More Press-Release Journalism At WND Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily just can't stop portraying Julian Raven as a victim.
A March 24 WND article by Bob Unruh takes his new information solely from an Alliance Defense Fund press release on the arrest of Elmira, N.Y., street preacher Raven on the disorderly conduct charge he and ADF have been fighting since 2007, even though Raven could have simply paid the $100 fine and be done with it. Instead, he served a nine-day jail sentence.
Both Unruh and the ADF leave out the key fact that the jail sentence was the result of his refusal to pay the fine -- something local media reported.
As WNDhasbefore, Unruh uncritically endorses ADF's benign description of Raven, portraying him has having been arrested merely because he "prayed in a public park with six other people," downplaying the fact that Raven and his band of activists did so in front of a stage at a gay festival with the apparent goal of disrupting it.
Molotov Responds To Us (Sort Of) -- And Still Can't Stop Misleading Topic: WorldNetDaily
Molotov Mitchell's latest WorldNetDaily video is a response to a letter from "Erin, a proud liberal," who wrote him after she "read about you in Huffington Post and seen several of your disgusting videos." It seems that Erin read our HuffPo article on Mitchell (adapted from an earlier ConWebWatch article), for she repeats a couple claims we made in it rebutting previous Mitchell videos: "Obama's grandmother never said she was born in Kenya," and "the study you used to support your claim that straight people live longer than homosexuals is from the '80s before HIV treatment had been developed."
But ol' Molotov has chosen to respond to Erin, not us. Oh well.
On the former claim: "But Erin, according to Kenyan witnesses, that's exactly what she said. Here's the link, check it out." The link he displayed was to an August 2009 WND article by Jerome Corsi repeating the claims of Ron McRae, a Anabaptist minister who claims Sarah Obama said that during an interview with her. But Corsi doesn't tell the entire story. As we've detailed, McRae's claim has been discredited by a translator during the phone call between McRae and Sarah Obama, who pointed out that the grandmother misunderstood the question McRae was asking. Once it was clear to her that McRae was asking if Barack Obama was born in Kenya, she answered in the negative.
Further, as we've also noted, McRae is a major Obama-hater, having spread discredited claims and cited "common knowledge" -- not any actual, verifiable facts -- to back up his claim that Obama was born in Kenya.
As to the latter charge, Mitchell first claimed "I just like everything from the '80s," then scrounged up another study: "A study in 2005 confirmed the 20-year life expectancy gap between homosexual men and straight men. Here's the link, check it out." The link goes to the abstract of a study by Paul Cameron, based on obituaries published in a gay newspaper, the Washington Blade. But as the Box Turtle Bulletin points out, that methodology is flawed:
The Blade doesn’t have a general community obituary section. The obituaries they cover are mostly limited to the more well-known members of the local community or prominent national figures. Many gay newspapers do not accept obituaries about just anyone unless they are likely to be known among its readers.
And even if they did, surviving family members arn’t likely to be aware of the gay press, and they may not think to place an obituary in the local gay paper.
Closeted gays and lesbians would not appear in the gay press simply because nobody would know about them.
Older gays and lesbians are more likely to be closeted than younger generations.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Cameron as an "anti-gay propagandist" who "churns out hate literature masquerading as legitimate science. Cameron dresses up his "studies" with copious footnotes, graphs and charts, and then pays to publish them in certain journals."
Curiously absent from Mitchell's response is any mention of his endorsement of the anti-gay Uganda bill that permits the death penalty for mere homosexuality, which HuffPo highlighted -- and is the main reason Erin would have been aware of Mitchell's rantings in the first place.
Mitchell then delivers a mini-lecture: "Sweet, sweet Erin, I do not despise you, I pity you. You are a victim of public education, liberal mythology, indoctrination. I prescribe that you stop reading the Huffington Post and start reading 'Mere Christianity' by C.S. Lewis, for starters."
Of course Mitchell doesn't want people reading HuffPo -- that's how people learn he's relying on unreliable haters and charlatans to back up his claims. Name-checking C.S. Lewis doesn't change that fact.
So, America, have you deduced that the current occupant of the White House, his underlings and congressional leaders are manifestly evil -- or are you going to wait until they're gunning us down in the streets?
On March 22, WND reprinted remarks made by President Barack Obama on March 21, after the House passed the much-contested health-care reform bill.
Many of you (those over 35) recall hearing Soviet leaders deliver speeches just like Obama's. Do you remember chuckling sardonically, knowing their words were lies and that their people were essentially nothing but slave labor, toiling to maintain a cyclopean, hideously ineffective mega-bureaucracy and a pitiless, criminal privileged class?
How far across the line do our elected officials have to traverse before we come to the conclusion we've come to as regards history's infamous tyrannical oppressors - that they are of low character, possess malign intent, and that is why they crave this degree of power? Will we have to see Americans executed in stadiums by former ACORN workers before we believe? Will we allow ourselves to be shepherded into a position where we are truly powerless to stop those who will do because they can?
I don't know how many Americans are really so dim - as opposed to advocating this abomination - that they haven't a hint yet that abject tyranny is halfway through the door. But I, like others, believe that if enough people in their right minds become engaged, we still may be able to stem the tide until we can dispose of the Democratic majority in Congress and Barack Hussein Obama. We will have to be equally vigilant, however, that we replace them with nationalistic, conservative Americans, rather than smiling RINO whores; people who know who our enemies are and who won't play nice with those enemies.
While we are doing that, for the next hundred years -- at least -- we must vigorously and relentlessly beat the drum of progressivism being as great an evil as any historical atrocity.
New Article: Aaron Klein, Extremist Topic: WorldNetDaily
The WorldNetDaily reporter's increased profile doesn't change the fact that he sympathizes with far-right terrorists and his reporting techniques are shaky at best. Read more >>
The Mitchells Identify More People They Want To Kill Topic: WorldNetDaily
D.J. Dolce's "News! News!" continues on its unfunny way. In the latest WorldNetDaily video, Dolce says this about John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter: "You know, it's hussies like her that make me want to reinstate the death penalty for adultery."
(Remember, her hubby, Molotov Mitchell, favors the "aboliition of homosexuality" and has endorsed the Ugandan method of doing it, so killing people who fall short of their standards of morality is not out of character for this dynamic duo at all.)
CMI Can't Tell the Difference Between Anger, Excitement Topic: Media Research Center
Jeff Poor actually spends an entire March 24 MRC Culture & Media Institute article complaining that the media "applied two different standards" to Joe Biden's and Dick Cheney's 2004 use of the F-word on the Senate floor directed at Patrick Leahy.
It seems not to have occurred to Poor that Biden used the F-word in excitement and celebration, while Cheney used it in hate and anger, intended as a deliberate insult to a sitting senator. Is Poor really not able to tell the difference between the two?
Speaking of double standards...
We looked in the MRC archive to see what it had written on Cheney's F-bomb at the time. The answer: Nothing. Zip, zero, nada. Even the notorious prudes at the MRC couldn't get worked up over it.
If the MRC gave Cheney a pass then, it has no moral authority to complain about Biden now.
NewsReal: Health Reform Supporters Like An Abusive Spouse Topic: Horowitz
For almost a decade I worked in a domestic violence shelter. I sat with women who were shaking, bruised and ashamed. They were in utter shock and disbelief at the violence that had just occurred. The names of the people in each woman’s story were different; but the story lines were remarkably the same.
Police responding to domestic violence calls can tell a similar story. Often times, the officer responding to a call finds a calm man sitting on the front porch steps, smoking a cigarette, quietly waiting for the police to arrive. He greets the officers, and coolly explains to them that his wife is inside, ranting and raving. “She’s crazy, out of her mind. I don’t know what her problem is.”
Her problem is she has just realized what has happened to her.
In much the same way, as Americans try to grasp what just hit them...
-- Rhonda Robinson, March 24 NewsReal post, who goes on to claim that "The difference between the anger so many Americans feel right now, is quite different than the hatred and rage that has long been a part of the Left’s political arsenal."
Brent Bozell And That "Snarky Gay Sense of Humor" Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell was in full snit-fit mode in a March 23 Media Research Center press release, trying to push back against reports of racist and homophobic remarks made by tea party protesters outside the Capitol during debate over the health care reform bill.
Bozell avoids denying the claims, downplaying them as "the disgraceful outbursts of a few" and instead focusing on Keith Olbermann, where the "crescendo of bigotry by the left-wing media against the Tea Party movement reached a disgusting pinnacle" with Olbermann "indicting the entire movement as being homophobic racists based on the actions of a few fringe protestors."
That led to this statement by Bozell:
“What an exercise in hypocrisy. Some of you in the left-wing so-called ‘news’ media have actively participated in insulting conservatives with vulgar ‘tea bagging’ jokes. You’ve done it on live national television, snickering at your own snarky gay sense of humor. And if you haven’t done that, you have been a coward, doing nothing to condemn your colleagues for their disgusting behavior.
“Don’t you dare give us any more lectures on civility. You hypocrites disgust me.”
First: Vulgarity is not the same thing as racism or homophobia. Second: "snarky gay sense of humor"? Really, Brent? Anyone care to unpack the homophobia implicit in that remark?
On March 21, 2010, a day that will live in infamy, our beloved constitutional republic came to an end. Its murder was committed by a slim majority in the House of Representatives by socialist Democrats who have given us a new form of government: state socialism. By that vote, the great legacy of freedom given us by our Founding Fathers was thrown on the trash heap. And the man most responsible for making this happen is the socialist despot in the White House, Barack Hussein Obama.
We can now say with nothing less than certainty that Barack Obama absorbed every word of his America-hating preacher in the church he and his wife attended for 20 years. He lied his way into the White House with the help of socialist Democrats who admire Fidel Castro more than they do George Washington.
And so, Barack Hussein Obama will go down in history as having achieved what no one believed an elected American president could ever achieve, the destruction of our constitutional republic. He joins that freedom-hating pantheon of philosophers and despots like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot and other such political leaders who led millions of people into slavery and death.
-- Samuel L. Blumenfeld, March 23 WorldNetDaily column
Porter repeatedly and shamelessly suggests that President Obama wants to outlaw Christianity. Referring to her upcoming "May Day" rally, she writes, "We will be meeting on May 1 to stand for God at the Lincoln Memorial. But we don't face arrest for it. At least not yet." She later added, "The underground church risked arrest and torture to stand for God in the face of Communist rule. We don't face arrest just yet, but if we don't come to God on bended knee and receive his hand of mercy and rescue, there is no question that we will."
Porter is not taking the passage of health care reform well: "Desecrating the Sabbath, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic lynch men in Congress did exactly what they said they'd do when they were voted into office." She ranted that "Bart Stupak has blood on his hands, and he and his cohorts must be removed from office in November." She also claims that Stupak "voted for abortion funding in the health-care bill," adding that "this bill forces us to participate in killing innocent lives with our hard-earned tax money." Porter islying.
Porter asserted that "Barack Obama, when he took over the car industry, closed only Republican dealerships (or those who supported his Democratic opponents or who gave less than $200 to his campaign)," adding that "he decided that the exceptionally successful Republican car dealerships weren't 'eligible' to remain open." That is a baseless conspiracy theory. Actually, let's call her claim what it is -- a lie.
Porter also insists that "the New England Journal of Medicine predicts a mass exodus of medical providers." That too is a lie.
We can go on -- her column is replete with even more falsehoods and misrepresentations.
While Porter is using her "May Day" rally to pray for her country, maybe she should take some time out to ask forgiveness from God for her shameful and disgraceful lies.
CNS Joins Battle to Defend Hannity, Bash Schlussel Topic: CNSNews.com
The ConWeb has certainly arrayed some significant firepower to defend Sean Hannity.
We've previously detailed how WorldNetDaily has rushed to Hannity's defense over accusations by right-wing blogger Debbie Schlussel that Freedom Alliance, an organization affiliated with Hannity and co-founded by Oliver North, has misspent money designated for scholarships (while hiding its tangled relationship with her). Now CNSNews.com has joined the battle in a March 22 article by Michael Chapman.
Chapman's clear goal is to discredit Schlussel, describing her as "a blogger who cited an unnamed source who, in turn, cited an unnamed 'guy' at Fox News Channel in suggesting that the charity used some of its donations to pay lavish expenses supposedly incurred by Hannity." Chapman does not mention Schlussel's ideological leanings.
Chapman went on to complain that "Schlussel did not name the source who sent her the message citing the unnamed 'guy' at Fox News who claimed that Hannity had run-up big expenses on the tab of the Freedom Concerts." He lavishes much more attention on Freedom Alliance's defense.
We don't have a dog in this fight, but Schlussel is known for making hyperbolic claims. We do find it interesting how much effort is being put into shooting down Schlussel on this, while pretending she's not a fellow right-winger -- even though that ideological link is the reason her claim has gathered traction to the point that other right-wingers are working hard to shoot it down.
It is clear the current administration, along with Pelosi and Reid, will lie, cheat, steal and even trample the Constitution to bring about their socialist/communist utopia vision all while punishing the nation for past missteps. It's the Alinsky plan for America.
If they pass this bill, then we the people are no longer "we the people." We are now "we the ruled." Our nation has been taken over by a band of thugs, and the truly sad part is 52 percent of you sent the thug to the position of power that will enslave all of us.
I hope all you dummies who allowed your hatred for George Bush to blind you from the danger ahead realize the damage you've done. When you voted in an all-Democratic Congress in 2006 and Obama in 2008, you put your country in the hands of radical leftists who see a much different America than the average person.
P.T. Barnum had it right when he said, "There's a sucker born every minute." I think it may now be every second.
Thank you, Obama voters. I hope you're happy. But your happiness will be short lived unless you are willing to bow at the altar of your new tyrant – just like crazy cousin Dennis.
A March 22 NewsBusters post by Colleen Raezler complains that "Family Guy" has "denied [Terri] Schiavo human dignity in the March 21 episode by referring to her in lyrics sung by cartoon preschoolers as 'the most expensive plant you'll ever see' and a 'vegetable,' and noted 'her mashed potato brains.'"
Raezler has yet to complain about how her fellow NewsBusters denied Rosie O'Donnell human dignity just one day earlier by referring to her as "this thing." As in "Is someone REALLY going to give this thing its own show?"
Jeffrey's Bias-Heavy 'News' Story on Health Care Reform Topic: CNSNews.com
Is Terry Jeffrey editorializing in his "news" story on the passage of health care reform? Oh, just a tad:
Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 on Sunday night to socialize health care in the United States, making the government the paymaster of, and giving it sweeping regulatory authority over, the U.S. health care industry which represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy.
The legislation also enacts a dramatic and unprecedented diminution in the individual liberty of citizens. It does so by mandating that all Americans buy a government-approved health care plan while redistributing wealth on a massive scale by promising annual federal insurance subsidies to all Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty level, which is currently $88,200 for a family of four.
The new health-care system the legislation will put in place over the next four years amounts to a massive and mandatory new welfare program that will ensnare middle-class and middle-aged Americans in dependency on the federal government for a vital element of their lives.
Jeffrey also serves up his own less-than-reality-based interpretation of abortion funding and the bill (notice his love of the word "theoretically"):
Stupak and his allies accepted President Obama’s promise that he would sign a draft Executive Order that simply instructs federal agencies to set accounting rules for how the health care plans that people purchase with federal funds will theoretically “segregate” the federal money they receive from other dollars that would theoretically pay for abortions.
President Obama’s draft Executive Order speaks of this “segregation” mechanism as if it were the effective equivalent of the Hyde Amendment. However, the Hyde Amendment prohibits any federal funds funneled through various annual appropriations bills from going to any health plan that covers abortion. The health care bill that Congress passed Sunday and the Executive Order that Obama is promising to sign will allow federal funds to go to health care plans that cover abortion. It will only theoretically “segregate” these fungible funds from other dollars going to the same insurance plans that pay for abortion.
The claim that the bill funds abortion has been repeatedly disproven, and neither Jeffrey or anyone else at CNS has attempted to rebut it.
WND Also Ignores Death of Filegate Topic: WorldNetDaily
Last week we noted that the Clinton conspiracy-mongers at the Media Research Center failed to acknowledge the death of the "Filegate" case. Another Clinton-obsessed ConWeb component has ignored it too: WorldNetDaily.
WND was clinging to Filegate -- the word appears in 189 articles in the WND archive -- as late as last year, when it promoted Larry Klayman's efforts to "grill" Hillary Clinton "over her handling of confidential FBI files." WND quoted Klayman as saying, "We are confident that Judge [Royce] Lamberth will now have to finally order the deposition."
Lamberth is the very same judge who tossed the lawsuit once and for all, saying: "The plaintiffs, he wrote, "after ample opportunity . . . have not produced any evidence of the far-reaching conspiracy that sought to use intimate details from FBI files for political assassinations that they alleged. The only thing that they have demonstrated is that this unfortunate episode -- about which they do have cause to complain -- was exactly what the defendants claimed: nothing more than a bureaucratic snafu."
As recently as Feb. 18, Bob Unruh was still touting Klayman's efforts to depose Clinton. But the fact that the entire lawsuit has been tossed out of court and derided as specious by the judge has yet to find a home at WND.