AP News: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

wsj Drifting left of center lately and so is unlikely to be interested

by the way have you walked down past the house lately because all of the shrubbery is now gone as our two trees on the side of the house and everything in back as well the photos we are being sent show it looking quite barren — I think some preliminary grading may be underway soon and the inside work is scheduled we are told for January

Hope all is well and quiet on Burns Lane and I do miss our walks and talks

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Looks as if some of these comments could be a ‘Letter to the Editor’ of the WSJ?

From: Beeman Hollow Farm <beemanhollowfarm@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 4:59 PM
To: Pete Crow <petermcrow@gmail.com>
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Thank you for the kind words… it was my privilege to come full circle at those newspapers, I would’ve done it for free if I could afford it. There are now zero employees .. every reporter is a stringer.

Sigh.

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 9:32 AM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

BG: Cheryl first came to work for me at age 19, and eventually became publisher of all of my newspapers for a number of years when she was recruited by a later owner following my sale of them to the Australians in 2007 — she was the best, finest publisher these newspapers ever had and (forget me) we had some giants over the 120 years of publishing — the chain that now owns my newspapers fired her in a cost savings endeavor about a year ago leaving, now, only one employee where once we had upwards to 60 … the end is near for all print publications, including Wapo and NYT whose readers are either in denial or woefully ignorant of the business realities of the industry

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 8:28 AM Beeman Hollow Farm <beemanhollowfarm> wrote:

It’s indeed sad, the first thing I do before I read a story is look to see the source, I used to respect the AP but they are blatantly slanted these days. I’m not sure they would hire unbiased reporters these days anyway.

Hurts my soul!

On Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 3:41 PM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

During my nearly 40 years of owning newspapers in Oklahoma the head of the Associated Press would come out to visit with me once or twice a year and we would spend the afternoon talking about the industry and other matters — Because the associated press is or at least was owned by the daily newspapers in the United States I was actually a tiny owner of the associated press

in those days my regard for them and for their staff could not have been higher and in fact the associated press recruited out of the news rooms of the daily newspapers in the United States including picking off several of my best reporters over the years and doing so with my full blessings because we wanted the very best reporters working for the associated press and they absolutely were

but about 20 years ago in the late 1990s during one of our meetings the fellow running the Associated Press in Oklahoma told me that he could no longer reliably find reporters who did not have an agenda and that reality made fair reporting increasingly difficult because it is not what the reporter places in the article that matters it is what they have left out and that is discovered only later after the story has been disseminated

which leads us to the sad situation we find ourselves in today where reliable accurate and full reporting no longer exists and readers and viewers are left to believe what they wish to believe or which they are maneuvered into believing by a selective leaving out of relevant information

One can choose to believe a glowing report from the associated press or from any of the media on the left or the right if one so chooses but the more effervescent the reporting becomes the more skeptical the consumer should become — with a near complete lack of editing a reporter can nearly always get their story disseminated before it’s veracity is challenged — This is made even more difficult because of the 24/7 news cycle and the desire to outcompete the competition but it has come at a terrible cost to the trust that the industry Once enjoyed with our readers and viewers

In the past year I have been sending out copies to friends and others of Orwell’s 1984 and recently a friend wrote back disputing that we were in 1984 saying “this is not 1984 we are now living in 1985 and beyond” in a world of rampant censorship and growing ignorance and a near complete inability to see all shades of gray. The head of the associated press saw it coming in the agenda-driven reporter cohort seeking jobs that began to present them selves more than 20 years ago and so did I

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Thank you for the kind words… it was my privilege to come full circle at those newspapers, I would’ve done it for free if I could afford it. There are now zero employees .. every reporter is a stringer.
Sigh.

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 9:32 AM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

BG: Cheryl first came to work for me at age 19, and eventually became publisher of all of my newspapers for a number of years when she was recruited by a later owner following my sale of them to the Australians in 2007 — she was the best, finest publisher these newspapers ever had and (forget me) we had some giants over the 120 years of publishing — the chain that now owns my newspapers fired her in a cost savings endeavor about a year ago leaving, now, only one employee where once we had upwards to 60 … the end is near for all print publications, including Wapo and NYT whose readers are either in denial or woefully ignorant of the business realities of the industry

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 8:28 AM Beeman Hollow Farm <beemanhollowfarm> wrote:

It’s indeed sad, the first thing I do before I read a story is look to see the source, I used to respect the AP but they are blatantly slanted these days. I’m not sure they would hire unbiased reporters these days anyway.
Hurts my soul!

On Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 3:41 PM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

During my nearly 40 years of owning newspapers in Oklahoma the head of the Associated Press would come out to visit with me once or twice a year and we would spend the afternoon talking about the industry and other matters — Because the associated press is or at least was owned by the daily newspapers in the United States I was actually a tiny owner of the associated press

in those days my regard for them and for their staff could not have been higher and in fact the associated press recruited out of the news rooms of the daily newspapers in the United States including picking off several of my best reporters over the years and doing so with my full blessings because we wanted the very best reporters working for the associated press and they absolutely were

but about 20 years ago in the late 1990s during one of our meetings the fellow running the Associated Press in Oklahoma told me that he could no longer reliably find reporters who did not have an agenda and that reality made fair reporting increasingly difficult because it is not what the reporter places in the article that matters it is what they have left out and that is discovered only later after the story has been disseminated

which leads us to the sad situation we find ourselves in today where reliable accurate and full reporting no longer exists and readers and viewers are left to believe what they wish to believe or which they are maneuvered into believing by a selective leaving out of relevant information

One can choose to believe a glowing report from the associated press or from any of the media on the left or the right if one so chooses but the more effervescent the reporting becomes the more skeptical the consumer should become — with a near complete lack of editing a reporter can nearly always get their story disseminated before it’s veracity is challenged — This is made even more difficult because of the 24/7 news cycle and the desire to outcompete the competition but it has come at a terrible cost to the trust that the industry Once enjoyed with our readers and viewers

In the past year I have been sending out copies to friends and others of Orwell’s 1984 and recently a friend wrote back disputing that we were in 1984 saying “this is not 1984 we are now living in 1985 and beyond” in a world of rampant censorship and growing ignorance and a near complete inability to see all shades of gray. The head of the associated press saw it coming in the agenda-driven reporter cohort seeking jobs that began to present them selves more than 20 years ago and so did I

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AP News: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

BG: Cheryl first came to work for me at age 19, and eventually became publisher of all of my newspapers for a number of years when she was recruited by a later owner following my sale of them to the Australians in 2007 — she was the best, finest publisher these newspapers ever had and (forget me) we had some giants over the 120 years of publishing — the chain that now owns my newspapers fired her in a cost savings endeavor about a year ago leaving, now, only one employee where once we had upwards to 60 … the end is near for all print publications, including Wapo and NYT whose readers are either in denial or woefully ignorant of the business realities of the industry

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 8:28 AM Beeman Hollow Farm <beemanhollowfarm> wrote:

It’s indeed sad, the first thing I do before I read a story is look to see the source, I used to respect the AP but they are blatantly slanted these days. I’m not sure they would hire unbiased reporters these days anyway.
Hurts my soul!

On Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 3:41 PM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

During my nearly 40 years of owning newspapers in Oklahoma the head of the Associated Press would come out to visit with me once or twice a year and we would spend the afternoon talking about the industry and other matters — Because the associated press is or at least was owned by the daily newspapers in the United States I was actually a tiny owner of the associated press

in those days my regard for them and for their staff could not have been higher and in fact the associated press recruited out of the news rooms of the daily newspapers in the United States including picking off several of my best reporters over the years and doing so with my full blessings because we wanted the very best reporters working for the associated press and they absolutely were

but about 20 years ago in the late 1990s during one of our meetings the fellow running the Associated Press in Oklahoma told me that he could no longer reliably find reporters who did not have an agenda and that reality made fair reporting increasingly difficult because it is not what the reporter places in the article that matters it is what they have left out and that is discovered only later after the story has been disseminated

which leads us to the sad situation we find ourselves in today where reliable accurate and full reporting no longer exists and readers and viewers are left to believe what they wish to believe or which they are maneuvered into believing by a selective leaving out of relevant information

One can choose to believe a glowing report from the associated press or from any of the media on the left or the right if one so chooses but the more effervescent the reporting becomes the more skeptical the consumer should become — with a near complete lack of editing a reporter can nearly always get their story disseminated before it’s veracity is challenged — This is made even more difficult because of the 24/7 news cycle and the desire to outcompete the competition but it has come at a terrible cost to the trust that the industry Once enjoyed with our readers and viewers

In the past year I have been sending out copies to friends and others of Orwell’s 1984 and recently a friend wrote back disputing that we were in 1984 saying “this is not 1984 we are now living in 1985 and beyond” in a world of rampant censorship and growing ignorance and a near complete inability to see all shades of gray. The head of the associated press saw it coming in the agenda-driven reporter cohort seeking jobs that began to present them selves more than 20 years ago and so did I

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It’s indeed sad, the first thing I do before I read a story is look to see the source, I used to respect the AP but they are blatantly slanted these days. I’m not sure they would hire unbiased reporters these days anyway.
Hurts my soul!

On Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 3:41 PM Pete Crow <petermcrow> wrote:

During my nearly 40 years of owning newspapers in Oklahoma the head of the Associated Press would come out to visit with me once or twice a year and we would spend the afternoon talking about the industry and other matters — Because the associated press is or at least was owned by the daily newspapers in the United States I was actually a tiny owner of the associated press

in those days my regard for them and for their staff could not have been higher and in fact the associated press recruited out of the news rooms of the daily newspapers in the United States including picking off several of my best reporters over the years and doing so with my full blessings because we wanted the very best reporters working for the associated press and they absolutely were

but about 20 years ago in the late 1990s during one of our meetings the fellow running the Associated Press in Oklahoma told me that he could no longer reliably find reporters who did not have an agenda and that reality made fair reporting increasingly difficult because it is not what the reporter places in the article that matters it is what they have left out and that is discovered only later after the story has been disseminated

which leads us to the sad situation we find ourselves in today where reliable accurate and full reporting no longer exists and readers and viewers are left to believe what they wish to believe or which they are maneuvered into believing by a selective leaving out of relevant information

One can choose to believe a glowing report from the associated press or from any of the media on the left or the right if one so chooses but the more effervescent the reporting becomes the more skeptical the consumer should become — with a near complete lack of editing a reporter can nearly always get their story disseminated before it’s veracity is challenged — This is made even more difficult because of the 24/7 news cycle and the desire to outcompete the competition but it has come at a terrible cost to the trust that the industry Once enjoyed with our readers and viewers

In the past year I have been sending out copies to friends and others of Orwell’s 1984 and recently a friend wrote back disputing that we were in 1984 saying “this is not 1984 we are now living in 1985 and beyond” in a world of rampant censorship and growing ignorance and a near complete inability to see all shades of gray. The head of the associated press saw it coming in the agenda-driven reporter cohort seeking jobs that began to present them selves more than 20 years ago and so did I

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AP News: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

During my nearly 40 years of owning newspapers in Oklahoma the head of the Associated Press would come out to visit with me once or twice a year and we would spend the afternoon talking about the industry and other matters — Because the associated press is or at least was owned by the daily newspapers in the United States I was actually a tiny owner of the associated press

in those days my regard for them and for their staff could not have been higher and in fact the associated press recruited out of the news rooms of the daily newspapers in the United States including picking off several of my best reporters over the years and doing so with my full blessings because we wanted the very best reporters working for the associated press and they absolutely were

but about 20 years ago in the late 1990s during one of our meetings the fellow running the Associated Press in Oklahoma told me that he could no longer reliably find reporters who did not have an agenda and that reality made fair reporting increasingly difficult because it is not what the reporter places in the article that matters it is what they have left out and that is discovered only later after the story has been disseminated

which leads us to the sad situation we find ourselves in today where reliable accurate and full reporting no longer exists and readers and viewers are left to believe what they wish to believe or which they are maneuvered into believing by a selective leaving out of relevant information

One can choose to believe a glowing report from the associated press or from any of the media on the left or the right if one so chooses but the more effervescent the reporting becomes the more skeptical the consumer should become — with a near complete lack of editing a reporter can nearly always get their story disseminated before it’s veracity is challenged — This is made even more difficult because of the 24/7 news cycle and the desire to outcompete the competition but it has come at a terrible cost to the trust that the industry Once enjoyed with our readers and viewers

In the past year I have been sending out copies to friends and others of Orwell’s 1984 and recently a friend wrote back disputing that we were in 1984 saying “this is not 1984 we are now living in 1985 and beyond” in a world of rampant censorship and growing ignorance and a near complete inability to see all shades of gray. The head of the associated press saw it coming in the agenda-driven reporter cohort seeking jobs that began to present them selves more than 20 years ago and so did I

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About those Detroit “Voting Irregularities. . . . ” (WaPo)

It’s obviously a fool’s errand to bother commenting on the hypocrisy of politicians, but it IS amusing some times. . . .

From The Washington Post and on-line at <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/detroit-vote-errors-trump/2020/11/23/ae789912-2d3b-11eb-bae0-50bb17126614_story.html >
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Politics
Detroit had more vote errors in 2016 when
Trump won Michigan by a narrow margin.
He didn’t object then.

Caption: Michigan voters lambast GOP officials at contentious Wayne County meeting

At a meeting of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers Nov. 17, Republicans were assailed by virtual attendees for initially refusing to certify election results. (Zach Purser Brown/The Washington Post)

By Kayla Ruble November 23, 2020 at 12:32 p.m. EST

DETROIT — Republican Party leaders who urged Michigan’s state canvassing board to hold off certifying the Nov. 3 election results before it met Monday cited what they described as “significant problems and irregularities” in Wayne County, home of Detroit.

The GOP officials pointed to the number of “unbalanced” precincts, where there were small discrepancies between the number of ballots cast and the number of voters logged by election workers in the poll books. Party officials unsuccessfully called on the board to conduct an audit before it certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state with a 3-to-1 vote.

“To simply gloss over those irregularities now without a thorough audit would only foster feelings of distrust among Michigan’s electorate,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and state GOP Chair Laura Cox wrote in a letter Saturday.

But state and county election data shows that four years ago — when Donald Trump carried the state by a much narrower margin — twice as many Detroit precincts were out of balance.

At the time, the problems were widely condemned by Democratic leaders, including Garlin Gilchrist, now the state’s lieutenant governor, who called the city’s handling of the election “a complete catastrophe.”

But neither Trump nor the Republican Party questioned the validity of those election results — or demanded an audit to verify the vote tally.

In the fall of 2016, 392 Detroit precincts, or 59 percent of the total, had discrepancies of at least one ballot, accounting for at least 916 votes, the data shows.

This fall, 179 Detroit precincts, or 28 percent of the total, had discrepancies of at least one ballot, accounting for at least 433 votes.

Democrats say that the GOP’s focus now on Detroit’s voting errors is simply an effort to undermine Biden’s victory.

“All of this ruckus that they’re raising, none of these issues are in a worse state than they were in 2016 when Hillary Clinton lost by a much smaller margin,” said Jonathan Kinloch, a Democratic member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

“From Day 1, it has been their intention to try to discredit and try to remove the Black vote from this election,” Kinloch added. “They know that removing the Black vote in this election would change the outcome.”

President Trump attacked the voting process in key states around the country as corrupt and rigged in an unprecedented attempt to overturn the results.

He and his legal advisers have fixated on the predominantly Black city of Detroit, where 94 percent of the roughly 250,000 votes went for Biden. “It changes the result of the election in Michigan if you take out Wayne County,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, said last week at a news conference in Washington.

Anger builds in Black community over Trump’s claims of voter fraud in big cities

GOP consultant Stu Sandler, who serves as legal counsel to the Michigan state Republican Party, acknowledged that Republicans did not request an audit in 2016. But he said what is at issue is not whether the GOP complained in the past, but chronic problems with the management of Detroit’s elections.

“There is no clear evidence that things have improved,” Sandler said.

Out-of-balance precincts can occur for several reasons. A machine may fail to scan the name of a voter on an absentee ballot envelope. A voter can make a mistake on a ballot and request a new one or sign into the poll book but leave before casting a ballot.

After the high number of Detroit precincts that were out of balance in 2016, then-Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and her Bureau of Elections conducted a post-election audit in the city of Detroit. The bureau concluded that almost half of the out-of-balance precincts could have been rectified if staff members had taken prompt actions to address the unbalanced numbers on election night or if the county canvassing board had been given more time to dig into the problems and reconcile the differences.

“[The Bureau of Elections] found no evidence of pervasive voter fraud, yet an abundance of human errors,” the bureau said in a 2017 report.

At the time, local officials, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D), acknowledged the need for improvements.

“We can’t have that happen again,” Duggan told the Detroit News at the time. “Everybody in the city knows it was terrible, and the good news was, Michigan didn’t decide the national election because it would have shown a real spotlight.”

Trump, however, did not note the issue when he celebrated his win in the state.

“The Great State of Michigan was just certified as a Trump WIN giving all of our MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN supporters another victory,” he tweeted in late November 2016.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment about why he did not object to the vote certification at the time.

In the run-up to this fall’s election, Wayne County officials pledged to reduce the number of errors. After Election Day, county Elections Director Gregory Mahar said the number of votes that did not match the poll books amounted to 0.001 percent of the roughly 250,000 ballots cast in Detroit.

“Our canvassers really did a heck of a job,” Mahar said as he addressed the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting last week.

State officials agreed that the city’s error rate had improved.

“A review of data from the November 2020 Wayne County Canvass showed a substantial improvement in the percentage of [Detroit] precincts that were in balance and recountable as compared both to the August 2020 Primary and the November 2016 General Election,” the Michigan Bureau of Elections wrote in a memo on Friday.

For three hours, an obscure county board in Michigan was at the center of U.S. politics

However, Republican officials have continued to press the issue, focusing on an even narrower category: the percentage of unbalanced absentee counting boards — jurisdictions set up by the city election commission to count absentee ballots separately from Election Day precincts.

This month, 94 of those boards — 70 percent of the total — could not reconcile their numbers, affecting at least 263 votes. That is a similar rate found during the August primary, when 363 absentee counting boards — about 72 percent of the total — were unbalanced, affecting at least 914 votes.

The number of errors in the August primary drew bipartisan condemnation from state officials. “I find this whole thing appalling,” Julie Matuzak, a Democratic member of the state canvassing board said at a meeting after the primary.

Republican Senate candidate John James, who lost his challenge to Sen. Gary Peters (D) by more than 95,000 votes, cited the error rate at absentee counting boards in a letter he sent to the state board of canvassers last week requesting that they hold off certifying the vote for two weeks to conduct an audit.

“A 30% accuracy rate in any industry, whether its business, education, healthcare or manufacturing scores as failure,” James wrote. “While I don’t doubt that many of our poll workers and volunteers worked hard, we need to do better for our elections.”

Charles Spies, an attorney for the James campaign, said the absentee ballot board figures show Wayne County has not improved since August. He acknowledged, however, that the audit James is seeking would probably not change the results of either the Senate or presidential race. “That’s very unlikely,” he said.

Former Michigan GOP chair Jeff Timmer, who previously served as a member of the state canvassing board, said Republicans are failing to give an accurate picture of the election process — and Wayne County’s progress since 2016.

“They’re cherry-picking and feeding into a public-relations narrative, not exercising any analysis or judgment related to the conduct of elections,” said Timmer, who now serves as an adviser to the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project.

Kinloch said the GOP is trying to “drive a false narrative that could jeopardize citizens’ faith in our elections.”

“They will not win in the end. Whether this election is certified on time or not, I know for sure that it will be certified,” he added. “We are a country of laws, and we’re governed by them, whether we like it or not, whether we win or whether we lose.”

Tom Hamburger in Detroit contributed to this report.
Updated November 23, 2020

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