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.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Pope Francis isn't Pope Benedict.


This is Pope Benedict's Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis.


Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, already under fire for failing to take action against priests suspected of abuse, announced Tuesday (Dec. 17) that he is stepping aside temporarily after a minor accused the outspoken archbishop of touching his buttocks during a group photo after a 2009 confirmation ceremony

http://www.religionnews.com/2013/12/17/minnesota-archbishop-john-nienstedt-steps-aside-inappropriate-contact-investigated/


This is what he has focused on--

Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt is helming the mailing of 400,000 anti-gay marriage DVDs to Catholic households this week.

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/09/archbishop_john.php

Sue_N
Sue_N

Obama selection of Billie Jean King for Sochi delegation 'genius'

Think of the millions of Russian citizens who are gay, or have a gay family member or friend, living in a nation where discrimination based on sexual orientation is not only tolerated, but promoted.

And the U.S. president sends one of the world's most recognizable faces of equality and inclusion to attend the Opening Ceremony in such a visible role?

It's the perfect call for an extraordinary international situation.

This is not only a blatant message directed right at Putin, it's also a strong signal to all Russians who are subject to that terrible law, the people who will be allowed to protest only in specified zones during the Games, but not at all before or after. These are the people who will remain behind in the midst of abject discrimination once the Olympics end and the spotlight they bring disappears.

In addition to sending King to represent the United States in Sochi, Obama made sure not to send any top U.S. political leaders. For the first time in at least 20 years, no U.S. president, vice president, one of their wives or a current cabinet secretary will be in a U.S. Olympic delegation.

The highest-ranking official will be former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, while 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano also will be part of the group -- what just might be the most significant delegation the United States has ever sent to an Olympic Games.

So now Obama is trolling Putin. I like it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Well, I'm sure that @collioure's convictions about FOX are true, but that doesn't mean that FOX is news.  Lots of people believe in UFO abductions too.


And birtherism.  don't forget the birthers.

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? 

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.

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

@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.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

No wonder GOPers slobber all over Putin, he's legislating their wet dream phobias into law. President Romney would totally be team Putin.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Irony 

begs the questions; what's in your wallet made OUT of alligator?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@mantisdragon91 

The banner ad at the top of this page right now is courtesy of ExxonMobil.

I'm sorry, what was your question again?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three@collioureAmusingly in Canada Fox isn't news, merely a propaganda channel. This would be the same here if Reagan  hadn't repealed the truth in reporting act.


Curiously he did that as the head of what became Fox was part of his PR staff.

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.

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

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

@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.

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. 

yogi
yogi

@MementoMori

Where have you been visiting recently? That's probably all google ad-sense stuff. Just get Adblocker and you'll wont see them again (or until somebody changes their ad html code).

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91 

What's needed is reinstatement of that act.  It's bad enough having to deal with Citizens' United, but with all this gotcha garbage it's becoming very difficult to even find reliable news sources.

collioure
collioure

@hivemaster@TerryClifton02@MementoMori@collioure 

Very weak example - the original report is obviously incorrect.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@yogi @MementoMori 

Poking at the page code a bit, looks like it's a mix of AdSense and ROS ads. Not sure which the Exxon ad is.