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TIME magazine named the “Protester” its person of the year for 2011. Lumped in this category were sundry Tunisians, Libyans, Greeks, Russians, and those Americans “who occupy public spaces to protest income inequality.”
Last year, when TIME magazine had a chance to give the Tea Party its due, TIME named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg “Person of the Year.”
It was an obvious slight, especially since the Tea Party protesters’ efforts led to something tangible — namely, the gain of 63 Republican seats in the House and the loss of Democratic control.
But TIME doesn’t give a toot for any protester whose cause does not toe the Democrats’ party line.
For example, TIME totally ignored the one serious protester who served real jail time in 2011. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin spent five months in prison at Fort Leavenworth before his release in May of this year. His crime — his real crime, that is — was to challenge Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president.
Lakin never claimed to know where President Obama was born or whether he was eligible. The problem, as Lakin saw it, was that no one knew. As an Army officer, one sworn “to support and defend the Constitution,” he felt an obligation to pursue the truth.
For more than a year, Lakin plied all regular channels to get at the facts. He had no intention of becoming a martyr to the cause, but in 2010 he received deployment orders to Afghanistan. Said the order: “Bring five (5) copies of your birth certificate.”
For Lakin, that did it. If he had to produce a birth certificate to deploy, Obama needed one to send him. He had already served in Afghanistan and Bosnia, but this time he refused to deploy, hoping that military due process would resolve the eligibility question.
He did not succeed. The media brought no pressure to bear on his behalf. Where they noticed him at all, it was only to ridicule him.
Another military protester the Left couldn’t love was Petty Officer Kathleen Janoski. In 1996, Janoski was the head of the forensic photography team at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. It was she who discovered what appeared to be a bullet-hole in the head of Ron Brown, the Clinton Commerce secretary killed in a Croatian airplane crash.
Frustrated by the lack of official action, she and her colleagues went public with their concern that Brown had been murdered and that White House pressure to bar an autopsy on his body was part of a cover up.
The following day, the Washington Post did what the mainstream media routinely did during the Clinton years — attacked the whistle blowers.
For their commitment to truth and the rule of law, the officers who went public were crucified by the White House, who saw to it that all four of their military careers were derailed, even ruined.
True to form, TIME magazine offered not a word of support for any of them.
VIDEO: Bill Clinton at Ron Brown’s funeral – Watch as he is first laughing and chatting, then when he notices the camera is on him, instantly goes to his sad face and wiping away crocodile tears. At the end, the guy he’s walking with laughs again!
The Laughing Stock Media even turned their collective back on one of their own, James Sanders, who had done the original, boots-on-the-ground reporting on the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
With the aid of the chief 747 pilot inside the investigation, Sanders first broke the story that the plane had been downed by missile fire.
For their efforts, he, the pilot and the flight attendant who introduced them were all arrested on federal conspiracy charges.
At their arraignment in 1997, no one in the media crowd managed to frame a single First Amendment question. When Sanders’ lawyer at that time attempted to bring this issue into focus, a Newsday reporter argued the government line.
Unlike the lapdog media, the New York Post published this:
“More than 150 credible witnesses – including several scientists and business executives – have told the FBI and military experts they saw a missile destroy TWA 800. ‘Some of these people are extremely, extremely credible,’ a top federal official said. ‘When we asked what they saw and where they saw it, the witnesses out east pointed to the west, and the people to the west pointed to the east’.” – The New York Post, September 22, 1996.
Go here to read numerous eye-witness accounts of a missile hitting the plane and exploding.
Truth, Justice and the American Way mean less to the Democrat Media Complex than they did to Lex Luthor. The only difference is … Lex wasn’t real.
Not All ‘Protesters’ Created Equal By Jack Cashill – December 15, 2011