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Monday, May 25, 2009
Obama Hate Central Watch: 'Narcissist in Chief'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The latest issue of WorldNetDaily's Whistleblower magazine is another Obama-hating number, this time entirely dedicated to painting President Obama as a narcissist. WND's promotion of the issue begins:

Though inexperienced and arguably unqualified for the presidency, he mesmerized the entire establishment press and more than half of voters, many regarding him nothing short of a political messiah. Though he can barely speak publicly without a teleprompter,  he's praised as a transcendent communicator. Though his voting record is extreme left, he portrays himself as a pragmatic centrist.

But beyond Obama's political ideology, many Americans are troubled also by his strange personaltiy attributes: He greatly exaggerates his achievements, expects constant praise and admiration, believes he's special, doesn't appear to concern himself with other people's feelings, expresses disdain for those he feels are inferior, sets unrealistic goals, appears as tough-minded and unemotional, and other qualities – all of which are textbook symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

WND, of course, doesn't bother to back up any of that, since the facts don't matter to them. For instance, the curious claim that Obama "doesn't appear to concern himself with other people's feelings" seems to contradict repeated attacks on Obama by WND's columnists for declaring "emphathy" as a attribute he'd like to see in a Supreme Court justice.

To push this theory, WND relies on the usual cadre of Obama-haters and liberal-haters -- thus ensuring that any conclusions are unreliable and tainted by political bias, despite the "Ph.D." and "M.D." tags thrown around. For instance, a "Psychobamanalysis" article is offered by "well known psychologist" Brian Russell -- who has testifed against the use of the mother's mental health as a criterion for permitting a late-term abortion -- in which he writes, "I think it’s critically important, now more than ever, to understand our president’s core beliefs and to realize that if we embrace them fully, we’ll be well on our way to becoming the U.S.S.A."

WND's attack also includes an article by "Sam Vaknin, Ph.D," which purports to be, in WND's words, " comprehensive expert look at how the president’s behavior matches many markers of the troubling disorder." We're not sure how "expert" Vaknin can be since, by his own admission, "I am NOT a mental health professional" (Snopes notes that "his CV lists a doctorate in philosophy from thet unaccredited Pacific Western University").

The Vaknin article in question appears to be one first published last fall in the right-wing American Chronicle. As one blogger noted, Vaknin's evidence for declaring Obama to be a narcissist are "so very general that anyone with confidence or a dominant personality may be labeled as such," adding, "we may consider Vaknin’s article farcical on its face, then, since it seeks to indict Obama for qualities which he is clearly not only not suffering from, but in which he is in fact thriving."

WND also trots out credibility-deficient right-wingers such as Lyle Rossiter (WND sells his book claiming that liberalism is a mental disorder) and Reb Bradley (who believes that Obama voters are immature and who believes that children's wills must be broken and that they must be beaten into unquestioning obedience) and an article in which Obama's "cult of personality" is likened to "similar widespread public ecstasy over the charismatic Ayatollah Khomeini." WND also reprints a column by serial Obama-smearer Ellis Washington, in which he likens Obama to his usual laundry list of dictators -- Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Idi Amin, Khomeini, and even Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

WND managing editor David Kupelian is quoted as saying: ""This is surely one of the most fascinating – and possibly most important – Whistleblower issues we've ever produced. ... This is definitely a paradigm-busting edition of Whistleblower."No, it's not -- it's just more of the same old Obama-hate WND has been dishing out for months.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:12 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, May 25, 2009 2:04 AM EDT

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