NewsBusters Blogger Defends Author's Dubious Claim About MLK Topic: NewsBusters
Clay Waters complains in a June 5 NewsBusters post:
The New York Times suddenly distrusts left-wing scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning Martin Luther King Jr. biographer David Garrow. Why? Because the scholar unearthed F.B.I archives suggesting the civil rights icon once laughed along as a colleague raped a woman in his presence in a hotel.
Garrow’s bombshell piece was rejected by many news outlets, including the Times (which actually ran an pre-emptive op-ed against it, evidently before the paper’s skeptical news piece was even posted). It was eventually picked up by the British magazine Standpoint.
While Garrow relied on summaries of wiretaps, not the original tapes, which are sealed until 2027, he argued there is no obvious reason to embellish such details, since such records would not have been expected to have any public or historical value.
First: Waters provides no evidence to back up his claim that Garrow is a "left-wing scholar" -- instead, he seems to boost the opposite view by noting that "his biographies have become more critical of liberal heroes." Second: As we've documented when WorldNetDaily similarly latched onto Garrow's claim, there is plenty of reason to suspect a claim might be "embellished": The FBI was engaged in a disinformation war against King at the time of the illicit bugging incident Garrow documented. Garrow is relying only a summary of a wiretap; the tapes themselves are under seal until 2027.
Waters then complained that the Times article "threw in some extraneous personal attacks against Garrow" by noting Garrow's alleged mistreatment of his co-workers. As if NewsBusters' publisher, the Media Research Center, has never leveled much more personal attacks on its most despised targets.
Cody Leach started off a June 3 CNSNews.com blog post in mostly promising fashion, reporting that "Conservative comedian Steven Crowder has found himself under investigation by YouTube after accusations of racism and homophobia surfaced over the weekend from Vox host Carlos Maza, who hosts the media literacy series “Strikethrough.”
But Leach then drops the ball, noting that Maza said that "dvery single video" Crowder made purporting to debunk his series "has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity" -- but then doesn't cite any examples, stating only that Maza's allegation was followed by "a long string of tweets."
In fact, Maza detailed that Crowder has mocked him as a "lispy queer" and worn a "Socialism Is For Fags" T-shirt during his anti-Maza attacks, as well as attacking his ethnicity by calling him a "anchor baby," and that Crowder's followers have doxxed him. Maza also stated that his ire is mostly targeted at YouTube for not enforcing its anti-harassment policies against Crowder, which he claimed was out of fear that it "get them accused on anti-conservative bias."
Instead, Leach played into that right-wing narrative -- which CNS' owner, the Media Research Center, pushes despite the fact it's not actually true -- by uncritically allowing Crowder to play the victim, writing that Crowder "tweeted a video with the caption “Vox is trying to ban my channel.” The tweet was followed by several tweets and retweets of similar content." Leach weirdly didn't quote from Crowder's video either.
Also weirdly, neither Leach nor anyone else at CNS has done a follow-up on this story. YouTube has since demonetized Crowder's videos, meaning he can no longer make money off them though he is still allowed to post them.
MRC Shouts 'Pedophilia!' At Snapchat Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center knows a good, inflammatory narrative when it sees one, and it saw a huge one it could smear Snaspchat with, as Corinne Weaver detailed in a June 3 post:
A tech company has made a disturbing statement during the left-centric “Pride Month.”
For Snapchat, the LGBTQ might also include pedophiles. In the campaign for “Love Has No Labels” held by Snapchat, one of the options wasa “Love Has No Age” filter. While this filter appears to be defunct as of June 3, conservatives on Twitter pointed out the option over the weekend of June 1-2. Twitter user Ashley St. Clair posted a video of herself with the “Love has No Age” filter.
The filter had the options to say that love had no gender, race, or religion, as part of the mass-marketed Pride Month that infiltrates businesses and social media in June. But age did not seem to fit in the list, unless it was meant to justify pedophilia.
Needless to say, Weaver offered no actual evidence that Snapchat intended the filter to "justify pedophilia." Instead, she smeared Snapchat further, asserting that it "has a reputation for enabling pedophiles on the app," again baselessly portraying Snapchat as deliberately catering to pedophiles.
Such claims could be legally actionable of they cannot be proven, -- indeed, Weaver indeed provides no evidence for her suggestion that Snapchat is deliberately enabling pedophiles. The MRC might want to have a chat with a libel lawyer about this.
WND Calls Woman The 'British Ann Coulter,' Like That's A Good Thing Topic: WorldNetDaily
An anonymously written June 9 WorldNetDaily article touts, under the headline "'British Ann Coulter' to speak in U.S.":
Katie Hopkins, the British media personality whose unabashed defense of European civilization makes her a constant target of scorn, is scheduled to speak in central Connecticut on June 19.
A documentary filmmaker, author and columnist, she warned at a forum last year at CPAC that American is in danger of becoming like Western Europe.
“Do not become us. Do not let yourselves fall as the U.K. has fallen,” she said.
There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required. Due to security concerns, the venue, near Hartford, will be disclosed on June 18 or the morning of June 19 to those who register.
Weirdly, the article never quotes anyone calling Hopkins the "British Ann Coulter" -- that claim only appears in the headline.
Of course, the whole "unabashed defense of European civilization" thing is a dogwhistle for hating Muslims, not that WND will honestly tell you that; it does obliquely hint at it by claiming that Hopkins' talk will address "the immediate threats the mass immigration of people who refuse to assimilate pose to families," specifically migrants with "mostly with low educational qualifications and with a different cultural background." And a quick Google search reveals that Hopkins somehow manages to be even worse than Coulter.
She's so hateful that the notoriously right-wing (and notoriously less-than-factual) Daily Mail dropped Hopkins as a columnist after she called for a "final solution" after a bombing in Manchester by a radical Islamist killed 22 people. She also was ordered to pay $164,000 in damages and legal costs to a food writer whom she libeled by falsely claiming she supported the defacing of a war memorial.She has since declared herself insolvent.
Which begs the question of how Hopkins can afford a transatlantic flight if she's broke. Too bad WND doesn't have any reporters to check that out.
MRC's Graham Spins for Trump: 'He Meant 'Nasty' In A Good Way! Topic: Media Research Center
How in the tank is the Media Research Center for President Trump? It's even trying to explain away his description of Meagan Markle as "nasty."
Tim Graham (of course) complained in a June 1 post that "CNN and others leaped at the chance to exaggerate comments by President Trump about Meghan Markle, the former American actress who married Prince Harry and is now known as the Duchess of Sussex." But Trump did, in fact, say of Markle that "I didn't know that she was nasty" -- no exaggeration necessary.
And here's the way Graham goes into cleanup mode: "It's not misquoting the president to say he called Markle nasty (or her comments nasty). But it was clear from the exchange that he had no ill will toward the duchess at this point."
See? Trump meant "nasty" in a good way! It's all about context!
This, by the way, from the same guy who gets hypocritically gets mad when journalists put the words of non-conservative politicians in context when it serves his right-wing agenda not to do so.
And it wouldn't be Graham without a dose of irrelevant whataboutism: "Obama brought the Queen of England an iPod with his speeches on it, and the pro-Obama media didn't blink." But Graham's sudden concern for context evaporated just as suddenly -- the iPod also contained a selection of Broadway show tunes (to accompany another gift, a songbook signed by Broadway composer Richard Rodgers) and video of the queen's 2007 visit to the U.S.
And, of course, Obama never referred to any member of the royal family as "nasty" -- not even in a way that could be taken out of context.
CNS' Jeffrey Still Won't Blame Trump For Record Federal Spending, Deficit Topic: CNSNews.com
We'vedocumented how CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey is highly reluctant to single out President Trump for blame President Trump and the Republicans who control the federal government for record federal deficits, even though he showed little reluctance in blaming Democrats when President Obama was in office. Jeffrey expressed more of that blame-free outrage in a June 12 article:
For the first time in the history of the United States, the federal government has spent more than $3 trillion in the first eight months of the fiscal year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
The record $3,013,541,000,000 that the federal government spent in October through May of fiscal 2019 was $181,157,920,000 more than the previous record of $2,832,383,080,000 (in constant May 2019 dollars) that the federal government spent in October through May of fiscal 2009.
As before, the words "Trump" and "Republican" appear nowhere in Jeffrey's article. And as before, Jeffrey tried to take some of the implicit heat off Trump by including a picture of him with Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
This time around, though, Jeffrey left off the tag about CNS' economic reporting being "funded in part with a gift made in memory of Dr. Keith C. Wold." Maybe the Wold family got tired of their name being attached to such dishonest reporting?
MRC's Philbin Plays Sorry/Not Sorry Over AOC Insult, Suggests She Deserves Hate Topic: Media Research Center
When a minor-league baseball team showed a video during a Memorial Day game that showed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among the "enemies of freedom," most people cried foul. The Media Research Center's Matt Philbin did too -- well, kinda.
Philbin asserted in a May 29 post that "for once, Ocasio-Cortez and her media enthusiasts are right to cry, just not for the reasons they think." When one writer pointed out that she is "a regular target of criticism by right-wing media and GOP officials," Philbin sneered: "That’s certainly the way AOC sees things." Philbin then switched into sorry/not sorry mode, suggesting that, just maybe, she deserves all the hate right-wingers like him send her way:
Ocasio-Cortez has made herself the mouthpiece for a fundamentally un-American ideology, one that has a track record of failure, misery and, in may cases, tyranny. She has regularly said the kind of things (untrue, extreme, ignorant) that get the media howling when Donald Trump says them.
Obviously, it’s horrible that she gets threats, and the authorities should track them and punish the criminals who make them. There’s gotta be a special place in hell for those who make threatening phone calls. But Twitter isn’t a nice place. Unfortunately, to take and defend a controversial position on social media is to stir up the fever swamp and poke at things -- left and right -- better left on the bottom. And that goes for everybody.
The Grizzlies apologized to Ocasio-Cortez. That’s nice. More important, the team apologized to the ones who really deserve it: the fans who came to the park for some baseball and got politics. They could stay home and watch Fox or CNN for that. Memorial Day should be observed at ballparks and arenas across the country, but it shouldn’t be an opportunity to score political points. No entertainment event should be. So Grizzlies, shut up and hit the ball.
Philbin continued his sorry/not sorry act two days later in a post attacking another writer, this time Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell, for pointing out the insult, which included a copy-and-paste from his earlier post:
To be clear, a video -- any video -- insulting any political figure should never have run at a ballpark, Memorial Day or not. Because nobody should have politics intrude on their day at the game. If they want partisan hackery mixed in with their sports, they can stay home and watch ESPN -- or read the Post sports page. As for the content, is it hate speech? Not really. Is it an “implicit incitement to violence,” as Boswell condemns it? No. It’s an over-the-top and debatable description of her policy stance. Ocasio-Cortez has made herself the mouthpiece for a fundamentally un-American ideology, one that has a track record of failure, misery and, in may cases, tyranny. Americans still, thankfully, have an innate distrust of socialism.
And to show how much Philbin opposes politics in sports, he used his ostenible sports-themed post to attack "the left" for having "eschewed overt patriotism, and at various times embraced socialism, apologized for communism, and loudly denounced the history of America and the rest of the West." He went on to whine that "I eagerly await [Boswell's] reaction column to the next Emmy’s or Oscars, or whichever is the next entertainment awards show festival of hate for Trump and other Republicans. Should be an enlightening read."
May was a month that was bad enough for employment that even CNS couldn't put a pro-Trump spin on it. Susan Jones' lead story was relatively dire:
Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 75,000 in May, below expectations, and the unemployment rate remained at its 50-year low of 3.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised down from +189,000 to +153,000, and the change for April was revised down from +263,000 to +224,000. With those revisions, employment gains in March and April combined were 75,000 less than previously reported.
Jones did, however, work in some spin in claiming that "The number of employed Americans, which has set 18 records so far in the Trump presidency, increased by 113,000 month-to-month, totaling 156,758,000 in May.
It was left to others to cherry-pick numbers to spin. Editor in chief Terry Jeffrey touted how "Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 3,000 from April to May ... the largest number of manufacturing jobs the U.S. economy has sustained since December 2008," but in another sidebar he complained that the number of federal employees had risen to "the highest level since President Barack Obama left office."
Craig Bannister, meanwhile, was left to promote how "The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor force held steady at its record low of 4.2% in May."
Newsmax Columnist Not That Big on Diversity Topic: Newsmax
In a June 3 Newsmax column complaining about a court ruling that allows transgender students to use the bathroom that fits their gender identity, Christine Flowers complains that we now have to consider theneeds of people who are different than her:
Now, we’re all about celebrating identity and diversity. Some people are elated that we’ve left behind what they think of as prejudice and intolerance, while others are nostalgic for a past when children were allowed to be children and didn’t have to deal with who they were, who they loved, and what “Drag Queen Story Hour” is all about.
Increasingly, the people who long for a simpler time are called bigots, and their voices are silenced by social ostracism, and sometimes lawsuits.
Well, yes, if you try to frame bigotry as "longing for a simpler time," there's a good chance you'll be called a bigot. She concluded by huffing:
Here’s the reality: Some children are still figuring out their identities, and need to be treated compassionately. But, in my opinion, tending to their needs should not come at the expense of kids who don’t deserve to be called bigots just because they want to go to the bathroom without making a political statement.
Flowers doesn't understand that transgender students would also like to go to be bathroom without making a political statement, and sometimes lawsuits are the only way to accomplish that.
NEW ARTICLE: LGBT-Bashing To The Max Topic: Media Research Center
Mysterious Media Research Center sports blogger Jay Maxson has a particular dislike for gays and transgender community -- and he (or she) really hates Caitlyn Jenner, so much that the MRC had to delete one of his Jenner-bashing posts. Read more >>
An anonymously written May 30 WorldNetDaily article intoned:
Twitter news aggregator Twitchy has caught socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., flashing the “white power symbol.”
You remember, that symbol that got a Chicago Cubs fan banned from the team’s stadium for life.
It was Ashley StClair who posted the image of Cortez online, asking, “Why did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flash a white power symbol on her livestream last night?”
And Twitter users HillReporter provided the image for which a Cubs fan was banned from Wrigley Field.
JWF even provided an earlier image of Cortez, with apparently the same symbol.
Twitchy reported some news outlets find the gesture so extreme that they pixelate it.
It’s just the latest controversy surrounding the newcomer to Congress from New York.
Except for one thing: WND -- and Twitchy -- apparently got played.
WND lifted its article from the right-wing attack site Twitchy, which similarly published screenshots taken from Twitter of Ocasio-Cortez out of context to also declare that "according to the MSM," she was flashing a "white power symbol." Twitchy writer "Greg P." went on to chortle: "Or maybe it's the symbol for wokeness? HA HA!"
Both Twitchy and WND fell for a big trolling operation created by posters at a comment board called 4chan, which decided to push the idea that the OK symbol was secretly a white power symbol in a way that would force media outlets to cover it.
WND botching this story doesn't exactly inspire confidence that its reporting should be taken seriously.
MRC Opposes Using Correct Scientific Terminology Regarding Abortion Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is so anti-science -- and so anti-abortion -- that it objects when news organizations correctly use scientific terms when discussing it.
Tim Graham raged in a May 21 post about NPR's correct use of the term "fetus" to describe an unborn child:
Ramesh Ponnuru at National Review pointed out that NPR standards-and-practices guru Mark Memmott issued a new memo -- a "guidance reminder" -- instructing his taxpayer-funded staff how their language on abortion should not concede anything to "antiabortion groups." It isn't about objectivity. It's about using language to shift public opinion.
According to NPR, Memmott is "charged with cultivating an ethical culture throughout our news operation." Unbelievably, this memo is summarized as "We need to be precise, accurate and neutral."
It's fascinating that liberals who are so exquisitely sensitive about the dignity and humanity of the "illegal immigrant" -- don't use that term! -- or the people denying their gender "assigned at birth" can so easily dehumanize babies with the term "fetus," which we've called the F-bomb of abortion terms.
Graham links back to a 2008 column he ghost-wrote for his boss, Brent Bozell, that did indeed rant about that scientifically accurate term because it doesn't jibe with the anti-abortion narrative:
What a cold, humanity-negating word that is. Happy pregnant women carry "babies." But indecisive or panicked pregnant women carry a "fetus." How discriminatory that sounds in regard to an innocent human life.
"Fetus" has a dictionary definition: the young of a mammal that resembles its parents in physical form, in our case, a human with hands and feet and eyes and a beating heart. But to our media and political analysts, it has a different definition: a subhuman appendage, a disposable mass of tissue, a slave to our whims, and too often, a casualty of our irresponsibility.
Our media elite prides itself on an official or unofficial policy of not using insulting or offensive terms about women or minorities in its daily news content. It’s about time they took the same approach to the unborn baby, and nixed the word "fetus" as too demeaning of human life.
Yes, the MRC actually demanded that a word be banned for political reasons.
Graham went on to grouse about the NPR's guidance on the the anti-abortion crowd's new obsession, the "fetal heartbeat"; NPR advised putting it in quotes and accurately noted that at six weeks into a pregnancy, when the supposed heartbeat can be detected, it is not yet a fetus but an embryo. Graham sneered: "Apparently it should be the "embryo heartbeat" law?"
Graham also mocked the death of abortion provider George Tiller, who was killed by an anti-abortion activist 10 years ago (which Graham didn't mention). He declared: "Personally, I think we should just refer to abortion doctors as 'assault weapons.'"
Graham raged further against correct scientific terminology in a June 1 post regarding the whole "fetal heartbeat" thing. This time, the target is the New York Times and Wired for inconveniently pointing out not only that a fetus at six weeks is an embryo, there is no heart to speak of at that stage, just "embryonic pulsing" of what eventually develops into the heart.
Aiden Jackson used a June 6 post to uncritically quote Fox News' Tucker Carlson attacking the Times for using that scientifially accurate terminology -- or, as Jackson put it, "manipulating language" -- ominously adding, "The movement to suppress dissent from any views that are contrary to the liberal media is well under way." As if the MRC's goal wasn't to suppress dissent from any views that are contrary to right-wing orthodoxy.
Jorge Plaza followed in a June 7 post bashing the Guardian for accurate terminology, which it says is "in line with the view of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest professional organization for doctors specializing in women’s health." Plaza's response was to attempt an anti-abortion mini-lecture presented as whataboutism:
Despite its claims, The Guardian is not actually committed to total medical accuracy. U.S. editor-in-chief John Mulholland stated, “We want to avoid medically inaccurate, misleading language when covering women’s reproductive rights.” But the term “women’s reproductive health” makes no medical sense as a substitute for “abortion.” Pregnancy is not a disease. An abortion does not restore a woman’s health (except in exceptionally rare cases); an abortion always kills a human being.
The Guardian, The New York Times, and NPR were truly committed to purging medically inaccurate, political jargon, they would refrain from calling abortions “reproductive health” and pro-abortion rights groups “pro-choice.” But, not only do they persistently use these euphemisms, they advertise them. To them, “abortion” is a dirty word that should be avoided at all costs. After all, the word “abortion” brings up grotesque mental images of what the procedure entails -- images that are harmful to the “pro-choice” cause.
The Guardian’s terminology isn’t to promote accurate reporting but to dehumanize unborn life. Though this has been the liberal media’s agenda for years, NPR and The Guardian have made it plain and clear by publishing their guidelines. They have proved our long-held suspicions.
And the MRC confirms our long-held suspicions that it cares more about scoring political points than accuracy or "media research."
WND's Massie Joins The Divine-Donald Bandwagon Topic: WorldNetDaily
We were surprised that among the many WorldNetDaily writers and columnists who found divine will in the election of Donald Trump, Mychal Massie was not one of them. Until now.
Massie's June 3 column is mostly his usual rant against anyone who's not as right-wing as him, including shots at Colin Kaepernick, public schools, the LGBT community ("The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to never destroy the earth again by water; it isn’t a sign to be stolen by homosexuals and promoted as the approval symbol of debauchery and sexual sin") and any business that doesn't spew the same vicious hat at the LGBT community thathe does.
He also targeted Christians who fail to hate those who are LGBT as much as he does: "Churches today believe themselves to be making magnanimous statements of love and inclusiveness when they ordain homosexuals and install as pastors homosexuals, lesbians and those who have had themselves butchered in the convoluted belief that they are becoming another sex."
Massie concluded his column by revealing who he thinks his real savior is: "I believe God has given us a window of reprieve through President Trump. But this moment is only of value if we repent and say no to sinful machinations."
If Massie uses this opportunity to repent his own extensive history of hate and lies, we might believe him.
CNS Attacks Judge As Too Old Because Of A Ruling It Didn't Like Topic: CNSNews.com
Most anonymously written CNSNews.com articles -- credited only to "CNSNews.com Staff" -- are innocuous, generally serving up a straight quote of political figures. A May 29 article, though, may very well lacking a byline because no CNS writer wanted to put their name on an article attacking a judge as too old because he issued a ruling CNS bigwigs didn't like. Here's how it starts:
Judge William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, who is now 92 years old, yesterday that says women have a constitutional right to abort an unborn baby specifically because of the baby’s sex, race or disability.
Bauer, who was appointed to the appeals court by President Gerald Ford in 1974, published the opinion on April 19, 2018—when he was 91.
The focus on Bauer's age was no passing mention. The anonymous CNS writer highlighted Bauer's background, further emphasizing his age:
The biography of Judge William J. Bauer posted online by the Federal Judicial Center (and linked to the webpage of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit) says he was born in 1926 in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune published a profile of Judge Bauer in 1988 that noted his birthday was Sept. 15, 1926.
Bauer, according to the biography, graduated from Elmhurst College in 1949 and from DePaul University College of Law in 1952. President Richard Nixon nominated him as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1971. President Gerald Ford nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1974.
Since 1994—a quarter of a century ago—Bauer has been serving in “senior status” on the appeals court.
The article concludes with an explanation from a federal court website of "what it means to be a judge on 'senior status.'"
Unmentioned is the fact that, regardless of Bauer's age, the judge's ruling is apparently legally sound enough that even a conservative-leaning Supreme Court let it stand.
That's called media bias. Tha fact that the writer is hiding behind a generic byline simply means we can blame the entire CNS staff for that bias.
Newsmax's Kessler Keeps Shilling For Trump Topic: Newsmax
In April, Trump-fluffing author Ronald Kessler wrote for Newsmax a defense of President Trump over Robert Mueller's investigation, insisting (falsely) that Trump really didn't mean it when he said "the Russia thing" prompted him to fire then-FBI director James Comey. Kessler took another crack at it in his May 30 column, raging at Mueller:
With his confusing, contradictory, and ever-changing comments about the results of his investigation of President Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a mockery of the criminal justice system.
In that system, there is no place for concluding that the subject of an investigation is not criminally charged but is not exonerated. To say, “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so” makes as much sense as saying, “The moon could be made of blue cheese, we just don’t know.”
In fact, Mueller very clearly explained that because of the Justice Department's policy against indicting a sitting president, he did not consider whether the evidence rose to a crime but pointed out that the evidence was not exculpatory.
Most of the rest of Kessler's column is devoted to rehashing his bogus insistence that the "counterintelligence investigation that specifically targeted Trump after he fired James Comey as FBI director was based on false pretenses," complaining that "by unfairly impugning President Trump, Mueller ended his otherwise sterling career with a travesty while ignoring an abuse of the FBI’s authority the likes of which we have not seen since the Hoover days." A bigger travesty than Kessler starting out as a journalist and ending up a right-wing, pro-Trump shill?