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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
WND Columnist: Whites Are The New Jews
WorldNetDaily columnist Ilana Mercer still laments the end of apartheid in her native South Africa. Now she's working up white victimhood in her June 7 column, basically portraying whites as vilified as Jews:
Mercer might have a point if whites were a historically oppressed minority in America. They're not.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Homophobic CNS Managing Editor Cheers Anti-Gay Sentiment In Belarus
Chapman curiously didn't mention something that was in the BBC article: "In a report last year, human rights group Amnesty International said the LGBT community faced growing discrimination in Belarus as a result of repressive government policies." Then again, he's probably down that that type of repression.
Double Standards Galore in MRC's Outrage Over Samantha Bee
Topic: Media Research Center
There were a lot of double standards flying about when the Media Research Center wenty after Samantha Bee for tagging a vulgar expression on Ivanka Trump.
Kyle Drennen complained that one reporter pointed out that Bee is a comedian: "When Roseanne crossed the line, the press rightfully criticized her. But when Bee hurled her invective at the First Family, Soboroff’s first instinct was to claim she’s just 'a comedian.' The hypocrisy is stunning."
As is the MRC's. We remember when Hank Williams Jr. likened President Obama to Hitler, the MRC's first instinct was to dismiss it as a "bad joke."
Peter Sifre declared: "It is absolutely wrong to call a woman the 'C' word. However, the moral relativism of the left naturally leads to the conclusion that it is allowed if the correct intersectional categories are checked off by the offender and if they agree with the offender’s politics. It would be wrong if it was a random woman on the street but it is okay if it is the president’s daughter. It would be wrong if a man said it but it is okay because Samantha Bee said it. This is the antithesis of individual responsibility."
Meanwhile, we don't remember the MRC getting offended by anything Ted Nugent -- a current board member of the National Rifle Association and a visitor to the White House under Donald Trump -- has done, which include calling Hillary Clinton a "toxic cunt."
Drennen came back to grouse that one commentator was "blaming President Trump for creating an environment of incivility" that led to Bee's remark. He forgot that his employer also engages in this kind of blame-shifting, as the headline for this May 20 item by Nicholas Fondacaro illustrates: "ABC Host Pushes Gun Control, Ignores Devaluation of Life by Our Culture."
Monday, June 11, 2018
WND Somehow Manages To Once Again Escape Being Sued Over Its Seth Rich Conspiracy-Mongering
There's another Seth Rich lawsuit: This time, family spokesman Brad Bauman is suing several people, including Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, for promoting the false idea that the Democratic National Committee "assigned" Bauman to be a spokesman for the Rich family or is otherwise involved in the situation.
Surprisingly, the Seth Rich conspiracy-mongers at WorldNetDaily are not named in the lawsuit, despite certainly hinting at that false narrative.
A May 2017 WND article by Alicia Powe used Butowsky's accusation as a hook to interview Bauman about it. His unequivocal denial is the lead, but Powe did what she could to undermine it by suggesting Bauman's political history may indicate a DNC link:
Another May 2017 article by Powe features a WikiLeaks tweet calling Bauman "a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant. A separate May 2017 article by Powe and fringe conspiracy-monger Liz Crokin, echoed WikiLeaks in calling Bauman a "Democratic political crisis consultant." A June 2017 article by Powe once again called Bauman "a Democratic political crisis consultant."
WND has miraculously avoided becoming a defendant in other lawsuits -- by Rich's parents and his brother -- aimed at shutting down those who push bogus conspiracy theories despite also trading in some of those very same conspiracy theories.
Mark Levin Dictates CNS' Editorial Agenda, Apparently
The Media Research Center is close buddies with right-wing radio host Mark Levin -- so much so that in the first four months of this year, the MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com, publishced 33 articles that simply transcribe what Levin said on his radio show. Now, it appears that the MRC has decided to hand over partial control over CNS' editorial agenda to Levin.
Craig Bannister dedicated a May 26 CNS blog post to Levin's latest crusade, insisting that "the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is unconstitutional – and he’s not the only constitutional scholar to make the case." Bannister enthusiastically touted how "Levin credits Northwestern Law School Professor Steven Calabresi for raising many of these points with him over the weekend. 'I agree completely with his analysis,' Levin says."
Two days later, CNS editor in chief Terry Jeffrey devoted his column to parroting Levin's claims:
But that wasn't enough. With the coming of summer comes a new crop of interns to the MRC, some of which got assigned to CNS. So the interns harassed no fewer than six senators with the exact same question: "Professor Steven Calabresi of Northwestern Law School and Mark Levin have argued that Robert Mueller’s appointment violates the Appointments Clause because he is a principal officer exercising at least the authority of a U.S. attorney but was not appointed by the president or confirmed by the Senate. Do you agree that Mueller’s appointment is unconstitutional?"
That's not reporting -- that's doing the bidding of a right-wing radio host.
WND Absurdly Blames Pedophile Congressional Candidate On A Democrat
WorldNetDaily's Art Moore raises his Democrat-blaming game to a whole new level in a June 1 article:
Blaming McAuliffe for Larson's candidacy is absurd -- Moore provides no evidence that McAuliffe specifically pardoned Larson so he could run for office, let alone offers any proof that McAuliffe encouraged Larson in any way to run. McAuliffe's goal was to circumvent lifetime disenfranchisement laws in Virginia restore voting rights to felons who had completed their sentences, which Larson apparently had.
Moore apparently has no faith in the Virginia electorate to reject an admitted pedophile at the ballot box.
It's this sort of kneejerk hatred of their perceived enemies that helped lead WND to its recent near-death experience. It appears WND has no intention of altering those disastrous, highly biased editorial policies.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
MRC's Graham Doesn't Like Fact-Check That Fits His Interpretation
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center continues its politically motivated and desperate "fact-checking the fact-checkers" campaign -- which might be more meaningful if MRC was concerned about fact-checking itself first -- with a May 29 post by Tim Graham ranting about a New York Times fact-check that accurately pointed out that Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats were not defending the violent gang MS-13 by pointing out that they are humans and not animals,as President Trump apparently claimed.
Graham grumbled that the Times fact-checker "sounded like Pelosi's press secretary on the MS-13 charge. Pelosi says murderous gang members have a 'spark of divinity, dignity and worth,' but somehow that's not to be interpreted as defending gangsters?"Well, no, Tim. Pelosi did not deny that MS-13 are a bunch of violent thugs and did not defend or justify any MS-13 crime -- the textbook definition of "defending" a group.
Graham then complained that the fact-check accurately pointed out that because Trump phrased his "animals" comment ambiguously "he left room for interpretation," huffing:
Here, Graham gives away his biased game. He's the one don't an "interpretation check" -- he has decided that Trump's words are unambiguous despite the evidence to the contrary, and that an after-the-fact CYA statement by the White House press office is the final word on what Trump allegedly meant to say. In Graham's eyes, anyone who accurately points out that what he said is different from what he may have meant is somehow lying.
Because the Times fact-check sticks to facts and doesn't bend to Graham's biased, reflexive defense of Trump, he rates it "deeply distorted." He's really talking about himself.
Newsmax Promotes An Even More Dubious Trump Conspiracy Book
Apparently, publishing the dicredited Jerome Corsi's pro-Trump conspiracy theory book was not enough for Newsmax. It's now latched onto another one.
A June 4 "advertorial" written to look like a news article and carrying the byline of John Blosser -- we're guessing this is the same John Blosser who works for American Media, publisher of the pro-Trump National Enquirer -- serves up the details:
Malloch is a pro-Trump sycophant most recently associated with WorldNetDaily who was reportedly for nomination as President Trump's ambassador to the European Union until he was busted for exaggerating his biography in, among other places, his WND-published autobiography. We last saw Malloch on the TV show of even more conspiracy-obsessed Alex Jones ranting about the "global elites" are being influenced by "Luciferianism." Roger Stone is, of course, a sleaze of the highest order whose unconventional sex life gets a pass from right-wing outlets who got the vapors when President Clinton had an affair with an intern.
The "advertorial" -- and, thus the book it's promoting -- gets off to a bogus start by portraying the Steele dossier as "phony" and "fabricated." As we've pointed out, several parts of the dossier have been corroborated. The "advertorial" adds:
Actually, special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has evidence Cohen was in Prague in the summer of 2016 and that he entered through Germany, a trip for which he would not have needed a passport.
Nevertheless, the "advertorial" goes on to quote Malloch as saying that the dossier is part of a "carefully designed plot that begins with Christopher Steele and runs through the FBI, CIA and NSA, all in an attempt to subvert the Trump Presidency."
We suspect the dossier is more factually verified that Malloch's book.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
MRC: Mocking Someone's Looks Is Off Limits -- Unless It's A Liberal
Topic: Media Research Center
When Michelle Wolf made a joke about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders burning facts to make a "perfect smoky eye" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Media Research Center did its best to make it about Sanders' looks: Scott Whitlock, for instance, asserted that Wolf "Wolf made jokes at the expense of Sarah Sanders's looks," and "made jokes many saw as attacks on the physical appearance of Sarah Huckabee Sanders," and P.J. Gladnick declared that it "sure sounds like a slam on her appearance."
OK, so attacks on the looks of the people you're attacking are out of bounds. So how does the MRC explain this May 27 tweet from its NewsBusters Twtter account which unambiguously mocks commentator Mark Shields as having "JOWLS A FLAPPING!"?
Must be nice to never have to live up to the standards you demand others follow.
WND Undercuts Fundraising Case for Farah's Book With Digital Release
For weeks, WorldNetDaily has been begging for money to publish editor Joseph Farah's religious book. it's now undercut that case by going digital.
A June 4 WND article tries to spin it:
The claim that the digital release is intended to help fund the physical release -- and coming months before the planned physical release as well -- tells us that the fundraising campaign isn't going well.
Again, what WND doesn't say is more important than what it does. Where's the proof of these massive "advance orders" for the book? If those orders are so solid, why can't WND simply get a bank loan to finance the publishing? And why the scare quotes around "adopted"? Why not just tell readers the nature of the deal with Gospel for All Nations that lets WND take tax-deductible donations?
Meanwhile, the digital campaign doesn't seem to be going well. As of this writing, Farah's book is ranked No. 31,087 at Amazon's Kindle Store, and No. 5,863 in the "Religion & Spirituality" section. Even in one highly specialized category, it's ranked only 14th. That seems to contradict the idea of "unprecedented demand" for the book that Farah and WND claim exists.
Most of the article, meanwhile, is taken up with blurbs from Farah's fellow right-wing Christians touting the book -- which are little more than logrolling and not indicative of the book's quality or value.
Friday, June 8, 2018
CNS Managing Editor Freaks Out After Pope Refuses To Hate A Gay Man
CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman thinks he's more Catholic than the pope. But he's also a raging homophobe, so he loves it when right-wing Catholic clerics hate gays as much as he does. So when Pope Francis reportedly refused to condemn a gay man, Chapman was on it.
Chapman complained in a May 21 CNS blog post:
The next day, Chapman complained that "several LGBT activists have praised the pontiff" for his reported remarks, huffing that "The Catholic Church does not teach that God made certain people homosexual." He also quoted a right-wing cardinal ranting that homosexuality "defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything. And as for itself, it permits nothing pure, nothing clean, nothing other than filth.…"
On May 23, Chapman had another follow-up quoting Cardinal Timothy Dolan calling for a "clarification" of what the pope said, adding that he does not think the Pope "would feel competent to speak" on whether one is born a homosexual. Chapman wrote that "It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that persons with same-sex attractions must be treated with the same dignity and respect accorded to all people" -- then quoted St. Bernardine of Siena calling homosexuality a sin that "has always been detested by all those who live according to God" that reduces people to "vile and useless and putrid things." He then quoted another saint calling sodomy "disgustingly foul."
Chapman didn't explain how these statements mesh with that whole "dignity and respect" thing.
WND's Cashill Finally Sours On One Of His Favorite Rogues
Back in April, WorldNetDaily columnist and rogue-lover Jack Cashill rushed to the defense of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens after he was accused of blackmailing his mistress with a compromising photo. Now that he has resigned, Cashill is finally starting to change his tune.
In his May 30 column, Cashill dismissed Greitens because he "took too long" to convert to conservatism, calling it "too convenient, too shallow" and huffing, "He either had not enough brains or too much ambition or, as history proved, both." He then lamented that "conservatives are held to a different set of standards than are liberals – by the media, of course, but also by their fellow conservatives."
Cashill then attacked the prosecutor in the blackmail-related case, calling her "stunningly inept" and guilty of "any number of irregularities." Those charges were ultimately dropped, but then Cashill cited the thing that ultimately forced Greitens to resign: the possible release of donors to a dark-money group that helped him get elected. Cashill concluded by lamenting once more about the supposedly "much tougher set of rules" Republicans must follow.
Cashill really needs to research his rogues a little closer before he rushes to defend them.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
MRC Backs Away From Bogus Claim Federal Money To Planned Parenthood Pays For Abortion
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Katie Yoder has been among the most egregious offenders in pushing the never-proven anti-abortion canard that federal funding to Planned Parenthood pays for abortion because money is "fungible" -- never mind that the money is specifically earmarked for other purposes and is prohibited by law from paying for abortion. Now it seems Yoder is edging away from her falsehood.
Here's what Yoder writes in a May 24 post:
Yoder has ceased presenting the "fungible" claim as a fact, just something promoted by "pro-life" groups and politicians. That tells us she knows the argument is bogus.
Of course, since Yoder sympathizes with the anti-abortion activists, she'll never come right out and admit the talking point is false -- that wouldn't look good for her side. But, hey, it's a baby step toward honesty.
Jesse Lee Peterson's Incoherent Attack On His Fellow Blacks
Jesse Lee Peterson has always taken a dim view of his fellow African-Americans for failing to mindlessly follow the far-right, pro-Trump orthodoxy to which he is in thrall, and he basically attacks any black person who disagrees with him as no better than ghetto thugs or some other vague brand of "evil" (witness his years of Obama derangement).
Peterson's May 27 WorldNetDaily column was ostensibly about a Baltimore police officer killed by "a 16-year-old black male with an extensive criminal past," but it quickly degenerated into an attack on all blacks who aren't like him, and then to Democrats, and he eventually ended up here:
How funny that he thinks blacks have so little agency that he belives Democrats have "allowed" them to "go out of control" -- and then in the next breath demand that they "assume responsibility." It's an incoherent message, but it keeps him on the WND payroll.
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