Revealing look at media’s leftist spin machine

September 21, 2014

It’s been a while since we gifted our readers with a “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter” offering.

Today we make up for the lull with a blockbuster by Media Research Center’s Founder and President Brent Bozell, III, and Tim Graham, MRC’s Director of Media Analysis. Bozell is an acclaimed national leader within the conservative movement.

The duo present a superb collaborative exposé with “Journalists In Screech Advocacy Mode,” a powerfully informative commentary you won’t soon forget. The fact-filled report delves into the liberal bias that permeates network programming and what attempts to pass as print journalism.

Read the column and consider forwarding it to conservatives and liberals alike. Some will immediately agree and others will be enlightened —- which is never a bad thing.


Obama sinks in new poll, American disapproval rises

September 10, 2014

As Barack Obama’s favorability rating plunges to all-time lows, the mainstream media has chosen to disregard the stark reality of his disapproval by the American people. A newly released Media Research Center study found that network evening newscasts have routinely buried negative poll results for Obama.

According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, a mere 42 percent of respondents said they approved of Obama’s handling of his job as president, while 54 percent said they disapproved. Townhall provides additional polling numbers hereSeventy-one percent of those polled expressed support for air strikes against jihadist terrorists in Iraq, up from 45 percent on June 22, almost two weeks after ISIS seized control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, and swept across northern Iraq. 

As radical Islamic fundamentalists have begun systematically decapitating American non-combatant journalists and displaying the grisly videos, Americans expect a response from the president who has yet to identify these terrorists as Islamic jihadists.  

These terrorists pose a threat much closer to home as Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warned recently, saying the West —- Europe and America —- will be jihadists’ next target unless “rapid” action is taken.

Obama will address the nation during prime time tonight (6:00pm AZ time/9:00pm ET) on his strategy for dealing with the ISIS threat. He was roundly criticized for his August 28, public admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” (video clip)

Last January, he glibly dismissed ISIS —- the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria —- as the “junior varsity” of terrorist organizations, a statement he only recently retracted.

Yet in the face of the ongoing barbarous butchery, Obama has steadfastly refused to use the words “jihadist” and “Islamist,” or “war on terror” to describe the very real threat posed by violent and extreme adherents of radical Islam. How can he confront and hope to defeat that which he refused to acknowledge?  

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has an especially apropos commentary today, The Jihadists’ Eternal Plan, which we recommend.


New ISIS threat: America’s electric grid

September 6, 2014

Washington Examiner’s ‘Washington’s Secrets’ columnist Paul Bedard has written a disturbing report regarding our nation’s vulnerability as it relates to a potential threat to the electrical power grid and the dire effects that would accompany such an attack. Due to the urgency of the topic, we have reprinted the report in its entirety:

Former top government officials who have been warning Washington about the vulnerability of the nation’s largely unprotected electric grid are raising new fears that troops from the jihadist Islamic State are poised to attack the system, leading to a power crisis that could kill millions.

“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS,” said Peter Pry, one of the nation’s leading experts on the grid.

Others joining Pry at a press conference later Wednesday to draw attention to the potential threat said that if just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers were knocked out, blackouts would occur across the country.

“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish,” said Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington.

At the afternoon press conference, Gaffney dubbed the potential crisis the “grid jihad.”

A lack of electricity would shut off water systems, impact city transportation services and shutdown hospitals and other big facilities. Fresh and frozen foods also would be impacted as would banks, financial institutions and utilities.

Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America.  He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting the drug trade.

“The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal,” said Pry. “ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one of their criminal gangs already in the U.S., or activate jihadist terror cells already in the U.S., and inflict a multi-state blackout immediately, within days or weeks. Perhaps even a nationwide blackout,” Pry explained to Secrets.

“I am not saying it is likely they will do so. But given the capabilities and objectives of ISIS and our obvious vulnerabilities, it would be foolish to ignore the threat to the grid, to regard the threat as unlikely. Our planning should be based on imminent asymmetrical threats, and not assume that another 9/11 large-scale attack is years away,” he added.

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently said they believe there is evidence that ISIS plans an attack.

 Pry, Gaffney and others have been pushing Congress to protect the electric grid from attacks including terrorists, assaults by U.S. foes like North Korea and even sun spots that can zap unprotected transformers with electromagnetic pulse.

Congress is looking at legislation to protect the grid via the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.


How dare anyone call liberal Fred DuVal a liberal?

August 29, 2014

It’s no secret Gov. Jan Brewer has been a major disappointment to Arizona conservatives. She has unleashed venomous attacks making political foes of fellow Republicans who refused to surrender to her astronomically costly Medicaid expansion demands, and supported recruited challengers. Her defense of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education delivery system, usurping local control, has won her few fans, even as she renamed the scheme in an effort to dupe anxious parents. Her push for a sales tax increase in a dismal economy and her veto of a religious freedom bill caused many to question their jubilation when Brewer initially assumed the office after then-governor Janet Napolitano left mid-term to join the Obama administration.

In myriad ways Brewer was the Republican tailor-made for Democrats to embrace. That is, until she breached the line no Democrat wants to cross. Brewer has now incurred the wrath of the left by using the L-word, “liberal,” to describe lobbyist Fred DuVal, a career-long  leftist, now the Democrat nominee for governor.

Liberals despise being called liberal. In fact, they coined the word “progressive” to hide their liberalism behind. It sounds so Teddy Roosevelt-ish and forward thinking, don’cha know?

In this bizarre piece, Linda Valdez, editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) slams Brewer “for making things up about Fred Duval.” Zeroing in on a quote from Brewer in which she stated, “Fred is a liberal. He’s always been a liberal. He’s been brought up as a liberal,” Valdez did more than simply take exception. In typical liberal fashion, she contorts herself  into a pretzel twist, declaring DuVal’s father spent some time as a Republican before seeing what Valdez would view as ‘the light.’ She rants, hisses and harangues. One can almost see her stomping her feet.

Valdez is an unrepentant liberal, after all.

And who is liberal lobbyist Fred DuVal? He began his liberal career at age 24, managing liberal Bruce Babbitt‘s gubernatorial campaign, later working as Babbit’s senior aide. He did two stints with the Democrat National Committee concluding his final one as recently as 2011.  Liberal DuVal worked in the liberal Clinton White House, and was a reliable liberal Napolitano appointee on the AZ Board of Regents, where he never saw a tuition increase he didn’t support. As treasurer for the Democrat Governors Association he was fundraiser-in-chief for national liberal candidates.

It’s plain to see why Valdez, banking on crossover votes, wants to run from the L-word.


40 years ago today: U.S. Senator prophetically warned America

July 19, 2014

Conservative writer Susan Harris has written a masterful and must read article about the unheeded warning of John Porter East, a professor of political science and later an elected Senator representing North Carolina from 1981-1986  Make time for this dose of Sen. East‘s wisdom as he uncovered the bastions of liberalism that American universities had become and the aggressive means used to shut down conservative thought.

H/T D.C. Clothesline


Abortion: The comedy?

June 7, 2014

Filmdom reaches new low

Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell reviews the cringe-worthy new film, “Obvious Child,” coming soon to a theater near you.

This is the industry’s descriptive takeaway theme of the movie:  A “drunken hookup —– and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment —– turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.”

“Hilarious” and “empowerment.”  Get that?

For a incisive analysis of the vacuous mindset of the left, take time to read Bozell’s Here comes the ‘Abortion comedy.’

Soulless reviewers, however, were enthusiastic. Variety’s Peter Debruge described the film as “uproarious” and a “refreshingly honest date-night laffer.” 

The New York Times’ Megan Angelo calls it an “abortion romantic comedy,” giving accolades to the aborting protagonist for her unwavering determination. Writer-director Gillian Robespierre also wants no ambiguity regarding the main character’s resolute commitment to sentencing her own child to death. “This isn’t a hard decision for her to make,” she unequivocally states.

As this enchantment with death is benignly passed off as “hilarious entertainment,” or “a quirky romantic comedy,” what additional proof is needed to show the diversion industry not only has no standards —- but is actually euphoric at the opportunity to give the appearance of trendiness to the foul practice of abortion? 


Fish wrap haranguers carp at Independents — again

June 3, 2014

Fishy_Arizona_Republic Distraught leftists at AZ República implore politically unaligned to strategically limit GOP in Primary Election

Once again the petulant liberals at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) are grousing about low voter turnout among registered Independents. The editorial board is of the collective opinion that without activating this perpetually drowsy voting bloc, the untenable status quo will prevail.

And what’s so untenable?

To the rock solid leftists at the newspaper that would be the fact that all major statewide office holders are Republican: Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Mine Inspector. Add in all five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Republicans in Maricopa, the state’s most populous county, hold the offices of the County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, Clerk of the Court, Recorder, Assessor, School Superintendent and all but one of the 5-member seats on the Board of Supervisors.

The majority of the 90 member state legislature are Republicans, with a 4-member lead in the Senate and 12-member lead in the House.

The panacea the radicals at the newspaper longed for and relentlessly promoted was the “Top 2 Primary” which  they hoped would decimate the state Republican Party by allowing the top two vote getters —- regardless of party —-  to proceed to the General.  They were, of course,  hoping the only choices would be Democrats. Only columnist Robert Robb was forthright enough to expose the anti-conservative ruse as “…another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules.”

When sham tactics don’t work, the newspaper attempts to ravage conservatives who have the daring to buck the open borders mantra and adhere to Constitutional principles. Examples are former Senate President Russell Pearce, whom the newspaper decreed deserved ouster for spearheading SB 1070. The incessant posturing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fed by the same poisoned well. Attorney General Tom Horne is in its sights now. In each case the tactics are identical: Nonstop, repetitive and vicious reports, often veering sharply from the not-so-important facts, are their modus operandi.

The newspaper is hoping to sway registered Independents to opt for the Republican ballot and  skew the Primary election results by supporting the weakest Republican candidate in order to assure Democrats ultimately grab the power that has long eluded them. The aim is to reinstate liberals throughout the spectrum. Employing the tactics defined by Saul Alinsky in his “Rules for Radicals,” the aim is to marginalize conservatives. As an example, witness the nearly daily assault on Arizona’s effective conservative Attorney General Tom Horne.

Many are unaware of what undergirds the desperation driving the far-left newspaper. Talk to your friends, relatives and neighbors and inform them of the deceptive tactics. We don’t have the megaphone the press wields, but neither, anymore, does the desperate and faltering Arizona República.


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