchios, but a finding that Dems are “overheated” and “untethered” from the facts is just as good.

Oops: The Nazi’s ‘Perfect Aryan’ Baby Was Jewish


The Nazis weren’t known for their fact-checking. Telegraph:

When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party propaganda. But what the Nazis didn’t know was that their perfect baby was really Jewish.

“I can laugh about it now,” the 80-year-old Professor Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper in an interview. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”

Prof Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.

Her parents, Jacob and Pauline Levinsons, both talented singers, moved to Berlin from Latvia to pursue careers in classical music in 1928, only to find themselves caught up in the Nazis’ rise to power.

The rest here.

Zimmerman Loses Defamation Suit Against NBC


Fox News:

A Florida judge has thrown out George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC Universal, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that Zimmerman, a former Sanford, Fla., Neighborhood Watch volunteer, is not entitled to money from NBC following his defamation lawsuit against the media organization.

Zimmerman had filed the suit two years ago, accusing the media giant of falsely depicting him as a racist in a series of broadcasts NBC ran shortly after Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla., in 2012. In the lawsuit, Zimmerman accused NBC of defaming him by airing edited clips of a 911 call he made on the night of the shooting — claiming NBC practices “yellow journalism.”

The rest here.

Facebook’s Huge Psychological Experiment on Users


From the Telegraph:

Over 600,000 Facebook users have taken part in a psychological experiment organised by the social media company, without their knowledge.

Facebook altered the tone of the users’ news feed to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends, which were seen on their news feed.

They then monitored the users’ response, to see whether their friends’ attitude had an impact on their own.

“The results show emotional contagion,” wrote a team of Facebook scientists, in a paper published by the PNAS journal - Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists of the United States.

“When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.”

Facebook were able to carry out the experiment because all users have to tick a box agreeing to their terms and conditions. These include “internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

Creepy. I wonder how they’re using this information in their pitches to advertisers? 


Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy Gone From The View


I guess the stunt where they did the show naked didn’t help with ratings. Details of their departure here.


Nigeria Hires U.S. PR Firm and Gets Big WaPo Op-Ed by President Jonathan


The AP had this story yesterday. . .

Amid terror chaos, Nigeria hires US PR firm to shape ‘narrative’

The hapless Nigerian government has finally found a way to deal with the ruthless Boko Haram terror group — hire a Washington PR firm.

Although the Nigerian government has been unable to contain the group’s string of attacks or bring home 270 schoolgirls the group abducted in April, it just inked a $1.2 million contract with DC powerhouse PR firm Levick to boost its perception around the world, the Hill reported.

Under the terms of the contract, the firm will try to put a shine on the image of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, who is up for re-election in February.

The firm will seek to shape “the international and local media narrative” around Nigeria’s “efforts to find and safely return the girls abducted by the terrorist organization Boko Haram,” according to the contract.

. . . and today, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has an op-ed in the Washington Post where he attempts to shape the narrative. A coincidence or Levick in action? As for the content of the op-ed, I found it unpersuasive regarding President Jonathan’s actions to date. You see, he was just keeping quiet up until now for security reasons.

I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram. I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.

My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice. On my orders, our forces have aggressively sought these killers in the forests of northern Borno state, where they are based. They are fully committed to defending the integrity of their country.

Let’s hope the Post fact-checks this op-ed and gives equal space to Jonathan’s critics. 


Sandra Fluke vs. SCOTUS


She’s not happy with the ruling today on “buffer zones”:

Sorry, Sandra and the rest of the MSM: it’s settled law, the law of the land, etc., etc., etc.


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