Topic: The ConWeb
The war of ConWeb aggression has continued unabated. It's time to once again honor the biased and bizarre from the past year. Read more >>
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Is Right-Wing Activist A 'Social Scientist'? CNS Thinks So
Barbara Hollingsworth does her best to puff right-wing activist Janice Shaw Crouse, describing her as "a social scientist and expert on women’s issues" in a Jan. 16 CNSNews.com article devoted exclusively to Crouse's attacks on Maria Shriver’s new report on women’s economic status.
But is Crouse who Hollingsworth says she is?
Public Eye notes that Crouse majored in speech and English in college, and that her doctoral dissertation in communications theory at State University of New York at Buffalo was on "the decidedly secular topic of who won the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford 1976 televised presidential debates."
In other words, Crouse has no formal training in sociology, which one would think would be a prerequisite to being a "social scientist."
That's simply lazy reporting on Hollingsworth's part. That's in addition to her laziness in refusing to obtain reaction to Crouse's attack from the study's authors.
Hollingsworth's "social scientist" descripion of Crouse comes before a description of her that offers a clue to her ideology -- "executive director of the Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute." That's another clue to Hollingsworth's bias.
WND's Ellis Washington Stands With Assassins
Ellis Washington concludes his Jan. 17 WorldNetDaily column, which rants against LBJ and his Great Society, with this:
First: It's spelled "tyrannis." (And this guy complains about not being able to get a job as a college professor?)
Second: Invoking the phrase, though it has some patriotic history, puts Washington in some unsavory company. From Wikipedia:
Does this mean Washington is joining the likes of Erik Rush in endorsing an overthrow -- or assassination -- of President Obama?
Sunday, January 19, 2014
For MRC's Graham, Medically Accurate Term Is An 'F-Bomb'
The headline on Tim Graham 's Jan. 15 NewsBusters post read, "New York Times Story from Texas Repeatedly Drops the F-Bomb: 'Fetus'." Graham wrote:
Yes, medically accurate terminology is the equivalent of a swear word in Graham's world.
At the end of his post, Graham linked to a 2008 rant by his boss, Brent Bozell, demanding that the word "fetus" be banned because it is allegedly a "humanity-negating" word. Like Graham, Bozell does not mention the term's medical accuracy (though he does concede that it has a "dictionary definition").
Neither Graham nor Bozell make any mention of the humanity-negating properties of the right-wing term "illegal alien." Or how they have a double standard on being politically correct word police.
WND Can't Stop Suggesting That Obama Is Gay
It appears that WorldNetDaily hasn't given up of promoting sleazy, unproven rumors that President Obama is gay.
WND drives the sleaze home in this front-page promo today:
Needless to say, the article to which WND linked did not mention Obama.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
CNS' Starr Censors FRC's Anti-Contraception Agenda
Penny Starr writes in a Jan. 15 CNSNews.com article:
Starr doesn't mention that the FRC has an anti-contraceptive agenda:
Does this sound like a group that's capable of looking at issues related to contraception in a balanced and objective way?
Apparently it does to Starr; she simply regurgitates the findings of the FRC report and doesn't bother to contact any pro-choice groups for a response. She also fails to identify the FRC's political ideology, even though it clearly plays a role in skewing the focus of the report.
WND's Unruh Continues His Inability To Report Both Sides Of A Story
WorldNetDaily's Bob Unruh loves to write one-sided press releases masquerading as "news" stories, and he does so again in a Jan. 17 WND article in which he uncritically repeats the laughable assumption that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's signing of a bill that bans anti-gay therapy for minors is much worse than BridgeGate:
Unruh devotes his entire article to the arguments of anti-gay activists against the law, and as you'd expect from the gay-bashers at WND, there is no mention of the evidence that sexual orientation not only doesn't work but can be psychologically damaging.
But then, as we've noted, Unruh isn't getting paid to report the entire story -- only the parts that advance WND's right-wing agenda. That would seem to disqualify Unruh from representing himself as a journalist.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Newsmax Tries To Attack Roger Ailes Bio
Just because Newsmax has been broadly covering the Chris Christie bridge scandal doesn't mean it has abandoned its conservative agenda. As with the Media Research Center, that agenda is all that's needed to attack Gabriel Sherman's new biography of Fox News' Roger Ailes.
A Jan. 15 Newsmax article by David Patten highlights how "liberal media critic" Michael Wolff has criticized Sherman's book. Patten notes that "Wolff is no friend of Ailes, Fox News or its parent company, News Corp. Wolff wrote his own controversial book attacking Fox's founder Rupert Murdoch." But he fails tomake the more likely connection that it's a competing book, not media analysis, that's making Wolff criticize Sherman's book.
Patten also makes this odd complaint about Sherman:
If Fox wouldn't make Ailes available to Sherman, why would they acknowledge his book by permitting him to fact-check it? Yet Patten identifies no fact in the book that anyone at Fox News has substantively contradicted.
WND's Rush Adds Lies To His Obama Derangement
Erik Rush tells a whopper in his Jan. 15 WorldNetDaily column:
In fact, the complete opposite was reported: Both the House Benghazi transcripts and the Senate bipartisan report found that no stand-down order was given, by Jarrett or anybody else. Rush is simply lying.
But when has the truth ever stood in the way of Rush's Obama derangement? (Remember, he thinks Malcolm X is Obama's father.) Rush blithely continues on to advocate a military coup:
Rush has also avocated Obama's assassination.
Presumably, us pointing this out is more evidence that we'll first against the wall when the Erik Rush revolution/military coup comes.
CNS Still Falsely Implying That Government Money Pays For Abortions At Planned Parenthood
CNS performs that dishonest trick again in a Jan. 14 article by Barbara Boland:
Nowhere does Boland feels the need to mention that no federal money pays for abortions at Planned Parenthood because it's prohibited under the Hyde Amendment, and she makes no effort to prove that any non-federal government money does. Instead, she allows the juxtaposition to imply something she can't prove.
That's sloppy and slanted reporting. But that's how CNS rolls.
Who Is Jerome Corsi's Mysterious Benghazi Witness?
Jerome Corsi introduced a new source in a Jan. 15 WorldNetDaily article:
Corsi tells us nothing further about Salem than the above. He does not explain how he became acquainted with Salem enough to Skype with him, and no picture of Salem is included in Corsi's article.
Curiously, a Google search for "Ahmed Salem Benghazi" uncovers no other reference to Salem being a witness to the Benghazi attack other than Corsi's article -- odd, since one would think that given how politicized right-wingers like Corsi have made the attack, Salem's story would have surfaced long before now.
That search, however, uncovers something else -- a November 2013 article in a magazine called the Libya Herald stating that a Libyan Special Forces officer in Benghazi named Ahmed Hamouda Salem was killed while manning a checkpoint.
Is Corsi's Benghazi source assuming the identity of a dead man? We have no idea. But given Corsi's history of substandard, vengeful reporting -- from going to Kenya to retrieve fake documents to pushing a story about Obama's wedding ring that was so false that Corsi's birther buddies were compelled to shoot it down -- there's no reason to take anything Corsi writes at face value.
Corsi is such a rabid Obama-hater, and he's put his agenda before the truth too many times, that he simply can't be trusted.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
MRC Keeps Up Its Whining That Gays Are Permitted on TV
Topic: Media Research Center
It wouldn't be the Media Research Center if its writers weren't whining that gays are allowed to be on television, and Kristine Marsh keeps up the tradition in a Jan. 13 MRC Culture & Media Institute post:
And because gays must somehow be tied to President Obama, Marsh obliges:
Marsh concludes by lamenting, "'The Fosters' is only the latest broadcast TV show to depict 'The New Normal' of gay couples on TV that has become commonplace." Marsh, along with her fellow MRC employees, apparently prefer the "old normal," when gays could be discriminated against with impunity.
WND's Farah Dishonestly Washes His Hands of Cruz's Eligibility
So much dishonesty in Joseph Farah's Jan. 15 WorldNetDaily column. Let's start with this:
False. Farah has never been interested in discussing Obama's eligibility "rationally and openly."
If he was, his website would have reported that all the major birther conspiracies have been discredited.
If he was, his website would never have published a fake birth certificate without bothering to verify its authenticity first.
In fact, Farah's actions over the past five years have been all about ensuring that birther conspiracies wouldn't be discussed rationally and openly.
We will presume that by making this statement, Farah is admitting the opposite -- that his birther crusade was all about destroying Obama, not about the truth.
Farah makes that even more clear by writing the following:
Actually, it's Farah who's trying to have it both ways. He raised a stink for five years about Obama's purported non-eligibilty, all the while censoring any research proving otherwise. He has never proven his main conceit, that Obama was not born in the U.S. -- the one thing that might make Obama ineligible for the presidency -- and whines that he's been blackballed for putting conspiracy theory ahead of facts.
Now that Farah has a potential candidate who aligns much closer to his right-wing ideology than Obama does, but is by his own definition arguably ineligible to be president becuase he, unlike Obama, was not born in the United States, Farah is taking his ball and going home. He won't be sending Jerome Corsi to Canada to wave around fake documents, nor will Aaron Klein be devoting a WND-published book to Cruz's radical associations.
Farah doesn't give a damn about the Constitution. All he was ever interested in was bashing Obama by turning the birther issue into Obama's Vince Foster. Farah should stop lying to the public by pretending otherwise.
CNS Just Can't Stop Doing Its Afghan Body Count, Ignoring Iraq Troop Deaths Under Bush
CNSNews.com, it appears, will not stop doing Afghanistan body counts in order to attack President Obama.
Ali Meyer writes in a Jan. 9 CNS article:
As has been typical of CNS' Afghan body-count obsession, there's no mention of the far higher U.S. troop death toll in Iraq, the vast majority of which occurred under President Bush. Meyer doesn't explain why she's ignoring the Iraq death toll.
WND's Unruh Promotes Dishonest MRC Christie Coverage Study
You can count on WorldNetDaily's Bob Unruh to uncritically forward right-wing talking points without bothering to check them for accuracy, and he serves up another slice of lazy reporting in a Jan. 13 WND article:
As we've documented, the MRC coverage study relies on a dishonest apples-and-oranges comparison -- the breaking news of the Christie scandal vs. a story that broke two months before the MRC started counting. Also, the lack of coverage also meant that the networks ignored news that the scandal was overblown.
Unruh mentioned none of that, of course -- it's not his job to tell the whole story, just the part that advances the political agenda of his employer, no matter how dishonest it is.
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