WorldNetDaily's business web site partner picks up a few of WND's anti-gay habits.
By Terry Krepel
There hasn't been much to write about BizNetDaily, the web site WorldNetDaily does in partnership with Christian business magazine Business Reform, since its creation in early 2003, mainly because little original reporting actually happens there. The news items are all outside links; the rest of the content is filled with advice and commentary.
But as ConWebWatch has previously noted, WorldNetDaily has an anti-gay streak, and now Business Reform is starting to push that agenda, as a couple recent articles illustrate.
The list offers such descriptions of the list members as:
The article also offers the top 10 "anti-gay" companies (and here, that's a good thing):
Another article is subscription only, and only the first few paragraphs are on Business Reform's web site. But you don't need to read it all to get the gist. Here's the first paragraph:
There are two enemies facing you as a Christian businessperson today. The first is the media. The other is the homosexual agenda, which leads the other by the nose. And, as in so many wars for the hearts, minds, and wallets of men, these two primary opponents are working in unison to put you out of business and claim the culture at large for their own.
The promotional link to this article reads, "Governmental mandates for hiring homosexuals? The day is approaching sooner than you might think. Learn how to stem the tide."
We didn't feel like paying $38.95 to read the rest. On the other hand, it might be worth the money to see just how much the magazine regrets naming scandal-ridden former WorldCom chairman Bernie Ebbers the "all time greatest Christian Entrepreneur" in a article a couple years back.
Beyond stories like these, BizNetDaily’s original business-related commentary is generally conservative, anti-government and anti-tax, occasionally citing Bible verses, as befits conservative publications like WND and Business Reform. But its columnists have deviated from that line on occasion to offer dubious observations. Steve Marr, "former CEO of the fourth largest import-export firm in the U.S.," has suggested that abortion is to blame for the financial shortfalls of Social Security, opined that "the free market will likely remove [liberal talk radio network] Air America from the airwaves without any help from the right" and claimed that "[a]s the quality and morals of public education continue to decline, home schooling is becoming an even bigger business that challenges the traditional education system."
Marilyn Barnewall -- her end-of-column bio states that "Forbes dubbed Barnewall 'the dean of American private banking'" -- claimed in February that the AARP is "affiliated with drugs and porn" because it has advocated the passage of medical marijuana laws and because an employee once worked at Playboy and Penthouse.
And, of course, there's the occasional plug for the works of precious metals trader Craig R. Smith, but nowhere is it noted that Smith is an "adviser and founding sponsor" for the company that's currently syndicating WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah's radio show, as ConWebWatch has noted (and which the BizNetDaily article doesn't).