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Thursday, June 16, 2011
NewsBusters Invents Racism Charge, Ignores Actual Racism On Fox
Topic: NewsBusters

Last week, we noted how NewsBusters invented the claim that a joke about Herman Cain by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" was "racially charged" even though no evidence was presented to support the claim. When it comes to actual racially charged statements on a ideologically simpatico channel, however, NewsBusters isn't so quick to rush to judgment.

While Media Research Center employee Geoffrey Dickens was writing his baseless attack on Stewart, Eric Bolling was using the June 10 edition of his Fox Business show "Follow the Money" to say of a meeting between President Obama and the president of Gabon: "It's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse." Bolling repeated the point later in the show, saying, "It's not the first time he's had a hood in the big crib." Bolling later said, "So what's with all the hoods in the hizzy?"

This isn't the first time Bolling has used disparaging, racially charged rhetoric to smear Obama; he previously wrote that Obama was "chugging 40's in IRE while tornadoes ravage MO." 

NewsBusters got all hot and bothered a few weeks ago when liberal Ed Schultz said on his radio showthat conservative Laura Ingraham was a "right-wing slut" -- even demanding that he be suspended from his MSNBC show for the remarks, even though they never appeared there. They got what they wanted, and expressed pride that Schultz was "humiliated" into an issuing a apology.

Bolling, by contrast, spent a mere 14 seconds disingenously claiming that he went "a little fast and loose with the language," even though his racially charged statements appeared in apparently scripted, pre-taped segments.

Where's NewsBusters' outrage? Or is it too busy inventing more bogus racism allegations against liberals to bother?


Posted by Terry K. at 1:06 PM EDT
A Fluffing Nexus for Newsmax's Kessler
Topic: Newsmax

This must have been nirvana for Ronald Kessler: writing a June 13 Newsmax column about how one of his favorite people, National Rifle Association president David Keene, is slobbering all over one of his other favorite people, Mitt Romney.

It's a veritable summit of fluffing!


Posted by Terry K. at 10:52 AM EDT
WND Gloms Onto Bachmann Bandwagon
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily wants you to think that Michele Bachmann really likes WND.

About an hour after Bachmann announced during the June 13 Republican presidential debate on CNN that she had filed papers for her candidacy, a WND article by Joe Kovacs asserted that she, after Herman Cain, was "the second Republican contender to have virtually announced their candidacies previously in WND."

Kovacs is taking some liberties with the facts, as WND is wont to do. The only evidence Kovacs provides that Bachmann "virtually announced" her candidacy at WND is an August 2009 article in which she, according to Kovacs, "hinted she was interested in the presidency."

Expressing interest in running for president is not an announcement of same. It's not even a "virtual announcement" of same. WND is simply trying to convince its readers that it's relevant as it pisses away what's left of its credibility on desperately trying to prove that the birth certificate President Obama released is fake.

Oh, and speaking of Cain: It's worth noting that while Fox News suspended paid commentators Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum when their presidential ambitions became clear, Cain remains a (presumbly paid) WND columnist even after announcing his candidacy -- indeed, WND published Cain's column making that announcement. WND, it seems, can't even be bothered to keep up the pretense anymore that it's a real news organization.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:15 AM EDT
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NEW ARTICLE: Shapiro the Shrill
Topic: CNSNews.com
Syndicated right-wing columnist Ben Shapiro not only has a full-blown case of Obama Derangement Syndrome, he also pushes false and misleading claims in his column -- dishonesty that the subjects of his new book know all too well. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 3:25 PM EDT
Farah Freaks Out, Stands With Gay-Haters At AFA
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah goes into freak-out mode in his June 15 WorldNetDaily column, defending Texas Gov. Rick Perry's plans for "a day of prayer and fasting for our nation to seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation" by relying on thin-skinned ad hominem attacks.

Farah was appalled that a Houston Chronicle editorial would criticize Perry's prayer event, accusing the paper of trading in "guilt by association and outright lies":

For instance, the Houston Chronicle challenges the sponsor of the event, the American Family Association, by saying, "There could hardly be a more divisive, unforgiving group. …" On what basis does it form this assumption? "According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which names AFA a hate group, it's intolerant of gays and other religions and its leaders make outrageous claims, including that 'homosexuals are the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities' and that homosexuality will usher in a 'grotesque culture' that will include 'quick encounters in the middle school boys' restroom.'"

That's the Houston Chronicle's authority on the AFA – the Southern Poverty Law Center. Do you know who else this group, long-ago discredited as nothing more than a fear-mongering fund-raising machine, lists as haters and hate groups? Here's a partial list: me, WND, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, the tea-party movement, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gun Owners of America, the Family Research Council, Judge Andrew Napolitano, James Dobson, Rep. Paul Broun and Rep. Ron Paul.

In other words, if you are an effective, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-Constitution American, you are probably on one of the SPLC's "hate" lists. And that's why AFA is there.

That the Houston Chronicle and other esteemed press outlets would use the SPLC as a source to mischaracterize the American Family Association is an indictment of who is writing and editing news stories and editorials for the major media – that's all.

Who is the SPLC? I think Reason writer Jesse Walker may have said it best when he wrote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center … would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds."

Founder Morris Dees' stock-in-trade is raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution. He also files lots of lawsuits, sometimes even on behalf of real victims of racism, and pockets most of the money raised through heart-wrenching direct-mail pitches.

The most famous example was a judgment he won for a black woman whose son was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. While Dees and company raised $9 million sending out solicitation letters featuring a gruesome picture of the victim, the mom received a total of $51,875 in the settlement. Dees pays himself more than $280,000 a year from the "charity."

Do you get the picture?

Nnotice that at no point does Farah actually disprove anything the SPLC or the Chronicle said about the AFA -- he simply bashed the SPLC.

Farah and WND have tangled with the SPLC before, falsely claiming that the SPLC accused WND of engaging in "violent rhetoric" and falsely denying the SPLC's claim that WND engages in "conspiracy journalism."

Farah then said he "stand[s] with" the AFA. Indeed he does -- last December, WND published an falsehood-ridden op-ed by the notoriously homophobic AFA official Bryan Fischer.

So, yes, Mr. Farah, we get the picture: You can't respond with facts, so you spew hate.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:48 PM EDT
CNS' Starr Keeps Shilling for Oil Industry
Topic: CNSNews.com

A couple weeks back, we noted how CNSNews.com's Penny Starr has become a reliable shill for the oil industry -- presumably because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars ExxonMobil has given to CNS' parent, the Media Research Center.

Starr turns in another sycophantic effort in a  June 10 article uncritically repeating claims by American Petroleum Institute officials in favor of a new U.S.-Canada oil pipeline. Only two paragraphs mention EPA concerns about the pipeline, while Starr devotes a whopping 12 paragraphs to the API's arguments in favor of it.

That bias, it seems, is what ExxonMobil is paying for.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:20 AM EDT
WND's Massie Embraces Discredited Arkansas Trooper, Explodes Into Twitter Rage
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Mychal Massie writes in his June 14 WorldNetDaily column:

In his column, "2nd 'black president' likely to build on legacy of first," Jack Cashill wrote, "Indeed, in his audio book, 'More Than Sex: The Secrets of Bill and Hillary Clinton,' Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson contends that Clinton referred to Jesse Jackson, among others, as a 'nigger' as late as 1992 and routinely tolerated racial slurs by others. Patterson is not alone in making this charge."

Of course, as Cashill's title infers, Clinton went on to become known, amongst other things, as America's first black president. But their hateful comments and tolerances pale in comparison to the rabid Marxist mindset of Michelle Obama and her intentionally polarizing speeches.

In fact, Patterson has no credibility as a Clinton accuser.

As we've detailed, Gene Lyons and Joe Conason point out in their book "The Hunting of the President" that Patterson "was said to harbor a grudge" against Clinton "for going to Washington without setting [him and a fellow state trooper] up in federal jobs" and because he didn't push a bill funding a state police lobbying group Patterson had helped to found through mandatory dues from state troopers' paychecks. Lyons and Conason also quote Patterson's former supervisor as saying Patterson's "mentality and objective in life was to sleep with as many women as he could. You could not have a conversation with Larry Patterson more than five minutes that sex didn't enter into it and whose britches he was trying to get in. ... If Bill Clinton had a meeting with a woman behind closed doors, Larry assumed it was for the purpose of sex, because that's what it would have been if he had been there."

Further, as we've also noted, Patterson and the other anti-Clinton Arkansas troopers backed away from their lurid claims when placed under oath.

It's rather sad that Massie feels he has to stoop to rehashing ancient claims from a discredited, disgruntled accuser in order to fuel his hatred of Michelle Obama. (It doesn't exactly enhance Cashill's credibility, either.)

Meanwhile, Massie's hatred of the Obama's has festered on Twitter:

And here too:

The Obamas should be dragged through the streets? They are worse than polio? Really, Mr. Massie?

Massie has a growing history of hateful writings that are getting ever closer to earning him a visit from the good folks at the Secret Service.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:46 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:51 AM EDT
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Meanwhile ...
Topic: CNSNews.com

Andrew Reinbach at Huffington Post takes a look at a June 3 CNSNews.com article by Terry Jeffrey claiming that "China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills." While the article is "perfectly truthful as far as it goes," Reinbach writes, it leaves "an impression that's an almost total lie, probably floated to stoke fears that China's about to dump its Treasury portfolio and crash the American economy."

Read the rest.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:15 PM EDT
Corsi Downplays How WND Fell For Fake Obama Birth Certificate
Topic: WorldNetDaily

For some reason, WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi -- who's desperately trying to prove that the long-form birth certificate released by President Obama is fake -- is obsessing over actual fake birth certificates.

Corsi promises in a June 13 article that this is "the first in a series examining the role supporters of Barack Obama have played in forging fraudulent birth certificates." But Corsi whitewashes the role he and WND played in promoting those birth certificates without bothering to verify them first.

Corsi writes:

On Aug. 2, 2009, WND reported that eligibility lawyer Orly Taitz had made public what became known as the "Bomford" birth certificate, seen here as Exhibit 1, by filing a motion in federal court to determine the document's authenticity.

Taitz's filing of the Bomford birth certificate caused such a stir that a thread discussing the document on Free Republic drew more than 10,000 postings.

On Aug. 4, 2009, Joseph Farah wrote an editorial expressing strong suspicions the document was not authentic.

That same day, Internet bloggers revealed that the Bomford birth certificate had been forged from an authentic "Certified Copy of Registration of Birth" issued in 1964 to an Australian citizen, David Jeffrey Bomford, born April 10, 1959, at Thebarton Community Hospital, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

What Corsi doesn't tell you: WND endeavored to portray the Bomford certificate as authentic.

As we detailed, WND asserted in that Aug. 2 article that "WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical." WND followed up the next day with an article touting how the document "has been entered into the Congressional Record – by a Democrat no less." Another article, on Aug. 4, noted the Washington Independent's detailing of how the document is apparently a altered version of an Australian birth certificate, but it devoted more text to how a website linked to Taitz "provided replies to the point-by-point criticisms."

While Farah did aver that the birth certificate might not be authentic in his Aug. 4 column, he  ignored the fact that WND conferred a level of legitimacy on it by publishing it -- and utterly failed in its journalistic duty by refusing to attempt to verify it beforehand.

Corsi also fails to reconcile WND's initial claim that "WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical" with his own claim in an Aug. 6 article that "WND obtained several samples of Kenyan birth certificates in use around Aug. 4, 1961, the date of Obama's birth, showing differences from the Taitz document." Those Kenyan documents couldn't have both proved and disproved the certificate.

As a final touch, Corsi references how "scanner expert Doug Vogt has filed criminal charges with the FBI, alleging that the Obama birth certificate released by the White House April 27 was fraudulently created" without mentioning evidence discrediting Vogt's claims.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:53 AM EDT
MRC Has Another Transgender Freak-Out
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Culture & Media Institute is on quite the transgender-bashing tear of late. Following up on its freak-out over a 5-year-old boy with painted toenails in a J. Crew ad that it painted as transgender "propaganda," a June 7 CMI article by Paul Wilson pulls the usual MRC depiction-equals-approval fallacy of portraying coverage of transgendered people as a "celebration" of them.

Wilson was offended that in one school a student "born a boy and retaining male reproductive organs" was voted prom queen while at another school a student "born female and wishing to be male" was voted homecoming king. Wilson huffed, "In both cases, the issue was presented as one of fairness. Students were voted in by their peers, and were either accepted by a tolerant school or opposed by a reactionary school. The biological identity of Andrew or Oakleigh was irrelevant." Wilson doesn't explain what law is being violated that prom queens must be female and all homecoming kings must be male.

Wilson continued: "But the mainstream media has a history of celebrating high-profile transgendered people as blazing a trail while simultaneously seeking to normalize them. In these stories, skeptics are either absent or presented as bigots." Wilson doesn't explain why they're not.

 


Posted by Terry K. at 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:54 AM EDT
Diana West Loves Bigoted Author of Dubious Mosque Survey
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Diana West's June 9 WorldNetDaily column touts a new study claiming that "More than 80 percent of the mosques in the study feature Islamic literature that advocates violence." West does concede a little bias by noting that study co-author David Yerushalmi is "one of my 18 co-authors on the book 'Shariah: The Threat to America.'"

West won't concede -- as we noted when a WND "news" article similiarly failed to do so -- that Yerushalmi has been cited by the Anti-Defamation League for his "record of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry," and that the methodology of his study has been questioned.

But such things don't matter to West; all she seems to care about is that someone she can portray as authoritative (as long as you hide the evidence to the contrary) has produced "alarming data on the promotion of violence within Islam in American mosques."


Posted by Terry K. at 2:08 AM EDT
Newsmax Thrilled Obama Treats It As A Real News Organization
Topic: Newsmax

As much as Newsmax may despise President Obama, it's sure isn't ashamed to gush over him when it feels it needs to. Like when it's invited to the White House.

In a June 9 article, Newsmax editorial director Steve Coz trumpeted how the Obama White House considered Newsmax enough of a "leading online media" entity to be invited for a gathering featuring the president:

Newsmax met with President Barack Obama and his senior advisers at a special White House Summit to discuss a wide range of serious economic issues facing the United States and the world.

In a first for the administration, the White House brought together 22 of the country’s leading online media — including Newsmax, Forbes, The Economist, Kiplinger, MSN, Yahoo, and AOL/Huffington Post — to create a platform to better communicate the administration's economic message.

Newsmax Editorial Director Steve Coz and Newsmax magazine Editor in Chief Ken Chandler attended the summit Wednesday and spoke with Obama and his advisers.

It's not until the fourth paragraph that Coz got around to reporting what was actually said during the gathering. But for Newsmax, that wasn't the real news.

Meanwhile, it seems that WorldNetDaily was not invited to this gathering. It doesn't help that WND's White House reporter, Les Kinsolving, has displayed utter contempt for the president and his team.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:37 AM EDT
Monday, June 13, 2011
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

While many chief executives experience marked aging in the job, Obama looks increasingly drawn and stressed. One can only speculate as to whether he has sought chemical assistance in managing himself during his presidency, but I have heard it suggested. And while I'm no physician, I've enough experience with chemical dependency to say that I would not be surprised, given his demeanor and comportment in recent months. As I write this, Obama is creating a train wreck of decorum during his trip to the United Kingdom, babbling insensibly to Irish citizens who entertained him, botching a toast to the queen and forgetting what year it was.

Asking an individual what year it is, as you may be aware, is one of the often-employed indicators of mental capacity when a head injury or psychological impairment is suspected.

-- Erik Rush, May 26 WorldNetDaily column

America's traitorous elitists saw in Obama a figurehead that a nation of poorly educated, but well-indoctrinated student-loan serfs, welfare dependents, public sector union "servants" and "what's in it for me independents" would vote for under the heading of "affirmative action."

They were correct.

What they failed to calculate was the cost of his election to the nation.

[...]

For the nation, the term "natural born citizen" meant at the time the Constitution was written – and means today – someone born in America to parents who are themselves both American citizens. Obama's presidency is illegal – and the elites could have spared this nation a great deal of grief if they had looked it up in the Constitution. You owe America an apology.

Guess who will apologize first.

-- Craige McMillan, May 26 WorldNetDaily column

Some call Obama the "man-child" in the White House. They're right. He's in over his head. He's so unequipped to do the job the presidency demands that the rest of the world laughs at him, and he's an embarrassment for all Americans and certainly, those we honor on Memorial Day.

-- Barbara Simpson, May 30 WorldNetDaily column

Despite the past two and a half years America has been run by a president who is in every respect a socialist with communist tendencies, the pathetic GOP cannot effectively mount a first-tier candidate to seriously challenge this diminutive Marxist professor. Why? Because for 40 years the GOP has used the rhetoric of conservative Ronald Reagan, but the tactics, strategies and policies of RINO Richard Nixon.

-- Ellis Washington, June 4 WorldNetDaily column

People will make mistakes. Some will expose some freaky fetish or even worse. However, these mistakes can be corrected every two years for Congress, six years for the Senate and, thank God, every four years for the president.

Oh yes, I said the president. What outlandish behavior of his has been exposed?

He was deluded enough to actually believe he had the ability to be a leader and statesman. In reality, he is merely a community organizer wholly owned by the various unions who ensured him the vote of members too uneducated to think for themselves.

That behavior is more twisted than Weiner's behavior, in my opinion.

Weiner can merely destroy himself and his reputation. Mr Obama has the ability in his position to ruin an entire country and all of our reputations – especially those who voted for him in 2008.

Oh and yes, he is fully paid for by the unions, George Soros and others foolish enough to believe in the hope and change Mr. O was peddling.

-- Craig R. Smith, June 6 WorldNetDaily column

As many a reader is aware, I have maintained for many months now that President Obama is a Marxist-Leninist with a marked affinity for Islam. I don't believe he considers himself a Muslim, but it is – or should be – evident that he displays a dangerous favoritism for radical Islamists over our allies and even the American people.

[...]

Between his Marxist-infused Muslim background and 20 years in Wright's church, of course it should be no surprise Obama has moved to compromise the United States economically, militarily, diplomatically and in terms of national security.

-- Erik Rush, June 9 WorldNetDaily column

The art of Jiu-Jitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe this is what the conservatives must do in the coming 2012 presidential election.

Obama's "weight and strength" is that by next year he will have a surplus of $1 billion in campaign money and the mainstream media supporting him. He also has ACORN (or whatever they call themselves now) and other community organizers rallying the liberal troops to make sure he gets re-elected. Add to that his slick-willy youth charm and pseudo-charisma with which he has bamboozled a large part of the American public, who neither follow politics nor understand how he has unraveled the very fabrics of our republic. And tailor that with Obama's unique ability to make one believe he means what he says from a teleprompter, and you have a formidable foe.

But as Rickson Gracie, retired mixed martial artist, an eighth-degree black and red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a member of the renowned martial arts family – the Gracie family, once said, "If size mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle."

-- Chuck Norris, June 13 WorldNetDaily column

The thick cloud of uncertainty hanging over the country originates far beyond the hallowed halls of Washington politics or the White House. Roots of this darkness are so deep, a new dawn is almost inconceivable – especially with Barack Obama residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The promised hope and change has quickly succumbed to high unemployment, foreclosures, millions on food stamps and an overall sense that the best is behind us, not ahead. We all wonder how this could have happened to a once great nation, and how in the world we are going to get things turned around.

Difficult times are not a new phenomenon in America. We have had hard times before. So why is there such a sense of hopelessness and gloom throughout the land this time?

Barack Hussein Obama.

He doesn't believe in America and her greatness. Oh, he may say so in his teleprompter-scripted speeches, but he surely doesn't believe what he is saying. Otherwise, his actions would be far different. He would not be siccing the National Labor Relations Board on Boeing to stop thousands of new jobs. He wouldn't have force fed us a 2,300-page health-care bill, adding massive burdens on business. The Dodd-Frank bill, which cripples growth in America, would never have received Mr. Obama's signature if he truly believed in the country.

-- Craig R. Smith, June 13 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 3:12 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:15 AM EDT
CNS Word Obsession Watch
Topic: CNSNews.com

We've previously detailed CNSNews.com's obsession over words President Obama says -- or doesn't say. CNS has decided to expand that obsession to the rest of Obama's administration. Penny Starr writes in a June 20 article:

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that gay and bisexual men comprise “the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s” and make up 53 percent of all new HIV infections in the United States each year,  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not mention them in a speech she gave about the disease.

[...]

In her speech, Sebelius only referred to “Americans,” “people,” “children” and “human lives.”

Apparently, according to Starr and CNS, gays aren't Americans or even human.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:22 PM EDT
WND's Lamb Misleads About Community Reinvestment Act
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Henry Lamb writes in his June 11 WorldNetDaily column:

The housing market crumbled because of government intervention. The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and subsequent revisions imposed government management of the housing industry by forcing banks to issue loans to credit risks a free market would never tolerate. To entice banks to make these unjustified loans, the government guaranteed repayment. When some of the people couldn't, or wouldn't, repay their mortgages, the government took your tax money to make good the guarantee. This is the single most important cause of the current economic disaster, and the responsibility rests upon progressive Democrats who firmly believe that government must control and manage human activity.

In fact, experts agree that the Community Reinvestment Act had no significant role in the financial crisis, and that lending money to poor people and minorities isn't inherently risky.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:47 AM EDT

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