By the way — if after all that you're a Columbia University economics professor, and you ever gave a student named Barack Obama an A, YOU MIGHT BE A SOCIALIST.
-- Wayne Allyn Root, July 20 Newsmax column
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
-- Wayne Allyn Root, July 20 Newsmax column
WND Thinks Telling the Truth About Obama Is News
Only WorldNetDaily could consider correcting articles to that they tell the truth to be newsworthy.
A July 17 WND article makes a big deal out of an article on a Ghana news website changing a reference in an article about Barack Obama's visit to Ghana from Africa being "the continent of his birth" to "the continent of his father's birth."
but then, reporting the truth about Obama is a novel concept to WND.
Kessler Misleads Again About Obama
Declaring that "it’s clear that neither President Barack Obama’s economic plan nor his world peace plan is working," Ronald Kessler makes misleading claims in his July 20 Newsmax column to attempt to prove his point.
Kessler asserts that "Funneling money through the federal government has no multiplier effect and does not give businesses incentives to expand and hire more people. ... If Obama had instead offered tax incentives, as the Republicans proposed, rather than planning to raise taxes, businesses would have felt more confident about hiring more workers." In fact, government spending does have a stimulative effect; further, according to economist Mark Zandi, government spending has a higher multiplier effect than do business tax cuts.
Kessler went on to claim: "While the administration promised immediate results, Obama is now saying the stimulus was meant to have an effect over two years." In fact, White House chief economic adviser Larry Summers said in February that while there would be some immediate effects, "the effect will build over time."
Kessler also falsely claimed that Obama, in a 2001 radio interview, "expressed regret that the Supreme Court hadn’t engaged in wealth redistribution." That's a lie -- as we've detailed, Obama said no such thing, no matter how many times Kessler insists he did.
Another Empty Article from Aaron Klein
WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein serves up an empty July 19 article in which not a single person he cites has a name.
Not only are none of these people named, Klein offers no explanation for why he granted them anonymity.
This is a follow-up of a July 14 article in which Klein also failed to quote anyone on the record.
Such blanket anonymity appears to go against WND's policy on using anonymous sources, which editor Joseph Farah has dismissed as "usually quotes made up out of whole cloth to help make the story read better."
Democrat Derangement Syndrome Watch
-- James Hirsen, July 20 Newsmax column
Your WND Hate Crime Lies of the Day
A July 18 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh is a veritable compendium of falsehoods and distortions about the hate-crimes bill.
Unruh begins with a distorted, pejorative description of the bill as creating "federal protections and privileges homosexuals and others who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles" and that it "essentially makes homosexuals a protected class of citizens."
Unruh also repeats the false claim, as forwarded by the right-wing group Liberty Counsel, that "Matthew Shepard is touted by homosexual advocates as a hate crime victim, but the evidence now shows he was not targeted because he was homosexual but was killed because of a drug deal." As we've detailed, by promoting this claim, Liberty Counsel has chosen to believe convicted killers and known liars over law enforcement and the official record of the case.
Unruh calls the bill "The Pedophile Protection Act" without mentioning that, as we've also documented, the bill does not protect pedophiles. Unruh also repeats claims that the bill will lead to "prosecutions of pastors and churches for teaching the biblical injunction that homosexual is sin" without mentioning that the bill contains a clause stating, "Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the Constitution" -- which would include the First Amendment protection for freedom of religion.
Like we said -- a perfect storm of lies and bamboozelement from a writer with a long record of lies and bamboozelement.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Newsmax Kerik Rehabilitation Watch
Newsmax takes the next step in its Bernard Kerik rehabilitation project by giving him his own archive, his own bio page (which, of course, mentions nothing about the numerous charges of corruption he faces trial on) and a place on Newsmax's "blog" page (which aren't blogs at all but renamed opinion columns).
This coincides with a new column (sorry, we're not calling them "blogs") by Kerik.
NewsReal Falsely Asserts Obama Health Reform Modeled on Canada
In a July 20 NewsReal post, Claude Cartaginese asserts that the Canadian health care system is "the same system that President Barack Obama has chosen as a model for this country to emulate as he takes us down the path towards socialism.
In fact, Obama has explicitly rejected a single-payer system like Canada's.
Examiner Complains Second City Isn't Anti-Obama Enough
Topic: Washington Examiner
In another example of the Washington Examiner's right-wing bias spreading to all areas of the newspaper, a July 20 review by Nancy Dunham of a Washington performance by the comedy group Second City wasn't hateful enough of President Obama and -- perhaps more egregiously -- dared to make fun of conservatives.
Dunham complained that the show, while funny, was "unabashedly pro-Obama" and that it didn't repeat right-wing talking points: "Nope, the 57 states to which Obama referred during the campaign or even his ardent use of a Teleprompter -- which has even prompted Vice President Joe Biden to joke about Obama -- aren't mentioned at all during the almost two-hour show."
Dunham saves her main ire, though, for Second City's lampooning of conservatives:
Dunham went on to add: "Surely, many will say that this criticism is based on my own political beliefs. That's fine to believe and may well be partially true." The more interesting question, though, is why Dunham's review dovetails so well with the Examiner's editorial policies. Would her review have been published if she wasn't approaching the Second City's performance with a right-wing lens? We have to wonder.
If the Examiner's right-wing bias not only can't be confined to the editorial page but drives things like entertainment reviews, there's little reason to trust anything the Examiner publishes.
ConWebWatch Scoops WND on Bogus eBay Certificate
A July 19 WorldNetDaily article by Drew Zahn appears to concede that a purported Barack Obama birth certificate being sold on eBay doesn't exist and that the seller has a "lengthy criminal record."
Gee, we reported that two weeks ago.
Zahn claims his conclusions are the result of a WND "investigation," but we have to question how much work WND actually did. After all, we got our information from a blogger at Barackryphal, who did much of the legwork on the seller's background. Yet Zahn doesn't credit Barackryphal, even though his article is accompanied by a photo that also appeared on Barackryphal.
This may be as close as we'll ever get to an explicit apology from WND for reporting bogus claims before fully investigating their veracity. Yet even that would be a change in policy for WND, which tends not to correct or apologize for reporting bogus claims involving Obama -- see Larry Sinclair and African Press International.
Corsi Couldn't Find Doctor Linked to Obama Birth -- But We Did
A July 12 WorldNetDaily article by Jerome Corsi asserts: "Despite an in-depth search, the name of any physician or medical attendant who might have helped deliver the baby Barack Obama at Honolulu's Kapi'olani Hospital in 1961 remains shrouded in mystery."
There is no way Corsi could have done any kind of "in-depth search." How do we know? Because we found it at Snopes.
Snopes cites a Buffalo News article about a woman who was a former teacher at the Hawaii school that Obama attended:
Curiously, Corsi makes no mention whatsoever of Dr. West or Barbara Nelson's story, which tells us that any "search" Corsi did was obviously not "in-depth."
Corsi didn't even have to do that much of a search for this story -- in January, WND's Bob Unruh wrote about Barbara Nelson. But then, Unruh's goal was to discredit her.
Unruh claimed to have spoken with Nelson, who said she never claimed that West delivered Obama: "Being one of the leaders in obstetrics in Hawaii, he could have had physical or informational access to all of the obstetrics [on the islands]."
But the online version of the Buffalo News article does not indicate any correction has made to it, nor does the version of the article in the Nexis database. If Nelson was as concerned as Unruh portrays her about the newspaper's purportedly misleading portrayal, surely she would have sought a correction or clarification from the paper. But there's no indication that she did.
Corsi already has a long history of derelict journalism when it comes to Obama, and his failure to even mention Rodney West or Barbara Nelson is just another example of how Corsi will ignore facts to pursue his anti-Obama agenda.
Horowitz Blogger Hides F-22 Problems
A July 17 post at NewsReal, the David Horowitz Freedom Center's new blog, by Claude Cartaginese baseless touts the F-22 fighter jet without mentioning its significant shortcomings.
In fact, the F-22 has significant problems -- notably that it requires 30 hours of maintenance for every hour it flies, is way over budget, and has problems with its radar-absorbing skin. It was designed to win dogfights with Soviet fighters -- not a problem these days -- and it has never flown over Iraq or Afghanistan.
Further, the Pentagon is split over canceling the F-22. As the Washington Post reported, the Air Force's top two civilian and military leaders support cancellation, though other officials do not.
NewsReal's motto is "Keeping The Cable Guys Honest." Looks like we're going to have to keep NewsReal honest.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Farah Smears Walter Cronkite
Joseph Farah is a man without morals or scruples (as his and his website's continual lies about Barack Obama amply demonstrate), so it's not suprirising to see Farah use the occasion of Walter Cronkite's death to smear the man.
In a July 18 WorldNetDaily article, Farah besmirches Cronkite -- who had died just over 24 hours before -- as someone beholden to a "radical agenda" and maliciously portrays him as a subversive liberal plant.
Farah bizarrely asserts that Cronkite's "press accomplishments were noticeably meager" prior to his elevation to CBS evening news anchor in 1962 -- even though Farah goes on to note that Cronkite had been in journalism for more than 20 years prior, working for both the United Press and CBS. Farah does not explain why 23 years in journalism, including covering World War II, is a "noticeably meager" credential for becoming a news anchor.
Farah goes on to selective edit Cronkite's resume, suggesting that all Cronkite did at CBS before becoming news anchor was serve as the host of "You Are There" and a morning show "where he was paired with a partner: a puppet named Charlemagne." In fact, Cronkite anchored CBS' political convention coverage starting in 1952 and interviewed numerous politicians.
(Oh, and Farah gets the date wrong that Cronkite took over the ahcnor's chair -- it was in 1962, not 1961.)
Farah also recounted the story, as published in "the Nation, a Marxist-oriented journal," of how Cronkite was offered the anchor job due to the prodding of former Nation editor Blair Clark -- or, as Farah put it, "thanks to prodding from a socialist activist who edited The Nation."
Farah then asserts: "Just a few years later, his commentaries on the Vietnam War were credited with turning the tide of American opinion against that conflict." In fact, there apparently was only one timethat Cronkite voiced his opinion while serving as a news anchor: a 1968 commentary that Farah writesas being "credited with swinging the tide of opinion against the [Vietnam] war."
Farah goes on to claim that "After leaving his position with CBS, Cronkite's political activism and offbeat ideas had no restraints." Farah seems to think that any political view that doesn't agree with his far-right take is "offbeat" and "radical"; the views Farah attributes to Cronkite -- support of liberalism, opposition to unilateral military action, a stronger United Nations -- are hardly "offbeat."
Such malicious smears can only be done by a man without morals or scruples. And Joseph Farah is such a man.
MRC Misleads Again on Quote About Kennedy
Rich Noyes still doesn't get it.
He devotes a July 18 NewsBusters post to once again portraying a statement by writer Charles Pierce that "If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age" -- which the MRC named as "quote of the year" in 2003 -- as "[p]erhaps the most egregious example of the liberal media planting a pro-Kennedy spin on Chappaquiddick."
As we've detailed, Pierce has made clear that the statement was a "tough, but fair, shot" at Kennedy and the MRC took the quote out of context, ignoring the fact that Pierce was highlighting the fact that Kopechne's death effectively kept Kennedy from having the "moral credibility" to be president.
Even though Noyes includes a larger excerpt of Pierce's article in his NewsBusters post that includes the "moral credibility" angle, with the purported goal of showing "how a writer could build up to such a quote," he remains oblivious to the fact that it's a criticism of Kennedy and not praise. And nowhere does Noyes mention Pierce's response to the MRC's taking the quote out of context.
Farah Still Spreading Birther Lies (But Finally Concedes One Truth)
In a July 17 WorldNetDaily column presented as a letter to Rep. Jay Inslee, Joseph Farah claims the congressman has "been completely misinformed about what my news organization has reported" about the Obama birth certificate conspiracy and adds: "Are you not aware that the only living person in the world claiming to be present at his birth swears it took place in Mombasa, Kenya?"
That's a lie. As we've detailed, the full edition of the interview of Sarah Obama upon which Farah bases his claim makes clear that Sarah Obama did not claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
On the other hand, Farah finally tells the truth about what WND has previously reported about the birth certificate released by the Obama campaign, admitting for the first time that, as Inslee wrote to a constituent quoting an August 2008 WND article, a "WND investigation into Obama's birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic."Farah writes: "Yes, it is true that I do not believe that document to be a forgery and WND has reported that." That's a big change from Farah's obfuscation on the issue.
One peculiar thing about Farah's column: He's responding to Inslee based on "a June 30, 2009, letter to a constituent." But in a Dec. 20, 2008, column, Farah cited roughly the same statement by Inslee in another "constituent letter." That was when Farah first told the lie that none of WND's experts "could report conclusively that the electronic image was authentic or that it was a forgery," further asserting that it "remains under serious question" whether the document is authentic.
It's unclear why Farah changed his story -- perhaps he realized that we (and Keith Olbermann) busted him on an obvious lie and decided that the truth was the prudent course. Then again, he's still lying about other birther-related stuff, so he's not completely reformed.
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