Monday, April 02, 2012

Retractions vs. updates

IPBiz posted on an "update" on the Foxconn story aired by CBS Sunday Morning on 18 March 2012:

Update on Foxconn story on Sunday Morning. This American Life said Daisey exaggerated Foxconn situation. CBS confirmed all aspects of Sunday Morning story except working 12 year old. Foxconn and Apple declined to respond on this item.

CNN quoted Daisey on the "This American Life" portion:

"What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism. For this reason, I regret that I allowed THIS AMERICAN LIFE to air an excerpt from my monologue. THIS AMERICAN LIFE is essentially a journalistic -- not a theatrical -- enterprise, and as such it operates under a different set of rules and expectations."

"But this is my only regret. I am proud that my work seems to have sparked a growing storm of attention and concern over the often appalling conditions under which many of the high-tech products we love so much are assembled in China."

The Public Radio International program "This American Life" retracted the entire episode, but CBS Sunday Morning gave an update.

Reuters gave an update on 30 March 2012, titled Apple, Foxconn set new standard for Chinese workers.

As a separate matter, NBC's "Today Show" took text that stated

"This guy looks like he's up to no good. Or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about."

The 911 officer responded saying, "OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?"

"He looks black," Zimmerman said.

and attributed an abbreviated text to Zimmerman -->

"This guy looks like he's up to no good ... he looks black."

Online WSJ talks about the issue as well as the following:

Come to think of it, ObamaCare passed the House by just 219-212. If Obama think that's a "strong majority," he must've slept through arithmetic class at Punahou.

CBS's Mark Knoller tweets the following paraphrase of a related remark: "Pres Obama confident health care law willl [sic] be upheld. Says that view shared by 'a whole lot' of law profs, academics and judges."

And, from CNN's Obama says health care law is constitutional :

"In accordance with precedents out there, it is constitutional," Obama said of the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act passed by congressional Democrats with no Republican support. "That's not just my opinion, by the way, that's the opinion of legal experts across the ideological spectrum, including two very conservative appellate court justices that said this wasn't even a close case."

From Slate

1. Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit—and one of the most conservative judges in the nation—wrote the following, in upholding the constitutionality of the statute:

We acknowledge some discomfort with the Government’s failure to advance any clear doctrinal principles limiting congressional mandates that any American purchase any product or service in interstate commerce. … That difficulty is troubling, but not fatal, not least because we are interpreting the scope of a long-established constitutional power, not recognizing a new constitutional right. … It suffices for this case to recognize, as noted earlier, that the health insurance market is a rather unique one, both because virtually everyone will enter or affect it, and because the uninsured inflict a disproportionate harm on the rest of the market as a result of their later consumption of health care services.
As even Judge Silberman recognized, there is really no question that existing Commerce Clause doctrine squarely supports the law. If the court wants to redefine Commerce Clause doctrine, five votes can do it. But it will be an act of judicial activism and require an entire rewriting of our understanding of what powers Congress does and does not have in its arsenal to deal with national economic problems. Bear in mind, the mandate in this case is conceptually no different from the existing mandate that every employed person pay into the fund that supports Medicare, whether the individual does now, or ever will, benefit from the Medicare system.

**Reuters on NBC/Today story:

An internal NBC News probe has determined a "seasoned" producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network.


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