Based on Alexa.com statistics (and its own claims), the far right web site WorldNetDaily (WND), edited by Joseph Farah, is far and away the largest Internet purveyor of disinformation about Barack Obama. With reckless disregard for the truth, WorldNetDaily spews article after article saying virtually anything to denigrate Barack Obama. What is so very dangerous about this web site is its persuasive facade as an independent news organization, and its wide citation by nObama ditto sites, magnifying its reach.
[After the initial release of this article, I learned that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Farah the “Worst Person in the World” on his show, Countdown. Source: WorldNetDaily.]
Let’s start the ball rolling with just a couple of lies from WND.
Travel Ban to Pakistan
WND published two articles providing a “source” for the urban legend that there was a travel ban prohibiting Americans to travel to Pakistan in 1981 (and hence President Obama must have had a non-US passport). The articles and conclusive proof that they are a lie is the subject of my article Barack Obama traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport (updated).
In a February 13, 2009 article headlined ‘Sanctions’ sought in eligibility case, WND once again spreads disinformation. The sworn declaration of the President’s attorney, filed in the Keyes v. Obama lawsuit, does raise the threat of seeking monetary damages, but the actual motion filed does not seek any damages; and in fact, it says specifically that it is NOT seeking damages therefore, the WND headline is a lie.
Respondent moving parties do not, with this motion, exercise their rights under Code of 28 Civil Procedure sections 1987.2, 2025.410, and 2025.420 to seek recompense for their reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs necessarily incurred in bringing this motion. However, Respondent moving may do so in the future if Petitioners continue to misuse the discovery process.
Footnote 3 to MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES, Page 7.
Here are some other “gems” from WorldNetDaily:
- Soy is making kids ‘gay’
- The Clinton Body Count
- Vince Foster’s death: An FBI cover-up?
- Judgment Day in Mystery Babylon
- The tragedy of Anglo-Saxon self-hatred
- NAU deniers: Ignorant or deceitful?
- Letter from a future prisoner
I invite commenters here to add their own WND horror stories. Please be factual though–Farah threatened to sue the Wikipedia. (Now the Wikipedia page on Joseph Farah is now “semi-locked” to prevent vandalism.) WorldNetDaily hypocritically criticizes the Wikipedia for censorship because the article on Barack Obama is similarly protected.
Sorry about the Picture Caption. This is the REAL Jameel Joseph Farah: