WND Unhappy With Idea That It Can't Lie With Impunity Topic: WorldNetDaily
An Aug. 1 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh carries the alarming opening:
A federal judge who owes his lifetime appointment to Barack Obama today concluded that a pro-life organization whose leaders criticized a politician for supporting Obamacare for funding abortions just might be guilty of defamation – and possibly worthy of jail time.
Of course, the facts are much less alarming -- and they could have consequences for WND's brand of loose-with-the-facts journalism.
The case involves former U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, who lost re-election in 2010 in part, he claims, because of ads by the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List claiming that Driehaus supports "taxpayer funded abortion." Unruh's suggestion that anyone currently faces "jail time" over the incident is false -- that applied only to a criminal complaint Driehaus had originally filed with the Ohio Elections Commission that he has since dropped. The current lawsuit is a civil action with no possibility of jail time.
The central question in Driehaus' lawsuit is whether the Susan B. Anthony List's claim that he voted for "taxpayer funding of abortion" when he voted for the health care reform bill. Dreihaus contends it's false, and the judge (whose appointment background is irrelevant) agreed, writing, ""Whether it is possible … that the PPACA would not prevent taxpayer funded abortion is entirely different from providing for 'taxpayer funded abortion.' The express language of the PPACA does not provide for taxpayer funded abortion." Thus, Driehaus' lawsuit can go forward.
Unruh, of course, is compelled only to report the SBA List's reaction, plus some of his own inadequately documented claims. First he writes:
In fact, the Obama administration confirmed in July 2010, as reported by ABC News, that the president's signature health care legislation funds abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's health is at risk.
Unruh misleads by portraying health care reform as a change from previous federal abortion policy. It is not -- under the Hyde amendment, first approved in 1976, those are the only conditions under which the federal government funds abortions, and health care reform did not alter it.
Unruh then writes:
Further, it now has ruled that all insurance carriers will be required to include coverage of the Plan B "morning-after" pill that can destroy the life of a fertilized egg by preventing the implantation of the developing embryo, Answers in Genesis pointed out.
Noted the prominent organization, "Despite the evidence that Plan B has a secondary mechanism as an abortifacient, the FDA allows Plan B packaging and patient information to claim that it does not cause abortion... The 'truth' of this claim depends on new government-approved definitions."
Of course, Answers in Genesis -- whose goal is "to illustrate the importance of Genesis in building a creation-based worldview, and to equip readers with practical answers so they can confidently communicate the gospel and biblical authority with accuracy and graciousness" -- is not an organization qualified to render a medical judgment on what Plan B does. Oh, and it's not an "abortion pill."
The question remains whether the SBA List's ads rise to the level of "actual malice" required under defamation law. Unruh dutifully reported the SBA List attorney's assertions that it does not because his group "researched Obamacare themselves, and they also read the opinions of other groups that also concluded that Obamacare provided taxpayer funds for abortion services," and that even if the claim is false, it's "protected opinion."
This raises some interesting questions for WND, which has repeatedlypublishedfalseclaims about President Obama and his administration. Given that actual malice toward the president is practically WND's editorial policy, if Driehaus successfully obtains a verdict of defamation against the SBA list, that opens up a path of defamation litigation against WND for its shoddy, malicious journalism.
WND will make any plaintiff drag it out in court, however. Remember, it took seven years for WND to admit that it published falsehoods about an associate of Al Gore.
No wonder WND is alarmed by this case -- it might just be the thing that results in it being held accountable for its malicious lies.
Newsmax's Root: Obama, Dems Are Like Drug Addicts Topic: Newsmax
Incredibly, Obama and his Democrats are now blaming the victims in the debt-ceiling crisis.
These out of control D.C. spending addicts are exactly like drug addicts who have abandoned their spouse, kids, and job to do drugs 24 hours a day. Even though they’ve stolen from us, we do all we can to get them into rehab. But since they don’t want to stop drugs, what we get in return is hate, anger, and blame.
They accuse us of being horrible people for not willingly handing over more money to feed their spending addiction. They absurdly assert it’s all our fault and that we’ve forced them to rob us at gunpoint. And they scream that we are extreme.
Like all addicts, it has to be someone else’s fault. In this case they blame the taxpayers and the tea party. It’s our fault because we won’t willing give them more money.
Unfortunately, the addiction of Obama and Congress is destroying the American economy and enslaving our children and grandchildren to unimaginable debt for decades to come.
Farah Admits He Was Trying To Cash In On Debt Crisis Topic: WorldNetDaily
Joseph Farah begins his Aug. 1 WorldNetDaily column this way:
Seven months ago I had a dream.
Hoping to capitalize on the overwhelming popular opinion against racking up new debt, I devised the "No More Red Ink" campaign with the notion of inundating House Republicans with hard-copy red letters urging them to stand firm against any hike in the debt limit.
It seems that Farah is admitting he was trying to make a buck off the debt crisis. (Not letting a crisis go to waste, one might say.) Of course, Farah does this sort of thing a lot by collecting chunks of cash to dump letters of questionable impact on members of Congress on their behalf.
And "cash in" really is the operative term here. Farah asserts that 1.5 million "No More Red Ink" letters were sent to 241 Republican House members. Divide that by the $29.99 WND charged to send those letters, and you come up with 6,224 people from whom WND separated their money, for gross revenue of $186,659. There's no way it cost WND $186,000 to print and send those letters, so that means that WND has turned yet another tidy profit.
Farah may be complaining about "red ink as far as I can see," but he's definitely talking about his little letter scam.
CNS Tries To Revive Bogus Easter/Ramadan Attack on Obama Topic: CNSNews.com
Earlier this year, CNSNews.com tried to attack President Obama by claiming that he issued "did not put out a formal proclamation for Easter--after putting out proclamations for Muslim holidays." Just one little problem: Obama didn't issue proclamations on those holidays, he issued statements, which is a distinctly separate thing.
Having taken three-plus months to figure out the difference between a proclamation and a statement, CNS decided to try again. Thus, we have an Aug. 2 article by Penny Starr claiming that Obama "issued a statement marking the start of Ramadan" but "did not issue a statement marking Easter this year."
Starr does concede (albeit not until the ninth paragraph) that "Obama did host Easter prayer breakfasts at the White House in 2010 and again this year, but she fails to mention that Obama also hosted the White House's annual Easter egg roll.
Why isn't that enough for Starr? Is there genuine concern here, or is it just because CNS is grasping another silly wedge issue to beat Obama over the head with, as it's been trying to do since he took office?
We'll go with the latter, since such partisan attacking has become the direction of CNS under Terry Jeffrey.
NEW ARTICLE: The WorldNetDaily Manifesto, By Anders Breivik Topic: WorldNetDaily
The accused Norway terrorist not only cites WND in his manifesto, his concerns about Islam and multiculturalism are closely aligned with WND's editorial agenda. Read more >>
WND's Laughably Vague Link To Article On Taitz's Latest Screwup Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily posted this link on its front page the other day with an oddly vague headline:
Why did WND write such an oddly vague headline? Because the Washington Post story being linked to isn't really about the Social Security number at all -- it's about Orly Taitz screwing up once again in court. From the article by Al Kamen:
Taitz is looking for information that would prove that Obama’s Social Security number was from Connecticut, not Hawaii, and is therefore fraudulent.
But she’s having some inexplicable problems complying with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2(a)(1), which simply says that only the last four digits of a Social Security number should be used in any documents filed; the first five digits must be redacted.
Seems she repeatedly violated that rule by redacting the wrong numbers, sparking a blistering rebuke this week from Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court here, who wrote that she was “wasting the Court’s time with nonsense,” which is “not the way [for her] to have any hope of prevailing in this case.”
“After making the somewhat hysterical claim . . . that there may be ‘an employee in this court who is intentionally sabotaging’ her,” Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, wrote in his order, Taitz then “engaged” a courtroom deputy clerk “in a lengthy, accusatory conversation.”
Taitz “is either toying with the court or displaying her own stupidity,” Lamberth said. “There is no logical explanation she can provide as to why she is now wasting the court’s time. ”
Kamen helpfully adds: "Memo to file: Send private note to Taitz to advise her that the last, the very last, federal judge she wants to provoke is Lamberth. Trust us on this."
Given that WND has a history of ignoring Taitz's lengthyrecord of shoddy legal work, it's easy to see why it wants the focus to be on Taitz's nuisance lawsuit.
WND would much rather tout Taitz's latest stunt, such as her pending raid on the Hawaii Department of Health with a subpoena to view the Obama birth certificate it has on file. Just a couple little problems with this thing:
First, the subpoena is being filed in the case above, which is a lawsuit against Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue regarding Obama's Social Security number. What does Obama's Hawaii birth certificate have to do with his Social Security number, since there's no evidence he was issued one at the time he was born? That's called non-germane evidence. Plus, Taitz has not offered evidence that she provided notice of the subpoena to Astrue as required by law, since he is the defendant in this case.
Second, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding subpoenas state that "the issuing court must quash or modify a subpoena" that "requires disclosure of privileged or other protected matter, if no exception or waiver applies." The original copy of Obama's birth certificate is a protected document under federal health privacy laws. Unless Obama has signed a waiver making the document public -- we'd be shocked if he did for the benefit of Taitz -- the Hawaii DOH is under no obligation to respond to Taitz's subpoena.
In short, we have another Taitz screwup in the making that WND will cover up or whitewash.
CNS' Starr Upset That SpongeBob Defies Laws of Physics Topic: CNSNews.com
An Aug. 2 CNSNews.com article by Penny Starr is quite upset that the U.S. Department of Education is using a SpongeBob SquarePants book to promote "the idea that global warming is man made." Starr is further baffled by a certain lack of adherence to reality in SpongeBob stories:
The author does not explain how a pool is built underwater, how vehicles submerged in the ocean can produce exhaust, or how tires burn and send smoke into the air from the bottom of the sea.
Yes, Starr really wrote that. She's also ignoring that, as Media Matters points out, there's nothing controversial about teaching children about the reality of global warming.
This gives us all the excuse we need to go down memory lane for a look at the last time the ConWeb went on a SpongeBob freak-out. In 2005, WorldNetDaily declared that a tolerance-promoting video for children featuring famous cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants was designed to be used by "homosexual activists" to "surreptitiously indoctrinate young children into their lifestyle."
Joseph Farah does have a habit of recycling his old columns, and he has essentially done that twice in the last two days.
Farah's July 29 column is a retread of a rant from June complaining about the Southern Policy Law Center. This time, it appears tohave been spawned by the SPLC hurting Farah's feelings by accurately describing WND as having "grown its influence by peddling paranoia about the president's birth certificate and AmeriCorps' 'domestic armies.'" At no point does Farah challenge the description -- thus conceding its accuracy -- but rather calls it an "epithet" and was off on yet another anti-SPLC rant about how it's purportedly "raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution."
Farah goes on to complain that SPLC chief Morris Dees "pays himself more than $280,000 a year from the 'charity.'" How much does Farah pay himself to run WND? That's not an answer we're likely to get voluntarily. Nevertheless, Farah may as well be talking about himself when he writes, "Fear-mongering is what the SPLC is all about – and turning it into a profit center."
Farah's July 31 column finds him still complaining that Rick Perry doesn't hate gays as much as he does, which is what Farah was doing three days earlier, even repeating his earlier assertion that gay marriage is grounds for secession:
In case you missed his remarks to Republican fat cats in Aspen, Perry said: "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business."
So, let me get this straight, Gov. Perry. If the New York state legislature decided to legalize polygamy or to eliminate the age of consent so pedophiles could legally target "consenting" children, you would have no problem with that?
I assume your 10th Amendment-trumps-all position would be the same?
By the way, this is not just some hyper-theoretical question. You might recall, Gov. Perry, that Utah couldn't join the Union until it outlawed polygamy – the 10th Amendment notwithstanding. Do you think a territory that permitted same-sex marriages even 20 years ago would have been admitted into the national covenant?
Of course not. You know that, and I know that.
In fact, when an existing member of the Union redefines a sacred, 6,000-year-old cultural institution like marriage, the very building block of civilization, it is an implicit violation of the values of that national covenant. It's ground for the national political equivalent of divorce.
Farah repeated another old complaint against Perry for "his advocacy of mandatory HPV vaccines for children." As before, Farah does not explain why it's a bad thing to vaccinate children against a certain type of cancer.
It's a new month, so you know what that means: Another Afghan body-count article by Edwin Mora. This one carries the headline "64 Percent of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Happened on Obama’s Watch."
Of course, CNS wasn't putting headlines like that on articles about U.S. casualties in Iraq.
Chuck Norris writes in his July 31 WorldNetDaily column:
Last Monday, as President Obama spoke to the National Council of La Raza, he told his listeners something that should alarm every American. He confessed that he'd like to "bypass Congress and change the laws on my own." He added, "Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you."
He doesn't need to promise us. We believe him, because we've been watching his rogue behavior since the moment he entered office.
At no point does Norris reprint the full quote, which discredits his entire attack on Obama:
"The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions," Obama told the National Council of La Raza.
Equality Matters examines the MRC Culture & Media Institute report by Paul Wilson on how CNN is supposedly "in the tank for gay marriage." Among the shocking evidence Wilson cites: CNN has congratulated gays for having successful relationships and challenged the increasingly discredited idea of "ex-gay" therapy.
Saul Alinsky is the father of community organizing, the Marxist-anarchist who so profoundly inspired generations of Democrat insurrectionists, including a young Barack Obama who in 1985 become a community organizer in Chicagoland and in the 1990s did legal work for ACORN, one of the most reactionary and fraudulent community organizations in America.
Alinsky also inspired a former first lady and would-be president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in 1969 wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley extolling this villain who influenced generations of community organizations like – ACLU, La Raza, NOW, NAMBLA, PETA, AFL-CIO, NAACP, ACORN, Congressional Black Caucus, Human Rights Campaign, George Soros-funded socialist groups, LGBT agenda (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and many other liberal mafia pressure groups.
The NAACP is no different from NAMBLA? Really?
Washington goes on to repeat the falsehood that Alinsky "dedicate[d]" his book "Rules for Radicals" to Lucifer. In fact, the book is dedicated to his wife, Irene; the reference to Lucifer appears on a page of quotes as "an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical."
But Washingotn is not done spewing:
One will never understand who President Obama is, the man, unless you have a rudimentary understanding of history, politics, philosophy and economics. Obama is the liberal establishment's dream: the apotheosis and embodiment of all the fascist, atheist, anti-intellectual, nitwit liberal ideas pontificated in college lecture halls, spoken in university faculty lounges and written in books and academic journals few people have ever read.
Socialists like Barack and Michelle Obama, Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod, Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Wasserman-Schultz, Cornel West, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Obama's Supreme Court nominees, Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, despite their Ivy League pedigree, show virtually no moral understanding of law, history, politics, economics or philosophy, no critical thinking or logic skills and appear to have accepted utterly the vile, myopic propaganda of their Marxist professors without question.
This groupthink mentality reminds me of FDR's adoption of Mussolini's aphorism: "Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State."
What Washington really means is that he's upset these people aren't as far-right as he is.
And, as you'd expect, Washington offers no proof that FDR "adopted" that aphorism.
Martin Gould and Ashley Martella identified Fossella as someone "who served in the New York state House for six terms before a brief stint in Washington." As before, Newsmax doesn't mention why Fossella's stint in Washington was so brief: He left office in disgrace after a DUI arrest led to the revelation that Fossella had a mistress in Washington and fathered a child with her.
The Week In WND Anti-Gay Freakouts Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily has been on quite the anti-gay tear of late, and it's not just Joseph Farah complaing that Rick Perry doesn't hate gays enough.
WND has reliably freaked out over the California law requiring the teaching of the contributions of gays and lesbians, repeatedly calling it "'gay' indoctrination" (yes, WND still insists on putting "gay" in scare quotes) and giving anti-gay activists plenty of space to vent their rage. A July 26 article by Bob Unruh is a typical example. Many of the WND articles on the California law, like this one, include this boilerplate attack on Harvey Milk:
In honoring Milk, schools are advocating for the acceptance of what Milk sought: the entire homosexual, bisexual and cross-dressing agenda; a refusal to acknowledge sexually transmitted diseases spread by the behavior; his behavior as "a sexual predator of teenage boys, most of them runaways with drug problems"; advocacy for multiple sexual relationships at one time; and "lying to get ahead"; according to SaveCalifornia.com, a leading statewide pro-family organization promoting moral virtues for the common good.
Funny, we don't recall WND similarly claiming that honoring the Founding Fathers means acceptance of personal behavior like owning slaves. And Unruh's depiction of SaveCalifornia.comis laughably benign; it's a rabidly anti-gay group that pushes typical right-wing gay-bashing attitudes on homosexuality.
A July 26 WND article by Daniel Carl claims that "An Air Force staff sergeant with more than 12 years of military service reports he may be medically discharged for failing to support the indoctrination" -- there's that word again -- "planned under President Obama's push to create an atmosphere of openly homosexual behavior in the military ranks." WND keeps up its usual biased language, claiming that repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is "promotion of homosexuals in the military," baselessly claiming that it is "viewed widely as a payoff to homosexuals who supported him during the 2008 election."
WND couldn't help but let its hate show in a July 26 article by Drew Zahn with the headline slur "Hope and change 2011: Now homo and change." This particular freakout is over the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network receiving federal money to create a pilot program of "safe spaces" for gay students in schools. Zahn absurdly portrays "critics" as claiming that "the program's aim is more about 'fast-tracking' students into the homosexual lifestyle." Zahn made no apparent effort to contact GLSEN for a response to the criticism.
WND followed that up with a July 31 column by the rabidly anti-gay Linda Harvey, who portrayed the "safe spaces" as "an unobstructed road into the 'gay' lifestyle," bizarrely adding, "What's next, off-setting the national debt by selling our children into prostitution?"
In the midst of this anti-gay freakout, WND ran a reader poll question: "Are America's political and cultural institutions now promoting homosexuality?" Given that WND's editorial policy has indoctrinated its readers into believing that anything that does not condemn homosexuality "promotes" it, it's not surprising that nearly everyone answers yes, with the chief answer being, "Yes, and America will pay a dear price for rejecting her core, founding values."
Putting the cherry of paranoia on WND's gay-bashing is a July 30 article by Unruh claiming that 'The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun watching a blog posted by a Christian who was forced to flee Brazil because of the conflict between that nation's pro-homosexual 'hate crimes' agenda and his advocacy for traditional marriage." Neither WND nor the blogger seem not to have considered the possibility that a DHS employee is actually a fan of the blogger's hateful rantings, which are largely cut-and-paste articles from other sources and are about on part with WND's own anti-gay agenda.
It's less about the level of the gay-bashing rhetoric than it is about the innate paranoia of the blogger and WND. Remember, WND can't stop lying to its readers about the nature of President Obama's reference to a "national civilian security force." WND seems to believe that feeding paranoia keeps it in business, so it must do all it can to keep the freakout level up, and this blogger is a useful tool to that effect.
NewsBusters Hurls More Insults It Thinks Are 'Media Criticism' Topic: NewsBusters
NewsBusters is still pumpingout its approvals of liberals being insulted as its twisted idea of "media criticism."
A July 26 post by Jack Coleman carried the headline "Al Sharpton Rendered Inane During Tussle with GOP Congressman." Coleman added underneath it: "Granted, you may not have noticed any difference." Coleman then asserted that Sharpton "tried to get the better of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and ran into the immovable object of a smarter opponent."
A July 29 post by Noel Sheppard declared Joe Scarborough's assertion that one only cares about the opinion of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman if "you’re a blogger, and you’re still living in your mom’s basement, and you got Cheetos all over the keyboard, you type in your underwear" to be "well-deserved" -- so much so that he repeats the statement. Of course, the same thing could be said about the clownish, mendaciousmisleader Sheppard.