Saturday, December 10, 2005

 

Wanker editor gets own facts wrong

Unless he is looking for a career with the Moonies or Sinclair Boardcasting, minor league journalist Rory Ryan will never make it to the majors. Ryan, editor/publisher for the Hillsboro Daily-Gazette (which is owned by Brown Publishing), apparently had an orgasm when he convinced himself that he had discovered bias at the AP about the Murtha/Schmidt/Bubp affaire de cowardice.
Earlier this week, I had another occasion to offer some minor criticism to The Associated Press for what, in my opinion, was inaccurate reporting . . . I was critical of the AP this week because the international news service reported (again) that Schmidt called Murtha a coward. In a memo to Ohio AP Bureau Chief Eva Parziale, I suggested this was inaccurate reporting.
Not surprisingly, the AP brushed off the ranting of this twit.

But one would think that if someone wanted to make a big stir about inaccuracies, then he would make extra sure that his own column did not contain any major errors. Not Rory.
Last year, one particular AP economics writer routinely included a pat paragraph that the U.S. economy has lost 300,000 jobs under President Bush. That’s all well and fine; but if job losses are relevant statistics, what about job gains? The unemployment rate (5 percent) under President Bush is lower than any of his predecessors of recent memory.
Lower than any of his predecessors? Sadly no! As much as Rory may personally want to delete Bill Clinton from his recent memory, the Clinton adminstration presided over the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in 1997, 4.5 percent in 1998, 4.2 percent in 1999 and 4.0 percent in 2000.

Rory also inserts his foot in his mouth with this gem:
The House overwhelming – and bipartisanly – rejected Murtha’s proposal last month for withdrawal, in a 403-3 vote.
Sadly no, again! The GOP actually forced a vote on a resolution that had ripped Murtha's proposal out and replaced it with a Republican-written resolution. The original Murtha resolution read:
Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That:

Section 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date.

Section 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S Marines shall be deployed in the region.

Section 3 The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.
Compare that to the final version that the vote was based on:
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.
In other word, what Congress overwhelmingly rejected had nothing to do with Murtha. It an was an idiotic stunt and, technically, a GOP proposal sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Rory Ryan's wishful thinking about Jean Schmidt and George Bush just doesn't make it true, and readers might be interested to know that Brown Publishing seeks "editorial excellence" and we'd encourage readers to contact Mr. Ryan at rryan@timesgazette.com or 937-393-3456.

We'd also encourage readers to contact Brown CEO Roy Brown, Lee Walls Sr., President, or Publisher and Vice President Don Hartley at 513-794-5040

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