Posts Tagged ‘Newspapers’


by Stephen Levine on Sunday, February 10th, 2013

It is not hard to imagine a movie where a hero is being sought by the authorities who need to silence him before he tells the world about the corruption he found …


Not that Christopher Dorner is a anything other than a mentally-ill murderer and cop killer.

But the thought that the government could easily mount this type of attack on an innocent citizen is reminiscent of all those movies where the evil authorities are desperately searching for the one guy with the key to the state secret which will see the lives of the rich and powerful reduced to ashes. Using newspapers, radio and television to spread disinformation that conditions the public to loathe you and your ideas.

Pretty much why we have the Constitution of the United States and the Second Amendment to protect against government tyranny. Both from petty bureaucratic tyrants as well as the leaders of the parade.

Just saying!

— steve

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Lamestream Media, Team Obama Not Keen on Obama Dog Eating Story

by Donald Douglas on Friday, April 20th, 2012

Why Pay to Read Lies? Newspapers in Decline

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, February 19th, 2012

This is article 222 of 576 in the topic Media

The job I loved most in my long career as a writer was as a journalist, first on weekly newspapers and then on a daily. I loved breaking news, the deadlines, and the thrill of seeing my words in print. Old enough to remember Linotype, I even would set pages with the newly minted metal strips of text.

The day The New York Times Jersey edition published a piece I wrote, I thought I had reached some magical place amongst my fellow journalists. What I had unknowingly reached was being published in a newspaper with a long history of printing lies and doing everything in its power to influence events through its news columns. That’s a no-no.

In a long career as a public relations counselor I have counted many reporters and editors among my friends and still do. I have been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since the 1970s.

Sadly, journalism never did and probably still doesn’t pay salaries commensurate with the economy. So, in the words of Mae West, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

In 1984, I founded The National Anxiety Center as a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns that were designed to influence public opinion and policy. My primary concern was all the lies being told by self-identified environmentalists. Simply stated, if some Green group tells you something, get a second and third opinion. They are lying.

The worst of it that the media has taken their lies at face value and continue to pass them along to a public that is easily fooled and easily scared. This is especially true of “official” sources such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and others. All governments lie to their citizens and ours is no exception.

The damage that Green lies do can get people killed. Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s “The Silent Spring” millions, particularly in Africa and subtropical nations have died from malaria because DDT was banned as the result of her book. Similarly, the least reported, but most current story is the deep freeze that has affected much of Europe and which has caused several hundred deaths.

Like a biblical punishment, newspapers are feeling the brunt of the changes the Internet has brought about. With search engines at our fingertips, anyone can research any topic of interest, often finding that what the daily newspaper or news magazine had to say about it is replete with omissions of critical facts or the deliberate dissemination of falsehoods.

Then there’s the way the newspapers and other news media tend to focus on stories like the death and funeral of Whitney Houston or some local tragedy that briefly attracts national attention. Wars are usually reported in terms of casualties. Political campaigns are reduced to horse races. Religious and moral issues barely tolerated.

Almost anything published about Islam must be read through the thin gauze of political correctness that ignores the menace of Islam to those living in Muslim nations and in nations where they gain a population foothold. It is a religion that sanctions stoning women to death, decapitating “infidels”, and even sending children into mine fields to clear them.

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Newspapers Fired Fatal Shot That Killed Pastor!

by Rev. Austin Miles on Saturday, May 7th, 2011

This is article 16 of 246 in the topic Religion

(Oakley, California 5/5/11) The area newspapers accomplished their goal. They set out to destroy a Christian pastor and they succeeded. Pastor Jerry Hanoum who founded Mountain View Christian Center in Oakley, died yesterday morning (5/4/11) in his truck parked in the driveway of his Brentwood home. A fatal gunshot wound to the head took his life. While his death is listed as “an apparent suicide,” further investigations, including an autopsy scheduled for today, will determine that conclusively.

Pastor Hanoum was accused of, and under investigation, for alleged financial improprieties regarding loans and investments made by church members. He was scheduled for a court appearance on May 10th.

The local and area newspapers made the most of the allegations, elaborating on them in three front page stories about his ‘character’ and a perceived past history which was not clearly defined.

Being a writer/journalist, it is fully agreed that the press has a responsibility to report news of interest. This means pure journalism with facts without attacks. The initial stories were sensationalized versions of the facts that should have been reported responsibly. In this case, they were not.

Pastor Jerry Hanoum, a bigger than life preacher who was boistrous, flamboyant, strong take-charge kind of guy also had a huge tender heart and would do anything for anyone. He helped many people, was generous and wanted everyone to have a better life including financial success which he felt he could achieve for them. He found himself unable to repay the investments. He had bitten off more than he could chew.

His friend and fellow pastor, Dan Helix, said that Pastor Jerry was ‘a very good person who made some mistakes’. And that is the crux of the matter.

Having a tender heart, he was crushed at the accusations of the hometown papers which were not totally accurate. Pastor Jerry was devastated by the newspaper’s portrait of his character and the talk that it generated throughout the area.

The day before it happened, he told this writer, a close friend of his, that he planned to announce his resignation and the resignation of his Board of Trustees at last night’s worship service, an announcement he would make again at the Sunday service and then leave. He said that there is no way that the church could continue with all the controversy about him that the newspapers generated and he did not want to see that work end. His resignation, he felt, would allow the church to regroup, rebound and survive, which was his main interest.

He also had a meeting scheduled for yesterday morning. It seemed logical that he would be in his truck, window down, getting ready to go to that meeting. A meeting he never made it to. The outcome was totally unexpected. Hopefully the additional investigations will clear it up.

Suicide, if indeed this is the case, is irreversible. It is a permanent action. For a person to go through with such an act can only be propelled by extreme desperation, a feeling of utter hoplessness with no possible way out….except…..

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Obama’s Favorite Techie Toy: The iReggie

by Doug Powers on Saturday, November 13th, 2010

This is article 177 of 1015 in the topic Obama

A six-figure salary for the kinds of tasks my kids get a few dollars a week allowance to help with? There’s a taxpayer-supported app for that:

Washington (CNN) – Apparently President Obama doesn’t need an iPad; he’s got an aide for that: iReggie.

At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ retreat in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, a print pool reporter was within earshot of a brief exchange between the president and an iPad owner, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

“So you like your iPad?” Obama asked.

The Thai leader nodded and asked Obama if he had one.

“These days mostly I have someone carrying my books. So that’s my iPad,” Obama said, referring to personal aide Reggie Love.

Obama said as much in a New York Times interview last month. “I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place,” he told the newspaper.

You too can have your very own iReggie. The cost? Only $102,000 per year.

The iReggie will be really earning his money in the next couple of years though, because in addition to books and music, he’ll also have to pick up the yeoman’s share of carrying Obama’s water, because it’s a job others are giving up on.

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“Forty-four percent (44%) of all adults say the Internet is the best way to get news and information.”

by Dr. Helen Smith on Sunday, September 19th, 2010

This is article 100 of 576 in the topic Media

The internet is providing more Americans with information than ever before, according to this Rasmussen poll:

Forty-four percent (44%) of all adults say the Internet is the best way to get news and information. Television comes in second, with 36% who still turn to the tube. Print newspapers are a distant third with just 11% who view them as the best source for news and information. Only nine percent (9%) still rely on radio.

Although more people turn to the Internet, they’re less sure about the quality of the information they find there. Only 29% say the Internet is the most reliable source of credible news information. The plurality (40%) says broadcast news is the most reliable source. Twenty-one percent (21%) view newspaper that way.

Despite 40% of the Rasmussen sample saying that broadcast news is the most reliable source, 67% of Americans feel that they are better informed now than they were 10 years ago. This has to be in part because of the internet. The internet, for all its flaws, allows more transparency than any of our politicians (and sometimes television news sources) ever has.

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Major Newspapers Urge an End to Ethanol Subsidy

by Alan Caruba on Monday, July 26th, 2010

This is article 63 of 342 in the topic Global Warming

On Friday, July 23, the Chicago Tribune published an editorial titled “Enough Ethanol” and on Saturday, July 24, The Washington Post editorial said, “It’s time to end the excessive subsidies for corn ethanol.” On Monday, July 26, The Wall Street Journal joined the chorus.

“The best refutation of the theory of the survival of the fittest is probably the corn ethanol lobby, whose annual $6 billion in federal subsidies have managed to outlive both its record of failure and all evidence and argument,” said The Wall Street Journal.

The ethanol subsidy is on the front burner for Congress because it is due to expire and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has expressed support for cuts to the tax credit program. A twenty percent cut (nine cents per gallon) is being debated in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Jimmy Carter’s belief that ethanol could replace or reduce dependence on foreign oil imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was totally bogus. Nothing about converting corn to fuel makes any sense at all. In July 2007, I laid out the facts, quoting E. Ralph Hostetter, the publisher of American Farm Publications.

“Today, 60 percent of the American corn crop is fed to U.S. livestock,” noted Hostetter. “Therefore, as the price of corn is forced up by the demands of ethanol production and many natural causes such as weather, so is the price of meat, poultry, eggs, milk and more than 3,500 products American use every day.”

I noted that, “Among the products affected by the rise in the cost of corn are cake mixes, pizza, beer, whisky, candies, cookies, corn flakes, cosmetics, instant coffee, carbonated beverages, fertilizers, vitamins, tires, toothpaste, paper products, pharmaceuticals such as aspirin and more than 85 different types of antibiotics. And that’s just a short list.”

The Washington Post looked at the cost to the consumer in the form of “decades of subsidies the government has showered on the corn ethanol industry.” It suggested that “The debate should be about why corn ethanol deserves any federal protection at all.”

Little known or understood is the fact that the federal government gives “companies that combine corn ethanol with gasoline a 45-cent tax subsidy for every gallon of corn ethanol added to gasoline.” The result is that the cost of replacing a gallon of gasoline with one of corn ethanol is $1.78. “The tax incentives alone cost the Treasury $6 billion in 2009.”

What does the consumer get? For every gallon of a gasoline-ethanol mix, the price includes less mileage. Ethanol is a poor source of power. FlexFuel vehicles run on E85 or 85% ethanol and, according to the Department of Energy, they get about 25% less mileage than a car fueled by undiluted gasoline.

For those still worried about greenhouse gas emissions, ethanol emits carbon dioxide and, since natural gas or coal is used to produce ethanol, it ends up putting more CO2 into the atmosphere than the production and use of gasoline.

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J.P. Morgan interests bought 25 of America’s leading newspapers, and inserted their own editors, in order to control the media.

by Greg Hedgepath on Sunday, June 27th, 2010

How much influence do you think is put on the news media these days from special interest groups and powerful organizations, down to the single outlet owner be it broadcast, internet or print?  How much of it is propaganda?

Now that we have the ability to get information from all over the world the ability to keep the masses that want to know the truth from finding it out is becoming increasingly more difficult. Propaganda found its real roots in America after the birth of the progressive movement in the 1880s. By the time the second decade of the 20th century rolled around it was a well honed tool understood and manipulated by the bankers and the elite as documented in 1917 by Congress as shown below.

Cartoon by Robert Minor in St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1911).Karl Marx surrounded by an appreciative audience of wall street financiers: John D. Rockerfeller, J. P. Morgan, John D. Ryan of National City Bank, and Morgan Partner George W Perkins. Immediately behind Karl Marx is Teddy Roosevelt, Leader of the Progressive Party.Intro Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, Arlington House Publishing 1974.

Second Session
64th Congress
Of the United States of America
U.S. Congressional Record February 9, 1917

“In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.

“These 12 men worked the problems out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.

Well things have changed now with the advent of the internet and a 24/7 glut of news. We have to find sources we can trust and get what we can were we can. I have learned much in this fashion and have found a lot of deceit. The huge Main Stream Media outlets cannot be trusted to tell the truth anymore. Not even Fox news can broadcast an unbiased opinion. And they are about the most legitimate News outlet left. They will at least have opinion that represents both sides.

However it is difficult to get past the fact that 2nd largest owner of stock is owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, through his Kingdom Holding Company. Alwaleed owns 7% of News Corp.’s shares, making Kingdom Holdings the second largest shareholder. No possible influence on the news there. I wonder how much news we are not getting because of this partner.

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