October 8th 2005

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COVER STORY: THE WAR ON TERROR: Identifying and tackling the causes of terrorism

EDITORIAL: Ethanol back on the national agenda

NATIONAL SECURITY: 800 potential terrorists in Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Can Labor ignore Latham's message?

QUARANTINE: Federal Court overturns pig meat import ban

EUROPE: France pays mothers to have more children

DIVORCE LAWS: Fathers turning against Howard

FAMILY: Parental duty of care fails adolescents

EDUCATION: University students struggling with English

SCHOOLS: Primary schools performing poorly

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Germany and the hazards of proportional representation / Minefield Childcare and its critics / Latham diaries fall-out / State-federal jousting

HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC: Using common sense, not condom sense

OPINION: Why Latham's Labor lost

POPULATION: Communist China's abuse of pregnant women

Real face of Labor (letter)

Legal redress for paternity fraud (letter)

Elite media's hatred of Bush (letter)

BOOKS: THE COLLAPSE OF GLOBALISM: and the Reinvention of the World, by John Ralston Saul


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Elite media's hatred of Bush (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, October 8, 2005

The third president of the USA, Thomas Jefferson, once said that a man who never reads a newspaper is better informed than one who does.

Jefferson died in 1826 but, in 2005, those interested in doing research, rather than accepting as gospel, news reports, for example on the effects of Hurricane Katrina, would say that Jefferson had a point.

Most newspapers in America, and their little Sir Echoes around the world, jumped at the chance to attack their bête noire, President George W. Bush, over the devastation. Much of what was printed was baloney.

The claim that in New Orleans it was mainly poor blacks who suffered, ignored the fact that blacks represented 67.2 per cent of the population, of whom 25 per cent were classed as poor.

Another lie peddled was that the Bush Administration ignores the plight of the 37 million poor in the country. Bill Clinton - who earned the name the first "black" president because of his welfare spending - handed out a whopping $191 billion in 1996 in welfare entitlements, at a time when 13.7 per cent of the population was designated as poor.

By comparison, in 2004 under George W. Bush, the percentage of poor was reduced to 12.7 per cent as Bush spent $368 billion in welfare entitlements. Home ownership for blacks increased by 2 per cent.

The elite media will not tell you this, because of their burning hatred of Bush. When reading a political article on Bush coming out of the nation's capital, keep this in mind.

In a comprehensive survey done among journalists in Washington, prior to the last election, Bush opponents outnumbered supporters by 12 to one.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld.

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