We are facing a lot of problems with our new president. We are also facing a new president who believes that he was elected to be our dictator. He has bullied our closest allies and sent loving kisses to our biggest adversary.
The main problem is that too much of our media is letting him get away with his “alternative facts” and seem to be afraid to challenge him and his supporters when they openly lie to the American people.
We have had several judges put stays on the executive order enforcing the Muslim Ban. Yet, there are reports coming out of airports that Customs officials are secretly defying these lawful orders. There are reports that people are continuing to be detained in violation of court orders.
We have lawyers at the airports saying openly that Customs is still not allowing them to speak to the detainees until after they have been released. That is also a violation of several of these court orders. Yet, the American people isn’t hearing about these contempt of court incidents because they at not getting the press they deserve.
Virginia has asked a court to force Customs to show cause why they should not be held in contempt for disobeying the court orders. Customs has not upheld the LA court order stating that people in foreign airports cannot be kept from boarding planes. The airport security at those airports are still blocking them from getting on planes to the U.S. claiming they are “following CBP orders”. Meaning CBP is again disregarding the court order.
It is extremely difficult to find out just how many detainees there are because CPB won’t provide anyone that information. It has gotten so bad, that even someone with a diplomatic passport, and was the former Prime Minister of Norway, was rounded up at the airport the other day because some Customs official saw a stamp from Iran 3 years ago.
Kjell Magne Bondevik the former Prime Minister of Norway said that when he landed at Dulles Airport, he was put in a room with Muslims from the Middle-east and told to wait. After 40 minutes, he was questioned about his stamp that said he visited Iran in 2014.
His passport clearly states that he is a “former Prime Minister of Norway” and it is clearly marked as a diplomatic passport. Take note that this happened on Tuesday. Days after all of the court orders placing a stay on the executive order were issued. In case you are wondering, he came to this country to attend yesterday’s “Prayer Breakfast” that trump attended. How diplomatic of the trump administration.
The most egregious act of spreading “alternative facts” came last night on Hardball with Chris Matthews. I don’t understand why, but Chris Matthews seems to fall all over himself trying not to upset Kellyanne Conway. That was very apparent last night.
Conway appeared on Matthews show about the Presidency and Power which was part of his college tour. When discussing the Muslim Ban, Conway offered this up as an excuse why t was so necessary.
I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
She is right. The American People would have learned about it for the first time last night, and this massacre was never covered simply because IT NEVER HAPPENED! With that huge lie just sitting there screaming to be hit out of the park, Matthews let it slide and did not confront Ms. Liar with any facts. Mr. Hardball wilted again.
The facts about this are simple. Two Iraqi refugees were living in Bowling Green, KY when ABC News heard rumors about their activities in Iraq. They wrote about those rumors. That prompted the FBI to look into the matter.
They found the two’s fingerprints on IEDs that were used in attacks against our troops in Iraq. They were also found to be sending money to Al Qaeda in Iraq to help them get more IEDs to attack troops in Iraq.
The two were indicted and convicted of crimes and are now in jail. There was never a massacre in Bowling Green that wasn’t covered by the media. This morning Conway tweeted that she meant to say “two terrorists living in Bowling Green” which is another lie. She clearly stated that we didn’t know about this horrible massacre because it wasn’t covered by that awful press.
Secondly, there was no six month ban on Iraqis after that incident in 2011. President Obama ordered a review of the vetting process of Iraqi citizens before they were allowed to immigrate here. He DID NOT PLACE A BAN on Iraqi immigration like Conway and trump want you to believe.
They are also saying that the seven countries were named as terrorist sponsors by the Obama administration so even they knew the dangers. What the Obama administration said was that with terrorism in those countries and the civil wars raging in most of those countries, they considered them dangerous. As a result, they issued travel warnings to Americans traveling to those countries.
Conway used this argument last night too, and Matthews let it drop without any pushback. The sharpest question last night came from a student. She asked that if Christians from the seven counties were being allowed exemptions to the ban, doesn’t that place a religious test on people, and isn’t religious tests unconstitutional? The trump supporter on the panel hid his head and would not speak up in defense.
Again, Matthews did not bring that up as a major point and try to get an explanation about it. Nor, during his interview with Conway did he bring up a similar question. He simply allowed her to put out her “alternative facts”.
Chris Matthews tries to act like he is a tough customer who won’t let people get away with not answering his questions. Sometimes he does a good job at it. However, recently he seems to be reluctant to keep that same “Hardball” technique he claims to use all of the time. That is a problem.
If people like Matthews who calls his show “Hardball” won’t use hardball questions and challenge lies when they come up, how can we expect other reporters to do it.
As a result, the media has wilted under the pressure of the trump administration. We have a president who spreads lies as if they were facts. He insults our friends and allies all the while blowing kisses to Vladimir Putin. He makes awkward and veiled threats against countries which is extremely dangerous. He even has former Prime Ministers from allied countries held and questioned even when traveling on Diplomatic Passports.
And, the press lets him get away with it more and more. Instead of headlining these dangers to our democracy, they headline his feud with Schwarzenegger about ratings on the Apprentice. I guess that isn’t too controversial for our “investigative reporters”.
I hate to paint the press with broad strokes like this. There are a handful of real reporters out there, but they are too few and too far apart, and they don’t the coverage they deserve.
Our beloved leader and his surrogates are leading us down the primrose path towards authoritarian government and our illustrious media is letting him get away with it.
To steal and change the words of a Simon and Garfunkel song “Where have you gone Edward R. Murrow? Our lonely nations turns its lonely eyes to you.” Will anyone in the national press with the high visibility show the guts and integrity of Edward R. Murrow or will they continue to bow down to our new dictator?
And, the shirts keep marching along.