CNS Fail: Reporter Is Three Weeks Late to Clinton Story, Still Gets It Wrong Topic: CNSNews.com
An Oct. 22 CNSNews.com article by Fred Lucas breathlessly reports on how former President Clinton 'talked about his eligibility to serve as the leader of both Ireland and France" during an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.
However, as Lucas goes on to later note, this interview took place on "Sept. 30" -- more than three weeks earlier.
Why did CNS take so long to publish this story? We have no idea -- Lucas adds nothing to it that wasn't covered by otheroutlets when Clinton actually uttered those words.
Despite this article's lengthy incubation time, Lucas still gets basic facts wrong. His lead paragraph identifies Clinton's interviewer as "Pierce Morgan." Also, the interview aired on Sept. 25, not Sept. 30.
Given that Lucas took so long to write this article, you'd think he would have done a better job with it.
UPDATE: CNS has corrected the spelling of Morgan's name, but it as of this writing has not corrected the date of the interview.
Noel Sheppard Whiffs on Conspiracy Theory Over Libya Attack Topic: NewsBusters
The increasingly discredited NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard decided to go conpsiratorial in an Oct. 20 NewsBusters post, Sheppard rants about NPR's Nina Totenberg saying that "There'd be no reason to send [United Nations Ambassador] Susan Rice out to lie if she was going to get exposed immediately" regarding the the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya:
Actually, I can think of numerous reasons.
First, the Obama administration believed – rightfully so! - that their media would take what Rice said hook, line, and sinker, especially weeks away from Election Day.
If this were to happen, the White House could create the illusion that this attack was all about protests associated with an anti-Muslim movie trailer and therefore deflect all blame and scrutiny.
The upside is that Obama's foreign policy credentials due to the assassination of bin Laden would remain intact, and he could continue saying on the campaign trail that al Qaeda has been decimated.
This is exactly why Rice, Obama, and other White House officials stuck to this “the movie caused it all” story for as long as they did.
Regardless of the number of holes that are now being revealed in this canard, so-called journalists like Totenberg aren't quite ready to give up the ghost.
They're probably hoping just as the administration is that they can hold this fallacy in place for another sixteen days and not have to really come clean to the American people until after the election.
As such, journalism really is dead, isn't it?
Actually, the only thing that's dead is Sheppard's ability to keep up with the news and examine things fairly. As he was writing that screed, his little conspiracy was getting blown up.
As first reported by the Washington Post's David Ignatius and confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, talking points prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the day that Rice did the rounds of Sunday morning talk shows, stated that the attack wasthe result of a spontaneous protest, and the CIA continued to push that view internally until Sept. 22.
Sheppard needs to do better research if he's going to peddle conspiracy theories like that. He's such an amateur -- yet he hold an editor's title at NewsBusters.
WND Lets Savage Bash His Former Radio Syndicator Some More Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily has clearly takensides with Michael Savage against his radio show's former syndicator, Talk Radio Network. Now, WND is letting Savage launch more attacks on TRN.
In an unbylined Oct. 22 article, WND touts Savage returning to the air with his new syndicator, Cumulus Media Networks. It also drops this claim:
With his new syndicator, Savage told WND he expects to have more freedom to say what he wants.
TRN regularly censored him, seemingly at random, he said, making him feel like someone was looking over his shoulder.
“I don’t think anyone’s heard me do a full radio show,” he said. “It was a butchered show.”
It's unclear what Savage means by that, since his show is mostly live. How does TRN censor a live show? WND doesn't explain.
There's no evidence WND contacted TRN for a response, which is what a responsible news organization would have done.
We've previously noted how unusual it is for WND to have thrown TRN under the bus to side with Savage. TRN was founded by accused cult leader Roy Masters, whose Oregon ranch was the first home of WND upon its founding in the late 1990s. Masters' son, Mark Masters, currently operates TRN.
MRC Pre-Bashes Schieffer, Ignores His Pro-Bush Bias Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center keeps up its war against debate moderators with an Oct. 22 item by Rich Noyes bashing tonight's moderator, Bob Schieffer, for purportedly having "tilted left in his previous visits to the presidential debate stage."
Unmentioned by Noyes is the fact that Schieffer has had a lengthy relationship with George W. Bush. As we've detailed, the MRC has consistently ignored the fact that Schieffer was a golfing partner of Bush and that his brother was president of the Texas Rangers at the same time Bush was a partner in the team.
If Noyes is going to speciously accuse Schieffer of bias -- as per usual, no methodology is presented for determining how Schieffer "tilted left" -- shouldn't he detail all of the bias he's been accused of, even when it conflicts with the MRC's agenda?
How Is Ellis Washington Beclowning Himself Today? Topic: WorldNetDaily
Remember last week, when Ellis Washington dedicated his column to likening President Obama to Caligula? Well, that apparently wasn't enough for him, because he has devoted another column to furthering the ludicrous comparison:
I, Obama, am the most bloodthirsty president in American history. I love lavishing hundreds of millions of dollars annually upon Planned Parenthood, founded by the genocidal racist, Margaret Sanger, which murders over 3,000 innocent babies per day, over 1,300 of them black babies, totaling over 55 million innocents since Roe v. Wade (1973).
I, Caligula, also kept my favorite racehorse, Incitatus, inside the palace in a stable box of carved ivory, dressed in purple blankets and collars of precious stones. Dinner guests were invited to the palace in the horse’s name. And the horse, too, was invited to dine with the emperor. I, Caligula, considered making the horse consul over the Senate.
I, Obama, like my mentor, Caligula, delighted in humiliating Congress. For my first two years in office, I refused even to answer their letters on law, policy and budgetary issues of great urgency or meet with them unless I knew in advance that they would bow to my omnipotent will.
I, Obama, like my tyrannical predecessors Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Domitian, Diocletian and Commodus, am narcissistic, ill-bred, ignorant and anti-Christian to my core.
I, Caligula and I, Obama, like Phaethon, have ruled like tyrants over once-great nations for just under four years. Caligula and Obama both possess the dangerous, obstinate, narcissistic tendencies of the typical sociopath, which prevents one from showing empathy to others, changing his mind or affirming the reality of truth when his diabolical policy initiatives come to their inevitable, catastrophic end. Thus, like Phaethon, Obama has abused his vast powers over politics, law, economics and culture and has brought society down upon our heads in a spectacular fiery inferno.
His Obama Derangement Syndrome seems to have reached an advanced stage that requires in-patient treatment and, it seems, extended confinement.
MRC Writer Bashes Springsteen, Doesn't Understand Poetic License Topic: Media Research Center
Lauren Thompson usually writes for the Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute, where we caught her being angry that certain films exist, being sad that the media no longer slurs undocumented immigrants as "illegals," and keeping a secret list of everything that offended her about the now-canceled show "GCB." Now, she has taken to MRC division CNSNews.com to demonstrate how ignorant she is about how music lyrics work.
In her Oct. 18 CNS column (which was not posted at CMI), Thompson writes:
It must be nice to be a liberal celebrity with no accountability. Bruce Springsteen can campaign for gay marriage and use the term “fairies” in his songs without a shred of bad press, while conservatives are flattened for the same rhetoric.
Springsteen is often lauded by the media for his liberal tendencies. “The Boss” recently endorsed the pro-gay marriage campaign The Four 2012 to fight for “a civil rights issue that must be approved” in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
Springsteen told The New York Post he urged “those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.” The singer was heralded by USA Today and other liberal outlets for his stance on gay marriage despite the use of gay slurs in lyrics to two of his songs – songs her has continued to perform in public.
In the songs “Incident on 57th Street” and “Lost in the Flood,” Springsteen referred to homosexuals as “fairies,” – a derogatory term toward gay men.
“Lost in the Flood’s” lyrics read, “His countryside's burnin' with wolfman fairies dressed in drag for homicide.”
“Incident on 57th Street,” sang about “all them golden-heeled fairies in a real bitch fight.” Those lyrics come directly from the official Springsteen website.
Liberals are infamous for outlawing words or phrases that could “offend” sensitive minorities, and “fairy” is one of them.
Thompson conveniently fails to mention the fact that both songs come from very early in Springsteen's career, when casual slurring of gays was much more tolerated in the media. "Lost in the Flood" appeared on Springsteen's first studio album, which came out in early 1973, and "Incident on 57th Street" appeared on his second album, which came out in late 1973.
Nor does she explain the context in which those cherry-picked words appear. "Lost in the Flood" appears to be about a Vietnam War veteran; "Incident on 57th Street" is about the typical young and passionate Jersey characters he wrote about early in his career.
Which brings us to the concept of poetic license -- that Springsteen was not speaking for himself but in the voice of the characters he was writing about -- that Thompson largely ignores. She does quote "Springsteen expert Danny Alexander" defending the lyrics by pointing out that “Creative writers use slang, the voices of their stories, to tell those stories. They do not ever have to be politically correct," but she immediately dismissed it:
But that’s not what happens to conservative artists who get attacked even if they don’t support gay marriage. Country singer Blake Shelton was forced to apologize nationally after GLAAD politicized one of Shelton’s tweets.
Shelton can't exactly claim a tweet -- in Shelton's case, rewriting a lyric of a Shania Twain song with a homophobic tone -- is "poetic license" on par with a song lyric. Also, Thompson accusing GLAAD of having "politicized" the tweet by highlighting it is absurd; by that same standard, Thompson politicized "GCB" by keeping her secret list of offenses.
Does it say something that CMI wouldn't publish Thompson's misguided attack on Springsteen and she had to resort to putting it up at another MRC outlet? Perhaps.
UPDATE: CNS attempted this same ignorance-of-poetic-license stunt in 2008, when it rummaged through the fiction books of Democratic Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb to find offensive statements that it dishonestly tried to portray as Webb's personal views -- a story that coincidentally came out at the same time that Webb's Republican opponent, George Allen, was publicizing the excerpts.
WND Tries to Take Credit for NY Times' Scoop on Iran Topic: WorldNetDaily
We've noted how WorldNetDaily has been trying to get attention -- in the form of lots of whining by Joseph Farah -- for its claim that the Obama administration will announce an "October surprise" in the form of a deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons program. That's been overtaken by events, and WND is desperately trying to take credit for it.
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the U.S. and Iran have agreed to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. That claim -- which the White House has denied -- is not what WND's Reza Kahlili claimed, which was that a full-fledged deal exists.Nevertheless, WND wants credit for its still-unproven story.
WND posted an Oct. 20 article that tries to glom onto the Times story, insisting that it "fits the template for an “October surprise” already suggested by WND’s report this week that the Obama administration had cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for the promise of a temporary halt to uranium enrichment." WND claimed to have a "highly placed source, who remains anonymous for security reasons and is highly placed in Iran’s regime," to back up its claim. (Gee, ya think the guy is highly placed?)
Again, WND offers no evidence to back up the veracity of its source. Nor does WND mention Reza Kahlili's history of overwrought, fearmongering claims, like his discredited claim that Iran was planning nuclear suicide bombings with "a thousand suitcase bombs spread around Europe and the U.S."
WND also reposted Kahlili's original article under the headline "The story that started it all" -- even though Kahlili's claim goes far beyond what the Times reported and no evidence is presented that Kahlili's article "started" anything. Nevertheless, the reposted article includes an "editor's note" asserting that Kahlili's articles "provide the depth and context for this announcement."
Meanwhile, Farah uses his latest column to promote Kahlili's story yet again, asserting that "The media are asleep at the switch on what could prove to be the biggest story of the presidential campaign" issuing his usual complaint that "Even alternative media and talk radio are largely ignoring the critical details of the breakthrough reporting by Reza Kahlili for WND."
Farah, of course, doesn't mention that the reason WND's reporting is being ignored is because nobody believes it anymore. Even if there's some shred of truth to be found -- which WND repeatedly insists is the case here -- there's still no reason to believe it because of Kahlili's history of factually inaccurate fearmongeringand WND's pathological anti-Obama obsession, which has led it to publish lies and ignore inconvenient facts.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: If Farah is looking for someone to blame for the rest of the media ignoring WND, all he has to do is look in the mirror.
Tim Graham Still Hates Daniel Ellsberg, For Some Reason Topic: NewsBusters
Tim Graham was in the mddile of an Oct. 19 NewsBusters rant about the Washington Post review of the the documentary "Hating Breitbart" and its pointing out that "Breitbart's Web sites specialized in showing people behaving stupidly, which is (or should be) a relatively small part of what professional journalists do" -- something Graham doesn't contradict beyond whining about it -- when he added: "The Post's movie reviewers prefer radical-left rabble-rousers -- like Daniel Ellsberg. Forty years after his heyday, Ellsberg was still 'astonishingly germane.'"
Huh? What does Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, have to do with any of this?
Graham links to a 2010 post he wrote about a Post review of a documentary about Ellsburg, in which he calls Ellsberg a "America-bashing radical leftist whistleblower,' going on to rant: "Ellsberg isn’t a leftist to the Post. He’s a 'consciousness-raiser.' He’s one of those leftists who thinks the public is largely un-conscious."
Graham's dragging Ellsberg into the conversation actually ends up demostrating how correct the Post review is about the Breitbart film. Leaking the Pentagon Papers -- which demonstrated how government officials deceived the public about U.S. involvement in Vietnam -- had an impact on the public discussion about the war, and resulted in a lawsuit that went all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in a ruling that stood up for First Amendment rights.
The Breitbart sites, meanwhile, have little to point to in the way of accomplishment besides falsely smearing Shirley Sherrod and being so slavishly pro-Romney that not even Graham could have failed to notice the the bias, since it's so much greater than anything he's ever found on the TV networks.
Not that Graham will ever admit any of this, of course.
WND Finds Another Fringe Doctor To Fearmonger About HPV Vaccine Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily has a history of invoking fringe medical figures -- like a man who has been called "Austria’s most notorious abortionist" -- to fearmonger about human papilloma virus vaccines like Gardasil. WND editor Joseph Farah has found a new fringe medical figure to carry on the tradition.
In his Oct. 18 WND column, Farah dismisses a new study saying that girls who get the HPV vaccine are no more likely to engage in sexual activity than those who don't. Farah doesn't mention it, but that goes against his website's previous reporting, in which it quoted factually challenged "researcher" Judith Reisman lumping in the vaccine with "promiscuity messages" the culture sends out. Farah added, "I would suggest they might even be less likely to become promiscuous. Because some of them will die and get seriously ill as a result of the vaccine."
Farah went on to cite his evidence:
Then there is Dr. Joseph Mercola. Like others, he has pointed out that the pharmaceutical companies making billions from these vaccines have spent a good portion of those revenues on promoting their drugs to doctors, universities, health journals and, of course, the Food and Drug Administration and CDC. In the old days before the government-media complex, we used to call these payoffs.
“It’s clear to me that this is another case where the precautionary principle needs to be applied, as currently no one knows exactly whether or not the vaccine will have any measurable effect as far as lowering cervical cancer rates,” says Mercola. “The results will not be fully apparent until a few decades from now, and in the meantime, countless young girls are being harmed, and we still do not know how Gardasil will affect their long-term health, even if they do not experience any acute side effects.”
He continues: “Deadly blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and ‘sudden death due to unknown causes’ have all occurred in girls shortly after they’ve received the Gardasil vaccine. These are atrocious risks to potentially prevent cervical cancer one day down the road. Because let’s not forget that the HPV vaccine has not yet been PROVEN to actually prevent any kind of cancer. The benefit is just one big ‘maybe.’”
Farah doesn't tell us who Mercola is or what is qualifications are. There's probably a reason for that.
Quackwatch tells us that Mercola is a seller of health supplements who opposes immunization, fluoridation of water, and mammography; claims that amalgam fillings are toxic; and makes many unsubstantiated recommendations for dietary supplements. Still, his work has been promoted on the Dr. Oz TV show. On his own website, Mercola has touted Andrew Wakefield, whose research linking vaccines to autism has been discredited and withdrawn by its publisher.
According to Quackwatch, Mercola has been twice ordered by the Food and Drug Administration to stop making claims about his supplements that go beyond their intended uses. The FDA also ordered Mercola to stop making claims for thermography that go beyond what the equipment he uses.
Mercola has also seen complaints filed against him with the Better Business Bureau that his company did not honor money-back guarantees on his products, his customers have experienced unexplained delivery problems, and that Mercola's company provided customers with shipment tracking numbers that were not valid with their respective shippers, according to Quackwatch.
Given WND's history of fearmongering about vaccines, it's not surprising that Farah would turn to yet another fringe figure to fearmonger some more.
MRC Sticking With The False Obama 'Lie' Story Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center sure seems desperate to keep peddling a story that isn't true.
An Oct. 19 MRC press release declares that "both ABC and NBC continue to cover up President Obama’s lie about Libya during Tuesday night’s debate." It goes on to quote MRC chief Brent Bozell ranting, "It’s inconceivable that leading into the final presidential debate focused entirely on foreign policy that two broadcast networks would continue to spike Barack Obama’s lie about Libya. Obama’s feigned outrage over Mitt Romney’s demand to know why his administration lied to the American people about Libya over and over is outrageous and offensive."
But as we've pointed out, the MRC has proven no "lie" Obama has told -- indeed, the press release doesn't even bother to explain the "lie" it's attacking. Obama did refer to "acts of terror" in the Rose Garden speech following the Benghazi attack -- which the MRC has decided, by purporting to read Obama's mind, that Obama didn't actually mean to link the two and is "lying" about it now.
Bozell and the MRC cannot back up their claim of an Obama "lie," yet it will continue to crank out press releases insisting he did. That's not "media research," that's shilling for the Romney campaign, not to mention a lie in itself. Does the MRC's nonprofit tax status permit such a thing?
WND's Corsi Goes Romney-Fluffing On His Press Plane Topic: WorldNetDaily
We're seeing the fruits of Jerome Corsi's current traipsing about on Mitt Romney's press plane -- Romney-fluffing that would make Ronald Kessler proud.
Here's how Corsi began his Oct. 18 WorldNetDaily article:
An exceptionally upbeat and confident Romney camp left the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., to hold two enthusiastic, overflow outdoor rallies in Virginia.
Romney left his hotel in Long Island at 9:30 a.m. Eastern yesterday accompanied by comedian Dennis Miller, who planned to join the Republican nominee at the Virginia rallies.
From all appearances, the Romney campaign – bolstered by a new Gallup poll putting the Republican nominee over the crucial 50-percent mark with just three weeks to go – is a smoothly run operation, with a corporate feel in which meetings and rallies are held on time, contingencies are taken into account and efficient staffers are responsive to media needs and requests.
Corsi then summarized Romney's stump speech, then notes that Romney headed to New York "to prepare for the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Hotel." Uh, Jerry? It's the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Apparently, Corsi has no access to basic research tools while on the Romney press plane.
From the inside, the Romney campaign has more the feel of a professionally run, initial-public-offering road tour conducted by top Wall Street investment bankers than of a traditional presidential political campaign in which political operatives – for whom it’s just the next in a series of presidential campaigns – jawbone the traveling press about how well this season’s party candidate is doing.
Gallup’s national daily tracking poll of registered voters had Romney up 52 to 45 yesterday and 51 to 45 today.
Today, the Romney motorcade battled afternoon, midtown New York City traffic and contended with drivers of varying skill levels on the New Jersey Turnpike to arrive at Newark Airport with only a 15-minute delay.
Um, Jerry? Nobody cares about how your trip in the Romney motorcade went. Nevertheless, the fawning tone continued:
Like IPO investment bankers ever aware that a market can turn unexpectedly against their corporate client, the Romney team is not expecting the Obama administration’s current problems with its troubled narrative on the Benghazi terrorist attack to persist.
Writing about Romney's debate preparations, Corsi added:
That, Romney campaign spokesmen insist, is the reason the Republican nominee is traveling to Boca Raton early – not to enjoy the beach and sun as fall weather rapidly takes hold, but to use every possible remaining hour to prepare to counter a yet resilient and powerful U.S. president on foreign policy.
Really, did anyone expect anything less than total sycophancy from a near-pathological Obama-hater like Corsi?
Newsmax Hides Romney Links of Obama-Bashing Writer Topic: Newsmax
An Oct. 19 Newsmax article highlights a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Douglas Feith and Seth Cropsey claiming that "The controversy over the Obama administration’s handling of last month’s killing of four Americans in Libya points to the president’s failure to address Islamist extremism."
We know that Newsmax is in pre-election pro-Romney mode, but can'tthey do at least a little journalistic disclosure? We should perhaps give them a little slack, though, since the Journal didn't disclose it either.
Erik Rush's Oct. 17 WorldNetDaily column is headlined "Face it: Liberals are nasty." In it, he complains how liberals' "level of nastiness has increased almost exponentially as this election cycle progresses. From politicians to pundits to dedicated liberals online, the rhetoric and campaigns of character assassination aimed at perceived enemies have grown so poisonous, it was inevitable that people who aren’t ideologically-driven – most Americans, as we are led to believe – would catch on."
MRC's Bozell Invents Obama 'Lie' About Benghazi Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is taking its transcript trutherism to a new level by falsely delcaring President Obama to be a liar for pointing out that he called the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an "act of terror" in a Rose Garden speech the day of the attack.
An Oct. 18 MRC press release complained that "NBC and ABC continued to run interference for President Obama last night by participating in the cover-up of his lie regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi," then quoted Bozell saying that "Jan Crawford and CBS News deserve credit for exposing Obama’s deception and criticizing CNN’s Candy Crowley for her role in validating the President’s lie."
But at no point does Bozell or the MRC explain what the "lie" is. In fact, Obama referred to "acts of terror" in the Rose Garden speech -- which the MRC has decided, by purporting to read Obama's mind, that Obama didn't actually mean to link the two. The MRC also is silent about a speech Obama made the next day in which he said that "no act of terror will go unpunished."
Bozell kept up his lie about the "lie" in his Oct. 19 column, in which he ranted that Obama "lied, claiming he’d labeled the Libya attack as an act of terrorism," and that moderator Candy Crowley "leapt to Obama’s defense, declared a lie a truth." Again, Bozell failed to explain exactly what the "lie" is -- apparently, he believes that if he shouts "lie" long enough, his own lie will no longer be one.
That's the situation Bozell and the MRC finds itself in yet again -- factually deficient partisan advocacy masquerading as "media research."
WND's Bradlee Dean Distracts From His Lies By Accusing Others Of Lies Topic: WorldNetDaily
It's the oldest play in the liar's playbook -- distracting from his own lies by accusing others of telling lies.
We've documented how self-proclaimed preacher Bradlee Dean told numerous malicious lies about President Obama in a recent WorldNetDaily column. So what does Dean do in his follow-up column? Rant about the purported lies told by one of his political enemies.
Dean is upset that the "homosexual activist group" Southern Poverty Law Center "has attempted to infiltrate the public school system with its newly designed entry-level 'diversity' program called 'Mix It Up at Lunch Day.'" What is the supposed lie that Dean found so offensive?
The SPLC listed schools on its website that were “participants” of “Mix It Up.” However, the SPLC was reprimanded and exposed by administrators of public schools because it falsely listed its schools as participants without authorization or permission. How did the school systems respond? Get us off your list immediately!
Actually, what happened is that the anti-gay American Family Association had targeted its gay-bashing rhetoric at schools that were on the SPLC's list, prompting the schools to ask the SPLC to be removed from its list.
So it seems that Dean is telling another lie. Is anyone surprised?
When will Dean beg his readers and his God for forgiveness for the lies he can't seem to stop telling? Or is lying OK with the God he purports to preach on behalf of?