Accuracy in Media

If you think Barack Obama has gotten a free ride from the press, consider the case of Bill de Blasio.

The New York Post revealed at the last minute that the Marxist frontrunner for mayor of New York City visited Communist Russia in 1983. But the paper’s bizarre cover headline, “Back in the USSR,” complete with a hammer-and-sickle, seemed to make a mockery of the discovery.

International communism, which claimed more than 100 million lives, is not a laughing matter, nor just the subject of a 1968 song by the Beatles.  

Described by CNN as the “unabashed liberal,” de Blasio is actually to the left of Barack Obama, in the sense that de Blasio didn’t disavow his communist background once it came to light. At least Obama tried to cover up his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.  

De Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.  

Nobody believed the purpose of his “honeymoon” to Cuba was actually a honeymoon, but the media didn’t even bother to check into how he made the illegal trip and whether the FBI had developed a file on the candidate.

De Blasio was so open about his Marxism that on Sunday, he campaigned with Harry Belafonte, who during the Cold War sang at a “Concert for Peace” in communist East Germany, where he attacked President Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy. A long-time supporter of the Castro dictatorship, Belafonte was also an ally of the late Venezuelan Marxist ruler Hugo Chavez.

Trevor Loudon, author of The Enemies Within, has commented on de Blasio’s commitment to “democratic socialism” and the significance of his work for David Dinkins, the former New York City mayor who was closely associated with the Democratic Socialists of America. Dinkins was associated with high crime rates and out-of-control spending.

Joe Connor, a Tea Party activist whose father was murdered by the FALN Puerto Rican terrorist group, was also concerned about de Blasio’s work for Hillary Clinton.

He pointed out that during a congressional recess in 1999 when de Blasio was serving as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager for her New York Senate run, President Clinton, with a powerful push from then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, offered executive clemency to 16 FALN terrorists. 

Connor says the Clintons and Holder thought that since Congress was on recess, no one was paying attention or would even remember the FALN. They were wrong.

He says, “While the Clintons hid behind executive privilege and never admitted the reason for the offers, our family saw the clemencies for what they were: craven politics. The Clintons were using our father’s life and death for cheap political gain. They thought releasing Puerto Rican terrorists would help secure the Hispanic vote for Hillary Clinton’s run for New York senator.” 

At an October 24 news conference in New York City, Connor said, “Bill de Blasio ran Hillary Clinton’s campaign. What did de Blasio know about the clemencies and when did he know it?”

It is a tragedy that the New York media took no interest in getting answers to these questions. One reporter, Jennifer Fermino of the New York Daily News, made Pamela Geller the villain when she threatened to run “Stop Red Bill” advertisements. Geller then asked, “How much is the de Blasio campaign paying her [Fermino] to run interference for them?”

But one can be sure that members of the New York City Police Department have been paying attention and take the warnings about de Blasio seriously. The “thin blue line” is what separates this security risk as mayor from the public. Perhaps they know more about de Blasio then even the public has come to appreciate.

For starters, de Blasio has promised to fire the tough Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, and he can be expected to follow through on his promise.

But another of de Blasio’s promises to the criminals lobby—to discontinue the stop, question and frisk policy of preventing crime—is in doubt. Just a few days before the election, a federal court overturned a liberal judge’s campaign to gut the effective crime-reducing practice. This means de Blasio may have to go to court on behalf of the anti-police groups that have been funded by one of his biggest benefactors, billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros. 

De Blasio can be expected to side with Soros and his “progressive base,” rather than the police.

De Blasio can also do a lot of damage in the area of surveillance of potential Muslim terrorists. He made a campaign promise to a Muslim group that he would stop the practice of sending informants into mosques and Muslim student organizations.

Going further, if he moves to dismantle the NYPD’s counter-terrorism programs, the city and nation could suffer through another 9/11.

Pamela Geller, a New Yorker, comments that the kind of journalism that we saw in the mayoral contest “is not just irresponsible; it endangers us all.”

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  • Eunomia2013

    New York has always been a mecca for corruption, crime, union thuggery, the mafia and generally tolerant to all forms of fraud and perversion. This sleazebag’s election proves that nothing has changed.

  • lyingmedia

    Evil never sleeps.

  • James Simpson

    Actually it changed substantially under Rudy Giuliani. So much so that Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat, switched parties to take advantage of Giuliani’s coattails. Imagine that; a Democrat switching parties to win a mayoral race in NYC! Of course he showed his true colors shortly after but that switch was a testimonial to the vast improvement Rudy made to the lives of everyday New Yorkers. But it seems no one ever learns. The City Council is run by ACORN through the Working Families Party, another communist front, and now New York has proven it can double down on stupid by electing a genuine communist. The idiots deserve whatever they get.

  • LawReader

    Most amusing! Those of us with the brains to come in out of a monsoon got the hell out of NYC decades ago. It’s currently vying for the East Coast version of the California overtaxed Granola bowl experience – loaded with fruits, nuts and flakes – way overpriced, and pretty well unfit for human consumption.

    You guys enjoy that ‘Big Apple’ experience. It’s about to get a lot more rotten.

  • boysenberry

    Right to the point.
    Don’t forget the trunks of cars usually contain lots ballots, that for some reason got lost and turned in later. Hahaha!
    Remember Al Franken!
    And there are tons of dumb people voting.

  • MarkInSavannah

    Along comes another worthless turd who promises to give the people free stuff. This is what our once great nation has become: a hodgepodge of freeloaders; courtesy of progressive tricksters who know darned well you don’t give something for nothing. Too bad the people have become too stupid and too selfish to see through this facade!

  • Inconvenient truth: Crime in NY actually started to decline under Dinkins. Sorry.:-)

  • Jack

    “The New York Post revealed at the last minute that the Marxist frontrunner for mayor of New York City visited Communist Russia in 1983. But the paper’s bizarre cover headline, ‘Back in the USSR,’ complete with a hammer-and-sickle, seemed to make a mockery of the discovery.”

    Are you saying Rupert Murdoch is in on it?

  • Yes, he is. Because our host is batshit nuts, in case you hadn’t noticed.

  • Jack

    Oh, I noticed. I was just making sure.

  • R.I.P The Rocket


  • Heh.:-)

  • BTW, and speaking of right wing paranoia, my gravatar is Concealed Carrie Fisher. Get it?

  • Richard Hellstrom

    America has a once in a life time opportunity to come forward and do something that their daddies couldn’t do ! Stand up and be a Man and admit their a communist country. The social order in America has no separation between the social and political order and their campaign of psychological and information warfare in their Buddy System , MPA’S AND other private memberships ranges from any where from KLU KLUX KLAN philosophy to the prevalent ideology and thories of BOZO THE PEDOPHILE. And their all after the same people ! lol ! I implore the White House not to just come out of the closet but to really COME OUT OF THE CLOSET AS A NATION ! Just have Obama come out to do a news conference and admit , Our nation has no idea of what’s right or wrong so were just going to blame all our problems on the children. Then maybe he could call Castro live and apologize.

  • SL

    Inconvenient truth. Only after the massive riots all over the city forced him to hire Ray Kelly for his first go around, the same guy DeBlasio is going to fire.

  • bob570

    This is a good thing really, maybe he’ll make Christie look like a Conservative. At least in the News Media, he’ll never be on with us.

  • Ah yes. Massive riots. I remember hearing about those on 90s tv broadcasts from the Bizarro World.:-)

  • salvagesalvage

    AHHAHAHA! COMMIES UNDER THE BED!!! Oh Tailgunner Joe we need you now more than ever!

    The butt-hurt here is just hysterical.

  • SL

    Guess you don’t consider Crown Heights to be part of the city. You know, dead people, millions of dollars of property damage. Or is that just a typical day in the city in your world?

  • Ah yes, the famous NY pogroms. We Jews always suffer the most.

  • Hank Friedman

    You Snarky Jerk.
    I served as a Police Officer during BOTH the Crown Heights and Washington Heights riots. There was nothing “Bizarro” about any of it. In Crown Heights we were ORDERED by the Dinkins Administration not to interfere with the roving bands beating and terrorizing Jewish New Yorkers. I was there; I saw it and I know it happened. Crime under Mayor Dinkins & his right -hand Man Lynch ( DeBlasio’s Boss at the time) was out of control.

  • To paraphrase Mary McCarthy — nothing in the above sentences is true, including the punctuation.

  • van Hinten

    Like if you knew what Marxism is… Marxism is not what China, the Soviet Union, the GDR, North Korea or any other country might wanna make you believe…
    All the prejudices of the uneducated American are becoming once more true again.
    All this populist cheap propaganda against everything you don’t understand and doesn’t agree with what some conservative tea party clowns from the hinterlands want you to believe.
    You Americans should start reading international news and broaden your horizon.
    There’s so much more out there then Fox News… The Author calls himself a journalist? He would have fit great in the 3rd Reich.

  • Juan Lopez

    This comes from the right-wing with low taxation “who know darned well you don’t give something for nothing” as well said.

  • Juan Lopez

    What is wrong with communism?

  • Macon Sense

    Get a plane ticket or shut your ignorant hole:

  • Devon

    It’s so silly; every time there’s a story about someone who went to Eastern Europe, the tea-party folks start screaming “communist”. I’ve been to China; that doesn’t make me a Communist or a Maoist. I really want to see Cuba; I’m sure millions and millions of Americans would go in a heartbeat. That doesn’t make them Marxists. I have friends from the former USSR that got the chance to travel to America and Western Europe; that didn’t make them enemies of the state then, and I would HOPE that it wouldn’t 3 freaking decades later.

    Also, most of these tea-party folks have no concept of what communism or socialism actually mean, and conflate things like Stalinism and Maoisim with Marxism. It gets really really old. =/

  • ERG

    The Government owns you. You are property of the government. The government provides all….and tells you what your rights are. Which is usually to serve the Gov. There’s a reason people want to come to America. Where your creator gives you the 3 basic rights. Life, Liberty , and the pursuit of happiness. A right communism takes from you

  • Juan Lopez

    “The Government owns you. You are property of the government. The government provides all….and tells you what your rights are.” Well your an idiot as the government is you as if you vote for people who kiss as to corporation or anti-democratic views like torture the “We the people” have to look to themselves why is this happen as Europe keeps their leaders in check.

    “Where your creator gives you the 3 basic rights. Life, Liberty , and the pursuit of happiness. A right communism takes from you” I don’t believe in god and communism that was USSR was awful state but not communism.

  • Juan Lopez

    This is just ignorance

  • danthebadass

    I thought this headline referred to the unfortunate inhabitants of NYC, once Comrade De Blasio took office.

  • Ed Joseph

    that was a tuf time, for sure

  • Ed Joseph

    sorry…grammar… }
    “are” true !!

  • Russian Immigrant

    Oh, flew in from Liberia Beach D.O.A.
    Got to a hospital bed last night
    All the way this ebola bug was in my pee
    Man I was a dreadful sight

    I’m back in the E.U.S.S.R.
    You don’t know how lucky you are… boy
    Back in the EU, back in the EU,
    Back in the E.U.S.S.R.

    Those great debts really knock me out
    They kick the West’s behind
    Angela’s blubbery cellulite is hanging out
    That EU troika is always on my, my, my mind

    Take me to Carpathian Mountains way down South
    Let me foreclose your daddy’s farm
    All the way the bankers’ hands are reaching out
    Come and grease your comrade’s palm

  • Chinga tu madre

    Stand up and be counted
    Show the world that you’re a man!
    Stand up and be counted
    Go with the Ku Klux Klan!

    We are a sacred brotherhood
    Who love our country true
    We always can be counted on
    When there’s a job to do

    We serve our homeland day and night
    To keep it always free
    And proudly wear our robes of white
    Protecting liberty!

    Stand up and be counted
    Show the world that you’re a man!
    Stand up and be counted
    Go with the Ku Klux Klan!

    The Bible calls for glory to
    Our symbols of the man
    A sword, and water, rope, and hood
    Portray our noble Klan!

    In search of peace and liberty
    We pledge our hearts and hands
    We must defeat the Communists
    To save our Christian Land!

    Stand up and be counted
    Show the world that you’re a man!
    Stand up and be counted
    Go with the Ku Klux Klan!