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Has the once revered “fourth estate” really become the “fifth
column”? When is enough enough?

Once upon a time, not so long ago and not very far away, the American
press took pride in focusing not on WHO was right or wrong, but WHAT was
right or wrong. A very small group of us continue to be equal
opportunity offenders, but tragically, the establishment media has
become a mere shadow of their legacy. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to
someday see Edward R. Murrow rise up from the grave, personally rip Dan
Blather’s skull off and blow cigarette smoke into the cavity.

There have always been media wars mitigated and exacerbated by
personal egos, cash flow, circulation et al. However, there was also
diversity of opinion, pursuit of truth, and desire to expose the good,
the bad, and the ugly. Times have changed. The focus has shifted from
substance to form.

A while back I wrote that there was not a top down conspiracy to
control the news. I received a lot of negative reaction to that piece,
probably because I did an incomplete job. The perceived media control
is not a function of hard handed instructions handed down from on high
from a star chamber (yet). The decidedly left-leaning prejudice is more
a function of personal prejudice from senior news management types. The
news bosses of today were the college students of the ’60s. Many of
these 40 and 50-something executives are loath to report facts, which so
obviously and startlingly contradict not only their preconceived
opinions, but also their own personal (albeit tainted), value system.
Winston Churchill once said that “If a man isn’t a liberal at 20 he has
no heart … if he is not a conservative by 40 he has no brain.” What
is so infuriating to some is that this media malfeasance is not a
liberal/conservative, or partisan political debate. Objectivity,
fairness, and a willingness to pursue the truth regardless of where they
may lead have become anachronisms … a vague tickle of the way things
should be but sadly are not.

The actions, policies, and routine, consistent lies, flooding out of
the Clinton administration make Greek tragedy look like understatement.
Nevertheless, the mainstream media has become a co-conspirator with the
sycophant suppressers.

Waco, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, the TWA Flight 800 tragedy, the long
“mysterious death list”, the 29-Palms survey, Whitewater, Travelgate,
Filegate, Chinagate, Wag the Dog, Executive Orders, Presidential
Decision Directives, Bimbos and victims du jour, Danny Williams, Juanita
Broaddrick, Jane Does 1 through 101, yada, yada, yada … … What have
you seen, and not seen, from mainstream reportage on any of the
above? Billy Joel needs to write a few more verses to “We didn’t
start the fire.”

We have learned Janet Reno has been using the Department of Justice
to cover up for the president. We have learned the FBI lies, and
doesn’t even do it well anymore. We have learned Gennifer Flowers was
telling the sordid truth, and the president wasn’t. Linda Tripp was
telling the truth, and the president was lying. Even members of his own
party acknowledge that this president is not only a liar, but he lies
when he doesn’t even have to … it is such a refined talent he has
cultivated that to him lies come instinctively.

Investigations are either sham exercises in form over substance, or
ignored. Seventy-nine witnesses plead the Fifth Amendment (one doing so
over 1,000 times in one day … a new indoor record according to
Judicial Watch), 12 witnesses split and leave the country, 23 foreigners
refuse to be interviewed, and cabinet level officials leak classified
data with impunity.

According to Fox News, Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary GAVE highly
classified data (and a diagram) of the W-87 warhead the Chinese were
vilified for “stealing.” When her staff tried to protest and pointed
out the document was classified, Hazel just crossed out the word
“classified” and gave it to a U.S. News staff reporter. If anyone other
than an S.O.B. (supporter of Bill) had committed such a gross breach
they would have been severely punished.

The gross mishandling of classified information by this
administration is not uncommon; it is practically standing operating
procedure. And still, the pretentious mainstream media apparently finds
more newsworthiness in a relatively minor motor vehicle accident
involving an ex-presidential mistress, than it does in a Cabinet officer
compromising national security. They will go in nauseating detail about
scurrilous detail of sexual depravity, but national security, treason,
abuse of power under the color of authority??? … nada!

As an Eagle Scout, and an Army officer, I have been indoctrinated and
gladly embraced the principles of Duty, Honor, Country. I have always
considered these concepts as positive, and commendable. To those who
ask, “how can you claim an unbridled love of Country when you dump on
the administration so much?” Easy … I DO Love my Country. However,
I do not like, or trust my government. The two are not mutually
exclusive. Many others far more credentialed, distinguished and knowing
than me shared the feeling: Thomas Jefferson; Alexis de Tocqueville;
Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy to name a few.

The assimilation of the fourth estate by the corrupt bastards they
are supposed to keep honest reminds me of the story of British Major
James Hewitt. Hewitt served in the elite Life Guards regiment as a tank
commander in the Gulf War. However, Major Hewitt is a dirtbag, no
gentleman, and a cad. Hewitt reportedly had an affair while serving as
a riding instructor at Kensington Palace. Hardly a capital offense …
but wait … this joker reportedly bedded the fabled Princess Diana …
the wife of the heir to the throne to which he was sworn to serve and
protect. Now I’m not one of those who is enthralled with anything and
everything that the royal family does and doesn’t do. I could care less
than to be burdened with the personal domestic dysfunctional travails of
the royals. However, THIS case offended me, and reminded me of the
American media meltdown. Adultery is not an extracurricular activity
endorsed by the officer corps, but beyond that, for an officer to commit
adultery with the wife of another officer … especially a superior
officer is beyond contempt … reprehensible! Major Hewitt left the
army and reportedly is collecting an $11-thousand a year pension.
According to a London libel attorney, if Hewitt did in fact bed the
Princess, the wife of the heir to the throne … he violated not only
the essence of Duty, Honor, Country … but also violated the Treason
Act of 1351, and could face the death penalty. The Treason Act forbids
adultery with the wife of the throne’s heir (apparently designed to
ensure the heir to the throne is legitimate). Duty, Honor, Country
hopefully will survive this latest odious embarrassment. As for the
young Major with his brains in his kilt … cut off his buttons, break
his sword, and send his sorry butt to the Tower of London for Raven
food. What is gained is loss. …

However, what punishment can there be for the media miscreants? It
isn’t bad enough these co-conspirators protect and maintain a new
standard for abuse of power in the administration. Consider please that
these misguided, unprincipled, vacuous defenders of the indefensible do
more than inform (or ill-inform). I don’t know who originated the
phrase, but it is a chilling reality: Newspapers are the first draft of
history.

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