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Monday, November 2, 2009
WND's Misleading Non-Story
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The headline of a Nov. 1 WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein promises a lot: "Surprise! Guess who visited White House," with the subhead, "Lots of infamous names on logs, Obama in full-court denial mode."

But Klein's article is much tamer -- so much so it barely registers as news. Klein's big scoop is that "Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the radical New Black Panther Party, refused to confirm or deny to WND whether he visited the White House since President Obama took office, despite his name appearing on a recent administration disclosure." Klein's statement that the White House has noted that Shabazz and other infamous names on the list "were 'false positives' – names that make you think of a well-known person, but are actually someone else" is quite old news, having been released by the White House on Oct. 30.

A statement of fact is not a "full-court denial," something Klein and WND do not seem to understand. And the White House claim is entirely plausible given that, as ABC's Jake Tapper notes, ther are 59 listings for Malik Shabazz at Klein curiously fails to mention that.

That's it for actual news in this article; Klein pads out his article with recycled attacks on Shabazz.

A little desperate to bash Obama, are we, WND?

Posted by Terry K. at 4:07 PM EST
Updated: Monday, November 2, 2009 4:09 PM EST

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