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Thursday, January 12, 2012
WND Uses Buchanan Controversy to Sell (And Whitewash) His Book
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is seizing upon Pat Buchanan's apparent ouster from MSNBC to ... make money.

 A Jan. 10 WND article carries the headline "Buchanan's book so explosive MSNBC brass goes bonkers," asserting that "increasingly left-leaning MSNBC eliminated its last conservative." (Michael Steele might beg to differ.) Illustrated for some reason with a screen shot of the Howard Beale character from the film "Network," the article plays up a statement by MSNBC president Phil Griffin that the ideas Buchanan forwared in his book "Suicide of a Superpower" "aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC."

WND responds: 'However, apart from MSNBC, in the larger world where 'national dialogue' occurs, Buchanan’s latest book has been hugely popular," followed by examples of "high critical acclaim" for the book. In fact, the blurbs WND quotes aren't about the book itself but for Buchanan in general. How do we know? They were simply copied-and-pasted from Buchanan's website, where they appear under the heading  "Praise for Pat Buchanan."

WND then asks: "So, what is 'Suicide of a Superpower' really about, and why would MSNBC find it so offensive as to axe its author and declare its ideas not 'appropriate for national dialogue'? This is followed by promotional boilerplate -- and numerous links to purchase the book at the WND online store.

WND conveniently ignores some of the more odious aspects of Buchanan's beliefs expressed in his book:

  • Buchanan expresses alarm that, in his view, an Army general believes that "the strength of the U.S. Army stems from the fact that we now have a smaller share of white male soldiers."
  • Buchanan asserts that American Jews are disappearing because they made a "collective desision" to abort themselves out of existence.
  • Buchanan complains that the Supreme Court is too diverse, ignoring the fact that all but six of the 112 people to serve on the court have been white males.
  • Buchanan employed a researcher for his book who was arrested for attacking a woman with a "karate chop" and calling her the n-word.

Additionally, Buchanan's work is frequently praised by white nationalist groups.

WND published another Jan. 10 article portraying Buchanan as being suppressed by MSNBC, complaining about a campaign to get Buchanan removed as an MSNBC commentator. Again, WND failed to delve into the specifics of his actual opinions, and it also contained the copied-and-pasted blurbs from Buchanan's website.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:54 PM EST
MRC Complains That Conservative Christians Are Labeled As Conservative Christians
Topic: Media Research Center

Apparently, when you're writing a story about conservative Christians, you're not supposed to identify them as such.

That's the attitude Clay Waters is taking in a Jan. 9 MRC TimesWatch item, in which he complains that the New York Times went on a "Biased Labeling Eruption" in a story about an upcoming meeting of conservative Christian leaders designed to figure out a way to unite behind a conservative Republican presidential candidate to more effectively counter the allegedly non-conservative Mitt Romney.

Waters did not explain conservative Christians should otherwise be labeled in a story in which the views of conservative Christians are central.

Further, Waters was silent about whether his boss, conservative Christian leader Brent Bozell, will be taking part in that meeting. If so, that's an undisclosed conflict of interest.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:12 PM EST
Joseph Farah Thin Skin Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah displays his thin skin yet again in a Jan. 10 WorldNetDaily column engaging in one of his favorite sports: taking petty potshots at his critics.

Farah complains about a columnist at the American Muslim website who, among other things, asserted that he wanted "to criminalize being gay," to which Farah responded: "in all the millions of words I have written in my life, no evidence of such a belief has ever been found."

That, of course, is a baldfaced lie. Farah has regularly railed against the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned state sodomy laws -- Farah demanded that the "Sodomy Six" (the six justices who ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against the state) be impeached. Just last June, Farah lamented that "sin" in the form of homosexual sex can no longer be criminalized as a result of Lawrence:

Keep in mind, it was the federal government that made all this inevitable with the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, in which it presumed to tell the people of that great republic they had no business enforcing laws against sodomy. Justice Antonin Scalia predicted in short order the ruling would open the door to something unimaginable a decade ago – same-sex marriage. He was right.

That’s how sodomy moved from being a sin 10 years ago to being a “right.”

It’s not a right. It’s a sin. And, in a civilized, self-governing society, when the majority of people ban sinful behavior – from murder, to theft, to adultery, to child molestation – they have the right and the duty to legislate against it. Courts have no business overruling the will of the people on such matters by dreaming up “rights” that are to be found nowhere in the Constitution, the Bible or the history of mankind.

It’s just that simple.

And it’s about time somebody said it.

And it's about time somebody said that Farah is a baldfaced liar.

But he's not done smacking around the American Muslim columnist with his huffiness:

Musaji then massages some more facts to arrive at this conclusion: “Farah would also like to criminalize being Muslim.”

How did she deduce that?

From this statement in a discussion on the need to limit future Muslim immigration into the U.S.: “It seems obvious to me that anyone who subscribes to Saudi-style Shariah law, as described in the Islamic Quran and Hadith, would not be inclined to swear allegiance to the Constitution – at least not without crossing his fingers taqiyya-style.”

Then comes another lecture from Ms. Musaji: “This is how Islamophobes [that's me] muddy up the water and confuse issues in order to deceive their readers. Shariah and Saudi-style Shariah are not synonomous (sic). The Saudis have a particular interpretation of Shariah that is very conservative and repressive. Much of the Saudi interpretation of Shariah is rejected by most Muslims in the rest of the world. In fact, the Wahhabi interpretations are seen by a majority of Muslims as going against the Quran and Hadith.”

So I modify the term “Shariah” with the phrase “Saudi-style,” and explain that they are not necessarily the same thing. Isn’t that why people use adjectives – to be more precise?

Anyway, you get the point: According to Ms. Musaji, Farah is an unrepentant Islamophobe. Just to set the record straight, no one who criticizes Islamism the way I do is “afraid” of Islam. No one afraid of Islam, which would be the literal definition of “Islamophobe,” would dare criticize it publicly, as I do.

Curious thing about the Nov. 29 Farah column in which he pointed out he specifically focused on "Saudi-style Shariah": it didn't make the migration to the the new WND site. If he's so proud of having made that distinction, why is that column about to fade into the digital ether?

(Here's the column via Google cache -- make your own copy now before it disappears!)

Of course, that's a distinction he really didn't make; he goes on to assert, without making any such distinction:

  • "We need to put the burden of proof on Muslims to demonstrate their desire to leave the world of Shariah behind them, to renounce its principles as well as to take a formal oath to uphold and affirm America's national covenant."
  • "Furthermore, we need strict national quotas on immigration by Muslims – even those willing to renounce Shariah and swear an oath to the U.S. Constitution."
  • "There are no doubt conscientious Muslims who deplore the institution of Shariah and would prefer to live in a constitutional republic like America instead of Saudi Arabia. But, again, as Americans we have no obligation to welcome anyone to these shores unless they meet our needs and specifications."

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back, Joe.

If that wasn't enough, Farah finds time to rail against a fellow ideologue in a semantics argument over Ron Paul. Judi McLeod of Canada Free Press accused Farah of expressing "support" for Paul -- entirely understandable, given that Farah penned a Jan. 5 column headline "Ron Paul Is Right,"in which he states, "There’s a reason Ron Paul is resonating with Republican voters – because he wants to downsize Washington, and everyone knows he’s serious about it."

Farah, though, decided to misread "support" as "endorse." Let the snit fit begin:

ranted I have written many columns about Ron Paul stands that I like and admire – such as his pledge to cut $1 trillion out of federal spending. But daily I am attacked by Ron Paul disciples who would like to see me tarred and feathered. And nowhere, nohow, noway have I ever endorsed Ron Paul nor suggested I support him for the presidency in any way.

For the life of me, I don’t even know how someone could ever get that impression. I mean I write just what I think. I’m not known for holding anything back or pulling punches. And I write every day!

I figured this one would be an easy correction. All I would do is ask my old friend Judi McLeod to do the right thing and set the record straight. Certainly I agree with her more often than I agree with Ron Paul. I’ll take a few minutes and pick some low-hanging fruit.

So I emailed Judi McLeod: “I really must insist on a retraction and apology for this. Please point to where you can find Joseph Farah endorsing Ron Paul. I am vilified daily by Paulites for not supporting him and for criticizing his positions.”

Her unexpected response: “Please point to where I wrote Joseph Farah is ‘endorsing’ Ron Paul.”

My counter: “You didn’t use the word ‘endorse.’ You used ‘support.’ I fail to see any meaningful difference between the two. So, if you want to play word games, show me where I have ever offered Ron Paul support as a presidential candidate. Because that is clearly what you wrote.”

Her response: “To my way of thinking there is a world of difference between ‘support’ and ‘endorse.’ If you wish you could write a column or letter stating your point of view and I would publish it word-for-word without editing and post as main cover.”

My retort: “You still haven’t answered the question: On what basis can you possibly come to the conclusion that I either endorse or support Ron Paul for president? Obviously that is what you stated clearly in your commentary. Since there is no basis for any such claim, you have decided to be cagey. I have no desire to write anything in Canada Free Press. If you want to make sure WND never again links to any articles in CFP because of questions about unreliability of statements and accusations by the editor, you can simply ignore my simple question. On the other hand, if credibility is something that matters to you, you will choose to do the right thing: Apologize and retract the erroneous accusation against me.”

To which she concluded the dialogue by saying, “Suit yourself, Joe.”

At no point does Farah acknowledge that he wrote a column headlined "Ron Paul Is Right." Instead, Farah clings to his thin skin and tries to Heather McLeod by essentially declaring that she can't sit at his table because anymore because she said something he misinterpreted.

How petty can one person be?


Posted by Terry K. at 1:08 AM EST
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
CNS' Starr Has Another Anti-Gay Freakout Over Art Exhibit
Topic: CNSNews.com

The Media Research Center, led by CNSNews.com's Penny Starr, earned a Slantie award lst year for manufacturing a controversy over a gay-themed exhibit at a Smithsonian-operated art museum. The anti-gay Starr apparently liked that award so much, she's trying to manufacture another right-wing freakout over another art exhibit.

Starr cranks up the anti-gay outrage in a Jan. 10 CNS article:

For the second year in a row, the federally funded National Portrait Gallery (NPG), a part of the Smithsonian Institution, held an exposition during the Christmas season focused on the homosexual lifestyle.

“Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories,” an exhibition appearing at the NPG from Oct. 14, 2011 through Jan. 22, 2012, focuses on lesbian activist and writer Gertrude Stein.

The exhibit, set up in five rooms at the taxpayer-funded museum, highlights Stein’s lesbian relationship with Alice B. Toklas and Stein’s “second family” of homosexual men, some of whom collaborated with Stein on various projects.

The whole thing is pure Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy. Starr is obsessed with tax money being spent on gay things -- even though she admits that the Stein exhibit was paid for by private funds, she adds that "all Smithsonian museums receive federal funding." Here's the question she asked Smithsonian officials about the exhibit:

“In the past 14 months, NPG has mounted two exhibitions--Hide and Seek, and Gertrude Stein--that include a focus on the homosexual lifestyle. Given that NPG mounts less than a dozen exhibits annually, is there a reason that two exhibits within the past 14 months have included a focus on the homosexual lifestyle and is that part of NPR's mission as a national and taxpayer-funding institution?”

On top of echoing the right-wing trope that homosexuality is nothing more than a "lifestyle," Starr got her facts wrong about the number of exhibits the gallery hosts; at the end of her article, she notes that the gallery hosted 22 exhibits during the past year.

Starr is also rather late to the game -- the Stein exhibit opened in October and closes on Jan. 22. Starr seems to be attributing her tardiness to a squabble with the Smithsonian over whether she could take pictures in the exhibit; that request was denied, so instead her article is accompanied with pictures of exhibits as they appear in the book on the exhibition.

All in all, a pretty sad attempt. Starr's anti-gay agenda, it seems, has overtaken her so-called journalism.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:46 PM EST
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Out-of-Context Statements
Topic: NewsBusters

We detailed last week how NewsBusters condoned the taking of President Obama's words out of context, with Tim Graham attacking anyone who pointed out the truth "made excuses for Obama." Well, by that definition, NewsBsuters is now making excuses for Mitt Romney.

In a Jan. 9 post, Ken Shepherd scolded Politico for not taking the full context of Mitt Romney's remarks about liking "being able to fire people" seriously:

More specifically, Romney was talking about how he wants to change health care laws so that its easier for individuals to buy insurance without being chained to their employer's preferred health insurance provider.

But context be damned, apparently.

Of course, "context be damned" was the attitude Graham had when the person being taken out of context was Obama.

This was followed by Shepherd's boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell,  attacking the "liberal media" for taking the remark out of context -- even though right now it's mostly Romney's Republican rivals who are doing that. Bozell eventually concedes the latter.

So Bozell is making excuses for Romney too. Which can only mean that Graham will be flip-flopping on this as well.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:34 PM EST
WND's Massie Likens NAACP To the Devil
Topic: WorldNetDaily

There’s a lot of talk about greatness today – but the definition of greatness depends upon who writes the dictionary. And in the case of the NAACP, greatness is analogous to two of the central characters in C.S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters.”

For those who need refreshing, Screwtape was a senior demon from hell, and Wormwood, his nephew, was a junior “tempter,” charged with leading “The Patient,” i.e., mankind, to hell. It was Screwtape’s job to advise Wormwood on the best ways to bring that about.

That’s precisely the role the NAACP plays in advising their marionettes what to foment discord and malcontent about. The principal issues they support are antithetical to the cohesive family concerns they feign concern about.

[...]

 

Just as Screwtape’s job was to make sure Wormwood used every available machination – including love, pride, sex, war, gluttony and avarice – to deceive man here on earth and lure him into an eternal hell, so, too, does the NAACP parallel that purpose in deceiving blacks. The NAACP exists today as a means of employment for Benjamin Jealous – who cowarded out of my calls for him to debate me in a public forum – and as a contrivance to ensure that blacks are in a perpetual state of discontent.

The NAACP has become an abomination before God and man, and it needs to be euthanized. If its only points of consternation are those herein referenced, making what amount to extortion complaints against CNN pursuant to their not having more black on-air personalities and spreading victimology, despair and resentment – I’d say it’s outlived its usefulness.

-- Mychal Massie, Jan 9 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 11:24 AM EST
Finally, Newsmax Lets Kessler Do Some Romney-Fluffing
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax's Ronald Kessler is a huge Mitt Romney fanboy -- he touted Romney incessantly in the runup to the 2008 presidential election, engaging in some creepiness toward Romney's wife in the process. Kessler hung with Romney, repeatedly bashing John McCain, until McCain clinched the Republican nomination (after which Romney fell in line and embraced McCain).

This time around, though, Kessler has been less vocal about his love of Romney, largely because he spent much of 2007 distracted by his infatuation with Donald Trump. Kessler penned only a couple of love letters to Romney, and none in the past few months; the one he did try to post mysteriously disappeared shortly afterwards, presumably because Romney wouldn't commit to taking part in Newsmax's ill-fated Republican debate hosted by Donald Trump.

Now, finally -- as Newsmax has dialed back its promotion of Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire after going all in for him in Iowa -- Kessler has been allowed to fluff Romney in the midst of primary season.

Kessler's Jan. 9 column is typically Kessler-esque bit of Romney-fluffing, complaining that "the press once again is ignoring those qualities in the leading Republican candidate that anyone would focus on when hiring a new employee." He recycles an anecdote from his 2007 profile of Romney about how Romney helped locate the teenage daughter of one of his Bain Capital partners after she disappeared following a "rave party" where she had "become high on ecstasy" -- "The fact is Romney saved the young girl’s life," Kessler declared.

Kessler goes on to tout Romney's business experience:

Few voters know that Mitt Romney holds degrees from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Few know that as a founder of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm, Romney decided to invest in Staples when it had not yet opened its first office supply store. Thomas G. Stemberg, its founder, told Bain Capital that companies spent more on office supplies than they realized. He also cited the growing number of self-employed people who work at home and would patronize a discount stationery store.

[...]

Today, Staples employs 70,000 people. Besides Staples, Romney’s Bain Capital started or acquired such companies as Domino’s Pizza, Sealy, Brookstone, and Sports Authority, helping to create jobs for literally millions of people over the years.

Contrary to the spin by opponents, Romney’s Bain Capital represented capitalism at its best.

Kessler concludes with a final fit of Romney-fluffing:

Instead of Bain Capital’s more than a hundred success stories that put food on the table for American families, you will see articles on the handful of instances when Bain had to shutter the doors of companies it acquired because they were losing money.

By ignoring such signs of character and competence in the Republican front-runner, the press does a disservice to the American people.

Romney's company created jobs for "literally millions of people over the years"? Even Romney himself has never claimed creating more than 100,000 jobs, nearly all of which were at two companies, Staples and Sports Authority (and even then, Romney is overstating the facts).

And the Bain Capital record is not "more than a hundred success stories" versus a "handful" of failures. According to the Wall Street Journal, of the 77 companies Bain invested in while Romney headed it, 22 percent of them ultimately closed or filed for bankruptcy, and an additional 8 percent ran into so much trouble that all of the money Bain invested was lost.

Now that Newsmax has finally unleashed Kessler, expect more factually challenged Romney-fluffing like this for months to come.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:05 AM EST
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Farah Tries to Keep Zombie Lie Alive
Topic: WorldNetDaily

As we've documented, the fact that Obama's 2008 reference to a "civilian national security force" involved an expansion of the foreign service and diplomatic and humanitarian aid hasn't kept WorldNetDaily from regularly lying about it and that Obama really meant he wanted to imprison his political enemies.

WND editor Joseph Farah gives the zombie lie another tired go-round in his Jan. 8 column, falsely asserting that "the media compliantly declined to pursue an explanation of Obama’s call for the creation of a 'civilian national security force.'" That's because the media didn't need to becuase Obama already did.

It's stunning that Farah would continue to peddle this baldfaced lie to his readers, long after it has been exposed as a lie.

Farah goes on to whine, "In short, he probably thinks people like me, who stand firmly behind the Constitution, represent more of a threat to national security than did Osama bin Laden." Hardly -- the only threat Farah poses with his lies is to ethical, honest journalism.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:23 PM EST
Newsmax's Walsh Takes Obama Out of Context
Topic: Newsmax

Immigrant-basher James Walsh writes in his Jan. 10 Newsmax column about President Obama's speech in Osawatomie, Kansas:

Obama stated that cutting taxes and reducing regulations form an unworkable theory.

He said, “Now, it is a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA . . . Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked.”

Thus Obama’s Osawatomie speech denigrated American individuality, creativity, independence, and belief that a big-brother government of entitlements doesn’t know best.

Walsh is selectively quoting Obama to mislead about what he said. Here's the full quote from the speech:

Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes -- especially for the wealthy -- our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.

Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ‘50s and ‘60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.

Obama clearly did not say that "cutting taxes and reducing regulations form an unworkable theory" -- he said that simply relying only on tax and regulation breaks for the wealthy, as conservatives like Walsh appear to be advocating, don't wrok.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:01 PM EST
At WND, Transgenderism Means "Free Pass to Shower With Opposite Sex"
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily hates gay people, so it's not suprising that it would demonstrate similar hostility toward transgender people.

A Jan. 4 WND article by Bob Unruh about an anti-discrimiation law in one Maryland county carries the bizarre headline "Wow! Free pass to shower with the opposite sex"and includes, for no apparent reason, a screen shot from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

How does WND make such a link between transgenderism and showers? By uncritically repeating the claims of opponents of the bill.

Unruh asserts that the anti-discrimination law has "become known as the 'coed showers' bill," continuing:

The law provides “discrimination” protections for transgenders, and critics say it opens up virtually all of the county – from shower rooms to restrooms to other private areas – to anyone who states he or she is of a certain gender. For example, a man dressing as a woman would be allowed, under penalty of discrimination laws, into a women’s locker room, shower room or restroom.

This line of attack appears to be coming from the group Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government, which opposes the  anti-discrimination law. Unruh links to the group's website, "notmyshower.com." The group asserts that "women and children need to be protected from indecency and predators in rest rooms and showers. It has always been appropriate to discriminate by gender in public accommodations."

Invoking coed showers is WND's preferred method of fearmongering against equal rights for transgenders. For example, an April 2010 column by raging homophobe Les Kinsolving, carrying the headline "What's next? Transgender showers for kids," railed against a proposed anti-discrimination law in Maine by playing the shower card:

How would you react if your daughter were forced by a school to share showers and toilet rooms with a transgender?

I would have raised hell about such sexual insanity – as I will if either of my two granddaughters is ordered into such absolute idiocy.

But this so-called Human Rights Commission – which should have been renamed Human Wrongs Commission – wanted to inject a sexually altered boy into the girls’ showers and toilet rooms!

Crude? Sure. But that's how WND rolls.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:40 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:37 PM EST
CNS Official Admits Attack Nature Of Its Anti-Obama Stories
Topic: CNSNews.com

In a Jan. 4 post, CNSNews.com director of communications Craig Bannister does a fine job of what it wants readers to take away from the top attacks it published on its website, which were masquerading as "news" stories and most of which were devoted to attacking President Obama:

#1. Kagan to Tribe on Day Obamacare Passed: ‘I Hear They Have the Votes, Larry!! Simply Amazing.’

Lesson: Just because an Obama-appointed Supreme Court justice said it in her Senate testimony, doesn’t necessarily make it true.

#2. U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Pays Homage to Obama—But Not Jesus

Lesson: The Obama administration needs Linus Van Pelt to explain what Christmas is all about.

#3. China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills

Lesson: Spending with wanton (or, wonton) disregard for your country’s finances will reduce the yen for your nation’s debt.

#4. Obama on Congresswoman: You Want Her 'In Your Foxhole' Because She’s ‘Charming,’ Has ‘Cute Smile’

Lesson: Obama can get away with being politically incorrect, even if you can’t.

#5. Fmr. Clinton Adviser: 'Very Possible' Obama Will Bow Out of Presidential Race - For Now

Lesson: Hope springs eternal.

#6. Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients

Lesson: Obamacare is already presenting some big problems.

7. Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

Lesson: If the Obama administration has an unworkable plan, it’ll just issue a waiver (a la Obamacare).

8. Warren Buffett’s Taxing the Rich Won't Solve Deficit, Says Tax Foundation

Lesson: Obama can’t eliminate the deficit by taxing the “rich” – but, he could by taking every penny from every American he thinks has too much. Be afraid; be very afraid.

9. Muslim Group Offends Some Christians With Jesus Advertisements

Lesson: Not everything’s about Obama. Unless, of course, you work for the liberal media.

10. DNC Chair: Republicans Believe Illegal Immigration 'Should be a Crime'

Lesson: Liberal logic does not even remotely resemble our Earth logic.

Thanks, Craig, for confirming that CNS is more interested in being a factory for right-wing talking points than it is for disseminating "news."


Posted by Terry K. at 1:46 AM EST
Monday, January 9, 2012
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Year of Gay-Bashing
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND spent 2011 peddling lots of anti-gay hatred, from selling a discredited book linking gays to Nazis to baselessly linking the Penn State child abuse scandal to homosexuality. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 3:22 PM EST
CNS' Jeffrey Makes Irrelevent, Misleading Comparison
Topic: CNSNews.com

Terry Jeffrey forwards one of the dumber comparisons we've seen in a Jan. 8 article, best summed up by the headline: "Stephanopoulos Questioning Pelosi on Gov't Role in Contraception: 100 Words; Questioning GOP Candidates: 1,000 Words."

In fact, the discussions in question were of two completely different subjects. The Pelosi discussion involved money from the stimulus bill used for family planning; the questioning of Republican presidential candidates involved whether contraception should even be legal, focusing on the constitutionality of the 1965 Supereme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which prevented states from banning contraceptives.

Further, ABC's George Stephanopoulos was questioning several GOP candidates, compared with a single person in Pelosi, so Jeffrey's comparison is even more misleading.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:23 PM EST
WND Downplays Professor's Promotion of Discredited Vaccine-Autism Theiory
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Jan. 6 WorldNetDaily article has an author identity crisis. It carries the byline of WND news editor Jay Baggett, but it also begins "By Dave Tombers." Why doesn't Tombers, who has written numerous articles for WND, get his own article archive?

Regardless of the actual authorship, the article is mostly a rewrite of an Alliance Defense Fund press release about John Oller Jr., a professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette who is being represented by the ADF in suing his school because, according to Baggett/Tombers, "he has been targeted by fellow faculty members over his views on creation and intelligent design." Baggett/Tombers adds that "Oller repeatedly has been damaged because of the views expressed in his public lectures and published works on communicative disorders, autism causation and intelligent design." 

Note that term "autism causation," which comes straight from the ADF press release and is not addressed elsewhere in the Baggett/Tombers article, despite the ADF complaint itself focusing much more on the autism stuff than intelligent design. Baggett/Tombers also reproduces a quote from the complaint purportedly by a colleague  of Oller's saying that "Apparently he [Dr. Oller] doesn’t have much understanding of this issue" without noting that the colleague was referring to Oller's views on "autism causation."

And just what are those views? Oller clings to the discredited view that vaccines cause autism. Oller is so committed to this view, apparently, that Oller wrote a book on the subject that, according to the Independent Weekly, contains a foreword by Andrew Wakefield, the researcher who claims about a relationship between vaccines and autism were retracted by the medical journal that first published them, which later declared Wakefield's research to be an "elaborate fraud."

The Independent Weekly also points out that Oller is a linguist by education who has no expertise in immunology or biological sciences.

Change.org notes that Oller is so anti-vaccine that he even disputes the fact that vaccines have virtually eradicated smallpox and polio.

It's clear that the university's problem with Oller stems much more from his clinging to discredited claims about vaccines and autism than about intelligent design, yet WND makes sure to hide that inconvenient fact. Perhaps because WND itself promoted the vaccine-autism conspiracy before it was discredited and remains an opponent of vaccines.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:00 PM EST
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2012 1:01 PM EST
Newsmax Not Quite As Hot for Gingrich in New Hampshire
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax got solidly behind Newt Gingrich in Iowa, from essentially endorsing him to buying airtime in the state for a half-hour informercial for him to insisting his fourth-place finish was a wonderful thing.

For New Hampshire, Newsmax has become less aggressive in its support for Gingrich and more focused on bashing front-runner Mitt Romney.

Opportunities for Newsmax to buy airtime for its Gingrich informercial are limited because essentially all of the available TV airtime in the state was spoken for well before the votes in Iowa were counted.

A Jan. 8 article by Tim Collie features an "exclusive interview" with Joe McQuaid, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader, which endorsed Gingrich. McQuaid not only touted the paper's Gingrich endorsement but argued that Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry "soon may have to muster their forces and unite behind one conservative to challenge GOP frontrunner and moderate Mitt Romney."

A Jan. 8 column by Newsmax editor Christopher Ruddy criticized Romney for lacking vision while touting Gingrich being a "visionary":

Newt Gingrich is not so much charismatic as he is a visionary. In fact, he’s a born visionary; his head is a virtual popcorn maker of ideas. This vision stuff — Gingrich talks incessantly about American exceptionalism — excites people.

When he visited Staten Island, N.Y., to accept the endorsement of its former Congressman Vito Fossella, Gingrich electrified the crowd of nearly 800 that turned out for the appearance, according to a local newspaper. This is in a New York City borough.

Ruddy didn't mention that Fossella -- whom Newsmax has tried to rehabitate -- left office in disgrace after a DUI arrest led to the revelation that Fossella had a mistress in Washington and fathered a child with her, making an endorsement from him less than wonderful.

Newsmax also had a weird nexus of its preferred candidates in a Jan. 6 article nothing that former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum had signed on as chairman of Gingrich's campaign in Florida. Newsmax endorsed McCollum, and Ruddy raised money for him, in the 2010 Republican primary for Florida governor. McCollum lost, after which Newsmax flip-flopped and endorsed his victorious rival, Rick Scott.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:00 AM EST

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