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Thursday, February 10, 2011
NEW ARTICLE: Aaron Klein, Mubarak Mouthpiece
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem reporter does the bidding of the Egyptian dictator while relying on distortions and anonymous sources to dismiss the will of the Egyptian people -- even apparently making sure the regime got copies of his Obama smear book. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 2:46 PM EST
NewsBusters Praises CPAC White Its Parent Boycotts It
Topic: NewsBusters

A Feb. 10 NewsBusters post by Ken Shepherd begins: "Today marks the opening of the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Regardless of where you may stand on internal debates about some of this year's co-sponsors, there's no denying that for nearly four decades its been an enduring legacy of conservative political activism."

Shepherd curiously didn't mention that his employer and the operator of NewsBusters, the Media Research Center, has taken a clear stand on those "internal debates" -- and it's the opposite of the stand Shepherd is taking.

As we've noted, the MRC is boycotting CPAC this year over its inclusion of the gay conservative group GOProud -- a fact it has yet to report in any straightforward fashion to its readers. It hasn't even bothered to issue a press release to announce its decision.

The closest we've seen is a Feb. 9 NewsBusters post by Matthew Balan stating that CNN contributor Jon Avlon "erroneously included Capital Research Center" on a list of groups boycotting CPAC, parenthetically adding, "perhaps he meant the Media Research Center, the parent company of NewsBusters."

It seems that the MRC's dealings with CPAC -- taking a bold stand by boycotting, but not terribly eager to publicize that stand -- are nearly as cowardly and contradictory as that of WorldNetDaily.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:15 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:01 PM EST
Meanwhile ...
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily tried to put its own bizarre spin on the unrest in Egypt with a Feb. 5 article suggesting that the "pale rider" depicted in the Book of Revelation was captured in a video image of the protests. Of course, Revelation's "pale rider" was a harbinger of plague, which we have not seen in Egypt.

Richard Bartholomew has more.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:00 PM EST
After F-Word Allusion Freak-Out, NewsBusters Give Palin A Pass On 'WTF'
Topic: NewsBusters

When NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein had a bizarre freak-out over MSNBC's Cenk Uygur using the word "friggin'," -- calling it "profanity with malice aforethought" and a "vulgar new low" -- we noted that he remained silent over Sarah Palin's use of "WTF."

Meanwhile, another NewsBuster has weighed in on Palin's vulgarity, and not surprisingly, she gets a total pass.

In a Feb. 8 post, NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard writes:


It was also interesting to see Schultz use the phrase "Big f-in deal."

When former Alaska governor Sarah Palin recently referred to Barack Obama having several "WTF moments" in his State of the Union address, numerous MSNBC commentators thought it was childish of her despite the fact that she was making a hip pun with the President's oft-repeated "Winning the Future" line.

So "friggin'" is a "vulgar new low," while "WTF is a "hip pun." Got that?

Sheppard concludes: "As I've said for years, it takes a staggering amount of rationalizations to be a liberal these days." It appears it takes even more rationalization to be a Media Research Center employee.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:10 PM EST
Why Are WND Authors And Columnists Attending CPAC?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

For all of the anti-gay and anti-Muslim hate WorldNetDaily has spewed against CPAC for allowing GOProud to take part in the conservative convention (and not allowing Farah to do a birther panel), you'd think that anyone associated with WND would be barred from participating.

Well, you'd be wrong.

A Feb. 8 WND article touts how Phyllis Schlafly -- "a columnist for WND" and co-author of a book "scheduled for release by WND Books March 15" -- "is scheduled to tell an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 11 about the dangers of the feminist movement."

She's not the only one. The CPAC master schedule lists Jack Cashill -- also a WND columnist and author of an upcoming WND-published book -- as signing books on Feb. 12 at noon.

If WND editor Joseph Farah was a genuinely principled person, he would have kept everyone associated with WND from setting foot in the place. But when it comes right down to it, he cares more about selling books and fattening his wallet than he does staying completely true to the principles he claims to have.

UPDATE: That's not all. WND "senior staff writer" Jerome Corsi is reporting from CPAC.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:27 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:16 PM EST
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Bozell Whines Media Isn't Covering Planned Parenthood Sting Hoax
Topic: Media Research Center

Brent Bozell, as he is wont to do, spends his Feb. 9 column whining that some story isn't being covered by the "liberal media" -- in this case, the "shocking" and "damning" entrapment videos by anti-abortion activist Lila Rose at Planned Parenthood.

Bozell has to hide the facts to keep you thinking that this story is "shocking" and "damning." Nowhere does Bozell mention that Planned Parenthood contacted the Justice Department after visits from Rose's activist group Live Action warning of possible sex trafficking -- the very offense Rose's hired actors were trying to convince Planned Parenthood they were engaging in.

Bozell seems to be failing to consider the fact that the reason the "liberal media" is not reporting this story is because there's no story here.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:23 PM EST
Barbara Simpson's Obama Derangement
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barbara Simpson has a fit of Obama derangment in her Feb. 7 WorldNetDaily column:

As if not bad enough, other released cables show that Barack Obama used Britain's nuclear secrets as bargaining chips in getting the Russians to sign the START treaty.

To make it clear: The United States betrayed long-time alliances with Britain by giving Russia secret information about every Trident missile the Brits have, as well as their nuclear capability.

Britain had steadfastly refused to agree to share the Trident information with Russia. Despite that, the U.S., in its determination to get the START treaty signed, gave the information to Russia anyway. Now, not only will the number of British warheads be known but also the number of missiles.

Can they ever trust us again?

That Barack Obama would betray Britain is disgusting to anyone with any sense of history who knows the unique political and social relationship between the two countries. But Obama has his own agenda and loyalty to democratic and freedom-loving friends isn't part of it.

In fact, the language that required the disclosure appeared in the original 1991 START treaty, and both U.S. and British officials  called the Telegraph report "bunk."

Simpson also referenced the alleged "arbitrary return of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's gift of the Churchill statue" by the Obama administration. In fact, the decision to return the Churchill bust -- which was on loan to President Bush and not a gift -- was made by the Bush administration, not Obama.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:22 AM EST
CNS Loath To Admit Its Boss Is Conservative
Topic: is usually good about labeling the political leanings of the subjects it writes about -- except when the subject is the organization that owns it, the Media Research Center.

A Feb. 7 CNS article by Christopher Goins on the MRC's report "preserving Ronald Reagan's legacy and highlighting the liberal media’s resentment and distortion of it" did not describe the report as coming from a conservative viewpoint, though it used "liberal" as a descriptor six times, including three mentions of "liberal media."

Another Feb. 7 article by Pete Winn on the MRC's hyperbolic reaction to AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post did describe MRC chief Brent Bozell as "conservative," though it described the Huffington Post as "liberal" three separate times.

Needless to say, neither article provided any opposing viewpoint to the MRC's. Also there was no mention of whether Bozell's assailing of organizations that "target and obscenely smear" their political enemies and, thus, do not deserve to be called "news" will results in the word "news" being lopped from CNS' name.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:20 AM EST
WND's Klein Misrepresents Report To Bash Soros
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein keeps earning his stripes as a Mubarak mouthpiece by once again using his patented guilt-by-assocation methods to blame unrest in Egypt on George Soros.

From a Feb. 8 article by Klein:

An international "crisis management" group led by billionaire George Soros long has petitioned for the Egyptian government to normalize ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The International Crisis Group, or ICG, also released a report urging the Egyptian regime to allow the Brotherhood to establish an Islamist political party.

The ICG includes on its board Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the main opposition leaders in Egypt, as well as other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, a violent offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a June 2008 report entitled, "Egypt's Muslim Brothers Confrontation or Integration," Soros' ICG urges the Egyptian regime to allow the group to participate in political life.

The report dismisses Egypt's longstanding government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood as "dangerously short-sighted."

The ICG report called on President Hosni Mubarak's regime to "pave the way for the regularization of the Muslim Brothers' participation in political life," including by allowing for the "establishment of a political party with religious reference."

Klein curiously doesn't link to the ICG report so readers can judge for themselves. Why? Perhaps because those readers would learn that Klein has cherry-picked from the report to misrepresent its contents.

The above is the very limited extent to which Klein describes the details of the report. What he doesn't tell you: ICG told the Muslim Brotherhood to moderate its views as well:

The Muslim Brothers also carry their share of responsibility. Although they have made considerable efforts to clarify their vision and can make a credible case that they embrace the rules of democratic politics, including the principles of citizenship, rotation of power and multiparty political life, serious questions linger. Many of their pronouncements are ambiguous; not a few – including in their most recent political program – retain a distinctly non-democratic, illiberal tone. This is particularly true concerning the role of women and the place of religious minorities, neither of whom, for example, the Muslim Brothers believe should be eligible for the presidency. Clarification is needed. Democratising the Society’s internal practice also would help, particularly if the group’s more pragmatic wing is able to make a credible case for a doctrinal revision as the price to pay for political integration.


To the Society of Muslim Brothers:

4.  Engage in a dialogue with members of the government, opposition and civil society, notably by:

(a) approaching officials and reform-minded NDP members to discuss conditions necessary for the Society’s peaceful political integration;

(b) engaging with secular opposition parties and movements to form a consensus on how the Society can best be integrated as well as wider issues of political reform;

(c) engaging with representatives of the Christian community in a frank dialogue on sectarian relations and the Society’s stance toward religious minorities;

(d) supporting comprehensive political reform clearly, as opposed to a bilateral arrangement between the Society and the regime; and

(e)   ensuring that consensus positions on these issues are formed within the Society in a democratic manner to avoid contradictory approaches by members.

5.  Finalise and amend the Society’s political program, in particular by:

(a) altering its position on the role of women and non-Muslims in public life;

(b) continuing to seek input from a wide range of its members as well as non-members; and

(c) clarifying relations between the Society and a future related political party.

If Klein had told the truth about the ICG report, it would have destroyed his little storyline of Soros masterminding the Egypt chaos. As we already know, the storyline is more important to Klein than the truth.

UPDATE: Klein falls back on his overreliance on anonymous sources in another Feb. 8 article claiming that "Members of a vast Hezbollah terrorist cell suspected of planning attacks against tourist sites and economic targets in the Suez Canal have escaped from Egyptian prison." Klein cites only "informed Egyptian security sources" to back the claim and offers no on-the-record confirmation.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:48 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:52 PM EST
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
MRC's Graham Admits Truth About GOP's 'Forcible Rape' Provision
Topic: Media Research Center

When the provision in an anti-abortion bill that redefined a rape exception as limited only to "forcible rape" became public, Republicans wouldn't defend it -- heck, even NewsBusters had to dance around it -- and Republicans ultimately vowed to remove it.

Now, the MRC's Tim Graham is admitting what his right-wing fellow travelers wouldn't -- that the provision was an attempt to further restrict abortion.

Graham uses a Feb. 8 NewsBusters post to attack some random Daily Kos blogger for calling the Republican Party the "Rapeublican Party." Graham writes that the "forcible rape" provision was an attempt to "deny taxpayer subsidies for abortion in cases of statutory rape." Not in so many words, of course; he doesn't use the term "forcible rape," and he doesn't quite concede that that the term would constitute as a narrowing of current law regarding restrictions on federal funding of abortions.

Nor does Graham quite concede (beyond a block quote of the Kos blogger he's attacking) that the  "forcible rape" construct would go way beyond statutory rape to rape of a physically or mentally incapacitated person. Graham distrcts from what his admission by attacking the Kos blogger for supposedly claiming that "taxpayers who aren't committing statutory rape should lend a helping financial hand to those who are, and women who aren't 'daring to have sex' until they get in trouble should be subsidizing those women who do."

Graham's attack mode doesn't change the fact that he broke the GOP's anti-abortion omerta by essentially admitting what the "forcible rape" gambit was really about. His telling the truth may be bad news within his little activist conclave, but it's good news for the rest of us.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:46 PM EST
WND Baselessly Blames Obama for What Anonymous People Are Supposedly Claiming
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Feb. 7 worldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein carries the subhead, "Look what Obama's support for Islamist group is doing." What is is that Obama is supposedly "doing"?

An Egyptian Islamist terrorist organization founded by the Muslim Brotherhood is re-establishing itself amid the political upheaval in Cairo, WND has learned.

Both Egyptian and Israeli security officials said the group, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, is being reconstituted at the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The officials affirmed Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya serves as the de fact [sic] "military" wing of the Brotherhood, which originally founded Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya.


The information comes after the U.S. tacitly approved the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in political dialogue in Egypt.

At no point does Klein demonstrate any direct corellation between the Obama administration "tacitly approv[ing]" participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's "political dialogue" and the purported return of Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya -- not even the anonymous sources Klein quotes. So the WND headline is a lie -- just another way Klein and WND are serving as a Mubarak mouthpiece.

By the way, is Klein ever going to quote an actual named person about Egypt? He hasn't so far.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:22 PM EST
Newsmax's Walsh: Illegal Immigrants Are Dumb, Lazy Gang-Bangers
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax columnist James Walsh has long been hostile to immigrants in general and illegal immigrants in particular. He spends his Feb. 7 column attacking another writer for daring to say nice thing about immigration.

Walsh complains that the writer "does not differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants," then goes on a tirade against illegal immigrants. He asserts that the writer "fails to mention that illegal workers are taking jobs that could be filled by unemployed U.S. citizens in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois," but he offers no evidence to back up this claim.

Walsh does conceded that " educated immigrants are a boon to the nation, economically and socially, but most enter the United States legally and with the assistance of their employers." Unlike those filthy, violent illegal immigrants:

Many illegal aliens tend to be undereducated or uneducated, and as a result end up doing menial work for which they are paid off the books in cash.

Many are slow to learn English, and a number are criminal gang members or just plain criminals. Taxpayers cover the considerable costs of translators for non-English speaking illegal aliens who end up in the federal and state court systems.

Illegal aliens cost communities where they live significant amounts of public funds for health, education, and welfare entitlements. Immigrant advocates instruct illegal aliens that they qualify for these entitlements right along with U.S. citizens. Perhaps worst of all, immigrant advocates encourage illegal aliens to commit fraud by voting in U.S. elections.

Why does Newsmax allow someone with such unbridled hatred for illegal immigrants to write about how much he hates them?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:15 PM EST
Bozell's Overheated And Hypocritical Response to HuffPo-AOL Merger
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Brent Bozell serves up a typically overheated reaction to AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post:

“This proves AOL News has lost its mind. They must be in such dire straits that they’ve been blinded by the millions and think an acquisition of The Huffington Post is worth sacrificing credibility and objectivity. AOL News is fooling only itself in thinking there is no journalistic conflict in merging with a hate-filled, vicious, radically left-wing rag.

“Let’s do a quick review of The Huffington Post. Our ‘Huffington’s House of Horrors’ Special Report revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt ongoing campaign of profanity, crude sexual and excretory metaphors and outright hate speech against conservatives, all under the leadership of Arianna Huffington.  In fact, just last month, Huffington's site published a man saying the next 'Great American Story' would be Dick Cheney receiving a heart transplant from a brain-dead American soldier from Iraq, possibly causing ‘the heart to implode knowing it was trapped inside Dick Cheney.’

“So when Arianna brags today that ‘I laid out my vision for the expansion of The Huffington Post, and he laid out his vision for AOL. We were practically finishing each other's sentences,’ we can only assume that AOL News has been infected with the same vicious motive: to target and obscenely smear conservatives. They can do that if they want, of course, but please don’t call it AOL ‘News.’ That’s now become an insult.” 

We've previously detailed how the MRC's "special report" on the Huffington Post is little more than a joke, cherry-picking a mere 19 posts out of the tens of thousands of posts on the site and dismissed all posters as ""all-star far-left cast of celebrity dilettantes," "celebrit[ies] toasted by the leftist elites" and "hate-speech specialists."

And if Bozell thinks "news" organization shouldn't be targeting and smearing political enemies, does that mean he will drop the "news" designation from his, which loves to do just that?

Posted by Terry K. at 11:29 AM EST
Ellis Washington Gets It Wrong on Egypt
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It wouldn't be Ellis Washington if he wasn't spewing hatred and getting stuff flamboyantly wrong, and he hits the mark on both in his Feb. 5 WorldNetDaily column.

Washington begins with "paraphrasing the telling words" of Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson as "The Constitution is not a suicide pact." A paraphrase means that you keep the essential meaning of what was said, and Washington didn't do that. Jackson never said that "The Constitution is not a suicide pact"; he said, according to the Wikipedia link Washington supplied regarding a court ruling to which Jackson supplied a minority opinion on, that "There is danger that, if the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."

From that factual error, Washington moves on to ranting about how "The world stands at the brink – the Progressive/Muslim Axis vs. Natural Law/Christianity." This segues into a discussion of events in Egypt, in which he dismisses both Joe Biden and Mohamed ElBaradei as "what Lenin called useful idiots." 

Washington then segues into an anti-Egypt tirade:

The Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979 began America's financial aid of Egypt, which amounts to scores of billions of dollars to date. Most of that money goes to Egypt's military. Egypt, along with several other Muslim nations fought (and lost), four major wars against Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. Why for the past three decades have we given money to build Egypt's military and keep a dictator in power? Because they signed that treasonous false peace treaty in 1979 with that nitwit Jimmy Carter while Egypt secretly ships hundreds of tons of weaponry though their shared tunnels into Gaza, which Hamas uses to kill Israelis.

Washington offered no evidence that the Egyptian government is secretly shipping arms to Hamas that were purchased with U.S. foreign aid. In fact, quite the opposite is occuring: Mubarak's government usually destroys tunnels to Gaza, and the smuggled weapons are made in Russia and China, not America.

And Washington's depiction of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty as "treasonous" is bizarre, since the treaty has largely held for 30 years.

Washington concludes by descending into derangement over various things:

America must break the servile bondage of the Progressive-Muslim Axis over American foreign policy. The trillions spent in foreign aid and war over there we've essentially flushed down the toilet. What has 35 years of Middle Eastern "diplomacy" gotten us but 9/11, two Iraq wars, Afghanistan and the devolution of American exceptionalism?

I am not promoting neo-isolationist policies America had prior to the World Wars, but how about breaking the slave chains of China, Iran and the Saudis and returning to a robust Reagan foreign policy where we manufacture what we need here in this country without needless regulation and union thuggery? How about America mining for our own rich natural resources in coal, oil, natural gas, shale and other profitable minerals needed for computers, manufacturing and weaponry? America is literally the Saudi Arabia of coal, oil shale and natural gas, but for too long we've allowed gutless politicians to be controlled by the environmental fanatics, union thugs and the regulatory Gestapo.

Stop the Progressive-Muslim Axis. America needs a pragmatic and narrowly defined foreign policy that makes alliances with Christian or Christian-friendly nations and avoids what President George Washington warned against, entangling alliances with those nations whose ideology and culture seek our destruction.

Any nation that we have to bribe with foreign aid (i.e., voluntary extortion) isn't a faithful or true ally and will only push America into bankruptcy and into treasonous geopolitical entanglements.

Only Christians should get U.S. foreign aid? Really?

Posted by Terry K. at 3:02 AM EST
Monday, February 7, 2011
Meanwhile ...

Ed Fuelner's Feb. 3 column touts Ronald Reagan's "true legacy," but somehow manages to avoid using the words "deficit" and "debt." And he avoids mention that wages for most Americans stayed essentially flat throughout the 1980s.

Media Matters' Jamison Foser has more.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:08 PM EST

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