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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Is The MRC Really Getting The Money From Bozell's Book?
Topic: Media Research Center

The promotion page for Brent Bozell's new anti-media book, "Collusion," on the Media Research Center website declares, "All proceeds go to the Media Research Center—you not only get a great book, but you also support a great cause!"

But is that really true? The copyright page of the book (available online via Amazon) states that the copyright for "Collusion" belongs to Bozell, not the MRC:


 

That means the money from the book actually goes to Bozell, not the MRC. And, apparently, Bozell's co-author, Tim Graham, isn't getting anything, as only Bozell is listed as the copyright holder.

Bozell may ultimately give the book's proceeds to the MRC, but the easiest way to guarantee that is to make the MRC the copyright holder. As such, there is no publicly known, legally binding guarantee that the MRC will get the book's proceeds or that Bozell's proceeds will be officially accounted for.

That may be for the best, since what we've seen of the book so far indicates it's nothing but the same old anti-media bashing Bozell, Graham and the MRC have been doing for decades.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:37 PM EDT
WND Perpetuates Myths About Homeschooling Case
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh uses a July 2 WorldNetDaily article to shill for the Romeike family, a German family that has sought asylum in the United States by claiming persecution in Germany for wanting to homeschool their children, which is illegal there.

Unruh uncritically repeats the claim that "The Romeikes withdrew their children from German schools over teachings on sex, violence and other issues that conflicted with their Christian faith." But public schools are not the only option the Romeikes have -- according to the New York Times, the Romeikes have also rejected private and religious schools in Germany, claming that they were "just as bad or even worse" than public schools. The Romeikes could have also chosen to work toward creating a school in Germany that more closely aligns with their claimed "Christian faith," but they apparently chose not to.

Unruh also uncritically repeats an assertion by homeschooling activist Michael Farris regarding the Department of Justice's agreeing with German officials that banning homeschooling does not equal persecution that "I’m glad Obama wasn’t in charge in 1620." Neither Farris nor Unruh mentioned that the initial granting of temporary asylum to the Romeikes also took place under the Obama administration.

(WND's numerous conflicts of interest on the issue are not mentioned, among them being that Unruh homeschools his own children and at least one child of WND editor Joseph Farah has atteneded the Farris-founded Patrick Henry College, which caters to homeschooled evangelical Christians.)

Unruh then goes Godwin on the issue -- as WND is prone to do -- claiming that "The problem is that a Nazi-era law in Germany in 1938, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, eliminated exemptions that would provide an open door for homeschoolers under the nation’s compulsory education laws." In fact, compulory schooling has been a tradition for a good 200 years.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:44 PM EDT
CNS Treats Snide Attack On Napolitano As 'News'
Topic: CNSNews.com

We already know that CNSNews.com treats late-night jokes as "news." Now it considers random comments from right-wing talking heads as "news" as well.

A July 12 CNS article by Elizabeth Harrington begins:

Political commentator Charles Krauthammer said the record of outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was that "the underwear didn't explode."

Yeah, that's the whole point of Harrington's article -- to highlight Krauthammer's snide insult. Harrington didn't explain what made an insult from a right-wing talking head worthy of being presented as "news."

It seems that WND is trying to become more like WorldNetDaily, where Joe Kovacs regularly devotes articles to Rush Limbaugh's opining.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:16 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:17 AM EDT
Saturday, July 13, 2013
WND's Flaherty Race-Baits on Zimmerman Case, Because Why Wouldn't He
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Colin Flaherty writes in a July 11 WorldNetDaily column:

I owe a whole lot of people an apology. A real big one.

Soon after I first started writing about black mob violence two years for WND and other places, I started seeing comments about Obama.

A whole lot of people thought he was personally behind efforts to gin up the epidemic of black mob violence I was writing about – and the local and national media ignored.

I kind of brushed it off. No, I did worse than that: I mentally placed all these comments into my “black helicopter international banker kook” file.

The president of the United States personally encouraging racial violence? That struck me as crazy.

[...]

Now this week, thanks to the heroes over at Judicial Watch, we learn that the federal government of the United States has been sending community organizers to Florida to ratchet up the pressure to indict and convict George Zimmerman.

The Department of Justice people called themselves “peacekeepers.” As in: No justice, no peace.

I keep reading the documents, and I can scarce believe what I am seeing. The president of the United States is sending people to foment racial violence in Florida.

As usual, Flaherty is too busy race-baiting to get his facts straight. There is no evidence whatsoever that Obama "fomented racial violence in Florida" -- representatives of the DOJ mediated to make sure rallies were peaceful. But Slate's David Weigel points out that race-baiters are trying to twist this intervention into the DOJ's Community Relations Service encouraging the rallies:

 If you think the government should materialize when some racial controversy starts boiling, you have no problem with the CRS. But if you think Obama and Holder are habitual race-baiters, the CRS’s Sanford adventure fits into a pattern. Instead of nailing the New Black Panthers, Obama’s saying, “If I had a son, he’d  look like Trayvon,” and Holder’s calling America “a nation of cowards on race.” That’s why they went after Zimmerman. That’s why you can’t trust the Obama regime.

But who cares about facts when there's race-baiting to do? Thus, Flaherty race-baits on:

Obama’s secretive peacekeepers failed in their stated mission. In “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it,” I documented more than a dozen cases of black mob violence connected to Trayvon Martin in the run up to the indictment of George Zimmerman.

Today, all over the country, police departments are on alert for the violence that could follow Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Like Winston Smith, we are now supposed to believe something that is transparently not true. They had nothing to do with the black resentment and animosity and violence connected to this case. And others.

Just like Flaherty wants us to believe that his obsession over "black mob violence" has nothing to do with his own obvious anti-black resentment and animosity.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:57 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Noel Sheppard Gets A Taste Of His Snark, Doesn't Like It
Topic: NewsBusters

A July 12 NewsBusters post by Matthew Sheffield is devoted to New York Times reporter John Schwartz tweeting a snarky remark regarding the upcoming wedding of the son of NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard. Sheffield called the tweet "a petty and pathetic attempt at humor" and suggested Schwartz was motivated by bitterness because he has a gay son (about whom he devoted a book to, and Sheppard had previously mocked Schwartz's self-promotion of the book). Sheffield ultimately huffs, "Whatever his motivations were for making it, John Schwartz’s tasteless joke is a disgrace. There’s no doubt at all that the guy is a left-wing jerk."

It should be noted that Sheffield is defending a man who may very easily be described as a right-wing jerk.

Sheppard has a long history of attacking reporters for telling the truth about conservtaives -- even as he tells lies about his ideological enemies -- and he clings to global warming denialism and denigrates anyone who thinks differently even though the vast majority.

And Sheppard is hardly immune from dishing out the snark Sheffield is complaining he was victimized by. Just last month, for example, Sheppard portrayed commentator Eleanor Clift as coming from a long line of morons. And who can forget this failed attempt at Twitter humor:

Sheffield's post has been updated to note that Schwartz has apologized. No such apology has been seen from Sheppard regarding his offensive and insensitive remarks.

We're not condoning Schwartz's original remark; we're just pointing out that Sheppard can dish it out but apparently can't take it.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:41 AM EDT
Friday, July 12, 2013
Bradlee Dean Still Raising Money For Dead Lawsuit
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bradlee Dean's July 11 WorldNetDaily column is your garden-variety rant, this time focusing on the media: "But do they have a right to dispense half-truths, fabricated stories, or outright lies? Of course not!"

Apparently, Dean considers himself exempt from being held accountable for telling lies -- he's told a bunch, and he has shown no interest whatsoever in apologizing or setting the record straight.

More interesting, though, is the end of his column, which states:

Think the IRS scandal is bad? You should see what MSNBC and Rachel Maddow did to Bradlee Dean. Help in his lawsuit against them. Stand for America and get your free gift.

The text links to a page on Dean's You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International website, in which Dean solicits donations for "help with his lawsuit Bradlee Dean vs. Rachel Maddow. Protect him and conservative leaders everywhere from the slander and lies spewed out by the leftist media."

Unmentioned at either place is the fact that Dean's lawsuit against Maddow is essentially dead.

As we've detailed, Dean and his failed lawyer, Larry Klayman, wanted to move the lawsuit to a different venue specifically to deprive Maddow of the anti-SLAPP defense; a judge ordered that in exchange, Dean must pay Maddow's lawyers $24,000 to pay for a new defense in the new venue. As far as we know, Dean and Klayman have thus far refused to make the payment, meaning that unless Dean chooses to pay up and pursue the lawsuit in its current venue -- which he said he has already spent more than $77,000 on -- that lawsuit is de facto dismissed. (Dean and Klayman did appeal the judge's ruling in an insult-laden filing that is seemingly designed to fail.)

By the standards Dean is suing Maddow for defamation, President Obama can sue Dean over the numerous malicious lies he's told. But it seems that Dean would prefer not to be judged by his own standards.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:26 PM EDT
MRC Dishonestly Fearmongers About HPV Vaccine
Topic: Media Research Center

Remember back in April, when the Media Research Center criticized the mainstreaming of anti-vaccine activists while ignoring its own attacks on Gardasil and other vaccines for HPV (human papilloma virus, which tends to cause cervical cancer)? Well, the hypocrisy contines.

A July 10 MRC Culture & Media Institute item by Katie Yoder complains that news reports were giving Gardasil credit for a dramatic drop on HPV infections among teenage girls while ignoring its supposed "dangerous side effects."

But as we documented when WorldNetDaily was attacking Gardasil, anti-HPV vaccines are considered safe -- no less than the Centers for Disease Control agrees -- and the serious side effects Yoder warns about are extremely rare.

Yoder cites the Washington Times to claim that "the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program recently lost almost $6 million in response to 49 victims’ complaints claims against HPV vaccines. Between 2010 and 2011, there were 26 deaths reported in correlation with Gardasil in addition to seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome – all this according to the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System."

First, as even the most basic researcher knows, correlation does not equal causation, so the "26 deaths reported in correlation with Gardasil" Yoder cites does not mean they were caused by Gardasil.

Second, it was not an Washington Times article Yoder was quoting but, rather, an article by Dr. Peter Lind at a separate site, Washington Times Communities, where "individual contributors are responsible for their content, which is not edited by The Washington Times." Lind -- the kind of anti-vaccine activist the MRC otherwise criticizes -- is citing the right-wing Judicial Watch, which is opposed to Gardasil apparently because it opposes everything remotely linked to the Obama administration.

If Yoder is going to attack Gardasil's supposed severe side effects, she should also tell the truth about the agenda behind its critics.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:26 PM EDT
WND Touts Birther Radio Host And His Discredited Guest
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is a little too excited to have an obscure radio host return to the airwaves.

A July 10 WND article informed us that "Popular radio talk-show host Peter Boyles returned to the airwaves on Denver’s KNUS Monday and immediately took up where he left off." Surprisingly, WND actually reported negative information about Boyles, conceding that he "lost his program on Clear Channel’s KHOW after a violent confrontation with his own producer for which he accepted responsibility."

But that's not the reason WND cares about Boyles. The Denver Post has noted that Boyles has been hailed as "probably the leading birther talk-show host in America." Which brings us to the main reason WND is touting Boyles' return.

Remember that part about Boyles having "took up where he left off"? That he did, WND reported, with "a discussion about Barack Obama’s disputed origins with “Dreams from My Real Father” director Joel Gilbert." WND goes on to inform us that "Boyles and Gilbert discussed a number of subjects, including Gilbert’s documentary “Dreams from My Real Father,” which alleges that President Obama’s real father is none other than Communist Party USA activist Frank Marshall Davis."

What Boyles and Gilbert presumably didn't talk about was the fact that "Dreams From My Real Father has been utterly discredited. WND has yet to admit this fact to its readers, one of many discredited birther-related conspiracies WND will not tell its readers about.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:30 AM EDT
Thursday, July 11, 2013
MRC Attacks Obama for Naming Fundraisers As Abmassadors, Ignores That Bush Did The Same Thing
Topic: Media Research Center

Scott Whitlock huffs in a July 11 Media Research Center item:

In 2013, Barack Obama has nominated 11 ambassadors who were also huge donors to his presidential campaigns. Yet, NBC, CBS and ABC have skipped the failure of a president who vowed to "change the way Washington works" when it comes to money. 

But Whitlock not only offers no evidence that Obama ever specifically promised never to appoint campaign donors as ambassadors, he fails to note -- as the Washington Times article he cites did -- that this is standard practice for presidents, including Obama's Republican predecessor:

The practice of rewarding campaign supporters with cushy or powerful government posts isn’t new. George W. Bush appointed fundraising “pioneers” to ambassadorships, and many of Mr. Obama’s other predecessors have embraced the practice.

Oddly, Whitlock's colleague at the MRC's sister operation did concede that fact. While Patrick Goodenough makes a similar complaint as Whitlock in a July 10 CNS article, he does admit that "giving ambassadorships to political appointees has been a common practice for presidents of both parties in recent decades," and that the percentage of political ambassadorial appointees under Obama is only slightly higher than that of both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.

Why didn't Whitlock report that when another MRC division did? He wouldn't have had an item otherwise -- after all, there's no news in Obama doing the exact same thing previous presidents have.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:36 PM EDT
WND's Erik Rush: Only Liberals Demand Proof That Obama Killed A Bunch Of People
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Erik Rush begins his July 10 WorldNetDaily column this way:

I know it’s typical for those on the political left to demand peer-reviewed studies, videotape and signed affidavits proving the assertions some of us make concerning the machinations of the Obama administration and socialist encroachment at large, but we all are aware by now that this is a diversion. It’s also a good indicator that we’re correct in said assertions. Like the left’s tendency for projection, wherein they accuse the opposition of that in which they are themselves engaged, it’s a fairly transparent ruse.

Then, having established the premise that he doesn't need any stinkin' proof for what he's about to say, finally brings to his main WND gig some of that weapons-grade Obama derangment he's been parceling out to other far-right websites by detailing all the people Obama has supposedly murdered.

Oh, yes, he goes there:

There is an entire true crime novel in the case of the Trinity United Church murders, two gay men known to Obama who were killed execution-style in 2007 at a time when charges of homosexuality and drug use were being leveled at the candidate. Years later, as reported in WND, an entire network of closeted professional gay black men at the Chicago church was exposed.

Ancillary to the question of Obama’s eligibility, there was the case of Leiutenant Quarles Harris Jr. (not a military officer; he just had a weird name), a hustler who was also killed execution-style on April 18, 2008, during an investigation into the theft of the passport records of candidate Obama, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton. John Brennan, who became Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and later CIA chief, was also implicated in this case (of the passport records, not the murder).

On Aug. 6, 2012, Jennifer Gallagher, a 46-year-old nurse, drowned mysteriously while vacationing with her family in Iowa. Gallagher had been on the team that attended to victims of the July 20 Aurora, Colo., theater shooting. She was also among staffers who met with President Obama during his highly publicized visit of the shooting victims. Several inconsistencies came to light in the theater shooting accounts and aspects of the subsequent investigation; one can’t help but wonder if Gallagher came by information on the night of the shooting that wound up being detrimental to her health.

Then, of course, we have the off-the-chart suspicious death of journalist Michael Hastings on June 18 in a car wreck worthy of any action film. The circumstances surrounding the incident are right out of a political thriller and have all the hallmarks of a staged accident. Hastings was the individual whose reporting brought down the career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal; reportedly under government surveillance, he was also said to be working on a story involving domestic government spying at the time of his death.

So there we have it. There are more than a few other suspicious deaths that some attribute to Obama, from his dog trainer to Andrew Breitbart. I have asserted that the attack on the Libyan mission on Sept. 11, 2012, had its genesis in Obama’s need to “erase” either the administration’s illegal operations in Libya or Ambassador Christopher Stevens himself.

Along the way, Rush insists he's not making "wild accusations" -- "they’re not accusations at all; they’re theories" -- and he cites non-American Christopher Monckton as some kind of authority of Obama's birth certificate (clearly neither Rush nor Monckton -- nor anyone else at WND, for that matter -- have read John Woodman's book on the subject).

Rush concludes:

Whether or not the president had a hand in any or all of these may never be known for certain, even if his treason someday becomes common knowledge. What chills the blood in this time of domestic spying, drones, data mining centers and FEMA camps is the possibility that there are those working among us who might actually be willing to kill for this treacherous mobster.

I’m not naïve; I know that heads of state have been involved in political assassination, black ops and all manner of questionable acts since there have been nations, but until recently, America has at least tried to hold the moral high ground. Such concepts have ceased to exist in this White House, wherein the “Chicago Way,” Marxist ruthlessness and autocracy rule the day.

And remember, Rush doesn't believe he has to prove any of this -- proof is for liberals, after all.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:38 PM EDT
CNS: Spending Money to Educate About HIV Is A Waste
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com is keeping up its insistence that any money spent on gay-related issues is a waste.

Ryan Kierman complains in a July 2 CNS article that "The National Institutes of Health is spending $375,087 on a grant that will target Spanish-language ads at gay “foreign-born” men to persuade them to use condoms and get tested for HIV." Kierman went on to ask the lead reserarcher on the project "if the ad campaign would specifically  be targeting illegal aliens," as if that was a bad thing.

This is the latest LGBT-related expenditure to be featurecd on CNS' "Waste Watch" page:

CNS has yet to identify any LGBT-related federal spending that it does not consider to be a "waste."

Posted by Terry K. at 5:40 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Race-Baiters Love Paula Deen
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Not only have WND's writers minimized the celebrity cook's actions and rushed to her defense, WND has added her cookbooks to its online store. Read more >>


Posted by Terry K. at 10:40 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
NewsBusters Turns a Blind Eye To Limbaugh's Admission of Fox's Bias
Topic: NewsBusters

Matthew Sheffield -- who is not the cutting-edge new-media thinker he wants people to think he is -- is apparently not going to concede the existence of right-wing media bias, even while he's quoting Rush Limbaugh admitting it.

In a July 9 NewsBusters post, Sheffield meticulously documents how Limbaugh "officially clarified" that he did not tell a caller to stop watching Fox News. He documents further:

After addressing that bit of misinformation, Limbaugh spoke further about an experience he had had on the cable channel's Fox and Friends morning show where he had wanted to talk about immigration and the future of the Republican Party but was told by producers that the show was not interested in the topic. Despite pushing back against that refusal (for which Limbaugh imputed no motive), he insisted that he was still a fan of the only non-left national television operation in the country.

"Fox and I, we're on the same team.  Even Obama has said the only opposition he's got left is me and Fox," Limbaugh argued. "But see, these people in the media, they can't stand it. They can't stand that there's even two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism, so now they're seeking to drive a wedge here, and they're trying to create these stories that I, El Rushbo, am urging people not to watch Fox."

Even though he directly quoted Limbaugh clearly admitting that he and Fox are "on the same team" and "two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism," Sheffield did not comment on it, conceding only that Fox is "non-left" -- which, in truth, makes it right-wing.

Admitting that, however, would undermine the "liberal bias" narrative of his employer, so that won't be happening anytime soon.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:17 PM EDT
WND's Farah Pads His Wallet By Promoting Failed Letter Campaign
Topic: WorldNetDaily

One of Joseph Farah's longstanding reader-fleecing schemes has been the "No More Red Ink" campaign, in which he charges readers $29.95 to send "individually addressed letters" to all House Republicans demanding that they not raise the debt ceiling. Back in 2011, we figured that Farah and WorldNetDaily generated gross revenue of more than $186,000 to print and send the 1.5 million letters it clamed to have sent at the time, and that WND was making a nice profit off of it.

Two years later, Farah is still at it, devoting his July 7 WND column to promoting his little scheme again.

Farah states, "To date, this campaign has generated 1.5 million red letters to House Republicans urging them to live up to their own rhetoric and use the political nuclear weapon they have at their disposal. " That means WND has not sent out any meaningful number of letters in the past two years.

The fact that his campaign has been a monumental failure is not stopping Farah from promoting it. After all, there's still money to be made.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:31 PM EDT
CNS Misleads on Obamacare Rule Delay
Topic: CNSNews.com

Susan Jones writes in a July 5 CNSNews.com article:

In a Friday "document dump," the Health and Human Services Department announced it will not require the new state health insurance exchanges to verify consumers' incomes to see if they qualify for health insurance subsidies.

Nor will HHS require the state exchanges to verify whether consumers can get affordable insurance through their employers.

Instead, the federal government will rely on what consumers tell them -- until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place, the Washington Post reported.

So, it's not that HHS will never require verification of income, as Jones initially suggests -- it's delaying verification for a year.

Jones went on to quote at length from a Washington Post article about the change, but she failed to quote the Post's reporting that there is still a penalty for anyone found lying, and that the federal government uses the honor  system for many other things, such as not demanding proof of cash tips reported as taxable income.

It's a rather dishonest way to run a "news" website, but Jones is just following CNS' policy of misleading or outright lying about anything involving the Obama administration.

In a Friday "document dump," the Health and Human Services Department announced it will not require the new state health insurance exchanges to verify consumers' incomes to see if they qualify for health insurance subsidies.

Nor will HHS require the state exchanges to verify whether consumers can get affordable insurance through their employers.

Instead, the federal government will rely on what consumers tell them -- until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place, the Washington Post reported.

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/trust-dont-verify-obamacare-exchanges-do-not-have-check-applicants-claims#sthash.RMOPp9LP.dpuf

Posted by Terry K. at 1:37 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:34 PM EDT

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