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Month: July 2010

Number 156

The Press…Yet Again Long-time readers of this newsletter may wince at the suggestion that the major media are the subject of an item here. TLB must plead guilty to charges that it harps on the same theme frequently, and perhaps too often. But…when the press does not believe in the freedom of the press, when the news media are more propaganda outlets than sources of stimulating and intelligent commentary…people should be critical. It’s the right thing to do. Now you remember Journolist: it was the natural result of the biased news media’s homogeneity. It was a scheme or plot or conspiracy that allowed propagandists to coordinate their efforts, urge each other on, and make their privileged positions in the mass media more effective. It was reported in Number 153 of TLB, and this hyperlink was provided. That was by no means the end of the story, and as will be made clear, recent events provide evidence of malice and conspiracy. Those charges are serious, and must meet high standards of proof if they are to be responsible. What follows is, therefore, a careful attempt to elucidate the censorious abuse of journalistic privilege. Begin with a post on the internet that provides this quote: “…the far left members of Journolist targeted FOX News and wanted it shut down by the government.” This newsletter believes that the censorious journalists felt they...

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Number 155

Essential Everything the man in this video says is totally correct. His views are critically important. Crooks, Flicks, And Liars “Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, reportedly resulting in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office handled the warrants authorizing the seizures of seven of the domains. Quote from this report. If you give these words a moment’s thought, Pilgrims, you should should realize that the claim is not true. No money — not a single penny — has been lost to the US economy. What happened was this: money that would have been spent to pay for the privilege (not right) to view video entertainment did not go to the copyright holders who own those videos. Instead the money remained in the possession of consumers who did not pay to see the films. It was not lost to the economy. According to the law, the copyright violators committed a theft: they gained free access they are required by law to pay for. And that was all that happened; no money was taken out and burned. Isn’t that a quibble? Not at all. When the federal authorities impose sweeping censorship on media, they should be held to the highest standards. They must not be permitted to lie...

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Number 154

“You Got To Understand, Now It’s Payback Time” While the news media in general boycott the story (Moonie alert, source is owned by felon who claims to be Jesus Christ), J. Christian Adams extends his account of the policies of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (his first article was noted in TLB 153). Quotes: The Bush Civil Rights Division was willing to protect all Americans from racial discrimination; during the Obama years, the Holder years, only some Americans will be protected. The dismissal of the voter intimidation lawsuit against armed New Black Panthers in Philadelphia is the most prominent example of this hostility toward race-neutral enforcement of civil rights laws. But that dismissal is far from the only manifestation of the beliefs infesting the Department. The Department recently filed a brief supporting the use of race-based preferences at the University of Texas. Holder’s DOJ wants Texas to be able to give extra admissions credit to the skin color of certain college applicants. Of course some races won’t get the benefit of these racial preferences, while the political allies of the administration will. In New Haven, Connecticut, the Holder Justice Department took the side of those who wanted to racially discriminate against white and Hispanic firefighters seeking promotion. Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court rejected the position of the Civil Rights Division. Adams’s account reveals the government’s policy as...

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