Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bundy Ranch Overview and Post Mortem - April 13 , 2014 -- One of the most extraordinary stories in the history of American journalism took place this last week, and the mainstream media was AWOL the entire time. An historical showdown between heavily armed federal agents (BLM) and armed American citizens unfolded near Bunkerville, Nevada, where the Bundy family announced they were taking a stand against a federal land grab and cattle theft operation masterminded by federal agents working at the BLM. The showdown ended in a complete victory for Citizens vs. government tyranny as the feds effectively surrendered, announced their evacuation and agreed to release all the cattle they had stolen.


Alternative media upstages lamestream media in world-class coverage of historic Bundy Ranch showdown

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April 13, 2014
One of the most extraordinary stories in the history of American journalism took place this last week, and the mainstream (liberal) media was AWOL the entire time. An historical showdown between heavily armed federal agents (BLM) and armed American citizens unfolded near Bunkerville, Nevada, where the Bundy family announced they were taking a stand against a federal land grab and cattle theft operation masterminded by federal agents working at the BLM.
The showdown ended in a complete victory for Citizens vs. government tyranny as the feds effectively surrendered, announced their evacuation and agreed to release all the cattle they had stolen. See the photo below for a snapshot of the history the mainstream media stupidly decided to ignore.
Mainstream media was ordered to ignore the story – and they complied
What’s so astonishing about all this is that the mainstream media seems to have dispatched zero reporters to the scene and went to great lengths to downplay the reality of the situation as it unfolded. In doing this, the media lost massive credibility with the U.S. public, because it’s now clear there was a directive — almost certainly from the White House — that commanded media organizations to ignore the story or spin it with outright lies.
Meanwhile, alternative media — citizen journalists — made history by broadcasting live video from the Bundy ranch, posting video updates every few hours and conducting groundbreaking original research that uncovered the real story behind BLM’s cover story that they were “saving tortoises.”
More importantly, alternative media actually helped shape the story by spreading the call for citizens to join the effort while simultaneously appealing for calm. It was this massive citizen response — powered by activists sharing stories across the ‘net — that ultimately led to the defeat and surrender of the BLM. In fact, I was one of the journalists who warned that if the BLM didn’t back down, it could result in a slaughter… of BLM agents. (I also publicly called for calm and asked for cooler heads to prevail.)
This is a turning point in the rise of alternative media and the rapid decline of lamestream media
What’s really clear in all this is that the mainstream media just embarrassed itself beyond belief while simultaneously losing huge numbers of viewers. CNN was covering some guy’s international food adventures while independent media people like Pete Santilli (GuerillaMediaNetwork.com) were on the scene at the Bundy Ranch and broadcasting live reports to the world.
Video news organizations like Next News Network with Gary Franchi were pounding YouTube with video update and exclusive interviews with people on the scene. Click here for a complete playlist of all the videos Gary posted over the last several days.
Matt Drudge of DrudgeReport.com was headlining key developments in the story, driving enormous traffic to alternative media sources that dared to report the truth of what was unfolding.
Adam Kokesh from Adam Vs. the Man was booking guests, slamming home remarkable interviews and getting massive eyeballs on YouTube for his outstanding work. See his YouTube channel here.
Organizations like Natural News and InfoWars were conducting original research and posting factual stories that went super-viral, clocking in 20K or more Facebook shares in mere hours. One story by Infowars reporter Kit Daniels became the most viral news story of the day, surpassing every mainstream news organization on the planet.
(My apologies if I’ve left other alternative news organizations out of the list. I’m trying to be as inclusive as possible, but there’s a lot to keep track of, too…)
What did the mainstream media do in the meantime? They snoozed on the job and lost viewers and readers en masse because they refused to cover this historical, groundbreaking story. Readers, viewers and fans leapt to alternative media sources in record numbers, and many are still scratching their heads, wondering why CNN, WashPost or the NYT didn’t give this story the coverage it clearly deserved. (Answer: They are no longer real news organizations. They are propaganda outlets for corporate and government interests.)
In fact, it was alternative media — with the relentless help of grassroots liberty lovers who tweeted, posted and shared the stories and videos — that drove this story into the consciousness of the American people. This is what ultimately led to BLM announcing a surrender and releasing the cattle they had stolen from the Bundy family.
This ain’t no Waco, Oklahoma City or 9/11
What sets all this apart from massacres like Waco, Oklahoma City or 9/11? The fact that in all those cases, government had near-total control over the media coverage and therefore could construct the false narratives to be broadcast to the masses.
All three of those events took place long before the rise of social media and the modern-day phenomenon of rapid sharing of videos, photos and articles.
Today, alternative media can share the truth faster than the government can suppress it. (And if you don’t think the government suppressed many truths about Waco, Oklahoma City and 9/11, you’re wildly uninformed.)
This story at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, in other words, got away from the feds before they could control the narrative. Oh, they tried of course. There are reports that cell towers were shut down to prevent citizen journalists from completing phone calls and sending photos. The feds also shut down the air space around the ranch, commanding the FAA to issue an air traffic “blackout” to prevent citizen journalists from using airplanes and helicopters to monitor the situation.
They were too late, however. A pilot had already done a flyover and exposed the BLM’s bovine concentration camps, which the agency had desperately tried to hide from the public.
Citizen journalists also snagged the video of BLM personnel ordering attack dogs to attack innocent bystanders. In this video, I provided absolute video proof that the BLM was the aggressor, yet the mainstream media stupidly reported this as protesters “attacking a police dog and assaulting law enforcement officers.”
Mainstream media is reserved for those who are incredibly gullible
The bottom line is that the mainstream media thinks you are incredibly stupid and will buy anything they say, no matter how illogical or irrational it might be. What the alternative media has now proven is that the mainstream media is largely irrelevant. It matters nothing what they print or broadcast. The people who are informed know it’s all lies, and the mind-numbed propaganda victims who still watch shows like CNN and MSNBC are irrelevant to the march of history anyway.
Real history is being shaped, investigated and reported by the alternative media. We are the ones who have no big corporate sponsors and no million-dollar budgets, but we have the hearts and minds and passion for truth and justice that drives our work to levels of authenticity that the mainstream media can never hope to attain… regardless of production budgets.
In fact, for his on-the-scene reporting and active involvement in standing up to the feds, guys like Pete Santilli deserve to be nominated for journalism awards. I don’t agree with every single thing he posts, but his reporting work on the Bundy Ranch was astounding. Click here to visit his Facebook page.
The research uncovered by Kit Daniels at Infowars is also world-class journalism. Kit deserves to be nominated for some sort of journalism award for that article, and follow-up articles by Paul Joseph Watson were also outstanding. This is the kind of work the Washington Post used to do a generation ago when it was an institution of journalism instead of a shameless political mouthpiece for the White House, but today Washington Post reporters know they will never be allowed to cover the stories that really matter because such stories are declared off limits by the powers that be.
Why the rise of alternative media means the fall of fake mainstream media
For once-grand institutions of news reporting like the New York Times and the Washington Post, the era of honest journalism conducted in the public interest is a long-faded shadow. Today, mainstream media exists solely to catapult corporate propaganda and fill the minds of the American people with useless drivel as a distraction from the real history bring shaped around them.
In fact, internet-savvy viewers and readers of today automatically distrust any news reporter who is obviously reading a teleprompter. If there’s a teleprompter involved, it’s obviously scripted news. And if it’s scripted news, it’s probably pure bunk.
Real journalism isn’t scripted. Today’s viewers would rather see an honest person with a rag-tag wardrobe reporting the news on the side of the road than from a person with a million-dollar smile and a thousand-dollar suit reporting from a flash-and-dazzle studio by reading a teleprompter. Everybody knows the teleprompter news is fake. Everybody knows the “news barbie” who was hired for her good looks has no real clue what she’s even reading or saying. Everybody knows the mainstream media is far more interested in BLOCKING important stories than reporting them.
And if mainstream news organizations don’t change, they will continue to plummet in viewership and revenues. Already, MSNBC — owned in part by Microsoft — is a pathetic shadow of a failed news organization. CNN discredits itself by the hour while Fox News consistently steals its market share and gains ground with viewers.
The NYT is incessantly on the verge of bankruptcy, it seems, and the Washington Post only survives because it was bought by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, a true genius of a business man without whom the organization was utterly doomed.
Everywhere you turn in mainstream media, the suits are desperately trying to look and act like independent media, but they can never quite pull it off. MSNBC’s hopelessly disastrous rollout of Ronan Farrow is a case in point: the guy can’t seem to place a string of words into a coherent sequence even when he does have a teleprompter! Throw this guy in the middle of the Nevada desert on the Bundy Ranch story, and he would probably wet himself on camera. Especially if he saw somebody wearing camo.
Meanwhile, veterans of alternative media like Pete Santilli, David Knight (from InfoWars) and even myself never use teleprompters and we can carry hours-long broadcasts without missing a beat, regardless of the difficulty of the situation. Why? Because we’ve got brains and passion for real news.
Truth be told, alternative media superstars are absolute geniuses compared to the boobs shown on mainstream news channels. (And I mean that both figuratively and literally.)
On top of that, we do what we do out of sheer passion alone, without any million-dollar contracts, corporate sponsors or publicity agents. We report the truth for the only reason under which journalism should ever be practiced in the first place: because the People have the right to know what’s happening in the world around them. And it’s the alternative media that now appears to have the exclusive credibility to bring it to them.
Here’s something else the mainstream media will never tell you:




Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens

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Infowars.com
April 13, 2014
In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.




Feds Back Down In New Bundy Standoff, Agree to Release Cattle

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Epic confrontation “like something out of a movie”
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Infowars.com
April 12, 2014
In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

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RT @corrcomm: The pictures from show that this situation isn’t over. pic.twitter.com/nqsGRk0xsQ

Despite the fact that Bureau of Land Management officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash, Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows.
When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.
In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles.
Infowars reporter David Knight, who was at the head of the march, described the scene as like the moment from V For Vendetta when the military is forced to stand down.

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@PrisonPlanet NOT OVER: heads up...LV SWAT suiting up 1 mile from

Despite threats such as “one more step and you’re dead,” the protesters continued their slow march towards BLM agents as bullhorns blared.
Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.
Sheriff Gillespie eventually appeared to inform Bundy supporters that the BLM had finally caved and agreed to release the 100 cattle they had seized that were inside the pen.
After around 30 minutes, Bundy supporters saw the cattle being released about a mile away in the distance.
It cannot be overstated how much of a gargantuan victory this represents for the American people in their battle against big government tyranny.
“The people have the power when they unite,” Ammon Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The war has just begun.”



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The Revolution is in Fact Being Televised

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Just in case you are missing what's going on in the rugged southern desert lands in Clark County, republic of Nevada...I'm not saying the next American revolution is unfolding before our eyes there, but what I did see for the first time in memory was the people drawing a line in the sand standing up against armed lunatics from the Federal corporatocracy, and not only holding their ground against the corporate goons but forcing their retreat.
This is almost unprecedented in this day and age.  With all the rights that the imperious servant class in D.C. deigns to strip from their masters, and their cronies they've dispersed throughout the country to enforce their petty tyrancies, and after watching for too long now a painful progression of police abuse videos that have become all too common on the youtubes (some of them even technically being "snuff" films), to see the people actually redeeming themselves using the power and authority granted to them by the creator brought a tear to Chumba's eye.

This sordid episode naturally conjures up memories of Waco and Ruby Ridge (Iimplore my younger brothers and sisters to stop right here, follow those two previous links, and give those two horror stories at least a cursory reading, because history does not repeat, it rhymes, and how it does depends on who and what we are here and now, and to know who you are now you must know how you got here, because you're writing the next verse).  Those stories, while very different, end the same: a bunch of fanatical thugs acting under color of law kill pregnant women, children, and other innocents; the murderers, sanctioned killers of the corporate cleptocracy, go unpunished (after all, they were just doing their job); the policymakers and their faithful sycophants cover it up with televised hearings that are merely pomp & circumstance preceding the preordained conclusion, already written, sealed, and ready for release upon the conclusion of the introductory theatrics.
But this time...I don't know.  Did you see what happened in that video?  Ammon Bundy, son of rancher Cliven Bundy, kicked away their attack dogs and ripped the wires of a taser out of his chest not once, not twice, but thrice, and kept coming back to confront the agents at his line in the sand, the soil that is his birthright, the soil where he was born and raised, and not the soil of the foreign thugs that contemptuously defiled it and came as usurpers and aggressors.  Call these simple folk what you will, but that's good country upbringing.  In that moment, if you were paying attention, that man reminded the rest of us the true meaning of courage and liberty.  This is how it goes down, people.  Through time immemorial, it is the man or woman who did not retreat, who did not relent, who kept coming back and tauntingly asking the aggressors, "THANK YOU, SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?"  These are the pivot points in history, as we turn from tyranny and head towards Liberty, with a brief stop at Revolution.
Assuming this continues, and the degenerates from D.C. and their private thugs escalate their siege on the Bundy homestead to (as they will likely put it) "send a message of law and order", militia members (Americans) from across the country will be converging on that spot of god's creation to defend Clive Bundy and his family and property and rights.  They (Americans) will of course be demonized.  Already, one of the commissioners of Clark County has allegedly told the arriving militiamen (Americans) they "better have funeral plans".  Please do not be informed by the scorn and ridicule that will be heaped upon these American men (and women) by the corporate media.  Just know this: if it was you being besieged, they would come to your aid, too.  Because they know: we either hang together, or separately.
If you take the time to get deeper into this story, as with everything today, you start to find out it has little to do with cattle and grazing and tortoises and everything to do with filthy lucre.  Because it's always about filthy lucre.  That's all these psychopaths know.  It seems it has a lot to do withfracking leases that are raking in $$$ for the BLM, and--surprise bitches!--the honorable Senator Harry Reid and other of his fellow psychopaths is elbow deep in this shitpile.
I am not saying, "this is it", because It is what has been happening for a long time now.  But what we see in the video above is the kind of episode that is going to increasingly happen across the nation, first in disparate pockets, and then seemingly everywhere, until we as a people finally arrive at the crossroads, where decisions have to be made.  How will you decide?  Of course, you can't know until you've been presented with the proposition, but just know that you will have to make a call, or one will be made for you.  You will bear that cross.  I've spent 8 nights in jail across 3 separate incidents within 3 years, all for a bunch of petty bullshit.  I could have just given the cop my name, or my I.D., and let them take my car and avoided the whole mess, but like my brother Ammon, I drew my line: I established my sovereign boundaries and I am going to defend them.
Yes, everyone is going to bear their crossin this lifetime, and I believe it's better to choose the cross you're going to bear.  When the time comes (and it shall), and it's your turn to bear your cross, don't worry about being inconvenienced, and don't be afraid.  The story always ends well if you have the right perspective.
Please keep your eyes on this story.  And please pray for Cliven and his family and neighbors, and for the thugs that are besieging them.