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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
New Book By Ex-Posse Member Slams Birther Probe; Will WND Report?
Joining John Woodman's birther debunking and Phil Berg's detonation of the idea that President Obama is using a fake Social Security, WorldNetDaily has another anti-birther story it must endeavor to ignore: A new e-book slamming the cold case posse "investigation" of Obama's "eligibility," written by a former member of the posse.
As Phoenix New Times details, Michelle Dallacroce co-wrote the book. She attacks the investigation has having been hijacked by ideologues, specifically stating that the Surprise Tea Party was using Arpaio as part of a publicity stunt in one press conference in order to gather signatures for a birther bill.
As we've documented, WND has worked with the Surprise Tea Party to manipulate Arpaio into doing his posse "investigation." WND's Jerome Corsi gave his birther presentation to the tea party group, which then gathered signatures on a petition to ask Arpaio to look into it.
Dallacroce also claims that Arpaio has granted Corsi "special deputy" status -- which means, according to New Times, that "a man claiming to be an 'investigative reporter' was made a 'special deputy,' given material from an investigation that hasn't been released to the public, and co-author a book with the lead investigator that's being sold for profit."
That also dovetails nicely with how WND has clearly been collaborating with Arpaio to release details of the "investigation" as Corsi pens fluff piece after fluff piece about the sheriff.
Phoenix New Times also notes that Arpaio refuses to answer the question of whether he granted Corsi "special deputy" status. Arpaio has also denounced the book, while also admitting he hasn't read it.
Given WND's penchant for ignoring or burying anything that contradicts its birther conspiracy narrative, we can expect it to ignore the question of whether Corsi was made a "special deputy" for as long as humanly possible.
NewsBusters Quote AIM's Kincaid, Ignores That He Cited A Racist
In a May 8 NewsBusters post, Matthew Sheffield quotes from an Accuracy in Media article by Cliff Kincaid noting a statement by Fox News that Jehmu Greene will not be fired as a Fox commentator for likening Tucker Carlson to a "bow-tying white boy."
Sheffield curiously made no mention of the fact that in his article, Kincaid cited white supremacist Jared Taylor to bolster his assertion that Greene was being "racist."
That's what's known as selective quoting. Way to exercise it to hide the racist nature of one of your fellow conservatives, Matt.
WND's Corsi Picks Up Breitbart Death Conspiracy
WorldNetDaily's Joe Kovacs, it seems, has had enough of the conspiracy suggesting that President Obama had a hand in killing a medical examiner in California. So he's passed the story on to someone with even fewer scruples and less ethical integrity than him: Jerome Corsi.
And so, we have a May 7 WND article in which Corsi tries to make something out of even more nothing that Kovacs had: the apparent disappearance of "the only eyewitness to the sudden death of media innovator and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart." This is all so stupid that Breitbart's allies want nothing whatsoever to do with Corsi's obsession:
Because this is Corsi, however, the facts do not matter. He returns to hinting -- without any evidence whatsoever -- that Obama had something to do with some of this. He fails to mention, as Kovacs failed before him, that the medical examiner who died had nothing to do with Breitbart's autopsy.
Is this more of the "real news" Kovacs claimed to be so proud to report as a WND employee? Or has WND in full super PAC mode?
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AIM's Kincaid Cites Racist to Attack Jehmu Greene
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Mychal Massie isn't the only person in the ConWeb to take offense at Jehmu Greene referring to Tucker Carlson as a “bow-tying white boy.” While Massie channels Bull Connor, Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid finds his own racist to invoke.
In a May 7 AIM article, Kincaid brings in Jared Taylor of American Renaissance to weigh in on the subject:
As we pointed out the last time Kincaid did this, the Anti-Defamation League calls American Renaissance a "white supremacist journal" that "promotes pseudoscientific studies that attempt to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites and publishes articles on the supposed decline of American society because of integrationist social policies." Taylor himself has declared that we don't "need more Hispanics" and attacked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for not "pronouncing her name the way an American would."
Kincaid laughably insisted that "there is no evidence that American Renaissance by any objective standard is a racist organization" and that it merely deals with racial issues just like the Congressional Black Caucus -- a claim he walked back a few days later.
Despite his own embrace of a racist, Kincaid insists that Greene is the racist one here.
Meanwhile, if Kincaid was really concerned about racist remarks on Fox News, wouldn't he have complained by now about Brent Bozell calling Obama a "skinny ghetto crackhead"?
WND's Massie Channels Bull Connor, Calls Black Woman A 'Negress'
A few years back, Mychal Massie used his WorldNetDaily column to accuse Sen. Harry Reid of sounding like "His Uncle Bull Connors [sic] and his Uncle Orval Faubus" for committing the offense of criticizing Clarence Thomas. So it's sadly funny to see that the person who has come to truly emulate the likes of Connor and Faubus is Massie himself.
In his May 7 column, Massie bizarrely refers to Jehmu Greene -- who recently got into trouble for calling Tucker Carlson a "bow-tying white boy" -- as a "Negress." That, of course, is an archaic term dating from the era of segregation. In other words, the kind of word a Connors or a Faubus would use.
Massie seems to delight in this sort of thing -- saying things that would be considered screechingly racist if he were not black. For instance, there's Massie's obsession with labeling Michelle Obama as "Buttzilla." If a white man did that, he would be hounded out of the public square. But Massie does it with impunity, and WND continues to publish his increasingly hateful and bitter column.
But WND loves hate and bitterness when it's directed at the Obama, and Massie delivers that in spades.
WND doesn't care that Massie is using historically racist imagery to denigrate people. And, apparently, neither does Massie.
Noel Sheppard Forgets That Right-Wing Gay-Bashers, Not 'The Media,' Made Issue of Grenell
The first thing you realize when reading the May 7 NewsBusters post about Noel Sheppard's appearance on CNN to discuss the resignation of Richard Grenell from Mitt Romney's campaign is that, despite the "NB Staff" byline, it's pretty clear it was written by Sheppard himself. The phrase "video follows with transcript and commentary" appears here as it does in most Sheppard posts, and the attention lavished on further elucidating on what Sheppard said could only have been done by someone with a personal stake in it. Like, you know, Noel Sheppard.
The second thing you notice is that Sheppard got it all wrong. He repeatedly blames "the Obama-loving media," including the host for his on-air discussion, CNN's Don Lemon, for making Grenell an issue as a distraction from reporting on the economy:
Sheppard went on to insist, "It was Grenell's decision to resign. There’s absolutely no evidence that he did so due to pressure from either Romney or the campaign." Never mind the fact that nobody, including Sheppard, knows what actually went on behind the scenes.
But Sheppard conveniently ignores who made a big issue out of Grenell's sexuality in the first place -- right-wing activists like Bryan Fischer and Sheppard's MRC colleague Dan Gainor. If Grenell's sexuality wasn't a big deal as Sheppard claimed, why did Fischer and Gainor make it one? Sheppard might want to ask Gainor about that the next time they pass in the hallway at MRC headquarters.
And Sheppard's furious spinning on this tells us that all his ranting about how "the media" would rather talk about anything but the economy is a smokescreen for the fact that Sheppard would rather talk about anything but right-wing homophobia.
After all, Sheppard's employer does have a pretty obvious anti-gay agenda, which was further exemplified by Gainor's anti-Grenell activism. And despite Sheppard claiming that "the media" are seizing on this issue to "try to make Romney appear as a homophobe who's opposed to gay rights issues," it's obvious Romney was under pressure by anti-gay activists whose votes he needs to get rid of Grenell. Neither liberals nor "the media" were pressuring Romney.
This is the problem with the MRC, as we've detailed -- everything can, and must, be blamed on "liberal media bias," even when the facts show otherwise.
WND's Kinsolving Can't Stop Whining
Les Kinsolving, it seems, just can't stop whining that he's not treated with the respect he hasn't earned.
This latest round of whining comes in the form of a May 3 WND article complaining that "Even on World Press Freedom Day, Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House and the second most-senior reporter on the beat behind only Connie Lawn, was not allowed by press secretary Jay Carney to ask any questions."
It's never explained why Kinsolving deserved to be called upon on World Press Freedom Day -- or any day, for that matter. As we've detailed, Kinsolving's penchant for right-wing hackery (not to mention his raging homophobia) means he has earned the contempt in which he's treated. Whether Kinsolving is "the second most-senior reporter on the beat" is irrelevent.
Monday, May 7, 2012
More NewsBusters Heathering, Now With Added Class Warfare
NewsBusters loves to go all Heather on conservatives who are not dogmatically so, and one of their favorite targets is New York Times columnist David Brooks.
Tim Graham has decided to go the class-warfare route in his latest Heathering of Brooks, writing about him buying a new, pricey house under the headline "David Brooks Is In 'The One Percent.'"Um, aren't right-wingers like Graham supposed to celebrate rich people?
Graham put "conservative" in scare quotes when describingBrooks, but he also noted that "Brooks outraged Occupy types last October in a column attacking the '99 percent' concept." But doesn't being rich and mocking the poor make Brooks exactly the kind of conservative Graham is supposed to like?
Ellis Washington Channels His Fantasy Version of Socrates Again
WorldNetDaily's Ellis Washington is back with another one of his so-called "dialectics" in which he masquerades as a smack-talkin', right-wing-shillin' Socrates. Try to imagine the actual Socrates saying this:
Socrates: We are gathered here today at this Symposium to discuss various tactics and strategies radicals have used to denigrate, deconstruct and destroy America – the greatest nation in the history of the world. In a previous Symposium, “The damnation of ideas,” we discussed the differences between ideas that uplift society and those that damn society in the context of 10 infamous writers and their most controversial books, and discussed whether these books have either elevated society to ascend the steps of Parnassus or condemned society into the pit of Tartarus.
As usual, Washington sets up anyone opposed to his -- er, "Socrates'" -- right-wing ideology as straw men easily knocked down by the power of alleged "truth." For instance, there's this:
Would the real, truth-seeking Socrates engaged in such ad hominem and factually misleading attacks? Probably not.
Washington also bizarrely puts Saul Alinsky -- who was not a dictator and never ordered anyone's death -- on the same plane as Marx, Lenin and Hitler.
Washington's pretention is amazing, even for someone best known for getting things flamboyantly wrong. There are few people so stupid as those who insist on masquerading as one of history's greatest intellectuals and philosophers.
CNS' Chief Propagandist Frets Over Future of Reporting
CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey uses his May 3 column to fret ab out the future of journalism, because "We live in a nation where the government is growing exponentially and the press is shrinking steadily." He goes on to write:
That's quite rich of Jeffrey to be concerned. After all, the organization he works for, the Media Research Center, has spent millions of dollars over the past couple of decades trying to undermine people's trust in the media in order to advance its partisan right-wing agenda.
Further, Jeffrey himself is no journalist -- he's a propagandist and rabid Obama-hater who's erasing whatever vestiges of journalistic credibility CNS might have in order to turn it into an anti-Obama propaganda mill.
This is nothing but crocodile dears. Jeffrey cares nothing about journalism, so he can't possibly care about its future.
WND's Klein Admits He's Out to Destroy Obama
A May 5 WorldNetDaily article touts a profile of WND's Aaron Klein in the Jerusalem Post. Klein rather laughably breathes a sigh of relief that "the article itself seems fair."
In fact, the Jerusalem Post profile by Josh Hasten is all but a love letter to Klein. He's the only one quoted in it, which allows Klein to spin his story as positively as possible, and the Post apparently talked to nobody else.
For instance, Hasten talks up Klein appearing on Talkers magazine's "Heavy Hundred" list for 2012, calling it " the most prestigious recognition in the US talk-radio industry." Actually, it's not all that prestigious; Klein ranks at No. 99 on the list of 100 radio hosts.
Since it's nothing but a fluff piece, Hasten avoids mentioning the less-than-glowing aspects of Klein's work, such as his being an admitted Kahanist -- the far-right sect that has been banned from Israeli politics for its history of violence -- and overly relying on untraceable anonymous sources and dubious guilt-by-association for his right-wing hack work.
Interestingly, Klein also concedes that he's not interested in being fair and balanced when it comes to reporting on President Obama (hence the anonymous sources and dubious guilt-by-association). He admits that his work is designed “to defeat President Obama, and stop the so-called [extreme left-wing] progressive movement and its followers from taking over the US."
In otherwords, he's not an objective reporter, he's a partisan activist. That, of course, fits in nicely with the mission of the WND Super PAC.
Such sympathies, of course, mean that his work can't be trusted. Again, just like the rest of WND.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
MRC Bashed Journolist, But Is Silent On Conservative Journalists Working With Romney
Topic: Media Research Center
In 2010, the Media Research Center went ballistic when the existence of Journolist -- a private email forum for an invited group of journalists and opinion writers -- was revealed:
So Bozell and Co. don't like (liberal) journalists collaborating in secret. Gotcha.
But then, last week, we learned at presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held an off-the-record meeting with conservative journalists and bloggers, who were under orders from the Romney campaign not to talk about the what was discussed at the meeting or even that it took place.The goal of the meeting was to solidify conservative media support for Romney.
Curiously, no MRC outlet has made any mention of the off-the-record meeting, nor has any MRC employee admitted attending it.
Why is that? And why has Bozell -- who railed so bitterly against Journolist -- remained silent about this sort of journalistic collaboration? Why won't he say whether any of his employees, including those at "news" outlet CNSNews.com, took part in this clandestine meeting?
Or is he exempting his own organization from the standards of integrity he demands from others?
WND Unhappy That U.N. -- Which It Has Vowed To Destroy -- Won't Give It A Press Pass
Why does Joseph Farah expect an organization he has vowed to destroy to give him a press pass? It makes no sense -- unless you're Joseph Farah, anyway -- yet he persists.
An April 30 WND article is dedicated to whining that the United Nations' U.S. mission refused to allow Stewart Stogel, "WND’s veteran U.N. reporter," to attend a "government event" that was closed to the public. WND goes on to fluff Stogel as "one of the most senior U.N. correspondents, who values his long and cordial working relationships with everyone from John Bolton to Ban Ki-moon."
WND is fibbing about Stogel being its "veteran U.N. reporter." He's a freelancer who, near as we can tell, is not on the full-time WND payroll. He has also freelanced for other ConWeb outlets like Newsmax -- where he promoted the alarmist, wildly inaccurate claim that Al Qaeda has suitcase nuclear bombs that it planned to detonate in, er, 2005 -- and CNSNews.com. Stogel has also done birther work for WND, touting the so-called "citizen's court" held by crazy person James David Manning and whitewashing Manning's insane Obama hatred, i.e. omitting the fact that he loves to call Obama a "long-legged mack daddy."
In other words, he's basically a right-wing hack, despite also having written for the Miami Herald.
Aside from burying Stogel's right-wing activism, WND also plays dumb about why the U.N. would deny WND a press pass. But as we detailed back in 2009, the last time WND attempted to get a U.N. press pass, WND editor Joseph Farah wrote a 2005 column, which he repeated in 2007, headlined "Death to the U.N.!" In it, Farah called the U.N. "a global criminal enterprise determined to shift power away from individuals and sovereign nation-states to a small band of unaccountable international elites," adding that "there’s just no place for the United Nations in the United States."
That's not all. In a 2006 column, Farah called the U.N. part of the "Kingdom of Darkness." And in 2005, Farah asserted: "If the United States truly wants to be that “shining city on a hill” to inspire the rest of the world toward freedom and self-government, it’s time to start by kicking the United Nations out of the United States and withdrawing our membership and support."
In short, Farah wants to destroy the United Nations -- but not before it gives WND press credentials.
Farah whined further about this in his May 2 column blaming the White House for this and playing the victim -- ignoring the fact that WND routinely gets no respect because it puts its right-wing, anti-Obama agenda before actual journalism -- and, of course, begging for money by telling readers "you might want to consider making a contribution to WND’s legal defense fund."
Needless to say, Farah makes no mention of his utter contempt for the U.N. or the role that is likely playing in the U.N.'s disregard for WND.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
MRC Upset That NY Times Is Covering News
Topic: Media Research Center
In a May 2 MRC TimesWatch item, Clay Waters accuses the New York Times of having "a clear Rupert Murdoch obsession" because of its front-page coverage of News Corp. scandals. Waters notes that News Corp. "a direct Times competitor in New York with the Wall Street Journal and New York Post," but he fails to mention other News Corp. properties in New York.
News Corp. -- which is headquartered in New York city -- also owns New York TV station WNYW, the Fox Broadcasting flagship, as well as community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. News Corp.'s book division, HarperCollins, is also headquatered in New York.
That significant New York presence makes News Corp. a local story. Does Waters think the Times shouldn't cover local news?
If you'll recall, the MRC has long tried to downplay News Corp.'s phone-hacking scandal at its British newspapers in order to protect its beloved Fox News.
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