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In context: WorldNetDaily

I’m not a regular reader of the WorldNetDaily web site; in fact I only go there for a particular reason to read something I’m looking for. I was there today to sign up for the Voeltz video stream instructions, and I was stuck by a little section called “Featured” at the bottom of the response page when I finished. So let me list for you all of there current “featured articles” at WorldNetDaily:

  • The Antichrist arises, with scimitar in hand
  • Chinese plot to strip Americans of firearms
  • Black Expo ‘inescapably tied’ to race violence
  • Hitler’s pastors today
  • Gog, Magog and Vladimir Putin
  • Shooting at police now legal in Indiana
  • Chariots in Red Sea: ‘Irrefutable evidence’
  • Obama ‘fulfills’ Isaiah 9:10 prophecy – again
  • Eric Holder and Isaiah 51
  • Was communist mentor intimate with Obama’s mother?

I will never feel apologetic for using the word “tabloid” to describe WorldNetDaily again.

40 Responses to In context: WorldNetDaily

  1. avatar
    Mitch June 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I think “tabloid” is too kind. Is there another word we might use? 😉

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    JPotter June 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    And don’t forget “lazy”….they leave those stories up literally forever! Sometimes their “featured” stories are 3, 4, 5, or more(?) years old!

    I thought you were familiar with their esoterica, Doc. Since their reboot from 1995 to 2005 web design, it’s been pretty nauseating. I often click on their stories just to get a feel for their level of silly, and feel bad for padding their clicks …. even worse because I’ve been on the publishing side and know that’s precisely what those stories are designed and posted to produce!

    However,no way in heck am I signing up for their spam-scam. I appreciate your sacrifice.

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    aarrgghh June 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Mitch: I think “tabloid” is too kind. Is there another word we might use?

    hemorrhoid?

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    Xyxox June 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I think using “tabloid” to describe World Nut Daily is a slam against tabloids.

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    Thrifty June 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    •Obama ‘fulfills’ Isaiah 9:10 prophecy – again

    That seems interesting. Let’s just look to the Bible and see what Isaiah 9:10 says. From the New International Version

    10 “The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
    the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars. ”

    WTF?

    Well… there is a group of Christians who believe that the King James Version is the only true version of the Bible. Maybe if we turn there it will make more sense.

    10 The bricks are fallen down,
    but we will build with hewn stones:
    the sycomores are cut down,
    but we will change them into cedars.

    Has the President been conducting some sort of alchemical experiments, replacing bricks with stones and trees with slightly different trees?

  6. avatar
    misha June 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Mitch: I think “tabloid” is too kind. Is there another word we might use?

    Kitty litter.

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy June 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    The advantage to owning your own Internet domain (like obamaconspiracy.org) is that you can create and delete email addresses at will. If it works out, I’ll take their instructions and added to the article in the morning.

    It appears that there’s not going to be restriction on connecting, they are just trying to get people to sign up.

    JPotter: However,no way in heck am I signing up for their spam-scam. I appreciate your sacrifice.

  8. avatar
    richCares June 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    just to add one Doc:
    The Worldnutdaily has a long article promoting Walt Brown’s hydroplate theory, a thoroughly ridiculous conjecture that purports to explain how the entirely mythical Noah’s flood occurred. It’s all presented uncritically, of course, without any examination of the many absurdities of his “theory.”
    .
    How silly is Brown’s idea? He actually claims that Noah’s flood created the asteroids and comets in the solar system. Yes, I’m serious

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    JPotter June 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    misha: Kitty litter.

    But you’d have to print it and shred it first. What a waste of waste!

    Worse, your kitty might refuse it. They have a high opinion of their waste products.

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    Dr. Conspiracy June 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    It sounds to me like rebuilding America better than before. Did I miss something in the birther translation?

    Thrifty: Has the President been conducting some sort of alchemical experiments, replacing bricks with stones and trees with slightly different trees?

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    Graham Shevlin June 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Nah. Not Tabloid. How about “utter effing waste of bandwidth”?

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    JPotter June 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    It sounds to me like rebuilding America better than before. Did I miss something in the birther translation?

    Close, but if you read the WND story at:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-fulfills-isaiah-910-prophecy-again/

    You’ll see they are trying to tie Obama’s signing of a girder at Ground Zero (“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger!”) into the vow the Israelites allegedly made, recorded in Isaiah 9, in defiance of God’s judgment. Read the rest of Isaiah 9 for context.

    It’s part of the larger theme that American is a nationed doomed by God. They are saying Obama is bucking God’s will. Apparently they expect him to cave and fold in the face of adversity! Right. The prophecy game is infinitely flexible. If the ‘right’ president were in power, they’d be egging him on with God knows what verse.

    At least they didn’t trot out the tired old Tower of Babel.

    You could start a whole site dedicated to critique of WND. They have several years headstart, and crank it out constantly, with the entire “christian” publishing industry to pick and choose from.

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    sactosintolerant June 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    One of the great things WND does is write outrageous headlines to stir up fringer outrage and attach them to articles that refute the headline but are so long that nobody bothers to read them.

    And all the WND EXCLUSIVE articles about WND rival the best journalism done at The Onion.

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    bgansel9 June 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Thrifty: That seems interesting.Let’s just look to the Bible and see what Isaiah 9:10 says.From the New International Version

    10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
    the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars. ”

    WTF?

    Well… there is a group of Christians who believe that the King James Version is the only true version of the Bible.Maybe if we turn there it will make more sense.

    10 The bricks are fallen down,but we will build with hewn stones:
    the sycomores are cut down,but we will change them into cedars.

    Has the President been conducting some sort of alchemical experiments, replacing bricks with stones and trees with slightly different trees?

    They are again “tilting at windmills”. LOL (I love that phrase).

    Hewn stones are an indication of a polluted system. In the hebrew text of Exodus 20:25, the scripture states: “And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.”

    The Hebrews were told not to worship at an altar where a workman had dressed the stone, but rather to only worship at an altar where the stones were heaped in a pile and not worked with hands or tools.

    For more on Hewn vs. Unhewn stones in Hebrew understanding, see this: http://www.biblemeanings.info/Words/Activity/Hewn.htm

    LIkewise the nations were described as trees in scripture. Israel is the Olive tree. – http://www.pray4zion.org/LessonsfromtheOliveTree.html

    The Fig was considered to be a signifier for The Messiah. Sycamores are in the same family as the fig tree (ficus sycamorus) and also indicate a Messiah, although the meaning of the Sycamore may mean a different or changed Messiah instead of the one described in the Hebrew texts that Christians call The Old Testament. For more about Figs and the connection to the Messiah, you can visit this link: http://thinkhebrew.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/the-withering-fig-tree/

    According to Ezekiel 31, the King of pagan Assyria was described as the tallest of cedars: characteristics of this tree were pride and haughtiness, these two having characteristics of evil. (see Ezekiel 31 http://biblebrowser.com/ezekiel/31-3.htm )

    What this scripture is saying, in the Hebrew understanding is:

    “We have removed the true Messiah (Fig, which may have some errors of understanding from the original Hebrew Messiah knowledge and be considered a Sycamore instead) message and “We” will replace it with that of a false pagan Messiah (Cedar) message which will be tall (very prominent), proud and haughty. We will replace the Sycamore Messiah with the Cedar Messiah.

    They are also saying (someone other than the Israelite/Hebrew/Jews)” “Our bricks of worked hands have decayed, but we will rebuild and will replace them with the hewn stones”

    This scripture actually is missing a part which is unspoken, that the unhewn stone altars were built and then replaced with brick. That was already done. Now (in the scripture) they are saying they want to get back to what scripture states (using stone instead of baked cemented materials such as sand) and so they are going to rebuild with stones, like previously, but they will not leave them unhewn as was required. They instead are going to use the paganized process of hewing stones instead.

    This also has already been done, look at any alter in the houses of worship (Synagogues, churches, what have you), and, they are very rarely made of stone, usually wood, and both have been dressed to some extent. There are probably no unhewn stone altars anymore. All religion is corrupted to some extent.

    There is an understanding that any material worked with hands and made to look finished, decorated, artful, fancy, etc.. (even wood) is considered to be “worked with hands” and is considered polluted as a result. The term “the groves” in Isaiah 17:8 covers this (groves are trees, obviously, and wood is made from trees. Humans obviously don’t “MAKE” trees, they make stuff FROM trees): “And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.” – http://bible.cc/isaiah/17-8.htm

    What they are saying is ‘We want to act like we worship the God of truth while we do so using Pagan tools.’

    The fact that they use the “We” and consider themselves to be doing a work of good is a telling sign. They are admitting their own corruption without even realizing it.

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    bgansel9 June 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    And of course, I should add, that the above scripture that I just broke apart and translated has absolutely nothing to do with Obama at all. This was all done long ago (somewhere between adding a New Testament to the original Testament, and the creation of the church).

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    bgansel9 June 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    It sounds to me like rebuilding America better than before. Did I miss something in the birther translation?

    Yes, Doc, you missed the symbology. See what I wrote above this.

    The symbology puts the scripture into a whole new meaning.

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    misha June 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    “• The Antichrist arises, with scimitar in hand”

    Jews don’t use a scimitar; we use an Uzi.

    Falwell: ‘The anti-Christ is walking among us in the shape of a male Jew.’ He’s correct – it’s me. Muwahahahahahahaha…..

    Hageee: ‘The anti-Christ will be a homosexual. He will be Jewish, as was Karl Marx, as was Adolf Hi____.’

    Chrisitans are always haranguing me about heaven. I want to know two things: What are the hours, and do they have change for a twenty? – Woody Allen

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    misha June 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    The problem with Noah and his ark, was that he did not have the proper insurance.

    Before there was Lloyd’s of London, there was Shlomo’s of Ur. Noah never bothered to contact their agent, but relied on religious fervor.

    Big mistake.

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    Majority Will June 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    aarrgghh: Mitch: I think “tabloid” is too kind. Is there another word we might use?

    hemorrhoid?

    Bazinga!

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    Woodrowfan June 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    didn’t Reagan’s son Michael advertise WND? “News You Can’t Find Anywhere Else!” or some such???

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    clestes June 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    [I have deleted this comment and the follow-ups to it. The historicity of the Bible is one of those topics that goes on forever, and never arrives anywhere. It is exactly the kind of discussion that, if allowed to continue, will disrupt the community and ruin the discussion. Doc]

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    brygenon June 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    JPotter: At least they didn’t trot out the tired old Tower of Babel.

    They may have forgotten to work it into the currently featured articles.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/who-was-the-first-leftist/
    http://www.wnd.com/2011/11/363161/
    https://www.google.com/search?as_epq=Tower+of+Babel&as_sitesearch=www.wnd.com

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    Dr. Conspiracy June 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    So WND picked the Bible verse were Israel was not supposed to rebuild instead of the Bible verse where they WERE supposed to rebuild. Yeah, that’s significant.

    JPotter: You’ll see they are trying to tie Obama’s signing of a girder at Ground Zero (“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger!”) into the vow the Israelites allegedly made, recorded in Isaiah 9, in defiance of God’s judgment. Read the rest of Isaiah 9 for context.

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    Terry K. June 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    JPotter: However,no way in heck am I signing up for their spam-scam. I appreciate your sacrifice.

    But you’ll miss out on all the fundraising solicitations from Joe Arpaio’s re-election campaign. They’ve rented WND’s mailing list a few times this year so far.

    JPotter:You could start a whole site dedicated to critique of WND. They have several years headstart, and crank it out constantly, with the entire “christian” publishing industry to pick and choose from.

    Forgive me for tooting my own horn (or my masochism), but I’ve been critiquing WND’s so-called journalism (and that of other right-wing news sites) for the past decade or so at ConWebWatch.

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    Majority Will June 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Terry K.: Forgive me for tooting my own horn (or my masochism), but I’ve been critiquing WND’s so-called journalism (and that of other right-wing news sites) for the past decade or so at ConWebWatch.

    Excellent work. Thanks.

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    JPotter June 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    So WND picked the Bible verse were Israel was not supposed to rebuild instead of the Bible verse where they WERE supposed to rebuild.Yeah, that’s significant.

    Yeah, something like that. A book called Harbinger by a doom-and-gloom prophecy “expert” named Jonathan Cahn who’s been pushing the “Isaiah 9:10 prophecy” (among others) in a series of books, creating a new buzzword for the overly-religious right.

    WND also has a DVD out about it! So, nor surprise, as all stories at WND turn out to be pitches for something WND’s pushing.

    Lastly, the “America’s Doomed” meme, which never goes away, gets pushed hardest when a Democrat is in office. Hmmm 😉

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    JPotter June 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Terry K.: Forgive me for tooting my own horn (or my masochism), but I’ve been critiquing WND’s so-called journalism (and that of other right-wing news sites) for the past decade or so at ConWebWatch.

    I’ve been there many times! Many thanks!

  28. avatar
    CarlOrcas June 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Terry K.: Forgive me for tooting my own horn (or my masochism), but I’ve been critiquing WND’s so-called journalism (and that of other right-wing news sites) for the past decade or so at ConWebWatch.

    Great site. I visit it every couple days.

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    Clestes June 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Doc as the daughter of a preacher I have heard so many predictions based on some bible passage that never came true and often were contradictory that I decided to do some historical research for myself.

    I did not mean to stir up a hornets nest but wanted to point out that predictions should be based on facts and have some logic associated with them.

    As far as the WND goes I think “trash can liner” is a better description than tabloid is. Even National Inquier has a better reputation and they aren’t even worth reading

  30. avatar
    J. Edward Tremlett June 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    You forgot the ads for crisis cookers.

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    Keith June 18, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Clestes:
    Doc as the daughter of a preacher I have heard so many predictions based on some bible passage that never came true and often were contradictory that I decided to do some historical research for myself.

    I did not mean to stir up a hornets nestbut wanted to point out that predictionsshould be based on facts and have some logic associated with them.

    As far as the WND goes I think “trash can liner” is a better description than tabloid is. Even National Inquier has a better reputation and they aren’t even worth reading

    I’m a bit cobwebby here. Is there a print version of WND that I don’t want to know about?

  32. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy June 18, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Well, it’s two hours before the hearing and no video instructions, but I did get a “WND Alert” hawking a pile of doo.

  33. avatar
    Bran Mark Morn June 18, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    I would not be surprise, if they actually are broadcasting a video, you will just go to WND to watch it. They will say they wanted to sign you up to remind you to watch it, and will point you where the link to watch it is when it goes online.

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    Clestes June 18, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Keith we were thinking of uses for WND and.no there isn’t a print version but if there were its best use in my opinion would be to catch coffee grounds

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    JPotter June 18, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Clestes: Keith we were thinking of uses for WND and.no there isn’t a print version but if there were its best use in my opinion would be to catch coffee grounds

    Well, they do publish a LOT of crap, most wonderfully overpriced, some periodicals, and their content is begging to showing up at the grocery store checkout all done up in san-serif type and lurid comic book color …. but no. Even the name World News Daily is completely at home in tabloid land.

    Farah ought to give it some thought. Reach out to the offline crowd. Why deoprive them of this quality disturbance? Is he afraid of The Daily Sun or the Weekly World News?I mean, no way he can touch The National Inquirer, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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    Horus June 18, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Although it is unbelievable, to anyone with a functioning brain , there are a lot of people who truly believe the stories in The Weekly World News too.
    Even the issue that had “The Alien” standing with Bill Clinton.

    Two of their articles this week:
    Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth! November 2012
    Hollywood rocked: Kim Kardashian Butt Double, The Truth Revealed

    I’m thinking the Aliens are coming to ensure that Obama is re-elected?
    Maybe they will be coming out of Kim Kardashian’s butt?

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/

  37. avatar
    Michael June 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    clestes June 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm (Quote) #
    [I have deleted this comment and the follow-ups to it. The historicity of the Bible is one of those topics that goes on forever, and never arrives anywhere. It is exactly the kind of discussion that, if allowed to continue, will disrupt the community and ruin the discussion. Doc]

    “Amen” 😉

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    Michael June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    clestes June 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm (Quote) #
    [I have deleted this comment and the follow-ups to it. The Bible is one of those topics that goes on forever, and never arrives anywhere. It is exactly the kind of discussion that, if allowed to continue, will disrupt the community and ruin the discussion. Doc]

    “Amen” 😉

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    ASK Esq June 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    misha: “• The Antichrist arises, with scimitar in hand”
    Jews don’t use a scimitar; we use an Uzi.

    Please. We just sue the bastards.

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    ASK Esq June 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    “I will never feel apologetic for using the word “tabloid” to describe WorldNetDaily again.”

    Well, Doc, as has been pointed out, that is an insult to tabloids. After all, even the lowest tabloids have some standards, and occasionally print the truth.

    I was just looking at the cover of a Weekly World News from 1992 that I found in my garage, where the space alien endorsed Clinton for President. According to the front page, the “space visitor tells Democrats how to rebuild U.S. economy!” And look what happened to the economy after Bill took office. Coincidence? I think not. In any case, that along gives the WWN a better record of accuracy than WND.