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MSNBC ‘Dear Snowden’ Distraction
Published by breakingtheset
Abby Martin calls out MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for choosing to focus on Edward Snowden’s international escapades rather than focusing on the more relevant issue of NSA spying.
Statistical analysis in the related post link following these videos.
Submitted by emalvini
Thanks to DPer fonzdrew for the video finds:
Larry Pratt on Piers Morgan – Part 1
Related post analyzing the statistics:
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) Joins CNBC’s Money in Motion to discuss the impending fiscal cliff.
Tom Woods, New York Times bestselling author of 11 books and a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, makes a virtual visit to the studio of Next News Network for an interview with Gary Franchi. Tom covers various topics including nullification, state rights, mainstream media spin and news suppression, and the need for alternative news sources, such as the Next News Network.
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By Amber Lyon
Posted on October 10, 2012
Journalists rarely take a vocal stand against legislation in order to remain objective, but sometimes new laws are such an egregious assault on our basic rights to democracy and freedom that we have a duty to speak up.
This is the case with the National Defense Authorization Act, a relatively new law that gives the U.S. military the power to detain anyone without trial indefinitely, further criminalizing dissent and investigative journalism in the United States.
What does the NDAA do?
The NDAA gives the federal government the power to behave like dictators and arrest any American citizen, or anyone for that matter, without warrant and indefinitely detain them in offshore prisons without charge and keep them there until “the end of hostilities.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, calls the law a “catastrophic blow to civil liberties”.
Obama lied to the public and said he would veto the NDAA’s indefinite detention clauses. Instead, he surreptitiously signed the NDAA into law on Dec. 31, 2011 while most Americans were distracted celebrating New Years Eve. Both Romney and Obama have publicly stated their support for the new law.
“I’m not doing anything wrong, I don’t need to worry about the NDAA”
You do need to worry. The NDAA directly affects your everyday life because it is another violation of your rights to free speech, a fair trial. The NDAA also suffocates information that could expose the corruption that’s rapidly destroying this country and affecting you financially.
The NDAA will prevent some whistleblowers from coming forward with information and documents vital to the public good in fear the corrupt will pressure authorities to use the NDAA to detain the whistleblower indefinitely.
We need to reward, not instill fear in our whistleblowers. They are vital to the survival of this nation. If we don’t know what’s broke, how can we fix it? What if a government whistleblower had come forward before the start of the war to let the public know Saddam Hussein really didn’t have weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
Investigative Journalists could start being ‘disappeared’ under the NDAA
The NDAA frightens journalists because it turns us into criminals. There are no provisions within the law to protect journalists. As journalists, we take a vow to never reveal our confidential sources. If the U.S. government, or corrupt corporations pressuring authorities, want information on our confidential sources, the NDAA gives them the power to indefinitely detain us by saying the refusal to reveal sources is an act that is “aiding terrorists” .
We are all ‘terrorists’
Another disturbing aspect of the NDAA is that it allows the government to imprison anyone suspected of or even associated with ‘terrorism’. This power is open to wide interpretation under the law and can and will be abused.
Who in the heck is a terrorist anymore? We’ve witnessed the U.S. government and Military-industrial complex mold the term ‘terrorist’ to their subjective and financial goals too many times to trust any use of that word. Even Nobel Peace Prize-winner Nelson Mandela was once considered a terrorist by governments worldwide and put on U.S. terrorist watch lists.
As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges told Democracy Now, the term ‘terrorist’ is too loose so what the NDAA is really doing is setting up a legal mechanism to criminalize dissent.
“We saw an attempt to link the U.S. Day of Rage with Al Qaeda. Once they link you with a terrorist group, then these draconian forms of control can be used against legitimate forms of protest, in particularly the Occupy Movement,” Hedges said. Corrupt corporations can use the NDAA to pressure the government to crush banking protests, environmental protests, strikes… it’s a slippery slope.
The NDAA will be used to crush protests
Possibly most disturbing is the NDAA’s power to crush all dissent and protests in the U.S., protests that are vital to free speech, change, the survival of democracy.
What will keep the government, possibly under pressure from banks, corporations and the Military-industrial complex, from starting to list various protesters and organizations as terrorists? What will happen when protesters stop voicing their concerns or hitting the streets because they fear they will ‘disappear’ under the NDAA?
The systematic crushing of dissent through NDAA-esque powers is already happening in this country. The family of U.S. Marine Veteran Brandon Raub, says he was kidnapped by law enforcement after posting anti-U.S. government statements on Facebook.
We must rise up and take action to stop the NDAA before it’s too late. Here’s more information on the law and ways you can get involved:
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Published on Oct 2, 2012 by RTAmerica
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both delivered two of the most controversial speeches at the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly. And while the Israeli’s speech was aired in full on CNN, the Iranian’s address has been ruthlessly cut and the viewers have missed some very important points. What are the ramifications of this kind of selective reporting? RT’s Liz Wahl is joined by Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist who suggests that sensationalism, hype and downright propaganda is being used to push America into a war with Iran.
By John Glaser
Via Mike Riggs at Reason, Michael Hastings reports at BuzzFeed that an amendment has been inserted into the latest version of the NDAA that would nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987, both of which ban domestic propaganda. It is being sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.
The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.
…The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
According to this official, “senior public affairs” officers within the Department of Defense want to “get rid” of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies—like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thanks to (@sibzianna)
Media Blackout on Troops who Rallied for Ron Paul in Washington DC on President’s Day
I have never been as proud to be an American as I am now and that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for our troops and their passion for Ron Paul.
Our troops were warned:
This was posted on the RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS Facebook event page by Kevin Audrain, who claims to be active duty Navy and was leaked to me by multiple unconfirmed sources.
From: Weger, Joel A CIV OGC, Ethics [mailto:joel.weger@NAVY.MIL]
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:17
Subject: [ETHICS] Partisan Political March
It has come to our attention that a partisan political march targeting
military personnel is being organized for February 20, 2012. See link
As a reminder, active duty personnel are prohibited by DoD Directive 1344.10
paragraph 220.127.116.11 from marching in a partisan political parade regardless
of whether they are in uniform or civilian clothes. Reservists not on
active duty and retirees may not march in uniform pursuant to paragraph
4.1.4. Reservists not on active duty and retirees may march in civilian
clothes provided that they do not otherwise act in a manner that could
reasonably give rise to the inference or appearance of official sponsorship,
approval, or endorsement.
The directive is a lawful general regulation. Violations of paragraphs 4.1.
through 4.5. of the Directive by persons subject to the Uniform Code of
Military Justice are punishable under Article 92, “Failure to Obey Order or
In addition, DODI 1334.01, paragraph 3.1.2 prohibits the wearing of the
uniform by members of the armed forces (including retired members and
members of reserve components) during or in connection with political
You may wish to advise your command regarding this particular event because
of the apparent solicitation of active duty personnel.
Joel A. Weger
Department of the Navy
Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Ethics)
More than 18,000 people were invited to attend to attend the “RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS! (march on the White House)”. Two-thousand-one-hundred and fifty-one people committed to going to the march while 964 people clicked maybe.
I tweeted Sean Hannity and Bret Baier of Fox News two days before the rally took place to get their take on the story and got nothing.
I didn’t think the mainstream media could disappoint me anymore than they already have. When the special news report came in on the television they said nothing about what was going on in Washington DC with our troops and instead talked about war propaganda in Iran.
The troops stood up for our freedoms for the first time that I know of, inside our own borders and it wasn’t even considered newsworthy?
I don’t understand what is wrong with our media!
I tweeted CNN Wolf Blitzer, Brooke Baldwin, and even went as far as accusing CNN of ignoring it on purpose! I told them that they were losing credibility by the minute…
I was fortunate enough to watch this unfold live on the internet thanks to feeds available from livestream and Ustream.tv but not one word has been uttered on the television.
Here was my take on the thing.
On February 20, 2012, on Presidents Day, our troops gathered for a rally in Washington DC to march in support for their candidate of choice, Ron Paul.
I was moved to tears as our troops marched in formation on our nation’s capitol shouting “President Paul”, “end the FED”, “end these wars”, and “Ron Paul revolution legalize the Constitution”.
For the first time since 9/11 I felt American Pride! It is the most patriotic event I’ve ever saw in my life.
Our troops stood silent and saluted for eight straight minutes to honor those who committed suicide since the Obama Administration took office. It was eerie to think about because for every second that passed a veterans life was lost due to suicide was honored.
Our troops challenged the legal advice given to them and I am thankful they did.
“We the people” must stand against this tyrannical government and the corrupt monetary system that has wreaked havoc all over the world. We can no longer say nothing or what freedom we do have will be forever gone.
CBS Excludes Ron Paul from New Hampshire 2012 Campaign News Coverage Blowback Ensues
By Kurt Wallace
Thursday morning January 5th, 2012 on the Early Show, CBS news political correspondent Jan Crawford discusses the New Hampshire primary in video below which is titled ‘New Hampshire is the new Iowa’. During this segment they discuss every candidate in the Republican primary including Bachmann who dropped out, excluding Ron Paul from the entire segment. By not even mentioning Ron Paul’s name, once again, CBS brings into major question their ethics as a news agency. This segment becomes a bit comical/infuriating for Paul supporters as the report states that Romney has a 30 point lead over his rivals displaying Suffolk University Poll numbers for New Hampshire Romney 43% (skips mentioning Ron Paul who has 24% according to Washington Times) then they move to Gingrich, Huntsman and Santorum.
As a result CBS is getting Blowback Slammed on CBS’s video page:
by Independent__Thought January 7, 2012 1:08 AM EST
Did Ron Paul drop out?
by IngotNews January 7, 2012 12:41 AM EST
Wow, this really is pathetic “journalism”. You cite a poll, and then just blatantly leave somebody out of it (Ron Paul, of course) who you don’t like and is doing well. I hope this gets some publicity for Ron Paul and how amazingly he is doing despite all this complete black-out by the media (and especially CBS). This really shows that he is what the people want (and not what the people in power want).
by answerman1949 January 7, 2012 12:06 AM EST
At least you gave Ron Paul 89 seconds in your lousy debate. You leave him completely out of this video, even though he is running a strong second in New Hampshire.
by thetruthnothinmore January 6, 2012 1:34 PM EST
Wow. It is amazing how biased the media is. They know they are out of a job when Ron Paul is President. The alternative media is going to replace the mainstream media.
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by Zippy73 January 6, 2012 7:04 AM EST
What an egregious omission of Dr. Ron Paul! Shame on you for this poor journalism. You’ve just lost a reader and a viewer, CBS! I was a big fan of 60 Minutes, but feel I can no longer trust the source. Do svidaniya!
by neal555 January 6, 2012 3:24 AM EST
Could you have made it anymore blatantly obvious that you ignored Ron Paul who is at 24%. Main stream news is going the way of something you would watch in North Korea, only with better graphics. Quit treating Americans like sheep. So completely disgusted!
Additionally the reporter Jan Crawford’s Facebook Page is beginning to be slammed.
One CBS employee Lou Miller states on her page:
Lou Miller: Jan, As a longtime employee of CBS Corp I find it embarrassing to be associated with our network when journalists such as yourself choose to fabricate the news rather then report it. You reported polling numbers that only added up to 65% of respondents, what about the other 35%? Do you really think your viewers are that stupid that they would not notice an obvious omission? In the future please try to demonstrate some integrity in your work, because your performance reflects on the network as well as your many fellow CBS employees who take pride in our work
Here is the segment which entirely excludes Ron Paul:
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Ron Paul may officially have come in third in Iowa. But actually be the Overall Winner in Delegates for him. Not hearing “Iowa doesn’t matter” in media now. Why is that? Paul’s Iowa Speech
Ron Paul may have officially (fraudulently?) come in third in Iowa’s caucus after GOP’s secret counting of votes in Iowa, but in reality he may be the over all winner with delegates.
Iowa elects their delegates right after the caucuses are done in Iowa so Ron Paul supporters made sure to stay for the election of delegates.
This is so totally Awesome! Considering all the fraud of the media and GOP in their lies about Ron Paul and ignoring him, Paul’s supporters may have beat them any way.
It is amazing how those who follow Ron Paul are being called “cult members”. I have a question about that.
How come all those who followed Obama in 2008 were called supporters and not cult members? How come because people believe in Ron Paul and our freedoms in the United States, besides small government, ending of the wars and financially stability, we are called cult members?
Does that mean those who followed our founding fathers were also cult members? Since Ron Paul believes in going back to the country that our fore founders created 240 years ago and the people that follow him believe that too, how is it we are cult members?
It proves how the media and government officials are so corrupt, since believing in the country as it was formed is now considered “wacko, cultish, crazy, etc”.
OH,…… one other question – Gosh darn I am not hearing from the media this morning how “Iowa doesn’t matter.” What happened? All of a sudden Iowa does matter? I would like to know why “Iowa matters” now in the media. What happened to all that Iowa’s caucuses are not how the rest of the country will vote?
Don’t people see, even the most asleep now that Romney “officially” won, the media are saying How important Iowa is?
The media are also saying “Ron Paul only got 21% of the vote” they are showing him with the “bottom tier” now of candidates.
FYI – Drudge had a caucus vote up on the page last night, Ron Paul had a land slide victory over all the others, but the vote is no where to be found now on the site.
I watched Ron Paul’s speech last night and was thrilled the cable news networks ran the whole speech. Ron Paul was very smart to make his speech during a lull time and force the media to give him attention, so he could get his real message across to the people.
All I can say… for those who think this will be over soon…. you are very wrong!
In fact Dana Bash let it slip that the GOP is worried and so is she is that Ron Paul will stay in the race for the long run.
Ron Paul is on CNN right now 12/4/12 8:10 AM est – They are trying to play “gotcha” with him, but also something I noticed. Every time they ask Ron Paul a question and he is answering it – they turn up the volume on the back ground noise in the cafe, so you can barely hear Ron Paul. When they are asking the questions the back ground noise is hardly there. Jeez……. I guess the people just talk more and louder when Ron Paul speaks, funny how that is.
FYI – CNN – It was so frickin obvious last night you cut off the Military Ron Paul supporter speaking last night….. people are not stupid!
I can only laugh at the media and I hope others are using enough common sense to see what the media does.
Now this is so funny – MSM is so blatant in their dislike of Paul.
Both Romney and Paul were on the Today show this morning. What is funny is when you click on the Ron Paul video part of the Today show it goes to Romney’s interview on the Today show. In fact you can’t even pause it or anything. I have tried multiple times to watch the video, but each time it is Romney.
MSM is so blatant in their hiding Ron Paul. I guess “We the People” will show them, the more they do it the more people will vote for Ron Paul!
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