The easiest, most effortless way to discredit someone or some organization today is to label them “extremist” or “conspiracy theorist.”
It’s a tough label to shed, especially because the terms are totally subjective – only meaningful in the eyes of the beholder.
But one thing I notice about those hurling such epithets is that they tend to accuse others of what they themselves do.
Take the case of Salon.com.
Last week, one of its pseudo-journalists published the following: “Joe Miller, a Republican candidate in the primary race for Alaska Senate, is promoting a blog post by the conspiracy theory website World Net Daily that claims President Obama has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and which implicates Lois Lerner of the IRS in the conspiracy as well.”
Note the descriptive of WND:
- Not “first and leading independent Internet news source”
- Not “pioneer, trailblazing business in new media”
I wouldn’t expect it from Salon.
This was an article with a purpose. It wasn’t so much intended to smear WND. It was intended to smear my friend Joe Miller. Salon has spent years, along with other left-wing media outlets, attempting to discredit and defame WND by any means necessary.
Because Salon is an “extremist conspiracy site.” I won’t just hurl that descriptive. I will actually provide evidence – something Salon and the like are unable or unwilling to do.
But, before I do that, I want to invite you to read the “claim” that Obama has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, linking Lois Lerner of the IRS. It’s not a conspiracy. It is actually what we call in journalism a “news story.” (We don’t do blogs at WND – and, of course, Salon knows this.)
Now let me tell you why it is Salon that is the true “conspiracy theory website” and its staff, from top to bottom, are the true nutcase “extremists.”
- Back in 2001, when Salon was on the precipice of going broke for lack of readership despite having spent $30 million promoting its propaganda, the website got into the porn business.Now, I don’t know about you, but I consider that an “extreme” position for one that portrays itself as a serious content site. What do you think?
- Weaving conspiracy theories? Take a look at how Salon has tried to attack Donald Trump through guilt by association – just like it did with Joe Miller. And here’s more on the way Salon has tried to smear Trump.
- Did you know that the Republican Party is actually trying to bring back the Confederacy? Check out this Salon story from last year.
- And here’s a conspiracy about how Salon was actually formed, though this is one that the site downplays, for reasons that will be obvious.
- How’s this for a conspiracy theory? Salon made the case that Phyllis Schlafly has campaigned “against child care.”Not against “government child care,” mind you, but against “child care” altogether!
- One of the ways I’ve always characterized paranoids is by the degree to which they accuse others of being paranoid. Once again, Salon does not disappoint. Check out just one measure of Salon’s efforts at being the “paranoia police.”
- One of the best example of what Salon is all about only requires you to see the kind of people it hires to be “journalists.” There can be no better illustration of what I mean than by learning who Dan Savage is and what he does.
- Recently, Salon did an “investigation” into how the “right” is “obsessed” with black crime. How do we know the “right” is “obsessed” with black crime? Because they see it and observe it – while no one else does.Because we all know it would be racist to see the truth and report it.
- And directly related to the last point is this one: Did you know that Salon provides the extremist, hate-mongering conspiracy theorists at the Southern Poverty Law Center presumably a free forum on the site to spew its propaganda? Consider yourself warned. Now you are without excuse.