Last week, Don Severe exposed an ugly truth about censorship in Arizona newspapers. Severe, from Green Valley, said his regular column for the Green Valley News was censored by editors.
Ever since Paul Krugman first suggested in the New York Times that conservative views on the debt ceiling should be censored, editors’ have grown increasingly comfortable and willing to silence contrary views.
The Green Valley News editor, Dan Shearer seems to be no exception. Don Severe wrote about his experience with Shearer’s censorship in a widely circulated email:
This is the Opinion Column sent to Dan Shearer, Editor of the Green Valley News, (by me on 5/14) which he refused to print, today, because he does not agree with its content. Today was my regularly scheduled day for a column. You may not be aware of the fact that Dan has refused to print other articles, columns and letters submitted by writers…because Dan has not agreed with the content, mostly concerning President Obama. Also, some that he has printed have been edited by him before printing. Editing of opinions is a form of censorship and, in some cases, misrepresents what the writer’s opinion is on the given subject. Frankly, to do so is dishonest.
Originally, Dan Shearer had asked several of us in the community to be regularly scheduled columnists, at no cost to the newspaper. The agreement was that “we could write anything we wished on any topic” with the obvious exception of something that would be too vulgar to print. When some of us began writing about Obama, Dan reneged and either altered (edited) what was written or did not print the article. What is puzzling to me, and other writers in the community, is that these are “Opinions” that are to appear on the Opinion pages of the newspaper. Opinions are to be commented on by the readers and is as such in most quality newspapers. So far, because of Dan’s censorship, one conservative columnist has stopped writing for the newspaper and two more are on the verge of doing so as well. I wanted you to know why I am not writing for the GV News. I will continue to write for other newspapers. Don Severe
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
The George Costanza Presidency
Barack H. Obama reminds me of George Costanza of the Seinfeld TV series. Costanza had a vivid imagination weaving some incredible stories about his background and career while trying to impress people with lies so big that he began to believe them himself.
The long running Seinfeld series was billed as being about nothing. Obama’s ability to convince the majority of the electorate in 2008 was equally so. Apparently, many Americans found both George Costanza and Barack Obama believable.
During a campaign speech in 2008, Senator Obama, referring to veterans’ benefits, stated: “My father served in WWII, and when he came home, he got the services he needed.” Interesting! Barack Obama, Sr. was born 4/4/36 in Kenya, Africa (British Colony) and Lolo Soetoro (step father) was born in 1935 in Indonesia. By the end of WWII, Obama, Sr. was age 9 and Soetoro age 10. Are you thinking Pinocchio as I am?
From the pulpit of the historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. church, White House hopeful Barack Obama spoke about his own claim to a place in the civil rights movement. Obama said. “.because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together (his parents) and Barack Obama, Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama. I’m here because somebody (parents) marched.” The march occurred in March 1965, Obama’s parents were not there nor were they any longer together. Obama was born in August 1961.
“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” (White House website)
“Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. . It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it,” said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. “This administration is raising one barrier after another. . It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned – I’m really stunned.”
Obama in the first presidential debate: “Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”
President Barack Obama declared before a joint session of Congress that “we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks,” House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, popped out of their seats like jackrabbits for a standing ovation. On Wednesday, those same House Democrats, led by Pelosi, passed a budget with, by some counts, nearly 9,000 earmarks, worth an estimated $7.7 billion. Solyndra $535million, GSA, et al.
I “didn’t know that (Reverend) Jeremiah Wright was radical” (Dreams of My Father) and stated on ABC News that “my church is like any other Christian Church”. Interesting! The Obamas were members of the church for 20 years. Reverend Wright was his spiritual advisor and mentor in the 2008 presidential campaign.
• 2008 “Navy Seal Team 6 is Cheney’s private assassination team”
• 2011 “I put together Seal Team 6 to take out Bin Laden”
• 2008 “Bin Laden is innocent until proven guilty, and must be captured alive and given a fair trial”
• 2011 “I authorized Seal Team 6 to kill Bin Laden”
• 2008 “The Guantanamo bay to be closed within a year”
• 2008 “Guantanamo is entirely unnecessary, and the detainees should not be interrogated”
• 2011 “Vital intelligence was obtained from Guantanamo detainees that led to our locating Bin Laden”
He vowed to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, as stated in an Associated Press video. Oops! The fact is that the deficit is projected to be $1.3trillion in 2012 and the National Debt has increased by close to $5trillion. Under President Obama, the debt has increased $1.3trillion or more each of the three years of his presidency.
“The unemployment rate will be 8.5% without this stimulus” plan said the Prez. He got his stimulus plan for $789 billion (actually $2tillion) and the unemployment rate hovers around 8.5%. For young Americans it is around 16%.
“I barely know Rezko” speaking of the imprisoned convicted felon Tony Rezko. The Rezkos owned property next door to the Obamas and sold them a portion. Starting in 2003, Rezko was on Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign finance committee, raising $14 million+. Rezko sponsored a fundraiser providing Obama with seed money for his U.S. Senate race.
Like the birther issue, false social security card, draft registration and so much more, he refuses to be forthcoming. Claiming to “hardly know Bill Ayres”, the radical terrorist, Obama worked with and for him at least three years while living in the Chicago neighborhood.
As with George Costanza, Obama seems to have a problem with telling the truth.
The Seinfeld characters made me laugh. Their antics were outlandish and harmless. Unfortunately, when Obama shares similar characteristics, it becomes a serious problem. So will Barack Obama be reelected in November. If he is, the joke will be on all Americans. only we won’t be laughing.