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

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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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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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Feisty, Brash Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Lightning Rod, Dead at 43

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Within minutes of posting his last tweet at 11:25 p.m. PST on Wednesday night, in which he apologized for calling one of his followers a “putz,” Andrew Breitbart was dead of an apparent heart attack at the age of 43. Most of Breitbart’s followers adored his energy, his brashness and his courage. Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online said “He was one of the most fearless people I ever knew.” Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller agreed with Goldberg: Breitbart “was completely fearless…he thrived on the brawling.” Terry Moran of ABC News said “I’ll remember his enormous, brawling passion…” Rick Santorum added: “What a powerful force. What a huge loss.”

Ned Ryun, president of the American Majority and a personal friend of Breitbart, was thoughtful in his mourning:

The conservative movement has lost a powerful voice in the fight to protect our freedom. Andrew was a pioneer in using social media and digital technology to bring a courageous conservative message to America’s grassroots.

He did something many in the conservative movement are afraid to do — go right at the left and not back down. He served as an example to the rest of the conservative movement of how to fight for our values without apology or compromise.

In one brash moment Breitbart’s fearless and relentless personality was on display. Following his publishing of improper photos of former Congressman Anthony Weiner last May on his website, BigGovernment.com, Weiner was forced to appear at a press conference to confess. Breitbart was there and jumped in front of Weiner, grabbed the microphone and shouted:

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New York Times’ Free Fall Continues

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With the latest announcement of its sale of 16 newspapers, the New York Times continues to sell off assets to stay alive. The sale of its papers in Florida, South Carolina, and California is expected to generate a much-needed capital insertion of about $150 million, less than was expected. Those newspapers’ revenues had been steadily declining, falling another 7 percent for the first nine months of the year.

Just days before the sale was announced the Times‘ chief executive officer, Janet Robinson, also announced her retirement. She had been in the difficult position of trying to put a positive spin on bad news to the point where even comedian Jon Stewart took advantage of her woes in a short video clip.

The visible decline of the Times has been tracked for years. Eric Englund, publisher of the Hyperinflation Survival Guidenoted back in February 2009 that the Times‘ financial position was teetering on the edge of insolvency despite having been profitable for seven of the previous nine years. After declaring dividends and buying back its shares to support the company’s stock (which traded as high as 55 in the summer of 2002 and now trades at less than 8), Englund concluded that the company had a negative net worth of $171 million and stayed alive only by selling assets and borrowing. At the time he predicted that the Times would either be sold or would be forced into bankruptcy.

That didn’t happen, and in May of this year Englund took another look at the Times‘ balance sheets and discovered that it had found ways to borrow even more. In 2009, the Times borrowed

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Osama bin Laden: A Critical Look at the AP’s Top Story of 2012

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The killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in May is the top story of the year according to the Associated Press’s annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors, ABC News announced on Saturday. That story received 128 first-place votes out of 247 ballots cast for the top ten stories. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami was second while the Arab Spring uprisings were third and the financial turmoil in Europe was fourth.

In fifth place was the US economy, the Penn State sex abuse scandal was seventh, Moammar Gadhafi’s death was number seven, the fiscal showdowns in the US congress was number eight, while the Occupy Wall Street protests and the attack on Gabrielle Giffords rounded out the top ten.

The death of Osama bin Laden has generated much controversy as a result of the lack of forthrightness of the Obama administration in answering a number of questions from the very beginning. But the announcement by the AP made no note of such controversy:

He’d been the world’s most-wanted terrorist for nearly a decade, ever since a team of his al-Qaida followers carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In May, the long and often-frustrating manhunt ended with a nighttime assault by a helicopter-borne special operations squad on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was shot dead by one of the raiders, and within hours his body was buried at sea.

Paul Craig Roberts was one of the first creditable commentators to ask the most pertinent questions

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“The Economist” Rewrites History

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In last Saturday’s print edition of The Economist magazine, staff writers attempted to compare today’s Internet with the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517. Claiming that by nailing his complaints onto a bulletin board, Luther started the Reformation. This was done, according to The Economist’s rewriting of history, “when Martin Luther and his allies took the new media of their day—pamphlets, ballads and woodcuts—and circulated them through social networks to promote their message of religious reform.” From there the article concentrates on the alleged “social network” that Luther had to promote his views, rather than on the message—the information—contained in those views: 

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Trump Claims He was Blackmailed by Republicans

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Donald Trump’s announcement on YouTube on Tuesday night that he was cancelling the Republican presidential candidate debate scheduled for December 27 tried to pin the blame on the Republican Party. A lot of the candidates aren’t coming to his debate “because they think I’m going to run for political office, something I can’t do now…. But around the middle of May I’ll be able to do whatever I want and I could run as an Independent. The Republican Party doesn’t want me running as an Independent. So they’ve made this debate pretty impossible…”

Trump claims he wants to keep his options open just in case the Republicans pick the wrong person to run against President Obama: 

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Government Dependency Reaches Pandemic Levels

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Conservative economist Robert Higgs‘ warnings about the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Dependence on Government were already outdated when they were published on Thursday. The updated statistics from Heritage for 2011, published the next day, showed the situation in the United States to be even worse than Higgs warned.

Higgs noted that the so-called “ruling class” (taken from Angelo Codevilla’s book of the same name) is a tiny percentage of the total population in the country, and has in the past only been able to maintain its legitimacy through vote-buying and mainstream media credibility. The fear of the ruling class has always been that dissatisfaction and distrust would result in their expulsion from the seats of power. But Higgs notes that now there are so many Americans dependent upon the government for their very subsistence that resistance to the tyranny of the ruling class is being increasingly neutralized.

The more dependent the citizens become on their government, the less influence they are likely to have in any substantial downsizing of that government: 

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European Union Agreement: Too Little, Too Late

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As reported by Annika Breidthardt for RealClearMarkets.com, the latest European crisis summit that ended last weekend resulted in “a historic agreement to draft a new treaty” which she then characterized as “too little, too late.” Reaction of the equity and currency markets agreed, with substantial losses in American and European stock markets opening the week, and the euro dropping to lows not seen since last February.

The agreement will require EU member states to ante-up $267 billion to the International Monetary Fund which will then turn around and re-lend it to those member states in financial trouble. Exactly how those needing the funds will “ante-up” was left unexplained. The existing bailout fund—the European Financial Stability Fund, or EFSF—will be leveraged, debt upon debt, to give it more ability to lend to those same struggling countries.

But the big news is the moving forward of the date for ratification of the ESM—the European Stability Mechanism—by a full year, to June of 2012. This is the elephant in the living room that few in the media have spent much time reviewing, although a careful analysis is available here. The reason for moving ahead with such a grotesque totalitarian program is obvious: there may not be enough time left to implement it. Investors continue to demand

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Trump Called Out as “Reflexive Liar” on MSNBC

On MSNBC yesterday Donald Trump and the host of “The Daily Rundown,” Chuck Todd got into a shouting match about who was telling the truth. At issue was Todd’s reporting of polls of Iowa and New Hampshire voters showing that an endorsement by Trump would likely cause them not to vote for Trump’s candidate for president by nearly two-to-one. The video can be seen here:

Trump took issue with Todd’s claim that Trump had asked for a chance to respond to those polls, saying that MSNBC had first approached him: “Your people called my office about 40 times!” Todd backed off but persisted in soliciting Trump’s response to those polls. Trump dismissed them out of hand, calling them faulty, because “I have a huge following of people,” and besides he studied polls while a student at the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, implying that those polls lacked validity and credibility.

Later that day Trump appeared again on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell, a longtime critic of Trump. O’Donnell referred back to those same polls and asked if

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Newsmax Media’s Cozy Relationship with the Insiders

When Brandon Burgess, CEO of ION Television, named the producers of the upcoming Republican presidential debate being cosponsored by Newsmax, in Iowa on December 27, he was ebullient in his praise: “ION, Newsmax and Mr. Trump are committed to host a serious presidential forum which will include some of the most reputable journalists and media people in the country.” The debate will be produced by veterans of CNN, CBS, and NBC News.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy was no less enthusiastic: “With Donald Trump and the top-notch media and production team led by Eason Jordan [who was president of CNN’s news gathering for 23 years] we have organized, we expect that the Newsmax ION 2012 Presidential Debate will have the largest audience of any Republican primary debate to date.”

Those named to the production team reflect Ruddy’s long-standing and friendly relationship with the mainstream media, which goes all the way back to when Ruddy started Newsmax with money and significant help from Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon banking interests and one of the 250 wealthiest individuals in the world. Scaife owns and publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which has been criticized for 

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.