OBAMA HOLDOUTS IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HIDING HILLARY EMAILS FOR YEARS
“We should be waiting just a few months for them to get their act together”
May 21, 2017 Ginni Thomas, Daily Caller
Judicial Watch’s President Tom Fitton is astounded: The Trump officials he finds working on Freedom of Information cases he files are still, typically, Obama holdovers.
Those holdovers, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation, are telling Judicial Watch it will be years before it can get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. “Frankly,” Fitton told TheDCNF, “we should be waiting just a few months for them to get their act together.”
Trump should take the point of view that the government belongs to Americans– and its agencies need to tell the people what they are up to, Fitton said. “If there is no good reason for withholding information, give it to them and give it to them quickly.”
Trump should embrace “extreme transparency,” for his administration — as well as for former President Barack Obama’s administration. Americans would benefit by knowing more about what Obama did and what he obstructed from the public while in government. Fitton is especially interested in Obama’s alleged spying on candidate Trump and other political opponents.
Fitton is losing patience with politicians. Citizens, he declared, “don’t have to take it from the politicians. They work for you. You don’t work for them.”
And the media, he charged, are missing the biggest scandal. “There’s been no evidence there’s been any collusion, like the left likes to fantasize about, between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Fitton told TheDCNF, “but there is evidence that the Trump team was spied upon by the Obama administration using this ‘Russia connection,’ which is really weak, as a pretext.”
Fitton is appalled by the newly unfolding crimes of misuse of classified information and the unlawful leaking of this information to the media by President Donald Trump’s opponents inside the government.
Surveillance of opponents, Fitton says, is right in line with the Obama administration’s use of the IRS against political opponents.
Fitton thinks Trump must start “draining the swamp” by reducing the size and scope of the massive federal government. He also mentioned the need to turn off the federal taxpayer spigot to left-wing interest groups, which he said should be privately –not publicly– funded.
Fitton does not hold out much hope that Congress will provide effective congressional oversight of the executive branch, saying Congress “is set up to spend money. They are not set up to investigate how the money’s spent, or to police or hold accountable corrupt government officials.”
The world is myopic if not deranged, in declaring Jerusalem’s Jewish Temple site Islamic and that the Kotel, the western retaining wall supporting the Temple Mount built by Jewish kings and recaptured from Jordan fifty years ago on June 7 in a defensive war forced onto Israel by aggressive Arab armies bent on our destruction, as not being part of Israeli territory.
So what is this nonsense that Mahmoud Abbas demands that Jerusalem should be his capital and that Israel cannot claim Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State? He seems to have much global support.
I have a solution to the impasse. Let them call Bethlehem their capital. After all, they invest political capital in telling the world how much they care for Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus who they call “a Palestinian messenger.”
This article is as fanciful as the notion that a two-state solution will herald peace between the Palestinians and Israel
What a strong message this would send to the world. They claim to care so much for Christianity even as the Christian population of that town shrinks from an overwhelming majority in 1995 when Israel gifted Bethlehem to Yasser Arafat in a peace gesture. Today, the Christians are less than 12%.
To readers who know me, including my many Christian friends, and think I’ve suddenly lost the plot, I ask you to relax. This article is as fanciful as the notion that a two-state solution will herald peace between the Palestinians and Israel. So let’s face some painful truths together.
They say that the cause of this Christian flight from Bethlehem is the oppressive Israeli security barrier that ruins lives, but isn’t it strange that as the Christian population has rapidly reduced, exponentially the Muslim population has rapidly grown. Is this the anti-Christian security barrier they make it out to be? Actually not. According the Israeli statistics, the Bethlehem population has grown from 14,439 in 1967 to over 27,000 today. It’s only the demographics that have changed. Far less Christians, far more Muslims, and far more radical Hamas influence.
As veteran Ha’Aretz journalist, Danny Rubenstein, who has studied Palestinians for over forty years, wrote,
“Arab nationality in general, and specifically Palestinian nationalism, has become more and more of a religious thing,” meaning traditionally Muslim. This is what we witness being playing out in Jerusalem where Palestinian demands are targeted not for peace but to drive Jews away from their holy sites and heritage.
Journalists Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff described in their book ‘The Seventh War; How We Won and Why We Lost the War’ how armed gangs of street thugs along with terrorists threatened Bethlehem Christians, took over their homes and businesses when they fled, as Palestinian officials turned a blind eye to the violence and theft and ignored Christian complaints.
Let’s make an issue of it. Let’s see if the Christian world will accept their most holy place turned into the capital of those who see themselves as the spearhead of the Islamic world
Today, Hamas is strong in Bethlehem. Municipal elections were suspended in September 2016, over concerns that Hamas would gain an overall majority. The international community should be concerned that a once-strongly Christian town has become a Hamas stronghold. Yet it also turns a blind eye to this abuse of a once Christian Bethlehem.
Bethlehem – the capital of Palestine. Let’s make an issue of it. Let’s see if the Christian world will accept their most holy place turned into the capital of those who see themselves as the spearhead of the Islamic world. If they do, it would be a universal expression of the failed policy of turning the other cheek. Personally, I don’t think they care enough about it. They were as silent and as impotent over the loss of their Christian heritage in Jerusalem when UNESCO, at the behest of the Muslim world, converted the Jewish Temple into an exclusively Islamic holy shrine, as they have been over the massed slaughter of Christians in the Muslim Middle East.
I am sure they would go for Bethlehem as the capital of Palestine. The only political effort I have seen is the sight of replacement theologians gathering in Bethlehem annually for their “Christ at the Checkpoint” political pantomime, seemingly oblivious to the fact that this place is now in the hands of Islamic Hamas. These delusional pastors hate Israel so much they remain silent to the Christian exodus perverting it to a ‘Blame Israel” campaign. They would surely sanctify Bethlehem becoming the crowning glory of the Palestinian throne.
In my research for the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies it is crystal clear to me that, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will usurp power in any Palestinian state with the same bullying tactics that have given them control of Bethlehem. This would make any gesture of allowing them to claim Jerusalem as their capital a gift from hell and a poisoned thorn in the weakened side of Israel.
Abbas’s recent words about Jewish “filthy feet” defiling holy places in Jerusalem
Anyone in their right mind knows that a Palestinian state would destabilize into a Greater Hamastan that would not only threaten a shrunken Israel, it would make the Hashemite kingdom across the River Jordan even shakier than it is today.
With eighty percent of Jordan’s population claiming to be Palestinian, a vulnerable Israel would be in no position to prevent the overthrow of the king in a popular uprising in Jordan. In such an event, the Palestinians could claim Amman as yet another trophy capital. Black September, anyone?
It is fair to ask how many capitals the Palestinians need? They have two already with Hamas, who consider themselves the true leaders of the Palestinian cause, firmly based in Gaza City, and the undemocratic Palestinian Authority tentatively holding power in Ramallah where their political administration is based and where their founding hero, Yasser Arafat, is buried.
So why do they need a third capital? Basically, it is to herald a powerful message of conquest, that Muslim metaphor, that ancient Islamic tradition. Conquest of the seat of another religion, another nation, such as the Ummiyad conquest of early Spain, a conquest that lasted for eight hundred years, and the attempt by Suleiman to conquer Vienna in 1529.
Following the conquest of Jerusalem in 1187 by Saladin, see where they perched their mosque, directly over the ruins of the Jewish Temple.
As President Trump visits the Western Wall, the site of the Jewish Temple, and then talks with Mahmoud Abbas about tolerance and peace, it is worthwhile recalling Abbas’s recent words about Jewish “filthy feet” defiling holy places in Jerusalem, places which Jews have rebuilt with love while maintaining the freedom to worship banned by the Palestinian Authority and the Muslim wakf to Jews on the Temple Mount.
It’s also worth recalling that, in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center by Muslim terrorists on 9/11, it was proposed to build a mosque on the ruins of the Twin Towers. Some said then it would be an act of “tolerance” to allow them to do it. Perhaps the same sense of “tolerance” should apply by allowing the Palestinians to reinter the remains of their founder and arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat, in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity.
So let’s continue to promote Bethlehem as the Palestinian capital. It makes as much sense as insisting that Jerusalem is theirs.
My opinion was formed from living in Israel, witnessing the horror of terror, reading the misinformation and downright lies perpetrated by the Western media, seen the incompetence of Israeli leaders to project the facts. My website comes from a particularly personal perspective. The articles may be controversial and provocative. For whatever strikes Israel today will surely visit you tomorrow.Barry Shaw is the author of Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’
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Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday in May.
Army Day formerly was the date the US entered World War I. Navy Day was President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Air Force Day was the day the War Department established a division of aeronautics.
President Richard Nixon remarked on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 1973, at Norfolk Naval Base: “Men and women who wear the uniform of our country are supposed to salute the Commander in Chief … but on this day, I, as your Commander in Chief, salute you, each and every American who serves in our Army, our Navy, our Air Force, our Marine Corps, and our Coast Guard. Your courage, your steadfastness are the backbone of America’s influence for peace around the world. … We owe you … a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay … – to the more than 2 million men and women now serving in uniform; – to the millions of veterans who have returned to civilian life; – to those missing in action and those magnificent men who ‘roughed it out’ in enemy prison camps; and above all, – to the memory of those who gave their lives for their country. … We are thankful, too, for the strengths and the sacrifices of America’s military families. … We must reject the well-intentioned but misguided suggestions … to slash America’s defenses by billions of dollars.
“There could be no more certain formula for failure in the negotiations … no more dangerous invitation for other powers to break the peace. … Bluntly: A vote for a weak America is a vote against peace. A vote for a strong America is a vote for peace. … So, support those men and women who have the courage in the Congress to vote for a strong America. … The whole world today is watching to see whether the Star-Spangled Banner still waves. … Let us prove that it does. … Then we can look to the future with confidence that Armed Forces Day in the years to come will be … a day of peace for America and for all the people of the world.”
U.S. Army Chaplain Father William Thomas Cummings was among those captured during World War II by the Imperial Japanese at Bataan, Philippines. He died when the prisoner “hell ship” he was on was hit with a torpedo. Father Cummings had stated in a battlefield sermon: “There are no atheists in the foxholes.”
Chief of Naval Operation Admiral Vernon Clark, stated July 21, 2000 (AG News, July 28, 2000): “My hopes, my most sincere desire … for the future take the form of a prayer along the lines of Admiral Holderby. And that is that our Heavenly Father will grant me wisdom and courage and make clear the way ahead, so that when we are finished, we can say … that we did the right thing … that we served well.”
A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Vernon Clark was quoted in the Pentecostal Evangel: “I have found plenty of opportunities to practice my belief in prayer. The Navy offers incredible challenge. When we get placed in positions of leadership we are responsible for mission accomplishment, for the manner in which our nation is represented, for the conduct of people who are assigned to our commands, and for outcomes, which can include matters of life and death. The Scriptures say, ‘We have not because we ask not.’ I have learned the wisdom of asking for wisdom, for guidance… and for help.”
General Douglas MacArthur addressed the Massachusetts State Legislature in Boston, on July 25, 1951: “I find in existence a new and heretofore unknown and dangerous concept that the members of our Armed Forces owe primary allegiance and loyalty to those who temporarily exercise the authority of the executive branch of government, rather than to the country and its Constitution which they are sworn to defend. No proposition could be more dangerous. None could cast a greater doubt upon the integrity of the armed services. For its application would at once convert them from their traditional and constitutional role as the instrument for the defense of the Republic into something partaking of the nature of a praetorian guard, owing its allegiance to the political master of the hour…
“The armed services … are accountable as well to the Congress, charged with the policy-making responsibility, and to the people, ultimate repository of all national power. Yet so inordinate has been the application of the Executive power that members of the armed services have been subjected to the most arbitrary and ruthless treatment for daring to speak the truth in accordance with conviction and conscience.”
On Armed Forces Day, May 15, 1995, Secretary of Defense William Perry said: “In World War II, the United States Armed Forces helped defeat the forces of aggression and oppression on two sides of the globe. … In the Cold War, we faced down the global Soviet threat. Today, our forces stand guard, at home and abroad, against a range of potential threats. …”
Secretary Perry continued: “On Armed Forces Day, the nation says thank you to our men and women in uniform, their families, and the communities that support them. … Daniel Webster said, ‘God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.’”
President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President and Muslim Brotherhood member Barack Obama did — a move interpreted as American weakness.
President Trump formally greeted in Saudi Arabia
Melania Trump went without a headscarf as she arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday with her husband.
The first lady wore long sleeves and pants in keeping with the strict dress code that Saudi Arabia enforces for its female citizens but she did not cover her head. Her long hair blew freely in the breeze as she stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in the capital city of Riyadh.
President Trump receives Saudi gold medal
President Trump & King Salman Sign New US/Saudi Agreements (FULL CEREMONY)
LIVE: President Donald Trump Speech in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and Deputy Crown Prince
Donald Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deal with Saudi Arabia
20 May 2017 by Charlie Spiering
President Donald Trump signed a deal with Saudi Arabia, kicking off nearly $110 billion worth of investments into military equipment.
“That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States,” Trump said after the signing ceremony to reporters. “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman signed a joint strategic declaration, reassuring the relationship between the two countries, and financial agreements on defense, technology, and energy.
According to the White House, the agreement will help Saudi Arabia face the threat of Iran and fight terrorism in the Middle East as well as support new jobs in the defense industry. The deal is expected to include $350 billion in investments over ten years
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the deal would create hundreds of thousands of jobs during a press conference with reporters.
“Strong economic relationships are the foundation for security relationships as well,” he said, adding that the new deal “sends a strong message to our common enemies.”
Trump was welcomed warmly by the Saudi’s, who awarded him the highest medal of honor in the kingdom for his efforts to “strengthen the relationship between the two friendly countries” and continuing his effort “to enhance security and peace” in the world.
Trump: ‘Our Partners Must Show That They’re Partners’ and ‘Must Contribute Financially’
20 May 2017 by Ian Hanchett
During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump previewed his overseas trip and said, “our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends, and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending – is so big; it’s so much; and it’s not fair for our nation. They have to help and I’m sure they will.”
Transcript as Follows:
“My fellow Americans,
This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president – a trip with historic significance for the American people.
I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.
In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world’s great religions.
My first stop will be Saudi Arabia – the heart of the Muslim World. There, I will address a historic gathering of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. I will represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly.
Many of these leaders have expressed growing concern about terrorism, the spread of radicalization, and Iran’s role in funding both. Now it appears Muslim leaders are ready to take more responsibility and a much bigger role in fighting terrorism in their region. It’s about time we do it, we’ll do it together, but it has to be done.
America cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but we can – and we must – help any nation willing to join in the common cause of eradicating terrorism from the face of the earth.
Next, I’ll travel to the ancient city of Jerusalem to talk with my good friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu, about bringing peace and prosperity to both our nations. Israel is an important American ally, but in recent years we haven’t always treated them that way. It’s time to renew our friendship.
While I’m there, I’ll also meet with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem to discuss ways to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
From there, I’ll head to the Vatican, where I will have the great honor of an audience with Pope Francis. I look forward to speaking with the Pope about how Christian teachings can help put the world on a path to justice, freedom, and peace.
I will also meet with friends and allies in Europe at a gathering of NATO in Brussels and at the G-7 Summit in Italy. Finally, I will close my trip by saying thank you to some of the courageous men and women of the United State Military serving their nation overseas.
In my Inaugural Address, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, to seek new partners in pursuit of peace, and above all – to always put American people first.
I also pledged that our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends, and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending – is so big; it’s so much; and it’s not fair for our nation. They have to help and I’m sure they will. The fact is that I’m excited about new possibilities for peace and prosperity – and I hope you are too.
The United States has sealed an arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced on Saturday, a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world’s largest energy producer just as President Donald Trump begins an official visit to the country.
The agreement, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years and $110 billion that will take effect immediately, was hailed by the White House as “a significant expansion of…[the] security relationship” between the two countries.
The arms package represents an enhancement of Saudi Arabia’s military capabilities as tensions flare in the region, with the U.S. viewing the Saudis as a linchpin in efforts to check the global ambitions of Iran. The country, the hub of Islam’s most revered sites, but is also a target of radical Islamic extremism.
‘Cowardly’ Comey ‘All About Preserving His Reputation’
20 May 2017 by Ian Hanchett
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated that former FBI Director James Comey is “all about preserving his reputation” and said Comey is “using his friends to get his point out. It’s cowardly.”
Dershowitz said that he’s always liked Comey, but Comey has been “using his friends to get his point out. It’s cowardly. And I think it’s about time that Comey is confronted directly with cross-examination. He was a great director of the FBI, but when the whole Hillary Clinton thing began, he cared more about his reputation and his dignity than about what was good for America.”
Dershowitz added, “I’d want to find out if he was the source of the leaks of the memo that he was quoted in. Second, I would ask him why he didn’t talk directly, why he’s using his friends. I would go back to his decisions to speak to the public.” He continued that while he disagreed with President Trump’s reported characterization of Comey as a “nutjob,” calling him a “showboat” is “not a bad characterization.”
He further stated Comey’s motives are “all about preserving his reputation above everything else.” Dershowitz further argued that Comey revealed Clinton investigation because thought Clinton was going to win, and he would be faulted by Trump supporters for not revealing the investigation, and so Comey revealed the Clinton investigation to preserve his reputation.
Dershowitz also stated that he believes Trump fired Comey due to Comey’s statement that he felt sick over the prospect that he might have influenced the election.
Dershowitz concluded that the Russia investigation should be handled by an independent commission, not a special counsel, “because I don’t see any crimes. Let’s take the worst-case scenario, let’s assume that Trump–which it didn’t happen–the Trump campaign got together with the Russians and said, let’s make Trump president because he’s better than Hillary Clinton. Terrible politically, what’s the crime? … Or he leaks material–he shouldn’t have–to the Russians about the Israeli spy. Terrible, he shouldn’t have done it. … But there’s no crime.”
Big Media, the giant corporate monsters that manipulate the public mentality do not seem concerned with protecting people from an oppressive government; but seem more concerned with flexing their own power – in making and breaking people
The firing of James Comey was more representative of the first real Democrat Deep State casualty of the “Swamp Wars” than any other. However, despite top Democrats calling for Comey’s head at the beginning of May, the puppet masters in the Party took the position that the former FBI Director could still be useful with the now famous “Comey memo.” It is like using Comey as a dead fish to create an unbearable stench within America – a putrid stench aimed at manufacturing doubt and suspicion about the Trump presidency – yet again.
Now, the current “Democratic” Party mantra that seems to have the most traction is the “collusion” between the dastardly Russians and Donald Trump, or members of his election staff, or transition staff, or presidential staff (any propaganda that would work). Putin and the Russians are the current bad guys of the month. And ironically, James Comey may have been on the list in the past, but now he is considered useful still with his memo, which says little, and generates more unanswered questions, but fans the fumes of the stench. And though the Deep State Obama/Clinton tool was surgically removed from his post, and represents the first casualty the Democrat Party suffered in the Swamp Wars, he proved useful still.
Democrat insurrection was predicted by many of the major conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage
On the other side of the uneven playing field, Mike Flynn was taken out through innuendo surrounding the Russian “collusion.” Jeff Sessions was compelled to recuse himself from such issues, and though he did, he was still targeted by the Democrats for removal from his position. And more recently, the former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. was forced out of his post as leader of the Committee to Investigate the Russian “collusion.” Yet, the real Democrat objective is to eliminate Donald Trump as President of the United States in any way possible.
This Democrat insurrection was predicted by many of the major conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage. Many others in the media are now acknowledging the harsh realities of such prophecies, and are quite aware that what is currently occurring within the new Leftist/Media – manipulated Democrat Party goes well beyond the norm of political opposition to the victorious party. What is unfolding is their contingency plan that activated in case the people of the United States did not obey the mainstream media reasoning to vote for Hillary Clinton because Ms. Clinton was the heir to the “throne” of POTUS. Donald Trump’s election defied the MSM power to manipulate the outcome of election. And, the MSM now seem worried about competition from the Russians.
A long time ago, Adolf Hitler engaged first in a peace treaty, then in outright warfare against the Russians (then known as Soviets), and if one has the strength of character to admit it, the Democrats and their minions are following a similar pathway. Especially, the MSM today seems to be following the propaganda playbook Hitler set in motion formulated in Mein Kampf:
All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.
It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X
Methodology of deceit is now unfolding in the United States of America
This methodology of deceit is now unfolding in the United States of America, and the MSM is conducting a clinic on the propagation of the big lie with regard to Russian “collusion.” It is what they are pursuing – no matter what – to unravel a legally conducted presidential election in which the people of the United States made their choice clearly known. These constant attacks from the Democrat propaganda outlets are now being seen for what they are, and anyone involved with the media needs to rethink their purpose in light of such outrageous and dangerous conduct by the Fourth Estate.
Fewer and fewer Americans who have common sense trust the MSM for such over-the-top, baseless accusation and innuendo against Donald Trump
Fewer and fewer Americans who have common sense trust the MSM for such over-the-top, baseless accusation and innuendo against Donald Trump or the members of his executive administration. The big lie spewed by Big Media has way too many holes as outrageously big it may be. The big lie may fool masses of uninformed voters and those who could care less about voting, but all citizens are not as stupid as the media moguls seem to suspect.
In reality, as the investigation into the Russian “collusion” has been dragging on for months, the foundation for the lie increases, and the Comey dismissal simply served as way to transform him into as the first Democrat martyr in the Swamp Wars.
The MSM is seething that Donald Trump had the audacity to dismiss Comey, as the Deep State “knight” taken from the political arena. Yet, despite the loss for the Democrat and the Establishment conspirators, the dismissal is still useful to embellish the “collusion” lie, and Comey did not even have to open his mouth. Of course it would not dawn on the millions of low information voters that the MSM would “fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” And the minions on the Left would not even care whether there was tampering with the truth. Truth, for the most part, is less important to the Left than forcing leftist propaganda upon the common citizen.
As Hitler understood—the facts may prove the lie to be false, but facts are not important to people who care little for the truth. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s master of propaganda, knew “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Herr Goebbels applied Hitler’s thought well in manipulating the common people. However, a Russian by the name of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov may have originated the seeds of such manipulation as he is credited as declaring, “A lie told often enough becomes truth.” The master Marxist who put this into practice long before the two infamous Nazis was more commonly known as Vladimir Lenin.
The American people hoped to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. by electing Donald Trump in 2016, but the source of the stench, as well as big lies, is more clearly the media moguls who are manifesting the power of the Fourth Estate as never experienced before. It certainly appears that the MSM in America are applying what they have learned from the masters of manipulation. It has been said that the MSM made Barack Obama what Americans thought he was in the election of 2008, and they certainly tried to make the common citizen believe that Hillary Clinton should have been the first woman POTUS.
The real irony is that right in front of the media elites in Washington, D.C., are stories that await the light of day, but politics, and perhaps personal pride, prevent them from honestly pursuing the truth – reporting on the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s betrayal of America via the information leakage from her infamous private server, or prostituting herself to the most generous Clinton donors. And, even more astounding than a president who bugged the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building, are the recent discoveries of the previous Democrat administration, in a flagrant abuse of government power, initiating surveillance of the opposition party in a presidential election.
The Swamp Wars may continue if Trump remains true to the words in his inaugural address that expressed an honest commitment to the people. If the MSM is reacting this severely as one of their own was taken out, the Swamp Wars will definitely continue. Comey is just the first Democrat casualty. But the greater casualty Americans are now discovering is that truth itself has become a victim. This is truly sad as the media used to be trusted to defend the people from an oppressive government. Today, the media as a defender of the citizen is but an illusion. Today Big Media, the giant corporate monsters that manipulate the public mentality do not seem concerned with protecting people from an oppressive government; but seem more concerned with flexing their own power – in making and breaking people.
Thomas Patterson, Harvard’s Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, opened his study of “News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days” by noting not only that President Trump was the topic of more than 40 percent of all news stories during his first 100 days (three times the amount of press coverage received by previous presidents), but also that the coverage he received “set … a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.”
What’s surprising isn’t Patterson’s conclusion, which readers of The New American likely agree with, but the source: the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Heavily influenced for decades by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Harvard would hardly likely be the source of a study showing and proving such mainstream media bias.
Nevertheless the 19-page study was released to the public on Thursday proving beyond all reasonable doubt that the mainstream media’s “fix” is in: to portray the 46th president of the United States in the worst possible light. Initially the mainstream media (MSM) was delighted to let Donald Trump take most of the headlines during his campaign for the Republican Party’s nominee. Wrote Patterson: “When he announced his presidential candidacy, journalists embraced him, and he returned the favor. Trump received far more coverage, and far more positive coverage, than did his Republican rivals.”
But following his nomination, and as his chances improved that he might actually win the presidency over the media’s favored candidate, the media chaned its tone dramatically: “Only after he had secured the Republican nomination did the press sharpen its scrutiny and, as his news coverage turned negative, Trump turned on the press.”
Trump specifically named six of the seven primary sources that Shorenstein’s study analyzed for bias: the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS Evening News, CNN’s The Situation Room, and NBC Nightly News. The study also included Fox’s Special Report and three European news outlets: the Financial Times, the BBC, and ARD, Germany’s oldest public service broadcaster.
In one of his tweets about media bias, Trump declared that “the election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign” and, as Patterson expressed it, “it’s been a running battle ever since.”
Initially Trump was “a journalist’s dream” wrote Patterson, adding that “reporters are tuned to what’s new and different, better yet if it’s laced with controversy. Trump delivers that type of material by the shovel full. Trump was also good for business. News ratings were slumping until Trump entered the arena.”
Patterson stepped his way through the analysis, noting that “negative news reports outpaced positive ones by 80 percent to 20 percent … in no week did the coverage drop below 70 percent negative and it reached 90 percent negative at its peak.”
He noted that coverage by CNN and NBC “was the most unrelenting — negative stories about Trump outpaced positive ones by 13-to-1 on the two networks. Trump’s coverage on CBS also exceeded the 90 percent marker. Trump’s coverage exceeded the 80 percent level in the New York Times (87 percent negative) and Washington Post (83 percent negative). The Wall Street Journal came in below that level (70 percent negative), a difference largely attributable to the Journal’s more frequent and more favorable economic coverage.”
The MSM’s coverage during Trump’s first 100 days “was not merely negative in overall terms,” wrote Patterson, “[but] it was unfavorable in every dimension. There was not a single major topic where Trump’s coverage was more positive than negative.”
Some topics, such as Trump’s immigration policies, generated negative to positive ratios that exceeded 30-to-1. Coverage on healthcare reform and Russia’s alleged involvement were 87 percent negative, while MSM coverage of Trump’s appointees, his personal background, his foreign policy and defense positions “were at least 80 percent negative,” said Patterson.
It was all of a pattern, concluded Patterson: “When Trump’s category-by-category coverage was examined for each of the seven U.S. news outlets in our study, a consistent pattern emerged. The sources of Trump’s most and least negative coverage were similar for every outlet, except for Fox News.”
Patterson went further: the press’ coverage of Trump exceeded anything comparable to previous presidents:
Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days was negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press. Studies of earlier presidents found nothing comparable to the level of unfavorable coverage afforded Trump … [media coverage] during his first 100 days … were 4-to-1 negative over positive….
The sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump’s contention … that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency. As he tweeted a month after taking office, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
Patterson noted that “the media’s credibility is at a low ebb [because of] a belief that journalists are biased.” The Harvard study proves it.
But the study doesn’t dwell on the coordination of efforts by the media to destroy the Trump presidency with its evident bias. One must look elsewhere for that. One of the best sources for understanding the CFR’s control of the Washington establishment was penned by Professor James Perloff, author of The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, in an article appearing at TheNewAmerican.com. Another source exposing the CFR’s history of infiltrating the mainstream media is that provided by Ned Dougherty.
Thanks to the surprising revelations from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center there’s no longer any need to speculate about the media’s deliberate determination to destroy the Trump administration with their biased reporting, if they can. As Patterson was closing his analysis, he noted that the battle will continue for as long as Trump is in office:
The news media gave Trump a boost when he entered presidential politics. But a head-on collision at some point was inevitable. It’s happened, it isn’t pretty, and it isn’t over.
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The media smells blood in the Potomac River. They sense the President they hate could be removed from office. Never mind that he won a landslide, winning electoral votes in 31 states. The media hate the President’s agenda and they hate that he defied their wishes and expectations by winning last November.
What has happened since his election is the equivalent of an attempted media coup d’état. According to the Media Research Center (MRC), 89% of the coverage of President Trump by the network news programs of CBS, NBC and ABC has been negative. According to the MRC’s Rich Noyes, “the elite liberal media do not think that Donald Trump is worthy of being president. They don’t like his policies. They don’t like his character.”
CNN spent 92% of its’ air time on Trump stories with the clear majority of the reporting being downright hostile
Over the past week, this negative coverage has become even more intense and taken on a disturbing dimension. The MRC studied how CNN reported on the firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 12. During the day, the network featured 116 guests, but only 7, just 6%, could be identified as pro-Trump. The rest of the time, the network was bashing the President. Despite a host of other news stories, CNN spent 92% of its’ air time on Trump stories with the clear majority of the reporting being downright hostile.
In the last few days, liberal media outlets, Washington Post and New York Times, have released supposedly damaging information regarding the President. The first story, released on Monday by the Washington Post, alleged that the President divulged classified information with the Russian Foreign Minister in a White House meeting. This has been denied by General H.R. McMaster, the National Security Adviser, and by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition, the President can release any information he deems necessary and is not violating any laws. In contrast, Hillary Clinton mishandled reams of classified materials through her unsecure email server, but was never held to account.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that fired FBI Director James Comey kept detailed records of his meetings with President Trump. Reportedly, in one meeting, the President said to Comey that he “hoped” that the FBI would drop their investigation into fired National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn. Congressional Democrats and even some Republicans are now claiming “obstruction of justice,” discussing Watergate, the need for special prosecutors and even impeachment.
While Barack Obama was treated like a king, Donald Trump is treated like a criminal
This type of fantasy talk is being fueled by the leftist media, who desperately want to drive President Trump from office. The same media that acted like lap dogs during the Obama administration have now turned into vicious, rabies infested, attack dogs. The media are not playing their historic role of trying to keep the President honest. Instead, they are working day and night to overthrow a duly elected Commander-in-chief.
The media succeeded in forcing President Richard Nixon from office and they hate Donald Trump much more. While Barack Obama was treated like a king, Donald Trump is treated like a criminal. In the process, the media are overlooking major stories such as Susan Rice’s role in unmasking members of the Trump campaign and the criminal leaking of General Flynn’s name to the media.
The Trump hating media are also ignoring the latest bombshell involving former DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C. His case remains unsolved, but investigator Rod Wheeler claims that a media source has a contact who asserts that Rich provided DNC emails to WikiLeaks, the organization that released the embarrassing information. While the media and the Democrats constantly allege “Russian collusion” in the election to help Donald Trump and maintain that “Russians” hacked the DNC email account, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange maintains that it was not the Russians. In fact, the source could have been Rich and maybe that is why he was killed.
This potentially juicy story has been spiked by the mainstream news media so they can constantly opine about Trump scandals, impeachment, Watergate, James Comey, etc. Another day, another Trump scandal, but in the case of the “bombshell” Comey memo, the media is running the story even though they have not seen the memo and are quoting, once again, an anonymous source.
Objective journalism is now officially dead
While this diversion is happening, The President’s accomplishments are being ignored as the mainstream news media are working overtime to takedown a legitimately elected President. In the process, objective journalism is now officially dead.
In response to this media feeding frenzy, the President needs to eliminate the press briefings. It is time to treat the media as the enemy they are. The media do not care about the President’s domestic or foreign policy achievements. All they care to do is to perpetuate the so-called Russian collusion story.
The current frenzy is quite scary and could have a damaging impact on the country’s financial markets and standing overseas. Already, the stock market was down for the second week in a row and the value of the dollar is falling.
At this point, the American people must realize that the media have lost any semblance of balance. It could be why recent polls show that members of the media are not trusted and rank just above used car salesmen among all professions.
The only media giving the President any semblance of fair treatment is Fox News, talk radio and certain Internet sites. From now on, the President needs to stop giving interviews to the mainstream news outlets. No more exclusive interviews for liberal hacks like Lester Holt of NBC or John Dickerson of CBS. The members of the Trump administration should boycott those shows as well and only give interviews to fair and balanced programs, which are few and far between.
The President needs his communication staff to be more aggressive and respond quickly and vigorously to false media stories. In addition, some staffers are providing the liberal media juicy leaks, sometimes with damaging and inaccurate information. The result is that he is not being well served and his agenda is being sabotaged. Of course, the media are enjoying the leaks, distracting the public from the President’s accomplishments and publishing titillating stories.
During this media firestorm, it is a battle for the survival of the Trump administration and his reform agenda. The media, political establishment, and bureaucratic deep state will stop at nothing to derail the President. Moving forward, Mr. Trump must battle back against the media and overhaul his team for there are many pitched battles looming on the horizon.
Mainstream Media Propaganda, from Khalidi Tape to ‘Nut Job’
19 May 2017 by Joel B. Pollack
The common element in nearly all the major New York Times and Washington Poststories about President Donald Trump this week is that they are based on source documents the outlets cannot authenticate, do not possess, admit are partial, and refuse to share.
Friday’s supposed “bombshell” stories follow the same pattern. The Times reports that Trump told the visiting Russians that former FBI director James Comey was a “nut job,” and that firing him had eased “pressure” in his ability to conduct foreign policy — though the Times takes Trump to mean the legal pressure of the investigation. (That spin makes no sense: firing Comey created more pressure, which was so obvious the Russians joked about it.)
The Times describes its source as “a document summarizing the meeting” that was “circulated” (it does not say by whom). The Times does not have the document. An “American official” simply “read quotations” to the Times.
The Post‘s story, which reports that the probe into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign has reached “someone close to the president,” cites “people familiar with the matter.” That does not prove the story is untrue, but the sources are so flimsy that there is no way to have confidence in what the Post calls its “revelation.”
Earlier this week, the Postreported that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told a meeting of fellow House Republican leaders: “I think Putin pays [Trump].” According to those present, the remark was a joke. The Post‘s source was an audio recording of the conversation which it did not have in its actual possession, and which it refuses to share with the public so that people can judge for themselves. The Post did publish a transcript, which it does not appear to have produced itself. The transcript actually supports the claim that McCarthy was joking. The Post‘s reporter has insisted that McCarthy meant his remark to be taken seriously, but refuses to provide the audio.
And the day before that, the Timespublished the now-infamous story that Trump had “asked” Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The source was purportedly a memorandum that Comey wrote about his recollection of a conversation with Trump. But the Times did not share the memo, and never even saw the document. It merely relied on a Comey “associate” who “read parts of it to a Times reporter.”
These four stories, taken together, are said by the mainstream media to build a powerful case that Trump committed obstruction of justice and may soon face impeachment. But every piece of evidence could be made up or distorted, and there would be no way to know. In the “nut job” case, the White House has not disputed that Trump made the comment, but it may not be able to explain the context, because doing so would mean releasing more details of a classified conversation that touched on “highly classified” national security matters (as the Postreported on Monday.)
In their effort to impugn Trump, the Times and the Post violate the most basic journalistic standards. Publishing parts of a document that you do not possess and cannot verify, and timing the release to cause maximum political damage (right after the president leaves the country), is not investigative journalism. It is political propaganda.
It is the mirror image of what the Los Angeles Times did in April 2008, when it published a story referring to a speech then-State Senator Barack Obama gave at a farewell celebration for radical Palestinian-American academic Rashid Khalidi in 2003. The Times was given a video of the speech, but refused to publish the video. Instead, it offered a mere summary, raising suspicions that the Times had sanitized the event to protect Obama’s presidential campaign.
The pattern is the same, from the Khalidi tape to the “nut job” story. For the elite mainstream media, when it comes to protecting Democrats or attacking Republicans, there are no journalistic standards, no ethics, and no shame.
Vice President Mike Pence challenged the 2017 graduates of Grove City College to lead with courage in the face of criticism and seeming setbacks and congratulated them for earning degrees at an institution which refuses federal funding.
Founded in 1876, Grove City College had to take its fight to refuse all federal funding to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s. Pence recounted this history, telling the graduates, “The diploma that you will receive today was minted in an institution of principle and independence and you can be proud of it for the rest of your lives.”
“People follow people they respect so first and foremost you must aspire to be men and women of character,” said Pence.
He called the crowd to servant leadership: leadership grounded in faith and freedom, not selfish ambition, that “must the the animating force of the career that lies before you.”
“If you aspire to lead, you’ll need courage,” he added after referring to a quote from C.S. Lewis, “Courage was not one of the virtues it was actually a form of every virtue at the testing point.”
“Leadership brings both honor and opposition,” he continued. “Anyone who dreams big will encounter those who think small, anyone who dares to step forward will find those who’d rather stay put. And anyone who thinks they can will always hear from those who are sure they can’t.”
Pence told the graduates that for an example of courage they should look no further than his friend, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
The vice president quoted the commencement message President Trump gave last Saturday at Liberty University. “Nothing worth doing ever came easy,” he said, quoting Trump. “Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the courage to do what’s right.”
Adding his own advice, Pence urged, “Don’t fear criticism. Have the humility to listen to it, learn from it and most importantly, push through it. Persistence is the key. Never quit on your dreams. Dreams may be deferred by they must never be abandoned.”
Pence recounted some of his life story and setbacks, particularly that he actually ran twice for the U.S. Congress and was not successful in those first attempts. He encouraged the graduates to trust the dream in their hearts and “never let it go.”
“That dream came back around,” said Pence, and he was eventually successful and able to serve in Congress, then serve as governor of Indiana and now has the privilege as serving as vice president of the United States.
“Hold on to your calling. Never let it go,” he encouraged.
Pence quoted former President Calvin Coolidge:
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. Well the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
He then added his own words, “And so persistence men and women. Hold on to your dreams and drive forward.”
Vice President Pence declared that the graduates have been “called to lead, fearlessly. Be men and women of integrity with a servant’s heart. Expect opposition and persevere. And lastly, have faith.”
He quoted Jeremiah 29:11 from the Bible, as he often does, that God has a plan for them, to give them “hope and a future.”
“Have faith that He that brought you this far will never leave you and never forsake you because He never will,” said Pence. The Vice President said if the graduates “if you hold fast to Him, to the faith that deepened in this special place and to all that you learned from this extraordinary faculty, I know in my heart of hearts, you will not only persevere, but you will prevail.”
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