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Monday, December 23, 2013
WND Tries to Whitewash Tax Crimes of Creationist Pastor
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily just loves to whitewash and minimize the crimes of its favorite right-wing icons. The latest attempt comes in an unbylined Dec. 17 WND article.

The article touts a proposal that would reduce the sentences of "first-offense, nonviolent federal offenders who exhibit good behavior." The article features one possible beneficiary of the law, creationist pastorKent Hovind, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for various tax offenses.

But try as it might, even WND can't quote pull off the full whitewash job on Hovind, which involves trying to explain away 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions to avoid scrutiny under money-laundering laws:

His son, Eric Hovind, who now directs a new ministry in Pensacola with the same mission of his father’s Creation Science Evangelism, contends the government completely misrepresented his parents in the trial, portraying them as anti-government radicals. His mother, Jo, the ministry’s bookkeeper, served one year in prison.

While Kent Hovind has made statements over the course of his ministry that challenge the authority of the federal government to collect income taxes, he insists he has not broken any laws.

“I’ve never been anti-tax or a tax protester,” he told WND. “I have always said that everyone should obey the law, including the government. I have always paid every tax I owe.”

[...]

As WND reported in 2009, Hovind argues he took a vow of poverty as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, therefore, owns nothing and receives no income. All of his needs are taken care of by the ministry, he insists.

He says he understood that as a registered 508 non-profit organization, he was not required to withhold taxes, leaving IRS obligations with each worker. In November 2006, however, Hovind was convicted of failing to collect and pay $470,000 in withholding taxes, obstructing tax laws, structuring transactions totaling $430,500 to avoid financial reporting laws, filing a frivolous lawsuit against the IRS, filing an injunction against an IRS agent and threatening investigators and others who cooperated with the investigation.

WND doesn't quite come clean, though. As Forbes reports: "Although Hovind states that he has paid all taxes that he owes, I have never seen him explicitly state that he actually filed returns for the years 1998 through 2006, which were the years that were the subject of the Tax Court decision. It is pretty challenging for an American to be earning enough for any sort of reasonable lifestyle without triggering a return filing obligation."

The article also refers to "Paul J. Hansen of Omaha, Neb." as "an attorney advising Hovind." In fact, Hansen is not an attorney -- he's an activist in the "sovereign citizen" movement who contends he does not have to follow the laws of government if he doesn't want to.

And that exposes WND's big omission: Hovind is affiliated with the "sovereign citizen" movement as well.

Whenever WND does a profile like this, it's almost always trying to hide something. That's the case here.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 PM EST
Saturday, December 21, 2013
CNS Bashes Obama For Taking Vacation, Ignores Bush's Far Higher Number of Vacation Days
Topic: CNSNews.com

Yes, this story exists, courtesy of CNSNews.com's Ali Meyer:

President Barack Obama, who is departing Friday for a vacation in Hawaii that will reportedly last until Jan. 5, took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.

Obama took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.

And there's a graphic!

Needless to say, Meyer fails to mention  thatObama's predecessor, George W. Bush, took far more vacation days than he did -- more than three times as many, in fact -- and, thus far more than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:39 AM EST
WND's Flaherty Lashes Out At Victim Who Challenges His Race-Baiting Narrative
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Colin Flaherty is so committed to the race-baiting narrative that "black mobs" are systematically attacking and killing white people that a victim who denies his meme is a threat.

Flaherty begins a Dec. 12 WND article by declaring, "Just because someone gets punched in the face, that does not make him an expert on the Knockout Game." The same also applies to race-baiters, but Flaherty won't tell you that.

The subject of Flaherty's ire is James Addlespurger, who was attacked in a 2012 incident caught on video that has been repeatedly played on TV to prove a supposed epidemic of "knockout game" violence. Huffington Post reports:

Addlespurger says the security footage has been used to identify the supposed "trend" -- and it's played on TV news shows countless times -- but he doesn't call the attack a "Knockout Game." He simply calls it "assault."

"I feel like I'm exploited," Addlespurger told HuffPost Live. "People need a label. If they're selling toothpaste or CDs, or news stories, they need a label ... To me it's an assault, plain and simple."

The supposed trend, he says, evolved from his and a few other videos on the Internet showing men recording themselves knocking people out. But just because you can find it on YouTube doesn't mean it's a violent trend.

But Flaherty is having none of this since it threatens his race-baiting cash cow:

Appearing on the HuffPost Live, Addlespurger said he believes he is being manipulated by sinister conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly and others who have pointed out that most of the attackers in the Knockout Game are black and most of the victims are not.

“I work with kids every day. As a public school teacher for 20 years. I understand that kids are troubled. But to stereotype and go down that avenue, I am not going to fan those flames of hatred.”

The Knockout Game is a “faux trend,” said HuffPost Live, in part because the person who punched Addlespurger in the face said so on ABC’s Nightline.

Addlespurger is not the only victim of racial violence in the Pittsburgh area. Though there is no indication he ever checked.

But Flaherty offers no evidence that -- like the vast majority of the other cherry-picked incidents Flaherty invokes to back up his "black mob violence" narrative -- the attack on Addlespurger was racially motivated.

Flaherty then uncovers someone to do an armchair analysis of Addlespurger by claiming he suffers from "Masochistic Altruism," in which "one can sustain a thoroughly false sense of nobility as they take their occasional beating." Flaherty declares: Others point out that some are hesitant to talk about the race of their attackers because they fear becoming victimized once again: This time as a racist."

Flaherty offers no evidence that this is the case with Addlespurger, yet he huffs: "But Addlespurger’s story is that race had nothing to do with the violence against him. And he is sticking to it."

And Flaherty is sticking to his race-baiting narrative.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:05 AM EST
Friday, December 20, 2013
NewsBusters Won't Tell Readers About Klayman's CNN Conspiracy
Topic: NewsBusters

Noel Sheppard writes in a Dec. 19 NewsBusters post:

Is there an anatomical limit to how many times someone can put their foot in their mouth?

Consider the case of CNN's Piers Morgan who on Twitter moments ago actually accused former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of getting Martin Bashir fired by MSNBC[.]

So Sheppard thinks it's silly for Morgan to blame Bashir's leaving MSNBC job on Palin. Before Sheppard commits further to that point of view, let's go to a Dec. 18 post by fellow NewsBuster Tom Blumer. In it, Blumer runs to the defense of rabid Obama-hater and failed lawyer Larry Klayman after a less-than-friendly interview on CNN:

[CNN anchor Don] Lemon and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also acted like immature children in Klayman's presence. They were clearly mortified that — ugh — Larry Klayman had to be the guy who brought suit against the National Security Administration arguing against the constitutionality of its metadata collection efforts.

[...]

Lemon, Toobin, and others on the left should be thanking Klayman. Instead, they can't stand the idea that he successfully achieved something important with which they fundamentally agree.

Blumer made no mention of the fact that the ruling against the NSA was issued despite Klayman's lawyering -- the judge in the case explicitly rejected Klayman's arguments and substituted his own reasoning.

More notably,  Klayman was ready to cast blame for his poor performance on CNN, and it didn't involve himself. According to a Dec. 18 WorldNetDaily article by Jerome Corsi:

When CNN preceded an interview with legal activist Larry Klayman last night with an unflattering profile and then removed him from the screen when the dialogue got heated, powers much higher than the cable news network were wielding influence, charges Klayman.

“What CNN did to me yesterday was a hit piece orchestrated against me by the Obama White House with the direct involvement of the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to discredit me and to turn the public against Judge Leon’s court decision that the NSA is violating Fourth Amendment rights,” Klayman told WND in a telephone interview.

“This was a Clinton thing as much as it was an Obama thing,” he said.

Yes, Klayman is claiming that President Obama and the DNC are personally conspiring against him by making him look bad on TV. Is that any less strange than Morgan blaming Bashir's departure on Palin.

There is one difference, though: Neither Blumer nor anyone else at the MRC will tell you about Klayman's delusional conspiracy.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:30 PM EST
WND's D.J. Dolce Descends Into Birther Nonsense
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A little bit of our soul dies every time we watch D.J. Dolce's alleged comedy video at WorldNetDaily, so we try to limit our exposure as much as possible. Still, we try to check in every once in a while to see if Mrs. Molotov Mitchell's homophobia and Obama-hate have approached anything that could even remotely be considered "funny." (They haven't.)

But we checked in on Dolce's latest video, and darn if she wasn't spewing birther crap as part of some weird rant about the U.S. buying Russian helicopters for the "Muslim army" in Afghanistan. Dolce baselessly claimed that the U.S. wouldn't buy the helicopters from Boeing because "Boeing doesn't take crap from unions."

Dolce added: "Then again, we started it when we imported a president from Kenya instead of buying local."

Dolce's hubby is a huge birther, and there's no reason not to think Dolce isn't one herself.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:33 PM EST
MRC's Double Standard on Taking A Joke
Topic: Media Research Center

NewsBusters' Matthew Sheffield has decided that liberals can't take a joke:

Just as cigars sometimes can indeed be just cigars, so too can jokes. Yet this is a point which seems to be lost on several left-wing media writers who have taken great umbrage at the mockery that has been had at the expense of one Ethan Krupp, better known as “PajamaBoy.”

Unfortunately for Sheffield, he wrote his post the day before his boss, Brent Bozell, spent an entire column raging at a punk band named Bad Religion for releasing a Christmas album:

But there's another kind of Christmas denial: the kind that simply stomps on Christianity as ridiculous and kicks over the nativity set. Take the atheist punk band Bad Religion and its new record of Christmas songs they found "hilarious" to record.

Co-founder Brett Gurewitz told LA Weekly, "Clearly, it's a satire. We were rolling on the floor a lot of the time ... it felt like a Monty Python skit to me."

Greg Graffin, the other co-founder, is a part-time professor of biology and author of the book "Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God." This is Graffin in a nutshell: "Our faith should be expressed in working toward a better planet for our children and not the selfish, juvenile hope for a better afterlife for ourselves. I don't think anyone is going to Hell, because it only exists in the minds of people who wish ill will on others."

Bad Religion's "Christmas Songs" album is concluded by a song called "American Jesus," which rips on America and Christianity. The lyrics start with an apparent conservative Christian's take: "I feel sorry for the earth's population/'Cause so few live in the U.S.A./At least the foreigners can copy our morality/They can visit but they cannot stay."

Earth to Bozell: A band named Bad Religion recorded a Christmas album. And the MRC is accusing liberals of not being able to take a joke?

But Bozell wasn't done:

Since this band believes churches are a blight on society, it's unsurprising that 20 percent of their sales proceeds will go to suing the Catholic Church through the "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests," a group as despicable as it is dishonest. Only a group like SNAP could accept money from a band called Bad Religion.

It's "despicable" to hold the Catholic Church accountable for the predatory behavior of its priests? Really? Of course, the MRC does employ as a blogger someone who whitewashes and downplays abuse by Catholic priests at every opportunity.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:44 PM EST
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 1:46 PM EST
WND's Cashill Pushes Conspiracy In Hawaii Official's Death, Because Why Wouldn't He
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Like any good conspiracy-monger, Jack Cashill knows how to glom onto the news in order to peddle his favorite conspiracies. He does exactly that in his Dec. 18 WorldNetDaily column:

Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaiian official responsible for the release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, died last week in a small-plane crash off the island of Molokai.

The plane crashed was enough to raise suspicions among those who follow these things. That she was the only one of the nine onboard to die heightened those suspicions, especially given the conflicting accounts of how she alone failed to survive.

More than a few people have asked my opinion on this given that I wrote a book on a case with some parallels – the death of then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in an April 1996 plane crash in Croatia.

[...]

At this stage of the Fuddy case, there is not nearly enough evidence to accuse anyone of anything, but there are enough unanswered questions to want to know more.

But as with Brown, don’t expect any help from the media. The New York Times lost a reporter in the Brown crash, and even the Times did not bother to request the USAF report.

This is what Cashill does. Why wouldn't he latch onto Fuddy's death?


Posted by Terry K. at 9:58 AM EST
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Newsmax-Peter King Presidential Boomlet Watch
Topic: Newsmax

It's been a little quiet on the Peter King front lately at Newsmax -- you know, the guy to whom Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy gave the idea to run for president -- but that has changed.

King got a big front-page push in the form of a Dec. 19 Newsmax article by Todd Beamon featuring King's assertion that fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul should apologize for likening Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to document-leaker Edward Snowden, complete with picture of a scowling King:

Beamon makes sure to add that King "confirmed to Newsmax in July that he was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016," though not that it was his boss who planted the idea in King's head.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:15 PM EST
WND's Unruh Plays Stenographer Again for Disbarred Anti-Abortion Attorney
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Last week, WorldNetDaily "reporter" Bob Unruh played stenographer for the supporters of disbarred anti-abortion attorney Phill Kline by whitewashing the offense that led to the suspension of Kline's law license.

Now, Unruh has managed to find a way to be even more sycophantic to Kline. He writes in a Dec. 14 WND article:

The Kansas Supreme Court has come up with a response for when its own justices are accused of being biased toward the abortion industry and against a former state attorney general who investigated alleged criminal activity there.

Stonewall.

That’s the result of a petition to the court that was filed on behalf of former Attorney General Phill Kline.

Kline probed alleged illegal activity by abortion provider Planned Parenthood and the late abortionist George Tiller, eventually filing charges against them after getting the counts approved by several trial judges in the state.

However, the pro-abortion political atmosphere in the state spelled defeat for Kline in the next election, and his foes launched criminal investigations into his probe of Planned Parenthood and Tiller.

Among the political powers Kline defied was then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who had partied with Tiller.

Now the justices on the state’s highest court have refused even to consider evidence that uncovers their bias against Kline, and have refused to explain their decision or provide a comment to the public.

The slanted assertions Unruh is presenting as unassailable fact are, in truth, merely the opinions of Unruh and attorneys for Kline. Just because the Kansas Supreme Court refused to hear Kline's appeal and did not publicly explain why, for instance, does not equal a "stonewall."

Unruh makes no effort whatsoever to fact-check the claims of Kline's attorneys, nor does he bother to tell the other side of the story -- it's a totally one-sided effort designed to puff up Kline and attack the Kansas Supreme Court for daring to suspend his license. Unruh snidely wrote that "A court official, contacted by WND with a request for a comment, said the justices refused to comment. Or explain."

Unruh also manages to whitewash Kline's offenses even more, falsely claiming thatthe only reason Klinbe's license was suspended involved "an alleged failure to make sure grand jurors understood state law after he explained it to them." In fact, Kline violated 11 rules governing the professional conduct of attorneys.

Unruh used to write for the Associated Press, but he flushed any sense of journalistic ethics and fairness he might have gained working for that organization the day he joined WND. He's just another reason why nobody believes WND.


Posted by Terry K. at 7:05 PM EST
CNS' Hollingsworth Has A Fit of Lazy Journalism
Topic: CNSNews.com

Barbara Hollingsworth writes in a Dec. 18 CNSNews.com article:

Faith in Public Life, a group that has been funded by atheist billionaire George Soros, is behind an attack on The Catholic University of America (CUA) for accepting a $1 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

“The real story here is not the money being given to Catholic University by successful entrepreneurs; it is the source of the money being given to those who initiated the attack.

"To wit: Faith in Public Life spearheaded this highly politicized assault, and it is funded by left-wing zealot George Soros,” said Donohue, who praised CUA President John Garvey for “wisely standing his ground.”

“Soros is an atheist billionaire who is no friend of the Catholic community. In fact, he funds causes that the Catholic Church works hard to oppose: abortion, euthanasia, drug legalization, and many other radical initiatives,” Donohue said.

In 2008, Faith in Public Life received $200,000 from Soros’ Open Society Institute, according to the institute's IRS filing. (See 990.pdf)

Patrick Reilly, president of the The Cardinal Newman Society, agreed. "Faith in Public Life is a political organization that uses the Church as a vehicle to further its political aims." he told CNSNews.com. "For that organization to tell Catholic University what to do is like a parishioner who has not been to church in 10 years telling the pastor what to do.

"This is nothing but a political attack on the Koch Foundation," Reilly noted, adding that Faith in Public Life "is not looking to build up the Church."

What Hollingsworth didn't mention: Her boss, Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell, is on the Catholic League's board of advisers as well as the Cardinal Newman Society board.

This is Journalism 101 -- disclosing your conflicts of interest. Why is Hollingsworth so incapable of doing this one simple thing?

Hollingsworth committed another act of journalistic laziness in her article (which she's apparently prone to): She made no apparent effort to permit Faith in Public Life respond to the attacks from Donohue and the Cardinal Newman Society.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:50 PM EST
WND Columnist to Blacks: Go Back to Africa!
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Mychal Massie rants in his Dec. 16 WorldNetDaily column:

Many blacks felt they were owed special dispensation because of slavery and Jim Crow, and whites on both sides of the aisle agreed with them. Even though Democrats fought against it, Lyndon Johnson, owing to the indefatigable efforts of Republican Everett Dirksen and his fellow Senate Republicans, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And it was President Nixon who ushered in race-based affirmative action. Blacks were given special entrance to universities and colleges based on skin color and quotas. This was later concealed under the cloak of diversity, but, in reality, it was still skin color and quotas. Employers were forced under penalty of law to have the correct color-coded balance in the workplace. And that extended to management positions. Standards were lowered to ensure those blacks who were not qualified would be employed and promoted.

Penitence has been made for slavery and Jim Crow. But, not unlike the retail customer who refuses to be satisfied, I believe there comes a time when we must give those who refuse to be satisfied the option of going elsewhere. Yes, I’m saying what you think I am saying. If, despite, America’s best efforts, blacks argue they are not treated fairly, that they are not given the same opportunity to succeed that whites are, if bad decisions that result in bad outcomes are the fault of white society, why stay here?

If blacks are so mistreated, if the realities of life that beset people of every description are more onerous because of white people here in America, why stay?

[...]

It’s a conundrum to me as to why a group of people – who supposedly are as mistreated and persecuted as blacks are in America – would want to stay here. Let them leave, and let them take liberals, socialists and the Obamas with them. Because it’s obvious that America cannot satisfy any of them.

Let them go to Liberia. Maybe they can do more with it than Marcus Garvey was able to. But by all means, let them leave here, so that We the People who love America and what she represents can live in harmony enjoying the traditions that made her the envy of the world.

But alas, they won’t do that. They’ll stay here and spread immiseration and complaint because, in truth, they understand there is no other nation that will work as hard as America has to accommodate their malcontent.

Massie is black, which means he can invoke black conservative privilege and get away with saying things that would be considered utterly racist if said by a white person, i.e., using the word "Negress" to describe a black woman.

If Massie finds America so intolerable populated by people with whom he disagrees -- and his Obama derangement shows he's at least as much of a malcontent as he accuses others of being -- why doesn't he move to Africa? He doesn't say.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:20 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:22 AM EST
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
CNS' Starr Unhappy That Gays Are Representing U.S. At Olympics
Topic: CNSNews.com

Penny Starr, CNSNews.com's most homophobic reporter -- something of an achievement considering that some level of homophobia is apparently a requirement for working there -- has struck again.

On the heels of being annoyed that President Obama committed the offense of acknowledging that gays exist, Starr used a Dec. 18 article to grouse about Obama sending "at least two homosexuals" to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics:

President Barack Obama has named at least two homosexuals to the delegation that will represent the United States at the upcoming Olympic winter games in Russia.

The move is seen as a jab at the Russian law that bans propagandizing about homosexuality to children.

Retired tennis star Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic medalist in women’s ice hockey, are both open lesbians. King will attend the opening ceremony and Cahow will attend the closing ceremony.

Despite Starr's description of the law in question, observers have called it "vaguely defined and definitively antigay," so let's not pretend it's limited to "propaganda" aimed at "children."

The general huffy tone of Starr's article suggests she would like to see a similarly restrictive law in the U.S.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:24 PM EST
Larry Klayman Is Still An Incompetent Lawyer (But WND Doesn't Want You To Know That)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Jerome Corsi slobbers all over Larry Klayman in a Dec. 16 WorldNetDaily article celebrating a ruling Klayman somehow managed to win:

The attorney who won a high-profile federal court fight Monday with the National Security Agency over its invasive telephone-call spy program says he was put under surveillance – and more – by the agency when he filed the case.

Larry Klayman, a WND commentary contributor and founder of Judicial Watch and, more recently, FreedomWatch, told WND that once his allegations that the federal government was violating the Constitution with its “watch-every-call” strategy hit the courts, he noticed problems with his email.

“People began receiving from me emails that I had never sent,” Klayman told WND, suggesting harassment in response to his work. “The government just wanted me to know they were watching me.”

What Corsi won't tell you: The judge in the case rejected Klayman's paranoid arguments.

As Dr. Conspiracy notes, Judge Richard Leon wrote in his ruling:

Likewise, I find that plaintiffs also have standing to challenge the NSA’s querying procedures, though not for the reasons they pressed at the preliminary injunction hearing. 

[...]

I specifically asked Mr. Klayman whether plaintiffs had any "basis to believe that the NSA has done any queries" involving their phone numbers. … Klayman responded: "I think they are messing with me" … then went on to explain that he and his clients had received inexplicable text messages and emails not to mention a disk containing a spyware program. … Unfortunately for plaintiffs, none of these unusual occurrences or instances of being "messed with" have anything to do with the question of whether the NSA has ever queried or analyzed their telephony metadata, so they do not confer standing on plaintiffs.

In other words, Klayman won the injunction in spite of his lawyering, not because of it. Corsi won't tell you that, of course. Nor will he mention the numerous examples in which Klayman wated his clients' money by his incompetence -- like his representation of WND in suing Esquire magazine for defamation, in which Klayman introduced fraudulent evidence and wouldn't concede that WND editor Joseph Farah admitted that Esquire's blog post about Corsi's birther book was satirical before it became "inconvenient" for him to do so.

But Corsi wasn't done slobbering over Klayman. The next day he wrote:

Fresh from winning a restraining order against the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance, attorney Larry Klayman declared that the misdeeds of Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace, pale in comparison to President Obama’s.

“In Watergate, Richard Nixon faced impeachment for breaking into the offices of the chairman of the Democratic National Party,” Klayman told WND in an interview.

“Obama has broken into the homes of 300 million Americans.”

WND asked Klayman if he was calling for the impeachment of Obama.

“Yes,” Klayman responded. “The NSA and the Obama administration are engaging in criminal behavior, and both are lying.”

Again, no mention of the fact that Klayman's lawyering skills had little to do with his "win."


Posted by Terry K. at 3:48 PM EST
NewsBusters Misses the Point About Obama Selfie Coverage
Topic: NewsBusters

The Media Research Center is so obsessed with President Obama, they don't understand when they're being criticized.

Randy Hall uses a Dec. 15 NewsBusters post to complain that the photographer who shot the Obama selfie photo at the Nelson Mandela memorial service was complaining that the photo dominated coverage. Hall then quotes a right-wing blogger who purports to read the photographer's mind to find out what was really saying:

I broke news -- I’m a successful wire service photog! But I broke news that made Mr. Obama look bad. I’ll never hear the end of this from my peers standing around the Monsieur Coffee machine in the AFP break room in their Paris HQ.

I am a failure of a photographer. I’ll never be stupid enough to break news again. Mon Dieu! Where did it all go wrong?

Except, of course, that the photographer, Roberto Schmidt, said no such thing. If Hall had actually read what he pasted in his post about what Schmidt said, it's clear that Schmidt is lamenting the selfie got coverage at the expense of anything having to do with the actual event -- the Mandela memorial. At no point does Schmidt express any mortification at making Obama "look bad."

Hall is simply putting words into Schmidt's mouth, and he apparently never read what he's writing.

 


Posted by Terry K. at 2:30 PM EST
NEW ARTICLE: Deep In the Heart of Whiteness, Post-Mandela Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily relies on cherry-picked statements -- and a few pro-apartheid dead-enders -- to trash Nelson Mandela after his death. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 9:02 AM EST

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