Category Archives: a free press

Are Press Conferences Scripted? Do Reporters Rehearse Questions With The White House?

Recently a CBS reporter from Arizona made some statements about how the press corps works in the White House. In an ‘off the record’ moment she said Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, told them:

“the reporters and correspondents, unless it is breaking news, they provide the questions to him(Jay Carney) in advance, and in some cases he actually prepares that answer for them…”

 

 

Reporter: WH Press Secretary Gets Questions From Reporters Before Press Briefing

Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians

Chris Stigall interviews former CBS News Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

Is Government Controlling The Press?

 

 

Is Ai Weiwei A Dangerous Man?

“There are no outdoor sports as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship…”

“Choices after waking up: 1. To live or to die? 2. To be true or to lie? 3. To be lively or to decay? 4. To live or be forsaken? 5. To be wise or to be idiotic? 6. To smile or to be humiliated? 7. To denounce or to celebrate? 8. To be more courageous or to be more fearful? 9. To take action or to be brainwashed? 10. To be free or to be jailed?

And one for luck.”              (Ai WeWei’s Top 10 Tweets)

Via: Wikipedia

Ai Weiwei (Chinese: 艾未未; pinyinÀi WèiwèiAbout this sound English pronunciation (help·info)), born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government‘s stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called “tofu-dreg schools” in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of “economic crimes”.

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Ai Weiwei documentary: Never Sorry  version1

Smithsonian: Is Ai Weiwei China’s Most Dangerous Man?

Ai Weiwei website

 

 

The State Of The Union 2014: Analysis Of What’s Really Going On!

The State Of The Union 2014 as delivered by Barrack Obama does not reflect the reality that I observe happening in America.  Obama and ‘Government Statistics‘, as reported by the ‘Presstitutes‘ in the lamestream media, paint a rosy picture of Americas’ culture, politics, economics and foreign policy. We are told that ‘things’ are improving. Oh really?

Listen to Joel Skousen: Jesse Ventura: Daniel Estulin for their analysis of what is really going on!

 

Jesse Ventura: Off The Grid

Joel Skousen: World Affairs Brief

Texas Library Offers Glimpse Of Bookless Future

Via: news.yahoo.com

by Paul J. Weber

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

Even the librarians imitate Apple’s dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have — any actual books.

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NPR: Opening of the BiblioTech library

Kevin Spacey Says: Give Control To The Viewer Because Convergence Is Coming

“…we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn – give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.”

“If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant … For kids growing up now there’s no difference watching Avatar on an iPad or watching YouTube on a TV and watching Game Of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.”  – Kevin Spacey

 

Is Obama An Actor? Mancow Muller Says Actor Harry Lennix Told Him “He Mimicked Me”

Via: prisonplanet.com

by Paul Joseph Watson

During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Chicago radio host Eric ‘Mancow’ Muller revealed that actor Harry Lennix told him he was hired to train Obama how to look presidential by mimicking the actor’s demeanor and body language.

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No More Fake News

Via: worldaffairsbrief.com

by Joel Skousen

HOW TO ANALYZE THE NEWS AND WHAT GOES ON AROUND YOU

Critical analysis of current events is a complex process that is not systematized or rigid. All the information you see or gather is, generally, a combination of truth, half-truths, and error. Filtering out the truth begins with finding reliable sources, as well as critically scrutinizing sources that are known to have a specific bias.

Reliable Sources: No journalist or historian bases his writings on original material, except when relating what he or she personally experiences. This world is much too big with much too much going on for anyone to directly witness anything but a small fraction of life’s happenings. Thus, we all have to rely on sources of information. As all of my readers know, most of the world has become heavily reliant upon the establishment media. People are busy, with little time to study and analyze current events. So they scan the front page each day, or watch the TV evening news, relying on these easy, quick sound bites to “inform” them about the world.

Almost everyone who gets this minimum dose of daily news thinks that they know what is going on in the world. This is not so, even though the media rarely tells an outright lie. What writers and editors do is purposefully omit key pieces of information that would significantly change people’s opinion about what is being presented. This brings up the first rule in finding reliable sources. Search for someone who is skeptical of the official version, and who searches out key information that has been withheld by establishment sources.

It is fascinating to see how uniform the evening news is. No matter which channel you turn to, the same stories appear with the same general emphasis, even with regard to local stories. A common illusion today is that Fox News is significantly more conservative than the other big three networks. Not so. Fox is merely playing the role of the pro-government cheerleader, just like CNN did during the Gulf War, when it came out of obscurity to become an instant major player. That never happens without government ties. Meanwhile, the other three majors are doing their part. They criticize the current administration mildly, sufficient to appear as the opposition. In reality, however, they are part of the same machine designed to protect any insider administration, whether Democratic or Republican, from its strongest critics on the constitutional right. They make sure they keep the most damaging evidences of conspiracy out of the public eye.

Virtually every major metropolitan area in the US has a major liberal, establishment newspaper which promotes this hidden agenda. In turn, every state of the Union is more or less controlled by the concentration of voters in liberal metro areas. Even though most states have a sizeable body of rural conservatives, their voice is rarely heard at the polls.

The one thing you can learn from the controlled media, including arch liberal newspapers like the Washington Post, NY Times, and LA Times, is the direction in which the conspiracy against liberty is going. I spend about a third of my time watching what the opposition does. When they start uniformly promoting certain issues in all the establishment journals (global warming, smart growth, gun control, etc.), it is obvious that there is some coordination going on. But remember, you can only learn to see through the selectively filtered news dispensed by the establishment media if you have other sources that feed you the missing pieces.

Read The Full Article at:  Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com)

 

A Free Press is The Most Dangerous Foe Of Tyranny

“A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that
free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny.… Under
dictatorship the press is bound to languish, and the loudspeaker
and the film to become more important. But where free institutions
are indigenous to the soil and men have the habit of liberty, the
press will continue to be the Fourth Estate, the vigilant guardian
of the rights of the ordinary citizen.”  —  Sir Winston Churchill

Via:http://www.journalismethics.info/media_law/history_of_free_press.htm

History Of The Free Press

The Fourth Estate
Toward the end of the eighteenth century, Edmund Burke, theorist of the English constitution, rose in Parliament to talk about a new player in democracy – a fourth estate. Thomas Carlyle reported Burke’s comments:

“Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporter’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact – very momentous to us in these times. Literature is our Parliament too. Printing, which comes necessarily out of Writing, I say often, is equivalent to Democracy; invent Writing, Democracy is inevitable … Whoever can speak, speaking now to the whole nation, becomes a power, a branch of government, with inalienable weight in lawmaking, in all acts of authority. It matters not what rank he has, what revenues or garnitures: the requisite thing is that he have a tongue which others will listen to; this and nothing more is requisite. The nation is governed by all that has tongue in the nation. Democracy is virtually there.”

From Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-worship and the Heroic in History, 141.

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Media As A Weapon:  Engineering Of Consent