The F.B.I. scolded several news media outlets on Wednesday for mistakenly reporting that an arrest had been made in the Boston Marathon bombing case, and warned that such unverified reporting could have “unintended consequences” for its investigation.
Numerous organizations, including The Associated Press, The Boston Globe and several local Boston television stations, erroneously reported Wednesday afternoon that an arrest had been made, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Two of the most prominent reports came from CNN and the Fox News Channel, both the subject of widespread criticism last June after misreporting the result of the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul law.
CNN and Fox News spent about an hour discussing the news of an arrest with various correspondents and experts before backing off when they received further information.
NBC News held back on reporting news of an arrest during continuing coverage on its MSNBC cable channel. It reported that no arrest had been made and that no person had been firmly identified as under suspicion. (The New York Times did not report that there was a suspect or an arrest.)
The F.B.I. issued a statement later in the afternoon: “Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”
CNN broke news of an arrest at 1:45 p.m., with the correspondent John King citing law enforcement sources. About a half-hour earlier, Mr. King had reported what he called a “breakthrough in the identification of a suspect” and included details of a physical description.
“I was told by one of these sources, who is a law enforcement official, that this was a dark-skinned male,” Mr. King said.
By about 2:45, one of CNN’s law enforcement experts, Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director of the F.B.I., appeared on the air and reported that he had three sources who assured him no arrest had been made. The network issued a statement later in the afternoon that cited the three sources who had given CNN the information it used to break the news of the arrest: “CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings.” The New York Times, “FBI Criticizes Media for False Reports of an Arrest In Boston Bombings” (via inothernews)
Second, it is truly remarkable what ends people’s careers in Washington - and what does not end them. As Hastings detailed in that interview, Petraeus has left a string of failures and even scandals behind him: a disastrous Iraqi training program, a worsening of the war in Afghanistan since he ran it, the attempt to convert the CIA into principally a para-military force, the series of misleading statements about the Benghazi attack and the revealed large CIA presence in Libya. To that one could add the constant killing of innocent people in the Muslim world without a whiff of due process, transparency or oversight.
Yet none of those issues provokes the slightest concern from our intrepid press corps. His career and reputation could never be damaged, let alone ended, by any of that. Instead, it takes a sex scandal - a revelation that he had carried on a perfectly legal extramarital affair - to force him from power. That is the warped world of Washington. Of all the heinous things the CIA does, the only one that seems to attract the notice or concern of our media is a banal sex scandal. Listening to media coverage, one would think an extramarital affair is the worst thing the CIA ever did, maybe even the only bad thing it ever did (Andrea Mitchell: “an agency that has many things to be proud about: many things to be proud about”). Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military | Glenn Greenwald (via wilwheaton)
- Jon Stewart (via homoerotics
Planned Parenthood should not be a political warzone.
I went to a Planned Parenthood clinic today, after recently setting up an appointment with a lovely person over the phone.
Things that they helped me with today at the clinic:
- starting birth control at no cost, since I am still looking for a job after losing my career and insurance last year
- offered me a possible job opportunity and asked me to apply
- gave me forms to start low-coverage, free insurance
- gave me resources for clinics to help with depression and eating disorders until I can get insurance that will cover it, and provided me with vitamins
- talked to me about severe depression and eating disorders, among other things, that I have struggled with over the last couple of years, in a very understanding and empathetic manner that is extremely hard to come by in day to day life, at a time I really needed it
Things they did not do that lots of extremists condemn PP for:
- give me an abortion
Things that still wouldn’t be anyone’s business even if I did want one:
- getting an abortion
Here’s a handy dandy chart for you:
Oh wait, but you can probably knock off some of the percentage for cancer screening and prevention soon, since the Susan G Komen foundation decided to pull their funding. Here’s a little PSA: Pulling funding for cancer preventing screenings won’t stop people from getting abortions, it will stop them from getting cancer preventing screenings.
Planned Parenthood does so, so much more than abortions, but nobody seems to realize that. Do you know how many resources and posters I saw urging people to step forward, and offering help, if they were suffering abuse - not just sexual, but any kind? Or resources for people with children, or who wanted children? Do you know how much it meant to me just to have a kind woman sitting across from me, listening to me and offering support while I talked about losing my job, being homeless, and dealing with depression and an eating disorder? And offer me a potential job, after I’ve been looking for what feels like forever, and offering me encouraging words?
Anyone who condemns this organization and its people for what they do: Fuck you. They do so, so much more, and even if all they did was offer abortions, that still doesn’t give you a free pass to shove your morals down someone else’s throat. It’s none of your business what someone else does with their body.
They are helping people. If you have a problem with that, then I have a problem with you.
Anonymous asked: nobody cares about your fucking uterus. get over it. Ron Paul is not taking away anyone’s right to reproductive freedom. This country is fucked in so many ways and you can’t look past a wedge issue like this that will NEVER effect anyone directly.
I care about my uterus and the uteruses (uteri?) of others. I also care about our rights to have a family (or not) when we so choose. This country is fucked in a lot of different ways. Why add to it by making safe, legal abortion no longer safe and no longer legal?
And yes, he would take away reproductive freedom. He’s written and co-sponsored bills to do just that - from defunding Planned Parenthood, to outright banning abortion. Of course, there’s other reasons why Ron Paul is ridiculous. Here’s a laundry list, complete with links. But reproductive rights? That’s something he should be entirely familiar with, considering his job as an OB/GYN. He should be familiar with the complications that can arise when reproductive rights are denied.
And it will never affect anyone directly? How about me? I want to avoid pregnancy, and yet still enjoy sex within my heterosexual, monogamous marriage. (You know, the kind the GOP supposedly likes, and encourges.) So Catholic roulette? That method (rhythm method) has a high rate of failure when a person’s menstrual cycle can’t be tracked well.
So let’s pretend I’ve become pregnant. Oopsies! Well, there goes the likelihood of law school. But whatever, it’s not like I should be educated anyhow, right? And then, in about the fifth month of pregnancy, I begin bleeding uncontrollably. And that doctor looks at me and says, “Sorry, I’m going to let you bleed because I don’t do abortions.” Typically, he’s supposed to call someone - but that doesn’t always happen. And under President Ron Paul, the conscience clause states he doesn’t have to save my life. Because his own reasons.
Your attitude of “nobody cares” leads to headlines like this:
- 13-year-old Self-Aborts Using Pencil
- Abortion Beating: Aaron Harrison Sentenced for Trying to Cause Miscarriage with Fists
- DA: Young mother botched abortion with ulcer medication
- The Back Alley Revisited: Sepsis after Attempted Self-Induced Abortion
- Self Abortion: Woman took Tylenol, Motrin
- After Fetus Is Found in Trash, a Rare Charge of Self-Abortion
- Mexican Immigrant May Face Two Years in Prison for Self-Induced Abortion Under South Carolina Law
- Trying To Make Becky Bell’s Death Count — Parents Fight Parental Consent Law
Read Mrs. Jones’ story here. Or Susannah Lattin’s story. Or look at the picture of Geraldine Santoro face-down and bloody after dying on the floor of a hotel after an illegal abortion. (Warning: The photo is graphic).
Or let’s go global. Did you know abortion is more common in countries where it is banned? From Time magazine:
About 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008, and another 8.5 million women had serious medical complications. Almost all unsafe abortions were in developing countries, where family planning and contraceptive programs have mostly levelled off.
But who cares? They’re just women. We’re all just a bunch of whiny bitches who don’t understand the genius of Ron Paul, right? These are not wedge issues. You want to talk about personal liberty? How about liberty to choose when to raise a family? How about the rights of people to keep government out from between our legs? Come out from behind your gray box and defend your heartlessness.
In summary, fuck your “nobody cares” sentiment and fuck Ron Paul.