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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Immigrant-Bashing Is James Walsh's Business, And Business Is Good
Topic: Newsmax

James Walsh's job at Newsmax is to be its chief immigrant-basher, with a side of Obama-bashing -- a function he continued to perform in a couple recent columns.

One column denounced a recent rally for immigration reform as "a well-orchestrated, well-financed, Alinsky-style community-organizer protest," and claimed the presence of children "reflected the labor-union tactic of using children to evoke sympathy and gain publicity."

Walsh went on to claim that "Some observers of the rally questioned the cost of transporting, feeding, and housing the demonstrators, many of whom couldn’t speak English." He provided no evidence of any lack of English-speaking skills among the attendees, and the quotes he attributes to these "observers" have no backup either; they sound like his usual tactic of quoting purportedly real people who all happen to agree with him.

Walsh's May 3 column was dedicated to declaring that President Obama's policies "have the potential to erode U.S. culture, heritage, identity, and financial solvency." He rails against immigration reform (of course), Obamacare and foreign policy. We've previously noted Walsh's misleading defense of a military instructor who made inflammatory claims about Muslims.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:37 PM EDT
When Will WND's Schilling Correct False Article On Forced Lesbian Kissing?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

On April 24, WorldNetDaily's Chelsea Schilling wrote an article in which she uncriticially repeats a report from Fox News' Todd Starnes that "a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation." At the end of the article, Schilling provided the phone number and email address of the superintendent of the school district so that "concerned parents" may contact him.

Just one problem: It's not true.

The school has explained that "female students were not forced to engage in any lesbian kissing," "male students were not told to carry condoms,” and "sexual activity among young adolescents was not condoned or promoted in any way." The school distrct added, "This information had been shared with the media, but was not reported by some." Starnes has also demanded a correction from Fox's Starnes in an email that may as well be cc'd to Schilling:

These sessions were designed by the building leadership in an effort to have eighth graders treat each other with respect and to develop in our young adolescents an appreciation for personal dignity. To suggest that we would condone or promote sexual activity among teenagers is absurd. It is equally absurd to suggest that an activity, designed to have young women feel more confident saying no to unwanted advances from boys, is in some way promoting a lesbian lifestyle. It is my understanding that the role playing activity is part of a program supported by conservatives such as Laura Bush.

The definitions given to students, while overly granular in my opinion, were put forth to make sure that students understand that all gender identities and/or sexual orientations are protected in law in New York State as part of an effort to curb harassment, discrimination, and bullying. It is our intent to adjust this document and be less granular in future lessons.

Please also know that the two college students who helped facilitate these sessions were guided and supervised by the principal and guidance counselors. They were not acting without direction. And, there is no evidence to suggest that they were inappropriately interacting with the students. Reports indicate the opposite is true. I have read both their written accounts of the sessions and written feedback from students. It was all very positive.

Will Schilling correct her article or do a follow-up that reports the facts? Don't count on it -- after all, she has a long history of less-than-factual reporting at WND.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:40 PM EDT
Saturday, May 11, 2013
MRC's Graham Mocks Poll He Doesn't Agree With
Topic: NewsBusters

Feel the condescension in Tim Graham's May 11 NewsBusters post mocking a poll finding support for letting gays join the Boy Scouts:

ABC and the Washington Post are happy to join the war on the Boy Scouts, pushing every church in America that sponsors a Scout troop to alter their Bibles for the gay agenda. The Post headline on Saturday was "Poll: Most Americans support lifting ban on gay Boy Scouts."

The pollsters did not ask if Americans would also like ending the "bans" in other American social organizations and faith groups. Why can't avid barbecuers join PETA? Freedom of association -- whoever said that was an American principle?


"Catholics" -- at least those saying they were -- favored the gay agenda: "Opposition to banning gay scout leaders ranges by religious group and along well-worn political fault lines. A 56 percent majority of Catholics oppose the continued ban on gay scout masters, a number that rises to 75 percent among people who identify as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular. By contrast, Protestants are closely divided, 49 percent supporting and 47 percent opposing the ban on gay scout leaders."

Gotta love the scare quotes around "Catholic," as if he was the arbiter of who and who isn't Catholic.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:44 PM EDT
Immigrant Derangement Syndrome, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Face the facts: The Tsarnaev family had been welcomed to America. They didn’t fall through the cracks; they cracked the system. Those manning the alphabet soup of immigration and attendant agencies wanted them here.

It mattered not that the family has deep roots in Chechnya, a Shariah-law dominated anarchy whose chief export is terrorism to Russian cities.

It mattered not that the family’s refugee-status application was probably bogus.

Mother Tsarnaev’s stealing imperiled her stay in the U.S. not at all.


On the bright side: Whereas (alleged) terrorist Tamerlan was never at risk of losing his coveted Green Card, my daughter was stripped of hers by “brave” U.S. immigration law enforcers. Yeah, that bandita is finally at bay – turned away at the Canadian border in a mighty show of force, on a technicality.

-- Ilana Mercer, April 25, WND column

The amnesty bill is the last straw not because of the subject, a new amnesty, but because of what it says about Republican perfidy. The amnesty bill is both an arrogant betrayal of principle AND unprecedentedly outrageous in its political stupidity. It asks citizens to buy a pig in a poke merely on the promise of immigration enforcement by the Obama administration, a promise no one with an IQ about 30 can accept.

-- Tom Tancredo, April 26 WorldNetDaily column

If AB-1401 passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, it would make California the first state in the country to allow non-citizens to serve on juries.

Technically, someone who is not a citizen but in the country legally, living in the jurisdiction involved, and is proficient in the language, would be allowed to serve.

I guess that means we can kiss “jury of my peers” goodbye. A non-citizen is not my peer.

-- Barbara Simpson, April 28 WND column

“Come to the U.S. and kill Americans! Even if you murder women and children, you will be guaranteed protection under our Constitution, ‘Mirandized’ and provided lawyers, along with top-quality medical care (if wounded in an escape attempt) … all at taxpayers’ expense. You could possibly even qualify for long-term quality care, with many free amenities, also at public expense, or perhaps, as an ‘enemy combatant,’ receive an all-expense-paid retirement on an island in the Caribbean.”

Extraordinary nonsense! That is manifestly evident in the debate surrounding the Boston bombing.

-- Ben Kinchlow, April 28 WND column

The Nuge Immigration Plan (NIP) takes five years for even illegal immigrants to become Americans. Until then, they should be treated like indentured servants, meaning that they have to earn their citizenship.

The NIP is not an amnesty program. Amnesty is for left-wing mollycoddlers, losers, bureaucrats and hippies. Occupy that.

We need a real full-length, undefeatable border fence built. All illegal men in America should be required to work on building the fence, to be completed in one year. We would pay them minimum wage, provide food and shelter, and provide them English and American history classes at night. Everyone wins.

Illegal aliens trying to become an American are not eligible for any state or federal crack welfare during the five-year Nuge immigration probationary period. None. When the going gets tough, the tough Wango ze Tango.

-- Ted Nugent, May 9 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 12:46 PM EDT
Friday, May 10, 2013
MRC Whitewashes, Defends Heritage Researcher's White-Nationalist-Friendly Research
Topic: Media Research Center

It's utterly unsurprising that the Media Research Center's first mentions of (now former) Heritage Foundation researcher Jason Richwine's work bolstering white nationalists' views of the diminished IQ of Hispanics and other minorities are a blanket defense and an attempt to change the subject. published a rant by Michelle Malkin in which she attacks anyone who criticized Richwine's pre-Heritage work, asserting that he was being "strung up by the p.c. lynch mob for the crime of unflinching social science research." Malkin also invoked the logical fallacy of the argument from authority by insisting that because Richwine graduated from "Harvard University's prestigious Kennedy School of Government," and a highly credentialed dissertation committee signed of Richwine's doctoral dissertation, nothing could possibly be wrong with Richwine's work.

Over at NewsBusters, Mark Finkelstein tried to change the subject, insisting that the Richwine controversy was nothing but a "flap" and pretending that "Morning Joe" guest Al Hunt was the real racist because he asked to clarify what Richwine wrote about non-white IQ levels. Finkelstein then grumbled, "Ever since the Bell Curve, the discussion of any possible variation in IQ among different ethnic groups has become utterly taboo in politcally-correct circles."

Thus far, no MRC operation has provided a full, unbiased accounting of the Richwine controversy. Don't expect them to do so anytime soon.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:47 PM EDT
WND Weekly Cover: Hillary Clinton With A Serpent's Tongue
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WND Weekly (nee WorldNetWeekly), WorldNetDaily's attempt to generate a little income by repackaging its content into an e-magazine form, is no stranger to creating provocative, publicity-generating covers -- witness this cover image of Obama looking not unlike he's been shot in the face.

WND is at it again with the latest issue, which depicts Hillary Clinton with the tongue of a serpent:

Consider this just another reminder of how WND puts its right-wing agenda ahead of the fact and why, as a result, nobody believes them.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:21 PM EDT
AIM's Kincaid Rushes to Beck's Defense
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Cliff Kincaid loves his dubious right-wing fringe figures (Scott Lively, Jared Taylor, Joel Gilbert), so it's not a surprise that he would rush to the defense of another one, Glenn Beck.

Kincaid's May 8 Accuracy in Media column is dedicated to echoing Beck's very narrow defense that he really wasn't depicting New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Nazi during his NRA speech, he was trying to depict Bloomberg as a communist, and that there is a huge difference between the two. Kincaid insists that any claim that Beck was invoking Nazi imagery is "demonstrably false" and huffed that one writer who did make that claim would not "retract his charge after he was informed by Accuracy in Media that his account was flatly inaccurate."

But Kincaid conveniently overlooks the fact that while Beck did apparently model the image on what Kincaid insisted is a "very famous" pose by Vladimir Lenin, it's Naziism, not communism, that's infamous for the raised-arm salute, and it's not a shock that that people not steeped in Soviet propaganda -- that is, the vast majority of America -- would see Beck's image as echoing Nazis, not communists.

Nevertheless, after quoting a writer who pointed that out, Kincaid insisted that the image "is clearly not the same thing as the Nazi salute given by Hitler."

Kincaid was also offended that Jewish groups were calling on Beck to apologize, and that Media Matters (disclosure: my employer) "clearly hoped to resurrect the controversy over Beck, when he was with Fox News, having identified George Soros as having been a Nazi collaborator in his youth." But Kincaid didn't mention that Beck's attack on Soros is, to coin a phrase, demonstrably false.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:59 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
WND Stays Silent on Flaws of Heritage Immigration Study, Its Co-Author
Topic: WorldNetDaily isn't the only ConWeb operation to have promoted that Heritage Foundation study on immigration without mentioning its flaws or the racially charged rhetoric of the study's co-author.

A May 7 WND article by John Bennett touted how "Amnesty will cost American taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion in welfare and other public benefits," featuring an audio interview with report co-author Jason Richwine. But Bennett has not lifted a finger to report any of the reaction and fallout from the report:

  • The report has massive flaws that even co-author Robert Rector acknowledges: It not only doesn't examine the entire Senate immigration bill it purports to be looking at, it leaves out any examination of provisions designed to help the economy.
  • Richwine wrote a 2009 doctoral dissertation titled "IQ and Immigration Policy" claiming that "there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races," adding, "No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."

Laziness or censorship a la WND's hiding of all facts that discredit its birther obession? We report, you decide.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:36 AM EDT
Thursday, May 9, 2013
NEW ARTICLE: When MRC Staffers Tweet
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center likes to mock Twitter entries from liberals, but its own employees' tweets are just as mock-worthy. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 11:40 PM EDT
WND's Erik Rush Argues That Obama 'Orchestrated' Benghazi Attack
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Erik Rush -- no stranger to Obama derangement -- tops himself in his May 8 WorldNetDaily column:

Earlier this week, Fox News Channel analyst Brit Hume asserted that for the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, “to become the scandal it surely deserves to be,” it will require relentless news coverage.

Hume is quite right, of course; however, there is another requisite for definitive results to develop with regard to Benghazi, and that is the willingness of Congress to see the process through to a just conclusion.

And what would be a just conclusion?

I suppose that depends on two things: One, what is revealed in the hearings, and two, whom one asks. I have always leaned in the direction of the administration having orchestrated the attack for reasons of its own – given his connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and legendary understanding of all things Islamic, it is possible that President Obama could even have arranged for the assault on the compound without the foreknowledge of his Cabinet.

A bold charge, to be sure, but I am operating with such questions as the unresolved Trinity United murders before me. Then there are the possibilities that the tragedy came about as the result of less grave criminal action or a series of irresponsible and craven decisions.

That's right -- Rush is saying that Obama "orchestrated" the attack on the Behgiazi  because of his friends in the Muslim Brotherhood, and we know he's capable of it because of the gay men he supposedly killed.

We have nothing to add.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:55 PM EDT
CNS Now Censoring Immigration Study Co-Author's Statements on Race, IQ

Earlier this week, we detailed how is censoring the fact that the Heritage Foundation study on immigration it promoted is so flawed as to make it worthless, despite promoting the study itself. Now, questions have been raised about statements made by one of the study's co-authors, and CNS hasn't said a peep about that either.

Co-author Jason Richwine also wrote a 2009 doctoral dissertation titled "IQ and Immigration Policy" that "there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races," adding, "No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."

Richwine elaborated on his race theories during a 2008 C-SPAN appearance:

Races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ. Decades of psychometric testing has indicated that at least in America, you have Jews with the highest average IQ, usually followed by East Asians, and then you have non-Jewish whites, Hispanics, and then blacks. These are real differences. They're not going to go away tomorrow, and for that reason, we have to address them in our immigration discussions and our debates.

Does CNS not consider this to be news? Or does it realize the news value but has decided that the truth must be suppressed?

By the definition CNS' parent organization, the Media Research Center, uses to attack media outlets for not covering right-wing-friendly stories to its satisfaction, non-coverage is the same thing as censorship.Thus, CNS is censoring the truth about the Heritage study.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:42 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
WND Pushing Fluoride Conspiracies Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The last time WorldNetDaily did an article on the purported menace of fluoride in municipal water supplies, it fell to one of WND's own columnists, Phil Elmore, to debunk it.

But WND is back in the fluoride-conspiracy business again with a May 7 article by Steve Elwart pushing the bizarre idea that fluoride in water has "civil rights implications." Actually, all that happened is that a couple people formerly involved in the civil rights movement expressed concerns about fluoride:

[F]ormer Atlanta mayor and former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young and Civil Rights leader Gerald Durley, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta, both asked Georgia legislators to repeal the state’s mandatory water fluoridation law.

Young and Durley both expressed concerns about the fairness, safety and full disclosure regarding fluoridation in letters to the state’s minority and majority legislative leaders.

Young wrote: “My father was a dentist. I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation.”

He goes on to note that most cavities occur in the crevices of the molars of teeth where the food can tend to accumulate. Fluorides in water do little to stop cavities caused this way. Tooth sealants are a much more effective way to stop cavities in these areas and there is an emphasis on using tooth sealants as part of a child’s dental health with fluoride being applied to the surface of the teeth (known as a topical application).

Young goes on to say that not only does water fluoridation have a limited effect on cavity prevention, but also presents risks of adverse side effects on the human body. He urges that communities weigh these limited benefits against the potential risks to infants, diabetics and others as a result of using fluorides.

Elwart also repeats a claim from a review of fluoride research that "our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment." But the study also stated that "very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment," which means more research is needed -- which you wouldn'tknow from Elwart's selective editing.

Elmore's earlier debunking stated that "The correlation found between fluoride and IQ levels is not causation." Looks like he needs to weigh in again and do the job WND's so-called reporters won't.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:38 AM EDT
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
AIM's Kincaid Still Promoting The Discredited Joel Gilbert
Topic: Accuracy in Media

Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid was one of the chief promoters of Joel Gilbert, whose film claming that Barack Obama's real father is Frank Marshall Davis has been thoroughly discredited, continuing to defend Gilbert even after the debunking surfaced.

You'd think Kincaid would have learned his lesson by now. Apparently not, for in his May 3 AIM column, he approvingly cites Gilbert again:

Other fugitives on the FBI list include members of the May 19th Communist Organization.

Joel Gilbert, director of the film, Dreams from My Real Father, describes the May 19th Communist Organization as “an above ground support group for the Weather Underground” that was based in New York City from 1978-1985. He says Obama was “likely” a member of the group during his time at Columbia University in the early 1980’s.

The major media have consistently refused to cover the indisputable evidence of Obama’s communist connections, including a relationship with Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, featured in the film.

Apparently, as long as Gilbert stands by his discredited smears of Obama, Kincaid will continue to stand by him. Sad, isn't it?

Posted by Terry K. at 11:49 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:54 PM EDT
WND's Farah Plays Dumb on Partisan Motivation Behind Prayer Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily

When WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah first called for "a national day of prayer and fasting" in his April 11 column, his bill of particulars read like an anti-Obama rant:

  • There’s a concerted effort to redefine marriage as any union between people, regardless of sex, possibly regardless even of the number of participants in that union and possibly even regardless of the status of blood relationship between them;
  • America continues to abort unborn babies by the millions and has now moved further in the direction of euthanasia on both ends of the life spectrum – possibly even making it a matter of national, state-controlled health-care mandates;
  • American foreign policy seems directionless, no longer with the primary concern being national security, but in fostering and fomenting change for the sake of change and breaking down the barriers of national sovereignty;
  • Government seems determined to enforce a monopoly on force by making it more difficult for Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to procure and bear firearms;
  • Government and cultural institutions are breaking down the pillars and principles upon which self-government has been built;
  • Government is building up its authority and diminishing the role God plays as the supreme authority in the lives of free people;
  • The people are responding, predictably, by doing what’s right in their own eyes, as the people of ancient Israel did before their judgment.

Now, Farah wants you to believe there's no partisan intent behind his now-formal (it must be; it has its own URL) National Day of Prayer and Fasting, set for the totally-not-meant-to-send-a-political-message-really day of Sept. 11, and he whines when he's called on it. From Farah's May 3 column:

An editorial in the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, S.C., expresses concerns about the idea.

“Our concern is attempts to make such a prayer day a political statement,” the editorial says. “It is being proposed and pushed via petition by Joseph Farah – founder, editor and CEO of, formerly known as WorldNetDaily. Farah is the author of ‘The Tea Party Manifesto.’ His 2003 bestseller. ‘Taking America Back,’ predicted the rise of the tea party.”

So who said anything about politics?

Who said anything about a political statement?

Obviously, the unnamed editors of the Times and Democrat did – by insinuation.

Because I have written some books that were political in nature and presumably because I have some strong political opinions, I am somehow not worthy of calling for a day of prayer.

No, that's not it, Joe. It's the fact that you're pretending it's not another attempt to stick it to Obama that makes you not worthy of it.

Plus, there's also the fact that Farah has painted President Obama's re-election in the most dire and apocalyptic of Biblical terms:

  • Before the election, Farah declared that "One thing most Americans have experienced during the Obama years is tribulation," and "I pray fervently for my fellow Americans, that they have developed the character and the hope for a better America to bring the Obama tribulation to a quick end."
  • In another pre-election column, Farah invoked a Bible verse to describe Obama: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
  • Farah pronounced Obama's re-election to be "God’s judgment on a people who have turned away from Him and His ways and from everything for which our founders sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor" called for "collective repentance" because "Only a miracle can save us – and we need to humble ourselves before God and pray hard for one."

Farah oversells his modesty in his May 5 column, writing, "I admit a journalist and media entrepreneur is not the most likely candidate to be promoting spiritual revival." But Farah is not a journalist -- he said so himself in a 2009 column when he declared that "I stepped beyond my role as a journalist and media entrepreneur to become an activist, a crusader, some might even say a 'birther.'"

Farah peddled some of that false modesty in his May 3 column as well, stating, "I’ve been attacked for many things in my life. For some of them, I deserved it. I’ve beat myself up for much of what I’ve done."

Do any of those involving destroying the credibility of his website to pursue an four-year, scorched-earth anti-Obama jihad, or that has yet to acknowledge the fact that WND refuses to tell its readers the truth about its utterly discredited "eligibility" obsession? Somehow, we suspect not.

Farah complains that his National Day of Prayer and Fasting is political "only in the vivid, warped and distorted imaginations of people with their own political agenda." No, Joe, they're not warped or distorted at all -- they've simply been watching you operate.

If Farah really believes in the power of repentence, he should publicly apologize to his readers for the massive dishonesty his website has perpetrated for the past four years, trying to personally destroy Obama merely to gain a political scalp.

If he can't do that, there's no reason for anyone to believe he's sincere about his day of prayer.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:54 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:56 PM EDT
Newsmax's Hirsen Doesn't Think Leno's Obama-Bashing Jokes Are 'Partisan'
Topic: Newsmax

James Hirsen writes in his May 6 Newsmax column:

Something intriguing has been happening at the “Tonight Show” with the content of host Jay Leno’s humor. The jokes that are flying are going where no late-night hosts have gone before.
Leno’s late-night TV colleagues, for the most part, have been blatantly partisan, particularly in the manner in which their material has been written.
Leno’s peers have made the occasional reference to President Obama within the context of their jokes; however, in a similar vein to the mainstream media, they have been perfunctory at best in their targeting of Obama or his administration, reserving their sharpest comedic barbs for the GOP.


Interestingly, Leno’s jokes have been taking aim at President Obama’s policies and the “Tonight Show” host appears to be going after some of the same uncomfortable truths that prior to now only conservative talk show hosts would dare to speak freely about.

Funny how Hirsen doesn't label Leno as "partisan" for his Obama jokes. Instead, he pontificates that "Leno’s humor contains substantive messages that might pose a danger to someone who lacks the clout to buck the Hollywood infrastructure" and declares Leno's humor to be "bold, honest" and deserving of a more appreciative home at Fox.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:04 PM EDT

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