Bozell Wants Moonie Times to Win A Pulitzer Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell spends his April 24 column sneering at the Huffington Post winning a Pulitzer Prize, huffing, "The Pulitzer judges who would rather swallow rat poison than give an award to a conservative outlet like The Washington Times are bestowing kudos on a site that thrives on celebrity dreck like 'Miley Shows Off Legs in Lacy Shorts' and 'Kim Wears Kanye’s Initials on Her Ears.'"
Bozell identifies no work from the money-losing plaything of a Korean cult leader who thinks he's the Messiah that should have gotten the Pulitzer instead of HuffPo -- perhaps he thinks its exhibition of Obama Derangement Syndrome should have gotten the prize.
Bozell is also upset that lesbians were involved somehow:
The Pulitzer judges even bestowed an imprimatur on The Stranger, a Seattle alternative weekly rag edited for six years by radical sex columnist Dan Savage. Eli Sanders won the Feature Writing category for a story on a horrific local double-rape of two lesbians, one of whom was stabbed to death.
The Stranger staff’s reaction to the Pulitzer wasn’t solemn. Big surprise, that. Their website quickly added “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize” like a slogan and asked on their blog, “Hey, Eli: Is that a Pulitzer Prize in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?” Unless I miss my guess, this is the first Pulitzer Prize for a newspaper that also operates an annual home-video pornography competition (called the Hump! Festival).
So Bozell thinks this case was "horrific" but that it was somehow political correctness for the Pulitzer to have gone to a story involving lesbians? Yes, Brent, we know you and your organization are dedicated to gay-bashing, but isn't this a bit petty even for you?
Maybe it's professional jealousy. His own "news" organization, CNSNews.com, is little more these days than an anti-Obama propanganda machine, and Terry Jeffrey and crew wouldn't know real journalism if they was bit on their collective behinds by it.
Bozell, of course, could do something about that -- dump the partisans and hire some real journalists who are more interesting in reporting the facts than scoring political points. But scoring political points, not journalism, is what the Media Research Center is about, is it?
CNS Bashes College Obama Spoke At For Offering Class on Disney Films Topic: CNSNews.com
This, seriously, is the lead, and the entire point, of Fred Lucas' April 26 CNSNews.com article:
President Obama this week advocated his plans for federally subsidized student loans and his desire to keep college costs down at the University of Colorado, a school whose Women and Gender Studies program includes a course on “Disney’s Women and Girls,” and where the full cost for an on-campus in-state student this year was $26,877.
That's it. The rest of Lucas' article is dedicated to bashing the school for offering this class -- as well as for offering a "Women and Gender Studies" program -- and Obama for speaking there.
"There is no slur against conservatives that's off the table" for the so-called journalists at MSNBC, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Sean Hannity last night. The Media Research Center president made that remark after viewing a clip of Hardball host Chris Matthews calling the GOP the "Grand Wizard crowd," a not-so-thinly veiled suggestion that conservatives are violent racists.
That's right -- the person who called President Obama a "skinny ghetto crackhead" is complaining about people saying mean things about conservatives.
WND's Corsi Dives Back Into the Obama-Hate Cesspool Topic: WorldNetDaily
Jerome corsi does love to dive into the cesspool when it comes to hating President Obama, and he does so again in an April 25 WorldNetDaily article promoting an upcoming film claiming that "Frank Marshall Davis, the radical poet and journalist who was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, was the real, biological and ideological father of Barack Obama."
The sleaze part comes here:
[Director Joel] Gilbert’s research turned shocking when he obtained seven indecent photos of Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, at Frank Marshall Davis’ house, suggesting an intimate connection between Dunham and Davis.
“I was not happy to include these racy photos in the film but found it necessary to substantiate the intimate relationship between the two,” he said. “Those photos ended up in a men’s mail-order catalog of nude women, likely sold to them by Davis. I placed black bars on parts of the photos to be respectful.”
Why do we suspect that Gilbert is lying about being "not happy" to include those "racy photos" in his film? At this point, there is no substantiation provided to back up Gilbert's claim that these photos he claims to have are of Ann Dunham. And we're also sure that Corsi is panting at the opportunity to get a special viewing of them for himself.
MRC's Hadro Still Freaking Out About Gays on CNN Topic: NewsBusters
We'vedetailed how the Media Research Center's Matt Hadro's apparent main job is to complain whenever gays appear on CNN. He does so again in an April 25 NewsBusters post in which he huffs that "CNN continued to show its unvarnished support for the GLAAD" for an interview by anchor Kyra Phillips that was allegedly "dripping with sympathy for a lesbian mother recently removed by the Boy Scouts as local cub den leader because of her orientation." He further complains:
Phillips fawned over the subject's son as she asked him such questions as "tell me what makes your mom such a great den leader" and "Do you think it's pretty cool to have two mommies?" CNN claims to be a serious news network, but Phillips' "interview" could have passed for Oprah any day of the week as she helped Jennifer Tyrrell carry out her "mission" of changing the Boy Scout protocol of no gay den leaders.
Of course, having a lesbian Boy Scout leader is hardly the same thing as a gay male Boy Scout leader. But all gays must be denigrated by Hadro and his MRC co-workers, apparently.
WND's Corsi Is Still Fluffing Arpaio Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily is little more than the PR agency for Joe Arpaio, and Jerome Corsi may as well be on Arpaio's payroll (if he isn't already) for all the fawning articles he's written about the sheriff.
We see this again in an April 23 WND article by Corsi touting how Arpaio "finds himself under increasing attack as he prepares to release new findings in his investigation of President Obama’s eligibility for the state’s 2012 election ballot." WND is obviously colluding with Arpaio to promote the utterly discredited cold case posse "investigation" of Obama -- how discredited? Corsi and WND refuse to even acknowledge the fact that it has been substantively criticized -- and won't even come clean with its readers of the depths of that entanglement.
Corsi also engages in alternate-universe explanations to brush away Arpaio's many growing scandals:
As WND reported, new impetus was given to the anti-Arpaio campaign by the recent disbarment of Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas in a complicated corruption case.
Establishment media have largely ignored, however, the fact that Thomas and Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon were disbarred for filing criminal charges against Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe and two members of the Board of Supervisors, which oversees Arpaio’s office, Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley. Both are determined Arpaio foes.
Uh, Jerry, that was kind of the point. Thomas and Auchubon filed trumped-up charges against these board members precisely because they were "determined Arpaio foes." It's called legal harrassment and intimidation. That's why they were disbarred, and all Corsi's conspiratorial spin won't change that.
Corsi also regurgitates earlier attacks on Arpaio critic Randy Parraz as a "radical outside agitator " with an "elite education." Um, doesn't Corsi have a degree from elite educational institution Harvard? Yes, he does.
Corsi even throws in the Fast and Furious investigation, even though it has nothing whatsoever to do with Arpaio.
Think about it: A man with a Harvard degree is spending his twilight years trying to prop up a corrupt sheriff who makes discredited attacks on the president of the United States. Sad, isn't it?
CNS Busted for Dishonestly Editing Biden Speech Topic: CNSNews.com
Michael Chapman writes in an April 26 CNSNews.com article:
Vice President Joe Biden said that when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate back in 1972, his view of U.S. military commanders was epitomized by actor Slim Pickens in the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” riding an atomic bomb like a cowboy and “yelling yippee-ki-yay!”
In a campaign speech focusing on foreign policy, delivered at New York University on Thursday, Biden said he ran for the Senate in 1972 “because I thought the policy we had in Vietnam, I didn't argue it as immoral, but I thought it just didn't make sense, the notion of dominoes and so on and so forth."
“And I came to Washington as a 29-year-old kid," said Biden. "I got elected. Before I was eligible to serve, I had to literally wait to be sworn in because I wasn’t eligible under the Constitution. You must be 30 years old. And my image of the military commanders at the time was, if you ever saw that old movie, if you ever rented it, where Slim Pickens is on the back of an atom bomb, dropping out of an aircraft, yelling, yippee-ki-yay! And 'Dr. Strangelove' was the movie.”
In his remarks on Thursday, Biden praised retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded allied forces in the Kosovo war during the Clinton administration, and who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2003-04. Clark first endorsed Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama for president in the 2008 race.
That's the entirety of the article. Chapman curiously didn't report what Biden said immediately after that:
But I have to tell you after all the time I’ve served in public office, if you asked me who the most impressive women and men that I have met in government in the last 40 years, six of them would be men or women wearing a uniform. It’s a different military. This guy was not only a great warrior -- I mean literally a warrior, but this guy is a diplomat. This guy is an incredibly bright man, extremely well educated. He understands the role of the military within our system, and he understands the Constitution.
And there are -- Thank God, there’s others like him that are still around today. Wes, thanks for being one of those many folks who changed my impression from my younger years. It’s a pleasure to be with you.
This deliberate, biased editing of Biden to make him look bad is just another part of CNS' propaganda operation against the Obama administration.
Later, after we pointed out the dishonest editing in the comments, CNS re-edited the article to add the full context:
In his remarks on Thursday, Biden went on to say that his views of military commanders subsequently changed, and he particularly praised retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded allied forces in the Kosovo war during the Clinton administration, and who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2003-04.
"But I have to tell you after all the time I’ve served in public office, if you asked me who the most impressive women and men that I have met in government in the last 40 years, six of them would be men or women wearing a uniform," said Biden. "It’s a different military. This guy [Gen. Clark] was not only a great warrior--I mean literally a warrior, but this guy is a diplomat. This guy is an incredibly bright man, extremely well educated. He understands the role of the military within our system, and he understands the Constitution."
But CNS didn't alert readers that the story has been edited -- another dishonest act. And the video accompanying the item remains dishonestly edited, cropped to show only the "Dr. Strangelove" reference and not the full context.
WND Still Hatin' On Higher Education Topic: WorldNetDaily
As its magazine issue denouncing the value of a college education demonstrated, WorldNetDaily isn't a big fan of book-learnin'. An April 25 article shows it's willing to distort the truth to keep that illusion up.
The article's fail factor starts with its headline, "High-schoolers earn more than college grads." That's a complete falsehood; a Georgetown University report details that while those holding only a high school diploma make an average of $1.30 million over their lifetime, those holding bachelor's degrees earn an average of about $2.27 million over their lifetime, and those with higher degrees earn even more.
As it turns out, the article is about a Payscale.com claiming to calculate the "return on investment" of a college education at hundreds of colleges across the country, focusing mainly on schools where the "return on investment" was negative. WND ignores the fact that the vast majority of the schools in the report provide a positive ROI. Further, the report computes ROI over only 30 years, not a lifetime in which people work 40 years or more.
The rest of the article goes on to promote WND's anti-education issue.
MRC Speaks For All Catholics, Apparently Topic: Media Research Center
When did the Media Research Center decide to make pronouncements on behalf of all Catholics? We're not sure, but an April 20 MRC Culture & Media Institute item definitely went in that direction.
Paul Wilson uses the item to attack Washington Post columnist Melinda Henneberger for being insufficiently critical of of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a support group for Catholic religious women whom the Catholic Church hierarchy has denounced for allegedly deviating from church doctrine. After denouncing the group for "grave dissent" and Henneberger for taking "jabs at the Church," Wilson takes issue with Henneberger's statement that the Vatican "knows a lot about scandal – to the point that the nuns are the only morally uncompromised leaders poor Holy Mother Church has left. Keep right on like this, your excellencies, and before you know it even more Catholics will be “moving beyond the Church.’” Wilson retorted:
Henneberger has it precisely backwards. The rapid decline in vocations in the Church since Vatican II was the result of members of the hierarchy rebelling against the teachings of the Church in the first place, causing massive confusion in the Church.
Wilson offers no evidence to support this view of Catholicism -- let alone that it's any sort of official view of the church -- which itself seems to be the kind of diversion from official doctrine (which Vatican II is) that he's criticizing in Henneberger and the LCWR.
Wilson becomes even more of a spokesman for right-wing Catholicism with another attack on Henneberger for issuing "a typical feminist rant/apologia":
Feminists like Henneberger ignore the Church’s worldview, that men and women are complementary beings with different roles. Instead, she and her ilk constantly seek to pit men and women against each other to enforce a version of sexual egalitarianism – a common trait of “religious” liberals, who consistently place religion at the service of ideology.
What does this have to do with anything? Wilson seems to have some issues that perhaps he'd be better off discussing with his pastor instead of ranting about it at his employer's website.
Four years ago at this time, there was an intense presidential primary election campaign under way. Democrats were fighting it out between Hillary Clinton (also known as Bill’s third term) and Barack Obama.
In his earlier Senate election campaign, Obama had been described as “Kenyan-born Barack Obama” by the Evening Standard newspaper in South Africa once he began pulling into the lead in the Illinois U.S. Senate race. Perhaps that newspaper headline is why Hillary wasn’t worried about landing the nomination until it was too late.
The question of a fair election in November is also something that deserves our attention. We can take it as given that voter fraud will abound at the hands of ACORN and other like-minded fringe organizations. It’s an even bet that tricks will be played with absentee and military votes. Questions have also been raised concerning the vote-counting technology having marked vulnerabilities that could be exploited by the unscrupulous, as well as who will be overseeing the process.
All of this illustrates the paramount importance of continuing to beat the drum of Obama’s communism in unequivocal terms, regardless of the mincing ridicule we will draw from liberals, the disbelief of many conservatives and the ire of communists themselves.
It’s time to think about these things carefully, because they are the kinds of changes that can transform America from the oldest constitutional republic in the world to a Third World-style banana republic. And that’s just what a second term Barack Obama in the White House will mean.
Obama and the Democratic Party establishment have demonstrated their utter contempt for the Constitution in many ways – not the least of those is through their stonewalling over the legitimate ID of Obama himself. They actively seek the disempowerment of anyone who disagrees with their agenda. They will use any means necessary to impose their radical agenda on the rest of us. “Any means” includes fraud, deceit, intimidation – maybe worse.
Our nation heads into a presidential campaign with an incumbent whose online birth certificate and Selective Service registration card are almost certainly forgeries, and this is a nonissue. (Don’t ask about the subpoena from a Georgia court that Obama ignored. Everyone else did, too.)
That’s the observation. The prediction is that unless voters come to view Barack Obama as a “socialist” – even a “democratic socialist” – and, as such, an existential threat to our (in theory) constitutional republic, President Obama, funny papers and all, will be re-elected in November.
As Obama has proven time and again over the past three years, he’s anything but a nice guy. He’s a bad winner, a sore loser and a thin-skinned, arrogant narcissist. And if that’s not enough, he is a racist who keeps Eric Holder on board, even after Operation Fast and Furious, to do his bidding. For good measure, he’s an unrepentant Marxist who, time and again, has shown his contempt for this country and its history.
All this is an obvious and egregious deception in the media’s ongoing war on America. The silence on Obama’s profligate spending is just the tip of the iceberg. It is indicative of Obama’s lack of character and ethics and his naked contempt for the American people. But consider the implications and consequences of the media’s silence on the Islamic spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, et al., and their treasonous whitewash of the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose goal is to destroy the West and install a universal caliphate. The poisonous fruit of Obama’s Islamophilia is a direct assault on freedom and American ideals. Consider the coordinated attacks on NATO in Kabul and other Afghan provinces by Obama’s “peace” partner, the Taliban, this past weekend to understand the catastrophic consequences of aiding and abetting our enemies.
So with this in mind, the Obama “Justice” Department is working overtime to aid voter fraud everywhere possible. They are suing states that have passed voter ID laws because the president’s re-election strategy is based on winning those deep blue states and enough “battle ground” states to get to 270. His campaign believes that he has 196 electoral votes from 16 reliably blue states. There are 13 swing states, and if he were to take just five – Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida – he wins. That’s why the push is on to get as many illegal alien and phantom votes tallied in the big cities in those swing states. These cities are usually Democratic strongholds with large immigrant and welfare-recipient populations. They are the folks BO’s team is counting on to tip the balance and deliver their state’s electoral votes to Obama.
Then, we will all be able to watch in horror at just how “flexible” our unconstrained dictator-in-chief will be in his second term.
Then he will be able to finish work on the pledge he made to “thoroughly transform America.”
With government corruption and treasonous acts running rampant, particularly with regard to President Obama and his administration, many have asked what ordinary American citizens can do to legally mete out justice. Short of violent revolution, there is only one strong legal mechanism that can be invoked. That is the so-called “citizens grand jury,” by which Americans themselves can enforce the law.
The Obama administration and far-left-wing progressive agents like George Soros are persecuting Sheriff Arpaio because he won’t turn a blind eye to tens of thousands of illegal aliens flooding into America. And their underhanded and intimidating message is being played and replayed by their MSM minions for every other U.S. sheriff and freedom-loving American: Don’t you (even as law enforcement) dare to stand up against illegal immigration, the Obama administration and the rest of the left-wing establishment – or we will bully and demonize you as discriminatory and racist, too.
Ironically, there’s less doubt about Mickey’s eligibility requirements than those of Obama. We know where he was created – in Hollywood, Calif. We know he’s old enough to serve. We know his “daddy,” Walt Disney, was an American citizen at the time of the “birth” of his offspring. We know Mickey never became a citizen of Indonesia. We know Mickey wasn’t adopted by a foreign national. We know his father wasn’t a Kenyan visiting student. We know he didn’t attend college as a foreign student. We know Bill Ayers’ dad didn’t put him through law school.
In other words, we know a lot more about Mickey Mouse than we do about the mysterious life of Obama.
Obama’s canine culinary habit, on the other hand, is extremely informative. It confirms what many of his detractors, and increasing numbers of his former supporters, have long suspected about the man. While he is a United States citizen, he simply isn’t an American in the cultural or nationalist sense. He does not share the traditions, customs and fundamental perspectives of most of the people over whom he presides, which is why his administration has been one of the most bumbling, tone-deaf and obtuse in American history. He remains, at heart, a foreigner, a stranger in what to him will always be a strange land.
We see that again in an April 24 CNS article by Fred Lucas attacking Obama for saying that he and his wife "didn’t come from wealthy families" by noting that "the Obamas did report an income of $789,674 for 2011 on their tax returns, which puts them in the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States. Their income in 2010 was $1.8 million," and that the Obama’s [sic] 2009 tax return shows that Barack Obama inherited $480,908 worth of Bank of Hawaii stock from his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who was a vice president of the bank."
Of course, how much the Obamas make now doesn't disprove that they didn't come from wealthy families. It's simply a mindless partisan and personal attack, the kind that editor Terry Jeffrey has encouraged in turning CNS into an anti-Obama propaganda mill.
Lucas also takes Obama's statement that "I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth" to suggest that it was directed at Mitt Romney, even noting that "On April 19, on Fox News, Romney responded to a question about Obama’s statement about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth."
In fact, during that Fox News interview, Steve Doocy misquoted Obama in asking about Obama's remark, falsely claiming that Obama said "unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." the words "unlike some people appear nowhere in Obama's remarks, and the full context of the statement shows it's about educational assistance and was not directed at Romney.
WND's Klein Smears Obama Adviser As 'Anti-Semitic' Topic: WorldNetDaily
Last year, WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein lied that Obama adviser Samantha Power "gave an interview in 2008 where she wanted to bring a mammoth protection force -- pay attention -- to the Palestinian territories." In fact, Power was not advocating an invasion of Israel, as Klein suggested; rather, her reference to a "mammoth protection force" was in response to a hypothetical question about a move toward geoncide by "one party or another" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the size of the peacekeeping force that would be needed to stop a genocide from happening.
Now that Power has been selected to White House Atrocities Prevention Board , Klein is back to lie about Power some more, this time upping the ante by smearing her as "anti-Semitic." Klein writes in an April 24 article that "Power was referring to pro-Israel groups using language some would consider anti-Semitic by implying such groups maintain inordinate power in U.S. politics."
At no point, however, does Klein identify what the purportedly anti-Semitic "language" is that Power used, or who the "some" is that would consider it so.
MRC Still Trying to Discredit Media Study It Disagrees With Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is still trying to quash a media-bias study that contradicts its right-wing agenda.
In an april 25 NewsBusters post, Ken Shepherd denounced a Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism arguing that President Obama has actually received more negative news coverage this political season than the Republican presidential primary contenders, insisting that "the data examined by the study are fundamentally flawed and hence worthless to arrive at a conclusion about the media's judgments of the candidates." The rest of Shepherd's post is a copy-and-paste of a Rich Noyes post attacking the study.
But as we noted, the MRC attacking the Pew study for purportedly faulty methodology is laughable given the shoddy state of the MRC's own research methodology, which is designed to advance a political agenda around a pre-existing narrative rather than following where the data actually leads.
The "liberal media bias" the MRC tends to treat as axiomatic is actually driven by the MRC's own deliberately skewed research, aswe'vedocumented.
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Zombie Lies Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND was busted long ago for spreading falsehoods about President Obama, yet it continues to peddle those very same lies years later. Read more >>
Sleazy Jerome Corsi Now Pushing Obama Gay-Sex Claims Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi despises Barack Obama so much that he has shown no reluctance to plunging into the sleaziest sewers of Obama derangement. He started moving this direction last year by darkly hinting that Obama is secretly gay. Now, Corsi has taken the full plunge at WND by trying to rehabilitate Larry Sinclair.
If you'll recall, in 2008 WND enthusiastically embraced Sinclair's tale that he once did drugs and had sex with Obama, despite the facts that no corroborating evidence was presented to back up his claims and WND itself made no effort whatsoever to check him out. WND quietly backed away from Sinclair after he failed lie-detector tests, he turned out to be a convicted crimina,l and he held a press conference one observer called "the single most stupefying event on any single day, what with the diversity of inanity on display from coast to coast in an election year," complete with a kilt-wearing attorney who justified his wardrobe decision by discussing the size of his "male genitalia."
But never mind all that -- Corsi needs more excuses to hate Obama, and Sinclair will serve just nicely.
In an April 24 WND article, Corsi writes that a libel case was dismissed against Sinclair by a man who claimed Sinclair ruined him by claiming in a book that Obama adviser David Axelrod had agreed to pay the man $750,000 to rig the results of Sinclair's polygraph test. Corsi makes sure to put inhis lead paragraph that Sinclair has made the "sensational charge that he had sex and used drugs with the future president," but it's not until the final paragraph of his 27-paragraph article that Corsi mentions that Sinclair has a "criminal past."
The libel suit has no direct link to Sinclair's allegations about Obama -- which still lack substantiation -- yet Corsi is seizing on it to portray Sinclair as credible.
This is little more than carpet-munching on Corsi's part. There apparently is no depth too low for him to indulge his Obama derangement.