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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
AIM's Kincaid Can't Take Criticism
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Remember last week, when Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid declared the Huffington Post to be a "gay porn outlet" by cherry-picking a few erotically themed items? Well,Kincaid doesn't like the criticism he's been getting about it.

Kincaid used a March 31 AIM article to lash back and downplay what he actually did:

Not surprisingly, the pro-homosexual Huffington Post ran a glowing profile of the summit by its own correspondent, a self-described “Lesbian-Feminist, Public Intellectual PhD” by the name of Marcie Bianco. This appeared in the on-line publication’s “Gay Voices” section, which has also featured a video of full frontal male nudity.

When I pointed this out recently, I was attacked by the “conservative” Daily Caller for somehow exaggerating what The Huffington Post had done. It’s a sign of the times that even a “conservative” outlet is reluctant to expose the shameless promotion of homosexuality in the media. One of the main funders of The Daily Caller is a Christian by the name of Foster Friess.

At the risk of promoting this kind of repulsive “journalism,” it is important to note that The Huffington Post item, Male Full-Frontal Nudity Supercut: Which Stars Have Bared It All?, which appeared in the “gay voices” section, was exactly as I described it—a form of gay porn.

But when Christians get repulsed by this kind of thing and seek to protect their families and children from it, they are singled out as bigots.

Actually, Kincaid should be taking that fact that even his fellow conservatives criticized him as a sign he went too far.

As the Daily Caller pointed out, the articles Kincaid cited to declare HuffPo to be a "gay porn outlet" weren't terribly gay or porn-y, and they didn't include nudity, which one might consider a prerequisite to be called pornography. And while the "Male Full-Frontal Nudity Supercut" does include the promised nudity, male frontal nudity by itself does not constitute pornography, and all of the clips are from major-studio or independent releases, not "gay porn" -- and very few, if any, of the clips involve sexual situations or positions.

Also, Kincaid's claim that the video was "exactly as I described it—a form of gay porn" is dishonest in another way: He simply quoted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera freaking out about it.

So it's not that the Daily Caller is "reluctant to expose the shameless promotion of homosexuality in the media" -- it's accurately pointing out that the content Kincaid cited isn't particularly gay.

By engaging in such kneejerk, dishonest gay-bashing, Kincaid simply makes himself look like an idiot -- and discredits his employer.

P.S. We pointed out some of this in a comment on Kincaid's article, but the comment was later deleted and we were banned from posting there. Apparently, AIM really doesn't want accuracy in media after all -- and is as intolerant of criticism as Kincaid is.

 


Posted by Terry K. at 10:35 PM EDT
WND Marks Anniversary of Terri Schiavo's Death With More Bias
Topic: WorldNetDaily

With the 10th anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, it was inevitable that WorldNetDaily -- which covered the heck out of the Schiavo case -- would mark it somehow. And it does so with a March 30 column by Diana Lynne, WND's main reporter on Schiavo at the time.

Lynne was a highly biased reporter, blatantly taking the side of Schiavo's family, the Schindlers (who didn't want Schiavo, who had been in a persistent vegitative state for about 15 years, to die) and against her husband, Michael (who sought to let Terri die). We actually wrote a letter to WND seeking changes to make it coverage more fair and balanced, which actually did result in a few changes. It may have been the last time WND has taken ConWebWatch's sound jounralistic advice. 

Lynne's column is preceded by a self-serving "editor's note": "Diana Lynne is one of two reporters who broke the story of the struggle over Terri Schiavo’s life – both of them with WND. Lynne’s coverage eventually brought the story to the attention of international media." Never mind that very little of that reporting was fairly presented.

In her column, Lynne plays advocate again, lamenting "the killing of an innocent, defenseless, disabled woman who was not suffering from a terminal illness" and blaming the "mainstream media" for its "rampant distortion, bias and misreporting of facts" -- displaying an utter lack of self-awareness of her own rampant distortion, bias and misreporting of facts. She again effectively accuses Michael Schiavo of murder, suggesting that "he was the one who no longer wanted Terri 'to be'" and claim he was aided by "a pro-death, activist attorney whose fees were paid for with the lion’s share of the $750,000 earmarked for Terri’s care."

Lynne's column concludes with a WND plug for her book on the case: "Diana Lynne tells the complete, unvarnished story that led to Terri Schiavo’s court-ordered death – order 'Terri’s Story' to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her passing." As we've documented, Lynne's book is just as biased as her reporting, portraying the Schindlers much more sympathetically than Michael Schiavo and hiding the right-wing interests that financially supported the Schindler family's fight against Michael (which she misleadingly portrayed as "a grass-roots effort") and buried the fact that the Schindlers' spokesmen, Randall Terry and Gary McCullough, are anti-abortion extremists; McCullough served as a media consultant to Paul Hill, who was convicted and executed for the murder of a doctor who performed abortions (and is quoted as saying, "Paul Hill is my friend. No, I won't denounce his actions").

The bias never ends at WND -- even 10 years after the fact.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:12 PM EDT
CNS Managing Editor Is Weirdly Obsessed With Promoting Franklin Graham
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman is quite the fanboy of right-wing evangelist Franklin Graham.

How much so? Since Jan. 1, Chapman has devoted a whopping 25 CNS articles and blog posts to Graham's musings, particularly has anti-Muslim and anti-Obama rantings. That's greater sycophancy that CNS devotes to Mark Levin, and CNS (along with its parent, the Media Research Center) has a business deal with Levin to promote each other that at least somewhat justifies the logrolling.

It also accounts for more than one-third of the 69 total articles Chapman has written since Jan. 1.

Here are how Chapman's fawning stenography of Graham stacks up:

Rev. Graham: Pence Attacked by LGBT & 'Liberal Media Who Don't Want Christians' Freedoms Protected'

Rev. Graham: ‘Don’t Shut Up!’ – ‘Homosexuality is Wrong’ & Abortion is ‘A Sin Against God, It’s Murder’

Rev. Graham: America 'Has Turned Its Back on God' -- 'When Nations Do This, Their End Is Near'

Rev. Graham: Biblical ‘End Times’ Predict ‘Distress of Nations,’ Which ‘Is Certainly the Case Today’

Rev. Graham: Obama, Holder Pushing a 'New Morality That Does Not Include God' -- 'An Anti-Christ Movement'

Rev. Graham: ‘We're Losing Our Country … The Foundations of This Country Are Collapsing'

Rev. Graham: Christians ‘Being Slaughtered by The Muslims' Who 'Are Emulating the Prophet'

Rev. Graham to Obama: ‘Wake Up to The Very Real Threat of Islam’!

Rev. Graham: 'Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic' Muslims Influencing WH Against Netanyahu

Rev. Graham: ‘Washington Has Been Infiltrated by Muslims Who Are Advising the White House’

Rev. Graham: America is 'Morally Crumbling Within ... We Have Turned Our Back on God'

Rev. Graham: 'Muslim Terrorist' Al-Shabaab Threatens Malls, Will Obama Call Them 'Islamic Terrorists'?

Rev. Graham: ‘Mohammed is Dead and Buried…Christ is Alive,’ ‘Do you Want to Follow the Dead or the Living?’

Rev. Graham: Obama ‘Ignoring These Are Islamic Extremists' 'Bent on Destroying the West’ – ‘He’s Given a Pass to Islam’

Rev. Graham: Islamic State’s ‘Ultimate Agenda’ is to Hasten ‘A Final Apocalypse’

Rev. Graham: ‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? … The Storm is Coming’

Rev. Graham: ‘Muslim Immigrants’ Are ‘Importing Their Hatred of Jews and Christians’ into Europe

Rev. Graham to Obama: Unlike Christ, Mohammed ‘Killed Many Innocent People' - His 'True Followers' Emulate Him

Rev. Graham: ‘Who Says We Can’t Be in Politics? The Gays and Lesbians Are in Politics,’ ‘The Anti-God People Are'

Rev. Graham: Secularists Are ‘Anti-Christ’ and ‘They’ve Taken Control of Washington’

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam is Not a Peaceful Religion…They Butcher, They Behead People’

Rev. Graham:‘This Country Was Built on Christian Principles' Not Islam

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam Is Not a Religion of Peace … It Is a Violent Form of Faith’

Rev. Graham: End the Muslim Call to Prayer Policy at Duke University

Franklin Graham: America's ‘Culture of Death’ Stems From a 'Sinful, Godless Worldview That Rejects Christ’

You'd think the managing editor of a website would have better things to do than obsessively clipping a right-wing evangelist -- and a Protestant one at that, presumably much to the chagrin of his uber-Catholic bosses such as Brent Bozell and Terry Jeffrey -- but apparently his job doesn't keep him busy enough.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:38 AM EDT
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
WND Ignores WND Reporter's Investigation of Cruz's Eligibility
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein tweeted out a preview of his March 29 radio show: "On my radio show TONIGHT 7-9 p.m: Is Sen. Ted Cruz “natural born” and Constitutionally eligible? I'll investigate."

You'd think WND would be quick to pounce on this investigation by one of its reporters by detailing that evidence. But, strangely, it hasn't. No mention of Klein's investigation of Cruz's eligibility ever made it to WND.

WND did, however, publish another article based on Klein's radio show, his interview with Frances Fox Piven, who right-wingers like Klein blame for "the infamous so-called Cloward-Piven Strategy."

Two days after Klein's radio show (which moved downmarket from WABC to a small-wattage station in New York) aired, WND still hasn't mentioned Klein's investigation. It did publish an article by Garth Kant fawning over how much Cruz's politics resembles that of Ronald Reagan.

Meanwhile, Klein himself apparently doesn't want his radio show that well listened to. The podcasts of his show are entombed behind a paywall, and one must pay $4.99 for the privilege of listening to him.

So unless you were actually listening to Klein on Sunday evening, the results  of his Cruz investigation are going to be difficult to obtain. Which, given WND's wild enthusiasm for Cruz's presidential candidacy and double standard for eligibility concerns between Cruz and Obama, is presumably just the way WND wants it.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:53 PM EDT
Meet Aryeh Spero, The Jewish Bradlee Dean
Topic: CNSNews.com

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is apparently the Jewish Bradlee Dean -- a liar with a severe case of Obama derangement.

That's the impression we get from  Spero's March 30 CNSNews.com column, which begins with this load of derangement:

Much has been said about the strange behavior of Barack Obama, who can’t let a day go without maligning Israel and Mr. Netanyahu. In contrast, he displays friendship to a thug and anti-Semite like Erdogan of Turkey, palled around with the deceased communist Hugo Chavez and keeps standing-up for the Iranian mullahs who want to kill us all or make us slaves to Islam. 

Spero then rants:

This last week, Barack Obama published classified information showing the world photographs of Israel’s hidden nuclear site, and its inner workings. It was his gift to Iran, Hamas and ISIS. This puts Israel and her citizens, not just Mr. Netanyahu, at great risk.

Actually, as we've detailed, the document in question was not "published" by Obama but, rather, released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request only after a longfight by the Defense Department and only after clearing it with Israel first.

Spero then advances to out-and-out lying:

During a meeting at the White House in 2009, Obama stated early-on that “it’s time to put day-light between Israel and America.” This was done before Obama had even met Benjamin Netanyahu.

We couldn't find any news report where Obama is directly quoted as saying, "it’s time to put day-light between Israel and America," which means Spero made it up. It's apparently based on a statement Obama reportedly made:

"Look at the past eight years," he said, referring to the George W. Bush administration's relationship with Israel. "During those eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states."

An Obama aide said that "The case he was trying to make was that the United States will be a better partner to Israel if it has more credibility with the Arab states, that we will be a better, more useful friend to Israel if we have more friends in the Arab world."

Spero claims that Obama "had his young underlings call Israel a “racist” state," but he offers no example of this. Spero apparently missed Netanyahu's racist appeal to his supporters in the recent election by warning that Arabs were "voting in droves."

Spero also claims that Obama "has taken Hezbollah and Iran off our list of terror organizations," which, again, never happened.

Spero tells another lie: "He prohibited flights to Israel for almost two days during her recent defensive war against Hamas missiles being shot from Gaza. He has not done this in other war zones." In fact, at the time of that prohibition -- made by the Federal Aviation Administration, not Obama -- U.S. aircraft were prohibited from flying over six other areas in the world.

Then, it was time for more Obama derangement:

Obama’s inner identity is tied to Islam. We all identify with the ethos of our formative years. His father and step-father were Islamic, as is his family back in Kenya and Indonesia. His brothers are active Islamists. He was raised on the Koran in Islamic countries, he attended Islamic madrassa, and he grew up with its attitudes, sights and sounds, aspirations and narrative, likes and dislikes. As I grew-up to favor Israel, he grew-up to dislike it. Simple as that. Most of my Christian friends, Bible believers, were also raised with the biblical narrative, which admires Israel’s place in our theology and in the cosmos.

The Marxism Obama was fed, from very early-on, made him viscerally dislike successful western countries, such as America, Israel, and Britain. He was taught they were colonizers and imperialist. Yet, he finds nothing imperialistic or colonizing about Islam’s takeover, throughout the centuries, of northern and central Africa, Lebanon, Babylon and Persian, the Balkans, the Mediterranean areas, Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of Asia, vast tracks of what was India, and countless Christian  and Hindu neighborhoods and cities. Not to see colonialism and imperialism in these conquests, tells us a lot about Obama’s perspective. Love is blind. We don’t see flaws in that and those we love. But, we sure see them, always, in that which we dislike. Obama’s dislike for a strong, independent, proud Jewish renaissance in the Holy Land predates Netanyahu. As with America, the next two years will be difficult, for Obama has set his antagonistic sights on America and Israel … as well as its citizens. Obama has spent the last 50 years waiting for these next two.

Apparently, CNS does not fact-check what its columnists write; otherwise, this would have never been published. Is CNS trying to become WorldNetDaily, which publishes Bradlee Dean?


Posted by Terry K. at 12:19 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:25 PM EDT
WND's Farah Tells Lies In Order to Claim Obama Is 'Anti-Semitic'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah is a liar; it's what he does. So it's no surprise that Farah's March 29 WND column attacking President Obama over his purported stance on Israel is yet another pack of lies.

The column begins with an ominous-sounding editor's note: "Joseph Farah wrote this column before the Obama administration betrayed Israel in the most shocking way by revealing classified information about its nuclear program." In fact, as Media Matters documents, the declassifed 1987 document in question was released only after the Department of Defense spent years fighting its release -- due to a Freedom of Information Act request, not from any demand from Obama -- and the Washington Examiner reports that the Pentagon asked Israel to review the document before releasing it.Media Matters also noted that the Bush administration released information about Israel's nuclear program, and we don't recall Farah getting bent out of shape over that.

In the column proper, Farah listed things he claimed prove Barack Obama's (remember, Farah doesn't consider Obama to be the president) "latent anti-Semitism," and he piles up more lies:

-- "Obama used taxpayer money, his own political operatives and a nonprofit front group to interfere in the recent Israeli election, specifically with the intent of toppling Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister." As we've documented, none of the evidence WND's Aaron Klein compiled actually prove any of that happened as Farah describes, and Klein's focus on former Obama operatives working for the opposition ignores the fact that Republican operatives were working for Netanyahu's campaign.

-- "Obama’s anti-Israel bent has been palpable since his first full day in office – Jan. 21, 2009 – when he gathered his new national-security team in the Oval Office and laid out a tough new policy toward Israel. ... Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously told Abe Foxman in a private meeting: 'This is Israel’s moment of truth. This president is determined to make peace between Israel and the Arabs.'" Funny, this sounds almost exactly -- like, almost to the word -- what noted Obama-hater and fabulist Ed Klein wrote in his book "The Amateur":

he Jewish problem with Obama can be traced back to his first full day on the job. On January 21, 2009, he summoned his national security team to the Oval Office and laid out a tough new policy toward Israel. 

[...]

However, a clue to the president’s true intentions came in March 2009, when Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with the president’s then chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

“This is Israel’s moment of truth,” Emanuel told Foxman. “This President is determined to make peace between Israel and the Arabs.”

For this example, Farah is actually less of a liar and more of a plagiarist.

-- "Then came Obama’s even more famous call for a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders – which more accurately should be termed 'Auschwitz borders.'" In fact, Obama said negotiations over a Palestinian state should start with the 1967 borders, not end there -- which has been the starting point for the past several presidents.

Farah harrumphed at the end of his column: "He looks like an anti-Semite. He walks like an anti-Semite. And he talks like an anti-Semite. I am forced to conclude there’s a malignant anti-Semite in the White House. It’s time for Jews who have been reflexively supporting him for too long to see if for themselves."

Meanwhile, we are forced to conclude that a malignant liar runs WND. No wonder nobody believes them.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:15 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:16 AM EDT
Monday, March 30, 2015
MRC Echoes WND, Calls Yoga 'Dangerous' To Christians
Topic: Media Research Center

Usually, it's fringe outlets like WorldNetDaily who spend way too much time freaking out about yoga being some sort of secret sinister religious practice. Apparently, the Media Research Center has decided it wants in on some of that action.

Matthew Balan had to go pretty far afield to get outraged in a March 28 item -- specifically, to a article in Quartz, "an online magazine from the parent company of The Atlantic," that turned a spotlight on "yogaphobic" Christians. Balan complained that the article's author -- a professor at "Indiana University-Perdue [sic] University Indianapolis" -- used a "left-leaning/pro-yoga spin," as if yoga someone turns people liberal.

After highlighting that the article noted criticism of yoga by Catholic officials, Balan sneered, "In other words, how care the Catholic Church point out how non-Christian religious practice can be dangerous for the spiritual health of believers!"

Balan concluded by asking whether the article's author really thinks "Christians are going to end up persecuting Hindus because of supposed 'yogaphobia.'" The greater risk, arguably, is more uninformed articles like Balan's.

After all, why should WND have all the uninformed rants?

(Image: Pixgood.com)


Posted by Terry K. at 6:56 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, March 30, 2015 7:49 PM EDT
WND's Cashill: George Zimmerman Is 'Mockingbird's' Tom Robinson
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Leave it to George Zimmerman fanboy Jack Cashill to perpetuate Zimmerman's sense of victimhood.

In his March 25 WorldNetDaily column, Cashill praises the "unvarnished 13-minute interview with his attorney" Zimmerman released as a video (Cashill didn't note that the attorney who did the interview was his divorce attorney). Cashill didn't mention Zimmerman sort of likening himself to Anne Frank in that he claims to "still believe that people are truly good at heart" -- an odd thing to say for a man who's been arrested twice on domestic violence charges -- but that may be because Cashill thinks Zimmerman is really Tom Robinson, the black man falsely accused of raping a white girl in "To Kill A Mockingbird":

In their own minds, those on the left still see themselves as Atticus Finch standing outside the jailhouse, shotgun reluctantly in hand, protecting the “mockingbird” within.

Zimmerman knows better. He was that mockingbird. When he looked out and saw that mob calling for his head, he saw not the racists of old, but the liberals he used to think were his friends.

Of course, unlike Robinson, Zimmerman indisputably killed a person. But that's OK with Cashill because he likes it when people he doesn't like -- gays, blacks, abortion doctors -- are killed.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:58 AM EDT
Sunday, March 29, 2015
MRC Mad That Media Identified New Taco Bell Ad As Dystopian, Not Commie
Topic: Media Research Center

It apparently was a slow day at the Media Research Center. How else to explain this March 26 item by Joseph Rossell:

Many in the liberal news media again demonstrated their inability (or unwillingness) to identify communism when they see it.

Fast food restaurant Taco Bell “pulled out all the stops” with its new ad released March 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the ad did not mention McDonald’s by name, The Daily Mail also said the video portrayed “McDonald’s as a communist dictatorship where boring breakfasts rule.”

However, several news outlets, including Associated Press, either failed to understand the nods to communism or simply ignored the connection. Only a few sources including The Hollywood Reporter noted that a new Taco Bell ad obviously “painted McDonald's as a communist state.”

Yes, that's the whole point of Rossell's item: that some media outlets didn't refer to the imagery in the Taco Bell ad as communist, obviously because they are "liberal."

Rossell complains that some outlets likened the imagery to the  dystopias of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent," sneering that those were merely allusions to "pop culture." But he doesn't explain why communism is the only possible correct answer for the imagery inspiration.

If the MRC's anti-media argument has descended to being not politically correct enough to identify the right dystopia in a Taco Bell ad, maybe it was never that strong in the first place.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:10 PM EDT
WND: 'Celebrate Bibi's Victory' ... With a Spot On WND's Israel Tour
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is not ashamed to exploit current events to promote its annual tours to Israel -- last year, it touted how violent skirmishes betwen Israel and Hamas "spiked" interest in the trip.

WND's latest promotion for this year's Israel tour may be less crass but no less shameless. Its headline: "This year in Jerusalem ... celebrate BiBi's victory."

Apparently there's no better way to celebrate the election of a right-wing president in Israel than by giving WND money.

As the subhead suggests, the tour also includes musician-turned Christian Richie Furay, whom the article enthusiastically touts as "a pastor-worship leader who’s in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame."


Posted by Terry K. at 7:52 PM EDT
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hillary Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It was total manipulation. Hillary was no longer a political shrew, a deviously cunning political operator. She was, instead, a doting grandma. There! Just look at the pictures for yourself.

I think we’re way overdue for an encore presentation.

It’s been 15 weeks since we’ve seen adorable pictures of Charlotte.

It’s been 15 weeks since we’ve seen Hillary cradling her granddaughter in her arms.

It’s been 15 weeks since Bill told the media that his granddaughter is “the best thing since sliced bread.”

Hillary has no answers for why she broke the law and jeopardized national security secrets with her reckless email policy. So she’s got to change the subject.

Watch for Charlotte to be strolled out any day now.

-- Joseph Farah, March 12 WND column

Last week, as I have for the last many years going back to the Clinton administration, referred to Bill and Hillary as the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics. Given the events of the last week, and watching Bonnie’s offensive and criminally motivated demeanor at her recent press conference at the United Nations Tuesday, where she spun a number of topics including her so-called missing emails, I feel compelled to coin a new and more apt name for her: “the Wicked Witch of the Left.”

-- Larry Kayman, March 13 WND column

Dear Hillary Clinton,

I think you are a benevolent, insidious, sexualist, sexist racist. I mean that in the nicest of ways. In fact, based upon your own definitions, I think that might be a compliment to you. I am not even sure anymore because it all depends on what the definition of the word “is” is.

-- Gina Loudon, March 15 WND column

Why do the American people need access to all of Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state?

Because there’s already ample evidence she used her office to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation, which pays most of her bills and allows her to live like the queen of England.

Forget Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton used her office to get rich!

-- Joseph Farah, March 20 WND column

Now, let me nominate a woman who should go down as the very worst government employee in U.S. history. Her name is Hillary Clinton. Her claim to fame is that she married a charismatic politician and rode his coattails to the White House, to a seat in the U.S. Senate and to the job of secretary of state.

-- Jane Chastain, March 25 WND column

Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech and joked, in the context of the email scandal, that she needs a “new beginning” with the press. Right on, Ms. Hillary does need a new beginning: to be sent to prison.

-- Larry Klayman, March 27 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 9:22 AM EDT
Friday, March 27, 2015
CNS Keeps Fretting Over High Beef Prices, Still Won't Explain Why They're High
Topic: CNSNews.com

Ali Meyer writes in a March 24 CNSNews.com article:

The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high in February, hitting $4.238 per pound, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In August 2014, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, according to the BLS.

But as she with a similar story last month, Meyer failed to explain why ground beef prices are high: a years-long drought in Texas and the Midwest that shrank the U.S. cattle herd in 2014 to its smallest size since 1952.

Last year, Meyer wrote several CNS articles on high beef prices that all failed to explain why it is so.

Instead, Meyer wants to suggest that the Obama administration is somehow to blame for this. Last time we checked, Obama doesn't control the weather, however much some right-wingers might think so.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:40 PM EDT
It's Time For WND's Occasional Warning Of The 'Coming Financial Collapse'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barrett Moore's March 20 WorldNetDaily column starts ominously:

Candidly, I don’t have the time right now to be writing an article that most in the West would ignore or repudiate. I wrote this piece, however, for the staff of WND with whom I have consulted over the years. WND is one of the few news organizations in America that is interested in truth, and unconcerned with the consequences of reporting it. I admire that, and so should you. Few news organizations remain that are not just inundating us with misinformation and propaganda. But I digress.

We are at the precipice of war, and this is a call to action. While it might not come tomorrow, the threat does grow by the day as conflict between the largest and most powerful nation states becomes inevitable, driven by the impending implosion of the empire of debt accumulated by Western democracies, and by the yearning of Russia and China (and their surrogates) to escape the constraints of almost 70 years of American hegemony.

I am not talking about another one-sided skirmish in the desert, but rather a real war, where satellites fall from the sky, ships sink, supply chains are disrupted and there is a loss of life not seen since the last century; a war of such a magnitude that few Westerners alive today can comprehend it. Such a war will alter the world as we know it. And, reading the tea leaves, it seems there is little we could do now to stop it. At this stage, all that is missing is the spark that ignites the inferno. It might come tomorrow, it might delay a while longer. We can prepare, but preparation takes years and years, and requires a threshold level of certainty that the threat exists, that it merits attention, that it demands action.

A lot of ranting about "the coming financial collapse" follows, peppered with things like, "If you question my advice, then tell me, why did Mr. Jamie Dimon buy an island? Or why does Hank Paulson actually live on one? Or what about James Cameron, who up and moved to New Zealand?" Barrett concludes: "You have been warned. Recalibrate your mindset. Now prepare."

Funny thing about that whole "rich people fleeing the country," though. Former WND financial columnist Porter Stansberry did pretty much the same "coming financial collapse" rant five years ago,  complete with bragging about how he's prepared to flee the country at a moment's notice:

I'm built for pleasure, not for fighting. So I've simply designed an "escape pod." I have a nice boat on the dock right behind my house in Miami. I can safely leave the country -- at any time -- with most of my wealth, within 24 hours. I'm building a house on the water in a safe foreign country that doesn't have any ties to America (Nicaragua). I've moved a significant amount of my savings out of the country -- legally. I'm pursuing a diplomatic passport to ensure any attempt to restrict travel out of the country won't stop me.

Given that Stansberry is involved with dubious financial schemes that have netted him a $1.5 million sanction from the Securities and Exchange Commission, his desire for an "escape pod" is probably not driven by the state of the U.S. economy.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 PM EDT
Thursday, March 26, 2015
What Transgender Stuff Is Tim Graham Freaking Out About This Week?
Topic: NewsBusters

As he is wont to do, Media Research Center director of media analysis Tim Graham has had another transgender freakout.

In a March 23 NewsBusters post, Graham huffs:

People magazine exploited the “transgender journey” of 65-year-old Olympic legend Bruce Jenner, exaggerating a family split that seems to be more about his divorce than his gender confusion (although they’re quite related, surely). This family is in television, so they can’t afford to look “transphobic.”

People felt compelled to announce it would acknowledge physical reality, but bow to political correctness: "In keeping with advice from experts, PEOPLE is taking its cues from Jenner's family in regard to the use of male pronouns." No one skeptical of “gender journeys” is allowed to speak.

Graham didn't explain why any article about Jenner's transgender journey must include someone trashing him. The haters can easily to to right-wing outlets like WorldNetDaily to get their fill of hate.

Later that day, Graham cranked out another transgender freakout:

Following in the footsteps of The New York Times Magazine in 2012 and Slate.com in 2013, the March 30 edition of Time is promoting the photographs of Lindsay Morris. The headline was "Happy Campers: Documenting a rural retreat for gender-creative kids.” As opposed to most children, who are apparently “gender-stodgy.”

Morris is coming out with a book titled You Are You in which they call these children “gender-unique.” The book blurb says through “sensitive images the viewer will experience an important moment in history where the first gender-creative childhood is being openly expressed with the support of friends and family. Morris reaches beyond the confines of the camp to contribute to a dialog about the crucial role that support plays in the lives of gender unique children.”

Of course, applying the "gender-stodgy" label to Graham would be redundant since he more accurately fits under a different one: transphobic.

In an apparent bid to balance his hate, Graham engaged in a Twitter hissy fit over Expedia featuring a same-sex couple in a promotion giving away a "romantic getaway to Great Britain." Graham sneered, "Gay romance 'promoted by Expedia,' all right."

The anti-gay agenda of Graham and the MRC is so kneejerk that they run the risk of nobody paying attention as they slide further to the wrong side of history.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:48 PM EDT
WND's Farah Perpetuates Lie That U.S. Removed Iran, Hezbollah From Terror List
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah rants in his March 24 WorldNetDaily column:

When I first saw this report, I really thought it was an early April Fools’ Day joke.

The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, removed Iran and Hezbollah from the list of world terrorist threats.

The report has been sent to the U.S. Senate, where it should be renounced in the strongest terms possible and publicly rejected.

As we documented when NewsBusters' Tom Blumer, Clapper does not control the official list of what the U.S. considers terrorist threats -- the State Department does, and it still lists Iran and Hezbollah -- and any omissions to that effect in the DNI report means nothing in that regard.

But Farah is an inveterate liar, so nobody expects the truth from him anyway -- which would seem to be a strange position for someone who operates a "news" website to be in.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:40 AM EDT

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