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Sunday, July 26, 2009
We Hit Joseph Farah's Nerve (Again)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We seem to have hit a nerve.

In ranting about how poor WorldNetDaily is being persecuted for promoting the Obama birth certificate conspiracy in his July 25 column, Joseph Farah writes: "Then there are the activists at Media Matters and the Huffington Post, ready to smear me and Jerome Corsi and WND reporters at the drop ofa hat."

Hmmm.... we're employed by Media Matters. We post stuff at Huffington Post. Could Farah be talking about ... us?

It appears so. We do hit Farah's nerve on occasion.

But we haven't smeared him or WND. We have simply told the truth about WND's birth certificate coverage -- how it lies to its readers by presenting discredited claims as valid, and even lies about its own coverage. (That's the reason we sell this.)

Take, for example, a July 24 WND article by Bob Unruh. It asserts that:

  • "Obama's American mother ... was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time." Unruh does not report that the claim has been discredited.
  • "Additionally, questions have been raised about Obama's move to Indonesia as a child and the passort he used to travel to Pakistan as a young man." Unruh does not report that the claim has been discredited.
  • "The 'Certification of Live Birth' posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same 'short-form' document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii." Unruh does not report that the claim has been discredited.

Unruh also repeated the claim by the Southern Poverty Law Center that the birth certificate "conspiracy theory" was started by "an [unidentified] open anti-Semite and circulated by right-wing extremists."Unruh is playing dumb by adding the [unidentified] in there. He surely knows that the anti-Semite in question is Andy Martin -- after all, WND has repeatedly promoted his birth certificate claims, and Unruh does so again in the list of legal actions at the end of his article.

WND is lying by omission, hiding from its readers the parts of the birth certificate story that conflict with its anti-Obama agenda.

Clearly, WND is afraid to tell its readers the truth. Not only that, it's afraid that it will get caught in the act of hiding the truth, which is exactly what we have documented. Therefore, Farah must denigrate me -- just a guy with a website who is only telling the truth.

After all, we're not the ones smearing Farah and WND -- they're smearing themselves by telling lies and working in league with anti-Semites.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:13 AM EDT

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