Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-28-10

One year after calling Obama a "racist," Beck is still busy race-baiting
One year ago today, Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Since those explosive comments, Beck has continued to use racially charged rhetoric while his colleagues at Fox News have defended him, even in the face of a growing advertiser boycott. Read More

One year later: Right-wing media routinely call Obama racist
On July 28, 2009, Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." While Beck has reportedly lost more than 100 advertisers since he made those comments, right-wing media figures now routinely call Obama or members of his administration "racist." Read More

Fox opens its airwaves to anti-Muslim activist Geller
Hannity and Fox & Friends hosted Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller to promote her book and attack President Obama and Islam. Fox made no mention of her history of outrageous, inflammatory, and false anti-Muslim and anti-Obama comments. Read More

Memo to Media: Obama is not "the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show"
Media outlets have run with the false claim that President Obama's upcoming interview on The View will mark the first time a sitting president has appeared on a daytime talk show, when in fact, President Bush appeared on Dr. Phil in 2004. Right-wing media have seized on this false claim and his appearance in general to attack Obama's "priorities."
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WND throws the kitchen sink at Kagan to promote "Stop Kagan" scam
Promoting their "Stop Kagan" scam, which asks readers to send WorldNetDaily $24.95 in order to mail personalized letters opposing Elena Kagan to all 100 senators, WorldNetDaily repeated numerous myths and falsehoods about Kagan including Larry Klayman's ridiculous charges that Kagan violated her ethical duties and possibly criminal statutes through her work on "partial-birth abortion" bills.
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Fox now promoting GOP activist Adams' false claim DOJ is "ignoring" military voting law
After trumpeting GOP activist J. Christian Adams' fabricated New Black Panthers Party story, Fox News is now reporting his false claim the Department of Justice is "ignoring" a military voting law by allegedly "encourag[ing]" states to use waivers to bypass the law. In fact, the waiver process is built into the law, and Adams offered no specific evidence to support his claim that DOJ is "encourag[ing]" states to use those waivers. Read More

Cavuto falsely claims judge "went beyond" constitutional issue in AZ immigration law case
Neil Cavuto falsely claimed that Judge Susan Bolton "went beyond" the issue of the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law when she stated that there's "a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens." In fact, as Bolton noted, the Supreme Court struck down a state law that singled out non-citizens for "inquisitorial practices and police surveillance." Read More

"Race war": Right-wing race-baiting takes on a violent tone
Continuing their long history of engaging in race-baiting attacks against President Obama, right-wing media figures have accused Obama, his administration, and the progressive movement of trying to start a "race war" in order to divide the public and "seize absolute power." Read More

Defending the "so-called rich": Fox News' class warfare
Over the past two weeks, Fox News has frequently defended the wealthy and derided the poor. Fox News figures have criticized the extension of unemployment benefits and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the "so-called rich," all while accusing Democrats of using "class warfare rhetoric." Read More

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