WND Still Doesn’t Get the Journalism Thing

This article is just a textbook example of absurd brand of “journalism” that Joseph Farah has created at the Worldnetdaily. It’s a “WND exclusive” — aren’t they all? — wherein they report a claim made by Rush Limbaugh without doing even a scintilla of actual, ya know, reporting on whether it’s true or not.
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Cable News and the Malaysian Airplane

CNN has decided that the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane is their ticket back to ratings gold (and there is evidence that they’re right), but devoted virtual round-the-clock coverage to that one topic has led to what can only be described as monumental stupidity, especially from Don Lemon. Here he asks if a black hole might have swallowed up the plane (you know, without swallowing up all of us with it, presumably).
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CNN Asks ‘Psychic’ About Missing Plane

The Dr. Drew Pinsky show on CNN Headline News actually managed to be worse than it usually is when a guest host interviewed a “psychic” about the missing Malaysian plan. That “psychic” made the absolutely baffling claim that “psychics” must avoid “hard, concrete evidence” in order to do their job correctly.
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White House Interference at CAP

With the recent resignation of an anchor and a reporter from Russia Today, there’s been a lot of talk about Russian government censorship of media. But Zaid Jilani, a former national security reporter for ThinkProgress, the blog of the ostensibly liberal Center for American Progress, notes that the Obama White House applied similar pressure there to tow their party line.
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Ezra Klein Goes Independent

In a very interesting development both for the mainstream media and for the world of blogging and independent journalism, Ezra Klein is leaving the Washington Post to create his own online news organization that apparently will focus on “explanatory journalism” — that is, explaining policy details rather than focusing on partisan disagreements.
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The Worldnetdaily Cares About Obama Marriage

Here’s another textbook example of the faux-journalism at the Worldnetdaily. The headline reads “FOREIGN MEDIA REPORT OBAMA-MARRIAGE RUMORS: Renew speculation about state of first couple.” The “article” is the first few lines from a report in The Australian, but it’s just a report about American tabloids:
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How the Worldnutdaily Frames a Story, Take 2

Here’s another great example of how the Worldnutdaily slants its stories, this time with a misleading headline. The headline reads “WHISTLEBLOWER: OBAMA USED NSA FOR POLITICS.” And the whistleblower in question is William Binney, one of the people who leaked information about NSA data mining during the Bush administration. Now look at what is said in the story itself:
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The Convenience of Political Scandal

As the media and politicians explore three stories — Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, and the DOJ’s seizure of AP phone records — Ryan Lizza points out something very important, that these scandals really only have two results: a media feeding frenzy and convenient political posturing. Actual solutions have no part to play in this well-worn drama:
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Torture and the New York Times

Andrew Sullivan has for years rightly blasted the New York Times for refusing to use the word ‘torture’ when describing what the Bush administration did to detainees. Now Bill Keller of the Times attempts to defend that reluctance. I say ‘attempts’ because he fails miserably. Bizarrely, he admits that it clearly was torture even though they have refused to call it that:
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