The Worldnetdaily Lies. Again.

Here’s another perfect example of how utterly dishonest the Worldnetdaily is in its reporting. On the front page the headline reads “Just lovely. Now the M-word used for Obama.” M-word, I thought? What the hell is the m-word? So I clicked. The headline on the article itself when you clicked on it was “SCHOOL LESSON PORTRAYS OBAMA AS MESSIAH.” Wow, that’s pretty bad. I wonder if that’s actually true? I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that it isn’t.

The whole thing is based on this article by something called the Education Action Group on its website. Turns out it’s a lesson plan that one woman is selling, that no one has apparently bought. And it never uses the “m-word” at all. That is their characterization of it, not what it actually says.

In one passage, a young Obama sees beggars and wonders, “Will I ever be able to help people like these?”

“Hope hung deep inside of him,” the book adds.

Another excerpt from the book reads: “Before dawn each morning, Barry rose – his mother’s voice driving him from dream land. ‘Time for learning English grammar and the Golden Rule. Be honest, be kind, be fair,’ she taught him.”

The story continues: “One morning, he slipped on the name he’d been born with. The name of his father, Barack. For the first time in his life, he wore it proudly – like a coat of many colors.”

Uh oh – another Obama-inspired Biblical reference in a government school! But there’s no controversy here. Leftists will use God and the Bible, in instances such as these, when it appropriately fits their propaganda purposes.

No story about Barack Obama would be complete without mentioning his work as a community organizer. The book describes those days in dramatic fashion:

“The work was grueling, with stretches of failure, and puny patches of success. Door-to-door Barack went, early mornings, late nights, pleading and preaching, coaxing strangers to march together, to make life better for everyone.

“He worked as hard as a farmer, planting the words ‘Yes, we can!’ like seeds in spring.

“Impatient, Barack kept wondering if those seeds would ever sprout. He worried that the hope in him would fade away.”

Yeah, this is creepy and absurd, exactly the kind of hagiography we should always avoid (we do the same thing to all the founding fathers, but you never hear wingnuts complain about that). But it’s one woman trying to sell the idea to other teachers. There’s nothing to indicate it’s actually being used. There isn’t a single review of it on the website and only one comment, from someone saying they couldn’t open the zip file. That’s it. But for EAG and the Worldnetdaily, it’s all some big plot to turn Obama into the messiah. I don’t think they’re even capable of being rational or objective, especially when it comes to Obama. Every single thing feeds their bizarre hatred of him.

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  • Spanish Inquisitor

    Why do you call it “reporting”? In no journalistic sense are they reporters. At best they meet a Webster’s definition, but that’s as close as it comes.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Every bit of ammunition counts. Remember when a couple of user-generated videos comparing Bush to Hitler spent all of an hour on the MoveOn website before being deleted?

  • Gregory in Seattle

    WND lies. Imagine my surprise.

    You’ll have to imagine it, actually, because any appearance of surprise on my part is purely imaginary.

  • colnago80

    I wonder how they’re going to spin the apparent success of the administration in fixing the government’s health care web site. I’m sure they and the fascist news channel will trumpet the remaining problems, ignoring the apparent huge improvements made.

  • Modusoperandi

    colnago80 “I wonder how they’re going to spin the apparent success of the administration in fixing the government’s health care web site.”

    Look, everybody knows the website still doesn’t work. Why, you don’t even have to go back to it and try it again to know that.

  • caseloweraz

    That word was being applied to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Republicans used it everywhere, and of course they used it to denigrate what they imagined Democrats to believe.

  • bushrat

    @6 But after 8 years of Hell, Obama probably did seem like the 2nd coming in 2008.

  • jnorris

    I am truly thankful that I can learn something new everyday. Today I just learned from the World Net Daily that Muslims can have a messiah. That’s got to be one hell of a surprise to the Jews.

  • Chiroptera

    jnorris, #8: Today I just learned from the World Net Daily that Muslims can have a messiah.

    If I recall correctly, there is the belief that the Mahdi will come to rule just before the Last Judgement.

    Not that this has anything to do with the OP, just pointing out that Muslims (especially Shiites, I believe) do have a concept of a messiah.

  • Hatchetfish

    “Every single thing feeds their bizarre hatred of him.”

    I dunno Ed, racism and greed hardly seem bizarre. Pretty mundane, really.