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Attorney General Eric Holder; Perjury or Stupidity

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 26, 2013

The scandals coming out of the Administration grow by the day.  While the three basic scandals remain constant, Benghazigate, IRSgate and AP/Foxnewsgate, their cover-ups and related lies serve as amplifiers to the scandals.

Last week it was Atty. Gen. Eric Holder that got caught in the web.  On May 15 Holder was being questioned by the House Judiciary Committee’s Hank Johnson, Democratic Congressman from Georgia.  During Johnson’s questioning he asks Holder about prosecuting reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917.  Holder’s response included: “You’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material.  A bit later in his testimony he continued: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for disclosure of material, this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, of would think would be wise policy.

Holder’s comments are straightforward enough.  However, they do not match reality.  On Friday the Justice Department announced that the AG himself signed the search warrant for James Rosen’s emails under the Espionage Act, the law Nixon used to go after Daniel Ellsberg over the leak Pentagon Papers.  In addition, the Justice Department claimed in an affidavit to the Court that Rosen was “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”

Below is a video clip of Holder’s question-and-answer session with Congressman Johnson.  While the first five minutes of the exchange is entertaining given Johnson’s difficulty putting coherent thoughts together, the issue germane to this posting begins at about 4 minutes and 55 seconds into the video.

At the very least, Atty. Gen. Holder’s testimony shows incompetence, i.e. not knowing what documents he signs.  More than likely, it is perjury.  In either case President Obama should immediately fire the AG.



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Mainstream Media Showing Signs of Guilt with its Obama Bias

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 12, 2013

Since Barack Obama rose to prominence, even before his first election to the White House, the mainstream media has fawned over him.  This went beyond the media’s typical Leftist bias and became a love affair that led to it totally abdicating its responsibility to supply the news.  There are signs beginning to show that some in media are looking in the mirror and not liking what they see.

A good case in point is Benghazigate.  It was apparent since shortly after the tragedy that led to the deaths of four Americans including our Libyan Ambassador on 9/11 2012 that the Obama Administration was being dishonest with the American people.  Immediately after the attack the President blamed it on an innocuous anti-Muslim video, even though the intelligence community concluded that this was an act of planned terrorism.  Incredibly, the Administration stuck to the false video story for nearly two weeks, including President Obama’s disingenuous speech at the United Nations.

With the exception of Fox News and a few other outlets, the Benghazi story received little attention from the mainstream media.  This was as the President expected.  However, because of cable news and the Internet the story would not go away.  The lies and cover-up became so apparent that the mainstream media finally feels an obligation to dig into the story.

Last week ABC News became aggressive on the Benghazi matter.  It released a story indicating that the infamous talking points that UN Ambassador Susan Rice and others used to falsely blame the video were modified 12 times before being released.  Significant changes were made including removing all references to Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups. ABC reported that these changes frustrated then CIA Director David Petraeus.

At an unusually contentious news briefing, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl when after Press Secretary Jay Carney who in last November indicated that the only changes made was a “single adjustment” and further stated, “those talking points originated from the intelligence community.   They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened.  The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Even though Karl caught Carney in an outright lie, the Press Secretary refused to back down.  ABC’s Karl and others in the press now find themselves in a difficult predicament.  Do they continue to allow the Administration to play them for fools or do they revert back to an independent press?  The right decision will require deep reflections by a press that abdicated its responsibilities for so long.

One well-known member of the mainstream media, CBS’s Scott Pelley, showed signs of reflection as he accepted the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.  His candid comments seen in the video below include:

Our house is on fire. Capitalize it.  We didn’t build this house, it was built by Fred Friendly  …….  who built this magnificent mansion that we call American journalism, but today right now as we occupied his house that was built for us, our house is on fireThese have been a bad few months for journalism.  We’re getting the big stories wrong, over and over again.  Let me take the first arrow.  During our coverage of Newtown I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school and that her son had attacked her classroom.  It was a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong.”  (Starts 14 minutes into the video.)

“Let me explain why I think this is happening right now then perhaps it has in the past.  Never before in human history has more information than available to more people.  But at the same time, never before in human history has bad information than available to more people.  Boston was a low point for many people.  Our nation was attacked by terrorists.  I cannot think of a time when the public we serve the needs accurate and timely information more than in those moments when our country is under attack.  So we were attacked by terrorists on that day and amateur journalist became digital vigilantes. Innocent people were marked the suspects.  …. That fire that started on the Internet spread to our more established newsrooms as well.  …… We have entered a time when a writer’s first idea is his best idea.”

“Here’s what the President said in Boston.  ‘In this age of instant reporting, tweets and blogs there’s a temptation to latch onto any bit of information, sometimes jump to conclusions, but when a tragedy like this happens with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right.’  The President of United States and the FBI were telling us what our bedrock principles should be.  Aren’t we supposed to be watching them?

This last quote by Pelley include the most important seven words of his speech.  “Aren’t we supposed to be watching them?”.  Yes Mr. Pelley, press is supposed to be watching the politicians in Washington including the President.  Missing from your comments is how and why this dangerous situation has occurred.  You seem not yet willing to admit the bias and personal agendas that have infected your profession.  It’s time for real candor.  It’s time to clean out the swamp that is your profession.

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Phone Hacking Scandal Brings in CNN’s Piers Morgan

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 27, 2011

While the mainstream media promoted the U.K. tabloid phone hacking scandal as one of the world’s most pressing issues, most America’s ignored the story.  It’s little wonder.  Corruption in the press; so what else is new?

One reason for the mainstream media’s interest in this scandal was the involvement of Rupert Murdock, owner of the U.K. papers at the heart of the hacking.  Here is a man who not only had the audacity to bring a conservative bent to the news, but be successful owning Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

Today the scandal took an unforeseen turn, now involving Piers Morgan of CNN.  Morgan used to edit Murdoch’s News of the World, the paper that has since closed due its involvement with hacking.  In a recent interview, Morgan admitted that he tolerated hacking and similar actions during his tenure with the tabloid stating: “I’m quite happy to be parked in the corner of the tabloid beast and to have to sit here defending all these things I used to get up to. I make no pretense about the stuff we used to do“.

It’s ironic that the Leftist mainstream media’s attempt to over hype the hacking story might result in the downfall of one of their own, but no one not at Fox News, the real target of the publicity effort.

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Former NPR Boss Vivian Schiller is Back

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 5, 2011

Vivian Schiller has been the subject of this Blog’s previous postings including NPR’s President Vivian Schiller Resigns posted March 9, 2011.  Her forced resignation from NPR came after she was caught on tape attacking Republicans and conservatives in her fundraising efforts on behalf of the network.  Last fall she also was involved with the controversial firing of NPR commentator Juan Williams after his comments about Muslims on airplanes.

NBC News on Thursday rewarded Ms. Schiller, hiring her for a new role of overseeing its news unit’s digital strategy, which includes the website and mobile devices business.  Given NBC’s radical Leftist bias over the years, the recycling of Ms. Schiller is of little surprise.

NBC’s ratings have been heading south for years, in part because of its Leftist bent.  Ms. Schilling will therefore not help improve its ratings and her hiring at NBC must have the folks at Fox News sharing some high-fives.

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White House Seeks to Control Press

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 18, 2011

It is no secret that the mainstream media has been in the tank for Barack Obama since even before he became president.  However, even this reality doesn’t seem to be enough for this President.

As reported in the bostonherald.com, the Boston Herald has been denied full access to the President’s fund-raiser in Boston this week.  It seems the White House has taken issue with the Herald giving front page to a Mitt Romney op-ed relating to jobs.  Add the Herald to Fox News and others who have been blacklisted for not reported the news the way the White House would like it written.

The mainstream media ha culpability for creating an atmosphere in which the Obama team feels that the media is beholding to the President.  Since before the election they gave Obama passes on many issues he should have been questioned on.  As a result, the President has a thin skin when it comes to any criticism.

As Blog reader Jim Mahoney commented when forwarding this story; “So Dear Leader now limits a Newspaper’s access based on if he likes what they print.  Wasn’t the Left all over Nixon for having an Enemies List?

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Senator Jay Rockefeller Shows the Arrogance of the Political Elite

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 18, 2010

The last two national elections indicate a remarkable change that is in the process of transforming America.  Two years ago the People expressed their overwhelming dissatisfaction with the Republican Party by voting Barack Obama as President, our most inexperienced chief executive of modern times, merely because he promised undefined “change”.  Just two years later the same People gave the Democrats a shellacking because of their unwillingness to serve in manner the People demanded.

Politicians have reacted to the Peoples’ voice in different ways.  Some, like Senator Mitch McConnell, have properly read the tea leafs and are responding to the will of the People.  McConnell, who previously supported of Congressional earmarks, changed his tune since the elections. (Republican Mitch McConnell Hears the Tea Party on Earmarks)

Other politicians show disdain for the Peoples’ will and just don’t get it.  There is no better example of this arrogance than Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.  Rockefeller’s words and some well thought out comments about them from a guest writer are posted below.

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’  It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

The dangerous arrogance of the Washington Elite is illustrated by a recent quote from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, by Carl Hackert

It’s not a matter of “trust”, Rocky, you simply don’t want the public to know what you’re up to.  The Founders of our Nation believed that it was healthy to mistrust the very government that they had created.  They believed that government should be limited in scope and regularly cleansed.  Informed dissent, investigation and critique are part of what keeps us free.  What Rocky wants is a one-way lecture, not a ‘discourse”, and, as the Nazi’s and the USSR demonstrated, a little bit of censorship will keep the “little people” more accepting of the “future” that elitists like Rocky have in mind for them.

I don’t care for MSNBC but, I do like and choose to watch FOX.  Both networks serve a vital purpose and they would fail if the public viewership did not support them.  That’s the way it works in a free market, Mr. Rockefeller.  These and other networks’ programming informs the voting public on the rotten legislation people like Jay Rockefeller have supported.

For example, the recent Mid-Term elections demonstrated that the public became informed on the facts surrounding major legislation.  The public was angered that most of these members of Congress don’t read said legislation before voting on it – they voted on the basis on arm-twisting and deals.  We, the People, have a right to know because we live in a REPUBLIC, not a democracy (a lynch mob is a democracy).  We elect people to make informed votes in Congress REpresenting the PUBLIC, hence the word “republic”.  These guys and gals were caught passing Obamacare and other major pieces of legislation that public did not support and the public was even angrier that few in Congress bothered to read the “fine print”.  In fact, the cumbersome legislation shifts the critical “fine print” decisions to tens of thousands of new bureaucrats and agencies who will make up rules not subject to the vote of our representatives in Congress.

Rocky’s wrong about Americans not having “faith in the Government”.  We have faith in the Constitution and we look to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for guidance, not to the contemporary Government.  We hold in contempt incompetent elected officials who support the burdensome institutionalized governmental programs so fraught with corruption, bureaucratic waste, injustice, boondoggles, and increasingly encroaching upon our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties while destroying what’s left  of our once great private industrialized economy.

Politicians such as Mr. Rockefeller or Mr. Obama give lip-service the notion of “transparency” while disdaining grassroots citizen activists such as the TEA PARTY and calling for censorship by the FCC.  Me thinks that they speak with “forked tongues”.

The new media and the Internet bring to light the hypocrisy and the peccadillos of our politicians plus the incompetence of our massive, financially crushing bureaucracy like never before.  It is the elitists like Rocky and the anti-free speech clowns of the FCC who need to get “Out.  Off.  End.  Goodbye” – hopefully this will occur in the next round of elections.


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He’s Back!!! Keith Olbermann

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2010

The Keith Olbermann/MSNBC soap-opera continues.  On Friday the network indefinitely suspended the Leftie commentator for a breach of corporate rules: i.e. donating funds to political candidates without informing the network.

Then, MSNBC announced that Olbermann’s replacement would be Left-winger Chris Hayes, editor of the Progressive magazine, The Nation. Within two days Hayes was given the boot when MSNBC determined that he too contributed to the Democrats.

The outrage on the Left was predictable.  Colleague and fellow Leftie Rachel Maddow chastised the network on the air for daring to call Olbermann on his transgression.  In typical progressive fashion, Maddow’s used elegant words that meant that rules are for others to follow, not a card carrying member of the Progressive movement like Olbermann.

Maddow’s protest was joined by 300,000 Leftist zealots that demanded the return of their venom-spewing hero.  MSNBC should grit and determination, holding out for nearly three days before caving in.  Fear not, Olbermann will be back Tuesday evening after his two-day suspension.  Progressives can be assured of their nightly Kool-aid drinks that will continue to keep them out of touch with the American people.

It is interesting how Progressives dole out punishment.  When Juan Williams was found in breach of NPR’s employee rules, i.e. daring to go on Fox News, he was summarily fired.  In Olbermann’s case, MSNBC hands out a two-day suspension for the breach of employee rules.  Why the disparity?  Progressives would undoubtedly raise the race issue since Williams is black and Olbermann is white.  But the issue is simpler: Williams was on the wrong side of Progressive propaganda.

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Olbermann’s Replacement Fired Before Starting

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2010

Last week MSNBC fired (technically he’s on leave) ultra-Leftist commentator Keith Olbermann.  Initial reports indicated Olbermann was let go because he broke network ethics codes and donated funds to Democrat candidates without informing MSNBC.  More recently Politico indicated that there is more to the store reporting: “Network sources tell Playbook that Keith Olbermann was suspended because he refused to deliver an on-camera mea culpa, which would have allowed him to continue anchoring “Countdown.”  Olbermann told his bosses he didn’t know he was barred from making campaign contributions, although he is resisting saying that publicly.”  It’s just like Progressives to refuse to apologize for their errors.  It is likely that Olbermann will blame some right-wing conspiracy for his troubles.

After firing Olbermann, MSNBC came up with a predictable left-wing replacement, Chris Hayes, editor of the Progressive bible (magazine), The Nation. But just a few days later Hayes was given the boot when MSNBC determined that he too contributed to the Democrats, according to the Wall Street Journal.

What is remarkable about all of this is that MSNBC was surprised that the radical-Lefties they hire contribute to Leftist candidates.  Duh!!!!!!  Just as remarkable is the pointed attack by the Left and President Obama on Fox News for being biased to the Right.  While it is fair to say that Fox News has a rightward tilt, no one on that network approaches the outrageous rhetoric that comes from the Olbermann’s and Maddow’s at MSNBC.

The problem that the Left has with cable news is not the content, but the fact that right-tilting Fox News is successful while few are watching the Leftist networks.


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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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Obama Questions American’s Ability to Understand the News

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 13, 2010

When Barack Obama gets into a tough spot he often resorts a favorite tactic; the blame game.  As the economy kept deteriorating he blamed George Bush, bankers or capitalists.  When that got old, he attacked Fox News for his failed policies.  That has failed so he’s going after bigger game, the IQ of the people who voted for him.  Here are some statements he offered at George Washington University yesterday:

I’ve been surprised by how the news cycle here in Washington is focused on what happens this minute, as opposed to what needs to happen over the course of months, years.  The 24-hour news cycle is just so lightning fast and the attention span I think is so short that sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody focused on the long term.

The things that are really going to matter [in the future] are not the things that are being talked about on television on any given day, or appear on the Internet on a blog on any given day.”

How lame.  How typical of Progressives.  How Arrogant.  Mr. President, the American people know what they want.  They voted for you to change the corrupt culture in Washington and all you did was add to it.  They wanted the wistful spending and deficit spending ways of your predecessor to end and you made Bush look thirty.  They wanted an end to the racial divide and you added to it.

In a few short weeks the American people will speak and this will be your Administration’s last chance to listen.  It is likely that your arrogance will once again render you deaf.


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