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Monday, September 17, 2012
AIM's 'Day of Truth' Built Around People Not Known for Telling It
Topic: Accuracy in Media

From an Accuracy in Media press release:

Accuracy in Media (AIM), the nation’s first and foremost media watchdog, announced that it will hold a major conference later this month to focus on significant issues concerning the Obama administration that have largely been misreported, underreported or ignored by the mainstream press. AIM has put together a compelling program of leading authors and journalists, experts and analysts, and well known political figures.

The one-day event, ObamaNation: A Day of Truth, will be held on September 21st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE in Washington, D.C. If you are unable to attend in person, the conference will be webcast live and archived for later viewing.

Just one little hitch: Several of the "Day of Truth" speakers aren't exactly known for their record of truth-telling, or are best known for their derangement level of hatred for Obama. For instance:

  • Edward Klein -- His anti-Obama book, "The Amateur," is filled with "lazy research, bad writing, bizarre generalizations ("Political wives have always found something to complain about") and gossip forwarded by anonymous sources -- exactly what you should expect from an Ed Klein book."
  • Andrew McCarthy -- Devoted an entire chapter of his book "The Grand Jihad" to peddling the discredited claim that Obama, during a 2006 visit to Kenya, campaigned for presidential candidate Raila Odinga. The rest of his book invokes numerous smears, myths, and falsehoods to portray Obama as an "Islamist."
  • Jack Cashill -- The anti-Obama conspiracist got busted peddling a bogus claim that Obama was airbrushed into a picture of his grandparents (in fact, someone crudely Photoshopped him out and falsely presented that as the original despite the fact that Obama's knee was still visible in the doctored image). His book "Deconstructing Obama" -- in which he attempts to prove that Bill Ayers wrote Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" -- has been described as "a peek into the right-wing's dank, dark ideological sub-basement."
  • Bishop E. W. Jackson -- A rabid Obama-hater and gay-basher. AIM notes that Jackson "ran for U.S. Senate from Virginia, 2012" without also noting that he came in last, received only 5 percent of the vote in a Republican primary.
  • Cliff Kincaid -- Is someone whose idea of "truth" is quoting white supremacist Jared Taylor on the subject of race really someone really someone who should be taking part in something like this?
  • Betsy McCaughey -- Described as a "health policy expert" despite the fact she's best known for peddling falsehood after falsehood about Obama's health care reform plan.
  • John Fund -- presented as an "expert on voter fraud" despite the fact that his new book contains numerous falsehoods and cherry-picked claims about voter fraud.
  • Katie Pavlich -- her book on the Fast and Furious controversy is filled with falsehoods.

In the press release, AIM chairman Don Irvine declared: “What the public needs now more than anything is the unvarnished truth about the media’s misreporting, the facts about President Obama’s history, his record and his qualifications to continue leading this country,. ... This is the reason why we have decided to ramp up our efforts to educate and inform the American people during the last couple of months of this crucial presidential campaign.”

The public may need the truth during this election season, but AIM's motley collection of Obama-obsessed fraudsters and conspiracy-mongers aren't the ones who will be providing it.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:32 PM EDT

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