CNS: Catholics Aren't Allowed to Be Happy for Gays Who Marry Topic: CNSNews.com
James Beattie writes in a Nov. 12 CNSNews.com article:
Gov. Chris Christie said last week that.he is “happy” for same-sex couples who got married in New Jersey after his administration withdrew its appeal of a court order to start issuing them marriage licenses.
"I'm happy for them, if they're happy," Christie, a Roman Catholic who attended an inaugural Mass in 2010 after being first elected governor, said at a press conference in Union City on Nov. 6th, the day after his historic reelection.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the doctrinal manual for over a billion Catholics worldwide, teaches that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman: “Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.”
According to the catechism, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."
Beattie doesn't say whether the Catechism of the Catholic Church forbids people from expressing happiness that gays can marry. We don't recall that from our Catholic childhood, so we're willing to guess that it doesn't. Nor does Beattie explain what qualifies him to pass his brand of Catholic judgment upon Christie.
Which means that CNS has published an article attacking Chris Christie for expressing happiness for someone. Has Beattie nothing better to do with his time than to make such a mean, petty attack??
WND Lets Jackie Mason Spew More Hate Topic: WorldNetDaily
Jackie Mason stopped being funny a long time ago; now pretty much all he does is spew hate about President Obama and other Democrats.
But WND loves him for some reason -- all that hate-spewing, perhaps? -- so he continues to get a platform. Enter Aaron Klein's radio show, where WND touts Mason's appearences and his latest verbal vomit.
Legendary comedian Jackie Mason has uncorked a full-blown assault on President Obama and his troubled attempt at providing health care for Americans.
“It’s such a ridiculous thing. The whole country’s walking around wondering if this guy’s really the president of a country. He sounds more like a maniac in an asylum,” Mason said in a radio interview Sunday night.
“He’s saying things that nobody believes. He was always lying every day of his life. Every time he talks it was a lie. The only time he told the truth is when you didn’t hear from him.”
“This is becoming so ridiculous, that even the biggest liar can’t top himself,” Mason, 82, told host Aaron Klein on WABC in New York City. “He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan. Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you you still got a plan.”
The stand-up comic, who calls himself “The Ultimate Jew,” continued on Obama: “He has a whole country walking around dizzy wondering who we’re listening to. If this is a president of a country, how come he’s the only one in America who doesn’t seem to know what’s going on here?
“Never did I expect a guy like this, the head of a country, to blatantly lie to your face, and then not only lie to your face, then lie about the fact that he never lied. Then lie again about the next lie he told. There used to be a time when you would worship the president, even if you didn’t like him. You knew he told the truth because he’s the president of a country. Now, he’s the only guy in America who would have the nerve to lie this much.
“You say to yourself, ‘Wait a second. Who am I listening to? Was this guy actually elected to the presidency? A man who’s completely out of his mind, who’s out of touch with humanity, with America, who doesn’t seem to know what’s going on here? Does he read a paper?’
“A guy like this should be locked up … If he wasn’t the president, he’d be in jail or in a sanitarium. He wouldn’t be outside talking to people in this condition. He would be considered a danger to his own his own health, to his own life.
But Mason wasn't done spitting out his hate, so WND devoted a Nov. 13 article to more of it:
Comedian Jackie Mason, who has made it known he thinks President Obama is a lying “maniac,” is also unloading on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an “empty-headed” invention of the press who could actually be put on trial “as a murderer” for her role in the Benghazi fiasco that left four Americans dead.
“I would say that compared to this guy [Barack Obama], she’s a sensational person. Compared to a person who should be a president, it sounds like this is another case for a sanitarium,” Mason told WABC Radio host Aaron Klein.
“Because the truth of the matter is she’s accomplished nothing in her life and she’s an invention of the press. The press is a Democratic Party press in this country, and when they pick out somebody to anoint them for the position of the presidency, they elevate them every single day in the paper as a brilliant woman. When you see ‘brilliant woman’ every day, and if you’re not involved in politics, you assume she must be a brilliant woman, because you’re reading it every day in the paper.”
“So they invented her as some kind of a genius,” Mason continued, “and nobody is studying the situation to find out what she really is. What she really is is an empty-headed person who accomplished nothing all her life. And they created a piece of fiction out of absolutely nothing. It’s just like they took a person from the street and they decided that this guy who’s sweeping toilets all his life really should be the president because he’s not really in the toilet, he’s creating the toilet.”
Mason said it was time to be honest, and that Mrs. Clinton’s only claim to fame is that she was married to a president.
Since Mason believes in honesty so much, perhaps it's time to tell him that he's not funny and should stay away from a microphone until he figures out how to be funny again.
Aaron Klein is certainly not going to tell him that.
MRC Bashes Mormon-Owned Paper For Not Being Conservative Enough Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center recently did another one of its shoddy analyses of media, this time going local -- attacking two Utah newspapers, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, for its supposedly negative coverage of Sen. Mike Lee and his role in the government shutdown. Rich Noyes wrote:
By a margin of 33-to-1, editorial opinion at both newspapers was harshly against the strategy of linking ObamaCare’s fate to government funding. Coverage in the news pages was scarcely more balanced, with 32 news stories tilting against the conservatives’ strategy, vs. just three in favor and 13 conveying a balanced debate.
As for assessments of Lee himself, editorial opinion was heavily negative — by a margin of 25-to-1 — while news pages tilted in favor of Lee’s critics by a greater than three-to-one margin (17 negative stories vs. five positive ones, with 14 rated as balanced).
[METHODOLOGY: MRC analysts tallied all statements from journalists and quoted sources that explicitly provided an opinion — pro or con — about the strategy of linking ObamaCare to the government funding bill, and/or offered a personal assessment of Senator Mike Lee. If the total number of opinions in a story was tilted in either direction by a greater than three-to-two margin, then the story was scored as either “positive” or “negative” for that topic. If the margin was narrower than three-to-two, the story was scored as providing a “balanced” discussion.]
Noyes seems to be demanding a false balance here. He does acknowledge that public opinion was largely against Lee's strategy of forcing a government shutdown as leverage to defund Obamacare, which means that the newspapers were at least somewhat accurately reflecting public opinion -- something which the MRC has consistently railed against.
Still, Noyes ranted that "This review shows the national media’s liberal spin is also reflected in local coverage of local politicians, even in a reliably red state such as Utah — more documentation of the uphill battle conservatives face as they try to fight the advance of big government in the age of Obama."
“Now that ObamaCare has crashed to earth in a ball of flame, the Utah media that pounded Sen. Mike Lee relentlessly for his attempt to spare the nation this pain owe him a sincere apology. Lee led a courageous fight in Congress to defund ObamaCare in hopes of saving the American people from this big government embarrassment.
“Rather than applauding the principled efforts of their own senator, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News parroted the national liberal media’s shutdown hysteria. The wreckage of ObamaCare has vindicated Lee’s efforts to tie the fate of Obama’s doomed health care law to government funding. Even some Democrats are now calling for a delay.
“The honorable thing for the Utah media to do is apologize and acknowledge that while they were too short-sighted to see the oncoming disaster, Sen. Lee saw the forest for the trees.”
Bozell followed this up by sending letters to board members of the Tribune and Deseret News in which he asserts that the papers "parroted the hysterial of the liberal national news media" and demands more false balance: "There are two sides to this story and they deserve equal footing."
But amid all their ranting about the "liberal media," Bozell and the MRC have carefully hidden one inconvenient fact: The Deseret News is owned by the Mormon Church, and it is considered the more conservative of the two Salt Lake City newspapers. It has even published columnists who echo the MRC's talking points on media bias.
It seems that what Bozell and the MRC are doing here is less media analysis and more Heathering, attacking a conservative newspaper for not being conservative enough. It's quite a feat for the MRC to bash a Mormon-owned paper for being too liberal.
NEW ARTICLE: Begging Off A Benghazi Bungle Topic: The ConWeb
The ConWeb promoted the "60 Minutes" story on Benghazi. After its implosion, they try to spin the issue -- or, in the case of the Media Research Center, ignore it entirely. Read more>>
CNS Unearths More Jobless Numbers to Pull Out of Context Topic: CNSNews.com
Now that CNSNews.com has all that sweet cash from "a gift made in memory of Dr. Keith C. Wold" to fund its "business and economic reporting," it can cherry-pick the unemployment numbers even more.
In addition to the six stories CNS cranked out last week focusing on various isolated numbers from the new unemployment figures -- all of which failed to mention that 204,000 jobs were added in October -- CNS has found two more numbers to cherry-pick, written by Ali Meyer:
In addition to continuing to ignore any positive economic news from the economic numbers -- the very epitome of media bias -- Meyer fails to explain why the laborforce participation rate is dropping.
In addition to demographic factors like baby boomers retiring, there's also an anamoly in October's jobless numbers. As economist Paul Ashworth explained to Business Insider:
[T]he alternative household survey defines employment slightly differently and, as a result, those Federal workers were not counted as employed or in the labour force. That explains the 720,000 drop in the labour force and the 735,000 decline in the household survey measure of employment. As a result, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3%, from 7.2%, and the participation rate plummeted to 62.8%, from 63.2%. With those Federal employees back at work now, however, all of this will be reversed in November's report.
Presumably, Keith C. Wold didn't donate his money for economic coverage so shoddy and biased. Or maybe he did, in which case his memory is getting exactly what it paid for.
WND Resorts to Anonymous Sources to Keep Obama Military Conspiracy Alive Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's Michael Maloof has been piling up various crazy, Obama-hating retired generals and others who appear to be motivated more by Obama derangement than anything else to promote his conpsiracy theory that President Obama is systematically removing military officers for whatever reason.
In an apparent admission of the weakness of his case, Maloof is now resorting to random anonymous military members to bolster the conspiracy. From a Nov. 12 WND article:
The extraordinarily large number of senior military officials being relieved of duty under the Obama administration – nine generals and flag officers this year alone and close to 200 senior officers over the last five years – is part of the creation of a “compliant officer class,” according to a U.S. Army intelligence official.
In WND’s ongoing coverage of what some top generals are openly calling a “purge” of senior military officers who run afoul of Obama or his agenda, some military personnel have been speaking out.
According to a veteran Army intelligence official who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity, there is within the armed forces a major concern that a “compliant officer class” is being created by the Obama administration. So much so, he said, that it’s becoming harder to find “senior officers with a pair of balls in there [the military] now that would say no to anything.”
“Maybe at the rank of major or below, and possibly there are some in SOF (Special Operations Forces), but to make colonel and higher is all politics,” he said.
Maloof's anonymous sources are utterly meaningless since their claims can't be double-checked (not that this particular coward is doing anything other than issuing an opinion that really can't be fact-checked).
But in the Obama-derangement incubator WND cultivates and Maloof inhabits, untraceable sources and retired officers who are no longer in the military for good reason are all it takes to keep an Obama-hating conspiracy alive.
For the past two weeks, the Media Research Center has refused to devote any original coverage to the implosion of the "60 Minutes" Benghazi story it promoted. It's finally done so -- but only as a passing glance.
A Nov. 12 MRC item by Brad Wilmouth is devoted to attacking MSNBC's Chris Hayes for having "fretted about CBS News correspondent Lara Logan being biased in favor of military action against terrorists." As an aside, Wilmouth adds: "He also theorized that her retraction for using a dishonest source 'would be a huge story' if a conservative was being criticized, as he alluded to Dan Rather's story about former President George W. Bush and the National Guard."
Wilmouth doesn't mention that one key piece of evidence supporting Hayes' claim is his own item, which is the first original MRC work to acknowledge any problems with the "60 Minutes" story.
WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian is such a rabid Obama-hater that he has no problem with spreading disinformation and lies about the president -- which is problematic since Kupelian is supposed to be operating a "news" operation that relies on facts.
Thus, we have the spectacle of Kupelian using his Nov. 10 WND column to pretend that he can read Obama's mind -- which, in practice, means that Kupelian is inventing the "actual purpose" of Obama administration policies.
For instance, Kupelian claims that the "actual purpose" of the stimulus was "A slush-fund to further Democratic Party tax-and-spend policies, pay public employee union pension and health-care costs, fund pet projects like Solyndra and Lightspeed and provide pork for Democratic districts and states." Kupelianalso claimed that "the stimulus failed to help the economy, reduce unemployment or create “shovel-ready jobs” -- which is demonstrably false. (Remember, facts don't matter to Kupelian if the goal is attacking Obama.)
Kupelian then plays armchair psychologist, claiming that "the current president has often been characterized by mental health professionals and others as highly 'narcissistic.'"Kupelian names none of those "mental health professionals" making that purported diagnosis, of course.
Kupelian also rants that Obama uses "devious battle tactics for wresting power, and they come directly from Chicago Marxist Saul Alinsky. Remember, Obama practiced and taught Alinsky’s methods." He added: "If you distill Alinsky’s last and most famous book, 'Rules for Radicals,' into one overriding operating principle, the one that makes the rest of his ideas work – it would be intimidation."
But the plain truth is that we twice elected as president a man in the grip of dark forces. For whatever reasons, he displays a mysterious aversion to what is good, and an equally mysterious attraction to what is bad.
Thus, in his attempts to “transform” America to match his inner delusions as to what a just society should look like, he constantly plays games with us – “damn games” as Boehner complained – which in reality are a form of warfare aimed at bringing about revolutionary change.
Saul Alinsky would be proud of Kupelian. He's playing the game perfectly.
TruthRevolt Really Could Use An Editor Topic: Horowitz
A Nov. 11 TruthRevolt item claiming the Columbia Journalism Review that "has now suggested that CBS News ought never to cover issues negative to Democrats because CBS also owns the conservative imprint Threshold Editions" adds in parentheses: "Full disclosure: Threshold Editions is my publisher as well."
Why bother to highlight this when TruthRevolt performed an increasingly rare act of disclosure? Because the post carries no byline. Therefore, we do not know who exactly is making this disclosure, thus defeating the purpose of it.
Actually, it's a blog by Ben Shapiro first posted at Breitbart then rearranged for TruthRevolt consumption. The fact that the TruthRevolt version is anonymous yet carries a disclosure from the author is a sign that the folks at TruthRevolt could really use an editor.
Another sign: While the blog post correctly identifies the publisher involved in the CBS "60 Minutes" Benghazi debacle as Threshold Editions, the blog's subhead identifies the firm as "Threshold Books," which is not the name.
And both versions of the post exclude one point of contention that even TruthRevolt should agree was a problem: Nowhere in the "60 Minutes" piece was it mentioned that a division of CBS published a book featured on "60 Minutes." (It wasn't disclosed in the retraction, either.) As the Columbia Journalism Review article TruthRevolt criticizes notes, CBS essentially "ran a 12-minute infomercial" for a book published by another CBS division.
If TruthRevolt can't do any decent editing, it has no hope of growing behind the paleimitation of NewsBusters the site currently is.
You Know Who Else Supports Ethnic Cleansing, Mr. Farah? Topic: WorldNetDaily
Joseph Farah writes in his Nov. 8 WorldNetDaily column:
It’s tough to get consensus on what’s wrong and what’s right these days.
But there’s one thing almost all civilized people can agree on – “ethnic cleansing” is bad. “Ethnic cleansing” is defined as a policy of eliminating unwanted ethnic or religious groups by deportation, forcible displacement, mass murder or by threats of such acts, with the intent of creating a territory inhabited by people of a homogeneous or pure ethnicity, religion, culture and history. The U.S. led a NATO attack against Serbia in the 1990s on the mere accusation it was involved in ethnic cleansing policies directed against Muslims.
Nevertheless, even with this broad consensus opposing ethnic cleansing, there’s one place in the world nearly everyone supports ethnic cleansing.
It’s in the lands known as Judea and Samaria on the West Bank of the Jordan River under the administration of the Palestinian Authority. There – and only there – does the entire international community favor the complete elimination of all Jewish residents by deportation and forcible displacement if not by mass murder or threats of such acts.
That’s because the Palestinian Authority insists that the “Palestinian state” it seeks to create be 100 percent “Judenrein,” as Hitler would say – free of Jews. And that’s OK with all those supporting the concept of creating a new state based on ethnic cleansing and bigotry that would make Himmler blush.
Jews will simply be unwelcome in this future Palestinian state. End of story. It’s a non-negotiable demand.
Isn’t that the definition of ethnic cleansing?
Farah might want to have a little chat with his star reporter, Aaron Klein. Klein has admitted that "I personally do agree with some of the sentiments of Rabbi Meir Kahane." One of the "sentiments" of Kahane, expressed through his Kach movement in Israel (and carried on through its successor, Kahane Chai), is the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel.
That, according to Farah, is "the definition of ethnic cleansing." Which means that WND employs a reporter who, it would appear, believes in ethnic cleansing.
Farah happens to be in Israel right now leading what he describes in his column as a "tour of 400" through the country with WND-published author Jonathan Cahn. What better opportunity to broach the subject of Klein's Kahanist sympathies with his Jerusalem-based reporter?
MRC's Graham Sneers At 'Leftist Literary Rag' NY Review of Books Topic: NewsBusters
Tim Graham holds the title of director of media analysis at the Media Research Center. For Graham, sneering is a form of "media analysis."
How else to explain Graham's Nov. 8 NewsBusters post, which is ostensibly about a Washington Post article on the New York Review of Books but which is really about Graham's utter contempt for things he does not agree with. Graham sneers that the New York Review of Books is a "leftist literary rag," and how the Post article is a "waterfall of gush." Graham also described the Reivew as a "leftist rag" in the headline of his post.
Graham must not have been paying attention when NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard unleashed his own mountain of gush on Ann Coulter: "Ann Coulter is one of the leading conservative voices in America with too many New York Times bestsellers to count. Her newest book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over Three - Especially a Republican,” is guaranteed to be her next bestseller. As NewsBusters readers know, Ann is a dear friend of the Media Research Center’s and a dear of mine [sic]."
This is what passes for "media analysis" at the Media Research Center, folks.
New Blog Catches WND's Corsi In Plagiarism, Other Journalistic Crimes Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily has long had a problem of its writers plagiarizing other sources, about which WND seems indifferent at best and encouraging at worst.
The latest example comes from a new blog examining the work of WND reporter Jerome Corsi, which documents how Corsi essentially copied two paragraphs of someone else's work for his book "Who Really Killed Kennedy?" which pushes the idea that the CIA was involved in President Kennedy's assassination.
But that's not all. Another post details how a single paragraph in Corsi's book manages to have no less than three major factual errors.
Another post questions Corsi's claim to be "in possession of" a document purporting to show how the U.S. bribed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt when the only photo of the document WND displayed of it was taken from a Twitter post made nearly two months earlier. We had flagged this document as well, wondering why this supposed Egyptian document carried a date in German.
Public disgust with Obamacare brought Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli closer to a win in the Virgina gubernatorial race than anyone expected, says Republican pollster John McLaughlin.
Cuccinelli "was able to close [in] on Obamacare, on the issue" in "what everybody thought was going to be a landslide," McLaughlin, of John McLaughlin Associates, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"It was an amazing thing because he was focused on Obamacare," he said of Cuccinelli.
"[Democratic Gov.-elect Terry] McAuliffe was trying to do a rerun of Obama's race where he was doing war on women, he was trying to run on these social issues, on the liberal social issues on abortion and other things, and, really, what people really care about is they're trying to make their lives just get by every day," McLaughlin said Monday.
He said polls on election night, "before the media could pollute them," showed that of 600 voters, "41 percent were conservatives. Only 23 percent were liberals."
Burke apparently didn't fact-check McLaughlin, because she lets his claims stand unchallenged. By contrast, Media Matters notes, polling has shown that the Affordable Care Act did not play a major role in the Virginia governor's race.
Also, what the heck does McLaughlin mean by polling "before the media could pollute them"? Burke is not terribly curious about that, either.
A foundation created by legendary screen actor Jimmy Stewart with the active support of President Ronald Reagan is launching a new initiative to support citizen whistleblowers of all kinds who step forward to expose corruption and abuses of power.
The American Spirit Foundation‘s Citizen’s Whistleblower Network is a new You Tube channel that will feature videos and first-hand accounts by citizens and independent investigative reporters.
The foundation’s website has a whistleblower section that features foundation co-founder Peter Paul, whose exposure of Hillary Clinton’s handling of campaign finances led to the indictment of her campaign finance director and a fine assessed to her campaign for hiding Paul’s in-kind contribution of more than $750,000.
Peter Paul? That name sounds familiar. The article goes on:
As WND reported, Paul is in a federal prison for manipulating the price of the stock in his company, from which he made the campaign donation, as it was collapsing. He blamed President Clinton in a lawsuit for sabotaging the company, Stan Lee Media, to get out of a $17 million agreement to serve as the company’s international promoter after he left the White House.
Calling himself a hidden political prisoner, Paul claims Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department are obstructing justice by reneging on a sentencing agreement that would have released him from federal prison more than three years ago.
Paul is a former business partner of Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, who once served as chairman of the American Spirit Foundation. Paul was the foundation’s president and CEO.
“Hillary is carrying out her promise to finally destroy my family to punish me for exposing the corruption that elected her to the Senate,” Paul contended to WND in an email in March 2012 from the La Tuna federal facility in Anthony, Texas, near El Paso.
The "political prisoner" claim aside, that may be the most truthful description WND has given to Paul's crimes. As we've documented, WND has previously soft-pedaled Paul's criminal record in order to preserve what little credibility he has as a Clinton-basher.
And of course, Paul's claim to be a "political prisoner" -- which nobody at WND apparently felt the need to fact-check -- is completely overblown. If he was innocent of his crimes, why did he flee the U.S. for Brazil in 2001, then spend two years fighting extradition to the U.S.? Paul also ludicrously claimed that "the Clinton Justice Department had him jailed while he was in Brazil" despite the fact that the original indictment against Paul was not issued until June 2001, and he was arrested in Brazil in August 2001 -- months after the Clinton administration left office and, thus, no longer ran the Justice Department.
The unidentified WND writer failed to note the sheer hypocrisy of allowing a twice-convicted felon (he also has a conviction for cocaine possession under his belt) who's still in prison running any kind of whistleblower operation.
CNS Ignores Facts About Medicare To Bash Illegal Immigrants Topic: CNSNews.com
Barbara Hollingsworth -- who we last saw getting an apparently false article she wrote deleted without explanation -- tries her best to attack illegal immigrants in a Nov. 5 CNSNews.com article:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.
Hollingsworth described the payments as "unallowable" despite the fact that she also acknowledges that CMS does not have a policy on Medicare payments to undocumented immigrants.
Further, Hollingsworth did not mention that, as Media Matters noted when Fox News picked up the story, that undocumented immigrants contribute $14.4 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund that they are given in benefits, thus helping contribute to the solvency of the program. Native-born Americans, meanwhile, accounted for a $31 billion deficit to the program.
But reporting all relevant facts was not on Hollingsworth's agenda for this story -- bashing "illegal aliens" was.