Accuracy in Media
The mainstream media and President Obama have made a considerable issue out of the dissemination of fake news leading up to the election, even going so far as to hint that Donald Trump’s victory might have been owed in part to the work of the fakers. On cue, The Washington Post recently published a story citing anonymous sources that claimed the fake news was the product of Russian propaganda. Yet Fortune magazine concluded that the Post’s “analysis was fairly weak,” and “Much of [the evidence] seems flimsy at best.” That didn’t stop the Post from blaming Russian propaganda, based on biased evidence and anonymous sources.
As AIM’s Cliff Kincaid recently explained, Facebook and Google are looking to create an algorithm that eliminates fake news on their websites. To do so is to risk disproportionate discrimination against information from outside the mainstream, including conservative and left-wing blogs, points out The Hill. “Critics also charge that the ‘fake news’ trope obscures the fact that the mainstream media have their own problem with false or misleading stories,” writes Cathy Young in The Hill. Kincaid also cites something called the First Draft Coalition, a sort of Ministry of Truth comprised of media organizations that we are supposed to trust to produce content free of fake news.
In fact, many of these so-called reputable news organizations are responsible for what is perhaps the fake news story of the decade. The story involves one of President Obama’s major foreign policy legacies, the Iran nuclear “deal.”
For about a year now, we have been pointing out that the Iranian nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, is in fact, not a deal at all. There is an English language version, which the American public has seen (except for the side deals that were kept hidden from Congress and the American public). Also, there is an Iranian version passed in their Majlis, or parliament, which is considerably different.
SECURE FREEDOM MINUTE
Among Barack Obama’s most toxic legacies is his campaign to shrink America’s prison population by turning loose many thousands of convicted felons. Watch for his already record-setting numbers of prisoners granted clemency, pardons or commuted sentences to grow even larger in the remaining weeks of this presidency.
Surely though, even a Commander-in-Chief capable of such reckless disregard for public safety would not release one of the nation’s most notorious, murderous and unrepentant terrorists? Unfortunately, it appears Mr. Obama is actively considering doing just that, by commuting the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the Puerto Rican terror group known as the FALN.
Fortunately, dozens of family members of Lopez Rivera’s victims and retired law enforcement personnel involved with his case wrote the President yesterday, strongly recommending against unleashing this dangerous criminal on our people. They speak for all of us.
Accuracy in Media
Donald J. Trump is labeled by CNN as a liar on a regular basis, while the dead communist tyrant Fidel Castro is lauded as a revolutionary hero. American reporters are in Havana, Cuba to film people crying on their way to honor a dictator who had recommended that the Soviets launch a nuclear attack on the United States.
Our media never fail to demonstrate that there is no limit to how low they can sink. The sickness in the media is only matched by the pro-Castro sentiments in people like Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate working with Hillary Clinton to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. Stein remarked, “Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!”
Virtually all day long on Monday, CNN was broadcasting the “news” that Trump had “falsely” claimed that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. CNN had not bothered to provide to its viewers the 45 pages of documentation of Trump’s claim from the Trump transition office. Instead, CNN simply dismissed it out of hand.
CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported, “Donald Trump is showing signs tonight of being a sore winner. The president-elect is suggesting with zero evidence to back up his claim that he won the popular vote,” and that “he’s a victim of widespread election fraud.”
Zero evidence? That’s a matter of opinion. Viewers had no way of knowing that the Trump transition team had provided 45 pages of documentation.
SECURE FREEDOM MINUTE
Another day, yet another act of jihad.
To be sure, the authorities are discouraging us from connecting the dots between the fact that the perpetrator who tried to run over, then butcher, innocent Ohio State University students is a Somali refugee and that he recently publicly professed his Muslim faith.
They tell us they’re still trying to establish a motive. They say they have not yet concluded that it was a terrorist attack. And no one else is supposed to jump to conclusions.
In fact, it’s generally the case in such incidents when the perp is a foreign-born Muslim, the violence is not an inexplicable “lone wolf” attack. It’s an individual jihadist action, intended to terrify and dominate infidels in furtherance of the Islamic supremacists’ goal of imposing worldwide their totalitarian doctrine, Sharia.
It amounts to a dangerous self-delusion to pretend otherwise.
The shockingly high figure comes from one of LTC(R) Shaffer’s sources involved with the refugee flows.
Last week we saw CIA head John Brennan testify that ISIS has “a large cadre” of foreign fighters to serve in attacking the West, and also that ISIS was probably using refugee flows as a means of vectoring its agents into the West. Now a former high-level intelligence officer claims that he has a source that gives a more specific figure. At least fifteen percent of refugees are ISIS, according to LTC(R) Anthony Shaffer of the London Center for Policy Research. The claim came in an interview Shaffer gave to a radio show hosted by Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson on WMAL. (You can listen to the interview here.)
“I got the percentage from one of my sources. We’re talking about, right now, in the refugee stream, between 15-17% of individuals coming through the refugee stream are ISIS.”
Family Security Matters
by FRANK J. GAFFNEY, JR.
In 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to use “some old fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming” against those whose exercise of free speech “we abhor.”
At the time, she had in mind specifically perpetrators of what the OIC, the Muslim Brotherhood, other Islamic supremacists and their enablers on the Left call “defamation of Islam.” But the same playbook – in the tradition of Mrs. Clinton’s mentor, Saul Alinsky – is now being followed with a vengeance against what is abhorred by the cabal best described as the Red-Green Axis.
Much in evidence among such “old-fashioned techniques” now being employed is what’s known as “the Big Lie.” It entails the endless repetition of outrageous falsehoods to defame, and ultimately silence, one’s political opponents.
Three good men Donald Trump has selected for key strategic and national security positions are currently getting the Big Lie treatment: his White House Counsel Steve Bannon, Attorney General-designate Senator Jeff Sessions, and incoming National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. They are being relentlessly vilified as “racists,” “bigots” and “haters.”