June 5, 2008

Couldn’t Help But Comment (060508, Morning)

What is it with WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein (And His WND Bosses)?

Debbie Schlussel reports that Klein has again lifted her work “almost word-for-word,” and presented it as an “exclusive,” which in WNDLand appears to mean, in essence, “anything we haven’t reported on before.” I’ll let readers decide whether it’s worth fishing around WND to find what I’m referring to; I’m in no mood to link.

This follows Klein performing similar tricks on yours truly back in March (BlumerNetDaily – Part 1; Part 2). Then Klein made it appear as if WND was solely responsible for the Barack Obama campaign’s quiet repudiation (also first noted at BizzyBlog) of sentiments expressed in a Hamas leader’s column printed in the Trinity United Church of Christ’s church bulletin — three days after yours truly first broke the news, and well after Michelle Malkin and Charles at Little Green Footballs referred to my post (with proper attribution in each instance).

As what I see as link-hogging, credit-grabbing, and material-lifting at WND apparently continues unabated, I’ll just have to repeat my opinion expressed in March:

All of this is very pathetic. There was a time in the late 1990s when it appeared that WND might become one of the leading lights of New Media. Instead, in its current construction, WND is a sad monument to lost potential.

Update: So WND gets all the link benefit of Taranto’s coverage yesterday at Best of the Web, based on work originally done by Debbie Schlussel. Mission accomplished, eh Aaron?

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Let’s see how much coverage, especial on TV, this story receives:

US Marine acquitted of all charges in Haditha killings

A court martial on Wednesday acquitted a US Marine for his role in the deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha in Iraq in 2005, the sixth man to be exonerated in the affair, a military official said.
Lieutenant Andrew Grayson, 27, was declared “not guilty on all charges” by a jury, said a spokesman for the Camp Pendleton military base in southern California where the hearing started on May 28.

Grayson had been charged with making false statements and attempting to fraudulently separate from the Marine Corps. He was also charged with obstruction of justice, but the military judge dismissed this charge Tuesday.

He was the first Marine to stand trial in connection with the killings of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, the most serious war crime allegations leveled at US forces since the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Is Jack Murtha, the congressman who, as Michelle Malkin noted two years ago, opted for “verdict first, trial later” on national TV, available for comment yet? Better yet, should he not be censured, or worse, by Congress?

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ADP’s National Employment Report on Wednesday said that 40,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm private jobs were added in May, and revised its April figure of +10,000 to +13,000.

This may be a harbinger of a positive jobs number in the government’s Employment Situation report tomorrow, as well as upward revisions to prior months (crossing fingers). The government came in with a -20,000 change in seasonally adjusted jobs in April, which was 30,000 below ADP’s original figure. A repeat of that 30,000-job gap tomorrow would bring the government’s May number into positive territory.

I hope to have more to say on the ADP report, which may deserve more respect than it has been getting, later today.

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