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Monday, July 21, 2014
WND Tries To Profit Off Israel-Hamas Violence
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Leave it to WorldNetDaily to be so amoral and money-grubbing that it would exploit the current violent skirmishes between Israel and Hamas as a money-making opportunity.

WND really did headline a July 20 article "Hamas rockets boon to Israel tour":

The article goes on to present the violence as a reason to sign up for a tour to Israel hosted by WND editor Joseph Farah and WND author Jonathan Cahn:

During the week Hamas fired thousands of rockets on Israel, interest in WND’s Israel tour with Joseph Farah and Jonathan Cahn spiked, with 68 signups in seven days, the most in a one-week period since registration began in February,  WND announced.

“I thought news of thousands of rockets raining down on Israel would be a deterrent to Americans who were thinking about joining us on WND’s Israel tour,” said Farah. “It wasn’t at all. In fact, it seems like Americans are eager to show solidarity with the Jewish state at this time.”

The second annual tour is on pace to match last year’s size, with nearly 400 participants, most originating in the U.S.

“I really thought registrations would be down during a week in which there was so much attention on the attacks in Israel,” said Farah. “I even thought some registrants might change their mind and cancel. Instead, it turned into the biggest week for tour registrations by far.”

Farah, who has been to Israel dozens of times over the last 35 years, said the Jewish state remains one of the safest places in the world for tourists – safer, he suggests, than many American cities.

The deadline for signing up for the tour featuring “The Harbinger” author Jonathan Cahn and WND founder Joseph Farah is approaching quickly.

The tour is set for Nov. 10 through 20, with departures from New York City and Newark, New Jersey, and the renewed support of Coral Tours, coordinators of last fall’s trip.
The deadline for registration is July 31.

Perhaps Farah will repent for his shameless profiteering on the blood of the dead on his upcoming 9/11 Day of Prayer and Repentance. But don't count on it.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:42 PM EDT
AIM, Newsmax Also Promoting Discredited Charlatan Joel Gilbert's New Film
Topic: Accuracy in Media

WorldNetDaily isn't the only ConWeb outlet that's strangely eager to promote discredited charlatan Joel Gilbert's new anti-Obama film, "There's No Place Like Utopia."

Cliff Kincaid slobbers over Gilbert's film in a July 17 Accuracy in Media column:

The film is both serious and entertaining. It makes you laugh and almost want to cry, as he skillfully describes what seems like the planned destruction of America.

[...]

Joel Gilbert is a brave filmmaker who is not interested in “debating” the likes of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn as they demand rehabilitation and acceptance. Gilbert wants to expose them and put them behind bars, where they belong.

Just as Gilbert bought Jerome Corsi's loyalty by putting him in his film, he did something similar to buy Kincaid's promotional skills: Much of his column is devoted to lovingly detailing how the late anti-communist obsessive (and Kincaid buddy) Larry Grathwohl is "one of the stars" of the film.

Gilbert appears not to have done anything to cozy up to Newsmax. Nevertheless, a July 15 Newsmax article by Andrea Billups serves as a fine press release for Gilbert. It's based in part on a WND article by Corsi; Billups doesn't disclose that the author of the article she's cribbing from is also in the film she's promoting.

Needless to say, neither Newsmax nor AIM make mention of the fact that Gilbert's previous anti-Obama film has been utterly discredited. Indeed, no alternative view of Gilbert is presented at all.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:38 PM EDT
WND Promotes Alex Jones-Linked 'Expert' Paul Craig Roberts
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a July 18 WorldNetDaily column relaying "Gold News," Mark Leibovit's lead item is an interview with "expert" Paul Craig Roberts about how "the entire United States gold hoard, including gold supposedly held at the Fed for other countries, is now gone."

At least in the excerpt Leibovit reproduces, Roberts offers no evidence to back up his claim. Perhaps that's because he hasn't had to in the company he normally pals around with.

Roberts is a favorite of conspiracy-obsessed radio host Alex Jones, where there is an extensive archive of his interviews and columns. Roberts also has a lengthy archive at the white-nationalist website VDARE.com.

You'd think being linked to both Alex Jones and VDARE would be an automatic disqualifying factor for any supposed "expert." But this is WND we're talking about here.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:39 AM EDT
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Newsmax Lets D'Souza Declare Ukraine Jet Crash Is Obama's Fault
Topic: Newsmax

While Newsmax has endeavored to moderate its conservativism to gain greater appeal (it's trying to launch a TV network, after all), it's still providing a forum to extremists and their bizarre views.

Case in point, from a July 18 Newsmax article:

President Barack Obama is remaking the world according to his vision of a less influential America, and one result is chaos abroad that leads to disasters like the apparent shootdown this week of a passenger jet over war-torn Ukraine, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"This downing of the airplane is a small indication of what happens when American power is subtracted from the world," D'Souza told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

[...]

D'Souza said President Obama, in withdrawing from the international stage and conceding management of global affairs to others, is helping to make the movie's point.

"For the past 60 years, we have been living in the American era, in which nothing important can happen in South America, in the Middle East or in Asia without America having a big say-so, if not actually determining the outcome," said D'Souza. "People all over the world — from Somali pirates on the high seas to Iranian mullahs to Russian separatists — have always had to worry, 'If we do this, what will America do?' Except now, under Obama."

According to D'Souza, that suits the president.

"He has an ideology that is opposed to an active American presence in the world," he said.

Having D'Souza spout such nonsense without allowing an opposing view -- no evidence is offered that one was provided -- just makes Newsmax look like the outlet for those who think Fox News is too liberal.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:03 PM EDT
Gay Derangement Syndrome, WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Last week we witnessed four denominations emboldened by this criminal, “sodomite-advocating” administration, joining the ranks of the apostate in America. Namely, the United Church of Christ (that claims 1 million members with about 5,200 congregations), the Presbyterian Church USA, the Moravians, who voted to ordain gay clergy, as well as the Pentecostal Church International (1 Timothy 4:1).

J. Bennett Guess, United Church of Christ’s first openly gay church executive, said that he was, “being a bold voice for progressive Christianity.” This would be like a criminal with a police badge trying to convince everyone that he is upright simply because of his man-ordained title.

This is spitting toward Heaven; and rest assured, they (along with whoever tolerates their crimes) will fall on their own backs.

[...]

When it comes to the issues at hand concerning our culture, we can clearly see that the majority of professed Christians are guilty of contributing to America’s state of moral anarchy (which they so boldly proclaim), proven by their support of antinomianism and the effeminate lifestyles they perpetuate.

It is revealing that these “churches” are “coming out” and exposing “what” and “who” real Christians have always known them to truly be: counterfeits that open doors wide to the gates of hell.

-- Bradlee Dean, July 3 WorldNetDaily column

In summary, the “gay” agenda is to eliminate the existing Judeo-Christian model of civilization, grounded in marriage-based procreative sexuality, to make way for an irrational and impossible cultural Marxist model which imagines family-less, unlimited “sexual freedom” (anarchy), while somehow preserving orderliness in every other aspect of human society. It reflects an insane and Satanic delusion that breeds chaos, and can only be stopped by unceasing reaffirmation of biblical values and the natural family by the rest of us.

-- Scott Lively, July 6 WND column

According to its leftist proponents, ENDA would merely insulate people who choose to engage in homosexual conduct (sexual orientation) or those who suffer from gender confusion (gender identity) against employment intolerance. In truth, however, this legislation effectively would codify the very thing it purports to combat: workplace discrimination.

Though in its current form ENDA contains an extremely weak religious exemption that might – and I mean might – partially protect some churches and religious organizations (until they’re sued by “gay” activists), this so-called exemption would leave most others, such as Bible bookstores and many Christian schools and para-church organizations, entirely unprotected. It would additionally crush individual business owners’ guaranteed First Amendment rights.

-- Matt Barber, July 11 WND column

As the recent Hobby Lobby decision reaffirmed, the government cannot legislate away religious free exercise. Where your desire, intense though it may be, for me to employ you despite your antagonistic values system, pay for your abortion, or host, photograph or otherwise bake a rainbow cake for your faux “wedding,” comes into conflict with my absolute right to religious liberty, the result is a forgone conclusion.

I win, you lose.

-- Matt Barber, July 18 WND column

Let me ask you a few leading questions:

  • Are 3 percent of the news stories you read about “gays”?
  • Is homosexuality the theme of 3 percent of the TV shows you watch?
  • Are 3 percent of the characters in movies and television shows “gay”?
  • Is 3 percent of the talk from people like Barack Obama about homosexuality or “LGBT issues,” as they like to call them?

Hardly.

In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid being bombarded by the amount of agitprop about homosexuality from the press, Hollywood, government and even your kids’ schools.

So why is that?

Why is the cultural tale wagging the dog?

Why is less than 3 percent of the population having its way with 97 percent?

Why is the “gay” agenda rammed down the throats of the more than 97 percent?

It’s hard to understand. I can’t think of any other minority this small that is so powerful. Can you?

-- Joseph Farah, July 18 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 5:48 PM EDT
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Joel Gilbert Buys Positive WND Coverage Of His New Film By Putting Corsi In It
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joel Gilbert may be an utterly discredited filmmaker, but he knows one of the oldest tricks around that: Put a reporter in your next film, and make sure they are lacking in scruples and ethics so they will mindlessly generate positive press coverage.

Gilbert found his stooge -- er, reporter in WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi, who's one of the featured performers in his latest factually challenged anti-Obama smear piece, "There's No Place Like Utopia."  A screenshot from Gilbert's website is to the right. (For good measure, he stuck WND conspiracy-monger Jack Cashill in it too.)

Corsi, meanwhile, is upholding his end of the bargain by fawning over the film. We've already noted back in May how Corsi gushed over the film despite not only Gilbert's record of lies but Corsi himself getting suckered by a fraudulent claim about Barack Obama's wedding ring that his fellow birthers felt compelled to debunk.

Gilbert clearly knows Corsi has his back --  there was no mention of Gilbert's history of mendacity, let alone a correction of the fraudulent ring claim Corsi gullibly swallowed.

Corsi devoted another fawning WND article to the film on July 14. While Corsi admits he's in the film, he's also delivering the rah-rah coverage Gilbert knew he could count on. Corsi talked only to Gilbert and the film's distributor, again making sure he adequately repaid Gilbert for the screen time by pretending his substantial history of fraud doesn't exist.

WND is complicit in the cheerleading -- what self-respecting news organization would let a so-called reporter present as a "news" article gushing PR pieces on a film he appears in? 

Of course, it's not as if anyone expects ethical, accurate journalism from anyone at WND, especially Corsi. This is just another reason why nobody believes WND.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:59 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:13 AM EDT
Friday, July 18, 2014
Finally! MRC Discloses Its Link To Catholic League
Topic: NewsBusters

Matthew Balan devortes in a July 17 NewsBusters post to the latest rant from the Catholic League's Bill Donohue, this time complaining about David Letterman "making light about Pope Francis's recent remarks about priestly celibacy." For the first time that we've noticed, Balan makes an important disclosure: "it should be pointed out that MRC President Brent Bozell serves on the board of advisors for the Catholic League."

We've documented how the MRC has regularly failed to disclose Bozell's links to the Catholic League in uncritically echoing whatever new outrage Donohue felt compelled to issue a press release about.

Balan is correct that Bozell's link to the Catholic "should be pointed out," which raises the question about why the MRC hasn't felt compelled to point out this blatant conflict of interest until now.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:14 PM EDT
WND's Unruh Censors How Todd Akin Was Challenged During Fox Interview
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh is a good corporate lackey, doing his part for WorldNetDaily's ill-fated decision to relitigate Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks as a promotion for his WND-published book. His July 15 WND article on Akin's interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly is a thinly disguised PR piece:

Eighteen months ago, then-Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made an admittedly awkward description of rape, was abandoned by his own party and eventually lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Monday night, on Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, he broke his silence and charged that members of both parties were eager to make sure a true Reagan conservative wasn’t in Congress and asserted Democrats imposed a double standard.

He pointed out to Kelly that the Democrats own convention speaker, Bill Clinton, had a long history of facing claims of assault from women.

His own party’s leaders, he said, displayed arrogance, using his plight to argue social conservatives of his kind couldn’t get elected.

[...]

Akin clarified for Kelly that there are stress factors that can affect whether a victim gets pregnant, and he said that by “legitimate rape” he meant a “legitimate rape claim.”

And that's all Unruh has to say about Akin's discussion with Kelly about his previous remarks -- which conveniently leaves out all the parts where Kelly challenged Akin's narrative. More honest reporting of the Akin-Kelly interview took place at TPM:

Fox News host Megyn Kelly took failed Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin to task Monday night for his infamous claim that the female body could terminate a pregnancy in a case of "legitimate rape."

Akin appeared on "The Kelly File" to promote his new book, "Firing Back," in which he defends his original remarks on the grounds that stress can decrease fertility. Kelly challenged that defense, arguing there is no conclusive evidence tying the two together.

"But the thing that got people so upset was that you seemed to be putting the onus on rape victims, saying if yours was a legitimate rape, if you actually were raped, then your body will shut down the pregnancy," Kelly said. "And if your body doesn't shut down the pregnancy, then you are not the victim of rape."

"I think you're putting words in my mouth, I didn't say that," Akin responded.

"I'm just saying this is what people heard," Kelly said.

"I think that's what they heard, and that's why we did the apology," Akin said.

"See I get that, that's why you did the apology, but you seem to be dialing it back now," Kelly pressed.

Akin later said that he never meant to diminish women or the seriousness of rape as a crime in his comments.

"But you now acknowledge that a woman who is legitimately the victim of rape does not have a medical way of getting rid of -- an emotional way of getting rid of the pregnancy," Kelly said.

"No, I never believed that," Akin said. "That wasn't what I was trying to say, or I don't think I did say that. But people perceived that, and that's why we did the apology."

Unruh's article does include the video of the Akin-Kelly interview, so it's clear he had access to the full interview. He simply chose to not accurately report what was said.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:05 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
Thursday, July 17, 2014
NewsBusters Joins MRC Freak-Out Over Obama Using First-Person Terms
Topic: NewsBusters

Mark Finkelstein devotes a July 17 NewsBusters post to an anti-Obama rant:

But enough about me.  Let's talk about how you feel about me . . . Maybe Barack Obama should modify his famous New Age-y line, uttered after the 2008 Super Tuesday results, to read "I am the one I have been waiting for." In recent times, it's become an entertaining parlor game to count the number of self references in President Obama's public statements. 

The latest opportunity to play the game comes via a fund-raising email the prez sent out this morning. Defiantly entitled "I Won't Apologize," the short message contains by my count no fewer than 11 self-references [12 if you count the URL for the fund-raising link]—a self-adoring assortment of I, I'm, I'll and me. View the complete email after the jump.

Why would a man with such a sorry record in office have such high self-regard?  Let's hear from our armchair psychoanalysts out there!

This follows in the footsteps of CNS' Terry Jeffrey -- like NewsBusters a division of the Media Research Center -- who has a similar obsession with how often Obama refers to himself in the first person, despite the fact that it's hardly out of line with previous presidents. Like Jeffrey, we don't recall Finkelstein showing concern over the first-person usage of Republican presidents.

Someone should also remind Finkelstein of the mission of the organization that publishes him. It's supposed to be a media watchdog, not a place for right-wing rants, which would seem to jeopardize the Media Research Center's nonprofit tax status.

Perhaps Finkelstein should stick to media issues, like whether Matt Lauer is secretly showing support for Palestinians by wearing a scarf.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:03 PM EDT
WND's Aaron Klein Is Still A Proud Birther, Facts Be Damned
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein is still a birther, and he's so proud of it that he has devoted a July 15 article to trying to prove his case.

Klein lays out his thesis at the start of the article:

One central point seems to be missing from the national conversation about impeaching President Obama for alleged violations of the Constitution.

When Obama was first proposed as a presidential candidate in 2007, the nation failed to have a meaningful debate concerning the serious constitutional issue of electing someone whose father was not a U.S. citizen.

According to correspondence from the original framers of the Constitution as well as Supreme Court rulings, the legal writings that helped establish the principles of the Constitution and even a Senate resolution affirmed by Obama himself, Obama likely does not qualify for the constitutional requirement that stipulates only a “natural born” citizen can serve as U.S. president.

In other words, Obama’s very presidency could itself be unconstitutional. And the matter has nothing to do with where the president was born.

While Klein concedes that "natural born citizen" isn't defined in the Constitution or federal law, he has decided that he knows better by citing Emmerich de Vattel's "The Law of Nations." But as we've noted, no direct equivalent to "natural born citizen" appears in Vattel's original French, and the phrase shows up only in English translations of the book issued after the Constitution was written.

Klein also invokes the Supreme Court's 1874 Minor v. Happersett decision as authoritative on the definition of "natural born." But that decision involved a woman who was suing for the right to vote, not presidential eligibility; the woman's status as a "natural born citizen" was not the issue; and the court ruling discusses only two types of citizens, "natural born" and "naturalized."

Klein makes no mention whatsoever of a decision that much more directly applies to the issue at hand -- the 1898 Wong Kim Ark case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that a child born in America was a U.S. citizen.

Klein goes on to insist that a 2008 Senate resolution declaring John McCain to be a "natural born" citizen "seems to define the term as one who is born to two U.S. citizens." The Senate may have done so regarding McCain's citizenship, but it also did not establish two citizen parants as the only possible way to be defined as a "natural born" citizen.

Klein has also decided he won't even concede that Obama was born in Hawaii. He writes only that Obama "was born Aug. 4, 1961, to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr." but won't mention the location. That attitude contradicts what he wrote in his 2009 book "The Manchurian President," in which he declared there was "no convincing evidence that Obama was born in Kenya, nor that his birthplace was any place other than Hawaii, his declared state of birth."

All Klein has done here is simply rehash what he and WND was claiming since at least 2011 -- pretty much cutting-and-pasting previous work -- while making no effort whatsoever to examine any of the evidence that discredits birthers like himself, let alone acknowledge that such evidence exists. But then, hiding the fact that birthers have been discredited is how WND rolls.

The fact that Klein is still peddling discredited birther nonsense doesn't bode well for the veracity of Klein's upcoming book, in which he purports to tell "the real Benghazi story."


Posted by Terry K. at 12:34 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Because unlike rank-and-file American news watchers and our comatose Congress, Israel and other world leaders know that the seemingly inexplicable rise of ISIS is anything but inexplicable. The shiny new armaments and off-the-rack fatigues they possess did not fall into their hands out of the sky, and they did not steal all of them along the way.

They know that for all intents and purposes, Barack Obama is ISIS.

-- Erik Rush, July 2 WorldNetDaily column

ou would think that even Democrats, who insist that every House investigation into Obama’s numerous scandals are examples of partisan politics, would have to agree that the timing of our abduction of Benghazi terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala was anything but coincidental. Although Khattala has been interviewed any number of times by American newsmen while lolling at sidewalk cafes in Libya, it took the chilling optics of Islamists taking back Iraq to finally get Obama to order his capture.

-- Burt Prelutsky, July 3 WND column

Recently, I read a chilling 1934 essay written by Communist Leon Trotsky entitled, “If America Should Go Communist.” It was a sort of “how-to” about spreading communism into the United States, and reading it gave me a terrible sense of déjà-vu. Almost every word of the essay has been parroted by any number of liberals. Trotsky’s words are their words. Everything Obama’s pal Van Jones has said could be quoted almost verbatim in Trotsky’s essay.

Is this really what the celebrities and liberals of America wanted when they bought their tickets to Obamaville? Most people I personally know who supported Obama in 2008 continue to do so today – and if anything, they believe his administration hasn’t gone far enough.

-- Ann-Marie Murrell, July 4 WND column

No longer the force in the world for good, the United States now sanctions and supports evil.

The Obama administration did not require Hamas or Fatah to recognize Israel. The Obama administration did not require Hamas to change its charter, wherein the first paragraph calls for the annihilation of Israel in the cause of Allah.

For agreeing to work with Hamas alone, this saboteur should be impeached. It was shortly after the Obama administration agreed to work with the Hamas-Fatah government that the schoolboys were kidnapped and murdered.

The failure of Obama’s policy of submission and sanction of our most vicious enemies is evident in the chaos and savagery we see in Benghazi, the whole of Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Gaza and Israel. And now in the deaths of these three schoolboys.

Obama backs these savages. Obama bullies and threatens Israel to submit to these savages. Obama is on the side of jihadists every time. America has been hijacked.

-- Pamela Geller, July 6 WND column

We have all seen the roving reporter man-on-the-street interviews. I’m sure we all have some friends, acquaintances, even family members and others who have uttered the painful statement. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I first heard people say that they voted for Barack Obama because he was black, or that it was “time” for a black president, my skin crawled.

I am well aware that that statement of mine will be isolated and made out to be “racist” by the dishonest media and the maniacally boneheaded Saul Alinsky gang over at the Huff-n-Puff Post and beyond, but the real horror is that the worst case of racism I have ever witnessed in my lifetime was the indecent choice en mass by millions of Americans who defiled the sacrifices and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spat on his grave when they actually admitted that they voted for this president based on the color of his skin instead of the content of his character.

God help us all.

-- Ted Nugent, July 9 WND column

The response to my question about the advisability of Barack Obama’s being impeached in 2015, after the midterm elections, was slightly more mixed than I expected, with 188 votes for and 48 against. But the majority of those voting No explained that they really wanted him going to jail; were afraid it would backfire on the Republicans in 2016; or, in a few cases, didn’t want to see Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

-- Burt Prelutsky, July 10 WND column

Leftists have long been using “the children” to manipulate the emotions of the public, extort American taxpayers, gather power and degrade our way of life. Barack Obama has taken this process to an insane extreme with his self-created border mess.

-- Jesse Lee Peterson, July 13 WND column

Barack Obama, of all people, wants to broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Here’s the thing. Nobody asked him. His offer is just more not-so-subtle pressure upon the Jewish state. Essentially, Obama wants Israel to stop defending herself.

Obama has been on a jihad against Israel ever since he took office. He is deeply, deeply anti-Israel.

-- Pamela Geller, July 13 WND column

Barack Obama treats his job as though it’s something to fit in between vacations, golf games and photo ops designed to show him as just one of the guys but a really nice guy even though he’s president.

Quite frankly, I don’t want the president of the United States – the president of my country – to be “one of the guys.”

I don’t want him regarded as a street buddy to everyday Joes.

Obama clearly isn’t, but he attempts to play that role so the average guy can “relate” to him.

How else do you explain his beer-drinking, pool-playing, surf-splashing, golfing, bike-riding efforts to appear casual?

In reality, he doesn’t look the part, doesn’t dress the part and certainly looks more than uncomfortable.

Bottom line: Barack Obama is a bad actor; he can’t pull off the act to be what he’s not.

-- Barbara Simpson, July 13 WND column

I’m wondering where the American spirit is these days, because I’m encountering conversations and commentary pushing the notion that Sarah Palin, a prominent conservative politician and noted tea party champion of We the People, should concede and hush her mouths for the sake of Republicanism.

Specifically, I’m speaking of the former governor’s choice to proudly display some American spirit and tell Congress to impeach Barack Obama.

Yes, I am on the Palin bandwagon in this issue. Our country is at stake.

-- Selena Owens, July 15 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 6:38 PM EDT
CNS Parses Diplomatic Deaths Under Bush To Keep Benghazi Alive
Topic: CNSNews.com

Patrick Goodenough didn't like Bill Clinton's highlighting how Republican members of Congress failed to criticize deaths of embassy personnel during attacks occurring under the Bush administration the way they are freaking out over Benghazi, and he devoted a June 30 CNSNews.com article to parse how Clinton's criticism is purportedly meaningless:

Unstated by the former president, however, was the fact that those U.S. diplomatic personnel who were killed during the George W. Bush administration died in circumstances other than an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission:

[...]

U.S. diplomatic missions around the world did come under attack a number of times during the Bush years, but those attacks killed foreigners, and in some cases American civilians – not serving U.S. diplomatic personnel:

Gotta love how Goodenough insists those deaths under the Bush administraiton don't count because they don't fit the exact circumstances of Benghazi.

Is CNS really this desperate to keep Benghazi alive that it must portray other deaths as insignificant by comparision?


Posted by Terry K. at 5:47 PM EDT
Hostile Joseph Farah Pretends He's Not Hostile To Gays
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah devotes his July 11 WorldNetDaily column to taking offense at the idea that Christians are hostile to gays. Needless to say, Farah does so in a way that makes his hostility all too clear.

What set Farah off this time was an article about pro-gay evangelicals "committed to ending their church’s longstanding hostility toward gay people”:

Let me first say that this is a hellishly bigoted comment by people who claim to be fighting bigotry.

Secondly, evangelicals come in all shapes and sizes and beliefs and don’t belong to one church.

Lastly, the idea that evangelical Christians have a longstanding hostility toward homosexuals is a lie by the reporter, the publication and the misguided organization that is attempting to make sinners comfortable in their sin – an idea repugnant to all forms of biblical Christianity.

And let the hostility begin:

Today, in the popular culture, it’s cool to be “gay” – a word that has been hijacked by a political movement that embraces sin.

Experience more of Joseph Farah’s no-nonsense truth-telling in his books, audio and video products, featured in the WND Superstore

It may be popular to embrace sin today, but those who do so in the name of Christ are the ones who are truly hostile and unloving to homosexuals. They are actually condemning them to death.

There’s an old expression in Christianity very relevant to this discussion: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

That’s what true evangelicals believe.

Showing love to the sinner means evangelizing them. Chaplains who evangelize murderers on death row don’t tell them they were just practicing an alternative lifestyle. They confront them with the sixth commandment and attempt to bring them to repentance. It’s an act of selfless love.

Likewise, evangelizing homosexuals requires that their sin – not just their sexual practices, but all of it – is confronted.

There is nothing loving about rationalizing sin as an alternative lifestyle.

Note what Farah does here -- he plays linguistic games by putting "gay" in scare quotes because he doesn't like gays co-opting the word, and he denies medical reality by portraying homosexuality as an "alternate lifestyle."

And in a final Orwellian twist, Farah declares his hatred of gays is really love:

This movement is not about rejecting bigotry as it claims. It is about creating a new form of bigotry – against those with sincerely held, biblically supported worldviews.

In effect, it is a movement that redefines sin. It’s a new religion that allows man to decide what sin is rather than God. The new sin is “homophobia” – the imaginary fear and loathing of those who practice homosexuality.

Where does this lead?

It leads to forcing Christians to violate their own consciences, as is beginning to happen in the U.S.

It leads to state-sponsored anti-Christian and anti-biblical indoctrination in schools.

It leads to so-called “hate-speech” laws, which punish people not so much for what they do but what they might think.

It leads to persecution and martyrdom.

And it leads to eternal separation from our Creator-God.

None of that is good. None of that is happy. None of that is “gay.” None of that is tolerant. None of that is merciful. None of that is compassionate. None of that is loving.

Farah's so-called news organization unambiguously hates gays (except for that one guy). And Farah himself is such a homophobe that he thinks anyone who calls him out on his homophobia wants him (and America) to undergo "forced homosexualization."

Does God really approve of Farah's homophobic methods? Farah probably thinks so, but the vast majority of thinking Christians probably differ.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:11 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:12 AM EDT
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
WND's Molotov Mitchell Puts On A Suit, Runs For State Senate In NC
Topic: WorldNetDaily

PoliticsNC reports that WorldNetDaily's very own Molotov Mitchell is running for a state senate seat in North Carolina. He's got an uphill climb toward victory; PoliticsNC states that Mitchell "is running in a strongly Democratic district, and his opponent is none other than Josh Stein, the Democratic Senate Minority Whip. Stein has been in office for almost six years now and appears to have a secure hold on this seat."

Needless to say, ol' Molotov has to do a lot of whitewashing to make himself palatable. He's covered up his "Zealot" tattoos with a suit and tie, and he's endeavoring to cover up the far-right extremism that he could get away with at a fringe website like WND but can't in the real world.

Mitchell's campaign website is already a model of whitewashing. For instance, here's what his "issues" page states about LGBT issues:

As a Christian, Molotov strongly supports the concept of “free will”.

People must be free to live however they see fit, and they have a constitutional right to do so. At the same time, people also have the freedoms of speech and religion, which can create conflict over issues like gay marriage. Censorship and bullying (from either side) will only exacerbate the problem. Molotov firmly believes in a democratic solution. While Washington often weighs in on these sensitive matters, it is ultimately the job of North Carolinians to vote and settle them at the state level.

This ignores the fact that Mitchell advocates "the abolition of homosexuality" to the point that he effectively endorsed a proposed law in Uganda that would execute homosexuals.

Mitchell's website is also silent on the fact that he's a birther.

The website includes pictures of Mitchell's wife, but doesn't mention that she posts videos at WND under the name D.J. Dolce, where she has proven herself to be at least as homophobic and birther-obsessed as her husband.

Mitchell's website also whitewashes the nature of WND, described only has having "been ranked the 2nd most trustworthy news websites by Discerning Times. As we've documented, Discerning Times is part of a so-called news operation run by a cult-like church in a small town in Oregon, and it exists mainly to proclaim the innocence of a church pastor facing child-sex charges. That's how much this "2nd most trustworthy" designation is worth.

While we know all about the Mitchell family's extremism, the big question is whether North Carolina media will point it out to voters, or if they will accept Molotov's whitewashing and make no attempt to investigate his record.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:37 PM EDT
MRC's Graham Ignores Maureen Dowd's Professional Jealousy
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center loved New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd when she bashed the Clintons during the 1990s, but when she followed that by going after the Bush administration, they dismissed her as just another East Coast liberal -- Brent Bozell dismissed her as a "liberal windbag."

But now that Dowd has returned to Clinton-bashing, she's back in the MRC's good graces.

MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham devotes a July 14 NewsBusters post to praising Dowd for having "the audacity to knock Chelsea Clinton for giving speeches for $75,000 a pop, even if it went to the Clinton Foundation, which is designed for the further aggrandizement of the Clinton reputation."

But Graham ignores the idea that there may be a little professional jealousy behind Dowd's sniping. Media Matters notes that Dowd makes less than half of what Chelsea Clinton makes for her speeches, adding that "Dowd did not respond to a request for comment seeking to determine whether she donates her speaking fees to charity."

But then, Dowd was spouting the MRC party line, which earns her temporary immunity from having her motives questioned.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:17 PM EDT

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