Norvell Rose guesses what could soon make MSNBC’s show lineup even more horrendous, outrageous, and disgusting.
Opponents of the federal Common Core standards being implemented in schools across the U.S. have made significant hay out of numerous reports that many of its lesson plans promote leftist propaganda. Apparently, those responsible for compiling the supplemental coursework are intent on proving that point.
One of the latest outrageous items included in the curriculum is a book filled with the same race-based talking points common among the most rabid leftists on MSNBC.
A school in Dupo, Ill. has added the book, a biography of Barack Obama, to its fourth grade syllabus. Included in the material is the blatant accusation that white voters are inherently racist.
Despite the fact that Obama won both of his elections only with a great many white votes, Jane Sutcliffe’s book claims “white voters would never vote for a black president.”
Furthermore, the biased book claims that “angry voices” were responsible for raising concerns about Obama’s qualifications – including his allegiance to the unhinged theology of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
While many Americans were upset that a man running for president supported an ideology that denigrated this nation, it had nothing to do with his race and everything to do with a desire to protect our common culture for future generations.
A group advocating against U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan exposed the unbelievably partisan rhetoric being taught to young children. According to the Facebook page for “Moms Against Duncan,” those in the Illinois school were required to answer questions about the book for a grade.
The group is asking concerned parents to stand up against Common Core and Duncan, who recently made the false claim that most of the criticism of this curriculum plan comes from “white suburban moms.”
Everything this administration does is tinged with racial overtones. The left relies on such allegations to avoid dealing with actual issues.
By exposing students to the same type of indoctrination, the spirit of honest debate on which our nation was founded will be even further eroded.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Racism: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race; the belief that some races of people are better than others.
Have you noticed we’ve stopped talking about ways to overcome racism? We appear to have allowed the problem to overwhelm any consideration of solutions. Most of our talk these days focuses on making accusations, on race-baiting, and on using race as a way to control or demonize or manipulate others. Moron talk in the NFL consumes the air waves, not as a basis for exploring remedies, but merely for entertainment value. Racism is no longer a social ill. It’s a political weapon.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never pulled a punch speaking about injustice; but he didn’t leave it there, like so many do today. No, instead, he moved the discussion forward, emphasizing two parallel subjects: non-violent activism and racial reconciliation.
Why did he do that? Moved by the Spirit, he was an agent of true progress, a patriot and a man of God, interested in everyone’s betterment regardless of race. He urged us to live up to our ideals and form a more perfect union, saying that character was far more important that skin pigment. That’s where our focus should remain.
Do we have that kind of leadership today?
In 2008, there was a glimmer of hope. Even though I knew Barack Obama was a dyed-in-the-wool communist and radical community organizer hostile to America and Christianity, when he spoke about race back then, I was inspired. He spoke about having the tough conversations. He challenged black men to take responsibility. He asked that we all engage in a new conversation about our prejudices and honestly work out our differences for the sake of future generations. He sang the glories of our Constitution and our Founding principles.
Now we know it was all smoke and mirrors, just another head fake. Now we understand that his only purpose was to salvage his campaign because his prospects had dimmed given revelations about Jeremiah “Goddamn America” Wright. Now we realize that Obama sat under Wright’s authority for 20 years applauding teaching that encouraged fear, bigotry, division, and hatred. Now we perceive that Wright and Obama are people willing to aggravate racial tensions to achieve political goals.
Today. we understand that Obama’s hostility toward whites, planted in him at an early age, was brought to full flower by the likes of Saul Alinsky and Jeremiah Wright; that Obama’s hostility and prejudicial thinking toward whites is as racist as any hostility directed toward blacks by white racists. And never forget, Obama called his own grandmother a racist, calling her a ‘typical white person’ when she expressed fear of blacks. (Read Obama’s books. He tells you flat out what he thinks about whites.)
His tragedy is this: he is so steeped in this rancorous thinking that it imprisons him. Notice how he never takes responsibility and never acknowledges fault; yet he is quick to demonize all opposition. He cannot change his mind or truly apologize because he believes he is thoroughly correct. His distinct lack of humility is what makes him especially dangerous. Worse, he displays a lack of conscience. People are just pawns.
As to his attitudes toward blacks . . .
In the wake of Obama’s 2008 speech on race, Jesse Jackson was caught making an astounding remark. In an unguarded moment, not realizing a hot microphone was nearby, Jackson said that Obama “talks down to black people.” Jackson was so angered by this, he said “I’d like to cut his nuts off.” (Threatening this kind of violence is a crime. You can be sure, had a white man threatened to cut Obama, he would have been arrested.)
Referencing the definition of racism at the beginning of this commentary, and in light of Jackson’s remarks, it is not a stretch to say that Obama considers himself superior to most black people; for only one harboring an attitude of superiority ‘talks down’ to others. That attitude of superiority pegs Obama as one harboring racist attitudes toward blacks in America, people with whom he has no real affinity (raised as he was in Hawaii attending private school, provided all the advantages, and suffering few of the experiences personally that blacks have encountered for decades.)
But there is more. Please notice that Obama’s comments about race these last five years have rarely if ever addressed the lofty goals and ideals he expressed in 2008, expressions akin to those of Dr. King. Rather, his remarks have tended to aggravate tensions. From the Trayvon Martin tragedy to the incident involving the Cambridge Police Department, or in endorsing Eric Holder’s prejudicial enforcement policies involving the Black Panthers, Obama has jumped in with words and deeds that separate people, turning them against one another.
Waves of black-on-black violence have gone unattended by this administration. The vast increase in black-on-white violence seen in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict has been all but ignored by this President and his people. Obama has not said one word about the excesses of an Al Sharpton or a Louis Farrakhan. He has done nothing to solve problems. He has done many things to aggravate them.
There can only be one reasonable explanation, and it is found in the dark thoughts germinated in Obama’s mind by adults who used him and prepared him to fulfill their grand communist vision. From Obama’s mother to his grandparents to his ‘mentor’ to his teachers and fellow students, to radical Jihadists introduced to him early on and communists like Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers, Obama has been inculcated with the attitude that America is evil, and capitalism is only an enslavement tool of the oppressors. Based on those presuppositions, the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America involves the destruction of America and capitalism to make way for a socialist state leading to a communist utopia.
Those have been and always will be the goals of the Obamas and all their cohorts. They truly believe by sheer human will and intelligence that they will create a central government so benevolent and so steep in social justice that all will have the same income and the same outcomes, except the elites of course. All the great dictators have shared these same beliefs. Saul Alinsky merely translated them into application as coaching points for community organizers.
The strategy is: conquer from within. The tactics: infiltrate to divide and conquer; any means are justified to achieve the end.
Obama is the greatest infiltrator of all time. Remarkably, given his bigotry toward whites and indigenous blacks, he is perfectly situated to pit one group against another. Divide and conquer. Who better to foment a race war than a racist cutting both ways, especially if armed with 60 million voters and a vast war chest?
As Stalin said, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. In Stalin’s case, that meant starving 10 million Ukrainians and lining up tens of thousands more in front of firing squads.
In Obama’s case, it means taking his teachers’ advice seriously—any means to achieve the end—-even if it means starting a race war. And despite the fact that blacks in America are far worse off economically thanks to Obamanomics, the vast majority of them continue to support him only because of the color of his skin, no matter how many times he ‘talks down’ to them, issues false promises, and encourages them to ignore Dr. King (to everyone’s injury.)
The best conclusion to the matter: Klansman & the Preacher.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Twelve years ago he started a training and recruitment company. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in Oregon.
He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012.
He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. To contact him, email: email@example.com
Allan Erickson, Part 1 – SYV Presbyterian Church, Oct. 2012
The approaching 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is sufficient reason alone to buy and read the new book, Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism. The co-author, Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking defector from the former Soviet bloc, is an expert on the Kennedy assassination and documents how the Soviet Union and its comrades worked overtime to blame the CIA, right-wingers, oil men, and others for the murder of the American president. Many people still believe these false allegations to this day.
In fact, the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a Marxist with Soviet and Cuban intelligence connections and sympathies. The evidence is simply overwhelming that the Communists killed Kennedy because Kennedy, an anti-communist liberal, confronted the Soviets in Cuba and authorized the overthrow of the Castro regime.
Pacepa’s co-author, Professor Ronald J. Rychlak, adds to this important book by explaining in detail the campaign by the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, against the Roman Catholic Church, especially the elaborate and engineered smears of Pope Pius XII being “Hitler’s Pope.”
Ominously, by analyzing the conduct of Russian foreign policy and threats against the West, the authors say the Russians may have secretly built a “new generation” of nuclear weapons, developed in hidden “nuclear cities,” and that “a nuclear midnight,” prepared by Iran, could be launched on Israel and the West. They even suggest that a Russian role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America cannot be dismissed.
Granted, this is a lot for people to swallow. But with the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaching, the part of the book on Oswald should take center stage and serve as a reminder of the forces that still are arrayed against the United States.
For those who think this is old news, since the Soviet Union collapsed, consider Pacepa’s point that Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, and his ex-KGB cronies “own Russia” today. They have transformed Russia into “the first intelligence dictatorship in history,” he says. In other words, the enemy remains the same but has changed appearances; Putin appears to rule a “democratic Russia,” with competing centers of political power.
In Russia, Pacepa and Rychlak note, Putin has been ruthless, with more than 120 journalists murdered because they were trying to uncover the secrets of Putin’s nuclear weapons policies.
Pacepa ran the Romanian intelligence service and has extensive knowledge of Soviet/Russian intelligence activities, especially in the field of disinformation. He maintains that disinformation, which confuses or misleads Western audiences, is the most important area of warfare for America’s enemies. The basic purpose is to convince us that foreign threats do not exist and that those who do expose our enemies are themselves the enemies.
Pacepa previously wrote the book, Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination, which also is a must-read.
He documents that Oswald was recruited by the KGB when he was a U.S. Marine stationed in Japan and that he, after defecting to the Soviet Union, came back to America three years later for the express purpose of killing Kennedy. Even though the Soviets for their own reasons subsequently tried “to turn Oswald off,” Oswald went ahead with the plan and was already “programmed” by the Communists to kill Kennedy.
The “Dragon Operation,” designed to shift blame for Kennedy’s murder away from the Communists, “has become one of the most successful disinformation operations in contemporary history,” Pacepa and Rychlak note.
This is significant because of the press reports that National Geographic Channel is airing “Killing Kennedy,” a two-hour film, in November, while PBS has a new two-part “American Experience” documentary, “JFK,” airing November 11th and 12th.
The chapter in the Pacepa book on the Kennedy assassination is titled, “The End of America’s Innocence,” but 50 years later America still has not come to grips with the fact that an American president was killed as a result of a Communist conspiracy based in Moscow and Havana.
President Johnson, fearing another nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union and Cuba, didn’t want the truth to come out. The Warren Commission and a special House committee whitewashed the Communist connection because they “lacked the inside knowledge of Soviet intelligence,” the authors write.
Not only did a Soviet/Cuban agent kill Kennedy, but also, as the book cites, there is evidence that the Soviets were in fact behind the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.
In other revelations, the authors say that:
- John Kerry, the former senator and current secretary of state, was a dupe who parroted communist disinformation about the U.S. military effort to keep South Vietnam free from communism. The “anti-war” movement was manipulated by Communist regimes in Hanoi, Havana, and Moscow.
- The World Council of Churches was a Kremlin pawn.
- Yasser Arafat, himself a KGB agent, was most likely killed by the KGB (and not by the Israelis, as suggested by Al Jazeera). Arafat’s PLO was created by the KGB.
- KGB dissident Alexander Litvinenko, living in London, was killed by the KGB because he spilled the beans on how Soviet intelligence spawned Islamic terrorism and trained al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
- The Russians have played a covert role in the “Arab Spring” that has brought to power radical Islamist regimes.
The disappointing part of the book is the failure to adequately explain the background and intentions of President Barack Obama. The authors write that Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, was associated with the KGB-inspired “liberation theology” movement and that Obama was “bitten by the Marxist bug.” They write about Obama’s “tactics for hiding his past” and note that he ran for the presidency 2008 as a “secret socialist.”
All of this is true, but utterly incomplete. In fact, as we have documented, Obama was mentored by Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis during his critical growing-up years in Hawaii. We documented this in 2008, releasing Davis’s 600-page FBI file in August of that year.
Noting Obama’s dedication to “change,” the authors write, “Let us hope that President Obama will also change himself.”
What we need from Pacepa is an analysis of Obama’s relationship with Putin’s Russia, not a false hope that Obama might change.
Paul Kengor’s excellent book on Davis, The Communist, made the case that Obama’s policies were inspired by the kind of thinking Davis imposed on the future president. Glenn Beck, to his great credit, published this book and featured it on his television network.
A Professor at Grove City College, Kengor wrote the foreword to the Pacepa-Rychlak book, noting how it documents the history of Soviet support for Islamic terrorism “and dual promotion of virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism among Middle East Arabs.” He cites the assertion in the book that the Soviet bloc planted some 4,000 agents of influence in the Islamic world.
The introduction was written by former CIA director R. James Woolsey, who suggests that while Russia may be seen as declining in its influence, largely because of its own demographic problems, current disinformation operations directed at the United States come from Russia “and countries in the Middle East.”
He asks, “…why are many governments in the Mideast essentially doing the same thing [as the Soviets], such as spreading the crazy stories about 9/11—that it was the CIA, or the Mossad?”
Woolsey has his own answer—that dictators “need enemies”—but the ultimate purpose also seems to be to confuse the American people about the nature of the enemy. The crazy stories he refers to have been regular fare on the Al Jazeera and Russia Today propaganda networks that are carried in the United States, and which today promote the line that the NSA is more of a threat to the American people than the Muslim Brotherhood or Moscow.
With the defection of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Russia and his grant of political asylum from Putin, the intelligence war documented in the Pacepa-Rychlak book does indeed continue. But to many in the West, it is America—not Putin’s Russia—that is the real threat to world affairs.
Obama, responding to the NSA controversy, seems prepared to accept restrictions on the ability of the NSA to monitor foreign threats. Perhaps Snowden has accomplished what Obama secretly hoped would occur anyway.
If this happens, it will be another victory for the disinformation apparatus, at a time when the threat grows and the lives of millions hang in the balance.
This commentary originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
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At first take it sounds so incredibly ridiculous as to be unworthy of serious consideration, but the more you look into the matter, the more the conclusion becomes inescapable: Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim sympathizer who enables terrorism, aiding our enemies, and thus, he is worthy to be charged with treason.
In the beginning we should have read the signs: from the apology tour to bowing before the Saudi king, to the declarations in Cairo and refusing to directly reference a “war on terror,” this man has demonstrated preference for America’s enemies, denigrating the U.S. and her allies at every turn. The heart of Obama is measured in the words of his pastor for 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, who proclaimed: “God Damn America.”
Obama has orchestrated the leaking of classified information to hurt our country and help our enemies, making himself look good to retain power and forward the agenda: knock down American interests to build up global government.
Obama left Iraq prematurely and we see the resulting destruction: a country once poised to be a beacon of freedom in the Middle East, now a nexus of terrorism, a vassal of Iran. Telegraphing the end game, Obama has handed Afghanistan back to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Pouring weapons into Syria, he helps Jihad annihilate Christians, arming thugs who now murder women and children with great efficiency. These are not accidental failures. They are purposeful, calculated developments designed to shame the U.S., and forward the cause of Sharia in the world.
Obama just released $500 million to Hamas, a terrorist organization whose mission statement is the annihilation of Israel, a group thoroughly coordinating with Iran. That’s on top of $147 million he sent to Hamas last year.
Obama overthrew Mubarak in Egypt, unleashing violence, death and turmoil in that country for the last two years. Then he armed the Muslim Brotherhood, embraced their members, and appointed them to positions of authority in our own government.
Do we even have to mention Benghazi? And now the embassy retreat throughout the Arab world, showing cowardice and weakness, once again.
Add all this to the increase in attacks on the homeland, negligence in securing our borders, increases in homegrown terrorism, and efforts to promote Sharia in America, and the unbelievable becomes the unavoidable reality: the President of the United States is the enemy of the United States.
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In politics, they call it quid pro quo.
More plainly: “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”
In early 2008 when Obama’s political pariah Jeremiah Wright was feeling the wrath of Middle America for his “G-d damn America!” comments, he had more pressing problems: The IRS was breathing down his neck for, shall we say “irregularities” in his church’s finances, Trinity United Church of Christ.
An odd fellow with an odd shaped bald head and a smile painted on his face showed up on Jeremiah Wright’s doorstep one day. His name was William Wilkins. Willie to his cronies. He was a high-priced tax attorney with the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. And he was there to save the day. In a matter of weeks with a sleight of hand reminiscent of a magician, Jeremiah Wright’s tax problems went away. The fee? Pro bono, the lawyers call it. No charge.
But the quid pro quo wasn’t complete. When Barack—Barry to Willie Wilkins—was swept into office in a rush of “Change You Can Believe In,” Barry had a place for Willie in his administration: He was made the IRS Chief Counsel, with a cushy office in Washington, D.C.
But for anyone who knows about Chicago-style quid pro quos, they know it’s like a ping pong ball. It just goes back and forth. And this time was no different.
When Barry assumed his throne in January 2009 and began doling out taxpayer money like a printing press on steroids—the banks and banksters, his union buddies at GM, and his crowning achievement, the trillion dollar “Stimulus” bill—the mega movement Tea Party was just a glint in conservatives’ eyes.
First the Tea Party was a few citizens holding signs decrying Obama’s out-of-control spending. But before you could say “Barry Soetoro,” the Tea Party movement had become a snowball crashing every liberal policy in its path, culminated in taking back the House of Representatives in the 2010 mid-term elections.
And they needed to be stopped.
Enter the ping pong ball going back to Barack Obama. Something needed to be done about these “terrorist” and “racist” Tea Partiers or they would take back not only control of the House, but the Senate, and perhaps even the presidency.
Enter Slick Willie. No, not Bill Clinton, but Willie Wilkins. Willie became the architect of the “BOLO” memo: The “Be on the look out” apparatus that became a bureaucratic machine for targeting the Tea Party. For keeping them busy with ten-page questionnaires, asking questions like the name of every single person at their meetings; transcripts of speeches, even the content of their prayers! An apparatus for keeping their non-profit status open indefinitely—sometimes for years.
But Willie Wilkins was just getting started. The ping pong ball was moving fast. Willie, with a deft backhand drove the ping pong ball back to his boss, Barack Obama. After two years of putting the screw to conservative groups, the targeting needed to be taken to the next level. On April 25, 2012 Willie drafted a new, lengthy memo to his IRS underlings, putting even more onerous requirements on conservative groups.
And guess who Willie Wilkins had a face-to-face meeting with in the Roosevelt Room of the White House just two days before, on April 23?
You guessed it: Barack Hussein Obama.
If you believe Barack Hussein Obama didn’t despatch Willie Wilkins to help out Jeremiah Wright in 2008—
If you believe Barack Hussein Obama didn’t know about the IRS’s shakedown of the Tea Party and other conservative groups going back years before the scandal broke—
If you believe Barack Hussein Obama didn’t order the IRS intimidation of conservative groups to affect the 2010 midterm and 2012 presidential elections—you are wildly naive.
Barack Hussein Obama not only knew about the IRS targeting of conservative groups, but no doubt ordered it.
But there will be a smoking gun. For Bill Clinton it was Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, hanging in her closet, unwashed, carrying a memento from Bill Clinton splattered for the world to see. For Nixon, it was the tape implicating him in the Watergate coverup. And for Obama there will be a ping pong ball in the corner, dirty, filthy, with corrupt Chicago politics written all over it.
But we’re not talking about sex in the oval office. We’re not talking about breaking into the offices of your political enemies—like Nixon’s Plumbers. In Obama’s case, we’re talking about targeting thousands of people. Their friends and families. Spying on them by sending ten page “additional information” questionnaires that ask everything from the names of friends and family members, to who was at each at and every meeting—even the content of their prayers! This obviously had nothing to do with needing “additional information,” but was nothing more than a spying apparatus.
We’re talking about Americans spending their hard earned money and the hard earned money of their non-profit contributors. Typing out transcripts of speeches. Making photocopies of endless pieces of paper required by the endless IRS questions. Even in some cases having to hire tax lawyers, as was the case of the conservative group, True the Vote, not only hassled by the IRS, but the ATF and FBI as well. They received an IRS “additional information” questionnaire with a staggering 110 questions!
Barack Hussein Obama has done something that Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of. And he was just getting started. If Obama’s hand hadn’t put caught in the cookie jar, Obama’s enemies list would have expanded to not only the Tea Party, but any group that went against the Obama leftist orthodoxy. This was revealed in the beginnings of the IRS expanding their targeting to pro-Israel groups.
America must find the smoking gun to implicate Barack Hussein Obama. And when we went find it, Barack Obama or Barry Obama or Barry Soetoro or whatever his name is, must be impeached so that this long nightmare of “fundamental transformation” will finally be over.
When conservatives complain about Al Sharpton, they usually note his relationship to NBC news or his hosting a show on MSNBC. But a new book says the racial agitator and Democratic Party politician has considerable clout with Fox News, and in fact played a role in getting conservative Glenn Beck fired from the channel.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson says “people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do not deserve to be called civil rights leaders. They are not. They are hustlers and pimps who make a living off inflaming racial tensions.”
However, The Zev Chafets book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, has some revealing passages about the clout that Sharpton and Jackson have with the chairman and CEO of Fox News. It says Ailes took a phone call from Sharpton after Beck, then a Fox News host, staged a rally at the Lincoln Memorial 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech at the same location. Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, designed to pay tribute to America’s military personnel and restore traditional values, was strongly attacked by figures such as Sharpton and George Soros-funded groups like Media Matters, then campaigning to have Beck fired from Fox News.
Chafets says Reverend Alveda King, a national pro-life leader, delivered a conservative “I have a dream” message of her own at the Beck-sponsored rally that was “infuriating to many viewers” and Ailes as well. “Ailes didn’t like it much, either,” he reports. However, the book doesn’t explain why Ailes took issue with the rally or the speech.
The book adds, “When Al Sharpton called him [Ailes] to complain, Sharpton was surprised to hear Ailes say he would ‘take care’ of it.” The passage is included in the context of Ailes making a decision that “he would have to get rid of Glenn Beck” and telling Howard Kurtz, then a media reporter with The Daily Beast, that “he was turning down the partisan heat at the network” and was pursuing “a more moderate tone” in programming.
Kurtz, who was recently hired by Fox News, is described by Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice president of news, as “the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” despite a series of embarrassments over erroneous and controversial columns and media appearances that resulted in his firing from The Daily Beast.
While the Chafets book is considered sympathetic to the chief of the Fox News Channel, it notes that Beck’s firing followed his strong criticism of billionaire George Soros and a vigorous campaign by various left-wing groups against him.
Chafets also points out that then-Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), another liberal recently hired as a Fox News commentator, is a member of the “roster of Friends of Roger” and an old “buddy” of Ailes.
Accuracy in Media chairman Don Irvine noted that Kucinich was “one of the most liberal members of Congress until he lost his seat after redistricting in 2012,” and that he was “the latest in a string of liberals at Fox, including former Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Bob Beckel, Sally Kohn, Jehmu Greene and Santita Jackson who have joined the network in recent years.”
Ailes declared, “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues. His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”
Chafets notes that Ailes is also personal friends with Jehmu Greene and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, for whom he wrote an endorsement for her book critical of the use of U.S. military power.
However, the pandering to Sharpton is not new on the part of Fox News. Back in 2007, as AIM reported at the time, popular Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly paid homage to Sharpton at the civil rights agitator’s national convention. Indeed, O’Reilly himself was an honored guest at the event.
But Sharpton isn’t alone among civil rights agitators in having clout at Fox News. The Chafets book has a photo of Ailes posing with Jesse Jackson after Jackson delivered a keynote address at a 2012 graduation ceremony of the Ailes Apprentice Program, a venture designed to support and promote “diversity in broadcast & cable journalism.” It is open to “top diversity candidates,” presumably meaning non-whites, and sends young people to events featuring such groups as the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
“Few people realized that Jesse Jackson, of all people, is a friend of ‘Brother Roger,’” says Chafets. “Fewer know that Santita Jackson [another liberal hired by Ailes as a Fox commentator] is one of Michelle Obama’s closest friends: Jackson is a godmother to Malia Obama.”
The book says Jesse Jackson “happened to mention” to Ailes that his daughter Santita had lost her job as a Chicago radio talk-show host and was “looking for a new gig” when Ailes decided to hire her.
We noted at the time that Santita Jackson listed the notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. as being among her personal “activities and interests” on her Facebook page. She was also a supporter of New York University law professor Derrick Bell, who supports race-based hiring policies.
Such liberal hires, the book notes, “makes Fox more difficult to assault as a bastion of racism.” Chafets adds, “It means that one of the nation’s premier civil rights leaders owes him [Ailes]. And, as an extra bonus, it is sure to cause a little heartburn for Jackson’s chief rival, Al Sharpton. After all, Sharpton has daughters, too.”
The implication is that Sharpton might hold back on his criticism of Fox because of favors Ailes could do for him.
Nevertheless, some Fox News personalities continue speaking the truth. “They don’t represent anybody, they’re not elected to anything, they don’t have constituencies,” Tucker Carlson said of Sharpton and Jackson. “The only reason they’re allowed to do this is because we in the press enable them by calling them civil rights leaders. Why do we do that?”
Perhaps it’s because the head of Fox News fears and respects their political power.
This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
Surprise, surprise!! Left-wing Congressman Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House Investigations Subcommittee, is trying to end the ever-expanding House investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s illegal “political targeting” of conservative applicants for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, by loudly insisting that “This witch hunt needs to end.”
This nonsense repeats the demands of a major May 15 article from Media Matters (an integral part of socialist George Soros’ blindly pro-Obama Center for American Progress) — to the effect that “New Talking Points Revelations Should End Benghazi Witch Hunt.”
How outrageous that there should be not only one but two dastardly Republican-led “witch hunts” atop each other in Barack Obama’s two supposed scandals and subsequent cover-ups. How dare the GOP go digging around for witches and warlocks in the President’s inner circle.
Avoiding the Dreaded “Cover-up” Label
Of course, this is only one of many misleading, blame-game mantras by which today’s Obama partisans attempt to avoid the dreaded “Cover-Up” label for the President’s culpability in a long list of scandals involving the huge Benghazi fiasco, the plainly illegal IRS discriminations, the Associated Press and Fox News incursions, and multiple other scandals big and small.
Other such labels of derision and misdirection from Obama’s “Age of Scamalot” crowd over the last several months have included a “partisan sideshow,” a concocted “Fox News story,” a mere “political carnival,” a matter of “there’s no there there,” a “right-wing distraction,” a display of “radical extremism,” a transparent “GOP tool for fundraising,” ad infinitum..
But the false label that is most repeated – but which, ironically, offers the best opening for effective counter-attack — is the spurious charge that this is nothing but a partisan “Witch Hunt,” to which we should respond that this is actually a multi-layered “WHICH Hunt,” instead.
The deadly serious goal should now be to discover exactly which guilty government officials – including the President himself — have been lying, covering up, and even committing perjury in the scandal at hand …
o which White House, IRS, and Treasury officials?
o which State, DHS, INS, and DOD officials?
o which DOJ, FBI, CIA, and NSA officials?
o which “Soroctopus” (Soros-funded) operatives?
o which “ProgSoc” Congressmen and Senators?
o which lockstep-Left members of the Media, etc.?
Looking first at the uniquely complex “Benghazi Affair” – the congressional inquiries of which do not currently include the names of either Valerie Jarrett (Obama’s “brain”) or Huma Abedin (Hillary’s former “brain”) — this search should clearly not be abandoned, as Cummings demands, but should be expanded, instead, into a Watergate-style “Select Committee” whose authority should extend at least
a) until all brave “whistleblowers” (especially among the 30-plus rescued personnel who have been so effectively “disappeared” by the endless Benghazi Cover-up) have told their truthful versions of this monumental story; and
b) until several major reluctant and even hostile witnesses from all across Barack Obama’s Administration have been subpoenaed, questioned under oath, and made subject to charges of perjury and Contempt of Congress if they dare to lie.
Is Valerie Jarrett Our Prime Suspect?
Looking next at the IRS “Targeting of Conservatives” infractions, we notice again the absence of Obama’s closest and most senior political advisor, policy strategist, and de facto “Producer” in TV-programming terminology for over two decades – one Valerie Jarrett. As this lady’s last quarter-century record reveals, it was she
o who recruited young Michelle Robinson in 1988 and the young Barack Obama in 1990 into the highly “political” and left-leaning law firm of Sidley Austin;
o who appears to have been the “cupid” of their relationship and 1992 marriage in the Marxist-inspired Black Liberation Theology church of the (former Muslim) Rev. Jeremiah Wright;
o who apparently steered Barack into socialist “Progressive Chicago” in 1993 and the Chicago New Party in early 1996 – under whose banner he was elected to the state Senate in late 1996;
o who has continued in both “Mother Hen” and “Chicago Politics” fashion to promote both his and Michelle’s legal and political careers into his successful races for the US Senate in 2004 and for the US Presidency in 2008 and 2012; and
o who has been his principle liason to the entire inner circle, and especially to the President’s off-campus “Soroctopus” think tank and revolving-door employer of first resort, the George Soros-funded Center For American Progress – from which many Obama political appointees and regulatory “czars” have come and by which many former White House socialists (e.g., Van Jones, Carol Browner, Anita Dunn, and Cass Sunstein, just to name a few) are now employed.
If It Wasn’t For Valerie …
As the outspoken political biographer Ed Klein has stated with emphasis in his best-selling book, The Amateur: “If it wasn’t for Valerie Jarrett, there’d be no Barack Obama to complain about. … She knows the buttons, the soft spots, the history, the context.”
And as yet another careful student of the Jarrett-Obama relationship, Karin McQuillan, observes in a recent posting on AmericanThinker.com:
Obama relies on Valerie Jarrett to create the White House bubble he likes to live in, where his narcissism is stroked and his desire to do the big, left-wing thing is encouraged. Jarrett is the doorman. She runs access to the president. As Klein puts it, she guards him from meeting with ‘critics and complainers who might deflate his ego.’ No one gets past Jarrett who has an incompatible point of view.
Still, other observers anoint her as Barack Obama’s “alter ego,” as “the other side of Obama’s brain,” as “Barack and Michelle’s consigliere” and as the President’s “ultimate gatekeeper.” The emphatic confirmations of her White House prowess go endlessly on. And in explanation of what this woman thinks about the power she wields, here is what she told a group of rabid supporters on the eve of last year’s presidential election.
After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time! Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.
And did not the President himself embrace this “punish the enemy” attitude when he stated in an October 2012 campaign speech that “voting is the best revenge”? Partisan revenge from Obama and hell to pay from his ‘round-the-clock enforcer. As the French would say about the Obama Inner Circle (OIC), “The more things change, the more they remain the same, n’est-ce pas?”
Uncovering “Who Knew What and When”
All of which means that within this tight-knit group, the only one who truly “speaks for Obama” and who decides what he should know and when he should know it is this mysterious woman whose name seldom comes up when the Congress, the media, and the American people quite properly continue their search for who, indeed, knew what and when – and who is, therefore, so shamefully responsible for the multiple scandals now crippling the nation.
Yet, when Congressman Cummings angrily alleges a partisan “witch hunt,” he argues that even if senior IRS officials knew all about and directed the illegal “targeting” of conservative groups, “These facts are a far cry from accusations of a conspiracy orchestrated by the White House to target the President’s political enemies.”
But in so contending, Cummings conveniently ignores the fact that the President’s own political orchestrator, and Obama himself, have recently threatened just such a profiling of enemies and a “hell-to-pay” punishment of them — as was also being recommended in formal letters to the IRS by left-wing Senators (Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse et al) and by certain highly ProgSoc congressmen, as well.
So, as the several well-founded investigations go forward on Capitol Hill, we should finally begin asking about the vital roles almost surely played before, during, and after both the Benghazi and IRS scandals by presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett – as suggested in Cover-up # 35 of an earlier essay entitled “Hillary’s – And Now Obama’s – Vast Left-Wing Cover-up.”
Although her culpability is not yet proven, there is every reason in the world for the Congress to ask these three proverbial “$64,000 Questions”:
First, was it not this Obama alter ego (and thus Obama himself) who knew all about the IRS misdeeds from their start in early 2010 (apparently on April 1, the next day after a March 31 visit to the White House by the highly partisan National Treasury Employees Union president, Colleen Kelly) — and about their conduct, 100% success, and cover-up to this day?
Second, was it not she who almost surely delivered the President’s infamous Benghazi Cover-up marching orders to then-UN Ambassador, and now National Security Advisor, Susan Rice – and who constantly keeps both the President and the First Lady fully informed about all such matters of monumental importance?
Third, although both Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice are now protected by “Executive Privilege” from being subpoenaed by Congress, might they – in a heroic fit of transparency, accountability, progress, and balance – simply volunteer to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to the Congress about which of them (and thus the President himself) knew what and when?
JIM GUIRARD — TrueSpeak.org 703-768-0957 Justcauses@aol.com
A DC-area attorney, writer and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org Web site is devoted to truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.
White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said there’s no chance Attorney General Eric Holder will resign in light of the mounting evidence against the Obama administration, including the IRS’ ongoing targeting of Christians, conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party groups (the IRS commissioner met with Obama 157 times) and revelations that his Justice Department had been spying on journalists.
Jarrett made the overly confident statement this week, long ago having moved on from the deadly Fast and Furious scandal and the tragic Benghazi attacks and murders, to name a few.
“Obviously, I know the president pretty well. And I know the attorney general very well. And he will be in his position for quite a while.”
Jarrett and Obama helped bring Chicago politics to the White House. A Republican with the same background would have been vetted extensively, covered 24/7 by the media, and would never be elected. The radical, leftist, progressive individuals who make up Obama’s close friends, associations, and his administration also reflect his policies and worldview.
Class warfare. Racial politics. Marxism packaged as Christianity. America is evil. Islam is good. Twenty years involvement with Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church in Chicago. Friend of terrorists.
The following is an excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA:
The sad truth is that many Americans today don’t care that prior to his election, Obama’s handlers concealed information about his college years and no official records were ever made available – a first in our history. No college transcripts, published records, or papers had been released. What were they hiding?
By the time Barack Obama made it to college at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard, you can be sure he had formed enough anti-American views to build on what he had already gleaned from his childhood mentor, communist Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was a labor activist, writer, and community organizer as well as a Communist Party USA member. [Valerie Jarrett’s father, Vernon had close contact with Davis, and was also a Communist]
In 2010, Dr. John Drew, one of Barack Obama’s college friends, came forward and confirmed what many informed people already knew that Obama “was basically a Marxist-Leninist.” Drew talked about his past arguments with Obama about the many brands of Marxism:
“I see evidence of a continuing commitment to Marxist ideology…. In the Marxist model, the economy is the driving force behind change in the other spheres of society.”
Dr. John Drew did his senior honors thesis on Marxist economics at Occidental College, and he also founded the Democratic Student Socialist Alliance. He was a contemporary of Obama at Occidental and a Marxist himself. In fact, Drew was a well-known campus communist and was attracted to the college because Occidental was known for its Left-leaning politics and Marxist professors. Some even said it was considered “the Moscow of southern California.”
Occidental attracted America’s future president. Drew believed Obama was looking for a social revolution during his college days, and he expected a movement where “the working class would overthrow the ruling class” leading to a socialist utopia in America. Drew admitted how extreme he thought Obama’s views were at the time.
In 2010, John Drew was interviewed by Dr. Paul Kengor, an author, Reagan biographer, columnist, radio host, and Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values. Drew admitted that at Occidental he was a comrade who leaned more toward the Frankfurt School of Marxism.
Here is a partial transcript of Dr. Kengor’s radio interview with John Drew:
Drew: “I felt like I was doing Obama a favor by pointing out that the Marxist revolution that he and [our friends] were hoping for was really kind of a pipe dream, and that there was nothing in European history or the history of developed nations that would make that sort of fantasy – you know, Frank Marshall Davis fantasy of revolution – come true.”
Kengor: “So you had a realistic sense that even though you liked these ideas, it really couldn’t happen or really wouldn’t even work.”
Drew: “Right. I was still a card-carrying Marxist, but I was kind of a more advanced, East Coast, Cornell University Marxist….”
Kengor: “I know people are listening right now who want me to address this – and especially people who are Obama supporters. To be fair, I mean, look at where you were then and now where you are today.”
Drew: “Well, yeah, now I’m a Ronald Reagan, churchgoing, Baptist conservative.”
Kengor: “But now, okay, so what about Obama? Where do you think he is today? And to the people who are listening and are angry that we’re even having this conversation: Look, you don’t want us to talk about this because you don’t like what it says about Obama’s past, but we have to know this stuff about our presidents! “You can’t leave this out of biographies… That’s why the background is so crucial – Frank Marshall Davis, what happened at Occidental, goes straight to Columbia from Occidental, the Bill Ayers affiliation, no real-world experience – this matters….”
Drew: “Yeah, I think whenever he talks about people clinging to their guns and their religion due to economic stress, that’s just the standard Marxist argument. In fact, that’s the argument of alienation and class-consciousness … the superficial religious and cultural ideals of the capitalist culture … and I really think he’s surrounded by people that share that mental architecture.”
Obama is surrounded by dangerous anti-Christian, socialism-loving people. They’ve plotted and pushed their agenda to transform America. Record numbers of people now rely on government assistance. We have record spending; increasing taxes, high energy, gas prices, and unemployment; racial and political division; the healthcare system takeover; and threats on our freedoms (including speech and religion.) And now, more invasions of privacy.
Government has become an enemy of American citizens, and this administration is very good at using the tactics of distraction and diversion. With more of us becoming outraged while the media protects this administration, it will be fascinating to see this epic drama played out.