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Friday, April 10, 2009
Where Are They Now?

The New York Times reports on Marc Morano's newest gig, running the anti-global warming Climate Depot website for the right-leaning Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (heavily funded by ExxonMobil and Richard Mellon Scaife).

The Times erroneously calls, where Morano worked prior to getting into anti-global warming activism full-time, "Cyber News Service" (that would be "Cybercast," actually) and fails to identify it as a division of the right-wing Media Research Center.

We've detailed how Morano peddled false and misleading claims about global warming at CNS and as an aide to Sen. James Inhofe.

UPDATE: The Wonk Room notes Morano's penchant for overly creative formatting in the press releases he sends out. 

Posted by Terry K. at 11:56 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 10, 2009 1:16 PM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, WorldNetDaily Division
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's clear Barack Obama has never considered himself an American, though, ironically, he managed to get himself elected president of the United States.

-- Erik Rush, April 9 WorldNetDaily column

If you are not now hearing the warning wail of the sirens of tyranny, you should be. Obama's dystopian, socialist, tyrannical agenda has only just begun, using the current "economic crisis" as both rationalization and rationale for an increase in government control over our private lives that has been unequaled since FDR's day.


If we refuse to fight this battle for the Internet, we allow private and public entities to turn us into thought-criminals by robbing us of our civil rights. I have no desire to live in Orwell's dystopia as interpreted by Barack Hussein Obama.

-- Phil Elmore, April 9 WorldNetDaily column

The rest of the world isn't as stupid as the Bush Derangement Sufferers who elected an illegal immigrant as president. 

Craige McMillan, April 9 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 10:00 AM EDT
WND's Cowardice on Obama Birth Certificate
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah once claimed that "The only news agency in the world, that I know of, that has investigated this matter of Obama's eligibility ... is WND."

That's not exactly true -- but he won't tell the truth about the ones who did, when he deigns to mention them at all.

As we've detailed, WND originally proclaimed the birth certificate released by Barack Obama's campaign to be "authentic." Yet when others remind Farah of his website's previous reporting, which conflicts with the conspiracy-mongering he's peddling now, he lies and obfuscates about it.

While WND promotes supporters of the birth certificate conspiracy -- an April 8 article by Bob Unruh even cites Barry Farber's conspiracy buy-in at rival website Newsmax -- it studiously avoids mention of articles that demolish the conspiracy.

Chief among them is a Dec. 4, 2008, article by David Wiegel at Slate, who describes birthers like Farah and WND as attempting "to overturn presidential results by any means necessary." Wiegel shoots down two significant claims, that the certificate released by Obama's campaign is a forgery and that Obama's grandmother confirmed that Obama was born in Kenya -- both of which were advanced at WND.

Yet WND has never even mentioned Wiegel's article, let alone respond to it.

Why won't WND tell its readers about these developements? What is WND afraid of?The truth, perhaps? That it will be found to have been pursuing a vendetta for months on false pretenses?

Until Farah mans up and starts telling his readers the full truth and admit the parts that have been debunked, WND will continue to be seen for exactly what it is: a vicious, lying, Obama-hating joke of a "news" organization.

UPDATE: Nor has WND responded to criticism of the birther conspriacy by their right-wing fellow travelers at FrontPageMag, which asserted on April 1: "Barack Obama was born in Hawai'i, August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu. Obama’s birth certificate posted online is exactly the same birth certificate everybody in Hawaii gets from the State Department of Health. It is not forged," adding that "A World Net Daily story claiming Hawai'i’s Republican Governor Linda Lingle ‘sealed’ the birth certificate is totally false." FrontPageMag also serves up its own substitute conspiracy, claiming that Obama is "creating an opposition which seems to be standing by the side of the road impotently pointing to a piece of paper."

WND's fellow right-wingers are bailing on the conspiracy. Why won't WND acknowledge it?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:09 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 10, 2009 8:01 PM EDT
Corsi Peddles Another Economic Lie
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Jerome Corsi reminds us once again why nobody should trust his economic advice (or at least not pay $99 a year to hear it). From an April 8 WorldNetDaily promo for the latest "Jerome Corsi's Red Alert" newsletter:

At the G20 meeting in London, President Obama agreed to create of an international board with authority to intervene in U.S. corporations by dictating executive compensation and approving or disapproving business management decisions, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.

Political consultant Dick Morris said that by agreeing to create the Financial Stability Board, Obama is a "willing accomplice" to a decision that effectively repealed the U.S. Declaration of Independence and abrogated the sovereignty of the United States.

The final communiqués coming out of the G20 meeting in London April 2 included a document entitled "Declaration on Strengthening the Financial System."

"By agreeing to the stipulations in this document, President Obama gave the blessing of the United States to the G20 decision to elevate the Financial Stability Forum into the Financial Stability Board," Corsi wrote. "The United States has only one vote in the newly constituted Financial Stability Board, a group that will be largely controlled by European central bankers."

The new global regulator now has the authority to examine all U.S. banks, brokerage firms and corporations – including non-financial companies such as the Big Three automakers – to examine operations and determine risk.

Actually, no. The Financial Stability Board referenced in the G-20 communiqué does not contain cross-border authority and thus does not in any way limit or eliminate U.S. sovereignty. Further, an April 3 New York Times article -- a real news organization as opposed to WND -- reported, "While the leaders agreed to create a new Financial Stability Board to monitor the financial system for signs of risks, they stopped well short of giving regulators cross-border authority, something France has long advocated."

How many suckers have Corsi and WND conned into paying $99 a year for this fact-free garbage?

P.S. Morris himself repeated this same garbage in his April 7 Newsmax column.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:19 AM EDT
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Meanwhile ...
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Richard Bartholomew tells us all about another one of the impeccably credentialed folks buying into the Obama birth certificate conspiracy.

An April 7 WND article by Bob Unruh promoted claims by "Lyle Rapacki, a former police officer who has worked in the field of psychological disorders for years," who asserted that "the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president could become a 'flashpoint' in the United States," resulting in "civil unrest, or worse, being unleashed in the streets of our nation." As Bartholomew details, "Rapacki is best-known as an exponent of 'Satanic panic' conspiracy theories. ... In particular, he is alleged to have lied about a girl having been sacrificed by a coven of Satanists in Halloween 1988 when in fact he knew she was still alive."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:27 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2009 12:29 PM EDT
Sheppard Still Opposes Accountability for Beck
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard still doesn't think his new friend Glenn Beck should be held accountable for his words.

In an April 9 NewsBusters post, Sheppard twists criticism of Beck for spreading anti-Obama hysteria that may have played a role in at least one mass shooting into a "War Against Conservative Opinion," insisting that "this new WACO strategy is about – getting rid of all the voices in America that don’t agree with the direction the far-left and the President they got elected are taking this nation."

Sheppard makes no mention about the details of the smoking gun evidence regarding Beck's link to cop-killer Richard Poplawski --  he posted a link at a discussion website for the neo-Nazi group Stormfront of a YouTube video featuring talk show host Glenn Beck talking about FEMA camps with Congressman Ron Paul, and Beck has hyperbolically asserted that gun rights are under fire as friends of Poplawski claimed that the man feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way."

Instead, Sheppard puts his best spin on it:

So what's the tragic logic on display here?

Brace yourselves: folks like Beck and other conservative talkers are inciting the lunatic fringe in the nation by having the nerve to suggest an anti-gun rights Democrat president along with an anti-gun rights Democrat Congress are going to enact anti-gun rights legislation.

What chutzpah!!!

At no point does Sheppard  offer any evidence that Obama is "anti-gun rights" or that there is an "anti-gun rights" legislation pending in Congress.

But such silly things like facts and supporting evidence would have gotten in the way of Sheppard's rant:

Sensing their dream of all radio stations resembling Air America was fading away, the Left concocted a new scare tactic: conservative talkers are a security risk because they are inciting violence. People like Beck aren’t just opposing the new President’s ideas; they’re making America a more dangerous place for law-abiding citizens to walk the streets.


Enter Poplawski stage right whose rampage the very next day by a man apparently clinging to his guns if not his religion perfectly fit the bill.

And the war was on.

As a result, for the foreseeable future, a conservative talker will likely be blamed for every criminal act that can be somehow connected to anything uttered by a right-leaning media member until such individual is fired.

Of course, Sheppard's employer is fond of linking media portrayals to influencing real-life when it suits them -- Brent Bozell, for instance, bashed pro wrestling by claiming that 12-year-old Florida boy was imitating wrestling moves he had seen on TV when he killed a 6-year-old girl (at least, until WWE sued him for libel and forced him to apologize and retract his claims and pay WWE $3.5 million). And Beck himself has blamed video games for "training our kids to be killers" and "our sons to treat women like whores."

So criticizing people for words and behavior that others might emulate is standard for conservatives. Why does Sheppard think Beck should be exempt? Apparently, inflammatory rhetoric without consequences is OK if you're a Republican.

UPDATE: County Fair's Jamison Foser reminds us of the story behind Sheppard's new favorite acronym: "But far-right extremists have a rather more ... excited view of what happened at Waco. They view it as a battle in a war between an oppressive federal government bent on taking away its citizens liberty, religious freedoms, and guns, and the freedom-loving patriots who must protect their families from enslavement by the government." Oh, and Timothy McVeigh, too.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:25 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2009 10:49 PM EDT
CNS Hides Partisan Nature of Pollster

An April 9 article by Penny Starr on a press conference by supporters of a "conscience clause" that allows health-care workers to refuse to take part in such procedures as prescribing birth control:

The results of a nationwide poll by The Polling Company/Woman Trend of 800 adults, 18 or older, and 2,865 members of faith-based health care professional organizations also was unveiled at the press conference.
The poll found that 87 percent of the adults said they think health care professionals should not be forced to participate in procedures and practices that they morally oppose – a number that represents people across the political spectrum.

Starr fails to note that The Polling Company is operated by a Republican activist, Kellyanne Conway; thus her polling on this issue is suspect since it can be surmised that the questioning was tailored to provide the kinds of responses that "conscience clause" supports want.

Conway has also demonstrated a hostility toward President Obama, who is considering altering or reversing the "conscience clause." In March 2008, Conway said that then-presidential candidates Obama and Hillary Clinton "arguing about whether she should let him sit on the back of the bus of her presidential ticket." Conway also predicted in 2007 that Obama would lose because nobody had heard of him before 9/11. Being a good, loyal Republican, Conway even rushed to Rudy Giuliani's defense over his personal history of divorces and estrangement from his children.

Starr devoted only a single sentence out of her 23-paragraph article to critics of the conscience clause, writing that they "charge the regulation will impose sweeping changes that will limit access to medical care, especially reproductive health care, for millions of Americans." Starr offers no further detail about the criticism, yet allows a supporter to assert that "the opposite is true."

Posted by Terry K. at 10:32 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: Newsmax

In a few days President Barack Obama, a professed Christian, will officiate at a pagan ceremony outside the White House and initiate young children into its un-Christian symbols.

This ceremony, the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, has its roots in the idolatrous pagan religion of ancient Mesopotamia, the land that was Babylon and is now war-torn Iraq.


Christians, where in the Bible does Jesus endorse colored eggs, bunnies, bonnets, Easter baskets, lilies or other things rooted in pagan Babylonian nature religion?

What would the Judeo-Christian God say about President Obama's pagan Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn?

-- Lowell Ponte, April 9 Newsmax column

By the way, it's not "President Obama's pagan Easter Egg Roll"; it's been a White House tradition since 1878.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:50 AM EDT
Aaron Klein Guilt-By-Association Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein just can't stop making desperate guilt-by-assocation attacks on Barack Obama.

In an April 5 WND article, Klein once again publishes the musings of "one of the founders of the Weathermen terrorist organization," Mark Rudd, as an attempt to paint Obama as a radical, even though Klein has never presented evidence that Obama has ever been in the same room as Rudd or even knows the man's name.

With this desperate need to smear Obama, and unable to provide any link between Obama and Rudd that is not circumstantial and tenuous, Klein demonstrates himself to be a sad, bile-filled excuse for a "reporter" -- and, thus, the perfect WND employee.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:45 AM EDT
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

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