It’s bad enough the United Nations is blessing the sham of man-made, catastrophic climate change in Copenhagen next week at a convention billed as a major step forward for global governance.
But now we know the U.N. will try to have its cake and eat it, too, by denying press credentials to news agencies like WND that have reported skeptically on the “global warming” charade.
WND, the largest independent English-language Internet news source in the world, applied for press credentials to the Copenhagen shindig weeks ago. WND was to be represented by senior staff writer Jerome Corsi, an expert on energy and politics and the author of two No. 1 New York Times best-selling works of nonfiction.
With no word from Copenhagen, WND began shaking the tree of Axel Wuestenhagen, media coordinator for the event, even threatening legal action if the credentials were not immediately forthcoming. He sent apologies a week ago, blaming the delay on a backlog of requests.
Wuestenhagen wrote to WND’s legal counsel explaining that WND would be excluded from covering the convention. He made the decision, he admitted, after consulting with U.N. officials in New York.
“Having now reviewed the application and in consultation with the Media and Accreditation Unit in New York, regrettably, we are not in a position to grant accreditation in this instance,” he wrote. “As a for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit Western Journalism Center, we follow the U.N. guidelines on accreditation which specifies that advocacy publications of nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation. Please note that the organization is under no obligation to accept your request if it does not meet U.N. standards and requirements for press accreditation.”
A nice try. It was the same bogus argument made years earlier when the Senate Press Gallery in Washington denied WND credentials to cover the Capitol – a decision later reversed when WND threatened to sue everybody involved for abridging First Amendment rights.
In a personal response to Wuestenhagen, I wrote: “Time is short, so I am responding directly as the founder and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily to your complete misrepresentations as to WorldNetDaily’s structure and independence as a news organization.
“WorldNetDaily is NOT, as you mistakenly assert, a for-profit subsidiary of the Western Journalism Center. Neither is it an advocacy organization, though, like all news organizations, it does publish a broad spectrum of opinion – we believe, in fact, the broadest ideological spectrum of any news organization in the world. Neither has WorldNetDaily ever been a subsidiary of Western Journalism Center or any other organization.
“The website WorldNetDaily.com began as a project of the Western Journalism Center in 1997. In 1999, the website was spun off as a completely independent for-profit corporation with no legal connection to its former parent. That was 10 years ago. I speak authoritatively on this subject as the founder of BOTH organizations, though I, like my company, WorldNetDaily, have no connection to the Western Journalism Center today.”
I also pointed out that many nonprofit news organizations have already been cleared for coverage of the Copenhagen convention, including the world’s largest, the Associated Press.
“Now that you have been made aware of the facts, we look forward to an expeditious approval of Dr. Corsi’s credentials for coverage,” I wrote. “If you have any more questions about our history or organization, I stand ready to address them so that our correspondent can make plans to be in Copenhagen.”
Ironically, I learned after dashing off the letter that Corsi, as a senior staff writer for WND, was previously accredited for coverage of the U.N. He was admitted as a member of the press to cover Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first address to the U.N. as president of Iran and for the appearance there of President Bush.
So what changed between then and now?
It’s evident the U.N. is pulling out all the stops for a major global power grab in Copenhagen – and they don’t want any impartial witnesses around to report its shenanigans.
If Corsi doesn’t get his credentials in time to cover Copenhagen, I am very serious about pursuing all possible legal remedies against the U.N. I vow that we will pursue all legal options to ensure that the free press is respected by these unaccountable global institutions.
If WND is not permitted to cover a global event of this magnitude, the rights of all news organizations are threatened in the New World Order organizers hope to establish in Copenhagen.
Once again, I hope you will support this intrepid little news organization as it takes on giants like the U.N.