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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
AIM's Kincaid Can't Take Criticism
Topic: Accuracy in Media
Remember last week, when Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid declared the Huffington Post to be a "gay porn outlet" by cherry-picking a few erotically themed items? Well,Kincaid doesn't like the criticism he's been getting about it.
Kincaid used a March 31 AIM article to lash back and downplay what he actually did:
Actually, Kincaid should be taking that fact that even his fellow conservatives criticized him as a sign he went too far.
As the Daily Caller pointed out, the articles Kincaid cited to declare HuffPo to be a "gay porn outlet" weren't terribly gay or porn-y, and they didn't include nudity, which one might consider a prerequisite to be called pornography. And while the "Male Full-Frontal Nudity Supercut" does include the promised nudity, male frontal nudity by itself does not constitute pornography, and all of the clips are from major-studio or independent releases, not "gay porn" -- and very few, if any, of the clips involve sexual situations or positions.
Also, Kincaid's claim that the video was "exactly as I described it—a form of gay porn" is dishonest in another way: He simply quoted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera freaking out about it.
So it's not that the Daily Caller is "reluctant to expose the shameless promotion of homosexuality in the media" -- it's accurately pointing out that the content Kincaid cited isn't particularly gay.
By engaging in such kneejerk, dishonest gay-bashing, Kincaid simply makes himself look like an idiot -- and discredits his employer.
P.S. We pointed out some of this in a comment on Kincaid's article, but the comment was later deleted and we were banned from posting there. Apparently, AIM really doesn't want accuracy in media after all -- and is as intolerant of criticism as Kincaid is.
WND Marks Anniversary of Terri Schiavo's Death With More Bias
With the 10th anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, it was inevitable that WorldNetDaily -- which covered the heck out of the Schiavo case -- would mark it somehow. And it does so with a March 30 column by Diana Lynne, WND's main reporter on Schiavo at the time.
Lynne was a highly biased reporter, blatantly taking the side of Schiavo's family, the Schindlers (who didn't want Schiavo, who had been in a persistent vegitative state for about 15 years, to die) and against her husband, Michael (who sought to let Terri die). We actually wrote a letter to WND seeking changes to make it coverage more fair and balanced, which actually did result in a few changes. It may have been the last time WND has taken ConWebWatch's sound jounralistic advice.
Lynne's column is preceded by a self-serving "editor's note": "Diana Lynne is one of two reporters who broke the story of the struggle over Terri Schiavo’s life – both of them with WND. Lynne’s coverage eventually brought the story to the attention of international media." Never mind that very little of that reporting was fairly presented.
In her column, Lynne plays advocate again, lamenting "the killing of an innocent, defenseless, disabled woman who was not suffering from a terminal illness" and blaming the "mainstream media" for its "rampant distortion, bias and misreporting of facts" -- displaying an utter lack of self-awareness of her own rampant distortion, bias and misreporting of facts. She again effectively accuses Michael Schiavo of murder, suggesting that "he was the one who no longer wanted Terri 'to be'" and claim he was aided by "a pro-death, activist attorney whose fees were paid for with the lion’s share of the $750,000 earmarked for Terri’s care."
Lynne's column concludes with a WND plug for her book on the case: "Diana Lynne tells the complete, unvarnished story that led to Terri Schiavo’s court-ordered death – order 'Terri’s Story' to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her passing." As we've documented, Lynne's book is just as biased as her reporting, portraying the Schindlers much more sympathetically than Michael Schiavo and hiding the right-wing interests that financially supported the Schindler family's fight against Michael (which she misleadingly portrayed as "a grass-roots effort") and buried the fact that the Schindlers' spokesmen, Randall Terry and Gary McCullough, are anti-abortion extremists; McCullough served as a media consultant to Paul Hill, who was convicted and executed for the murder of a doctor who performed abortions (and is quoted as saying, "Paul Hill is my friend. No, I won't denounce his actions").
The bias never ends at WND -- even 10 years after the fact.
CNS Managing Editor Is Weirdly Obsessed With Promoting Franklin Graham
CNSNews.com managing editor Michael W. Chapman is quite the fanboy of right-wing evangelist Franklin Graham.
How much so? Since Jan. 1, Chapman has devoted a whopping 25 CNS articles and blog posts to Graham's musings, particularly has anti-Muslim and anti-Obama rantings. That's greater sycophancy that CNS devotes to Mark Levin, and CNS (along with its parent, the Media Research Center) has a business deal with Levin to promote each other that at least somewhat justifies the logrolling.
It also accounts for more than one-third of the 69 total articles Chapman has written since Jan. 1.
Here are how Chapman's fawning stenography of Graham stacks up:
You'd think the managing editor of a website would have better things to do than obsessively clipping a right-wing evangelist -- and a Protestant one at that, presumably much to the chagrin of his uber-Catholic bosses such as Brent Bozell and Terry Jeffrey -- but apparently his job doesn't keep him busy enough.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
WND Ignores WND Reporter's Investigation of Cruz's Eligibility
WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein tweeted out a preview of his March 29 radio show: "On my radio show TONIGHT 7-9 p.m: Is Sen. Ted Cruz “natural born” and Constitutionally eligible? I'll investigate."
You'd think WND would be quick to pounce on this investigation by one of its reporters by detailing that evidence. But, strangely, it hasn't. No mention of Klein's investigation of Cruz's eligibility ever made it to WND.
WND did, however, publish another article based on Klein's radio show, his interview with Frances Fox Piven, who right-wingers like Klein blame for "the infamous so-called Cloward-Piven Strategy."
Two days after Klein's radio show (which moved downmarket from WABC to a small-wattage station in New York) aired, WND still hasn't mentioned Klein's investigation. It did publish an article by Garth Kant fawning over how much Cruz's politics resembles that of Ronald Reagan.
Meanwhile, Klein himself apparently doesn't want his radio show that well listened to. The podcasts of his show are entombed behind a paywall, and one must pay $4.99 for the privilege of listening to him.
So unless you were actually listening to Klein on Sunday evening, the results of his Cruz investigation are going to be difficult to obtain. Which, given WND's wild enthusiasm for Cruz's presidential candidacy and double standard for eligibility concerns between Cruz and Obama, is presumably just the way WND wants it.
Meet Aryeh Spero, The Jewish Bradlee Dean
Rabbi Aryeh Spero is apparently the Jewish Bradlee Dean -- a liar with a severe case of Obama derangement.
That's the impression we get from Spero's March 30 CNSNews.com column, which begins with this load of derangement:
Spero then rants:
Actually, as we've detailed, the document in question was not "published" by Obama but, rather, released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request only after a longfight by the Defense Department and only after clearing it with Israel first.
Spero then advances to out-and-out lying:
We couldn't find any news report where Obama is directly quoted as saying, "it’s time to put day-light between Israel and America," which means Spero made it up. It's apparently based on a statement Obama reportedly made:
An Obama aide said that "The case he was trying to make was that the United States will be a better partner to Israel if it has more credibility with the Arab states, that we will be a better, more useful friend to Israel if we have more friends in the Arab world."
Spero claims that Obama "had his young underlings call Israel a “racist” state," but he offers no example of this. Spero apparently missed Netanyahu's racist appeal to his supporters in the recent election by warning that Arabs were "voting in droves."
Spero also claims that Obama "has taken Hezbollah and Iran off our list of terror organizations," which, again, never happened.
Spero tells another lie: "He prohibited flights to Israel for almost two days during her recent defensive war against Hamas missiles being shot from Gaza. He has not done this in other war zones." In fact, at the time of that prohibition -- made by the Federal Aviation Administration, not Obama -- U.S. aircraft were prohibited from flying over six other areas in the world.
Then, it was time for more Obama derangement:
Apparently, CNS does not fact-check what its columnists write; otherwise, this would have never been published. Is CNS trying to become WorldNetDaily, which publishes Bradlee Dean?
WND's Farah Tells Lies In Order to Claim Obama Is 'Anti-Semitic'
WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah is a liar; it's what he does. So it's no surprise that Farah's March 29 WND column attacking President Obama over his purported stance on Israel is yet another pack of lies.
The column begins with an ominous-sounding editor's note: "Joseph Farah wrote this column before the Obama administration betrayed Israel in the most shocking way by revealing classified information about its nuclear program." In fact, as Media Matters documents, the declassifed 1987 document in question was released only after the Department of Defense spent years fighting its release -- due to a Freedom of Information Act request, not from any demand from Obama -- and the Washington Examiner reports that the Pentagon asked Israel to review the document before releasing it.Media Matters also noted that the Bush administration released information about Israel's nuclear program, and we don't recall Farah getting bent out of shape over that.
In the column proper, Farah listed things he claimed prove Barack Obama's (remember, Farah doesn't consider Obama to be the president) "latent anti-Semitism," and he piles up more lies:
-- "Obama used taxpayer money, his own political operatives and a nonprofit front group to interfere in the recent Israeli election, specifically with the intent of toppling Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister." As we've documented, none of the evidence WND's Aaron Klein compiled actually prove any of that happened as Farah describes, and Klein's focus on former Obama operatives working for the opposition ignores the fact that Republican operatives were working for Netanyahu's campaign.
-- "Obama’s anti-Israel bent has been palpable since his first full day in office – Jan. 21, 2009 – when he gathered his new national-security team in the Oval Office and laid out a tough new policy toward Israel. ... Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously told Abe Foxman in a private meeting: 'This is Israel’s moment of truth. This president is determined to make peace between Israel and the Arabs.'" Funny, this sounds almost exactly -- like, almost to the word -- what noted Obama-hater and fabulist Ed Klein wrote in his book "The Amateur":
For this example, Farah is actually less of a liar and more of a plagiarist.
-- "Then came Obama’s even more famous call for a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders – which more accurately should be termed 'Auschwitz borders.'" In fact, Obama said negotiations over a Palestinian state should start with the 1967 borders, not end there -- which has been the starting point for the past several presidents.
Farah harrumphed at the end of his column: "He looks like an anti-Semite. He walks like an anti-Semite. And he talks like an anti-Semite. I am forced to conclude there’s a malignant anti-Semite in the White House. It’s time for Jews who have been reflexively supporting him for too long to see if for themselves."
Meanwhile, we are forced to conclude that a malignant liar runs WND. No wonder nobody believes them.
Monday, March 30, 2015
MRC Echoes WND, Calls Yoga 'Dangerous' To Christians
Topic: Media Research Center
Usually, it's fringe outlets like WorldNetDaily who spend way too much time freaking out about yoga being some sort of secret sinister religious practice. Apparently, the Media Research Center has decided it wants in on some of that action.
Matthew Balan had to go pretty far afield to get outraged in a March 28 item -- specifically, to a article in Quartz, "an online magazine from the parent company of The Atlantic," that turned a spotlight on "yogaphobic" Christians. Balan complained that the article's author -- a professor at "Indiana University-Perdue [sic] University Indianapolis" -- used a "left-leaning/pro-yoga spin," as if yoga someone turns people liberal.
After highlighting that the article noted criticism of yoga by Catholic officials, Balan sneered, "In other words, how care the Catholic Church point out how non-Christian religious practice can be dangerous for the spiritual health of believers!"
Balan concluded by asking whether the article's author really thinks "Christians are going to end up persecuting Hindus because of supposed 'yogaphobia.'" The greater risk, arguably, is more uninformed articles like Balan's.
After all, why should WND have all the uninformed rants?
WND's Cashill: George Zimmerman Is 'Mockingbird's' Tom Robinson
Leave it to George Zimmerman fanboy Jack Cashill to perpetuate Zimmerman's sense of victimhood.
In his March 25 WorldNetDaily column, Cashill praises the "unvarnished 13-minute interview with his attorney" Zimmerman released as a video (Cashill didn't note that the attorney who did the interview was his divorce attorney). Cashill didn't mention Zimmerman sort of likening himself to Anne Frank in that he claims to "still believe that people are truly good at heart" -- an odd thing to say for a man who's been arrested twice on domestic violence charges -- but that may be because Cashill thinks Zimmerman is really Tom Robinson, the black man falsely accused of raping a white girl in "To Kill A Mockingbird":
Of course, unlike Robinson, Zimmerman indisputably killed a person. But that's OK with Cashill because he likes it when people he doesn't like -- gays, blacks, abortion doctors -- are killed.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
MRC Mad That Media Identified New Taco Bell Ad As Dystopian, Not Commie
Topic: Media Research Center
It apparently was a slow day at the Media Research Center. How else to explain this March 26 item by Joseph Rossell:
Yes, that's the whole point of Rossell's item: that some media outlets didn't refer to the imagery in the Taco Bell ad as communist, obviously because they are "liberal."
Rossell complains that some outlets likened the imagery to the dystopias of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent," sneering that those were merely allusions to "pop culture." But he doesn't explain why communism is the only possible correct answer for the imagery inspiration.
If the MRC's anti-media argument has descended to being not politically correct enough to identify the right dystopia in a Taco Bell ad, maybe it was never that strong in the first place.
WND: 'Celebrate Bibi's Victory' ... With a Spot On WND's Israel Tour
WorldNetDaily is not ashamed to exploit current events to promote its annual tours to Israel -- last year, it touted how violent skirmishes betwen Israel and Hamas "spiked" interest in the trip.
WND's latest promotion for this year's Israel tour may be less crass but no less shameless. Its headline: "This year in Jerusalem ... celebrate BiBi's victory."
Apparently there's no better way to celebrate the election of a right-wing president in Israel than by giving WND money.
As the subhead suggests, the tour also includes musician-turned Christian Richie Furay, whom the article enthusiastically touts as "a pastor-worship leader who’s in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame."
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hillary Derangement Syndrome Watch, Supersize WorldNetDaily Edition
-- Joseph Farah, March 12 WND column
-- Larry Kayman, March 13 WND column
-- Gina Loudon, March 15 WND column
-- Joseph Farah, March 20 WND column
-- Jane Chastain, March 25 WND column
-- Larry Klayman, March 27 WND column
Friday, March 27, 2015
CNS Keeps Fretting Over High Beef Prices, Still Won't Explain Why They're High
Ali Meyer writes in a March 24 CNSNews.com article:
But as she with a similar story last month, Meyer failed to explain why ground beef prices are high: a years-long drought in Texas and the Midwest that shrank the U.S. cattle herd in 2014 to its smallest size since 1952.
Instead, Meyer wants to suggest that the Obama administration is somehow to blame for this. Last time we checked, Obama doesn't control the weather, however much some right-wingers might think so.
It's Time For WND's Occasional Warning Of The 'Coming Financial Collapse'
Barrett Moore's March 20 WorldNetDaily column starts ominously:
A lot of ranting about "the coming financial collapse" follows, peppered with things like, "If you question my advice, then tell me, why did Mr. Jamie Dimon buy an island? Or why does Hank Paulson actually live on one? Or what about James Cameron, who up and moved to New Zealand?" Barrett concludes: "You have been warned. Recalibrate your mindset. Now prepare."
Funny thing about that whole "rich people fleeing the country," though. Former WND financial columnist Porter Stansberry did pretty much the same "coming financial collapse" rant five years ago, complete with bragging about how he's prepared to flee the country at a moment's notice:
Given that Stansberry is involved with dubious financial schemes that have netted him a $1.5 million sanction from the Securities and Exchange Commission, his desire for an "escape pod" is probably not driven by the state of the U.S. economy.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
What Transgender Stuff Is Tim Graham Freaking Out About This Week?
As he is wont to do, Media Research Center director of media analysis Tim Graham has had another transgender freakout.
In a March 23 NewsBusters post, Graham huffs:
Graham didn't explain why any article about Jenner's transgender journey must include someone trashing him. The haters can easily to to right-wing outlets like WorldNetDaily to get their fill of hate.
Later that day, Graham cranked out another transgender freakout:
Of course, applying the "gender-stodgy" label to Graham would be redundant since he more accurately fits under a different one: transphobic.
In an apparent bid to balance his hate, Graham engaged in a Twitter hissy fit over Expedia featuring a same-sex couple in a promotion giving away a "romantic getaway to Great Britain." Graham sneered, "Gay romance 'promoted by Expedia,' all right."
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