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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Will Farah Demand Tea Party Convention Be Open to Reporters?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah and WorldNetDaily made a minor ruckus over being denied press credentials for the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen (despite Farah's refusal to acknowledge the U.N.'s right to exist and desire to see it destroyed).

Will Farah demand the same openness from an organizaiton to which he's speaking?

As we've noted, Farah is trying to ride Sarah Palin's coattails by becoming a speaker, like Palin, at the upcoming Tea Party Naiton convention. But as the Washington Independent reports, reporters have largely been prohibited from covering the convention, and only "selected" members of the press will be allowed.

Will Farah allow his speech to be covered by the press? Hard to say -- despite his professed support for openness when WND wants to report on it, Farah's own record of transparency is less than steller. We've detailed Farah's 2007 participatation in a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive right-wing group. Despite reporters being essentially barred from the meeting, WND published an article on news from the conference, which we must assume was cldeared with CNP officials before publication -- a huge ethical no-no for journalists.

Farah loves his journalistic freedom -- but only when it suits him. He has no problem acquiescing to secrecy when that suits his partisan agenda.

Does Farah have the moral conscience to demand that the tea party conference he's speaking at allow reporters to cover it -- or to lodge a public protest or even refuse to participate if it doesn't? History suggests he does not.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:09 AM EST

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