MISINFORMER OF THE YEAR Since our launch in May 2004, Media Matters for America has monitored, analyzed, and corrected conservative misinformation in the news media 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our staff recently reviewed the misinformation we've identified and corrected during those eight months in order to choose our first annual "Misinformer of the Year." Of all the news anchors, columnists, pundits, and reporters whose work we've critiqued and corrected, one stands above all the rest. We're pleased to announce that with at least 75 (we stopped counting) lies, distortions, and mischaracterizations, television host, columnist, radio host, former Inside Edition anchor, man of the people, and Harvard University graduate Bill O'Reilly can now claim the title: 2004 Misinformer of the Year . We've compiled a list of some of his most egregious false and misleading claims of 2004 for your reading pleasure. Without further ado: O'Reilly falsely claimed Bush didn't oppose 9-11 Commission.
Richard T. Hughes: The Christian Right in Context, Part 1: The Long View Thirty-five years ago, in a time that seems like ancient history to most young people today, the eminent social critic Robert N. Bellah wrote a book that illumines the current American crisis with devastating precision. I do not use the phrase, "American crisis," casually. All Americans, whether on the right, the left or in between, understand that the nation is now in a crisis of significant proportions. But most Americans fail to grasp how deeply that crisis runs. Liberals and conservatives alike seem to think that the core of the American crisis stems from a flagging economy and the threat from Islamic terrorists. But the American crisis runs much deeper than that. The Christian Right stands at the heart of our current crisis since, for 30 years and more, the Christian Right has so successfully eaten away at the core, bedrock values that shaped this nation at its founding. And precisely in that claim we find the seeds of the current American crisis. The Revolutionary Period The Civil War
Radio host Glenn Beck "thinking about killing Michael Moore Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck said he was "thinking about killing [filmmaker] Michael Moore" and pondered whether "I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it," before concluding: "No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong?" From the May 17 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program : BECK: Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. Beck's program is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks (owned by radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications ) on more than 160 radio stations across the country to an estimated audience of 6 million listeners.
Glenn Beck May Be a Clown -- But the Shady Right-Wingers Who Pull His Strings Are Dangerous | Tea Party and the Right Glenn Beck is a charlatan. A clown. A buffoon. Dana Milbank is about to publish a book on Beck , and the poor guy did his research. Milbank: Most of us would regard this as dishonest, a ploy by the self-confessed charlatan that Welles was. But as Milbank points out, Welles was an admitted charlatan. I was reminded of Beck's affection for deception as he hyped his march on Washington -- an event scheduled for the same date (Aug. 28) and on the same spot (the Lincoln Memorial) as Martin Luther King Jr.' King, the peacemaker.
Republicans Plan to Pay For Tax Cuts With Unemployment Benefits By: Rmuse November 8th, 2010 see more posts by Rmuse Republicans are using spending cuts as a weapon and condition for extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who have lost their jobs. Republicans claim they want to cut spending by $5 billion to $6 billion each month, and on the surface it sounds like a good idea to reduce the national deficit. At the same time though, Republicans are fighting to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that helped create the record debt we are drowning in. When Republicans gave tax cuts to rich people, they knew they were not funded, and had to let them expire after 10 years. Republicans campaigned on fiscal responsibility and smaller government, and used the poor teabaggers to garner votes and take control of the House. Enter the poor, unemployed, and working-class Americans. If the Bush tax cuts expire, the wealthiest 2% of Americans will see their tax liability increase by 3%, and their net worth would not decrease.
FOX NEWS INSIDER: “Stuff Is Just Made Up” Asked what most viewers and observers of Fox News would be surprised to learn about the controversial cable channel, a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch was quick with a response: "I don't think people would believe it's as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up." Indeed, a former Fox News employee who recently agreed to talk with Media Matters confirmed what critics have been saying for years about Murdoch's cable channel. Namely, that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation, virtually every news story is actively spun by the staff, its primary goal is to prop up Republicans and knock down Democrats, and that staffers at Fox News routinely operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking. "It is their M.O. to undermine the administration and to undermine Democrats," says the source. "They're a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news." And that's the word from inside Fox News. Note the story here isn't that Fox News leans right.
Fox's Kelly Absurdly Claims Fox Personalities Do Not Invoke Nazis Kelly "Watch[es]" Fox News "Every Day" But Hasn't Noticed Nazi Imagery Kelly Responds To Claim That Fox Commenters Invoke Nazi Imagery To Smear Dems By Absurdly Claiming "You're Wrong." On the January 20 edition of Fox News' America Live , Kelly hosted Equality Matters ' President Richard Socarides to discuss Rep. Steve Cohen's (D-TN) recent reference to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels on the floor of the House of Representatives. Socarides stated that "on the very network that we're on right now, the leading commenters on this network use this kind of language." Kelly responded by absurdly claiming "I don't know if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day and you're wrong." In Fact, Fox News Figures R egularly I nvoke Nazis, Hitler, Goebbels, O ther Nazi I magery Glenn Beck Repeatedly Invokes The Nazis While Attacking Obama And Progressives Beck Invoked "First They Came For The Jews" Poem To Respond To Ad Boycotts. Beck Says U.S.
Michigan Asst. AG Temporarily Suspended After Attacking Gay Student On His Blog Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has been temporarily suspended, pending a hearing by the AG's office over his blog posts that targeted a University of Michigan student for being gay. [Late Update: Shirvell has been fired. Read the whole story here.] Shirvell was banned from the University of Michigan campus and took a leave of absence after repeatedly blogging about U of M class president Chris Armstrong's "radical homosexual agenda," and harassing him on campus. Shirvell returned from the leave of absence last Friday, and faced a disciplinary hearing by the Attorney General. The Detroit News reports that John Sellek, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Cox, said: "Because we are extending the hearing, we placed him on administrative paid leave." The University of Michigan also lifted its ban of Shirvell last week, though stipulated that he cannot have contact with Armstrong while on campus. Full coverage of Shirvell here.
CNN's Erick Erickson Suggests "Mass Bloodshed" May Be Necessary If Roe Isn't Overturned CNN's Erick Erickson is also Editor-in-Chief and "Dear Leader" of the conservative blog Red State, so this charming passage posted by "The Directors" is presumably his doing: Here at RedState, we too have drawn a line. We will not endorse any candidate who will not reject the judicial usurpation of Roe v. Wade and affirm that the unborn are no less entitled to a right to live simply because of their size or their physical location. Those who wish to write on the front page of RedState must make the same pledge. That "only if" construct means that -- according to Erick Erickson's Red State -- "mass bloodshed" will be "necessary" if elected officials don't overturn Roe v. This certainly is not the first time CNN's Erick Erickson has used violent rhetoric in discussing elected officials.