On This Day in WND History

WND, which debuted in May of 1997, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. In honor of that, here are some key events in the history of WND.

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January 1st

'WorldNetDaily' becomes WND (2012)

WND, which debuted in May of 1997, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. In honor of that, here are some key events in the history of WND.

'WorldNetDaily' becomes WND, launches fresh logo

Jan. 1, 2012: After 15 years, the oldest name in independent news on the Internet was officially retired in favor of something better.

On New Year's Day 2012, "America's Independent News Network" got a new name, a new look and a whole new attitude as WND replaced the familiar WorldNetDaily logo.

WND celebrates 20 years

Jan. 1, 2017: And just in time for the news site's 20th anniversary, WND has rolled out yet another fresh logo, this time celebrating two decades since it was launched as the first independent online news agency in 1997.


A New Year's tradition is born (2001)

Joe Kovacs, WND executive news editor, wrote the first of his "Funniest news stories of the year" columns, an annual feature readers have looked forward to ever since. kovacs

"By now, you're probably sick of all those year-end reports telling you that the tight presidential election was the biggest story of 2000," Kovacs wrote.

"No duh! So, I won't bore you with the typical garbage. Instead, I wish to reminisce for a few moments about some of the really important events -- you know, the stories that make you grin or just shake your head in utter disbelief.

In fact, all the stories you'll see in my list had to pass very rigorous WorldNetDaily standards. They had to: 1) make me laugh; or 2) spill my beverage because they were so bizarre."

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January 2nd

BIG LIST of Obama's 25 most outrageous scandals (2017)

It was an eye-popping claim: Barack Obama was a squeaky-clean president who would leave office without ever having been marred by a single scandal or embarrassment during his eight years in the White House. At least that's what the outgoing president and his advisers wanted America to believe. "The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn't had a scandal," Valerie Jarrett, Obama's close friends and longtime adviser said during an interview on CNN. Asked about the Obamas' public personas, she continued, "I think that they behave as the people who they are. What you see in public is the same thing I see in private. Do they feel responsibility because they’re historic figures? Yes, they do. But I don’t think it has made them be different than who they are. The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself. That is not because he is being someone other that who he is. That’s who he is. That is who they are. And that is what really resonates with the American people.” In November 2016, Obama got an earful from Twitter after he declared, "I'm extremely proud of the fact that over 8 years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations." Apparently a refresher was in order, so WND assembled a list of Obama's top 25 most outrageous scandals during his eight years in the White House.

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Interviewing terrorist live on radio (2006)

klein-batchelorWorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein and ABC Radio's John Batchelor made history when they interviewed live on national radio the terrorist leader of the notorious 2002 siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade's Jihad Jaara had given an exclusive interview to WND the previous day, discussing the siege in which members of his group and other terror organizations holed up inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem while fleeing a massive Israeli anti-terror operation.

One of Christianity's most sacred sites, the church is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Israel surrounded the church area but refused to storm the structure. Gunmen inside included wanted senior Hamas, Tzanim and Brigades terrorists reportedly involved in suicide bombings and shooting attacks. Over 200 nuns and priests were trapped in the Church after Israeli hostage negotiators failed to secure their release.

The siege ended after 39 days, when mediators agreed 13 senior terrorists would be deported to European countries, 26 would be transported to the Gaza Strip, and the remaining gunmen would be freed.

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January 3rd

The chaplain who couldn't pray straight (2006)

WND was the national leader in coverage of Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt, the Navy chaplain who said he would not eat until President Bush took action to allow him and other chaplains the freedom to pray and preach in uniform without diluting God to a one-size-fits all deity.


"If I pray in Jesus' name in public, I have to wear civilian clothes," Klingenschmitt told WND. They taught mandatory lectures there to all chaplains, that you cannot pray to your God, you have to pray to the civic god. The Muslim chaplain can't pray to Allah, a Jewish chaplain can't pray to Adonai, a Roman Catholic can't pray in the name of the Trinity, and I couldn't pray in Jesus' name in public. They only let us do that in private. If it's in public, they tell us to just pray to God and say, 'Amen.'"

Ultimately, after not eating food for 18 days in protest of the Navy's policy encouraging "inclusive" prayers at public events, Klingenschmitt received reluctant permission to wear his uniform and pray in Jesus' name outside the White House.

However, Klingenschmitt was court martialed after the event, where he appeared with Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore. He was issued a letter of dismissal from the Navy in January 2007.

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January 4th

Miner miracle turns to tragedy (2006)

WND led the national news media with its round-the-clock coverage of trapped miners in West Virginia, as the story shifted from one of rejoicing to horror.

What was proclaimed across America as a miracle in Tallmansville, W.Va., with the announcement of 12 trapped miners found alive turned to shock and disgust with new information indicating that 12 miners had actually died, with just one man surviving the 41-hour ordeal.

"The initial report from the rescue team to the command center indicated multiple survivors," said Ben Hatfield, president International Coal Group. "That information spread like wildfire, because it had come from the command center. It quickly got out of control."

"We were devastated," Hatfield added. "It's beyond belief. Welcome to the worst day of my life."

"Everybody is stunned and sickened to their stomach. We feel like we've been lied to," one relative at the scene, Sam Lance, said. "I thought I was going to pass out. This is probably the most horrible thing that has happened to me in my lifetime."

"How could this be broadcast all over the country?" asked another. "To rip someone's heart out. It's awful."

While print newspapers screamed headlines that morning saying the miners were all alive, WND readers were kept aware through the night of the tragic end to the story.

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January 5th

Kid, you're not rockin, so don't bother knockin' (2005)

WND was the first news organization to bring wide attention to the fact that vulgar rapper Kid Rock had been scheduled to perform at a youth event as part of President Bush's second inaugural.

Kid Rock (photo: wikipedia.com)"If this sex-crazed animal, whose favorite word is the F-word, is allowed to sing at Bush's inauguration this will send a clear message to pro-family Americans that the Republican Party has taken them for a ride and ditched them in the gutter," Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, told WND.

After the initial article, the Presidential Inauguration Committee backpedaled, saying the rapper was "not confirmed" to appear.

Ultimately, Kid Rock did not perform.

"He's not performing," a spokesman for the Presidential Inauguration Committee confirmed for WND.

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January 6th

Jane Fonda gets that ol' time religion (2000)

Jane FondaWND first reported actress Jane Fonda's conversion to Christianity, a story subsequently picked up with attribution by virtually the rest of the establishment media, including Associated Press. The separation between media mogul Ted Turner – who once called Christianity a religion for losers – and Fonda, was prompted in part by her stunning embrace of "born-again" evangelical Christianity, sources close to the couple told WorldNetDaily.

Nearly five years later, Fonda told New York Post columnist Liz Smith that she regards the Bible as a metaphor, reads extra-biblical gospels, is still searching for a church and considers herself a "feminist Christian," distinguished from fundamentalists.

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January 7th

'Savage Nation' hits No. 1 on Amazon (2003)

Kid Rock (photo: wikipedia.com)"The Savage Nation," talk-radio maverick Michael Savage's story of one man's love affair with the United States – and the second book released by WND Bookshit No. 1 on Amazon on this day.

"I would do anything to protect the freedoms I enjoy: Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of assembly and freedom from fear," said Savage.

"I couldn't stop this book from being a best seller if I tried," said Joseph Farah, co-founder of WND Books.

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January 8th

Revealed: Gun lost on fatal Ron Brown flight (2001)

A handgun carried by a bodyguard assigned to protect the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown "was lost and not recovered" from the wreckage of his plane, which crashed in Croatia in 1996, revealed a secret Commerce Department report, a copy of which was obtained by WND.

The internal security report was completed in March 1999 -- 15 months after an Air Force forensic pathologist disclosed that an unusual wound at the top of Brown's head could have been a bullet hole.

Jesse Jackson and other black leaders at the time called for an autopsy to find out if the hole was caused by a bullet.

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January 9th

New book by Joseph Farah debuts today (2017)

There’s nothing more controversial than religion. And it’s especially provocative when a book takes on some of the most widespread assumptions many Christians have about their faith. But the latest blockbuster from WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah, “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, And the End of the Age,” is meeting with rapturous reviews. The project debuts Tuesday. At its peak, the Kindle edition of the book was...

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Minute Maid: Popeye not 'gay' in O.J. ad (2002)

The makers of Minute Maid orange juice strongly denied suggestions its TV ad campaign featuring Popeye the sailorman promoted a homosexual agenda.

"There's nothing hidden in our intent," company spokesman Dan Schafer told WND. "There's no hidden message to it."

The issue gained worldwide attention after a report in the Daily Star of London featured the headline: "Oh Buoy! Popeye's gone gay!"

"Beefy Bluto squeals with joy as he pushes muscle-bound Popeye back and forth on a swing in a children's playground," the report said. "Then the two tough guys lark about on a see-saw before heading off to the beach. Their new-found affection for each other is sealed when they get the words 'Buddies For Life' tattooed on their bulging arms."

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January 7th

On This Day in WND History (2014)

WND, which debuted in May of 1997, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. In honor of that, here are some key events in the history of WND. ...

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January 11th

Enron execs turn Clinton trade trip into $3 billion deal (2002)

While Democrat leaders were attempting to link Enron to the Bush administration, WorldNetDaily reported an earlier $100,000 donation from the controversial energy company to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's re-election effort that came after a Commerce Department junket that Enron executive Ken Lay turned into a $3 billion deal.

Lay accompanied late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown on the weeklong January 1995 trip, receiving assistance from Mack McLarty, then-White House counselor, and President Clinton himself.

Just days before India gave it's final OK, Enron sent a check for $100,000 for the re-election offer – less than 20 percent of what the company would give in total.

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January 12th

Man awakens from 12 years in 'vegetative state' (2015)

Martin Pistorius
Martin Pistorius fell into a mysterious coma when he was a vibrant 12-year-old boy in the 1980s, as WND reported. He found himself locked inside his own body – unable to speak, make eye contact or even move his own limbs. Martin’s doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorius, that the boy had cryptococci meningitis. They said Martin should be taken home to die in peace. But Martin would live 12 years in that vegetative state.

Joan said, “Martin just kept going, just kept going.”

Martin’s father would wake up every day at 5 a.m., dress the boy, put him in the car and drive him to a special care center.

“Eight hours later, I’d pick him up, bathe him, feed him, put him in bed, set my alarm for two hours so that I’d wake up to turn him so that he didn’t get bedsores,” Rodney recalled.

And during those 12 years, according to the Pistorius family, there was never any indication that Martin’s condition was improving.

One day, Joan, in a state of hopelessness, told her son, “I hope you die.”

She never imagined that Martin would have understood those dreadful words.

But by the time he was 14 or 15 years old, Martin began to awaken.

“Yes, I was there, not from the very beginning, but about two years into my vegetative state, I began to wake up,” Martin recalls. “I was aware of everything, just like any normal person. Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn’t notice when I began to be present again. The stark reality hit me that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that – totally alone.”

Martin had even heard his mother’s cruel words.

“You don’t really think about anything,” he said. “You simply exist. It’s a very dark place to find yourself because, in a sense, you are allowing yourself to vanish.”

Martin added, “As time passed, I gradually learned to understand my mother’s desperation. Every time she looked at me, she could see only a cruel parody of the once-healthy child she had loved so much.”

At the care center every day, Martin’s caregivers played “Barney” reruns. They too believed he was a vegetable.

He said, “I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney.”

Now Martin, 39, is in full control of his body. He’s married and lives a normal life in Harlow, England.  

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China threat to Panama Canal confirmed (2000)

Panama Canal
WND reported on a recently declassified U.S. military report confirming that communist China is indeed a threat to the Panama Canal – an assessment directly contradicting the public testimony given to the Senate by the U.S. military.

Only two months before, Gen. Charles E. Wilhelm, USMC, Commander of the Southern Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Panama Canal, during which he stated there was no threat from state-sponsored or "transnational" crime against Panama.

But the document, classified "SECRET//X1" and prepared four days after Wilhelm's testimony, said that the Chinese firm that acquired control of the Canal, "Hutchison Whampoa," is indeed considered a threat.

"Hutchison's containerized shipping facilities in the Panama Canal, as well as the Bahamas, could provide a conduit for illegal shipments of technology or prohibited items from the west to the PRC, or facilitate the movement of arms and other prohibited items into the Americas," warned the report.

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January 13th

22 Islamic terror camps in U.S. (2015)

WND reported the FBI is aware of at least 22 paramilitary Islamic communes in the U.S., operated by the shadowy Pakistan-based group Jamaat al-Fuqra and its main U.S. front group, Muslims of the Americas. With U.S. headquarters in Islamberg, New York, the group headed by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani operates communes in mostly remote areas of California, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee and other states.

The FBI describes the MOA compound in Texas, called Mahmoudberg, as an enclave and “communal living site.” Located in Brazoria County along County Road 3 near Sweeny, Texas, it was discovered more than 10 years ago by the FBI through a tip from an informant in New York, according to a 2014 article by the Clarion Project.

The Texas commune, in a heavily wooded area, is estimated by a local resident to encompass about 25 acres. It dates back to the late 1980s, the resident said, which is confirmed by the FBI documents previously reported on by WND.

Most of the recruits living at these communes are African-Americans who converted to Islam while doing hard time in state or federal prisons, said Pamela Geller, author of the Atlas Shrugs blog and the book “Stop the Islamization of America.” They have operated “under the not-so-watchful eye” of the FBI since the early 1980s, she said, but few Americans are aware of their existence all these years later.

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Bush Labor nominee too cozy with China for comfort? (2001)

Elaine Chao

WND reported that President-elect George W. Bush's choice to head the Labor Department, Elaine Chao, and her father had extensive personal ties to communist China's then-President Jiang Zemin – contact described as "regular" and "deep."

According to an Asian affairs expert who spoke on condition of anonymity, Chao allegedly had characterized as "racist" the findings of a May 1999 report on Chinese espionage during the Clinton administration, released by a select committee chaired by Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif.

"The real story here is that Ms. Chao's father – and most likely herself – has been a family friend of the leaders of communist China for practically all of her life," said WND's source.

Chao, who was confirmed by the Senate and still serves as Bush's secretary of labor, is the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican minority leader.

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January 14th

Governor gets ear full over soft-on-child-rapist judge (2006)

A spokesman for Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont told WND the governor shared the outrage being expressed over a judge's decision to give a 60-day sentence to a child rapist who admitted abusing the young girl over a period of four years. His office had received more than 20,000 e-mails, phone calls and letters, most of them in protest.

At the sentencing, District Court Judge Edward Cashman told a packed courtroom made up mostly of people related to the victim: "The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul."

The judge said that when he began 25 years ago, he handed down tough sentences but now believes "it accomplishes nothing of value."

"It doesn't make anything better; it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger," Cashman explained.

The judge said he imposed the light sentence because the man did not qualify for in-prison sex-offnder treatment. He therefore gave him a minimum of 60 days in jail and ordered him to complete the treatment when he got out or face a possible life sentence.

"What is equally troubling is that the judge no longer believes in punishment," said Douglas' spokesman. "The governor says that if a criminal court judge no longer believes in punishment, he shouldn't be on the bench."

Judge Edward Cashman remains on the bench today.

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January 15th

Factor this! O'Reilly's column hottest in America (2002)

Bill O'Reilly's weekly syndicated WND column was the biggest seller in the business in 2001, reported Creators Syndicate President Rick Newcombe.

The O'Reilly column, owned in part by WND, was published by more than 100 newspapers, including those in major markets such as New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Orange County, Calif., Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Albany and New Haven.

"This launch, just over a year old, has to be one of the most successful in the history of newspaper syndication," said Newcombe. "And there's no question it is the most successful column in the nation over the last 12 months."

WorldNetDaily launched the O'Reilly column, "The No Spin Zone," in 2000. Very quickly, it was picked up for syndication by Creators in 2001 – only the second time in history a column was moved into newspaper syndication after appearing in only one Internet venue. The first was WND's column by David Limbaugh.

"The O'Reilly Factor," his Fox News Channel show, has since become the No. 1 cable news program in the country.

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January 16th

Mercer joins WND (2002)

Ilana Mercer becomes a weekly columnist – leading eventually to her pick as a nationally syndicated columnist – the fourth to emerge from the pages of WND.

Mercer describes herself as "a wandering Jew" who has lived in Israel, South Africa, Canada and, now, the United States. The daughter of a rabbi, Ilana initially found herself on the left side of the political spectrum, but moved to become a libertarian.

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January 17th

'Mayor Chocolate Nagin' (2006)

In the wake of comments by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin that he wanted his city to be a "chocolate" city, he became humorously dubbed, "Mayor Chocolate Nagin, America's flavorite racist."

"We ask black people ... It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans – the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."

WND executive news editor Joe Kovacs asked, "What if the mayor of Miami, for instance, suggested his city become more vanilla? ...

"How about the novel concept of having the city filled with Americans, no matter what color or flavor they are? They could be chocolate, vanilla, coffee, salsa, teriyaki or tutti-fruity for that matter."

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January 18th

Security breach in Clinton White House revealed (2001)

WND uncovered a security breach in Clinton's West Wing that exposed secret data to potential Internet hackers and foreign spies in 1998.

A national security adviser copied classified files onto a disk from an NSC computer in a secure area of the West Wing, then uploaded them onto a computer connected to an unsecured network in her Old Executive Office Building office.

A national security adviser copied classified files onto a disk from an NSC computer in a secure area of the West Wing, then uploaded them onto a computer connected to an unsecured network in her Old Executive Office Building office.

While the woman's computer was confiscated and her building security pass was taken, the Clinton appointee, was allowed to return to her job after going out on extended leave.

"She was supposed to be fired and wasn't," said a White House employee close to the investigation. "She went on maternity leave. Now she's back working at NSC."

National security experts said the White House security violation fit a pattern of sloppy handling of U.S. secrets throughout the government during the past eight years.

"But this latest breach lays the problem right at the West Wing and at Berger's door," said William C. Triplett, a former Reagan White House official, who noted that Berger was a lobbyist for China before joining the NSC.

Berger's door. In 2001, we didn't know how right he was.

January 19th

President Bush cuts sentences of Ramos, Compean (2009)

WND broke the news to the world when President George W. Bush commuted the sentences of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean as one of the last acts of his presidency. WND led the investigation into the high-profile prosecutions and convictions of Ramos and Compean, who received 11- and 12-year sentences for slightly wounding a fleeing illegal-alien drug smuggler in 2005 with a gunshot while in pursuit and in the line of duty. A federal prosecutor gave the drug smuggler full immunity to testify against the agents.

WND’s in-depth coverage of the case began with the first report Aug. 7, 2006. And in the years leading up to President Bush’s commutation of the agents’ sentences in January 2009, WND published at least 228 news stories and 51 commentaries about the case.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, launched a petition and letter-writing campaign in late 2008 that refocused attention on the Ramos-Compean case in the last 30 days of Bush’s term. The petition collected more than 40,000 signatures by the time Bush commuted the agents’ sentences, and the letter campaign produced more than 3,000 FedEx letters to the White House.

In a letter sent to WND, Compean expressed his gratitude for the petition and letter campaign.

“Thank you again for everything you have done to help. Words are not enough to express how grateful my family and I are.”

Farah described the incarceration of the two men as nothing less than a human rights abuse – a miscarriage of justice perpetrated at the highest levels of our government.

Les Kinsolving, then WND’s correspondent at the White House, raised the issue of a pardon or commutation for the imprisoned agents at presidential news briefings, and eight times there was a “no comment” or an equivalent answer.

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Did FBI arrive in Oklahoma City before McVeigh? (2002)

Despite denials that the agency had any prior knowledge of the OKC bombing, a receipt obtained by WorldNetDaily puts the FBI's top counterterrorism agent in an OKC hotel nearly nine hours before a truck bomb nearly leveled the Alfred P. Murrah Building.

The Embassy Suites Hotel receipt of Danny Coulson, then-director of the FBI's Terrorist Task Force and founding commander of the bureau's Hostage Rescue Team was dated April 19, 1995, with a check-in time of "00:20" – military time for 12:20 a.m. Coulson claims that he was in Texas the morning of the attack.

The existence of the receipt and subsequent questions it raises surrounding the FBI's official denial of prior knowledge of the OKC bombing was first reported by J.D. Cash of the McCurtain (Oklahoma) Daily Gazette – a small-town paper that has been out in front of scores of OKC-related stories.

"Since the bombing, officials at the Department of Justice have repeatedly assured victims that the FBI had no prior knowledge of any plot to bomb the Murrah federal building," the paper said. However, "evidence of Coulson's clandestine trip fits squarely with a substantial body of details found in hundreds of pages of other official documents obtained [via Freedom of Information Act requests] by" the paper – "evidence revealing weeks of planning by an elite corps of drug and counterterrorism experts who were closely monitoring members of various far-right groups they considered religious extremists and threats to the safety and security of the nation."

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January 20th

Penn & Teller ridicule Christ's crucifixion (2003)

The magic-comedy team of Penn & Teller caused a number of people attending a Las Vegas roast of a fellow magician to head for the doors.

Penn & TellerTheir skit, parodying the crucifixion of Jesus, included Teller, dressed as Christ on a full-size cross, and a midget dressed as an angel, who "performed a simulated sex act on the near-naked Teller." Penn, in a Roman gladiator costume, unveiled the scene by pulling away a "Shroud of Turin" that covered the cross.

According to Rick Neiswonger, a longtime magician and marketing executive, "the majority" of the 400 who attended the roast were offended.

"They (organizers) warned everybody that something offensive was going to happen, but my God, where do you draw the line? ... This was beyond bad taste," Neiswonger said.

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January 21st

Radical Hispanic group hails Bin Laden as 'Pancho Villa of Islam' (2006)

WND reported that a radical Hispanic group that claims the southwestern United States belongs to Mexico was hailing elusive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as the "Pancho Villa of Islam."

Villa was unsuccessfully pursued for 11 months by Gen. John J. Pershing after the Mexican and his troops raided a small New Mexico border town in 1916.

"Like Pancho Villa, it looks like Osama bin Laden has outsmarted the U.S. military generals," Ernesto Cienfuegos wrote for the website, "The Voice of Aztlan."

"Both are revered by the common people of each respective community," he said. "Both are seen as Robin Hoods by the poor and oppressed. Both were construction contractors at one time in their lives. Francisco Villa was a general contractor on the construction of the railroad through Chihuahua's majestic Copper Canyon. Both Osama bin Laden and General Francisco Villa were indirectly fighting those whom they perceived to be lackeys of the United States.

"It certainly appears today, that Osama bin Laden is headed for the very same legendary and folk hero status in Islam."

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January 22nd

The most popular website in the world (2001)

For the week of Jan. 15-22, 2001, WND was again voted the most popular website in the world on Global100.com.
WND ranked ahead of online giants including Napster, Google, FoxNews.com, and Yahoo. WND held the No. 1 spot for an unprecedented 94 weeks before Global100 suspended its operation in June 2001.
January 23rd

NBC closes 'The Book of Daniel' (2006)

NBC's "The Book of Daniel" may have launched to great controversy and hoopla.

But WND broke the story how the show ended with a whimper – pulled unceremoniously from NBC's Friday night schedule with no more of an announcement than an entry on an NBC blog by creator Jack Kenny.

As WND initially reported, "The Book of Daniel," written by a homosexual, was promoted as the only show on television in which Jesus appeared as a recurring character and the only network prime-time drama series with a regular male "gay" character, a 23-year-old Republican son. The main character, Daniel Webster, was a troubled, pill-popping Episcopal priest.

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January 24th

She's back! Michelle Malkin column returns (2017)

Michelle Malkin Columnist, author and senior editor of Conservative Review Michelle Malkin rejoins WND’s commentary lineup today after an absence of nearly 10 years. Her column will run Wednesdays on the news site’s Commentary page. Malkin started her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News in 1992 and moved to the Seattle Times in 1996. Her popular column has been syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate since 1999. WND first...

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'Martial law' declared in New York City (2016)

Cars buried in snow
It's the nagging fear many have about our government: What would happen if martial law was declared? New York City found out, at least temporarily.

As WND reported, 11 states as well as Washington D.C. declared states of emergency in the wake of the massive record-breaking snowstorm that blanketed the East. But New York City went a step further. Go. Andrew Cuomo imposed emergency measures that seemed to many to be like "martial law" in New York City by ordering all people to stay inside under police enforcement. He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that was not an emergency vehicle.

The New York Police Department put out a blunt announcement on Saturday: "After 2:30 p.m. and you're on the road, we will arrest you."

As if that weren't direct enough, the NYPD reiterated, ""Stay off the road. We don't want to have to arrest you."

NYPD reported 25 summonses were issued during the travel ban, and one arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The monster snowstorm claimed at least 19 lives across the East. While there were widespread totals of 24 to 36 inches, a few localized locations topped that. A National Weather Service spotter reported 42 inches of snow near Glengary, West Virginia.

Due to heavy bands of snow across portions of the mid-Atlantic, snow fell at rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour. Snow crews were unable to keep ahead of the storm, which led to some vehicles being trapped on the roads for more than 24 hours.

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WND cartoons have America rolling (2001)

David "Gypsy" Smith, the multi-talented writer, animator, musician, voice talent, producer and director behind WorldNetDaily cartoons, produced his first CD, "Exit Stage 2000," which went on sale in Shop.WND.com.

The cartoons were a smash hit with WND readers as well as TV networks such as NBC, MSNBC and Fox News, which aired the hilarious animated version of WND editor Joseph Farah reporting on the Butterfly Ballot fiasco during the 2000 election mess.

Other favorites included on the CD collection include Janet "Mary Poppins" Reno, the "Palm Beach Shuffle" and "Hannity & Butthead."

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January 25th

WND goes global – announces new Jerusalem bureau (2005)

Furthering its charge of bringing the most hard-hitting, fiercely independent news to readers from around the globe, WorldNetDaily announced the upcoming opening of its news bureau in Jerusalem to report from the Middle East. Headed by Aaron Klein, WND's new presence in the Mideast was seen as an opportunity to shine light in some of the darkest corners of hatred and totalitarianism on the planet with exclusive articles on the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and regular in-demand interviews with newsmakers and Mideast leaders. Talk about "mission accomplished." For two years, Klein has been out front on most developments in the region with exclusive information from a wide variety of sources: settlers facing eviction from their homes, activists hoping for Jewish access to the Temple Mount, military experts, government insiders and the terror leaders themselves. Klein also edits the Galil Report, a new intelligence e-mail newsletter published by WND for those who need to know the events and players before they become news.
January 26th

Christians going full force at 'gates of hell' (2014)

Promise Keepers
Men, mostly, like comfort. A sofa, a good football game and some snacks. A heated driver’s seat in the car is great. Wood stoves are fine as long as the firewood is split when it’s delivered. Men are why malls have benches. So what’s with this announcement from the Promise Keepers men’s ministry in Denver talking about storming the gates of hell? But that’s exactly what will be happening in...

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WND announces formation of WND Books division (2000)

Hot on the heels of being rated in the top nine news sources on the Internet, WND announced the opening of its new book publishing division, WorldNetDaily Publishing. The new venture was created to edit and publish books primarily written by the popular Netpaper's writers, commentators and editors – while leaving the door open to other manuscripts as well.

These are just some of the familiar titles published by WND Books over the past seven years: David Kupelian's "The Marketing of Evil," Michael Savage's "The Savage Nation," Tom Tancredo's "In Mortal Danger," Diana Lynn's "Terri's Story," Jayna Davis' "The Third Terrorist," and many others.

"We believe there is a void in the traditional book publishing marketplace, just as surely as we recognize there was one in the news business prior to the arrival of WorldNetDaily," said WND's founder and editor Joseph Farah. "We plan to fill that void as proven content providers – and make a profit doing it."

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January 7th

On This Day in WND History (2014)

WND, which debuted in May of 1997, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. In honor of that, here are some key events in the history of WND. ...

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January 28th

Student punished for refusing to recite Islamic profession of faith (2016)


A Maryland high school punished a student for refusing to profess faith in Islam, gave her failing grades for a series of assignments that violated her Christian beliefs then threatened her father with arrest for complaining, a federal lawsuit charged.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court against the Charles County Public Schools in La Plata, Maryland, its board of education, Principal Evelyn Arnold and Vice Principal Shannon Morris by the Thomas More Law Center. A spokeswoman for the district told WND that officials were aware of the issue but said Arnold and Morris would not be commenting.

Plaintiffs were Marine Corps veteran John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa, who "refuse[d] to allow their teenage daughter to be subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school world history class."

The lawsuit charged that the defendants' "curriculum, practices, policies, actions, procedures, and customs promote the Islamic faith by requiring students to profess the five pillars if Islam."

The students, the complaint says, were required to "write out and confess the shahada, the Islamic profession of faith." The shahada states, "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

The lawsuit charged that school officials concealed the curriculum by using two separate history textbooks, one of which contained the Islamic teachings and which students were required to leave at school. The other, which did not contain the teachings, was allowed to be taken home, the complaint explains. The school also excised the Islamic teachings from the course syllabus.

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Inside HQ of 'Obama army' opposing Israel's Netanyahu (2015)

WND went inside the Tel Aviv campaign headquarters of V15, short for Victory 2015, a group that hired a consulting firm whose leadership was comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 election campaign. V15 aimed to prevent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from winning re-election.

“We want to bring a change in the political sphere so that the center and left parties will form the next coalition. That is our goal,” V15 Founder Nimrod Dweck told WND.

Dweck’s candid statement about working to form a center-left coalition, meaning a ruling coalition in opposition to Netanyahu’s right-leaning Likud Party, stood in contrast with attempts by V15 to paint itself as nonpartisan. Asked directly whether his group’s intention was to topple Netanyahu, Dweck replied, “Our goal is to do change.”

Dweck said V15 aimed to mobilize voters who are “more likely to support our cause,” including by getting left-leaning young residents of central Israel to sign pledge cards to vote for “change” in the upcoming election. “We’re calling homes, going door-to-door in central Israel in places we marked as potential voters of the center-left,” he said.

V15 hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm whose senior leadership was comprised mostly of former Obama staffers. 270 Strategies’ team of 45 staffers included 16 members who worked directly for Obama’s campaigns. Most of the former Obama staffers hold the senior posts at the firm. Others worked for the Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee or grassroots groups involved in progressive efforts, including a group to enroll Americans in Obamacare.  

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Saddam's secret weapons exports revealed (2001)

Anthony LoBaidoRoving foreign correspondent Anthony LoBaido reported from Copenhagen for the first time that the U.S. government was holding secret talks with Libya to get the country out of the business of weapons of mass destruction and reported that Saddam Hussein had shipped chemical weapons there.

Hassan Abdul Salaam, an Iraqi-Kurdish doctor, provided detailed information to WND on Saddam Hussein's biological and chemical weapons programs and the Iraqi dictator's role as a supplier of WMD to Islamists in Sudan where they were used against Christians.

"I know I can't undo what I've done, except to tell the intelligence agencies and the media what Saddam is up to," Salaam explained. "Even if the Iraqi assassins hunt me down and kill me off like Hussein Kamal [another Iraqi defector who exposed Saddam's weapon's programs to the CIA and Mossad station chiefs in Amman, Jordan], I will have fulfilled my duty before both Allah and mankind."

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January 29th

Hillary to go Hollywood for PMS? (2006)

Could you imagine Sen. Hillary Clinton as a star in a film about women's pre-menstrual syndrome?

Hollywood's Rosanna Arquette, who starred in "Pulp Fiction" and "Desperately Seeking Susan" reportedly sought to have the New York Democrat play a part in a documentary about PMS.

"I'm so fascinated about this. I have so many friends who are hitting 40 and are flipping out," said Arquette. "I think it hasn't been talked about so I'll be interviewing a bunch of people about it. I want to interview movie stars and rock stars, people on the street and then I want to interview Hillary Clinton."

To WND's knowledge, the former first lady has not taken part in such a project.

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January 30th

Ben & Jerry's co-founder begged for 9/11 attacks? (2003)

WND broke the astonishing, exclusive story of how exactly one week before the U.S. was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream kingdom, was begging for a real enemy of the U.S. to show up. Cohen posted an "enemy wanted" ad on Sept. 4, 2001, hoping that a worthy adversary would soon make itself known to justify President Bush's defense budget. The ad read in part: ENEMY WANTED. Serious enemy needed to justify Pentagon budget increase. Defense contractors desperate. Interested enemies send letter and photo or video (threatening, OK) to Enemy Search Committee, Priorities Campaign, 1350 Broadway, NY, NY, 10018. ... If you've got any killer ideas, please let me know.

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January 31st

The Amanpour 'disaster' (2006)

WND documented how Christiane Amanpour, the chief international correspondent for CNN, injected her personal opinion about the Iraq war into the public domain, twice calling it a "disaster" on national television, saying the situation "just gets worse and worse." During an appearance on the network's "Larry King Live" program, Amanpour stated, "Most of the Iraqi people are now losing hope that the promised reconstruction is going to happen and that the quality of their lives is going to increase. This is a big drama because hope is the only thing they have in the middle of this spiralling security disaster. And by any indication whether you take the number of journalists killed or wounded, whether you take the number of American soldiers killed or wounded, whether you take the number of Iraqi soldiers killed and wounded, contractors, people working there, it just gets worse and worse." To read articles like these and more, signup for our free email news alerts.

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