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Fort Hood Heroine: Obama Betrayed Us

Tonight on ABC World News Diane Sawyer will interview Fort Hood heroine Sgt. Kimberly Munley. New (and possibly disturbing) footage of the tragedy that killed 13, including a pregnant soldier and wounded 32 others will be shown.

In 2010, the White House arranged for the Fort Hood sergeant and her partner, who managed to stop the shooter and his rampage, to receive a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address.  At that time the president promised Munley that all the victims would be well cared for.

Instead the shooting was classified as workplace violence causing many of the victims and their families to lose benefits they would have received had this been classified as a terrorist act.

“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”

For additional information see the previous CDN article “Workplace Violence Label…

ABC NEWS Says Tea Party Is Losing Momentum As Cruz Wins Texas Runoff

In another upset election, Tea Party back Ted Cruz clinched the Texas Republican Senate nomination.  With forty-eight percent of the precincts reporting, Cruz was ahead of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst 55%-45%.  A Ted Cruz victory was seen as a long shot against the establishment backed Dewhurst who also received support of Gov. Rick Perry.  Besides having the conservative credentials that drew the admiration of the Tea Party, Cruz also utilized new media and outmaneuvered Dewhurst to victory.  Politico reported that:

For all the hype surrounding social media in campaigns, Cruz is among the first American examples of a dark horse candidate who rode to victory by tapping into the vast power of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email. Whether he wins or loses Tuesday, the fact that he emerged as a serious contender — thanks largely to a foundation poured online — has even his opponents in awe…

Among Cruz’s smart cyber moves: Weekly calls with supportive bloggers, who had access to the candidate throughout the race. Two full-time staffers focused on social media content, resulting in speedy responses to just about every tweet, Facebook comment and email.

A microsite, cruzcrew.org, that empowered volunteers to take on tasks and print out campaign literature. The use of social media ads from the earliest days of the campaign to build a mailing list that is, in the words of Vincent Harris, the Cruz campaign digital strategist, “bigger than most of the failed Republican candidates for president.”

Ted Cruz

Furthermore, “on Facebook, the Cruz campaign sent city-specific status updates so that, for instance, only users in Waco would receive the update about Cruz’s upcoming Waco appearance. Meanwhile, whenever Cruz appeared on national or statewide radio or TV programs, his campaign website would post a special splash page to specifically welcome the listeners or viewers who came there during or immediately after the show.”  Lastly, “the campaign also took advantage of the resources provided by Google and Facebook, both of which have dedicated Republican and Democratic staffers available to offer advice. As recently as this week, Harris said, the campaign deployed an idea provided to them by Google’s Republican outreach guru Rob Saliterman.”

The end results was a clear victory and provided the third knockout the Tea Party has delivered to the squishy Republican establishment.  This victory should quell any apprehension pundits might have about the Tea Party’s life span.   It’s not on life support. However, the dead tree media feels that the Tea Party is running out of gas, despite Mr. Cruz’s well executed campaign and the two other senate upsets we scored this year with Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Deb Fischer in Nebraska.

FAIL.

I think the mainstream media is running out of things to write about.  It’s the only explanation to this grossly presumptuous piece by Elizabeth Hartfield.  This wouldn’t be the first time ABC fabricated a story.  In her post, which was before Cruz’s resounding win, Hartfield stated that “it’s too early to declare the “death of the Tea-Party” movement. But the so-called Tea Party candidates have yet to claim the kind of wins that they did before.” Well, that was generous.  She claims:

Only one Tea Party candidate has won the GOP nomination in their state’s Senate race. Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the state’s primary in May.

Other candidates who were, at one point or another, considered strong contenders in GOP primaries ended up with relatively weak showings in their respective contests.

In Nebraska, state Treasurer Don Stenberg, once considered the strong challenger to the “establishment” candidate, Attorney General Jon Bruning, wound up finishing third in the GOP primary, with both candidates losing to state Sen. Deb Fischer. In Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch defeated Tea Party challenger Dan Liljenquist by a margin of more than 30 percent, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

One big “establishment vs. Tea Party” primary has yet to take place. In Texas, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is widely viewed as an up-and-coming Tea Party star and frequently compared to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (both men are of Hispanic descent) is in the final weeks of a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is viewed as the establishment candidate in the race. Polls have consistently shown Dewhurst in the lead, but some political observers in the state believe that Cruz could benefit from the July 31 runoff, where turnout will be low and likely consist of a more steadfastly conservative demographic.

 Well Ms. Hartfield, Cruz won! Lastly, Deb Fischer was backed by Sarah Palin and anyone who isn’t part of the establishment who wins in the final showdown is a victory for us.For heaven’s sake, even The Atlantic placed Deb Fischer’s Nebraska Senate Primary victory as a win for the Tea Party.
Who cares if a lot of people ran in a race and diluted the vote.  The point is that our candidates won.  Candidates who feel that standing on principle is more important than trivial intra-party politics.  If you think I’m wrong, then Gov. Scott Walker would not have survived his recall election.  When you hold firm to your convictions, the voters will rewards you and the grassroots effort will unite behind you.
Nevertheless, Hartfield quotes Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, saying “my sense of this is that the Tea Party is traveling the route that we would expect historically for a movement of its sort…in the beginning it has more energy than it does two years later and two years after that. In part, it’s because it’s been very successful already and in part it’s because over time, busy Americans lose interest.”
I couldn’t disagree more and these past victories have proven one incontrovertible fact, which is that the Tea Party is now the heart and soul of the GOP and its members constitute the new base.
The Fire Rises…

Should ABC Fire Brian Ross For Linking Colorado Mass Murderer To Tea Party

As America was waking up to the horrific and tragic heinous actions of suspected lone gunman, James Holmes’, shooting and murder of 12 people and wounding of  58 others, ABC News was again practicing the worst kind of yellow journalism. During a morning news segment of Good Morning America, Anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Brian Ross, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent erroneously and callously linked an innocent Colorado man with the same name to this tragedy without making any attempt at verification of his identity.  His only “alleged crime” was being a member of the Tea Party.

So in an instant, the name of an innocent man was automatically linked to one of the most despicable acts of violence perpetrated against the nation’s citizens, and the Tea Party was demonized.  This was done, because ABC’s Brian Ross neglected to follow the first essential rule of journalism 101, always, always check and verify your facts!

Make no mistake, this was not an innocent accident, because on previous occasions, former Clinton White House Political Advisor George Stephanopoulos has attempted to link or malign the Tea Party or Sarah Palin.  This was done most notably in after the  assassination attempt upon U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen other people in  Casas Adobes, just outside of  Tucson, Arizona in January 2011.

There was a rush to judgment to link the Tea Party to the shooter by several media networks, including ABC, then MSNBC and ABC.  The goal was to discredit and demonize the Tea Party in the eyes of Americans, two months after the democrats lost the U.S. House of Representatives and Obama’s politics were soundly repudiated at the polls.

This type of gotcha journalism practiced at any cost must be stopped. There is a limit where yellow journalistic practices by media organizations which continue to perpetrate an active and ongoing fraud of disinformation campaigns must be eliminated.  The perpetrators must be fined, suspended or fired as was the case involving  Dan Rather  in 2004, when he aired falsified forged documents about President Bush on CBS ’60 Minutes.

ABC Brian Ross’ blurting out a clear un-validated libelous statement, showed an apparent intent to cast a dark ominous shadow on the Tea Party in the midst of a Presidential election years.  Again, past was prologue in 2004, when Dan Rather’s equally sinister design was to place doubt and suspicion in the minds of an unsuspecting American people about President Bush, two months before the 2004 general election.

The intent is clear and convincing to any unbiased viewer, that this fall general election is going to be close, and the Tea Part patriot voters and independents are going to supply the winning 1 ½ to 2 percent edge that could push Mitt Romney over the line and secure the presidency.

This is why any attempt by news organizations like ABC News with its Brian Ross’s and George Stephanopoulos to raise suspicions and cast doubt upon the Tea Party is so completely insulting to the integrity of journalism.  

Both Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos must be fined and suspended or fired. CBS Mary Mapes, and several of her senior news executives, were asked to resign from the network in 2004 for their clearly fraudulent action; ABC News should follow CBS’s lead.

In addition, ABC News and its network should show integrity and issue a public apology as then CBS News President Andrew Heyward did in 2004, instead of lurking in the shadows behind a lame Twitter apology from Brian Ross.  Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos aired the false remarks on national network programming and the network apology should be done in the same fashion.

James Holmes allegedly opened fire inside the theater where12 people were killed and 59 wounded at an early morning screening of the Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises”

When America’s family suffers such a painful tragedy as the nation did when those innocent moviegoers; children, parents, couples, friends, and other just good regular folks, were callously murdered and injured, we all mourn.  This is the time when the families and survivors as well as the nation seek true answers and explanations to help each begin to cope.

ABC News’ Brian Ross unfortunately decided to select the slippery dark politicized road of mistruth and deception.  America, and its news gathers are better than that, and the nation deserves better than that.  America deserves integrity.

 

Let me know what you think: http://shar.es/tDXYs

 

Spinners and Whiners

On behalf of ABC News and Yahoo News, the ever-vigilant guardians of the institutionalized “progressive” left’s agenda are at it again.

In a “news report” found under the headline-”Spinners and Winners”, Jonathan Karl, Avery Miller, Richard Coolidge and Sherisse Pham are up to their now familiar –bias disguised as news– tricks.

The story, which includes ”contributions” from  ABC News’ Gregory Simmons Lemos, features such breaking news information as:

“An infusion of millions of dollars, unlike anything we have ever seen before may now be the single biggest force in American politics. Some of the players are well-known, such as conservative activist and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business interest group long active in politics.

This year, there are new players on the scene, so-called SuperPACs, that, unlike candidates or political parties, can accept an unlimited amount of money. For many of these groups who gives and why is a tightly-guarded secret.

“We can see the money going in, but it is very hard to follow what the political favors out are,” says Bill Allison of the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. ‘I think that is the most concerning thing about all of this money going into the political process.’”

NOTE-The typos and incorrect grammar in the above quote are part of the original article.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/flooding-campaigns-secret-millions-101432066.html

In what is now a very familiar, oft repeated pattern of biased political slant and deception, this “news” report specifically names former President George W. Bush and his former adviser Karl Rove, commonly vilified as the worst type of criminals known to man within “progressive” circles in the first paragraph, but completely fails to ever mention the name of the biggest, long time financier of the institutionalized “progressive” left:

George Soros, who’s spent untold millions of his ill-gotten fortune funding such anti-American foundations as:  The Open Society Institute,  Human Rights Watch, the Shadow Democratic Party, Air America Radio (Now defunct, this was a self-identified “liberal” radio  network), Alliance for Justice (Best known for its activism vis a vis the appointment of federal judges, this group consistently depicts Republican judicial nominees as ”extremists”),  America Coming Together (Soros played a major role in creating this group, whose purpose was to coordinate and organize pro-Democrat voter-mobilization programs),  America Votes (Soros also played a major role in creating this group, whose get-out-the-vote campaigns targeted likely Democratic voters), America’s Voice (This open-borders group seeks to promote “comprehensive” immigration reform that includes a robust agenda in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens), American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy (This organization “opposes laws that require employers and persons providing education, health care, or other social services to verify citizenship or immigration status”), American Civil Liberties Union (This group opposes virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by the U.S. government. It supports open borders, has rushed to the defense of suspected terrorists and their abettors, and appointed former New Left terrorist Bernardine Dohrn to its Advisory Board), American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (This Washington, DC-based think tank seeks to move American jurisprudence to the left by recruiting, indoctrinating, and mobilizing young law students, helping them acquire positions of power. It also provides leftist Democrats with a bully pulpit from which to denounce their political adversaries), American Family Voices (This group creates and coordinates media campaigns charging Republicans with wrongdoing), American Federation of Teachers (After longtime AFT President Albert Shanker died in in 1997, he was succeeded by Sandra Feldman, who slowly “re-branded” the union, allying it with some of the most powerful left-wing elements of the New Labor Movement. When Feldman died in 2004, Edward McElroy took her place, followed by Randi Weingarten in 2008. All of them kept the union on the leftward course it had adopted in its post-Shanker period), American Friends Service Committee (This group views the United States as the principal cause of human suffering around the world. As such, it favors America’s unilateral disarmament, the dissolution of American borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, the abolition of the death penalty, and the repeal of the Patriot Act), American Immigration Council (This non-profit organization is a prominent member of the open-borders lobby. It advocates expanded rights and amnesty for illegal aliens residing in the U.S.), American Immigration Law Foundation (This group supports amnesty for illegal aliens, on whose behalf it litigates against the U.S. government), American Institute for Social Justice (AISJ’s goal is to produce skilled community organizers who can “transform poor communities” by agitating for increased government spending on city services, drug interdiction, crime prevention, housing, public-sector jobs, access to healthcare, and public schools).

This is only a tiny few of the Soros funded foundations.  A much more comprehensive list can be found here: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

In yet another display of open bias and unadulterated misrepresentation, the “new report” refers to the Sunlight Foundation as nonpartisan.  The truth is, in 2011 the Sunlight Foundation received funding over $300,000.00 from Open Society Foundations as well as Open Society Institute, both of which are funded by George Soros.  They have also received funding from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Marc Cuban, as well as a plethora of other leftists and leftist organizations.

If Bill Allison is so concerned about “all of this money going into the political process”, he should first look at all the money that for decades has been going into the political process from promoters of the institutionalized “progressive” left.  He should man up and realize that politics is a two way street.

ABC News, Yahoo News, Jonathan Karl, Avery Miller, Richard Coolidge, Sherisse Pham, and Gregory Simmons Lemos, should either stop spinning and whining or put in an application to work for MSNBC and/or Media Matters.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/spinners-and-whiners/

NEWS FLASH: Lindsey Graham is a “top conservative”!

Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, Gregory Lemos and Sherisse Pham, part of the collective, useful spokes-tools employed by ABC News and the “progressive” Party Pravda’s online misinformation outlet known as Yahoo News are at it again.

To begin with, this “progressive” misinformation’s “headline” is pure, pre-fabricated nonsense that reads:

“Top conservative says read my lips: Don’t sign ‘no new tax’ pledge”.

This “headline” is garbage.

First of all, save for his consistently patriotic support for the United States military and for American troops, Senator Lindsey Graham is about as moderate as Republicans come. Some Conservatives might characterize him as a “progressive” Republican. Even more may openly label him a RINO. The thought of his being a “top conservative” comes from the minds of institutionalized “progressive” leftists, not reality. Secondly, not once in the interview does Graham ever utter the words “read my lips”. Again, readers are witnessing fabricated “progressive” wishful fiction, not fact. Furthermore, never did he say “don’t sign the ‘no new tax’ pledge. Not even once. Not ever.

The entire headline is a total lie. It’s a complete falsehood. The “news” presented in this “headline” is “progressive” fabrication that goes light years beyond the outer limits of “spin”.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/top-conservative-says-read-lips-don-t-sign-101721355.html

Thanks to a “headline” that’s contains not one ounce of truth, the article is automatically discredited in the minds of informed voters, those who are obviously not the target audience of Karl, Coolidge, Lemos and Pham.

What Graham did say is that he is willing to be flexible on applying one fourth of revenue collected by the IRS through elimination of tax loopholes and subsidies towards reducing the nations nearly $16 trillion in debt. The other three fourths would continue to follow the No New Tax Pledge’s formula for applying such revenues solely towards tax cuts. For Graham to accept this compromise, Democrats would be required to respond in kind to work in a bipartisan fashion towards reducing the national debt via “entitlement” program reforms.

That such inaccurate “reporting” could be considered, even for a fleeting moment, as real journalism, that these liars are actually getting paid to propagandize pure fiction as fact shows how low are today’s standards for journalistic integrity. This “headline” is going to give a large number of low-information, “sound bite news voters” a completely incorrect image of reality. It’s not even close to being true. All visible evidence points to clear intent to mislead misinform and indoctrinate masses of online readers.

How about giving this story a more objective headline, a headline that reflects the truth while accurately respects the content of the story? One more like: Graham Willing to Discuss Tax, Entitlement Compromise.

How difficult was that?

Perhaps for self imagined, self-appointed members of the “progressive” intellectual elite, it’s just too simple for their brilliant minds.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/news-flash-lindsey-graham-is-a-top-conservative/