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Trump’s DHS to compile data base to spy on journalists, bloggers

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Besides his broken promise to build a wall on our southern border at Mexico’s expense, there has perhaps been no issue more popular with Trump’s adoring fans than his repeated attacks on the First Amendment and the so-called “Fake News” media.

In the 1930s, Nazi propaganda promoted a belief in Lügenpresse—a word adopted by Trump’s followers and translated means “lying press”—to demonize and eventually eliminated media that didn’t adhere to Germany’s nationalist/socialist beliefs and dogma. Likewise, Trump and his minions are edging America ever closer to seeing freedom of the press eliminated for media that refuses to adhere to Trump’s nationalist/populist beliefs and dogma.

And just as it was in 1930s Germany, Trump is working to replace so-called fake news with state-run news media outlets like Sinclair Broadcasting and FOX News.

While Trump typically relies on his FOX and Friends morning intel to tweet his attacks against unfavorable media, the NY liberal is taking additional steps through the Department of Homeland Security to identify media targets that he once referred to as “the enemy of the people.”

DHS just announced that it is seeking a contractor to build a Media Monitoring Services division to track hundreds of thousands of news sources, “including: journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers, etc.” And they won’t be tracking just media content; they will be making arbitrary judgments on the “sentiment” of those they are tracking.

The threat this poses to freedom of the press can’t be overstated, especially when you consider its intentionally vague language.

For those hoping that the political duopoly bought and paid for by Democrats and Republicans will protect the First Amendment, I’ve got bad news. There have been situations over the past few years where members of both parties at the federal and state levels of government have attacked the First Amendment’s protection of a free press.

  • In June 2013, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham teamed up to propose a media shield bill that would specifically deny First Amendment protection for bloggers.
  • In December 2014, an Alabama Republican in the state senate proposed a plan to license journalists who cover local politics in order to protect citizens—translated “politicians”—from “shady, fly-by-night websites offering purposely skewed and inaccurate interpretations of hard news.”

If created, the DHS media database will mean we have entered the dangerous and tyrannical territory where the government keeps track of the “sentiment” of citizens and foreign nationals. I’ve written in the past how Trump’s narcissistic, constitutionally ignorant and indifferent nationalist/populist attitude is destroying our Constitutional rights. Sadly, there doesn’t appear anyone in Washington interested in stopping Trump or protecting the Constitution.

But don’t worry folks. Despite Trump’s track record of attacking “fake news” media and Washington’s track record of attacking our Constitutional rights, DHS says this is nothing more than a “tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy.”


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

There are many reasons why Thomas Sowell is my favorite conservative thinker. This ideas resonate so clearly with the right mindset. His arguments are practically irrefutable.

This particular quote from whoever runs his Twitter account rings so true today. Mainstream media’s programming has affected both the left and the right, but this component of their onslaught on leftist sensibilities is arguably the biggest problem with the progressive movement today.

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Hilarious video: Bombshell, the beginning of the end, walls closing in, the tipping point

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Hilarious video Bombshell the beginning of the end walls closing in the tipping point

Most leftists remember it like a previous generation remembers when they heard JFK was killed. It was the moment they realized Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Since then, mainstream media has been incessant in their proclamations that his days are numbered.

Perhaps it’s comforting to them to continuously hear about how the latest bombshell means it’s the beginning of the end because the walls are closing in on a presidency that has reached a tipping point. Or something.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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