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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
WND Double Standard Watch
A Jan. 11 WorldNetDaily article by Michael Carl describes a manslaughter case in Maine as exemplifying "the violence of the homosexual lifestyle."
It's worth noting, however, WND failed to describe the case of a homeschooling family in which corporal and sexual abuse occurred as exemplifying "the violence of the homeschooling lifestyle" -- indeed, WND portrayed the family as victims of state persecution while whitewashing the abuse.
Will Farah Demand Tea Party Convention Be Open to Reporters?
Joseph Farah and WorldNetDaily made a minor ruckus over being denied press credentials for the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen (despite Farah's refusal to acknowledge the U.N.'s right to exist and desire to see it destroyed).
Will Farah demand the same openness from an organizaiton to which he's speaking?
As we've noted, Farah is trying to ride Sarah Palin's coattails by becoming a speaker, like Palin, at the upcoming Tea Party Naiton convention. But as the Washington Independent reports, reporters have largely been prohibited from covering the convention, and only "selected" members of the press will be allowed.
Will Farah allow his speech to be covered by the press? Hard to say -- despite his professed support for openness when WND wants to report on it, Farah's own record of transparency is less than steller. We've detailed Farah's 2007 participatation in a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive right-wing group. Despite reporters being essentially barred from the meeting, WND published an article on news from the conference, which we must assume was cldeared with CNP officials before publication -- a huge ethical no-no for journalists.
Farah loves his journalistic freedom -- but only when it suits him. He has no problem acquiescing to secrecy when that suits his partisan agenda.
Does Farah have the moral conscience to demand that the tea party conference he's speaking at allow reporters to cover it -- or to lodge a public protest or even refuse to participate if it doesn't? History suggests he does not.
Newsweek demolishes the web of conspiratorial falsehoods woven by Chuck Norris in his Jan. 10 WorldNetDaily column about President Obama's executive order extending certain "privileges, exemptions, and immunities" to Interpol.
In his column, Norris bizarrely claims that "Interpol will become Obama's secret vault for terrorists' criminal records and evidence – and whatever else he and his Cabinet want to place in there," such as "his original, long-form birth certificate."
Even Molotov Knows His Humor Video Sucks
When your "comedy" video is more notable for being hateful and homophobic than funny, you've got a problem. And so Molotov Mitchell minion D.J. Dolce keeps up the hateful "humor" in her latest WorldNetDaily video:
(Mitchell, you'll recall, has endorsed the law, which goes well beyond criminalizing homosexuality to actually permitting the execution of homosexuals.)
Even the canned laughter is rebelling against it. At one point an off-camera voice shouts, "That's not funny!" -- which tells us that even Mitchell and Dolce have a good idea just how painfully lame this exercise is.
But then, it's not about the funny -- it's about the hate.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Newsmax Removes Geller's Anti-Obama Screed (One of Them, Anyway)
Last month, we predicted that Pamela Geller would be the next Newsmax columnist to go too far -- following in the footsteps of John L. Perry and Pat Boone -- resulting in Newsmax quitely deleting one of her offensive screeds.
Looks like it's already happenened.
We noted that in a Nov. 17 column, Geller asserted that President Obama was "dropping another O-bomb on America with the decision to try the masterminds of the shocking attack of Sept. 11, 2001, in a New York courtroom," going on to assert that "America electing an America-hater for president vanquished our moral authority" and concluding that "As long as he is president, the man will never stop punishing America for being so foolish as to elect him."
But in updating the links to Geller's columns in our article following Newsmax's recent re-indexing of its website, we discovered that the Nov. 17 column has disappeared. Columns are now grouped by month, and Geller's November grouping is missing the one from Nov. 17.
As per usual, Newsmax did not tell its readers the column was removed, let alone explain why.
Interestingly, an Aug. 26 column in which she first asserted that "America electing an America-hater for president vanquished our moral authority" remains live. Also in that column, Geller describes Obama's proposed "civilian community service corps" as a "stateside army" -- which, as we've previously detailed, is a utter lie.
Looks like Newsmax has more pruning to do in order to eradicate Geller's obsessive Obama hatred.
WND Throws Another Tantrum
Joseph Farah seems to think that Fox News has an obligation to cover whatever silly stuff WorldNetDaily publishes.
Last October, Farah whined becuase Fox wouldn't cover the WND-published anti-CAIR book to his satisfaction, even though the anti-Muslim bias of the book's authors is more than clear to everyone, even Fox. Now WND is taking a more histrionic approach to said whining.
Farah gives it another shot in his Jan. 11 column, this time expressing anger and jealousy that CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper has been on Fox News while he hasn't, suggesting that this is because a Saudi businessman who has donated to CAIR is also an investor in Fox News' parent, News Corp. Because of this, Farah writes, "Fox just isn't the news organization many of you think and hope it is."
Thisis accompanied by an unbylined Jan. 11 article that begins this way:
So it's patriotic to give airtime to Muslim-haters?
CNS Uncrtically Quotes Reid-Hater Msssie
A Jan. 11 CNSNews.com article by Fred Lucas uncritically quotes Mychal Massie:
Lucas doesn't mention that Massie has engaged in his own hate speech against Reid, likening him to Bull Connor and Orval Faubus. (and hypocritically denouncing Charlie Rangel for saying "George Bush is our Bull Connor") and claiming that Reid's supposed racisim means "He is simply being true to his inbred familial heritage" as a Mormon.
Most people would say such virulently hateful attacks make Massie unqualifed to offer a reasonable opinion about Reid. Not Fred Lucas.
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Bailed-Out Businesses
A Jan. 9 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard laments the existence of "a campaign started by the far-left website the Huffington Post to get people to pull their money from the larger national banks and deposit their savings into 'smaller, community-oriented financial institutions.'" Sheppard asserts that "an organized run on these banks" could result in "more financial insolvencies, layoffs, and further damage to an already teetering economy." Adds Sheppard: "With ten percent unemployment, and America's banks struggling to get back on their feet, ABC should be ashamed of itself for reporting on this campaign by Huffington and her ilk."
Sheppard omits the full purpose of the campaign: to move money into smaller institutions "that generally avoided the reckless investments and schemes that helped cause the financial crisis."
Which brings us to the hypocrisy part -- while Sheppard wants to save big banks that had to be bailed out, his NewsBusters colleague Tom Blumer has long been rooting for the demise of automakers that accepted a federal bailout.
Indeed, the day before Sheppard's post, Blumer was attacking "Government/General Motors" (such posts are usually accompanied by the graphic shown here) cheering that it was about to lose its long-held title as America's biggest automaker. Blumer snorted that "the company walked away from about $30 billion in debt in the bankruptcy process and waltzed out of bankruptcy court after having received over $50 billion in government aid."
And in a Jan. 11 post, Blumer bashed both GM And Chrysler for "vaguely holding forth on the prospect of reopening previously shuttered production facilities," chortling that the companies' sales don't justify it, and happily noting that Ford, which did not take bailout money, "is stealing the show, in one case on the energy-efficient turf GM and Chrysler that is supposedly going to be their specialty."
NewsBusters needs to explain why it wants bailed-out automakers to die -- which would result in, in Sheppard's words, "financial insolvencies, layoffs, and further damage to an already teetering economy" -- but not bailed-out banks.
WND Columnist Still Hates Lesbian Mayor
We've previously noted WorldNetDaily columnist Dave Welch's revulsion that a lesbian had been elected mayor of Houston, stating, "We let our position on the wall be breached by the enemy." Well, he's still revulsed.
In his Jan. 9 WND column, Welch lashes out at Joel Osteen for giving a prayer at the inauguration of Mayor Annise Parker -- or, more to the point, Osteen's statement that "we thank you just for raising her up":
As he has before, Welch portrayed Parker's election as a moral failing of the citizenry, claiming that the citizens are "choosing governing leaders for selfish, self-serving and immoral or amoral reasons." Welch doesn't mention any of the civic issues that presumably propelled Parker to victory.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Advice For NewsBusters
Dear Tim Graham: Complaining about Rachel Maddow allegedly mocking "little Todd Tiahrt" and "tiny Todd Tiahrt" might have been a little more effective had it not been preceded by your MRC colleague Brent Baker devoting an entire post to George Stephanopoulos' booster seat.
More WND Dishonesty: Ad Disguised As 'News' Article
It isn't just all the lying that makes WorldNetDaily a discredited "news" source. It's also the fact that WND turns over its "news" space to its advertisers.
The latest example of this is a Jan. 10 WND article -- presented as "news" -- claiming that "new evidence indicates the U.S. Department of Agriculture may be covering up the greatest food shortage in modern history." It goes on to state:
Yes, SurvivalSeedBank.com is a WND advertiser. From today's WND front page:
This, of course, is a violation of journalistic ethics; the Society of Professional Journalists ethics code states that "Journalists should ... [d]istinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two."
WND needs to tell its readers how much SurvivialSeedBank paid WND for this dishonest placement of an ad as a "news" article, so we can see just how much WND's journalistic soul is worth.
Obama Derangement Syndrome: A Symptom Defined
In his Jan. 9 WorldNetDaily column, Tom Tancredo lists among his symptoms of 'Obama Stockholm Syndrome" this: "You believe that the 1.5 million people who protested excessive government spending on the Capitol Mall on Sept. 12 were all part of a vast right-wing conspiracy."
Of course, if you actually believe that 1.5 million people actually showed up at the Capitol that day, it's a symptom you're suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome.
Newsmax Career Rehabilitation Watch
In his Jan. 8 Newsmax column, Ralph Reed -- Newsmax's latest attempt at career rehabilitation -- cites as evidence that "Obama’s real-life 3 a.m. phone call has come, and he has flunked the test" that he "took days (while he played golf in Hawaii) to step before the cameras and acknowledge the obvious: a massive, systemic, and nearly disastrous failure of intelligence" in the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing.
Reed doesn't mention that President Bush took twice as long as Obama to respond to another attempted bombing, that of shoe bomber Richard Reid, let alone assert that Bush's silence meant that he was soft on terror.
Reed also baselessly attacked the Obama administration for giving accused Christmas Day attempted bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "full Miranda rights, and allowing him to lawyer up so we can get no information about his al-Qaida handlers." In fact, intelligence officials have already spent "a number of hours" with Abdulmutallab, in which "usable actionable intelligence" was obtained.
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