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How To Kill Political Correctness Before It Kills Us
The Bulletin ^ | 1/16/2010 | Herb Denenberg

Posted on 01/16/2010 5:21:01 AM PST by IbJensen

I’ve been doing consumer reports for over 34 years and, from my perspective, the No. 1 consumer issue is the sad state of the mainstream media.

It has become something other than a segment of the media, and now can be correctly described as a propaganda organ of a Democratic Party controlled executive branch of the U.S. Government. What’s worse, it is totally biased, dishonest, and fraudulent and can no longer be trusted to deliver the information needed by the American people. It pulled off the biggest fraud in electoral history by pushing the election of President Barack Obama, and is continuing to work hand-in-hand with the Obama administration in destroying America as we know it. That’s why this column has so often focused on the sad state of the mainstream media on which the proper functioning of our society depends.

Here’s a perfect illustration of what that mean in practice. One of the strongest supporters of Islamic terrorism is our mainstream media. That’s because its political correctness means that the mainstream media doesn’t give the public the truth about the threat of radical Islam (or whatever you want to call it – Islamic extremism, Islamic terrorism, hijacked Islam, jihadism, etc.). In other words, if we don’t kill political correctness, it will kill us by making us unaware of the ongoing war fought by radical Islam against the U.S. and the West. If you can’t even identify your enemy and be honest in describing your enemy, you are a dead duck. President Obama and his administration are among the foremost practitioners of political correctness, and that’s one of many reasons the Obama administration is a threat to the survival of America. The infection of political correctness is as widespread as it is dangerous, but this column will focus on political correctness in the mainstream media.

Former President George H.W. Bush (Bush I), right after the Fort Hood jihadist attack, came up with one of the best definitions of political correctness: “The notion of political correctness declares certain topics, certain expressions, even certain gestures, off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship.” The mainstream media censors-out news of radical Islam, making our enemies invisible.

If you analyze the bias of the dishonest and fraudulent mainstream media, you will find it is consistently on the wrong side of history, and runs contrary to America’s values. It is, in fact, anti-American, anti-conservative, anti-family-values, anti-law-enforcement, and anti-military. The mainstream media is also politically correct, and one consequence of that is the mainstream media’s downplaying or ignoring the threat of radical Islam. It is now politically incorrect to point out the dangers of the threat of radical Islam. So, the American Congress for Truth (ACT) has just published a Citizen Media Monitoring Guide, designed – in the words of Brigette Gabriel, president of ACT and a leading authority on radical Islam — “for citizens concerned about politically-correct driven media bias as it relates to radical Islam. As the Ft. Hood jihadist attack painfully demonstrated, political correctness can be more than annoying and frustrating — it can be deadly.”

The Guide gives this example: “In the hours and days following the attack, news anchors, commentators, and journalists bent over backwards to avoid characterizing the attack as a jihadist attack or a terrorist attack. One study found that between November 5 and November 10, fully 65 percent of the reports produced by ABC, NBC and CBS News did not mention the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism.’”

The deadly political correctness also meant that no alarm bells were sounded by the Fort Hood jihadist’s fellow-workers, by the mainstream media, or by federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Consider what the Fort Hood jihadist told the people at Fort Hood in a speech he delivered: He said he believed Sharia (Muslim law) should trump the U.S. Constitution (a view that is illegal and criminal for a military officer, as he is sworn to defend and uphold the Constitution). He justified suicide bombings. And he said the war on terror was a war on Islam. Those are not just “dots” to be connected. Those are oceans of information only fools could miss. Those are not only red flags, but they are also red flags burning in a swimming pool of gasoline. How could such red flags be ignored? They could, and that suggests that political correctness at Fort Hood was made possible by a much larger phenomenon – the atmosphere of political correctness created by the Obama administration in all agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Army, and created by the mainstream media.

The Weekly Standard (Jan. 18, 2010) has a classic illustration of political correctness at where you would expect it in its purest and most dangerous form — The New York Times. It involves the question of profiling and whether airport and other security personnel should assume a 23-year-old Nigerian poses a greater risk than a frail 83-year-old grandmother from Nebraska. The Web site of The Times ran a piece entitled “Will Profiling Make a Difference?” by Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Mr. Marayati wrote:

“Focus on one particular ethnicity or country of origin, and the terrorists will recruit from somewhere else. Many terrorism suspects came from within the United States and European Union countries.”

In other words, as The Weekly Standard notes, this might mean al-Qaida will have to recruit among Scottish Presbyterians or Pennsylvania Mennonites, and it says that would be a great accomplishment. This kind of illogical left-wing garbage is what you would expect to find in The New York Times, but it gets worse. It turns out that Al-Marayati “is an odd messenger for The Times to have selected. Right after the 9/11 attacks, he went on a radio station in Los Angeles with this bit of psychotic logic:

“If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kind of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list, because I think this [the 9/11 attacks] diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”

The Weekly Standard concludes, “So, Marayati isn’t opposed to ‘profiling,’ after all. He just wants to focus on one particular country of origin [Israel].”

That example is not a wild aberration but the kind of political correctness that permeates The New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media. That also shows you the importance of the campaign to fight political correctness on the question of radical Islam launched by the American Congress for Truth. In the Citizen Media Monitoring Guide, written by Guy Rodgers, the executive director of the American Congress for Truth, you will learn (in Ms. Gabriel’s words):

“Why it’s so important that citizens concerned about the threat of radical Islam recognize and expose politically correct media bias.

What ‘political correctness’ is and how it produces media bias that enables the advance of radical Islam.

How the average citizen can detect, define and expose such media bias.”

The Citizen Media Monitoring Guide is a 19-page publication that can be downloaded at the Web site of the American Congress for Truth (www.americancongressfortruth.org). The Guide also explains how people can get involved in the war against media political correctness by becoming part of a media monitoring unit being organized by ACT. The Guide states: “We are constructing a nationwide network of volunteer writers who will agree to monitor certain publications or broadcasts …If you are interested in either helping respond or helping coordinate your region of the country please send us an e-mail at member@americancongressfortruth.org.”

The Guide also contains useful information on how to approach media outlets that engage in political correctness and even includes sample letters to the editor.

One of the most important sections of this Guide explains its importance. It starts with this quote, “Whoever frames the debate and the terms of the debate is well on the way to winning the debate.” Then it notes “Islamists and their apologists and defenders want to frame the debate about ‘Islam’ as a recurring problem with insidious intolerance and anti-Muslim bigotry. If they succeed, public critique and criticism of radical Islam will be virtually suppressed.”

The Guide states how the debate must be framed: “The 21st century challenge of a supremacist political ideology, draped in religion, that for fourteen centuries has sought, and frequently succeeded, in conquering, subjugating, and killing non-Muslims. If we succeed, public focus will be on the truth about radical Islam’s political ideology, which is a focus Islamists desperately want to prevent.”

The Guide argues this is the wrong view of Islam: “Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few extremists.” This is in contrast to what it considers the correct view: “While there are many peaceful Muslims, Islam doctrinally and historically, is not a religion of peace.” When a culture defines Islam as the religion of peace it goes down the path of Europe: “Europe and Great Britain have already demonstrated to a watching world how impotent a culture will be in combating the rising tide of radical Islam when the threat is defined as ‘Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few extremists.’”

And it concludes, “America cannot afford to walk down this path. That is why detecting and exposing politically correct media bias is an absolutely essential element in the overall effort to defeat the threat of radical Islam. The stakes are very, very high.”

In case you’re not familiar with the American Congress for Truth, you should be. It is one of the leading players in the war against radical Islam. Its president, as indicated, is Brigette Gabriel, one of the leading authorities on terrorism (along with people like Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch). It has a distinguished Board of Advisors that includes R. James Woolsey, former head of the CIA; Major Paul Vallery, retired U.S. Army; and Mr. Spencer.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: kaliyuga; salamalmarayati
One of the strongest supporters of Islamic terrorism is our mainstream media.

The media works hand-in-hand with Congress, the majority of which is evil and apparently dedicated to the eradication of America's Constitution and its people.

1 posted on 01/16/2010 5:21:03 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

mark


2 posted on 01/16/2010 5:26:15 AM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: IbJensen

“illogical left-wing garbage” is exactly what it is.


3 posted on 01/16/2010 5:42:33 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: IbJensen

We should attack PC directly, and to use the very techniques used against the right; reference Chomsky’s Rules for Radicals.

-Make the liberals live up to their own impossible standards. Make them account for every hypocritical inconsistency of PC.

-Are THEY tolerant of different lifestyles, religious AND POLITICAL beliefs? Are they as tolerant of conservatism as they are of Islamic extremism? Or are THEY in fact the very monsters they scream are under the bed?

-Freeze, isolate, marginalize and dehumanize the hypocritical bastards. THEY are the monsters, THEY are not normal Americans, THEy are destructive to America.

-THEY are not American patriots. WE are.

-After all, THEY really ARE the monsters, whether they know it or not; Marxism/Communism has killed 100 million plus in the 20th century. And THEY want to try it again.

JMHO


4 posted on 01/16/2010 5:43:18 AM PST by Wildbill22
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To: IbJensen

I kill PC every day and it’s worked quite well... those who can’t handle it have learned to stay away.


5 posted on 01/16/2010 5:45:03 AM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: IbJensen

PC is alive and well among the self appointed censors on Free Republic.


6 posted on 01/16/2010 5:47:38 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. They are a drag on society)
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To: Wildbill22

good post!


7 posted on 01/16/2010 5:49:45 AM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: IbJensen

If this country doesnt start profiling, these terrorists will get more bold with each attempt. Maybe if we kept them ALL off planes coming into this country, their own people would turn them in.

As far as main stream media, I quit watching ABC, NBC and CBS for news, I watch fox. My husband buys our local newspaper for local news and I am even trying to have him stop that. If people stop watching/reading they will be talking to themselves.

However, I dont think the american public is stupid. I think most people in this country, no matter what their political party, knows very well whats going on...and we dont need talking heads to tell us about it, either.


8 posted on 01/16/2010 5:52:38 AM PST by New Yawk Minute
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To: Wildbill22

Oops, that was Saul Alinsky who wrote Rules for Radicals, not Chomsky.
Sorry.


9 posted on 01/16/2010 6:03:33 AM PST by Wildbill22
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To: bert
I haven't had anything censored since I signed on to FR, and as a right-winger I can be extremely outspoken.

Can you cite specific incidences?

10 posted on 01/16/2010 6:08:32 AM PST by IbJensen (A Prayer for Obama (Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: IbJensen
“The notion of political correctness declares certain topics, certain expressions, even certain gestures, off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility"

I so disagree that was ever true. While some folks may have gone along with or 'joined the cause' with altruistic inclination the leadership and movement was never about a crusade for civility. It was when it started and is now about 'social justice'.

11 posted on 01/16/2010 6:12:40 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: IbJensen

A good example are the December threads where posters were threatened and called in eir buddies to send notes to mods.


12 posted on 01/16/2010 6:16:11 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. They are a drag on society)
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To: Altura Ct.

I, too, disagree with that so-called original intention.


13 posted on 01/16/2010 6:16:37 AM PST by IbJensen (A Prayer for Obama (Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: bert

That incident appears as though a gaggle were attempting to harm this website!


14 posted on 01/16/2010 6:18:14 AM PST by IbJensen (A Prayer for Obama (Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: IbJensen

No, they were promoting their own narrow agendas


15 posted on 01/16/2010 6:23:11 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. They are a drag on society)
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To: IbJensen

Eddie2 was banned for saying W was shooting himself in the foot sometime after W’s second election. That’s censorship.


16 posted on 01/16/2010 6:33:51 AM PST by blueheron2 (Donate to Sarahpac)
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To: Wildbill22
Oops, that was Saul Alinsky who wrote Rules for Radicals, not Chomsky.

...although, now that you mention it, I *have* never seen them in a room together. /sarc>

Cheers!

17 posted on 01/16/2010 6:58:31 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.http://home.tia)
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To: IbJensen
I cut out the MSM (now LSM) long ago, never read the NY Times. Have gun and mouth (a serious weapon in my case)and am ready to battle PC. PC is vicious and the weapon of mass destruction used to destroy our culture.

vaudine

18 posted on 01/16/2010 7:23:18 AM PST by vaudine
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To: Wildbill22

You’re 100% correct. As a former liberal I’ve been trying to tell conservatives that while it’s perfectly laudable to ‘’take the high road’’ and discuss issues rather than launch ad hominems and this is still a good course of action, the times have changed. The Left, although still without an arguement, isn’t interested in debate. It’s fixated on personal destruction, witness the treatment of Sarah Palin. And as such it’s time to take the gloves off with a combination of facts and truths delivered with a strong verbal left-hook. Trust me, this is the only language the Left understands and respects. It shuts them up, literally.


19 posted on 01/16/2010 7:44:36 AM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: IbJensen
I had some comments censored about the percent of blacks in jail and how it's their culture that is the problem. I also had an animation of Superman giving Obama the finger behind his back censored. Other than those two times my 12 years here has been uncensored.

The worst censorship I had was by leftists. On a Linux site , Somebody posted a bunch of pro Obama bumber stickers. I responded with a few anti Obama graphics of my own. They kept the bumper stickers and bumped mine.

20 posted on 01/16/2010 7:48:30 AM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Wildbill22

Well they are both chumpsky’s anyway...


21 posted on 01/16/2010 7:50:16 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: John-Irish

Amen brother. Playing Mr. Nice Guy has not been exactly working for us in the last couple elections.


22 posted on 01/16/2010 8:12:25 AM PST by Wildbill22
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To: IbJensen
As someone earlier posted on FR, the so-called "political correctness" imposed by the Far Left is more aptly described as "cultural Marxism." As such, it may once have masked itself as what the first President Bush may call a "crusade for civility," but that is just one of the many masks it wears.

The term describes a tool to stifle dissent and to shut out ideas which do not advance the goal of the Far Left in America.

Should anyone doubt this, just observe the Left's perfect willingness to be "politically incorrect" about persons who express Judeo-Christian ideas, about candidates whom they deem to be a threat to their "progressive" march, or any number of others of the ideas of liberty guaranteed by America's Founders' United States Constitution.

Suggested descriptions of "political correctness":

- "cultural Marxism"
- "moral equivalency"
- "leveling" (a term used by Samuel Adams to describe wealth redistribution)
- "relativism"
- a perverted form of "tolerance"
- Add your own

23 posted on 01/16/2010 8:14:42 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: IbJensen
The Citizens Guide they discuss was sort of difficult to find, I didn't see it on the ACT website (but I bet it is there). Anyway, to document it, I put it up on The Patriot's Flag where you can see it and download it. It is well-written and something we should all have for our own personal "awareness." This was a great post and the full article is well worth the reading time ... also read the "guide." (Thanks for the post!)
24 posted on 01/16/2010 8:17:36 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Wildbill22

No, it hasn’t. It hasn’t because the liberals of fifty years ago disappeared when the Clintons, the Tom Haydens and John Kerrys took over the Democrat Party forty years ago and bought with the Mao-ist debating style we see today. These were the kids, the “Red Gaurd’’ you bought the politics of personal destruction, the ‘’all-must be changed’’ attitude that has so poisoned any chance of rational, civil discourse today and this is how we conservative are left with a moral quandry: Do we jump in the mud and make their arguement for them or ‘’damn the torpedos and full steam ahead?””


25 posted on 01/16/2010 8:34:58 AM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: loveliberty2

Deny the facts


26 posted on 01/16/2010 8:51:10 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: loveliberty2; little jeremiah

Your post is one of the most lucid observations I have ever seen here...

This response is a thank you bump and a bookmark for my friend little jeremiah...


27 posted on 01/16/2010 9:31:27 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: IbJensen; little jeremiah; Indian_Fighter_Kite; Knitting A Conundrum; Hari prasad; MimirsWell; ...

Kurukshetra War - Kali Yuga ping...

To be added to or removed from this ping list, please FReepmail Sir Francis Dashwood.

28 posted on 01/16/2010 9:35:21 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Nateman
Try something like this...

Hi...

"If I were to tell the press that millions of Americans would be blown up by an Iranian nutcase, or that your Congress has stolen the enire contents of your savings with health care "reform" or bailouts, nobody panics, because it's all part of the plan...

But, if I tell the press a few homosexuals are upset over their little wee wees in California, why, everyone just loses their minds!"

29 posted on 01/16/2010 9:41:45 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Nateman
SIMILIAR IDEAS WORK IN TELEVISION COMMERCIALS, IF THE GOP WOULD JUST GROW A PAIR...

You cannot afford to be pacifists...

30 posted on 01/16/2010 9:43:56 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: IbJensen

It thrives because to be a “respectable conservative” you must first agree that your liberal advesary has impeccable moral virtue and that you the RC have no argument with the left’s decades of failures but you only have a quibble with the pace of the latest proposal.


31 posted on 01/16/2010 9:59:07 AM PST by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Thanks for the ping/s.

I will read carefully later today.

It complements my tagline.

Where there is truth there is no illusion.

Where there is light there is no darkness.

(Roughly).

They hate the light of truth. They love the darkness of illusion. Therefore they change language and enact hate speech and hate thought crimes to keep peoples’ minds and consciousness in imprisoned.


32 posted on 01/16/2010 10:25:12 AM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: John-Irish

“a combination of facts and truths delivered with a strong verbal left-hook”

Well phrased. Me steal.


33 posted on 01/16/2010 11:31:04 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

Steal away :-)


34 posted on 01/16/2010 12:03:32 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: IbJensen

This is all Gramscite deconstruction at work. The problem is the left mistakenly believes that it can replace our current system with the paradise of socialism that never was. Muslims are playing the left like a fiddle. Just as German jews thought that by voting for Hitler they would be exempted from it’s consequences they became it’s first victims.


35 posted on 01/16/2010 12:18:06 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: IbJensen
Thanks for posting. Political Correctness is already killing us.

Hood massacre report gutless and shameful

36 posted on 01/16/2010 2:47:01 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: IbJensen

bump to the top


37 posted on 01/17/2010 5:24:43 PM PST by GOPJ (Massachusetts is ready for a nude-skinned Brown man with no trace of a Kennedy dialect-Steyn)
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