Can you trust the mainstream media?
The news media has a responsibility to do its best to report accurately and fairly. ~Sheryl Attkinsson
Note: The media has become increasingly unreliable in reporting the truth. The true job of a journalist is to report TRUTH, expose corruption. But today’s mainstream media is so biased that it only reports opinion, takes things out of context, as in the Trump-McCain dispute, and subjects truth to the tyranny of political correctness. From now on, after the example of Sheryl Attkinsson, a journalist with integrity, we will bring you Fact Check posts to clear the fog and mud of media bias, and expose the truth that is being hidden by media blackout. ~C.D.
1. Media blackout massive anti-Iran Nuke, Obama Iran Deal demonstration in Times Square
I read the story, I read the text on the Eyewitness 2 news website, but there’s no photos, and I didn’t see any video, so I haven’t seen any footage. There has to have been some. I mean, the news, the media, they take footage of everything. It’s kind of like that video the LA Times has of Obama meeting with Kahlil Gibran or whatever, the anti-whatever big fundraiser, anti- this, anti- that. They won’t release that video. They wouldn’t back in 2008. And I guess this footage from the massive anti-Obama Iran deal in Times Square last night is gonna remain hidden, too. I don’t know what we could do to force them to air it or to publish it. Maybe somebody’s seen it. I haven’t. (interruption) You haven’t, either? Well, we’ll keep a sharp eye. ~Rush Limbaugh
The Official Loss of American Sovereignty: The UN Approves Iran Nuclear Deal Before the US Congress Does
2. Illegal Alien Crime Rates
Illegal aliens constitute 27% of the federal prison population. This means that a group which comprises less than 5% of the population nationally is committing 27% of the federal crimes. So just by that metric alone, illegal aliens commit over five times more serious crimes on a per capita basis than residents do.
“But here’s another fact.” We’re not through here, folks! “According to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO),” according to the Regime, “in an April 7, 2005 report to Congress entitled ‘Information on Criminal Aliens Incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails,’ ‘The percentage of all federal prisoners who are criminal aliens has remained the same over the last 3 years — about 27%. The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated at the end of calendar year 2004 were identified as citizens of Mexico.'”
Ted Cruz at a hearing on illegal immigration of Obama administration
CRUZ: I want to note that your testimony, when I ask you how many criminals ICE released in 2013, you were off by a factor of three. You said 30,000. The correct answer is 104,000. There were 68,000 criminal illegal aliens that ICE declined to begin deportation proceedings against. In addition to that, there were 36,000 in deportation proceedings with criminal convictions that the Obama administration released. And I would note that among those were 193 murderers with homicide convictions, were 426 people with sexual assault convictions, were over 16,000 criminal illegal aliens with drunk driving convictions released by this administration because this administration refuses to follow the law.
Media Bias: Trump and McCain—
3. Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain
Obviously, all are free to draw conclusions about any candidate or politician. But the news media has a responsibility to do its best to report accurately and fairly–even when reporters find a candidate and/or his positions to be personally distasteful. ~Sheryl Attkinsson
An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, “Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam.”
The article’s lead sentence states, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”
Is this report accurate?
In fact, Trump’s actual quote is the opposite of what is presented in the Post’s first sentence.
- The Post did not provide context at the outset disclosing that McCain and Trump have been feuding, with McCain characterizing some Trump supporters as “crazies” and Trump stating that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis. The charged rhetoric continued at the conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa this weekend.
- When a panelist characterized McCain as a “war hero,” the Post is accurate in reporting that Trump initially said McCain is “not a war hero.” But then, Trump immediately modified his statement saying– four times– that McCain is a war hero:
“He is a war hero.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured.”
“He’s a war hero, because he was captured.”
“I believe, perhaps, he’s a war hero. But right now, he’s said some very bad things about a lot of people.”
- Did Trump say McCain is not a war hero because he was captured? No, not in the exchanges represented in the Post.
Further, in the Post’s second sentence, Trump is quoted as stating of McCain, “He’s not a war hero…He’s a war hero because he was captured,” but the article selectively left out the phrase Trump had uttered in between: “He is a war hero.”
Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post lead sentence and video caption claim. The Post might have been able to get away stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation since Trump had actually stated the opposite.
It’s true that Trump stated one time that McCain is not a war hero. But Trump stated four times that McCain is a war hero–and that was not accurately characterized in the article.
For interpreting and characterizing Trump’s true quote in a way that is at best questionable, and for selectively using some quotes and leaving others out, the Post receives Two Little Devils. (Ratings scale at end of article.) Obviously, all are free to draw conclusions about any candidate or politician. But the news media has a responsibility to do its best to report accurately and fairly–even when reporters find a candidate and/or his positions to be personally distasteful.
4. Media Blackout: What the Media isn’t telling you about the Vietnam POW cover-ups
McCain and POW Cover up
Unfortunately, many Vietnam POWs have been purposely forgotten.
McCain hiding dark secret about Vietnam?
Donald Trump’s feud with John McCain has just opened up a sordid can of worms about the Vietnam War.
There are disturbing allegations the Arizona senator “has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home” ..
Trump is Right about Songbird McCain and here’s why
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” ~Daniel Patrick Moynihan
I do realize that everyone from Charles Krauthammer to the recently escaped Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, is piling onto Donald Trump for his straight-forward remarks. Well, being the contrarian that I am, I am going to come down on the side of Mr. Trump!
Do I like him? No. Never have. I don’t like his swagger, his cockiness, his arrogance. And I certainly don’t care for that mop of comb-over fake hair. But they say the difference between egotism and self-assurance is the ability to produce. By any measure, he certainly wins that contest, both at home and abroad. True, he was born with a silver spoon, but he, and he alone, turned it into gold!
The first thing he did after declaring his presidential candidacy was to observe that Mexico was not sending their “best and brightest” across our southern border. Instead, in Mr. Trump’s opinion, they are sending their gang members, their druggies, their serial felons and killers. Certainly, the tragic instance in San Francisco, and others elsewhere, have borne out the truth of his statement.
But the Honorable Senator John McCain (R-AZ) picked a fight by calling him, and others like him, “crazies” for criticizing Mexican immigration. I guess when you are worth $10 BILLION of your own making, you feel free to take issue when a politician calls you crazy!
So The Donald retaliated with the statement that getting yourself captured doesn’t necessarily make you a hero. “He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.” With that, all hell broke loose in the mainstream media, as well as the Karl Rove dominated Republican establishment — and the gaggle of GOP presidential wannabes.
Since Mr. Trump expressed his opinion, there is now a whole group of Vietnam veterans who have come forward with statements that highly question the Senator’s preferential treatment as the son and grandson of Navy admirals, and his loyalty to his country while in captivity. Some even place him in the Jane Fonda category. Among the allegations include:
- John McCain was a below average student, getting into the Naval Academy due to his father’s and grandfather’s influence and naval careers.
2.John McCain’s nickname among his North Vietnamese captors was “Songbird,” as he was eager to tell them anything they wanted to hear to avoid torture.
The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan said it well: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Mr. Trump expressed his opinion, twice, apparently based upon ample facts.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/07/trump-is-right-about-songbird-mccain-and-heres-why/#2ZY4tDM6PDh2oxJ7.99