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EXCLUSIVE: Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists(fast and furious) ^ | 4 October, 2012 | David Codrea

Posted on 10/05/2012 4:09:12 PM PDT by marktwain

“U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High,” Gallup announced, citing a poll concluding “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media…”

Firearms owners weary of the barrage of disinformation, spin and outright lies we have come to expect as the norm when on gun issues could well wonder how 40 percent of the populace can be so thick.

A case study could be made of media malpractice in its coverage of Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking. When it was not ignoring the story, the media, with a few notable exceptions like CBS News, Fox News, and surprisingly, the Spanish-language network Univision, were working double-duty to carry the Obama administration’s water and to parrot its talking points.

When the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General released its long-awaited report on the scandal, it noted it had found “no evidence” Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the program prior to January, 2011. Media shills were quick to spin that into proclamations he had been “cleared” and “exonerated,” conveniently not mentioning that much evidence had been withheld, key witnesses had refused to speak to investigators, and the White House had refused cooperation with the probe citing lack of OIG authority.

Further breaches of integrity were evidenced when the report demolished a Fortune article claiming gunwalking had not taken place that the media had previously picked up on to derail further inquiry. Earlier, a Joint Congressional Report contained allegations their reporter may have been given information illegally obtained from the personnel file of a key whistleblower.

That administration mouthpieces were coordinating stories with a sympathetic press became indisputable when The Daily Caller reported the Justice Department’s public affairs chief and Media Matters, an influential leftwing advocacy site that has vociferously defended the administration and attacked its investigators, had actually corresponded and coordinated on stories about Fast and Furious.

On another front, the hostility and hypocrisy of legacy media to the right to keep and bear arms manifested itself perfectly in a story brought to light by citizen journalist John Richardson, who reported on the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence hosting a discussion on “Truth Telling: The Media’s Role in the Conversation on Guns,” where the panel was comprised entirely of anti-gun media hacks. A representative of the CalGuns Foundation was rejected from going and had his ticket money refunded because the organizers did “not feel it was appropriate for [him] to attend this event.”

That’s some conversation they wish to have.

Pat Caddell, a former Democratic pollster, thinks “we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power and the role that the media plays,” and told a recent Accuracy in Media conference that rather than being protectors of liberty, the press “have made themselves a fundamental threat…and the enemy of the American people.” Soviets joked about communist newspapers, Pravda (“Truth”) and Izvestia (“News”).

“In the Truth there is no news, and in the News there is no truth.”

By David Codrea

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; fastandfurious; gunwalker; murdergate
The Soviet writers had an excuse: the gulag. What is the excuse for the witers in today's MSM?
1 posted on 10/05/2012 4:09:18 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: MestaMachine

witers should be writers.

Gunwalker / Murdergate ping.

2 posted on 10/05/2012 4:10:22 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Their excuse is they want to destroy the US from within and remake in their own image.

3 posted on 10/05/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT by ully2
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To: marktwain
So then I guess people won't be buying the 7.8% unemployment rate either.
4 posted on 10/05/2012 4:44:07 PM PDT by funfan
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To: marktwain

The most annoying part of the meta-problem IS the media, but the most intractable part is that MOST people in our country could have ever elected a guy with suuuuch thin credentials.

But to return to the point, yes, the only good newspaper articles about the USA tend to now appear in British newspapers, and the best TV broadcasts are done by Mexicans.

I was always disgusted by the US media but...I didn’t forsee it becoming quite THIS bad before they all started to die out (if we can make it another 5 years I think most of them will be out of biz).

I think it was Abe Lincoln who said that an even better defense of liberty than all the liberty was an active and unfettered media —what about a media that freely COLLUDES in it’s own deception...?

I don’t think ole Abe saw that one coming.

Self-censorship is faaar move effective than top-town censorship cuz it leaves NO journo heroes....

5 posted on 10/05/2012 4:49:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: marktwain; All

Post/thread BUMP! Our progressive propagandists are second to none. These parrots can really control the message to the millions of useful idiots.

“Listen to the tide slowly turning...”

6 posted on 10/05/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: marktwain
The agenda of the media is not about informing the public.

7 posted on 10/05/2012 6:28:07 PM PDT by TigersEye ( - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...


8 posted on 10/05/2012 8:02:04 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason.)
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To: marktwain; Joe Brower; Nachum; MestaMachine

"Fast and Furious?

What's that, a movie?"

9 posted on 10/05/2012 8:20:52 PM PDT by Travis McGee (
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