Celebrate freedom of the press with Barack Obama!

Tom Jackson
Apr 26, 2014

 

The U.S. State Department has just launched a Free the Press campaign. "This year, the Department will profile journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or otherwise oppressed because of their reporting. The Department will direct the world’s attention to their plight and call on their governments to protect and promote the universal human right to free expression."

Good for them! Did you know that there are countries where powerful officials demonize whistleblowers who leak inconvenient truths to the press? Where a reporter can be detained by the police, just for trying to ask a powerful federal official a question?

But as Boing Boing notes, the timing of the Obama administration's free press campaign seems to be a little off. The same day that the State Department launched its campaign, Obama's Justice Department filed a legal brief at the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for permission to toss a New York Times reporter, James Risen, into jail for refusing to answer questions about a confidential source.

Risen has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 2006 for stories about President George Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, and in 2002, as part of a team writing about 9/11 and terrorism.

Speaking of the Department of Justice, the guy who runs it, Attorney General Eric Holder, recently was caught giving false statements to a federal judge about a case involving a Stanford University graduate student named Rahinah Ibrahim. In a wheelchair after just having a hysterectomy, she was attempting to fly to a conference in Hawaii to give a paper on affordable housing when she was arrested at a San Francisco airport, handcuffed and denied pain medication before finally being released, according to this important news account by Wired magazine's David Kravets.

Ibrahim filed a lawsuit to clear her name. It turned out that she was accused of being a dangerous terrorist and placed on a "no fly" list because an FBI agent checked the wrong box on a form.

OK, mistakes happen. Sorry about that, Rahinah! No hard feelings, huh?

But this is where the case gets interesting: Obama administration officials, instead of admitting the mistake, spent years covering it up.

Holder filed a signed declaration last year, declaring under penalty of perjury that based on his own personal knowledge, revealing any information about the case would harm national security. 

In the same signed statement, Holder even said that the secrecy complies with an Obama administration policy that information will not be concealed to conceal an error or prevent embarrassment to a federal agency. 

Kravets wrote that Holder's statement is "now nearly impossible to square with the facts." He asked the Justice Department for comment but didn't get a response.

The ruling by the federal judge in the case, William Alsup, shows that the government continued to harass Ibrahim and her family. Her daughter, a United States citizen, was placed on the "no fly" list and prevented from flying to the U.S. to attend her mother's trial. Ibrahim herself was denied a visa to attend the trial. And that's just the stuff that isn't blacked out. (The judge's ruling is here.)

Alsup ordered the government to correct its error, and referred in his judgment to "the frustrating efforts by the government to shield its actions from public view."

The judge also wrote in his order that, "In short, public release of this entire order will reveal very little, if any, information about the workings of our watchlists not already in the public domain. Public release would reveal no classified information whatsoever."

The order was pretty heavily blacked out, anyway. 

Maybe as the State Department talks about a free press, it can talk about government censorship.

Comments

sugar

Tyranny is here.

GoBigLex2001

Barack Obama and Freedom in the same sentence doesnt go together. He is so ANTI-freedom.

holysee

teabagjohnbirchfauxnewzpatriot

Nemesis

It seems Big Dog has a rival for this year's award for the most reflexive knee jerk jingoistic meaningless non-substantive sound bite response.

coasterfan

Fox has a huge head start, so they'll win that award hands down.

Nemesis

And now Coaster throws his hat in the ring. However, your entry will only be a runner up next to holysee's gem.

worddrow811

supercalafragelisticexpyalidocious to you holysee

Coram Deo

An act of journalism if I ever saw one! Well done Tom Jackson. I have to wonder though are you surprised at these revelations or are you just now seeing what many of us have known for a long, long time?

JMOP

Not only has this administration lied, wire tapped, and corrupted our own media outlets, they want to police the worlds? In other words, they don't like the truth being reported.

I see that this is their third year? Has anything been done about the corruption yet?

coasterfan

JMOP, if my memory serves me correctly, you originally posted this in 2005.

JMOP

Nope, I didn't Coaster. Perhaps you suffer from delusions?

Darwin's choice

Amazing how the puppet master continues to prop up the failure in charge!

They are grand delusions, not just normal delusions! Remember, it's coasterfan after all!

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Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine - the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

How did this happen? Who's to blame?

Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

- V for Vendetta

SamAdams

If more people saw/read "V for Vendetta," if more people read "1984," if more people paid REAL attention, we wouldn't be where we are now.

People need to stop pretending that the press is still free in this country. No, the press is free to AGREE WITH BARACK OBAMA. We all know that wiretapping, confiscating computers and records, harassment campaigns, public ridicule, and even arrests aren't typically hallmarks of press freedom. We stand together in outrage when such stories are leaked out of China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, or other despotic regimes. So where's our outrage NOW when these things have been, and continue to be, happening right here and right now? Our complacency (fed by the bread and circuses offered up by the government) WILL be the death of freedom!

Don't feel like a movie or sitting down with a book? Fine. Take a minute to recall a little real world history, then! NONE of this bodes well. (And don't get me started on how the government has ensured so many of us are so fearful that we willingly accept infringements of liberty in the pretense we're safer, or how many in the media are actively colluding with their overseers!)

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"Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?" - Squealer, Animal Farm

coasterfan

AND we know those things also happened to a great deal during the Bush years. AND we know that the people who are crying a Tyranny today were curiously silent when the same exact things happened 2002-2008.

Donegan

There were those of us who decried it during the Bush years but somehow it became Ok to the racist when the present admin came into office. Here are your options:1 you like Bush policy, 2.Your a hypocrite because now you approve of them based on who is sitting in office. Take your choice Coaster.

SamAdams

Ditto. The only two differences between then and now are a matter of degree (where Obama wins and we lose, hands down!) and the fact that criticizing George W. Bush didn't typically get me branded a racist.

Nemesis

"we know that the people who are crying a Tyranny today were curiously silent"

Coaster, you keep asserting that, despite the fact that it's demonstrably false.

SamAdams

... (duplicate post)

danbury dad

Freedom of the press for only those who support and bow down to you is not freedom of the press. Speak out against this administration and they will try everything they can to shut you down. I think Obama learned constitutional law in Russia.

Peninsula Pundit

You again?
Go crawl back into your hole.

coasterfan

More proof that the rightwing media have a skewed view of everything...

They continue to whine about Benghazi, yet never never ever mention any of the following Embassy attacks that happened during the Bush years:

2002 US Consulate Karachi, Pakaistan, 10 dead
2004 US Consulate Uzbekistan, 2 dead
2004 US Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 dead
2006 US Embassy, Syria, 1 dead
2007 US Embassy attacked in Athens
2008 US Embassy attacked in Serbia
2008 US Embassy, Yemen, 10 dead

As is always the case with Republicans, bad things are only worth talking about, if they happened since 2009.

JMOP

Hmmm....did Bush cover up the fact why these ambassadors died?

coasterfan

Nope, and neither did Obama. Republicans wanted desperately to embroil Obama in some sort of scandal, prior to the 2012 election. And when none occurred, they invented one. Voila! Benghazi.

The interesting thing is that - even though it has been so completely debunked that many rightwing journalists are saying "enough already", the conspiracy theory lives on, among the extreme nutbags. It belongs in the same silly file with the "birther" issue.

Darwin's choice

Liar.
Again, when has obama been vindicated of the Benghazzi "scandal"????????
Please list the hearings that would show ANY of your lying to be true!

The Big Dog's back

http://www.snopes.com/politics/m...

I know you are reading challenged, but try to read.

grumpy

Since most people don't dispute the 4 items that snopes discusses, I thought I would link to a timeline with links to some, but not all of the pertinent questions and data and where it came from.

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/10...

The Big Dog's back

So in other words you can't dispute it.

grumpy

Why dispute the 4 things in the snopes article? they aren't what is being disputed by anyone. Those few things were disposed of long ago. There are other things about Bengazi that are being investigated. You are only a year or so off on what is in dispute. Try keeping up with the rest of the country.

A little primer for those who haven't kept up... and PART of what some folks think was handled wrong by the Administrations own State Department, that I copied and pasted. There is more if you read the article. There is more if you wish to search... and NONE of it is about the 4 things mentioned in the snopes article.

I suggest reading the snpoes article that was linked and then the wiki on the attack and see if thiose 4 items are even mentioned... they were deemed insignificant to even be mentioned in the wiki article. No wonder you linked to them, they are all but meaningless.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201...

State Department Accountability Review Board
As required by the Omnibus Diplomatic and Antiterrorism Act of 1986, the State Department announced on October 4, 2012 an Accountability Review Board "to examine the facts and circumstances of the attacks."[263] Four members were selected by Clinton and another was selected by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering served as the Chairman, Admiral Michael Mullen served as the Vice Chairman, also serving were Catherine Bertini, Richard Shinnick, and Hugh Turner, who represented the intelligence community.[97]
The investigation report[97] was released December 20, 2012. It was seen as a sharp criticism of State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests for more guards and safety upgrades, and for failing to adapt security procedures to a deteriorating security environment. "Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department ... resulted in a special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," said the unclassified version of the report.[264] It also blamed too much reliance on local militias who failed to fend off the attackers that evening.[265] The Council on Foreign Relations in an initial report saw it as a refutation to the notion that the Obama administration delayed its response.[266] However, it confirmed that contrary to initial accounts, there was no protest outside the consulate. It placed responsibility for the incident solely upon the attackers, deemed as terrorists.[267]

The Big Dog's back

Still can't dispute it.

grumpy

As I said the 4 things in the snopes article that you used to say there is nothing to Behngazi was not in dispute... there are other things, including saying it was spontanious and not planned and it was caused by a movie on utube, that the ambasidor asked for more secutiety and was refused, and more. Your snopes article didn't mention those. Sorry but your snopes article was meaningless. No matter how many times you stamp your foot and say it is beyond dispute. Those 4 things were not part of what was said about bengazi... except in your mind.

Nemesis

Snopes? REALLY? That's your source - a left wingnut site?

SamAdams

No, Obama didn't "cover up" Benghazi. We ALL know it happened because of a video on the Internet. That nobody knew about. That hardly anybody saw. That played no role whatsoever in the attack. And even if it WASN'T because of the video (though it was, wink, wink), it sure as heck wasn't terrorism!

Cover-up? Nope. Not at all. Cover-ups are usually quite a bit more plausible not to mention competently thought up! This was just a really lame lie.

Nemesis

"Nope, and neither did Obama."

Funny how I saw him on TV claiming it was because of a movie.

The Big Dog's back

Repubs were to busy trying to cover up a real hero's death, Pat Tillman.

Darwin's choice

I'll ask you too there, klingon, because your alter ego has said the same exact words!

Post some proof of obama being vindicated of Benghazi.

grumpy

ThinkProgress is a liberal American political blog that "provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies".[2] It is an outlet of the Center for American Progress.

Funding[edit]
Politico writes that “like the conservative groups that have drawn Democratic criticism, [ThinkProgress’] parent 501(c)4 nonprofit doesn’t disclose its donors.”[12]
Controversies[edit]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen...

The Center for American Progress is a partisan liberal public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action".[2]

Its President and chief executive officer is Neera Tanden, who worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations and for Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.[5] Its first President and chief executive officer was John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to then U.S. President Bill Clinton.
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Just so folks know that it is a left wingnut website owned by a left wingnut 501(c)4 that won't disclose its donors.

Not surprizing that a left wingnut uses a left wingnut blog to back his claim. Take the biased information for what it is worth.

The Big Dog's back

Tell me what news source you want me to use on this one. This is 2014, not 2012.

The Big Dog's back

lengthy and comprehensive New York Times investigation informed what Republicans are desperate to keep under wraps because it revealed the Benghazi attack was “accelerated in part by anger at a U.S.-made video denigrating Islam.” The report parroted what any American with half-a-mind has known since Republicans began their relentless propaganda campaign that the Obama administration attempted to cover up al-Qaeda’s alleged role in the attack. According to the chairman of the House Intelligent Committee, Republican Mike Rogers, who kept the al-Qaeda meme alive last month on Fox News, “It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an al-Qaeda-led event.”

However, according to the Times, “The only intelligence connecting Al Qaeda to the attack was an intercepted phone call that night from a participant in the first wave of the attack to a friend in another African country who had ties to members of Al Qaeda. But when the friend heard the attacker’s boasts, he sounded astonished and had no prior knowledge of the assault.” The report said militants surveyed the U.S. compound at least 12 hours before the assault started, but “the violence also had spontaneous elements fueled in large part by anger at the (anti-Islam) video that motivated the initial attack.” It is important to note that the video, titled “Innocence of Muslims,” was made by an American and “had also prompted protests for hours the day before at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.”

The report continued that “Dozens of people (in Benghazi) joined in, some of them provoked by the video and others responding to fast-spreading false rumors that guards inside the American compound had shot Libyan protesters.” According to a suspect who denied participating in the attack, “the video insulting the Prophet Mohammed might well have justified the killing of four Americans.”

Still, Congressional Republicans continue to assert that Stevens and three diplomats died in a carefully planned assault by al-Qaeda because they sought to undermine President Obama’s claim that al-Qaeda was decimated after killing its leadership including Osama bin Laden. Republicans assailed Susan E. Rice for announcing that based on early intelligence reports; the attacks were inspired by “spontaneous street protests that got out of hand as a result of the video denigrating the prophet Mohammed.” Susan Rice was mercilessly condemned by leading Republicans for allegedly lying about the attacks that led her to withdraw her name from consideration as President Obama’s Secretary of State.

For the past year-and-a-half Republicans led a phony search for a Benghazi scandal wasting taxpayer time and money, but why did criminal Issa never investigate the Christian extremists for making, promoting, and releasing the video that clearly fueled the attacks that killed four American diplomats? If the criminal really wanted to get to the bottom of who was responsible for the attacks he would have begun immediate investigations into American Christians and not President Obama.

grumpy

Read the header of the website the this article was taken from: It is simply another left wingnut blog.

http://www.politicususa.com/2013...

Here is the NY Times report that your article was based on... your article has it linked from the word "investigation" in the third paragraph.

www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/be...

If you wanted something that wasn't biased, read the NYT report that I linked to and your article was based from... minus the obvious bias, besides being much more in depth and fact based. But you prefer when it is biased and opinion based instead of fact based.You like the opinions from the left wingnut blogs, over fact based articles.

The Big Dog's back

So read the NYT report and ignore what you don't like. Oh, OK. :-)

grumpy

The only part you liked was when the writer bashed repubes... which was just his opinion based not fact based. You only like leftwingnuts who agree with your narrow view of politics and policies. Everyone else is a right wingnut. You live in a narrow minded world.

The Big Dog's back

Still can't dispute the facts can ya.

grumpy

List your so-called "facts" you keep spouting about. If not then I will assume they don't exist outside narrow outlook in your head.

AJ Oliver

Tom's article is fair. Obama promised to protect whistle blowers, and has not done so - and his administration has indeed gone after journalists. The case of John Kiriakou is particularly troubling. It's also true that the righties were fine with Dubya going after journalists hammer and tong during the run-up to the Iraq war. Lets try not to let partisanship cloud our analysis, OK?

Ralph J.

Like!

Nemesis

"It's also true that the righties were fine with Dubya going after journalists"

Again with the false accusations. I suggest you get out more.

grumpy

It is beginning to look/read like the media is getting into "Hope" and "Change" while looking to find "the most transparent administration ever". I "Hope that They keep looking for that "Change". It seems we are only doing the same thing the reviled bush administration has done... and use the excuse bush did it also or bush did it first. Is it better to do what you have said is bad, after acknowledging that it is bad... but you do it anyway? I can see a 10 year old doing that, and using that excuse... but an adult... and leader of a "party" let alone a leader of a country?

And people wonder why I don't like a limited number of "parties" , and wonder why I don't like "big federal gov't".

Term limits, having States appoint the Senators, having States and local governments more say in government, would be a good start in fixing what the federal gov't has screwed up. Government should be closer to the People and further from DC.

The Big Dog's back

What is it with you roght wingnuts? 1st you say Obama wasn't experienced enough, now you want to put inexperienced people in Congress by having term limits?

Donegan

1st he had NO experience 2nd, term limits would limit the damage stupid people do by electing people with no experience. 3rd it would get rid of the crooks and liars you seem to love so well.
Why are YOU against them? Oh i forgot you want a king and/or the proletariat to be in control.

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The Hero Zone

Congress shouldn't "need" to have people who have been inside of it for 30 years to run it. The system should be set up so that it is publicly accessible, easy to understand, and representative of the people and states. The only reason you see a "need" for GOBs is because GOBs set up the system by becoming GOBs.

Just like with any stagnant thing entropy sets in. Water stagnates. Trees rot. Limbs become gangrenous. Politically rivalries fester, pet projects become priorities, and it becomes a battle of money and egos instead of representative government by people who came from and will return to the public.

grumpy

Perhaps such ideas, such as term limits and having the States appoint US Senators to represent the States,and all laws imposed on the People shall also should be imposed on Congress, and all Federal Gov't, be made into a Constitutional Amendment? It would seem to be logical for it to happen.

The Big Dog's back

Logical? Really? To who, you?

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The Hero Zone

Are you implying that it isn't logical to have any of the above?

The Big Dog's back

Since Repubs won't even smell the Presidency of the US for at least 10 years, they are now focusing on the state Governors, that's why they want appointments.

Dr. Information

The idiot coaster is here to spin this great article off topic, as usual.

Obama and holder are above us, and they rub it in our face daily. Impeach this fool.

coasterfan

If we didn't impeach Bush for his many transgressions, we ain't gonna impeach Obama. Dream on.

As to the topic of this article, my original point is that Obama has done absolutely nothing that Bush/Cheney didn't also do.

Furthermore, anyone who is wringing their hands about Freedom of Press issues in America clearly needs to wake up, and take a look at what TRUE suppression of speech looks like in other countries. Chinese newspapers are severely restricted by the government as to what they can print. Twitter isn't allowed in China; many websites are restricted.

The reason that people from other countries across the world still emigrate to America is because - compared to the place they currently live - America values freedom and free speech to a higher degree. The only people who believe that has changed to a measureable degree under Obama are Republicans, who oppose Obama on everything as a matter of principle.

From where I'M sitting, the biggest roadblock to freedom and free speech in America is the Republican Party. They believe THEY should have basic freedoms, but work hard on all fronts to deny others of the things they enjoy...equal rights, equal pay for the same job, healthcare...the list goes on and on and on...

If you're going to do the typical Republican Chicken Little imitation, carping about the supposed "end of America as we know it", why not pick a REAL crisis for a change? We're 20+ years into the Rush/Beck/Levin warnings that "America is doomed", yet here we still are. If you still listen to those folks, you clearly don't have much ability to sort baloney from fact.

Darwin's choice

" you clearly don't have much ability to sort boloney from fact".

From the puppet's mouth. Your daily ranting of all things obama proves your above statement. Troll. Do you think you daily comments are helping your cause? Whatever that may be? Just today, the half-black-rican became all black by weighing in on the NBA drama, what a great way to show he's a jesse jackson/al sharpton racist clone. You'll no doubt be commenting here about the "great virtues" that he displays etc., while your president wears his azz on his shoulders yet again....

SamAdams

Gotcha. Bush/Cheney (who were the most HEINOUS of criminals) did it, and you're still upset about it years later. Obama does it, and it's okay BECAUSE Bush/Cheney did it! Nice!

I also really like the way you say we're still free here in comparison to places like China. Oh, it's not that you're wrong. It's that that's like saying having you smash my hand with a sledge hammer is WAY better than having you smash my HEAD! True. But wouldn't it be better if you smashed NEITHER? I'm just asking...

Nemesis

"If we didn't impeach Bush for his many transgressions, we ain't gonna impeach Obama."

That's the first intelligent thing you've ever said on this site.

ContraryAnn

So you agree Bush's transgressions are serious. So serious he can't leave the country because he - and Cheney - have been convicted of murder.

grumpy

So you are claiming that there is little difference between bush and obama? I would wholeheartedly agree. As well as there is little difference between the parties... when it gets down to what they currently are doing, not what they did in the past or what they say (to get your vote). Great points coaster!

Goes to show we need more points of view in gov't... as well as more parties. Thanks for pointing this out to us all.

ContraryAnn

Didja hear the one about...

Rhonda Damschroder's attorney getting the Ohio Elections Commission to consider finding a citizen's action before the OEC 'frivolous' and fining the citizen up to $5,000 for exercising Freedom of Speech?

The co$t of free speech? As much as $5,000 according to OEC Executive Director Philip Richter.

Mr. Lynn Grimshaw, the 'independent' member of said Commission whose last DECLARED status was as a DEMOCRAT in the 2002 Primary in Scioto County and now is a 'non-partisan' because he hasn't voted in a primary since then?

Babo

I'd laugh but this is so sad. Lynn Grimshaw was the former prosecutor in Scioto County. Scioto was ground zero for hillbilly heroin (oxycontin) and pill mills flourished during Grimshaw's term in office. He has been used as a special prosecutor by other county prosecutor's allegedly involved in protecting the drug trade.

ContraryAnn

When was he in office? What party?

Babo

Grimshaw was a Democratic county prosecutor in Scioto county for 27 years. Had a miserable reputation. Here's one bloglink http://dougdeepereturns.blogspot....

Dr. Information

Go figure, a DUMBO trying to limit speech.

ContraryAnn

In the recent case the COST of FREE speech was 'only' $556.

ContraryAnn

1. Sandusky County Probate/Juvenile judge Brad Smith and.
2. Philip Richter, Executive Director of the Ohio Elections Commission.

"I gave the reporter all those facts and examples....
"If he did not report them, that is his CHOICE"

Similar comments were made by Sandusky County officials who claimed SR reporters 'chose not to include' some statements and facts.

It seems the PRESS here is extremely FREE

Darwin's choice

Is that a problem for you? It's kinda like your president's administration leaving out "facts" when it's convient.

ContraryAnn

No Darwin , it's not at all like you say.
It's not about 'officials' leaving out information when it's convenient.

It's about REPORTERS censoring the facts before the story is written.
It's about the dreadful lack of journalism in much of Ohio - and the nation.

Darwin's choice

Do you agree that, as a whole, the media itself has been spoon feeding us? Not just reporters, but the entire organization? Reporters stories are always redacted.....

ContraryAnn

of course. BTW. we haven't had reporters - and certainly not journalists - many years.

Ralph J.

I didn't like Bush but I don't recall any federal agents acting like a paramilitary force going after Americans. Recall the acts by Janet Reno. Under Obama and Holder, there have been attacks on Americans, journalists and whistleblowers. Locally recall the military type actions at the winery and those members of that Michigan militia. Anyone who is happy with the loss of freedom of the press and free speech needs a reality check. Why did the feds go after Deric Lostutter who exposed that rape in Steubenville?

IF YOU ARE A JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST, OR FREEDOM FIGHTER FEARING CRIMINAL INDICTMENT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: THEN WE DEFEND YOUR LIBERTY, YOUR ACTIONS, YOUR CAUSE.

http://www.whistleblowerdefensel...

We do not have a justice system that controls economics, but an economic system that controls justice. This is the battleground, the front lines of a new civil rights movement where together we fight for the rights that give dignity and meaning to our lives.

http://www.whistleblowerdefensel...

We do not have a justice system that controls economics, but an economic system that controls justice. This is the battleground, the front lines of a new civil rights movement where together we fight for the rights that give dignity and meaning to our lives. The Whistleblower Defense League is honored to represent Deric Lostutter pro bono, but he needs our help to try and equal the playing field against the infinite war chest of the U.S Government.

http://www.whistleblowerdefensel...

ContraryAnn

"an economic system that controls justice"

AKA Fascism and Mussolini.

The Big Dog's back

Hey tom, how about you do a story on praising cliven bundy.

Donegan

You cannot deflect fast enough now that everyone knows your god is a failure.

ContraryAnn

And yet his 'god' is still president for 32 more months because your gods don't have the votes successfully to impeach - nor can you get them in November. Best guess now is gaining a 51-49 GOP majority in the Senate - still six short of the necessary 2/3 to remove.
Impeach by the House? Yeah... look what THAT did to Clinton.

Darwin's choice

Well coaster-ann, you should stop using the EXACT wording in your blathering!

Troll!!! Another obama "snake oil" salesman.....

ContraryAnn

Does it hurt to be soooo wrong. Is it even possible to post under two different 'monikers'?

Donegan

First i do not have gods, I have public servants who if they do their jobs right will keep your god in check before he screws anything else up so bad it cannot be fixed. How does it feel to know everyone knows your god is a failure?

Maggdi

I do not have gods either. But, by your definition you have, under the right conditions, an entity that 'may' save you from the capriciousness of another entity... sounds like there are caveats to deity.
And that you are willing to base decisions on this 'hope'. Let me know how that works out in the macro of this philosophy.
How about just relying on yourself.... unless some 'entity' doesn't like that plan....

Donegan

I have public SERVANTS who's sole job is to prevent wannabe gods from taking complete control with the consent of the morons.
My "Entity" Is a system of government with checks and balances with servants supposedly keeping those checks in place and enforcing them. Obama is literally a god to those who cannot and will not even hint at his failures. They infringe on his infallibility as a god so they choose to blame others or ignore facts. I do rely on myself but i also partake in a system that is for the people by the people, Not the liberal god in the white house.
P.S Pick a name and stick with it.

KURTje

Liked your post holysee. John Birch! ABABaabahaba . Haven't heard of them in years.

danbury dad

You know how bad it is when all the left has is to go back and say how bad Bush was and his supposed transgressions. Though few have any idea what those are as they do not exist.( and I don't care to hear how he lied and people died as more soldiers died under Obama's reign than under the Bush administration). Is that all you have , to blame someone else who hasn't been president for 6 years? You people really have to get a different playbook as you are starting to sound like a broken record. Even if Bush was half as bad as you say is it right for this president not be brought to task for his real transgressions? If Bush had let one of his diplomats die like Obama did , with no support from our military he would have been run out of office the next day.

ContraryAnn

China Debt.
No Child Left Behind.
Medicare Advantage.
GITMO and waterboarding/torture.

Six years.... and still we are paying off the debt, climbing up from the deepest depression in modern history, still overcoming GITMO with a nation and Congress and their NIMBY rules.

Ralph J.

According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.

After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jo...

Here's Why U.S. Press Freedom Now Ranks With That of Haiti and Romania

http://www.takepart.com/article/...

For the first time in its 32-year history, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has published a report investigating press freedom in the United States. Published Thursday, the report follows an unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records under the Obama administration that many contend have curtailed press freedom and government transparency.

http://america.aljazeera.com/art...

ContraryAnn

$556 and change... the current COST of FREE speech - although one attorney placed a much higher price tag on it.

Wonder if the SR will tell the entire 'frivolous' story.

Dr. Information

Moooorrreeee bad news for Obama. Growth is at a near standstill. 0.1%. Wow, somehow the Dumbocrats will say this is good news. I expect the new U6 numbers to be tick in the wrong direction as well.