Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Mainstream Media

Honoring Freedom Fight Activists

Mike Adams calls himself the “Health Ranger” who has a blog at www.NaturalNews.com where he comments frequently not only on health and nutrition issues but on larger issues as well. Yesterday he gave us a peek at some of those people who have influenced and galvanized him to action in the freedom fight. You’ll no doubt recognize some of the names: Alex Jones, Dr. Joseph Mercola, John Perkins and Gary Null.

The list goes on. You can do a search on each of them for their backgrounds and their contributions to the fight:

On economic issues, freedom advocates like G. Edward Griffin, Paul Craig Roberts, Lew Rockwell, Max Keiser and Gerald Celente question the lies and deceptions of the Federal Reserve and the global banking cartels. They are the brightest economic minds of our time, vastly out-thinking the parrot-headed zombie journalists at the New York Times, TIME Magazine or other mainstream media rags (nearly all of which are slowly going bankrupt, by the way).

He holds them in high regard and esteem because they are courageous and not cowards. Adams makes the distinction:

Jones, Rockwell, Roberts, Griffin, Icke, Quayle, Celente, Keiser, Null, Mercola, Cummins, Smith, Perkins and many more… these people exercise courage. They dare to do what the vast majority of others refuse to do: Speak out forcefully on the real problems facing our world… and the necessarily “radical” solutions to save our world from tragedy in every area that matters: health, environment, finance, liberty, spirituality and more.

He contrasts these with those who take the wide road, the popular road, the one that is most heavily travelled and popular:

In contrast to the courageous truth-tellers, we have the cowards: People who repeat the same thing we might hear from Monsanto, or the FDA, or the White House under any administration (Bush, Obama, you name it). As a coward, it is easy to become a pop culture celebrity because you’ll be offered endless speaking engagements, TV appearances and opportunities to publish your propaganda in mainstream media news magazines. Telling corporate-sponsored lies is not just easy, it’s also popular.

Adams teaches us a good rule to follow:

Look at who the mainstream media says you should pay attention to… and then run like crazy in the opposite direction…

 

 

The Not-So-Lame Duck Session

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phyllis Schlafly, a long-time activist and freedom fighter, just turned 88 in August, and is just as vigorous and vociferous in her views as ever. One of her concerns is that the lame duck session of the Senate could vote to approve one or more of those vicious UN treaties that haven’t been getting much attention in the mainstream media. Schlafly knows the score, and who’s behind the push:

The globalists have been plotting to use the volatility of this lame-duck session to achieve some of their internationalist goals that they couldn’t get passed during the last four years. In particular, they would like to lock us into treaties that slice out various parts of our national sovereignty, a concept that they have been trying to promote as obsolete.

One of the major pieces of a national sovereignty which the “globalists” consider as obsolete – actually more of an an impediment – is the Second Amendment:

The globalists could make a surprise treaty push for ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT). This treaty is coming under the radar since gun control advocates know it could never pass the U.S. Senate after debate in broad daylight.

The gun control advocates assume that private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous. They hope they can achieve their goal of prohibiting private ownership by the covert strategy of a treaty with vague language, and, so far, they have been successful in avoiding media attention.

But this isn’t the only treaty that could be presented to

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Rasmussen Reports Reflect Romney Surge

Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts

Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts (Photo credit: davelawrence8)

Yesterday’s reports from Rasmussen was quite encouraging, if you’re a Romney/Republican fan and are concerned about the depth and breadth of the Romney surge that even the Downstream Media are now being forced to admit.

Here we go:

  1. Who won the debates? 49% say Romney, 41% say Obama.
  2. Arizona Senate: Flake, the Republican: 50%, Carmona, the Democrat: 44%
  3. Nevada Senate: Heller, the Republican: 50%, Berkley, the Democrat: 45%
  4. Swing state tracking: Romney: 50%, Obama: 47%
  5. North Dakota Governor’s race: Dalrymple, the Republican: 53%, Taylor, the Democrat: 39%
  6. Affluent suburbs are moving in Romney’s direction

And on Friday, Rasmussen is putting Wisconsin, a state that Obama won by 14% in 2008, as too close to call: Obama leads by 2%, within the margin of error. And the momentum for Romney continues to build.

The election could be a split decision, according to Rasmussen, with the popular vote going to Romney, but

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Thomas Sowell’s Musings

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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When someone as bright, articulate and profound as Thomas Sowell offers his musings “on the passing scene,” I sit up and take notice. There’s bound to be something in there worth reading.

And so there is:

How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television shows adults acting like children?

Example? Joe Biden:

The know-it-all smirks and condescending laughs of Vice President Joe Biden, when Congressman Paul Ryan was speaking during their debate, were a little much from an administration presiding over economic woes at home and disasters overseas — and being caught in lies about both. Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden has all the clever tricks of a politician and none of the wisdom of a statesman.

And this:

Whenever you hear people talking about “a living Constitution,” almost invariably they are people who are in the process of slowly killing it by “interpreting” its restrictions on government out of existence.

And this:

The question to be asked of people in the media, and that they should ask themselves, should be: “Is your first loyalty to your audience or to your ideology?” The same question should be asked of educators, especially those who see themselves as “agents of social change,” even though that is not the job description under which they have been hired and paid.

He saves the best for last:

If there is ever a Hall of Fame for confidence men, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff will have to take a back seat to Barack Obama. Obama is the gold standard — or, perhaps more appropriately, the brass standard.

I was taught years ago a marketing principle that is finally causing Obama to crater: overexposure. The more you advertise a bad product, the faster it disappears from the shelf. Happily that’s not something Obama can fix. He has been exposed for what he is. I like to think I’ve helped a little in that exposure.

Cooked Up Jobs Numbers Omit California

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one o...

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one of California’s most famous landmarks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Ransom has an acerbic sense of humor and I thought you’d enjoy some tidbits from his rant on

The number of U.S. states reporting initial unemployment claims has dropped to a new low under Obama- and more importantly journalists have dropped to a new low as a result…

Only 49 of 50 states reported initial unemployment claims last week according to Labor Department economists. This has led to a predictable, yet wholly pathetic attempt by the media to say that unemployment claims have fallen to a new, four-year low even as it is suspected that the most populous state, California, didn’t report results.

The Washington Post accepted the initial report as fact, and delighted in the prospect that the economy was improving, just in time to

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The Passing of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former Publisher of the NYT

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New York Times newspaper publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates introducing the Times Reader software at an American Society of News Editors (ASNE) conference in Seattle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The passing of the former publisher of The New York TimesArthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, at age 86 on September 29 was noted by editors and publishers in the mainstream media in the most favorable terms. Associated Press President Gary Pruitt claimed that “Punch Sulzberger was a giant in the industry, a leader who fought to preserve the vital role of a free press in society and championed journalism executed at the highest level,” while his son, the Times’ current publisher gushed:

Punch, the old Marine captain who never backed down from a fight, was an absolutely fierce defender of the freedom of the press. His inspired leadership in landmark cases such as New York Times v. Sullivan and the Pentagon Papers helped to expand access to critical information and to prevent government censorship and intimidation.

The White House duly issued its statement commemorating Sulzberger:

Michelle and I were saddened today to hear about the passing of Arthur Sulzberger. Over the course of more than 30 years, Arthur helped transform the New York Times and secure its status as one of the most successful and respected newspapers in the world.

He was a firm believer in the importance of a free and independent press — one that isn’t afraid to seek the truth, hold those in power accountable, and tell the stories that need to be told. Arthur’s legacy lives on in the newspaper he loved and the journalists he inspired.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger assumed the role of publisher in 1963 when the Times had a weekly circulation of 714,000 and $100 million in annual revenues. By 1992 its circulation had increased to 1,100,000 and its revenues (adjusted for inflation) had increased fourfold.

At present, the Times is suffering both financially and credibly. Its stock price has dropped from $55 a share in early 2000 to under

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Presidential Debate Questions from the Heritage Foundation

I couldn’t resist. The temptation to compare and contrast the Presidential Debate questions that Michelle Malkin posed to those offered by the Heritage Foundation is just too great.

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Without comment from me, here are their 10 questions:

  1. In 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” In reality, President Obama’s signature health care law contains 18 new or increased taxes and penalties that will cost taxpayers $836.3 billion over the next 10 years, many of which fall heavily on the middle class…Should these tax increases be stopped to protect middle-class Americans from their damage? If yes, where would the money needed to help pay for Obamacare come from?
  2. Millions of baby boomers are starting to retire, and spending on Social Security and Medicare as these programs are currently structured is simply unsustainable.What is your plan to solve the looming entitlement program spending crisis?
  3. Medicare as we know it today is facing severe financing problems that are unsustainable and putting future generations’ Medicare benefits in jeopardy. Over the long term, Medicare has made $37 trillion worth of promises to seniors that it cannot keep and the hospital insurance trust fund will be empty by 2024. Worse, the President’s health care law will cut Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years to pay for new spending in Obamacare.As Medicare’s solvency hangs in the balance, what structural reforms, if any, are you willing to make to preserve Medicare for future generations?
  4. Everyone talks about shoring up our battered American Dream.How would you define the American Dream and what do you think are the most serious threats to it?
  5. The Health and Human Services Department recently rewrote the law governing welfare to weaken its work requirements. Meanwhile, the number of people relying on food stamps has doubled under the current Administration.Should all able-bodied recipients be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving aid in public housing, food stamps, and cash assistance?
  6. The federal government is currently spending much more than it has, and annual budget deficits over $1 trillion have become the norm.What is your plan to stem the tide of deficits and rising debt?
  7. One of the few bright spots in America’s economy has been energy production, particularly on state and private lands.  According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy production decreased 13 percent on federal lands in fiscal year (FY) 2011 when compared to FY 2010.What would you do to reverse course on energy production on federal lands?
  8. Congress—most notably the Senate, which hasn’t produced a budget in over three years—is sorely lacking in its basic responsibility of budgeting.What would you do to ensure the fundamental process of budgeting is restored?
  9. President Obama has previously stated that, in the most important 5 percent of cases before the courts, it matters more what is in a judge’s heart (what has come to be known as his empathy standard) than what the rule of law requires.Is this the correct standard by which to evaluate judicial nominees? If not, what standard would you apply?
  10. Former Attorney General of MexicoVictor Humberto Benítez Treviño estimated that approximately 300 Mexican citizens have been killed using Fast and Furious weapons in addition to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.Should Eric Holder resign as Attorney General because of his failures related to Operation Fast and Furious, including his failure to properly supervise the operation? If not, why not?

Just for the record, I won’t be watching the “debate” tonight. I have other more important things to do.

Presidential Debate Questions from Michelle Malkin

God bless Michelle Malkin. I toyed with a few hard-ball questions for the Presidential Debate in a previous post. The temptation to do the same by Malkin was just too much. I don’t think the media, or Jim Lehrer (the moderator), will be calling either of us very soon.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s Malkin:

We know the liberal media bias drill: Make the Republican candidate look like a scary extremist on social issues and a greedy capitalist pig on economic issues. Avoid the Democratic incumbent’s record of failure. Run out the clock. Thank you and good night.

Malkin wants them to talk about Fast and Furious, in light of Tuesday’s murder of another border patrol agent at the same spot where Brian Terry was shot two years ago. She gets a running start by reviewing the Fast and Furious scandal, and then quotes Homeland Security’s Inspector General which found that “violence has significantly increased against Border Patrol agents. Since 2007, assaults on agents have risen more than 35 percent, including 13 deaths.”

Here are her questions (edited slightly):

Why has the Terry family been forced to file a federal lawsuit to obtain justice?

Why does Attorney General Eric Holder still have a job?

What exactly are you doing (or will you do) to ensure that Border Patrol agents are adequately armed and supported in their mission to defend American sovereignty?

Then Malkin takes on “transparency”:

[Mr. Obama, as President] you famously declared, “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.” Yet, the very first act of your administration was to violate your transparency pledge to allow full, public viewing of all legislation five days before you signed it…

You failed to televise health care negotiations as promised. You cut endless backroom deals protected from public scrutiny. In addition, your administration has routinely evaded disclosure law by meeting with lobbyists off the books at D.C.-area coffee houses and private townhouses, where Secret Service background checks and login routines are abandoned…

How, exactly, can you claim to have run the most transparent administration ever based on your actual record?

Next up: the auto bailout:

[Mr. Obama] your campaign touts the “success” of the government takeover of the auto industry as one of your proudest accomplishments. In 2010, you bragged that “American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM, and that’s a good thing.”

Yet, your Treasury Department won’t take up GM’s recent offer to repurchase 200 million of the roughly 500 million shares the U.S. holds — because it would incur a $15 billion loss to taxpayers right before the election. GM still owes nearly $30 billion of the $50 billion it received, and its lending arm still owes nearly $15 billion of the more than $17 billion it received. Foreign workers and overseas plants have soaked up billions of American bailout tax dollars. But some 20,000 Delphi non-union workers saw their pensions eroded and health benefits disappear as part of the deal you cut with United Auto Workers.

How are Delphi workers, bondholders, car dealers and taxpayers better off now than they were before the Government Motors bailout given the actual record? If this is your proudest accomplishment, why on earth would reality-based voters want you back in the driver’s seat?

These are great questions. It’s too bad they’ll never be asked in public, especially by Lehrer who owes his career to the establishment mainstream media.

Presidential Debate Questions from Light from the Right

George Will – Debate questions for the presidential candidates

The spectacles we persist in dignifying as presidential “debates” — two-minute regurgitations of rehearsed responses — often subtract from the nation’s understanding. But beginning Wednesday, these less-than-Lincoln-Douglas episodes might be edifying if the candidates could be inveigled into plowing fresh ground.

George Will

George Will (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Will has some suggestions for Presidential Debate questions for Obama and Romney. And so do I. Here is one from Will on the Supreme Court:

Do you rejectthe Kelo v. New London decision, in which the Supreme Court deferred to governments’ desire to seize private property and give it to wealthier private interests who would pay higher taxes?

I have a better one:

Do you support the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare on the basis that a tax – any tax – is ok as long as Congress intended it to be a tax?

Will has one on foreign policy:

On Oct. 7, we begin the 12th year of the war in Afghanistan, and 51 recent NATO fatalities have been at the hands of our supposed Afghan allies, causing U.S. commanders to indefinitely suspend many joint operations. Why are we staying there 27 more months?

I have a better one (or three):

Why are we there in the first place? What is your take on the War on Terror, which is a war against a strategy and not a war against an aggressor? And why didn’t Congress get involved in declaring war, as the Constitution demands?

Will has one on domestic policy:

Do you agree that a financial institution that is too big to fail is too big to exist? If not, why not? The biggest banks emerged from the Great Recession bigger. At the end of 2011, the five biggest (JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs) held more than $8.5 trillion in assets, which is 56 percent of the 2011 gross domestic product. Why should they not be broken up?

I have a better one:

Since the Federal Reserve is essentially a cartel designed from its beginning to protect big banks from the consequences of their own folly, why shouldn’t the Fed be abolished?

I won’t be holding my breath Wednesday night to see if any of mine make it.

Media Research Center Celebrates 25 Years of Exposing Media Bias

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Twenty-five years ago this coming Monday, October 1, Brent Bozell founded the Media Research Center (MRC) with a little help from some friends, a little money, a black and white television set, and a leased computer. Today, one wouldn’t recognize his operation, with an annual budget of $10 million and 60 journalists seeking and finding media bias in every nook and cranny of the mainstream media’s world.

They’re finding much to write about. Bozell himself has written three books, including Weapons of Mass Distortion, and writes two weekly blog posts. His empire has grown to include the News Analysis Division dedicated to “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias,” the Business & Media Institute working to advance “the culture of free enterprise in America,” the Culture and Media Institute which concentrates on “correcting misconceptions in the media about social conservatism and religious faith,” along with the Cybercast News Service—better known as CNSNews.com—concentrating on providing online news on current events “as it should be reported: accurate, balanced and unfiltered.”

MRC has over 300,000 subscribers to its six electronic newsletters which include a bi-weekly compilation of some of the more outrageous quotes from members of the liberal media, a summary of mistakes and deliberate misinformation published in the New York Times, along with publishing relevant and timely events that the mainstream media has missed altogether.

One newsletter, NewsBusters, delights in finding faux pas, rampant silliness, and deliberate distortions and then publishing them. For instance, the worst bias in 2012 (so far!) includes Newsweek magazine that sees Barack Obama as “grotesquely underappreciated” and a former CNN correspondent who charged Republicans with trying to

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Good News: Mainstream Media Credibility Hits New Low

cnsnews.com - Gallup: Only 8% of Americans Have ‘Great Deal’ of Trust in News Media–a New Low

Only 8 percent of Americans say they have a “great deal” of trust in the news media, according to a new Gallup poll.

That is down from 11 percent a year ago and is a record low for the 40 years that Gallup has been polling on the question.

The New York Times.

The New York Times. (Photo credit: Flodigrip’s world)

I’m not surprised. The mainstream (lamestreamdownstream?) media has been controlled by the establishment insiders for years. I remember my grandfather saying (I was perhaps 10 years old at the time) that he thought the New York Times was “pink.”  I had to ask him what he meant. He said “pink” was just a light shade of “red” meaning communist. This was in 1950.

My personal experience with the credibility gap occurred while I was doing research prior to joining the John Birch Society in 1967. There was an attack on a police car in Detroit by some black revolutionaries, and there were two reports on the incident: one in the New York Times, and the other in American Opinion magazine (published by the JBS).

It was a watershed moment for me. I wanted to believe the New York Times. “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” the “Gray Lady,” the “Newspaper of record” and all that. I read the article carefully. It said the police fired on the innocent blacks first.

The American Opinion article, written by Alan Stang, said the blacks fired first. Stang went to Detroit. He interviewed the policemen involved. He even interviewed one of the black revolutionaries. Conclusion: the blacks set up the attack – it was an ambush – planned carefully in advance.

Nothing about that was in the NYT article.

I joined the JBS and never looked back.

Gallup is merely confirming what I learned from my grandfather 60 years ago: the mainstream media isn’t to be trusted.

New York Times Editor Blasts the New York Times!

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The New York Times building in New York, NY across from the Port Authority. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his final column as Public Editor of the New York Times, Arthur S. Brisbane concluded that “the paper’s many departments…share a kind of political and cultural progressivism…that virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.” But it’s certainly not because of any conspiracy, just a meeting of like minds in promoting a worldview that editors and writers share: urbane, worldly, and flexible. Wrote Brisbane:

I…noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’ output was too vast and complex to be dictated by any Wizard of Oz-like individual or cabal.

I still believe that, but also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds—a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within…

As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, over loved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.

Brisbane was the fourth public editor to take on the task of handling complaints about the Times’ reporting on various issues and then writing about them every couple of weeks. He is a self-proclaimed Democrat with all the proper liberal credentials: stints at the Kansas City Star and the Washington Post, and the requisite degree from Harvard.

When he arrived on the scene he viewed his role as that of coroner, called in to do autopsies on “flawed new articles that drew complaints.” And there were plenty. So many, in fact, that The Times’ “believability rating” at Pew Research Center continues to

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What Media Bias?

Brent Bozell: Skipping Over the Shooting at FRC

Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group’s headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, open[s] fire and wound[s] a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be breaking news! And for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.

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Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know from the moment you see it where this article from Brent Bozell is going: the media only reports what it, in its slanted and biased worldview, is worth reporting.

The shooter in Aurora called forth—and still does—endless reams of coverage and the predictable responses about the need for gun control. The Sikh shooting added to the fray and raised the noise to nearly unbearable levels.

But the Family Research Council shooting? Please. As Bozell notes:

Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.

The incident didn’t have any of the media’s checkpoints: the attacker was queer—oops, sorry, “gay,”—the group is conservative, its agenda is highly regarded in favorable light by a majority of the American people, the guard was armed (oh no!) and was able to stop the attack and the attacker before things got really ugly. You get the idea. There was nothing there to hang their collective (I use that word deliberately) hats on. So they ignored it.

Instead, they went on about their business of emphasizing things that fit:

One can easily imagine how the national media elite justify their decision to spike the story: No one was killed or in danger of dying. There are dozens of shootings a day in the D.C. area; this is just one more. We have more important things to cover.

Both CBS and NBC spent more than two minutes promoting team Obama’s “DREAM Act” amnesty for students. NBC devoted two minutes and 45 seconds to a Chelsea Clinton story on orphaned baby elephants in Africa.

Just another example of media bias, as if another one is needed.

Planning for Military Action Against the Tea Party

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U.S. Army soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division wearing ACH helmets in the M81 Woodland pattern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kevin Benson, a retired U.S. Army colonel with a strong background in military tactics and a degree from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and Jennifer Weber, an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, have just developed a scenario whereby U.S. military forces quashed a “tea party” insurrection in South Carolina in the year 2016.

The article, appearing in Small Wars Journal and subtitled “Scenario 2016,” purported to question the military’s readiness to put down such an insurrection if it were to occur. By creating the “story” of such an insurrection, the authors were able to suggest how military forces would handle certain legal restrictions, limitations, and the media. Their conclusion was that, given the state of technology and the likelihood of such action generating public outcry and additional civilian resistance, the operation to put down the insurrection would be challenging but, in the end, successful.

The warning to those inclined to use force against the federal government was clear: 

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The Lamestream Media Gets Lamer

Judy Morris: Americans’ Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

According to Gallup “Americans’ confidence in television news is at a new low…, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it. This marks a decline from 27% last year and from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in television news in 1993…”

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The CNN Center in Atlanta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I share Judy Morris’ delight in this report from Gallup. I have had serious credibility issues with the lamestream media ever since I discovered that the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese wasn’t a surprise to Roosevelt! (See “Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace” and/or “Day of Deceit” for proofs.)

There are several pieces to the report that are worth mentioning. First, Democrats seem to have greater respect for the lamestream television media—34% of them give it the highest level of confidence—while independents and Republicans are tied at just 17%.

Print media seems, for some reason, to generate slightly higher credibility ratings.

But the choicest part is how dismal CNN is doing in the ratings:

Compared to Q1 2011, CNN was down -21% in total viewers and down -26% in A25-54 viewers for Total Day viewing and down -5% in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers in Primetime. CNN did see slight growth in Primetime (Mon-Fri) due to three GOP debates it carried, topping MSNBC in the demo (Mon-Fri and Mon-Sun).

As Judy notes, “In a nation of 310 million folks it’s quite pathetic that a new giant like CNN only has 599,000 nightly viewers…”

And even Fox News showed a decline. Explained Judy:

While Fox has also suffered a decline, Fox is basically GOP TV anyway. Establishment Republicans will continue to exclusively view Fox (they always do) but Fox also has the oldest viewers and as old Republicans die off, they aren’t being replaced with a crop of young folks. Fox and the GOP have the same problem, namely it can’t attract the young which is considered a very critical audience.

This brings me to a point not mentioned often enough: young people, informed young people, those who get their news from other, more reliable and less slanted news sources (read: the internet), are the ones most likely to make a difference in the freedom fight in the years to come.

I take great comfort in the fact that a 76-year-old Ron Paul continues to generate such interest and following from the younger generation (18-30).

The lamestream media, in the meantime, gets lamer all the time. I love it.

Microsoft Sees Handwriting on the Wall, Splits from NBC

USA Today: Microsoft pulls out of MSNBC.com, sells stake to NBC

The online divorce stemmed from the two partners’ desire to gain greater control over their digital destinies as the Internet becomes an increasingly important part of their businesses…

Microsoft, in particular, had grown frustrated by contract terms requiring it to exclusively feature MSNBC.com content on its own websites. That exasperation was exacerbated by the MSNBC cable channel’s strategy to counter Fox News Channel’s appeal to conservative viewers by tailoring its programming for an audience with a liberal viewpoint.

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After fifteen years of putting up with contract constraints that required MSNBC to use NBC’s liberal-leaning content, Microsoft is leaving to create it is own news network. Isn’t competition wonderful? And especially pleasant is the fact the NBC continues to lose market share to Fox, perceived to be more conservative and as a result more popular.

Regardless of whether you think Fox News in conservative (I don’t), competition is good. And NBC, if it persists in presenting programming that people don’t want to watch, their ratings will continue to tank.

I blame the internet for much of this paradigm shift. Drudge gets 2 million viewers every day. LewRockwell.com gets millions every month. Even a lowly website, TheNewAmerican.com, is approaching a million a month—it started in September 2008 with 25,000 visitors!

So the shift to better—read: more truthful, less slanted—programming continues to decimate the “establishment press.”

Here’s some more from the article:

“Being limited to MSNBC.com content was problematic to us because we couldn’t have the multiple news sources and the multiple perspectives that our users were telling us that they wanted,” said Bob Visse, general manager of MSN.com.

That’s how it works: “users were telling us [what] they wanted.” And they are tired of the leftward slant. Truth is so refreshing. Watch NBC’s numbers continue to crumble.

New Evidence that Obama Was Born in Kenya is Explained Away

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When Joel Pollak, a columnist for Brietbart.com, exposed his findings that a biographical sketch of Barack Obama in 1991 stated that he “was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” senior management deemed it prudent to distance itself from the “Birther” issue with this disclaimer:

Andrew Breitbart was never a “Birther,” and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of “Birtherism.” In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961…

[The biographical sketch that we discovered] is evidence—not of the President’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.

The sketch, contained in a 36-page promotional booklet along with those of 89 other authors, was designed to target interested persons in the publishing industry about upcoming books by the authors. Obama at the time was promoting a book entitled Journeys in Black and White that he failed to complete. But the booklet remained in the public domain from 1991 until April 2007 when it was “corrected.” In another release by Brieitbart, the original language of Obama’s bio read: 

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New Fast and Furious Book Could Take Obama Down

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The reviews of Townhall.com’s contributing editor Katie Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup have been unremittingly positive. Critics of it have been strangely silent, perhaps hoping that the potential tsunami of indignation and anger from Pavlich’s revelations will somehow fail to materialize and the whole disagreeable matter will just disappear down history’s memory hole.

David Limbaugh made clear what her book reveals:

Of all the Obama administration scandals, Fast and Furious is the one the mainstream media would most like us to ignore because it’s the most dangerous for Obama and his cronies. Katie Pavlich draws back the curtain on a radical administration that put Mexican and American lives at risk for no discernible reason other than to advance an ideological agenda. Katie is a terrific reporter and whistleblower….

Pavlich exposes how extreme gun control measures have been a top political goal for President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other important leaders within the administration—and she draws the lines that link this goal directly to the implementation of Fast and Furious. Just as importantly, she shows how the administration has shamelessly tried to obscure those links.

Michelle Malkin pulls no punches either, writing that Pavlich’s book “targets the corruption, incompetence, obstructionism, lawlessness, and anti-gun radicalism of the Obama White House…and [is] a must-have guide to the biggest stain on the Obama administration.”

The evidence so painstakingly collected by Pavlich ever since the murder of ATF agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010 is so convincing that Pavlich herself

NBC’s Altered Zimmerman Tape Exposes Agenda

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Following the exposure of NBC’s edited conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher prior to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, NBC announced its investigation into the matter. NBC told the Washington Post on Saturday, “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

On March 17 NBC anchor Ron Allen ran a segment on the Today show that included an edited version of Zimmerman’s conversation just prior to the shooting of Martin:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good…. He looks black.

Dispatcher: Did you see what he was wearing?

Zimmerman: Yeah, a dark hoodie.

On Thursday Sean Hannity interviewed Brent Bozell from the Media Research Center on his Fox News Media Mash and played the edited and the original unedited versions of the conversation. Here is the unedited version:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

After playing both segments, Hannity asked Bozell for his comments:

Hannity: What about NBC News?

Bozell: NBC News…they are despicable in this. I want to say it again. They outright advanced a falsehood on national television. They outright told a deliberate lie on national television.

Members of the mainstream media appeared to be caught in the middle, trying to justify the alteration but wanting to distance themselves from NBC. For instance, Erik Wemplewriting for the Washington Post, called NBC’s editing “ham-handed” instead of deliberate manipulation but admitted that

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Obama’s Birth Certificate a Forgery says “Cold Case Posse”

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The “Cold Case Posse” of Maricopa County, Arizonahas concluded it has “probable cause” that the President’s birth certificate released by the White House last April is “a computer-generated” forgery.

Made up of three retirement law enforcement officers and two lawyers with law enforcement experience who were appointed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio back in September, the posse is privately funded through a non-profit organization. At its press conference on Thursday, the posse released five videos that explored in detail how the forgery was made. Additionally, the posse has identified “at least one person of interest” in the alleged forgery.

The posse interviewed dozens of witnesses, examined hundreds of documents, and took “numerous” sworn statements from witnesses “around the world.” The posse concluded, according to Mike Zullo, its lead investigator, that the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health has “engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.” He added:

Officers of the Hawaii Department of Health and various elected Hawaiian public officials may have intentionally obscured 1961 birth records and procedures to avoid having to release to public inspection and to the examination of court-authorized forensic examiners any original Obama 1961 birth records [that department] may have.

After the birth certificate released by the White House last April was analyzed, the posse reported that “the evidence contained in the computer-generated PDF file released by the White House as well as important deficiencies in the Hawaii process of certifying the long-form birth certificate establish probable cause that a forgery has been committed.”

Two crimes were committed, according to the posse. First, someone in the White House

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