From the May 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox Business host David Asman falsely claimed that Cass Sunstein "wants to mandate websites" to offer links to opposing views, an idea Asman compared to a "Ministry of Truth" and suggested would "add up to fascism." In fact, in 2008 Sunstein stated that he had renounced that idea.
Aaron Klein falsely suggested Elena Kagan supports government "disappear[ing]" some speech, which he contrasted with her statement that government bans on flag-burning are unconstitutional. But Kagan has said that government "may not restrict" speech "because it disagrees with" it, and her position on flag-burning is consistent with a Supreme Court ruling joined by Antonin Scalia.
WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein suggested that Elena Kagan is controversial because she has donated to the National Partnership for Women & Families (National Partnership), an organization that, among other things, supports abortion rights. However, conservatives have previously said that personal and political views should not determine whether a justice is fit to serve on the Supreme Court.
WorldNetDaily.com reporter Aaron Klein baselessly suggested Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not mainstream because she reportedly once called retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak "my judicial hero." In fact, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia once presented Barak with an award and reportedly praised him.
WorldNetDaily falsely suggested that Elena Kagan supported state sponsors of terrorism by asking the Supreme Court not to hear a case against the Saudi royal family. In fact, Kagan's actions as solicitor general are not evidence of her personal legal views, and the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush argued that civil cases against foreign governments alleging torture or terrorism interfered with the conduct of foreign policy.
Late last night, WorldNetDaily let us know that they have feelings too, publishing an article enumerating all the journalists who insulted them by refusing review copies of Aaron Klein's new book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists. How rude of them, WND observed, to have "rejected the thoroughly documented book before receiving review copies of the title," with one journalist reportedly going so far as to call the book "ridiculous crap."
Well, I have read The Manchurian President, and it turns out that that journalist was prescient in his assessment. Here's a rundown of some (but certainly not all) of the book's qualities that put it firmly in the "ridiculous crap" category.
From the May 4 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Remember when Andrew Breitbart got into an argument with WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah at CPAC over birtherism? Breitbart dismissed Farah's birther obsession as "self-indulgent", "narcissistic," and "a losing issue" for Republicans, despite the fact that discussions of President Obama's birth certificate were also promoted on Breitbart's own websites.
Well, Breitbart has contradicted himself again. He contributed a blurb -- prominently placed on the back cover -- to the new WND-published book by WND reporter Aaron Klein, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communist, Socialist and Other Anti-American Extremists. Breitbart declares the book to be "a frightening yet vital primer for those now willing to look behind the curtain to see who is the leader of the free world."
And what does Klein (and co-author Brenda J. Elliott) do? Devote an entire chapter of the book to "Issues of Eligibility."
"Obama tied to Bill Ayers... at age 11!"
Such is the title of the first chapter of WorldNetDaily "reporter" Aaron Klein's new book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists, and it should give you an inkling of the sort of scholarship you can expect here. While the physical book itself is new, its content is decidedly stale, re-examining as it does all of the "controversial" aspects of Obama's background that nobody outside the nuttier corners of the blogosphere cared about back in 2008.
But Klein has added some remarkably asinine twists to the right's fascination with Obama and Ayers, which brings us to the first chapter detailing Obama's alleged boyhood links to Ayers, which is based on a WorldNetDaily article Klein wrote last June.
Klein writes on page 3: "Obama's earliest exposure to Ayers' ideology, astonishingly enough, traces back to Obama's childhood and the Hawaiian church at which the future U.S. president attended Sunday school as a boy." The church in question, First Unitarian of Honolulu, was, according to Klein, "a sanctuary for draft dodgers during the 1960s and 1970s and was strongly linked to the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, during the time Weatherman radical Bill Ayers was the leader in that organization."
After indulging in a lengthy denunciation of the SDS, Klein offers his evidence of SDS's "strong links" to the church: The church "granted sanctuary to U.S. military deserters recruited by SDS" before the church was raided in 1969, and anti-war statements from a draft dodger were read to the congregation at the church that same year and written up by an SDS publication.
WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein reported the inflammatory claim that the "Obama administration has encouraged 'resistance' by Palestinians to protest Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem," citing only a single, anonymous source. Klein's claim is the latest in his long history of making dubious attacks against the Obama administration, furthering WorldNetDaily's long-demonstrated anti-Obama agenda.
Adding a new target to the right-wing media's witch hunt of President Obama's appointees, WorldNetDaily and Fox Nation attacked comments about race and life expectancy by Donald Berwick, whom Obama will reportedly nominate to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, Berwick's comments on race being a factor in a patient's life expectancy are supported by government statistics, and Berwick has received praise from groups such as the AARP and AMA, as well as Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.
A WorldNetDaily article distorted a passage from a book by Rev. Jim Wallis to falsely claim that he "previously labeled the U.S. 'the great captor and destroyer of human life.' " In fact, Wallis, a member of President Obama's faith council, referred to "the powers of the world" that "demand unconditional allegiance and obedience" when he wrote that, for the Christian community, "the modern state is the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life."
In a November 29 article on Hannah Rosenthal, President Obama's special envoy to combat and monitor anti-Semitism, WorldNetDaily asserted that J Street, an organization for which Rosenthal serves on an "advisory council," is "pro-Hamas." In fact, J Street "support[s] Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland" and has been praised by Israel's president and opposition leader.
In the latest smear in the right-wing media's witch hunt against Obama administration "czars," WorldNetDaily falsely claimed that State Department anti-Semitism envoy Hannah Rosenthal -- who has a long history of pro-Israel advocacy -- is an "anti-Israel lobbyist," apparently because of her affiliation with J Street. WorldNetDaily also falsely claimed that in a statement she reportedly made more than seven years ago, Rosenthal "seemed to imply Israeli policies were to blame for anti-Semitism."