Fake News: MRC Promotes Never-Proven Claim About Protest At Tucker Carlson's House Topic: Media Research Center
As one would imagine, the Media Research Center rushed to Fox News host Tucker Carlson's defense following a protest at his house by antifa activists. The MRC uncritically painted the protesters in the most negative terms. For instance, Nicholas Fondacaro declared that "a mob of Antifa protestors descended on his Washington, D.C. area home to threaten him and his family with violence," further attacking the protesters as "radical leftists," and Kyle Drennen highlighted the "mob of left-wing Antifa activists surrounding the home of Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and terrorizing his family."
The MRC also uncritically promoted claims about the amount of damage the protesters allegedly caused. Curtis Houck asserted that the protest resulted in the "front door being busted and vandalism on his car, house, and driveway." His proof was a tweet by noted plagiarist Benny Johnson, who linked to an article at the Carlson-run Daily Caller, which described the "vandalism" as "signs left on the vehicles parked in the driveway as well as a sign left on the front door of the home." The only apparent actual vandalism was the anarchy symbol spray-painted on the driveway.
Fondacaro returned in another post -- again referencing the "radical leftist mob" who committed an "assault on Carlson's home" -- to uncritically repeat a claim from Fox News’ media reporter Howard Kurtz that "the radical mob 'pushed against his front door until it cracked.'" Similarly, Corinne Weaver claimed that the protesters "smashed [Carlson's] oak door."
But no proof has ever been offered that the door on Carlson's house was damaged in any way.
Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple actually went to Carlson's house after the attack and found that the front door "appeared to be in working condition," and that a person he talked to at the house offered no evidence of damage. A week later, Wemple pointed out again that the door "seemed sturdy and fully intact. A woman who answered a knock looked it up and down and appeared to conclude it was in fine shape," and the police report on the incident mentioned no damage to the front door. Carlson has ignored repeated requests to corroborate the damage he claims was made to the door, Wemple says.
Meanwhile, Alan Pyke, writing at Think Progress, was at the protest and observed what happened: "One of the protesters knocked firmly on Carlson’s front door three times then trotted back down the steps to join the rest of the group in the street. This person did not throw their body against the door, as Carlson has claimed to newspapers."
Pyke also observed: "Right-wing media have characterized Wednesday’s group of fewer than 15 activists shadowed by four legal observers as a violent mob. In reality, a small group knocked on Carlson’s door, shook a tambourine, and chanted slogans aimed at his chosen career hyping hateful speech aimed at racial minorities and political opponents, then left."
Despite all of this, the MRC continued to hyperbolically overstate the protest. A Nov. 12 post by Corinne Weaver claimed that protesters "attacked Tucker Carlson’s house," and the next day Weaver asserted the protest was carried out by a "violent antifa group."
It seems that by uncritically repeating Carlson's apparently embellished claims about what happened at the protest, the MRC has published fake news. But since that fake news helps the MRC's right-wing agenda, don't look for an apology or correction anytime soon -- just like it has failed to do in the past.
MRC Upset That Trump Was Unfavorably (Though Not Inaccurately) Described At Bush Funeral Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is so fawningly pro-Trump that it sees any criticism of him as "liberal bias." And when media commentators couldn't help but notice the difference in overall demeanor between President Trump and President George H.W. Bush at the latter's funeral, the MRC fumed.
In a Dec. 6 post hyperbolically headlined "Washington Post Rips Trump a New One Three Times at Bush Funeral," Tim Graham complains in a fit of whataboutism:
The Washington Post loves to present President Trump as boisterously snide...and quite obviously, they can't imagine anyone would apply that description to them. On Wednesday night, the Post website was boasting at least three articles ripping into Trump's behavior at the funeral, or his bad optics. This isn't a "newspaper." It's an Insult Aggregator.
Let's acknowledge the elephant in the room: the president did present a picture they could suggest was bored or cranky. He only shook hands with the Obamas. Fine. But these "reporters" -- who sound much more like editorial writers -- were trying to make Trump, not Bush, the big story. Even their Thursday headline praising the late president -- "President, patriot, gentleman" -- could be seen as another knock on the current president.
Graham went on to huff that a Post story on the funeral, in which all other living ex-presidents appeared alongside Trump, "described others in the front row...by how Trump had insulted them," grousing: "Notice the Post could have done this 'reporting' both ways....listing the insults Barack and Michelle Obama offered about Trump, the insults Bill and Hillary Clinton lobbed against Trump, and then the insults Jimmy Carter threw at Trump. But the problem is the Post deeply enjoyed anything they said."
The MRC whining continued:
P.J. Gladnick claimed: "It was a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush but all the [MSNBC] show's panel could focus on Wednesday aftenroon was Trump, Trump, Trump. Any mention of the recently deceased was only in relation to President Donald Trump." He added: "Just a reminder again to everyone that Trump was sitting there not saying anything yet his mere presence at the funeral inspired this laughable outbreak of TDS among the panelists."
Nicholas Fondacaro asserted: "They just couldn’t help themselves. During their Wednesday evening reports on the deeply touching and emotional funeral service for the late President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC had to get in their digs against President Trump for his behavior (or lack thereof). One even touted how Trump managed to keep his mouth shut about Bush all week."
Clay Waters insisted that a New York Times article's "focus was on attacking one of the attendants: President Trump, through biased interpretation of body language and some light mind-reading."
Mark Finkelstein shot back at a commentator who argued that giving credit to Trump for not screwing up anything during the Bush funeral is "a very low bar": "God rest the soul of George H.W. Bush. But God forbid that President Trump should receive credit for according H.W. all possible honors and conducting himself with grace during the funeral service."
None of these MRC posts, by the way, dispute the accuracy of the observations made, just the fact that they were made at all.
WND's Latest Deal: Ancient Coins Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily still has to beg for money. The cryptocurrency thing isn't quite working out, at least in the short term (at last check, the AML Bitcoin WND is giving away to those who donate is hovering around 12 cents). The publishing of WND editor Joseph Farah's new Bible book is not going well. How else can WND entice a little support from its readers?
How about some ancient coins? A Dec. 11 article tries to set the selling mood:
Elizabeth Farah, the cofounder and chief operating officer of WND, walked down a quiet lane in the capital city west of the old green line separating Arab East Jerusalem and the Israeli side of town.
Music was in the air courtesy of the music conservatory across the street from a three-story, 19th century Oriental house. She knocked on the door and was greeted by a legendary figure in the antiquities business – Lenny Wolfe.
The native of Glasgow, Scotland, greeted her with a brogue-tinged accent, which Hebrew speakers say carries over to that tongue as well.
He showed her around.
She had been in search of treasures and she had found them. The house was full of them – everywhere you looked. Clay lamps from the First Century that still work with a little olive oil. Ancient jars. Magnificent 2,500-year-old pitchers and bowls. Priceless antiquities lined the walls, covered the floors, and trimmed the tables.
Wolfe eagerly handed her treasure after treasure – many costing a small fortune. While Farah handled them gingerly, Wolfe seemed gleeful and carefree about showing off his discoveries.
But what caught Farah’s eye were the coins – piles of them, most from the First Century or earlier.
Long story short: Farah bought a bunch of thse coins -- mites, "the kind of coins the poor widow in Mark 12:41-44 deposited in the treasury of the synagogue" -- allegedly dating from 135 B.C. to 29 A.D., "so she could make them available as Christmas and Hanukkah gifts in the WND Superstore."
The coins are available in various settings from as low as $49.99 to as much as $300; each comes with "a certificate of authenticity signed by the distinguished Israeli antiquities dealer Lenny Wolfe, and are individually wrapped in a velvet pouch and gift box."
But it seems at the setting is more valuable than the coin itself; highly worn coins aren't worth very much -- $6 by one estimate -- even if they are authentically a couple millennia old. WND presumably got these coins at a price good enough to make money through reselling them.
But remember that WND remains on shaky ground financially and is doing what it can to stay alive, and this is just one more effort toward that end.
CNS' Loopy Rabbi Goes Even More Pro-Trump Than Usual Topic: CNSNews.com
Loopy right-wing rabbi Aryeh Spero let his pro-Trumpsympathies go even more over the top than usual in a Nov. 29 CNSNews.com column:
On Tuesday, during an interview with The Washington Post, President Trump declared, “We wish to remain in the Middle East region for our interests and for Israel.”
It is once again apparent that President Trump has a deeply felt and unwavering tie to the Jewish state and the safety and viability of her citizens. His profuse commitment to Israel, and thus the Jewish people, is singular among Presidents. It is astoundingly genuine.
His commitment to Israel and the Jewish people continues despite the constant drumbeat against him from too many of the establishment liberal Jewish organizations here in America. He courageously, and with compassion, visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where in late October 11 Jews were gunned down. He did this despite the hostile, divisive, and obnoxious slogans and press releases made against him by liberal Jewish groups demanding that he not come.
Spero offers no actual evidence that Trump's pro-Israel sympathies are "genuine" or anything else other than a cynical political calculation to attact right-wing Jews and Christians to support him.
Spsero goes on to complain: "By now it is obvious that liberal Jewish groups will always come up with some reason to criticize Mr. Trump’s actions no matter how sincere and good he may be." And by now it is obvious that Spero will not pass judgment on the immoral acts of Trump's personal life as long as he toes the right-wing line and adheres to Spero's political agenda -- which is anything but sincere on Spero's part.
WND Ignores Trump, Dershowitz Role In Pedophile Scandal -- But Hypes Clinton Topic: WorldNetDaily
An anonymously written Dec. 4 WorldNetDaily article tried to be as salacious as possible:
The Bill Clinton-linked financier accused of sexually abusing women on his “Orgy Island” getaway agreed to a last-minute settlement that likely means none of his accusers will testify in court.
Jeffrey Epstein, 65, allegedly operated a sex ring at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, a residence in New York City, and his private-island estate in the Virgin Islands, dubbed by some “Orgy Island.”
The deal was announced Tuesday as jury selection in a civil lawsuit brought by a lawyer for his accusers was set to begin, Fox News reported.
Fox News said court documents it obtained in 2016 showed former President Bill Clinton took at least 26 trips on Epstein’s private jet, known as the “Lolita Express.”
The former president apparently ditched his Secret Service detail on some of the excursions, Fox News said.
Epstein’s jet was said to be outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.
Note that despite all the salacious implication, WND provides no evidence whatsoever that Clinton ever sexually abused anyone. And completely censored in the article is the connection between Epstein and Donald Trump.
Politico reports that Epstein "was a regular for several years at Mar-a-Lago. Testimony in a prior court case indicated that Trump flew at least once on one of the planes Epstein owned and Trump’s phone numbers were in Epstein’s personal phone directory." One of Epstein's victims, a 15-year-old girl, was recruited by Epstein while working as a towel girl at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club.
Also implicated in the Epstein case is lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Not only does he serve as Epstein's attorney, one of the girls Epstein enticed into his operation -- as it happens ,the same one who was recruited from Mar-a-Lago -- claims to have sex with Dershowitz several times. Dershowitz has long denied the allegation.
While Dershowitz has generally been considered to be a liberal, his defense of Trump made him a WND favorite. It has, among other things, posted numerous videos from Israeli channel ILTV of a segment called "One on One with Alan Dershowitz," touted Dershowitz's claim about the criminalization of political differences and his lament that "The attacks on President Trump by onetime personal lawyer Michael Cohen are hurting America."
Meanwhile, the same day, WND editor Joseph Farah wrote a column demanding that Alexander Acosta -- who was the federal prosecutor that helped work out a deal that let Epstein serve only 13 months in prison -- resign his current position as Trump's labor secretary and most definitely shouldn't be considered as a candidate for attorney general. Farah didn't mention Epstein's connection to Trump and Dershowitz, though surprisingly, he didn't throw in a gratuitous Clinton reference.
That's an unusual show of restraint for Farah, who hates Clinton so much he's still clinging to Vincent Foster conspiracy theories.
MRC Censors Just How 'Far-Right' (And Islamophobic) Activist Banned From Twitter Is Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Corinne Weaver spent a Nov. 26 post detailing how "Twitter's war on conservative thought" claimed a couple so-called victims. The first was right-wing radio host and failed congressional candidate Jesse Kelly, who was removed for unclear reasons but was actually reinstated the day after Weaver's post.
The second was "far-right journalist Laura Loomer," whom Weaver writes "was erased from the platform on November 21 for criticizing Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)." Weaver added: "Loomer was booted off the platform on Wednesday for accusing Muslim Rep. Omar of being anti-Jewish, supporting Sharia law, and being pro-female genital mutilation. She was told that by doing so, she had “promoted violence against, threatened, or harassed other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.” Almost immediately after her Twitter ban, Loomer was given a 30-day Facebook suspension."
While Weaver earned a little credit for admitting that Loomer is "far-right," she failed to inform readers just how far right-- and Islamophobic -- she is. Loomer was banned rom using Uber and Lyft after she ranted that "Someone needs to create a non Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver" and complaining she couldn't find a "non Muslim cab."
A couple days after her banning, Loomer handcuffed herself to the door of Twitter's corporate offices in New York while wearing a yellow star of David as if getting kicked off Twitter for spewing hate was the same as getting Holocausted. (Quick, someone call Rabbi Spero!)
Loomer is clearly not a person who anyone should take seriously. But Weaver wants you to think she is in order to keep up the MRC's anti-social media narrative.
Brown took this argument to its crass, cynical extreme in his Dec. 6 column, writing in response to the fact that Trump, unlike all the other presidents who attended the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, refused to recite the Apostles' Creed. Brown, needless to say, gave Trump a pass for the religious faux pas -- summed up in the headline "Ask me if I care" -- because the only thing that matters is that he pushes a right-wing agenda:
During the presidential campaign, did I take Trump’s references to the Scriptures seriously? No.
Was it meaningful to me when he held up his family Bible at his rallies? Absolutely not.
Did it surprise me when he really couldn’t quote a single, favorite verse? Not in the least.
And that’s why it didn’t surprise me when he remained silent during the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed.
As to why he was silent, God knows.
Perhaps he didn’t want to put on a religious show.
Perhaps he was committed to being totally quiet and out of the way during the Bush funeral.
Perhaps he was unfamiliar with the words.
Perhaps he’s not a true Christian and so had no interest in making the statement of faith.
To repeat: God knows why he didn’t recite the creed.
But, to repeat: His silence is of no material concern to me, since I would rather have a president who kept his promises to evangelicals and didn’t worship publicly than a public worshiper who broke his promises to us.
But even if it was the worst case scenario, namely, that he was silent because he is not a true believer in Jesus, that would only confirm the “Cyrus” prophecies about him. (Namely, that God raised him up for His own good purposes, despite the fact that Trump himself did not know God, just as he raised up Cyrus, who was an idol-worshiping pagan king. See Isaiah 45:1-4, and note carefully the last words of verse 4.)
To be clear, I have said for more than three years that we make a mistake when, as evangelicals, we present the president as “Saint Donald” or when we whitewash his worst words. We can support him and pray for him without being puppets and lackeys. We can stand with him while expressing our disagreement and differences.
But as long as he continues to nominate pro-life justices and push back against LGBT extremism and fight for our religious liberties and combat radical Islam and stand with Israel (among other things), he has my ongoing support.
And that holds true whether he himself is a genuine Christian or not.
Somehow, we suspect that even if Trump suddenly stops delivering the right-wing goods, Brown will still find a reason to support him.
CNS Spins on Flynn to Protect Trump Topic: CNSNews.com
When Robert Mueller released his sentencing recommendations regarding the guilty plea on making false statements entered by onetime Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, CNSNews.com reacted the way you'd expect.
A Dec. 5 article by Susan Jones is a surprisingly straightforward account of Flynn's offense and Mueller's recommendations -- until the last paragraph, in which she claimed: "Flynn's defenders note that he was the victim of illegal surveillance and unmasking by members of the Obama administration, but so far, no one in that orbit has been held accountable."
Jones provided no evidence that any surveillance and unmasking of Flynn under the Obama administration was "illegal." Indeed, experts have argued that surveillance of Flynn was quite legal, given that he was chatting with Russian officials as an agent for Trump and it was the Russians, not Flynn, who were the target of the eavesdropping.
Jones also penned an article making a well-worn CNS argument, quoting Republican Rep. Mark Meadows attacking Mueller insisting that Flynn's case had nothing to do with collusion with Russia.
Finally, Jones wrote an article claiming that the no-prison-term recommendation Mueller made for Flynn was what President Trump wanted all along, featuring another right-wing congressman (appearing on Fox News, natch):
There's a "great irony" in Special Counsel Robert Mueller asking a federal court not to put Gen. Michael Flynn in prison, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
“The great irony, Sean, is that Robert Mueller has achieved the same outcome that Donald Trump was (after). I mean, Robert Mueller has essentially said to court, lay off of Mike Flynn -- he's a good guy. If Trump said the same thing to (former FBI Director James) Comey, they apparently want to throw him in jail for it. And it shows the double standard.”
Flash back to early 2017, when – according to notes written by then-FBI Director Comey – Trump took Comey aside the day after Flynn was fired. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Comey quoted Trump as saying. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
In his court filing on Tuesday, Mueller seemed to agree that Flynn was a good guy. He mentioned some of Flynn’s “mitigating” characteristics, including his “exemplary” military and public service. “He served in the military for over 33 years, including five years of combat duty, led the Defense Intelligence Agency and retired as a 3-star Lieutenant General.”
Of course, the threat of prison time is the leverage Mueller had over Flynn to get him to cooperate with investigators. Jones doesn't mention that, of course; instead, she quotes Gaetz ranting at length that "Flynn should never have pleaded guilty" and how Hillary Clinton is the real criminal.
Chuck Norris Touts His 'Bromance' With Hungary's Right-Wing Authoritarian Leader Topic: WorldNetDaily
CNSNews.com is not the only ConWeb outlet to fall madly in love with Viktor Orban, Hungary's right-wing authoritarian leader. Chuck Norris touted his "bromance" with Orban in his Dec. 2 WorldNetDaily column. He kicked things off with press clippings and self-aggrandizement:
You might have heard in the news that my wife, Gena, and I spent time this past week with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the country’s great capital city of Budapest.
The Washington Post reported, “Hungary’s strongman leader has a new American friend.”
Breitbart News reported, “Brussels Beware: ‘Street Fighter’ Orbán Teams Up with Action Man Chuck Norris in Hungary.”
Russia’s RT network reported, “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was spotted hanging out with none other than Hollywood actor and walking epitome of badassery, Chuck Norris. They cruised around Budapest as Orbán showed off the nation’s anti-terrorism unit.”
CNN similarly reported, “Move over Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal, there’s a new strongman bromance brewing.”
I don’t know about a bromance, but he is certainly our newfound friend. Or as Gena echoed when we said goodbye to the prime minister: “ Friends forever“!
It was so great to spend the day with Orbán as he personally drove us around the capital city of Budapest. It was our first time in the country, and, boy, was it beautiful. And the people were remarkable! We saw many sites, including the bridge over the Danube that was almost named after me.
Interesting that two of the outlets Norris invokes -- RT and Sputnik -- are Russian propaganda operations.
Norris also does som serious sucking up to Orban:
Prime Minister Orbán is a staunch conservative all the way, from protecting his borders to espousing Christian values and even establishing a “Stop [George] Soros” law. He was just reelected for the third time in a landslide victory. He’s very popular among the common people, though progressives vehemently dislike him.
At one point PM Orbán said to me, “90 percent of the comments on me is negative … the liberals hate me.”
I replied, “You’re like [U.S. President Donald] Trump.”
He retorted, “A little bit more than that!”
He also explained to me that: “I am a street fighter basically, I’m not coming from the elite.” He’s also a brilliant street fighter, having been educated at Oxford University[.]
The Prime Minister posted a video of different aspects of our day together on his Facebook page. You can watch it here.
Norris closed his column with a message to his wife, who accompanied him on this junket: "Happy Anniversary, my love and best friend! As great as it was to be in Hungary, my bromance with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán can’t hold a match to my romance with you!"
Oh, we don't know about that -- his bromance with Orban is strong enough that he's more than willing to act as as his shill.
MRC More Angry At Criticism Of Redskins Name Than The Fact The Redskins Hired A Suspected Abuser Topic: Media Research Center
Proving that conservative correctness rules over all at the Media Research Center, mysterious sports blogger Jay Maxson writes in a Nov. 30 post:
Signing linebacker Reuben Foster, released earlier this week by the San Francisco 49ers for alleged domestic violence, opened up the Washington Redskins to collateral media attacks on their team nickname. ESPN Around the Horn commentator Kevin Blackistone, USA Today For the Win writer Steven Ruiz and others couldn't resist the temptation to take swipes at the Redskins' nickname while blasting the team for signing Foster.
Maxson went on to whine that "Ruiz emptied a bagful of grievances he has with the Washington team, much of it devoted to the issue of the Redskins' name, which many liberals want changed" and that Ruiz "blasted team founder George Preston Marshall, 'a man whose Wikipedia page features a 'Racism' section, ...' and who was the last NFL owner to sign black players." Maxson said nothing further about Foster.
That's right -- Maxson is more offended at writers criticizing the Redskins team name than he is about the fact that the Redskins signed a player credibly accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend. Shows you were the MRC's priorities are.
A few days earlier, Maxson had ranted about the idea that Colin Kaepernick -- about whom Maxson has regular attacksofderangement -- might be hired by the Redskins as a replacement quarterback. Maxson sneered that Kaepernick is a "notorious anthem kneeler" and a "SJW favorite," dismissing those advocating for Kaepernick as making "pithy powder puff arguments" and adding that "to objective people, these are flimsy, pathetically weak points. Beating a dead horse, the Kaepernick apologists are embarrassing themselves by begging and pleading for his return."
Maxson can't even be bothered to write more about Foster than he has about a former NFL player whose political views he disagrees with.
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Favorite Criminal Ex-Congressman Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND loves Steve Stockman so much, it's promoting a conspiracy theory that the former congressman was sent to prison on financial fraud charges because he's a victim of the "Deep State." Read more >>
CNS Editor Still Using Same Budget Argument Its MRC Parent Has Attacked Topic: CNSNews.com
We'venoted how CNSNews.com was President Trump's proposed border wall by claiming that it would cost only a miniscule percentage -- despite the fact that CNS' Media Research Center attacked that very same argument when supporters of public broadcasting and arts and humanities funding made it.
Well, CNS was at it again in a Nov. 30 article by editor in chief Terry Jeffrey:
President Donald Trump’s $5 billion request for funds to use building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border equals 0.11 percent of the estimated $4.5 trillion the federal government is expected to spend this fiscal year.
According to the Monthly Treasury Statement for October, the Office of Management and Budget has estimated that the federal government will spend a total of $4,509,641,000,000 in fiscal 2019, which started on Oct. 1.
President Trump is now asking Congress to approve $5 billion in the fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security appropriation to fund border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
That $5,000,000,000 would equal 0.11 percent of the anticipated total federal spending of $4,509,641,000,000.
To put the president’s border wall request in perspective, the federal government spent $5.587 billion in the month of October alone for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, AKA food stamps. Thus, funding food stamps for just the first month of fiscal 2019 cost more than Trump’s entire fiscal 2019 request for border wall funding.
Jeffrey even included a ludicrous bar chart showing an extremely long bar for federal spending next to a virtually nonexistent one for the border wall request.
By contrast, a March 2017 column by his boss, MRC chief Brent Bozell, and Tim Graham touted how defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides money to public ratio and TV operations across the country, would "save of ton of taxpayer money," parenthetically adding that "$450 million is a lot of money."
Bozell and Graham will never write a column complaining that $5 billion "is a lot of money." and they will never make Jeffrey write an article to that effect.
WND's Farah: Climate Change Is Man-Made ... Because God Is Punishing Man Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has a, shall we say, unique interpretation of the causes of climate change in his Nov. 25 column:
Black Friday turned into an indictment of carbon dioxide and a warning of dire consequences for the U.S. economy in a report from the Global Change Research Program, which affirmed government conclusions that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for climate change than human activities, especially greenhouse gases.
“The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities,” said David Easterling, director of the technical support unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
It was reported all over the media, if possibly overshadowed by the record-breaking post-Thanksgiving sales numbers. America’s cultural institutions are all in for catastrophic climate change. Those who are skeptical are often referred to in academia and within the Democratic Party as “deniers” – suggesting man-made global warming is now a secular article of faith.
On the other hand, surveys show most evangelical Christians dismiss the issue in one of three ways: A liberal hoax, a hypothesis based on flawed science, or an affront to the concept of human existence based on God’s intelligent design.
But is it possible both sides are wrong?
Are Christians not giving their God enough credit?
Does God actually guard jealously His sovereign ability to bless or curse His creation on the basis of humanity’s spiritual health and obedience?
This is why I unequivocally believe in man-caused climate change – because God tells us He uses it to keep us coming back to His ways.
So forceful is God on this point that He characterizes his watchful eye on the climate as “My doctrine,” in Deuteronomy 32:2.
With all you’ve seen, heard and read about climate change in the last 30 years, how about just considering the possibility that God’s still “got the whole world in His hand?” And how about considering still that some of the plagues we’ve all witnessed in recent years – from catastrophic storms, devastating earthquakes and raging wildfires – represent what God clearly explains in His Word as an effort to ensure you do not “perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you?” (Deuteronomy 11:17)
Who needs science? Not Farah, apparently. And it's funny how he laments that people who reject climate science are called "deniers" -- just before he outlines how "most evangelical Christians dismiss the issue" by, you know, denying it.
After a biblical deep dive, Farah got a little clearer toward the end of his column:
God not only controls the weather as a principal means of reigning in our behavior for our own good, He holds the entire universe together – all of Creation. He does so because He loves us and wants us to have the chance to be His children for eternity – but only if we love and obey Him and His Son Jesus the Messiah, the one and only Redeemer and Mediator between God and man.
Is our planet actually dying, as some scientists suggest? About that, they are correct. That’s the nature of our fallen planet. Yet God is going to bring it back to perfection.
One thing is for certain: God’s going to shut heaven again. When you see it happen, don’t blame carbon dioxide. Blame man’s disobedience of God’s ways, and get down on your knees in humility and pray for forgiveness.
We're not aware that Farah has ever dropped to his knees and prayed for forgiveness from God for disobeying His ways by using WND as a vehicle for peddling lies about Barack Obama and Seth Rich, among others.
MRC Leaders Whine About Obamas Making Money Topic: Media Research Center
WorldNetDailiy's Joseph Farah isn't the only ConWeb figure feeling more than a little envious and jealous about Michelle Obama's new book being so successful. The Media Research Center's Tim Graham and Brent Bozell bitterly complain in their Nov. 24 column:
Michelle Obama has a new memoir out called Becoming. Add two words: “Very Wealthy.” The Obamas struck a reported $65 million book deal for his-and-hers memoirs, and put that next to their $50 million production deal with Netflix. They are set to cash in to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. One outlet has called them a "Billion Dollar Brand." None of their media sycophants media find this the tiniest bit controversial. They are the royal family. They cannot possibly be compensated enough.
(Trump's wealth? Wealth generated by a lifetime of work in the private sector? Unacceptable.)
We don't recall these two complaining about Ronald Reagan cashing in after his presidency by getting paid $2 million for a speech and other activities in Japan.
Graham and Bozell then descend into their usual whataboutism by grousing that Republican first ladies didn't get this kind of positive media coverage. Of course, Michelle Obama didn't put up blood-red Christmas trees in the White House.