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Friday, den 29. June 2012

Bill O’Reilly promised in March that he would “apologize for being an idiot” if the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. But after the historic ruling upholding the law, O’Reilly called into his Fox News show, which was being guest-hosted by Laura Ingraham, and didn’t mention his previous pledge to apologize or his prediction that it would be overturned.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

Both CNN and Fox, in a race to get the story on-air first, inaccurately reported that the individual mandate had been found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

After erstwhile team player Chief Justice John Roberts led the Supreme Court in upholding the Affordable Care Act, Fox News has spent the day trying to convince themselves, if not the rest of us, that this is excellent news for Republicans and Mitt Romney — to the point of arguing that President Obama’s “cynical” political team would have preferred the law be struck down entirely so the whole issue would just “go away.” A little while ago, Megyn Kelly sat down to talk with Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor, about the electoral implications of the Supreme Court ruling. Stirewalt argued — in all seriousness — that President Obama’s re-election team in Chicago were pulling for a full repeal. STIREWALT: I can sum it up this way: at the White House, it’s a good day.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

Right-wing media figures are heaping harsh criticism on Chief Justice John Roberts for his opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional.  These critics ignore Roberts’ Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes applied the “L word” to Roberts.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

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.” The blogger posted the statements, which come from a recent unpublished interview, the same day the House of Representatives voted to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his unwillingness to release documents related to Fast and Furious. In the  excerpts Vanderboegh posted on his blog “which deal with the decision today,” he says of a then-potential decision upholding the health care law, “You may call tyranny a mandate or you may call it a tax, but it still is tyranny and invites the same response.” He further predicts the response of his ilk: “If we refuse to obey, we will be fined. If we refuse to pay the fine, we will in time be jailed

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

While discussing the walkout of House Democrats in protest of the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, Fox News’ Eric Bolling claimed on  The Five : “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people vacating the House like that before — over a vote.” Obviously Bolling hasn’t been paying attention. In February of 2008, House Republicans  walked out  during a vote that held two Bush aides (Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers) in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the politically motivated firings of U.S

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of health care reform, the Drudge Report is smearing Chief Justice John Roberts over the possibility that he might use epilepsy medication and suggesting that it affected his judgment. Drudge linked to a Real Clear Politics post that contains a clip of right-wing radio host Michael Savage claiming that “if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying.” Roberts had a seizure in 2007, after suffering one 14 years earlier. The Washington Post reported this month that Roberts has not publicly addressed whether he has epilepsy

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, right-wing media figures claimed Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act shows that he’s liberal. But Roberts’ recognizing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act doesn’t change his record as presiding over the most conservative and corporate-friendly court in recent history. Right-Wing Media Attack Roberts As A Liberal Big Government: “Thanks To President Bush ..

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

After hosting claims that the EPA acted “lawless[ly]” by regulating greenhouse gas emissions, Fox News’ flagship “straight news” program Special Report has ignored an important court ruling that undermines Fox’s narrative. After Shedding Doubt On EPA’s Legal Authority, Special Report Ignores Ruling In Favor Of EPA Special Report Has Not Covered DC Circuit Court Ruling

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

Right-wing media have reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding President Obama’s health care law by claiming it is “a dark day for freedom” and “the end of America as we know it.” But the decision allows the health care law to implement reforms that will protect and extend affordable insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Right-Wing Media Claim Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision Is “The End Of America As We Know It” Breitbart.com’s Pollak: “The Supreme Court Has Made A Wrong Decision, For The Wrong Reasons, In Defense Of A Wrong Policy.” In a June 28 post on Breitbart.com, editor-in-chief Joel Pollak claimed that if the health care law is not repealed following the Supreme Court’s decision, “our health care system will be ruined, our Treasury bankrupted, and our Republic endangered.” From Breitbart.com: More broadly, Americans’ confidence in the judiciary will be damaged by this decision–as much as by  Bush v.

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Saturday, den 28. April 2012

Right-wing media have seized on comments made this week by Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, suggesting that Fattah “admit[ted]” that Democrats are expecting voters to back them in the fall in exchange for “handouts” and “protect[ing] their government-aid gravy train.” These attacks are yet another example of conservative media attempting to gin up outrage over programs designed to help struggling Americans. During a discussion on the April 24 edition of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation about House Majority Leader John Boehner’s recent comment that Democrats have a one-in-three chance of reclaiming the majority, Fattah said in part that “people who are unemployed, they’re not going to be voting for the party who wants to cut their benefits, cut access to food stamps, cut job training.” From PoliticsNation : FATTAH: President Obama is right, we need to continue to invest. That’s why our GDP is up, and that’s why we’ve got 35 months of private sector job growth. We are headed in the right direction. Unemployment continues to drop, and those people who are unemployed, they’re not going to be voting for the party who wants to cut their benefits, cut access to food stamps, cut job training. The idea that Republicans are trying to help those who are unemployed is nonsense. And I think on this Election Day, those who have a job can credit the administration for stabilizing our economy, and those who don’t know that this administration is trying to put them to work. The Washington Examiner picked up Fattah’s comments in an April 25 blog post , claiming that Fattah said that “unemployment could actually encourage people to vote for President Obama in order to secure welfare benefits such as food stamps.” The Fox Nation later republished the Examiner post under the headline, “Democrat: Unemployed Will Vote for Obama to Keep Their Welfare”: The conservative blog Gateway Pundit highlighted Fattah’s comments and claimed that it’s “all about the handouts,” while The Blaze claimed that Fattah “openly admit[ted] that some voters are supporting President Obama because he’s the most likely to protect their government-aid gravy train.” And an April 26 Big Government post added: In other words, Fattah believes Americans who’ve been conditioned to live on Democrat handouts will certainly continue to vote for the Democrats. The last thing they’d do is vote for those rascally Republicans who want to rein in spending and encourage people to strive, once more, for some semblance of personal responsibility. Conservative media have repeatedly accused the Obama administration of ” bribing ” voters , and this latest round of echoes that theme. But the programs mentioned by Fattah — the food stamp program, known as the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and jobs training programs — are hardly a “gravy train” that discourages unemployed Americans from “striving” for “some semblance of personal responsibility.

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Monday, den 25. July 2011

Maybe John Boehner could finally get House Republicans to say yes if President Obama pretended to oppose raising debt limit (Jason Reed/Reuters)   Brian Beutler observes that Republicans have stumbled over Harry Reid’s offer to raise the debt limit through 2013 in exchange for $2.7 trillion in spending cuts without any new tax revenue*. It’s a important point: on the face of it, the deal should be acceptable to John Boehner. On Friday night, here’s how he described his bottom line : I have confidence in the bipartisan leaders of the Congress that can come together and to ensure that we have an agreement that will allow the country to avoid default and meets the principles that we’ve outlined: spending cuts that must be greater than the increase in the debt limit and no tax increases. Reid’s $2.7 trillion spending cut proposal, which mirrors Nancy Pelosi’s proposal from Friday, is fully consistent with what Boehner said, but instead of embracing it, Boehner is pursuing a two-step approach based on the GOP’s “Cut, Cap,and Balance.” Boehner’s approach won’t fly with Democrats because it would cut entitlements without raising revenue and would manufacture another debt-limit crisis six months from now. Even if that debt limit crisis were to pass without incident, Boehner’s plan still wouldn’t cut as much as Reid’s. So why won’t House Republicans support Reid’s version? Based on all available evidence, it’s because they just can’t say yes to anything. At this point, I hope President Obama is spending as much time deciding what to do if the House fails to raise the debt limit as he is deciding on how to convince them to do the right thing. If they fail to act, he’s probably going to need to ignore the debt limit, and he needs to start laying the groundwork for that now. *Entitlements wouldn’t be touched either, and $1 trillion of the savings would come from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, $500 billion from interest savings and the rest in discretionary spending cuts.

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