WorldNetDaily, the far-right conspiracy theory outlet, celebrated its 18th birthday over the weekend.
Despite the outlet’s fringe views, particularly the site’s debunked claims about President Obama’s birth certificate, it has received plenty of publicity through Fox News and the Drudge Report, regularly scores interviews with Republican elected officials, and has provided a home for columns by GOP presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Ben Carson. (WorldNetDaily has, however, become much less enthusiastic about promoting birther conspiracy theories now that it is becoming a cheerleader for Canadian-born Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign).
WND is best known for its brave just asking the question style of journalism. For example: “Will Obama build a Death Star next?” Or, “‘Manchurian President’ Ushering In Islamic Caliphate?” And of course, “Is [Obama’s] intention to facilitate an Ebola outbreak in the United States?”
“Along the path of the last 18 years, WND.com has launched some excellent reporters, editors and nonfiction authors on their careers,” WND commentator Craige McMillan boasts. “And to that list I am working hard to add at least one novelist, with my five-volume series on Armageddon.”
Another columnist, Lord Christopher Monckton, gushes that WND editor Joseph Farah is playing his part in stopping Obama’s imminent dictatorship: “WND, Joseph Farah’s vision made electronically real, is above all else a champion of keeping free speech free. For under Mr. Obama, the ‘Democrats’ are galloping toward outright totalitarianism. Their policies and their tactics are becoming indistinguishable from those of the fascists of Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy, or the Communists of Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China or Pol Pot’s Cambodia.”
To celebrate WorldNetDaily’s years of success in stopping Obama from becoming the next Pol Pot, we are reposting our list of the 10 best “scoops” in the outlet’s history:
1. The Bible Code Forecasts a Romney Victory
WND’s “award-winning” executive news director Joe Kovacs just before the election wrote an article based on a YouTube video he saw about how the “Bible Code” prophesizes “bad news for Barack Obama” as apparently the “hidden texts in the Holy Bible indicate Mitt Romney will be America’s next president.” Not only would Romney win, but the Bible Code even predicted Romney will be a “fitting president” who has God’s favor.
2. Romney Can Still Win Despite Election Defeat
Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips also works as a WND columnist, where he has argued that if enough states boycott the Electoral College, then the House of Representatives will get to pick the President and give Romney one last shot. “That is how we can still pull this election out and make Mitt Romney president in January,” he writes. “We need this concept shared with every tea party, liberty and patriotic group throughout the country.” Of course his proposal is completely without merit, but that didn’t stop at least one Republican state legislator from hopping on board.
3. Obama Building ‘FEMA Concentration Camps’
WND commentator and Faith 2 Action president Janet Porter wondered if President Obama was using the fears about the Swine flu to “round up American citizens” and put them into “FEMA concentration camps.” Porter has also used her WND column to push fears that Obama would enact “jail sentences for those who seek treatment outside the socialized health care system” and create a massive “food shortage” so opponents will be “starved to death.”
4. Obama Plans Negotiations with Osama Bin Laden
Porter in WND predicted that Obama bin Laden will be overjoyed by Obama’s election as President and will even be able to meet with him personally. Like most other predictions in WND, this one turned out to be false.
5. Obama is a Gay, Secret Muslim, Foreign-Born Imposter
The group’s most well-known “reporter,” Jerome Corsi, believes that President Obama wears a Muslim ring (confusing a loop-like pattern with Arabic), was married to his male Muslim roommate, orchestrated the murder of his gay ex-lovers, was born somewhere outside the United States and his father may be Frank Marshall Davis.
6. Gays Behind the Holocaust and Preparing to Lead the Next One
WND columnist Scott Lively, who is best known for his work in shaping Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, is the author of the book, The Pink Swastika, about how gays were behind Nazism and the Holocaust in order to have “vengeance against the people whose moral laws had relegated pagan homo-occultism to obscurity and ignominy.” WND Super Store sells his bizarre book and WND editor Joseph Farah eagerly endorsed Lively’s claim while warning that the gay rights movement may bring Nazism to America.
Another WND columnist, Erik Rush, even maintained that gays are planning a Holocaust against Christians, and WND commentator Judith Reisman argued that gay-straight alliances are modeled after the Hitler Youth. WND’s Molotov Mitchell has also praised Uganda for making homosexuality a capital offense because the founders would’ve agreed.
7. Obama is Orchestrating the Next Holocaust
If gay people don’t do it first, then President Obama must be the one behind the next holocaust. Farah claimed that he discovered proof that Obama wants a new Holocaust in a speech he delivered at Buchenwald where he used the line, “We are here today because we know this work is not yet finished.”
Farah admitted that he is taking the line, which was about the need to combat Holocaust denialism, out of context. But since Obama has a tendency of “speaking in code” to Muslim audiences, Farah explained, then he must be sending a secret message to Muslims to kill Jews: “So, I ask you, am I really taking Obama’s words at Buchenwald out of context? Or am I the only one seeing them in context?
8. Secession Now
WND is extremely sympathetic to the secessionist movement, they only differ on the reasons. Farah believes that America may be forced to “literally…break-up” the nation if states continue to legalize same-sex marriage and WND columnist Vox Day called for a white supremacist secession movement to repel the “African, Asian and Aztec cultures” and “immigrants from various non-European nations.” Mitchell even released a video criticizing Abraham Lincoln for his stance against secession.
9. Norway Terrorist Attacks a ‘Fabrication’ by the Victims
After far-right activist Anders Breivik targeted the left-wing Labour Party’s youth group and the Norwegian government in deadly terrorist attacks, naturally, WND suggested that the attack was a “cover-up” and a “fabrication of the Labour Party,” blaming the left’s policies for apparently encouraging Breivik’s radicalism. WND also is the home of Pamela Geller, who said that Muslims were behind the attacks and tried to justify Breivik’s actions.
10. Soy Turns Kids Gay
Yes, WND ran a six part series about how soy in children’s formula leads to “sexual confusion and homosexuality.” We only hope that WND commentator Victoria Jackson writes a column about her new idea that genetically modified food is “making more men gay these days.”