AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT…?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 19, 2015) — A political rally in Rochester, New Hampshire on Thursday evening wherein presidential candidate Donald Trump took questions from the audience produced a media maelstrom after an attendee opined that Barack Hussein Obama is “a Muslim.”
Trunp does not follow a teleprompter at his political events, nor does he pre-screen the questions, according to his Iowa campaign co-chairman, Tana Goertz.
The man upon whom Trump first called to submit a question was concerned about radical Islamic training camps located within the United States about which the mainstream media have reported the FBI is aware. Earlier this year, FBI Director James Comey stated that the brutal Islamic terror group, ISIS, has members in bedded in all 50 states.
The individual’s question asked what Trump would do about such training camps if he were to be elected president in November 2016. His opinion that Obama is “a Muslim” was tangential to his query, but the media characterized the statement as the actual question and hammered Trump for failing to contradict the man’s opinion.
The man also contended that Obama “is not an American.” He is not alone in the view that Obama has exhibited anti-American sentiment and actions. Many believe that Obama was born in a foreign country or is hiding something about his background.
While MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly and her commentators hastened to assure their viewers that Obama is not a Muslim and further, was born in the United States, no mention was made of the Trump event questioner’s First Amendment right to state what he thinks about Obama or anyone else in a public forum as long as that speech does not pose a threat.
Since Obama has promoted the “true peaceful nature of Islam” from the time he first took office, one might question why Clinton labeled the man’s contention that Obama is a practicing Muslim “hateful.”
While an Illinois state senator and later, a U.S. Senator, Obama had said that one’s faith and public service should not have to be mutually exclusive. “But what I am suggesting is this — secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square,” he said in a 2006 speech.
Obama has himself said that he is a Muslim.
Of the Trump event, CBS News reported that Trump did not “correct” the questioner about his contention that Obama is a Muslim, asking Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, whether or not the question was “appropriate.”
The question was about terrorist training camps, not Obama or his religion.
Early in 2011, Trump had publicly called for Obama to release his “long-form” birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii and presumably eligible for the presidency as a “natural born Citizen,” as the U.S. Constitution requires. In April of that year, several individuals met with Trump in his New York office to discuss the controversy and the issue of the “natural born Citizen” requirement. One, Post & Email reader Jeff Lichter, said that Trump had predicted during the meeting that the White House would release a forgery in response to Trump’s demands.
On April 27, 2011, the White House released an image purported to be a certified, scanned copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health which was immediately denounced by several analysts as a poor forgery.
Kelly and her counterparts at Fox and other mainstream outlets have failed to report that a criminal investigation now completing its fourth year found, after six months of examination, Obama’s long-form birth certificate to be a “computer-generated forgery,” along with his purported Selective Service registration form. Kelly did, however, refer to the “birth certificate” on the air on Friday.
Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo was scheduled to appear on Fox News’s Sean Hannity’s show on the evening of March 1, 2012 following the first of two press conferences announcing the findings but was canceled at the last minute.
After anchoring the first Republican presidential debate on August 6 along with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, Kelly’s line of questioning to Trump was highly criticized by many viewers. The following Monday evening, Kelly opened her broadcast of “The Kelly File” by adamantly stating that she refused to apologize to Trump for “doing good journalism.”
Kelly was off the air for approximately ten days after that broadcast, reportedly taking a vacation.
On Friday’s show, Kelly hosted three guests, two of whom are FNC coworkers, and the third a former Trump Productions president, Andy Dean. During her opening remarks, Kelly characterized the exchange between the questioner and Trump as a “growing scandal.”
A journalist’s job is to report unemotionally and without prejudice so that the public can acquire knowledge about what its government is doing.
Kelly then gave her opinion that a Trump campaign statement on the issue released Friday morning “satisfied no one,” running a clip of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s reaction (2:00 mark) in which Clinton said that “What that person was asking was way out of bounds…it is totally factually untrue.”
Clinton is facing her own “scandal” over using a private server to conduct State Department business while serving as Secretary of State under Obama, withholding emails from Congress and exposing classified information to hackers and enemies of the United States.
On Saturday morning, Business Insider reported inaccurately that Trump’s rally attendee had asked a two-part question, when in fact, he had stated after asking what Trump would do about the terror training camps, “That’s my question.” BI termed the questioner a “conspiracy-theorist supporter.”
During Kelly’s interview of Dean, she argued that Dean’s attempt to draw a parallel with Obama’s silence when his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, gave a fiery and controversial “sermon” in his church, several times exclaiming “God damn America!”
Kelly called Dean’s response “a deflection,” asking him if he were “uncomfortable on this issue.” She insisted that Trump was “in the best position” to have “corrected” the questioner because of his claim to have instigated the birth certificate’s release.
Is it a journalist’s role to drive the direction or speech of political candidates or simply to report on what they do and ask questions on their positions?
After concluding her interview with Dean, turning to her FNC guests, Kelly mocked Dean by stating, “It all relates somehow back to Obama in Jeremiah Wright’s church. That’s what this story is really about.” When FNC Digital News Editor Chris Stirewalt responded that “the 2008 campaign” was material to the discussion and attempted to bring up “Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Kelly interrupted him, saying, “We’re going to get to that in a minute. We’re going to get to that…What we are focused on here is whether this is a legitimate dust-up, whether Donald Trump should have handled this differently…Is this a legitimate area of inquiry that the campaign should be speaking to explicitly?”
Stirewalt then referred to Trump as a “thunder-birther,” but when he said of Obama’s long-form birth certificate, “It’s possible it’s a forgery,” Kelly quickly cut him off.
In late 2010, while working for Fox, Kelly posed in suggestive photographs for GQ and interviewed with Howard Stern, who is known for his discussion of adult topics and on-air obscenities. [Editor’s Note: Clicking the second link leads to material which some readers will find offensive and is not for children.]
In the accompanying GQ interview, Kelly told interviewer Greg Veis that “Television is a service, but it’s also a business. And in choosing what you’re going to put on your program, you have to figure out what’s going to appeal to your audience and what’s going to rate. When I came to Fox, I noticed that we wouldn’t ignore stories having to do with home-schooled children being discriminated against. Will you see those kinds of stories on our competitors? I don’t think so.”
She also referenced the First Amendment when asked about then-Fox News host Glenn Beck.
Kelly began her career with Fox in 2004 after working as a litigation attorney for the firm Jones Day for ten years and briefly for an ABC affiliate in Washington, DC as she was breaking into journalism. A 2010 interview with the magazine “Variety” reported that Kelly “dared to defend President Obama during a recent guest shot on Don Imus’ radio show.”
In 2007, Kelly was a guest on “The View” along with now-Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
On the day the birth certificate was released by the White House, NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie claimed to have obtained a copy with a “raised seal,” but Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo said that the criminal probe found no evidence of a seal.
Throughout his occupation of the White House, Obama has promoted Muslims, their organizations, greeted them in Arabic, kissed the ring of then-Saudi-Arabian King Abdullah, said that the United States “is not at war with Islam,” and affirmed that members of his family were Muslim. Last week, he announced that the U.S. will accept 10,000 Syrian “refugees” who are presumably virtually all of the Muslim faith.
Commemorating the “contributions” of “Muslim-American” “good neighbors” on the occasion of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) 50th convention in 2013, Obama said that its members are “committed to the vision that this country has always championed: everyone deserves a chance to make their mark on our American story no matter who you are, where you come from, or how you pray.”
According to The New York Post last September, an Islamic Society mosque in Boston, MA has been the place of “prayer” for a number of Muslims who became involved in terrorist plots, including the Boston Marathon bombing which killed three and injured more than 250, and even with ISIS.
During Obama’s time in the White House, a woman in Oklahoma was beheaded in the workplace by an Islamic extremist; 13 U.S. Army personnel, one of whom was pregnant, were killed by radicalized Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was in touch with another radical, Anwar al-Awlaki; and Mohamed Elibiary, who tweeted that he viewed the U.S. as “an Islamic country” was hired to work within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Group.
Ironically, MSNBC commentator and Obama supporter Chris Matthews stated in December 2007 that Obama was “born in Indonesia” and came from “an Islamic background.” Former President Bill Clinton reportedly stated on a conference call during the 2008 primary season that he strongly suspected that Obama was born in Kenya and was ineligible for the office of the presidency.
On January 3, 2013, The Investigative Project reported:
An Egyptian magazine claims that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.
The Dec. 22 story published in Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine (read an IPT translation here) suggests the six turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
During a February “summit” on “extremism,” as ISIS continued its savagery throughout Iraq and Syria, killing, maiming, enslaving and torturing Christians, Yazidis, and others not of the Islamic faith and destroying irreplaceable ancient relics, Obama did not use the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” to describe the “extremism” that he claimed his regime is attempting to battle.
One of Obama’s former defense secretaries, Leon Panetta, claimed in a book that “the Obama-caused lack of American action created a vacuum which enabled the development of ISIS.”
A number of “devout Muslims” have been appointed to high-security positions within the U.S. government under Obama. Still others who were brought to the U.S. as refugees from Somalia during strife there in the 1990s have become radicalized and joined ISIS, with DHS now failing to revoke their passports or U.S. citizenship.
In 2011, the Obama regime supported the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a former U.S. ally, in favor of Muslim Brotherhood-member Mohamed Morsi, who was removed in a popular uprising after just over a year in office and charged with murder and working with the enemy.
In 2006, Obama campaigned for Kenyan prime minister candidate Raila Odinga, a Muslim Marxist who received his education in then-communist East Germany.
At a July 22 rally protesting Obama’s impending nuclear “deal” with the Republic of Iran, former Commander of the Pacific Fleet Adm. James (Ace) Lyons reminded his audience that in 2008, the Obama campaign had opened communications with then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, including the suggestion that the rogue nation refrain from entering into any agreement with the Bush administration, but rather, wait for his ascension to the presidency, when a more favorable pact would be forged.
On September 7, The Clarion Project published an article titled “Congressional Report: Iran Spends Billions to Foment Global Terror.”
Since 2008, many have called for Obama to be thoroughly vetted, but Congress has ignored its constituents on the issue.
On Saturday morning, a Fox News comment line was reportedly “full” and could not accept additional messages.
If being a Muslim in the U.S. is not a negative, why is the mainstream media so defensive when an American voices such an opinion about Obama?
Does the media fear what could be coming next?
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.