Slanties 2017: Time to Make the Slantie Chimichangas
It's time to honor (as it were) the worst ConWeb reporting and craziest ConWeb opinions of the year, with the bonus opportunity for a literal ConWeb deadpool.
By Terry Krepel
And one other thing failed to change: The ConWeb did to journalism (and media criticism) what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late '90s. Which means it's time for the 14th annual Slantie Awards, ConWebWatch's celebration of said behavior.
Time to document the atrocities -- er, hand out some hardware.
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The first award is for the most egregious example of bias in "news" coverage. The nominees are:
WND's birther bashfulness -- WorldNetDaily, the leaders of the Obama birther movement, suddenly forgot that when Ted Cruz ran for president. By the narrow standard WND imposed upon Obama to be a "natural born citizen" -- two citizen parents, born in the U.S. -- Cruz was even more ineligible than Obama purportedly was, but WND aggressively refused to impose its Obama birther standard on Cruz. WND editor even endorsed Cruz while pointedly ignoring his eligibility issues. And when Donald Trump grudgingly conceded that Obama was "born in the United States, period," chief birther obsessive Jerome Corsi couldn't change the subject fast enough. It was only when Trump was safely elected president that WND felt comfortable enough to go full birther again.
WND's failed quest for credibility and profitability -- Having seen its journalistic credibility hit rock bottom with its pathological quest to destroy President Obama, WND started taking a few stabs at rebuilding. First, it declared itself to be "The largest Christian website in the world." Then it hired a couple reporters from the Washington Times with something akin to actual journalistic experience; they both lasted only about a year at WND before leaving. WND quickly went from begging for political ads (which would seem to run counter to being "The largest Christian website in the world.") to begging for money, with editor Joseph Farah sending out a letter directly begging readers for cash, which may be linked to its apparent lack of understanding of how the economy works. Running a bunch of fake news -- even as it was denouncing "fake news" by others -- didn't help its credibility-rebuilding efforts either, nor did Jerome Corsi teaming with ultra-sleazy Trump operative Roger Stone to hurl mud at Hillary Clinton.
Pro-Trump stenography at CNS -- Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell may have started out the presidential campaign hating Trump, but after Trump won the nomination Bozell, along with the rest of his MRC empire, was quick to abandon his principles and climb aboard the Trump train (with, it seems, a little help from a rich MRC megadonor). Bozell's "news" division CNSNews.com went all in for Trump as well, which resulted in CNS reporters serving as stenographers for Trump and his supporters while obsessively covering the contents of the leaked Clinton campaign emails. The chief stenographer at CNS was morning managing editor Susan Jones, who also found time to insert snide, anti-Obama comments into her "news" reporting.
And the winner is ... CNS' pro-Trump stenography. This is the second year in a row we've given stenography at CNS the top award -- which should tell you all you need to know about what passes for "news" at the Media Research Center's "news" operation.
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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). Here are this year's finalists:
I want Obama to linger around like the stain on American history he has been so he can have his nose rubbed in the success of a true leader, the way some used to rub a dog’s nose in its feces to teach it the error of its ways when house-breaking it.
-- Mychal Massie, Dec. 26 WorldNetDaily column
I detest sycophants. I don’t even like fans. I don’t worship people. I love my children and my husband, but I don’t idolize any of them. I have never been star-struck meeting a Hollywood A-lister or even Charles Krauthammer or Phil Robertson!
-- Gina Loudon, Dec. 25 WND column
In April 2008, as a snot-nosed senator from Illinois, of questionable lineage, whose claim to fame was that he had been a community extortionist (albeit he called it community activist), Obama was only marginally less insulting to the American people.
-- Mychal Massie, Dec. 12 WND column
I am so glad we’re only 40 days away from saying a permanent good riddance to Barack Obama as impostor president.
-- Joseph Farah, Dec. 9 WND column
Now back to the outskirts of hell. America won’t enter the real thing until it elects Hillary Clinton as president. The personal corruption has only begun, enabled by lawlessness and a cadre of underlings devoted to the new queen, and completely unconcerned with any other part of their jobs. The Epsteins of the world, sanctioned by the United States government, will put the pedal to the metal to drive the weak and powerless into the ground and mow down the middle class on their way to doing it. With the power of a completely corrupt Clinton “Justice” Department, nothing will be beyond their reach.
-- Craige McMillan, Nov. 5 WND column
Halloween is coming, and there’s nothing spookier than the thought of Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming America’s president.
-- Linda Harvey, Oct. 25 WND column
The Hillary Clinton campaign says the hackers behind the leaked email evidence of their collusion with the major media are from Russia and linked to the Russian regime. If so, I want to publicly thank those Russian hackers and their leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin, for opening a window into the modern workings of the United States government-corporate-media establishment.
-- Cliff Kincaid, Oct. 13 Accuracy in Media column
The media have it all wrong. The GOP establishment don’t get it. Trump isn’t a politician who has to abide by the rules. Trump is one big middle finger to all the people in power to “business as usual.” He is our middle finger. He is our caveman. He is our savage. He is our animal.
-- Wayne Allyn Root, Oct. 10 WND column
Trump cannot make this point for us. Catholics have to convince their believe-as-you-please brethren, including their priests, of one salient fact: A vote for Tim and the Alinskyite Hillary is a vote for that “first radical,” the demonic fellow Alinsky so openly admired.
-- Jack Cashill, Oct. 5 WND column
The real issue is why, in this age of widespread acceptability of the gay and lesbian lifestyle, and as Hillary asks for the vote of gays, lesbians and transgender people, would she, by material omission, continue to appear to hide her sexual preference? Is she ashamed of it, and if so, is she worthy of claiming to be the champion of gays, lesbians and transgenders?
-- Larry Klayman, Sept. 30 WND column
[Colin] Kaepernick is a special sort of treasonist, though, one whose hypocrisy is as boundless as our western frontier. Literally, a poster child for why this country is indisputably the land of opportunity, this spoiled punk still can’t conceal his contempt for a country that has given him everything. Where else in the world could a biracial orphan abandoned by his birth parents be embraced in the loving arms of white adoptive parents, get a top-notch education and enjoy the opportunity to earn millions of dollars because he has a modicum of athletic talent?
-- Jeff Roorda, Sept. 4 WND column
In this alternative reality scenario, Hillary Clinton would be a completely different story. Objective reality would probably represent her appearance as an amorphous, grayish-green entity with only occasional glimpses of her leering face and trendy designer apparel peeking through the goo. Festering boils, sores and other lesions would populate a shifting, gelatinous corpulence. Groups of diseased genitalia and excretory organs might form in random areas on her glistening skin, migrating across its surface and occasionally engaging each other in horrid fashion. Even to the non-religious person, her appearance would be truly evocative of a creature from hell, a vision to make even the late H.R. Giger cringe.
-- Erik Rush, Aug. 24 WND column
The responsibility for our nation’s suicide will not fall alone on all today’s university-indoctrinated youthful socialists, or the newly enfranchised immigrants and felons who overwhelmingly vote Democrat, or the various “minority groups” to which Hillary Clinton shamelessly panders in pursuit of their support.
-- David Kupelian, Aug. 21 WND column
There’s nothing wrong with the media sharing [U.S. Olympic fencer] Ibtihaj [Muhammad]’s story. It’s a “first” worth reporting. But when the media spend 13 and a half minutes focusing almost exclusively on one competitor's Muslim faith, and only 8 seconds hinting at the gymnasts’ Judeo-Christian faith, it becomes an offensive discrepancy.
-- Alatheia Nielsen and Katie Yoder, Aug. 12 Media Research Center post
While Obama has experienced some of the negative aspects of the “black experience,” he never talks about the benefits of being black.
-- Jane Chastain, July 13 WND column
I believe that if Hillary Clinton is elected, America is done, the U.S. Constitution is toast, and she will finish what Obama began the “fundamental transformation” of America into a godless, neo-Marxist Third World banana republic. We’ve had decades of the Clintons to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that this woman is not only the most corrupt elitist to ever seek the presidency, she’s an evil ideologue hell-bent on the abolition of individual liberties and religious freedom. While Great Britain just voted to reclaim its national sovereignty, a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to completely relinquish our own.
-- Matt Barber, June 24 WND column
In other words, there has been a novelty “blip” in the number of same-sex marriages. But in just one year, the novelty of same-sex marriage has worn off and the increase in the number of same-sex couples getting married has tapered off.
-- Lynn Wardle, June 23 CNSNews.com column
Barack Obama’s mother hated her own race; he hates whites and America. That’s why he’s allowing illegal immigrants and refugees to come into this country in droves.
-- Jesse Lee Peterson, June 5 WND column
Brazil needs Emilio Medici, president from 1969-74 whose reign was called 'years of lead & torture' again.
-- Newsmax's John Gizzi, May 12 tweet
Tell me one policy difference between Lucifer and Hillary Clinton.
-- Joseph Farah, May 6 WND column
If wickedness could be bottled, it would be labeled transgender movement.
-- Cheryl Chumley, May 1 WND column
Instances of cross-dressing men invading women’s privacy illustrates how such obscene conduct threatens the survival instincts of girls and women normal, real men know this and will protect women and girls at all cost. At this time, the rates of rape of college girls and women in “higher” education is shocking! It is just such mean-spirited men who eventually run major businesses, sports groups, banks, become entertainers and politicians, and demand that females receive all male sociopaths who “feel” they are women. Really?!
-- Judith Reisman, April 26 WND column
It bordered on hysterical (as in outrageously humorous) a couple of days ago when Obama reminded us once again of the “many contributions” Muslims have made to the rich history of our country. I defy anybody to name one significant contribution Muslims have made to this nation with the qualifier that it is a positive contribution.
-- Erik Rush, March 30 WND column
Then in walks Donald Trump, the tall, blond and Nordic “warrior extraordinaire” who apparently has to resort to the tanning booth to keep from looking too white! He is the imposing, loud, profane, Viking warrior who is simultaneously a rich and powerful celebrity and a vicarious hope for the legions of struggling white guys out there.
-- Kent G. Bailey, Feb. 22 WND column
Mrs. Clinton must not be allowed to lay her hands on sacred pulpits while her fingers drip with the blood of unborn babies. Black Christians with large voting blocks in the North and the South must no longer do the bidding of a Democratic Party that opposes so much of what the Bible which they hold so dear teaches. If there is a firewall for Hillary, it is the fire of hell and believers must not jump into it with her.
-- E.W. Jackson, Feb. 21 WND column
Stalin used bullets and the gulag to eliminate his class enemies. Today’s executioners rely on Obamatrade, alcohol, drugs and suicide to do the job.
-- Curtis Ellis, Jan. 29 WND column
It is not too early, now that he is sweeping the electorate, to ask the not altogether unrealistic question: what exactly would a Trump government do, first? Imagine this creation narrative. In the Beginning ...
-- Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Jan. 28 WND column
And the Slantie goes to ... Joseph Farah for saying, "Tell me one policy difference between Lucifer and Hillary Clinton." The flip side of the ConWeb's Trump sycophancy, as exemplified by CNS' award above, was the orgy of hatred against Hillary Clinton; several of the above quotes expressed her potential election in the most dire, apocalyptic terms and described her, as Farah so vividly did, as nothing short of the devil incarnate.
A close second was Gizzi's call for the return of Brazil's Emilio Medici, a repressive dictator whose reign was called the "years of lead & torture" for a reason.
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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.
This year's honoree is ... Cheryl Chumley, formerly of WorldNetDaily. Chumley was only at WND (which also published her two books) for a little over a year -- part of a talent raid (for lack of a better term) from the Washington Times that also netted Douglas Ernst, who similarly bailed on WND after about a year to go back to the Times -- but she fit in well in churning out biased articles and conspiracy theories, obsessing in particular over the bogus Jade Helm conspiracy and the idea that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.
Chumley is a freelancer now, with her own blog that she uses in part to tout her skills as an "experienced and inspirational public speaker" you can book. Her WND experience is buried far down in her bio, which suggests things may not have ended well there. Then again, given WND's precarious financial situation -- who has WND in the ConWeb deadpool? -- that may be for the best.