Slanties 2023: Ultra Slantie
For the 20th time, it's time to honor (as it were) the worst ConWeb reporting and craziest ConWeb opinions of the year.
By Terry Krepel
With even more documented misdeeds than ever to choose from, it's time to announce the 20th annual Slantie Awards, ConWebWatch's celebration of bad journalism and creepy right-wing sycophancy.
Time to document the atrocities -- er, hand out some hardware.
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The first award is for the most egregious example of bias in "news" coverage. The nominees are:
-- The MRC's war on NewsGuard: The Media Research Center spent a good part of 2022 waging a loud and lame war on website rating service NewsGuard for pointing out how right-wing websites aren't very credible. Not that the MRC actually rebutted any of those claims with actual evidence, mind you -- it just loudly ranted that right-wing sites that have been repeatedly busted for spreading falsehoods and misinformation were totally credible.
-- The return of Dick Morris at Newsmax: Morris is a notoriously wrong political prognosticator, but he decided to go all in on Donald Trump, writing a Trump-fluffing book (published by Newsmax, of course) that put him all over the channel promoting it. Oh, and he still made wildly wrong prognostications.
-- MRC's hero worship of Elon Musk: The Media Research Center started out 2022 criticizing Musk for being too cozy with China in order to sell Teslas there. When he showed interest in buying Twitter, however, the MRC quickly memory-holed that and went into hero-worship mode, praising every move he made -- as well as everything he did when, after months of hemming and hawing, he finally bought Twitter and fed right-wing narratives about supposed "censorship" of conservatives there.
-- MRC and CNS love of Kanye West backfires: Both the Media Research Center and its "news" division CNSNews.com spent years fawning over rapper Kanye West for spouting right-wing-friendly things about abortion and maintaining a bromance with Donald Trump. When Ye suddenly turned anti-Semitic, neither the MRC nor CNS were particularly quick or eager to criticize him -- and the same went for Trump when he later dined with Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
And the Slantie goes to ... the MRC's hero worship of Elon Musk. The MRC has served as a servile stenographer to Musk ever since he got interested in buying Twitter, and that's not going to stop anytime soon as long as he keeps feeding right-wing victimhood narratives.
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The next award is the LoBaido Award for the silliest statement made by a writer for a conservative news Web site (named after Anthony LoBaido, who wrote a post-9/11 column for WorldNetDaily that was so unhinged -- he blamed the attacks on America's immorality since "all that is evil in the world can be found in New York" and, for good measure, called Hillary Clinton "openly Marxist, treasonous and abortion-mongering, occultic" -- that WND eventually pulled it from its site). Here are this year's finalists:
How do you know if Hillary is gearing up for another presidential bid?
-- Dick Morris, Jan. 1 Newsmax column
Stay away from the force-field of evil that is the Democrats' Jan. 6 Psychological Operation (PSYOP). Much like the Russia hoax a plot to unseat a president the Jan. 6 monomania is meant to overthrow a people, MAGA America.
-- Ilana Mercer, Jan. 6 WND column
What a time to be alive! M&Ms has made its Green M&M mascot less sexy. All is well with the world.
-- Gabriel Hays, Jan. 25 MRC post
According to legend, 11th-century monarch King Canute ordered his chair to be placed on the beach while the tide was rising. "You are subject to me," Canute told the sea. "I command you, therefore, not to rise on to my land, nor to presume to wet the clothing or limbs of your master."
-- Jack Cashill, Feb. 9 WND column
Whatever we may think of Putin, he is no Stalin. He has not murdered millions or created a gulag archipelago.
-- Pat Buchanan, Feb. 25 CNS column
But for now, thanks to the Biden administration’s one-two punch of weakness and incompetence, Ukraine is now Putin’s to do with what he wants.
-- Michael Reagan, Feb. 25 Newsmax column
Blacks have not been discriminated against in appointments to the Supreme Court in recent years. Indeed, there has been a black Supreme Court justice ever since 1967, even though blacks have never been more than 13% of the U.S. population during that period, and blacks have usually comprised less than 3% of the legal profession during that period. (It is the black percentage of the legal profession, not the black percentage of the general population, that is legally relevant in assessing whether blacks are "underrepresented" in the judiciary, according to Supreme Court rulings like Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio (1989)).
-- Hans Bader, Feb. 28 CNS column
Russia demands only that Ukraine end its military hostilities, promise not to join the anti-Russia EU or NATO, recognize Crimea as part of Russia and acknowledge the independence of the small Donetsk and Lugansk whose residents speak Russian.
-- Andy Schlafly, March 8 WND column
Women are being erased by the very people and companies that claim to support women’s rights. Disney has changed Minnie Mouse’s outfit from a red polka dot dress and heels to a blue pantsuit with flats and M&Ms has de-feminized its green and brown commercial characters. Those are just the tip of the iceberg of how our culture is erasing women today.
-- Crystal Renaud Day, Feb. 21 CNS column
Social justice is not Christian. It does not reflect a Christian understanding of justice. It does not fit the Christology of Jesus. It’s a distorted attempt to create a “perfect” world, according to a vision of perfection that’s cast in the image of man, and is quite aside from what God understands as perfection.
-- Rev. Michael Orsi, March 21 CNS column
The very next written question asked Jackson: "Do you hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights, yes or no?"
-- Terry Jeffrey, April 6 CNS column
One does not need to approve of Russia’s military actions to analyze its stated motivation: NATO membership for Ukraine was a red line it was not willing to see crossed. As we find ourselves at risk of a terrible escalation, we should remind ourselves that it didn’t have to happen this way. There was no advantage to the United States to expand and threaten to expand NATO to Russia’s doorstep. There is no way to argue that we are any safer for it.
-- Ron Paul, March 1 CNSNews.com column
Aspen Institute wants less digital surveillance. Why? So that women can travel to abort their babies without anyone knowing.
-- Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, May 12 MRC post
If we're going to try Putin in the court of public opinion, the least we can do is compare him point for point not with the perfect standard of Jesus Christ, but with other current and recent world leaders. How does Putin compare, for example to Joe Biden? Justin Trudeau? Boris Johnson? Emmanuel Macron? George Bush? Bill Clinton? Angela Merkle? Barack Obama? Have any of them killed foreign enemies? Conducted military operations on foreign soil that harmed civilians? Sabotaged political rivals? Consorted with billionaire "oligarchs"? Making fair comparisons is a duty we owe to ourselves, as much as to those being smeared.
-- Scott Lively, May 12 WND column
You know, come to think of it, Biden is possibly mentally ill.
-- Joseph Farah, June 14 WND column
Wonders never cease in the wide woke world of the Women’s National Basketball Association. While doing time in a Russian prison on drug charges, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner just made the WNBA All-Star Game as an honorary starter. Her initials and uniform number are adorning center court in each of the league’s 12 arena, too.
-- Jay Maxson, June 23 MRC post
Hollywood lefties hate Christians, and never pass up a chance to show it. Following a spate of incidents of children participating in drag shows, they’re showing what they hold sacred.
-- Michael Ippolito, June 10 MRC NewsBusters post (which forgot about Kevin Sorbo)
The American experience has become a horror story that's about to get truly scary. The most blatantly sexually corrupt and publicly reviled woman in American political history remains just one heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States as the Obama team waits for the exact right moment to pull the plug on putative "President" Biden.
-- Scott Lively, July 25 WND column
Liberals are anthropomorphic diseased lifeforms suffering from severe mental illness who have transmogrified into a bipedal form of cancer that uses gross depravity as a food source to feed Satanic goals and agendas.
-- Mychal Massie, Aug. 29 WND column
Biden believes he is historically a "messianic" figure like Lincoln during the Civil War and FDR in World War II. I personally pray for him daily but believe he is cognitively deficient, living in a state of denial and devoid of a moral compass to protect human life in the womb, on the border or in war-torn Afghanistan where multitudes were callously left behind as the Taliban reconstitutes, enslaves masses and puts women back into slavery. Where is the outcry from the women of the world?
-- Joel Hirschhorn, Sept. 5 WND column
Eventually, history will show that all the powers forcing COVID "vaccines" on the public do not have the courage and integrity to admit that the "vaccines" were a dangerous and false pandemic solution that ultimately will explain millions of deaths. They can be seen as part of the biowar forced upon humanity a true crime against humanity. The principal force that created the phony vaccine movement was Anthony Fauci, whose prosecution as a criminal is sorely needed.-- Larry Tomczak, Sept. 6 WND column
DeSantis has hit a home run. I should know; it's my idea. But now we have to double down. Put it into overdrive. Put the pedal to the metal. Every other GOP governor needs to join the fight. It's time for national expansion.-- Wayne Allyn Root, Sept. 17 WND column
Oh. So the massive, unannounced, armed police raid on a U.S. president’s home wasn’t a “raid.” But the Jan. 6, 2021, demonstration in the U.S. Capitol by that same president’s supporters, who had every reason to suspect the 2020 election had been stolen was an “armed insurrection,” even though not one protestor was armed nor did their actions in any way amount to an “insurrection.” Nevertheless, Vice President Kamala Harris insisted the Jan. 6 “insurrection” was every bit as infamous and awful as the raid on Pearl Harbor and the 9-11 terror attacks, each of which killed thousands of Americans. Change the definitions of words and you change everything.
-- David Kupelian, Sept. 12 WND column
In a publicity stunt, some argue was designed to generate outrage this week, the Library of Congress allowed degenerate singer Lizzo to parade around half naked on stage while twerking and playing former President James Madison’s crystal flute. On Friday, the cackling coven of ABC’s The View looked on with glee as they mocked some conservatives for getting upset and argued that the disgusting display was retribution against Madison because he owned slaves.
-- Nicholas Fondacaro, Sept. 30 MRC NewsBusters post
American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are two Jewish organizations that both rightfully condemned Ye. However, they each used extreme language. AJC called his posts “dangerous” in a video that was produced before the “death con 3” tweet. So it was solely based on Ye using Jewish stereotypes such as greed and power.
-- Jason Cohen, Oct. 13 MRC NewsBusters post (later deleted)
So what caused this low birth rate among Caucasians and with industrialized nations? As pointed out by Virginia Raines and Sue Sarkis in different email exchange groups, the birth rate falls as a population becomes more educated and more affluent. Intellectuals brainwash our children into believing that careers are hindered by children and that motherhood is slavery so birth rates fall as wealth and careers become more important than bringing life into the world.
-- Michael Master, Nov. 22 WND column
Last week, Trump had dinner with a celebrity acquaintance (Ye, formerly known as Kanye West) and a stranger (Nick Fuentes). The media, Democrats and the RINO establishment GOP are trying to destroy Trump over a brief dinner with a stranger.
-- Wayne Allyn Root, Dec. 2 WND column
It took a lot of courage to do what Elon did in returning Trump to the Twitter platform.
-- James Hirsen, Nov. 21 Newsmax column
It will be interesting to see whether ingrate Griner ever appreciates all that was done, at great national expense financially as well as setting a dangerous foreign policy precedent, to bring her home ahead of others. Griner got a "get out of Russian jail free" card played on her behalf. The honorable thing for her now would be not to let Whelan be forgotten and to stand for our national anthem. Sadly, don't expect that to happen.
-- James Zumwalt, Dec. 11 WND column
Despite the fact that 412,336 concerned citizens sent emails to their two Senators through the Family Research Council website, the same 12 Republican senators were unmoved by the cry of their constituents. Through a series of votes, they repeatedly embraced the sexually perverse bill [the Respect for Marriage Act] with a white-knuckled grip.
-- Paul Milazzo, Dec. 16 CNS column
And the Slantie goes to ... the MRC's Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, for advocating an Orwellian surveillance state to monitor pregnant women lest they cross state lines to have an abortion. She's the chief anti-abortion extremist at the MRC and proud of it.
Runners-up included a couple regarding noted anti-Semite Kanye West: Jason Cohen's insistence that Jewish groups criticizing Kanye West's anti-Semitism is just as bad as anti-Semitism itself, and Wayne Allyn Root's whitewashing of Trump's dinner with Ye and fellow anti-Semite Nick Fuentes as merely involving a "celebrity acquaintance" and a "stranger."
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Our next award is the Slantie Award for Career Achievement in Conservative Bias. This goes to a reporter or commentator with a consistent record of biased and slanted reports that fly in the face of time-honored journalistic practice, the truth and/or common sense.
This year's honoree is ... Art Moore of WorldNetDaily. Moore is a longtime WND employee and one of the few remaining as the website creeps toward oblivion, but over the past years he has distinguished himself as a premier misinformer about COVID and its vaccines. From misleading about study results to obsessively hyping treatments like ivermectin that have yet to be proven effective in legitimate trials, Moore is a key reason why WND is continuing on its path to oblivion.
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Our final award is the Career Achievement In Crassness Award, which we are giving to ... WorldNetDaily.
WND is incredibly desperate for money -- so much so that it actually invoked the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sell paid subscriptions. An appeal accompanied by a picture of the New York City skyline with beams of light emanating from the former location of the World Trade Center towers stated:
NEVER BEFORE HAS A FOREIGN ENEMY SUCCESSFULLY ATTACKED OUR MAINLAND FROM OVER THE HORIZON.
It also stumbled into racism, choosing to illustrate a Daily Caller article about federal loans to black farmers with a picture of watermelons. Finally, WND got a little too glib over the death of actress Kirstie Alley with the headline "'Drop Dead Gorgeous' star Kirstie Alley dead."
And WND wonders why it continues its long march to oblivion.