Over the past decade, it’s been more than obvious that the majority of sewagestream media (otherwise referred to as the mainstream media, but I prefer to refer to them as sewagestream media because of the crap they publish and broadcast) has been anything but fair, honest, truthful or ethical. During the 2016 presidential campaign season, over 80% of their coverage on Donald Trump was negative and rife with twisted truths and fake news. Since the election of Trump, the sewagestream media really hasn’t changed.
What is happening with much of the media is reminiscent of state run media outlets in many socialist, communist and oppressive dictatorial nations. Some years back, the United States government decided to help the people in those nation to hear the truth. The government established the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM).
To accomplish their goals of reaching the world with real and truthful news, the USAGM established five international multimedia networks. These include Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting.
Millions of people in other countries often risk their freedom and lives by listening to the broadcasts from the USAGM networks. They rely on the broadcasts to learn the truth of what is happening around the world and in their own countries.
But what happens when the USAGM becomes like America’s sewagestream media in suppressing the truth or firing those who tell the truth?
According to Judicial Watch, that is exactly what is happening:
“At the request of a scandal-plagued Democratic senator tried for bribery and corruption, the head of the government’s international media networks is abusing his office to punish employees behind a broadcast critical of leftwing billionaire George Soros. U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Chief John F. Lansing, an Obama appointee, is utilizing Stalinist techniques to retaliate against the journalists and producers involved in the Spanish-language segment which aired in May 2018 on Television Martí and was available for months online. Eight reporters and editors at the taxpayer-funded media outlet have been fired and Lansing has ordered a review of all content to address ‘patterns of unethical, unprofessional, biased, or sub-standard journalism’.”
The firing of the reporters and editors of the Soros story was due to pressure and complaint from Sen. Bob Menendez, as reported by Judicial Watch:
“More than five months after the Spanish-language Soros broadcast aired on Television Martí, the segment caught the eye of disgraced New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. In an October 31, 2018 letter to Lansing, the senator orders an immediate investigation into the Soros broadcast as well as an audit ‘on patterns of unethical and unprofessional reporting’ at OCB. Menendez also smears Judicial Watch, stating that the Soros segment had ‘no credible sourcing’ and ‘occasionally cites only a fringe website.’ Lansing uses similar language in a mainstream newspaper article about the recent Martí firings over the Soros video. ‘The person developing the Soros story was using Judicial Watch as a source as I understand it — the story was not only poorly sourced, it relied heavily on one less-than-credible source,’ Lansing says in the article, which states that ‘Soros has emerged as a leading boogeyman on the right’.”
“Menendez, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee despite his sordid history, blocked President Trump’s nomination last year to replace Lansing as USAGM chief. A few years ago, Menendez was charged with federal bribery and corruption stemming from his relationship with a crooked south Florida eye doctor that lavished him with cash, gifts and trips in exchange for political favors. The eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, got convicted of stealing $73 million from Medicare and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Menendez got off because jurors were unable to reach a verdict and his trial ended in mistrial. His colleagues on the Senate Ethics Committee determined that the veteran lawmaker not only violated senate rules, but also federal law and applicable standards of conduct. In a public letter of admonition, the committee writes that over a six-year period Menendez knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Melgen in violation of senate rules and federal law. ‘Additionally, while accepting these gifts, you used your position as a Member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests,’ the committee writes.”
“Menendez has been embroiled in other corruption schemes throughout his political career and Judicial Watch has served as a credible source in uncovering them. As far back as 2007, Menendez was investigated by a federal grand jury for illegally steering lobbying business to his former chief of staff Kay LiCausi, with whom he was also romantically linked. In just a few years, her firm reported $1.3 million in business with nearly $300,000 coming from a New Jersey medical center that was later awarded government funding thanks to a push from her former boss and lover. In 2010, Menendez and his colleague in corruption, New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg, allocated $8 million for a public walkway and park space adjacent to upscale, waterfront condos built by a developer whose executives donated generously to their political campaigns. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the developer’s Washington D.C. lobbyist was a longtime senior aide to Menendez. The senator was also embroiled in a hooker scandal in the Dominican Republic with his incarcerated eye doctor pal and he hired an illegal immigrant sex offender to work in his senate office.”
It seems there is no end to the corruption and oppression Democrats are willing to use to subvert the truth and to prevent millions from hearing the truth. It happens with the sewagestream media, with social media and a number of internet sites. Basically, it’s impossible and unadvisable to believe or trust anything that comes from Democrats and their media propaganda machine, including the so-called truthful USAGM media outlets.
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