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Sunday, April 22, 2012
NewsBusters' Sheppard Falsely Accuses Bill Maher of Telling Racist Joke
Topic: NewsBusters

Mediaite notes that NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard, in an April 21 post, accused Bill Maher of telling a "racist joke about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman" for a quip in which a judge granted Zimmerman permission to kill off the hot new boy band One Direction.

Sheppard had to issue a correction because, it turns out, he had no idea who One Direction is:

Now, to be fair to Maher, my ignorance of boy bands was showing Saturday.

This article was originally titled “Bill Maher Curses Out Audience for Not Laughing at Racist Joke About Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.” I didn’t realize the HBO Real Time host was referring to the popular British-Irish singing group.

I thank the eagle-eyed NewsBusters reader Erik for bringing this to my attention via email, and apologize to Maher for accusing him of making a racist joke about Martin and Zimmerman.

Sheppard does have a habit of writing before thinking, such as defending Michael Savage's smears of children with autism and even whining that President Obama did an introduction to a broadcast of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Posted by Terry K. at 7:30 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 4:20 PM EDT
WND's Farah Doesn't Understand How Lawsuits Work
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah writes in his April 20 WorldNetDaily column:

In the latest legal challenge of Obama’s eligibility last week, Obama’s campaign counsel, Alexandra Hill, argued in a New Jersey hearing against a request to produce the birth certificate as evidence in the case.

Rather than simply produce the document Obama claims is legitimate, with an image posted on the White House website, Hill argued that New Jersey law does not require Obama to present a valid birth certificate to establish his qualifications under Article 2, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution to be on the New Jersey Democratic Party primary ballot.

She further told Judge Jeff S. Masin: “We do not believe the president’s birth certificate is relevant to this case.”

Did you catch that?

The president’s birth certificate is not relevant to the case.

The judge agreed.

He explained that New Jersey law does not require Obama to produce any proof he is eligible to be president to be placed on the primary ballot.

New Jersey law, he explained, allows a nominating petition endorsing a particular person for president to be filed without the consent of the person endorsed. Masin said, “There is no obligation upon the person endorsed to prove his or her qualification for office.”

Once again, we have another official ruling that shows there is simply no mechanism in the United States of America for establishing the constitutional eligibility of a president or a presidential candidate.

Farah seems not to understand how the judicial system works in such a lawsuit. In this case, Hill took exactly the same approach any lawyer would do -- invoke the relevant law. For this lawsuit, that meant pointing out that there is no need for Obama to submit a birth certificate since New Jersey law does not require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility for office before being placed on the ballot. The lawyer made a proper request, and the judge properly granted it.

And, Farah being Farah, he portrays the justice system working as designed as some sort of conspiracy.

Indeed, as Dr. Conspiracy points out, the Constitution does not permit any mechanism to challenge eligibility through a legal process to begin before the election -- that's when voters themselves make the decision. After the election, the 20th Amendment provides a mechanism to challenge an election through Congress and the Electoral College.

Meanwhile, Farah inadvertently proves that he and WND have never approached the birther issue from a effort to find the truth but, rather, treated it as a witch hunt designed to entrap Obama:

It was in the midst of all this that I got a call from Corsi one morning. He told me his sources were telling him Obama was so desperate he was going to release a phony birth certificate to quell the controversy.

Within a week or 10 days, Obama did just that.

Obama, counting on a compliant media not asking any questions, not looking at the actual document, not questioning why he withheld it for so long, issued a bogus birth certificate. He didn’t overestimate the semi-official, state-sponsored press.

The document has been deemed fraudulent by virtually every forensic expert who has examined it. It has been characterized as a forgery by the only law enforcement investigation that has looked into it.

After WND’s forensics experts examined the document, the optimistic Corsi told me: “Now we’ve got Obama right where we want him. We forced him to release a fraudulent document. Now he will have to live with it.”

Of course, none of WND's "forensics experts" -- in fact, Corsi has admitted that no genuine credentialed forensic document examiners would touch it, and the the only two "experts" with forensics experience to have been quoted by WND both never claimed the document is a fake -- examined the actual "document" of Obama's birth certificate. They examined a PDF scan of it. And as we've detailed, the cold case posse "law enforcement investigation" didn't do any actual investigating at all, instead simply regurgitated WND conspiracy theories.

Farah ends up proving that latter point as well by quoting the head of the posse "investigation," Mike Zullo, as sounding as conspiratorial as Corsi (with whom he wrote about on the so-called investigation):

“What is emerging in the various state legal challenges to including President Obama on the presidential ballot appears to be an attempt by the White House to divorce itself from the Obama long-form birth certificate released,” said Mike Zullo.

Zullo questioned why the White House did not instruct Hill to champion the birth certificate as legitimate.

“The White House appears to be acting as if the Obama birth certificate is of no consequence in establishing the fact of Obama’s birth,” Zullo continued. “Instead of producing the birth certificate to the New Jersey secretary of state and arguing to Judge Masin that the document was legitimate, Obama’s legal counsel did everything she could to keep the document from coming into evidence. Why?”

Apparenly Zullo knows even less about the legal system than Farah does. And that's the way Farah probably likes it.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:18 AM EDT
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Newsmax's Ponte: Obama 'Had A Silver Spoon Not In His Mouth But Up His Nose'
Topic: Newsmax

Lowell Ponte ramps up the Obama derangement in his April 20 Newsmax column:

"I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth," President Barack Obama told an Ohio audience this week, implicitly contrasting his up-by-affirmative-action life to that of his Republican rival Governor Mitt Romney, son of a prosperous automobile company executive and Michigan Governor.

Trouble is, President Obama as a young man had a silver spoon not in his mouth but up his nose.

In his precocious 1995 autobiography "Dreams From My Father," Mr. Obama told of how he did "a little blow, when [I] could afford it" (page 93 of the 2004 paperback edition).

"Blow" is street slang for cocaine, which in fashionable left-liberal circles has traditionally been inhaled directly into the nostrils from a tiny spoon, often silver, often worn as part of a necklace.

It would be wise for Obama to drop any future references to silver spoons.

Ponte follows this with:

For months Obama has had his attack dogs nipping at Mr. Romney's heels over a trip long ago in which the Massachusetts governor transported the family dog in a carrier on the roof of his car.

Days ago the Daily Caller, followed quickly by ABC's best reporter Jake Tapper, told of a passage in "Dreams From My Father" in which President Obama describes his experience eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia.

Obama describes the flesh of "man's best friend" as "tough."

Imagine that you are a dog. Would you prefer to vote for someone who drove your kind around the roof of a car in a safe carrier, an experience the Romney family says the dog enjoyed?

Or would you vote instead for someone who enjoyed feasting on the body of a fellow dog killed for its meat?

It gives the idea of Obama chowing down a hot dog a whole new meaning.

And that's not all, for Ponte latches onto another Obama conspiracy:

In fairness to President Obama, some scholars doubt that he wrote his autobiography. It is written with a literary skill far beyond anything else from his pen. Some researchers find striking similarities between its language and style and that found in books by Obama associate Bill Ayers, a founder of the radical left Weather Underground.

Sorry, Lowell, Jack Cashill is not a "scholar." And even most conservatives think the the whole ghostwriting thing is a crock.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:45 PM EDT
MRC, AIM Endorse Bishop's Hitler Smear of Obama

When Catholic bishop Daniel Jenky went Godwin and claimed that President Obama "seems intent on following a similar path" as Hitler and Stalin, certain parts of the ConWeb unsurprisingly approved -- particularly the Media Research Center.

In an April 17 CNS blog post, Craig Bannister uncritically repeated Jenky's attack, demonstrating his ignorance in the process by transcribing Jenky's reference to a "Kulturkampf" as "Kultur Kamp."

In an April 19 NewsBusters post, Scott Whitlock bashed MSNBC's Chris Matthews for having "piously proclaimed that liberals would never compare a conservative to a dictator such as Joseph Stalin," then complained that "MSNBC host Martin Bashir outrageously linked Rick Santorum to genocidal murderer Joseph Stalin." Whitlock didn't even mention Jenky's attack, let alone explain how it, unlike Bashir's remark, is some not "outrageous."

In an April 20 NewsBusters post, Tim Graham snarked that Jenky "the utter gall and audacity to make comparisons between that secular saint President Obama and church-oppressing dictators like Hitler and Stalin." Graham declared that "You can't be 'oppressed' in America by the Catholic Church," though he didn't offer any evidence of how anything Obama is purportedly doing equals Stalin-esque "oppression." Graham also mentioned Bashir's remarks without explaining why the twoshould be treated differently.

Meanwhile, at Accuracy in Media, Cliff Kincaid devoted a column to praising the attack, declaring that Janky is "an educated Catholic Bishop with knowledge of history and a commitment to religious freedom" who, thus, knows what he's talking about and should have some immunity for issuing such a rank insult:

It will be interesting to see whether the national media cover these sensational charges in a fair and balanced manner. Or will “the malice of the media,” to use the Bishop’s words, take over?

What is "fair and balanced" about likening someone to Hitler and Stalin? Kincaid doesn't explain.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:49 AM EDT
Friday, April 20, 2012
Meanwhile ...
Topic: Media Research Center

Media Matters has gotten a hold of the Media Research Center's latest fundraising letter, in which Brent Bozell and Co. go completely paranoid over George Soros. Bozell rather flamboyantly declares that the MRC is "a direct threat to his media empire -- THE ONLY THREAT REALLY."

As we've documented, the MRC has vastly overstated the influence Soros wields over media while ignoring the fact that a handful of conservative billionaires have sunk much more money into their media outlets in a single year than Soros has spent in a decade.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:14 PM EDT
NewsBusters: Obama Is Just As Offensive As Ted Nugent!
Topic: NewsBusters

Yes, Brad Wilmouth wrote this in an April 21 NewsBusters post:

Uniquely among the broadcast network evening newscasts, Wednesday's NBC Nightly News highlighted controversial comments about President Obama recently made by conservative rocker Ted Nugent, even bringing up another controversial clip from 2007.

But correspondent Andrea Mitchell failed to mention that Obama has his own history of using violent metaphors, as, during the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama gave a speech in which he spoke of bringing a gun to a knife fight.

Obama is just as offensive as Ted Nugent? Really?

Interestingly, Wilmouth quotes only one of the "controversial" things Nugent said, and he completely ignores the apparent death threat of Nugent's statement that he will either be dead or in jail if Obama is re-elected.

Wilmouth also euphemistically notes that NBC aired "a clip of Nugent attacking Obama and Hillary Clinton at a concert in 2007," but was careful not to mention what he actually said:  Obama is a "piece of shit" who should "suck on my machine gun," and Clinton is a "worthless bitch."

Of coruse, given that the MRC all but endorsed Rush Limbaugh's sliming of Sandra Fluke as a "slut," it's likely that Wilmouth agrees with Nugent's assessment, though he's clearly too gutless to say so in public.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:10 PM EDT
CNS' Jeffrey Puts Words In Obama's Mouth Again

CNS keeps up its dishonest habit of putting words in the mouths of President Obama and others its right-wing agenda opposes with an April 19 article by editor Terry Jeffrey that begins this way:

"You don’t want to buy it, fine. We’ll fine you into oblivion."

That, says a lawyer representing a number of Catholic institutions, is what the Obama administration will say to his clients if the federal courts do not strike down a regulation the administration has issued that requires all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

At no point does Jeffrey lift a finger to do any actual reporting and, you know, contact the Obama administration to see if they think this is an accurate characterization of the administration's position on the issue.

Which, by the way, it isn't. The administration has announced that for those religious-affiliated institutions that object to covering contraception for moral reasons, that will be paid for by their insurance companies, not the institutions.

But then, if you're putting false statements in someone's mouth, why wouldn't you keep on lying?

Posted by Terry K. at 9:52 AM EDT
Our Challenge to Brent Bozell
Topic: Media Research Center

The hypocritical NewsBusters freakout over a "Daily Show" segment that briefly touched upon the idea of "vagina mangers" seemed too stupid for the Media Research Center not to do something further with -- and we were right.

Cue the indignant MRC press release:

Today, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell publicly dared The Daily Show host Jon Stewart to desecrate either the Koran or the Torah on national television in the same manner he offended millions of American Christians by portraying the Nativity as an accessory for female genitals. Bozell makes the challenge well aware that Stewart’s brand of “comedy” applies only to liberal-approved anti-Christian bigotry.

“Come on, Jon. We dare you to prove you are an equal opportunity bigot. Your grotesque stunt displaying a Nativity scene in a vulgar manner to take a jab at Fox News is but the latest in a long line of unacceptable behavior and hypocrisy when it comes to the media’s treatment of traditional Christianity.  Doing something similar with the Koran or the Torah is equally offensive.  Since you’re so brave to offend Christians, are you equally brave to offend Muslims and Jews?  We dare you.

Bozell continued:

"Stewart thought he was being cute when he displayed a manger scene in front of a woman’s genitals to mock those allegedly ignoring the 'war on women.' If he’s such a daring political comedian, he should demonstrate his boldness by performing the same routine, but this time with a Koran and the Torah.

"Otherwise he is not only a bigot but also an outright coward.”

Here's a little dare for Bozell: Man up, stop bending over for Rush Limbaugh, and explicitly denounce him for his three-day tirade of denigration against Sandra Fluke, and demand that he return his MRC "William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence."

We already know Bozell is an outright coward, and he is a misogynist by proxy for his tepid, mealy-mouthed faux protestations of Limbaugh ("Let’s all agree Limbaugh crossed a line" is hardly the profile in courage that was called for here). Unless he can stand up to his fellow right-wing ideologues for what is right in the form of basic human decency, he will never be anything more than a spineless twit.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:37 AM EDT
Thursday, April 19, 2012
WND Goes Gaga for Nugent's Obama Derangement
Topic: WorldNetDaily

What gets the folks at WorldNetDaily off? Spewing hate at President Obama.

That seems to be the explanation behind WND's disturbingly enthusiastic embrace of Ted Nugent's most recent nasty attacks on Obama and other administration officials, in particular his assertion that "if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." It flooded the zone in defense of Nugent, promoting the dubious idea that this wasn't actually a threat against Obama's life:

Look who’s defending Nugent on Obama ‘threat’

Nugent rips ‘brain-dead, soulless, heartless idiot’

Nugent: Secret Service was with me at NRA

Ted Nugent fires back at Secret Service probe

Nugent: American duty to 'spotlight cockroaches'

Results of Nugent's tals with Secret Service

In none of these articles, however, did WND mention Nugent's earlier declaration that Obama is a "piece of shit" who should "suck on my machine gun" -- which is even harder to deny is a death threat -- or calling Hillary Clinton a "worthless bitch."

How gaga has WND gone for Nugent's raging hatred? It created a petition (read: email harvesting scheme) to support him. The petition insists that Nugent "was only using metaphors to accentuate his irrefutable message: America is in deep trouble, and its citizens must act." Again, no mention of the "suck my machine gun" attack.

And then, because it wouldn't be WND if it didn't try to cash in on this somehow, there's this slide-out graphic on WND's front page:

Yes, Obama-hate really gets the boys at WND hot.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:06 PM EDT
WND's Massie: If Obama Had A Son, He'd Look Like A Murderous Thug
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Mychal Massie headlined his April 16 WorldNetDaily column "If Obama had son, he'd look like Shawn Tyson." Massie helpfully informs us who Tyson is:

Obama and his Justice Department were silent when 25-year-old James Cooper and 24-year-old James Kouzaris were brutally murdered by 17-year-old Shawn Tyson, a black thug, as they begged for their lives. They were white tourists who had been out drinking and stumbled into Tyson’s Sarasota, Fla., neighborhood. Tyson’s plan was to rob them, but finding they had no money, he murdered them.

Referencing Martin, Obama said: “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” I think it bears noting that if Obama had a son, he would also look like the boys who set Allen Coon on fire and Shawn Tyson. Don’t their families and the American people – whom Obama took an oath to represent – deserve the same concern he shows for black hoodlums?

In other word: Massie is saying that Obama's son would look like a murderous thug.

Massie doesn't mention that, by his theory, his own son would look like a murderous thug too.

Of course, Massie is no stranger to such outbreaks of Obama derangement.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:11 PM EDT
Newsmax's Wead Still Clinging to Idea of Ron Paul Presidency
Topic: Newsmax

Doug Wead just can't quit Ron Paul.

Wead has regularly used his Newsmax column to promote Paul's presidential prospects. And even though Mitt Romney has all but locked up the Republican nomination, Wead is still touting Paul.

In his April 12 column, Paul touted how Paul "met quietly" with evangelical leaders after a recent rally, going on to suggest that evangelicals disenchanged with Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the race may move their support to Paul, "as their best voice of protest and the best way to force Romney to deal with them."

Somewhat admirable devotion to a lost cause, Doug.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:47 AM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: Brent Bozell's Vendetta Against NBC
Topic: Media Research Center
The MRC chief is trying to enlist his right-wing buddies in Congress to harass and destroy a business in order to further his partisan anti-media agenda. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 12:27 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
WND Hiding Arpaio Lieutenant's Disbarment
Topic: WorldNetDaily

As we've documented, WorldNetDaily -- as the public-relations arm of Joe Arpaio's -- is simply not going to report any unpleasant news about the Arizona sheriff.

That's why you will read nowhere at WND that Andrew Thomas, the former Maricopa County attorney who worked closely with Arpaio for several years, has been disbarred for abusing his powers as a prosecutor to target his political enemies -- which also happened to be Arpaio's political enemies.

Given WND's role as Apraio's stenographer, you will also not be surprised that WND has previously come to  Thomas' defense.

An unbylined Oct. 28 article claimed that Thomas and two associates were simply trying to "follow the book and apply the law to actions by the system’s power brokers and others." citing a local newspaper blogger who claimed that Thomas was "the victim of a witch hunt." The article goes on to declare the bar association's charging document against Thomas and his associates "apparently politically charged" and quotes in full a resolution by local Republicans denouncing it.

It's hard to spin away disbarment to Arpaio's satisfaction. Indeed, Talking Points Memo argues that this could be the scandal that ultimately brings Arpaio down. Arpaio is mentioned 48 times in the Arizona Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel ruling to disbar Thomas.

IT seems clear that if Arpaio goes down, WND's current stab at making its birther obsession -- putting the veneer of credibility on it by an Arpaio-led "investigation" that merely regurgitated WND's own conspiracy theories -- does as well.

That's why WND won't tell you about Thomas' fate.

UPDATE: Dr. Conspiracy observes regarding the disbarment ruling against Thomas: "What is most disturbing from the point of view of this blog is the fact that the County Attorney and the Sheriff’s office made a false statement of probable cause to further their own interests and not the cause of justice. Sound familiar?"

Posted by Terry K. at 9:42 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:29 AM EDT
MRC Ignores Evidence of Fox News' Bias
Topic: Media Research Center

If there's one thing the Media Research Center will not do, it's admit that Fox News is has a right-wing bias perhaps even more pronounced than that of the "liberal media" it loves to rail against. It will refuse to do so even when the evidence is right in front of their collective faces.

An April 12 MRC item by Scott Whitlock touts how John Stossel said he "left the liberal confines of ABC News 'because it sucked there.'" While Whitlock portrayed Stosse's disdain for ABC as evidence of its purported liberal bias, Stossel's statement that he "begged" for a job at Fox News was not portrayed as what it is -- evidence that Stossel wanted to work somewhere where his right-wing ideology would be tolerated.

Meanwhile, going completely unmentioned by the MRC is even more damning evidence of Fox's bias. As Media Matters detailed, washed-up Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have both accused Fox of being biased toward Mitt Romney, and that bias helped Romney become the presumptive Republican nominee.

We couldn't find Santorum's or Gingrich's  accusations mentioned anywhere on MRC's NewsBusters, the most likely place for them to appear.

Funny how an organization that screams about bias regarding every other news organization suddenly can't find any on Fox News? But that's the way it's always been -- the MRC has been cultivating this blind spot for years.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:00 PM EDT
Cashill Still Whitewashing His Favorite Murderer
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Jack Cashill's April 11 WorldNetDaily column weighs in on the Trayvon Martin case, drawing parallels to his favorited convicted killer, Steven Nary:

Nary and Zimmerman have a good deal in common. Most notably, each killed a man acting in what he believed to be self-defense.

Then, too, the incident that landed each in hot water happened during a year when a Democratic president was up for re-election, Nary in March 1996, Zimmerman in February 2012.

A third common denominator in this unhappy trifecta is that each killed a member of a highly protected political class: Trayvon Martin being a black youth and Juan Pifarre, Nary’s “victim,” a well-connected gay Hispanic.

If Zimmerman has an advantage it is that he will be tried in Florida, where he should have a fighting chance. Nary was tried in San Francisco, where he had no chance at all.

Cashill goes on to rehash his whitewashed version of Nary's case: Nary, then a Navy enlistee, "was lured from a co-ed dance club to the apartment of a gay predator," Juan Pifarre, Nary killed the "chunky, coked-up" man in self-defense of a homosexual advance, and when he got back to his ship, "Nary told the chaplain, unaware that San Francisco had morphed into the equivalent of Jim Crow Alabama."

As he has before, Cashill leaves out certain inconvenient details:

  • Nary allowed Pifarre to perform oral sex on him, for which Pifarre offered to pay Nary $40.
  • Nary told police he choked Pifarre for five minutes, and the apartment where Nary killed Pifarre was strewn with blood. That seems to undermine Cashill's insistence that Nary killed Pifarre in self-defense.
  • Nary originally denied any sexual contact with Pifarre and told the Navy medic who treated the broken hand Nary suffered in killing Pifarre that he had hurt it playing basketball.

Cashill now concedes that "Nary’s memory on what happened chez Pifarre has always been imperfect."

That revisionist history out of the way, Cashill smeared Martin as "a 6′ 3″ wannabe gangster," adding of jurors in the Zimmerman trial: "Hanging over their heads will be the threat of much worse riots – like those that ensued after jurors in L.A. returned the “wrong” verdict in the trial of the police officers who arrested Rodney King. Jurors will also have to worry that if they judge Zimmerman not guilty, the threats now directed at Zimmerman would be directed at them."

Posted by Terry K. at 9:30 AM EDT

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