If WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah was an honest journalist, he'd be reflecting on how the views promulgated by his website have apparently influenced more than one mass murderer -- first Anders Breivik, now Dylann Roof -- and his website would be accurately reporting on its contents.
But he's not, so he isn't. And WND keeps trying to make sure discussion of Roof involves anything other than the closeness of the racial views in Roof's manifesto to WND's editorial agenda.
The latest attempt to change the subject comes in a July 3 WND article by Leo Hohmann in which he falsely suggests that liberal professor Juan Cole is somehow anti-Semitic for pointing out that the Islamophobia promoted by WND faves like Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes is reflected in Roof's manifesto. Hohmann plays up a reference by Cole to Geller and Pipes as "right-wing Jews." But Hohmann takes the phrase out of context; in the blog post Hohmann is attacking, Cole points out that it's ironic that Geller and Pipes are Jewish because Roof "went on heartily to hate Jews, as well. Many American Jews, he held, are pro-African-American, and so he abhorred them, as well."
Hohmann makes no mention of the details of Roof's manifesto in which he reflects WND's concerns about black-on-white violence and the Trayvon Martin Case. Instead, he contacts Geller and Pipes for predictably outraged quotes that anyone would link them to Roof.
If Leo Hohmann were an honest journalist, he'd get into the details of Roof's manifesto. But he isn't, and Farah isn't paying him to be one. So unless one or both of them mans up and faces the truth (or at least do better than Jack Cashill), our take on WND and Roof will remain the accurate -- and damning -- one.
They say silence equals assent. Should we take WND's silence as assenting that its editorial agenda contributed to Roof's mindset?