In his latest letter to New Hampshire citizens, congressional candidate Andy Martin explains how biased and incomplete news reporting is adversely affecting democracy both nationally and in local communities such as New Hampshire. Andy criticizes “Liar Landrigan” and “Dissembler DiStaso” for reporting “Fake News” that is distorting the electoral process. “President Trump is telling the truth when he says the media cannot be trusted,” Martin says.
ANDY MARTIN /2018
Republican candidate for Congress
First Congressional District
P.O. Box 742
Manchester, NH 03105-0742
Tel. (603) 518-7310
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
This letter is one of New Hampshire First District congressional candidate Andy Martin’s continuing reports to the citizens of his district
Today Martin explains why Fake News is undermining New Hampshire’s democracy and why the “Fake News media” are writing their own obituaries by deliberately deceiving their viewers and readers.
(MANCHESTER, NH)(September 6, 2018)
Dear New Hampshire Citizen:
This is my fourteenth letter to you from the congressional campaign trial. Today I explain how local media are undermining your democracy and in the process destroying the backbone of a free press. And, today the Union leader furnishes the ultimate example of Fake News.
When President Trump first started attacking the “Fake News media” people thought he was exaggerating. He was not. Biased news and selective reporting are a growing cancer on the First Amendment.
In the colonial period and thereafter, 1750-1850, media were utterly biased, which is why Congress adopted the First Amendment to protect free speech by all. Almost anyone could start a newspaper then by scraping together the cash for a small printing press.
Today the costs of creating new media range from prohibitively expensive (a new newspaper) to impossible (government regulation and control of the airwaves). So we rely on the limited number of legacy media to present news reasonably fairly and accurately. They do not.
In New Hampshire we have a scandal because of the epidemic of Fake News by the Union Leader and WMUR. Today I will collect some of the recent Fake News and explain why it matters and why it undermines democracy. If, as is the case, the media won’t even report who is running, how can you know who is running? If actions by a candidate are also falsely credited or outright stolen by reporters, how can you gain an appreciation of whether a candidate is qualified or running an effective campaign? You can’t.
Let’s start with the ultimate in Fake News, a false story by the Union Leader today. In an earlier email I mentioned the debate being held this evening. I even predicted the Union Leader would attempt to deceive readers. How right I was! The debate is sponsored by WMUR, the Union Leader and the NHIOP at St Anselm’s. Kevin Landrigan, who may be the “dirtiest” journalist in New Hampshire, wrote a story about the debate (please see link  below) and didn’t even mention everyone who is participating. Landrigan falsely portrayed the debate as being between only two candidates. What are his readers going to think if they tune in and numerous candidates pop up? Lying about your own news event has to be the grandest example of Fake News I have ever seen. Hats off to Liar Landrigan.
During this primary campaign I have totally thrown over the tables of the media frauds and the toxic distortions of the local political class. Using my knowledge of the “Right to Know law,” usually called “freedom of information,’ and judicial procedure, I have negotiated the disclosure of thousands of pages of documents involving Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards and thrown their campaigns into disarray.
I was also the first to attack Maura Sullivan for falsely claiming in her advertising and speeches that she had “fought” in Iraq when she had been a supply officer. Maura — shall we call her the “Wonder Woman of the Marine Corps” — is an embarrassment to real warriors.
In sum and substance, I have waged a devastating primary campaign against my opponents but you would never know that because the Fake News media have suppressed virtually all mention of my efforts.
Let’s take a look:
1. Fake News by WMUR
A. The Andy Sanborn files
In June, I negotiated the release of what became over a thousand pages of documents concerning Andy Sanborn. Before me, others such as (I believe) Susan Olsen and Robert Clegg, had failed to obtain the release of the Sanborn documents (please see link #2] below, where Ethan Dewitt has done some excellent Sanborn analysis but also fails to mention my name). In fact, I believe (not 100% sure) that even John DiStaso had tried and failed to obtain the release of Sanborn materials.
I announced in an email I had negotiated an agreement with the Attorney General to release the Sanborn documents. What did DiStaso do? The moment he learned of my agreement he cut-and-pasted his own RTK request using my original. Then, when the materials were released in July, he claimed, falsely, that “WMUR had obtained” the documents without mentioning he was piggybacking on my successful negotiation.
All summer “Dissembler DiStaso” has continued to lie to viewers and readers by falsely claiming he secured release of the Sanborn files, when he had failed to do so.
Why is the fact that I obtained the release significant? For two reasons. First, when others try and fail to accomplish a task, the identity of the person who actually succeeds is obviously part of the story. Second, using my legal and political expertise, I was and am still running an effective campaign, though you would never know that from DiStaso’s false claims he is securing release of the Sanborn files. In other words, DiStaso is literally extinguishing my campaign and its effectiveness, to falsely portray himself as a successful document digger, when that is not the case.
B. The Eddie Edwards files
Once again, DiStaso is exposed as incompetent and lazy. The Edwards Settlement Agreement was negotiated in 2013. Edwards became a candidate in 2017. DiStaso, once again, did nothing about the Settlement until I announced I was seeking a copy in 2018.
Here is what DiStaso said: (please see link  below)
“WMUR received the settlement agreement from the attorney general’s office in July of this year, after filing a right-to-know request with the human rights commission.” In so far as I am aware, the Human Rights Commission was never involved. But, once again, DiStaso had done nothing for five (5) years. He didn’t take any action until I announced I was going after the Settlement Agreement and only then asked the Attorney General for a copy. Once again, DiStaso erased my instigation of the release, trying to falsely portray himself as having obtained the materials on his own. Once again, the effectiveness of my research and analysis in the campaign was not credited.
I could go on, but you get the picture. DiStaso seeks to claim credit for my work without a single mention of who obtained release of the materials he is using. His behavior is crass, inconsistent with journalistic ethics and designed to destroy my campaign by pretending I do not exist. Political bias? Personal bias? Who knows?
2. Fake News by the Union Leader
A. The Andy Sanborn files
When the original Sanborn files story broke, Liar Landrigan was away and the story was covered by another reporter who mentioned my name. By the time the final documents were released I had been erased and replaced by “many media,” all of whom piggybacked on my original agreement. The fact that I succeeded after others unsuccessfully tried to obtain the same material was left unmentioned (as it was in Ethan Dewitt’s report in the Concord Monitor).
Of course, if you were looking to your “local newspaper” to inform you what the candidates were doing, the reporters pretend there are only two candidates running. No wonder voters are confused and losing interest in voting.
B. The Eddie Edwards files
Remember that the Settlement with Edwards was signed five (5) years ago. No one reported on the document until I filed a Right to Know request and sought disclosure. What did Liar Landrigan write: “Edwards offered new details … following a Right to Know Law inquiry made by the New Hampshire Union Leader and other media outlets.” No mention that it was my RTK request that secured release of the Settlement. (I am going to court Friday to seek more disclosures about both Sanborn and Edwards.)
Reading the Union Leader you would think I did not exist all summer, when in reality my campaign activity was turning the campaigns of my opponents upside down and creating massive disruptions for them. Liar Landrigan takes his readers for dopes who will accept whatever drivel he pushes out as “news.” Thanks to the Internet, Landrigan has been exposed as a habitual liar, who no doubt lies at the direction of his employer Joe McQuaid.
The Union leader is an embarrassment to journalism, and I will have more to say about that after the primary. I ain’t finished by a long shot.
c. The Maura Sullivan fake “fighting a war” claims
Liar Landrigan did a front-page story on Maura Sullivan’s false claims she had “fought in Iraq.” Sullivan was using her ridiculous claim in both TV advertising and speeches. I was the first person to challenge Sullivan’s fraud, held a news conference and sent Sullivan a letter demanding she cease and desist. Landrigan credited the claims to another congressional candidate and did not mention my activity.
d. The Balsams cover-up
Several months ago the Union Leader reported state officials were ready to approve a $28 million “guarantee” for redevelopment of The Balsams report in the North Country. Last month, the application for a state handout was withdrawn. What happened? I battled the developers, and state officials ultimately had to agree that The Balsams paperwork was nothing but a taxpayer giveaway with no hope of repayment. “Andy Martin blocks $28 taxpayer giveaway?” Big news? No news. Not one word of my successful participation has ever appeared in the Union Leader.
Once again, how would you know I am succeeding as a candidate, if local media completely erase my efforts from their reporting? Once again, Fake News, intended to mislead readers as to who is doing what.
Of course, the ultimate humiliation for the Union leader comes today, when the newspaper is sponsoring a debate where I am appearing, and Landrigan fails to list the names of the participating candidates, trying to pretend the debate is only between two candidates excluding me. Fake News. What a disgrace to journalism.
By depriving you of information about who is running and what the candidates are accomplishing during the campaign, the media are lying to you and undermining our democracy, which is based on the theory of an informed electorate.
WMUR has interviewed numerous candidates in the Second Congressional District, and my opponents in the First, but excluded me. Fair or unbalanced? The blatant bias speaks for itself. (My exclusion was apparently the work of Adam Sexton, not DiStaso.)
My late Uncle William Vasiliou, who was a proud UNH graduate, used to say he was a “”facts and figures man.” I succeeded to his mantle. I deal in facts and figures (see links below), and that is why I succeed where others do not. But the future looks depressing for New Hampshire. How can our democracy function in darkness? One again, President Trump’s criticism of Fake News at the national level has its counterpart in our local communities. Is it any wonder Americans are disgusted?
Internet news anyone?
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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:
Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With fifty years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm
Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
Andy’s opinion columns are posted at ContrarianCommentary.com, ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com and ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com
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