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Friday, November 10, 2006
'Honest Alternative Media'
Topic: Newsmax

At the end of a Nov. 9 NewsMax column in which he engages in the typical conservative post-election Democrat-bashing blah-blah -- for instance, he calls Democrats "historically the party of the slave owners, Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, and Bull Connor" -- Lowell Ponte called the "unelected liberal media" the election's "biggest winner," adding, "Our freedom now depends on honest alternative media such as NewsMax."

Here are some recent examples of that "honest alternative" news that NewsMax offers:

-- Ronald Kessler -- NewsMax's highest-profile writer, hired in an attempt to provide it with gravitas -- repeatedly misled and engaged in scare tactics in order to attack Democrats and fluff President Bush.

-- NewsMax misled on the issue of John Kerry's "botched joke," downplaying or ignoring his apology. 

-- NewsMax writers have made misleading claims about embryonic stem cell research. 

-- NewsMax's James Hirsen treated as fact a facetious assertion that the "liberal" media "secret morning conference calls with Howard Dean and George Soros." 

-- NewsMax spins polls to make Republicans look good. 

-- NewsMax can't even tell the truth about itself.

-- And Ponte himself cited a discredited study as evidence of "liberal media bias."

Ponte himself can't be honest, which may be why he thinks that NewsMax is. 

Posted by Terry K. at 9:56 AM EST

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