WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah and other WND writers are looking askance at the Nobel Peace Prize nominations made on behalf of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang who faces execution for a triple murder more than 20 years ago.
Farah, in a Dec. 5 column, wrote that Williams was "inexplicably nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize" for "writing two books about kids and gangs that no one read!" Doug Powers wrote in a Nov. 28 column: "Suffice to say the nomination didn't come from the families of the people Williams is convicted of murdering or those who have had the crap beat out of them by Crips." And a Nov. 28 column by Michael Ackley uses the nomination to satirically attack the meanlessness of the nomination by nominating a nobody named Howard Bashford: "Henceforth, we expect any media mention of Howard will refer to him as 'Nobel Peace Prize nominee Howard Bashford.'"
But nobody at WND was bothered enough by the relative meaninglessness of a Nobel nomination to stop referring to Dr. William Hammesfahr, a Florida doctor who claimed he could rehabilitate Terri Schiavo, as a "Nobel Prize nominee. That descriptor accompanies WND news articles from March 8 and May 15, as well as appearing in columns by Mychal Massie and Kevin McCullough. It was also in WND writer Diana Lynne's "whole Terri Schiavo story" until it was removed after ConWebWatch called her on it.
NewsHounds notes that Fox News' Sean Hannity has done the same thing.