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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
NewsBusters Turns a Blind Eye To Limbaugh's Admission of Fox's Bias
Matthew Sheffield -- who is not the cutting-edge new-media thinker he wants people to think he is -- is apparently not going to concede the existence of right-wing media bias, even while he's quoting Rush Limbaugh admitting it.
In a July 9 NewsBusters post, Sheffield meticulously documents how Limbaugh "officially clarified" that he did not tell a caller to stop watching Fox News. He documents further:
Even though he directly quoted Limbaugh clearly admitting that he and Fox are "on the same team" and "two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism," Sheffield did not comment on it, conceding only that Fox is "non-left" -- which, in truth, makes it right-wing.
Admitting that, however, would undermine the "liberal bias" narrative of his employer, so that won't be happening anytime soon.
WND's Farah Pads His Wallet By Promoting Failed Letter Campaign
One of Joseph Farah's longstanding reader-fleecing schemes has been the "No More Red Ink" campaign, in which he charges readers $29.95 to send "individually addressed letters" to all House Republicans demanding that they not raise the debt ceiling. Back in 2011, we figured that Farah and WorldNetDaily generated gross revenue of more than $186,000 to print and send the 1.5 million letters it clamed to have sent at the time, and that WND was making a nice profit off of it.
Two years later, Farah is still at it, devoting his July 7 WND column to promoting his little scheme again.
Farah states, "To date, this campaign has generated 1.5 million red letters to House Republicans urging them to live up to their own rhetoric and use the political nuclear weapon they have at their disposal. " That means WND has not sent out any meaningful number of letters in the past two years.
The fact that his campaign has been a monumental failure is not stopping Farah from promoting it. After all, there's still money to be made.
CNS Misleads on Obamacare Rule Delay
Susan Jones writes in a July 5 CNSNews.com article:
So, it's not that HHS will never require verification of income, as Jones initially suggests -- it's delaying verification for a year.
Jones went on to quote at length from a Washington Post article about the change, but she failed to quote the Post's reporting that there is still a penalty for anyone found lying, and that the federal government uses the honor system for many other things, such as not demanding proof of cash tips reported as taxable income.
It's a rather dishonest way to run a "news" website, but Jones is just following CNS' policy of misleading or outright lying about anything involving the Obama administration.
In a Friday "document dump," the Health and Human Services Department announced it will not require the new state health insurance exchanges to verify consumers' incomes to see if they qualify for health insurance subsidies.
Nor will HHS require the state exchanges to verify whether consumers can get affordable insurance through their employers.
WND's Klein Bashes Soros For Supporting Muslim Brotherhood -- And Its Opposition
Shorter Aaron Klein: Whatever's happening in Egypt, it's George Soros' fault.
Klein devoted a July 4 WorldNetDaily article to complaining that "Mohamed ElBaradei, the favored candidate to head a transitional government in Egypt, was a longtime member of a George Soros-funded 'crisis' group with deep ties to the Middle East revolutions." That would be the International Crisis Group.
If this sounds somewhat familiar, you're right -- two years ago, Klein was blaming Soros and the ICG for helping to instigate the overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak (for whom he was shilling back then).
As we've documented, a February 2011 article by Klein cherry-picked an ICG report to claim that it endorsed allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to take power in Egypt. In fact, the ICG stated that the Muslim Brotherhood should moderate its views and act more democratic.
So: Not only has Klein portrayed Soros and the ICG as supporting the Muslim Brotherood, he's portraying that as supporting the Brotherhood's opposition. Presumably, Klein would rather we not notice these contortions.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Newsmax Columnist Rants Against Sewer Hookups
Chris Freind rants in a July 2 Newsmax column:
It doesn't take a lot of sleuthing to figure out where in "middle-class suburban Philadelphia" -- a different version of Freind's column in the Delaware County Times identifies the municipality as Upper Providence Township in Delaware County, Pa.
Freind fails to mention that failing septic tanks have been a longstanding issue in the area. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1990:
The Inquirer also noted that the population density in some parts of the township makes it increasingly difficult to repair failing septic systems. That same population density also makes installation of sewer lines more cost-effective, so it makes sense in both the short term and long term for every property in the vicinity of a new line to be required hook up. Not only does it make sense as a community responsibility, it arguably lowers the value of a property if it's not connected to an adjacent sewer line.
Has Freind ever lived next to a property with a failed septic tank? We suspect not.
WND Skewed Poll Watch
That's the result WND wanted, and Wenzel made sure it happened by asking skewed questions designed to generate that result.
Here are the questions Wenzel asked:
Wenzel primes the desired response by repeating a bogus talking point about White House visits by the IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman. In fact, Shulman was merely cleared for entry 157 times, which does not reflect the apparently far fewer number of times Shulman actually visited the White House. Further, of those clearances, the vast majority were for discussion of health care reform.
Wenzel also ignores the fact that the IRS also targeted liberal nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny. But that would have interfered with the poll results WND was paying him to deliver.
CNS Praises Accused War Criminal
A July 8 CNSNews.com article by Michael W. Chapman touts how "Remarks by President Barack Obama during his recent Africa trip concerning sexual orientation and discrimination were rebuked by several Kenyan leaders as contrary to the laws of God, who also emphasized that Kenya “is a God-fearing nation.”
Chapman didn't mention that Ruto is facing charges in the International Criminal Court of inciting violence after a 2007 election in Kenya. In September, Ruto will be tried in abstentia on charges including crimes against humanity, murder, and the forcible removal of persons leading to civilian deaths.
Chapman, by the way, is CNS' managing editor.
CNS blogger Jen Kuznicki similarly touted Ruto's remarks without noting he's an accused war criminal, noting "How our nation has declined into the category of non-God-fearing as remarked by the deputy Kenyan President."
More WND Columnists Dishonestly Defend Paula Deen
The pro-race-baiting sympathy for Paula Deen continues at WorldNetDaily.
In her July 4 column, Diana West not only makes sure we know what the N-word is -- "The offending word, of course, is 'nigger,' and no matter how ugly it is, it is hardly taboo when a quick search of iTunes pulls up 2,000 entries for sale featuring the term"-- she runs to Deen's defense:
Meanwhile, Barbara Simpson is even more vociferous:
Reducing Deen's offense to merely having once used the N-word decades ago -- as West, Simpson, and other WND defenders of Deen have done -- is revisionist history. She also reportedly wanted black to play slaves at a plantation-themed wedding. Another former employee alleges that Deen would constantly require the black men who worked in her restaurants to serve at catering events at her Southern mansion, and would compensate them in beer and liquor instead of cash.
There's a lot more going on with Deen than her defenders at WND have admitted. Of course, if they did admit the full truth, their defense would not look so noble.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Newsmax's Walsh Says We Don't Understand Middle America
James Walsh dedicates his July 5 Newsmax column to criticizing us:
Walsh misses the entire point of our blog post. We did not question that anyone would criticize Obama; we questioned that they did so in the exceedingly convenient manner in which Walsh depicted it. Indeed, while Walsh vociferously defends the anti-Obama views of Middle America, at no point does he offer any evidence he was quoting actual people in his column or that the events he describes in his column happened in real life.
Walsh's headline declaration that we "misunderstand Middle America" shows misunderstanding of his own, again rooted in his attempt to portray our blog post as criticizing Middle America and not him.
Besides, Walsh couldn't be more wrong about who we are or what we do. I was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent much of my adult life in various locations in flyover country. I understand Middle America much better than Walsh thinks I do.
Nor is the point of ConWebWatch to be "on guard against Conservative thought in print." We monitor conservative disinformation and insanity -- something Walsh has been guilty of on occasion. We serve as a corrective measure for Walsh's anti-immigrant attitudes and other miscellaneous dishonesty. And ConWebWatch is funded by nobody other than myself.
WND's Train Wreck of Anti-Gay Metaphors
Dan Cummins' July 5 WorldNetDaily column is awesome -- if you like seeing veritable train wrecks of metaphors in the service of gay-bashing.
The premise is that the "rainbow curtain" purportedly erected with the Supreme Court's approval of gay marriage is exactly like the Soviets' Iron Curtain. It just gets more painful from there. Take this passage, for instance:
As the metaphors get more tortured, so does Cummins' sense of victimization:
Finally, Cummins asks, "Will there only be two churches left in America when that time comes – the State church with its complicit clergy complete with gay members, and the underground church of Jesus Christ?"
Cummins' column is short on facts and long on scare tactics -- which makes WND the appropriate home for it.
CNS Remains Upset That Federal Money Is Spent On LGBT Issues
CNSNews.com loves to portray any federal money spent on LGBT causes to be a waste, and that that attitude continues in a July 3 article by Melanie Hunter complaining that "The Department of Health and Human Services through its Administration for Children & Families plans to spend almost $1 million on 'transitional living programs' for homeless lesbian, gay, lesbian, transgender and/or questioning (LGBTQ) youth."
The headline for Hunter's article puts "LGBTQ" in scare quotes:
Hunter offered no explanation for why she devoted an article to this program, but the article's vitriolic comment thread suggests that it was done to provide an opportunity for CNS readers to express their longstanding hatred toward the LGBT community.
WND's Farah: I Hate Paula Deen's Critics More Than Deen, So I Started Selling Her Books
In his July 5 WorldNetDaily column, Joseph Farah explains the tortured thought process that led him to add Paula Deen's books to his online store. He decries "the vitriolic, unforgiving, ravenous wolf-pack reaction to her racial indiscretions," but "another side of me thinks she’s getting just what she deserves" because she's an Obama supporter: "Paula Deen is a Democrat through and through – which really shouldn’t surprise anyone given that her party was founded as the political wing of the Ku Klux Klan and fought desegregation and civil rights through the early 1960s."
Farah doesn't mention, of course, that the Democrats who weren't eager to give up their racism usually gravitated toward the Republican Party.
Ultimately, it all came down to which side he disliked more (and, of course, a money-making opportunity):
Unless those witch hunts are conducted by Farah and WND, in which case they're perfectly fine.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
CNS Unemployment Numbers Distortion Watch
Susan Jones kicks things off with an article headline "StagNATION: June Jobless Numbers Essentially Unchanged." Only at CNS (and under a Democratic president) would an increase of 195,000 jobs equate to "essentially unchanged."
Editor in chief Terry Jeffrey piled on with his own article declaring that "Since January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, the United States has seen 54 straight months with the unemployment rate at 7.5 percent or higher, which is the longest stretch of unemployment at or above that rate since 1948, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started calculating the national unemployment rate." It's an arbitrary starting point chosen only for its Obama-bashing value; Jeffrey offers no evidence that 7.5 percent is a particularly meaningful number.
Another article by Jones focuses on how "The number of Americans employed part time for economic reasons (involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million from May to June." The attack point here is the unsubstantiated claim that "As the Obama administration prepares to roll out the Democrats’ health-insurance-for-all plan in 2014, many businesses have warned that they will keep their payrolls below 50 full-time workers to avoid penalties imposed by the law."
As she did in her first article, Jones downplayed the added 195,000 jobs, grousing that they were "far fewer than the increase in involuntary part-time workers."
Bill Ayers Continues to Mess With WND's Conspiracy Theories About Him
WorldNetDaily seems to be finally figuring out that Bill Ayers is just messing with them.
For the first time that we remember, a June 26 WND article by Art Moore reports with some skeptism Ayers' latest statement on the authorship of Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father":
Still, the crux of Moore's article is that Ayers' ghostwriting is a fact, and WND columnist Jack Cashill proved it:
Author Jack Cashill has been called a lunatic, and worse, for his belief that unrepentant 1960s revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers was the primary writer of the book offered as evidence that Barack Obama is an intellectual heavyweight worthy of the Oval Office despite his relatively thin resume.
But what if Ayers – whose radical movement sought to overthrow the U.S. government and replace it with a communist regime – was not only more than “just a guy in the neighborhood” but also the philosophical heart and soul, as well as the talent, behind the biography that launched his political career?
Moore goes on to rehash the supposed evidence that Cashill has:
Needless to say, Moore makes no mention of the actual literary experts who shot down Cashill's conspiracy theory.
Moore also reports on celebrity biographer Christopher Andersen's suggestion that Ayers wrote the Obama book while ignoring his flat-out denial in a CNN interview that he was saying so.
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