I know the elections should be our chief focus right now, but just a brief interlude…
Although, this all says so much about the media, local and national, and how utterly poisonous it can be.
Remember @ChristineDByers? The crime reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the one who tweeted the above back in August, her ‘scoop’ merrily RTed by the likes of Jake Tapper and over 3,000 Darren Wilson fans.
It set the media narrative about the murder of Michael Brown, the St Louis Post-Dispatch being the trusted source on this story, that poor old Wilson was simply defending himself.
It wasn’t true.
The story was, evidently, fed to Christine by her police buddies, Wilson’s colleagues, and she dutifully passed it on.
And Christine dutifully passes on a whole bunch of police stuff. That’s her thing.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch refused to publish her “story” because it “did not meet standards for publication” – and for the St Louis Post-Dispatch to turn down a Ferguson police-friendly story, Christine’s standards must have been exceedingly low.
She disappeared from Twitter for about a fortnight, refusing to answer a single question about her tweet, but when she returned, she went back in to police-friendly overdrive.
Just some samples from her timeline:
One of her earliest Ferguson RTs, of a fellow St Louis Post-Dispatch reporter (who couldn’t spell Ferguson)
White student gets cold-cocked by a random black.
Meanwhile, Michael Brown’s bullet-riddled body lay in a morgue.
But: White student gets cold-cocked by a random black.
Another Christine RT. Of course, Chief Jackson admitted that Wilson didn’t know Michael Brown was a robbery suspect, but never mind the facts.
Another RT of a St Louis Post-Dispatch reporter.
And now a RT of the retired St Louis County Police Chief – the Ferguson police are “the keepers at the gate”.
You read that right.
One of Christine’s many anguished tweets about the safety of Ferguson police cars.
While Michael Brown’s family was mourning his loss, Christine was busy RTing support for the fatigued Ferguson cops who had to stay up late dealing with folk inexplicably upset about the murder of an unarmed teenager by a cop.
Now she’s angry with Rev Al, because, you know, he’s the chief villain in the story.
Another RT to let us know that the Ferguson police are truth-tellers.
Aaaaaand: another RT – this one suggesting that if it wasn’t for those angry ‘rioters’, Michael Brown’s murder wouldn’t even be a story.
If only Michael Brown was just injured by a rock, hey Christine?
A tough time.
By now, Christine’s PR work for the Ferguson PD is off the scale.
The retired St Louis County Police Chief loved her work!
This is the guy who tweeted this nine days after the murder of Michael Brown:
And the killing of Vonderrit Myers, dutifully RTing St Louis Police’s version of events.
Here we go. Never mind the facts of the incident, the dead guy was bad. He had it coming.
Back to worrying about the safety of police vehicles – because #PoliceCarLivesMatter
Ooooh, goodie, found a black officer who was abused! Go for it Christine!
(The unarmed black teenager who was murdered by a colleague of that officer? Meh)
Because, you know, it’s not about race.
Well then, he deserved to die.
Ah, “no angel” again?
Christine, of course, doesn’t mention that Roorda, a Democratic (sigh) member of the Missouri House of Representatives, was a fired police officer who was behind the fundraiser for Darren Wilson.
But never mind, the important message for Christine to get out was that Myers, just like Michael Brown, was “no angel”.
She’s dizzy with excitement now – the national media is aboard the Team Wilson train!
(Aka: Team Wilson)
Christine is this -> . <- close to making ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ her Twitter avi.
Marijuana! Well then, he had those bullets coming.
There were, oh, a gazillion reports out there suggesting the opposite, but Christine opted to link this.
Well, we’re getting her drift now, right?
Of course, several black witnesses said the opposite, but Christine must have been too busy to RT their accounts.
Ah, going for the Brown family now? Smear-a-rama! Their crime being they were related to an unarmed black teenager murdered by a white cop. So, fair targets.
One more reminder from Christine: Michael was a drug-fueled beast.
Yes, because publishing and tweeting Ferguson PD leaks designed to smear Michael Brown and exonerate Darren Wilson is just like Woodward and Bernstein.
The greatest irony?
Christine Byers has this Joseph Pulitzer quote in her Twitter header:
“I know that my retirement will make no difference in its [my newspaper's] cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”
Noam Levey: Number Of Latinos With Insurance Coverage Surges Under Healthcare Law
The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community. Overall, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between summer 2013 and spring 2014. That parallels a broader increase in coverage that has taken place since insurance marketplaces opened last fall and states began expanding Medicaid under the healthcare law.
The overall uninsured rate for U.S. adults under 65 plummeted from 20% to 15% in the same period, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit group that studies U.S. and global health systems. Other surveys have shown similar declines. “The Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nation’s highest uninsured rates,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s Michelle Doty, the report’s lead author. “These substantial improvements will mean better health and healthcare for millions of people.” The Medicaid expansion proved particularly important for Latinos, the Commonwealth Fund report indicates. In states that expanded Medicaid, including California, the uninsured rate among working-age Latino adults dropped by about half, from 35% to 17%.
On This Day – Pete Souza: “A young girl captures the President’s attention as he greeted customers at Junior’s Cheesecake with New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn.” Oct. 25, 2013
The Week Ahead
Today and Tomorrow
The President has no public events scheduled
Meets with the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee at the White House
Travels to Wisconsin to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mary Burke and other Wisconsin Democrats
Attends meetings at the White House
Travels to Portland, Maine to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mike Michaud and other Maine Democrats
He will then travel to Providence, Rhode Island where he will remain overnight
Delivers remarks at Rhode Island College – they will focus on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies that help women succeed
He will then return to Washington, DC.
In the evening, the President and First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to a trick or treat at the White House
Travels to the Detroit area to attend a campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer
Travels to Bridgeport, Connecticut for an event with Dan Malloy and other Connecticut Democrats
Later, he will travel to Philadelphia to attend a campaign event for Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania Democrats
Bo and Sunny play with White House staffer Brian Mosteller (Photo by Pete Souza)
On This Day
President Obama, along with Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, and Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, right, play basketball between events at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Oct. 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama waits with staff backstage before an event at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Oct. 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza: “Even backstage, Jay Leno is a hoot. Here he tells the punch line to a funny story as the President waits to tape the Tonight Show in Burbank, Calif.” Oct. 25, 2011
Tampa – October 25, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)
President Obama casts his ballot during early voting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama early votes in Chicago, October 25, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a skit with Jimmy Kimmel prior to their interview for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Thousands of people gather on the tarmac at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport while waiting for the arrival of President Obama and the start of a campaign rally October 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio
Pete Souza: “At a late night rally in Cleveland, supporters react as the President delivered his remarks.” Oct. 25, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before delivering remarks to the 2013 USO Service Member Honorees, Oct. 25, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan visit a classroom at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)