Here are the headlines from three of the past four Newsmax columns by James Walsh:
Somebody doesn't want Obama to win, do they?
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Detecting A Pattern
Here are the headlines from three of the past four Newsmax columns by James Walsh:
Somebody doesn't want Obama to win, do they?
Friday, July 27, 2012
NewsBusters Bizarrely Promotes Ice-T
Matthew Sheffield did a very odd thing in a July 23 NewsBusters post: he touted something said by former hardcore rapper Ice-T. No, really -- but first, Sheffield has to obscure his identity somewhat:
Sheffield is mum on Ice-T's career, which is probably a good thing because it might arouse the attention of the guy who runs NewsBusters, Brent Bozell.
That "heavy metal" career Sheffield alludes to is a band Ice-T fronted called Body Count, which perfomed a little ditty called "Cop Killer." In a 1997 column, Bozell called the song "nauseatingly violent."
Ice-T, meanwhile, doesn't appear to be too happy about his newfound fame as a right-wing poster boy. After Rush Limbaugh noted his remarks and condescendingly said he was impressed that Ice-T knew what "tyranny" meant, Ice-T responded by calling Limbaugh a "racist piece of shit."
Funny, Sheffield hasn't seen fit to mention any of that at NewsBusters. Then again, covering up for Limbaugh, no matter how offensive he gets, is what the Media Research Center does.
AIM's Kincaid Pushes Bogus Birther Claims
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid is so into conspiracy mode on Obama that he just copies and pastes other people's Obama conspiracies into his article.
In a July 24 AIM column promoting yet again a conspiratorial film claiming that Frank Marshall Davis is Obama's real father, Kincaid writes:
In fact, Zullo is using a 1968 coding system to evaluate a 1961 birth certificate. The pre-1968 coding system defined the number 9 as "other nonwhite," not "unknown." Further, Klein inexplicably failed to challenge Zullo on his coding error, even though the issue had been raised elsewhere before their interview.
Despite the fact that Zullo's claim is total bunk, Kincaid was in full conspiracy mode, so he just made up stuff:
CNS' Bannister Falsely Claims Senate Voted to Raise Estate Tax
Craig Bannister writes in a July 26 CNSNews.com blog post: "Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill (S. 3412) to raise the estate (death) tax from 35% to 55%. But, why are the Democrats trying to create a harsher punishment for dying, anyway?"
In fact, the bill Bannister cites does not address the estate tax -- thus, the Senate could not possibly have voted to raise it. While the estate tax is currently set to increase automatically from 35 percent to 55 percent in 2013 if Congress does nothing, that's not what happened here. Not addressing the issue does not equal a vote to "raise the estate tax."
In other words, Bannister is lying.
Medal of Honor Recipient Peddles Lies
You'd think a guy whose sole apparent claim to fame is that he's a Medal of Honor recipient would have enough honor to tell the truth, but sadly, this isn't the case.
In a July 25 WorldNetDaily column -- which even sticks "Medal of Honor recipient" in the headline, as if it was a reliable indicator of his veracity -- retired Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady rants about the Supreme Court overturning the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a crime for some to claim they earned military honors that they hadn't. That's fine -- he's entitled to his opinion. But then Brady feels the need to take it further by spewing lies and smears:
In fact, as Media Matters detailed, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- whom the prostitution remark is about -- never claimed she was "OK with 12-year-old prostitutes" -- or prostitution, period. She stated in a 1974 report that "Prostitution as a consensual act between adults is arguably within the zone of privacy protected by recent constitutional decisions" which was not an endorsement of prostitution's legality. Further, Ginsburg never approved of sexual relations with 12-year-girls, prostitutes or otherwise; she simply complemented the gender-neutral nature of a law that defined age of consent.
Also, Elena Kagan never "banned the ROTC from her campus." ROTC was already banned from using campus facilities at Harvard Law School long before Kagan arrived as dean.
Brady went on to claim: "A further mark of the quality of these folks is how often they turn on the hand that fed them, e.g., John Roberts and David Souter." Apparently, Brady would rather see cases judged on political expediency rather than the law.
If Brady actually had any honor, he would publicly apologize for his lies.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
NewsBusters' Double Standard on People's Backgrounds (Again)
Randy Hall frets in a July 24 NewsBusters post that "the liberal media" is checking into "some of the people who appear in Republican campaign advertisements." Hall cites the case of "Jack Gilchrist, a New Hampshire businessman who states that he, his father and his son -- not the government or the President -- built Gilchrist Metal Fabricating." As it turns out, Gilchrist's business was built on state-issued tax-exempt revenue bonds, and he has also received government contracts.
Coleman went on to approvingly cite John Nolte of Breitbart.com questioning whether it was a "priority" for the New Hampshire Union Leader, which first reported on Gilchrist, to be "digging into the personal lives of private citizens who step forward to let their voice be heard."
But that's exactly what NewsBusters approves of when the private citizen in question is a non-conservative.
Remember Graeme Frost, the 12-year-old who was presented by Democrats as an advocate for a federal program called SCHIP, which helps provide health insurance to needy families with children? Conservatives had no problem with digging into the personal lives of Graeme and his family for committing the sole offense of letting their voices be heard.
John Stephenson proclaimed in a Oct. 7, 2007, NewsBusters post: "Media Fail at Fact Checking on 12 Year Old Voice of SCHIP; Blogs Pick Up Slack." He asserted that media accounts of Frost and his family "were missing greatly in one major thing, facts," which apparenly only right-wing attack blogs were able to provide.
In an Oct. 10, 2007, post, Ken Shepherd proudly noted that "conservative bloggers have been raising questions about the portrayal by Democrats and the Baltimore Sun of the family's financial plight," and he criticized media outlets who weren't sufficiently skeptial of Frost's story of peddling "promoting liberal Democratic talking points."
Five days later, Shepherd again touted "conservative blogs raising questions about the Frost family," insisting that "conservative critique has not fallen on young Graeme, but rather his parents and political exploiters (like Olbermann) on the Left who (should) know better."
NewsBusters similarly fretted in May about non-conservative media checking the backgrounds of someone appearing in a Romney ad.
As we've detailed, the Media Research Center's "Tell the Truth" campaign applies only to liberals; it most definitely does not want the truth about conservatives to be told. Here is just another example of that.
Following up on our post about WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein giving Mike Zullo a pass on obviously fabricated evidence his Cold Case Posse issued in his latest ibirther press conference, Dr. Conspiracy points out that Klein's claim that he "personally also hired three independent forensic investigators" to examine Barack Obama's birth certificate not only contradicts his initial claim that "this document is absolutely real. There is no evidence that it is not. And there would have to be a grand, crazy conspiracy for the State of Hawaii to be involved in faking a birth certificate," it's also contradicts what he said about his "forensic investigators" at the time.
Indeed, Dr. Conspiracy notes, one of the "forensic investigators" he hired, Ivan Zatkovich, actually concluded that there was "All of the modifications to the PDF document that can be identified are consistent with someone enhancing the legibility of the document." WND cherry-picked his conclusions to make them sound more sinister than they were.
Newsmax Falsely Suggests Chick-Fil-A Controversy Is 'Erroneous'
In a July 24 Newsmax article, Patrick Hobin makes a big deal out of how, he claims, "CNN and other left-friendly media outlets are running full speed with an erroneous story that brands the president of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain a homophobe because he allegedly told a reporter he is 'guilty as charged' when it comes to his company being opposed to gay marriage." Hobin adds: "A review of the original interview shows he wasn’t even asked a question about gay marriage nor did he say he condemns it."
However narrow the truth of the claim may be, Hobin omits the fact that Chick-fil-A, through its WinShape Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and Exodus International. That is part of the "support of the traditional family" Hobin notes that Chick-fil-A takes part in.
Hobin also falsely claimed that "the Muppets announced the fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals." In fact, as we've noted, not only were the Muppets never involved in the Chick-fil-A deal, the Jim Henson Co. no longer owns the Muppets; Henson and Chilk-fil-A had partnered on a different line of toys.
WND Race-Baiting Watch
Apparently, in Colin Flaherty's eyes, only blacks lead the "mob violence" lifestyle. It's that supposition that underlies every one of Flaherty's articles that makes them race-baiting, WND disclaimer to the contrary.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
CNS Pushes Myth That Planned Parenthood's Federal Funding Is 'Fungible'
A July 25 article by Fred Lucas repeats CNSNews.com's longtime practice of falsely suggesting that federal money to Planned Parenthood pays for abortions, then goes a bit further by repeating another myth it has peddled before:
As we've noted the last time CNS invoked it, there's no evidence to support the claim. Plus, Stearns has declared that his intention is to defund Planned Parenthood no matter what, so he's hardly an unbiased source for anything regarding the group.
WND Gets It Wrong on Chick-Fil-A Controversy
How many errors and falsehoods can you spot in the headline and beginning of this July 23 WorldNetDaily article?
1) The Muppets aren't involved. The characters the Henson Co. had partnered with Chick-fil-A to feature were from the Jim Henson's Creature Shop line.
2) Not only weren't the Muppets involved, it was impossible for them to be involved. Contrary to WND's claim that The Jim Henson Co. is "owner of the widely promoted Muppets characters," the company sold the rights to the Muppets to the Walt Disney Co. in 2004. Disney was not involved in the Chick-fil-A deal.
3) There was no "bashing" going on. Despite WND's headline "Muppets Bash Chick-Fil-A Over Owner's Faith," not one does the Henson Co. "bash" the "owner's faith." Rather, it stated in a Facebook posting that "we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors." The statement does not mention any Chick-fil-A owner directly, let alone "bash" them or their faith.
4) Only in WND's fevered anti-gay collective mind is GLAAD "a homosexual promotion organization." Being opposed to anti-gay discrimination is hardly "homosexual promotion."
WND repeats some of these lies in a July 24 article by Bob Unruh, headlined "Playing chicken: Same-sex Muppets vs. Chick-fil-A."
WND falsely claims that Muppets are not involved, while also falsely suggesting there is some sort of adversarial relationship between Henson and Chick-fil-A; in fact, Henson simply chose to end its business relationship with the company. For his part, Unruh accurately states that the Henson Co. "created the Muppets" but not that it no longer owns them.
NewsBusters Promotes Discredited Attack on Obama That Gets The Internet Wrong
In a July 24 NewsBusters post, Tom Blumer touts a Wall Street Journal column by Gordon Crovitz, who Blumer claimed was serving up "actual history" in asserting that the government didn't invent the Internet. Crovitz asserted that Xerox's PARC research center deserves "full credit" because it developed the Ethernet protocol. Blumer smugly asserted:
Well, not so much. Turns out Crovitz didn't get his facts right.
Michael Hiltzik -- from whose book on Xerox PARC Crovitz extraopolated his claim that the lab invented the internet -- writes in the Los Angeles Times that "My book bolsters, not contradicts, the argument that the Internet had its roots in the ARPANet, a government project." Hiltzik continues:
Further, Wired points out that Ethernet is not the Internet; it it's a network connection invented by Xerox PARC to connect computers and printers.
Yet another bit of right-wing "media research" at the MRC bites the dust.
WND's Farah Baselessly Brags, Draws The Wrong Lesson
Joseph Farah spends his July 23 WorldNetDaily column bragging about how WND was "the news agency that actually broke the news about HSBC’s money-laundering schemes," based on Jerome Corsi's reporting.
Farah is, of course, lying. While Corsi's first WND article on HSBC was published on Feb. 1, other news agencies were covering the scandal before that.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Jan. 25 that HSBC "will co-operate with a probe by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and said it supports efforts to combat money laundering." Marketwatch reported a similar story the same day. The Wall Street Journal reported on it on Jan. 27. British papers the Telegraph and the Independent also reported on the story before WND did.
Corsi's contribution in his Feb. 1 article -- in which he acknowledged earlier reporting on the Senate probe of HSBC -- was detailing the claims of ex-HSBC employee John Cruz, who provided WND with "1,000 pages of evidence" of alleged HSBC wrongdoing. Corsi insisted that Cruz "came to WND ... before the committee’s investigation of HSBC was reported."
It's unclear, however, whether Cruz made any effort to cooperate with the Senate subcommittee investigating HSBC. You'd think that if Cruz was such a credible source, the Senate would be eager to talk to him, but the Senate's report on HSBC makes no mention of Cruz.
Farah went on to complain that "Corsi was fired by another investment firm for his investigative reports into HSBC." As we noted at the time, this raises the issue of why Farah was apparently paying Corsi such a non-living wage that he had to seek another job in addition to his position as a WND "senior reporter." Further, much of Corsi's work at the time he also worked at the investment firm carried a disclaimer that "The views, opinions, positions or strategies expressed by the author are his alone and do not necessarily reflect Gilford Securities Incorporated's views, opinions, positions or strategies," so it wasn't like they were exactly proud to have Corsi in their employ.
Farah went on to declare that Corsi "was right about HSBC," adding:
Farah seems to have learned the wrong lesson here. It's not just that Corsi has been an unrepentant birther, he's been a birther who has repeatedly and deliberately refused to acknowledge any evidence that conflicts with his increasingly discredited birther conspiracy theories. To this day, WND and Corsi have yet to report on John Woodman's birther book and birther lawyer Phil Berg's claim that Obama is not using a fake Social Security number, among many other inconvenient facts.
Corsi's own track record of dishonest reporting means that intelligent people have no other choice than to look at anything he writes, birther or not, with a skeptical eye. He has so discredited himself that literally nothing he reports can be taken at face value, even when he's on the right track, as he was with the HSBC story.
Perhaps if Farah had insisted on Corsi living up to standard journalistic practices instead of allowing him to act like the right-wing hack he is, he and WND would have been taken more seriously. Instead, Farah has no one but himself to blame.
(h/t reader L.C.)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CNS Refuses to Blame Bush for Pilot Vetting Failures
We've detailed how CNSNews.com's Edwin Mora has sought to erase any mention of U.S. troop casualties under President Bush in Iraq when he's pushing troop casualties in Afghanistan under President Obama. Well, Mora has found another way to protect Bush.
IN a July 19 CNS article, Mora highlights how Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee that the Obama administration "finally 'took steps' in 2010 to vet foreign students applying to U.S. flight schools."
Mora doesn't ask why it took the Obama administration to enforce that vetting. Indeed, the word "Bush" appears nowhere in his article, despite his noting that "the rule set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to have DHS screen foreign nationals who want flight training was authorized in 2004" and that "a portion of the 25,599 who had applied for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot licenses from January 2006 through September 2011 had not been vetted properly before taking flight training or receiving an FAA certificate."
It seems that, in Mora's mind, this apparent breach of national security is only the fault of the Obama administration, despite the fact that the Bush administration apparently spent a significant portion of its tenure not enforcing the rules it implemented.
WND's Vox Day: Aurora Shootings May Be A 'False-Flag Operation'
-- Vox Day, July 22 WorldNetDaily column
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