Daily Archives: April 6, 2013
Roger Ailes Off Camera – A Book Review
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Available at Penquin.com and Amazon.com
I have always respected and admired Roger Ailes. He is a legendary businessman and a scrapper. He is also a diplomat, an intellectual and is not afraid to tell it like it is. He is loved and hated on both sides of the aisle – a recommendation all by itself. He has built Fox News into a worldwide media powerhouse because he has given the people more of what they wanted. Conservatism, non-bias and truth.
The Left and especially Progressives hate him… seeing Ailes as the boogeyman under their beds when in reality he is looking at them in the mirror. Chafets wrote a semi-biographical book on Rush Limbaugh that I read when it came out and it was fabulous. Well, he did it again and I thoroughly enjoyed it. How can you not adore someone who quotes the truth?:
“I like Joe Biden, but he’s as dumb as an ashtray.”
“The problem with Obama is he lazy. He’s never earned a dime in his life.”
And I love this from National Review on Ailes and Van Jones:
Of the administration’s former green-jobs czar, Van Jones, who took umbrage at Ailes’s commentary about the president, he had this to say: “I don’t pay a lot of attention to Communist infiltrators. Van Jones has one job, to stir up racism whether he can find it or not.”
Ailes is a man comfortable with himself. Confident and free enough to say what he thinks and not regret it. He has a spine, something in short supply these days in America. He is a man to be admired and emulated. This book is not only entertaining, it is philosophical and has many lessons to teach on business, life and success.
“When you’ve got Roger Ailes on your side, you do not lose.” — Rush Limbaugh
Roger Ailes is the quintessential man behind the curtain. He more or less invented modern political consulting and helped Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush win their races for the White House. Then he reinvented himself as a master of cable television, first as the head of CNBC and, since 1996, as the creator and leader of Fox News, the most influential news network in the country.
To liberals, Ailes is an evil genius who helped polarize the country by breaking the mainstream media’s long monopoly on what constitutes news. To conservatives, he’s a champion of free speech and fair reporting whose values and view of America reflect their own. But no one doubts that Ailes has transformed journalism. Barack Obama once called him “the most powerful man in America”— and given that Fox News has changed the way millions understand the world, it may be true.
Yet for all that fame and infamy, very few people know the real person behind the headlines.
Journalist Zev Chafets received unprecedented access to Ailes and his family, friends, and Fox News colleagues. The result is a candid, compelling portrait of a fascinating man. We see Ailes in action at Fox News and hear him reflect on personal matters he has never before discussed publicly. And we discover the heart of his sometimes surprising political beliefs: his profane piety and his unwavering belief in the values of his small-town Ohio boyhood.
Ailes loves to fight, but he is a happy warrior who has somehow managed to charm and befriend many of the people he has defeated in political campaigns and television wars. Barbara Walters, Rachel Maddow, Jesse Jackson, the Kennedy clan— all are unexpected Ailes fans.
Chafets also gives us an unprecedented look at the inner workings of Fox News and explores Ailes’s relationships with Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Neil Cavuto, Chris Wallace, and the other stars he has nurtured.
Ultimately, Ailes is neither villain nor hero but a man full of contradictions and surprises. As Chafets writes, “What will he do next? What stokes his competitive fires and occasional rages? How to reconcile his acts of exceptional loyalty and private generosity (even to rivals) with his impulse to present himself to the world as a ruthless leg breaker? What makes Roger run—and where, if anywhere, is the finish line? As Ailes himself might say: I report, you decide.”
Conservatives could stand to learn a few things from Ailes and his monster success. I have always liked the guy and I love, love Chafets’ book! You will love Roger Ailes Off Camera too… You can get it at Penquin.com and Amazon.com.
Leftist “Media Reform” Conference Underway in Denver
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Denver, Colorado: Disgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather returned with an appearance in a new film, “Shadows of Liberty,” which had its U.S. premiere at the “National Conference for Media Reform” in Denver on Thursday night. The film—and Rather—contend that corporate power has taken control of the American media, leaving the American people uninformed about current events.
The conference is based on the premise that the media are not left-wing enough, and that government regulations and subsidies are necessary to restore the concept of a “public media” that people can rely on for news and information. A big focus of this year’s conference is urging the Obama Administration to promote more federal control over the Internet, under the guise of “net neutrality.”
Rather, who left CBS after being caught up in a scandal in which fake documents were used to smear former President George Bush, was hired by billionaire Mark Cuban for his HDNet channel, which is now called AXS TV. He narrates a little-watched show called “Dan Rather Reports.”
It is telling that he has now become a hero of the far-left.
The film also featured Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, whose service to the Russians included hosting a program on the Kremlin-funded Russia Today (RT) channel, before he went into hiding from rape charges.
While the film had its good parts, such as a segment on the official cover-up in the TWA 800 tragedy, the constant refrain about “corporate power” being at the root of all major media scandals was not only disputable but tiresome. It demonized President Ronald Reagan for deregulating the media, a policy decision that gave rise to conservative talk radio and more, not less, diverse voices in the media.
The rise and influence of left-wing media, including outlets such as MSNBC, was completely ignored in “Shadows of Liberty.”
Five years in the making, the film seemed strangely out of date, focusing on an alleged “media monopoly in American journalism” when one of the featured commentators, Amy Goodman, who is a star at this conference, claims to be broadcasting on 1,149 stations around the world. This figure includes dozens of public TV stations in the U.S.
The liberal tilt of public broadcasting was also ignored in the film.
Goodman, co-host of Democracy Now!, is so far to the left that she ran a special program honoring Castro collaborator Che Guevara. Her co-host, Juan Gonzalez, who also writes for the New York Daily News, was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which spawned the terrorist Weather Underground.
Gonzalez is on the conference panel called “The Media’s Influence on the Immigration Debate,” which is described as dealing in part with “the Republican Party’s anti-Latino positions…”
In 2008, Goodman and Gonzalez used their program as a platform for Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, so they could dispute then GOP-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s charge that they were terrorist associates of Barack Obama.
Another star at the conference is University of Illinois Marxist Professor Robert McChesney, the co-founder of Free Press, the sponsor of the conference. He is identified as a “media scholar,” even though he hosts a public radio show that excludes conservatives
In an article in the socialist Monthly Review, “Journalism, Democracy, and Class Struggle,” McChesney had declared, “Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.”
He once introduced Obama’s notorious anti-American pastor, Jeremiah Wright, at an event to celebrate the socialist publication.
At the time, we noted that Free Press had received at least $1 million from the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros, a mega-capitalist who seems to have dedicated his life to overturning the system that made him wealthy.
However, a major new player at this year’s Free Press conference is the New America Foundation, another Soros-funded group. Indeed, a Friday morning session, “More Diversity, Less Consolidation: How to Change the Media,” will be moderated by Mark Lloyd, who is in charge of the New America Foundation’s “Media Policy Initiative.” A former Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Lloyd had praised the Marxist revolution in Venezuela, where the regime has attempted to control or even eliminate private media sources.
Funding for the New America Foundation includes $1 million each from:
- The Ford Foundation
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Eric and Wendy Schmidt (the Google chairman and his wife)
Funding in the category of $250,000 – $999,999 comes from two Soros entities, the Foundation to Promote Open Society and the Open Society Institute. But a similar amount is also listed from the U.S. Department of State.
In an interesting development, former Obama State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter was just named as the New America Foundation’s next president, effective September 1.
As the Free Press conference was preparing to get under way here in Denver, The New America Foundation issued a release saying that its Open Technology Institute and Media Policy Initiative had “joined over 40 other public interest groups on a letter, led by former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, that calls on President Obama to appoint an FCC chairperson committed to prioritizing the public interest, not one who works for the will of corporate interests.”
Copps is on the Friday panel hosted by former FCC official Mark Lloyd.
The outgoing FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, has failed to subject Al Gore’s sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera to any scrutiny at all. But that doesn’t bother the left-wing “Free Press” organization one tiny bit. They seem to welcome government funding or sponsorship of media organizations, even if the money comes from the Obama Administration, Qatar or Russia.
Al Jazeera is funded by the pro-Jihadist government of Qatar and is regarded as the voice of the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.
On Sunday, the National Conference for Media Reform will feature a panel discussion titled, “Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem,” with Ahmed Shihab-Eldin of HuffPost Live. He is a former producer for Al Jazeera.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
Weekly Featured Profile – Margaret Chin
Margaret Chin is a New York City Council member. She was elected to the Council in 2010 as the representative for District 1, lower Manhattan. She is Chair of the Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment and is a member of the Committees on Education, Small Business, Civil Rights, Women’s Issues, Aging and Public Housing.
Chin is a member of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus and the Women’s Caucus. She has twice been elected by her colleagues to serve as an executive member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.
Margaret Chin was formerly the Chairperson of the New York Immigration Coalition. She was a board member of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development and chaired the Advocacy Committee. Margaret Chin was a founding member of Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation and served as the vice-chair of the board. Additionally, she served as chair of the Census Bureau’s Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee on the Asian and Pacific Islander Population for Census 2000.
In 2003, Chin was a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Margaret Chin immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Hong Kong in 1963 when she was nine years old. She grew up in NYC Chinatown and attended P.S. 130 and JHS 65. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and from the City College of New York (CCNY) with a degree in education. It was at City College through taking Asian Studies courses that Margaret Chin got involved in “community organizing” – and the pro-China/North Korea Communist Workers Party.
For many years, Margaret Chin worked for Asian Americans for Equality, an organization that she helped to form when she was in college. As the Deputy Executive Director, Margaret led the organization’s work in advocacy, community organizing and coalition building. She fought for the preservation and building of affordable housing, better access to government services, equal opportunity and fair treatment for immigrants, low income and working families. Chin left her position at AAFE at the end of August 2008 to focus on her City Council Campaign.
AAFE is basically an extension of the Communist Workers Party and helps to infiltrate former Maoists into top posts in the New York business community, state government and the Democratic Party.
During the 1980s, the Communist Workers Party was acquiring a local power base in Chinatown, New York, working primarily through AAFE. The latter did not avow its connection with the CWP, but for years the two groups shared an office and phone number, and CWP veterans had a way of turning up as Asian Americans for Equality leaders.
Ms. Chin’s rise in the world tracked AAFE’s. In 1986, backed by the Village Independent Democrats, she won election to the Democratic state committee from the 61st Assembly District. Since her reelection in 1988, she has graced official women’s committees for David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo and Robert Abrams, and Asian-American committees for Carol Bellamy and Deborah Glick.
Chin works closely with current New York mayoral candidate John Liu and several New York Democratic Congress members, including Nydia Velazquez and Grace Meng.
Interest Strong in Next Loudon Book Tour
By: Trevor Loudon
I’ve been getting a lot of interest in my proposed next book tour to the United States.
I’ll be touring for much of the second half of 2013 and again in 2014.
My new book: “The Enemies Within: Progressives, Socialists and Communists in the US Congress,” exposes what I see as America’s number one problem.
Most Americans think that Congress defies their will out of arrogance, ego and a desire for personal advancement.
That’s part of it.
But what most Americans, even most conservatives, fail to understand is that for more than 50 years Marxists have been infiltrating Congress and the Senate in order to carry out the policies of America’s enemies.
My book will explain how this is done and will profile more than 50 of the worst offenders.
So far, I have inquiries from Hawaii, Alaska, California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, D.C., New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts.
I hope to cover most of the US before the 2014 election cycle.
Message from Regina:
If you would like to discuss Trevor Loudon addressing your conference, group or gathering, please email the tour coordinator Regina Thomson as soon as possible, to avoid possible disappointment.
We hope to have firm dates in the next few days.
Trevor Loudon covers costs with proceeds from book sales, speaker’s fees, “love offerings” and donations.
Touring is expensive and pre-booking cuts costs enormously. We are appealing for financial assistance to build a tour “war chest,” so that travel, research and associated tour costs can be covered well in advance. So, early bookings and financial assistance are very welcome.
Please help today!
Trevor Loudon is the author of “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within,” an oft referenced work that blew the lid off the president’s extensive Marxist background. He is also the editor of this blog TrevorLoudon.com and of KeyWiki.org, an online encyclopedia covering the covert side of U.S. politics.
Trevor addressed more than 150 patriot audiences in more than 20 states in 2011/2012.
I Like The White World – A Book Review
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Now available here at Amazon and here at Amazon Kindle.
This book is an interesting look into fictional familial history in Southern California. Mark Butterworth details history and family ‘tribalism’ in a captivating way, mixing religion with history.
I must say that I do not condone tribalism or racial nationalism. So be warned, this book does go into that. In the end, the primary character does come to know God, but does not renounce his prejudices. So this book was a challenge for me to read and review. But, there is nothing wrong with celebrating your heritage and where you came from and this book shows that.
Here’s a summary:
Ted Mason is the direct descendant of Puritans who settled Massachusetts in 1650. Living in Orange County, he unknowingly carries on that religious strain as an evangelical minister trying to make wholesome movies amidst Hollywood decadence. Helped by a rich father, insurance maven, Samson Mason, Ted and his children learn from him about their stout, resolute ancestors who forged a new people in a New World while fighting Indians, the perfidious French, and later, their English cousins who fought to bind them forever to British rule.
I Like the White World illustrates and explores the richness and beauty of Orange County, California. Samson Mason celebrates his people who made America possible and the culture that built it, made it free, orderly, and prosperous. Proud of his heritage, unabashed about his prejudices, and offended by smears against his tribe, he stands up for a great, conquering people, and teaches his grandchildren rarely heard frontier history.
Ted’s story carries him out of a popular mega-church into LA where he teams up with a Catholic film company to make an important documentary with the help of a well known, radio talk show host. The process of hobnobbing with the elite of Southern California while trying to raise money threatens Ted’s marriage to the beautiful Alicia who likes rich men and the life great wealth offers.
I Like the White World, captures America’s past (East Coast) and present (West Coast), with bright wit and intelligence. Having many stirring moments, the novel is filled with wisdom, humor, vivid characters, and searching questions. It is life as lived.
This book takes a very touchy subject and confronts it head-on. It does lay out that Caucasians were persecuted throughout American history, just as the Indians and others were. There’s enough blame to go around for everyone I guess.
It’s a good read and will make you think. It has many stirring moments, the novel is filled with wisdom, humor, vivid characters and searching questions. It is life as lived. I Like The White World is now available here at Amazon and here at Amazon Kindle.