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Censorship by the MSM

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When conservatives speak of the liberal mainstream media (MSM), they are generally referring to the bias in the reporting of NBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times and the Washington Post. A more significant problem in our (for now) free and democratic society is that the MSM are censoring the news available to a large part of the electorate.

Bias in reporting is problematic, but most people can decide for themselves if they are given the facts, no matter the opining of the reporter. Much more serious is keeping information from the public entirely, or censorship. This is not about editorial discretion. The MSM are routinely withholding significant information from their viewers and readers that is central to the issues presented by this election.

On any given day, the three major networks reach 21.3 millions viewers daily. The circulation of the New York Times an Washington Post do not approach these numbers directly, but the vast majority of local newspapers carry their stories, and those of the equally liberal AP and Reuters news agencies. By contrast, the monster of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, reaches approximately 3 million listeners a day.

Cable news networks are essentially a wash. Fox News’ ratings show approximately 3 million viewers daily, while CNN, MSNBC and CNBC reach about the same number. But cable viewers (liberal and conservative alike), and Rush’s listeners are typical news junkies. We listen to talk radio, watch multiple news cable shows, read multiple newspapers and follow numerous online blogs. If something is reported in any of the media, we will hear about it.

However, a large part of the American voting public is busy living their lives, raising their children and doing their jobs. They get their news from watching the news before dinner and reading the local paper (with all those NY Times, AP and Reuters “news” items). Editorial pages throughout the nation take their leads from the MSM, usually parroting what they read in the morning Times or saw on the network evening news.

Someone should take a poll of the big three networks’ viewers and see how many of them can identify William Ayers or the New Party; or have heard of Obama’s “redistribution” comments or Biden’s claim that an Obama victory will result in a foreign crisis manufactured to test Obama. The MSM censor the news available to their viewers and readers because they know this country is not as liberal as they would have you believe. If their consumers knew about Obama’s own prior statements, his conduct with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and so much more, Obama would not have even won the nomination.

The NBCABCNBCCNNMSNBCNYTimesWashPost monolith keeps information from their consumers with ruthless efficiency. Just the latest example is the Los Angeles Times keeping from its readers (and the rest of the nation) a video of Obama at a dinner honoring Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi is another Hyde Park “neighbor” of Obama’s, who has babysat his children and, oh by the way, was the “former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat.”

Andrew McCarthy in a National Review Online article describes Khalidi at the time as “a PLO adviser turned University of Chicago professor, was headed east to Columbia. There he would take over the University’s Middle East-studies program (which he has since maintained as a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism) and assume the professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayid, another notorious terror apologist.” The L. A. Times readers will never hear Obama’s remarks at this dinner (not before the election anyway), will not know Obama was there with his fellow leftist Ayers, and will certainly never be given Khalidi’s full resume. Nor will the viewers and readers of the rest of our increasingly leftist MSM.

The MSM believes the people have a right to know, as long as what they are allowed to know is favorable to Barack Obama. There are no real journalists in the MSM any more. There are only PR men and women, working for the Democratic Party. Castro and Kim Jong Il would be proud of these “news organizations.”

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