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Monday, October 29, 2012
MRC Attacks Nat Geo Over Seal Team Six Doc, Won't Say Who Owns Channel
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center issued an Oct. 26 press release demanding that the National Geographic Channel "delay the airing of 'SEAL Team Six: the Raid on Osama bin Laden' until after Election Day." According to the MRC, it was produced by The Weinstein Company, "co-chaired by Harvey Weinstein, a major donor to the Democratic Party and long-time fundraiser for Barack Obama" and because it allegedly has "recut to enhance Obama’s role at the request of Weinstein."

The release also quotes MRC chief Brent Bozell claiming, "We don’t want to pass judgement on the content, because we haven’t watched the film." When has that ever stopped the MRC before?

Nowhere in the press release, though, is it mention who the majority owner of the National Geographic Channel is: none other than News Corp., also the owner of the MRC-friendly Fox News Channel.

An Oct. 24 MRC item by Matt Hadro on Bozell's appearance on CNN to register his protest of the scheduled program also fails to mention that Nat Geo is owned by News Corp.

It's not as if the MRC is shy about going after the corporate owners of broadcast entites -- remember, earlier this year Bozell was trying to get Congress to harrass Comcast, owner of NBC, because of some things on NBC he didn't like.

Then again, Bozell appears every week on Fox News as part of Sean Hannity's show, and he certainly doesn't want to jeopardize that gig by pointing out how Fox is linked to a sister network he's criticizing.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:02 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
WND Selectively Notices Criticism Of Gilbert's Discredited Film
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An Oct. 25 WorldNetDaily article is headlined "Media finally notice 'anti-Obama' film 'Dreams.'" But WND is being very selective about noticing the media that has "noticed" the film.

The article focuses on a Denver TV station  that called Joel Gilbert's "Dreams From My Real Father" an "anti-Obama film full of false claims." OF course, it is, but WND will never admit that; in this case, WND complains that the reporter "presents no evidence to back his assertions."

Unmentioned by WND was the fact that the Orlando Sentinel published an article about Gilbert's movie that backs up its claim that the film is fraudulent.

Whereas WND complained that the Denver TV report "made no mention of Davis’s relationship with Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, and the photographic evidence that she posed nude for him about the time she became pregnant," the Orlando Sentinel article does, and it features Loren Collins -- who has extensively debunked the film -- pointing out that the photos Gilbert claims are of Obama "were actually published in a magazine two years before Dunham arrived in Hawaii."

And thus, WND continues its pattern of ignoring any legitimate, documented criticism of Gilbert's flim, just as it has ignored any documented debunking of birther conspiracy theories.

UPDATE: WND's article is even more dishonest than we first thought. Contrary to WND's assertion that the Denver TV station's report "presents no evidence to back his assertions," an article accompanying the video on the station's website provides that evidence -- quoting not only Collins but Obama biographer David Maraniss refuting Gilbert's claims. WND made no mention of this article.

The article also notes this: "Gilbert would not agree to an interview regarding his film unless 9News agreed not to use clips from his film. 9News did not agree to those parameters for an interview." That seems to fit with Gilbert forcing Collins to remove a excerpt of Gilbert's video for his own video debunking Gilbert.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:44 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 11:58 AM EDT
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Newsmax Promotes Dinesh D'Souza Film, Ignores His Sex Scandal
Topic: Newsmax

The loss leader of the month at Newsmax is Dinesh D'Souza's discredited anti-Obama film "2016: Obama's America," based on D'Souza's discredited book about how President Obama is an anti-colonial Marxist, or something.

Newsmax's promotion for it -- which involves its usual scheme of selling the DVD for $4.95 (plus shipping and handling) while throwing in a few "free" issues of Newsmax's magazine that you must cancel before you're automatically charged for a full year's subscription price of $39.95, which Newsmax benevolently describes as "convenient automatic renewal" -- includes this hyperbolic introduction:

Do you really know Barack Obama?

He's been president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world.

Yet a blockbuster new movie — 2016: Obama's America — proves that we don't know the real Obama.

This movie has broken records at box offices nationwide despite a major media blackout.

2016: Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of Obama to reveal whether one man's surprising past will redefine and change America over the next four years.

What Newsmax won't tell you: how D'Souza's personal and professional life is currently in shambles because of a sex scandal.

A couple weeks back, the evangelical magazine World reported that D'Souza showed up at a recent speaking engagement with a woman he described as his financee -- which people there took as a little strange since he's still married to (albeit separated from) his first wife.

As one can imagine, D'Souza's behavior is a bit disconcerting (if not exactly surprising) from someone who simultaneously has been complaining that Obama is “attacking the traditional values agenda.” Oh, and did we mention that D'Souza's new woman got married (to someone else) just last December?

It also got the attention of the folks at King's College in New York, an evangelical school where D'Souza is president. He had already faced criticism for promoting his own anti-Obama work, including his film, while ignoring the needs of the college. That situation resolved itself on Oct. 18 when D'Souza resigned as college president.

Yet Newsmax has not reported any of this to its readers -- we found no story about any aspect of the scandal on Newsmax's website. It did, however, find the time to report on the dismissal of a lawsuit against D'Souce by one of the film's producers over profits being made from the film.

Why doesn't Newsmax consider this news? It's a nice, juicy sex scandal, but Newsmax apparently doesn't want it to interfere with its (and D'Souza's) Obama-hating.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:12 PM EDT
WND's Corsi Is Still Traveling On The Romney Press Plane
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's almost kinda cute how Jerome Corsi is pretending to be a real reporter.

In an Oct. 26 WorldNetDaily article, Corsi uses his perch on the Mitt Romney press plane -- where he has been hanging out for the past week or so --  to bash President Obama and peddle more Ronald Kessler-esque Romney-fluffing. He lovingly describes how the crowds he claims are turning out for Romney's rallies:

On Tuesday, Romney drew a crowd the Secret Service put at 12,500 – the maximum fire marshals would allow – at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., north of Denver.

People of all ages began arriving at noon, ready to make the high-altitude climb from the facility’s many parking lots to the tiered seats of the famed outdoor music venue.

Romney campaign workers handed out red, blue, yellow and white T-shirts to those seated in the center of the audience in a pattern designed to form the logo on the Colorado flag.

The applause for Romney and Ryan in the amphitheater was thundering as the candidates promised supporters that this year the Republican ticket would beat Obama in Colorado, something McCain failed to do in 2008.

By contrast, according to Corsi, Obama is drawing only "modest crowds" while he focuses on "causes of the far left that are calculated to motivate the Democratic Party’s base in an apparent decision to deemphasize the large mass of independent voters to Romney."

Corsi has been filing more "Traveling with the Romney campaign" datelines in the past few days:

An Oct. 25 article enthuses about how Romney has been attracting "enthusiastic, overflow crowds in Ohio from Cincinnati in the south to Toledo on Lake Erie" and features an interview with Romney campaign manager Scott Jennings.

An Oct. 26 article fawns over Romney's "major policy address" that day, in which he "presented his vision for achieving genuine economic growth in the next four years, while charging Barack Obama with a record of failure in his stewardship of the economy."

An Oct. 27 article keeps up the Romney cheerleading, literally:

“Ten more days!” the crowds at the Florida Romney rallies chanted today, ready to count off the days until Barack Obama is defeated and President-elect Mitt Romney begins preparing for a new administration in the White House.

Romney spoke to three large overflow crowds, delivering a positive message of real economic recovery and jobs brought on by a renewed faith in the private enterprise system.

Meanwhile, Corsi did take time out while traveling on the Romney press plane to publish an article citing the discredited Joel Gilbert to claim that Obama had a nose job. Surprisingly, Corsi appears not to have asked Scott Jennings about that.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:28 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:29 AM EDT
Saturday, October 27, 2012
NewsBusters Upset (Again) That A Republican Got Fact-Checked
Topic: NewsBusters

The Media Research Center has never been a stickler for context -- when it comes to claims about liberals, anyway. By contrast, it demands proper context when it comes to conservatives.

We see that again in an Oct. 19 NewsBusters post by Randy Hall, who's upset that PolitiFact Ohio put a claim made by a Republican candidate in its proper context.

What happened is that PolitiFact Ohio rated as "mostly false" a claim by Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel that his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sherrod Brown, "missed over 350 official votes" as a congressman. PolitiFact points out that the claim ignores the facts that the number of missed votes is a small number compared to the more than 10,000 or so votes Brown did take part in, and that most of those missed votes were due to injuries suffered in a car accident.

But Hall doesn't care about context -- he insists that the claim is "true" and that PolitiFact Ohio is engaging in "media bias" by telling the full truth about Mandel's claim. He goes on to repeat claims by a Mandel spokesman that "Brown's missed-vote ratio is higher than the median rate for all members of Congress, which is 2.5 percent, while Brown's rate is 3 percent."

Hall also ranted that "PolitiFact Ohio has often trumpeted information and statistics that favor Brown over Mandel, such as stating that the Democratic candidate supposedly tells the truth two-thirds of the time while the Republican lies two-thirds of the time," adding that "fact-checking is rapidly becoming just another way for liberals to vent their venom regarding Republican candidates." In reality, right-wingers like Hall and his fellow NewsBusters have engaged in a war on fact-checkers simply for having the audacity to fact-check what Republicans say.

Hall seems rather desperate to take refuge in a misleading claim. It's just another example of how the MRC really doesn't want anyone to tell the truth about Republicans.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:01 AM EDT
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

While the examples of President Obama’s kingly indulgences are numerous, only a few need be mentioned for foundation, i.e. executive orders as law (part of his overt “We Can’t Wait” program admittedly designed to cut out Congress), voiding entire statutes via decree (e.g. U.S. naturalization code and the work-requirement provisions of the landmark 1997 Welfare Reform Act), making war without legislative authorization (which Abraham Lincoln understood to be the “worst of all kingly oppressions”), making agreements with other nations absent popular ratification and assent (Law of the Sea Treaty and his many unsanctioned foreign policy experiments with Islamic states), illegally transferring the power of Congress to unelected and unvetted “czars,” assassinating and indefinitely detaining American citizens without due process, and finally, taxing the people without legal pretext (arguably the abortion mandate, the individual mandate and the various fees introduced by this president). Other earlier offenses include, but are not limited to, threatening banks with “pitchforks,” firing the heads of private companies and dictating their wages, requiring that a company create a slush fund for his czars to distribute to the masses, etc.

This is a KING.

-- John Griffing, Oct. 14 WorldNetDaily column

Looking back at the facts that were/are undeniable regarding now-President Obama’s pre-presidential life, nothing leading up to the election of 2008 would have given anyone the reality on which to base an argument as to why Barack Obama was up to the task of fixing the problems that existed within the world’s largest economy, managing the most powerful military ever known to man or successfully dealing with a host of other concerns that were and in most cases still are of great importance to many in our society. To formulate a decision based solely on the grounds of fundamental logic would have told anyone that an individual who possessed no academic legacy, had authored no significant piece of legislation at the state or federal level, functioned at the rudimentary task of “community organizer” in his not-too-distant past, while having strong ties to known terrorists such as Bill Ayers and America-hating characters such as Jeremiah Wright, could not aptly perform the duties that would be demanded.

Yet, while considering the many facts that should have made this man an almost laughable candidate, against all logic he was elected our 44th president. So why, or more importantly how, has a man who has draped himself in mediocrity his entire existence risen perhaps to the pinnacle of mankind?

-- John Rocker, Oct. 15 WND column

Communists hate democracy. Obama is with them on that. What has he done to eradicate the widespread voting fraud – nearly all of it perpetrated by “Democrats” – that is now endemic? Let us hope that when the splendid sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., has finished investigating the Mickey Mouse “birth certificate” on the crime scene that is the White House website he will turn his gallant, unpaid cold-case posse on the voter fraud some say gave Obama the White House.

-- Christopher Monckton, Oct. 16 WND column

The title of my latest book, “Barack Obama, You’re Fired! (And Don’t Bother Asking for a Letter of Recommendation),” is more than an example of wishful thinking. I am convinced that this year, Christmas will fall on Nov. 6 when Santa Claus, recognizing who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, will do the right thing and fill our Christmas stocking with Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate.

-- Burt Prelutsky, Oct. 16 WND column

In 2008, the majority was wooed by a youthful, good-looking, energetic, slick-talking newcomer who spoke in broad generalities. I received a letter from a female friend who (obviously) does not read my columns, in which she included a picture of herself proudly wearing an Obama T-shirt. When I asked her why she voted for Obama she said, “I’m for ‘hope and change.’” When I asked her what kind of change, she responded, “I don’t know. I’m not political.” Oooh!

-- Jane Chastain, Oct. 17 WND column

So, yes, our immediate task in November is to oust the dictator in chief and pray that the damage he has done to the republic can be ameliorated. 

-- Tom Tancredo, Oct. 19 WND column

Obama assumed Americans were so soured on everything that vapid promises for the future were enough for victory.

He told us he was promising “fundamental change” for our country.

Strange isn’t it, that not one enterprising reporter thought to ask him just exactly what that meant?

They didn’t ask, and there weren’t enough thinking voters to press the issue.

But enough voters bought the Democrat Kool-Aid and elected Obama, and he’s spent the last four years steamrolling that hidden agenda on the country with more in store if he’s re-elected.

-- Barbara Simpson, Oct. 21 WND column

Have you noticed how the Obama campaign has stepped up its class-warfare rhetoric as we draw closer to Election Day?

Obama is constantly resorting to this tactic because he’s simply unable to defend his own record in office as 23 million Americans are out of work or underemployed and the economy remains in distress.

Class warfare is all he has left.

-- Chuck Norris, Oct. 21 WND column

Now, I was incorrect about my outlandish prediction that Obama would retire rather than face the possibility of only his second-ever electoral defeat. But I was correct to notice his lack of interest in winning a second term. Throughout what has passed for his campaign, Obama’s detachment has been so readily apparent that even the mainstream media have finally noticed it. He clearly wants nothing more than to move gracefully on to the next stage of his career, which will consist of traveling around the world being paid to hear how wonderful he is, only this time without the pressure of actually having to do anything.

-- Vox Day, Oct. 21 WND column

The body count piles up under Obama’s pro-jihadist policy. The attack on our embassy was an act of war. The slaughter of our ambassador and three diplomats in Libya was an act of war. But instead of taking decisive action against our enemies, the president blamed America. The president blamed the Constitution. Obama blamed the First Amendment.

The more he fails … the more he fails. This is high treason. The enemedia exalts treason as patriotism, while demonizing freedom-lovers and patriots. America, it is past midnight.

-- Pamela Geller, Oct. 23 WND column

The Obama administration had crafted a flimsy edifice of nothing but lies. There may as well have been a neon sign flashing, “I am nothing but a lie. Touch me and I will implode.”

And Romney ignored the whole thing.

Pro-Romney players like Pat Buchanan said with satisfaction after the debate that Romney preferred to “look presidential.” I still want to throw the piano through the plate-glass window.

Do all these unlicked chops of mine go into the freezer, the fridge or the garbage?

-- Barry Farber, Oct. 23 WND column

I doubt very much if Obama will ever allow me to interview him – or even ask one tough question. After all, who am I? I’m only a guy running the first and largest independent news source on the Internet, with an audience of 8 million. I’m only a guy who before launching WND 15 years ago, when he was a freshman state senator from Illinois, was running daily newspapers in major metro markets, having spent 25 years doing everything one can do in the media world.

So I will ask my rhetorical question right here.

“Barack Obama: You appeared recently on a Comedy Central show and said repeatedly that the cold-blooded murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods in a Libyan terrorist attack was ‘not optimal.’ Your administration, in a program called ‘Fast and Furious,’ announced in the White House with some fanfare, sold automatic weapons and other firearms to Mexican drug lords resulting in the deaths of possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens and several U.S. citizens, including two law enforcement officials. As a state senator in Illinois you sponsored legislation that would deprive babies that survived abortion attempts any lifesaving medical treatment or nourishment – leading to their slow agonizing deaths. With a record like that, can you stand before God and the American people and tell us honestly that you place a high value on human life?”

I don’t expect an answer – not even from Obama’s snotty, little, self-righteous, know-nothing spokesmen.

But the question needs to be asked.

-- Joseph Farah, Oct. 24 WND column

If Barack Obama wins re-election, any questions about capitalism will, of course, become moot. Given that he would not have to be concerned about winning another election, his second term would bring about a rapid end to what is left of the American Empire. He would simply ignore both Congress and the Constitution even more than in the past and seamlessly implement a de facto dictatorship.

That, in turn, would plunge us into a collectivist dark ages that would extinguish initiative, entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation. The only “solution” would be to have the Fed increase its efforts to ramp up the money supply in order to cover the rapidly increasing deficits, with the resulting runaway inflation being the perfect excuse to declare a state of emergency and suspend future elections.

-- Robert Ringer, Oct. 24 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 7:46 AM EDT
Friday, October 26, 2012
MRC Way Too Excited About NewsBusters Hitting 1 Million Facebook Likes
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center issued a press release on Oct. 25 with the headline "Another Nail In The Liberal Media's Coffin." What could possibly be so earth-shattering?

The MRC blog NewsBusters hitting 1 million likes on Facebook.

Now, this really that big of a deal, because it's far outstripped by other, more popular people and things. Eminem, for instance, has 60 million Facebook likes, and Coca-Cola has 47 million.

But the MRC doesn't count anything outside its right-wing bubble:

With more than 1,000,000 fans, NewsBusters now finds itself in elite company, joining, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as one of few conservative media outlets to reach a seven figure fandom on the world’s largest social network. Of that group, NewsBusters often has the highest total fan engagement as measured by Facebook’s “talking about this” count.

And even then, NewsBusters is not quite in the same company. Fox News has 2.6 million likes, and Beck has 2.1 million. Limbaugh's Facebook page is actually close, with 1.1 million likes.

But no fit of MRC hyperbole can go without a self-aggrandizing quote from Brent Bozell:

“This incredible achievement is a clear reflection of the American public’s growing awareness of liberal media bias, and is a testament to the hard work of MRC analysts and bloggers.

“The American people know that the liberal media are trying to rig this election for Barack Obama, and NewsBusters has become an invaluable tool in circumventing the corrupt liberal media who simply refuse to Tell the Truth. I would like to thank our fans for their support of NewsBusters and the MRC’s mission to bring balance and responsibility to the news media by documenting and exposing liberal media bias.”

Of course, if Bozell and the MRC are so concerned about telling the truth, it should clean out its own house first.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:30 PM EDT
WND's Erik Rush Thinks Obama Wanted Ambassador Dead
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Believe it or not, marking Free Speech Week by advocating the execution of reporters who don't hate Obama enough is not the only crazy thing WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush has written this week.

In an Oct. 24 tweet, Rush wrote: "Why didn't act in if he had early intel? Any1 considered that he wanted Stevens out of the way?"

Rush links to a Washington Times column by Frank Gaffney in which he ludicrously suggests that Obama was "gun-walking arms to jihadists."

Between this and the attack on journalists, we have to wonder if James Garrow, executive director of Pink Pagoda Girls -- where Rush is the "Vice-President Administration and Strategic Alliances" -- thinks Rush's hateful and conspiratorial rantings reflect well on his organization.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:52 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 5:51 PM EDT
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Reporting Insults
Topic: NewsBusters

In an Oct. 25 NewsBusters post, Matt Hadro frets that CNN "still hasn't covered" how "a Democratic Senate candidate insulted CNN's Candy Crowley by joking to a male debate moderator 'You're prettier than her.'"

Funny, we can't seem to find anywhere on NewsBusters -- or any other Media Research Center-operated outlet -- any mention of Ann Coulter viciously insulting President Obama by calling him "the retard."

Coulter's website is linked on NewsBusters' front page, and NewsBusters publishes Coulter's columns.

Coulter's insult is one that even right-wingers like Michelle Malkin (also an MRC-published columnist) have denounced, but the MRC can't be moved to even mention it, let alone criticize it. It's an act of moral cowardice on par with the MRC's refusal to criticize Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke a "slut."

Given the Media Research Center's jihad against Crowley and the other debate moderators, you'd think Hadro wouldn't have any problem with her being insulted.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:55 AM EDT
WND's Obama Nose-Job 'Secret' Just More Baseless Speculation
Topic: WorldNetDaily

This appears to be Jerome Corsi and Joel Gilbert's big October surprise: Barack Obama had a nose job.

No, really:

It’s becoming increasingly clear, just days before Barack Obama’s bid for re-election, that America still doesn’t know much about the man who has lived in the White House for the last four years.

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s challenge to Obama to release his college and passport records in exchange for a $5 million donation to Obama’s charities, here’s another secret from Obama’s life of mystery and make-believe.

Filmmaker Joel Gilbert contends President Obama has altered his facial profile for the national stage of American politics, citing two nationally known cosmetic surgery experts he consulted who concluded Obama had a “nose job.”

In other words, it's not a "secret" -- Gilbert is just wildly speculating, just like he did in his discredited film "Dreams From My Real Father."

Gilbert, if you'll recall, is the guy who used the same method of scouring blurry, blown-up photo to determine that a ring Obama wears says "There is no god except Allah" -- a claim that even birthers were moved to discredit.

When Corsi continues to trust so demonstrably untrustworthy, it makes WND untrustworthy as well. Joseph Farah still hasn't realized that.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:20 AM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: Moderator Wars
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center tried to discredit presidential debate moderator with specious charges of "liberal bias." When that failed, it resorted to ugly personal attacks against the female moderators. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 12:10 AM EDT
Thursday, October 25, 2012
WND's Erik Rush: Try (And Presumably Execute) Journalists for Being Too Pro-Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Erik Rush uses his Oct. 24 WorldNetDaily column to mark Free Speech Week ... by advocating the trial and punishment, "no matter how severe," of journalists for "treason" for doing things like pointing out that President Obama did not go on an "apology tour."

We'll outsource the ridicule to Wonkette. (Here, too, also.)

Posted by Terry K. at 3:48 PM EDT
MRC's Graham Has A 'Gay Agenda' Freakout
Topic: NewsBusters

In an Oct. 21 NewsBusters post, Tim Graham has a fit over a Washington Post "puff piece" about Ellen DeGeneres winning the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Award. Why? Because it suggested that DeGeneres' talk show doesn't have a "gay agenda." Graham ranted in response:

As usual, you have the distinct impression that liberals have a reaction for the social-conservative viewpoint: they want it punched in the face. The Post certainly won't give it more than two words of insult. Their denial that there's anything called a "gay agenda" is a denial of reality, and a denial of everything lobbies like GLAAD or the Human Rights Campaign are doing in America.

Needless to say, Graham never describes what this "gay agenda" is. The only example of how this supposed "gay agenda" can be found in DeGeneres' talk show is an anecdote about how she" put on a couple of little red-headed boys, and one said he favored the president, because "Barack Obama said that men and men can marry each other and woman and woman can marry each other and I think that’s right." 

That's it. One example out of 11 years of shows. But apparently, according to Graham, the mere fact that DeGeneres is gay is enough evidence of a sinister "gay agenda."

UPDATE: Fixed name of newspaper.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:44 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 5:59 PM EDT
WND, Newsmax Pretend Trump's 'Bombshell' Isn't A Dud
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily drooled at the prospect of what might be in the special announcement Donald Trump made on Oct. 24. It devoted an article prior to his announcement by repeating an unsubstantiated story that "Michelle and Barack Obama once seriously considered getting a divorce," followed by Trump's claim that "none of the speculation about the subject of the announcement was correct."

Well, Trump's big announcement turned out to be a self-promoting dud -- he vowed to donate $5 million to the charity of President Obama's choice if Obama would release his college transcripts.

But WND still needed to pretend like Trump's offer was anything but a fizzle. So Bob Unruh penned an article headlined "Kaboom! Trump drops Obama bombshell" that avoids mentioning Trump's actual proposal anywhere in the headline or the subhead and was mostly a updated cut-and-paste of the earlier article.

Meanwhile, Newsmax -- which has promoted Trump's presidential ambitions and tried to partner with him to host a Republican presidential debate -- played the same game of make-believe. An Oct. 24 article by Martin Gould treated Trump's dud with gravitas, even adding, "The Obama campaign had no immediate comment on Trump's video."

Meanwhile, outside the right-wing, Trump-fluffing fever swamp, his announcement was treated with the lack of seriousness and outright ridicule it deserved.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:21 AM EDT
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Too 'Feisty' For Bozell -- Or Too Female?
Topic: Media Research Center

Brent Bozell's Oct. 24 column is headlined "Say No to Feisty Liberal Moderators," but it's clear that he has only certain feisty moderators in mind.

Bozell wrote that "old PBS hand Jim Lehrer let the candidates debate, and for that he was savaged by liberals for 'losing control' of the evening. He also wrote that "liberal CBS anchorman Bob Schieffer did it right. He moderated without asserting his own political opinions. Indeed, if this was all you had as a compass, you'd never know where he leaned." (That, of course ignores the fact that Schieffer has a personal relationship with George W. Bush, whose debate Schieffer moderated in 2004 -- a relationship the MRC has thus far not mentioned to its readers lest that conflict with its lucrative "liberal media bias" storyline.)

Bozell then said that Schieffer and Lehrer were "a welcome change from the Raddatz and Crowley libfests." He continued:

In the second debate, ABC's Martha Raddatz demanded fiscal specifics (and then complained she wasn't getting them) from Paul Ryan, but refused to demand the same from Joe Biden. By the end of the evening, she was interrupting so much it seemed like she was interrupting Biden interrupting Ryan.

In the third debate, CNN's Candy Crowley outraged viewers at home by selecting questions from clearly left-wing "undecided voters." She then compounded the error by enabling Barack Obama in his Libya lies. Liberal in the media rallied around Crowley like she'd scored the winning touchdown.

Welcoming a feisty moderator sounds like a terrible idea — at least as long as the Republicans keep lining up a unanimous cast of four media liberals to do the moderating.

Welcoming a feisty female moderator sounds doubly terrible to Bozell.

We're sure it's just a coincidence that the two debate moderators Bozell found too "feisty" were both female. Make of that what you will.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:43 PM EDT

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