Liberal Media Exposed

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Conservative Media

IRS Tea Party

Taxation is always a thorny subject, raising questions of individual vs. societal rights and about how much of their own hard-earned cash people should be allowed to keep, but in principle just about everyone agrees that at least some tax is a necessary evil. After all we need to support the military and control the borders, and some spending on roads is always going to be necessary. It gets more complex when we start arguing about whether the government should be providing health care and education. Then there’s maybe the biggest difference between the political right and left – should tax be used to redistribute wealth from those who earned it to those who didn’t?
Now a congressional investigation has come up with evidence suggesting that tax policy has been used to do something much, much worse than redistributing wealth – it looks like the IRS might actually have been targeting tax to harm political opponents. The House Oversight Committee is working through 1.3 million pages of documents and emails covering the IRS, Treasury and Justice Department. A lot of this has fallen out of a 2013 FBI investigation that found the IRS had been targeting a variety of politically active groups, giving their tax-free status additional scrutiny. Obviously there are laws covering what political activity a group can carry out and still remain tax exempt, but what worries investigators is the way groups were targeted.
It looks like the IRS chose the groups to investigate by looking at their names, as well as making value judgements on their objectives. Aiming to “make America a better place to live” was enough to start a tax probe. That caught up a handful of liberal groups like Occupy, but it seems likely they were included to disguise the real focus of the operation. Targeted terms included “TEA Party”, “patriot” and anything critical of Obamacare. Any criticism of how the country was being run could trigger an investigation. Suggesting that American children needed to be taught about the Constitution and Bill of Rights would, too.
It’s obvious from the wording that would attract an IRS assessment that this whole plan was aimed at making life difficult for Obama’s opponents on the right. After all how many ultra-liberal groups have “patriot” in their title? Or “Constitution”? This is clear use of the IRS as a political weapon, sending out agents to harass law-abiding Americans on the basis of their political beliefs. If the administration disagrees with someone it should have an open discussion and say why it thinks they’re wrong, not try to silence them by tying them up in the famously arcane bureaucracy and paperwork of the tax system.
It’s likely that most of these investigations would come to nothing, but IRS scrutiny means real possibility of being unfairly stripped of tax exemptions. That can make a huge difference to an organization, depriving them of the funds they need to do their job. Shutting down the opposition is something we associate with banana republics; it’s very disturbing that Congress is now finding so much evidence of tactics like this being used in America.

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School Surveillance

There have been concerns about the abuse of authority in America’s public school system for a long time and they’re reaching frightening proportions under the current administration. Worried parents are being bombarded with attacks on their right to teach their children about morality, marriage and creation; obstacles are increasingly being put in the way of anyone who wants to take their kids out of the system and educate them themselves, with home schoolers increasingly being portrayed as antisocial or even dangerously misguided. But this all pales into insignificance compared with the increase in government surveillance our children are being subjected to by school districts.
Some city schools have been making students walk through metal detectors for years, and while supporters justify that on security grounds it’s still an egregious violation of personal privacy and pushes hard against the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment. Is it really a “reasonable search” to make innocent kids walk through a body scanner every day? It gets worse though. Authorities are taking an unhealthy interest in what kids eat, often over-riding the decisions of parents to enforce an officially approved diet. Rules on dress codes, designed to control the urge of some students to turn up half-dressed, are now being used to censor clothing that carries a politically incorrect message – meaning anything administrators don’t like. And now schools are actually hiring snoops to spy on kids.
Last week Orinda Union School District in the notoriously liberal Bay Area suspended a 7-year-old girl after claiming her parents had lied about residency on their application. The girl, from a Hispanic family, was registered at an address in an upscale area; the school decided she didn’t really live there and decided to investigate. Instead of taking appropriate steps – like asking her parents – they decided to hire a private investigator to follow her around and dig into her background. The detective posed as an insurance investigator to interview the girl’s mother and residents of her old neighborhood in Bay Point, as well as following her to and from a home in Orinda – the address she was registered to. Despite this the school decided her residency was false, and told her to leave the school.
If they’d bothered to ask they’d have learned that her mother was a live-in nanny for an Orinda family, and the girl – named only as Vivian – did indeed live inside the school district’s boundary. However it was only when a local paper published details that administrators admitted their mistake and allowed Vivian back to school.
It turns out that this is far from an isolated case. In fact several school districts around the Bay Area hide references to private investigators in the small print, and inquiries among detective agencies reveal that this is happening on a massive scale. San Francisco Unified ordered surveillance on thousands of students in 2010, then dismissed thousands for living at the “wrong” address. Several agencies get so much work from school boards that they advertise student tracking services on their websites.
It’s not acceptable that school administrators are allowed to order Soviet-style surveillance on students, or that parents trying to do their best for their kids should be surreptitiously interrogated by covert investigators. If kids have aspirations and a desire to learn our public schools should be helping them, not crippling them under an ever-increasing load of state control.

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Doomsday Preppers

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Doomsday Preppers is a reality TV show featured on National Geographic. It highlights the lives of Americans who are getting ready for doomsday. Their main objective is to be prepared for potential disasters. These people believe that the world is about to end. They are afraid of the apocalypse. Their beliefs about the impending end of the world vary from one household to another. These beliefs are based on certain signs such as a rise in inflation and natural disasters, which other people do not pay too much attention to. One of the most interesting aspects about these individuals is that they stock up on weapons and gold.

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Why the Glenn Beck Show Was Cancelled

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Do you still remember Glenn Beck or has he completely gone out of your memory? For a while, Glenn was the most talked-about personality on National Television. His success as a media figure was phenomenal. Glenn’s mugshots were shouting from almost every magazine in the country, while he kept representing a particular brand of funny and crazy. He had completely seized the Republican Party. Glenn’s unhinged and exciting conspiracy theories and immense hatred for the Obama administration were perfectly synchronized with what a major population of the United States was feeling. Even his books shot up sales, and the best seller list. Glenn’s show on Fox News received exceptional ratings, and almost every person in the country was talking about him.

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The Most Conservative US News Channels

The United States is fortunate to have so many reliable news outlets available. Constantly streaming news networks such as CNN keep people abreast on a number of domestic and international issues. However, many people from the right think every news outlet is a corrupt tool of the Democratic Party, but a closer examination reveals the conservatives have a host of media outlets to broadcast their message. If you say the term conservative news, people will automatically think of FOX News. This is because the people at this network convince their constituents that they’re the only non-liberal media source. However, local news stations across the country have to attract the viewers who live within their broadcast range. Therefore, a very conservative town will have very conservative news coverage, with anchors who tend to side with the right. Editors at these stations will give stories concerning a conservative base preference over stories that don’t. This practice isn’t politically motivated; it’s simply a viable business strategy to attract more viewers for higher ratings. This ploy has led some of the local stations across America to become propaganda machines for the right wing and three of the most conservative are listed below.

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The Liberal Solution: Assault a Conservative?

Ok, here is what happened: On March 31, 2005, Pat Buchanan, conservative commentator and former presidential candidate, was giving a speech at Western Michigan University when some 24-year-old ding-dong, who apparently did not like what he was hearing, decided the appropriately mature and tolerant behavior would be to attack Mr. Buchanan with a bottle of salad dressing. I do not know the motives of this nut, whether he was going crown Mr. Buchanan across the noggin, but he ended up “dousing” him with salad dressing instead while screaming, “Stop the bigotry.”

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