Tuesday, June 27, 2006

AP/Reuters Watch 6/27

A Flares feature which takes the Associated Press declaration in its STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES: "we abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions" to heart and offers a helping hand by pointing out egregious examples of abhorrent practice as they occur.

Day after day after day.

Examples found by readers and posted in comments will be placed in the main post with credit. All Flares contributors are invited to edit and/or update AP/Reuters Watch posts.

NOTE: Stories at AP and Reuters are updated throughout the day. Some of their updates may obviate criticism made here.
Stephen Ohlemacher continues his abuse of statistics by emphasizing "more are poor" without any emphasis on the proximate cause
-One third of America's children lived in homes where none of the parents had full-time, year-round jobs in 2004. That is a slight increase from 32 percent in 2000.
Shouldn't the headling be "More Parents of Teenagers Are Duds"?

“Surgeon general: No safe level of secondhand smoke”

Not one word in the article is devoted to those scientists who believe that the secondhand smoke argument is bogus. In other words, this is just a propaganda piece.
Brian Skoloff provides evidence of Viagra's efficacy in writing this hit piece on Rush Limbaugh. (Skoloff takes the drug as a spine substitute).
Seth Borensteing, who lays dubious claim the title "science writer" (unless it's political science) writes a glowing tribute to Al Gore's "scientific" schlock warming movie which is immediately rebutted by a letter from staff on a Senate committee which points out that the piece is shoddy propaganda - as is the movie. [h/t Clarice in comments]


Knucklehead said...

One issue that has continued to improve: teen pregnancies. Teenagers' birth rates fell from 48 per 1,000 females in 2000 to 42 per 1,000 in 2003.

"We see a continuing decline in births to teenagers, but we don't see any decline in the percent of children in single parent families," said Wade Horn, assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

"We've done a pretty good job of convincing teenagers that they should wait until they are older, but we're not doing as good a job of convincing them they should wait until they are married to have children," he said.

Good. Now we patiently wait until this stream of teenagers who seem to have listened at least a little bit are starting to enter their mid-20s and we'll see the positive benefits of this on reducing the "cycle of poverty".

Horn said President Bush and Congress approved a program that will spend $100 million a year for the next five years providing couples with marital and premarital education and counseling to help them develop and sustain marriages.

We did a good job of convincing children not to become parents. Now we need to convince more parents to behave like parents.

Rinse and repeat.

Why is this "news"? Just curious.

Knucklehead said...

And in other news, Rocker Axl Rose Jailed in Stockholm. The poor security sven, those rabies shots are apparently no picnic.

Rick Ballard said...


There will be no good knews in America until Bush leaves office.


Knucklehead said...


Just imagine how this news would be presented if St. Hillary was POTUS. The AP would be trumpeting the reductions in teen pregnancy and telling us how the poverty level for children had been squeezed down to the bare minimum as evidenced by the statistically insignificant movement of the numbers.

While nothing would be worth such a horror visited upon the nation it would be amusing to witness the transformation of the Presse Ancienne following a St. Hillary electoral victory. The problems of the world would evaporate overnight; well, negative reporting would anyway.

David Thomson said...

Pray tell, why is it in the public interest to learn about Rush Limbaugh’s personal business? Why should I care? I suspect that the law regarding Viagra use is widely violated.

Knucklehead said...


I was just wondering the same thing. Why on earth should I, or anyone else, care about a bottle of Viagra in Rush Limbaugh's suitcase?

(Other than that it presents a good reason, I suppose, why users of such, ummm..., Daddy's Little Helpers, might wanna figure flush remaining supplies before re-entering the nation following vacations, ummm..., abroad.

Fresh Air said...

No safe level of secondhand smoke?

You have got to be kidding. There is virtually no unsafe level of secondhand smoke, unless you happen to be living in the womb of a smoker.

Absolutely ridiculous.

Mr. Surgeon General: Show me one solitary corpse certified as killed by secondhand smoke. I'm waiting...

Luther said...

Fresh Air, please forgive my amusement at the humorous juxtaposition between your 'tag' and your comment - lol

As for Carmona (sp), he was quite the character in Tucson, but has been the lowest profile SG in many years. Maybe that is a good thing.

cf said...

AP and Inconvenient Truth.