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The question comes up over and over again: How does 20 percent of this nation control the other 80 percent?
Ignore it. Deflect it. Redirect it — don't address it. That is the liberal media and Obama administration's way to deal with fundamentally transforming an unwilling American population, without answering to them.
Poll after poll shows that just 20 percent of this nation considers themselves very or somewhat liberal. That's compared to 42 percent who are very or somewhat conservative. The rest are somewhere in between, but with only 38 percent of independents now supporting Obama, the vast majority of what's left are center-right.
Some examples: 60 percent of us want the health care bill repealed — not made more socialist, not broadened or fixed or – dare I say – transformed. An NBC/WSJ poll showed 64 percent support the new tough immigration law in Arizona. Yet, when you listen to news reports or what spills out of the White House, you'd think Americans were frothing at the mouth and in rabid lockstep on both. Nope.
So how is it done? The media ignore all the stories that don't fit their template.
Case in point: Virtually no one but Fox News covered the comments made by NASA chief Charles Bolden about what President Obama informed him was his foremost job at the space agency. Was it going back to the moon? A mission to Mars? Developing the successor to the space shuttle? No.
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CHARLES BOLDEN, ADMINISTRATOR, NASA: He wanted to expand our international relationships, and third and perhaps foremost he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science and engineering, to science, math and engineering.
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Never mind the stupidity of the world's premiere space program being tasked with a Dr. Phil or Mother Teresa outreach mission. Never mind the condescending overtones of talking down to the Muslim world. Is this story on any network other than Fox News? It’s non-existent. The story wasn't covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, “NBC Nightly News”, “ABC World News” or “CBS Evening News.”
Next story: Months after slandering the Palin family and providing sleaze ammo to the mainstream media with which to slime the family for weeks, Levi Johnston has now apologized for lying about the Palins. Johnston claimed Sarah Palin complained about her job as governor, was a poor parent and that "there was a lot of talk of divorce in that house." If it not for Fox News and Talk Radio, you'd never know that these claims are untrue.
Next story: The Department of Justice (DOJ) successfully prosecutes two New Black Panther Party members for their videotaped role in voter intimidation, but bizarrely drops the case before sentencing. The DOJ prosecutor in the case resigns and claims the dismissal was racially and politically motivated. On top of all of that, another video surfaces of one of those Black Panthers publicly encouraging blacks to "kill crackers" and "some of their babies,” which seemingly lends credence to his conviction. Not only does no one else cover it, but state-run Russian TV puts Panther chairman Malik Shabazz on to smear Fox for daring to cover it:
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UNIDENTIFED FEMALE ANCHOR, RT: Fox News attacking the Black Panthers? All day, Fox News had updates on a case of alleged voter intimidation that took place during the 2008 presidential election. It involved members of the New Black Panther Party who allegedly intimidated voters who looked like they wouldn’t vote for now-President Obama. So why is Fox obsessed with a two-year old story?
Joining me to help discuss this is Dr. Malik Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party. Thanks so much for joining me. So I don't know if you got a chance to see some of Fox's' coverage. Did you have any initial reactions? I know — probably beating a dead horse here. You guys have been talking about this Philadelphia voter intimidation story for, it seems like years now — it has been years.
Were you surprised that it popped up — back again and it was kind of an update every single hour?
MALIK ZULU SHABAZZ, NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY: No, I'm not surprised because I know that midterm elections are coming up. And I have been predicting that the attacks would increase as we go into the elections. Because this whole so-called voter intimidation controversy is just a tool by the Republicans. These new so-called civil rights Republicans that are suddenly fighting for civil rights — laugh out loud — are now all on the backs of the New Black Panther Party as we go into the election season.
So I expect to see ads featuring the New Black Panther Party and further allegations against us because they are at war with Obama and the Justice Department and trying to bring us down.
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Well, Dr. Shabazz got us there, didn't he? We've just been praying for an opportunity to senselessly attack the always-relevant New Black Panthers. Finally! We were able to dredge up this two-year-old story on the silly basis that the DOJ dropped a slam-dunk case against them. Not two years ago, but Tuesday this story was given legs when former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams testified and said the department dropped the case partly because it refuses to go after black defendants in civil rights cases.
Why would anyone make a big deal out of party member, Samir Shabazz, one of the defendants, saying that to gain freedom, Blacks should "kill crackers and their babies”? I can’t imagine the mainstream media taking video of something and then saying it inciting violence. They never cover hate speech or hate groups.
I mean, Lindsay Lohan was just crying in court. She wrote something on her fingernails. Hey MSNBC, there are some real issues to tackle. Again, the rest of the media just ignore it. No story there for The Washington Post, which provided no original reporting, Boston Globe, “NBC Nightly News”, “ABC World News” and “CBS Evening News.”
Wednesday, Obama did an end-run around Congress, ensuring there would be no hearings on his appointment for director of Medicaid and Medicare when he used a recess appointment to install another Harvard socialist and anti-capitalist radical. Wait, I shouldn't call him a radical — oh wait — we have his own words on this? I smell another Van Jones. We'll get to that later.
At the White House Press briefing on Wednesday, a reporter from CNS News had the audacity to dare bring up Donald Berwick's solidly anti-capitalist ideology with spokesman Robert Gibbs. Gibbs shifted into high deflect and redirect gear instantly:
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ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Look, this is somebody who is uniquely and supremely qualified to run an agency –
FRED LUCAS, CNS REPORTER: But it would have been politically troublesome in an election year to have all these comments aired out about rationing, redistribution and Dr. Berwick had talked about in the past?
GIBBS: Is there like a secret comment book that somehow you got that nobody else got and you just read a couple of them to me? And somehow they wouldn't have come out? Did he — did he say things like "rationing happens today; the question is who will do it"? Did he say that? Did he say that?
LUCAS: That was one comment —
GIBBS: Actually, that was Paul Ryan. That was Paul Ryan. He's a Republican in Congress.
Go talk to Paul Ryan and I'll be happy to take that question at a later date.
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Ah, the always glib Robert Gibbs. Did Berwick say things like "rationing happens today; the question is, who will do it?" Yes, he did. Berwick's exact quote was: "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration care with our eyes open."
The fact that Congressman Ryan said something similar doesn't make it OK. Did mommy not tell you that if all your friends jumped off a bridge you shouldn't do it too just because everyone else is doing it? If in fact Ryan said that, I wouldn't want him as director of Medicare either.
As for Gibb's question to CNS News reporter Fred Lucas, "is there like, a secret comment book that you got that nobody else got,” let me help you out here, Bobby. There are things called television, radio and the Internet. Sometimes people use magic recording devices to hear what someone said at a later date.
Some might say, that the White House spokesman is a smug, condescending, jerk. But some might say I am as well.
Meanwhile, as an admirer of Britain's single-payer system Berwick also said:
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DONALD BERWICK: Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must — must — redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition re-distributional.
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But will the ever-glib Gibbs, ever address what anyone actually said? No. He'll just attack the next person who dares bring up anything uncomfortable to this administration. As I pointed out all throughout the health care debate, I told you that this so-called reform was nothing but redistribution of wealth and rationing. I was called a paranoid lunatic for saying it. Now, you've heard it from Obama's hand-picked appointee to head up the program.
And here's how the website, Mediaite.com concluded their coverage of the exchange: "The lesson? Robert Gibbs won't entertain baseless questions from reporters who haven't done their homework. And when he does, he makes enough of an example out of them to keep the rest of the Press Corps on their toes."
What baseless questions? Berwick did talk rationing and redistribution — that’s hardly baseless.
When will someone make an example of Robert Gibbs by calling him on the fact that every single time he's challenged, his only response is "Well, the Republicans did it, too." We get it, Robert: Socialism and progressivism can come from both sides of the aisle. That doesn't make it OK with the American people, who just want to return to American values. That’s the change we were looking for.
But don't look for anyone else in the media to point that out. They're still working on ignoring, deflecting and redirecting.
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