Obama open to newspaper bailout bill– The end of the free press

Obama open to newspaper bailout bill

By Michael O’Brien – 09/20/09 04:24 PM ET

The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.

“I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them,” Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called “Newspaper Revitalization Act,” that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin’s Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had played down the possibility of government assistance for news organizations, which have been hit by an economic downturn and dwindling ad revenue.

In early May, Gibbs said that while he hadn’t asked the president specifically about bailout options for newspapers, “I don’t know what, in all honesty, government can do about it.”

Obama said that good journalism is “critical to the health of our democracy,” but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting — especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” he said.

Mike Murdock Preacher from Hell

I JUST SAW Mike murdock (inspirationtoday.com )tell his audience ” if your having credit card problems sow a $ 1000 seed on your credit card and wait for relief from your problem”

Makin’ Da Money .. Anyway I Can

Mike Murdock is one of these preachers who can stand in front of virtually anyone and preach about getting rich and never blink an eye. He has no shame when it comes to asking for money and promising you will get it back 30, 60, 100 fold. He continues to amaze me yet today. Read below and see for yourself. You also will be amazed.

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Peter Sumrall, the CEO of LeSea Network gave this endorsement on Mike Murdock, “This is one of the most dear friends of the ministry over the years.  Helping us out in telethons…You are probably the greatest blessing to Christian television since it started.”
Mike Murdock:
“…It would astound you if I kept every single letter…recorded every single testimony…that has occurred because of the seed of $58…However, thousands who believe God, have seen miracles.  Remarkable miracles.  I do believe that any miracle you ever receive from God will require an act of faith on your part.  I also believe that you will have to believe some man or woman of God…somewhere…sometime…before God ever releases a miracle toward you.  ‘Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper,’ 2 Chronicles 20:20.
Here Are 12 Undeniable Facts:

11.  Your reaction to a man of God determines God’s reaction to you.
12.  You may be required to rely on a prophet’s word alone instead of your own inner confirmation.  This happened to the widow of Zarephath.  It was the word of the prophet she believed.
I want you to place this letter on your personal Bible, on 1 Kings 17.  Please do it now as I pray this prayer over your Uncommon  Seed of $58….At some point in your life…’When you want something that you have never had, God will tell you to do something that you have never done.’
That’s when your journey of Miracles will really begin…
P.S…!  I am asking for 3,000 miracles through this tape..during this Season of Obedience…your seed of $58 could be the Golden Seed that unleashes the most uncommon miracles you’ve ever experienced!!…Sow your seed today.”
(Mike Murdock, letter from his ministry 2005)
Note: Can we buy miracles from God?  Mike Murdock may claim throughout this letter that “Nobody can buy a miracle from God.”  But if he truly believes this he is sending mixed messages by these quotes above that say the exact opposite.
“I broke the back of poverty with the $1,000 seed.  I broke the back of poverty with the $1,000 seed.  Listen carefully, this is, this is, possibly, possibly the most critical seed that you have ever planted in your lifetime.  Because there is an anointing.  I heard double portion.  Did I hear double portion yesterday [Steve Munsey]?  There is going to be a doubling of your wisdom in six months.  We’re going to come in agreement, this is not for everybody.  Every harvest requires a seed.  God never opens His hand, opens His windows until we open our hands.  But listen carefully, I don’t know where you are going to get it.  But if you can’t even faith in a $1,000 seed to sow, how can you ever be debt free?  If you can’t even call in seed, how could you call in a harvest?  You have to work with your faith for the seed before you can call in the harvest.  But the Holy Spirit is giving me faith for 1189 miracles in the next 30 minutes or so.  1189, now that’s not all.  But there is a strong anointing for 1189 miracles.  I’m going to tell you the three that I believe you will feel a special faith to focus the $1,000 seed for.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“This  $8,500 out of your church will possibly be the most strategic seed that you’ve ever planted in your lifetime and ministry!  When God wants you to have a harvest, He asks you for a seed that authorizes it!  When God has a future for you He talks to you about a seed!”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Spring “Share-A-Thon,” February 28, 2005)
“The instruction you follow determines the future you create.  If you never do it again, do it now [Sow a $1,000 seed]!  If you called in already and something is stirring you up to plant the extra $1,000 to raise a faith promise up another level to this level.  Please do it now!  Don’t sit there with your hands closed.  Don’t sit there with your hands closed.  Open your hands.  When I open my hands God opens His hand.  My seed talks to God.  My seed is a picture of my covenant to God.  When God see’s my seed it is the way He remembers me!”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“This is the gift to the first 1189 who obey the voice of the Spirit.  His sheep know his voice and another they will not follow…Nobody can help you obey the Holy Spirit.  Nobody can force you.  Nobody can sow your seed for you…When God wants to bless you He talks to you about a seed.  Holy Spirit, I told your people what you told me to say.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“Delayed obedience becomes disobedience.  Nobody can call for you.  Nobody can call for you.  Quickly go to the telephone.  Call the number that’s on the screen.  Do it now!…Quickly go to the phone, dial the number that is there and say, ‘I’m one of the 1189 that the Holy Spirit is speaking to.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“The third, I feel so strongly that God will give you a debt, a debt free house, supernaturally.  It may not happen in three months, might not happen in six.  But it’s going to happen, according to your faith.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“I also feel impressed that this $1,000 seed should be planted within six months.  This $1,000 seed should be planted.  you may have $100 now.  You may have the whole $1,000 now.  You may have $50 now.  But I feel so strong that this $1,000 seed is the turning point seed of your financial life and your financial world.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Fall, “Share-A-Thon,” September 14, 2004)
“God had a son and needed a family.  So He used His son as a seed to get a harvest.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)
“I’m asking for 300 people who need big miracles (when you call and give $1,000).”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)
“You can’t wait another day or two for your healing or miracle…go to the phone and sow your $1,000 seed for your harvest.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)
“God had a Son.  But, He wanted a family, so He planted His Son to get a family.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“Widow woman!  If you keep that $200 that will be your harvest…Nothing leaves heaven until something leaves earth.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“There is one of the 300 people that can give the $600 all at once.  that kind of faith releases a swift response from God.  When you let go of what’s in your hand God let’s go of what’s in his.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“If you are one of the 300 to plant $200 a month for the next three month’s, God has a harvest for you.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)

“Go to the phone, Quickly!  Dial the number and say, ‘I’m one of the 300 to sow $200 for the next three month’s.’  Your seed has never had so much power.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“If you have ever decided to obey the Holy Spirit, do it today…Holy Spirit I told your people what you told me to say…If you are ever watching a program ordained by the Holy Spirit, this is the one.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“There is a Bible school student that has money set aside.  God is telling you to sow the $200 for the next three months.  Go to the phone son, don’t negotiate with the Holy Spirit.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“The next three month’s are critical in your life, very critical…I want to pray for 300 miracles like Gideon had 300 men.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“Tulsa is great because of these men that walk with God; Hagin, Oral Robert’s, and Richard Robert’s.
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)

“Your mouth is a magnifier.  Faith that isn’t spoken isn’t faith.  You have to speak it.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“God has one obsession, that’s to be believed…God’s only need is to be believed.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“God will never tell you a logical instruction.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)

“If you take that into your spirit you will reach millionaire status in three years.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)
“I have no arguments with people in other religions.  Because they are living their persuasions.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, May 6, 2004)

“I’m going to ask for 300 people in the next 50 minutes, 300 people who need big miracles…When I am done, go to the phone and say, ‘I am one of Gideon’s 300.’  I’m asking 300 to give a seed of $1,000 for your harvest.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)

“There are 12 people that will give $1,000 for every member of your family…Put your sons name on the check…Put your husbands name on the check.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)

“There is an anointing on the $1,000 seed right now!”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)

“God is willing that none should perish, yet many are perishing.  The will of God is rarely accomplished here on earth.”
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)

Mike Murdock told the following story, a woman did not have any money for a $1,000 seed to sow into his ministry.  So, this woman took off her wedding ring and gave it to Mike Murdock as a seed since she did not have any money.  This woman asked Mike to pray the “100 fold” return found in Mark 10:28.  Mike prayed the “100 fold” prayer and took the ring.
Within a few days a person gave that same lady a ring worth 100 times her old ring.
(Mike Murdock, LeSea Television, Miracle Telethon, April 20, 2004)
“If you are not blessed at least hang around somebody that is, if you don’t have money hang around someone who does.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Spring Share-A-Thon, March 1, 2004)

“Jesus didn’t treat everybody the same, if you treat everybody the same, what would be the reward for being your friend?”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Spring Share-A-Thon, March 1, 2004)

“God will always give you something illogical to do.  God will never give you something logical to do, you can do the logical stuff yourself….Holy Spirit I told the people what you told me to say.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Share-A-Thon, September 15, 2003)

“God doesn’t talk to your mind, He talks to your heart.  God doesn’t talk to your logic, He talks to your faith.”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Share-A-Thon, September 15, 2003)

         
“God still hasn’t recovered from the time that Satan doubted him….all God wants is someone to believe in him…God needs people to believe in him”
(Mike Murdock, Daystar Share-A-Thon, September 15, 2003)

“Ministry documents show that several individual donors give thousands of dollars. Murdock urges people watching his TV program, Wisdom Keys, to sacrifice by giving money to his ministry even if they cannot afford to do so.  He says God will provide.  He also asks them to send specific dollar amounts, such as $58.
Many do just that.  In December 2003, more than 60 checks written for $58 were returned to the ministry because the donors’ checking accounts had too little money to cover them.  Other months reviewed showed similar returned checks.
‘We can’t help it when someone writes us a check for insufficient funds,’ Prus said.  ‘Every person has their own talents and abilities, and if it’s not accounting and keeping up with their own checkbook balances, I can’t help that.  But I do pray for them, obviously, to be blessed financially.'”
(Mike Murdock, “Televangelist Mike Murdock moves financial books behind closed doors,” Forth Worth Star-Telegram, USA, December 15, 2004)
“Murdock’s 2003 compensation more than tripled, to $439,397, compared with that in 2002.  That included speaking fees, “love offerings” from the public and a $25,000 Christmas bonus.  By comparison, Viney Chandler, chief executive of the United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County (Texas), received $254,785 in 2003.  She oversaw $29 million in revenue, about twice that of Murdock’s ministry, according to IRS forms.”
(Mike Murdock, “Televangelist Mike Murdock moves financial books behind closed doors,” Forth Worth Star-Telegram, USA, December 15, 2004)
“In August 2003, the ministry reimbursed Murdock’s sister, Deborah Murdock Johnson, $1,226.31 for repairs to a 1997 Seadoo Speedster that does not belong to the ministry.  Johnson lives in Leesville, La., across Lake Vernon from the ministry-owned property where she does contract work. She uses the boat as a water taxi, according to a Louisiana company that repaired the boat dock on the ministry’s property.  Prus declined to comment.
In 2002 and 2003, the ministry gave $72,000 to televangelist Robb Thompson of Tinley Park, Ill. Murdock has described Thompson as one of his closest friends.
The figure includes an April 2003 check for $8,500 with the notation “B. Day gift.”  In July 2002, the ministry gave Thompson a $25,000 check with the notation “happy birthday!!”  Thompson received another check that year for $15,000 with the notation “one house note!”  No records of reimbursement for the checks could be found.
Thompson did not return a phone call seeking comment.  Thompson’s birthday is in April, Illinois driver’s license records show.”
(Mike Murdock, “Televangelist Mike Murdock moves financial books behind closed doors,” Forth Worth Star-Telegram, USA, December 15, 2004)

Mike Murdock is scheduled to appear at “Faith Week” July 18-25, 2004 at Robb Thompson’s church with Word Faith teachers: Ken Copeland, John Avanzini, Jesse Duplantis, and Joyce Meyer.
Article from the Houston Chronicle March 2, 2003

Also see Profit in the Pulpit (off site link)

Ministry spends most of its money on overhead
Associated Press
Chronicle file

Evangelist Mike Murdock
FORT WORTH — The ministry of a Texas evangelist who asks followers to give money to help the poor spends more than 60 percent of its funds on overhead, including his salary, and only a tiny amount on helping the needy, according to a published report.
For nearly a decade, less than 1 percent of donors’ money to the Mike Murdock Evangelistic Association has been used for such charitable works, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in today’s editions.
The ministry, founded as a nonprofit corporation, pays Murdock, 56, a salary that helps him maintain a lifestyle that includes Rolex watches, expensive sports cars and exotic animals, the newspaper reported after a six-month investigation.
Murdock usually asks donors for small amounts. On his television program, at seminars and in books, Murdock encourages people to give money. In return, he promises that God will restore relationships, heal bodies and provide financial help with rewards that will be 100 times their gift.
“If any of this money is for Mike Murdock’s personal gain, may a curse be upon me and my ministry and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,” he often says.
In 2000, the ministry received $3.9 million.
According to IRS documents filed by the ministry, Murdock received $104,819 in pay and $138,000 in benefits or deferred compensation in 2000. That put him above the 90th percentile of managers of similar-sized nonprofit groups, according to GuideStar, a national database operated by the Philanthropic Institute, a nonprofit organization in Williamsburg, Va., that collects IRS data about charities.
From 1993 to 2000, IRS records show his compensation package averaged $241,685 a year, or about 9 percent of the $21 million the ministry took in during that period.
From 1997 to 1999, he drew from a $138,000 annual expense account. By comparison, in 2000, the combined expense accounts for the chief executive officers or directors of the five largest Christian nonprofit organizations — who oversaw $1.5 billion in revenue — was $25,671.
In 2000, when the ministry received $3.9 million, it spent $2,056 on “needy families and benevolence.” It spent $65,348 on flowers and gifts. In 1998 and 1999 combined, the ministry spent $27,247 on needy families and benevolence out of $5.6 million raised.
Friends and relatives said he is generous.
His brother, John Murdock, said the evangelist “has given lots of money to people you’ll never know about.”
Murdock began preaching in 1966 at age 19 and established his evangelistic association as a nonprofit organization in 1973 in Lake Charles, La.
Murdock came to the public’s attention in the early 1980s on The PTL Club, a television program with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, then developed his own television ministry. He frequently appears on the programs of more widely known televangelists, such as faith healer Benny Hinn.
The ministry is based in Denton, but Murdock has low profile in the college town. The size of his television audience is unclear. The ministry recently bought time on the Black Entertainment Television network, which Murdock said gives the show a potential viewership of 72 million households.
Murdock declined to be interviewed by the Star-Telegram unless everything he said was printed verbatim. He has labeled those examining the ministry’s operations as satanic, but he has made recent changes in the organization.
Murdock recently announced that his brother, John, left the board after years and was replaced by a ministry staff pastor. He also fired the ministry’s accountants of about 10 years and hired an attorney experienced in nonprofit organizations and asked for an audit of his operations.
An official with the new accountants, Chitwood & Chitwood of Chattanooga, Tenn., said some financial information was reported incorrectly to the Internal Revenue Service. The official blamed the ministry’s former accountants.
The ministry released its IRS filings, as federal law requires tax-exempt organizations to do, but staff members have refused to make public its books and financial records as required by state law, the newspaper reported.
The newspaper pieced together details of Murdock’s lifestyle from documents obtained by the Trinity Foundation, a televangelist watchdog group in Dallas; Denton County property-appraisal records; a report of a burglary at his home; interviews; and excerpts from his broadcasts and books.
Murdock wears a $25,000 Rolex watch and drives a $70,000 BMW 745. Since August, he has had the use of a ministry corporate jet valued at $300,000 to $500,000.
Murdock has said he was given the watches, expensive suits, and several cars. He has said that he is poorly paid considering the hours he works.
“May I never have what God has chosen not to give me,” Murdock said during a seminar in October in Grapevine. “But may I always have what he wants me to possess.”

“At the 2004 International Gathering of Champions held at Matthew Ashimolowo’s Church Kingsway International Christian Centre, the following people were featured speakers: Mike Murdock, Keith Butler, Bishop Eddie Long, T. D. Jakes, Juanita Bynum, and Morris Cerullo,” His website.
“At the 2001 International Gathering of Champions held at Matthew Ashimolowo’s Church Kingsway International Christian Centre, the following people were featured speakers: Myles Munroe, Bishop Eddie Long, T. D. Jakes, and Mike Murdock,” His website.
At the Morris Cerullo 34th annual World Conference in Orlando Florida on January 2-6, 2005 some of the people attending were: Myles Munroe, Keith Butler, Tommy Tenney, Steve Hill, Benny Hinn, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, and Perry Stone.
         
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Matthew 7:15
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
2 Peter 2:1-3
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1

Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama?

Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama?

By Michal Wisniewski

It was the worst thing that the American government could do. This decision was announced on 17 September, when Poland was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Invasion Day, when the Soviet Union allied with Nazis and stabbed our country in the back.

 

This was an effect of the Nazi- Soviet Pact that was signed on 28 August in Moscow. After this day, all dreams about resisting Hitler’s invasion perished — two evil empires combined their powers to destroy our freedom and sovereignty.

 

At the same day, 70 years later, Obama bowed to the Kremlin. It was something that created great turmoil in all of Poland. What is even worse — people here feel that they were betrayed. It’s not only about the anti-missile shield. It’s about the Polish attitude towards the USA. The United States was seen as the great defender of freedom and democracy all around the world.

 

The United States supported Israel against Ahmadinejad’s threats. After 9/11, Poles expressed solidarity with the USA without any hesitation, despite the fact that we were risking alienation from some of our European partners.

 

And after we joined the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism, we were verbally attacked by Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Shroeder — leaders of two major European powers, but our position was clear and firm: we would stay with the USA and fight against common enemies — enemies who attacked our ally and the whole free world.

 

No other country had such a special status in Poland — almost 80% of Poles sympathized with the U.S.  Poland is not a great military power, but it has some influence on Eastern Europe and was a real stronghold of American interests in this region. Whatever Germans, French or other European Union countries would do, Poland always stood arm to arm with the U.S.

 

Now it all belongs to the past. It’s not only about this incident, but it was something that created great outrage here. It’s impossible to remain so positive towards the U.S. now – people are reacting emotionally. Even the most pro-U.S. media and journalists comment that our close relations with the USA were a mistake. That we were wrong, and we should focus on our closer neighbours, like France or Germany.

 

But, some people understand — as I do, that this is a wrong reaction. Wrong, because people don’t recognize that “America” (United States) is only a country, and has a policy that is set out by the current government.

 

All I can say is that Obama is undermining strong support for U.S. foreign policy, not only in Poland and the Czech Republic, but also in the whole region. This process cannot be reversed under this government (Obama).

 

But the U.S. won’t lose Poland as an ally because many people realize this simple fact: that we can’t blame the U.S., but we can only blame Obama’s administration. And Obama is not the United States. What is more, Obama’s foreign policy hurts U.S. interests all around the world, and the USA is the country that would lose the most from his policies. So, we should understand it here, in Europe, that the major victim is not Poland, but the U.S.

 

The saddest thing is just seeing the anti-American groups in Europe, the same groups that some years ago shouted about American imperialism, have their moment of triumph. They also point out Poland, saying with satisfaction, “Look, the U.S. is pulling back – you and your policy lost”.

 

Yes, it’s their time now. But, we believe that in the future everything could change. Because the U.S. deserves a change now…

 

Michal Wisniewski is director of the Polish Europa 21 Foundation europa21.pl

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