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Forty-six Democrat Senators Want to Change our Laws Strictly for Politics

by Jerry McConnell on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 113 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

Forty-six Democrat Senators Want to Change our Laws for Strictly Politics

The impossible just got legs for a potential possibility; and not a good one at that.  In a bare-faced political move, forty-six elected Democrats in our United States Senate; that’s EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT of all Democrats, are willing to make a change to our most predominant, most revered and oldest established legal document, the United States Constitution, all for their desire for more political power in our government.

These self-loathing discriminators, just for personal gain, would change the most important document in the American arsenal of judicial decrees, destroying any and all credence in the minds of the American people.  They would ban free speech for Americans if they chose not to like it.  No political discourse would ever reach our newspapers or airwaves if those Democrats chose to block it.  Two sides to every political discussion would be gone forever if banned by our Constitution as the Democrats are successful in their banning efforts.

This is brazen and unmitigated impudence and gall.  Has God suddenly decreed that ONLY discourse spoken by Democrats can be aired or printed?  If this Democrat proposed constitutional amendment is passed we would only be allowed to hear THEIR side of any political discussion.  How kingly, or dictatorially decadent can we sink to?

My thoughts at this point are that perhaps we the people, currently unburdened by filthy and arrogant legislation that would, in effect, put one class of people, namely those of the Democrat Party who would deny the rest of the Americans the joy of unrestrained free political speech, honor the balance of people and country caring elected United States Senators, numbering NINE of that group of 55 in total.  They are the only true American believers holding office in the United States Senate.

Not only would these forty-six cretins so greed inspired with possessive insanity destroy the freedom of speech rights for ALL Americans, but their actions, if successful, would backfire on them should the balance of power tip back to the other party.  A move such as this, even if successful, could not be durable and any mood swings could turn their joy into deep sorrow quite rapidly.

This movement of desperation shows how unsure the Democrat Party is of providing leadership.  That thought is understandable with feeble minds such as Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, Gore, the Clintons, Rangel, Lewis, etc. and multitudes more standing in the wings.  They are blessed by having huge followings of people of similar mental deficiencies and expert practioners at the sleazy art of multi-voting and machine rigging.

This new scheme of underhanded manipulation of freedom of speech, so very common in socio-communist and enslaved peoples countries, is nothing more that a grand grab at power over minorities.  America’s days of slavery was legislated to an end by a Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, a century and one-half ago.  Preventing freedom of speech is as much, if not more than hand-and-leg shackles on the minorities.

A bright new light in the Republican Party, a freshman Senator from Texas named Ted Cruz has made this public on July 14, 2014, on Patriot Action Network, as a nefarious liberal Democrat plot against a party lacking a mere six votes to change the fortunes in the coming November elections.

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IRS, DOJ colluded to criminalize conservative groups’ free speech

by Jim Kouri on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This is article 242 of 244 in the topic Congressional Investigations

In response to an interview of a Department of Justice section chief by lawmakers from House of Representatives, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Thursday officially requested that the DOJ make its Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith available for an interview that will be transcribed.

The request by Reps. Issa and Jordan resulted from Jack Smith’s underling, Richard Pilger, who is the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch chief, telling lawmakers during a legally transcribed interview that officials from the Justice Department met with the Internal Revenue Service’s Lois Lerner in October 2010. The meeting entailed an alleged plan to criminalize free speech and prosecute Tea Party and conservative groups.

The date of that first meeting has created more suspicion since that Lerner-DOJ meeting occurred 30-months earlier than Issa, Jordan and their committees were led to believe by the IRS. The purpose of the DOJ-Lerner meeting was to discuss possible criminal prosecution of nonprofit groups on the right of the political spectrum — especially Tea Party organizations — for certain political speech.

On Thursday, Issa and Jordan sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that reads in part:

“The Committee’s transcribed interview of Richard Pilger presents further troubling information about the Department’s contemplated prosecution of nonprofit groups for false statement. It is apparent that the Department’s leadership, including Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith, was closely involved in engaging with the IRS in wake of Citizens United and political pressure from prominent Democrats to address perceived problems with the decision.

“According to Mr. Pilger, the Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS could assist in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active non-profits. This meeting was arranged at the direction of Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith.”

This DOJ-IRS collusion occurred well before Lois Lerner gave a speech before an audience at Duke University in which she lamented over the political pressure placed on IRS staff to “fix the problem” created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision before the 2010 midterm election cycle.

Earlier this week,Chairman Issa issued a subpoena after Pilger like Lerner refused to answer critical questions on the instructions of a Justice Department lawyer during a transcribed interview on May 6, 2014.

This latest subpoena follows an April 23, 2014 letter from 17 members of the Committee requesting materials concerning the Department’s involvement in efforts to scrutinize tax-exempt applicants after emails surfaced between Pilger and the Internal Revenue Service’s Lois Lerner where they discussed singling out and prosecuting tax-exempt applicants at the urging of a Democratic Senator many believe was New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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JOHN KERRY, MEET DONALD STERLING

by Burt Prelutsky on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

This is article 187 of 194 in the topic Liberalism

Secretary of State Kerry, who seems to be working overtime to make his predecessor look good, announced that if Israel didn’t cave to the Muslims, who pray to Allah several times a day for the extinction of all Jews, they ran the risk of being denounced as an apartheid nation. The next day, after an initial firestorm, he decided, as they say, to walk his statement back. Not too surprisingly, Donald Sterling wasn’t allowed the same opportunity, even though he is just another sports team owner, and Kerry is allegedly America’s number one diplomat.

Understand, I am not standing up for Mr. Sterling (born Donald Tokowitz 80 years ago). There’s nothing I like about him, including his past career as an ambulance-chasing lawyer, his name change or his choice of girlfriends. Heck, I don’t even like basketball.

But I happen to hate hypocrisy. So the NBA, which pretty much turns a blind eye to infractions by players, which includes beating up their wives, using illegal drugs, engaging in bar fights, driving under the influence and siring a couple of dozen babies with a couple of dozen different women, lowers the boom on the stupid white guy.

When it comes to the disciplining of players, it usually takes the form of wrist slaps involving short suspensions and fines the players can pay off with the loose change they find under their sofa cushions. But when it comes to this seemingly senile old coot, whose crime consists of shooting off his mouth to his slutty ex-mistress, it suddenly calls for a lifelong banishment from the league and a forced sale of the team.

The dirty little secret in America is that it’s only the likes of silly old white guys like Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling who get pilloried for their ignorant comments. It’s never old black guys like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Charley Rangel and Hank Aaron or middle-aged black guys like Eric Holder or vapid Hispanics like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

That brings us to John Kerry. He made the vulgar comparison of Israel to the formerly apartheid South Africa, even though two million Arabs and Muslims call Israel home, and enjoy the same rights as Jews and even get to serve in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

One might even find it ironic that with as many Muslims in Israel as there are in the United States ( about two million), and even though Israel has a mere two percent of our population, there are more Muslims in the Knesset, about a dozen, than we have in Congress, which happens to be two – Democrats Keith Ellison and Andre Carson. I’m not complaining, you understand, as I personally think they’re over-represented. I just wanted to clear up a few things for Kerry.

In his defense, some liberals have argued that Kerry made his statement in private at a gathering of the Trilateral Commission, but you may have noticed that they had quite a different take when it came to Mitt Romney’s reference to 47% of the population at a closed meeting or Donald Sterling’s private phone conversation. Apparently people should be more worried about scorned women than they are of the NSA.

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The Assault on Free Speech

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

This is article 112 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

We have been witnessing a growing assault on free speech in America by the Left and too often it is succeeding.

The demand by members of the Rutgers University faculty that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice be disinvited to be the commencement speaker is the latest example and her decision to withdraw, while graceful, was a victory for the Left, the liberals for whom free speech exists only if it agrees with their posturing about equality, diversity, and all forms of “justice” as defined only by them.

Our universities are showing ugly signs of censoring the speech of those they invited to give a speech! Brandeis University recently withdrew its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a human rights campaigner, because of her criticisms of Islam. In response, she said of the slur on her reputation that, “More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles.”

The forced resignation of the co-founder and CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, because, years before, he had made a donation to the California campaign to support traditional marriage is another example. The Left has led the effort to redefine this ancient institution of the union between a man and a woman while supporting the demands of the nation’s gay and lesbian community.

Tearing down the foundations of our society has long been a major goal of the Left.

The taping of a private conversation between Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and his mixed-race mistress who made it public led almost immediately thereafter to the demand by the National Basketball Association that he divest himself of ownership of the team. Yes, Sterling expressed racist views, but free speech includes saying stupid things; things that are sure to offend someone or some group. Saying them privately is very different from saying them publicly. And that speech is protected by the First Amendment.

An extension of the Sterling affair is the way any criticism of President Obama is almost always attributed to the fact that he is black. He is, in fact, only half black. His mother was white. The grandparents who raised him were white.

There is plenty about which to criticize Obama and none of it has to do with the color of his skin.

The level and intensity of political correctness has been rising for years and I have been worrying about it for a long time, particularly with the passage of “hate crime” legislation that goes beyond actual acts based on hatred and includes expressions that are deemed to be hatred.

Our educational system now seeks to exclude anything—and I do mean anything—that might “offend” someone or some group of people. A recent example of school officials who did not want American flag t-shirts being worn during Cinco de Mayo should be offensive to anyone who loves America. The holiday isn’t even a major one in Mexico, but demonstrating patriotism is surely not an offense. It gets worse, though, when the singing of Christmas carols are prohibited in a school, an offense against the practice of Christianity and the “diversity” that the Left is always demanding.

The genius of America is its inclusion of all manner of minorities, religions, and points of view.

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Three Cheers for the Thomas Jefferson Center

by Roger Aronoff on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This is article 538 of 566 in the topic Media

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression noticed my recent article on “Obama’s War on Journalists,” and pointed out that three of their “Jefferson Muzzle” awards are aimed squarely at the Obama administration.

We think they are right on the money.

And we’re not the only ones who think that the Obama administration is muzzling journalists’ free speech, along with a complicit broadcast media. As AIM chairman Don Irvine pointed out, veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who recently left CBS News after two decades there, made comments to that effect as well. The Emmy-award winning Attkisson, who was also the recipient in 2012 of Accuracy in Media’s Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism, was on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz,” this past weekend, and told host Howard Kurtz that she often felt pressure to stay away from stories that reflected badly on the Obama White House.

“There is pressure coming to bear on journalists for just doing their job in ways that have never come to bear before,” Attkisson told Fox News. “But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration, and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized, that’s designed to have sort of a chilling effect and to some degree has been somewhat successful in getting broadcast producers who don’t really want to deal with the headache of it.”

More than just headaches are involved if you look at the Obama administration’s unprecedented history pursuing leakers under the Espionage Act. This aggressive pursuit of leakers threatens to engulf those they leak to—the journalists—as well. An FBI affidavit labeled Fox News journalist James Rosen as a probable criminal “co-conspirator” in a spying case with Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who has pleaded guilty and will serve a 13-month sentence. “What was truly shameful about the DOJ’s investigation was that it never actually considered Rosen a criminal co-conspirator; the accusation was merely a means by which to circumvent the requirements of the Privacy Protection Act,” writes the Thomas Jefferson Center (TJC) regarding this case. They awarded the first of the 2014 Jefferson Muzzle awards to the U.S. Department of Justice for its role in subpoenaing two months of Associated Press records, and its treatment of James Rosen.

The second winner of the awards was the White House Press Office, for “dramatically limit[ing] professional photojournalists’ access to the President.” In essence, photojournalists are “routinely prevented from taking pictures of President Obama while he is performing his official duties because the White House categorizes such events as ‘private,’” yet official photos of these events are later released to his followers via social media. “Writing in The New York Times, the current director of photography for the Associated Press, Santiago Lyon suggested that these glossy official images are at best, visual press releases, and at worst, pure propaganda masquerading as news,” writes the TJC.

Comparing the Obama administration policy on news photographers in the White House to previous administrations, TJC wrote that photos of President Obama and his staff “working together in the Oval Office have never been allowed, even though such pictures were routine in the past.”

To add insult to injury, if a person tries to point out government hypocrisy commercially, the full force of that government may be used to shut them down.

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Feds back off after ‘First Amendment area’ near Bundy ranch got too big

by Doug Powers on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This is article 6 of 8 in the topic Federal Lands

The tense situation at the Bundy Ranch area in Nevada has been defused for now and the feds have decided that going full Janet Reno would be incredibly unwise:

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

The BLM used the term “cattle gather,” which makes it sound like some sort of bovine dating service:

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Here’s more from John Hinderaker at Powerline with possible reasons the feds might have ended this thing almost as quickly as it started (via Instapundit):

“The new head of the BLM, Neil Kornze, worked for Harry Reid as a policy adviser from 2003 to 2011. It is reasonable to assume that Reid got him the BLM job, and I would hazard a guess that Reid saw the situation turning into a public relations disaster–-Nevada’s Governor and Senator Dean Heller, both Republicans, were more or less siding with Bundy–-and told Kornze to give it up. It still isn’t clear what the crisis was all about. Rumor has it that Reid wants the land for a giant solar farm that would be supplied by a Chinese company and, presumably, subsidized by the federal government. Reid’s son is apparently a participant in the deal. Whether that is true, I haven’t yet tried to figure out. One thing I will say with some certainty, however, is that tortoises had little or nothing to do with it.”

Watch for Harry Reid to make his way to the Senate floor tomorrow as fast as possible so as to blame the Koch brothers for the 135th, 136th, 137th and 138th time.

To sum up the current state of affairs:

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Gay Intolerance versus Corporate Integrity

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This is article 60 of 61 in the topic Gay Rights

I am going to draw on decades of having been a public relations counselor to corporations and other organizations for some thoughts about the resignation of Mozilla’s cofounder, Brendan Eich, after his donation to support a California proposition banning gay marriage six years ago became an issue for the company less than two weeks after he became its CEO.

Despite the passage of the ban, voted upon by a majority (52%) of Californians who believe that marriage should be restricted to the union of a man and a woman, the California Supreme Court ruled against it. Same sex marriages in California resumed after the U.S. Supreme Court restored the federal district court’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Heeding the will of the people is not the California way.

At the end of 2008, same-sex marriages were legal only in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Today seventeen states, including California, allow such marriages. The gay, lesbian and transgender population of America is about three percent, but they are among the most vocal special interest groups in the nation.

From a PR point of view, Eich’s decision was a very bad one. Other corporations have found themselves targeted by the gay community. Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta based company has opposed gay marriage based on its commitment to Christian values, but most corporations regard any vocal opposition with more fear than courage. It has a lot to do with being in the business of selling products and services as well as being answerable to their investors.

It also explains, for example, why most embrace environmental demands in some fashion, including Big Oil and Big Coal. It’s no accident that BP Oil has a television advertising campaign going these days emphasizing the way drilling for oil in Alaska generates thousands of jobs elsewhere in the nation. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is fading into the past as well it should. Simply said, accidents happen.

I suspect that Eich’s decision was based in part on the fact that its corporate headquarters are located in San Francisco. A Reuters news article noted that “Gay rights are widely embraced in the San Francisco area” described as “long known for its thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Silicon Valley’s tech culture reflects that sensitivity and its companies rely on their CEOs to set that kind of tone.”

The curious thing is that Eich’s “views about gay marriage had been known within Mozilla for nearly two years…” His appointment as CEO put him in the limelight and a call for a boycott by OkCupid opened the doors to a decision to stand by his views or leave, presumably in the interest of the company. The company chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, said of his resignation that “you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”

After freedom of religion, free speech is the next one cited in the Constitution’s First Amendment. It’s not hard to stand for it if you have the courage to do so.

Largely unknown to most Americans is the growing matrix of laws at the state level that grant a special status to the GLBT community. This is particularly true in Massachusetts.

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Amid insistance that corporations aren’t people, celebration ensues after one guy gets run out of Mozilla

by Doug Powers on Friday, April 4th, 2014

This is article 110 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has resigned (“forced to resign” might be a better way to put it). Why? Some people were angry after it was discovered that in 2008 Eich donated $1,000 to support California’s Prop 8 in favor of traditional marriage. Around the same time Eich cut a check to support Prop 8, many of the people who were this week calling for Eich’s head were energetically campaigning for Barack Obama, who back then held the same view on the issue as Eich.

This is from Mozilla’s explanation about why they not only accepted Eich’s resignation, but more than likely were good enough to write it for him:

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

That’s not exactly a Jeffersonian defense of free speech, and it’s not as if Eich was walking around the office every day handing out pamphlets containing his religious and political views or threatening the jobs of those who disagreed with him (the latter is apparently the board chair’s responsibility).

It’s been asked if atheist CEOs should be forced out if their opinion offends religious employees. The Mozilla “free speech” test would probably bring about the answer, “if the religious employees are opposed to gay marriage, then no.”

The real Eich dilemma for those whose protest and boycott had a hand in getting him run out of Mozilla is this: Eich created JavaScript, which, in spite of Eich’s Prop 8 support six years ago, is still in use — on Al Gore’s progressive Internet. OkCupid, the dating site that played a part in Eich’s exit from Mozilla, runs on JavaScript. Every time a couple hooks up, Brendan Eich gets a dollar. Sleep well, OkCupid!

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My message to girls: Be Bossy!

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, March 14th, 2014

This is article 109 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 7.52.03 AMMy message to girls: Be Bossy!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

A bunch of aggrieved women led by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launched a high-profile “public service campaign” this week to “ban” the word “bossy.” Sandberg, Beyonce, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and first lady Michelle Obama have joined femme forces to combat this phantom menace. In their rarefied world, it’s a “very negative experience” and a crippling act of gender discrimination to be called bossy. “This isn’t a word we should use,” Sandberg complained on National Public Radio.

To which I say: Oh, buck up.

The key to female empowerment doesn’t lie with wheedling word police. It lies with girls and women finding the courage to speak and act on their beliefs and principles without regard to their detractors’ opinions.

My message to girls, including my own 13-year-old daughter, is not: “Ban Bossy.” My message is: Be Bossy. And that means first being the boss of you.

Here is my own little story. Over the past 20 years, I have gained a reputation as mouthy, aggressive, overbearing and, yes, bossy. I’ve barreled my way through interviews on “The View” and the “Today” show, arguing over Joy Behar and Matt Lauer. I’ve battled with some of the biggest blowhards in politics, media and Hollywood.

But I wasn’t always this way. In grade school, I was shy to the point of verbal paralysis. I failed a speech class because I was terrified to stand up in class with 30 sets of eyes staring at me. I was a doormat and a wallflower, not because I was afraid of being labeled “pushy” or “bossy,” but because I was afraid of owning my own thoughts, beliefs and work.

What changed? In college, I got sick of other people — especially, ahem, of bossy liberal white women — pretending to speak for me. I learned to say “no” when everyone around me expected and demanded “yes.” I learned to cut my own path and not give a damn whether anyone followed. I wasn’t held back by how others perceived me. I was held back by how I perceived myself.

Sandberg and her friends think “bossy” (which she calls “the other b-word”) is worth ginning up an entire media campaign over — even enlisting White House officials and cabinet members. But women with unpopular ideas and opinions face a daily barrage of unprintable c-words, f-words, s-words and w-words that are far worse. If we launched media campaigns to ban every ugly word that comes our way, we wouldn’t have time to get anything else done.

It is a blessing to be able to make a living exercising the First Amendment. It would be an absolute waste of those precious free speech rights for any woman to pull her punches for fear of, gasp, an adjective.

Girls, here’s the truth about the Ban Bossy campaign: It’s being spearheaded by a privileged group of elite feminists who have a very vested interest in stoking victim politics and exacerbating the gender divide. They actually encourage dependency and groupthink while paying lip service to empowerment and self-determination. They traffic in bogus wage disparity statistics, whitewashing the fact that what’s actually left of that dwindling pay gap is due to the deliberate, voluntary choices women in the workforce make.

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America Is Losing, uh, Has Lost Its Freedom of the Press

by Jerry McConnell on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

This is article 533 of 566 in the topic Media

America Is Losing uh, Has Lost Its Freedom of the PressOur media, with one exception, are totally without shame and their left-wing communist executives should be punished as any anti-American entity should for abandoning the entire population of our country in their worship of Socialism, Islamic terrorists and communism.

Only Fox News at least, includes conservatism in its daily news coverage and commentary as opposed to the solid Socialist liberal chant of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC.

Joe Otto, columnist with Conservative-Daily.com in his March 09, 2014 column, “Barack Obama Censors and Controls the Press” asks “Does our media even have a backbone anymore?”

Offhand, Joe, I would say with all sincerity, that if the Mainstream Media does have any backbone it can only be the jelly-fish type, but they are becoming more and more brain-dead lemmings of an inefficient dictator pretender and bogus occupier of our highest elected office who is unable to even act the part of the President of the United States.

Otto also compares the slobbering suck-ups in the American news gathering arena to the apparent not-so-humble reporters on Russian Times News government-run news outlets, who in opposition to the Communist invasion of Ukraine have been resigning on-air while denouncing their government’s actions.  It is a very interesting contrast in country loyalty between the REAL Communist Russians and the ‘wanna-bee’ Communist   Americans.

The ‘daily sanity’ opines that we are seeing these opposite attractions where the White House intimidates our news organizations and revokes press passes and more or less humbles the press as some form of punishment; and how does our Mainstream Media react?  How about obediently keeping their mouths shut?  Why?  As said before, they are minus any backbone or sense of manliness so they grovel when they encounter Administration figureheads.

Joe Otto and ‘daily sanity’ also say ”  Congress must stop the Obama administration from intimidating, extorting, and censoring the media!”

Much as I like the idea Mr. Otto, I don’t see that happening as long as we have Democrats controlling the Senate and RINOs in large numbers in the House.  RINOs insist on bipartisanship in spite of knowing that to Democrats, bipartisanship is interpreted as “do it our way.”

The Conservative-Daily.com also mentions Zaid Jilani, a writer for the liberal think-tank Center for America Progress, who recently revealed “how intrusive the Obama administration is when it comes to controlling the media. Even the liberal media outlets, like ThinkProgress, were threatened when they became critical of Obama.

“Despite the fact that Obama campaigned on a promise to end the War in Afghanistan, he did exactly the opposite when he came into office. This infuriated liberal writers like Zaid Jilani, and whenever he would criticize the Obama administration’s escalation in Afghanistan, the White House would start threatening his bosses. The Obama administration would routinely force like-minded news organizations to push their writers in a particular direction and punish them if they ever strayed from the party line!”

As the ‘daily sanity’ also points out “you would expect this type of intimidation in China or Russia, but not in the United States”,  which supports the assertion that there is no free press anymore in this country.

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