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Media Malpractice on ‘New’ (Actually Old) Scott Walker Charges

June 20, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Conservatives, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Journalism, Judges, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Media, Media Bias, News, Progressives, Regulation, Republicans, Scott Walker, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

When most of you woke up today you saw media coverage all across the country breathlessly “reporting” that Republican Governor Scott Walker was facing “new” charges that he engaged in a “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate with outside groups during his 2011/2012 recall election. But the fact is, the allegations were all dismissed and this isn’t anything “new” at all.

The “news” that occurred on Thursday is that groups suing the state for its unfair and illicit investigation asked a judge to release documents pertaining to the invalidated “John doe” investigation. So, the “charges” that were reported as if they were new on Thursday night and all day Friday are not “new” charges at all. They are just old charges being made public for the first time.

As I wrote at Breitbart:

The initial series of far-reaching investigations were declared at an end on March 2 of last year. It resulted in no charges being filed against the governor.

Despite the purported end of the investigation, though, prosecutors continued their attacks on Walker and his associates until by May of 2014 U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued an injunction calling into question the legitimacy of the whole operation.

The information released Thursday came at the behest of the conservative groups suing officials for using the prosecutor’s office to launch a political campaign against them in violation of their rights to free speech.

So, as you see, these documents were released at the request of people who support Gov. Walker so that they can show the public how the state violated the law.
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Fox News to Explore the Mysterious Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse

April 17, 2014 | Filed Under Cable, Crime, Fox News, News, Sex Offenders/Rape, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

FOX News Channel will present a one-hour special, GRETA INVESTIGATES: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse on Friday, April 18th at 7PM/ET.

24-year-old Floridian Jennifer Kesse disappeared without a trace in January of 2006. Authorities were involved after she didn’t show up for work on Tuesday morning and then could not be found. She was last heard from Monday evening in several normal phone conversations with friends and family.

Hours after she was reported missing, Jennifer’s car was found abandoned in the parking lot of a condominium complex about a mile and a half away from her home driven there by an unknown male according to video surveillance.

During the Fox program, Greta Van Susteren will investigate the disappearance of the 24-year-old woman. Van Susteren will go deep inside a mystery that has yet to be solved.

Tune in on your cable Fox New2s channel:
Where: FOX News Channel (FNC)
When: Friday, April 18th at 7PM/ET

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Politico: AG Holder Now Untouchable

May 21, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Eric Holder, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, News, Politico, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Politico has declared embattled Attorney General Eric Holder untouchable after the many scandals, lapses, overreaches, and contempt charges have failed to induce the President to fire him.

After noting that politicians have been calling for his ouster for years, Politico says that “after years of trying to get Holder, the attorney general doesn’t seem at all worried” that he’ll be fired from his position as chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America.

Quoting only Holders friends on the direct question on the AG’s current status, presenting Holder as but a fall guy for Republicans to beat up on because they can’t attack the President directly, and saying that the GOP has no “discipline” and has repeatedly made claims that were “overblown or just plain goofy,” Politico says that he’ll be able to hold his job for as long as he wants to be there and with the President’s full support.
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Conan O’Brien Slams Republicans, Democrats, the Press at WHCD

April 28, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Al-Jazeera, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, CBS, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox News, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, News, NPR, Politico, President, Progressives, Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Typical of when a Democrat is president, during a keynote monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the President is spared from too many mean spirited barbs. In keeping with that tradition, TBS’ Conan O’Brien poked a lot of fun at Republicans and conservatives with a bit sharper stick than he used to poke Democrats.

This year’s WHCD started with a slew of media outlets discussing the now annual slam on the event as delivered by long-time Washington reporter Tom Brokaw. The semi-retired NBC anchor has lamented for some time that the whole party atmosphere, replete with musicians and Hollywood celebrities–fittingly, this year the Duck Dynasty folks attended–makes a mockery of the seriousness of the media’s work.

After the President delivered his spiel on Saturday night, late night comedian Conan O’Brien took the stage to deliver the keynote address.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans showed up early as the comedian’s targets and naturally, even though he hasn’t been in office for over four years, now, an obligatory slam of George W. Bush as “stupid” had to be delivered.

Near the top of his address Conan mentioned the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library joking that the library had “Millions of books, articles and documents and if you go you can be the first to read them.”
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Obama is Dishonest on Taxes Because He Has Failed on Jobs

September 15, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, News, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

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A Blogger at NATO 2012, What I Saw on Day One

May 21, 2012 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Animal Rights, Animals, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Health, Illinois, Iran, Islam, Israel, Journalism, Koran, Liberals, Media Bias, Military, NATO, News, Obamacare, Palestinians, Patriotism, PCism, Police, President, Race, Religion, Society/Culture, Solar, State Department, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

I was awarded press credentials for NATO’s 2012 Summit in Chicago and, having no idea what to expect, what I found on day one was a study in contrasts. What occurred was sometimes amusing, often mundane, and sometimes even violent. But it was all democracy in action.

Early on the morning of day one, Sunday, May 20, I boarded a western Metra train under threat of having my equipment bags confiscated or at least me prevented from boarding the train with them. I was not ruffed up the “the man,” though and downtown I went riding high on the rails. Literally. I took a seat on the top tier of the train.


The Summit didn’t start well as the NATO advance video called Chicago the Illinois Capital (It isn’t) and the place where Obama grew up (Again, it isn’t).

Upon reaching the gathering point for the press in beautiful downtown Chicago I boarded the super, double, secret press shuttle bus that took us down the service streets, steering well clear of the surface roads, straight to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, site of the NATO Summit.

Of course, before I was allowed on the super, double, secret press bus, bomb-sniffing dogs were loosed to make sure I had no underwear-bomb on my person or in my equipment bags. After I was officially cleared, I boarded the bus with local Chicago TV newsreader Jay Levine.

Everywhere I went there were knots of security personnel. A LOT of security personnel. The last time I saw that many security people I was in Cancun, Mexico during the 2010 UN Climate Conference.

There were members of the FBI, Homeland Security, Chicago Police, the U.S. Marshals as well as U.S. Airmen and Army officers all there on duty to make sure our tender media people were safe and secure.

I was later to learn that out on the streets of Chicago the number of security of all sorts made the way to McCormick Place seem like it was lightly guarded!
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From a Skeptic’s View: The Media and the Right

April 7, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Media, News, Paleo-Skeptic, PCism, Society/Culture, Transparency | Comments Off

-by Paleo-Skeptic

I’m something of a skeptic, and especially so where politics is concerned. I’m aware that both the Left and the Right misrepresent themselves to some degree, and political advertisements are exactly that— advertisements with political content— and their objective is the same as any other advertisement— they’re trying to get something out of you.

So, I really didn’t take it seriously when I heard complaints about how the mainstream media (MSM) is biased against Republicans.

I’m no partisan, and I’ve always been a split-ticket voter. I consider the person to be of greater importance than their party affiliation. Locally, the big election is for County Coroner, and I don’t see it as particularly important if a Democrat or a Republican does that job.

Historically, I was a lifelong Democrat, up until about 2007 or so. A lot of that had to do with my concern with local politics rather than at the national level; and frankly, I didn’t pay attention all that much. I was a fairly typical blue dog Democrat, and I fit the profile.

My first big break with the Democratic Party was when I was in a forum with a group of “progressives,” and they were advocating an end to equitable representation of racial minorities. This might sound odd to some of you, but they wanted to push their agenda on abortion, and racial minorities tend to be a bit more socially conservative. I found that to be nothing short of monstrous. But the experience clued me in that the Left means what they say only long enough to argue for a specific policy position, after which no one knows what position they may take. And my skepticism was on red alert.

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CBS’ Norah O’Donnell: Dan Rather Was One of ‘The Very Best Journalists in American History’

August 29, 2011 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, CBS, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, News, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The latest issue of Capitol File magazine has a glowing feature on CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell. In it she claims that past journalists that have filled the role of chief White House correspondent for a major network have been “legendary” and “the very best” in the field. Of this “very best” she laughably elevates discredited CBS News anchor Dan Rather into that pantheon.

Capitol File is a magazine that focuses on D.C. elites, the movers and shakers, the bight lights in the City On The Hill. In it’s pages you will see all the beautiful people of Washington D.C. It is, we are told, “a place for power and politics, CAPITOL FILE chronicles and celebrates the most influential players, cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates, and philanthropic leaders in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.”

Apparently Norah O’Donnell is an “influential player” now that she’s been raised up to the role of chief WH correspondent of a major network… even as those same networks have lost so much of their once all encompassing national influence.
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Wisc. Firefighters Care More About Their Union Than 9/11 Memory

July 3, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Flight 93, Government, History, Islamofascism, Liberals, News, Patriotism, Public Employees Unions, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization, Wisconsin | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you needed yet another example of why government employees should never be allowed to join unions, this is it. In Racine, Wisconsin the local fireman’s union got into an imbroglio over a July 4th parade float honoring the fallen first responders of the Sept. 11 attacks, a parade entry that the union supported previously. This time, though, union bosses decided not to support the 9/11 memorial float because one of the firemen on the float opted out of the fireman’s union this year.

That’s right, the fireman’s union decided that their union agenda was more important than supporting a memorial to their brethren that died on Sept. 11, 2001. Their union agenda was even more important than patriotism and an Independence Day parade.

Imagine that. These union thugs despoiled the memory of the Sept. 11 fallen and used them in order to make points for their union ideals and political policies.

What could be more disgusting?
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Amanpour Fails to Understand History, Says Political Climate Just Like the 1960s

January 24, 2011 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, History, John Kennedy, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, News, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The inch deep analysis that we get from the illiterati in the left-media shows that they have agendas, sure, but no grasp of history, logic, or facts. No better example of the facile nature of the Old Media can be had than Christiane Amanpour and on ABC News she strutted her imbecilic excuse for historical analysis once again.

In a January 20 interview with the sister of John F. Kennedy, Amanpour attempted to equate the “political atmosphere” of today with that of 1963 when President Kennedy was murdered as well as 1968 when his brother Bobby was shot. But her empty attempt to analyze either era does not rise to the level of common sense much less a serious political discussion.

Over some video clips of JFK and Bobby Kennedy and the funerals for both, Amanpour sonorously tried to say that today is somehow “just like” the “political atmosphere” of those days decades ago. Simply put, nothing could be further from the truth.
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Slate Plays Loose With Facts Over Concealed Carrier’s Arizona Actions

January 14, 2011 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, News, Regulation, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Contrary to Senator Moynihan’s proclamation, Slate’s William Saletan thinks he’s entitled to his own facts. If not his own facts, then his own version of history at any rate. Anti-Second Amendment Saletan dreamed up his own little set of incidents and actions in order to castigate pro-Second Amendment supporters by claiming that something that didn’t happen could have happened and that, ipso facto, because it could have the Second Amendment is bad — all this based on his dreamy little dream of an alternate history.

Saletan’s January 11 piece was written after he discovered that one of the citizens that responded once the shooting started in front of that grocery store in Tucson had a concealed pistol and was ready to draw it once he got to the scene. The citizen, Joe Zamudio, had arrived ready to use his firearm and initially thought that the man that actually wrested the gun from the shooter was the gunman. Zamudio, however, assessed the situation, realized that the man holding the gun wasn’t the shooter and did not fire his own gun.

Zamudio pronounced himself “really lucky” that he didn’t start shooting at the wrong person. This is where Saletan’s fantasies kicked in.
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I’ll Be On the Teri O’Brien Show Today at 4PM Central

December 26, 2010 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, News, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Teri O’Brien, Chicago’s Conservative Warrior Princess, has booked me on her weekend radio show today. It begins at 4PM central time (I’ll be on at about 4:30).

We’ll be talking about some of the crazy political stories of 2010.

Do tune in and listen on the web at: http://www.teriobrien.com/Teri_OBrien,_Americas_Conservative_Warrior_Princess/Home.html.

Check out Teri’s blog at www.TeriObrien.com, or follow her on Twitter.


Democrat’s Anti-Capitalist Net Neutrality Wounded, But Not Dead

November 8, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, FCC, Free Trade, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Inernet, Jobs, Liberals, Net Neutrality, News, President, Regulation, Republicans, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just before election day the liberal blogs were aflutter with news that 95 Democratic Congressional candidates had taken the pledge to support Net neutrality if they were elected. That turned out to be a very big “if.” More like a forlorn hope, if you will.

Of those 95 Democrats, the number actually going to Congress in January will be… zero. There hasn’t been a wipe-out like this since the Redskins beat the Broncos 42-10 in the 1988 Super Bowl. Or since Atlantis was swept into the sea, or something.

As far as Internet policy is concerned, last night’s lesson for Republicans should be clear: Internet “neutrality” regulation is a loser with the public. It’s also a loser with businesses. It’s even a loser with the labor unions. That’s not a surprise. Union leaders can sometimes get realistic very quickly when confronted with a federal policy that will cost their members jobs.
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About that first woman executed in US in 5 years…

September 24, 2010 | Filed Under China, Crime, Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Iran, Journalism, Judges, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, News, North Korea, Warner Todd Huston, West Virginia | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

OK, the story is all over the Old Media edifice: forty-one-year-old Teresa Lewis has become “the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years.”

Every news outlet from TV and cable, to newspapers, to radio, to the Internet is using this line, this “the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years” line. They are all playing the same narrative.

So, here’s the question I have. How exactly can anyone be the “first” anything “in five years”? Doesn’t the whole “in five years” presuppose that someone else came first? See, the one “five years” ago was at the very least the real first one, not the one that came today. And in this case, the real “fist” woman executed came over a hundred years ago.

See that woman was Lincoln assassination conspirator Mary Surratt. And that is only the “official” version of events because one could easily count those women hanged for being witches in the famed Salem Witch Trials way back in the 1600s (though this country wasn’t quite “the United States” yet, granted).

Why, then, is this language being used? Why so that this murderer’s execution somehow sounds like a bad thing, that’s why. If we say “the first one in five years,” we make it all seem so outrageous, so shocking. And that heightened emotion is applied to the execution making many people feel that it is somehow untoward.
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My First Piece at BigJournalism.com is Up!

January 10, 2010 | Filed Under Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

I didn’t want to make any announcements ahead of time… you know, just in case they ultimately decided I wasn’t going to really become part of the team… but about a month ago I was contacted by Andrew Breitbart’s newest web venture BigJournalism.com to become one of their contributors.

Well, late last night they published my first offering: Time Magazine: Conflating Big Spending With ‘Moderate’

BigJournalism.com is starting of pretty strong and I expect it to become just as popular as his other main site BigGovernment.com, to which I have also contributed a half dozen or so pieces.

Mr. Breitbart has quite an empire on the web. I hope his work lasts or a long, long time.

I also included the new piece here on Publius to add to my own archive. See it below.


Inside ACORN’S Political Plans: Ensuring a Democrat Majority

November 20, 2009 | Filed Under ACORN, Anita MonCrief, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, House of Representatives, Liberals, News | Comments Off

-By Anita MonCrief

According to a report from Ohio today, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the ACORN-tainted Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, to investigation ACORN’s voter registration work in the state.

“U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan has formally asked Ohio’s secretary of state to look into allegations that ACORN had at least a preliminary plan to back Democrat candidates in key Ohio congressional races in 2008.”

The political plan was described in an October article as “having been scaled back,” and of course, ACORN denied any partisan activity.

“But to some, ACORN’s early 13-page plan for the 2008 election reinforces what critics always assumed: The group’s goal was never nonpartisan. The political plan and other ACORN documents show that the group was interested not just in helping presidential candidate Barack Obama, whom it urged its members to support, according to post-election Federal Election Commission reports. ACORN also was interested in Congress and the Ohio Statehouse.

“There’s no question that ACORN strategized to figure out how its election efforts could maximize the benefit for selected Democratic candidates in the most competitive races,” U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of California told The Plain Dealer. “

An illuminating  fact not mentioned in either article is that ACORN prepared political plans for several key battleground states in 2006 and again during the 2007-08 election cycle. As evidenced by the draft plans developed in the Spring of 2006 by the Strategic Writing and Research Department (SWORD) of ACORN Political Operations, these plans were aimed at electing “progressives” and in some cases broke down the Congressional districts by race for maximum targeting. SWORD, which was staffed by Project Vote staff, including myself, worked with ACORN head organizers in FL, MD, MI, MN, OH, PA, and RI to create local documents for the ACORN field staff to implement and present to funders and/or various partner organizations.
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Obama’s ACORN Connection Can’t Survive Inspection

November 13, 2009 | Filed Under ACORN, Anita MonCrief, Barack Obama, Campaign Finance, Chicago, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, House of Representatives, Media Bias, News, President, Race, SEIU | Comments Off

-By Anita MonCrief

Media Matters continues to try to provide cover for the public flogging ACORN has received as a result of investigative videos which showed ACORN employees giving advice on a number of illegal activities including human trafficking, child prostitution, bank fraud, illegal immigration and tax evasion. Meanwhile, the mainstream media has largely ignored a growing scandal that cannot be contained: ACORN is reportedly closing offices across the country, including the site of the DC undercover videotape.

Also, today another damning ACORN tape was released at Big Government. This time an ACORN member openly confessed to ACORN using non-partisan voter registration to secretly produce Obama votes.

Anyone paying attention knows accusations relating to voter registration fraud, illicit partisan activity and other chicanery often have been made against ACORN, with ACORN either denying all or any ACORN fault. In October of 2008, I testified in Pennsylvania regarding the illegal coordination between Barack Obama’s Campaign and ACORN:

“A former staffer for Project Vote, a sister organization of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, testified at a hearing in Pennsylvania on Wednesday that the Obama campaign provided the group with a campaign donor list in late 2007 for their fundraising efforts. The former D.C. staffer, Anita Moncrief, said she still has a copy of what she called the ‘development plan’ she used to help her identify the maxed-out Obama donors for solicitation. The hearing was part of a lawsuit brought by the GOP seeking information and an injunction against certain ACORN activities in Pennsylvania.

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NY 23: The Tempest and the Tea Party

November 4, 2009 | Filed Under ACORN, Anita MonCrief, Barack Obama, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, House of Representatives, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Patriotism, Republicans, SEIU, Society/Culture, Tea Party | Comments Off

-By Anita MonCrief

A number of liberal Democrats today are celebrating Democrat Bill Owens’ victory over Conservative Doug Hoffman, but these liberals fail to realize that Conservatives are celebrating too. As Barack Obama meddled in local politics across the nation and poured money into obscure districts, Conservatives built upon the resolve that led to the first Tea Party and culminated last night in a lion’s roar directed at the GOP party elite. From RedState emphasis mine:

First, the GOP now must recognize it will either lose without conservatives or will win with conservatives. In 2008, many conservatives sat home instead of voting for John McCain. Now, in NY-23, conservatives rallied and destroyed the Republican candidate the establishment chose.“

Tea Party patriots are tired of Republicans treating them like children at the kids table. Tired of the “there, there” comments as average Americans question their compromises and suspect partnerships. When Republicans cross the aisle and double cross their constituents on Cap and Trade or health care, regular Americans are expected to tend to their families, pay their taxes and take no notice.
However, that simmering resistance reached a boiling point as Republicans used an old “business as usual trick.”
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How I Overcame Fear and Rejected the ACORN 8 Alternative

October 30, 2009 | Filed Under ACORN, Anita MonCrief, Barack Obama, Capitalism, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Media Bias, News, President, Race, Socialism, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Anita MonCrief

Rosa Parks:

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

General George S. Patton, Jr.:

You must be single minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided. You will find that you will make some people miserable; those you love and very often yourself. And, if it looks like you are getting there, all kinds of people, including some whom you thought were loyal friends, will suddenly show up doing their damndest, hypocritical best to trip you up, blacken you, and break your spirit.

One almost never hears of paralyzing joy or happiness. The adjective “paralyzing” is usually combined with the word fear. Fear can take on many forms. In most cases, it is the driving force behind the decisions that follow. In 2008, the fear I encountered involved my family, our safety and loyalty to my race and political party. When others are aware of your fears, they can make the most of opportunities to capitalize on them; whether it is a fellow whistleblower warning you away from Fox News, or liberals throwing the word racist in the face of conservatives.

Often, it is the fear of being alone that paralyzes. To avoid being alone, women (and men) can make bad choices in mates or politics. A person will align with a group or organization that adds support or disproves a claim. In July of 2008, I aligned with both The New York Times and former board members of ACORN that had formed a group called the ACORN 8. On October 21, 2008, New York Times reporter Stephanie Strom, with whom I had been working on an ACORN expose, told me that her editors had told her to “stand down,” because the ACORN/Obama story was a “game changer” and it was their policy not to print a “game changer” that close to the election.

My sense of having a reliable system in place to help expose the truth disintegrated. I will always wonder about the timing of the release of the Kingsley report (a report by an ACORN lawyer that showed huge problems within the organization related to the connection between the ACORN entities) to Strom when she was hot on the story of ACORN and Obama campaign corruption and about to be made to “stand down” on it by “higher up.” I began to suspect that the same group who had decided to “wait until after the election to go after Wade Rathke, and whose representative had warned me about going on Fox the weekend before the election may have had an ulterior motive for releasing the report to Strom right before a potentially damaging expose on ACORN/Obama.
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AP Doesn’t Report Whole Fox News Success Story

August 20, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On August 16 the Associated Press published a story on the growing ratings success that Fox News is enjoying in this age of Obama. While all the facts that the AP reported are completely accurate, one key aspect of the Fox News ratings story was left out and it is an aspect that can materially affect the reader’s understanding of the story.

The headline sets the tone for the slight misinformation that can easily mislead: “With Obama in office, Fox News finds its stride.” The piece goes on to reveal that Fox is having a “strong year” in the ratings and quotes a former Fox News host as saying, “Fox is much more firmly established than it has ever been.”

Throughout the article, though, the AP continually pegs Fox’s ratings to Obama and healthcare and if one weren’t well informed of the history of Fox News one could easily get the impression that the cable newser was only having success because of opposition to Obama.
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AP’s Hyperbole Masquerades as Journalism

July 6, 2009 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Guns, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For the Associated Press, Tim Klass shows that taking liberties with facts by enveloping them in wild hyperbole can sex up a boring story into something much more alarming. Unfortunately, what one ends up with is not a presentation of news, but a promulgation of a narrative that befits a particular political agenda. And this time writer Klass uses his hyperbolic style to advance the guns-are-evil story line.

The headline startles the reader by screaming out “Powerful weapons found in Northwest drug raids.” One immediately imagines an image of dozens of high powered and dangerous guns, those above and beyond the norm, in the hands of these felonious drug dealers. One imagines enough guns to arm an army with the police sorely out numbered. But, when the story is read in its entirety, it becomes obvious that “powerful weapons” turns into one high powered pistol, the rest being your average, everyday firearms seen all over the place.

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Obama Lifts Ban on Lobbyists! Back to Business as Usual

May 30, 2009 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Liberals, News, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Roll Call is reporting that during the typical Friday afternoon document dump — a practice used to hide actions that might prove somewhat embarrassing to the White House — the administration quietly announced that some of the former restrictions on lobbying ballyhooed about during the late campaign have been lifted.

Let special interests ring!

Roll Call (see here, but subscription is required) says that the administration lifted bans on lobbyists that have some part of spending “stimulus” funds. So now getting hooks into bloated federal spending is open season for the very lobbyists that Obama pretended to disdain only months ago.

So much for hopinchange.

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Noblesse Oblige? The One Wants His OWN Star Trek Showing

May 9, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Freedom, Hollywood, Liberals, Media Bias, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

I Know Spock, Mr. Obama. You are no Spock.

I suppose if I was the ruler of the free world, I’d want it too. I mean, if I controlled all I survey, if the nation bowed before me, if the illiterati gave an obedient chuckle at my every quip, yet paused thoughtfully at my pretensions at seriousness, if the world placed me on my rightful pedestal, I’d imagine that the producers of the hottest new movie premiering this month would be similarly overawed that I’d like to see their little film.

Certainly, were I the Übermensch-in-chief, I’d also imagine that these same film producers couldn’t possibly expect me to go to a public theater and be forced to sit with the “people” to see this flick, of course. I’d know that the film’s creators and stars would have the good sense not to expect me to have to sit among the sweaty, loud, unschooled masses, that great unwashed. These filmmakers are smart folks, after all I would know.

So, were I the king of the world, I too would give Paramount Pictures a call and demand that they set up a free, personal screening in my super cool movie house built especially for the president.

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The National Council for a New America Launches – Conference Call Report

April 30, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, GOP, News, Patriotism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

This morning I listened in on Eric Cantor’s conference call concerning the launch of the National Council for a New America (NCNA) hosted by Congressman Cantor and Senator John McCain.

One of the main points that the two men stressed is that this is “not a contract with America,” but a “conversation” with her. The GOP leaders also stressed that this is an “inclusive” effort with which they want to hear from all manner of Americans adhering to a variety opinions on today’s most pressing Issues. The two also said that this is not an attempt to “re-brand” the GOP.

The first townhall style meeting is to be held on May second in Northern Virginia and along with Cantor and McCain it is expected that Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush will be in attendance.

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A Jackboot at Home, an Olive Branch Abroad

April 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, GOP, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Society/Culture, Taxes, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

President Obama seems intent upon cramming stifling socialist programs down our throats domestically, while he relies upon pretty-word diplomacy with foreign nations that have vowed to destroy us.

Reportedly the President’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel stated that an economic crisis is too good an opportunity to be wasted on economics, when it can be used, as Franklin Roosevelt did in the Depression, to revolutionize the nation’s social and political structure, in effect to amend the Constitution without the bother of submitting amendments in accord with the Constitution’s Article V.

This connotes a domestic jackboot approach evident in many recent Federal actions and policy initiatives. For example:
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Hillary’s Mexico Visit Blunders Ignored by Old Media

March 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Thus far, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made two diplomatic blunders during her visit to Mexico that the U.S. Old Media are shockingly uninterested in highlighting. One was a policy blunder and the other a cultural/religious one.

Clinton’s first mistake was in imagining she is still a Senator that can make pronouncements on pending laws and policy plans instead of a mere envoy of the president, a mouth piece that hasn’t the same freedom to invent policy prescriptions and laws that a Senator does. Last week, Clinton told Mexican officials that “we” — as in the U.S. government — are considering re-upping the so-called assault rifle ban because Mexico’s drug violence is “our” fault.

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Secret List of Muslims Compiled for Obama Administration Jobs

March 29, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A secret list of Muslims has been prepared for Obama from which he’ll chose applicants for government jobs? Seems so…

CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names.

“It was mostly under the radar,” Williams said. “We thought it would put (the president) in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.”

(As Reported by the Denver Post.)

So, um, where is the vaunted “transparency” that The One kept wailing about during the campaign? Why does it take a newspaper to reveal this secret list?

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Join The Tea Party Movement

March 26, 2009 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After a successful Chicago Tea Party on Friday, February 27, the Dontgo movement is surging forward to gather more like minded people to oppose this tearing down of America sponsored by President Obama and his Euro-styled Democrat Party.

Dontgo has launched TaxDayTeaParty.com as an online HQ for all the coming April 15th nationwide tax day tea party rallies.

Thus far, April 15 rallies are scheduled in Montana, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. If you want to help organize a rally in your state, or want to be kept updated on the plans as they develop, be sure and go to http://www.taxdayteaparty.com/.

Follow dontgomovement on Twitter.

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Book Review: Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies

March 24, 2009 | Filed Under Book Reviews, David Heleniak, Education, History, Liberals, Media Bias, News, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By David Huntwork

Over the past few years I have had the privilege to have known a native Ugandan missionary named Mike Wangolo. He is the leader of a team of Africans called Afri-Tendo (http://www.thrustministries.org/) who make periodic trips to the United States to witness to Americans through native songs and dances. During his travels he has become a close and valued friend to many of my friends and family.
Through his story and example many people have developed a heart of love and compassion for the Ugandan people. One of the people influenced by Mike Wangolo through his trips to the United States was a young lady who eventually ended up participating in a missions trip to Uganda.
The story Susan Smith’s transformation and experiences in Uganda is amazing. Her life has been changed in a fundamental way and she has become a passionate humanitarian and missionary to the people of Uganda.

Uganda, especially in the northern part of the country, has suffered from over two decades of insurrection, lawlessness and civil strife. Over a million people were displaced from their homes during the fighting, many tens of thousands killed and orphaned, and the famous “midnight children” (thousands forced to flee their villages nightly to hide in forests, hospitals and nearby cities to avoid abduction by rebel groups) have garnered international attention.
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Thanks for Sending us a Terrorist, President Obama

March 22, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, News, President, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Dear President Obama,

We are thankful to you, our wonderful president, for showing the world that the citizens of Illinois are kinder and gentler than those evil Bushies. It has always been obvious to us that we are more open minded and far more caring than anyone but your gift to us this month proves our love for multi-culturalism. We can hold our heads up high in The Hague and in the hallowed halls of the École Nationale d’Administration at long last.

We are blessed and we thank god — not meaning to specify any particular god or gods to which you subscribe — for your beneficence with this action coming so soon during these early days of your administration of hope and change. To think that this hallowed day has arrived already!

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