So . . . I watched the Trump Press Conference on Tuesday (May 31st), as Trump tore a strip off the Media. But even better than a BLANKET attack, he actually singled out several Media Types at the Conference, and called them out for the DISHONEST Pieces of Work they are.
The Media are just as culpable for DISHONESTY, and the damage done to our countries through their incompetence, lies, slants, and distortions, as are the Politicians and Bureaucrats, which to me, means they too should be publicly CASTIGATED.
So, to hear a Businessman-come-Politician of the stature of Donald Trump, CALL THEM OUT in no uncertain terms, and in language and words we can all understand and appreciate, such as calling an ABC “journalist” a SLEAZE TO HIS FACE, to take a quote from Chris Mathews . . . “It Sent A Tingle Up My Leg”.
It’s remarkable how the Media are trying to make it . . . that Trump wasn’t honest and trustworthy, because Trump wouldn’t come running to the Media for their APPROBATION for giving HIS OWN MONEY (one million dollars), and several MILLIONS of other dollars from some of his friends and colleagues, which they too gave to the Veterans.
Where were the Media when a Black Junior Senator with a distinctive name from Illinois, with ZERO experience in anything other than Community Organizing (whatever that means), and no accomplishments whatsoever, and DEEPLY BURIED PERSONAL RECORDS SEALED, so no one would ever know his personal history . . . when he promised the Earth, the Moon, the Sun and the Stars above if he became President?
Did I miss the vetting of Obama by the Media? Or was Obama just so perfect to lead the USA . . . that vetting him would be an utter waste of time and an insult to journalism?
About 9-Months ago, when Anne and I just arrived in Texas, I received an email from an American Veteran who was concerned that the Wounded Warrior Project might not be all that UP & UP, and would I mind looking into it?
My first thoughts were:
1 – How could I possibly investigate such a huge, robust, and well-respected organization, when I had such limited resources?
2 – What would it do to my reputation and BLOG amongst the many Patriots who read Galganov.com, for me to be bashing, or even appear to be bashing such an ICONIC American Institution?
But after thinking this over for a short while, the only answer that made sense to me, was to see what I could find out, no matter how much it might have cost this BLOG.
So, the first place I decided to look . . . was on as many Media Websites as possible, to see what the Media had found out.
And with the exception of just one member of the Print Media, whose name escapes me, which didn’t want to go full-throttle into making accusations, but was interested and suspicious enough to ask questions . . . THERE WAS NOTHING NEGATIVE that I was able to find about the Wounded Warrior Project amongst the vast majority of Mainstream Media.
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT TO STOP THERE . . . but how could I stop, when the Veteran who first brought this potential CON to my attention, was really looking for an answer?
Being that the Wounded Warrior Project is a Charitable Organization, it must make its Financial Statements readily AVAILABLE to the Public, which meant that it had to be online. So I went looking,
It didn’t take me more than 10-Minutes to smell a RAT . . . as I pored over the published Financial Statement and Operating Budget of the publicly released Wounded Warrior Project, which struck me as REALLY ODD, that I could find some salaries listed here and there, but not all in one place.
Nor could I find a comprehensive list of Executive Salaries, Perks and Bonuses.
And the more I looked ONLINE at their own SITE, the more it was clear to me, that the Wounded Warrior Project was burying all sorts of stuff they obviously didn’t want anyone to see.
So I continued to look, even to the extent that I wanted to see what they were paying Country and Western Music Star Trace Adkins for his non-stop endorsement of the Wounded Warrior Project, which seemed to be his donation. But guess what? There was no record of Adkins DONATING ANYTHING, and there is very little record of specific Marketing and Media Costs.
In the final Analysis, I wrote in a subsequent Editorial, that the Financial Statement and Operating Budget of the Wounded Warrior Project was so obscure and incomprehensible, that I could not recommend anyone sending them any money.
And that was just me . . . with no budget or staff to do the research.
Within a month or two, other Veteran Support Groups, who were being squeezed out of raising money by the Wounded Warrior Project, were asking plenty of questions as well, which made just “SOME” of the Media take notice.
I personally saw and heard Bill O’Reilly of FOX News say on his show, when confronted with these questions about the Honesty and Integrity of the Wounded Warrior Project, that he would “GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT”, since he was a HUGE supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project . . . but it never seemed to have happened, since I guess O’Reilly isn’t “really looking out for you” as much as he claims to be.
BUT . . . even though there was no FULL STORY about the Wounded Warrior Project and their very questionable bookkeeping, something must have happened, since they seem to have vanished from the face of the Media.
1 – The Wounded Warrior Project spent MILLIONS of donated dollars to raise MILLIONS of more donated dollars through the Media . . . giving the Lion’s Share to Television, in order to keep on raising money from people who figuratively paid with nickels and dimes to help the WOUNDED VETS.
2 – The Wounded Warrior Project spent the Lion’s Share of the DONATED money it reaped from pensions and savings . . . from old ladies and men, who could barley care for themselves, but made sure to help the VETS.
3 – The Wounded Warrior Project spent UNACCOUNTED MILLIONS of dollars on Travel, Conferences and Luxury expenses for their Directors.
4 – AND IN THE END . . . as much as we would like to know where the money really went with the Wounded Warrior Project, we will never know.
1 – Trump and just a few of his RICH Friends raised 5.6 MILLION Dollars for the Veterans.
2 – 100% of all the money raised by Trump, went directly to FORTY-ONE VETTED Veterans Organizations.
3 – There were no Salaries, no Travel Expenses and no Perks.
BUT THE MEDIA IS ALL OVER TRUMP FOR TRANSPARENCY . . . yet, they are OBLIVIOUS to the BILLION PLUS DOLLARS taken from ordinary people, with which the Wounded Warrior Project played fast and loose.
So . . . at his Press Conference – Trump asked the Media one question, which I know they won’t answer, because they won’t look into it . . . HOW MUCH DID HILLARY CLINTON DONATE TO THE VETERANS?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov