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“Orwellian”: White House Image Control & Press Censorship

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George Orwell’s 1984 is known for the constant surveillance that was inflicted on society. Every home had a “telescreen” that was a two-way communication device to the government. It could both send images like a TV, but also be used to monitor a specific person as well as give him orders.
So we have been hearing a lot about our “Orwellian” government with the revelations about the NSA and its domestic spying. But another feature of Orwell’s fictional (or prophetic) totalitarian society was the way that press reports that no longer served the regime’s interests were deleted from history. One of the protagonists sins was to have kept a forbidden photograph that was supposed to be destroyed so that the event it recorded could be denied.
It was this latter meaning which seems to have informed a New York Times editorial by Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at The Associated Press: “Obama’s Orwellian Image Control.”

Manifestly undemocratic… is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access.

The White House-based press corps was prohibited from photographing Mr. Obama on his first day at work in January 2009. Instead, a set of carefully vetted images was released. Since then the press has been allowed to photograph him alone in the Oval Office only twice: in 2009 and in 2010, both times when he was speaking on the phone. Pictures of him at work with his staff in the Oval Office — activities to which previous administrations routinely granted access — have never been allowed.

Instead, here’s how it’s done these days: An event involving the president discharging his official duties is arbitrarily labeled “private,” with media access prohibited. A little while later an official photo is released on the White House Flickr page, or via Twitter to millions of followers. Private? Hardly.

These so-called private events include meetings with world leaders and other visitors of major public interest — just the sorts of activities photojournalists should, and used to, have access to.

In response to these restrictions, 38 of the nation’s largest and most respected media organizations (including The New York Times) delivered a letter to the White House last month protesting photojournalists’ diminished access.

A deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, responded by claiming that the White House had released more images of the president at work than any previous administration. It is serving the public perfectly well, he said, through a vibrant stream of behind-the-scenes photographs available on social media.

He missed the point entirely.

The official photographs the White House hands out are but visual news releases. Taken by government employees (mostly former photojournalists), they are well composed, compelling and even intimate glimpses of presidential life. They also show the president in the best possible light, as you’d expect from an administration highly conscious of the power of the image at a time of instant sharing of photos and videos.

By no stretch of the imagination are these images journalism. Rather, they propagate an idealized portrayal of events on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lyon compares the White House’s practice with photographs with never holding press conferences and only putting out written statements that allow not questions or conversation. He points out that past administrations have also released official photographs. They did so without censoring the press.
Of course, when you think about it, this form of Orwellian censorship is similar to how the Obama Administration has treated the press. Obama is performing as a fully Orwellian president. The fact that he claims to value transparency just adds “doublethink” to the checklist.

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ABC Busts Biden Campaign For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC caught red-handed doing actual journalism.

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ABC Busts Joe Biden For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl confronts Biden campaign co-chairman Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond: “Sen. Harris said that she wanted to repeal the Trump tax cuts on day one…that does raise taxes on middle-income earners”

ABC’s Jon Karl asked Biden campaign co-chair Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), almost apologetically, but he still asked, doesn’t Biden’s plan obviously raise taxes on most Americans if you repeal the Trump tax cuts? Not just those making more than $400,000?

Biden campaign co-chairman responded that’s our “goal” but “on day 1” you’ll see our plan.

From ATR:

A repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impose a large tax increase on the American people. Thanks to the tax cuts, a typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 saw a tax cut of over $2,000– a 58% reduction in federal taxes. A single parent with one child with annual income of $41,000 saw a tax cut of $1,304 — a 73% reduction in federal taxes.

As noted by the New York Times: “Most people got a tax cut.” The NYT also stated: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.” Biden is a key part of this misleading effort.

Biden also repeated a lie he made during his campaign kickoff speech, claiming only high-income households received a tax cut. The Washington Post gave this claim four Pinocchios, noting it was “clearly false.” The Post also stated: “Most Americans received a tax cut.”

Democrats think that the lesson learned from Nancy Pelosi’s famous: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” quote was that America bought it hook line and sinker. He will raise everyone’s taxes. We’re not stupid.

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Asha Rangappa, an analyst for CNN and a former FBI special agent tweeted: “We have a biological terrorist in the White House.” This follows President Trump’s return to the White House on Monday evening after treatment for the Coronavirus.

Defending her claim, Asha Rangappa cited a Justice Department memo stating back in March that the novel Coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent” and that those who engage in the “purposeful exposure and infections of others” could be charged for terrorism-related offenses.

While there are allegations that he knew about his positive diagnosis significantly earlier than he had announced it on Thursday evening, there is no certifiable evidence that he knowingly exposed officials and staffers to the virus.

Twitter took aim!

Vile Democrats joined in with her:

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Major Newspapers Assign Top Reporters To Update Trump’s Obituary

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The New York Times’ Ben Smith says top reporters at three of the major newspapers in the nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times have been assigned to update President Donald Trump’s obituary, according to TDW.

Those reporters include Peter Baker at The New York Times, Marc Fisher at The Washington Post and Mark Z. Barabak at The Los Angeles Times, Smith claimed people from the various papers confirmed to him.

Smith noted of the “reporters arrayed at Walter Reed military hospital on Sunday” that “the White House press corps is working with admirable aggression and openness. We need to know who is in charge of the government, and to understand the outcome of President Trump’s long evasion of the coronavirus crisis as Americans begin to vote.”

Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and political science at the University of California, Irvine, told Smith, “It will help if reporters are medically knowledgeable, and ask the right questions, e.g. blood pressure, heart rhythm, sleep disorders. The more specific and precise questions reporters ask, the better. A robust fund of knowledge by the reporter is a great advantage.”

The major newspapers preparing their obituaries for Trump’s possible death may likely be premature; on Saturday evening White House physician Sean Conley, D.O., released a statement on President Trump’s health which indicated he had improved significantly since he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More

How can this possibly be true‽ Top reporters don’t work for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times! The MSM has a significant case of Stage 4 TDS.

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Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

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Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

Leftist MSM personalities took to Twitter following President Trump temporarily leaving Walter Reed Medical Center and taking a short drive to see his supporters who were outside showing their excitement for the president.

The most distinguished hit came from Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, who went on a rant and called for the Maryland Attorney General to “indict Trump for reckless endangerment” and “assault.”

CBS News reporter David Begnaud complained that the president appeared to not wear the correct type of mask.

Elizabeth Landers a reporter for Vice News claimed that a Secret Service agent told her that Trump’s actions were “so reckless and careless and heartless.”

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Trump Tax Return Hit Piece Fact Checks Itself: He Paid $1 Million in 2016 and $4.2 Million in 2017 to US Treasury

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The New York Times just published a so-called “bombshell” report on the president’s taxes, where they claimed Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes for 2016 and 2017. Of course, the rest of the MSM has taken this and ran with it.

The MSM everywhere are pushing the story of Trump only paying $750 in taxes as 100% fact, but unfortunately, they’re missing an immense part of the equation.

TWJ:

The New York Times never lets the facts get in the way of a good story – it just buries them so far down no one will see.

Then it buries its own credibility, too.

That was the case Sunday when the most biased “news” organization in the country published its latest in-kind donation to the Democratic Party in the form of a nearly 10,000-word account of President Donald Trump’s income tax history, deliberately written to cast Trump as a villain to hard-working, taxpaying Americans.

But one key fact buried by The Times gives the game away on how misleading the article actually was.

The so-called “newspaper of record” started out the article with sentences apparently aimed at Everyman: It didn’t talk in billions or millions of dollars, figures most Americans don’t deal with on a regular basis (even Times readers).

Under the ominous headline “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance,” it claimed that a billionaire who became president of the United States had “paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.”

That’s in the lede. The first sentence of a story that should set the tone for everything that follows. More

There is no wonder why President Donald Trump has to use Twitter to get his truth out! The Garbage times and other rags, never tell the truth!

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Feminist Journalist Crank: Amy Coney Barrett Is “Weaponizing Her White Womanhood”

Like clockwork.

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Demented Liberal Fixates On Amy Coney Barrett’s Children

As reported by Newsbusters, Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group put her tweets on “protected” status after severe online backlash.

“This whole press conference is a display of Amy Coney Barrett weaponizing her white womanhood to grab whatever power managed to slip through the cracks in the Trump administration’s unrelenting misogyny,” tweeted Grimaldi.

“Trump and Barrett using her black children and child with down syndrome to score political points isn’t surprising, but it’s no less appalling,” she continued. “CNN keeps going on and on about Barrett’s family as if that makes her qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and a whopping three years as a Trump-appointed federal judge, as if that’s enough to qualify for a lifetime on the Supreme Court.”

TDW:

Liberals are throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the race to keep her off the Supreme Court. After an “anti-racist” author referred to her as a “white colonizer” for adopting two black children from Haiti, feminist journalist Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group claimed that Barrett is “weaponizing her white womanhood.”

In a series of angry tweets on Saturday, while Barrett was accepting her nomination to the Supreme Court, Grimaldi claimed that Barrett was actually using her black children as props to gain political points. More

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CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

I love how they are asking President Trump this question when it was Democrats who actually said they would not concede.

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CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

H.R. McMaster laughed in CNN’s Wolf Blitzer face when he asked a ridiculous question: “It’s so worrisome, indeed. And General, if the President were to lose the election on November 3rd, and if he were to refuse to concede — this is a hypothetical, but you’re a military guy — what role would the U.S. military have to play in that type of scenario?”

“Absolutely no role, Wolf,” H.R. McMaster firmly replied with a chuckle. “And those who suggest that the military would have any role in transition — they are being equally irresponsible.”

He invoked George Washington, who he credited for establishing a “very bold line between the military and politics” during the nation’s founding.

“The military should have nothing to do with partisan politics and nothing to do with any talk — any talk — about a transition between administrations,” McMaster told Blitzer.

“And the fact that we even have to ask a question like that is so worrisome in and of itself,” Blitzer defended his question. “I never thought I would have to ask if the U.S. military were to have to get involved in dealing with this.”

Twitter weighs in:

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