2012 Slanties: The Tree of Slants
It's time once again to honor the very special ConWeb achievements in bias and insanity. Who will win this year?
By Terry Krepel
So, without further, ado, let the ninth annual Slanties begin!
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The first award is for the most egregious example of bias in "news" coverage. This year's nominees are:
And the Slantie goes to ... Newsmax's relationship with Donald Trump. This has been more than a decade in the making, since Ronald Kessler flew on Trump's private jet and fawned over him in his book on the Palm Beach high-society scene. Newsmax threw out what little sembelence of journalistic balance it had in its agressive cheerleading for Trump, and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy even proudly proclaimed, "Trump realizes the great potential of Newsmax and has been using it very adroitly. We're well aware he's using it, happy he's using it." Newsmax then doubled down with Trump on an ill-fated presidential debate, which fizzled when only two candidates would commit to taking part.
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The next award is the LoBaido Award for the silliest statement made by a writer for a conservative news Web site (named after Anthony LoBaido, who wrote a post-9/11 column for WorldNetDaily that was so unhinged -- he blamed the attacks on America's immorality since "all that is evil in the world can be found in New York" and, for good measure, called Hillary Clinton "openly Marxist, treasonous and abortion-mongering, occultic" -- that WND eventually pulled it from its site). From the usual bumper crop, we've whittled the contenders down to these finalists:
"How long do you think Sean Hannity's show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny ghetto crackhead? Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does."
-- Brent Bozell, Fox News' "Hannity," Dec. 22
Barack Hussein Obama, our president, is a traitor. Finally, his hatred for our nation and his plan to destroy it are crystal clear. He must be forced from office legally before our entire country goes down the drain for the final count!
-- Larry Klayman, Dec. 16 WorldNetDaily column
In fact, the cool quotient of deep thinkers is definitely on the rise as is evident in the smash success of the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
-- James Hirsen, Dec. 13 Newsmax column
There remains another question astute individuals will ask: "Why did Obama choose Osawatomie to deliver such a transpicously Marxist speech - considering that he and his ilk do nothing that isn't meticulously calculated?" The answer to that question is another question. Could it be because Osawatomie was the Weather Underground newspaper published by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in the 1970s, or did it have to do with the abolitionist John Brown whose nickname was Osawatomie - unless you believe it was all just a coincidence?
-- Mychal Massie, Dec. 12 WorldNetDaily column
Well, I’m sure you saw EPA chief Lisa Jackson was named Energy Policy Maker of the Year by Politico last night. And I quote, “The EPA chief has been a forceful advocate on environmental issues and has held the line against intense Republican attacks on her agency.” Is this kind of like Time picking Hitler or Khomeini as Man of the Year whoever had the most impact whether for good or ill?
-- Noel Sheppard, Nov. 30 NewsBusters interview with Sen. James Inhofe
“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you,” Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev declared when addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow in 1956.
-- Ronald Kessler, Nov. 28 Newsmax column
Not only do I an Arab-American male agree on the importance of considering the ideological and religious worldview of those being screened for sensitive security jobs and for passenger flights for the safety of all, but I would go much further.
-- Joseph Farah, Nov. 28 WorldNetDaily column
The one parallel universe is represented on Fox Business by the likes of Nancy Skinner, Caroline Heldman, Tara Dowdell, Carl Jeffers, Joe Sibila, Erika Payne and others.
-- Ilana Mercer, Nov. 17 WorldNetDaily column
This is no longer a question of freedom of speech. This has long ago ceased to be an issue of the right to assemble. No American citizen has the right to terrorize and threaten his fellow Americans in this way. No mob of Americans should be permitted to endanger and to harass the public the way these hateful "Occupy" hippies have done for months.
-- Phil Elmore, Nov. 16 WorldNetDaily column
One of Barack Obama’s first official acts upon being sworn in as President of the United States was to return a bust of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill to Britain. The bust, which once occupied the Oval Office, had been loaned to George W. Bush by the British government in a show of solidarity after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
-- WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush, Oct. 15 column at Terrible Truth
Thank God for YouTube. Or else we never would have know that hundreds of times in more than 50 cities since 2010, groups of black people have been roaming the streets of America assaulting, intimidating, stalking, threatening, vandalizing, stealing, shooting, stabbing, even raping and killing.
-- Colin Flaherty, Oct. 13 WorldNetDaily column
It would be easy to dismiss the Occupy Wall Street protests as another disorganized and pungent liberal whinefest ... because that’s basically true. The demonstrations, taking place in New York and now other cities and other nations, have a classic lefty feel and scent. But there’s more to this, if you dig deep enough. These protests do reflect the genuine economic fears that many Americans feel.
-- Dan Gainor, Oct. 4 CNSNews.com column
President Chris Christie as a role model could help restore health to our body politic by reminding us daily that gluttonous government is obese and must be put on a strict diet to reduce its unhealthy size.
-- Lowell Ponte, Oct. 3 Newsmax column
If the U.S. truly wants to fix the root causes to the economy, then it needs to take a hard look into the causes of the low birthrates to Caucasians from 40 years ago and again now. Let's start with these:
-- Michael Master, Sept. 29 WorldNetDaily column
Many, if not most, Americans view the mass invasion of their country by Mexicans and others about as favorably as the citizens of Czechoslovakia, Holland and France viewed the mass immigration of Germans into their countries during the 1940s.
-- Vox Day, Sept. 25 WND column
The homosexual agenda represents an existential threat to Christian civilization and we're in the final phase of the war, losing badly. It all hinges upon you, Christian reader. Either get into the "game" in earnest, immediately, or wave goodbye.
-- Scott Lively, Sept. 23 WorldNetDaily column
President Barack Obama has the most important speech of his presidency on Thursday. A speech built around creating jobs and inspiring economic recovery. You want an economic recovery? You want jobs? Two magical words are needed to change the course of history.
-- Wayne Allyn Root, Sept. 7 Newsmax column
Rep. Maxine Waters, the despiteous Democrat from California, not only thinks tea-party people should go to hell she has offered to show us the way.
-- Mychal Massie, Aug. 22 WorldNetDaily column
just saw clip of bho doing his mac-daddy limp wrist fairy princess chuck n jive swagger as he strutted 2 podium last nite - some1 shud tell him the snoop dog pimp swagger isnt presidential
-- Mychal Massie, July 26 TwitLonger post
"First you let [gays] do their own thing in a corner -- 'Ah, they'll be OK.' Next thing you know, they're marching in the streets. You keep looking the other way, and then one day, boom, they throw you in an oven. [canned audience noise] You can 'ooh' all you want, but you've obviously not read 'The Pink Swastika.'"
-- D.J. Dolce, July 19 WorldNetDaily video
Here's my theory: Trump is a very successful businessman for whom there's never enough money. I don't think he has any interest in politics beyond what it can do for his enterprises. I actually think he may have been involved in shaking Obama down for something he wanted with that birth certificate charade. Because he got cold feet when Obama released the phony birth certificate, now Obama is shaking him down.
-- Joseph Farah, July 19 WorldNetDaily column
1. private army (like Hitler)
-- Victoria Jackson, July 15 WorldNetDaily column
Moreover, if the president believes that gays, lesbians and transsexuals are "our brothers and sisters," why does he not also believe that "our brothers and sisters" include not only polygamists, but exhibitionists, the incestuous, coprophiliacs, necrophiliacs, urophiliacs and zoophiliacs (those who have sex with animals who are unable or unwilling to run away)?
-- Les Kinsolving, July 5 WorldNetDaily column
So, what is a young man who wishes to be a happy and productive member of society but does not wish to find himself locked into a life of post-divorce serfdom to an ill-tempered, overweight woman with a legal obligation to children who may not even belong to him? Fortunately, the answer is both clear and easily applied. To increase your chances of marital and familial success in life, it is vital to stay away from what are known as "career" or "working" women.
Vox Day, May 30 WorldNetDaily column
In September 2006, [James] Frey and publisher Random House reached a tentative legal settlement, the terms of which mandated refunds for readers who felt that they had been defrauded by Frey's book.
-- Jack Cashill, May 19 WorldNetDaily column
Some of you will remember Nikita Khrushchev at the United Nations, removing his shoe and pounding the heel on the table, while shouting, "We will bury you!" It's not hard these days to suggest this simply was a bad translation and that what the communist leader was threatening, was to "Barry Soetoro" us.
-- Craige McMillan, May 5 WorldNetDaily column
Though Beck is a multi-faceted individual, his greatest talent is that he's a master teacher. His Fox News shows are like going to college, but learning things they don't teach at the most expensive campuses in the country.
-- Robert Ringer, March 18 WorldNetDaily column
Simply stated, we must drill now. Let's delude ourselves that we are actually healing the planet some other time. For years now, the warnings have gone out that the U.S. needs to free itself from dependence on Islamic oil. President Obama has done just the opposite, choosing instead to petition some worthless puny little gods called Volt and Prius to save us. I would love to believe that Rush Limbaugh is wrong when he says that President Obama is purposefully trying to destroy this nation, but in light of his actions, what other option do I really have?
-- Joel Richardson, March 12 WorldNetDaily column
The DOMA simply makes more explicit the government's obligation to secure the Creator-endowed unalienable rights of the natural family. This obligation precludes government from fabricating other rights that impair them. In this respect, granting homosexuals the right to marry is like granting plantation owners the right to own slaves.
-- Alan Keyes, Feb. 25 WorldNetDaily column
My one revision of Coulter is not that we should invade their countries: "We must invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. PC (perversity correctness) means keeping Christianity, America and the West on the road to dhimmitude.
-- Ellis Washington, Jan. 22 WorldNetDaily column
And the winner is ... Brent Bozell. It's not often you get to see the well-compensated president of a major nonprofit organization call the president of the United States a "skinny ghetto crackhead," but by golly, Bozell isn't afraid to step up to the plate and let his hate flag fly.
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Our final award is the Slantie Award for Career Achievement in Conservative Bias. This goes to a reporter or commentator with a consistent record of biased and slanted reports that fly in the face of time-honored journalistic practice, the truth and/or common sense.
And the winner is ... WorldNetDaily's Les Kinsolving. When he's not in the White House briefing room asking biased and bizarre questions, he can be found penning homophobic screeds on the WND website or being petulant about not being given the respect he thinks he deserves. Back in 2004, we called Kinsolving the right-wing Helen Thomas; the only difference between them is their ideology and the fact that Kinsolving is somehow still a member of the White House press corps.
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That concludes the evening's festivities. We'll see if Ricky Gervais is available to host next year's gala.