Those of us who truly
cherish the First Amendment need to be thankful for such independent news
and information sources as the Fox News Channel, Matt Drudge, the Washington Times, Newsmax.com, WorldNetDaily.com and CNSNews.com – literally.
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In short, if Democratic presidential wannabe Howard Dean had his way, there
would no longer be an independent media: Those intellectually honest anchors
and reporters who skillfully and intelligently provide the anecdote to the
Far Left’s anti-American propaganda ware that’s currently being peddled by
angry Democrats like Dean.
Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine.com, in his Dec. 8 blog, said of Dean’s ‘Big Brother’
attitude toward the independent media that Dean apparently sees them as a
threat to his partisan agenda: “[Howard Dean’s] going to meddle in news.
He’s going to decree who can and can’t own media outlets. He’s going
to break up companies for sport and political pandering. He’s not concerned
with the First Amendment. He’s not concerned with the realities of
the media business today (if you don’t allow some level of consolidation,
then weak outlets will die),” Jarvis said.
“Yes, I work in big media. But I don’t own it. I just work in
it because I love news and media and I cherish the lack of government involvement
in media in this country; I cherish our freedom of speech; I am a First Amendment
absolutist. I do not want to see government meddling in our free speech.
This isn’t Europe, Howard…”
At a recent sit-down with “Hardball” host Chris Matthews (who’s MSNBC’s one-hour
show should be renamed “Softball”), the former Vermont governor was asked
point blank if he would break up Fox News if he were president.
Without hesitation, Dean showed his true colors – and the driving element
that has defined his candidacy, by replying: “On ideological grounds, absolutely
yes,” which in itself is very telling.
Surprisingly, Matthews actually threw a hardball to Dean, albeit a leading
question, when he later asked: “Seriously. As a public policy, would
you bring industrial policy to bear and break up these conglomerations of
But sensing he may have overstated, Dean immediately backpedaled: “I don’t
want to answer whether I would break up Fox or not. What I’m going
to do is appoint people to the FCC that believe democracy depends on getting
information from all portions of the political spectrum, not just one.”
Transition: Much like Bill Clinton did with the IRS, Dean would presumably
place KGB-style political operatives within the FCC, who would not only agree
with his Far Left ideology, but would also equally hate the very idea of
Americans freely choosing the independent media as a valuable news venue.
And, much like Baghdad’s al-Jazeera TV, Dean’s ‘Big Brother’ media censorship
would probably turn into an Orwellian ruse that would only espouse his Machiavellian
In fact, at this very moment, there are political operatives at work within
the Dean camp, covertly scouring Web sites, newspapers, news networks and
talk radio for the slightest morsel of criticism against their candidate,
the seemingly invisible Howard Dean. They also have a Dean media team,
dubbed “Dean TV,” who presumably spins his political record and frantic misquotes
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These anti-Bush insurgents scheme, organize, strategize and subsequently
blog every nuance of anything that even remotely disparages Dean.
In effect, it has become a disease with them. Labeling all Dean detractors
as “trolls” (i.e., the toxic and anarchical Far Left Web site, Democraticunderground.com,
that recently posted a picture of a burning American flag), the Dean faithful
have been on a mean-spirited crusade to put their man in the White House
– no matter how many innocent victims they have to smear and mischaracterize
to try to accomplish their goal. In fact, a recent blog inveighed about
one conservative columnist: “We need to go after this guy!”
Unequivocally, these Dean promoters have been sent on a mission: Bolstering
Dean’s image – and ego. And, like the rest of the Democratic presidential
candidates, Dean continually escapes the fleeting radar of leftist media
scrutiny (i.e., the doting Newsweek and Time cover stories). So in
an ongoing effort to discredit President Bush through inane conspiracy theories
such as Dean’s outlandish and unfounded claim about Bush and the Saudis,
Dean’s media insurgents are working overtime in an anti-independent media
witch hunt to ferret out all Dean cynics.
Among those currently on Dean’s political hit list are Fox News, Matt Drudge, WorldNetDaily.com, the Washington Times, CNSNews.com and Newsmax.com. The only reason CNN, MSNBC, Dan Rather and the New York Times
didn’t make the cut is because they’ve never even tried to challenge Dean’s
political and ideological positions – nor his calumny.
In essence, if Dean’s cult followers seriously believed their candidate was
the best choice for the White House, they wouldn’t feel so threatened by
the independent media, nor would they feel the need to extinguish every conceivable
dissenting voice that ever tried to display the infinitesimal inkling of
disapproval toward Dean.
As Fox News’ Sean Hannity pointed out on his Dec. 8 radio broadcast, in a
conversation with former Clinton operative Dick Morris about Hillary Clinton’s
own political pandering: “Most people don’t live their lives in such a conniving,
But this is the poison Dean and his people have strategically chosen to fuel
their rage: Venomous hatred for President George W. Bush and anyone who would
dare cross Dean or question his motives. From fellow political rival
John Kerry’s use of vulgarity in a recent Rolling Stone article, to
Hillary’s treasonous comments to our troops in Iraq, the Democrats are showing
their desperation and complete lack of self-control. And, as usual,
the left-wing media have routinely ignored their mordantly childish tirades.
It’s either the result of the leftist media tacitly throwing their collective
support toward Dean by ignoring his inconsistencies or distortions – or their
fear of a public backlash if they actually did their jobs by exposing his
political fraudulence. But, judging by the media darling they have
made of Dean, it’s probably both. After all, they have been given every
opportunity to investigate Dean’s acid comments mercilessly leveled at Bush,
as well as recent revelations of Dean’s secret files (he has yet to fully
DEAN GETS ‘GORED’ BY FORMER VP SEEKING SPOTLIGHT
Now, it seems, Dean, having his own media meltdowns, wants to stop anyone
in the independent media who even dares to confront him. While his
followers try to plug the holes of a once leaking ship, Dean may have gotten
those holes plugged up. On Dec. 8, Al Gore, who’s made his own phony
claims against the so-called right-wing media, officially endorsed Dean’s
candidacy. But according to the Associated Press, Gore was already
holding secret sessions with Dean – and plotting this coup for months.
No doubt, Gore, who’s probably endorsing Dean because he’s wanted to get
behind the angriest, anti-Bush Democratic candidate in the race, on the surface,
may appear to be a partisan shot in the arm for Dean. It would also
definitely give the left-wing media another reason to gush over Gore, who’s
obviously still bitter over his highly unsuccessful and humiliating attempt
to illegally steal the 2000 election from Bush.
What’s more, Gore’s endorsement also is more about sticking it to Bush than
it is about backing the most anti-Bush candidate. But, again, if Dean
were really that confident about winning the Democratic nomination, he certainly
wouldn’t need the likes of Gore.
Besides, Dean already has a surplus of Bush hatred and rage to fuel the left-wing
media’s ‘Hate-Bush’ party support system. As for Gore, it’s not only
about his Bush hatred; it’s also about his Clinton-style, narcissistic need
to return to the spotlight. This is Gore’s one last chance to once
again show an adoring media that he’s still mad as heck and he’s not going
to take it anymore. It also signals a slap in the Clintons’ face, which
may eventually hurt Dean in the process.
After all, in 2000, Gore used Joe Lieberman to enhance his image; now Gore’s
using Dean’s hero-like popularity and overwhelmingly out-of-control rage
toward Bush to regain Democratic Party status and pull it even further to
the Far Left. In the meantime, the Far Left and its media allies are
just enjoying this next wave of Clinton era nostalgia.
In fact, in his Dec. 9 Opinionjournal.com column, James Tartanto referred
to the Dean-Gore political pandering ploy as “the Internet bubble of politics.”
“The same get-rich-quick dynamic is at work. Just as the dot-com boom
was supposed to create immense wealth out of electrons, the Dean campaign
promises to magically transform blind rage into political power. The
Dean campaign, as we noted yesterday, is populated by 20-somethings who are
smart and technically savvy but also professionally inexperienced and emotionally
As a result, Gore just may turn out to be Dean’s biggest liability.
For example, Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, author of the bestseller,
A National Party No More – and perhaps the most honest
Democrat in his party, told Sean Hannity on Dec. 10 that the Gore endorsement
is a classic example of two guys using each other for political gain.
But will the leftist media take notice – and stop protecting Dean from a
possible political fallout?
MOVEON.ORG HASN’T MOVED ON
The ultimate underbelly that’s fueling this intense and irrational Bush hatred
in Dean and his constituents is Moveon.org. This anti-Republican, Far
Left grassroots Internet group was originally conceived out of a groundswell
of protest against the much-deserved – and long-awaited – impeachment of
The concept of Moveon.org’s unprecedented Internet media campaign was to
get people to supposedly “move on” and forget all about Clinton’s numerous
crimes and misdemeanors he committed (while his left-wing media confidants
looked the other way).
Only now they have since transferred that same hatred toward the alleged
enemies of Clinton to George W. Bush. Ironically, despite Clinton lying
under oath and cheating on Hillary (among other unspeakable acts of lawlessness),
Moveon.org members wish to eventually replace Bush with the likes of Dean.
Currently, Moveon.org is a veritable, caustic rage machine – the likes of
which we’ve never seen in American politics.
The question now is: Will this revitalized insurgency, bent on destroying
Bush, as well as traditional American values, be enough to give Dean the
Democratic nomination? It’s certainly not a question of whether the
leftist media’s behind him because, clearly, they are. Throughout Dean’s
monstrous tirades and tantrums, he’s still the apple of their eye.
But unlike Dean, Bush handles himself well under media scrutiny, although
the leftist media have clearly shown their collective disdain for Bush.
Dean, on the other hand, gets angry if the leftist media aren’t coddling
him, 24/7 (as they habitually do). But as a typical leftist, Dean cannot
handle being challenged with tough questions – especially if his friends
in the Far Left media aren’t around to rescue him from honest media scrutiny.
While the Far Left media are the ones who have been essentially campaigning
for Dean’s presidential nomination and have never subjected him to any serious
questioning, Dean is buckling under the weight of being further exposed as
a man of little substance. That’s why Dean goes on CNN, MSNBC, as well
as the left-wing Sunday morning “news” shows that cravenly favor Democrats.
They never confront Dean (or any other Democrat) on his blatant distortions
regarding Iraq, his unfounded statements about Bush, or his flippant comments
that eventually offend his would-be core constituents.
As previously stated, if Dean and his Far Left followers didn’t feel so threatened
by the independent media, they wouldn’t even bother complaining about them.
By all accounts, just the fact that Dean admitted to Matthews of his desire
to dismantle Fox News (and other independent media outlets), it seemed to
reveal his political intentions. In Dean’s world, his fantasy administration
would probably decide what gets said, printed and legislated. It is
reminiscent of the Samidzat press of the former Soviet Union that strong-armed
its people to lie about their country before Ronald Reagan heroically ended
the Cold War.
DEAN’S CONTEMPT FOR DEMOCRACY INCLUDES MEDIA CENSORSHIP
Despite Dean making himself out to be a champion of democracy, he and his
Far Left sycophants have been the ones railing against the freedoms of speech,
the press, expression and religion in a petty, partisan effort to regain
At a recent rally in Boston, Dean, who’s falsely accused Bush of questioning
the Democrats’ patriotism, proclaimed: “This flag does not belong to Rush
Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay and Dick Cheney.
This flag belongs to us and we want our country,” adding that, “The extreme
right wing has shown nothing but contempt for democracy.”
Our entire democracy hinges on the free and open exchange of ideas.
Without that, it’s nothing more than Communism, with a hint of fascism.
This is why Dean and the rest of his leftist friends have always had a problem
with Fox News and other independent news outlets, which dare to confront
both Republicans and Democrats.
While CNN never strays from its typical leftist format, Fox News presents
BOTH sides of the issues, employing both liberals and conservatives.
Right now, about the only conservative on CNN is Tucker Carlson, while MSNBC
has Joe Scarborough and fellow guest conservatives Peggy Noonan and Steve
Malzberg. You certainly don’t see Dean going on their respective conservative
shows to be challenged for his false statements.
If the only way Dean can be president is to have thousands of anti-Bush insurgents
work around the clock, threatening, maligning, slandering and staving off
his critics, than Dean doesn’t deserve the privilege of holding the most
sacred political office in the land. But, like Clinton once did, Dean
would probably use the FBI, CIA and IRS, as well as the already doting left-wing
media, to go after his perceived political enemies.
Invariably, Dean and his anti-Bush crowd want the freedom and privileges
of free speech and press but are unwilling to afford it to the rest of us
if we say something they don’t want to hear. Therefore, it comes as
no surprise that Dean goes running to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s leftist
reporters and anchors. Dean knows he won’t get challenged on any of
his contradictory statements and misquotes (e.g., the Confederate flag gaffe,
Moreover, it’s these same leftist reporters who also don’t really want to
know what’s in Dean’s secret files. But if Dean were a Republican,
the leftist media would be screaming and demanding to know its contents.
What is Dean hiding in those sealed documents that he doesn’t want anyone
to know about? And why aren’t his left-wing media pals investigating
it? Dean claimed that he didn’t want anything to come out that might
be embarrassing, having previously admitted to presidential ambitions before
he had them sealed. This actually implies that Dean does have something
Could it be that there is damaging information in his dossier that could
possibly derail his 2004 presidential campaign? Again, Dean has been
the one accusing Bush of secrecy, claiming that he would show us his files
if Bush showed us his. You’re too late, Howard. Unbeknownst to
many, Bush’s files have been public knowledge because Bush has nothing to
hide. On the other hand, it is Dean who apparently has something to
hide. But, given the fawning front cover articles by fellow hypocrites,
Newsweek and Time magazines, don’t expect them to gut Dean like a fish they way they did Rush Limbaugh.
DEAN PUSHES CONSPIRACY THEORY, TAKES CHEAP SHOT AT FOX NEWS
Another topic the leftist media are ignoring is Dean’s endless conspiracy theories. In fact, National Review’s
Byron York, in his Dec. 11 column observed that Dean’s still propagating
his Saudi conspiracy theory about Bush knowing about the Sept. 11 attacks.
Even though Dean admitted it couldn’t be proven, he wouldn’t disavow his
false claim. Dean also took a cheap shot at Fox News, who invited him
on to discuss his platform, York wrote: “Defending himself, Dean said that
he made the statement because, 'I was asked on Fox ‘Fair and Balanced’ News
that – I was asked why I thought the president was withholding information,
I think it was, or 9/11 or something like that.'”
Dean initially brought up his conspiracy theory on NPR and talked about it
on Fox News – but only when host Chris Wallace confronted him on his statements.
York wrote that in no venue has Dean actually explained why he would suggest
– and then deny that he believed – that Bush knew beforehand.
Yet no one in the leftist media have investigated the Clinton Administration’s
documented missteps that led to the Sept. 11 atrocities.
In the recent debate, hosted by the beleaguered Ted Koppel, Dean also waffled
on a question about whether it would ever be proper for a president to lie
to the American people: “Under what circumstances?” Dean asked, apparently
not getting the meaning of the question. “I can’t think of any circumstances,”
he said, adding in typical Clinton-style rhetoric, “with the possible exception
of some sort of national-security matter that would – if some piece of information
were put out that would endanger American lives or some circumstance under
which peoples’ lives would be in danger or something of that sort.”
That’s strange: Dean and his leftist media buddies have been accusing Bush
of doing exactly the same thing Dean’s now purporting. And why would
Dean ask about the circumstances for lying, unless he were planning to lie
like Clinton did throughout his presidency?
In addition, toward the end of the debate, Dean skewered his reply to Koppel’s
question about whether U.S. troops should remain in Iraq. Also oblivious
to what the original question was, Dean seemed flummoxed and actually referred
to appointing “a governing council for Vermont” when Dean should have said
(York made an interesting observation regarding how Koppel chose to start
his questions. Koppel asked for a show of hands as to how many would
vote for Dean. Of course, Dean was the only one who raised his hand.
But since these Democratic candidates having been acting like children, they
might as well be treated like children.)
Ironically, at the end of Dean’s biggest incoherent blunder of the evening,
not even the liberal Ted Koppel would bail him out, although the leftist
contingency in the press has so far managed to ignore Dean’s classic whoppers
DEAN’S ULTIMATE DREAM MEDIA TEAM: CNN AND DAN RATHER
Undoubtedly, if Dean could choose a dream media team, it would mainly consist
of CNN and Dan Rather – although everyone from Katie Couric to Peter Jennings
Just this past April, CNN’s top news executive, Jordan Eason, openly admitted in a Times
op-ed that CNN covered up over 12 years of Iraqi atrocities for the sole
purpose of securing its Baghdad news bureau. While Saddam and his murderous
thugs were busy raping, torturing, imprisoning – and Uday Hussein was throwing
people into a lion’s den to be eaten alive, CNN’s producers, editors and
correspondents knew all about these acts of barbarism, yet chose not to speak
up – or out – about them.
In effect, CNN was doing Saddam’s bidding by censoring its reports – and
never once looked back. It makes you wonder if CNN knew about the estimated
61,000 people killed in Baghdad (as recently reported by the Associated Press,
with human rights experts now saying the number could be closer to 500,000).
As an essential part of Dean’s ultimate dream media team of leftist propaganda,
CNN would feel right at home.
What’s more, no Dean media dream team would be complete without the leftist
slant of CBS News’ top spin-doctor, Dan Rather. When Rather jumped
at the chance to interview Hussein (at Hussein’s request, which is disturbing
in itself), it was clear that Rather preferred to interview murderous despots
over Republican presidents. Despite his several nauseatingly doting
interviews with Bill Clinton in the 1990s, to date, Rather still has yet
to interview President George W. Bush.
(In a 1988 interview with Bush I – of whom Hussein once tried to have assassinated,
Rather stormed off the set in the middle of the interview because Bush I
allegedly wasn’t answering Rather’s peppered questions. It certainly
shows where Rather stands politically.)
In 1990, Hussein specifically requested Rather because of their first softball
interview. Hussein knew Rather would go easy on him. In fact,
at the close of Rather’s February interview with Hussein – where he routinely
referred to Hussein as “Mr. President,” and kept apologizing to him, Rather
actually wondered when he was going to get to see Hussein again. So
Rather should also feel right at home with CNN on Dean’s media dream team.
While Dean has also never publicly denounced CNN’s actions (or inactions),
or Dan Rather’s softball interview with Hussein, Dean continues to enjoy
unlimited access, as well as free passes, from the leftist media establishment.
DEAN, GORE EMBODY THE ANTI-AMERICAN FAR LEFT
In the long run, Dean and Gore truly embody the Far Left, Tartanto added:
“…It seems unrealistic to think of Dean’s anger as being fungible.
As he said at a September debate, “We need to remember that the enemy here
is George Bush, not each other” – and not, one might add, Osama bin Laden
or Saddam Hussein. If Dean has never expressed much anger at his country’s
enemies, maybe it’s because he isn’t that angry at them.”
Moreover, Gore, who officially announced his endorsement at one of Dean’s
Iowa pep rallies, actually claimed that liberating over 25 million Iraqis
from Saddam Hussein’s murderous regime was a “catastrophic mistake.”
As Tartanto asked: “How many more Iraqis would [Gore] like Saddam to have
But Gore, who also claimed to have gained experience in foreign policy in
the Clinton Administration, never lifted a finger to liberate those 25 million
Iraqis – nor the one million Rwandans that his administration allowed to
Truly, the mere mention of Howard Dean as a possible commander-in-chief in
2005 is an extremely terrifying thought to those of us who value the freedoms
of speech and press, and a strong national security, coupled with a presidentially-supported
military. And the leftist media have already made its decision on where
Leftist Democrats like Dean, who are relentlessly protected by a willing
media, are working against the interests of America. By not supporting
a strong military defense and supporting the war on terrorism, Dean and other
Far Left Democrats, are giving the terrorists an open invitation to harm
this country when they constantly rail against it – and further spilling
the blood of our brave U.S. troops as these partisan Democrats rail against
Bush, their commander-in-chief.
But where has the lockstep leftist media been in response to this kind of treason?
The bottom line is, with the economy turning around (and the Dow closing
at over 10,000 on Dec. 11), and our troops capturing more pro-Saddam holdovers,
these Far Left Democrats are losing their anti-Bush talking points.
Moreover, with an appeasing media, Dean and the rest of the Democrats needn’t
worry about getting their message out because that’s never been the problem.
After all, liberal radio has always been here: It’s called NPR.
As for Gore and his liberal TV network, the Democrats already own CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS.
In addition, liberals also control the major dailies and magazines: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, tn Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, USA Today, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Des Moines Register, Time, Newsweek, Nation, Washington Monthly, the American Prospect, etc.
Since the Democrats have its willing accomplices in the mainstream media, what more do they want?
Read this article
by Nedra Pickler, an intellectually honest AP writer, on how Dean and other
Democratic candidates are distorting the facts concerning the Bush Administration,
just to score political points.
Doug Schmitz is a conservative
columnist who regularly contributes to Etherzone.com, BushCountry.org and
has been a guest columnist for Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org.). © Doug Schmitz. All Rights Reserved.
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