Skip to comments.Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites (WND)
Posted on 04/03/2019 11:30:29 AM PDT by Seizethecarp
In the feverish heyday of the birther movement, conspiracy-hungry readers swarmed to a website called WorldNetDaily for the latest on the specious yet viral theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
The sites founder, Joseph Farah a former newspaperman with a dense, jet-black mustache and a cloak-and-dagger mystique boasted in 2010 that he was well on the way to generating $10 million a year in revenue. His Northern Virginia-headquartered news site, known by the acronym WND, was having its moment by stoking rumors about Obama.
But Farah a conservative Internet pioneer whod once been labeled by the Clinton White House as part of a right-wing media conspiracy and was known to sport a pistol on his hip in the officesaw bigger things. Years earlier hed launched one of the first large-scale digital newsgathering operations; now he wanted to be a player in Christian-themed movies and book publishing, churning out titles by big-name conservatives, such as anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly and future House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
He was building an empire.
A decade later, that realm is being sucked into a tornado of unpaid bills, pink-slipped employees, chaotic accounting, declining revenue and diminishing readership, according to interviews with more than 25 former employees, shareholders, company insiders and authors associated with the firm's flailing publishing units, as well as a review of hundreds of internal documents, including emails and financial statements obtained by The Washington Post.
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consider the source....
From the Washington Post? No thanks.
Bastards. The guy had a stroke so in their sick mind it’s the perfect time to attack him.
He should have stayed with being an informative site and resisted competing with Alex Jones.
I use to subscribe to WND, in the days when he mailed it in a brown paper wrap.
It was my version of conservative porn...
Birtherism is the greatest Alinsky ever perpetrated. Those who use the term assist in the denigration of the Constitution
They have gotten the American people to reject one of the most valuable safeguards bequeathed to us by the founders.
The natural born citizen clause served us well until we allowed it to be ignored.
Barry Soetoro/Barack Hussein Obama should be proof enough of the wisdom of the founders when they tried to prevent him from being President by requiring someone who could only be a US citizen and nothing else.
Born here of citizen parents.
Naturally a US citizen because there is no other possibility.
One cannot be anything else and also be a natural born citizen.
It does not matter if he was born in Hawaii if his father was a foreign national.
Children of foreign nationals inherit the nationality of their foreign national parent(s).
Natural born citizen means born here of citizen parents.
People born with divided loyalties, allegiance and citizenship are not naturally Americans.
The children of foreign nationals are precisely who the founders were excluding from the office.
Only when one cannot be anything else can one be a natural born citizen.
No foreign birth.
No foreign parent(s)
No foreign citizenship(s)
No foreign influence on the Presidency is what John Jay stated in a letter to George Washington as the reason for insisting on a natural born citizen.
Obama told us he was born a British subject.
Who believes Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Jay, Monroe, Madison, etc. would have found him to be a natural born citizen?
Who believes they would have thought the recently deceased King of Thailand was eligible to be President?
He was born in Cambridge MA.
Usurpation Day, January 20, 2009, happened with the complete cooperation of both parties.
They want the Constitution changed without the hassle of amending the Constitution.
Confuse people about the clear meaning of a three word phrase and voila, every anchor baby and Winston Churchill is eligible.
The bench was the reason the GOP went along with the fig leaf resolution for McCain that was used by the Democrats as cover for Obama.
Jindal, Rubio, Haley, George P. Bush and Cruz were all up and comers and the future of the party and ineligible.
The truth of the Kenyanesian Usurpation will never see the light of day because both parties cooperated in the violation of the Constitution
A right wing conspiracy site? Anyone who is critical of leftists is now a conspiracy theorist.
Ping to WaPo reporting on the fall of WND and its reporting on the “specious yet viral theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.”
I lost track of them over the years as they got silly.
Wait, are we talking about WND or WaPo?
Wouldn’t believe a thing the Washington Post says.
I remember when WND was a good news site. That was a long time ago. Click bait money is too good to pass up?
I had typed something similar, would've been post #3 then thought better of it not wanting to get attacked for saying it.
Am glad you had the guts so I can at least say "I agree."
WND's best days are well in its rearview mirror. I haven't visited there in years, they skeered too far into nutjob land for my taste.
A hit piece on Joseph Farah, an Arab American who is pro Israel and a very intelligent guy who has written very cogent editorials. I read WND as it emerged on the Internet and Farah detailed how he and colleagues got screwed around with in DC just to get press passes to Congress and other journalistic perks they were entitled to.
The knives are out again and even if the site has gone wobbly I would not necessarily believe this piece.
WND hit their prime when they challenged the White House press credentials process that excluded the emerging web-based alternative media from access.
Finally, their multi-part series on the Gore family influence in Tennessee cost Al Gore the election when he lost the vote in his own state.
“the spending control was less than ideal”
PS: the married owner of the WaPO (and major stockholder and officer of the company that holds the major govt IT contract) sends dic pics to his girlfriend and then blames the Saudis likely because his girlfriend did not want her brother landed on too badly actually and his newsies actually have the chutzpah to land on Joe Farah and the WND? What gall.
WP, you would’ve be dead and buried years ago, if it weren’t for Jeff Bezos.
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