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Saturday, May 27, 2006
Oh, the Irony (WND Division)
Topic: WorldNetDaily
For all the complaining that WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah does about WND reporting being plagiarized by others -- which he does in a May 27 column, complete with Farah's "threat of a copyright infringement lawsuit" -- you'd think that Farah and WND didn't have its own history of plagiarizing the work of others.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:32 AM EDT
Friday, May 26, 2006
WND Scrubs Vox's Nazi Reference
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Remember when WorldNetDaily columnist Vox Day cited the Nazis approvingly as a prior example for removing millions of people from a country? It's gone.

That reference has been deleted from his May 15 column, apparently by orders of WND editor Joseph Farah. Mr. Day writes on his blog:

I actually turned this one in early, so this was clearly on Mr. Farah's orders. I happen to know that he really, really, really didn't like it.

But, to his credit, he didn't get on my case or even shake his finger at me, he merely exercised his prerogative to edit a piece that appears on his web site. His house, his rules, I have no problem with that.

The column contains no indication that it was altered after its posting, nor has WND alerted its readers to that fact. WND has never acknowledged the controversy surrounding Day's column, even as it has played up controversial comments by others.

Day still stands by his original remarks and is still mocking criticism of them.

UPDATE: Thanks to the magic of the Google cache, here's the original, unaltered column.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2006 12:35 AM EDT
Oh, The Irony
Topic: NewsBusters
Noel Sheppard -- the NewsBusters writer who scolded the media for not immediately picking up the Iran badges story but failed to tell his readers that the story turned out to be bogus -- has joined the MRC attack bandwagon, compiling reports claiming that the ABC News story stating that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is "in the mix" in the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation.

We're glad Sheppard is showing an interest in this sort of thing. We just wish he would show a similar interest when his own writing turns out to be flawed.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:51 PM EDT
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Finally! (Sorta.)
Topic: NewsBusters
NewsBusters is all over denials of an ABC News story that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is "in the mix" in the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation, but where is its notification to readers that the story that Iran will require non-Muslims to wear badges -- over which, way back on May 19, it scolded the media for not immediately picking up -- is apparently bogus?

NewsBusters has finally addressed the issue -- not in an new post where its readers would readily see it, but in an addendum to the original May 19 post by Noel Sheppard:

UPDATE 05-24 by Matthew Sheffield: The Post has retracted the report. "It is now clear the story is not true," Douglas Kelly, the National Post's editor in chief says.

About time. Why did it take so long? After all, this is still a few days after the allegations were first raised -- the ABC/Hastert story is barely two days old, and the NewsBusters boys are already promoting those doubts as loudly as it can.

And why isn't NewsBusters eager to highlight this retraction for its readers, preferring instead to bury in in a days-old post that nobody will go back and read? Because that would unduly interfere with its mission of painting the "liberal media" as the main purveyor of false allegations. It's too busy slapping around ABC News to be bothered with a more clearly fake story by a conservative paper, even though it promoted that story.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2006 1:56 PM EDT
Your NewsBusters At Work
Topic: NewsBusters
What is NewsBusters doing instead of reporting to its readers that the Iran-badges story is bogus? Among today's articles: Defending Matt Drudge and taking issue with the claim that Anderson Cooper is "popular."

Posted by Terry K. at 5:22 PM EDT
BadgeGate: You Know the Drill
Topic: NewsBusters
Another day of mounting evidence that the Iraq-badge story is fake, another day that NewsBusters fails to acknowledge this after scolding the media for not reporting the original (and apparently false) story.

UPDATE: NewsMax has published an May 25 article noting that the National Post has apologized for publishing the story.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:57 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2006 1:09 PM EDT
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Yet another WorldNetDaily article that's a mild rewrite of a press release from WND's good buddies at the Alliance Defense Fund.

One has to wonder: Since WND makes no effort whatsoever to go beyond the press release to tell both sides of the story, why bother rewriting it at all? Or is that part of the deal between WND and ADF?

Posted by Terry K. at 11:17 AM EDT
New Article: The Anti-Kinsey Report
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's David Kupelian relies on the dubious claims of Judith Reisman to attack sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Read more.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Misleading Claim on Judicial Nominations
Topic: Free Congress Foundation
A May 15 commentary by the Free Congress Foundation's Marion Edwyn Harrison, Esq. (repeated at Accuracy in Media) claims that the federal judiciary "is approaching - some would say, is in the midst of - a crisis," in part because "[t]here are 30 vacancies, 10 appellate and 20 trial."

But as ConWebWatch has pointed out, when the number of federal judicial vacancies was more than 60 in the final years of the Clinton administration, the FCF saw no emergency; one FCF commentary dismissed the number of vacancies as "only 63."

Posted by Terry K. at 1:05 PM EDT
BadgeGate Update
Topic: Horowitz
-- A lengthy May 24 FrontPageMag article by Andrew G. Bostom is predicated on the Iran badges story being true. The only hint Bostom provides that it likely is not is a parenthetical insertion that the story is "now disputed."

-- The sound of crickets still emanates from NewsBusters on the subject of the story's apparent lack of veracity.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:34 AM EDT
Kupelian, WND Launch More Ad Hominem Attacks
Topic: WorldNetDaily
A May 23 WorldNetDaily article resumes WND's ad hominem attacks on critics of David Kupelian's book "The Marketing of Evil" from the Ohio university where librarian Scott Savage was criticized for recommending the book. The article describes one critic as "openly socialist," and another is described three times as "openly homosexual."

When the article finally gets around to addressing the actual claims of critics -- specifically, that Kupelian's description of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and his work is a "factually untrue characterization of Dr. Kinsey and his work" -- it resorts to repeating (without labeling them as such) the dubiously supported claims of anti-Kinsey researcher Judith Reisman. And the article resorts to ad hominem attacks here too: it calls Kinsey "notoriously fraudulent," and Kupelian himself is quoted as calling him "a profoundly troubled human being sexually" who "encouraged serial pedophiles for obtaining his so-called 'research' on child sexuality."

Heads up: We'll be addressing the issue of Kupelian and Reisman in depth on the ConWebWatch side later this week.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:18 AM EDT
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
BadgeGate: It's Not Just NewsBusters
Topic: Horowitz
The Horowitz empire has also reported the increasingly dubious claim about Iran requiring non-Muslims to wear badges (copying NewsMax's article) without following up on the questions about its veracity that we've been able to find on either FrontPageMag or Discover the Network(s).

And no, NewsBusters still hasn't addressed it.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:27 PM EDT
Fact-Checking, Or the Lack Thereof
Topic: NewsBusters
Eric Boehlert relates the difference between conservative bloggers and liberal bloggers on the issue of fact-checking.

And, in a related story, NewsBusters has still yet to acknowledge the fact that Iran-badges story it scolded the media for not reporting is looking more and more to be false (despite the original promulgator of the the story still clinging to it).

Posted by Terry K. at 1:19 PM EDT
AIM Contradicts Itself
Topic: Accuracy in Media
A May 22 AIM Report by Wes Vernon takes contradictory stands on the idea of anonymous sources. As part of AIM's factually dubious war on Washington Post reporter Dana Priest and her article on secret CIA detention facilities in Europe, Vernon first dismissed Priest's story because it was "based completely on anonymous sources," adding that the story "has not been confirmed."

But later, in coming to the defense of Rep. Curt Weldon over his claims regarding the "Able Danger" intelligence program, takes a different tone on anonymous sources and lack of smoking-gun evidence. Vernon dismissed a Philadelphia Inquirer article questioning Weldon's claim that the Soviets buried dozens of suitcase-size nuclear devices in the U.S. during the Cold War: "So the Inquirer essentially casts doubts on the 'suitcase nukes' charge based on the failure to find a needle in a haystack." Vernon also notes that "Among those who came to the congressman's defense was Lowell L. Wood, Jr., who has outstanding credentials in science"; Vernon wrote that "Wood added that 'a fundamental adage' in the 'always imperfect' intelligence business is that 'the absence of evidence isn't the evidence of absence.'"

Vernon also defends Weldon's use of an anonymous source to back up his claims:

The Philadelphia Inquirer's March 15 hit pieces include the name of someone they claim was "Ali." Weldon says, "I have not and will not identify [my source]." Curiously, the media seem oblivious to the possibility they may have put the man's life in danger.

AIM needs to make up its mind about a few things and not judge them by how well they support conservative talking points.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:26 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 11:27 AM EDT
Still Waiting On That Retraction
Topic: NewsBusters
As we enter our third day following the emergence of questions about the National Post report that the Iranian parliament passed a law requiring non-Muslims in the country to wear certain insignia identifying them as such -- and as evidence continues to mount that the story is false -- Noel Sheppard and the rest of the NewsBusters crew has remained silent about it, even though it was quick to repeat claims against the veracity of USA Today's story on the NSA phone database.

Double standard, anyone? Apparently, the MRC isn't as interested in accuracy if a fellow conservative publication is the one that gets its facts wrong.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 AM EDT

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