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All the News That's Fit to Suppress

The Obamamedia reaches an all-time low.

By Arnold Ahlert · Nov. 22, 2012

On September 21 Gallup released a poll revealed that 60 percent of Americans don't trust the media to deliver the news “fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Yet the most corruptive aspect of the Fourth Estate is only alluded to in the above assessment. The most grievous sin committed by the media is one of omission: stories that don't get reported at all, or are held back to a later date to minimize their impact. The last months leading up to the 2012 election reveals a stunning magnitude of calculated omission, aided and abetted by the Obama administration, all of which centered around one imperative: suppressing a number of stories that would hurt the president's chances for re-election. Here are several stories that were underplayed, or kept from the American public completely, until after November 6.

We begin with the economy. Last Thursday, the Labor Department  released figures showing that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row. They are now down 2 percent since the president took office. The Census Bureau was equally duplicitous, “revising” their September report that showed the number of poor Americans  dropping by 96,000 – with post-election report showing that the number of poor Americans increased by a whopping 712,000 in 2011.

The Department of Agriculture did their part as well, delaying the traditional release of a report that normally occurs at the end of a month, or the first or second day of the new month, until after the election. It's easy to see why. At the end of August, 47.1 million Americans were on Food Stamps, an all-time high. Moreover, 420,947 Americans were added to the food stamp rolls from the previous month of July, representing the largest monthly gain in a year. Today, fully 15 percent of Americans are on Food Stamps – more than double the number ten years ago.

The Department of Interior read from the same script as well, delaying their announcement that they plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West to oil shale development, until 48 hours after the election.

This week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is expected to announce that it will need taxpayer funding for the first time in its 78-year history. Its reserves have been exhausted due to rising mortgage delinquencies. A report released a week after the election by the leftist Union of Concerned Scientists, notes that as many as 353 coal-fired plants will close as a result of Obama's environmental rules. Such closings will undoubtedly burden thousands of Americans with higher power bills.

On November 8, CNBC released a report entitled, “Why US May Be Headed for Another Recession,” noting that a number of factors “are expected to result in at least two quarters of slow or no growth.” On November 7, it was  revealed that an analyst invited to brief a group of foreign journalists on the U.S. economy on Election Day predicted that U.S. Treasury securities will be downgraded again.

Last week, the riots and demonstrations in Europe that were surgically removed from news coverage during the last stages of the election cycle, re-appeared with a vengeance, with millions of workers from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and even Germany taking to the streets, demanding an end to austerity. Furthermore, last Friday it was revealed that the European Union is now officially back in recession, with two quarters of contraction in a row, and the likelihood that such contraction will continue well into 2013.

And finally, on election day, it was revealed that the U.S. will once again be required to raise the debt ceiling, from $16 trillion to as much as $20 trillion, before the end of the year. In August 2011, the debt ceiling was raised by $2.4 trillion – meaning the nation has blown through that amount of additional borrowing in only 15 months. Such recklessness, coupled with all of the above, should have been front and center prior to election day. That it wasn't is a testament to the reality that the mainstream media is no longer the country's watchdog regarding government malfeasance – it has become the Obama administration's greatest protector.

That protection extended to the arena of foreign affairs. On September 11, four Americans were killed in Benghazi. For weeks, the Obama administration engaged in a shameful disinformation campaign, that included US ambassador the UN Susan Rice pitching the preposterous idea that a “spontaneous” demonstration got out of hand, and the president reiterating that lie in a speech before the United Nations. Obama then did a complete about face at the second presidential debate, where he claimed he labeled the murders an act of terror at his Rose Garden speech October 12. Despite the reality that the president referred to terror in the generic sense only, media lapdog Candy Crowley wrongly disputed Mitt Romney's assertion that the president didn't label Benghazi a terrorist for 14 days.

As bad as Crowley was, CBS was worse. On September 12, “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft interviewed the president about Benghazi. The interview aired on September 23. CBS edited out the following two exchanges:

KROFT: But there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn't sound like your normal demonstration.

OBAMA:  As I said, we're still investigating exactly what happened, I don't want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we're gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

OBAMA: Well it's too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

CBS, in a transparent effort to re-claim a self-abandoned level of plausibility, revealed the former exchange after the Crowley fiasco, and the latter exchange two days before the election.

As duplicitous as CBS was, at least they have made an effort to stay on top of this scandal. Until the story about David Petreaus and his sexual escapades broke – once again, after the election, despite the FBI knowing about it for months – only one other major news source, Fox News, did anything resembling responsible reporting on the issue. The de facto media blackout reached its zenith ten days before the election, when four of the five major Sunday news shows didn't bring Benghazi up at all.

Now that Petraeus has given testimony that utterly contradicts the president's version of events, the media is hard at work attempting to deflect the blame away from the White House. Republicans are on a “witch hunt,"  the White House has been "exonerated," and Republicans have been trying to turn this into a Watergate-level scandal. All of this "reporting” was based on a single statement made by Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA) that Petraeus “was adamant there was no politicization of the process, no White House interference or political agenda.”

Skepticism? None at all. The possibility that Petraeus may be facing as yet undisclosed charges that could color his testimony, or the reality that there is no dispute his report was altered? Not interested. Obama must be protected, period.

It is a level of protection that has been breathtaking in its scope. In the past four years, this administration has been embroiled in at least three significant scandals: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and high-level leaks of top-secret intel. All three remain “under investigation,” yet none of those investigations could be completed before the Americans voted, despite hundreds of people being murdered, and national security being compromised. Such a demonstrable lack of urgency is only possible when the public isn't demanding answers. Yet it becomes next to impossible for the public to demand answers, when most of the mainstream media steadfastly refuses to ask relevant questions.

Americans old enough to remember Watergate know it was a hotel burglary followed by a cover-up. What drove President Richard Nixon from office was a relentless media, determined to keep the story front and center until they could ferret out the truth, even when the Nixon administration engaged in similar efforts to keep the public mis-informed. That the same media remains sanguine with regard to murdered Americans in Benghazi, indifferent regarding a dead Border Patrol agent and hundreds of dead Mexicans in a botched gunrunning operation, and unconcerned regarding the compromise of national security intel, reveals an unprecedented level of corruption. And whether Americans realize it or not, the stamp of approval they gave this administration on November 6 extends to that mainstream media.

Arnold Ahlert is a columnist for FrontPage Magazine.

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20 Comments

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Until the American people wake up and undestand what is happening not only in the news media but also in most major newspapers it will continue. No American President in the modern era has ever been given a pass like Obama. His background has never really been looked into by any investigative reporter partly because he had all of his records sealed. That should have rang bells in newsrooms at newspapers and TV media. Instead, they chose to not vet Obama and instead went after John McCain during the first election and did the same thing to Governor Romney and Rep Paul during this last election. The lamestream media is totally in the tank for Obama and will not print or say anything to make him or his administration look bad. They are no longer journlists looking for the truth, the truth is what they try to make it. The most harmful segment of our society today.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Sergeant, the American people HAVE done so. Viewership of the big three network evening news shows has dropped considerably, and newspapers are getting very difficult to sell. If we can successfully run a real Conservative candidate in 2016, I think that the media may follow the people. They were moving that way under Reagan until Iran-Contra. They may move that way sooner if the second Obama term continues the embarrassments that the end of the first Obama term is hemorrhaging.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Gregory in Yakima said:

Arnold Ahlert spoon feeds you misleading information and you eat it up as if he's reading from a book of science....oh wait...in your world science is just lies, right?

The leading premise is that "media" are secretly cooperating with the White House with the intent of hiding information to effect the president's re-election. It is a preposterous idea though people desperate to keep their fantasy world will happily swallow it without a thought.

Here's what I'm talking about: "We begin with the economy. Last Thursday, the Labor Department released figures showing that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row. They are now down 2 percent since the president took office."

Anyone with a scintilla of sense knows that presidents come into office with the budget created by the previous administration. The incoming President must serve a year before he submits his own budget. So using the misleading "since the president took office" may seem a fair mark to the naive...it isn't to anyone who can think. And by the way...presidents have little to do with creating jobs...outside of bills intended for that purpose. Did you notice which party filibustered more than 65 times?

Here's the nexus of my thought...no one is pulling the wool over anyone's eyes unless the dupes agree not to question and think. You're fooling yourselves, preferring to believe preposterous things about birth certificates, gun confiscations, socialist take overs and media conspiracies. You're fooling yourselves, no media conspiracy needed.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

"The leading premise is that "media" are secretly cooperating with the White House . . . "
It's no secret, Greg.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Jeez Gregory... You really have your panties in a knot today.

I guess the truth really threatens you?

BTW, how much do you get paid for trolling this site?

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and ask forgiveness for being such a piece of sh*t?

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Ct-Tom in NC replied:

Why do you guys keep responding to Gregory? I'm betting that he doesn't believe anything he writes (nobody's that dumb), and that he only does it to get a rise out of us. If you ignore him, he will go away, eventually.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

PH in DE replied:

Did you notice that Harry Reid has consistently refused to allow bills passes by the House of Representatives to be discussed, much less voted on? It is much easier to blame Republicans for obstructionism for voting down really bad laws than allow a vote on laws that might actually have a chance to help.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Carol in SC replied:

Hmmm... Yes, I guess you'll just have to keep blaming Bush's budget - as Obama has not even submitted one, as required! Of course, if he submits one, then he WILL HAVE TO own it, and can't play the Bush Blame Game any longer. He's about out of cards anyway - and in my opinion, if you can't see what kind of game the media is playing, you aren't playing with a full deck, either.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

JHenry in NYSS, USSA said:

The MSM is nothing short of organized crime. RICO would be a good solution if we actually had honest government. Lump in 95+% of so called "educators" as well. Of course when such a large portion of the population is so stupid that they believe the garbage the MSM spews rather than their own lyin' eyes, their job is just that much easier.

Gregori carries the MSM's kool-aid like a good little comrade, conveniently omitting the fact that the socialists' policies advanced by the liberals and rubber stamped by idiots like GWB and the demonrat MAJORITY in both houses of Congress, TWO YEARS before Øbamao took office, destroyed the economy, what is now the Øbonomy. Socialists and Statists meddled us away from capitalism and into bankruptcy over the course of a century and the criminal MSM and "educators" used the classic projection tactic to successfully blame conservatives for their own mess. The communists won and now their supporters can deservedly suffer in the meltdown of society that they caused. It's just a shame that the slightly less than half of the country that is worth something have to take the hit as well. I'm going John Galt, I hope other producers do too. I refuse to support destructive, thieving parasites like Gregori.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX said:

"Yet it becomes next to impossible for the public to demand answers, . . . "
Not so much because of the media. Rather, the culprit is the weak-kneed Republican "moderate" opposition.
Why doesn't Fox News run their evening news program on the Fox broadcast channel, where there is NO network news whatsoever? Seems to me that they're missing a huge viewing market.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

Gregory,

"The incoming president must serve a year..."

Or, the first thing you could do is get an extra $870 Billion from congress. Village idiot!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

They won't do anything about it and I just figured out why. They want the power to present the news. They hope to use Obama to "regulate" the internet news aggregators and talk-show radio out of existence, leaving them alone on the playing field. It could work since most people just watch cable news or network news. Who has time for digging? They expect the networks and newspapers to do that for them (as is their job) and if it isn't reported, it isn't news. Except that outlier, Fox, which has to prove its respectability over and over because it will cover stuff the others don't. A neighbor told me Fox was like the National Enquirer. It isn't his fault entirely that he thinks so. Isolating Fox is the best the other players can come up with. But Fox has to be watched. Who knows if it wants the lion's share of the media prize after the internet has been sanitized.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

There is one major difference between the New York Slimes (oops Times), CBS, NBC, ABC,CNN, etc. and Pravda. Pravda never denied they were communists. As for FOX it is the best of the worst. It is owned by Rupert Murdoch a CFR member.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Coal miners in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, are going to be downsized by Marxobama's EPA-Evil Pirates Association-Lisa Jackson. Power Plants are in jeopardy-with NO ALTERNATIVE sine wave generators!!! Roving brown outs are a possibility, but not at the White House, or Pentagon.Keynes was wrong & Queer. Marx was wrong & athiest!!! LOL A.A.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

The usually anticipated, and feared October surprise was that there was no surprises at all. I had thought surely even the New Pravda Media could not ignore the attacks in Benghazi, but surprise; they painted over it, and deflected it as much as humanly possible. I ask in all sincerity New Pravda Media, when, if ever will the buck stop with your messiah?

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Hawk in Roanoke said:

The fiscal cliff seems to be the only way to cut spending. Ever. It is time for Boehner to play hardball on the debt ceiling increase: just say "NO" and shut 'er down.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Hawk, Bonehead Boehner ain`t gonna say no to anything Obama the Marxist wants. He may cry about it, but he`ll crumble like a oatmeal cookie in the sun.

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Jeff Harper in Texas said:

Has anyone asks why the MSM posts supporting news of this administration's agenda? Perhaps an investigation in the owners of these organizations would lead to illumination.

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

joseph r carreiro sr in queen creek arizona said:

In this article Murder and Burglary is mentioned.Watergate vs Benghazi.We had a President relieved of Duty for Burglary and if today even if Murder is equated to Buglary then the outcome if the Truth surfices should set many people free.Truth has strange ways of correcting major problems.If the Truth does set you free then the Truth is the only thing we need to see pertaining to Benghazi.It is all everyone in Washington is looking for.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Jacqueline Stewart in Tyler Texas said:

Just as President Nixon is now gone, so are the avid dedicated news media who were focused on clearly reporting unbiased news. Now we have to listen to both conservative as well as liberal news channels to arrive at a ragged picture of what actually is the truth. There was a time when journalists were told not to subtly edititorialize when reporting the facts. Just tell the story as it happens. Leave the editorializizing to the editors.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM