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Monday, January 16, 2012
AIM Bashes CREW, Doesn't Disprove CREW's Criticism of Santorum
Topic: Accuracy in Media

In a Jan. 9 Accuracy in Media column, Cliff Kincaid rants about Ron Paul used "Soros-funded research" in an attack ad target Republican rival Rick Santorum, clarifying: "The Soros organization alluded to by Santorum is the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). It is the source of the corruption charge against Santorum in the Ron Paul ad."

At no point does Kincaid identify the corruption charges CREW leveled against Santorum -- let alone disprove any of them. Instead, Kincaid mindlessly repeated criticism of CREW from Santorum and other right-wingers accused of shady dealings by the group.

Since Kincaid won't acknowledge this, here are the allegations leveled against Santorum by CREW in 2006, which caused CREW to place Santorum on its list of most corrupt congressmen that year:

  • Even though Santorum and his family lived in Virginia, his children attended a cyber charter school based in Pennsylvania, at an estimated cost to local taxpayers of $72,000.
  • Santorum and his PAC received political donations  from companies that Santorum-promoted legislation would benefit from.
  • Santorum received a special mortage that his financial records indicate he didn't qualify for.

As CREW has pointed out, Santorum has not responded to the substance of these charges. We suspect Kincaid won't either.

As a sidelight, Kincaid tacitly admitted that Fox News' coverage has a vindictive right-wing bias. After noting that CREW recently issued a press release "highlighting Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corporation, parent of Fox News, as 'scoundrel of the year'," Kincaid added, "Perhaps this has something to do with Fox News running a story on CREW’s frivolous complaints against Republicans."

Yet somehow, in Kincaid's eyes, CREW is biased and Fox News is not. Go figure.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:22 PM EST
WND's Farah: Eligibility Questions (About People Other Than Obama) Are A Distraction
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah is annoyed. The editor of WorldNetDaily and prominent birther has discovered that questioning the eligibility of a presidential candidate can be a distraction.

Here's how Farah begins his January 13 WND column:

How do these things get started?

No wonder people are so confused about the issues of the day.

I am literally deluged with emails from Americans insisting that Mitt Romney is not constitutionally eligible to be president.

It's not true.

Really? The man whose website is so obsessed with the eligibility of Barack Obama to be president that it ignores facts and descends into the realm of absurdity is wondering how such things "get started"?

Farah continues:

Furthermore, while I remain a strong advocate of the position that Obama is not eligible for a variety of reasons, I have never made this assertion based on the fact that I detest everything for which he stands. That assertion is based on fact, on reality, on verifiable truth.

Given his willingness to overlook overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it's difficult to believe that Farah would be such a "strong advocate" of Obama's purported ineligibility if he did not "detest everything for which he stands." As for Farah's claim that his assertion "is based on fact, on reality, on verifiable truth," this ignores reality as well. For example, a new book debunks many birther claims, and one prominent birther, Philip Berg, has shot down the WND-promoted idea that Obama is using a fake Social Security number. Curiously, WND has yet to report on either of these things, and WND's Jerome Corsi has refused to debate the book's author about his conclusions.

Farah then complains again that questions about Romney's eligibility is becoming a distraction to "my team at WND":

So can you please stop writing to me and to my team at WND with suggestions that Mitt Romney fails the constitutional eligibility test? It's not true.

I don't think he gets a passing grade on understanding and interpreting the Constitution, but - unfortunately, from my perspective - he passes the litmus test for serving as president.

Can we move on to more substantive issues in this campaign?

Presumably, Farah and his WND team don't think eligibility questions about Obama are a distraction from "more substantive issues," even though no factual basis for them exists.

(Cross-posted at Media Matters.)


Posted by Terry K. at 12:35 PM EST
MRC's Graham Wants You To Believe Michelle Obama Is An 'Angry Black Woman'
Topic: Media Research Center

If one needs evidence that Michelle Obama's complaint about media portrayals of her as an "angry black woman" are entirely justified, one needs look further than the Media Research Center.

A Jan. 15 NewsBusters post by MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham carries thte headline "Newsweek Slams Liberal Reporter For Ignoring Angry Michelle Obama's 'Grace, Charm, and Intellect'." It's accompanied by a picture (which curiously shows up only in summary form) of a particularly angry-looking Michelle:

In the post, Graham is contradictory, mocking Obama's concern about the image by stating that Jodi Cantor's book "somehow caused the First Lady to assert she was being painted as an angry black woman," then sneering, "Black women apparently never get angry -- it's too stereotypical to notice if they do."

Of course, the image of Michelle Obama as perpetually angry is one Graham is all to happy to perpetuate, no matter how far from reality it is. After all, like any good MRC employee, slavishly following right-wing talking points is more important than telling the truth.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:35 AM EST
Is WND Trying To Influence (Or Buy) Arpaio's Birther Investigation?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The way WorldNetDaily in general -- and Jerome Corsi in particular -- have been sucking up to Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio lately, you'd think that they were trying to influence the birther investigation being conducted by one of Arpaio's posses ... or maybe they know what the outcome will be.

Corsi has been  particularly interested in Arpaio -- to the point where one must wonder if he's trying to make sure the posse investigation reflects his birther conspiracies. After all, we know that Corsi "spent 18 hours over a two-day period in Arizona briefing the Cold Case Posse on a wide range of evidence regarding Obama’s eligibility," but we have no idea whether the posse ever talked to anyone who wasn't a rabid birther. Since then, though, Corsi has been fawning over Arpaio to the point that one just wonder if he's trying to make sure the latter doesn't happen, thus skewing the posse investigation toward WND's predetermined conclusions.

On Dec. 8, Corsi played up the "death threats" Arpaio has supposedly received regarding the investigation -- while providing zero evidence of them. On Dec. 15, Corsi defended Arpaio's office against allegations of misconduct as well as gave space for Arpaio to defend himself.

When an effort began to remove the sheriff from office, Corsi made sure to discredit the effort and smear the person leading the campaign. On Jan. 3, Corsi asserted that the leader of the effort, Randy Parraz, is a "transplanted radical attorney-activist " who "has made his career applying Saul Alinsky-style community organizer tactics for radical leftist movements in the U.S. and Canada." The next day, Corsi claimed that Parraz "staged a poorly attended protest Wednesday morning at the sheriff’s downtown Phoenix office." On Jan. 9, Corsi claimed that "A protest against Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Jan Brewer organized by transplanted attorney-activist Randy Parraz yielded exactly one protestor."

Meanwhile, WND appears to be going the more direct bribery route by raising money to help fund the posse investigation. WND's online store offers a page where you can donate to "fund independent investigations of Obama's eligibility," adding: "A portion of all contributions will go to support WND’s efforts, with another portion going to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, set to issue its report in February 2012." WND has sent out at least three email solicitiations promoting this fund since the beginning of the year.

Of course, WND investigations of Obama's eligibility are politically motivated and anything but "independent," and there's little evidence that the Arpaio investigation has any independence either, given WND's enthusiasm for funding it. WND, notoriously secret about money, also provides no details on exactly what the funding split will be.

WND's efforts to suck up to Arpaio and fund his birther investigation smacks of outright influence of a public official. Perhaps when Arpaio is done investigating Obama's eligibility, it can investigate WND for attempted bribery.

UPDATE: A Dec. 26 column by Joseph Farah begs readers to donate to the fund, declaring it "probably America’s last chance to salvage the integrity of the Constitution for all time."Farah doesn't mention that WND is skimming off an unknown percentage of each donation for its own purposes.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:06 AM EST
Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012 11:11 PM EST
Sunday, January 15, 2012
AIM's Kincaid Repeats Bogus Attack Against Panetta
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Cliff Kincaid just can't stop smearing Leon Panetta.

In a Jan. 11 Accuracy in Media column, Kincaid rants once again about "Panetta’s anti-defense views and his personal ties to radical left-wing forces and Communist Party member Hugh DeLacy." Except that's not true at all.

As Media Matters detailed (and as we noted the last time Kincaid did this), Panetta had no "personal ties" to DeLacy -- it was nothing more than correspondence between a constituent and his congressman, which is what Panetta was at the time.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:56 PM EST
Meet Ellis Washington's Smack-Talkin' "Socrates"
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've previously highlighted Ellis Washington's ridiculous "dialectics" in which he attempts to portray himself as Socrates by putting his right-wing opinions in the mouth of the great philosopher, opinions the real Socrates would never have said.

Washington is at it again in his Jan. 13 WorldNetDaily column. This time, Washington -- er, Socrates is in smackdown mode, trotting out authors he doesn't like, distorting their work in order to create a straw man for Washington to knock down.

For instance, here's the "dialectic" between "Socrates" and "Nietsche":

Nietzsche: It was I who began an atheistic revolution in my 1882 book “The Gay Science,” by boldly professing that “God is dead.” I refused to repent but elevated my narcissistic blasphemy as the fundamental theme of my greatest work, “Beyond Good and Evil” (1886). In that opus I argued that men are driven by an amoral “Will to Power” and that inevitably superior men will triumph over Christianity, over religiously inspired moral rules, which I judged as “slave morality” and as artificial as every other moral rule. Therefore, it is the primary concern of the Ubermenchen (Supermen) to force, to dictate all laws necessary to secure their domination of the world over the inferior nations and races in their midst.

Socrates: Nietzsche, your brilliant but insanely evil ideas would served as the blueprint a generation later for the apotheosis of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis who worshipped your philosophy and fanatically implemented your ideas on a genocidal scale, causing World War II, the Holocaust and the deaths of tens of millions of innocent people.

Gee, we didn't know that "Socrates" knew so much about Nietsche or the Nazis -- we thought it would be a little difficult given that he died thousands of years earlier.

And here's "Socrates" and "Karl Marx":

Karl Marx: I wrote “Das Kapital” in 1867. Engels, my benefactor, posthumously published volumes II (1885) and III (1894) from notes I left behind. “Das Kapital” forces the round peg of capitalism into the square hole of my atheistic, materialistic theory of history. To me capitalism was the most contemptible word in the human language because I believed that all capitalists inevitably and amorally exploit labor by paying the cheapest possible wages to the working class to reap the highest possible profits for themselves.

Socrates: When conservative Newt Gingrich can spend several millions of dollars on ads in South Carolina and Florida against “moderate” Mitt Romney for his role as head of Bain Capital by shamelessly speaking against capitalism as a demagogue, it is the triumph of Marxist ideas first promulgated in “Das Kapital.”

Washington's "Socrates" is even so up-to-date on current events that he mindlessly spews right-wing talking points, just like Washington himself:

Socrates: In February 2008, nine months before Election Day, when Barack Obama arrogantly declared, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” in reality, he was proclaiming the triumph of Sartre’s existential philosophy over America’s Christian founding; a diabolical idea rooted in narcissism, Marxism and failed delusions.

Washington concludes: "At our next Symposium we will discuss the remaining five books that have caused the downfall of society and contributed to the damnation of ideas." Of course, deliberate mischaracterization of ideas and bastardizing one of the world's greatest philosophers for the sake of political attacks is far from a "symposium" as one can get -- and it sure as heck has nothing to do with anything the real Socrates did.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:06 AM EST
Saturday, January 14, 2012
MRC Sees Political Motive in Obamas' Anniversary Wishes for 'Today' Show
Topic: Media Research Center

How paranoid is the Media Research Center about so-called "liberal bias"? It thinks an innocuous message by President Obama and his wife marking the 60th anniversary of NBC's "Today" show is part of the president's political agenda.

After noting the Obamas' message , Kyle Drennen huffs in a Jan. 13 MRC item: "Given the broadcast's consistent left-wing slant over the years, and love for the Obamas more recently, it's no wonder why the President and First Lady would join the party."

Never mind the fact that any president, Democrat or Republican, would undoubtedly do what Obama did, and no political agenda is betrayed in the message. Here's the message, as transcribed by Drennen:

BARACK OBAMA: Good morning, everyone. And happy 60th anniversary to the Today show.

MICHELLE OBAMA: So many Americans start their day right here watching all of you as they're getting ready for work and sending their kids off to school.

BARACK OBAMA: Over decades and across generations the Today show has become part of American culture. A place where millions tune in to see how their world has changed overnight. That's why we're both so pleased to join all of you in celebrating this remarkable milestone.

MICHELLE OBAMA: And we know you'll have many more years of success. But first, this is Today on NBC.

BARACK OBAMA: I wanted to say that.

MICHELLE OBAMA: Sorry.

Drennen really thinks this is evidence of a left-wing agenda? He needs to get out of the MRC offices more.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:04 PM EST
WND's Mercer Still Lamenting the End of Apartheid
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Ilana Mercer comes to the defense of poor Pat Buchanan in her Jan. 12 WorldNetDaily column, touting how Buchanan's view of face and multiculturalism dovetails with her own.

Then, as she is wont to do, Mercer once again laments the death of apartheid in her native South Africa:

America, as Mr. Buchanan observes, was eaten away by the acid of the 1960s revolution, “with its repudiation of Christian morality and embrace of secularism and egalitarian ideology.”

South Africa was relatively unaffected by that revolution. It was a staunchly traditional Christian country. Stores closed on Sundays. Television came late to the place but so did pornography and the gay-rights movement. In South Africa, the influence of Christianity receded after the 1994 democratic transition.

Whereas “Americans are no longer a people,” by contrast, the Afrikaners, as illustrated in “Into the Cannibal’s Pot,” still linger as a people, clinging to what Barack Obama would indubitably deride as their Bibles, their guns and their bigotries.

Dubbed the white tribe of Africa, this organic nation has, however, ceased to exist as a nation-state, dissolved by democratic decree. The sundering of state sovereignty has, in turn, exposed Afrikaners to ethnic cleansing, a familiar feature of democracy a la Africa.

Despite the Afrikaner’s superior military prowess, they simply “surrendered without defeat.” Ferocious though it was, the South African Defense Force (SADF) ceded to the African National Congress and its representatives.

“You, me and our men can take this country in an afternoon,” said former chief of the SADF Gen. Contand Viljoen, famously, to the reigning chief, Gen. George Meiring. He uttered this comment as President de Klerk prepared to cave into ANC demands, forgoing all checks and balances for South Africa’s Boer, British and Zulu minorities. Yet, the very same Afrikaner people, in the same spirit, went on to peacefully dismantle the six nuclear devices they had built at Pelindaba, west of the capital, Pretoria.

Why did the mighty SADF capitulate to Mandela’s ragtag ANC? Why did the tough descendants of the trek Boers, who have 350 years of history on the continent of Africa – as long as their American cousins have been in North America – give up their birthright for a mess of pottage?

Since it all makes so little sense, my conclusions are more philosophical than factual.

No mention, of course, of the inherent unfairness and virulent racism of the apartheid system the "mighty SADF" was defending.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:42 AM EST
Friday, January 13, 2012
Noel Sheppard Touts Sununu Attack, Ignores That He's A Romney Surrogate
Topic: NewsBusters

In a Jan. 11 NewsBusters post, Noel Sheppard touts how John Sununu "scolded the media for falling in love with Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman," dismissing Huntsman as a "non-candidate."

Sheppard forgot to mention that Sununu has a motive for trashing Huntsman -- he's a supporter of one of Huntsman's rivals, Mitt Romney. Politico points out that Sununu "has been among Mitt Romney's most outspoken surrogates in recent weeks."

Leave to Sheppard to pretend that a politically motivated attack is really a cogent analysis of the media.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:34 PM EST
Aaron Klein Anonymous Source Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Aaron Klein cranks out another anonymously sourced special with a Jan. 11 WorldNetDaily article that cites only "a senior PA official" who was "speaking on condition his name be withheld" to claim that "The Obama administration asked the Palestinian Authority not to make any major demands until after the presidential election in November."

Given that Klein's boss, Joseph Farah, believes there is no such thing as a Palestinian people -- something it can be assumed Klein himself believes as well -- it's unlikely that Klein has any genuinely reliable source inside the Palestinian Authority.

Besides, Farah believes that anonymously sourced claims are "usually quotes made up out of whole cloth to help make the story read better." Klein offers no reason why that reasoning should not be applied to his reporting.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:59 PM EST
Newsmax's Kessler Returns to Trump-Fluffing
Topic: Newsmax

Ronald Kessler may have resigned himself to shilling for Mitt Romney in this presidential race (for now, anyway), but that doesn't mean he won't indulge in a little Trump-fluffing on the side -- after all, Kessler helped create the Donald Trump presidential boomlet.

Kessler's Jan. 11 Newsmax column is quite the slice of Trump-fluffing -- amazing given how Trump burned Newsmax by bailing as host of Newsmax' planned Republican presidential debate, which then collapsed after only two candidates would commit to attending. Kessler tells the story -- via Trump's Florida lawyer, Paul Rampell -- of how Trump saved the 140-room Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach by turning it into a private club, which of course, allowed Kessler to revel in his own elbow-rubbing with Trump: "I remember how Trump — a Presbyterian of German descent — imitated the constricted, nasal tones of blue bloods condemning his club when my wife Pam and I were flying on his plane to spend a weekend with him at Mar-a-Lago for research on the book."

Kessler stays in suck-up mode by recounting Trump's largesse to friends and how Mar-a-Lago is worth many times more than the $5 million Trump paid for it, quoting Rampell describing how "Trump’s investment in Mar-a-Lago symbolizes the way he operates."

This comes off as a no-hard-feelings piece from Newsmax, demonstrating that  it may still be willing to work with Trump, even after he essentially sabotaged their debate by pulling out.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:49 AM EST
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

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