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Liberal media stepping up attacks on anyone with dissenting views, and they will gut the First Amendment, says The John Birch Society
The veteran defender of the U.S. Constitution claims left-leaning media have begun their own hate-speech campaign

APPLETON, WIS. — June 18, 2009 —Left-leaning media are once again targeting dissenting views, literally gutting the First Amendment by lumping all opponents as right-wing extremists or haters, says The John Birch Society, an organization accustomed to being unfairly smeared.  John McManus, JBS President and Publisher of The New American magazine, recently stated that the latest flurry of attacks is nothing new.

“History is being repeated,” McManus said.  “Any time there’s a build-up of left-leaning power in Washington, its defenders take steps to demonize dissenting opinions.  The process involves labeling them as right-wing extremists and irresponsibly smearing individuals and groups as violent or radical while characterizing them with adjectives held to be distasteful by the American people. This is hardly something new.”

According to Tom Eddlem’s June 15th article at, this new surge of media activity began earlier this year with the Department of Homeland Security’s report entitled “Right Wing Extremism” that “tarred all U.S. military veterans and many political conservatives as potential terrorists.”  Just within the last week, some liberal media outlets are fanning new flames of hate by associating the murders of Dr. George Tiller and Stephen Tyrone Johns, the Holocaust Museum guard, to entire categories of Americans.  Leading the pack is The New York Times, which published no less than six articles claiming hate allegedly emanating from the right is to blame.  A quick Google News search brings up dozens more examples from other media outlets.  What is being done by the media is as seriously wrong as blaming all Mexican-Americans for the crimes of some illegal immigrants.

Liberal media working hand-in-hand with the federal government to label dissenting opinion as dangerous “is clearly a smear campaign aimed at stoking public fears,” said McManus. He believes the result will be more government infringement on everyone’s liberties.  “The government should not be in the business of taking away our freedoms.  In fact, according to the Declaration of Independence,” McManus says, “governments are instituted to ‘secure’ our unalienable rights, not to trample them.”

The New American will continue to track the progress of this smear campaign, McManus promised.  “Unfortunately, we expect more smears coming because the promoters of big government don’t want any opposition.”

John McManus is available for interviews.  McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966, becoming President in 1991.  He has written and produced numerous books and audiovisual programs, including the popular DVD, “Overview of America,” which is a moving tribute about America’s Constitutional roots.  He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs.  He is one of the Society’s few authorized spokesmen.  In addition to being a regular contributor of articles to The New American magazine, he serves as its publisher.  He is also publisher of the Society’s monthly Bulletin.  He is currently wrapping up a speaking tour entitled “America’s Economic Meltdown,” in which he points to the Constitution for long-term solutions.  His speech is based on his 1993 book “Financial Terrorism: Hijacking America Under the Threat of Bankruptcy.”  Many of his predictions made in this book have recently come true during the current economic crisis.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit for more information.



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