Without Citizen Journalists, Would America Be Free?

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When our Founding Fathers first came together, their goal was to form a government that was by the people and for the people, meaning that we all have a voice. The Declaration of Independence was their first official JOURNAL declaring their willingness to fight against a tyrannical government, with the United States Constitution being their second JOURNAL to lead and guide all future generations on the path of achieving and maintaining true Freedom and Liberty. Although this was not an easy task to accomplish, it was accomplished not only thanks to the Black Robe regiment (the clergy who preached for the cause of Freedom), but also the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and George Washington–just to name a few. Their words were fearless and helped give birth to a fledgling nation. There is no other reason why the right to free speech was listed as the first item in the Bill of Rights–and the right to keep and bear arms was listed as the second, in order to protect the first.

Now, over the course of time, mainstream journalism has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise, where those who simply read the narration and talking points given to them by the government, on the nightly news, seek to squelch the voices of the citizen journalists through regulation and the push for political correctness. They have left most Americans with the feeling that they are being lied to on a daily basis (which, most of the time, they are). It was nice to see that citizen journalists, via Stars and Stripes magazine, held NBC anchor Brian Williams’ feet to the fire about the BIG lie that he told about his trip to Iraq. The mainstream media has omitted any and all TRUTH about Barack Hussein Obama, where he came from, and where he is leading America. It will be up to the citizen journalists to do the research and present the FACTS.

My point is this: our Founding Fathers guaranteed each and every one of us a voice in the execution of our government. For us to remain silent will only lead to our own demise as a free people. Tyranny is achieved when good people do nothing. Take a good look around you, my fellow Americans. Are we still living in the country that our Founders envisioned? We must find our still-small voice and exercise it LOUDLY if we are ever to get America back onto the path of righteousness. One great nation, one loud voice! The time is now to call out and stand in one accord against all un-righteousness; and together, we will guarantee Freedom and Liberty for generations to come.

As always, fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

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Top Liberal Meltdowns Of 2014

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Whether made by politicians, cable news commentators, or civil rights activists, there was no shortage of controversial remarks and full-blown rants captured on video this year. Western Journalism compiled some of the more memorable moments of leftist punditry from 2014.

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Megyn Kelly Interviews Man Who Helped Develop CIA Interrogation Techniques

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly got a big interview this week following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogations in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. It was compelling TV, and journalism. Dr. James Mitchell, a former Air Force psychologist, contracted with the CIA to help develop a program to interrogate CIA detainees while America, and those tasked to protect this country, prepared for a second wave of attacks.

Mitchell had spoken with the British newspaper, The Guardian, back in April, after an executive summary of the Senate Intelligence report had been leaked to McClatchy News. At the time, as reported by The Guardian, Mitchell “mounted a full-throated defense of the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism policies and attacked ‘partisan Democrats’ for ‘throwing me under the bus’ and ‘rewriting history.’” Now he clearly feels even more free to speak out.

Mitchell was never interviewed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) committee. In fact, none of the CIA people involved in the interrogations, nor the directors or deputy directors, were interviewed. In other words, the purpose of this report was not to actually get to the truth of what happened. It was an attempt, for various political and PR reasons, to accuse and indict the Bush administration and the CIA for allegedly using torture on the detainees.

Mitchell revealed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) didn’t break, or provide information that eventually led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, because of waterboarding, but rather because of other EITs (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques). The technique that did work on KSM, according to the American Enterprise Institute’s Marc Thiessen, a former George W. Bush speechwriter, was sleep deprivation. But Mitchell revealed something that KSM did tell him:

“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told me personally, ‘Your country will turn on you, the liberal media will turn on you, the people will grow tired of this, they will turn on you, and when they do, you are going to be abandoned.’”

What comes through in Megyn Kelly’s interview is a thoughtful, patriotic American who was moved by the image of Americans leaping out of World Trade Center buildings, and by the courage of those on Flight 93 who helped bring the plane down, rather than allow it to successfully strike the third of three targets of the “decapitation” that Mitchell said was their goal. The terrorists hit our financial center in New York, they hit the Pentagon—the headquarters of the U.S. military—and the third plane was intended to crash into the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

America is divided over this, but a recent Washington Post – ABC poll shows that the American public overwhelmingly think that “the CIA treatment of suspected terrorists” was justified, by a margin of 59% to 31%. Clearly a significant majority believe the CIA was trying to protect this country at that time, and aren’t too worried about the few cases of excess—even death—that occurred. They don’t see it as a “stain” on our country. In fact, many view the stain as this one-sided report that cherry-picked information and revealed selective portions of emails, contradicted by other portions not revealed in the report—if that’s what they needed to make their case. Many believe that the release of this report has given aid and comfort to America’s enemies, and put American lives at increased risk.

It turns out that KSM was right about the “liberal media,” but it seems that a significant majority of the American people are quite okay with what was done to these terrorists—and other detainees—and don’t believe it damaged us as a country. Many of those in the liberal media—such as Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker (who actually interviewed Dr. Mitchell back in 2005), and Erin Burnett of CNN—freely call what happened “torture.” To them, it’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.

Kudos to Megyn Kelly for getting the interview, which aired in two parts on Monday and Tuesday nights this week. I urge you to watch for yourself, and to also read this column, “The Feinstein Report is Going to Cost Us,” by Andrew McCarthy. He was the lawyer who successfully prosecuted the Blind Sheikh, the man responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. McCarthy has a lot of interesting things to say about the report, such as this:

“As I have frequently argued here over the years, there is a world of difference between what is couched in political rhetoric as ‘torture,’ a conversation stopper that the Left cavalierly applies to every instance of prisoner abuse, and the federal crime of torture, which has a strict legal definition and is a difficult offense to prove, precisely to ensure that torture is not trivialized.”

You can watch Kelly’s interview with Dr. Mitchell here.

 

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News Anchor Reveals Shocking Examples Of Media Covering For Obama

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Journalists of all stripes have long complained about the current administration’s lack of openness in dealing with the media despite claims that it is the “most transparent” in history.

While plenty of reporters lament their limited access to unbiased information, however, Fox News correspondent Monica Crowley revealed that many of her colleagues are more than happy using their influence to shill for Barack Obama.

Crowley penned a recent editorial for the Washington Times in which she recalled a conversation with one broadcast network reporter who revealed the sycophantic inner workings of her newsroom.

The unidentified woman described herself as a conservative, Crowley wrote, though she explained that she has never revealed that information for fear of losing her job. The veteran newswoman said that, while her industry has long leaned to the left, reporters have taken an even more partisan tone in dealing with the current White House.

“Every morning,” she told Crowley, “we hold a meeting about how to build that evening’s broadcast. We’ve been doing this for decades.”

Those meeting have always had an “unspoken” liberal undertone, she noted; however, the 2008 presidential election cycle showed a specific bias toward Obama.

“Once Obama pulled ahead of Hillary and certainly once he became president, the bias came out of the closet,” the source told Crowley. “Now, every morning when we meet to discuss that night’s show, they literally say – out loud – ‘How do we protect Barack Obama today?’”

This anecdote is hardly the only evidence suggesting newsrooms actively work on Obama’s behalf instead of fulfilling a commitment to impartiality. Crowley shared a conversation with another fellow journalist, Fox Business’ Melilssa Francis, who recalled a similar pressure to carry water for the administration.

When Francis reported inaccuracies surrounding the math behind Obamacare during her time at CNBC, she said executives raked her over the coals for “disrespecting the office of the president.”

Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has also made news in recent months for her assertion that she was forced out of her job due in large part to her criticism of the Obama administration.

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For Progressives, The “Narrative” Is More Important Than The Truth

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The “progressives” are at it again. This week’s scandal is the broken-glass-gang-rape-that-apparently-wasn’t at the University of Virginia. Initially published with all the indignation that Rolling Stone and its reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, could muster, the magazine has now backpedalled and apologized for its appalling breaches of journalistic protocol.

Referring to it as “this week’s scandal” is no mere rhetorical flourish. Instances of left-wing journalists, pundits, media personalities, and policymakers making up stories out of whole cloth are flying thick and fast these days. Feminists’ darling du jour Lena Dunham is under fire for the allegations of rape she made in her latest book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” against a fellow former Oberlin student identified only as a “campus Republican” named “Barry.” “Barry” has retained an attorney and demanded a retraction. After a long and conspicuous silence, Dunham’s publisher, Random House, has agreed to pay “Barry’s” legal fees — if he’ll donate the money to a rape crisis charity of his choice. At this writing, “Barry,” continuing to maintain his innocence, has refused the offer.

Just last month, “Grubered” was added to the popular lexicon when MIT professor and Obamacare guru Jonathan Gruber admitted no fewer than seven times (on camera, anyway) that the law’s drafters had deliberately lied about key aspects of the legislation. To add insult — literally — to injury, Gruber credited the law’s passage to American voters’ “stupidity.”

And then there is Ferguson, Missouri, shooting victim Michael Brown. Despite evidence from multiple witnesses that Brown was assaulting the police officer who shot him, the meme that has taken hold depicts Brown yelling, “Don’t shoot!” with his hands up.

This isn’t a recent phenomenon, and it’s no accident. Progressives thrive on creating stories that are nothing more than prog-paganda — “cases” that justify their political agenda. Deliberate falsehoods are created to whip the public into a fervor for some initiative. By the time the lie is exposed, it’s too late.

NARAL founder and former abortionist-turned-pro-life activist Dr. Bernard Nathanson admitted that the oft-quoted figure of 10,000 women dying from botched abortions every year was a complete fabrication, used to drum up support for abortion on demand.

Twenty-two years ago, Guatamalan peasant activist Rigoberta Menchu received the Nobel Peace Prize for her autobiography, “I, Rigoberta Menchu.” But when an admiring scholar followed up on the facts alleged in her book, he discovered that significant parts of the most compelling accounts were utter fiction. In what has become the standard prog-paganda line, the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote, “(I)t doesn’t matter if the facts in the book are wrong, because … Ms. Menchu’s story speaks to a greater truth about the oppression of poor people in Central America.”

You see? It’s not the facts that matter; it’s the larger narrative. And virtually every cause the left cares about has been transformed into a Blob-like “larger narrative” that survives by consuming inconvenient facts to the contrary:

It doesn’t matter that the science shows no global warming over the past 15 years. What matters is the larger narrative about human exploitation of the planet’s natural resources.

It doesn’t matter that the young men at Duke did not rape exotic dancer Crystal Mangum. What matters is the larger narrative of white privilege and the athletic culture at Duke.

It doesn’t matter that Matthew Shepard’s brutal beating and death were likely a drug deal gone bad — and at the hands of a former male lover. What matters is the larger narrative about homophobia.

It doesn’t matter that most men don’t rape, or that (contrary to popular belief) 1 in 5 women aren’t actually sexually assaulted on college campuses. What matters is the larger narrative about male patriarchy.

In short, for progressives, truth takes a back seat to a political agenda, even — no, especially — when the truth reveals that their political agenda is empty, specious, corrupt, and unjustified. Most disturbingly, the media — charged with the responsibility of finding and exposing the truth — plays along.

And they wonder why Americans no longer trust the press?

 

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