Morning Must Reads: December 17

In the news: NSA program called "almost Orwellian" by federal district judge; Obama's approval rating matches personal worst; small business Obamacare rate hikes; Mexico's oil rush

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “A federal district judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans’ phone calls most likely violates the Constitution, describing its technology as “almost Orwellian” and suggesting that James Madison would be “aghast” to learn that the government was encroaching on liberty in such a way.” [NYT]
    • The 5 worst problems with ’60 Minutes’ love note to the NSA [FP]
  • “With a bipartisan budget deal now on track to pass, the debt limit is looming as a focal point for the next high-stakes fiscal battle between Democrats and Republicans, as well as between tea-party and business-friendly factions of the GOP, as candidates position for the midterm elections.” [WSJ]
  • “President Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans in Congress eroded in many areas, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.”
  • “Think the canceled health policies hurt the Obamacare cause? There’s another political time bomb lurking that could explode not too long before next year’s elections: rate hikes for small businesses.” [Politico]
  • The Most Notable Global Stories of 2013 [Atlantic]
    • Welcome to the Mexican Oil Rush of 2014 [Slate]
  • Happy Holidays from your friends at U.S.A. [New Yorker]
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collioure
collioure

Apparently no one can point to a news story misreported by Fox


The blowhard known as MrObvious must have deleted his statement that there are numerous examples of such.


That discussion is no longer here.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Looks to me like you've gotten your ass handed to you on a silver platter.

Just remember:

I'll have your plate of crow ready for you after the start of the new year.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure  

"Apparently no one can point to a news story misreported by Fox"


Apparently, collie nodded off. It is close to 3am in France after all.


fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious 

He's got the persistence of a boulder. FYI I didn't flag that one. 

Makes me wonder if he did it himself just to get out from under the whole thing.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@collioure 

We have. Pretending that we didn't doesn't change what we did. WTF would you need to lie about that? Who acts like that? It's so deranged. For Pete sakes what a small d!ck you really are.


Me deleting a statement? Jesus Christ you 'wingers, no wonder you need to watch Fox, it feeds your general paranoia.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@MementoMori@collioure 

The report says it "could top" $1 billion dollars, and its' still early in the game. They already blew $300 million dollars on the piece crap website. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@collioure 

What you should have said was that Fox probably makes few mistakes than say the other networks, and that they should find something really erroneous having to do with a major story. Mori went to the depths of the internet to find the absolutely most obscure mistakes in broadcast journalism. I was thinking what's next, the blooper reel? 

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@collioure 

Not an impressive list at all, Mori.

Some of these are temporary misreports, quickly corrected.

To present a case of a network that misinforms its viewers habitually you need some much stronger examples.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori@collioure 

Hey, Allen West doesn't do the news at Fox.

The news is a full hour at 6pm EST, also at the top of the hour on Fox and Friends, for example.

collioure
collioure

@hivemaster@TerryClifton02@MementoMori@collioure 

Very weak example - the original report is obviously incorrect.

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N@collioure 

Sue, I'm trying to figure this one out because Kelly's purchase was authorized but never completed.


Really strange story, hard to follow, but I will accept that Fox misreported the story.


And so did MediaIte