CNS Attacks Catholic Official for Taking Ambassador Job Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.com has a habit of demanding that Catholics in public life put their religion ahead of their country. That continues with a Dec. 6 article by Michael Chapman:
Ken Hackett, the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, previously headed the non-profit charity Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. government grants each year, and which paid him $384,013 in total compensation in 2011. He received similar compensation in earlier years.
Yes, that's the gist of Chapman's story -- a Catholic was well-compensated before accepting a job as an ambassador to the Vatican.
Chapman then undermines his attack by pointing out the large sums of money Catholic Relief Services receives -- more than $822 million in 2011 alone.
By contrast, Chapman's Media Research Center boss, Brent Bozell, makes more than $400,000 a year despite the MRC having only $11 million in assets. It seems that Catholic Relief Services got a good bargain in a leader compared to the MRC.
Chapman also plays the MRC game of religious Heathering, suggesting that Hackett is insufficiently Catholic because he donated a small amount of money to Obama's campaign:
Despite the Obama administration’s promotion of abortion on demand and same-sex-marriage, as well as the Obamacare regulation it issued mandating that health plans provide cost-free coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs (which the Catholic bishops have declared “unjust and illegal” and a “violation of personal civil rights”), Ambassador Hackett told the National Catholic Register: “I don’t have a problem representing this administration.”
This is nothing more than a partisan political attack dressed in religious overtones.
If you read CNSNews.com today, you would never know that there was good news in the latest unemployment numbers -- a drop in the jobless rate from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent, and 203,000 new jobs created.
CNS produced three stories on the new numbers, none of which promote the good news. Here are the headlines:
These articles again state that "The business and economic reporting of CNSNews.com is funded in part with a gift made in memory of Dr. Keith C. Wold." Is CNS' blatant bias and dishonesty in reporting jobless statistics -- a staple of CNS' work in the past year -- what Wold really paid for?
Terry Jeffrey's Laughably Simplistic View of Illegal Immigration Topic: CNSNews.com
Here's what CNS editor Terry Jeffrey thinks the immigration issue boils down to, according to his Dec. 4 column:
Daniel and Samuel were both born in Monterrey, Mexico on the same day in 1990 and baptized by the same priest two Sundays later.
Both attended the same primary and secondary schools. Both dreamed of some day moving to the United States. But there the similarity ends.
Samuel dropped out of school in tenth grade. Daniel graduated from secondary school, went on to the university and graduated at the top of his class.
The last time Samuel ever walked through the door of a church is when he walked out of one just after receiving the sacrament of confirmation. Daniel served as an altar boy and attends Mass every Sunday, every holy day and often on other days as well.
After dropping out of school, Samuel held a series of jobs, doing unskilled labor. After graduating from college, Daniel took a teaching job at a local high school and attended graduate school at night, hoping eventually to earn a doctorate in history.
Daniel is habitually honest. In keeping with his religious faith, he would never knowingly break a law unless it was plainly an unjust law — such as one that required him to discriminate against somebody because of their race or to pay for an abortion.
Daniel — also because of his fundamental beliefs — consciously discovered as an adult what he instinctively knew as a child: He was a conservative, who embraced work and family along with his faith.
Samuel was not particularly concerned with any of these things.
At the age of 23, both Samuel and Daniel still dreamed of moving to the United States.
Which of these two hypothetical men would be more likely to illegally cross the U.S. border and illegally work and settle in the United States?
Daniel, considering his true and deeply held moral and religious convictions, could never identify with or lean toward a political party dedicated to the legalized killing of unborn babies and state-sanctioned same-sex marriage.
Since the majority of "unauthorized" Latino immigrants do lean toward a party dedicated to these things, this also seems to suggest Daniel would not be the man to illegally immigrate to the United States.
So, according to Jeffrey, illegal immigrants aren't just uneducated, they're not Christian. Never mind that he has no proof of this -- to the contrary, the vast majority of immigrants, documented and undocumented, are Christian or likely to become one.
In fact, there are probably a few undocumented immigrants that attend whatever church Jeffrey attends -- but he probably doesn't know because they are unlikely to speak up lest they someone like Jeffrey reports them to the authorities.
Jeffrey's laughably simplistic view of immigration demonstrates how much he places right-wing ideology over reality.
Bias: CNS Quotes Only Right-Wing Catholic Critics of Cardinal Dolan Topic: CNSNews.com
Barbara Hollingsworth kicks off her Dec. 3 CNSNews.com article by stating:
A number of prominent lay Catholics are taking issue with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that were it not for the Obamacare's treatment of abortion, undocumented immigrants and provisions that require they violate the "dictates of our conscience," Catholics would be among the loudest “cheerleaders” for Obamacare.
But Hollingsworth quotes only right-wing catholic who criticize Dolan, one of whom is her boss, Brent Bozell.
Hollingsworth might want to check CNS' mission statement, which calls for her to "fairly present all legitimate sides of a story." Or did Hollingsworth decide that any support for Obamacare is somehow illegitimate?
As with CNS' previous Levin stenography, none of them disclose that CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, has a business relationship with Levin that includes Levin promoting the MRC on his radio show and CNS promoting Levin's logrolling blurb.
CNS' Starr Upset Obama Acknowledged That Gays Exist Topic: CNSNews.com
Penny Starr is CNSNews.com's most homophobic reporter -- we've recently caught her putting the sexual orientation of two Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients before their accomplishments and freaking out over the State Department holding a "Transgender Day of Remembrance."
the hate continues in a Nov. 27 CNS article in which she tsk-tsks that President Obama acknowledged gays in his Thanksgiving proclamation:
In his annual proclamation on Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama signals his endorsement of same-sex couples – “no matter who we are or who we love” all Americans are alike, Obama wrote in remarks posted Tuesday at Whitehouse.gov.
“Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings – the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,” Obama wrote. “This tradition reminds us that no matter what our background or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are first and foremost Americans.”
CNS' Starr Frowns On State Department's 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' Topic: CNSNews.com
Last week, CNSNews.com's Penny Starr was gay-baiting recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by obsessing over the sexual orientation of two of them.
Starr followed that up with a Nov. 22 article freaking out over Secretary of State John Kerry marking a "Transgender Day of Remembrance."
While Starr played it straight and didn't report any anti-gay tirades, she's so anti-gay herself that this story's existence is a demonstration of her disapproval of the "Transgender Day of Remembrance."
Has CNS ever considered keeping reporters with strong personal views on certain subjects -- as Starr clearly does on gays and abortion -- from reporting "news" articles on those subjects? Apparently not, even though that's the standard CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, demands of the "liberal media."
CNS Obsesses Over Obama Photo Shoot From 6 Years Ago Topic: CNSNews.com
Yes, CNSNews.com really did devote a Nov. 21 article by Barbara Boland to this subject:
On June 20, 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.), who was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination at the time, hosted a “portrait session” in his U.S. Senate office where he posed for and with Terry Richardson, a man already well-known, as the flyleaf of a coffee-table collection of his work put it, as the photographer who “took 1970s porn esthetic and made it fashion chic.”
Not just your average article, mind you -- Boland cranks out nearly 2,000 words to complain about Richardson's photographic career, complete with pictures of photos from a Richardson artbook complete with pink sticky notes covering the naughty bits.
But why bother to do this article in the first place? This is the kind of desperate, petty guilt-by-association smear that belongs in the waning days of a campaign (like CNS' failed freakout over sexual content in novels written by Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb in 2006, apparently unable to separate fiction from reality), not hurled at a president who won re-election and will never run for office again.
Boland made clear in her article that she really wants some answers to her petty attack, dammit:
CNSNews.com also sent the following questions to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
1) Was then-Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign or Senate staff familiar with Terry Richardson reputation for “porn chic” photography before they scheduled Obama’s 2007 “portrait session” with Richardson? If not, why not?
2) Does President Obama regret that the campaign let that “portrait session” take place?
3) Does President Obama believe that Terry Richardson’s photography degrades women?
4) Given the credibility he helped give to Richardson by posing for and with him, do you believe President Obama should express regret for having done so given the sexually graphic nature of Richardson’s photography and the way he presents women?
Despite several phone calls and e-mails over the course of four days, the White House did not respond.
Boland appears not tyo have considered the possibility that the White House saw her attempt to smear Obama for what it was and treated her inquiry with the lack of respect it deserved.
CNS' Starr Gay-Baits on Medal of Freedom Recipients Topic: CNSNews.com
Penny Starr knows how to cater to the homophobes that read CNSNews.com. Thus, we have a Nov. 21 article from her that carries the headline "Obama Honors Gay Socialist and Lesbian Astronaut" and begins like this:
President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – to 16 people, including a homosexual who led the socialist party in the United States and astronaut Sally Ride, whose partner “outed” her as a lesbian in Ride’s obituary last year.
As far as Starr is concerned, the only possible reason Obama could have honored Bayard Rustin and Ride is because they were gay -- not because of what they achieved (Rustin's civil rights activism, Ride as the first female astronaut).
But that anti-gay obsession serves her well in her job -- her employer does have an anti-gay agenda, after all.
CNS Complains Obama's Tribute to Lincoln Is Longer Than Gettysburg Address Topic: CNSNews.com
Susan Jones really did write this in a Nov. 20 CNSNews.com blog post:
One hundred fifty years after President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned a handwritten tribute to President Lincoln's historic remarks, the White House blogged on Wednesday.
Notably, Obama's 276-word essay is seven words longer than Lincoln's memorable speech, based on the 269-word version transmitted by the Associated Press 150 years ago.
That's right -- Jones is complaining that Obama's tribute to Lincoln is longer than the Gettysburg Address.
Has Jones nothing better to do with her life -- and hates Obama so much -- that she has time to write such a petty, mincing criticism of the president? Has Jones no pride in journalism, or is she so slavishly devoted to right-wing ideology that she eagerly pawns off partisan attacks as "news"?
Even for an Obama-deranged right-wing outlet like CNS, this is pretty pathetic.
CNS Hides Ideology of Group Whose Study It Touts Topic: CNSNews.com
Barbara Hollingsworth writes in a Nov. 18 CNSNews.com article:
The cumulative effect of three “economically significant government regulations” is a 20 percent reduction in employment in the targeted industry, according to a new study by the American Action Forum (AAF).
“Economically significant” regulations are defined by federal agencies as those having a net annual effect on the U.S. economy of $100 million or more.
Unlike past studies, which tended to focus on how individual regulations affected specific industries or particular geographic areas, “we looked at the cumulative effects of many regulations over time,” Sam Batkins, AAF’s director of regulatory policy and author of the study, told CNSNews.com. (See AAF research regulations and jobs.pdf)
Curiously, Hollingsworth never tells us what the American Action Forum is. Turns out it's a group headed by conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
A real reporter would have disclosed the AAF's ideology. Hollingsworth apparently isn't into that.
CNS Promotes Mark Levin, Won't Disclose It's Paying Him Topic: CNSNews.com
Mark Levin is sure making its way to CNSNews.com a lot lately:
A Nov. 15 blog post by Craig Bannister touted an appearance by Sen. Ted Cruz on Levin's radio show.
A Nov. 18 article by James Beattie promoted an anti-Obama rant by Levin.
Neither article discloses that CNS, through its Media Research Center parent, has a financial relationship in which Levin promotes the MRC on his radio show and the MRC uses Levin's endorsement on its network of websites. In fact, CNS has prominently placed on its front page an offer featuring Levin's picture in which one can obtain a "Free Bumper Sticker!" The signup page includes quotes from Levin praising CNS: "The left-wing media in this country are so out-of-control. That’s why I read CNSNews.com every day for news that I can trust."
That's a textbook example of a conflict of interest. Journalistic ethics demands that CNS properly disclose its relationship with Levin in articles about him.
UPDATE: Beattie faithfully transcribes another Levin rant in a Nov. 19 post, which also fails to disclose Levin's business relationship with the MRC.
CNS Is Unhappy That Gays Are Allowed To Ride Trains Topic: CNSNews.com
Eric Scheiner sounds a bit appalled in a Nov. 15 CNSNews.com article:
Amtrak has announced the launch of three microsites targeting specific segments of the population: MyBlackJourney.com, AmtrackRideWithPride.com and DescrubeNotreAmerica.com.
In an Amtrak news release, the government-funded intercity train service company says the new websites launched last week, “provide connections to Hispanic, African and LGBT travelers.”
“AmtrakRideWithPride.com speaks to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) traveler. The site is loaded with photos, testimonials and blog posts from Amtrak’s LGBT editor Mark Mastro,” the release says.
It's unclear from the tone of the article whether Scheiner is appalled that gays are allowed to ride trains or if he thinks Amtrak should not engage in the type of niche marketing every other business does.
Given that, as Scheiner concedes, "Amtrak received $1.3 billion in government funding for 2013," he should be happy that Amtrak is trying to expand its reach, even if it's to those dreaded homosexuals Scheiner apparently despises enough to be concerned that they might sitting next to him on a train.