WND's Unruh Still Rejects Journalism, Can't Be Bothered With Balance Topic: WorldNetDaily
Basically, all you need to know about Bob Unruh's Oct. 16 WorldNetDaily article running to the defense of the American Family Association and other anti-gay and right-wing groups is that of the article's 64 paragraphs, only one hints at offering an alternative view.
Much of the rest of Unruh's article is devoted to attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center for calling the AFA, the Family Research Council and other similar groups "hate groups" for their virulent anti-gay activism. Unruh mentions only that the SPLC has pointed out "the demonizing lies about the LGBT community spread" by the FRC and other groups, but he makes no effort whatsoever to substantiate the claims, though he could have easily done so. Unruh also refused to contact the SPLC to give the group an opportunity to respond to the attacks against it that he reproduces so lovingly in his article.
But that's not all -- Unruh also rehashes old attacks on those who have pointed out the violence of fringe right-wing groups. For instance, he noted a study by U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that "linked opposition to abortion and other “fundamental” positions to terrorism." Unruh even repeated a claim from "constitutional law professor" Herb Titus that the study's author was "has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence."
As we noted when Unruh first promoted this attack, it's rather ludicrous of Titus to attack the faculty of West Point as "left-wing members of the professoriate." Titus' criticism of "concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many" is also rather laughable given that's the exactstrategy of WND's Colin Flaherty in fearmongering about "black mobs."
Unruh also wrote: "The Obama administration declined comment on its decision to monitor Julio Severo’s unabashedly Christian Last Days Watchman blog." Unruh didn't mention that the monitoring accusation -- which came from Severo himself -- is unsubstantiated by an authoritative, unbiased source, or that Severo peddles hate and lies about gays.
The fact that Unruh has so little disregard for journalism that he thinks he needs to tell only one side of a story is just another reason why nobody bellieves WND. But then, Unruh rejected journalism the day he started work at WND.
The Media Research Center Heatheringbug has now spread to the MRC's ostensible "news" division, CNSNews.com. Here's Susan Jones' Oct. 16 article:
Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, has become a favorite of liberal media outlets for his harsh criticism of his own party.
On Tuesday, King appeared on CNN, blasting his fellow Republican Ted Cruz as "a total fraud" and demanding that the House pass a clean stopgap funding bill to end the government shutdown.
King repeated his prediction -- made earlier on another liberal network -- that Cruz will try to "rewrite history" in the months ahead by accusing Republicans of surrendering: "He's going to say we were on the verge of winning back in October and Republicans panicked, they quit so soon...I can just see that nonsense coming from him that we have to really go out of our way to target him now and show that he's a false prophet and a phony."
Jones doesn't explain to her readers that her defintion of a "liberal network" is any network other than Fox News. Jones also fails to explain how anything King said is false or misleading in any way -- indeed, his prediction that Cruz would blame his fellow Republicans for surrendering turned out to be right on the money.
As with the MRC's other Heathering victims, Jones is simply lashing out at King for daring to deviate from right-wing dogma. That may make Jones a good ideological apparatchik, but it's certainly not "news" by any stretch of the imagination.
WND Gives Away Aaron Klein's Slow-Selling Impeachment Book to Congress Topic: WorldNetDaily
Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott's WorldNetDaily-published anti-Obama book "Impeachable Offenses" is rapidly declining in sales. Despite debuting less than two months ago, as of this writing it's ranked at 24,863 at Amazon.com, which belies Joseph Farah's boastful propaganda that the book had presold 100,000 copies.
Now, Farah has found a use for all those unsold copies of Klein's book on their way to the remainder bin: a publicity stunt to give copies to members of Congress. From an Oct. 16 WND article:
A book described as “the first draft of the articles of impeachment against Barack Obama” has been distributed to all 435 members of the U.S. House, including the dozen or so who already have publicly admitted they have considered the idea.
“Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office,” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott, argues that Obama already has committed many violations of the Constitution that could qualify him for impeachment, including his health care legislation, which the authors describe as taxation without representation.
The delivery of the books, donated by publisher WND Books, was arranged by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.
Since the publisher donated the books, they don't count as sales, meaning thew book will plunge further down the bestseller lists. Then again, the giveaway does clear some warehouse space (at least until the rest of the unsold copies are remaindered).
AIM Falsely Claims NJ Senate Candidate 'Has a Real Chance to Win' Topic: Accuracy in Media
James Simpson's Oct. 15 Accuracy in Media column on the New Jersey Senate race carries the headline "Steve Lonegan Has a Real Chance to Win."
Well, not so much -- Democrat Cory Booker defeated Republican Lonegan by more than 10 percentage points. Just like Newsmax's John Gizzi, Simpson ignored pre-election polls showing Lonegan behind by that amount or larger.
Also like Gizzi, Simpson made no mention of the fact that Lonegan's strategist and pollster was fired for making sexually suggestive comments about Booker.
Aside from the failed prognosticating, Simpson's column is a very thinly veiled bit of electioneering fof Lonegan. He implores readers to "Watch the video of Lonegan’s life story, and make up for the rampant media malpractice by spreading it around" and touts how you can "watch Lonegan clean Booker’s clock" in a debate. Simpson sneers that Booker "has the left fawning all over him nationwide because he is well-spoken, clean cut and black. Remind you of anyone?" Simpson concludes his column with a link to Lonegan's website.
Simpson's column runs dangerously close to partisan political advocacy, which is generally forbidden under the 501(c)3 non-profit status that governs groups like AIM. Hopefully AIM's lawyers reviewed this column before publication; otherwise, it could be in trouble.
WND, Newsmax Tout Claim By Discredited Author Topic: WorldNetDaily
Sandy Fitzgerald and Kathleen Walter write in an Oct. 16 Newsmax article:
The ongoing government shutdown and budget battle will haunt President Barack Obama and Democrats seeking House control in 2014, says Ed Klein, author of the political exposé "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House" — and White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett has been pulling the strings behind the scenes.
"The mainstream media has played this as a Republican gambit, which in fact it wasn't," Klein , a journalist and New York Times best-selling author, told Newsmax TV. "From the very beginning it was the president's strategy to demonize the Republicans on the shutdown in order to win the House of Representatives during the midterm elections."
And Jarrett and first lady Michelle Obama both enjoy an overwhelming influence over the president, Klein told Walter.
"The fact of the matter is that the strategy that the president is currently carrying out, which is the demonizing of the Republican Party, the effort to make the Republicans look like they are the bad guys in this whole thing, is the strategy that was devised and has been urged on the president by Valerie Jarrett, his senior political advisor," Klein said. "She has kept whispering in the president's ear, 'Stand firm, stand firm, and you're going to win.'"
Similarly, Garth Kant writes in an Oct. 16 WorldNetDaily article:
The shutdown was deliberately orchestrated by the White House, according to the former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.
Why would the White House intentionally cause such pain and havoc across the country?
It is a ploy to win votes, concluded author Ed Klein.
He told the New York Post that President Obama’s closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, developed a strategy to force a showdown with Republicans over Obamcare.
Jarrett recommended shutting down government because, Klein said, she believed voters would pin the blame on Republicans.
And that would give Democrats the opportunity to win control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm elections.
Neither Newsmax nor WND mention the fact that Klein is a discredited author with a right-wing agenda. They also failed to mention a secret Republican rule change that all but guaranteed a shutdown by essentially ensuring that a "clean" continuing resolution from the Senate would never be introduced in the House.
There's also the inconvenient fact that Republicans were the ones who had been planning a shutdown for months. Newsmax and WND don't mention that, either.
NewsBusters Heathers Nicolle Wallace For Not Immediately Denouncing Obamacare Topic: NewsBusters
Apparently, to be a true Republican one must oppose Obamacare unequivocally, and Nicolle Wallace has failed that test. So, it's Heathering time, courtesy of an Oct. 15 NewsBusters post by Mark Finkelstein:
Nicolle Wallace is the perfect MSNBC kind of Republican: the kind who isn't sure if she opposes Obamacare.
On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough was seeking to make the point that while Republicans are divided over tactics, they are ideologically united in opposition to Obamacare. To demonstrate his thesis, Scarborough asked Wallace whether she supports Obamacare, taking it for granted that she would express her opposition. Amazingly, Wallace responded that she "wasn't sure anymore," then quoted her [former Bush aide] husband who had wondered "what do we hate about it?" She did then catch heself and admitted to not supporting Obamacare on the grounds that the government is not a competent deliverer of healthcare. Too late: Wallace had already betrayed her RINO roots.
If someone, asked whether they support Obamacare, does not instinctively respond in the negative, given that the law represents everything that opponents of big government disdain, then that someone is no Republican, let alone a conservative.
Good job, comrade Finkelstein! Your fellow MRC apparatchiks will surely reward you for your commitment to ideology above all else, including reason. Wallace will soon be under your tutelage at the NewsBusters re-education camp.
WND's Massie Still Pushing Bogus Attendance Figure For Biker Rally Topic: WorldNetDaily
Last month, we caught WorldNetDaily's Mychal Massie promoting a wildly inflated attendance figure for a motorcycle rally in Washington. He's still at it in his Oct. 14 column, delaring that "Over a million bikers demonstrated in D.C."
Not even close. As we documented, news reports cited only "thousands" of bikers taking part in the rally last month. A count anywhere close to Massie's claim would have doubled the population of Washington and seriously snarled traffic -- none of which happened.
Massie's column rants against "those who have a proven record of dishonesty and subterfuge," though he's clearly a member of that crowd.
It's taken a few weeks, but finally Penny Starr has worked up the courage to ask that same question of a Republican:
When CNSNews.com asked Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) if he had read all of the 10,535 pages of final regulations published by the administration to implement Obamacare in the Federal Register, he said he had not and described them as “incomprehensible.”
“Well, of course, I voted against [Obamacare], and I have not read all the rules and regulations,” Fleming told CNSNews.com earlier this month at the Capitol. “They’re extremely complex.
“An average person even with a law degree or a medical degree like me can’t understand them,” Fleming said. “They’re incomprehensible.”
When asked if he was surprised by the large number of pages of regulations, Fleming said he thought the number would get bigger.
Starr has not explained why it took so long to offer up this token bit of fair and balanced journalism.
David Kupelian's Oct. 13 WorldNetDaily column is a lengthy anti-transgender screed. He's quite unhappy that the new DSM-V treats transgenderism as a "dysphoria" and not a "disorder," he demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of transgenders, declaring that they're nothing more than people "who want to cut off healthy breasts and genitalia in pursuit of "gender transition," and he likens efforts to de-stigmatize transgenderism to a hypothetical “anorexia rights lobby” that "pushed relentlessly to de-pathologize anexoria, proclaiming it perfectly normal for some girls, though in danger of dying from starvation, to go on starving themselves so as to satisfy their inner feeling that they were fat."
Then, apparently because he hadn't gone far enough in degrading transgenders, Kupelian likens them to suicide bombers:
Consider for a moment how children in the Arab-Muslim Middle East develop the “mental illness” of wannabe jihad martyrdom. How exactly do innocent little kids come to be possessed by such overwhelmingly powerful emotions and beliefs that they’re willing to blow themselves up while murdering innocent strangers – and thinking such a despicable crime is the will of God?
If I suggested genetics or biochemical imbalances were responsible, you would laugh. Little jihadists are created when, from an early age, they are continually indoctrinated, intimidated, degraded, rewarded, tempted, lied to, punished, threatened and praised (for reinforcement) – until their little developing minds and emotions are not their own anymore. They have a new implanted identity, very different from the one they were born with.
So, if the forces in one child’s home can transform him so totally that, when he looks in a mirror, he sees someone who feels like killing infidels and himself in a glorious “martyrdom operation,” couldn’t the forces in another child’s home (perhaps much more subtle, but nevertheless powerful) transform him or her into a person with feelings and attractions he likewise was not born with – including homosexual or transgender feelings? Many lesbians, as a matter of fact, confess they hated their cruel or abusive father and therefore couldn’t bond to a man later in life. Why is this so hard to understand?
From there, it's on to ... Voldemort:
Most ironic and unfortunate of all, this particular issue – this revolutionary sexual anarchy movement, which more than any other ideology, including Marxism, Islam or atheism, has the potential of permanently corrupting our nation’s core “operating system” called the family – is the one issue that almost everybody is afraid to confront.
Like Voldemort, the arch-villain so feared by everyone in the “Harry Potter” stories that they “dare not speak his name,” almost no one – not Democrats, not Republicans, not churches, not the media (including Fox News), not talk radio (unless explicitly Christian conservative), not even the big alternative news websites, with the exception of WND – dares speak of it.
But be warned, intimidation is the No. 1 tool of would-be tyrants. Not only can it make us shut up from fear, it can – without our realizing it – cause us to change our own beliefs and side with the adversary, and we will never know what hit us. Until it’s too late.
On top of that, he touts a sketchy bit of research:
Close to half of all homosexual men have been molested by an older man, according to the peer-reviewed “Archives of Sexual Behavior,” which reports, “46 percent of homosexual men and 22 percent of homosexual women reported having been molested by a person of the same gender.”
But as the Center for Inquiry points out, the study Kupelian cites was non-clinical; the data concerning homosexuals was gathered by setting up an interview booth at a gay-pride parade, while the data for heterosexuals was gathered at a college. Further, psychology professor Warren Throckmorton found significant contradictions in the study between the data and the discussion sections.
Interestingly, Kupelian didn't link to the study itself but, rather, a WND column by professional gay-basher Matt Barber as evidence of its findings.
Even though Republican Steve Lonegan is trailing Democrat Cory Booker in the polls for New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election Wednesday, the former Bogota mayor and conservative firebrand insisted to Newsmax that "I will win" because of voter outrage over the implementation of Obamacare.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, the 59-year-old Lonegan pointed out that "since Oct. 1, more than 1 million New Jerseyans have received notices that they must apply for new healthcare plans or that their Medicare has been adjusted. And believe me, they are mad."
The most recent Monmouth Poll showed Lonegan trailing Booker by a margin of 52 percent to 42 percent among likely voters.
Gizzi doesn't mention other recent polling showing a much wider gap berween Lonegan and Booker. For example, Quinnipiac shows Booker ahead by 14 points, and a Rutgers poll shows Booker ahead by a whopping 22 points.
Even though the Monmouth poll examined likely voters, Gizzi goes on to let a Lonegan staffer spin it away by promoting a new "likeliest voter" metric:
"When you get down to the voters likeliest to turn out," Lonegan strategist and pollster Rick Shaftan told Newsmax last week, "my polling shows the race a dead heat."
Gizzi didn't mention that Lonegan fired Shaftan over the weekend for sexually suggestive comments he made regarding Booker.
Les Kinsolving dug deep into his homophobia again, using his Oct. 7 WorldNetDaily column to repeat a story about a "Christian airman," Phillip Monk, who was allegedly punished by his "lesbian commander" for expressing opposition to same-sex marriage. Kinsolving ranted:
What is the name and rank of Master Sgt. Monk’s company commander, who Breitbart identified only as “a lesbian” who issued the “order to say he supports gay marriage”?
Most unfortunately, this incredible and commissioned alternatively sexually oriented female is unidentified in this news story.
She, in my opinion, ought not only be identified, but court-martialed for assaulting a noncommissioned officer’s First Amendment rights.
In fact, as Kinsolving mentions in passing, Monk faces punishment for making false statements about the incident -- namely, that he claimed he was reassigned from his job because of it. Kinsolving makes no mention at all of the fact that Air Force officials claim Monk was due for a new assignment and was not punished.
Kinsolving is living up to our prediction that he would spend his retirement as WND's White House correspondent hating gays even more than he does.
AIM's 'Citizens Commission' Member Conspiracy-Mongers About Terrorist's Capture Topic: Accuracy in Media
Clare Lopez is one of the members of Accuracy in Media's "Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi." She doesn't appear to be a birther like several other commission members, but she's a supporter of the the MEK, an Iranian exile group that until recently was considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government.
Lopez is also prone to conspiracy-mongering, as an Oct. 7 AIM column demonstrates. In it, Lopez claims there's something suspicious about the timing of the U.S. capture of Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi:
In any case, according to CNN, before the end of 2010, al-Libi somehow made his way back to Libya, just in time for the February 17, 2011 outbreak of the revolution. In December 2010, Libyan authorities even provided the UN Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee a street address for him in downtown Tripoli.
The August 2012 Library of Congress study, “Al-Qaeda in Libya: A Profile,” suggests that al-Libi’s role in Libya was coordination between Ayman al-Zawahiri and AQ Central and the Libyan militias.
By the time that U.S. career diplomat Christopher Stevens was named official U.S. Liaison to the Libyan rebels in mid-March 2011, AQ-LIFG fighters like al-Libi, Ben Qumu and Belhadj were leading the revolution against Qaddafi. Stevens’ job was to coordinate U.S. diplomatic, intelligence, logistical, military and weapons support to al-Qaeda jihadis such as these. The pending NYC Federal District Court indictment against al-Libi for the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing would just have to wait.
And wait it did … until a random day in early October 2013, when the U.S. government suddenly decided that it needed, urgently, to snatch an unsuspecting al-Libi off the street in Tripoli, where he had been living since the end of the Libyan revolution with his wife and four children.
Soon, Secretary of State Kerry was crowing about how terrorists “can run but they can’t hide” – but the thing was, al-Libi hadn’t been running or hiding for a long time. The U.S. knew perfectly well where he was for at least the prior two years — and didn’t seem to care.
Al-Libi’s seizure now makes as little sense as did the apparent U.S. and UK indifference to his outstanding Nairobi indictment and his jihadist credentials for all the years that preceded it.
The fact that Lopez is so quick to conspiracy-monger about al-Libi's capture is yet another sign that AIM's "Citizens' Commission" is nothing but a kangaroo court.
NEW ARTICLE: Colin Flaherty's Rainbow-Colored 'Black Mobs' Topic: WorldNetDaily
You don't have to be black -- or even human -- to be fearmongered about in the WorldNetDaily writer's race-baiting. Read more >>
NewsBusters Invents A Right For Pro-Lifers Topic: NewsBusters
Complaining about an MSNBC segment in which panelists agreed that "Pro-life sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics is 'bullying' and should not not accorded First Amendment's 'free speech' guarantees," Ken Shepherd uses an Oct. 10 NewsBusters post to declare a new right: "But completely left by the wayside is the right of women seeking an abortion to consider their options and listen to what pro-lifers have to say."
We weren't aware that there was some special right involved to "counsel" women -- if shouting at them on the sidewalk outside a clinic constitutes such a thing -- outside abortion clinics. It seems like the assumption being made here by Shepherd and other anti-abortion activists is that women get abortions on the spur of the moment and put absolutely no thought whatsoever into the decision and no consideration whatsoever into all sides of the issue.
Shepherd even approvingly quotes an amicus brief by a Democratic group noting that "All studies show that the decision to have an abortion is not one that is taken lightly or made without thoughtful consideration." Still, Shepherd seems to think differently, that shouting at women outside abortion clinics does anything beyond making a difficult decision that much more so.
Unlike many of my friends, I don’t believe Obama is stupid. Nor do I believe he is incompetent. I believe he has another motive to disarm Americans – one that has nothing to do with safety. It’s about control of the population from the top-down. This is going to sound brutishly harsh and judgmental, but, I believe, he is consciously using the escalation of violence his anti-gun policies knowingly and predictably cause to render the population helpless before a government with a monopoly on force.
Again, let’s look at who the shooter was in the Navy Yard attack.
He has repeatedly broken gun laws. He was never prosecuted.
He was stark, raving bonkers, and the Navy Yard was even warned about him by Rhode Island police. Nobody paid attention.
He used a shotgun, the kind of self-defense weapons recommended by none other than Vice President Joe Biden. He still managed to kill 12 people and injure many more.
Isn’t it obvious all of the prescriptions of the Obama administration and the gun-grabbing crowd are doing exactly what they are intended to do?
Administrations usually have shining stars, outstanding personalities, like rich folks’ Christmas trees have expensive ornaments. Where are the intellectual stars like John Kenneth Galbraith, Henry Kissinger, James Baker? In fact, where is David Axelrod? Can you name one figure in this administration whose presence in our national line-up gives you comfort? Every time the TV moderator introduces the “administration spokesman” in a debate on Obamacare or Syria or the economy or Benghazi I see unknowns who seem to have memorized their talking points from three-by-five cards. Shining stars? This administration doesn’t even have glowing embers.
The American people have been betrayed in two areas that may be seemingly unrelated, but play to the same sentiments I’ve described. They concern our president, Barack Obama, and the creed known as Islam. The character of both have been distorted to compromise Americans’ better judgment, goodwill and compassion. This is not to say that I believe the president is a Muslim; in truth, I believe that Obama is either an atheist or an individual of agnostic leanings.
What I am saying – and why I have chosen to discuss these together – is that the confluence of threats posed by Barack Obama and Islam are the most serious existing threats to the survival of this nation. In very short order, either could exact an extremely grave toll on America, chiefly because Americans’ better judgment, goodwill and compassion have been compromised. Our human proclivity for denial in this area – in admitting to having been taken – presents at least as great a danger as those posed by Obama and Islam themselves.
It wouldn’t amaze me one bit if Mr. Obama is using the Syria international debacle as an artful hand-eye trick to keep Americans from not focusing on the domestic train wreck he and his backwards “progressives” have engineered.
I hear you, Mr. President, and I know exactly what it is that I am hearing. I hear the deceit and lies of the Chicago ACORN community disorganizing scam artist from hell, feeding the low-information voters more pap and anti-American propaganda in your feeble and disingenuous attempt to bribe more votes for the declaration of dependency society. Fundamental transformation indeed.
You are so cocksure of the ignorance of your constituency that you dare to brag that the federal government is America’s largest employer. That is nothing to be proud of and in fact contrary to the Founding Fathers’ vision of this experiment in self-government where we the people were supposed to be the ones in charge, not a runaway power-abusing, bloated, fraudulent monster like the slobbering, gluttonous Fedzilla beast of the New Deal and not so Great Society scams.
Just as Hitler posted troops at Normandy to keep the allied forces out, President Obama is now turning away those who wish to pay their respects at the Normandy American Cemetery. More than 9,000 patriots who gave their lives were laid to rest at the D-Day Memorial, and respecting their service and sacrifice is not allowed during the shutdown, thanks to the Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
You heard it here first. The United States is going default on its obligations. The consequent worldwide financial collapse will make 2008 – and even 1929 – look like picnics. And, gentle readers, it is your fault. You, the people of the United States, chose as your “president” a man who openly has a bogus birth certificate on the White House website, who openly detests your Constitution, who had no previous experience before going into politics except as a communist agitator (coyly rebranded “community organizer”) and who – on any view – was and is entirely inadequate to serve in your nation’s highest office.
When the people are ignored and coerced into submission, and our military heroes are held out to dry and sacrificed to a Muslim enemy by a “Muslim president” and his Republican enablers, it is only a matter of time before the people and the military rise up to remove the shackles that have been placed on them by the government. That time is now. We the people have had enough!
Please join us in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19. Stay tuned for more details about this nonviolent revolution designed to peacefully remove this political establishment cancer, before it kills our beloved country.
A magician has “patter” – his running commentary while he is doing his tricks.
That’s Obama, running around the country with his teleprompter, talking to partisan groups, telling them what they want to hear, all the while avoiding any meeting with the opposition to try to resolve the political differences.
He threatens, accuses and insults and then declines to talk, but the government closure shows his deviousness.
“Shut down the government,” yes, but do it selectively so that the greatest number of people will be hurt, all the while, leaving the magician in chief to ignore it all, pretending he’s not responsible – it’s those vindictive, selfish Republicans.
To call Barack Obama a “Svengali” is not too far fetched: a person who wants to dominate, manipulate and control in order to get people to do what he wants.