High Schooler Asked By Teacher To Say Where He Gets His News… Gets An ‘A’ For His Response

Apparently, keeping it fair and balanced works in the classroom as well as the newsroom.

A high school student in a class called “Modern Media & Society” was asked where they got their news from. Their half-page response is going viral and probably gives many people hope that at least some millennials don’t get their news from “The Daily Show.”

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Although this story is about a year old, it is still a refreshing reminder that there is hope for the future of America.

As you can see, the student chose Fox News over other sources. “I prefer the conservative approach to media because I find the liberal media is centered more on emotions rather than facts,” the student writes.

“Although this may be a one-sided source that leans to the conservative right, for the most part I am pleased with the content of news that is available and I despise other networks’ coverage that shows favoritism to the current sycophants in office.”

The student got an A, as well as a nod from their teacher saying that they prefer Fox News too–and includes praise for using the word “sycophants.”

While this may be one of the few high schoolers who tunes in to Neil Cavuto and Greta Van Susteren, he or she certainly isn’t the only one who trusts Fox News over other media outlets. In addition to handily beating the competition in the ratings, Fox was also named the “most trusted news network” in a Quinnipiac University poll.

Fox News was most trusted by 29 percent of respondents, with CNN second at 22 percent. CBS and NBC were tied for third with just over 10 percent each.

Also notable in the poll was the fact that only 14 percent of self-identified Democrats trusted MSNBC.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes says this level of trust has led to the network becoming so big that its real competition isn’t other news networks but cable entertainment monoliths like ESPN and TNT.

“I flip to MSNBC occasionally to make sure their blind pig didn’t find an acorn. But they never have once,” Ailes said. “I don’t watch much CNN, they got out of the news business in primetime. But I look to see if they have a good documentary or movie. If they do, I’ll watch that.”

Rest assured that, if Ailes is hoping to capture the next generation of fair and balanced minds, they have at least one teenager who is behind them.

h/t: Young Conservatives

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Watch: Maryland Governor And Baltimore Mayor Storm Off During CNN Interview

Quite a number of people have been questioning the competence of elected Maryland officials in dealing with the violent riots peaceful expressions of free speech in Baltimore. CNN’s Don Lemon had the opportunity to question Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about that very topic.

They didn’t like it very much.

There never seems to be a good time to call out elected officials for gross incompetence. At least, that’s what the elected officials think. But what about in the middle of a riot that illustrates, among other things, the gross incompetence of said elected officials? Wouldn’t that be, oh, perfectly appropriate? Hey, we here at WJ are just asking questions…

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WATCH: Angry Baltimore Mom Publicly Disciplines Her Son For Rioting

So this one’s sort of a palate cleanser. I’m not going to lie, last night was a rough night. I felt like one big, walking, raw nerve. What’s going on today is exactly what makes me fear that America as we know it may be a fundamentally different place for my future children.

The good news is that at least some individual moms still seem to care.

What do you think? Too far, or “Mom of the Year” status? Comment below.

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On This Day 257 Years Ago, Our 5th President Was Born

Leading the charge at the Battle of Trenton, a musket ball struck his shoulder, hitting an artery.

He recovered and continued to fight for General Washington, becoming friends with French officer Lafayette.

His name was James Monroe, born APRIL 28, 1758.

Home-schooled as a child by Reverend William Douglas, Monroe was fellow students with John Marshall, who became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Monroe graduated from the College of William and Mary, studied law under Thomas Jefferson, and was a delegate to the Continental Congress.

He served as U.S. Senator, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State, where he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States.

Elected the 5th U.S. President, Monroe acquired Florida from Spain, 1819.

He added Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, and Mississippi to the Union.

President Monroe proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine, 1823, which forbade European powers from interfering with the independent nations of the Western Hemisphere.

In his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817, President Monroe warned:

What raised us to the present happy state?…

The Government has been in the hands of the people. To the people, therefore…is the credit due…

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty.

Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found.

The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin…

Monroe continued:

If we persevere…we can not fail, under the favor of a gracious Providence…

My fervent prayers to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protection which He has already so conspicuously displayed in our favor.

When Muslim Barbary pirates committed terrorist attacks, President Monroe refused appeasement and instead deployed the U.S. Navy, as he stated, March 5, 1821:

Our relations with the Barbary Powers are preserved…by the same means that were employed when I came into this office. As early as 1801 it was found necessary to send a squadron into the Mediterranean for the protection of our commerce.

In his 5th Annual Message, December 3, 1821, President Monroe reiterated:

A squadron has been maintained in the Mediterranean, by means whereof peace has been preserved with the Barbary Powers…

From past experience…it is distinctly understood that should our squadron be withdrawn they would soon recommence their hostilities and depredations upon our commerce.

In 1823, President Monroe, with the U.S. Congress, ordered Decatur, Ala., to be founded in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, the renowned U.S. Naval officer who forced the Muslim pirates to surrender, thus ending the Barbary Wars.

In his First Annual Message, December 2, 1817, President Monroe stated, “In grateful acknowledgments to that Omnipotent Being…in unceasing prayer that He will endow us with virtue and strength.”

On November 16, 1818, in his 2nd Annual Message, President Monroe stated:

For these inestimable blessings we can not but be grateful to that Providence which watches over the destiny of nations…

When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored…

Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.

On November 14, 1820, in his 4th Annual Message, President Monroe stated:

When…we take into view the prosperous and happy condition of our country…it is impossible to behold…without being penetrated with the most profound and grateful acknowledgments to the Supreme Author of All Good for such manifold and inestimable blessings…especially…our most excellent system of government, the powerful instrument in the hands of our All-merciful Creator in securing to us these blessings.

On March 5, 1821, in his 2nd Inaugural Address, President Monroe stated:

The liberty, prosperity, and happiness of our country will always be the object of my most fervent prayers to the Supreme Author of All Good….

With a firm reliance on the protection of Almighty God.

On December 3, 1821, in his 5th Annual Message, President Monroe stated, “Deeply impressed with the blessings which we enjoy…my mind is irresistibly drawn to that Almighty Being, the great source from whence they proceed and to whom our most grateful acknowledgments are due.”

On December 7, 1824, in his 8th Annual Message, Monroe stated:

For these blessings we owe to Almighty God, from whom we derive them, and with profound reverence, our most grateful and unceasing acknowledgments….

Having commenced my service in early youth, and continued it since with few and short intervals, I have witnessed the great difficulties to which our Union has been exposed, and admired the virtue and intelligence with which they have been surmounted…

That these blessings may be preserved and perpetuated will be the object of my fervent and unceasing prayers to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

President Monroe, who was a member of the Episcopalian Church, admonished:

The establishment of our institutions forms the most important epoch that history hath recorded…

To preserve and hand them down in their utmost purity to the remotest ages will require the existence and practice of the virtues and talents equal to those which were displayed in acquiring them.

Monroe wrote (James Monroe Papers, New York Public Library, Miscellaneous Papers and Undated Letters):

Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury;…of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms…

If these rights are…secured against encroachments, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.

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Media Continues To Downplay VA Scandal

While some in the media have demonstrated they are willing to challenge the narrative emerging from the Obama administration that downplays ongoing abuses by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), others on the far left, such as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, have cast the administration’s chronic disservice to ailing veterans as a vast right-wing targeting conspiracy. VA Secretary Bob McDonald recently aided Maddow’s agenda by claiming during his appearance on her show that the VA was becoming “transparent” and desires “sunshine.”

“It’s hunting season at the VA,” McDonald told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on April 24, announcing a special medical advisory group to fix the VA’s problems. “Nobody wants to talk about the good things. We’re the largest medical system in the country, so when something goes wrong, it becomes news.”

More than a few “somethings” are going wrong at the VA if the ongoing scandals in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, and Tomah, Wis., are any indication. Yet, as I noted in a previous column, when President Obama recently traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., he asserted that “there were deficits with the way the VA is being run,” but then called this a “case of bad apples and systems run awry.”

Secretary McDonald has presented similar talking points to the media, and some, such as Maddow, seem to be buying this narrative.

In reality, the VA scandal represents an insidious form of government corruption and mismanagement which will not cease until those responsible are held accountable. But accountability is the one thing lacking in Obama’s Washington, largely due to a complicit media. They fail to hold President Obama accountable for government corruption and malfeasance by blaming low-level civil servants or ignoring ongoing scandals entirely.

The New York Times deserves credit for a recent story outlining the lack of accountability in the continuing VA crisis. However, it relegated this breaking and relevant news to page A16.

Secretary McDonald, who replaced disgraced former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, told NBC’s Meet the Press in February that “the department had fired 60 people involved in manipulating wait times to make it appear that veterans were receiving care faster than they were,” reports Dave Phillips for the Times. Then the VA clarified that “only 14 people had been removed from their jobs, while about 60 others had received lesser punishments,” he writes.

“Now, new internal documents show that the real number of people removed from their jobs is much smaller still: at most, three,” writes Phillips. Sharon Helman, “the only person fired,” was “removed not for her role in the manipulation of waiting lists but for receiving ‘inappropriate gifts,’” continues Phillips.

In the meantime, VA employees feel empowered to retaliate against whistleblowers within the VA, likely because of these weak accountability measures.

“Once you talk to the media, you are on your own…The VA does not support you, and you are not representing the organization,” declared a Denver, Colo., VA Medical Center Director, as I pointed out in March. She continued, “The only thing you are representing is yourself, and then, once you are in hot water, nobody will help you.”

CNN also reported in March that a Los Angeles, Calif., VA representative, Dr. Sky MacDougall, actually lied to Congress about wait times at the Greater Los Angeles Medical Center, and that Congress was investigating this incident based on their CNN report.

VA crises are spreading throughout the country like a wildfire. On March 30, congressional members traveled to Tomah to hold a joint field hearing to discuss a death resulting from the over-medication of one patient, the over-prescription of drugs to other patients, and the neglect of an older veteran who came in and suffered from a stroke while waiting for care at the Tomah VA. The older veteran, Thomas Baer, died from complications due to a stroke after delays at the VA Urgent Care center, an unavailable CT machine, no helicopter, and after being driven by ambulance to a new facility long after the initial onset of his symptoms.

One of the witnesses, Ryan Honl, a combat veteran who suffers from PTSD, was a whistleblower at the Tomah VA Medical Center. Honl testified about how his electronic medical file was accessed by multiple persons at the VA. “However, as soon as I blew the whistle, I started hearing about my instability from other employees,” he writes in his official testimony. “In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, [Dr. David Houlihan’s] attorney alluded to my mental health status,” he states. “Shortly after while VA investigators were in the Tomah VA, Police Chief Huffman directed that a police report be done on me by my former supervisor…and two coworkers…four months after I resigned over a supposed ‘threatening incident’ that took place while I was an employee before I resigned.”

“Clearly, my mental health diagnoses are being used by those I reported in order to discredit me,” he writes.

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner told Congress earlier this month that “The number of new whistleblower cases from VA employees remains overwhelming,” according to Joe Davidson of The Washington Post. In fact, Davidson reports that her testimony revealed that “whistleblower cases reviewed by her office are almost 150 percent higher than historical levels. Nearly 40 percent of her office’s incoming cases are from VA, although her office takes cases from across the government.”

If VA whistleblower cases are up 150 percent when compared to “historical levels,” why aren’t the media questioning President Obama’s leadership on this issue?

“Monday’s session demonstrated that VA’s entrenched culture of retaliation against whistleblowers endures, a year after revelations exploded over poor service and the covering up of long patient wait times,” writes Davidson.

Then he defends Secretary McDonald, writing, “The retaliation continues despite the solid efforts of the current VA secretary, who replaced one driven out by the scandal.”

Accountability and professional standards are set by those at the very top. Secretary McDonald was confirmed last July, yet it appears that little change has happened at the VA under his leadership, nor that of his boss, President Obama.

In previous articles covering the ongoing VA scandal I pointed to the media’s reluctance, if not outright refusal, to implicate the Obama administration for its role in facilitating the ongoing corruption at the VA.

But in some far-left circles this has been taken to the furthest possible conclusion — that the scandal is about to be exploited by the “right wing” for its own purposes.

MSNBC’s Maddow recently minimized the poor treatment received by veterans at the VA, warned that the right wing would soon push to privatize the VA, and gave Secretary McDonald a platform to claim that the administration was actually being “transparent” on this issue.

“One of the reasons I want you to be here tonight, Mr. Secretary [Robert McDonald], is because I do feel like VA is about to have political challenges that it has not faced in at least a generation, if not more, and veterans groups have been able to hold off some of those challenges in the past,” said Maddow on her April 15 show. “…I’m not sure that VA has the political backup right now to fight those battles. And honestly, I’m here partly because I want to sort of raise the flag that this is coming.”

The graphic on the MSNBC broadcast read, “V.A. Secretary on Right-Wing Efforts to Privatize VA.”

Secretary McDonald responded to her by emphasizing the VA’s alleged transparency and desire for “sunshine.” He said:

That’s why we’re here. We want to get out. We want to be transparent. We now publish our data every two weeks online. Sunshine is a great, transparency is a great benefit to us. We’re gonna do our share. We’re gonna improve the results of the VA. We’re working very hard to do that, and hopefully veterans will be happy with the care we provide them. It’s the most exciting mission that we could possibly have.

Both participants in this highly disingenuous interchange may have wished to assure the public about the VA’s integrity, but the growing news about corruption at the VA, prompted in part by congressional hearings held by Rep. Jeff Miller’s (R-FL) House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, makes it less than likely that the public can be fooled by such false assurances.

Veterans actually served by the VA certainly aren’t being fooled, and a number of them have contacted me after reading my articles on this continuing scandal to say that things are bad, and in some cases, even worse than I described.

As is true for most MSNBC shows, Maddow’s presentation of this scandal was highly misleading as well. Veterans groups are now actively asking for change themselves. For example, the price tag for the VA Medical Center in Denver, Colo., has ballooned from $328 million to $1.73 billion. As a result, “The American Legion in Colorado held a protest last year in which members held up ‘JUST BUILD THE DAMN THING’ signs and carried shovels, symbolically ready to build it themselves,” reported The Washington Post’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux in March.

There is no doubt that the VA is a behemoth of a bureaucracy, and McDonald seems like a sincere and capable manager. But regrettably, he also seems to have been captured by the Obama administration’s culture of deceit, of punishing whistleblowers, and of failing to hold people accountable. Hopefully, for the sake of America’s veterans, of which he is one, that culture will change, and change fast. McDonald was caught exaggerating his service history earlier this year, which may have contributed to skepticism about whether he is the right man for this job.

Rachel Maddow’s transparent attempt to cast the VA scandal as the fabrication of right-wing political forces bent on destroying an embattled institution serves as a red herring designed to provide Secretary McDonald, and thereby this administration, with a platform to praise the past successes of this corrupt, mismanaged bureaucracy—at the expense of those veterans who have died or been neglected. But MSNBC and other complicit media aren’t interested in accountability, they’re interested in covering for the Obama administration.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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