One nationally known reporter believes she has been attacked by a government controlling media like no other administration in recent times.
Imagine you’re that reporter sitting at your computer, working on a story about a Washington coverup, and suddenly your computer goes haywire—“data…wiping at hyper speed.” Imagine that not being the only time you’d been stymied in your attempts to get at the truth of a story that could have a direct impact on an upcoming presidential election.
The reporter’s experience sounds more like something you’d experience in communist China:
“[S]crutiny of her personal desktop proves that ‘the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.’ And an inspection revealed that an extra fiber-optics line had been installed in Attkisson’s home without her knowledge.”
A tell-all is set for release on Election Day, November 4, and it should be a wakeup call for all Americans. Free speech isn’t a very sexy subject, and it doesn’t usually fit the “If it bleeds, it leads” mentality many producers have when it comes to choosing what to cover.
Sharyl Attkisson’s book, Stonewalled, should blow the lid on the Obama administration’s attempt to control the press, and the author isn’t alone in claiming she’s “never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press.”
From The Washington Post, a paper never known for conservative ideas, to The New York Times where a reporter faces a possible prison sentence for not disclosing a confidential source, reporters normally perceived as Democrat-friendly are speaking out. Meanwhile, a Fox News reporter has been singled out for special treatment by the Dept. of Justice who named the reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in espionage because of information he disclosed. Even USA Today, no ally of the right, has concerns:
“USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only ‘more restrictive’ but also ‘more dangerous’ to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible ‘co-conspirator’ in a violation of the Espionage Act.”
Many in media, of course, waited too long to stand up for the principle their trade is based upon. If government controls messaging, you do not live in a free country. It’s not something a lot of Americans think about, but we should. In 2012, government control of information gave the president a great deal of leverage in his reelection bid, with a debate moderator at CNN actually injecting her own opinion to support a false claim the president made.
By the time the second presidential debate was held in October, 2012, it was obvious to anyone who had followed the story of Benghazi that the administration was deceiving us about the cause of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Benghazi aside, there was also a coverup about another major attack.
There was a story as big as Benghazi, but it’s likely you never heard about it. Three days after US interests were attacked in Libya, there was an attack on Camp Bastion in Helmland Province, Afghanistan. It was a significant attack, but media chose to downplay it because it would, like Benghazi, not align with Democrats’ claims about foreign policy. I was one of the few to actually write about it:
“John D. Gresham, writing for Defense Media Network, called the attack ‘arguably the worst day in USMC aviation history since the Tet Offensive of 1968.’
In addition to the loss of lives and injuries, significant losses of aircraft occurred:
“Eight irreplaceable aircraft (the AV-8B has been out of production since 1999) have been destroyed or put out of action – approximately 7 percent of the total flying USMC Harrier fleet. Worse yet, the aircraft involved were the AV-B+ variant equipped with the APG-65 radar and AAQ-28 Litening II targeting pods – the most capable in the force…the nearby Marines at Camp Freedom are now without effective fixed-wing air support.”
Attkisson’s book is fitting for an Election Day release. I’ve ordered it and I’ll review it when my copy arrives. Meanwhile, she offers solid advice to anyone interested in the affairs of a federal government that at present, injects itself into every aspect of our daily life.
Attkisson said when you view news coverage, look at it critically and ask questions. Start with: Am I getting the full story?
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 28, 2014)
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