Unlike Internet news outlets such as WND, the liberal, so-called “mainstream media” does not report the truth – the unvarnished truth. In fact, if the liberal media can’t get the story to fit its liberal template, it simply does not get reported. What tea party march on Washington? Journalistic integrity or ethics are impediments to their worldview and their agenda.
New media roots around, digs out the facts and reports them, regardless of where they may lead and irrespective of any discomfort they might bring. The “elite” media, on the other hand, selectively brings you only the “news” it wants you to know.
Proof? Project Veritas’ “To Catch a Journalist” investigation in which new media journalistic star James O’Keefe’s online news organization exposes the liberal media’s methodology, using their own words. And as lawyers often say, once the words come out of your mouth, you can’t take them back.
For the past several weeks, Project Veritas citizen journalists have surreptitiously videotaped the so-called “media elite” and the people they walk with.
“Elites are perfectly comfortable with there being information about how they make their decisions and what their biases are, as long as that only circulates among other elites,” O’Keefe says in the opening of Project Veritas‘ Part II’s video expose:
“On Oct. 17, two professors of journalism at NYU, Jay Rosen, an associate professor, and Clay Shirky, who’s done consulting work for the New York Times, were both caught on tape, talking about the New York Times’ strategy to legitimize President Obama in the 2008 election … the New York Times strategy to help Occupy Wall Street … tax loopholes for NPR … the New York Times’ unwillingness to cover a certain political candidate.”
“To Catch a Journalist” Part I calls into question the reporters behind the headlines: focusing on the Huffington Post and its White House Correspondent Sam Stein.
According to the Project Veritas website: “Our investigation (that Stein attempted to proactively undermine) found a Rutgers University professor and author at EPI willing to fully admit that when an EPI study ended with results contrary to their agenda, they pay for it and they kill it.”
Part II exposes the New York Times, in which Project Veritas interviewed an NYU professor and Jay Rosen, a writer for the Times (among others, including the Huffington Post), as well as Clay Shirky, consultant to the Times.
“Their candid comments included the New York Times’ strategy to support Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s 2008 election and their place within the “chardonnay swilling” so-called media elite.” Watch the video here.
Project Veritas is a good example of a guy with a small budget using the Internet to expose propagandist journalists, media outlets like the New York Times and the academics who train and pump out legions of leftist media “journalists.”
“One day, someone might give us the timeline and history of how long this has been going on, beginning with Operation Mockingbird,” said writer and blogger Dave Logan, referring to the government/CIA program designed to control the media through propaganda.
Carl Bernstein, the other half of the best-known journalistic team in modern history, whose investigative reporting brought down a president, wrote a 25,000 word piece in Rolling Stone about the government-controlled media’s deceptive practices.
Imagine, without the Internet and new media like Project Veritas, how little idea we would have of the extent that government/media collusion goes on behind our back.
Politics on the Internet sweet as Halloween candy
There’s no doubt the Internet is revolutionizing the way political campaigns are waged. For example, an inexpensive video developed by the Herman Cain for President campaign went viral, immediately attracting more than a million viewers in less than two days. The buzz about “the Smoker” was so loud, cable and network news operations were almost forced to give it additional coverage on its airwaves, resulting in additional exposure worth millions if translated into advertising dollars.
Social media increasingly is being used by candidates to maintain a highly visible presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and drive users to their websites and direct mail email lists. Political action groups like the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama (disclosure: I serve as the organization’s vice chair and spokesman) also have discovered how efficient the Internet is in quickly building a base of supporters, getting information to them, fundraising and ultimately affecting the political process, hopefully in their favor.
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Trick? Or treat?
Do you have a Visa or MasterCard credit card in your wallet? If so, both credit card companies have a new trick they want to play on you: Watch what you purchase with your credit card, then target you with related online ads.
No treat here for consumers, as it violates your privacy and online anonymity. This Wall Street Journal article explains.
The tell-tale heart
Not unlike one of Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy tales, when goblins and gremlins spook you there’s a way to quiet your beating heart. It’s done with a new app called MyCalmBeat. By helping you breathe more slowly, it works with a heart rate monitor that attaches to your ear. The app detects your optimal breathing rate, or resonant frequency, and helps you slow your heart rate to lower stress levels.
A horror story?
I wrote to my congressman to ask what he was going to do to prevent passage of a bill that will allow the feds to shut down websites deemed “rogue.” Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the bill was filed to “promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” The bill is similar to one introduced last May in the U.S. Senate known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.
Critics say that if passed, the bill – currently in the first step of the legislative process – would pave the way for U.S. law enforcement to “unilaterally shut down websites, including foreign sites, without due process.”
The bill has 12 cosponsors. Find out if yours is among them, and learn more about the bill at GovTrack.
Send a strong message to Congress: Hands off the Internet!
The tale of the masked woman
A New Jersey woman conjured up an ulterior persona on Facebook, using her ex-boyfriend’s name to create the fake profile. But her act landed her in a cauldron of hot water, accused of violating the state’s identity theft law, an act of legerdemain that could find this ghostwriter in the stocks.
Dana Thornton, 41, faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Lucky for her the pillory of the witch trials was abolished more than a century ago.
The Monster Mash
Here’s a website that has assembled over 2,000 titles from various recording artists, with links to their music, their bios, videos, official sites and more. Assembled in French, you don’t have to be a linguist to figure it out. “Tout ce que vous recherchez sur vos idoles de la chansons.”
Unfortunately, you won’t find “The Monster Mash” by The Ghost Doctors here, but more titles being added all the time.
“Take a picture of a picture from the past in the present” is the tagline and submission policy for a Tumblr called “Dear Photograph.”
What a novel and fun idea! Grab an old photo, hold it up against today’s view of the same background, and take a picture of both. It’s a step back in time. Head over to Dear Photograph to see some creative and heartwarming pics of memorable moments submitted by folks just like you. Then once you get the idea, find a fave photo from your photo album, snap it against the same background and submit it for display too.
Be sure to read about 22-year old Taylor Jones, the inventor of this idea whose website was deemed No. 7 in Time magazine’s Top Ten Best websites of 2011.
Send me your poor huddled masses yearning to “see”!
The Statue of Liberty, 125 years old this year, has been fitted with Internet webcams so the world can see what Lady Liberty sees. Lady Liberty turned 125 last week and during part of the celebration, it was announced that “freedom’s torch-bearer” had been fitted with a variety of well placed, “live” Internet webcams. History and modern technology meet again. What’s next?
The unofficial home of the Electoral college resides on this website, created in 1999 by James R. Whitson of Knoxville, Tenn.
“I started this site back in September of 1999 because there was not a lot of the information about the Electoral College on the Internet back then. Not only is this site one of the very first to feature information about the Electoral College, it’s also one of the first (and few) to actually support it,” Whitson writes.
Whitson says the most important part of the site is the historical election pages. Also, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. Example: “Why is there no mandated legal requirement for candidates to prove they are qualified to be president prior to nominating procedures?”
This is a great resource for political junkies and homeschoolers!
The Time Capsule
1980 – Carter soundly defeated by Hollywood actor; Electoral tally 489 to 49
Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.
Congratulations to WND readers Mike Sutula of Catonsville, Md., and Marty Martino of Peachtree City, Ga., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Kevin Costner in his portrayal of Kenny O’Donnell in the 2000 movie “Thirteen Days.”
From IMDB: “The film, set during the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962, focused on how President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and others handled the explosive situation. Director Roger Donaldson maintained that meticulous attention to historical accuracy was paid for the film. However, several members of the Kennedy administration who were still living at the time the film was released took exception with the depiction of Kenny O’Donnell’s role during the crisis. In a PBS interview, Robert McNamara stated that O’Donnell had no role in the crisis, and that it was in fact Ted Sorensen who pulled the administration together. ”
The quote was: “If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. And that’s – that’s all there is between us and the devil.”
This week’s quote: “Who expects a psychologist to think? Especially when you are so busy thinking what you think other people are thinking.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Please be sure to add your town and state. Good luck!