Discussing Sen. Barack Obama's speech addressing race and controversial comments by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, Pat Buchanan wrote in his syndicated column: "Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American." Buchanan then asserted that "no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans," adding: "We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?"
Columnist Burt Prelutsky said of Sen. Barack Obama: "To be fair, I acknowledge that he has a pleasant smile and speaks better than most politicians. The truth is, he sort of reminds me of David Duke," former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
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."
An October 10 article on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily about reactions to Ann Coulter's comment that Christians "just want Jews to be perfected, as they say" asserted that the controversy over her comment began when Media Matters for America, "a pro-Democrat media lobby headed by David Brock, noted Coulter's appearance on CNBC's 'The Big Idea' with host Donny Deutsch." An October 12 CBSNews.com article contained large sections that were nearly identical to the WorldNetDaily report, including the inaccurate description of Media Matters. In fact, Media Matters is not affiliated with any party or candidate.
A WorldNetDaily.com article reported that "Kathleen Willey, the woman who says Bill Clinton groped her in the Oval Office, claims she was the target of an unusual house burglary over the weekend that nabbed a manuscript for her upcoming book. ... [S]he believes the Clintons were behind it." Special Report with Brit Hume, Rush Limbaugh, and the New York Post all repeated the allegation that the Clintons were behind the purported burglary, and Special Report and the Post repeated Willey's earlier accusation about having been "groped" in 1993 by Bill Clinton. But none of these reports noted that independent counsel Robert W. Ray discredited Willey's allegations regarding Clinton in a formal report released on March 6, 2002, citing her inconsistent testimony regarding the alleged incident.
In a WorldNetDaily.com "exclusive commentary," Les Kinsolving defended his false assertion that Fidel Castro "endorse[d]" a potential presidential ticket consisting of Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama by pointing out that "endorse" can also mean "[t]o give approval to; support; [and] sanction." In fact, while Castro described a potential Clinton-Obama presidential ticket as "seemingly invincible," he also attributed to Clinton and Obama a pro-democratic view that he called an "error" and wrote of them: "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."
During a White House press briefing, Les Kinsolving falsely asserted that Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama received an "endorsement" in a column by Fidel Castro. However, at no point did Castro endorse Clinton or Obama; to the contrary, he attributed to Clinton and Obama a pro-democratic view that he called an "error," and he said of the two candidates, "They are not making politics: they are playing a game of cards on a Sunday afternoon."
Fox & Friends co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson touted articles on right-wing website WorldNetDaily.com and in the The New York Sun purporting to show that, in Carlson's words, "[s]enior terrorist leaders" have indicated "that they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq."
In recent days, some members of the conservative media have seen signs of the Apocalypse in the escalated conflicts in the Middle East and Asia. Pat Robertson has considered the possibility but has seemed to reject it, while columnist Hal Lindsey has simply asserted: "Now Armageddon looms large before us." But as recent reports on CNN and in USA Today attest, conservatives are not the only media figures to raise the question of whether current events are a sign of the "End Times."