Thursday, July 15, 2010

Newsweek: 24 Year Old Hack Disguises Pro-Obama Administration Editorial as News

Once again, the O’Reilly Factor is right on top of the issue of agenda driven media coverage, this time a 24 year old reporter, David Graham, “reporting” on the case of members of the New Black Panther party engaged in intimidating voters at a poll in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election. The feds had charges all but ready for a judge’s penalty pronouncement when Eric Holder, the corrupt and radical Attorney General for the Obama administration dropped the charges.

Press coverage on this miscarriage of justice has been slight to put it mildly. Enter David Graham’s article in Newsweek which essentially establishes in an ignorant and juvenile fashion why this matter is only important as a matter of right wing bigoted propaganda and not a matter of serious law or public concern. Start with his conclusion to his editorial disguised as a news “story” and work backwards. The young boy concludes, “Like the ACORN case, it's not about a real investigation; it's about staging an effective piece of political theater that hurts the Obama administration.”

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Graham takes the huge leap to tie together a matter of law enforcement at an urban polling place with the citizen journalist efforts in the Acorn revelations. While the New Black Panthers and ACORN are both organizations pursuing radical agendas using demagoguery and distortion to manipulate uneducated blacks into serving their ideological purposes, each situation stands on its own merits and is significant for different reasons. What they do have in common is how they hold up a huge mirror to reflect the agenda, radicalism, and racial manipulation of Obama’s administration and those who support him.

Through smears, mischaracterizations, lack of documentation, and bizarre insinuations, young Graham attempts to connect allegations the Tea Party movement is racist, the attack on ACORN is racist, and the uproar over the New Black Panthers is much ado over nothing. Part of his case attempts to characterize a former Robert F. Kennedy aide, Bartell Bull as an illegitimate voice on this issue for being a critic of Obama’s administration. As such, Bull’s observation on the Philadelphia case as, "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I have encountered in my political campaigns in many states, even going back to the work I did in Mississippi in the 1960s," has no teeth simply because the person does not walk in step with Obama’s desires.

Likewise, there’s the good old “Blame Bush” element too. After all, the justice official who resigned rather than continue in his role when it chose not pursue charges against the Panthers, an investigation he worked on, J. Christian Adams, could only be viewed as providing “questionable” insight into the facts of the case.

While Graham is glib at using well worn leftist rhetoric and attempting to create bogeymen out of solid fair-minded professionals, his assertions fail for providing no facts, no counter evidence, only insinuations by those who would have an agenda to support Obama’s justice department in the first place.

Not only is this presentation in Newsweek shoddy agenda driven journalism crafted by an immature 24 year old hack, it is also blatant editorial commentary misplaced in the news. Is it any wonder Newsweek is failing so miserably?

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