Joseph Farah

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Joseph Farah
Born Joseph Francis Farah
(1954-07-06) July 6, 1954 (age 60)
Paterson, New Jersey
Occupation Journalist, author
Notable awards Washington Times Foundation National Service Award (1996)
Spouse Elizabeth Farah

Joseph Francis Farah (born July 6, 1954) is an American author, journalist and editor-in-chief of the conservative website WorldNetDaily (WND).[1]

Early years

Farah was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on July 6, 1954, to parents of Syrian and Lebanese ancestry.[2][3] His father was a schoolteacher.[3] He graduated from William Paterson University, in Wayne, New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications.[3] He is married to Elizabeth Farah and is a conservative evangelical Christian.[3][4]

Career

Farah worked for six years as executive news editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.[5] On July 22, 1990, Farah became editor of the Sacramento Union. The paper had been losing up to $3 million annually, and in early 1990 it was purchased from Richard Mellon Scaife by Daniel Benvenuti Jr. and David Kassis.[6] Farah and the paper's owners envisioned the paper as a conservative alternative to the Sacramento Bee.[7] "We just thought the way to go was to be unabashedly conservative in our approach," explained Farah to the Washington Post.[7] Among other things, Farah convinced Rush Limbaugh to write a daily column, which ran on "Page 1."[5]

In 1991, Farah left the Union and co-founded the Western Journalism Center.[8] Farah received the Washington Times Foundation National Service Award, in 1996.[3] He currently writes a weekly print column for the Jerusalem Post which is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate.[9]

He launched the online WorldNetDaily in 1997.[10] He has published some controversial material there, such as in 2003 applauding a wife's murder of her husband for alleged infidelity.[11]

Farah is among those who have promulgated conspiracy theories questioning Barack Obama's status as a natural born citizen of the United States and resultant eligibility to serve as U.S. President,[12][13] stating, "It'll plague Obama throughout his presidency. It'll be a nagging issue and a sore on his administration, much like Monica Lewinsky was on Bill Clinton's presidency" and "It's not going to go away, and it will drive a wedge in an already divided public."[14] Despite the release of Obama's notarized birth certificate abstract,[15] Farah demanded that Obama release his "long-form" birth certificate, which was subsequently posted on the White House's web site on April 27, 2011.[4][16][17] Farah had previously pledged $15,000 to the hospital where Obama was born upon the release of said document.[18][19] When Obama finally released the long-form birth certificate, he called it "fraudulent," and disowned the pledge. [20]

2014 airport incident

When attempting to board a plane at Dulles International Airport Farah was found to have a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his bag.[21] He may face criminal charges or a fine. Farah cites stress and a lack of sleep for the reason he accidentally left the gun in his bag.[22]

Books

References

  1. ^ Black, Jane (August 28, 2001). "On the Web, Small and Focused Pays Off". Business Week. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ "All eyes on Lebanon". WorldNetDaily.com. August 1, 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stephen Goode (March 4, 2003). "Putting faith in the founding fathers: WorldNetDaily.com cofounder Joseph Farah challenges all Americans to take back their country by embracing traditional values and spurning today's MTV culture". Insight magazine. p. 4. 
  4. ^ a b Joseph Farah (November 26, 2008). "Where was Obama born?". World Net Daily. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  5. ^ a b William Trombley (May 16, 1991). "Paper Chase; Media: The Sacramento Union is Trying to Attract Readers and Advertisers by Billing Itself as 'Pro-American,' 'Pro-Life,' and 'Pro-Business.'". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Pat Guy (July 13, 1990). "New editor for 'Sacramento Union'". USA Today. 
  7. ^ a b Howard Kurtz and Charles Trueheart (October 23, 1990). "At Sacramento Union, A Conservative Bent". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Dorothy Giobbe (September 17, 1994). "Western Journalism Center director says it's non-partisan, not pro-right wing". Editor & Publisher. 
  9. ^ "About Joseph Farah". Creators.com. 
  10. ^ Mark O'Keefe (November 24, 2002). "Conservative media flex muscles". The Star-Ledger (Newark). 
  11. ^ The Occidental Quarterly, Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2006, pages 9–37 "Sexual Utopia in Power" by F. Roger Devlin – Page 23's Modern Chivalry: "Joseph Farah of World Net Daily commends a wife for murdering her unfaithful husband." in reference to FREE CLARA HARRIS! published January 30, 2003 by Joseph Farah: "Clara Harris hit the gas on her Mercedes and ran over Harris, shearing the passenger door right off the home wrecker’s Navigator. She ran over him a few more times to make sure he was dead .. I say: Free Clara Harris. We need more women like her. Live like her .. I would find Clara Harris not guilty. After she was sprung, I’d give her a medal. She did the world a favor .. she did the right thing. That creep deserved what he got .. Free her and let her be an example to every cheating husband and wife in America. There is a price to pay. Sometimes it’s the ultimate price."
  12. ^ Ben Smith (February 25, 2009). "Shelby says he has no doubts on Obama citizenship". Politico. 
  13. ^ "In NH, Trump takes credit for Obama birth info". The Associated Press. April 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ Tim Jones (December 8, 2008). "Court won't review Obama's eligibility to serve". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Born in the U.S.A". FactCheck.org. 
  16. ^ Joseph Farah (November 21, 2008). "Obama's state secret: His birth certificate!". World Net Daily. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  17. ^ Dan Pfeiffer. "President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate". The White House Blog. 
  18. ^ "$10,000, no $15,000 for proof of Obama's birth hospital". WND. January 9, 2009. 
  19. ^ Justin Elliott (April 27, 2011). "Joseph Farah owes $15,000 to Kapi'olani Medical Center". Salon. 
  20. ^ "Is Obama constitutionally eligible to serve?". WorldNetDaily. December 31, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2014/06/23/loaded-handgun-in-carry-on-snared-at-dulles-airport/
  22. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/joseph-farah-calls-airport-gun-incident-a-dumber-than-dumb-mistake/2014/06/25/69a6b2e4-fc99-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

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