Michael R. Shannon

Michael R. Shannon is a Virginia-based public relations and media consultant with MANDATE: Message, Media & Public Relations who has worked in over 75 elections on three continents and a handful of islands. Michael’s columns have appeared on his own News & Messenger site and AmericaSpeakOn. The Tampa Trib has published some of his columns, as has Black Velvet Bruce Li. He was an editorial writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, and has been in politics and journalism since 1972. As consultant to The Israel Project, he has made a number of trips to Israel where he worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their efforts to promote a positive image of Israel. Shannon has also conducted media and message training workshops for MFA and Israeli Defense Forces spokespersons along with representatives of various non–governmental organizations. During the UN Court trial in The Hague, Shannon worked closely with the MFA in its international media outreach. You can reach Michael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also read more on his blog, "The Whole Shebang (mostly)" at http://michaelshannon.wordpress.com/. Look for Michael's Book, "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times: (Now With Added Humor!)"

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

Who would have thought lawbreakers would have an effective lobby and among Republicans at that! What’s more, it’s not the expected Wall Street miscreants; it’s mean street miscreants. Red–light runners now boast renewed influence in the Virginia General Assembly; starting with my own county’s Del. Scott Lingamfelter who just introduced a bill that halts the installation of new “photo red” traffic enforcement cameras.

You may be asking yourself how a normally solid, reliable, conservative Republican — regardless of the area where he’s elected — can be induced to make it easier for scofflaws to endanger the rest of our lives.

It’s a legitimate question and the answer demonstrates yet again how leftist and “progressive” thought so permeates the culture that even conservatives can be fooled.

Del. Lingamfelter has two reasons for introducing his bill. The first is an out–of–date study that showed an increase in rear–end collisions at intersections as drivers, who would normally run the red light without a second thought, slam on the brakes when there is a chance the violation might cost them $50.00.

Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

One of the reasons newspaper circulation and TV news ratings are falling is because people no longer trust journalists. They are tired of being mislead as reporters select and distort news coverage to conform to the media’s ideology.

Monday produced two prime examples and both involved slanted opinion surveys.

The first was headlined: “Gap seen between public, General Assembly on recent stances.” The story showcased a Christopher Newport University survey that claimed eight out of ten Virginians supported a new law that would require background checks for all firearms purchasers at gun shows, including those who purchase from private individuals.

The reporter, Jim Nolan, predicts an obstinate Virginia General Assembly will ignore “the public’s strong preferences.” What Nolan doesn’t say is the survey was dishonest and specifically designed to produce an answer supporting additional regulation.

Saturday, 15 January 2011 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

I’m a very chastened conservative this week. In looking over last year’s columns I find I’ve used the words: jewelry, sneeze, impatient and grab. By my calculations - assisted by Chris Matthews and those helpful people at MSNBC - I’m responsible for one burglary, a swine flue scare, two fire–zone parking violations and a groping on the Metro.

Prior to the cowardly shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents in Arizona, I had no idea that 'progressives' and the media considered conservatives to have such awesome motivational power. I thought we were a bunch of rednecks who sat on lawn furniture and read the Constitution aloud because we refused to support the media by buying newspapers.

Personally, I thank a merciful God that I never used the words ‘Glock’ and ‘target’ in the same piece. If I had only known my words had such power I could have used my talent for good…

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

It’s surprising that so few parents are concerned that some of Virginia 4th grade history teachers don’t appear to know much more about the subject than their students.

What appears to have been overlooked in the controversy over the error–filled 4th grade textbook “Our Virginia, Past and Present,” is a group of state–appointed history teachers supposedly examined the text before it was approved.

Ronald Heinemann, former history professor at Hampden–Sydney observed, “I absolutely could not believe the number of errors…How in the world did these books get approved?”

Easy. By a committee.

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

It’s time for tough love in Virginia. We’ve got a group of squatters living in the basement, enjoying a subsidized lifestyle paid for by hard–working adults. And at a time when even former DC Mayor Marion Barry has come to the conclusion there should be an absolute time limit on the collection of welfare benefits, there is no excuse to continue supporting the Culture Queens.

Yes, we’re talking about you - Virginia ‘public’ broadcasters.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing if not tough love, at least disapproving love. McDonnell wants to eliminate the Commonwealth’s $4 million a year subsidy to ‘public’ broadcasting in two stages. He cuts the taxpayer contribution $2 million in 2012 and the final $2 million in 2013.

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - Michael R Shannon

This Christmas brings another 'can’t we all just get along' story that once again demonstrating how the media fails to understand committed Christians.

According to the Washington Post, the Higher Education Research Institute found Catholic colleges had a higher percentage of Muslim students than the average secular four–year school.

In typical MSM tail–wags–dog fashion the story is written from the perspective of two Muslim students attending Catholic University in Northeast Washington: A female from Saudi Arabia and a male from Iran.

The students are exposed to, “a life–size painting of Jesus carrying the cross...every classroom is adorned with a crucifix...Professors often open their classes with an appeal to Jesus.” The female student was even required to buy a Bible for a class on the Old Testament! (A book she will have to discard when she returns home, since Bibles are not allowed inside Islamic–ruled Saudi Arabia).


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