How the Worldnutdaily Frames a Story, Take 2

Here’s another great example of how the Worldnutdaily slants its stories, this time with a misleading headline. The headline reads “WHISTLEBLOWER: OBAMA USED NSA FOR POLITICS.” And the whistleblower in question is William Binney, one of the people who leaked information about NSA data mining during the Bush administration. Now look at what is said in the story itself:

The IRS may have utilized surveillance data collected by the National Security Agency to harass political opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, charged NSA whistleblower William Binney in a radio interview.

After working in the intelligence community for more than 30 years, Binney retired from the NSA in 2001. He co-founded a unit on automating NSA signals intelligence and served as technical leader for NSA intelligence in 2001. Binney is credited with helping to modernize the NSA’s worldwide eavesdropping network.

Asked on Aaron Klein’s WABC radio show Sunday whether he believes data collected on millions of Americans was used by the government against political enemies, Binney replied in the affirmative.

“That’s exactly the danger about letting the government have all this kind of information about its citizens,” the ex-NSA official stated.

And he’s right, that is a danger. The use of that data to blackmail is a legitimate fear. But Binney hasn’t worked for the NSA since 2001, long before Obama took office. He didn’t say, as the headline does, that Obama used NSA data mining to damage his political opponents, he just said it’s possible and it’s one of the dangers of such data mining. But that’s the Worldnutdaily for you, always slanting their stories and headlines.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • busterggi

    You have to remember that to Repubes the Bush years never happened, the US went straight from Clinton to Obama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Yes, but he believes it happened and that’s good enough for Worldnutdaily. If they can imagine Obama doing it, then it must be true.


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