AIM Editor Again on Cavuto, About Budget Deal

By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

Accuracy in Media Editor Roger Aronoff was a guest analyst on “Cavuto Coast to Coast” with host Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network twice this month. The first time was about the media coverage of the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people. The topic of his second appearance, on December 18, was the $1.1 trillion spending bill, and how Republicans still fear hostile media treatment over their handling of the budget.

In 2013, Aronoff reported, the complicit mainstream media and Obama administration worked together to delegitimize the government shutdown and blame Republicans for lost services related to the National Park Service and World War II memorial.

“Well, you can look back to 2013 when the government was shut down for a short time,” noted Aronoff on the show. Yet, “In 2014 the Republicans had a tremendous year electorally across the country.”

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“[Republicans are] afraid of still getting hammered,” Aronoff argued. “Well, so what if the media gets upset with them?” he asked. “Look how that’s affected Donald Trump.”

Republican presidential candidate Trump is still in a “dead heat” with Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup, according to Rasmussen Reports on December 28.

Republicans have no real victories with this new budget deal, asserted Aronoff. “And I can tell you, the conservative base is so upset,” he said. “And people wonder why the leading candidates are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (R-TX). People are not happy with what the Republicans in Congress are doing.”

“Well, the problem is the only thing that they’re being given credit for winning is this oil export deal, changing that,” noted Aronoff. “And so it makes it look like, ‘Oh, boy, the Republicans got a benefit for Big Oil, and that’s what they fight for…”

You can view the segment here:


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$10 Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC

OPEC says that $10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world’s energy needs.

The OPEC published its World Oil Outlook 2015 (WOO) in late December, which struck a much more pessimistic note on the state of oil markets than in the past. On the one hand, OPEC does not see oil prices returning to triple-digit territory within the next 25 years, a strikingly bearish conclusion. The group expects oil prices to rise by an average of about $5 per year over the course of this decade, only reaching $80 per barrel in 2020. From there, it sees oil prices rising slowly, hitting $95 per barrel in 2040.

Long-term projections are notoriously inaccurate, and oil prices are impossible to predict only a few years out, let alone a few decades from now. Priced modeling involves an array of variables, and slight alterations in certain assumptions – such as global GDP or the pace of population growth – can lead to dramatically different conclusions. So the estimates should be taken only as a reference case rather than a serious attempt at predicting crude prices in 25 years. Nevertheless, the conclusion suggests that OPEC believes there will be adequate supply for quite a long time, enough to prevent a return the price spikes seen in recent years.

Part of that has to do with what OPEC sees as a gradual shift towards efficiency and alternatives to oil. The report issued estimates for demand growth five years at a time, with demand decelerating gradually. For example, the world will consume an extra 6.1 million barrels of oil per day between now and 2020. But demand growth slows thereafter: 3.5 mb/d between 2020 and 2025, 3.3 mb/d for 2025 to 2030; 3 mb/d for 2030 to 2035; and finally, 2.5 mb/d for 2035 to 2040. The reasons for this are multiple: slowing economic growth, declining population rates, and crucially, efficiency and climate change efforts to slow consumption. In fact, since last year’s 2014 WOO, OPEC lowered its 2040 oil demand projection by 1.3 mb/d because it sees much more serious climate mitigation policies coming down the pike than it did last year.

Of course, some might argue that even that estimate – that the world will be consuming 110 mb/d in 2040 – could be overly optimistic. Coming from a collection of oil-exporting countries, that should be expected. Energy transitions are hard to predict ahead of time, but when they come, they tend to produce rapid changes. Any shot at achieving the world’s stated climate change targets will require a much more ambitious effort. While governments have dithered for years, efforts appear to be getting more serious. More to the point, the cost of electric vehicles will only decline in real dollar terms over time, and adoption should continue to rise in a non-linear fashion. That presents a significant threat to long-term oil sales.

At the same time, OPEC also issued a word of caution in its report. While oil markets experience oversupply in the short- to medium-term, massive investments in exploration and production are still needed to meet demand over the long-term. OPEC believes $10 trillion will be necessary over the next 25 years to ensure adequate oil supplies. “If the right signals are not forthcoming, there is the possibility that the market could find that there is not enough new capacity and infrastructure in place to meet future rising demand levels, and this would obviously have a knock-on impact for prices,” OPEC concluded. About $250 billion each year will have to come from non-OPEC countries.

In a similar but more disconcerting conclusion, the Oslo-based Rystad Energy recently concluded that the current state of oversupply could be “turned upside down over the next few years.” That is because the drastic spending cuts today will result in a shortage within a few years. To put things in perspective, Rystad says that the oil industry “needs to replace 34 billion barrels of crude every year – equal to current consumption.” But as a result of the collapse in prices, the industry has slashed spending across the board and “investment decisions for only 8 billion barrels were made in 2015. This amount is less than 25% of what the market requires long-term,” Rystad Energy concluded. The industry cut upstream investment by $250 billion in 2015, and another $70 billion could be cut in 2016. The latter figure did not take into account the recent decision by OPEC to abandon its production target, which sent oil prices falling further.

So what are we to make of this? There could be plenty of oil supplies in the future, but as it stands, the industry is massively underinvesting? This illustrates a troubling tension within the oil industry. Oil prices will be set by the marginal cost of production, and recent efficiency gains notwithstanding, marginal costs have generally increased over time. Low-cost production depletes, and the industry becomes more reliant on deep-water, shale, or Arctic oil, all of which require higher levels of spending. In many cases, these sorts of projects are not profitable at today’s prices. The price spikes seen in 2011-2014 sowed the seeds of the current bust, but the pullback today could create the conditions of another spike in the future. OPEC could be a bit too sanguine with its call for $95 oil in 2040.

At the same time, future price spikes set up the possibility of much greater demand destruction, especially if alternatives become more viable. This is the difficult balancing act that the industry must pull off over the next few decades.

Article Source: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/10-Trillion-Investment-Needed-To-Avoid-Massive-Oil-Price-Spike-Says-OPEC.html

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com


Manny Roman follows Cruz’s lead; Defies GOP Establishment

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal

Manny Roman on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto explains his endorsement for Senator Ted Cruz

Manny Roman on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto explains his endorsement for Senator Ted Cruz

Miami-Dade Republican Party Vice Chair Manny Roman defied his peers by endorsing Presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz in a letter to the Editor published Saturday in the Miami Herald.

“Cruz is an incredibly talented, principled and unwavering voice for constitutional and limited government,” Roman wrote. “That’s why I’m endorsing him.”

His endorsement led to RINO party chief Nelson Diaz to call for Roman’s resignation, saying the endorsement “violated a Republican Party of Florida rule that prohibits GOP officers from endorsing one Republican over another.”

Speaking of picking and choosing Republicans, Nelson Diaz’s Chairmanship was reported to be the “outcome of [a] closed door meeting” barring Republicans who actually care about the Constitution who have varying perspectives. The level of vitriol aimed at Manny is a bit more understandable when one reads more about Nelson Diaz:

“Nelson has become one of Tallahassee’s young rising stars since serving as Chief Legislative Aide to the Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and now United States Senator, Marco Rubio.”

Diaz has donated to Marco Rubio, as well as Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (you read that right).

Alluding to pressure to toe the line in his endorsement for Ted Cruz, Roman writes,

However, even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz’s story and platform break through all the noise.

The battle in Florida is one that has been simmering locally throughout the country as conservatives struggle to gain control of their respective Republican leadership. The struggle is nothing new and is reminiscent of how the establishment treated Ronald Reagan, the grassroots candidate of his era as often pointed out by author and speaker Trevor Loudon.

Consider Craig Shirley, the “preeminent Ronald Reagan biographer and historian” who reminded people on a Breitbart radio program that the Washington establishment “disdained Reagan much like it hates today’s top conservatives…”

The article continues:

Noting that ‘RINOs’ never embraced Reagan since he campaigned for Barry Goldwater, Shirley said he actually went to work for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 1982 because Lyn Nofziger, Reagan’s top adviser and strategist, said there were not enough Reaganites at the RNC, which was populated mostly by establishment ‘Bushies’ allied with George H.W. Bush.

Similarly, Glenn Beck spoke about how the establishment sought to thwart Ronald Reagan on his syndicated radio broadcast in November.

Watch Manny discuss his position with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business channel:

The principled stance Manny Roman has taken should be an inspiration to conservatives who battle the establishment. After all, Roman got a tweet from Cruz himself. He also has the respect of this author.


Lifting the Ban on Gay Blood: Life and Death

By: Cliff Kincaid
America’s Survival

With the public focused on the holidays, the FDA has lifted the ban on gay blood. Where’s the coverage? What this means is that the five million Americans a year who receive blood transfusions could be exposed to the AIDS virus or other infections in the diseased blood of sexually active homosexuals. Do you or your loved ones want to die in order to advance the gay rights agenda? Watch this show to find out how to protect yourself.

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Top 10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015

By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

AIM Special Report

As the year draws to a close, we like to highlight some of the American media’s worst abuses that occurred during the past year. We have picked 10 stories for which there were general narratives presented by the mainstream media—narratives that ignored the larger truths to be gleaned from these stories. In other cases, the media missed the story altogether. We easily could have picked many more that meet those criteria, but arbitrarily chose to look at 10, in no particular order.

  1. The Fake Iran Agreement
  2. Global Warming Deal
  3. Obamacare’s Ongoing Failures
  4. Ignoring Benghazi Revelations
  5. Blame Gun Control Laws or the Attacker?
  6. The Islamic State
  7. Obama’s Cybersecurity Failures
  8. Vetting Hillary Clinton
  9. Skewed GOP Primaries
  10. Securing our Skies

1. The Fake Iran Agreement

In July the mainstream media celebrated a deal between Iran and the P5+1 that would provide Iran with sanctions relief along with virtually no accountability. Today, the administration, along with their lapdogs in the press, continues to argue that this somehow adds up to a good deal for the world.

It doesn’t. In fact, there really is no deal at all. The New York Times and other news organizations still call this a “signed” deal. It isn’t. Julia Frifield, the State Department Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, wrote in a November 19 letter to Republican Representative Mike Pompeo (KS) that “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.” She added that “The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose—and ramp up—our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments.”

Such farcical arguments expose the deal as a sham. Case in point: in both October and November Iran tested a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, in violation of United Nations resolutions. In addition, Iran was asked by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide its own samples from theParchin military site. CNN portrayed the IAEA’s inspection of Parchin as alandmark victory, although the inspectors entered an empty facility containing no equipment. The fact is that this deal, for all intents and purposes, can be interpreted by the Iranians as whatever they want it to be.

In a December 28 article, The New York Times cited an Iranian shipment of low-enriched uranium to Russia as “one of the biggest achievements in [President Obama’s] foreign policy record…” As we demonstrated in a recent article, this “achievement” is, in fact, a dangerous hoax in which the Obama administration and the Iranian mullahs are equally invested.

Here is what the December 28 Times article says: “Iran is still disassembling centrifuges, which enrich uranium, and disabling a plutonium reactor, among other steps that are required under the nuclear agreement struck in July.”

Besides the fact that no deal was “struck,” meaning signed, this is what the Iranian foreign minister said about those two issues, from a recent New Yorker magazine interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif that I linked to in my recent article:

NEW YORKER: Where does the Iran nuclear deal stand? What is your timetable to complete steps pledged in dismantling part of the program?

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF: We’re not dismantling anything. We are uninstalling some centrifuges and reconstructing the Arak reactor, modernizing it…

In other words, Iran lies and deceives in order to collect their frozen assets—estimated to be $100 billion-plus—and keep on violating virtually every significant aspect of the so-called “agreement,” while Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry go along with it and claim it as a great victory for their legacy. Even The Washington Post acknowledges how cynical the whole process is, while The New York Times continues as a propaganda organ of the Obama administration. This is the same administration that, as Politico pointed out, “counts ‘bringing peace’ to Syria a 2015 win.”

2. Global Warming Deal

At the conclusion of the COP (Conference of Parties) 21 conference in Paris, the international community was reenergized to fight climate change—with calls to commit $100 billion annually to a slush fund for poorer countries. This bribe, or ransom, money aligns well with the President’s plan to boost his legacy at the expense of our country. He can claim that he did something to conquer climate change.

“This agreement does not require submission to the Senate because of the way it is structured,” a senior administration official told CNN. “The targets aren’t binding.” In other words, President Obama need not submit yet another piece of his unilateral, intrusive agenda of change to Congress.

The Republican-led House passed two resolutions rejecting the administration’s onerous EPA regulations on coal plants following President Obama’s climate change speech. These resolutions will be vetoed, according to CNN. But the focus of the media remains on countering skeptics, boosting unsustainable alternative energies, and, yes, claiming that industrialization cools the earth. Yet, according to the International Business Times, this “new research does not contradict the effects of carbon dioxide on global warming…”

For the climate change believers in the press, nothing can contradict the religion of global warming; their theory is based on politicized science and computer models, as we have argued for decades. This administration claims that it is the greatest national security threat we face. But it is Islamic jihadist expansion andterrorism, not climate change, that is a much greater threat. Not to mention, a resurgent Russia and an increasingly aggressive China.

3. Obamacare’s Continued Fiasco

Obamacare’s fiascos have never ceased, even if mainstream outlets choose not to cover this legislation’s resounding failures. When news broke that MIT economistJonathan Gruber’s email exchanges with the White House amounted to at least 20,000 pages, this revelation was met with a near complete blackout by the mainstream media. But when King v. Burwell, a case which could have struck a crippling blow to Obamacare, went before the Supreme Court, the media misled the public and policymakers about this constitutional challenge, claiming it would cause eight million Americans to lose their coverage. The New York Times falsely cast the words “established by the state” as a drafting error, although that phrase occurs 10 times in the text of the healthcare law.

The mainstream media’s complicit reporting gave the Supreme Court Justices the cover necessary to claim that “The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral.” Therefore, anything that challenges the law’s proper functioning could not be the original intention of lawmakers: “It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner.” It is no wonder that Justice Antonin Scalia condemned his colleagues’ majority ruling as creating “SCOTUScare.”

Despite the Supreme Court’s efforts to keep Obamacare alive, parts of the law continue to fail average Americans. “Out of the 23 co-ops largely funded through Obamacare by federal loans, 12 will no longer offer policies after this year,”reports Politifact. Co-ops are a “new type of private nonprofit health insurer” created by Obamacare, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Politifact found that “co-ops fared significantly worse than the U.S. average, failing at a rate that is about 40 percent faster than is typical.” In other words, co-ops must be added to the list of Obamacare failures following narrow networks, high deductibles, and rising premiums.

4. Ignoring Benghazi Revelations

Several Benghazi revelations have surfaced in 2015, and Accuracy in Media’sCitizens’ Commission on Benghazi has been on top of them all. The CCB’s 2014 Interim Report has been proven correct in every sense. For example, it was confirmed that Hillary Clinton refused to take a phone call from Muammar Qaddafi’s son at a time that the war in Libya could have been prevented. And there is confirmation that Hillary Clinton was aware of the arms shipments to al-Qaeda related groups in Libya, which she denied at the October 22nd hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi. Also, it turned out that the State Departmentreceived more than 600 requests for increased security in Libya that Clinton claimed she was unaware of. The list goes on.

Not only do the media deliberately ignore the fact that Benghazi remains a liability for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, many reporters also contend that the Select Committee on Benghazi investigation is a waste of resources. “The media now complain that the mission of the Select Committee on Benghazi has become overbroad, wasteful, and doesn’t focus on the attack,” we reported back in July. “Yet many in the media focused on the cost of this investigation, and Democrat accusations that it is wasteful and duplicative, even when the Committee was narrowly focusing on the attack.”

“But for the media, it’s old news and hardly worth a mention,” we wrote. “Their tactic is, whenever possible, to repeat assertions by various administration supporters that the Benghazi investigation is a partisan witch hunt.”

America has now learned that then-Secretary of State Clinton sent an email to her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attributing the Benghazi attacks to al Qaeda. She alsocontacted the Egyptian Prime Minister and said, “It was a planned attack, not a protest…Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.” Secretary Clinton similarly told the Libyan president that the attacks could be attributed to Ansar al Sharia. In the meantime, the administration continued publicly blaming a YouTube video for the attacks. Mrs. Clinton also now denies that she told the families of the victims that the government would arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker, for his role in the attacks.

No further evidence is necessary to expose President Obama and former Secretary Clinton’s ties to the Benghazi cover-up. But the media are wrong to condemn this as a phony scandal simply because reporters want this embarrassing fiasco to stop plaguing their favorite presidential candidate.

5. Blame Gun Control Laws or the Attacker?

President Obama and his loyal media brigade are fond of arguing for gun control in the wake of attacks on Americans, regardless of whether gun control laws would actually have helped to prevent murder. “And, of course, what’s also routine is that somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue,” asserted President Obama after the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon. “Well, this is something we should politicize,” he said, calling upon the media to tally up the number of people killed by gun violence as opposed to terrorism.

When Kate Steinle died in California, it was at the hands of an illegal alien who had been convicted seven times and deported five times to Mexico. In some of these cases, the attack is the fault of a criminal illegal alien released back onto the streets, jihadists, or a crazed son stealing guns from his mother.

The media, so fond of promoting gun control, need to explain what law, exactly, would have prevented the recent series of mass shootings. Tennessee, where Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Yussef Abdulazeez killed four marines, is “one of the most lenient states for gun control.” In contrast, according to The Washington Post fact checker, California has probably the toughest gun laws in the country. This didn’t stop Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik from killing 14 in San Bernardino, California. “The guns were purchased legally and the rifles were purchased legally by a former neighbor,” writes Fact-Checker Glenn Kessler for The Washington Post.

What law or laws, exactly, would have prevented the San Bernardino, Chattanooga, Charleston, and Umpqua Community College shootings? Kessler awarded the Geppetto Checkmark—defined as “Statements and claims that contain ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’”—to Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s (FL) claim that no recent “major” mass shootings could have been prevented through gun laws.

6. The Islamic State

Last year, Press Secretary Josh Earnest falsely claimed that President Obama didn’t mean just the Islamic State when he spoke about “jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.” At the time The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler awarded Earnest, and thereby the Obama administration, an embarrassing four Pinocchios for an obvious lie.

President Obama’s original comments were meant to differentiate between terrorists who target the near enemy—within their own nations or region—and those intent on killing Americans. But after the Paris attacks, and San Bernardino, California shooting, it seems that ISIS and those inspired by ISIS have begun to focus on the far enemy: the Western powers, including America.

Reporting on ISIS-sponsored or ISIS-inspired attacks is easy for the press. But members of the mainstream media refuse to address the larger issue of Islamic jihadist terrorism, and the number of hostile jihadists overall.

Now as the Islamic State continues to hold large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the administration and the media both refuse to condemn ISIS for what it really is: one of the many branches of Islamic jihadist groups. The Islamic State need not necessarily win in either Syria or Iraq in order for there to be terror attacks against Americans. ISIS could be replaced by other Islamic jihadists once defeated. “Whether we like it or not, ISIS currently plays a role in the balancing act between Shia and Sunni in the Middle East,” wrote Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi members Pete Hoekstra and Clare Lopez. “What happens to the equilibrium once it is removed from the equation?”

“The Obama administration has already demonstrated its proclivity to side with the wrong party—al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood—in Libya and Egypt,” they continue. “We should not allow ourselves to become drawn into such mistakes again, especially when the ability of the West, Russia and Iran to fully destroy ISIS—or its jihadist ideology—is not entirely clear right now.”

7. Obama’s Cybersecurity Failures

In an outrageous and unacceptable breach of trust, the Obama administration failed to maintain adequate cybersecurity at 17 of the 24 major federal agencies, with the GAO finding that in 2014 17 agencies demonstrated “material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.” Not surprisingly, in twin hacks which together compose “one of the most devastating breaches of U.S. government data in history,” the Chinese gained access to American citizens’ private identifiable information such as social security numbers, health insurance, military service and fingerprints.

“The Obama administration initially downplayed the cyber hack of the [Office of Personnel Management] OPM, which centrally manages records for current and former federal employees,” we reported. “It did so even though it had missed the hack for at least four months, if not more, until a company, CyTech Services, which was conducting a sales demonstration, found malware in OPM’s system that could have been there for a year or more.”

Not only did the Chinese gain access to data on current and former government employees, it also gained access to background check data. Now, the U.S. government has offered just three years of identity protection to the 21.5 million people whose data were stolen, while a foreign country gets to take its time to parse through the details. Where is the mainstream media’s outrage on behalf of the millions of victims of President Obama’s ongoing incompetence?

8. Vetting Hillary Clinton

No matter how shameful her falsehoods or accompanying excuses, the mainstream media continue to give Hillary Clinton a free pass on virtually anything she alleges. She has been caught in lie, after lie, after lie.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in particular, brought Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on his show in order to undermine the author’s investigation of the Clintons and their foundation. “But the ABC host, formerly a Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy, and unofficial hatchet-man for President Bill Clinton, treated his broadcast as more of an interrogation than an interview in an effort to discredit Schweizer and defend, in turn, the Clintons,” we reported at the time. It turned out that Stephanopoulos had himself contributed to the Clinton Foundation without telling his employer, his guest, or his viewers—highlighting once again the ongoing incestuous relationships between the media and the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has also turned into a campaign season debacle of drip, drip, drip. She deleted half of her emails as Secretary of State—which were stored on a private email server—and then sent the remaining half to the State Department, claiming that those messages she deleted were personal. It turns out that she deleted portions of the emails she sent on to the State Department, and also failed to provide a number of emails that were sent between her and confidante Sydney Blumenthal.

And, Mrs. Clinton falsely maintained that she never emailed classified information using her email server. The intelligence community Inspector General has since declared at least two of her emails Top Secret. “The sources…[said] that while the emails were indeed ‘top secret’ when they hit Clinton’s server, one of them remains ‘top secret’ to this day—and must be handled at the highest security level,” reports Fox News.

Besides, it doesn’t really matter if she knew or not. In her position, it was her responsibility to know. And the idea that she could operate for four years as Secretary of State, with all of her emails sent and received on an unauthorized, private server, and never handle classified material, is absurd on its face. Plus, the likelihood that her server was hacked by foes such as China or Russia is very high, even with Secret Service officers standing guard outside the room where the server sat, which she ridiculously claimed was a measure of security that protected her emails from people who would want to see them.

Mrs. Clinton’s email server remains under FBI investigation while the mainstream media continue to look the other way. After the treatment given to Gen. David Petraeus and others by the Obama Justice Department for far less egregious mishandling of classified material, the question must be asked: Is Hillary Clinton above the law? Reporters continue to violate their mandate to vet this presidential candidate, just as they failed to do so with Barack Obama.

9. Skewed GOP Primaries

While the media nitpick Republican candidates for very minor “lies” or indiscretions, their Democratic counterparts’ lies, assumptions and conflicts of interest get a free pass. Where is the endless media coverage of Hillary’s private email server, the Clinton Foundation, and Benghazi? Instead we hear about Donald Trump’s belittling of women.

During their obligatory coverage of Mrs. Clinton’s fraudulent statements, reporters yawn on air and ask whether it is really relevant to discuss these topics of interest. “Look, I’ve never really heard anyone spontaneously bring it up when I’ve been on the trail covering Hillary,” claimed MSNBC correspondent Joy-Ann Reid regarding Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal. “So I don’t know that the American people are following it with this much detail.”

“So, I have been utterly bored with the story to the point where I only recently began to really sort of dig into it,” Reid said.

On the other hand, the media cannot get enough of Trump, who bombastically drops one-liners amidst never-ending press coverage. A recent analysis of Trump coverage shows that CNN allotted 78 percent of its Republican primary coverage to Trump, probably because he drives ratings and makes inflammatory statements. Meanwhile, during the Republican debates, presidential candidates are subjected to “gotcha” questions, or questions that ask candidates to attack each other.

On December 10th, CNN aired a segment titled “Does the truth matter for Trump supporters?” Let’s go beyond whether the truth matters to Hillary’s supporters for a moment. The bigger question is, does the truth about our presidential candidates actually matter to liberal campaign reporters?

The bottom line is that the media take every opportunity to make GOP candidates look bad, and try to get them to fight among themselves. But when it comes to the Democratic candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton, they go out of their way to avoid conflict, and ignore or downplay the scandals and conflicts of interest.

10. Securing our Skies

After September 11, 2001, one might think that keeping our skies safe would be a top priority. However, the Obama administration is more interested in fostering diversity among air controller candidates than hiring competent personnel, thereby placing all Americans at risk.

“When it comes to air traffic safety, racially- and demographically-blind hiring standards should be applied across the country as well,” we argued back in May.

Only a small number of news outlets bothered to report on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) altering hiring standards to invalidate the inside track for Collegiate Training Initiative graduates, who had significant training in actually being an air traffic controller. The new hiring standards instead utilized a biographical questionnaire (BQ) that was far less indicative of how well prepared one was to become an air traffic controller.

The Fox Business Network discovered that an association, the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE), was coaching its members so that they were more likely to pass the BQ. Yet, “Key individuals impacted by the cheating scandal report to me that despite repeated attempts, the FAA investigators did not return calls or set up interviews with them,” wrote four Congressional Members in a December letter.

The media have been studiously ignoring this, and many other scandals, in order to avoid the embarrassment that any one of them would cause President Obama. As we have previously documented, President Obama and his administration have waged an unprecedented war on journalists and whistleblowers while failing to hold people accountable for scandals that occurred on their watch, such as at the IRS, at the VA (Veterans Affairs) and the FAA. And 2015 saw a continuation of this culture of corruption and cover-up by both the administration and the news media.


The shocking ‘Affluenza’ story you haven’t heard

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal

Terry Bean with Obama by Air Force One via Washington Times

Terry Bean with Obama by Air Force One via Washington Times

In 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch drunkenly slammed into a broken-down vehicle on the road, killing four people.

Also in 2013, Terry Bean, 66, and his lover Kiah Lawson, 25, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy in an Oregon hotel room.

What do these stories have in common? “Affluenza.”

Why do you know about Ethan Couch but not Terry Bean? Read on.

“Affluenza Case Study #1:” Ethan Couch

Couch was sentenced to time in the Tarrant County juvenile detention center while awaiting orders for his “therapy at a long-term, in-patient facility” in addition to ten years probation as reported at the Star-Telegram. Couch, now 18, fled earlier this month as he was “facing the prospect of a court hearing that could have sent him to jail.”

Couch was found with his mother in Puerta Vallarta after a mere few weeks on the run.

As an aside, the New York Times reported that Couch was due to be in court Jan. 19 “on the request to move the case to adult court.” This author is not an attorney, but wasn’t Couch already tried, convicted and sentenced?

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, “Every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash…” yet Ethan Couch is all over the news. The New York Times has featured him in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 separate news stories.

Why? A reckless 16-year-old boy fell quite nicely into a narrative promoted ad nauseum by the mainstream media. One rarely hears about those killed in that horrific crash in 2013, but everyone knows about the “Affluenza teen.”

The mainstream media’s mentality can be summed up the following gleeful headlines:

If Ethan Couch was an illegal immigrant, or pretty much anyone other than a wealthy white male, it is unlikely that you would know his name.

“Affluenza Case Study #2:” Terry Bean

Terry Bean (the one cited above who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy), is the co-founder of the “largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States.” Innocuously-named “Human Rights Campaign (HRC),” the organization is behind the local ordinances that say men-should-be-allowed-in-girl’s-room if they identify as women. The HRC’s efforts in imposing local ordinances, with the notable exception of Houston, have been remarkably successful.

The HRC website gushes:

HRC is working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights in all 50 states…As of April 1, 2015, there are more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 29 state legislatures.


HRC co-founder Terry Bean, of course, is also an Obama Bundler who “raised more than a half a million dollars for the president’s reelection campaign,” as reported at The Hill. In fact, Bean and his former much-younger boyfriend actually met with Obama at the White House.

In 2013, from a must-read report at OregonLive:

“The Lane County indictments follow a tumultuous relationship between Bean, 66, and Lawson, 25, that unraveled after Lawson discovered Bean had a hidden camera in the bedroom of his Southwest Portland home in the West Hills, according to Dickey [Lawson’s attorney]…Lawson had found Bean was surreptitiously videotaping his sexual encounters with Lawson and a handful of other men, Dickey said. The falling out led to each taking out restraining orders against the other earlier this year, and Bean trying to evict Lawson from Bean’s Jantzen Beach condo…Lawson accompanied Bean on several trips, to his Palm Springs’ home, to a meeting with President Obama at the White House, to the Dominican Republic and Italy, Dickey said.”

As observed at the Hill:

“The co-founder of a group that protects gay, lesbian and transgender rights and a big-time Obama supporter allegedly violates a juvenile’s rights, and there’s no national coverage?”

Bean also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which backs LGBT candidates for various elected positions. The list of individuals supported by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund includes radical left-wing representatives Mark PocanMark Takano, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, and Kyrsten Sinema among others.

As reported at USAToday, Bean has given thousands of dollars to “Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Barney Frank, among others.”

Terry Bean with the Clintons via the San Francisco Chronicle

Terry Bean with the Clintons via the San Francisco Chronicle

The case against Bean and his ex-boyfriend was dismissed “because their accuser refused to testify,” as reported at OregonLive. According to the article, the prosecutor said “Bean had offered the boy at least $200,000 to settle the case.”

Affluenza. But in this case, Terry Bean is protected by a narrative.


Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Don’t Worry, Be Happy Edition

The Watcher’s Council


Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.


Doug Ross

Best All-Around Blogging:
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton: A tireless patriot who never hesitates to throw down against the Marxist Left

Best Blog-Ring:
The Watcher’s Council: A repeat winner, all 2015 Council members qualify for this award. The longest running blog-ring of its kind, the Council’s weekly winners are always must-reads

The Ronald Reagan Award for Best Anti-Communism Blog:
TrevorLoudon.com: A one-man juggernaut following in Reagan’s footsteps

Council News:

The results from this year’s 2015 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards are in and the Council scored big! Terresa Monroe-Hamilton’s The Noisy Room, Fausta’s Blog, VA Right!, Sara Noble’s The Independent Sentinel and Bookworm Room all received individual awards and rave write ups, and the Council as a whole received a group award as best blogging group.

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Right Reason, The People’s Cube and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!! – 12/29/15

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this week’s nominees…

Dim-O-Crat NY Assemblyman Chuck Lavine!

The Noisy Room: My nomination this week is Assemblyman Charles Lavine. How very stupid this is. Trump donated a 440-acre park in New York 10 years ago when a golf course deal fell through. It’s worth $100 million and has Donald Trump’s name on it. Now, liberals are demanding that Trump’s name be removed from the state park that he donated. Morons. Two weenie liberal Democrat lawmakers have now introduced the “Anything But Trump Act.” You’ve got to be freaking kidding me. They claim his name should be stripped because of his anti-Muslim stance. Assemblyman Charles Lavine – who sponsored the “Anything But Trump Act,” has some ideas who they should rename the park after. Lavine, of Long Island, suggests the state rename the park for Peter Salem, a Muslim Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts who fought in battles in New York state. Other suggestions include folk singer and activist Pete Seeger. Seeger, of course, is a communist. I mean, literally… he’s connected to the Communist Party USA. There is also absolutely no proof that Peter Salem was a Muslim. What a bunch of unapologetic Marxist trolls.

Lavine and Squadron weren’t finished: “The rhetoric and discriminatory proposals we’ve seen from Mr. Trump don’t belong in the presidential election, and don’t belong in New York state parks,” said Squadron, of Brooklyn. “He has dishonored the state, and should not be honored with a state park named for him.” Donald Trump bluntly put it just right: “If they want, they can give me the land back.” If the liberals hate Donald Trump this deeply, then he should make a fantastic president. I still prefer Ted Cruz, but I’ll gladly vote for Trump. The Donald is driving them out of their minds with fear and loathing. I hope they give the park back to Trump. It closed four years ago due to budget cuts and Trump would surely make it a success again. For being a moronic weasel, Charles Lavine has earned the golden weasel.

Long Time Clintonista And Corrupt Political ‘Fixer’ Governor Terry McAuliffe!

Virginia Right!: I would like to nominate Terry McAuliffe for the Weasel of the Week. There are many, many reasons he should win, but the anti-gun leftist has gone over the line. He and his activist Attorney General Mark “The Red” Herring decided arbitrarily to cancel the reciprocating Concealed Weapons Permit agreements Virginia had with 25 state after a “review” of the other state’s gun laws.

The general assembly has been working for years along with Democratic Governors in many instances, to bring Virginia and other states into uniformity so that Virginian’s who hold CCP’s here can also carry legally in other states.

Many of these states have laws allowing reciprocating agreements agreements with states that honor their permits. And some automatically terminate or refuse to honor CCP’s in states that do not allow their citizens the legal ability to conceal. Out of the 25 states that McAuliffe cancelled, 7 or 8 will be terminated by law. The rest are up in the air.

The uselessness of this gun rights infringement is highlighted by a FOIA request to the Virginia State Police for information on crimes involving guns committed under a reciprocating agreement. The FOIA produces no results. No crimes.

And the fact that the CCP holders from another statr are free to come in to Virginia and OPEN CARRY shows just how absurd this is. As long as you have a legal weapon, you do not need any permit or even any training to strap on a holster and walk around most of the state. Of course, the same governor has outlawed guns in State buildings owned or leased by the Executive Branch. Adding to the confusion.

And the state owned liquor stores are now gun free zones ripe for robbery by criminals who don’t obey the law anyway.

So if you come to Virginia, you are welcome to strap on a side arm and go most any place not owned by Terry McAuliffe and his henchmen. Oh, and stay out of Starbucks and Buffalo Wild Wings too. They are safe zones for criminals as well.


Fausta’s Blog: The Bal Harbour Village police, who funneled millions in drug money into the bank accounts of Venezuelans, but never investigated the people to whom they were sending millions in drug proceeds, including a host of individuals with criminal records.

The mind-boggling report is here.

The New York Times!

Nice Deb: The New York Times for trying to dredge up interest and sympathy for transgender Muslims in Indonesia two days before Christmas.

Not even joking:

Transgender Muslims Find a Home for Prayer in Indonesia

Tucked away behind a large mosque on a side street in Yogyakarta, Al Fatah Pesantren is, according to its leader, the only Muslim academy or madrasa for transgender people in the world. Shinta Ratri, the school’s 53-year-old director, founded it with other transgender women in 2008, two years after a major earthquake convulsed the city. “It was a time of suffering, and transgender people needed a way to pray,” she said. “We needed a place to worship together and learn about Islam.”

The mind-numbingly long piece fails at its mission. The Grey Lady’s absurd obsession over an infinitesimally small minority group only evokes scorn, ridicule and derision.

The Washington Post’s Disgusting Cartoonist, Ann Telnaes

JoshuaPundit: For a new bottom in political Weaselness well below the norm, even in an election season. Simply an indecent person.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels… ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Journalists obsess over Trump getting NH primary date wrong

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal


Press freaks out over Donald Trump getting New Hampshire primary date wrong. (Screenshot, NBC News)

Journalists evidently chomping at the bit to slam Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump eagerly tweeted over and over...and over…about how Donald Trump mistakenly said that the Primary in New Hampshire was on February 8th instead of the 9th.

A not-so-surprisingly partisan political reporter for Time Magazine, Zeke Miller, did NOT tweet about Trump’s evidently-horrifying mistake; however he did re-tweet other “journalists”:

Twitter Screenshot

Twitter Screenshot

Was Donald Trump’s mistake really THAT egregious?

Was it worse than this:

A 2008 Newsbusters article pointed out that the mainstream media all but “ignored” Obama’s comment about the 57 states