New York - The scope and senselessness of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting challenged television journalists’ ability to do much more than lend, or impose, their presence on the scene. Pressed with the awful urgency of the story, TV, along with other media, fell prey to reporting “facts” that were often in conflict or wrong. How many people were killed? Which Lanza brother was the shooter: Adam or Ryan? Was their mother, who was among the slain, a teacher at the school? Like the rest of the news media, television outlets were faced with intense competitive pressures
UPDATE: Less choice now. As predicted, the Sunday programs have tossed much of their standard political yada-yada for the gruesome rehashing and navel-gazing that seems to always follow such sad events. Look for non-political news to play an important role in this Sunday morning's TV chatfests. The awful Connecticut school shootings were the week's biggest story by far, and a gut-wrenching one at that. Some of us felt physically ill and unable or unwilling to do normal chores, so much did we identify with the stricken parents of those youngsters and teachers so wantonly slain.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit early next week. "We don´t know when at this point," Boughton said. The helicopters visited Danbury Municipal Airport and other locations in the city. The mayor didn´t know if the helicopters visited Newtown yet. "Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team. No details on what day the President is coming," was one of the mayor's Tweets. Airport Administrator Paul Estefan declined to say anything at all about the
The Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said he plans to use his sermons Sunday to address gun control, which the Episcopal Church strongly supports. National Cathedral officials announced that Hall will preach on the topic at the 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. services in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre , the second-deadliest shooting event in U.S. history. (Snip) The planned sermons follow an outpouring of support for gun control or for the victims at local events and vigils in the in the Washington area. Advocacy groups - the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Does evil stalk the world? Of course it does: It always has and it is an integral part of our history as human beings. (Snip) So we are transfixed in horror at the latest atrocity, this time in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where twenty innocent children were murdered along with six adults. The writer and owner of the famous blog, Ruthfully Yours, points out the irony that, “… in Newtown was the home of Fairfield State Hospital, which was a psychiatric hospital … which operated from 1931 until 1995. At its peak the hospital housed over 4,000 patients.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced a new air pollution standard Friday that would bring about a 20% reduction in microscopic particles of soot emitted by coal-fired power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments. The new limit, fought by industry and welcomed by environmentalists, marks the first time the Environmental Protection Agency tightened the soot standard since it was established 15 years ago. "These standards are fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We will save lives and reduce the
A week before a new minimum wage for Long Beach hotels goes into effect, a large, marina-area hotel has told all of its employees — 75 people — that they will be laid off, according to union representatives. (Snip) The Best Western is at least the second hotel to scale back following voter approval of a local measure requiring hotels with 100 or more rooms to pay their employees at least $13 an hour. Earlier this month, the 140-room Hotel Current told employees it was scaling back to 99 rooms, putting it just beneath the threshold for the mandated wage increase.
Daily Caller: An ABC News editorial producer earned the online equivalent of a hard slap to the face Friday, after she used Twitter to approach two people for interviews who were painfully close to the morning massacre of a Connecticut elementary school. Nadine Shubailat tweeted interview requests to a man who said his “good friend” had a child in kindergarten at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and to a woman whose cousin was a first-grade teacher killed in the Friday morning gun rampage. In the second case, Shubailat was not the only reporter to go after
Kabul, Afghanistan - In a second round of negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan here on the presence of U.S. forces beyond 2014, the two sides have held preliminary talks on legal jurisdiction over American troops, the lead American negotiator said Saturday. The U.S. has insisted that any troops serving in Afghanistan after combat forces withdraw at the end of 2014 be subject to the American, not Afghan, legal justice system, said James B. Warlick, the U.S. deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The contentious question of legal jurisdiction wrecked similar
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to testify next week before House and Senate panels on the Benghazi issue because she sustained a concussion, a top State Department official said Saturday. Clinton was a scheduled to testify Thursday on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans were killed. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said Saturday that Clinton is suffering from a stomach virus, fainted and hit her head, which caused the concussion. However, he did not say when
Newton, Conn. - The victims of the Connecticut school shooting were shot multiple times by rifle, the medical examiner said Saturday, and Dr. H. Wayne Carver said the deaths are classified as homicides. Police began releasing the identities of the dead. Police said they had found "very good evidence" they hoped would answer questions about the motives of the 20-year-old gunman, described as brilliant but remote, who forced his way into the school and killed 26 children and adults in one of the world´s worst mass shootings. Lt. Paul Vance said Saturday morning that the suspect
Bartlesville, OK - An Oklahoma high school student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the Bartlesville High School auditorium on the same day 26 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students
Washington - The Obama administration said Friday that more than half the states had rejected its pleas to set up their own health insurance exchanges, dealing a setback to President Obama’s hopes that Republicans would join a White House campaign to provide health insurance to all Americans. Friday was the deadline for states to notify the federal government of their plans, and administration officials had been hoping that Mr. Obama’s re-election would overcome resistance to the new health care law. Federal officials said they knew of 17 states that intended to run their own exchanges,
As voting on Egypt´s constitution begins, an Associated Press story this morning by Aya Batrawy and Sarah El Deeb typifies how the U.S. press is only nibbling around the edges of its content. (Snip) The whole point of Morsi’s presidency, the point of everything he’s done for the last five months, is the implementation of a sharia constitution. ... that is what Morsi and the Brotherhood promised to do during the campaign leading to his election as president. Sharia implementation is the goal behind his seizures of dictatorial powers: In August, Morsi awarded himself legislative authority in the wake
Reports have emerged that Adam Lanza had visited Sandy Hook Elementary the day before Friday´s massacre during which he was involved in an altercation with four members of staff at the school - three of whom are now dead. The fourth teacher - and only survivor of the altercation - wasn´t at school yesterday and is currently being interviewed by investigators. It hasn´t been revealed what the argument was over or if it was reported to authorities. The staff member’s testimony might be an ´important piece of information´ for discerning motive in this case, reports NBC. Scroll down for video
Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of "black boxes" in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014. (Snip) The proposed standard would require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs) – so-called “black box devices” -- to collect specific safety related data in all light passenger vehicles beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said approximately 96 percent of model year 2013 passenger cars and light-duty vehicles are already equipped with
Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghanistan´s president said Saturday that the U.S. and NATO troops transferring security to local forces should leave the country´s villages as soon as possible and pull back to their bases. (Snip) International forces have been fighting for more than a decade against the Taliban and other militants who allowed al-Qaida to operate in Afghanistan and plot the 9/11 attacks. Karzai has long stressed that terrorism is not rooted in Afghan villages, but resides in other sanctuaries outside the country — a veiled reference to neighboring Pakistan. "From our vision, the fight against terrorism is
She crafted a killer. The mother of monster Adam Lanza who slaughtered 20 children was a gun nut who took her troubled son to shooting ranges.“She´d take them to the range a lot. … Nancy was an enthusiast -- so much so that she wanted to pass it on to her kids,” said her former landscaper, Dan Holmes. “She took her two sons to the gun ranges quite a bit to practice their aim. She was a really great shot from what she told me. Whenever I finished work and went inside to chit chat, she spoke often about her fascination with firearms. Nancy had an extensive gun collection and she was really
The skeleton found in the resting place of Richard III has been confirmed as belonging to the king--but scientists are holding the news back for greater publicity, it has been claimed. The human remains were uncovered in September in what is now the car park of Leicester City Council’s social services department. Since then, a number of tests have been taking place to determine if the bones belong to the Plantagenet king, including DNA tests. But, according to The Daily Telegraph, even if long-awaited DNA results prove inconclusive, the archeologists will still announce that the remains belong to Richard III.
A top federal appeals court signaled Friday that it might act on Obamacare’s HHS Mandate—requiring employers to cover birth control and abortion-related services. (Snip) A torrent of lawsuits have flooded the federal courts, with people of faith arguing that the HHS Mandate is both unconstitutional and a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Obama administration did two things trying to derail this litigation. One was to include in the final rule an exemption for religious employers, which is so narrow that it only covers houses of worship. The other is that it issued an
President Barack Obama, who supports raising taxes and passed Obamacare, told Noticias Univision 23 on Thursday he thinks he would be considered a "moderate Republican" in the 1980s because of his economic policies. When a reporter from the Spanish-language station in Miami asked Obama what he thought about Cuban-Americans and some Venezuelans who believe that "you favor a socialist model for our country," Obama said: The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a
Fort Hood, TX - Fort Hood police have shot and killed a soldier who fired a gun while sitting in his car on the Central Texas Army post. Fort Hood officials say officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near a lake about a mile from the main gate about 3:20 a.m. Friday. Then, the officers returned fire after the soldier shot his weapon at them as they approached the car. The officers were not injured. Officials say the officers tried life-saving measures before emergency medical personnel arrived, but the soldier died. Investigators later determined that the 30-year-old man was
Beirut - Syria´s foreign minister blamed the suffering of his country´s people on U.S. and European sanctions imposed on his country, telling a top U.N. official Saturday that the international body should condemn these measures and work toward lifting them. (Snip) The comments by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and other officials however sought to deflect responsibility for the Syrian public´s hardships on a wave of sanctions to punish President Bashar Assad´s regime for its crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms, a crackdown that evolved into a civil war that has left more
Lord Justice Leveson has been in Australia giving the locals his tuppeny ha´penny´s worth on press regulation. Given how gagmakingly PC they are over there these days, I´m sure they lapped up every word. The bits that most interested me were his views on the differences between the print media (or as Richard North calls it the "legacy media") and the blogosphere. During a speech at the University of Melbourne, he insisted there was an important difference between mainstream journalists with "a powerful reputation for accuracy" and bloggers and tweeters who were "no more than electronic versions of
WASHINGTON- The margin of President Obama´s win in last month´s U.S. elections has widened as the final ballots are counted, vote totals said. The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the Election Day margin of just over 2 percent has gradually widened out to nearly 4 percent. The Cook Political Report Friday gave Obama 50.97 percent of the popular vote to Mitt Romney´s 47.3 percent. The totals include 47 states where the results have been certified as final. Cook´s David Wasserman told the Times the majority of the estimated 413,000 uncounted ballots were mainly in New York,
The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting. She´s now recovering at home and being monitored by doctors. An aide, Philippe Reines, says Clinton will work from home next week, at the recommendation of doctors. Congressional aides do not expect her to testify as scheduled at congressional hearings on Thursday into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.