A Free And Honest Press

Regarding the talk going around about trusting in the news media let me say this “The very future of our Republic is being threatened by their fake news. Sometimes they go beyond fake news to out and out lies.  It seems some in the news media take the free press to mean free to deceive, lie, malign, obscure, and confuse the truth. To slant their reporting to make it come out different. How do you explain such intense distrust in the news media by most Americans? Most news outlets claim a free press is essential to holding public figures and Government officials accountable. That is true but this is never the case unless your last name is Trump. When it comes to President Trump the mission of the press is not one of reporting the truth, but an abundance of printing lies and fake news. But these news agencies will cry foul and say the free press is being hindered from doing their job when they are told exactly what they are.

Did the free press hold Obama accountable for his lies and Hillary’s concerning Benghazi or how about the one “you can keep your doctor”? Did the free press hold Lois Lerner accountable for the shenanigans by the IRS? Did the free press hold Eric Holder accountable for drug running (Fast and Furious)? Did the free press hold Hillary accountable for classified materials on an illegal private server? In every case, the answer is no. But the press can be dishonest and not fair in their reporting about President Trump. Always trying to find fault in everything he does when in all honesty he is doing a great job for the American people.

The free press has not only failed us too many times but several times have out and out lied to us. Most Americans want a free press but they want one that is honest and fair. One that will not take sides and will report the news straight down the middle without any bias and let the American people make their own informed decision. The free press (in other words the press that is still honest with their reporting) must clean its profession of all the bad news reporting before public trust is restored in the free press.

Let’s change the terminology used here from a free press to a free and honest press, one that is necessary and crucial for a republic like ours.

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The New ‘Untouchables’? 

Back in 1927, Eliot Ness, an officer with the U.S. Treasury Department, went to Chicago to fight crime. He winnowed his team of agents down to eleven, whom he had investigated and deemed incorruptible, earning them the name “The Untouchables.” They were men of integrity. Getting past the movies about these men we can read in many articles about how true they were to their position and to the United States of America. They had no interest but to clean up a City of corrupt officials.

Watching the news for the last year we can see and hear recent discoveries and revelations of the leadership at the FBI and DOJ, we now have a new breed of “The Untouchables,” not because of their integrity, but because of their stalling, lying and deceiving of the American people, obsfucation and outright unbelievable testimony. Here are a few examples of how the American people are deceived and lied to by the new breed of untouchables.

  • “I did not think that bias was expressed in those text messages” — Peter Strzok
  • “No sir, not wittingly” — James Clapper when asked “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions of … Americans?”
  • Andrew McCabe, fired for lack of candour at least four times. Candour defined as Unreserved, honest, sincere expression, forthrightness.
  • When asked by Sen. Diane Feinstein if the CIA “violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution,” John Brennan said, “As far as allegations and the charges of, you know, CIA hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth …” This was proven to be a Lie.

The above-cited leaders present as models of virtue and truth fall way short of being truthful. They become angry if questioned about their credibility or their veracity. They are The New Untouchables, above bias, above the people, above questioning, above oversight or overlooking certain questions of breaking the law. In their minds, because of their positions, they think they are above the law. they are indeed above the laws that every other citizen is subject to in this country. These are the “NEW UNTOUCHABLES”, a far cry from the real thing, the real untouchables. These men are more like the Gestapo and KGB. Both agencies answered to no one but the leaders of the country and they did and said what they wanted to without any repercussions. Do that begin to sound familiar?

We should all long for the real Untouchables as in the 1920’s, not this deceitful, arrogant, unrepentant new breed that is deceiving the American people. But how can that happen as we turn our attention to the government itself? The truth has to flow from the top and that has not been happening.