MANIPULATION OF THE MEDIA DENIES THE PEOPLE THEIR RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS DOING
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 23, 2012) — On Monday, March 19, approximately two hours after Fox & Friends aired a video released by Breitbart.com of Eric Holder advocating the “brainwashing” of young people to turn them against guns, nothing referencing it could be located by way of the Yahoo! search engine. Using the search terms “brainwashing,” “Eric Holder,” and “Second Amendment,” each search stated that there were “no results showing,” whereas minutes before, pages of relevant results had appeared. The Bing search engine continued to show multiple results as Yahoo had just minutes before.
Even today, the combination of terms stated above produces articles posted on blogs, at The Post & Email, and other smaller news outlets, but nothing from the mainstream press. A search with Bing yields similar results, although Bing is not a news service as Yahoo is.
Yahoo obtains much of the news it publishes from the Associated Press.
Later on Monday, articles written by several news outlets about Obama’s elder daughter spending spring break in Mexico guarded by 25 Secret Service agents yielded an “Error 404” message. Some published at blogs remained. The Daily Caller and The Blaze reported on the disappearance of the articles, after which a White House spokesperson admitted that they told news companies to remove the story because there was “no vital news interest.”
Why did the Obamas allow their 13-year-old daughter and her friend to travel to a country which the State Department had warned was a travel risk in February? At that time, the State Department cautioned:
The rising number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. In addition, local police have been implicated in some of these incidents. We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention.
How could 25 Secret Service agents and local police not “draw attention?” And who paid for them?
Websites which removed their stories about Malia’s trip include the UK Telegraph, Yahoo, and Essence. The Business Times ran one which now leads to an article about Obama’s nomination for head of the World Bank. Essence later reported that Malia’s well-being had been ascertained following an earthquake in Mexico on Tuesday, stating, “Generally speaking, the White House does not comment on the Obama children. An exception was made this one time because it concerns the safety of Malia.”
Would Essence and the other news media have given the children of previous presidents the same treatment? Why has Obama been able to keep so many things about his life and his residency in the White House a secret?
The UK Daily Mail had also run a story on Malia’s trip, then removed it. By 7:13 p.m. EDT on March 19, there had been 2,117,288 attempts to open the article.
Obama said in December that he would not allow his girls to use Facebook, the social networking site which supported his candidacy in 2008 and has held online “town hall” meetings for him more recently. Obama stated that he didn’t want “strangers knowing our business.” What “business” is it that he doesn’t want his girls to discuss? Obama has also expressed dismay at Fox News reporting which he views as casting him in a negative light.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1823, “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”
“Propaganda” is defined as “The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.”
The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
But can the executive branch use strong-arming, bullying, the power of suggestion, or even threats to silence the media about the occupants of the White House? Is that where the term “birthers” emanates? Is that where the death threats against this writer came from, directly or indirectly?
Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III was told on November 17, 2011 by Monroe County jailer Capt. Pat Wilson that Wilson had obtained information that a militia group had planned to “take over” the courthouse on April 20, 2010, during an assignment hearing for Fitzpatrick from The Jaghunter, Fitzpatrick’s website, and The Post & Email. The statement is false. Had The Post & Email known about any planned “takeover” plot, we would have notified the authorities. Instead, major media repeated the claims of one “William L. Bryan,” who bragged online after the non-event that he was “responsible” for the large police presence in Madisonville that day. For whom was Bryan acting when he allegedly notified police of such a plot? Why has he not been interviewed since the “plot” was proven to be false?
Approximately five months later, TIME writer Barton Gellman produced a piece on “right-wing extremists,” naming Fitzpatrick and Darren Huff, who was an observer of the events in Madisonville on April 20, without having spoken to them and presenting false information. Huff was convicted and placed in a federal prison last October, after which the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, William C. Killian, an Obama appointee, “bragged” about it. The Knoxville FBI also carried the announcement.
Is William L. Bryan actually Barack Hussein Obama or a sycophant for him? Who ordered a SWAT team, FBI, TBI and rooftop snipers to Madisonville, TN that day and distributed inaccurate information to the media? Why was the story in a Boston newspaper, and why was exculpatory evidence not allowed to be presented at Huff’s trial?
What role does the Southern Poverty Law Center play in disseminating information? One year prior to Fitzpatrick’s assignment hearing, the Department of Homeland Security had issued a report on the increased expectation of “right-wing extremism” which would use “propaganda” to spread its message (page 2).
Is the promise of “transparency” on the U.S. Department of Justice website propaganda?
The Obama eligibility question was not presented in mainstream American news media when it first arose, although it was written about by foreign bloggers and media. One sheriff in the nation has conducted an investigation into Obama’s documentation and will hold his second press conference on Saturday, March 31 to update the public.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.