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Why is MSM ignoring Obama's radical past?
The Indiana Gazette ^ | June 15, 2010

Posted on 06/16/2010 5:49:33 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The first response to publicist Maria Sliwa's e-mail queries to news organizations about whether they would like to receive a review copy of ``The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists'' came back from a reporter at the Christian Science Monitor.

The answer was ``no.'' But it wasn't just ``no.'' The reporter called the book by journalist-author-WABC radio host Aaron Klein and researcher Brenda J. Elliott - at the time embargoed and thus unread - a name for toilet paper I'd rather not print. Reflexively, Sliwa hit the delete button (thus losing the reporter's name for posterity). But when other e-mails started coming back with similarly visceral (and even similarly scatological) responses, she started saving them, realizing the reactions themselves were a story.

And so they are. Again, these e-mails, some of which appear below, are responding to the prospect of a new book by a journalist known for groundbreaking work as the Jerusalem-based correspondent for the popular conservative news site Worldnetdaily.com. Klein was also the journalist who first put the Bill Ayers-Barack Obama story together in February 2008 - 5,000 miles from the United States.

``Ridiculous crap,'' wrote John Oswald, news editor of the New York Daily News.

``Never, ever contact me again,'' wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.

``Absolute crap,'' wrote Evelyn Leopold, former U.N. bureau chief for Reuters.

``Seriously, get a life,'' wrote David Knowles, AOL's political writer.

``This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication,'' wrote Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar.

Such attitudes help explain why Newsweek is on the block, and why mainstream media in general are hurting. But the mindset itself remains mysterious. These ladies and gents of the Fourth Estate didn't just want to ignore the Klein-Elliott book about Barack Obama's radical ties, they wanted to denigrate it, and some quite angrily, which is an out-of-sync reaction to a book that last week debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at No. 10. Somehow, the book was personally or even existentially offensive to these MSMers' most cherished convictions. Whether such convictions balance on a halo affixed to Barack Obama (threatened by the book's revelations), or rest on their own sorry credentials as news professionals (ditto), or something else, I don't know. But this rejectionist reflex, which characterized the abysmal 2008 Obama campaign coverage, is why we now have a president who poses a danger to the future of the republic.

Unfortunately, conservative media, too, are relatively AWOL on this book. Even Fox News, which has indeed hosted Klein, hasn't built on the book's newsiest chunks, the ones that make it stunningly clear that Obama's radical-filled past was, as they say, merely prologue. From Obama's participation in the socialist New Party in the mid-1990s, to his connections to communist-terrorist Bill Ayers, it's all relevant today. How? For example, some of the same anti-American, anti-capitalist revolutionaries from those bad old days now help craft republic-changing legislation.

Take Obama's 2009 stimulus package that launched the outraged Tea Party Movement. As the authors report, a radical group with a Marx-inspired agenda called the Apollo Alliance strongly influenced the legislation - as the group repeatedly brags at its website (apolloalliance.org), charting similarities between the stimulus bill and Apollo's recommendations, and citing Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid's tribute to Apollo as an ``important factor.'' Among Apollo's Leftist founders is Joel Rogers, who co-founded the socialist New Party. Jeff Jones, who co-founded the Weather Underground with Bill Ayers and Mark Rudd, is the director of Apollo's New York office. The authors further explain why it is that, as a project of the secretive Tides Center - on whose board sits Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN and former member of Weather Underground's parent group, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) - the Apollo Alliance's financial sources are effectively impossible to trace.

All of this isn't ``guilt by association.'' It's association, a key to understanding how the radicalism of Obama's past today shapes the policy dictating our future. And it cries out for further journalistic digging. Consumers of New Media - blogs, talk radio - already know some of the story, while The Manchurian President's brisk sales guarantee a wide audience. But the MSM? Clueless. Which wouldn't much matter if it still weren't the case that only the MSM cover the president. Or do they cover-up the president?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agitprop; antichrist; bhofascism; communism; conspiracy; coverup; democrats; fraud; harryreid; jourbalism; jourbalists; liberalfascism; mancheurianpresident; manchurianpresident; obama; propagandist; socialism; staterunmedia; teaparty; treason; usurper; yellowjournalism
How surprising.
1 posted on 06/16/2010 5:49:33 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The MSM has have their heads in the sand. They don’t want to know. Seems like most republicans don’t want to know, either.


2 posted on 06/16/2010 5:54:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> Why is MSM ignoring Obama’s radical past?

Because they have the same radical roots, the same radical worldview, and the same radical vision.


3 posted on 06/16/2010 5:54:35 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin’s HUSBAND being a possible member of an Alaskan succession party is worthy news yet ANYTHING regarding President Obama’s past is ‘rubbish’.


4 posted on 06/16/2010 5:55:07 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They would have been all over the book had the title been: "The Manchurian Candidate: Sarah Palin's Ties to Right-Wing Extremists, Revolutionaries and Other Pro-American Extremists"
5 posted on 06/16/2010 5:56:43 AM PDT by avacado (6.02x10^23)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They can stay on the “unsinkable ship”.


6 posted on 06/16/2010 5:57:21 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’re cut from the same cloth. MSM hates America as much as Obama does.


7 posted on 06/16/2010 5:58:05 AM PDT by ILS21R (A 200 year supply of oil... in Alaska....right now)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I just can't understand why at some point there isn't a crack in the MSM armor....

Otherwise what we are looking at is not the MSM but truely, they have become the Ministry of Propaganda. So maybe we should refer to them here on in as MOP instead of MSM, 'cause they sure don't represent "Mainstream" America.
8 posted on 06/16/2010 5:59:34 AM PDT by Newton ('No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Newton

“...they have become the Ministry of Propaganda. So maybe we should refer to them here on in as MOP instead of MSM,...”

I love it. Great suggestion.


9 posted on 06/16/2010 6:04:14 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Westbrook

“Because they have the same radical roots, the same radical worldview, and the same radical vision.”

...yep...they indoctrinate them with that in J-school


10 posted on 06/16/2010 6:06:44 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Newton

“So maybe we should refer to them here on in as MOP instead of MSM, ‘cause they sure don’t represent “Mainstream” America.”

I picked it up from Rush, but I call them the SCM - State Controlled Media.


11 posted on 06/16/2010 6:07:22 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: Newton

There are many cracks in their armor. Their credibility is zero. Their enterprises are gushing red ink. They are visibly cracking and sinking.


12 posted on 06/16/2010 6:07:26 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Westbrook

Exposing his radical past, would expose Hussein Obama.
That is not part of the State-run media’s template.
They are they to uphold, support, and defend their boy!!
These are the facts, and nothing but the facts.


13 posted on 06/16/2010 6:08:09 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Westbrook

There’s only two sides in the Cosmic Battle,
and they’re on the opposite side of the King of Kings.


14 posted on 06/16/2010 6:08:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The delusion is strong....stronger than I thought it would be. I should never underestimate God.


15 posted on 06/16/2010 6:09:49 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

“The delusion is strong....stronger than I thought it would be. I should never underestimate God.”

I’m not saying Obama is the anti-Christ, but Obama’s rise to power has opened my eyes to how an anti-Christ could happen. Before Obama, I always had skepticism that one man could sway so many. I no longer have doubts.


16 posted on 06/16/2010 6:13:32 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
"Why is MSM ignoring Obama's radical past?"

Obama Media Lap Dog

17 posted on 06/16/2010 6:14:24 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reminding me how they covered for Jack Kennedy’s dissolute life style. As a fan of JFK, I didn’t want to believe the “crap” that some were putting out. But it was all true, no matter how unpleasant it was to accept it. They even covered for LBJ, who had to be one of the most unpleasant men ever to occupy the White House.


18 posted on 06/16/2010 6:21:36 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like the fools they are; they think they are going hit the mother lode with the lies Obama’s tells them. It’s also a way to bring out the pervsion in them.


19 posted on 06/16/2010 6:23:10 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ilovesarah2012

No, they don’t. They’re actively on the radicals’ side.


20 posted on 06/16/2010 6:25:55 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because the Radical Plan from the beginning of the 1900's was to infiltrate and take over the media, the schools and eventually the government.
They succeeded.

21 posted on 06/16/2010 6:27:45 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: brownsfan

I have shared this very same thought. His visit to Germany during the election, and the rediculous fawning crowds really opened my eyes to what the antichrist would look like. No questions, no background, just blind worship.


22 posted on 06/16/2010 6:30:17 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: Westbrook

Same radical roots, same radical worldview and the same radical vision. Dead on. They are also very shortsighted. The marxists in power hate the constitution and are acting as if it doesn’t exist. When a radical marxist pulls off a coup, the existing media is ususally the first to be sacked. Useful idiots. The media is actively participating in their own demise and seem happy about it.


23 posted on 06/16/2010 6:31:24 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: Eye of Unk

And arrange the deck chairs.


24 posted on 06/16/2010 6:32:13 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This has all been commented on before, but just imagine if Bush had a similar background to Obama’s instead his coming from the right. And Bush had a pastor who espoused some wacky, white-pride/hate minorities cause. We’d still be getting stories from the media about it. But since this is Obama, and many in the media identify with Obama’s past, they look past the big, stinking pile of leftist excrement in the middle of the highway.


25 posted on 06/16/2010 6:44:06 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: brownsfan
The problem I have with SCM is that it is only pro-leftist. They mercilessly attacked the president when he was a Republican.

Maybe CCM (Communist Controlled Media) would be more appropriate. Or LCM = leftist controlled media

26 posted on 06/16/2010 7:09:37 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They don’t want to be called a racist! Just like me, wait they can’t call me a racist. Uncle Tom is more like it! ;)


27 posted on 06/16/2010 7:32:50 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Christian Conservative Black Man!)
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To: brownsfan

The strong delusion is designed to make clear the lines of demarcation between the 2 kingdoms....because the time is short. Last call....


28 posted on 06/16/2010 8:45:22 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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