Thursday, August 26, 2010

Media Matters Daily Summary 08-26-10

Hannity distorts Rauf's words to fearmonger about Sharia law
On his Fox News show, Sean Hannity repeatedly distorted Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's words to say that Rauf "scares" him by "wanting America to be Sharia compliant." In fact, Rauf has actually said that the current American political system, including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, is Sharia compliant. Read More

"American miracle": Beck's outrageous predictions for his "historic" 8-28 rally
Glenn Beck has described his August 28 Restoring Honor rally with outrageous hyperbole, calling it everything from "an American miracle" to a "defibrillator to the heart of America." Beck has also claimed that with the rally, he and his audience will be able to "reclaim" the "distorted" civil rights movement. Read More

Self-proclaimed civil rights leader Glenn Beck's history of racially charged rhetoric
Glenn Beck's attempts to "reclaim the civil rights movement" and "pick up Martin Luther King's dream" ring hollow when contrasted with the radio and TV host's long record of racially-charged, offensive rhetoric. Read More

Nothing to see here: Right-wing media dismiss notion of nationwide "Islamophobia"
In recent days, right-wing media have dismissed the idea of a nationwide "Islamophobia." In fact, there has been a well-documented trend of "Islamophobia" throughout the country in the wake of the right wing's extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric over the planned Islamic community center in Manhattan. Read More

Right-wing attacks Obama for drilling job losses that didn't happen
Right-wing media are falsely claiming that Obama "deliberately wrote off" 23,000 workers "in pursuit of its junk science-based [oil] drilling moratorium." In fact, as The New York Times reports, the predicted job losses due to the moratorium have "failed to materialize." Read More

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