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Friday, November 27, 2009
Sheppard Touts Truther-Promoting Russian Channel
Topic: NewsBusters

A Nov. 26 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard touts how "Russia Today did a far better job of detailing what happened at Britain's Climate Research Unit and how the global warming debate is impacted by it" than CNN has. Sheppard touts Russia Today again in a Nov. 27 post, claiming it "has been doing an outstanding job of reporting the growing ClimateGate scandal." But does Sheppard really want to be doing that?

Russia Today, Wikipedia tells us, is an English-language digital TV channel sponsored by the state-owned Russian news agency RIA Novosti. CBC News reports that there are doubts about its editorial independence, pointing out that it doesn't criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin and quoting a Russian observer who called it "very much a continuation of the old Soviet propaganda services." Russia Today has also run numerous reports promoting conspiracy theories about 9/11.

Who knew Sheppard liked state-owned, conspiracy-mongering propaganda outlets?

Posted by Terry K. at 3:24 PM EST
Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 3:25 PM EST
WND Still Lying About Obama's Grandmother
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Nov. 25 WorldNetDaily article on Barack Obama's grandmother, Sarah Obama, "making the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, the Hajj," repeats numerous false claims about her and Barack Obama.

Unruh writes that "WND's Jerome Corsi reported in the April issue of Whistleblower that eyewitnesses and a translator claim Sarah Obama stated her famous grandson was born in Kenya, further fueling speculation Barack Obama is ineligible to serve as president." As we've detailed, those "eyewitnesses" are led by an anti-Obama Anabaptist minister, Ron McRae, whose affidavit can't be trusted -- he mostly cites "common knowledge," not actual evidence, to support his claims about Obama's birth. Further, the claim of McRae and those associated with him is contradicted by another translatot, as we've also noted.

Unruh goes on to write of Barack Obama:

He's repeatedly stated he wasn't and isn't Muslim.

But as WND has reported, public records in Indonesia listed Obama as a Muslim during his early years, and a number of childhood friends claimed to the media Obama was once a mosque-attending Muslim.

Since taking office he's described the United States as a Muslim nation.

Unruh fails as a reporter to fully document the claims he cites. He fails to state that the instances of Obama being a "mosque-attending Muslim" was, as WND previously reported, when he was a child and not relevant to his religion today. Unruh also takes the "Muslim nation" statement grossly out of context; in fact, Obama said, "Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

It's not that difficult to tell the truth. Why do Unruh and WND seem utterly incapable of doing so when the subject is Obama? The Obama-hate is just too poisonous among Joseph Farah and crew, apparently.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:00 PM EST
A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Obama-Hate From Jackie Mason
Topic: WorldNetDaily

From Obama-hater Jackie Mason's Nov. 26 WorldNetDaily video:

And we should thank God for another thing, that Barack Obama is failing and failing more and more every day in terms of his influence on America. Because this great man that everybody heralded as the new messiah proven that everything that he wants to accomplish would only destroy America from every direction. And if he hasn't been able to accomplish what his goals were, he is saving America by being a failure, and he's becoming a bigger failure every single day, and we should celebrate every failure that he has.

Mason then tries to backtrack a bit on his hate: "This is not to wish him any harm. I wish him the best of everything and the healthiest life and the happiest life." But then Mason says that Obama shouldn't be president, "and we thank God that it looks like he he's going to lose sooner or later the presidency of the United States." He then adds:

Not everybody deserves to be a president. He should be -- a man like him should be a doorman, should be a singer, a dancer, a pilot. He could do a lot of things. But he does not belong in this office. And we should thank God for the failings he has so far in almost every department of everything he's trying to accomplish.


This man doesn't know it, but he's destroying America if he succeeds, and we gotta thank God for his failures. If his popularity has gone down from 73 percent to 46 percent, and every time you read the paper or watch any polls it's going down further and further. By the time this speech is over that I'm making, it'll probably be 38 percent or 32 percent. And pretty soon he'll be looking for a job, but not in this field. This is not his business.


We should thank God for the American people are beginning to be intelligent enough to see that this man is in the wrong field at the wrong place at the wrong time. This is not his business, and thank God that this will be a great country to live in as soon as he gets out of office.


This a great Thanksgiving, to see the complete destruction of this man's political career. And let's get him a job where he belongs, and somewhere he can make a living and be comfortable and stop wasting the time and all the -- all the misery that he's trying to create for the American people.He doesn't mean to create it, but that's his personality. That's his character; he can't help it. He doesn't know what he's doing, and sooner or later, if he loses enough influence, this will become the greatest country in the world again, as it should be, without the influence without Barack Obama.

So thank God for this country. This is a great Thanksgiving day for America, and America was never in better shape now -- than it is now because now we see the end of the influence of Barack Obama. Good luck to you. Find a job.

And is the classlessness of Mason's rant didn't drive the point home sufficiently, his video concludes with this image:

Yo, Jackie: Hate isn't funny.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:18 AM EST
Thursday, November 26, 2009
AIM Don't Need No Stinkin' Context
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Allie Duzett, in a Nov. 25 Accuracy in Media post, is annoyed that people are complaining that the stolen emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit are being taken out of context by critics -- like Duzett. She defends taking the emails out of context because, in her view she's not:

When Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia admitted in the emails that he had used a “trick” of falsifying the data to get the results he wanted, the context was clear: Jones was writing privately to someone who agreed with the concept of promoting fake data for personal gain.

Duzett is ignoring, yes, context: Jones has said that "trick" does not mean what Duzett thinks it means -- which appears nowhere in her post, presumably because she, as someone who is outside the scientific community reading the stolen work of others, has decided that what Jones says he intended is not important.

Indeed, Duzett goes on to sneer: 

What more context do we need?  The context is: some unscrupulous scientists sent some private emails to each other as they worked together to falsify data and squelch dissenting opinions—and then those private emails went public.  That’s the context here.  Some “scientists” in question claim that certain incriminating words—like “trick”—mean something different in scientific jargon and that once again, the terms are taken out of context, but the truth is, the context is all right here.  We have all the context we need, and some people are guilty.

Duzett doesn't Jones' context, apparently. It would interfere with her pitchfork-gathering.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:40 PM EST
Joseph Farah's Vindictive, Self-Aggrandizing Christianity
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Over the last week or so, Joseph Farah has put his particularly hateful and vindictive brand of hard-right Christianity on parade:

  • He insists that God enthusiastically endorses the death penalty.
  • He claims God will punish America for permitting gay marriage or, really, permitting any "homosexual behavior."

Farah's self-aggrandizing religious style continues in his Thanksgiving column, in which he states:

I'm so thankful to be part of a country where worshipping You is not a crime – yet.

I'm thankful we have the opportunity to tell others about You.

I'm thankful You have blessed this land in so many ways.

I'm thankful for the way You chastise this land and judge it with leaders unworthy of this nation's great heritage but who are, in Your wisdom, necessary to correct us and reveal our iniquities.

I'm thankful for Your patience with Americans, who, despite their countless blessings, do not often recognize from where they come.

For another view of Christianity that's free of Farah's self-conscious piety and vindictiveness toward anyone who doesn't agree with him, read this.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:14 PM EST
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Liberal Derangment Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Some months ago I wrote a column entitled "Liberalism is a malignancy." I reviewed the way in which liberals spoil the cities and states in which they live. Then, unable to exist there anymore, they metastasize to other places. However, unable to understand that the policies they support are the cause for the misery from which they have fled, they persist in trying to remake their new homes in the same way.

A malignancy can be cut away, irradiated and poisoned, yet it often persists in hiding, only to return again when it is no longer being actively fought. Combating a malignancy leaves the sufferer exhausted. Just when it seemed defeated, there is often resurgence, as if the malignancy planned to lay low for a while and return in force when the coast was clear. It seems as though malignancies plan ahead.

Malignancies do not play by accepted rules. They do not come out and meet us in open conflict, but utilize covert operations to achieve their goals. They wear us down, confuse us and ultimately pounce in ambush when we can no longer cover all of the possible venues of assault. Theirs is an attack on multiple fronts, probing, advancing and then retreating, looking for weakness.

Liberals do the same thing. They were smart enough to plan ahead. They long ago infiltrated the education system so that they could begin the malignant transformation of the minds of our youth – slowly, inexorably plotting for the day when they would be able to strike. Our weakness, which is that of complacency, has been well utilized by liberals.

-- Frank S. Rosenbloom, Nov. 25 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 12:27 PM EST
CMI Unhappy That Censorship Failed
Topic: Media Research Center

A Nov. 24 MRC Culture & Media Institute commentary by Matt Philbin is headlined, "Iowa Parents Lose to Sex Ed Lobby." But it would be more accurately headlined "Censorship Effort Fails."

The issue is a periodical on sex education available in the teen section of a public library in Ames, Iowa. Parents had protested it, but the library board voted to continue to make it available. Philbin claims that its availablility means that "after baseball practice, little Billy can read threads about herpes, or masturbation or what qualifies a girl to be a slut."

It seems Philbin's objection is that teens are exposed to sex education at all. He depicts sex education as being the same thing as "sexualizing children and (added bonus!) normalizing all manner of sexual proclivity" and attacks the magazine for "playing to the average self-absorbed adolescent’s fantasies of repression."

Philbin claims that "the ultimate analogy for tempting fate is '… like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.'" That is a reference to P.J. O'Rourke's famous quote about giving money and power to government. But O'Rourke didn't mention anything about sex, and Philbin doesn't explain how knowledge about sex is a bad thing.

(O'Rourke also says the following about knowledge: "Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.")

Posted by Terry K. at 11:26 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:27 AM EST
Another One-Sided Article, More Nazi Smears From WND's Unruh
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've detailed how WorldNetDaily's Bob Unruh, despite his longtime work for the Associated Press, regularly writes articles for WND that would never pass AP muster, including single-source items. Unruh comes through yet again in a Nov. 23 WND article.

The article focuses a homeschooling case in Germany (one of Unruh's favorite subjects, since he homeschools his children, a fact undisclosed in this article). Unruh appears to be taking his cues from a press release by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

At no point does Unruh indicate that he has made any effort to verify the information he got from the HSLDA, including direct quotes of the Germans involved in the case.

Unruh and WND like to smear critics of homeschooling and supporters of public schools by playing the Godwin card, likening them to Nazis. He does so here, noting that German laws on compulsory school attendance that the German homeschoolers are running afoul of were enacted under the Nazis in 1938.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:27 AM EST
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Media Matters details the latest manifestation of WorldNetDaily's anti-gay agenda: a Nov. 23 column by Joseph Farah insisting that homosexuality must be outlawed because God wants it to be and will punish America if it acts otherwise, and a related poll asking readers, "What do you think of homosexuality?" (The unshocking answer: Not much.)

Posted by Terry K. at 7:17 PM EST
Citing Psalm 109:8 Is A Joke?
Topic: Horowitz

A Nov. 22 NewsReal post by Paul Cooper properly notes that criticism of right-wingers citing Psalm 109:8 in reference to President Obama is valid: "The context of the passage is of an evil leader being killed – it is not talking about someone being voted out of office. I believe proper use of the Bible centers around using verses in their proper context."

But then Cooper adds that "the verse is used by most people as a joke and not for genuine prayer." Cooper offers no evidence to support the claim. Indeed, we saw no evidence of humor or irony in Joseph Farah referencing it; of course, he also failed to present it in its proper context of killing a leader.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:22 PM EST
Does Walsh Want A Return to Racist, Eugenicist Immigration Policy?
Topic: Newsmax

James Walsh, in his Nov. 23 Newsmax column, continues his lamentation of immigration changes in 1965, because they allowed people from "Mexico and other Third-World countries" to enter the U.S. Walsh adds that proposals for comprehensive immigration reform "promises to continue legislative attempts to Third-World-ize the mighty United States of America."

What Walsh doesn't note: As we detailed, those 1965 changes replaced what was a immigration policy based on racism and eugenics, essentially limiting immigration to the U.S. to those from northern Europe.

Does Walsh want a return to pre-1965 immigration policy? It seems he does.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:17 AM EST
New Article: How Many People Will WorldNetDaily Kill?
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND has long opposed vaccines, but it has gone utterly conspiratorial in its fearmongering about the swine flu vaccine. Will WND's irresponsible editorial policies actually result in the deaths of some of its readers? Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 1:43 AM EST
Pelosi Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Nancy Pelosi offering Americans her health-care bill as our Christmas gift excites me about as much as a slave being promised a new set of chains from the slave master. Her idea that taking freedom from millions of Americans is a gift is grotesquely warped. Please take me off your list, Nancy.


Speaker Pelosi and Mr. Obama are so drunk with power as a result of controlling both Congress and the White House, they have blatantly ignored the separation of powers clearly outlined in the Constitution. The executive, legislative and judicial branches are what make up our system – not just Congress and the presidency.


Nancy Pelosi is no friend of yours, the Constitution, freedom or the country. She wants the people in government chains. Her first words as speaker, as she lifted her gavel to the heavens, were, "Let's hear it for the power." Very revealing.

Power has made her drunk. Drunk people do stupid things. It is time to send her to the drunk tank. If anyone should go to jail, it should be her.

-- Craig R. Smith, Nov. 23 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 12:01 AM EST
Monday, November 23, 2009
NewsBusters Ignores Ziegler's Hypocrisy
Topic: NewsBusters

A Nov. 23 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard highlights how "Palin documentarian John Ziegler has called for NBC to fire" Norah O'Donnell, noting, "So contemptuous of the former Alaska Governor is O'Donnell that she actually went to a Palin book signing event last week armed with crib notes to attack fans of the outspoken conservative." Ziegler himself similarly notes the incident in the item on his personal website to which Sheppard links: "This query is especially relevant given her shameful performance while covering a Palin book signing in Michigan where she went out of her way to embarrass a teenage girl who was just there to see the political superstar up close and personal."

Sheppard failed to note that what McDonnell did -- ask people in line at a Palin book-signing about Palin's view on political issues, which the fans were generally unaware of -- was essentially what Ziegler did last year, commissioning Zogby to do a poll asking Obama voters about issues related to the election and declaring that "Just 2% of voters who supported Barack Obama on Election Day obtained perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets during the campaign."

Of course, given that Ziegler is a right-wing supporter of Palin, the questions were misleading, and he is a foul-mouthed thug with anyone who challenges him.

Ziegler, needless to say, doesn't see the similarity. From his website: "For the record, while some have tried to compare the two, my interviews with Obama voters on election day were fundamentally different from what O'Donnell did, if only because I am not an alleged 'news' reporter and they were backed up with scientific data."

Still, it's a stunt that Ziegler has pulled in the past, and Sheppard should have noted it.

NewsBusters and other Media Research Center divisions have served as enthusiastic shills for Ziegler's biased projects.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:24 PM EST
WND Tries to Spin Its Way Out of 'Muslim Mafia' Document Capitulation
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily must have labored all weekend to figure out a way to spin its apparent legal capitulation in agreeing to return documents purloined from CAIR -- used in the WND-published book "Muslim Mafia" -- back to CAIR.

And spin WND does. The most obvious sign that WND feels rather sheepish about returning the documents is that there is no story with that as its sole focus. Rather, WND's spin is buried in a Nov. 22 article by Art Moore that is a fluffy profile of the lawyer for co-author David Gaubatz.

It's not until the ninth paragraph -- after touting how the lawyer, Martin Garbus, is a "First Amendment advocate who has represented the likes of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela and Andrei Sakharov" -- that Moore gets around to his buried lead, the news of the agreement to return the purloined documents to CAIR. And it's a response that reads like it's been filtered through lawyers:

Garbus told WND the material will be returned, and a proposed order filed Thursday indicates both sides have agreed.

He argues there's "no point in having a fight over the right to distribute documents that have already been distributed."

"My client had this material for a long time, and I presume during that long time other people saw it," Garbus said. "So whatever use is being made of the document, I presume has already been made."

CAIR contends the documents were stolen, but Garbus believes that's "not an issue with respect to whether or not the book should be published." David Gaubatz insists the research described in his book, including securing the documents, "was conducted professionally and legally" in cooperation with law enforcement officials. Relevant material is in the hands of the FBI, he said.

"The agreement to return the documents is hardly, as CAIR officials have irresponsibly suggested publicly, an admission the material obtained in this investigation was stolen. We believe the documents and recordings were all obtained legally," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, the parent company of WND Books, which published "Muslim Mafia." "Many of those documents have already been turned over to law-enforcement authorities – not typically the practice of those interested in 'stealing' things. I know the defendants in this lawsuit would prefer to see all the material handed over to law enforcement for review before being returned to CAIR."

Farah added: "But, remember, what is being returned to CAIR are documents that were headed for CAIR's shredder. Once CAIR was eager to dispose of them. Now, suddenly, the group is treating them like they are the crown jewels. Go figure."

"Further, ultimately, there is only one reason the defendants didn't decide to fight CAIR in the courtroom as a matter of principle," said Farah. "That's because the cost of their defense would have been so high it would have wiped them out financially. That's the sad truth of American justice. An extremist group with foreign backing can press litigation against American citizens with impunity. It's an example of economic terrorism."

Of course, if WND actually believed it had a case here, it wouldn't be hiding the news about the document return in an unrelated story, would it?

In line with the declaration of poverty, the article concludes with a plea for readers to donate to WND's legal defense fund. But as we've detailed, there are too many unanswered questions about the legal case WND is making in defense of Gaubatz to make any donation a risky proposition.

Further, WND might have more money to spend of legal defense of Gaubatz if he hadn't spent seven years fighting a libel lawsuit against WND it knew or should have known had merit, rather than making a correction at the outset.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:34 AM EST

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