One of the cornerstones of our Republic is a “free press” that is able to publish the truth on any given public figure, endeavor or initiative. In our nation, we have the 1st Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees this absolute right.
When the press becomes the organ and mouthpiece of governmental leaders, the citizens then are subjected to all manner of abuse. Pravda and Izvestia in the old Soviet Union were known to be anything but news and truth, which is what their names implied; Pravda means “truth” with Izvestia meaning “news.” These publications were authorized by the “State”, more specifically the Politburo, the ruling committee in the Soviet Union. They presented the information that the government wanted published and nothing more.
What is happening in our nation is much more insidious as the truth of the government-controlled press was an openly known secret in the Soviet Union by the old and stale joke “you could not find any truth in Pravda or any news in Izvestia.” While everyone knew in the Soviet Union, many in our nation do not even have a clue as they receive their information from the established news services and believe what they see, hear, and read.
What do we call a supposedly “free press” that is indoctrinated by a political ideology that self-censors the news for the current administration, the Democrats, and liberals in general?
It used to be true that journalists were trained in the ethics of their profession to seek “truth” as a noble calling onto itself, no matter where it may lead as the ideals of their profession demand that they report honestly to our nation; and many believe they will do just that!
However, that no longer happens anymore.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio held another news conference on Tuesday about further evidence in the continuing story of the fraudulent birth certificate the president posted on the White House website last April. After the presentation of evidence, the only intelligent question came from Mr. Tom Ballantyne, who identified himself as a “citizen journalist” who was germane to the issue. The rest of the questions were personal attacks against Mike Zullo and Sheriff Arpaio, like:
“there never was a conspiracy theory you didn’t like”
“how can you claim to be honest when you profit from the sale of the first news conference with your e-book”
How can these journalists even claim that they are impartial guardians of the truth when they discredit themselves with such partisan, demeaning, and contemptible questions? There was not one pointed question regarding the “facts” that were presented during the news conference from the established press. In this light, it is interesting to see how the news media and supporters of Obama have portrayed this in general with an ever-increasing frequency of doubletalk, misdirection, personal slurs, and propaganda.
Case in point: I am sure there is going to be an entertaining rebuttal prepared by Kevin Davidson, the author of Obama Conspiracies. He will be channeling the long-defunct and dead spirit of Perry Mason (a 1960’s television show character) for his audience of willing Obama supporters to prosecute Mike Zullo for his insistence that Obama has perpetrated a fraud on this nation! He intends to write a series of articles that will imagine that Mike Zullo is cross-examined in a court of law by Perry, with Mr. Zullo being treated as a hostile witness.
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