07/16/16

Media Question “Feminist Values” of British Prime Minister

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Britain

If you’re a woman who believes in limits on abortion and you don’t favor same-sex marriage, you’re not a real woman, according to The Washington Post. That’s the essence of a Post story about the new British Prime Minister Theresa May, “Women question feminist values of Britain’s next leader.”

Theresa May has “backed calls to reduce the time limit on abortion.” She says she “does not like same-sex marriage.” That’s why feminists question her feminist credentials.

One reads a story like this and wonders if the editors of the paper even realize how biased this account actually is.

Perhaps the bias is second nature. Perhaps one must be a feminist to work at the paper and so there is nobody in a position to question the bias that is accepted in a matter-of-fact manner.

According to this treatment of the issue, a woman who favors the rights of the unborn and the idea that a woman should marry a man is out of touch with “feminist values.” There was a time when man-woman marriage and motherhood were considered sacred in this country.

This feminist advocacy piece is full of loaded terms like “women’s groups.” That means feminist. Sophie Walker of the Women’s Equality Party is quoted as saying that she doesn’t think Theresa May is in touch with the “experiences” of women. By contrast, the story says Hillary Clinton has a “long track record in standing up for women’s rights.” That means lesbian rights and abortion on demand.

What about the rights of the women sexually molested or assaulted by her husband Bill Clinton?  Somehow, that part of the story got left out.

Later in the piece, the Post writer, Karla Adam, admits that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher “bristled at the idea of being labeled a feminist” and once declared, “I owe nothing to women’s lib.” It was a reminder that a woman can in fact be a conservative. Yet, in the overall piece, the tone was that the only women who count are feminists who favor aborting children and lesbian rights.

Meanwhile, the Post reports that a newborn baby was discovered in a backyard in Indiana, and the infant’s placenta and umbilical cord were covered in maggots. At least the baby was allowed to be born.

It’s been called “Miracle Baby Jane Doe.” It’s a miracle in this era of abortion on demand, for any and all reasons, including convenience, that the baby lived.

It appears that the mother won’t be part of the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign that has been highlighted by the paper. One “feminist” was quoted as saying, “I have a good heart and having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way. Why wouldn’t I be happy that I was not forced to become a mother?”

Was she “forced” to get pregnant? Or was she a sexually promiscuous female without regard for the human life being created inside her?

The Post even provided a link for women to submit stories about their proud abortions. That made the author of the piece, Caitlin Gibson, a feature writer at The Washington Post, complicit in facilitating abortion advocacy. But that’s no problem for the Post.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has approved strong pro-life language for its 2016 platform.

But according to Post writers Ed O’Keefe and Dan Balz, that means the GOP has adopted a “staunchly conservative” position on abortion.

Have you ever heard the Post refer to a “staunch feminist” or a “staunch” advocate of abortion? I didn’t think so.

Not to be outdone, The New York Times headlines how the GOP platform is going “far to the right.” It, too, used the term “staunchly conservative.” But there’s more. The paper says the new platform “amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012…”

Let’s list all of these terms meant to depict Republicans as extremists: staunchly conservative, rightward lurch and hard-line.

We have come to expect this kind of bias, day in and day out. Still, it’s worthwhile to highlight a few of the examples of the propaganda that journalism has become.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cli[email protected]View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/29/16

Why Does Obama Hate Britain?

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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Coming to the end of the Obama administration, with the wreckage of its foreign policy all around us, the naïve conservatives running the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal are begging President Obama to offer “A New American Deal for Europe.”

“It’s time for the U.S. to get back in the game because America needs a confident, prosperous Europe as a partner to defend the West against the rise of authoritarian regimes and global disorder,” the editorial writers say. In the case of Obama, however, this is like waiting for the tooth fairy or the Easter bunny.

Europe is already dominated by the Germany of Angela Merkel, an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Her welcome mat to Syrian refugees has been disastrous for her own country, an unsurprising development considering the fact that Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove had described the exodus of refugees from the Middle East as a form of “weaponization” used by Russia and its ally Syria to destabilize Europe. Breedlove served as the Commander of U.S. European Command.

But rather than confront Russia, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hasaccused NATO of “warmongering” because the alliance is conducting military exercises in order to repel a full-blown Russian invasion of Europe. This is a sure sign of the German government’s desire to accommodate Russian interests in Europe.

Christopher Story, a former economic adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, had always warned of Russian-German collaboration in wanting to dominate Europe. His massive volume, The European Union Collective: Enemy of Its Member States, was published in 2002.

Incredibly, Bloomberg reports that Obama is now proposing to use the Brexit as an excuse to replace Britain with Germany as America’s key ally in Europe.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU was a patriotic but dangerous move, not only because Obama is the U.S. President and he opposed Brexit, but because of the global forces now arrayed against it. Billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros, who argued for Britain to “remain” in the EU, now warns, “…the UK itself may not survive. Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, can be expected to make another attempt to gain its independence, and some officials in Northern Ireland, where voters also backed Remain, have already called for unification with the Republic of Ireland.”

A major Democratic moneybags who backs such figures as current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Soros is capable of destabilizing entire countries. In 1992 he engaged in a complex financial transaction that resulted in the Bank of England losing billions of dollars defending the British pound sterling, before having to devalue it.

This time around, his spokesman denies that Soros speculated against the pound, but admits that “because of his generally bearish outlook on world markets, Mr. Soros did profit from other investments.”

Trying to get Merkel off the hook for what has happened to Germany, Soros wrote that while her decision in welcoming the refugees “was an inspiring gesture,” it was “not properly thought out” because the “sudden influx of asylum-seekers disrupted people in their everyday lives across the EU.”

It’s hard to believe this was “not properly thought out,” and that Merkel didn’t know what she was doing. In any case, Soros says “the disintegration of the EU” is now “practically irreversible.” He stands ready to pick up the pieces, making tons of money, and then funneling a major portion of it into liberal coffers. Over the last 32 years,according to their own estimate, the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations had expenditures of more than $13 billion.

From their perspective, the British people were desperate to save what’s left of their nation, whose capital, London, recently elected a Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has connections to radical Islam.

For his part, Obama said openly that he wanted the British to stay in the EU. Otherwise, he said they would end up at the back of the line for trade deals.

Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, quite rightly blasted Obama for those remarks. But he said at the same time that Putin had behaved in a more “statesmanlike” manner. Putin had just returned from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and spoke of their growing strategic alliance against the West, consisting of expanding political, economic, and military operations.

Obama’s terrible treatment of an ally is not surprising. Obama views Britain as a white colonial power that oppressed his brothers and sisters of color, and Muslims around the world.

In 2012, it was reported that Obama had removed the bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who rallied the British people during WWII, from the Oval Office, and sent it back to the British Embassy. The White House scrambled to correct that, saying the bust had just been moved somewhere else in the White House complex.

Where does this hatred come from? All roads lead to Obama’s mentor, the Communist Frank Marshall Davis, the man the media haven’t wanted to talk about for seven years now.

Professor Paul Kengor, author of a book about Davis, notes that he “harbored a special hatred for Winston Churchill, who, like [Democratic President Harry S.] Truman, opposed Stalin’s Soviet Union—the country to which Davis dedicated his heart, his mind, his soul, and his pen.” Davis, a propagandist for the Communist Party in Hawaii, had written that “the only people Churchill gives a rap about are the white people of the British Empire,” and that Churchill wanted America to join him in bludgeoning “all other countries into submission.” He complained that Churchill favored a postwar U.S.-UK alliance that excluded the USSR.

Despite Obama’s anti-British mentality, the Journal’s recent editorial said, “An important first signal would be for the U.S. to invite the U.K. to begin bilateral free-trade talks that run alongside current talks with the EU.”

But the Journal editorial writers have to know that Obama has no intention of pursuing that idea. However, Art Harman, who was legislative director for former Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), has proposed a bill to do just that. Harman tells AIM that “just introducing such a bill or resolution would send our great ally the message that they can vote according to their best interests without fear that the U.S. would cost them trade if they vote the ‘wrong’ way, and to reassure markets that Obama’s threat will not stand.”

Harman suggests that the bill should be called “The Winston Churchill Trade Continuation Act.”


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

06/24/16

This Is Your Victory – Brexit Passes!

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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Brexit passed! My friends in Britain are celebrating and it is a very good day indeed. The spirits of Winnie Churchill and “Iron” Lady Thatcher smile down on Britain today.

Despite all odds, Britain has voted to leave the European Union for better or worse. They voted for freedom and survival. Well done lads. David Cameron has announced his resignation as Prime Minister. Numerous countries are now lining up to leave the EU as well. The pound went through the floor last night and stock markets are tanking all over the world. The Yen is soaring and I would bet gold is through the roof. Oil has fallen below $48 a barrel as well. Good times folks – this is going to be one hell of a ride. Hold on to your butts.

“It’s scary, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said James Butterfill, 41, head of research and investments at ETF Securities in London. “A lot of people were caught out, and many investors will lose a lot of money.”

From Bloomberg:

Sterling slid by the most on record and European stocks headed for the biggest drop since 2008 as trading soared. The yen strengthened past 100 per dollar for the first time since 2013, gold rose the most in more than seven years and benchmark Treasury yields had their biggest drop since 2009.

The victory for the “Leave” campaign prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to resign. The outcome stunned many investors who’d put wagers on riskier assets over the past week as bookmakers’ odds suggested the chance of a so-called Brexit was less than one in four.

The final tally, announced just after 7 a.m. London time, showed voters had backed “Leave” by 52 percent to 48 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and HSBC Holdings Plc said the result may prompt them to move thousands of jobs out of London. S&P Global Ratings said the U.K. will lose its AAA credit rating.

The price of freedom won’t be cheap here and if you think this isn’t going to affect America, you are a fool.

These are among the most notable moves in global financial markets:

  • British pound falls as much as 11 percent to $1.3229, weakest since 1985
  • Yen jumps 3.2 percent to 102.85 per dollar, after reaching 99.02
  • FTSE 100 Index slides as much as 8.7 percent, most since 2008
  • S&P 500 Index futures slump as much as 5.1 percent, triggering a trading curb
  • Yield on 10-year Treasuries drops 29 basis points to 1.46 percent
  • Gold surges as much as 8.1 percent to $1,358.54 an ounce
  • New York crude oil retreats 3.8 percent to $48.20 a barrel, poised for biggest loss since April
  • Poland’s zloty, South Africa’s rand drop more than 4 percent per dollar, lead emerging-market currencies lower

It will take Britain two years to exit. There will be financial rangling and regulation amendments during this time. George Soros says this is the end of the EU… let it be so. It should never have happened in the first place. No one says it better than my friend Denise Simon: “Populism and Elitism finally lost… the people have spoken and the battle for independence is long and hard but ultimately sweet. Citizens are disgusted with being ruled by Belgium.” May the same come to America.

I will leave you for now with David Cameron’s resignation speech – it made my day:

“Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.

Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.

We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.

We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we’ve governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.

The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believe was the national interest and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign for the spirited and passionate case that they made.

The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.

It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.

So there can be no doubt about the result.

Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made.

I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.

There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.

We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union.

This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.

But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.

I’m very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.

I believe we’ve made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people’s life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain’s economic strength.

And I’m grateful to everyone who’s helped to make that happen.

I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.

That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years, to bring our economy back from the brink.

It’s why we delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland.

And it’s why I made the pledge to renegotiate Britain’s position in the European Union and to hold the referendum on our membership and have carried those things out.

I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel – head, heart and soul.

I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician including myself.

But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.

I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.

There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.

Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.

The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.

We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech.

And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps that I am taking.

A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new prime minister and I think it’s right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.

I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision the British people have taken and my own decision.

The British people have made a choice, that not only needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument – myself included – should help to make it work.

Britain is a special country – we have so many great advantages – a parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our future through peaceful debate, a great trading nation with our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over.

And while we are not perfect I do believe we can be a model for the multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, that people can come and make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.

Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.

I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.

Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.

I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed. Thank you very much.”

04/24/16

Keep Calm Folks – The World Won’t End After Brexit

By: Chris Knowles

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Run on the Seamen’s Savings’ Bank during the Panic of 1857. Image obtained from Commons.Wikimedia.org

There seems to be a lot of worry, angst and hysteria from the Remain camp about the trade issue and what is going to happen on 24 June after we have voted to leave the EU.

They forget what the 2 year transition period is for. We don’t leave the EU at the stroke of midnight on 23 June, much as many if us would like to. Contrary to all the alarmist talk, every county in the EU that trades with the UK has as much stake as we do to make the transition work. No company wants to lose out on trade opportunities.

On 24 June the negotiations start to make things work. The last thing the EU will want is the massive disruption to trade that Brenainers are fantasising about. European and British firms will continue their primary goal – to make money.

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04/24/16

Predictions of a Trading Apocalypse Are Grossly Exaggerated

By Chris Knowles

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Apocalípico I by Mauricio Garcia Vega (artist) – Source/Photographer Mauricio Garcia Vega. This file is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Obtained from Commons.Wikimedia.

The Sky is Falling!

There are dire predictions of a trading apocalypse if Britain acts in its best interests and leaves the EU. That is if the hysterical campaign to remain in that undemocratic and economically fragile political grouping is to be believed.

The doom and gloom Remain crowd are now wheeling out globalist after globalist to scare Brits into submitting to EU rule. The people behind pointless wars, biblical scale migrations, financial disasters and undermining cherished freedoms are currently on the march again.The latest of these political ‘celebrities’ is Presidential wannabe Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It is obviously very clear that the globalists who seek to oppress us defiantly want the us Brits to remain as inmates in the open prison also referred to as the European Union – with no prospect of reprieve or parole.

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04/23/16

The EU is an Obstacle to a People’s Europe

By: Chris Knowles

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Visceral Hatred of Democracy

I have taken part in a number of online discussions during our ongoing referendum campaign here in the UK. What has struck me most is the apparent visceral hatred for democracy by some on the Bremainers.

There is no reasoning with them, they say that Britain is not a democracy anyway. They are effectively claiming that Britain is not a democracy and as a result the EU does not need to have democratic aspirations.

Part of the reason for the absence of democracy and accountability in the UK is because MPs can turn round and say ‘beyond our control’ because of rules made by the EU.

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04/22/16

The Antidemocratic EU is Unfixable – Vote Leave!

By: Chris Knowles

Would be nice to fix the EU but it is unfixable. In addition to its unelected executive institution the Orwellian sounding European Commission its rubber stamping Parliament it has a record of showing contempt to the will of the people.

Its vested interests simply refuse to change it! We saw this when Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ achieved nothing what so ever! We also saw this when EU member states had referenda results that these vested interests did not like:

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(1) Nice Treaty – Irish vote 53.9% against (7 June 2001), response – wrong answer, Vote Again!

(2) Constitutional Treaty – French vote 54.9% against (29 May 2005), Dutch vote 61.5% against (1 June 2005), EU response – wrong answer, ignore result, rename Constitutional Treaty as Lisbon Treaty and try again, but don’t make the mistake of asking the people! Planned referenda in other countries – Cancelled!

(3) Lisbon Treaty – Irish result 53.2% against (12 June 2008), EU response – wrong answer, Vote Again!

(4) Greek bailout vote – result 61% against (5 July 2015), response – apply pressure on Greek government to ignore their people and impose even harsher measures to punish them for their temerity.

(5) Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement – result 61% against (6 April 2016), EU response to a clear vote against EU expansion – start the process of making Turkey a member of the EU.

(6) UK In-Out Referendum (2016 – ongoing) – propaganda campaign to demonise and mock those who want to leave, propaganda leaflet distributed to every household paid for at tax payers’ expense, Civil Servants forced to produce propaganda figures to further sway opinion – again at taxpayers expense, globalist elite mobilised for the propaganda campaign, ship in a foreign leader to add further weight to propaganda campaign…

The EU is an unreformable antidemocratic sham where ordinary people are regularly held in contempt. The EU is there to further elite interests and elite interests only!

Vote for democracy – Vote Leave! because you won’t get another chance !

04/19/16

Vote Leave is a Vote for Democracy

By: Chris Knowles

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Great Britain’s Ancient Tradition of Parliamentary Democracy – Don’t Let It Come To An End! Source: Commons.Wikimedia

Forget the lists of figures, the lies, damn lies and statistics, the desperate cobbled together equations purporting to represent a future reality, the propaganda leaflet published at public expense and even the childish name calling that has now started. The main question that people need to ask themselves in this referendum is whether they want to live in a democracy.

If you want to live in a democracy then the EU is not for you. The executive (ruling) institution of the EU is the unelected, anti democratic European Commission. If you want to live in a democracy where you elect your leaders then you need to vote to leave. The European Commission is the elephant in the room that the Bremainers want to hide. People complain that the House of Lords should be elected, but they ignore the unelected European Commission which has far more power and influence on our daily lives.

Cameron’s so called renegotiation deliberately ignored this elephant and tried to blind us with irrelevance instead. If Europe is to be genuinely reformed the European Commission would either become an elected institution or be abolished. Neither option is on the cards and never will be!

A vote to remain in the EU is therefore an unrepeatable experiment, you will never be able to truly choose the actual decision makers ever again. The real rulers will remain the remote and unknown men in black, skulking in the shadows and pulling the strings. The Bremainers will try to frighten you with short term fears but those pale in comparison to the dangers of the long term inside the EU.

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04/17/16

Boris Johnson Addresses Vote Leave Campaign in Leeds

By: Chris Knowles

Boris Johnson addressing the Vote Leave campaign earlier today in Leeds.

Above: Boris Johnson addressing the Vote Leave campaign earlier today in Leeds.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds provided the bold back drop for Boris Johnson’s address to Yorkshire’s leave campaign. He addressed a packed audience of people from different political backgrounds but with one aim, to help ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union following the Referendum on 23 June. The speech was inspiring, it was witty, but it was on a very serious and important subject.

The speech had a significant focus on restoring something that Britain has lost since it has been a member of the EU – namely, democracy. He put forward an outward looking international vision for a Britain outside the confines of the EU.

I intended to broadcast his speech via Periscope but there were some technical problems. However I still managed to record the bulk of his speech and this can be seen below:

This 24 June we will celebrate our British Independence Day:

Bring an end to EU tyranny and antidemocratic vice – make sure you Vote Leave so you can celebrate your independence and freedom on 24 June and for every year thereafter!