The New York Times has just assigned somebody to watch FOX News because they're missing stories and can't find them on their own.
The way America sees itself and the world is changing and it worries me because we used to have a common vision. But now that vision is split and what I believe is the prevailing vision, has been relegated in the mass media to the fringe. Things like: Belief in God over government; parents' rights over children's rights; the honor of military over the honor of the politician; being willing to do the hard thing now and have less so that our children can have a chance at having more.
I know you feel like I do — we would all absolutely learn to do with less, sew our own cloths, can food, take the bus to work if need to so that our kids can have the freedom to succeed that this country has always offered.
But now we're getting to a place where we can't even believe our eyes or ears.
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Let me give you some examples:
The government will tell you that you need to have the swine flu vaccination. In fact, in New York, they made it mandatory for health care workers. But in Albany today, health care workers are protesting being forced into getting the shot.
So who do you believe?
In the media, you keep hearing that the tea party people are very, very violent:
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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF: I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw — I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco, this kind of — of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave — it created a climate in which we — violence took place. And so I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm.
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And here's what Congressman Patrick Kennedy said:
"My family's seen it up close too much with assassinations and violence in political life. It's a terrible thing when people think that in order to get their point across they have to go to the edge of violent rhetoric and attack people personally.... It's fine for people to debate the issue and attack the issue, but when they go and stoop to the level of the vitriolic rhetoric that we've seen this debate turn up, it's very, I think, dangerous to the fabric of our country. It's very, very dangerous. We put a lot of people in jail around the world for threatening our country's security. But this atmosphere of attack that doesn't attack the issue, but attacks the people, is very disruptive to the institution of democracy, which relies on a respect for the opposition."
Is Patrick Kennedy saying that we should jail Americans for speaking out against health care?
"George Wallace didn't need a gun to pull a trigger. We just need to be mindful of the wisdom of people who have been through these ugly periods in American history. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
What? George Wallace was the one who got shot! He was shot four times and wound up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. And, George Wallace was a Democrat.
Now, we did a Lexus-Nexus search to try to find hand-wringing over the G-20 protests. No one in mainstream media or Washington, other than The Daily News and The Los Angeles Times, said anything about the G-20 violence in Pittsburgh. And yet, 190 people were arrested and at least $50,000 in damage was caused.
The tea party — with maybe 1 million-plus people — saw zero arrests, zero damage.
In fact, remember how Obama crowds — who love the environment — left the Mall on Inauguration Day? Compare that with how the tea party goers left it.
The debate over bias in the media has been raging for a while now. But I've reached the conclusion that they are not biased, they are complicit.
Let's compare coverage of two events covered by The New York Times. I've told you what happened at the G-20. Here's the way The Times covered one of the events in Pittsburgh this weekend: "Thousands Hold Peaceful March at G-20 Summit."
The article continues:
"Several thousand demonstrators espousing and denouncing a host of causes converged on downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, chanting, pumping-up signs and playing instruments in a peaceful and permitted march calling for solutions to a range of problems that they attributed to the economic policies of the world leaders at the Group of 20 meeting.
"Protesters with Iraq Veterans Against the War, wearing fatigues, marched alongside Tibetans chiming cymbals, chanting denunciations of China and waving signs, like one that read 'G20 Let's Talk Tibet.'
"Students for Justice in Palestine assembled on Forbes Avenue and called for an end to 'The Israeli Occupation.' Others held up signs like, 'We Say No to Corporate Greed,' and 'We Say Yes to Human Needs.'"
Gosh, that sounds beautiful, doesn't it? It makes me want to put on my tie-dye Jerry Garcia T-shirt, hop in my V.W. van and stop bathing for six months, while I tour the country following the grateful dead. Thank you, New York Times.
Now, here's how The New York Times covered the 9/12 tea party — in which, again, there were zero arrests:
"A sea of protesters filled the West Lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall on Saturday in the largest rally against President Obama since he took office, a culmination of a summer-long season of protests that began with opposition to a health care overhaul and grew into a broader dissatisfaction with government."
Times reporter Jeff Zeleny went on to label the crowd, angry and profane.
You see, you can't believe what people are telling you all the time, because either they're blind or they have an agenda. It used to be that when I would see it with my own eyes, I could believe it. But that's getting more difficult to do.
The night before the G-20 summit, Michael Moore premiered his anti-capitalism movie, the one where he concludes that you can't fix evil:
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MICHAEL MOORE, FILMMAKER: Capitalism is an evil. And you can't regulate evil.
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The very next day after that premiere, people were on the street with "Capitalism will fail" signs. Yet the media was silent.
Don't believe everything you hear.
One side respects our institutions and is trying to build them up, not destroy them. One side is looking for a revolution; the other is looking for a restoration.
You can't believe what you read in the newspapers or see on TV anymore. This weekend I was in Seattle where I spoke at Safeco Field. Here were some of the headlines:
• Seattle Post Intelligencer: "Protests Turn Ugly Outside Glenn Beck Event in Mount Vernon"
• Seattle Times: "Glenn Beck's Homecoming Riles Up People in Washington"
Note: Police estimated the number of protesters at 40 — forty! Funny, the papers always seem to notice the 40 people, but miss the 7,000 inside.
See, The New York Times could hire 25 people to watch this show and Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, but they see the world in a different way, so they still won't understand.
So when Nancy Pelosi said this:
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PELOSI: I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco, this kind of — of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave — it created a climate in which we — violence took place.
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She sees tea party protesters as the danger. But which looks more like the violence of the '70s in San Francisco: the Mall on 9/12 or Pittsburgh over the weekend?
They're worried about bombings taking place. Well, a bombing did take place last week, in a town just north of Seattle called Everett: Radio station KRKO's towers were blown up. Now, when freedom of speech is being squelched, the left usually calls that fascist. But in this case, the left doesn't call them anything — they don't even tell you about them.
I'll let the words of these terrorist fascists speak for themselves:
"Due to the health and environmental risks associated with radio waves emitted from the towers, we applaud this act by the ELF. When all legal channels of opposition have been exhausted, concerned citizens have to take action into their own hands to protect life and the planet."
But does the media tell you about the people who are actually an active threat?
The people who are currently in Washington aren't happy with just not covering the truth, they seem to be taking the approach of a non-bomb throwing ELF — their power isn't in explosives; their power is in threats and intimidation.
People will make fun of people like you and me for believing in a day when there were simpler times, like Norman Rockwell's America or shows like "Gunsmoke."
A time when the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats. But for the life of me, I can't figure out why they find it so offensive.
I think the only thing that has changed in America is what people choose to see. Because I still think there are black hats and white hats.
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