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Sunday, den 24. March 2013

During a roundtable discussion on Friday, Fox News’ Lou Dobbs agreed with a network contributor who argued that Americans need to access military-style assault weapons to protect themselves from an Iranian invasion. “What scares the hell out of me we have a president, as we were discussing during break, that wants to take away our guns, but yet he wants to attack Iran and Syria. So if they come and attack us here, we don’t have the right to bear arms under this Obama administration,” Angela McGlowan, a former lobbyist for News Corp.

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Thursday, den 23. August 2012

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin,” laments Linus van Pelt in a 1961 Peanuts comic strip. Yet in today’s hyperpartisan political climate, religion and politics are obsessively debated, while the “American people” that politicians and reporters constantly refer to seem hopelessly divided

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

Planned Parenthood really needs to be shut down, never to be opened again. America’s largest abortion mill is not looking out for the interests of women

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

Wall Street Journal Sizes Up Obama A “deadly” article regarding Obama, at the Wall Street Journal, which today is the most widely circulated newspaper in America . Article from the Wall Street Journal – by Alan Caruba: “I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he’s led a kind of make-believe l …

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Sunday, den 5. August 2012

Watch former ACORN employee Anita Moncrief as she details events at ACORN from the inside. The former liberal spoke at C-PAC in 2011 and highlights voter registration by ACORN for the benefit of Candidate Obama.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

Hysterical teabagger morality, in action. Steve M., on what our presidential candidates have to deal with : [I]t’s a bit like saying that the current president is a secret Muslim socialist who lied about his U.S.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

– Mitt Romney’s error-riddled campaign trip to London led some in the British press to dub him “ worse than Palin .” – The New York Times observes that former reformer Sen.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

Fringe religious groups are planning a protest for the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in a few weeks. Operation Save America (OSA), a group that’s made a name for itself by opposing the LGBT community and trying to stop abortions, is leading 40 Evangelical churches in protest of Democrats at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, a 20,000-person venue. OSA refers to Democrats as the “ Party of Death ” and has said of the convention “Thousands of anarchists, agitators, fascists, ad nauseam , will be filling the streets of Charlotte looking to eat their own.” The protesters’ event is titled “Charlotte 714,” a reference to 2 Chronicles 7:14 that reads “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” US News And World Report has more details on the group’s plan during the convention: In the 40 days leading up to the convention, Charlotte714 is calling for all participants to fast, which Benham says can consist of consuming only water, or of fasting from sweets and soda as well as television, texting and emailing after 5 p.m.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

Starting August 11, transgender citizens in Alaska will be able to more easily change their sex identifier on state ID cards. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Alaska will now allow residents to change the sex listed on ID cards with certification from a “licensed physician, social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, physicians assistant or certified nurse practitioner,” showing that the individual has been undergoing permanent treatment to change their sex. Previously, transgender people in Alaska had to submit proof that they had undergone certain surgeries to change their sex, but in March, the state Superior Court ruled that mandating proof of surgery was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

Mitt Romney meeting with David Cameron in July, 2011. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived in Great Britain today for the Olympics and to expand his foreign policy experience with a three-country swing. Knowing he’d be meeting with Romney this morning, Prime Minister David Cameron prepared himself last night by hosting a reception for the LGBT community where he reaffirmed his support for marriage equality: CAMERON: I think marriage is a great institution – I think it helps people to commit, it helps people to say that they’re going to care and love for another person. It helps people to put aside their selfish interests and think of the union that they’re forming.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

The National Organization for Marriage’s latest “ non-cognitive elite ,” Kirk Cameron , is heading to Ocean Grove , New Jersey to defend “biblical marriage.” Corey Bernstein, the 17-year-old co-chair of the Garden State Equality Youth Caucus, has requested that Cameron meet with him and his peers to discuss “the pain your words about being LGBT have personally caused me and other LGBT youth.” A spokesperson for Cameron said he’s unsure if the child-actor-turned-fringe-evangelist will respond to the request because some of his recent interviews have been “taken out of context.” Here again is video of Cameron telling CNN’s Piers Morgan that homosexuality is “ unnatural, detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization”:

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

Hope Christian Preschool, an Albuquerque, NM parochial school, has rejected a 3-year old’s admission because is being raised by two fathers, a local TV station reports. The school, which says it is legally free from “excessive government interference in matters of religion,” receives tens of thousands of dollars in federal funding. The school’s website quotes a version of Psalm 127:3-4, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward,” but its actions suggest that it believes some restrictions may apply

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Wednesday, den 25. July 2012

As news organizations uncover more and more information about Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, the Romney campaign has continuously shifted its own goalposts, first standing by its claim that Romney stepped down from Bain in 1999, then settling on the argument that Romney “ retroactively ” retired in 1999 despite remaining CEO through 2002. On Wednesday, a new report from the Associated Press reveals that the former Massachusetts governor made several trips to Boston to meet with partners and other key employees at Bain Capital’s headquarters while running the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

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Wednesday, den 25. July 2012

Jeremy Hooper has uncovered a strategy memo detailing the Family Research Council’s future spending plans.

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

Last month, former NFL player Wade Davis of the Tennessee Titans made news by coming out publicly. Today, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he doesn’t mind playing with gay teammates and even held a conversation with the other Titans quarterbacks about the topic. “[I]t’s kind of irrelevant to the discussion in terms of how we would view that person as a teammate or how we would view that person as a friend, or how we would trust that person,” Hasselbeck said

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Monday, den 23. July 2012

On Saturday in San Diego, active-duty soldiers marched in uniform for the first time at an LGBT pride parade. The military contingent was the crowd favorite, attracting the loudest cheers and most picture requests from the 200,000 attendees.

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Sunday, den 22. July 2012

On the conservative Christian radio show AFA Today, evangelical spokesperson Jerry Newcombe blamed the tragedy of the Aurora shooting on the nation’s loss of fear of God and hell. Discussing the victims, Newcombe argued that the non-Christians were going to Hell: If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place..

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Tuesday, den 17. July 2012

Conservatives tend to be just plain happier people than liberals are. That’s seriously bad news for the left

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Monday, den 9. July 2012

Human genetics started with a black diaper. Around 1900, the English doctor Archibald Garrod began studying cases of alkaptonuria, a disorder that turns people’s urine black when exposed to air.

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Monday, den 9. July 2012

There are some people who don’t want to have kids. Then there are some people who really don’t want to have kids . As we learned in a recent Double X series of essays exploring this choice, some men and women never heed (or even feel) the tick of the biological clock.

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Monday, den 9. July 2012

Welcome to American Airlines Flight 2164 en route to Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Monday, den 2. July 2012

By Eric K. Ward, July 2, 2012 In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law, states should back off from their “enforcement-only” approach.

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Monday, den 2. July 2012

At a rally in Florida yesterday, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) thought he found the perfect way to mock the Supreme Court’s finding that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate — which requires individuals who do not carry health insurance to pay slightly more income taxes — constitutes a lawful application of Congress’ power to set tax policy : What will be next

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

Today, Fox News’ America’s Newsroom hosted a segment highlighting Rush Limbaugh’s latest attack on Sandra Fluke. The theory behind the attack was so hard to believe that two of the three panelists, including a former spokeswoman for the House Republican Conference, called it “ridiculous” and “utterly absurd.”  On Tuesday’s edition of his radio show, Limbaugh returned to attacking Fluke, the Georgetown law student whom he infamously described as a “slut” and “prostitute,” this time for supposedly “coordinating” with President Obama to scare students about their student loans.  Fluke responded to Limbaugh’s attack later that night on MSNBC’s The Last Word , pointing out the importance of affordable student loans and contradicting the notion that she is coordinating with Obama on the issue of student loans.  During a panel discussion of Limbaugh’s attack on America’s Newsroom today, panelists Gretchen Hamel and Judy Miller agreed that Limbaugh’s theory that Fluke and Obama are coordinating is completely bogus. Hamel, a former spokeswoman for the House Republican Conference, said that Fluke’s tweet “was a message being tweeted out by a number of people.” Hamel also said: “I think this is just a coincidence. It’s the White House having a simple message that is resonating.” Miller, a Fox News contributor, called Limbaugh’s theory “ridiculous” and said that “all it does is call attention to his previous faux pas.” 

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

In recent weeks, Dick Morris has appeared on Fox News and touted the campaigns of Republican Senate candidates Josh Mandel and Richard Mourdock. Left unmentioned by Fox News and Morris during those appearances is that both campaigns have paid Morris to promote their candidates. On October 12, 2011, the campaign of Ohio Republican Josh Mandel paid Morris’ firm Triangulation Strategies a $10,000 “speaking fee.” The Mandel campaign reportedly “confirmed that the campaign paid the fee to Morris, saying Morris spoke at a fundraiser for Mandel in Ohio.” Morris discussed Mandel during a March 22 segment on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren . The Fox News contributor said that Mandel “is 4 points ahead of Sherrod Brown, the Democratic senator” and suggested Mandel would win his election if the election were held that day.

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

On Monday, Fox News’ resident  anti-gay mouthpiece  Todd Starnes posted an article about a  proposed city ordinance  in Hutchinson, Kansas which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Rather than focus on the specifics of the ordinance, or Kansas’ history of  supporting  anti-LGBT discrimination, Starnes chose to depict the measure as an assault on churches:

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

During his second day of testimony at a  parliamentary hearing  on the phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch apologized for the scandal, and, according to The New York Times,  “coupled his apology with suggestions that there had been what he called a cover-up ‘from within The News of the World’ to hide the extent of the phone hacking scandal.” From  The New York Times :  After a day of testimony at a British judicial inquiry over his ties, friendships and disputes with British politicians, Rupert Murdoch returned to the witness stand on Thursday, saying he apologized for failing to take measures to avert the hacking scandal that has convulsed his media outpost here. “I also have to say that I failed,” Mr. Murdoch told the so-called Leveson inquiry. “I am very sorry about it.” He said that he had not paid adequate attention to the newspaper at the center of the scandal, The News of the World tabloid, which Mr. Murdoch closed in July as the affair widened. “It was an omission by me,” he said, adding that he wished to apologize “to a lot of people, including all the innocent people” at The News of the World, a Sunday tabloid, “who lost their jobs.” Casting himself as a victim, Mr. Murdoch coupled his apology with suggestions that there had been what he called a cover-up “from within The News of the World” to hide the extent of the phone hacking scandal. And, like James Murdoch on Tuesday, he seemed to blame subordinates for not alerting him to the practices being used at the newspaper to secure its scoops.  Bloomberg recently reported that there were likely more than 1,000 victims of the News of the World ‘s phone hacking. On Wednesday, Murdoch testified that he doesn’t “believe in using hacking, in using private detectives or whatever, that’s a lazy way of reporters not doing their job. But I think it is fair when people have themselves held up as iconic figures or great actors that they be looked at.” Also on Wednesday, an aide to British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt submitted his resignation after the revelation on Tuesday of close communications between Hunt’s office and James Murdoch.

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

Last month, the Breitbart team tried — and failed — to gin up outrage over a 1991 video showing then-law student Barack Obama embracing the late Harvard professor Derrick Bell. Breitbart editor-in-chief Joel Pollak went to great pains to cast Bell and the critical race theory that he espoused as radical, even pushing his spin in an appearance on CNN (where host Soledad O’Brien took apart his argument). In an April 25 post, Pollak returned to the Bell non-controversy, announcing in a post on Big Government that Breitbart News has obtained “exclusive” “handwritten notes” that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan sent to Bell back in 1985. At the time, Kagan was the editor of the Harvard Law Review , to which Bell had submitted an article. And just what did the Breitbart team find? Apparently nothing good, because the only thing the post proves is that Kagan questioned one of Bell’s ideas. Pollak apparently found images of the notes themselves unworthy of inclusion in his post, save a single image of a few sentence fragments. Looking on for at least a transcription of the notes — the headline refers to “handwritten notes” “on critical race theory” — the reader has to wade through a few paragraphs of Pollak building tension. He seems to have found significance, for example, in Kagan’s choice of paper: “Unlike then- Harvard Law Review  president Carol Steiker, who corresponded with Bell via typed letter (apparently on a 1980s-vintage dot matrix printer), Kagan chose to write to Bell exclusively on yellow notepad paper. She did not explain her choice to write by hand, save to suggest in one note on Aug. 30, 1985 that she was pressed for time.”

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

In an April 25 Wall Street Journal op-ed , Glenn Hubbard, a former chair of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and who is now an adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, claimed that the projections contained in President Obama’s most recent budget would require an “across-the-board tax increase of 11% for taxpayers with incomes under $200,000″ in order to cover the spending. From the op-ed: Maintaining the president’s higher spending will require raising taxes for all Americans. Assuming the president favors raising marginal tax rates over broadening the tax base (consistent with his failure to consider the tax proposals from Bowles-Simpson), an across-the-board tax increase of 11% for taxpayers with incomes under $200,000 would be required to raise the money the president proposes to spend. But in an April 25 response to Hubbard’s op-ed, Austan Goolsbee, a former chair of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, explained how Hubbard’s claim that Obama’s budget would require tax increases on the middle class is “factually wrong”: [Hubbard's] claim that the President’s budget requires large tax increases on the middle class to stabilize the debt is just factually wrong.  Just go look at the Congressional Budget Office’s numbers.  They examined the President’s budget and directly refute the central claim of the op-ed: http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/03-16-APB1.pdf Figure 2 on page 6 shows their forecast of debt as a share of GDP with the President’s budget–and it’s stabilized and falling without any taxes on the middle class.  Figure 1 shows similar stability on the deficit. I can understand the argument of some people when they say that Republicans will never allow the Obama budget to pass so it would be better to debate the right approach to reaching a grand bargain rather than arguing about the administration budget. That’s probably true but unlikely in the election season.  I can also understand the people who think that we shouldn’t raise revenue only from high income people but to spread it around.  But Hubbard isn’t saying either of those.  He’s saying something that looks to me (and the CBO) like it just fundamentally isn’t true. Former White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein — now a Center for Budget and Policy Priorities senior fellow — echoed Goolsbee in noting that CBO finds Obama’s budget “stabilizes the debt-to-GDP ratio within the 10-year budget window … without raising taxes on households below $250K.” Austan firmly nails the two main problems with Glen’s analysis.  First, either Hubbard, a Romney adviser, is cooking the books, or CBO is.  That’s right: the Congressional Budget Office finds that the President’s budget stabilizes the debt-to-GDP ratio within the 10-year budget window (it’s the middle line in the figure below).  And it does so without raising taxes on households below $250K. Bernstein included the following image from CBO’s analysis:

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

Conservative media are dutifully running with the latest faux-outrage story orchestrated by Senator Inhofe (R-OK), who is circulating comments made two years ago by regional EPA administrator Al Armendariz about the difficulty of enforcing environmental safeguards. At a May 2010 meeting in Dish, Texas, a town plagued with pollution from natural gas operations, Armendariz was asked how regulators can “keep on top” of the “explosion” of drilling in the area. Using words that he admitted at the time were “probably a little crude” and for which he has since apologized , Armendariz compared his enforcement approach to the Romans crucifying a few to gain compliance of the many, saying that strong enforcement against oil and gas companies that “are not complying with the law” can have a “deterrent effect” on other companies who will “decide at that point that it’s time to clean up.” While his analogy was unfortunate, the concept of using limited enforcement resources to target major violators is common sense. Enforcement is an enormous challenge for EPA because there are many companies that routinely ignore environmental standards. In February, the EPA identified more than 1,200 facilities across the country that are consistently out of compliance with the Clean Air Act , the Clean Water Act , and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act . Inhofe and conservative media including Fox News are claiming that Armendariz’s remarks point to an Obama administration “war” on fossil fuels. In reality, the industry has recently praised the EPA for not cracking down too hard on air pollution from natural gas wells. And as energy expert Michael Levi has detailed , Obama has not taken a hostile stance to oil and gas production, contrary to the right’s oft-repeated talking points. For instance, Levi noted: Last year, Obama had his energy secretary  appoint a group of industry experts and environmental authorities to advise him on shale. The team, which included prominent shale enthusiasts like  Daniel Yergin  and  John Deutch , produced a string of recommendations that were widely seen as constructive rather than adversarial. Fuel Fix, a news service run by the  Houston Chronicle , described them as an ” olive branch to industry .”

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

The former chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s recently disbanded Elections and Public Safety Task Force said most of the committee’s work on voting and gun issues probably will not continue elsewhere within ALEC, but said some could be pursued if they have ties to economic issues. “The criminal justice area has been one where we have had consensus in doing the kinds of things we’re doing with justice re-investment and with the things like our smart on crime initiatives and those things I hope don’t get damaged by these actions going on now to break up what we’ve been able to put together,” said Republican Texas State Rep. Jerry Madden, former chair of the committee. Madden made the comments following the announcement last week that ALEC would  disband  the committee after it drew complaints for its role in promoting NRA-backed gun laws and voter restrictions. ALEC says it will now refocus on economic legislation. The National Rifle Association, a longtime  member of and donor to  ALEC,  reportedly  objected to the change.  During the previous week at least 10 companies  left the organization  following Color of Change’s  campaign  that encouraged corporations to cut ties with ALEC due to its promotion of such laws. The  Christian Post   reported  earlier this week that Madden said ALEC planned to pursue many of the same issues elsewhere within the organization: Republican State Rep.  Jerry Madden  of Texas chairs the Public Safety Task Force and although he is disappointed the committee is disbanding, he said many of the issues will be transferred to other committees. “ALEC’s decision won’t impact the important issues we’ve worked on,” Madden told The Christian Post. “But I will say this, these groups are targeting ALEC because when conservatives get together, we influence state and federal policy in a major way and these groups are scared of us – and should be.” Contacted by  Media Matters  on Wednesday, Madden said most of the gun and voting issues previously targeted by his committee will likely not be pursued as ALEC continues. But he hinted that some might have ties to economic concerns that would make them valid subjects to target

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Tuesday, den 10. January 2012

Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh trotted out a new theory on the guiding prerogative of the Obamas. Limbaugh claimed part of what motivates President Obama and the Democratic Party is “the pursuit of money without having to work for it.” He then said that the Obamas view their time in the White House as “an opportunity to live high on the hog without having it cost them a dime.” Not content to leave it at that, Limbaugh elaborated, adding that the Obamas justify this by thinking “we deserve this, or we’re owed this because of what’s been done to us and our ancestors.” Limbaugh concluded that if Democrats and the Obamas “don’t know how to earn a lot of money working for it, they’ll go someplace where they can legally steal it.”      If this elicits a sense of déjà vu, it should. Rush has a long history of employing racially charged attacks against the president. There’s been a lot of discussion on the burgeoning polarization and coarsening of the political tone in America. When you have millions of listeners tuning in to the “de facto” head of the GOP accusing the president of being motivated by racial grievance, it’s no wonder why.   Full transcript below the jump.

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Thursday, den 5. January 2012

Michelle Obama is making a guest appearance on the January 16 edition of iCarly , which Entertainment Weekly describes as a “hit Nickelodeon sitcom.” Entertainment Weekly reported that in the episode, “Mrs. Obama surprises Carly and Co. to commend them for supporting military families (as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative ).” Because this involved Michelle Obama doing something — anything — right-wing blogs took this as an opportunity to attack her. In a clip of Obama’s appearance posted by Entertainment Weekly , one of the characters on the show refers to the first lady as “your excellency.” Another character corrects the first, saying, “You don’t call her ‘your excellency.’ ” Obama responds, “No, no. I kind of like it.” Laughter is heard after she delivers this line. In a post on his Gateway Pundit blog, Jim Hoft wrote, “Michelle Obama makes an appearance on Nickelodeon this month where she jokes that she ‘kind of likes’ being called ‘Your Excellency.’ Yeah, we know.” He illustrated his post with an image depicting Obama as Marie Antoinette — with a large, muscular arm (other right-wing bloggers have used the same image):

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Tuesday, den 13. December 2011

Over the weekend, Matt Drudge tried to inflame passions with a headline blaring  ”FEDS PLAN UNMANNED BORDER CROSSING WITH MEX. . .” The actual story Drudge hyped, however, should not induce panic in anyone. According to the Associated Press article to which Drudge linked, the crossing will allow access between a national park in Texas and a small Mexican town. Campers in the park used to regularly cross over to the town for supplies, but such crossings were discouraged after the 9-11 attacks. Furthermore, the article reported: “If the crossing is approved, Border Patrol would have eight agents living in the park in addition to the park’s 23 law enforcement rangers. ‘I think it’s actually going to end up making security better,’ CBP spokesman William Brooks said. ‘Once you’ve crossed you’re still not anywhere. You’ve got a long ways to go and we’ve got agents who are in the area. We have agents who patrol. We have checkpoints on the paved roads leading away from the park.’ ” But with a headline and graphic like this from Drudge, it was only a matter of time before someone from Fox took the bait:   The winner was Greta Van Susteren. Luckily for viewers, rather than turn to Fox’s usual stable of anti-immigrant commentators, Van Susteren hosted Nathan Thornburgh, a contributing writer for Time , who shot down every attempt by Van Susteren to inflame her viewers with suggestions that the checkpoint could allow people to “just walk through” into America, “inflame a lot of people,” cause a “drug smuggler in Juarez to move” to the checkpoint, and “enrage” local residents. Watch:

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Sunday, den 11. December 2011

In a December 10 article , The New York Times ‘ Alessandra Stanley examined Fox News’ coverage of the race for the Republican nomination for president and wrote that Republican “caucus and primary voters have a voice on Fox News,” which “practically owns and operates” the primary. From Stanley’s article: “You don’t win Iowa in Iowa, you win it on this couch,” is how the Republican commentator Dick Morris put it on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. Mr. Morris said that the Republican debates and Fox News had forged a national primary that “imposes itself on Iowa.” It’s certainly obvious in Iowa that candidates are investing a lot more time in television interviews than they are on the campaign trail. It’s a safe bet: a recent New York Times/CBS News poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus participants showed that 37 percent said they get most of their information from Fox News, that’s compared with 27 percent who cited broadcast news and a mere 2 percent who said they relied on MSNBC. Accordingly, caucus and primary voters have a voice on Fox News. All the networks, broadcast and cable, are closely covering the campaign, but Fox News practically owns and operates it: its viewers are seeing the world through the eyes of a Tea Party activist in Davenport, or a small business leader in Ames — my own private Iowa. And that responsibility gives Fox News an oddly bipolar feel these days. Long, detailed interviews with candidates and considered discussions of the pricklier primary issues like immigration and Medicare are woven into the cable channel’s customary brisk, blistering brio and hyperbole — all those flashy news alerts about President Obama waging “class warfare,” updates on an elderly robbery suspect known as the Geezer Bandit and the liberals’ “war on Christmas.” Previously: Morris Admits: “You Don’t Win Iowa In Iowa. You Win It On This Couch. You Win It On Fox News … [And] In The Debates” MSNBC’s Scarborough: “Fox News Has Changed The Way Campaigns Are Run On The Republican Side” The Fox Primary By the Numbers, November 28 – December 4 Eric Boehlert On MSNBC’s  The Ed Show : The “Fox News Primary” Is “Slowly Destroying The Republican Party” Sean Hannity Promises That His “Involvement” In 2012 “Is Going To Be Very Heavy”

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Saturday, den 3. December 2011

Frequent Fox News guest and “word doctor” Frank Luntz has reportedly advised the Republican Governors Association on how to discuss taxes and the Occupy protests, using phrases like “government taking from the rich” and urging protesters to “occupy the White House.” This language is nothing new to Luntz’s regular Fox hosts, who adopted the Luntz-approved language weeks ago. Luntzspeak: Don’t Say Taxes, Say Government Is “Taking” From The Rich Luntz: Don’t Talk About The Government “Raising Taxes On The Rich.” Addressing the Republican Governors Association annual meeting, Luntz reportedly urged GOP officials to avoid saying “taxes on the rich.” Yahoo News’ Chris Moody reported: “If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” the public responds favorably, Luntz cautioned. But “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing , the public will say yes.” [Yahoo News, 12/1/11 ] Fox Regularly Uses Luntz-Approved Tax Rhetoric Sean Hannity: Liberals “Will Empower Their Government To Take It From The Greedy Rich.” While discussing Occupy Wall Street protests, Sean Hannity said the protesters wanted to empower the government to take from the rich: HANNITY: Look at these pictures. This is the heart and soul of modern liberalism and I would argue the decline of America that people feel they have the right to other people’s money and they will empower their government to take it from the greedy rich, a narrative that the president himself started. [Fox News,  Hannity , 11/15/11, via Nexis] Hannity : Occupy Protesters “Empower The Government To Take Everybody’s Money And Redistribute It.” Claiming that the Occupy movement lacks precise demands, Hannity argued that the protesters want government to “take everybody’s money and redistribute it”: HANNITY: If there’s one, I guess, common theme that runs through I guess the narrative that they are advancing down there is that, they hate corporations, they hate capitalism, and in the end, ultimately, they want statism over free markets. So, they really don’t like freedom. But they empower the government to take everybody’s money and redistribute it into programs they want, right? [Fox News,  Hannity , 10/3/11, via Nexis] Hannity: Occupy Protesters Are “Begging The Government To Take Other People’s Money.” Discussing the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Hannity said protesters are “begging the government to take other people’s money”: HANNITY: If they wouldn’t stay up all night making signs and staying down there for weeks, they could actually be working instead of begging the government to take other people’s money. It’s an interesting concept. I’ll go down there and lecture them. I’ll give a speech. [Fox News,  Hannity , 9/30/11, via Nexis] Stuart Varney: Occupy Protesters “Want To Take It Off Those Who Are Successful.” Fox Business host Stuart Varney said Occupy protesters have the “entitlement mentality” and claimed: VARNEY: These people could just as well be in London protesting their cuts there, they could be in Athens, protesting austerity, they could be in Rome. They are just like Europeans. They have the entitlement mentality. They want to take it off those who are successful and have it and spread it around in the hope that somehow it. [Fox News,  Hannity , 11/15/11, via Nexis] Bill O’Reilly: The “Income Equality Group” Wants “Governments Around The World To Take Money Away From The Affluent.” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said Occupy protesters want government to take money from the affluent: O’REILLY: Now, the President’s use of the word justice is interesting. What’s the definition of justice? Some folks believe that it’s making sure everybody has the same amount of money. That’s the income equality group. They want governments around the world to take money away from the affluent and business and give it to the quote, unquote, “people.” [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor , 10/17/11, via Nexis] O’Reilly: Occupy Groups “Want The Government To Take Money Away From The Affluent And Give It To Them.” O’Reilly also said: O’REILLY: But again, what do these people want? The common thread seems to be income equality. Groups like the Working Families Party and the Strong Economy for all Coalition are basically socialistic outfits. They want the government to take money away from the affluent and give it to them. Nice deal if you can get it. And you can get it in places like Cuba and Zimbabwe. [Fox News,  The O'Reilly Factor , 10/5/11, via Nexis] Luntzspeak: Say, “You Should Occupy The White House” Luntz: “Tell Them, ‘You Shouldn’t Be Occupying Wall Street, You Should Be Occupying Washington.’ ” During his session with RGA, Luntz reportedly stated: Tell them, “You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.” [Yahoo News, 12/1/11 ] Fox: “Why Don’t They Protest In Front Of The White House?” Hannity: “Why Don’t They Protest In Front Of The White House?” Discussing the Occupy protests, Hannity asked: “Why don’t they protest in front of the White House? [Fox News,  Hannity , 10/14/11, via Nexis] O’Reilly: Occupy Protests “Would Be In Front Of The White House” If They Were Against Crony Capitalism. O’Reilly questioned the Occupy movement’s motives, saying if it were “a spontaneous demonstration against crony capitalism,” protesters would be outside the White House: O’REILLY: OK. Crony capitalism, that’s interesting. Then why aren’t they in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House? Just today — CAROLINE HELDMAN: I would agree. O’REILLY: — just today the White House issued a statement, Leslie that said they are now investigating the Solyndra crony capitalism case. And you know why? Because a congressional committee is going to issue subpoenas next week to the White House to show why they wasted half a billion of taxpayer dollars in Solyndra. So this is far more. This isn’t a spontaneous demonstration against crony capitalism. If it were, they would be in front of the White House. [Fox News,  The O'Reilly Factor, 10/28/11, via Nexis] Eric Bolling: The “Real Place To Occupy” Is The White House. Fox News host Eric Bolling pointed to protesters disrupting a speech President Obama gave in New Hampshire and claimed that it showed that Occupy protesters “finally found the real place to occupy” — “the White House”: BOLLING: They finally woke up and realize everything you’re against, corporate greed and all that, cronyism, is going on from the White House directly to all the Obama cronies, whether it’s the congress people who are trading illegally or all the transfers of payment of our money to green energy program that aren’t working. That’s what you need to occupy. Good job. BOLLING: They found the real place to occupy. It’s the White House. [Fox News,  The Five , 11/22/11, via Nexis] Bolling: Protesters Should Be “Marching On The Capitol Or The White House.” Complaining that Occupy protesters were marching on the Chamber of Commerce, Bolling claimed: BOLLING: Occupy Wall Street now occupying D.C., the anti-capitalist demonstration spreading beyond New York, but instead of marching on the Capitol or the White House, they are descending on the Chamber of Commerce. [Fox News,  Your World with Neil Cavuto, 10/6/11, via Nexis] Luntz Regularly Teams Up With Fox To Promote And Test Conservative Messages After Luntz Appearance, Fox Exec Bill Sammon Directed News Staff Not To Use Phrase “Public Option.” At the height of the health care reform debate in 2009, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon sent a memo to Fox News journalists directing them not to use the phrase “public option,” but rather “government option” and similar phrases. Sammon’s directive echoed advice from Luntz on how the GOP could turn public opinion against Democrats’ reform efforts. [ Media Matters, 3/29/11 ] Luntz Chided Fox News Focus Group For Saying They Would Vote Against GOP. Conducting a focus group on Hannity’s Fox News show, Luntz discussed the debate over raising the national debt limit, asking whether voters would vote against Republicans if they voted to raise the debt ceiling. After several members of Luntz’s focus group panel raised their hands to indicate that they would vote “as a protest” against Republicans who “cast a vote to raise the debt ceiling,” Luntz chided them: Oh come on. Seriously?” [Fox News, Hannity, 7/13/11 , via Media Matters ] Luntz Asked GOP Focus Group If Obama Is A Socialist; Group — And Hannity — Said Yes. In May, Luntz went on Hannity to speak with a focus group about a GOP debate. He asked focus group members if they believed that Obama was a socialist. Hannity agreed with the group that Obama met “the dictionary definition of what a socialist is.” [Fox News,  Hannity , 5/5/11 ]

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Wednesday, den 23. November 2011

Discussing the 2012 presidential election, Sean Hannity is promising that his “involvement is going to be very heavy next year.” If past programming is any indication, it will be a boon for the GOP. While Hannity refused to go into detail about his plans, he has allowed his show to be used as a free and open forum for Republican candidates in the past. In 2010, Hannity allowed Republican Sharron Angle to appeal directly to his Fox News audience for campaign contributions while running for a Senate seat in Nevada. Hannity’s role in using his forums to help Republicans running for office has become so transparent that Republican Christine O’Donnell reportedly told a group of GOP strategists, “I’ve got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys.” Hannity’s programming “involvement” in the 2008 presidential election consisted of leading what he called the “Stop Hillary Express.” The “Stop Hillary Express” later became the “Stop Obama Express,” when Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee. Hannity’s involvement in the 2012 election to date has already included a segment on his Fox News show brazenly dubbed  the “Hannity Primary.” One can only imagine what 2012 has in store for the GOP’s man inside Fox . 

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Tuesday, den 22. November 2011

On November 21, Fox Nation  Fox often promotes phony holiday-related “wars”; just this year, we’ve seen a War on Easter, a War on Halloween, and the return of the War on Christmas. Take a look:

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Friday, den 18. November 2011

While there’s plenty of well-deserved blame to go around for Penn State’s handling of the horrific abuse scandal at their school, some conservatives have determined that there’s a larger villain that deserves the lion’s share of responsibility for what happened.   Opponents of equal rights for gays and lesbians often resort to the canard that tolerance of homosexuality damages the very fabric of our nation and does nebulous (though grave) harm to families and society as a whole. Because their predictions of things like “anarchy” in New York in the event of the legalization of gay marriage never pan out, anti-gay activists are forced to make absurd leaps of logic in order to blame acceptance of homosexuality for a whole host of society’s ills. Enter Joseph Farah, editor of conservative website WorldNetDaily, who holds the impressive distinction of managing to stand out as a crackpot even among the fever swamps of far-right conservative online media. In a WND column titled , “Penn State: A comfortable place for child rape,” Farah says, “There are new rules in effect regarding what types of sexual behavior is appropriate and lawful.” Farah posits that these “new rules” have moved “the lines between right and wrong sexual behavior” and that these “sudden moral changes … may explain why our system failed the victimized children in the sex scandal at Penn State.” The “new rules” Farah refers to are, predictably, the fact that homosexuality is no longer viewed as a “disorder” and a “perversion,” but is accepted (or, as Farah puts it, “considered a virtue”).

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