There is a whole list of topics, like congressional corruption (See ‘60 Minutes’ Blows Lid Off Congressional Insider Trading), that mainstream media doesn’t write about. Keeping Americans uninformed about these topics is, at this point, a matter of survival. For example, if Americans realize that Russia-style, clear-as-day corruption has been rampant in congress for decades (again, see ‘60 Minutes’), they will realize that this Washington corruption simply would not be possible without an equally corrupt mainstream media, willing to look away again and again, year after year. That is why mainstream media wants stories like congress’s insider trading to die, keeping the public uninformed about the most vital matters (how can democracy work if the media won’t cover the corruption of elected leaders?).
Part of mainstream media's effort to keep Americans in the dark involves making sure big news makers don't talk about undesired topics and sidelining news makers who do. Since the biggest newsmaker is the president of the United States, mainstream media always aggressively winnows the presidential election field down to "status quo" candidates, those who don't talk about unnecessary things like congressional corruption (See VIDEO: Ron Paul Slams Congressional Insider Trading). This leads us to why mainstream media hates Ron Paul: his candidacy will not die.
As I have written about before, Mainstream media has been trying very hard to kill Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. He has become a walking media blackout (See *****The Extraordinary Lack Of Coverage Of Ron Paul*****): no matter how well his campaign is doing, no one writes about.
However, mainstream media’s efforts to derail Ron Paul's presidential chances go way beyond simply ignoring him. Below I will cover mainstream media's complicity in three attempts to kill off Ron Paul’s campaign: Rick Perry's Candidacy, Occupy Wall Street, and Newt Gingrich's "Surge".
1) Rick Perry's Candidacy
As soon as Rick Perry entered the race, he made Ron Paul look like a moderate.
August 18, 2011, 11:27 AM ET
Ron Paul: Perry ‘Makes Me Look Like a Moderate’
Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has long called for abolishing the Federal Reserve, said he now looks “like a moderate” compared with GOP rival and fellow Texan, Gov. Rick Perry, who said it would be “almost treacherous, or treasonous,” if the central bank increased the money supply before the 2012 election.
Referring to Mr. Perry, the Texas congressman told supporters at a campaign event in Concord, N.H., Wednesday that “He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too. But I tell you what: He makes me look like a moderate.”
Mr. Paul added, “I have never once said [Fed Chairman Ben] Bernanke has committed treason.”
Mr. Perry, who entered the race on Saturday, raised eyebrows among both Democrats and some Republicans Monday with his remarks on the Fed, including the idea that things could get “pretty ugly” for Mr. Bernanke in the Lone Star State if he chooses to pump more money into the economy before the election.
The attention on Mr. Perry has irked Mr. Paul’s campaign because Mr. Paul has been railing against the Fed for years, including a 2009 book titled “End the Fed.” In Congress, Mr. Paul chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the central bank.
On basically all important policy positions, Rick Perry mimicked Ron Paul:
1) Ron Paul wants to eliminate the Fed…
… Rick Perry wants to eliminate the Fed.
2) Ron Paul wants to eliminate five federal agencies…
… Rick Perry declares he wants to eliminate three federal agencies.
3) Ron Paul had staked out a lonely position as the only presidential candidate to oppose aid to Israel (Paul is against all foreign aid)…
… Then Rick Perry more or less aped him on that (see Rick Perry: Israel Foreign Aid Starts 'At Zero').
The end result is that Rick Perry is a spoiler custom designed to hurt Ron Paul. He is appealing to exactly the same demographic as Ron Paul, and virtually all his supporters would otherwise be for Ron Paul supporters.
To understand Ron Paul’s true level of support, Rick Perry’s and Ron Paul’s poll numbers should be added together.
Reality: Rick Perry is corrupt
Perry’s outrage at Washington corruption rings hollow: He is corrupt himself. The Atlantic Wire reports on Rick Perry's Unlikely Crusade Against Casual Corruption.
… lot of Perry's wealth has come from well-timed real estate investments. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Aman Batheja reported earlier this year, Perry has long faced criticism that he used his political connections to make money. There was the time in 1993 when he bought 10 acres of undeveloped land that happened to occupy the space between computer magnate Michael Dell's home and municipal sewer lines. Two years after buying it, Perry sold the land to Dell for $465,000 -- more than triple the price he paid. There was the time in 2001 when Perry bought some land in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, for $314,770 and sold it six years later for $1.1 million -- to a guy who was a business partner of with the man Perry bought the land from in the first place. And Perry made some lucky trades himself: In 1996, Perry made $38,000 by selling stock in Kinetic Concepts, a medical supply company founded by a donor…
Rick Perry's commitment to his ideas is not genuine
Matt Taibbi explains how Rick Perry is The Best Little Whore In Texas
Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas
The Texas governor has one driving passion: selling off government to the highest bidder
November 26, 2011, by Matt Taibbi
Those in Texas who have followed Perry most closely over the years have all come to the same conclusion about him. "He's a cash-and-carry governor," says Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, a group that monitors campaign contributions in the state. "He has an extremely strong stomach for holding his nose and doing really dirty favors."
"He'll be whatever you want him to be," says one longtime political opponent. "He's all about greed."
"There's no line he won't cross," says another.
"This guy doesn't believe in one damn thing," says a third.
As for how this classic, big-government, machine politician … could run as a small-market conservative and Tea Party champion, many in Texas express bewilderment.
"If you tell a lie often enough, people believe it," says Debra Medina, a Tea Party Republican who ran against Perry in the gubernatorial primary last year. "That's Rick Perry."
Political Ticker reports about Perry's 'Oops'.
Will 'Oops' be Perry's campaign epitaph?
Posted by CNN Political Unit
(CNN) - A visibly flustered Rick Perry was reduced to "Oops" after a painful 53 seconds of trying to remember the name of the third of three federal agencies he would cut at a Republican presidential debate in Rochester, Michigan, on Wednesday.
Answering a question about jobs creation, Perry attempted to name the three agencies he has proposed shutting. He named two, but could not come up with the third, even after appearing to consult notes.
"The third agency of government I would - I would do away with Education, the Commerce, and, let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."
The Republican presidential debate in Michigan revealed Rick Perry for the fraud he was. You forget lines that have been fed to you, not your core beliefs.
Commentary: Paul’s authenticity keeps his campaign afloat
December 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm
By Patricia Kilday Hart, Austin bureau
Paul is unlikely to be accused of a flip-flop, or have an “oops” moment about his positions. YOU FORGET LINES THAT HAVE BEEN FED TO YOU — NOT YOUR CORE BELIEFS.
Mainstream media’s role in promoting the Rick Perry's fabricated candidacy
Just look at the chart below. While Ron Paul only appeared as the "primary newsmaker in only 2% of all election stories", Rick Perry appears in a shocking 17% of all election stories, more than any other candidate. (Source: Ron Paul media blackout has been officially confirmed)
And it isn’t just any news stories. Search for any major Washington scandal on Google News and Rick Perry shows up at the top of the results:
Results for fast & furious:
Results for congress insider trading:
What this means: If an average American googles any of the scandals that Ron Paul has been railing about for years, all they find is Rick Perry, Rick Perry, Rick Perry… Think about how twisted that is.
Status of Rick Perry’s cadidacy
Between his career ending “oops” and his deep history of personal corruption, Perry has no chance of being president.
Is Rick Perry giving up? Hell no. His purpose was never to win, but to make sure Ron Paul doesn’t.
So despite tumbling even lower in new nationwide polls, Rick Perry is pouring it on in Iowa, seeking to rebound. Perry now leads in purchase of Iowa TV ads.
IowaPolitics.com: Perry leads in purchase of Iowa TV ads
By Lynn Campbell and Hannah Hess
DES MOINES — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s large purchase of TV ads in November has made him Iowa’s new leader in paid political advertising, surpassing Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.
In Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Perry purchased 2,665 ad spots at a cost of $745,247.50 during the past month, according to an IowaPolitics.com review of public records this week at the CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates in the two major media markets.
That’s THREE TIMES as many ad spots as Paul, …
Perry has also just announced he will launch a month-long Iowa bus tour… and every vote he manages to get will be one less for Ron Paul. -------------------------------- EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests Eurasia Review reports that the Obama Administration violated the ban on federal funding for ACORN. US Justice Department Involved In New Corruption Scandal, Says Watchdog Group – OpEd In the 2008 election, Obama’s theme was “political division”. In the 2012 election, Obama's theme will be “economic division” (inequality), as foretold by this December 6 speech. It's Occupy Wall Street's narrative. Media skews tea party, ‘Occupy’ coverage The Daily Caller reports that Tea party groups criticize media coverage of ‘Occupy Wall Street’. Tea party groups criticize media coverage of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Occupy Wall Street is a huge distraction for the Ron Paul campaign, siphoning off money and volunteers (See Donations To Occupy Wall Street Skyrocket In October and Creepy 'One Voice' Occupy Protesters Heckle Ron Paul). The result is boosting Obama re-election chances at Ron Paul’s expense. Despite having the entire mainstream media aligned against him, effort to marginalize him aren’t working: it looks like Ron Paul is headed for a win in Iowa (See Poll watcher: Is Paul the strongest candidate in Iowa?). The latest poll shows Paul now in the lead in Iowa with a solid 25 percent of likely Republican Caucus-goers supporting him, and there are more Ron Paul bumper stickers on cars than all the other candidates put together. There is broad agreement that Paul has momentum in Iowa. That is exactly when the Newt Gingrich's "surge" began, conveniently preventing Paul from enjoying frontrunner status. Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 8:00 AM 17:26:38 EST Gingrich is utterly unprincipled (he even had delivered divorce papers to his wife at her bedside in the hospital). Most of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake Consider this: The media is justifying Gingrich’s sudden surge as a reflection of his sharp speaking skills. However, Newt has been debating for months, and his performance has been pretty consistent throughout. Are we are supposed to believe that the public suddenly had a complete change of heart right when Paul started leading in the polls? Sunday, December 4, 2011 The Mainstream media had no choice but to go back to Gingrich. The public was fast losing confidence in Perry (his debate "oops" moment was not supposed to happen). The Gingrich "surge" is fiction.
1) Occupy Wall Street
While the discontent it taps into may be genuine, the Occupy Wall Street movement itself is fabrication. Fox News reports that ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement.
By Jana Winter
Published October 26, 2011 | FoxNews.com
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.
The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.
NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.
Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day - to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.
At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.
Sources said cash donations collected by NYCC on behalf of some unions and various causes are being pooled and spent on Occupy Wall Street. The money is used to buy supplies, pay staff and cover travel expenses for the ex-ACORN members brought to New York for the protests.
In one such case, sources said, NYCC staff members collected cash donations for what they were told was a United Federation of Teachers fundraising drive, but the money was diverted to the protests.
Sources who participated in the teachers union campaign said NYCC supervisors gave them the addresses of union members and told them to go knock on their doors and ask for contributions—and did not mention that the money would go toward Occupy Wall Street expenses. One source said the campaign raked in about $5,000.
Current staff members at NYCC told FoxNews.com the union fundraising drive was called off abruptly last week, and they were told NYCC should not have been raising money for the union at all.
Sources said staff members also collected door-to-door for NYCC’s PCB campaign — which aims to test schools for deadly toxins —but then pooled that money together with cash raised for the teachers union and other campaigns to fund Occupy Wall Street.
“We go to Freeport, Central Islip, Park Slope, everywhere, and we say we’re collecting money for PCBs testing in schools. But the money isn’t going to the campaign," one source said.
"It’s going to Occupy Wall Street, and we’re not using that money to get schools tested for deadly chemicals or to make their kids safer. It’s just going to the protests, and that’s just so terrible.”
A spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers told FoxNews.com, "The UFT is not involved in any NYCC fundraising on the PCB issue.”
Multiple sources said NYCC is also using cash donations through canvassing efforts in New York’s Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods for union-backed campaigns to fund the Wall Street protests.
Those who contribute don't know the money is going to fund the protests, the source said.
“They give contributions because we say if they do we can fix things - whatever specific problem they’re having in their area, housing, schools, whatever ... then we spend the contributions paying staff to be at the protests all day, every day. That’s where these contributions - the community’s money – is going,” the source said.
Another source, who said she was hired from a homeless shelter, said she was first sent to the protests before being deployed to Central Islip, Long Island, to canvass for a campaign against home foreclosures.
“I went to the protests every day for two weeks and made $10 an hour. They made me carry NYCC signs and big orange banners that say NYCC in white letters. About 50 others were hired around my time to go to the protests. We went to protests in and around Zuccotti Park, then to the big Times Square protest,” she said.
“But now they have me canvassing on Long Island for money, so I get the money and then the money is being used for Occupy Wall Street—to pay for all of it, for supplies, food, transportation, salaries, for everything ... all that money is going to pay for the protests downtown and that’s just messed up. It’s just wrong.”
By Jana Winter
Published November 03, 2011 | FoxNews.com
Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.
NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.
“They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said an NYCC source.
NYCC Executive Director Jon Kest has been calling a series of emergency meetings to discuss last week’s report—and taking extreme measures to identify the sources in their office and to prevent further damage, a source within NYCC told FoxNews.com.
Two staffers were fired after NYCC officials suspected them as the source of the leaks, a source told FoxNews.com. “One was fired the day the story came out, the other was fired on Friday. (NYCC senior staff) told everyone that they were fired because they talked to you,” a source said.
NYCC spokesman Scott Levenson denied that anyone was fired for talking to the press.
FoxNews.com’s report identified NYCC as a key organizing force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Sources within the group also told FoxNews.com NYCC was hiring people to carry signs and join the protests. NYCC -- a nonprofit organization run almost entirely by former ACORN officials and employees --did not reply for comment prior to the publication of the initial article, but later posted a statement on its website dismissing the article and denying that it pays protesters.
A source said that immediately following publication of the FoxNews.com report staff were called into the Brooklyn office for meetings headed by NYCC’s organizing director, Jonathan Westin. Westin handed out copies of the article and went through it line-by-line, the source said.
Staffers were also given copies of photos of Senior Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn and three other Fox News staff members, including this reporter.
“They reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” the source said. “Then they went through the article point-by-point and said that the allegation that we pay people to protest isn’t true.”
“‘That’s the story that we’re sticking to,’” Westin said, according to the source.
The source said staffers at the meeting contested Westin’s denial:
“It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting who work there objected and said, ‘Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?’ Then Jonathan said ‘No, but that’s your job,’ and staffers were like, ‘Yeah, our job is to protest,’ and Westin said, ‘No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.’
“Staff said, ‘Yes, you pay us to carry signs.’ Then Jonathan says, ‘That’s your job.’ It went on like that back and forth for a while.”
During the meetings, NYCC Deputy Director Greg Basta provided Westin with the copied photos of Fox News reporters to hand out to staff members, the source said. Basta told staffers they might be asked about the article when out in communities working on campaigns or when calling people by phone, the source said.
“They told us if people bring up the article, we’re supposed to say the source and all the stuff in there came from a disgruntled ex-employee who’s not working with us anymore.”
NYCC is also monitoring its staff’s behavior, cracking down on phone use and socialization. Officials have ordered all papers -- even scraps -- to be shredded every night, the source said.
“And all the supplies—everything around the office that said ‘ACORN’ -- is now all in storage until this blows over,” the source said. “People literally have to cover up the cameras on the back of their cellphones in the office.”
“Now there’s no texting in the office, no phone calls in the office. They tell us to take our phone calls out into the waiting room where there’s an intercom, and then they turn on the intercom to hear our conversations. They’re installing new cameras and speakers around the building so they can hear everything.
“It’s almost like working at Fort Knox.”
Written by: Jim Kouri
December 5, 2011
The already scandal-ridden Obama Justice Department is being accused of more misbehavior, according to a blog this week by a top “Inside the Beltway” watchdog group.
A Justice Department program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year to supposedly combat juvenile delinquency is now under fire for giving a leftist group nailed for rampant corruption in the past — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN — taxpayers’ money that was fraudulently spent.
According to a report on the Judicial Watch blog, this is just the latest of several controversies for the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) which has managed to maintain a significant budget through the years despite multiple allegations of cronyism.
Now, the Justice Department’s own Inspector General released a report that exposes corruption surrounding a $138,130 grant that OJJDP awarded to an ACORN branch in New York City. The IG’s audit found that there were internal control weaknesses, unsupported grant expenditures, lack of contractor monitoring, weaknesses in budget management, inadequate grant reporting, unmet conditions and deficiencies with the program’s overall performance.
The IG also describes the New York group as a “pass-through entity” for ACORN, the crooked nonprofit that’s raked in huge sums of taxpayer dollars over the years. In 2009, Congress actually passed a law (Defund ACORN Act) to ban federal funding for ACORN after a series of exposés about the group’s illegal activities, which include fraudulent voter registration drives and involvement in the housing market meltdown.
The group has close ties to President Barack Obama, who worked for ACORN as a “community organizer” in Chicago, prior to embarking on his political career.
Earlier this year a Judicial Watch probe found that the Obama Administration violated the ban on federal funding for ACORN by giving the beleaguered group nearly $80,000 to “combat housing and lending discrimination” against minorities.
This year Judicial Watch also published a special report about the organization’s transformation into various spinoffs and affiliated groups. Amid a massive fraud scandal and a series of criminal probes, ACORN supposedly dismantled but the reality is that it simply changed its name.
For instance, … ACORN has been one of the driving forces behind the movement to end economic segregation and social injustice in the U.S. culminating in the current Occupy Wall Street movement.
So, as Bachmann pointed out, Occupy Wall Street Is 'Obama's Reelection Team'. It cleanly and efficiently deflects attention from Obama’s own near-3 year performance as president. It probably won’t work, but the effort itself hurts the Ron Paul Campaign (See Is Anyone Dumb Enough to Believe that Obama Supports the 99%?).
Media’s role in promoting Occupy Wall Street
The Sun Times reports that media skews tea party, 'Occupy' coverage.
November 25, 2011 2:40PM
How can America solve its problems when the media — our source for information — is biased, hypocritical and short on facts and rational analysis?
Americans have observed this journalistic failure in the coverage of the Occupy Wall Street activities and the tea party rallies.
The media reaction to the tea party generally was negative, with reporters claiming racist motives without proof. Yet, the tea party clearly stated its goals — stop out-of-control government spending, soaring national debt, and dictatorial rule from Washington, D.C.
Tea party members obtained legal permits for their rallies and left public areas clean after making their point. But according to an examination of all mainstream television news reports covering the tea party, only 13 positive accounts were broadcast the first two weeks about this organic outpouring of citizen discontent. The media later wavered between blaming the tea party for gridlock and claiming the tea party was dying.
In contrast, the Occupy Wall Street protesters have polluted public parks and walkways, disobeyed laws, created health hazards and resisted police. Yet, the liberal media supported these clueless occupiers 113 times during the first two weeks.
Published: 12:04 AM 10/11/2011 | Updated: 5:06 PM 10/11/2011
By Alex Pappas--The Daily Caller
Activists affiliated with the tea party movement say they’re witnessing a double standard in the way the media is covering the “Occupy Wall Street” protests compared to the tea party.
“It’s almost laughable,” said Sal Russo, a strategist with the California-based group Tea Party Express, in an interview.
While reporters at first didn’t always cover tea party rallies, Russo said, a California newspaper has recently been putting stories about the Occupy Wall Street on its front page.
“The Sacramento Bee actually had a front-page story before the rally, TELLING PEOPLE WHERE IT WAS AND WHAT TIME IT WAS,” Russo said.
An official at FreedomWorks, the Washington, D.C.-based group that has organized tea party rallies since the movement burst onto the scene in 2009, said the media has been ignoring negative features of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests while it played up dubious charges against conservative activists last year.
“I think it’s kind of funny that the media talked about alleged things that the tea party guys did that were never proven,” spokesman Adam Brandon told The Daily Caller. “Then you have pictures of these guys getting arrested and confronting officers and now they’re being celebrated.” (RELATED: TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein: Unlike the tea party, ‘Occupy Wall Street’ will fail)
Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, struck a similar note, saying that when the tea party protests first began, “we were ignored, mocked, and then attacked by the media” and “called ‘Astroturf,’ ‘fringe,’ ‘racists’ and ‘Nazis.’”
“Yet today, the leftist media seemingly cheers for a group of lawbreaking miscreants who have openly committed a variety of illegal acts,” Meckler said.
Said Brandon: “Of course, you hear about the guy who got arrested throwing a shoe at the White House. I heard they were pepper-spraying people down at the Smithsonian. I have yet to hear a story about a tea partier ever doing that.”
And Judson Phillips, the leader of the Tennessee-based group Tea Party Nation, said the “media’s coverage of Occupy Wall Street has been almost totally positive to the point of glossing over some serious issues.”
While there have been news stories about some of the more negative attributes of the Occupy Wall Street protests, these conservative activists say it’s nothing in comparison to the scrutiny the media applied to tea partiers.
“While a number of people have been arrested and there is even a photo of a protester defecating on a police car, there still is no really negative coverage from the mainstream media,” Phillips said.
“Meanwhile, protesters in New York had a photoshopped image of the decapitated head of the chairman of Goldman Sachs on a pike and no one seems to be talking about that,” he said.
3) Newt Gingrich's “surge”
When I last wrote about Ron Paul on November 23, the latest poll showed him in the lead in Iowa with a solid 25 percent of likely Republican Caucus-goers supporting him. (Paul’s surging support was a result of Perry’s self-destruction)
The Newt Gingrich "surge" is absurd
Gingrich is campaigning as an agent of change, yet, as Salon.com reports, Newt is The ultimate Beltway swindler.
Newt: The ultimate Beltway swindler
Gingrich has taken money from everyone from Big Pharma to Freddie Mac. How is he leading the Republican pool?
By Michael Winship
You maybe should think twice when even Jack Abramoff thinks you’re beneath contempt. Not that Newt Gingrich cares.
Abramoff, America’s favorite convicted influence peddler, told NBC’s David Gregory that presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Gingrich is one of those “people who came to Washington, who had public service, and they cash in on it. They use their public service and access to make money.”
Newt, he continued, is “engaged in the exact kind of corruption that America disdains. The very things that anger the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement and everybody who is not in a movement and watches Washington and says why are these guys getting all this money, why do they go become so rich, why do they have these advantages?”
Why indeed? Granted, Abramoff’s in the middle of his promotion tour of confession and attempted redemption, a pot obscenely eager to call his kettle and former mentor black – especially if it sells books. But Casino Jack does have a point.
Gingrich personifies everything rotten about the ATM machine we call Washington: the merchandising of favors and votes; the conversion of past incumbency into insider information, making your contacts and the ability to play the system available to the highest bidder; the archetypal revolving door between government service and shilling for corporate America.
Yet there he is, suddenly riding at the top of the polls, his debate skills lauded, his churlish dismissal of the media praised, and infused with sufficient cheek to portray himself to gullible elements of the electorate as an outsider. It’s as if Kim Kardashian proclaimed herself American Housewife of the Year.
(Gingrich now is trying to play the inside-outside game both ways, proclaiming last week, “We just tried four years of amateur ignorance and it didn’t work very well. So having someone who actually knows Washington might be a really good thing.”)
In fact, a quick look at just a few of Newt’s activities since his GOP colleagues tossed him out of the speakership in 1998 is sufficient to expose him as the ultimate poster boy for inside-the-Beltway game playing — adherence to ideology often shoved aside in favor of expedience and the chance to make a buck.
You’ll remember hearing just this past spring about Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich’s revolving, no-interest credit line at Tiffany’s, a luxury store they treated like a diamond encrusted version of the Home Shopping Network, and Tim Carney’s report in the Washington Examiner that, “Christy Evans, formerly a top staffer to … Gingrich, is a registered lobbyist for Tiffany’s.”
Now Carney writes, “We know that Gingrich has been paid by drug companies and by the drug lobby, notably during the Medicare drug debate. A former employee of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (the main industry lobby) told me Gingrich was being paid by someone in the industry at the time. A spokeswoman for Gingrich’s healthcare consulting firm, Center for Health Transformation, told me that drug companies have been CHT clients. PhRMA confirmed in a statement that they had paid Gingrich. Bloomberg News cited sources from leading drug companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer saying that those companies had also hired Gingrich…
“Three former Republican congressional staffers told me that Gingrich was calling around Capitol Hill and visiting Republican congressmen in 2003 in an effort to convince conservatives to support a bill expanding Medicare to include prescription-drug subsidies. Conservatives were understandably wary about expanding a Lyndon Johnson-created entitlement that had historically blown way past official budget estimates. Drug makers, on the other hand, were positively giddy about securing a new pipeline of government cash to pad their already breathtaking profit margins.”
On Monday, the chair of Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation estimated its revenues over the past decade at $55 million. Fees are flexible, she said, with “charter memberships” going for an annual fee of $200,000. According to the Nov. 21 Wall Street Journal, “The health think tank also charges for consulting sessions with the former speaker and Mr. Gingrich’s speeches, according to two health care trade groups.”
More dynamically, the center’s P.R. materials promised “direct Newt interaction”(!) and as per the Washington Post, “The biggest funders, including such firms as AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Novo Nordisk, were also eligible to receive discounts on ‘products and workshops’ from other Gingrich groups.” Sounds like the Potomac edition of “The Price Is Right.”
Another Center for Health Transformation charter member was Gundersen Lutheran Health System of La Crosse, Wis. The Nov. 17 New York Times reported that in July 2009, without reporting his connection, Gingrich praised the company in the Washington Post “for its successful efforts to persuade most patients to have ‘advance directives,’ saying that if Medicare had followed Gundersen’s lead on end-of-life care and other practices, it would ‘save more than $33 billion a year.’”
Advance directives means helping families determine future care for the terminally ill, but when Tea Partyers and others started yelling about “death panels” during the healthcare reform fight, Gingrich made a quick flip-flop to the right and changed sides.
Listening to Newt attack child labor laws this week, I thought one of his clients might be Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage. In reality, others who have anted up for his advice include GE, IBM, Microsoft, Growth Energy (a pro-ethanol lobby group that between 2009 and 2011 paid him $575,000) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Wall Street Journal notes that, “The Chamber, the largest lobbying organization in Washington, paid Mr. Gingrich about $840,000, according to people familiar with the arrangement, or about $120,000 a year for seven years, beginning in 2001, to serve on an informal board of advisers to its president and senior staff.”
And then, of course, there’s Freddie Mac, which triggered this recent tsunami of scrutiny when Gingrich claimed at the Nov. 9 candidates’ debate that it was for his expertise as an historian that the home mortgage giant had paid him $300,000. Bloomberg News then reported that THE NUMBER WAS ACTUALLY AS MUCH AS $1.8 MILLION, paid as consulting fees right up until 2008, when the failing agency was taken over by the government and such outside contracts were suspended. Gingrich claims he warned Freddie about “insane” loans and then told USA Today, “I was advising them over a period when they weren’t in crisis. I’m pretty happy to say, I gave these guys advice… on how do you build opportunity for the poor to learn to be non-poor?” Until caught, he hadn’t bothered to mention his own involvement, even as he attacked Barney Frank and others for taking Freddie Mac’s campaign contributions.
Through it all, GINGRICH HAS DENIED BEING A LOBBYIST, apparently adhering to a very narrow definition – he’s not officially registered with Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.
But you do the math: According to Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Kristin Jensen at Bloomberg News, “The former Georgia congressman reported assets in 1997 of between $197,000 and $606,000, according to his last House personal financial disclosure report, which permits lawmakers to record their wealth in broad ranges. According to his 2011 presidential disclosure report, the Republican primary candidate today is worth between $7.3 million and $31 million.”
NOT BAD FOR GOVERNMENT WORK.
The Newt Gingrich's popularity is fake
Gawker.com reports that Most of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake.
By John Cook, Aug 1, 2011 4:05 PM
Yesterday Newt Gingrich laid out a new argument for why he should be the GOP presidential nominee: He's got the most Twitter followers. But according to a former Gingrich staffer, he bought them.
Gingrich complained yesterday that the press is ignoring his prodigious Twitter audience: "I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn't count because if it counted I'd still be a candidate; since I can't be a candidate that can't count." Which is true! Gingrich currently boasts 1,325,842 followers, whereas competitors Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann have yet to crack 100,000.
But IF NEWT IS WINNING THE TWITTER PRIMARY, IT'S BECAUSE OF VOTER FRAUD. A former staffer tells us that his campaign hired a firm to boost his follower count, in part by creating fake accounts en masse:
Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them. As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater.
About 80 percent of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various "follow agencies," another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves (Newt's profile just happens to be a part of these networks because he uses them, although he doesn't follow back), and the remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich. If you simply scroll through his list of followers you'll see that most of them have odd usernames and no profile photos, which has to do with the fact that they were mass generated. Pathetic, isn't it?
While it would be impossible to survey all of Gingrich's followers, a cursory glance immediately turned up a few accounts that featured odd names, no personal information, no followers, no posts, and a small follow list. And there's certainly a healthy market out there for buying Twitter followers, either by hiring a company to strategically follow accounts that will follow you back or by paying for dummy accounts. If Gingrich did goose his Twitter numbers, it would help explain why he has, for instance, more than twice as many followers as Sarah Palin, which just doesn't sound right.
The Media’s role in this fake Gingrich “surge”
The Lone Star Watchdog reports that The Media Created Grand Illusion of Gingrich.
The Media Created Grand Illusion of Gingrich.
One thing I learned is well spoken charismatic people seeking power can be the most dangerous. I give Newt credit for being a good well spoken orator. But so is any good con artist or a used car salesmen. If BS was money, we would not have a national debt. President Obama, Bush and Clinton would have a budget surplus but giving a good speech if BS was the currency. The truth about Newt must be told. If the media is choosing the person and the party. That is the man who will hurt the country to preserve the power of the party.
Newt Gingrich is the poster child for everything that is wrong with Washington DC and the Republican party. What he stands for is the status quo of politics as usual. The Americans are sick and tired of business as usual in the District of Con-artist were everything changes but still stays the same. He is the new boss, same as the old boss. The media in Iowa and New Hampshire is in a synchronized effort to prop up the establishment candidate in an effort to defeat Ron Paul. Skewed polling data trying to sell the illusion must be countered and debunked.
… We must not allow Gingrich a free rise … with this synchronized media effort to sell their candidate. Newt is for Carbon taxes and individual mandate for us to purchase health insurance. He still wants to sell the illusion of a war on terror, the patriot act, the justification for torture, wars for Israel and still tries to talk like Ron Paul when it concerns the Federal Reserve. To me IT IS ALL JUST RHETORIC TO WOO THE VOTERS JUST TO GET BURNED ONE MORE TIME AFTER THE ELECTION. It goes back to business as usual.
The establishment is scared of Ron Paul. If Ron Paul wins the party nomination and the Presidency. Not only the Federal reserve is in peril. The GOP might have all the globalist and neo cons removed who pretend to be patriots. Ron Paul will be able to change the leadership inside the party back to a libertarian, constitutional orientated people no longer under the globalist control. We can see more fairness in election breaking the monopoly of the two party system controlling the election process allowing other candidates of minor parties the equal forum as the two major political parties enjoy. Ron Paul represents real change and not just political rhetoric. That is what scares the establishment about Dr. No. This is why the media is trying to sell Newt like they are selling the Iphone or the Ipad as the next best thing to sliced bread. Newt is like stale bread and a loser. In an open forum, Newt would lose when his record is shown for all to see. Ron Paul represent who the globalist establishment fear. Loss of control of a major political party that can be a severe blow to the globalist agenda.
We in the alternative media must dispel the white wash they will try for Newt. We must shatter this media created illusion. We must show why the main stream news media cannot be trusted and why they are losing credibility. We have to discredit Newt for what he is. A globalist traitor, a sell out, an authoritarian calling for the end to US sovereignty. We allowed the media to burn us with McCain four years ago. We must not let happen fours years ago happen again. If we do not redouble our efforts or nothing will change. No more grand illusions. Ron Paul for President or bust. If we don't, we will again say meet the new boss, same as the old boss. We must never accept that again. This is the year we sink or swim as a republic.
Below is a video showing why so many people like Ron Paul: his consistency and his integrity.
EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement
ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests
Eurasia Review reports that the Obama Administration violated the ban on federal funding for ACORN.
US Justice Department Involved In New Corruption Scandal, Says Watchdog Group – OpEd
In the 2008 election, Obama’s theme was “political division”. In the 2012 election, Obama's theme will be “economic division” (inequality), as foretold by this December 6 speech. It's Occupy Wall Street's narrative.
Media skews tea party, ‘Occupy’ coverage
The Daily Caller reports that Tea party groups criticize media coverage of ‘Occupy Wall Street’.
Tea party groups criticize media coverage of ‘Occupy Wall Street’
Occupy Wall Street is a huge distraction for the Ron Paul campaign, siphoning off money and volunteers (See Donations To Occupy Wall Street Skyrocket In October and Creepy 'One Voice' Occupy Protesters Heckle Ron Paul). The result is boosting Obama re-election chances at Ron Paul’s expense.
Despite having the entire mainstream media aligned against him, effort to marginalize him aren’t working: it looks like Ron Paul is headed for a win in Iowa (See Poll watcher: Is Paul the strongest candidate in Iowa?). The latest poll shows Paul now in the lead in Iowa with a solid 25 percent of likely Republican Caucus-goers supporting him, and there are more Ron Paul bumper stickers on cars than all the other candidates put together. There is broad agreement that Paul has momentum in Iowa.
That is exactly when the Newt Gingrich's "surge" began, conveniently preventing Paul from enjoying frontrunner status.
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 8:00 AM 17:26:38 EST
Gingrich is utterly unprincipled (he even had delivered divorce papers to his wife at her bedside in the hospital).
Most of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake
Consider this: The media is justifying Gingrich’s sudden surge as a reflection of his sharp speaking skills. However, Newt has been debating for months, and his performance has been pretty consistent throughout. Are we are supposed to believe that the public suddenly had a complete change of heart right when Paul started leading in the polls?
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Mainstream media had no choice but to go back to Gingrich. The public was fast losing confidence in Perry (his debate "oops" moment was not supposed to happen). The Gingrich "surge" is fiction.