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AP translates Fresno shooter’s ‘Allahu Akbar’ to ‘God is great’

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Change the language all you want, AP. Doesn’t change the facts.

From Fox News: The Fresno shooting suspect accused of killing three people on Tuesday shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he was taken into custody by law enforcement, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer – but the Associated Press made an editorial decision to print the translation of his words from Arabic to English: “God is great.”

The Associated Press tweeted on Tuesday afternoon with their translation, despite almost all other news outlets reporting what suspect Kori Ali Muhammad actually said. Their tweet:

Fresno police say suspect in triple slaying told them he hates white people, shouted “God is great” before killings. https://t.co/rrSOzfEXaB — The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2017

The AP responded to Fox News’ request for comment, and said they had deleted the tweet and replaced it with a new one.

The AP acknowledged in their article that Muhammad shouted “God is great” in Arabic. The AP story reads:

Dyer has said Muhammad shouted “God is great!” in Arabic while being arrested and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people. All three victims in Tuesday’s killings were white men, and Muhammad is black.”

The AP is taking heat on Twitter from news outlets, pundits and journalists for the editorializing, with some slamming the AP for downplaying the shooter’s Islamic ties.

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Associated Press issues new guidance on sex, gender: ‘avoid’ referring to ‘both’ or ‘either’ sexes

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From Washington Times: In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references in news stories that suggest there are only two sexes in the human race.

The term “gender,” the AP Stylebook says, is “[n]ot synonymous with sex.”

“Gender refers to a person’s social identity while sex refers to biological characteristics,” the style guide explains.

Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people. When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females.”

The Stylebook issued further guidance for use of pronouns under an entry named “they, them, their.” Those third-person plural pronouns are preferred by some transgender or gender fluid individuals who say they are not comfortable with traditional male or female personal pronouns.

For its part, the AP advises writers that while “[i]n most cases, a plural pronoun should agree in number with the antecedent …. when alternative wording is overly awkward and clumsy” it may be permissible to use they, them, or their to refer to an individual. “However, rewording usually is possible and always is preferable” because “[c]larity is a top priority” in news reporting and “gender-neutral use of a singular they is unfamiliar to many readers.”

The news wire then added there is a linguistic line it’s drawn with personal pronouns. “We do not use other gender-neutral pronouns such as xe or ze.”

This is not the first time the AP has changed its style manual in light of changing cultural values on sexuality. In 2013 the news wire added an entry for “husband, wife” in its style manual in light of the growing legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The most up-to-date version of the Stylebook for that entry now reads, “Regardless of sexual orientation, husband for a man or wife for a woman is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.”

Aside from gender identity and LGBT-related matters, the AP email also alerted subscribers to a new entry related to the phenomenon of “fake news.”

“The term fake news may be used in quotes or as shorthand for the modern phenomenon of deliberate falsehoods or fiction masked as news circulating on the internet,” the AP explains. “However, do not label as fake news specific or individual news items that are disputed.”

“If fake news is used in a quote, push for specifics about what is meant. Alternative wording includes false reports, erroneous reports, unverified reports, questionable reports, disputed reports or false reporting, depending on the context.”

The new style guidelines are effective immediately, with the AP Stylebook Online already updated accordingly, the email explained.

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Associated Press cooperated with Nazi propaganda machine

Shocker, not.

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Via NY Post: The Associated Press news agency formally cooperated with the Hitler regime in the 1930s — providing US newspapers with material produced by the Nazi propaganda machine, a German historian has revealed.

When the Nazi party rose to power in Germany in 1933, it sought to crack down on both the German press and the international media in the country.

British-American agencies such as Keystone and Wide World Photos were soon forced to shutter their offices in Germany after being attacked for employing Jewish journalists, reported The Guardian, which itself was banned in Germany at the time.

The Associated Press was the only Western news agency allowed to remain in Hitler’s Germany, where it continued to operate until the US entered the war in 1941.

To retain its access, the New York City-based agency entered a mutually beneficial relationship with the Nazis, historian Harriet Scharnberg wrote in an article published in the journal Studies in Contemporary History.

The AP adhered to the so-called Schriftleitergesetz (editor’s law), promising not to publish information “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home,” Scharnberg wrote. And the news outlet was required to hire staffers who also worked for the Nazis’ propaganda division, The Guardian reported.

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One of the AP’s four photographers in the 1930s, Franz Roth, belonged to the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by the Fuhrer. AP has removed Roth’s images from its website since Scharnberg published her findings, but thumbnails remain visible due to “software issues,” the paper reported.

The news agency also allowed the Nazi regime to use its photo archives for anti-Semitic propaganda.

Scharnberg, a historian at Halle’s Martin Luther University, argued that AP’s cooperation with the Nazis allowed them to “portray a war of extermination as a conventional war,” according to The Guardian.

The study also calls into question the AP’s current relationship with totalitarian regimes, according to the Guardian, which said questions have been raised about the neutrality of its office in North Korea. “As we continue to research this matter, AP rejects any notion that it deliberately ‘collaborated’ with the Nazi regime,” an AP spokesman told The Guardian.

“An accurate characterization is that the AP and other foreign news organizations were subjected to intense pressure from the Nazi regime from the year of Hitler’s coming to power in 1932 until the AP’s expulsion from Germany in 1941. AP management resisted the pressure while working to gather accurate, vital and objective news in a dark and dangerous time.

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Update On Fake Sign Language Interpreter.

Yesterday I posted

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/12/11/fake-hand-sign-interpreter-at-mandela-memorial/

about this guy who slipped by all the worlds top security and apparently stood next to all the world leaders and , well..flapped his arms around. Today we get to meet the man who stood 3 feet from said leaders.

~Steve~

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Interpreter for Mandela event: I was hallucinating

Originally published December 11, 2013 at 5:47 AM | Page modified December 12, 2013 at 2:25 AM

The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has told The Associated Press that he has schizophrenia, had visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” Thamsanqa Jantjie also said he has been violent in the past.

President Obama waves standing next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday South Africa's deaf federation said on Wednesday that the interpreter on stage for Mandela memorial was a 'fake.'

President Obama waves standing next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday South Africa’s deaf federation said on Wednesday that the interpreter on stage for Mandela memorial was a ‘fake.’

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating three-feet (1 meter) from U.S. President Barack Obama and others who spoke at the ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insists he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders for the deaf correctly. He also apologized Thursday for his performance that has received unanimous condemnation from numerous sign-language experts who said he had been merely signing gibberish.

http://seattletimes.com/html/politics/2022438684_apxmandelainterpreter.html

 

Fake Sign Language Interpreter At Mandela Memorial.

Now this is funny.

Sign language interpreter who stood next to Obama at Mandela memorial called a ‘fake’

Published December 11, 2013

FoxNews.com

A man who stood close to President Barack Obama and other heads of state while providing sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial Tuesday was a “fake” who was making up his own gestures, sign language experts say, raising questions about the security at the event.

“[He] was moving his hands around, but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” Bruno Druchen, the Deaf Federation of South Africa’s national director, told The Associated Press Wednesday.

The country’s deaf community and the ruling African National Congress have no knowledge of who the man actually is, despite him appearing on television gesticulating alongside South African President Jacob Zuma last year, Reuters reported. Zuma’s office is trying to figure out the man’s identity.

“I don’t know this guy. He doesn’t work for the ANC. It was a government event. Ask them,” ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said.

U.S. Secret Service Spokesman Brian Leary told FoxNews.com on Wednesday that the department is aware of the matter, but declined to elaborate.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing that he wasn’t aware of any security concerns with the man being near Obama.

“I think my only reaction to that is that it’s a shame that you had a service that was dedicated to honoring the life and celebrating the legacy of one of the great leaders of the 20th century, [and it] has gotten distracted by this and a few other issues that are far less important than the legacy of Nelson Mandela,” he said.

Druchen and three other sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages and could not have been signing in any other known sign language because there was no structure to his arm and hand movements. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation.

“He didn’t follow any of the grammatical rules and structure of the language. He just invented his signs as he went along,” Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters.

“There was zero percent accuracy. He couldn’t even get the basics right. He couldn’t even say thank you,” she added.

Ingrid Parkin, principal of the St. Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg, said she’s received complaints from the deaf community from Canada to China about the man on stage and that his movements look “like he’s signing gibberish.” He also used no facial expression to convey the emotions of the leaders, a key element of sign language interpretation.

“This man himself knows he cannot sign and he had the guts to stand on an international stage and do that,” Parkin said.

The scandal over the interpreter is another indication of shoddy organization of the historic memorial service, which took place Tuesday at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Other difficulties included public transportation breakdowns which hindered mourners from getting to the event and a faulty audio system that prevented many of the tens of thousands in the stadium from hearing the leaders’ speeches. In an apparent security failure, police did not search the first wave of crowds arriving at the stadium.

When the man appeared last year with Zuma, a deaf person in the audience videotaped the event and gave it to the federation for the deaf, which analyzed the video, prepared a report about it and a submitted a formal complaint to the ANC, Druchen said.

In their complaint, the federation suggested that the man should take the five years of training needed to become a qualified sign language interpreter in South Africa.

Druchen said a fresh complaint will be filed to the ANC about the interpreter he called a “fake” with a demand for an urgent meeting.

“It was horrible, an absolute circus, really, really bad,” Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, told The Associated Press.

Bogus sign language interpreters are a problem in South Africa, because people who know a few signs try to pass themselves off as interpreters, Parkin said. And those hiring them usually don’t sign, so they have no idea that the people they are hiring cannot do the job, she said.

“They advertise themselves as interpreters because they know 10 signs and they can make some quick money,” said Parkin. “It is plain and simple abuse of the deaf community, they are taking advantage of the deaf community to make money.”

FoxNews.com’s Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

~Steve~

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/11/mandela-memorial-interpreter-deemed-fake/

US helps in fight between Christians and Muslims in Africa. Read between the lines.

HAGEL ORDERS AIRLIFT FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR – ASSOCIATED PRESS

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the U.S. military to transport troops from Burundi into the Central African Republic to help quell the latest upsurge in violence there.

Hagel approved the order after speaking with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian Monday night from Afghanistan where he was visiting troops. Le Drian asked the U.S. to help get African troops quickly into the country to prevent the violence there from spreading, said Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog.

There are more than 1,000 French troops in the Central African Republic, where more than 400 people were killed in two days of violence last week between Christians and Muslims. Christian armed fighters oppose the Muslim ex-rebels now in charge of the former French colony… 

Story continues at: Associated Press

Notice the clever wording about who’s fighting who? Armed Christians fighting Muslim “ex-rebels now in charge“?

Hmmm… what might this tortured syntax tell us about who we’re actually supporting? Associated Press seems to be trying to avoid telling us that once again, American military assets are supporting jihadists in the removal of those pesky Christians. Also, they most certainly don’t want to tell us that the jihadists are doing so by the usual methods, like beheading children. In honor of AP’s double-talk, I’m posting Shrek’s Pinocchio at his lying best. ~ TD

I Know I Run Like A Girl. Try And Keep Up.

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Happiness is always there within reach, no matter how long it lasts.  Let’s enjoy life and don’t live a complicated life.  Life is too short.  Work as if it was your first day.  Forgive as soon as possible.  Love without boundaries.  Laugh without control and never stop smiling.  Please pray for those suffering from cancer.  Keep this going .

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~Steve~                                                 H/T  hujonwi