Reporting all the facts the mainstream media does not has been the province of certain bloggers, talk radio, a cable news channel and the “off-Broadway” (so to speak) media. These include conspiracy theories and political corruption that touch the Democratic Party.
Such stories definitely will not be found on MSNBC. They will rarely be on CNN. Only occasionally will they be on NBC, CBS and ABC.
As far as the New York Times is concerned, well, recall that on March 30, while working for The Bulletin, I broke the news that they spiked information in their possession about collusion between the Obama campaign and ACORN.
Lately, Democrats and their media allies are using the “Obama Birth Certificate” conspiracy theory craze to try to discredit Republicans and conservatives. What goes unmentioned in the reportage are the leftwing’s own bizarre conspiracy theories. Indeed, even the “Birther” conspiracy is one of them - since, according to Ann Coulter, a Clinton campaign operative originated it.
Also minimally reported by the liberal mainstream media is the rampant corruption that exists within the Democratic Party. It is difficult to find a Democrat in power who has not violated an election campaign law, paid his or her taxes or taken a bribe.
Yesterday, Reuters reported on one of the Democrats more entertaining corruption cases. This involved former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson. He was caught with $90,000 in cash in the refrigerator of his DC apartment.
He was convicted on Wednesday on multiple charges of bribery and money laundering. “Dollar” Bill was accused in 2007 of soliciting millions of dollars in bribes from companies while using his office to broker business deals in Africa. He was convicted of 11 of 16 counts of bribery, racketeering and money laundering.
Other Democratic Party corruption, which was minimized by the mainstream media and defended by Joy Behar, include:
Charles Rangel - the NY congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee which establishes tax law. He wants to increase everyone else income taxes yet cannot seem to pay his own. He owed several years taxes on a vacation rental he owns – not in Harlem by the way.
Timothy Geithner – the Treasury Secretary, the boss of the IRS, also didn’t pay his taxes until he was nominated and was caught.
Tom Daschle – another Obama cabinet nominee and former Democratic Party Senate Leader also did not pay his taxes.
As I reported last May, while working for the Bulletin, the Obama Justice Department dropped a case they already won against the New Black Panther Party of Philadelphia. This group, which I reminded a McCain campaign worker on Election Day was listed as a hate group by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center, stationed two people outside a polling place in North Philadelphia who intimidated voters according to affidavits filed with the Justice Department.
In 2003, Democratic presidential candidate and future Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that President Bush may have been warned in advance about the 9/11 attacks. He promised he would investigate.Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during the 2004 election campaign that President Bush already captured Osama bin Laden and planned to tell the public just before the election for political advantage.Sen. Barbara Boxer officially objected to the certification of Ohio's votes in the 2004 election -- on the Senate floor -- and demanded an investigation into the "Diebold stole Kerry votes" conspiracy theory.Rosie O'Donnell, an entertainment industry Democrat, said while hosting the Barbara Walters TV show “The View” that there is a conspiracy involving 9/11. She believes the World Trade Center was blown up with explosives, not taken down by terrorists in airplanes.
This list is by no means complete. However, there is certainly a lot of material here for investigative reporting and cutting edge commentary about political corruption and conspiracy theories.
Where’s Chris Matthews when you need him?
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