Where in the world are our so called “journalists”??????? I am talking specifically about those from the traditional major news outlets…………NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN and those in the major printed news outlets………….NY Times and the Washington Post for example. We have a President who has been continuously and purposefully overreaching his executive duties, discarding the rule of law and promoting a quasi-dictatorship and no one even seems to care. I would say they are complicit in this usurpation of power by the President and his “collectivist” friends.
According to the Pew Center Project for Excellence in Journalism:
The central purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society. This encompasses myriad roles–helping define community, creating common language and common knowledge, identifying a community’s goals, heroes and villains, and pushing people beyond complacency. This purpose also involves other requirements, such as being entertaining, serving as watchdog and offering voice to the voiceless.
The Pew Center identified nine core principles to describe the theory of journalism:
- Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
- Its first loyalty is to its citizens
- Its essence is a discipline of verification
- Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover
- It must serve as an independent monitor of power
- It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise
- It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant
- It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional
- Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience (able to voice their differences with their colleagues whether in the newsroom or in the executive suites)
Cries of racism have been spewing forth from the mainstream news media over the weekend after criticism of the President’s granting of immunity for those immigrants under the age of thirty who are in this country illegally. No matter where we all stand on this particular issue, we have a system of laws enacted to protect the citizens (the voters) from the seizure of power by one branch of government. Please follow the links and listen to what the President has said in the recent past and compare it to the actions he took on Friday. How can this not be viewed as an unlawful assumption of power. If we are not ruled by laws voted on and debated in the Congress (no matter how messy and lengthy that may be) then we are being ruled by the dictates of one man who has deemed that he “can not wait for Congress” and so he makes a unilateral decision, and believe me if he gets away with this (as he has with his Executive Orders), this Constitutional Republic ceases to exist! Please click on the audio link below:
Lawless and He Knows It
Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Columnist for Townhall:
Even he knows better, or at least he should. That man, Barack Obama. After all he claims to be a Constitutional Law professor. But, on Friday, the President blew it.
I understand that there are at least as many different ideas of how to fix the illegal immigration problem as there are Members of Congress. So, it comes as no surprise that the President also has some thoughts on the subject – particularly as the election draws near.
But, when I heard him announce his executive order which changes existing law, I bristled. The Constitution is very clear about separation of powers; the Congress makes laws, the executive branch administers them.
Obama knows it, too. In September 2011 in response to pressure to take this same action he said, “this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally in just not true…there are laws on the books that I have to enforce…we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it.”
Earlier in 2011, Obama said the same thing to La Raza; “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. But that’s not how our system works.” And, on Univision he said, “Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
What changed since then? Did I miss an Amendment to the Constitution?
No. Barack Obama just trampled on it – again.