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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
MRC's Graham Grouses That Right-Wing Media Were Called Out For Trying To Discredit True Rape Story
Topic: Media Research Center

We've documented how the Media Research Center tried to pretend that it didn't try to push the right-wing narrative that the story of of a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio who had to go to Indiana for an abortion was a hoax. That denial continued in Tim Graham's July 18 podcast, in which he whined that it was pointed out that Republicans "were trying to make hay of it" by pretending it wasn't true until they couldn't, then made the doctor who performed the abortion the bad guy. First, he whined that a Republican governor was questioned about not allowing rape execptions in her state

Excuse me? The Republicans were the ones to make hay out of it? This started with media jerks like Dana Bash on CNN throwing this in the face of Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, pushing and pushing and pushing and shaming -- without a rape exception for abortion, you're making this fourth-grader carry a pregnancy to term. Now, Noem did a decent job trying to sort of fending this off by turning it around and saying, well, why don't we focus our outrage on the abortion -- or on the rapist, why aren't you focused on the rapist and not on the child, and she was like oh, yes, of course, you know. But this is the game: A pro-abortion journalist like Dana Bash is all about shaming and shaming and shaming, and they have no shame about killing the baby. There's no shame for that! At any point or for any reason, there's no extreme. And yet the Republcians are the ones making hay?

Graham switched his whining target to Fox News for not talking about abortion enough: "Fox News is squishy on abortion. Fox News has been eternally squishy on abortion." Finally, he got around to addressing how right-wingers desperately tried to discredit what was ultimately a true story, whining that "hack" Bill Carter called them out and that they aren;t interested in correcting the record:

Fact check false! Right-wing media never, ever wants to acknowlege they're wrong? Earth to Billy Carter: My work principle is, don't say "ever" or "never" unless you can back it up. To say the whole right-wing media do not ever want to acknowledge they're wrong ever -- Fox News corrects things, NewsBusters corrects things. I had one a few years ago where NPR and PBS had done a poll on the approval for Black Lives Matter, and the nubmers were 50 percent and 33 percent, and I got it wrong. I said 33 percent approve of Black Lives Matter, 50 percent disapprove. I had it exactly wrong, so we corrected it and I put on Twitter I corrected it, OK? So that happens. I'm not proud of that. Nobody want to have to correct something when you get something that obviously factually wrong, but everybody should.

NewsBusters may correct some "obviously factually wrong" but certainly not all of them. Nicholas Fondacaro's falsehoods remain uncorrected, for example, and the MRC still has never told its readers that the 2016 Fox News story it heavily hyped about Hillary Clinton's purportedly imminent indicted was retracted. What Graham didn't do, however, is acknowledge that right-wing media got it wrong in trying to discredit the story, nor did he point to any corrections made by those who pushed that false narrative.

Graham went to his old whataboutism warhorse: "Conservative media doesn't have a worse record on this than liberal media, OK? CNN's been pretty bad at corrections for decades." He then whined about being called out for advancing the hoax narrative, grudigngly offered a non-apology for advancing the narrative -- and, even worse, has to defend the hated Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler because his initial non-confirmation of the story fed the narrative:

One perpetual malcontent tweeted at me, 'Where's your correction and apology for falsely dismissing as a hoax the story of a 10-year-old girl was raped and had to get an abortion?" So clarify as I did on Twitter. I never said the story was a hoax, I never said the story was fake. I did say it seemed too good to check when President Biden pounced on this story. That caused Washington Post Glenn Kessler to do a fact-check. What he found was the Indianapolis Star reporter clammed up. The abortionist didn't want to talk. It looked suspect. So now it's confirmed, in part because of the pressure from Kessler and others. And so I'm sorry for the victim that this story is true.


Now, we know a Fox News host did say the word "fake," that it was made up, some used the word "hoax" -- and that, of course, is a favorite Brian Stelter word, he called the entire Fox News Channel a hoax, that was the title of his book. Now, if one of us said this story might be fake, that's not the same. That's speculating, which is pretty much what cable news does 24/7. So Glenn Kessler should not be dissed for attempting to verify a story. That's what journalists do.

Graham then went on his old tirade about how fact-checkers purportedly only fact-check conservatives. But he didn't note where that unnamed Fox News host corrected the record. Indeed, Graham spent much more time whining that his fellow right-wing media members were called out for pushing a false narrative (and that a "malcontent" on Twitter was criticizing him for his role) than demonstrating how they acted in any sort of responsible manner by correcting the record. That's a massive "media research" failure.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, September 4, 2022 10:36 PM EDT
WND Whines About State Crackdown On COVID Disinformation
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Bob Unruh spent a June 26 article complaining that a state wants to shut down disinformation about COVID vaccines:

California is threatening to punish any physician who dissents from the approved medical agenda regarding COVID, according to a warning from Aaron Kheriaty, a former professor at the UCI School of Medicine and now a senior scholar at the Brownstone Institute.

He explained in an online commentary that he soon will be testifying at a state Senate committee hearing on the legislature's AB 2098.

It would "give the [state] medical board the authority to punish any physicians who challenge the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines."

Those, of course, have been blamed for countless serious side effects, such as heart problems in young men who take the experimental shots.

Unruh didn't mention why Kheriaty is a former professor at the University of California at Irvine: he refused to get vaccinated as the university system required, and no legitimate medical authority recommends deliberately catching COVID to confer the "natural immunity" Kheriaty claimedwas better than getting vaccinated.It has since been shown that vaccination on top of a previous infection may be better than infection alone. Also, Unruh is lying by continuing to claim the vaccines are "experimental"; both the Pfizer/BoNTech and Moderna vaccines have been fully approved by the FDA.

The Brownstone Institute, by the way, is run by the same folks who put forward the Great Barrington Declaration, the anti-vaxx-adjacent document that pushed dangerous "herd immunity" before COVID vaccines were developed.

Because Kheriaty is a fellow anti-vaxxer, Unruh devotes space to him to spread his conspiracy theories:

He said the plan is to "enshrine in law" those "scientific" conclusions including those about the shots that are "highly dubious."

For example, he cited the claims that COVID has claimed the lives of 6 million worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control shows "that unvaccinated individuals are at a risk of dying from COVID-19 that is 11 times greater than those who are fully vaccinated."

Third, there's the claim that the "safety and efficacy" of the shots has been "confirmed through evaluation by the federal Food and Drug Administration…"

He warned that all three assumptions are "demonstrably false."

Unruh also gave Kheriaty space to falsely conflate changes in care as doctors learned how to treat a novel virus with his own less-than-credible anti-vaxxer fantasies:

He cited the fact that COVID public health recommendations have changed over and over, sometimes from month to month.

"It was frontline ICU physicians who discovered and spoke out about bad outcomes when patients were prematurely placed on ventilators. This shifted the consensus in the direction of avoiding ventilation as much as possible. Likewise, it was frontline physicians who discovered that placing covid patients face-down in the prone position while they were ventilated could improve outcomes, challenging another consensus. Both of these advances came by way of challenging the way things were currently being done. Other physicians challenged the early consensus, which did not recommend the use of steroids to treat Covid. Eventually, this dissenting opinion gained ground and now represents conventional thinking: corticosteroids for critically ill covid patients are now standard care," he said.

You wil not be surprised to learn that Unruh did not allow anyone to respond to Kheriaty's rantings.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:48 PM EDT
Newsmax Cranks Out Even More Trump Stenography
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax has long been a servile stenographer for Donald Trump, and it did so again, and it was quite busy on a period of a few days in July. Trump spoke in Arizona on July 22, and the stenography from Sandy Fitzgerald came hot ahd heavy:

Fitzgerald made no effort to fact-check anything Trump said.

For Trump's July 23 speech at the Turning Point USA convention in Tampa, Newsmax writer Eric Mack dutifully cranked out his share of stenography:

Mack also did stenography for the Trumpier of the convention's speakers, gushing in one article that "Firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., blasted abortion activists in a rant sure to raise dander of his political opponents and has raised calls for canceling by liberal activists on Twitter" by "call[ing] abortion activists overweight, unattractive, and very unlikely to need an abortion." No mention, of course, that Gaetz is currently under investigation for alleged sex trafficking and having sex with an underage girl.

Mack followed up with at July 25 article cheering how "Trump (78.7%) trounced DeSantis (19%) by nearly 60 points in the Tampa, Florida, weekend conference's straw poll conducted," taking a shot at the person perceived to be Trump's greatest competition in 2024: "As hard as it is to find a 2024 Republican presidential primary poll that favors Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, it is equally difficult to find a poll that favored former President Donald Trump more than Turning Point Action's straw poll."

As with Fitzgerald, there were no fact-checks of Trump to be found anywhere in Mack's work.

The apparently unironically named Charlie McCarthy wrote a July 25 article on how Trump "will return to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for the first time since leaving office" to give "a keynote speech at the America First Agenda Summit," desperately trying to portray Trump as a serious policy guy despite all evidence to the contrary:

While Democrats in Congress remain focused on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, former Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday's speech will allow Trump to look forward and explain how a second term as president would benefit the nation.


Before the 2020 election, Trump's team composed a two-page policy agenda document titled "Vision 2025" — which was reviewed by Politico — that outlined what would be accomplished by the end of 2024, under the subhead: "renewed, restored, rebuilt." The election results, however, ended those plans.

Trump's former domestic policy adviser Brooke Rollins told Politico that Trump's speech would represent a "State of the Union 5.0."

McCarthy devoted a second article to touting how Newsmax was going to air the speech. For the speech itself, Mack again did the stenography duties:

Again, there was no fact-checking to be found.

And if that wasn't enough Trump fawming, a July 27 article by McCarthy uncritically parroted the latest Trump rantings on his social media site. Sadly, we expect nothing less (and nothing more) from Newsmax.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:20 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 1:34 PM EDT
CNS Attacks Durbin's Change Of Heart On Abortion -- But Censors His Defense

Anti-abortion obsessive Terry Jeffrey used his July 12 column to attack Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin for having changed from opposing abortion to becoming pro-choice. He first referenced a letter Durbin had sent to a local anti-abortion group in 1989 outlining his opposition to the procedure, then complained:

Since his election to the Senate in 1996, Durbin has voted against the confirmation of each of the four Supreme Court nominees who eventually joined Justice Clarence Thomas (confirmed in 1991) in overturning Roe. These included Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

This week, Durbin held a hearing in the Judiciary Committee, where he condemned the court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

At this hearing, he euphemistically referred to abortions as "reproductive health care choices" and declared them "a constitutionally protected right."

"This case represents the first time in America's history that the Supreme Court has revoked a constitutionally protected right," Durbin said.

"As a result," he said, "a woman's personal decision to make her own reproductive health care choices is no longer protected or guaranteed by the Constitution."

"We know the Republican plan: win control of Congress and impose a federal ban on abortion," Durbin said. "Democrats have a different plan: protect your rights by enshrining in (to) law a federal statutory right to an abortion.

"A woman's choice to get an abortion is her choice alone," he said.

Jeffrey went on to piously lecture Durbin:

The truth is that choosing an abortion does not involve just one human being. It involves one human being deliberately choosing to take the life of another.

Durbin apparently knew that 40 years ago, when he opposed abortion. He apparently knew it 30 years ago, when he still opposed abortion. Could he have really decided — as a grown man serving in the United States Senate in the closing years of the 20th century — that an unborn child is not really an unborn child?

If anything, technological developments in the decades since Durbin led those anti-abortion demonstrations at the Illinois Capitol have made it more obvious that an unborn human being is precisely that: a human being.

Perhaps Durbin — as a member of a pro-abortion rights political party — has chosen the pursuit of power over the pursuit of truth.

But Jeffrey deliberately censored Durbin's reasons for changing his view on abortion -- even though he brought them up in the very hearing he was quoting Durbin speaking at, as a response to an anti-abortion Republican senator who brought up that letter. As a more thorough journalistic operation reported:

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailed his change of heart on abortion laws on Tuesday after GOP members of the committee pointed out his past desire to overturn Roe v. Wade. 


At the end of Tuesday’s hearing, Durbin told the committee and the panelists that the letter and his past views on abortion were not new but went on to explain how his mind had been changed on reproductive rights during a meeting with young people in Illinois.

“I sat down with two young women who were about to turn 18 — one a victim of incest, one a victim of rape — and they told me their stories. I didn’t ask them to, but they wanted to tell me. I left that meeting with a kind of understanding that I had never had before about the complexity of the decision behind the abortion procedure,” Durbin said. 

“I thought to myself, ‘As an individual member of Congress, are you ready to pass a law that applies to every woman in America?’ No. It really has to be her decision. And we can regulate it as we should, but at that point I made my break,” he added.

So much for Jeffrey's bogus speculation that Durbin changed his views for "the pursuit of power."

CNS wasn't done with Durbin yet, though. Jeffrey sent an intern to pester him about his change of heart for a July 29 article:

Sen. Dick Durbin, who famously switched from a pro-life position to a pro-choice position, was asked if he thought abortion involved moral questions, and he responded that it is “Certainly a moral question when we have a 10-year-old who's being raped and then told to carry the baby to term.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), “Senator, you said that you switched from your pro-life position to a pro-choice position in part because of cases of rape and incest. Would you support a ban on abortion that made exceptions for rape and incest?”

Sen. Durbin responded, “I learned a long time ago that this is a decision should be made by the wife, the woman, the doctor and the family.”

CNS News followed up, “Do you not think that there's any moral question involved?”

Durbin responded, “There's certainly a moral question when we have a 10-year-old who's being raped and then told to carry the baby to term. Yes, that's a moral question too.”

The intern linked back to Jeffrey's column, blandly referring to it only as "a recent CNS News commentary" -- but, unlike her boss, reported Durbin's own words on his change of heart. That's one of the few examples we've seen this summer of CNS interns who actually acted more like journlaists than partisan right-wing narrative-pushers.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 12:23 AM EDT
Monday, August 15, 2022
MRC Finishes Out Pride Month With More Drag Queen Hate
Topic: Media Research Center

We've shown how the Media Research Center has ramped up its hatred of drag queens, particularly during the first part of Pride Month in June. Let's see how the hate continued throughout the rest of the month, shall we?

As part of a hate-filled June 15 anti-LGBTQ rant about how the NFL is "a queer lesson in advanced decadence and wokeness," Jay Maxson whined:

Featuring rainbow “W” helmet logos, the Washington “Commandants” [sic] tweeted that Sunday’s spectacle in decadence was so much fun. Especially for young children, who were “treated” to drag queen story time. This kind of sordid event would make a welcome addition to the NFL’s “football is gay, lesbian, queer, transgender” campaign. 


What’s more, is the NFL’s partiality to sexual perversion is an in-your-face to those who don’t celebrate aberrant lifestyles and who do not want their young children exposed to it.

IN a June 17 post, Alex Christy complained that drag legend RuPaul pointed out the anti-drag obsession by right-wingers like him is (correctly, one might argue) seen as a diversion from gun violence that they are on the wrong side of:

For RuPaul, it isn’t a question of whether these events are to sexualized for children or promote gender confusion in easily impressible youth, but “this is a diversion tactic to do, take the narrative away from the gun debate into something to scare people into thinking about something else. And—and-- they've been successful. They have changed the narrative away from the gun debate into this drag queen thing.”

If you truly care about children, he continued, you’ll support gun control, “Say, y'all want to help your kids? Take away them guns. That will help them kids. And drag queens—drag queens-- ain't hurting nobody.”

Further wondering what the big deal was, he added, “These drag queens ain't hurting, you know, you're born naked and the rest is drag. Everybody is in drag, ok?”

Elise Ehrhard lashed out at fictional drag queens -- and fictional gay people in a June 20 post in the "sexually charged gay teen series" on Disney+, Love, Victor":

Disney should just rename Pride Month "Groomer Appreciation Month," because the third and final season of Love, Victor again promotes inappropriate interactions between minors and adults. It also insults the beliefs of major world religions and even makes a joke in one episode of risky homosexual promiscuity involving teen boys.

Previous seasons included high school minors going to adult gay bars and this season was no different. This time high school teenager Victor (Michael Cimino) meets his ex-boyfriend and fellow high schooler Benji (George Sear) for bingo night at a drag bar in the episode "Lucas and Diego."

Maxson returned -- and played dumb about who is really obsessed with drag queens -- in a June 22 post:

The left’s obsession with drag queens continued at recent pride night events hosted by the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. It’s just part of making the “right people” uncomfortable, SB Nation Outsports writer Ken Schultz said Tuesday.

“The drag gods have spoken," Schultz wrote. "And based on the Mets’ and Red Sox’ current records, they approve." 

The “right people” are those who attend sporting events to see athletic competition, not events sure to confuse the heck out of their impressionable children. And those like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who last week introduced a bill to protect children from drag queen story time, also tweeted that federal funding should be withheld from schools intentionally confusing children about gender and sexuality.


Schultz calls the drag queen events legitimate art. They are in reality further evidence of a declining culture. Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie has sunk to new lows - baseball, deviance and depravity. No, thank you.

Jorge Bonilla used a June 22 post to complain that a Miami Herald published an editorial pointing out Republican hypocrisy in demanding full parental authority over their children but threatening to jail parents who take their children to a family-friendly drag show, though he mostly tried to play gotcha that the the editorial didn't appear in the Spanish-language edition of the paper:

The primary reason behind this glaring omission is that running this editorial in Spanish would in fact expose Hispanics to the left’s ongoing attempts to normalize the attendance of children at sexually explicit drag shows. Good luck trying to explain to a socially conservative Hispanic family what the “it” is that “won’t lick itself”, or why they’re bigoted transphobes for believing that their grade-school children should neither be sexualized nor exposed to trans stripping. 

Bonilla didn't identify any example of "trans stripping" that any child was being exposed to. Still, he thought so much of his gotcha attempt that he also wrote his post in Spanish.

Gabriela Pariseau spent a June 23 post complaining that "Big Tech" is "censoring users who oppose the transgender narrative" and spreading "biological truth," also cheering that the notoriously anti-LGBT Libs of TikTok account targeted drag queens:

Libs of TikTok tweeted a “MEGA DRAG THREAD” exposing the proverbial sewage leftists have been trying to feed American youths this June. 

The thread featured pictures, videos and information highlighting events like drag queen story time at a Sudbury, Mass. preschool, a Dallas gay bar’s “Drag the Kids to Pride” event, Jasper, Ind.’s Pride in the Park event, which later canceled its “all ages” drag show, and many more similar school and library events. 

Twitter removed the thread and locked the user’s account for allegedly “violating our rules against abuse and harassment,” according to a screenshot tweeted by The Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillion.

"The transgender movement has no shame in attempting to indoctrinate children for its cause, and Big Tech has no qualms aiding and abetting," Pariseau ranted, demonstrating that she doesn't know the obvious difference getween a transgender person and a drag queen.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:47 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:42 PM EDT
WND Also Whined About Capitol Riot Hearings
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Like other ConWeb outlets, WorldNetDaily has done its share of whing about the House committee looking into the Capitol riot. Here's a few examples of the commentary WND has produced on it around the time of the first hearing:

While Trump-endorsed candidates win stunning primary victories in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Democrats and the liberal media go all out with a propaganda hearing of the Jan. 6 committee to air Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern. ABC, CBS, NBC and every other network except Fox gang up with the same futile goal: to try to stop one man, Donald Trump.

Americans have already heard and rejected the anti-Trumpers' fraudulent spin on last year's Jan. 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol, and the public has long since moved on. More Americans prefer Trump to Biden now, as we struggle to cope with the "Bidenflation," another foreign war and many other problems.

But rather than address real issues facing our country, Democrats and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., resort to their theater of the absurd. They will present their tedious, biased version of Jan. 6, while Tucker Carlson on Fox will compete with an honest explanation of what happened.

The U.S. Capitol is a public building, and video evidence shows that police officers opened an entrance to welcome the rally-goers inside on Jan. 6. Other video evidence shows uncharged individuals who infiltrated a peaceful crowd and incited confrontations that day, yet government witnesses refuse to explain the active role of government agents and informants.


The next witnesses at the upcoming J6 hearing should be the many innocent people who entered the Capitol to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. The public should hear about the toll the Deep State infringement on their constitutional rights has taken on them and their families.

A real hearing would invite testimony by Trump supporters abused in the D.C. Gulag, who could be brought into the hearing room in shackles and chains. Then the public would benefit from testimony by their family members about how difficult this ordeal has been for them.

-- Andy Schlafly, June 7 column

It's finally done a year and a half later.

The Democrats get a special prime-time to tell all their lies about the Jan. 6 "insurrection" at the Capitol, for as long as it takes.

Great propaganda, oozing with the feel of Watergate – except no meaningful dissent, no explanation of human-rights violations involving locking people up without a key, no discussion of the speedy-trial guarantee under the Constitution. There will be no truth about the coercion used against innocent Americans. There will be no mention of Nancy Pelosi's responsibility in setting up this charade. It will be a show trial – a first for America.

Yes, it will be an unpaid TV commercial for not allowing Donald Trump to run for president in 2024 – even though he was cheated out of a victory in 2020.

Blaming the victim – Trump and innocent Americans.

-- Joseph Farah, June 8 column

It is important to keep Rivera's Capone story disaster in perspective as on June 9 two major networks begin the first of six broadcasts that for all intents and purposes are nothing more than another publicity stunt – this one of a political nature. The broadcasts will focus on the conclusions of a Democratic partisan investigative committee – assisted by two anti-Donald Trump Republican members – from its hearings held on the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill.

-- James Zumwalt, June 8 column

Now you should be able to see how radical, extremist, fanatic and subversive the Jan. 6 Committee is.

Is this the way America is supposed to be? Is it the way committees of Congress are supposed to act? Is there any precedent for the behavior?

No. The Democrats and their RINO Republicans are desperately trying to hold on to a system of government that doesn't work. It's not supposed to work.

It's the difference between a dictatorship and a free republic on display.

What they won't tell you is the truth – about anything.


When about a million people came to Washington on Jan. 6 to express their clear convictions that they were robbed of their birthright, they are called "insurrectionists" – all of them.

Some are then enticed by government provocateurs to enter the "hallowed" halls of Congress. Most of then don't think they're breaking the law. They are actually invited in by overwhelmed Capitol Police. (You can view that in pictures and lots of video footage, but not on those carefully selected by the Jan. 6 Committee.)

It's a set-up. Get it?


What they will not tell the American people, no matter how long is goes on, is that Trump offered Nancy Pelosi and Washington's disgraceful Mayor Muriel Bowser at least 20,000 National Guardsmen to keep order at the Capitol that day. They turned it down! This is PROOF he did not plan the "insurrection." He tried to PREVENT it. Period. End of story,

-- Joseph Farah, June 13 column

Farah dropped several falsehoods in that last column:

  • Rally attendance was actually much closer to 10,000.
  • If rioters were "invited" to enter the capitol, why wwere Capitol Police fighting the rioters?
  • There is no evidence Trump made such an order, which means there is no evidence that Pelosi and Bowser "turned it down."

Meanwhile, a June 10 "news" article by Bob Unruh served up stenography of a Tucker Carlson segment claiming to claiming to identify "lies about Jan. 6."

Posted by Terry K. at 6:07 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2022 6:14 PM EDT
MRC Rushes To Defend GOP Congressman Accused Of Leading Surveillance Tour Of Capitol
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center rushed to defend a Republican congressman accused to leading a tour of the Capitol complex in which suspicious behavior occurred. In a June 15 post, Kevin Tober clung to a Capitol Police investigation that allegedly cleared Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of wrongdoing while downplaying additional evidence the committee released:

On Wednesday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Norah O’Donnell and congressional correspondent Seth MacFarlane erroneously linked Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk (GA) to an alleged advanced reconnaissance inside the Capitol building prior to the January 6 riots at the Capitol. This despite Capitol Police stating that nothing suspicious or out of the ordinary was spotted on surveillance cameras. 

Not letting facts get in the way, O’Donnell hyped the report claiming “there's some new developments in the January 6 investigation. The House Select Committee today released stunning new video that's raising questions about whether there was advanced reconnaissance inside the capitol the day before the insurrection.”

She then went to the January 6 obsessed MacFarlane who claimed “the committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol is focusing on the man in the gray sweatshirt. Seen on surveillance video taking photos of staircases and hallways in the Capitol complex on January 5, the day before the attack.” Adding that “a day later, they say he was recording this video amid a crowd marching to the capitol.”

Nicholas Fondacaro did the same thing in a post the next day:

With the Democrat-led January 6 Committee dredging up the long-debunked conspiracy theory that Republicans Congressman Barry Loudermilk (GA) was involved in helping the Capitol rioters plan the attack, ABC’s The View had all they needed to gaslight their viewers with lies and disinformation designed to smear Republicans. They even lashed out at the Capitol Police who exonerated Loudermilk after their own investigation found that neither he nor anyone in the tour group did anything wrong.

“So, Loudermilk insists, like last night, that the Capitol Police already investigated and found nothing shady, and he doubled down that it was just a wholesome family tour,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced in a mocking accent.

Following a soundbite of Loudermilk on Fox News explaining the nature of the tour group and how the Capitol Police had investigated and found no wrongdoing, self-proclaimed “Republican” Ana Navarro, who’s not known for her oversized wit, proclaimed Loudermilk should change his name to “lying butter.”


Gripping her tinfoil hat as tightly as she could, Hostin praised the committee for battling the Capitol Police. “And I'm not sure why they did that, but then in response to that, the January 6 Committee released some of that video that we saw,” she touted.

And just like that, the Capitol Police, who were portrayed as the bravest of paladins fighting off the Trumpist hoards, were suddenly relegated to the trash and called liars just because the Democrats on the committee have a false narrative to weave.


“They have all their stuff in order,” Goldberg touted the committee as the play-off music sounded. “Here's the proof. How you can deny stuff that's on tape, always knocks me out.”

The real question is, how can any sane or non-politically motivated person look at the Capitol Police’s findings and still push a debunked conspiracy theory?

Neither Tober nor Fondacaro commented on the fact that newly released evidence like this -- that the tour participants took photos of non-touristy things and one of them was part of the Capitol riot the next day -- tends to raise questions about previous denials and the Capitol Police's clearing of Loudermilk, which presumably did not have access to this video. As the Washingotn Post noted, Loudermilk long -- and falsely -- denied there was any tour at all and has made statements about the tour that seem to contradict the new evidence.

Despite the discrepancies, the MRC's defense of Loudermilk continued. Mark Finkelstein complained in a June 16 post:

Such a tough hombre, that Joe Scarborough! On Thursday's Morning Joe, Ragin' Bull Scarborough twice fantasy-bragged about what he would do if he saw someone taking photos of security areas in the Capitol, claiming he'd threaten them with feeding them the camera.

Joe's flight of macho fantasy came in the context of a discussion of a Capitol tour Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia had given the day before the January 6 riot. Video later emerged of a member of the tour taking pictures during the tour. Scarborough claimed it was of security areas such as metal detectors. But as NewsBusters analyst Kevin Tober has noted, that is apparently not true. The Capitol Police reviewed video of the tour and found nothing suspicious.

And in his hyping of staffers from "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" being arrested in the Capitol complex allegedly without authorization, Tim Graham used a June 18 post to quote a writer from the right-wing RedState claiming it was "incredibly ironic that Democrats went after Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) for just having guests at the complex taking pictures of the artwork." As we documented, the MRC portrayed the staffers' arrest as the next Capitol riot but censored the news when charges against the staffers were dropped because they had, in fact, been properly let into the Capitol.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:01 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: The Keystone Cops At The MRC And CNS
The Media Research Center made a short film making distorted claims about the end of the Keystone XL pipeline, and its "news" division keeps pushing the fiction that the pipeline would keep gas prices low. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 1:35 AM EDT
Sunday, August 14, 2022
MRC Brings Hate And Fear Of Drag Queens To Pride Month
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has always despised drag queens, but because it marches in lockstep with right-wing narratives that have determined that they -- along with transgender people -- are the new Enemies of the People, the anti-drag queen hate at the MRC has ramped up considerably this year. In March, Matt Philbin freaked out that high school students held a drag show:

If it's any consolation Tucson, those drag queens putting on a show in your public high school might otherwise be hanging around libraries offering to read to preschoolers.

According to AZ Free News, Tucson High Magnet School (THMS) will be hosting “its first-ever drag show in early May.” First-ever? (OMG! Welcome to the 21st Century, Tucson.)

Elise Ehrhard devoted an April post to attacking the "Gay, Inc.'" that lives totally in her imagination to justify a meltdown over a show about a drag show for children:

With disturbing regularity, massive entertainment conglomerates are targeting minors with the latest fads of Gay, Inc.

The latest abomination comes from the streaming service Discovery+, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

On Tuesday, Discovery+ tweeted Generation Drag, a new series about underage drag queens from executive producer Tyra Banks. The docuseries hits the streaming service on June 1 in honor of Pride Month.

The trailer is painful to watch as minors prepare for Dragutante, a drag show for kids held in Denver, Colorado. According to Dragutante's website, the show is for "Teen queens, kings & non-binary performers ages 8-18."

(Warning: The following trailer is disturbing.)

Yes, it would be "disturbing" and "painful" for Ehrhard to see people she desperately wants to spew hate at and have only a blog post to impotently express her rage. Shen the show premiered in June, Ehrhard's sputtering rage flared up again:

Many of the kids have been exposed to gender ideology and pride activity early and often. Most feel "different" and have struggled to make friends throughout their lives. All are vulnerable.


The whole series is heartbreaking. It's sad to watch sensitive, struggling or damaged youth be groomed as they fall further down the rainbow rabbit hole. Generation Drag is just the latest manifestation of the sort of child indoctrination Hollywood encourages and promotes.

Writtren like a bitter right-wing activist who desperately wants to indoctrinate people into hating non-heterosexual people as much as she does but, again, has only a right-wing blog post to do so.

Since June was Pride Month, that was code for the MRC to be as hateful to LGBT people as it could muster. Intern Michael Ippolito unleashed the nasty "grooming" smear in a June 6 post:

The left’s obsession with grooming children is in full throttle during Pride month. 

A Dallas bar named Mr. Misster held an event, “Drag the kids to pride,” drag show on Saturday, June 4. This so-called “family-friendly” event saw drag performers dance and walk down the room aisle, even interacting with the crowd and taking dollar bills from little children. The event was advertised as “We have FIVE limited spots for young performers to take the stage solo, or with a queen of their choosing,” promoting children to dance with half-naked men posing as women. During the event, protestors arrived to call out the open grooming of children. 

Protestors from the group “Protect Texas Kids” condemned the depravity.


On cue, a local LGBT youth organization called the protestors “transphobic” for defending the innocence of children — no surprises from the groomers here.

Ippolito grew even more hateful two days later about another drag event:

The pride month drag show for children at a Dallas bar last weekend is rightly infamous. But out in Phoenix, the grooming got underway a whole day earlier. 

According to AZ Free News, the Heard Museum hosted its first drag show, titled “Pride Night at the Heard,” on Friday, June 3,  sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona with Arizona Public Service. As in Dallas; children got a front-row seat to this grotesque show. The museum checked several woke boxes by making its characters Native American drag queens. “Tomahawk Martini” and “K.Yasss Savage” accordingly strutted their stuff for the kiddies.


But perhaps the most atrocious aspect of the event is that the kids were then forced to listen to the poetry of the performers. A Drag Queen Twerk-Off and Poetry Slam may be the most heinous instance of child abuse ever reported.

In a June 10 post, Ippilito bizarrely smeared former "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter as a "has-been" for not hating drag shows as much as he does:

Hollywood lefties hate Christians, and never pass up a chance to show it. Following a spate of incidents of children participating in drag shows, they’re showing what they hold sacred. 

Lynda Carter, whose claim to fame is playing Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s, was on Twitter taking shots at Christians who don’t think kids should hang around with drag queens.

Following the Dallas drag show for children's fiasco, many conservative commentators on Twitter showed their disdain for the event. Congressman Lauren Boebert tweeted, “Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars.” Carter responded with an asinine retweet.


You don’t have to think like a superhero to have played one on TV.

Actually, Kevin Sorbo is the best example of that.

Catherine Salgado took up the drag-bashing baton in a June 13 post:

Google sponsored a disturbing LGBTQ+ “Pride” and drag event in Austin, Texas, which was billed as “family-friendly,” according to the Rainbow on the Creek web page.

The “Rainbow on the Creek” event in Austin’s Waterloo Park said on its official webpage that it is “a free family-friendly celebration that connects, educates, and celebrates Austin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA+) community.” The webpage also prominently announced that the event was “[s]ponsored by Google.”

Performers at the event June 11 included multiple drag queens, including “Pelvis Wrestley” and “Roxxxy Andrews of RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a featured performer, according to the event page. A self-described independent journalist claimed that scantily-clad drag performer “Heyonce The Vocalist” was caught on video performing suggestive dance moves at the event while children watched.

Salgado went on to huff, "Google also has a history of pandering to radical LGBTQ+ ideology and censoring those who criticize it. " If being LGBTQ or a drag queen is "ideology," does that mean the MRC's irrational hatred of them is an "ideology" too?

When that right-wing anti-LGBTQ hate was pointed out, the MRC freaked out about that too. Kevin Tober whined in a June 14 post:

On Tuesday’s Deadline: White House on MSNBC, host Nicole Wallace once again proved that she will distort reality and twist facts to further her left-wing political agenda. This indisputable fact was on display when she gathered her panel of miscreants to discuss the troubling incident over the weekend where over thirty men linked to the white supremacist “Patriot Front” were arrested in an attempt to disrupt a “Pride Month” event. 

Instead of chalking it up to a group of deranged racists intent on causing a violent incident, Wallace and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart suggested it is part of a trend of “anti-LGBTQ hate” from Republicans like Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and others.

“AP writes this, last month a fundamentalist Idaho pastor told his small Boise congregation that gay, lesbian, and transgender people should be executed by the government. Another fundamentalist pastor in Texas gave similar sermons,” Wallace said using an extreme example of hatred that nobody endorses.

She then wailed that “Heather Scott, an Idaho Republican lawmaker recently told an audience that drag queens and other LGBTQ supporters are waging, quote, 'a war of perversion against our children,' end quote.” Wallace then bemoaned how “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would consider sending child protective services to investigate parents who take their kids to drag shows.” 

The suggestion is that because DeSantis wants to protect children from sexually explicit “drag shows”, a group of white supremacists and a fringe Idaho pastor want to kill LGBTQ people.

Tober never explained why this isn't true; he just whined that the linkage was made.

And we're not even halfway through Pride Month.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:46 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2022 1:36 AM EDT
CNS Hypes Violence Against Anti-Abortion Groups, Hide Decades Of Anti-Abortion Violence

As loyal right-wing anti-abortion activists, made sure to hype instances of violence against anti-abortion activists in the wake of the leak of a draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in May and then its actual overturning in June. Stephanie Samsel wrote in a June 21 article:

Pro-life individuals and groups have been targeted more than 40 times with violence, vandalism, and intimidation, since the Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked, according to a new report.

The 22-page report, Pro-Abortion Vandalism, Violence & Intrruptions of Worship, released by Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America lists over 40 incidents of attacks on peaceful pro-life groups, including churches and crisis pregnancy centers, since May 3.


In response to ongoing threats against pro-life groups across the country, SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser issued a statement condemning “inherent violence” against “community heroes.”

A July 12 article by Melanie Arter hyped how "The director of a pregnancy care center in Sacramento, Calif., said Tuesday that her she has had to spend $150,000 in 'valuable resources' to protect themselves from violent assaults and vandalism, including someone armed with a machete, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade":

“Just last week, as the exhibit shows, a man approached our care center with an armed machete. We have been forced to hire 24-hour on site security. We’ve had to reinforce doors and bullet-proof our walls. We’ve had to paint our building with anti-graffiti coating. We’ve added cameras, armed our staff with pepper spray and stopped running our mobile clinic, because of threats of violence,” she said.

“We have been forced to expend valuable resources – resources for women of up to $150,000 just to protect ourselves. Why? Because we offer free care to women. What we do though is worth the risk. Every community needs a place for women facing unplanned pregnancies who are seeking dependable, medical resources in a safe, caring environment during one of the most difficult times of their lives,” Matzke said.

The same day, intern Janey Olohan wrote:

Last Thursday morning, two women’s pregnancy counseling clinics in Worcester, Massachusetts were vandalized, and the head of one of them is calling the attack on her center “domestic terrorism.”

Both Clearway Center and the nearby Problem Pregnancy clinic were hit. Glass doors and windows were smashed in, paint was splattered, and the entrances to the clinics were spray-painted in black with the words, “Jane’s Revenge,” the name of a radical pro-abortion group, which has yet to publicly claim responsibility for the attacks.


Violence against pro-life groups and churches has surged since the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which had established a national right to abortion. Since the court’s decision was leaked in May, more than two hundred threats have been uncovered by the FBI. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America has also listed at least forty-five violent assaults on pro-life-affiliated groups.

None of these articles, however, mentioned the anti-abortion movement has a 50-year legacy of violence and murder, which includes vandalism and arson of clinics that perform abortions. CNS has long turned a blind eye to anti-abortion violence; when abortion provider George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion activist, CNS pretended that he was an outlier and censored reports that prominent anti-abortion activist Randall Terry cheered Tiller's death.

That's relevant history when writing about protester violence over the issue of abortion. But CNS chose to censor it instead.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:11 PM EDT
Saturday, August 13, 2022
MRC's Double Standard On Sex Scenes In Politicians' Books
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Kevin Tober proved that Hillary Derangement Syndrome is still alive and well after all these years in a June 29 post:

You could’ve gone your entire life without witnessing this and you probably would be better off too. On Wednesday’s CBS Mornings, co-anchor Gayle King sat down with former first lady, Secretary of State, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for part two of a gushy softball interview about her new fiction political thriller called State of Terror. At one moment in the interview, most sane viewers were probably driven to a state of terror and revulsion when King read aloud from a sex scene in the book which Clinton and co-author Louise Penny wrote. 


While King seemed to be having a blast laughing while Hillary cackled and screeched with her friend Louise, it’s safe to say that even the CBS audience was repulsed over the thought of a sex scene written by Hillary Clinton.

Yet, the band of leftists at CBS Mornings loved it, and even after the interview was over, couldn’t stop swooning over Clinton and Penny like a group of preteens at a Justin Bieber concert. 

Yes, the MRC really thought this merited a full-length post from one of its full-time "media reserarchers."

By contrast, a sex scene by another female politician got treated differently by the MRC. Back in 2006, when the MRC and its "news?" division were trying to smear Democratic Virginia Senate candidate James Webb as a pedophile (and thereby boost the Republican candidate, George Allen of "macaca" fame) by cherry-picking out of context certain passages from fiction novels he wrote and portraying them as his personal beliefs. In response, some folks noted that then-second lady Lynne Cheney wrote a steamy book that included a lesbian sex scene. The MRC dismissed it as whataboutism:

  • Noel Sheppard whined that "CNN was extraordinarily expedient in finding examples of Republican writings to deflect criticism from Webb" by offering "examples of other Republicans doing exactly what the Democrat is accused of doing."
  • A couple days later, Sheppard huffily included the sexy excerpt as an addendum to a post about a CNN interview of Cheney: "What follows is a full transcript of this segment. Also, for those that are interested, a blog called OC Chronicle discovered the part of Lynne Cheney’s 1981 book that is being equated to the sex-scenes in Jim Webb’s novels." Sheppard didn't seem grossed out by it at all.

It's quite entertaining to see the MRC whine about whataboutism when that's pretty much what it runs on these days.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:15 AM EDT
WND's Farah Uses His Wife To Play Victim
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah just loves to play the victim when it comes to absolving himself from responsibility for any bad thing that happens to his WorldNetDaily. And he did it again in his July 4 column:

My wife, Elizabeth, was leading a small Bible study, seen by no more than 50 people, as she does every Saturday. Last Saturday was no exception.

I was moderating as usual.

She was delivering a livestream presentation via YouTube on the little book of Haggai.

Elizabeth has a heart for the lost. She spends countless hours every week researching the Bible and learning from the original texts, Hebrew and Greek, and other sources. She loves to share this information. She's more gifted at this than I am – and I've been doing it for over 45 years.

Suddenly, about 30 minutes after starting the streaming Bible study, with no warning, the program was called to an abrupt end – replaced by a message that said Elizabeth had violated "community standards" and was getting a timeout until Sept. 29.

But it wasn't for something she was talking about last Saturday. It was for an earlier YouTube video in May on the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

They said it was "MISINFORMATION."

That's a scary word for Democrats.

Of course, they never spread "MISINFORMATION."

t was apparently "MISINFORMATION" about the election of 2020.

Elizabeth just wanted to thank President Donald J. Trump for fulfilling his promise to nominate all pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Apparently, that was a "sin" against Big Tech.

Note that Farah doesn't directly quote what his wife said or explain why it wasn't misinformation. Perhaps that's because we know he and WND have been prolific sources of misinformation about the 2020 election in promoting false and discredited claims that there was election fraud.

So rather than actually defend his wife, it was time to cry victimhood yet again with a told orld story: "Earlier, YouTube completely and permanently demonetized WND. Google, which owns YouTube, also completely and permanently demonetized WND, costing us millions of dollars in annual revenues." As we've documented before, Google has stopped doing business with WND -- as any private business has the right to do -- because it no longer wants to be associated with a website that spreads hate, lies and misinformation. He went on to whine that WND was targeted because it supported Trump, ending with this odd declaration:

I've been nagging Elizabeth to use a different platform – one that respects other opinions. YouTube, Google and Big Tech do not. She doesn't plan to go through the agony of answering the charges this time. Never again. Why humiliate yourself?

In retrospect, WND was always right about Trump.

And we stand with him yesterday, today and tomorrow.

All he ever wanted, in good faith, was to make America great again.

Join with me in prayer that he gets another chance to do just that.

And, to my darling Elizabeth, I respect you and love you for what you are doing with God's Word.

Who needs YouTube?

Actually, Farah is looking for a different platform that will tolerate her lies and misinformation. And, actually, what Elizabeth Farah is "doing with God's Word" is spreading hate and lies. In videos before the 2020 election, she repeatedly smeared Joe Biden while bizarrely proclaiming that Trump was appointed by God to the presidency. She is not a good person, let alone a person anybody should be taking Bible lessons from.



Posted by Terry K. at 1:15 AM EDT
Friday, August 12, 2022
MRC's Jean-Pierre-Bashing, Doocy-Fluffing Watch
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's malicious narrative of new White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as an incompetent diversity hire continued with attacks at the end of July. Kevin Tober subbed for Curtis Houck on the July 25 briefing:

For the second press briefing in a row, the White House took a beating from reporters due to President Joe Biden’s personal physician hiding from hungry reporters’ questions on the state of Biden’s COVID treatment, recovery, and overall health. You know it's bad when reporters from CBS News, The New York Times, and NewsMax all grilled the White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha on the administration’s lack of transparency. 

Due to Biden’s bout of COVID, and the fact that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre can’t take questions from the media without stepping on rakes, Jha was trotted out to handle all questions related to Biden’s illness and other public health-related topics.

Of course, Tober served up the obligatory Doocy-fluffing:

Later on in the briefing, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy brought up the subject again by asking if “this a situation where Dr. O'Connor does not want to come and talk about the President's health or where the President doesn't want Dr. O'Connor talking about his health?” 

In response, Jha claimed he’s “spoken both to the President and to Dr. O'Connor on an ongoing basis and neither of them has expressed a preference. Dr. O'Connor at any point has not said he doesn't want to come and the President has not at any point said he doesn't want Dr. O'Connor to come. So, I would say neither of those is correct.” 

Proving once again why he’s one of the best reporters in the briefing room, Doocy went after Biden’s photo ops taken during his time in quarantine:

We don't recall the MRC complaining about the obviously staged photos taken by the Trump White House when Donald Trump had a bout of COVID.

Houck returned to attack Jean-Pierre anew over the July 27 briefing by quibbling over the definition of a recession:

Wednesday’s White House press briefing wasn’t smooth sailing for Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (as most if not all are for someone in way over their head) with Fox’s Peter Doocy and a select few others reporters who pressed her on the Biden administration’s disinformation campaign to redefine what a recession is ahead of what’s expected to be a dour second quarter number on Thursday.

Doocy began with the premise that the American Rescue Plan contributed to inflation, but Jean-Pierre wasn’t having it. Instead, she claimed Biden came into office facing a litany of crisis, but he still “turned the economy back on” and created “a stronger labor market” “outside factors.”

Doocy used her answer to then corner her on defining a recession: “If things are going so great, though, then why is it that White House officials are trying to redefine recession?”

Jean-Pierre predictably walked right in to the trap, insisting “we’re not redefining a recession,” leaving Doocy to hit back:

So Doocy is a layer of "traps," not an actual reporter. Got it.

Tober returned for even more Doocy-fluffing over the July 28 briefing:

During Thursday's train wreck known as the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre got demolished by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy after Jean-Pierre accused Republican governors of using migrants as political pawns by bussing them to Washington D.C. The always floundering Jean-Pierre mumbled and stumbled her way through multiple grillings by Doocy. 

The first question out of the gate was whether "President Biden ask[ed] President Xi anything about getting to the bottom of the origins of COVID." Naturally, this simple question completely flummoxed Jean-Pierre who began frantically flipping through her notes in her binder for an answer to Doocy's question.


Changing topics, Doocy asked "The DC Mayor sent the White House a letter asking for National Guard help with migrants who have been bussed here from Texas and Arizona. Is the President gonna approve that request for the National Guard?" 

In response, Jean-Pierre ducked by referring him to the Department of Defense. She went on to whine how "Republicans using migrants as a political tool, and that is shameful, and that is just wrong."


Doocy shot back: "There’s a process and they come to a big city and now the Mayor says she needs the National Guard?" 

Realizing she's running out of non-answers, Jean-Pierre replied: "That’s because Republicans are using, they’re using migrants who are coming here for who knows? Because they’re dealing with humanitarian issues back in their country. They’re coming here for a better life and they’re being used, Peter, they’re being used by Republican governors. That is what’s happening." 

Doocy managed to get in one question before she frantically called on another reporter to get out of Doocy's line of questioning: "Does any of this make the President want to say 'this is causing a lot of burdens on small cities, big cities, maybe I should just close the border?’"

Fox News must have given Tober a nice little kickback for spending an entire post fawning over Doocy (and, of course, denigrating Jean-Pierre). He earned another one for even more Doocy-worship the next day:

On Friday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre got into another battle with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy because of her apparent inability to answer simple questions put to her. 

The first question from Doocy came in light of comments made by the former chief editor of the Chinese state media outlet the Global Times, who suggested China would shoot down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she visits Taiwan.

This is an extremely serious situation, so Doocy attempted to get a response from the White House: “an official who is associated with Chinese state media is suggesting that if Speaker Pelosi tries to go to Taiwan her plane could be shot down. Does the President have a response to that?” 

Jean-Pierre’s response was that this was “something that we’re just not going to speak to” adding that it’s “a hypothetical, we are not we're just not going to speak on her schedule.”

You would think this would be a topic the White House would make a statement about since if China shot down the plane of the woman second in line for the presidency it would lead to a war between the United States and China. 

Realizing he’s not going to receive an answer from Jean-Pierre, Doocy switched gears to the news that the Biden administration quietly approved construction of former President Trump’s border wall in Arizona asking “why is the Biden administration building a border wall in Arizona?”


Doocy came prepared as always because he dug up comments made by Jean-Pierre from 2019 in which she called the border wall racist, and now three years later she’s in an administration that is attempting to finish building part of the wall: 

“Is this racist? Because in 2019 when the former guy was proposing a wall, you said that it was his racist wall. So how is this any different? I'm just having a hard time understanding how this is any different” Doocy asked.

Doocy will be happy to have Tober's writeups in his scrapbook.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:41 PM EDT
WND Melts Down Over Call For COVID Boosters
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh ranted in a July 12 WorldNetDaily "news" article:

Just when things were getting back to normal, mostly. People could do their shopping without wearing a face covering in most retailers. The masks still are being demanded in doctors' offices, but, heck, that's where sick people are anyway.

In light of that, Joe Biden's director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Walensky, has unleashed a new demand – for seniors to get their second booster shot against COVID-19 "right away."

"Many Americans are under vaccinated, meaning they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. Not all people over the age of 50 have received their first booster dose…" she started out.

Of those over 50 only 28% have gotten their second booster after lining up to take their first, she said. Those over 65 are even worse.

"So my message right now is very simple: It is essential that these Americans … get their second booster shot right away."

Unruh appears to be gleefully unaware that the reason "things were getting back to normal, mostly" is precisely because of those vaccinees and booster. Because Unruh lives in WND's world of anti-vaxxer fearmongering, he followed up with anti-vaccine propaganda:

Meanwhile, an MIT study as tied COVID shots to cardiac arrest among young patients. And the CEO of the maker of the Astrazeneca shots was caught saying millions of people should avoid them completely.

Previously, Joe Biden's medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said he really doesn't know how many shots ultimately will be recommended, but studies have shown they're virtually ineffective for children.

And the FDA has warned Joe Biden may end up demanding annual shots.

First: The AstraZeneca vaccine isn't even available in the U.S. Second: As we've documented, WND and other anti-vaxxers have misrepresented not only the the findings of that study (the study itself states it does not establish "causal relationships" between vaccines and heart problems) but also the link to MIT; two of the researchers were associated with the MIT Sloan School of Management and not a medical organization.

Unruh kept up the fearmongering, declaring that "WND reported earlier this year when New York Times reporter Alex Berenson called for the "dangerous" shots to be withdrawn." In fact, Berenson hasn't worked for the Times in a couple of years, and he too is a documented liar and anti-vaxxer. (Funny how WND hates the "liberal media" but will invoke the Times to put a veneer of credibility on a right-wing narrative.)

Unruh also named checked "renowned cardiologist and medical scientist Dr. Peter McCullough," who "told WND in a video interview the official pandemic narrative is 'completely crumbling' and the vaccines 'should be pulled off the market.'" Calling McCullough "renowned" doesn't wipe away the fact that McCullough too is a dishonest anti-vaxxer whom, of course, WND loves for his lies.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:03 PM EDT
CNS Promotes Anti-Transgender Study, Buries Criticism Of It
Topic: gave plenty of attention to an anti-transgender study put out by the right-wing Heritage Foundation. The first step was a June 13 promotional column by Heritage's Jarrett Stepman:

State policies that allow children to access so-called gender-affirming care without parental consent have created a significant increase in suicides, according to a new Heritage Foundation study.

The Heritage study released Monday found that 2020 saw 1.6 more suicides per 100,000 residents ages 12 to 23 in states that allow minors access to puberty blockers and other gender-reassignment procedures without parental consent. (The Daily Signal, where I write, is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)

Jay Greene, a Heritage research fellow in education, found little evidence that such procedures prevent suicide. In fact, they may be fueling an increase in suicide among young people, the study finds.

A common argument of those in favor of so-called gender-affirming care is that such medical procedures prevent suicide. 

Two days later, intern Lucy Collins was tasked to crank out a "news" article on the Heritage study, which sounded not unlike Stepman's column:

A new study by the Heritage Foundation, Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones, and Youth Suicide, shows that states which give children easier access to puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones have a youth suicide rate that is 14% higher than states which require parental consent for such access.

Jay Greene, a senior research fellow for the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, released a report on June 13 claiming that when children have easier access to cross-sex medical interventions, it not only fails to decrease suicide rates, as transgender activists claim, but “is associated with a significant increase in the adolescent suicide rate.”


Greene looked at the research supporting claims that increased access to “gender-affirming care” lowers suicide rates. He found that only three studies had been conducted on the link. These studies' were flawed, in Greene’s opinion, because they compared suicide rates between those who were approved versus those who were denied cross-sex hormones, without factoring in that those who were denied were likely already at an increased risk for suicide as mental health is a reason for denial of treatment.

Greene saidmanother flaw was that the studies were conducted or aided by activist groups who likely only sampled those who were pleased with their gender transition.

Greene then conducted a study of his own by observing states that allow minors to access health care without parental approval and comparing them to states that do not have these provisions. Greene looked only at age groups that would be candidates for hormone blockers (12-23) during the years 2001 and 2020.

As limited data are available showing availability of cross-sex hormones to children by state, Greene looked at states with legal provisions allowing children to access routine health care without the consent of their parents as a proxy. He juxtaposed these states with those that do not have similar provisions, and thus children would presumably be less able to access these drugs.

Claims from transgender activists that increased access to cross-sex hormones should decrease rates of suicide do not manifest in Greene’s data. Rather, the data show the opposite: suicide increases correlated to greater access to transgender medicine.

Despite noting Greene's complaint about research  being conducted by "conducted or aided by activist groups, Collins didn't note that Greene's employer is an activist group that pushes anti-LGBTQ arguments and policies, which by his own defintion should mean his own research must be qustioned for bias. And it was not until the second-to-last paragraph of her 17-paragraph article that Collinsgot around to mentioning that Greene's study has been criticized:

His study has faced backlash on Twitter around claims that his methodology was flawed, a claim Greene has responded to, saying that although his study is not the “gold standard” due to limited data resources on the subject, it is still a “superior research design” than the studies citied by transgender activists. Greene plans on submitting his findings for peer review.

Collins could not be bothered to further detail any of that criticism, however. even though those critics have offered much more detailed criticisms , not only on the quality of the data Greene used but also that the data could not have been used to get the results Greene claimed. As Jesse Singal wrote:

In short, this data definitely cannot be used to assert that many kids obtained access to blockers and hormones without the knowledge of their parents. If Greene is making a “by Turban’s logic”  argument, sure, whatever — at this point, anyone who has even briefly perused the U.S. Transgender Survey data knows it’s ridiculous how much Turban and other researchers are extrapolating from it. “Water from a stone” is an understatement.

But Greene’s own argument does rely on the idea that fairly large numbers of kids could access these treatments without parental consent. If for a sizable chunk of that 2010 to 2020 span there was very little of this going on in much of the country, then of course it’s bunk, definitionally, to point to changes in suicide trends and to not only attribute them, but attribute them entirely, to kids going on blockers and hormones.

Dave Hewitt served up his own critique of Greene's study:

The core claim is that suicides in under-24s are increasing in states that have minor access provision for healthcare and that therefore this access is the cause. One thing to remember is that - because of the difficulty of determining what access is available - the selection criteria are a proxy for access to paediatric medical transition. As such, the whole report is based on minor access to healthcare generally on the assumption that this translates to minor access to puberty blockers. But how sound is that?

But because neither Collins nor any other CNS writer followed up, CNS readers don't know that Greene's study has been seriously debunked. Indeed, it continued to promote the study: A June 22 article by Craig Bannister claiming that President Biden is forcing states to "embrace LGBTQ+ gender ideology" complained that gender-affirming care for transgender youth "is listed in the White House fact sheet as a means of “Preventing LGBTQUI+ Youth Suicide,” a claim that is contrary to results of a new study conducted by the Heritage Foundation, which found that the youth suicide rate is 14% higher in states with greater youth access to GAC than it is in states where access is more limited." Bannister censored the fact that the study has been credibly debunked.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:50 PM EDT

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