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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Supreme Court Rejects Klayman's Attack on Kagan
A Jan. 23 WorldNetDaily article -- stolen from Politico without attribution -- notes that the Supreme Court rejected the amicius brief from sue-happy defamer Larry Klayman demanding that Elena Kagan be removed from deliberation over cases involving the constitutionality of health care reform.
Reading the brief -- promoted in a Jan. 5 WND article by Bob Unruh -- it's easy to see why. It's filled with dubious arguments, logical fallacies, and self-aggrandizement by Klayman, who has a surprising amount of trouble making an honest living as an attorney.
Klayman kicked things off by declaring that his little right-wing legal organization, Freedom Watch, "is dedicated to ensuring the rights of all citizens through action, frequently with legal cases and other means." Those "other means," of course, tend to involve hurling libelous insults and unproven allegations at people he hates. Klayman later declares that Freedom Watch is "speaking on behalf of the American people."
Speaking of insults, Klayman goes on to attack and arrogantly lecture Chief Justice John Roberts and the court -- never a good idea when you're trying to get a favorable ruling from said court:
Klayman went on to assert that "While serving as Solicitor General, Justice Kagan took significant part in health care reform issues and the crafting of the Act" -- something that Klayman offers no evidence to support. Klayman then claimed: "It is also believed that before the Act was even passed, the Department of Justice had, in fact, been meeting to develop a strategy for defending the law from constitutional attacks. Involved in these efforts was Justice Kagan." In fact, the only meeting Kagan was involved in on the issue was to appoint someone else to handle the case.
Klayman then cited "incriminating documents" he claims are "un- equivocally evidencing Justice Kagan’s strong support of the Act." In fact, they show no such thing. The section of the U.S. Code that states grounds for recusal (which Klayman curiously does not quote) specifically states that the judge should recuse "where he has served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, adviser or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy." None of the instances Klayman cites is anything close to an opinion on the merits or legality of health care reform.
Klayman even rushes to the defense of Clarence Thomas over his alleged conflict of interest on health care reform: "Unlike allegations of partiali- ty concerning Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Kagan’s involvement is not a matter of another member of her family playing a partisan role concerning the Act. Her past involvement is personal and direct. The case to recuse or disqualify Justice Kagan is thus much stronger." In fact, Thomas' situation -- his wife is a paid activist to repeal health care reform -- is directly addressed in the recusal code, whichstates that a judge must recuse if "he knows that he, individually or as a fiduciary, or his spouse or minor child residing in his household, has a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the proceeding, or any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding."
Nevertheless, Klayman proclaims: "In objectively examining these statements and the circumstances surrounding this case, there is no doubt that a reasonable person would question the blatant partiality of Justice Kagan." Never mind the fact that Klayman is neither objective nor reasonable.
CNS' Curiously Vague Account of Question About Alinsky
Fred Lucas writes in a Jan. 23 CNSNews.com article:
Curiously missing from Lucas' article: the actual wording of the question Carney was asked, and the name of the person who asked it.
Most of those news organizations also noted the exact question Henry asked: "Newt Gingrich keeps saying on the campaign trail that the President’s vision comes from Saul Alinsky, the community organizer. I haven’t heard you asked about him but… Is there some kind of portrait of him hanging up in the White House that people look up to or is this BS?"
Why would Lucas choose to hide such basic information? Is he protecting Fox News, or is he trying to hid the facetious nature of Henry's question?
Lucas also describes Alinsky as a "radical Chicago community organizer." But he offered no evidence to back up this claim, beyond noting that Alinsky "identified a set of specific rules for citizen protesters to follow in order to exercise political power." Lucas doesn't explain what is so "radical" about that.
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
-- Burt Prelutsky, Jan. 3 WorldNetdaily column
-- Pat Boone, Jan. 6 WND column
-- Ellis Washington, Jan. 6 WND column
-- Pamela Geller, Jan. 10 WND column
-- Erik Rush, Jan. 11 WND column
-- Mychal Massie, Jan. 23 WND column
Monday, January 23, 2012
NewsBusters' Sheppard Cheers Call for Censoring Columnist
Noel Sheppard proclaims in the headline of a Jan. 18 NewsBusters post: "Chris Christie Calls WaPo's Eugene Robinson an Ignoramus: 'Guys Like That Shouldn’t Have a Platform to Speak'." That's in reference to Christie attacking Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson for criticizing Christie's weight. At no point does Sheppard criticize Christie for saying this, so he obviously endorses the sentiment.
It's a bit unusual for a right-wing columnist to so openly embrace censorship, but there you go. Sheppard, it appears, is just that breed of cat.n
AIM's Kincaid Has Another Lesbian Freakout
Topic: Accuracy in Media
In a Jan. 19 Accuracy in Media column, Cliff Kincaid complains that "Sally Kohn, a former senior strategist at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change, has been hired as a Fox News Contributor." But Kincaid's real problem seems to be that Kohn is "an open lesbian who shuns feminine attire and frequently wears a suit jacket."
the notoriously homophobic Kincaid has a history of being freaked out by the existence of lesbians -- if you'll recall, he has expressed concern that Rachel Maddow is "a lesbian with hair so short that she looks like a man."
Kincaid went on to complain that "Kohn has a history of her own, having worked for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a group that tries to keep criticism of the homosexual agenda out of the mainstream media," citing as an example a case in which Fox News' Shannon Bream "interviewed guests critical of a transgendered person, a man dressed as a woman, who had used a woman’s changing room at a department store. GLAAD viewed this criticism as 'dangerous.'"
In fact, what GLAAD criticized was the unbalanced nature of the Fox News report , in which only critics were interviewed, and what GLAAD actually criticized as "dangerous" was not mere criticism of transsexuals but but the fact that false claims by anti-gay activist Mathew Staver went unrebutted:
Kincaid also provides a misleading defense of Glenn Beck, grousing that liberal groups "accused Beck of anti-Semitism for criticizing Soros," which he called "phony" because "Soros is an atheist with no love for Israel." But Soros grew up as a Jew, and Beck falsely and sleazily portrayed him as a Nazi collaborator. In fact, the teenage Soros in Nazi-controlled Hungary was trying to pass himself as the non-Jewish godson of a protector who he accompanied in helping to take inventory of Jewish property previously confiscated by the Nazis. Further, there is substance to the claim against Beck, as his frequent criticisms of Soros as a puppet master eerily echo anti-Semitic stereotypes.
WND's Klein Falsely Attacks Obama Supporter
Aaron Klein wrote in a Jan. 18 WorldNetDaily article:
Yes, Klein is making another desperate guilt-by-association attack. Klein is essentially claiming that because one board member of one of three venture capital funds investing in SCYTL has donated to Democrats, SCYTL-processed election results will thus be biased toward Obama and Democrats.
Not only does that not make logical sense, Klein got his basic facts wrong.
The current version of Klein's article at WND has been rewritten to remove any mention of McCarthy but, as is WND's ethically challenged custom, failed to notify readers about the change. However, the version of the article at the Klein Online website -- also operated by WND -- contains a note with an explanation:
That's a sloppy error. Will Klein admit whether it was he or his research assistant Brenda J. Elliott who was at fault? And what does this say about the veracity of his recent guilt-by-association-laden Obama attack book, "Red Army"?
In both versions, though, the headline remains false. Klein makes no allegation of "bias" -- even when he was suggesting that McCarthy's presence somehow result in election results being manipulated to the benefit of Obama and Democrats. Questions about security, which Klein does address, are not "bias" issues.
Bozell's MRC Condones Adultery By Defending Gingrich's War on the Media
Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell was so happy with Newt Gingrich's defensive attack on the media in the wake of the interview ABC conducted with Gingrich's second ex-wife, Marianne, that he issued a special statement at NewsBusters about it:
Bozell conveniently ignores the fact that the ABC interview was promoted by the Drudge Report, definitely not part of the "left-wing media." Bozell also doesn't explain how this is "character assassination" when nobody has disputed the basic facts about Gingrich's jettisioning of wives due to his adultery.
MRC's CNSNews.com similarly touts this anti-media attitude in a pair of article by Terry Jeffrey:
Bozell is merely happy that Gingrich appears to be validating the media-discrediting agenda of the the Media Research Center. But what he's clearly saying here is that nobody is allowed to criticize a Republican in the media, lest Bozell unleashes his flying monkeys in retaliation.
Bozell offers no alternative method for when and how the subject of Gingrich's adultery and divorces should be discussed -- he's trying to shut down all debate of the subject, period.
Because he will not permit criticism, Bozell is thus effectively condoning Gingrich's adultery -- a strange position for a right-wing activist whose organization regularly criticizes the allegedly loose morals of others. In November 2010, for instance, NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard complained that Huffington Postcreated a "Divorce" section: "Exit question: does a section specifically devoted to this subject increase the number of divorces by not only glamorizing the process and the outcome but also further removing what used to be a negative stigma attached to marital failure? Or am I just hopelessly old-fashioned?"
We thought Bozell was an old-fashioned guy. Instead, Bozell seems to be determined to shout down any criticism of Gingrich's moral and ethical failings by framing it as the "liberal media" being mean -- thereby effectively trying to remove the negative stigma conservatives have long attach to marital failure.
As his sneering reference to "The Chosen One" demonstrates, Bozell obviously despises Obama so much that he's willing to compromise his own principles and morals in order to defeat him. That, along with his drive to censor debate, is not the sign of a great leader or a solid conservative -- that's the sign of a weak, petty, vindictive man with millions of tax-exempt dollars at his disposal to throw at propping up his preferred candidate and defeat his enemy -- which he will undoubtedly do.
The 2012 presidential campaign will be an ugly one. Bozell's situational morals is one reason why.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Newsmax Touts Gingrich Win, Attacks Romney
Newsmax's hype machine for Newt Gingrich finally sees some results -- Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. So Newsmax celebrated with a Jan. 21 article carrying the headline "Earthquake: Newt Defeats Romney in SC Rout."
Newsmax is also keeping up the attacks on Gingrich's main rival, Mitt Romney, with a Jan. 21 article by Paul Scicchitano quoting "Democratic pollster" Doug Schoen claiming that Romney's campaign is in "dire jeopardy" due to Gingrich's win. This was followed by another article by Scicchitano focusing on GOP strategist Brad Blakeman claiming that Romney "suffered a severe blow in South Carolina and may not be able to recover."
WND's Klayman Pegs the Obama Derangement Meter
Larry Klayman begins his Jan. 20 WorldNetDaily column by declaring, "As it stands today, it’s now as clear as the noses on our faces! The likelihood is that Barack Hussein Obama will win the next presidential election, unless a miracle happens."
This is followed by a torrent of hate, derangement and insanity that is extreme even by Klayman's reliably crazy standards, aimed at not only Obama but Bill and Hillary Clinton and even Marianne Gingrich.
Here are some lowlights:
Isn't it time somebody sued Klayman for libel and defamation the same way this sue-happy (yet broke) attorney files lawsuits against others?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Newsmax's Root Peddles More False Anti-Obama Conspiracies
Wayne Allyn Root has peddled a lot of anti-Obama paranoia in his Newsmax columns, making one wonder whether the guy who wrote the book "The Conscience of a Libertarian" has any sort of conscience at all. He does so again in a Jan. 20 column in which Root peddles yet another unproven anti-Obama conspiracy in arguing that Mitt Romney shouldn't release his tax returns until Obama releases his college transcripts.
Root declares that since he and Obama attended Columbia University at the same time, "I’m Obama’s college classmate," yet :"I never met Obama. Never saw him. Never even heard of him. And not one of my friends in the Class of '83 ever met him, saw him, or heard of him." Given that Columbia is a very large university -- currently more than 20,000 students -- that's not as surprising as Root makes it out to be.
Root adds: "The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama. Strange set of circumstances, don’t you think?" But that same Journal editorial quotes Obama's Columbia roommate -- thus undercutting Root's argument. Nevertheless, he asks, "why do his classmates at Columbia not remember Obama? Was he a ghost? Did he never show up at class?"
As FactCheck.org points out, it's "absolutely untrue" that nobody remembers Obama attending Columbia.
After speculating that Obama was hiding "bad grades" yet managed to get into major universities and Harvard Law School, Root goes off the conspiracy deep end:
As Snopes details, the never-substantiated claim that Obama passed himself off as a foreigner to obtain scholarhip money for college comes from an anti-Obama email proven to be fraudulent.
In asserting that nobody has "asked these questions," Rroot is deliberately ignoring the fact that people did ask these questions -- and found nothing to support them.
With such anti-Obama paranoia and willingness to spread discredited falsehoods about him, Root really should be writing for WorldNetDaily.
Damage Control: MRC Rushes to Gingrich's Defense Again
Topic: Media Research Center
The last time Newt Gingrich was in trouble, the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell rushed to his defense (in a factually deficient fashion) and even played the Buckley card by declaring that his uncle, conservative icon William F. Buckley, would never have treated Gingrich so shabbily for his ethical faux pas as the editors of the Buckley-founded National Review are treating him.
Now, another piece of Gingrich's past has come back to haunt him -- in the form of an unflattering ABC interview with Gingrich's second ex-wife, Marianne -- and Bozell and the MRC are rushing to play defense yet again.
Bozell issued a statement denouncing the ABC interview as an "October Surprise of the worst sort":
Of course, Gingrich's shabby treatment of his exes is hardly a "surprise," October or otherwise; Marianne previously told her story to Esquire in August 2010. And Bozell is clearly being disingenous here -- delaying damaging information about a candidate until after an election is probably not the position Bozell took when the candidate was, say, Bill Clinton.
Bozell's MRC employees were quick to pile on. MRC research director Rich Noyes tweeted, "If a rival candidate did to Gingrich what ABC News is doing to him, the media would slap it down as a dirty trick." NewsBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd played the Clinton Equivocation card in a tweet accusing Bill and Hillary Clinton of having an "quasi-open" marriage:
When CNN's John King began the Jan. 19 Republican presidential debate by asking Gingrich about Marianne's allegations, NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard declared King to have acted "despicably," and cheered at how "The former Speaker was having none of this."
A Jan. 20 NewsBusters post by the MRC's Scott Whitlock goes into shoot-the-messenger mode by attacking ABC's Brian Ross, who conducted the interview with Gingrich. Ross is "smarmy," Whitlock asserts, declaring his interview to be "bereft of new information" because Ross interviewed Marianne for two hours but "ABC only used two and a half minutes of actual footage from that interview." Whitlock also played the equivocation card, complaining that "no Democratic examples of "two-timing politicians" were mentioned by the journalist."
Even the MRC's "news" division CNSNews.com got in on the act, with a Jan. 20 article touting how Gingrich's misdirection in "denounc[ing] a 'vicious' news media that is 'protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans.'"
Bozell issued an even more bizarre attack on Marianne Gingrich by suggesting that she was lying by claiming in a radio interview that the interview has "that awful, awful taint of Rathergate to it." Bozell then clarified by saying that he was referring to how the interview was timed "to do the most amount of damage it possibly could to Newt Gingrich's career," and that Marianne may be "entirely honest" in her claim, though she is "lashing out at her ex-husband." Bozell then declares, "I think it was a mess of a story, I think it hurts the media."
Funny, we don't recall the MRC trying to discredit, say, Paula Jones as bitter and vengeful the way it's trying to discredit Marianne Gingrich.
As Gingrich's behavior grows increasingly slimy, you'd think that Bozell and the MRC would get tired of having to come up with ways to defend it, excuse it, and/or pretend it doesn't matter. Apparently not.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Sadly, No! deconstructs a Jan. 14 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh promoting the increasingly hateful and dubious anti-Kinsey attacks by discredited researcher Judith Reisman. Sample deconstruction: "Who wants to be the first to inform the wingnuts of the world that peer-reviewed research and verifiable results don’t just disappear if you smear the original researcher of the subject enough?"
Newsmax Calls In Donald Trump (!) To Ask Romney to Release Tax Returns
Newsmax is so upset with Mitt Romney not releasing his tax returns that it published a rare editorial on the subject. NOting that people from across the political spectrum have called out Romney's increasingly fumbling response on the issue, Newsmax declared, "Mitt Romney owes it to Republican primary voters, not to mention the American people, to release his tax returns — now!"
This is likely just a part of Newsmax's Newt Gingrich hype machine prior to the South Carolina primary, of course. But Newsmax considers this a serious enough matter that it called in the big gun for backup.
A Jan. 20 article by Martin Gould and Ashley Martella kicks off this way:
Yes, Donald Trump, the guy who inexplicably remains a Newsmax fave despite his mere presence being responsible for scuttling Newsmax's planned Republican debate.
It's ironic that Newsmax enlisted Trump to speak out on this, since Trump has done his own fair share of waffling on the issue. Last year, when Newsmax was stroking Trump's by way of cheerleading his presidential aspirations, Trump essentially promised to release his tax returns in President Obama released his birth certificate. When obama did release said certificate, Trump quickly walked back his promise, declaring he wouldn't release them until "the appropriate time," which he suggested would hinge on him actually declaring he was running for president.
So, to sum up: Trump the tax return waffler is accusing Romney of waffling on tax returns. Only at Newsmax...
Dennis Prager: Justice System Biased Against Whites Because Not Enough Black Murderers Are Executed
Yes, Dennis Prager really did write this in his Jan. 17 WorldNetDaily column:
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