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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
WND Promotes Another Meaningless Poll
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily descends further into joke status with its second story in as many days touting a meaningless, inaccurate poll.

An April 7 article by Chelsea Schilling reported on an "unscientific" MSNBC poll in which a plurality of respondents give President Obama "a grade of "F" for his performance in office." AT no point does Schilling feel the need to tell her readers the truth about "unscientific" polls: that they mean nothing because they are easily gamed to provide fraudulent responses that distort public opinion. Of course, distoring public opinion is Schilling's purpose here.

Schilling's colleague Drew Zahn reported on a similar meaningless poll the day before.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:14 AM EDT
Savage Joins WND As Columnist
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Apparently, WorldNetDaily has decided that it wasn't hateful enough: Michael Savage is now a regular columnist.

It's not a surprise -- WND already hosts Savage's website , it published two of Savage's books, and WND chief Joseph Farah is a longtime Savage apologist.

In the WND article announcing Savage's column (which it publicly admits for the first time it hosts Savage's website, though we first reported it months ago), Farah  say, ""It is a great honor and privilege to offer Michael Savage's insights into the news at WND. ... He has an immense following because he is witty, entertaining and fearless."

And given Farah and WND's own gay-bashing activism and Obama derangement, Farah must no doubt be proud that Savage has managed to blend the two in his very first column:

There is a rising tide of pink fascism in this country, and it comes as a result of the election of Barack Hussein Obama. Obama has signaled that during his reign it will be acceptable to impose gay marriage on the people of the United States. He's being very cleverly used as a tool of the gay puppet masters. He is personally masculine, has a beautiful family and was used by the gay mafia to convince real American families that they should support him.

We are, however, at a loss to explain how such a statement meets the standard of being "witty, entertaining and fearless." Perhaps Farah can enlighten us on that.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:45 AM EDT
Farber: Obama Birth Certificate = Watergate
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax's Barry Farber jumps on the Obama birth certificate conspiracy bandwagon:

Watergate was Nixon's 800-pound gorilla everybody talked about, who sat there until he broke the sofa. The location of Obama's birth is an 800-pound gorilla that gets fatter every day and nobody — at least nobody in major media — likes to admit its existence. There's never been a coming-together of factors resembling this one in America's entire political history.

Farber rehashes all the talking points -- the grandmother, the "masquerade" of a birth certificate the Obama campaign issued -- and demands "simple — even superficial — journalism" without having apparently done his own, which would have uncovered the fact that such talking points have been debunked.

Aside from some desperate pre-election fear-mongering by Ken Timmerman, Newsmax had largely stayed away from the birth certificate conspiracy until now. Apparently, it's now apparently decided to fully embrace its heritage of Clinton conspiracy-mongering and try to work the same magic against Obama.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:12 AM EDT
New Article -- NewsBusted: The Blumer File
Topic: NewsBusters
For a guy who's supposed to be criticizing the media, the NewsBusters blogger is remarkably clueless about how the media works. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 1:42 AM EDT
Hypocrisy Watch: Farah Accuses Obama of Evasion
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah's April 7 worldNetDaily column is yet another defense of WND's obsession with Barack Obama's birth certificate. He wants us to believe that he cares only about "he sanctity of the Constitution and the rule of law" when, in fact, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he will stop at nothing, including ruining the credibility of his own website and latching onto a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory, to use his hatred to hound Obama out of office.

Even more hilariously, Farah asserts that Obama is being "permitted to get away with his deliberate evasion of the law" -- never mind that his own website found that the birth certificate issued by Obama's campaign was "authentic."

But Farah is engaging in a series of evasions as well:

  • He won't acknowledge the facts of the August 2008 WND article finding Obama's birth certificate to be authentic and declaring taht Philip Berg's lawsuit over the birth certificate in part "relies on discredited claims."
  • He won't publicly release the  petition so the claims WND has made about it about the number of signatures on it can be independently verified.
  • He won't discuss the relationship between WND and fellow birth certificate obsessive Orly Taitz, whose lawsuits on the issue have been prominently featured by WND.

Farah has no business accusing others of evasions when he refuses to answer simple questions about his own actions. Such hypocrisy makes him into the "whack-job conspiracy nut" he denies he is.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Newsmax Repeats Discredited RNC Cap-and-Trade Talking Point
Topic: Newsmax

An April 6 Newsmax article by Jim Meyers writes that during an interview with Republican Rep. Michelle Bachman, Newsmax TV anchor Ashley Martella "noted that by some estimates cap-and-trade will add more than $3,000 a year to every American’s bill for gasoline and energy."

Meyers does not note that "some" in this instance is a list of talking points from the House Republican Conference, or that the claim has been discredited by one of the co-authors of the study from which the HRC purported to extrapolate its claim, stating that his study "has been misrepresented" and that the Republicans' claim of an average household cost of $3,128 is "nearly 10 times the correct estimate" based on his study's cap-and-trade model.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:39 AM EDT
WND, NewsBusters Promote Meaningless Poll
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily loves to promote meaningless polls when they report results that further its political agenda. It does so again in an April 6 article by Drew Zahn, which touts a CNN opt-in poll showing a majority of respondents opposing the idea of Michelle Obama running for president in 2020.

While Zahn describes the poll as "unscientific," he fails to elaborate on what that means. In fact, such opt-in polls are virtually meaningless as an accurate reflection of public opinion because they are susceptible to multiple votes by respondents and organized campaigns to skew the results.

NewsBusters touted the results of this meaningless poll as well. While Matthew Balan pointed out in an April 6 post that "it is not a scientific poll," he nevertheless insisted that "these results may mean that “America’s unofficial royalty” have some obstacles to overcome before any political dynasty could become a reality."

Posted by Terry K. at 8:48 AM EDT
Newsmax Misleads on Obama Poll
Topic: Newsmax

An April 6 Newsmax article touts how a new Pew poll shows the gap between support for President Obama among Democrats and Republicans means that Obama "has succeeded in widening the political gulf among Americans more than any other president in modern history" -- a contention summed up in the headline: "Obama: Most Polarizing President Ever." But Newsmax ignores other factors that put the poll result in context.

As Nate Silver at details:

Nonetheless, measurements of the partisan split in support for the President, as Pew Research has done here (they found a record partisan split in Obama's approval ratings, with 88 percent of Democrats but just 27 percent of Republicans approving of Obama's performance) are not quite as straightforward as they might seem. This is because partisan identification is at least somewhat fluid. The Republicans, in particular, have lost quite a bit of support over the past several years; those persons who continue to identify as Republicans are a hardened -- and very conservative -- lot. Just 24 percent of voters identified as Republican when Pew conducted this survey in March, which is roughly as low as that total has ever gotten.

We see some evidence of these effects in the comparison of Obama's numbers to those of George W. Bush's at a comparable point in his presidency. Obama and Bush had roughly the same level of support among members of their own party (88 percent for Obama, 87 percent for Bush) and roughly the same level of support among unaffiliated voters (57 percent for Obama, 56 for Bush). Bush, however, had more support from the opposition party (36 percent of Democrats versus 27 percent of Republicans). And yet Obama, not Bush, had the higher overall approval rating, because Democrats are a significantly larger constituency than Republicans.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:48 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barbara Simpson is in a particularly whining mood, and one of slinging misinformation as well, in her April 6 WorldNetDaily column:

While speaking in France, you said America has "shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe.

There you go again – groveling and apologizing for your country. Is it your genes, your religion or were you brought up that way?

Is demeaning your country a way to gain respect?

Of course, Simpson fails to note that Obama also criticized the anti-American attitudes of some Europeans.

Simpson also writes:

As for the gift to the queen? An i-Pod loaded with show tunes, videos of her prior D.C. visit and Obama's speeches.

P.S., she already had one.

To cover that fiasco, CBS reported the queen requested that gift.

Does anyone believe that?

Well, yeah, unless Simpson has any evidence to the contrary, which she doesn't. 

Simpson further wrote:

First, Tony Blair's gift to the White House of a bust of Churchill was summarily returned to the British embassy. Obama didn't want it so he returned the gift?!?!?

In fact, as we've previously explained, the bust was on loan to the White House, not a permanent gift. 

Posted by Terry K. at 12:09 AM EDT
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sheppard: Don't Hold Beck Accountable For His Inflammatory Rhetoric
Topic: NewsBusters

If a conservative says it, it's not controversial.

That appears to be the conclusion Noel Sheppard has come to in an April 5 NewsBusters post declaring that "prominent left-wing bloggers" in their "vitriolic postings" have come to the "disgusting conclusion" that Glenn Beck should take responsibility for his anti-Obama rhetoric in light of Richard Poplawski's shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh.

Sheppard doesn't bother to tell his readers what Beck said that the "prominent left-wing bloggers" found so offensive -- specifically, Beck has hyperbolically asserted that gun rights are under fire, and friend of Poplawski claimed that he feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" -- yet he asserts that it is "hateful" and "unfounded" to conclude Beck's words had any effect whatsoever on Poplawski.

Sheppard loves to defend right-wing rhetoric -- a couple weeks ago, as we noted, he insisted that Bernard Goldberg had no inspiration on a man who allegedly killed two people in a Tennessee church shooting, even though the man specifically said that "Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate + House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book."

This also dovetails with the refusal of his MRC bosses to criticize Ann Coulter no matter what offensive thing she says. 

UPDATE: Sheppard was rewarded for his defense of Beck with a guest spot on Beck's show.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:22 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 1:52 AM EDT
Is Newsmax Mouthing PAC's Talking Points?
Topic: Newsmax

We've noted that Newsmax has failed to tell its readers about the role of the National Republican Trust PAC in New York's special congresdsional election between Republican Jim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy, even as Newsmax published a column by PAC director Scott Wheeler touting Tedisco without disclosing Wheeler's position or election largesse -- the PAC has spent well over $800,000 in support of Tedisco.

The election is over but ended in a virtual tie, which means the National Republican Trust PAC is spending more money sending emails to Newsmax readers -- which seem to reflect Newsmax's own reporting.

In an April 1 email from the PAC, Wheeler stated: "The media spin on this result has been amazing. But here’s the truth -- it’s a stunning blow to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the Democrats."

That dovetailed nicely with the assertion made in Newsmax's March 31 article by David Patten: "The election, though, seemed to produce one clear loser: President Barack Obama." Jim Meyers followed up in an April 1 article uncritically quoting Dick Morris -- who has a relationship with the PAC that Newsmax has yet to mention to its readers -- asserting that the election's result means that Obama is "in trouble." (As we've noted, Meyers failed to mention that a month before the election, Tedisco held a double-digit lead in polls that Murphy was able to erase by election day.)

Wheeler, meanwhile, kept up the spin in an April 4 email sent to Newsmax readers:

Can you believe that Barack Obama suffered a terrible setback this week -- but the media practically ignored it?

It's no surprise. The major media simply are not revealing the truth to the American people about this man.

But we will.


But this race was not about New York.

It was about Barack Obama.

About his radical stimulus plan.

About his radical tax plan.

About his radical healthcare socialization plan.

About his radical plan to back Hamas-controlled Gaza with almost $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer aid.

About his radical plan to appease Iran, one of the world's most dangerous regimes.

And New York voters -- among the most liberal in the country -- who backed him just five months ago, voted against him -- and big time!

Needless to say, in none of his emails does Wheeler mention the fact that Tedisco blew a double-digit lead -- possibly because of the ads his PAC ran on Tedisco's behaif.

So, is the PAC stealing talking points from Newsmax, or is promoting the PAC's views in "news" articles part of Newsmax's advertising fee?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:34 AM EDT
WND Tees Up Gay-Bashing By Its Readers
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Alyssa Farah concludes her April 1 WorldNetDaily article looking disdainfully at the dating site eHarmony for launching "a matching service for homosexuals" (as the result of a lawsuit by "Eric McKinley, a homosexual, who alleged eHarmony's heterosexual-only matching service violated the state's anti-discrimination law") by asserting, "There are currently thousands of homosexual dating sites available on the Web. "

According to who? Farah doesn't tell us. What does she define as a "homosexual dating site"? She doesn't say. Are they all like the one eHarmony set up? we doubt it.

Farah seems to be broadly, if clumsily, framing the issue to claim that eHarmony shouldn't have been forced to create the "gay" (their scare quotes) dating service in the first place. Indeed, the top response to WND's related poll is,"Given eHarmony's Christian beginnings, the owners should have shut it down rather than agree to promote homosexual behavior." (Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy FTW!)

Judging by the comments, it seems that the real purpose of this article and poll is to give WND readers an excuse to engage in gay-bashing. Sample comments from the comments thread on the poll:

And by the way why do people call them gay, why not refer to their lifestyle as it really is queer! I disapprove of it and think eHarmony Which now is called eHOMOny should shut down!

With this in mind, why would ANYONE think this is an appropriate lifestyle much less promote it as eharmony has done. Please people, get the facts, homosexuality KILLS young people. If a person was going to commit suicide by sleeping pills, many people would try to stop them, and nobody would question that. When anyone tries to stop suicide, by homosexuality they are called politically incorrect and homophobic. What gives?

People make free choices in life and they are not all mentally ill. I call it Moral Decay. These people like the excitement of the forbidden. They use to keep it behind closed doors but now they like to flaunt their life style for all to see. These people funtion and hold down jobs.

Agree with you 100%. The gays agenda is to infiltrate as many christian places as possible so they turn around and proclaim "See, see all the acceptance, see even the christians accept us". That's why they went after eHomony. It would not have accomplished anything to start their own gay dating service, they already have them. They don't need to start new things, they need to invade the one's they are not in to prove their acceptance.

The gays are more than spoiled brats.... they can correctly be called the Pink Swastika movement... They want nothing less than a total embrace of their filthy, sick, immoral and unhealthy lifestyle. [...] That sound you hear is the prancing of Gucci jackboots.

the homosexuals are cancer on a society that cannot be cured except for complete eradication and that isn't going to happen...not now in the world we live in that is why God said donot conform to this world. but we sure have to suffer through it. even so hurry your ass up jesus!

Obama wants his own youth corps to brain wash and the gays want to corrupt our children into an ungodly homosexual lifestyle. If we allow this to keep happening this world will be full of a bunch of ungodly freaks doing anything they want. They don't care who they contaminate because they are like a bunch of dogs in heat. I am tired of these perverted reprobates trying to destroy the true meaning of the word Love. It is not Love that they feel it is Lust and it is from the pits of hell.

And there's even a bit of old-fashioned racism mixed in as well:

You're using fallacious reasoning. The bible makes abundantly clear that people are to marry/procreate within their own race (which is natural). Half of the entire bible is in regard to both the spiritual AND ethnic/racial purity of the Hebrews. Just because Moses sinned in taking a Cushite wife (which was for political/strategic reasons), doesn't nullify the numerous biblical teachings and precepts against race mixing. Your logic is faulty. Since Moses committed the sin of miscegenation, then everyone can now? Poor logic.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:25 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 6, 2009 1:27 AM EDT
Examiner Takes Obama Out of Context
Topic: Washington Examiner

An April 5 Washington Examiner editorial states:

President Barack Obama is getting generally positive reviews from the purveyors of conventional wisdom for his performance at the London G-20 summit and in France during a joint appearance with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. An admiring news story in The New York Times, for instance, all but hailed Obama for setting “a new tone for the alliance with Europe.” Unfortunately, the new tone consists mainly of Obama apologizing for those times “when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward its European allies.

But the Examiner plucked Obama's statement out of context, failing to mention that Obama also stated that immediately after the part of the speech it noted, Obama said: "But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:36 AM EDT
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Reagan Makes Baseless Claim, Hurls Nazi Smear
Topic: Newsmax

In his April 2 Newsmax column -- also published by the Washington Examiner -- Michael Reagan writes of "Barack Obama and his sorry conglomeration of far-out liberal confederates" who are "now polluting the government":

America’s industrial heartland, the storied fruited plain, is about to become the world’s largest ghost town as many of the nation’s most talented and wealthiest citizens contemplate fleeing for the hills — or in this case, other nations where they will be greeted with welcome arms. 


Growing numbers of Americans are going to be pulling up stakes and fleeing to more accommodating areas of the world, taking their factories and businesses and wealth with them. 

Reagan offers no evidence that this is, in fact, the case, nor does he name anyone who is purportedly contemplating such a move. But then, he's more interested in demonizing Obama than relating facts, joining his fellow right-wing brethren in hitting the button on Godwin's Law:

The prospect of paying $50 for a loaf of bread no longer is a potential nightmare, but a certainty. As the dollar loses its value, the cost of the goods it will buy soars. That’s just economic reality.

And when it happens, good old Dr. Obama will be there with the snake oil remedy that sold so well in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:38 AM EDT
The Apt Pupil Returns: WND Lets Von Campe Hurl More Nazi Smears at Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

When you pride yourself on hurling Nazi smears at Barack Obama, as WorldNetDaily appears to do, it makes sense to make use of actual Nazis in the process -- after all, they learned at the feet of the master how to smear political opponents.

Thus, Hilmar von Campe, the self-proclaimed former Hitler Youth who has made a new career out of smearing Obama, puts his childhood training to use once again in his latest WND masterpice, an April 4 column:

Lenin and Hitler used the national and economic disasters in their countries to ride to political victory. Conquest in a time of disaster! I believe the United States is in the midst of a similar development, spearheaded by Barrack Hussein Obama.


Watching him in his speech to enthusiastic naïve youngsters, I recalled the times when I saw Hitler in the same position in front of masses of enthusiastic people who adored him. There is much similarity between Hitler and Obama, both being adored by millions. Both have an agenda that declares the march into slavery to be a march into a better future. If you look at the front cover of my recent book, "Defeating the Totalitarian Lie," and take the photo of Hitler out and put Obama's in, it would look real. 

Von Campe also demonstrates his exalted place at WND by repeating some of WND's greatest Obama lies. In addition to repeating the WND lie that Obama "has not produced proof that he is legally eligible to be president of the United States," he wries:

Obama wants $6 billion for this plan in the next three years. Earlier he had called for a National Civilian Security Force. Whatever name they give this scheme, it is an attempt to control the youth of our nation and indoctrinate them with socialist lies at the expense of the taxpayers. Obama has copied Hitler who created what was called "Arbeitsdienst" (Service to Work). It was a mandatory six-month membership before being drafted into the armed forces and part of the Nazi national structure for indoctrination, which nobody could escape.

This would be another example of Nazi ideology here in America. The bill, approved by the House, 321-105, would forbid any participant engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization. That means no church attendance or witnessing. The majority of the House has reached the level of Nazi godlessness.

In fact, the "National Civilian Security Force" has nothing to do with indoctrination (as we pointed out the last time von Campe claimed this), and given that the bill in question is about expanding AmeriCorps and other federal volunteer programs, it makes no sense to make religion a component of that -- which, anyway, would violate First Amendment provisions regarding the separation of church and state. It does not ban participants from going to church, as von Campe seems to suggest.

It appears that von Campe has learned to smear and lie like his mentor, Adolf Hitler. Far from appearing as ashamed of that as he ought to be, he's reveling in it. Apt pupil, indeed.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:21 AM EDT

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