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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
CNS Promotes Simcox, Ignores Controversy Surrounding Him
Topic: CNSNews.com

An April 21 CNSNews.com article by Fred Lucas touted the plans of "pro-border enforcement group" Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder Chris Simcox to challenge John McCain in the 2010 Arizona Senate primary. In promoting Simcox's hardline stance on immigration, Lucas failed to note any of the controversies Simcox has been involved with over the years.

As we've noted, Simcox's group has been attempting to build its own border fence, promising to its funders that it would be 14 feet high, wired with monitors and sensors, and topped with razor wire. The fence the group has built, however, is a mere five-strand barbed-wire cattle fence. Simcox is now saying that he never promised to build the high-tech security fence and insists the barbed-wire fence really does protect the country. Simcox also fired Minuteman Civil Defense Corps members who demanded an accounting of the money raised for the fence.

Wouldn't alleged improprieties be an issue for Simcox in his campaign? Lucas shows no apparent interest in asking that question.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:05 AM EDT
Complaint Filed Against Taitz -- Will WND Report?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has amply demonstrated that it will throw away what little integrity it has to serve as a shill for Orly Taitz -- it not only uncritically repeats every utterance of hers no matter how false or vindictive, it has rewarded her with a sycophantic profile, and WND editor Joseph Farah has slobbered all over her.

Taitz, in other words, is She Who Must Not Be Criticized at WND. So don't expect WND to come running to cover  a report detailing accusations of shoddy legal work and ethical violations.

A complaint has been filed with the California bar (h/t Natural Born Citizen blog) regarding Taitz's behavior in her obsessive pursuit of the Obama birth certificate conspiracy. Among the allegations in the complaint:

  • Taitz is indiscriminately hurled charges of treason and called for an armed revolt against the federal government.
  • She actively recruited clients in a state where she is not licensed to practice law.
  • She has repeatedly disrespected judges and officers of the court.
  • She has made false and misleading claims in court filings.
  • She has not properly accounted for money she has raised to further her crusade.

The complaint has been filed anonymously, the author claims, due to Taitz's history of retaliating against her critics.

Given that WND allowed Taitz to hurl numerous accusations against a former colleague -- as we noted, WND's Chelsea Schilling (who wrote the sycophantic profile of Taitz) claimed that the colleague didn't return her phone calls asking for a response but ignored the fact that responses were posted on the colleague's blog -- WND will try to ignore this complaint as long as it can, or at least until it gives Taitz a full opportunity to respond, a courtesy it refuses to extend to those Taitz attacks.

After all, Schilling thinks Taitz is just dreamy, a "fierce blond attorney" with "a vibrant smile and an ebullient personality," and Farah thinks she's a "constitutional heroine."

What we said about WND managing editor David Kupelian applies to Farah and Schilling as well: They care nothing about the truth or the Constitution or even ethical legal behavior -- only about destroying Obama. And like Kupelian, they don't seem to realize what they are actually destroying is WorldNetDaily.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:55 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:06 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barbara Simpson has decided that President Obama hates Catholics. How? Simpson provides the less-than-compelling evidence in her April 20 WorldNetDaily column.

First, Simpson asserts that for a speech at Georgetown University, Obama "had the audacity to request that when you spoke, the podium and area in Gaston Hall could have no visible religious images; everything had to be covered." In fact, as we've noted, the Obama administration asked only that the university cover up "all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols" behind Obama's stage -- no specific demand to cover religious symbols was made.

Obama's second offense, according to Simpson, was accepting an invitation to speak at Notre Dame's commencement. How does that demonstrate Obama's hatred of Catholicism? Heck if we know, but Simpson goes on to make her own demand of Obama regarding the right-wing-generated controversy surrounding the speech: "A cultured and refined man, knowing this is causing more division than is necessary, would – no, should – graciously decline the invitation. You are silent."

So Obama is showing his hatred for Catholicism by not giving in to the lynch mob Simpson is a part of? That sounds about right.

Expanding on her lynch-mob mentality, Simpson hurls smears at Obama, falsely asserting that he "support[s] abortion at any time in a nine-month pregnancy, to the point of allowing babies who survive the ordeal to be put aside to die" and suggesting he's not a real Christian because he "honored Islam by removing [his] shoes."

Since when does removing shoes indicate a hatred of Catholicism? We're confused.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:22 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
WND Bases Obama Attack on Chain Email
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Is Joseph Farah pretending that chain emails are reliable sources of information?

We've previously noted that WorldNetDaily, via Farah's G2 Bulletin, asserted that President Obama "employ[ed] restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days," citing anonymous "reliable military sources close to the scene."

Now, Media Matters is reporting that "nearly all of WND's article echoes elements of an anti-Obama chain email posted on blogs and online bulletin boards." Comparisons are provided to show just how closely the WND article tracks the chain email.

The WND article has since been embraced by the right-wing Fox Nation website.

Given WND's propensity for lying about Obama, treating a chain email as undisputed fact is not surprising. But pretending there are "reliable military sources" behind this story when there's no evidence of anything other than a chain email is a bit much, even for WND.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:49 PM EDT
WND Suddenly Offended That Politician Is Likened to Hitler
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An April 20 WorldNetDaily article by Chelsea Schilling begins:

While CNN reporter Susan Roesgen became obviously upset when a Tax Day tea partier compared President Obama to Hitler, she showed no such concern when a protester did the same to President Bush in 2006. 

Let's do a little fixing of the Internet, shall we?

While WorldNetDaily reporter Chelsea Schilling became obviously upset when a CNN reporter referenced a mask of President Bush with a Hitler haircut and mustache three years ago, she showed no such concern when her employer published numerous columns likening President Obama to Hitler and the Nazis.

Schilling's not the only WND reporter engaging in gross hypocrisy here. An April 20 article by Aaron Klein complains that Rosa Brooks, a former newspaper columnist who is now an adviser to anundersecretary of defense, once "claimed the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel arguments for prosecuting the war on terrorism were similar to tactics used by Hitler." Like Schilling, at no point does Klein acknowledge, let alone object to, the numerous smears of Obama-as-Nazi his employer has published.

The headline for Klein's article misleadingly asserts, "Pentagon official blames U.S. for al-Qaida attacks." Brooks claimed no such thing, and Klein doesn't make that specific claim; he writes that Brooks' statement that "Today, the chickens are coming home to roost" is evidence that Brooks "inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies." Klein, by the way, makes no effort to disprove Brooks' claim.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:17 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:01 PM EDT
Newsmax Ignores Evidence Torture Didn't Work
Topic: Newsmax

An April 20 Newsmax article uncritically reported former Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion during an interview with Sean Hannity that "he had pressed for the release of documents that would show how the Bush administration’s allegedly harsh interrogation techniques had thwarted major terrorist attacks," further criticizing the Obama administration for not releasing documents detailing how those techniques were successful in thwarting terrorism.

But Newsmax fails to note numerous reports that those "allegedly harsh interrogation techniques" accomplished little. The Washington Post, for example, reported that "not a single significant plot was foiled"as a result of th waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah; author Ron Suskind reported the same thing.

UPDATE: WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein similarly repeats Cheney's claims without acknowledging reports that torture didn't work.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:32 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 6:52 PM EDT
Kupelian Tries, Fails to Justify His Obama Birth Certificate Obsession
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily must be aware how much credibility it's losing by desperately clinging to various lies and misleading claims surrounding Barack Obama's birth certificate, so David Kupelian has penned an April 20 column to justify his obsession.

Kupelian clings to discredited claims -- for instance, that the birth certificate Obama's campaign released "could have been issued for a child born overseas, and thus does not prove he was born in Hawaii" [italics his]. In fact, according to Kupelian's right-wing fellow travelers at FrontPageMag, Hawaii does not provide Certifications of Live Birth stating that children born outside of Hawaii were actually born inside Hawaii.

Kupelian also asserts that FactCheck.org's debunking of right-wing attacks on the birth certificate can't be trusted because "FactCheck.org is part of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which critics point out is linked to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge organization where Obama worked for several years with former 'Weather Underground' terrorist William Ayers." That's not a factually based response; that's guilt-by-association -- Kupelian offers nothing to contradict anything FactCheck wrote. Kupelian also ignores several inconvenient facts:

  • Reports indicate the Chicago Annenberg Challenge did nothing radical or terroristic, Ayers' presence notwithstanding.
  • Walter Annenberg, who funded both projects, was a prominent Republican.
  • Ayers and Obama had little apparent contact with each other during their concurrent time with the project.

Needless to say, Kupelian neglects to mention WND's reporting that the "[a] separate WND investigation into Obama's birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic" -- the exact same conclusion that FactCheck.org made.

Nevertheless, Kupelian insists that because Obama won't cave to right-wing pressure and release his full birth certificate, "Obama is hiding something. About that statement, there can be no dispute." We're guessing that Kupelian is of a mind with WND writer Jerome Corsi on what is purportedly being hidden -- as we've noted, Corsi has a lurid vision that Frank Marshall Davis -- a "Marxist activist" whom Corsi claims dealt cocaine with Obama in the 1970s in Hawaii, citing only a single anonymous drug addict to back it up -- is Obama's father. Kupelian seems to be salivating at the prospect of that kind of scandal, which is also presumably why Corsi is allowed to make such shoddily sourced claims on the pages of WND.

And if Obama is hiding something, so is Kupelian -- as we've detailed, WND won't make its anti-Obama petition public or talk about its relationship with birth certificate obsessive Orly Taitz.

It wouldn't be a full WND rant without a bit of cynical patriotism, and Kupelian obliges by insisting that "the other reason I care about this issue is because I still care about the Constitution." Don't believe that for a second -- it's all about hating Obama. Remember, Kupelian has smeared Obama as a Manchurian candidate who "has associated with radicals, criminals, communists and terrorists" (as if WND hasn't), as well as "a man who reflexively, instinctively, will side with what's wrong and harmful for America, and will oppose what's right and good and wholesome for America."

Further, the website for which Kupelian serves as  managing editor has published lie upon lie upon smear upon smear of Obama. Is that the sign of someone who cares only about the Constitution? No, that's the sign of someone with a seething, obsessive hatred.

Kupelian cares nothing about the truth or the Constitution -- he cares only about destroying Obama. He doesn't seem to realize what he's actually destroying is the website he works for.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:18 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:38 AM EDT
New Article: People of the Lie
Topic: WorldNetDaily
How can anyone take WorldNetDaily as a credible source of news when it repeatedly publishes falsehoods about Barack Obama? Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 1:32 AM EDT
Taitz Uses WND To Further Grudge Against Ex-Webmaster
Topic: WorldNetDaily

On April 4, WorldNetDaily published an article by Bob Unruh repeating Obama birth certificate obsessive Orly Taitz's accusations of "alleged cyber crimes connected to her work":

She cited a hacking into her PayPal account where donations to her foundation allegedly could have been diverted, sabotage on her website and the creation of an "imposter site" for one of the plaintiffs in one of her cases.

"All of these cyber crimes, together with all the other crimes that are handled separately, have one common denominator – a concerted effort to put Obama in the White House and keep him there by virtue of fraud and concealment of all of his records," she wrote.

As is the case with a lot of Unruh's work, Taitz's claims are uncritically presented as undisputed fact, and no other views are allowed to be heard.

Which is too bad in this case, because it may not be a "cyber crime" issue at all but, rather, a dispute with former partners.

Until earlier this month, Taitz was based at a web-based operation called Defend Our Freedoms. Lisa Ostella, who worked with Taitz until recently, tells her side of the story:

April 2, Orly reports to the FBI, Supreme Court and various officials that her sites, blogs and PayPal are being hacked and sabotaged.

open letter to the Supreme court-request for cooperation with the FBI investigation

I just gave a brief explanation on the last blog.  That was not hacked.  That was authorized by Orly.

These sites, defendourfreedoms.us and defendourfreedoms.org, were never hacked.  Why does it matter?  Because they are my sites on my accounts.  I supported Orly and have always been involved with politics, campaigns and causes.  So when I saw the antics with the java script program on the other blog, and it was never clear on how much she realized was going on, I took her over here to my accounts.  Defendourfreedoms, all of the domains, are on my web accounts.  So, when you are a guest in someone's establishment (my sites) and you start claiming injury (hacking/sabotage), that affects the owner, me.

DefendOurFreedoms, none of the sites, were ever hacked or sabotaged.  Unable to get to a site due to network latency does not equal hacking.  Traffic, congestion, line repairs affect network flow and all can always be checked on the Internet Traffic Report:  http://www.internettrafficreport.com/ 

Reporting cyber crimes on web sites, servers and accounts affects the account owner, me.  I have other customers and privacy policies in place with these clients.  If reports of my servers and accounts being compromised occurred, I need to notify them of possible compromise of their data.  But my accounts have not been hacked. 

When Orly refused to clear up this report, I told her she had to move her sites. 

So we proceeded to do this.

[...]

Now, I have emails, phone calls, blog sites doing interviews on how I threatened Orly, I shut her down, yes folks, I'm the new Obama.

Here is a tip to make note of from the NetWorld.  If you want to trash you webmaster.  You may want to acquire your domains first.  Because now, I am immediately canceling the transfer of DefendOurFreedoms.US.  I am cancelling it to point it to this blog post.  You have made it so I have to Defend MySelf.

Ostella is the person Taitz is accusing of "hacking into her PayPal account where donations to her foundation allegedly could have been diverted." Ostella responds:

In regards to these wild statements about money being stolen from Orly Taitz's hacked PayPal Account, again, it was not hacked.  No money was stolen.

No one is disputing the email address was changed in the DefendOurFreedoms sidebar.  I saw it.  People that tried to donate saw it.  Their donations came back because no such email address:  orly.taitz@gmail.org exists.  Money sent to dead emails come back.  Hence NOT stolen.

The moderators to DefendOurFreedoms that had access to that side bar configuration was me, Fred Smart, Fran and Orly Taitz.  One of us changed it.  That is a nefarious activity, yes; but it is still not hacking.  

Ostella has challenged Taitz to post her PayPal records, which Taitz has not done.

Ostella's site, meanwhile, demonstrates that Taitz is not needed to maintain a conspiratorial bent. One post appears to equate the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing with "the 'shots heard around the world' were fired at Lexington and Concord where the Minutemen began our Revolutionary War by engaging the British" as "a call to action to reclaim our sovereignty from a tyrannical government."

Who's correct here? We don't know. But Taitz's apparent attempt to turn a personal grudge into a (literally) federal case nicely illustrates the kind of people WND has chosen to align itself with.

Speaking of alignment, a closer look at Taitz's new blog shows just how close the connection is between Taitz and WND. An email attacking Ostella was CC'd to Unruh, WND editor Joseph Farah and WND reporter Chelsea Schilling (as well as to fellow birth certificate obsessives Alan Keyes, Philip Berg and Arlen Williams, Gary Kreep of the right-wing U.S. Justice Foundation, and foul-mouthed right-wing documentarian John Ziegler). Taitz sent other information Unruh's way as well.

Will WND indulge Taitz's apparent personal grudge against her former webmaster by once again uncritically reporting her claims, or will the people Taitz is attacking be allowed to tell their side of the story? We shall see.

UPDATE: We have our answer: An April 20 article by Schilling uncritically repeats Taitz's attacks on Ostella, then claimed that "Ostella did not respond to WND's request for comment." At no point does Schilling acknowledge the responses to Taitz that Ostella posted on the Defend Our Freedoms blog. We found them easily enough -- why couldn't Schilling?


Posted by Terry K. at 12:16 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:38 AM EDT
Monday, April 20, 2009
Kincaid Hasn't Read Book He's Trashing
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Does Cliff Kincaid even understand what he's attacking?

An April 20 Accuracy in Media column is Kincaid's latest attempt to bash former "communist terrorist" Mark Rudd for writing his memoirs, since that censorship gambit didn't pan out. Kincaid serves up "suggested questions" to ask at his promotional appearances as he is, in Kincaid's words, "trying to cash in on his bloody record." Among them:

11)  Have you ever expressed remorse to the parents of your comrades Robbins, Oughton, and Gold?

12)  Have you ever expressed remorse to the victims of Weather Underground terrorism and their families?

Perhaps if Kincaid had actually read the book he's trashing -- something he has provided no evidence of doing -- he would know the answer to that question. From an April 12 Washington Post review of Rudd's book:

The recurring theme in all of Rudd's exploits was cognitive dissonance. He realizes now, he writes, that the Weathermen "reproduced conditions that all hermetically sealed cults use: isolation, sleep deprivation, demanding arbitrary acts of loyalty to the group, even sexual initiation as bonding." But he wouldn't admit this to himself at the time. Even as he "postured and gave speeches on the necessity for violence, I was terrified," he writes. "I knew I was no fighter. . . . I knew that the whole thing was nuts but couldn't intervene to stop it. . . . I felt like a member of the crew on a speeding train, dimly aware of disaster ahead but unable to put on the brakes." He recounts bouts of depression and breakdowns from the strain: "I was exhausted from playing a double role -- the public revolutionary leader and the private scared kid."

The irony is that Rudd's turn to radical politics at Columbia was cemented by a friend's remark that he couldn't watch America devastate Vietnam and stand by "like a good German." Yet from 1969 through 1977, no thought voiced or deed done by his Weather comrades, no matter how lunatic or murderous, could dislodge Rudd from his loyalty to their cause; and he is left today with considerable regret that he either took part in the madness or stood idly by, like a good German. The most wrenching scenes in "Underground" depict the suffering of the author's beloved parents, simple, hard-working people who found the whole business unfathomable. "I wonder if I'll ever be able to laugh again," Bertha Rudd said after her son's expulsion from Columbia, "my heart is so broken."

Kincaid seems to want to portray Rudd as unrepentant when the truth is the opposite of that.

By the way, Kincaid doesn't oppose all domestic terrorism, as evidenced by his ties to G. Gordon Liddy -- indeed, Kincaid appeared on Liddy's show a few weeks ago, ironically talking about the Weather Underground.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:23 PM EDT
WND's Fellow Right-Wingers Dismiss Birther Conspiracy
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily will almost never admit to be suckers after promoting a story that proves to be false -- normally, it just stops reporting on it and refuses to correct the record. We saw it when WND promoted claims that the murder of a Coptic Christian family was done by Muslims; when it turned out to have perpetrated by non-Muslims as part of a robbery, WND stopped reporting on it and did not apologize for falsely impugning Muslims.

More recently, we saw it in WND's attacks on Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, from promoting lurid but never-verified sex claims made by an obviously unreliable person to touting the claim by purported "news agency" African Press International that it had a tape of Michelle Obama berating WND's attacks on her husband, even though a cursory examination of API before publication -- which WND clearly failed to do -- would have shown API's claims to be highly illogical at best and utterly false at worst. As API continued its refusal to make its purported tape public, WND did eventually indirectly cast doubt on API's claims but merely dropped the story instead of following up with any sort of investigation of the truth behind API or apologizing for choosing to be suckered.

We will likely see the same behavior from WND with the Obama birth certificate story, as the bogus claims it has forwarded crumble under the weight of the truth.

The latest blow to WND's credibility is an April 17 FrontPageMag article by Andrew Walden likening the birthers to 9/11 conspiracists. Walden (who has gone after the birthers before, only to claim a new conspiracy that right-wing obsession over the birth certificate is just what Obama wants) curiously pulls a couple of punches here: He links to numerous WND articles but fails to mention WND by name as arguably the chief promoter of the birth certificate conspiracy. Walden also notes Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid's statement at CPAC that "Back during hate 1980s, at least we knew that our president was born in the United States," though without actually naming Kincaid.

He makes up for that, though, by reminding people of what an anti-Semitic loon Andy Martin is (as we've noted, WND's Jerome Corsi is regurgitating some of Martin's claims on Obama's birth) and rightly denounces Philip Berg as a 9/11 conspiracy-monger. He even takes a swipe at far-right radio host Alex Jones (on whose show Corsi has appeared), dismissing his "built-in audience of drug-addled losers."

More importantly, Walden shoots down a number of claims that WND has forwarded. Linking to a March 24 WND article by Bob Unruh claiming that "While [Obama's] supporters cite an online version of a 'Certification of Live Birth' from Hawaii, critics point out such documents actually were issued for children not born in the state," responding:

The problem here is that Hawaii does not provide a Certification of Live Birth stating that children born outside of Hawaii were actually born inside Hawaii.

[...]

Obama's birth certificate clearly states he was born in Honolulu.  If Hawaii were providing Certification of Live U.S. Birth to persons born outside the U.S. the State would be illegally providing U.S. citizenship to non-citizens.  How did all these self-appointed defenders of the Constitution miss something so very obvious?

Walden further adds:

Contrary to birther lies, Obama's Certification of Live Birth from the State of Hawaii, whcih shows that he was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 PM, is thet same document that anyone born inHawaii shows when applying for a drivers' license, soecial security card, passport, or security clearance. AIt was also accepted as valid by the election officials of the 50 states.

Walden also effectively shoots down Orly Taitz's attacks on Obama and the attention Taitz's role in the birther conpsiracy has received from supermarket tabloid the Globe:

Readers interested in celebrity gossip are an ideal audience for conspiracists.  Sadly the Globe reports she has convinced an Army Lieutenant from Tennessee to throw away his military career on birther nonsense and claims to be on the verge of recruiting others.

[...]

Complains Taitz: “the courts stated that ordinary citizens have no standing to challenge Obama..."

Embarrassingly for those birthers who claim to be "upholding the U.S. Constitution -- Article II, Section 1 explains that "ordinary citizens" do not elect the President of the United States. The vorters of each state determine who will represent their state as electors in the Electoral College.

Walden also takes a swipe at "Ron Polarik," who purports to demonstrate the birth certificate released by Obama's campaign is fake. Last December, WND's Unruh uncritically reported Polarik's claims, ignoring the irony of demands for documentation coming from someone who is hiding behind a pseudonym. Unruh helpfully noted that "WND verified that he is not misrepresenting his credentials or expertise."

WND has a history of ignoring or refusing to provide truthful responses when its claims about Obama's birth certificate are challenged. Look for Joseph Farah and crew to ignore Walden as well.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:34 AM EDT
NewsBusters Heathering Watch
Topic: NewsBusters

P.J. Gladnick is one of the Heathers at NewsBusters, hurling bile and snark at any right-winger deemed to have committed the offense of thinking for themselves and straying from conservative dogma. Gladnick's latest target is Meghan McCain, and the Heathers' favorite crime is invoked in Gladnick's April 18 post:

One has to hand it to Meghan McCain. She has certainly found the perfect shtick for extending herself beyond her allotted 15 minutes of fame. And the method Meghan has discovered is to slam conservative Republicans. That is her meal ticket to getting invites on cable news shows such as Larry King and, "OMG," she is also going to be guest co-host of The View for a couple of days this week. Think any of these invitations would have materialized had Meghan urged Republicans to become more conservative? If that were to happen all those TV appearances plus her new book deal would dry up more quickly than a drop of water in Death Valley.

Jealousy much? Seems like Gladnick would like McCain's TV face time.

Gladnick goes on to complain that McCain "Meghan also indulged in the almost obligatory slams against Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh," seemingly oblivious to any reason such criticism is deserved (or maybe Gladnick is sticking to his MRC overlords' doctrine of Coulter and Limbaugh as They Who Must Not Be Criticized.

Gladnick then bashes McCain for purportedly failing to acknowledge the anti-Obama tea parties, adding, "Of course, any positive response from Meghan to the tea parties would jeopardize her self-promotion tour in the MSM which is why there has been no response from her."

Yep, Gladnick is totally jealous of McCain. Like, totally. 


Posted by Terry K. at 9:23 AM EDT
Will Farah Lead By Example?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah thundered in his April 18 WorldNetDaily column that CNN's Anderson Cooper's use of the word "teabagging"in reference to the anti-Obama tea party protests was "grossly degrading," and he "should have his dirty, little gutter mouth washed out with soap" and then be fired. Farah added: "This is hardly the kind of comment Americans would expect from a respectable TV newsman paid by one of America's largest media corporations in prime time." This from someone whose website published a column by Erik Rush calling Attorney General Eric Holder "another floatie in the septic tank that is the Obama administration" -- that is, a piece of shit.

Then again, perhaps we have come to expect such grossly degrading hate by dirty, little gutter mouths to ooze from WND.

Farah also noted that Cooper said regarding pray-the-gay-away therapy enrosed by right-wingers like Farah, "every one of them basically admits that they still are attracted to a member of the same sex, they're just forcing themselves to repress those feelings." Farah retorted: "One wonders just how many happy homosexual Christians Cooper has met. ... Cooper handpicks the guests he has on his program. How many members of Exodus International has he chosen to interview?"

As World O'Crap points out, Cooper hashad Exodus head Alan Chambers on his show, adding: "Actually, why guess?  I mean, it’s the internet after all, so why risk looking like an ill-informed jackass who’s too lazy or stupid to type a Google search if you don’t have to?"

Cooper can also, if he's interested, interview Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, two co-founders of Exodus International who left the group to be with each other. And then there's John Paulk, chairman of Exodus International at the time he was identified drinking and flirting at a gay bar. (He now insists that he made a "very foolish decision," a claim WND uncritically accepted.)

If Farah really wants Anderson Cooper fired from CNN for referencing "teabagging," he should lead by example on how to handle employees who make "foul-mouthed, offensive comments" by firing Erik Rush.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:07 AM EDT
WND's Anonymous Attacks on Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah once defended his reporter Aaron Klein by asserting, "Aaron Klein doesn't use anonymous sources when he quotes senior terrorist leaders in Gaza and many of the most prominent Islamists in the world. He names names." That, of course, is a complete and utter lie -- Klein has granted anonymity to terrorist leaders.

Klein does so again in an April 17 article, in which he claims that President Obama will move to create a Palestinian state "more quickly than anybody could imagine," cting only an anonymous "chief PA negotiator" as his lone source. At no point does Klein explain why he has granted anonymity to the negotiator, whom, by definition as a Palestinian, is a terrorist in Klein's eyes.

WND wasn't done with hurling anonymous smears at Obama. An April 18 article promoting Farah's G2 Bulletin, "the premium, online intelligence newsletter edited by the founder of WND," asserts that Obama employed "restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days." The article cites anonymous yet purportedly "reliable military sources close to the scene" to back up the claim, which is otherwise unsubstantiated.

It appears that Farah's lies and hypocrisy about granting anonymity extend to his own work -- after all, he once denounced anonymous sources as a convenient basis for "quotes made up out of whole cloth to help make the story read better." There's no reason not to apply that same sentiment to Farah's own anonymous sources.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:23 AM EDT
Sunday, April 19, 2009
WJC Strikes Back With Attacks, Smears
Topic: Western Journalism Center

We seem to have hit a nerve.

It appears that the Western Journalism Center has responded to our report on the WJC's revival (also posted at the Huffington Post) pretty much the way you'd expect -- by attacking me. From a WJC email apparently sent out on Human Events' mailing list (we haven't seen the actual email yet, but parts of it are posted here):

Terry Krepel, the senior web editor for Socialist Billionaire George Soros' Media Matters just put out an inflammatory hit-piece on us in The Huffington Post and called us smear-mongers, right-wing hitmen and conspiracy theorists.

He even accused us of "naked partisanship" (We'd refute that one if we could figure out what he means by partisanship 'sans clothes' and also, whether Krepel actually believes that adherence to the Constitution is a partisan issue).

What does the WJC get wrong here? First, my article wasn't written for Media Matters; second, George Soros does not fund Media Matters. Demonstrating that the truth doesn't matter to them, they do concede that latter point later in the email, parentically noting that Media Matters is "more accurately, funded by a Soros-funded organization... those little degrees of separation appear to matter to liberal spin-meisters." Yet they call it "George Soros' Media Matters" anyway.

If Floyd Brown and the WJC are going to continue to insist on referring to "George Soros' Media Matters," does that mean we can refer to Richard Mellon Scaife's Western Journalism Center? (Unlike Soros and Media Matters, Scaife did directly fund the WJC.)

The WJC then to proceeded to attack Media Matters based on claims made by ... discredited journalist Catherine Moy:

Catherine Moy with Human Events perhaps described them best when she wrote that Media Matters appears "to care more about taking out the kneecaps of conservatives than pursuing truth or accuracy in the media."

As we detailed, the 2007 Human Events article by Moy that the WJC reliles on to bash Media Matters is full of hyperbolic assertions, unsubstantiated or false claims and overblown leaps of logic.

What you won't find in the WJC's email (at least in the posted excerpt): any factual refuting of the claims I made. Indeed, it seems that the WJC wants to operate in dog-whistle mode --despite sending out this paid email, there is no mention of my report on the WJC website. It's impossible to tell at this point whether the WJC included a link to my report without a copy of the actual email itself, but I would venture to guess that there isn't one -- they're afraid to let their readers make their own decisions about what I wrote.

To the contrary, the WJC sticks to repeating its bogus claims about the birth certificate, claiming he "refuses to release an actual birth certificate" when, in fact, he has.

The WJC goes on (enthusiasm for all-caps in original):

And now that Krepel (and The Huffington Post) has taken time out of his busy day to slime us, one can only ask why?

Answer?  Because, we are asking the ONE pivotal and credible question that the left does not want asked and we're driving the point home and taking the Mainstream Media to task for NOT asking that ONE SIMPLE QUESTION.

Specifically, why are teams of lawyers thwarting efforts to compel Barack Obama to produce, the ONE document that can verify that he is eligible, under the Constitution, to hold the office of President of the United States - his actual birth certificate.

If Barack Hussein Obama has nothing to hide, simply producing an actual birth certificate is not an unreasonable request.

But, because it is the ONE question that the left CANNOT answer and the question that Barrack Hussein Obama REFUSES to answer, it MUST NOT be asked... it MUST NOT be addressed... and it MUST NOT be acknowledged.

And, here's the most important part, since the question MUST NOT be be asked; those who dare to ask it must be discredited... they must be personally attacked.... lest the American people start asking the question too.

That is what the left really  FEARS and that's why we're in the crosshairs.

Actually, judging by the amount of vitriol in this email and its apparent refusal to link to my report so readers can judge for themselves, the people who are afraid here are Floyd Brown and the WJC -- and they're afraid of me, a guy with a website who told the truth about them.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, April 19, 2009 4:55 PM EDT

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