Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Media Matters Daily Summary 05-21-08

Michael Savage plays Dead Kennedys song "in some respect for" Sen. Kennedy
On the day it was announced that Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" with clips of news reporters discussing Kennedy's diagnosis and audio from Kindergarten Cop in which Arnold Schwarzenegger's character says, "It's not a tumor." Later, Savage played the Dead Kennedys song "California Über Alles" after stating: "The poor guy's been suffering for years, you know? Unfairly he's been accused of alcoholism, but we see now that it was something much more deep-seated. And so, to cut this out in some respect for Ted Kennedy, here's a tune coming at you from the Dead Kennedys. Go ahead and play it, please." Read More

CNN's Castellanos on Clinton as "white bitch": "[S]ome women, by the way, are named that and it's accurate"
Discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton's comments regarding sexism in the media's coverage of her presidential campaign, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin referred to a New York Times column that "talked about some of the humor in the campaign, and the punch line was a line that was -- that Hillary Clinton was a 'white bitch.' " CNN political contributor Alex Castellanos asserted, "And some women, by the way, are named that and it's accurate." Read More

Wash. Times ignores McCain's flip-flops on immigration, taxes
The Washington Times reported that conservatives "have clashed" with Sen. John McCain "on issues such as his support for strict limits on campaign finance, his teaming with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy ... on immigration and his votes against President Bush's two major tax-cut packages." However, the article did not mention that McCain now says he would not support his own immigration bill if it came to a vote on the Senate floor, or that he now supports extending Bush's tax cuts. Read More

NY Times, reported on McCain's loan, but not that its terms may mean McCain is breaking campaign finance laws
Reporting on the $4 million loan Sen. John McCain's campaign obtained in November 2007, neither The New York Times nor's Political Radar blog noted that the loan is at the center of a dispute between McCain's campaign and the FEC, whose chairman has cited the loan in taking the position that McCain cannot opt out of public financing in the primary without FEC approval. Read More

Wash. Times article ignored Gates' Iran comments, reports that Bush was referring to Obama in Knesset speech
The Washington Times ignored reports that President Bush was referring to Sen. Barack Obama when he said, "Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals," and uncritically quoted a memo from presidential counselor Ed Gillespie, who called the controversy a "media-manufactured story line." The Times also quoted Gillespie saying Bush was "reiterat[ing] a long-standing policy" regarding Iran, but did not note that Robert Gates has, like Obama, reportedly said that the United States needs to be willing to meet with Iran. Read More

ABC's This Week yet to correct Will's Social Security falsehood
Newsweek has corrected George Will's false assertion in his Newsweek column that Social Security taxes are levied based on household income. Will made the same assertion on ABC's This Week, but ABC has yet to issue a correction on the show. Read More

On Hannity & Colmes, Conway falsely suggested McCain has been consistent on voting for war funding
On Hannity & Colmes, Kellyanne Conway falsely suggested that Sen. John McCain has been consistent in voting for funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Purporting to contrast McCain with Sen. John Kerry, Conway asserted: "John McCain never voted against and then voted for, and then voted against and for." In fact, in March 2007, McCain himself voted against an emergency spending bill that would have funded both wars. Read More

Limbaugh on Dem primary: If "feminazis" had remembered to oppose "affirmative action for black guys ... they wouldn't face the situation they face today"
On the May 21 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted that "one of the objectives of the feminazis over the last 20, 25 years has been to dominate the public education system so as to remove the competitive nature of boys. You know, there's a crisis of young man-boy education in the schools. And they did this on purpose, to eliminate male competition in the work force. This is part of feminazi grand plan." Limbaugh then said, "They forgot affirmative action for black guys. And because of that, every bit of their plan has gone up in smoke now, because they -- if -- they had to come out in favor of affirmative action for black guys, and that's -- see, this is one of the things that really irritates the women. And there are women all over this country fit to be tied -- trust me on this. ... [L]iberals eventually are going to be devoured by their own policies. And it has happened here. Because [Sen.] Barack Obama is an affirmative action candidate." He concluded, "So, it's just -- they just forgot that one thing: affirmative action for black guys. And if they had remembered to oppose that, then they wouldn't face the situation they face today." Read More

IBD editorial quoted Will's false claim after Newsweek issued correction
In criticizing Sen. Barack Obama for proposing to "lift[] the tax cap on earnings subject to the 12.4% Social Security tax, which now covers only the first $102,000," an Investor's Business Daily editorial quoted a false assertion made by George Will that a "Chicago police officer married to a Chicago public-school teacher, each with 20 years on the job, have a household income of $147,501, so you (Obama) would take another $5,642 from them." Newsweek issued a correction of Will's false claim the day before the IBD editorial appeared. Read More

Beck revived falsehood that Bill Clinton said "We've got to slow down our economy" to fight global warming
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck falsely claimed that former President Bill Clinton said, "We've got to slow down our economy" in order to combat global warming, and aired a portion of a speech Clinton made in January. However, as Clinton's full remarks make clear, he did not suggest "slow[ing] down our economy" to fight global warming. Read More

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