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No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.

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Yes, I was mistaken. Oh well.
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Sterngard Friegen wrote:No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.
Perhaps because none have done it in a way which would affect the results. Or at least as long as I've been alive.

It's only the judiciary which has done that.
Edit: And they're bar members, need I say more?

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Suranis wrote:From my (possibly wrong understanding), You are running for President and running for Vice President in a separate election. So you could technically have had Obama and Palin elected of people ticked the 2 boxes differently.
Not in my state (probably 49 others too, but I know Washington St.)- The general election is voting for the "team". One vote for the two folks combined.

The primary lists only the candidate names as a VEEP has not been selected by the candidate/convention yet.

When the US Con was written, the loser for President got the VEEP spot.

If the Pres died, then the VEEP from the other side would be Pres... Changed to keep the same group of folks to ensure continuation of the policies represented by the winner. Who wants to go with policies promulgated by a loser?
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Sterngard Friegen wrote:No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.
True.

I have heard many arguments from seemingly knowledgeable people who claim that such "faithless elector" laws are unconstitutional. However, as we here (unlike sovcits) know, it is not our opinion that counts. It is the opinion of the courts, and, to date, no court has ever ruled on a case of an elector violating his/her pledge. That would, IMHO, be a very interesting case. No court is likely to take such a case until it occurs in a way that affects the outcome of the election. Courts simply don't take on cases that are moot.

There is also the real possibility of POTUS and VPOTUS being from different parties: if neither party gets a majority in the electoral college, it goes to the House and Senate. The House picks POTUS and the Senate picks VPOTUS. If the House and Senate are controlled by different parties, then they could chose candidates from different parties.

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SueDB wrote:
Suranis wrote:From my (possibly wrong understanding), You are running for President and running for Vice President in a separate election. So you could technically have had Obama and Palin elected of people ticked the 2 boxes differently.
Not in my state (probably 49 others too, but I know Washington St.)- The general election is voting for the "team". One vote for the two folks combined.

The primary lists only the candidate names as a VEEP has not been selected by the candidate/convention yet.

When the US Con was written, the loser for President got the VEEP spot.

If the Pres died, then the VEEP from the other side would be Pres... Changed to keep the same group of folks to ensure continuation of the policies represented by the winner. Who wants to go with policies promulgated by a loser?
A minor quibble, but the constitution, as originally written, said only that the veep would ACT as president until an election could be held. When W. H. Harrison died, 30 days after being sworn in, John Tyler had himself sworn in as pres and claimed that he WAS the prez and went on to complete Harrison's term. At the time, if I remember my history correctly, there was no major resistance, although some argued that there should have been a special election to replace Harrison.

It wasn't until the 25th amendment was ratified in 1967, that the ambiguity was removed, by declaring that the veep would BECOME president. However, by that time, I don't think that anyone would have seriously argued for a special presidential election.

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WND: [url=http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/kerry-goes-b ... AH.99Kerry goes 'birther,' thanks Kenya for Obama[/url]:
'You gave us a president of the United States'


During an appearance in Nairobi, Secretary of State John Kerry said he thanked the Kenyan president for giving America “a president of the United States” – a comment alluding to the contested issue of where President Obama was born.

On Monday, Kerry told Kenya’s foreign minister he had a conversation with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta concerning the Olympic Games in Rio and President Obama’s birthplace:

[ * * * ]

“And [Kerry] said, “Actually, Mr. President, you did better than a silver and a gold. You gave us a president of the United States.” (Laughter.) So you can see we had a very friendly and positive beginning to the conversation.
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Jerome Corsi will not be mocked!!!!

Trump will parrot this "story" on the Twitter in 3,2,1.....

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WND: 'Bill Clinton son' makes video plea to 'father, stepmother':
Corsi wrote:'Hillary, please do not deny I exist'

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Documentary filmmaker Joel Gilbert, who produced Williams’ new video, also compiled a series of comparison photographs showing the physical resemblance.

* * *

Testing done by the tabloid Star Magazine was based on Clinton DNA information released by independent counsel Kenneth Starr from Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress. The testing was not definitive, because the data Starr released resulted from a “polymerase chain reaction” test, known as “PRC” is not sufficiently accurate to be admitted in court as evidence regarding paternity claims.
Corsi, Esq., of course does not supply evidence regarding the admissibility of polymerase chain reaction DNA analysis.

Which is unsurprising, since Corsi can't even figure out that polymerase chain reaction is commonly known as PCR; "PRC" is the common acronym for the People's Republic of China.

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Ob. birther comment:
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A commenter at Doc's unearthed this piece from 2011: WND: Car lover's dream leads to surprising historical find:
'I spoke with auto clubs – they had never seen a Fairlane with that low of a VIN number'

In 1993, Brian Reilly, a self-professed “Ford nut,” wanted to purchase a convertible. After an extended search, he found a 1968 Ford Fairlane in Seattle.

* * *

“The Oregon fellow said the car was used on the old TV show, ‘Hawaii Five-0,'” Reilly stated.
The article goes on to describe Reilly's detective work in determining that he had serendipitously purchased a car used on "Hawaii Five-O."

Compare that with Zullo's Hawaiian detective work.
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WND: TWITTER SUSPENDS WND FOR SETH RICH REPORT:
Deactivates account over story about Donna Brazile's involvement

Twitter, whose founder has expressed regret that his organization’s advocacy for free speech may have contributed to Donald Trump’s election as president, on Wednesday suspended for 12 hours WND.com’s account for a headline tweet on Donna Brazile’s involvement in the scandal developing over the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
I would have left a comment about the hypocrisy of WND whining about a site overly monitoring the content on its site, but....
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Gawd! I just unfriended a high school classmate. He attached me because I refused to debate a WND "article." No loss. I don't even remember who he is/was. Facebook only makes you think you want to keep in touch with high school classmates, anyway, just because they ask. A few, I do. Most, not so much.

I have much better things to do in a Friday night. Cocktails and a steak dinner with a friend? On my way.
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Salon: Pioneers of fake news: Can WorldNetDaily be saved?:
Google and Facebook’s crackdown on fake news is killing one of the original purveyors of right-wing schlock

It's long been observed within the media industry that working with the president is far less profitable than being in the opposition.

* * *

Another junk publication, Western Journalism, had just 745,000 visitors in January, down from 15.6 million in March of 2015. (Quantcast also has no monthly data from earlier.)

* * *

The crackdown on digital detritus has taken a particularly harsh toll on the business of WND, the website formerly known as WorldNetDaily, which is now begging its readers to help fund its operations.

Founded in 1997 by former newspaperman Joseph Farah, the site built its audience originally by promoting various conspiracy theories against Bill and Hillary Clinton, especially false accusations that the presidential power couple had their political enemies murdered.

During the Obama years, WND cashed in by heavily promoting the false "birther" theory that Obama had been born in Kenya rather than Hawaii and had forged his birth certificate. It also ran a number of stories on its site claiming that Obama was the biblical Antichrist or was demon-possessed. As the end of Obama's second term edged closer, WND began promoting the idea that he might not voluntarily leave the office.

* * *

Faced with declining traffic, revenues and staff departures, Farah is now resorting to asking his readers for money. In a Jan. 8 column, he told his remaining flock that WND is in "crisis" and that "many loyal WND staffers are working without salary" in order to keep the website afloat.
Of course, Farah being Farah, this kind of fear fundraising is nothing new; and why expect Farah to be honest about anything?

Oh:
On the other hand, Farah has at least once ace in the hole. His daughter, Alyssa, is currently the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.
Bonus:
"Since the election, my Facebook traffic has been significantly impacted," Jim Hoft, owner of the frequently wrong Gateway Pundit blog said during a Feb. 6 summit of far-right social media pundits. He and several other panelists called on Republican politicians to take government action to force tech companies to stop blocking misleading content. Hoft did not mention that he had in the past boasted about providing "fun" for readers by posting unchecked stories.

Like Hoft, Farah has refused to admit that his long record of promoting ludicrously false claims could be the reason why search and social media companies have sought to minimize his influence.
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Farah has ALWAYS begged for money on WND. One time he had a link for "12 ways you can help get rid of Obama," and amazingly enough, all 12 ways involved sending money to Joey Pornstache. He's a grifter's grifter.
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Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites
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 site’s 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.
:snippity:
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.
:snippity:
Less than two hours after [Elizabeth Farah] was contacted by The Washington Post, WND posted a story saying Joseph Farah had recently suffered a serious, previously undisclosed stroke.

Once a niche juggernaut with a devoted following and dozens of employees, WND has undergone a dramatic transformation. The site has left behind its upscale offices in Chantilly, Va., and now operates remotely via a small group of staffers scattered around the country. Farah wrote in a WND column in January that most of his staff is gone.

“We are struggling to survive,” he wrote.

... interviews and documents show an organization that existed in almost constant crisis mode, chronically late in paying its employees and vendors, and wrestling with internal allegations about questionable spending by its founders and claims they were withholding information from the company’s board and using company funds to support a comfortable lifestyle in the Washington suburbs.
I've heard this bull before.

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Less than two hours after [Elizabeth Farah] was contacted by The Washington Post, WND posted a story saying Joseph Farah had recently suffered a serious, previously undisclosed stroke.
WND: WND founder, CEO Joseph Farah suffers serious stroke:
Nation's first online news organization pulling together in leader's absence

* * *

Recently, adversity hit hard when our company’s founder and CEO, Joseph Farah, suffered a serious stroke. After spending several days in the hospital undergoing extensive testing and evaluation, he is now home, resting comfortably and recovering.
P.S.: Send money.

Also from the WaPo article:
Other authors, initially attracted to WND by the image Farah crafted for himself as a devout evangelical Christian, have groused that they paid WND’s pay-to-publish division thousands of dollars to have their books printed but haven’t received the royalties they were promised or other items, such as audio versions of their works.

* * *

In early 2017, an email landed in the inbox of the husband of a stay-at-home mother of three in Wisconsin.

It was just what Diane Anthony thought she needed.

She’d been working on a novel titled “Supernova” about a worldwide calamity that killed hordes of people but gave superpowers to the survivors. The email offered a deal: World Ahead Press, a publishing arm of WND, would publish her book for a fee, promote it for her and give her a share of sales proceeds.

Anthony sifted through the different publishing options, each with a different price tag attached.

“We thought that if we’re helping our fellow Christians, that seems like a good road to go down,” she said in a recent interview. “We went for the most expensive package.”

It cost $9,999.

At points scattered across the country, others reached the same conclusion: They could trust WND because of its Christian values. In Florida, Patricia Feijo dug into her dwindling savings for $9,999 to tell her version of her husband’s imprisonment for promoting unapproved cancer treatments through their ministry, Daniel Chapter One, in a book titled “Called to Stand: How a Small Christian Ministry Courageously Stood Up to Government Tyranny.”

In Virginia, Rita Dunaway — an attorney who contributed columns to WND — struck a more traditional publishing deal, in which she would receive royalties but not have to pay for publication.

Each of the women would have their expectations shattered. Calls and emails went unreturned. Anthony and Feijo said they hadn’t gotten audiobooks they’d been promised. Dunaway felt she was getting excuses about the months-long delay in publishing her book.

By January 2018 they got a clearer picture of what was happening. Joseph Farah wrote a column outlining WND’s financial woes and saying his company faced an “existential threat.”

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WND had a variety of publishing arrangements. Some of the better-known figures such as [former U.S. Senator Tom] Coburn did not pay to have their books printed. Instead, they were promised royalties and in some cases received advances, according to internal documents and interviews. Coburn, who says his contract called for royalties but no advance, worked out a deal in which WND sent him copies of his book in lieu of royalties that he said he was owed.

“It’s been a downhill ride ever since it was published,” Coburn said. “Everybody seems to have problem with them.”
WND Books' roster of authors is a veritable Who's Who among RWNJs. ("Interestingly," Carl Gallups' last two books were published by a different vanity Christian press.)

And, of course:
Obama’s election had given Farah the perfect foil: In 2009, the site dug in on the birther theory, publishing hundreds of a rticles pushing the notion that Obama’s birth certificate was questionable. PolitiFact dubbed WND “the conductor of the Birther train.”

Then and now, Farah has attracted well-known figures to write for the site, including Jerome Corsi, who wrote a book questioning Obama’s eligibility to be president and is a key witness in the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election . . . .
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Thoughts and prayers.
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Whatever4 wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:43 pm
Thoughts and prayers.
You are more generous than necessary.

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Sam the Centipede wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:14 pm
Whatever4 wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:43 pm
Thoughts and prayers.
You are more generous than necessary.
I think you may be making an assumption about the content of those thoughts and prayers.

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Well isn't this nice! Here's something from WaPo to brighten our day! :P
Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites
By Manuel Roig-Franzia
April 2 at 1:26 PM

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 site’s 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 who’d 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 office—saw bigger things. Years earlier he’d 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.

Even though Farah claimed in WND columns and emails to supporters last year to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations —including tax-deductible contributions — some former employees and contractors have been laid off or had their deals canceled without being paid money they say they were owed. Many authors who signed on with the site’s publishing arm, including former Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, are fuming about allegedly not receiving royalties owed to them.

Coburn recalled in an interview that he had a “very frank and disturbing” conversation last year with Farah about unpaid royalties for his 2017 book, “Smashing the D.C. Monopoly.”

“I accused him of not being honest,” Coburn said. “He doesn’t keep his commitments. He doesn’t keep his word.”

Other authors, initially attracted to WND by the image Farah crafted for himself as a devout evangelical Christian, have groused that they paid WND’s pay-to-publish division thousands of dollars to have their books printed but haven’t received the royalties they were promised or other items, such as audio versions of their works. Their complaints, requests for basic accounting statements and pleas for help were largely ignored, according to emails and interviews with more than a dozen authors.

Reached by phone last week, Farah’s wife, Elizabeth — the site’s co-founder with her husband — declined to discuss the accusations in detail, but added that “the angst of a former employee does not impress me as to the legitimacy of complaints.”


“It’s a he-said, she-said,” Elizabeth Farah said.

Less than two hours after she was contacted by The Washington Post, WND posted a story saying Joseph Farah had recently suffered a serious, previously undisclosed stroke.

Once a niche juggernaut with a devoted following and dozens of employees, WND has undergone a dramatic transformation. The site has left behind its upscale offices in Chantilly, Va., and now operates remotely via a small group of staffers scattered around the country. Farah wrote in a WND column in January that most of his staff is gone.

“We are struggling to survive,” he wrote.

For months, Farah has blamed his site’s troubles on a supposed cabal of powerful technology companies that he believes are suppressing traffic to WND and other conservative sites. He recently wrote that his company has lost 80 percent of its revenue since 2017 and has stopped publishing new books and making movies.

“There has never been a force like the combined power of Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon and Apple in the world before — at least not since the Tower of Babel,” Farah wrote in a column earlier this year. “I’m talking about real ‘collusion’ — and having nothing to do with Russia.”

(Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

But interviews and documents show an organization that existed in almost constant crisis mode, chronically late in paying its employees and vendors, and wrestling with internal allegations about questionable spending by its founders and claims they were withholding information from the company’s board and using company funds to support a comfortable lifestyle in the Washington suburbs.

“Where did the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by WND in 2018 from readers and other donors go?” said Felicia Dionisio, a longtime WND news writer and editor who ran the books division before being laid off last year. “It didn’t go toward author royalties, it didn’t go toward rehiring any of the many loyal employees who were laid off, it didn’t go toward providing accurate and timely paychecks, and it didn’t go toward making those who suffered due to cutbacks at WND whole.”
Founding 'the compound'

In the pre-Internet era, Joseph Farah was a mainstream newsman, serving as executive news editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, a major daily that competed with the much larger Los Angeles Times before shuttering in 1989.

Later, as editor of the conservative Sacramento Union, he irked some staffers by taking a pointedly antiabortion stance. He made headlines by defending a decision by the paper’s publisher to ban advertisements for movies rated NC-17.

“NC-17 films are nothing more than X-rated films with a polite new name,” Farah told United Press International in 1990.

Farah’s tenure at the Union was less than two years. Unmoored from the executive suite, he had a fallback. He wrote punchy columns — a chain-smoking dynamo whose colleagues marveled at how fast he could spin out prose.

Farah was known for his promotion of the theory that deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster might have been the victim of foul play rather than suicide. He founded a nonprofit called the Western Journalism Center, then a for-profit venture, WorldNetDaily.

Farah’s new outfit seemed to some investors like a potential moneymaking Internet play. At a time when traditional news operations were struggling to grasp the power of the Internet, Farah was ahead of almost everyone, carving a path occupied by few others beyond Matt Drudge.

Farah, now in his mid-60s, and his wife took an unusual route to cyber-success. They leased a 250-acre ranch in a stretch of rural southern Oregon known as “the imaginary state of Jefferson,” according to Farah’s book “Stop the Presses!” They invited staffers to move there with them and called their ranch, with its cabins converted into offices, “the compound.” The Farahs lived across the road in a log cabin.

Farah was the face of the site. In 2000, he beat the world to the story of Jane Fonda becoming a born-again Christian. He’s since described Fonda as a “whacked-out traitor” for her anti-Vietnam War activism. He wrote in his book that he’d served as a bodyguard for Fonda during a peace campaign tour in 1972; in those days he, too, was a Vietnam War protester.

A few years after the Oregon move, the Farahs decided to relocate to the Washington area. It was a place he called “the belly of the beast.”
'Huge red flag'

Farah’s scoops and his site’s Clinton bashing attracted investors who shared his philosophy. But his spending habits, and those of his wife, were setting off alarm bells among some insiders who considered the couple reckless and undisciplined, according to interviews and internal documents obtained by The Post.

As the firm’s 10th anniversary approached, the Farahs planned a splashy celebration. They signed a contract with the Washington Hilton in 2006 but were saddled with huge cancellation and other costs when they were unable to generate enough interest to pull it off, according to an internal memo. Executives turned to a wealthy donor to cover the costs.

“We needed 200,000+ to bail out the Hilton 10th Anniversary snafu,” the memo said.

In 2008, Farah bought a book publishing firm, World Ahead Media, which took the name WND Books. In the years to come, he would also launch a filmmaking operation, complete with high-tech studios in Chantilly, and host a film festival.

“They ran off in more than one direction,” said a shareholder and former board member on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal company matters. “The spending control was less than ideal.”

A change in corporate structure had stripped minority shareholders of much power, which was further concentrated in the hands of the Farahs, according to one internal document. Some complained that Farah needed to be more transparent about how much he and the rest of his family were being paid, according to emails and interviews.

The shareholders said they wanted Farah to focus on his core business: the website, which was drawing up to 4 million unique visitors a month. Obama’s election had given Farah the perfect foil: In 2009, the site dug in on the birther theory, publishing hundreds of a rticles pushing the notion that Obama’s birth certificate was questionable. PolitiFact dubbed WND “the conductor of the Birther train.”


Then and now, Farah has attracted well-known figures to write for the site, including Jerome Corsi, who wrote a book questioning Obama’s eligibility to be president and is a key witness in the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election; and evangelical Christian leader James Dobson. His daughter, Alyssa Farah — Vice President Pence’s press secretary — wrote for WND briefly in 2013 and 2014.

Farah cultivated a secretive persona. He refused to meet at his office for a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, only agreeing to sit down at a Starbucks in Virginia if the name of the town wasn’t given.

Inside the operation, troubles were percolating. A high-ranking executive had been raising concerns about Elizabeth Farah’s spending on a company credit card, citing charges made to a wine shop, a clothing store, a cosmetics seller and a company that supplies materials for home-schooling, according to an internal memo obtained by The Post that lists each charge.

“How are these specifically work related?” an internal April 2012 memo states. “Optically, these types of expenses look bad, especially when the company is upside down in terms of cash flow and accounts payable.”

“Huge red flag,” the memo says.

In spring 2015, Floyd Brown, an Internet entrepreneur who served on WND’s board, traveled to Missouri to tour the warehouse that shipped books and other materials sold in WND’s online store, which still sells items including survivalist gear, such as water filtration straws and “Russian gas masks.”

He found pallets of unsold materials.

“Inventory is a stone around your neck,” Brown wrote in an email to a top WND executive. “You need to increase your writedowns so the board actually knows how that division is doing.”

When Joseph Farah found out about the trip, he sent an email to the company executive who arranged it, accusing him of an “inexcusable breach of confidence.”

“There is nothing materially new in the condition of the company’s finances that would require alerting the board,” Farah wrote. “We have been consistently behind on payables and obligations for years.”

Brown confirmed the substance of the exchange with Farah but added, “I have the greatest respect and admiration for Joseph Farah and what he has done at WND.com.”

'It's been a downhill ride'

In early 2017, an email landed in the inbox of the husband of a stay-at-home mother of three in Wisconsin.

It was just what Diane Anthony thought she needed.

She’d been working on a novel titled “Supernova” about a worldwide calamity that killed hordes of people but gave superpowers to the survivors. The email offered a deal: World Ahead Press, a publishing arm of WND, would publish her book for a fee, promote it for her and give her a share of sales proceeds.

Anthony sifted through the different publishing options, each with a different price tag attached.

“We thought that if we’re helping our fellow Christians, that seems like a good road to go down,” she said in a recent interview. “We went for the most expensive package.”

It cost $9,999.

At points scattered across the country, others reached the same conclusion: They could trust WND because of its Christian values. In Florida, Patricia Feijo dug into her dwindling savings for $9,999 to tell her version of her husband’s imprisonment for promoting unapproved cancer treatments through their ministry, Daniel Chapter One, in a book titled “Called to Stand: How a Small Christian Ministry Courageously Stood Up to Government Tyranny.”

In Virginia, Rita Dunaway — a lawyer who contributed columns to WND — struck a more traditional publishing deal, in which she would receive royalties but not have to pay for publication.

Each of the women would have their expectations shattered. Calls and emails went unreturned. Anthony and Feijo said they hadn’t gotten audiobooks they’d been promised. Dunaway felt she was getting excuses about the months-long delay in publishing her book.

By January 2018, they got a clearer picture of what was happening. Joseph Farah wrote a column outlining WND’s financial woes and saying his company faced an “existential threat.”

“It pains me to tell you that many loyal WND staffers are working without salary to pull us through a crisis,” he wrote. “I’m asking for the help of those who recognize the unique role WND plays in reaching the God-fearing audience that, like us, supports limited government, national sovereignty and the traditional Judeo-Christian values that made America truly great.”

Within a few days of his January call for help, he announced that he’d raised $100,000. By March he’d announced that $200,000 had been raised in a column headlined “Mission accomplished! Operation ‘Save WND’ successful.”

But before the month was out, payroll was late again, according to an email Farah sent to staff. His wife notified the staff that dental and vision insurance had been cut off. As the crisis worsened, Dunaway found another publisher for her book “Restoring America’s Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture.” But not before telling Farah by email that “I really am at a loss to understand this kind of treatment at the hands of someone I considered to be a brother in Christ.”

WND had a variety of publishing arrangements. Some of the better-known figures such as Coburn did not pay to have their books printed. Instead, they were promised royalties and in some cases received advances, according to internal documents and interviews. Coburn, who says his contract called for royalties but no advance, worked out a deal in which WND sent him copies of his book in lieu of royalties that he said he was owed.

“It’s been a downhill ride ever since it was published,” Coburn said. “Everybody seems to have problems with them.”

'We're in crazytown now'

While his company was reeling, Farah kept coming up with new plans to salvage it. In late 2018, he became entranced with bitcoin, the digital currency.

In a staff meeting, according to Dionisio and another person who participated, Farah outlined his plans to offer bitcoin to the public in return for donations, and he suggested that employees get in on the deal.

“We couldn’t believe that here we were waiting for our paychecks and here he is asking us to buy bitcoin,” Dionisio said. “We were like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re in crazytown now.’ ”

Bitcoin couldn’t save WND, either.

This month, Farah was once again asking for money and railing against the tech companies he blames for his site’s troubles.

“There is no end in sight,” the founder wrote. “There are only three forces on Earth powerful enough to take on this hateful, un-American, left-wing, anti-God monopoly — this new Tower of Babel. Those three forces are God, the U.S. government and you, the American people.”

Alice Crites contributed to this report.
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Not good news about his stroke, I'd never wish anyone ill, I mean good that the birther lying ship is going down. For some reason, this story was posted at Infowars https://www.infowars.com/wnd-founder-jo ... us-stroke/
WND Founder Joseph Farah Suffers Serious Stroke
Nation’s first online news organization pulling together in leader’s absence
David Kupelian | WND - March 29, 2019
WND Founder Joseph Farah Suffers Serious Stroke

Dear WND readers, friends and allies,

Since WND is a Christian organization, when adversity strikes we strive to remember that God is firmly in charge.

Recently, adversity hit hard when our company’s founder and CEO, Joseph Farah, suffered a serious stroke. After spending several days in the hospital undergoing extensive testing and evaluation, he is now home, resting comfortably and recovering.

Although no one can say with certainty how long he will be away from WND, what I can say with certainty is that Joseph and his family are extremely appreciative of your prayers, as are all of us at WND.

Joseph’s medical crisis, in addition to being a difficult trial for the Farah family, is likewise tough for those of us staffing the news organization he founded and has led for 22 years. I’ve known Joseph Farah for three decades, and for 20 years have worked closely with this pioneering journalist as a colleague, good friend and fellow Christian. I know him as a man of enormous talents, integrity and genuine faith.

Many may be wondering: What does all this mean for WND? With God’s help we are not going anywhere except forward. Our editorial team is the best, and most of us have, like me, labored side by side with Joseph for the better part of two decades. Everyone in our editorial department is stepping up to fill Joseph’s shoes as much as possible while he takes whatever time he needs to recover. So, beyond the absence of Joseph’s daily “Between the Lines” column, I don’t believe you’ll see any change nor notice any holes in our news and commentary presentation.

We’re all living through a period of unprecedented turmoil, wherein one political party has somehow become totally disconnected from reality – promoting insane, catastrophic “solutions” to nonexistent crises while denying obviously real crises and slandering or censoring all who disagree with them. I can honestly say, having personally spent more than 35 years in the news media, I’ve never seen a greater need than right now for genuinely truth-oriented, pro-Constitution, pro-Judeo-Christian journalism. That’s the niche WND has striven mightily to fill since its founding back in 1997 as America’s first online news organization. And with the Good Lord’s help, that vital work will continue.

Meanwhile, we appreciate your loyalty, readership, prayers and support. As you know, we are under attack in a war on independent news waged by the lords of the Internet who have decided to silence voices like ours. If you’re able to support us, either directly at WND, or through the newly formed nonprofit WND News Center, that blesses us greatly.

Most importantly right now, I ask that you please pray for Joseph’s recovery, for his wife (and WND co-founder) Elizabeth, and their wonderful family during this difficult time.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

David Kupelian
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So Wing Nut Daily is circling the drain, finally, how tres tragic. So a lying liar is an evangelical affinity fraudster and running a ponzi scammer. Ain't that just a kick in the head. :rotflmao: And it all came a tumbling down. Couldn't happen to a more deserving individual.
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Honestly,, I wouldn't bet my life savings on that stroke being real. Conmen inventing serious illnesses to explain why their schemes have failed, and to discourage people banging on the door looking for their money, is a tactic as old as cons themselves.
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Suranis wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:44 am
Honestly,, I wouldn't bet my life savings on that stroke being real. Conmen inventing serious illnesses to explain why their schemes have failed, and to discourage people banging on the door looking for their money, is a tactic as old as cons themselves.
You could well be right, but on the other hand, if he was running true to form I wouldn't be surprised if some of that money they can't track went in to his life style and aided the stroke. Liar, hypocrite, you do the math.
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