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Saturday, den 1. September 2012

Tampa, Florida — As Republicans gathered for the final day of their national convention here in Tampa, a small but vocal group of doctors, medical students and patients marched in the heat to deliver thousands of petitions in support of the Affordable Care Act. One of the marchers, Kenya Wheeler, was a grad student last year when he was diagnosed with CNS lymphoma, a form of blood cancer in his brain.

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

Russian Prime Minister calls for personal responsibility for forest fires – @ria_novosti.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

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Wednesday, den 1. August 2012

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was right to apologize to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer after he mistakenly chastised the columnist for claiming that a bust of Winston Churchill that sat in the Bush Oval office had been returned to the British government. Contrary to Pfeiffer’s claim that it had never left the White House, that bust was indeed returned and a different bust of Churchill that predated both Obama and George W

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

By Amitabh Pal, July 26, 2012 The “Anglo-Saxon” remark fits snugly into a broader GOP racial framework. read more

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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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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

During today’s Squawk Box , CNBC co-anchor Joe Kernen assisted guest Donald Trump’s effort to push debunked claims about President Obama’s birthplace by citing a supposed quote from Obama in which Obama purportedly suggested that he wasn’t born in the United States. The quote is an internet hoax and was never said by Obama, who was born in Hawaii. After reading the fake quote, Kernen said that “the question is whether there was a time in Obama’s life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know.” He sourced the quote to a “report that was on some of the conservative websites” and added that he hasn’t “even confirmed it.” Watch: KERNEN: There is a weird — in that same report that was on some of the conservative websites and I haven’t even confirmed it, Donald, but there was a quote from one of his debates when he was running for state senator, I believe, and one of his opponents said, well, you know, you weren’t — this was at the time when it still — the Kenya thing was still on some of his biographies or something and the guy said, ‘Well, you know, you weren’t even born here,’ and he said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter if I wasn’t born here, I’m running for — I’m not running for president’ at the time. And it was a quote that looked like it was right from a debate. I don’t know whether you saw it. I’m going to look it up right now. TRUMP: There was a quote — KERNEN: — but from him. And almost so — but the question is whether there was a time in his life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know. The CNBC anchor appears to be referring to an internet rumor about an exchange that allegedly happened during a 2004 Illinois debate between Alan Keyes and then-state senator Obama during their campaign for the state’s U.S. Senate seat. However, an adviser to the 2004 Keyes campaign who attended the Keyes-Obama debates told Media Matters that the purported exchange is a “hoax.”

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

During today’s edition of Fox News’ The Five , the co-hosts spent a ten-minute segment talking about Donald Trump and his impact on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign with only a ten-second mention of Trump’s birther conspiracies. Actually, no one on the show even mentioned birtherism. The only discussion of birtherism during the segment came from a ten-second clip Fox played of MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish saying: “In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, Donald Trump would not back down. He said that he was born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.” Co-host Eric Bolling, who has a history of pushing conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birthplace, called Trump “provocative.” while guest co-host, Brian Kilmeade, who has also pushed birther conspiracies, called Trump an “American icon.” And co-host Andrea Tantaros, who previously declared Trump “the winner” of the birther issue, attacked George Will as “snobby” and “elitist” for criticizing Trump Their deflections from Trump’s birtherism came not long after Trump made an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and CNBC’s Squawk Box where Trump pushed more conspiracies about Obama’s birthplace. Here is The Five dancing around Trump’s birtherism:

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Monday, den 28. May 2012

The G8 scheme does nothing to address the problems that are at the core of hunger and malnutrition but will serve only to further poverty and inequality.

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Tuesday, den 22. May 2012

Press critics often use the term “false balance” to describe the practice of presenting a matter of clear-cut fact as the subject of dispute. Some media outlets have made progress on avoiding this problem in their reporting recently. The Wall Street Journal , however, published an egregious example of false balance in its May 21 edition. In a news article about Arizona’s secretary of state asking Hawaii to “verify it has” President Obama’s birth certificate, here’s how the Journal described the birther conspiracy theory (emphasis added): A spokesman for [Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett] said Sunday that his request was “simply done at the request of thousands of voters in Arizona.” A spokesman for the Obama campaign in Arizona said the secretary of state’s “flirtation with a conspiracy theory that has been debunked time and time again will have no bearing on the election.” The “birther” movement contends Mr. Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. or at least hasn’t shown beyond a doubt that he was born in Hawaii, as Mr. Obama and the state say. The U.S. Constitution requires that to be eligible for the presidency, a person needs to be a “natural born” U.S. citizen. Hawaii on its website links to a long-form copy of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate that he posted last year. That’s a ridiculous way to present this subject. Obama’s birth certificate was made public four years ago, and as FactCheck.org noted , it “meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.” The Honolulu Advertiser published a contemporaneous announcement of Obama’s birth. None of this is in dispute. Except, apparently, in the news pages of The Wall Street Journal .

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Saturday, den 19. May 2012

In a May 18 post, on his blog, RedState, CNN’s Erick Erickson praised Breitbart.com for its May 17 ” vetting ” of  Obama, using the post to call Obama a “Composite Kenyan.” From his May 18 RedState post : The Breitbart Crew has done the world a very valuable service in finding a 1991 biography of Barack Obama  from his literary agent claiming he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” The point is not that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. The point is that Barack Obama has repeatedly been perfectly okay embellishing and having others embellish his qualifications and biography to make himself someone unique instead of just another Chicago politician.  The pattern goes back to his job as a “financial reporter”.  A former colleague of his and Obama fan, way back in 2005, claims Barack Obama really embellished his resume describing his financial related reporting. [T]he largest point, however, is that the media is yet again caught flat footed, claiming the story is no big deal, irrelevant, or that somehow the Breitbart Crew is in the wrong and peddling Birtherism. They are not peddling Birtherism. The Breitbart Crew are kind of like illegal immigrants — doing reporting Columbia journalism grads won’t do. In 2008, the New York Times ran a big story on John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist. It got picked up all over the place. Reporters were on the trail. There was no *there* there.

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Saturday, den 19. May 2012

As details continue to emerge of the latest Wall Street scandal — J.P. Morgan Chase’s $ 3 billion  trading loss – many investors would no doubt be surprised to learn that a below-the-radar effort is underway to virtually eliminate their ability to hold corporate management accountable. If this campaign succeeds, it will block investors alleging fraud, insider trading and accounting scams in financial markets from going to court, and force them into a corporate-friendly arbitration system that limits their rights and keeps Wall Street’s wrongdoing behind closed doors.  Consumers  of credit card, cell phone and banking services (which is to say, most Americans) have already lost to forced arbitration their right to use class action lawsuits to hold corporations accountable, thanks to recent Supreme Court decisions. Significant though the consequences would be of adding investors to this list at a time when misconduct on Wall Street dominates the headlines, the effort to replace investor class actions with forced arbitration has received almost no attention in the media. In recent months there have been several attempts to force investors in certain corporations into arbitration and strip them of the power to hold the companies publicly accountable for fraud, negligence or other misconduct via class action lawsuits. An attempt by  The Carlyle Group  to force arbitration by investors as part of its initial public offering was withdrawn by the company in the face of  opposition  from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency charged with regulating the financial markets. In two other cases, the managements of  Gannett  and  Pfizer , to their credit, opposed shareholder proposals seeking to force arbitration, and argued to the SEC that the proposals violated federal securities law. In  each   case , the SEC agreed. In addition, a similar proposal was made in connection with  Frontier Communications ; Frontier’s board  recommended  that shareholders vote against the arbitration proposal, and it was defeated.

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Monday, den 16. January 2012

Joseph Farah is annoyed. The editor of WorldNetDaily and prominent birther has discovered that questioning the eligibility of a presidential candidate can be a distraction. Here’s how Farah begins his January 13 WND column : How do these things get started? No wonder people are so confused about the issues of the day. I am literally deluged with emails from Americans insisting that Mitt Romney is not constitutionally eligible to be president. It’s not true. Really? The man whose website is so obsessed with the eligibility of Barack Obama to be president that it ignores facts and descends into the realm of absurdity is wondering how such things “get started”? Farah continues: Furthermore, while I remain a strong advocate of the position that Obama is not eligible for a variety of reasons, I have never made this assertion based on the fact that I detest everything for which he stands. That assertion is based on fact, on reality, on verifiable truth. Given his willingness to overlook overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it’s difficult to believe that Farah would be such a “strong advocate” of Obama’s purported ineligibility if he did not “detest everything for which he stands.” As for Farah’s claim that his assertion “is based on fact, on reality, on verifiable truth,” this ignores reality as well. For example, a new book debunks many birther claims, and one prominent birther, Philip Berg, has shot down the WND-promoted idea that Obama is using a fake Social Security number. Curiously, WND has yet to report on either of these things, and WND’s Jerome Corsi has refused to debate the book’s author about his conclusions. Farah then complains again that questions about Romney’s eligibility is becoming a distraction to “my team at WND”: So can you please stop writing to me and to my team at WND with suggestions that Mitt Romney fails the constitutional eligibility test? It’s not true. I don’t think he gets a passing grade on understanding and interpreting the Constitution, but – unfortunately, from my perspective – he passes the litmus test for serving as president. Can we move on to more substantive issues in this campaign? Presumably, Farah and his WND team don’t think eligibility questions about Obama are a distraction from “more substantive issues,” even though no factual basis for them exists.

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Thursday, den 5. January 2012

One of Andrew Breitbart’s fabricated points of pride is that as a conservative he stood up to the birther crazies within his ranks; that he represented a voice of reason and spoke about against the deluded right-wing movement to prove President Obama isn’t an American citizen. The problem is that claim doesn’t  ring true . The problem with Breitbart’s resume padding is that regardless of what comments he has made about birthers, for years his sites have provided a welcome forum for birther nuts to push their debunked conspiracy theory. So in truth, Breitbart has acted as a key birther transmitter on the Internet and even guest-hosted  a prominent birther radio show. Here’s some proof , from his Big Hollywood site: On September 10, Burt Prelutsky criticized the “hypocrisy of liberals” in not expressing any “concern over Obama’s refusal to offer up” his birth certificate: … On August 22, Chele Stanton claimed that the media are giving Obama a “free pass” on issues such as Obama saying “he was born in Hawaii — Yet his own Grandmother says he was born in Kenya and she was there at his birth” and that Obama “[w]on’t release his school records, medical records, or birth certificate — no explanation.” … On August 11, Jeremy D. Boreing wrote a post headlined, “In Defense of the Birthers.” Boreing claimed he is “not a Birther” but wrote that the treatment of birthers is “completely unfair” because they are raising “perfectly legitimate questions.” Boreing added that Obama “plainly is not one of us”: … Carl Kozlowski wrote on July 30 that “the more I read about [Obama], the more questions I had. I also had always held respect for John McCain and his incredible sacrifices for the nation, so by the time fall rolled around, I was campaigning for the war hero and speaking out against the man who couldn’t even produce a normal birth certificate to prove he belonged in the White House.” You get the idea . Yet despite the obvious evidence to the contrary, Breitbart insists on peddling his birther charade. Last night on Twitter he posted this boast: When it was pointed out that his sites have played home to countless birther rants, Breitbart insisted they weren’t really rants. Hmm, a free and open debate about birtherism? Isn’t that like hosting a free and open debate about whether the Bush administration orchestrated the terror attacks of 9/11? Meaning, the simple fact that you host irresponsible nuts who push a debunked conspiracy theory, be it birtherism or 9/11 trutherism , is proof that you’re part of the problem. Andrew Breitbart has been part of the birther problem for years. No amount of spinning from him will change that. 

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Friday, den 18. November 2011

On Tuesday we noted that Andrew Breitbart’s site, Big Government, published a completely false, malicious, and debunked claim that an activist connected to Occupy Savannah had been murdered inside the activists’ camp. The foolish and unsupported claim, made by the site’s editor-in-chief , was used as a way to demonize the movement and portray it as inherently dangerous. The facts regarding Savannah were never in doubt, except to Big Government’s Mike Flynn: An Occupy activist, and musician, was killed in Savannah over the weekend. But the shooting, reportedly in connection with an attempted robbery, took place nearly ten miles from the protest site and had nothing to do with the Occupy movement. The local press and police in Savannah made the point perfectly clear. But Flynn decided to publish a right-wing fairy tale about how the Savannah victim had been  lured to his death by the treacherous Occupy movement.  After Media Matters called the Breitbart blogger out for his ugly behavior, Flynn finally published an “update.” Here it is, in full: Savannah police have now clarified this morning to Big Government via telephone that the shooting of Occupy Savannah activist Jonathan Brazell is being investigated as an ordinary robbery, due partly to the fact that it occurred at a significant distance from the protest site itself. In other words, nothing Flynn reported about the shooting was accurate. Nothing . And none of the heartless, partisan conclusions he tried to make were valid. None of them.  But note what’s missing from Flynn’s humiliating update; any sense or remorse for recklessly grabbing onto the news of a random killing, abusing the facts, and trying to turn a tragic death into a partisan event. It boggles the mind. Of course, the entire post should immediately be retracted. Yet not a word of regret from Flynn on Breitbart’s site. The only silver lining from the Breitbart-sponsored train wreck still posted at Big Government is reading the comment section, and particularly some notes from people who describe themselves as friends of Brazell, as they rightfully denounce Flynn’s deplorable behavior. They’re worth reading:

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