Thumbnail for 25511

Oops! MSNBC screws-up screen scrolls

By Drew Zahn

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

Goofs and gaffes are bound to happen to any TV news crew.

But those news networks that scroll words across the bottom one-third of the screen – sometimes referred to as “chyrons,” after a leading company that makes digital broadcast graphics – are just asking for trouble.

Take, for example, MSNBC’s coverage of France’s 2012 presidential election. The video feed revealed former French President Nicolas Sarkozy campaigning against a blue background emblazoned with the slogan “La France Forte,” or “Strong France.”

While Sarkozy was at the podium, however, MSNBC’s chyron across the bottom of the screen read, “Prostitute speaks.”

The network later apologized for the error.

Sometimes, the flub is simply a matter of mixed-up timing, such as video cutting to another image or figure while the caption below still refers to a previous news segment.

Other times, however, the questionable wording smacks of questionable objectivity.

In February, for example, MSNBC was reporting on President Obama’s remarks before the Democratic National Committee. The chryon read, “The King’s Speech.”

A video of 21 MSNBC chryon flubs, compiled by the Washington Free Beacon, catches the notoriously left-leaning network in all kinds of gaffes, from mistimed to misspelled to unmistakable political bias:

Source: WND

Gunmen steal phone – phone busts gunmen


(WVUE-TV) Police say that two armed robbers took photos of themselves on a victim’s stolen phone. These photos were uploaded to the victim’s online account.

Police have identified the second of the two suspects accused of robbing a group of women at gunpoint in the Marigny neighborhood. Police state the men took photos of themselves with a phone stolen in the offense, which were uploaded to the victim’s online account.

Source: WND

Who likes the police most?


(Chicago Sun-Times) Americans like the police, but older, more affluent, white, conservative Republicans really like the police.

Fully 72 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the police, and 24 percent have an unfavorable view, according to the latest Reason-Rupe poll. However, favorability has declined 6 points since the question was asked in April earlier this year. It’s possible greater public awareness of police militarization in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests has undermined public confidence.

While majorities of Americans have a favorable opinion of the police, intensity of support varies widely across groups. Most striking are differences across race/ethnicity.

Source: WND

Mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine in N.Y., N.J.


(New York Daily News) Dramatically escalating the fight against Ebola, the governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered all arriving air travelers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa to be quarantined for 21 days.

The new measures, which are more rigorous than federal guidelines, were imposed a day after a doctor who returned to New York from the Ebola hot zone fell ill with the deadly virus.

A nurse arriving at Newark Airport on Friday became the first person quarantined under the new rules. She had treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and had no symptoms when she was detained. She developed a fever later Friday and was taken to University Hospital in Newark.

Source: WND

Israeli minister: Relations with U.S. in ‘crisis’


(YNETNEWS) — “There is a crisis with the Americans and it needs to be addressed as a crisis,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Saturday after ongoing tensions between Washington and Jerusalem led US officials to block Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with senior administration officials during his current US visit.

“We mustn’t pretend there isn’t a crisis,” Lapid told a crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday. “Our relations with the US are vital and everything that can be done must be done to end this crisis.”

Earlier on Friday, Ynet revealed that the Obama administration refused the Israeli defense minister’s request to meet with other top officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Source: WND

Thumbnail for 25505

GOP primary scandal takes ‘turn’

By Drew Zahn

Chris McDaniel

Chris McDaniel

It was a tale of dirty politics in the Mississippi mud.

News stories told of alleged “voter irregularities.” Bribes. Lawsuits. Racial politics. Back-alley bargains between party bigwigs designed to drown out the little guy. In the end, the tea-party challenger was left looking on, while the governor’s man coasted to another nomination.

But a 4-2 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling on Friday essentially ended GOP challenger Chris McDaniel’s appeal for investigation into the state’s hotly contested primary runoff on June 24.

The justices agreed with the defense, which claimed McDaniel waited too long to contest incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory.

The Cochran campaign’s attorneys, Butler Snow Law Firm, released the following statement Friday: “Today’s ruling by Mississippi’s highest court brings an end to the challenge of the primary runoff election and reconfirms the voters’ choice of Thad Cochran as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. As we have said from the beginning, regardless of the timeliness of the challenge, the facts continue to show this has always been a baseless challenge, and the will of the voters has now been validated by the Mississippi Supreme Court.”

McDaniel doesn’t agree with that interpretation of the court’s ruling, but he has since conceded it’s time to “turn the page” on the primary contest.

“Republicans in Mississippi are still left wanting for justice,” McDaniel argued. “Worse yet, the courts refused even to hear our challenge.

“But now it is time to turn the page and work to enact true conservative change in Mississippi and in Washington, D.C.,” McDaniel continued. “It is my hope that conservatives in Mississippi will view this decision as a motivating factor to get involved in Republican politics so we can change our state for the better for future generations.

“In the coming days, I’ll be asking conservatives to join us as we continue our fight for principled leadership,” concluded McDaniel. “The fight to save our republic is only just beginning.”

As WND reported, McDaniel originally won the June 3 state GOP primary with a margin too small (about 1,500 votes) to avoid a runoff.

Cochran then won the June 24 runoff with 7,000 votes, allegedly by convincing thousands of black Democrats to cross over and vote for him.

“We’ve already found thousands of irregularities in the voting process,” the McDaniel campaign alleged at the time. “According to Mississippi state law, Democrats who voted in the Democratic primary cannot vote in the Republican runoff, and that is exactly what happened.”

The campaign’s statement continued, “But that’s not all. RedState published an interview that alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be Democrats. This appears to be corruption at its worst. Political operatives have intentionally subverted the integrity of our election process, and we absolutely must fight back.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, agreed with McDaniel that there needed to be an investigation.

“What happened in Mississippi was appalling,” Cruz said on the Mark Levin Show. “Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was incredibly disappointing.”

McDaniel’s lead attorney in the lawsuit, Mitch Tyner, would not rule out a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the primary, WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi, reports.

Source: WND