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Associated Press CEO Gets His Own Medicine

The lamestream media told you:

By PHILIP ELLIOTT -- WASHINGTON (AP)- - The Associated Press' president and chief executive says the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records has already had a chilling effect on newsgathering, a week after the subpoenas were revealed publicly.

In his first television interviews since the AP reported the Justice Department seizure, Gary Pruitt on Sunday said it has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets (emphasis added). He called it "unconstitutional" and a violation of the First Amendment.

''The people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that's not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,'' he said. In a separate interview Pruitt said, ''I can tell you we are positively displeased and we do feel... violated.'' http://tinyurl.com/nmmd9jk

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Still clueless even after government agents "violated" them, the AP leader (and his minions judging by their ongoing behavior), believes government interference might restrict news the American public gets, and that the "news" machine's cozy relationship with government isn't already among the main limitations on information the public receives. "Chilling" effects on reporters is such a remote factor it is hardly worth mentioning.

"The public is actually lucky that government agents illegally collected a ton of information from the AP," said The Uninvited Ombudsman, "as this woke up that slumbering giant to the normal levels of abuse the public routinely faces." Awakened and outraged, the AP may actually do something, where it otherwise snores so loudly you can't hear its mind-numbing banter. Government overreach and rights violations in Second Amendment issues are legendary and well known, despite news blackouts. 

Reporters, especially AP reporters, are already one of the greatest restrictions on news the American public gets. See, for example, any of these 123 reports: http://www.gunlaws.com/PageNineIndex.htm.

For grotesque ethical violations in the "news" that are fun but infuriating, look here: http://www.gunlaws.com/NewsAccuracy.htm.

Anything outside the approved mainstream narrative is suppressed or distorted beyond recognition, a fact known by anyone who carefully follows a subject of interest to them. The AP is famous for taking government handouts and spoon-feeding them to the public with no reporting whatsoever.

Among the most abused and suppressed areas of news, as readers of Page Nine know, are anything not left of center, such as firearms, religion, abortion, taxation, Tea Party activity, classical economics, classical education, Western civilization, capitalism, public morality, the entertainment industry, the purpose of government or even the news media itself. The most basic political questions are never even asked: http://www.gunlaws.com/the%20liberty%20poll.htm

Using a popular media technique, we could take Pruitt's words above out of context, and use them to summarize the standard model of AP reporting for many stories: "The people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know." That's an exact quote. An accent might provide some clever color, just for fun: "Ze people of ze United States vill only know vat ze government vants zem to know." Maybe not so funny.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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