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Fraudulent News (Oliver North)
Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2007 | Oliver North

Posted on 03/01/2007 9:19:50 PM PST by jazusamo

WASHINGTON -- Thanks to the masters of the media, Americans know more about how Anna Nicole Smith died than they do about terrorists dying to kill the rest of us. Pay tribute to the Fourth Estate, former Vice President Al Gore and his pals in Tinsletown for explaining that humans in general, and Americans in particular, are responsible for global warming. Credit the potentates of the press with revealing that hundreds of American servicemen are petitioning Congress to get us out of Iraq. And be grateful to Hollywood producers and their media lackeys for reporting the exciting "discovery" that Easter didn't really happen.

What has passed for news these last seven days can more accurately be described as salacious sensationalism -- as in "all Anna, all the time" -- and some of it is hype or tripe -- as in the gushing over Gore and his Oscar. But twisted news aimed at our culture or Judeo-Christian heritage can also be dangerous.

Most people would likely describe the Anna Nicole Smith coverage as prurient, but few would call it dangerous. Yet, radical Islamic Web sites cite it as proof of American decadence. Whether the nonstop Anna "news" motivates young jihadists to become suicide bombers, like the one who killed himself and 22 others while Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, we will probably never know.

The hyperventilated propaganda attendant to Gore's Academy Award for "An Inconvenient Truth" can't be characterized as dangerous, but it was hardly truth. Though he blames Americans first for failing to reduce greenhouse gasses by using less electricity and conserving fuel, his adoring press pals ignored Gore's well-documented penchant for corporate aircraft instead of commercial airlines and his astronomical home energy use. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research pointed out that the Gores' 20-room mansion in Nashville consumes more gas and electricity in a month than the average American household uses in a year. But Katie Couric of CBS News fretted that the Oscars may have given Gore's critics "ammunition to reject a school of thought that's been validated by countless scientists worldwide." It's a good thing that America-bashing hypocrisy isn't a crime.

Nor is it a crime for members of the Armed Forces to contact members of Congress about perceived wrongdoing. But it was certainly wrong for CBS News' "60 Minutes" to promote a report on the group Appeal for Redress as "new opposition to the war" from "the very Americans fighting it -- men and women in uniform." The network hyped the story as "normally unthinkable" for "over a thousand" members of the military to sign a petition -- without mentioning that the 1,400 signers represented less than one-tenth of 1 percent of our entire Armed Forces, or that there is a long history of such action in the U.S. military going back to the American Revolution.

Perhaps the CBS employees who prepared the broadcast were ignorant of George Washington's March 15, 1783 speech to his near-mutinous officers, or the activities of now-Sen. John Kerry and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Maybe they didn't have time to check on the sponsors of the Appeal for Redress campaign -- groups such as Cindy Sheehan's Military Families Speak Out, and links with the Reagan-era Veterans for Peace organization, which advocated unilateral disarmament in the 1980s.

By selective use of polling data, the slanted "60 Minutes" piece leaves the erroneous impression that there is a growing anti-war movement in the ranks. Though grossly inaccurate, the broadcast may not be dangerous per se, but it is demoralizing. That's the assessment of numerous soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines I have covered during eight trips to Iraq and two to Afghanistan for FOX News and those who have e-mailed victoryiniraq@foxnews.com.

Our troops aren't the only target for twisted news. Some of it is aimed straight at the heart of Christian belief. On Monday morning NBC News' Matt Lauer proffered an infomercial for "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," a "documentary" airing on the Discovery Channel this weekend. NBC's breathless billing described the production as a "shocking new claim" that James Cameron, the Hollywood director of "Titanic," had discovered the place where Jesus, his wife Mary and their son were buried, and promised that NBC's exclusive interview "could rock Christianity to its core." Peacock network promoters failed to note that the tomb Cameron "discovered" had actually been found nearly three decades ago -- and that credible archeologists had long since dismissed any assertion it belonged to the Jesus Christ crucified on Calvary.

Media distortions can be dangerous. Last September, Pope Benedict XVI lectured at Germany's University of Regensburg and decried violence in the name of religion as "incompatible with the nature of God." News reports selectively quoted passages from the pontiff's remarks that made it appear he was attacking Islam. Muslim leaders condemned Benedict's words and a Roman Catholic nun was murdered in Somalia as a result. In the aftermath of the violence, Ali Bardakoglu, grand mufti of Turkey admitted that he had not heard or read the Pope's lecture -- but had in fact based his anger on press reports.

Bad news is bad enough. But fraudulent news is not only bad for morals, the environment and morale, it can also be disheartening and sometimes downright deadly.

Oliver North is the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance and author of The Assassins .


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appealforredress; cindysheehan; iraqwar; losttomb; media; north; olivernorth; sheehan
Col. North nails the media.
1 posted on 03/01/2007 9:19:51 PM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 03/01/2007 9:21:48 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo
Hey Ollie, we are desperate for a Republican Candidate over here. Are you busy for the next ten years?
3 posted on 03/01/2007 9:27:34 PM PST by msnimje (Brian Camenker - The Right's own version of marKOS Moulitsas Z˙niga of Daily Kos)
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To: msnimje
Ain't that the truth!
4 posted on 03/01/2007 9:33:36 PM PST by Chgogal (Vote Al Qaeda. Vote Democrat.)
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To: jazusamo

It is so refreshing to read the truth.


5 posted on 03/01/2007 9:53:54 PM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: jazusamo
Please spread the word about an appeal for redress that people in the military can sign to show support for the mission:


www.appealforcourage.org

6 posted on 03/01/2007 9:59:15 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! If you are military please sign at: appealforcourage.org)
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To: jazusamo
An excellent essay.

The true inconvenient truth for Dumbmocrats is that the WOT
is simply getting in the way of their socialist agenda.

Socialized health care await millions of "undocumented"
residents that desperately need it if they are going
to remain strong and vote Democrat.

Same sex unions and marriage await many and they will
be pressing the party for it.

The wealthy and indeed middle class have so much more
than needed. Don't the conservatives realize how many
high school dropouts are languishing in the inner cities?

Liberals are in full support of freedom of speech. That is
of course if the person is "correct" in his speech. This
is why the Fairness Act is needed again to brake apart
the monopoly of conservative talk radio. Why allow
"incorrect" facts to stand. Television and print media
have always been "fair and balanced" in this nation.

On and on. It makes me ill to think where their priorities
lie while there are many world wide looking to char broil
our hides.

All this as the Hollyweird elite create films and an aura
of decadence that the rest of the world views as truly
American. And they call themselves "Progressives"....JJ61
7 posted on 03/01/2007 10:05:46 PM PST by JerseyJohn61 (Better Late Than Never.......sometimes over lapping is worth the effort....)
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To: jazusamo

Kudos to the Gentleman Colonel. He knows these pukes well ...


8 posted on 03/01/2007 10:06:39 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: SirKit

Ollie ping!


9 posted on 03/01/2007 10:10:21 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: jazusamo
1699
Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel have now signed the appeal!
View the February 25 footage of CBS 60 Minutes segment about the Appeal for Redress
The "Appeal for Redress" began in September 2006. In October they hired Fenton Communications to market the plan for them.

They have managed to get 1699 signatures in 6 months.


ENTER THE GOOD GUYS!

APPEAL FOR COURAGE
Site Launched:
Monday, Feb. 12th
1336
Military members have signed, join us!

Military Family and Vets organizations are the only ones "marketing" for the Appeal for Courage and they have garnered 1336 signatures in 18 DAYS.

When will 60 minutes do a special on the Appeal for Courage?????

10 posted on 03/01/2007 10:10:49 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08, NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Just A Nobody; bnelson44

BUMP!!!


11 posted on 03/01/2007 10:14:49 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo
Thank you for posting the entire article.

Most stuff posted here from Townhall.com is unnecessarily excerpted.
12 posted on 03/01/2007 10:21:34 PM PST by upchuck (Oh, so they have Internet on computers now! ~ H. Simpson)
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To: jazusamo
News reports selectively quoted passages from the pontiff's remarks that made it appear he was attacking Islam. Muslim leaders condemned Benedict's words and a Roman Catholic nun was murdered in Somalia as a result. In the aftermath of the violence, Ali Bardakoglu, grand mufti of Turkey admitted that he had not heard or read the Pope's lecture -- but had in fact based his anger on press reports.

Yea but the press got to bash the west, Christians and Bush all in the same story so it's perfectly OK./s/


Thank you Col. North for an eye opening story.
13 posted on 03/01/2007 10:28:58 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Fifth Generation Texan)
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To: msnimje

Ollie was prohibited from holding public office as a result of irangate back in the 80s. The libs thought they had gotten rid of him, now as a media person himself he's a major thorn in their side. He's doing far more damage to them by exposing their lies than he could as an elected official. May Ollie's white light of truth always shine on the demonrats, Go OLLIE, GO!


14 posted on 03/01/2007 10:34:23 PM PST by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: jazusamo
It is no surprise the MSM has blood on their hands...they have a long history of criminal irresponsibility.
15 posted on 03/01/2007 10:39:49 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: timer
Ollie was prohibited from holding public office as a result of irangate back in the 80s

I did not even know that. I was a youngster back them and remember the trials a bit.

Too bad.
16 posted on 03/01/2007 10:43:26 PM PST by msnimje (Brian Camenker - The Right's own version of marKOS Moulitsas Z˙niga of Daily Kos)
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To: jazusamo

Ollie for President!!!!


17 posted on 03/01/2007 10:48:01 PM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: jazusamo

Ollie for President!!!!


18 posted on 03/01/2007 10:48:05 PM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: jazusamo
Ollie, do you want us to write you in on the Pubbie ballot?
19 posted on 03/01/2007 10:58:38 PM PST by Candor7
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To: jazusamo

bttt


20 posted on 03/01/2007 11:11:11 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Too bad these leftist advocates for abortion didn't practice what they preach on themselves.)
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To: timer

Didn't Col. North legally run for Senator in Virginia recently?


21 posted on 03/01/2007 11:24:55 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: msnimje

Second that! Great suggestion... and what IS he up to for the next ten? We need an experienced, real leader with a real spine, not a socialist in a suit.


22 posted on 03/01/2007 11:27:12 PM PST by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces. The whole world will see justice done.)
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To: Cannonette
Remember when Newsweak did a story about Korans being flushed down toilets at Gitmo? 17 people died in riots in Jalabad over that. HCN's didn't come to work at Kandahar Air Field that day.
23 posted on 03/01/2007 11:48:11 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group -- Distributed IO and counter-PsyOps)
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To: msnimje
I have an old time magazine from back then....


24 posted on 03/02/2007 12:05:39 AM PST by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: tina07
I have spent this morning studying up on it.
It is very interesting.
25 posted on 03/02/2007 8:33:59 AM PST by msnimje (Brian Camenker - The Right's own version of marKOS Moulitsas Z˙niga of Daily Kos)
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To: jazusamo
James Cameron, the Hollywood director of "Titanic," had discovered the place where Jesus, his wife Mary and their son were buried, and promised that NBC's exclusive interview "could rock Christianity to its core."

Their ID's were confirmed by their driver's licenses and dental records. Its a true fact.

26 posted on 03/02/2007 9:09:13 AM PST by marron
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Note: this topic is from March 2007.
Our troops aren't the only target for twisted news. Some of it is aimed straight at the heart of Christian belief. On Monday morning NBC News' Matt Lauer proffered an infomercial for "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," a "documentary" airing on the Discovery Channel this weekend. NBC's breathless billing described the production as a "shocking new claim" that James Cameron, the Hollywood director of "Titanic," had discovered the place where Jesus, his wife Mary and their son were buried, and promised that NBC's exclusive interview "could rock Christianity to its core." Peacock network promoters failed to note that the tomb Cameron "discovered" had actually been found nearly three decades ago -- and that credible archeologists had long since dismissed any assertion it belonged to the Jesus Christ crucified on Calvary.

27 posted on 05/28/2009 6:46:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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