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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Newsmax Still Pandering to Trump
Promoting Donald Trump's presidential ambitions and failing miserably at trying to stage a Republican presidential debate with him apparently isn't enough for Newsmax. The latest issue of Newsmax's magazine is devoted to slobbering over Trump:
Yes, the same Ed Klein who engaged in factually suspicious Obama-bashing in a new book wrote this Trump-fest. As we've previously noted, Klein is a buddy of Newsmax's Ronald Kessler, who led Newsmax's presidential Trump-fluffing.
MRC Still Pretending There's No Right-Wing Anti-Mormonism
Topic: Media Research Center
A July 30 Media Research Center Culture & Media Institute article by Paul Wilson tries to draw a parallel between anti-Catholicism against John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election and anti-Mormonism against Mitt Romney. While "major media outlets defended Kennedy against demagogues who attacked his religion," the opposite is supposedly true regarding Romney: "Fifty years later, the major news media have aided and abetted religious attacks on the faith of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, and have even joined in making those attacks."
As his MRC colleagues have before, Wilson plays up alleged anti-Mormonism in the so-called "liberal media" while ignoring it on his own side.
Wilson engages in a bit of selective quoting as well, noting at one point that "On April 9, Salon’s Alex Pareene fretted: “everyone who has ever made a 'magic underwear' joke will be declared an intolerant liberal bigot.” In fact, Pareene was predicting the very thing Wilson is doing: that right-wingers like him will denounce any and every criticism of Mormonism as religious bigotry:
But admitting right-wing anti-Mormonism is inconvenient for Wilson and the MRC's agenda.
WND's Kinsolving Badgers WH Press Secretary About Polygamy
WorldNetDaily's Les Kinsolving felt the need to pester White House press secretary Jay Carney about polygamy:
Kinsolving is also a raging homophobe, so perhaps he's not the most objective person to ask such a question.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
MRC Makes Excuses for Foul-Mouthed Romney Adviser
Topic: Media Research Center
As an all-but-official extension of the Romney campaign, the Media Research Center's job is to run interference on any Romney gaffe and to get out the talking points that it's always the media's fault for reporting it, not Romney's for committing it. We saw that again when a Romney campaign spokesman told reporters trying to ask Romney questions to "kiss my ass."
The official MRC storyline on this? It's wasn't the Romney spokesman being offensive, it was the media.
A July 31 NewsBusters post by Kyle Drennen blamed "bad behavior by reporters," not the adviser, for the incident.
Matt Hadro also flipped the blame, complaining that "CNN excused reporters for shouting questions that could have passed for heckling outside a sacred site in Poland, but ripped a Mitt Romney aide for responding by cursing at them." Hadro went on to lament that CNN's "slanted story made it seem that the press was simply up to business as usual, when the Romney aide's outburst was not unprovoked."
Scott Whitlock followed up by claiming it was "Democratic talking points" that the Romney aide was to blame for any of this.
What happened to the MRC that normally despises vulgarity? After all, these were the same folks who censored the word "ass" at one time. It's OK to be vulgar if you're a Republican, apparently.
All three of these writers are MRC employees. They have their marching orders, and they're getting paid to follow them -- even if it means
WND's Farah Lies About Obama For Second Time This Week
WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah has demonstrated long ago he cares nothing about the truth, so it's no surprise that for the second time in a week, he's telling easily disproven lies about President Obama.
At the end of his July 31 column, in which he accuses Obama of having "mocked" the Bible -- in fact, Obama simply pointed out the undisputed fact that people interpret it differently and that in an exclusively Christian society it would be difficult to agree on "whose Christianity" to teach -- Farah asserts, "No one has seen Obama attend a church service or attend a Bible study since he got to the White House."
Again, Farah is simply lying through his teeth. Here's Obama going to church in January 2010.
And December 2011.
And January 2012.
And March 2012.
And April 2012.
In short: The vast majority of the American public has seen Obama go to church. The fact that Farah missed this tells us all we need to know about WND's newsgathering capabilities.
Has Farah simply stopped caring about whether he publishes actual facts and has instead become a storehouse for anti-Obama propaganda? It appears so.
Kessler Keeps Up the Romney-Fluffing
In a July 25 column, Kessler took President Obama's "you didn't build that" comments out of context, claimed Obama "attack[ed] the very essence of what makes America great," and added that "Mitt Romney aptly said the president wants Americans to be 'ashamed of success.'"
In his July 30 column, Kessler even more blatantly shilled for Romney:
Kessler will be serving up more of this sycophancy as the election nears.
WND's Klein Grants Anonymity to Murderous Syrian Regime
Aaron Klein keeps up his coziness to the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad with a new twist -- giving it the privilege of anonymity.
In a July 31 WorldNetDaily article, Klein cited "a senior Syrian official" to claim that "Russian intelligence has information that U.S. troops are in Turkey near the country’s border with Syria."
You know the funny thing about this? Klein can't verify it. He even admits that his anoymous official's claim "could not be immediately verified." Klein provided no evidence of why anyone should trust his source or his reporting in general, let alone why he felt the need to protect a murderous regime by hiding behind anonymity.
After claiming that "it is not the first time the American military has been accused of aiding the insurgency targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime" -- in which he cites even more anonymous sources -- Klein adds: "Any aid to the rebels is highly controversial."
Apparently, aiding a murderous regime -- which Klein is essentially doing by cozying up to them to the point where he feels comfortable granting them anonymity -- isn't "highly controversial" as far as Klein is concerned.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Bozell, NewsBusters Spin Spin Spin For Romney
Topic: Media Research Center
Ober at NewsBusters, the Media Research Center continues its hypocritical ripping from context President Obama's "you didn't build that" remarks.
A July 26 post by Tim Graham was upset that NPR "devoted time to putting Obama’s "you didn’t build that" outburst "in context.'" Yeah, we wouldn't want accurate reporting, would we?
Graham then goes on to play the "context doesn't really matter" card that;s a sub-theme at NewsBusters: "Honestly, NPR thinks this long clip helps Obama? Who is President Obama to attack someone else for thinking they’re so smart? Obama thought he was smart while he was making these damaging remarks."
Matthew Balan was similarly upset.
Brent Bozell used his July 26 appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" to denounce news outlets for committing the offense of putting Obama's words in their proper context. He whined that "ABC, NBC, and CBS ignored it for four days," ignoring the fact that it's not a controversial comment -- and therefore not newsworthy -- when put in context.
Bozell added: "And how did they cover it? Damage control for Barack Obama. Spin, spin, spin." Spin is exactly what Bozell is doing on behalf of the Romney campaign.
And in July 29 post, Noel Sheppard insisted the Dana Loesch "school[ed] her fellow panelists on ABC's "This Week" by defying reality and insisting that Obama's remarks weren't taken out of context.
Uh, guys? Repeating right-wing talking points is not "media research."
WND Delcares It Has A Right to YouTube's Property
WorldNetDaily uses a July 30 article to whine that YouTube won't give it the exact channel name it wants. Of course, being WND, this is framed as a conspiracy:
It actually goes beyone mere paranoia: WND insists it has a right to the WND channel name, declaring it "WND’s rightful YouTube channel" and claiming the previous user of that name had "registered it illegitimately." Of course, WND never explains who the previous holder of that name was, so it could not possibly know whether it was "illegitimately" registered.
Still, WND's Joseph Farah goes on to whine: “I can’t believe Google would treat the BBC this way. I can’t imagine Google would treat the AP this way. I can’t imagine Google would treat YouTube leader VEVO this way. Why is Google/YouTube so obstinate when it comes to WND?”
So WND is claiming it has the right to someone else's private property. And we thought Joseph Farah hated socialism.
MRC's Graham Thinks Pointing Out Nepotism Is 'Anti-Republican'
Tim Graham begins a July 28 NewsBusters post this way:
So it's "anti-Republican" to point out the fact that a politician appears to be engaging in nepotism?
It's just another example of how -- contrary to its "Tell the Truth!" mantra -- the MRC just hates it when the truth is told about Republicans.
WND Race-Baiting Watch, Kill 'Em All Edition
Once again, Flaherty portrays blacks only as mob-prone thugs who are out to rob and/or kill you.
Flaherty also adds this:
In fact, Lott's research methods are suspect, and he has pushed discredited claims.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Bozell's Double Standard on Character Assassination
Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell uses his July 25 column to fret about the "character assassination of conservatives," as allegedly exemplified by ABC's Brian Ross erroneously suggesting that Aurora shooter James Holmes was a member of the tea party.
Well, Bozell does know a thing or two about character assassination -- after all, he's the guy who called President Obama a "skinny ghetto crackhead."
WND's Farah Lies About Obama ... To Sell Flag Pins
Let's pick apart the lies in Joseph Farah's July 27 WorldNetDaily column:
First: Obama did not "make a show" of removing it during the 2008 campaign -- a reporter noticed he wasn't wearing one and asked him about it.
Second: Obama never said he was trying to "change political fashion" -- that line came from an anchor in the TV news report Farah links to back up his claim.
Third: Farah is simply lying when he claims that "Obama has not worn that flag pin since that day." How do we know? Look at the picture of Obama in the "Death Blow" cover of WorldNetWeekly currently residing at the right-hand corner of WND's website. What is it that Obama has on his lapel?
Why, it's a flag pin.Unless Farah can prove that this photo was taken before the above-referenced incident, this means Farah's own website has proven him a liar.
Also, check out this image, taken just three days ago at the signing of a bill authorizing $70 million to Israel:
It's a little too small to tell for sure, but we're willing to wager that the thing on Obama's lapel is a flag pin.
So why is Farah engaged in peddling these easily discredited lies? Becuase he wants you to send him some money:
How shameless. How craven. But that's what Joseph Farah is.
AIM's Cliff Kincaid: Anti-Obama Film Not Anti-Obama Enough
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Only in Cliff Kincaid's world is it an offense for Obama-haters to be insufficiently hateful.
In a July 26 Accuracy in Media article, Kincaid complains that Dinesh D'Souza's new Obama-bashing film -- based on his discredited book claiming that President Obama is driven by anti-colonialism -- doesn't focus enough on Obama being a commie:
Kincaid also complains that "D’Souza doesn’t credit Trevor Loudon, who has his own patriotic reasons for alerting the American people to the foreign influence over Obama, for his research into the “Frank” controversy." But Loudon is a foreigner, living in New Zealand, so the "patriotism" Kincaid claims for him is suspect.
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