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Friday, November 18, 2011
Newsmax Lets McCaughey Peddle More Health Care Reform Misinformation
Topic: Newsmax

In a Nov. 14 Newsmax article, Martin Gould lets serial health care misleader Betsy McCaughey peddle even more misinformation about health care reform:

“The Obama administration lawyers have said mandatory insurance is necessary for free riders — the people who go to the hospital and do not pay for it,” McCaughey in an exclusive interview with Newsmax. “They argued again and again that the need for healthcare is universal and inevitable, that everyone is involved in healthcare commerce and this law regulates how they pay for it.

“But 13 percent of those are illegal immigrants and the rest will be eligible for Medicaid, so the individual mandate will not affect them.

“The 11th Circuit called that issue a sleight of hand, and I agree with that. Once uncovered, this fact is the silver bullet that will put the Obama healthcare law to rest,” she told Newsmax.

This is an apparent reference to her claim that the Obama administration is "spending some $11 billion on community organizations that serve illegal immigrants, largely. So this is a spread-the-wealth and buy-the-folks program." In fact, the community health centers are designed to help low-income people, and they are required to serve all who walk through their doors regardless of immigration status. While some who get served by these centers might be illegal, her suggestion is that all who benefit are illegal is simply not true.

Gould, it seems, was too busy writing sycophantic things like "Some have called McCaughey an American hero for her knowledge of the issues that Obama’s Affordable Care Act raises and her doggedness in opposing it" to get around to fact-checking anything she wrote.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:03 AM EST
Thursday, November 17, 2011
WND Columnist's Deranged Rant Essentially Incites Violence Against Occupy Movement
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Occupy Wall Street, the first of the cancerous Obamavilles, brought us "Zuccotti lung," a respiratory infection that before long may find itself competing with winter vomiting virus and tuberculosis. Occupy Atlanta is already contending with a drug-resistant strain of TB – and in a particularly perverted twist, it is residents of a homeless shelter who have been endangered, because the "occupiers" have taken up residence there. Similar outbreaks trouble almost every "Occupy" mob. They are spawned for two reasons. One is the obvious; there are specific problems endemic to masses of squatters living in cramped quarters without proper sanitation. The other is equally obvious, but less politically correct: Hippies smell.

"Occupy" protesters smell bad because they don't bathe. They smell because they are shiftless losers who don't care about anything, much less basic hygiene. They smell because they're the kind of hopelessly vile animals who'll have public sex under tarps in the midst of their creeping, crawling Obamavilles, with or without partners, with or without consent. This is why they are covered in lice. This is why the "occupiers" have been synonymous with "dirty" from the first tent unzipped: They are lib hippie left-wing protesters, and lib hippie left-wing protestors are notorious for flouting basic standards of human decency. Never has this been better illustrated than by the "Occupy" movement's intimate relationship with human waste.

[...]

This is no longer a question of freedom of speech. This has long ago ceased to be an issue of the right to assemble. No American citizen has the right to terrorize and threaten his fellow Americans in this way. No mob of Americans should be permitted to endanger and to harass the public the way these hateful "Occupy" hippies have done for months.

Call out the National Guard. Turn on the fire hoses. Send bulldozers. Bring flame-throwers, for pity's sake. Men and women who give a damn about their country, wearing Hazmat suits and respiratory gear, empowered by the lawful government of this nation, should be marching in ranks on every Obamaville this very moment, prepared to beat with truncheons and shoot with rubber bullets every last filthy hippie. Put a stop to this miserable army of miscreants before they are permitted to rape, infect, or ruin one more person.

The "Occupy" movement is a cancer. The "occupiers" are criminals and terrorists. The Obamaville is a creeping death made of Nylon, placards and human waste. This movement is a third-world rot that will infect us all if we do not sterilize it now.

-- Phil Elmore, Nov. 16 WorldNetDaily column


Posted by Terry K. at 10:19 PM EST
Lyin' Les Kinsolving Misleads About Biden
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In his Nov. 14 WorldNetDaily column, Les Kinsolving insults Vice President Joe Biden as "both a liar and a coward," uncritically repeating a Human Events attack on the vice president following a confrontation Human Events editor Jason Mattera staged with Biden. But Kinsolving is not telling the full truth.

Kinsolving writes that "an enraged vice president has complained about Mattera to the Standing Committee of Correspondents on Capitol Hill." In fact, according to the Senate Press Gallery's Heather Rothman, Biden's office contacted the standing committee of correspondents regarding whether Mattera broke the rules with his ambush, but has not filed a formal complaint. 

Kinsolving then bizarrely digresses into a 60-year-old complaint about how one reporter was barred from the Senate Press Gallery allegedly because he was black. He also referenced how WND "successfully won a long-fought battle with the Committee after being denied a pass to the Senate Press Gallery." He didn't mention that WND did so only after launching personal attacks on gallery members.

Kinsolving is probably breathing a sigh of relief that being a raging homophobe and a right-wing hack are insufficient grounds to be booted out of the Senate Press Gallery.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:40 PM EST
MRC Baselessly Claims Kagan Engaged In 'Advocacy' for Health Care Reform
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Reserarch Center's Kyle Drennen complains in an Nov. 15 NewsBusters post:

While NBC, ABC, and CBS all reported on the Supreme Court's decision Monday to rule on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, none of the coverage made any mention of calls for liberal Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from the case due to her advocacy for the legislation as Obama's solicitor general.

Drennen offers no evidence that Kagan engaged in "advocacy for the legislation." Nor did he mention that the MRC, through CNSNews.com editor in chief Terry Jeffrey, has been desperately trying -- and failing miserably -- to prove that Kagan was somehow involved.

Further, Drennen made no reference to claims that Supreme Court Justice should recuse due to his wife's advocacy work against health care reform.

All Drennen does is throw an unsupported assertion of "advocacy." That's "media criticism"?


Posted by Terry K. at 10:21 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:01 PM EST
NEW ARTICLE: CNS' Fossil-Fueled Bias
Topic: CNSNews.com
The Media Research Center receives a notable part of its income from the oil and gas industry, and that manifests itself in articles at CNSNews.com that shill for the industry. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 12:40 AM EST
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
WND, By Its Own Standards, Is A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Richard Bartholomew examines a Nov. 12 WorldNetDaily article by Art Moore on the anti-Muslim "Preserving Freedom Conference." Bartholomew highlights how, according to the article, a British anti-Muslim activist announced his confederation with a group called the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, whcih has expressed its support for the far-right British anti-Muslim group English Defence League and its leader, Tommy Robinson. The EDL has a unfortunate streak of racism and anti-Semitism among its membership.

In his article, Moore stated that the Tennessee Freedom Coalition was "the energy behind the conference." The conference itself was co-sponsored by WND, according to Moore.

That means, under the Aaron Klein model of guilt-by-association, WND is a bunch of racists and Jew-haters. Right?


Posted by Terry K. at 6:03 PM EST
CNS' Starr Back On Art Censorship Patrol
Topic: CNSNews.com

Penny Starr, it seems, is not done trying to censor art.

Starr, if you'll remember, was the lead instigator in the Media Research Center's efforts in trying to censor a gay-themed art exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, with particular focus on one particular piece -- a video by David Wojnarowicz which includes a few seconds of ants crawling on a crucifix.

That exhibit has now moved to a museum in Brooklyn, and Starr has resumed her censorious ways. A  Nov. 15 CNSNews.com article by Starr highlights how "The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn told officials at the Brooklyn Museum that a video depicting Jesus Christ on a cross with ants crawling over him is 'disrespectful' to Christians and requested that it be removed."

Starr engages in selective and biased reporting throughout her article. Starr describes the exhibit as "gay erotic" without attribution, and  shedismisses the late Wojnarowicz as a "gay activist."

As she and the MRC frequently did during their manufactured controversy over the Smithsonian exhibit, Starr discusses only how the video "the video was offensive to Christians" and fails to mention the artist's intent with the images in his video. As more responsible and less biased news outlets have noted, Wojnarowicz grew up Catholic and frequently used Catholic imagery in his art, and his point in the video's depiction of the ants crawling over the crucifix -- made as he was dying of AIDS -- was to illustrate the ideas that God may be as indifferent to humans as humans are to ants and that we should love the small things of the planet as we hope to be loved by God.

But Starr doesn't care about art -- indeed, at one point she puts the word "art" in scare quotes to describe previous exhibits at the museum. She only wants to inflame and get her name out there as a right-wing crusader.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:10 PM EST
Sheppard So Eager To Bash Media, He'll Side With A Convicted Felon
Topic: NewsBusters

A Nov. 14 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard carries the headline: "Huffington Post So Eager to Support Pelosi They'll Even Defend Boehner." In it, Sheppard claims, "To give you an idea of the lengths the Huffington Post will go to defend liberal politicians those involved in the website revere, a front page piece on Monday took the side of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) in order to give cover to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)" regarding allegations of insider trading. Sheppard concludes, "Don't you love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning?"

Needless to say, Sheppard has indulged in the very same behavior he mocks in close proximity to said mocking.

Just four days earlier, Sheppard took the side of convicted felon Jack Abramoff. Why? Because he made someone on MSNBC look bad:

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell hopefully learned a valuable lesson Wednesday: when you invite someone on your show to discuss his new book, you might want to read it first.

As the Last Word host questioned convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff about his recently released memoir "Capitol Punishment," it quickly became obvious O'Donnell had no idea what was actually in the book he was holding up[.]

[...]

As it appears O'Donnell isn't inclined to read things about subjects he pretends to be expert in, it is by no means surprising he wasn't aware of any of this.

On the other hand, as a good Democrat operative, it's just as possible he was misrepresenting the truth and forgot he was talking to the man at the top of the scandal.

As MSNBC hosts rarely have anyone on their shows that don't completely agree with them, O'Donnell might be used to saying whatever he wants irrespective of the truth with total impunity.

One imagines Lawrence complaining to his producer after the show, "I told you to remind me whenever you've scheduled someone that isn't a liberal shill like I am."

Next time, heads will roll!

Of course, no heads will roll as a consequence of Sheppard's shoddy writing and double standards, no matter how many times he indulges in it or how odious the perpetrator he sides with -- so odious the only place willing to publish his rehabilitation memoir was WorldNetDaily, a "news" organization that seems to revel in odious behavior.

Don't you love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning? Well, you might like it better if it wasn't the foul stench Sheppard is emitting.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:45 AM EST
Farah Finally -- And Ludicrously -- Comments on Cain Scandal
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah appeared on the Nov. 14 edition of Sean Hannity's Fox News show, and he finally said something about the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal:

FARAH: From a journalistic perspective, there's nothing to report about the charges about Herman Cain. And that's the thing I think that everybody's missing.

HANNITY: I said that from day one. I agree with you.

FARAH: Look, there are people out there right now who make far more substantive charges, worse charges about Barack Obama, who claimed to have done all kinds of things with -- you wouldn't report that, Sean, I wouldn't report that, nobody in the media would report it. Why is it that we report this conjecture, this -- these unsubstantiated, uncorroborated charges? I think the real scandal here is a media scandal.

Really? This is Farah's "journalistic perspective"? What a joke.

Farah's sudden spasm of journalistic ethics when it comes to Cain runs counter to WND's normal way of doing business. WND publishes unsubstantiated and uncorroborated stories all the time, as indicated by the sheer number of anonymous sources that appear in WND articles.

And Farah's contention that the sexual harassment accusations against Cain are "nothing to report" is laughable considering WND's own warped and demented news judgement. (Defending stalkers, anyone?) It was just a few weeks ago WND determined that an ad buy by Cain on Rush Limbaugh's radio show merited a bylined "news" article.

Oh, and Farah wouldn't know a  "journalistic perspective" if it gave him a Masonic handshake. Farah declared he wasn't a journalist anymore, remember?

So, to sum up: Farah takes two weeks to comment on the Cain scandal, and when he finally does, he not only doesn't do it at his own website but says things that make one wonder about his honesty and basic competence.

It might have been better for Farah if he hadn't said anything at all, but mouthing off is sort of his job.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:15 AM EST
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
CNS' Jeffrey Smears Michelle Obama With Deliberate Misquote
Topic: CNSNews.com

It seems Terry Jeffrey really does hate President Obama and his family more than he cares about fair and accurate journalism.

A Nov. 14 article by the CNS editor in chief carries the headline "Mrs. Obama: Let Them Eat Steak—And Arugula."


That, of course, is a contemptible lie -- Michelle Obama never said such a thing. The only quote that comes close is the statement by Obama, “My favorite, too. Arugula and steak. I like it a lot. That's good stuff.”

How Jeffrey twisted that in his mind to a libelous Marie Antoinette allusion -- a smear Jeffrey's fellow right-wing fellow travelers have promoted -- is perhaps best left to trained professionals in abnormal psychology. Jeffrey's Obama Derangement Syndrome is clearly reaching alarming levels.

Does Jeffrey even care about journalism anymore? Or is he so reckless and disconnected from reality that he will discredit CNS by turning into an anti-Obama screed sheet? At this point, the latter seems to be the truth.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:56 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 8:59 PM EST
WND's Fraudulent Anti-Holder Petition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has been begging its readers to sign a petition demanding that Congress "launch a serious and wide-ranging investigation into the multi-scandal-plagued Department of Justice and its leader, Attorney General Eric Holder." WND insists that the petition is "a virtual indictment of the Eric Holder-led Justice Department, itemizing a long string of corrupt, and sometimes blatantly illegal, policies." But the petition contains misleading or outright false claims about Holder and his Justice Department.

WND CLAIM: "the Obama DOJ is now using this same 'Fast and Furious' scandal – which has already cost lives on both sides of the border, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent – as a pretext for imposing draconian new gun-control regulations on law-abiding, federally licensed firearms dealers in the U.S."

THE FACTS: What are these so-called "draconian" restrictions? Requiring gun dealers in order states to alert the federal government when someone purchases more than two semi-automatic rifles in a five-day span, improving the federal background-check system simpler and faster, and tougher sentencing guidelines for straw buyers.

WND CLAIM: "under Obama, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division is hiring only lawyers that are far leftists – in blatant violation of federal law that prohibits the use of political or ideological affiliations to assess applicants for career attorney positions – as proven by a newly published analysis documenting that of the 106 lawyers hired in 10 different sections of the agency’s Civil Rights Division, every single one has a résumé filled with connections to far-left organizations."

THE FACTS: This is a rehash of a claim made by the right-wing Pajamas Media. It's an overblown claim -- what they're actually complaining about is that the Civil Rights Division hired people with experience handling civil rights cases. It's like complaining that DOJ's Tax Division is hiring too many tax lawyers.

WND CLAIM: "DOJ inexplicably abandoned its already-successful prosecution of the most outrageous case of voter intimidation in modern history perpetrated by nightstick-wielding thugs in the New Black Panther Party, causing at least one career DOJ attorney to resign in protest."

THE FACTS: The DOJ ethics office found that the department "did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment" in its handing of the New Black Panther case -- after all, the Bush administration had failed to take action in a similar case in which Latino voters were allegedly intimidated by whites. And the DOJ attorney who resigned in protest, right-wing activist J. Christian Adams, lacks credibility.

WND CLAIM: "the DOJ is refusing to enforce a landmark federal law Obama dislikes – the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman and prevents courts from using the Constitution's 'full faith and credit clause' to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states."

THE FACTS: That is false. DOJ will continue to enforce the law; it will, however, stop defending the law in court.

WND CLAIM: "to rectify alleged 'discrimination,' DOJ is requiring banks to lower their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit – a repeat of the same easy-lending cycle that led to today's catastrophic housing crisis."

THE FACTS: This is an apparent reference to a misleading claim by the right-wing Investor's Business Daily. In fact, DOJ settlements in these cases explicitly state that banks are not obligated to lend to unqualified individuals, only that they must begin providing services to minority communities they've allegedly ignored. Further, the claim that lending money to "minorities with poor credit" was a prime cause of "today's catastrophic housing crisis" is a discredited myth.

You'd think petitions should have some basis in fact, but that's not the case with WND's anti-Holder petition.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 PM EST
Noel Sheppard Slobbers All Over Ann Coulter
Topic: NewsBusters

Reading or listening (37 minutes!) to Noel Sheppard's fawning, slobbering interview of Ann Coulter, you feel compelled to take frequent breaks to wipe the drool off your computer screen.

Introducing the interview in a NewsBusters post, Sheppard calls Coulter a "treasured friend of the Media Research Center's [sic] and NewsBusters favorite." Sheppard begins the interview proper by saying, "I am pleased to be talking today with best-selling author Ann Coulter whose book 'Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America' has taken the country by storm just of course as all of her books do. Welcome, Ann."

A book that had a weaker debut than many of her previous book and is currently ranked at No. 972 at Amazon is hardly "taking the country by storm," Noel.

Despite Sheppard's frequent admonitions of media figures who conduct interviews in which they avoid asking certain touchy questions (well, more to the point, questions Sheppard wants asked), he was too busy slobbering over Coulter to contront her with certain inconveniently controversial statements she has made. For instance, despite spending a good portion of his fawning conversation talking about Herman Cain, Sheppard failed to note how Coulter's statement that "Liberals are terrified ... of strong, conservative, black men" flies in the face of the race-baiting she accuses liberals of engaging in, not to mention becoming overtaken by events when Cain's campaign accused Rick Perry's campaign of shopping the sexual-harassment story to the media.

Needless to say, Sheppard has denounced the very behavior he engaged in with Coulter. In an Oct. 24 post, he groused, "Is it possible for the press to gush and fawn over Barack Obama during this upcoming presidential campaign as much as they did in 2008?" And the very same day his interview was posted, Sheppard mocked some in the media for being a "disgraceful suck-up" to Obama.

Well, if anyone knows about being a disgraceful suck-up, it's Sheppard.

We were going to ask if Sheppard could find it within himself to live up to his own standards, but we were a bit too distracted by the slurping sounds during the Coulter interview.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:02 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:05 AM EST
Meanwhile ...
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Media Matters deconstructs a Nov. 13 WorldNetDaily column by Gina Loudon and Dathan Paterno, in which they do some shoddy armchair analysis of Herman Cain and his accusers. Despite claiming to hold doctorates, Loudon and Paterno insist that Cain can't possibly be guilty of sexual harassment, while smearing one accuser by insisting that she "craves money, drama and attention" and that "her personality profile fits perfectly into the contrived victim/false accuser role."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 AM EST
Monday, November 14, 2011
CNS Touts Dubious Pipeline Job Numbers
Topic: CNSNews.com

As part of CNSNews.com's shilling for the oil industry, a Nov. 11 CNS article by Susan Jones repeats the claim that a proposed oil pipeline would "create 20,000 new jobs." Later in the article, Jones uncritically quotes the head of the company that is proposing the Keystone XL pipeline making more job promises:

"We remain confident Keystone XL will ultimately be approved," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer.  "This project is too important to the U.S. economy, the Canadian economy and the national interest of the United States for it not to proceed."

“Keystone XL is shovel-ready,” Girling said.  “TransCanada is poised to put 20,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline - pipe fitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, the list goes on.  Local businesses along the pipeline route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create through increased business for local restaurants, hotels and suppliers. 

In fact, those job numbers are highly questionable. As Media Matters details, the TransCanada-funded study that generated those numbers uses an opaque and suspicious "person-years" job claim to come up with those figures. Meanwhile, others point out that TransCanada's job numbers are wildly inflated, claiming instead that the pipeline will generate no more than approximately 5,000 construction job and as few as 50 permanant jobs.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:39 PM EST
Newsmax Selectively Reports on Pelosi's Alleged Insider Trading, Ignores Republicans
Topic: Newsmax

A Nov. 13 Newsmax article repeats a claim from CBS' "60 Minutes" that "Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bought stock in initial public offerings (IPOs) that earned hefty returns while she had access to insider information that would have been illegal for an average citizen to trade with – even though it’s perfectly legal for elected officials."

The Newsmax article, however, made no mention of Republican members of Congress who allegedly engaged in similar behavior.

According to the "60 Minutes" transcript to which Newsmax links -- from which Newsmax excerpts only the Pelosi section -- the program examined the behavior of four Republicans:

  • Rep. Spencer Baucus, who during the 2008 financial crisis was "buying option funds that would go up in value if the market went down";
  • House Republican Leader John Boehner, who bought health insurance stocks after theso-called public option was removed from health care reform;
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who owned land near a proposed highway for which he obtained a $207 million federal earmark; and
  • Sen. Judd Gregg, who helped steer nearly $70 million in government funds towards redeveloping a defunct Air Force base in which he and his brother both had a commercial interest.

Funny how that selective reporting works, isn't it?


Posted by Terry K. at 12:26 PM EST

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