China blames WND for hype over poisoned food scare
Sept. 14, 2007: The official Chinese news agency Xinhua blamed WND for over-hyping the safety issues about food and consumer goods exported from the Asian giant – specifically citing a story that sparked a wildfire of coverage by other media.
“For example, in May , the conservative news organ WorldNetDaily.com asked, ‘Is China Trying to Poison Americans and Their Pets?'” the Xinhua story stated in trying to make the case for racism in the U.S. media.
It was the only example of negative news coverage mentioned.
On the other hand, the official Chinese news agency praised the Washington Post for setting the record straight.
“China has been portrayed as a nation blind to hygiene and blissfully unconcerned about recent reports of food contamination,” said a Washington Post commentary that formed the basis of China’s attack on WND. “That’s troubling, because it reinforces the notion that befouled food is the consequence of a foul culture.”
It wasn’t the first time the official Chinese media had launched an attack specifically at WND. In 2002, the Chinese newspaper Renmin Ribao accused the U.S. news media are painting a sinister picture of the threat posed by China mentioning the “most famous WorldNetDaily” by name as the major culprit in a report later distributed by the BBC.
“The 13 July saw U.S. most famous ‘WorldNetDaily’ released its red banner headline coverage: ‘China’s Object’: Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers,” the China report continued. “Meanwhile, it saw to it that a questionnaire be put out to make a further fuss about ‘China threat’ in the way 92 percent of the responses online regard China as a threat to the U.S. ‘WorldNetDaily’ as ‘Washington Post’ has all along been known for their ‘rightist,’ ‘conservative’ and ‘anti-China’ stand. So for their anti-China stand the two are by no means isolated or just few, for they find AP and Reuters, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, USA Today also in their company having much ado about the theory of ‘China threat.'”
Indeed, WND had been at the forefront of investigating Chinese imports ever since the pet food scandal that killed or injured an estimated 39,000 dogs and cats in the U.S. in 2007.
Terrorists had shooting parties near D.C.
Sept. 14, 2001: Three days after the twin towers fell, WND tracked two of the terrorist hijackers to Vienna, Virginia, the leafy Washington, D.C., suburb where the pair once lived.
In hindsight, the rental home held clues that suggested it may have been a safe-house for terrorists. The interior had been divided into numerous small bedrooms – cubicles – where at least eight “Arab-looking” men lived.
Neighbors suspected the house harbored drug dealers and noted the tenants seldom used the front door but, instead, parked and walked through a gate to the backyard to enter the home.
One neighbor said she and her husband observed a van parked outside the home at all hours of the day and night. A Middle-Eastern man appeared to be monitoring a scanner or radio inside the van.
Parking violations and loud parties – complete with gunfire – were reported and brought visits from the police. But no one suspected terrorism.