Thursday, May 31, 2012

NBC and the Second Amendment

Author: Will Tell
Date: May 31, 2012
Word Count: 1,481
Tags: NBC, Michael Gatner, Gun Control, Constitution, NRA-ILA, Dateline, Assault Weapons, Katie Couric, Charlton Heston, Jeff Zucker, Bob Wright, Remington Firearms, Brian Williams, Model 870, Model 1100, Shotgun
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We all know there is bias in the media, there are too many variables in the new production process for it not to exist, but when media bias turns to outright lies and misrepresentations by a major news network the public must be alerted. In the last segment I demonstrated NBC’s disdain for religion and religious freedom in America, freedoms covered under the First Amendment; with this piece I look at NBC’s view of the Second Amendment, and the direction of the news giant’s bias on the issue. The study begins two decades back in 1992 with a public statement about gun control by then president of NBC News Michael Gatner, fast forward twelve years to 2000 and the network [with the help of Katie Couric] continued steering the public’s opinion of gun rights in this country, and within the last two years I examine NBC’s has effort to forever change the relationship between the Federal Government and firearms manufacturers. Though actions speak louder than words, many times it is important to check what people and groups say about issues critical to the nation, and that examination opens the door to Michael Gatner.
March 1992 the publication “Advertising Age” exposed exactly how the president of NBC News felt about the Second Amendment;
NBC Pres. Michael Gartner says that America’s high murder rate – 25,000 in 1991 – could be drastically reduced by banning handguns. This could only be effected by changing the second amendment to the Constitution. Gartner concedes that the Constitution is not something to be trifled with, but he insists that the plague of handgun deaths – 60 each day – is one of those rare cases that merits such a change. (Bernstein)
To make such a statement as President of News for a media giant like NBC is very bold. His view is
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 undoubtedly applauded by certain crowds and cursed by others. A network expressing such views could forever turn away potential viewers and damage the credibility of the network because of biased and manufactured reporting. That is exactly the path NBC News took during the “Gatner Era” as the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action web stie shows;
In 1992, NBC was caught detonating rigged explosives in GM pickup trucks, for a Dateline NBC piece purporting to show that the trucks would explode in crashes. NBC News’ president, Michael Gartner, who earlier in the year had said, “There is no reason for anyone in this country, except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun. . . .[T]he only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution,” was forced to resign after the pickup truck hoax, but insisted that during his tenure with NBC, its news reporting had been “first-rate, fair, clear, thorough and accurate.”  (I.L.A)
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The network’s attitude on gun rights endured despite the despicable departure of the vehemently anti-gun Michael Gatner. In 1993, NBC stumbled through several anti-assault weapon reports [strategically aired prior to a legislative decision on assault weapons] and again plastered mistruths across the airwaves for the American public to digest. Later NBC admitted “mistakes” in their reporting on assault weapons but then aired two more reports on “machine guns” loaded with mistruths and skewed statistics prior to the legislative decision to ban assault weapons. As time progressed NBC continued to air skewed statistics, misrepresented facts, and radical commentary all aimed to discredit the Second Amendment.
In the year 1998 another big attack came out of NBC via Katie Couric. The following transcript is from an interview with Charlton Heston [President of the NRA] and Couric;
Couric: “Getting back to kids and guns, if you will indulge me for a moment. You cannot think of any other position the NRA could take in terms of trying to decrease the number of school shootings? You feel like this is not your bailiwick, this is not your problem?”
Heston: “Not at all. As I told you the NRA spends more money, more time…”
Couric [cutting him off]: “Other than education?” [Heston had previously stated the tremendous amounts of money and time the NRA had invested in firearms education many times to be stifled from leftist groups regularly]
Heston: “Well what would you suppose? What would you suggest?”
Couric: “I don’t know, perhaps greater restrictions.” (Graham)
Couric, who is also an avid opponent of gun rights in this country, continued her tirade against the Second Amendment using her position with NBC to further a cause. In 2000 Jeff Zucker replaced Bob Wright as president of NBC Entertainment and the change at the top had the potential to stop NBC’s multiple decade assault on the Second Amendment of the Constitution.  Did it change anything? Of course not. Instead in recent years NBC has changed its mission of a Constitutional ratification to Federal regulation of the firearms industry. As of now the Feds must keep their hands off of firearms manufacture and there is a reason for that.
According to the on April 07, 2011;
NBC continues to attack Remington and the firearms industry through sensational and factually inaccurate reporting.  On April 11, 2012, Brian Williams again demonstrated NBC’s anti-gun agenda with the claim that the Model 870, Model 1100 and other Remington firearms have a design flaw.  That claim is demonstrably false and Remington stands fully behind the safety and reliability of the most popular shotguns in the world.
It wasn’t enough for NBC to attack over 20 million Remington firearms; they also called the Second Amendment into question by suggesting that there is a need for increased government regulation of firearms.
Model 870 and 1100 owners know the truth – these shotguns are used extensively under the most demanding conditions.  Tens of billions of rounds have been fired through these firearms, which are valued for their performance and durability by millions of hunters, shooters, law enforcement and military personnel who have relied on Remington.
As the basis for its attacks, NBC continues to rely upon paid “experts” who have been repeatedly hired by plaintiff’s attorneys to testify against Remington and at least 16 other firearms manufacturers.  The facts show that the Model 870 and 1100 are two of the most reliable shotguns ever produced – only one lawsuit has been filed in the last seven years and no litigation is pending against the trigger mechanisms of these firearms.
Deceptively editing and ignoring readily available documents and video evidence to drive NBC’s agenda is an all too familiar tactic.  Remington stands by the reliability and safety of its firearms and will fully respond to NBC’s attempt to disparage these iconic American products. (Arms)
Following the network’s history over twenty years to modern-day a disturbing pattern occurs. For quite some time NBC’s assault on the second amendment was contained to influencing public opinion of gun rights in this country. Reports based more on shock value than actual fact were rampant with the network but in 1993 NBC decided to play “grown up” politics. The network attempted to, if not completely, influenced a legislative session of congress concerning the assault weapons ban. In present day, and true to form, NBC put out a second “hit piece” on the iconic Remington Firearms as the manufacturer is focused on protecting the company and its reputation because of the first falsified NBC attack on Remington by NBC months before. The latest NBC attack had a different “feel” to it and that was because it was focused on the Federal government’s involvement in regulating the firearms industry.
To some it may be a surprise that the firearms industry is not regulated by the Federal government considering every other aspect of a civilian’s life is regulated from the moment they open their eyes to the time they fall asleep. The citizen’s toothpaste, breakfast, and transportation is all regulated by several different government agencies and the breakdown of all the regulations and government agencies affecting one’s life daily would go on for pages. The American firearms industry polices itself and American made firearms are some of the best in the world.
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If the government maneuvered its way into a position to regulate the firearms industry, it would eventually regulate the industry out of existence, no need to fiddle with the Second Amendment. NBC has shown they are an enemy of the Second Amendment and have been so for over twenty years. That makes two for two, NBC failed the test on the First and Second Amendments to the United States constitution, and they have not just shown media bias… NBC has actively attempted to influence gun control legislation with great vigor. Next I examine a less known Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Third Amendment, how will NBC do this time?

Until next post,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Obama Disappoints Worldwide

Today the associated press posted an article about the worldwide disappointment President Obama has been.
According to Don Melvin and Rod McGuirk with;

In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there's disappointment that he hasn't kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he's shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic.

In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia's problems. And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama's vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world (Attribution).

Looks like Obama's nearly impossible to accomplish campaign promises were believed worldwide. Imagine the disappointment when Obama applied tired old Keynesian style economics to address America's economic woes.

-Will Tell

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

IKEA... Pushing the Communist Agenda

Will Tell
Denver, CO
Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:00PM (MST) 
TAGS: IKEA, Political Prisoners, Cuba, East Germany, West Germany, Russia

Why would the officials of a large retail company need to look into government records to learn about how the 
company behaved thirty or forty years before? Businesses that survive for decades typically keep very good records, stay well informed of their historical significance, and many long living businesses even utilize their history in marketing campaigns. The furniture giant IKEA has recently experienced amnesia about a certain portion of the company's history. is a German to English news outlet with a great deal of information on the swiss company and it's history;

Ikea, an unlisted, family-owned company, is the world's largest furniture retailer, with sales of €25 billion in 2011 and 131,000 employees at the end of its last fiscal year in August 2011 [Attribution]

One would think a company the size of IKEA would have detailed historical records. When examining the IKEA website it tells of the founder's history with fine details such as the founder's first business selling matches at the age of five years old. described  events missing from the memory of present day IKEA officials and I found no mention of the atrocities on the company's very well laid out historical timeline

As Swedish furniture retailer Ikea probes revelations about the use of East German prisoners labour, new allegations emerged Thursday indicating the home furnishings giant also used Cuban prisoners to build furniture in the 1980s [Attribution]

With this piece I hope to point out some things going on with companies who do a great deal of business in the United States. Here in Colorado where I live a large IKEA store just opened its doors within the last year and it was the buzz of the town for several months prior to its opening. Seems business is good for IKEA worldwide and the future looks just as bright.  I just hope people realize that every time they purchase something from the international furniture giant there is a possibility a small portion of that purchase may support the oppression of political prisoners, a company that had no problem using modern slave labor just decades ago, and worst of all... a small amount of that purchase may go to supporting the communist agenda. 

Just my opinion based on the history of the company... but who am I? 

-Will Tell

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Obama's "Labor Party" Gets 80% of Stimulus

Will Tell
Denver, CO  
Wednesday May 5, 2012 10:00PM (MST) 
TAGS: Scott Brown, Obama, Ford, GM, Chrylser, Auto Bailout, Obama Stimulus, Public Unions

80% of Stimulus Money in Wisconsin...
Goes to Public Unions

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The defeat of Wisconson republican senate incumbent Scott Brown is apparently the most important economic factor in the state's recovery. When analyzing use of stimulus money in the state I'm assuming that is the only conclusion most rational minds will come to. Let me restate that. Brown's reelection is the most important factor to Barack Obama. There is much about the Obama controlled White House's use of funds to question but his behavior mirrors the beginning of his presidency. The GM/Chrysler bailout early on was not as it seems as explained by Awr Hawkins with

"...When Obama pushed through his stimulus package shortly after taking office, the money going to bail out GM andW Chrysler was not so much intended to shore up those corporations as it was intended to shore up the unions at those corporations. In other words, although one of the ubiquitous reasons given was saving these two iconic American companies, the real goal was to pass tax-payer dollars to Democrat-dominated union members (to keep them voting for Democrat candidates for the foreseeable future). In a real sense, this is nothing more than a sophisticated money laundering scheme. [Attribution] 

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Moving on from the bailout of automakers to the Obama stimulus we see Ford was in fact the beneficiary of a large chunk of tax payer money.  I am in the beginning stages of researching the subject but I think its safe to assume Ford used tax payer money much in the same way as the other two large automakers used tax payer money from the bailout... to strengthen the union. In 2011 Daniel Howes with explains why its was a mistake for Ford to brag about not taking bailout money; 

...The ad, pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision. [Attribution]

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This president is such a strong proponent of freedom of speech and tolerance of other's views it gives me a "Chris Wallace type" tingle down my leg. Sigh. Now yet another example of government waste and abuse of stimulus money has been exposed. Circling back to the first piece cited by Awr Hawking with;

...But it gets worse. In states like Wisconsin, far from the automakers and their union workers, 80% of stimulus funds “went to public unions.”  That means these unions received $600 million in funding which they are now using to fill the coffers of Democrat candidates and to pay for ongoing opposition to Gov. Scott Walker. As a matter of fact, public employee unions have already spent more than $8 million in their effort to recall Walker. What this does, in effect, is remove the advantage Walker had achieved in fundraising by placing the weight of the national purse behind Walker’s opponents.



Both the automaker bailout money and the stimulus were used to strengthen unions, or as they called it in Marx's day... the labor party. I originally stated rational minds can only come to one conclusion based on the examination of the White House's use of stimulus funds. Obama's economic recovery policy for Wisconsin hinged on strengthening the "labor party" and Scott Brown's defeat. Many people do not feel this is good economic policy [myself included] so I'm interested to see how the White House spins this. Unfortunately the Obama administration may not have to spin the Wisconsin issue because there is a chance big media ignores the fraudulent use of funds, so... no need to spin. Makes me wonder how the stimulus money was used in other states but who am I? I'm definitely not the president of the United States or his Keynesian economic advisors. 

Just a small amount of truth surrounding Obama's use of tax payer money to ensure his reelection. 

-Will Tell
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Ever Competent DEA

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Will Tell
Denver, CO  

Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:00PM (MST)
TAGS: DEA, Chong, Crystal Meth

The DEA is hard at work protecting the citizens and the citizen's rights in this country.  A recent example of DEA [in]competence has been brought to light by the; 
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...Seven people at the house were taken into custody. Five were processed and sent to county jail, one was released, and Chong was accidentally left in a cell. 
NBC San Diego reports that, according to Chong, “agents questioned him, and then told him he could go home. One agent even offered him a ride.” 

And then for five days, Chong was left handcuffed and alone in a 5-by-10-foot cell.

He screamed for help, and no one responded. According to Chong, he could hear DEA personnel moving in nearby rooms, but they ignored him. 
Dehydrated, he drank his own urine.  At one point, he began to hallucinate and attempted to carve “sorry mom” on his arm, intending to kill himself with his broken eyeglasses. 
“I didn’t think I would come out,” said Chong 
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In the cell was a bag with white powder, which Chong ate. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine. It’s unclear where the drug came from, particularly as the DEA notes that the individuals were searched before being placed in cells 

After days of misery, a DEA officer noticed an odd noise coming from the holding cell. It was Chong.

Chong was transported to Sharp Hospital, and spent three days in intensive care with his kidneys close to failing. 

Some say blame flows uphill and it should in most cases.  As a sales manager I was responsible for what each of my employees said and ultimately responsible for all of their mistakes. That's the responsibility I signed on for and I accepted it gladly.  Presidents of countries, CEO's of companies, police and fire chiefs, and many other figureheads have "stepped down" over the actions of those under them. That is no more. First we saw deplorable behavior by the Secret Service shrugged off though it was on Obama's watch. Imagine if the same thing would have happened with Bush in office... the media would have crucified him. Now the DEA is adding to the proof that Obama has no idea how to run a government and bizarre things are happening with government agencies nationwide. A recent and tyrannical example includes the IRS's persecution of the Tea Party nationwide. 

Another nugget of truth caught in a web of lies. Brought to you by; 

-Will Tell

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