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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Newsmax Columnist Blames Muslims For Norway Terrorism
Topic: Newsmax

Tawfik Hamid endeavors in his July 26 Newsmax column to downplay the Christian aspect of Anders Breivik's massare in Norway, doing everything he can to inject Muslims into the debate even though they had nothing to do with it:

While acts of violence against innocents all wreak similar havoc, from a quantitative point of view the Norwegian tragedy and Islamic terrorism are incomparable. Worldwide Islamic terror acts number in thousands while the number of political extremist and/or Christian terror acts can be counted on one’s own fingers.


As with most paranoid ideologies, Breivik’s fears might have a kernel of rationality. Islamic Shariah laws oppress women, limit religious freedom, and promote using violence to spread the faith.


A recent NY Times Op-Ed has suggested that the attacker could have been influenced by U.S. authors who have exposed the dangers of Islamic values. The problem, however, is not the messenger but rather the phenomenon itself.

Hatred toward Islam could be engendered by merely observing the facts on the ground: the nonassimilation by Islamic populations of European values, and by-contrast Shariah-inspired beheadings, amputations of body parts, hanging gays, honor killings, and stoning of humans until death.

Rather than blaming writers such as Robert Spencer for exposing the realities of Shariah law, we need to address the failure of the Muslim world to modernize its theology. Until Muslim religious leaders explicitly reject inhumane Shariah laws, negative reactions toward Islam and its teachings are inevitable.

Alas, apologists for radical Islam describe Islam and its Shariah Law — which promotes the formerly mentioned violent values — as “peaceful.” This irrationality invites other forms of irrationality. The latter may occasionally manifest itself as extreme reactions in emotionally unstable people like Breivik.

The denial of the realities of Islamic Shariah teachings invite those like Breivik to commit dramatically violent acts to draw attention to the threats that he, to an unfortunately large extent, perceives. If we truly want to stop the rising of more irrational behaviors against Islam we need first of all to stop irrationality in dealing with the problem.

The misdirection is amazing, isn't it?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:26 AM EDT
Friday, July 29, 2011
Massie On Obama's 'Mac-Daddy Limp Wrist Fairy Princess Chuck n Jive Swagger'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Yes, WorldNetDaily columnist Mychal Massie wrote this:

just saw clip of bho doing his mac-daddy limp wrist fairy princess chuck n jive swagger as he strutted 2 podium last nite - some1 shud tell him the snoop dog pimp swagger isnt presidential

And Massie's rage against Obama gets even more deranged.

Speaking of which: Remember how we noted that Massie was channeling nutball Rev. James David Manning by echoing Manning's "long-legged mack daddy" rhetoric? Turns out that Massie was a guest on Manning's webcast this week.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:09 PM EDT
At CNS, Ridiculing Obama Is 'News'

A July 26 CNS article by Eric Scheiner promotes a CNS-produced video called "The Great Debate," which asks, in Scheiner's words, "Would Senator Barack Obama disagree with the actions and statements of President Barack Obama?" Scheiner also stars in the video, which begins with a pretentious graphic for his personal brand, "The Schein."

This is a partisan attack on the president that typically comes from the Republican Party or a partisan right-wing advocacy group, the type of video whose only purpose is ridicule. So why is a "news" organization like CNS devoting tax-exempt donation money to producing it? Isn't such partisan political activity forbidden by organizations with a 501(c)3 tax status like CNS and its parent, the Media Research Center?

CNS, it seems, has decided to abandon the pretense that it's a "news" organization and is explicitly becoming the right-wing advocacy group it has been all along. It might want to do something about that tax status first, though.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:32 PM EDT
WND's Klein Complains That Someone Else Is Doing Something It Does All The Time
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Aaron Klein couldn't work up any outrage in a July 27 WorldNetDaily article that Glenn Beck said the Norwegian political youth camp where dozens of students were shot and killed allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik "sounds a little like the Hitler Youth." No, it complained that 'Scores of major news media outlets published pictures of Glenn Beck in Israel while reporting on the radio host's seemingly unrelated controversial comments."

No, really. That's the complaint. Here it is again: "Some major media outlets reporting on the comments published images of Beck in Israel even though none of the reports mentioned the Jewish state."

WND even inadvertantly offers a clue to why this happened:

Beck visited Israel earlier this month to address the Knesset, the country's parliament. On Aug. 24, Beck is planning a rally in Israel called "Restoring Courage." The event is purportedly a follow up to Beck's massive "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., last summer.

Surely someone as media-savvy as Klein knows that media outlets prefer to publish the most current photos it can get of someone they're writing about. Since Beck has most recently been hanging out in Israel, those are the most recent photos available.

Besides, it's not like WND hasn't done the same exact thing it's accusing others of doing in running non-contextual photos. For instance, any WND article that mentions Bill Ayers typically includes a 40-year-old mugshot of him, even if -- as is usually the case -- the article is not about what he did 40 years ago.

Further, Klein never explains why he considers the Beck photos so offensive. The headline of his article suggests that it's being done to "smear Israel," but that doesn't make sense. How does it "smear Israel" to include a photo of Beck in Israel with an article about Beck saying something stupid? And Klein doesn't reference this point in the article.

Then again, WND doesn't explain why it runs 40-year-old photos of Ayers instead of a more recent one.

So, there you have it: WND publishes an article that manages to be hypocritical and uninformative about its main point. An amazing piece of anti-journalism from the folks who want you to believe that they're the opposite of "anti-journalists."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:15 PM EDT
NewsBusters Bizarrely Suggests Abortion Doctor Is Lying About Being Threatened
Topic: NewsBusters

Ken Shepherd engaged in an odd bit of nitpicking in a July 25 NewsBusters post about a "sympathetic profile for Nebraska abortionist LeRoy Carhart" in the Washington Post.

Shepherd quoted a section of the article noting that Carhart's Nebraska farm had burned following the passage of a parental-notification law in the state: "The next day, Carhart received a letter informing him that the fire was in retaliation for the abortions. Local officials were unable to determine the fire’s cause." After the Post then wrote that the headline on the jump of the article stated "Doctor's activism grew after opponents destroyed farm," Shepherd huffed:

The farm fire may have been an arson. You may say it most likely was. But no one has been caught and proven guilty in a court of law for the farm blaze.

[Reporter Lena] Sun failed to produce evidence of other substantial threats against Carhart or to cite any law enforcement personnel who fear for his safety.

Is Shepherd really claiming that Carhart has never been threatened, or that anti-abortion protesters never threaten abortion providers? That's patently false -- just this week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Can't Shepherd reasonably presume that abortion doctors fear for their life, given the history of violence against them? George Tiller and Barnett Slepian would undoubtedly agree.

And is Sheppard really claiming that courtroom-level forensic evidence is necessary before it can be said in public that anti-abortion protesters burned down Carhart's farm? Isn't the letter admitting retaliation evidence enough to make that claim with a moderate to high degree of certainty? 

NewsBusters doesn't demand that high level of evidence when conservatives make claims. For instance, on July 10 Tim Graham uncritically repeated a man's claim that he was fired from Cisco Systems for opposing gay marriage without providing any independent evidence that this is what, in fact, happened.

Of course, the MRC has worked to obscure the fact that anti-abortion activists commit violence. As we've noted,'s Penny Starr has repeatedly insisted that Scott Roeder, convicted of murdering Tiller in 2009, is someone "known to have mental problems" and "a mentally unstable man," even though the court and even a psychologist hired by his defense found Roeder competent to stand trial, and Roeder did not mount an insanity defense.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:25 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011 11:29 AM EDT
Uh-Oh: WND Brands Geller's Favorite Group As Radical, Ultra-Nationalist
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A July 26 WorldNetDaily article, taken for WND's G2 Bulletin and carrying the headline "'Radical' nationalists rising up in Europe," states that "The slaughter in Norway last week – allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik – appears to have unleashed a number of latent far-right activist groups throughout Europe whose members are beginning public protests over their worries regarding immigration, multiculturalism, globalization and the rise of Islam in Europe." It continues:

Now, following his alleged attack and the publication of his manifesto, ultra-nationalist groups throughout Europe are becoming more vocal, hoping to instill their concept of a more homogeneous society as a political mainstream viewpoint.

One of those groups, the English Defense League, or EDL, is to stage a rally in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. Draped in the flag of the United Kingdom, demonstrators, many of whom are hooded, will be wearing white hockey masks with a red Crusader cross painted on it.

The demonstrators in Luton will be joined by so-called defense leagues from Norway where the recent attack occurred, Sweden and the Netherlands as well as supporters from other far-right groups from France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.


Observers increasingly are concerned that members of ultra-right movements and demonstrations consist mostly of young people.

But as we've noted, the English Defense League is a favorite group of newly minted WND columnist Pamela Geller. Earlier this summer, after the head of the EDL's Jewish Division, Roberta Moore, resigned from the group complaining of "Nazis" in the EDL ranks, Geller first declared that she was withdrawing her support from the EDL, then flip-flopped the next day, insisting that "There is a struggle for the soul of the EDL" and that she still believes the EDL is "noble and true."

Geller has not made mention of the EDL since the Norway incident. Does she agree with WND's assessment of it as "radical" and "ultra-right"? Does this mean she's finally ready to walk away from this organization for good since even WND considers it extreme? We shall see.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:22 AM EDT
Thursday, July 28, 2011
MRC Bashes Reporting On Debt Ceiling Crisis -- But Doesn't Dispute Its Accuracy
Topic: Media Research Center

A July 26 Media Research Center study by Geoffrey Dickens and Rich Noyes concludes that "when it came to assigning blame for lack of a debt ceiling resolution, ABC, CBS and NBC’s coverage has placed the overwhelming majority of the blame on Republicans’ doorstep." But at no point do Dickens and Noyes dispute the accuracy of this coverage.

The authors assert that it's "anti-Republican" and a biased "tilt" to blame Republicans for the debt ceiling crisis -- but, again, they offer no evidence that this conclusion is false.

The authors add:

Democrats believe that they gained political advantage during the government shutdowns in late 1995 and early 1996, when the national media also disproportionately battered the Republican side of the stand-off. Once again, the broadcast networks seem eager to hand another liberal President an election-year narrative: that conservatives are an intransigent obstacle, while liberals offer a “balanced” and reasonable alternative.

Again, Dickens and Noyes do not dispute the accuracy of either narrative; they are merely complaining that it's being reported.

This, folks, is what the MRC peddles as "media research."

Posted by Terry K. at 3:22 PM EDT
Newsmax's Ponte Misleads on Social Security COLAs
Topic: Newsmax

Lowell Ponte writes in his July 25 Newsmax column:

Obama should also be forced to account for the hundreds of billions he has expropriated by denying Social Security recipients cost-of-living adjustments in 2010 and 2011 to offset the massive inflation his failed economic policies have caused. His administration has already said that most seniors will also receive no such cost of living increases in 2012.

In fact, the COLA provision mechanism was created in 1972, and Obama has no hand in whether or not to give one. As the Social Security Administration describes it regarding the lack of a COLA for 2011:

The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of the last year a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was determined to the third quarter of the current year.  As determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no increase in the CPI-W from the third quarter of 2008, the last year a COLA was determined, to the third quarter of 2010, therefore, under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2011.

Further, Obama championed a $250 payment to seniors in lieu of a COLA in 2009, which was approved as part of the stimulus bill. He also championed another payment for 2010, but bills to do that died in committee. Republicans blocked the bill containing the payment for this year, claiming the country couldn't afford it.

If Ponte wants some answers to questions to why Social Security recipients aren't getting more money, he might want to check the people in his own party first before haranguing Obama about something he can't control.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:30 PM EDT
Sue-Happy Defamer Klayman Sues Rachel Maddow for Defamation
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Larry Klayman is still trying to score a big payday in court, which explains the exhoribant, unrealistic amounts of money he seeks in his politically motivated lawsuits.

Last year, he sued the White House Correspondents Association for $10 million as part of WorldNetDaily's snit fit over not being able to buy as many seats at the WHCA dinner that it wanted -- a lawsuit that was swiftly tossed out of court. Last month, he filed another lawsuit for WND, this time seeking at least $225 million from Esquire magazine over a satirical piece about Jerome Corsi's birther book, complete with dog-and-pony show to announce the lawsuit.

Klayman's at it again, this time suing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for $50 million on behalf of a Minnesota preacher named Bradlee Dean, whom he claims Maddow defamed by selectively editing a rant by Dean to suggest that he favors the execution of gays.

A July 26 WND article by Bob Unruh announced the lawsuit. Unruh falsely suggested that Maddow ignored a disclaimer by Dean that he does not support the killing of gays; in fact, Maddow specifically said after airing the Dean clip: "Mr. Bradlee with two e's later clarified that he didn't really mean to sanction murder of gay people. He said, 'We have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals.' Which is nice."

Unruh, of course, did not disclose his employer's conflict of interest by noting that Klayman is currently representing WND. He also ignored Dean's long history of anti-gay rhetoric (perhaps because WND himself is so anti-gay that its employees believe a ludicrous statement like Dean's claim that "On average, [homosexuals] molest 117 people before they’re found out" is documented fact); instead, Unruh serves as public relations agent for Bradlee and his ministry,You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International:

Dean, a renowned hard metal rocker who became a Christian after suffering a hard life as a young boy, has dedicated his life to his ministry's mission, the group said.


You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, founded by Dean, has reached more than 500,000 young people with a message of truth and hope across the country. His message focuses on basic constitutional issues. He's also spoken at churches, festivals, prisons, detention centers and on radio and television programs.

Dean also is drummer for Junkyard Prophet, which has sold over 40,000 albums in the Minneapolis area alone. Bradlee is endorsed by world-class companies such as Sonor, Buttkickers, Beatnik (including his own signature drum pad), Hornet Drumsticks (including his own signature sticks) and Soultone Cymbals.

Unruh devoted a second article to the lawsuit the next day, focusing on Klayman and Dean's claim that Maddow was "trying to undercut the presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and to do that attacked those with whom she has associated." In fact, only one of the two segments that mentioned Dean also mentioned Bachmann, and that was to note that the two would be sharing a stage at a "tea party nominating convention."

The irony of this entire episode is that Klayman himself makes a habit of defaming his political enemies. He's particularly fond of using his WND column to insist that President Obama a Muslim -- which amounts to defamation in the eyes of his readers -- repeatedly calling him the "mullah in chief":

  • "In an orchestrated public-relations campaign following the death of Osama bin Laden (OBL), President Barack Hussein Obama, in conjunction with the American Muslim community, sent forth messengers, like the Ground Zero mosque Imam Faisal Rauf, to spew forth an amazing message: The time for "healing" between Muslims, Christians and Jews has come with OBL's demise. In other words, non-Muslims should allegedly stop persecuting and get 'off the backs' of Muslims and look the other way regarding their general nonchalance toward terrorism. ... In short, what we saw this week was Obama and his Muslim friends literally 'making love' with each other, all made possible thanks to the death of OBL. While it was "theatre of the absurd," there does not seem to be a denouement in sight to Obama and his administration's support of Muslims at our expense." -- May 7
  • "Emboldened by increased popularity brought about by the killing of Osama bin Laden, Barack Hussein Obama, our first 'Muslim' president, has joined with Palestinians to now knock off Israel.  ... We need to preserve our our way of life. We need to protect our religious freedoms, which are under attack by our 'Muslim' president and his fellow anti-Semites and anti-Christian haters." -- May 21
  • "I am not a xenophobe. I have married foreigners, represented them legally as an international lawyer and I speak four languages – some people think even English. All of my beloved grandparents emigrated from other countries. But the actions of Obama, which further an Islamic revolution, coupled with the possibility that he was foreign born in Kenya to an anti-American communist and Muslim father, seem to square with his designs and actions. It lends credence to our constitutional edict that the American president be born here, to American parents. Put simply, Obama's traitorous actions may very well stem from his identifying with his foreign rather than his alleged American roots." -- April 30
  • "We all remember last year's Obama outrage; canceling the White House commemoration of May's National Day of Prayer and instead celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the people's house. To add insult to injury, the president used the occasion to effectively endorse the Ground Zero mosque. What we witnessed before this shocking display was a chief executive who went out of his way to humiliate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he first interrupted and then left the Jewish leader waiting during a meeting in the White House, while Obama went off to have a cozy dinner with first lady Michelle. That's not to mention the administration's generally hostile attitude and approach toward Israel and its now obsessive "outreach" to radical Arabic interests. Couple this with Obama's dissing of and failure to support the Persian freedom movement in Iran, a natural ally of Israel and the West if there is regime change, and we have the backdrop of a president, true to his black Muslim Chicago roots, not only obsessed with the radical Arab world, but also hostile to Jews, Christians and Persians." -- Feb. 5

Klayman has also sleazily portrayed Bill and Hillary Clinton as murderers:

During the so-called "Clinton years," when I took the testimony of nearly everyone in the White House, it became well-known that Hillary Rodham Clinton was in effect the operational chief of the administration and its "hit man" – the evil point person for destroying adversaries – and head of the "War Room," which also comprised James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Hubbie Bill was the "creative genius," not only with regard to foreign policy, but literally with regard to "domestic affairs." Just ask Monica Lewinsky and the cigar industry. But there is one statement I will always remember: "Hillary rules the school," testified to by Linda Tripp, the former assistant to mysteriously deceased Hillary law-firm partner and Clinton Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster – giving a new meaning to the French expression "femme fatale." As also suggested during the testimony, Vince was the "love slave" who "watered Hillary's office plants" and may have died for being honest and not wanting to go along any longer in helping her execute evil deeds. Over 80 material witnesses and others "died" during the Clinton years, and poor Vince was only one of them.


With this resumé, it's no wonder Barack Hussein Obama was fearful to have Clinton nominated as his vice presidential candidate in 2008. Hillary would only have been a stone's throw away from the Oval Office, and the "mullah in chief" obviously did not want to encourage his own "unfortunate accident." Instead, knowing that Hillary would always covet the presidency, Obama sought, European style, to co-opt her – that is, draw her into his inner circle to contain her by naming her secretary of state.

If Klayman's lawsuit on behalf of Dean is valid, then it's equally valid to sue Klayman for his lengthy history of libel and defamation. Klayman is so sue-happy, he might just sue himself if he's in the mood to do so.

UPDATE: Klayman once sued his own mother, so suing himself is not entirely out of the question.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:16 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:16 PM EDT
CNS Serves Up Biased Writer To Attack Obama's FDR Story

A July 25 CNSNews article by Fred Lucas highlights President Obama's story that "after the initial efforts of the New Deal and it looked like the economy was growing again, FDR then presented a very severe austerity budget," after which "the economy started going down again." Lucas dug up anti-FDR author Jim Powell of the Cato Institute to respond:

“It’s a misleading analysis. The budget deficit during the Great Depression was such a tiny percent of the GDP, and because it was so small, it’s a hard case to make that these cuts cause the depression of 1938,” Powell, an adjunct fellow with the libertarian Cato Institute, told

No one grew the size of government, taxation and spending in peacetime the way Roosevelt did, Powell said.

“FDR tripled taxes and spending more than doubled from 1933 to 1940,” Powell said. “That was the biggest increase in peacetime spending in American history. Before that, the biggest increases in spending came during wars.”

Further, the New Deal did not bring the economy back and prolonged recovery, Powell said, as unemployment was still at 17 percent by 1940, before war spending began to pull the country out of the depression.

Lucas didn't mention that liberal economists such as Paul Krugman back up Obama's interpretation.

Lucas went on to claim that "Despite the $500 billion spent under FDR through various programs, the unemployment rate in the United States did not significantly decrease until after the U.S. officially entered World War II in 1941." Apparently, Lucas does not consider the decrease from 24.9 percent in 1933 to 14.3 percent in 1937 -- a near halving of the rate -- to be "significant." Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers he cites from that period did not count those in make-work programs to be "employed," so the actual unemployment rate was lower.

A single biased writer to attack the president does not constitute any sort of genuine fairness or balance on Lucas' part.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:02 AM EDT
The Anti-Journalists At WND
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is promoting the new issue of its Whistleblower magazine this way:

Journalists. We pay them well, we rely on them to inform us, they're the "filter" through which most of us see and understand our world.

But there's a problem – a very big problem. Today, an overwhelming number of "mainstream" journalists, rather than serving the traditional role of the press as professional truth-tellers, have shifted 180 degrees in their mission, to become – as July's sensational Whistleblower issue proves – "ANTI-JOURNALISTS."

The subtitle says it all: "Not only do they refuse to report the truth – they attack you if you do."

Actually, that subtitle sounds a lot more like WND than any organization it's purporting to criticize.

One needs to look no farther than here for a prime example. A couple years back, I wrote a Huffington Post article recounting the history of WND, to which editor Joseph Farah responded not by making any significant challenge anything I wrote (indeed, he has never questioned my facts) but by attacking me as a "talent-challenged slug" and denigrating HuffPo.

I reported the truth, and WND attacked me for doing so. Somehow, I suspect my story is probably not covered in Whistleblower this month. Indeed, the list of articles in the magazine is focused entirely on the media being insufficiently right-wing.

WND managing editor David Kupelian is quoted as saying, "Maybe we should just call today's mainstream press 'the George Soros media." That, of course, is a laughable claim because, as we noted, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. spent more money propping up the money-losing New York Post in one single year than Soros has spent supporting various media organizations since 2003. And WND itself started out as billionaire-subsidized media, beginning in 1997 as a project of the Farah-founded Western Journalism Center, which accepted $330,000 from foundations controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife.

WND also whines about "how both liberal and conservative media routinely mock coverage of the issue of Obama's constitutional eligibility," while it is refusing to report on the existence of experts who defend the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.

We, of course, have never criticized WND for telling the truth -- we've criticized them because it doesn't. That's another reason we'll never get an honest writeup in Whistleblower.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:12 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
NEW ARTICLE: Hacks Weigh In On Hacking
Topic: Media Research Center
Led by the Media Research Center, the ConWeb seeks to shield Fox News from the fallout of a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 3:17 PM EDT
CNS, WND Published Buchanan's 'Brevik May Be Right' Column
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Pat Buchanan's July 25 column expressed sympathy for the views of accused Norway terrorist Anders Breivik, declaring that "As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right."

Guess who published Buchanan's column? WorldNetDaily and Neither has since commented on the wisdom of publishing someone who expresses sympathy with the views of a mass murderer and terrorist.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:12 PM EDT
Massie Falsely Attacks Obama Over Joplin Tornado
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Mychal Massie rants in a July 22 TwitLonger post:

Permit me to point out what others are afraid to say. There's an entire town of people in Joplin, MO. who are suffering in the extreme weather temperatures. They don't have trailers; there's no news casts, there are no music groups holding "save Joplin" concerts. We don't see the naacp or the congressional black caucus calling obama a racist for ignoring them. Kanye west isn't saying obama hates white people as he claimed bush hated blacks. A couple things - one we need to not only remember these brave people in prayer, we need to do what we can for them as they are surviving the heat in tents, the other remember that obama has ignored them as he lies about the budget/debt ceiling. Finally, plz add the people across the nation who are w/out housing and comforts from the storms not long ago, who obama has spit on, to the list of things to make him and congress pay for November 2012.

Massie is lying. While some people in Joplin are living in tents, it's not because trailers aren't available and Obama has "ignored them." Another article on a tent city in Joplin notes that "many flocked to shelters and placed in FEMA trailers."

Indeed, FEMA began sending trailers to Joplin a couple weeks after the massive tornado that hit the city, and more continue to arrive. FEMA is also near completion on two sites in Joplin where 350 trailers will be set up.

If others are "afraid to say" what Massie's saying, it's because they did their research and know what Massie's saying is wrong.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:43 AM EDT
Noel Sheppard, Fox News Apologist
Topic: NewsBusters

The Media Research Center has regularly downplayed the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in an effort to avoid implicating its beloved Fox News, and one of the chief worker bees has been Noel Sheppard.

In a July 17 NewsBusters post, Sheppard tried to deflect criticism of Fox News by CNN's Howard Kurtz for its initial reticence in covering the scandal by noting a Media Matters report on cable news coverage of it: "does Kurtz really think 30 reports on this subject by Fox from July 4 through July 13 is them ignoring the story? ... 30 reports in ten days not only means three a day, but also that Fox is continuing to cover the matter."

First, given that Fox News is a 24-hour cable news operation, shouldn't we expect more than an average of three reports a day? Sheppard is setting the coverage bar extremely low, especially since CNN and MSNBC aired at least twice as many reports on the scandal during that time.

Second, Fox News did actively ignore the scandal early on. Fox's first report wasn't until July 6, two days after it exploded with the revelations of phone-hacking of the voice mail of teenage murder victim Milly Dowler.

Sheppard also sought to exonerate Fox's media-criticism show, "Fox News Watch," for initially ignoring the scandal by huffing that the following week the show "did two segments on the scandal encompassing two thirds of the program." At no point does Sheppard comment on "Fox News Watch" not only ignoring the scandal the previous week but also declaring in a web-only segment that they won't "touch it" -- even though that's in the Kurtz transcript Sheppard includes in his post.

Sheppard was still at it in a July 24 post, responding to criticism of Fox News by Ariana Huffington by launching a personal attack on her:

Actually, one of the biggest embarrassments to journalism in recent memory was AOL buying out the perilously liberal Huffington Post.

As such, Huffington is in no position to accuse anyone or anything of embarrassing journalism given what her pathetic website does to the industry on a daily basis.

More embarrassing than Sheppard? We find that hard to believe.

Sheppard went on to uncritically parrot Fox Business employee Charlie Gasparino's defense of Fox News' coverage of the scandal, then reference his own previous post on the subject:

As NewsBusters reported last Sunday, Fox had done at least 30 reports concerning this scandal in the first ten days after it broke.

But facts don't matter to shills like Huffington.

She wants the only major news organization that doesn't have a decidedly liberal bias to be off the air, and she's going to do whatever she possibly can to accomplish that goal.

Once again, it was fortunate for "This Week" viewers that Gasparino was there to counter Huffington's absurd misrepresentations.

Nice job, Charlie. Bravo!

Again, Sheppard failed to acknowledge that Fox News' coverage of the scandal fell far behind that of the other cable news networks. Indeed, it can be argued that if it were not for scrutiny of that lack of coverage, the deficit might be even bigger that it is.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:40 AM EDT

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