How Obama Killed The Press With Kindness


“This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case — everything from every visitor who comes into the White House is now part of the public record. That is something we changed. Every law that we pass, every rule that we implement we put online for everyone to see.

…I am not somebody who believes that the President has the authority to do whatever he wants, or whatever she wants whenever they want just under the guise of counterterrorism.”  — President Barack Obama on Feb. 14

The Associated Press wiretapping scandal and resultant revelations of Federal spying on American journalists has revealed the true contempt and fear that the Administration of Barack Obama — an Administration that has prosecuted twice as many Americans under the 1917 Espionage Act than all other Administrations combined — has for a well-informed populace.

The people attacked by the Obama Administration through the Espionage Act are not, as one might expect, double agents caught in the act of leaking state secrets to America’s most dangerous geopolitical foes. More often than not, they are viewed as patriots in the eyes of the greater American public, exposing Federal wrongdoing and acting in the best interest of the American people.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being prosecuted under the act for leaking to the media information that revealed vast military abuses overseas, has been largely ignored by mainstream media. Yesterday, with little fanfare as media outlets throughout the Nation covered revelations of the government’s attempts to skewer their own, Manning had his last scheduled hearing before his military trial begins next month. He faces 20 years to life.

Manning has already pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, acknowledging that his position as a U.S. service member at the time of the information dump puts him at a severe disadvantage in using a 1st Amendment defense. But it remains remarkable — and likely a point of great regret for many in the news industry as revelations of the government’s ongoing attacks on journalists continue to surface — that Manning hasn’t been more vigorously defended by members of America’s media. It seems that many newsmen simply had not been able to bring themselves to admit in the public forum — perhaps because it is almost unfathomable — that a Nobel Peace Prize-holding, “most transparent” President who ran on an anti-war platform wouldn’t publicly decry prosecution of a soldier who revealed the folly of America’s Mideast foreign policy.

In particular, a video Manning leaked portraying American soldiers mowing down innocent civilians, including children and journalists on a Baghdad street with bloody revelry — if properly acknowledged by the sort of President Obama fancies himself to be — would have meant immediate changes in American foreign policy.

But Obama’s silence is his guilt: He knew from the start that there was no intention in seeking a new direction for American foreign policy in the Mideast. And Manning, for highlighting the fact, must be punished.

What should have been more eye-opening for America’s journalists is how the Obama Justice Department has piggybacked on Manning’s military charge to go after WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for “soliciting” and publishing the classified information.

In America it is not a crime to publish classified information. But mainstream media gleefully followed the Administration’s “official story,” often portraying Assange in a light that would be a point of pride for even the most sinister Bond villain.

From a story about Assange published in January 2011 by McClatchy:

…[M]uch of the U.S. journalistic community has shunned Assange — even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks’ trove of leaked State Department cables.

Some call him a traitor, responsible for what’s arguably one of the biggest U.S. national security breaches ever. Others say a man who calls for government transparency has been too opaque about how he obtained the documents.

The freedom of the press committee of the Overseas Press Club of America in New York City declared him “not one of us.” The Associated Press, which once filed legal briefs on Assange’s behalf, refuses to comment about him. And the National Press Club in Washington, the venue less than a year ago for an Assange news conference, has decided not to speak out about the possibility that he’ll be charged with a crime.

Obama and his acolytes were given a pass by the press early on; in return, journalists nearest the White House were given a press-release Presidency to cover. When it became the standard narrative of Federal officials that Assange, Manning and other leakers who have dared point out Obama’s failures were not examples of how the 1st Amendment was intended to be exercised with regard to press freedom, mass media rolled over.

It was essentially mainstream media indifference to the government’s abuse of individuals who were doing the job of investigative reporters, without the benefit of the title, that gave the Obama-led government the ability to make investigative journalism a crime. Once-indifferent journalists are beginning to wake up with the AP revelations and reports that journalists throughout the Nation have been singled out by the DOJ. And as they realize that their colleagues are being afforded the same treatment as people like Manning — whom they made to look so very sinister — simply for doing their jobs, there is little hope left that mainstream media hasn’t allowed Obama to forever change how America’s press functions.

Personal Liberty

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • hawkmo99

    I would have a more open-minded view of Assange…Wikileaks…Anonymous…and others if they spread the cyber-terror around…But alas…they only seem to target America…American troops…American economic interests…American security…American culture…etc. Why do we not see Islamic terrorism attacked…Islamic radical culture mocked, ridiculed, and hacked..? No…only capitalism, energy industries, and military who follow orders thinking they do good…albeit I have no more faith in the Pentagon brass as you…

    • Ann Wilson Kingsley

      The Conservative press frequently has articles that expose Islamic culture; however, I have to agree with Assange and Anonymous, we need to be introspective, if we are going to change. All of the Obama blaming and attacks on Muslims create more problems than we can solve. We radicalized the Muslims with our wars, interventions, and regime changes, so we cannot really complain about the resulting terrorism. Christians are being persecuted all across the Middle East, and terrorism exists all over the world due to the radicalization the U.S. created. This goes back to, “You reap what you sow.”

      The same is true with the Obama blaming: Obama is just completing what other presidents started. George Bush started our Police State and expanded our medical care, and Obama has expanded and given both more power. Republicans need a heads up about our policies and the inadequacy and corruption of candidates we are supporting for office instead of being given a pass by blaming Obama. If we blame ourselves there is a chance for change; if we indulge in dysfunctional blaming of Democrats, we condemn ourselves to a very dark future because the problem our nation has is a RINO hold on the Republican Party. That RINO hold produces very bad Foreign Policy. The latest in that charade is Sanctions on Russia – a very bad move to court war with Russia, just as it is a very bad move to court war with China by targeting Iran.

      • Ringgo1

        You must have several screws loose. You post about “All of the Obama blaming and attacks on Muslims…” when Obama himself has plainly stated in a conflict he would side with the muslims. He has kissed muslim a$$, hired muslims in his administration, and largely ignored muslim atrocities worldwide. You post “We radicalized the Muslims…” when it is their own Quran that they follow in their aggressions, and post “so we cannot really complain about the resulting terrorism.” You further suggest “If we blame ourselves there is a chance for change.”
        In short, in your view, everything is our fault. You are despicable.

      • speedle

        Ann, if you really believe what you just wrote you are completely off the beam. You think that there is little ideological difference between Bush and Obama or conservatives and progressives. That is patently absurd. What is going on now is literally a cultural civil war between statist and libertarian thought. The GOP errs on the side of Libertarianism and the democrats are all in on central planning and bureaucratic control.

        Oh, and your comment about us “radicalizing Muslims”? Hmmmm…Who do you suppose radicalized them for the last 2000 years (hint: we have only been around for about 240)? Their history is nothing if not one of constant war against the “infidels”.

      • Vigilant

        “The same is true with the Obama blaming: Obama is just completing what other presidents started. George Bush started our Police State and expanded our medical care, and Obama has expanded and given both more power.”

        That’s not only weak, it’s illogical. Someone else “started it” so Obama’s blameless for CONTINUING IT?

        Wouldn’t surprise me if you are institutionalized.

  • maxnicks

    Then there was Scooter Libby (R), who was thrown to the dogs for “outing” a supposed spy who everyone already knew about, while another guy (Dem) was allowed to stuff secrets down his pants and walk away scot-free.

    • Vigilant

      To be accurate, Libby was not prosecuted for outing anyone. “Libby was indicted on five counts relating to the Plame affair: Two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and one count of obstruction of justice.” (Wikipedia)

  • Vigilant

    “Manning has already pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, acknowledging that his position as a U.S. service member at the time of the information dump puts him at a severe disadvantage in using a 1st Amendment defense.”

    Manning’s acknowledgement that he violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is meaningless. The UCMJ prohibits divulgence of classified information, and Manning was 100% aware of this. He was not ignorant of the law, and I guarantee you he knew the consequences of his behavior.

    For all you Libertarians who never served in the US Armed Forces, you have no idea what harm can be done and lives lost because some maverick thinks he has the “freedom of speech” to disseminate whatever classified information he has to the world at large. While the UCMJ preserves the bulk of Constitutional rights for its members, it does not, nor should it, tolerate such egregious acts of lawlessness.

    Manning’s actions were worse than reprehensible and he should have the book thrown at him.

    • TIME

      Dear Vig,

      I beg to differ with you, Mr. Manning obeyed GOD’S Laws of what supersed mans feckless laws of CONTROL over other Humans.

      Thus Mr. Manning is a TRUE man of Peace thus he walks in GOD’S Light not the evil light of Lucifer.

      Mr. Manning should be set FREE ~ post haste.

      Then ~ the “TRUE CRIMINALS” should be held accountable for their act’s of Hate against Humanity / GOD’S People / Children.

      The Evil people who create War and Hate of each other should as you state, The BOOK being thrown at them.

      Peace and Love Shalom.

      • Vigilant

        TIME, Manning took the following oath (before God) when he joined the military: “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

        He violated a sacred oath.

        Merriam Webster:

        a (1) : a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says (2) : a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one’s words b : something (as a promise) corroborated by an oath.

        • TIME

          Dear Vig,

          Mr. Manning did indeed uphold his oath, by clearly showing the “Evil and Corruption” that has become the standard employed by a “Criminal Corporation” Known as the “United States,” of what has nothing to do with the 50 states called America, also known as the people on the land.

          This criminal unit known as the “United States” has No alligance to the very Constitution and Bill of Rights they also swear an Oath too.
          Thus the crime is from the “head of the fish” ~ not its tail.

          Thus Mr. Manning exposed the true Criminals, as such he did not break any oath, he in fact stood up and did the right thing.

          So where is General Ham, ~ where is Admrial Goulette. Perhaps you may also have forgotten that it is the Duty of all Officers to disreguard any and all orders that are “Criminal in nature” when given by Criminals within the said alledged government.

          Thats the very root of the Nuemberg War Criminal Trials, was it not?

          It is all of our responsibility to expose the criminals within the leadership of this nation as well all other nations, then bring them to trial for their TRUE war crimes not only aginst GOD, but also against his Children.

          You can try and justify your stance but in the end the Proper “MORAL” answer is that {Mr. Manning} did the correct thing ~ there should be even more who will stand up and do the same, that includes all of the American people who should do like wise.

          Lies beget Lies.

          Peace and Love Shalom.

          • Vigilant

            Your argument might carry some weight if you could find somewhere in that oath of enlistment the promise to divulge “evil and corruption” or to expose the “True criminals.” It is no where to be found, and oaths are made simple and clear to avoid the possibility of reading between the lines.

            “Justify my stance?” I have no need to justify what’s clearly contained in the oath of enlistment. What you classify as the “proper moral answer” is simply to express your idea of what’s right and wrong, and has NO bearing whatseover on the oath taken by the traitor Manning.

            It is not the oath of a superhero, and it in no way relates to your warped understanding of the English language. Nor does it relate to your “USA, Inc” argument.

          • TIME

            Dear Vig,

            Saddly the Sgt Schultz defence has no weight at all, this was proven by Justice Robert Jackson during the War Crimes trial’s in Nuernburg Germany post WW II..

            { To disoby an order that is Criminal in its intent or nature, is not a criminal act.}
            Thus ~ all Oaths are nul and viod.
            {No Oaths nor pledges can be held as a defence for allowing criminal acts.}

            Thus the only true Law is again ~ the “Moral” high road of what was the very crux of the prosecutors case during the Nuernberg WAR CRIMES trial’s.

            Note ~ that Nazi leaders, Officers and even standard troops knew better than to commit crimes against humanity “no matter who gave the orders.”

            Thus again Mr. Manning did a service for this nation that Americans can never repay.

            Saddly most Americans are bound in a false Pride, ~ until they wake from this form of Babylon, we as a nation are in DEEP trouble.
            Again ~ Lie’s beget Lies. { Thats the very reason why this nation is so screwed up.}

            Peace and Love Shalom

          • Wellarmed

            It seems to me what you are saying is that if members of our armed forces and CIA are committing human atrocities, then one is to simply bite their tongue and look the other way?

            It is my understanding that when PFC Manning released the data to Asange that it was with the agreement that the State Department would be notified prior to its release so assets and personal could be removed from harms way.

            That does not strike me as the actions of someone who wishes to do harm to his countryman, but quite the contrary.

            PFC Manning (and all other government personal) have a duty to disclose information to the American People when they know or discover our government [sic] is committing human rights violations such as torture, genocide, mass rapes, kidnapping, etc….

            I see no difference between performing these acts (US), providing assistance to foreign governments (School of the Americas)so they can perform these acts, or covering them up such as we have in Iraq . We become the evil that we say we are against when we do so.

            Vigilant, I find it sad that you can only view Private First Class Manning as a traitor. As far as I see, if he were not in the brig he would be first in line for an IRS audit as he is much more of a patriot than those who profess to be.

  • Rick

    I recently watched an episode of an Alaskan family struggling to survive in the wilderness. In this particular episode, they had to kill two of their turkeys for the coming winter. They didn’t want to infuse the turkeys with bad flavor by the release of hormone due to fright; so, they tossed feed on the ground to them one at a time and as they bent to feed, the birds unceremoniously lost their heads to a samurai sword. And so it will pass with the stupid press who see Obama as a benevolent lord of truth and justice who never fails to feed them with love and kindness.

  • Michael Shreve

    Transparent, like the dark side of the moon, only less so. Obama’s new campaign slogan: “I haven’t got a clue.”