As Egypt Explodes, Oil Set to Skyrocket
-- Headline of Jan. 28 Newsmax article
Trump: Mideast Explosion Could Destroy OPEC, Lower Oil Prices
-- Headline of Jan. 30 Newsmax article
Monday, January 31, 2011
NewsBusters Promotes Bogus Bachmann Camera Claim
Part of the Media Research Center's goal of eliminating all liberal viewpoints in the media is denouncing any criticism of conservatives, even when it's humorous.
So we have Noel Sheppard -- who, as linked above, has asserted that the existence of liberal opinions on TV is "disgraceful" -- dedicated a Jan. 30 NewsBusters post to bashing a "Saturday Night Live" skit about Rep. Michele Bachmann's post-State of the Union speech. Sheppard asserted the skit was "designed to totally trash a conservative woman," adding that "NBC predictably piled on the conservative Congresswoman the media love to defame."
Sheppard then claimed, "In reality, if the folks at SNL had done their homework, they would have known that the real gaffe Tuesday night was made by CNN," citing a Breitbart.tv post as evidence of this. But Breitbart is wrong; Mediaite has reported that the camera feed CNN used during Bachmann's speech -- which caused a minor controversy because Bachmann didn't look into that camera but, rather, another one providing a web feed -- was a pool camera operated by Fox News, not CNN.
Breitbart has since updated his post to note that "the pool camera providing the feed for CNN was Fox News." Will Sheppard make the correction too?
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Bozell Offended Gays Are Depicted On TV
Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell furthers his Media Research Center's anti-gay agenda with his Jan. 28 column, professing to be offended that gays are depicted on TV. He calls "Glee" a hotbed of "gay teen propaganda" and huffed of coverage of the show that insufficiently bashes the gay characters for being gay: "They are not celebrating diversity. They are intimidating dissidents."
Bozell goes on to petulantly call the show "My So-Called Life" a "bomb" (incorrectly conflating lack of popularity with lack of quality, as the MRC is wont to do) and dismissed the show "Degrassi" as a "grope opera" that "has had eight gay characters, and is now normalizing “Adam,” a female-to-male transgender teen." And he's particularly put out that "Most of ABC Family's teen shows seem to have a sympathetic gay character."
Of course, Bozell is opposed to any sympathetic gay character, teen or otherwise.
WND's Klein Baselessly Attacks Obama, ElBaradei On Egypt
A Jan. 29 WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein asserts that "The Egyptian government suspects elements of the current uprising there, particularly political aspects, are being coordinated with the U.S. State Department." But as is per usual for Klein, he cites no named source for this, only an anonymous "senior Egyptian diplomat."
Klein typically hides behind anonymous sources when he attacks Obama on Middle East policy. In this case, he is suggesting without any credible evidence that Obama is deliberately helping the Muslim Brotherhood, a longtime right-wing smear.
Klein goes on to assert that Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei "is seen as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition force in Egypt":
But Klein edited out statements by ElBaradei that contradict his assertion. From the full interview, with the statements Klein edited out in bold:
In other words, ElBaradei's full statement, and the entire interview, shows that he is recognizing the Muslim Brotherhood as a part of the political opposition that must inevitably be a part of the country's post-Mubarak future. It's irresponsible of Klein to deliberately hide information from his readersin order to falsely portray ElBaradei as something he's not.
For good measure -- and as further evidence of his anti-Obama pathology -- Klein includes a factual error in order to attack Obama. Klein cited a 2008 incident in which the U.S. government allegedly "helped a young dissident attend a U.S.-sponsored summit for activists in New York" as further evidence of "the Obama administration's alleged interference there."
Of course, there wasn't an Obama administration in 2008, at the time of the alleged incident. The UK Telegraph article he cites as evidence mentions only "the American embassy in Cairo" as helping the dissident and doesn't mention Obama at all.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
WND's Halal Food Freakout
Now, WND has felt the need to freak out some more over halal food with a Jan. 27 article by Joe Kovacs declaring all halal food to have been "sacrificed to idols." Kovacs uncovered an "outspoken American pastor" who is complaining that halal food means that Muslims "have their meat blessed in the name of their god, Allah, adding, "From the Christian standpoint, Allah would be an idol."
Kovacs makes no mention of kosher food, which is subject to similar procedures. It's not until the 20th paragraph, after liberally quoting the panicky minister , that Kovacs gets around to quoting a spokesperson for an Islamic nutrition council calling such panic ridiculous. And it's not until the very last paragraph that Kovacs notes that the minister 'stresses he's not against halal food, halal stores or Muslims."
The more appropritate response to such contrived Muslim-bashing panic, though, comes from Stephen Colbert: "Folks, we are dangerously close to being served Filet al-Fish by Imam McCheese!"
Newsmax Rushes to Attack Obama Over Egypt
As events in Egypt started to escalate, Newsmax wasted no time in finding a way to attack President Obama over it. A Jan. 27 article by David Patten carries the headline, "US Under Fire for NO-bama Response to Mideast Powder Keg."
Surprisingly, the article was not as biased as its headline made it out to be. Patten -- who is typically no slouch in regurgitating right-wing talking points -- admitted that "The administration’s ambivalence stems from the region’s volatility," and nobody Patten quotes echoes the headline's "NO-bama" attack line.
This tells us that Newsmax's only interest was a slapdash attempt get a lead in framing events in Egypt, whatever they end up being, as a failure for Obama -- never mind that things are moving too quickly there for many to get a hold on.
Friday, January 28, 2011
CNS' Lucas Tweets Bile During Egypt Crisis
And we have a front-runner for the dumbest ConWeb tweet regarding the events in Egypt: CNSNews.com's Fred Lucas, who takes a shot at White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for delaying a scheduled briefing on the crisis:
Lucas seems not to have considered that the White House might have a little more concerned with making sure its message is properly connected to quickly evolving events than trying to please a right-wing reporter who is more interested in trashing them no matter what they say.
Obama (And Chinese Pianist) Derangement Syndrome Watch
Sure, the controversy over a song played by pianist Lang Lang at the White House state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao is entirely manufactured. But manufactured outrage is good enough for WorldNetDaily's Chrissy Satterfield, whose head explodes in her Jan. 26 WND column:
Whatever would Satterfield do if she ever stumbled across an genuine controversy? Why, it just might kill her.
MRC Again Portrays Limbaugh As Innocent Victim
Topic: Media Research Center
This compulsion has shown up again in the MRC's response to a California state senator, Leland Yee, who said he had received death threats after Limbaugh dismissed his call for an apology Limbaugh's on-air mocking of Chinese speech and culture.
Tim Graham was first to join the Limbaugh brigade, squealing in a Jan. 27 NewsBusters post that "the media" was "trolling for proof that conservatives are racist and violent" and deriding Yee as "a liberal state senator running for Mayor of San Francisco."
Then, MRC chief Brent Bozell ratcheted things up by issuing a press release baselessly suggesting that Yee is a liar:
Of course, Bozell offers no proof to support his assertion that Yee is lying, even though he operates a news service that one would think is capable of investigating it. Bozell is also silent about the mocking behavior by Limbaugh that led to Yee's complaint, even though it's central to the issue.
The press release offers a link to an MRC "special report," called "The Left's Character Assassination Campaign Against Rush Limbaugh." But as we detailed, the report deceptively blurred the line between apparently false racially charged statements attributed to Limbaugh and the undeniably true things Limbaugh actually did say.
Of course, being honest about the issue would involve actual media research -- something Bozell and his crew have demonstrated they have no interesting in doing. He's too busy defending Limbaugh to tell the truth.
Zing! Farah Fires A Shot At Us
But then, Farah writes this:
Gee, who could Farah be talking about? Sounds like it's me.
First, I'm not on Huffington's "payroll" since Huffington Post doesn't pay its bloggers. Second, Farah has yet to offer any evidence whatsover that any claim I have made about him and WND is wrong or otherwise not "connected to reality."
I'll take this as proof that Farah reads ConWebWatch and is scared that the truth I tell about him and WND (and the rest of the ConWeb) will find a larger audience. He clearly feels that he must discredit me any way he can; since he has no actual facts to back him up, resorts to ad hominem attacks like "nut job" (if you'll recall, he has previously called me a "talent-challenged slug").
In short: The truth is on my side, and Farah knows it.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
WND Pretending It Didn't Get Burned On Birther Claim
WorldNetDaily is doing its best to pretend it didn't get burned when its story that radio celebrity gossip Mike Evans claimed that Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie told him that he couldn't find a copy of Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii state records went bad.
First, WND pretended it didn't happen. While it linked to the FoxNews.com article in which Evans retracted his claim, for a good while today that article appeared on its front page below Jerome Corsi's original faulty story and a separate version of it on Fox Nation:
In other words, WND played up the faulty story over the correct version.
Then, WND cobbled together a follow-up written by Bob Unruh, in which Evans vowed on a radio show featuring Jerome Corsi -- who wrote the original article uncritically repeating Evans' claims without bothering to fact-check them -- that he would talk to Abercrombie about it.
Meanwhile, Corsi's original article remains live and uncorrected, nor does it offer a link to Evans' retraction.
But that's the way WND rolls -- it generally doesn't correct anything, no matter how false, unless it's threatened with a lawsuit or if it can make the faulty article disappear quietly.
CNS Fluffs Bachmann Speech, Ignores Gaffes
A Jan. 26 CNSNews.com article by Melanie Hunter-Omar provides a fawning depiction of Michele Bachmann's post-State of the Union speech, claiming that President Obama "failed to deliver on his promise to keep unemployment under eight percent by spending a trillion dollars on the federal stimulus program."
What Hunter-Omar doesn't do is mention anything unpleasant regarding Bachmann's speech -- like what she got wrong. For instance, take the claim Hunter-Omar led her article with. As the Washington Post noted, Obama never "promised" that that the stimulus plan would keep unemployment under eight percent.
The Post found other misleading claims by Bachmann, as did CNN, regarding another Bachmann claim Hunter-Omar uncritically repeated, that health care reform "will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill." CNN called the claim "at best, misleading."
Hunter-Omar also avoid mention of the single most talked-about aspect of Bachmann's speech: the way she gave it. Viewers at CNN, which aired the speech live, were treated to Bachmann delivering it while looking somewhere other than directly into the camera; it turns out she was looking into a different camera used for the speech's Web feed.
NewsBusters Has A Hypocritical Fit Over 'F-word Variant'
NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein devoted an entire Jan. 26 NewsBusters post to howling about the "vulgar new low" MSNBC's Cenk Uygur hit in using "profanity with malice aforethought." The word Uygur used, Finkelstein asserted, was so offensive that it "drag[ged] MSNBC even further down--if that's possible."
The word? "friggin'."
No, really. Not the actual F-word -- a "variation" on it.
Finkelstein was so offended by this word that he censored it in his transcript, writing it only as "fr---in'."
For allof his outrage, Finkelstein never explained why he was treating usage of "a variation of the f-word" as the same as usage of the actual word.
And here's Glenn Beck saying "frickin'" on Fox News -- and an hour earlier then Uygur said it. Was Finkelstein offended by that? Not that we recall.
If Finkelstein is so offended by this non-swear word, shouldn't he be more concerned about how NewsBusters commenters are dragging the site he works for further down (if that's possible)?
UPDATE: And where's Finkelstein's outrage over Sarah Palin referencing "WTF moments"? Nowhere that we can see.
New Article: Live By the Gotcha, Die By the Gotcha
CNSNews.com has been ambushing Democratic politicians and Obama administration officials with leading questions in the hope of forcing out awkward answers. But CNS' gotcha crew met its match in Barney Frank. Read more >>
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
WND Falls For Another Birther Hoax
WorldNetDaily is so desperate to prove President Obama isn't a real American that it will latch onto any shred of evidence that might suggest that, no matter how questionable. It loves to run with claims it hasn't bothered to fact-check beforehand -- remember the "Kenyan birth certificate"?
When a radio interview surfaced of a man who claimed that Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie told him that he couldn't find a copy of Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii state records, WND's Jerome Corsi was quick to pounce, typing up a Jan. 25 WND article breathlessly promoting the audio, making no effort to contact the person to double-check the story.
Just one problem: it's not true.
Corsi and WND played up Evans' claim that Abercrombie had "egg on his face" over his attempts to find the birth certificate. But the only ones with egg on their faces now are Corsi and WND.
You'd think they would have learned their lesson by now, given the "Kenyan birth certificate" fiasco, to fact-check claim before rushing them into print. Apparently not.
P.S. In the event WND deletes this false article, here's a copy.
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