examples of Media Bias

Emergency: Truckers as Terrorists

Broadcast Running Time: 01:18:39

John Loeffler

February 19, 2022

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Canada has enacted emergency measures, labeling the truckers as terrorists and their protest as illegal, simply because they disagree with the official government narrative. John opens the program this week asking how temporary will these emergency powers be and when will they be used in the future. He shows that the same people who for years praised the art of protesting and occupying are now insisting that the Freedom Convoy is a threat and must be stopped. It becomes nearly impossible to march in lockstep with a group of people that keeps changing directions and doesn't bother to tell you.

Meanwhile, in this country, the Senate is looking at Senate Bill 673, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. What is it and how will the media benefit? Back with us to discuss is Pat Wood (citizensforfreespeech.org), Executive Director of Citizens for Free Speech and Editor of Technocracy News. Failing mainstream media outlets will use this bill to poach profits from social media companies because their content is being posted online. Their business plans have failed so this is an effort to siphon off others to stay afloat. And it could end up affecting independent news.

Finally this week, we take a look at two cases of constitutional end running. First we welcome JD Tuccille (reason.com) to the program to discuss how San Jose, California is trying to get around the Second Amendment by requiring gun owners to have insurance, using private companies to do what government cannot. Then we are joined by Stephanie Taub (firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel at the First Liberty Institute, who gives an update on how Oregon is still violating Aaron and Melissa Klein's religious freedom.

We have a double feature on today's podcast. First up is JD Tuccille (reason.com), Contributing Editor at Reason Magazine. He looks at a private end run for government to enact gun control laws, where San Jose is requiring insurance with every gun purchase. If the government isn't allowed to act directly to infringe on gun rights, they shouldn't be allowed to act indirectly.

We then transition to a legal case we've monitored for years: cake bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon. Joining us is Stephanie Taub (firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel at the First Liberty Institute. She explains that though the court ruled Oregon was hostile in its dealings with the Kleins, it also sent the case back to Oregon in order to reassess any penalties 'fairly.' This ignores the religious rights issues entirely.

Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Broadcast Running Time: 1:48:57

John Loeffler

January 25, 2020

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week's boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Iran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies' Secret Society of Iran.

It's time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John's quote of the week:
"If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt."

On this week's extra segment, it's a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS's persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it's important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).