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Media Continues Spreading Distortions and Lies about Oath Keepers

Birds of a feather—Keith Ellison stands with national socialist Bernie Sanders. Keith Ellison/Facebook timeline photo

CNN has added an update to a lying attack piece by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim activist and Obama adviser, against Oath Keepers. That said, the brief statement buried in the story’s text, telling readers “A representative of the Oath Keepers contacted us to say that the [Global Rally for Humanity] was not officially sanctioned by them,” hardly undoes the damage done. It also makes no attempt to refute any charges or present the truth.

Ellison, in turn, was citing The Detroit Free Press as his source for parroting a lie attributed to the Anti-Defamation League that “Oath Keepers and Three Percenters [are] extremist anti-government movements.” Imagine that: The Anti-Defamation League defaming. Every time we turn around, we run into more corroboration of the truism that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day.

Oath Keepers has made its position clear. The organization has nothing to do with the rally. And while some who did may have worn Oath Keepers garb or appropriated the group’s name, it’s CNN’s fundamental obligation  to ensure even guest editorials they issue viewpoint disclaimers for are truthful. But that would mean CNN editors would need to educate themselves on subject matter they accept. And they’d also have to be committed to standards of fairness and accuracy.

Good luck with that.

As for being “extremist,” Ellison is one to talk (and that will provide fodder for a follow-up column). As for being “anti-government,” leave it to a “progressive” to level that denunciation against American patriots, including current and retired military, law enforcement and  emergency services personnel who have pledged an oath to the Constitution. And he doesn’t stop there.

“The bigotry and hatred championed by groups like the Oath Keepers does not represent the majority of Americans,” Ellison charged, without providing one example to substantiate such an ugly and damning accusation.  In fact, he can’t, and a few minutes on the website would have provided numerous examples of Oath Keepers being just the opposite of how it’s portrayed, as exemplified by some of the videos on the website’s “About” page, or this couldn’t-be-clearer section of the Bylaws:

No person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates discrimination, violence, or hatred toward any person based upon their race, nationality, creed, or color, shall be entitled to be a member or associate member.

God forbid the Anti-Defamation League, or The Detroit Free Press, or Rep. Keith Ellison, or CNN should actually do any fact-finding. And if they won’t even visit a website or click on a main tab, what are the chances they would actually try to communicate with a representative of Oath Keepers?

Yeah, I know, CNN, called “Communist News Network” by some who are sick of the constant lies, distortion and bias, and ridiculed by others, who have come to expect inaccuracies to be the norm, as “the most busted name in news.” But even “news” outlets perceived to be more “conservative” show a tendency to accept a leftist narrative without question – case in point, a report from The Washington Times.

‘In the wake of the deadly massacre at an Oregon community college, the controversial Oath Keepers militia group revealed a new plan last week to prevent school shootings, announcing its intention to form college and high school chapters to train students to ‘fight back,’ the story began.

First, the only people who find the purpose of the Oath Keepers to be “controversial” are those who disagree with the proposition that government officials and employees should follow the Constitution.

Second, as has been stressed time and again, and as articulated by Editor Elias Alias, Oath Keepers is not a “militia group”:

“The reason Oath Keepers is not a Militia is simple — among other considerations, we do not have a command structure, do not assign Militia rank designations or titles, and we are not a division of any State Militia Office, since to the best of my knowledge those no longer exist in modern America. Oath Keepers loves the name “Militia”, but Oath Keepers is not a Militia. We would, however, love to see every State have its Office of the Militia, for we do honor out Oath to the Constitution which requires the Militia. Why else would the SPLC and DHS hate our guts, eh?”

Third, what Oath Keepers is proposing with its college outreach and education program has been proven effective in the real world, even though “progressives” and their media allies are doing everything they can to spook the uninformed.

Last, what’s with ending the article giving the Southern Poverty Law Center the last word? Why did the “reporter” not see fit to question that?

It’s easy to dismiss all this as just squabbling over words, but there’s a much greater danger, particularly in light of the Justice Department partnering with SPLC to reshape the narrative so the public believes patriots to be terrorists. Because once the propaganda offensive has sufficiently advanced to where Constitutionalists are equated with ISIS in the public mind, the enforcement resources will have been put into place to do something about it. And there won’t be Oath Keepers in those ranks.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.


  1. “… particularly in light of the Justice Department partnering with SPLC to reshape the narrative so the public believes patriots to be terrorists.”


  2. Keith Ellison (the guy who took his oath on a Quran) calling the Oath Keepers extremists? If that wasn’t so funny it would be as pathetic as the people who continue to elect the asshat.

    People like Ellison are the personification of the expression ‘Destroying America from Within’.

  3. It just goes to prove the power of the liberal media. In this age of liberal media duplicity, the first casualty is truth and they are only too happy to spread the progressive deceit. Liberal lawmakers have declared war on We, the People, our Constitution and their oath. All except Keith Ellison. In an ironic twist, this traitor took his “oath” on the Quran and we all understand the only oath the Quran mandates is the dominance of infidels. It is unfortunate that our way of life, culture and traditions is being undermined by our own citizens and elected officials. Ben Franklin once answered a question by a constituent after being asked if we had a republic or monarchy. His immediate answer was, “A republic, if you can keep it.” CAN WE?

    Americans have to return to Christ Jesus…. but, they dont, so Jesus will come back to take His church out of the way and The Holy Spirit will leave and the son of Perdition will be revealed…that person will come in peace and fix everything as well as allow the jews to build there temple and than he will pull the rug from under everyone. Example; HITLER!

  5. It’s reports such as this that continually prove, to me anyway, Oathkeepers are doing the right thing. Carry on.

  6. I have tried again and again to educate friends and family about the dismantling of the English language as part of Political Correctness. Sadly, I do not get much of a response from the 130 or so that I share with online. Obama has been very reluctant to use the term Islamic Radical and I’ve noted that there is an increased use of the term ‘extremist’. Now we see that anyone that opposes the socialist war party, is labeled an extremist. The tags of Patriot, Militia, Constitutionalist and so on are linked to extremism, which to the day to day American is akin to a terrorist. It is an assault on our language that we are losing and in time that will mean we are by default, anti-government and ‘dangerous’ to the American Public’s safety and must be neutralized. George Orwell discusses the danger of Political Correctness (Newspeak) with an eerie level of accuracy:

    “the purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.”

    1. Obs Razor,whether they call it poop or do do, it still smells like what? The progressives have been taking advantage of patriots all my life and even before. Patriotism induces loyal young men and women to wish to serve this once great nation. Three thousand or so killed in the trade towers attack. How many more of our youth have been slaughtered in those invasions we responded with? We use the UN to give permission to venture into conflict. Congress is often ignored (not that they have deserved much while spending us into perdition). A movement to change the Constitution is being promoted, even though the problem is no one abiding by that supreme Law of the land.
      The establishment repubs push for another bush in the white house while obama keeps planting more ragweeds. All our money and fertilizer should be replaced by Roundup. Homeland Security sounds too much like it comes from the concept of “Motherland” (Russia) and “Fatherland” (Germany). And having seen their statements and their actions, HS shows itself to be the American version of totalitarian police state concept. Who do they label as potential terriorists? Constitutionalists, that’s who. The central government is taking over and making rules for local law enforcement and sharing the civil assets often stolen from the innocent, and they have the audacity to label law abiding oathkeeping citizens as a threat? We haven’t turned on America; America has been turning on us. It is time to vote into Congress reps who have or will abide by our founding documents.
      Those who make war on free trade between the States, those who vote for unconstitutional law, those who support soft law administrative rule and regulation departments and agencies instead of helping to get rid of all that are unconstitutional, these should be targeted as the real threats to our nation and our soverign States. States should be advised and insisted to stop taking grants from the cent gov because there”s always strings attached. You want the central government out of your local schools? It’s up to you. Make sure school boards are willing to refuse federal handouts that put the feds in control of education. What goes for the schools goes for the economy, county, city, State–all branches of organized society. It’s up to the people to determine who they wish to be in charge.
      So called conservatives mostly just wish to be left alone to get on with their lives. Maybe that possibility no longer exists. Maybe, just maybe it’s time for us to start messing in the Progressives’ business. At some point the chance that some of us will decide to fight fire with fire and start to lie about them may occur. You cannot win by becoming them. Anyway, there are enough truths that could be detrimental to progressives, communists, socialists, oli and plutocrats that no lies would be needed if there were enough action in spreading that truth around. Determine who is the enemy of America and try and defeat that enemy. I would like to start with the UN (after cleaning house in Washington).

    2. Salient point! It is extremely important for people to realize, and many don’t, that “political correctness” is not a term that evolved to describe a culturally driven process in our society, after the fact. It is a tool of psychological warfare that was calculated and deployed in our society, most notably by the “Frankfurt School” decades ago, in an effort to tenderize our society with “cultural” Marxism. In short, it is the process by which socially-induced inhibition prompts self-censorship of any speech or ideas that are not consistent with a desired agenda. The result is that society gradually changes the vector of its values and morals, and that is how a country like America can slowly lose its incompatibility with a system like communism, or as in this case, patriots become “extremists” and extremists become “patriots”. Political correctness is perhaps the most insidious and effective form of propaganda.

  7. But we don’t believe anything the media says because we KNOW our worst enemies are in Washington, DC.

  8. Oath Keepers as “extremists”? I guess if you don’t “play” by the liberal media ‘rules’…that’s what you get called. “Extremist” is replacing the word “racist”, as the word of choice, to put people down. Another way of thinking about it is…If you took an oath and then honor that oath…about protecting our Country and our Constitution…you become an “extremist”. Call me an ‘extremist’, then…I’ll wear it proudly.

  9. David, Have you figured out the the thugs in dc, keith ellison, cnn and many other news sources are the terrorists? Only until people see this truth will they understand what has to be done to end the tyranny in America.

  10. I would like the OATHKEEPERS to set up organization in every state. Organize all U.S. Veterans and educate them on how OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY. ONCE THEY ARE EDUCATED GO TO WASHINGTON DC AND DEMAND REPEAL OF THE PATRIOTS ACT.

  11. Liars like Ellison, Anti-Defamation League and CNN are part of America’s problem. Unfortunately, the Fourth Estate (Journalism, Free Press) takes no oath and has changed into mind control. Prescott James on Veterans Today claim the six corporations which control over 90% of U.S. media all have connection to a single investment firm, but doesn’t name it.

  12. “Our worst enemies” are NOT in Washington, D.C. The politicians and mass media are controlled by powers elsewhere.

  13. Local Chapters had better be executing strategy by now…or never. The only antidote to the Progressive poison is the recruitment of solid core members who are well known, well respected and “above reproach”, conducting meetings with “local authorities” to present ourselves as a trusted and valuable resource to them via “CPT” in order to dispel the myths and lies. We must be “self-evident” to anyone and everyone with a brain!

  14. I, for one, wear the name “domestic terrorist” with a great deal of pride. My pride is primarily based on having this label applied to me by the current “progressive”, illegal, government in power in the District of Corruption. I am a domestic terrorist on so many grounds. I am: Christian, White, Male, Heterosexual, Patriotic American, Retired US Air Force, Constitutionalist, anti big-government, and probably many other categories. Count me all in brother!

  15. I clicked on the links to what the Dishonorable Mr Keith Ellison has said and then I read some more about him trying to understand if whether or not he’s mentally fit for his position – blatantly accusing those who uphold constitutional oaths of ?!? He needs to be kicked out of his office and sued

  16. In one of the links about Keith Ellison it says: “As a law student in 1989 and 1990, Ellison wrote several columns under the name “Keith E. Hakim” in the student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily defending Louis Farrakhan and suggesting that Whites be required to pay slavery reparations to Blacks.
    Ellison sought election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 and was elected to the House of Representatives in the Democrat wave of 2006. Since entering the United States Congress, Ellison has etc etc” In the late 90’s while home during the day I watched Louis Farrakhan on cable and he was preaching that while on the island of Patmos, John the Apostle was witness to the creation of white people, genetic engineering – I thought it was so nutty I mentioned it to a few co workers – two days later at work they said ‘My God that guy is way worse than Hitler Holy S_ _ _ I can’t believe that’s even on TV wow!!” – Well, hate to say to it folks but I think it’s time us Oath Keepers defect back to America.

  17. Also – the links in the article please make them blue colored so people know they are links and not just bold fonts many may be overlooking them

  18. “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.” Nicholas Klein’s speech at the Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, May 13 thru 18, 1918.

    I would make one change this quote;

    First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Oath Keepers.

    Drive on my Brothers and Sisters of honor who keep their oaths. Stand tall for our country and its constitution ever so boldly.

    Do not fear the enemy that we face, for they are intellectually and morally bankrupt with little or no knowledge of truth and justice let alone history.

    They will fade away sooner than later to the dark pages of history and you will be in the forefront of those timeless annuls as the victorious guardians of liberty and justice for all.

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