Friday, January 5, 2018

January, 2018, Part 5, Political Class Insanity - The Self Destructive of an Unbiased Press

It is the beginning of another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let's get started:

1) One of the pillars of any democracy such as ours is freedom of the press. Freedom of the press should provide a strong, independent watchdog that helps keep unbridled political lust and corruption in check. For hundreds of years it worked great in this country, informing the voters, uncovering corruption, and being a watchdog for freedom.

That tradition of independence has probably been violated and endangered with the current collection of journalists in positions of power in this country today. “Fake News” went from a nothing to a hot topic in a very short time. Mainstream media outlets stake out positions rather than remaining unbiased, neutral observers and reporters of news and reality in order to maximize their companies’ bottom line profits by creating cults of followers. 

The lack of unbiased reporting by traditional news outlets has let to the formation of new, fast growing alternative news outlets who also usually cater to a political point of view or leaning. While they arose because of skewed reporting of the traditional outlets, the newer outlets are usually just as skewed and just as biased.

And one of the causes of this breakdown in the traditional goodness of the free press in this country has been the cross pollination of journalism with the political class, as the following list illustrates:
  • ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
  • CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
  • ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
  • ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary
  • ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood
  • CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
So you can see why many people feel that the free press in this country can no longer be trusted. Not only have they seen and experienced slanted and biased news reporting over these past few years, but the above list shows one reason why that might be true: the political world is now tightly married into the journalism world, leading to the very high potential for collusion between what were once opposing forces in our society. 

Any collusion between the political class and the journalists that are expected to keep it honest is not healthy for any democracy. Think Pravda in the former Soviet Union for an example of how close we are to our democracy imploding because politicians and journalists are manufacturing fake news or manipulating real news over the dinner table, be it at the home of Virginia Moseley and Tom Nides or the home of Susan Rice and Ian Cameron. Dangerous, dangerous insanity.

2) Let’s combine this previous point, the mainstream media and journalists not reporting the whole news in an unbiased manner, and update the sexual predator exploits of politicians across the country. The Daily Wire recently put out a list of two dozen potential and real sexual predator situations involving two dozen Democratic politicians. 

The point the article made, besides actually reporting on these new sexual predator situations by politicians, is that Virginia Moseley types at CNN deemed them not worthy to be reported as news since, the implication being, they involved Democrats behaving badly and that if this list was about Republican politicians, CNN would be all over the stories listed below: 
  • According to the Daily Mail on November 20, 2017, four more women have come forward to accuse former Democratic President Bill Clinton of sexual assault. The women’s attorneys have notified Clinton that they plan to file four separate lawsuits against him.
  • The Huffington Post reported on November 21, 2017 that Congresswoman Diana DeGette accused a former Democratic Congressman, Bob Filner, of sexually assaulting her when both were serving in Congress: “Some years ago, I was in an elevator and then-Congressman Bob Filner tried to pin me to the door of the elevator and kiss me. And I pushed him away. I mean, I was his colleague. He couldn’t take action against me. And believe you me, I never got in an elevator with him again.”
  • The LA Times reported on November 20, 2017, that Democratic California assemblyman, Raul Bocanegra, had resigned his leadership role in the California state government and will not seek re-election after sexual harassment allegations were made public. A total of six women so far have accused him of sexual harassment.
  • The Washington Beacon reported on November 13, 2017 that a New Mexico Democratic Congressional candidate, David Alcon, had been arrested for stalking. He had been sending unwanted text messages to a woman, one of which included a picture of his genitals.
  • CBS in Denver reported on November 10, 2017 that Democratic state lawmaker Steve Lebsock had been accused by ten women of sexual harassment. One of the women was a fellow lawmaker who says, “says Lebsock became aggressively lewd at a bar on the last day of the 2016 legislative session when he found out that Winter’s husband was out of town."
  • On a related story to the previous point, the Denver Post reported on November 14, 2017 that Colorado Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran had been accused of covering up the sexual harassment allegations against the same Steve Lebsock.
  • The Minnpost reported on November 21, 2017 that Minnesota state lawmaker Dan Schoen had resigned over sexual harassment allegations. Two women had made the accusations with one claiming that at a campaign event back in 2015 Schoen had grabbed her buttocks while stating she had a "good door-knocking ass." 
  • The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported on November 16, 2017 that a third woman had come forward to accuse California Democrat state senator Tony Mendoza of sexual harassment. 
  • The Mercury News reported on November 11, 2017 that Democratic Senate leader Kevin Leon was also now involved in a sexual harassment controversy.
  • The Inquirer reported on October 11, 2017 that Democratic Pennsylvania Commissioner of the town of Radnor had been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography. He is charged with receiving and sending hundreds of images of child sexual abuse, some involving toddlers and infants.
  • The Buffalo News reported on November 20, 2017 that a woman had claimed that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had ignored her pleas to investigate one of his staff people who was allegedly sexually harassing her. Cuomo himself is named in a Federal lawsuit that the woman has filed.
  • The Ledger Enquirer reported on November 13, 2017 that a Democratic state lawmaker, Calvin Smyre, has been accused of sexual misconduct. A so-called Democratic Party activist claims that Smyre sexually assaulted her in 1996 in Chicago.
You get the idea, I will list the other 12 politicians below, there story is about the same as the twelve listed above. Now, please note, that in most cases, all of these are currently just accusations, nothing has been proven in most cases. 

However, that is still not a reason for the CNNs of the world not cover at least a handful of these stories. If these were 24 cases of Republicans and sexual harassment and sexual assault I would bet that the Virginia Moseleys of the world would be all over these stories. But they are Democrats acting poorly so no coverage at all as the Daily Wire proved in their research for their article, they could not find any coverage via CNN on these politicians at all. 

It is obvious that CNN has chosen “sides” in the world of politics which renders the free press an appendage of the political class, not an independent reporter and overseer of the political class. And when the press becomes an appendage, our country and democracy suffers irreparable damage.

The remaining twelve Democrats allegedly acting perversely but not being covered by CNN:
  • Florida Democratic Party President Sally Boynton Brown resigns amidst sexual harassment controversy. (Sunshine State News - 11/20/2017)
  • New Mexico Democratic legislator Sen. Michael Padilla accused in two Federal lawsuits of sexual harassment. (The Albuquerque Journal - 11/18/2017)
  • Colorado Democratic Rep. Paul Rosenthal accused of sexual harassment and groping. (The Denver Post - 11/17/2017)
  • Illinois Democratic Sen. Ira Silverstein accused of sexual harassment. (CBS CHicago - 10/31/2017)
  • Missouri Democratic Rep. Josh Peters accused of sexual harassment. (The Kansas City Star - 01/25/2017)
  • Nevada Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo resigns amid numerous sexual harassment allegations. (KTNV - 07/18/2017)
  • Oklahoma Democratic lawmaker Will Fourkiller accused of sexual harassment. (NewsOK - 01/10/2017)
  • Oregon Democratic lawmaker David Gomberg accused of inappropriately touching women. (Pregon Lives - 10/30/2017)
  • Former Washington Democratic lawmaker Brendan Williams accused of sexual harassment. (The Seattle Times - 11/01/2017)
  • Connecticut Democratic councilman Scott Chamberlain resigns after ‘furry’ profile revealed. (The New York Daily News 09/08/2017)
  • Florida Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens resigns over sexual misconduct. (Politico - 10/27/2017)
  • Ohio Democratic governor candidate Justice William O’Neill brags about his sexual history on Facebook. (The Washington Post - 11/18/2017)

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