ConWebBlog: The Weblog of ConWebWatch

your New Media watchdog

ConWebWatch: home | archive/search | about | primer | shop

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
AIM Repeats Obama-Churchill Bust Myth
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Cliff Kincaid and Rusty Weiss write in a July 17 Accuracy in Media article promoting Paul Kengor's conspiracy-mongering, Obama-bashing book " The Communist. Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor":

Paul Kengor says that, in writing his book on Davis, “the most difficult issue always was knowing precisely where and when Davis influenced Obama on specific thoughts and issues, especially in light of what Obama has pursued as president.” But Kengor comes to some interesting conclusions.

“For example,” he tells AIM, “Davis despised Winston Churchill, and one of the first things Obama did as President was return the White House bust of Churchill back to the British. Did Obama’s rejection of Churchill start with Davis? Possibly. Also, Obama has been pro-Russia at the expense of Eastern European allies like the Poles and the Czechs. Well, so was Davis. Was that, too, Davis’s influence? Possibly.”

As we've repeatedly pointed out, the idea that Obama was so offended by the Churchill bust that he demanded it be removed from the Oval Office is a myth. The British Embassy has confirmed that the bust was "uniquely lent" to Bush, and was scheduled to be returned at the end of Bush's term.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:20 PM EDT
Sowell Signs On to WND's Race-Baiting
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell has a history of false claims, deceptive fearmongering and dishonest arguments. So it's probably no surprise that he would buy into the race-baiting being peddled by Colin Flaherty and WorldNetDaily.

Sowell's July 17 column -- published by WND, of course -- is one long endorsement of Flaherty's self-published book "White Girl Bleed A Lot":

Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is even greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities across America.

Flaherty’s previous writings have won him praise and awards, but this book has been met largely with silence or abuse. However much ignoring the ugly realities his book reveal may serve the interests of the media or politicians, a cover-up is a huge disservice to everyone else – whether black, white or whatever.

Sowell appears to swallow Flaherty's premise whole without questioning why a white writer like Flaherty would be working so closely with a white-dominated "news" outlet like WND to paint all blacks as violent thugs.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:09 PM EDT
CNS Still Shilling for Oil Industry
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com keeps up its longtime shilling for the oil industry with a July 16 article by Kendra Alleyne warning of "a new blend of gasoline comprising 15 percent ethanol, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency last month and now available in Kansas." Alleyne cited the Kansas Petroleum Council as sounding the warning.

Alleyne didn't mention that the Kansas Petroleum Council is an affiliate of the American Petroleum Institute, which has long attacked the gasoline-ethanol blend known as E15. Alleyne also failed to mention that, as Autoblog noted, E15 is available exactly one gas station in Kansas, so it's hardly a widespread threat.

In an unusual move for a CNS reporter, Alleyne does at least acknowledge the other side of the story -- that the Department of Energy issued a statement that its research on E15 "did not uncover unusual wear that would be expected to impact performance." 


Posted by Terry K. at 12:39 PM EDT
WND Ignores Bradlee Dean's Insult of Judge
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh uses a July 10 WorldNetDaily article to obfuscate the facts in the case of evangelist Bradlee Dean's lawsuit against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow -- and he fails to report at all Dean's inflammatory attack against the judge who ruled against him.

Unruh leads with Dean and his attorney, Larry Klayman, "asking that the judge in the case be removed because of her biased comments." It's not until after he rehashes the case in a biased manner favorable to Dean -- specifically, the 20th paragraph -- that Unruh gets around to reporting the big news in Dean's lawsuit: that the judge in question had ordered Dean to pay around $24,000 in legal fees to Maddow before she would permit Klayman's request to move the case from District of Columbia court to federal court in order to get around Maddow citing the District's anti-SLAPP laws in her defense.

Unruh uncritically repeated Dean and Klayman's claim that Maddow's "defense work would be equally applicable in the new filing in federal court," without explaining how a federal court can address legal fees for another lawsuit filed and withdrawn in another jurisdiction. Also, given that Dean and Klayman are admitting they're moving their lawsuit to federal court specifically to avoid the District's anti-SLAPP laws, Maddow's defense work could not directly be used since a different set of laws would apply.

Unruh also uncritically -- and selectively -- repeated Dean's complaints about the judge's alleged "biased comments," which included the laughable complaint that the judge "stated in her order that defendants lawyers are ‘distinguished,’" while not applying that description on Klayman. Unruh appears not to have considered the concept that Klayman's legal work, especially of late, is not "distinguished" at all -- or, more to the point, it's distinguished only by its record of failure. (And we haven't even gotten to his own status as a lawbreaker for refusing to pay child support.)

Unruh also cited Dean's complaint of the judge's "mockery of Klayman’s health issues," which according to the affidavit consisted of a broken leg that prevented him from traveling from California to the District of Columbia.

It seems like Dean has a case against Klayman for inadequate (or incompetent) representation.

Unruh failed to mention that Dean, in his affidavit, personally attacked thte judge, calling her a "woman scorned." Insulting the judge is hardly the best way to successfully argue your case -- something Unruh seemed to recognize by not reporting it.

It's also a sign of Klayman's apparent incompetence as a lawyer that he thinks Dean's insult is acceptable to enter as evidence. No wonder he can't win a case.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:00 AM EDT
Monday, July 16, 2012
'Obama Imposes Sex Quota'? Really, Terry Jeffrey?
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey hates President Obama so much, he has found a way to turn innocent question-and-answer question into a sleazy personal attack.

Witnes s the headline on Jeffrey's July 16 article, "Obama Imposes Sex Quota on Townhall Questions":

All Obama did was state that he would take questions at his townhall "girl-boy, girl-boy." That, in Jeffrey's fevered brain, got twisted into a "sex quota."

Jeffrey really ought to seek professional help for his raging case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:39 PM EDT
WND Promotes Birther Martyr's New Book (And Its Bogus Claims)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Of course birther martyr Terry Lakin -- who willingly destroyed his military career by refusing his deployment orders because he insisted he didn't know whether President Obama was eligible to be commander in chief -- wrote a book explaining said birther martyrdom. In fact, WorldNetDaily columnist (and birther) Jack Cashill wrote it, and WND is selling it. And, of course, WND is promoting said book in a July 14 article that inadvertently demonstrates what a sad, deluded man Lakin is:

Lakin notes that Obama claimed to have “had every official in Hawaii … confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii.”

“‘Every official in Hawaii’? I guess the president did not consult with Tim Adams. During the 2008 election cycle Adams served as senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu,” Lakin wrote.

Adams had stated, “There is no hospital record of his birth in Honolulu … and the Hawaii Department of Health told us in the Elections Office that there was no birth certificate.”

“If you don’t know about Adams, there is a reason why. Within a week of his one radio interview on the subject [he was] put under a gag order,” Lakin wrote. “As of this writing, no official in Hawaii has made a serious effort to look into Obama’s birth certificate, and those who said they did have not been able to keep their stories straight.”

As we've documented, Adams admitted in a (WND-proffered) affidavit that he has no firsthand knowledge of any birther-related claims.

As we've also documented, Adams has overstated the job he did as an election clerk in 2008. Glen Takahashi, the administrator of the Honolulu City Clerk's office, told David Weigel that Adams never actually had access to information about Barack Obama -- after all, he was not registered to vote in Hawaii, and searching for birth records was beyond the scope of Adams' job.

Lakin (and Cashill) citing Adams as some kind of authority on birth records in Hawaii is laughable. It shows that Lakin and Cashill remain deluded birthers, and they aren't interested in the truth. It's doubly sad that Lakin decided that believing delusions was worth ruining his military career for.

But, hey, WND has a martyr it can further exploit.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:56 PM EDT
CNS' Jeffrey Fluffs Jerry Boykin, Ignores His Hate
Topic: CNSNews.com

In an unusually fawning July 13 CNSNews.com article, editor in chief Terry Jeffrey slobbers all over William G. "Jerry" Boykin, who has just joined the right-wing Family Research Council. Sounding much more like a PR flack than a "news" reporter, Jeffrey dutifully recounts Boykin's military credentials and touts Boykin in his FRC role "hopes to do his part in helping Americans who believe in this nation’s traditional values win an intensifying 'culture war' for its future."

As befits a PR flack, Jeffrey dutifully ignores any sort of hint of controversy around Boykin, even though he has a lengthy history of making inflammatory and insensitive statements, mostly of the anti-Muslim variety, though he has also likened President Obama to Castro and Stalin.

Just consider this more evidence that CNS cares only about pushing a partisan agenda, not "news."


Posted by Terry K. at 1:25 PM EDT
WND Race-Baiting Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's latest missive in its obsession with "mob violence" by blacks is a July 14 article by Colin Flaherty touting how an obscure "teenage video blogger from Milwaukee" complaining about "our own people acting that way."

Flaherty offered no evidence why he elevated some guy on YouTube to a position of authority  to speak for anyone on this subjet, given that he almost assuredly not have given him the same authority to speak about, say, the the Wisconsin governor recall election (in which he endorsed the Democrat).

Flaherty is not above crass self promotion, not a good sign for anyone considering himself a serious journalist. At one point in his article, he references "The 'white girl bleed a lot' beatdown" -- which just so happens to be the title of a self-published book he wrote.

WND again includes an "editor's note" at the top of Flaherty's article attempting to justify its race-baiting, in which it claims "WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims." Of course, when you are reporting only on crimes committed by blacks, as WND is doing here, it very clearly is race-baiting.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:23 AM EDT
Sunday, July 15, 2012
NewsBusters Can't Tell Difference Between Fishing Lodge, Offshore Tax Shelters
Topic: NewsBusters

Jack Coleman writes in a July 13 NewsBusters post:

Ed Schultz says it's unpatriotic that Mitt Romney invested some of his money outside the U.S. Much as Schultz did with some of his money two years ago.

[...]

Then by Schultz's own reckoning he's unpatriotic for buying a fishing lodge in the wilds of Canada when he could have invested that money in the United States and helped Americans instead.

Coleman then unearths a 2010 clip of Schultz talking about his Canadian lodge.

While Schultz does promote excursions to the lodge for his listeners, it's clear making money on it is not a top priority for him. In the clip, he talks about how "I love to fish, I've fished all my life, I love it," and that he had been going to the lodge for years and ultimately had the opportunity to buy it.

That's a far cry from Romney's overseas investments, which are expected to make money as well as lower their taxes. Not even Coleman has accused Schultz of using his Canadian fishing lodge as a tax haven.

It seems Coleman can't tell the difference between a Canadian fishing lodge and a Bermuda tax shelter.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:58 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2012 10:04 PM EDT
Dear Joseph Farah...
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Your long association with unrepentant domestic terrorist and convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy -- i.e. regularly guest-hosting his radio show -- undermines any moral authority you might claim in berating Salon for having "completely given itself over the dark side" by reprinting articles from the Southern Poverty Law Center (which had the temerity to accurately report the paranoid remarks you sald to fellow paranoid Alex Jones).

Hugs,
ConWebWatch

P.S. Hey, here's a picture of Farah warmly hugging the dark side:



Posted by Terry K. at 12:35 AM EDT
Saturday, July 14, 2012
CNS Has Freakout Over Idea of Rice As VP
Topic: CNSNews.com

The possibility that Mitt Romney might select Condoleezza Rice as his vice presidential candidate -- floated by a speculative, anonymous Drudge Report item -- has sent CNSNews.com into a tizzy becuase Rice is not rabidly anti-abortion and doesn't hate gays.

A July 13 article by editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey carried the alarmist headline "Romney Considering Pro-Choice Architect of Bush Foreign Policy for VP." Jeffrey seemed particularly upset that Rice considers herself "mildly pro-choice." Jeffrey wrote up Rice's position on abortion before he got around to discussing her foreign policy experience.

This was followed by another article the same day by Patrick Burke, who was alarmed that Rice said that "there needs to be some way for people to express their desire to live together through civil union."

CNS ultimately followed up with an article by Melanie Hunter reporting that Rice had denied interest in the VP slot.

CNS also gave the same passive-aggressive Heathering treatment to Romney himself for being insufficiently anti-gay. A July 13 article by Pete Winn highlighted Romney's statement to the NAACP that "I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed and sexual orientation."


Posted by Terry K. at 11:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:06 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

I can’t ignore the glaring irony here. Freeman says there’s going to be trouble if we don’t re-elect Obama. Freeman surely doesn’t mean the guys “on the other side of the fence” – the conservatives – are going to cause disorder if Obama is defeated. Who, then, does Morgan Freeman fear will cause the “big trouble” if we fail to re-elect Obama? Is Freeman telling me the trouble will be germinated and generated by those on the other side of the fence from me? Is superstar Morgan Freeman telling me he’s afraid of me and my people, but if Obama loses, I’ve got to be afraid of him and his people? Sure sounds like it.

-- Barry Farber, June 26 WorldNetDaily column

End the madness. All those who think this corrupt crowd is going to leave office voluntarily in January 2013 have never recovered from the drug-induced stupor of their youth. The election will be litigated, and they will stay in power during the interim, which will go on forever. Voting anomalies (i.e. voting other than Democrat) will be “investigated” by Eric Holder.

Just end it. Indict Obama, Biden and Holder for treason, sedition, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors. Lock them in the congressional bathroom during the interim. The exact charges can be determined by acting President John Boehner and his new Justice Department during the investigation that follows.

-- Craige McMillan, June 27 WorldNetDaily column

In 2008, 52.9 percent voted for Barack Obama – and that’s well within the margin of error on the Gallup poll.

I know what you’re going to say.

“Obama’s not an atheist! He says he’s a Christian.”

Right.

He’s a “Christian” who made his profession of faith in Jeremiah Wright’s church of hate and indignation. Excuse me, that’s not Christianity. That’s politics. It’s liberation theology. It’s Marxism with a few doses of opiates for the masses.

-- Joseph Farah, June 27 WND column

Barack Obama and his cadre of Obamaviks are counting on this depravity to win in November and finish the job of burying the remnants of America’s great experiment. Our government is now saturated with Retrogressive politicians and bureaucrats who view the Entrepreneur as the evil enemy because he stands in the way of their desire to control all aspects of every individual’s life.

Retrogressives are dangerous people. They lie; they steal; and, above all, they believe in the use of force. You cannot change them. You cannot reason with them. The only solution is to defeat them.

The reality is that the United States is now embroiled in a second civil war. The divide between liberty and tyranny is irreconcilable, and it’s time for those who believe in liberty to come to grips with the reality that the agenda of the Retrogressive is to transform the United States into a collectivist utopia where the government plans, controls and, yes, owns everything.

-- Robert Ringer, June 27 WND column

Who does President Barack Obama think he is that he can change the wording of the Declaration of Independence? Again and again he presumes to quote the great Declaration while making a significant change: He omits the word “Creator.”

[...]

Obama has done this so often that it can’t be a slip of the tongue or a glitch of the teleprompter. Changing the words of the Declaration of Independence is part of Obama’s determination to remove everything religious and every mention of God from every aspect of our public life in order to fundamentally transform us from “one nation under God” into one nation under the federal government, especially the executive branch, with no higher power recognized.

-- Phyllis Schlafly, July 2 WND column

Although Obama’s immediate reaction to the court’s decision was one of unbridled glee, by the time this all plays out, he may find himself like the fencing master in the cartoon who apparently dodges his opponent’s sword, and says, “Aha, you missed!” a second before his severed head drops to the floor.

-- Burt Prelutsky, July 10 WND column

Romney was far from my first choice as the main challenger to Barack Obama – but now he’s the only one who can rid us of Obama. Remember the message from Obama through Russia’s then-President Medvedev to Vladimir Putin: “After my election, I’ll have more flexibility.” “Flexibility” to do what? God forbid we have to find out! I classify an Obama win as a national disaster. Many of you pretend to agree.

-- Barry Farber, July 10 WND column

I have a confession to make.

It might help explain why I fear a second term of Barack Obama so much.

I understand what Obama is and what he is doing because I was once like him: I am a former communist.

[...]

The only difference between Obama and me is that he never changed. He is as radical today as he was when he launched his political career in the living room of Ayers and Dohrn. He loathes all America stands for today as much as he did when he worked as a lawyer for the political racketeering ACORN.

I understand him. I can decode his rhetoric. I still know how the extreme left thinks. I know what their goals are. And I know how badly Obama and his entourage want to “fundamentally change” America.

That’s why this election year represents America’s last chance to save itself from ruin, from catastrophe, from irreversible calamity, from revolution.

-- Joseph Farah, July 11 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 8:29 AM EDT
Friday, July 13, 2012
Newsmax Image Rehabilitation Watch
Topic: Newsmax

A July 11 Newsmax article by Todd Beamon and John Bachman features, for no apparent reason, former Republican Rep. Vito Fossella opinion on Mitt Romney's chances of winning the White House, among other election-related topics.

As we've previously detailed, Newsmax has been trying to rehabilitate Fossella's reputation after he left office in disgrace when a DUI arrest led to the revelation that Fossella had a mistress in Washington and had fathered a child with her.

Beamon and Bachman are careful not to explain how Fossella became an ex-congressman.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:07 PM EDT
Alan Caruba Misleads About Terrorism Study
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Alan Caruba writes in his July 11 Accuracy in Media column:

A study, “Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism”, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security identified the following characteristics of potential “terrorists.”

# Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;

# Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;

# People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty, opposed to the United Nations, etc.);

# Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;

# Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;

# People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

This is a President who called for a “Civilian National Security Force” on July 2, 2008, one that would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the U.S. military.”

Obama is putting in force everything a tyranny requires to replace the Republic.

As we detailed when WorldNetDaily tried the same misleading distortion, the study in question describes those "Perpetrators of Terrorism" as pepple involved in paramilitary or survivalist groups first and foremost, who may alsobe “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty.” Caruba dishonestly omits the study's reference to paramilitary or survivalist traits.

As for the "Civilian National Security Force" stuff -- which WND also has lied about -- Obama has specifically stated that it refers to an expansion of the foreign service.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:48 AM EDT
Noel Sheppard Laughably Claims 'New Study Thoroughly Debunks Global Warming'
Topic: NewsBusters

Under the headline "New Study Thoroughly Debunks Global Warming, Will Media Notice?" global warming denier Noel Sheppard writes in a July 11 NewsBusters post of a new study he claims, yes, debunks global warming.

Of course, it does no such thing. As Media Matters details, the study, in the journal Nature, estimated temperatures going back 2,000 years by analyzing the density of tree rings taken only from northern Finland and Sweden, and the record they produced only reflects temperatures between June and August. There's nothing "global" about the study.

Further, the study doesn't cover the past 100 years, which Sheppard sorta admits by including a graph in his post showing a sharp rise in temperatures in the past century.

Sheppard seems to know that the facts don't live up to his screaming, overstated headline. By the second paragraph of his post, he was already altering what he claimed the study found, that it "completely debunks all previous claims that temperatures in recent decades are in any way historic." But if he looked at that graph, he would see that the rate of temperature in the past century is arguably surprisingly rapid for such ashort period of time, especially compared with the slow overall rate of decline the graph shows over the previous centuries.

As is his wont, Sheppard took a cheap shot at Al Gore, calling global warming "Nobel laureate Al Gore's favorite money-making scam." Sheppard didn't say how much money he has made by being a professional denier.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:31 AM EDT

Newer | Latest | Older

Bookmark and Share

Get the WorldNetDaily Lies sticker!

Find more neat stuff at the ConWebWatch store!

Read my blog on Kindle

Support This Site

« July 2012 »
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Bloggers' Rights at EFF
Support Bloggers' Rights!

News Media Blog Network

Add to Technorati Favorites

Add to Google

Subscribe in Bloglines

Add to My AOL

Add ConWebBlog: The Weblog of ConWebWatch to Newsburst from CNET News.com