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Waiting for CNN's Apology

The Most Distorted Media Coverage of a Candidate in American History?
The Most Distorted Media Coverage of a Candidate in American History?

Have you heard the latest from the mainstream media? CNN conducted an interview with Sarah Palin that included the comment that even conservative writers have turned against her. The prime example offered by the journalist [?] interviewer was from the National Review website where, Palin was informed, one of its writers declared, “It’s sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or all of the above.”

She naturally seemed surprised by the comment and wanted to know who wrote such a thing. In fact, the answer is “no one.”

Byron York, one of National Review’s most respected writers had certainly used those words, but not in the context offered by the interviewer. What he actually said was that if one were to watch the way the press has covered Palin, you would have to conclude that she is incompetent, etc. He was not applying those adjectives to her; he was saying that the mainstream media was portraying her in that manner.

CNN has been called upon to acknowledge that their interviewer was wrong in what he said. Thus far, the response has been silence.

I used to think that Ronald Reagan had suffered the most from media bias and the twisting of words out of context. Now I’m not so sure. Having watched the media frenzy/circus over Palin ever since she was chosen by McCain, I am beginning to believe that we have witnessed a new low in media coverage. The distortions, innuendoes, and outright lies leveled at her have taken on the form of one of those famous Alaska blizzards–so thick and heavy that one can barely wade through them all.

Will CNN apologize? Or will its ideological bias win again?

Biden's Unintentional Warning

Did you catch what Sen. Biden said the other day? Here’s a good representation of it below.

Sometimes truth can come from the strangest source.

The Kenyan Connection: Will This Be Ignored As Well?

Obama in Kenya with Odinga
Obama in Kenya with Odinga

Here’s another story for the mainstream media to ignore (which it is doing admirably, I might add).

 The man seated in this picture is Raila Odinga, current prime minister of Kenya, the second highest position in the government. How did he get there?

First, by allying himself with the radical Muslims who wish to impose a fundamentalist Muslim society on the order of Iran. Second, by intimidating and killing his opposition.

What role did Barack Obama play in his rise to power? More on that in a moment, but first I want to provide some information on Odinga’s “activities,” as related in this story in The Washington Times.

About 50 parishioners were locked into the Assemblies of God church before it was set ablaze. They were mostly women and children. Those who tried to flee were hacked to death by machete-wielding members of a mob numbering 2,000.

By mid-February 2008, more than 1,500 Kenyans were killed. Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.

The violence was led by supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who lost the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election by more than 230,000 votes. Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30.

In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, [and] a ban on Christian preaching.

Now for Obama’s role. Sen. Obama’s father was Kenyan. Odinga is from the same tribe as Obama’s father, but more than that, it appears that Obama and Odinga are actually cousins. In August 2006, Sen. Obama went to Kenya to campaign in support of Odinga. That’s when the above photo was taken. Again, from the Times article:

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Mr. Obama’s six-day stay. The two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for Kibaki. He lashed out against the Kenyan government shortly after meeting with the president on Aug. 25. “The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials,” Mr. Obama announced.

“Kenyans are now yearning for change,” he declared. The intent of Mr. Obama’s remarks and actions was transparent to Kenyans – he was firmly behind Mr. Odinga.

Odinga has visited Obama at least three times in the U.S. The article concludes with these chilling words:

Mr. Obama’s judgment is seriously called into question when he backs an official with troubling ties to Muslim extremists and whose supporters practice ethnic cleansing and genocide. It was Islamic extremists in Kenya who bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing more than 200 and injuring thousands. None of this has dissuaded Mr. Obama from maintaining disturbing loyalties.

I couldn’t agree more. That’s why this particular political cartoon is so appropriate.

The Undecided Voter

A continual source of fascination for me is the “undecided voter.” I must admit that I am never undecided. Why? I have a certain set of principles that I believe are Biblically based. Those principles make it clear what type of government will be right and beneficial, and what type will be wrong and destructive. I don’t have to agonize over how I should vote.

There is always this great “undecided middle” in elections, and they hold the key to victory. The candidates must appeal to these voters in order to win. What bothers me is that these people seem to have no anchor. They are tossed by every wind that comes along. Have you noticed the polls during the current campaign? After the Democratic convention, Obama surged ahead. Then after the Republican convention, McCain did the same. Why? The only real answer is that the “undecided middle” does not act on principle, but primarily on emotion. That is dangerous in a popular electoral system such as ours.

John Adams speculated that during the American Revolution, 1/3 of the people supported the patriot cause, 1/3 remained loyal to the king, and the other 1/3, otherwise known as the great “undecided middle,” could not make up their minds. Therefore, nothing has really changed over the years.

If you happen to be in that undecided category, please realize that there are real choices to be made based on entirely opposite worldviews. One worldview will lead to increased government contol over your life, both economically and socially; the other worldview will lead to greater individual self-government, thereby allowing you more liberty to make choices based on what you believe God would have you do. One worldview will lead to acceptance of abortion and same-sex marriage; the other will respect the sanctity of life and keep marriage within scriptural bounds.

The choices are clear. How can you be undecided?

I Didn't Really Want to Mention This, But . . .

The devotion to Obama seems to have few boundaries. Perhaps you have seen some of the videos making the rounds on YouTube: children singing his praises; teens marching and spouting off on how Obama has given them new hope and has inspired them to succeed in life. Some would say, “What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that a positive thing?”

What’s wrong can be summarized in one word: idolatry.

Many have mentioned the cult that has arisen around this presumed political savior. Some, I fear, have taken it even further. It is rather chilling to view the raptured faces whenever he speaks. This is why some have referred to him critically as the “Obamessiah.”

Personally, I am distressed by the lack of rational thinking on the part of his adoring fans. I have noted a number of interviews with Obama supporters being asked “Just what has he accomplished as a senator?” They have trouble coming up with anything. This is a cult of personality with no substance.

Well, maybe that’s not exactly true. There is substance there, only hidden: Marxist roots; liberation theology; close associations with radicals out to change the very nature of American society. But you would never know that from the reports of the mainstream media.

It is very possible that we may wake up the day after the election to an Obama victory. That will be only the beginning of our national woes.

False Messiah?
False Messiah?

My mind keeps returning to a warning straight from the mouth of Jesus:

Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many…. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.

We haven’t seen any “signs and wonders” yet, but I am concerned that some of my brothers and sisters in the Lord are being deceived. For the sake of the church and the nation, I urge any of you who are contemplating voting for Obama to reconsider. Please check out the concerns I have raised here and in previous posts.

Cartoonists Are Catching On

This ACORN story is taking off. You can tell by what political cartoonists are focusing on now. I’ll just let these speak for themselves.

And I particularly love this commentary on who we may find in an Obama cabinet.

Obama's ACORN Problem

The revelations continue. Yet how many voters are aware of what is happening? Is the mainstream media telling them about the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN)?

This very left-leaning group supposedly does “good” things, like get people to register to vote. Its voter-registration drives have led to prosecutions and convictions for fraud. Currently, 15 states are investigating this organization for voter fraud. The goal is to obtain as many votes for Obama as possible, whether they are legitimate or not.

What is the connection with Obama directly? Well, first of all, back in the early 1990s, he worked for ACORN as director of its “Project Vote,” the same project that is currently under investigation. In his capacity as a lawyer, he also represented the organization in a lawsuit to push for “Motor Voter” laws. That’s not all. When Obama served as chairman of two foundations, he directed funding to ACORN.

Well, that’s ancient history, right? Not exactly. During the primaries for his presidential bid this past year, he actively sought ACORN’s endorsement (big surprise of the day–he received it), saying, “Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

Finished? Not yet.

It has recently been learned that during this current campaign, Obama has paid an ACORN subsidiary $800,000 for . . . voter registration drives. The very voter registration drives that have led to the fraud accusations and investigations. This payment was not properly disclosed to the Federal Election Commission as mandated by law. “A clerical error” is the campaign’s “explanation.”

I can hear the cries even now: “Wait a minute, we are innocent until proven guilty! These are merely accusations.” At the moment, yes, but ACORN workers have already been convicted of similar charges from previous campaigns. Does it really take a Ph.D. to figure out that they have established a pattern?

Will this news get out? Aside from the Internet and Fox News Channel, mention of it seems to be slight. Or if it is mentioned, will the media put such a slant on its reporting that people will be convinced it’s not a real problem?

One of my focused prayers for this election is that the truth will come to light.