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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
MRC Upset That CPAC (Where MRC's Bozell Spoke) Is Accurately Painted As 'Hardcore' Extremist
Topic: Media Research Center

Jeffrey Meyer is shocked -- shocked! -- that anyone would identify the Conservative Political Actuion Conference for what it is. From his March 1 NewsBusters post:

On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields used their weekly appearance to trash the attendees of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as representing the extreme far right of the Republican Party. 

So-called conservative columnist David Brooks opined that “[t]here’s conservatives, and then there’s conservatives, and then conservatives, and then way over on the other side of the room is CPAC...So this is like the hardest of the hardcore.”

The anti-CPAC discussion began with Mark Shields smearing the conference as promoting “the kind of language of no consensus, no compromise, compromise is capitulation, compromise is surrender.”

Meyer didn't identify how any of that is incorrect. He also didn't disclose that his boss Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell -- who has feuded with CPAC for years -- spoke at this year's gathering, a sign that the group has moved sufficiently rightward for Bozell's tastes.

Bozell and the MRC have boycotted CPAC in previous years for letting gay and atheist groups take part; Bozell also pulled the MRC out CPAC mid-gathering over a snit about getting a sufficiently prominent speaking spot.

And can Meyer plausibly argue that "no consensus, no compromise, compromise is capitulation, compromise is surrender" is not the core message of the majority of CPAC speakers, including Bozell himself?

The MRC talked trash about CPAC when it allowed a group Bozell opposed to take part. This year, the MRC is hiding the extremism of CPAC's speakers.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:25 PM EST
Cheryl Chumley Descends To WND
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Cheryl Chumley has kicked around right-wing media for years, most recently at the Washington Times. Apparently the Moonie Times is too credible for Chumley to be associated with.

Last week, WorldNetDaily announced via tweet that Chumley has joined "the WND Editorial Team." Whether that means she'll be writing news or opinion is irrelevant because WND doesn't really distinguish between the two. WND had already published Chumley's book "Police State USA" last year, so she had a relationship with WND.

Chumley's record of deceptive and misleading reporting will make her fit right in at WND. For example:

  • In 2009, Chumley wrote a shoddy Capital Research Center report on ProPublica that accused it of having a liberal bias; at no point did she identify any inaccuracies in ProPublica's reporting, only that it defied the right-wing media agenda.
  • In 2010, Chumley wrote a Washington Examiner article on the right-leaning Franklin Center, which funds numerous blogs and "watchdog" websites. In contrast with her attack on ProPublica, Chumley played the Franklin Center's political leanings (and the resulting bias) and completely ignored the fact that the FranklinCenter has refused to disclose from where its funding comes -- transparency that's critical to the credibility of news operations.
  • Last year at Newsmax, Chumley promoted a petition signed by "31,072 U.S. scientists" discounting the idea of global warming as a fact. As we've noted, few of those signees have degrees in fields related to climate science and, the signatories are only a tiny, fringe fraction of the more than 10 million college science graduates created in the past 40 years.
  • And because any new WND employee must be a confirmed carrier of Obama Derangement Syndrome, we have Chumley ranting on a fringe website that "the best chance to turn back the Islamic onslaught – the most hopeful option is to hold out for 2016 and the next presidential election."

So, yeah, with this record of shoddy reporting, WND is definitely Chumley's kind of place. It's also a sign of the utter lack of credibility WND possesses that it has a ready place for her.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:29 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:16 PM EST
MRC Attacks The Messenger, Won't Admit O'Reilly Is A Liar
Topic: Media Research Center

In promoting the Brian Williams controversy, the Media Research Center wanted to make sure you knew that Williams was a liar. With Bill O'Reilly, not only does the MRC refuse to concede he has lied, it's attacking anyone who dares to point out that inconvenient fact.

Jeffrey Lord made the MRC's O'Reilly agenda clear in a Feb. 28 NewsBusters post declaring that O'Reilly lies are irrelevant:

There is a lesson from all of this O'Reilly story, a reminder of exactly how the American Left works. Make no mistake. This story of what Bill O'Reilly did or did not say or do decades ago during the Falklands War is not what this latest dust-up is really all about.

The first objective here was to try and ruin Bill O'Reilly's career. To get him off of Fox News and shut him up. Not coincidentally sending a torpedo into Fox News itself - and more. Much more.

The disturbing fact is that Bill O'Reilly is but the latest figure in what is called "conservative media" to have this experience. And worse? This obsessive drive to destroy - not disagree with, but destroy - conservatives or even those like Bill O'Reilly who do not self-identify as a conservative, (O'Reilly sees himself as a traditionalist or "T-Warrior" as in "traditionalist warrior" and is well out there, as here saying that "I vote all over the map") has spread well beyond conservative media.

Lord makes no mention of Williams -- probably because he cannot plausibly claim that the right-wingers who glommed onto that controversy were not motivated by an "obsessive drive to destroy" Williams. Indeed, as we noted, the MRC was fundraising off it.

The MRC's hypocritical strategy was made even more clear in a March 2 MRC item by Mike Ciandella huffing that "liberal groups attacking Fox News host Bill O’Reilly about his past reporting got more than $15 million from left-wing billionaire George Soros." It's so insidious, according to Ciandella, that "Even some outlets pushing this story that are not funded by Soros have Soros connections."

At no point does Ciandella dispute the accuracy of what this outlets are saying about O'Reilly -- he's just trying to kill the messenger.

And that's the MRC's agenda. Conservatives never lie and anyone who point out that they do obviously has a nefarious puprose. It's easier than admitting the truth.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:44 PM EST
WND Columnist Still Spouting Her Prime Derangement Elsewhere
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Andrea Shea King's weekly column for WorldNetDaily that covers various to-dos on the Internet is pretty dull as far as such things go. But as we've previously noted, her right-wing insanity rears its ugly head outside of WND.

It did so again on her Internet radio show where, as Right Wing Watch documented, King called for members of Congress who decline to attend today's speech before Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be "hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building." She further channels Ed Wood by declaring that those who elect members of Congress she doesn't like are "stupid, stupid people."

So why is King stuck writing a boring tech column for WND when she's obviously capable of bringing the derangement expressed by fellow columnists like Erik Rush and Marisa Martin? It's a mystery.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:52 AM EST
Monday, March 2, 2015
Not News at CNS: Gaffes And Birthers At CPAC
Topic: sent a full complement of reporters to cover the speeches at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference -- chief among them from their boss, Brent Bozell.

But curiously, CNS' reports on the speeches quoted only the red-meat attacks. Missing was  any hint of gaffe or controversy.

Ali Meyer's story on the speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plays up his anti-Washington attacks, such as calling the District of Columbia “68 square miles surrounded by reality.”Meyer failed to mention a serious gaffe by Walker in which he likened pro-union protesters to ISIS.

Strangely, CNS did publish (but buried by refusing to promote on its front page) an Associated Press article about Walker's gaffe.

(Meanwhile,  the MRC's Kyle Drennen huffed that NBC reported on Walker's "blunder," while happily noting that "CBS didn't deem the comments newsworthy.")

When two CPAC speakers -- Donald Trump and Rick Santorum -- pandered to extremists by making birther-friendly comments,  CNS not only refused to report on them, it neglect to report on their speeches at all.

Given how long Bozell has worked to bend CPAC to his right-wing will, he certainly doesn't want any controversy over extremist statements overshadowing the festivities. Through selective and biased, reporting, his "news" division is making sure that doesn't happen.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:20 PM EST
WND's Farah Retcons His Birther Obsession
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A "retcon" (retroactive continuity) is an attempt to reframe past events to serve current needs. While the term is generally applied to comic book plots, it applies in real life as well.

Witness Joseph Farah retconning WorldNetDaily's birther obsession in his March 1 WND column:

Before the 2008 election was held, I tried to warn America of what was coming.

If we ignored what the Constitution explicitly said regarding the eligibility of presidential candidates, then the founding documents that held our nation together and set it apart from the rest of the world would be rendered meaningless.

We would no longer be governed by the rule of law, I predicted. We would be governed by the rule of men.

Now, more than six years later, we are saddled with a president who knows no one is going to hold him accountable to the law. After all, if we didn’t take the Constitution seriously on a matter of the few and simple eligibility rules it set forth regarding the presidency, why would the Congress, the courts and the people hold him accountable other laws of the land?

The results are in. The evidence is clear. The history has been written.


It gives me no satisfaction that I saw this coming and that I pointed it out over and over again over the last six years. I would have preferred to be wrong. I would have preferred that Obama respected his oath of office. I would have preferred that he faced real opposition when he didn’t. I would have preferred if America’s system of checks and balances on power worked the way they were intended. I would have preferred that a federal judge or the Congress of the people held Obama accountable to the Constitution back in 2008.

It would have saved America a great deal of pain and suffering.

Even worse, Americans don’t seem to have learned a lesson yet.

Farah cannot claim WND's birther obsession is about the rule of law because it was never about that; it was always about trying to destroy Obama for failing to be as right-wing as Farah is. It ignored its own reporting that experts found Obama's birth certificate to be authentic (which prompted another retcon attempting to redefine "authentic") to smear Obama with fraudulent documents and manipulating into existence an incompetent and biased "cold case posse" to give a legal patina to its hateful obsession. And as all of WND's birther conspiracy theories were discredited, WND hid the truth from its readers.

Not only did all of WND's anti-Obama efforts fail, they destroyed what little credibility WND had. Farah's cowardly refusal to hold Ted Cruz to the same "eligibility" standards he's holding Obama simply underscores the fact that his jihad against Obama is politically motivated.

And now Farah -- an inveterate liar -- wants us to believe that his birther obsession really was all about warning the country about the rule of lawand not personal destruction? Please.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:28 PM EST
MRC Not Interested In Correcting False Anti-Gay Post
Topic: Media Research Center

WorldNetDaily wasn't the only one to fall for a false anti-gay story peddled by a right-wing legal group.

In a  Feb. 6 MRC TV post, Kristine Marsh uncritically repeated the Pacific Justice Institute's claim that "a Bay Area high school’s freshman English classrooms were taken hostage by the school’s “Queer Straight Alliance” group and grilled about each student’s opinions on gender and sexuality." 

Marsh quotes only from a PJI press release, adding that PI and its leader, Brad Dacus, "have good reason to complain. This isn’t the first incident of sexual propaganda and intimidation students have undergone at Acalanes High School."'

But as Media Matters reported, the story is bogus. Unlike Marsh, Media Matters contacted the school district, which confirmed that PJI's biased version of events "does not reflect what actually took place."

Will Marsh correct her blog post? It appears unlikely -- it's been nearly two weeks since PJI's deception was exposed, and her post remains uncorrected.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:52 AM EST
WND's Bid To Stop Loretta Lynch Ends In Failure
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Remember a few weeks back when WorldNetDaily tried to raise a ruckus over the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general? Well, never mind.

If you'll recall, WND tried to make a big deal out of Lynch, in her work as a federal prosecutor, supposedly letting HSBC off with just a ($1.9 billion) fine over money-laundering allegations, prompting WND to lie once again about how it broke the HSBC story. But WND never identified what exactly Lynch had done, giving the appearance that this was all about its pathological Obama-hate instead of actual facts.

Well, it didn't work -- not surprising given the well-earned lack of respect WND is given in the real world. Lynch's nomination advanced out of the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee with three GOP senators joining Democrats in approving the nomination.

WND, meanwhile, seems to want to bury this failure: It devoted no original reporting to Lynch's advance, instead stealing an article from TownHall on the subject.

As so many times before, a hate-based partisan WND crusade ends in failure. After all this time, WND has apparently notgotten the message that nobody believes them.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:57 AM EST
Sunday, March 1, 2015
CNS' Hunter Finds Even More LGBT-Related Federal Spending She Objects To

After a brief detour, deputy managing editor Melanie Hunter is back to cherry-picking federal spending to find another example of LGBT-related spending she disagrees with.

In a Feb. 25 CNS article, Hunter complains that "The National Institutes of Health has awarded $251,173 in taxpayer funds to the University of California Los Angeles to use 'social-network based intervention' to promote the use of an HIV-prevention drug regimen among 'transgender women' in Peru."

This is the ninth article Hunter wrote has written since December highlighting LGBT-related federal spending, versus one article on spending that's not LGBT-related.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:10 PM EST
Bradlee Dean Lies Again In His WND Column
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In addition to be a lying preacher, Bradlee Dean isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

In his Feb. 26 WorldNetDaily column -- which ironically begins with the "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on," which he misattributes to Winston Churchill; in fact, the statement dates from the 19th century -- Dean writes:

Today, there are:

  • 1,500 newspapers
  • 1,100 magazines
  • 9,000 radio stations
  • 2,400 publishers

All of these are owned and operated by only 6 corporations.

While there are legitimate concerns about concentration of media ownership -- one accounting claims that six corporations control 90 percent of "media" -- Dean's statement is utterly false.

The largest radio station owner in the U.S., iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), owns around 850 stations, less than 10 percent of the total Dean claims. The largest owner of daily newspapers by circulation, Gannett, owns 80, also less than 10 percent of the total. If the largest company in those sectors don't even own 10 percent of the outlets in their sector, it's physically impossible for "six corporations" to control all of them.

Dean huffs: "Often, we see people who are put in front of our faces as being just and upright. However, when you pull the curtain back, you find that the opposite is true." Why, it's almost as if Dean is talking about himself; members of the street teams for Dean's now-defunct "You Can Run But You Cannot Hid International" ministry have told of the mistreatment they received and denounced the operation as a "cultic sham."

Den then attacks Time magazine for naming tyrants such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin as its "man of the year," suggesting that Time was endorsing their works. Dean ignores that Time has explained that the honor is not necessarily an endorsement of their activities. After listing that rogues' gallery, Dean then rants:

Barack Hussein Obama was declared Person of the Year by Time in 2008 and 2012 (Time changed the title from Man of the Year to Person of the Year in 1999). Barack Hussein Obama has been the most destructive president in America. He is known as the most biblically hostile president. He has attempted to attack the foundations of America, tear down the Constitution and re-create it in his own image. He is a shameless supporter of the murder of children in the womb, even attempting to force private institutions to fund it, and has abused his power in an attempt to strip American citizens of their rights to keep and bear arms, which are to be protected under the Second Amendment.

Obama is following in pursuit of dictators aforementioned by Time magazine.

And Dean is going Godwin -- not to mention lying again -- by portraying Obama as just like Hitler.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:46 PM EST
Saturday, February 28, 2015
CNS' Starr Can't Stop Falsely Reporting That Emergency Contraception Is Abortion
Topic: has long perpetuated the falsehood that emergency contraception is just the same as having an abortion. Apparently, CNS will continue to refuse to let the truth get in its way.

Penny Starr gives it another go in a Feb. 20 CNS article:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is advancing federal regulations that require federally funded organizations caring for illegal alien minors who are in the United States without their parents (Unaccompanied Children or UC) and who may have been sexually abused access to “emergency contraception” services.

“Emergency contraception” includes abortion-inducing drugs.


According to an HHS Fact Sheet, emergency contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration include Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, My Way and Levonorgestrel Tablets and the IUD.

The label of one such emergency contraceptive--Plan B One Step—says: "this product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation)."

According to Web MD the hormonal IUD “changes the lining of the uterus, so implantation of a fertilized egg cannot occur.”

As we pointed out the last time Starr peddled this falsehood, failure of a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus is not an abortion under any medical definition. If that were so, Starr would have to count the more than 50 percent of a woman's fertilized eggs that do not implant naturally as an abortion as well.

But it appears that, given a choice between right-wing talking points and the truth, Starr sticks with the talking points.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:11 PM EST
Obama Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Thus, there is a vast segment of America that simply isn’t aware of this administration’s basis in Marxism and fundamentally anti-American worldview, under-the-radar executive and regulatory power grabs, material support of terrorists and criminal participation in the overthrow of governments. They also have no idea that Obama has provided unprecedented access to our government to Islamist militants for the express purpose of compromising our national security and placing the American people at grave risk.

Were this segment of our electorate – stupid though they may or may not be – suddenly made aware of these facts, we would be looking at an entirely different political landscape right now.

-- Erik Rush, Feb. 18 WorldNetDaily column

President Obama seems more interested in defending the religion of Islam than in defending the United States against the threat of Islamic jihad, but Islam isn’t under attack; we are.

Obama has created a straw man – or fattened one up that others created. The United States isn’t at war with Islam – or even radical Islamists, for that matter. By incessantly and wrongly suggesting we are hostile to Islam proper, Obama is giving credence to that charge and planting a seed in the minds of Muslims, thereby aggravating the problem he claims he wants to diminish.

-- David Limbaugh, Feb. 19 WND column

What else did Imam Obama – who professes Christianity – proclaim in the name of the ISIS Islamic eschatology? Obama claimed that ISIS has “perverted the religion [of Islam]” and that it is peddling a “twisted ideology used to incite others to violence.”

-- Ilana Mercer, Feb. 19 WND column

Dear candidate for president of the United States:

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career as leader of the free world. The following exam, while in no way comprehensive, is intended to assess your basic qualifications and level of occupational competency. Though a failing grade does not automatically exclude you from being elected by low-information voters, hipster millennials, liberal yuppies plagued by white guilt and lesbian feminists with sleeve tattoos, it does strongly indicate that you are better suited for a career in an industry requiring no experience whatsoever and few, if any, measurable skills.

Alternative career paths might include:
1. Community Organizer
2. Law professor at the University of Chicago
3. Serial bad golfer
4. Mom jeans model

-- Matt Barber, Feb. 20 WND column

While I can understand why some politicians won’t fall into the obvious trap of judging the hearts and minds of others – especially a president running roughshod over the Constitution, making dangerous and reckless foreign policy decisions, ruling domestically like a dictator and destroying the economy, I am only too happy to comment on Obama’s alleged Christian faith.

-- Joseph Farah, Feb. 23 WND column

Obama refers to our nation as “this” country, as though it is some other country and not “our” country, as when he said, “There’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped disproportionately by the police, and that’s a fact.” Obama once told a European audience that “there have been times where America has shown arrogance.”

When Obama has expressed admiration for our country, it is often in a backhanded manner. “I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we, too, have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders. This is true,” Obama declared to the United Nations General Assembly last year.

By contrast, Mayor Giuliani said, “With all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”

-- Phyllis Schlafly, Feb. 23 WND column

I’m familiar with what I call the political juvenile delinquency of Barack Obama. Part of my job in the Army was reading the Communist press. I see through all of Obama’s political juvenile delinquency. Been there. Done that. Got over it before Obama was born.

Don’t tell me I can’t question the patriotism of someone whose patriotism is as questionable as that of Barack Obama.

And I want his patriotism questioned like a select committee of the House of Representatives would. And not like a nudist crossing a barbed-wire fence!

-- Barry Farber, Feb. 24 WND column

The secret is that Obama and nearly all in his employ despise America and the entire model of Western society. This includes democratic republicanism, capitalism, as well as Judeo-Christian principles and values. A large measure of their antipathy is also due to the fact that they consider this paradigm an Anglo-European (white) paradigm.

Obama and his ilk are an amalgam of radicals in the ’60s mold, whether Marxist-Leninists, Maoists, Structural Marxists, black and Latino nationalists, Marxist feminists, Nation of Islam, or Sunni Muslim Islamists. All of these groups are intensely hateful, and all embrace the short historical worldview that the Evil Old White Man (those of northern European descent) has been exploiting nonwhites for centuries, it is time for this to come to an end, and it is their mission – nay, their destiny – to bring this end about.

They view America as the white man’s “signature creation” – so of course America has to go.

The sentiments of a Barack Obama (or an Eric Holder, Van Jones, etc.), therefore, will always lie with the Islamists, who they perceive as having been exploited and oppressed by the Anglo-European capitalist colonialist Judeo-Christian leviathan. Their sentiments will always lie with the urban black street thug rather than their law-abiding white victim, because it is the white victim who is in part responsible for the black thug’s pain.

-- Erik Rush, Feb. 25 WND column

Enter Rudy Giuliani, supposedly speaking for America’s wounded feelings, letting us know that Obama doesn’t love America. Yet it says something deeply uncomplimentary about America’s leadership during this era of purposely induced decline that a well-known star in the GOP’s firmament has taken this long to get less than halfway to the truth about Obama.

I say halfway because, like the unfaithful spouse in the slapstick comedy, Obama has approached the task of bringing American down with studied ingenuity. Nothing that contributed to our success has escaped his destructive efforts. Refusing seriously to address the issue of his eligibility for office, he quietly sneered at the authority of the Constitution’s words. Seeking to confer voting privileges on the D.C. delegate in Congress, (which the Constitution explicitly withholds), he waved off another constitutional provision. Seeking to usurp Congress’ oversight of the decennial Census, he sought to poison the electoral root of its independent representation of the people.


When I heard that Rudy Giuliani was questioning Obama’s love for America, I wondered, “Why does he still refused to admit that it is hatred, not the absence of love, which drives Obama?” It drives the whole elitist faction Obama represents. Giuliani stops short of the truth. So should I be struck dumb by his bold courage, or intrigued enough to investigate his odd failure of perception?

-- Alan Keyes, Feb. 26 WND column

Barack Hussein Obama was declared Person of the Year by Time in 2008 and 2012 (Time changed the title from Man of the Year to Person of the Year in 1999). Barack Hussein Obama has been the most destructive president in America. He is known as the most biblically hostile president. He has attempted to attack the foundations of America, tear down the Constitution and re-create it in his own image. He is a shameless supporter of the murder of children in the womb, even attempting to force private institutions to fund it, and has abused his power in an attempt to strip American citizens of their rights to keep and bear arms, which are to be protected under the Second Amendment.

-- Bradlee Dean, Feb. 26 WND column

Posted by Terry K. at 9:02 AM EST
Friday, February 27, 2015
CNS Notes High Beef Prices, Doesn't Bother To Explain Why

A tagline at the end of's economics articles states that they are "funded in part with a gift made in memory of Dr. Keith C. Wold." We have to wonder if Wold is spinning in his grave at the abysmal quality of so-called reporting his bequest to the Media Research Center is funding.

A Feb. 26 CNS article by Ali Meyer is an example of this. It's all about how "The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high -- $4.235 per pound -- in the United States in January." Even though Meyer slings a full complement of stats in her article, at no point does she explain why beef has become so expensive, implying that it's somehow the fault of President Obama.

In fact, as more responsible news outlets have reported,  the high prices are the result of a years-long drought in Texas and the Midwest that shrank the U.S. cattle herd in 2014 to its smallest size since 1952.

Unless Wold's bequest specifically ordered Meyer and CNS to mislead about the economy to falsely smear the Oabma administration -- which may indeed be the case, given that many of CNS' misleading articles about monthly unemployment rates also contain the tagline crediting him -- we can't imagine that Wold's heirs are happy about how CNS is using his money.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:56 PM EST
WND's Peacock Is Still Obsessed With Blaming Obama For U.S. Spending In Kenya
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Steve Peacock's peculiar obsession with suggesting that any U.S. aid to Kenya is personally directed by President Obama continues in a Feb. 21 WorldNetDaily article:

A new round of advisers is being sent to Kenya on behalf of the Obama administration, which plans to deploy individual private contractors to assist in the simultaneous expansion of health-care services and the ongoing decentralization of the national government.

Indeed, one of Obama’s long-term goals “is to establish a social health insurance system to enable equitable provision of health care to all Kenyan citizens,” one of the adviser-recruitment documents explicitly declares.

At no point does Peacock prove that Obama is personally behind any of this aid to Kenya, or even that the aid is an increase from that under previous administrations. Peacock is simply a WND tool to suggest that Obama wasn't born in America.

Peacock is a little sensitive about his biased, obsessed, cherry-picked reporting getting called out.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:40 PM EST
NewsBusters' Shepherd Shows Why He Was Named Top Blogger At CPAC
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd received an award for “Nonprofit Blogger of the Year” at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. One apparent reason is that he dutifully promotes right-wing talking points.

We've documented Shepherd promoting dishonest conservative narratives on alleged discrimination against Christians, voter ID laws and  a Houston anti-discrimination ordinance. He's also taken President Obama's words about vaccines out of context.

A Feb. 25 NewsBusters post further demonstrates the technique that won  Shepherd his award. In it, he complains about MSNBC host Chris Matthews' criticism that John Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress two weeks before an Israeli election was "purely partisan":

As I've documented previously here at NewsBusters, Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu -- which noted that the invitation was on "behalf of the bipartisan leadership" of both houses of Congress -- was initially for him to speak on February 11.

The president was notified by Boehner about the February 11 invite AFTER it was sent to Netanyahu but prior to Netanyahu's response, which turned down February 11 but offered March 3 as an alternate date, which Boehner readily agreed to.

Again, Mr. Boehner noted bipartisan consensus in extending the invite to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Either that is true and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have some explaining to do, or Boehner is lying or at best misrepresenting the bipartisan "OK" he got from his colleagues. Rather than presenting this as nefarious partisan conspiracy, Matthews would do better to attempt to get to the bottom of that question.

But we could find no evidence Boehner consulted any Democratic congressional leaders before inviting Netanyahu. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has stated she was not consulted. Politico reports that "Boehner’s office coordinated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S." The response from Boehner quoted by Politico did not contradict Pelosi's claim.

Politco also reports that Boehner didn't even invite Pelosi to Netanyahu's speech, though he invited other Democratic officials.

So it appears Matthews has done his research. So why is Shepherd still giving Boehner the benefit of the doubt? Instead of pussyfooting around it, Shepherd should simply state what is apparently obvious: that Boehner lied when he portrayed Netanyahu's speech invitation as bipartisan.

But then, that's not the kind of truth in blogging that earns you the "Nonprofit Blogger of the Year" designation at CPAC.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:30 AM EST
Updated: Friday, February 27, 2015 10:55 AM EST

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