‘Just A Training Exercise,’ DHS Keeps You Safe, Breaking Down Venezuela, State-Controlled Media In The EU, MSM Tardy To Abortion Murder Trial: Friday Morning News Roundup 4-12-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • It’s already begun: a university track coach near the scene of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions told his local TV station he thought it was strange that bomb sniffing dogs were already hanging out near the start and finish lines, while cops were hanging out on rooftops. “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry; it’s just a training exercise,” he said. “Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise.”
  • In a twist of sick irony (or sinister planning) on the heels of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Department of Homeland Security began featuring a “how DHS keeps you safe” section on its website this morning complete with an infographic titled “A Day in the Life of Homeland Security.”
  • The race to replace dead Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a lot closer than it ever was when Chavez campaigned. The government went ahead and proclaimed Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, the winner of Sunday’s national election — and people started rioting in the streets. Early returns had shown Maduro ahead of opposition challenger Henrique Caprilles by less than a single percentage point, and Caprilles wants a recount of 300,000 votes. The National Assembly says there’s no recount happening. One academic observer predicts unpredictable violence as people lose faith in the integrity of the political process.
  • Control the message, control the masses. European Union officials, angered by British press coverage of its activities, are pouring millions of euros into initiatives to create a state-controlled media. The European Commission claims it wants to create a “moral compass” for the press, as it seeks new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers over journalists.
  • Better late than never. After getting slammed for a month by independent news outlets for snoozing on the grisly multiple-murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, mainstream newspapers and TV stations are finally starting to show up. The Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger vomited all over herself explaining why her paper and others have eschewed coverage of Gosnell, who’s accused of slicing and dicing late-term newborns who managed to survive intended abortions and laughing about it.

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–Sam Rolley contributed to this update.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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