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The Misguided Public Media – Part 3

There is one more thought to be added to the last two blogs about having balance in the public media’s coverage of the presidential race, i.e., there must be accountability for irresponsible journalism.   What is  considered irresponsible is more likely to exist in the reader’s eye than anywhere else.  Finding any objective criteria to use  is undoubtedly out of reach.  But the lack of media scrutiny of Hillary’s career achievements, or lack thereof to be more accurate,  is startling.  That she is being given a pass by the liberal media is too obvious to merit serious discussion.   Only her “coronation” remains according to prevailing sentiment among liberals.  This is totally unacceptable, particularly where the stakes are so high as in a presidential race.

While “Freedom of the Press” must be given full rein in a democratic society, media irresponsibility is not an isolated occurrence and should not be tolerated.   The media is not perfect by any means.  One blatant example of media irresponsibility, albeit not in a political context, comes to mind, the publication on December 5, 1941, by the Chicago Tribune,  “practically in full,” of “the most highly secret paper in the possession of the U.S. Government.”   That paper contained the U.S. plans for fighting a global war if one should eventuate.   Secretary of War Frank Knox advised reporters that day that an investigation of the Tribune would be likely.  This episode is mentioned on page 300 of my new book “Prelude to Disaster: How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” available on Amazon.com in Kindle and in print.   I am not aware that any such investigation ever took place but no doubt it was considered by many and had it taken place may have been well justified.  Why the Tribune would stoop to such a tactic as revelation of the most closely guarded Government secret at a time when the possibility of war was close at hand was definitely not in the public interest.  Freedom of the press?  This was an abuse of that freedom.  Such an abuse is beyond my understanding and clearly qualifies as irresponsible journalism.

What is going on in today’s presidential race may not be as clear cut as the foregoing example but still qualifies as irresponsible journalism.  I’m talking about the media favoritism that is being accorded Hillary Clinton.  Here is a power hungry woman who brings nothing to the table.  She does not even qualify as a light- weight, she is a no-weight.  But many, far too many, in the media continue to give her a pass so far as her questioning her qualifications is concerned.  Electing a president is serious business.  It’s not a popularity contest.  It runs deeper, much deeper, than partisan politics.  We’re talking about qualifications for running the country.  Where has it been shown that Hillary has the experience to make the difficult, the very difficult decisions that a president must make?  Why doesn’t the media jump on her total and complete lack of a track record so far as success in life is concerned and give that as much coverage as it gives to Trump?  Trump is scrutinized continually.  The imbalance  is  totally unjustified.

No partisanship is intended by singling out Hillary’s lack of performance credentials.  On the Republican side, Carly Fiorina has the same basic flaw as Hillary, i.e., no track record of proven success, nothing to show she has been weighed in the balance and found able to perform.  True she was  once CEO of Hewlett-Packard but she was also fired.  Where is her track record of performance?  There is none to speak of.

The country simply cannot afford to repeat the same mistake it made with Obama, to wit, electing someone as president with no proven experience in making difficult decisions, with no proven qualifications as a leader.  It may well be the right time for a woman president, but it has to be the right woman.  That woman is not Hillary.  Hillary is dangerous for this country, not to mention the free world.   She is incompetent, inexperienced, and totally lacking in the leadership skills, judgement,  and temperament necessary for the chief executive.  She is a world-class liar to boot, and the pending FBI investigation portends possible dishonesty.  In order to strike a fair balance in media coverage of the presidential candidates, those premises all deserve to be and must be fully vetted by the media.

Copyright© 2015.  Arnold G. Regardie.  All rights reserved.

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The Misguided Public Media – Part 2.

This is a supplement to the blog posted on December 15, 2015.

This is a dangerous time for America, not to mention the free world.  Leadership, strong leadership, is vitally needed.  World terrorism is running rampant and must be considered as the number one issue facing the country today.   Isis is not a “JV team”  nor is it “contained” as the White House would have you falsely believe but is strong and growing.   This is no time for someone who embraces the likes of climate change as the major world issue while people are being shot down indiscriminately.  Because this group teaches members and recruits that  it is an honor to die for this cause, the cause must be rooted out and stamped out.  Leadership is needed to lead the campaign against this cause,  leadership with a proven record of accomplishment.  Isis must be confronted head on and therefore choosing the next president, the right president,  is vital to our interests.  That person must possess a proven track record of  success and accomplishment with the necessary temperament and judgment to fill the office.  Mere talk is not enough.

This brings me back to the major premise of this blog – the national interest must be considered by the media in covering all candidates in the presidential race.   Merely playing  partisan politics is not enough.  So, is the media giving the same scrutiny to Hillary that it gives to Donald Trump?   Absolutely not.  Where does the media point up her absence of leadership, her absence of accomplishments, her missing track record of success.   The media coverage is distorted and misguided.  How much media coverage has been given to the ongoing FBI investigation of Hillary’s email  misuse? How many presidential candidates in the past have been the subject of an FBI investigation?  The results of that investigation should be made public, indictment or not.  The public is entitled to know what the investigation shows.  The public is entitled to know if Hillary has broken any laws, whether there has been any criminal conduct, no matter if punished or not,  and to make its own judgment in that regard.  This is not a game – national security is at stake.

My new book, “Prelude to Disaster:  How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” (available on Amazon’s Kindle and in print) is instructive in today’s tumultuous world.  It tells the true story of the shortcomings of American diplomacy, why the possibility of an attack on the U.S. mainland was overlooked despite at least two independent sources predicting such an attack.   Using the benefits of 20-20 hindsight, it is easy to say that at a minimum daily reconnaissance flights out of Hawaii  should have been conducted.  If done, the Japanese attack force  surely would have been detected.  And it’s easy to say it should have been foreseen that the U.S. Pacific Fleet would have been an impediment to the  Japanese plans to push south in the Pacific, and so the Japanese would want to eliminate it.   There are lessons applicable today from this experience.  The point is, nothing should be taken for granted, no area, no point should be considered as sacrosanct.  This includes a determination of fitness for the nation’s highest office.

There’s no ro0m today for shortsightedness – the stakes are too high.   No room for obsessing on the likes of climate change as the major threat to free countries everywhere.  This is mere fancy.  Absolute realism is needed in today’s world.  All possibilities of attack by Isis must be considered and appropriate action taken.  A coalition of nations led by American forces is sorely needed.  Boots on the ground are the obvious answer, not just American boots, but those of all nations  in the coalition.   This requires American leadership,  clearly lacking  currently.  Also, all branches of the armed forces must meet and communicate daily on the existence of threats by Isis; there must be full disclosure by all to a knowing Congress and to a President who is capable of taking the required action.   There is no time for excuses, or inter-branch jealousy.

A recent Newsweek story has been published,  in which is a well deserved, scathing denunciation of Barack Obama appears.  Newsweek, as you may recall is a very liberal magazine.  So coming from Newsweek, the story is quite a revelation.  But Newsweek has finally seen the light.  Better late than never, as the saying goes.  The point is, it was a mistake to elect Obama, eminently unqualified, inexperienced, incompetent, and a world-class liar,  a terrible mistake, for which we are still suffering the consequences, a mistake  which must not be repeated.  One way to nail down that this mistake is not repeated is for the media to assume responsibility to the public to assure that ALL presidential candidates are evenly covered, qualifications for office, or lack thereof,  absolutely and completely exposed.   Anything less is a public disgrace.

Copyright 2015.  Arnold G. Regardie.  All rights reserved.

 

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The Misguided Public Media – Missing the Target Again

There has been enormous publicity by the public media, the great bulk of it of it liberal media, given to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.  Without dwelling on the merits of his idea, go0d or bad, the point is that there has been a virtual absence of media attention  given to the so-called candidacy of Hillary Clinton.  The media’s attention has been overly focused on Mr. Trump experience and qualifications for office  with little attention, far too little, being given to Hillary’s experience and qualifications.  This point  clearly deserves to be made because the country is still in the throes of dealing with the worthless and abundantly inept presidency of Barack Obama.  The country has experienced, and is still experiencing,  the consequences of having elected a politician eminently unqualified, inexperienced, and incompetent, who is a world-class liar to boot.  Obama was and is a gifted speaker, that’s what got him elected.  But he lied to the American people, promising hope and change, but delivering disappointment, discouragement, and disillusionment.

The past seven years have been a waste so far as presidential achievements and leadership is concerned.  Obama’s presidency has been a terrible mistake for the country, not to mention the free world.  But now, the liberal media is supporting Hillary, trumpeting the candidacy of a power-hungry woman as the first woman president of the country.  Having a woman president is well and good so long as it’s the right woman.  Hillary is not that woman.  She is dangerous for the country, with no proven track record of accomplishments anywhere.  Where has she been weighed in the balance, put in a position of having to make the difficult decisions that any leader must make? Where has she shown that she has the leadership qualities, the temperament, the judgment, to govern this nation?  The answer is that she has shown none of the necessary qualities for leadership. The liberal media should be harping on  this rather than just touting her blindly.  Not being satisfied with having supported Obama,  a terrible mistake, the liberal media is repeating the mistake by supporting Hillary.  As mentioned above, far too much attention has been given to Donald Trump’s experience and qualifications, far too little to Hillary’s.

On a different point, I would like to mention that my new book, “Prelude to Disaster:  How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor,” now available on Amazon’s Kindle, will soon be available in print.  This book is essentially based on a Congressional report, released in 1946, of the investigation by Congress into the December 7, 1941 attack.  For those readers unfamiliar with the diplomatic background leading up to the attack, the book should be very enlightening.

 

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