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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
WND Ramps Up Red-Baiting of Professor
Topic: WorldNetDaily
In the latest installment of the Scott Savage/Alliance Defense Fund saga, a May 15 WorldNetDaily article recaps a Columbus Dispatch op-ed by Savage, in which he responds to a previous op-ed by professor Christopher Phelps.

WND cheerfully repeats Savage's misstatement of Phelps' claim about what Savage was charged with, without explaining what the issue is about. Savage claimed that Phelps "claimed that the complaint wasn’t even about sexual harassment"; in fact, Phelps wrote that the complaints against Savage by two professors were "in reference to 'harassment based on sexual orientation,' or discrimination, not sexual harassment."

WND also pads out its article with expanded red-baiting of Phelps. It called Phelps a "far-left professor" in the first paragraph, repeated its comparison of Savage as "a devout and conservative Quaker" with Phelps admitting being "on the left of the left" and his decade-old praise of Marxism, and recounted the platform of Phelps' 1996 campaign for a Senate seat as a socialist. The article also quotes David Kupelian (the WND editor whose book Savage recommended, touching off this whole controversy) bashing Phelps as a "rabid socialist ... who extols values that have cost millions of lives in the last century and left hundreds of millions in poverty and despair." Kupelian never addresses what Phelps wrote.

In short, your classic ad hominem attack.

And, as always, WND concludes with a plug for Kupelian's book -- which, more and more, is what WND's coverage of this issue is all about.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:59 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 3:54 PM EDT

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