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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 18, 2011
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."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 6, 2012
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Right-wing "cannot wait" for gov't shutdown, "just like in '95 and '96" Then-speaker Gingrich was criticized for orchestrating two government shutdowns in FY 1996, which cost the government at least $800 million. Gingrich "told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him...sit at the back of Air Force One."
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 3, 2014
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.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 5, 2013
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ex-Militia Blogger Who Spawned Fast And Furious Scandal Predicts Armed Insurrection Over Health Care Decision Mike Vanderboegh, the ex-militia blogger who calls himself one of the "midwives" of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, recently predicted that if the Supreme Court declared the health care reform bill to be constitutional, it would lead to violent insurrection against "government tyranny."
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 23, 2010
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2009
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?"
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 24, 2010
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 10, 2013
Former 60 Minutes Producer Mapes: Benghazi Story Aimed At "Obsessed" Right-Wing Audience Former 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes, who was fired for her role in a controversial 2004 story about President Bush's service in the Air National Guard, accused CBS News of pandering to a right-wing audience with her former program's recent Benghazi report, for which the network has been criticized and forced to retract.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2012
Fox News Kicks Off "Swift Boat" Campaign Against John Kerry Ahead Of Possible Defense Post Fox News is distorting Sen. John Kerry's record in an attempt to discredit his possible nomination as Defense secretary. But Fox's criticism is based on the misleading and false claims of a disgraced 2004 Swift Boat campaign against Kerry and on the misrepresentation of past Kerry remarks.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 23, 2010
Limbaugh: "If you voted for Obama, you deserve to be unemployed" and "in misery" Some conservatives have also derided the Republican plan, with David Frum calling it "a pledge to nowhere." But Rush enthusiastically promoted it time and again as a "basic, common-sense" plan that will put a halt to the Democrats' "wrecking ball of destruction."
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 20, 2012
Why Isn't The Media Discussing The Unprecedented Law Giving Gun Makers And Dealers Immunity? Faced with an increasing number of successful lawsuits over reckless business practices that funneled guns into the hands of criminals, the 2005 immunity law was a victory for the NRA, which "lobbied lawmakers intensely" to shield gun makers and dealers from personal injury law.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 14, 2010
"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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 18, 2012
REPORT: Broadcast News Networks Misrepresent Intelligence On Iranian Nuclear Issues Many in the media have long since repudiated their failures in the lead-up to the Iraq War, acknowledging that they were too quick to accept the false notion that Iraq possessed a sizable and dangerous cache of weapons of mass destruction. The question today is whether they have learned from those mistakes.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 30, 2016
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 22, 2017
Media Should Report That President Trump Is Violating The Constitution -- And It's An Impeachable Offense President Donald Trump's continued ownership interest in the Trump Organization means that he is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from personally benefiting from actions taken by foreign governments and their agents.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Cantor Recants 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."
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hannity, Breitbart lead conservative media fundraising for activist videographers sued by ACORN On the heels of ACORN filing a lawsuit against conservative activists Hannah Giles, James O'Keefe, and LLC, Sean Hannity, Andrew Breitbart,'s Allahpundit, and NewsBusters have offered to -- in the words of Hannity -- "put out the word" to "help" Giles and O'Keefe raise money for their legal defense.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 18, 2010
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."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 26, 2010
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 23, 2015
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Right-Wing Media Falsely Claim That Americans Do Not Support Unions As rallies supportive of Wisconsin's public employees continue around the country, right-wing media have reacted by falsely suggesting that Americans support Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker over the state's public employee union members.
SHARE More Sharing        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."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2013
Fox Asks Rumsfeld About Extending "Hand Of Friendship" To Dictators, Forgets About Saddam Hussein What's so awkward about Fox pressing Rumsfeld on the U.S. sending "mixed signals" is Rumsfeld himself had offered a "hand of friendship" to Iraq's dictator at the time when Hussein was engaging in the use of banned chemical weapons -- actions the Bush administration would later cite as a justification for military strikes.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 9, 2009
Media Fail to Stimulate Honest Debate on Economic Stimulus Package After weeks of advancing false and dubious conservative talking points, media declare Republicans winner in the recovery message war.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 11, 2013
Stephen Moore, Rush Limbaugh, And The Right-Wing War On Science mental midgets mock science, even more cluelessly than past right wing morons. In this case a high school kid calls out a Wall Street Journal hack... but the problem is growing-- as the right's attack on education continues to dumb down America (rk)
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 7, 2013
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2009
Rove advances "glaring misstatements" and "distortions" in criticizing Obama speech Karl Rove claimed that while discussing "the so-called lies and misstatements about his proposal," Obama "made a series of very glaring misstatements or distortions." In fact, it was Rove who was advancing falsehoods and distortions.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 1, 2013
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 24, 2014
NRA Floats Idea Of Kids Needing To Show Gun Proficiency "To Advance To The Next Grade" NRA News commentator Billy Johnson imagined a compulsory education system that would require children to become proficient with firearms, just like "reading and writing," even "if they didn't want to learn. It wouldn't matter if they didn't want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2009
Please give a warm welcome to our death panelists The role of rationality in our republic was again called into question this week, as the newest conservative lines of attack against health care reform embraced an equally new level of madness.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
Steve Hayes latest to cover up conservative attacks on Muslims' religious freedom The Washington Examiner asked, "Can there be a higher civic purpose than preventing construction of a Muslim propaganda and recruiting center so close to the murder site of 3,000 Americans?"
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Laura Ingraham Celebrates March On Washington 50th Anniversary With Gunshots And Race-Baiting On her August 26 radio broadcast, Ingraham criticized the event and its speakers, saying the goal "was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda." Ingraham began playing a clip of Lewis' speech from the 50th anniversary rally, before interrupting the playback of his comments with the sound of a loud gunshot.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 24, 2013
CNN's Latest Gingrich Ethics Problem: His Company Received RNC Payment Last month, Newt Gingrich's media production company was paid $9,500 by the Republican National Committee, a fact he has not divulged on Crossfire, the CNN program he co-hosts. It's the latest ethics headache brought to the network by their new host.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 1, 2015
Hannity Doubles Down: The Phony Benghazi Scandal Committee Fox Built Was "Political" In the year-and-a-half between the attacks and House Speaker John Boehner's formation of a special committee to investigate the administration's response to Benghazi, Fox aired over a thousand evening segments about Benghazi.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 6, 2010
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 posted several anti-union videos depicting union members as "thugs" who engage in acts of violence or intimidation against those with which they disagree.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 19, 2013
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 9, 2006
It's All About the Center Article about Iraq/media/pundits by Paul Waldman of Media Matters.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2009
Media Matters: Did you hear the one about the sleazy Obama photo? Don't buy it Had the mainstream media done their job -- you know, checking the video to get the context from which the photo was taken -- they would have clearly seen that Obama was attempting to navigate high steps, while reaching back to help someone behind him do so as well.

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