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Why Is PBS Linking to Fake Biographies of Conservatives?
Commentary ^ | 03.13.2011 | Michael Rubin

Posted on 03/13/2011 5:15:54 PM PDT by neverdem

Politicians and pundits are again debating the wisdom and necessity of American taxpayer support for public radio and television. Both Juan Williams's firing and alleged comments by National Public Radio's executive Ron Schiller have raised real questions about political bias.

It seems that the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has a similar problem. Someone at its Frontline website has been substituting fake biographies of conservatives written by an organization called Right Web for legitimate institutional biographies. Right Web is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a think tank whose scholars' positions range from left wing to Marxist. When challenged about inaccuracies on the dossiers he compiles of “right wing militarists,” the editor of Right Web e-mailed that even when no evidence supports his allegations, corrections of his slanders would require proving his allegations wrong, an impossible standard that is also embraced by conspiracy theorists like the LaRouchies, 9/11 revisionists, and Birthers. Right Web is also among the worst Google manipulators in the political realm.

It is Right Web's right to publish such nonsense, and some naive or unprofessional journalists may accept it at face value. But congressmen might want to ask PBS's Frontline about the editorial decision to substitute these fake, conspiracy-riddled biographies for the real thing: for example, here (see the links under almost every name) and here (see the link on Jeffrey Goldberg).

It is hard to believe that editors at Frontline would let this silliness slip by unintentionally. Does PBS have ethical guidelines? Why were they not applied? Why were they waived? Certainly, editors test links when they commission stories. That they do not appear to understand their actions to be politicized and unethical is troubling. That they have turned PBS into a tool for policy advocacy and dirty tricks is unfortunate. If that's what Frontline wants to do, so be it. But they should not do it with taxpayer money.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: frontline; ips; pbs; rightweb
Michael should be a little more curious; he wouldn't have screwed up an otherwise interesting essay.

Three Cheers for Jack Cashill ("Cashill reports two specific instances in which Ayers acknowledges his authorship of Dreams.")

If the "birthers" are nuts -- as Establishment pooh-bahs like George Will profess to believe -- how come the so-called "certificate of live birth" released online by the Obama team in 2008 doesn't list the name of the Honolulu hospital at which the future president is said to have been born. (My birth certificate lists the hospital. Doesn't yours? Have you ever seen a birth certificate that doesn't include the hospital's name?) And when lawyers in Kenya trying to track down anyone who might have a claim on the estate of Barack Obama Sr. contacted Obama's mother for the usual birth-certificate information about her son, how come she couldn't provide it? (By the way, Cashill pulls this troubling, but little-noticed incident, right out of Dreams. Also interesting -- or is "explosive" the better word.)

1 posted on 03/13/2011 5:15:58 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The links in the article go to nothing remotely like a biography let alone the ones indicated. Very strange.


2 posted on 03/13/2011 5:37:27 PM PDT by airedale
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To: neverdem

Followers of the various Leftist cults believe with all of their insincere hearts and godless souls that the fundamental tenets of their beliefs are true. They live in a fantasy world of self defined “truths”. Therefore, anything written or presented by fellow cultists must, by its very essence, be true. Their entire universe would collapse without this fundamental mental framework.

Of course, they are all a bunch of nutcases, but it sometimes helps to peer into their warped sense of reality as a means of understanding their actions. Actual facts are not allowed to play on this fantasy game board.


3 posted on 03/13/2011 5:41:38 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316
Followers of the various Leftist cults believe with all of their insincere hearts and godless souls that the fundamental tenets of their beliefs are true.

Why is it that those who do not believe in God are still looking for a higher force that will bring justice to the world?

4 posted on 03/13/2011 5:50:45 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: mlocher
Why is it that those who do not believe in God are still looking for a higher force that will bring justice to the world?

Because they believe that they are that force. They are quite adept at acting like God.

5 posted on 03/13/2011 5:59:11 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: mlocher
Why is it that those who do not believe in God are still looking for a higher force that will bring justice to the world?

Because they believe that they are that force. They are quite adept at acting like God.

6 posted on 03/13/2011 6:00:23 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316
Because they believe that they are that force. They are quite adept at acting like God.

And therein lies the problem with a large number of liberals -- they want to be in power, as you state.

But there seems to be a growing number of liberals who do not believe in God, who want to believe in a government that will "make things right." I find it ironic that these people do not want to believe in a higher power, yet are willing to give their God Given power to others to that that "higher power."

7 posted on 03/13/2011 6:03:10 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: neverdem

It’s because of who or what PBS is. Just like NPR they’re a bunch of Liberal liars.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 6:18:22 PM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: neverdem
the editor of Right Web e-mailed that even when no evidence supports his allegations, corrections of his slanders would require proving his allegations wrong

Awfully close to the Dan Rather defense: "Fake, but accurate!"

9 posted on 03/13/2011 6:20:29 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Apple Blossom; theKid51

ping


10 posted on 03/13/2011 6:25:01 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: ReverendJames

They don’t just lie. They instill socialism in kids minds.


11 posted on 03/13/2011 6:40:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: neverdem

The BC is one of many mysteries..

http://www.westernjournalism.com/exclusive-investigative-reports/the-mystery-of-barack-obama-continues/


12 posted on 03/13/2011 6:45:55 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

If just a HINT of ANY of these things had surrounded another prez, all hell would break loose.

Amazing!

There has to be a lot of conspirators in this to get all the crap done that has been done.


13 posted on 03/13/2011 6:53:04 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: neverdem; All
You make a common mistake. A "certificate of live birth" is different from a "birth certificate" which is why "birthers" are asking for the "long form birth certificate" for Obama.

My long form lists the hospital and, presumably, so would Obamas.

The "birther" obsession plays into his hands as a means of undermining his opposition, painting his critics as lunatics. It's his spin on Hillary's Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. Talking about Obama and Kenya accomplishes NOTHING.

Instead do something useful. There are 13 states attempting to pass requirements for documentation for presidential candidates but they die in committee for lack of support:

HI - HB1116 Rida Cabanilla (D!) intro'd bill 1/11 to supply BC for "persons of civic prominence" upon request and $100 fee.

OK - Failed in '08. Trying again as of 2/11.
MO - Failed in '09. Trying again, HB 283 hearing held as of 3/1/11.
TX - HB 295 intro'd 11/10, in committee as of 2/15
TN - SB 1043 intro'd 1/11, in committee as of 2/23.
NE - LB 654(PDF doc), intro'd 1/11. Dying in committee?

CT - SB 391 intro'd 1/11. In committee.
IA - SF 369, intro'd 3/11. In committee.

GA - Failed in '10. (HB 1516). Supposedly trying again in '11. Found no details.

MT - HB 205 intro'd 1/11. "Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal"
AZ - Failed in '10 - passed house, senate refused to vote. Tried in 2/11, died in senate committee.
IN - Intro'd 1/11. Died in committee.
NH - Intro'd 3/11. Died in committee.

14 posted on 03/13/2011 6:56:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: neverdem

They are leftists and they are liars.


15 posted on 03/13/2011 7:01:01 PM PDT by svcw (You will never understand Grace until you understand you do not deserve it)
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To: neverdem

Yet another reason to defund PBS by Congress.

JoMa


16 posted on 03/13/2011 7:06:23 PM PDT by joma89
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To: neverdem
"a think tank whose scholars' positions range from left wing to Marxist." I can't tell if this line is supposed to be funny or not.
17 posted on 03/13/2011 7:13:00 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: svcw

You’re being redundant


18 posted on 03/13/2011 7:27:58 PM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: newzjunkey
You make a common mistake.

What mistake did I make? I just made a link with a story in it about his mother and her lack of a birth certificate for Obama.

19 posted on 03/13/2011 7:52:49 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

That too ....


20 posted on 03/13/2011 9:03:40 PM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: newzjunkey
There are many points of contact in the battlefront. The entire question over Obama's legitimacy can be summed up pretty quickly.

If my kindergardener has to produce a birth certificate to gain admission to school, why doesn't the guy who is posing as Commander in Chief of our military and in control of our nuclear arsenal have to prove he is qualified for the job?

After all, it's so simple a child can do it.

The whole question has caused people who might not have done so otherwise to take a less starry eyed look at the person in residence at 1600 PA Ave, and wonder "Why doesn't he just produce the papers?"

The first cracks in the facade of hopeychange started as a result of the issue.

That pursuit of his bona fides doesn't stop anyone from pushing other means to prevent this crap in the future.

21 posted on 03/14/2011 2:14:20 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: airedale
"To: neverdem The links in the article go to nothing remotely like a biography let alone the ones indicated. Very strange"

Agreed. The "Goldberg link" is to a blog at PBS that ends by saying that Goldberg sees the Middle East "through Israeli eyes," which may not be entirely accurate (heck, I tend to see the ME through Israeli eyes, and I'm not Jewish), but isn't exactly a big deal ---it's a blog.

22 posted on 03/14/2011 7:17:33 AM PDT by cookcounty (So did Barack Obama secretly write Bill Ayers' books? Or,............)
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