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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
NewsMax's Token Liberal
Topic: Newsmax
NewsMax runs Democratic strategist Susan Estrich's syndicated column mostly as a defense against claims that it's monolithically conservative (sorta like why WorldNetDaily runs columns by Bill Press -- or did until a few weeks ago). But in a follow-up on a dustup over why Clinton-basher (and fellow NewsMax columnist) Dick Morris, who has a new book out touting the presidential prospects of Condoleezza Rice, won't appear on any talking-head show against Estrich, who has a new book out touting the presidential prospects of Hillary, NewsMax has chosen sides -- and to nobody's surprise, it wasn't with Estrich.

An Oct. 11 article NewsMax attacks Estrich for promoting Hillary when she claimed a couple years ago that Hillary is too divisive to be president, suggesting that "before she debates Morris, whose new book "Hillary vs. Condi" debuted yesterday - perhaps she ought to debate herself." NewsMax goes on to call Estrich a "Carol Channing sound-alike." The end of the article announces: "Get Dick Morris' new book "Hillary vs. Condi" for an unbeatable price at NewsMax.com's bookstore."

If NewsMax hates Estrich so much, why is it paying her good money to run her column?

Posted by Terry K. at 5:21 PM EDT
The Schiavo Slant Continues
Topic: WorldNetDaily
In what looks to be a series (starting with yesterday's piece), Diana Lynne has penned another article for WorldNetDaily promoting her WND-published book, "Terri's Story." These articles are providing details of the slant that "Terri's Story" is apparently taking on the Terri Schiavo case -- pro-Schindler, anti-Michael.

Today's installment -- and today's slant -- focuses on the autopsy report following Terri Schiavo's death. Lynne repeats criticism of medical examiner Jon Thogmartin's report without providing an opportunity for Thogmartin to respond, and she notes that the New York Times "preached" in an editorial about the case.

Lynne also quotes Dr. William Hammesfahr without citing the controversy over his falsely claiming to be a Nobel Prize nominee.

Finally, as she did yesterday, Lynne quoted people citing the purported bias of the media against Terri Schiavo without addressing the pro-Terri, anti-Michael bias exhibited by WorldNetDaily in its coverage of the Schiavo case (copiously documented by ConWebWatch) in which she, as a WND writer, participated.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:35 AM EDT
New Article: Supreme Confusion
Topic: The ConWeb
Accuracy in Media attacks WorldNetDaily! The Media Research Center bashes NBC for not reporting criticism of President Bush! NewsMax accuses Robert Bork of borking! The Harriet Miers nomination is turning the ConWeb topsy-turvy. Read more.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:53 AM EDT
Monday, October 10, 2005
Double Standard on Savaging
Topic: Media Research Center
NewsBusters' John Armor, in an Oct. 8 post, beats up on the Washington Post for an "extended whitewash" in an article on the Hillary Clinton fund-raising pseudo-scandal, claiming that "The reporter spends most of her article savaging the witnesses against Hillary Clinton" -- that, of course, would be convicted felons (and conservative darlings) Aaron Tonken and Peter Paul. Armor writes:

But if no one could be found responsible based on testimony of witnesses who have themselves committed crimes, no member of the Mafia would ever have gone to jail. Reporters, like prosecutors, have to take their witnesses as they find them. Sometimes, apparently “bad” people do tell the truth.

Armor offers no evidence that the "bad" Tonken and Paul are indeed telling the truth, other than an assumption that because what they say makes the Clintons look bad, it therefore must be the truth.

So, we've established that "savaging" convicted criminals who serve as witnesses is a bad thing (Armor is apparently so opposed to the practice that he doesn't even name Paul and Tonken in his post). But, a few NewsBusters posts later, what do we see Dustin Hawkins doing? Exactly what Armor advised against.

In an Oct. 10 post, Hawkins savages Sandy Berger, who responded to allegations made by former FBI director Louis Freeh on "60 Minutes":

Amusingly, it is Sandy Berger who will be coming to Clinton's defense tonight in a written statement to be read by CBS. Sandy Berger is best known for being Clinton's National Securoty Adviser who was recently given a $50,000 fine, ordered to do 100 hours of community service, and placed on probation for stealing Classified Government Documents and stuffing them in his pants.

So, Dustin and John, tell us again why Tonken and Paul are trustworthy and Berger is not.

UPDATE: Breaking factoid: John Armor posts at Free Republic as "Congressman Billybob."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:56 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 10, 2005 10:01 PM EDT
Quote of the Day
Topic: CNSNews.com
"Miers was raised Roman Catholic and found Christ in the late 1970s, according to one evangelical acquaintance."

-- Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Oct. 10 column published at CNSNews.com.

Huh? Is he really saying that Catholics don't believe in Christ?

Posted by Terry K. at 9:45 AM EDT
Anti-Michael
Topic: WorldNetDaily
An Oct. 10 WorldNetDaily article by Diana Lynne, based on her book "Terri's Story," seems to be bearing out what we suspected: Far from a "comprehensive" account of the Terri Schiavo case, the book will promote the side of Terri's parents, the Schindlers, and bash her husband, Michael Schiavo.

The article inclusdes a 12-item list of "salient facts of the case" that the media "consistently failed to report" -- all of them negative toward Michael Schiavo. Missing from her list is anything that makes the Schindlers look bad, including:

-- The Schindlers encouraged Michael to start dating again, according to the guardian ad litem in the case.

-- Dr. William Hammesfahr, who examined Terri Schiavo and often spoke in support of the Schindlers, falsely claimed to be a Nobel Prize nominee.

-- The extremist anti-abortion backgrounds of Schindler spokesmen such as Randall Terry and Gary McCullough.

Somehow, we suspect that Lynne's book is not so "comprehensive" as to include the above information; if it does, we suspect the Schindlers or their representatives are allowed to rebut it, something we assume Michael Schindler or his representatives were not given much opportunity to do with allegations such her 12-point Michael-bashing list.

And, of course, keep in mind Lynne's history of biased reporting for WND on the Schiavo case.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:31 AM EDT
Sunday, October 9, 2005
Israeli Oil
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Bartholomew serves up the background on a recent WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein about a company that's using Biblical verses to pinpoint locations to drill for oil in Israel. Of note is yet another patented WND conflict of interest: WND columnist Hal Lindsey used an April 2004 column to promote sales of shares in the company doing the drilling, Zion Oil & Gas, without disclosing that his cousin, Ralph DeVore, owned a piece of the company at the time.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:25 PM EDT
WND's PR Service
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily continues its work as the public-relations division of the Alliance Defense Fund by running not one but two articles on Oct. 8 based on ADF press releases.

And no mention, of course, of the conflict of interest that ADF chief Alan Sears is a WND columnist.

UPDATE: Added links to ADF press releases. Also, a WND email to its readers (reprinting Joseph Farah's Oct. 7 column pimping Larry Elder's Michael Moore-bashing film) notes that the ADF is a "sponsor" of WND -- another fact not noted in those WND articles. Than again, those articles may be part of the price of sponsorship.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 9, 2005 8:02 PM EDT
Friday, October 7, 2005
The Daily Les, 10/7
Topic: The Daily Les
Today's question #1:

KINSOLVING: The Vice President told two talk radio hosts that New York's Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel's comparison of President Bush to Bull Connor "was so out of line, it almost struck me that Charlie was having some problem. Charlie is losing it, I guess." And my question, does the President disagree with the Vice President --

As Kinsolving described the answer: "Scott McClellan said President Bush 'trongly supports' ice President Cheney in his recent comments suggesting Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is 'losing it.'"

Which, of course, means that fellow WND columnist Mychal Massie is losing it, too, something Kinsolving fails to note.

Question #2:

KINSOLVING: Midway through his speech on the war on terror, the President said, "The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them because they're equally guilty of murder." And my first question, since the Palestinian Authority surely harbors Hamas, which I've heard you say the President recognizes as a terrorist organization, what about the $1.6 billion U.S. that have been given to the Palestinian Authority?

Posted by Terry K. at 7:28 PM EDT
Quote of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily
"Evil people love Bill Clinton because he is one of them. Those who oppose President Bush hate him because he's good."

-- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Oct. 7 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 3:35 PM EDT
NewsMax Gets It Wrong
Topic: Newsmax
In an Oct. 7 article, NewsMax falsely claimed that Democrats tried to bury an investigation dating back to the Clinton administration.

In quoting Sen. Lindsey Graham calling for the release of a report by Independent Counsel David Barrett, NewsMax stated: "The document, finished 13 months ago, has been bottled up by the panel - with Democrats in the Senate making an unsuccessful bid earlier this year to quash its publication."

In fact, since the investigation report is complete and in the hands of a supervising three-judge panel, its eventual release is in the hands of those judges, not politicians. Democrats were attempting to cut off funding for an investigation that began in 1995 to investigate then-HUD director Henry Cisneros -- who pleaded guilty to charges from the investigation in 1999 -- and has spent more than $22 million, including $1.26 million in the last six months of 2004.

NewsMax mentions nothing about the length of the investigation or its original target, let alone the fact that he hasn't held public office in years.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:35 PM EDT
NewsBusters Notes
Topic: Media Research Center
A couple items of note from NewsBusters:

-- Mark Finkelstein tries out a new meme: Being "pro-life" does not mean you support overturning Roe v. Wade.

-- Tim Graham gets in a minor snit because Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler (soon to be ombudsman for PBS) ignored the MRC's continual complaints about liberal bias. He also claims that NPR co-ombudsman Ken Bode is the "liberal" counterpart to Bill Schulz's "conservative." Not quite; Schulz is definitely a conservative, but Bode is an adjunct fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, and endorsed a Republican for Indiana governor in 2004.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 PM EDT
Thursday, October 6, 2005
The Daily Les, 10/6
Topic: The Daily Les
Les Kinsolving got shy again and wrote didn't include everything he asked in his WorldNetDaily article. So we consult the White House website for the first question:

KINSOLVING: Scott, a two-part. The New York Times reports that the pill called misoprostol, or Cytotec, is an ulcer drug that can induce an abortion for less than two dollars. And my question: Does the President believe this should be outlawed, or not?
Scott McClellan's answer: Talk to the FDA.

And Kinsolving didn't say a word about this question:

KINSOLVING: How does the President stand on the issue of evolution versus intelligent design?

Does Kinsolving really not know the answer to that?

Posted by Terry K. at 11:46 PM EDT
New Article: A Tale of Two Prosecutors
Topic: The ConWeb
The ConWeb eagerly advanced charges of partisanship against Tom DeLay's prosecutor, Ronnie Earle -- but it did the exact opposite when the prosecutor was Ken Starr and the target was Bill Clinton. Read more.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:59 AM EDT
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
WND's Anti-Miers Crusade
Topic: WorldNetDaily
So now WorldNetDaily is all eager to attack President Bush through his Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, with Jerome Corsi writing columns (here's another one) and Joseph Farah writing "news" articles based on Corsi's columns.

But this was all publicly available in the fall of 2004, when Bush was running for re-election -- and Corsi has admitted knowing about it then. Why didn't Corsi and Farah consider questions about Bush's National Guard stint newsworthy then?

Because, as we've noted, their focus was on attacking John Kerry, and they had no interest in advancing anything negative about Bush.

If WND had any journalistic integrity whatsoever -- even Accuracy in Media has attacked it for distorting facts -- we might take its little anti-Miers crusade a little more seriously.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:04 PM EDT

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