June 23, 2008, - 2:32 pm
New Websites Needed: Fight the Smears by Obama, Fight the Smears by Muslims, Fight the Smears by MSM
By Debbie Schlussel
Two mainstream media “journalists” whose work you should stop reading and, if you do read it, don’t believe it: Wall Street Journal “reporter” Amy Chozick and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley. They don’t check facts. Their output is pure fertilizer.
Both of them are spouting the same lie that Muslims who support Barack Obama are feeding them about John McCain’s dumping of a Hezbollah supporter and federal insurance fraud convict, Ali Jawad.
In the wake of Obama excluding two women in hijabs from a Michigan rally podium, Barack Obama’s campaign and the organized community of Muslims–who don’t want John McCain to win–are attempting to use Jawad’s deposal from a McCain Michigan finance committee as a way of saying, “See, John McCain did it, too.” And they’re succeeding because stupid and agenda-driven journalists are eagerly biting and repeating this lie.
John McCain did not “do it, too.”
As you’ll recall, back in April, I brought to the McCain camp’s attention that Ali Jawad was an open supporter of Hezbollah–he praised the group in The Detroit News in 2002–and was convicted of insurance fraud in federal court. I broke the story on this site that because of this, John McCain’s campaign dumped Jawad. On a Detroit radio station interview, Jawad also admitted what I had reported: that he was related by marriage to the current chairman of Hezbollah’s governing council, the Shurah Al-Karar, and the man designated to be the next head of Hezbollah, Hachem Safieddine.
The Muslim community tried in vain to rehabilitate Mr. Jawad and obfuscate the facts about who he is and what he does. They failed. Now they are trying again, and this time, they are using the story about Barack Obama’s exclusion of two Muslim women from a rally podium, as their opportunity.
It started on Thursday, when Detroit News “reporter” Gregg Krupa–whom many believe is on the take, and his writing reflects that–reported, in a story on the two Muslim women, that McCain did the same thing–with Jawad. Krupa alleged that Jawad had been dumped from the campaign because of allegations he was a Hezbollah agent, which have never been proven. Actually, he was dumped because he is a federally convicted insurance defrauder who openly praises Hezbollah. But why confuse readers with the facts?
I spoke with Krupa’s editor, Keisha Dunn. Ms. Dunn promised his article would be corrected. It was not. Today, Ms. Dunn claims that this allegation, which is false, must be disproven–even though it was never proven–before they will correct it. Yup, this is the new “reporting” at the Newsistan. Don’t prove what you report. Report something false and make readers prove it ain’t true. Dunn also declined to correct an earlier story–despite promises on Thursday that she would–by Muslim reporter Tanveer Ali that regurgitated word for word Ali Jawad’s empty denials and didn’t include the info Ali was aware of about the federal insurance fraud convictions. This is the new “news”: Muslim press conferences repeated verbatim.
Then comes Finley. He has a one-sided obsession with me. He’s jealous of me because I quit a PBS TV show, and he got my leftovers. He’s written juvenile editorials about me calling me names and baselessly attacking my appearance. He’s bald, by the way, but I would never attack him for that–only for the fact that he’s the first case where the brain cells quickly exited out of the empty follicules along with the strands. He’s also written editorials jealously describing how upset he is that I get national cable TV appearances, and here he is the talentless editorial page editor of a major newspaper in a major market, and can’t get arrested. What’s worse–for him–is that my site is the #2 result under his name on google, and it describes how he’s turned his editorial page into the playground of Iran and Hezbollah.
With all of this as the backdrop, on Friday, he went on a major Detroit radio station and falsely claimed the same BS put out by the Islamic community and the McCain campaign: that Ali Jawad, “a respected businessman in the Arab Community,” was dumped by the McCain campaign based on “information that was never proven and was false” that he was associated with terrorists.
All bunk, and he knows it. 1) That has been proven. Jawad openly praised Hezbollah in Finley’s newspaper in 2002. Doesn’t Finley read his own newspaper or do an iota of research? NO, he doesn’t. Jawad admitted on a Detroit radio station that he’s related to Hezbollah’s top leadership. 2)Jawad is a federally convicted insurance defrauder who has a pages and pages of lawsuits against him in Wayne County Circuit Court, many of them by other Arabs. That and his open support for Hezbollah–as announced in Finley’s newspaper in 2002–is why he was dumped from the campaign.
I know Nolan Finley is insanely jealous and hateful of me. But that doesn’t give him the justification to lie about the facts, which he did. And therefore, you simply can’t believe anything you read from his pen or hear from his mouth. All of it is compromised by his insane jealousies and hatreds for being an inconsequential voice in the Detroit wilderness.
Then, there is Amy Chozick. Ms.Chozick repeated the lie in her article, “Obama Walks a Fine Line With Muslims,” in today’s paper. The section in her article containing the Ali Jawad misinformation reads like recent statements by Muslim Public Affairs Council propagandist Salam Al-Marayati. I contacted Ms. Chozick, and she admitted that she merely repeated what “sources” told her and didn’t look into the story. GUH-REAT Wall Street Journal “investigative reporting.” She sounds young and inexperienced, and one wonders how such an inept “reporter,” er . . . regurgitator, could get a job with such a major newspaper. It’s the basic rule of reporting I learned in high school journalism class, and she never learned: verify, check the facts.
So, from now on, when you read the writing of Amy Chozick in the Wall Street Journal (or whereever she ends up), you’ll know you can’t believe a word of it. She doesn’t verify what Muslim propagandists and the Obama camp feed her. She just runs with it. And it turns out to be bogus. Had she bothered to do even the tiniest bit of verification–which she admits she did not–she’d have seen the AP, ABC News, and Detroit Free Press stories, all of which reported on Jawad’s insurance fraud convictions. But why do research when you’re a Wall Street Journal reporter?
This isn’t the first time in recent months that the Wall Street Journal has tried to rehabilitate a Muslim extremist dumped by a Presidential campaign. In March, the Hillary Clinton campaign dumped Muslim Hillraiser Mehmet Celebi, after I and Gateway Pundit reported that he produced the vile, anti-Semitic blood libel movie, “Kurtlar Vadisi – Irak.” Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Cooper admitted he lifted most of his story from my website and didn’t give me credit because he said he didn’t want to give the true story and my site any publicity.
But the real reason is that he set out to rehabilitate Celebi. Cooper wrote an inaccurate, gushing, empathetic article about Celebi, claiming he didn’t know what the movie was about even though he executive produced it, acted in it, and recruited the two leads in the movie, sending them the scripts that he read. And Celebi’s claims, in Cooper’s story, that he didn’t know what the movie was about were belied by an interview he gave in a Turkish magazine the year before.
It’s sad that journalists in major newspapers lie to you and don’t do their homework. And that’s why the mainstream media is losing its grip on America. Websites like this one are the ones that break stories. We’re the ones who do our homework and do the research.
So much for the MSM’s claim that you can’t believe what you read on the internet. The true place you can’t believe what you read is in places like the Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, and out of the mouths of jealous, talentless hacks, like Nolan Finley.
They’ve gone the way of 8-track tapes and the BetaMax.
Bottom line: We don’t need an Obama “Fight the Smears” site. Websites like this are the true “Fight the Smears” sites against the BS served up by the Obama campaign, Muslim propagandists, and bitter hacks who are the last ones left at mainstream newspapers.