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Monday, May 3, 2021
NEW ARTICLE: Newsmax Feels The Pressure
Topic: Newsmax
Facing lawsuit threats from voting-tech companies, Newsmax has had to walk back the pro-Trump conspiracy-mongering it had done since the election pushing bogus claims of election fraud. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 4:21 PM EDT
WND Fearmongers, Spreads Misinformation About COVID Vaccine
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has been fearmongering about a coronavirus vaccine even before one became available, and it has spread false rumors about boxer Marvin Hagler's death being linked to getting a vaccine. So it's not a surprise that vaccine fearmongering has been a key part of WND's coronavirus coverage in recent months as vaccines have been released. Let's look at how it has done so, largly by amplifying rare and alleged side effects:

That last article came from the far-right Liberty Sentinel and uncritically repeated claims from Peter McCullough, promoted in the article as "the doctor with the most citations in the National Library of Medicine on these topics." McCullough has previously been busted for spreading misinformation about the vaccine, falsely claiming that there's no reason for anyone under age 50 to get it and that there's no such thing as asymptomatic spread of the virus.

The story from March on the "healthy" mom dying after getting the vaccine, taken from a Utah TV station, is nothing but fearmongering. The Utah state medical examiner has since said that nobody in the state has died from the vaccine, including that woman.

This sort of irresponsible, fearmongering coverage doesn't exactly build trust in WND's news coverage.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:20 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, May 3, 2021 5:36 PM EDT
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Insecure? MRC Freaks Out Over Report That Pollution May Be Shrinking Men's Private Parts
Topic: Media Research Center

A recent study revealed that evangelical Christianity's emphasis on a certain definition of masculinity makes evangelical Christian males insecure about the size of their private parts. One has to wonder if that ind of insecurity is behind a March 30 Media Research Center post lranting about a theory that environmental pollution is causing said private parts to be smaller, because Joseph Vazquez is sure irate about it:

We’ve reached a point of media insanity where liberal outlets are trying to convince people that pollution causes their private parts to shrink.

Sky News, PinkNews, VICE, Business Insider and TMZ all pushed stories propagandizing a bonkers theory from a new book by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health Shanna Swan. Swan’s theory alleged that “Penises are shrinking and genitals becoming malformed because of pollution,” according to the Sky News characterization. None of the outlets mentioned that Swan was a donor to President Joe Biden, according to Federal Election Commission records. Biden is planning to spend between $3 trillion and $4 trillion to juice the economy again, but “[t]ackling climate change and shifting to clean energy will underpin virtually every part of the package,” The New York Times reported.

Sky News, PinkNews and VICE parroted Swan’s fear-mongering that pollution-induced shrinking “penises” was an “‘existential crisis,’” reflected in decreasing fertility rates. PinkNews panicked that “global warming is coming for your penis.” It continued: “If that’s not a wake up call, we don’t know what is.”TMZ sounded the eco-extremist alarm too: “And you thought a cold pool was bad ... sound the alarm!!!” Business Insider’sstory on the matter was headlined, “Boys are being born with testicles in the wrong place, and pollution could be to blame.”

VICE’s report was arguably the most cringeworthy. Its entire story on “Shrinking Human Penises” was headed up by an image of phallic-shaped fruit and vegetables.

Not that rather to disprove anything Swan wrote, Vazquez instead twists it into a political attack by citing a single $100 donation to Biden's campaign Swan once made -- as if that has any relevance whatsoever to the kind of research she's doing. Vaquez did, however, claim that "JunkScience founder Steve Milloy has been critical of Swan’s work on the matter as recently as 2019. Not only is that also irrelevant to the matter at hand -- no evidence is cited of Milloy doing anythinbg other than whining about Swan's work -- Vazquez failed to mention that Milloy is a right-wing activist and climate denier who has received funding from polluters such as tobacco and pesticide makers.

That large-scale activism seems a lot more relevant to mention than a single $100 political donation, but Vazquez apparently doesn't think so.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:39 PM EDT
CNS Politicizes Easter To Attack Biden
Topic: CNSNews.com

How much does CNSNews.com hate Joe Biden? It (and the uber-Catholics who run it) turned Easter into a cudgel to attack him.

An April 1 column by Tom Kilgannon of the right-wing Freedom Alliance carried the headline Cafeteria Catholic Biden Should Not Go to Communion at Easter Mass," going on to declare: "Holy Week is the most meaningful time of the year for Catholics. It is when Jesus gave us the sacrament of the Eucharist. He died for our sins, and He rose from the dead so that we may have eternal life. This is the Church Joe Biden loves but for which he is causing problems. He, and he alone, has the ability and responsibility to correct the situation."

This was followed the next day by a rant from dishonest Catholic Bill Donohue, who sneered: "As we approach Easter, the bishops, as well as millions of practicing Catholics, are not going to have their concerns about Biden allayed by photos of him clinging to his rosary beads. He cannot at once declare himself to be a "devout Catholic" while at the same time supporting abortion-on-demand, gay marriage, sex transitioning for minors, and the war on religious liberty. It's time for President Biden to stop living a lie." This from a guy who has told more than his share of lies, so maybe he should address that first before accusing others.

On April 5, CNS served up an anonymously written article noting the Bidens' Easter message that "cited the Gospel of John" and quoted the message as noting "the sentiments of Pope Francis, who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation." This was surprisingly free of editorial commentary, but that was rectifiedlater that day by an article from Emma Riley, who found something to complain about anyway:

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden shared an Easter video message on Sunday that talked a lot about COVID and a “moral obligation” to get vaccinated, but did not mention the words Jesus Christ.

Easter is, as the Encyclopedia Britannica explains, the “principal festival of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after His Crucifixion.” Easter is celebrated every year by the global Christian population, estimated at 2.54 billion people.

CNS even got mad at another Democrat for wiashing people a happy Easter, as another April 5 article demonstrated:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) sent out a tweet on Sunday wishing: “Happy Easter to all who are celebrating it around the world.”

She then sent out another tweet that said: “It’s Sunday and I should have slept in but I am gonna wake myself up for this interview, kinda smile.”

The interview Omar was referring to was with Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s State of the Union.

At both the beginning and end of this Easter Sunday interview, as transcribed by CNN, Tapper wished Omar an “early” happy Ramadan.

Apparently, only right-wing Christians are allowed to wish other Christians a happy Easter as far as CNS is concerned.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:27 AM EDT
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Newsmax Apologizes To Dominion Employee to Settle Lawsuit
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax serving as a conduit for pro-Trump election fraud conspiracy theories continues to come back to bite it. In December, it issued a statement disavowing right-wing attacks on voting-tech companies Dominion and Smartmatic in an attempt to avoid getting sued by the companies. Now, it has apologized to Dominion official Eric Coomer in an April 30 statement published on the Newsmax website:

Since Election Day, various guests, attorneys, and hosts on Newsmax have offered opinions and claims about Dr. Eric Coomer, the Director of Product Strategy and Security at Dominion Voting Systems.

Newsmax would like to clarify its coverage of Dr. Coomer and note that while Newsmax initially covered claims by President Trump’s lawyers, supporters and others that Dr. Coomer played a role in manipulating Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting software, and the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential election, Newsmax subsequently found no evidence that such allegations were true. Many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states certified the results as legal and final.

There are several facts that our viewers should be aware of. Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting software in any way, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so. Nor has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer ever participated in any conversation with members of “Antifa,” nor that he was directly involved with any partisan political organization.

On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family.  For more on this, please go to our website at Newsmax.com, and read “Facts About Dominion, Smartmatic You Should Know.”

The statement doesn't say it, but it's a part of a settlement of a lawsuit Coomer filed against right-wing personalities and outlets for pushing those false claims; as a result of this and other undisclosed terms, Coomer has dropped Newsmax from the lawsuit.

Newsmax's settlement puts pressure on the other defendants in the lawsuit, including Joe Oltmann, the main source of the apparently false claims against Coomer. It also puts pressure on WorldNetDaily, even though it's not named in the lawsuit; WND columnist  James Zumwalt uncritically repeated Oltmann's claims in a Dec. 2 column that remains inexplicably live and unedited on the WND website despite the legal jeopardy it has put WND into.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:29 AM EDT
Joseph Farah's Biden Derangement Syndrome Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has a raging case of Biden Derangement Syndrome. Let's see how that's been manifesting lately, shall we?

Events are spiraling out of control.

No one can pretend they don't see it.

The president has cognitive shortcomings. Have we seen another president who is confused about who actually commands the post? Is it Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris, whom he has referred to several times as "President Harris."

The fall outside Air Force One was unlike the late President Gerald Ford's comic stumble a generation ago. No one doubted Ford was prepared to execute the oath of the most important office in the world. There was no comparison to President Donald J. Trump's shaky walk as he descended a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. That incident led to conjecture by the press about Trump being ill and suffering from Parkinson's disease. More than likely, the ramp was just slippery.

[...]

It's time to stop pretending that everything is all right with Joe Biden.

Everything is not all right.

He's 78 now – older than any other president.

As Dr. [Ronny] Jackson has said, candidly, "Something's not right!" What's happening is very wrong. And it's not Joe Biden's fault alone.

Who choreographed the 2020 campaign of secrecy? Who kept Biden stashed away, in hiding, for weeks at time – every word uttered put in his mouth through a teleprompter. Still he had problems, lost his place, couldn't tell where he was.

-- March 22

After only two months, it's time to call Joe Biden the worst president of all time – and it's not even close.

The latest gambit: The White House said it will consider spending $3 trillion on boosting the economy, reducing carbon emissions and narrowing economic inequality, beginning with a giant infrastructure plan.

This will be the greatest spending boondoggle ever. It’s a total waste! Even what it promises is a waste – and these are Biden’s simple words.

Boosting the economy? Biden wouldn’t even know how. Carbon emission? It will not make the climate warmer or cooler – whatever the plan.

It's a fairy tale for kids and grownups. For narrowing economic inequality? Sounds like more wealth redistribution schemes. A giant infrastructure plan? Biden simply cannot be trusted with anything called giant.

-- March 23

He lost his train of thought, assuming he had one. He forgot some of the questions that were asked. He continually flipped through a notebook, strange to see among past commanders in chief, and read prepared answers.

What an ugly scene was Joe Biden's first presidential press conference.

[...]

It was not an impressive performance.

Although he did respond to a question about whether he will seek a second term.

He said he expects to but that the future is never certain. He's already 78 you know, the oldest president ever.

"My plan is to run for reelection. That's my expectation," Biden said, speaking in the East Room of the White House.

Pressed to elaborate, Biden walked back his 2024 musings a bit.

"I'm a great respecter of fate. I've never been able to plan four and a half, three and a half years ahead for certain," he said.

Biden lacked even one memorable remark in a tedious, hour-long non-event. No kidding. I had to watch it!

-- March 25

Joe Biden is not just trying to fix the future of all U.S. elections, he's ruining the all-American sport of baseball to do it!

How?

Joe Biden called it, inexplicably, the second coming of Jim Crow.

[...]

There was a time I thought about Joe Biden as just a rube – a dishonest, venal, unscrupulous man. I overrated him. Anybody who can lie like that is beneath contempt.

-- April 5


Posted by Terry K. at 1:31 AM EDT
Friday, April 30, 2021
MRC Fails In Asserting That FDR's New Deal Was 'Disastrous'
Topic: Media Research Center

Joseph Vazquez devoted a March 31 Media Research Center screed to attacking New YOrk Times columnist Tom Friedman for approving of President Biden's stimulus plans. He took particular exception to this part: "Friedman said that Biden should “not only channel his inner F.D.R. but also a little Ronald Reagan and some rip-roaring capitalism.” Friedman argued as if Reaganomics and FDR’s disastrous New Deal welfare state belonged in the same sentence."

Vazquez's evidence that Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "disastrous" is a link to a review at the right-wing Foundation for Economic Education of a book called "FDR's Folly" by Jim Powell, senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute -- and, thus, brings a highly biased view of FDR to the table. It begins with a highly dishonest cherry-picking of unemployement statistics: "In 1931, the year before Franklin Roosevelt was elected president, unemployment in the United States had soared to an unprecedented 16.3 percent. In human terms that meant that over eight million Americans who wanted jobs could not find them. In 1939, after almost two full terms of Roosevelt and his New Deal, unemployment had not dropped, but had risen to 17.2 percent." This omits the pertinent fact that Great Depression unemployment peaked at 25.6 percent in May 1933.

Powell's book has been dismissed as a work of revisionist history designed to preach to fellow conservatives and libertarians and is not necessariliy reflective of reality, byt Vazquez won't tell you that.

Further, as we've previously noted, unemployment statistics from the 1930s did not count people employed by government work programs -- a key piece of FDR's New Deal -- as actually being employed, thus making the unemployment rate artificially high, and it can be argued that FDR cutting back on spending and raising taxes in 1936 caused a recession in 1937-38 that raised unemployment rates.

Vazquez went on to complain that Friedman "used California’s 2020 decision to ban the sales of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035 as an example" of the government directing capitalism to achieve needed goals, adding, "The Institute for Energy Research rebuked California’s ban as placing 'Californians into a financial dilemma of not being able to afford a vehicle.'" Vazquez didn't mention that the Institute for Energy Research is funded by fossil-fuel interests, making their conclusions a tad suspect.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:04 PM EDT
WND (And CNS) Columnist Loves Her Right-Wing Authoritarians
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Ilana Mercer kicked off her March 25 WorldNetDaily (and CNSNews.com) column by praising her right-wing European authoritarian leaders:

Certain national-conservative governments in Eastern Europe should be natural allies to conservative policymakers stateside, if such unicorns existed.

Vladimir Putin's, for example.

Before his death, from the safety of exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, one of Russia's bravest and most brilliant sons, praised Putin's efforts to revive Russia's traditional Christian and moral heritage. For example:

"In October 2010, it was announced that 'The Gulag Archipelago' would become required reading for all Russian high-school students. In a meeting with Solzhenitsyn's widow, Mr. Putin described 'The Gulag Archipelago' as 'essential reading': 'Without the knowledge of that book, we would lack a full understanding of our country and it would be difficult for us to think about the future.' …

"If [only] the same could be said of the high schools of the United States." (Via The Imaginative Conservative.)

The Russian president patiently tolerates America's demented, anti-Russia monomania. And, as America sinks into the quicksands of Cultural Marxism, Putin's inclinations are decidedly reactionary and traditionalist.

He prohibited sexual evangelizing by LGBTQ activists. He comes down squarely on the side of the Russian Orthodox Church, such as when vandals, the Pussy Riot whores, obscenely desecrated the cathedral of Christ the Savior. The Russian leader has also welcomed as refugees persecuted white South Africans, where America's successive governments won't even officially acknowledge that they're under threat of extermination. Also, policies to stimulate Russian birthrates have been put in place by the conservative leader.

Hungary is oh-so happy in its homogeneity and wants to keep it. But not if Washington can help it. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's motto is, "Procreation, not immigration." Orban plumps for closed borders and pro-Western, Christian, Hungarian-families-first policies. Yet his ongoing campaign against George Soros, an agitator for global government, was met by Donald Trump's State Department with a stern rebuke to … Hungary, claiming that its anti-Soros law will cost the country dearly.

Americans on the right could only dream that, like Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic – the U.S. would "shut its border to Islamic migrants to keep potential terrorists out."

There's no mention of all the political repression Orban has done to achieve that allegedly "oh-so happy in its homogeneity" in Hungary. And Mercer might want to ask Alexei Navalny how Putin's crusade for "traditional Christian and moral heritage" is working out for him.

Mercer spent the rest of her column lamenting that apartheid ultimately cost South Africa support from the West as an anti-Soviet ally. Then, reminding us she still has some nostalgia for apartheid, she concluded: "An ahistoric, rootless America, shot through with dangerous and systemic anti-white animus, is an America in which liberty has been lost." 


Posted by Terry K. at 1:34 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 1:44 PM EDT
CNS Touts Wash. Post Fact-Check On Biden -- Something It Never Did Regarding Trump
Topic: CNSNews.com

Susan Jones wrote in a March 31 CNSNews.com article:

At his March 25 news conference, President Joe Biden called Georgia's new election integrity law "un-American" and "sick."

"It's sick, deciding in some states that you cannot bring water to people standing in line, waiting to vote, deciding that you're going to end voting at 5:00 when working people are just getting off work, deciding that there will be no absentee ballots under the most rigid circumstances."

A day later,Biden issued a statement, titled, "the Attack on the Right to Vote in Georgia," saying in part: "Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over."

His remarks are false. In fact, the Washington Post is giving Biden "four pinnochios" for saying what he did.

You will not be surprised to learn that, according to a search of the CNS archive, CNS has not only never devoted an article to a Washington Post fact-check of Donald Trump, it attacked the Post for fact-checking him at all.

In a May 2019 column, for instance, Brent Bozell and Tim Graham -- the people who run CNS' parent, the Media Research Center -- complained that the Post made a big deal of counting 10,000 falsehoods spoken by Trump, whining that the Post engaged in "bias by target selection," "nitpicking" and "bias by multiplying nitpicking times 100" to reach that number , ultimately dismissing the number as "10,000 gotchas."

CNS has repeatedly held Biden to factual standards it refused to apply to Trump.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:35 AM EDT
Thursday, April 29, 2021
MRC Psaki-Bashing, Doocy-Fluffing Watch
Topic: Media Research Center

The main mission of the Media Research Center these days is to trashing the Biden administration and defend Fox News. That's why Curtis Houck writes his biased reviews of White House press briefings the way he does -- Jen Psaki will always be trashed, Peter Doocy is always lionized. Thus, the March 22 review headlined "WH’s Jen Psaki Gets Destroyed by Doocy, Colleagues on Biden’s Border Crisis":

Continuing her streak of awful, no good, very bad days at the White House podium, Press Secretary Jen Psaki crashed and burned on Monday as she tried to explain away the Biden administration’s crisis at the border, responding to probing questions from Fox’s Peter Doocy and a whole cast of colleagues with bald-faced lies about the border being secure and how Facebook and Instagram ads will help deter illegal immigration.

Houck went on to gush about how his man-crunch Doocy "produced some receipts" and was "upping the ante," while Psakimerely "stuck to her talking points."

On March 26, Houck elevated Doocy's whining he didn't to ask President Biden a question at his press conference thte day before:

A day after he was left off the pre-selected list of reporters called on at President Biden’s first press conference, Fox News Channel White House correspondent Peter Doocy came locked and loaded for Friday’s regular briefing, blasting Press Secretary Jen Psaki over Biden’s past support for the Senate filibuster, the administration’s misleading claims about the border, and the administration’s clear insulating of the President from Fox.

Doocy cut right to the chase as the fourth reporter called on, noting that Biden has “said he thinks the filibuster is a legacy of the Jim Crow era” and then asking whether he thought so in 2005:

[...]

Skipping ahead to the last exchange, Doocy noted that Fox has realized going back to “the end of the campaign” that “any time that the President has an event where he was given a list of reporters to call on, Fox is the only member of the five network TV pool that has never been on the list in front of the President.”

Doocy dropped the hammer with this question: “And I'm just curious, if that is an official administration policy.”

Houck didn't have a Doocy to drool over on March 29, so he lashed out at the "liberal media" he's well-paid to despise and spewed hate at a public health official trying to impart facts to the American people:

Hours after CDC Director Dr. Michelle Walensky was on the verge of tears warning of an "impending doom" of increasing coronavirus cases, Associated Press correspondent and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Lemire took her marching orders Monday afternoon to President Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and pressing them to urge states to halt reopening efforts.

For a liberal media and public health community that’s realizing their death grip on the American people was slipping away, it seemed as though they’ve found their new narrative to keep an increasingly vaccinated country from returning to pre-pandemic life.

Again: Houck gets paid to hate.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:05 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:15 PM EDT
Farah Forgets Who Has Female Sexual Harassment Accusers Than Biden
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah ranted in his April 2 WorldNetDaily column:

We all know about Tara Reade, the woman who accused Joe Biden while working for him in 1993.

What did she say?

That Biden pinned her against a wall in the Capitol, shoved his hands up her skirt and his fingers into her vagina. Reade told at least five witnesses at the time about the attack. In addition, there is a video of Reade's mother calling into a 1993 edition of CNN's "Larry King Live" asking for help for her daughter's problem with a "prominent senator."

[...]

That he had this experience with one woman could possibly be overlooked, misunderstood amid inspection and adjudication. But there were other women – at least SEVEN in all, according to journalist John Nolte of Breitbart.com.

Consider all you've heard about a similar matter recently concerning Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Most people think that when there's smoke there is fire. Another president comes to mind. Does the name Bill Clinton ring a bell? It's enough to make one think that the "MeToo" movement was a sham to go after Republicans, not Democrats.

Again, Biden has been credibly accused by at least eight women. The man is truly creepy. Here's the record.

Farah has not only ignoring that there are plenty of reasons to question Reade's story, he has also forgotten who the truly creepy one is. More than 20 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment, which seems like a significant number -- and much greater than either Biden or Cuomo.

Farah concluded by declaring, "Who do think is creepier – Biden or Cuomo? Who do you think is a nicer guy?" Of course, Farah is such a Trump fanboy that he'll never admit Trump is far creepier than both of them combined.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:36 PM EDT
NEW ARTICLE: Trump Friends Even After The End
Topic: Media Research Center
The fact that President Trump has been out of office for months (and left in disgrace after the Capitol riot) isn't keeping the Media Research Center from continuing to defend him and his wife's record in office. Read more >>

Posted by Terry K. at 1:13 PM EDT
CNS' Uber-Catholics Bash Biden Some More
Topic: CNSNews.com

The uber-Catholics who run CNSNews.com love to demonstrate their supposed moral superiority over President Biden, a fellow Catholic, because he's not forcing all of America to abide by the right-wing Catholic policies CNS demand. Let's tally how CNS has tried to use Biden's Catholicism against him in the past few months.

Manging editor (and uber-Catholic) Michael W. Chapman invoked one of his favorite hardline catholics in a Feb. 16 article:

Two days after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced that they are committed to codifying Roe v. Wade into law, Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, gave a sermon in which he said such a plan is part of the Evil One’s “program of lies and death.”

This is the same Cardinal Burke who said in August that Biden “is not a Catholic in good standing and he should not approach to receive Holy Communion.”

The same day, a column by anti-abortion activist Judie Brown criticized Catholic bishops for supposedly not bashing Biden hard enough on the issue of abortion: "As members of the media press hard for Biden’s abortion agenda—including the repeal of laws that require parents to be notified if their minor child seeks to abort her baby—we find it nearly unbelievable that the bishops really need to clarify the obvious facts about abortion. What is it actually going to take for not only bishops, but Catholics in general, to awaken to the sad reality of our time?"

The next day, CNS' favorite dishonest Catholic, Bill Donohue, huffed: "President Biden used his first day in office to discuss human rights. However, he did not speak to this issue in a broad manner; rather, he limited his discussion to the rights of homosexuals and transgender persons. This tells us a great deal about his priorities."

That sort of hostile coverage continued:

  • An anonymously written Feb. 21 article carried the headline "Catholic Bishops: Stop Biden-Backed Equality Act That Would ‘Force Girls…to Share…Shower Spaces With Biological Males’."
  • On Feb. 22, Chapman found a bishop to attack Biden as "not a real Catholic ... just a fact." Chapman went on to lecture: "Biden and his supporters in the left-wing media frequently refer to his 'devout' Catholicism, but gloss over his support for abortion on demand, gay marriage, gay adoption, and other issues contrary to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church."
  • On march 2, Donohue hufffed that "If there is one thing that makes Biden "overtly religious," it is his habit of carrying a rosary. ... What does that have to do with his public policy decisions that are of interest to the Catholic Church?"
  • Two days later, Donohue complained: "Not a day goes by without some commentators, usually left-wing Catholics, trying to convince the public that [Biden] is a model Catholic. This is disingenuous. If Biden were a model Catholic, there would be no need to assure us that he is."
  • Chapman spent a March 26 article highlighting aonther bishop's attack on Biden, declaring that he "'should not present himself' for Holy Communion at Sunday Mass given his decades-long support for abortion and other grievous sins." Chapman further editorialized: "Biden should not present himself for Communion because he has used his power and vote over the years to ensure that abortion occurs in this country (and abroad) and that Planned Parenthood receives federal funding. Abortion and contraception are contrary to Catholic moral teaching."
  • Chapman called on his favorite Biden-hating bishop again on March 31: "In response to a question about President Joe Biden's open defiance of the Catholic Church's moral teaching, particularly on abortion, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, an American, said that 'a person who claims to be a Catholic and yet promotes in such an open, obdurate, and aggressive way a crime like procured abortion is in the state, at least, of apostasy.' He added that the next step to consider is a church penalty for the 'crime of apostasy, which would be excommunication.'
  • On April 5, editor Terry Jeffrey was the one who scrounged up a Biden-bashing bishop, "stating that President Joe Biden, who supports abortion and same-sex relationships, should not receive Holy Communion.
  • Chapman harrumphed on April 14: "Although President Joe Biden is a Catholic -- a Catholic who rejects nearly all of the fundamental moral teachings of the church -- a recent survey shows there is "little evidence" that his faith is resulting in "high approval ratings from his fellow Catholics." In fact, his highest job approval rating, 67%, is among people who never attend church." Chapman went on to tout: "Many Catholic bishops have denounced Biden's support for abortion and gay "marriage," and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has said Biden could face public excommunication from the church."
  • Jeffrey returned on April 28 to promote yet another Biden-bashing bishop: "“It can create confusion. ... How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the church’s teaching?”

As usual, CNS refused to give any Catholic Biden supporters a chance to respond to the attacks.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:46 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
MRC Censors Full Controversy Over 'Christian Crowdfunding Platform'
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Alexander Hall fretted in a March 17 post:

The crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo stepped up to the challenge and was described by a liberal blog as the “go-to fundraising vehicle for some Trump supporters and far-right groups looking to solicit money online.”

GiveSendGo — and other new alternative platforms — may just be the pushback to Big Tech the conservative movement has been waiting for. “Donald Trump’s efforts to [allegedly] delegitimize the results of the 2020 presidential election set off a gold rush, allowing prominent lawyers, conservative PACs, Republican lawmakers, and others in the former president’s orbit to raise millions of dollars off false claims of a stolen election,” liberal outlet GEN reported via Medium. The blog post, “Trumpworld Has Been Using a Christian Crowdfunding Platform to Rake in Cash,” written by Medium Associate Editor Richard Salame, illustrated that “GiveSendGo has been a friendly resource for those looking to push claims of election fraud.”

Salame made clear that the large amounts of money being processed by the conservative crowdfunding platform were nothing to scoff at:

Among the most successful fundraisers is Matthew Braynard, the former director of data and strategy for Trump’s 2016 campaign. Braynard had launched his fundraising page on the Christian crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo on November 7, promising to use the money to “detect potentially fraudulent ballots.” After a week, donations had surpassed the goal of $590,000 that he had set by tens of thousands of dollars, and by mid-January, the campaign had raised more than $675,000 from nearly 9,000 donations.

See that "[allegedly]" in the first paragraph of Hall's item? Hall put that in -- apparently, he doesn't believe that Trump tried to delegitimize the election despite all the evidence showing that he did. He also omitted a key fact about Braynard's crowdfunding campaign that was in the article he's atacking: Braynard has yet to make public any evidence he claims to have of election fraud, which seems to suggest that the only fraud here is being perpetrated by Braynard.

But for all Hall's gushing about how "conservatives have actually begun to establish their own platforms to address their concerns rather than merely accept being deplatformed," he's not going to tell you other reasons GiveSendGo is considered controversial. The big ones is that it allowed crowdfunding campaigns for people arrested in the Capitol riot and for a legal defense for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two people at a Wisconsin protest against police brutality. Is it really "Christian" to give money to credibly accused criminals?

GiveSendGo popped up at the MRC again in an April 19 post, in which Autumn johnson complained that Twitter didn't block an article on a data breach at GiveSendGo that revealed the names of police officers who donated to Rittenhouse's defense fund.Johnson comlained it was a double standard because Twitter "banned the New York Post article exposing the contents of Biden’s laptop over unfounded allegations that the story relied on hacked materials." Hunter Biden is a right-wing obsession, and the origin of the laptop has never been proven -- and given that the story came from Rudy Giuliani as campaign dirt and published by the New York Post, which just got busted lying about Kamala Harris, there's good reason to question the veracity of that story.


Posted by Terry K. at 8:53 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:59 PM EDT
Newsmax Writes An NRA Press Release
Topic: Newsmax

A March 30 article claims to have been written by Eric Mack, but it reads like it came from the National Rifle Association's PR shop:

The National Rifle Association has faced some challenges with bankruptcy proceedings and a move to Texas after New York Democrats sought to engage in politically motivated investigations, but its membership growth is strengthening.

The NRA has seen 150,000 new members this year alone, averaging about 1,000 new members a day, NRA Director of Media Relations Amy Hunter told The Epoch Times.

Mass murder events and President Joe Biden's administration's talk of gun-control measures have also led defenders of the Second Amendment to join the nation's top gun lobby.

"We've had two federal bills that have been passed in the House, and they're going to be heard in the Senate soon," Hunter told the Times. "You have Biden talking about executive action that he's going to take, and it's been pretty steady throughout history that when you have an anti-gun president in office, and he's passing laws, signing executive action, that usually causes a surge in NRA interest in membership."

The NRA now boasts 5 million members after a summer surge, she added.

Mack provided no evidence that the New York investigation into the NRA is "politically motivated" -- in fact, given all the financial shenanigans that have been uncovered, there's more than sufficient cause to investigate the organization. Mack alluded to the NRA's problems only in the second-to-last paragraph of his article, when referenced an NRA board member trying to fight the New York investigation and declaring that "he must take on a culture of subservience and alleged financial misdeeds that has sprung up around the group's top executive, Wayne LaPierre."

That's not really enough to shake off the press-release feeling of Mack's article.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:14 PM EDT

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