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Conservative Newspapers Explain Why They Refused To Endorse "Frightening" Trump
David Yepsen, former Des Moines Register political columnist, said, "One thing Trump has to do is get moderate and wavering Republicans to 'come home.' When Republican papers endorse Hillary Clinton, those endorsements become something that might continue to give those Republicans pause about him." USA Today, which has "never taken sides" in a presidential race, declared Trump "unfit for the presidency" in an editorial.
Former CBS News Colleague Calls O'Reilly's Combat Claim "Absurd"
Another one of Bill O'Reilly's former colleagues at CBS News is casting doubt on his claims that he reported from a "combat situation" in Buenos Aires during the Falklands War. Charles Krause, a CBS News correspondent from 1980 to 1983 who reported from Buenos Aires during the same period as O'Reilly, is the latest to contradict the Fox News host.
Fox's Benghazi Expert Endorsed Assassinating Obama Last Week
Days after he wrote a column endorsing the assassination of President Obama, Fox hosted Michael Scheuer to accuse Hillary Clinton of effectively murdering the Americans who died during the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Scheuer, a former CIA officer with a long history of extreme rhetoric, has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business dozens of times over the years.
Thursday, December 5, 2013(16 comments)
Ted Nugent's Presidential Pitch: Disenfranchise The Working Poor And The Elderly
Ted Nugent proposed a compromise that would trade closing the gun show loophole for closing "the federal voting loophole," which allows individuals who do not pay federal income tax to vote. Implementing this plan would involve taking away the vote from a large number of Americans who work but do not owe federal income taxes as well as retirees and some individuals who cannot work because of illness or disability.
New CNN Host Newt Gingrich Is Already Violating Network Rules
Issues with Gingrich and his PAC don't end with his CNN disclosure problem. Mother Jones raised significant questions about whether Gingrich is fronting a "dubious PAC" since "most of the money flowing into American Legacy PAC is benefiting vendors and consultants who have long been associated with Gingrich" rather than actual candidates.
Karl Rove Absolves GOP Of Blame For Debt Ceiling Hostage Taking
Karl Rove ignored the Republican obstructionism that led to the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, falsely claiming President Obama was entirely to blame for automatic government spending cuts and misleadingly accusing Obama of hypocrisy for criticizing the devastating effects of the law.
Sunday, May 19, 2013(1 comments)
Dissecting Bob Woodward's Comparison Of Benghazi To Watergate
There's no small irony to Woodward injecting himself into what has become a scandal driven by deceptively edited emails passed off to reporters, given the recent attention he received after using a similar method to support his ridiculous accusation that a White House aide threatened him.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The John Bolton Acknowledgment That Should End The Benghazi Scandal Mongering
Fox News contributor John Bolton delivered a devastating blow to the right-wing scandal mongering over Benghazi when he acknowledged that it was impossible to know at the exact moment of the September 2012 terrorist attack whether it was appropriate to shift security resources away from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
Journalists on NRA "Enemies List" Speak Out On "Thuggish" and "Insane" Approach
The NRA web site lists 37 columnists, cartoonists, and editors along with other organizations and public officials it sees as opponents of its efforts under the headline "National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies."
The list claims that the journalists in question "actively editorialize in favor of gun control laws." Several of those news people on the list criticized the NRA for the move.
Karl Rove And Dick Morris: Too Embarrassing For Fox News
Fox News producers are under orders to limit the appearances of contributors Karl Rove and Dick Morris. Fox relied heavily upon Rove and Morris to interpret polling and project the winner of the 2012 presidential election, which they invariably projected being Mitt Romney.
GOP Turns To News Corp. To Sell Ryan's Budget Plan
In recent days, News Corp. has been a welcome host for the GOP to roll out Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, with Fox News Sunday hosting Ryan to tout his proposal; The Wall Street Journal publishing an op-ed by Ryan hyping his "GOP Path to Prosperity"; and Sean Hannity hosting Ryan to discuss his plan to "save America," among other Fox News appearances.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011(1 comments)
CRUISE SHIP CONFESSION: Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama
Speaking in 2009 onboard a pricey Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college, Fox Washington managing editor Bill Sammon described his attempts the previous year to link Obama to "socialism" as "mischievous speculation." Sammon, who is also a Fox News vice president, acknowledged that "privately" he had believed that the socialism allegation was "rather far-fetched."
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Brit Hume Resurrects Myths About Health Care Reform's Passage
While discussing the first anniversary of the passage of the health care reform law, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume claimed that the legislation had been "rammed through" by the Democrats and did not incorporate "Republican ideas." In reality, Congress debated health care reform for more than a year and included numerous Republican proposals.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Right-Wing Media Livid Over Obama's Economic Growth Trip To Latin America
The right-wing media have continuously attacked President Obama for proceeding with his long-planned trip to Latin America in the wake of the crises in Japan and Libya, often mocking his trip as a "vacation." In fact, the President's trip will be "focused on economic opportunities for the United States and the trade relationship" with Latin American nations.
Right-Wing Media Freak Out Over Union Protests In Wisconsin
Responding to Wisconsin state workers' protests against Gov. Scott Walker's (R) proposed legislation that would strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights, right-wing media have characterized the protests as "riots" and "uprisings" and attacked the protesters as "thugs" who could "get violent."
Tuesday, February 1, 2011(2 comments)
Fear Machine Redux: Right-Wing Media Use Overseas Turmoil To Stoke Fears Of U.S. Revolution
Led by Glenn Beck, right-wing media have used the ongoing protests in Egypt to suggest that a similar revolution could take place in America, claiming, "This isn't about Egypt -- this is about your hometown," and suggesting "Egyptian-style crisis, unrest and revolt" could "hit America." Conservative media routinely stoke fears of riots or revolution in the U.S.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Right-wing Media Continue To Cheer For Government Shutdown
Right-wing media figures used bills currently under consideration in Congress to continue to cheer for a government shutdown. Conservative media had previously welcomed the possibility of winning a Republican majority in Congress in order to shut down the government, "just like in '95 and '96."
Thursday, November 18, 2010(1 comments)
Fox's Obama "socialism" smear comes straight from the top
"The president has not been very successful," Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said. "He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with. He just has a different belief system than most Americans."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Cantor's pledge of allegiance to a foreign leader would be remarkable, and deeply offensive, even if the foreign country in question was a close ally. It is one thing to oppose particular US policies; it is quite another to tell a foreign leader, "I'm with you, not my president."
Monday, November 15, 2010
Still lapdogs: Media figures host Bush's rehabilitation tour
Numerous media figures have interviewed former President George W. Bush following the November 9 release of his book, Decision Points. Bush and his interviewers used these interviews as an opportunity to rewrite his presidency by promoting false claims and misinformation about Bush's tenure.
Sunday, October 24, 2010(3 comments)
Wishing for Obama's assassination won't get you fired from Fox News
Fox News has made noise about having editorial standards. Last year, it promised to implement a "zero tolerance" policy regarding errors - then appeared to throw the policy overboard when subsequent errors were found. Why the lack of standards? Perhaps it's that Fox News has long defined itself by being the opposite of their competition.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Action Alert: Fox's "Progressive Hunt" Has to Stop
Businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck's show by continuing to pump money into the network.It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News.That is why, along with People For the American Way,we're launching a new campaign to get Fox's major advertisers to stop supporting the network's promotion of a climate of fear and suspicion
Thursday, October 14, 2010(4 comments)
"The next, most important step": Right-wing media push Obama impeachment
The New Republic's Jonathan Chait predicts that the if the Republicans retake the House of Representatives this November, Fox News and the conservative media will drive them to impeach President Obama. Indeed, the conservative media has been banging the impeachment drum since as early as March of 2009.
Conservatives celebrate Labor Day by attacking organized labor
Following Fox News' lead, conservative media outlets celebrated Labor Day by attacking labor unions, often smearing them as "socialist" and violent. Andrew Breitbart's website Breitbart.tv posted several anti-union videos depicting union members as "thugs" who engage in acts of violence or intimidation against those with which they disagree.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Where are they now? Serial Iraq misinformers find home at Fox
During the run-up to the Iraq war, some of the worst purveyors of misinformation about Iraq had a home at Fox News, and their ranks have swelled considerably since then. Take a look at the track record of wrong predictions and shoddy analysis about the war in Iraq by many of Fox News' contributors and analysts.
Beck's "non-political" 8-28 rally steeped in politics
Beck rally non-political? Tea Party Patriots, National Rifle Association, FreedomWorks are deeply involved, and billionnaire David Koch is bussing activists to it. Sarah Palin, who "understands duty and honor," will be featured speaker.
Monday, August 23, 2010(5 comments)
What Fox has wrought: Anti-Park51 protests full of right-wing hate
Fox and the right-wing media have led the opposition to Park51, often using inflammatory, anti-Muslim rhetoric, and comparing Muslims to Nazis, among other things. Recent anti-Park51 protestors have echoed the right-wing media's rhetoric and imagery, invoking Nazis and anti-Muslim smears.
McCaughey returns to CNBC with another false health care attack
Betsy McCaughey again advanced a falsehood about health care reform, claiming that the "legislation that's now in Congress will force everyone under age 65 to buy the same one-size-fits-all government plan" and that "Page 16" of the House bill "says you must be enrolled in a qualified plan." This is; the provision she referred to does not require anyone to give up their their private individual health insurance plan.
Out of touch: Conservative media argue insured don't need health care reform
Conservative media figures have echoed John Boehner's statement that "93% of the American people have access to high-quality, affordable health insurance." They ignore the fact that tens of millions of Americans are underinsured and that the reform bills contain several provisions intended to benefit those currently insured.
Saturday, July 25, 2009(3 comments)
CNN president emails Dobbs pronouncing birther story "dead," but Lou won't let it go
After CNN President Jon Klein reportedly emailed information to the staff of Lou Dobbs Tonight that Klein said shows the "story" about President Obama's birth certificate "is dead," Lou Dobbs noted that evidence on air, but then asked Roland Martin: "When this could be dispelled so quickly, and -- and simply by producing [the birth certificate], why not do it?"
Fox News airs altered photos of NY Times reporters
Fox News featured photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe that appeared to have been digitally altered -- the journalists' teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe's hair moved further back on his head.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Myths and Falsehoods About "Progress"- in Iraq
Supporters of the Iraq war -- rather than waiting for testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on the effect of President Bush's troop increase in Iraq -- have engaged in a campaign to convince the media and public that progress is being made in Iraq and that the "surge" is "working."
Some of the most pervasive myths and falsehoods advanced by opponents of withdrawal are discussed here.