Friday, 06 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

Suppose it were President Bush.  Suppose he met, secretly, with "leaders" of a religious group with branches responsible for killing people by the tens of thousands.  Suppose he refused to say which "leaders" he met with or what they discussed. 

Do you think mainstream media would be all over it?

Then explain most of mainstream media's virtual blackout on this - excerpted from Charlie Spiering's article at

President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.

The White House released a readout of the meeting explaining that Obama discussed "a range of domestic and foreign policy issues" including Obamacare, police fairness, anti-Muslim discrimination, and the upcoming Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the meeting during his daily press briefing, pointing out that it wasnt "unusual" for the president to meet with "a wide variety of communities from across the country."

But the White House was unwilling to release the names of leaders who attended the meeting.

A request to the White House for a list of names of those who attended the meeting was not returned.

Earlier this week it was reported that the administration had met with representatives of the Muslim brotherhood - as terrorist an organization as there is. Were they in attendance for this meeting as well? Were promises made to whomever was in attendance?  If so, what were those promises?

Why does this administration refuse to tell us?  And why do most of our mainstream media - Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media - again look the other way?


Ken Berwitz

About a half hour ago I was driving on Bethany Road in Hazlet, NJ, toward a railroad crossing. 

The lights flashed and the wooden bars went down...and, for a moment, my mind flashed to that horrible tragedy in Valhalla, NY (just north of New York City) where a car had been hit by the bars as it was crossing the tracks....and, instead of continuing to safety, the driver got out to see if there were damage....maybe too disoriented by what happened to remember that a train was approaching . 

Did this happen because she unsuccessfully tried to beat out the bars?  We'll never know for sure.  But what we do know is that the train, going at full speed since there was no station at that particular crossing,  tried but could not stop in time. It hit the car full-on, killing the driver, causing the deaths of a half dozen train passengers, injuries to at least a dozen more and destruction of that part of the train.

In my case, the wooden bars stayed down for about 10-15 seconds.  Then, though no train had gone past, inexplicably went up again.

You better believe I anxiously looked both ways before crossing those tracks.  And here I am, safe and sound, to blog about it.

Think of this as a sobering reminder that life is a tenuous thing, and can end at any time.  How lucky we are to have it.


Ken Berwitz

More lies by Brian Williams have turned up - this time about when he was reporting about Hurricane Katrina.

Excerpted from John Simerman's article for the New Orleans Advocate:

Williams' account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter - which remained largely dry - and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters have raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere since he took it on the chin this week over a claim that he rode in a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

"My week, two weeks there was not helped by the fact that I accidentally ingested some of the floodwater. I became very sick with dysentery, our hotel was overrun with gangs, I was rescued in the stairwell of a five-star hotel in New Orleans by a young police officer. We are friends to this day. And uh, it just was uh, I look back at total agony."

But the French Quarter, the original high ground of New Orleans, was not impacted by the floodwaters that overwhelmed the vast majority of the city.

And now, according to the New York Post's Page Six (which, FYI, is never, ever put on page 6 of the paper), no less an icon than NBC's former news anchor, Tom Brokaw, says Mr. Williams must leave or be fired.  But NBC says no such thing is going to happen:

Brokaw, 74, was still the "Nightly News" anchor when Williams came back from his Iraq expedition - and an insider said he knew the story Williams later spouted was bunk.

"Tom Brokaw and [former NBC News President] Steve Capus knew this was a false story for a long time and have been extremely uncomfortable with it," the source said.

NBC News execs had counseled him to stop telling the tale.

Williams still took the anchor's seat for his "Nightly News" broadcast Thursday evening - and was working at 30 Rock all day despite calls for his dismissal. He didn't address the issue during the broadcast.

"He is not going to be suspended or reprimanded in any way. He has the full support of NBC News," a network source said.

I knew that Brian Williams did not say anything about this scandal because I made a point of watching the show last night.  (I was amazed that he didn't.  Does Mr. Williams think will just blow over?)  But I didn't know that the falsity of the story had been out there for so long.

 If the Page Six story is true, then there is no doubt that it was not some memory lapse:  Williams knew the story was untrue and kept telling it anyway.  No wonder Tom Brokaw - whose personal legacy is tied to NBC - wants him out.

Put this all together, and I do not see how Brian Williams can continue as NBC's news anchor.

The network's reputation has been shattered before - think of its doctoring of the audio tape which made George Zimmerman sound as though he singled out Trayvon Martin because he was Black, instead of simply answering the dispatcher's question about what Martin looked like.  And when NBC has been caught, it - albeit probably grudgingly - does something about it. 

The people who edited the Zimmerman tape were fired.  I have little doubt that Mr. Williams will either agree to leave "voluntarily" or suffer a similar fate.  Very, very soon.


Ken Berwitz

A quick note to the "Lost Tribe" (regular readers know who they are):

As of now, Barack Obama will not be present for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of congress in March.

Nor will Vice President Joe Biden.

Nor will many (I'm suspecting most) members of the Congressional Black Caucus - led by Reps Lewis and Butterfield (so far). 

And Nancy Pelosi told us, this week, that Democrats are very busy with legislative duties and many will not be able to attend as well.

While individual Republicans, for individual reasons, might not attend, there is no indication that any bloc of Republicans is intentionally avoiding Mr. Netanyahu's address.

There is a lesson in there somewhere..........

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