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Author: Marsha West
Date:  October 31, 2008

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Distractions, Diversions and Deception

It’s no big secret that many in the media are unethical and dishonest smear merchants. Americans have put up with these corrupt, insulting and, frankly, blatantly biased journalists for decades. Most people freely admit that they’re being fed partial-truths, boldfaced lies, distractions, diversions and deception by the elite media. In other words, they’re being bamboozled by a group of men and women who believe most Americans don’t have the brains of a gnat so they need clear-thinkers who are smarter, wiser and better informed to do the thinking for them.

It’s no big secret that many in the media are unethical and dishonest smear merchants. Americans have put up with these corrupt, insulting and, frankly, blatantly biased journalists for decades. Most people freely admit that they’re being fed partial-truths, boldfaced lies, distractions, diversions and deception by the elite media. In other words, they’re being bamboozled by a group of men and women who believe most Americans don’t have the brains of a gnat so they need clear-thinkers who are smarter, wiser and better informed to do the thinking for them.

There’s a clash of worldviews going on in America – the Left vs. the Right -- and it appears the Right could lose the battle. Radical leftists have infiltrated politics, the judiciary, universities, public education, journalism, and mainline churches. While this planned take-over of America has been going on, most folks have been collapsed in their La-Z-Boy recliners watching reality shows and sports on their wide screen TVs, doing almost nothing to stop it.

Wake up America! The Left has plans to change this nation in ways you can’t imagine.

Because we’re in a hot presidential race you’d assume the mainstream media (MSM) would be asking the candidates probing, challenging, get to the bottom of it questions about their policies and vision for the country, and how they plan to accomplish their goals. For example, exactly where is the money coming from to pay for all the proposed “change?” America is broke!

What gripes me is that there are a number of important stories out there people need to hear about candidate Barack “I am my brother’s keeper” Obama. Instead, the MSM has deliberately squashed stories that could make the Democratic presidential nominee look bad! Clearly, we have a partisan press – and they’re doing everything possible to put Obama and company (Pelosi/Reid/Frank/ Dodd/Schumer) in power!

OneNewsNow.com reported that the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that “57 percent of the print and broadcast stories about John McCain were negative, while only 14 percent were positive. The study concludes that 29 percent of the mainstream media's coverage of Barack Obama was negative.” [1]

Thankfully, not all news sources hide the truth from the public. On Oct. 27 FoxNews.com displayed this headline:

Obama, in 2001 Interview, Lamented Failure of Civil Rights Movement to Redistribute Wealth

The report states that during a public radio interview [2] Barack Obama discussed his dedication to “redistributing the wealth.” Not surprising since he admitted his intentions to the now famous Joe the plumber. And speaking of Joe the Innocent, the mean-spirited media set out to destroy Joe Wurzelbacher for asking a simple question of Crowned Prince Obama. How dare a low-life plumber ask a probing question about taxes! And for asking His Majesty a simple question, Joe has been maligned, marginalized, and had his private life put under a microscope. What I find amazing is that the press, with their unlimited resources, failed to dig up Obama’s radio interview – it took blogger Pierre Legrand to find it! Does the word suppress spring to mind?

The moment Joe came into the picture the MSM got busy. They dug up a lien and other personal info and quickly broadcast it all over the country hoping to discredit him. The public has no business knowing about Joe’s personal life! Joe is not running for Plumber of the United States! The press viciously smeared an American citizen for tossing out a legitimate tax question to a Democratic presidential candidate. Obama’s reply got them shaking in their boots! He was caught on video saying that he wants to spread the wealth around. Anyone with half a brain knows that those who advocate spreading the wealth are socialists!

Socialists use the long arm of government to take from the rich, which is defined by the government, and gives to the poor, also defined by the government. “Wealth and power,” explains wikipedia.com “are distributed more evenly, although there is considerable disagreement among socialists over how, and to what extent this could be achieved.” What it boils down to is that socialism punishes high achievers. It kills the human spirit. So how is this good for America?

Because Americans have been dozing in front of their TV sets, the American Dream is about to slip through their fingers.

In 1968 a young man escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later was in America to stay. Manuel Alvarez, Jr. wrote a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and offered this sobering account of how Communism came about in Cuba [3]:

“In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive. When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said ‘Praise the Lord.’ And when the young leader said, ‘I will be for change and I'll bring you change,’ everyone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’ But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner's guns went silent the people's guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. (Emphasis added)

Now, I’m not saying that, if elected, Barack Obama will become a communist dictator like Fidel Castro. I’m simply pointing out that in their desperation the Cuban people allowed themselves to be taken in by an eloquent, passionate young leader who spoke of bringing “change” to Cuba.

According to the Heritage Foundation, 30 Senators, including Obama and Biden, would receive an A in Socialism 101, meaning that they vote the socialist line 90% of the time. There are 17 Senators that would receive a B.

Moving on to Barack Obama’s radio interview. In it he said our Constitution is flawed because it doesn’t order government to redistribute economic power and resources. He also said he believes the civil rights movement failed because it didn’t work toward redistributing income. Sen. Obama, who has the most liberal voting record in the Senate, wants a fundamental change in America -- a radical left wing change! In a word, socialism. He made it clear in the interview that he’s for “redistribution.” And that’s not all, folks. He wants to change the Constitution. Mark my words. If he gets away with it, he’ll use it against American citizens. Don’t believe me? Listen to the interview.

As the President of the United States, Barack Obama will be able to take this country in a new direction -- and it is not the direction the majority of Americans want to go in. On the contrary, the American people say they want their government to focus on economic growth, to help small business, and reduce the size of government. They want tax breaks not tax increases! Most folks already pay hefty taxes – property, oil, gas, electricity, food, clothing, luxury items, there’s even a death tax! If this counry goes the away of socialism, consumers will pay far more than they do today.

The interview is a real eye-opener. The “inescapable conclusion,” wrote Gary Bauer, “is that Barack Obama is a committed socialist, and he is running for president with the goal of fundamentally changing America in ways that the Founding Fathers never imagined.”

Is the audio of the interview just another ridiculous rumor, as his supporters are claiming? Hardly. Obama’s voice is clear, his words concise. So the obvious question is: Why is the Obama audio not all over the major media outlets? Why not get it out there and let people hear the words of the man who may be the next leader of the free world? Sorry, I forgot. The MSM has been in the tank for Obama all along. And if Obama’s true intentions are exposed, people may vote for Sen. John McCain or another candidate -- or not at all. The MSM fear rocking the boat. With this election neck and neck, their boy could lose.

Kirsten Powers recently wrote an editorial for the New York Post that was a breath of fresh air. Powers is a liberal and yet she thought the public should be informed about Sen. Joe “jobs is a 3 letter word” Biden’s latest faux pas.

"Mark my words,” he said in an ominous tone, “it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden told his supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."

Powers wrote in her piece:

“But no one imagined even in a worse-case scenario such a spectacular bomb as telling donors Sunday to ‘gird your loins’ because a young president Obama will be tested by an international crisis just like young President John Kennedy was.

“Scary? You betcha! But somehow, not front-page news.” [4]

Wow. A liberal reported honestly on what was said about wet-behind-the-ears Obama by his running mate. Moreover, she expressed that what Biden said should have been front-page news! Maybe there’s hope!

Anchorman Dan Rather agreed with Powers that Biden’s warning was indeed newsworthy. "Certainly if Sarah Palin had said this,” he confessed, “it would be above the fold in most newspapers today."

Even Rather, who’s a bigtime liberal, made mention that the MSM is not doing its job! He admits they’d go after Gov. Palin if she had said anything close to what Joe the Senator did. That’s the media elite for ya!

Our esteemed press also went after WFTV anchor Barbara West after she asked Faux-pas Joe some tough questions. As a result the station is being blacklisted! Like Joe the plumber, the MSM demonized West. Does this sort of treatment not frighten you? It should! In California Gov. Palin hangs in effigy from a noose “in the spirit of Halloween.”

I wonder, why do the American people put up the MSM’s calculated destruction of people’s lives? Their vicious attacks on Sarah Palin started the moment she stepped out on stage. Some in the press have gone to extremes to dig up dirt on the Palin family. Without a shred of evidence the popular leftwing smear blog, DailyKos.com, reported that Sarah is actually the grandmother of her newborn son Trig, which is an outright lie! Sick, isn’t it? But what can you expect from liberals that detest anyone who disagrees with their left-wing ideology? Their motto? Seek, destroy and gloat.

There is a Mt. Olympus of dirt to be uncovered on Sen. Barack Obama, yet the hit and run media are too busy trying to discredit Sarah Palin. Take for example what happened when they discovered that the GOP spent 150,000 on clothing for the Palin family. Now, keep in mind that if Sarah weren’t dressed to the nines she’d be called trailer trash. But wait! The press already dubbed her trailer trash for wearing hoop earrings--gasp!--when she accompanied Sen. McCain to Mississippi to speak about Hurricane Gustav. Sarah said the clothes are “Not my property.” Her new wardrobe will be donated to charity.

The Pew Research Center study mentioned above shows Gov. Palin “has drawn three times as much coverage as Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden since the political conventions. It also concludes that 39 percent of the print and broadcast stories about Palin were negative, while 28 percent were positive and 33 percent were neutral.” [5]

While the MSM were busy letting the public in on the substantial cost of Sara Palin’s new wardrobe, the McCain campaign accused the LA Times of suppressing a videotape of Barack Obama toasting Palestinian Liberation Organization Spokesman and Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi. (Read “What You Should Know About Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama” by Katie Fazazza) Because of an alleged “promise that was made to the source” the LA Times says it will not release the tape.

The press also failed to report that Obama pal William Ayers, who was a part of the Weather Underground, the domestic terrorist group that bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the New York police headquarters, was more than just an acquaintance. In an interview Ayers told the NY Times that America makes him “want to puke.” Well, Bill Ayres would make most Americans want to puke, if they were aware of his past. Problem is, the MSM refuse to report the whole story! Shouldn’t the public know if Ayers radical left-wing views rubbed off on Obama?

Here’s a transcript of what Ayers said in 2002, the very same week he worked with Obama [6]:

“I considered myself partly an anarchist then. I consider myself partly an anarchist now. I mean, I'm as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist, which is to say, you know, I find a lot of the ideas in anarchism appealing. We create felons by having these kind of archaic, puritan drug laws that make no sense whatsoever in any logical way. So in that sense, I still feel like kind of an anarchist. I don't feel like the rules apply. And if they don't apply, I don't feel like you should follow them. Is one of those regrets that I took extreme measures against the United States at a time of tremendous crisis? No, it is not. I don't regret that. There is a struggle over various religious fundamentalisms, Jihad being the most visible. But the religious fundamentalism of the Christians and the Jews is equally troubling.” (Watch the video here or go to footnote 7)

Even though Obama claimed Bill Ayers was just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” and “He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis” he chose to endorse Ayers’s book in the Dec. 21, 1997 Chicago Tribune and was mentioned by name in the book itself.

FoxNews.com reported [8]:

“Featured next to a smiling photograph of himself, then-State Senator Obama called Ayers' book, ‘A Kind and Just Parent: Children of the Juvenile Court,’ a ‘searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair.’"

And while we’re on the subject of Ayers, he and his terrorist wife Bernardine Dohrn, hosted a small meet-the-candidate event in 1995 for Barack Obama.

But of course it’s far more important for the American people to know how much the GOP spent on Palin’s campaign attire than it is for us to know that Obama hob-knobbed with a self-admitted terrorist/anarchist.

In her article “McCain's Prospects Depend on Telling Truth About Obama” Phyllis Schlafly pointed out [9]:

“The media are piling on against John McCain and some pundits are predicting it's all over, that Barack Obama has somehow won the election. As the old saying goes, it's not over until the fat lady sings, and it's high time for the fat lady to sing about Obama's scary agenda and the many reasons why it is too risky to elect him President.

“We need to hear more about ACORN, the special-interest group that would like to steal this election by registering people who are not eligible to vote, such as registering ghost voters in Nevada under the names of the Dallas Cowboys. Obama's years of close association with ACORN need to be known to the public.”

We also need to hear that when Obama was a part-time director of The Woods Fund of Chicago, it gave $75,000 to ACORN. The group is now under investigation for voter fraud in 12 states.

Schlafly brings to light that Bill Ayers has a “really scary plan to remake the curriculum of public schools in order to turn kids into radical socialists like himself. Obama helped deliver big bucks to Ayers' radical education project in Chicago.”

Obama delivered $50,000 to the Small Schools Network that was founded by Ayers and run by Ayers’ friend, Michael Klonsky, the former chairman of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) which is an offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, a 1960 far left organization.

More from Schlafly:

“Obama has already introduced one bill in the U.S. Senate called ‘Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act,’ which would implement Ayers' social-outcome notions, and another to teach kindergartners Al Gore's propaganda about climate change. Voters should be reminded that Obama has called for making ‘sure your child can speak Spanish.’"

Do voters know about Ayers’ plan to remake the public schools? Have they heard about Obama’s “Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act”? It’s all about liberal indoctrination of students. (Read about it here or go to footnote 10) Is this what parents want for their kids? Let me assure you, most don’t! This explains why so many parents are pulling their kids out of public indoctrination centers and spending the money to put them in private schools or, if possible, choosing to homeschool the precious ones.

The connection between pals Barack and Bill is not out in the open. Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online wrote that [11]:

“Despite all manner of stonewalling by Obama, Ayers and their allies…commentators have doggedly pursued information about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That’s the $150+ million ‘education reform’ piggy bank substantially controlled in the nineties by Ayers and Obama, who doled out tens of millions of dollars to Leftist radicals — radicals who, like their patrons, understood that control over our institutions, and especially our schools, was a surer and less risky way to spread their revolution than blowing up buildings and mass-murdering American soldiers. As Diamond observes, in a 2006 speech in Venezuela, with Leftist strongman Hugo Chavez looking on, Ayers exhorted: ‘Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion es revolucion!’

“Be clear on that much: Whether clothed as a terrorist or an academic, Ayers has made abundantly clear in his public statements, both before and after he established a working relationship and mutual admiration society with Obama, that he remains a revolutionary fueled by hatred of the United States. And while Obama now ludicrously pleads ignorance about Ayers’s terrorism — the terrorism that made the unabashed Ayers an icon of the Left — understand that this rabid anti-Americanism is the common denominator running through Obama’s orbit of influences.”

And to think, Barack Obama may be the next president of the United States. He may not pal around with Bill Ayers in public or let him sleep in the Lincoln bedroom if he’s elected, but dimes to donuts the remorseless terrorist will advise the his friend on matters of state.

And what about Obama’s 20-year relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Wright’s warped theology had a huge impact on the man who would be prez. Rev. Wright espouses Liberation Theology, which is opposed to biblical theology.

“Now, the problem here,” says Christian apologist Hank Hanegraaff, “is that Jeremiah Wright is communicating this Liberation theology, which is directly opposed to biblical theology, but in hysterical manners, and that was picked up by the media and they played this clip of him talking about the HIV virus being something that was invented by the government and it was a way of committing genocide against people of color.

”Obviously this is hysterical and ridiculous, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. They've played it but they were not realizing that there's a theology under the iceberg and that theology is not Christian theology. This is a theology that has obviously very much impacted Barack Obama…So I say again that the problem you have is that the notion being communicated is a theology that doesn't help harmonize the class struggle but actually accentuates it, particularly when you use these kinds of shrill comments which have no basis in reality such that you start believing that the government has some kind of oppressive force that's using HIV to oppress people.” [12] (Watch the videos here or here or go to footnote 13 & 14)

Barack Obama attended Rev. Wright’s church twice a month for 20 years…and he didn’t witness one of his hate sermons?

If McCain loses on Tuesday, America will go the way of socialism. That’s why it’s imperative for voters to be reminded that Obama intends to “spread the wealth around” by giving people who don’t pay taxes a fat check. Christians should know that Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the presidency. (For more on his frightening abortion views read my article “Barbaric Obama, God’s Choice?” 15)

Sen. Obama opposed:

Legislation to protect children who are born alive.

State amendments for traditional marriage.

The Defense of Marriage Act." DOMA, that protects Americans from activist judges who want to force other states to accept homosexual “marriage.”

Obama will:

Raise taxes on small businesses, which will kill jobs.

Unionize small businesses.

Enact the Freedom of Choice Act.

Eliminate federal funding from pro-life pregnancy centers that provide alternatives for abortion.

Cut the per child tax credit in half.

Appoint liberal judges, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Two judges, 76 and 88, will retire soon.)

If Democrats get control of Congress they intend to:

“use the force of Big Government to shut down Christian and conservative talk radio with the Fairness Doctrine. Pastors will be gagged by ‘hate crimes’ legislation. … Liberal labor bosses will get sweeping new powers, including stripping the right to a secret ballot from workers. Radical leftwing groups like ACORN and Planned Parenthood will get more of your tax dollars to promote leftwing candidates and causes. And all the while, Big Media will hail the “new Great Society” as Joe the Plumber is taxed to “spread the wealth” for socialized health care and ‘tax cuts’ to those who don’t pay income taxes.” [16]

Oh yes, and our liberal legislators want to take away the American people’s 401(K) plans and impose a new “savings tax.”

If Obama loses “it would be very, very, very dramatic out there” liberal commentator James Carville warned. “A lot of Democrats would have a great deal of angst and anger.”

And if McCain loses? Republicans will handle the loss with grace and dignity -- and without violence.

Public confidence is eroding. People are finally tiring of the cold calculated media bias and being treated like morons. The proof is in the pudding. According to the Drudge Report:

“CBSNEWS w/Couric shed a half a million viewers, falling from 6.4 million to 5.9 million; ABCNEWS dropped from 8.1 million to 7.6 million; NBCNEWS slumped from 8.2 million to 7.8 million.”

Fox News commentator, Bill O’Reilly, boasts that his viewer ship has increased. He’s right! Perhaps because his reports are fair, accurate, and unbiased -- with no holds barred hard hitting “discussions.” Folks want the unfettered truth, not lies and deception!

When voting Nov. 4th, ask yourself:

Will America prosper under Barack Obama?

Will Obama help the economy or strangle it by raising taxes?

Will Obama’s economic policies add or kill jobs?

Will companies stay in America or leave because of regulation and high taxes?

Will American be safer?

One last comment. Our Founding Fathers did not want “a government big enough to give you everything you want, because such a government would be big enough to take away everything you have.”

Marsha West
Berean Research (Owner, Editor)

Notes:  [1] Analyst: Media attempting to defuse Palin's future, By Jim Brown http://www.onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id=297958

[2] Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

[3] Letter to the editor of Richmond Times-Dispatch written By Manuel Alvarez, JR. http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/search.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-07-07-0033.html

[4] BIDEN'S BUNGLES: A BLATANT BIAS, By Kirsten Powers http://www.nypost.com/seven/10222008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/bidens_bungles__a_blatant_bias_134700.htm

[5] Analyst: Media attempting to defuse Palin's future, By Jim Brown http://www.onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id=297958

[6] New Information About Ayers and His Association With Obama, By Bill O’Reilly, Talking Points, Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,443242,00.html

[7] Ayers Audio From Same Week He Worked With Obama http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/10/20/ayers-audio-from-same-week-he-worked-with-obama/

[8] Obama Praised 'Searing and Timely' Book by Ayers. FoxNews.com http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/20/obama-praised-searing-timely-book-ayers/

[9] McCain's Prospects Depend on Telling Truth About Obama http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/4080/Brannon-Howse/By-Phyllis-Schlafly

[10] Obama’s Revolutionary Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act of 2007, By Marinka Peschmann http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5402

[11] Why Won’t Obama Talk About Columbia? By Andrew C. McCarthy http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjY4YzdhMDBkZGQ3ZmU2MTUzYjdkMzc5ZjUzYmViZWM= [12]Hank Speaks Out On Liberation Theology, Hank Hanegraaff http://www.equip.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=muI1LaMNJrE&b=2616123&ct=5833681

[13] Jeremiah Wright - Obamah’s mentor – hate speech, Youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdJB-qkfUHc&feature=related

[14] Rev. Jeremiah Wright blames U.S. for 9/11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9HUdF9OZa8&feature=related

[15] Barbaric Obama, God’s Choice? By Marsha West http://newswithviews.com/West/marsha175.htm

[16] Campaign for Working Families End of the Day Report, Wednesday, October 22, 2008, By Gary Bauer


Anarchist: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anarchist

Marxist: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/367344/Marxism#tab=active~checked%2Citems~checked&title=Marxism%20--%20Britannica%20Online%20Encyclopedia

Capitalism (Free Market economy): http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/93927/capitalism#tab=active~checked%2Citems~checked&title=capitalism%20--%20Britannica%20Online%20Encyclopedia

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Biography - Marsha West

Marsha West is a religious and political-based writer. Until recently Marsha was owner and managing editor of the Email Brigade website and the EMB News Report for over 20 years. She is currently co-owner and editor of Berean Research and general editor of the Christian Research Network. Marsha’s articles have been published widely, both online and in print. Her articles appear on Berean Research, Christian Research Network, News With Views, RenewAmerica and Web Commentary. Visit her resource website: http://onsolidrockresources.com

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