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Friday, July 12, 2013
MRC Dishonestly Fearmongers About HPV Vaccine
Topic: Media Research Center

Remember back in April, when the Media Research Center criticized the mainstreaming of anti-vaccine activists while ignoring its own attacks on Gardasil and other vaccines for HPV (human papilloma virus, which tends to cause cervical cancer)? Well, the hypocrisy contines.

A July 10 MRC Culture & Media Institute item by Katie Yoder complains that news reports were giving Gardasil credit for a dramatic drop on HPV infections among teenage girls while ignoring its supposed "dangerous side effects."

But as we documented when WorldNetDaily was attacking Gardasil, anti-HPV vaccines are considered safe -- no less than the Centers for Disease Control agrees -- and the serious side effects Yoder warns about are extremely rare.

Yoder cites the Washington Times to claim that "the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program recently lost almost $6 million in response to 49 victims’ complaints claims against HPV vaccines. Between 2010 and 2011, there were 26 deaths reported in correlation with Gardasil in addition to seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome – all this according to the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System."

First, as even the most basic researcher knows, correlation does not equal causation, so the "26 deaths reported in correlation with Gardasil" Yoder cites does not mean they were caused by Gardasil.

Second, it was not an Washington Times article Yoder was quoting but, rather, an article by Dr. Peter Lind at a separate site, Washington Times Communities, where "individual contributors are responsible for their content, which is not edited by The Washington Times." Lind -- the kind of anti-vaccine activist the MRC otherwise criticizes -- is citing the right-wing Judicial Watch, which is opposed to Gardasil apparently because it opposes everything remotely linked to the Obama administration.

If Yoder is going to attack Gardasil's supposed severe side effects, she should also tell the truth about the agenda behind its critics.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:26 PM EDT
WND Touts Birther Radio Host And His Discredited Guest
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is a little too excited to have an obscure radio host return to the airwaves.

A July 10 WND article informed us that "Popular radio talk-show host Peter Boyles returned to the airwaves on Denver’s KNUS Monday and immediately took up where he left off." Surprisingly, WND actually reported negative information about Boyles, conceding that he "lost his program on Clear Channel’s KHOW after a violent confrontation with his own producer for which he accepted responsibility."

But that's not the reason WND cares about Boyles. The Denver Post has noted that Boyles has been hailed as "probably the leading birther talk-show host in America." Which brings us to the main reason WND is touting Boyles' return.

Remember that part about Boyles having "took up where he left off"? That he did, WND reported, with "a discussion about Barack Obama’s disputed origins with “Dreams from My Real Father” director Joel Gilbert." WND goes on to inform us that "Boyles and Gilbert discussed a number of subjects, including Gilbert’s documentary “Dreams from My Real Father,” which alleges that President Obama’s real father is none other than Communist Party USA activist Frank Marshall Davis."

What Boyles and Gilbert presumably didn't talk about was the fact that "Dreams From My Real Father has been utterly discredited. WND has yet to admit this fact to its readers, one of many discredited birther-related conspiracies WND will not tell its readers about.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:30 AM EDT
Thursday, July 11, 2013
MRC Attacks Obama for Naming Fundraisers As Abmassadors, Ignores That Bush Did The Same Thing
Topic: Media Research Center

Scott Whitlock huffs in a July 11 Media Research Center item:

In 2013, Barack Obama has nominated 11 ambassadors who were also huge donors to his presidential campaigns. Yet, NBC, CBS and ABC have skipped the failure of a president who vowed to "change the way Washington works" when it comes to money. 

But Whitlock not only offers no evidence that Obama ever specifically promised never to appoint campaign donors as ambassadors, he fails to note -- as the Washington Times article he cites did -- that this is standard practice for presidents, including Obama's Republican predecessor:

The practice of rewarding campaign supporters with cushy or powerful government posts isn’t new. George W. Bush appointed fundraising “pioneers” to ambassadorships, and many of Mr. Obama’s other predecessors have embraced the practice.

Oddly, Whitlock's colleague at the MRC's sister operation did concede that fact. While Patrick Goodenough makes a similar complaint as Whitlock in a July 10 CNS article, he does admit that "giving ambassadorships to political appointees has been a common practice for presidents of both parties in recent decades," and that the percentage of political ambassadorial appointees under Obama is only slightly higher than that of both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.

Why didn't Whitlock report that when another MRC division did? He wouldn't have had an item otherwise -- after all, there's no news in Obama doing the exact same thing previous presidents have.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:36 PM EDT
WND's Erik Rush: Only Liberals Demand Proof That Obama Killed A Bunch Of People
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Erik Rush begins his July 10 WorldNetDaily column this way:

I know it’s typical for those on the political left to demand peer-reviewed studies, videotape and signed affidavits proving the assertions some of us make concerning the machinations of the Obama administration and socialist encroachment at large, but we all are aware by now that this is a diversion. It’s also a good indicator that we’re correct in said assertions. Like the left’s tendency for projection, wherein they accuse the opposition of that in which they are themselves engaged, it’s a fairly transparent ruse.

Then, having established the premise that he doesn't need any stinkin' proof for what he's about to say, finally brings to his main WND gig some of that weapons-grade Obama derangment he's been parceling out to other far-right websites by detailing all the people Obama has supposedly murdered.

Oh, yes, he goes there:

There is an entire true crime novel in the case of the Trinity United Church murders, two gay men known to Obama who were killed execution-style in 2007 at a time when charges of homosexuality and drug use were being leveled at the candidate. Years later, as reported in WND, an entire network of closeted professional gay black men at the Chicago church was exposed.

Ancillary to the question of Obama’s eligibility, there was the case of Leiutenant Quarles Harris Jr. (not a military officer; he just had a weird name), a hustler who was also killed execution-style on April 18, 2008, during an investigation into the theft of the passport records of candidate Obama, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton. John Brennan, who became Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and later CIA chief, was also implicated in this case (of the passport records, not the murder).

On Aug. 6, 2012, Jennifer Gallagher, a 46-year-old nurse, drowned mysteriously while vacationing with her family in Iowa. Gallagher had been on the team that attended to victims of the July 20 Aurora, Colo., theater shooting. She was also among staffers who met with President Obama during his highly publicized visit of the shooting victims. Several inconsistencies came to light in the theater shooting accounts and aspects of the subsequent investigation; one can’t help but wonder if Gallagher came by information on the night of the shooting that wound up being detrimental to her health.

Then, of course, we have the off-the-chart suspicious death of journalist Michael Hastings on June 18 in a car wreck worthy of any action film. The circumstances surrounding the incident are right out of a political thriller and have all the hallmarks of a staged accident. Hastings was the individual whose reporting brought down the career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal; reportedly under government surveillance, he was also said to be working on a story involving domestic government spying at the time of his death.

So there we have it. There are more than a few other suspicious deaths that some attribute to Obama, from his dog trainer to Andrew Breitbart. I have asserted that the attack on the Libyan mission on Sept. 11, 2012, had its genesis in Obama’s need to “erase” either the administration’s illegal operations in Libya or Ambassador Christopher Stevens himself.

Along the way, Rush insists he's not making "wild accusations" -- "they’re not accusations at all; they’re theories" -- and he cites non-American Christopher Monckton as some kind of authority of Obama's birth certificate (clearly neither Rush nor Monckton -- nor anyone else at WND, for that matter -- have read John Woodman's book on the subject).

Rush concludes:

Whether or not the president had a hand in any or all of these may never be known for certain, even if his treason someday becomes common knowledge. What chills the blood in this time of domestic spying, drones, data mining centers and FEMA camps is the possibility that there are those working among us who might actually be willing to kill for this treacherous mobster.

I’m not naïve; I know that heads of state have been involved in political assassination, black ops and all manner of questionable acts since there have been nations, but until recently, America has at least tried to hold the moral high ground. Such concepts have ceased to exist in this White House, wherein the “Chicago Way,” Marxist ruthlessness and autocracy rule the day.

And remember, Rush doesn't believe he has to prove any of this -- proof is for liberals, after all.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:38 PM EDT
CNS: Spending Money to Educate About HIV Is A Waste
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com is keeping up its insistence that any money spent on gay-related issues is a waste.

Ryan Kierman complains in a July 2 CNS article that "The National Institutes of Health is spending $375,087 on a grant that will target Spanish-language ads at gay “foreign-born” men to persuade them to use condoms and get tested for HIV." Kierman went on to ask the lead reserarcher on the project "if the ad campaign would specifically  be targeting illegal aliens," as if that was a bad thing.

This is the latest LGBT-related expenditure to be featurecd on CNS' "Waste Watch" page:

CNS has yet to identify any LGBT-related federal spending that it does not consider to be a "waste."

Posted by Terry K. at 5:40 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: WorldNetDaily's Race-Baiters Love Paula Deen
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Not only have WND's writers minimized the celebrity cook's actions and rushed to her defense, WND has added her cookbooks to its online store. Read more >>


Posted by Terry K. at 10:40 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
NewsBusters Turns a Blind Eye To Limbaugh's Admission of Fox's Bias
Topic: NewsBusters

Matthew Sheffield -- who is not the cutting-edge new-media thinker he wants people to think he is -- is apparently not going to concede the existence of right-wing media bias, even while he's quoting Rush Limbaugh admitting it.

In a July 9 NewsBusters post, Sheffield meticulously documents how Limbaugh "officially clarified" that he did not tell a caller to stop watching Fox News. He documents further:

After addressing that bit of misinformation, Limbaugh spoke further about an experience he had had on the cable channel's Fox and Friends morning show where he had wanted to talk about immigration and the future of the Republican Party but was told by producers that the show was not interested in the topic. Despite pushing back against that refusal (for which Limbaugh imputed no motive), he insisted that he was still a fan of the only non-left national television operation in the country.

"Fox and I, we're on the same team.  Even Obama has said the only opposition he's got left is me and Fox," Limbaugh argued. "But see, these people in the media, they can't stand it. They can't stand that there's even two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism, so now they're seeking to drive a wedge here, and they're trying to create these stories that I, El Rushbo, am urging people not to watch Fox."

Even though he directly quoted Limbaugh clearly admitting that he and Fox are "on the same team" and "two voices of opposition to Obama and liberalism," Sheffield did not comment on it, conceding only that Fox is "non-left" -- which, in truth, makes it right-wing.

Admitting that, however, would undermine the "liberal bias" narrative of his employer, so that won't be happening anytime soon.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:17 PM EDT
WND's Farah Pads His Wallet By Promoting Failed Letter Campaign
Topic: WorldNetDaily

One of Joseph Farah's longstanding reader-fleecing schemes has been the "No More Red Ink" campaign, in which he charges readers $29.95 to send "individually addressed letters" to all House Republicans demanding that they not raise the debt ceiling. Back in 2011, we figured that Farah and WorldNetDaily generated gross revenue of more than $186,000 to print and send the 1.5 million letters it clamed to have sent at the time, and that WND was making a nice profit off of it.

Two years later, Farah is still at it, devoting his July 7 WND column to promoting his little scheme again.

Farah states, "To date, this campaign has generated 1.5 million red letters to House Republicans urging them to live up to their own rhetoric and use the political nuclear weapon they have at their disposal. " That means WND has not sent out any meaningful number of letters in the past two years.

The fact that his campaign has been a monumental failure is not stopping Farah from promoting it. After all, there's still money to be made.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:31 PM EDT
CNS Misleads on Obamacare Rule Delay
Topic: CNSNews.com

Susan Jones writes in a July 5 CNSNews.com article:

In a Friday "document dump," the Health and Human Services Department announced it will not require the new state health insurance exchanges to verify consumers' incomes to see if they qualify for health insurance subsidies.

Nor will HHS require the state exchanges to verify whether consumers can get affordable insurance through their employers.

Instead, the federal government will rely on what consumers tell them -- until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place, the Washington Post reported.

So, it's not that HHS will never require verification of income, as Jones initially suggests -- it's delaying verification for a year.

Jones went on to quote at length from a Washington Post article about the change, but she failed to quote the Post's reporting that there is still a penalty for anyone found lying, and that the federal government uses the honor  system for many other things, such as not demanding proof of cash tips reported as taxable income.

It's a rather dishonest way to run a "news" website, but Jones is just following CNS' policy of misleading or outright lying about anything involving the Obama administration.

In a Friday "document dump," the Health and Human Services Department announced it will not require the new state health insurance exchanges to verify consumers' incomes to see if they qualify for health insurance subsidies.

Nor will HHS require the state exchanges to verify whether consumers can get affordable insurance through their employers.

Instead, the federal government will rely on what consumers tell them -- until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place, the Washington Post reported.

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/trust-dont-verify-obamacare-exchanges-do-not-have-check-applicants-claims#sthash.RMOPp9LP.dpuf

Posted by Terry K. at 1:37 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:34 PM EDT
WND's Klein Bashes Soros For Supporting Muslim Brotherhood -- And Its Opposition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Shorter Aaron Klein: Whatever's happening in Egypt, it's George Soros' fault.

Klein devoted a July 4 WorldNetDaily article to complaining that "Mohamed ElBaradei, the favored candidate to head a transitional government in Egypt, was a longtime member of a George Soros-funded 'crisis' group with deep ties to the Middle East revolutions." That would be the International Crisis Group.

If this sounds somewhat familiar,  you're right -- two years ago, Klein was blaming Soros and the ICG for helping to instigate the overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak (for whom he was shilling back then).

As we've documented, a February 2011 article by Klein cherry-picked an ICG report to claim that it endorsed allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to take power in Egypt. In fact, the ICG stated that the Muslim Brotherhood should moderate its views and act more democratic.

So: Not only has Klein portrayed Soros and the ICG as supporting the Muslim Brotherood, he's portraying that as supporting the Brotherhood's opposition. Presumably, Klein would rather we not notice these contortions.

(h/t Right Wing Watch)


Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 PM EDT
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Newsmax Columnist Rants Against Sewer Hookups
Topic: Newsmax

Chris Freind rants in a July 2 Newsmax column:

“Obamacare” is about to be referenced, even though today’s topic is not about healthcare. So for those opposed, don’t immediately use this column as toilet paper.
 
The Supreme Court ruled Obamacare constitutional on the grounds that it was a tax. Had it been a mandatory purchase, it would not have passed legal muster.
 
Which makes the situation occurring in towns nationwide absolutely mind-blowing. Local governments, often via their Sewer Authorities, have been mandating residents pay huge out-of-pocket costs to connect to public sewer systems, even if one’s septic system is working flawlessly.
 
In other words, you are required by duty-to-connect ordinances to shell out big bucks for something you might not want, need, nor can afford (despite already paying substantial taxes). In most cases, there are no opt-outs, negotiations, exceptions. You buy in, or else.

A case in middle-class suburban Philadelphia provides a vivid example of this mammoth government overreach.

Several years ago, paternalistic leaders decided they wanted public sewers. So they enacted ordinances requiring residents to participate in what amounted to a double-whammy.

It doesn't take a lot of sleuthing to figure out where in "middle-class suburban Philadelphia" -- a different version of Freind's column in the Delaware County Times identifies the municipality as Upper Providence Township in Delaware County, Pa.

Freind fails to mention that failing septic tanks have been a longstanding issue in the area. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1990:

Take a walk through parts of suburban Upper Providence Township on a warm summer afternoon and chances are you'll encounter more than just the smell of flowers.

And watch your step. That water flowing over some streets and driveways isn't coming from natural springs.

It's coming from failed septic tanks.

Upper Providence has a widespread problem with failed or failing septic systems, according to a preliminary engineering report on the need for sewers in the township.

More than 125 township residents turned out Monday night for a special public hearing on the report.

The study concluded that 33 percent of the septic systems in the township have failed or are likely to fail soon and another 25 percent are only marginally operational, said David Linaham, a sanitary engineer for Yerkes Associates, which prepared the report.

The Inquirer also noted that the population density in some parts of the township makes it increasingly difficult to repair failing septic systems. That same population density also makes installation of sewer lines more cost-effective, so it makes sense in both the short term and long term for every property in the vicinity of a new line to be required hook up. Not only does it make sense as a community responsibility, it arguably lowers the value of a property if it's not connected to an adjacent sewer line.

Has Freind ever lived next to a property with a failed septic tank? We suspect not.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:57 PM EDT
WND Skewed Poll Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bob Unruh touts the latest work of WorldNetDaily's ethically challenged pollster in a July 5 WND article:

Americans by large margins believe that despite President Obama’s claims of innocence, he not only knew of the Internal Revenue Service strategy to target conservatives, he used the feared federal agency for payback against his political enemies, according to a new poll.

“An overwhelming majority of 68 percent said they believe Obama was aware of the IRS efforts to target his political opponents, and 63 percent said they believe that, not only did he know of this effort, he was directly involved in the plan,” explained Fritz Wenzel, whose Wenzel Strategies conducted the poll.

That's the result WND wanted, and Wenzel made sure it happened by asking skewed questions designed to generate that result.

Here are the questions Wenzel asked:

  • There has been a lot of attention to issues involving the Obama administration and the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups to delay their applications for status as non-profit groups, while fast-tracking certain liberal groups to receive the same preferred tax status. How interested are you in news developments about this issue?”
  • How would you rate the job performance of President Barack Obama regarding the IRS?
  • At the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups, the head of the IRS was visiting the White House for meetings more than 150 times. The previous head of the IRS visited the White House just one time during the time that he served as the leader of the IRS. Do you agree or disagree that this level of ongoing communication with the Obama administration indicates that the Obama administration was deeply involved in the discrimination against conservative groups?
  • Do you agree or disagree that President Obama personally must have known about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups?
  • Do you agree or disagree that President Obama not only knew about but was somehow involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups?
  • Please tell me if you agree or disagree with this statement: The IRS targeting of conservative groups was directed by the White House to punish political enemies.
  • Do you agree or disagree that, given the highly charged partisan atmosphere in Washington right now, that an entirely independent investigator should be appointed to get to the bottom of this story involving the IRS, the White House, and the tea party groups around the country?

Wenzel primes the desired response by repeating a bogus talking point about White House visits by the IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman. In fact, Shulman was merely cleared for entry 157 times, which does not reflect the apparently far fewer number of times Shulman actually visited the White House. Further, of those clearances, the vast majority were for discussion of health care reform.

Wenzel also ignores the fact that the IRS also targeted liberal nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny. But that would have interfered with the poll results WND was paying him to deliver.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:20 PM EDT
CNS Praises Accused War Criminal
Topic: CNSNews.com

A July 8 CNSNews.com article by Michael W. Chapman touts how "Remarks by President Barack Obama during his recent Africa trip concerning sexual orientation and discrimination were rebuked by several Kenyan leaders as contrary to the laws of God, who also emphasized that Kenya “is a God-fearing nation.”

Chapman adds:

Those comments spread quickly and on Sunday, June 30, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto responded at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Kenya, saying,  “Those who believe in other things, that is their business. We believe in God.”

“This country, the nation of Kenya, is a God-fearing nation,” he said. “We believe in God.”

Chapman didn't mention that Ruto is facing charges in the International Criminal Court of inciting violence after a 2007 election in Kenya. In September, Ruto will be tried in abstentia on charges including crimes against humanity, murder, and the forcible removal of persons leading to civilian deaths.

Chapman, by the way, is CNS' managing editor. 

CNS blogger Jen Kuznicki similarly touted Ruto's remarks without noting he's an accused war criminal, noting "How our nation has declined into the category of non-God-fearing as remarked by the deputy Kenyan President."


Posted by Terry K. at 11:18 AM EDT
More WND Columnists Dishonestly Defend Paula Deen
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The pro-race-baiting sympathy for Paula Deen continues at WorldNetDaily.

In her July 4 column, Diana West not only makes sure we know what the N-word is -- "The offending word, of course, is 'nigger,' and no matter how ugly it is, it is hardly taboo when a quick search of iTunes pulls up 2,000 entries for sale featuring the term"-- she runs to Deen's defense:

Deen, 66, may have supported President Obama in 2008, but she is an old, white Southerner, which, in good, ol’ fashioned Marxist-Leninist terms, is still a class of person best defined as “enemy of the people.” Detestable. Expendable. Throw her under the “limousine liberals’” limousine while they, admiring enemies of the Constitution (or U.S. troops), whiz by us in cultural camouflage all the way to the reliably capitalist bank.

Meanwhile, Barbara Simpson is even more vociferous:

Trial? Proof? Who cares? Destroy her!

All because of a word – forbidden to all but blacks and liberals.

Those two women on the radio laughed at and derided Deen for her ancestry, her accent, her looks and her work. They cackled like Macbeth’s witches.

Their support of the dramatic take-down of Deen was appalling. Not only did they take total delight in the almost instantaneous destruction of Deen, her career, her business and likely her life – but when asked if Deen losing her program and sponsors was enough punishment, both media woman shrieked and laughed “NO” – more was required.

I guess they wanted a tarring and feathering, followed by a week in the stocks and then a burning at the stake.

Deen is not one of the Salem witches, but she’s become an instantaneous victim of the politics of personal destruction.

Reducing Deen's offense to merely having once used the N-word decades ago -- as West, Simpson, and other WND defenders of Deen have done -- is revisionist history. She also reportedly wanted black to play slaves at a plantation-themed wedding. Another former employee alleges that Deen would constantly require the black men who worked in her restaurants to serve at catering events at her Southern mansion, and would compensate them in beer and liquor instead of cash.

There's a lot more going on with Deen than her defenders at WND have admitted. Of course, if they did admit the full truth, their defense would not look so noble.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:22 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:26 AM EDT
Monday, July 8, 2013
Newsmax's Walsh Says We Don't Understand Middle America
Topic: Newsmax

James Walsh dedicates his July 5 Newsmax column to criticizing us:

Terry Krepel, a Media Matters for America senior editor, has challenged a May 31, 2013, Newsmax commentary entitled “A Checkout-Line Town Hall” that reported on middle-America sentiments. He questioned the likelihood that such conservative comments would be coming from neighborhood shoppers.
 
His concern is understandable, since Media Matters for America is among the political-action groups funded in whole or in part by billionaire money-manipulator George Soros and other supporters of the Democrat Party’s liberal agenda. Krepel, via his ConWebWatch, serves as a media watchdog for the political left on guard against Conservative thought in print.
 
Although he found it difficult to believe that neighborhood shoppers would “just parrot” the author’s views,” voter polls regularly show Americans thinking like the checkout-line Town Hallers, who are reacting to Internal Revenue Service excesses that remain in the news.
 
Town Hallers are concerned by the continuing saga of the Benghazi fiasco that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead and by mounting Obamacare problems. For informed citizens, these remain topics of local discussion.
 
Most fair-minded Americans are beginning to realize that glib talk by President Barack Obama falls short of leadership. Although all polls should be questioned, recent ones show that 54 to 57 percent of Americans no longer favor the president.

[...]

Krepel ought to know that U.S. field soldiers don’t parse words in the midst of a fire-fight. Whether the order was “stand down” or “stay down” or whatever, they help their buddies. In the Newsmax commentary being challenged by Krepel, a Marine quoted in the check-out line merely expressed the U.S. military code, even though this may not be understood by left-wingers.
 
They also may not understand when citizens ask, "Why does the Obama administration state that the Fort Hood shooting of Americans was “workplace violence" rather than an act of terrorism?

Walsh misses the entire point of our blog post. We did not question that anyone would criticize Obama; we questioned that they did so in the exceedingly convenient manner in which Walsh depicted it. Indeed, while Walsh vociferously defends the anti-Obama views of Middle America, at no point does he offer any evidence he was quoting actual people in his column or that the events he describes in his column happened in real life.

Walsh's headline declaration that we "misunderstand Middle America" shows misunderstanding of his own, again rooted in his attempt to portray our blog post as criticizing Middle America and not him.

Besides, Walsh couldn't be more wrong about who we are or what we do. I was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent much of my adult life in various locations in flyover country. I understand Middle America much better than Walsh thinks I do.

Nor is the point of ConWebWatch to be "on guard against Conservative thought in print." We monitor conservative disinformation and insanity -- something Walsh has been guilty of on occasion. We serve as a corrective measure for Walsh's anti-immigrant attitudes and other miscellaneous dishonesty. And ConWebWatch is funded by nobody other than myself.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:05 PM EDT

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