Farah in 2013
|Born||Joseph Francis Farah|
July 6, 1954
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
|Notable awards||The Washington Times Foundation National Service Award (1996)|
Farah was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on July 6, 1954, to parents of Syrian and Lebanese ancestry. His father was a schoolteacher. He graduated from William Paterson University, in Wayne, New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications. He is married to Elizabeth Farah and is a conservative evangelical Christian.
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. Farah and the paper's owners envisioned the paper as a conservative alternative to the Sacramento Bee. "We just thought the way to go was to be unabashedly conservative in our approach," explained Farah to the Washington Post. Among other things, Farah convinced Rush Limbaugh to write a daily column, which ran on "Page 1." Farah prohibited advertisement for films rated NC-17 in the newspaper. This contributed to further losses.
In 1991, Farah left the Union and co-founded the Western Journalism Center. He currently writes a weekly print column for the Jerusalem Post which is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate.
He launched the online WorldNetDaily in 1997. He has published some controversial material there, such as in 2003 applauding a wife's murder of her husband for alleged infidelity. Farah’s effort went astray as Harris served her sentence until 2018 and remains on parole until 2023 for the murder she committed.[circular reference]
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, 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." Despite the release of Obama's notarized birth certificate abstract, Farah demanded that Obama release his "long-form" birth certificate and pledged $15,000 to the hospital where Obama was born upon the release of said document. When Obama finally released the long-form birth certificate, he called it "fraudulent," and disowned the pledge.
In April 2019, WorldNetDaily announced that Farah had suffered a severe stroke and that he would no longer have a hand in the site's operations.
- Collaborated with Rush Limbaugh on See, I Told You So (1994)
- Farah, Joseph; Richard Pombo (1996). This Land Is Our Land: How to End the War on Private Property. St. Martins Press. ISBN 978-0-312-14747-1.
- Farah, Joseph (2005). Taking America Back: A Radical Plan to Revive Freedom, Morality, and Justice. WND Books. ISBN 978-1-58182-469-8.
- Farah, Joseph (2007). Stop the Presses!: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution. WND Books. ISBN 978-1-58182-469-8.
- Farah, Joseph (2008). None of the Above: Why 2008 Is the Year to Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote. WND Books. ISBN 978-1-935071-01-3.
- Farah, Joseph (2010). The Tea Party Manifesto: A Vision for an American Rebirth. WND Books. ISBN 978-1-935071-28-0.
- Black, Jane (August 28, 2001). "On the Web, Small and Focused Pays Off". Business Week. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
- "WorldNetDaily". Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Bruno, Debra (February 21, 2016). "There's the major media. And then there's the 'other' White House press corps". The Washington Post.
- Massing, Michael (February 2009). "Un-American: Have you listened to the right-wing media lately?". Cjr.org.
- 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.[permanent dead link]
- 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.
- "Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites". The Washington Post. 2019.
- Pat Guy (July 13, 1990). "New editor for 'Sacramento Union'". USA Today.
- Howard Kurtz and Charles Trueheart (October 23, 1990). "At Sacramento Union, A Conservative Bent". Washington Post.
- Dorothy Giobbe (September 17, 1994). "Western Journalism Center director says it's non-partisan, not pro-right wing". Editor & Publisher.
- "About Joseph Farah". Creators.com.
- Mark O'Keefe (November 24, 2002). "Conservative media flex muscles". The Star-Ledger (Newark).
- The Occidental Quarterly, Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2006, pp. 9–37 "Sexual Utopia in Power" by F. Roger Devlin – p. 23 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."
- "Murder of David Lynn Harris - Wikipedia". en.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
- Ben Smith (February 25, 2009). "Shelby says he has no doubts on Obama citizenship". Politico.
- "In NH, Trump takes credit for Obama birth info". The Associated Press. April 27, 2011.
- Tim Jones (December 8, 2008). "Court won't review Obama's eligibility to serve". Hartford Courant. Retrieved March 12, 2009.
- "Born in the U.S.A". FactCheck.org.
- Justin Elliott (April 27, 2011). "Joseph Farah owes $15,000 to Kapi'olani Medical Center". Salon.
- "Is Obama constitutionally eligible to serve?". WorldNetDaily. December 31, 2011.
- Roig-Franzia, Manuel (April 2, 2019). "Inside the spectacular fall of WorldNetDaily, the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- WorldNetDaily Official website
- Washington Post Online Chat Session with Joseph Farah
- Appearances on C-SPAN