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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tim Graham, All Class
Topic: NewsBusters

John McCormack of The Weekly Standard has posted more embarrassing pictures of Katie Couric's dirty dancing after her first night of anchoring at CBS[.]


They suggest why Rich Noyes would joke that if Al Gore is the "Godfather of Green" (as Couric called him), she could be "Queen of the Cougars."

-- Tim Graham, Dec. 1 NewsBusters post

Posted by Terry K. at 12:03 AM EST
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
WND Can't Stop Smearing Rosenthal (Or Obama)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah's Dec. 1 WorldNetdaily column demonstrates all to clearly the danger of relying solely on WND as a source of information, as Farah apparently does.

In it, Farah rants that State Department anti-Semitism czar nominee Hannah Rosenthal actually "spread[s]" anti-Semitism and "blames Israel," citing a quote by Rosenthal from a JTA interview that his reporter Aaron Klein took out of context (as we pointed out).

Not content with spreading lies about an Obama appointee, Farah went on a wild-eyed rant about Obama himself, asserting that he "publicly supports ethnic cleansing in the Middle East against Jews," apparently because Obama has opposed expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank (which Farah insists on labeling Judea and Samaria) and East Jerusalem.

Farah references the Obama administration's opposition to Jewish housing construction in the Gilo area of Jerusalem, which Farah describes only as a "southern Jerusalem neighborhood" (and which Klein has previously described as "a neighborhood of 40,000 Jews within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem"). It appears to be Gilo to which Farah is referring when he references "solidly Jewish neighborhoods of the capital of the Jewish state never before placed on the table for negotiations with the Jew-haters who demand a 'Palestinian state' free of all Jews."

Only, not so much. As the UK Guardian points out, Gilo is "on the Palestinian side of the 1967 Green Line, the border before that year's war," adding that "Israel claims it is not on the West Bank so is not a settlement." Thus, Jewish construction in Gilo is hardly the non-provocation Farah suggests it is.

Nevertheless, Farah smears Obama by claiming this is somehow part of "a vicious anti-Israeli, pro-Arab agenda," adding, "Remember, I make this accusation as an Arab-American." 

Wrong. Farah is making his accusation as a hateful far-right activist.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:09 PM EST
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

So make no mistake about it. You have a body in the Oval Office, but not a leader. What we do have is a man who will throw his grandmother, pastor, friends and past presidents under the bus to avoid responsibility. He's a man who chooses to vote "present" so as not to be on record for taking a stand and a man who even blames his own country.

We have no president in America. We have no leader in the Oval Office. We are, in essence, rudderless in a world of very turbulent waters.

-- Craig R. Smith, Nov. 30 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 11:29 AM EST
Newsmax Uncritically Repeats Rove's Complaint About Friday News Dumps
Topic: Newsmax

A Nov. 29 Newsmax "Insider Report" item repeated Karl Rove's claim that the "Obama administration has shown a pattern of seeking to mute reaction to policy announcements by issuing them late on Friday."

No mention, of course, on the extent to which Rove and the Bush White House relied on Friday news dumps.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:30 AM EST
New Article: WorldNetDaily Lies About Obama Nominees
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WND continues its pattern of lying about President Obama by promoting falsehoods about people Obama has named to government posts. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 6:47 AM EST
Klein Spreads More Lies About J Street
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a Nov. 29 WorldNetDaily article following up on his previous J Street-smearing attack regarding State department nominee Hannah Rosenthal, Klein falsely claimed that J Street is "pro-Hamas."

In fact, as Media Matters notes, J Street merely supports talks between the Israeli government and Hamas. At no point does Klein explain how that makes the group "pro-Hamas."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:24 AM EST
Monday, November 30, 2009
Newsmax Chief Defends Palin Over Criticism for Reading Newsmax
Topic: Newsmax

In his Nov. 30 column, Newsmax president and CEO Christopher Ruddy declared that the "mainstream media" is" simply out of touch with ordinary Americans" and that "the major media establishment lives in a bubble." Ruddy's evidence for this: The media criticized Sarah Palin for reading Newsmax.

Ruddy touts the popularity of Newsmax's website, claiming it "has reached close to 4 million unique visitors monthly." He also promotes Newsmax's magazine, asserting that it has "a monthly readership of more than 800,000." But note that he said "readership," not paid circulation, which is the standard accepted metric for measuring a magazine's reach. Newsmax has previously indicated that it believes the magazine is read by four people for every copy sold, which is apparently where it gets that inflated "readership" number.

Ruddy writes: "The bottom line is this: Those who live in the Big Media Bubble can't comprehend the appeal of Newsmax -- or Sarah Palin." He's got us there. We have trouble grasping the appeal of a website that has published columns advocating a military coup against President Obama, calling for a "tenting" of the White House, blaming the Holocaust Museum shooting on Obama, and embracing the birther conspiracy.

Ruddy also touted how Palin's book "shot to the top of the best-seller lists, reportedly selling 700,000 copies in the first week after its Nov. 17 release." He fails to mention that a not-insignificant amount of those copies are the likely result of below-cost loss-leader deals from online retailers -- including Newsmax's own $4.97 deal for the book.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:38 PM EST
Klein Stays Silent on GOP-Khalidi Link
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Nov. 29 WorldNetdaily article by Aaron Klein stated that "the Virginia couple who allegedly crashed a White House state dinner is tied to Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian professor who excuses terrorism and has been a close associate to President Obama."

But, as he did repeatedly during 2008 election coverage, Klein failed to mention that Khalidi also has ties to Republican John McCain: The McCain-chaired International Republican Institute has given more than a half-million dollars to a Khalidi-headed group.

Why is Klein so afraid to tell the full truth to his readers about Khalidi's links to Republicans?

Posted by Terry K. at 11:44 AM EST
WND Threatens to Sue U.N. Over Press Credentials
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily may well be the most petulant news organization on the planet (with Joseph Farah leading by example).

A Nov. 25 article declares that WND plans to sue the United Nations "for its refusal, thus far, to issue press credentials for coverage of the global climate-change convention next month in Copenhagen." Farah added, "It takes time to make arrangements to travel to Copenhagen for an extended period, and I began to believe the U.N. was stalling."

Read that again: It's not because WND has been refused press credentials. It's because the U.N. is not moving fast enough for WND's credentials to WND's satisfaction.

Of course, the U.N. may not be terribly thrilled about granting credentials to a "news" organization whose editor has declared "Death to the U.N.!" and called it "a global criminal enterprise determined to shift power away from individuals and sovereign nation-states to a small band of unaccountable international elites." And the person to whom those press credentials will be issued, Jerome Corsi, isn't exactly a friendly reporter, having already attacked the U.N. for being among the "globalist" organizations plotting to destroy American soverignty.

Given that WND's coverage of the Copenhagen summit is pretty much guaranteed to be hostile, why should the U.N. give press credentials to Corsi? Indeed, WND has threatened to provide "substantial negative press coverage" over the press credentials incident -- never mind that WND's coverage would be just as negative were those credentials to be granted. At no point is any evidence offered that the U.N. is obligated to issue press credentials to all comers.

Also of note is that WND's lawyer in this threatened lawsuit is Gary Kreep of the U.S. Justice Foundation. Kreep, of course, is among the birther lawyers WND has touted -- without, of course, noting the conflict of interest in promoting the work of a lawyer who also represents WND.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:09 AM EST
The MRC's Anti-Gay Freak-Out
Topic: Media Research Center

WorldNetDaily isn't the only ConWeb component to have issues with gays. The Media Research Center exhibits it as well.

A Nov. 25 Culture & Media Institute article by Colleen Raezler declares that it's "selfish" for gays to come out of the closet during the holidays because it's "possibly ruining" those holidays for other members of the family. Raezler also takes jokes by a comedian seriously, taking Kevin Meaney (who name is misspelled throughout as "Meany") to task for claiming that "he came out by descending a staircase in a Speedo singing, 'I am what I am, I am my own special creation' while 'the in-laws are going, ‘lamb of God, take away the sins of the world'" and that he "joked about the ultimate selfishness when he told the panel his tale of trying to save his marriage by asking his wife to 'have a sex change operation.'"

Posted by Terry K. at 12:27 AM EST
Sunday, November 29, 2009
WND Falsely Smears Another Obama Nominee
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein is keeping up the false smears against Obama administration appointees, having found a new victim to attack.

A Nov. 26 article by Klein carried the headline "Obama appoints anti-Israel lobbyist to anti-Semitism post," referring to Hannah Rosenthal, nominated by the State Department as anti-Semitism envoy. The headline has since been changed (without letting readers know about the change), but the Google cache of the original is here, and a screenshot of the original is at the end of this post.

The smear is an apparent reference to Rosenthal's affiliation with the advocacy group J Street. But J Street isn't "anti-Israel"; in fact, as Media Matters details, J Street describes itself as "the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement" and states that it "represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security."  The group has also been praised by such Israeli leaders as Shimon Peres and Tzipi Livni.

Which, of course, is precisely Klein's problem. As a far-right Jewish activist who's sympathetic to Kahanist extremists, Klein doesn't like anyone who's even remotely liberal (like Peres and Livni). Klein has previously smeared J Street as "a far-leftist Mideast activist organization," and he claims here, as he has before, that the group has been "accused of working against the Jewish state" (omitting, of course, that those accusations come from right-wingers).

Klein also claimed that Rosenthal's "writings suggest Israel's policies are to blame for anti-Semitism,"  specifically citing comments attributed to Rosenthal in a 2002 Jewish Telegraphic Agency article. In fact, in context, as Media Matters points out, the comments do not imply that.

Further, while Klein referenced an open letter from Anti-Defamation League national director Abe Foxman to Rosenthal disagreeing with an op-ed Rosenthal had writtendescribing a pro-Israel rally being "dominated by narrow, ultraconservative views of what it means to be pro-Israel" (remember, Klein is an ultraconservative), he failed to note that Foxman has endorsed Rosenthal's nomination.

This is sloppy, biased writing, even by Klein's standards. Don't expect a correction because WND doesn't do corrections unless they're threatened with a lawsuit (or lose one).

Posted by Terry K. at 10:05 PM EST
WND Anti-Gay Agenda Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has another anti-gay freak-out in the form of a Nov. 26 article by Drew Zahn, under the headine, "High school performs 'gay' musical on Thanksgiving."

Well, not quite. As Zahn writes, the Massachusetts high school in question was only performing scenes from its upcoming production of a show called "Falsettos," which Zahn describes as "a tale about a bisexual father torn between his family and his 'gay' lover."

Zahn's article is essentially a rewritten press release and blog post from the anti-gay group MassResistance, which explains the alarmism. An editor's note on Zahn's article claims that "Falsettos" contains "profane, lewd and possibly racist material." It's not explained what the "racist" material is supposed to be, unless it's the song "Four Jews In A Room Bitching," which in context is at most about stereotypes, not racism. (WND columnists' support for pre-1965 immigration policies formed under the influence of racism and eugenics, on the other hand...)

Despite WND editor Joseph Farah's apparent edict that his reporters should be "getting other points of view," "interviewing those with whom you disagree," and "representing honestly the opinions of others," Zahn makes no apparent effort to contact school officials for their response. Then again, Farah's edict may apply only to reporters who write about WND, not to those who work for it.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:39 AM EST
Tim Graham Tries, Fails At Mind-Reading
Topic: NewsBusters

Tim Graham just can't stand that anyone is allowed to say nice things about Michelle Obama, it seems.

In a Nov. 27 NewsBusters post, Graham takes umbrage at Washington Post fashion writers praising Michelle Obama's appearance by stating that her "ensemble announced that no-holds-barred, Hollywood-style sexy glamour had arrived in Washington." Graham huffed: "Left unsaid (but implied): Laura Bush was a sexless, paint-by-numbers wallflower."

Huh? How does he know what the Post writers were "implying"? He doesn't. Graham seems to be unaware that pretending to read people's minds is not media criticism.

Graham seems to have some kind of bizarre anti-Obama complex. Perhaps he should seek some professional help.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:30 AM EST
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Horowitz Makes More Extreme Attacks on Obama
Topic: Horowitz

We've detailed how David Horowitz has flip-flopped and embraced the kind of outrageous attacks on President Obama he once criticized.

Horowitz does it again in a Nov. 26 Newsmax article, which began as a promotion of his new book about his late daughter but quickly descended into vicious attacks on Obama:

“His roots are in the Left,” says Horowitz. “He (Obama) came out of the movement that I came out of, but he never actually came out of it. Their agendas are power, control and creating enormous slush funds for the armies of the Left -- and that's what this Administration is about. It is the most radical, the most dangerous political administration in Washington that we have ever seen.”


There has never been an Administration that is so anti-Jewish,” he blasts. “There is a global genocide that is being planned and organized in full view of everybody -- and Obama is appeasing them and sticking it to the Jews. These are very dark times for this country, but I'm very optimistic because I believe that people are finally waking up.”

He sees a dark repeat of history.

“Everybody who calls themselves a progressive was a supporter of the Soviet Union or China -- the slaughter of 100,000 million people in order to make them go along with the socialist program. Obama is aiding and abetting and facilitating our enemies as we speak.”


“I am a former leftist so I understand the Left, and it has taken a long time for the conservatives to stop calling these people Liberals -- since they are bigoted, intolerant and totalitarian -- and start calling them the leftist or socialist that they are, and that is happening now in a big way.


“Inside of every so-called Liberal is a totalitarian screaming to come out. There is one TV channel that has some critics of the President on it like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity -- and they want to suppress it. That tells you exactly who they are. They are communist and, of course, it is so unfashionable to say that. I mean with a small ‘c,’ I don't mean the card-carrying communist. Their mentality is communist. It is not liberal,” he concludes.

Horowitz talks about his personal evolution.

“I was one of the founders of the New Left and I have been atoning for that ever since. I got involved in raising money for the Black Panther Party, and they murdered a woman whom I recruited to do their bookkeeping…

“In the mid '70s the Left -- and, by the Left I included the Democratic Party -- at this point had sabotaged the Vietnam War and forced America’s withdraw and 2 ½ million innocent peasants in Indo- China were slaughtered by the allies of the American Left.

“All progressives supported this, and there were no protests from the Left about it,” he adds. “That was the end of my soldering in the Left. I understood that these people have evil agendas. It all sounds very good -- peace, justice -- but it true, it is the form that evil takes, has taken in the 20th century.”

“They will destroy our democracy. That's what they are setting about doing – destroying our democracy or as we used to say during the Cold War our way of life.”

Really? ALL progressives support genocidal regimes? Please. Do you realize how wild-eyed and silly you sound, David?

Posted by Terry K. at 10:52 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:05 AM EST
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, WorldNetDaily Division
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Barack Obama has now elected to carry on in the Hate America First leftist tradition of treason.

 It would appear that the only possible reason for one civilian trial is to hand over intelligence to the enemy that would otherwise be an overtly treasonous act. Do you think Barack Obama is a Muslim? Do you think his loyalties lie outside the United States?

Do you think Pelosi and Reid are complicit in Obama's treason, by not calling a joint session of Congress and demanding that Obama present his bona fides regarding the "natural born citizen" clause of the Constitution?

-- Craige McMillan, Nov. 19 WorldNetDaily column

Gov. Palin, if you want angry Americans – those who are now in the majority! – to take you seriously, here are some cheat notes for you to use in future interviews and speeches:

Barack Obama is a socialist (or, more properly, a Marxist). Say it!

Barack Obama, it obviously follows, is a radical. Say it!

Barack Obama has surrounded himself with Marxists and other radicals who want to fundamentally change America. Say it!

Barack Obama is a liar. Say it!

Barack Obama is the least transparent president in U.S. history. Say it!

Barack Obama wants to get a government-controlled health-care plan and a cap-and-trade bill passed for one reason and one reason only: to gain total control over people's lives. Say it!

-- Robert Ringer, Nov. 20 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 1:24 AM EST

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