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Journalistic Crimes of the WND Author

Alex Newman smears teachers as criminals in his WorldNetDaily-published book. He's also written "news" articles for WND filled with falsehoods and deceptions.

By Terry Krepel
Posted 5/26/2016

Alex Newman

Alex Newman hasn't written a lot of articles for WorldNetDaily -- around 20 bylined items since 2013 -- but what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in dubious claims and outright deception and falsehoods.

Newman normally writes for the New American, the magazine published by the far-right John Birch Society, which tells you the level of so-called journalism WND is churning out these days. Newman's main mark at WND is being co-author, along with longtime WND columnist Samuel Blumenfeld, of the WND-published book "Crimes of the Educators." (Blumenfeld died a couple months after the book was published in April 2015.) And yes, he really does seem to think teachers are criminals on the level of Hitler and Pol Pot -- an comparison absurd on its face and should alone be enough to disqualify their book from serious consideration. But WND believes in the Big Lie technique -- complete with an elaborate conspiracy theory to supposedly prove it, as illustrated by the book's promotional copy:

Utopian dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao are criminals – genocidal psychopaths who have killed more human beings in the last hundred years than any other ideologues in history. They don't limit their murder to individuals, but to entire nations.

In the United States another form of utopians, the "progressives," have tried to destroy traditional America by strategically dumbing down her people. America's future is being crippled on purpose in order to fundamentally transform the nation, its values and its system of government. Laid out a century ago by progressive luminary John Dewey, the fruits of his schemes are plain to see today. Dewey got rid of the traditional intensive phonics method of instruction and imposed a "look-say," "sight" or "whole-word" method that forces children to read English as if it were Chinese. The method is widely used in today's public schools, which is a major reason there are so many failing public schools that cannot teach children the basics. This can only be considered a blatant form of child abuse.


The whole-word method of teaching children to read – introduced by John Dewey and colleagues in the early 20th century and which permeates Common Core – is a significant cause of dyslexia among students.

There is evidence that the whole-language approach does not work with students who have dyslexia, but Newman and Blumenfeld are apparently claiming that the mere act of teaching whole-language causes dyslexia, a claim that appears to be absurd on its face.

Newman and Blumenfeld ignore one key problem with phonics: There are so many common English words that violate the standard sound-symbol rules that at least some memorization of words -- the "whole language" approach they despise -- is necessary to be fully literate.

As befits Newman's extremism, the May 2015 WND article documented Newsman's appearance on conspiracy-monger Alex Jones' radio show to promote his book, where he spews more slanders of teachers:

When you put all of this together, says Newman, it’s not only horrifying, but it’s a crime against the American people.

“This is a gigantic criminal enterprise masquerading as a government school system, and it’s deliberately dumbing down the children,” Newman declared.


Newman hopes “Crimes of the Educators” will help destroy the globalists’ scheme by alerting people to what’s going on.

“If this information were more widely known, the entire edifice would collapse because all of it rests on a dumbed-down public that can’t read well, that can’t do math,” Newman said.

From what the author has seen lately, he thinks the globalists are accelerating their plans because they are nervous.

“They know that they’ve got to get this all done as quickly as possible because people are waking up right and left by the millions, and once we reach a critical mass of people who are awake, this whole thing is going to come crashing down,” Newman declared. “They’re going to end up in prison, and that’s serious stuff.”

The article also stated that the authors "decry public schools for destroying children’s religious beliefs by teaching evolution and secular humanist doctrines. The authors note that lack of religion is a hallmark of totalitarian societies." Talk about your base demonization.

Newman has since tried to walk back his smearing of teachers. In an April 9 WND article beating up once again on John Dewey, this time for his "humanist beliefs" that allegedly forced Christianity out of public schools in order to "soften Americans’ attitudes toward socialism," Newman makes sure to note that regarding the "educators" who are committing "crimes" according to his book's title, "I think it’s important to say we don’t mean the average teacher in the classroom; we’re talking about the education establishment." It seems Newman is realizing that smearing teachers as criminals may not be helping book sales, so he's rather lamely redefining "educators" instead.

While Newman and Blumenfeld's book is laughable and paranoiac -- complete with references to "socialist utopians" who want to create "a global government, a global society, a single world religion" -- that's WND's stock in trade.

Newman penned another anti-education screed for a Jan. 4 WND column, in which he rants against the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act but never says exactly what he objects to, other than a kneejerk assumption that because it comes from the Obama administration, it must be bad. Despite his utter lack of evidence, Newman insisted that the law is "yet another 1,061-page reason to yank their children out of government schools immediately. As if more reasons were really needed." Newman went on to twist the most innocent statements into something out of context and, thus nefarious. For instance:

Quoting Nelson Mandela, [Education Secretary Arne] Duncan has also publicly referred to education as “the most powerful weapon” to “change the world.” Your kids, then, are being weaponized and brainwashed, and the man overseeing it all is bragging about it in public speeches.

In short, at this point, government schools are a lost cause.

For Christians, conservatives, libertarians, people with common sense – really for anyone who values real education rather than radical progressive and anti-Christian political indoctrination masquerading as schooling – Uncle Sam’s “schools” must be avoided like the plague.

Newman goes on to rhapsodize about homeschooling: "From much better academics and socialization to better college and employment prospects, homeschoolers literally have all of the advantages." Well, not necessarily; WND has defended many terrible homeschoolers over the years.

Newman concludes: "In short: Homeschool or die!" He makes sure not to mention that sometimes you get both.

Whitewashing apartheid

In the tradition of WND columnist Ilana Mercer and WND writer Anthony LoBaido, Newman appears to be a bit sad that South Africa is no longer under the racist apartheid system. In a June 2013 WND article, Newman worried about "the future of increasingly marginalized European-descent South Africans." But the people Newman quotes in support of that view tended to be right-wing extremists.

For instance, Newman quoted Dan Roodt, identified only as being with the "Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, PRAAG," as lamenting, “The advent of black rule has been devastating for whole groups of whites, even highly educated ones." To provide a clue as to where Roodt's racial views truly lie, he wrote a 2012 article for the white nationalist website American Renaissance in which he approvingly quotes AmRen leader Jared Taylor asking that "the Republican Party be loyal to its electorate and become the unabashed champion of white interests." Roodt added: "We need to form a global network to keep America from falling into the hands of anti-white zealots. ... If the United States goes the way of South Africa, whites everywhere will be in danger."

Roodt was also a fellow traveler of Eugene Terreblanche, a white supremacist (and a favorite of Ilana Mercer) who headed the militant Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) until he was killed by two black farmhands.

Newman also writes:

For an increasingly significant segment of the population, it is becoming clearer that today’s South Africa is simply not sustainable in the long term.

“South Africa is a colonial construct, currently an incompatible, unsustainable mix,” International Afrikaner Society President Hannes Louw told WND.
At the time Newman wrote that, Louw was a scheduled speaker at the national conference of the League of the South, the neo-Confederate fringe group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.”

Newman also touted how Genocide Watch "raised its alert level on South Africa to stage 6 out of 8 – the planning and preparation phase of the extermination process" without mentioning that the group had actually lowered the level to stage 5 due to developments within the country.

Finally, Newman tried to play down the offensive parts of apartheid, describing its end in 1994 as "when the Western establishment and Soviet powers finally succeeded in forcing the anti-communist, white-dominated government to relinquish power." No mention of how the entire society was built on white racism.

Newman returned to the subject of south Africa in a December 2013 article, carrying the alarmist headline "Can whites escape post-Mandela bloodbath?" Newman avoided quoting white supremacists this time around, but he doesn't skimp on the racial fearmongering:

With the death of South African revolutionary icon Nelson Mandela, outside analysts and locals alike are expressing fear of a coming genocide of European-descent Afrikaners.

So significant is the threat in South Africa, some genocide experts are urging Afrikaners to consider fleeing their homeland.


Moments after Mandela’s death was announced last week by current South African President Jacob Zuma, threats of killings and mayhem began appearing online.

Sources from South Africa told WND – and reporters on the scene confirmed – residents in many areas began taking up the traditional, so-called “struggle songs,” which sing not just of liberating the black population, but pledge the mass-murder of whites. There are many songs and variations on them, but among the most common themes are “kill the Boer, kill the farmer,” “bring me my machine gun” and similar genocidal topics.

While officially considered “hate speech” – even incitement to genocide – the songs advocating the mass-murder of European-descent South Africans were popular with Mandela and remain a regular feature of politics. Even the current president, Jacob Zuma, regularly sings the songs at political rallies.

Newman didn't mention that at the time, South Africa's current murder rate was the same as it was in 1970 -- and likely lower given that crime data from South Africa's independent homelands were likely underreported or not reported at all during the 1970s.

Newman also doesn't mention that there are also racist whites in South Africa, some of whom are militant -- like the ones he quoted in his earlier article. But that would have interfered with the race-baiting that has become a staple of WND's "news" coverage.

Rampant 'pro-abortion' violence?

A December 2014 article by Newman begins with an apparent falsehood:

It was Sept. 11, 2009, just outside a high school in the small Michigan town of Owosso when Jim Pouillon, 63, was murdered for doing what he thought was right: protesting against abortion, which he considered murder.

In fact, Pouillon's son has stated that his father was a domestic abuser who "really didn't care" and took part in anti-abortion protests to indulge in his "pathologic hatred of women." Pouillon's son continued:

Again, my dad didn't care about abortion. He wanted to hurt people, upset people. He enjoyed making people suffer.

His goal was to be shot on a sidewalk. His goal was to make someone so angry, to make them feel so terrorized, to make them feel the only way they could make him stop was to kill him.

His pro-life stance was the most perfect crime I personally know of. He hid behind the 1st Amendment and was allowed to stalk, terrorise, harass, be obsene, ect. These things are crimes. Offending people isn't a crime, and having different political views isn't a crime, but he committed several crimes over the last 20 years and got away with it.

But never mind the facts: The goal of Newman's article is to promote the idea that violence against anti-abortion activists is "common and widespread." Newman cites only "a two-week review by WND" that's heavy on statistics by the rabidly anti-abortion group Human Life International, so the objectivity of its numbers are questionable. Indeed, Newman offers no evidence he double-checked HLI's numbers in his supposedly extensive "two-week review."

Newman also features quotes from Operation Rescue leader Troy Newman lamenting death threats against him by "the enemies of God — the radical homosexuals, the God-haters, the atheists, the abortionists." Not only didn't Alex Newman mention that WND published a book by Troy Newman, he ignored Operation Rescue's links to Scott Roeder, who murdered abortion doctor George Tiller. Troy Newman and his Operation Rescue lieutenant Cheryl Sullenger -- who served time in prison for plotting to bomb an abortion clinic -- had numerous contacts with Roeder in the years before he murdered Tiller, and Roeder has stated that Troy Newman told him it “wouldn't upset” him if Tiller were murdered.

LGBT scare tactics

Alex Newman echoes WND's anti-gay scare tactics in a November 2014 article:

If you live in Minnesota, your high-school daughter might soon be showering next to a male after athletic practice if a “transgender” policy being considered by the Minnesota State High School League is approved next month.

And beyond Minnesota? Such a policy could be coming to other states, too, if there is not already one in place.

Critics of the controversial measure in Minnesota, which has sparked fierce opposition across the state, told WND the policy was unneeded, dangerous and part of a broader radical agenda.

Needless to say, Newman ignores evidence that undermines his fearmongering -- namely, that experts in 12 states that have banned discrimination in public accommodations based on gender identity have reported no problems whatsoever with sexual assaults or any other crimes in connection with accommodating transgenders.

Indeed -- echoing another WND tactic -- Newman interviewed only critics of nondiscrimination ordinances for his article, making no effort whatsoever to give supporters a chance to respond.

And, as per usual for WND's anti-gay agenda, Newman's article is accompanied with a completely unrelated picture of a screaming Janet Leigh in a still from the film "Psycho" -- the reaction WND presumably wants its readers to have in any discussion of gender identity.

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