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Monday, March 16, 2015
WND's Klein Sets Up Blame Game for Netanyahu Loss
The WorldNetDaily coverage of the upcoming Israeli elections by Jerusalem-based reprter Aaron Klein has been not only sparse -- since March 1, he has written only three articles on it, even though the election is tomorrow -- it has been very narrow, focused only on the issue of American political operatives who once worked for President Obama's campaign and now working for the anti-Netanyahu coalition.
As befits his history of championing Netanyahu over the years, Klein's work comes off as press releases for the Netanyahu campaign. He does it again in a March 14 article in which once again helps Netanyahu play the victim card once again by suggesting the Obama administration is directly involved in the anti-Netayahu effort -- something he has no direct evidence of.
As we've noted, Klein conveniently ignores the fact that U.S. Republican operatives are working for Netanyahu's campaign. Additionally, as Josh Marshall points out, Netanyahu benefits from the existence of the Israel Hayom newspaper, a popular but money-losing newspaper in Israel founded by American casino magnate (and right-wing moneybags) Sheldon Adelson to promote Netanyahu and his policies.
Klein once again promotes the more-than-vaguely-racist idea that Arabs in Israel shouldn't be mobilized to vote because "Israeli election trends have long demonstrated that Arab citizens vote overwhelmingly for left-wing and Arab parties. Any increase in the Arab vote would clearly come at the expense of the Likud Party and other right-wing parties."
There's much more going on in the Israeli election than Klein will ever tell you at WND -- and that may explain his reporting strategy.
Wwe've previously reported that Netanyahu and his Likud party have been embroiled in numerous controversies that may cost them the election -- something Klein has completely censored in his WND reporting. Indeed, the most recent polling shows Likud slightly behind.
By focusing solely (and disingenuously) on the issue of foreign anti-Netanyahu operatives, Klein appears to be setting up the narrative that if Netanyahu and Likud lose, it's the fault of those operatives. It's something that Klein can apparently get a lot of stories out of, and promoting this conspiracy theory is apparently easier for him than, you know, doing real reporting about what is actually happening in the election.
Remember, Klein is a right-wing extremist who has expressed sympathy for the far-right views of Meir Kahane and who has repeatedly used his reporting to advance the agenda of right-wing elements in Israel. That appears to be what he's doing here as well.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
MRC's Graham Baselessly Attacks Anita Hill Again
Topic: Media Research Center
The fact that Anita Hill has never been proven wrong about her sexual harrassment allegations against Clarence Thomas hasn't kept the Media Research Center from holding a grudge against her for more than two decades. For instance, MRC official Tim Graham branded Hill as a liar despite offering no proof (or any consideration of the possibility that Thomas is the one who's lying by denying Hill's accusations), and Scott Whitlock baselessly suggested that Hill's only motivation was money.
With the news of a TV movie in the works about the Hill-Thomas conflict, Graham was in grump mode in a March 14 NewsBusters post:
Needless to say, Graham offers no evidence that Hill was solely "a liberal activist who wanted to sink the Thomas nomination." Indeed, all he's doing is regurgitating Thomas' own attacks on Hill -- as if Thomas' word should automatically be trusted over that of Hill's.
But then, the MRC has always denigrated anyone who makes sexual harrassment claims against its favorite conservatives. In 2011, for instance, the MRC similarly denounced harrassment claims made against would-be GOP presidential candidate (and personal friend of MRC chief Brent Bozell) Herman Cain as "unsubstantiated" -- even though it was on record that the National Restaurant Association, while it was headed by Cain, reached monetary agreements with two women to settle harassment claims -- and the MRC's Dan Gainor similarly played the gold-digger card against Cain's accusers.
WND's Idea Of 'Analysis': Mock The Fashion of Jeb Bush Supporters
Garth Kant's March 8 WorldNetDaily article is presented as an "analysis." But it begins with several paragraphs of mocking the looks of who he claims were supporters of Jeb Bush at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference:
They all bore the same purposefully inoffensive-as-possible Supercuts hairstyle cropped just above the ears, two inches above the collar. The length in front was about one-month-out-of-military-prep-school growth, and somehow managed to be both highly and unimaginatively coiffed. Their uniformity, conformity and lack of individuality was an ideal to which all could aspire. Together. All at once.
Perhaps, like Mormon door-to-door missionaries, they would appear less-threatening if they all looked alike.
By contrast, of course, the people who came closer to Kant's far-right beliefs -- and get lots of press at WND -- dressed much better. Sarah Palin was "casually comfortable and self-possessed in jeans and sweater" and is "no fashion slacker. Her taste for haute couture is well-documented, refined, extensive and expensive, running the gamut of Valentino, Elie Tahari, Escada, Akris Punto and St. John." Ted Cruz has "taste in attire that is not expensive but understated and comfortable in its own skin," and "Cruz’s buddy, Sen. Mike Lee, dresses like he is: not flashy but always impeccably direct, honest and whip-smart."
Kant saved his greatest sartorial praise for convicted criminal James O'Keefe:
Yes, this is what passes for "analysis" at WND. No wonder nobody believes WND.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
CNS Still Privileges Alveda King With Unearned 'Dr.' Title
CNSNews.com loves to privilege Alveda King with the "Dr." title, even though her doctorate is honorary (from Saint Anselm College) and not earned. It did so again twice this past week.
A March 9 CNS article by Penny Starr puts "Dr. Alveda King" right in the headline, and Starr herself gives her the "Dr." title in the article. There's also a photo of King with the grating caption "Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
A March 13 column by King carries the "Dr. Alveda King" byline, plus a bio tag at the end stating "Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
Actually, unlike Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr. earned his doctorate, from Boston University.
If CNS had any journalistic integrity, it would reject Alveda King's blatantly dishonest efforts to inflate her credentials to portray herself as an equal of her uncle. But then, CNS' right-wing agenda has little to do with journalistic integrity.
Cocky Farah: 'I Am Kicking Papal Butt'
We have not written the term "kicking papal butt" before, but we get to because WorldNetDaily Joseph Farah has a grudge against Pope Francis for claiming that evolution is not incompatible with creation. Farah writes in his March 12 WND column:
Of course, a popularity contest is the absolute worst way to determine the validity of a scientific principle, but Farah is presumably willing to overlook that as long as he's winning said popularity context.
Also of course (because he's a liar), back in November Farah falsely claimed that the pope's statement meant that he was denying the Bible's account of creation and insisting that Genesis is literally true:
Farah doesn't mention that Pope Francis' statement is in line with the stance of previous popes.
In a Feb. 10 column, Farah highlighted how a Catholic publication picked up his attack on the pope, proudly noting how other self-proclaimed Catholics "rushed to my defense," adding, "if this were a popularity contest between my view of Creation and the pope’s, I win hands down – at least with his readers."
Then he lied again: "My commentary was not written in anger. Nor did I attack the pope. What I did was defend the inspiration and integrity of the Bible – including Genesis, the very foundation for the scriptures that follow." Really? There was no anger in suggesting that the pope doesn't believe Jesus will come again if he doesn't believe the evangelical Protestant interpretation of creation?
And Farah's declaration that he's "kicking papal butt" is also a clear sign he's making this very personal and very antagonistic.
Friday, March 13, 2015
CNS' Starr Thinks It's News That Sexual Orientation Can Change Over Time
This is the entirety of a March 13 CNSNews.com article by Penny Starr:
That's it. There's no explanation why of Starr finds this to be "news," or even that it's somehow a change from previous information provided by Planned Parenthood or any other credible organization on the subject (it's not).
The important thing about this article is what's not in it: It does contradict right-wing opinion that choosing to be something other than a heterosexual is a conscious choice and nothing more than a "lifestyle" that can be easily changed on a whim. It's nothing but a dog whistle for CNS readers, who have fulfilled their end of the deal by filling the article's comment thread with anti-gay vitriol.
Indeed, CNS gave away the game when it tweeted out a link to Starr's article with the added comment, "Homosexual by Choice?"
Just a few days ago, Starr's fellow CNS reporter Barbara Hollingsworth fretted that "Psychology Today announced last week that it will no longer accept ads from therapists who offer 'conversion therapy' or 'reparative therapy' to gays who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle." As could be expected, she devoted much more space to those who oppose the decision than to those who say such "reparative therapy" is harmful.
If Starr wanted to do real reporting, she would have done a lot more than she did. But these four paragraphs shows she's simply regurgitating her employer's anti-gay agenda rather than being a journalist.
WND's Hieb -- Who Lied About Vaccinaton Stats -- Fearmongers About Vaccination Again
We've caught Dr. Lee Hieb lying about data to fearmonger that the measles vaccine is more deadly than actually having measles. Despite that (or maybe because of that), WorldNetDaily considers her a credible person. So Hieb is back to fearmonger again in a March 10 WND column attacking the idea of mandatory vaccination with every bit of speciousness she can muster.
First, she invents sinister motives for a federal five-year plan to push vaccination:
Then, laughably, she says she's interested in "honest discussion over the science" of vaccination , though she's on record lying about vaccination data and spent the previous paragraph attacking vaccines by invoking communism, not addressing the science.
Still, she huffs, "I still await any actual scientific refutation of my concerns." Well, science isn't necessary to prove that Hieb lied about vaccination data.
And to further prove she's all about the "science" of vaccination, Hieb likens mandatory vaccination to mandatory sterilization:
If Hieb really thinks the "science" backs her up, she wouldn't need to resort to such cheap, lazy diversionary fearmongering.
Hieb's not the only documented WND liar to weigh in on the subject. Jerome Corsi -- who has spread numerous lies about President Obama -- frets in a March 12 WND article about "the sentiment to sue parents who choose not to vaccinate their children."
CNS' Hunter Continues Her Obsession With LGBT-Related Federal Spending
Hey, look, CNSNews.com deputy managing editor Melanie Hunter has found yet another example of LGBT-related federal spending she has deemed wasteful:
This makes 10 articles Hunter has written since December on supposedly wasteful LGBT-related spending, versus two articles on non-LGBT spending during that same time period.
Hunter has yet to publicly explain her disproportionate focus on LGBT-related spending or whether she has found any such spending she doesn't consider to be a waste of money.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
WND's Loudon Plays Armchair Psychologist Again, Diagnoses Obama As Screwed Up
Last year, WorldNetDaily columist Gina Loudon took to her armchair to invent a diagnosis of President Obama as going insane, then defended her armchair psychology by touting her invented "policology" and declaring that mental health professionals as she claims to be don't "surrender our First Amendment rights when we go to graduate school. If the leader of the free world is acting erratically, I would think it would be incumbent upon those who know the signs of instability the best to call out what they see, before something crazy happens, like the release of five terrorists in the exchange for a defector, or something!"
Well, Loudon is once again asserting her First Amendment right to baselessly speculate about Obama's mental state. In her March 8 WND column, Loudon insists that Obama growing up without his biological father made him into less than a real American, or something:
Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, is a total stud because he had a father who loved him:
As we all know, WND editor Joseph Farah is proud of his columnists that make stuff up.
CNS' Jeffrey Forgets Who Was President When Most Gitmo Detainees Who Returned To Terrorism Were Released
In a March 7 CNSNews.com article, CNS editor-in-chief Terry Jeffrey writes about how "The Director of National Intelligence released a report this week indicating that the United States has 'confirmed' that 116 detainees "transferred" out of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, subsequently reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities." Jeffrey then tries to blame President Obama for this, noting that "Two days after he first took office in 2009, President Obama issued an executive order calling for Guantanamo to be closed. That order also called for officials to review what should be done with each individual transferred from the prison."
But it's not until the 23rd paragraph of his article that Jeffrey admits (grudging, in parentheses) that the recidivism rate for detainees released under Obama is lower than it used to be:
(The percentage of Guantanamo detainees released after President Obama's executive order who have been confirmed to have returned to terrorist or insurgent activity has been less thus far--5.2 percent--than it has been for detainees released before the executive order, which is 17.9 percent.)
Jeffrey curiously doesn't mention who was president before Obama and, thus, the president with the higher recidivism rate: Republican George W. Bush. In fact, Bush's name appears nowhere in Jeffrey's article, even though he repeatedly names Obama and publishes Republican criticism of Obama's Gitmo release policy.
Jeffrey doesn't seem to want to let inconvenient facts interfere with his politically motivated attack on Obama disguised as "news."
WND's Farah Obsessively Speculates Whether Obama Will Leave Office In 2017
President Obama is living rent-free inside Joseph Farah's head.
That's been true for years. of course -- how else could he use his WorldNetDaily to perpetuate false birther conspiracies? -- but it has become especially apparent over the past week, in which Farah has written not one, not two, but three columns devoted to speculating whether Obama will voluntarily leave office when his term ends in January 2017.
Farah kicked off his baseless frenzy of speculation in his March 5 WND column, declaring that Obama "respects neither the law nor the American tradition of peaceful changes of power" and, thus, might refuse to leave the White House when his term ends. Farah huffed; "Again, do I think Obama will leave office in January 2017? Yes I do. But, with a track record like this – and, actually much worse – should we simply take it for granted?"
Farah followed up in his March 8 column, upset that Right Wing Watch highlighted his earlier column but proud that his buddy Rush Limbaugh enthustiastically endorsed his speculation. He continued to rant:
Yet Farah wasn't done speculating. His March 10 column invented an excuse why Obama would want to stay -- free vacations:
Farah seems to have overlooked the fact that as of the same point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had taken more than three times as many vacation days as Obama has. Yet we don't recall Farah ever complaining about the amount of vacation time Bush took.
Yep, Obama's living rent-free in Farah's head. And it must kill Farah to know that -- after all, he destroyed what little journalistic reputation WND had with his obsessive drive to personally destroy the president.
Yet after all this time and the destruction of his own reputation, Farah just can't evict the president from his head. Sad, isn't it?
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
CNS' Starr Apparently Thinks Researchers Use Rats Off The Street
A March 6 CNSNews.com article by Penny Starr is about a biotech firm that "transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants." But look at the photo accompanying Starr's article:
Yes, that's a picture of street rats rummaging through a garbage bag. Apparently Starr thinks those are the kind of rats researchers use.
Actually, laboratory rats are notably different from wild street rats, if Wikipedia is to be believed; scientists have bred many strains or "lines" of rats specifically for experimentation.
So, no, Ms. Starr, rats in the street are not running wild with organs from aborted babies on them, however much you and other anti-abortion activists believe in your heart that is true.
Also, note that CNS is once again misusing Associated Press content by sticking this completely unrelated photo on this story. CNS has a habit of rewriting AP headlines to make them more biased.
WND's Klein Serves As Netanyahu Press Aide, Censors His Campaign Problems
Can't have Israeli citizens exercise their voting rights if they're voting for the wrong candidate, can we?
Klein goes on to repeat his claim that an anti-Netanyahu campaign "a consulting firm whose senior leadership is comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign," ignoring the fact that American conservative political strategists have been routinely hired by Netanyahu's campaign.
While Klein does his biased duty in protecting Netanyahu, he has shown no interest this far in reporting the problems Netanyahu and his party are having in this campaign. As Bloomberg reports:
And if Klein has anything to do with it, he will never report on negative developments for Netanyahu unless he can somehow put a positive spin on it.
Compare and Contrast
-- Chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members at University of Oklahoma, March 7 video
-- Mychal Massie, March 9 WorldNetDaily column
Massie also writes:
Massie forgets another undeniable truth: Black conservatives like him have special privilege to say things would be considered racist if said by a white person, but he has not demanded similar treatment.
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