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Monday, June 19, 2006
WND Changing Its Mission?
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Is WorldNetDaily backing off its original claimed mission to be a "watchdog exposing government waste, fraud, corruption and abuse of power"? Possibly (and not a bad idea, actually, considering that WND doesn't fulfill it).

A June 14 e-mail by managing editor David Kupelian seems to indicate a shift at WND from watchdogging to the Superman principle, proclaiming itself a defender of truth, justice and the American way. Seriously -- the e-mail is headlined, "Help restore truth, justice and the American way in 60 seconds." That's how long it takes for readers to encourage two friends to get on WND's news alert mailing list. Of course, they get plenty of ads for WND products along with those news alerts, something Kupelian fails to mention.

Kupelian portrays WND as a component of a "courageous, truthful and independent press – one that boldly exposed evil, rather than enabling it at every turn as today's elite media do":

This nation would be utterly transformed, almost like magic. Abortion would be outlawed if the press reported on that industry honestly. The radical gay-rights agenda would lose its mainstream support, and the "constitutional separation of church and state" would be universally seen for what it really is – pure fiction. You get the idea. If we had a truly dedicated, truth-oriented news media, America would quickly become a radically better and more unified nation.

That kind of news organization –- and I don't mean to brag –- is exactly how many Americans have come to regard

But is WND really as "truth-oriented" as Kupelian claims? No. As we've documented, WND has a history of making false claims, printing unsubstantiated (and false) rumors, engaging in plagiarism, running biased news accounts, regurgitating press releases, regularly refusing to divulge its business interests in the people and issues it covers, and even lying about itself.

If "truth-oriented" is how "many Americans have come to regard," as Kupelian claims, those people are sadly mistaken.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:38 AM EDT

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