Intro to WND’s ‘After Farah Suffers Stroke…’


Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

WND story by David Kupelian

April 5, 2019

 

The online publication WND has been around a long time founded in 1997. WND’s own press asserts it is the oldest online publication of its kind.

With that said, I’m on the WND email alert list providing timely news articles. This is how I discovered the unfortunate news the WND founder Joseph Farah has suffered a stroke. Below are some brief details posted on WND 3/28/19:

 

Recently, adversity hit hard when our company’s founder and CEO, Joseph Farah, suffered a serious stroke. After spending several days in the hospital undergoing extensive testing and evaluation, he is now home, resting comfortably and recovering.

 

Although no one can say with certainty how long he will be away from WND, what I can say with certainty is that Joseph and his family are extremely appreciative of your prayers, as are all of us at WND.

 

Joseph’s medical crisis, in addition to being a difficult trial for the Farah family, is likewise tough for those of us staffing the news organization he founded and has led for 22 years. I’ve known Joseph Farah for three decades, and for 20 years have worked closely with this pioneering journalist as a colleague, good friend and fellow Christian. I know him as a man of enormous talents, integrity and genuine faith.

 

For me, even more disturbing, the formerly great Washington Post recently published a hit piece against WND mere days after Farah’s stroke was announced. It’s a sad day in the media industry when a media giant rips into another media company whose founder has had a severe medical event.

 

But I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since WaPo has become one of the chief purveyors of Left-Wing Fake News.

 

David Kupelian writing for WND chastises WaPo and provides reassurances about WND’s intentions to keep providing Conservative news with a Christian and pro-Israel slant.

 

God bless Joseph Farah and God bless WND.

 

JRH 4/5/19

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AFTER FARAH SUFFERS STROKE, WASHINGTON POST LAUNCHES MAJOR ATTACK ON WND

America’s 1st online journalism organization responds to attempted takedown by D.C. behemoth

 

By David Kupelian

April 4, 2019

WND

 

Joseph Farah

 

Just five days after WND went public with the news that its founder, editor and CEO, veteran journalist Joseph Farah had suffered a devastating stroke, the Washington Post has published a lengthy article attacking Farah, his wife Elizabeth, and WND, America’s first online journalism organization.

 

The story, sensationally headlined “Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites,” cites mostly unnamed former employees and others. The Post also mysteriously managed to get a hold of the contents of WND’s private email server, referencing and picking apart numerous internal emails going as far back as 12 years.

 

So, what does the Washington Post story actually allege?

 

Against a backdrop of ongoing financial struggles at the company, the article rolls out numerous examples of unpaid bills, unhappy authors, supposedly bad judgment, failure to adequately communicate with board members, and “reckless and undisciplined” spending by the company’s founders.

 

Evidently the Post considers it shocking and newsworthy that over its 22-year history, a small, influential though undercapitalized company in a highly competitive business, rocked regularly by seismic changes – the dot-com crash, the Google-Facebook-Amazon disruption of the internet and so on – might experience its share of failures, difficulties and embarrassments.

 

Nowhere in the Post’s article is anything remotely illegal alleged. More to the point, nor does the Post acknowledge the important and highly regarded reporting generated day in and day out, year after year, by WND’s journalists – most of whom, remarkably, have been with WND for virtually all of its two decades of existence.

 

Most interestingly, nowhere in his massive 2,700-word article does Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia ever get down to what has actually caused the precipitous drop in annual revenue at WND over the last couple of years, which has led to the company’s current struggles.

 

Irony alert: One of WND’s most critical revenue streams over the past two decades has been its robust e-commerce operation featuring thousands of products: the WND Superstore. But WND’s store revenues have dropped dramatically, just as sales have tanked at countless other retailers both online and brick-and-mortar, from Barnes & Noble to Macy’s, thanks to one company – Amazon – whose founder, CEO and president Jeff Bezos is the owner of the Washington Post, having purchased it in 2013 for $250 million.

 

Seeing as Bezos is the world’s wealthiest human being, the Post fortunately suffers no financial problems like WND and others do.

 

But there’s more: Besides Amazon, other internet mega-monopolies including Google and Facebook have all but destroyed the other major revenue stream for online news: advertising.

“Journalism, sustained by traditional advertising, is dying,” says the respected Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center, whose written testimony to Congress’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection explained starkly that “the revenue model that sustained journalism is broken.”

 

These developments on the internet – along with the now well-documented progressive-left bias, censorship, skewed search algorithms, demonetizing, shadow-banning, outright banning and multiple other modes of suppressing non-leftwing thought – have severely impacted many independent journalism organizations, including WND.

 

There is so much in the Post’s article that is unfair, misleading and just wrong. But rather than refute every allegation and innuendo in this one-sided, unsympathetic portrayal of a vastly smaller but influential news competitor, maybe it’s fair game – since the Post casts aspersions not just on the actions, but the motivations, of WND co-founders Joseph and Elizabeth Farah – to examine the Post’s own motivations and agenda.

 

The Washington Post was once a great newspaper (I grew up in Washington and the Post was delivered to our door daily), best known for its fabled Watergate coverage, with Woodward and Bernstein inspiring a generation of young people to follow in their journalistic footsteps – including Joseph Farah. Those days are long gone. Critics today refer to the Washington Post as “Jeff Bezos’ vanity paper,” the Amazon founder’s chief lobbying-propaganda arm in the nation’s capital.

 

For the past two-plus years, the Post has been in the forefront of the fake news coverage of the phony Trump-Russia-collusion hoax. Let’s be clear: Month after month after month, the Washington Post feverishly promoted the worst hoax in American history.

 

Even before Trump’s election and the Russia hysteria, the Post frequently compared the New York businessman to Adolf Hitler. That’s right. As this writer documented in 2016, during that historic year the Washington Post’s election coverage included no fewer than five different Post writers explicitly comparing Trump to the Nazi monster who murdered 11 million people.

 

Enough said. As Tucker Carlson puts it, “The Washington Post is not a serious newspaper. It’s a joke.”

 

Although Joseph Farah is the only person situated to respond to many of the Post’s allegations, the paper chose to publish its takedown article right after Farah suffered a major stroke rendering him totally unable to defend himself, his wife and his news organization.

 

I don’t know why the Post chose to do such a thing. But I’ll close by simply saying for the record, as WND’s vice president and managing editor for 20 years, that I have nothing but the highest respect and love for this amazing news organization, for its founders Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, and for the dedicated journalists who work here.

 

Finally, regarding that Post headline gloating over “the spectacular fall” of WND: To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.” WND is still here. And we’re committed to doing what we’ve been doing since before Amazon, Google, Facebook and others even existed – to boldly report without fear or favor on all the corruption, lies, fraud, abuse, attacks on the Constitution, and outright delusions that increasingly dominate our great country. As the 2020 election nears, count on us to focus on underreported but life-and-death issues like voter fraud in all its forms, the left’s disastrous and flat-out insane agenda, Big Tech’s intended election rigging and much more – oh yes, and exposing fake news.

 

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David Kupelian is an award-winning journalist, vice president and managing editor of WND, editor of Whistleblower magazine and widely read columnist. He is also the best-selling author of “The Marketing of Evil” (2005), “How Evil Works” (2010) and most recently, “The Snapping of the American Mind” (2015). Follow him on Facebook.

 

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Exposing Islam Must Not be Censored


John R. Houk

© October 28, 2017

 

Bill Warner is one of my favorite Counterjihadists. Hence, I grateful to be on his email list which usually links to relatively short teaching moments exposing the dark side of Islam. The exposés are based on Islamic revered writings included honored Muslim commentaries.

 

Warner’s 10/27/17 email has an October 10 teaching moment link; however, the email is more focused on censorship conducted by the Left because that portion of the political spectrum believes exposing Islam is a hate-action described by the epithet Islamophobia.

 

The American oriented online Merriam-Webster defines Islamophobia thus:

 

irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam

 

Is it irrational to expose the reasoning of a Muslim who is merely following the bloody example of Islam’s founder the (pseudo)prophet Muhammad (Mohammed)? Muslims are taught from birth that Muhammad is the perfect and should be emulated. The reality – gleaned from Islamic revered writings – Muhammad was a bloodthirsty killer of all who refused him, who had a special hatred for polytheists followed closely by Jews and Christians, he raped women, turned women into sex-slaves, extorted non-Muslims with a fake-protection tax, forced non-Muslims to live a dog-of-a-subservient life and that is relatively the tip of the iceberg of this so-called perfect man.

 

Telling that truth, labels me a racist Islamophobe by the Left and Muslim apologist. Bill Warner in introducing one his past videos, provides an excellent yet short reality about the term Leftists and Muslims use for racism:

 

Islamophobia is an imaginary mental disorder. Fear of Islam is a reality-based awareness.”

 

And this returns me to Bill Warner exposing Leftist censorship that is getting Counterjihadists banned and demonetized because they dare to expose Islam or some anti-Conservative value of the Left.

 

So this how I am going to handle the Warner email. I will cross post the text of the email less the links to videos and to the PragerU link because I am posting those separately from the email.

 

JRH 10/28/17

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SPLC starts economic war

 

Famine on the Horizon?

SPLC & Silicon Valley Elites Try to Starve Us Out

 

Sent by Bill Warner

Sent 10/27/2017 7:47 AM

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) publishes a hit list of “Islamophobes.” This list is the fuel behind Silicon Valley’s economic warfare against critics of Islam and conservative voices in general.

 

In the video, “The ‘Anti-Hate’ Group That Is a Hate Group, Prager U exposes the true nature of the SPLC. It is important to understand this powerful and dangerous near enemy.

 

The censorship attack on our free speech by Silicon Valley billionaires is economic warfare, designed to cause a famine by taking myself and others out of the marketplace of ideas. There is a near enemy, dhimmi apologists for Islam, and a far enemy, political Islam. The actual work of attacking our civilization is being done by the near enemy. We need new allies to avoid a devastating future.

 

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PragerU is suing Sharia-compliant Youtube and Google over our constitutional right to free speech. PragerU is doing work for the benefit of us all, and they use your support. The fight to maintain our 1st, and most important, Amendment rights will be a long and costly one.

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The Near Enemy, the Silicon Valley Enforcers

 

By Bill Warner

Oct 24, 2017

Political Islam

 

We have two enemies in our struggles– the near enemy apologists for Sharia and the far enemy, Islam. The Silicon Valley billionaires now support Sharia by censoring its critics.

 

VIDEO: Bill Warner PhD: The Near Enemy– Silicon Valley Enforcers

 

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VIDEO: The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group

 

Posted by PragerU

Published on Oct 12, 2017

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center bills itself as a watchdog of hate groups. But is this just a cover for its true aims? Journalist and author Karl Zinsmeister explains.

 

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Script:

 

Shutting down people you don’t agree with is about as un-American as you can get.

 

Rigorous debate, honest discussion, open exchange of ideas—that’s the American way.

 

But free thinking and speech are threatened today by a group with a sweet-sounding name that conceals a nefarious purpose. This group is called the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC.

 

Originally founded as a civil-rights law firm in 1971, the SPLC reinvented itself in the mid-‘80s as a political attack group. Every year now it produces a new list of people and charities it claims are “extremists” and “haters.”

 

Aided by glowing coverage from the establishment media, the SPLC’s hate list has become a weapon for taking individuals and groups they disagree with and tarring them with ugly associations.

 

The SPLC employs a two-pronged strategy:

 

First, find a handful of crazies with barely any followers, no address, and no staff, and blow them up into a dangerous movement— proof that there are neo-Nazis lurking everywhere. On their notorious “Hate Map,” the SPLC lists 917 separate hate groups in the U.S.! No one has even heard of more than a handful of them.

 

The second strategy of the SPLC is to undermine legitimate political voices that they oppose by associating them with extremists like the KKK.

 

Take the charity known as the Alliance Defending Freedom. The SPLC lists them as a “hate group.” Is that fair? Well, the ADF has a network of 3,000 attorneys from all across the U.S. who’ve donated more than a million volunteer hours in defense of religious liberty. They’ve had a role in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court. Putting the Alliance Defending Freedom on a list with 130 Ku Klux Klan chapters is not only wrong, it’s malicious.

 

According to the SPLC, one of the most influential social scientists in the U.S.— Charles Murray—is a, quote, “white nationalist.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson for the rights of Muslim women, is, to the SPLC, a “toxic… anti-Muslim extremist.”

 

Scores of other individuals and charities active in mainstream conservative or religious causes have likewise been branded by the Southern Poverty Law Center as threats to society.

 

Mind you, it is entirely fair to disagree with any of those folks. But it is utterly unfair to call them haters or extremists. The largest category listed by the SPLC as extremists—with 623 entries—covers groups like the Tea Party organizations that are wary of centralized government. Last time we checked, favoring smaller government was a mainstream and perfectly honorable American tradition.

 

What is not honorable is the course prescribed by a leader of the SPLC, Mark Potok, who was caught on video proclaiming the organization’s true intentions. He told a group of supporters, quote, “the press will describe us as ‘monitoring hate groups’…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”

 

Portraying someone with political views different from your own as a public menace is bullying.

 

And it’s a dangerous game. Instead of reducing hate and violence, the SPLC’s name-calling directly incites it.

 

In March 2017, Charles Murray was trying to discuss his acclaimed book Coming Apart at Middlebury College when he was violently attacked by protesters inflamed by the SPLC’s labeling of him as a racist. A professor escorting Murray ended up in the hospital.

 

For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/anti-hate-group-hate-group

 

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Prager University (PragerU) Takes Legal Action Against Google and YouTube for Discrimination

 

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**  Oct. 24, 2017
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“This is speech discrimination plain and simple, censorship based entirely on unspecified ideological objection to the message or on the perceived identity and political viewpoint of the speaker” – 36th Governor of California Pete Wilson
Browne, George, Ross LLP

 

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LOS ANGELES — Prager University (PragerU) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to stop Google and YouTube from unlawfully censoring its educational videos and discriminating against its right to freedom of speech.

 

The lawsuit cites more than 50 PragerU videos which have either been “restricted” or “demonetized” by Google/YouTube. The PragerU videos range on various subjects presenting a conservative point of view, and include a video by noted Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on the founding of Israel. PragerU previously compiled a complete list of their restricted videos here, which includes: “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”

 

In correspondence cited in the filing, Google/YouTube made it clear that the censorship of certain videos was because they were deemed “inappropriate” for younger audiences.

 

“Watch any one of our videos and you’ll immediately realize that Google/YouTube censorship is entirely ideologically driven. For the record, our videos are presented by some of the finest minds in the Western world, including four Pulitzer Prize winners, former prime ministers, and professors from the most prestigious universities in America,” stated PragerU founder Dennis Prager.

 

Prager added, “They are engaging in an arbitrary and capricious use of their ‘restricted mode’ and ‘demonetization’ to restrict non-left political thought. Their censorship is profoundly damaging because Google and YouTube own and control the largest forum for public participation in video-based speech in not only California, but the United States, and the world.”

 

The total number of people who currently use YouTube exceeds 1.3 billion people. Google and YouTube advertise YouTube to the public as a forum intended to defend and protect free speech where members of the general public may express and exchange their ideas. They have represented that their platforms and services are intended to effectuate the exercise of free speech among the public. According to Google and YouTube: “voices matter.” YouTube states that it is “committed to fostering a community where everyone’s voice can be heard.”

 

“However,” said Eric George of Browne George Ross, the firm representing PragerU, “Google and YouTube use restricted mode filtering not to protect younger or sensitive viewers from ‘inappropriate’ video content, but as a political gag mechanism to silence PragerU. Google and YouTube do this not because they have identified video content that violates their guidelines or is otherwise inappropriate for younger viewers, but because PragerU is a conservative nonprofit organization that is associated with and espouses the views of leading conservative speakers and scholars.”

 

“This is speech discrimination plain and simple, censorship based entirely on unspecified ideological objection to the message or on the perceived identity and political viewpoint of the speaker,” said former California Governor Pete Wilson of Browne George Ross. “Google and YouTube’s use of restricted mode filtering to silence PragerU violates its fundamental First Amendment rights under both the California and United States Constitutions. It constitutes unlawful discrimination under California law, is a misleading and unfair business practice, and breaches the warranty of good faith and fair dealing implied in Google and YouTube’s own Terms of Use and ‘Community Guidelines.’”

 

“There is absolutely nothing ‘inappropriate’ about the content of the PragerU videos censored by Google and YouTube; the videos do not contain any profanity, nudity or otherwise inappropriate ‘mature’ content and they fully comply with the letter of YouTube’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines,” said Marissa Streit, PragerU’s chief executive officer who has engaged in a year-long-effort to try and persuade Google to stop censoring PragerU content. Streit continues, “It’s clear that someone doesn’t like what we teach and so they intend on stopping us from teaching it. Can you imagine what the world would look like if Google is allowed to continue to arbitrarily censor ideas they simply don’t agree with?”

 

“This is not a left/right issue. It is a free speech issue, which is why prominent liberals, such as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, are supporting our lawsuit,” Prager concluded.

 

The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California is available here.

 

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What I Admire about Islam

 

By Bill Warner

Oct 10, 2017

Political Islam

 

Islam has many strengths that we need to learn from. For instance, Islam’s concept of civilizational war has no equal in the West. Muslims use a hijab as a weapon, for instance. Muslims have a perpetual optimism about winning. Muslims want to win; we want to tie. Muslims naturally form groups to advance their cause. They are a powerful political lobbying group.

 

We need to learn from Islam’s strengths so that we don’t lose.

 

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Exposing Islam Must Not be Censored

John R. Houk

© October 28, 2017

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SPLC starts economic war

 

The Near Enemy, the Silicon Valley Enforcers

 

What I Admire about Islam

 

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Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) is an educational organization dedicated to enlightening the general public about the doctrine of political Islam based on the works of Dr. Bill Warner.

 

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Political Islam has subjugated other civilizations for 1400 years. Our mission is to educate the world about political Islam, its founder Mohammed, his political doctrine and his god, Allah.

 

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Islam’s Trilogy of three sacred texts is the Koran and two books about the life of Mohammed. When the Trilogy is sorted, categorized, arranged, rewritten and  READ THE REST

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The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group

 

Prager University (PragerU) Takes Legal Action Against Google and YouTube for Discrimination

 

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