Merchants of Alarming Truth and the Reality of Media Bias

first_imgAlong about New Year’s Eve, Sports Illustrated ran a piece on the firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.“For the seventh time in eight years,” wrote Jonathan Jones, “the Bucs finished last in the NFC South, a level of ineptitude to which only the Browns can lay claim… At 5–11, the Buccaneers have missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year, and it’s the seventh time in that span that Tampa Bay has had double-digit losses.”“Ineptitude.” Ouch. That’s kind of… judgmental. But funny thing about what did not happen next. There were no howls about S.I.’s bias. Nobody questioned Jonathan Jones’ journalistic ethics or declared him the purveyor of Fake Sports News or castigated him as the Enemy of the Tampa-St, Petersburg-Clearwater metroplex.Because, objectively, the Buccaneers suck.Elsewhere on the meteorological disaster front, over the years the National Review has called Hurricane Katrina a “killer storm,” Newsweek called Cyclone Nargis a “killer storm” and Popular Mechanics called Hurricane Irma a “killer” storm. I don’t recall there being a trial verdict—in this country one is innocent until proven guilty—yet not a single accusation was forthcoming about the media’s anti-weather agenda. Evidently, the accuracy of the reporting spoke for itself.So now comes ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s new book, “Merchants of Truth,” in which she concludes that the paper’s negative coverage of the Trump Administration violates the paper’s founding values and panders to its—she says—mainly liberal audience. It’s mainly a digression in her examination of the overall (treacherous) media landscape, but of course the right-wing-media-o-sphere swooped in like seagulls spying a stray boardwalk french fry. If you Google “jill abramson bias,” your tops hits will be: the New York Post, Realclearpolitics.com, Washington Times, Fox News, Russia Today (!) The Hill, and National Review.The liberal-bias narrative, after all, is their raison d’etre, their obsession and their business model. And it has been at the core of conservative politics since Nixon. But is it, you know, true? Is there a liberal bias in mainstream media? Yes. And, also, no.In the Venn diagram of values, journalism and liberalism do have a huge overlap. Questioning authority, suspicion of big money, “reform” in general, afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted—which is really another way of saying “social justice.” Journalism isn’t a political party, much less an “opposition party,” but it is inherently progressive and inherently adversarial to the sitting government. Among recent victims: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. And would-be president Hillary Clinton? Ask her. On the other hand, while the latest survey numbers are a bit outdated, in 2013 only 7 percent of journalists self-identified as Republican. (52 percent identified as independent). So the bleeding-heart sensibility is not a figment of the right’s imagination.But does that prove political bias? No, it does not.With some notable and horrifying exceptions, large news organizations—especially the ones dismissed as hubs of liberal bias—are rigorous in their work. Their publishing protocols police fairness and accuracy, and are difficult to circumvent within a newsroom. When a story is deemed particularly explosive, the caution is even greater. (Indeed, here the press tends toward the more insidious sin of false balance.) Nonetheless, when things happen, we report them, and when bad things happen we report them louder. That is not evidence of bias. It is evidence of observation and judgment.We have a president who told three bald-faced lies on his second day in office, one about the CIA, one about crowd size at his inauguration and one about the weather. Since then, fact checkers have documented thousands of presidential lies, falsehoods and misstatements. According to the Washington Post, in 2018, he made 15 false claims per day. Plus the schoolyard ad hominem against his critics. Plus his attacks on the press, the judiciary, the Congress, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and NATO. Plus his nakedly racist and unconstitutional statements and actions, blocked again and again by the courts. Plus his embrace of dictators in Russia, North Korea, Philippines and Turkey (and, this just in, now a fascist in Brazil). Plus his sleazy business conduct. Plus his sleazy “charity.” Plus his hidden tax returns. Plus his unabashed misogyny.These are all observable, and they are manifestly unique in the history of the presidency. This stuff is also not a figment of anyone’s imagination. The statements, the tweets, the insults, the executive orders, the firings, the defense of Charlottesville Nazis—they are all on the record and unfolding before our eyes. Yet when the media report on the wreckage, it’s seen as a smoking gun of bias and partisanship.Has the press piled on Donald Trump? Of course it has. For that you can blame Donald Trump. It is simply an eyewitness account of historic… hmm… I was going to say “depravity,” but let’s just go with ineptitude.Sarah Sanders wonders why we don’t report on Trump’s achievements, instead of focusing on Robert Mueller and Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. Yeah, well, Dirk Koetter’s Tampa Bay offense gained more yards than any team in Bucs’ history. They still fired his ass.last_img read more

OBITUARY Mary Ellen Scelzo McIntire

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mary Ellen (Scelzo) McIntire, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury and Woburn, passed away on May 13, 2018.Beloved wife of the late Richard A. McIntire. Devoted mother of Mary Ellen O’Neil and her husband Thomas of Warren, RI, Michael McIntire and Cathy Whitten of Tewksbury, Louise Southmayd and her husband Thomas of Wilmington, Edna Peters and her husband David of Tewksbury, the late Richard A. McIntire Jr. Loving grandmother of Robert and Brian Surran, Amy Talbot, Michael O’Neil, Deborah Burtt, Richard McIntire, David Peters Jr., and the late Linda Peters. Loving great grandmother of Anthony and Laci Burtt, Owen and Jacqueline O’Neil, Audrey and Jack Talbot, Jason and Joshua Surran and Matthew Peters. Sister of Louise Garland of LaPalma, CA and the late Joseph Scelzo. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and many extended family members.Funeral from the McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St., WOBURN, Friday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main St., Woburn, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Ellen’s memory to the Linda Peters Memorial Scholarship Fund, 940 Main St. #18, Tewksbury, MA 01876.Mary Ellen McIntire(NOTE: The above obituary is from McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Wilmington Senior Center Looking For Help With Home Delivered

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Senior Center:Are you looking to make a difference? The Wilmington Department of Elderly Services is looking for dedicating drivers for its home delivered meals program. This opportunity is perfect for “mother’s hours” and for retirees looking to fill 2-3 hours of their day. Call the Senior Center at 978-657-7595 to learn more.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center Is In Need Of Meal Delivery AssistanceIn “Community”IT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Tips For Seniors Dealing With The Summer HeatIn “Community”last_img read more

Economy markets Tillerson exit sparks US protectionism fears global stocks fall

first_imgTraders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares fell on Wednesday following a drop in the U.S. equities amidst growing fears of protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State in the latest White House shakeup.The sudden firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took markets by surprise less than a week after top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned from the Trump administration.Mirroring the concerns, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, retreating from a 1-1/2 month high hit on Tuesday in early morning trades.The trend followed losses on Wall Street, where the Dow was off 0.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 0.6 percentBack home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 61 points or 0.18 percent to close at 33,856 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.90 on Tuesday, up 0.23 percent from its previous close of 65.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.6 percent, while foreign investors have bought $414 million and $212 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Fed indicator: Headline inflation rose in line with expectations in February, signaling the Federal Reserve’s case for just three rate hikes this year.China data: China’s industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment numbers will be released on Wednesday and are are likely to point to slower growth, according to Bloomberg Economics forecasts.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, edged up 0.03 percent at $64.66 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.16 percent at $60.81 a barrel, on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

LF has been sold to BJP Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Criticising the move of Left Front calling a six-hour bandh on Friday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has once again attacked the party, saying that it has been sold to BJP.Banerjee took a dig at the Left, saying that from the next time they will call bandh at midnight and stated it to be “bandh freedom at midnight”.While leaving Nabanna on Thursday evening, the Chief Minister said: “Can there be any bandh from 6 am to 12 noon? Next they will give a call for a bandh from midnight to 4 am and it will be observed in sleep. This is their (CPI-M) future and they have no capability to work in the grassroot level. ‘Harmads’ of CPI-M have now become the ‘ostads’ of BJP. The party has been sold to BJP. So it is not right to expect anything from them.”She maintained: “Offices open at 10 am…they have called bandh at such a time that it is nothing but drama. Such drama will not be tolerated. They have caused enough damage to the state by giving call for bandhs.””The bandh will become 100 percent successful if they give a call for the same at midnight,” the Chief Minister said.last_img read more

Air Canada issues QA in wake of mobile app data breach

first_img Thursday, August 30, 2018 Air Canada issues Q&A in wake of mobile app data breach Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Security, Technologycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Air Canada says travellers can use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence and has posted a Q&A for any clients who have questions about this week’s data breach.As reported yesterday at Travelweek.ca, up to 20,000 Air Canada customers may have had their personal information improperly accessed due to a breach in the airline’s mobile app. The breach prompted a lock-down on all 1.7 million accounts until consumers change their passwords.Air Canada says it detected “unusual login behaviour” with the app Aug. 22 – 24. “We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect against further unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile App accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Clients are advised to follow emailed instructions to reactivate their Air Canada mobile App account, or follow the prompts the next time they log into the app.Air Canada is assuring clients that their credit card information is protected. It also notes that Aeroplan passwords are not stored on the app.For clients who stored passport information on their profile, the Government of Canada’s passport website advises that the risk of a third party obtaining a passport in the client’s name is low, if they still have their passport, proof of citizenship and supporting identity documents.The website also notes that the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.“Your privacy and the protection of your data are extremely important to Air Canada.  Our security is multi-layered, and we work with leading industry experts to continuously improve our practices as technology and security procedures evolve.”Here’s the Q&A Air Canada issued in the wake of the breach:Q: What happened?A: “We recently detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile app between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to block further repeated unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Q: How many customer user profiles are affected?A: “There are approximately 1.7 million Air Canada mobile app user profiles, and our investigation has determined that approximately one per cent or 20,000 profiles may potentially have been improperly accessed.  We are contacting potentially affected customers directly.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJQ: What steps have you taken?A: “In addition to taking immediate action to block these attempts to gain unauthorized access, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app user accounts as a precaution.“We contacted potentially affected customers directly by email starting Aug. 29 to tell them if we determined their account may potentially have been accessed improperly.“We are also requiring all Air Canada mobile app users to re-set their passwords using improved password guidelines to further enhance security measures. A more robust password provides an extra layer of protection.”Q: How do I know if my account has been improperly accessed?A: “Starting Aug. 29, 2018, we have sent emails to customers whose accounts may have been improperly accessed.“If you did not receive an email from Air Canada specifically advising you that your Air Canada mobile app account may have been improperly accessed, we are confident your account was unaffected during this period.  As an additional precaution however, we are contacting all Air Canada mobile app users requiring all users to re-set their passwords.”Q: What type of user information is on the Air Canada mobile app?A: “Basic profile data stored on the Air Canada mobile app account includes your name, email address, and telephone number.“Information that you may add to your profile includes: Aeroplan number, Passport number, NEXUS number, Known Traveler Number, gender, birthdate, nationality, passport expiration date, passport country of issuance and country of residence.“Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards.”Q: Is my credit card information protected?A: “Your credit card information is protected. Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards.  As a best practice, customers should always monitor their transactions and credit rating carefully and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaQ: Is my Aeroplan information safe?A: “Your Aeroplan password is not stored in the Air Canada mobile app.  As a precaution and as a best practice, we recommend customers always review all transactions regularly, and immediately report any irregular or unfamiliar transactions to Aeroplan immediately.”Q: Is my passport information safe?A: “According to the Government of Canada’s passport website, the risk of a third party getting a passport in your name is low if you still have your passport, proof of citizenship, and supporting identity documents. Also according to the website, the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.”Q: What should I do to secure my information?A: “We’ve taken steps to lock down your account, and you can unlock it by following the password reset instructions in the email sent to you, or via the instructions the next time you log into your Air Canada mobile app. It is important to select a robust password as per our instructions when you reset your account.“We recommend customers regularly review their financial transactions, be aware of any changes in their credit rating, and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized transactions.“Customers should also review Aeroplan transactions and contact Aeroplan immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.Q: Can I trust Air Canada’s mobile app and its other systems?A: “The security of Air Canada’s systems is of paramount importance, and Air Canada takes security of its customers’ privacy and data very seriously. Air Canada approaches security in a multi-layered manner, and we also work with leading cyber security and industry experts to detect irregularities and take action quickly. We continuously improve our practices as technology and security practices evolve. Customers can continue to use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence.”Q: I have an account on aircanada.com.  Is that account affected?A: “No, your aircanada.com account is not linked to your Air Canada mobile app account.”The number to call for more information is 1-855-541-0738.last_img read more