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Friday, June 13, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
MRC Bashes Connection Between Cop-Killers And Right-Wingers, Ignores Cop-Killer's Fondness For MRC
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is doing what it can to bash anyone who dares point out the fact that cop-killers Jerad and Amanda Miller had links to right-wing ideology:
Unmentioned by all of these MRC writers: Jerad Miller's Facebook page includes likes for MRC operations NewsBusters and CNSNews.com, as well as For America, the political operation run by MRC chief Brent Bozell.
That alone puts the lie to the MRC's claim that pointing out the Millers' link to right-wing media is inaccurate. Plus, it's utterly hypocritical given the MRC's past eagerness to link mass killers to liberal causes.
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Christopher Monckton Edition
Christopher Monckton is a birther dead-ender, and birthers gonna birther. So Monckton spends his June 10 WorldNetDaily column blaming President Obama's decision to trade Gitmo detainees for Bowe Bergdahl on him not being a "natural-born citizen":
Even if the birther conspiracy theories Monckton spewed were not discredited, Monckton would continue to spew them anyway.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
CNS' Hollingsworth Serves As Right-Wing Stenographer Yet Again
CNSNews.com's Barbara Hollingsworth has a disturbing tradition of simply serving as a stenographer of right-wing talking points, making no effort to seek out an alternative view. She does this again in a May 29 CNS article in which she regurgitates "eight pervasive 'myths' about the Affordable Care Act," as claimed by the right-wing National Center for Policy Analysis.
Hollingsworth simply takes the NCPA's word for their claims and makes no apparent effort to seek out any response.
The sad thing is, Hollingsworth is a senior editor at CNS. You'd think someone claiming a title of senior editor would be capable of doing more than copying right-wing talking points. That's apparently not how that works at CNS.
WND Hates The Police Almost As Much As Vegas Cop-Killers Did
WorldNetDaily didn't show up on Las Vegas cop-killer Jerad Miller's Facebook like list (though a couple of WND's friends did), but it might as well have. After all, both WND and Miller share a disdain for the police.
WND's archive is strewn with recent headlines like these:
Those headlines were partially in service of promoting the new WND-published book "Police State USA," in which Washington Times reporter Cheryl Chumley fearmongers about "the militarization of the police," complete with melodramatic description of the erosion of citizens' rights:
That attitude doesn't seem too far removed from that of Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, who murdered two police officers and another man in Las Vegas on Sunday before killing themselves. TPM reports that a sheriff's deputy said of the Millers: believe they equate government and law enforcement with fascism and those that support with Nazis. ... They believe that law enforcement is the oppressor and they are associated with the Nazi movement."
While there doesn't appear to be any direct link between the Millers and WND, they clearly swam in the same far-right cesspool. And the Millers were all too eager to act out hatred of police that WND merely hinted at.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Newsmax Gears Up To Boost GOP Florida Governor's Re-Election
Back in 2010, Newsmax got heavily involved in the Florida governor's race -- it tried to anoint Bill McCollum as the Republican nominee by trashing his primary opponent Rick Scott, but when Scott defeated him in the primary, Newsmax quickly flip-flopped, supported Scott despite its previous trashing of him, and helped him to victory (complete with $100,000 donation).
The Florida governor's race is coming around again, and Newsmax is firing up the campaign to help Scott win re-election.
A June 8 Newsmax article by Elliot Jager touted how "A campaign commercial by Republican Gov. Rick Scott asserting that former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — a Republican turned independent turned Democrat — allowed college tuition to increase up to 15 percent every year has been determined to be 'mostly true' according to the Miami Herald."
Newsmax doesn't like Crist any more than it didn't used to like Scott. In the 2012 Republican presidential primary in Florida (where Newsmax is headquartered), Newsmax was a huge booster of Newt Gingrich, trying to portray chief rival Mitt Romney as having a "'Charlie Crist' problem."
WND's Buddies Get Some Love From Vegas Cop-Killer
The Media Research Center isn't the only part of the ConWeb that got some love -- well, a like, anyway -- from cop-killer Jerad Miller's Facebook account. A couple of WorldNetDaily's friends can be found there too.
One is the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the far-right medical group that opposes mandatory vaccinations -- a stance that is undoubtedly contributing to the return of formerly conquered diseases like measles -- and has dabbled in Clinton conspiracy theories. WND has been a reliable promoter of AAPS' conspiracies, at one point even having a top AAPS official, Lee Hieb, write a column.
Another entry on Miller's Facebook likes page is the Facebook page of perpetual Oregon candidate Art Robinson, a close friend of WND managing editor David Kupelian. Kupelian and WND have long boosted Robinson's losing campaigns by glossing over issues that hurt his candidacy -- like building a homeschool curriculum around a series of decidedly racist 19th-century adventure novels or unsubstantiated claims of political retribution against Robinson's children. WND has also uncritically promoted Robinson's anti-global warming petition by avoiding the fact that many, if not most, signatories to the petition have degrees bearing no relevance to climate science.
This is the crowd WND runs with -- as well as the crowd a cop-killer runs with.
Monday, June 9, 2014
NewsBusters Silent About GOP Operative Booking Bergdahl's Critics on TV
Jackie Seal writes in a June 6 NewsBusters post:
But Seal leaves out one important fact: Those platoon members are working through a Republican operative to get on TV.
Richard Grenell and his public relations firm have been coordinating interviews for the soldiers, including the ones who appeared on Kelly's show. Buzzfeed reports that Grenell has "played a key role in publicizing critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl."
That seems to be a fact worth noting. But apparently, Seal and NewsBusters didn't think so because it interfered with the right-wing media's narrative that Bergdahl is a deserter, never mind that Bergdahl has not had a chance to tell his side of the story.
Bad Timing: WND Dismisses Domestic Terror As 'Theoretical' While Domestic Terror Hits Las Vegas
Greg Corombos writes in a June 8 WorldNetDaily article:
Around the time that WND was posting this article, however, Jerad and Amanda Miller were murdering two cops inside a pizza restaurant, following by shooting another man to death inside a Walmart, where they both eventually took their own lives.
Yet Corombos quotes Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the black-conservative group Project 21, as dismissing domestic terrorism as a "theoretical problem" and the resurrected task force as "more about a political agenda than it is in protecting Americans."
Perhaps Cooper and WND should ask the Millers' victims how "theoretical" domestic violence is.
Las Vegas Cop-Killer Loved the MRC
Topic: Media Research Center
Jerad Miller has been identified, along with his wife, Amanda, as the perpetrators in the Las Vegas incident in which three people, including two police officers, were shot to death before he and his wife committed suicide. Turns out he was a big fan of Brent Bozell's Media Rsearch Center empire.
Among the 107 entries on what appears to be Miller's Facebook "likes" page are the MRC's NewsBusters and CNSNews.com, as well as Bozell's quasi-super PAC operation For America.
Why point this out? Because turnabout is fair play. The MRC has regularly highlighted the supposed liberal links to other shooters, including Floyd Corkins, who has been described has having been inspired by the Southern Poverty Law Center; the MRC complained that "media isn’t interested in holding the SPLC accountable for its rhetoric." The MRC has also highlighted how "Chris Dorner, an ex-cop on a vengeful rampage against police officers in Los Angeles, praised liberal media personalities in his oddly chatty 'manifesto' posted on Facebook. " (Dorner's manifesto also contained praise for conservatives, which the MRC conveniently failed to mention.)
Will the MRC tell us what of its rhetoric may have inspired Miller? Will the MRC even admit that Miller was a fan? Don't count on it -- as of this writing, no MRC outlet has devoted any original coverage to the shootings.
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
-- Erik Rush, June 4 WorldNetDaily column
-- David Limbaugh, June 5 WND column
-- Joseph Farah, June 5 WND column
-- Craige McMillan, June 6 WND column
-- Tom Tancredo, June 6 WND column
-- Matt Barber, June 6 WND column
-- Joseph Farah, June 6 WND column
-- Jesse Lee Peterson, June 8 WND column
-- Pamela Geller, June 8 WND column
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Newsmax's New Scandal: Obama Chews Gum!
Newsmax has apparently found the latest Obama scandal, as detailed in a June 6 article:
Yep, the entire article is all about how random people on Twitter disapprove of Obama chewing gum. It's not until the very last paragraph that it's noted that Obama "has faced an on-off battle to quit smoking and often chews a nicotine-based gum to drive away the craving."
You'd think that piece of information would be more important. But it appears Obama-bashing was the agenda for this article.
Bradlee Dean Promises Facts, Tells More Lies Instead
In his June 5 WorldNetDaily column, Bradlee Dean promises to "lay out the facts (yes, I said facts), not opinions, not half lies or distortions" about his defamation lawsuit against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. But since Dean is a lying preacher, you know that's not going to happen.
Indeed, just a few words after saying he would tell "facts ... not opinions, not half lies or distortions," he tells a total lie by calling MSNBC a "communist network." The fact that MSNBC accepts advertising and is owned by a large for-profit corporation easily debunks Dean's false claim.
Dean goes on to rehash his complaints about Maddow accurately if incompletely quoting his anti-gay remarks and complains that Maddow left context out. But that supposed context contains another Dean lie, that Obama "said we are no longer a Christian nation, we’re a Muslim nation." As FactCheck.org documents, Obama's statement in full reads: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
In other words, Dean took Obama's words out of context -- he's doing to Obama what he's accusing Maddow of doing to him. Does he think Obama should sue him for defamation?
Dean goes on to rant:
But Dean is not telling all the facts. First, he fails to identify his attorney, who is failed lawyer Larry Klayman. Second he doesn't explain the real reason Klayman tried to move venues -- as we noted, it was to deny Maddow an anti-SLAPP defense, which she could have in the D.C. court but not in a federal court.
Dean's framing this as a “tactical, strategic decision” obscures the fact that Klayman is such an incompetent lawyer he didn't research venues before filing Dean's lawsuit. Thus, the judge ordering Dean and Klayman to pay Maddow's lawyers for seven months work of work that would be moot in a different venue is entirely justified.
If Dean really was interested in telling all the facts instead of an orgy of self-aggrandizement, he would have mentioned Maddow's defense -- that she accurately represented what Dean said and that her words are protected by the First Amendment.
Dean rants that "my comments were clearly taken out of context and twisted" -- even though that is something Dean does all the time to others. If Dean was actually concerned about the truth, he would correct and repent for all the lies he has told about Obama and others through the years.
CNS Unemployment Numbers Distortion Watch
The U.S. economy added 217,000 jobs in May, pusing the number of jobs in the country past its pre-recession peak -- but you'll never read about that at CNSNews.com.
Following its anti-Obama agenda, CNS once again ignored good news about jobs to cherry-pick stats that make Obama look bad, as demonstrated in two articles by Ali Meyer:
The fact that Meyer could find only two statistics to cherry-pick shows that there is little bad news about the economy for her to report. That just goes to show once again that good news for America is bad news for CNS.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
WND Article On Google Ads Doesn't Disclose That WND Uses Google Ads
A May 31 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh carries the semi-alarming headline "Get ready for Google ads ... everywhere," and Unruh writes about how "the technology behemoth envisions selling ads that would appear on refrigerators, thermostats or even wristwatches."
Unruh doesn't mention, however, that one of the places you can find Google ads is at WND -- and there are some places at WND Google doesn't want its ads.
As we've documented, WND has complained that Google "Google "has threatened to block ads" on its race-baiting series of articles about "black mobs." WND ultimately decided to put revenue before principles by claiming it was "preemptively blocking Google ads" on its race-baiting (except that it wasn't).
Indeed, at least two ad spaces in Unruh's article -- the vertical in-article ad on the left side of the page and the text ad below Unruh's byline -- are controlled by Google.
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