Friday, April 29, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 04-29-11

Right-Wing Media Exploit Deadly Tornadoes To Attack Global Warming Science
Right-wing media have used the recent tornadoes that killed nearly 300 people throughout the South to cast doubt on global warming or to attack global warming activists. Read More

Conservative Media Somehow Declare Trump "The Winner" Of Birther Controversy
After President Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate, members of the conservative media declared Donald Trump the "winner" for having pushed birther theories so intently. However, these conservative media figures ignored the fact that the long-form birth certificate made Trump's previous claims that Obama's birth certificate "was missing" and that Obama might not even "have a birth certificate" look completely ridiculous. Read More

Another Right-Wing Media Conspiracy: Obama Played "Rope-A-Dope" On Birther Issue
Following the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate, elements of the conservative media have run with the conspiracy theory that Obama delayed releasing the document in order to play "rope-a-dope" with birthers or to distract from other issues. This comes as other right-wing media figures have hyped other conspiracy theories such as the claim that the birth certificate was Photoshopped. Read More

About-Face: Conservative Media Start Downplaying Their Birther Credentials
In the wake of President Obama's release of his long-form birth certificate, which further debunks the claims of those who have been saying Obama was not born in Hawaii, some in the conservative media are now trying to pretend they never questioned Obama's citizenship in the first place. Read More

Beck Fearmongers About Tucson Ethnic Studies Program
Glenn Beck is stoking fears that a Mexican-American studies program in Arizona segregates students and promotes "the overthrow of the U.S. government." School district officials say the program does not segregate students and reject claims that it violates state law that, among other things, prohibits teaching the overthrow of the United States government. Read More

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