Matt Bai Pretends That Journalism Has Ethics

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I’m not sure whether to file this Pathetico article by Matt Bai under Friday Funnies or Friday Facepalm:

Actually, Yes, the Gary Hart Scandal Did Ruin Politics

Last week I published a book called All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. It’s about the five days in 1987 when Sen. Gary Hart, the presumed Democratic nominee for president, was felled by the first political sex scandal of the satellite age, and how that collision of politics and celebrity reverberated in our public life—and in the life of a complicated and compelling man—for many years after. At the core of the book is the retelling of an infamous stakeout, in which reporters from the Miami Herald hid outside Hart’s Washington home in order to catch him with a younger woman who was not his wife.

On the day the book came out, Tom Fiedler, who was the Herald’s lead reporter on the story, offered a gracious but pointed rebuttal to the book. I’ve been reluctant to respond, because I feel like the book speaks for itself, and because I don’t want an arcane debate over journalism ethics to obscure the larger story at the core of the book. As anyone who’s read All the Truth Is Out knows, it is a work of literary nonfiction, not a manifesto or a screed.

[…]

Here’s what I think: Twenty-seven years ago, Fiedler and the others got caught up in a big story, with all the natural competitiveness and adrenaline and blinding career ambition that such a moment entails. I probably would have gotten caught up in it, too, had I been in their position. Fiedler is an outstanding reporter who had a Pulitzer Prize by the time I got my first job at the Boston Globe; I’m not going to suggest I wouldn’t have made the same decisions he did.

But then what happened, I think, is that a bunch of serious reporters found themselves responsible for disclosing a scandal that changed the rules of political reporting and repulsed a large segment of their own industry and the public. And so, as we all do, they set about erecting a series of rationales for decisions made in the heat of the moment—tortured and sometimes misleading explanations having to do with “follow me around” or “it was the lie, not the sex,” which over time they have come to believe were actually at the heart of the issue, and which they have never really been asked to defend.

The problem is that accountability runs both ways. You can’t constantly insist that politicians take responsibility for the consequences of their actions and then refuse to acknowledge your own. In my book, I wrote about my own piece on Hart for the New York Times Magazine in 2003 and how I had inadvertently repeated conventional wisdom (such as the “follow me around” quote) that I later learned to be untrue. It was a little embarrassing to admit my own complicity in the mythmaking, but the truth was the truth, and our prime directive as writers is to reckon with it.

The plain fact is that Fiedler and other reporters made some previously unthinkable decisions during that frenzied moment in 1987, carried along by powerful currents in the society, from the echoes of Watergate to the advent of the satellite dish. And those decisions, which were probably inevitable in any event, helped set our politics and our political journalism on a scandal-littered path toward entertainment and triviality.

Writing of the moment when he and his colleagues cornered Hart in the alley alongside his townhouse in 1987, Fielder poses a question directly to me: “What should we have done at that moment? Should we have closed our notebooks and caught the next plane back to Miami, concluding that reporting the lie wasn’t newsworthy?”

My answer is that probably all of us who report for a living would have stood our ground and written the story at that point. But it’s past time we considered whether anyone should have gone down that darkened alley in the first place.


I love it when members of the mainstream media pretend they aren’t whores have ethics. Politics is the same as it ever was. What has changed is the media.

Here is how modern “journalistic ethics” work: If you are a Democrat (and you probably are) then any dirt you can dig up on a Republican office holder, candidate, potential candidate, or leader of the GOP is fair game. On the other hand, the dirty laundry of Democrats should be ignored or, when necessary, actively suppressed.

If you don’t believe me, compare the media’s treatment of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

If you are a Republican, well, everybody knows you have no ethics because FOX NEWS LIES!!!.

The reason that the Gary Hart scandal remains controversial is because it was a breach of journalistic ethics. Gary Hart was the DEMOCRATIC front-runner for the 1988 presidential nomination. The scandal destroyed his White House ambitions and the DEMOCRATS were left with Michael Dukakis as their nominee.

If then-Vice President George H. W. Bush was stepping out on Barbara you know it damn well would have been considered newsworthy.

This is how badly our media has deteriorated:


Josh is the politics editor for National Journal, a Prog rag.


Jennifer is the White House reporter for Huffpoop.

But wait! There’s more!

ABC:

Palin Family Brawl Detailed in Police Reports

CNN:

6 must-reads from Palin family brawl police report


NOTHING in Sarah Palin’s life is considered private, including her own uterus.

I accept that the media uses a double standard. What annoys me is when they try to pretend they don’t.


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115 Responses to Matt Bai Pretends That Journalism Has Ethics

  1. The Klown says:

    BTW – Don’t expect me to read your blog if every post is a single paragraph containing 5000+ words, single spaced, in hard-to-read font.

  2. The Klown says:

    If your first instinct is to trust the White House (any White House) then you have no business calling yourself a journalist. Remember “Question Authority?”

    • DandyTIger says:

      All those bumper stickers should be changed to “Question Republican Authority”. Sad when people can’t step away from their cult and look around.

  3. HELENK3 says:

    what do you call a prostitute with stenography lessons????
    a journalist of today

  4. The Klown says:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Malala Yousafza has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  5. leslie says:

    What did you do with the kittens? How did you manage to get off this really good post without a break? Did you get them their own keyboard?
    This morning Mika started out with some “report” on the Palin family drunken brawl, at which point I changed to the weather channel. So I “missed” Morning Joe today. I’d like to tell her and the rest of MSNBS to get a life, but I realize digging up cr@p on someone who is Out of the Limelight is their greatest joy. I just wish someone – anyone – would throw up the Kennedy Family’s antics to them(her), in the same way they do the Palin’s private lives.

  6. lyn says:

    Excellent post.

  7. Lulu says:

    George H. W. did run around on old Barb. A lot. But he didn’t blab, his girlfriends didn’t, and old Barb didn’t go into a snit as it didn’t affect her or their home life. And his “friends” didn’t rat him out either. It is a different era and social class if you know what I mean. Bubba “Big Dog” Clinton did not meet those 1% criteria that the knob polishers known as the press hated him for being a wildly successful hillbilly genius.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I just finished the 1988 campaign via Barbara Bush’s memoir (1994). It’s a terrific ride through her words and most notably when the Hart scandal broke she was really upset with the press for “going there”. It’s no one’s business what goes on in your personal life, etc. Now I know where she was coming from even though after 8 years of Reagan, Hart could have beaten her husband, he was very “Kennedy-esque”. And there may have been no Clintons? Or GWBs? Or Obamas? Hart’s affair was indeed historic.

      • elliesmom says:

        On personal level, I took a friend of mine to a meeting with Gary Hart before the scandal broke. She was a Republican because her father was a Republican. But Gary Hart changed her mind. She’s been a Democrat ever since. He could be very persuasive. If he had kept it zipped or at least been more discreet, who knows where we might be now.

        • DeniseVB says:

          He’s still married to his 1st wife 😉 I didn’t know he was a graduate of Yale’s Divinity School also. My have the Democrats changed ! Clinton wasn’t a bad President, but his affairs certainly didn’t hurt him running for Pres.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Hart

          • elliesmom says:

            I was discussing life with a retired husband with my vet yesterday. She said her husband needs a new hobby. She doesn’t care what her name is as long as she keeps him busy a few days a week. We were kidding around, but sometimes women really don’t care.

          • The Klown says:

            I don’t think that marital infidelity is a disqualifying factor in choosing a POTUS, but I don’t like the idea of the media selectively deciding what information is important and unimportant for us to know.

            The media should NEVER be keeping secrets from the public.

      • Constance says:

        I think it is relevant if Presidential nominees are screwing around on their wife. Because it shows their attitude towards women, it shows their lack of loyalty and it means they could be easily manipulated by some types of women or easily blackmailed. Now if the marriage is one of convenience and the wife is screwing around too then I’ll consider that an honest power balanced situation.

        • Constance says:

          Besides, Democrat men always screw such vapid women. What does that say about them? I’m not sure but it’s not positive. What about that twit Edwards was carrying on with? OMG!

  8. The Klown says:

  9. Erin says:

    I think the treatment of Sarah Palin has more to do with being an uppity female that is also an outsider from the Washington political establishment than being just a Rebuplican. Her existence as a VP challenged the accepted norms. Your two examples, Bush the Elder and Obama, are both political establishment candidates. They both fit the excepted model for a president.

    I see the press as establishment versus democrat vs Republican. If you are not part of the cocktail weenie circuit you are subject to different rules. I agree that Hart was an exception to that rule.

    • DandyTIger says:

      There’s an interesting combo of Repub, non elite popular politician (the greatest sin ever), non victim woman (second greatest sin), among others. The Washington elite, from both sides of the isle, had to destroy her.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    The photo, Gary Hart and Donna Rice……

  11. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/failure-upon-failure_810899.html#

    stole this from a commenter at Rev Amy’s place

    really good article. long but worth reading
    failure upon failure

  12. Lulu says:

    Economic impact of Ebola just now coming into view. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/09/are-ebola-fears-impacting-visitors-for-annual-red-river-showdown/ The big tourist weekend (and the state fair) will probably be less profitable and lower key than in years past. Yesterday I noticed numerous business reporters on Fox Business asking who is supposed to pay for all this Ebola stuff. The fed taxpayers? States? Insurance? How can hospitals just eat the half million dollar bills for care? Do doctors and hospitals need Ebola malpractice insurance if a patient dies and the family is litigious about it? How is the medical establishment going to pay staff to take the risk of catching it and dying? I think people are almost as afraid of the economic impact as the actual illness and its mortality rate.

    • votermom says:

      I think the fed govt should take money away from some of the stupid crap it spends on and allocate it to pandemic response.

      • Somebody says:

        Well that sounds logical VM, but it will never happen. DC has no capacity to prioritize, if it did we wouldn’t have the deficits and huge national debt we have. I’m sure the federal taxpayers will end up picking up the tab, or should I say the Chinese because we’ll have to borrow the money.

      • Erin says:

        Congress would actually have to pass a budget. They don’t do that very often anymore. We are on a continuing resolution AGAIN. I think in the past 6 years we have only had 3 genuine budgets pass. This is happening so often that I think we need a constitutional amendment that fines them every day past June 30 th that they fail to pass a budget. Wait too long in fulling this primary job function each year and they risk working for free for the year.

        • Somebody says:

          Sounds like a great idea, but I don’t think they really rely on their salaries. They get WAY more money from kickbacks and insider trading.
          I’d like to see them not only pass a budget, but also break that budget down. I don’t like the omnibus budget process, it’s too easy to hide stuff. I’d prefer that they have to vote up or down each individual agency’s budget. There are still pages upon pages and it’s still easy to hide stuff, but a little more difficult. I’d also like to do something that disallowed members of congress to add line item pork barrel dollars to agency budgets. Any add on or line item should have to put forward by itself on the floor for an up or down vote. If it’s something truly important like disaster relief I’m sure it will pass, but a multi-million dollar boondoggle project in a member’s home district I’d think would be less likely to pass…….unless said member knows where some bodies are buried.

        • Somebody says:

          I agree with you up to a point, there has to be exceptions. Think about how WW2 would have turned out if we didn’t have deficit spending capabilities, there are many other examples in our country’s history of such necessity. I think deficit spending should only be considered at such extreme times though. What I’d really prefer would be to have a rainy day fund, but that’s pure fantasy these assholes can’t stay within their means let alone put aside for a rainy day fund. That is really how we should function though in all honesty. We should save during boom times so that we can tap into those reserves if needed when things aren’t so good or there is some kind of catastrophe.

          Unfortunately that won’t happen, at least probably not in our lifetime. Both sides of the aisle spend like drunken sailors, none of them seem to have any concern for future generations. They live for today and to hell with tomorrow. The same mentality is true of a majority of the electorate that votes for the same assholes over and over. Sure in polls and surveys lots of people want to cut spending, but what the polls don’t elicit is they want to cut spending in another state or district not in theirs.

          • The Klown says:

            What if borrowing money required a supermajority in Congress and/or was subject to a popular referendum?

            When you say “emergencies only” they just call everything an emergency.

            Fiscal discipline is like dieting – it ain’t fun.

          • Somebody says:

            I think a super majority would be fine. DC is a dysfunctional lot, but they have come together when times warranted. If you required a super majority then most likely it would be a case where deficit spending was necessary to get both parties in agreement. Well either that or the corruption would be even worse than it is today.

            I don’t think a public referendum would work very well. First off creating a ballot, getting it through approval process and public notices for voting, etc., takes too much time. Second it turns us into more of a pure democracy, which I don’t think we want. We’re a representative republic for a reason. We’re near the tipping point of the moochers exceeding the taxpayers. If we allowed popular referendums on spending with a majority of takers that would be a nightmare for our country.

      • Lulu says:

        The feds are already trying to pass on the costs. States, localities, private hospitals, insurance, etc are going to be expected to pick up the tab. This stuff could bankrupt small or poor states, counties, cities, insurance companies, individuals very fast. The CDC has allocated their budget for childhood obesity, global climate change, etc. They keep griping about how much other countries are not spending in west Africa but I have not seen any figures on what CDC is spending there either. They keep resisting doing things like training more, developing hazardous material disposal protocols, shutting down the borders, etc. I think they don’t have the budget for it because they have allocated it all for a bunch of proggy crap. There are supposed to be congressional hearings next week and I hope they drill down into what the hell they are using their budget for.

    • lyn says:

      She should keep her lips zipped.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Poor Gwennie, does she realize that giving Obama all the power he needs will make her a very poor person? #SpreadTheWealth !

    • Erin says:

      I find the cult of personality disturbing. Would she want to give GWB all the power he needed to accomplish his vision? Any power you give to one president you give to the ones that come after. Which was one of the reasons I wanted Hilary Clinton as president. Both the GOP and the Democratic establishment would think long and hard about what powers they wanted that Clinton to have.

      • Lulu says:

        I watched one of the genealogy shows and Gweneth was one of the celebrities they had tracking down their ancestors. She was so stupid it was painful. Banal, clueless, and very dorky. Then she ran to tell her mother what she found! Of course she found nothing but a bunch of genealogists did. I thought “Well your husband just left you so I guess that will have to do.” Her mother seemed totally underwhelmed and talked to her like she was nine.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I love those shows and they’ve saved me money not signing up for Ancestory.com. It always seems they can never go far enough back, so they take the celebs globetrotting to their ancestral homes to dig though old birth and death records that never seem to be on the website.

          • Lulu says:

            Local genealogists are very good. My hubby’s family hired one in the UK to track down the first ancestor dude who immigrated to Canada as a Napoleonic war veteran. They found his military records (retired as a sergeant of artillery drivers and drew a pension until he died at 106!), came from Islay, the family ran away from the borders when there was a price on their heads for reiving cattle and horses as well as murder, they invented farm equipment like they did in Canada (and Texas), and were general all around wild asses when drunk. They all were in and out of jail regularly. My husband said they were a problem because they were obviously under-employed until they were in the Napoleonic wars. LOL.

          • Somebody says:

            He lived to 106? Wow, that’s really a long life now, let alone back then. Amazing! It makes me want to rethink scotch, particularly if he was a drunk most of the time……must have pickled any germs or cancer cells. Hubby drinks scotch and he’s most fond of aged, single malts from Islay.

  13. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.macleans.ca/politics/malala-yousafzai-teen-idol/

    when I grow up I want to be this young lady

  14. The Klown says:

  15. foxyladi14 says:

    h/t Rev.Amy

  16. HELENK3 says:

    can someone explain what the media has to gain by promoting the ebola racism theme? it makes no sense to me. I never knew a virus that chose a person to attack by color.

  17. HELENK3 says:

    I love this guy

  18. DeniseVB says:

    I didn’t know Rand Paul went to Ferguson. Stupid media just wants to cover the race agitators. He actually sat down with community leaders with bill proposals (or if they passed still stuck in the Senate?). Looks like what Sharpton, Jackson, Obama and Holder should be doing……

    http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1228

  19. The Klown says:

    WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE???

    • Somebody says:

      Thank goodness the gentleman found that baby girl. I don’t know who would do such a thing, I’m going to assume it was a teen mother.

      • Somebody says:

        BTW I’m sure there will be lots of people lining up to adopt that little girl. Heck I know two families that would LOVE to adopt her…..they both have boys and would love to have a daughter. They’re both very well off families too, the little girl would be spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. I’m betting there are quite a number of CA residents that would be more than willing to give this little precious baby a loving home.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Glad the baby’s okay, good thing your mom didn’t find her because we all know where she would have taken this baby 😉

    • Constance says:

      Well the child has a father as well as a mother.

      • The Klown says:

        I’d say it’s 50/50 the father would have been relieved if the baby was never found, assuming he even knows it’s his.

        • Constance says:

          The teen Mom could be laying there trying to recover after giving birth, essentially alone, and someone else, like the father, might have told her it’s dead and put it in the trash. Just because a new born is in the trash doesn’t mean the mother put it there. It is not a stretch of the imagination that the mother is shaking and unable to stand up.

          • The Klown says:

            Update:

            A mother who gave birth to a baby that was found abandoned in a trash bin early Thursday in Merced has been identified as a 13-year-old girl who lives in south Merced, the Police Department confirmed Friday.

          • 1539days says:

            This is true, but previous history of these incidents would indicate otherwise.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Wow!! That’s a surprise. 🙂

      • leslie says:

        It’s not really a surprise. The Tribune has historically endorsed Republicans – except for Obama. It is, or has been, a conservative paper as long as I’ve been here (a long time). I think the reason they endorsed Obama was to keep their readership. There are consistently more Ds than Rs in this area. In fact, when they endorsed Obama, I was utterly shocked. And in the case of Quinn, they pretty much have no choice. Since he stepped into the vacancy left by Blago, our state has descended into true financial despair. The credit rating is, I think, the lowest in the US. If they had endorsed Quinn, I’d have been even more surprised than I was in 2008.

        • leslie says:

          Quinn is a decent man, but he’d never cross Mike Madigan (D- owns the legislature). If you think Axelrod is fierce, Madigan is at least 10 times as fierce and blood thirsty as well. I know just how ruthless he is. Nope, Quinn wouldn’t dare do anything to upset Madigan and that’s why we (IL) are in such a bad financial situation.

          I’m really wondering what happened to Karen Lewis, the CPS Teachers’ Union president . She was planning to run against Rahm for Da Mayor’s position and suddenly took ill, went to the hospital, was admitted for a brief time and then even more suddenly had emergency surgery. NOTHING is being reported about the nature of this illness/need for surgery. And Rahm suddenly looks to have no competition now.

  20. The Klown says:

  21. DeniseVB says:

    The Denver Post has endorsed Sen. Udall’s Republican challenger !

    http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_26701817/cory-gardner-u-s-senate

    • Propertius says:

      I told Udall to his face that I’d never donate to, campaign for, or vote for him again back in 2008 – when he flipped on telecom immunity just the way his BFF Barack did (and I had done all of the above previously).

  22. Propertius says:

    Here is how modern “journalistic ethics” work: If you are a Democrat (and you probably are) then any dirt you can dig up on a Republican office holder, candidate, potential candidate, or leader of the GOP is fair game. On the other hand, the dirty laundry of Democrats should be ignored or, when necessary, actively suppressed.

    Tell that to Little Johnny Edwards.

    If then-Vice President George H. W. Bush was stepping out on Barbara you know it damn well would have been considered newsworthy.

    There were persistent rumors throughout the Bush Presidency that he had a mistress. You never heard about it in the press, but it was generally believed to be true in DC.

    It’s not about party, it’s about connections and access. The Bushes have been insiders for generations (since George Herbert Walker, after whom GHWB was named). Palin’s an outsider. She’ll always be anathema to the inside-the-beltway crowd. Clinton was an outsider when he was elected, but has gained insider status since he left office. Hart was a semi-insider, but just didn’t have the K street cred to withstand Bush and Atwater.

    • Somebody says:

      The MSM didn’t touch the John Edwards affair it was the National Enquirer that broke that story. There were rumors aplenty, but the MSM chose to ignore the story. The whole timing of the Edwards affair revelations have always seemed suspect to me, but what do I know?

      I remember rumors about GHW Bush too, his secretary or something. There was a mild ripple at the time, but it never took hold. I could be wrong but perhaps the fact that he was the sitting VP with secret service protection had something to do with helping to keep the press from ambushing him as well.

  23. mothy67 says:

    First thought when I saw the post was Palin.
    I took a couple of journalism classes in college. Easy who what when where and how. At heart it is an easy job. It has become twisted. The most vile thing I may have ever seen was a local story about a severely abused child the news was almost celebrating the cruelty she endured. Through out the night her plight was advertised as a tease for the 11 broadcast. Disgusting. Report do not embellish or pontificate. Because you have next to sociology the easiest degree there is do not act like you can enlighten me. The kids at vox and the hair salon make me sick what a bunch of tools thinking they are so superior. The whole premise of vox is vomit inducing.
    Also anyone who wants to run for Congress just needs to start talking about Common Core and kale for football players at lunch. Waiting for a kid after school all everyone does is bitch about math. Palin rose to fame by speaking plainly about real stuff. You betcha we could see some real changes if a few helicopter mom and dads went rogue. I thought about it but my history could fill tabloids for years. I would start by confessing to the Lindburgh kidnapping and having given birth to Cortney Love just to be like fling whatever you want I laugh at you.

    • Somebody says:

      I think it’s CYA on the part of the CT government in the event that there is a case there. Perhaps they need to declare this in order to quarantine someone. We need only look to Texas to see that people who are supposed to be under quarantine are not always cooperative, in fact quite often they can be careless, selfish assholes. Remember that drug resistant TB patient several years ago that knew he was infected and still got on an airplane? People can be really selfish.

      The forced vaccinations is interesting, I don’t know that I like that. There isn’t any vaccination for ebola anyway, but should there be a measles or standard flu outbreak there are vaccinations for that.

  24. driguana says:

    So, just why are there 3000, combat ready troops moving into Robertsfield Intl Airport 40 miles outside of Monrovia? I’ve spent a large portion of the day exchanging information with Liberians, reading as much as I can from the Liberian Observor, especially, the comments on articles and scouring You Tube for videos of any information. As one Nigerian journalist put it yesterday, it is very hard to get accurate information about what is really going on in Liberia right now. There is a tremendous amount of medical, political and societal fear.

    So, back to the question…why do we have or will have 3000 combat ready troops at Robertsfield??

    There is some speculation that Liberia might politically fall. Apparently it is close to hell there right now. If the country should fall, what might happen? One guess is that the vacuum would be filled pretty quickly by some group with a bone to pick with America. Col Gaddafi of Libya supposedly supplied lots of arms to Liberia during the civil wars as he wanted a “window on the Atlantic”. Well, here you go. That might explain all of the American troops in Liberia, right? Coups or take-overs in third world countries usually mean taking over the airport and the radio station.

    Very strange what all is going on…very strange.

  25. Somebody says:

    Oh the horrors Duncan the ebola patient had a 103 fever.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d0776696ea1e4dfca19e1effc2638d57/ebola-patient-arrived-er-103-degree-fever
    Oh and the hospital is raaaaaaaacist. BTW the nurse noted he had recently arrived from Africa. Apparently she asked him about being in contact with sick people and he denied any such contact. His nephew straight up accuses the medical team of being racist.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Has the family hired Crump (Trayvon and Michael Brown “family” lawyer) yet ? I know Sharpton and Jackson have been there. If they decide to sue, maybe the hospital should send them the bill ? Stupid race baiters smelling money and seeking PR off the deceased, grrrrrrr.

      • lyn says:

        Friends of U.S. journalist and Ebola patient, Ashoka Mukpo, are trying to raise $500,000 for his medical expenses. He’s in an Omaha, NE, hospital. Here’s what he wrote Sept. 23 on his Facebook page:
        “man oh man i have seen some bad things in the last two weeks of my life. how unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be. how in some parts of the world, basic levels of help and assistance that we take for granted completely don’t exist for many people. the raw coldness of deprivation and the potential for true darkness that exists in the human experience. i hope that humanity can figure out how we can take care of each other and our world. simple, soft aspiration for all my brothers and sisters on this earth who suffer the elements and the cold. may we all be free, loved, and tended to…”

    • Lulu says:

      “Hospital officials, who came forward “in the interest of transparency,” initially cited workflow and information-sharing problems for the botch. “Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses,” the statement noted. “However, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of our electronic health records interacted in this specific case.”

      “Mysteriously, after taking special care to get their facts straight before releasing the statement, the hospital backed off a day later. The very specific communications flaw in the medical records software—which apparently had prevented some staff from accessing Duncan’s travel history from Liberia—suddenly disappeared.” http://michellemalkin.com/2014/10/07/ebola-electronic-medical-records-and-epic-systems/
      “Faulkner , an influential Obama campaign finance bundler, served as an adviser to David Blumenthal. He’s the White House health information technology guru in charge of dispensing the federal electronic medical records subsidies that Faulkner pushed President Obama to adopt. Faulkner also served on the same committee Blumenthal chaired.” The case management system is shit. It drops data.

    • lyn says:

      The nephew needs to STFU. Racists would have walked away and let his uncle die without care. The medical team risked their lives to help for his uncle.

  26. HELENK3 says:

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  27. HELENK3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/202190-mooch-campaigns-in-iowa-for-senate-candidate-bruce-braley-repeatedly-calls-him-bruce-bailey/

    dems do not want backtrack to campaign for them, but are the really sure they want meeeschelle?

  28. DeniseVB says:

  29. Okay, Ezra Klein has Jumped the Cock, and swallowed Obama AND Krugman whole. SRSLY.
    http://www.vox.com/2014/10/10/6953889/paul-krugman-obama-historic-success

    • DandyTIger says:

      That’s crazy on top of crazy on top of delusion. They live in a very special place.

      • mothy6767 says:

        He is so far out there. I tried to read him as I used to think I learned more from an argument. He does not engage he dictates and they all silence any opposition with name calling. I have none a billion special rich brats that possess no creativity but flock to the Whitney because they read what they are supposed to think about a piece of art. I lived upstate Manhattan for many years and dealt with what I once thought were friends getting on the 1 or 9 train venturing to In wood. Amazing park but in my opinion the only way to appreciate the Cloisters is to take in the park and the museum on a whole. obscenely rich kids talking about a tapestry is stupid.
        Not sure if I mentioned it but my favorite teacher saved me from group think. Dianne Simmons prof at Hunter College. Available on Amazon. YES I know I said it before. I went to Purdue Temple and Hunter. She was the best. Hands down she argued with me about everything made me think 25 years later I try with the brat. My methods are different. Kid refused to have imaginary friends so I had to get my own. Suzie Samantha and Samantha Suzie conjoined. I used them to assuage the travails of childhood. They had stories for everything I guess being pretend opens up a lot of doors. Had I known Netflix and watched The Vampire Diaries back then they would have had dopplegangerss and died in that freak accident when they fell in the snow and split in half.

  30. mothy6767 says:

    TAI Kwan doe guy is giving me free passes to hand out for Halloween. What a great marketing idea. I have bee talking him up to the neighbors. Wanted to buy a pass for kid across the street and he said tell anyone to use my name and he will let them try it out for a few weeks and see if it works for them.. Gotta make sure the 7 heard old across the street is in my corner. Got my baby’s back in ten years after a football game.

  31. mothy6767 says:

    Great was on fire tonight. She does that lawyer mind fuck where she says stuff without saying it. Always half questions herself after making controversial statements. I think she is the best except when she goes Casey Anthony on me. I find that coverage very disturbing. The word pollution springs to mind Does an entire nation get better after obsessing over a simple twisted sick bitch and her selfish crime. I think not and I also think they need to add simple twisted bitch/prick to the next DSM.

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