Sometimes a headline says it all:
Pretty good distillation of WND's worldview, isn't it? The word gays in scare-quotes, the premise that "cooperating" with gay people is fundamentally inconsistent with being a conservative.
The article begins:
A viral alarm spreading among conservatives that the American Conservative Union is accepting homosexual sponsorship for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington is not the first indication that the organization is stepping away from its conservative foundations, based on an invitation from CPAC to WND a few months ago.
Oh, no! Not "homosexual sponsorship"! (WND describes the sponsor in question as "GOProud, which calls itself 'the only national organization for gay conservatives and their allies.'")
Interestingly, while WND is up in arms about a group of gay conservatives co-sponsoring CPAC, the article doesn't raise any concerns about another event co-sponsor: The John Birch Society.
Which isn't to say CPAC's "cooperation with 'gays'" is WND's only complaint. They're also miffed that CPAC doesn't seem to have much interest in allowing WND's Joseph Farah to peddle his Birther conspiracy theories at the event:
Joseph Farah, WND's chief executive officer and founder, said he received an invitation from CPAC's Lisa DePasquale for WND to be a cosponsor for the 2010 event, scheduled Feb. 18-20, and he responded with a brief private e-mail suggesting an interest in discussing the issue of President Obama's eligibility to hold office at the event.
"Never heard back from her - not even a polite acknowledgement of receipt of my e-mail," he said. "But months later she offered to an interviewer from the L.A. Times, among others, that CPAC 'turned me down.'"
So to sum up: WorldNetDaily thinks CPAC should exclude gays but include Birchers and Birthers.
From a December 7 column, headlined, "Eligibility issue goes 'mainstream,'" by WorldNetDaily CEO and founder Joseph Farah:
Sarah Palin, last year's vice presidential candidate and the best-selling author in the world right now, affirms that questions about Barack Obama's eligibility for office are legitimate.
This is no longer the "fringe" issue as most of the media would like to portray it.
One of the things people love about Sarah Palin is her shoot-from-the-hip frankness. They admire her courage. They like the fact that she doesn't just offer TelePrompTer answers in interviews. She demonstrated that candor once again in her interview with Rusty Humphreys.
And since she must be regarded as one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, that puts this eligibility issue right where it belongs - at the forefront of the national debate.
WorldNetDaily is currently in full-fledged snit mode because the United Nations won't grant WND's Jerome Corsi (remember him?) press credentials to cover the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen. According to WND, The U.N. denied the press credentials because "advocacy publications of nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation."
WND editor and CEO Joseph Farah responded by stating that WND is not a part of a nonprofit organization, having been spun off from the Farah-founded nonprofit Western Journalism Center in 1999. We'll take Farah's word on that, even though he has long refused to make the names of WND's investors public. But Farah also claims:
Neither is it an advocacy organization, though, like all news organizations, it does publish a broad spectrum of opinion -- we believe, in fact, the broadest ideological spectrum of any news organization in the world.
In a word, bollocks. WND's "broad spectrum of opinion" is mere window-dressing. Out of the 50 or so regular columnists that WND publishes, only two -- Bill Press and Ellen Ratner -- are genuine liberals. The rest are conservative, libertarian, right-wing Christian, or some combination thereof. On any given day, liberal opinions at WND are outnumbered by conservative opinions at WND by at least 6-to-1.
And Farah's claim that WND is not an "advocacy organization" is simply laughable. Just because WND is a for-profit operation doesn't mean it doesn't advocate -- it does. More to the point, WND advocates against the very organization from which it demands press credentials.
From an October 2007 column by Farah, headlined "Death to the U.N.!":
Today is United Nations Day. How shall we celebrate?
Easy. We ought to be mourning the continued life of this globalist monstrosity, not celebrating it.
I understand I'm wasting my breath. Too many Americans have bought into the lie that only a worldwide body such as the United Nations can really move us closer to peace. Even most of those who don't care for the United Nations don't really consider it to be a threat to their freedom.
There's just no place for the United States in the United Nations. And there's just no place for the United Nations in the United States.
I wish my fellow Americans had the courage and foresight to stand up tall against the march toward global political and economic unions that afford the American people no accountability, that recognize no inalienable rights and that create supranational governments that can eventually lead only to tyranny on a worldwide scale.
The United Nations is not just, as many Americans suspect, a group of incompetent busybodies. It is, instead, a global criminal enterprise determined to shift power away from individuals and sovereign nation-states to a small band of unaccountable international elites. Just think oil-for-food scandal. Just think Rwanda genocide. Just think of the incredible human-rights and sexual-abuse scandals by "peacekeeping" forces in Africa and elsewhere.
Now's the time to stand up for our sovereignty and our individual rights by demanding that we withdraw from the United Nations and, most importantly of all, stop funding this madness with U.S. taxpayer dollars.
Even more laughably, Farah suggests in a December 2 column that WND can be an "impartial witness" to the U.N.'s "shenannigans." Really? What part of "Death to the U.N.!" suggests any capability of impartiality on WND's part?
Farah is trying to frame this as a free-press issue. But at no point does Farah explain why he's submitting to the process of seeking press credentials from an organization whose legitimacy he doesn't recognize and which he wants to see destroyed -- or why the U.N. should grant credentials to a "news" organization that advocates for its destruction.
From WorldNetDaily editor and CEO Joseph Farah's December 1 column:
Imagine any previous president appointing an "anti-Semitism czar" who blames Israel in its fight for survival in the roughest neighborhood in the world as not the victim of anti-Semitism but the cause of at least some of it.
That's what happened last week when Barack Obama, the man who doesn't believe Jews in Israel have an inherent right to build and repair homes and offices, appointed Hannah Rosenthal to this newly created post.
"I'll tell you point-blank: I have two grown daughters, and I didn't think that my kids were going to have to deal with some of the same anti-Semitism that I did as the daughter of Holocaust survivors," Rosenthal said. "It's a scary time, with people losing the ability to differentiate between a Jew, any Jew, and what's going on in Israel."
How would you interpret that statement?
Here's how I would explain it: "It's wrong to condemn Jews per se, but attacking the one and only Jewish state, home to half the Jewish population, isolated as it might be among a world of Jew-haters, is fair game."
What else should we expect from Obama?
This is the president who publicly supports ethnic cleansing in the Middle East against Jews - not just in Gaza, not just in Judea and Samaria, not just in East Jerusalem, but in solidly Jewish neighborhoods of the capital of the Jewish state never before placed on the table for negotiations with the Jew-haters who demand a "Palestinian state" free of all Jews.
It would seem if you were sincere about fighting the worst kind of anti-Semitism in the world today you would be working for the removal of Barack Obama from office, not promoting his policies.
But Hannah Rosenthal is beguiled by Obama's demands for Israel to lay down and be carved up by those whose history of political involvement places them as the political disciples of Adolf Hitler's Nazis.
Now Obama has appointed an "anti-Semitism czar" who believes even Israel's most appeasement-oriented leaders were warmongers.
I admit I never expected any president to name an "anti-Semitism czar." Yet, I kind of expected that if one were ever named, the purpose would be to fight anti-Semitism, not spread it.
From WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah's November 23 WND.com column headlined, "Why sin cannot be condoned by state":
On Friday, more than 150 Christian leaders, most of them conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Roman Catholics, issued a joint declaration reaffirming their opposition to homosexual marriage on the basis of protecting religious freedom.
While I agree that government's granting of special "rights" based on aberrant sexual behavior is a religious freedom issue, it's not the main reason for concern by Christians and Jews.
The Bible clearly identifies homosexual behavior, as opposed to homosexual thoughts or predilections, as sin.
The issue Christians and Jews should be focused upon is whether it can ever be acceptable for the government to condone sin - or, worse yet, encourage it by making it a "right."
I don't believe government can do that without dire consequences.
America is being judged by God.
The biblical proof text is Romans 1.
I am not stating the obvious here - that individuals will be judged for their behavior in the afterlife. What I am saying is we are already being judged in the here and now for rejecting God and one of those judgments is the explosion of homosexuality in our culture and the absolute explosion in the number of people accepting it, condoning it and even rejoicing in it.
Whether you are a believer or not, this affects you. It shapes the world in which you and your children live. If you think your society is depraved now, you have seen nothing yet.
Farah's column is promoted on WND's frontpage next to an unscientific online poll asking readers, "LET'S NOT MINCE WORDS; What do you think of homosexuality?" From the WND.com poll, accessed on November 24:
From the November 17 edition of United Stations Radio Networks' The Lou Dobbs Show:
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Lou Dobbs' website now features a series of fawning testimonials praising Dobbs' work. One of them is entitled, "Lou Dobbs, real newsman." The author? WorldNetDaily founder and CEO and fake newsman Joseph Farah, who declares CNN "in a state of programming irrelevancy" now that they've rid themselves of the "one reason to tune into" their network. Farah also claims that "Dobbs thinks like a real American newsman - a throwback to an age when journalists actually believed they were watchdogs of government and asked tough questions in the interests of the people."
What has Dobbs done to earn such high praise from Farah? Why, he's supported the same birther conspiracy theories Farah's publication has been pushing. Or, in Farah's words:
When virtually his entire profession and elites in all the other political and cultural institutions of our time were making excuses for Barack Obama's unwillingness to prove his constitutional eligibility to serve in the White House by simply showing the American people his long-form birth certificate, Lou Dobbs was alone in asking why.
Farah even goes so far as to offer Dobbs a job:
Let me be the first to say I would be proud to work with Lou Dobbs. He's got his pick of assignments here at WND. I would be honored to work for him - and it's been a long time since I worked for anyone.
So at least Lou has that to fall back on, if whatever he has planned falls through.
WorldNetDaily CEO and editor-in-chief Joseph Farah claimed that WND's false report that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan "advised" the "Obama transition" -- previously debunked by Media Matters for America -- had been subsequently "confirm[ed]" by an official with the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University, which had listed Hasan as a member of its Presidential Transition Task Force "Event Participants." But the updated article reported only that the official confirmed that the Hasan listed as a "participant" was the alleged shooter, not that he had advised the "Obama transition" -- a falsehood undermined by WND's own reporting that there is no evidence that "the group played any formal role in the official Obama transition."
From the October 27 edition of WOR's The Steve Malzberg Show:
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From WorldNetDaily editor and CEO Joseph Farah's October 6 column, headlined "Obama's freak show":
But this guy, Barack Obama, is giving us all more than we bargained for in the way of craziness, chaos, radicalism, extremism and immorality on a scale that would possibly make even Bill Clinton blush. Well, maybe not that much.
We've got a homosexual activist by the name of Kevin Jennings as czar of "safe schools." Talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop! This guy is a disciple of Harry Hay, founder of Radical Faeries and a longtime advocate for the North American Man-Boy Love Association. Do you feel like your child is safe with him in charge of school safety?
Then there's science czar John Holdren who wrote in a college textbook that "illegitimate children" born to unwed mothers should be seized by the government and put up for adoption if the mother refuses to have an abortion. He also argued the Constitution supports "compulsory" abortion.
Then there's Cass Sunstein, the regulatory czar, who explains that embryos are "just a handful of cells" and that an adult dog is more rational than a human baby.
Now come the revelations about his nominee to be commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Chai Feldblum.
She signed a manifesto praising polygamy and arguing traditional marriage should not be privileged above other forms of union.
Another outspoken homosexual-rights activist - it seems almost a prerequisite in the Obama administration - she is a signatory to an online petition entitled "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Our Families and Relationships." Among the stated "partnerships" the petition seeks to protect is "households in which there is more than one conjugal partner."
She also proclaimed gay sex as "morally good" - not just neutral, mind you, but something God apparently smiles upon.
I wonder what kind of database Obama uses to locate people like this? Is it Monster.com? That would be appropriate. Or is it FreaksUnlimited.com? Maybe Obamanations.com? No, it's got to be Perverts.gov.
I'm telling you, the entire federal government is going to have to be fumigated some day when these deviants and degenerates are finally sent packing.
From Farah's May 30 column, headlined "A racist for the Supreme Court":
Sotomayor is a member of the National Council of La Raza. What is La Raza?
It bills itself as a "civil rights" organization. It would be more appropriate to say it disguises itself as such. It camouflages itself as such. It hides its real purpose and true intents as such - with the willing and skillful assistance of many of my media colleagues.
In reality, La Raza is a racist hate group - a band of "Hispanic supremacists," if you will, though it is seldom characterized that way.
It is no more a civil rights group than the Ku Klux Klan is a group promoting the civil rights of white people. It is no more a civil rights group than the neo-Nazi scum who marched a generation ago at Skokie, Ill., with the legal protection of the American Civil Liberties Union, another misnamed organization. It is no more a civil rights group than the Aryan skinheads who victimize Jews and others they detest in trying to lift themselves up from the gutter.
La Raza is part of the movement in this country to destroy it from within by dividing and "reconquering."
Its members and leadership are linked directly to those who believe the Southwestern U.S. was unjustly seized from Mexico in the 19th century. It should, they believe, by any means necessary, be reconstituted either as part of that thoroughly corrupt, socialist regime fled by tens of millions of refugees or as an independent, autonomous, Spanish-speaking socialist state - like the mythical land of Aztlan.
The only real differences between La Raza and the neo-Nazis and the KKK are its wealth, power and level of sophistication.
Terry Krepel, a senior web editor at Media Matters and founder and editor of ConWebWatch, has a great piece up at Huffington Post about the reemergence of the Western Journalism Center. Be sure to check out the entire piece.
Here's just a taste:
How is Barack Obama's birth certificate like Vince Foster?
To answer that, we must go back to the very beginning. After leaving the Sacramento Union in 1991, Joseph Farah and former Union publisher James Smith founded the Western Journalism Center -- under whose aegis Farah later founded WorldNetDaily. (After WND was spun off as a for-profit subsidiary in 1998, the WJC's share of of it was gradually transferred over the years to Farah.)
Farah likes to peddle the story that the WJC was founded "to fill a growing void in my industry's commitment to investigative reporting" and that its "mission was not ideological." In fact, the WJC didn't do all that much actual investigating; its main function was to attack the Clinton administration by promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster -- it accepted $330,000 in donations from then-Clinton-hater Richard Mellon Scaife toward that end, and other conservative foundations contributed as well -- and it went dormant as soon as Clinton left office.
Now that there's a Democrat in the Oval Office again, guess who's back?
The first hint of the WJC's resurrection came last August with a WorldNetDaily commentary by Andrea Shea King touting Jerome Corsi's factually dubious anti-Obama book, asserting that the book contains "legitimate questions about Obama that the author meticulously documents in the book's nearly 700 footnotes." The article contained the tagline, "This column was commissioned by the Western Journalism Center."
After undergoing a slight name modification -- it now prefers to call itself the slightly more highfalutin'-sounding Western Center for Journalism -- the WJC website is functional again, if only as a blog linking to other articles trashing President Obama and the so-called "liberal media" in general while offering no original commentary. According to its archives, blog posts began sporadically last September, but the blogging efforts have ramped up over the past few months. All posts thus far are anonymous.
On his radio program, G. Gordon Liddy discussed the detention of Jerome Corsi in Kenya and aired a sketch in which he said: "We've used the satellite connection to Kenya, and we are now focusing in on the trial of Dr. Jerome Corsi. ... [H]e's being accused of impersonating a human being. My Zulu's not -- not as good as Obama's, but -- yeah, they're really upset with him. You can probably tell." Liddy then aired a clip apparently from the 1950 movie King Solomon's Mines, which featured characters speaking in Kinyarwanda (not Zulu), one of the official languages of Rwanda, and playing music on drums.
WorldNetDaily.com founder Joseph Farah asserted that Jerome Corsi was the target of an "attempted media lynching" for his book The Obama Nation and urged readers who were "angry" about it to "[b]uy extra copies of his book and distribute them to your friends."
In a column discussing Kathleen Willey's new book, Joseph Farah -- founder and editor of the right-wing news website WorldNetDaily -- asserted: "Many of us who crossed the Clintons -- whether it was because of what we wrote or whether it was because we didn't yield to unwanted sexual attacks -- feared for our lives as a result of winding up on their 'enemies list.' " He also claimed that "there were real-world consequences to being on the Clintons' enemies list," such as "losing jobs," "threats and harassment," "invasion of privacy," "break-ins and dead pets and flat tires," and "audits from the Internal Revenue Service."