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GOP/Media Complex Bows Down To Breitbart Lie Machine

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 5, 2013

NSFW Corporation’s Mark Ames and Max Blumenthal have this must-read story on the Breitbart sleaze factory in the aftermath of Andrew Breitbart’s death. It documents not just the sleaze and lies pumped out both before and after Breitbart’s passing, but also the obscene and corrupt panegyrics written to him by people who obviously know better but also know that right-wing business entities ultimately pay their salaries.

Case in point: Dave Weigel, who toolishly edits a Breitbart quote with the end effect being to disguise Breitbart’s lucrative partisan hackery under a faux-gonzo facade.

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They Made Sure Everyone Knew Convicted Killer Ira Einhorn Was Part Of Earth Day…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 1, 2012

…yet when a locally-prominent Republican gets noticed nationally for doing something similarly wrong, his party ID is tucked away.

I was reminded of that when I saw the teaser for a Huffington Post story: “Politician Arrested for 1979 Murder”.

When I read the story, I noticed that it left out the political party of the city councilman, Gregory Scott Hopkins, arrested for the 1979 murder of his lover, Catherine Walsh.

I’ve noticed in the past that whenever a politician or prominent activist figure is accused of a crime, his or her political affiliation can usually be guessed by whether or not it’s mentioned in the coverage of said crime. If the politician or figure is a Democrat or anyone that’s ever so slightly to the left, that fact gets mentioned early and often, typically within the first couple of paragraphs. If the politician is a conservative and/or Republican, that fact often doesn’t get mentioned at all.

Sure enough, most other coverage, national and local, left out the accused killer’s party ID.

It was left out of this CBS Pittsburgh story.

It was left out of this Beaver County (Pennsylvania) Times story.

It was left out of this other Beaver County Times story.

It was mentioned in this other Beaver County Times story, but only in a sidebar.

Interestingly enough, the only paper to not only note the accused perp’s party ID, but to put it in the story’s title, was a overseas one, the UK’s Daily Mail.

Make of that what you will.

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Right-Winger Julie Mason Doesn’t Like It When People Point Out Right-Wing Media Bias

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 16, 2011

So here we have Julie Mason, who covered the White House beat for the Houston Chronicle since the first term of Bill Clinton, but who after being laid off in October of 2008 went to the extreme-right-wing Washington Examiner to continue her White House coverage, and has now since February of this year been writing for Politico, which is known for being funded and run by Reagan Republicans and other right-wingers.

Which is why it’s a little amusing (and by “amusing” I mean bile-inducing) to see her get all shirty when one of her targets points out that a lot of US media is biased towards the right wing and/or Republicans:

President Obama’s remark to Ed Henry of Fox News on Thursday that, “I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney” set off heated discussions this week around the White House briefing room.

Henry declined comment on the matter. But reporters were left wondering — is this how the administration is going to respond to criticism from Republican opponents going forward — by casting aspersions on journalists who ask questions?

That’s right, folks: Pointing out what everyone knows about right-wing bias in American media is “casting aspersions”. Charming, eh?

This isn’t her first slapback at politicians and other media critics who she obviously sees as insubordinate. Check out her snotty comments on the media obsession with ridiculous (and usually right-wing-planted) non-stories such as the “flag pin” bogosity:

To many in the press corps, Obama is just naïve for characterizing things like flag pins, the patriotism of his former pastor, and subversive activities committed 40 years ago by a guy he sort of knows as “distractions.” When he noted that the debate was nearly half over before an actual policy issue was mentioned, they were dismissive. Appearing on MSNBC the next day, Julie Mason of the Houston Chronicle said with a mocking tone, “It seems like he wants to live in this sort of perfect, high-minded political world where things like flag pins don’t matter, but they really do. These things create perceptions. Everyone is saying he didn’t do well. I have to agree. I don’t think he did much for himself at all.” The “everyone” to whom she was referring was no doubt the rest of the political reporters.

Better adjust that tiara a little bit, Miss Desmond, so you can be ready for Mr. DeMille’s closeup.

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Putting “Balance” Over Truth: The Right-Wing Media Scam That Is Destroying America

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 27, 2011

The other day, Paul Krugman said this:

We have a crisis in which the right is making insane demands, while the president and Democrats in Congress are bending over backward to be accommodating — offering plans that are all spending cuts and no taxes, plans that are far to the right of public opinion.

So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent — because news reports always do that. And we have influential pundits calling out for a new centrist party, a new centrist president, to get us away from the evils of partisanship.


…The “both sides are at fault” people have to know better; if they refuse to say it, it’s out of some combination of fear and ego, of being unwilling to sacrifice their treasured pose of being above the fray.

Oh, it’s not that at all. It’s that the media members are millionaires working for billionaires — billionaires who love the tax breaks they got from Bush, as well as the gutting of anti-trust and environmental oversight under Bush — and to pretend both sides are equally at fault is to penalize the more virtuous side and go easier on the less virtuous (but far richer) side — and this rewards the less-virtuous side, in a vicious circle/feedback loop.

To make a long story short, it shoves the Overton Window farther to the right, eventually into fascism.

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Hey, Vicki McKenna: Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 16, 2011

So I was tootling along minding my own business, when I saw this in my Twitter feed:

Whoa! A right-wing radio nutter claims that “LIBERALS CALLING TO ASSASSINATE SCOTT WALKER”! You know, Wisconsin’s newly-elected right-wing wackaloon of a governor? Heavy stuff.

So I go click on the link which she screamingly pushed in CAPSLOCK mode, and find her own Facebook page, adorned thus:

That’s right — on her own Facebook page, she’s claiming the following:

Posting on facebook today:

OK, If you knew what a royal pain Walker was going to be…Would you have arrange a nice slow convertible ride for him while he was in Dallas? Is there a book depository in Madison?”

Interestingly, she fails to provide either a screen shot of the alleged post or even a link to the alleged Facebook page. C’mon, Vicki! Pics or it didn’t happen. I can’t believe you don’t know how to make a screen shot.

UPDATE: Abe Sauer of The Awl (he who birddogged Tom Emmer’s Wisconsin relatives) points out that the source of the alleged Facebook comment is none other than McKenna herself. Once again, Vicki-poo: Pics or it didn’t happen. C’mon, put your back into your slanderous accusations! The least you could do is create a fake Facebook page.

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More GOP Stenography From The Star Tribune

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 14, 2011

Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen, once again kicking the asses of the rocking-chair media, notes that the Star Tribune’s Washington, DC correspondent Kevin Diaz reproduced without comment or question a claim by unnamed Republicans that Minnesota’s First District congressman, Tim Walz, “has racked up $132 million in earmarks — projects that would benefit his southern Minnesota district. . .”

Um, except he didn’t. The only $132 million in earmarks Sorensen finds associated with Walz just happens to be a list of those he’s sponsored or co-sponsored over the two-year period from 2008 to 2010 — and only $4.5 million of which happen to be Walz’ alone. In fact, as Sorensen points out, over half of the requested earmarks listed were requested by Republicans.

As Sorensen states:

Earlier this year, the Columbia Journalism Review chastized another reporter at the paper for its coverage, first noted locally by City Pages in Star Tribune Bachmann coverage slammed by watchdog. Like the other reporter, Diaz seems to have repeated a factual claim by his Republican sources–whomever they are–without bothering to check how closely those claims adhere to the truth.

Sadly, this isn’t that surprising from the paper that dumped Nick Coleman, who was an actual journalist before he got his column, for yet another right-wing screecher.

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Saturday News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 5, 2011

Mubarak makes a few more cosmetic changes, but protesters know that so long as he’s in charge, they’re dead anyway, so they’re not leaving Tahrir.

Right Wing Mocks Reporters In Egypt: Not ‘A Great Deal Of Sympathy For Those Who’ve Been Attacked’

Ten things conservatives don’t want you to know about Ronald Reagan. #11: He wasn’t and isn’t anywhere near as popular as his GOP/Media Complex supporters claim. Bill Clinton easily bests him.

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Aluf Benn Spews Neocon Trash About Egypt

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 30, 2011

Sigh. Aluf Benn’s doing the bidding of hardcore righties in Israel and neocons in the US.

He’s spewing “Obama Lost Egypt” crapola for Ha’aretz, who should know better. And of course the right-wing jerks in the US are eating it up.

For those who want a little reality with their neocon propaganda, watch Al Jazeera’s live feed of the Egyptian protests, and check this out:

The ‘Islamist Menace’ is overblown. Some American commentators have argued that Al Jazeera is somehow fanning Islamism and anti-Americanism with its coverage. But as Marc Lynch has pointed out, Egyptian citizens, like Tunisians before them, are so—justifiably—angry at their governments that it’s hard to imagine what new provocations the station could come up with. Similarly, concern about the relative strength of the Muslim Brotherhood, which espouses a fundamentalist strain of Islam and has championed and employed violence in the past, should be balanced against three other facts: (1) The Brotherhood has renounced violence and it has been active in Egyptian politics, transformed by an internal debate about whether and how to participate, for some time now; (2) Thus far, observers on the ground report that it is young, secular Egyptians who are leading this revolt; (3) The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition organization in Egypt, is a first-rank enemy of Al Qaeda, and has been for decades. (A chapter in the recent “Self-Inflicted Wounds” from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center lays out the feud, and how it has played out in Egypt, South Asia and elsewhere, in detail. Briefly, the Brotherhood’s goals have been more political and focused on individual governments—and thus less focused on what Bin Laden refers to as the “far enemy”—the United States homeland.) Meanwhile, it is reasonable to be concerned about the future role of radical extremists where other forces are weak, but this kind of scaremongering is actually quite ignorant; it’s also disheartening and potentially damaging to the true democrats—some of whom organize around Islam, and some of whom don’t—that are doing the struggling and dying right now. Americans, like others around the world, are instinctively cheering for them. They are right to do so.


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What Happens When a Billionaire Right-Winger Who Hates Social Security Spends Million$ to Undermine It?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 29, 2011

What happens when you have a billionaire right-winger (Pete Peterson) who along with other rich right-wingers has had a hate-on for Social Security for several decades and has spent tens of millions on various enterprises (his “Concord Coalition” and “Fiscal Times” come most quickly to mind) in order to destroy it by embedding lies about it into our mainstream media?

You get garbage like this from the AP’s Stephen Ohlemacher: “Sick and getting sicker, Social Security will run at a deficit this year and keep on running in the red until its trust funds are drained by about 2037, congressional budget experts said Wednesday in bleaker-than-previous estimates.”

As economic reporter Joshua Holland says, this is just flat-out wrong:

Is it “sick”? Social Security has $2.5 trillion in T-Bills sitting in a trust fund, is financed through 2037 and if nothing were to change it would still be able to pay out higher benefits than it does today, indefinitely.

Is it getting sicker? Well, the 2000 Social Security Trustees’s report (PDF) projected that the trust fund would run out in … 2037. But the 1997 report (PDF) expected the trust fund to be depleted by 2029 — 8 years earlier than currently projected. So in that sense, it’s “healthier” today than it was 13 years ago.

That’s not the end of the lies being spewed by Ohlemacher. Holland notes the following:

When he says the program is “in the red” what he’s talking about is that current tax revenues being paid into the system have fallen below current benefit payments. Which should be unsurprising with wages stagnating and an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.

But what’s unsaid is that the Social Security’s revenues aren’t limited to current tax receipts, thanks to the interest earned on those T-Bills in the trust fund. They earned 5.1 percent in 2008, and 4.8 percent in 2009.

When you include that earned interest, as any honest reporter must do, the program has not “gone into the red,” and — if we define “going into the red” as total annual outlays exceeding total income, including interest income — it won’t until at least 2018, according to the Trustees’ latest report (PDF).

Yes, the Trust Fund grew last year, is growing this year, and will continue to grow for several more years, until it reaches a projected $4.2 trillion dollars.

Go read Holland’s entire piece — it’s worth it. And while you’re at it, check out my earlier debunking of the “Social Security must be destroyed in order to save it” myth pushed by the privatizers back when Bush was in office.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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When Does Mainstream Media Ignore Murderers?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 24, 2011

When does the mainstream media ignore a really lurid murder case involving home invasion and the cold-blooded killings of a nine-year-old girl and her father?

Easy: It’s when the killers are white conservatives and the victims aren’t white:

We’ve been following the [Shawna] Forde case closely from the day it was first reported, in large part because it tells us so much about the mindset and behind-the-scenes operations of would-be border vigilantes.

Indeed, one of the things we look forward most to learning from this trial is the extent to which Minutemen cofounder Jim Gilchrist was involved: there is a considerable likelihood it will turn out he tipped off Forde that federal authorities were looking for her in connection with the murders.

We’re also looking forward to perhaps finally seeing some coverage of the case in the mainstream media — perhaps even Fox News, which has been assiduous in refusing to do so. I have to admit I’m baffled that, in a cable-TV business that prizes riveting audio snippets, it’s gotten so little attention elsewhere.

But then, this case always cut against everyone’s favorite “neighborhood watch” narrative. It’s about time we laid that one to rest for good.

Of course, this was enough to roust Jim Gilchrist from under his metaphorical rock to make a bogosity-laced statement, which David Neiwert promptly shot down.

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