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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
AIM's Kincaid Can't Stop Defending Joel Gilbert
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Cliff Kincaid, it seems, is still all in for Joel Gilbert. He writes in his May 14 Accuracy in Media column:
False -- Gilbert was criticized because his flim is demonstrably untrue, a fact Kincaid refuses to acknowledge.
In all of the columns Kincaid has written lionizing Gilbert, not once has he acknowledged the work of blogger Loren Collins, who definitively proved that Gilbert's claim that Obama's mother posed nude for Frank Marshall Davis is utterly fraudulent.
If one major claim in Gilbert's film can be so conclusively demolished, why should anyone trust any of the other claims he makes? That's a question Kincaid should answer for his AIM readers before he slobbers over Gilbert again.
And while he's at it, Kincaid should also ask Gilbert who funded the mass mailing of his discredited film to swing states, and exactly how many copies he mailed out.
Those are just a few of the things Gilbert is hiding, despite Kincaid having once laughably claimed that Gilhert "demonstrat[ed] that he has nothing to hide."
It's not that Gilbert has nothing to hide; it's that Kincaid has absolutely no interest in looking. So much for Kincaid's title as head of AIM's Center for Investigative Journalism.
Reza Kahlili Unverifiable Story Watch
"Reza Kahlili" writes in a May 13 WorldNetDaily article:
Remember that Kahlili asserted in 2010 that Iran had planted "a thousands suitcase bombs" across Europe and the U.S." with the goal to "commit the most horrendous suicide bombing in human history." Also remember that this is one of many reasons that people in the intelligence community liken him to Ahmed Chalabi, who peddled the false claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Keep those two things in mind, and that should tell you all you need to know about the veracity of Kahlili's trying to peddle now.
MRC Gay-Bashing Watch
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center really, really does not like it when gays appear on TV. And they like it even less when there are gay characters on TV shows.
In a May 6 MRC Culture & Media Institute article, Andrew Collins laments that the good name of President William McKinley is being sullied by serving as the name of the high school that the kids from "Glee" attend:
Collins then goes on to take offense at a "Glee" storyline in which a father opposes his son marrying his boyfriend not because he opposes gay marriage but because they're too young. "If anything, his refusal builds the legitimacy of gay marriage even more because he emphasizes the seriousness and permanence of marriage," Collins grouses.
In a similar vein, Matt Philbin uses a May 13 CMI post to dance on the grave of the canceled show "The New Normal," which the headline on his article identifies as a "Gay Propaganda Sitcom":
So we have an anti-gay propagandist denouncing a point of view he despises as "propaganda." Color us shocked.
Colin Flaherty Race-Baiting Watch
Colin Flaherty keeps up his weird fetish for documenting "black mob violence" in his latest WorldNetDaily article, the headline of which claims there's a "surge" in said violence. But Flaherty documents no such "surge" -- that would require relevant statistics, and Flaherty is too busy conflating anecdotal evidence into a so-called "epidemic."
After noting a "black mob that created violence" on the Washington, D.C., Metro subway system, Flaherty asserts, "Black mob violence is a regular feature of life on the Metro." Well, no, it's not -- he cites only three incidents over the past two years.
It's that sort of ridiculous overstating that calls Flaherty's motives into question. As does the blurb on the website for his self-published book "White Girl Bleed A Lot" by John Derbyshire, last seen getting the boot from National Review after writing an article denigrating the IQs of blacks and advising people to "[a]void concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally."
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
MRC's Graham Complains NPR Did No Weekend Features On Obama Scandals -- But CNS Didn't Either
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Tim Graham whines in a May 13 NewsBusters post:
Graham goes on to count every single feature story NPR ran on its weekend news shows, which he claims "reinforce how NPR has a deep self-love for its own focus on race, culture, and cosmopolitan globalism. They're also quite ardent about skipping over scandals that might damage their favorite liberal politicians."
But Graham makes no mention of NPR's newscasts, which run at the top and bottom of every hour. That silence tells us that NPR did mention the "emerging Obama scandals" on those newscasts, but Graham doesn't want to tell us about it because it'll ruin his biased little thesis.
Graham also seems unware of the extremely likely possibility that features set to run on NPR's weekend shows are likely pre-taped days in advance, since many NPR personnel presumably like to have their weekends off.
You know who else likes their weekends off? The folks who work at the MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com.
You know who else didn't publish any features about "emerging Obama scandals" last weekend? CNS.
Why is Graham demanding NPR do something his own employer couldn't be bothered to do?
Why doesn't CNS lead by example? Surely it can shake a few more dollars from its wealthy right-wing donors to have a newsroom staffed outside office hours.
WND's Corsi Just Can't Stop Lying About Obama and Abortion
You'd think that after years of peddling lies and smears about Barack Obama only to destroy WorldNetDaily's credibility in the process, Jerome Corsi would have learned by now to tell the truth.
Well, you'd be wrong. From a May 13 WND article:
First, the Gosnell conviction has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama, nor has he ever advocated what Gosnell did, let alone anything "strikingly similar."
Second, Corsi and WND are lying again about what Obama did regarding "born alive" laws in Illinois.
As was documented at the time Corsi's book was published, Obama never "argued" that "a baby who survived a late-term abortion should have been killed." And the speech Obama gave on the Senate floor -- from which Corsi selectively edits to promote his lie -- demonstrates that:
Corsi and WND also uncritically repeat Jill Stanek's claims about abortions in Illinois without mentioning the fact that her testimony was never substantiated, or that she once argued that a woman who has an abortion deserves to be the victim of domestic violence.
It's time for Corsi and WND to give it up, come clean, and stop lying.
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.
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