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Thursday, January 26, 2012
WND's Corsi Curiously Silent About His Birther Debate
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've previously noted how WorldNetDaily is trying to ignore the existence of John Woodman's book debunking birther conspiracies, and that WND's Jerome Corsi has refused to debate Woodman over birther claims. The former remains true, but Corsi pulled an about-face on the latter.

Woodman reported that Corsi changed his mind and would debate Woodman on a radio show. That show aired Jan. 21, and audio is available here.

Corsi has curiously continued to refuse to acknowledge Woodman's existence at WND -- even though Corsi now obviously knows about Woodman and his book. He's not the only one: Woodman has reported that most birther outlets faild to report on the debate.

Why would Corsi keep up the act? Are he and WND really that afraid to let their readers that their views have been credibly rebutted? It certainly undermines any claim they have made that they are only interested in the truth -- it appears they're really only interested in attacking Obama.

One could assume that had Corsi found a way to discredit Woodman, he would have told us by now. But he didn't -- which is probably why Corsi has stayed silent.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:03 AM EST
Trump-Fluffer Kessler Attacks Obama As 'Elitist'
Topic: Newsmax

What is Ronald Kessler's big takeaway from Jodi Kantor's book on the Obamas, as expressed in his Jan. 23 Newsmax column?

"The book confirms that Obama is an elitist."

Really? The guy  who's so enamored of the Palm Beach social scene he wrote an entire book about it, and who serves as the fawning press agent for Donald Trump's presidential ambitions, is complaining that Obama is an "elitist"?

You know, the guy on the left in this photo?



Yep, that's our elitist-basher, believe it or not.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:42 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:40 PM EST
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
CNS Promotes Dubious Claim That AL Immigration Law Lowered Unemployment

A Jan. 23 article by Bill Hobbs carries the headline "Alabama's Unemployment Rate Plummets In Wake Of Tougher Illegal Immigration Laws."

Just one problem: Despite Hobbs' repeated suggestion that there is an "intriguing possibility" that the Draconian law is causing Alabama's unemployment rate to decline faster than surrounding states, there's no actual evidence to back it up.

In fact, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who supports the immigration law, says there's no evidence to support any effect the law has had on the unemployment rate. Hobbs also ignores the fact that one documented factor in the lower unemployment rate is that the labor force has declined at a faster rate than jobs have been created.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:43 PM EST
Is NewsBusters Writer Auditioning For WND?
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters' Rusty Weiss embraced his inner WorldNetDaily and cranked out a Jan. 22 screed headlined "Yes, Liberalism IS a Mental Disorder." In the process he name-checks right-wing ranter amd WND fave Michael Savage and "board-certified clinical psychologist" Lyle Rossiter, who "diagnosed the ideology of the left as a tangible mental illness" (which WND has heavily promoted).

Weiss then declares that liberals suffer from "narcissistic personality disorder," “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.” Weiss adds: "This seems in tune with the fact that liberals, along with their degenerate offspring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, believe their policies and platforms fall in the majority - or the 99% if you will - despite being outnumbered by conservatives at a 2-1 clip."

This is all right-wing catnip, of course. But what does any of this have to do with the Media Research Center's purported mission of being a media watchdog? Nothing that we can see.

Somehow, we suspect that Weiss will be getting a very complementary outreach from Joseph Farah and Co. in the very near future. After all, WND has had the longtime corner on unhinged liberal-bashing, and Weiss' column is little more than a WND audition.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:15 PM EST
WND Doesn't Want to Tout Farah's Endorsement of Santorum
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Jan. 20 WorldNetDaily article touts how Rick Santorum has "earned the support of dozens of key conservative leaders around the nation, from Family Talk radio founder James Dobson to Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Preparedness."

Missing from that paragraph: WND editor Joseph Farah.

In fact, you don't learn of Farah's endorsement of Santorum until his designated place in the alphabetical list of endorsers at the end of the article. That's an unusual show of restraint on the part of WND, which normally loves to proclaim when any remotely mainstream group takes it remotely seriously.

Of course, if you've been reading Farah's column, you already had a pretty good idea about this.

In his Jan. 15 column, Farah praised the group of evangelicals who met in that secret confab outside of Houston, claiming that "they came together in the spirit of seeking God’s direction – and I think most believe they found it." Farah's column carried a Houston dateline, the biggest giveaway that he was a part of this group.

The next day, Farah penned another column bearing a Houston dateline, again portraying the evangelicals' meeting as "inspiring," this time providing advice to Santorum on how to attract Ron Paul's supporters (embrace his anti-government domestic policy, ignore his statements on foreign policy and his "nonsensical, ostrich-like positions on same-sex marriage").

On Jan. 18, Farah again defended the confab, responding to aWashington Times article suggesting that the meeting "was 'manipulated' to result in an endorsement of Rick Santorum, perhaps to the point of permitting ballot stuffing":

I’m here to tell you the meeting was not manipulated to favor Santorum.

I was invited to participate like anyone else. I had not decided to endorse Rick Santorum to get such an invitation. In fact, I went with a different agenda entirely – deeply skeptical that any consensus for one candidate could be found in a two-day meeting.

I know most of the people who participated. They are honorable people who conducted themselves in an honorable fashion. I don’t know anyone at that meeting who would even think of stuffing ballots. It wouldn’t even be a temptation for them.

It is an insult to everyone present at that meeting to make such a suggestion.


For two days, the gathering on the ranch of Judge Paul Pressler talked about nothing else but religion and politics. Some obviously left the meeting disappointed in the result. But no one should be disappointed in the process – and no dissatisfaction with the process was expressed by any participant.

My congratulations to the organizers of the meeting for calling it and conducting it so honorably. My congratulations also to Rick Santorum for winning the hearts of minds of a group of opinionated people – many of whom did not attend planning to offer him their support.

What does Farah's embrace of Santorum mean for WND? Well, obviously, since Farah believes he's now on a mission from God, we now have the new candidate WND will be biased for.

In WND's case, that means slagging Santorum's opponents. A Jan. 19 article recounts the allegations of Gingrich's second ex-wife, and a Jan. 21 article by Michael Carl claims that "political analysts from at least three think tanks" think Romney is a tax-and-spend liberal.

Still, WND has been strangely low-key about Farah's endorsement. Perhaps they realize that if they say too loudly that the head of a conspiracy-obsessed, birther-driven website chosen a candidate, it wouldn't make that candidate look very good.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:24 PM EST
Bozell And His MRC Try to Undermine Marianne Gingrich's Credibility (Unlike With Paula Jones)
Topic: Media Research Center

In addition to glomming on to Newt Gingrich's anti-media crusade  to the point of condoning adultery by declaring Gingrich's past off-limits, Brent Bozell and his Mecdia Research Center has moved onto the next step of defending Gingrich: attacking Marianne Gingrich for making inconvenient and unflattering allegations about her ex-husband.

Appearing on the Jan. 20 edition of CNBC's "Kudlow Report," Bozell questioned whether Marianne's allegations were "newsworthy." Then insisting he wasn't "passing any aspersions on the former Mrs. Gingrich," he said "How do we know? ... This is one woman's opinion, and there's no quantifying evidence on this on the other end. How do we know that her statement is true?"

Then, on the same day's edition of Fox News' Hannity, Bozell again asserted the story wasn't "newsworthy," declaring, ""there's nothing -- let me underscore, nothing -- in the story last night that wasn't in that interview."

NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard followed his boss' lead in a Jan. 23 NewsBusters post, denouncing "decades old charges by a bitter ex-wife."

This raises the question: Did Bozell or the MRC raise similar red flags about sexual allegations made against liberal politicians? Not that we're aware of.

Take the example of Paula Jones, who accused Bill Clinton of sexual allegations. Unlike Marianne Gingrich, who made her comments from the point of view of an 18-year marriage, Jones was speaking about an alleged proposition. There was "no quantifying evidence on this on the other end," as Bozell demanded in the Gingrich story, and Jones was clearly acting as a front for enemies of Clinton.

Yet Bozell -- like Jones' backers, an enemy of Clinton -- insisted on vouching for Jones' veracity. In a 1997 column, Bozell complained that Jones was being discredited, and dismissed the idea that she was fronting for Clinton-haters:

What's most striking about the Paula Jones story is how uncomplicated it is for a reporter. ... So it's one of two things: either Jones and her six confederates hatched a massive conspiracy designed to get Clinton to apologize (and nothing else), or she's telling the truth. That the media would not explore and report this simple reality shows they were active participants in Clinton damage control.

Similarly, the MRC teased Tim Graham's 1996 book "Pattern of Deception" as demonstrating "How the media campaigned to discredit Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, and Troopergate."

As with defending an adulterous candidate, this is all a massive flip-flop -- Bozell is once again throwing away principles he once claimed to have in order to make a political argument. He gave Paula Jones the benefit of the doubt; why not Marianne Gingrich? If she's "bitter" over her treatment by Newt, as Sheppard claims, doesn't she have a right to be?

By embracing Newt Gingrich and trying to smear his critics no matter how credible they appear to be, Bozell is throwing away any moral grounds he has to make an argument.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:54 AM EST
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
NEW ARTICLE: Newsmax's Great Gingrich Hype Machine
Topic: Newsmax
Having failed at staging a Republican presidential debate, Newsmax decides to shill for one of the candidates who agreed to take part in it. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 9:15 PM EST
Supreme Court Rejects Klayman's Attack on Kagan
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Jan. 23 WorldNetDaily article -- stolen from Politico without attribution -- notes that the Supreme Court rejected the amicius brief from sue-happy defamer Larry Klayman demanding that Elena Kagan be removed from deliberation over cases involving the constitutionality of health care reform.

Reading the brief -- promoted in a Jan. 5 WND article by Bob Unruh -- it's easy to see why. It's filled with dubious arguments, logical fallacies, and self-aggrandizement by Klayman, who has a surprising amount of trouble making an honest living as an attorney.

Klayman kicked things off by declaring that his little right-wing legal organization, Freedom Watch, "is dedicated to ensuring the rights of all citizens through action, frequently with legal cases and other means." Those "other means," of course, tend to involve hurling libelous insults and unproven allegations at people he hates. Klayman later declares that Freedom Watch is "speaking on behalf of the American people."

Speaking of insults, Klayman goes on to attack and arrogantly lecture Chief Justice John Roberts and the court -- never a good idea when you're trying to get a favorable ruling from said court:

Recent comments by Chief Justice John Roberts in his Annual Report on the State of the Federal Judiciary, which seek to defend Justice Kagan and clearly state that she should not recuse herself, are an affront the judicial system and the American people, who depend on judges to be neutral, unbiased and independent. They underscore why the nation has lost trust in government, and why movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street have sprung up from all ends of the political spectrum. Simply put, “We the People” are fed up and have already entered into what is in effect a Second American Revolution because judges and other government officials behave as if they are “above the law,” in effect nobility who can do as they please. This amicus brief, which addresses the recusal or disqualification of Justice Kagan, is even more important to preserving the ethical foundations of our Republic than the underlying issues of the constitutionality of the Act. Without a neutral, unbiased Supreme Court, there simply is no rule of law and any decision concerning the Act will be seen as illegitimate.

Regrettably, and outrageously, before even considering these recusal and disqualification issues, Chief Justice Roberts prejudged these serious issues and stated in his annual report that Supreme Court justices need not follow the recusal and disqualification ethics rules that pertain to other federal judges and that these ethics rules may be unconstitutional. Incredibly, and to add insult to injury, he added that “(t)he Supreme Court does not sit in judgment of one of its own members. . . .”   This admission, among others in the report, says it all and ironically under- scores why recusal or disqualification of Justice Kagan is necessary to preserve the integrity of the Supreme Court for the citizens of the United States. The Court does not belong to either Chief Justice Roberts or any other justice; it belongs to “We the People.” And, if the justices cannot adhere to the rule of law, which includes judicial ethics, then the Court must be stripped clean of this lawlessness by removing and prosecuting, through whatever legal means are available, those justices who refuse and fail to play by the same rules that they hold citizens and others accountable for.

In short, the comments of Chief Justice Roberts are an affront to the high ethical standards of our Founding Fathers and amount to a subversion of our laws. They are disgraceful at best and at worst amount to obstruction of justice. They are the result of someone who became Chief Justice by first ingratiating himself to the “Washington establishment,” and now seeks to act as the Chief Justice not just of the Court, but of this same establishment – which for decades has pushed the nation to the brink of revolution by representing mostly its own interests, perpet- uating and consolidating its power and selling out “We the People.” This is why in large part the nation is in a deep crisis; the majority of Americans have little if any respect for either the Supreme Court or our judiciary as a whole, notwithstanding their current similar disdain for the other two branches of government.

The situation is as bad as in 1776 when “We the People” declared independence from King George III and the British Crown. 

Klayman went on to assert that "While serving as Solicitor General, Justice Kagan took significant part in health care reform issues and the crafting of the Act" -- something that Klayman offers no evidence to support. Klayman then claimed: "It is also believed that before the Act was even passed, the Department of Justice had, in fact, been meeting to develop a strategy for defending the law from constitutional attacks. Involved in these efforts was Justice Kagan." In fact, the only meeting Kagan was involved in on the issue was to appoint someone else to handle the case.

Klayman then cited "incriminating documents" he claims are "un- equivocally evidencing Justice Kagan’s strong support of the Act." In fact, they show no such thing. The section of the U.S. Code that states grounds for recusal (which Klayman curiously does not quote) specifically states that the judge should recuse "where he has served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, adviser or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy." None of the instances Klayman cites is anything close to an opinion on the merits or legality of health care reform.

Klayman even rushes to the defense of Clarence Thomas over his alleged conflict of interest on health care reform: "Unlike allegations of partiali- ty concerning Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Kagan’s involvement is not a matter of another member of her family playing a partisan role concerning the Act. Her past involvement is personal and direct. The case to recuse or disqualify Justice Kagan is thus much stronger." In fact, Thomas' situation -- his wife is a paid activist to repeal health care reform -- is directly addressed in the recusal code, whichstates that a judge must recuse if "he knows that he, individually or as a fiduciary, or his spouse or minor child residing in his household, has a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the proceeding, or any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding."

Nevertheless, Klayman proclaims: "In objectively examining these statements and the circumstances surrounding this case, there is no doubt that a reasonable person would question the blatant partiality of Justice Kagan." Never mind the fact that Klayman is neither objective nor reasonable.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:55 PM EST
CNS' Curiously Vague Account of Question About Alinsky

Fred Lucas writes in a Jan. 23 article:

White House press secretary Jay Carney replied to a question on the subject at Monday’s press briefing by saying the president’s time as a community organizer was “well documented,” and adding, “his experience is a broad-based one that includes a lot of other areas in his life. I’ll just leave it at that.”


At Monday’s White House briefing, a reporter asked Carney about Gingrich’s claims that Obama’s vision comes from Alinsky.

Curiously missing from Lucas' article: the actual wording of the question Carney was asked, and the name of the person who asked it.

As nearly every other website reporting on this has noted, the question was asked by Fox News' Ed Henry.

Most of those news organizations also noted the exact question Henry asked: "Newt Gingrich keeps saying on the campaign trail that the President’s vision comes from Saul Alinsky, the community organizer. I haven’t heard you asked about him but… Is there some kind of portrait of him hanging up in the White House that people look up to or is this BS?"

Why would Lucas choose to hide such basic information? Is he protecting Fox News, or is he trying to hid the facetious nature of Henry's question?

Lucas also describes Alinsky as a "radical Chicago community organizer." But he offered no evidence to back up this claim, beyond noting that Alinsky "identified a set of specific rules for citizen protesters to follow in order to exercise political power." Lucas doesn't explain what is so "radical" about that.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:28 PM EST
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

On the other hand, at the risk of being labeled a racist, I must confess that I personally don’t like Obama. For one thing, I can’t stomach his arrogance. During his “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft, he bragged that in modern times no president, except for FDR, LBJ and Lincoln, had accomplished more than he during their first two years in office!

Quite a stretch to refer to Lincoln’s administration as modern times, but no more of a stretch than to boast about a record that includes Obamacare, caving in to Russian demands by selling out Poland and Czechoslovakia, and a trillion dollar stimulus whose major achievement was to help lower America’s credit rating for the first time in history.

Compared to this egomaniac, even Donald Trump manages to look humble.


Even though Nidal Malik Hasan had “Soldier of Allah” on his business cards and Yemen-based terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki on speed dial, no one in the Army dared suggest the major belonged either in the brig or an insane asylum. I’m sure political correctness is also the reason Bradley Manning, a mere private, but an acknowledged homosexual, got away with removing tons of top security documents from government files.

After all, if you’re a Muslim or gay, nobody can even dare challenge you, lest he see his own career go down in flames. Such is the tyranny of diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness in America today.

Hell, a gay Muslim could probably stroll into the White House and toss a stink bomb into Lincoln’s bedroom without anyone’s daring to question his presence.

Finally, in North Korea, when Kim Jong-il recently kicked the bucket, a great many of his countrymen took strong exception to his young son, Kim Jong-un, taking his place. But even they were ultimately won over by the slogan “Anyone but Obama.”

-- Burt Prelutsky, Jan. 3 WorldNetdaily column

8. I resolve to carry and produce my American ID whenever I’m asked. I expect every other citizen to do the same. It’s not too much to ask of anybody. I’m proud to do it.

9. In that regard, I resolve to press every conservative, candidate or not, to demand that the president produce his ID, too. Though every other candidate will be vetted and investigated to the nth degree, the New Hampshire Election Board just refused to demand proof of citizenship of candidate Obama in the upcoming primary – as they are constitutionally required to do. And as they failed to do in 2007. Why? WHY?

And why is the president who promised the “most transparent” administration still paying huge sums to lawyers to keep us citizens from ever seeing his school, early travel records and passport information? Why are there unanswered questions about his Social Security and Selective Service numbers and whether they belonged to others first? Are there reasonable answers? If so, why hide them?

-- Pat Boone, Jan. 6 WND column

In general, liberals hate Western civilization, and conservatives want to preserve its contributions. America, don’t allow President Obama, Democratic socialists and progressives to drag Western civilization back to our pagan past by their regressive policies based on liberal fascism and perverting the Constitution to legalize the stealing of liberties, money, property and life from one group of people and giving it to another group of people who didn’t earn it and don’t constitutionally deserve it (e.g., the welfare state, public pensions, Social Security, global socialism, Obamacare).

-- Ellis Washington, Jan. 6 WND column

No one, in the history of this nation, has done more than Barack Obama has done to tip the scales, pay off thug unions, demonize and marginalize wealth creators, destroy the economy, cripple capitalism and saddle every single American with incalculable debt. Yet Obama has the audacity of deceit to say that America is “headed in the right direction.” He vowed: “This year, I’m going to keep doing whatever it takes to move this economy forward and to make sure that middle class families regain the security they’ve lost over the past decade. That’s my New Year’s resolution to all of you.”

He sounds like the late Kim Jong-il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Everything he says is devoid of reality.

Moochers and looters are making the laws. They must be stopped in November.

-- Pamela Geller, Jan. 10 WND column

Conservatives and Independents at large – unlike the primary voters in New Hampshire – know that Romney is not the cure for four years of Obama policies, nor one who is likely to catalyze the sort of electoral revolution that will ultimately purge Washington of the pernicious progressive swine who have insinuated themselves therein. While Gingrich – who did horribly in New Hampshire – wouldn’t be the policy abortion that Romney would, he’s not the one either.

All of which makes another four years of Obama even more likely, despite the belief on the part of some conservative pundits that Americans are far too disgusted with Obama to give him more than 30 percent in a general election.

-- Erik Rush, Jan. 11 WND column

One can argue that by keeping fuel prices artificially inflated, Obama can keep people dependent upon government for their subsistence. And they would be right, but it goes deeper than just to those communist proclivities alone. It goes to the core of his being. He doesn’t have a dream for America – he has a thirst for control/power that has been witnessed in the form of Chavez, Castro, Mao and Lenin. That said, I find it interesting that the mainstream media and others who applauded Obama’s aria of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” were applauding Obama for performing an act that mirrored Hugo Chavez singing in front of the United Nations – right before he ordered the people of Venezuela to stop singing in their showers as a means to save water and cut electricity use – but I digress.

-- Mychal Massie, Jan. 23 WND column


Posted by Terry K. at 8:00 AM EST
Monday, January 23, 2012
NewsBusters' Sheppard Cheers Call for Censoring Columnist
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard proclaims in the headline of a Jan. 18 NewsBusters post: "Chris Christie Calls WaPo's Eugene Robinson an Ignoramus: 'Guys Like That Shouldn’t Have a Platform to Speak'." That's in reference to Christie attacking Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson for criticizing Christie's weight. At no point does Sheppard criticize Christie for saying this, so he obviously endorses the sentiment.

It's a bit unusual for a right-wing columnist to so openly embrace censorship, but there you go. Sheppard, it appears, is just that breed of cat.n

Posted by Terry K. at 7:12 PM EST
AIM's Kincaid Has Another Lesbian Freakout
Topic: Accuracy in Media

In a Jan. 19 Accuracy in Media column, Cliff Kincaid complains that "Sally Kohn, a former senior strategist at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change, has been hired as a Fox News Contributor." But Kincaid's real problem seems to be that Kohn is "an open lesbian who shuns feminine attire and frequently wears a suit jacket."

the notoriously homophobic Kincaid has a history of being freaked out by the existence of lesbians -- if you'll recall, he has expressed concern that Rachel Maddow is "a lesbian with hair so short that she looks like a man."

Kincaid went on to complain that "Kohn has a history of her own, having worked for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a group that tries to keep criticism of the homosexual agenda out of the mainstream media," citing as an example a case in which Fox News' Shannon Bream "interviewed guests critical of a transgendered person, a man dressed as a woman, who had used a woman’s changing room at a department store. GLAAD viewed this criticism as 'dangerous.'"

In fact, what GLAAD criticized was the unbalanced nature of the Fox News report , in which only critics were interviewed, and what GLAAD actually criticized as "dangerous" was not mere criticism of transsexuals but but the fact that false claims by anti-gay activist Mathew Staver went unrebutted:

Bream was also silent as Johnson and Starver made false and dangerous claims that protections for transgender people put other Americans at risk, an idea that has been roundly rejected by the American Psychological Association. Scores of municipalities around the country have enacted laws to protect their transgender citizens from harm and discrimination-- without sacrificing the well-being of anyone.

Kincaid also provides a misleading defense of Glenn Beck, grousing that liberal groups "accused Beck of anti-Semitism for criticizing Soros," which he called "phony" because "Soros is an atheist with no love for Israel." But Soros grew up as a Jew, and Beck falsely and sleazily portrayed him as a Nazi collaborator. In fact, the teenage Soros in Nazi-controlled Hungary was trying to pass himself as the non-Jewish godson of a protector who he accompanied in helping to take inventory of Jewish property previously confiscated by the Nazis. Further, there is substance to the claim against Beck, as his frequent criticisms of Soros as a puppet master eerily echo anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:27 PM EST
WND's Klein Falsely Attacks Obama Supporter
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Aaron Klein wrote in a Jan. 18 WorldNetDaily article:

A top director at a venture-capital firm that finances a controversial new online voting system donated to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and also contributed the maximum allowable amount to Obama’s inauguration, WND has learned.

The foreign-headquartered company, SCYTL, previously faced questions about the security of its electronic voting technologies, which are now set to be deployed in 900 U.S. jurisdictions.


The press release announcing the acquisition noted that SCYTL is a portfolio company of leading international venture capital funds Nauta Capital, Balderton Capital and Spinnaker.

Spinnaker Capital manages $5 billion in two funds specializing in emerging markets investments.

A top Spinnaker director, Bob McCarthy, is a prominent supporter of Obama.

In 2008, McCarthy made two contributions to Obama’s presidential campaign, for $1,740 and $2,500 respectively.
He donated the maximum, $25,000 to Obama’s inauguration fund.
McCarthy contributed to the campaigns of other Democrats.

In 2010, he gave a $2,400 donation to New York politician Charlie Melancon, who lost his congressional seat during the most recent midterm elections. In 2009, McCarthy contributed $2,400 to the campaign of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

In February 2010, McCarthy reportedly rubbed shoulders with Democrat senators at a “high-class” party in Miami Beach.

McCarthy was invited to the “Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Winter Retreat” in Miami Beach in January 2010 at the Ritz Carlton South Beach Resort. Attendants were reportedly told that the “dress for the weekend is casual.”

Yes, Klein is making another desperate guilt-by-association attack. Klein is essentially claiming that because one board member of one of three venture capital funds investing in SCYTL has donated to Democrats, SCYTL-processed election results will thus be biased toward Obama and Democrats.

Not only does that not make logical sense, Klein got his basic facts wrong.

The current version of Klein's article at WND has been rewritten to remove any mention of McCarthy but, as is WND's ethically challenged custom, failed to notify readers about the change. However, the version of the article at the Klein Online website -- also operated by WND -- contains a note with an explanation:

NOTE: An earlier edition of this article identified the venture capital firm that invested in SCYTL as the emerging markets investment management firm, Spinnaker Capital Group. The actual SCYTL investor is another company with a similar name, the Spanish venture capital firm Spinnaker SCR. Neither Spinnaker Capital Group nor its director, Bob McCarthy, are associated with SCYTL.

That's a sloppy error. Will Klein admit whether it was he or his research assistant Brenda J. Elliott who was at fault? And what does this say about the veracity of his recent guilt-by-association-laden Obama attack book, "Red Army"?

In both versions, though, the headline remains false. Klein makes no allegation of "bias" -- even when he was suggesting that McCarthy's presence somehow result in election results being manipulated to the benefit of Obama and Democrats. Questions about security, which Klein does address, are not "bias" issues.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:25 AM EST
Bozell's MRC Condones Adultery By Defending Gingrich's War on the Media
Topic: Media Research Center

Brent Bozell was so happy with Newt Gingrich's defensive attack on the media in the wake of the interview ABC conducted with Gingrich's second ex-wife, Marianne, that he issued a special statement at NewsBusters about it:

Newt Gingrich won South Carolina because he refused to succumb to assaults by the liberal media, and because conservatives are just as fed up as he is.

Speaker Gingrich hit a nerve dead-on by pushing back on ABC's blatant character assassination and standing up to John King's first debate question. He tapped into the anger and frustration of not only South Carolina voters, but of the rest of the country. The left-wing media have tried to manipulate this campaign cycle through the systematic character assassination of every conservative in the race. The public has had it.

By the same token, they've watched the same leftists in the so-called 'news' media cheerlead a radical community organizer to victory and are sick and tired of the free passes they continually grant to The Chosen One, who has wreaked havoc on our country.

Bozell conveniently ignores the fact that the ABC interview was promoted by the Drudge Report, definitely not part of the "left-wing media." Bozell also doesn't explain how this is "character assassination" when nobody has disputed the basic facts about Gingrich's jettisioning of wives due to his adultery.

MRC's similarly touts this anti-media attitude in a pair of article by Terry Jeffrey:

Bozell is merely happy that Gingrich appears to be validating the media-discrediting agenda of the the Media Research Center. But what he's clearly saying here is that nobody is allowed to criticize a Republican in the media, lest Bozell unleashes his flying monkeys in retaliation.

Bozell offers no alternative method for when and how the subject of Gingrich's adultery and divorces should be discussed -- he's trying to shut down all debate of the subject, period.

Because he will not permit criticism, Bozell is thus effectively condoning Gingrich's adultery -- a strange position for a right-wing activist whose organization regularly criticizes the allegedly loose morals of others. In November 2010, for instance, NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard complained that Huffington Postcreated a "Divorce" section: "Exit question: does a section specifically devoted to this subject increase the number of divorces by not only glamorizing the process and the outcome but also further removing what used to be a negative stigma attached to marital failure? Or am I just hopelessly old-fashioned?"

We thought Bozell was an old-fashioned guy. Instead, Bozell seems to be determined to shout down any criticism of Gingrich's moral and ethical failings by framing it as the "liberal media" being mean -- thereby effectively trying to remove the negative stigma conservatives have long attach to marital failure.

As his sneering reference to "The Chosen One" demonstrates, Bozell obviously despises Obama so much that he's willing to compromise his own principles and morals in order to defeat him. That, along with his drive to censor debate, is not the sign of a great leader or a solid conservative -- that's the sign of a weak, petty, vindictive man with millions of tax-exempt dollars at his disposal to throw at propping up his preferred candidate and defeat his enemy -- which he will undoubtedly do.

The 2012 presidential campaign will be an ugly one. Bozell's situational morals is one reason why.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:03 AM EST
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Newsmax Touts Gingrich Win, Attacks Romney
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax's hype machine for Newt Gingrich finally sees some results -- Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. So Newsmax celebrated with a Jan. 21 article carrying the headline "Earthquake: Newt Defeats Romney in SC Rout."

Newsmax is also keeping up the attacks on Gingrich's main rival, Mitt Romney, with a Jan. 21 article by Paul Scicchitano quoting "Democratic pollster" Doug Schoen claiming that Romney's campaign is in "dire jeopardy" due to Gingrich's win. This was followed by another article by Scicchitano focusing on GOP strategist Brad Blakeman claiming that Romney "suffered a severe blow in South Carolina and may not be able to recover."


Posted by Terry K. at 6:02 PM EST

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