NewsBusters blogger Mark Finkelstein has a history of posts that selectively edit transcripts, hurl insults and make odd claims. Read more.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
From a Feb. 19 NewsBusters post by Tim Graham:
Monday, February 19, 2007
In a Feb. 19 NewsBusters post, Mark Finkelstein is quick to accuse Amanda Marcotte of doing "what she does best: using vulgarity to insult her political opponents."
While he reprinted several excerpts from Marcotte, Finkelstein makes no effort to contradict what she has to say or otherwise respond, other than lamenting her "vulgarity."
NewsBusters vs. NewsBusters
-- Warner Todd Huston, Feb. 16 NewsBusters post
-- Mark Finkelstein, Feb. 18 NewsBusters post
A couple of NewsBusters have gone past "exposing liberal media bias" in recent days to simply insulting people:
A Feb. 18 post by Noel Sheppard calls Rep. John Murtha a "despicable caricature of a grossly-corrupt and has-been legislator" and cheered on Brit Hume's similar insult of Murtha. (A day earlier, Sheppard was lambasting Tim Robbins for hurling "childish epithets" at President Bush. What's the difference?)
-- A Feb. 14 post called Helen Thomas "caterwauling" and expressed hope that she would be removed from her front-row "throne" in the White House briefing room.
NewsMax Chills Out About Clinton?
From a Feb. 19 New York Times article:
Just because Ruddy and Scaife have chilled out about the Clintons doesn't mean that NewsMax won't be critical of them, Hillary in particular, as the 2008 presidential race gears up:
Ruddy may have softened his views on the Clintons, but doesn't mean that NewsMax will go similarly soft. There are too many Clinton-haters still writing for NewsMax.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Bozell, Graham Don't Give a Hoot
In a Feb. 18 NewsBusters post, Tim Graham promotes boss Brent Bozell's latest column, which touts the Philip Anschutz-owned film producer Walden Media for making, as Graham described it, "family-friendly and faith-friendly films." Graham added: "Brent told me it was a 'V-8 idea,' a slap-your-forehead business proposition to serve an underserved market of religious families with children."
While Bozell's column is essentially a promotional vehicle for Walden's new film "Amazing Grace," conspicuous by its absence in his column is any mention of the film "Hoot," which Walden co-produced. That may be because it is, as a CNSNews.com article last May called it, "soft-core eco-terrorism" for kids. As we noted, that article was as mum about Walden's "family-friendly and faith-friendly" credentials as Bozell is about noting Walden's involvement in a film that falls afoul of his (not to mention Graham's) political beliefs.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
What Article Was He Reading?
A Feb. 16 NewsBusters post by Ken Shepherd claimed that Howard Kurtz's Washington Post profile of Michelle Malkin "painted [the] conservative blogger and author as paranoid, vindictive, obsessive and shrill." Perhaps that's because she may be, in fact, all of those things.
In fact, Kurtz was much kinder than he could have been -- he mention her book "In Defense of Internment" without noting that it has been discredited, and stated that after some blogs posted her address on the Internet, "Malkin and her family have moved elsewhere in Maryland" without noting that it was done in response to Malkin's habit of posting the personal information of those she dislikes. All of which, of course, goes unmentioned by Shepard.
Friday, February 16, 2007
WND Still Not Telling Whole 'Philadelphia 11' Story
A Feb. 15 WorldNetDaily article continues its tradition of failing to tell the full story surrounding the "Philadelphia 11," the group of anti-gay protesters led by Michael Marcavage who disrupted a gay street festival in 2005.
In reporting on the dismissal of a lawsuit by the group against the city of Philadelphia for getting arrested and briefly detained over their disruption, the article -- based in part on an Alliance Defense Fund press release -- is devoted almost in its entirety to criticism of the decision, waiting until the final paragraph of the 14-paragraph article to actually quote from the ruling. No apparent effort was made to contact any representative of the city to comment.
Marcavage and his group are described in sympathetic, martyr-like terms, depicted as having been arrested for "quoting the Bible and speaking against the behavior" -- but does not mention that the group disrupted the event by standing in front of a stage with a bullhorn, interrupting a performance, as we've noted. The article also continues WND's history of never detailing Marcavage's extremist activist history.
The article also bizarrely described the gay event they disrupted as "a publicly funded celebration of homosexual choices" -- an cumbersome insertion of the fundamentalist view that gays choose to be so.
Quote of the Day
-- Kevin McCullough, Feb. 16 WorldNetDaily column.
But aren't conservatives supposed to be offended by "plantation" references? In fact, weren't they specifically attacking Hillary for using it not that long ago? Yes, they were -- it's the Clinton Exception in action.
MRC Division Lauds Donohue's 'Thoughtful Arguments'
Topic: Media Research Center
In a Feb. 13 article at the Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute, Kristen Fyfe complained that "vitriol-spewing anti-Christian" blogger Amanda Marcotte was being turned into a "martyr" by the "liberal media" after the Catholic League's William Donohue led an effort urging the John Edwards campaign to fire her and another blogger for controversial posts made before their hiring by Edwards. Fyfe added: "None of these outlets reported Bill Donohue's thoughtful arguments regarding Marcotte."
That may be because Donohue is not exactly known for "thoughtful arguments." A guy who rants about "gook jokes" and "secular Jews" controlling Hollywood and bashing Christians, as well as a certain inconsistency in his outrage, in his using is hardly what most would consider a font of "thoughtful arguments."
Further, Fyfe fails to disclose that her boss, Brent Bozell, is on the board of advisors of Donohue's Catholic League.
UPDATE: A Feb. 13 CNSNews.com article also cited Donohue's criticism of Marcotte while failing to disclose Bozell's link to Donohue.
NewsBusters Plugs Fox News Comedy Show
The boys at NewsBusters are, unsurprisingly, plugging the new comedy show on Fox News. Matthew Sheffield endorsed it this way:
Fellow MRC staffer Brent Baker might be surprised to find Letterman described as "left-wing," given his frequent featuring of Letterman's Top 10 lists in MRC's more-or-less-daily CyberAlert, particularly the ones that bash liberals.
Those liberal-bashing Top 10 lists would seem to disprove Sheffield's notion that Letterman is "left-wing." which implies that they never make fun of their purported ideological soulmates. In fact, if Jon Stewart was the good left-winger Sheffield thinks he is, would he be doing this?
Will the Fox News "Half-Hour News Hour" tweak conservatives as much as the "left-wing" Letterman and Stewart tweak liberals? And will Sheffield find the show as funny if it does?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Brennan's "Analysis" Is Faulty
From a Feb. 15 NewsMax "analysis" by Phil Brennan:
But as Media Matters pointed out, weather conditions in a given location at a given time do not prove or disprove the fact that global warming is occuring, despite what conservatives like Brennan say.
The logical extension of Brennan's argument, should he choose to follow it, is here.
WND Tells One-Sided Story on Hate Crimes Bill
A Feb. 15 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh features unsupported and unchallenged attacks against a proposed congressional "hate crimes" bill. The beginning of Unruh's article sets the tone, under the headline "Diss a 'gay'? Go to jail!":
Throughout the article, Unruh allows the bill to be characterized and disparaged by its critics. Nowhere does Unruh offer an objective description of the bill or allow its proponents to speak for it.
Unruh features as an opponent of the bill Michael Marcavage of the anti-gay group Repent America, who makes the unsupported claim that "Truth is not allowed as evidence in hate crimes trials." Unruh later notes that "some of [Repent America's] members already have served jail time simply for proclaiming the biblical message" (italics his). This is presumably a reference to the group members' arrest for disrupting a gay event in Philadelphia (charges that were later dropped), which WND turned into a cause celebre. As we've detailed, WND's reporting on the issue was slanted and failed to tell the full version of events -- that Marcavage (carrying a bullhorn) and his protesters staged their demonstration in front of a stage at the event, in the middle of a performance, and refused an order to go to an area on the edge of the event. Not exactly the simple "proclaiming the biblical message" that Unruh portrayed it.
UPDATE: Similarly, another Feb. 15 WND article claiming that "lawyers are arguing whether the words 'natural family, marriage and family values' constitute 'hate speech' " tells only the anti-gay side of the story. Further, WND does not disclose that attorney and repentant tattoo bearer Richard Ackerman, one of the attorneys for the anti-gay side, once represented WND, let alone that WND pimped Ackerman's defense against charges that he filed frivolous lawsuits against Planned Parenthood.
Weyrich Repeats False Pelosi Claims
Topic: Free Congress Foundation
"The Washington Times broke the story that the Speaker was demanding a 747 with seating for 40, a middle compartment with a bed and a desk for, in this case, whoever is the host," Weyrich wrote. But the Times' claim has never been substantiated on the record; in fact, the House Sergeant at Arms, not Pelosi, requested a plane that would be able to fly nonstop from Washington to San Francisco.
Weyrich also wrote:
In fact, the plane Hastert used can make it coast-to-coast without refueling only under optimal conditions.
Weyrich then complained: "Her people attacked the messenger for breaking the story. The Washington Times, you see, is right-wing trash." The problem here is not that the Washington Times is "right-wing trash"; it's that it's incorrect, unsubstantiated trash.
Further, nowhere does Weyrich acknowledge that the White House took Pelosi's side on this issue; press secretary Tony Snow said that she needs an Air Force plane to travel between Washington and her home district for security reasons.
UPDATE: Accuracy in Media picked up Weyrich's column.
Buy through this Amazon link and support ConWebWatch!
Accuracy in Media
Capital Research Center
Free Congress Foundation
Media Research Center
The Daily Les
Western Journalism Center
Support Bloggers' Rights!