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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
MRC Still Obssessing Over Bashir, But Gave Limbaugh's Misogyny A Pass
Topic: Media Research Center
Martin Bashir hasn't worked for MSNBC for a couple weeks now, but the Media Research Center still can't stop talking about him.
In a Dec. 16 MRC item, Kyle Drennen complains that NBC's "Today" highlighted Fox News host Megyn Kelly's oddball insistence that Santa Claus is white, while NBC "censored any mention of its own cable news host – MSNBC's Martin Bashir – calling for Sarah Palin to defecated on. Bashir later resigned as a result of the disgusting attack."
The MRC has done all it could to pile on Bashir -- and continues to do so even though, as Drennen admits, Bashir resigned some time ago and his attacks no longer prove anything.
By contrast, the MRC worked hard to distract attention from Rush Limbaugh's three-day tirade of misogyny against Sandra Fluke -- the strongest thing coming form Brent Bozell's mouth being "Let’s all agree Limbaugh crossed a line," ev en though Limbaugh's dozens of sleazy attacks were at least as disgusting as Bashir's single comment about Palin. Bozell's MRC employees not only condoned Limbaugh's sleaze, a few gleefully piled on.
You will never see Drennen call Limbaugh's attacks on Fluke "disgusting" -- Limbaugh must be protected at all costs, after all, and Fluke is a liberal woman who deserves to be denigrated for speaking about birth control in public.
WND's Ellis Washington Hides History to Bash Mandela
Ellis Washington rants in a Dec. 13 WorldNetDaily column:
In other words, his freedom would be meaningless in a country that still practiced apartheid.
Washington went on to grouse:
Again, context matters (though not to Washington). Here's the full text of what Mandela said, again from the 1985 response to Botha:
Washington also ignores that the ANC did not embrace violent protest until after the Sharpesville massacre in 1960, when South African police killed 69 black anti-apartheid demonstrators and wounded dozens of others.
For Washington to claim that Mandela "lied" requires him to ignore inconvenient facts. We also suspect that Washington won't be as harsh with anyone who resorts to violence against his hated President Obama.
Newsmax Buys Into Myth of A Non-Conservative Megyn Kelly
Newsmax goes into stenographer mode in a Dec. 15 "Insider Report":
Newsmax doesn't mention that Kelly has more conservative-leaning guests on herFox News show than that of unabashed conservative Sean Hannity, which does raise legitimate questions about Kelly's objectivity. Newsmax simply took Kelly at her word and didn't investigate whether she really does give an equally hard time to both ends of the political spectrum.
WND Again Disappears Far-Right Israeli From List Of People Banned From Britain
A Dec. 13 WorldNetDaily article reports on an invitation by the Oxford Union to right-wing radio host Michael Savage to take part in a debate over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, lamenting that "The popular, nationally syndicated San Francisco-based talk host was banned in 2009 from entering the United Kingdom by Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government along with Muslim extremists and leaders of racist groups for 'seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred.'"
That generic description obscures the fact that another WND favorite is on the banned list.
As we documented when the list first appeared in 2009, it includes Mike Guzovsky, aka Yekutiel Ben Yaacov, a one-time leader of the now-outlawed far-right Kahane Chai movement in Israel. Guzovsky/Ben Yaacov has been a trusted source for WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein -- so trusted that Klein endeavored to whitewash his extremism. Klein has quoted the man under both his Guzovsky (Guzofsky) and Ben Yaacov (Yekutel Ben Yaacov) names, failing to explain that they are the same person.
Klein ran to his source's defense at the time, whitewashing the Kahane movement as a group that merely "seeks to ensure that Israel retains biblically-rich territories, such as the West Bank and Jerusalem" -- without mentioning it also seeks to expel Arabs from Israel. Klein claimed without substantiation that "The only camps Guzofsky currently runs are to train dogs to protect Jewish communities in the West Bank"; but in a 2004 New Yorker article, Guzovsky bragged that "The Arabs are very scared of dogs. Muslims think they’re unclean."
(Remember, Klein has expressed his Kahanist sympathies, so Guzovsky's views are hardly alien, let alone odious.)
So is WND conceding that Guzovsky is a racist by saying that "leaders of racist groups" were banned? Perhaps, but it apparently doesn't have the guts to identify Guzovsky by name as the leader of a racist group.
Monday, December 16, 2013
NewsBusters' Blumer Sneers At Responsible Reporting
The right-wing media had a fit when the Denver Post removed a statement about Colorado school shooter Karl Pierson, as claimed by another student, that he was a "socialist."
NewsBusters' Tom Blumer joined the outrage in a Dec. 16 post, followed by what he claimed was Post senior editor Lee Ann Colacioppo's "lame, condescending attempt at a defense." But Blumer reprinted only part of Colacioppo's response to criticism, the statement that "We decided not to have another student apply a label to the shooter -- a label the student likely didn't even understand."
In other words, Colacioppo was stating that she wanted to go beyond a label to the specifics of Pierson's beliefs -- what most people would call responsible journalism.
But Blumer doesn't need the full context to rip into the newspaper for not confirming his preconceived biases by slapping a unsubstantiated label supplied by a single student: "Colacioppo's defense indicates that her paper would rather insult students, their high school, and Post readers' intelligence rather than have the S-word (and, presumably, communism, as will be seen shortly) appear to be associated with violent and deadly acts. What's the point in subscribing to a publication such as this?"
And what's the point in reading a writer like Blumer who is so biased he can't be bothered to fully research what he's writing about?
'Universe-Shattering' Birther Evidence? Not Likely
WorldNetDaily is apparently going all in on its birther revival.
After hinting about conspiracies in the death of a Hawaii official who was in charges of state records like President Obama's birth certificate, Bob Unruh turns stenographer in uncritically repeating Cold Case Posse chief Mike Zullo's latest claims in a Dec. 13 WND article:
Given the history of Zullo's so-called investigation -- which relies on heavy input from birther extraordinaire Jerome Corsi and the complete dismissal of any evidence that contradicts their pet birther conspiracies -- the chances are better than good that Zullo's "universe-shattering" evidence really means "easily debunked."
After all, Zullo was caught making simple mistakes as applying the wrong race code to Obama's birth certificate -- not that WND will tell you about that, of course. Indeed, as before, Unruh fails to report that much of what Zullo and WND have claimed about the alleged fradulence of Obama's birth certificate has been discredited.
Further demonstrating what a lazy reporter he is, Unruh simply copies-and-pastes much of his previous article's boilerplate recitation of birther evidence, never bothering to tell readers it's been debunked.
Of course, as we all know, Unruh rejected real journalism the day he was hired by WND. His lazy stenography -- which would make a real journalist vomit in shame -- is exactly what Joseph Farah is paying him to do.
The man has no pride in telling the truth. You know, like the rest of WND.
Newsmax-Dick Morris Rehabilitation Watch
After Dick Morris flamed out spectacularly with his utterly wrong predictions during the 2012 presidential election, Newsmax took a few stabs at image rehab for him. But we haven't heard much from Morris in recent months.
Apparently trying to get the rehab machine rolling again, Newsmax gave Morris space for a Dec. 15 column bashing John Boehner's criticism of conservatives, calling them "shortsighted and ungrateful in the extreme" and that they "cast real doubt on his ability to lead the House in the future."
Given Morris' track record, we can assume that this means Boehner will continue to be the House republican leader in the future.
WND's Apparent Quid Pro Quo With Steve Stockman
Garth Kant came off quite excited with his big scoop in a Dec. 9 WorldNetDaily article:
How did Kant score such a scoop? Perhaps it's a quid pro quo for an earlier collaboration.
Back in October, WND touted how Stockman distributed to other members of the House copies of Aaron Klein's slow-selling anti-Obama book "Impeachable Offenses," which WND donated to the cause. It benefited both sides -- Stockman got to promote his anti-Obama agenda for free, and WND had 435 fewer copies of Klein's book cluttering its warehouse.
Is it too hard to believe that Stockman would return the favor by giving WND a big scoop on his political plans? Not at all. Stockman surely knew that WND would give him all the fawning coverage he could imagine.
And Kant does just that, touting how "Stockman had already picked up some major support" just an hour after the announcement and promoted his "reputation as one of Capitol Hill’s most popular members on Twitter, using his pithy but pungent tweets to deliver scathing indictments of Democrats, often with a characteristically wry sense of humor."
Kant conveniently failed to tell his readers not only about WND cozy relationship with Stockman, but also about ethical problems in the form of Stockman's failure to fully disclose his business affiliations on his congressional financial disclosure forms, which include that he has apparently paid himself $350,000 from a company he formed.
That's the kind of selective reporting Stockman can count on from WND. And it's likely why Stockman graced Kant with his big poltiical scoop.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
NewsBusters' Sheffield Defends Fox Host Over 'White Santa' Remark
We've documented how NewsBusters' Matthew Sheffield tries to pass himself off as a new-media guru despite offering little more than the same tired bashing of the "liberal media" peddled by his Media Research Center contemporaries.
Sheffield does this again, kicking off his defense of Fox News' Megyn Kelly for insisting that Santa Claus and Jesus were were white by engaging in more lame media-bashing:
Sheffield goes on to dismissed the Slate as, "like so many Slate articles, nothing more than clickbait" and Kelly comment merely "a funny quip very much in line with many a parent’s reassurances to doubting children on the very serious question of the Christmastime epistemology."
First, attributing one host's opinions or the alleged slant of a single segment to an entire network is something NewsBusters frequently does. Take these recent headlines, for instance:
Those all refer to a single segment, not the views of the entire network.
Second, Sheffield's insistence that Kelly's show is "editorially autonomous" differs not only with how NewsBusters and the MRC treat the"liberal media" outlets they target (as demonstrated above), it also diverges from reality. Despite Kelly's claim to be a "straight-news anchor," the guest list on her Fox News is more conservative than that of fellow Fox host and unabashed conservative Sean Hannnity.
When Kelly doubled down on her remarks, Sheffield was there to cheer her on and that Kelly "had a message" for her "haters" to "Lighten up and learn to realize what satire is."
This is what the right wing has to offer as a new-media guru, folks.
We'll Be First Against the Wall When The Erik Rush Revolution Comes
Once again, Erik Rush is committing the offense of not letting WorldNetDaily have first dibs on the more insane things coming from him.
So Rush thinks that people who criticize him should be jailed? Apparently he's never heard of the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech. And really, isn't a guy who believes Malcolm X is Obama's real father crying out to be ridiculed?
But Rush seems to be serious, for he followed up that post with one calling for Obama to be removed from office "by any means necessary." So it appears the Erik Rush Revolution is coming, and we'll apparently be first against the wall when it comes.
Rush then earned more ridicule by contradictorially claiming that though he opposes apartheid, blacks in South Africa were better off under it.
Simply noting the stupidity of that argument, it seems, has sealed our fate under the coming Erik Rush regime.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
CNS Acts As Right-Wing Purity Police
The Media Research Center's efforts to Heather anyone deemed insufficiently conservative is apparently growing into a Republican Party candidate-purity operation. Oddly, the MRC's ostensible "news" division, CNSNews.com, is taking the lead.
CNS managing editor Michael W. Chapman writes in a Dec. 13 article:
Chapman makes no apparent effort to contact either DeMaio or Tisei to permit them to react to his purity effort.
WND Unintentional Irony Watch
Sometimes, it's almost cute how self-unaware WorldNetDaily is.
Aaron Klein writes condescendingly in a Dec. 9 article:
Somebody forgot to tell Klein that his employer believes such shadowy groups are real.
A March column by Mychal Massie, for instance, rants against the "liberal white illuminati" who make white feel guilty about racism. And WND has promoted a book claiming Illuminati influence in selection of popes:
And don't forget that WND hatemonger Molotov Mitchell's video production company is named Illuminati Pictures.
But that's not all in the unintentional irony department at WND. Joe Kovacs writes in a Dec. 11 article of a Florida TV news anchor "pressing charges" against a viewer who sent him threatening-sounding tweet, though the sender claimed he was "merely clowning with the anchor about his ominous-sounding news teases." The headline of Kovacs' article: "News anchor can't take 'joke,' presses charges."
Meanwhile, we have the continuing saga of WND suing Esquire magazine for $250 million for defamation -- which was just chucked out of court again -- because WND can't take a joke (in the form of a satirical blog post claiming that WND had decided to pulp Jerome Corsi's birther book because WND editor Joseph Farah suddenly came to his senses).
It's as if WND is performance art. Certainly nobody reads it to be informed.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Oops! NewsBusters Post Questioning Why Guns Are Public Health Issue Overtaken By School Shooting
In a Dec. 13 NewsBusters post, Paul Bremmer complained:
Unfortunately for Bremmer, around the time the post went up, he got his answer in the form of a shooting at a high school in Colorado, in which a teenager wounded a fellow student before killing himself.
That prompted NewsBusters to add a "Managing Editor's Note" to the top of Bremmer's post to explain the timing:
Here's a screenshot just in case NewsBusters decides to make the badly timed post disappear:
Finally! Pro-Apartheid WND Columnist Weighs In on Mandela's Death
We've all been waiting with bated breath for the most anticipated WorldNetDaily column of the week: What would Ilana Mercer -- who still kinda misses apartheid -- have to say about the death of Nelson Mandela?
Now we have our answer. Mercer's Dec. 12 WND column mostly wusses out, devoting most of it to an 11-page excerpt from her book "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Aparthid South Africa" in which she purports to offer "a historic corrective to the glitterati-created myth that is Mandela."
The rest of Mercer's column is dedicated to calling President Obama a "dictator" and "consummate narcissist" and complaining her work wasn't sufficiently promoted during an appearance on the Russia Today channel.
Mercer also laments that "My homeland South Africa is a dominant-party state where might makes right." She doesn't indicate whether she's referring to the Apartheid era.
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