AIM's Kincaid Thinks He's Bob Woodward (And Is Conspiring With Foreigners) Topic: Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid is trying to gin up outrage over a non-scandal -- the claim that CIA director and secretary of defense nominee Leon Panetta is somehow disqualifed for both jobs because he purportedly had "had a close and personal relationship with a member of the Communist Party by the name of Hugh DeLacy, whose record included meeting with communist espionage agents." He writes in a June 14 AIM article:
Rather than have boxes of material dumped on us, as happened in the case of Palin, we have researched hard-to-find Congressional hearings, conducted interviews and examined clippings from decades ago, university archives and the Congressional Record. It’s the kind of reporting that Bob Woodward of the Post was known for during Watergate.
Funny, we thought Woodward was best known in Watergate for meeting with a secret source in a parking garage. Is Kincaid doing that?
Not really -- he's just red-baiting. And he's doing something else as well -- he's collaborating with a foreign national to bring down an American official.
Kincaid states that he is working with "my friend and associate Trevor Loudon" to attack Panetta. Loudon, right-wing activist, is a resident and citizen of New Zealand who is obsessed with communism and has fed many of Aaron Klein's guilt-by-association attacks on President Obama and his advisers. (Klein is repeating this attack on Panetta as well, crediting Loudon but not Kincaid.)
Why is Kincaid conspiring with foreigners to attack Americans? Does he hate America that much?
Newsmax's Hirsen Also Invents Stewart Racism, Ignores Racism of Fox Host Topic: Newsmax
NewsBusters isn't the only one to invent a racism scandal. Newsmax's James Hirsen follows in its footsteps by writing in a June 13 article:
Recently, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart made Herman Cain the butt of his unimaginative jokes, and his patter about the GOP presidential contender turned out to be not so coded.
Stewart aired video footage of Cain. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and current GOP presidential candidate was addressing the issue of the thousands of pages of Democrat legislation that admittedly was not read by them prior to passage. Cain said that bills should be limited to three pages.
After showing the footage, the Comedy Central star displayed a billboard that read: “Herman Cain 2012 — I Don’t Like to Read.”
The racist threads woven into this comedic sketch are that the black man has difficulty reading and lacks intelligence. Neither Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton saw fit to call a press conference.
As with NewsBusters, Hirsen's "racist threads" are imaginary. And as with NewsBusters, Hirsen has been silent about actual "racist threads" in Fox News host Eric Bolling's "hoodlum in the hizzouse" attacks on President Obama.
It seems Hirsen would rather invent racism accusations about his political enemies than condemn actual racism among his allies. Just like NewsBusters.
WorldNetDaily columnist is proud to let his seething hatred of the Obamas wave in public. In the wake of his assertions that the Obamas are worse and polio and should be "dragged thru the streets," Massie responds to critics in an expanded tweet:
finally doofus libs that r haunting over our tweets got 1 of my quotes rite bho n his big saddle butt wife r worse things 4 nation since polio - i hope they don't expect me 2 feel bad or ashamed by wat i said - i'd like 2c them bothdragged out of the w/h n hauled off 2 jail 4 crimes against the Constitution violating our personal liberties - liberal jackos dont get upset when Justice Thomas, Michelle Malkin, or other conservatives of men and women are attacked by their minions - bho and buttzilla r marxists and racists - i didn't make it up all u have 2 is play back her own words - having said that I think the entire lot of them shud be hauled off 2 a penal colony n i hope they dont like wat i'm saying
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?
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.
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.
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 >>
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."
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.
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:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.