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Friday, July 26, 2013
Newsmax's Hirsen Mentions His Old Buddy Mel Gibson
Topic: Newsmax

Here's something we haven't seen in a while: Newsmax columnist James Hirsen mentioning his buddy Mel Gibson.

In a May 22 column on the battle berween Harvey Weinstein and Warner Bros. over the title of the upcoming film "The Butler," Hirsen recounts a similar battle a few years before:

Weinstein was actually on the other side of a film title dispute about a decade ago, when he asserted a claim on the title “The Passion,” based on a title registration with the MPAA for a 1987 novel of the same name.
 
Mel Gibson had originally planned on using “The Passion” title for a movie that he was producing and directing, a film that ultimately went on to experience huge box-office success under a new name, “The Passion of the Christ.”

Hirsen doesn't mention, however, that he played a role in promoting Gibson's film.

As we've documented, Hirsen devoted an entire chapter of his 2005 book "Hollywood Nation" to Gibson and "The Passion of the Christ," in which he admits that he "would visit Icon's (Gibson's production company) offices on numerous occasions and would be in close contact with Mel and his associates" in promoting and defending the film.

Hirsen also heads an organization that owns a 26-acre tract of land in western Pennsylvania purchased for the purpose of permitting Gibson's father to found a branch of a dissident ultraconservative Catholic sect that rejects modern church reforms. Hirsen did not disclose his insider relationship with Gibson while using his Newsmax column to promote Gibson's work.

Hirsen has endeavored to paper over Gibson's history of hateful and bigoted remarks; he only disclosed his relationship with Gibson in coming to his defense in a 2010 outbreak of hatred.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:37 PM EDT
When Will Joseph Farah Repent For His Journalistic Sins?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah has been pushing for a "National Day of Prayer and Repentance" on Sept. 11 despite his own utter lack of remorse for all the lies about President Obama and other ideological enemies he has used his website to spread. Farah promotes his hypocritical little day of prayer again in his July 24 WND column:

I know. I know. There have been many “days of prayer” in America – even several this year! So what’s the difference between those and the one I called for 9-11-13?

Simple. Note the word “repentance.” That’s the key. This is a day of prayer not for the non-believer. This is exclusively for what I call the “remnant” of true believers across America, who number in the millions, to trust in and glory in the power and promises of God to deliver us from evil – if we only follow His prescription.

And what is that prescription?

It’s found very clearly in 2 Chronicles 7:14. It’s really worth taking another look at it. It’s worth studying. After all, these are the words of God as recorded by Solomon.

It’s very simple, yet very profound.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

God tells “His people” that if they do four things, He will do three things:

Our prescription is to:

humble ourselves

pray

seek His face

turn from our wicked ways.

That last one is about repentance. That’s the very definition of repentance – turning away from evil and back toward God. Repentance is an ongoing matter – not a once-in-a-lifetime event. And, along with humility, it’s where most believers fall short.

Again, Farah demands repentence from others while refusing to repent for his own sins.

That makes Farah a cynical, hypocritical charlatan who is still pretending his "day of prayer" isn't about advancing his vicious, hateful, and completely dishonest anti-Obama agenda. 

And he wants us to repent before he makes any offer to do so? Please.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:48 AM EDT
Thursday, July 25, 2013
CNS Thinks Spending Money to Prevent Cancer Is A Waste
Topic: CNSNews.com

Only CNSNews.com would consider an effort to prevent cancer to be a waste of money.

The  latest entry under CNS' Golden Hookah Awards (formerly Waste Watch) is a July 24 article by Eric Scheiner complaining that "The National Institutes of Health has awarded $544,188 to the University of California this year for a study on how to boost the number of young girls getting Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations in Los Angeles County."

Scheiner doesn't explain why he considers this money to be a waste; rather, he tries to fearmonger about the vaccine, hyping "772 serious adverse side effects, including 32 deaths, among the millions of doses administered to young girls between June 2006 and December 2008."

Scheiner then skews what the Centers for Disease Control has said about HPV vaccine to suggest that it's on the verge of banning it:

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it continues to recommend HPV vaccination -- "based on information available today."

Along with the Food and Drug Administration, the CDC examined adverse effects from the Gardasil HPV vaccine from June 2006 through December 2008.

Of the 23 million doses administered during that period, it counted 12,424 adverse events, 776 of which it described as "serious," including 32 deaths.

Neverthelss, the CDC concluded that the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh the risks at the present time.

CDC says it continues to "closely monitor" the vaccine's safety and will take additional action, if warranted, to protect the public.

In fact, theCDC has been much more affirmative about the overall safety of the vaccine that Scheiner suggests:

To date, adverse events reported to VAERS  are consistent with those identified during the vaccine’s pre-licensure clinical trials, and reporting patterns have remained unchanged, with no new concerns, since a summary of VAERS reports was published in 2009.  

VAERS data continue to be routinely monitored and analyzed by CDC and FDA, with a detailed review of every serious VAERS report.

[...]

Post-licensure safety monitoring from June 2006 through March 2013 continues to show:

  • No new or unusual patterns of adverse events to suggest a HPV vaccine safety concern.
  • Syncope (fainting) can occur among adolescents who receive vaccines, including HPV vaccine.  To decrease the risk of falls and other injuries that might follow syncope, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that clinicians consider observing patients for 15 minutes after vaccination
The MRC likes to plant baseless fears about HPV vaccine even as it rails against anti-vaccine conspiracy-mongers like Jenny McCarthy.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:13 AM EDT
WND Columnist: America Is Doomed If We Don't Let Boys Be Boys
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Creek Stewart admits he doesn't know what he's talking about, but he's sure that America is doomed if we don't "let boys be boys":

I’m not a parent, and I won’t pretend to know how to raise children. But I am a guy and was once a boy and I know what boys want – and what their masculine spirit needs. I also know that if we don’t let them be boys, then the survival of masculinity in America is at stake. Help save masculinity and the American man by encouraging the following ideals with the boys in your life.

[...]

America needs hard-working men who take pride in their work. We need to encourage boys to work hard with their hands instead of holding their hands out. Not working is not manly. A man can work hard even if he’s out of work. It can be hard work to find a job. Set a hard-working example for the boys in your life and expect the same from them.

The survival of the American man is at stake. There seems to be an underlying movement that discourages masculinity. I see it clearly in my own generation and those behind me. It’s perpetuated by mainstream media and almost every sitcom on every television channel. I’m afraid we’ve become numb to the demasculinizing of American men. We don’t need a new modern version of man. What we need if for our new men to be raised to embrace good, old-fashioned manliness.

Of course, when has not knowing what you're talking about ever stopped a WND columnist from opining before?


Posted by Terry K. at 1:58 PM EDT
Newsmax: Have We Mentioned That Steve King Insulted Immigrants At Newsmax?
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax is not terribly concerned that Rep. Steve King's remarks about immigrants might be considered offensive. It is concerned, however, about making sure you know that King made those remarks at Newsmax.

A July 24 Newsmax article -- headlined "Boehner, Cantor Criticize Steve King After Newsmax Interview on Immigration" -- states that "Republican leaders blasted Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, whose criticism of young, illegal immigrants in an exclusive Newsmax interview were read aloud during a Congressional hearing Tuesday." The article includes bolded links to the King interview on the lines "In an interview with Newsmax last week" and "In the Newsmax interview," and the interview itself is embedded at the end of the article below the statement "Here's the interview. Tell us what you think."

This was followed by a July 24 Associated Press article on the White House's reaction to King's comments, in which Newsmax inserted "in an exclusive Newsmax interview" in the opening paragraph with, yes, a link to the interview. (A version of the AP article is here, which does not identify Newsmax by name but states only that King made his remarks to "a conservative news website.")

Another July 24 Newsmax article, by Greg Richter,  reports on how King "said he stood by his statement to Newsmax TV that for every valedictorian who came across the border illegally, there are 100 children smuggling drugs."

Apparently, Newsmax has no problem with what King said as long as it's noted that he said it at Newsmax.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:07 PM EDT
MRC Cartoon Suggests Obama Can't Relate to White Victims
Topic: Media Research Center

What sticks out in this Media Research Center cartoon by Glenn Foden?

Seems like Foden is saying that President Obama "can't relate" to the victims of the Benghazi attack or Fast & Furious because they're white.

If Foden or any other MRC employee wants to elaborate, feel free.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:39 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
NEW ARTICLE: A Collusion of Dunces
Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Brent Bozell and Tim Graham have a new book that rehashes its tired right-wing agenda by blaming the "liberal media" for Mitt Romney's election loss. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 4:26 PM EDT
CNS Misleads on Judicial Nominee's Views
Topic: CNSNews.com

Fred Lucas writes in a July 23 CNSNews.com article:

The Senate will consider the nomination of Cornelia Pillard, a vocal abortion advocate who said abstinence education was unconstitutional for violating “reproductive justice,” to serve as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a hearing Wednesday.

But in the very next paragraph, Lucas quotes Pillard -- and it's clear she is referring to abstinence-only sex education, not "abstinence education" (emphasis added):

“The equal protection critique of abstinence-only curricula is strengthened and rendered more amenable to judicial resolution by the fact that sex education classes are designed not only to expose students to ideas, but also to shape student behavior,” Pillard, a Georgetown University Law professor, wrote in a 2007 article titled “Our Other Reproductive Choices: Equality in Sex Education, Contraceptive Access and Work Family Policy” in a faculty publication.

Lucas waits until the 13th paragraph of his article to explain what exactly Pillard says is "unconstitutional" about absinence-only education -- that it is discriminatory because it "prescrib[es] chastity and maternity for women while assuming lustfulness and autonomy for men."

Lucas then quotes Valerie Huber, president of the National Abstinence Education Association, attacking Pillard and defending abstinence-only education, but neither Lucas nor Huber mention the fact that abstinence-only education has been repeatedly criticized for promulgating inaccurate and biased information.

alerie Huber, president of the National Abstinence Education Association - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-judicial-nominee-calls-abstinence-education-unconstitutional#sthash.gwvBy4ml.dpuf

 


Posted by Terry K. at 2:02 PM EDT
Newsmax's Ruddy Planted The Idea of Peter King As President
Topic: Newsmax

Last week, we noted Newsmax's burst of promotion for the idea of New York congressman Peter King as a presidential candidate. Turns out Newsmax is responsible for planting the idea in King's head in the first place.

Time reports:

Blame it on the chicken scarpariello.

Rep. Peter King made news last week when the New York Republican announced he was considering a run for President in 2016, an idea first reported by the conservative website Newsmax. Left unreported in that initial story was the spark that ignited King’s interest in running for the top job. It came at a dinner weeks earlier at an Italian restaurant called Campagnola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with Chris Ruddy, editor-in-chief of Newsmax, and Vito Fossella, a former Republican congressman from New York.

King told TIME that Ruddy showed up unannounced. “I didn’t even know he was going to be there,” King remembered. “And he said he’d been hearing from a number of people that someone like me could bring together the national security Republicans and the old Reagan Democrats and that I should consider a run. And he said, ‘You mind if I do a story?’ And I said, ‘On what?’ And I didn’t hear from him until I guess last Friday [July 12].”

Five days later, he received another call saying Newsmax had published a story about his possible ambitions. “I realized I had to start thinking about it more seriously when I got the phone call at 11 o’clock on Wednesday night,” said King.

[...]

“I think people are open to someone new and different,” Ruddy told TIME. “I think Peter has a lot of assets going for him. He is well-liked. He is great on television. He has great visibility. He’s a straight shooter. People want that and I think the Republican Party also needs a little something different. Because if they couldn’t beat an unpopular president in a recession last time, they are going to have an uphill battle in 2016.”

Newsmax has yet to tell its readers about Ruddy's direct role in planting the idea of King as president.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:48 PM EDT
Meanwhile ...
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Ed Brayton does a fine job of breaking down WorldNetDaily's factually challenged attacks on the American Civil Liberties Union, as forwarded in Jerome Corsi's book on the ACLU. It's what we've come to expect from Corsi -- scare tactics and flat-out lies.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:32 AM EDT
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
NewsBusters' Sheppard Peddles Another False Claim
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard writes in a July 22 NewsBusters post:

As NewsBusters has been reporting, it's been absolutely sick-making watching Obama-loving media members gush and fawn over the President's speech Friday concerning race, the George Zimmerman verdict, and Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

But will they report to the American people that as an Illinois state senator in 2004, Obama co-sponsored and voted for legislation strengthening his state's Stand Your Ground law?

Just one problem: It's not true.

As Slate's Dave Weigel points out, Obama supported a change in Illinois' "castle doctrine," which is not analogous to Florida's "stand your ground" law. Florida's law "takes the concept of the castle doctrine and turns it into a traveling force field of sorts," Weigel writes.

Sheppard concludes his post by writing, "I wouldn't advise people holding their breath expecting the current iteration of so-called journalists to pounce on these revelations." We also wouldn't advise holding one's breath waiting for the chronically wrong Sheppard to correct his post.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:41 PM EDT
WND Reduced to Posting Ten Commandments Billboards In Obscure Places
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A July 20 WorldNetDaily article touts the latest posting of a "Ten Commandments" billboard, this time near Schubert, Pa. (which WND mispells), a tiny hamlet (population: 249) outside of Reading.

That's quite a comedown from the start of WND editor Joseph Farah's billboard campaign, which launched in Las Vegas and steadily wound down to "Nashville, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Branson, Mo.," according to the WND article.

As we noted at the beginning of the campaign, the billboard makes no mention of WND whatsoever, instead promoting the web address thetencommandments.com (which redirects to an earlier WND article). WND seems to know that its brand is damaged from its birther obsession, and it could be argued they don't want to taint Christianity by linking the Ten Commandments to it.

The article solicits donations for the billboard drive, but as per usual for WND's reader-fleecing campaigns, no public accounting for how that donated money is spent has been provided, nor is it indicated such accounting will ever be provided even privately to donors.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:30 PM EDT
MRC Sneers At Summer Camp For Transgender Boys
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's overall hostility to transgenderism continues in a July 17 CNSNews.com blog post (also published at NewsBusters) by the MRC's Lauren Enk, in which she expresses outrage over a summer camp for gender non-conforming boys and their parents." Enk starts by sneering:

Ever wonder what a "Princess Boy" does in the summer? Apparently, if the Boy Scouts aren't gay enough for him, he can grab his tiara and head off to transgender camp, where he can share his pink nail polish and sequined tutus with other gender-bending boys.

Enk goes on to complain that "The media are obsessed with gender-bending children." But aside from the Slate item onthe summer camp, she cites only two other examples of the subject appearing in the media. It would be much closer to the truth to say that the MRC is much more obsessed with the subject than "the media" are.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:50 PM EDT
Logic Fails Ellis Washington
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It seems it was just a few weeks ago that Ellis Washington was lecturing us on the dangers of the Hegelian dialectic, employing his own leaps of logic in the process:

I further wrote that Hegelian dialectic (or Hegelian logic) sounds good, but ultimately it is sophistic, anti-logical and genocidal. Hegelian dialectic is specious propaganda for leftists who portend to be smart, cosmopolitan and “modern.” Applying Hegelian dialectic in modern political discourse has caused societal devolution – Congress routinely creates laws antagonistic to legitimate constitutional principles; our presidents dictate executive orders to enforce laws in violation of natural rights; our judges frequently exhibit a jurisprudence pathology akin to Nietzsche’s Will to Power to create law out of whole cloth from the bench, laws that are diametrical to God’s law and Veritas (truth).

It seems Washington preferred logic process is one that always concludes that liberals are evil. In his July 19 WorldNetDaily column, Washington starts off ranting about eugenics, then ultimately ends up here:

Since 1900 the question of eugenics has been inextricably connected with leftists alarm at population explosion. Their solution: global birth control, genocide and democide. It was not just that the wrong people were breeding, eugenicists protested, but that the planet was becoming choked with humanity. Birth control became more or less standard in utopias since 1900. The Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), paved the way for the legalization of birth control pill, and 40 years ago, in Roe v. Wade (1973), the Court legalized infanticide, now approaching 60 million casualties.

The Progressive Revolution will continue to mandate universal policies of death for unfit populations through their current champion, President Barack Obama, unless and until conservatives raise up their own champion to defeat him.

Washington is definitely being sophistic and anti-logical here. We're not sure what one would call the lightyear-length leap of logic that equates a court decision that legalizes the lawful, noncoercive use of birth control with genocide.

Then again, this is a guy who imagines his far-right rants to be no less than Socratic, so it's not shocking at all to see his logic synapses misfire so badly.


Posted by Terry K. at 2:28 AM EDT
Monday, July 22, 2013
Meanwhile...
Topic: Newsmax
Right Wing Watch catches Newsmax radio host Steve Malzberg mocking President Obama's remarks on race by speculating that the reason people locked their car doors when he walked by is because he was high on drugs.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:23 PM EDT

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