08/23/12

“Beyond the Halo” Obama Report

A.J. Cooke
Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2012 – Accuracy in Media has just released its latest AIM Special Report, “The Obama Years: Beyond the Halo.” The report features some of AIM’s most powerful and insightful analysis from the past four years, including stories on Obama’s radical roots; Democratic Party involvement in voter fraud efforts; how President Obama has used his “green energy” strategy to benefit friends and donors; and much more. The report also includes a summary of the “Fast and Furious” scandal, which has led to contempt of Congress citations against Attorney General Eric Holder; and an interview with the former editor of the New York Times magazine, Edward Klein, about his bestselling book on Obama, The Amateur.

These penetrating articles, and many more, paint a stunning portrait of Barack Obama’s presidency, and provide some ominous suggestions of what might transpire if he is elected to a second term. The report is also an indictment of the mainstream press, which continues to ignore and/or spin these news stories beyond recognition in a clear effort to help him win re-election.

This AIM Special Report boasts a great lineup of investigative reporters and superb writing from AIM Editor Roger Aronoff, Cliff Kincaid, who heads up the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, AIM Chairman Don Irvine, and independent journalist Rusty Weiss.

In the words of AIM Chairman Don Irvine, this report examines “the media coverage of President Obama’s agenda, ranging from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to his green jobs programs including the now-bankrupt Solyndra, and his management of the economy, which has resulted in a sharp decline in household income and a rise in consumer pessimism about the future.”

He closes by urging readers to “read this report carefully…[and] support AIM’s efforts to counter the media’s misreporting with facts that will inspire a well-informed electorate to make better choices about the future of our country.”

The complete special report can be found here.

Roger Aronoff is the Editor of AIM and has vast editorial experience that he brings to AIM on a daily basis through his investigative analysis of the liberal mainstream media. He is also an accomplished TV producer, director, writer and distributor, whose award-winning documentaries have attracted worldwide attention.

Don Irvine is the Chairman of Accuracy in Media and its sister organization, Accuracy in Academia. A lifetime resident of the Washington, D.C. area, he has experienced firsthand the liberal mainstream media’s incessant one-sided reporting and has considerable experience in analyzing the liberal slant of the mainstream press.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism. A veteran journalist and media critic, he has written and co-authored numerous books, and continues to fight against the left-leaning mainstream media through his investigative insight and reporting.

Malcolm Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia (AIA), AIM’s sister organization, a non-profit research group reporting on bias in education. He specializes in reporting and analyzing the liberal slant in academia and is the Editor of AIM Special Reports. Kline also edits AIA’s monthly newsletter, Campus Report.

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively-charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also the Editor for two major technology newsletters.

E-mail [email protected] to schedule an interview.

Accuracy in Media is the leading citizens’ media watchdog whose mission is to promote accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting. AIM exposes politically motivated media bias, teaches consumers to think critically about their news sources, and holds the mainstream press accountable for its misreporting. For more information, please visit www.aim.org.

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SUMMARY: “THE OBAMA YEARS: BEYOND THE HALO”

  • Barack Obama is still the darling of the mainstream media, but not everyone is on board.
  • His list of so-called achievements during his presidency is overshadowed by one of the poorest economic records of any U.S. president, particularly of an incumbent seeking re-election.
  • The Obama administration’s agenda has been anything but race-neutral, and has actually been race-driven.
  • Author Edward Klein’s bestselling book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, illustrates the significant role that ideology, incompetence and radicalism play in the Obama administration.
  • Cliff Kincaid analyzes the Obama administration’s ploy to use mortgage policy to help ensure his re-election prospects this November.
  • Roger Aronoff’s analysis of Fast and Furious breaks down the scandal and describes how the media ignored it as long as they could.
  • The Solyndra scandal is the tip of the iceberg, where the Obama administration’s push for green jobs has resulted in few if any jobs for Americans.
  • The highlights of Chairman Donald Irvine’s analyses range from Chris Matthews’s faux pas to the White House referring to Fox News as “not really news.”
  • James Davis’s piece, “The Cause of the 2008 Financial Crisis,” details the problems of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and how their housing policies caused the housing bubble to collapse.

View all findings and data in the AIM Special Investigative Report here.

08/23/12

A Personal Face to the Father of Political Zionism

A review of “It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl.”

By: Fern Sidman

In this seminal bio doc on the life and arduous struggles of the progenitor of the establishment of the modern Jewish state of Israel, Academy award winning director Richard Trank (“The Long Way Home”), presents a compelling and spellbinding portrait of Theodor Herzl; a man who was often shunted aside or patently misunderstood in the annals of history. Produced by Moriah Films, in association with the Simon Wiesenthal Center film department, “It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl” puts a personal face, hitherto unknown, on the vicissitudes that Herzl endured in his relatively short but historically impactful life.

Narrated by actors Ben Kingsley and Christoph Waltz (of “Inglorious Bastards”), Herzl’s angst and unadulterated passion leaps forth from the screen and punctuates our psyches. Director Trank, liberally utilizes rarely seen black and white photos, archival articles and somewhat eery sounding music, in this meticulously researched film, that would impress even the foremost scholars of Jewish history.

Born in Hungary in 1860 to Orthodox Jewish parents, Herzl was the archetypical cosmopolitan Jew; a victim of rampant assimilation that marked this era in history. A child prodigy of sorts, at the tender age of eight, Herzl mastered the works of Schiller and Goethe in the original German when his parents moved to Austria where he was raised. It was highly improbable that this young man, a Jew in name only, who was “confirmed” rather than being bar mitzvahed at 13 and who held aspirations for a career in law, would ever entertain the notion of leading a one-man crusade for independent Jewish statehood that captured the imagination of the world.

Focusing his creative energies on writing, Herzl found his niche as a talented playwright, author of novellas and short stories, and soon assumed the role as a full-time journalist for the Austrian newspaper Neue Freie Presse. Assigned to their Paris bureau as a foreign correspondent in 1894, it was there that Herzl’s prescience ignited when he covered the infamous trial of Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish military officer, who was brought to trial on trumped up charges of treason.

The age-old strains of virulent anti-Semitism that had occasionally erupted but always simmered under the surface in France and throughout Europe exploded exponentially during the duration of the trial. Witnessing the French populace, united in hatred, and screaming, “Death to the Jew,” Herzl quickly came to the horrifying realization that Dreyfus’s trial, conviction, degradation and humiliation would translate into existential perils for the Jews of Europe. Intensely pondering the Jewish question, Herzl’s epiphany took shape when he became a fiery advocate for a Jewish return to their ancestral homeland of Palestine in order to flee an endemic anti-Semitism that would have catastrophic consequences.

Enlisting the help of Jewish intellectuals throughout Europe including Max Nordau and Sigmund Freud, the lion’s share of support for Herzl’s dream came from the grassroots movement of Jews from Poland, Russia and other places in Eastern Europe who had personally felt the brutal lash of anti-Semitism. Outlining his plan in the 1895 work entitled, “The Jewish State,” Herzl’s trajectory was clear as this transformative process ultimately led him to devoting himself exclusively to the completion of his quest.

Offering unique insights into Herzl’s life is Robert S. Wistrich, the Neuberger Chair in Modern Jewish History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a world expert in the field of anti-Semitism. Others, such as Israeli president Shimon Peres and Swiss producer Arthur Cohn, are also featured as they articulate Herzl’s critical role in the founding of the modern Jewish state. Buttressing the undulating narrative of Herzl’s complicated mission, is the poignant narration of Christoph Waltz as the voice of the father of Zionism. The viewer cannot help but to be exceptionally moved by Herzl’s pain, frustration, anger and eventual hope as his words sear our soul. Herzl’s own wife vehemently resented her husband’s cause celebre and asked, “What happened to the man about town?”

Herzl was keenly cognizant that massive funding was essential to ensuring that his plan for Jewish statehood would come to fruition, so he attempted to solicit commitments from such financiers as French railroad tycoon and philanthropist Baron Moritz de Hirsch, who agreed to meet with Herzl in Paris. Ultimately, doors were figuratively slammed in his face by de Hirsch and the Rothschilds, who were overtly circumspect of what they perceived as his seemingly vague and unrealistic notions. Newsreel footage of Herzl’s one and only trip to Palestine, left the viewer sharing Herzl’s melancholia over the abject poverty and destitution that he witnessed amongst the Jewish population at that time.

As time passed, significant percentages of Jews, both religious and secular alike, would come to shower Herzl with well deserved plaudits and they even bestowed a degree of reverence on him as a harbinger of the Jewish redemption from exile. Totally immersed in his mission, Herzl met with kings, heads of state, prime ministers, ambassadors, government ministers and even the pontiff in Rome in order to obtain legitimate rights to the land of Israel and to facilitate Jewish immigration there.

Having no other option, Herzl used his own money to set up his infrastructure which included the launching of a Zionist newspaper, the creation of the World Zionist Organization and the first World Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. Feeling a terrible sense of urgency for his people and having no other viable recourse, Herzl took a great risk when he proffered the idea of establishing a Jewish state in Uganda to the Congress delegates. He was met with a visceral acrimony along with a litany of ad hominem attacks by such iconic Zionist leaders as Chaim Weizman and others like him. Deeply perturbed by the lack of appreciation from his contemporaries, Herzl nonetheless girded his loins and changed his tune. He now would not settle for any other land for the Jewish nation, other than the biblical land of Israel.

While Herzl remains a controversial figure to this very day, (especially in religious Jewish circles) for his adamant secularism, it is noteworthy to mention that the film reveals that on the Shabbat prior to the first Zionist Congress, Herzl joined the delegation at an Orthodox synagogue for services. When called up to the Torah, without being prompted, Herzl recited the blessing in perfect Hebrew and with sincere dedication.

Herzl’s final work was a novel entitled, “Altneuland” (Old New Land) which gloriously envisaged a thriving and prosperous Jewish autonomous homeland in ancient Israel. It was in these pages that Herzl penned the words that he will eternally be remembered for… “Im tirtzu ain zo aggada” (If you will it, it is no dream).

Kudos to Moriah Films, director Richard Trank and Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for preserving the legacy of Theodor Herzl on film for generations to come. No doubt, this pulsating and highly original documentary will leave us moved by the unwavering dedication of one man’s vision that changed the course of Jewish history.

08/23/12

New Film “The Unvetted” Exposes Obama’s Communist Cover-up

Right Side News

A new film from America’s Survival, Inc. documents what journalist Cliff Kincaid calls “one of the most extraordinary cover-ups in American history –how a presidential candidate with a covert connection to a major Communist Party operative was protected by the major liberal and conservative media.” Kincaid is the president of America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI) and recently held a Washington, D.C. conference on “The Vetting” of Barack Obama. The 30 minute film “The Unvetted” is available for viewing for free at the ASI YouTube channel.

“Four years after we broke the story wide open with the release of a 600-page FBI file on Barack Obama’s communist mentor, we are still finding major elements of the media with their heads in the sand,” Kincaid said, in announcing the official release of the new film. Kincaid is a veteran Washington journalist with more than 30 years of experience.

The film is produced in cooperation with AB INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS, headed by Agustin Blazquez, producer/director of many documentaries, including “Che: The Other Side of an Icon.” The “Che” documentary, which told the truth about Castro’s communist revolution, was rejected for funding and airing by public television.

Working with blogger Trevor Loudon, Kincaid describes in the film how they uncovered the fact that Obama had concealed the identity of Frank Marshall Davis in his memoir Dreams from My Father, calling him just “Frank” and depicting him as a poet and writer.

“Obama knew that Frank Marshall Davis was an associate and mentor and that he had to protect his communist identity from public scrutiny,” Kincaid points out.

The film includes an interview with Kincaid and some of the original source material used to document Obama’s relationship with Davis.

“We expected silence and ridicule from the liberal media when we exposed Obama’s ‘Frank’ as Communist Frank Marshall Davis,” Kincaid said. “But the Drudge Report would not run my ads on Frank Marshall Davis during the fall of 2008. Fox News did not cover our news conference in May of 2008 revealing the communist identity of ‘Frank’ from Obama’s book.”

Kincaid went on, “The conservative media must stop protecting Obama from the scrutiny he deserves. Our film ‘The Unvetted’ explains this scandal and cover-up. Our sincere thanks to Right Side News for telling the story that has to be told. Right Side News is a news source that you can trust. They deserve your support as we go forward exposing this most deadly and dangerous of cover-ups.”

Videos and documents from Kincaid’s conference on “The Vetting” of Obama can be found at the website www.LeninandSharia.com. The conference featured speeches by, among others, Trevor Loudon; filmmaker Joel Gilbert, director of a new film on the possibility that Davis was Obama’s real father; Paul Kengor, author of a new book on Davis entitled The Communist; and former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky, who gave a report on Soviet/Russian cooperation with Arab and Islamic terrorist groups and states.