ConWebBlog: The Weblog of ConWebWatch

your New Media watchdog

ConWebWatch: home | archive/search | about | primer | shop

Thursday, December 26, 2013
WND's Geller Embraces Matthew Shepard Trutherism
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Pamela Geller rants in her Dec. 22 WorldNetDaily column:

Just as the Matthew Shepard case had nothing to do with homophobia, the controversy over plucky duck patriarch Phil Robertson has nothing to do with gay rights. Had a left-wing comic or actor made such remarks (and they have), it would have been water off a duck’s back. But the ducky patriarch cited the Bible, and that thar’s fighting words.

These vicious attacks using false narratives are very effective. Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in Wyoming. His killing became the icon of gay hate and the impetus behind the anti-constitutional “hate-crime” legislation. The fallacious tale of Mathew Shepard resulted in the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which, according to the Justice Department, “provides funding and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to help them to more effectively investigate and prosecute hate crimes.”

All crime is hate – criminalizing the thought behind it was a fatal line to cross. Hate-speech laws would inevitably follow hate-crime legislation. The fact is, Matthew Shepard was murdered by his gay lover in a meth deal gone bad. Shepard’s sexual preference “certainly wasn’t the motive in the homicide,” investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez quotes police investigator Ben Fritzen in his blockbuster book, “The Book of Matt.” “What it came down to really is drugs and money,” said Jimenez, who is also gay.

In fact -- as we pointed out when WND editor Joseph Farah embraced this same revisionism -- Jimenez's book is fundamentally flawed. The "gay lover" to which Geller refers not only has denied any sexual relationship with Shepard, he mounted a "gay panic" defense at his murder trial. Jimenez is also a friend of said killer's defense lawyer, which raises further questions about his objectivity.

WND columnist Dennis Prager similarly embraced Jimenez's Shepard trutherism earlier this month.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:47 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 7:54 PM EST
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We are ruled by someone who is in effect the pharaoh and at the least a Muslim at heart who disdains the Judeo-Christian heritage and foundations upon which our nation was forged and who has rung up extreme national debt and loathes capitalism, instead seeing it his “duty” to redistribute wealth to “his” people for years of their slavery. President Barack Hussein Obama and his compromised if not corrupt enablers in Congress and in the judiciary, like a time warp, have thrust We the People back to 1776 and provoked our Second American Revolution. And, the current revolutionary climate is even more severe, since unlike the colonies, contemporary America is on the steep decline. Our resources, wealth, ethics, spirituality and liberties are being stifled by a socialistic choke hold on our economy and lives, where our “Muslim” president and the government, not God, is to be worshiped and obeyed – else authoritarian henchmen and thugs at the NSA and IRS will destroy you.

-- Larry Klayman, Dec. 6 WorldNetDaily column

In the wake of all the lies Obama told us about the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been wondering if Michelle is beginning to suspect Barack might have been hedging his bets when he said: “I take you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. Period!”

-- Burt Prelutsky, Dec. 10 WND column

If such crimes are occurring at this relatively low level, then imagine the as yet not fully disclosed actions of high officials, who play a deadly game to remain in power to enrich themselves at the public trough, or in the case of Obama, transform our nation from a capitalist and free state to a socialist Marxist one, generally loyal not to ordinary Americans but to his wildly ultra-leftist, atheist, anti-Judeo-Christian, anti-white and Muslim benefactors, supporters and friends – of which he is their “Manchurian Candidate.” Were the intimate details of your life to be fed by Obama and his henchmen to communist-sympathizing groups such as People For the American Way and other George Soros-supported organizations, the reputations and lives of anyone seeking to take on the government, which to them is their god, would surely be destroyed as well.

-- Larry Klayman, Dec. 13 WND column

The more I watch the Obama administration at what it ostensibly calls “work” while it runs out the clock on the remaining years of his second term, my imagination clicks into overdrive and I can see the parody version that would be a hit movie or TV series.

But the truth is, it wouldn’t be a parody. It would be a simple retelling of what has happened, and is happening.

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” as Lord Byron wrote, but Mark Twain elaborated on that by explaining that fiction is obligated to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.

-- Barbara Simpson, Dec. 15 WND column

So how is it that the administration has the gall to promulgate yet more burdensome IRS regulation of nonprofits that is likely to affect principally conservative groups with the body of the last IRS scandal not yet cold?

I answered this earlier: Obama doesn’t care. Even as his presidency crumbles, he is still operating as though he believes he can get away with absolutely anything. Further, as in other areas, he is doubling-down his efforts in the face of political opposition, a modality in which he has operated throughout.

Will this lead to or accelerate Obama’s downfall? I certainly hope so. Still, I would be grossly negligent if I failed to mention other existing threats to the republic and to the American people. If the overt criminality of President Obama and his administration aren’t enough to get your teeth gnashing, the smarmy arrogance of certain Republican lawmakers is likely to do so.

-- Erik Rush, Dec. 18 WND column

Under the guise of journalism, the Obama administration’s low-class mouthpieces over at CNN invited me for a “discussion” about my recent victory over the NSA’s secret and illegal spy program. In typical leftist-ese, it was a hit piece designed to attack my character and reputation, an outrageous attempt to try to cut me down to size because I have opposed President Barack Hussein Obama and his administration and now clearly am a huge threat to his continuation in office.

-- Larry Klayman, Dec. 20 WND column

Santa Claus is not white – nor is he a mythical figure, as you claimed in your clarification of your original comment.

He’s real, and he is of mixed race.

He does, however, currently live in a white house, at taxpayer’s expense.

[...]

There are some similarities in the real Santa and the mythological character:

  • No one knows for sure where they come from. But it’s safe to rule out the North Pole for the real one.
  • No one knows for sure when they were born or exactly how old they are. Reliable documentation is lacking in both cases.
  • There is mystery about where and how the mythological Santa got his education. Same for the real Santa.

-- Joseph Farah, Dec. 20 WND column

Because it’s been about 80 years since Will Rogers died in a plane crash, there are a lot of people who never heard of him even though he had been a major attraction in vaudeville, a movie star and a homespun columnist given to such observations as “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

But, to be fair, as wise as he was, Mr. Rogers never heard of Obamacare. It’s also worth noting that when he uttered his most famous line, “I never met a man I didn’t like,” he had never met Barack Obama.

-- Burt Prelutsky, Dec. 24 WND column

Barack Obama has disrespectfully reduced the office of the presidency by referring to its prestigious position in common man’s lingo: a job.

During the year-end presidential news conference Friday, an AP reporter tactfully, yet bluntly, fired off comments and questions to Obama about his troubling poll stats, sinking credibility among the American people, and ill-effective HealthCare.gov website. Obama erroneously replied that polling isn’t any indication of his performance as president. Although such a statement is typical political vernacular – especially for a president who is polling so badly – what is absolutely appalling is how Obama spoke of the office he holds. “I took this job to deliver for the American people …”

The presidency is a job that one takes?

No. The presidency is the highest office in America. Children dream of one day becoming president; they are taught that the presidency is a prominent position, and it’s a noble goal to reach.

-- Selena Owens, Dec. 24 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 9:46 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 7:58 PM EST
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
MRC's Graham Still Upset Media Wanted to See Romney's Tax Returns
Topic: NewsBusters

Tim Graham writes in a Dec. 22 NewsBusters post:

It might be easy to forget, but ultraliberal Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) is one of those dreaded "greedheads" who deal in millions of dollars of stocks. A story on the front of The Washington Post business section on Sunday reports Grayson “got burned twice by ‘stock loan’ schemes that have cost him nearly $50 million.”

Dina El Boghdady reports Grayson is ranked 21st in the House for wealth, with a net worth of “at least $16.7 million, in part due to the value of his stock portfolio.” Grayson lost about $18 million in transactions with Virginia businessman William Dean Chapman, who was just sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding Grayson and 121 others. The Post didn't seem to rifle through any of Grayson's recent tax returns, like they wanted to do to Mitt Romney.

Graham seems to have missed the part where Romney was running for president while Grayson wasn't.

Also: Grayson is an "ultraliberal"? Then again, to the right-wingers and Heatherers at the MRC, anyone who isn't as far right as they are must be, by definition "ultraliberal."


Posted by Terry K. at 4:14 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:16 PM EST
WND's Maloof Lifts Story From Discredited Walid Shoebat
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Michael Maloof writes in a Dec. 19 WorldNetDaily article that is "excerpted from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND. Subscriptions are $99 a year or, for monthly trials, just $9.95 per month for credit card users, and provide instant access for the complete reports":

An auxiliary Greek Orthodox bishop of Antioch based in Damascus, Syria, has issued a call to arms to Christians worldwide to fight the Islamicmilitants who have killed and kidnapped Christians and destroyed their holy places in Syria.

In referring to the most recent kidnapping of 13 nuns and orphanage workers and the taking over of the ancient Christian Syrian village of Malloula by al-Qaida fighters, Bishop Luca al-Khoury said many young men “are asking us to take action.”

“I call on every young man who can take up arms to come forward,” al-Khoury said, adding that Christians need to engage in self-defense and protect Christian holy places.

“Our young people are ready (and) their fingers are on the trigger and they’re ready to fight for the sake of Syria and for the sake of self-defense,” al-Khoury said.

Al-Khoury pointed out that some 40 churches have been damaged or destroyed during the war in Syria.

He blamed the international community for accepting the Syrian opposition’s claim that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is killing Syrians.

How would Maloof have access to such a thing as this? The G2 website says this is a result of WND editor Joseph Farah tapping his "vast network of international intelligence sources to bring you credible insights into geo-political and geo-strategic developments."

Or maybe they're just copying things from far-right websites. This is what appeared nine days earlier on the website of Walid Shoebat -- who has been credibly accused of of lying about his own past as a self-proclaimed Islamic terrorist-turned-Christian -- and written by Shoebat's son Theodore:

The Crusade continues on….

A senior Orthodox bishop named Luca al-Khoury has made the call to arms against the Muslim heretics who are seeking the lives of the innocent. He exhorted every Christian young man to take up a weapon, and fight the advancers of Allah’s deceptions. He declared:

we have many young men who are asking us [to take action], and there are those demanding that we take immediate action.

He then exclaimed:

I call on every young man who can take up arms to come forward …Our young people are ready; their fingers are on the trigger and they’re ready to fight for the sake of Syria and for the sake of self-defense

The Bishop made these calls to self-defense as a response to the jihadist take over of the ancient Christian village of Maloula, in which 12 nuns and orphanage workers were kidnapped.

He also spoke of how 40 churches have been attacked by the Muslims, and he chided those who accepted the rebels’ side of the story, which is, according to him, “that the regime is killing its people – they are seeing things with only eye.”

Despite what Maloof, Shoebat and this Orthodox bishop (who is either "senior" or "auxiliary"), that Assad is killing his own people is not just a claim made by "the opposition" -- it's documented fact.

Aside from this additional example of WND siding with a murderous dictator -- and, by extension, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin -- because he made Obama look bad, there's the issue of sourcing. WND wants you to pay $99 a year for content available for free on the website of discredited extremist activists. That doesn't seem like much of a bargain.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:06 AM EST
Monday, December 23, 2013
The Truth About The MRC's 'The Truth About Media'
Topic: Media Research Center

As part of its year-end fundraising drive, the Media Research Center has launched a website called "The Truth About Media." At first glance, it looks objective and informative, discussing how people consume news.

Once we hit the subhead "Fact: The Media Distort the Truth," however, the MRC is back to its old, partisan ways:

According to a Pew study, 82 percent of Americans agree that there is at least some bias in news coverage—and they agree it is more of a liberal bias than conservative.

That is why the Media Research Center exists—to make sure that TRUTH is reported and that the media's overwhelmingly liberal bias is neutralized.

[...]

Someone has to stand up to this leftist bias to make sure it is countered, exposed, and neutralized!

The MRC then rages against George Soros:

Since 2003, anti-American billionaire George Soros has spent more than $52 million funding media properties, and he has direct ties to more than 30 news outlets—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, and ABC.

In keeping with his hard-left socialist vision for America, Soros goes after this the best way he knows how—through accessing and controlling the "news" media.

And if that weren't enough, George Soros has now accepted a position on the National Finance Council of the Ready for Hillary Super PAC, a group paving the way for a 2016 presidential run for the former first lady.

If the MRC doesn't expose Soros and neutralize these efforts, who knows where we'll be!

In fact, as we've documented, the money Soros donates to various journalistic efforts pales in comparison to the millions of dollars from right-wing billionaires and foundations that prop up much of the conservative media. In fact, many of those outlets would be out of business if they were subjected to the same free-market forces conservatives normally champion; indeed, even right-wing billionaires get tired of flushing never-ending amounts of cash down a money pit, which explains the newly reduced scale of operations like Human Events and the Washington Examiner.

The website then explains "the MRC difference":

We can stop the liberal bias and censorship and shred the media's credibility by educating millions of Americans about our indisputable, scientific research proving that the liberal media are water carriers for the Left's agenda.

The MRC's research is "scientific" and "indisputable"? Puh-leeze. We've amply documented how the MRC's so-called research falls far short of scientific standards and, thus, is far from "indisputable."Heck, it wasn't until this year that the MRC even bothered to start performing the basic scientific research method of documenting its methodology for its "special reports."

The actual truth about the media is much different from the MRC's ideologically driven narrative. The truth about the MRC is that it really doesn't care about the media -- only defeating its ideological enemies.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:09 PM EST
WND Tries to Whitewash Tax Crimes of Creationist Pastor
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily just loves to whitewash and minimize the crimes of its favorite right-wing icons. The latest attempt comes in an unbylined Dec. 17 WND article.

The article touts a proposal that would reduce the sentences of "first-offense, nonviolent federal offenders who exhibit good behavior." The article features one possible beneficiary of the law, creationist pastorKent Hovind, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for various tax offenses.

But try as it might, even WND can't quote pull off the full whitewash job on Hovind, which involves trying to explain away 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions to avoid scrutiny under money-laundering laws:

His son, Eric Hovind, who now directs a new ministry in Pensacola with the same mission of his father’s Creation Science Evangelism, contends the government completely misrepresented his parents in the trial, portraying them as anti-government radicals. His mother, Jo, the ministry’s bookkeeper, served one year in prison.

While Kent Hovind has made statements over the course of his ministry that challenge the authority of the federal government to collect income taxes, he insists he has not broken any laws.

“I’ve never been anti-tax or a tax protester,” he told WND. “I have always said that everyone should obey the law, including the government. I have always paid every tax I owe.”

[...]

As WND reported in 2009, Hovind argues he took a vow of poverty as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, therefore, owns nothing and receives no income. All of his needs are taken care of by the ministry, he insists.

He says he understood that as a registered 508 non-profit organization, he was not required to withhold taxes, leaving IRS obligations with each worker. In November 2006, however, Hovind was convicted of failing to collect and pay $470,000 in withholding taxes, obstructing tax laws, structuring transactions totaling $430,500 to avoid financial reporting laws, filing a frivolous lawsuit against the IRS, filing an injunction against an IRS agent and threatening investigators and others who cooperated with the investigation.

WND doesn't quite come clean, though. As Forbes reports: "Although Hovind states that he has paid all taxes that he owes, I have never seen him explicitly state that he actually filed returns for the years 1998 through 2006, which were the years that were the subject of the Tax Court decision. It is pretty challenging for an American to be earning enough for any sort of reasonable lifestyle without triggering a return filing obligation."

The article also refers to "Paul J. Hansen of Omaha, Neb." as "an attorney advising Hovind." In fact, Hansen is not an attorney -- he's an activist in the "sovereign citizen" movement who contends he does not have to follow the laws of government if he doesn't want to.

And that exposes WND's big omission: Hovind is affiliated with the "sovereign citizen" movement as well.

Whenever WND does a profile like this, it's almost always trying to hide something. That's the case here.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 PM EST
Saturday, December 21, 2013
CNS Bashes Obama For Taking Vacation, Ignores Bush's Far Higher Number of Vacation Days
Topic: CNSNews.com

Yes, this story exists, courtesy of CNSNews.com's Ali Meyer:

President Barack Obama, who is departing Friday for a vacation in Hawaii that will reportedly last until Jan. 5, took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.

Obama took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.

And there's a graphic!

Needless to say, Meyer fails to mention  thatObama's predecessor, George W. Bush, took far more vacation days than he did -- more than three times as many, in fact -- and, thus far more than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:39 AM EST
WND's Flaherty Lashes Out At Victim Who Challenges His Race-Baiting Narrative
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Colin Flaherty is so committed to the race-baiting narrative that "black mobs" are systematically attacking and killing white people that a victim who denies his meme is a threat.

Flaherty begins a Dec. 12 WND article by declaring, "Just because someone gets punched in the face, that does not make him an expert on the Knockout Game." The same also applies to race-baiters, but Flaherty won't tell you that.

The subject of Flaherty's ire is James Addlespurger, who was attacked in a 2012 incident caught on video that has been repeatedly played on TV to prove a supposed epidemic of "knockout game" violence. Huffington Post reports:

Addlespurger says the security footage has been used to identify the supposed "trend" -- and it's played on TV news shows countless times -- but he doesn't call the attack a "Knockout Game." He simply calls it "assault."

"I feel like I'm exploited," Addlespurger told HuffPost Live. "People need a label. If they're selling toothpaste or CDs, or news stories, they need a label ... To me it's an assault, plain and simple."

The supposed trend, he says, evolved from his and a few other videos on the Internet showing men recording themselves knocking people out. But just because you can find it on YouTube doesn't mean it's a violent trend.

But Flaherty is having none of this since it threatens his race-baiting cash cow:

Appearing on the HuffPost Live, Addlespurger said he believes he is being manipulated by sinister conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly and others who have pointed out that most of the attackers in the Knockout Game are black and most of the victims are not.

“I work with kids every day. As a public school teacher for 20 years. I understand that kids are troubled. But to stereotype and go down that avenue, I am not going to fan those flames of hatred.”

The Knockout Game is a “faux trend,” said HuffPost Live, in part because the person who punched Addlespurger in the face said so on ABC’s Nightline.

Addlespurger is not the only victim of racial violence in the Pittsburgh area. Though there is no indication he ever checked.

But Flaherty offers no evidence that -- like the vast majority of the other cherry-picked incidents Flaherty invokes to back up his "black mob violence" narrative -- the attack on Addlespurger was racially motivated.

Flaherty then uncovers someone to do an armchair analysis of Addlespurger by claiming he suffers from "Masochistic Altruism," in which "one can sustain a thoroughly false sense of nobility as they take their occasional beating." Flaherty declares: Others point out that some are hesitant to talk about the race of their attackers because they fear becoming victimized once again: This time as a racist."

Flaherty offers no evidence that this is the case with Addlespurger, yet he huffs: "But Addlespurger’s story is that race had nothing to do with the violence against him. And he is sticking to it."

And Flaherty is sticking to his race-baiting narrative.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:05 AM EST
Friday, December 20, 2013
NewsBusters Won't Tell Readers About Klayman's CNN Conspiracy
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard writes in a Dec. 19 NewsBusters post:

Is there an anatomical limit to how many times someone can put their foot in their mouth?

Consider the case of CNN's Piers Morgan who on Twitter moments ago actually accused former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of getting Martin Bashir fired by MSNBC[.]

So Sheppard thinks it's silly for Morgan to blame Bashir's leaving MSNBC job on Palin. Before Sheppard commits further to that point of view, let's go to a Dec. 18 post by fellow NewsBuster Tom Blumer. In it, Blumer runs to the defense of rabid Obama-hater and failed lawyer Larry Klayman after a less-than-friendly interview on CNN:

[CNN anchor Don] Lemon and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also acted like immature children in Klayman's presence. They were clearly mortified that — ugh — Larry Klayman had to be the guy who brought suit against the National Security Administration arguing against the constitutionality of its metadata collection efforts.

[...]

Lemon, Toobin, and others on the left should be thanking Klayman. Instead, they can't stand the idea that he successfully achieved something important with which they fundamentally agree.

Blumer made no mention of the fact that the ruling against the NSA was issued despite Klayman's lawyering -- the judge in the case explicitly rejected Klayman's arguments and substituted his own reasoning.

More notably,  Klayman was ready to cast blame for his poor performance on CNN, and it didn't involve himself. According to a Dec. 18 WorldNetDaily article by Jerome Corsi:

When CNN preceded an interview with legal activist Larry Klayman last night with an unflattering profile and then removed him from the screen when the dialogue got heated, powers much higher than the cable news network were wielding influence, charges Klayman.

“What CNN did to me yesterday was a hit piece orchestrated against me by the Obama White House with the direct involvement of the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to discredit me and to turn the public against Judge Leon’s court decision that the NSA is violating Fourth Amendment rights,” Klayman told WND in a telephone interview.

“This was a Clinton thing as much as it was an Obama thing,” he said.

Yes, Klayman is claiming that President Obama and the DNC are personally conspiring against him by making him look bad on TV. Is that any less strange than Morgan blaming Bashir's departure on Palin.

There is one difference, though: Neither Blumer nor anyone else at the MRC will tell you about Klayman's delusional conspiracy.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:30 PM EST
WND's D.J. Dolce Descends Into Birther Nonsense
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A little bit of our soul dies every time we watch D.J. Dolce's alleged comedy video at WorldNetDaily, so we try to limit our exposure as much as possible. Still, we try to check in every once in a while to see if Mrs. Molotov Mitchell's homophobia and Obama-hate have approached anything that could even remotely be considered "funny." (They haven't.)

But we checked in on Dolce's latest video, and darn if she wasn't spewing birther crap as part of some weird rant about the U.S. buying Russian helicopters for the "Muslim army" in Afghanistan. Dolce baselessly claimed that the U.S. wouldn't buy the helicopters from Boeing because "Boeing doesn't take crap from unions."

Dolce added: "Then again, we started it when we imported a president from Kenya instead of buying local."

Dolce's hubby is a huge birther, and there's no reason not to think Dolce isn't one herself.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:33 PM EST
MRC's Double Standard on Taking A Joke
Topic: Media Research Center

NewsBusters' Matthew Sheffield has decided that liberals can't take a joke:

Just as cigars sometimes can indeed be just cigars, so too can jokes. Yet this is a point which seems to be lost on several left-wing media writers who have taken great umbrage at the mockery that has been had at the expense of one Ethan Krupp, better known as “PajamaBoy.”

Unfortunately for Sheffield, he wrote his post the day before his boss, Brent Bozell, spent an entire column raging at a punk band named Bad Religion for releasing a Christmas album:

But there's another kind of Christmas denial: the kind that simply stomps on Christianity as ridiculous and kicks over the nativity set. Take the atheist punk band Bad Religion and its new record of Christmas songs they found "hilarious" to record.

Co-founder Brett Gurewitz told LA Weekly, "Clearly, it's a satire. We were rolling on the floor a lot of the time ... it felt like a Monty Python skit to me."

Greg Graffin, the other co-founder, is a part-time professor of biology and author of the book "Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God." This is Graffin in a nutshell: "Our faith should be expressed in working toward a better planet for our children and not the selfish, juvenile hope for a better afterlife for ourselves. I don't think anyone is going to Hell, because it only exists in the minds of people who wish ill will on others."

Bad Religion's "Christmas Songs" album is concluded by a song called "American Jesus," which rips on America and Christianity. The lyrics start with an apparent conservative Christian's take: "I feel sorry for the earth's population/'Cause so few live in the U.S.A./At least the foreigners can copy our morality/They can visit but they cannot stay."

Earth to Bozell: A band named Bad Religion recorded a Christmas album. And the MRC is accusing liberals of not being able to take a joke?

But Bozell wasn't done:

Since this band believes churches are a blight on society, it's unsurprising that 20 percent of their sales proceeds will go to suing the Catholic Church through the "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests," a group as despicable as it is dishonest. Only a group like SNAP could accept money from a band called Bad Religion.

It's "despicable" to hold the Catholic Church accountable for the predatory behavior of its priests? Really? Of course, the MRC does employ as a blogger someone who whitewashes and downplays abuse by Catholic priests at every opportunity.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:44 PM EST
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 1:46 PM EST
WND's Cashill Pushes Conspiracy In Hawaii Official's Death, Because Why Wouldn't He
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Like any good conspiracy-monger, Jack Cashill knows how to glom onto the news in order to peddle his favorite conspiracies. He does exactly that in his Dec. 18 WorldNetDaily column:

Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaiian official responsible for the release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, died last week in a small-plane crash off the island of Molokai.

The plane crashed was enough to raise suspicions among those who follow these things. That she was the only one of the nine onboard to die heightened those suspicions, especially given the conflicting accounts of how she alone failed to survive.

More than a few people have asked my opinion on this given that I wrote a book on a case with some parallels – the death of then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in an April 1996 plane crash in Croatia.

[...]

At this stage of the Fuddy case, there is not nearly enough evidence to accuse anyone of anything, but there are enough unanswered questions to want to know more.

But as with Brown, don’t expect any help from the media. The New York Times lost a reporter in the Brown crash, and even the Times did not bother to request the USAF report.

This is what Cashill does. Why wouldn't he latch onto Fuddy's death?


Posted by Terry K. at 9:58 AM EST
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Newsmax-Peter King Presidential Boomlet Watch
Topic: Newsmax

It's been a little quiet on the Peter King front lately at Newsmax -- you know, the guy to whom Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy gave the idea to run for president -- but that has changed.

King got a big front-page push in the form of a Dec. 19 Newsmax article by Todd Beamon featuring King's assertion that fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul should apologize for likening Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to document-leaker Edward Snowden, complete with picture of a scowling King:

Beamon makes sure to add that King "confirmed to Newsmax in July that he was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016," though not that it was his boss who planted the idea in King's head.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:15 PM EST
WND's Unruh Plays Stenographer Again for Disbarred Anti-Abortion Attorney
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Last week, WorldNetDaily "reporter" Bob Unruh played stenographer for the supporters of disbarred anti-abortion attorney Phill Kline by whitewashing the offense that led to the suspension of Kline's law license.

Now, Unruh has managed to find a way to be even more sycophantic to Kline. He writes in a Dec. 14 WND article:

The Kansas Supreme Court has come up with a response for when its own justices are accused of being biased toward the abortion industry and against a former state attorney general who investigated alleged criminal activity there.

Stonewall.

That’s the result of a petition to the court that was filed on behalf of former Attorney General Phill Kline.

Kline probed alleged illegal activity by abortion provider Planned Parenthood and the late abortionist George Tiller, eventually filing charges against them after getting the counts approved by several trial judges in the state.

However, the pro-abortion political atmosphere in the state spelled defeat for Kline in the next election, and his foes launched criminal investigations into his probe of Planned Parenthood and Tiller.

Among the political powers Kline defied was then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who had partied with Tiller.

Now the justices on the state’s highest court have refused even to consider evidence that uncovers their bias against Kline, and have refused to explain their decision or provide a comment to the public.

The slanted assertions Unruh is presenting as unassailable fact are, in truth, merely the opinions of Unruh and attorneys for Kline. Just because the Kansas Supreme Court refused to hear Kline's appeal and did not publicly explain why, for instance, does not equal a "stonewall."

Unruh makes no effort whatsoever to fact-check the claims of Kline's attorneys, nor does he bother to tell the other side of the story -- it's a totally one-sided effort designed to puff up Kline and attack the Kansas Supreme Court for daring to suspend his license. Unruh snidely wrote that "A court official, contacted by WND with a request for a comment, said the justices refused to comment. Or explain."

Unruh also manages to whitewash Kline's offenses even more, falsely claiming thatthe only reason Klinbe's license was suspended involved "an alleged failure to make sure grand jurors understood state law after he explained it to them." In fact, Kline violated 11 rules governing the professional conduct of attorneys.

Unruh used to write for the Associated Press, but he flushed any sense of journalistic ethics and fairness he might have gained working for that organization the day he joined WND. He's just another reason why nobody believes WND.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:05 PM EST
CNS' Hollingsworth Has A Fit of Lazy Journalism
Topic: CNSNews.com

Barbara Hollingsworth writes in a Dec. 18 CNSNews.com article:

Faith in Public Life, a group that has been funded by atheist billionaire George Soros, is behind an attack on The Catholic University of America (CUA) for accepting a $1 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

“The real story here is not the money being given to Catholic University by successful entrepreneurs; it is the source of the money being given to those who initiated the attack.

"To wit: Faith in Public Life spearheaded this highly politicized assault, and it is funded by left-wing zealot George Soros,” said Donohue, who praised CUA President John Garvey for “wisely standing his ground.”

“Soros is an atheist billionaire who is no friend of the Catholic community. In fact, he funds causes that the Catholic Church works hard to oppose: abortion, euthanasia, drug legalization, and many other radical initiatives,” Donohue said.

In 2008, Faith in Public Life received $200,000 from Soros’ Open Society Institute, according to the institute's IRS filing. (See 990.pdf)

Patrick Reilly, president of the The Cardinal Newman Society, agreed. "Faith in Public Life is a political organization that uses the Church as a vehicle to further its political aims." he told CNSNews.com. "For that organization to tell Catholic University what to do is like a parishioner who has not been to church in 10 years telling the pastor what to do.

"This is nothing but a political attack on the Koch Foundation," Reilly noted, adding that Faith in Public Life "is not looking to build up the Church."

What Hollingsworth didn't mention: Her boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell, is on the Catholic League's board of advisers as well as the Cardinal Newman Society board.

This is Journalism 101 -- disclosing your conflicts of interest. Why is Hollingsworth so incapable of doing this one simple thing?

Hollingsworth committed another act of journalistic laziness in her article (which she's apparently prone to): She made no apparent effort to permit Faith in Public Life respond to the attacks from Donohue and the Cardinal Newman Society.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:50 PM EST

Newer | Latest | Older

Bookmark and Share

Get the WorldNetDaily Lies sticker!

Find more neat stuff at the ConWebWatch store!

Buy through this Amazon link and support ConWebWatch!

Support This Site

« December 2013 »
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Bloggers' Rights at EFF
Support Bloggers' Rights!

News Media Blog Network

Add to Google