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Monday, August 16, 2010
Aaron Klein's Mighty Wurlitzer Strikes Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

There's actually nothing all that interesting in Aaron Klein using his radio to get a member of Hamas to endorse building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, as WorldNetDaily has promoted (and promoted and promoted). This fundamentally dishonest strategy is how Klein operates.

In 2008, Klein got a member of Hamas to "endorse" Barack Obama for president, and his book "Schmoozing With Terrorists" is filled with such conversations. As we detailed at the time, there's no evidence that the terrorists he gets to talk to him are aware of his ulterior strategy -- to use their words against them to inflame anti-Muslim sentiment in America.

That is likely the case with the Hamas endorsement of the mosque. Of course a group proclaiming itself to be Islamic and anti-American would endorse a mosque in New York -- that's not news. The point is that Klein did this interview with the explicit purpose of using the endorsement to inflame public sentiment against the mosque.

This has nothing to do with Hamas and everything to do with Aaron Klein. This isn't reporting; it's nothing more than Klein pressing a key on his Mighty Wurlitzer.

UPDATE: We expand on this a little over at Media Matters, where we also highlight that Klein's media strategy still relies on the terrorists being too stupid to figure out how he's using them.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:31 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010 9:45 PM EDT
Graham Pretends Angle Isn't An Extremist
Topic: NewsBusters

The Media Research Center hates it when the media tells the truth about conservatives, and Tim Graham demonstrates it again in an Aug. 15 NewsBusters post, complaining that the Washington Post reported the indisputable fact that "It has not been especially difficult work" for Harry Reid to "exploit perceptions" that Sharron Angle, his Republican opponent for his Nevada Senate seat, "is a dangerous reactionary."

Graham even goes so far as to suggest than an extremist Christian-based movement isn't all that extremist. After noting that the Post reported that Reid has been promoting the idea that Angle is a Christian reconstructionist and that it is indeed true that "some of Angle's views mirror those of Christian Reconstructionists," Graham tries tochange the subject: "Of course, to any group of secular leftists, it's frightening for any conservative politician to talk about God, regardless of whether the Rushdoony arguments have a scintilla of merit."

As we've noted, reconstructionism endorses the idea of the death penalty for "moral crimes," such as homosexuality. While it may not be a movement of significant size -- indeed, the Post reports that it "dried up" after founder R.J. Rushdoony died -- it is significant if a candidate holds such views. Rather than investigating whether Angle does, Graham chose to play dumb instead -- whcih suggests that he knows it's true but won't admit it.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:59 AM EDT
What Happened to Janet Porter?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

If it seems that your Tuesdays have been a little more sane lately, there's a reason: Janet Porter has stopped writing her WorldNetDaily column.

Porter -- who has used her WND column to spew hate and lies, as well as embrace a neo-Nazi racist --  has not written a column since June 15. Right Wing Watch notes that Porter's Faith2Action website, which Porter harnessed to her personal anti-Obama crusade, has been only sporadically updated in recent weeks.

Further, as we've previously noted, Porter spearheaded a "May Day" rally at the Lincoln Memorial that was so sparsely attended that speakers to beg for money from the audience to defray the cost of staging it, and she lost her radio show after the evangelical Christian ministry that had been offering production and transmission services for it pulled the plug due to Porter's embrace of Christian dominionism.

Right Wing Watch notes that Porter has descended further into dominionism, speaking at a conference run by dominionists and Christian reconstructionists.

It's unlikely that WND canceled Porter's column -- after all, WND editor Joseph Farah holds reconstructionist views, and WND tolerates lies (and perhaps even encourages them) as long as they're about its political enemies, like President Obama. So the evidence points to Porter abandoning it, for whatever reason.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:24 AM EDT
CNS Columnist Likens Obama to Jim Jones

It seems Alan Caruba has decided he wants to be the next Ellis Washington.

Caruba uses his Aug. 16 column to one-up Washington in Obama derangement via likening him to various vile historical figures and go where even Washington didn't:

On November 18, 1978 the world was shocked to learn that more than 900 members of the People’s Temple had committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. They took their lives – drinking poisoned Kool-Aid -- at the urging of Jim Jones, charismatic preacher who founded the Temple in the 1950s in Indiana, later moving it to California and then to Guyana.
It is increasingly evident with every passing day that Barack Obama is America’s Jim Jones, undermining the U.S. Constitution while urging Americans to drink his Kool-Aid lies. Need a reminder? Here are a few:
Stimulus Act Kool-Aid
Obamacare Kool-Aid
Financial Reform Kool-Aid
Reach out to Muslims Kool-Aid
Mosque at Ground Zero Kool-Aid
Amnesty for illegal Aliens Kool-Aid
Bailout General Motors Kool-Aid
Cash-for-Clunkers Kool-Aid
Union Card Check Kool-Aid
Green Jobs Kool-Aid
Close Down Gitmo Kool-Aid
Climate Change Kool-Aid
Regulate Carbon Dioxide Kool-Aid
Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium Kool-Aid

Posted by Terry K. at 9:48 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010 9:48 AM EDT
WND Columnist: We Need More White Babies!
Topic: WorldNetDaily

America, we have a problem. We are killing our babies and our posterity through abortion, birth control and by intentionally limiting our family size to one or two children. I'd like to ask a tough question of those most incensed about the anchor babies.

God said to "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:27).

What have you done to uphold or restore this God-given mandate?

The good news is that there is a recent trend back toward "large" families, although that definition is certainly different than in our grandparents' day. My great-great grandfather was one of 11 siblings, a story often heard about that era of mid 19th to early 20th century America. We now define a "large" family as three or more.

Please understand that I don't criticize childless couples or "small" families. Every married couple should seek God's plan for their family and then trust Him to direct the size. However, the reality is that most of us do not do so but decide we are going to play God. My wife and I did that in our early marriage.

After we were blessed with both a boy and a girl, we decided we could not afford more and weren't sure we still wanted the original four we had "planned." Thankfully, after a five-year "disobedience" period, we were challenged by Bill Gothard at an Advanced Seminar of Institute in Basic Life Principles to turn the reigns back over to a loving God.

Lisa Renee, Jennifer Michelle, Rebecca Leigh and Richard Douglas were added as blessings to our quiver, joining David Jr. and Stephanie Joy. We of course cannot imagine life without them, and only regret those five years in wondering who else God had planned to bless us with.

I also remember the response of many in our conservative, evangelical church when we became pregnant with No. 3 and No. 6 in particular – both times it was essentially, "Oh, you are one of those families." Thanks to leaders like Bill Gothard, whose leadership birthed the homeschool movement, that paradigm has changed a little in the church.

As a nation, we have not changed and in other critical ways are continuing our destructive ways. Removing Hispanic births from the equation, we are below the replacement rate to sustain our nation. 

-- Dave Welch, Aug. 15 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 12:03 AM EDT
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This Is Media Criticism?
Topic: NewsBusters

Melissa Clouthier writes in an Aug. 15 NewsBusters post:

So Matt Lewis writes a column decrying, I think, the Political climate's nastiness. I say, I think, because after reading it, I'm not quite sure what he's saying.

Matt brings up two pieces of evidence: Matt Yglesias saying that lying is okay was one distressing example. Well, duh. Yglesias is a liberal and I have yet to read a liberal blogger who doesn't believe the ends justify the means. There is no true objective truth, after all. And, really, lying is fine, if a greater truth is served yada yada. This is not new. Nor is it shocking. Everything from science (Al Gore and global warming) to social science (single mothering is as good as dual-parent families) to religion (Christianists!) to media coverage is manipulated to serve the statist i.e. Democratic good. And to make the arguments, lying isn't just recommended, it's necessary.


Here’s another thing: In basketball, there is a winner and a loser. There are two teams. Some politicians and pundits get all mushed up and confused. They act as though we’re in a system where getting along means winning. No, it doesn’t. Getting along means Democrats winning, because getting along means compromising on government programs which, by definition, expands the size, scope and reach of the government. When compromise wins, government wins. People lose.

So, how does Clouthier's mindless liberal-bashing fit in with NewsBusters' declared mission of "Exposing & Combating Liberal Media Bias"? Near as we can tell, it doesn't.

Clouthier obviously has the right to be as hateful as she wants -- indeed, her entry was cross-posted on another blog. But shouldn't NewsBusters have editorial standards that keep the blog from straying from his declared (not to mention tax-status-mandated) mission? 

Posted by Terry K. at 2:13 PM EDT
Palling-Around-With-Terrorists Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah will be guest-hosting G. Gordon Liddy's radio show next week.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:09 AM EDT
Saturday, August 14, 2010
NewsBusters Shocked That Local News More Important Than National News
Topic: NewsBusters

An Aug. 13 NewsBusters post by Kyle Drennen makes a big deal of how "instead of showing the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the network's Washington DC affiliate, WUSA-TV, decided to continue with live storm coverage." Drennen presents this as being suspect because "The Evening News has consistently ranked third among the network evening newscasts during Couric's tenure."

Why Drennen thinks it's surprising that a local TV station would want to devote more coverage to a devastating storm that cut power to 110,000 people at a time when people are already predisposed to watch news is strange. It's almost as if he's being paid to push an agenda to bash Couric and CBS, no matter how logic-defying the attack.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:57 AM EDT
WND's Mercer Issues Racial Attack on Michelle Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Ilana Mercer has decided that smearing Michelle Obama as Marie Antoinette was offensive, or racially appropriate, enough for her. From Mercer's Aug. 13 WorldNetDaily column:

PIMP MY FLOTUS. A world away from her husband's dirty little war was the first lady's ostentatious sojourn to Spain. I must say that the Marie Antoinette metaphor for Michelle did not do it for me. Despite the motorcades and the session with the Spanish monarchs at their Marivent Palace – the mental imagine that I got was made in America; it came from reality TV or MTV. Shades of the shows "Pimp my Ride" and "Cribs" came to mind. Coloring my imagination was a vivid, prior mental image of the "sedate" soiree the first lady held for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, down to the disco ball and the half-nude, pelvis-grinding Beyonce. (Bibi Netanyahu was confined to the cellar.)

Still sillier were demands our patrician pundits made (at least one of whom has touted one-time porn star Kim Kardashian as a role model because she does not imbibe) for Mrs. Obama's dollars to be spent stateside, so as to boost the American economy. Michelle Obama's income comes from taxpayers. The first family doesn't produce anything; it only consumes American wealth. Somewhere in the U.S., productive activities have already been suspended to fund the POTUS, the FLOTUS and their lavish lives. It matters not where the first family spends the loot.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:54 AM EDT
Friday, August 13, 2010
Gay Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

You might think a judge who is a homosexual activist would consider recusing himself from judicial review of California's Proposition 8, a ballot initiative prohibiting state recognition of same-sex marriage carried by the votes of 5.5 million people.

You would be wrong.

Instead, Vaughn Walker imposed his own views on the population of California with a dramatic and sweeping edict that defies common sense, 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian moral standards, 230 years of American history, nature and, most importantly, nature's God.

Do people like Walker just expect the rest of us to accept their unaccountable rule over us?

I don't know about you, but I don't think Americans can take much more of this kind of tyranny.

Quite frankly, this is far more blatant and more abusive than anything our colonist forefathers endured before throwing off the shackles of the crown of England.

-- Joseph Farah, Aug. 13 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 2:08 PM EDT
CNS Attacks Official For Being Gay
Topic: ventures into the gay-baiting arena with an Aug. 12 article by Jane McGrath asserting that "Conservative groups are expressing concern that David Hansell, an openly homosexual man and former AIDS activist, is currently serving as the acting head – the assistant secretary – of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)."

The crux of McGrath's article are unsubstantiated allegations by the right-wing Fanily Research Council that Hansell "conducted a series of meetings aimed at forcing Florida to lift its ban on same-sex adoption" and "is lobbying to cut HHS financial assistance for all Florida adoptions if the state doesn't change its policy."  McGrath quoted theFRC's Peter Sprigg as saying that "We have heard from private sources" about theallegations and "Sprigg told that he is not at liberty to divulge the identities of the private sources who informed him of the alleged meetings."

McGrath made no apparent effort to verify Sprigg's claims; she wrote that Hansell "would not grant an interview to" but answered an unrelated question via email.

McGrath also allows anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera to smear Hansell by comparing him to "Kevin Jennings, a former homosexual activist whom President Obama appointed as assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education," adding:

Jennings came under public scrutiny last year for how he handled a situation as a teacher in a private boarding school when a 15-year-old boy informed him about a sexual relationship with an older man. Jennings, who has written and spoken of the incident, claims he told the boy “I hope you knew to use a condom,” but did not report the information to authorities.

In fact, the student in question was 16, and there wasn't a sexual relationship.

(McGrath's article is currently not showing up at CNS; here it is in Google cache.)

Posted by Terry K. at 1:34 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 1:37 PM EDT
WND Rewards Liar With Puff Piece
Topic: WorldNetDaily

How does WorldNetDaily reward a writer who forwarded an attack on President Obama and Elena Kagan that was so blatantly and egregiously false that WND was forced to scrub the hell out of it? Why, give him a forum to promote his book.

An Aug. 12 WND article touts how "Hundreds of people hungering for Bible truth turned out" for an event in Oklahoma in which WND executive news editor Joe Kovacs read from his book "Shocked by the Bible":

"Wow, look at all these people. I'm shocked!" declared Joe Kovacs, the executive news editor of WND and author of the No. 1 best-selling book "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told." "I didn't know so many people had an interest in Bible truth these days."

Ifyou're interested in actual truth, however, Kovacs is not your guy. As we detailed, Kovacs wrote that Kagan, in her position as Obama's solicitor general, came up "at least nine times on dockets involving Obama eligibility issues." In fact, none of the cases Kovacs cited involved "eligibility." But Kovacs did his job in smearing Obama and Kagan, truth be damned.

So Kovacs spreads lies, and WND not only doesn't punish him, it rewards him with a puff piece. That's the moral bankruptcy of WND in a nutshell.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:22 PM EDT
WND Flails At International Baccalaureate Curriculum
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An Aug. 10 WorldNetDaily article by Michael Carl is dedicated to attacking the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Why is this univerally respected program being attacked? Because a right-wing evangelist doesn't like it. And an anonymous blogger doesn't like it either. Carl makes no attempt to talk to anyone actually directly involved in IB programs to obtain any response to the criticism.

Carl manages to work both George Soros and Bill Ayers into his conspiracy that IB programs are anti-American and anti-Christian.

Carl is a former full-time WND employee who now apparently moonlights for it while serving as a pastor. That would seem to explain why Carl has no interest in telling a balanced, fully truthful story.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:25 AM EDT
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Erik Rush's Criticism Fail
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Erik Rush's Aug. 12 WorldNetDaily column is dedicated to attacking blogger Matthew Yglesias for writing a Washington Post piece that is, in his words, "a quintessential example of Orwellian Ministry of Propaganda fare, so surreal in its assumptions that it its absurdity is scarcely to be believed, especially to those who do their level best to avoid the Post altogether. It is also a prime example of the composition of progressive racial orthodoxy, which is illustrated very effectively and at several junctures in this piece."

But Rush is so busy trying to smear Yglesias that he doesn't bother to quote from the column to rebut anything he writes, beyond noting that Yglesias "casually" used the words "vitriol" and "xenophobia."

This, by the way, who casually likened President Obama to a prison rapist, so perhaps Rush is not a person who should complain about the word usage of others.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:37 PM EDT
Shocker: MRC Admits That Conservative Bias Exists
Topic: NewsBusters

As we've detailed, the Media Research Center has a long history of pretending there's no such thing as conservative media bias, which makes MRC official Tim Graham's concession to its existence noteworthy.

In an Aug. 10 NewsBusters post, Graham tries to make the case that a reporter for a Washington, D.C., TV station was suspended because he exhibited "conservative bias" in claiming that, in Graham's words, "President Obama's a major recipient of BP cash."

Of course, Graham (and, apparently, the reporter) botched the fact -- Obama received only $1,000 from BP's PAC in 2004, much less than other candidates that year, and  other noted donations came from BP employees, not the company itself.

But kudos to Graham for acknowledging that conservative bias exists, which runs counter to the MRC's longstanding policy.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:14 PM EDT

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