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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Joseph Farah Lies Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah is pontificating on journalism again, as reported in a Sept. 27 WorldNetDaily article:

Joseph Farah, the co-founder of WND and now its editor and CEO, says the “legacy” media, those old traditional establishments such as newspapers and networks, don’t want to report as much as shape the news these days.

Farah was a guest recently on The Wayne Richard Show, as the host brought up a recent poll showing that the Internet now is considered a better source of news than television or newspapers.

Farah said when he and his wife, Elizabeth Farah, launched WND as WorldNetDaily in 1997, their goal was what used to be standard in the news industry – to be a watchdog on government.

That influence on people today, he said, is “increasingly intrusive” and trying to “grab more and more power.”

“Our central role is to serve as a watchdog on government. But that’s been completely forgotten by my colleagues out there,” he said.

Needless to say, Farah is lying about himself and WND's mission. Does WND's selectively reported birther obsession speak of anorganization that's a "watchdog on government" or one that wants to "shape the news"?

If Farah doesn't want to "shape the news," why did he spend an entire column last week begging Mitt Romney to take his advice is bashing President Obama? He even writes, "I’ve given away far too much free advice to Team Romney, none of which was taken, with the possible exception of his birth certificate remark, from which the candidate quickly distanced himself."

Those aren't the words of someone who merely wants to be a "watchdog on government."

Yet Farah continues to lie to his readers:

“I can actually point to conversations I used to have with old-time grizzled reporters and city editors where we’d talk about what it meant to be a journalist,” he said.

But the new generation is different.

“They didn’t want to report the news, they wanted to shape the news, use the news media to promote a political, philosophical, even spiritual, agenda,” he said.

That's exactly what Farah is doing at WND. He's complaining about himself.

But then, we know he's a liar of a near-pathological level. Which raises the question of why anyone should trust a website run by such a well-documented and shameless liar.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:11 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012 8:06 PM EDT

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