The Obama Media Empire Strikes Back

By Andrew Miiller From the October 2019 Trumpet Print Edition

Gary Dorning/Trumpet

Expelled from government office, Obama administration officials are still fundamentally transforming America.


Barack Obama has changed his retirement plans. When the former president thought his successor would be fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, he joked with retired talk-show host David Letterman about playing dominoes. In 2015, he told a crowd of students that he planned to eventually return to the work of advancing his agenda in local communities. But after Donald Trump’s upset victory, Obama chose a different profession: the media.


The former president is not the only one from his administration who is now in media. A surprising number of high-level officials, including top spies, now work for technology, media and news firms. Yet looking back, this shouldn’t be surprising. During Obama’s eight years in office, his administration’s intelligence community became entwined with the national media to an extent that should shock anyone who believes in free speech and fact-based reporting.


Now Obama and his spies are working for Netflix, cnn, nbc, Google, Facebook and other media outlets. These “deep state” officials are advancing the same agenda they advanced when in government: Take down Donald Trump and, as Obama said during his election campaign, “fundamentally change America.”


The Bible foretold that truth would be cast down “to the ground” in the end time by an organized host of people empowered by a dark spiritual force. The work of the Obama administration continues as left-wing radicals attack the Trump administration, the U.S. Constitution and the moral laws of the Bible—using the power of technology and the press. You need to understand the powerful, unseen spirit empowering this network!


Television Spies

One of the most shockingly illegal examples of the extremes to which the Obama administration went to undermine the rule of law while President Obama was still in office was the Clinton-Steele dossier. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry exposed the details of this treasonous activity in “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.”


In summary, the Obama Justice Department used an unverified dossier of propaganda, paid for by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. On Jan. 5, 2017, Obama gathered his top national security chiefs together at the White House to discuss how they could undermine the Trump administration after Mr. Trump took office. Present were President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency director Michael Rogers, cia director John Brennan, fbi director James Comey, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.


These politicians, security officials and spies were literally strategizing how to continue using false accusations to investigate their new boss—which is treason. A big part of the strategy they concocted was targeted leaks of false information to the media. Comey informed Mr. Trump that cnn had a dossier of salacious rumors about him, but not that the fbi, of which Comey was the director, was investigating him. Clapper discussed the dossier with cnn’s Jake Tapper around the same time Comey was briefing Trump on the same topic. After this discussion, cnn reported that Comey had briefed Trump on Jan. 6, 2017, and Buzzfeed published the entire 35-page Clinton-Steele dossier.


Once the media had published the dossier, Clapper resigned as director of National Intelligence on Jan. 20, 2017—the day Donald Trump took office. Eight months later, cnn hired Clapper as a national security analyst, giving at least the unsightly appearance that the news network was paying a former director of National Intelligence for information he leaked to them.


And Clapper is far from the only former Obama administration official now working in the media.


Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a deal with the online video giant Netflix. They will be producing political documentaries, including an adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, about Mr. Trump’s failure to appoint qualified people to government positions. “With Higher Ground Productions, we hope to bring people together around common values and uncommon stories,” Obama announced in February. But his real agenda is to undermine his successor by becoming the first former president to produce a movie about a sitting president.


Susan Rice also works for Netflix as a member of its board of directors. She recently criticized President Trump on msnbc for suggesting he might accept information on opponents from foreign governments—despite her role in the Obama administration’s use of Russian gossip to undermine Mr. Trump’s presidency.


James Clapper still works as a cnn national security analyst. He condemns Trump for declassifying documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, and is spreading the rumor that Trump is encouraging Russia to interfere in the 2020 elections.


cnn has also hired former cia director Michael Hayden, former cia agent Steven Hall, former fbi agent Asha Rangappa, former fbi agent James Gagliano, former Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken and former National Security Council adviser Samantha Vinograd.


Meanwhile, nbc has hired former cia director John Brennan as a national security analyst. Like Clapper, Brennan has been accused of leaking to the press classified information claiming Russia had meddled in the 2016 election. His goal is to defame President Trump—an agenda he can continue pursuing in his new job.


nbc has also hired Chuck Rosenberg, former chief of staff for fbi director James Comey; Frank Figliuzzi, former chief of fbi counterintelligence; Juan Zarate, former deputy national security adviser; and Ken Dilanian, the Los Angeles Times reporter who was caught sending drafts of his articles to Obama’s cia for approval before publishing.


These former cia agents, fbi officials and national security bureaucrats have become some of the best-known faces in a new, hybrid industry where “deep state” spies are rebranded as journalists.


The major media hiring spies and agents from the Obama administration is concerning. Since President Trump took office, his Justice Department has more than tripled the number of investigations into government leaks to media outlets. Many Obama-era intelligence officials are now working for the very news agencies that publish these leaks.

A truly free press prioritizes evidence-based reporting to inform people about the world. Few things are worse for democracy than journalists colluding with political operatives and spies to misinform the public. Now the same spies who tried to rig the 2016 presidential election with lies, innuendo and conspiracy theories work in mainstream media!


Silicon Valley

During his time in office, Obama was known as “Silicon Valley’s president.” Big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google had a shockingly close relationship with his administration. Data from the Campaign on Accountability shows that Google representatives attended White House meetings more than once a week during Obama’s presidency. Almost 250 people left the Obama administration to work for Google or vice versa during this time.


Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, supported both of Obama’s presidential campaigns. And it was Obama’s Federal Trade Commission that ruled that Google was not an Internet monopoly that needed to be split into smaller companies. It is hard to tell how much of the alignment of purpose between Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party is coincidental since they are both run by leftists, and how much is due to actual collusion with “deep state” agencies.


In 2013, former government contractor Edward Snowden provided proof of prism, a spying program in which nine major tech companies (Apple, aol, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube) provided Obama’s nsa and fbi access to their users’ e-mails, audio, video, photographs, documents and location data. What did the Obama administration need all this data on U.S. citizens for? An increasing amount of evidence suggests that this data was and is being used to manipulate elections.

“Since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent and depth of surveillance by the nsa, it has become evident that Silicon Valley is a vital node of the deep state,” writes former congressional aide Mike Lofgren in The Deep State.


Congress has since passed a bill that reins back the nsa’s mass surveillance programs, but Google and Facebook continue to collect vast troves of personal data on American citizens. And these companies continue to enjoy a cozy relationship with former President Obama and Obama-era security officials. Two months after he left office, Obama privately met with leaders from several tech companies at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. The Obama administration’s director for cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, is now head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook. Former Department of Homeland Security analyst Jason Ally now works as a search quality analyst at Google. Former nsa analyst Andrew Honig now works as a software engineering manager at Google.


Big Tech companies like Facebook and Google are considered part of the private sector, but their extensive ties with former Obama administration officials and intelligence agents blurs the line.


Big Tech companies like Facebook and Google are considered part of the private sector, but their extensive ties with former Obama administration officials and intelligence agents blurs the line. And like the Obama-era spies that are now spreading false information on cable television, left-wing activists in Silicon Valley are working to manipulate public opinion.


Censoring Conservatives

Google employees used a variety of means to boost Hillary Clinton and damage Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. A study presented at the 97th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association found that pro-Clinton search results were “more than twice” as common on Google as on Yahoo. A study by Leo Goldstein found that Google searches suppressed conservative sites like Drudge Report, PJ Media and American Thinker.


In late May, undercover investigators working for Project Veritas secretly recorded a conversation with Jen Gennai, the head of responsible innovation at Google, a department established to manage artificial intelligence “fairness” and “ethics.” Gennai said Google is specifically engineering its algorithms to prevent a repeat of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. An anonymous Google insider told Project Veritas that Google is using something it calls “machine-learning fairness” to promote its political agenda. Leaked documents show that this tool uses “artificial intelligence” to accomplish a very human goal: promote a liberal agenda. When you search for something using Google, the company’s leadership and “responsible innovation” team have engineered your search results to promote liberalism and suppress conservatism.


This is deeply concerning, as Google is the most popular search engine in the world. More than 90 percent of all online searches worldwide are conducted through Google or its subsidiary YouTube. Now Google engineers are deciding what information should be available to American citizens by filtering conservative websites from their platform.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 17, Dr. Robert Epstein testified that Google influenced millions of votes in the 2016 elections through its manipulative search-engine techniques. Dr. Epstein, a liberal who has conducted extensive research on search-engine bias, further warned that 15 million votes are in jeopardy in the 2020 election.

“Google algorithms are having a dramatic impact on the thinking, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, purchases and voting preferences of 2½ billion people, right now,” Epstein told Breitbart News after his Senate hearing. “That’s the power they have. That’s the power they’re exercising. This is what a totalitarian regime does. This is not a monopoly. A monopoly fixes prices. That’s not what this is. This is way beyond that. This is a repressive government. This is a totalitarian, authoritarian government that at this point rules much of the world.”


Even though the radical left has lost control of the presidency, the Senate and the Supreme Court, it still controls Silicon Valley and the mainstream media—which means it has tremendous power over people’s minds.


YouTube has shut down entire conservative video channels for ideological reasons. YouTube censors shut down the channels of Legal Insurrection and Pamela Geller after they posted videos supporting Israel. The censors have also placed more than 100 PragerU videos from conservative educator Dennis Prager on “restricted mode.” This mode was meant to censor inappropriate sexual content from children, not to prevent them from watching educational videos with titles like: “If You Live in Freedom, Thank the British Empire,” “Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?” “Make Men Masculine Again,” and “The Ten Commandments: What You Should Know.”


This type of Big Tech censorship is ideologically driven to limit free speech and “to fundamentally change America.”


Project Veritas caught nine current and former Twitter employees on hidden camera admitting that Twitter algorithms purposely hide tweets if they use words like “God” or “America.” Twitter also restricts advertisements from pro-life organizations while allowing pro-abortion ads from Planned Parenthood.


President Obama meets with tech company executives at the White House on Dec. 17, 2013, including leaders from Apple, Twitter, Netflix, Yahoo!, Dropbox, Google and LinkedIn.Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Former Obama administration officials and their allies in Silicon Valley and the major media are at war with conservatives and the Trump administration. President Trump has warned that continuing censorship of American citizens on social media platforms is a threat to their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. Yet the danger posed by this type of censorship goes beyond an attempt to undermine a certain president or party. It is actually a weapon used by radical socialists to attack both “God” and “America.”


Truth Cast Down

President Trump is leading a populist revolt against the technocratic establishment (aka the “deep state”) that the Obama administration built up, and he is working to restore the rule of law in America. But Obama and his top brass are fighting back using the extensive media connections they have developed.


Bible prophecy has a lot to say about an evil ruler who casts the truth to the ground in the end time.


“Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered” (Daniel 8:11-12). Anciently, Seleucid Emperor Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled this prophecy when he desecrated the temple in Jerusalem with an idol bearing his likeness. But the book of Daniel is primarily for this end time (Daniel 12:4). So this prophecy about Antiochus has a dual fulfillment, and is prophecy for today.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his booklet America Under Attack that there is more than one Antiochus figure on the scene today. There is a spiritual Antiochus who “cast down the truth to the ground” inside God’s Church. But there is also a political figure that comes in the spirit of Antiochus to “cast down the truth to the ground” in the United States. As the most biblically hostile U. S. president in history, Barack Obama fulfilled the role of America’s political Antiochus. He is out of office now, but his administration is still at work in the mainstream media. This is a major reason why the truths of the Bible are under attack in America today as never before.


Netflix, cnn, nbc, Google, Facebook and a few other major media outlets are monopolizing the marketplace of ideas and acting—in the words of Dr. Epstein—like a totalitarian state. The same lawless spirit being who controlled the mind of the ancient king Antiochus Epiphanes is suppressing the truth today.


Our people don’t understand their Bibles as they once did, but many scriptures reveal this spirit as Satan the devil.


“If you look at the whole story in biblical prophecy, you see that Satan has a three-pronged attack,” Mr. Flurry writes in America Under Attack. “First he attacks God’s Church. Second, he tears down the values within the nations of Israel. Finally, he will bring the Holy Roman Empire to destroy those nations in the Great Tribulation.” That is Satan’s master plan for destroying spiritual and physical Israel!


There is still a major undercurrent against the rule of law and biblical morality today. The deep state, built up by President Obama, continues to oppose President Trump with any means it can find—legal or illegal. Even though Obama is no longer in office, this spirit of lawlessness persists. And a new deep state–media hybrid is blinding many of our people to reality.


A haze of deception enshrouds the world. When people do not sincerely love the truth, they come to believe lies (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). Antiochus and his “host” of supporters are able to “cast down the truth to the ground” by “reason of transgression.” The devil is empowering this “host” to exploit America’s lawlessness and lack of faith. Society has rejected most of the biblical truths it once understood and is not receptive to learning biblical truths it does not understand. The one and only way to defeat the devil, defend the truth, and solve our problems is to stop transgressing God’s law and fervently pray for more faith. The sad truth is that America will have to endure a time of intense suffering due to its own rebellion. But the wonderful truth is that this time of suffering will bring the nation to a point where it is willing to love and accept God’s truth when Jesus Christ returns!


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