We Get Letters Topic: CNSNews.com
We heard from CNSNews.com's Randy Hall, who had a few things to say. Highlights of my response:
-- Duly noted that Nagin's political registration pre-mayor is disputed. But reputable news sources (for non-conservatives, anyway), like the BBC, have reported that Nagin was a Republican before running for mayor. In addition, Nagin is on record with a donation to George W. Bush's 2000 election campaign, as well as donating to another Louisiana Republican, Billy Tauzin. Overall, I think my original analysis -- that Nagin didn't raise all that many eyebrows by endorsing Bobby Jindal -- still stands.
-- I have corrected an Aug. 15 item to accurately reflect that Hall wrote it, not Susan Jones.
WND Lets Michael Schiavo Speak Topic: WorldNetDaily
We may have a first here: the first time WorldNetDaily has dedicated an article mostly to Michael Schiavo, and the first time any article including Michael's side of the Terri Schiavo case wasn't "balanced" with slanderous accusations by Terri's parents.
WND does crib its Sept. 27 article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune (a fact disclosed for once, though it's still a form of quasi-pagiarism, of WND getting "original" content that it doesn't pay for), and the article does slip in references to protesters outside the venue where Michael Schiavo was speaking at a conference honoring Ronald Cranford. But it's not the overheated, disproven accusations from Terri's parents, the Schindler family, that WND dutifully inserted in every article mentioning Michael earlier this year (as ConWebWatch has noted).
Perhaps that was an oversight, something overlooked by the WND minion in charge of cribbing the article. After all, we still have Diana Lynne's WND-published "Terri's Story" to look forward to, where it appears the Michael-bashing will continue to run rampant.
Accountability Topic: Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid serves up some irony in a Sept. 26 column. Claiming inaccurately once again that "Newsweek caused anti-American riots and 17 dead in Afghanistan, after running that false 'Koran in the toilet' story," Kincaid also once again fails to disclose that his own organization, America's Survival, is trying to get Newsweek's Michael Isikoff extradited to Afghanistan over the article.
Kincaid's demand for accountability is as "extremely selective" as he claims the media's is.
Quote of the Day Topic: Newsmax
"If one were ever able to make a good case for a trial deployment of a neutron bomb – the kind that gets rid of people but leaves the buildings standing – last Saturday's Rally Against the War in Iraq on The Ellipse in Washington, D.C., would probably have been it."
At Last, A Little Disclosure Topic: WorldNetDaily
It appears they do read ConWebWatch at WorldNetDaily after all.
The bio at the end of a Sept. 26 column by Craig Smith now notes that Smith is CEO of Swiss America -- a designation it failed to provide in previous columns, as ConWebWatch previously noted. WND apparently has column bios such as Smith's set up as separate editable files, so that changes made there immediately show up in all columns, no matter how old.
The bio doesn't say what Swiss America does or that Swiss America is a major WND advertiser, but this little disclosure is a start.
Criticizing the President Topic: Newsmax
In a Sept. 19 article, NewsMax leaves the false impression that George H.W. Bush has never said a bad thing about Bill Clinton.
The article noted that in an appearance on Monday Night Football (which, of course, is the ideal venue to discuss political issues), "Bush Sr. declined to say a single negative word about his successor" even though Clinton "bashed and trashed his son on everything from his handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis to the Iraq war."
Anti-Bush = Anti-American Topic: Newsmax
NewsMax is trying to get a new meme started: If you oppose the Iraq war, you're anti-American.
A Sept. 22 article called Cindy Sheehan an "anti-American war protester," a description approved by Rush Limbaugh. A Sept. 25 article on anti-war protests in Washington described what it called "the distinct anti-American attitude and unbridled hatred that emanated from much of the crowd."
But the examples NewsMax cites of "anti-American" statements by Sheehan and other protesters are, in fact, merely anti-Bush statements. It also quotes Sheehan as saying "This country is not worth dying for" and suggesting she was talking about America, when there is evidence Sheehan was talking about Iraq.
If criticizing the president is "anti-American," what does that make NewsMax, which poured forth a constant barrage of criticism of President Clinton (which continues to this day)?
The paper declined, however, to dispute the authenticity of a videotape showing a copy of the Able Danger chart, which was displayed by Rep. Curt Weldon during a May 2002 speech to the Heritage Foundation.
It's not until later in the article that NewsMax quietly admits that its claim that a 2002 video is proof that something happened in 2000 is "circumstantial."
Style Violation Topic: CNSNews.com
In a Sept. 22 CNSNews.com article on the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on John Roberts' Supreme Court nomination, Melanie Hunter departs from CNS style of using negative terms like "pro-abortion" to describe liberal groups and refers to the National Abortion Federation as an "abortion rights group."
Will Hunter be disciplined for her use of accurate language?
While the Publisher and Editor of The New York Times earn $2 million and $650,000 respectively, for entry level journalists they pay below the poverty level (should the worker have a family of five.)
While newspapers are notorious for the meager pay of their journalists (a trend I was on the receiving end of), Ombud's "family of five" disclaimer illustrates the hilarious extremes that some will go to attack journalists. I defy Ombud to come up with an example of an "entry level" journalist at the Times with a non-working wife and three children.
When it's not being unintentionally funny, Ombud seems to be calling for more unionization of newsrooms. Why is that appearing on a anti-union conservative website?
Reporting Rep. Tom Davis' remarks regarding the joint House-Senate committee to investigate the response to Hurricane Katrina, Hall devotes nine paragraphs to Davis' defense of the commission but just part of one paragraph to Democratic criticism of it -- quoting House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calling it "a partisan 'whitewash' and a 'sham'" -- and, more importantly, no explanation of why exactly Democrats oppose the commission.
Nowhere in his article does Hall note that the committee will be controlled by Republicans and that Democrats will have no subpoena power. Nor does he note that, unlike the Republicans, Democrats have sought an independent commission to investigate.