Friday, July 29, 2011

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-29-11

The Bigotry Of Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan wrote in his recent syndicated column that accused Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik may be "evil," but when it comes to his reported belief that there's a coming "climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world ... Breivik may be right." Buchanan, who also serves as an MSNBC analyst, has a long history marred with bigotry and hostility towards non-whites. Read More

O'Reilly Can't Find The "Shadowy Figures" Behind The Tea Party
Bill O'Reilly made the argument to Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham that there are no "shadowy figures ... behind the tea party," unlike with progressive movements, which have "guy[s] like Soros and these MoveOn people" with "so much power behind the scenes." In fact, the tea party movement has been heavily funded by rich individuals such as the oil magnate Koch brothers. Read More

Conservative Media Myths About Fuel Economy Standards
Conservative media are promulgating the myths that higher fuel economy standards are unattainable with current technology, will cost consumers and will increase traffic deaths. In fact, automakers have said they will be able to meet the standards, consumers will net thousands in fuel savings, and safe cars in a variety of sizes will continue to be produced. Read More

Right-Wing Media Mount Last-Ditch Effort To "Hold The Line" And Risk Default
Days before a potential default crisis, right-wing media are engaged in a full-throated lobbying effort against a compromise to avoid default, urging Republicans to "hold the line" and act like "winners." Read More

Unto The Breach: Media Conservatives Uncover Obama's "Twitter War" On The GOP
After President Obama encouraged voters to "email" or "Tweet" lawmakers in order to "keep the pressure on Washington" to reach a compromise and avoid default, media conservatives announced that Obama had declared "Twitter War on Republicans." Read More

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