By tomorrow night we’ll likely know the name of the next president. But we already know the loser in this election cycle: political reporters. They’ve disgraced themselves. Conservatives have long complained about liberal bias in the media, and with some justification. But it has finally reached the tipping point. Not in our lifetimes have so many in the press dropped the pretense of objectivity in order to help a political candidate. The media are rooting for Barack Obama. They’re not hiding it. Consider Benghazi. An American consulate is destroyed and a US ambassador murdered at a time when the president
Haven't watched the alphabet news since they tried to stonewall the Lewinsky scandal by discrediting Drudge and haven't subscribed to a newspaper in decades. Haven't missed them and won't miss them. May their revenues fade away to nothing!
This column in the Daily Caller speaks for most thinking Americans. The corrupt-leftist-media is beyond contempt. They make a mockery out of "freedom of the press" by propping up with their lies, the most anti-American "president" in the history of this Country. Sickening.
There are a handful of good old fashioned news professionals in the otherwise corrupt news media like Jake Tapper and Sheryl Attkisson. I just don't understand how/why they remain there among all those Brian Williams' and George Streptococci.
I have said all along that the stimulus money paid off the media. They have very few viewers and very few subscriptions to the newspaper. How are they staying afloat otherwise? Obama gave them stimulus money. Thus, Obama news all the time. They are so corrupt, all of them. I never watch the networks for anything. We don't take the newspaper. However, I am very informed. I get my news from the Internet. I know I am not alone in this. Obama is a liar and a thief.
Due to the coming election, I watched the Sunday news programs on the alphabet networks. Typical panels were 4 or 5 to 1 in favor of liberals. Plus, they asked the liberals each to speak first and then gave the token conservative a few moments to counter. The libs were all in happy, smug agreement that Obama and all the Democrat senate candidates were shoe-ins to win.
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Rather Read, 11/5/2012 6:45:49 AM (No. 8988677)
I can't help but wonder what the late Tim Russert would have thought of all this. He was a good newsman, and an honorable liberal. Sharyl Atkinson and Jake Tapper are sadly, the exception. Reporters who try to find out the truth.
I have trouble believing as so many are saying that this election is close but even if it is a landslide for Romney it is still downright scary that Obama will get even 40% of the vote. There are legions of citizens who don't know anything about what is going on and will believe the outright lies Obama and his media hacks tell. The corrupt propagandistic media has succeeded in making a pack of lies believed. They may have a setback but they will keep trying.
The corrupt media will still be there on November 7. They will either be propping up the obama regime or trying to destroy the incoming Romney. And NOTHING will have changed in that arena. It is not as though the media serve the people or truth and they are really never held accountable.
ABC, NBC, CBS, have no place in my home and haven't in three years. No newspaper darkens my door. I search for my news on the Internet. I can find the truth there with little effort. FOX NEws is the only channel I watch on TV. Now somehow we need to find a way to enable those who are not able to afford additional channels to be able to have Fox News in their homes . Part of the reason we are in this situation is a huge number of Americans only news source is the MSM. They have had no balance to help them make wise decisions. Goodbye with no regrets!
Unfortunately, the corrupt media are like viruses. You can never really get rid if them. They just keep hanging on even though you try to starve them out of existence by dropping your subscription or never watching their channel. Somehow they eke out an existence and then go into full eruption when a Republican gets elected.
I guarantee that once President Romney is in office, their curiosity and their investigative interest will once again be rediscovered.
# 2 - I wouldn't hold my breathe on that. As far as settling scores goes - I'm just afraid that if the powers that be FINALLY go after Obama over Benghazi - that the new president will pardon his actions.
Don't worry. Of course I'm voting for him - Romney that is. But I'm bracing for a white wash assisted by Romney of the Obama years. In the name of "let's move on" of course.
IMO. the left media have destroyed themselves on the altar of socialism and elite-ism. Who reads that junk anymore? The hardcore ex-hippie Maoist? A minority to be respected for its tenacity. But, like once dangerous Spartans in the Roman era, they are really not taken seriously anymore. We watch people like bob Beckle and Juan Willams make complete fools of themselves every week trying to justify the implausible positions of their lords like the hollow shirt Øbama. No normal thinking individual could possibly swallow their arguments as plausible or logical in any sense. Yet, the media keep right on selling those invisible beans.
The framers of the Constitution specifically mentioned freedom of the press because it never occurred to them that the press would become a propaganda arm of the government; such a condition was simply outside their collective experience. They believed a free press would act as a watchdog and bark at laws and actions that violated the Constitution.
The watchdog is now a lapdog and a rabid one at that, snarling and foaming at the mouth at anyone who questions the imposition of undiluted socialism.
The mainstream media have become largely irrelevant and if Romney wins they will be toast. Not because Romney will punish them (he won't), but because they will be left with the realization that they couldn't pull it off.
One would think anyone considering themselves a journalist or TV news reader might have a bit of intelligence or exhibit a bit of common sense, but this is not the case. The media IMO has always been center left, but during the Clinton years is when the extreme activity started and the bias has been progressively worse since then. There seems to be no embarrassment for their actions. Reporting of news is no longer the standard; everything is Opinion. Thanks to the internet one can piece together a picture of what is news-worthy.
#s 2 and 17...I have no doubt that a Romney administration, as did the Bush administration in their time, would not want their four years tainted with the detritus from the previous crapweasel's time in office. It is an almost unwritten rule and Mitt Romney would not seek retribution...it is undignified and unpresidential. Regardless of how the Obama-ites behaved.
I am sorry, because I want to see Bronco Bama perp walked to jail like so many other Chicago politicians as they finished their time in office.
Does anyone know offhand how many previous Illinois governors are in jail right now? It's two or three and known as the Chicago way.
Unfortunately I agree with #7. If Obama wins the LSM will preposterously re-write history to claim that the poor fool has an overwhelming "mandate". All those that point out that Obama is easily the worst president in American history will be called racists. Vocal protesters opposed to Obama stealing the election will be arrested with mindless cheer leading from the LSM. I'm not being pessimistic. If Romney wins the same professional victims will be apoplectic and angrily denounce America as racist and the election invalid because only racists and haters would vote for a smart, successful white guy. Either way these tools may have to retire the word racist from the dictionary.
If Romney wins (an I'm taking nothing for granted), the corrupt political reporters will still be there in full force, saying or writing anything to discredit him and his administration, for the next four years. They will continue to poison public opinion.
I know plenty of older people in rural NH who can't get cable, can't afford satellite, and therefore only get PBS and ABC. The internet is foreign to them. If they had access to Fox the number of informed voters would skyrocket as they are good people, but live in the past.
I think this all started, or at least got much worse, with Bush-Gore in 2000. The liberal left was outraged that Bush won. They spent the next 8 years, even in a time of national concern over our own safety, trying to ruin the President. They didn't even try to show impartiality any longer, as they live in the bubble of peers who think like they do. Obama has been used much like he used others in the past. They pushed him and his idiotic policies down our throat. They covered for him at every turn. They continue to lie for him.
I can only hope others are wrong about Romney. I think he has a love for our country that will not allow him to play politics with Bengazi. I am praying non-stop for him and our country.
I'm going to print this article out and mail it to our local newspaper editor with a note that this is why they are struggling to survive. Not that it will change their approach, but one can always speak truth kindly and hope it penetrates. Our editor is a decent newsman but the publisher is a flaming liberal.
This election isn't even close if not for the Kneepad Media. And don't think for a second we will not have the Kneepad Media once this election is over. Come Jan 21, the day after President is inaugurated, expect stories about eh increase in the homeless, pictures of flag draped coffins with US service personnel from Afghanistan and global warming hysteria to be all over the Alphabets and print media. They will do the same things they always do when a Rebublican is elected. Pavlov’s dog was less predictable then these clowns.
The media will quickly rediscover their "bite" in a Romney administration. My hope is that President Romney will have a Press Secretary who will be of good cheer, be a great communicator, and will not be steamrolled by the media. He needs a Tony Snow because that position is going to be a very important one. The media will turn into snarky pit bulls come November 7th and will try and define a Romney presidency. Unlike Obama's perpetual honeymoon there will be no honeymoon this time around for President Romney. Please choose wisely.
The Alp[habet MSM that broadcasts on the PUBLIC AIRWAVES must have their licenses revoked for obvious bias and politics vs. unbiased reporting. Their licenses should be put up for auction to the highest bidder and the current holders are barred from bidding!
That will put things right. As for the cable MSM, they can be dealt with by letting advertisers know that no one will buy their products!
Now on to more important matters!
All Marxist run Universities should be barred from any grants or other govt. money programs, DONE!
All Unions must be outlawed, union leadership should be arrested and held for trial on charges of Treason, theft of union funds and practicing politics.
All 501c corporations and others with 'tax exempt status' should be forced to pay taxes IF they have been a political arm of the Dimocrap party.
All foreign donations and foreigners who have corrupted out political process (Soros for instance) should be arrested no matter where they are and held for trial for Treason and conspiracy to undermine our govt.
I think you also have to blame the univerities who are putting out these lame brain people who have no morals, no love of this country and even want to destroy this country. There are NO true patriots out there in the teaching profession anymore. They are union members who care more for the unions and their greed than they do this country.
If there is one thing I’ve learned since the Clintonista years is that some people will believe what they want to believe, and the truth be damned. Therefore lamers like Chris Matthews still provide a service by validating the hardcore useful idiots’ agenda. In a way this is good because Rush said he will continue until everyone agrees with him; we will have Rush for a very long time.
Additionally, you can safely say "goodbye" to the stale, predictable moderated-by-liberals presidential debates. But, the focus of most revolutionary journalism needs to be on our liberal journalism schools across the country.
Being both a cynic and a pessimist, I cannot bring myself to share Carlson and Patel's confidence that the fading Legacy Media is close to fading completely out. Yes, we have known for most of our lives that they are water carriers for the Left, and we can observe that their bias is by now startlingly obvious. The alternative media is inexorably taking the place of the propaganda organs of the Left, but the Fourth Estate's colony of intellectual cockroaches, eschewing the light, will scamper around for a while longer until they're stepped on and squashed. They are diminished and obsolescent, but not obsolete. Yet.
You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Thank you Lucianne for the light shone on all that has happened in these 4 years. For letting the truth be seen.
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Victor Volsky, 11/5/2012 9:02:54 AM (No. 8988972)
A word of caution to those who share Hannity's view that the press died in 2008: in March 1919, the noted journalist Lincoln Steffens accompanied State Department official William Bullit (the future U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union) on a trip to revolutionary Russia. Later on, Steffens proclaimed triumphantly: "I've seen the future, and it works." But according to Bullit, Steffens came up with this phrase on the way to Russia, not after he had seen the future. 1919 seems a lot earlier than 2008, doesn't it?
Twenty four hours after Romney’s inauguration in January all these sleaze balls will wake up and scream that Romney is the worst President in history because he hasn’t fixed the economy, unemployment, the war in Afghanistan and whatever else they can think of. Don’t count out these people who lost their integrity a long time ago.
You'd think that with shrinking audiences and subscriptions the owners of old media would seek a format change to fit the market and increase their profitability. Trouble is, they know nothing of the free market and, in fact, are out to destroy it. We'll just have to wait until the old media goes up for a fire sale and conservatives buy them out.
Tucker and Patel, are too kindly, call them timid, as they refer to destructive TV & press people as "liberal"? (a word that means freedom). TV/press are, in fact, anti-liberal, big State, endless tax & spend. Mildly call them socialists, OR economic fascists, government colluding privilege with big corporations: like Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany. Or, go full bore, call them Communists Stalin's Soviet terrorizing slavery. Nah, too scared to call them commies. Just stop calling them "liberal"! They can call ALL of it, "the line", or “the complex". The amazing Andrew Breitbart called it "The Complex", in his bestseller, "RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION". Andrew busted the press, calling their rules of behavior, “The Complex”. He was getting close to "cultural Marxism" before he died. In fact, for many years, this rigid press and Hollywood uniformity was called, "The Party Line", named after the American Communist Party" and its bosses who decided from month to month, exactly what the "The Communist Party Line” was. What you said and wrote, was all at risk of being brutally punished by The Party Bosses, and ALL your fellow commie pals. New Media has countered "The Line", exposing truth, the lying pattern of censoring. New Media is exposing the Old Media cover-up of Benghazi, birth certificate, czars, on and on. Old Media chastized for their Party Line. Their Protection Racket of Beltway crimes.
As long as the LSM is headquartered in New York City and DC there will be no change. They sit in their high rise ivory towers and look down on the rest of the country with contempt and disdain. If they would come down off their high-horse every once in a while they would see the rest of the country has indoor plumbing and electricity too. Some of us actually have college degrees and can use a computer.
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J F Ackerman, 11/5/2012 10:04:22 AM (No. 8989139)
Remember when Romney was at the correspondents dinner party in Washington, D.C. last month. He made a "joke" of the so-called liberal mainstream media, by saying something like "When I state what my plans are to fix the American economy, it appears that it is the liberal media's job to make sure that the American people never hear those plans". You have to figure that Romney has the liberal media's number and once Romney is elected that he will not play their little games.
Yes the "news" organizations are full of leftists who no doubt think that obumbler's agenda (whatever that is) is a good thing. In that respect they would go easy on him no matter his skin color.
But oblamer is clearly getting more than just a pass. He's getting active help. And I think it is just a manisfestation of the affirmative action mentality.
With all their blather of racial equality and their quick willingness to blame racism as the cause of opposing The One, in reality liberals see blacks in this country as poor, incapable children that just have to get help from them (the benevolent liberals) in order to succeed. So in their deepest beliefs, being tough on obummer is the same as chastising a young child who missed some notes during his piano recital. You just don't do that!
OK, haven't read the article yet--but #2 touched on a fantasy of mine: President Romney stands in front of the WH press corpse and says something like, "The outlets you represent, almost unanimously, did everything in their power to see that I wouldn't be here today to address you in this capacity. Please tell me why I should extend any consideration to you at all." I know, won't happen--but he came pretty close at the Cardinal Newman dinner.
And let us not forget the equally corrupt pollsters with their biased questions, slanted sampling, and bogus turnout models. They've tried to sway voters with their dishonest output just as much as the biased leftwing media has. Thanks to the New Media on the internet, that curtain has been pulled back exposing the humbugs manning the special effects. A lot of polling agencies are going to be discredited after tomorrow.
Just as the solution to improper free speech is more free speech, the solution to a biased free press is more free press. While I agree that Carlson and Patel's piece is a bit of wishful thinking, there is a solution. It's time to ramp up Fox broadcast into a prime-time and morning alternative national news outlet. All the pieces are obviously in place; Rupert only needs to pull the trigger. Bring on the Fox evening news with Brit Hume.
I agree that a large number of media personalities have lost any credibility and have shown a total lack of integrity during this campaign and administration.
I believe that those same bias individuals will beginning tomorrow, begin the undermining of the Romney administration. They will do to him what they did to Bush; he will be portrayed as stupid, out of touch and a terrible human being. The liberal media will continue their drive to a far left agenda that they in their very limited capacity think is right.
They will also try and get people someday again believe their propaganda, but I think they went too far this time and the people recognize how bias and prejudice they are.
The MSM is toast. The main thing is that when Romney wins they will realize they have lost all humf when it comes to attacking Romney. Their credibility is now shot. People will laugh them off when they now try to attack Romney as they did Bush.
If Obama gets returned to the throne I believe a lot of things will be changing, including his consolidation of the media. The FCC will become a Ministry of Change. Worst of all, he will claim a mandate to do whatever necessary to homogenize the government/media message... across the spectrum. Look out Rush, Fox and Anti-Muslim film makers.
As long as the LSM controls print media, it will be hard for the New Media to reach everyone. #30's comment about older viewers being confined to the alphabets is true - not just in NH but because seniors generally are somewhat slower to adapt decades of viewing patterns to the New Media.
Take it from this oldster, though, that cable and satellite are not the only resources. Many of us are pretty good with a computer (as long as it doesn't break down).
The Tea Party News Network has a new site http://tpnn.com/ and promises election coverage beginning at 3 PM tomorrow.
Perhaps under the Romney administration, what Carlson calls "political reporters" will make a last-ditch fight for self preservation and begin some actual reporting.
Wouldn't it be fun to see the New Media representatives in the majority at WH press conferences and briefings by the new Romney Press Secretary?
Without the cover from the msm this race wouldn't even be close! If anyone needs a little break from all this and haven't seen Henri the frenc cat, watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M
A President Romney was opposed by the media and he and Ryan have had to wade through them and keep their heads above the muck.
Hopefully their administration will keep in mind the duplicity of the dems and their media and ride out any storm just as Romney did about his taxes when the nervous nellies in the GOP wanted them put out as demanded.
When Newt took over the House in 1994 he capitulated to power sharing with the dems and then we watched dirty Harry and Pelousy reign of power aiaded by the press.
This is a new day and we need to keep after the media on blogs and social media and any other way. The race isn't over until the goal of smaller government and states rights is achieved.
The media's leftwing bias has become more extreme in just the last four years. During the Bush administration, the Washington Post made a half-hearted attempt to be balanced--in the news section, not the op-eds, which are full of flaming commies. They were actually much better than the NY Times during that period, believe it or not.
However, the moment Obama took office, the Post dropped the mask completely and has been more biased towards the Democrats than at any time since I first started reading it.
When Romney wins, he absolutely needs to have an aggressive media strategy. Under the First Amendment, he obviously cannot suppress the media, but he's also under no obligation to kowtow to them. I totally agree that Fox News and outlets like the Daily Caller, NY Post and Washington Times get first dibs on press conference questions and information releases. Let the WashPost, NY Times, and the broadcast networks subsist on crumbs. Make them perform actual acts of journalism if they want stories--assuming they're even capable of that anymore.
Pat Caddell accurately described today's old media as " enemies of the people ". Our house no longer watches any offering , news or otherwise , from ABC , CBS or NBC. If I could figure out a way to delete them from my cable package I would . I have no idea who the sponsors are for the agitprop channels . Brian Williams has long been an anti Republican propagandist and mouthpiece for the Democrat Party. He always used terms like " everyone says " or " people are saying " to begin his pieces slandering Republicans . I will never forget before the 2004 election, when the unemployment number was 5.4 % . Williams showed black and white Depression era footage of men on bread lines and said that if President Bush was re elected , " people predict " that will happen again in Bush's second term. Tapper and Ms Attkisson should work for FOX. Their journalistic integrity is wasted where they are now.
The media will lost credibility with some. But there is a hard core out there--media as well as people who want very much to believe the misleading information fed them by the media. If Romney should win, it is guaranteed that there will be a howling, petty, vicious, persistent, stupid and unbalanced mob of media people attacking Romney by Wednesday morning. And they'll keep it up forever.
We do not watch any MSM on TV or listen on the radio. We do not receive any newspapers and only subscribe to Financial literature. We watch Fox Cable News, if anything, grudgingly, because even they have become somewhat PC. We get all our news from the Internet and Conservative talk radio stations some of which we tune into on the internet. I believe that many millions of Americans do the same as we do. Frankly, if anyone from the Obama Administration pops up on the screen, we often change the channel, because they nauseate us with their lies. It is a sad state of affairs that the MSM has turned into a Democratic propaganda outlet, and quite odd that many intelligent people will not do their job, which is to report the news in an independent manner. As the article implies their end date has been hastened by their biased reports, which bear no relation to actual reporting. Lastly, I think Fix Cable News is heading in the wrong direction by having two sides represented in most situations. To me, that is fair, but UNbalanced, because many on the left appear to be unhinged from reality. Not to pick on one individual, but I rarely watch THE FIVE because MR Beckel make no sense to me. I can see no reason to have him as part of the show. I am sure that the ratings would go up if they had only informed, rational folks involved. Mr Beckel is not rational. That is my opinion.
Well, let's acknowledge: 1.The media BELONGS to the leftists. 2.They are paid by the leftists - either directly through the stimulus-shmimulus money or by intimidating the companies to advertise in newsrags and on local tv. 3.They will do what they are told, no matter how many working in the media are leftists or conservatives - fascists/commies know how the vet their ranks. 4.The media will dump on Romney's administration even worse than they did before!
What needs to be done? 1.Cut government, overt and covert, funding from the lefties. 2.Build the conservative mainstream media!
Not in our lifetimes? Where have you been? Do you remember what the liberal media did to George Bush? To Ronald Reagan? To Sarah Palin? To every republican president? They will be here to lie and misconstrue every undertaking of the Romney administration, rest assured. How I wish the American people had the ability to vote THEM out!
No more dasish and coffee and note pads. The Press room gets closed. oh yes. and the Press can meet ouytside under a Swap-meet style canopy or canopies There will be rows of white Syroco chairs set up. If the want refreshement, bring it. Stupid questions get you sent to the back of the room.
They can't go anywhere. If Romney wins, who will keep fanning the flames with the 47%. Someone will have to ''expose'' all of the new administrations ''lies''. They will be required to report ad nauseam about the cuts to EBT cards, food stamps, welfare, social security, and medicare. The public must be informed of the atrocities.
The LSM is a full arm of the criminal and corrupt left. Hopefully the electorate will elect Romney and reject the criminal currently in the WH. The turning point on the LSM's bias occurred many years ago, to those actually paying attention. The Long March through our institutions has produced far too many Honey Boo Boos; if Romney wins these people will wake up Wednesday morning, go, "Hmm", and go on with their self-absorbed lives.
Where are they going exactly? As soon as Romney takes office "Real" unemployment, the names and faces of every military casualty, gas prices, the national debt, every national calamity, and every glottal stop Romney makes will be splashed across every newspaper and news ticker.
Some justification?!?!?!? That's like saying that the First Wookie is sometimes pushy.
I have said that after this election EVERYONE should boycott the alphabets AND their sponsors. That would kill them completely. And they certainly deserved a cruel death for the Treason that they have committed towards America's freedoms and the Personal Assassinations that they have committed on Conservatives like Romney, Ryan, West, Bush, Palin, Rush, and all of the others LDotters have listed here.
News Flash: I work in journalism so let me give you an insider's quick take. This profession pays poorly unless you are working for network TV. Further, journalists see society 24/7. While you are sleeping, there is another world out there, active and pulsating, and that figures into how journalists see life. Some of it is tragic. Just take my word for it.
Comment on this site and others to your heart's content. But, your voice really can be heard if you write to the news sources you abhor. That would be metro dailies? Most of them have a person who is supposed to be YOUR advocate. The e-mail is often firstname.lastname@example.org or whatever your local outlet is. Make it your job to find out how to contact that person, and DEMAND fair news coverage front page to back.
Why did so many papers endorse Romney this election? My guess is advertisers put the word out to publishers that their money was going elsewhere if news outlets didn't support a capitalist candidate. Think about it. Then act.
We have found the enemy and they are the united states state controlled media. But,I feel the american public are too stupid to figure this out and they may just vote lord messiah o'bama back in office.
i do not buy the newspaper. i get all the news i need from the internet. the opinions expressed by the readers are stimulating. i feel well informed and learn a lot from the arguments and exchanges expressed. the newspapers are putting themselves out of business. it is a shame.
WHEN Romney wins and WHEN he gets the economy turned around it will be painfully obvious that Progressivism is bereft of any value. That's what the media supports and they thought that BO embodied Progressivism. They have been cut adrift, just as they have been so many times in the past by people who they invested their fervent beliefs in but who turned out to be duds. They never look to the root, that Progressivism is simply wrong and anyone who tries to support it is doomed to fail. The people that try must suspend rational actions.
The MSM has been unmasked and hopefully they will be replaced by an honest media that serves a valid role as watchdog for the public instead of lapdog for the dems.
Haven't watched the alphabets since Fox came on. And we won't even have the NY Times in the house to line the cat box. My cats' poop is too good for that paper. That said, I can only hope that Tucker is right. I would love, LOVE to see the NY Times reporters and those stupid TV people on the unemployment lines. Especially Stuffin Envelopes and that moron Brian Williams. Had Benghazi happened under a Republican President, there would have been a drumbeat every night about how the administration was lying, followed by how expensive gasoline has become. And then with Sandy, that would have been the knock out punch with the Republican president's incompetence. How do these people look at themselves in the mirror? Their professional dishonesty is shocking. Their demise can't come soon enough.
Washington -- Federal authorities investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against Ahmed Abu Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia that officials believe was involved in the assault, people briefed on the investigation said. The charges under seal are the first criminal counts to emerge from the probe. The investigation of the attack last September 11 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others continues, these people said, as investigators try to build their case against Khattalah and others who authorities believe were involved.
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One of my law partners sent me this joke in an email: Ammo is getting scarce! But this morning I lucked out and was able to buy two boxes of ammo. I placed the boxes on the front seat and headed back home, but stopped at a gas station where a drop-dead gorgeous blonde in a short skirt was filling up her car at the next pump. She glanced at the two boxes of ammo, bent over and leaned in my passenger window, and said in a sexy voice, “I’m a big believer in barter, old fella.
When Virginia’s Republican lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t be running as an independent in the gubernatorial race, he expressed his hope for an honorable and informative campaign season. “I encourage them to run campaigns that are worthy of Virginia,” he said, referring to Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and GOP nominee Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, “campaigns that focus on the big issues facing our state and offer a positive vision for the future of Virginia.” Bolling must be disappointed. To start, there’s the ongoing investigation into Gov. Bob McDonnell
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Liz Cheney must have known what was coming. Carpetbagger, the critics would call her. How dare she run for a U.S. Senate seat from Wyoming, where she had never really lived? But she bulled ahead anyway, a creature of Washington never before on any ballot, launching a first-time, difficult run for national office from Wyoming, the land of her forebears. Just like her father did 35 years ago. And he won. Anyone trying to tweeze out the strands of political DNA linking former vice president Dick Cheney and his first-born daughter Liz can start there —
Hillary Clinton is meeting with diet guru Dr. Mark Hyman — who’s credited with turning around Bill Clinton’s health — as she prepares for a 2016 presidential run. She was spotted dining with Hyman at the West Street Grill in Litchfield, Conn., Sunday night. Sources say Hillary, who was accompanied by four Secret Service agents and two troopers, drove an hour from her home in Chappaqua for the three-hour dinner with Hyman and his girlfriend. Hyman runs the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Mass., which helps promote healthy weight and metabolism. The center’s Web site home page
Reagan and Mr. Bush didn’t win because they drew more conservatives. They won because they performed well with independents and moderates. Reagan beat Jimmy Carter among independents by 25 points, while Mr. McCain lost that group by eight points. The Gipper prevailed among moderates by six points, while Mr. Romney lost them by 15. What these numbers show is that moderate candidates aren’t automatic winners any more than are conservative candidates. John McCain has made a career-long fetish of cultivating his maverick reputation, but he performed far more poorly among independent voters than did the much more partisan Reagan.
The U.S. Army is refusing to suspend contracts with dozens of companies and individuals tied to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups out of concern for their "due process rights," despite repeated pleas from the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction. In a scathing passage of his latest report to Congress, Special Inspector General John Sopko said his office has urged the Army to suspend or debar 43 contractors over concerns about ties to the Afghanistan insurgency, "including supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda." Sopko wrote that the Army "rejected" every single case.
Major League Baseball has agreed to 50-game suspensions with 12 players for their roles in the Biogenesis case, multiple media reported Monday. Alex Rodriguez was expected to be served with the harshest penalty, and an announcement was expected later Monday. Initially confirmed by FoxSports.com, the players to have agreed to the suspensions without the right to appeal are: • Nelson Cruz, Rangers outfielder. • Everth Cabrera, Padres shortstop. • Jhonny Peralta, Tigers shortstop. • Antonio Bastardo, Phillies reliever. • Jordany Valdespin, Mets outfielder. • Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher. • Jesus Montero, Mariners catcher. • Cesar Puello, Mets outfield prospect. • Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros pitching prospect.
British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey had a terrible premonition as he saw the gas lights being lit in London on the evening of August 3, 1914. Knowing that Britain would declare war on Germany the next day, he was moved to observe — “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Skip ahead another 99 years. On August 4, 2013, for Americans either traveling and living abroad in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, there was a different kind of lights out — the sudden and total shutdown
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?