Friday, May 20, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 05-20-11

Right-Wing Media Attack Obama For Announcing Israel Policy Espoused By Bush, Former Israeli Prime Minister
Right-wing media have launched a torrent of attacks on President Obama for saying that "[w]e believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." In fact, Obama's policy is in line with statements made by former President George W. Bush, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and others. Read More

Doocy Falsely Claims Obama "First President" To "Suggest" 1967 Israeli Borders
On Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy falsely claimed that, in his address on the Middle East, President Obama became the "first American president" to "suggest" that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be "based on what things were like back in 1967." In fact, Obama's comments are in line with those of President George W. Bush, who also supported a two-state plan based on pre-1967 borders. Read More

Right-Wing Media Portray Partition Plan Supported By Israelis, American Jews As Simply The "Palestinian Plan"
Following President Obama's May 19 speech on the Middle East, right-wing media have characterized Obama's call for the creation of a Palestinian state "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps" as Obama "sid[ing] with the Palestinians." However, this characterization obscures the fact that Obama's plan has Israeli and Jewish support; for instance, the leader of the Israeli opposition party and several American Jewish organizations applauded Obama's plan, and prominent Israelis have previously supported similar plans. Read More

Media Matters Revisits Right-Wing Media Prophesies That Obama Is The Antichrist
As attention turns to speculation that May 21, 2011, will be the Biblical day of rapture, Media Matters revisits a litany of fringe right-wing media figures who foretold that President Obama might just be the Antichrist - the latest in a long line of world leaders presaged as "the beast." Read More

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