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Friday, April 8, 2011
Newsmax Helps Huckabee Whitewash His Records Issues
Topic: Newsmax

A March 6 Newsmax article by Luis F. Perez rewrites a U.S. News & World Report item in which Mike Huckabee tries to dismiss a Mother Jones report on the inaccessibility of his records from his 12-year stint as Arkansas governor, in part because he had the hard drives of the computers used by him and his staff erased and physically destroyed before he left office.

Perez portrays the issue as one of Mother Jones "falsely referring to missing records and computer hard drives from his time as governor" -- going even farther on the whitewashing limb than U.S. News' Paul Bedard did -- but Huckabee never disputes the central facts of the Mother Jones article. Documents confirm that the hard drives were "crushed under the supervision of a designee of [Huckabee's] office," and the backup tapes of the information on the hard drives have not been seen since they were turned over to a former aide. Neither U.S. News nor Newsmax address the issue of the missing backups.

As the Arkansas Times notes, everything Huckabee did was perfectly legal under state law, which is unusually permissive in the amount of records a former governor can keep secret. U.S. News and Newsmax have apparently decided that merely following the law is good enough.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:52 PM EDT
Bozell, MRC Struggle To Paint Couric As A Liberal
Topic: Media Research Center

Writing about Katie Couric's imminent departure as CBS Evening News anchor in his April 6 column, Brent Bozell asserts that "Couric didn’t fail at this job or lack authority because she was the first female nightly news anchor. She lacked authority because she was such a blatant feminist and liberal activist."

And what is Bozell's prime example of this alleged bias? "Attacking Rush Limbaugh as 'certainly heartless' in mocking Michael J. Fox’s ads for Democrats." No, really.

Of course, as we've detailed, Limbaugh never gets criticized by Bozell and his Media Research Center minions no matter how offensive he is, and the Fox incident was yet another example.

An October 2006 MRC CyberAlert set the tone by trying to change the subject, unwilling to acknowlege that Limbaugh did anything wrong but attacking critics because they "ignored how Fox was injecting politics into medical research funding policy, how Fox has admitted going off his meds in order to look worse and that Limbaugh was also criticizing Fox's anti-Talent ad in Missouri in which Fox made the distorted claim that 'Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us the chance for hope.' Plus, it's worth noting that Fox was a lot more steady in a clip of him responding to Limbaugh."

Bozell's other major example of Couric's alleged bias is her alleged "her pounding on Sarah Palin in 2008." Yeah, Couric asking Palin what newspapers she read was a real"pounding" -- one Palin could have easily avoided by giving Couric a straight answer to her very simple question.

Meanwhile, Bozell's minions are still desperate to come up with any significant number of examples of her alleged "liberal bias." An April 4 NewsBusters item by Rich Noyes could only come up with a dozen examples of her "worst bias." That's not very many for nearly five years of newscasts.

As we pointed out a few years back, Media Matters found more examples of "conservative misinformation" on Couric's newscast in her first year as anchor than the MRC found examples of "liberal bias."

Posted by Terry K. at 8:56 AM EDT
Ben Shapiro Falsely Attacks Samantha Power

In his April 7 column, published at, Ben Shapiro falsely attacks Obama adviser Samantha Power:

Back in 2002, Power told a University of California at Berkeley interviewer that America should put military forces on the ground in Israel to prevent Israeli "human rights abuses." "What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in sort of helping the situation," she said.

Channeling the conspiratorial ruminations of anti-Semitic scholars the world over, Power added, "And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import. It may more crucially mean sacrificing -- or investing, I think, more than sacrificing -- literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israel's, you know, military, but actually in investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing billions of dollars it would probably take also to support, I think, what will have to be a mammoth protection force."

Then Power went even further -- she stated that America should impose a solution on Israel. "You have to go in as if you're serious, you have to put something on the line," she explained.

In fact, Power was discussing how to react to a hypothetical move toward genocide by "one party or another," not Israel alone. Power specifically stated that United Nations peacekeeping forces were insufficient to stop genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, and her reference to "put[ting] something on the line," in its proper context, is to a force sufficient to stop a genocide, not, as Shapiro claimed, imposing a "solution" on Israel only.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:17 AM EDT
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Even WND Is Now Correcting Orly Taitz's Birther Lunacy -- But Jack Cashill Embraces It
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Are the days when WorldNetDaily serve as an apologist and whitewasher for Orly Taitz over? It appears so.

An unbylined April 6 WND article highlights a claim by Taitz -- who it describes as an "eligibility gadfly," a far cry from when WND was fawning over her in a 2009 profile as a "fierce blond attorney" with "a vibrant smile and an ebullient personality" -- that Barack Obama "only attend[ed] Columbia University for nine months," only to follow up with a stinging response: "But according to information obtained by WND, it appears Obama did indeed attend Columbia for two years."

After proving Taitz wrong, WND descended into its usual birther blather. But WND throwing Taitz under the bus is an interesting development.

But as WND was correcting Taitz's bogus claim, conspiracy-monger extraordinaire Jack Cashill was embracing it in his April 7 column, citing "irrepressible researcher Orly Taitz" (though he does aver that "Taitz is likely unaware of competing evidence").

Cashill then takes it further:

In his definitive 2010 biography of Barack Obama, "The Bridge," New Yorker editor David Remnick features a photograph of a dapper young Barack Obama sitting between his grandparents on a Central Park bench.

The bench is real. The grandparents are real. The wall behind them is real. Barack Obama is not. He has been conspicuously photoshopped in. Who did this and why remains as much a mystery as Obama's extended stay in New York.

Actually, as Media Matters points out, Obama has in fact been Photoshopped out of the photo, and the the one Cashill is portraying as "real" is actually the fake -- as evidenced by Obama's right knee still appearing in it.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:21 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011 11:24 PM EDT
Newsmax Doesn't Correct Trump's False Birther Claim
Topic: Newsmax

An April 7 Newsmax article by Hiram Reisner uncritically repeats Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama's "grandmother in Kenya is on record saying he was born in Kenya." But Reisner fails to report that Trump's claim is false.

As we documented when WorldNetDaily tried to peddle this same claim, the charge originates with an Obama-hating Anabaptist minister named Ron McRae, who contacted Obama's grandmother, Sarah Obama, and tried to talk to her through translators. McRae has twisted misunderstandings due to translation problems into a definitive claim that Sarah Obama said Barack was born in Kenya.

Reisner also uncritically repeats another Trump claim: "The hospital has, not only no birth certificate — or if they have it they should produce it, maybe there is something on it, who knows — but they have no records that he was there. The family is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in. There is not one record, in any hospital in Hawaii, that Barack Hussein Obama was born there." Trump simply cannot know that; in fact, federal privacy laws forbid hospitals from releasing patient records.

Why is Reisner allowing such clearly false and misleading information to stand uncorrected? Perhaps because his boss seems to have partnered with Trump to promote his wannabe presidential campaign.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:52 PM EDT
CNS Still Falsely Suggesting Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood Pays For Abortions
Topic:, it seems, is bound and determined to falsely portray federal money for Planned Parenthood as paying for abortions.

In an April 5 CNS article, Fred Lucas interprets President Obama's comment about "using last year’s budget process to have arguments about abortion, to have arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency, to try to use this budget negotiation as a vehicle for every ideological or political difference between the two parties" to actually mean that Obama "would not sign a budget agreement to keep the government running that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency." At no point does Lucas quote Obama actually saying that.

As misleading as that is,  the headline on Lucas' article gets it even more so, claiming: "Abortion, Environmental Regulation are Priorities for Obama in Seeking Budget Compromise." But Lucas never quotes Obama saying that, either.

As we've previously noted, federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood pays for health care and family planning services and does not pay for abortions outside of what is permitted by the federal Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal spending on abortions to cases of rape, incest or to preserve the life of the mother.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:54 AM EDT
WND Still Whitewashing Adams -- And Ignores His Biggest Scoop
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Remember Tim Adams, the former Hawaii elections clerk temp who had no real access to election records yet insisted that President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii? He's back!

An  April 6 WorldNetDaily article by Joe Kovacs details Adams' latest claim: that "the president and his aides have been 'caught fibbing' about Obama's background, and the 'embarrassing' situation is making it difficult to fess up to the truth." As he has before, Kovacs is covering up for Adams.

Kovacs writes that Adams made his claim "in a two-hour interview with a group looking to disprove claims made by so-called birthers." But Kovacs fails to mention the most significant claim Adams made during that same interview -- that people connected with WND created the affidavit Adams signed in January (which WND made a big deal out of at the time).

From the transcript of the March 31 edition of the Reality Check Radio show (h/t Turning the Scale):

RC: Well, you, you were certainly able to say what, what you wanted to say. Now, now you, you did mention, I believe, and we'll get to your, the affidavit that you filed. First, I think we're able to move on to that. You filed, you filed anaffidavit that appeared in WorldNetDaily. First of all, was, was this sworn under, under oath to any officer of the court? Under penalty of perjury?


RC: To what court?

MR. ADAMS: Uh, I'd have to look at a copy of the darned thing.

RC: Well, I've got it here. It's, it's signed by a notary public, but you know I could get my, any, any document I can get a notary public to sign. But, again, an affidavit is normally, uh, a court document -

MR. ADAMS: If you want to go over the affidavit, I can, can tell you about that.I had agreed -- I had been willing to do an affidavit last June, but, um, I'm poor, so, uh, this past year, uh, some of the folks with, at WorldNetDaily, or affiliated with WorldNetDaily, they paid for the lawyer to draw the thing up. They, uh, sent it up here and I had it, uh, notarized and signed, and swore out the statement and sent it back. There's no duplicity going on there, that's just the way it was done.

RC: So, you, did WorldNetDaily pay you for the affidavit?

MR. ADAMS: No, they just paid -- someone associated with WorldNetDaily, I forget who, it might have been Mr. Corsi, um, had their attorney draw it up. So they paid for the attorney services to draw the document up.

Foggy: And did the attorney talk to you before he drew itup?

MR. ADAMS: Yeah. They contacted me about two or three times on the phone before they sent it up here and told me what I had to do with it when it arrived. And then I faxed it down back to them.

RC: But they, they wrote it for you then?

MR. ADAMS: They wrote out the document based on my testimony. Yeah. Yep.

Besides, as we've previously detailed, Adams' affidavit is complete hearsay, repeating claims from unnamed "senior officers in the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division"; at no point does he relate any firsthand knowledge regarding Obama's birth certificate.

As he has repeatedly before, Kovacs ignores the charges of racism against Adams, starting with the fact that Adams first made his claim about Obama's birth certificate on the radio show of self-described "pro-White" host James Edwards, who was broadcasating from the 2010 National Conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a decendent of the openly racist White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s that the Anti-Defamation League describes as having a "white supremacy, white separatism" ideology.

But Adams has said more racially charged things that WND has never mentioned -- for instance, repeatedly referring to Hawaii as a "ghetto paradise" on his MySpace blog.

This and other statements -- such as calling the hateful Westboro Baptist Church a "blessing" and sarcastically describing Obama as a "chosen messiah" who "is gettin whipped like a Hebrew slave child by a white woman from Alaska" -- were covered during the radio interview Kovacs wrote about, but he mentions none of it in his article.

Not only is Kovacs still whitewashing Adams to keep up his birther-hero status, he's hiding the fact that WND is working behind the scenes to advance his claims.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:50 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:56 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Les Kinsolving Homophobic Freak-Out Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Les Kinsolving begins his April 5 column this way:

One of the best veteran reporters and columnists in our nation's capital is Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times.

That is probably why he was leaked a copy of our armed forces training material for 2.2 million active and reserve troops, as a prelude to opening the ranks to self-announced homosexual males and lesbian females.

Well, no. The more likely reason Scarborough was leaked the manual is that he's a right-wing hack, as we documented back in 2007 with his attempt to smear a CIA official who was an outsider to the particular management regime he favored (and was probably in bed with).

But you'll notice that the subject of the leaked manual involved "self-announced homosexual males and lesbian females." Cue another homophobic freak-out by Kinsolving!

Noting a statement from the man ual that ""Commanders may honor a request not to shower with known-gay service members," Kinsolving adds:

In a brief interview with Scarborough, I cited that and asked: "If they allow that refuge from the possibility of excessively peering homosexual eyes in the showers, what about the presence of peering by announced homosexuals in the latrines?"

Scarborough replied, "Nothing at all about that in that training material!"

Kinsolving went on to declare "grim news" the Supreme Court has ruled that "private consensual sexual activity to include consensual sodomy, regardless of sexual orientation, is a protected liberty under the 14th Amendment." Then he writes:

QUESTION: Do the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces know of any sexual orientation with a higher rate of AIDS and syphilis than homosexuality, which has led to so many thousands of deaths? And if homosexuals in our armed forces are medically examined for AIDS and syphilis when they are accepted into the armed services, should they not be re-examined whenever they return from leave – given the possibility of an AIDS- or syphilis-infected civilian lover, together with this homosexual armed forces member's possible promiscuity in search for others in barracks or aboard ship?

This is the kind of thing that happens when a hack and a hater (who is also a hack) get together.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:58 PM EDT
NewsBusters Thinks Dead Afghan Troops Are Obama's 'Problem'
Topic: NewsBusters

In an April 5 NewsBusters post, Rusty Weiss takes offense at the idea that, as one news article reported, "many of America's problems predated [Obama's] presidency." Weiss reported with "a short list of American problems since Obama took office," among them being "858 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan since Obama’s inauguration."

You gotta love a conservative declaring dead soldiers fighting for American freedom to be a "problem." 

And what does Weiss link to as evidence for this claim? A certain article. If you were wondering why CNS has been doing monthly body counts on Afghanistan when it felt no need to do so while soldiers were dying under a Republican president, you now have your answer.

(And who invaded Afghanistan in the first place, only to neglect it for a war elsewhere, causing the initial gains to be negated? Hint: Not Obama.)

Weiss also lists as an Obama "problem" the claim that he "Tripled the national deficit in his first year in office." Actually, the fiscal year 2009 budget deficit was mostly the consequence of Bush-era policies. Perhaps he shouldn't be citing as evidence Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, better known as the Dumbest Man on the Internet.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:11 PM EDT
CNS Columnist Likens Planned Parenthood To Tuskegee Experiment

The disturbing parallels that exist between a government cover-up decades ago and the lies propagated by Planned Parenthood today should serve as a wake-up call to those who may not yet know the frightening reality behind what Planned Parenthood practices.

Imagine reading this headline in your local newspaper: If the Tuskegee experiments were being run by Planned Parenthood today, Congress would increase its funding!

Would you be outraged? Presumably, you would be. Yet the sad fact is that this idea is not too far-fetched.


Today, Planned Parenthood uses the same sort of tactic on our young people that was employed at Tuskegee. Even though these people are not herded into a particular government facility to participate in testing, the results are similar. And Planned Parenthood’s tactic is far more devious.

Much like the Tuskegee research subjects, the young people who are unfortunate enough to visit a Planned Parenthood office do not receive adequate information about the birth control pill prior to ingesting it. They are not informed that the pill can kill a preborn child. They are not warned that the pill can harm them physically, emotionally or even—depending on their medical history—result in their death.

Our teens are human guinea pigs who are being deceived by an organization that receives more than a third of its funding from the federal government.

-- Judie Brown, April 5 column

Posted by Terry K. at 9:03 AM EDT
Newsmax Thrilled That Trump Promoted Its Meaningless Poll
Topic: Newsmax

An April 4 Newsmax article gets very meta as it touts how Donald Trump -- whose possible presidential candidacy it has promoting for months -- said in an appearance on "Fox & Friends" that "A Newsmax poll said I’m winning."

That, of course, would be one of Newsmax's patented opt-in online polls that is relentlessly promoted online. This one seems to be specifically designed to boost Trump's viability as a candidate (not to mention massage Trump's ego) by making it mostly about him and whether he is "right in demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth certificate."

But the skewed, meaningless poll results have not been released publicly; the article states that Trump was referring to "early results" from the poll.B ut how could he know those results? The only possible explanation is that Newsmax told him.

As an opt-in poll, the results were already untrustworthy. But Newsmax is apparently so in the tank for Trump that it's sharing those untrustworthy poll numbers with him. Why trust anything Newsmax has to say about Trump?

Meanwhile, the fluffing of Trump at Newsmax is not unanimous. John LeBoutillier urges people to fight "the allure of the billionaire savior," adding, "Donald Trump is all about himself. Period. Will it become The Trump White House if he wins?"

Posted by Terry K. at 12:25 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
WorldNetDaily To Become Just WND
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An April 3 WorldNetDaily article announces that the website's name is about to change:

WorldNetDaily is changing its name, but Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah wants everyone to know they can continue to expect the same fiercely independent commitment to the truth and watchdog journalism.

Of course, the idea that WND has a "commitment to the truth" is ludicrous, not to mention patently false.

The article also states that on top of a new logo, later this year WND will launch "its first major redesign since the site was founded in 1997," which even WND editor Joseph Farah concedes comes "about 10 years late." We can't argue with that.

UPDATE: Commenters (to me and on Facebook) wonder: The proclaimed reason for the name change may be "a marketing decision based on the ease of remembering a three-letter site amid the increasing noise and clutter of an Internet with hundreds of millions of competing sites," but is the real motivation an attempt to distance itself from nicknames like WingNutDaily and WorldNutDaily?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 11:31 PM EDT
MRC's Hypocritial Outrage Over Jesse Ventura
Topic: NewsBusters

In an April 4 NewsBusters post, Scott Whitlock is offended that ABC "offered 9/11 truther Jesse Ventura a platform to hype his conspiracy theories and smear the U.S. government as 'Nazi.'" Whitlock huffed, "why does ABC giving Ventura opportunities to promote such claims?"

Whitlock might have a little more credibility if one of his fellow NewsBusters bloggers wasn't actively helping Ventura to spread his conspiracies.

As we've detailed in the MRC's long list of double standards, NewsBusters associate editor -- and fellow MRC employee -- Noel Sheppard played a starring role in an episode of Ventura's TruTV show "Conspiracy Theory" focusing on global warming, spinning global warming as "power and money and control of the population" and slipping Ventura "a list of scientists that I want you to talk to. You will learn a lot from these folks."

Is George Stepanopoulos questioning Ventura on "GMA" really more embarrassing than Sheppard's thespian turn on Ventura's own show?

Posted by Terry K. at 5:50 PM EDT
WND's Klein Smears Vartan Gregorian -- Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Why does Aaron Klein hate Vartan Gregorian?

Last year, Klein plucked the Carnegie Corporation chief out of obscurity to smear him in a WorldNetDaily article as an Islamist extremist who is "closely tied to the Muslim leaders behind a proposed controversial Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the 9/11 attacks." Klein didn't mention that by the same standard he was using to smear Gregorian -- being on the board of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum -- Rudy Guiliani, Michael Bloomberg, 9/11 widow Debra Burlingame, and all four living former presidents are also "closely tied" to the " ‘Ground Zero' imam." Klein central concept that Gregorian is some kind of Islamist extremist is laughable given his resume, which also including being president of Brown University and president of the New York Public Library, not exactly hotbeds of extremism (though Klein might belive differently) and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from none other than President Bush.

That smear wasn't enough for Klein; he followed up with an article portraying President Obama appointment of Gregorian to Commission on White House Fellowships as payback for his alleged role in choosing Obama to head the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in the 1990s. Klein apparently believes that nothing screams "payoff" more than an appointment to a minor government board.

Klein went at it again in a March 31 WND article, this time drawing a even more specious guilt-by-assocation attack: Gregorian served on an advisory board in 2001 that developed the "Responsibility to Protect" policy invoked by Obama to launch military action against Libya. No, really, that's all Klein has.

Having exhausted that line of reasoning rather quickly, Klein spends the rest of his article rehashing old smears, such as his claim that "WND previously reported documentation shows Gregorian was central in the recruitment of Obama in 1995 to serve as the first chairman of an education project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge." In fact, as we documented, Klein's "documentation" is specious -- just a single letter asking CAC founder Bill Ayers to "compose the governing board" of the Challenge's collaborative project with "people who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of Chicago."

Klein then claimed that "Ayers and other founding Challenge members then recruited Obama to serve as the project chairman." But more credible sources have reported that Ayers had nothing to do with the recruitment of Obama.

Klein's repeated attacks on Gregorian appear to be more than coincidence -- they seem personal. What did Gregorian do to Klein that is apparently motivating this campaign of guilt-by-association revenge?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:16 PM EDT
CNS Body Count Watch

With the new month comes yet another body count report from from's Edwin Mora. This time, he makes a big deal out of, as the headline states, "60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009."

As we've come to expect, the word "Iraq" appears nowhere in Mora's article; thus, Mora fails to put the Afghan casualties into perspective by ignoring the fact that the U.S. casualty rate in Iraq at the height of the Iraq war was much higher.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:51 AM EDT

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