President Obama's campaign tried to walk back his July 13 “You didn't build that” remarks about small businesses in America in a series of video statements July 25.

In a startling front-page report published this month, the New York Times openly admitted that reporters from virtually every national media outlet were letting the administration, as well as the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns, alter the quotes in news stories before publication. Analysts, the alternative media, and even some establishment figures promptly lambasted the controversial practice, sparking something of an international scandal while leading to demands for an immediate end to what opponents called “censorship.”

Several establishment media outlets have already announced that they would no longer permit the practice. Others promised to offer readers full disclosure if sources were allowed to review and approve their statements before publication. But the uproar over the news is still growing, and it is likely to shake the bizarre — critics say "corrupt" — U.S. media culture to its core.

Questions about the Aurora shooter abound, including the possibility of a conspiracy involving at least one other, and perhaps many others, in the July 20 shooting.

On Monday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a key Democrat leader on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that the classified leaks may have come from the White House, though she expressly stated that she does not believe the President to be one of the leakers. But Dianne Feinstein’s statement has caused such a stir that she has begun to backtrack from her assertion.

 

 

The Wall Street Journal reported July 22 that Mitt Romney has gathered a coterie of establishment neoconservatives interested in war with Iran. “Mitt Romney is relying on both moderate and hawkish neoconservative advisers as he embarks this week on his first overseas trip as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate,” the Journal reported.

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