While most news organizations end each year with retrospective
replays of what they consider to be the year's top news stories, the
editors of WorldNetDaily have for years found it more newsworthy to
publish a yearend compilation of the 10 most important unreported
or underreported news events of the year. Hence, "Operation
In the past, WND has made the selection itself. But this year,
WorldNetDaily asked its readers to submit what they considered the most
"spiked" stories of 1999 in the Operation Spike forum. Readers
responded with tremendous enthusiasm, submitting so many spiked stories
that WND editors were left wondering just what the establishment media
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Clinton scandals ranked among the most spiked stories in general. In
fact, more than half of the stories submitted dealt specifically with
President Clinton and his various scandals, many of which the press
seemed conspicuously to avoid. From campaign finance fouls to his
impeachment, President Clinton made all the news -- but somehow managed
to stay out of the news.
A spiked story that received one of the largest number of votes was
the allegation by Juanita Broaddrick
that she was raped by then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Although the
interview with Broaddrick was broadcast on network TV during prime time,
the press ignored it completely, even though a Zogby public opinion poll
showed that most Americans either believe Clinton is guilty of the 1978
rape of Broaddrick, or say that more information is needed to make a
As one reader put it: "The president is credibly accused on national
television of rape, and no one bats an eye."
Here are the rest of WND's top 10 spiked stories for 1999:
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Clinton's impeachment trial
included no live witnesses, and no investigation was made into the
now-sealed documents in the Ford building which enumerate his dealings
with Communist China as well as other scandalous accounts.
- The lack of coverage of the testimony by four FBI agents before a
congressional committee describing the obstruction of justice by the
Justice Department concerning the president's dealings with China
left a deafening silence, as did the media's complacency on Clinton's
use of the IRS.
have been imposed on an inordinate number of Clinton critics, and
that fly in the face of the U.S. Constitution abound.
- The commander in chief handed over the vital Panama Canal
to the defenseless and corrupt nation of Panama, admitting publicly that
the Chinese will have de facto control over the waterway. In his
uncharacteristically candid Oval Office remarks to the press -- which he
later recanted -- the president claimed he believed China would do its
best in running the canal. The establishment media buried the critical
China-Panama connection on the proverbial sports page.
President Clinton may have had his share of winks and nods with
the press, keeping his actions off the front page, but he isn't the only
one ignored by most of the news media.
The U.S. military has been performing joint training
exercises and operations with local police departments across the nation
using military equipment. This militarization of local police
could be in preparation for Y2K or it could signal further federal
infringement of the rights of local governments -- or both. Yet, outside
of the terrified local populations where live-fire military maneuvers
have taken place, no one knows, since the "mainstream" press has not
considered it a story worthy of coverage.
- On the subject of Y2K, there is a big difference between what the
government has said -- don't worry, everything's all right, fill your
gas tank half full today -- and what it has done
-- built elaborate command-and-control bunkers and put every emergency
agency in the nation on full alert, for the first time in history.
- The brutal murder of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising
by two homosexual men is among the most buried stories of the year,
particularly in contrast to the transcendent long-term coverage of the
murder of Mathew Shepard, the young Wyoming homosexual, which became one
of the major news events of the year.
- Finally, the upcoming Millennium Forum, May 22-26, 2000, and Millennium
Assembly and Summit at the United Nations, beginning Sept. 5, 2000,
though they have not yet occurred, are of such immense significance that
WND believes the mere announcement of these meetings should have been
widely reported. The next session of the U.N.,
will be the "Millennium Assembly," during which all heads of state will
gather to discuss global government. The "Millennium Forum" has a
written objective "to suggest new possibilities for an organizational
structure whereby the peoples of the world can participate effectively
in global decision-making in the context of the United Nations system."
"The establishment press has not served Americans well this
year," said WorldNetDaily founder and Editor Joseph Farah, "or any
recent year for that matter. The traditional role of a free press is to
be a watchdog on government. But most of the big media seem more intent
on covering up for the government than on covering their corruption," he
"WorldNetDaily still believes in approaching news reporting the old
fashioned way -- by actually digging out and bringing forth the truth,"
said Farah. "In the coming year, readers once again can count on
WorldNetDaily to investigate and present the truly important stories
that are unreported, spun and spiked by the establishment press."