journalism

Erick Stakelbeck: Expert on Terrorism?

It just may be that this young man is excellent at what he does, but I have been unable to determine his CREDENTIALS.  His bio tells me nothing at all about what experience or academic training suit him for his position.  Is he merely just another voice within an insular circle of people who get told what they want to hear?  Is he an innovative voice bringing cutting edge perspectives to complicated issues?  Is he an independent thinking man who is self-trained?  Is he a journalist by formal training, by faith, by practice?  Former intelligence officer?  Special Ops?

Whatever the answer, I do find it peculiar that his own biography does not speak to his credentials.  That’s an unusual approach in an arena in which credentials are such an important aspect of the work.  “Terrorism” is a complicated business.  The analysis of it requires more than the ability to recap headlines and read teleprompters.  What do you think?

Here is the link: http://www.cbn.com/Authors/cbnnews/Erick-Stakelbeck/

Here is the bio:

Erick Stakelbeck has been a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News since 2005. He covers the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East, and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the CBN News Bureau in Washington, D.C. He is also host of the Stakelbeck on Terror show on CBNNews.com.

Erick is a sought-after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, print and web media.

He produces and reports feature stories for CBN’s nationally televised news programs on issues such as Al-Qaeda’s worldwide operations; Iran’s nuclear program; the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; Hamas, Hezbollah and existential threats to Israel’s security; and Islamic radicalism in the United States and Europe. He has interviewed numerous lawmakers and international diplomats, as well as Islamic terrorists.

Erick has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs. His appearances include: The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Weekend Live, Fox and Friends, America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and a weekly segment on the Savage Nation radio show with host Michael Savage, among others.

Erick has worked as a senior writer and analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a counterterrorism think tank founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson. His articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism and national security have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, New York Sun, Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, among other publications.

He has delivered addresses at several public forums, including speeches before members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation, the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations, ACT for America and Christians United for Israel (CUFI), among others, on terrorism and Middle East-related issues.

Erick previously served as a regular contributor to both David Horowitz’s Frontpage Magazine.com website and Michelle Malkin’s HotAir.com.

Erick is a graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia. His blog, “Stakelbeck on Terror,” can be found at CBNNews.com.

The African Executive: Kiss My African Ass

The latest swindle out of Africa (Kenya, this time) is a half-assed online journal masquerading as an authentic voice of Africa.

Here is the bullshit they’ve spouted about who they are and what they do:

The African Executive is the market leader in opinion and analysis on Africa’s socio-political and economic development. It features analytical issue-based coverage on Finance and Banking, Investment opportunities in Africa, Technology, Agriculture, Governance, Travel and Entertainment among others. The majority of The African Executive readers are exposed with high affinity to travel and have interest in Africa’s regional, continental and international affairs.The African Executive offers a wide range of opinion and analysis on issues that affect Africa.

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From the Congressional Record – 2006

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — EXTENSIONS
Friday, December 08, 2006

109th Congress, 2nd Session
152 Cong Rec E 2227
REFERENCE: Vol. 152, No. 135

SECTION: Extension of Remarks

TITLE: HONORING COLBERT KING ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL PAGE

SPEAKER: Ms. NORTON

TEXT: [*E2227]


speech of

HON. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON

of the District of Columbia

in the House of Representatives

Friday, December 8, 2006

Ms. NORTON . Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Colbert (Colby) I. King, the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and Deputy Editorial Page Editor. In a recent column, Mr. King informed his readers that he soon will cease writing editorials. However, Colby King’s informal and spontaneous Saturday morning reading club takes some comfort in knowing that Colby King will continue to write his weekly column.

For 16 years, the Post, our city, and the region have benefited from reading a man who learned to write by doing it, not by going to journalism school. Colby went to school right here in the District, native born and native educated in the D.C. Public Schools and at Howard University.

Colby King’s preparation for the career for which he will be best remembered came from the life he has lived_a childhood bereft of privilege, even equality, but rich in family love and upbringing. His pre-Post eclectic career ranged from the U.S. Army and VISTA to Treasury Department official and international banker.

Colby wrote about any and everything, but he was in his special element when he wrote about his hometown. Most of what the Post editorial page has had to say about this city came from Colby King_sometimes sizzling with pride or indignation at shabby treatment by Congress and the like, even more often, hot with criticism of local officials and citizens alike, whose actions he thought unworthy of the city on a hill Colby wanted his hometown to become. Colbert King’s role in writing the Home Rule Act, his special feel for the city of his birth, his wit and ability to laugh and to cry about this city, all contributed to the authority with which his views were received throughout the District and the region.

Colbert King has a way with words, a mark of pure talent, but talent alone won’t win you a Pulitzer in his tough and competitive business. Colby’s Pulitzer was his alone, the fruit of his columns. He used them to speak his mind on an unpredictable variety of subjects-too much crime and too little punishment; forgotten children and star-crossed residents, often remembered only in his Saturday columns; national and local politics and politicians scored without fear, favor or mercy; and the beloved family that reared him and the family that he and his wife, Gwendolyn, raised.

Colby King will be remembered also for his remarkable range. His contributions to the editorial page covered the page’s territory, as Members know well from watching him on foreign and domestic affairs as a television opinion show panelist. His unusual set of talents and his judgment took him to editorial leadership on one of the world’s most important papers. His contributions came during troubling times in our country and in this city. A failing war at home and an insolvent hometown, for example, badly needed unadulterated self-criticism and tough love. Colby King had the credibility, the talent, and the wisdom to offer both, to make us shake our heads up and down in agreement, and then to try again to reach his high expectations.

Mr. Speaker, if I may, I note a personal regret as well that Colby is ending one part of his career. His 16 years on the editorial page and my 16 years in Congress overlap. I will miss not only reading Colby. I will miss having someone at the Post with whom I personally identify in so many ways_a friend who remembers the District as it was when we both were born in a segregated city and when we went to Dunbar High School, and a city that is both the same and very different today. I wish the Post good luck in finding such invaluable, institutional and personal experience for its editorial page.

Colbert King has decided to no longer write editorials, but he has certainly left his signature in indelible ink on the Washington Post. I ask my colleagues to join me in both honoring and thanking Colbert King for using his craft in service to the public.

SUBJECT: ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS AWARDS (90%); POLITICS (89%); LEGISLATIVE BODIES (78%); CHILDREN (77%); EDUCATION SYSTEMS & INSTITUTIONS (77%); ARMIES (71%); LETTERS & COMMENTS (68%); TREASURY DEPARTMENTS (58%);

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Divide and Conquer: Jesse and Barack Out of Context

“He has remarkably transcended race, however the impact of Katrina and
Jena makes America’s unresolved moral dilemma of race unavoidable,” he
said. ” I think Jena is another defining moment of the issue of race
and the criminal justice system. This issue requires direct and bold
leadership. I commend Sen. Obama for speaking out and demanding
fairness on this defining issue. Any attempt to dilute my support for
Sen. Obama will not succeed.
” (my emphasis)

That’s what the man said. This paragraph is part of a CNN report on the words of Jesse Jackson after a potential firestorm of controversy surrounding comments attributed to him in South Carolina. While these comments are buried half way down the page (folks don’t typically get that far down the page while skimming or watching news), CNN still found it appropriate to headline with this:

“The newspaper reports Jackson later said he did not recall saying Obama is “acting like he’s white,” but continued to condemn the Illinois Democrat as well as the other presidential candidates for not bringing more attention to this issue.” (my emphasis)

It is quite possible that writers and editors in the employ of CNN don’t have a clue as to the connotation of the word “condemn.” It is possible that they are, as I always maintained, full of shit. It seems odd that a news agency could actually assert that Person A condemns Person B in the SAME ARTICLE in which Person A asserts support for Person B. Truly, truly odd. I suppose the editors thought “criticize” simply was not strong enough. Censure wasn’t strong enough. CNN decided condemnation was appropriate because it carries such a harsh implied meaning – and, of course, there is no reconciliation after condemnation. Condemned buildings don’t get new tenants. Condemned politicians don’t get new Black voters – especially if they stand accused of “acting like he’s white.” Condemnation is one step away from repudiation. It’s a banana peel away from the world of the ADL and Abe Foxman and virulent anti-Blackism. It’s on the slippery slope toward irreconcilable differences occasioned by the agendas of others.

Here’s what was initially reported…

“Jackson sharply criticized presidential hopeful and Illinois Sen.
Barack Obama for “acting like he’s white” in what Jackson said has been
a tepid response to six black juveniles’ arrest on attempted-murder
charges in Jena, La.”

This report by Roddie A. Burris of The State.com has been picked up by the national media and will get great circulation as the MSM works Divide and Conquer 101 on the two Illinois politicians. There is one problem with the article filed by Roddie Burris – there is NO CONTEXT for Jackson alleged statement. The assertion that candidate Obama is “acting like he’s white” is not offered up as part of a complete sentence. It is not part of an extended quote. It hangs loosely – like a dangling chad.

Roddie was kind enough to provide an e-mail address: rburris@thestate.com. I haven’t bothered to write because I don’t care all that much.

Nonetheless, it is interesting that Burris heard something which has been denied. I wonder if there is a video or audio tape to confirm the report in The State? At this juncture, does it even matter. I presume that Barack’s people and Jesse’s people can avoid Cointelpro Lite, Version 8.2 and continue there walk toward the primary. The disinformation business is alive and well.

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