Archive | February, 2015

Hillary Clinton Will Be Invited to Testify to House Benghazi Committee

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is expected to hear testimony from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a public setting. But first, committee members say the State Department must fully comply with the committee’s outstanding request for documents and emails. What are some of the unanswered questions regarding the terrorist attacks more than two […]

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Propaganda and Astroturf: Recognize it.

Here’s my TEDx talk on the increasingly artificial paid-for reality we get…and how to recognize the truth. “Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making it seem as if you’re an outlier–when you’re not.” “Hallmarks of astroturf and propaganda include use of inflammatory language such as quack, crank, nutty, pseudo, paranoid and […]

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Benghazi Committee’s Witness List: Hillary Clinton

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has announced that both Democrats and Republicans want to schedule the appearance of Hillary Clinton “as soon as possible.” Additionally, as early as April 1, the committee intends to begin interviewing 20 witnesses from the executive branch, intelligence community, military and State Department including former White House Press Secretary […]

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Hillary Clinton’s “Dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia” Tale

It was twelve years after the fact when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got caught embellishing the danger she’d faced on a trip to Bosnia. I happened to have accompanied her on the trip and didn’t remember being shot at, as Clinton described. The videotape of the actual visit proved Clinton’s memory wrong–not just once but twice. […]

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Most investigative journalists say the U.S. government has spied on them

According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center at Columbia University, most investigative journalists say the United States government has spied on them. “Approximately two-thirds of the members of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors group said the government likely collects journalists’ phone call data, emails or online communication. Eighty percent attributed use […]

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When the feds defy their own watchdogs

By all neutral assessments, it has to be regarded as stunning disregard for a carefully devised system of federal oversight: Inspectors General say they are not being allowed to properly oversee the agencies they are assigned to police. Never before have so many Inspectors General banded together to issue the same complaint. Forty-seven of them, […]

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Gallup calls official US unemployment number “Big Lie”

Gallup is calling official U.S. unemployment numbers a big lie. “And it’s a lie that has consequences,” says Gallup. According to author of the Gallup article, Jim Clifton, “We’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is ‘down’ to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. […]

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Govt. Officials Escort Reporters to Bathroom

A story in Politico caught my eye because of the familiar ring. Reporters covering the House Democrats’ retreat in Philadelphia complained about their tight rein.   It’s not uncommon. I recalled my astonishment when, not long ago while covering a Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference in a public […]

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