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Want to be trusted? Act in a trustworthy manner
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Apparently Think Progress has decided that "embargoed" only applies if whoever is releasing an embargoed press release happens to meet whatever their criteria of the day happens to be. So when they got ahold (or were sent) the embargoed SOTU speech (to be released at 9:01 ET - it was posted on the White House website at 9:13 P.M. EST) they said 'screw it' because "We’ll start respecting White House embargoes when they start telling the truth."

So? So they posted it early:
Posted by Think Progress January 23, 2007 8:10 pm
Uh huh. And I'm sure, given what they did, they'll not again be trusted with an embargoed release. Yeah, I know the arguments ... gee it was only an hour before and a lot of it had been leaked anyway. Irrelevant.

There is a tradition that has embargoed releases like this going to media outlets as a courtesy, understanding that they have deadlines and would like the opportunity to prepare an in-depth analysis or report of what is covered or said at the event for release as quickly as possible afterward. The point is to respect that tradition and courtesy by returning the trust of the person or institution giving you that information. You do that by simply respecting the embargo time.

Other than showing themselves to be wholly unworthy of such trust in the future (violating that trust just to make a cheap rhetorical point) I'm not sure what Think Progress believes their little stunt bought them. Their arrogant lack of respect for such tradition mostly tells me they're not worth the time to consider seriously in the future.

And Drudge is no better:
[EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY ]

Tue Jan 23 2007 20:20:50 ET
Yeah, I know that the culture says that being first means more eyes on the page, but these two weren't the only one's who received the embargoed speech. They were simply the ones who felt, whatever their excuse, that violating a trust was worth more than keeping it.

And, unfortunately, they'll most likely be rewarded for it.

In the big scheme of things, a small item, I know. But instructive and, unfortunately, becoming more and more commonplace. Ethical conduct isn't just confined to Congress and the quickest way the "new media" can kill what credibility it has is to act unethically.
 
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Maybe we should suggest to Jon that he argue they not be rewarded? It isn’t as if either site will give Bush a better or worse hearing because they are cut off, or at least made to promise not to and publicly acknowledge that they made a misjudgment.

It isn’t as if any particular site is all that important anymore anyway.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Did you catch this comment from ThinkProgress?
Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and wages are rising.

No thanks to all the Republicans who voted AGAINST raising the minimum wage.
The minimum wage hasn’t been raised, and yet wages are rising (as if by magic!) and unemployment is low. What’s the problem here?
 
Written By: steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/
What’s the problem here?
A severe case of disconnect....
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
If truth telling was the criterea, he’d never post anything.

And I doubt he’ll be limited as you suggest; he pulled the same stuff last year and didn’t get repremanded then, either.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://
The minimum wage hasn’t been raised, and yet wages are rising (as if by magic!) and unemployment is low. What’s the problem here?


Written By: steverino


The main problem is the widening gap between the middle class becoming smaller and the upper class becoming larger. Of course wages will rise due to market forces or lots of other variables - but that is not what it most important. What is most important is the fact that wages are not keeping up with things which are vital to a strong middle class: Healthcare costs, education costs, and housing costs come to mind. These fundamental products and services create a strong fabric within a society and makes the society more stable.
 
Written By: Tom
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The main problem is the widening gap between the middle class becoming smaller and the upper class becoming larger.

In part because more of the middle class have become UPPER Class, by income definition.
Of course wages will rise due to market forces or lots of other variables - but that is not what it most important. What is most important is the fact that wages are not keeping up with things which are vital to a strong middle class:

Why are they VITAL. Tom, or are they things that concern you?
Healthcare costs, education costs, and housing costs come to mind. These fundamental products and services create a strong fabric within a society and makes the society more stable.
Note Tom a number of these are areas in which the state intrudes excessively. YOU don’t pay your healthcare, someone else does, do you buy prudentially? The Federal GOvernment every year pumps 7-10% into Medicare and other programs, whether there is a need or no. IF someone keeps putting money out there, rest assured someone will pocket it. So too, with education. IF you paid for college you might not go, for a while AND colleges would hold down costs, but as a third party is subsidizing your college neither you nor the college has to worry about costs as much.

Bottom-line here: Less government better middle class. Widening gap isn’ta problem, the government is...

As to housing, you mean that more people are shopping for bigger houses and in turn driving up the costs? And this is bad, how? I mean does your employer see it as a gloomy thing that more people want your goods or services and therefore you can increase the price? Plus government thru policy CAN, though not always, does drive up the cost of housing, e.g., growth boundaries or "affordable housing" requirements or rent control or Planning and Zoning.
 
Written By: Joe
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The main problem is the widening gap between the middle class becoming smaller and the upper class becoming larger.
Which has absolutely nothing to do with the minimum wage.
What is most important is the fact that wages are not keeping up with things which are vital to a strong middle class: Healthcare costs, education costs, and housing costs come to mind.
When you consider total compensation, not just wages, the middle class is keeping up. Housing costs have risen...but mortgages not so much. People have used equity as down payments. Again, this has nothing to do with the minimum wage, so why would the commentor vilify Republicans?
 
Written By: steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/
so why would the commentor vilify Republicans?
You like to leave’em hanging by the Net don’t you....
so why would the commentor vilify Republicans?
Because they are VILLAINS! Man, this is easy....Rethuglicans are evil, tools of the Da man, Veritable Ring-Wraiths of the Capitalist Ruling Classes, Lap Dogs of the Bloated Plutocrats, the Jack-Booted Thugs that Slavishly Follow Their God Mammon’s EVERY Whim and Place their Jack-Booted Heels on the Throats of the Poor, People of Colour, Womyn, Lesbians, Gays and the Transgendered. And don’t EVEN get me started on war and environmental degradation....
 
Written By: Joe
URL: http://
The main problem is the widening gap between the middle class becoming smaller and the upper class becoming larger
Again, go down to your local Best Buy this weekend and look around, check out who’s walking out of there with those flat-screen TVs and PS3s

Hint: It ain’t only plutocrats.

 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
The main problem is the widening gap between the middle class becoming smaller and the upper class becoming larger. Of course wages will rise due to market forces or lots of other variables - but that is not what it most important. What is most important is the fact that wages are not keeping up with things which are vital to a strong middle class: Healthcare costs, education costs, and housing costs come to mind. These fundamental products and services create a strong fabric within a society and makes the society more stable.
And if we elect the Democrats into power in all branches of the government with sufficient majorities, no doubt we will enjoy the economic power and success of, say, France or Germany.
 
Written By: Don
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Tom,

"Since 2000, average compensation growth as measured by the Employment Cost Index (ECI) has hovered around 4%, a solid growth rate that has easily outpaced inflation."

http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/webfeatures_snapshots_08042004

"With the exception of the usual laggards in recent months—manufacturing and construction—most industries expanded, with strong gains in business services, health care, and restaurants. Wage growth was particularly strong, up 0.5% over the month, and 4.2% over the past year, well ahead of recent inflation readings."

http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/webfeatures_econindicators_jobspict_20070105

Average weekly earnings rose by 4.5 percent, seasonally adjusted, from
December 2005 to December 2006. After deflation by the CPI-W, average weekly
earnings increased by 2.1 percent. Before adjustment for seasonal change and
inflation, average weekly earnings were $578.00 in December 2006, compared with
$551.67 a year earlier.

http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/realer.nr0.htm

for even more detail;

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/empsit.ceseeb2.txt

To summarize, you are wrong.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
It should also be pointed out that official inflation statistics overstate the increase in the cost of living by at least 1% a year as Bernanke reiterated again in the last week. So yeah, Tom is wrong.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com

 
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