Accuracy in Media

Like the use of the word “chokehold” in connection with the death of Eric Garner, the term “torture” has been applied repeatedly by the media to the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists. These are examples of how left-wing forces in the Obama administration, the Democratic Party and the media try to control and manipulate the public debate in ways that demonize those defending our nation.

The purpose is to make the American people lose faith in the police and the intelligence community. But it is those using the loaded terms and language that deserve the scrutiny.

A notable exception in the “chokehold” coverage is Margaret Harding of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, who quoted Thomas Aveni, a retired officer and executive director of the Police Policy Studies Council, as saying about the video of Garner’s takedown, “The reason all these people are upset is because they don’t understand what they saw. People don’t understand what they’re looking at.”

She reported that Aveni, a police trainer in deadly and non-deadly force for more than 30 years, said that New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo did not use a chokehold on Garner, but rather a “lateral vascular neck restraint” or LVNR. The difference? “People can’t talk when they are being choked,” Aveni said.

The alleged use of “torture” against suspected terrorists is another example of how the media adopt a term that doesn’t apply to what is actually being described.

Jose Rodriguez, the author of Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, says the term “torture” is inaccurate and that the CIA received guidance from the Department of Justice as to what procedures could be used to avoid “lasting pain or harm” to the detainees. Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, defends the “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Rodriguez writes in his book about how Obama’s CIA director Leon Panetta had declared to the Senate that the program had used “torture,” though he had not even been briefed on it.

The media campaigns against the police “chokehold” and the CIA’s “torture” techniques remind me of the communist “Ban the Neutron Bomb” campaign of the early 1970s. The “neutron bomb” was an enhanced radiation weapon designed to counter a Soviet tank build-up in Europe.

Despite the name, the “neutron bomb” was more humane than conventional arms. Appearing at an Accuracy in Media conference at the time, Sam T. Cohen, the inventor of the weapon, noted that it killed people painlessly through radiation rather than a blast with catastrophic consequences. But the Soviets thought it gave the U.S. an unfair advantage and successfully waged an “active measures” campaign, using the U.S. media, against it. Distorted coverage of the weapon led President Jimmy Carter to ban it from the U.S. arsenal.

In the same way, banning a “chokehold,” when it is actually something else, puts American police forces at a disadvantage with the criminal element. Outlawing “torture,” when the techniques were not torture, deprives our intelligence community of procedures that can actually save lives.

When we examined Panetta’s fitness for public office, we found that he was an opponent of the “neutron bomb” when he was a liberal Congressman from California. Perhaps this explains why he was picked for the important posts of CIA director and then Secretary of Defense. He was susceptible to disinformation then and was judged as somebody who could “go with the program” of Obama to ban interrogation techniques that gave the U.S. an edge in the war on terror.

The “torture” controversy also proves to be a diversion from discussing Obama’s alternative—the use of drones to shoot air-to-surface Hellfire missiles and literally obliterate suspected terrorists.

When terrorists die in drone strikes, they yield no intelligence data because they do not end up alive in U.S. custody. Plus, women and children die alongside them.

This is supposed to be more “humane” than alleged “torture” of the individual terrorists, who survive the “torture” and then get fat at Gitmo.

Obama gets away with this because the media, once again, are feeding out of his hands, eager to take his line on foreign affairs when it is nonsensical and counter to U.S. interests.

In his 2013 remarks to the National Defense University, Obama acknowledged that “…it is a hard fact that U.S. strikes have resulted in civilian casualties, a risk that exists in every war. And for the families of those civilians, no words or legal construct can justify their loss. For me, and those in my chain of command, those deaths will haunt us as long as we live, just as we are haunted by the civilian casualties that have occurred throughout conventional fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Obama declared, “…America’s actions are legal.” Case closed. That’s good enough for the media.

At the same time, he said, “I believe we compromised our basic values—by using torture to interrogate our enemies, and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law.”

Obama’s flimsy justification for drone strikes is a self-serving memo generated by his own administration. It purports to explain why killing Americans does not violate the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution for U.S. citizens accused of crimes. The memo refers to U.S. drone aircraft as “contemplated lethal operations.”

Apparently, however, wiping out terrorists and their families, friends, and relatives, is not something that compromises our basic values.

The fact that Obama gets away with this deception says something about the gullibility of the American media.

It was appropriate that the Democratic Senate report on “torture” was released on the same day that Jonathan Gruber was testifying about lying to the American people regarding the benefits of Obamacare. The Senate report was another form of deception, designed to confuse and mislead about what Obama has used in place of interrogation techniques of terrorists. Obama doesn’t interrogate terrorists, he kills them.

Yet, we are led to believe Obama believes in American values and practices them.

The American people would see through the lies if only they could depend on a media that would lead them out of all the deliberate obfuscation.

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  • John Cunningham

    Not sure this was preplanned but, any way you slice it, Barack Obama has done it. He has destroyed America from within. America may overcome but, we will never be the same again. Long Live The United States Of America! Forever may_?


    It will take a long time and a lot of work, but I have faith that once all the hippie Liberal Socialists have hung themselves with their own lies, deceptions and out right criminal dealings the American people can correct all the damage that has been done and put this country back together. Maybe it will even be better, because there should be a better willingness to fix the things that allowed these idiots to get a foot hold in the first place.

  • jimmy john

    Yes he has and the Stupid ass american people let him, falling for all his lies, But he had a good Teacher Bill Clinton, one lie after another all the Democrats know is Lies

  • John Cunningham

    The Gruber effect has lit a flame under Americans behinds, at least I hope like Hell it did. Liberals who are really Communists, believe just as Gruber stated. The American People are stupid. He is right. America sat back while Liberals took over our education system. Our Churches, Wall St. and small and large business. We did nothing to stop them. Now the Devil is at the back door and slowly but surely, he is pushing his way in. Time for real Americans with Grit to stand up and be counted.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Shoot – I don’t know what all the fuss is about over seas torture when America’s chief component of government is based on crimes against humanity. and has been as long as I can remember ! I remember back in the early sixties
    when I couldn’t go out and ride my bike , play of go see my mama with out being stalked by a bunch of perverts yelling from the street corners , cars and parks and etc on how they hated Swedes , shouting the same religious verses over and over and claiming I was Jesus and needing to move to Israel.
    Abt 20 percent Swede – Maybe a 4rth Generation Jewish Person — ??? Come On –
    These kind of programs of public eugenics being carried out by SEX PREDATORS and PERVERTS that work for our government under America’s political base of total totalitarianism are common and money is the only thing that separates America from not being classified as a hard line socialist country – Not human rights –

  • John Cunningham

    I pray you are right but, I fear blood will be spilled. I want my Grandchildren to at least have the same chances I had. I squandered a lot of my self worth but, still made a good living and now, have a Minister Son.

  • Ancelmo Pederasty

    The media is NOT gullible. The media has long been 0bama’s propaganda arm.

    In the run-up to the election, the media worked their tails off to bury anything negative about 0bama. They buried his blatant Benghazi lies and, instead, touted his hugging an old lady who was the victim of “Superstorm” Sandy.

    In fact, Sandy was a category 1 hurricane, the WEAKEST category. The media morphed it into a “superstorm” so they could keep in in the headlines before the election.

    Yes, Sandy DID a lot of damage…but not because there was anything “super” about it. It was because the businesses and many residents along the east coast were built right on the beach and couldn’t survive ANY storm surge. Houses further inland were not built to withstand even category 1 winds. If Sandy had hit Florida, it would have been scarcely noticed.

    No, the media knows precisely what it is doing when it carries water for their leg-wetting idol, 0bama. It’s the millions of Americans who FALL for the propaganda who are gullible. I call them “Gruberites.”

  • gary schroeder

    It’s time to hobble the media
    by not giving them your $’s

  • dragon

    The President, the Democrat party, and the media are fully engaged in a disinformation campaign modeled after the Soviet Union’s disinformation services (which had more people engaged in disinformation than those in uniform). Despite the demise of the USSR, its undercover apparatus are still very much alive and well today as they continue to manipulate the truth and play a substantive role in fueling today’s international terrorism. Whittaker Chambers suggested the media and the government was completely infiltrated by communists of varying degrees. I think we’re seeing it every day as that other communist, Mao, was famous for saying that a lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth.

  • MikeyDe

    The Democrat women who worship Abortion on demand and the presstitutes are the vehicle which elected this fraud 2 times. I hope they are satisfied. When the country crumbles before their eyes. They’ll need to take lessons on speaking Arabic or Chinese and dress differently.

  • miriam

    They will keep their foothold as long as our colleges and universities allow only liberal discussions on campus and deny any orations from conservative groups. Remember these are institutions that have free reign to totally poison the minds of our beautiful young people.

  • OBAMA STOLE SS#042-68-4425

    Obama, his fellow democrats and his media are all using the Alinsky diversion tactic. Because of recent court filings are about to take Obama down. Is the media reporting the Iberia Parish filing. NO. Is the media reporting the Brownsville, TX filings. NO Why Fox, why Yahoo, why Washington TImes. You three have hung in there to a point and have stopped like a brick wall. We are not stupid.

  • Sara B

    Putin hangs head in shame.

  • ata777

    Nobody’s lost faith in the CIA’s treatment of terrorist thugs except head-up-their-butt lefties who never had it anyway. The same lefties who’ll be wetting their pants and screaming”why didn’t you do something!” if we endure another 9/11–or worse.

  • John Cunningham

    Nope! He is pissed because Obama is stealing his Tyrant moment.


    They may teach them that in college, but they get hit right in the face with the reality of these idiots in practice as soon as they walk out those doors and it has an immediate impact. When they have no choice but to move right back home with mom an dad because they can’t find a job to sustain even a crappy existence with several room mates, it hits home. The liberals can’t hide from what they have done and the ‘blame Bush’ story line isn’t playing anymore.

  • oregon_man

    “his lies, his lies, lies, lies” but none of you zombies can come up with a single real lie. You need to modify your definition of a lie to meet your needs. Gruber had it right about how stupid you are. “Wah, wah, wah obama has destroyed America,” while every economic indicator is near or exceeding historical bests. It must suck to be you poor brainwashed dummies.

  • oregon_man

    Starting with Fox News and right wing radio. They are the ones destroying America.

  • oregon_man

    I am sorry to point out that yes, you are stupid.

  • Art Brogden

    “If you like your health plan you can keep it” Politifact Lie of the Year, or my favorite, “There is not a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS”. Do you really want to go down this road? Really?

  • OBAMA STOLE SS#042-68-4425

    What’s with the Alinsky insult? Come on, I don’t know you. But prove me wrong, please

  • GoodBusiness

    I have found the ultimate argument which one are you the P or the D????

  • rejecttyranny

    Oregon man, get a grip. All media is destroying America in their own way. For you to make a comment like yours exposes the useful fool that you are. I watch all these shows from time to time and am struck as it feels like a SNL skit. A joke.

  • rejecttyranny

    Really, are you that much of a fool?

  • rejecttyranny

    Thank-you President Bush for taking the fight to THEM and keeping America safe. For all the bedwetters….go cut your heads off. That would be self inflicted torture in case you need a definition.

  • pc25

    “the media worked their tails off to bury anything negative about 0bama.
    They buried his blatant Benghazi lies and, instead, touted his hugging
    an old lady who was the victim of “Superstorm” Sandy.”

    can you imagine his approval rating if the media actually did it’s job. They’re working overtime for him and it’s still in the toilet.

  • seeebee

    Another teacher besides Bill Ayers, Jerimiah Wright, and Farrakan, all friends and neighbors from Chicago, was former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, currently in jail, who showed Obama that he could get away with total disregard for the law, spending taxpayers’ money on personal pet projects, and could thumb his nose at everyone, including his democrat “friends” who impeached him.

  • ljm4

    Our taqiyya president uses Alinsky tactics on every front. Words have meanings and consequences. No matter the event or situation BHO will take advantage of or imply Alinskyisms and stir the pot. Directing the motion and emotion to disrupt American society as we KNEW it, BeforeBHO.

  • oregon_man

    LOL, I love how you rightwing nutjobs pounce on that brainfart Obama made, as if you never have a brainfart. What he said was true from his perspective. He is only used to dealing with full, real insurance coverage and he didn’t realize millions of gullible morons had health insurance policies that excluded little items like ‘hospitalization’. Even then what he said was TRUE for 97% of Americans. That overused statement proves how desperate you are to find an authentic lie in 6+years. You thought that one would normalize your insane obsessive behavior.

  • Belle

    So when will the creep go to jail!!! That’s what we are all waiting for!!