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Monday, October 31, 2011
WND Publishes Doubly Anonymous Attack on Obama Adviser
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An unbylined Oct. 29 WorldNetDaily article begins:

An influential Muslim adviser to the White House who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in canceling a meeting between President Obama and the leader of the persecuted Maronite church in Lebanon, according to the Beirut news agency el Nashra

The Arabic-language report cited an unnamed U.S. source who said Dahlia Mogahed, "the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department," sought to block a White House meeting with Patriarch Beshara Rahi, according to a translation by blogger El Cid at BigPeace.com.

Let's unpack this. We have an anonymous source telling an Arabic-language news organization for which virtually nobody in the  West, including WND, can vouch for its veracity or lack thereof. This article is then translatedby an anonymous blogger at a right-wing website, whose veracity is as unknown as his credentials for analysis and translation.

On top of that, WND spells Dalia Mogahed's name wrong, and the first paragraph is missing a period at the end.

So, to sum up:  We have a doubly anonymous claim that WND is simply regurgitating and has made no apparent effort to verify. And its copy editing sucks too.

Why should anyone trust WND?


Posted by Terry K. at 9:38 AM EDT

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