NEW ARTICLE: Joseph Farah's Year of Obama Derangement Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily's editor won't acknowlege Barack Obama is president, so it's no surprise he spent 2014 saying hateful things about Obama. Read more >>
A Dec. 29 Newsmax article by Sean Piccoli dutifully transcribes an interview Klayman did on Newsmax TV. In the two entire segments he devotes to interviewing Klayman, guest host Ric Blackwell serves up softball questions and fails to ask any follow-up questions about Klayman's outrageous statements, such as calling President Obama an "emperor," or his laughable claim he's "neutral" on the issue of immigration. Blackwell ends the interview by fawningly calling Klayman a "leading voice on the right."
The promos attached to the video claim that Newsmax TV is devoted to "real news, better talk." Since when does turning over your network to a hateful nutjob like Klayman for 10 minutes and failing to challenge his extremist views equate "real news, better talk"?
WND Pushes Dubious Idea of Rampant 'Pro-Abortion' Violence Topic: WorldNetDaily
Alex Newman's Dec. 25 WorldNetDaily article begins with an apparent falsehood:
It was Sept. 11, 2009, just outside a high school in the small Michigan town of Owosso when Jim Pouillon, 63, was murdered for doing what he thought was right: protesting against abortion, which he considered murder.
In fact, Pouillon's son states that his father was a domestic abuser who "really didn't care" and took part in anti-abortion protests to indulge in his "pathologic hatred of women." Pouillon's son continued:
Again, my dad didn't care about abortion. He wanted to hurt people, upset people. He enjoyed making people suffer.
His goal was to be shot on a sidewalk. His goal was to make someone so angry, to make them feel so terrorized, to make them feel the only way they could make him stop was to kill him.
His pro-life stance was the most perfect crime I personally know of. He hid behind the 1st Amendment and was allowed to stalk, terrorise, harass, be obsene, ect. These things are crimes. Offending people isn't a crime, and having different political views isn't a crime, but he committed several crimes over the last 20 years and got away with it.
But neer mind the facts: The goal of Newman's article is to promote the idea that violence against anti-abortion activists is "common and widespread." Newman cites only "a two-week review by WND" that's heavy on statistics by the rabidly anti-abortion group Human Life International, so the objectivity of its numbers are questionable. Indeed, Newman offers no evidence he double-checked HLI's numbers in his supposedly extensive "two-week review."
Newman also features quotes from Operation Rescue leader Troy Newman lamenting death threats against him by "the enemies of God — the radical homosexuals, the God-haters, the atheists, the abortionists." Not only doesn't Alex Newman mention that his employer published a book by Troy Newman, he ignores Operation Rescue's links to Scott Roeder, who murdered abortion doctor George Tiller.
As we've documented, Troy Newman and his Operation Rescue lieutenant Cheryl Sullenger -- who served time in prison for plotting to bomb an abortion clinic -- had numerous contacts with Roeder in the years before he murdered Tiller, and Roeder has stated that Troy Newman told him it “wouldnʼt upset” him if Tiller were murdered.
Of course, such shoddy, self-serving journalism is how WND operates. The surprising thing is that WND continues to find writers who are willing to violate the most basic rules of journalism.
CNS Portrays Gays As Diseased To Fight Lifting of Blood Donation Ban Topic: CNSNews.com
CNSNews.com is so unhappy with a federal decision to move toward lifting a ban on gay men donating blood that it's pulling out all the stops to portray gays as filthy and diseased.
In a Dec. 30 article noting the decision, Penny Starr makes sure to tell us that "men who have sex with men (MSM) have much higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis compared to heterosexual men," and that "men having sex with men are at highest risk for getting HIV and represent the largest number of new infections, as well as the higher syphilis rates and higher rates of drug use."
Starr also repeats the testimony of Family Research Council official Peter Sprigg against lifting the ban, but she doesn't mention that the FRC is a rabidly anti-gay group whose testimony can't be trusted as objective.
How dedicated is Starr to portraying gays as disease-ridden parasites? Her article includes, for no apparent reason, a picture of an alleged "skin rash caused by syphilis":
Starr does not source the picture, so it's unclear what the picture is actually of.
Starr's homophobic smear is a part of CNS' overalldenigration of LGBT issues as unworthy of being taken seriously by the federal government.
WND's Farah Can't Stop Telling Lies About Obama Topic: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah is unusually proud of the fact that his website publishes misinformation -- indeed, he essentially bragged about doing so, since he admitted doing it to a Salon reporter without apologizing or promising to do better.
In keeping with his tradition of peddling lies, Farah devoted his Dec. 26 column to telling more of them. After invoking the racially charged image of lazy black men by asking, "Imagine how bad off America would be if Barack Obama had a work ethic," Farah manufactures offense that Obama watches ESPN once in a while instead of obsessing about politics all day:
Think about that statement.
No. 1, we already know Obama takes more vacations than any 50 families in America combined, right? And those outlandishly expensive vacations are paid for by you and me.
No. 2, we know he plays more golf than most pros. Do you think he pays for his golf outings? Of course not.
Now we know he spends most of his mornings watching ESPN!
Farah is simply lying out of spite. While Obama had taken 125 full or partial days on vacation as of August, George W. Bush had taken 407 vacation days at the same point in his presidency. We don't recall Farah complaining about Bush taking "more vacations than any 50 families in America combined" -- even though the number would have to be increase to "any 200 families in America combined."
Farah's claim that Obama "plays more golf than most pros" is also a blatant lie. One hostile website claims that, as of this writing, Obama has played 208 rounds of golf. That equates to less than one round a week. By contrast, your typical golf pro plays four rounds a week during a tournament, plus several more rounds of practice time.
Further, Obama's total is only one-fourth the amount reportedly played by President Dwight Eisenhower.
It appears that Farah doesn't understand how he's destroying what little credibility his "news" organization has by telling easily discredited falsehoods.
CNS Ignored Benghazi-Debunking Report, But Jumped On Vacuous IRS Report Topic: CNSNews.com
Last month, when a Republican-led House committee released a report that blew up numerous right-wing myths about Benghazi, CNSNews.com ignored it, reporting on its existence only when a Republican senator denounced it three days later.
But when a Republican-led House committee issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's alleged targeting of conservative groups, CNS' Ali Meyer was Johnny-on-the-spot with a Dec. 23 article detailing it:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) released a new report Tuesday, which reveals numerous cases of how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was purposely targeting conservative groups, with one IRS agent calling a conservative group “icky.”
The report, titled “The Internal Revenue Service’s Targeting of Conservative Tax-Exempt Applicants: Report of Findings for the 113th Congress,” reviewed 1.3 million pages and 52 transcribed interviews to find many examples of conservative targeting.
Meyer quotes only from the report and can't be moved to solicit reaction to it. The fact that the most salacious detail she can apparently find in it is "one IRS agent calling a conservative group 'icky,'" however, explains the lack of bombshell material it contains.
Indeed, as Salon points out (but Meyer doesn't), the report doesn't link this so-called IRS scandal to the White House, despite Issa's repeatedly suggesting there was one.
Rabidly Anti-Gay Scott Lively Defends Bill Cosby From 'Lynch Mob Justice' Topic: WorldNetDaily
Scott Lively takes time out from hating gays to defend Bill Cosby against sexual assault allegations in his Dec. 25 WorldNetDaily column:
I’m not entirely certain that Bill Cosby is innocent. It could be that his accusers are telling the truth, but I’m giving Mr. Cosby the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty is still an important principle in our law and culture, notwithstanding the conclusions of CNN’s producers.
What tips the scale for me in Mr. Cosby’s favor is the timing of these accusations. It seems awfully suspicious that the bravest black man in America on the issue of irresponsible black youth and their adult enablers was suddenly re-ensnared in an old scandal just when President Obama and his Marxist fellow-travelers were ginning up a race war in Ferguson, Missouri, by inflaming racial hatred among irresponsible black youths and their adult enablers.
At least these leftist agitators are consistent: It’s “lynch mob justice” for anyone for whom an assumption of guilt serves the Marxist agenda, whether it’s a white police officer or an iconic black civil rights hero. (Remember, they did the same thing to Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain.)
Indeed, If I were Mr. Cosby’s adviser, I would encourage him to turn the tables on his attackers. Take their siege tower and turn it into a platform for his own message on authentic black empowerment, especially in the wake of the revenge-assassination of the two police officers in New York City.
Instead of hiding from the spotlight like the Marxists hope and expect, he could step right into the center of it and preach the plain color-blind truth about personal responsibility, setting an example of fortitude. I think if he did, he might be shocked at the number of fed-up Americans – both black and white – who would rally to his side.
To have a race war, you need to generate mindless hatred on both sides – hatred that dehumanizes the individuals on the “other side” and assigns blame based on skin color. The socialist left has been grooming inner-city blacks in anti-white racism for a long time, while the fascist left has been doing the same with suburban whites by lumping all blacks together with the “Knockout Game” gangsters and other punks. (Remember that National Socialists are NOT rightists – they are nationalistic leftists).
Of course, Lively knows all about "lynch mob justice," having whipped up anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, which tried to pass a law that would permit the death penalty for merely being homosexual. While Lively has insisted he didn't support that law, he did express support for legal punishment of homosexuality (never mind that homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda).
Lively has further engaged in his own "lynch mob justice" against gays by ranting about how "lavender Marxists" are "murderers" who "have fixed their malevolent gaze on Christian Uganda."
Lively is lying when he claims" the fascist left" are the only ones who have been "lumping all blacks together with the 'Knockout Game' gangsters and other punks." As we've documented, WND -- where Lively's column appears -- has been fearmongering about "black mob violence," with Colin Flaherty falsely insisting that only blacks play the "knockout game" against mostly suburban whites.
Lively huffs that "The take-down of Bill Cosby is a tactic to manipulate whites into giving up on blacks." He might want to chat with WND about how their campaign to manipulate whites into giving up on blacks by fearmongering about "black mob violence" has been going.
Lively thus joins Jesse Lee Peterson as a defender of Cosby at WND. When your most prominent defenders include a rabidly anti-gay activist and a writer who is quick to blame the world's ills on "radical feminists," that would seem to undermine any moral high ground Cosby has left.
MRC Denied Pro-Life Link To Tiller Murder, Blames Sharpton for NYC Police Deaths Topic: Media Research Center
Whenever anyone in the media sought to link the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller to the anti-abortion movement -- a link that's not unreasonble to make, given killer Scott Roeder's ties to mainstream anti-abortion activist group Operation Rescue -- the Media Research Center howled about it:
A report bashing public broadcasting cited a PBS segment in which abortion doctors called the Tiller murder terrorism as a reason public broadcasting should no longer receive federal funding.
Clay Waters complained that a New YorkTimes columnist linked Tiller's death to right-wing radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
The MRC declared that an NBC segment highlighting Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's anti-Tiller rhetoric was "fresh evidence" that NBC is biased.
MRC chief Brent Bozell called Roeder an "unhinged vigilante," insisting, "In the very heart of the pro-life community, there is nothing they wanted less than another shooting of an abortionist." Bozell also denied that "the mere act of denouncing Tiller as a killer of babies – as if he were instead removing tumors – is an invitation to terrorism and murder."
But when a man killed two New York City policemen then himself, the MRC knew who to blame: Al Sharpton, President Obama and New York City Mayr Bill de Blasio. This despite the fact that none of them have never directly called for violence against anyone, let alone policemen.
The MRC's Tim Graham mocked Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson for denying that Sharpton, de Blasio and Obama are to blame, insisting that the killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, "clearly identified himself with police 'accountability' movements for Brown and Garner and in dramatic hostility to the police in general." So holding police accountable for their actions is akin to endorsing violence?
NewsBusters' Jack Coleman penned another slobbering tribute to right-wing radio host Mark Levin that the MRC has become famous for, touting how "force of nature" Levin declared that Sharpton, Obama and Eric Holder have "blood on their hands" over the deaths. Needless to say, Coleman didn't mention the fact that Levin is employed as a spokesman for the MRC. Coleman went on to sneer that "golf is more important"to Obama than going to the funerals of the slain officers.
A Dec. 27 NewsBusters post by Jeffrey Lord demands that MSNBC fire Sharpton as a host because he is "a man with 'blood on his hands' -- the blood of two policemen -- to be showcased five nights a week on their airtime."
Lord engages in a dubious metaphor likening Sharpton to D.W. Griffith, director of the infamous Ku Klux Klan-lionizing silent film "Birth of a Nation," and Obama to Woodrow Wilson, who "happily showcased the film at the White House." In fact, while "Birth of a Nation" was the first film ever screen at the White House, there is no official record of Wilson expressing any view of the film, and the one that is generally attributed to Wilson -- "It is like writing history with lightning" -- was likely made up in order to promote the film.
Lord also highlights how former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik blamed Sharpton for "setting the tone" that resulted in the policemen's deaths. He doesn't mention that Kerik's credibilty is a little on the dubious side given that he recently spent time in prison on corruption charges.
Nevertheless, Lord insists that NBC "looks more and more every day like the home of the values portrayed in Birth of a Nation." Funny, we don't recall Lord ever saying that about the anti-abortion movement after Tiller's murder.
A messiah, at least in the Christian sense, is not only supposed to lead people out of bondage and oppression, but to take away their guilt and past sins. Obama was, in effect, anointed by the majority of American voters to absolve their guilt over our great national sin of slavery (and later, racial segregation). But instead of cleansing us of our national guilt, Obama and his administration, especially his attorney general, Eric Holder, cynically magnified and enlarged our guilt, using it as a weapon to confuse, confound and divide us, to neutralize patriots and critics, all for the unholy purpose of amassing ever more power.
Today, after six years as president, it’s become clear that not only is Obama not a messiah, he’s arguably the worst, most dishonest, incompetent, anti-American president in U.S. history. His radical-left administration has caused tremendous harm not just to the nation’s constitutional system of government, its economy, security and culture – but to its national soul. That’s because, to “fundamentally transform” a uniquely great nation like America into just one more pathetic redistributionist welfare state presided over by an all-powerful nanny government, the American people must be seduced into becoming less independent and less moral than they once were, they mustn’t trust in God quite as much as they once did, they must become less rugged and resilient, less logical and competent, less principled and courageous than they once were.
This, alas, is the true legacy of the Obama presidency – the degradation and demoralization of America.
At this point, Barack Obama finally came out and weighed in on this attack. With his usual rhetoric, he condemned it, vowed to get to the bottom of it and then prepared for his two week Hawaiian vacation. There was no outrage, no stern warnings to North Korea, no mention of any type of retaliation at all. He casually said that they were weighing options and something would be done. I won’t hold my breath.
All of Obama’s Hollywood buddies must have stood in astonishment as he threw them under the bus, saying that they never should have “caved” on yanking the film from distribution. He continued to say that they should have called him first, which, according to them, they did. But, he didn’t know about that call because he never knows anything that is going on in his administration.
Instead of focusing on the deplorable and self-inflicted economic and social choices of black Americans, further foisted upon them for decades by Democrats such as President Obama, blacks are being conned into believing that racism is what is holding them back instead of suicidal choices. What a con job.
There’s blood on the hands of black racists, elected idiots, vacuous pawns and our national propaganda ministry. Your change has come, Mr. Holder. How’s that working out for you?
But by now a solid majority of Americans recognizes the Obama era as what it all along promised to be – a time in which Americans choose to break decisively with the course of their promising history, a time of judgment in which we “like sheep have gone astray, everyone to his own way,” doing what is right in our own eyes and forsaking the goodwill of respect for right from which our nation took root.
From warring against dictatorship it seems that some of us have become a people ready to welcome the false promises of dictatorial rule, even going so far as to decry those who plainly take for granted what the evidence of our eyes and minds makes clear to us every day, as if indignantly rejecting the truth of their passive betrayal of the heritage of liberty can perfume the stinking reality of their abject surrender of that heritage.
The “emperor in chief,” President Barack Hussein Obama, has struck again. His appointed judge, the Honorable Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued a ruling on the eve of Christmas eve dismissing the lawsuit Freedom Watch and I, on behalf of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, filed against Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the immigration enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This case challenged what even the emperor confessed, over 22 times in the past, would be an unconstitutional grab of power if he unilaterally took executive actions, bypassing Congress’ legislative prerogative, to modify the current immigration laws, which require that illegal aliens generally be deported, rather than be granted what is referred to as “deferred action.
MRC's Graham Is Bitter About Colbert's Success Topic: Media Research Center
Tom Johnson complains in a Dec. 19 NewsBusters post:
If you’re tired of the tributes and homages to Stephen Colbert’s faux-conservative character, take heart: they’re just about over with. Probably.
One of the gushiest goodbyes came from Leslie Savan, who blogs about media/political issues for The Nation. In a Thursday post, Savan noted that on The Colbert Report, Colbert didn’t attack conservatives head-on, but rather “inhabit[ed] their heads via a character,” which enabled him to “demonstrate…how right-wing psychology works.”
Colbert, opined Savan, “show[ed] that beneath his character’s assertion of omnipotence and certitude, there’s a fragility, one that’s also buried in most of the real-life blowhards and their dittoheads…If they stop clapping, Tinker Bell will die. If they stop nodding in agreement, or step off the reservation of Tax Cuts, Guns, and Built It Myself, they could get Other-ed.”
Johnson won't tell you this, but Othering people who stray off the right-wing reservation is exactly how his NewsBusters boss, Media Research Center official Tim Graham, operates. As we've documented, just last week Graham lashed out at anyone who committed the offense of criticizing Ted Cruz, including solidly conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin.
Indeed, such Othering -- or, as we call it, Heathering -- is Graham's and the MRC's chief method of enforcing right-wing ideological rigidity. It seems that the writer Johnson was highlighting has it correct.
Speaking of which, Graham was extremely bitter about the praise given to Colbert upon the retirement of his character. He huffed in a Dec. 18 post:
Liberals are going into deep mourning over the television death of Stephen Colbert, Very Badly Disguised Liberal. They think this is an "unparalleled achievement." In Wednesday's paper, TV writer Bill Carter of The New York Times lined up all of Colbert’s competitors to call him a genius for disparaging conservatives with so much panache.
“For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character he has left an indelible mark on late-night television comedy,” Carter wrote. “Consistently appealing?” To whom? Liberals presume “why, everybody enjoys mocking conservatives as opposed to reading.”
It’s these cheap, repetitive insults that don’t deserve a Hall of Fame induction, but liberals love hating conservatives so preciously that anything that helps them demean their opponents as God-fearing, America-loving morons is an instant classic.
Graham turned even more bitter in a Dec. 21 post, ranting that "Washington Post TV writer Hank Stuever didn’t refrain from the goo over the end of Stephen Colbert’s tenure at Comedy Central. His "Critic's Notebook" might have been too soaked with tears to be legible, but it made it into print." Graham grumbled that the idea of Colbert's audience being divided between those who got his schtick and those who didn't was really about "the people who loved the joke, and the people who were the joke."
Such bitterness toward the success of the likes of Colbert and Jon Stewart goes a long way toward explaining why the MRC's own "comedy" show, "NewsBusted," is such a painfully unfunny failure and how the MRC's fundraising effort to upgrade its production values overlooks the fact that it doesn't matter how slick the show looks if it still isn't funny.
WND's Klein Tries, Fails To Link NY Cop Shooting to Obama Topic: WorldNetDaily
Aaron Klein does his best to tie the killer of two New York City policemen to President Obama in a Dec. 21 WorldNetDaily article:
The gang to which NYPD cop killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley may have belonged, the Black Guerilla Family, is allied with U.S. leftist groups and worked as an ideological partner with Bill Ayers’ Weather Underground terrorist organization.
Brinsley is the assassin who executed two officers in Brooklyn on Saturday after posting on social media his intention to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both of whom were killed by police officers.
The Baltimore media reported his killing spree actually began in Baltimore County, where Brinsley was said to have murdered his former girlfriend before traveling to New York City to kill NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The New York Post reported the two officers were working overtime to participate in an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The far-left BGF, originally known as the Black Family and Black Vanguard, was founded in 1966 in California’s San Quentin State Prison by George Jackson, a member of the Black Panthers. It was an ally of Ayers’ Weather Underground terrorist group.
The utter lack of any actual link between Brinsley and the Black Guerilla Family isn't keeping Klein from speculating that there is one, presumably because such speculation advances WND's race-baiting agenda:
One anonymous federal law-enforcement official told the Baltimore Sun that Brinsley had no known ties to the BGF. However, this quote was obtained Saturday, before the results of a police probe into Brinsley’s possible links to the gang have been reached.
The BGF link is credible. The Sun reported that on Friday the Baltimore FBI office issued a memo warning the gang was targeting “white cops” in Maryland.
Such factually devoid, race-baiting speculation by Klein is just another reason why nobody believes WND.
CNS Reporter Can't Stop Portraying Federal Spending on LGBT Issues As A Waste Topic: CNSNews.com
Last week, we captured CNSNews.com's Melanie Hunter portraying federal money spent on LGBT issues as a waste (as CNS is wont to do). Hunter was at it again in a Dec. 19 article:
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $189,186 in taxpayer dollars to Emory University to study the mortality of transgendered people, using electronic medical records for people who receive care from the Veterans Affairs Administration.
“The purpose of this study is to determine whether transgender persons defined as those who medically change the gender assigned to them at birth (male to female or female to male) have higher or lower risk of death and certain diseases than men and women that do not consider themselves transgender,” the grant said.
CNSNews.com contacted Michael Goodman, project leader for the grant, by email to inquire why the grant is an effective use of taxpayer funds, but no response was given by press time.
Gotta love Hunter's presumption that such spending is not "effective."
Irony: WND Publishes Column Warning of Irrational Hatred of Obama Topic: WorldNetDaily
Joshua Charles writes in his Dec. 19 WorldNetDaily column:
You know, I really don’t like Barack Obama’s policies. But I had to come to this realization a few years ago: My dislike of the man was bordering on hatred, as is oftentimes so easy in politics. It was so sly, so stealth, that I didn’t even realize it. So I stepped back, and realized that that hatred, even if it was in response to objectively horrible things, blinded me. It made me uncharitable to those who disagreed with me.
And I’m very afraid this hatred blinds many of my fellow conservatives. Not all, as there are many good-hearted people that do not hate the president. But there are many loud mouths who do. They refuse to examine things from another perspective. They constantly succumb to the most conspiratorial and apoplectic interpretation of everything. They must assume that Obama, as the source of most evil in the world, is pulling the strings everywhere, and they must believe he exerts a degree of control that it is simply not possible for him to exert. (Anyone who knows anything about the Executive branch knows how unwieldy it can be.) Sometimes, I have simply requested we be less hysterical on certain issues, and some have accused me of being a “socialist” for this.
They not only hate the president, but think they are somehow being moral for doing so. Everything he does is wrong, nothing he does is right – and they have forgotten that one need not hate a man to soberly conclude he may be wrong, even on everything, and to vigorously oppose him. They imagine themselves brilliant psychoanalysts of the president and are perfectly content with coming up with grand conclusions based on extreme suppositions derived from few facts. They have forgotten that to give in to hate is to undermine oneself, first and foremost, not the one who is the object of that hate.
How ironic that Charles' column appears at WND, which is practically defined by its hatred of Obama. It has spent years trying to personally destroy Obama by promoting dubious or outright false claims, chief among them the "birther" conspiracy. WND editor Joseph Farah hates Obama so much that he refuses to acknowledge Obama as president.
Charles may as well be writing a letter to Farah. But given that Farah is blind to his own sins, it's unlikely he'll get the message.
MRC's Double Standard on Reporting Contents of Stolen Emails Topic: Media Research Center
Brent Bozell and Tim Graham fret in their Dec. 19 column:
The widespread reporting on hacked emails from Sony Pictures — spurred by the upcoming release of an allegedly funny movie about assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong Un — might encourage some gloating from people who would like to bring Hollywood down a peg. But hold the schadenfreude. The media's ethics — or seeming lack of ethics — are troubling.
Take CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter in an interview with the program "Access Hollywood." His ethical position? Anything goes, as long as the journalists aren't the hackers.
In other words, journalists have every right to exploit whatever the hackers steal. So much for all those lectures about compassion or ethics. Ends justify means. Juicy "scoops" trump any question about how the information was obtained.
When hackers for an evil entity procure private information through illegal means, isn't there a reason for the media to restrain itself?
That's quite a change from five years ago, when Bozell was demanding that the media cover the contents of stolen emails. Of course, those involved the so-called scandal involving stolen emails from climate scientists. Bozell huffed in a December 2009 press release:
"The networks' silence on ClimateGate is deafening. Scandal, cover-ups and conspiracy are the bread and butter of the media. Yet they have selectively and deliberately decided not to report this bombshell - or any of the incriminating details surrounding the scandal - because it goes against their left-wing agenda.
"To pretend this story simply doesn't exist is damning to journalism. The so-called 'news' media are protecting scientists because it exposes their underbelly. That's not journalism. That's a cover-up. And we will continue to call them out for ignoring these allegations and the mounting, inconvenient evidence against them."
Bozell did not fret about media ethics or the procurement of private information through illegal means back then. There's no reason -- other than craven partisan politics -- why he and Graham should care now.
WND Touts David Barton Lawsuit Win As It Plugs His Discredited Book Topic: WorldNetDaily
John Aman has the four-month-old breaking news in a Dec. WorldNetDaily article:
David Barton critics beware: There’s now a price to pay if you want to defame the popular historian, author and speaker with false and outlandish charges.
Barton won a $1 million defamation judgment in August against two left-leaning candidates for the Texas State Board of Education. The pair, Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Judy Jennings, charged in a 2010 campaign video that Barton, a consultant to the Board, was “known for speaking at white-supremacist rallies.”
That highly charged claim stems from two 1991 speeches Barton gave to groups linked to the racist and anti-Semitic “Christian Identity” movement. Barton, recognized as a strong friend of Israel, acknowledges speaking to the groups but said in court filings he did not know in advance about the racist ideology of his hosts.
Aman goes on to quote Barton lamenting being called a liar and suggests that he'll sue to get his good name back:
A favored target of the secular left for decades, Barton considered a lawsuit 20 years ago “on some very easy to disprove lies.” However, as a public figure, he needed to do more than show that truth was on his side. He also had to demonstrate economic harm to prevail in court. And that, he said, meant hiring an economist for $100,000 to document financial damage.
“We dropped pursuing anything at that time,” Barton recalled, “but over the last 20 years, it has continued to grow and snowball and one unrebutted, uncontested lie – because nothing happened – became bigger and greater, so people added more as they repeated themselves.”
As we've detailed, there's a reason Barton's book was "spiked" by its publisher: the book contains numerous inaccuracies. Barton purchased 17,000 copies of his withdrawn book, and presumably it is out of that stash that WND is selling it. WND's online store page for Barton's book mentions nothing about the book being withdrawn, let alone explain why WND is selling a book its publisher thought was too inaccurate to be sold.
Perhaps WND might want to address the issues of Barton's veracity before further portraying him as a victim.