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Obama Administration Attacks Freedom of Press

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 22, 2014

At the behest of the Obama Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a “study” that endangers the Country’s freedom of the press.  The study using typical governmental doubletalk jargon is called “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs”.  According to the FCC it is intended to understand a network’s “perceived station bias”, as well as how much of its time is dedicated to “critical information needs in a community”.

While the study is categorized as “voluntary”, given the FCC’s power over networks and their required licenses, this designation is a misnomer.

Below is a discussion of the FCC’s dangerous intrusion into the freedom of the press with comments by Judge Andrew Napolitano.  The Judge’s fears on this matter should be troubling to all Americans and is a continuation of the slippery slope our politically correct and Progressive society is traveling.  According to the World Press Freedom Index, since 2012 the US is rating has dropped to the 46th slot, down 13 since 2012.  More hope and change from an administration that cannot tolerate dissent.

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Judith Miller Blasts Obama Administration’s Attack on Press

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 10, 2013

Judith_MillerJudith Miller is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who recently spoke at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center during a lecture titled “Preserving Freedom of the Press“.  This respected journalist was clear on her concerns relating to the Obama Administration’s attack on the press with comments that included:

  • Investigative reporting is dangerous and hasn’t been as bad as it is now with the Obama administration since Watergate.  Obama has the worst record of civil liberties of any president since Nixon.”
  • Miller accused the US Justice Department’s “systematic targeting” the Associated Press, Fox News’ James Rosen and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange with the Espionage Act therefore “criminalizing news gathering.”
  • Am I worried about what is going on in America?  Yes.  We have a president who is doing terrible things in the name of ‘national security.'”
  • I have particular fury over what happened to James Rosen.  The Espionage Act has been used six times by Obama – he has used this act to criminalize reporting more than any other president in history and [he] gets away with it because he is Tyrannya Democrat and African-American, which we’re proud of.”

While many Americans were rightfully concerned when Richard Nixon attacked the press for political gain, the pass given to Obama is downright scary.  The risk of tyranny from the Left increases with the mainstream media’s and public’s ambivalence on this issue.

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White House Exerts Pressure on MSNBC for Halperin Comment

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 4, 2011

On June 30 this blog posted MSNBC Mark Halperin Suspended After Calling the President a “Dick” about MSNBC commentator Mark Halperin’s inappropriate choice of words concerning President Obama’s performance in a press conference.  There has since been secondary fallout relating to the White House pressuring on MSNBC to take action against Halperin.

Last week Douglas Schoen and Judith Miller published an article in The Daily Beast titled: “Mark Halperin Got a Bum Rap” that included the following comments about the matter:

  • Halperin prefaced his remarks that morning by warning his colleagues that NBC might need a seven-second edit button after he said what he was thinking about how President Obama had handled his press conference the day before.  —  In other words Halperin did not want his cements made in jest to go public.
  • But then MSNBC decided to suspend Halperin indefinitely, apparently after a phone call from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney expressing his displeasure with the analyst’s adjective.  …..  . And fourth, it seems pretty clear that Halperin’s suspension by NBC was motivated as much by fear of the White House as it was by what Halperin said.  ––  The White clearly overstepped its authority in attempting to chill free speech it did not like.
  • The fact that NBC appears to have been so easily intimidated by a phone call from the White House press secretary seems at least as reprehensible, if not more so, than Halperin’s profane reference to Mr. Obama —  The White House’s actions are clearly more dangerous than Halperin’s miscue.
  • But give the guy a break. He was just using a colloquial, profane expression to make a point. In this day and age, as Jon Stewart argued, stopping the use of profanity on TV borders on the weirdly quaint.  —  In a Progressive society that accepts all sorts of vulgarity in everyday life and the arts, it is indeed strange that an elected official should be protected from modern its descriptive use.

Schoen and Miller appropriately conclude:Indeed, the fact that NBC appears to be taking its cues from the White House and effectively chilling speech it finds objectionable speaks volumes about the state of political discourse and dialogue in America.  That should trouble Americans more than Halperin’s potty mouth or an MSNBC producer’s inability to push the proper button.”

The Left often dismisses any criticism of Obama based on the mistaken belief that it always emanates from the hard Right.  It is middle America that voted for the President who is most disappointed in his policies.

As for Schoen and Miller, Schoen, a Democrat, worked on the campaigns of Ed Koch, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.  Miller is a reporter who went to jail for three months for refusing to identify a source in the Valerie Plame matter .  Neither can be accused of being involved in a right-wing conspiracy against the President.

President Obama has proven thin-skinned.  While quick to criticize others and use class warfare when it suits him, he whines and makes excuses when taken to task for his policies.  In many respects, he is a better looking and smoother speaking version of Richard Nixon, but with a major difference.  While Nixon left in disgrace because of Watergate, Obama’s historical disgrace will emanate from policies that severally damaged the country and its economy.

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NPR Shows Fascist Fangs by Firing Juan Williams

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 21, 2010

NPR (National Public Radio) fired its correspondent Juan Williams over a comment he made on the O’Reilly Factor.  His crime was candor, although on a politically incorrect subject.  Williams admitted that he encountered fear while traveling on airplanes when he saw Muslim passengers in Islamic garb.  Shame on Mr. Williams for being honest when such thoughts might hurt the feelings of others.

When questioned about the firing, NPR said that Juan Williams’ comments “undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR” and that “his remarks on the O’Reilly Factor … were inconsistent with our editorial standards.”

OK NPR, how does Williams’ honest fears for his safety “undermine his credibility as a news analyst with NPR”?  Many of your reporters have indicated in one way or another a fear of the Christian Right.  You have taken no action against them showing your hypocrisy.  So much for being “inconsistent with our editorial standards.”

One of the first actions the new Congress should take up in January is ending public subsidies for NPR.  Progressives have every right to publish their views, but not on the taxpayers’ nickel.  Imagine the screams from the Left if public funds were being used to subsidies Fox News!

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MTV Tries to Shield Obama from Dissent

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 7, 2010

Politico.com has reported on a story that on its face is not important.  However, when considered in a larger ambiance it is really quite telling.

MTV, BET and CMT are preparing for a town hall meeting with President Obama scheduled to be recorded on October 14 in our nation’s capital.  So far so good.  That’s what networks and presidents do in this new multi-media age.  However, the next part of the story becomes more telling about our current president and the Leftist media that often treats him more like a deity than a servant of the people.

The MTV event will not be an “honest” town hall meeting where the people get to talk to and grill their president.  No, it will be an orchestrated event with MTV, BET and CMT packing the audience.  Here’s an audience screening advertisement:

Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+.

To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line.  To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about.  Also, provide a recent photo and short description of your political views.  Submission deadline: Oct. 14.  No pay.

MTVs owner, Viacom, explained this bizarre screening this way: “We’re just trying to get the broadest, most diverse audience possible.  We want to have divergent points of view – we’re not looking for a single-view audience.  We’re going to have a very diverse looking audience.  We want gender diversity, we want ethnicity diversity, we want religious diversity, we want political view diversity.  We want diversity of all kinds.

Do these folks really expect anyone to believe they seek an audience diverse in ideas?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Stephanopoulos Would Trample on First Amendment

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 16, 2010

The Liberal press’s is going from outrageous to bizarre.  While they have been in the tank for Leftist politicians for years, the ascendency of Obama to the Presidency took this love affair to a new level.  However, with the self-destruction going on in the White House, the press has slowing been distancing itself from the President, but not from Progressive politics.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday took the Progressive slant to a new level when in an interview with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer he asked:

“When you think about the internet and when you think about the possibility that, you know, a pastor in Florida with a flock of 30, can threaten to burn the Koran and that leads to riots and killings in Afghanistan, does that pose a challenge to the First Amendment, to how you interpret it?” he then continued: “Does [the threat of the Koran burning] change the nature of what we can allow and protect?”

What an outrageous proposition.  Let’s start with a member of the press suggesting limits to freedom of speech.  If that isn’t wild enough, Stephanopoulos’s proposition would limit free speech dependent on who you might offend.  Where were Stephanopoulos and company when protestors burned the American flag over the years?

Stephanopoulos, like many Progressives, see the Constitution as a tool to use to further their own political agendas.  This is not only a slippery slope but downright dangerous and more in keeping with Fascist regimes than a free democracy.

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CNN Concerned with Media’s Bias to Democrats

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 23, 2010

With the Barack Obama Presidency self-destructing, the media may be acquiring some conveniently timed conscience.  Maybe they too do not want to go down with the ship.

Howard Kurtz of CNN on Sunday remarkably stated that mainstream media “really blew it this week” with their lack of reporting on North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge’s attack on students, further stating:

  • Most treated it as intriguing footage or a good gossip item, but the guy went bonkers when approached by two young men with a video camera.”
  • Remember how the media went nuts over that tape of Republican Senator George Allen using the word ‘Macaca?‘”
  • By minimizing this footage of a Democratic congressman, most news organizations have enabled their critics to charge once again that they have a double standard“.

While Kurtz’s honesty is refreshing, the damage already done to the “independent” press by the current crop of commentators and reporters will be difficult to repair.  It is easier letting the Genie out of the bottle than putting it back in.  History will negatively judge the press for its partisan move to the Left and especially the pass that it gave a Community Organizer with no experience during his successful run for the White House.

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Mainstream Press Starts Questioning Obama?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 18, 2010

It is well-known that the mainstream media has been a cheerleader for Barack Obama.  They failed in their historical duty of acting as the conscious of democracy.

Examples: When it became known that Obama stayed in a racist church for 20 years and excused this away by saying he didn’t hear the messages, the press gave him a pass.  When Obama mistakenly stumbled into the Professor Gates/Sergeant Crowley matter, not a question was asked about his judgment.  When the President got caught appointing the radical Communist Van Jones to an important White House post, the press ignored it.  The examples are endless.

But even the press’s fondness for Barack Obama has limits.  CBS’s Chip Reid has posted some strong rhetoric titled “Press Freedom, Sure. But No Questions. that is quite critical of the President (link included below).  He states:

  • The day Obama signed the Press Freedom Act he then promptly refused to take any questions from the press.  Ironically the Act expands the State Department’s annual human rights reports and includes a description of press freedoms.
  • Last Friday the President refused to take any questions from the press after delivering an angry statement on the Gulf’s oil spill.
  • Obama has not held a prime-time White House news conference in months, despite pleadings from the press.
  • After Obama signed the Press Freedom Act and the press was being aggressively ushered out of the room, Reid “asked if he still has confidence in BP.  He ignored the question so I tried this: ‘In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?’ That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions.  Someone else shouted, ‘Will you answer them?’”

This is pure Obama; arrogant, holding himself above the morals he preaches.  The President also seems ignorant of history.  The road is littered with politicians that were laid waste after angering the press.  This particular demonstration of arrogance has the potential to be damaging to the President.  Like Nixon, instead of looking in the mirror for fault, he blames the press.  Arrogance is stronger than “transparency”.

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Anderson Cooper of CNN Beaten by a Pothead

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 21, 2010

The Left paints itself as the intellectual class with anyone with differing positions being ignorant.  In the early 1970’s it was Gerald Ford who took too many shots to the head while playing college football, so said the liberal press.  Then it was Ronald Reagan whose lack of intellect made him unworthy of the Presidency.  More recently it was George W. Bush’s and Sarah Palin’s whose intellects were/are constantly challenged, conveniently deflecting from intellectual discussions about policies.

Conversely, when politicians on the Left blunder, they are brushed off as mere slips of the tong.  If accurate, Vice President Joe Biden must be drinking Mobile One for breakfast!  And when Barack Obama said he visited all “57 states”, he must have been tired for surely anyone as Progressive as the President must be an intellect.  In this day when junk science and political correctness rule, it is little wonder that intellect is now determined by ones political views.

The same bogus criterion for determining intellect is used for media personalities (and actors/actresses).  O’Reilly or Beck, they are surely lacking in intelligence since they are not Progressives.  Matthews, Cooper or Couric, their Liberal views prove intellect.

Well, last week one of the self-anointed intellectuals let the team down.  Anderson Cooper of CNN thought he had an easy setup for a recent round of Celebrity Jeopardy.  You see Copper was matched up against Cheech Marin, that famous pothead of Cheech and Chong.  Surely one of CNN’s finest would make mincemeat of an opponent who made his living smoking pot.  Not so fast: Cheech smoked ‘em.  Well Coop, so much for that Yale education of yours.  Maybe had they spent more time on the three R’s instead of Progressive philosophy, you would have been up to the task.

Anderson Cooper was rightfully embarrassed by the spanking laid on him by Cheech and tried to make fun of it in the clip below.  I’ll bet if Glenn Beck took a beating from a pothead it would have been a more serious indication of intellect.

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Chris Matthews: Redefining “Dumb”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 2, 2009

Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball is at it again.  During the presidential campaign, Matthew’s infamously stated that after hearing Obama speak: “I felt this thrill going up my leg.  I mean, I don’t have that too often.”  That ranks as the dumbest comment made by a news reporter/commentator until this week when he outdid himself.  After watching President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan, here are his prophetic words:

I watched those Cadets, they were young kids, men and women who were committed to serving their country professionally and must be said as officers and I didn’t see much excitement but among the older people there, I saw if not resentment, skepticism.  I didn’t see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there the President chose to address tonight.  And I thought that was interesting.  He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case.

Calling West Point the “enemy camp” for the Commander-in-Chief is too incredible for words.  And this guy questions Sarah Palin’s knowledge of the US Constitution?  Ouch!  What was he thinking?

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