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Friday, April 17, 2015
CNS Getting Story Cues From WND?

The creeping WorldNetDaily-ization of the Media Research Center is continuing.

Here's an unbylined April 15 WND article:

The leading Roman Catholic exorcist is calling out the Islamic State, naming it as Satan manifested on Earth.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 90, founder of the International Association of Exorcists, has taken to Facebook to confront the Muslim group terrorizing Syria and Iraq and rapidly spreading its influence throughout the Muslim world, reported the Catholic News Agency.

“ISIS is Satan,” the priest posted on the social-media site.

“Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this Earth.

The shocking truth about ISIS – Eye-opening new e-book on maniacal ‘Islamic State’ FREE to WND readers!

“There are only two spiritual realms: The Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit,” Father Amorth said, adding the demonic enters in “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil.

“As a Christian I fight the beast spiritually,” he said.

CNS' Lauretta Brown apparently saw that story and decided to do her own version the next day:

Father Gabriele Amorth, a high-profile exorcist for the diocese of Rome, Italy, said in a Facebook post last week that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “is Satan.” He also lamented the West’s lack of response to the threat of ISIS.

"ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth,” Amorth wrote on April 8, according to a translation provided by Catholic News Agency (CNA).

“There are only two spiritual realms: The Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit,” he continued.

Amorth said the demonic spirit enters “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil. As a Christian I fight the beast spiritually.”

Why is CNS getting its story ideas from WND?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:55 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:40 PM EDT
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
CNS Managing Editor Now Promotes Ted Cruz's Dad

Franklin Graham is not the only extremist evangelical managing editor Michael W. Chapman has taken a fancy to.

Following Ted Cruz's announcement of his presidential bid, Chapman has written two posts uncritically promoting the words of his father, evangelist Rafael Cruz:

Chapman is silent about the elder Cruz's history of saying incendiary and hateful things. Instead, Chapman touts how Cruz "fought against the Communists in Cuba, was arrested there and tortured," as if that was an excuse.

As with Graham's utterings, how any of this qualifies as "news" in Chapman's eyes is anyone's guess. Plus, note that both of these Cruz posts appeared after his son announced his presidential bid; it could be argued that Chapman is engaging in a little bit of unethical electioneering for Ted Cruz by promoting his father.

Not only is what Chapman doing unethical in a journalistic context, it may also be illegal, given the nonprofit status of CNS' parent, the Media Research Center, and the restriction on political activities that status confers. The "brink of destruction" post can be read as an implicit endorsement of Ted Cruz's campaign, given how Chapman dutifully quotes how the elder Cruz complains that "We have the most lawless administration we have ever had, where the rule of law, the Constitution is trampled every day."

CNS, it seems, is merely an arm of the MRC's political operation and not any sort of independent "news" organization, and Chapman appears determined to keep it that way.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:17 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
CNS Managing Editor Still Serving As Franklin Graham's PR Guy
Topic: managing editor Michael Chapman has added a couple more items in his quest to serve as Franklin Graham's PR agent:

For those keeping track at home, of the 72 articles Chapman has written for CNS since Jan. 1, 29 of them focus on Graham.

Chapman has yet to publicly explain why he thinks apparently everything Graham says is newsworthy. Nor has he said whether he has any sort of agreement with Graham in which he's compensated for giving so much attention to Graham's utterances.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:53 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
CNS' Hunter Is Still Obsessed With LGBT-Related Federal Spending
Topic: deputy managing editor Melanie Hunter is not done cherry-picking LGBT-related items in the federal budget she considers a waste of money.

Hunter dropped a pair of articles on April 2:

$133,920 Federal Study Examines LGBT Families

$199,080 NIH Grant for ‘Peer Advocates’ for Rural LGBT People

As usual, Hunter does not explain why she considers the expenditures a waste of money, something she has made clear by her singling them out.

Of the 15 articles Hunter has written since Jan. 1 on specific examples of federal spending, 12 of them focus on LGBT issues.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:18 PM EDT
Saturday, April 4, 2015
CNS Unemployment Numbers Distortion Watch

Ali Meyer does CNS' dirty work again in distorting the monthly unemployment numbers, ignoring any good news to once again cherry-pick the bad news:

Record 56,131,000 Women Not in Labor Force; Women's Labor Force Participation Matches 27-Year Low

Record 12,202,000 Black Americans Not in Labor Force

Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time; 62.7% Labor Force Participation Matches 37-Year Low

Meyer couldn't find room in any of the three articles she wrote to mention that 126,000 jobs were created in March -- even though the number is considered a disappointment and, thus, ripe for CNS' bad-news-only approach to unemployment under the Obama administration.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:37 PM EDT
Friday, April 3, 2015
CNS Readers Call DC Delegate A 'Whore' For Being Pro-Choice

As we've observed, it seems that publishes articles on certain subjects for the express purpose of letting its readers vent their anger and hatred.

So it appears in an April 2 CNS article by Lauretta Brown featuring a statement by District of Columbia congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton that "Nothing is more under attack than reproductive choice in America today.Among the comments on the article are these:

  • Stupid ignorant wh*ore.
  • Iran is getting nukes and this whore is worried about contraception??? F*CK her and the PC crowd we have a Country to save!!!

As of this writing, the comments have remained posted for 19 hours, which means that either CNS' comment-monitoring  is lax or nonexistent or that CNS considers such a vile, degrading insult to be acceptable discourse in its comment threads.

Perhaps someone at CNS would like to explain.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:08 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
CNS Managing Editor Is Weirdly Obsessed With Promoting Franklin Graham
Topic: managing editor Michael W. Chapman is quite the fanboy of right-wing evangelist Franklin Graham.

How much so? Since Jan. 1, Chapman has devoted a whopping 25 CNS articles and blog posts to Graham's musings, particularly has anti-Muslim and anti-Obama rantings. That's greater sycophancy that CNS devotes to Mark Levin, and CNS (along with its parent, the Media Research Center) has a business deal with Levin to promote each other that at least somewhat justifies the logrolling.

It also accounts for more than one-third of the 69 total articles Chapman has written since Jan. 1.

Here are how Chapman's fawning stenography of Graham stacks up:

Rev. Graham: Pence Attacked by LGBT & 'Liberal Media Who Don't Want Christians' Freedoms Protected'

Rev. Graham: ‘Don’t Shut Up!’ – ‘Homosexuality is Wrong’ & Abortion is ‘A Sin Against God, It’s Murder’

Rev. Graham: America 'Has Turned Its Back on God' -- 'When Nations Do This, Their End Is Near'

Rev. Graham: Biblical ‘End Times’ Predict ‘Distress of Nations,’ Which ‘Is Certainly the Case Today’

Rev. Graham: Obama, Holder Pushing a 'New Morality That Does Not Include God' -- 'An Anti-Christ Movement'

Rev. Graham: ‘We're Losing Our Country … The Foundations of This Country Are Collapsing'

Rev. Graham: Christians ‘Being Slaughtered by The Muslims' Who 'Are Emulating the Prophet'

Rev. Graham to Obama: ‘Wake Up to The Very Real Threat of Islam’!

Rev. Graham: 'Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic' Muslims Influencing WH Against Netanyahu

Rev. Graham: ‘Washington Has Been Infiltrated by Muslims Who Are Advising the White House’

Rev. Graham: America is 'Morally Crumbling Within ... We Have Turned Our Back on God'

Rev. Graham: 'Muslim Terrorist' Al-Shabaab Threatens Malls, Will Obama Call Them 'Islamic Terrorists'?

Rev. Graham: ‘Mohammed is Dead and Buried…Christ is Alive,’ ‘Do you Want to Follow the Dead or the Living?’

Rev. Graham: Obama ‘Ignoring These Are Islamic Extremists' 'Bent on Destroying the West’ – ‘He’s Given a Pass to Islam’

Rev. Graham: Islamic State’s ‘Ultimate Agenda’ is to Hasten ‘A Final Apocalypse’

Rev. Graham: ‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? … The Storm is Coming’

Rev. Graham: ‘Muslim Immigrants’ Are ‘Importing Their Hatred of Jews and Christians’ into Europe

Rev. Graham to Obama: Unlike Christ, Mohammed ‘Killed Many Innocent People' - His 'True Followers' Emulate Him

Rev. Graham: ‘Who Says We Can’t Be in Politics? The Gays and Lesbians Are in Politics,’ ‘The Anti-God People Are'

Rev. Graham: Secularists Are ‘Anti-Christ’ and ‘They’ve Taken Control of Washington’

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam is Not a Peaceful Religion…They Butcher, They Behead People’

Rev. Graham:‘This Country Was Built on Christian Principles' Not Islam

Rev. Graham: ‘Islam Is Not a Religion of Peace … It Is a Violent Form of Faith’

Rev. Graham: End the Muslim Call to Prayer Policy at Duke University

Franklin Graham: America's ‘Culture of Death’ Stems From a 'Sinful, Godless Worldview That Rejects Christ’

You'd think the managing editor of a website would have better things to do than obsessively clipping a right-wing evangelist -- and a Protestant one at that, presumably much to the chagrin of his uber-Catholic bosses such as Brent Bozell and Terry Jeffrey -- but apparently his job doesn't keep him busy enough.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:38 AM EDT
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Meet Aryeh Spero, The Jewish Bradlee Dean

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is apparently the Jewish Bradlee Dean -- a liar with a severe case of Obama derangement.

That's the impression we get from  Spero's March 30 column, which begins with this load of derangement:

Much has been said about the strange behavior of Barack Obama, who can’t let a day go without maligning Israel and Mr. Netanyahu. In contrast, he displays friendship to a thug and anti-Semite like Erdogan of Turkey, palled around with the deceased communist Hugo Chavez and keeps standing-up for the Iranian mullahs who want to kill us all or make us slaves to Islam. 

Spero then rants:

This last week, Barack Obama published classified information showing the world photographs of Israel’s hidden nuclear site, and its inner workings. It was his gift to Iran, Hamas and ISIS. This puts Israel and her citizens, not just Mr. Netanyahu, at great risk.

Actually, as we've detailed, the document in question was not "published" by Obama but, rather, released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request only after a longfight by the Defense Department and only after clearing it with Israel first.

Spero then advances to out-and-out lying:

During a meeting at the White House in 2009, Obama stated early-on that “it’s time to put day-light between Israel and America.” This was done before Obama had even met Benjamin Netanyahu.

We couldn't find any news report where Obama is directly quoted as saying, "it’s time to put day-light between Israel and America," which means Spero made it up. It's apparently based on a statement Obama reportedly made:

"Look at the past eight years," he said, referring to the George W. Bush administration's relationship with Israel. "During those eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states."

An Obama aide said that "The case he was trying to make was that the United States will be a better partner to Israel if it has more credibility with the Arab states, that we will be a better, more useful friend to Israel if we have more friends in the Arab world."

Spero claims that Obama "had his young underlings call Israel a “racist” state," but he offers no example of this. Spero apparently missed Netanyahu's racist appeal to his supporters in the recent election by warning that Arabs were "voting in droves."

Spero also claims that Obama "has taken Hezbollah and Iran off our list of terror organizations," which, again, never happened.

Spero tells another lie: "He prohibited flights to Israel for almost two days during her recent defensive war against Hamas missiles being shot from Gaza. He has not done this in other war zones." In fact, at the time of that prohibition -- made by the Federal Aviation Administration, not Obama -- U.S. aircraft were prohibited from flying over six other areas in the world.

Then, it was time for more Obama derangement:

Obama’s inner identity is tied to Islam. We all identify with the ethos of our formative years. His father and step-father were Islamic, as is his family back in Kenya and Indonesia. His brothers are active Islamists. He was raised on the Koran in Islamic countries, he attended Islamic madrassa, and he grew up with its attitudes, sights and sounds, aspirations and narrative, likes and dislikes. As I grew-up to favor Israel, he grew-up to dislike it. Simple as that. Most of my Christian friends, Bible believers, were also raised with the biblical narrative, which admires Israel’s place in our theology and in the cosmos.

The Marxism Obama was fed, from very early-on, made him viscerally dislike successful western countries, such as America, Israel, and Britain. He was taught they were colonizers and imperialist. Yet, he finds nothing imperialistic or colonizing about Islam’s takeover, throughout the centuries, of northern and central Africa, Lebanon, Babylon and Persian, the Balkans, the Mediterranean areas, Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of Asia, vast tracks of what was India, and countless Christian  and Hindu neighborhoods and cities. Not to see colonialism and imperialism in these conquests, tells us a lot about Obama’s perspective. Love is blind. We don’t see flaws in that and those we love. But, we sure see them, always, in that which we dislike. Obama’s dislike for a strong, independent, proud Jewish renaissance in the Holy Land predates Netanyahu. As with America, the next two years will be difficult, for Obama has set his antagonistic sights on America and Israel … as well as its citizens. Obama has spent the last 50 years waiting for these next two.

Apparently, CNS does not fact-check what its columnists write; otherwise, this would have never been published. Is CNS trying to become WorldNetDaily, which publishes Bradlee Dean?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:19 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:25 PM EDT
Friday, March 27, 2015
CNS Keeps Fretting Over High Beef Prices, Still Won't Explain Why They're High

Ali Meyer writes in a March 24 article:

The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high in February, hitting $4.238 per pound, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In August 2014, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, according to the BLS.

But as she with a similar story last month, Meyer failed to explain why ground beef prices are high: a years-long drought in Texas and the Midwest that shrank the U.S. cattle herd in 2014 to its smallest size since 1952.

Last year, Meyer wrote several CNS articles on high beef prices that all failed to explain why it is so.

Instead, Meyer wants to suggest that the Obama administration is somehow to blame for this. Last time we checked, Obama doesn't control the weather, however much some right-wingers might think so.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:40 PM EDT
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
'Dancing With The Stars' Is Bigger News At CNS Than GOP Congressman's Resignation Over Corruption

Rep. Aaron Schock was a rising star in Republican circles, and had no problem promoting him. Last September, for instances, CNS devoted original articles to Schock pontificating about how Christians are "in the majority" in the U.S. and that President Obama does not need congressional authorization to take military action against ISIL. In November, CNS penned an article on Schock attacking Obamacare.

Schock resigned his congressional seat over questions about his lavish spending, but CNS is not terribly interested in reporting it. So much so, in fact, that it does not even consider the event to be front-page news.

A screenshot of the top of CNS' front page taken at around 6:30 p.m. ET on March 17 -- a couple hours after Schock's resignation -- shows that a breaking-news banner was devoted to the Israeli election but no mention of Schock's resignation. There is, however, an article about the new season of "Dancing with the Stars." So, apparently, CNS considers a TV show about dancing celebrities to be more important than a congressman's resignation.

Another screenshot of the front page taken around 10 a.m. ET March 18 shows a breaking-news banner for an attack on a museum in Tunisia -- but, again, no Schock. The "Dancing With the Stars" article has fallen off the list, but this update, like the earlier one, includes the latest rant from dishonest anti-abortion extremist Lila Rose.

CNS subscribes to the Associated Press, and it did publish an AP article on Schock's resignation on March 17 -- it simply did not think the story warranted front-page coverage. But unless you burrow way down into CNS' Washington page, you won't find it.

The only original coverage of Schock's resignation to be found on any MRC website is a post on the MRCTV blog.

It seems that CNS will report on Republican members of Congress only if they are feeding the agenda of CNS and its parent, the Media Research Center. And if you are corrupt and have to resign because of it, CNS will cover it up to preserve the Republican brand.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:08 AM EDT
Monday, March 16, 2015
NEW ARTICLE: Why Does CNS Hate Gays So Much?
Topic: loves to publish anti-gay articles, then allow its readers to spew their anti-gay hatred in comments sections. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 9:18 PM EDT
Saturday, March 14, 2015
CNS Still Privileges Alveda King With Unearned 'Dr.' Title
Topic: loves to privilege Alveda King with the "Dr." title, even though her doctorate is honorary (from Saint Anselm College) and not earned. It did so again twice this past week.

A March 9 CNS article by Penny Starr puts "Dr. Alveda King" right in the headline, and Starr herself gives her the "Dr." title in the article. There's also a photo of King with the grating caption "Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

A March 13 column by King carries the "Dr. Alveda King" byline, plus a bio tag at the end stating "Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Actually, unlike Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr. earned his doctorate, from Boston University.

If CNS had any journalistic integrity, it would reject Alveda King's blatantly dishonest efforts to inflate her credentials to portray herself as an equal of her uncle. But then, CNS' right-wing agenda has little to do with journalistic integrity.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, March 15, 2015 9:53 AM EDT
Friday, March 13, 2015
CNS' Starr Thinks It's News That Sexual Orientation Can Change Over Time

This is the entirety of a March 13 article by Penny Starr:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America tells teens on its website that it “can take a long time” to determine one’s “sexual orientation or gender identity.”

"Sexual orientation describes which gender(s) you're attracted to, sexually and/or romantically," says Planned Parenthood's "All About LGBTQ at a Glance" webpage. "Sometimes a person's sexual orientation changes over time, but people can't choose or decided to change who they're attracted to."

“It can take many years for people to understand their sexual orientation, and it can change over your lifetime — so a lot of people call themselves questioning, which means they aren’t sure about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is common — especially for teens,” the website states.

"LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning," says the webpage.

That's it. There's no explanation why of Starr finds this to be "news," or even that it's somehow a change from previous information provided by Planned Parenthood or any other credible organization on the subject (it's not). 

The important thing about this article is what's not in it: It does contradict right-wing opinion that choosing to be something other than a heterosexual is a conscious choice and nothing more than a "lifestyle" that can be easily changed on a whim. It's nothing but a dog whistle for CNS readers, who have fulfilled their end of the deal by filling the article's comment thread with anti-gay vitriol.

Indeed, CNS gave away the game when it tweeted out a link to Starr's article with the added comment, "Homosexual by Choice?"

Just a few days ago, Starr's fellow CNS reporter Barbara Hollingsworth fretted that "Psychology Today announced last week that it will no longer accept ads from therapists who offer 'conversion therapy' or 'reparative therapy' to gays who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle." As could be expected, she devoted much more space to those who oppose the decision than to those who say such "reparative therapy" is harmful.

If Starr wanted to do real reporting, she would have done a lot more than she did. But these four paragraphs shows she's simply regurgitating her employer's anti-gay agenda rather than being a journalist. 

Posted by Terry K. at 6:01 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, March 13, 2015 6:09 PM EDT
CNS' Hunter Continues Her Obsession With LGBT-Related Federal Spending

Hey, look, deputy managing editor Melanie Hunter has found yet another example of LGBT-related federal spending she has deemed wasteful:

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $228,425 to the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (translated it means Cayetano Heredia University), a private university in Lima, Peru, to study syphilis among gay men in that country.

This makes 10 articles Hunter has written since December on supposedly wasteful LGBT-related spending, versus two articles on non-LGBT spending during that same time period.

Hunter has yet to publicly explain her disproportionate focus on LGBT-related spending or whether she has found any such spending she doesn't consider to be a waste of money.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:10 AM EDT
Thursday, March 12, 2015
CNS' Jeffrey Forgets Who Was President When Most Gitmo Detainees Who Returned To Terrorism Were Released

In a March 7 article, CNS editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey writes about how "The Director of National Intelligence released a report this week indicating that the United States has 'confirmed' that 116 detainees "transferred" out of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, subsequently reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities." Jeffrey then tries to blame President Obama for this, noting that "Two days after he first took office in 2009, President Obama issued an executive order calling for Guantanamo to be closed. That order also called for officials to review what should be done with each individual transferred from the prison."

But it's not until the 23rd paragraph of his article that Jeffrey admits (grudging, in parentheses) that the recidivism rate for detainees released under Obama is lower than it used to be:

(The percentage of Guantanamo detainees released after President Obama's executive order who have been confirmed to have returned to terrorist or insurgent activity has been less thus far--5.2 percent--than it has been for detainees released before the executive order, which is 17.9 percent.)

Jeffrey curiously doesn't mention who was president before Obama and, thus, the president with the higher recidivism rate: Republican George W. Bush. In fact, Bush's name appears nowhere in Jeffrey's article, even though he repeatedly names Obama and publishes Republican criticism of Obama's Gitmo release policy.

Jeffrey doesn't seem to want to let inconvenient facts interfere with his politically motivated attack on Obama disguised as "news."

Posted by Terry K. at 11:52 AM EDT

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