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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
A Tale of Two Posts
Topic: Media Research Center
A Dec. 20 NewsBusters post by Mark Finkelstein starts off by declaring: "Let's get one thing straight: the the Transport Workers Union strike in NYC is illegal." Finkelstein then goes on to complain that the illegality of the strike is not being reported prominently enough for him.

In the NewsBusters post directly below it, Tom Segel writes about the recently disclosed federal wiretapping on suspected terrorists. While he alludes to "allegations" of "criminal action," nowhere does Segel state that wiretapping without a court order is generally considered illegal.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:19 AM EST
New Article: Conservative Christmas Correctness
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily again teams up with conservative legal groups to hype a press-release-generated "war on Christmas" -- and again, WND can't be bothered to get the other side of the story. And which WND columnist is likening those who don't support the "war on Christmas" to Nazis and Holocaust deniers? Read more.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:50 AM EST
Monday, December 19, 2005
Accuracy in Plagiarism
Topic: Accuracy in Media
World O'Crap catches an egregious bit of plagiarism on the part of Deborah Lambert, who works for Accuracy in Media's sister organization, Accuracy in Academia, and who also "oversees the area of fundraising and donor relations for AIM." Turns out Lambert's Dec. 16 column for Accuracy in Academia's online newsletter was lifted from a Human Events Online piece.

That's the kind of skill that could get Lambert hired at WorldNetDaily.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:49 PM EST
Frighteningly Dubious Assertion of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily
In a Dec. 19 WorldNetDaily column, Erik Rush likens those who scoff at the dubious claim that there is a "war on Christmas" to Holocaust deniers and Nazis:

Yet the incremental attainment of power on the part of the Nazis in Germany, their duplicity and their denials during their early days parallels the actions of the Left in recent years to a chilling degree, particularly concerning their vociferous denials with respect to attacks on Christianity.

[...]

In his Dec. 9 Newsday column, "Peace for Christmas, or 'the holidays'" Ellis Henican declares: "OK, let me say this right up front so there will be no misunderstanding. There is no war on Christmas." So is he dull, deluded or complicit? With literally dozens of public controversies over the last few years over the names of cities, public seals bearing religious icons, "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, and lawsuits over Nativity scenes and Ten Commandments displays, what other intelligent conclusion can be drawn?

[...]

And it's not just the American Civil Liberties Union, which many complain is spearheading this effort. I won't validate them by naming the organizations, but, as Franklin Graham stated, there are indeed groups of Americans who are dedicated to eradicating Christianity completely, if at all possible.

[...]

But no, they say: You see, this backlash against the "attack on religion and Christmas" thing is just a fabrication of a handful of right-wing zealots, inflammatory news commentators and radio talk-show hosts – not the 85-plus percent Americans who identify themselves as Christians and see their faith being driven back to first-century, almost criminal status.

To me, that sounds a lot like the pre-World War II assertions that the Jews were the name of Germany's pain and the postwar contention that the Holocaust was a Zionist fabrication.

Hitler himself declared decades before he was able to actualize his monstrous programs precisely what he intended to do, as many of America's enemies, at home and abroad, are doing right now.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:24 PM EST
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The Daily Les, Back at Last
Topic: The Daily Les
We've been remiss on detailing The Daily Les lately -- he's been pretty erratic of late, and we discovered that the Holden's Obsession With the Gaggle section of the First Draft blog features does its own Daily Les. But Romenesko catches Les Kinsolving doing his best Jeff Gannon -- acting as a respite from questions about the reported Bush-authorized spying on U.S. residents by serving up a softball about conservative talk-show hosts at the White House.

Romenesko also links to an interesting Baltimore City Paper profile of Kinsolving.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:29 PM EST
Torture Update
Topic: The ConWeb
We've updated our Dec. 13 article on torture to add the very latest: WND's Joseph Farah declaring that the U.S. doesn't torture and NewsMax declaring that basic military training is torture.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:47 AM EST
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Disclosure
Topic: WorldNetDaily
A Dec. 16 WorldNetDaily article states that "The New York Times neglected to tell its readers that the publishing of a major story today, claiming President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans, coincided with the release of a book by the article's writer."

But WND regularly neglects to tell its readers of conflicts of interests in its own articles. To list just one example ConWebWatch has documented, WND's articles on the Iran Freedom Foundation often fail to disclose that 1) founder Jerome Corsi's books are published by WND; and 2) WND editor Joseph Farah is a member of the foundation's board of directors.

WND needs to address its own disclosure problems before getting too judgmental about those of others.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:20 AM EST
Friday, December 16, 2005
New Article: Sexpidemic!
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily and Accuracy in Media take time out from the holiday season to obsess about sex. Read more.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:43 AM EST
Thursday, December 15, 2005
WND's Bimbo
Topic: WorldNetDaily
A Dec. 15 WorldNetDaily article describes what Republican PR operative Merrie Spaeth (you may recall that she worked for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth) calls the bimbos of the year. One criterion for receiving the award, according to the article, is that "the speaker causes the listener to believe exactly the opposite of what is said." No. 10 on the list:

"The actions were not politically motivated," said Baptist pastor Chan Chandler who asked Democrats to leave his North Carolina church.

What the article doesn't note is that, as ConWebWatch previously noted, WND gave Chandler a forum to be a bimbo. A May 11 WND article permitted Chandler to defend himself at length; it didn't get around to quoting the parishoners expelled from his congregation until 42 paragraphs down.

Is WND passive-aggressively admitting that it too is a bimbo for giving Chandler a forum?

Posted by Terry K. at 6:33 PM EST
'Shades of Opinion'
Topic: Media Research Center
A Dec. 15 NewsBusters post by Greg Sheffield tries (and fails) to get snarky over a Washington Post editor's insistence that the Post "is NOT a 'relatively liberal newspaper.'" During an online chat, Post associate editor Robert G. Kaiser wrote:

This is NOT a 'relatively liberal newspaper.' This is the Web site of the Washington Post, where all shades of opinion are welcome all the time, as they are on The Post's op-ed page (heavily populated by conservative commentators, among others) and our Sunday Outlook section.

Sheffield's response: "Kaiser offered no defense of the A section, the place that has many "shades of opinion" all from the left.

Sheffield offered no evidence of his claim. He might want to try that sometime.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:15 PM EST
Quote of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily
"As much as Tinseltown loves 'gay' cowboys, they hated Jesus."

-- Jon Dougherty, Dec. 15 WorldNetDaily column comparing the gay-cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" to "The Passion of the Christ."

Posted by Terry K. at 3:20 PM EST
The Rest of the Story
Topic: WorldNetDaily
When a news organization such as WorldNetDaily relies on press releases from conservative legal groups for articles, then fails to go beyond them, this results in a highly biased, if not basically untrue, article. And so it is with WND's reports that a Wisconsin school district had allegedly replaced "Silent Night" with a song with the same tune but different lyrics called "Cold in the Night."

WND articles on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 on the controversy hewed closely to press releases sent out by Liberty Counsel, and WND made no effort to contact the school district for a response.

And what was the rest of the story that WND couldn't be bothered to pursue? As Think Progress
points out, the song "Cold in the Night" comes from a play the school was to perform called "The Little Tree’s Christmas Gift," about a small, lonely Christmas tree that is told it is "too scraggly, it will never sell." The tree sings the revised lyrics in a scene lamenting his sad state. The rewording has absolutely nothing to do with "secularizing" the song.

See what happens when you rely only on one side's version of the story? You don't tell the truth. WND has a problem with that.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:38 PM EST
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Good Question
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Pandagon asks an interesting question: Why does WorldNetDaily seem concerned only with older women having sex with teen boys? We don't recall WND highlighting any articles about older male teachers having sex with female students. After all, a 22-year-old man impregnating a 13-year-old barely raised WND's ire.

Any of you WND folks lurking here want to answer that?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:59 PM EST
Horowitz Gets It Wrong -- Twice
Topic: Horowitz
For your entertainment: Read my item at Media Matters on a big factual error by David Horowitz. Then read his response, which contains, yes, another factual error.

UPDATE: Fixed category.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:50 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 6:22 PM EST
iGossip
Topic: WorldNetDaily
We've taken a look at iGossip, which WorldNetDaily cites as a credible source for its obsessive compendium of teachers having sex with students. It appears to be mainly a bulletin board for anonymous postings about things like teenage crushes and sordid affairs. One post involved a "bi curious" woman who "wanted to try with one of her friends" and reports: "Wow what a weekend it ended up a 4 some her friends hubby and myself got to watch and the friends hubby got to have my gf."

This is what WND considers a credible source of news, folks. Perhaps the good Christians at WND should explain to their readers why it frequents a site that talks about "bi curious" orgies.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:36 PM EST

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