Terry Jeffrey writes in an Oct. 24 CNSNews.com article:
Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.
That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.
Actually, no, it doesn't. As Media Matters documents, the "means-tested government benefit" number is for "anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits," thus including individuals who did not themselves receive government benefits. The full-time worker number, meanwhile, is a count of individuals.
Jeffrey's numbers also fail to account for the fact that some full-time workers also receive means-tested government benefits.
In other words, it's an apples-to-oranges comparison with some overlap. It's a very dishonest way for Jeffrey to report.
WND's Gina Loudon Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts to Fearmonger About Obamacare Topic: WorldNetDaily
It's not often that one can pull off the feat of being both dishonest and crazy over the course of two articles, but this is WorldNetDaily we're talking about here, and Gina Loudon is clearly up to the challenge.
The dishonest part came in an Oct. 26 article in which Loudon fearmongered about the purported privacy concerns about Obamacare in general and the healthcare.gov site in particular:
The controversy already has generated a back-and-forth in Congress, where a Colorado Democrat, Diana DeGette, criticized a Republican for having concerns about privacy.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, had charged that the source code for the Obamacare website includes the statement that Americans will have “no reasonable expectation of privacy about communication or data stored on the system.”
The code cannot be viewed by a user on Healthcare.gov, he reported, but it is in the code and violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
“You know it’s not HIPAA-compliant; admit it,” Barton charged Cheryl Campbell of CGI Federal, which was contracted to work on the site. “You’re under oath. Your company is the company that put this together. We’re telling every American … that you sign up for this or even attempt to, you have no expectation of privacy. That is a direct contradiction of HIPAA and you know it.”
Loudon did mention DeGette's response, which appeared in the International Business Times article she cites on the Barton-DeGette exchange:
DeGette said that as she understood it, the Obamacare website doesn’t need any medical information from users who enroll other than whether they smoke or not. She said that question would not violate HIPAA.
“I’m disappointed that my friend would go down this road,” she said, referring to Barton. She accused her colleague of using the perceived privacy issue as one of the reasons to do away with the Affordable Care Act.
“I realize that in fact a lot of people don’t want the Affordable Care Act to work and they're raising all these privacy specters,” she said.
That would seem to be relevant to the issue. Loudon was too busy fearmongering to believe otherwise.
The crazy part came in Loudon's Oct. 27 column in which she ratchets up the fearmongering to ridiculous levels, claiming without evidence that Obamacare has caused people to commit suicide:
A 16-year-old goes to the doctor for her first gynecological exam. She wants to tell the doctor about concerns she has but she is afraid of it being disclosed and destroying her bright future. She read a story about doctors being paid tens of thousands of dollars to turn over their electronic medical records to the government, and she can’t trust that her secrets will be kept safe.
A 28-year-old divorcee stands alone in terror, in the corner of her room. She was denied a gun license because she disclosed feeling suicidal when her abusive husband beat her that last time. She has nowhere to go to be safe, and no way to keep her child safe from the man who threatened to kill them both. She doesn’t sleep, and she can’t function at work, so she is worried she will lose her job.
A 75-year-old widower sits quietly with a pistol pointed at his chest. He feels completely alone, betrayed by the country he fought for. His most private data was stolen when a laptop was taken from a cafeteria at the Department of Health and Human Services. Someone posted all of his information publicly, and now he fears his most private information will be made public. There are secrets of a man’s heart that he wants kept a secret. He regrets the day he went for counseling to gain control over a pornography addiction. How could this happen and threaten his legacy, after so many years of living responsibly? He cannot deal with that reality.
Order Gina Loudon’s book “Ladies and Gentlemen: Why the Survival of Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor” — how atheism, liberalism and radical feminism have harmed the nation.
A young, gay man stands in front of a roulette table, his last hope to pay off the fines from the IRS since he disclosed his income to sign up for Obamacare, and was subsequently audited for a disparity in his tax forms. There are rumors of many gays being targeted by the current administration, though it doesn’t matter now and he can’t prove it anyway. He says a silent prayer as he lays down his last $250 in hopes that he can multiply it to stay out of jail.
Liberty has eroded to such a degree that some wonder if it can ever be restored. But personal liberty, the bright light that distinguishes us as the freest nation of all time, has been permanently dimmed.
This administration has withheld health care without ever revoking a medical device. It has taken guns and lives without overturning the Second Amendment. It has caused suicides and deaths with only the weapon of Obamacare. It has made criminals of otherwise law-abiding citizens, while criminals go free. It has done all of this with the silent threat of what can happen under a system that gives more power to government than it has ever had before.
Who needs facts when fearmongering works so much better on the typical WND reader?
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Vomiting Rainbows Topic: NewsBusters
Tim Graham complains in an Oct. 27 NewsBusters post:
If journalism school began with a course on Avoiding Puff Pieces, they could use as text this Sunday New York Times article by Michael Schulman: “Ronan Farrow: The Youngest Old Guy in the Room.” MSNBC’s newest star is puffed as large as the Sta-Puf Marshmallow Giant in "Ghostbusters." It invites the neologism "Ipe-cackle." It's so vomitous it's humorous.
If such blatant puffery is so offensive to Graham, where was he when his fellow NewsBuster Noel Sheppard unleashed this bit of vomitous fawning over Ann Coulter?
Ann Coulter is one of the leading conservative voices in America with too many New York Times bestsellers to count. Her newest book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over Three - Especially a Republican,” is guaranteed to be her next bestseller. As NewsBusters readers know, Ann is a dear friend of the Media Research Center’s and a dear of mine.
If Graham and the MRC purport to know so much about Avoiding Puff Pieces, why don't they practice it on their own website?
WND's Ellis Washington Drops The Pretense About Likening Obama to Nazis Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's Ellis Washington loves to liken President Obama to Nazis while denying he's doing any such thing. Surprisingly, he didn't even bother with the disclaimer before stone cold going Godwin in his Oct. 25 column:
Historically, there are noted similarities between National Socialism and Democratic Socialism – both movements are totalitarian revolutions led by a charismatic, god-like messiah who places himself beyond correction or the rule of law; both use the power of the Leviathan State to amass unconstitutional powers unto themselves – for example, the Nazis burned down the Reichstag (Parliament), blamed it on the communists and used this power vacuum to eventually combine Hitler’s chancellorship with the presidency, leading directly to new tyrannical powers Hitler used to launch World War II and establish the Gestapo, the SS, concentration camps and the Holocaust. Also during World War II, the American left under FDR used dozens of “internment camps” to imprison hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Japanese, Italian and German American citizens without due process.
Today President Obama freely and arrogantly uses the vast machinery of government – NSA, IRS, EPA, Homeland Security, the Justice Department and HHS – for example, to force Obamacare to deconstruct the greatest health-care program in the world, to spy on us and to punish his enemies both foreign and domestic. Both socialist philosophies hate (practicing) Jews, Christians, Catholics, conservatives, tea-party members, capitalism, the church, the Bible and a free media. Progressives love to crush all dissenting voices, to systematically deconstruct societal morality by any means necessary.
AIM's Caruba Pretends Anti-Immigration Group Is 'Non-Partisan' Topic: Accuracy in Media
In an Oct. 24 column for Accuracy in Media bashing immigration reform, Alan Caruba does his best to whitewash the true nature of the Center for Immigration Studies, proclaiming it "an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization."
In reality, CIS is an anti-immigration group. As the Southern Poverty Law Center details, CIS was founded by John Tanton, "a man known for his racist statements about Latinos, his decades-long flirtation with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers, and his publication of ugly racist materials." It's also not "independent" -- it was founded as the research arm of the anti-immigration Federation for American Immigration Reform and still has ties with the group.
So it appears that Caruba has found yet another subject to bamboozle his readers about.
Corsi's Pope-Bashing Source Isn't A Real Bishop Topic: WorldNetDaily
Pope Francis continues to freak out conservative Catholics -- one of whom, apparently, is WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi. He writes in an Oct. 19 article:
Citing the famous prophecies of Fatima, traditionalist Roman Catholic Bishop Bernard Fellay warned in an address in Kansas City that Pope Francis is precipitating the church’s decline and could be a herald that the world is entering the age of the Antichrist.
Fellay, who leads a society that has no canonical status in the Roman Catholic Church, said the “modernist views” professed by the pontiff are at odds with traditional Catholic teaching.
“The situation in the Catholic Church is a real disaster and the present pope is making it 10,000 times worse,” Fellay charged Oct. 12 at the Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City.
Corsi downplays the fact that Fellay isn't a real Catholic bishop -- he's an apostate whose ministry is not officially recognized by the Catholic Church due to its extremism. He eventually gets around to the gist of the story:
Fellay is superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, whose ministers, according to the Vatican, do not legitimately exercise ministry in the church.
Fellay’s Society of St. Pius X, or SSPX, was founded in 1970 by French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who strongly opposed communists and “Catholic socialists” who he believes hijacked Vatican II to abandon traditional Catholic practices and beliefs, including replacing the Latin Mass with a modern format in the vernacular of local cultures.
In 1988, in an apostolic letter titled “Ecclesia Dei,” or “The Church of God,” Pope John Paul II officially excommunicated Fellay because he was consecrated by Lefebvre in an act the Vatican characterized as “unlawful” and “schismatic.”
In 2009, the Congregation for Bishops, on instructions from Pope Benedict XVI, rescinded Fellay’s excommunication, while stressing that the SSPX has no canonical status in the Catholic Church and that any minister established by the SSPX has no right to exercise its ministry in the church.
Corsi, however, doesn't mention a recent controversial statement by Fellay, in which he listed Jews among "enemies of the Church." SSPX released a statement claiming that Fellay was referring to leaders of Jewish organizations, not the Jewish people, though such a statement seems to have the same ring of truth as Larry Klayman insisting his repeated smears of President Obama are metaphorical.
A plan by President Barack Obama to create a unisex-style cap for the Marine Corps' uniform has Leathernecks up in arms over a look that many have derided as "girly."
"We don't even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DOD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women's hats," a senior Marine told The New York Post.
The hats, which are smaller and thinner, are apparently aimed at looking as good on females as on males.
Barron didn't see fit to obtain any comment from the Marine Corps. If she had she would have learned that 1) the new caps are only for women, and that's only because the previous manufacturer went out of business, and 2) Obama has nothing to do with it.
There are times when one must go beyond simply rewriting someone else's article in order to get the full story, and Barron apparently didn't realize this was one of those times. The bogus hit on Obama was just too good to fact-check, it seems.
In Jackson, Miss., a bass fisherman who was participating in a professional fishing tournament was gunned down by a hoodie-wearing, 17-year-old black youth in a case that has become a sobering reminder of violence in America.
The case is noteworthy because the suspect’s description is almost the same as that for Trayvon Martin the night he was shot and that it took place in the city that just elected a radical, black separatist, Chokwe Lumumba, as its mayor.
Jack Cashill, author of “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” believes this case highlights a lot of the troubles that currently are plaguing the nation and reveals the biases of the mainstream media, particularly in how media outlets referred to Trayvon as a “child” while the Jackson murder suspect is not, despite the two being similar.
“The accused killer is the same age and race as Trayvon Martin and yet, in no article that I’ve seen has anyone described him as a ‘child.’ He would have become a child, however, and his hoodie a symbol, if Johnny [sic: Jimmy] Johnson [the slain fisherman] had managed to defend himself from attack as George Zimmerman did. Strange world,” Cashill explained.
So just because Johnson's accused killer is a back teenager who wore a hoodie, he's just like Trayvon? Please.
According to news reports, Johnson noticed someone burglarizing his boat outside his motel room; he went out to investigate and was shot. 17-year-old Shaun Brown was arrested and has reportedly confessed to being responsible for the shooting. By contrast, there is no evidence Martin was armed or engaged in criminal activity at the time he was confronted by Zimmerman.
Regarding WND's claims that Jackson's mayor is a "radical, black separatist," that is actually in his background. But that ignores Lumumba's record in Jackson and as mayor, which is less radical that WND would have you believe:
Jackson’s small size also made it hard to successfully demonize Lumumba, who alongside his radical involvements and controversial cases was also known as a family man, youth basketball coach (he named his team the Panthers), member of the Word and Worship Church and neighbor.
“During the campaign, they raised all this hay about how he’s a radical,” said Melvin Priester Jr., a lawyer who won the election for Lumumba’s seat on the City Council and a childhood friend of the mayor’s daughter, Rukia. “Aside from wearing dashikis in the neighborhood, he was just a loving father,” Priester said. “I saw him as Mr. Lumumba from up the block.”
Besides, depicting a black activist as a radical doesn’t make sense in a place like Mississippi, said Priester. “From outside it’s easy to draw lines between the Republic of New Afrika and mainline civil rights organizations like the NAACP. But for black people in the South, there’s not so much a division, because even the most mainline, suit-and-tie-wearing activists were getting shot at.”
"People were looking at Lumumba as the radical, but they missed the fact that as an attorney and advocate, he made so many deep relationships over the years,” said Rhodes, who voted for Lee but spoke highly of both men. “He was able to speak to the mood of a number of disenchanted black working-class folk, who saw in him the one who finally comes and revolutionizes this chocolate city.”
Lumumba’s core supporters espouse a program called the Jackson Plan, which the MXGM posted on its website in 2012. The plan’s aim is to “build a base of autonomous power in Jackson that can serve as a catalyst for the attainment of Black self-determination and the democratic transformation of the economy.” Many of the specifics are practical, even business-friendly — improving Jackson’s paltry recycling program; bringing hothouses and pesticide-free techniques to community gardens; building cheap, energy-efficient housing.
But given WND's record of portraying blacks as radicals and/or criminals, it's not a surprise that WND would rather fearmonger than report the truth.
CNS Pushes Bogus Claim About Obamacare Website Privacy Topic: CNSNews.com
Melanie Hunter writes in an Oct. 24 CNSNews.com article:
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Thursday grilled Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal Inc., the company that built the Obamacare health-insurance exchange website, on language hidden in source code on the site that says applicants have “no reasonable expectation of privacy.”
The HIPAA Privacy Rule “establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.”
“HIPAA is designed to protect the patient’s privacy, and this explicitly says in order to continue, you have to accept this condition that you have no privacy, or no reasonable expectation of privacy,” he said.
At the hearing on Obamacare implementation failures, Campbell admitted that she was aware of the language in the source code. However, she told the committee earlier that her company was HIPAA compliant.
When Barton pressed her on whether the source code was HIPAA compliant, Campbell said it was a decision for CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) to make.
Hunter fails to mention that Campbell is correct that her company is HIPAA compliant. As Hunter acknowledges, HIPAA applies to "health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically" -- none of which describes Campbell's website-building company.
Hunter also failed to tell her readers that the "no reasonable expectation of privacy" gotcha is totally bogus. Because that language was "hidden in source code," it is not applicable -- such language is part of standard "terms and conditions" clauses and because it was removed from display text, it is not legally enforceable.
But telling the truth was not the point of Hunter's article -- fearmongering about the Affordable Care Act was.
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Erik Rush Edition Topic: WorldNetDaily
We have Obama’s abject tyranny during the recent government shutdown, which infringed upon the rights of so many that I am astounded it did not result in at least a few deaths stemming from authorities’ reactions to “overzealous” civil disobedience.
The president is in violation of Article III, section 3, clause 1, of the U.S. Constitution; this clearly states that the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy is a treasonable offense. With a wave of his hand, Obama waived that law and is now supplying weapons to al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood jihadists in Syria anyway. Then there’s the host of unconstitutional executive orders and under-reported crimes about which Congress remains mute.
In the background, the president has engaged in even deeper collusion with our enemies at home and abroad, among them insinuating members of the Muslim Brotherhood – an organization with a written mission to destroy America – into high places in government. His administration has conspired to sign the U.S. on to the U.N. International Arms Trade Treaty, which would impinge upon American citizens’ Second Amendment protections, as well as providing a disadvantage to our allies abroad. Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), he is attempting to subordinate America’s economic policy to foreign interests.
Since all of the checks and balances in our government have been effectively subverted, the solutions will have to be out of the box. There is the course of civil disobedience to consider; obviously we saw elements of this in protests stemming from the recent government shutdown. There is insurrection, but of course this should be considered only as a last resort. Given the dictatorial proclivities of this president, such action might ultimately wind up being a reaction rather than being initiated by the American people.
From a preponderance of evidence gleaned from the press, intelligence operatives, military personnel and lay witnesses, it is evident that President Obama is a Marxist and Islamist sympathizer who was maneuvered into the presidency by well-heeled socialists and Saudi Islamists. The latter has become more readily apparent as a result of several revelations published recently concerning Obama’s Middle East policy.
I fear that those who still insist upon defending Obama and his ilk, whether liberal commentators or our neighbors, are those who will merely shrug their shoulders when they start kicking down doors and herding people into cattle cars. As such, they certainly shouldn’t be trusted. We have entered the time when we cannot be certain how rapidly this administration’s malignant agenda will advance, so the less such people know about each of us in general, the better.
Meanwhile ... Topic: Accuracy in Media
Right Wing Watch catches Accuracy in Media's Roger Aronoff claiming -- without proof, of course -- that there was a secret deal between the Obama administration and Comcast that it would ensure liberal bias at NBC and MSNBC in exchange for federal approval of Comcast's purchase of NBC Universal.
Two years earlier, I voted for Jimmy Carter for president for the second time.
But, more importantly, in the 1960s and 1970s, I was a stone cold radical leftist – literally working shoulder to shoulder with the likes of revolutionary terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and whacked out traitors Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda.
"Literally working shoulder to shoulder"? That's not what he's said previously on the subject. In a 2012 column he wrote:
During the euphemistically named "Indo-China Peace Campaign" organized by Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, I was given the "honor" of serving as a body guard for Fonda, recently returned from North Vietnam where she posed for photographs sitting in an anti-aircraft emplacement meant to shoot down American planes.
I was recruited for terrorist attacks such as blowing up chemical plants by older radicals who didn't have the courage to do it themselves. (I thank God today I never followed through on these plots.) I wrote for some of the most left-wing periodicals in America — the Guardian, the Liberated Guardian and more.
And my reputation preceded me. Even after college, when my views had moderated considerably, I was invited to meet Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were still underground for their own acts of domestic terrorism.
Serving as a bodyguard for Fonda and merely meeting Ayers and Dohrn? That's not exactly the "literally working shoulder to shoulder" Farah now claims. It seems Farah has decided to embellish his former left-wing cred.
Or is it the other way around? It could be that Farah was lying before and is telling the truth now. If he really was "literally working shoulder to shoulder" with Hayden and Fonda and Ayers and Dohrn, that means he may have been lying about not committing terrorist attacks.
Whatever the truth is, the one thing we know for sure is that Farah is lying about his past. And if he's willing to do that, there's no reason to trust anything that appears on a "news" website Farah operates.
Noel Sheppard's Double Standard on Double Standards Topic: Newsmax
Noel Sheppard uses an Oct. 24 NewsBusters post to rage against Daily Beast contributor and comedian Dean Obeidallah, who dared to respond to criticism of his tweet that he hoped "Ted Cruz and John McCain settle their feud in an Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton style duel":
The First Amendment is supposed to apply to everyone in our society. Unfortunately, what we have seen - particularly in the last six or seven years - is that it applies more to liberals than conservatives.
Liberal politicians and pundits - such as Obeidallah - can write and say whatever they want with total impunity.
Joe Biden can make clearly racist remarks and be excused for them. So can Harry Reid.
Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher can make misogynistic comments with narry a concern that it might impact their livelihood.
Alec Baldwin can go on a homophobic tirade and rather than losing his position as spokesman for Capital One actually get rewarded with his own show on MSNBC.
But if you're a conservative, and you make such comments, you'll be required to apologize and even that might not save your job.
Heck, if you're a conservative, you don't even have to make a racist, homophobic, or misogynistic joke to draw the left's ire.
Just criticize President Obama and there'll be people lining up to call you a racist - many of them elected officials as well as members of the media.
As such, in the plainest English I can summon, we conservatives want the same freedom of speech rights as liberals!
When his inbox fills up with hate-mail, some of it threatening, and he ends up either getting fired or having to issue a formal apology, he'll know what a double standard is.
The real question is: Does Sheppard know what a double standard is? Not that we can tell. After all, this is the guy who:
Heartily approved of Jay Leno insulting Harry Reid by saying of John Boehner telling Reid to "go fuck himself," then a mere 28 minutes later wailed that Arnold Schwarzenegger "took a cheap shot at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie."
Lamented "the level of political discourse in America today," then approvingly cited an ugly insult by the Catholic League's Bill Donohue about President Obama.
Ranted against Stephen Colbert and "the toxic political tone in our nation," then five days later approvingly quoted Colbert telling CNN host Piers Morgan to "get the f--k out of Dodge."
And Sheppard feels the need to lecture others about double standards? Puh-leeze.
WorldNetDaily devoted an Oct. 24 article to reproducing a blog post purporting to prove that an incident at a recent speech by President Obama in which a pregnant woman standing behind the president fainted was staged.
This is not a surprise, of course -- publishing outlandish, barely substantiated conspiracy theories about Obama is what WND does. The only real surprise here is that it lifted somebody else's work instead of laundering it through in-house conspiracy-mongers like Jerome Corsi or Aaron Klein.
Still, WND has fully embraced the conspiracy, asking in an email blast to its mailing list asking, "Is there ANYTHING about this president that isn't totally phony?"
CNSNews.com has a weird obsession with counting specific words President Obama and other administration officials say -- or don't say. It's at it again in an Oct. 23 article by Susan Jones:
In response to simple questions asked by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tuesday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius often appeared vague or uncertain, frequently hedging her remarks with the phrase, "I think." She appeared to "know" very little.
Sebelius used the phrase "I think" or "we think" or "I don't think" 17 times during the interview. In fact, the first words out of her mouth were, "I think what we know is..."
Yes, that's the entire point of Jones' article. The rest of it is devoted to detailing all 17 instances of Sebelius saying "I think."