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Friday, April 27, 2012
WND's Corsi Is Still Fluffing Arpaio
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is little more than the PR agency for Joe Arpaio, and Jerome Corsi may as well be on Arpaio's payroll (if he isn't already) for all the fawning articles he's written about the sheriff.

We see this again in an April 23 WND article by Corsi touting how Arpaio "finds himself under increasing attack as he prepares to release new findings in his investigation of President Obama’s eligibility for the state’s 2012 election ballot." WND is obviously colluding with Arpaio to promote the utterly discredited cold case posse "investigation" of Obama -- how discredited? Corsi and WND refuse to even acknowledge the fact that it has been substantively criticized -- and won't even come clean with its readers of the depths of that entanglement.

Corsi also engages in alternate-universe explanations to brush away Arpaio's many growing scandals:

As WND reported, new impetus was given to the anti-Arpaio campaign by the recent disbarment of Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas in a complicated corruption case.

Establishment media have largely ignored, however, the fact that Thomas and Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon were disbarred for filing criminal charges against Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe and two members of the Board of Supervisors, which oversees Arpaio’s office, Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley. Both are determined Arpaio foes.

Uh, Jerry, that was kind of the point. Thomas and Auchubon filed trumped-up charges against these board members precisely because they were "determined Arpaio foes." It's called legal harrassment and intimidation. That's why they were disbarred, and all Corsi's conspiratorial spin won't change that.

Corsi also regurgitates earlier attacks on Arpaio critic Randy Parraz as a "radical outside agitator " with an "elite education." Um, doesn't Corsi have a degree from elite educational institution Harvard? Yes, he does.

Corsi even throws in the Fast and Furious investigation, even though it has nothing whatsoever to do with Arpaio.

Think about it: A man with a Harvard degree is spending his twilight years trying to prop up a corrupt sheriff who makes discredited attacks on the president of the United States. Sad, isn't it?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:13 PM EDT
CNS Busted for Dishonestly Editing Biden Speech

Michael Chapman writes in an April 26 article:

Vice President Joe Biden said that when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate back in 1972, his view of U.S. military commanders was epitomized by actor Slim Pickens in the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” riding an atomic bomb like a cowboy and “yelling yippee-ki-yay!”

In a campaign speech focusing on foreign policy, delivered at New York University on Thursday, Biden said he ran for the Senate in 1972 “because I thought the policy we had in Vietnam, I didn't argue it as immoral, but I thought it just didn't make sense, the notion of dominoes and so on and so forth."

“And I came to Washington as a 29-year-old kid," said Biden. "I got elected. Before I was eligible to serve, I had to literally wait to be sworn in because I wasn’t eligible under the Constitution. You must be 30 years old. And my image of the military commanders at the time was, if you ever saw that old movie, if you ever rented it, where Slim Pickens is on the back of an atom bomb, dropping out of an aircraft, yelling, yippee-ki-yay! And 'Dr. Strangelove' was the movie.”

In his remarks on Thursday, Biden praised retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded allied forces in the Kosovo war during the Clinton administration, and who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2003-04. Clark first endorsed Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama for president in the 2008 race.

That's the entirety of the article. Chapman curiously didn't report what Biden said immediately after that:

But I have to tell you after all the time I’ve served in public office, if you asked me who the most impressive women and men that I have met in government in the last 40 years, six of them would be men or women wearing a uniform. It’s a different military. This guy was not only a great warrior -- I mean literally a warrior, but this guy is a diplomat. This guy is an incredibly bright man, extremely well educated. He understands the role of the military within our system, and he understands the Constitution.

And there are -- Thank God, there’s others like him that are still around today. Wes, thanks for being one of those many folks who changed my impression from my younger years. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

This deliberate, biased editing of Biden to make him look bad is just another part of CNS' propaganda operation against the Obama administration.

Later, after we pointed out the dishonest editing in the comments, CNS re-edited the article to add the full context:

In his remarks on Thursday, Biden went on to say that his views of military commanders subsequently changed, and he particularly praised retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded allied forces in the Kosovo war during the Clinton administration, and who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2003-04.

"But I have to tell you after all the time I’ve served in public office, if you asked me who the most impressive women and men that I have met in government in the last 40 years, six of them would be men or women wearing a uniform," said Biden. "It’s a different military. This guy [Gen. Clark] was not only a great warrior--I mean literally a warrior, but this guy is a diplomat. This guy is an incredibly bright man, extremely well educated. He understands the role of the military within our system, and he understands the Constitution."

But CNS didn't alert readers that the story has been edited -- another dishonest act. And the video accompanying the item remains dishonestly edited, cropped to show only the "Dr. Strangelove" reference and not the full context.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:06 PM EDT
WND Still Hatin' On Higher Education
Topic: WorldNetDaily

As its magazine issue denouncing the value of a college education demonstrated, WorldNetDaily isn't a big fan of book-learnin'. An April 25 article shows it's willing to distort the truth to keep that illusion up.

The article's fail factor starts with its headline, "High-schoolers earn more than college grads." That's a complete falsehood; a Georgetown University report details that while those holding only a high school diploma make an average of $1.30 million over their lifetime, those holding bachelor's degrees earn an average of about $2.27 million over their lifetime, and those with higher degrees earn even more.

As it turns out, the article is about a claiming to calculate the "return on investment" of a college education at hundreds of colleges across the country, focusing mainly on schools where the  "return on investment" was negative. WND ignores the fact that the vast majority of the schools in the report provide a positive ROI. Further, the report computes ROI over only 30 years, not a lifetime in which people work 40 years or more.

The rest of the article goes on to promote WND's anti-education issue.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:11 AM EDT
MRC Speaks For All Catholics, Apparently
Topic: Media Research Center

When did the Media Research Center decide to make pronouncements on behalf of all Catholics? We're not sure, but an April 20 MRC Culture & Media Institute item definitely went in that direction.

Paul Wilson uses the item to attack Washington Post columnist Melinda Henneberger for being insufficiently critical of of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a support group for Catholic religious women whom the Catholic Church hierarchy has denounced for allegedly deviating from church doctrine. After denouncing the group for "grave dissent" and Henneberger for taking "jabs at the Church," Wilson takes issue with Henneberger's statement that the Vatican "knows a lot about scandal – to the point that the nuns are the only morally uncompromised leaders poor Holy Mother Church has left. Keep right on like this, your excellencies, and before you know it even more Catholics will be “moving beyond the Church.’” Wilson retorted:

Henneberger has it precisely backwards. The rapid decline in vocations in the Church since Vatican II was the result of members of the hierarchy rebelling against the teachings of the Church in the first place, causing massive confusion in the Church.

Wilson offers no evidence to support this view of Catholicism -- let alone that it's any sort of official view of the church -- which itself seems to be the kind of diversion from official doctrine (which Vatican II is) that he's criticizing in Henneberger and the LCWR.

Wilson becomes even more of a spokesman for right-wing Catholicism with another attack on Henneberger for issuing "a typical feminist rant/apologia":

Feminists like Henneberger ignore the Church’s worldview, that men and women are complementary beings with different roles. Instead, she and her ilk constantly seek to pit men and women against each other to enforce a version of sexual egalitarianism – a common trait of “religious” liberals, who consistently place religion at the service of ideology.

What does this have to do with anything? Wilson seems to have some issues that perhaps he'd be better off discussing with his pastor instead of ranting about it at his employer's website.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:23 AM EDT
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Four years ago at this time, there was an intense presidential primary election campaign under way. Democrats were fighting it out between Hillary Clinton (also known as Bill’s third term) and Barack Obama.

In his earlier Senate election campaign, Obama had been described as “Kenyan-born Barack Obama” by the Evening Standard newspaper in South Africa once he began pulling into the lead in the Illinois U.S. Senate race. Perhaps that newspaper headline is why Hillary wasn’t worried about landing the nomination until it was too late.

-- Craige McMillan, April 11 WorldNetDaily column

The question of a fair election in November is also something that deserves our attention. We can take it as given that voter fraud will abound at the hands of ACORN and other like-minded fringe organizations. It’s an even bet that tricks will be played with absentee and military votes. Questions have also been raised concerning the vote-counting technology having marked vulnerabilities that could be exploited by the unscrupulous, as well as who will be overseeing the process.

All of this illustrates the paramount importance of continuing to beat the drum of Obama’s communism in unequivocal terms, regardless of the mincing ridicule we will draw from liberals, the disbelief of many conservatives and the ire of communists themselves.

-- Erik Rush, April 11 WND column

It’s time to think about these things carefully, because they are the kinds of changes that can transform America from the oldest constitutional republic in the world to a Third World-style banana republic. And that’s just what a second term Barack Obama in the White House will mean.

Obama and the Democratic Party establishment have demonstrated their utter contempt for the Constitution in many ways – not the least of those is through their stonewalling over the legitimate ID of Obama himself. They actively seek the disempowerment of anyone who disagrees with their agenda. They will use any means necessary to impose their radical agenda on the rest of us. “Any means” includes fraud, deceit, intimidation – maybe worse.

-- Joseph Farah, April 11 WND column

Our nation heads into a presidential campaign with an incumbent whose online birth certificate and Selective Service registration card are almost certainly forgeries, and this is a nonissue. (Don’t ask about the subpoena from a Georgia court that Obama ignored. Everyone else did, too.)

That’s the observation. The prediction is that unless voters come to view Barack Obama as a “socialist” – even a “democratic socialist” – and, as such, an existential threat to our (in theory) constitutional republic, President Obama, funny papers and all, will be re-elected in November.

-- Diana West, April 12 WND column

As Obama has proven time and again over the past three years, he’s anything but a nice guy. He’s a bad winner, a sore loser and a thin-skinned, arrogant narcissist. And if that’s not enough, he is a racist who keeps Eric Holder on board, even after Operation Fast and Furious, to do his bidding. For good measure, he’s an unrepentant Marxist who, time and again, has shown his contempt for this country and its history.

-- Burt Prelutsky, April 17 WND column

All this is an obvious and egregious deception in the media’s ongoing war on America. The silence on Obama’s profligate spending is just the tip of the iceberg. It is indicative of Obama’s lack of character and ethics and his naked contempt for the American people. But consider the implications and consequences of the media’s silence on the Islamic spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, et al., and their treasonous whitewash of the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose goal is to destroy the West and install a universal caliphate. The poisonous fruit of Obama’s Islamophilia is a direct assault on freedom and American ideals. Consider the coordinated attacks on NATO in Kabul and other Afghan provinces by Obama’s “peace” partner, the Taliban, this past weekend to understand the catastrophic consequences of aiding and abetting our enemies.

-- Pamela Geller, April 17 WND column

So with this in mind, the Obama “Justice” Department is working overtime to aid voter fraud everywhere possible. They are suing states that have passed voter ID laws because the president’s re-election strategy is based on winning those deep blue states and enough “battle ground” states to get to 270. His campaign believes that he has 196 electoral votes from 16 reliably blue states. There are 13 swing states, and if he were to take just five – Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida – he wins. That’s why the push is on to get as many illegal alien and phantom votes tallied in the big cities in those swing states. These cities are usually Democratic strongholds with large immigrant and welfare-recipient populations. They are the folks BO’s team is counting on to tip the balance and deliver their state’s electoral votes to Obama.

Then, we will all be able to watch in horror at just how “flexible” our unconstrained dictator-in-chief will be in his second term.

Then he will be able to finish work on the pledge he made to “thoroughly transform America.”

-- Tom Tancredo, April 20 WND column

With government corruption and treasonous acts running rampant, particularly with regard to President Obama and his administration, many have asked what ordinary American citizens can do to legally mete out justice. Short of violent revolution, there is only one strong legal mechanism that can be invoked. That is the so-called “citizens grand jury,” by which Americans themselves can enforce the law.

-- Larry Klayman, April 20 WND column

The Obama administration and far-left-wing progressive agents like George Soros are persecuting Sheriff Arpaio because he won’t turn a blind eye to tens of thousands of illegal aliens flooding into America. And their underhanded and intimidating message is being played and replayed by their MSM minions for every other U.S. sheriff and freedom-loving American: Don’t you (even as law enforcement) dare to stand up against illegal immigration, the Obama administration and the rest of the left-wing establishment – or we will bully and demonize you as discriminatory and racist, too.

-- Chuck Norris, April 22 WND column

Ironically, there’s less doubt about Mickey’s eligibility requirements than those of Obama. We know where he was created – in Hollywood, Calif. We know he’s old enough to serve. We know his “daddy,” Walt Disney, was an American citizen at the time of the “birth” of his offspring. We know Mickey never became a citizen of Indonesia. We know Mickey wasn’t adopted by a foreign national. We know his father wasn’t a Kenyan visiting student. We know he didn’t attend college as a foreign student. We know Bill Ayers’ dad didn’t put him through law school.

In other words, we know a lot more about Mickey Mouse than we do about the mysterious life of Obama.

-- Joseph Farah, April 22 WND column

Obama’s canine culinary habit, on the other hand, is extremely informative. It confirms what many of his detractors, and increasing numbers of his former supporters, have long suspected about the man. While he is a United States citizen, he simply isn’t an American in the cultural or nationalist sense. He does not share the traditions, customs and fundamental perspectives of most of the people over whom he presides, which is why his administration has been one of the most bumbling, tone-deaf and obtuse in American history. He remains, at heart, a foreigner, a stranger in what to him will always be a strange land.

-- Vox Day, April 22 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 9:05 PM EDT
CNS Still Trying to Denigrate Obama's Success
Topic: is disturbingly eager to bury the pasts of Barack and Michelle Obama to portray them as wealthy people deserving of scorn from the bottom-feeding audience it's trying to cultivate.

We see that again in an April 24 CNS article by Fred Lucas attacking Obama for saying that  he and his wife "didn’t come from wealthy families" by noting that "the Obamas did report an income of $789,674 for 2011 on their tax returns, which puts them in the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States. Their income in 2010 was $1.8 million," and that  the Obama’s [sic] 2009 tax return shows that Barack Obama inherited $480,908 worth of Bank of Hawaii stock from his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who was a vice president of the bank."

Of course, how much the Obamas make now doesn't disprove that they didn't come from wealthy families. It's simply a mindless partisan and personal attack, the kind that editor Terry Jeffrey has encouraged in turning CNS into an anti-Obama propaganda mill.

Lucas also takes Obama's statement that  "I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth" to suggest that it was directed at Mitt Romney, even noting that "On April 19, on Fox News, Romney responded to a question about Obama’s statement about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth."

In fact, during that Fox News interview, Steve Doocy misquoted Obama in asking about Obama's remark, falsely claiming that Obama said "unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." the words "unlike some people appear nowhere in Obama's remarks, and the full context of the statement shows it's about educational assistance and was not directed at Romney.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:59 PM EDT
WND's Klein Smears Obama Adviser As 'Anti-Semitic'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Last year, WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein lied that Obama adviser Samantha Power "gave an interview in 2008 where she wanted to bring a mammoth protection force -- pay attention -- to the Palestinian territories." In fact, Power was not advocating an invasion of Israel, as Klein suggested; rather, her reference to a "mammoth protection force" was in response to a hypothetical question about a move toward geoncide by "one party or another" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the size of the peacekeeping force that would be needed to stop a genocide from happening.

Now that Power has been selected to White House Atrocities Prevention Board , Klein is back to lie about Power some more, this time upping the ante by smearing her as "anti-Semitic." Klein writes in an April 24 article that "Power was referring to pro-Israel groups using language some would consider anti-Semitic by implying such groups maintain inordinate power in U.S. politics."

At no point, however, does Klein identify what the purportedly anti-Semitic "language" is that Power used, or who the "some" is that would consider it so.

In other words, it's nothing but a baseless, vicious smear, from a vicious smear artist.

The rest of Klein's article is nothing by desperate guilt-by-association of the kind Klein does so often.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:53 PM EDT
MRC Still Trying to Discredit Media Study It Disagrees With
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center is still trying to quash a media-bias study that contradicts its right-wing agenda.

In an april 25 NewsBusters post, Ken Shepherd denounced a Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism arguing that President Obama has actually received more negative news coverage this political season than the Republican presidential primary contenders, insisting that "the data examined by the study are fundamentally flawed and hence worthless to arrive at a conclusion about the media's judgments of the candidates." The rest of Shepherd's post is a copy-and-paste of a Rich Noyes post attacking the study.

But as we noted, the MRC attacking the Pew study for purportedly faulty methodology is laughable given the shoddy state of the MRC's own research methodology, which is designed to advance a political agenda around a pre-existing narrative rather than following where the data actually leads.

The "liberal media bias" the MRC tends to treat as axiomatic is actually driven by the MRC's own deliberately skewed research, as we've documented.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:42 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Zombie Lies
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND was busted long ago for spreading falsehoods about President Obama, yet it continues to peddle those very same lies years later. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 11:14 PM EDT
Sleazy Jerome Corsi Now Pushing Obama Gay-Sex Claims
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi despises Barack Obama so much that he has shown no reluctance to plunging into the sleaziest sewers of Obama derangement. He started moving this direction last year by darkly hinting that Obama is secretly gay. Now, Corsi has taken the full plunge at WND by trying to rehabilitate Larry Sinclair.

If you'll recall, in 2008 WND enthusiastically embraced Sinclair's tale that he once did drugs and had sex with Obama, despite the facts that no corroborating evidence was presented to back up his claims and WND itself made no effort whatsoever to check him out. WND quietly backed away from Sinclair after he failed lie-detector tests, he turned out to be a convicted crimina,l and he held a press conference one observer called "the single most stupefying event on any single day, what with the diversity of inanity on display from coast to coast in an election year," complete with a kilt-wearing attorney who justified his wardrobe decision by discussing the size of his "male genitalia."

But never mind all that --  Corsi needs more excuses to hate Obama, and Sinclair will serve just nicely.

In an April 24 WND article, Corsi writes that a libel case was dismissed against Sinclair by a man who claimed Sinclair ruined him by claiming in a book that Obama adviser David Axelrod had agreed to pay the man $750,000 to rig the results of Sinclair's polygraph test. Corsi makes sure to put inhis lead paragraph that Sinclair has made the "sensational charge that he had sex and used drugs with the future president," but it's not until the final paragraph of his 27-paragraph article that Corsi mentions that Sinclair has a "criminal past."

The libel suit has no direct link to Sinclair's allegations about Obama -- which still lack substantiation -- yet Corsi is seizing on it  to portray Sinclair as credible.

This is little more than carpet-munching on Corsi's part. There apparently is no depth too low for him to indulge his Obama derangement.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:53 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:54 AM EDT
Not Dead Yet: Newsmax Still Promoting Gingrich's Campaign
Topic: Newsmax

Christopher Ruddy's salute aside, it appears that Newsmax is not quite ready to give up on Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

An April 24 article by Paul Scicchitano in an interview with Gingrich in which the candidate repeats his usual attacks on Mitt Romney and plays down the near-impossibility of Gingrich actually winning the nomination.

While acknowledging that "Gingrich lost Tuesday's Delaware primary — where he had spent a significant amount of time campaigning and had hoped to win," Scicchitano also portrays Gingrich as an "underdog" who faces "funding challenges," suggesting he still has a chance.

But then, Newsmax turned its news operation into a hype machine for Gingrich for much of of December and January, so it's  probably not a surprise that Newsmax is still clinging to the idea of Gingrich as a president.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:42 AM EDT
Shorter Joseph Farah: Give Me Money!
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In case it wasn't obvious before, WorldNetDaily has made it crystal clear: It's no longer a news organization, it's a political action committee.

WND explains it in an April 23 article:

Left to the devices of the Republican Party and its nominee, Barack Obama is a shoo-in for re-election, says Joseph Farah, editor and founder of WND.

But he does believe there is an opportunity to defeat Obama and, equally importantly, restore the nation to constitutional integrity in 2012.

“There’s a problem even bigger than Obama afflicting America,” he says. “And that means it is a huge, monumental, fundamental crisis, because Obama, given another four years in office, will effectively destroy the very fabric of everything good that set America apart from the rest of the world. That problem is we have no more anchor for self-government, the rule of law and governance through the will of the people. The Constitution is being rendered meaningless.”

Farah says the way to accomplishing both goals – defeating Obama and restoring constitutional integrity – is through making the case, directly to the American people, that Obama is not constitutionally eligible, a position already held by a shockingly high percentage of Americans, given the blackout of the issue by most of the media.

Of course, the reason "most of the media" ignores this story is because it's a sham, ginned up by Farah and Co., just like he did in the 1990s with the claim that Vince Foster was murdered, and for the same purpose -- to try and delegitimize a president he opposes.

Thank you, Mr. Farah, for declaring that not only do you have no interest in fair and balanced journalism or even the facts, you will be turning WND into a propaganda machine dedicated almost exclusively to trying to destroy President Obama. Years back, Farah declared himself an activist and not a journalist, so let's not pretend he's anything but a craven, hate-filled partisan.

Here's where the PAC part comes in. Farah needs money in a hurry -- lots of money:

“For years now I have been promoting a billboard campaign on the birth certificate question,” Farah reminded. “We have erected hundreds of billboards around the country – first asking simply ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?’ and later asking, ‘Where’s the Real Birth Certificate?’ The first part of the plan calls for a massive and aggressive expansion of that program, which put the issue on the map when most media would not even entertain honest discussions of it. In order to do this, I need help – lots of help. I need financial support – much more than we have ever received in the past. I estimate it will take up to $1 million to plaster this message across the country so it cannot be ignored.

But that’s just the start, says Farah. If the campaign is successful enough, he wants to produce and air hundreds of television ads about the eligibility issue. If we can raise through grass-roots donations another $1 million by July, we can have those ads airing in major markets, on national TV and in battleground states to ensure Obama is so weakened by public doubt that his campaign can’t even overcome the crisis through voter fraud.


He acknowledges $2 million is a lot of money to raise quickly – but that’s what it’s going to take.

“There’s no sugar daddy out there who is going to do this for you,” says Farah. “Trust me on that. Donald Trump is not going to come to our rescue. You and I are going to have to dig deep into our pockets and sacrifice to find the financial resources to make this happen. I’m committed to doing my part to spread the truth. I don’t think anyone can doubt that after the abuse I’ve endured for the last four years. The only question is how many others will help with contributions of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $1,000, $5,000 or more. We’re not going to get any stimulus money from Obama to make this happen. But this could be America’s last chance to take a stand for what is right, truthful and honest. If you stand with me on this, please make your donation today. Let’s defeat Obama and restore the Constitution in 2012.

When Donald Trump thinks you're too crazy, that may be a sign that you're too crazy.

But sanity isn't the point -- money is. This is nothing but a grab for cash done in the most cynical way possible. And don't expect that Farah will ever provide any accountability to his donors for how that money he's begging for is spent, and he certainly isn't promising to do so here. He doesn't have that kind of integrity.

If Farah was truly committed, he'd borrow the money himself. Instead, the money from his gullible donors may very well line his own pockets. You'll see WND report on John Woodman's birther debuking before he'll publicly document how that money was spent.

Given that, why would anybody trust Farah and WND with their cash? We can't imagine how.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:21 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Dan Gainor's Anti-Gay Freakout Over Romney Spokesman
Topic: Media Research Center

You know Dan Gainor as the Media Research Center apparatchik (and T. Boone Pickens Fellow) who loyally spouts right-wing talking points. It's probably not a surprise that he would parrot the MRC's anti-gay agenda as well.

After it came out that Mitt Romney had hired as his national security spokesman Richard Grennell, Gainor managed to find something wrong with that: Grennell is gay. So he decided to tap into his inner Bryan Fischer and and pick Twitter fights with anyone who disagreed with him by ranting about how it wasn't "conservative" for Romney to do such a thing, as Slate's David Weigel documents.

Never mind, of course, that not even Gainor appears to be disputing Grennell's qualifications on national security -- heck, he's certainly right-wing enough, as demonstrated by Newsmax's crush on him. Grennell's sexual orientation is simply irrelevant to the job in question, but Gainor has decided to portray his hiring as a "move to the left." And as the Twitter chain demonstrates, Gainor refuses to address the logical conclusion drawn from his tweets: that conservatives should discriminate against gays in job preferences.

Curiously, Gainor has yet to bring any of this up at the MRC website. Is that because he knows that such blatant attacks on the presumptive Republican candidate are a big no-no at this point? Or is it because that such naked gay-bashing may not fly with even the MRC's conservative base?

Posted by Terry K. at 7:49 PM EDT
AIM's Irvine Didn't Want His Child to Be Born on Earth Day
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Earth Day coincides with the birth of one of the sons of Accuracy in Media director Don Irvine. And Irvine's not exactly happy about that. He details in an April 22 AIM blog post:

I will never forget Earth Day 1992, not just because it is my son’s birthday, but also because my wife chose that day to give birth. You see, she knew that she would have to have a C-section and her favorite doctor was only available on that day of that week to do the operation. I did try and discourage her from the April 22 date, since I really didn’t want a child born on Earth Day, but my pleas fell on deaf ears. And as I’ve learned, it is better not to argue with a pregnant woman.

Irvine concluded: "Happy Birthday Steven, and please feel free to expand your carbon footprint today."

This sort of Earth Day bashing, of course, is endemic to right-wingers like Irvine.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:17 PM EDT
MRC Unhappy That Another Pew Study Contradicts Its Agenda
Topic: Media Research Center

Last fall, we noted how the Media Research Center tried to discredit a Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism because if offered evidence that ran contrary to the MRC's raison d'etre narrative that the media has a hopeless liberal bias.

Well, the PEJ has issued a new study -- this one claiming that coverage of President Obama has been "mostly negative," while Mitt Romney saw more positive coverage after he began winning more presidential primaries -- and the MRC is trying to discredit it again.

As he did previously, MRC research director Rich Noyes complains again in an April 23 NewsBusters post about PEJ's methodology:

But "the press" hasn't been tougher on Obama than the Republicans. PEJ's "good press/bad press" statistic mixes reports of the campaign horse race (who's ahead, who's behind) with judgmental coverage of a candidate's background, issue positions, etc. And, according to PEJ's own statistics, the vast majority of the reports they examined (they peg it at 64%) are about campaign strategy.

[Check out my earlier blog post for more explanation of the flaws in PEJ's methodology.]

What this all means is that the GOP candidates got better "good press" scores because they each won primaries this year. This is obvious when you look at the report's explanation of how Romney, Santorum and Gingrich each fared with "the press" (I'm stripping out the statistics, because they are a meaningless distraction):


In other words, PEJ is not actually tracking how the press -- journalists, reporters, commentators, etc. -- are evaluating, ranking, spinning, etc., the campaign. Their sample is so heavy with redundant Web posting of the same horse race results that it completely masks the spin that journalists impart to the coverage.

Think about it this way: Can any serious media observer argue that the media elite have been more positive towards Christian conservative Rick Santorum than Barack Obama? On its face, this study is not measuring what it purports to measure, i.e., the tone of campaign journalism.

Undoubtedly, given the resources they've put into this project, you'll see additional reports throughout the campaign year. If President Obama takes a polling lead over Mitt Romney, you'll see PEJ claim a burst of good press for the Democrat; if Romney takes the lead, they'll continue to say that the press is beating up on Obama. Don't believe it.

Noyes offer no evidence whatsoever to back up his assertions -- perhaps because the MRC's methodology tends to be so shoddy and so ridiculously stacked. For instance, it judged the political slant of questions at Republican debates hosted by CNN and NBC -- but not debates hosted by Fox News.

Unlike the MRC, which mostly limits itself to bashing the three TV networks and ignoring Fox News completely, the PEJ study examines pretty much all media outlets -- more than 11,000 according to the study, along with a smaller breakout of a sample of 52 key news outlets.

Further, if Noyes was the "serious media observer" he claims to be, he wouldn't be tossing around terms like "media elite" in such a pejorative way. The work of Noyes and the MRC is simply too agenda-driven to be taken seriously beyond the political activists it's intended to motivate. That's not research, that's propaganda.

The MRC starts with a conclusion -- the media has a liberal bias -- and finds evidence to back it up. PEJ, by contrast, follows the evidence wherever it goes.

Josh St. Louis parrots Noyes' complaints in an April 24 NewsBusters post bashing MSNBC's Martin Bashir for noting the "faulty" Pew study. He goes on to huff: "It's unfortunate that a division of Pew devoted to "excellence in journalism" uses such flimsy methodology to argue against the clear liberal media bias present in campaign coverage."

There are "serious media observers" out there, but they sure don't work for the MRC.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 PM EDT

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