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News Censorship with Janet Napolitano

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At least one (or two) on-air people at MSNBC have some common sense, and question the Obama Administration’s news censorship/control. Napolitano appeared on MSNBC and demanded (and got) control over the question(s) asked, and no followup’s.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 11:56:31 AM

How Obama Got Elected

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Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama’s limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States. For many of these Americans, the explanation was rather simple… the news media, completely enamored with Obama, simply refused to do their job.

On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The rather shocking video below seeks to provide some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:57:16 PM

National Review’s Byron York On CNN “Misquote”

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CNN, most distrusted name in news?

Greta discusses the CNN deceitful interview with Palin.




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CNN (Obama Campaign Directed) Lies To Impugn Palin & McCain

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On Tuesday’s (10/21/2008) Situation Room, CNN’s Drew Griffin completely mischaracterized the nature of a “quote” from National Review’s Byron York during his interview with Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Griffin said to Gov. Palin: “Governor, you’ve been mocked in the press, the press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well.  The National Review had a story saying that, you know, ‘I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.’”

This is a complete distortion, a falsehood.  The full quote from the National Review’s Byron York shows he was in fact dressing down the media, NOT Gov. Palin.  “Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it’s sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or — or, well, all of the above.”

Watch the video, in two parts, and see for yourself exactly how blatant Drew Griffin, under orders from CNN management, and ultimately the Obama Campaign, lies to Governor Palin.  Is there anyone reading this who doubts this is all part of a coordinated smear?  Can anyone seriously doubt we are watching the outcome of a direct assault on our electoral process?  Can anyone be so stupid or clueless NOT to know the Obama Campaign is coordinating, with the willing assistance of the Main Stream Media, all of these attacks on John McCain and Sarah Palin?   I mean, this isn’t some isolated incident.

Part Two:

Bill O’Reilly spent his Talking Points memo last night [click link to watch] to go after CNN and correspondent Drew Griffinthe fallout from Griffin’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin. after

O’Reilly said Griffin “totally distorted what [Byron] York wrote in the article,” and said The Factor called CNN for comment and got none.

“I haven’t been critical of CNN during the campaign,” said O’Reilly. “They’ve been pretty honest in their coverage, I believe.”

Later in the show, O’Reilly had York on to discuss the issue. “CNN owes it to their audience, and owes it to Gov. Palin, to correct the record,” said the FNC host.

• FNC’s Greta Van Susteren also discussed the interview on her show last night with Newt Gingrich. Here’s her take on Gretawire.

NY Times Under Fire for Cindy Story

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The New York Times today has a very strange, lengthy front-page story on Cindy McCain — by Jodi Kantor and David Halbfinger — dredging up some unpleasant episodes in the distant past of her private life without adding any new information, sprinkling some innuendo about the McCains’ long-distance marriage, analyzing her personality and health mostly with pure speculation, and just generally dissecting her private and emotional sphere for no apparent reason beyond idle voyeurism.

Some of the facts discussed are, I suppose, arguably relevant (her connection to the Keating Five scandal and how Washington scorned her as a result of McCain’s ugly treatment of his first wife), but the vast bulk of the article, while quite invasive, seems indistinguishable from lowly, rank gossip.

The article doesn’t even arguably raise an issue of political bias, as the NYT has long been obsessed with the Clintons’ marriage and sex lives (one of the worst, though by no means only, examples being this 2006 sleazy, highly detailed front-page gossip item from Patrick Healy — entitled “For Clintons, Delicate Dance of Married and Public Lives” — “reporting” that “Mr. Clinton is rarely without company in public, yet the company he keeps rarely includes his wife” and that “Bill and Hillary Clinton have built largely separate lives” while chronicling the number of nights they’ve spent together).

But this Cindy McCain article does seem to suggest that there are no longer any standards governing when “political journalists” dig into the private and sex lives of political figures — and their family members — even when doing so lacks even a purported connection to some matter of public interest.

Who cares how many nights John and Cindy have spent together over the past couple of decades, or how affectionate they are with one another when sitting at home, or that — 15 years ago — she “was caught stealing drugs from her nonprofit organization to feed her addiction to painkillers,” or whether her 2004 separation from McCain was due (as she claimed) to a stroke, or whether their marriage is a union of convenience and business rather than true love, or whether she actually crossed into Rwanda from Zaire during a 1994 trip to help refugees, or how often his friends in DC interact with her socially? How is there a public interest in knowing any of that?

Way worse, in order to write the article, the NYT’s Kantor trolled Facebook and found adolescent classmates of Bridget McCain’s and — at least in one case — sent an email that said this: I’m a reporter at the New York Times, writing a profile of Cindy McCain, and we are trying to get a sense of what she is like as a mother. So I’m reaching out to fellow parents at her kids’ schools.

Is investigating Cindy McCain’s fitness as a mother actually a legitimate function for the political reporters at the NYT?   Doesn’t that question answer itself?

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Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4:20:27 PM

No Evidence of Obama Slur/Threat at Palin Rally

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Investigators with the Secret Service say that there is no evidence that anyone shouted ‘kill him,’ in reference to Barack Obama, at a recent McCain-Palin rally.

U.S. Secret Service agents say that there is no evidence to support one reporter’s claim that any attendee at a McCain-Palin rally on Tuesday in Scranton, Pennsylvania shouted ‘kill him’ when Barack Obama’s name came up.

According to an October 15, 2008 article by the Andrew M. Seder that appeared in the website, which serves Northeastern Pennsylvania, the head of the Secret Service field office in Scranton says that there no evidence of this widely-reported verbal attack.

Scranton Times-Tribune Reporter (and Obama supporter) David Singleton originally reported the alleged verbal outburst on the newspaper’s website on Tuesday after he claimed to hear the remark at a McCain-Palin rally earlier in the day.

The paper printed the uncorroborated slur in their Wednesday edition and networks such as ABC and MSNBC as well as the Associated Press and the Washington Monthly repeated the allegation, according to the article by Seder, doing absolutely no fact checking of their own, of course.

The Times article also indicated that Secret Service Agent Bill Slavoski interviewed Singleton, as well as 20 people who were at the rally, and no one but Singleton could corroborate the story. Slavoski, according to the article, said that Singleton was unable to provide a description of the man who allegedly made the remark.

However, Singleton and his newspaper are sticking to their story, according to the Seder article, even though there were thousands of people at the rally and Singleton was the only one who heard the threatening remark.

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Friday, October 17, 2008 at 4:06:00 PM

Grim Proving Ground For Obama’s Housing Policy

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The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 1:41:19 PM