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Friday, December 18, 2015
CNS Works Hard To Deny Existence of Anti-Muslim Bias
Topic: really, really wants you to believe that Muslims aren't actually persecuted in the United States. On the same day, Dec. 9, it published two articles with effectively the same message.

Michael Morris asserted that "Despite the liberal narrative to the contrary, Jews, not Muslims, were the greatest victims of what the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program designated as religiously targeted hate crimes in America in 2014." Morris pointed out that according to these statistics, 56.8 of reported hate crimes targeted Jews, while "A mere '16.1 percent [16.1%] were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.'"

Morris went on to note that there are even fewer anti-Christian hate crimes than anti-Muslim hate crimes, though he didn't admit that this throws a damper on right-wing claims of anti-Christian discrimination.

A column by the Heritage Foundation's Mike Gonzalez drives home the same right-wing message anti-Muslim violence isn't a thing:

At his national address Sunday night, President Barack Obama lectured Americans at length on the evils of Islamophobia. That is a lofty sentiment, no doubt, but the harangue did strike many as disproportionate. After all, on this score Americans can already be rightly proud.

Despite 9/11; two long and grinding wars against two Muslim countries; terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Chattanooga, and San Bernardino; and the threat from ISIS, a murderous cult that has beheaded compatriots, Americans have by and large been paragons of equanimity and tolerance.

Candidates may say many things in the midst of an electoral year, but the FBI statistics show that Jews, not Muslims, are the greatest victims of what is designated as religiously targeted hate crimes in America.

Gonzelez did concede that there have been "isolated incidents of bigotry," and did surprisingly admit that these were "reprehensible." Then he quickly added: "But the real story here is that these are isolated events, and thankfully not part of some national furor."

After pretending that  Islamophobia didn't exist, Gonzalez then proceeded to blame Obama for it anyway: " Obama may actually make Islamophobia more likely by A, not reassessing his failed strategy against ISIS, and B, appearing to cynically raise fears of Islamophobia to promote his multicultural agenda." Gonzelez also asserted that "The president’s churlish approach has served to divide America."

So people who hate Muslims aren't to blame for their anti-Muslim attitudes? Quite the pretzel of logic there.

Needless to say, CNS has never reported on the numerous anti-Muslim attacks happening across America since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Also needless to say, neither Morris nor Gonzalez explained how many anti-Muslim attacks need to happen in America before they consider it to be an actual problem.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:44 PM EST
WND Promotes False Anti-Muslim Story
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It was a story too good to be true -- and too good for WorldNetDaily to actually bother to check out for accuracy.

Cheryl Chumley wrote in a Nov. 24 WND article:

A man who was used by American leftists as an example of righteous outrage over the U.S. government’s no-fly lists and the supposed biased targeting of innocent Muslims has been arrested and jailed by Turkish authorities who say he’s tied to ISIS.

Saadiq Long and his family members were all arrested near the Turkey-Syria border earlier this month on charges they belonged to an ISIS terrorist cell, PJ Media reported.

What’s most interesting about the arrest is Long was the face chosen by the likes of MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Mother Jones magazine and author and columnist Glenn Greenwald to use as an example of government surveillance gone wrong.

Matthew Vadum dutifully repeated the claim, making him a bullet point in a Dec. 6 WND article purporting to debunk the idea that Islamophobia exists:

Saadiq Long: the American-born Muslim convert promoted by the Left as a victim of Islamophobia has been arrested in Turkey near the Syrian border, accused of being part of an Islamic State terror cell. Long became a media darling after he was placed on the U.S. government’s no-fly list, which prevented him from flying from his current home in Qatar to his native Oklahoma to see his ailing mother two years ago. Marxist muckraker Glenn Greenwald howled that Long was “effectively exiled from his own country,” and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones lamented that Long was trapped in the “Kafkaesque World of the No-Fly List.” Eventually the government caved and allowed Long to fly to the U.S. While stateside police returned him to the list, preventing his return to Qatar. He hopped on a bus and flew out of Mexico and was later picked up by Turkish authorities along with other accused terrorists.

Turns out it's not true at all.

The Intercept reports that "Neither Long nor his wife or daughter have been arrested on charges that he joined ISIS. He faces no criminal charges of any kind in Turkey." The reason for his detention is that he is apparently on the no-fly list -- which WND itself noted just a few days ago "relies on an overly broad standard of reasonable suspicion" and is filled with "thousands of innocent people" --  and the U.S. embassy in Ankara is intervening on his behalf.

Given that WND typically allows falsehoods to remain on hits website uncorrected unless a lawsuit or threat of a lawsuit is involved, don't expect WND to do the right thing here.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:45 AM EST
Thursday, December 17, 2015
MRC's Bozell Sends Jerk To Las Vegas To Be A Jerk To Chris Matthews
Topic: Media Research Center

After the Republican presidential debate on CNBC, Media Reserach Center chief Brent Bozell denounced the CNBC moderators as "smarmy, condescending, arrogant," and the MRC later released a so-called "study" of the debate complaining that too many of the questions asked involved "negative spin, personal insults or ad hominem attacks."

That's no longer a bad thing at the MRC.

Earlier this month, Bozell wrote a Facebook post sneeringly calling MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry "Melissa Al-Jazeera." This week, Bozell sent second-rate Jesse Watters wannabe Dan Joseph --  best known around here for his douche-y mocking of transgenders by lamely pretending to be one who wants to use a women's restroom -- to Las Vegas for the Republican presidential debate, for the sole apparent purpose of ambushing Chris Matthews with the question of whether he still feels a thrill up his leg (a reference to a comment Matthews once made about President Obama). Being a douche, Joseph presses the issue even after getting his desired response of being told to go to hell by Matthews: "Are you limping? Did the thrill go away with surgery or did it just going go away on its own?"

Remember this the next time Bozell complains about the "liberal media" purportedly not being respectful enough to conservatives. He's nothing but a hypocrite. A guy who sent a minion across the country for the sole purpose of acting like a jerk has not earned the respect he demands.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:40 PM EST
Yep, Joseph Farah's Still A Birther
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah started his Dec. 13 WorldNetDaily column this way:

When White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed Donald Trump “disqualified himself” in his bid for the presidency by calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration until Washington figures out how to screen out terrorists, I really expected a better Trump response.

“Disqualified?” Barack Obama making judgments about who’s “qualified” to be president? Isn’t this the guy who refused to release his long-form birth certificate to prove he was constitutionally eligible and legally qualified for the job? And then didn’t he release a document that shows all the earmarks of fraud? Wasn’t that the conclusion of the only law enforcement investigation into the document?

Actually, that "law enforcement investigation into the document" -- that would be the one by Joe Arpaio, Mike Zullo and the Cold Case Posse -- was a sham and a joke that promoted demonstrably false information that WND has yet to correct years after the fact. Zullo, by the way, is currently embroiled in a corruption investigation of Arpaio that is semi-related to his birther posse, in which he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights literally hundreds of times before suddenly changing his mind and "angrily defended his work."

Funny, WND hasn't reported on Zullo's current travails either. But never mind, Farah still wants to prove he's a birther:

Even if Obama’s fake birth certificate were real, which it clearly is not, it would still not prove his eligibility. It showed Obama was the son of a foreign student, not a U.S. citizen, and a woman probably too young to confer natural born citizenship upon her son.

Actually, as former Cold Case Posse member Brian Reilly has pointed out, the state of Hawaii has officially verified the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate, which officially puts the issue to rest. The purported anomalies in the PDF of Obama's birth certificate that the posse has promoted as evidence of fraud are easily duplicated by scanning the document using a common Xerox office scanner -- which the posse has never disproved despite having more than two years to do so. And guess what? WND has never reported on the existence of this evidence further discrediting the cold case posse.

But rather than admitting he's wrong, Farah just wants to change the subject:

Of course, that’s water under the bridge now. I’ve been quiet about the eligibility issue for a long time now. Obama managed to “fundamentally transform” the nation’s definition about constitutional eligibility – and, perhaps, that’s what he was aiming for. Now, the assumption is that any anchor baby is eligible to become president. You can’t even have an intelligent debate or discussion about the issue any longer.

Farah won't tell you, of course, that WND's own fundamental dishonesty in covering the issue -- Farah was much more interested in trying to personally destroy Obama than in reporting the truth -- is the reason why "you can’t even have an intelligent debate or discussion about the issue any longer."

If Farah wanted to approach the issue honestly and intelligently, he and WND would be applying the same "eligibility" standards to Ted Cruz that he did to Obama. But they're not. Indeed, Farah does not mention Cruz one in his column.

Farah then invokese again his birther revisionism, insisting that "It was never about whether someone had a birth certificate. It was always a question about what that document revealed about whether the person met the criteria." For someone who insists Obama's birth certificate isn't the issue, Farah sure has spent a lot of time obsessing over Obama's birth certificate.

Farah insists that "It’s really just a question of what 'natural born citizen' means that is at issue." But WND was dishonesty about that too, repeatedly denying that the Wong Kim Ark case is recognized as the controlling Supreme Court decision on the definition of "natural born citizen" -- solely because that ruling would not disqualify Obama under WND's exceedingly narrow definition (both parents being U.S. citizens) that has never been upheld in court.

But Farah wants you to think he's done with the birther stuff -- "water under the bridge" and "probably too late to do anything about the Obama fraud" and all that. He devotes the final third of his column to pushing the conspiracy theory that Obama is a secret Muslim who was born in Kenya by taking statements out of context and repeating other statements that are clearly incorrect.

And he concludes the column by shilling for his Hillary witch hunt -- which no sane person can trust because of his filthy dishonesty in obsessively pushing the bogus birther story.

Farah seems to think that no longer actively pursuing the birther story will restore WND's squandered credibility. Until he admits it was all a vendetta against Obama and apologizes for promulgating false information for (attempted) political gain, he doesn't have a chance in hell of ever being taken seriously again.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:50 AM EST
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
AIM Chairman Obsesses Over The Proper National Motto
Topic: Accuracy in Media

In a Dec. 11 blog post, Accuracy in Media chairman Don Irvine complained that University of Maryland president Wallace Loh, in defending the decision to drop the name of a former school president with a history of racism from the school's football stadium, "managed to quote the wrong official motto of the United States" by bringing up the phrase "E Pluribus Unum."

Irvine added: "Considering that 'In God we Trust' has been the official national motto since 1956, it’s hard to figure out how Loh committed such an atrocious mistake, except to say that the official motto wouldn’t have fit his narrative as he caves to the left and practices revisionist history."

In fact, Loh never said "E Pluribus Unum," was the "official motto" but, rather, "our national motto engraved on our coins" (as Irvine directly quotes Loh). And "E Pluribus Unum," while not the "official motto," is unquestionably *a* national motto.

History professor Thomas Foster points out that "'E Pluribus Unum' has long been acknowledged as a de facto national motto. After all, it is on the Great Seal of the United States, which was adopted in 1782. Moreover, in the 1770s and ’80s Congress opposed a theistic motto for the nation, and many of the founders worked hard to prevent one from being established." It was founding fathers John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson who approved putting that motto on the Great Seal. "In God We Trust," by contrast, "was made the official national motto in 1956, at the height of the Cold War, to signal opposition to the feared secularizing ideology of communism," Foster writes.

If this debate sounds familiar it should: The ConWeb had a cow in 2010 when President Obama did something similar.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:42 PM EST
WND's Erik Rush Thinks People Fear Him
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Poor Erik Rush: He thinks he is feared.

So much so, in fact, he feels compelled to explain why he is feared. Indeed, his Dec. 9 WorldNetDaily column is called "Why the left fears me." He opines:

I can always tell I’ve hit a nerve when something I’ve written causes the left-wing websites to go berserk in their efforts to ridicule me following its publication. When anyone hits a nerve, we typically see more hyperbole, mischaracterization and ridiculous extrapolations than usual from the left. By hitting a nerve, I mean articulating concepts truly threatening to the agenda of the left.

Black conservatives tend to grind on those aforementioned leftist nerves by their very existence; this is why such vigorous efforts are made by the left to marginalize them. Part of this stems from leftists’ thinly veiled racism; they resent black conservatives for not “minding their place” by rejecting liberal doctrine and liberals’ largesse.

Another factor is a fallacy or stereotype the left itself created, and which is a component of negrophilia: The notion that black Americans possess some mysterious, sage wisdom originating in their unique collective experience on this continent.

Following this line of reasoning, it’s all well and good for a right-wing nut job like me and my ilk to howl at the moon about communists and conspiracies, but it’s an entirely different proposition if people start seriously considering what we have to say.

We -- and, we presume given that WND remains his highest-profile platform, the vast majority of the planet -- haven't seriously considered anything Rush has had to say for years. What little we've written on him has mostly been relegated to clipping his rants for Obama Derangement Syndrome posts.

And his self-described "howling at the moon about communists and conspiracies" has pretty much guaranteed that Rush will never be taken seriously. For example:

  • Rush's obsessive hatred of President Obama, starting with likening him to a prison rapist and going from there.
  • Rush's declaration that all Muslims should be killed, which he was forced to walk back as "sarcasm."
  • Rush's peddling of weird Chinese conspiracies.
  • Rush's insistence that his conspiracies are true, while still never providing actual evidence to back them up.

No, Erik, "the left" doesn't fear you. Nobody fears a ranting, hateful conspiracist.

In fact, the opposite is true: You fear those who tell the truth about you. Why else would you block us from following your Twitter account?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:51 AM EST
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
MRC Whines That 'Spotlight' Is Just A 'Liberal Reporter Movie'
Topic: Media Research Center

See how many extraneous ideological labels the Media Research Center's Matthew Balan sticks in his Dec. 2 post on the new film "Spotlight." We'll help by putting them in bold:

CBS Celebrates 'Very Powerful,' 'Fantastic' Liberal Reporter Movie

Wednesday's CBS This Morning raved over the new movie Spotlight, which touts the work of the investigative reporters at the liberal Boston Globe who chronicled the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Gayle King gushed, "Gosh, that movie was so good." She later labeled the movie "very powerful." Fill-in anchor Kristen Johnson asserted that the new release was "such a fantastic movie." [video below]

The morning newscast brought on left-wing actor Mark Ruffalo and the Boston Globe correspondent he played in the movie, Mike Rezendes. Johnson set up Rezendes to praise the movie, along with his profession: "When you saw the movie, were you pleased with how real it was?" The guest replied, "Yeah. I think the movie is incredibly authentic....I love the message that it gives about investigative reporting. I love the message it gives about clergy sex abuse."

Anchor Charlie Rose followed up by underlining that "there are two stories here. One is a story of reporting; two is a story about something like this could go on for so long." Rezendes returned to praising the movie: "I like the movie, because it keeps public attention focused on this issue, which is still really important." Rose asked him to clarify: "Meaning that the Church has not done anything, or hasn't done enough?" The journalist responded, "I think the Church has...taken several meaningful steps. I think most victims/survivors will tell you that the Church has not done enough."

King then prompted Ruffalo to give his take on the issue, as she continued her praise for the motion picture. The left-wing actor included his inaccurate summary of Catholic theology on the priesthood:


Near the end of the segment, the Obama-supporting TV personality asked Rezendes, "Did it change, Mike, how you felt about your religion, when you were reporting the story — working on it?" The journalist answered, "Yeah. Even though I was a lapsed Catholic at the time, I still considered myself a Catholic. I still identified Catholic. And it did change how I felt about the Church — no question about it." King and Johnson ended the segment with their "very powerful" and "fantastic" superlatives about the movie.

For all the label-tossing Balan does, he never explains why he's doing it -- perhaps it's an attempt to dismiss the film as a "liberal" enterprise, something the MRC has been doing for a while. But even if the Boston Globe is the "liberal" paper he claims it is, does that make the story it reported on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church any less accurate? Does Ruffalo being a "left-wing actor" -- something Balan is compelled to state twice -- have any bearing whatsoever on his role in this movie? And what does Balan's labeling of Gayle King as an "Obama-supporting TV personality" have on anything in his post? Obama has nothing to do with either the events depicted in "Spotlight" or the contents of the interivew.

Witih no actual hook to  base his criticism, Balan is effectively complaining that a film he doesn't like is being promoted. That's not "media research" -- that's an attempt at censorship.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:13 PM EST
WND Frets Over Trump-Nazi Comparisons, Ignores Its History of Obama-Nazi Comparisons
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joe Kovacs seems a little upset in a Dec. 9 WND article:

Achtung, political fans!

Images of Donald Trump on swastikas are now making their debut into this presidential race.

Police in northeast Atlanta spent much of Wednesday morning trying to scrape the swastikas from at least two bridge supports in the area.

The symbols feature a cartoon of Trump sporting a Hitler-style mustache and a bow tie made out of a $100 bill.

Their appearance comes only days after Trump’s controversial call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. until a proper vetting process is developed. Trump said in a statement released Monday there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Kovacs being conserned that Trump is being portrayed as a Nazi is particularly rich given WND's own history of smearing President Obama as a Nazi.

As we've documented, WND not only has published numerous attacks on Obama likening him to various and sundry Nazis, it actually defended doing so. WND also published a columnist, Hilmar von Campe, whose apparent sole purpose in life was to hurl Obama-Nazi smears, showing that he learned well from his childhood as a member of the Hitler Youth.

Kovacs doesn't mention that actual neo-Nazis and white supremacists and nationalists are totally down with Trump's plan to bar Muslims from entering the country. That's something that lends a little heft to those Trump-Nazi accusations, unlike with anything involving the Obama-Nazi smear.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:45 AM EST
Monday, December 14, 2015
Newsmax Advertiser Now Using Hawking, CNN To Sell Dubious Supplement Pills
Topic: Newsmax

Remember a week or so ago when we highlighted a Newsmax ad for "brain pills" that featured an obviously fake endorsement by Marco Rubio on an obviously fake news website? Well, our shady advertisers are back with a different fake endorser on a different fake website -- and Newsmax still doesn't seem to care.

This time out, the ad blurb on the Newsmax "feed network" reads, "Stephen Hawking Says This Smart Pill Is Proven to Double IQ." This time, readers are taken to a page that doesn't even really try to look like an actual CNN website page -- the URL readers "" -- leading with this fake endorsement from Stephen Hawking:

The product's name this time is Geniux, which is probably the same thing as the "Accelerin" promoted in the Rubio ad. The page even ropes in CNN's Anderson Cooper for his own fake endorsement:

The ad repeats a fake endorsement from Denzel Washington, but also adds Bill Gates and Elon Musk. At the bottom of the page is a bunch of fake comments designed to look vague like a Disqus thread.

The actual product pageis even more vague than the Accelerin page about what, exactly, is in its little brain pills. There's a link at the bottom of the page that states "Click here to find evidence of a test, analysis, research or study describing the benefits, performance or efficacy of product ingredients based on the expertise of relevant professionals." But when you click on the link, it returns a listing of what it calls the "components of the nutraceutical formula found in The Geniux Brain Supplement," and that "one or more of the components in The Geniux Brain Supplement formula were present" in the referenced studies. It references bee pollen extract and tyrosine, neither of which are exactly known for their energy and memory-enhancing properties. And the two tyrosine-related studies examined their effects on phenylketonuria, an inherited disorder.

So, again, Newsmax is using its former syndicated news feed to promote a supplement of questionable value using fake celebrity endorsement. Are there no standards at Newsmax?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:23 PM EST
MRC's Graham & Bozell didn't Read Their Own Website Before Railing Against Celebrities With Political Views
Topic: Media Research Center

Tim Graham and Brent Bozell spend their entire Dec. 11 column denouncing celebrities who weigh in on political issues, ranting about "Hollywood hypocrisy" and whining that "all these Hollywood hacks are only offering is Twitter hashtags and lame YouTube mantras." Needless to say, they ranted against only those who expressed a liberal point of view.

They might have a point if their organization, the Media Research Center, didn't engage in the exact same celebrity-promoting.

Indeed, on the same day Graham and Bozell's column appeared, the MRC's "news" division,, published the following:

  • An article touting how actor Kurt Russell "said that gun control won’t do anything to stop terrorists and that to think otherwise is 'absolutely insane.'"
  • An article regurgitating a tweeted critique of President Obama's foreign policy by game-show host Chuck Woollery.
  • A column by country singer Charlie Daniels rangting against socialism.

CNS hilariously placed Daniels' column right next to the one by Graham and Bozell on its front page (the screenshot at the top of this post), conveniently demonstrating their utter hypocrisy in railing against celebrities in politics.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:45 PM EST
WND Announces Anti-Hillary Witch Hunt
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily made the big announcement on Dec. 9:

With the possibility fading of Barack Obama’s Justice Department prosecuting the inevitable Democratic Party presidential nominee, a new independent campaign has arisen to expose Hillary Clinton’s criminal actions and prosecute her at the state level.

It’s called the Hillary Clinton Investigative Justice Project, and it was conceived by two veteran investigative journalists who plan to take their findings to state attorneys general in jurisdictions in which the nonprofit, tax-exempt Clinton Family Foundation does business.

“The Clinton Family Foundation is effectively a criminal, money-laundering operation principally established to enrich the founders with political payoff money, including millions from foreign donors,” said Joseph Farah, founder and chief executive officer of WND. “It’s a racketeering enterprise protected by the Democratic Party dons – including the president of the United States and his attorney general.”

Farah and WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi, a two-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, have teamed up with the express purpose of bringing the Clintons to justice. Farah and Corsi have been investigating and reporting on the Clintons for 23 years.

Farah and Corsi calling themselves "veteran investigative journalists" is vastly overstating their expertise. Farah and Corsi have been the leaders in promoting the Obama birth certificate and eligibility conspiracy theories, which have been repeatedly discredited (not that they will ever admit it or tell their readers the truth).

On top of that, both Farah and Corsi are documented liars, making anything they have to report highly suspect -- WND is arguably the most dishonest "news" organization in America, after all.

WND makes clear later in the article that this isn't a "project" but, rather, a witch hunt:

“The project is an effort by WND and its dedicated investigative reporting team, private investigators, judicial watchdogs, state officials and attorneys who recognize it’s not enough just to document Clinton crimes, but to bring them to the attention of prosecutors who will bring them to justice before she can even accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States,” says Corsi. “We need help to hire the private investigators needed to prove that Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with a cadre of close associates, have used the Clinton Foundation to be a personal piggy bank, in complete disregard of state and federal laws that strictly prohibit what is known as ‘inurement,’ the crime of using a tax-exempt foundation to defraud charitable donors so their contributions can be diverted to personal use.”

All it will take to close down the Clinton Foundation is one or more state attorneys general who develop the investigative proof the Clintons have violated with impunity laws regarding the filing of the audited financial statements and regulatory reports needed to prove a charitable foundation is being run honestly, Corsi adds.

A state attorney general, armed with proof and a well-crafted criminal complaint, can get from a state judge a temporary restraining order that would shut down the Clinton Foundation, replacing the board and officers with qualified individuals appointed by the court.

In addition to hiring private investigators, attorneys are needed to draft and file criminal complaints with attorneys general in states throughout the nation.

It's kind of cute how WND is portraying Farah and Corsi's witch hunt as an "independent campaign."  By declaring they intend to destroy the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, they are effectively on the payroll of the Republican Party, as well as whoever wins the Republican nomination.

Corsi is also quoted as saying that "I have teamed up with Wall Street analyst and investor Charles Ortel to expand the series of articles we have been writing in on the Clinton Foundation scandals." But the fact that Ortel is teaming up with the dishonest likes of Corsi and WND tells you all you need to know about the quality of the so-called evidence he has.

And, of course, it wouldn't be WND if it was begging readers to pony up to fund the witch hunt, declaring that "Fund will be used to hire legal talent, private investigators and pay expenses for continued investigative reporting efforts." They add, "Those who contribute $5 or more to this fund will be provided regular insider updates on the progress of the campaign." Just $5? That's it? Sounds a little desperate.

Remember what happened the last time Farah begged for money to fund his political causes -- in this case a super PAC to benefit right-wing candidates in the 2014 midterm elections. It raised a pittance, much of it from WND itself, and nearly all of the money went to advisers and administrative expenses and none was spent on candidates. Presumably those "insider updates" won't include updates on how their money is being spent.

So two utterly dishonest people want us to believe any hateful thing they write about Hillary Clinton in the next year, and they want us to fund their dishonest misadventures even though previous fundraising campaigns have lacked transparency or accountability, while not putting their own skin in the game.

In other words, it's just another day at WND.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:45 AM EST
Sunday, December 13, 2015
CNS Touts Right-Wing Extremist's Call For 'Muslim Control'

Mairead McArdle writes in a Dec. 4 blog post about how "Long-time conservative columnist and author Don Feder remarked Friday that perhaps what the United States needs is not more gun control, but 'Muslim control.'" McArdle goes on to uncritically promote Feder's anti-Muslim sentiments, but she little to say about Feder himself; along with the above description, she adds only that he is "a former syndicated columnist and editorial writer for the Boston Herald."

What McArdle won't tell you: Feder is a far-right activist who's anti-gay and leans toward white nationalism.

We've documented how Feder served as a "communications director" for a documentary called "Demographic Winter," which frets that white right-wing Christians are not having enough babies and will soon by overrun by brown people who have more children. Feder has (dishonestly) defended white nationalist and anti-immigration leader John Tanton.

On top of that, Feder is communications director for the World Congress of Families, a right-wing group that is not only virulently anti-gay but has grown closer to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, endorsing his anti-gay policies and even planning to hold a meeting in Moscow until Russia invaded Ukraine (the meeting went on, but WCF had to drop its name from it).

Earlier this year, Feder penned a rabidly anti-Hillary column with the less-than-subtle headline "Top Ten Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President," in which one of those reasons is that she's too ugly to get elected.

This is who CNS now considers a person whose opinions are worth spreading. And thus, CNS' race to the right-wing fringe continues apace.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:56 PM EST
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Our treasonous war-criminal president’s policies have set America up quite nicely for a major terrorist attack, perhaps of a much wider scope than the recent attacks in Paris. These include everything from a refusal to even rhetorically associate Islamic terrorism with Muslims, to the nationwide Syrian refugee drop, to the clandestine importation of Muslims from destabilized nations in the Middle East and Africa, to an absolute refusal to effectively monitor who comes and goes in this country.

Americans will die, and despite his feigned outrage after the fact, it will have been due to the deliberate intention of Barack Hussein Obama.


A nation like ours does not go from respecting personal liberties and the rule of law to “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone” overnight. Are there really so many ethically compromised individuals in our government that there is no hope for any among them finally deciding to exercise the rule of law and remove this tyrant? Are they just cowards, willing to let Obama touch off World War III rather than risk the Black Lives Matter crowd setting America ablaze for “taking down” our precious first black president on account of his proclivity for treason and crimes against humanity?

Or are they, as some suspect, party to a much broader agenda, perhaps one rooted in the belief that our planet’s human population cut by three-fourths – even overnight – would be much better for everyone going forward?

-- Erik Rush, Dec. 2 WorldNetDaily column

Seven years into his presidency Barack Obama finally found his mojo and declared war!

Americans were astonished that within three weeks of the bloody Paris attacks, the U.S. leader dropped everything to jet to the city where the carnage occurred and, after laying a rose at the Bataclan Concert Hall, spoke persuasively to 150 world leaders.

This usually mild-mannered man was extraordinarily forceful when he urged those assembled to “take action” in order to save the world against a growing threat that “could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

Obama did not mince words when he warned nations large and small that “there is such a thing as being too late!”

Our 44th president astonished those present when he boldly proclaimed, “The United States not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it!”

What clarity! What decisiveness!

Unfortunately, this call to arms was not against the Islamic State, which is gobbling up land in the Middle East at an alarming rate and sending its followers to the West to wage war on the civilized nations of the world. It was, alas, a call to battle an unproved theory of global warming.

-- Jane Chastain, Dec. 2 WND column

In featuring this clip, even C-SPAN headlined it, “Did President Obama Just Admit He Was Muslim?” The video deserves to be watched. Obama emphasized the “we.”

This is not the first time Obama has opened the closet door on a possible double life. WND has well chronicled his flirtations with the Prophet.

Most notoriously, on the campaign trail in 2008, Obama fueled the debate on his religious inclinations with a gaffe, Kinsley or otherwise, when he said to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, "You are absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

The ever-protective Stephanopoulos corrected him with a sotto voce "Christian faith," and Obama went with the correction. This was hardly the right time for Obama to "out" himself as anything but a straight, patriotic, Christian, middle-of-the-roader.

In his final year of the presidency, we may get to meet the real Obama, and God only knows what form that reality will take.

If he is in a confessional mood, I am just hoping Obama will reveal who did the real writing on "Dreams from My Father."

-- Jack Cashill, Dec. 2 WND column

Barack Obama continues his seven-year run as the nation’s top firearm salesman, raising the question in many Americans’ minds whether they might be facing their last chance to purchase the guns they want. Mass shootings and terrorism, along with the Democratic Party’s open embrace of gun control as a campaign issue, are assisting Obama’s unintended effort to push gun sales to new records.

-- Jeff Knox, Dec. 3 WND column

Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t the courage to call militant Islam the enemy – which it is – because he favors Islam. Regardless of the reason, the result is clear. He is on their side, not on ours. In fact, with all the attacks on the West by militant Islam worldwide, Obama has never used the words militant Islam in connection with terrorism and almost never uses the word terrorism


Newt Gingrich, historian and former speaker of the House, said last week, “Barack Obama is the greatest national security threat to ever occupy the White House.”

I agree. Obama’s inaction leaves the door wide open for terrorists – whether by a massive attack or smaller random attacks – to have their way with us.

Experts say, without hesitation, we will be attacked again.

Come on, Americans: Are you willing to see a smoking Washington or New York or maybe have this terror come to your backyard?

We’re living on borrowed time – and the clock is ticking.

Barack Obama is ignoring the ringing alarm. Wake him up or replace him.

-- Barbara Simpson, Dec. 6 WND column

Obama assured America that his administration would be the most transparent one in history. Specific to that point in the aftermath of another act of Muslim terrorism, there are three things glaringly transparent: 1) Obama favors Muslims terrorists over Americans; 2) Obama is not inclined to hide his affections for terrorists over Americans; and 3) for all of President Roosevelt’s negatives, thank God Obama wasn’t in office when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

--  Mychal Massie, Dec. 7 WND column

As Americans, we enjoy knowing details about our newsmakers, but none of us knows one single humanizing fact about the history of our own president.

We are all aware of the lack of incontestable birth records for Obama; that document managing has been spectacularly successful.

There are, however, several additional oddities in Obama's history that appear to be as well managed as his own birth issue. For example, due to a lack of transparency there are questions about the birth records of his own daughters.

It's also interesting that no one who ever dated him has shown up. The charisma that caused women to be drawn to him so strongly during his campaign certainly would, in the normal course of events, lead some lady to come forward, if only to garner some attention for herself.


It's virtually impossible to know anything definitive about this fellow.

Who was the best man at his wedding? Start there. Then check groomsmen.

Then get the footage of the graduation ceremony. Has anyone talked to the professors? It is odd that no one is bragging that they knew him or taught him or lived with him.

When did he meet Michelle, and how? Are there photos there? Every president gives to the public all their photos, etc. for their libraries. What has he released?

Ever wonder why no one ever came forward from President Obama's past saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc.?

Not one person has ever come forward from his past. It certainly is very, very strange.

This should be a cause for great concern. To those who voted for him, you may have elected an unqualified, inexperienced shadow man.

Obama has never successfully run a candy store, yet Americans stand down and allows him to destroy their country.

-- Bradlee Dean, Dec. 10 WND column

For many American citizens, the murder of nearly 3,000 of our own on 9/11 by Muslim fanatics was a wake-up call. The naïve way many of us had viewed the world melted under shattering reality in the space of one chilling morning.

Unfortunately, after the immediate shock passed, most went back to sleep and stayed asleep. Just seven years later, a man with a Muslim name and sympathies, Barack Hussein Obama, was elected president, and four years later, was re-elected. Now after Paris and San Bernardino, it couldn’t be clearer that he sides with the enemy. God help us.

-- Jesse Lee Peterson, Dec. 13 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 8:42 PM EST
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Terry Jeffrey's Hypocritical (And Dishonest) Anti-D.C. Snobbery
Topic: editor Terry Jeffrey had a huge fit of anti-Washington snobbery this week. First, there was a Dec. 9 article in which he wrote:

Five of the nation's Top Ten wealthiest counties--when measured by median household income in 2014--are suburbs of Washington, D.C.; and the three wealthiest are all in suburban Virginia, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.

Falls Church, Va.--an independent city which the Census counts as a county--led the nation with a median household income of $125,635 in 2014.

Loudon County, Va., was second with a median household income of $122,641.

Fairfax County, Va., was third with a median household income of $110,507.

Jeffrey followed up the next day with this article:

The “county” that the Census Bureau reported yesterday had the highest median household income in the nation in 2014 is disproportionately populated by people who work for the government.

The City of Falls Church, Va.--which the Census Bureau treats as a “county” because it is an independent city that is not a part of any county—had a median household income of $125,635 in 2014.

That put it first on the Census Bureau’s list of the 30 counties in the nation with the highest median incomes.


In the five-year period from 2010-2014, according to the Census Bureau’s estimate, there were 7,290 Falls Church City residents 16 and older who were employed.

2,389 of these—or 32.8 percent—worked for government.

Nationwide, during the same time period, only 14.6 percent of workers were employed by government.

Thus, workers in the nation’s wealthiest county were more than twice as likely as workers nationwide to be employed by government.

Of course, this is nothing but read-meat government-bashing for the benefit of CNS' right-wing readers (and, hopefully, a few traffic-driving clicks). But Jeffrey isn't telling you the whole story -- like how utterly hypocritical his sneering attacks are.

CNS and its parent organization, the Media Research Center, are headquarted in Reston, Va. -- located in Fairfax County, the third-wealthiest U.S. county that Jeffrey was mocking. And Reston is just a 12-mile drive from Falls Church, Va., which is located in the middle of Fairfax County.

Reston, being located in that wealthy county, is not too shabby on the median income front -- $110,321 according to the Census Bureau. So the denizens of CNS' hometown are living quite well.

As is Jeffrey. We don't know where exactly Jeffrey lives in the Washington area, but with a salary of $122,400 in 2011 -- which has surely increased since then -- he can easily afford a place in Falls Church. Indeed, the salaries paid to all top MRC officials help to prop up that lofty median salary in Fairfax County.

Further, Jeffrey's sneering assertion that "workers in the nation’s wealthiest county were more than twice as likely as workers nationwide to be employed by government" is utterly dishonest. It's ridiculous for Jeffrey to express surprise that a town near the capital of the most powerful country in the world has a large number of government workers.

Also, notice that Jeffrey offers no breakdown of the income of government workers vs. private sector workers in Falls Church. It's entirely possible, if not likely, that the salaries of these private-sector workers are what's driving up the median salary there. If he can't do that, all he's doing is smearing government workers.

If Jeffrey feels so strongly about this and looks down on his fellow Fairfax County residents so severely, why doesn't he talk his boss, Brent Bozell into moving the MRC far out of the Washington area, to that "flyover country" heartland conservatives speak so highly of? Or stop playing the Washington game he purports to despise and leave CNS -- and his six-figure salary -- behind?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:31 AM EST
Friday, December 11, 2015
Obama Derangement At Its Finest, Courtesy of AIM's Kincaid: 'Is Our Stoner President Mentally Impaired?'
Topic: Accuracy in Media

It's hard to fine a better distallation of Obama Derangement Syndrome than Cliff Kincaid's Dec. 7 Accuracy in Media column, starting with the headline "Is Our Stoner President Mentally Impaired?" Let's see if we can pick the highlights and  not excerpt the entire column in the process:

Members of Congress concerned about America’s survival have shied away from impeaching President Obama on national security grounds. They either think impeachment would take too long or that the political process of impeaching the first black Democratic President would be too polarizing. There is an alternative: removing Obama from office because of cognitive impairment.


Rather than accuse Obama of being a secret Muslim blinded by Marxist ideology, perhaps the way for Congress to save our nation is to invoke the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution dealing with presidential disabilities. This amendment allows Congress to review whether or not the president is able to discharge the powers and duties of his office. If it is determined that he is not, then he can be replaced. A case can be made that he is so affected by previous drug use that he is just not capable of comprehending reality. As a former member of the “Choom Gang” of heavy marijuana users, Obama seems indifferent to the facts on the ground concerning the Muslim terrorist threat.

The charge that Obama has been impaired by marijuana is not made lightly. Interestingly enough, however, a new study has just been released regarding the “psychosis-like effects” of marijuana.


Obama is, presumably, not smoking marijuana in the White House. But he talks and acts as if he is still under the influence. Indeed, the long-term impact of the weed on his intellectual processes is a subject of concern. David Maraniss, author of a book on Obama, notes that the word “choom,” taken from “Choom Gang,” means to smoke marijuana. He said Obama “started a few pot-smoking trends,” suggesting the future president understood ways to make the “high” from the drug even more powerful and lasting. One method they used was to smoke dope in a car and then inhale or suck in what was left of the smoke in the ceiling of the car.

What Maraniss leaves out of his book on Obama is the role played by Obama’s mentor, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, another dope smoker who probably gave the young Barry some tips on inhaling the drug for full effect. Davis, a pedophile, probably also taught young Barry about experimenting with sex.


If Congress doesn’t want to find Obama guilty of having an ideology that explains his sympathy for radical Islam and disqualifies his continued service as President, the only alternative is to diagnose his medical condition with public hearings and conclude that he has lost touch with reality and is mentally ill. A Congressional Research Service study cites evidence that section four of the 25th amendment is designed for “a sick president who refuses or is unable to confront his disability,” or “a president who is disabled but unwilling to step aside.”

This section is complicated, but it explicitly allows for Congress to establish a committee or another body to review the president’s disability and recommend his removal from office. It refers to several ways the president can be removed, including through a body “as Congress may by law provide.” This would begin the process of congressional action.

The main objection will be that using Obama’s dope-smoking days against him is going back too far in his life to justify his removal from office. But many observers see that something is seriously wrong with this President’s approach to his job. Blaming his performance on the lingering effects of the heavy use of illegal drugs makes as much sense as any other explanation at this point.

Indeed, with impeachment on ideological grounds off the table, it is within the jurisdiction of Congress to decide that Obama has done enough damage to the nation and the world and that he must go. Since Obama seems to be AWOL in the War on Terror, dereliction of duty by Congress in this case would only increase the danger and risk to the nation.

Poor Cliff Kincaid. His ODS just makes this way too easy.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:54 PM EST

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