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Sunday, January 25, 2009
WND Chooses to Believe A Murderer -- Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've detailed how WorldNetDaily has chosen to trust convicted murderers with a history of lying when they make statements that play into its right-wing agenda.

WND's Bob Unruh has found a new convicted killer to trust in Ted Bundy. In a Jan. 24 WND article, Unruh rehashed an interview Fox News' Glenn Beck did with Focus on the Family's James Dobson regarding Dobson's interview with Bundy prior to his 1989 execution. In that interview, Bundy "talked about the role pornography had played in his life." Unruh uncritically repeated Dobson's talking points that Bundy claimed that porn "played a major role" in his becoming a serial killer.

Absent from Unruh's article is any mention of Bundy's history of lies and deception as well as his interview with Dobson, as recounted by true-crime author Ann Rule in her book on Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me" (as we've noted when did the same thing):

I don't think pornography caused Ted Bundy to kill thirty-six or one hundred or three hundred women. I think he because addicted to the power his crimes gave him. And I think he wanted to leave us talking about him, debating the wisdom of his words. In that, he succeeded magnificently.

The blunt fact is that Ted Bundy was a liar. He lied most of his life, and I think he lied at the end.

Rule also wrote regarding Dobson's interview:

Ted Bundy's interview with James Dobson accomplished one thing that troubled me. During the weeks after Ted was executed, I heard from a number of young women. Sensitive, intelligent, kind young women wrote or called me to say that they were deeply depressed because Ted was dead. One college student had watched the Dobson tape on television and felt moved to send flowers to the funeral parlor where Ted's body had been taken. "He wouldn't have hurt me," she said. "All he needed was some kindness. I know he wouldn't have hurt me ..."


Even in death, Ted damages women. They have sent for the Dobson tape, paying the $29.95 fee, and watch it over and over. They see compassion and sadness in his eyes. And they feel guilty and bereft. To get well, they must realize that they were conned by the master conman. They are grieving for a shadow man that never existed.

Why is WND so eager to trust discredited killers?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:24 AM EST

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