With an arguably perfect storm of Obama scandals, real and imagined, to report on, what's the lead story on Newsmax's front page right now? This:
Interesting choice there, Newsmax.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
WND's Newest "Day of Prayer" Endorser: Mancow
One reason to resist Joseph Farah's "National Day of Prayer and Fasting" is because Farah is an unrepentant liar who's pretending that there's no partisan motivation behind it, despite the fact that he has spent the past five years using his website to further the attempted personal destruction of Barack Obama.
Another reason is the rogue's gallery that has endorsed it.
A May 13 WND article ticks off the chief endorsers: "Chuck Norris is on board. So is Michele Bachmann. Best-selling author Jonathan Cahn agrees. So does evangelist Greg Laurie. Historian and author David Barton likes the idea."
To that illustrious list WND has added ... Mancow:
Matthew Erich “Mancow” Muller, better know as plain old Mancow, joined the growing list of celebrities and leaders who have endorsed the 9-11-13 National Day of Prayer and Fasting called for by WND’s founder, Joseph Farah.
Mancow welcomed Farah on his program this week to talk about the event and said he agreed it might represent America’s last hope – given the failure of political leaders to address the country’s crises.
Ah, yes, Mancow. This guy:
This is the guy WND is turning to endorse Farah's Day of Prayer? Really?
Monday, May 13, 2013
NewsBusters: Jose Antonio Vargas 'Has No Rght to Complain'
Suddently, NewsBusters has suddenly become the arbiter of who can and cannot speak on the subject of immigration.
In a May 9 post, Paul Bremmer unloads on Jose Antonio Vargas, whom he describes as a "former Washington Post reporter and liberal activist who happens to be both gay AND an undocumented immigrant." As you might suspect, that deadly combination disqualifies Vargas from speaking about immigration:
And Vargas doubly has no right to speak about gay civil rights, at least not without someone sitting next to him telling him he's going to hell and destroying the country:
And neither is Bremmer. After Vargas noted that people think that because he is an undocumented Hispanic immigration it's assumed that he "crossed the border" from Mexico, Bremmer resumed his kvetch-fest:
And what Bremmer served up is some good old-fashioned bigotry and right-wing ranting that most definitely is not analysis.
WND Hides Bush Link to Green Energy Funding
WorldNetDaily states in an unbylined May 11 article that regurgitates claims from the right-wing Judicial Watch:
WND omits some crucial facts: The program that lent VPG and Fisker that money was created under the Bush administration and signed into law by President Bush, Fisker applied for that loan money while Bush was still in office, and the losses by Fisker and VPG are a tiny fraction of the money set aside by Congress to cover losses from the loan program.
But this is WND, where bashing Obama is always more important than telling the truth.
MRC's Gainor Furthers Fox Anchor's False Claim on Benghazi Coverage
Topic: Media Research Center
Fox News' Megyn Kelly started off her May 9 interview with the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor by claiming that "If you look at sort of across the mainstream media, it was a collective yawn in response to yesterday’s Benghazi coverage" -- that is, the Republican-led hearing on the issue.
Kelly is wrong -- as thte Washington Post's Erik Wemple points out, both the New York Times and Washington Post put it on their front pages, and all three network evening newscasts carried lengthy segments on the hearing.
But rather than correct Kelly, Gainor prattled forward with his right-wing talking points about how this supposed "collective yawn" was a "continuation of their policy to minimize a scandal that makes Hillary Clinton look really bad."
But then, Gainor's a right-wing apparatchik, so he would stick to the talking points instead of tell the truth.
WND Transgender Freakout Watch
A May 10 WorldNetDaily article by Drew Zahn about California considering accommodations for transgenders in school does what it usually does:
And, as usual, Zahn does not let anyone respond to the anti-LGBT talking points from anti-gay organizations that take up much of the article.
And WND wonders why nobody believes them.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Immigrant-Bashing Is James Walsh's Business, And Business Is Good
James Walsh's job at Newsmax is to be its chief immigrant-basher, with a side of Obama-bashing -- a function he continued to perform in a couple recent columns.
One column denounced a recent rally for immigration reform as "a well-orchestrated, well-financed, Alinsky-style community-organizer protest," and claimed the presence of children "reflected the labor-union tactic of using children to evoke sympathy and gain publicity."
Walsh went on to claim that "Some observers of the rally questioned the cost of transporting, feeding, and housing the demonstrators, many of whom couldn’t speak English." He provided no evidence of any lack of English-speaking skills among the attendees, and the quotes he attributes to these "observers" have no backup either; they sound like his usual tactic of quoting purportedly real people who all happen to agree with him.
Walsh's May 3 column was dedicated to declaring that President Obama's policies "have the potential to erode U.S. culture, heritage, identity, and financial solvency." He rails against immigration reform (of course), Obamacare and foreign policy. We've previously noted Walsh's misleading defense of a military instructor who made inflammatory claims about Muslims.
When Will WND's Schilling Correct False Article On Forced Lesbian Kissing?
On April 24, WorldNetDaily's Chelsea Schilling wrote an article in which she uncriticially repeats a report from Fox News' Todd Starnes that "a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation." At the end of the article, Schilling provided the phone number and email address of the superintendent of the school district so that "concerned parents" may contact him.
Just one problem: It's not true.
The school has explained that "female students were not forced to engage in any lesbian kissing," "male students were not told to carry condoms,” and "sexual activity among young adolescents was not condoned or promoted in any way." The school distrct added, "This information had been shared with the media, but was not reported by some." Starnes has also demanded a correction from Fox's Starnes in an email that may as well be cc'd to Schilling:
Will Schilling correct her article or do a follow-up that reports the facts? Don't count on it -- after all, she has a long history of less-than-factual reporting at WND.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
MRC's Graham Mocks Poll He Doesn't Agree With
Feel the condescension in Tim Graham's May 11 NewsBusters post mocking a poll finding support for letting gays join the Boy Scouts:
Gotta love the scare quotes around "Catholic," as if he was the arbiter of who and who isn't Catholic.
Immigrant Derangement Syndrome, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
-- Ilana Mercer, April 25, WND column
-- Tom Tancredo, April 26 WorldNetDaily column
-- Barbara Simpson, April 28 WND column
-- Ben Kinchlow, April 28 WND column
-- Ted Nugent, May 9 WND column
Friday, May 10, 2013
MRC Whitewashes, Defends Heritage Researcher's White-Nationalist-Friendly Research
Topic: Media Research Center
It's utterly unsurprising that the Media Research Center's first mentions of (now former) Heritage Foundation researcher Jason Richwine's work bolstering white nationalists' views of the diminished IQ of Hispanics and other minorities are a blanket defense and an attempt to change the subject.
CNSNews.com published a rant by Michelle Malkin in which she attacks anyone who criticized Richwine's pre-Heritage work, asserting that he was being "strung up by the p.c. lynch mob for the crime of unflinching social science research." Malkin also invoked the logical fallacy of the argument from authority by insisting that because Richwine graduated from "Harvard University's prestigious Kennedy School of Government," and a highly credentialed dissertation committee signed of Richwine's doctoral dissertation, nothing could possibly be wrong with Richwine's work.
Over at NewsBusters, Mark Finkelstein tried to change the subject, insisting that the Richwine controversy was nothing but a "flap" and pretending that "Morning Joe" guest Al Hunt was the real racist because he asked to clarify what Richwine wrote about non-white IQ levels. Finkelstein then grumbled, "Ever since the Bell Curve, the discussion of any possible variation in IQ among different ethnic groups has become utterly taboo in politcally-correct circles."
Thus far, no MRC operation has provided a full, unbiased accounting of the Richwine controversy. Don't expect them to do so anytime soon.
WND Weekly Cover: Hillary Clinton With A Serpent's Tongue
WND Weekly (nee WorldNetWeekly), WorldNetDaily's attempt to generate a little income by repackaging its content into an e-magazine form, is no stranger to creating provocative, publicity-generating covers -- witness this cover image of Obama looking not unlike he's been shot in the face.
WND is at it again with the latest issue, which depicts Hillary Clinton with the tongue of a serpent:
Consider this just another reminder of how WND puts its right-wing agenda ahead of the fact and why, as a result, nobody believes them.
AIM's Kincaid Rushes to Beck's Defense
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Kincaid's May 8 Accuracy in Media column is dedicated to echoing Beck's very narrow defense that he really wasn't depicting New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Nazi during his NRA speech, he was trying to depict Bloomberg as a communist, and that there is a huge difference between the two. Kincaid insists that any claim that Beck was invoking Nazi imagery is "demonstrably false" and huffed that one writer who did make that claim would not "retract his charge after he was informed by Accuracy in Media that his account was flatly inaccurate."
But Kincaid conveniently overlooks the fact that while Beck did apparently model the image on what Kincaid insisted is a "very famous" pose by Vladimir Lenin, it's Naziism, not communism, that's infamous for the raised-arm salute, and it's not a shock that that people not steeped in Soviet propaganda -- that is, the vast majority of America -- would see Beck's image as echoing Nazis, not communists.
Nevertheless, after quoting a writer who pointed that out, Kincaid insisted that the image "is clearly not the same thing as the Nazi salute given by Hitler."
Kincaid was also offended that Jewish groups were calling on Beck to apologize, and that Media Matters (disclosure: my employer) "clearly hoped to resurrect the controversy over Beck, when he was with Fox News, having identified George Soros as having been a Nazi collaborator in his youth." But Kincaid didn't mention that Beck's attack on Soros is, to coin a phrase, demonstrably false.
WND Stays Silent on Flaws of Heritage Immigration Study, Its Co-Author
CNSNews.com isn't the only ConWeb operation to have promoted that Heritage Foundation study on immigration without mentioning its flaws or the racially charged rhetoric of the study's co-author.
A May 7 WND article by John Bennett touted how "Amnesty will cost American taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion in welfare and other public benefits," featuring an audio interview with report co-author Jason Richwine. But Bennett has not lifted a finger to report any of the reaction and fallout from the report:
Laziness or censorship a la WND's hiding of all facts that discredit its birther obession? We report, you decide.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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