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US News and World Report Smears DC Trucker Protest with False Allegations - Here's the Truth
Freedom Outpost ^ | October 8, 2013 | Suzanne Hamner

Posted on 10/09/2013 3:44:39 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

With the Ride for the Constitution three days away, it came as no surprise when a story appeared in US News and World Report yesterday indicating that truckers were planning to congest the DC beltway and arrest congressmen during their October 11-13, 2013 event. According to their source, Earl Conlon, the truckers would ride 3 lanes deep circling I-495 and demand the arrest of those in office who have violated their oath. This part of the story is false. As someone who has been in contact with the organizer and their media spokesperson, the message has been and continues to be a peaceful protest to deliver grievances to Congress requesting they honor their oath by upholding the Constitution. Their entire intent can be read here. At no point has the arrest of those in office by truckers or law enforcement been on their agenda.

The Blaze also reported the same story and has since updated the original to include a statement by the organizers of the Truckers Ride for the Constitution. Ben Pam, one of the organizers, told The Blaze the group does not intend on arresting congressmen, obstructing traffic or closing down roads. A post by the organizers on their Facebook page indicates other trucking groups not associated with Ride for the Constitution and Truckers to Shut Down America are spreading false information in an effort to copy the original movement and "divide and conquer."

The organization has sent a request to US News and World Report advising them to print a retraction or update the article to "reflect the truth about the campaign." The media spokeperson for the group, Peter Santilli of Guerilla Media Network, indicated Earl Conlon happened to be only a "coordinator" of drivers and not a spokesman for the event at all. According to the emails sent to the news organization from Pete Santilli, the group was disappointed that reporters did not contact the organizer of the group, Zeeda Andrews, or himself for commentary. Mr. Conlon even indicated in an email that he was not a spokesman for the Ride for the Constitution.

A subsequent email from Pete Santilli to US News and World Report summarizes their expectations with regard to the article.

Steven, attached is a link to the audio conversation I just had with Earl Conlon.

Earl is not even a trucker, he was merely offering to organize the convoy as he has had previous experience.

He has never been designated as a spokesperson, and it's apparent that his intentions are polar opposite the Ride for the Constitution's.

We hereby respectfully request a retraction or update on the article to indicate that Earl is in no way associated with the mission of the ride. He was merely a point of contact for drivers at a meeting place for the start of the convoy. Please immediately update the article so as not to create the false perception you have portrayed in your article.

At this point, if you fail to make an immediate correction, we will have to inform all members of the media of this extreme example of yellow journalism that exists in the main stream. I will personally have to denounce this article as an intentionally harmful means of hi-jacking the positive message Zeeda has conveyed since day one.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to retrieve the link in the email to the conversation.

As of the writing of this article, US News and World Report has not printed an update or a retraction.

Overdrive magazine online has even printed an article indicating that Conlon's convoy was "intended as a show of force." The paragraph is as follows:

Conlon's convoy is intended as a show of force, he said, attendant to delivering evidence to law enforcement authorities that he hopes will result in "one or two people stuck in handcuffs," he said – "politicians, senators, congressmen – for violating their oaths of office" to uphold the constitution.

This paragraph follows one that quotes Zeeda Andrews on when the event will start. The magazine has made it appear as though Conlon is authorized to speak on behalf of the Ride for the Constitution organization. As indicated, Conlon was never authorized to speak on behalf of the organization and has provided false information to the media.

I contacted Zeeda regarding the article in Overdrive magazine to inform her of the continued reporting of negative information regarding the truckers Ride for the Constitution. In her return email, Zeeda indicated the legal side of this is being handled by Larry Klayman. This is confirmed on the Facebook page in a post indicating Mr. Klayman would be in DC for all three days to speak on behalf of Citizen Indictment. As you may recall, Larry Klayman has called for an American citizen march on Washington on November 19, 2013, to indicate to Congress and the federal government that a return to the Constitution is in order.

One can only wonder at the intent of Mr. Conlon. Earl Conlon contacted Freedom Outpost wanting to disseminate some information to the organizers of the event. He requested their contact information. Being that Mr. Conlon was near the area where I reside, I contacted him by phone. At that time, Mr. Conlon indicated to me that he was with a group who had planned to ride to Washington in November and had a point of origin where all the truckers could meet. Mr. Conlon stated that this effort was important and egos needed to be put aside in favor of the bigger issue of government following the limits in the Constitution. After speaking with him, I referred him to Zeeda Andrews, the organizer of the event, since I had spoken with her via email after writing the first article on the trucker strike.

Whatever his original intent, Mr. Conlon overstepped his role in this event spreading an alternate negative message that has placed a cloud over the positive peaceful event to have government address grievances identified by the truckers and the American people. This transgression on the part of Mr. Conlon was all the lamestream media needed to now spread a negative message about this event. It is sensationalism at its best to produce an emotional negative response. What else can one expect from the mainstream enemedia who supports the liar in chief?

If an individual such as myself could identify the organizer and spokesperson of the event, one would think that a reporter for US News and World Report could do the same considering their vast array of investigative tools. Actually, it didn't take a seasoned reporter to identify the true organizer or spokesperson. One only has to visit the website, the Facebook page, and a previous article on Freedom Outpost to identify the organizers and their media spokesperson. But, one can bet that the reporter for the news organization was not interested in presenting a totally positive message on the entire event; he wanted to search for any negative spark to incite opposition.

The truly sad thing is more than one news organization picked up that unofficial false intention and ran with it.

One can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

This event has continued to be supported because of its peaceful intent to demonstrate to our federal government that it has strayed from the Constitution and needs to fall back into line. Other organizations and individual Americans have supported this effort by vowing to cease all monetary transactions for the days of October 11-13, in protest of the unconstitutional actions of the branches of our government. Remember, buy your goods that you will need before these days; perform all banking and monetary transactions beforehand and prepare to be financially silent on those days. Be sure and have extra goods on hand to last a few weeks afterward as distribution of goods may be delayed.

Our family has supported this and will continue to support efforts to hold our government accountable to the limits set forth in the Constitution.

Come on America. Let's Roll!!


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Pennsylvania; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: earlconlon; lies; msm; truckers

1 posted on 10/09/2013 3:44:39 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 10/09/2013 3:45:31 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ABC Radio News stated yesterday afternoon that the truckers were demonstrating “against the government shutdown”.


3 posted on 10/09/2013 3:48:27 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

I heard that as well, I think on AP radio or it could have been one of those CBS news interrupts on the radio, that the Truckers were protesting the Gub’mint shutdown, and there was much angst within the GOP party.


5 posted on 10/09/2013 3:53:08 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Diogenesis

How come journalists aren’t being furloughed? They are all government employees.


6 posted on 10/09/2013 3:53:54 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Earl Conlon, the truckers would ride 3 lanes deep circling I-495 and demand the arrest of those in office who have violated their oath. This part of the story is false.”

Awww, what a disappointment.


7 posted on 10/09/2013 3:54:15 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Dead Corpse

Ping! I thought you might be interested in this perspective given our conversation yesterday.

I’m now left confused. I’m not sure what to believe with regards to the specific plans here. I’m just glad that I ended up taking Friday off at this point.


8 posted on 10/09/2013 3:54:54 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: esoxmagnum

Oh, and someone mentioned that Ed Schultz said the bikers were there to protest the shutdown as well, as was the black woman who was shot to death with her baby.

I don’t listen or watch Ed Schultz, so I cannot confirm this report (an elderly guy who I fish with).


9 posted on 10/09/2013 3:55:54 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: who knows what evil?

“How come journalists aren’t being furloughed? They are all government employees.”

Because they are “Essential” employees to this administration.


10 posted on 10/09/2013 4:12:39 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: esoxmagnum

Don’t you/they mean the “GOP” shutdown of the governless, er government?


11 posted on 10/09/2013 4:17:29 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Megan Kelly’s show said they were going to do citizen’s arrests of congressmen.


12 posted on 10/09/2013 4:34:17 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: lowbridge

If Earl didn’t exist, the media would invent him. Maybe he is a plant.


13 posted on 10/09/2013 4:39:15 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Because they are truly essential!


14 posted on 10/09/2013 4:40:03 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: who knows what evil?
"How come journalists aren’t being furloughed? They are all government employees."

Good one, but the government answer is that they are Essential Employees.

15 posted on 10/09/2013 4:50:47 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

what I would love to see a Military convoy with tanks and APCs drive around DC, then to the White House to arrest the leaders of this regime for treason.


16 posted on 10/09/2013 4:51:11 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: luvbach1

Megyn...you gotta keep a “conservative eye” on this lady. All “right” in the outside, a “little left” on the inside. (Re: Ted Cruz interview)


17 posted on 10/09/2013 4:53:29 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( The Republican Party has become the White Flag Party-shamefully surrendering daily to Socialism.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hope they are a success. Does anyone remember the song “Convoy”?


18 posted on 10/09/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

19 posted on 10/09/2013 6:28:59 AM PDT by devolve (----- ----- ----- ----- shall not infringe upon my smoking MacBook PRO ----- ----- ----- -----)
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To: FourtySeven

I’ll pass this on to my BiL...

Thanks for the update!


20 posted on 10/09/2013 6:33:40 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: McGavin999
This is the Internet. Remember?

1975 version of Convoy.

21 posted on 10/09/2013 6:36:27 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Isn't anybody just a little bit skeptical of a truckers' rally organized by a guy who isn't a trucker?
22 posted on 10/09/2013 6:38:32 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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23 posted on 10/09/2013 6:39:34 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: Dead Corpse

Man... I had forgotten how moving many of the truckers songs were.. After your link finished, I looked up Red Sovine for “Phantom 309” and “Teddy Bear”.. couldn’t see the screen after the first one.. and was worse after the last..
On a side note, I was thinking of “Convoy” a couple of weeks ago... not sure if it was because of the situation, or just memories of a simpler time :p


24 posted on 10/09/2013 9:04:56 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: McGavin999

I remember it well - so a couple of weeks ago I looked it up on Youtube, and listened again ;-)

Here are the ‘lyrics’:

[On the CB]
Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Big Ben, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, for sure, for sure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon. Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy...

Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin’ logs
Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin’ hogs
We was headin’ for bear on I-one-oh
‘Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
I says, “Pig Pen, this here’s Rubber Duck.
And I’m about to put the hammer down.”

[Chorus]
‘Cause we got a little ol’ convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a little ol’ convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
Convoy!
[On the CB]
Ah, breaker, Pig Pen, this here’s the Duck. And, you wanna back off them hogs? Yeah, 10-4, ‘bout five mile or so. Ten, roger. Them hogs is gettin’ in-tense up here.

By the time we got into Tulsa Town,
We had eighty-five trucks in all.
But there’s a roadblock up on the cloverleaf,
And them bears was wall-to-wall.
Yeah, them smokies was thick as bugs on a bumper;
They even had a bear in the air!
I says, “Callin’ all trucks, this here’s the Duck.
“We about to go a-huntin’ bear.”

[Chorus]
‘Cause we got a great big convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a great big convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
Convoy!

[On the CB]
Ah, you wanna give me a 10-9 on that, Pig Pen? Negatory, Pig Pen; you’re still too close. Yeah, them hogs is startin’ to close up my sinuses. Mercy sakes, you better back off another ten.

Well, we rolled up Interstate 44
Like a rocket sled on rails.
We tore up all of our swindle sheets,
And left ‘em settin’ on the scales.
By the time we hit that Chi-town,
Them bears was a-gettin’ smart:
They’d brought up some reinforcements
From the Illinois National Guard.
There’s armored cars, and tanks, and jeeps,
And rigs of ev’ry size.
Yeah, them chicken coops was full’a bears
And choppers filled the skies.
Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
With a thousand screamin’ trucks
An’ eleven long-haired Friends of Jesus
In a chartreuse micro-bus.

[On the CB]
Ah, Rubber Duck to Sodbuster, come over. Yeah, 10-4, Sodbuster? Lissen, you wanna put that micro-bus in behind that suicide jockey? Yeah, he’s haulin’ dynamite, and he needs all the help he can get.

Well, we laid a strip for the Jersey shore
And prepared to cross the line
I could see the bridge was lined with bears
But I didn’t have a dog-goned dime.
I says, “Pig Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck.
We just ain’t a-gonna pay no toll.”
So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
I says “Let them truckers roll, 10-4.”

[Chorus]
‘Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.

(Convoy!) Ah, 10-4, Pig Pen, what’s your twenty?
(Convoy!) OMAHA? Well, they oughta know what to do with them hogs out there for sure. Well, mercy (Convoy!) sakes, good buddy, we gonna back on outta here, so keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your... (Convoy!) tail. We’ll catch you on the flip-flop. This here’s the Rubber Duck on the side.
Convoy! We gone. ‘Bye, ‘bye.


25 posted on 10/09/2013 3:56:16 PM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: Dead Corpse

LOL, thank you so much for posting that! I totally enjoyed it


26 posted on 10/09/2013 6:20:49 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

You are very welcome. :-)


27 posted on 10/10/2013 5:36:20 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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