Newsmax Fawns Over Dick Morris' CNN Appearance Topic: Newsmax
After lovingly teasing Dick Morris' first TV appearance on CNN following his dismissal from Fox News -- which obscured the fact that Morris has an abysmal record of punditry -- a Feb. 6 article by Todd Beamon on the CNN appearance keeps up the fawning.
Beamon led off by calling Morris a "Leading political analyst and best-selling author" and noted that he "defended his record of political predictions":
He also noted his long track record of electoral successes as a campaign strategist electing two U.S. presidents and 14 heads of state around the world, including Bill Clinton's surprise comeback re-election in 1996.
During his tenure at Fox, Morris recalled that he accurately predicted the election of George W. Bush in 2000, his re-election in 2004, the GOP's loss of both Houses in 2006, Obama's win in 2008, and the Republican landslide of more than 60 House seats in 2010.
Needless to say, Beamon won't tell you the lies Morris told during the interview -- one of which Beamon uncritically repeated. As Slate's David Weigel details, Morris did not guide Clinton's 1996 re-election because he was ousted from the campaign two months before the election because of his infamous toe-sucking prostitution scandal.
While Beamon couldn't be bothered to do any basic fact-checking, he did make sure to inform us that Morris is "popular" and "appear[ed] relaxed in a sports jacket and an open-collared Oxford shirt."
Napolitano At WND: Obama Can Legally Kill Beck, O'Reilly Topic: WorldNetDaily
While there are legitimate questions about President Obama's use of drones to kill terrorists, Andrew Napolitano goes all conspiratorial in a Feb. 6 interview with WorldNetDaily:
The judge said it’s very easy to read the administration’s legal defense for the drone program and see how it could be used to target any American.
“The language in this 16-page document could easily apply to Americans in America,” said Napolitano. “So the president could decide that Bill O’Reilly or Glenn Beck or Judge Napolitano are just too troublesome, too meddlesome, too much of an obstacle to the accomplishment of his purposes, and it’s time to take them out.
Crossroads Spokesman Is Correct: Brent Bozell Is A Hater Topic: Media Research Center
The battle between Karl Rove's American Crossroads group -- which has created an operation to promote electable Republican candidates over right-wing extremists -- and self-proclaimed "real" conservatives has ramped up considerably.
During a radio show appearance, Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio called Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell, who has led opposition to the Crossroads project, a "hater" for opposing it, adding that Bozell has "a long, sordid history, like, hating Karl Rove, too. So he has, like, a weird personal axe to grind."
In response, several right-wing leaders have issued a letter proclaiming Bozell to be "a beloved and critically important player in American history" and demanding that Collegio be fired.
But Collegio is right -- Bozell is a hater who has personal axes to grind.
Collegio is correct to question whether someone who acts like a foul-mouthed bully is a legitimate conservative leader. Will Bozell's defenders admit his legacy of hate, or will they continue to whitewash it?
WND Still Hiding Farah's No-Show For Breakfast He Denied He Was Disinvited From Topic: WorldNetDaily
As we've detailed, WorldNetDaily made a huge deal out of denying that editor Joseph Farah being disinvited from an inauguration day prayer breakfast after apparently getting the breakfast's organizer to repudiate her previous public statements about it -- the same breakfast to which Farah was a no-show anyway.
Weirdly, WND is still promoting this breakfast, and hiding Farah's no-show.
A Feb. 5 WND article rehashes what speaker (and Farah buddy) Jonathan Cahn said at the breakfast, once again ignoring the WND-generated controversy over Farah's invitation. The only mention of Farah in the unbylined article is that he was producer of a video accompaniment to Cahn's prophecy book "The Harbinger."
President Obama said in a Super Bowl interview on the subject of gays being allowed into the Boy Scouts:
My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life, and the Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think that nobody should be barred from that.
Here's how CNS synthesized that into a headline for a Feb. 4 article by Susan Jones: "Obama: Boy Scouts Should Expose Homosexuals to Opportunities."
The typical right-wing CNS reader will automatically fill out the rest of that strategically vague sentence with "... to have sex with little boys." And that presumably was the intent, what with the anti-gay agenda of CNS' parent organization, the Media Research Center.
WND's Farber Warns Against 'Homogrifying' Boy Scouts Topic: WorldNetDaily
America, have you gone mad? Don’t you remember being a 12-to-15-year-old boy? And weren’t you girls “awakening” at about the same age? Don’t you realize that homogrifying the Scouts would hijack the very mission of scouting and turn the organization into a beehive of erotic exploration? I don’t fear gay boys hitting on straights as much as I fear straights asking, “What’s this ‘gay’ stuff all about? Is there anything in it for us?” I also fear for the safety of young gays who, innocently or opportunistically, give a wrong smile or say the wrong thing to the wrong straight. In our Southern culture, you weren’t a “man” until you’d “slugged a queer” who approached you. I failed the test. I always just rejected the advance and got out of there.
The battle to diminish youth sex was lost – surrendered – with the schoolhouse condom giveaways. To a young teenager, that was the grown-up world telling you, “We know you’re going to do it, and we want to help you do it right.” And what message would the welcoming of gays into the Boy Scouts send? “Gay-play must be OK, or the grown-ups wouldn’t allow us to be camping, swimming, showering, sleeping, horsing around and walking through the woods together!” Admitting gays openly into the Boy Scouts is rather like insisting cigarettes be lit as close as you can get to the nozzle while the gasoline is being pumped.
From condemnation to condone-nation in one parade! The Nazis didn’t have it that easy in Norway.
Newsmax Hides Dick Morris' Abysmal Record of Punditry Topic: Newsmax
Dick Morris was a longtime fixture at Newsmax before jumping to Fox News -- and Newsmax manages Morris' mailing list -- so it's not a surprise that Newsmax would play down Morris' abysmal record of political punditry. It is surprising, however, to see ust how far Newsmax is taking it.
A Feb. 5 Newsmax article by Bill Green breathlessly declares that "all eyes are turning to Morris' upcoming appearance on CNN Wednesday night," where he will "discuss his mysterious disappearance from Fox since shortly after last November's election" and the news that Fox declined to offer a new contract to him.
Of course, there's nothing "mysterious" about Morris disappearing from Fox. After enthusiastically predicting that Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in a landslide -- one of many Morris statements that proved to be spectacularly wrong -- Fox News management declared after the election that anyFox show that wanted Morris (and similarly wrong Fox pundit Karl Rove) to appear would have to get special permission to do so.
To cap things off, Green concludes his article this way:
Fox's rating have fallen dramatically in the wake of last year's election. Press reports indicate the cable channel is re-evaluating its approach after President Obama's strong re-election victory, despite the fact a number of Fox hosts and analysts predicted otherwise.
That's right -- in an article about Dick Morris, Newsmax highlights how some Fox analysts predicted Romney would win without specifically stating that one of those people is Dick Morris.
It's not like Newsmax didn't know -- not only did Newsmax publish an article before the election about how Morris is "sticking by his prediction that Mitt Romney will win in a landslide," it published Morris' post-election mea culpa.
It seems that Newsmax has kicked off a reputation rehabilitation project for Morris the way it has done with other disgraced conservatives like Bernard Kerik.
WND Columnist Ludicrously Portrays Obama As Emperor Topic: WorldNetDaily
The last time we checked in on WorldNetDaily columnist Marisa Martin, she was ridiculously blaming President Obama for causing the TSA to detain an artist who wore a watch that looked suspiciously like a bomb. She's at it again in her Jan. 31 WND column, this time likening Obama to Napoleon for purportedly caring a lot about his press:
Two centuries later the White House is similarly inhabited by a man obsessed with public opinion and attempting a government made in his image. Streams of rhetoric gush from paid barkers and their collaborating machines (formerly known as the free press.) President Obama is variously compared to JFK, Lincoln, FDR or other titans of humanity with virtually no specific similarity or substance mentioned. Strike a pose and presume ignorance of the masses – and it’s been working.
Leaders with world-class egos can be dangerous when slighted. In China, Iran and Russia, naughty press people who just don’t understand the rules have disappeared. Fortunately, we have no such problems in the U.S., as most newscasters and big networks believe exactly what they’re told by the administration and are never unreasonably skeptical. This makes me feel so much safer.
Of course, Martin fails to mention that there is a free press in America, and that the owner of the website that publishes her anti-Obama rants, one Joseph Farah, is even more anti-Obama than she is -- to the point of publishing complete and utterlies about the president, making him a propagandist even more pernicious than what Martin claims the mainstream media to be -- and that he has never so much as been compelled to correct the record, let alone be thrown in jail for countering the "emperor." The president has the makings of a successful libel case against WND, yet one has not been filed.
Martin concludes: "How much high-tech propaganda can be used against Americans without rousing our suspicions -- and how many artists and writers are willing to create it?" Martin is engaging in her own high-tech propaganda by having her rants published at one of the most notorious propaganda mills in the country, so she might want to rethink this whole thing.
Bozell Claims No "Serious" Group Celebrates Abortion Doctor's Death, Forgets About Randall Terry Topic: Media Research Center
In his feb. 1 column, Brent Bozell takes exception to a documentary about abortion after the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, in which one of the participants says that "When abortion doctors are assassinated, the political right has celebrated those assassinations." Bozell thundered, "This is a flagrant, shameless lie. Not one serious pro-life group on the political right has done that."
Bozell is silent, however, about his links to an anti-abortion extremist who essentially did just that.
After Tiller's murder, Randall Terry danced on Tiller's grave, declaring that Tiller was a "mass murderer" and "was one of the most evil men on the planet; every bit as vile as the Nazi war criminals who were hunted down, tried, and sentenced after they participated in the 'legal' murder of the Jews that fell into their hands." As we've documented, CNSNews.com, which is a division of Bozell's Media Research Center, never reported that statement.
The MRC was until recently so simpatico with Terry's extremist videos that its MRCtv hosted Terry's videos. An October press release issued by Terry criticizes the MRC for taking down his video attacks on Samuel L. Jackson for an election-season video he made. The press release claims to quote an MRC official as saying that "While I may personally sympathize with the content, rules are rules and MRCTV cannot run political ads for campaigns."
Interestingly, for all his fulimation about how "not one serious pro-life group" expressed happiness at Tiller's death, at no point in his column does Bozell express outrage about it. Instead, he bashes the filmmakers for having "celebrated the abortionist."
WND's D.J. Dolce Picks Up Bogus Obama Library Story Topic: WorldNetDaily
The painfully unfunny D.J. Dolce (aka Mrs. Molotov Mitchell) promotes a lie in her Feb. 5 WorldNetDaily video, claiming "Plans for Obama's presidential library are under way, but they have to tear down President Reagan's childhood home to make room for parking."
As we've detailed, a location for the library has not been chosen yet, and the University of Chicago Medical Center is planning to tear down the house where Reagan lived for a year at age 4 for its own uses.
Dolce then descends into a bitter, hateful anti-Obama rant about him purportedly wanting to turn the White House into a mosque.
A Feb. 3 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard uncritically promotes a claim by sports announcer Jim Nantz that "a women's soccer player is two and a half times more likely to suffer a concussion than a college football player." Sheppard adds a whine that "America's media today for the most part seem hellbent on watering down such activities without regard to the actual statistics across the landscape of these sporting events," concluding, 'Of course, why should anyone be shocked by media members not caring about facts?"
Actually, it appears that the lack of care about facts belongs to Nantz and Sheppard. Jason Lisk at Big Lead Sports does the fact-checking that Sheppard can't be bothered to do:
He cites “research.” Is it published somewhere? If it is, I cannot find any reference to it. I’ve searched for several hours and haven’t turned up any particular study that comes close. I’ve found others that involve research on concussions in college and high school, but cannot find any that are anywhere close to this number.
Here’s what I can generally say, based on reviewing the research. Female athletes appear to be more likely to sustain concussions within the same sport as males. This is true for basketball and soccer, according to multiple sources. CBS News, in fact, the same network where this appeared, had previously reported 64% increases for soccer by women vs. their male counterparts, and 300% in women’s basketball vs. men’s basketball. (Here’s another book excerpt with similar discussions). There is also reference that women have a higher traumatic brain injury rate in car wrecks, and that is about 2.5 times more likely, the only time I can find a similar number.
Of course, why should anyone be shock by Sheppard not caring about facts?
Colin Flaherty Race-Baiting Watch Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's resident race-baiter Colin Flaherty has been on quite the tear lately.
In a Jan. 30 article, Flaherty does his usual blaming of "black mob riots" for incidents at a mall in Indianapolis. He writes that "Police and local media attribute the problem to 'unruly teens' – which local residents say is politically correct coded speech for black people," but he quotes no "local residents" who say that.
In fact, the local paper does point out that the incidents at the mall are "almost all involving juveniles" -- telling us it's a youth problem, not a black problem.
Flaherty used a Feb. 1 article to highlight a case in which a black man admitted to shooting a white woman because he said he was "trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today." Flaherty cites "a prison psychologist who did not wish to be identified" as claiming that "racial resentment is the new mother’s milk of education." Flaherty doesn't explain why anyone should take seriously the opinion of a "prison psychologist" who is hiding behind anonymity.
On Feb. 2, Flaherty touted a security guard who used a Taser on a "crazy lady" who managed to "threaten, cuss, assault, spit, challenge and call Long every racial and sexual epithet imaginable." Flaherty doesn't seem to consider that the woman's problem is that she was crazy and not that she was black.
And on Feb. 4, Flaherty is back to painting all blacks as violent thugs who are out to rob and/or kill you:
Seattle may not have the day-in, day-out, racial violence of a Chicago, or the peculiar racial anarchy of small-town Peoria. But more and more people are paying attention to the increasingly visible and brutish mayhem groups of black people are visiting on a pregnant woman, veterans, old people, young people, “gay” people, Asians and everyone in between. Right there in good old Seattle.
In Flaherty's mind, it seems, if you're black, it's only a matter of time before you form a "mob" and unlease "mayhem."
CNS Touts Ray Lewis Religious Quote, Ignores His Link to Double Murder Topic: CNSNews.com
A Feb. 4 CNSNews.com article by Melanie Hunter promotes how pro football player Ray Lewis said after his Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, "When God is for you, who can be against you?"
Hunter doesn't mention that Lewis is perhaps a flawed messenger for a religious message given his alleged links to a double murder more than a decade ago.
The Washington Post details how Lewis was linked to two men who were stabbed to death in Atlanta in 2000. Lewis was initially charged in their deaths, though those charges were dropped and he eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. But traces of one victim's blood was found inside the limousine Lewis used, the suit he wore that night has never been found, and Lewis has paid millions of dollars to settle civil lawsuits by the victims' families.
Apparently, according to Hunter, being linked to murder is OK if Lewis is spouting Bible verses now.
WND's Farah Just Can't Stop Lying About 'Civilian National Security Force' Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah is a congenital liar, and one of the things he and WND have lied about is President Obama's statement about a "civilian national security force." Farah does so again in his Feb. 3 WND column:
Is the U.S. government getting ready for a war we don’t know about?
And, if that’s why Washington is stockpiling massive amounts of ammunition (hollow points, by the way), why is Homeland Security doing the buying instead of the Defense Department?
I have some theories.
Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.
Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?
These words – “civilian national security force” – have haunted me ever since I first read them.
Obama has never explained what he meant.
He’s never been called to account for that remark.
Doesn’t this sound like police-state talk to you?
As we've repeatedlydocumented, Obama has explained what he meant by a "civilian national security force" -- expansion of the foreign service.
Farah has been telling this lie for more than four years. Either he's too stupid to do any basic research to find out the truth, or he's such a craven liar that he'lll continue to push the falsehood because it's good for his bottom line.
NewsBusters Disappears Limbaugh From Sandra Fluke's Story Topic: NewsBusters
The Media Research Center likes to disappear Rush Limaugh's role in making Sandra Fluke into a prominent activist -- and, as a consequence, the MRC's role in endorsing Limbaugh's misogyny and trying to protect him from the consequences of it.
The latest example is a Feb. 1 NewsBusters post by Jeffrey Meyer, who complains that Fluke is "a Georgetown Law student who 'testified' before a Democratic policy committee -- not a congressional panel contrary to popular belief -- became a recurring guest on MSNBC, and even spoke at the Democratic National Convention last year." Meyer doesn't mention thatit's because of Limbaugh's three-day tirade of misogyny against Fluke that she was catapulted to prominence beyond her congressional testimony.