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Worse Than Nixon? Committee to Protect Journalists Warns About Obama Crackdown on Press Freedom
Democracy Now ^ | 10/11/2013 | Amy Goodman

Posted on 10/11/2013 11:05:20 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist

In its first report on press freedom in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists warns Obama has ushered in a paralyzing climate of fear for both reporters and their government sources. Among the case it details: six government employees - plus two contractors, including Edward Snowden - have faced felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act for leaking classified information to the press, compared with three such prosecutions in ALL previous U.S. administrations.

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(Excerpt) Read more at democracynow.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 113th; amybingoodman; amygoodman; barkingmoonbat; corruption; democrats; downie; govtabuse; judgenapolitano; lecetions; newmedia; obama; pacificaradio; randpaul; scandals; tyranny
Worse than Nixon? Maybe it should be "Worse than Stalin?..."
1 posted on 10/11/2013 11:05:20 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Nixon used the IRS on people and the Fairness Doctrine against NBC News in his day.

Its worse in these NSA data mining days for sure......


2 posted on 10/11/2013 11:07:23 AM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Nixon was a babe in the woods compared to Obama and goons...


3 posted on 10/11/2013 11:08:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

They supported Obungle. Reap what you sow commie state run propaganda machine.


4 posted on 10/11/2013 11:09:59 AM PDT by WilliamRobert (Rafael Cruz is an American hero, and he makes me proud to be Texan.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

DemocracyNow is a hard left site. FYI.


5 posted on 10/11/2013 11:10:18 AM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again. 969)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The media is controlled by a spoiled brat who will punish them for crossing him, and they like it.


6 posted on 10/11/2013 11:12:12 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The “news” media people are too far up the Zero Kings backside to know or care.


7 posted on 10/11/2013 11:25:07 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Nextrush

Can you cite Nixon using the IRS against his enemies?


8 posted on 10/11/2013 11:30:44 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: MeganC; All

Why is it that far-left, far-right, independent conservatives, Libertarians and Tea partiers are all in agreement that the Obama adm. seems to be running roughshod over freedom of the press?

Notice that the barely left of center and barely right of center (and their MSM mouthpieces) are pretty much silent on this or support Obama?

IOW, everyone that ISN’T Establishment Dem or GOP-e is putting out stories like Democracy Now is doing here...


9 posted on 10/11/2013 11:31:44 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: WilliamRobert

Democracy Now, The Guardian, Daily Mail UK, and others - who are hard-left - have really been going after the Obama adm. on this issue and a host of others lately.


10 posted on 10/11/2013 11:33:44 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: TomServo

The former Air Force Chief of Staff General Curtis Lemay was audited by the IRS during the first term of Nixon.

Lemay wanted to bomb Vietnam in a way to win the war and ran as the running mate of George Wallace (3rd party ) in 1968 for president.

He thought he was targeted to keep him out of politics.


11 posted on 10/11/2013 11:39:04 AM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: TomServo

I thought the accusation against Nixon was more of an implied threat to use the IRS against his “enemies”, rather than it actually happening.


12 posted on 10/11/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Barry ‘Hugo Chavez’ 0bama, more like. I can’t believe what this criminal is getting away with, and his minions are just as bad. No arrests yet at the IRS, and yet they’ll police 0bamacare? Dictatorship is here. It IS here. Benghazi is dead and gone. Holder using his agency to spy on Fox News during the 2012 election, and with a bogus warrant also goes unpunished.


13 posted on 10/11/2013 11:42:47 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Gumdrop

Correct. I can’t find any instance of any audits actually ocurring.

In fact, the IRS chief in 1972 told Nixon to cram it.


14 posted on 10/11/2013 11:47:28 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Barry’s really overstepped the bounds...to get EVERYBODY but the needy bugged...

No wonder hes looking so STRESSED!!


15 posted on 10/11/2013 12:02:30 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I could easily see Obama using the FCC to reinstate some type of Fairness Regulations to muzzle talk radio and he already has the power to shut down the Internet for unspecified “emergencies”. We have also seen where Obama has used the IRS to harass and this silence conservative groups.


16 posted on 10/11/2013 12:10:44 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Nixon and his so-called enemies list? Is that what made him evil? He HAD ENEMIES in the MSM. Probably the majority of MSM employees hated Nixon.

When are these skid marks on Journalism's shorts going to look at who really compares to Obama?

FDR.

Once again I say (the scroll bar is right over there -->) the left is moving rapidly to initiate a Great Sedition Trial of 2014 that matches what FDR tried to do to opponents with the Great Sedition Trial of 1944.

FDR failed. Obama might succeed the Establishment today is arguably aging 1960s New Left Marxist-Alinsky radical, campus spoiled brats and their ideological issue. The Establishment in FDR's days did not go along and eventually stopped:

". . . one of the blackest marks on the record of American jurisprudence. In the legal world, none can recall a case where so many Americans were brought to trial for political persecution and were so arrogantly denied the rights [guaranteed] an American citizen under the Constitution.”

The radical, campus spoiled brats will praise Obama one of their own. The most enthusiastic among them will be the employees of the MSM.

17 posted on 10/11/2013 12:20:55 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Gumdrop
RE: "I thought the accusation against Nixon was more of an implied threat to use the IRS against his “enemies”, rather than it actually happening."

Correct.

IIRC the impeachment document used the word "endeavored" to do this and do that.

And I remember the Saturday Night Massacre.. IIRC his immediate staff were about the only ones to go along with Nixon against the Administration's enemies -- and there were some among them who turned against him. John Dean for example.

The employees of the MSM hated Nixon.. I recall TV network evening "news" when the entire show was about getting Nixon (Watergate).

18 posted on 10/11/2013 12:29:06 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Nextrush; GOPJ

Nixon had one of his subordinates request an audit against one of his opponents. The result was that NIXON was audited. The Dems have always controlled that agency, and have used it regularly against conservatives. They were very active doing Clinton’s bidding in the 90’s.


19 posted on 10/11/2013 12:33:28 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Pres. Nixon was an amateur compared to Urkel as Nixon's actions were predicated on the prejudice and little disguised hatred the press had towards him and his administration. Urkel’s actions are astonishing because his animosity towards the main stream press comes at the same time he welcomed them to his bed and then choked the life out of them while at the orgasm of their shared passion
20 posted on 10/11/2013 12:35:39 PM PDT by Cyman (kes the life out of them as they are in the throwsof mutual passion.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
...have really been going after the Obama adm

BS. Every now and then they float some watered down story like this to try and make us think that they're "serious" about journalism. The media (including most of Fox News) is nothing more than an arm of the DNC.

21 posted on 10/11/2013 12:41:41 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

He was their hero as long as he was only abusing us. Now that he’s hurt their feelings, they think they he should be vetted and they are volunteering to do it now. Hmmm...we were bigots when we said we didn’t trust him. Isn’t it time we should start lamenting the bigotry of the MSM?


22 posted on 10/11/2013 1:04:11 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Barry ‘Hugo Chavez’ 0bama, more like. I can’t believe what this criminal is getting away with, and his minions are just as bad. No arrests yet at the IRS, and yet they’ll police 0bamacare? Dictatorship is here. It IS here. Benghazi is dead and gone. Holder using his agency to spy on Fox News during the 2012 election, and with a bogus warrant also goes unpunished.

Why some can't believe it is because they think we are a democracy, a nation of laws. Wrong. We are a banana republic.

23 posted on 10/11/2013 1:23:06 PM PDT by Digger
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

LBJ bought off the Houston Chronicle by approving a bank merger. He held a letter from them assuring him only positive press.

Nixon’s abuses are overplayed in the big picture of presidents.


24 posted on 10/11/2013 1:28:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: MeganC

I didn’t catch that.
Thanks!!!

If DN doesn’t like it, it must be for NSA spying.
They sure wouldn’t be opposed to taking out Drudge.


25 posted on 10/11/2013 1:30:11 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Jounalists - if you'd just do your damned jobs with some vigor and some integrity that action, by itself, would protect you from runaway government.


26 posted on 10/11/2013 1:52:55 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Twotone

When the late Charles Colson became a “born-again Christian” after being Nixon’s WH Counsel, he wrote letters of apology to those he had gone after as the ‘hatchet man’ of the administration.

One was sent to Dr. Carl McIntire, radio preacher who led mass rallies for call for a victory in the Vietnam War in opposition to the “Paris Peace Talks” with the Communists launched by Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

The Nixon FCC shut down a radio station he owned on Fairness Doctrine grounds.

Both parties have used dirty tricks with GOP in Nixon’s case hitting liberals and the conservatives who weren’t moderates like him.


27 posted on 10/11/2013 2:14:38 PM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW, PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN,CHANGE I BELIEVE IN)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Why do I get the feeling that if the media can install just one more Democrat into the White House, we’ll start hearing the scary tales about dealing with this administration? It’s like they can hardly contain themselves to say something, but won’t until there’s a Democrat they can “trust” in office.


28 posted on 10/11/2013 3:44:29 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Twotone

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.


29 posted on 10/11/2013 8:31:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Committee to protect journalists? LOL LOL From what? From the massive “Committee of Journalists who protect Obama?” We don’t even have a media anymore because of these subhuman pukes. We have a communist propaganda machine. Anything that helps push forth communism they promote. Anything against it they ignore or disparage.


30 posted on 10/12/2013 5:37:30 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (nlgja), whose members are heavily represented in publications across the U.S., were at the forefront of getting the inexperienced racist Marxist Obama elected president. http://www.nlgja.org/conventions Be careful what you wish for.


31 posted on 10/16/2013 1:22:33 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now (Bankrupting the U.S. through ploys like Obamacare is Obama's)
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