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Old 04-24-2014, 11:48 PM   #1
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Press Freedom Disappears Under Obama’s Rule
Published Fri, Apr 18, 2014 | Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst


I founded Wall Street Daily during a tumultuous time when I felt like Americans weren’t getting the truth.

The Big Banks had secretly rigged the housing market, and suddenly the financial world was teetering on the brink of collapse.

Until the 11th hour, the public was kept totally in the dark.

Today, five years after our first issue, dare I say that this disturbing trend toward secrecy has gotten even worse?

Yes, I’d say that!

In a speech delivered to the American Newspaper Publishers Association at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said…

“The dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.”

I just re-read the entire speech, and despite 54 years having gone by, it’s strikingly relevant to what’s presently happening.

The Obama administration has the press running scared, us included. And scared reporters can’t effectively deliver the news.

No one’s closer to this troubling storyline than Capitol Hill Daily’s Chief Political Analyst, Floyd Brown.

In this exclusive column, Floyd warns that a full-fledged propaganda campaign could be in the offing.

~ Robert Williams, Founder, Wall Street Daily


From the desk of Floyd Brown…

Americans are often under the impression that Obama has a strong alliance with the mainstream news media.

If you’re one of them – you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Obama administration has ways to actually control the press. And when that’s not possible, the administration creates its own alternate press to influence Americans.

Indeed, a special report issued in October 2013 by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shed light on Obama’s nasty habit of ignoring the First Amendment…

“Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise,” the report says. “The White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press.”

And that’s not even the biggest grievance reporters have against this administration…

Ruthlessness Leads to Silence

Thanks to “aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic surveillance,” the CPJ says that government sources avoid speaking to journalists.

In other words, Obama’s team has been so thorough – and so ruthless – when prosecuting information “leakers,” that sources of information in D.C. have dried up.

The problem here is obvious…

Reporters need sources to do their jobs!

Yet today, sources that were once plentiful in past years are now running scared.

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the liberal-leaning New York Times (NYT) – a publication most Americans believe is closely aligned with Obama – says it best.

She recently told NPR host, John Hockenberry, that “the Obama years are a benchmark for a new level of secrecy and control. It’s created quite a challenging atmosphere for The New York Times, and for some of the best reporters in my newsroom who cover national security issues in Washington.”

So what does Abramson have to say about how those who leak information are being prosecuted?

“There have been seven of them, and one of them right now threatens my colleague James Risen who has been subpoenaed in one of these cases,” says Abramson. “Collectively, they have really put a chill on reporting about national security issues in Washington.”

Of course, this matter reaches far beyond the press.

A Warning to All Americans

After all, for a democracy to work, citizens need to be well informed. And for citizens to be well informed, the news media has to be a watchdog on government.

In addition to the daily news, we rely on the media to report on corruption.

Oftentimes, these abuses are only exposed when whistleblowers step forward and leak information about the government to reporters. It’s not like a government press release would ever provide this type of information.

As you know, the most famous leaker in the last year has been NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

While he went too far and exposed information vital to the United States’ ability to collect intelligence on terrorists, his courage to reveal the U.S. government’s obsession with spying on honest citizens is laudable.

And ultimately, our criminal pursuit of Snowden caused the United States to slump to 46th in the annual World Press Freedom Index for 2014.

We now rank as less free than South Africa and Romania.

This should serve as a warning to all Americans.

Consume your news carefully. With reporters under attack and the Obama administration literally creating alternate news, you have to carefully judge every bit of information you come across.

Otherwise, you could easily be digesting good old-fashioned propaganda.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown

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Old 04-25-2014, 12:05 AM   #2
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The thing is the liberal media, which is still a majority, have accepted the secrecy and decided what they don't know won't hurt them. But we know no way would they have accepted this from a republican admin. and just take whatever is offered as gospel as they do now.
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The thing is the liberal media, which is still a majority, have accepted the secrecy and decided what they don't know won't hurt them. But we know no way would they have accepted this from a republican admin. and just take whatever is offered as gospel as they do now.
I suspect these tactics of secrecy will continue going forward regardless of who is in office unless a guy like Rand Paul manages to get in but that is highly unlikely in the modem political world where everything is for sale for a price.
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I suspect these tactics of secrecy will continue going forward regardless of who is in office unless a guy like Rand Paul manages to get in but that is highly unlikely in the modem political world where everything is for sale for a price.
The media wants our political system as it is. Notice what they do to those that are not in that inner circle. Rand Paul would not have a chance because the media would go after him and not let him get away with vague answers on anything and if all else fails, make up stuff and portray the guy as scary and a cook. That's what they did to his father.
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The media wants our political system as it is. Notice what they do to those that are not in that inner circle. Rand Paul would not have a chance because the media would go after him and not let him get away with vague answers on anything and if all else fails, make up stuff and portray the guy as scary and a cook. That's what they did to his father.
That is why a major party loyalty is silly, it is a sham so obvious I can not understand why it is not universally recognized as such.
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Scary stuff. If both liberals and conservatives are behind this level of spying we are sort of screwed.

It's like the parties still have big differences but in some key areas like military spending, spying on Americans they seem to be in lock step.

Sure immigration, who gets taxed and how much, abortion etc but when it comes to being authoritarian they are the same.
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Cut still doesn't get it -- but maybe he's beginning to wake up.

Both parties are owned by Wall Street.

We have only the illusion of democracy.

The power elite operates from behind closed doors -- and in the shadows. They cannot stand the light of day.

This is our only chance to turn things around. If we can shine light into the cubby holes -- and expose them, they will run like rats back into their holes. MHG
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Cut still doesn't get it -- but maybe he's beginning to wake up.

Both parties are owned by Wall Street.

We have only the illusion of democracy.

The power elite operates from behind closed doors -- and in the shadows. They cannot stand the light of day.

This is our only chance to turn things around. If we can shine light into the cubby holes -- and expose them, they will run like rats back into their holes. MHG
Nope not these days, they will fight. The believe they have us under control. They think they have the sheep corralled.

Actually we are entering the time where they will likely provoke a rebellion as an excuse to install marshal law.

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As Bucky Fuller used to say, "It's touch and go, touch and go..."

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That is why a major party loyalty is silly, it is a sham so obvious I can not understand why it is not universally recognized as such.
The hilarity is it's the liberals around here that defend every single democrat no matter what but conservatives around here do not support each and every republican.
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