He loves the Big Lie, and it may very well hae been his idea (and his directive) to devote an issue of his sparsely read Whistleblower magazine to perpetuating lies about the 2020 presidential election, so it's no surprise that WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has spent several recent columns promoting that magazine issue. Farah gushed in his Aug. 12 column:
David Kupelian has outdone himself.
The longtime managing editor of WND and the Grand Swami of Whistleblower magazine has made it official – saying the words you are not permitted to say in America. He's not only saying that the 2020 election was stolen, he's put together a historic, unforgettable, special report PROVING it beyond any doubt.
I've never been prouder of my colleague of 35 years – yes, that's how long I've known him and been working with him.
But the reality that the election was stolen is not what Democratic operatives wanted to hear. It's not what Big Tech wanted to hear. It's not what China wanted to hear. So, the mainstream media caved in to the theory that no one cheated, couldn’t happen here in America. Claims that the election was “rigged” were all just one big racist right-wing Trumpian conspiracy theory!
But it did happen.
And that is the crime, the horrible truth, before us.
Nothing else makes any sense. They STOLE it – right before our eyes.
It was like no election before or since – and it must be like no election in the future. Or else we will continue to live in the kind of tyranny we've experienced since Jan. 6, 2021.
Actually, contrary to Farah's claim that Kupelian's report is "PROVING it beyond any doubt," we were able to easily prove that the issue contains numerous false and misleading claims about the election.
Farah began his Aug. 16 column with a heaping helping of self-aggrandizement:
There was a time when WND had a uniquely broad reach.
The last time we were one of the hottest sites on the internet was in 2016 – late 2016. It was a good run for us. I thought it was the precursor for more really good things.
WND played a distinctive role in the success of Donald J. Trump being elected president – the first time he was elected. Trump was the best president we ever had in the modern era, just the man we needed for the times we were living in.
Because Trump represented such an existential threat to the establishment, the Big Tech monopolies and their approved-media cabal would never forgive us for our full-throated and convincing endorsement of Trump and his pro-America agenda. We started seeing our Google search-engine rankings and Facebook rankings drop precipitously.
WND never had a "uniquely broad reach" -- it was always a right-wing website with a self-limiting readership. And the decline in WND's readership has much more to do with the fact that it publishes misinformation and conspiracy theories than its full-throated (and highly biased) support for Trump. Farah eventually begs his readers to buy as many copies as possible:
Here's one important thing you can do today: We need this issue of Whistleblower to be our biggest ever!
It's well worth it – whether you buy a subscription or a single issue, and whether you go print or digital. We're counting on you like never before.
This is a collector's item. It's also a convincing, stirring and powerfully compelling 48-page issue with lots of terrific contributors. You need this. You need to arm yourself with FACTS, TRUTH and REASON.
Buy as many copies as you can afford to hand out to your friends who are not quite convinced, or as a motivator to action in this critical moment.
We all have a lot of work to do. We've got to ensure that our next election is a fair one. If it's not, it's pretty much the end of the America we have known and loved all our lives.
Farah then tried to push a conspiracy theory in his Sept. 1 column:
Remember what Joe Biden did on his first day in the White House?
Within moments of taking the oath of office, he signed an executive order abolishing the "President's Advisory 1776 Commission."
It was a great idea, by President Donald Trump – and a popular one. The stated purpose was to "enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect Union."
People need to understand the beauty of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the sacrifice it took to institute them.
Why did Joe kill the commission so quickly? What did it mean? And why were his fellow Democrats so thrilled about its demise?
Farah will never accept the fact that the commission deserved to die because it put out a report rife with factual errors and partisan politics. Instead, he peddled the evidence-free idea that Democrats are subverting elections, culminating in "the Big Steal of 2020. These people were serious about no longer having free elections." The column ended with a plug fo rthe magazine.
Farah spent his Sept. 3 column arguing that the 2018 midterms were stolen by Democrats as well:
Here's the thing: When Republicans vote in America, Republicans actually win. That's not the case among Democrats.
You could get dead people to "vote."You could get fake voters.
You could get illegal voters.
In fact, it would be wrong to speculate that these things couldn't happen; it's a fact that this kind of activity is part of any Democratic Party game plan.
When I heard that twice as many Americans likely were voting in November 2018 as voted in the presidential election year in 2016, I got worried.
Donald Trump worked very hard for those votes. That's what I saw over the previous several days. Maybe it was wrong of me to assume Dems wouldn't show up. But, where were they in 2014, 2016? Why did nearly every American – eligible and ineligible to vote – all come out to join the party on the same day?
Farah offers no actual evidence of this, of course -- he's just fearmongering to keep his dwindling readership afraid and engaged. And, of course, there was another plug for the magazine.
Weirdly, throughout all this, WND has made no effort to defend the false claims in the magazine that we've identified. Perhaps Farah and Kupelian know they're lying and running a scam, they can't prove us wrong, and they would prefer to pretend they've been busted.