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Radio Interview with Kate Delaney Airs Tonight on America Tonight Radio
I have had the honor to be interviewed by Kate Delaney for America Tonight Radio! This interview will be aired during tonight's broadcast from 9 p.m. to Midnight Pacific time, Midnight - 3 a.m. Eastern. We had a wonderful discussion about my books, the writing process, and what's ahead for the third book.
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As a lover of history, I’m appalled at the treatment our monuments are receiving. Much like the same narratives that are created by small minded men, this attack on EVERYONE’s heritage is more than idiotic, it is dangerous. Sometimes these monuments aren’t there to glorify, but to simply demonstrate what happened. Perhaps even to educate. In some cases, while the man honored had his faults, he in some way contributed greatly to the people. General Lee comes to mind, and while personally I wasn’t impressed with his generalship, (okay, this is a controversy that is argued at the Command and General Staff College), I can say that his contributions both before, and after, the war were honestly quite noteworthy and positive. Is this something that is taught in school anymore? Nope, which is another problem for discussion another day. Regardless, it is against the ignorance of such facts, which are no longer taught, that leads me to the next point.
For some reason, there is no longer a recognition of the real problem. I’m sorry, but if you need a mask and a club to spread your message, then you’re wrong. I don’t care if that is coming from the KKK, NAZIS, ISIS, Communists, Socialists, or Antifa. If you’re wearing a mask; pounding on each other with clubs; setting people’s property on fire; and, then basically attacking someone based on their First Amendment rights, then trust me, you are the problem. As an old soldier, I have deployed and voluntarily put myself in harm’s way, just to keep that kind of crap away from our country. The same ignorance and intolerance that should disgust all of us is now being demonstrated by the extreme parts of our society, on both the left and the right, and being cheered on by the even less tolerant fools of our Fourth Estate.
Regardless, I’m seeing it spread around like it was okay, and somehow justified, by the behavior of others. Sorry kids, but both are wrong, and to delude yourself into thinking otherwise, is a sure ticket to our country’s self-destruction. If you don’t tolerate others, whether it is for skin color, religion, or how they voted, then you are the real problem. It is the intolerance that links these groups, so to say that one side or the other is right or justified, is complete poppy cock. To chide others for pointing out the moral equivalence between the sides, is again poppy cock. With all respects to Mitt Romney, and others, who have said that there can be no such equivalency, I heartily disagree.
Right now, what we need to be fighting against is not each other, but the extremism that exists on both sides. Naturally, the Fourth Estate won’t help with this issue, since for them, it is about ratings or taking sides that dovetails with an agenda. Stirring the pot, and sometimes outright lies, do nothing more than inflame passions that shouldn’t exist, and didn’t exist until more recent memory. I posted some time ago about the Fourth Estate becoming a Fifth Column. Well............. Guess what?!
As for race, and racism, I can still recall that some of the people I’d die for were of another race or religion than mine. What a lot of people may not know is that several of the key characters in my book are most definitely modeled after those men, who were the finest soldiers I’ve ever had the privilege to know, and who like me, were willing to give it all for this country. So, stop the insanity, and turn off the damn news. Instead of turning your mind to mush reading the absurd, try making a new friend, and remember that those who would divide us are our real true enemy.
When I was in high school, the local paper interviewed me about an honor I’d received from a local elected official. The article was then published in the paper, and I wondered if I’d been at the same interview. Nothing horrible, but the quotes were not what I’d said. My next encounter with the press came as an adult. I was a young Sergeant, and I’d won Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter where I was stationed. This time the interview was in the Post Newspaper, as opposed to simply the local press, but it had an equal result. Nothing I said was accurately depicted. In fact, again I was left to wonder if I’d been there when the interview took place.
Thereafter, and throughout my military career, I always looked rather askance at any interview that might come up. I learned early on to just say, “OFF the record,” before I ever even opened my mouth. Years later, as a lawyer involved in a relatively high profile prosecution, another reporter landed on my desk. Fortunately, I wasn’t able to talk to him because of my ethical standards, and I made it quite clear that this was the case. Naturally, he created his own narrative about why I couldn’t talk, and he was off to the races. In short, I got excoriated for not cooperating with him, with no mention that by Rule I couldn’t. So, what is my point? It has been my experience that if you want the truth, if you want context, and if you want fairness, you’re probably better off reading the wall in a bathroom stall. Do I trust the MSM or even other less main stream media outlets? Nope, and haven’t since 1974.
CNN is rapidly proving my point about the Fourth Estate becoming a Fifth Column. They’ve now gone from an untrustworthy irrelevance, in the eyes of many to include myself, to the actual publishing of stories that appear to be designed to invite sedition, or worse. While it might initially seem innocuous, yesterday, on the Thursday before today’s Inauguration of the 45th President, a story was aired regarding the “designated survivor.” It’s an interesting take on the COG or Continuity of Government Plan, and it discusses how an obscure appointee of President Obama, would be sitting out the Inauguration in an undisclosed location. All “just in case” he were to need to become the President in the event of a catastrophic attack on the Inauguration.
This, in and of itself, isn’t necessarily an invitation for malice; however, given the current climate (mostly created by the folks at places like CNN), the timing of this piece was absolutely horrendous. This is why most have lost faith in CNN to tell them the truth, because their “Agenda” is showing in virtually everything they do and report. Seeing a talking head reporter, who has perseverated about being oppressed by racists, etc., talking about the most horrendous “what if” scenario, is extremely troubling. It is all about timing, and it is also about the tone of the reporter being used to describe such an event.
Folks, this sort of being misled has been going on for quite some time. A good example of hiding the truth started back in the first Iraq war, and then continued until the removal of Saddam Hussein. The Modus Operandi of CNN has been to only tell part of the story. Opting instead to leave out key items or facts, such as the overwhelming number of Human Rights abuses within the Iraqi Regime that were observed but not reported by CNN reporters on the ground. CNN finally admitted this in 2002, stating that they were afraid for their personnel that were in country. Of course, this begs the question about their most recent behaviors. After all, it was CNN that had someone crying about being afraid that she’d be put into a camp, which if it were true, would probably be the last thing they’d say out of “fear for their reporters on the ground.”
Another problem is the “Tone” of the reporter. Now the use of certain snide inferences or the tonal quality of the reporter himself will infect a story. An example of this is when a reporter says simple things such as, “She SAID, that” (as opposed to she stated or she said.) This emphasis on the word “SAID” is done to imply that whatever came after “SAID” is a lie. This is subtle, but no less damaging to the actual truth or facts. Without ever actually coming out to call someone a liar, they’ve put their stamp on it, and told the public that “we think” this man or woman is a liar. This is only one trick of the trade, but it does the intended damage without our ever understanding that we’ve been misled by the reporter.
I often wonder what happened to things like facts being the news. I don’t need, nor do I want, someone else spinning a story to fit an agenda. I don’t need your tonal changes or your bad timing to incite something. Instead, I just want to know the facts. I’m smart enough to draw my own conclusions without being fed a line of bull. I’m also smart enough to recognize when the press is inciting bad behavior or just plain violence. Again, CNN is a leader in such things, and this most recent timing of the story about “what if” is just one more nail in that coffin. I generally don’t believe in boycotts, but if I’m ever going to watch CNN, it will be strictly for the comedy and not the truth. In fact, I’d rather be forced to drink tap water in Flint, Michigan.
~Michael S. Pauley
Last evening, I heard from a former Royal Marine Commando friend of mine from Australia. He contacted me out of concern that Putin and the KKK were about to take over our country, the moment that our PEOTUS assumes office. I was a little shocked, because this old friend was quite serious. I should point out that this particular friend isn’t someone that will speak out of turn, nor is he someone who folds up in a serious crisis. Instead, he’s a combat veteran who, like me, tries to stay out of the political discourse as much as possible. He explained that this was what was being reported in their news outlets, who naturally were obtaining their news feeds from places like CNN, CBS, and NBC. Comments by some that we’re going to be herded into camps, or that the KKK was now going to be in charge, were very commonly being reported as news in the foreign press.
This was very unnerving to me, because this means that our enemies around the world may well see this as an opportune time to take advantage of the divisions they see splattered all over the news. In essence, these ridiculous rants about the Klan or Camps are putting us all in very real danger. Isn’t that what a Fifth Column is all about? Stirring the pot behind the lines? Causing confusion and disorienting the populace? Such reporting isn’t just irresponsible, it is actually quite dangerous to all of us as a nation. When the Fourth Estate reports news, then it is doing the job of a journalist. It should be critical and incisive. What we have now is something quite different. When the press makes up things, lifts things out of context, or simply allows irresponsible reporting to fill up the 24/7 news cycle, then it is approaching what I would call the work of a Fifth Column. Deep breath people, there will be no Camps, and the Klan isn’t in the White House. Moreover, most of the divisive rhetoric and accusations are quite simply without any real foundation, evidence, or support. Are they lifted as out of context statements? Probably, but they fit someone’s agenda, as opposed to being truth.
I calmed my friend down by reminding him of the press coverage we’ve suffered throughout our military careers. I simply said the words “remember how Vietnam was covered?” He immediately laughed because, as a Vet, he knew exactly what I meant. This phenomena isn’t just limited to my military background. As an attorney, I can honestly say that I have NEVER been properly quoted in the press. Which is why my comments to the press now are limited to this.... “Anything I have to say, I’ll say in the Courtroom.” I could go on about the history of the profession of journalism. I could talk about Edward R. Murrow who, during WWII, actually met with FDR on the night of December 7, 1941. He was told about how bad it was, and nobody had to tell him that it was off the record. He knew that he was an American first and then a journalist. What makes that unique in our world today? Today, even if you said it was off the record, it would still be in huge headlines. Moreover, now things will be printed even though there is no credible source associated with it. Why? Because now it is Agenda oriented, and not News oriented.
Back to my original question. Has the Fourth Estate become a Fifth Column? I’d say that a brief review of most of our major news outlets, both print and multi-media, will reveal that the answer is an unequivocal YES!
Happy Birthday, Navy! 241 years old and going strong!
Most of us try to forget our birthdays and how many of them seem to pile up. Where do the years go? I guess when you pass a certain age, you can be proud of how many you have celebrated. I am not there yet, although my aching body might beg to differ! May we all celebrate many more of these special days. ~ Michael S. Pauley
I am looking forward to the Book Signing Sunday. The Community Appreciation Festival at the Old Mill promises to be a good time for all, with food, activities, bands, and more!
I will be at Rainy Day Pal Books from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
My bride will also be there doing a story-time for the kids, reading books by South Carolina authors. ~Michael S. Pauley
Where: Rainy Day Pal Books on the Main Level of the Old Mill, Lexington, SC
When : Sunday, March 6, 1p.m. - 4 p.m.
I will be signing copies of my books at Rainy Day Pal Books, March 6 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Book Signing is in conjunction with the Community Appreciation Festival at the Old Mill in Lexington , SC. There will be fun, food, and activities for all ages. While I sign books, my bride will be doing readings of several children's books by South Carolina authors. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Where: Rainy Day Pal Books on the Main Level of the Old Mill, Lexington, SC
When : Sunday, March 6, 1p.m. - 4 p.m.
I will be at Rainy Day Pal Books Sunday, March 6, 2016, for an encore Book Signing! There are no set hours as yet. The Old Mill is hosting a Community Appreciation Festival on March 6 and we are participating in this event. ( http://www.lexingtonoldmill.com/ ) This will be a fun affair for the whole family and we look forward to it.
I will provide up-dates as we get closer to the date. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.