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Sunday, November 19, 2017
CNS Revives Old 'Catholics vs. Convicts' Meme After Miami Thrashes Notre Dame
Topic: CNSNews.com

Somebody at CNSNews.com either really likes Notre Dame or hates the University Miami (or both).

CNS commentary editor Michael Morris cranked out a mean-spirited Nov. 13 blog post after the Notre Dame-Miami football game:

The Miami Hurricanes, also known as the “Convicts” in their rivalry game “Convicts vs. Catholics” with the “Catholics” of Notre Dame, roundly humbled the third-ranked Fighting Irish 41-8 on Saturday, Miami head coach Mark Richt saying about the win, “[P]raise God.”

“Both sides of the ball did play very well, and specials as well,” said Miami head coach Mark Richt after his team defeated the Irish. “And I want to say, praise God.”

[...]

According to the ESPN summary of the game, the “Convicts” (374 total yards) outgained the “Catholics” (261 total yards) in total yards, in time of possession (ND: 26:01 and Miami: 33:59), in first downs (ND: 13 and Miami: 18), in turnover margin (ND: four turnovers, none recovered and Miami zero turnovers, four recovered) and ultimately in the final score ( ND: 8 and Miami: 41).

Miami also clinched the ACC Coastal division Saturday when Virginia lost to Louisville. The Canes (“Convicts”) will play Clemson (8-1) for the ACC title.

Now, the "Catholics vs. Convicts" meme is an old one, coined in 1988 by T-shirt-making students at Notre Dame to hype a game between the two schools at a time when both were undefeated and after a couple of Miami players had gotten into legal difficulties.

Further, it doesn't really apply to the situation between the two schools (or is it a "rivalry" in a traditional sense despite what Morris claims, since the teams have met only four times since 1990). As SB Nation points out, the phrase didn't apply all that well back then (Notre Dame wasn't exactly a clean team either) and applies even less today.

It seems Morris is mad that Miami thrashed the Fightin' Irish on the field, and also apparently that the Miami coach said "Thank God" about the victory. How petty of him.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:15 PM EST
'It's OK To Be White' Trolls Make WND Happy
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An anonymous WorldNetDaily writer is way too cheerful about some racially charged trolling in a Nov. 1 article:

There’s a manhunt on – or womanhunt, if that’s your gender preference – for “racists” in Massachusetts, Ohio, Louisiana, Washington, Alabama and Canada who had the audacity to terrorize by posting signs and stickers that read, “It’s OK to be white.”

It all started out as an idea on the 4chan and endchan online forums to troll the left, universities and the media and demonstrate a double standard when the issue of discrimination is involved.

Would-be trollers were encouraged to print out signs and anonymously post them, particularly on campuses, while wearing Halloween costumes to avoid being identified.

According to the plan: “The next morning, the media goes completely berserk. Normies tune in to see what’s going on, see the posters saying, ‘It’s okay to be white,’ and the media & leftists frothing at the mouth. Normies realize that leftists & journalists hate white people, so they turn on them. Credibility of far-left campuses and media gets nuked, massive victory for the right in the culture war, many more /ourguys/ spawned overnight.”

Basically, it worked. The intended targets took the bait – hook, line and sinker.

WND is no stranger to race-baiting, and it seems to be ramping up again lately, so this embrace of pro-white trolling is no surprise.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:55 PM EST
Saturday, November 18, 2017
MRC Remains Offended By Mere Existence of Gay TV Characters
Topic: Media Research Center

For years, the Media Research Center has been offended that gays -- real ones or fictional characters -- appear on their TV. Recent outrage has been focused on the fictional variety.

Callista Ring is scowling about a gay character on "Star Trek: Discovery":

Sunday’s episode of CBS's liberal propaganda-filled Star Trek: Discovery gave the first real glimpse of its much-anticipated "groundbreaking gay romance,” as described by Huffington Post.

Tonight’s episode, “Choose Your Pain” ends with an intimate conversation between gay partners Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Science Officer Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) brushing their teeth before bed. Watch the exchange the liberal writers are patting themselves on the back for here:

As if the show were a cute sitcom rather than space age science fiction, the two utter sweet nothings to each other, like “One tends to worry when they’re doomed to love a brilliant but reckless maniac,” and “I also knew you’d leave me if I let anything else endanger that creature.”

That so-called "liberal propaganda," by the way, is having non-white characters as leads and a Klingon leader character the MRC has decided to interpret as an attack on Donald Trump.

When the Disney Channel show "Andi Mack" decided to add a gay character, Tim Graham was in full anti-gay rant mode:

Parents have realized that the Disney Channel brand isn’t about traditional family programming…it’s about Hollywood using every channel to promote “inclusion and respect for humanity,” which is code for forcing LGBT acceptance. Shred the Bible, sin is in. Your “tweens” – and younger -- need to hear the gospel of the gay movement.

[...]

The least surprising element of this story is the involvement of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which almost always works hand-in-glove with any Hollywood production to promote homosexuality.

[...]

Entertainment journalists don’t find any space in their story for any critics of pushing this homosexual revolution in children’s programming, or critics who might suggest that GLAAD-approved plotting won’t allow any “inclusion” of a sincere religious objection to their politically correct party line.

Why would journalists what to insert ignorant, manufactured outrage that adds nothing?

And Lindsey Kornick complained that the ABC show "Scandal" "cramed [sic] several PC elements into one plot by introducing the lesbian Muslim university student striving to be the next Gloria Steinem. Can we get anymore to the left at this point?"

Kornick makes sure to get in some gratuitious Muslim-bashing as well, claiming that "we should probably be encouraging countries in the Middle East to do things like, let’s say, not stone victims of rape or throw acid at girls wanting to get an education. Sadly, that may not be politically correct enough for a show with the gay Muslim girl."


Posted by Terry K. at 11:03 AM EST
WND Brings Race-Baiting -- And Its Favorite Race-Baiter -- Back For Another Round
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A few years back, Colin Flaherty was WorldNetDaily's resident race-baiter, obsessing about "black mob violence" committing crimes and effectively portraying all blacks as potential violent criminals. It got so bad that Google threatened to pull ad revenue over all the race-baiting; WND ultimately backed off, agreeing that its ad revenue was more important than all the race-baiting.

Still, WND has brought Flaherty back on occasion to dance his little race-baiting jig, such as in August to awkwardly rant some more about "black mob violence" just a week after the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.WND has brought him back yet again in a Nov. 2 article -- unbylined, of course -- to let him grouse about one of his favorite things to blame on black people: "knockout game" attacks on unsuspecting victims.

Even then, he has problems getting facts to conform to his preconceived narrative, having to admit that one alleged perpetrator was Hispanic -- shades of Flaherty's history of inserting white people and pets into his "black mobs" -- before resuming his racial rant:

Flaherty identifies the “knockout game” as mostly driven by black attackers. However, this is not true in every case. Last month, police in Rosenberg, Texas, reportedly feared the “knockout game” had reached their community after a viral video showed a man being knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack.

The suspect was a Hispanic man, 18-year-old Alejandro Maldonado.

Still, Flaherty argues the overwhelming majority of attackers in these cases over the past few years are black. He says this should cause Americans to view the eternal victimhood claims of groups like Black Lives Matter with suspicion.

“Black Lives Matter and its allies in the press and among politicians claim blacks are always the relentless victims of white racism, all the time, everywhere, and somehow that explains everything,” said Flaherty.

“But this isn’t true. The answer is close to the opposite. The hard reality is blacks are driving an enormous amount of violent crime and crimes against property in this country and both victims and law enforcement know that. And we should also start recognizing the disturbing pattern in these episodes of joyful violence.”

But is that violence any more "joyful" than Flaherty's obsession over it? We suspect not.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:50 AM EST
Friday, November 17, 2017
CNS Goes All In on Franken Allegations, Continues To Bury Moore
Topic: CNSNews.com

We documented how CNSNews.com waited a full four days before reporting on Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore's history of perving on teenagers. But when an allegation of groping surfaced against Democratic Sen. Al Franken, CNS -- in yet another display of media bias -- went all in.

In the eight hours after the news about Franken broke on Nov. 16, CNS cranked out three "news" articles and a blog post on it:

The next morning brought an article about President Trump's tweets on Franken, with added whining fron reporter Susan Jones that "reporters at the White House wanted to talk about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore"; the usual statement of manufactured outrage from Brent Bozell (first identified as "ForAmerica chairman" instead of the head of the Media Research Center); and the column Tim Graham hastily wrote for him and Bozell on Franken, proof that they can address sexual harassment when it helps their political agenda.

The column shows why Bozell (via Graham, his once-anonymous ghostwriter) has been silent on Moore so far -- he apparently has no problem with a grown man perving on teenagers, because he can't be moved to raise an objection. Here's what they wrote:

As the Franken scandal unfolds, the media and Democrats have insisted that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore cannot win the seat due to allegations that he had sexual contact with teenagers. There's no photograph here either. There is no admission of guilt like Franken's. But journalists demanded the voters of Alabama tar and feather Moore.

Apparently, if you deny the accusations, Bozell is cool with that -- well, if you're a conservative, anyway. Bozell and Graham rant about how Bill Clinton accusers like Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick were treated by the media even though they, like Moore's accusers, have offered no evidence to back up their claims. That makes this yet another example of the MRC' inability to unequivocally critizize Moore's behavior.

(Meanwhile, the only other CNS article to focus on Moore is a blog post by managing editor Michael W. Chapman complaining that Stephen Colbert called out evangelicals who continue to support Moore. Chapman protested that "Only one woman alleged that Moore molestd [sic] her, not 'four teenage girls'" and that "Moore has not been charged with any crime and none of the allegations against him have been proven in a court of law.")

Bozell and Graham complain about the "rampaging liberal hypocrisy" on media coverage, but they will never admit their own rampaging right-wing hypocrisy, and that of the "news" operation they run.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:40 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:27 AM EST
WND's Hohmann Just Loves Right-Wing Actor's Anti-Muslim Tweet
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Anti-Muslim WorldNetDaily reporter Leo Hohmann loves it when other people hate Muslim as much as he does. So he clearly couldn't have been happier to devotea Nov. 15 article to promoting right-wing actor and cradle-robber James Woods' tweet a video of people in Muslim garb at the Mall of America. The headline on Hohmann's racist comment, "Looks like Somalia," though that quote appears nowhere in the article itself.

After rehashing a recent stabbing and a groping incident involving people wiht Muslim-y names, Hohmann finally concedes in the 10th paragraph of his article that there's no context provided by the video since "it is unclear when the video was originally captured."But he cheerfully added: "Wood has more than 1 million followers on Twitter. His tweet of the mall video helped make it viral."

Hohmann also tried to perpetuate the racist myth that all Muslis are violent, declaring that "'peaceful' was not the operative word for what happened" the stabbing incident at the mall. Because that's the kind of biased and prejudiced "reporter" Hohmann is.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:38 PM EST
Thursday, November 16, 2017
MRC Falsely Portrays Jon Stewart As 'Enabler' of Louis C.K.
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Tim Graham rushed to judgment in a Nov. 10 post to portray Jon Stewart as an "enabler" of Louis C.K. after giving a noncommital answer when asked on a podcast about allegations against the comedian last year:

Now that comedian Louis C.K. has admitted to egregious sexual harassment, like pulling out his sex organ and masturbating in front of women, it might be worth remembering that this man has some powerful fans and promoters, starting with Jon Stewart, who called him “one of my all-time favorite comedians.”

Liberal sites from Slate to the Daily Beast are revisiting Stewart’s bumbling answers last year when asked during a live podcast with former Obama campaign manager Jim Axelrod about allegations against Louis C.K.

But Stewart has since said he had no knowledge of the allegations against Louis C.K.:

"My first response was, 'What?' And then, joke, joke, and as he kept going, I was like, 'Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louis, he's always been a gentleman to me,' which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has, which is, like, 'hey, he's a good guy, what are you talking about?'" Stewart said. "Digging around in it and finding that some people had done, it was hard, but we were all assured like, no, but we took somebody's word for it, and maybe that's an error on our part."

One might similarly ask if MRC bigwigs and Fox News fans/regular guests like Graham and Brent Bozell had any knowledge of the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly before news of them became widespread public knowledge. But Graham doesn't want to talk about that, does he?


Posted by Terry K. at 3:26 PM EST
WND Lets Its Reporters And Columnists Lie About Margaret Sanger
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Lying about Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood is a longtime ConWeb pastime, and at WorldNetDaily in particular.

In a Nov. 5 WorldNetDaily article, Alicia Powe gives right-wing columnist Star Parker to make comments like this:

Black Americans are enticed by abortion giants to undergo abortions to reduce the black population, Parker contended. That was one of the goals admitted by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, she said.

In fact, there's no evidence Sanger ever targeted blacks out of a racist motive.

Powe herself contribuutes to the lies, claiing that "In her book 'Pivot of Civilization,' Sanger implied many impoverished blacks “should never have been born.” In fact, Sanger said no such thing in that book; the word "negro" (the accepted term for blacks at the time Sanger's book was published) appears only twice, neither referencing a claim that any black person "should never have been born."

Powe also asserts that "Seventy-nine percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion clinics are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods" -- as we've documented, a highly misleading claim.

Then, in a Nov. 12 WND column, William Hamnet Wall cited what he claimed were "15 deadly lies of abortion pushers." In response to the statement that "Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was not a eugenics-loving racist," he huffed in response:

Even the squirming apologists from liberal Time magazine reported: “She did (say so), and very publicly. In a 1921 article, she wrote that, ‘the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.'”

Want more proof?

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” Sanger wrote in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble on Dec. 10, 1939.

Even Planned Parenthood admits Sanger advocated eugenics (as a lot of prominent people did in Sanger's time), so we're not sure who's saying she wasn't. The quote Wall uses to support his claim that she was a racist, however, is taken out of context; as fact-checkers have pointed out, the quote is in reference to encouraging black doctors and ministers to let black women know that Sanger's birth-control campaign targeting blacks was not a Jim Crow-like action.

But Sanger's dead, and you can't libel the dead. That's what WND is counting on in publishing demonstrable lies.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 AM EST
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
CNS Managing Editor: Gays Practice 'Sexual Depravity'
Topic: CNSNews.com

Michael W. Chapman has a long record of using his position as managing editor of CNSNews.com to attack and defame the LGBT community, including portraying them as the literal spawn of Satan. Chapman was at it again in a Nov. 8 blog post defending a "faithful" Catholic bishop for deny funerals to gays:

Because Robert C. Morlino, the Catholic bishop of the Madison Diocese, adheres to Church teaching and opposes funeral rites for homosexuals that would cause "scandal and confusion," gays and pro-sodomy advocates have launched a petition that calls on Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino from his position.

Simply, the LGBT activists do not want a Catholic bishop to actually believe in and follow Catholic teaching. They are in effect demanding that he celebrate sexual depravity.

But in all the Catholic canon law and allegedly authoritative statements from other Catholic officials, the word "depravity" is not used -- which means Chapman is freelancing from Catholic doctrine and hating on gays once again.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:26 PM EST
Jesse Lee Peterson Has Issues With Women, Sexual Harassment Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson has long had issues with women. The recent spate of sexual harassment scandals has inflamed those issues yet again.

In his Nov. 5 column, Peterson lamented "the continued destruction of so-called 'men in power' by the radical left and wicked media" like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. He then lashed out at the women making those allegations and wondered where the "female Harvey Weinsteins" are:

This “accuser culture” is not about truth, justice or righting any wrongs. If it were, we’d see women too being exposed and dealt with. Why is nobody pointing out how selfish many of these women are for seeking career and position rather than forsaking worldly gain to stand for what’s right? If you truly put morality above selfish ambition, no “powerful man” in Hollywood can intimidate or silence you. But these women (and “men”) were silent for years and decades.

When God dealt with Adam and Eve after their fall, did he only address Adam? No, he dealt with both, and he did not accept excuses or casting of blame. And “I was afraid” was no reason to hide.

Furthermore, where are the female so-called “sexual predators” in Hollywood and media? Fox News, the Drudge Report and others have shown story after story of female teachers exploiting underage male students for sex. Do you really believe no women in Hollywood or media are guilty as well? It’s time to stop hiding this wickedness and hypocrisy. The left does not care about stopping evil. Leftists care about corrupting and maligning everything good about masculinity.

Rape, sexual exploitation, pedophilia and pederasty are not just a “male” or homosexual things: Women do these too – more frequently than you may think. And despite the supposed “locker-room” culture of bragging about sex, boys and men suffer at least as much humiliation and pain at the hands of women as vice versa.

Peterson ramped up his hatred for women in his Nov. 12 column:

So-called “empowerment of women” has nearly brought America to her knees. Women have been allowed to make up any accusation against men, and half the country believes them without any evidence.

Corrupt judges, politicians and media encourage this madness. Accusations against men destroy the good reputations of decent men. They distance supporters from good leaders, wives from husbands, children from their fathers. This separation kills the souls of children, who grow up angry, aimless and out of control. Suspicions play on the imaginations and worries of women in relationships. False accusations breed malice and distrust between men and women.

How do you protect yourself from vindictive, selfish women and their wicked lies?

First, you don’t have sex with a woman until marriage. That way, you and she stay less emotionally involved. Liberals have a very low moral standard, or excuse, for sex under any circumstance. They call their low standard “consent,” whereas God’s standard is marriage. God gave us his commandments to help us live a good life and protect us from evil. Do not fall for Satan’s excuses and phony imitation of morality. Even so-called “consensual sex” outside marriage opens you up to all kinds of calamity. The daughter of Satan with whom you slept can change her mind, turn around and accuse you of insane things when the relationship sours. While not every woman will do this, you cannot afford to place your trust in any woman – if you trust the woman, you don’t trust God. Whether you know it or not, she will see your weakness, judge you and never respect you.

Peterson then tried to smear one accuser of Roy Moore by citing ... Newsmax columnist James Hirsen's unproven, slut-shaming claim that she has been "charged with multiple misdeameanors," then adding: "I remind you that if you support Democrats, you support evil. These women are evil."

Yep, the guy still has issues with women.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:24 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:59 AM EST
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
MRC Incapable Of Unequivocally Denouncing Roy Moore
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center is running into the same problem with Roy Moore that it had with Bill O'Reilly: an inabilty to criticize the bad behavior of a prominent conservative without equivocating it with something else.

Mike Ciandella, for instance, complains that the Moore's perving on teenage girls is being covered more than the corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (as usual limiting his media view to network news and completely ignoring cable). Of course, he plays the "if true" card on the way to his equivocation:

The media are right to cover the allegations of child molestation against Alabama Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore. If these allegations are true, they are inexcusable and unforgivable, and voters in that state have a right to know about them. Yet, the same media outlets that have moments of clarity when it comes to Republican scandals and corruption turn a blind eye when the scandals and corruption come from a Democrat.

Rich Noyes churned out a more in-depth -- but still biased and narrowly constructed -- study comparing Moore and Menendez coverage, with an added whine about "the liberal media’s double-standard on ethics: A Democrat’s corruption scandal is kept under wraps, while a Republican’s alleged transgressions are given saturation coverage." Speaking of double standards: Noyes apparently doesn't know that the "news" arm of the MRC, CNSNews.com, completely ignored the Moore story for four days.

Jeffrey Lord -- who played dumb about sexual harassment claims against Roger Ailes -- echoed Ciandella: "This sudden and massive coverage of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and a 38-year old charge of sex with a 14 year old? Where is all the massive on-going liberal media coverage of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s trial for corruption and bribery? It isn’t there. Funny how that works, yes?  No, actually."

Scott Whitlock conceded that the accusations against Moore are "serious" -- then whined that the media identified him as a conservative Republican.

Curtis Houck also agreed the allegations are "damning" -- but then attacked the Washington Post for publishing them:

The allegations are damning and a clear example of not living life according to The Ten Commandments, but that doesn’t mean The Post is absolved from being labeled a part of the liberal machine. Allegations and important reporting can come from outlets across the political spectrum (e.g. Ronan Farrow’s masterful Harvey Weinstein stories in The New Yorker), but it’s important to recognize where stories are coming from.

Yet we can't recall an instance in which the MRC dismissed an allegation about a liberal made by a conservative media outlet because of where the story came from.

The MRC then moved to the Clinton Equivocation phase of the story. Tim Graham cheered that "Slick Willie" was brought up, however briefly, and Nicholas Fondacaro huffed: "Voters couldn’t be skeptical about the allegations against Moore, but her network and the rest of the media could be skeptical, omit, and deny the allegations against their precious Bill Clinton." And Houck rejoiced when CNN's Jake Tapper claimed that Clinton's accusers did not get "the same respect" in the media that Moore's accusers have.

Meanwhile, the MRC that contiuously portrayed Bill Clinton's accusers as unimpeachable has yet to make any sort of statement about the veracity of Moore's accusers, apparently incapable of even the most innocuous statement that they should be believed. By staying silent, the MRC is not showing them the same respect they showed Clinton's accusers.

In other words, the MRC sexual harassment double standard continues.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:01 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:12 PM EST
WND Columnist Fabricates A Story to Defend Roy Moore
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Once-regular WorldNetDaily columnist Janet Porter -- an Obama-hater and anti-abortion extremist -- writes only sporadically for WND these days, but she makes up for lost time in her Nov. 12 column, in which she fabricates an alternate history to defend Roy Moore:

Godly. Courageous. Unwavering. These are not words typically used to describe members of the United States Senate. Maybe that’s why there’s so much pushback against Judge Roy Moore, a godly, courageous and unwavering man, if ever there were one.

The Republican establishment couldn’t take him out, so now the fake news arm of the Democratic Party is at bat against the man who would rather lose his job on the Alabama Supreme Court than break one of the Ten Commandments or give up his right to display them.

But how do you attack a man of untarnished integrity?

When your target is so squeaky clean, there’s no mud to sling. Mud must be manufactured.

Here’s a glimpse at how:

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos checks in on his $250 million investment by dropping by his Washington Post, which just endorsed Judge Moore’s opponent: “Judge Roy Moore is still up in the polls? What do I pay you people for?

“I’ve got it! Let’s hop on the Weinstein wagon and accuse him of something sexual.” 

 Such an outrageous suggestion couldn’t even pass a Washington Post straight-face test.

A young reporter, wanting to impress: “Hey, I got a woman who said Moore played the guitar and read her poetry when she was 18.”

“Will she say she was younger?”

“Not this one.”  

“Then find someone else – did he ever sit next to an underage girl at the courthouse?”  

“Yes … but she’s a self-admitted suicidal, drug-using, three-time divorcee who filed for bankruptcy three times, whose statute of limitations on her claim without a witness ran out 35 years ago.”

“What are you waiting for? Print it.”

And, on que, the gleeful Republican establishment lined up to repudiate an innocent man.

And on queue, a gleeful Moore supporter slimes an accuser because she can't discredit anything she says.

Porter then slobbers over Moore again, proclaiming him "the godly, courageous, unwavering candidate the establishment and the enemy want most to destroy."

As someone who embraced anti-Obama conspiracy theories, Porter is no stranger to spreading lies.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:10 AM EST
Monday, November 13, 2017
Not News Here: CNS Very Slow To Report on Roy Moore Scandal
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com purports to be a news outlet, what with the word "news" in its name and all. But it clearly cares little for reporting news that does not advance its right-wing agenda.

Take, as just one example, the story of Roy Moore and his perving on teenage girls as a 30-something adult. When the Washington Post broke the story on Nov. 9, CNS apparently didn't think it was news, even though it concerns a prominent conservative politician who attack on the Southern Poverty Law Center managing editor Michael W. Chapman touted earlier this year and whose ranting against gay marriage CNS promoted in 2015.

No stories about Moore appeared the next day -- its lead story for much of the day was about the Air Force needing pilots. What did appear, oddly enough, was two stories highlighting child marriage in Islamic countries. If that was a way for CNS to deflect from Moore bypointing out other places that are even more pervy about teen girls that Moore has been accused of being, that was a bizarre way to do it.

Finally, four days after the story broke, CNS finally got around to doing a story about Moore -- a summary by Susan Jones of Moore's friendly appearance on fellow conservative Sean Hannity's radio show, in which he denied the charges. Jones made sure to write it as favorable to Moore as possible and highlighting his blaming the controversy on a media "agenda," not on his own actions.

It appears that if it's not good news for conservative, CNS is simply not going to report it at all -- at least until it can find a way to put a positive spin on it. That's not anybody's definition of a "news" operation.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:18 PM EST
There's A James Woods-Sized Hole In WND Article On Hollywood Sexual Misbehavior
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's no surpise that WorldNetDaily would rush to the defense of Roy Moore over allegations of inappropriate behavior with teenagers -- after all, it published Moore's autobiography and has lots of copies to sell.

One of those defenses was a Nov. 9 article by Alicia Powe declaring: "The growing number of celebrities accused of sexual misbehavior have another thing in common: They have unleashed vitriolic and sometimes violent rhetoric against Donald Trump."

But Powe omitted one conspicuous exception to that rule. As we'e documented, actor James Woods has been accused of inappropriate behavior with actress Amber Tamblyn and has a history of dating women young enough to be his granddaughter.

But that didn't make it into Powe's article. Why? Woods is a prominent Trump supporter. That would have spoiled her article and undermined WND's pro-Moore agenda.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:31 PM EST
Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 11:27 PM EST
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Newsmax's Hirsen Tries to Smear Roy Moore Accuser
Topic: Newsmax

For some reason, Newsmax columnist James Hirsen feels the need to launch nasty attacks on the women who accused Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore of perving on them when they were teenagers.

In a Nov. 10 tweet, Hirsen went on the attack: "Purportedly Moore’s main accuser Leigh Corfman has had three divorces, filed for bankruptcy three times, and has been charged with multiple misdemeanors. Posts on Moore's FB page indicate that Corfman, has claimed several pastors at various churches made sexual advances at her."

Hirsen retweeted other attacks on the accusers and defenses of Moore.

Ironically (or perhaps not so much), Gibson is close to a Hollywood star with a history of questionable behavior toward women, Mel Gibson. As we've documented, Hirsen headed a group that owned a tract of land in Pennsylvania where Gibson's father founded a branch of an ultraconservative Catholic sect, and has promoted Gibson on websites including Newsmax without disclosing his personal ties to the star. And when tapes surfaced revealing Gibson saying hateful and abusive things to an ex-girlfriend, he first ignored the story, then ran to his defense by claiming the tapes were edited. Only then did Hirsen finally disclose at Newsmax that he is a "business associate and friend" of Gibson.

Is this really the way Newsmax wants one of its columnists to behave? Given that it's given Hirsen a pass on his unethical behavior so far, perhaps so.

UPDATE: Hirsen, who claims to be an attorney, offered up this Nov. 13 post on Moore's threat to sue the Washington Post for publishing thet story about his accusers: "False publication that harms reputation is actionable defamation."

But if the claims are false, shouldn't Moore be suing his accusers instead of a newspaper? Further, Moore would have to claim actual malice -- that the Post knew the claims were false and published the story anyway -- for Moore's lawsuit to have any chance of success. Thus far, he has offered no such evidence against either the accusers or the Post.

Maybe Hirsen shouldn't be bragging so much about being a lawyer.

And in his new Newsmax column, Hirsen continued his pro-Moore defense campaign, delcaring the allegations to be "fake news." He manages to avoid repeating his defamatory claims about Corfman -- which are arguably more actionable in court than anything the Post has published about Moore, so good on Hirsen for belatedly figuring that out -- but he repeated other irrelevant information about another accuser, as if being "a sign language interpreter for then-Vice President Joe Biden" has any bearing on the current controversy."

Hirsen proudly claims that "It is predictable and wholly rational for Judge Moore’s backers to doubt the veracity of the Post story," adding: "Alabamians have little faith in the mainstream media, particularly the Post. On the other hand, Judge Moore is known statewide as an individual who after successfully running for office served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court."

And, now, suspected pedophile. Hirsen won't admit that, of course.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:17 PM EST
Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 3:04 PM EST

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