Thursday, August 05, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-05-10

Media conservatives "favor religious freedom," but ...
Several prominent media conservatives have claimed to "favor religious freedom" while qualifying that claim in order to attack the Islamic community center and mosque set to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero, demanding that it be moved elsewhere in New York City. Read More

Fox News forwards whitewash of Arpaio's record on transparency whitewashed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's record on transparency and racial profiling by uncritically reporting his lawyer's statements that there isn't "evidence" of racial profiling and that Arpaio's office is "transparent." In fact, a federal judge sanctioned Arpaio's office in February "for destroying evidence in a racial-profiling case." Read More

Conservative media called Bolton a "Clinton appointee," silent on who nominated Walker
In articles on Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to overturn the gay marriage ban in California, and The Washington Times did not note that Walker was nominated as a federal judge by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. But in reports on Judge Susan Bolton's decision to block portions of the Arizona immigration law, both outlets noted that President Clinton nominated Bolton. Read More

Right-wing media absurdly compare Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette
Right-wing media have repeatedly compared First Lady Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette, the eighteenth century queen who was executed during the French Revolution. Read More

Union busting: Right-wing media relentlessly attack worker representation
Media conservatives have waged a relentless war against labor unions, blaming them for a wide variety of problems and smearing them as "communists" and "thugs," among other attacks. However, experts have credited unions for establishing many of the "most fundamental and valued features of today's society" and "paving the road to the middle class for many millions of working families." Read More

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