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Citizen Journalist

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

This is article 488 of 560 in the topic Media
“The beauty of video, especially amplified by the Internet, is to allow a handful of citizen journalists working on a shoestring to end-run the biggest news organizations in the world.”
James O’Keefe, the young man who exposed the corruption within ACORN, an organization whose voter registration program and others were closely allied with the Democratic Party, has written “Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy.”
Fresh out of college, O’Keefe formed Project Veritas to go after stories that were being ignored by the mainstream press. ACORN gained him national attention when he and a female colleague pretended to be a pimp and a prostitute looking to purchase a home where they could import underage girls for the sex trade. Their hidden camera and microphone recorded the way ACORN employees were unfazed by this and offered advice on how to do it.
O’Keefe was fortunate to secure the late Andrew Breitbart as his mentor and, through him, access to major media personalities and outlets such as Glenn Beck who at the time had a popular show on Fox News. Breitbart was pioneering Internet news gathering and reporting on his own popular website, one element of which was BigGovernment.com.
As PJTV commentator Bill Whittle would note in the wake of the ACORN expose and subsequent legislation that defunded it, “I think the enemy they were fighting against are the media. By not covering the story, not at all…Breitbart showed that the media is no longer merely biased. They’re no longer even ignoring the news. The mainstream media is now in the news suppression business.”
O’Keefe notes that “the New York Times suppresses more stuff, more consequentially, than any other media outlet in the world. Like the Post, the Times tried not to notice the ACORN furor. The newspaper ran its first staff-written article on the subject on September 15, five days after the airing of the initial video and three days after the Post had run its front-page story.” O’Keefe was not even contacted by a Times reporter until two days after its initial story.
The impact of what O’Keefe’s citizen journalism was having was not lost on journalists who make their living within the business. Then executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, would write “Julian Assange (of WikiLeaks) aims to enlist the media; O’Keefe aims to discredit us. But each, in his own guerrilla way, has sown his share of public doubt about whether the press can be trusted as an impartial bearer of news.”
O’Keefe, however, says that “in truth we don’t have the wherewithal to discredit the media. We merely scoop them. They discredit themselves by refusing to cover stories with national implications that much of America already knows to be news.”  The current examples of this are the 2012 Benghazi attack and the Obamacare debacle that continues to unfold with illegal delays, waivers, and its hideous implementation by an already tarnished Internal Revenue Service, involved in its own scandal.
As someone who joined the Society of Professional Journalists on April 1, 1979 and maintained membership ever since, I can attest that journalism over the thirty-five years or more that I have practiced it, has rarely been about being impartial. Indeed, it has gotten worse.

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Surveillance & Intimidation by the Obama regime

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This is article 314 of 452 in the topic Government Corruption

The most important words I have written

I have been outspoken about Barack Hussein Obama (a/k/a Barry Soetoro) and his list of lies and deception, but have not limited my investigation and criticism to him or his administration alone. I have, however, reported extensively on the murderous attacks at Benghazi and the entanglement of lies involved in that attack. I have spoken to and interviewed government whistle blowers, and now they are in danger.  I have developed certain contacts in the press, all which will remain undisclosed. I will state, however, that some of my press contacts are related to a certain “scandal” that has made national and international news. While that “scandal” (read CRIME) is still percolating just below the surface, too few have done and said too little.

Suddenly – without breaking any laws whatsoever, in my quest for truth, I find myself in a rather “uncomfortable” position – a situation that has pretty large fingerprints and dire potential consequences for ALL journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, and ANYONE who is simply seeking the truth. On the advice of counsel already contacted, I have been instructed not to say much. Yet. But I will not be muzzled, nor shall the truth.

Folks, we are at war… a war for the very freedoms men and women before us have died. My search for the truth will not be stopped by the Chicago mob, the Washington mob, or any other criminal enterprise.  YOUR freedoms are at stake. YOUR Constitutional rights are at stake. It’s time to wake up and wake others up to what is happening around them – around you… and soon, TO you.

Please read this… use social media to share it. Tell others. WARN OTHERS. Get informed. Click here for the details by Marinka Peschmann. Today. Now. While we still have the chance. I am asking for your help.

More will follow… you can take that to the bank, err, I mean your mattress.

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RNC Derangement Syndrome and the demise/dementia of the neutrality posers

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, August 31st, 2012

This is article 350 of 560 in the topic Media

The media crazy train is standing room only.

As the GOP and the Right have gotten better and better at telling their stories and pushing back against progressive narratives, the gate-keepers who once held a monopoly on controlling the airwaves and printing presses have become more than unhinged.

They’ve become completely untethered from rationality:

- sloshing on the whitewash in a desperate attempt to stifle minority Republican voices;

- invoking RAAAAAAACIISSSM at every turn;

- circling their biased wagons for their hapless colleagues;

- dripping with open contempt; and

- spinning like tropical storms while posing as neutral fact-checkers.

2012 is the year that MSM “fact checker” officially became a punch line.

We’ve been heading towards this moment for some time, of course. For two decades in my newspaper column and nearly a decade on this website, we and the growing Right Media have chronicled the demise and dementia of the objectivity posers from Rathergate to the attempted media crucification of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party and all points in between.

This year, more than ever thanks to social media (including an army of Twitter conservatives and a weaponized generation of citizen journalists/fact-reclaimers inspired by Andrew Breitbart), the lapdogs’ insanity and pretenses have been met with effective exposure, resistance, mockery, and disarmament.

R.I.P.

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Related: David Harsanyi – A ‘LIE’: A TRUTH THAT DEMOCRATS DON’T LIKE

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Now, if we could just do something about those debate left-erators.

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‘National Day of Blogger Silence’ to Urge Congressional and DoJ Action on Threats to Free Speech

by Doug Powers on Friday, June 8th, 2012

This is article 63 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

I don’t have much time right now, so this will be relatively brief, but today I’m joining the “National Day of Blogger Silence.” This is the brainchild of Ace of Spades in an attempt to shine a light on some truly nasty stories. Bloggers like Aaron Walker, along with Ali Akbar, RS McCain and others have been targeted.

Though this day is called “blogger silence,” the intention is anything but (after all, there’s nothing some would love more than a bunch of conservatives going silent), because the time normally spent blogging will instead be devoted to contacting Congress and the DoJ to urge them to take action to combat this threat to freedom of speech and rule of law before it becomes a runaway train.

If you’re not familiar with how this all started, click here. And if you don’t know what “SWATting” is, click here. Yeah, that stuff is really happening, and the media and Congress originally gave it a collective yawn. That’s starting to change.

Michelle Malkin’s column today does a great job of laying out what’s going — or not going on as it were:

Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)

GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)

The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”

The rest of that column is here.

As Michelle wrote, conservatives haven’t been the only targets. This isn’t about politics, but freedom of speech and justice — and both have taken a hit in recent weeks as things have been turned upside-down, with victims being treated as perps, and vice-versa.

We’ll get back to our usual poking fun of politians, policies and other assorted mocking of current events this weekend (that is of course unless some earth-shattering story happens today other than the usual White House document dump).

Also, my Twitter feed will be active today, so keep an eye out at the upper left of the page, and feel free to comment here on any of the stories posted there as well.

Remember earlier when I said I’d be brief? Ah-nuld sums it up best.

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Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, June 8th, 2012

This is article 62 of 113 in the topic Free Speech

My syndicated column today covers the crucial battle between truth-telling bloggers versus convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin and his band of malicious online thugs. In honor of the National Day of Blogger Silence called by Ace of Spades, this blog is going dark. But far from shutting up, I’ll be spending the day calling, e-mailing, and tweeting members of Congress, GOP leaders, journalists, and influencers to ask them what they are doing to defend the First Amendment rights of bloggers. This is a day of action, not inaction. Below my column, I’ll list some contact info for elected officials who need to hear from you. Please join us and act for free speech. Thank you.

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Who will protect the freedom to blog?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)

GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)

The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”

Sen. Chambliss and Rep. Marchant called specific attention to one terrifying tactic against these bloggers: SWAT-ting. These hoaxes occur “when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home.” Callers disguise their true identities and locations in order to provoke a potentially deadly SWAT/police response descending upon the targets’ homes.

As online conservatives and now ABC News have reported, recent SWAT-ting victims include New Jersey-based Mike Stack, a blogger and Twitter user targeted last summer after helping to expose disgraced former N.Y. Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s shady social media activities; California blogger Patrick Frey, a deputy district attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who recently posted a bone-chilling account and audio of his summer 2011 SWATting at his blog, Patterico.com; and CNN Contributor and RedState.com managing editor Erick Erickson, whose Georgia home was targeted by a faker claiming an “accidental shooting” there late last month.

A common thread among these and other online targets: They have published web links, commentary, or investigative pieces related to Brett Kimberlin, the infamous “Speedway Bomber.” In 1978, Kimberlin was sentenced to more than 50 years in federal prison for drug dealing, impersonating a federal officer, and a week-long bombing spree in Speedway, Indiana.

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Obama’s Economy – Defending The Indefensible.

by Skip MacLure on Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This is article 530 of 1000 in the topic Obama

I wouldn’t want to be in Barack Hussein Obama’s shoes. So many lies to keep track of and far too many ‘little’ people willing to point them out. The Lame Stream Press has done an incredible job of contorting themselves into knots while running cover for the regime. It isn’t flying… at least, the regime’s aerodynamic qualities at this point are more akin to a balloon filled with lead… or gasoline.

Speaking of volatility, have you noticed the upsurge in ‘citizen journalists’ who have been taking the case for freedom and constitutional governance directly into the faces of some of the most rabid of the left wing Kool-Aid crowd? It’s a growing phenomenon which I, for one, am delighted to see. I don’t know who determined that journalists had to have some sort of ‘credentials’ to make them legitimate. The supposed ‘credentialed’ writers, pundits and talking (read ‘yammering’) heads, have failed miserably to make their case for MaoBama and his statist Utopian pipe dreams (and rumor has it that there’s plenty of that going on in Obama’s White House, as well).

Most of us had parents who taught us at a very young age that lying was wrong, that once you tell a lie you have to tell another to keep from having the first lie exposed. What’s more, when you do tell that lie, no one looks at you the same way  and that it’s very difficult, or impossible, to regain lost trust.

The American people are exhibiting a severe case of buyer’s remorse and it’s no surprise… at least, not to me. We’ve been getting an overdose of absolute bull bleep for the last four years from our nascent emperor and every single entity associated with him. Let’s be clear that we’re not talking about the usual truth-bending that’s associated with American politics. Political endeavors in particular seem to attract numbers of low creatures, attracted like moths to the flame of power and influence. It is, after all, up to us as informed citizens to winnow the wheat from the chaff. Obviously, we’ve been asleep at that switch for some time.

The liberal left in particular seem to thrive in this atmosphere of unreality. A surreal world where nothing is as it appears and you are asked to deny the very evidence of your eyes and ears, while having the very fabric of our society ripped asunder to fulfill the nightmare of socialist governance run amok. Barack MaoBama is running across the country spouting bald-faced lie after lie, in desperate efforts to shift attention from his completely failed presidency.

Paradoxically, Andrew Breitbart’s untimely passing has had a galvanizing effect on America’s grass roots journalists, each of whom has the potential to be a harpoon aimed at the heart of the MaoBama house of cards. The beautiful thing about this is that there’s no one around to tell these dedicated citizen-journalists that it can’t be done. They’re not out there at the beck and call of the administration’s agit-prop campaign and they’re not beholden to anyone’s network bosses or political machinery.

It’s conservatism on the march, and it’s just another indication that all is not well in Obamaville, no matter what fantasy story line they come up with. It’s Obama’s economy.

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DEVASTATING: Andrew Breitbart, R.I.P.

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I just confirmed with someone close to him that social media entrepreneur and conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart has passed away.

I’m stunned. He was kinetic, brash, relentless, full of fight, the bane of the Left, and a mentor to the next generation of right-wing activists and citizen journalists.

Please keep his family in your prayers.

Larry Solov at Big Journalism announced:

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

I saw Andrew a few weeks ago in Michigan at an Americans for Prosperity event and spent time catching up with him on a plane ride back West. We talked about the renewed vigor with which the conservative movement was fighting back against Alinskyite tactics — especially the race card. He battled hard and enjoyed every minute of it — as his always frenetic Twitter account showed until his final hours.

If he were here, he’d be retweeting all the insane tweets from the Left rejoicing over his death. Even in death, he succeeds in exposing the hate-filled intolerance of the tolerance poseurs.

It is very hard to have sympathy for an evil person like Andrew Breitbart! I am done being NICE.

— Sttbs73 (@Sttbs73) March 1, 2012

So apparantly #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Now who is going to randomly psychotically scream at #OWS supporters? #TooSoon?

— Black Arcturus (@BlackArcturus) March 1, 2012

The first time I met him, years and years ago when his book “Hollywood, Interrupted” had just come out, he cheerfully called himself “A.D.D.” He had big plans, lots of them, and he executed them brilliantly. He had a bazillion more. And now he’s gone too suddenly and too soon.

He will be greatly missed, but his legacy online and in the conservative movement is built to last.

R.I.P.

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Why You Should Not Bring Rookies to an Activist Fight

by Jimmie Bise Jr. on Sunday, November 13th, 2011

We knew they were coming; they told us when they planned to arrive. The bloggers and activists at Blog Con 2011, they said, were tools of the Koch Brothers. Apparently, they labored under the delusion that the conservative philanthropists slash Satan’s Earthly henchbeings poured limitless buckets of money into FreedomWorks, the sponsor of the convention. They meant to show us that they had lungs and clever slogans and were not afraid to use them to speak truth to power against imaginary bogeymen.

Unfortunately, they forgot one important rule of political activism: if you’re going to wage a propaganda war, you should make very sure you’re not outnumbered and vastly outgunned. I can not even begin to understand why the leaders of Occupy Denver thought they could score a public relations coup with a loud protest at a gathering of over 300 new media people, all of whom packed cameras and laptops, but that’s what happened.

It did not go well for them.

Ace and Moe Lane caught the action live, as the smallish Occupy Denver met a much larger band of bloggers with a few clever chants of their own. Chants met chants and, as often happens when progressive realize they have no way to win the debate, they got physical.

When the fracas was over, Occupy Denver was short one member, thanks to the stellar work of the Denver Police Department. A few Blog Con folks got shoved around during the initial hippie-rush, but no one was injured. Thankfully.

This may be the best-documented Occupy Whatever protest of the year. You can see all manner of excellent video and audio thanks to these citizen journalists:

Stacy and Duane weren’t in Denver, but their posts are great examples of how you can jump on a breaking story and aggregate the best accounts even if you’re not there.

I do want to give great praise to the staff of the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver, who handled things very well even though there was no way they could have been prepared for the onslaught. They looked to our safety well, and went way out of their way to make us welcome here. Props also to the officers of the Denver PD, who would much rather have been handling actual crimes rather than babysit a bunch of progressive malcontents.

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Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation: Exclusive Interview

by Roger Aronoff on Friday, May 6th, 2011

This is article 31 of 560 in the topic Media

“Hollywood is 100% controlled by the organized Left. And, it’s through intimidation.”

Andrew Breitbart is a modern day media mogul. He has created a series of websites that draw hundreds of thousands of people a day, sometimes millions a day, to see what he’s up to now. And he makes no bones about his politics and the journey from being a “default cultural liberal” who grew up in Southern California, to his current status as a “conservative culture warrior.” He is also a blogger and very much a provocative force in modern journalism who considers himself to be a combatant in a battle of ideas and values against what he calls the Democrat Media Complex.

With the release of his second book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, Breitbart discusses his political journey, identifies what’s at stake and the other combatants in the current marketplace of ideas, and offers his ideas on how to overcome the built-in strengths of the Complex. He writes in the book that “The Democrats have the Big Three Networks and major news dailies as their offensive line, and a starting backfield of Hollywood celebrities and academia.”

But that doesn’t mean the right must stay out of the fight. He told AIM in this exclusive interview that “I am filling a vacuum. I’m filling in a void where the mainstream media, the Democrat Media Complex, will not report stories that hurt the Democrat Media Complex. So these are boom times for my site, and the people who are writing for me are passionate citizen-journalists who now realize if Katie Couric’s not going to tell the truth, then we as average citizens—lawyers, doctors and actors, housewives, retired people—can report. They can expose, they can videotape—and it’s the most exciting time in the history of media.”

Breitbart was working with Matt Drudge when he went public with the Monica Lewinsky story, that ultimately led to the impeachment of President Clinton. He gave Arianna Huffington the idea for her hugely successful website, Huffington Post, which recently merged with AOL in a deal worth more than $300 million. And starting in 2009, Andrew Breitbart created a series of websites that are hugely popular today. They include Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and Big Peace, with Big Education yet to come.

I should also mention that he is the recipient of the 2010 Reed Irvine Award for his work in helping to uncover the scandal at ACORN.

Below, in italics, are excerpts from my interview with Breitbart. You can listen to the entire interview or read the transcript here.

Tom Brokaw- and Katie Couric-type people told me that Clarence Thomas was bad and Anita Hill was good.

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Union civility: Fox-bashing edition

by Michelle Malkin on Monday, February 28th, 2011

This is article 31 of 179 in the topic Unions

It’s not about the “children.”

It’s not about “fairness.”

It’s about agitation and community organizing and ginning up hatred against political enemies.

For the union radicals in Wisconsin, as I reported in my column on Friday, those enemies include the Koch brothers, the Tea Party movement, minority conservatives, female Republicans, independent citizen journalists…and Fox News.

As I told you on Feb. 19, Fox News-bashing has been all the rage in Madison:

Now, the hatred has turned physical. Fox News reporter Mike Tobin — a fearless international correspondent who has covered wars in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories — was assaulted in Madison today as hysterical union goons screamed over his live shots to drown out his news segments.

Via Mediaite:

Tobin said he has received much heckling, and that a teacher even told him she hates him because it made her feel good. The “utter lack of civility and harassment of reporters,” as anchor Gregg Jarrett described it, is truly breathtaking and seems like a weird strategy to try and win support for one’s cause.

And yes, they threatened to break his neck.

“Get a little bloody.” It’s the Union way.

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AFL-CIO thug-in-chief Richard Trumka has nothing to say about the ugliness on the ground:

Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was twice asked whether he found the tone at the nearly two-week long demonstrations “wrong” or “inappropriate.”

Trumka did not answer, instead saying, “We should be sitting down trying to create jobs. … In Wisconsin, a vast majority of the people think this governor has overreached. His popularity has gone down. They’re saying to him, sit down and negotiate; don’t do what you’ve been doing. So he’s losing.”

And, of course, the lamestream media had nothing to say about Trumka’s own violent legacy. I repeat, because no one else will:

Trumka and Obama will cast Big Labor as an unassailable force for good in American history. But when it comes to terrorizing workers, Trumka knows whereof he speaks.

Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?

A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed.

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