WorldNetDaily’s Year That Was
The fringe right-wing Website that became a lot less obscure this year is out with a Top-10 list marking its “groundbreaking reports.” Five (and a half if you count the self-promoting birther billboard campaign) of the stories really did break through to the mainstream media, though you could quibble with WND’s brag that the site “was first to report Miss USA judge Perez Hilton launched into a full-blown attack on Christian contestant Carrie Prejean.” Celebrity news media got into that story very, very fast.
Still, the big takeaway from WND’s list is that it really did manage to catapult stories from the web to Fox News. For example:
WND was the news agency that broke the first major story on Obama’s “green” jobs czar Van Jones and it was the dogged reporting of WND’s Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein that helped bring down the first high-ranking member of the Obama administration.
I’d agree with that. Few people admit to reading WND but there’s no doubt that its relentless reports on Jones, coupled with Gateway Pundit’s blog posts, provided the grist for Glenn Beck’s attacks.