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John K. Wilson

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McCain's Other Plumber

(29) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 1:02 PM

It's not Joe the Plumber that matters, it's G. Gordon Liddy the "Plumber" of Watergate fame. David Letterman's interview with McCain last night should prove to be absolutely devastating to the McCain campaign, if we don't let the mainstream media ignore McCain's relationship to Liddy while they obsess about Bill...

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John McCain's Terrorist Connections

(9) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 2:40 PM

John McCain has made the distant connections from years ago between Barack Obama and "unrepentant terrorist" Bill Ayers a centerpiece of the McCain-Palin campaign.

But McCain has much closer, more direct, and more recent connections to terrorists who committed acts far worse than Ayers, yet McCain's links to "unrepentant terrorists"...

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Only 20 Presidents Had More Experience Than Obama

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 7:54 AM

Nothing has harmed Barack Obama's candidacy for president more than the perception that he is inexperienced. An August poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that "personal abilities and experience" was the biggest cause for concern by voters about Obama, much more than...

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Over Two Dozen Lies Refuted About Ayers And Obama

(360) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 8:04 AM

The gutter politics of the McCain campaign is reaching down once again to denounce Obama for his distant past links to Bill Ayers in an unprecedented guilt-by-association attack for a presidential campaign.

Sarah Palin declared, "This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists...

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Sarah Palin's Book Banning, and Why It Matters

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 9:42 AM

Each year, the American Library Association marks Banned Books Week to raise awareness about censorship in our public libraries. This year's Banned Books Week runs from September 27 to October 4, and it has a special significance because the Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin falls...

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The Lies Of "Hype": Exposing The Anti-Obama Movie's Deceptions

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 5:35 PM

"Hype: The Obama Effect" is a new movie attacking the Democratic candidate from David Bossie and Citizens United, a far-right group which was started in 1988 to run the infamous racist "Willie Horton" ads against Michael Dukakis. Claiming "to peel back the layers of hype," the movie simply adds...

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Limbaugh Claims Obama Faked Books And Life

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 2:43 PM

Rush Limbaugh has become the global center for spreading lies and smears about Barack Obama, but yesterday (September 16) he sunk to a new low, declaring that Obama did not write his own books. According to Limbaugh today, "Obama has two autobiographies which I refuse to believe he wrote." He...

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Obama Buys Into Surge Success, Loses Upper Hand

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 9:14 AM

No, Barack Obama didn't lose the war in Iraq. He was right, and he's still right, to call for a reduction of troops and a withdrawal. What he lost was the war about the war: the war of media opinion. Admittedly, he was in a difficult position. The media...

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Stanley Kurtz and the Anti-Obama Smear Machine

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2008 | 2:39 PM

National Review writer Stanley Kurtz put himself into the headlines earlier this month by pushing the guilt-by-association link between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama because they both worked on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to improve public schools. When Kurtz went to look at the Annenberg files at the University of...

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Rick MacArthur's Left-Right Attacks On Obama

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 7:34 PM

John (Rick) MacArthur was on Democracy Now Monday, talking about his forthcoming book, You Can't Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America (Melville House Publishing). Along the way, he smeared Barack Obama, repeating many of the false Republican talking points about Chicago and Obama's background. MacArthur,...

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If You're John McCain, You Might Be A Rich Guy

(37) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 11:42 AM

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy (no, wait, he should be apologizing to all of us for that lame redneck schtick):

If you can't count how many homes you have, you might be a rich guy.

If you think it takes $5 million a year to be rich, you might...

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Media Research Center Lies Exposed about Obama and the Press

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 5:53 PM

The far-right Media Research Center (MRC) has released a new report declaring overwhelmingly positive media coverage of Barack Obama in the network evening news broadcasts. I've scrutinized part of the study and media coverage during one month, and this simple look at reality indicates that MRC is intentionally...

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Jerome Corsi's Lies: Inside The Deceptions Of The Best-Selling Anti-Obama Book

(7) Comments | Posted August 14, 2008 | 6:43 PM

Jerome Corsi's book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, has instantly soared to the top of the bestseller lists. But its popularity is in inverse proportion to its quality. This is one of the worst political books ever written. Corsi piles distortion upon innuendo to create...

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David Freddoso's Hatchet Job

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2008 | 11:04 AM

David Freddoso's new book, The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate is a badly written hatchet job, full of errors and distortions and smears. The author, who works for the right-wing National Review and published his book with Regnery (which printed...

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The Times' Distorted Professor Obama

(86) Comments | Posted July 30, 2008 | 9:41 AM

Today's New York Times features a lengthy story by Jodi Kantor about Obama's time as a teacher at the University of Chicago Law School. Since I took a class from Obama in the mid-1990s on "Race, Racism, and the Law," I thought I could offer some insights into Obama,...

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Dennis Byrne's Obama Baloney

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2008 | 12:21 PM

Dennis Byrne has a column today in Chicago Tribune that spouts the "baloney" he falsely accuses the Obama campaign of offering. Byrne begins by claiming that Obama "promised never" to reject public financing. This is utterly false, and I defy Byrne to offer a single example of Obama stating...

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James Dobson's "Fruitcake" Interpretations

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2008 | 8:14 PM

I’ve just listened to James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program denouncing Barack Obama. Dobson is a right-wing crackpot, advocating all sorts of bizarre ideas about child-raising and the Bible that I detail below. But Dobson is also a powerful political figure in the Republican Party, someone whose...

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Obama's Non-Promise Not Broken

(13) Comments | Posted June 24, 2008 | 9:13 AM

This week, one attack by John McCain on Barack Obama has become an article of unquestioned faith repeatedly declared in the mainstream media: that Obama broke a promise to accept public financing in the general election. There’s only problem with this claim by the press: it is demonstrably untrue and...

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Why Obama Is Right To Reject Public Financing

(27) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 8:37 PM

Barack Obama’s decision to reject public financing for the general election was the right decision. It’s not only the best way for him to win. It’s also the most progressive stand to take, and the best way to help reform the campaign finance system. This is a broken system, and...

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Obama's Campus Troops "Ravished Our Virgins"

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 7:10 PM

The blogosphere is rightly amused at Mary Grabar’s column for on Monday in which she wrote:

Obama’s advance troops have already taken over our college campuses, have bound and gagged our conservative professors, have ravished our virgins, have pillaged our stores of wisdom, and have ensconced...

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