Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 05-04-11

Hannity Revives Attack On Obama For Miranda Policy That Began Under Bush
Fox News' Sean Hannity criticized President Obama for a policy that he claimed "offered Miranda warnings to enemy combatants on the battlefield." Hannity wondered if Obama would learn that "George Bush was in fact right." In fact, the policy of Mirandizing certain detainees began under the Bush administration.
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Desperate: Right-Wing Media Attack Obama For Taking Time To Consider Bin Laden Options
In the latest desperate attempt to criticize President Obama in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, right-wing media are hyping a U.K. Daily Mail article to attack Obama for taking 16 hours to consider his decision regarding the assault on bin Laden--which reportedly had several potentially harmful consequences--by calling Obama "feckless" and "our sleepy president." Read More

Conservative Media Denounce Obama's "Disgusting" Ground Zero Visit As A "Political Victory Lap"
Conservative media figures have criticized President Obama's upcoming visit to Ground Zero after the killing of Osama bin Laden as a "political victory lap." Glenn Beck called the planned trip "disgusting," "obscene," and "grotesque." Read More

Right-Wing Media Tout Bin Laden Death As Victory For Torture, Ignore Dispute
In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, numerous right-wing media figures have insisted that the United States would never have found him without information obtained through torture. However, there is considerable dispute among experts over whether torture played a role in developing critical intelligence that led officials to bin Laden's whereabouts. Read More

Conservative Media Cast Obama's Bin Laden Order As "Opposite" Of Foreign Policy Views
In the wake of President Obama's decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, right-wing media are claiming that the call was in direct contradiction to Obama's foreign policy positions. In fact, as a presidential candidate, Obama promised he would take action against terrorists in Pakistan if "President Musharraf won't." Read More

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