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L.A. Times Has Roll Call of Pain Caused by “Shutdown”; Systematically Fails to Mention House Efforts to Fix Each Problem

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am

When you go to the link at the L.A. Times about the government slowdown, there is a piece they have made permanently accessible from each link, personalizing the stories of those affected by the slowdown. The story is titled: The individual pain of the government shutdown. Here are some examples of individual stories — as well as what editors decided to leave out.

Cleo Tung and Matthew Locascio had planned to marry this weekend in Yosemite National Park, with El Capitan and Half Dome as backdrop.

Plans didn’t go through. No mention is made of the fact that the House has voted to fund national parks, but Harry Reid won’t take up the bill, and Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.

Peter Wisniewski first applied for permission to raft the majestic Colorado River through the even-more-majestic Grand Canyon back in 1995. He was 26 then, and he had no idea that he’d have to wait until 2013 for the National Park Service to issue him the necessary permit.

He can’t do his trip now. Without government dollars, the Colorado doesn’t flow. Or, more accurately, it does, but the NPS will issue you a criminal citation if you try to “recreate.” Ditto on the lack of mention of the House bill to fund the NPS. Also, no mention is made of Gov. Jan Brewer’s offer to keep the Grand Canyon open. Nor is any mention made of the shutdown theater in which the NPS, in other locations, has gone far out of its way to make life difficult for people trying to enjoy the parks.

Bobby Harsh says a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health saved his life. In 2008, he was battling melanoma that wasn’t responding to drugs. His doctors sent him to the NIH in Maryland, and as part of that clinical trial, doctors found his cancer had spread to his lungs.

The story says other people like him won’t be so lucky. Except, further down, it takes it back: “NIH spokeswoman Renate Myles says the NIH will not turn away patients who are critically ill.” No mention is made of the fact that the House has voted to fund the NIH, but Harry Reid won’t take up the bill, and Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.

At 7 days old, Ava Saunders is blissfully unaware of the political firestorm brewing around her, but her mother, Shanaya Saunders, is not.

Saunders was in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Thursday morning, picking up assistance checks from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. When Saunders was born 28 years ago, her mother relied upon WIC to buy baby formula, nutritious foods and other necessities.

Now, Saunders does the same.

“You need help, even when you’re working, because the cost of living is just so high,” said Saunders as her mother, Beth Mack, pushed the stroller holding the sleeping Ava, swaddled in pink blankets.
Saunders, 28, plans to return soon to her $13-an-hour clerical job, but the pay is not nearly enough to cover rent and other expenses. With WIC checks, Saunders can buy produce at participating farmers’ markets. She can get low-fat milk, lentils, eggs, peanut butter and other healthy foods from stores that take WIC checks.

WIC officials say they have funds to last through Oct. 31. Saunders and Mack, though, worry that participating vendors soon will stop taking WIC checks, for fear they will bounce.

No mention is made of the fact that the House has passed a bill to address this issue, but Harry Reid won’t take up the bill, and Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.

Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which “serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children,” and provides “vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.” (Passed in the House 244-164)

At a certain point, the disinformation becomes so pervasive and consistent that it’s fair to call it lying.

We’re at that point, editors. You’re lying to your readers. It’s a disgrace. You are a disgrace.

The next time you want to give a speech about how you’re nonpartisan and just out to inform people, save it. Review this post. Realize what frauds you are. And then go back to the work of killing this newspaper.

It’s dying, yes. But: faster, please.

21 Responses to “L.A. Times Has Roll Call of Pain Caused by “Shutdown”; Systematically Fails to Mention House Efforts to Fix Each Problem”

  1. I no longer agree with the House voting to fund the fascist National Park Service

    Park Rangers are oppressive thuggy obamasluts not unlike those fat illiterate people what make the cars for General Motors

    Please to not give them my monies stupid Boehner

    They do not add value

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. Do they mention the pain caused by the Infernal revenue Service taking money for which I’ve worked hard away from me every week?

    The taxpayer Dana (3e4784)

  3. In all of the current CR and debt ceiling negotiations, Obama is supposed to accept the ongoing sequestration spending at current levels.

    Bob Woodward said that sequestration was Lew’s and Obama’s idea, btw. Will Obama continue to anger Progressives by continuing sequestration spending at its current levels?

    And when will the LMSM report on this?

    Curious (ce3daf)

  4. The LAT — what am I saying, the entire covey of American Obama lickspittle, lapdog media — does not deserve the First Amendment.

    (Do lapdogs come in coveys?)

    nk (dbc370)

  5. the concept of “disgrace” only applies to those with a sense of shame.

    thus the staff at the Slimes is not susceptible to it.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  6. #4 bananas come in bunches, lapdogs come in lunches.

    felipe (70ff7e)

  7. Will Obama continue to anger progressives by living under the sequestration that he proposed and signed into law? Will the Left continue to demagogue a tiny reduction in the rate of growth of spending?

    JD (5eea31)

  8. Could have had a couple of NPS Brownshirts as witnesses, what’s the problem?

    Colonel Haiku (879b60)

  9. If the LA Times is like the Seattle Times, then I think a large portion of their revenue comes from sources connected with Hte One. The Seattle Time’s website responds to key presses with new windows that open encouraging the reader to “Use Obama’s Refi Program If You Owe Less Than $625,500 On Your Home”. My wife thinks this is an independent organization that is just trying to use Hte One’s coattails to attract business. I have a much darker explanation. If she’s correct, then the wording will change as His popularity declines. If I’m correct, we’ll see more and more ad’s reminding us of how essential His social programs are to our prosperity … free cell phones, EBT cards, demand pumping, etc.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

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    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

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  12. Since the Kochs don’t want to buy the LA Times, perhaps they might invest in a centrist startup web paper here in L.A.

    Might as well get in on the ground floor, to be ready when the Dog Trainer folds.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  13. O-T
    Neo-Neocon calls such contrived abominations of almost-English (as displayed at #11) “spambots”. Presumably, clicking on the link-at-the-name delivers you to some site trying to sell… something. Don’t click.

    A_Nonny_Mouse (57cacf)

  14. is what shows up if you hover the cursor over “Frankie”…

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    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  15. You would think that the Republicans would put up billboards at park entrances saying the House voted the funding for their operation and the Democrats shot it down.


    Charles in Houston (86a2b0)

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  17. Why would anyone read the LA Times, except maybe about USC football.

    MikeK (dc6ffe)

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  19. #11 and #16 — an interesting way to “mark” web postings for looking up later with a search engine.

    crosspatch (f08108)

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  21. The New York Times is a lot better than the Los Angeles Times, even when their news articles contain some real strong outright bias.

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