It isn't just all the lying that makes WorldNetDaily a discredited "news" source. It's also the fact that WND turns over its "news" space to its advertisers.
The latest example of this is a Jan. 10 WND article -- presented as "news" -- claiming that "new evidence indicates the U.S. Department of Agriculture may be covering up the greatest food shortage in modern history." It goes on to state:
Consumers in the United States are responding to the latest revelations with an unprecedented private-sector emergency preparedness plan. Websites such as SurvivalSeedBank.com are struggling to keep up with orders as people make plans to go "off-grid" in pursuit of food independence.
According to Bill Heid, spokesman for SurvivalSeedBank, demand for the company's "Full Acre Crisis Garden" product appears to be increasing.
Heid explains why so many people now are focused on food independence and not just financial planning in the event of a collapse.
"In a real crisis, food will be more valuable than gold or silver. When you're hungry, gold or silver coins won't always help you, and the few people who have food may not be willing to trade for something which can't be easily converted. Open pollinated seeds are truly the ultimate barter item in a meltdown. It seems like folks are waking up to reality of some very dangerous market conditions ahead."
More information on planting a full acre crisis garden can be found at SurvivalSeedBank.com.
Yes, SurvivalSeedBank.com is a WND advertiser. From today's WND front page:
This, of course, is a violation of journalistic ethics; the Society of Professional Journalists ethics code states that "Journalists should ... [d]istinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two."
WND needs to tell its readers how much SurvivialSeedBank paid WND for this dishonest placement of an ad as a "news" article, so we can see just how much WND's journalistic soul is worth.