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How we can make MSM report on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal

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How we can make MSM report on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal

Leftist mainstream media has a tactic it loves to use. It’s so widespread across nearly every news outlet that one might believe it’s coordinated. Conspiracy theorists say it is, but I tend to believe it’s more likely they’re just so like-minded in their ideology they don’t need to coordinate to know when to bury a story. They just keep refreshing their feeds from other mainstream media sources to make sure nobody’s breaking ranks.

The story in question is the bombshell piece from Politico that was echoed profusely by conservative media for several days. In it are details of a treasonous action by the Obama administration: covering up for a terrorist organization engaged in criminal activities that generated a billion dollars a year through the sale of drugs and weapons. Under normal circumstances, a law enforcement agency such as the DEA would do everything it could to stop these crimes. These weren’t normal circumstances. The President wanted a deal with Iran and Hezbollah is their proxy. Therefore, for the sake of a worthless agreement the Iranians were bound to break in order to cement his foreign policy legacy, President Obama betrayed America.

This is big news, at least it should be. Unfortunately, it’s big news that paints mainstream media’s messiah in a negative light. To them, this is no news at all. It’s something that must be buried, which is exactly what they did.

Over a week ago, David Harsanyi noted the media’s silence:

A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal

https://nypost.com/2017/12/21/a-deafening-media-silence-on-the-obama-hezbollah-scandal/Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously sourced investigative piece this week detailing how the Obama administration had secretly undermined US law enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah. The effort was part of a wider push by the administration to placate Iran and ensure the signing of the nuclear deal.

Now swap out “Trump” for “Obama” and “Russia” for “Iran” and imagine the eruption these revelations would generate. Because, by any conceivable journalistic standard, this scandal should’ve triggered widespread coverage and been plastered on front pages across the country. By any historic standard, the scandal should elicit outrage regarding the corrosion of governing norms from pundits and editorial boards.

Today, they’re still silent. They’ve won. The story has come and gone. Nobody’s asking questions about it anymore. They weathered the storm that came from people like Harsanyi and others who called on mainstream media to do their job. In reality, they did exactly what they believe their job requires: covering for liberals while attacking conservatives.

How many Americans know about this story? Not nearly enough. We live in a world where headlines and sound bites rule the collective understanding of the news. When something doesn’t get enough attention, it doesn’t really exist. Nothing we do can make the media report it unless we can get someone on Capitol Hill to start asking questions. Technically, someone did start asking questions: Representative Ron DeSantis:

Lawmakers to investigate Obama efforts to derail campaign targeting Hezbollah to secure Iran nuclear deal

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lawmakers-to-investigate-obama-efforts-to-derail-campaign-targeting-hezbollah-to-secure-iran-nuclear-deal/article/2644074“Congress will be investigating this thoroughly and my National Security subcommittee will be particularly interested in how such a decision came about and whether it was driven by key Iran deal architects such as Ben Rhodes,” DeSantis said, referring to the Obama national security adviser behind the Iran deal.

Sources told the Free Beacon congressional investigators are preparing letters to U.S. government agencies asking for more information on the scheme.

“It was potentially criminal,” a senior congressional source told the Free Beacon. “Congress absolutely has a responsibility to get to the bottom of this.”

That’s big news, right? Well, no. I like DeSantis, but he should be hammering away at this on the airwaves instead of basking in the glow of recent praise by President Trump. He should also be getting more on Capitol Hill to be blasting this out to the public. Considering what the Obama administration did is a total betrayal against Americans who are now less safe as a result, it should be a top priority of the GOP to make this prominent in the news. It behooves them to do so at a time when President Trump is still under scrutiny over alleged Russian election hacking.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking into it, but even that isn’t enough to make many waves in mainstream media:

Under investigation: Obama’s favors for Hezbollah

http://www.wnd.com/2017/12/under-investigation-obamas-favors-for-hezbollah/Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing Project Cassandra, a highly classified law enforcement program by the Drug Enforcement Administration during the Obama administration, because of claims the drug-smuggling activities of the terrorist group Hezbollah got a pass from the president, according to reports.

The Jerusalem Post reported Sessions is looking into Project Cassandra after Politico reported the Obama administration “derailed” the law enforcement efforts “in its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran.”

Notice the start of the second paragraph in the story above. “The Jerusalem Post reported…” Why are we hearing about this from the Jerusalem Post? Granted, it’s a quality news outlet, but the fact WND had to pull from a foreign source to get this news is telling.

If we let this pass, it will pass. If we demand from our representatives a bullhorn response that puts a spotlight on an administration that derailed an investigation into drugs, weapons, and terrorism, then maybe the media will be forced to cover it. Otherwise, this will be a footnote from a bygone news cycle.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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DOJ to retry Menendez

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DOJ to retry Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez had hopes his day in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons was over after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his federal corruption case late last year. Those days away from the spotlight may soon be over for the Democrat as the Department of Justice announced their intentions to retry him and his co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/bob-menendez-retrial-justice-department-350904“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” reads the one-paragraph notice signed by AnnaLou Tirol, acting chief of the department’s public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”

My Take

I’m no lawyer, but the evidence against Menendez is pretty clear cut. An unfavorable jury and bungling by prosecutors made it hard for the jury to reach a verdict while mainstream media essentially ignored the story until the verdict. I hope to see justice served.

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The #SchumerShutdown will deliver 2018 GOP victories if they stick to their guns

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The SchumerShutdown will deliver 2018 GOP victories if they stick to their guns

The current scenario makes it likely there will be a government shutdown. I’ll edit this if it ends up being averted, but if it is, it will be because the Republicans buckled to Chuck Schumer’s demands in whole or in part. Either way, this article is relevant.

In one set of scenarios, Republicans will be given all the ammunition they need to coast to major victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Instead of simply retaining their majorities, as is the hope for most in the GOP, they may actually end up making gains. The President called for such an event today:

It should be noted that I am not a Republican who is simply cheering them on. I’m a Federalist, so my analysis is not guided by hope or propaganda. Both parties promote big government policies. The only difference is which topics they focus upon, which means the ebb and flow of control by the two-party system will incessantly grow DC’s overreach… but that’s all for another article.

Assuming there’s a shutdown, both sides will continue to point fingers at the other in hopes of making their version of the narrative stick. The reality should be crystal clear to anyone other than the liberally indoctrinated or mainstream media: this is 100% on the Democrats. We’re talking about a spending bill. The fact that they’re holding it up to score points with Dreamers and their supporters is despicable.

Let’s look at the two types of people affected the most by this. The first are obviously those working for the government. They will not be getting paid. Some will have to work despite not getting paid for it. The effects of the Democrats’ actions will impact them immediately. These are American citizens.

The second people “affected” by this would be the Dreamers. They will almost certainly have some form of amnesty before March 5 when the DACA executive order officially runs out. If Schumer’s Shutdown is averted without a DACA protection element, what will happen to these people? Exactly what would happen to them with a DACA protection element included. Their lives will not be affected by the outcome of the continuing resolution, but even if there were small differences, those wouldn’t be felt until March. These are not American citizens.

The Democrats are posturing for one reason and one reason only: They want the credit for saving Dreamers. As it stands, they will not get that credit if a bipartisan bill is signed by the President in February or March. Today, they have the opportunity to stamp a big letter “D” on the DACA fight and they’re willing to harm American citizens to do it.

I am opposed to a government shutdown because Americans will get hurt by it. We need to curtail spending dramatically, but shutting down the government is not the “wakeup call” many conservatives are promoting it as. Address budgets, reform entitlements, and cut the billions in wasteful spending that gets pumped out of our wallets and into the ether, but keep the government running in the meantime.

To do this, the Republicans may buckle. By the time you’re reading this, they may have done so already. However, their path to victory in 2018 will be paved by first keeping DACA out of the CR and then fixing DACA before March 5. If they do this, they can point to the fact the President and Republican leaders promised a fix and delivered, but the Democrats shut down the government in an effort to claim credit. That message is true and can resonate if they blast it out there loud enough during election season. That means they can’t buckle now and they must deliver later.

I’m not a proponent for “fixing” DACA, but since it’s almost certainly going to happen, this is the path the GOP must take in order to keep their majorities.

This whole shutdown debacle is a parade of conflicting buffoonery. Democrats are marching down the street clothed in false righteousness. Republicans are following behind them wearing the clown outfits of incompetence. America may deserve a government shutdown for keeping the two-party system intact for so long.

Update – The Democrats do not have the people on their side and even CNN is forced to report it:

CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/19/politics/cnn-poll-shutdown-trump-immigration-daca/index.htmlWashington (CNN)With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

Democrats are giving every reason they can muster to push a government shutdown. The primary tool is DACA. If the government shuts down, it will be because they’re convinced the GOP will get the blame for it. If sentiment turns and the Democrats get fingered for prompting the shutdown, they won’t let it happen.

There are several dynamic situations involved with the shutdown. DACA is only a small part of it. They’re trying to position this as a win-win for them and the Republicans seem to be unable to get the right message out about the shutdown. This isn’t new for them. If the GOP initiates the shutdown as they did during the Obama era, it’s their fault. If they can’t stop the Democrats from initiating a shutdown as is the situation today, it’s their fault as well.

Mainstream media’s desire to promote the Democrats’ message is a big part of the reason the GOP always takes the blame, but it’s not an insurmountable advantage. They need to paint the situation in its proper colors. The GOP has the truth on their side, so they need to say it. Instead, they seem to be cowering as usual:

Nervous Republicans fear they’ll pay if government shuts down

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/nervous-republicans-fear-they-ll-pay-government-shutdown-n838276WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is confident that Democrats will take the blame if the government shuts down this weekend or Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren’t so sure.

Many of them fear that voters will fault the GOP after looking at Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, his past flirtation with letting federal funding expire and the fact that Republicans are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House.

First, they need to attack DACA by framing it as what it is. The President has done his part in saying he wants to protect Dreamers but wants a wall to keep more of them from coming in. That’s a reasonable trade-off in the eyes of most voters.

Second, the GOP needs to unify with the message that they’re going to protect Dreamers the right way through standalone legislative action. Executive orders can’t cut it. Attaching it to other bills isn’t right. They want a DACA plan in place and they can do it if the Democrats would focus on helping Dreamers rather than trying to be the ones who get the credit for it.

Third, they need to declare the Democrats are hurting Americans through a shutdown for the sake of getting credit for helping Dreamers. It’s not just  that they’re putting illegal immigrants over American citizens which is bad enough. They’re doing so in order to get credit from voters. That’s it. That’s the whole reason for the shutdown. They can’t imagine a situation in which the GOP puts forth Dreamer-protecting legislation and a Republican President signs it into law unless it’s the Democrats who somehow force the situation. Otherwise, they might be revealed as the charlatans they are.

If Republican leadership gets everyone on board and pushes out these three simple messages with everything they’ve got, they have a chance of both averting a shutdown and making the Democrats look foolish for threatening it. If they continue down the lukewarm road they’re on, there will be a shutdown and they’ll get the blame for it whether they deserve it or not.

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