Right Wing Watch catches WorldNetDaily just asking if President Obama is ushering in the Islamic caliphate.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
CNS Still Keeping Its Obama-Bashing Afghan War Body Count
Since President Obama took office, CNSNews.com has been obsessed with monthly body counts of the U.S. troops that died in Afghanistan, despite the fact that it did no such body count of troops killed in Iraq under President Bush.
CNS had abandoned the body count in recent months, but it's back with a vengeance with a Sept. 11 article by Dennis M. Crowley:
In blaming Obama for the vast majority of Afghan troop deaths, Crowley mentions President Bush only once, to state that "569 U.S. military personnel were killed in and around Afghanistan fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom" under his presidency, and he makes no mention of Iraq at all, let alone the fact that the vast majority of the 4,000-plus U.S. troops killed in Iraq died under Bush.
Crowley also fails to mention the fact that there were far fewer troops in Afghanistan under Bush than there were under Obama, which accounts for the lower Bush body count. According to PolitiFact, the number of troops in Afghanistan under Bush rarely exceeded 20,000 and typically hovered around 10,000. By contrast, the Afghan surge under Obama topped out at around 90,000 troops.
Of course, CNS has typically ignored context in doing its Afghan body counts, so why would it stop doing so now?
WND's Farah Lies About Existence Of 'Epidemic' Of 'Black Mob Violence'
Joseph Farah's Sept. 9 WorldNetDaily column is a response to a "devoted WND visitor" who is tired of WND's obsession with "constantly running stories about black-on-white violence." Let's break down Farah's response, shall we?
First he responds:
Note that Farah does not provide an example of "white racial violence" WND has covered recently.
In fact, Neither Flaherty nor Farah -- let alone or anyone else at WND -- have ever provided any statistical evidence that there is an "epidemic" of "black mob violence" in the U.S. All Flaherty has done is cherry-picked anecdotal examples of "black mob violence" -- which, as we've noted, includes dogs and white people -- in order to create fear among WND's predominately white and elderly audience that blacks are scary and out to rob and/or kill them.
But Farah wasn't done defending WND's race-baiting:
Farah is simply lying that WND doesn't "sensationalize" or "exploit" its race-baiting. Type in the word "black mob violence" into WND's search engine and see what comes up -- and see how sensational the headlines are:
WND doesn't "sensationalize" or "exploit" its race-baiting? Please.
The fact that Farah thinks he can get away with telling such a bald-face lie is yet another reason why nobody believes WND.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NEW ARTICLE -- NewsBusted: The Pierre File, Catholic Edition
NewsBusters' Dave Pierre is overly desperate to downplay any media mention of child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, while offering little more than lip service to its victims. Read more >>
WND Shockingly Doesn't Promote Its Trayvon Book With Story On Zimmerman Arrest
If there's anything WND really hates beyond the mere existence of President Obama, it's news that contradicts its prevailing narrative. As WND has amply demonstrated with its birther obsession, anything that proved them wrong was generally ignored.
Which makes Chelsea Schilling's Sept. 9 WND article on the arrest of George Zimmerman on suspicion of domestic violence an exception to the rule. Why? Because WND has spent months portraying Zimmerman as a victim and Trayvon Martin as a one-man black mob who totally earned being shot to death by Zimmerman.
WND is also publishing a book by columnist Jack Cashill on the case, which contains in its subtitle "the railroading of George Zimmerman." But strangely, WND -- normally a self-promotion machine -- makes no mention of Cashill's book in Schiling's article, yet another failure to disclose a conflict of interest. Nor does Schilling seek out Cashill for a comment on Zimmerman's arrest.
Why did it fail to take advantage of this opportunity for promotion? Did the normally shameless WND recognize that there is such a thing as bad publicity after all and this was not the right place to promote Cashill's book? Perhaps.
If Zimmerman continues to behave badly, that will put a crimp in Cashill's book. We assume Cashill is feverishly working to come up with an explanation for Zimmerman's actions that will blame anyone else but Zimmerman.
MRC Upset Networks Won't Report Right-Wing Spin on Benghazi
Topic: Media Research Center
Geoffrey Dickens has penned the latest not-so-special report from the Media Research Center:
Translation: The networks won't report our anti-Obama right-wing spin on Benghazi.
For instance, Dickens highlights how Fox News provided "bombshell testimony" from an anonymous "insider" whistleblower about how "the U.S. had highly trained forces just a few hours away" from Benghazi but did not send them. In fact, the "insider" sasid nothing that wasn't already known or hadn't been debunked; contrary to his claim, experts say that military assets could not have reached Benghazi in time to make a difference.
Dickens also touts a book claiming that officials immediately recognized the Benghazi attack as an act of terrorism, which supposedly "refute days of claims by the administration that the attack was sparked by Muslim anger at a U.S.-made anti-Muslim film." In fact, book co-author Samuel Katz said in a Sept. 7 Fox News interview:
And so on. Dickens is not offended that the truth is not being reported. He's offended that what's being reported lacks a right-wing ideological spin.
Will Joseph Farah Repent His Sins Today?
We've documented how Joseph Farah has been promoting his Sept. 11 "National Day of Prayer and Repentence" without any sign of him offering to repent for his many sins committed against President Obama.
Now, that day has arrived. Has he changed his mind about repentence? So far, no.
Farah's new column promoting his little "Day of Prayer and Repentence" includes a lot of blather, a lot of referencing ofBible verses, but no sign he will do any personal repenting:
If Farah really was being as "heartfelt" as he claims he is, why won't he repent for his years of hatred and lies directed at Obama and beg him for the same kind of forgiveness he seeks from God?
Farah can't possibly be ignorant of his hurtful deeds. And as he offers repentence to God so that our land may be healed, he should be offering repentence to Obama so his damaged, amoral soul can be healed.
Without that repentence, we can expect the same toxic stream of hate to flow from WND as it has for the past five years -- and a continued dwindling of WND's audience to just the people who hate Obama and love conspiracy theories as much as Farah does.
Farah has brought this situation on himself. Does he have the faith and fortitude to make things right, or will he continue to reside in his sewer of filth and hate?
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
MRC's Philbin Adds Native American Slurs To His Misogyny
Topic: Media Research Center
Matt Philbin, it seem, just can't stop making his Media Research Center bosses proud of him with his fits of misogyny against liberal women. Now, he's added mocking of Native Americans to the toxic mix.
On Sept. 8, Philbin sent out a series of tweets bashing Sen. Elizabeth Warren's speech before thet AFL-CIO. First, he declared, "Sen. Warren to #aflcio13: Our tatanka Cherokees' tatanka, our coup Cherokees' coup!"
Philbin then descended into fake-Indian babble: Elizabeth "Lies W/Injuns in Bloodline" Warren make heap big talk at #aflcio13 "Must spread tatanka meat around!"
Philbin continued that offensive mocking in another tweet: "Lizzie "Stands w/Hands in My Pockets" Warren talk to big #aflcio13 pow-wow. Smoke socialism pipe, bring big redistribution medicine."
As we said, the MRC must be proud of Philbin's misogyny and ethnic slurs. He still remains employed there, after all.
'The Single Dumbest Idea Ever Published'
When we saw the headline "The Single Dumbest Idea Ever Published" on Joseph Farah's Sept. 6 column, we thought it was a step toward repentence.
Could he be talking about WND's Andrea Shea King claiming that Obama was sending secret signals to the Muslim Brotherhood by putting his foot on his desk? Or could he be talking about Vox Day's theory that the Aurora theater shootings were a "false-flag operation" committed by the Obama administration as a pretense for gun control?
Perhaps it could be Jerome Corsi's assertion that President Obama's ring says "There is no god except Allah" in Arabic. Or maybe it's Farah's own claim that Obama omitting "the Creator" in paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence is an "attempt at deicide."
Alas, it was none of these -- Farah has apparently exempted his own website in the search for "the single dumbest idea ever published," even it contains so many candidates for that honor. Farah devotes his column to ranting about another writer's argument that it's better for society if all children attend a public school.
Newsmax's Ruddy Goes Contrarian, Backs Obama's Syria Intervention
Newsmax's Christopher Ruddy has a troubling (if you're a conservative) tendency to put principle ahead of right-wing ideology -- see his befriending of onetime nemesis Bill Clinton or, earlier this year, his defense of moderate Republican Susan Collins.
Ruddy is at it again in his Sept. 9 Newsmax column in which he agrees with President Obama's intervention in Syria:
Ruddy also engages in a little revisionist history:
Funny, we thought the reason he founded Newsmax was to attack the Clinton administration.
Nobody Believes WND, Syria Edition
Nobody believes WorldNetDaily, for good reason. And WND is always happy to provide regular reminders of why that is. Its coverage of the situation in Syria is rife with them.
A Sept. 5 WND article credulously repeats the claims of "A 100-page report on an investigation turned over to the United Nations by Russia" that Syrian rebels, not the Syrian government, are responsible for the chemical gas attack that killed hundreds. But Maloof didn't mention the important that Russia, which is on the side of the Syrian government, has a vested interest in portraying the rebels as the culprits.
A Sept. 8 article by Maloof begins: "Former U.S. intelligence analysts claim current intelligence analysts have told them Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not responsible for the Aug. 21 poison gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, which killed 1,429 people, of whom more than 400 where children." Maloof cites this claim to an obscure group called "Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
Among the members of this group Maloof lists is "Larry Johnson, retired CIA and State Department official." If that name sounds familiar, that's because he's the guy responsible for promoting the "whitey tape" -- a purported recording of Michelle Obama using that word at Jeremiah Wright's church. No such recording has ever surfaced, making Johnson a highly discredited anti-Obama activist -- and, thus, cannot be trusted on anything. Maloof, however, seems to feel differently.
Meanwhile, Aaron Klein is continuing his anonymously sourced ways in a Sept. 9 WND article claiming that "On the eve of a critical Capitol Hill discussion on Syria and two days before his address to the nation, President Obama has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a way out of any U.S. bombing campaign." Klein's source for this claim? The usual unnamed "Informed Middle Eastern intelligence officials."Klein gives us no reason why we should trust his anonymous sources.
Monday, September 9, 2013
MRC Tries to Bury Cuccinelli's Ethics Scandal
Topic: Media Research Center
The typical Media Research Center report fails to inform readers of its methodology for arriving at its predetermined conclusion that the media is liberal and treats conservatives unfairly. But surprise, surprise -- the MRC finally does so.
A Sept. 3 report by Rich Noyes examining coverage of Virginia gubernatorial candidates actually makes such a disclosure. And, well, it's kind of odd:
Noyes doesn't explain how he arrived at his conclusion that a "three-to-two margin" was sufficient to tag a story as tilted a certain direction, nor why he chose to exlude "horse race" judgments.
Further, Noyes admits that at least some stories were balanced or neutral, but at no point during his report does he state how many there were -- he only compares positive vs. negative coverage.
But the point of Noyes' report is not to demonstrate how well (or, in this case, how poorly) the MRC follows accepted standards for research. It's to try and defuse criticism of the Republican in the race, Ken Cuccinelli.
Noyes predictably complains that "Cuccinelli has received far more negative coverage than his rival," Democrat Terrry McAuliffe, and "despite ongoing ethical questions surrounding Terry McAuliffe, these newspapers have collectively run twice as many pieces talking about Cuccinelli’s ethics than those of his Democratic competitor."
Which ultimately gets us to the nub of this -- whitewashing Cuccinelli's ethics problems. And Noyes does his best to do that:
Noyes fails to highlight one possible difference in the treatment of the two alleged scandals: Cuccinelli accepted gifts from a political donor while in office, which creates the appearance of impropriety and of a politician who can be bought. McAuliffe is a businessman and former Democratic Party official who has never held elective office.
Noyes also seems to think that a Democrat-led investigation that "cleared Cuccinelli of wrongdoing in failing to disclose his gifts until April 2013" is some sort of exoneration and somehow makes Cuccinelli look less bad for accepting the gifts in the first place. But Noyes doesn't note that Cuccinelli has refused to pay back all of the gifts because, he claims, some of them were intangible -- an airplane flight, a free dinner, and supplements.
Noyes' boss, Brent Bozell, reinforced the report's spin in a Sept. 6 column, making it abundantly clear that the purpose was to whitewash Cuccinelli's ethics problems:
Since when did Bozell become the judge of what should be "the end" of examination of Cuccinelli's ethics?
WND Falsely Calls Ayers Obama's 'Best Bud'
WorldNetDaily's Jerome Corsi penned a Sept. 8 article claiming that "Bill Ayers has turned on Barack Obama, characterizing the president’s determination to launch a military attack on the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria as a 'dumb war.'"
But WND promoted Corsi's article on its front page under the headline "Obama's 'best bud' turns against him on Syria."
Not only does Corsi not quote anyone calling Ayers Obama's "best bud," Corsi doesn't even explain the nature of Ayers' relationship with Obama.
Newsmax Rounds Up Right-Wing 'Experts' To Bash Obama
One of Newsmax writer David Patten's favorite techniques of biased reporting is to round up right-wing pundits to opine on the subject of the day and call them "experts." He has apparently decided it was time to bring that technique back.
In a Sept. 8 Newsmax article, Patten cites "experts and commentators" to claim that "Deferring to Congress to authorize an attack on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad may have been the biggest gamble of Barack Obama’s presidency – and could significantly weaken the presidential office if it backfires." But as per usual, his list of "experts" is dominated by conservatives:
The only person Patten cites who is not obviously conservative is the Broooings Institution's Salman Shaikh.
WND: Obama Sending Message To Muslim Brotherhood With Foot On Desk
Yes, Andrea Shea King really write this in a Sept. 2 WorldNetDaily article:
Actually, there's a very high possibility that King misinterpreted the photo. Clearly, she despises Obama so much she's imposing her imaginary delusions on it.
As Right Wing Watch notes: "Of course, Republican presidents from George W. Bush to Gerald Ford were also photographed with their feet on the Oval Office desk, but maybe they were just sending secret Muslim messages as well!"
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