Patterico's Pontifications


CNN Chyron Writers Think They’re Clever (They’re Not)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:00 am

The guys who write the snarky little parentheticals in the CNN chyrons are at it again — and they have been unleashed with a vengeance:

I’ll save you the click. Here are both of the images in the tweet:

This Is CNN 1

This Is CNN 2

And they keep doing it:

The people at CNN would tell you that they’re just standing up for facts. (They’re not.) But the last tweet makes the point that the “facts” asserted in these snarky chyrons are not as clear as they would have you believe.

And the folks at CNN have their own problems with facts and bias. You want evidence of factual sloppiness at CNN? Their own Van Jones claims that mass shooters are all Republicans. (They’re not.) You want evidence of bias at CNN? They’re hosting a town hall with students called: “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.” With a title like that, one wonders how many victims who oppose gun control will be invited. They’re out there, you know.

Pushback on facts, especially with a perpetually dishonest President, is to be applauded. But there’s a way to do it, and a way not to do it. If you choose snark, and you don’t clean your own house first, you’re begging for the same snarky treatment in return.

I guess CNN thinks that these snarky chyrons are a good idea. (They’re not.) Apparently they think that running these sarcastic little parentheticals will cause viewers to take CNN seriously.

(They won’t.)

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

Unbelievable: 12-Year Old Boy Is Latest SWATting Victim

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:45 am

[guest post by Dana]

When a 12-year old finds himself being SWATted, it’s got to be particularly terrifying:

A 12-year-old YouTube gamer and his mother became “swatting” victims and were terrified when their home was suddenly surrounded by police.

Peter Varady was frightened and tearful as the paramedics and police showed up at his home.

“It was probably the scariest moment of my life,” he said.

His mother, Carol Varady, said they opened the door and authorities rushed into the home believing it was a disturbance call.

It happened Sunday night as Peter, known online as Rolly, was livestreaming.

Authorities rushed through the home after getting a 911 call that a mother and son were going to hang themselves.

The report goes onto say, given that Peter has more than 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, the chances of him getting SWATted again are increased. That, as well as the fact that the police haven’t yet located the individual who made the 911 call and threatened to do it again.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


Billy Graham Passes Away

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:44 am

[guest post by Dana]

Billy Graham has passed away at 99 years old. Once, when asked if he feared death, Graham said, “No! I look forward to death, with great anticipation. I’m looking forward to seeing God face to face.” And now he is face to face with God for eternity. He is also reunited with his wife Ruth, to whom he was married for 64 years. Over many decades, Graham reached untold millions through his evangelistic work as he shared the Gospel throughout the world. His confidence and assurance in the redemptive power of Christ was unwavering.

Graham also understood that as a believer, he was a pilgrim passing through in this life on his way to eternal life with the Lord:

Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be alive more than I am now! I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15



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