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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
NEW ARTICLE: Keeping the Hagiography Alive
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center aggressively pushes back against anyone who suggests Ronald Reagan may have had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease while president -- even the president's own son. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 3:04 PM EDT
WND Columnist: Liberals Are 'Sexually Obsessed' With Swarthy-Looking Immigrants
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It’s hard to feel sorry for liberals when they reap the results of the policies they force on the rest of us.

A middle-aged woman who campaigned against the deportation of migrants from her native Sweden was raped by the very refugees she advocates for.

She met two Afghan teens on the street, outside a bar – no slut-shaming, please – and voluntarily accompanied them to their taxpayer-funded pad. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Behind the European obsession with importing tall, dark, Middle-Eastern young men are hordes of horny, menopausal, Social Justice Warriors (SJW).

“Bohemian witches” or “tie-dye hags” is how one risqué, Swedish, YouTube commentator calls this degenerate distaff.

Left-liberal women (like Chancellor Angela Merkel) certainly have a fixation – could it be erotic? – with rescuing dark, handsome, exotic-looking strangers.

Judging from their irrational, histrionic protests against President Trump’s travel ban, we appear destined to live or die by these females’ hormones (or their replaced hormones).

[...]

Egalitarianism, the goal of the left and the political right, rests on the blunting of male-female differences. In the service of egalitarian sameness, the male-vs.-female biological imperatives are rapidly, if reflexively, being dissolved.

Survival, however, has a biological dimension. A submissive, effete civilization made up of men like Mr. Hauken will not endure.

The repulsive specter of Karsten Nordal Hauken just about turning the other cheek to the man who spread both his cheeks is not an isolated case.

The pale, liberal patriarchy is a pioneer in forever scrutinizing itself for signs of racism and deficits in empathy toward “The Other,” while readily accusing others of the same.

It’s as though liberal men derive erotic pleasure from prostrating themselves to assailants and ceding to racial claims-making.

Could it be that liberal men are driven by a powerful homo-erotic impulsive?

Who knows, but as the example of Nordal Hauken shows, this specimen is queering at a rapid pace.

-- Ilana Mercer, April 26 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 11:58 AM EDT
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Attacking Logical Journalistic Decisions as Biased Is What's Wrong With the MRC
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock seems to think some snark is in order in an April 16 post:

Naturally: CBS Turns to Hillary Clinton’s VP Nominee for Comey Reaction

Who better than Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee to respond to James Comey’s book tour? Tim Kaine and fellow partisan Democrat Adam Schiff were the only politicians brought on CBS This Morning, Monday, to comment on Comey’s hour-long interview on ABC. Co-host John Dickerson tossed this softball to the man who was almost vice president: “Let me ask you about James Comey. Hillary Clinton said he shivved her. How are we supposed to take this new revelation?”

Dickerson offered criticism from Comey, but only when it was about the ex-FBI Director possibly causing Clinton to lose: “He said he had to speak out to make sure there was integrity for her presidency. Is that part of his job as the FBI director?” 

Co-host Norah O’Donnell sympathized: “Do you think [Comey reopening the investigation] impacted the election?”

Whitlock seems to think having on the vice presidential candiadte on the ticket whose chance of getting elected was arguably adversely affected by Comey is somehow something only the "liberal media" would do and, this, worthy of his attempted snark. But who better indeed? Why wouldn't a news outlet want to have Kaine on to talk about this?

Whitlock also pretends to be reading O'Donnell's mind by claimed that she "sympathized" with Kaine. But she asked a straightforward question. He later portrayed a question about an interpretation of the Comey interview as pushing "Comey's talking points."

Whitlock's shallow attack pretending to be incisive analysis is a handy demonstration of what's wrong with the MRC. Mind-reading and reflexively assuming that all news outlets that aren't Fox News are deliberately pushing a "liberal media bias" do not make for credible media research, though Whitlock and crew apparently believe otherwise.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:20 PM EDT
Jesse Lee Peterson Being Jesse Lee Peterson
Topic: WorldNetDaily

I realized that I’m about the only one who loves black people. Nobody likes blacks’ bad attitude, not even other blacks – but most can’t see that it’s because of their anger, and not the phony illusion of “racism.” “Racism” does not exist, and never has; it’s only a spiritual problem of judgment. Most blacks suffer because they’re immoral. Liberals pretend to care about blacks, but do not love them enough to demand they be morally upright. Instead, blacks’ supposed “allies” demand everyone else get more training and re-education – police, Starbucks employees and white people.

One thing I love about President Trump, whom I call “The Great White Hope,” is that he does not pander to the worst in people – not black radicals, liberal women, illegal aliens or others lost in a mindset of victimhood.

Catering to the anger of these people is like a man trying to please a woman. She will never respect him because she sees he will follow her whims and mood swings, instead of following God. He won’t stand on what’s right, despite her complaints and accusations of him supposedly not loving her. By him rewarding her bad behavior, she’ll only get worse. If they marry, it won’t last. If he ever has children, they’ll turn away from him toward an evil world. This immorality, the weakness of men, will destroy the freedoms of a country.

-- Jesse Lee Peterson, April 22 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 4:10 PM EDT
CNS Promotes Right-Wing Anti-Pope Francis Book
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman has been pushing a war on Pope Francis by right-wing Catholics who think he's a little too liberal and unclear on certain issues. Another recent example is an April 10 blog post in which Chapman criticized "the ever-growing confusion and scandal in the Catholic Church created by Pope Francis's ambiguous teachings on divorce, remarriage, and adultery" and touted a "final declaration" by other church clergy and activists "that reaffirms the 2,000-year-old teaching of the church on these matters."

This was followed by an April 17 column that is an excerpt from the anti-Francis book "The Dictator Pope," from the right-wing publishing house Regnery. So the above activists weren't dictating things? Isn't the job of the leader of the Catholic Church to dictate things to a certain extent? The excerpt doesn't get into that, but there was confusion from the start. The book's author is listed on the cover as Marcantonio Colonna, but the CNS byline on the excerpt is Henry Sire, who's listed in his CNS bio as the author of the book. As it turns out, Colonna is Sire's pen name -- and he's such a reactionary that he doesn't believe that the church's Vatican II reforms of the 1960s were legitimate.

The excerpt itself gets off to a misguided start that reflects the author's bias:

The phenomenon of widespread homosexuality among clergy and bishops had been public knowledge since at least 2001, when the Boston Globe began a series of exposés on the clergy sex abuse scandals. The John Jay Report, an investigation commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published in 2004, found that more than 80 percent of the victims of clergy sexual abuse had been adolescent males.  Reports from dioceses around the world—including national bishops’ conferences in Australia, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the Philippines, India, and most of Europe—found similar results.

The John Jay Report covered the period from 1950 to 2002 and found the complaints had peaked at a period coinciding with the vogue for ignoring or re-writing seminary admission guidelines to allow homosexuals to study and be ordained as priests—the 1960s to the 1980s—a period that can be likened to the Catholic Church’s own internal Sexual Revolution.

As we've pointed out when Bill Donohue of the right-wing Catholic League makes this same basic claim, this is a deliberate misreading of the John Jay report. The researchers stated that no connection was found between homosexual identity and an increased likelihood of sexual abuse and argued that the idea of sexual identity should be separated from the problem of sexual abuse, since one does not have to have a homosexual identity to commit homosexual acts. The John Jay researchers also stated that the reason more than 80 percent of the victims of clergy sexual abuse were adolescent males is because that's who the priests were around a lot of the time, making this in no small part a crime of opportunity rather than one of sexual orientation.

The rest of the excerpt mostly complains that Pope Benedict -- a conservative pope more to the liking of Chapman and Sire/Colonna -- was being blamed in part for the church's slow response to the sexual abuse scandals.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:43 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:56 AM EDT
WND Columnist: Liberals Are 'Sexually Obsessed' With Swarthy-Looking Immigrants
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It’s hard to feel sorry for liberals when they reap the results of the policies they force on the rest of us.

A middle-aged woman who campaigned against the deportation of migrants from her native Sweden was raped by the very refugees she advocates for.

She met two Afghan teens on the street, outside a bar – no slut-shaming, please – and voluntarily accompanied them to their taxpayer-funded pad. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Behind the European obsession with importing tall, dark, Middle-Eastern young men are hordes of horny, menopausal, Social Justice Warriors (SJW).

“Bohemian witches” or “tie-dye hags” is how one risqué, Swedish, YouTube commentator calls this degenerate distaff.

Left-liberal women (like Chancellor Angela Merkel) certainly have a fixation – could it be erotic? – with rescuing dark, handsome, exotic-looking strangers.

Judging from their irrational, histrionic protests against President Trump’s travel ban, we appear destined to live or die by these females’ hormones (or their replaced hormones).

[...]

Egalitarianism, the goal of the left and the political right, rests on the blunting of male-female differences. In the service of egalitarian sameness, the male-vs.-female biological imperatives are rapidly, if reflexively, being dissolved.

Survival, however, has a biological dimension. A submissive, effete civilization made up of men like Mr. Hauken will not endure.

The repulsive specter of Karsten Nordal Hauken just about turning the other cheek to the man who spread both his cheeks is not an isolated case.

The pale, liberal patriarchy is a pioneer in forever scrutinizing itself for signs of racism and deficits in empathy toward “The Other,” while readily accusing others of the same.

It’s as though liberal men derive erotic pleasure from prostrating themselves to assailants and ceding to racial claims-making.

Could it be that liberal men are driven by a powerful homo-erotic impulsive?

Who knows, but as the example of Nordal Hauken shows, this specimen is queering at a rapid pace.

-- Ilana Mercer, April 26 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 12:01 AM EDT
WND Columnist: Liberals Are 'Sexually Obsessed' With Swarthy-Looking Immigrants
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It’s hard to feel sorry for liberals when they reap the results of the policies they force on the rest of us.

A middle-aged woman who campaigned against the deportation of migrants from her native Sweden was raped by the very refugees she advocates for.

She met two Afghan teens on the street, outside a bar – no slut-shaming, please – and voluntarily accompanied them to their taxpayer-funded pad. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Behind the European obsession with importing tall, dark, Middle-Eastern young men are hordes of horny, menopausal, Social Justice Warriors (SJW).

“Bohemian witches” or “tie-dye hags” is how one risqué, Swedish, YouTube commentator calls this degenerate distaff.

Left-liberal women (like Chancellor Angela Merkel) certainly have a fixation – could it be erotic? – with rescuing dark, handsome, exotic-looking strangers.

Judging from their irrational, histrionic protests against President Trump’s travel ban, we appear destined to live or die by these females’ hormones (or their replaced hormones).

[...]

Egalitarianism, the goal of the left and the political right, rests on the blunting of male-female differences. In the service of egalitarian sameness, the male-vs.-female biological imperatives are rapidly, if reflexively, being dissolved.

Survival, however, has a biological dimension. A submissive, effete civilization made up of men like Mr. Hauken will not endure.

The repulsive specter of Karsten Nordal Hauken just about turning the other cheek to the man who spread both his cheeks is not an isolated case.

The pale, liberal patriarchy is a pioneer in forever scrutinizing itself for signs of racism and deficits in empathy toward “The Other,” while readily accusing others of the same.

It’s as though liberal men derive erotic pleasure from prostrating themselves to assailants and ceding to racial claims-making.

Could it be that liberal men are driven by a powerful homo-erotic impulsive?

Who knows, but as the example of Nordal Hauken shows, this specimen is queering at a rapid pace.

-- Ilana Mercer, April 26 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 12:01 AM EDT
Monday, April 30, 2018
WND's Farah Still Giving Trump's Immorality A Pass As Long As He Takes Orders From Evangelicals
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is still trying to justify evangelicals continuing to support President Trump despite his many, many faults, including credible accusastions of an affair with a porn star. This time, editor Joseph Farah does the honors in his April 24 column ranting about an Atlantic article by Michael Gerson calling out evangelical hypocrisy on Trump. Farah rants:

Yet, he’s beside himself over the harm evangelicals are supposedly doing to their cause and their good name by supporting Trump. It’s the oldest political trick in the book: Tell your opponents to be more like you if they want to be true to their ideals. Tell your opponents they’re tarnishing their image by supporting a flawed human. In other words, be a liberal or don’t get involved in politics.

  • Because Trump once supported abortion, evangelicals should disown him.
  • Because Trump committed adultery, evangelicals should renounce him.
  • Because Trump uses crude and vulgar language, evangelicals should turn away.
  • Because Trump boasts about his wealth, evangelicals should be appalled.

For an evangelical who went to Wheaton, he doesn’t seem to understand repentance. Crude and vulgar language may be a display of ban manners, but I don’t see where the Bible condemns it as sin.

Repentence isn't an issue here because Trump has provided no evidence he has repented for his past behavior -- at least, Farah has provided none.

But Farah doesn't care about Trump's immoral behavior as long as he delivers the goods, a point he has made before and makes abundantly clear once more:

“The moral convictions of many evangelical leaders have become a function of their partisan identification,” Gerson writes, my guess is, not while looking in the mirror. “This is not mere gullibility; it is utter corruption. Blinded by political tribalism and hatred for their political opponents, these leaders can’t see how they are undermining the causes to which they once dedicated their lives. Little remains of a distinctly Christian public witness.”

Not true at all. If evangelicals walked away from the president who has done more in 18 months to support their causes than any other recent president did, save possibly Ronald Reagan, no one would ever take them seriously again. Even Gerson acknowledges elsewhere in his insipid and angry piece that Trump has embraced evangelical leaders and their causes.

[...]

Now, let me explain why evangelicals love Trump. He listens to them, and he acts accordingly.

End of story.

And for good measure, Farah attacks Gerson for accepting evolution as fact:

Gerson gives himself away when he states: “Evolution is a fact. It is objectively true based on overwhelming evidence. By denying this, evangelicals made their entire view of reality suspect. They were insisting, in effect, that the Christian faith requires a flight from reason.”

“There is no meaningful theological difference between creation by divine intervention and creation by natural selection; both are consistent with belief in a purposeful universe, and with serious interpretation of biblical texts,” he adds. “Evangelicals have placed an entirely superfluous stumbling block before their neighbors and children, encouraging every young person who loves science to reject Christianity.”

Evolution has nothing to do with science because it cannot be subjected to the scientific method.

Actually, it can. But then, Farah once called evolution "a malodorous, filthy, contemptuous lie from the pit of hell."


Posted by Terry K. at 10:28 PM EDT
MRC Defends Sinclair Over Trump-Esque Promo On Local Stations
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center tries to turn a blind eye to the conservative bias of local TV station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. That turned into full defense mode after Sinclair ordered the news personnel at its local stations to read a script about "fake news" that sounds not unlike Donald Trump's rhetoric:

  • Curtis Houck went the whataboutism route, complaining that MSNBC's "Morning Joe" "ripped" the promo but "without any sense of irony in how they licked the Obama administration’s boots and serve as home for the Resistance."
  • Nicholas Fondacaro attacked "disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather" for criticizing the promo, adding that "he relentlessly pushed a fake news story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War. He still claims it’s true."
  • Ryan Foley insisted the Sinclair statement the local news folks were forced to read was "generic," then tried to spin away the "fake news" phrase: "While the media does not seem to like Sinclair’s denunciation of “fake news” because they attribute that term to President Trump, keep in mind that President Obama used the phrase 'fake news' in the weeks following the 2016 Presidential Election as the Democrats began crafting the Russian interference narrative as an excuse for their loss." But Obama was talking about actual fake news; Trump uses the term to refer to any media report critical of him.
  • Fondacaro went a-Heathering in denouncing conservative HLN host S.E. Cupp for having "parroted the CNN company line by condemning Sinclair Broadcast Group as nothing more than state-owned propaganda." Fondacaro then defended CNN: "What Cupp and the rest of CNN are whining about is Sinclair basically making their version of CNN’s laughable #FactsFirst ads, but Sinclair has instead capitalized on the public’s rightful distrust of national media."
  • Scott Whitlock served up more whataboutism in huffing that CBS focused on Sinclair though "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King "is a Democratic donor" and a friend of possible 2020 presidentialcandidate Oprah Winfrey. Whitlock further huffed: "So if King can donate to Democrats and be good friends with a Democrat who may run for president, it’s rather hypocritical for CBS to criticize Sinclair."

The MRC's Tim Graham and Brent Bozell couldn't resist doing a column about this, of course. They do concede that "Sinclair has long aired conservative commentary on its local stations," but went on to whine: "Now, remember that most of these Sinclair stations are affiliates of ABC, CBS and NBC. So liberals object to a 60-second promo — but see nothing wrong with '60 Minutes' promoting Trump's alleged porn-star lover or the forthcoming prime-time George Stephanopoulos interview hour with former FBI Director James Comey on these very same stations."

Jeffrey Lord also weighed in with a defense of Sinclair and its conservative bias:

To be a liberal in the media is to be presented to the audience as a straight-shooter, a neutral observer charged with a “just the facts m’am” presentation. When in fact the “just the facts” presentation is actually all about the “facts” as presented through a liberal lens. 

The reason the Sinclair episode here is so enlightening is that it shows just how the liberal media game works. Sinclair, a conservative media company, takes over what has been an outlet putting out “news” as decided by a producer (and presumably others) who have, shall we say with understatement, “a liberal world view.” Precisely because the liberal game is interrupted and its monopoly on news presentation is changed by a conservative - all liberal media hell breaks loose.

[...]

What Sinclair is doing around the country is “taking control of the liberal media narrative” of the news as broadcast on Sinclair stations - and changing it.“The liberal media narrative” something that has been held in a monopoly until the advent of talk radio, Fox News, the Internet and - in this case - now by Sinclair.

The MRC loves media bias -- when it reflects the MRC's own.

UPDATE: The MRC's upset over Sinclair being portrayed as state-run TV is rather hilarious given that it has no problem hurling that claim itself. A January 2017 post by Whitlock called MSNBC "state run TV" because Brian Williams said something nice about President Obama.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:35 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2018 9:18 PM EDT
WND's Farah Begs For Money To Publish His New Book
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Remember that Chuck Norris column that effectively served as an announcement of WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah's new book, and which Farah played off as jumping the gun since the book wouldn't be coming out for another six months?

Well, we're seeing that this is all a very calculated campaign led by Farah to promote his book -- and raise money to publish it.

An April 20 WND article proclaimed:

In announcing a fundraising project for what is described as a “breakthrough Bible book,” WND and WND Books has enlisted a who’s who of Christian leaders who are enthusiastically endorsing “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.”

Researched and written by Joseph Farah over the last three years, the unique book officially releases in September following a grass-roots funding effort designed to provide the companies with the financial resources to print a first run of at least 100,000 copies to meet what is already projected to be massive demand from the public.

Among those endorsing the book are Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee, Chuck Norris, Greg Laurie, Jack Van Impe, David Barton, Dinesh D’Souza, Jonathan Bernis, Michael Brown, Sid Roth and Ray Comfort.

[...]

The campaign to support the book permits both free-will, non-deductible donations as well as tax-deductible contributions through an allied non-profit. 

The article is illustrated with the cover of the "Special VIP Advance Reader Copy" Farah has sending to those Christian leaders to create buzz and, presumably, troll for blurbs.

The BreakthroughBibleBook.com URL redirects to the WND online store page for the book, while the OldTestamentGospel.com URL redirects to a WND page with the hard well for the money pitch:

While ministries around the country are eagerly awaiting the release of the book, which has already been approved for sale by Franklin Graham for the Billy Graham Library and being considered now for sale in the Museum of the Bible, WND and WND Books does not have the financial resources to print the first 100,000 books, which will cost over $200,000.

There’s also a long delay in actually receiving the money in book sales. Bookstores make big orders – essentially on consignment. It’s not unusual to be receiving revenues from actual sales six to 12 months later. Since this book is what is called an “evergreen” in the industry, the book is sure to sell for many, many years – because there is no competition in the marketplace and because the substance of the book never changes or becomes outdated. But WND also currently has no advertising budget to support this book – something that would result in the word getting out for faster sales.

So, the need is great – beyond $200,000. That’s just a start.

Can you help WND raise at least $200,000 right now with your tax-deductible contributions or your free-will non-deductible gifts directly to WND so we can help spread this vital Gospel message? 

WND doesn't explain why the first printing needs to be 100,000 copies, nor doesn't it explain why it doesn't do a slow rollout of the book instead, using profits from that printing to pay for more copies.

The page also details the tax-deductible component:

We invite you, your organization or church to become a patron for “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament” by making a tax-deductible grant or donation of $10,000 or more to the “The Gospel Book Project” direct to Gospel for All Nations by special arrangement with author Joseph Farah who wants to hear from you directly. Donors will also shortly receive a pre-publication collector edition Special Advance Reader Copy signed by the author as well as an autographed first edition copy that will include the list of patrons, if they so choose to be listed. If you are in a position to arrange such a grant or donation, please email the author at jfarah@wnd.com to set up a personal briefing, thanks and instructions.

Gospel for All Nations is a ministry -- seemingly consisting of just a man, his wife and their daughter -- that, according to its website, "exists to take The Gospel of Jesus to the nations of the world, focusing in particular on the least reached nations." It's unclear what, exactly, the connection is between Gospel for All Nations and Farah and WND.

An April 23 WND article features more testimonials for the book and another plea for funds.

It seems that begging WND readers for money to keep his operation afloat agrees so well with Farah that he's doing it again -- but with the added twist of tax-deductible contributions through a nonprofit ministry through a relationship that has not been publicly defined.

At least donors get a tangible book out of the deal. Hey, at least it's not bitcoin.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:33 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2018 8:52 AM EDT
Sunday, April 29, 2018
CNS Managing Editor Cheers Anti-Gay Rugby Player
Topic: CNSNews.com

You wouldn't think anyone at CNSNews.com would care what an Australian rugby player has to say about anything -- rugby's barely a blip on the sports radar in the U.S., and its players in other countries even less so. But when an Australian rugby player echoes the anti-gay agenda of CNS managing editor Michael W. Chapman, it makes the CNS website.

Thus, this April 5 blog post by Chapman:

Australian rugby star Israel Folau, who is a devout Christian, said that God's plans are not always our plans and, when asked what God's plan is for homosexuals, Folau responded, "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."

Folau, 29, plays for the Waratahs in Super Rugby. Last year he was a finalist for World Rugby's player of the year. Folau has 119,000 followers on Twitter, 125,350 on Facebook, and 337, 000 followers on Instagram. He is "one of Australia's most recognizable rugby players," reported RT News on Apr. 4.

In response to an injury he suffered on March 31, Folau posted on instagram a cartoon that showed "YOUR PLAN" versus "GOD's PLAN" -- the straight and easy road to success vs. a bumpy and trial-filled road to success.  Beneath the images, Folau quoted James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, because the testing of your faith produces endurance... so that you may be lacking in nothing."

After Folau posted his comment, a follower posted a question, "@izzyfolau what was gods plan for gay people??"

Folau -- izzyfolau on Instagram -- replied, "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."

Yep, Chapman's kind of news. Folau later claimed that he didn't mean to offend with his statement, denied he was homophobic (Chapman, of course, is a separate matter), and that he would be willing to leave his team if asked. Folau won't be punished by Rugby Australia over the controversy.

Incidentally, Chapman's source for Folau's comments is RT, the news operation run by the Russian government  that's basically a propaganda tool for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

So Chapman relies on a propaganda outlet to peddle his own anti-gay propaganda at a "news" operation that's little more than right-wing propaganda.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:07 PM EDT
MRC Still Fighting Idea Reagan May Have Had Alzheimer's Symptoms While President
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's weird sensitivity to the idea that Ronald Reagan may have had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease while president continues in an April 11 post by Brent Baker:

Last week’s episode of FX’s The Americans, set in 1987, imagined a U.S. arms control official telling an undercover Soviet KGB operative that he’d heard from a White House insider that President Ronald Reagan has “been forgetful, not focused, almost a different person lately. The man I talked to said he thinks that the President might be going senile.” In the next scene, the agent’s KGB handler worried: “Weinberger and his cronies are even more hard-line than Reagan.”

But as leading Reagan biographer Craig Shirley has pointed out, “there is no truth to the notion of Ronald Reagan having Alzheimer’s during his presidency.” Not that such a fact would have prevented the scene The Americans played out from happening in reality – given the disdain for Reagan from so many in the DC establishment.

But as we've noted, Shirley is more of a Reagan hagiographer than a straight biographer, and he fears that questioning Reagan's health means delegitimizing his entire presidency. He also insists that only conservatives be allowed to write about conservative history and that they should "root out and eviscerate and disembowel liberals writing of our history."


Posted by Terry K. at 11:36 AM EDT
Saturday, April 28, 2018
CNS Merely Reprinted the Press Release About A New Right-Wing Book
Topic: CNSNews.com

A "news" organization is nevery more lazy than when it simply republishes a press release without any editing. That appears to be the case with this item:

In “LOVE THY BODY,” best-selling author Nancy R. Pearcey challenges the rise of politically correct social constructs that pose as liberation but are harmful to the human person, while setting us up for control by an all-powerful political state.  

“LOVE THY BODY,” published January 2, provides real-world solutions to a dehumanizing hostility to the body that characterizes the secularist approach to abortion, assisted suicide, same-sex "marriage," transgenderism, and so on.

The following excerpt from “LOVE THY BODY” uncovers the link between the personal and the political—how a secular ideology denies the relevance of biology and thereby alienates us from our bodies and render human beings "easier to manipulate and control." Human freedom begins at home. Now, more than ever, says Pearcey, love thy body.

The book title in all caps is the giveaway that CNS simply copied-and-pasted a press release -- no self-respecting news organization, or at least one with competent copy editors, would let that happen.

The excerpt itself is the usual right-wing complaining about "secular orthodoxies" and the "secular moral revolution." Message is more important than editorial standards at CNS, apparently.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:44 AM EDT
WND Columnist Doesn't Like Trump Being Likened To A 'Mob Boss'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Michael Master serves up an odd defense of President Trump in his April 20 WorldNetDaily column:

In promoting his new book, former FBI Director James Comey referred to Trump as being like a “mob boss.”

Al Capone was a mob boss. The FBI tried in vain for years to catch Capone at breaking the law as a mob boss so they could lock him up. The FBI failed at the task at hand and so looked for some other way to get Capone. The FBI solicited help from the IRS and indicted/convicted Capone for tax evasion – but nothing for Capone’s actions as a mob boss.

The general population accepted the actions of the IRS/FBI collusion against Capone because the popular thought was that Capone was a bad guy who should be removed from society.

And how did the general population learn about Capone? From the media and the information leaked to the press from the J. Edgar Hoover led FBI. That was the same J. Edgar Hoover who kept private files about politicians that he used as blackmail to keep Congress and presidents from interfering with his FBI, including files about the female escapades of JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King Jr..

Now, the FBI is doing the same thing to Trump. McCabe, Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein … all part of the FBI deep state. Why did Rosenstein give so much latitude to Mueller? Why did McCabe leak information to the press? Notes kept by Comey to be used against Trump? Comparisons of Trump to a mob boss? All deliberate. What do they have on Attorney General Sessions? What do they have on members of Congress?

For Comey to refer to Trump as a mob boss says it all. Capone had people killed. His mob brought drugs into the U.S. Prostitution. Bootlegging. Gambling. Did Trump do any of that?

Master seems to have forgotten that Trump used to own casinos emblazoned with his name. He also ignored that Comey explained his "mob boss" statement by highlighting how Trump demands loyalty to him over even loyalty to the country.

Master's column comes to its expected conspiratorial end by stating, "Trump a mob boss? hardly. The real threat to America is them … the deep state.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:59 AM EDT
Friday, April 27, 2018
Right-Wing Radical Bozell Attacks 'Left-Wing Radicals' Going After Ingraham
Topic: Media Research Center

Craig Bannister takes stenography from the boss in an April 13 CNSNews.com blog post:

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin are calling on advertisers to stand up to left-wing radicals demanding they stop supporting Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

On Friday, the Red Lobster franchise announced it was caving to the radicals’ demands and pulling its ads from host Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program – prompting Bozell and Ingraham to take to Twitter.

“Why is @RedLobster pulling ads from @IngrahamAngle now? She already apologized and @AceHardware just resumed ads,” Bozell wrote, noting that Ace Hardware resumed its ads after Ingraham apologized for her comments about anti-gun activist David Hogg.

Ex-advertisers like Red Lobster should “grow a spine and stop capitulating to left-wing radicals,” Bozell wrote.

How does targeting an TV personality you don't like, or its advertisers, make you a "left-wing radical"?  Because Bozell has done his share of that.

Bozell targeted Reza Aslan because he had a show on CNN and said mean things about President Trump. The fact that Aslan quickly apologized didn't keep Bozell from discontinuing his campaign of hate -- he wanted a scalp, and he eventually got it.

Bozell also attacked advertisers who dropped Sean Hannity's show last year over his promotion of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory -- and to do that if effectively defended Hannity's embrace of conspiracy theories. Bozell joined conservatives who hounded insurance firm USAA, who had dropped its ads, to return to the show.

Doesn't that mean USAA caved to right-wing radicals? After all, by his own definition of the other side, Bozell is one.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:15 PM EDT

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