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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Another Reason Larry Klayman Sucks As A Lawyer
Larry Klayman's record as an attorney in recent years has been one of continual failure. He keeps it up in his Aug. 31 WND column, which begins:
Um, no, it doesn't. As even WND has admitted, the Constitution does not define what "natural born citizen" means, and the Supreme Court has never weighed in on the issue as it applies to presidential eligibility.
Thus, what Klayman is stating about the definition of "natural born citizen" is an opinion, not a fact. His apparent inability to tell the two apart is further evidence of his incompetence as an attorney.
Since this is Klayman, he offers even more libelous attacks on the president:
Klayman also asserts that Obama "claims falsely that he was born here," which is true only if you ignore all the evidence to the contrary, which WND does.
Klayman, like many others who write for WND, does not care about the facts, only about destroying Obama. That means not only can he not be trusted as an attorney, he can't be trusted as a human being.
MRC Misleads on GM Plant Closing, What Obama Said About It
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center has its Republican marching orders on criticism of Paul Ryan's claims about the General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis.: 1) The plant closed in 2009, not 2008, and 2) President Obama promised to keep it open. Both claims are either misleading or false.
Here's how the MRC has forwarded these talking points:
All of these writers take great pains to ignore the fact that the vast majority of the plant was shut down, and the vast majority of its workers laid off, in December 2008 -- before Obama took office. From the Janesville Gazette article that Shepherd cites:
The plant's main purpose was to build SUVs. That line shut down in December 2008, laying off nearly all of the 2,000 workers hired by GM to build them. The 100 or so employees who remained between December 2008 and mid-2009 were not building SUVs for GM but, rather, medium-duty trucks for Isuzu under contract with GM. Thus, the plant was, for all intents and purposes, closed in December 2008. It's dishonest for the MRC to take a binary approach by insisting that because a handful of workers remained until 2009, Ryan is correct to claim that the plant was "open."
CNS' Cover did concede that "the Janesville plant shut down the majority of its production in December 2008," but it's buried in the second-to-last paragraph of his article, and it comes several paragraphs after his assertion that "Ryan is in fact correct."
On the second point, Obama never actually promised to keep the plant open. As PolitiFact points out, Obama "had pledged to help keep the Janesville plant and others like it 'viable.' That's not quite the same thing as pledging keep the Janesville plant open."
Shepherd tried to skirt that, claiming that "Ryan did not directly blame the plant's closing on President Obama."
The MRC also largely ignored the fact that Obama made his statement in February 2008, but GM didn't announce that the plant would close until June 2008 -- again, before Obama became president.
Further, as former auto czar Steve Rattner noted, the auto companies that were bailed out by government -- not the government itself -- decided which plants stayed open:
No MRC item mentioned Rattner's statement.
UPDATE: NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard joins the misleading parade in a Sept. 3 post, declaring that "if the plant remained open 'through late spring 2009,' Ryan's right." Sheppard quotes only from a quick summary debunking the claim by Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, ignoring a more detailed piece by Kessler pointing out that "The plant was largely closed in December 2008 when production of General Motors SUVs ceased — before Obama was sworn in."
Sunday, September 2, 2012
WND's Latest Lie
An Aug. 30 WND article by Aaron Klein on a court blocking a new voter ID law in Texas carries the head line "Texas voter ID ruling based on 'faked' data."
That is a complete and utter lie. Not even Klein argues that "faked" data was cited in the case.
Instead, Klein attacks the Brennan Center for Justice, who he claims "was heavily instrumental in opposing the voter ID law in Texas, including providing key data to the Justice Department and to the organizations behind the lawsuit against the law." Klein asserts that the Brennan Center is a "radical group that has a history of biased research," but at no point does Klein address the quality of the data allegedly used in the Texas case.
Instead, as part of documenting the Brennan Center's alleged "history of questionable research," Klein rehashes a decade-old attack in which the right-wing Weekly Standard claimed that the Brennan Center "deliberately faked" in support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
Klein didn't mention, however, that the Weekly Standard's bashing has been dismissed as a partisan attack. The Brookings Institution's Thomas Mann wrote:
But Klein and WND aren't terribly interested in balance or telling the truth, are they?
NewsBusters: Birthers Have Been 'Disavowed' By GOP (Like Romney?)
Jeffrey Meyer used an Aug. 30 NewsBusters post to complain that MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked "a ridiculous question about birtherism" following her "inspirational convention speech." Meyer declared that birtherism is "an issue that numerous Republicans have disavowed since the beginning," adding, "Matthews’ obsession with a fringe group of individuals that have been disavowed by the Republican Party shows the bigoted and small mindset he represents."
If birtherism has been so soundly "disavowed" by Republicans, why did the Republican Party's nominee, Mitt Romney, invoke birtherism when he remarked, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate"? Doesn't that make Romney a "fringe individual" by Meyer's definition?
Saturday, September 1, 2012
WND's Farah Even Lies About Himself
Farah starts his Aug. 30 WorldNetDaily column with a falsehood: that the Southern Poverty Law Center "inspir[ed] a shooting attack on the Family Research Council in Washington." In fact, nobody -- not even the FRC's Tony Perkins -- has provided any evidence whatsoever to prove that.
The rest of Farah's column is devoted to whining about a new SPLC piece on WND, which Farah claims "mixes misinformation, innuendo and outright lies to paint a picture of an extremist organization rather than what it admits is one of the most popular news organizations on the Internet." Farah then tried to rebut some of the article's alleged falsehoods, telling new lies in the process. For instance:
The SPLC cites ConWebWatch for this claim; we wrote in a 2007 article that Farah and Richard Botkin were advisory board members for the Union revival. We cited a Sacramento Business Journal article that stated (emphasis added):
In other words, Farah is lying through his teeth.
Farah also complains:
Farah seems to be trying to split hairs here. He doesn't explain what "theological views" of Rushdoony he does not "subscribe to," but it's clear that Farah moves in reconstructionist circles -- the two were both (and Farah may still be) members of the secretive right-wing group the Council for National Policy, and WND board member Wayne Johnson is also on the board of the Rushdoony-founded Chalcedon Foundation. And as we've documented, Farah does hold some reconstructionist views, like opposition to public education and the death penalty for moral crimes such as adultery.
The SPLC's wording on this is imprecise, which Farah is trying to take advantage of. The specific allegation appears to be that a WJC-published article by Christopher Ruddy claimed that the Park Police had staged the scene of Foster's death, which resulted in a lawsuit by one of the Park Police officers named in Ruddy's article. That is sourced to Dan Moldea's book "A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited A Political Firestorm."Farah has previously denounced the book in a 1998 column as a "journalistic con job" and, even worse, boring -- but he did not challenge Moldea's depiction of the lawsuit.
The Vision Forum Ministries page on the conference (which appears to have been canceled) would seem to prove him wrong. Here's a screen shot of Farah's bio from the page:
Farah also writes:
The SPLC points out that the publishers of "The Antichrist Identity" rented WND's mailing list to promote it, so it's not entirely untrue to call that "shilling." Besides, WND is no stranger to portraying Obama is the Antichrist, so it's unlikely that they saw the book as so extreme they should not accept money to rent out its mailing list to promote it.
Farah also repeats his disingenuous claim that WND has a wide variety of opinion because it published a couple of token liberals:
In fact, as we've pointed out, of the three dozen or so columnists WND regularly publishes, Press and Ratner are the only liberals, apparently kept around only so Farah can claim that WND has "the broadest spectrum of political opinion to be found anywhere in the world." They're never promoted the way the "ultra-conservative" columnists are -- of which there are many more -- usually buried at the bottom of the commentary page.
Farah even complains of the SPLC article that "The race card is repeatedly played, too – ignoring the fact that WND showcases twice as many black columnists than any other news or commentary forum in the world." The fact that Farah treats that as a bragging point suggests that the only reason WND has so many black conservative columnists -- many more than the total number of liberals he publishes, by the way -- is to inoculate it from charges of racism.
That presumably gives WND licence to publish Pat Buchanan, known for his racially charged work, and to engage in a race-baiting campaign by publishing Colin Flaherty's articles depicting blacks as mob-prone thugs.
After all these disingenuous lies and misrepresentations, Farah still claims that "SPLC is a dangerous, repulsive group of liars and frauds with only two things in mind – making money through direct-mail scare tactics and recklessly putting targets on the backs of 'enemies,' like me, whom it demonizes with false accusations and misrepresentations."
Farah, it seems, truly does lack a conscience.
Friday, August 31, 2012
MRC's Latest Freakout: A Skittles Ad
Topic: Media Research Center
Earlier this week, the Media Research Center freaked out over an androgynous male model. Now, it's a candy commercial.
An Aug. 28 CNSNews.com article by Penny Starr uncriticially repeats the claims of the right-wing American Family Association's One Million Moms about the alleged offensiveness of a commercial for Skittles candy "that features a young woman french kissing a walrus." Starr writes that the group argues "it is 'irresponsible' for Mars and Wrigley to make an ad of this kind that promotes a product used by children."
But neither Starr nor the AFA offer any evidence that the commercial was targeted at children -- after all, children aren't the only people who buy Skittles. Nor do they explain why all ads for everything, even products not for children, apparently must be dumbed down to a child's level.
The MRC wasn't done with the manufactured outrage, however. MRC chief Brent Bozell's Aug. 31 column also references the Skittles ad, insisting without evidence that "the ad is targeted to children." Bozell goes on to whine that "this is a thoroughly bizarre way to sell candy to children," adding that "upsetting people who protest indecencies to children doesn't bother them at all."
Again, no MRC employee has offered evidence that this ad was targeted to children -- the one thing that would make this something other than a manufactured controversy from a pair of right-wing groups peddling professional prudery.
Kessler's Romney-Fluffing, RNC Edition
Newsmax's Ronald Kessler is a Romney-fluffer from way back, so the Republican National Convention was too good a fluffing opportunity for him to pass up. Indeed, Kessler has been reporting from Tampa all week.
And what kinds of things has he been reporting? Exactly what you'd expect.
In an Aug. 28 column, Kessler was in full fawning mode:
In his Aug 30 column, Kessler's fluffing target is Romney's wife:
You may recall that Kessler skeeved us all out back in 2007, when he wrote about Ann Romney's "good carriage, rosy complexion, square jaw, and blond mane," creepily adding: "When she is not flashing her truly unbelievable smile, she may lower her eyes demurely. But Ann Romney is not demure — she may be modest, but she isn't meek. She is unpretentious, but she isn't shy. She lowers her eyes, thinking, and then looks up directly at her interviewer and dazzles him with that smile."
Kessler managed to restrain himself from going that far this time.
What Would A ConWeb Writer Have to Do to Get Fired?
Topic: The ConWeb
The ConWeb was, unsurprisingly, incredibly happy that Yahoo Washington bureau chief David Chalian was fired from his job for being caught on a hot mic saing that Mitt Romney was "happy to have a party with black people drowning." For example:
The thing is, though: Such firings for making outrageous remarks very rarely happen in the ConWeb, where writers are simply not held to the same standards as those in the so-called "mainstream media." The most outrageous remarks and unprofessional journalistic behavior have not only gone unpunished but have been rewarded in some cases.
In 2009, CNSNews.com reporter Penny Starr called Harry Reid a baby-killer by likening him to King Herod. She's still employed as a reporter.
In 2005, WND was forced to retract a story by Aaron Klein that falsely smeared the charity group Islamic Relief by claiming it is linked to terrorism and accusing it of making a fraudulent appeal for money for orphans that don't exist. Not only is Klein still employed by WND, he now hosts a talk show on a New York radio station.
in 2009, WorldNetDaily's Erik Rush likened President Obama to a cellblock rapist. Not only does WND still publish his columns, Rush was named "Vice President of Administration and Strategic Alliances" for Pink Pagoda Girls USA, a group that claims to be "involved in rescuing baby girls in the People’s Republic of China from infanticide as a result of that nation’s 'one child per family' policy."
In 2011, WorldNetDaily executive news editor Joe Kovacs utterly botched a story by claiming that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's name came up "at least nine times on [Supreme Court] dockets involving Obama eligibility issues" stemming from her connection as Obama's former solicitor general. In fact, none of those docket items has anything to do with "eligibility issues." Kovacs remains employed at WND, still dutifully transcribing pearls of wisdom from his idol, Rush Limbaugh.
In 2006, NewsBusters blogger Dan Riehl led a personal attack on a Democratic campaign tracker who was the target of Virginia Senate candidate George Allen's notorious "macaca" remark, falsely accusing him of making racial slurs. Riehl remained a regular blogger at NewsBusters for the next year and a half; he later became a regular blogger at Breitbart.com. Earlier this year, he hurled sexually explicit tweets at Salon editor Joan Walsh, which has not affected his blogging status at Breitbart.
In 2001, WND published a column by Anthony LoBaido in which he blamed America for the 9/11 attacks: "All that is evil in the world can be found in New York: MTV, the United Nations, the U.N. abortion programs, the Council on Foreign Relations, New Age Church of St. John the Divine, WallStreet greed, Madison Avenue manipulation and of course more confirmed AIDS cases than the rest of America combined. Let's remember the filthy sodomite gay parade last summer in New York." WND editor Joseph Farah defended LoBaido's right to say what he did, and WND has continued to publish him ever since. (That column, though, was mysteriously deleted without explanation.)
The only direct dismissal for a beyond-the-pale statement we can recall in our 12-plus years of monitoring the ConWeb is Newsmax columnist John L. Perry, who was dropped after a 2009 column in which he rooted for a military coup to resolve the "Obama problem."
For anyone in the ConWeb to chortle over Chalian's dismissal is utterly hypocritical, since none of these right-wing "news" organizations holds their employees to the same standards.
UPDATE: Remember, the head of the MRC, Brent Bozell, has set the extremist bar pretty high by calling Obama a "skinny ghetto crackhead." If nobody at the MRC was outraged by that, it's no wonder that Penny Starr is feeling a lot of job security.
WND's Corsi Still Denying Reality on Obama's Grandmother
Jerome Corsi has taken a break from swimming in the cesspool of Obama gay-sex rumors to take a stab at propping him his rapidly crumbling birther conspiracy. This effort, though, demonstrates just how pathetic he's become.
In an Aug. 29 WorldNetDaily article, Corsi tries to make a big deal out of a British documentary on Barack Obama that included a scene inside the Kenyan home of his grandmother, Sarah Obama, where there hung a 2005 calendar that described Obama as "The Kenyan Wonder-Boy in the U.S."
This, of course, adds absolutely nothing to the manufactured debate of where Barack Obama was born, but it gives Corsi a reason to rehash the story of an interview in which Corsi and others have insisted that Sarah Obama said that Barack was born in Kenya.
As we've pointed out, the Anabaptist minister who conducted the translator-facilitated interview, Ron McRae, is an Obama-hater who cite only "common knowledge," not any actual facts, to back up his claim that Obama was born in Kenya.
Corsi also fails to mention an interview Sarah Obama did earlier this year with Salon's Irin Carmon, in which she explicitly denied that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. That's just one of the many things contradicting the birther narrative that Corsi and WND have kept hidden from their readers.
With each desperate, shoddy article he writes, Corsi reveals himself to be nothing more than a desperate, shoddy man who only knows how to destroy, not add to anyone's knowledge. How pathetic.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
NewsBusters -- Which Called Michael Moore 'Corpulent' -- Complains That Christie's Weight Is Being Talked About
NewsBusters is having a fit over alleged references to Chris Christie's weight in the media:
You'd think such righteousness would mean that NewsBusters would never be so gauche as to comment on the weight of a liberal, right?
Wrong. A Sept. 27, 2011, NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard describes filmmaker Michael Moore as "rather corpulent," going on to add that "this portly schlockumentarian has never met a cheeseburger he'd say no to."
Sheppard wasn't done with his fat-mocking, though. He went on to describe Joy Behar as "hardly the poster child for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition."
And we haven't even gotten to the NewsBusters commenters who go even farther. For instance, in this thread, here's a selection of what commenters call Moore:
NewsBusters clearly wasn't offended enough by these insults to delete them, which tells us their outrage over Christie's weight being highlighted is utterly hypocritical and meaningless.
WND Writer Defends Putin's Prosecution of Pussy Riot -- And Putin, Too
Following in the footsteps of Ed Koch at Newsmax, Kevin DeAnna uses an Aug. 28 WorldNetDaily column to defend the Russian prosecution of the punk band Pussy Riot for "hooliganism" -- then takes it a step further by defending Russian leader Vladimir Putin as nothing more than "simply a Russian nationalist."
DeAnna lists other henious activities by the group, such as "public orgies, shoving chicken into their vaginas at a supermarket and overturning police cars (with officers inside)." His source for this is a post on the Lew Rockwell website that also goes way conspiratorial by suggesting that the State Department funneled money to the group with the goal of "undermining a foreign leader viewed as out of favor with Washington."
DeAnna's ultimate goal, though, is to denounce conservatives who came to Pussy Riot's defense. He begins his column by stating, "What do conservatives do when the institutions they are fighting to defend join the other side? Unfortunately, the American right has an answer to that question – fight harder than ever to save their enemies." He goes on to complain that "The band’s ideology is typically boring leftism, which American conservatives seem determined to misinterpret. The reason is because it might get in the way of bashing Russia."
DeAnna concludes with a Putin-defending rant:
DeAnna, by the way, is a WND staff writer who's the former head of a far-right student group called Youth for Western Civilization, which the Southern Poverty Law Center notes has received the benefit of fundraising from Cliff Kincaid-approved racist Jared Taylor.
The MRC Declares War on Androgyny
Topic: Media Research Center
Matt Philbin uses an Aug. 27 Media Research Center Culture & Media Institute item to rant about how Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams praised a Japanese Toyota commercial featuring an androgynous male model:
Actually, such conservative critiques are, if anything, more mocking and nasty than the response. Philbin helpfully provides an example:
Philbin, like the CMI piece he's referencing, is making the entirely unsubstantiated assumption that pink on a boy automatically equals "gay agenda" when it may just be that the kid's a 5-year-old who likes bright colors.
Philbin never explains why gay people, perceived or otherwise, are not allowed to be depicted in advertising, but he's on an anti-gay roll:
So companies shouldn't try to make money by marketing to gays? Really?
Remember, the MRC has an anti-gay agenda, and apparently all androgynous people are guy, so they must be denounced too.
WND's Corsi Returns to the Cesspool of Obama Gay Rumor-Mongering
Unable to admit that his birther conspiracy has been utterly discredited -- he won't even concede that Mike Zullo's cold case posse, of which he is a de facto member, completely botched the birth certificate coding stuff -- Jerome Corsi must find ways to distract from his failure. As befits the personality of himself and his boss, Joseph Farah, he's chosen to fully embrace his inner sleazybottom-feeder, peddling rumors that Barack Obama is gay.
Corsi's latest attempt at slime-peddling is an Aug. 28 article focused around Obama assistant Reggie Love and how "the Internet" was "abuzz with speculation" that Love temporarily stepped down from his position because of college photos that "purported to show a heavily inebriated Love surrounded by fellow students assisting him in engaging in a homosexual act at a party."
Corsi then goes on to tout how the Drudge Report "toyed with headlines, photos and page placement over the years that give the impression Love was something more than a presidential assistant" to Obama, then finally moved to peddle completely unsubstantiated rumors that Obama and Love have had a sexual relationship.
Corsi presents not a single fact in support of this claim -- only rumors. This is the WND "news" standard now, apparently.
One of Corsi's sources for his sleaze on Love is Wayne Madsen, whom we've previously noted peddling false birther claims and discredited anti-vaccine conspiracies. This is the best "source" Corsi has, by the way.
Corsi has never cared about the truth -- he only wants to destroy Obama. His new obsession with homosexuality only confirms that. (Though, for all we know, it may be more than a professional interest.)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
AIM's Kincaid Quotes Racist Jared Taylor -- Again
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid really, really likes Jared Taylor and his racist group American Renaissance.
In an Aug. 28 AIM column, Kincaid approvingly quotes Taylor's opinion on:
Calling Taylor a "white nationalist" isn't a smear -- it's the truth. Here's more of what the SPLC says about Taylor:
Kincaid has long sought to mainstream Taylor. In 2011, Kincaid ludicrously claimed that "there is no evidence that American Renaissance by any objective standard is a racist organization" -- a claim he tried to walk back a few days later. Kincaid also approvingly quoted Taylor in a May article.
How does Kincaid's boss, Don Irvine, feel about Kincaid's regular invocation of a white supremacist on the AIM website? He must approve, otherwise it wouldn't be happening, right?
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