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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hillary Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It was total manipulation. Hillary was no longer a political shrew, a deviously cunning political operator. She was, instead, a doting grandma. There! Just look at the pictures for yourself.

I think we’re way overdue for an encore presentation.

It’s been 15 weeks since we’ve seen adorable pictures of Charlotte.

It’s been 15 weeks since we’ve seen Hillary cradling her granddaughter in her arms.

It’s been 15 weeks since Bill told the media that his granddaughter is “the best thing since sliced bread.”

Hillary has no answers for why she broke the law and jeopardized national security secrets with her reckless email policy. So she’s got to change the subject.

Watch for Charlotte to be strolled out any day now.

-- Joseph Farah, March 12 WND column

Last week, as I have for the last many years going back to the Clinton administration, referred to Bill and Hillary as the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics. Given the events of the last week, and watching Bonnie’s offensive and criminally motivated demeanor at her recent press conference at the United Nations Tuesday, where she spun a number of topics including her so-called missing emails, I feel compelled to coin a new and more apt name for her: “the Wicked Witch of the Left.”

-- Larry Kayman, March 13 WND column

Dear Hillary Clinton,

I think you are a benevolent, insidious, sexualist, sexist racist. I mean that in the nicest of ways. In fact, based upon your own definitions, I think that might be a compliment to you. I am not even sure anymore because it all depends on what the definition of the word “is” is.

-- Gina Loudon, March 15 WND column

Why do the American people need access to all of Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state?

Because there’s already ample evidence she used her office to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation, which pays most of her bills and allows her to live like the queen of England.

Forget Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton used her office to get rich!

-- Joseph Farah, March 20 WND column

Now, let me nominate a woman who should go down as the very worst government employee in U.S. history. Her name is Hillary Clinton. Her claim to fame is that she married a charismatic politician and rode his coattails to the White House, to a seat in the U.S. Senate and to the job of secretary of state.

-- Jane Chastain, March 25 WND column

Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech and joked, in the context of the email scandal, that she needs a “new beginning” with the press. Right on, Ms. Hillary does need a new beginning: to be sent to prison.

-- Larry Klayman, March 27 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 9:22 AM EDT
Friday, March 27, 2015
It's Time For WND's Occasional Warning Of The 'Coming Financial Collapse'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barrett Moore's March 20 WorldNetDaily column starts ominously:

Candidly, I don’t have the time right now to be writing an article that most in the West would ignore or repudiate. I wrote this piece, however, for the staff of WND with whom I have consulted over the years. WND is one of the few news organizations in America that is interested in truth, and unconcerned with the consequences of reporting it. I admire that, and so should you. Few news organizations remain that are not just inundating us with misinformation and propaganda. But I digress.

We are at the precipice of war, and this is a call to action. While it might not come tomorrow, the threat does grow by the day as conflict between the largest and most powerful nation states becomes inevitable, driven by the impending implosion of the empire of debt accumulated by Western democracies, and by the yearning of Russia and China (and their surrogates) to escape the constraints of almost 70 years of American hegemony.

I am not talking about another one-sided skirmish in the desert, but rather a real war, where satellites fall from the sky, ships sink, supply chains are disrupted and there is a loss of life not seen since the last century; a war of such a magnitude that few Westerners alive today can comprehend it. Such a war will alter the world as we know it. And, reading the tea leaves, it seems there is little we could do now to stop it. At this stage, all that is missing is the spark that ignites the inferno. It might come tomorrow, it might delay a while longer. We can prepare, but preparation takes years and years, and requires a threshold level of certainty that the threat exists, that it merits attention, that it demands action.

A lot of ranting about "the coming financial collapse" follows, peppered with things like, "If you question my advice, then tell me, why did Mr. Jamie Dimon buy an island? Or why does Hank Paulson actually live on one? Or what about James Cameron, who up and moved to New Zealand?" Barrett concludes: "You have been warned. Recalibrate your mindset. Now prepare."

Funny thing about that whole "rich people fleeing the country," though. Former WND financial columnist Porter Stansberry did pretty much the same "coming financial collapse" rant five years ago,  complete with bragging about how he's prepared to flee the country at a moment's notice:

I'm built for pleasure, not for fighting. So I've simply designed an "escape pod." I have a nice boat on the dock right behind my house in Miami. I can safely leave the country -- at any time -- with most of my wealth, within 24 hours. I'm building a house on the water in a safe foreign country that doesn't have any ties to America (Nicaragua). I've moved a significant amount of my savings out of the country -- legally. I'm pursuing a diplomatic passport to ensure any attempt to restrict travel out of the country won't stop me.

Given that Stansberry is involved with dubious financial schemes that have netted him a $1.5 million sanction from the Securities and Exchange Commission, his desire for an "escape pod" is probably not driven by the state of the U.S. economy.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 PM EDT
Thursday, March 26, 2015
WND's Farah Perpetuates Lie That U.S. Removed Iran, Hezbollah From Terror List
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah rants in his March 24 WorldNetDaily column:

When I first saw this report, I really thought it was an early April Fools’ Day joke.

The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, removed Iran and Hezbollah from the list of world terrorist threats.

The report has been sent to the U.S. Senate, where it should be renounced in the strongest terms possible and publicly rejected.

As we documented when NewsBusters' Tom Blumer, Clapper does not control the official list of what the U.S. considers terrorist threats -- the State Department does, and it still lists Iran and Hezbollah -- and any omissions to that effect in the DNI report means nothing in that regard.

But Farah is an inveterate liar, so nobody expects the truth from him anyway -- which would seem to be a strange position for someone who operates a "news" website to be in.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:40 AM EDT
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
WND Straight-Up Lies About Margaret Sanger
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's a general accepted legal principle that the dead can't be libeled. WorldNetDaily takes full advantage of that in an unbylined March 24 article that simply makes up things about Margaret Sanger:

Barack Obama says a little girl wrote to him asking why there were no women’s faces on U.S. currency.

That started a movement by a group called Women on 20s, which is now conducting an Internet poll on which of 15 candidates should be the first to replace President Andrew Jackson, ironically the founder of Obama’s party.

But creating the biggest stir on the list of candidates is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, a eugenicist who advocated aborting as many black babies as possible for the benefit of society.

In Sanger’s book, “Pivot of Civilization,” she characterized African-Americans and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “spawning … human beings who never should have been born.”

WND's claim that Sanger "advocated aborting as many black babies as possible for the benefit of society" is an out-and-out lie, since Sanger never advocated abortion for anyone -- she considered it a "horror."

While Sanger held eugenicist views that were unfortunately popular in her day, those views were not racially driven. Planned Parenthood notes that Sanger's advocacy of family planning ran against the views of some eugenicists who believed that healthy and "fit" women should have as many children as possible.

Further, WND is simply making up quotes from Sanger's "Pivot of Civilization." The terms "human weeds" and "reckless breeders" appear nowhere in the book, and their approximate substitutes are taken out of context.

A search of the text of "Pivot of Civilization" shows that three of the four references to "weed" refers to child laborers removing weeds in beet fields. The fourth is a quote of another researcher highlighting " the ruthless struggle for existence in China" because of its poverty and high birth rate, adding that" Nature's law will therefore continue to work out its own pitiless solution, weeding out every year millions of predestined weaklings." 

The book does attack "reckless" breeding, but Sanger does not specifically single out "African-Americans and immigrants" as such -- indded, there are two mentions of the word "Negro" (the preferred term at the time for African-Americans) in the entire book. And the word "immigrant" appears only once in the book, 

By contrast, Sanger spends much more time fretting over native white Americans -- "pure American stock," as she quotes another writer calling them -- who aspire to nothing more than having children and working in farm fields.

Sanger's statement about "children who never should have been born," therefore, has nothing to do with blacks or immigrants. And the closest the word "spawning" appears to that direct phrase in the book is in chapters 3; the "children who never should have been born" phrase appears in chapter 4.

WND has simply decided to make up stuff about Sanger. But we're sadly used to WND making up stuff.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:11 PM EDT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Fringe WND Doctor Likens Obama To Reichstag Fire
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Lee Hieb -- the fringe AAPS-linked doctor and WorldNetDaily fave who's already on record spouting dubious medical claims and outright lying about statistics involving vaccines -- is back at it in a March 22 WND article by Paul Bremmer, in which she blames Obamacare for an allegedly increased rate in the closing of rural hospitals because Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to doctors and hospitals have been cut under the Affordable Care Act. She doesn't hesitate to go Godwin:

“Up until now, hospitals have failed and succeeded, they’ve come and gone just like businesses,” Hieb said. “Some are better-run than others, but the economic deck was not totally stacked against them. Now, unfortunately, the economic deck is stacked against them in such a way that, universally, smaller hospitals are disenfranchised.”

Dr. Hieb went so far as to compare the shuttering of rural hospitals to the infamous Reichstag fire, which some believe was a false flag attack by Nazi Germany.

“This is going to be like the Reichstag fire,” Hieb proclaimed. “It’s going to be an excuse to say, ‘Look, the free market failed, and now we can go in and institute universal health care, because you see, these people in these rural areas need healthcare, and you’re not getting it to them.’

Yes, she really did liken Obamacare to the Reichstag fire.

But if one reads the Washington Post article that inspired Bremmer's item and Hieb's rant, the answer is much more complicated, and no single cause can be blamed. But one of the causes is the refusal of some states to to expand state Medicaid programs in the face of federal cutbacks:

Experts and practitioners cite declining federal reimbursements for hospitals under the Affordable Care Act as the principal reasons for the recent closures. Besides cutting back on Medicare, the law reduced payments to hospitals for the uninsured, a decision based on the assumption that states would expand their Medicaid programs. However, almost two dozen states have refused to do so. In addition, additional Medicare cuts caused by a budget disagreement in Congress have hurt hospitals’ bottom lines.

But rural hospitals also suffer from multiple endemic disadvantages that drive down profit margins and make it virtually impossible to achieve economies of scale.

These include declining populations; disproportionate numbers of elderly and uninsured patients; the frequent need to pay doctors better than top dollar to get them to work in the hinterlands; the cost of expensive equipment that is necessary but frequently underused; the inability to provide lucrative specialty services and treatments; and an emphasis on emergency and urgent care, chronic money-losers.

[...]

Rural hospitals took a second hit from the health law’s reductions in special Medicaid payments to hospitals with large numbers of indigent and uninsured patients. Federal officials made the cuts assuming that most states would embrace the Medicaid expansion envisioned in the law, thus sharply reducing their number of uninsured. But 23 states, including Texas, have declined to do so.

But, apparently, it's easier to play the ol' Nazi card than it is to do any actual research.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:23 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:25 PM EDT
WND's Birthers Atempt To Ignore Birther Issue With Cruz
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is way enthusiastic about the idea of Ted Cruz running for president:

  • A March 23 article by Cheryl Chumley touts how "the fiery tea party Texan" told an mandatory convocation at right-wing Liberty University about "what he described as the greatness of America: that our rights come from God.
  • Joe Kovacs dutifully transcribed Rush Limbaugh's reaction to Cruz's announcement.
  • Garth Kant gushed over how Cruz "will follow the playbook of the right’s greatest hero, Ronald Reagan."

The king of all gushers, though, is WND editor Joseph Farah, who slobbered:

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard any political figure do what Sen. Ted Cruz did yesterday in his announcement he is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency.

He delivered an electrifying, motivational, rousing case for liberty – explaining why it’s not too late, why Americans don’t need to lower their expectations, how this country has overcome greater odds in its history.

[...]

I am not making an endorsement for the presidency here. But I am giving Ted Cruz a big hallelujah, a heartfelt amen.

This is the way I wish other Republicans and conservatives would talk. There’s a reason Ronald Reagan, with similar views, was able to win landslide victories in the 1980s. It’s because he was the Great Communicator. Ted Cruz may be one, too.

Unmentioned in all of these articles: Discussion of Cruz's eligibility to bne president. (Farah huffed that Cruz's critics noted that "There are questions about his constitutional eligibility for office.")

WND has long promoted the idea that the Constitution's requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen" -- which the Constitution does not define -- should be defined only as someone born in the U.S. to parents who are both American citizens. In the process, WND has studiously avoided reporting the existence of court rulings that support the idea that citizenship can be conveyed at birth through other means.

WND's strict definition of "natural born citizen" hits the wall when it comes to Cruz -- not only was he born in Canada, his father was not an American citizen and did not become one until 2005. Thus, under the definition WND has embraced, Joseph Farah's favored candidate for president cannot run legally run for office.

Further, Cruz held dual citizenship in Canada before renouncing it only last year. WND -- which made a big deal out of Obama having dual citizenship in Kenya, which he automatically lost on his 23rd birthday -- has touted the birther argument that "the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural-born."

But when Donald Trump -- who sought the aid of Farah and WND when he wanted to attack Obama's eligibility in 2011 -- played the birther card on Cruz, it was only then that WND was moved to address the issue.

Even though WND has a ridiculously large archive of articles about Obama's "eligibility," Cheryl Chumley didn't reference any of them in her March 24 article, instead pushing definitions of "natural born citizen" that included Cruz (which are in the mainstream of constitutional thought).

Farah previewed WND's strategy a year ago when he washed his hands of Cruz birtherism after his Obama birther crusade bombed so spectacularly. Now, it seems WND is trying to bury the idea that it ever raised eligibility issues.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:42 AM EDT
Monday, March 23, 2015
WND vs. Hagee 'Blood Moons' Credit Battle Continues
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's war with pastor John Hagee over the "blood moons" idea goes to the next level in a March 22 WND article describing the response by a Hagee spokesman to WND's demand that Hagee retract his claim to be the "discoverer" of the "blood moons" idea.

The spokesman, Ari Morgenstern, claims that Hagee was referring to his personal discovery, not claiming to be the first person to have discovered it. Farah sneered in response that this was “parsing words in a way that would make Bill Clinton proud.”

WND engaged in its own Clinton-esque parsing later in the article, when it responded to Morgenstern's claim that "WND falsely claimed that Hagee does not believe that Jews need Jesus to be saved." WND's response: "WND never reported on what Hagee currently believes, only on the controversy he set off when he said in a commercial what would be found in his book," followed by more sneering from Farah that "I’m happy to hear that Hagee no longer subscribes to those anti-biblical positions."

As before, WND buries its financial interest in this issue -- it published a bookon the subject by Mark Biltz, who does claim to have discovered the issue, and made a movie about it. WND demonstrated more than a little butthurt when the Hagee spokesman pointed this out:

Morgenstern concluded in his letter: “While these facts clearly call into question WND’s objectivity, they pale in comparison to the conflict of interest associated with Farah’s apparent financial stake in advancing this false narrative. Not surprisingly, in the piece, WND repeatedly advertises and links to purchase options of Biltz’s relevant book and film – which as the WND piece mentions, Farah is, respectively, publisher and producer.”

“I do hope that Farah will exhibit the strength of character to acknowledge that he’s made what I believe are a series of financially motivated blunders,” Morgenstern continued. “However, either way, I would note that in our view, WND is obligated to issue corrections to those errors discussed above.”

Farah responded by saying: “I am accused of standing up for Mark Biltz because of my own financial interests. Yet it is Hagee who has made millions off Mark Biltz’s discovery, far more than Biltz and I combined ever expect to make as a result of our work on this subject.”

Note that Farah never denies that financial issues are a motivation for his actions against Hagee.

As before, the WND article doesn't carry a byline despite the fact it's one of the more balanced (if still self-aggrandizing) pieces of reporting it's published in years.

Meanwhile, Farah devoted his March 22 column to telling his side of the story, insisting that "I think we have presented Hagee and his team with a simple, inexpensive and honorable way to do the right thing for Mark Biltz, his book, his movie and his reputation" but that so far they "have acted like the offended party, claiming WND and Biltz have mischaracterized the facts."

Given WND's long history of mischaracterizing facts, Hagee's team does have a point.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:44 PM EDT
Sunday, March 22, 2015
First Two Sentences Of A Farah Column Are Lies
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The first sentence of Joseph Farah's March 19 WorldNetDaily column is a lie:

First, Barack Obama provided taxpayer dollar [sic] to a nonprofit group he assembled to sabotage the re-election campaign of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In fact, the OneVoice Movement -- the group that spearheaded a political movement in Israel to oppose the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- was founded in 2002, and Obama did not "assemble" it. While the group did receive $350,000 in federal grants, there's no evidence any of it was used in its work in Israel, and State Department officials said the funding stopped in November, ahead of the announcement of the Israeli election. 

The second sentence of Farah's column is a lie as well:

He never liked Netanyahu for standing firmly for the security of his country.

Not only does Farah not know this, he cannot know this, and Obama is not on record ever saying such a thing. Therefore, Farah is lying again.

We'd go through the rest of Farah's column, but when the first two sentences are lies, and they're coming from a inveterate liar, we don't need to prove our point any further.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:47 PM EDT
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

When Barack Obama is asked about mass conspiracy and wrongdoing at the VA and he responds by saying that he just found out about it from watching the evening news, there’s only two concise ways to view that explanation. Mr. Obama, you’re either incompetent or a liar. There’s really no other way to spin that, and I’m not sure which one’s worse.

-- John Rocker, March 9 WorldNetDaily column

The question I ask is why does Obama make it a priority to go after American citizens and crush them as though they were enemies of the state? On the flip side, why does he cozy up to the Castro regime in Cuba, the mullahs in Iran, and let the atrocities of ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue day after day? Why does he paint the entire police force in the U.S. with a broad brush and insinuate that they are “racists”?

It should be obvious to everyone by now that Mayor Rudy Giuliani was right when he said that Barack Obama does not love this country. Add it up, folks. Now who in Washington has the guts to do something about it?

-- Morgan Brittany, March 10 WND column

In this time of increasingly distinct lines being drawn between Americans who recognize the abject wickedness of this administration and its enablers and those who do not, it is profoundly sad that Obama’s presence in Selma was further dignified by some who ought to know better. Obama, his foul wife and their spawn were joined in Selma by a delegation that included former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, around 100 members of Congress and other dignitaries.

Yes, Obama profaned the anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma with his very presence, because he is a liar and a fraud who has actually harmed race relations in America and under whom the lot of black Americans has become substantially worse. In character, he is the antithesis of those who suffered and struggled during the Civil Rights Movement.

The irony that punctuates this Selma travesty is the fact that since Obama self-identifies as black and is recognized as such, his attendance supposedly lent more significance to the event than if he had not been a person “of color.”

-- Erik Rush, March 11 WND column

I wonder how many million Americans were fantasizing Netanyahu in the Oval Office as he spoke sense from the same podium used by Obama to spew left-wing baby talk just six weeks earlier.

-- Burt Prelutsky, March 12 WND column

Aren’t you tired of (barely) closeted Marxists such as the Obamas who apologize for America, cripple our military, alienate our allies, bow to dictators and make lame excuses for barbaric behavior?

-- Laura Hollis, March 12 WND column

Amidst the continuous turmoil over Obama’s unconstitutional governing edicts, the focus always turns to “reining him in.”

But what if the people who promised at the last election to “rein him in” don’t really want to “rein him in”? What if they in fact support his agenda?

-- Craige McMillan, March 13 WND column

It’s evil for Obama to inflame anger among blacks and exploit it for political gain. But, if blacks weren’t so hateful, they couldn’t be manipulated.

-- Jesse Lee Peterson, March 15 WND column

Only the talk-show hosts and a few intrepid commentators have it right: Obama’s latent anti-Semitism is coming to the fore. In fact, it’s no longer latent – if it ever were. It’s open. It’s active. It’s visible for all to see.

There’s one tiny Jewish state in the world – and that’s apparently one too many for Obama.

-- Joseph Farah, March 19 WND column

Some people think Obama’s a Muslim, and that’s why he’s always bending figuratively and sometimes literally to our sworn enemies. Some people believe he’s a Christian, even though he doesn’t attend church, read the Bible or share the typical Christian’s concern for Israel’s survival.

Still, even among that latter group, there are many who wonder what sort of Christian could attend a church for 20 years where the sermons often involved blasphemous attacks on America, and where 9/11 was justified as a case of America’s finally getting its comeuppance.

-- Burt Prelutsky, March 19 WND column

I have said it before, and I will say it again. It’s time that we stop mincing words and call it like it is. We have a president who lied his way into the White House and continues to lie while in office. He is not a Christian. He is a Muslim, through his father and given his Islamic education as a child, as well as his continuing association with black-Muslim despots, Jew-haters like Rev. Louis Farrakhan and a host of others who are well-known for their racism and bigotry. This explains how he acts and does not act with regard to Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the rest of us. Thus far, in the media only Andrea Tantaros of Fox News has raised the issue of Obama’s apparent anti-Semitism, suggesting Obama is a racist and an anti-Semite, plain and simple.

-- Lary Klayman, March 20 WND column

Americans are realizing that Obama’s arrogance and his hatred of the military, like his ambitions for “transformative actions,” know no bounds. What we do not yet know is what price our politicians will pay in 2016 for ignoring their constitutional duty to impeach and remove this increasingly dangerous impostor.

-- Tom Tancredo, March 20 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 9:58 AM EDT
Friday, March 20, 2015
WND's Chumley Freaks Out About EPA Shower Grant
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Cheryl Chumley's March 18 WorldNetDaily article ominously begins: "The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest regulatory push seems to be aimed at monitoring water usage in the nation’s hotels, with the aim of getting guests to 'change [their] behavior,' the text of a federal grant reads."

But rather than actually quoting from the text of said grant, she quotes Rush Limbaugh claiming to read from it, then fearmongering, "The EPA is going to monitor the length of your showers. My point is, if this ever really happens, this not going to stop at hotels. You’re going to have one of these in your house."

If Chumley had bothered to read the grant itself -- which is for a mere $15,000 -- she would know it says no such thing. There is nothing about a "regulatory push" or any mandatory directive; the goal is to "explore the market potential" of a device that would "provide hotel guests with the ability to monitor their daily water online or using a smartphone app, and will assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water."

Chumley's fearmongering was reinforced by a photo accompanying her article of a shower head with a ... thing attached to it:

Actually, that thing is not that non-existent EPA-mandated flow meter -- the grant aims to create a "small size" device. As this website illustratea, it appears to be a filter that removes chlorine from shower water and replaces it with vitamin C.

Given WND's promotion of fluoride conspiracies and editor Joseph Farah's paranoid aversion to fluoride as a "poison" that "accumulates in your body," this is a device we'd be likely to find on the showers in his house.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:28 PM EDT
Thursday, March 19, 2015
WND Buries Its Financial Interest In 'Blood Moons' Battle
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An unbylined March 18 WorldNetDaily article is a lengthy attack on pastor John Hagee for allegedly stealing credit for discovering the "blood moons" -- a series of four lunar eclipses that right-wing evangelicals are trying to link to prophecies involving Israel. In fact, WND claims, "The discovery, however, was made by pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries of Bonney Lake, Washington, seven years ago – a finding he has discussed in his church, on Christian television, at public conferences ever since and which he describes in detail in his own bestselling book, 'Blood Moons,' and a bestselling movie of the same name."

But who published Blitz's "bestselling" (WND doesn't back up the claim with any evidence) book and made that "bestselling" movie? WND did. That's not disclosed until the 23rd paragraph of the article.

The article quotes WND editor Joseph Farah "giving his opinions" on the situation and trashing Hagee: “If anyone thinks they have the complete blood moons story after reading Hagee’s book or seeing his movie, they are sadly mistaken. Biltz’s book and movie contain far more data from NASA and a much more thorough biblical and prophetic analysis. That’s not sour grapes on my part. That is just the unvarnished truth.”

The article also makes the awkward admission that WND "heavily promoted Hagee’s book" along with its own work from Blitz, but insisted that it did so 'because it would bring attention to the subject matter." AS of this writing, Hagee's book is still for sale at the WND store. WND also concedes that "Hagee briefly served as a weekly WND columnist in 2002."

The financial motivation aside, it's actually a fairly well-written article by WND standards -- it actually gets a quote from Hagee about how he found about the "blood moons." But it somehow doesn't warrant having a byline, while Bob Unruh regularly gets one for his egregiously biased and falsehood-filled stenography. Strange.

UPDATE: A new article states that WND has sent a letter to Hagee demanding that he publicly retract his claim to be the "discoverer" of the "blood moons" idea.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:32 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:53 PM EDT
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
WND's Movie Reviewer: 'Cinderella' Lacks Reminders Of 'God's Truth'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily movie reviewer Drew Zahn likes to impose his (and his eemployer's) right-wing Christian agenda on the movies he reviews. His review of the new "Cinderella" movie is no exception. Zahn is a little unhappy that the film doesn't try to clobber young girls over the head with a Christian worldview:

I do have another note of caution, which stems from the fact this is a column not about family-friendly films, but about worldview.

This version of “Cinderella,” for all its commendable virtues, does not flow from a biblical perspective, but offers a moral tale out of a more humanistic persuasion, with a little Disney magic thrown in.

Case in point: At a key point in the set-up, Cinderella’s birth mother asks her, “Who looks after us?”

Now, biblically that answer would be “God,” but Cinderella answers, “Fairy godmothers.”

It’s a minor point, to be sure, but illustrative of the reality that the moral lessons of “Cinderella” are not seasoned with God’s truth.

At another point, Cinderella is told, “This great secret will see you though all perils life has to offer: Have courage and be kind.”

Courage and kindness are virtues, but to these great life questions Cinderella is asked, the answers she’s getting clearly are not coming from the Westminster Catechism.

You might remember that Zahn gave a thumbs-down to the Disney film "Tangled" because it teaches kids how to think for themselves.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:38 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:39 PM EDT
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
WND Adds Benham Brothers As Columnists, Downplays Their Anti-Gay Remarks
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily couldn't be prouder to have David and Jason Benham as columnists, as the March 13 WND article announcing their arrival makes clear. After all, their anti-gay values mesh so very well with those of WND's.

Of course, WND does its best to pretend the Benhams really aren't anti-gay at all; they just believe in "biblical marriage." Let the whitewashing begin:

As WND reported, home-flippers David and Jason Benham were elated when a production company first approached them about starring in their own reality TV show.

Eventually five networks made offers, with HGTV submitting the best: six one-hour episodes, straight to TV, with no pilot episode necessary.

The show was to be called “Flip it Forward” and would feature the Benham brothers transforming fixer-uppers into dream homes for families.

As Christians, they felt graced by God.

Then it crashed. A liberal “watchdog” organization made a campaign of what HGTV already knew – that the brothers believed in the standards established in the Bible regarding marriage, life and more.

It came out in the media, however, as “anti-gay.” And “anti-choice.”

But the show was canceled because of pressure from liberal and progressive interests.

WND will never tell you that the Benhams -- sons of anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham -- are as anti-gay as advertised. Right Wing Watch has documented the Benhams calling homosexuals "destructive," "vile," and controlled by "demonic forces."

The Benhams' inaugural column invokes some of that anti-gay sentiment, if toned down. They complain that "openly gay former major leaguer" Billy Bean "Bean was invited to openly express his views on homosexuality as Major League Baseball’s ambassador of inclusion" while "Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets, a devout Christian, was told he could only talk baseball after he respectfully offered his thoughts when asked about the homosexual lifestyle."

Yep, the Benhams and WND were made for each other.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:35 PM EDT
WND's Newest Lie: Loretta Lynch Is 'Tied to Terrorists, Drug Cartels'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily loves the big lie -- i.e. Obama was born in Kenya and other falsehoods about his "elibibility -- sprinkled amidst numerous smaller lies that come from straight from the top.

WND went the big-lie route in the subhead of a March 14 article by Garth Kant about Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general: "Attorney general nominee tied to terrorists, drug cartels."

That is a bald-faced lie, and WND knows it.

Here is the evidence Kant presents purporting to back up  that false claim:

But behind the scenes, the sudden change of hearts also may be due to a WND expose about allegations that Lynch covered-up money laundering by drug lords and terrorists.

WND has chronicled in great detail charges that Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 2012, arranged a mere slap-on-the-wrist settlement with the world’s second-largest bank, HSBC, for laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists.

The wrist-slap $1.9 billion fine paid to the U.S. government, and an admission of “willful criminal conduct,” allowed HSBC to enter into a “deferred prosecution” settlement, which ended the investigation and stopped the filing of criminal charges.

At no point has WND ever documented that Lynch is "tied" to terrorists or drug cartels. Lynch's work to achieve a monetary settlement instead of a criminal prosecution does not equal "covering up" for "drug lords and terrorists." And HSBC's $1.9 billion fine is hardly a "wrist-slap" as Kant claims; it was a record fine at when it was imposed in 2012.

Kant is so completely down with the big lie that he repeated it in the body of his March 16 article, referencing "WND’s revelations about Lynch’s ties to terrorists and drug lords."

WND has been pushing Lynch's link to the HSBC settlement in a desperate attempt to promote another lie: that it broke the HSBC story. As we've documented, it didn't -- WND's initial reports on HSBC actually acknowledged earlier reporting.

But with this claim, WND appears to be blowing past your garden-variety lie and straight to libel. Lynch should check with a lawyer to see if she has a case -- and WND might want to consult an attorney to formulate a defense.

There are many good reasons nobody believes WND, and this kind of deliberate, malicious libel is just one of them.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:14 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:19 AM EDT
Monday, March 16, 2015
WND's Klein Sets Up Blame Game for Netanyahu Loss
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The WorldNetDaily coverage of the upcoming Israeli elections by Jerusalem-based reprter Aaron Klein has been not only sparse -- since March 1, he has written only three articles on it, even though the election is tomorrow -- it has been very narrow, focused only on the issue of American political operatives who once worked for President Obama's campaign and now working for the anti-Netanyahu coalition.

As befits his history of championing Netanyahu over the years, Klein's work comes off as press releases for the Netanyahu campaign. He does it again in a March 14 article in which once again helps Netanyahu play the victim card once again by suggesting the Obama administration is directly involved in the anti-Netayahu effort -- something he has no direct evidence of.

As we've noted, Klein conveniently ignores the fact that U.S. Republican operatives are working for Netanyahu's campaign. Additionally, as Josh Marshall points out, Netanyahu benefits from the existence of the Israel Hayom newspaper, a popular but money-losing newspaper in Israel founded by American casino magnate (and right-wing moneybags) Sheldon Adelson to promote Netanyahu and his policies.

Klein once again promotes the more-than-vaguely-racist idea that Arabs in Israel shouldn't be mobilized to vote because "Israeli election trends have long demonstrated that Arab citizens vote overwhelmingly for left-wing and Arab parties. Any increase in the Arab vote would clearly come at the expense of the Likud Party and other right-wing parties."

There's much more going on in the Israeli election than Klein will ever tell you at WND -- and that may explain his reporting strategy.

Wwe've previously reported that Netanyahu and his Likud party have been embroiled in numerous controversies that may cost them the election -- something Klein has completely censored in his WND reporting. Indeed, the most recent polling shows Likud slightly behind.

By focusing solely (and disingenuously) on the issue of foreign anti-Netanyahu operatives, Klein appears to be setting up the narrative that if Netanyahu and Likud lose, it's the fault of those operatives. It's something that Klein can apparently get a lot of stories out of, and promoting this conspiracy theory is apparently easier for him than, you know, doing real reporting about what is actually happening in the election.

Remember, Klein is a right-wing extremist who has expressed sympathy for the far-right views of Meir Kahane and who has repeatedly used his reporting to advance the agenda of right-wing elements in Israel. That appears to be what he's doing here as well.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:45 AM EDT

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