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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Farah Dubiously Claims WND Is Bigger Than MSNBC
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah spent his April 8 WorldNetDaily column gloating that he had once dreamed that his website would be bigger than MSNBC, and now it is:

Not surprisingly, WND.com leads MSNBC substantially in Internet viewers. (WND.com is the 519th largest website of any kind in the U.S., according to Quantcast.com, while MSNBC.com ranks 545th.)

That may be true as far as it goes, but  measuring web traffic is not an exact science, and there are many different ways to count. Hitwise, for example, places MSNBC second among news sites, while eBizMBA ranks MSNBC 15th. Neither make any mention of WND.

WND has a long history of cherry-picking statistics to make its web traffic look good -- for example, it has regularly misled readers about its Alexa rankings.

Farah then pontificated on why this was the case, and concluded that it was because his competition, unlike WND, fell "out of touch with America and American values." Really? We didn't know that undermining a president whose policies you don't like through spreading lies and vile smears were "American values."


Posted by Terry K. at 1:25 PM EDT
Us v. FrontPageMag
Topic: Horowitz

Last week, we wrote an item for Media Matters about Ralph Peters' nonsensical fearmongering over "voting rights for illegals" at FrontPageMag. In response, FrontPageMag published a column by Rich Trzupek that engaged in a lot of ad hominem attacks to defend Peters.

We respond to Trzupek right here.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:32 AM EDT
Newsmax Columnist Likes IRS to SS, KGB
Topic: Newsmax

Sure, nobody likes the IRS, but does be deserve to be likened to the SS and the KGB and its agents likened to Nazis who took the "just following orders" defense? Richard Rahn thinks so, and he tells us all about it an an  April 7 Newsmax column:

Would you consider taking a job with a government agency that does the following:

  • Unnecessarily strikes fear into the hearts of tens of millions of your fellow citizens, causing such anguish and despair that some are driven to suicide each year
  • Requires citizens to know 10 million words of rules and regulations because the failure to do so may result in draconian fines and even jail, while at the same time no one in the agency has a full understanding of all the rules and regulations it requires others to know
  • Routinely ignores the constitutional protections against self-incrimination and the right to the presumption of innocence
  • Seizes the assets of citizens without obtaining court judgments
    Penalizes marriage
  • Discriminates against many of the nation's most productive citizens
  • Destroys incentives to work, save and invest, and undermines job creation
  • Routinely protects agency personnel who have engaged in citizen intimidation, misrepresentation or worse

No, I am not referring to the Nazi SS or the Soviet KGB, but the IRS, which is guilty of all of the above and more.

It is, of course, true that no one loves the tax collector and that taxes are the price we pay for a civil society. But, as with anything else, there are proper and improper taxes and tax collection procedures and methods.

According to news accounts, attacks and threats against IRS personnel are rising, and unfortunately, this trend is likely to continue until there is a fundamental change in our tax laws and collection methods.

People who do not have access to the media and cannot afford expensive tax lawyers sometimes reach such a level of frustration with the IRS that they resort to violent or irrational behavior.

IRS officials and workers will say the tax code is not their fault, and they are only doing their jobs.

It is unambiguously true that the tax code and IRS are creatures of Congress, with all of its self-dealing, corruption, ignorance, and incompetence. But it also is true, and was made explicit at the Nuremberg trials, that those who carry out orders that they know to be wrong or should know to be wrong are not absolved of personal responsibility.

Rahn, by the way, is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, so this hateful smear comes heavily subsidized.

UPDATE: NewsReal endorses Rahn's column, but is silent about his vile smears.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:06 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:12 AM EDT
Newsmax Still Defending Kerik
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax is keeping up its newly revived Bernard Kerik rehabilitation business -- after the disgraced former New York City police chief was sentenced to four years in prison on a host of corruption charges -- with a pair of articles this week.

An April 6 article by David Patten touts Joe Scarborough's dubious assertion that Kerik would be "walking be walking the streets today" if Rudy Giuliani had not run for president. That's highly unlikely since since the investigation into Kerik began in 2004.

Patten went on to assert that Kerik "pleaded guilty rather than paying millions of dollars in legal fees against a prosecution that many contend was politically motivated." Patten offered no evidence that "many" people feel this way.

This was followed by an April 7 article promoting another article by longtime Kerik defender Andrew Kreig, published at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation. Kreig also highlighted Scarborough's defense of Kerik.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:26 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
New Article: Joseph Farah's Birther Revisionism
Topic: WorldNetDaily
The WorldNetDaily editor has not only lied about his website's birther coverage, he and Alan Keyes want you to believe that they're not questioning Barack Obama's citizenship. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 11:41 AM EDT
Blakeman: Militarize Mexico Border With Drones, Troops (But Don't Call It That)
Topic: Newsmax

Brad Blakeman declares in an April 6 Newsmax column that the government must "take swift and permanent action to secure our nation's borders immediately" -- and he wants U.S. troops to be involved.

The first step, according to Blakeman: "If we can send troops and deploy unmanned predator drones to secure the borders of foreign lands, then we can surely deploy them to help secure our own." Read that again -- he wants Predator drones of the kind that shoot missiles at suspected terrorists in Afghanistan on the Mexico border.

Does Blakeman really believe that someone sneaking into the U.S. for a job is worthy of the same fate as those who wage terror and command suicide bombers?

Blakeman then tries a little language bamboozlement: "We need a military style precision operation to effectively secure our borders. It is not about 'militarizing' our borders, which our president finds offensive." If you're sending armed troops and Predator drones to the border, how can that not be described as "miltarizing" the border?


Posted by Terry K. at 10:19 AM EDT
Meanwhile ...
Topic: NewsBusters
Media Matters' Jamison Foser catches NewsBusters' Tim Graham once again saying something stupid -- this time, claiming the fact that President Obama adapts his speaking style to his audience, as most people do, means that Obama is a phony.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:56 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: Horowitz

David Swindle uses an April 6 NewsReal post to liken PResident Obama to the "psychopathic" Mr. Blonde from "Reservoir Dogs." No, really:


Posted by Terry K. at 12:41 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Meanwhile ...
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Richard Bartholomew does a little dot-connecting regarding WorldNetDaily's Molotov Mitchell and anti-gay Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa. Turns out Ssempa is buddies of the pastor of a neo-Pentacostal church in North Carolina linked to a movement called Every Nation, the current incarnation of a movement called Maranatha, which has been linked to authoritarian behavior. That church's previous pastor is Molotov's father.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:51 PM EDT
WND Lies About Non-Discrimination Act
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An April 3 WorldNetDaily article by Drew Zahn engages in baseless and false fear-mongering about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009, which would extend employment discrimination protection to to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The lies start in the headline: "House plans to resurrect law requiring 'gay' hires." This falsely impllies that the bill mandates a quota of gays to be hired and that the law forces employers to hire a certain type of person, which is a complete and utter lie.

Zahn does concede that the bnill makes "exceptions for the U.S. military, religious organizations and some businesses with non-profit 501(c) designations," but complains that it "makes no provisions for business owners' consciences." He then leaps into wild speculation: "A small construction company that wanted to maintain a Christian reputation, for example, could be sued if it refused to hire transvestites."

Zahn goes on to quote a representative of the right-wing group Concerned Women of America as saying the bill creates "special privileges" for gays and the transgendered, and he also quotes professional gay-basher Matt Barber claim the bill creates "special rights." But as Right Wing Watch points out, anti-discrimination protections for things like religion have existed for decades and the right-wingers never once complained about the fact that Christians were receiving "special rights."

Futher, as per WND's typical anti-gay, right-wing bias, Zahn permits no supporters of ENDA to respond to the right-wingers' criticisms. Thisalso follows in the tradition of WND's lies about extending hate-crime provisions to gays.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:04 PM EDT
Ron Paul Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: Newsmax

Last week was a good week for the so-called “constitutional wing” of the Republican Party, those indomitable Ron Paul people. Sure, the next presidential election is a long way off but a recent snapshot taken by pollsters shows a surprising opening for the Texas congressman, the man who says that the Federal Reserve should be audited.

The general public is moving toward Ron Paul, even if most of them don’t even know who he is.

[...]

The country is ready. The man who pulled an upset to win the straw poll at CPAC, need only pull another one at the Iowa Cavalcade, 15 months from now, to be thrust into national prominence. The people are ready for some accountability. But the Wall Street bankers and establishment leaders in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor are watching.

The Ron Paul CPAC victory sent shock waves through their ranks. Don’t expect to see or hear about the Ron Paul revolution on the television news. The people who stand to lose from accountability are not about to help his cause.

[...]

He is right on the issues. And he has hardly changed his positions in a lifetime of public service. This gives him an immeasurable advantage over Obama and Palin. The country is moving to him, not the other way around.

And Ron Paul has one other ally: “Events.” Day by day, month by month, events are working, side by side, with Ron Paul, to prove him right and send his political star rising into orbit.

-- Doug Wead, April 5 Newsmax column


Posted by Terry K. at 12:25 PM EDT
Janet Porter, Unrepentant Hater and Fearmonger
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Janet Porter ratchets up the hate and fearmongering in her April 6 WorldNetDaily column:

Be warned: The government that already controls access to the care you need to save your life has as its next target, already in its sites, the power to control your home's heat and your freedom to travel – all under the coldest "global warming" threat ever manufactured.

After that, be looking for a food shortage – another crisis you can rest assured Obama won't let go to waste. What happens when the government steps in to "rescue" the food industry? I would suggest you ask the survivors of such occurrences in Russia and Germany, but most all of them aren't around, of course. They were starved to death.

In World War II, we faced the National Socialist Party in Germany. Now we face it at home.

Porter again promotes her May 1 rally " to repent of our many sins, which have brought us to this point. " Porter still has not indicated whether she will, at this event or any other occasion, repent for the barrage of lies and hate she has become known for.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:41 AM EDT
Newsmax Steals False Drudge Headline
Topic: Newsmax

The headline at the top of Newsmax's "Newsfront" section on April 6 looked strangely familiar:

It turns out we had seen it before:

Not only did Newsmax steal a headline from Drudge, the headline itself is false. As the Associated Press article to which Newsmax links explains (which carries the accurate headline "U.S. Unveiling New, More Restrictive Nuclear Policy"), Obama would permit the use of nuclear weapons in certain situations.

Note to Newsmax: If you're going to steal someone else's headline, make sure the headline is accurate.

UPDATE: Newsmax doubles down on the lie by making Drudge's false headline its lead story:

 


Posted by Terry K. at 10:24 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:34 PM EDT
WND's Kupelian Claims 'Socialist Coup d'Etat'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian appeared on Sean Hannity's April 5 "Great American Panel," during which he claimed, "We're looking at an attempted socialist coup d'etat in Washington, D.C."

Media Matters has the video.

Kupelian also thinks Obama is a Manchurian candidate, so this is sadly not shocking at all.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:52 AM EDT
Monday, April 5, 2010
Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy Watch
Topic: NewsBusters

An April 3 NewsBusters post by Anthony Kang takes the Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy approach to media criticism, claiming that network newscasts were issing "praise for the Obama administration's latest regulatory efforts" on new federal fuel efficiency standards. But the examples Kang claimed as evidence are weak:

  • A statement on the NBC Nightly News that "Environmentalists are hailing the move as nothing short of historic."
  • A person's quote that "This is sort of the first time that the United States government has stepped forward, to take the biggest single step forward to solving global warming," which Kang depicted as having "praised the new regulation."

Kang, by the way, appears to be a Media Research Center employee, where he also writes for the Business & Media Institute. Such specious "media research" means Kang fits right in.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:30 PM EDT

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