All the News That’s Fit to Suppress

On September 21 Gallup released a poll revealed that 60 percent of Americans don’t trust the media to deliver the news “fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Yet the most corruptive aspect of the Fourth Estate is only alluded to in the above assessment. The most grievous sin committed by the media is one of omission: stories that don’t get reported at all, or are held back to a later date to minimize their impact. The last months leading up to the 2012 election reveals a stunning magnitude of calculated omission, aided and abetted by the Obama administration, all of which centered around one imperative: suppressing a number of stories that would hurt the president’s chances for re-election. Here are several stories that were underplayed, or kept from the American public completely, until after November 6.

We begin with the economy. Last Thursday, the Labor Department  released figures showing that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row. They are now down 2 percent since the president took office. The Census Bureau was equally duplicitous, “revising” their September report that showed the number of poor Americans  dropping by 96,000–with post-election report showing that the number of poor Americans increased by a whopping 712,000 in 2011.

The Department of Agriculture did their part as well, delaying the traditional release of a report that normally occurs at the end of a month, or the first or second day of the new month, until after the election. It’s easy to see why. At the end of August, 47.1 million Americans were on Food Stamps, an all-time high. Moreover, 420,947 Americans were added to the food stamp rolls from the previous month of July, representing the largest monthly gain in a year. Today, fully 15 percent of Americans are on Food Stamps–more than double the number ten years ago.

The Department of Interior read from the same script as well, delaying their announcement that they plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West to oil shale development, until 48 hours after the election.

This week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is expected to announce that it will need taxpayer funding for the first time in its 78-year history. Its reserves have been exhausted due to rising mortgage delinquencies. A report released a week after the election by the leftist Union of Concerned Scientists, notes that as many as 353 coal-fired plants will close as a result of Obama’s environmental rules. Such closings will undoubtedly burden thousands of Americans with higher power bills.

On November 8, CNBC released a report entitled, “Why US May Be Headed for Another Recession,” noting that a number of factors “are expected to result in at least two quarters of slow or no growth.” On November 7, it was  revealed that an analyst invited to brief a group of foreign journalists on the U.S. economy on Election Day predicted that U.S. Treasury securities will be downgraded again.

Last week, the riots and demonstrations in Europe that were surgically removed from news coverage during the last stages of the election cycle, re-appeared with a vengeance, with millions of workers from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and even Germany taking to the streets, demanding an end to austerity. Furthermore, last Friday it was revealed that the European Union is now officially back in recession, with two quarters of contraction in a row, and the likelihood that such contraction will continue well into 2013.

And finally, on election day, it was revealed that the U.S. will once again be required to raise the debt ceiling, from $16 trillion to as much as $20 trillion, before the end of the year. In August 2011, the debt ceiling was raised by $2.4 trillion–meaning the nation has blown through that amount of additional borrowing in only 15 months. Such recklessness, coupled with all of the above, should have been front and center prior to election day. That it wasn’t is a testament to the reality that the mainstream media is no longer the country’s watchdog regarding government malfeasance–it has become the Obama administration’s greatest protector.

That protection extended to the arena of foreign affairs. On September 11, four Americans were killed in Benghazi. For weeks, the Obama administration engaged in a shameful disinformation campaign, that included US ambassador the UN Susan Rice pitching the preposterous idea that a “spontaneous” demonstration got out of hand, and the president reiterating that lie in a speech before the United Nations. Obama then did a complete about face at the second presidential debate, where he claimed he labeled the murders an act of terror at his Rose Garden speech October 12. Despite the reality that the president referred to terror in the generic sense only, media lapdog Candy Crowley wrongly disputed Mitt Romney’s assertion that the president didn’t label Benghazi a terrorist for 14 days.

As bad as Crowley was, CBS was worse. On September 12, “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft interviewed the president about Benghazi. The interview aired on September 23. CBS edited out the following two exchanges:

KROFT: But there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.

OBAMA:  As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

OBAMA: Well it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

CBS, in a transparent effort to re-claim a self-abandoned level of plausibility, revealed the former exchange after the Crowley fiasco, and the latter exchange two days before the election.

As duplicitous as CBS was, at least they have made an effort to stay on top of this scandal. Until the story about David Petreaus and his sexual escapades broke–once again, after the election, despite the FBI knowing about it for months–only one other major news source, Fox News, did anything resembling responsible reporting on the issue. The de facto media blackout reached its zenith ten days before the election, when four of the five major Sunday news shows didn’t bring Benghazi up at all.

Now that Petraeus has given testimony that utterly contradicts the president’s version of events, the media is hard at work attempting to deflect the blame away from the White House. Republicans are on a “witch hunt,”  the White House has been “exonerated,” and Republicans have been trying to turn this into a Watergate-level scandal. All of this “reporting” was based on a single statement made by Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA) that Petraeus “was adamant there was no politicization of the process, no White House interference or political agenda.”

Skepticism? None at all. The possibility that Petraeus may be facing as yet undisclosed charges that could color his testimony, or the reality that there is no dispute his report was altered? Not interested. Obama must be protected, period.

It is a level of protection that has been breathtaking in its scope. In the past four years, this administration has been embroiled in at least three significant scandals: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and high-level leaks of top-secret intel. All three remain “under investigation,” yet none of those investigations could be completed before the Americans voted, despite hundreds of people being murdered, and national security being compromised. Such a demonstrable lack of urgency is only possible when the public isn’t demanding answers. Yet it becomes next to impossible for the public to demand answers, when most of the mainstream media steadfastly refuses to ask relevant questions.

Americans old enough to remember Watergate know it was a hotel burglary followed by a cover-up. What drove President Richard Nixon from office was a relentless media, determined to keep the story front and center until they could ferret out the truth, even when the Nixon administration engaged in similar efforts to keep the public mis-informed. That the same media remains sanguine with regard to murdered Americans in Benghazi, indifferent regarding a dead Border Patrol agent and hundreds of dead Mexicans in a botched gunrunning operation, and unconcerned regarding the compromise of national security intel, reveals an unprecedented level of corruption. And whether Americans realize it or not, the stamp of approval they gave this administration on November 6 extends to that mainstream media.

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  • AdinaK

    Guess what…and it is not as if we don't have enough trauma in Israel…missiles flying here…there …and everywhere, but the fact of the matter is that leftist media is the same world over –

    Leftist radicals, with their Islamic helpmates, will be the death of the west – if not stopped!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • patron

    The media is leftist not because of college indoctrination, but because of big government subsidies. Take away the taxpayer dollars, and these people would be eating dog food.

    • Questions

      Who exactly in the media is receiving government subsidies?

      • P. Ang

        PBS, Air America, radio, Democracy Radio, various "Research Associates" for MSNBC and CNN, Underground Progressive, Rational Radio, Campaign for Progressive Radio. That's the list of known recipients. Not to mention that every news agency but Fox charged two to four times the amount for conservative advertisement during the campaign season than they did for liberal advertisement.

  • Cosmo

    The Fourth Estate = The Fifth Column.

  • The Truth

    Mr. Ahlert is still fuming that all the negative press on Obama didn't throw the election. So now, Mr. Ahlert is going to attack the media too. However, he is going to attack it for not throwing the election. The one thing we can take away from all of this is that the pro-Israeli black ops against Obama flopped. Obama may be a bad or a lackluster President, but the fact that his opponents didn't decide the election by controlling all the reporting is a feeble consolation.

    • cew

      Personally, I don't give damn who won the election, because as an Independent voting for another independent or Liberatarian, my vote would have made little difference. Though I must admit, the fact Obama made sure I never had the chance to vote from Afghanistan made it much more distasteful.
      So now that the coporate spokesman has been determined, I want to know who lied about what, who covered up what, and whose ass needs to be put behind bars.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Mr. Ahlert is still fuming that all the negative press on Obama didn't throw the election. So now, Mr. Ahlert is going to attack the media too. However, he is going to attack it for not throwing the election. "

      In liberal land, reporting stories that hurt radical leftists would be a bad thing, "throwing the election." It goes to show that even your use of the word "truth" can't be trusted.

      "The one thing we can take away from all of this is that the pro-Israeli black ops against Obama flopped."

      You're psychotic.

      "Obama may be a bad or a lackluster President, but the fact that his opponents didn't decide the election by controlling all the reporting is a feeble consolation."

      Truly psychotic.

      • The Truth

        The irony abounds. Sometimes you suggest people read Orwell. Other times you suggest that people who disagree with the Israel Lobby need medical reeducation. That's very North Korean of you.


    Thank you Mr. Ahlert for writing this beautifully written piece. If I had the billions and millions the administration says daily that I have.. NOT, I would make copies of it and pay to have it placed in section A in the WSJ.The media has yet to write that their new love,the dictator in Egypt, shut down ALL privately owned newspapers. We are sadly following happily along with them!

  • @snibbodmot

    Corporatism in all it's glory…all the TV media is owned by a few corporations, that donate heavily to democrats, who then turn around and ladel out the favors and $$$ back to the corporations, who then act as a propaganda wing for the democrats…

    • Mary Sue

      The irony is the Democrats then turn around and claim the Corporations are all evil and support Republicans XD

  • RJohn

    Control begins with controlling the narrative, and they don't hide the fact. .

  • Jamie

    @TheTruth: The truth is that press, bad or otherwise, had nothing to do with the election "outcome". When half the nation has been put on the gub'mint tit, as BHO has worked hard to do, principle means nothing. Goodies are everything, principle be damned. By the way, pull up the election "tallies" of Ohio, for instance. The election was thrown — by Hussein.

    • @BlissDesignz

      If the criminal commie media ever DID IT'S JOB, King Imam Hussein would have never gotten anywhere near the white house! My gosh; his history, communist & criminal ties would have been more than enough to easily disqualify him & note that I'm completely ignoring the whole "sealed records / stolen identity" issues. Just based off of the easily available available info that they choose to cover up for him!
      It's like Pat Caddell said; "The media has become the enemy to the American people"! It couldn't be more true…It's like Nazi Germany 2.0 & in all honesty the people that run these "news" networks should be criminally tried for treason!
      Without a free press & with a populous used to having one, they've put us in such a dangerous position that at the very least, generations of children will be paying off the debt from this administration's out of control spending. At the worst we're talking total collapse, riots, civil war, subversive government, etc. etc. And Marxist leaders are notorious for massive genocide against their own people… God forbid I hope I'm wrong about all these things; but the Chicago machine meets Commie who hates America & things have the potential to get really, really bad.
      Everyone should block their news networks if you haven't yet (outside of Fox) in protest. Starve the machine! Don't let them run a single add in the background & let the ratings collapse & take the advertising $ with em! Many of us have been doing this since before the election & it continues to catch on. A few days ago they started reporting that the MSM ratings tanked after the election so it's working. With the parental blocks they know we have them blocked. Eventually they may actually get it. I'm so done with those bastards (unless it's laughing at clips of Chrissy Matthews having another meltdown online of course).

      • Mary Sue

        That's because his trump card was the Race Card. It's like a get out of jail free card, now a Get out of Fail Free card.

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    It it wasn't for half-truths, lies, misrepresentation, omissions and blatant in the tank for the Socialist view, we'd have no news. Then they have the nerve to say they do honest reporting, i.e. MSNBS latest line of BS.

  • Ghostwriter

    That's your fallback position,isn't it,The Lie? Blame Israel for what happened. I'll bet you blame Israel every time you catch a cold.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I'll bet you blame Israel every time you catch a cold."

      Only when a jihadi tells him so. He can't actually think on his own.

      • The Truth

        How many jihadis do you think operate in my area?

        • Mary Sue

          probably more than you think.

  • fanlad

    And the false narrative continues, move along nothing to see here. The government is here to help you, everything is fine. Move along.

  • Jim Dandy

    We need to fight the obamedia by shutting them out and replacing them altogether. First, boycott.

    • Maxie

      To be effective you have to boycott their big advertisers and let them know what you're doing and why.

  • Len_Powder

    In any presidential election American voters are voting for a 'package deal'. They are not only electing a president, but a cabinet, a Congress, a Supreme Court, czars, bureaucrats, etc. who will occupy Washington DC. The analogy is marriage where both parties inherit in-laws for better or for worse. As the article points out, by voting for Obama the people also voted for his Propaganda Ministry in the form of the mainstream media. So now, for another 4 years, they will 'get anything but the truth'.

    • fiddler

      "Package Deal" — very well said. It makes me ill to think that the usurper will appoint judicial candidates that will make Ruth Bader-Ginsburg look like a conservative. I have never been so forlorn after an election. It can drive a man to drink.

      Calling out those in the media by name and challenging them with WHY questions seems nice. Bankrupting Soros seems better.

  • gregger

    Dan Rather once said that news is what he decides is news.